first_imgOver 58% votes were polled in 13 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh on Monday amid the Opposition’s allegations of EVM malfunction and minor incidents of ruckus at some booths.State’s Chief Electoral Officer Venkateshwar Lu said 58.56% votes were cast when polling closed at 6 p.m. The final percentage in the fourth phase of polling is expected to go up as there were still people in queues at polling booths after closing time, and they will be allowed to cast their vote.In 2014, the turnout was 58.39% in the same 13 constituencies.‘Restriction’ on workers The Samajwadi Party alleged that many EVMs malfunctioned and in Kannauj several party workers were prevented from coming out of their homes to vote.Guddu Saxena, a representative of the Kannauj SP candidate, Dimple Yadav, complained to the election observers that the district administration had restricted the movement of some SP leaders and workers by deploying security personnel in large numbers outside their houses before the polling began.He also claimed that the EVMs in SP strongholds were malfunctioning.Reports of EVMs developing snag were received from Kannauj’s Bidhauna area where polling remained suspended for over an hour.Complaints of EVM malfunctioning were also reported in Etawah under Auriaya district, with voters claiming they had to wait for hours at polling booths in Tilak Mahavidyalaya, Sahupur, Ajitmal and Dalelnagar to cast their votes.According to a report from Hardoi, an elderly woman voter complained that the presiding officer at Jamkara booth under Sandila area forcibly pressed the EVM button. The sector magistrate has removed the officer and handed him over to the police.In Kanpur, some BJP workers allegedly tried to barge into a polling booth and clashed with the police.A case has been registered against BJP leader Suresh Awasthi and six others in this connection, Kanpur District Magistrate Vijay Vishwas Pant said.Polling was held at Shahjahanpur (SC), Kheri, Hardoi (SC), Misrikh (SC), Unnao, Farrukhabad, Etawah (SC), Kannauj, Kanpur, Akbarpur, Jalaun (SC), Jhansi and Hamirpur seats in the State.last_img read more

first_imgEngland will beat Wales in their Euro 2016 Group B clash in Lens on Thursday if they match the team spirit of Chris Coleman’s side, according to former captain David Beckham.Wales top the group after their 2-1 victory over Slovakia at the weekend while England were held 1-1 by Russia in Marseille.”It’s a big game,” Beckham said in a BBC interview.”I think we will win but I don’t think it’s going to be easy. Chris Coleman has done such a great job and Wales have a great team spirit. It’s going to be a challenging game.” (Rooney, Hodgson urge fans to avoid trouble)Beckham, at London’ Queen’s Club for the traditional grasscourt warm-up ahead of the Wimbledon tennis championships, said England’s players would go into the match buoyant despite conceding a stoppage-time equaliser against Russia.”We played well and the performance was great but the goal at the end was unfortunate,” said Beckham, who captained England at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and 2004 European Championship.”If we had scored the second goal, we would have raved about the performance. But they played with the passion the fans want to see and the energy and didn’t seem to care too much about being on the big stage. So that was good to see.”England will be wary of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale for a match that many predict will be like a Premier League tussle.”It will be a great match to watch,” Beckham said. “Bale has had a great season and scored a great goal (against Slovakia).”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRajasthan Royals will know anything short of a victory will virtually end their chances of making the play-offs, when they take on high-flying Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday.Royals are currently seventh in the points table, having picked four points from eight matches.The likes of Rahane and Steve Smith haven’t really got going and Sanju Samson’s form too, has dipped after the hundred he scored against Sunrisers Hyderabad last month.Smith did not play the last game and is expected to be back for this one with Ashton Turner, who made his debut against Punjab, failing to make any impact.Here are some snapshots of our Royals putting in the hard yards ahead of the #RRvMI game! #HallaBol #RR pic.twitter.com/1FOuL7NV6zRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 20, 2019Fast rising England quick Jofra Archer is Royals’s key bowler and he will have to fire once again to guide his team to a victory over Mumbai who have a lot of firepower in their batting.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians on?All IPL 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the IPL 2019 match between RR and MI be played?The IPL 2019 match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur from 4 PM IST.advertisementWhere can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RR and MI live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RR and MI?