Premiers 2007 Holiday Message

first_imgThe holiday season is a time to gather with our friends and families to enjoy the blessings in our lives. It is also a time when we reflect on the passing year, look ahead to the future and make goals for ourselves. As premier, when I reflect on the past year I am proud of the progress we have made as a province and I know the challenges we have faced are only stepping stones to a stronger year ahead. I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness. May the blessings of the season be with you now and always. -30-last_img read more

Senate lawyers to ask court to remove upper chamber from Duffy lawsuit

first_imgOTTAWA – The Senate wants an Ottawa judge to remove it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by Sen. Mike Duffy, arguing that the upper chamber is protected by parliamentary privilege.Duffy is seeking more than $7.8 million in damages from the Senate and the RCMP in the wake of the high-profile investigation and suspension surrounding his expense claims, which culminated in a dramatic trial that found him not guilty on 31 charges in April 2016.The portion of the lawsuit against the Senate hinges on Duffy’s arguments that senators acted unconstitutionally and violated his charter rights when they decided to suspend him without pay in 2013.Senate lawyers plan to file a motion by the end of the week in an Ontario court to have the upper chamber removed from Duffy’s lawsuit.The Senate says the decision to suspend Duffy is protected by parliamentary privilege, a centuries-old right designed to shield legislators in the course of doing their jobs.“The courts cannot consequently examine the exercise of a privilege and find the Senate liable for these actions,” a Senate spokeswoman said.If the court agrees, Duffy would only be able to sue the federal government for the RCMP’s actions during its investigation.The former newsman filed his claim in Ontario Superior Court in late August, claiming that the Senate’s decision to suspend him before any criminal charges were filed was “an unprecedented abuse of power.”Duffy was charged in July 2014 with 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery — all of which were later dismissed in a lengthy and dramatic ruling in April 2016.At the time of the suspension debates, Conservative senators maintained the Senate had the exclusive power to govern its internal affairs and impose sanctions as part of any administrative penalties.The House of Commons website says Parliament doesn’t have the authority to set the limits of its own privileges, but instead must rely on the courts to determine the scope of the shield. Usually, judges defer to the idea of protecting the autonomy of parliamentarians from the courts.Privilege protects parliamentarians when they are making laws, but the Senate wasn’t considering legislation when it suspended Duffy — rather, it was punishing a fellow senator, said Lawrence Greenspon, Duffy’s lawyer.“The doctrine of privilege was not intended to deny Sen. Duffy or any Canadian due process or the protection of the charter.”The Senate’s motion is to be heard in late June.Duffy’s lawsuit alleges RCMP investigators failed to give him a chance to respond to the allegations he faced and appeared to ignore evidence that would have proved his innocence.last_img read more

Harvey Cant Mess With Texas A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief

first_imgHarvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place on Friday, September 22 at the Frank Erwin Center from 7pm-11pm, and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on YouTube.com/TexasStrong from 9-10 p.m. CT.The largest live concert benefit in Texas will feature exclusive performances and rare collaborations from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash, and multiple special guests. The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band. Tickets for the four-hour live concert will go on sale today at 3:00pm CT at www.RebuildTX.org, with prices ranging from $30-$199.As the exclusive statewide broadcaster, TEGNA will air “Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” without commercial interruption across their 11 Texas stations, reaching more than 80% of the state. Made possible by Google, the concert will stream internationally during the broadcast hour on YouTube.com/TexasStrong. Google will match the first $500,000 of donations through a pledge challenge. Volunteers from Google’s Austin office and TEGNA employees will staff the phone banks at select station locations across the state. All viewers can support the relief efforts in post-Hurricane Harvey Texas by donating via telephone or online at www.RebuildTX.org.“We are proud to stand with Texas and present ‘Texas Strong’ across our stations,” said Dave Lougee, President and CEO of TEGNA. “The outpouring of support from the local community and communities across the nation is a testament to the spirit, grit and determination of the people of Texas. We are proud to work alongside our partners to help bring aid and healing to those impacted by Harvey.”TEGNA stations airing the broadcast concert include: WFAA, Dallas; KHOU, Houston; KVUE, Austin; KENS, San Antonio; KBMT, Beaumont; KCEN, Waco-Temple-Bryan; KAGS, College Station; KIII, Corpus Christi; KYTX, Tyler; KIDY, San Angelo; and KXVA, Abilene.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time. Let’s show the world what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in the Union. I’ll be there and hope to see you, too.”Proceeds will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund which was created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation. The four focus areas of the fund include: health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for small businesses. The Dells are working to raise a total of $100 million for the long-term relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts for all affected communities in Texas. “For us, this is personal,” said Susan Dell. Both Michael and Susan Dell are Texas natives, and Michael Dell is from Houston. “This fund was created to help rebuild all of the communities – big and small – that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We will be rebuilding for years to come,” said Michael Dell.Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief is generously organized with donated efforts and services by Springboard Productions, Solomon Group, Big House Sounds, Soundcheck Austin, The University of Texas Frank Erwin Center, Hotel Van Zandt, Sodexo, GSD&M, Andy Langer, Texas Music Office, and the City of Austin, as well as media partners KUT/KUTX, 93.3 KGSR, 103.5 BOB FM, 101X, 93.7 KLBJ, MIX 94.7, Majic 95.5, 95.9 R&B, 98.1 KVET, Austin American-Statesman, Austin360, The Austin Chronicle, and Do512. TEGNA (NYSE: TGNA) is producing the broadcast in partnership with Debra Davis Productions. Austin-based C3 Presents will proudly produce the live event with all services donated.last_img read more

Peak hour demand likely to touch 7,400 MW during summer

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi’s burgeoning peak power demand is expected to cross 7400 MW during the summers of 2019. Since four years, power supply were held smoothly without any major power cut, because arranging adequate power have been made. BSES discoms officials claim that apart from making adequate power arrangements, BSES ( BYPL and BRPL) discoms have also ramped-up the network capacity by deploying both conventional and innovative solutions. “To strengthen the distribution network, BSES discoms invested a capex of over Rs 800 crore (BRPL ~ Rs 525 crore, BYPL Rs 300 crore) in FY 2018-2019 and ramped-up the network capacity by around 750 MVA. BSES discoms also installed (new) and augmented around 600 distribution transformers and laid over 650 Kms of cable to strengthen the network,” claimed in discoms statements. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAdditionally, BSES is also working in tandem with generation and transmission companies to ensure that the entire generation, transmission and distribution system is aligned to meet the summer load. Peak power demand in BRPL’ area of South and West Delhi, which had reached 3081 MW during the summers of 2018, is expected to touch around 3,200 MW this year. In BYPL’ area of East and Central Delhi, the peak power demand which had reached 1561 MW last year is expected to touch around 1640 MW. ” During the year, BSES discoms invested substantial resources to strengthen the network. Besides making arrangements of adequate power, BSES discoms have undertaken several unique measures to ensure reliable power supply during upcoming summer months,” said discoms officials. Despite all possible measures, there can be several reasons for outages, many of which are not in a discom’s control. But many of these are easily preventable. Our analysis has shown that unplanned digging (for road repair or to lay cables/ pipelines) is a major cause for scores of outages across South, West Delhi, East and Central Delhi.last_img read more

Nova Scotia pulls plug on financially troubled marine turbine project

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government has ordered the removal of a massive tidal turbine from the bottom of the Bay of Fundy after revoking the company’s licence.The government says Cape Sharp Tidal does not have the financial ability to deliver the project, breaching the terms of its renewable electricity licence.The company has been ordered to remove the in-stream turbine “within a reasonable time frame.”The project was among the first to generate electricity from the bay’s strong currents, but it was plagued by financial and technological woes.The turbine was left in the water when OpenHydro Ltd., based in Ireland, filed for liquidation, and Nova Scotia partner Emera Inc. pulled out shortly after.An Irish technical team was called in last year to determine why the turbine’s rotor stopped turning.The turbine has been monitored by the Nova Scotia government since last fall.The Canadian Press read more

Hundreds arrested in India during Lanka protests

Led by U. Kannan, headquarters secretary of the TVK, staged a demonstration in front of the Salem Railway Junction, raising slogans highlighting the demands. The Indian police have arrested hundreds of cadre of the Tamilaga Valvurimai Katchi (TVK) when they attempted to picket the trains in Salem city and two other centres in the district in Tamil Nadu yesterday demanding an international probe into the alleged massacre of innocent Tamils during the military offensive by the Sri Lankan Government in 2009.They also demanded the Centre to implement the resolutions adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on this issue, The Hindu newspaper reported. They came in a procession from Kalai Maadu statue and staged a demonstration. All the protestors were released later in the day, police sources said. (Colombo Gazette) The State Assembly recently asked the Centre to move a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an international probe into the alleged war crimes and genocide in the final phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka. Later, they attempted to enter the Railway Junction, when the police prevented and took about 350 of them into preventive custody.The TVK cadre attempted similar rail roko agitation in Omalur and Magudanchavadi Railway stations too. The police arrested 330 at Omalur and another 332 at Magudanchavadi, police source said.Meanwhile, the cadre of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) staged a demonstration in front of the head post office in the city demanding international probe into the massacre of innocent Tamils in the island.In Namakkal, cadre of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhatgam staged a demonstration in front of the Anna statue in the town. In Erode, over 150 members of the TVK were arrested when they attempted picketing at the Railway Junction. read more

CEB strike expands Ministry makes appeal to prevent crisis

The strike by trade unions attached to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) expanded today with more trade unions extending support to the strike. Meanwhile, the Power and Energy Ministry appealed to all CEB employees to return to work and prevent a power crisis.The Ministry also announced that employees who did not report to work on September 13 and 14 will be granted paid leave. (Colombo Gazette)

Security Council told that Sudan Government is closer to agreeing on UN

Briefing the 15-member Council, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said that the visiting delegation was in full agreement with the view of the African Union (AU), which is currently providing a peacekeeping force to Darfur, that the UN should take over this role at “the earliest opportunity.”“By the end of our visit the mission felt that we’d edged further towards the probability of the Government of Sudan accepting such a deployment,” Ambassador Parry said, referring to a UN role to replace the 7,000-strong AU force that has long been seen as inadequate to halt the bloodshed in such a vast region and to implement a peace accord signed by the Government and the main Darfur rebels.Throughout the mission, Ambassador Parry said, the delegation had emphasized its “respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sudan” and stressed that the Security Council wished to work “in partnership” with the Government and the other main actors to tackle the range of problems that the country faces.Also briefing the Council today, and further emphasizing the need to look at the Darfur situation in the context of regional peace, Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France – who jointly led the trip to Chad – said the mission’s visit there had shown how important it was to look at this country as well, particularly as Chad’s refugee camps were partially filled with Chadians who had fled attacks by Janjaweed militia in Darfur.The Council also heard from Tanzanian Ambassador Augustine P. Mahiga who stressed that expanding assistance to Darfur was “not an optional choice but an obligation,” adding that in the coming days the Council should work to ensure the continued implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was signed in May.Speaking at a press conference in New York today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan also emphasized the importance of the Agreement and repeated his earlier calls for the AU force on the ground to be strengthened.“We need to maintain the pressure on those who have signed the Agreement to live up to the Agreement that they have signed,” he said. “That goes for the Sudanese Government that has responsibility for the disarmament of the Janjaweed, and for the rebel groups, and to maintain the pressure on the two rebel groups that are outside the Agreement to join the process.”“And the African Union forces on the ground should be strengthened to do what they can. We are not on the ground yet, and cannot therefore take this on.”A joint UN-African Union team arrived in Darfur on Tuesday aiming to strengthen the AU monitoring force already there and to prepare for its possible transition to a full-fledged UN peacekeeping operation. read more

Spotifys Top 10 most streamed tracks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 22, to Sunday, April 28:UNITED STATES1. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky — Radio Edit” (Columbia Records)2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore)3. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (Interscope Records)4. Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” (RCA Records)5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore)6. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)7. Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” (Atlantic Records)8. Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie” (RCA Records)9. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX, “I Love It” (Big Beat Records/Atlantic)10. Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” (The Island Def Jam Music Group)UNITED KINGDOM1. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky — Radio Edit” (Columbia Records)2. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin Records)3. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (Interscope Records)4. Calvin Harris, “I Need Your Love” (Columbia Records)5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore)6. Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” (RCA Records)7. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)8. Nelly, “Hey Porsche” (Republic Records)9. Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre, “Waiting All Night” (Asylum)10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 12:49 pm MDT read more

On World Philosophy Day UN lauds role of dialogue diversity in multicultural

“Philosophy is an invaluable ally that draws on reflexive reasoning and engagement in dialogue, to open our minds to a wide variety of opinions and views,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her messasge for the Day, which this year in on the theme “Social Transformations and Intercultural Dialogue.”“Such a shift of focus is crucial in a world of rising diversity,” Ms. Bokova continued. “This is both the foundation on which tolerance and peace rest and a means of releasing the creative energy that drives societies forward, while respecting human rights.World Philosophy Day has been observed every third Thursday of November since 2002, with the aim of making philosophical reflection accessible to all – professors and students, scholars and the general public – thereby enlarging the opportunities and spaces for the stimulation of critical thinking and debate.This year, the Day is being celebrated with a number of events, including roundtables, debates and concerts, held in Paris, where UNESCO is headquartered, and at other venues around the world. In addition, a roundtable discussion in Paris will see the launch of the Philosophy Manual, a South-South Perspective which UNESCO describes as an innovative tool designed to facilitate the discovery of philosophical texts from Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean, while also promoting their full understanding through a critical apparatus which enables easily adapted educational use. read more

Jamaica women create history by qualifying for 2019 World Cup

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReggae Boyz dumped out of 2018 World Cup in PanamaSeptember 3, 2016In “latest news”Honduras to Host CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in 2015July 31, 2014In “Sports”‘About time we win a World Cup’ – HolderFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news” Texas (CMC) – Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a senior Women’s World Cup by defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties to claim third place in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament here Wednesday.Dominique Bond-Flasza scored the winning spot-kick after both teams had battled to a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation and extra-time.Both USA and Canada who competed in the final in the qualifying tournament had already secured their places at the 2019 World Cup slated to be held in France, with the third-placed team also earning a spot in the prestigious competition.The Reggae Girls celebrating their victory over Panama which sent them to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.In so doing, the Reggae Girls who are ranked No. 64 in the world, became the first Caribbean team to earn a spot in the World Cup. The island nation re-started its women’s national team program in 2014 after a six-year hiatus.The Jamaica women opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Khadija Shaw buried her shot past Panama’s outstanding goalkeeper Yenith Bailey.It was Shaw’s 13th goal for the Reggae Girls in her last 12 national team matches.However, Panama drew level in the 74th minute thanks to a strike from Natalia Mills.The scored stayed that way at the end of 90 minutes, but Jamaica pulled ahead once again courtesy of 16-year-old Jody Brown’s goal in the 95th minute.But just five minutes from time, Panama was able to lock the scores at 2-2, with Lineth Cendeno’s goal sending the game to penalties.However, after a pair of Panama misses, Bond-Flasza placed her shot past Bailey to send Jamaica to France. read more

Biocarburants les EtatsUnis dominent la production mondiale

first_imgBiocarburants : les Etats-Unis dominent la production mondialeA la fin de l’année 2010, les Etats-Unis étaient en tête des plus gros producteurs de biocarburant à travers le monde. C’est ce qu’indique une étude publiée par le pôle GBC (Global Biofuels Center) de Hart Energy Consulting. Selon ces mêmes travaux, Brésil et Chine se placent en seconde et troisième positions en matière de production d’éthanol renouvelable.Les Etats-Unis se placent largement en tête de ce classement avec des capacités de production de plus de 51 milliards de litres d’éthanol, rapporte cette étude citée par 20minutes. En 2009, l’industrie américaine de l’éthanol comptait 170 usines en activité, pour passer à la fin 2010 à 187 installations, note Michael Marshall, l’un des auteurs principaux du rapport.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)A la seconde position avec 27 milliards de litres environ, le Brésil représente avec les USA quelque 82% des capacités de production d’éthanol dans le monde. Troisième du classement, et très loin derrière, la Chine dispose de capacités supérieures à 2,7 milliards de litres. C’est ensuite la France qui s’installe à la quatrième place, suivie par le Canada.Quant à la production de biodiesel, elle est là encore dominée par les Etats-Unis, qui avec des capacités de production en fonctionnement de 5,9 milliards de litres, se placent juste devant l’Allemagne et ses 5 milliards de litres. Espagne et Indonésie s’offrent les troisième et quatrième positions, tandis que le Brésil se contente de la cinquième place du classement. Toutefois le pays devrait en 2011 et 2012, connaître une importante croissance de cette production.Le 25 février 2011 à 10:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Powerful Solar Flare Wreaks Havoc On GPS Systems

first_img Earlier this week Earth got slammed by the largest solar flare in 12 years. Thankfully those of us on the ground were (obviously) just fine. That’s because Earth’s relatively thick atmosphere and sturdy magnetosphere deflected the majority of the radiation and charged particles hurled our way. Our satellites, however, weren’t quite so lucky.According to a NASA release, at about 12pm UTC on Sept. 6, the Sun popped out a tremendous flare. The flare received an X9.3 rating — one of the strongest recorded. The classification system used for solar activity follows a relatively simple lettering order, followed by a number to denote specific strength.“The biggest flares are known as ‘X-class flares’ based on a classification system that divides solar flares according to their strength,” a 2011 NASA blog post reads. “The smallest ones are A-class (near background levels), followed by B, C, M and X. Similar to the Richter scale for earthquakes, each letter represents a 10-fold increase in energy output. So an X is ten times an M and 100 times a C. Within each letter class there is a finer scale from 1 to 9.”So, with that, Wednesday’s burst ranks just about at the top of the scale. That’s particularly unusual because the Sun is currently nearing the calmest stage of its typical 11-year cycle. That doesn’t mean bigger flares can’t happen, but that they are far less common.Thankfully, for all the damage we’ve done to Earth, nothing humans could (or likely will ever) do will have any effect on the Sun at all. We’re just along for the ride.If it wasn’t clear already, this flare was a doozy, and it was actually big enough to knock out some communications temporarily. GPS and radio signals, in particular, went dark for a few moments, buffeted and eventually overwhelmed by a blast that started out as a twisting ring of plasma dozens of times larger than Earth.While the hit could have been much worse, we seem to have gotten off with a hefty, but relatively ineffectual, slap. A large enough storm could have taken out power and disrupted communications for months on end, but nothing that size has hit in decades and probably won’t in the next couple years. This is a gentle reminder, though, that while we may enjoy a lot of comforts in our modern lives, the sun could, at any point, take most or all of them away. Just by doing its thing. It’s comforting that there’s nothing we could ever possibly do to stop it, though. It’s a pleasant fatalism. Humans might be screwing a lot of stuff up, but this just is what it is.There is an upside, too. If you’re a stargazer, NOAA predicts that you should be able to see some pretty sweet aurora as far south as Chicago over the next few days. You will probably want to get out of a major city, though, to avoid light pollution and really take in the majesty of the Northern Lights. Those who still have their eclipse glasses can also see the sunspots that birthed the flare. You can also check out these awesome recordings from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory positioned near our parent star.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Learn about measures to address sickness absence of the future at Employee

first_imgDelegates who attend Employee Benefits Connect 2016 can gain insight into the importance of early intervention for sickness absences.In a session entitled ‘Taking measures to protect businesses from sickness absence costs of the future – the benefits of early intervention’, Beth Rose Husted, vocational rehabilitation services manager at Unum UK, will discuss what could happen as the number of older employees in the workplace increases, how employers can support staff in the early stages of sickness to reduce the length of absence, and what services are available to support both physical and mental health in the workplace.The session will also delve into The benefits to business and the economy of early intervention and rehabilitation report, published by Unum and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) in October 2015, such as its finding that providing support early on using early intervention services can reduce absence length by 17% on average.Husted said: “Employers need to begin focusing on what services they have in place to keep staff well and at work, and whether [these services] are the right ones for their employees. Benefits are not beneficial for employers or employees unless they’re actually used.“Line managers also need to be trained to spot the signs of potential employee absence and consider the financial effects of someone not being at work.”She adds: “Keeping employees at work shows them that their employer cares about them and represents something tangible that their colleagues can see and experience.”Employee Benefits Connect 2016 will take place on 9 March at the Lancaster London.For more information and to register to attend, visit www.employeebenefitsconnect.co.uk.last_img read more

Moderate to heavy rains lash parts of Uttar Pradesh

first_imgLucknow: Moderate to heavy rains lashed many parts of Uttar Pradesh, a Meteorological (MeT) department official said Saturday. Bhinga in Shravasti district recorded 23 cm rainfall followed by Fatehpur (14 cm), Allahabad (13 cm), Kakardarighat (12 cm), Bhatpurwaghat (11 cm), Kanpur (11 cm), Banda and Etawah 10 cm rainfall each, they said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us While, Hardoi, Karchana, Unnao and Sahaswan recorded 9 cm rainfall each, Baharich, Misrikh, Hathras, Jhansi, Kasganj, Sharthan and Aurriya received 7 cm each, the weatherman said. South-west monsoon has been active over eastern Uttar Pradesh and vigorous over western districts leading to light to moderate rain and thunder showers at most places in the state, the official said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Allahabad recorded a maximum of 40.3 degrees Celsius while the temperature markedly fell in Moradabad, Agra and Jhansi division. The temperatures were above normal in Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Bareilly divisions. The met department has predicted rains at most places in eastern Uttar Pradesh and at many places in western Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

KXIP vs RR R Ashwin to Mankad Jos Buttler again

first_imgWill the Mankading incident come back to haunt IPL?The IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals would have been another game of the league with usual ramifications, if not for one thing that happened in their previous encounter – Mankading.Ravichandran Ashwin’s decision to run Jos Buttler out at the non-striker end without issuing the conventional warning led to heated debates on playing the game in the right spirit. Both players have stuck to their stated positions. Ashwin insists there is nothing wrong in doing what he did while Buttler remains adamant that Ashwin’s actions are not in keeping with the ‘spirit of the game.’So, as the two teams face off for the second time this season and the likelihood of Ashwin and Buttler coming face-to-face at the non-striker’s end increases, what can we expect? Here are five scenarios that may unfold when this situation arises.Déjà vuWe could see a repeat of the Mankading incident. Buttler may disregard what happened last time, thinking that after all the hullabaloo, Ashwin won’t dare to repeat his actions. He leaves his crease again but the Indian offie refuses to back down and dislodges the bails. Umpires are forced to give the batsman out. An angry confrontation ensues, both players argue in colourful language. More vilification of Ashwin in English media, more justification of his act in Indian media and a very tense atmosphere is created between the teams.Ashwin decides to issue a warningHaving seen the reaction to his Mankading of Buttler last time, Ashwin becomes more cautious. He notices Buttler stepping out of the crease again and, after aborting his delivery of the ball, turns around and tells Buttler that this is his first and last warning. Buttler nods his head and doesn’t repeat the mistake. It’s an unstated acceptance by Ashwin that his actions last time were not fully kosher but also a concession made by Buttler that he has to be careful. It will be interesting to see Ashwin’s response if Buttler ventures out of his crease againRavichandran Ashwin InstagramButtler exercises cautionOnce bitten, twice shy. After the incident in the previous match against KXIP, Buttler takes no chances and keeps not just his bat but even one of his feet behind the crease while Ashwin delivers the ball. There is no incident and match finishes without any controversy. The most boring, yet the most likely scenario.Royals turn the tablesStill feeling betrayed by Ashwin’s act, Rajasthan Royals decide to teach his team a lesson. They keep a close eye on all the batsmen from Kings XI to see who is leaving the crease before due time. When one of them does, the bowlers hits the wicket and points to the batsman being out of the crease. But the appeal is not made by the captain and Royals take the moral high ground.Revenge is sweetSimilar to the last scenario but with a crucial difference. The Royals do make an appeal and get the Kings XI batsman out. Ashwin cannot complain, neither could his team. The cricket world is again divided on the question of whether Mankading is morally justified. Royals though are enjoying the satisfaction of administering a dose of his own medicine to Ashwin.last_img read more

Campaign against HFDHPD Pay Parity Program to Prevent Lead Poisoning And Sidestepping

first_imgThursday, September 6, 2018Top afternoon stories:Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner.Turner kicks off campaign against HFD-HPD pay parityThe battle is heating up over Houston’s Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that would grant firefighters equal pay with police officers of equivalent ranks. Mayor Sylvester Turner opposes the measure. On Wednesday night, he held the first of a dozen town halls to make his case to the voters.Houston firefighters’ pay has risen only 3 percent since 2011. “We have committed to moving the needle so that Houston firefighters don’t start out making $28,000 vs. a Houston police officer making $42,000,” said Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.Mayor Turner said the firefighters deserve a raise. But he argues that granting them full parity would amount to a 25 percent salary increase and would cost the city nearly $300 million. That figure would go up if, as expected, the city negotiates a pay raise for police when their contract expires at the end of this year.Lancton disputed Turner’s math. “Nowhere on the petition [for the ballot initiative] does it say anything about a 25 percent pay raise,” said Lancton. “All firefighters have asked for is to be treated fairly and to be treated equally.”JeepersMedia/FlickrLead poisoning can happen when young children eat chipped-off pieces of lead paint.Harris County launches program to prevent lead poisoningHarris County Public Health (HCPH) announced Thursday its new Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) aimed at reducing lead exposure and poisoning among children in Harris County.According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 1,016 children had elevated blood lead levels in 2016.The program will provide lead testing at two Harris County WIC locations (Antoine and Shaver), as well as case coordination for children with high levels lead of lead, to identify the lead source and ensure the poisoning discontinues.Additionally, it also entails educational outreach to the public on the dangers and prevention of lead poisoning and information to medical providers on recommendations and requirements for lead testing.It is also creating a database to track, evaluate and monitor county cases. Most families affected by lead poisoning are low-income.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.US plans to sidestep limits on detaining immigrant childrenThe Trump administration said Thursday it plans to circumvent a longstanding court agreement that governs how children are treated in immigration custody, in part to detain families longer as a way to deter migrants from crossing the Southwestern border illegally.The Homeland Security Department announced proposed regulations that would terminate the so-called Flores agreement that requires the government to keep children in the least-restricted setting and required their release generally after 20 days in detention.The 1997 case that spawned the agreement will almost certainly land back in court. U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee rejected a request by administration lawyers this summer to allow for longer family detention.The agreement became an issue during a “zero-tolerance” policy enforced at the border to criminally prosecute anyone caught crossing illegally. Sharelast_img read more

Nanoparticles act as surgical blades for improved dental surgery

first_img Explore further Citation: Nanoparticles act as surgical blades for improved dental surgery (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-nanoparticles-surgical-blades-dental-surgery.html Artistic depiction of engineered nanoparticles containing enzymes that function as surgical blades. Credit: Zinger et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery Journal information: ACS Nano © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Assaf Zinger et al. “Proteolytic Nanoparticles Replace a Surgical Blade by Controllably Remodeling the Oral Connective Tissue.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b07983 Currently, more than 80 nanotechnologies have been approved for a variety of medical applications, from treating cancer to bioimaging to tissue remodeling. Now in a new study, researchers have shown that enzyme-containing nanoparticles can perform minor dental surgery and improve the outcome of dental braces for reorienting severely misaligned teeth into their proper position. Tests showed that rats treated with the nanoparticles before wearing braces exhibited better tooth alignment, reduced tooth relapse, faster recovery, and less pain compared to rats that underwent traditional surgery before braces.The researchers, led by Avi Schroeder at Technion-Israel Institue of Technology, have published a paper on the new nanotechnology in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”I think we are trying to change a 5000-year dogma of the way surgeries are performed,” Schroeder told Phys.org. “Specifically, the existing scalpel cannot distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue. However, enzymes can. Proteolytic enzymes are tuned to degrade specific tissues, without harming other healthy tissues. We believe that in the future surgeries must be more accurate, with less damage to healthy tissues.”The researchers designed the new procedure specifically to address cases of severe misalignment of teeth, termed “malocclusion.” Currently, this condition is treated with minor yet often painful surgery to cut the collagen fibers that connect the teeth to the bone, followed by braces to move the teeth into their proper position. Besides a painful recovery period, about 40% of patients experience relapse and require a second cycle of treatment.The nanotechnology treatment has the potential to greatly improve this treatment procedure by allowing the body’s own natural enzymes to break down the collagen fibers and for other natural biomolecules to rebuild the fibers when the teeth are correctly aligned with braces. To do this, the researchers engineered nanoparticles consisting of a liposome vesicle (basically an empty cell membrane) filled with the enzyme collagenase. Collagenase causes collagen fibers to weaken and break, but only when first activated by calcium, which occurs naturally in the mouth. In order to ensure that the collagenase only begins working at the surgical site, the liposome acts as a protective vehicle to safely transport the collagenase to the sulcus (located between the gums and teeth), where it begins diffusing out and interacting with calcium. The researchers determined the particular collagenase concentration that causes the collagenase to weaken the collagen fibers by approximately 50%, making it much easier for braces to reorient the teeth. Over the next several hours, the body’s own fibroblasts sense the weakened collagen and initiate collagen remodeling, restoring the fibers to their original strength. Overall, tests with rats showed that those treated with the nanosurgical procedure experienced a three-fold enhancement in tooth alignment, along with significantly less tooth relapse and less pain compared to rats treated with traditional surgery. The researchers attribute the improvement to the fact that the nanosurgical procedure allows the tissue and bone to be remodeled at the new orientation, in contrast to stressed teeth returning to their original position as often occurs in the traditional procedure. The results suggest that the nanosurgical procedure has the potential to replace the more invasive traditional method with an overall improved outcome.”Here we demonstrated the bio-surgery approach for the first time,” Schroeder said. “We plan to expand to other organs and more challenging procedures in the future.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Jaitley turns 63 Modi wishes him long life

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday turned 63 and was greeted on his birthday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other leaders.Jaitley, who also holds the charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry as well as Corporate Affairs Ministry, is among the senior most ministers in the Union Cabinet and has been active in politics since his college days when he was an ABVP student leader.“Dear Arun ji, wishing you a very happy birthday. May you be blessed with the best health & a long life,” Modi tweeted.Jaitley, a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, was also greeted by several other leaders of BJP and various other parties.“Thank you everyone for kind birthday wishes and blessings,” he later wrote Facebook while posting pictures of his birthday celebrations at Lodhi Garden, where he frequently goes for a morning walk, as also at his residence and at his office.last_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics Upcoming plays

first_imgIndia’s biggest theatre extravaganza, is finally heading towards its finale. The festival saw some prominent groups and artists presenting the best of their plays. In its last phase, a couple of other fabulous performances, which can be enjoyed by theatre lovers include:FridayADHE ADHUREWriter: Mohan RakeshDirector: Robin DasGroup: Individual Performance, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 40 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh, NSD LOKA SHAKUNTALA Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWriter: K.V. Subbanna Director: CR JambeGroup: Antharanga Havyasi Nataka Thanda, Shimoga Language: KannadDuration: 1 hr 50 minsTime: 6:30 pmLocation: Kamani SaturdayTHE HOUSE OF USERWriter: Edgar Allan PoeDirector: Goge BamGroup: NSD Diploma Production, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 15 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh AKA-NANDUNWriter & Director: Bhawani Bashir YasirGroup: Ensemble Kashmir Theatre (EKTA), J & KLanguage: KashmirDuration: 1 hr 25 minsTime: 5 pm Location: Shri Ram CentreA STRAIGHT PROPOSALWriter & Director: Happy Ranjit Group: Unicorn Actors Studio, DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 2 hrsTime: 8:30 pmLocation: Abhimanch, NSDlast_img read more