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RR and MI?Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan ParagMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of National Security is ramping up its community intervention efforts in Montego Bay, St. James with the launch of the second phase of the ‘Goals For Peace’ initiative.Goals for Peace involves collaboration between the Ministry’s Citizen Security and Justice Programme III and the ‘I AM Voluntourism’ programme, which sees neighbouring communities participating in football tournaments and social development workshops.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr Horace Chang will officially open the inter-community round on the tournament on Sunday (February 17) at the Westpow Park in Montego Bay.The first round of Goals for Peace engaged over 1,100 unattached and at-risk males between the ages of 12 and 18 in intra-community competition. The communities are Canterbury, North Gully, Norwood, Mount Salem, Green Pond, Anchovy, Flanker, Granville, Adelphi, Lilliput, Barrett Town, Bogue Hill and Retirement.Outstanding participants from the intra-community level will be recognised during the awards ceremony that will form a part of the launch event.There will also be a symbolic release of helium balloons by the captain of each team representing their commitment to maintaining peace.Goals for Peace forms part of the Crime Prevention through Social Development aspect of the Ministry’s Five-pillar Crime Reduction Strategy.last_img read more

first_imgzoom UAE-based port owner and operator DP World Limited said that it has agreed with Associated British Ports (ABP) to extend the license agreement for DP World Southampton for a further 25 years until 2047.Simultaneously, DP World announced that it has acquired the remaining 49% stake in DP World Southampton from ABP, making DP World the sole owner of the business.“We are delighted to announce the 25 year extension of the license agreement for DP World Southampton, which is one of the most efficient terminals in the UK and the only deep-sea container terminal on the south coast of England. “Also, through full ownership of DP World Southampton, we will now be able to combine with DP World London Gateway, the newest deep-sea container terminal and logistics park at the heart of the UK’s biggest consumer markets, to offer our customers the best possible service and long term growth in the UK. A unique and very exciting proposition,” noted DP World’s Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. “This news underlines our commitment to the UK and our ongoing presence in developed markets as an important part of our global network. I look forward to the synergies that the two ports will bring to our operations and the contribution they make to the UK economy, infrastructure and local employment,” said Ganesh Raj, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP World in Europe and Russia.ABP Chief Executive James Cooper said: “This isn’t just good news for the port of Southampton but this is good news for the entire city. The deal provides a solid foundation for the continued growth and development of the UK’s most productive container port.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: With the Congress alleging that the Election Commission of India (EC) has taken a ‘soft’ stand on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar for model code of conduct violations, the credibility of the EC has come under the scanner. Terming the incident “very unfortunate”, Congress leaders have questioned the apex poll panel for writing a ‘love letter’ to let off the poll code violator Yogi with a light rap for his “Modiji ki sena” remark. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSimilarly, in the case of model poll code violation by Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, the Congress has demanded the resignation of Singh citing the EC’s indictment. “Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar have no right to remain in office after their indictment by the EC for poll code violations,” senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Saturday. Notably, on Friday, the EC had expressed ‘displeasure’ over the NITI Aayog vice-chairman’s remarks against the Congress’ proposed minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’. The poll panel had on Monday said that Singh’s remarks supporting the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister were violative of the model code. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayRaising questions over the responsibility of the poll panel, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Has the MCC now become ‘Modi code of conduct’?” Taking a dig at the EC move of going ‘soft’ on MCC violators, Surjewala said, “The Uttar Pradesh chief minister ‘insults’ the Indian Army and the poll body write a ‘love letter’ to him.” Speaking about NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, who had criticised the Congress-proposed minimum income scheme NYAY (Nyunatam Aay Yojana), Surjewala said, “NITI Aayog V-C criticises the NYAY scheme and EC says “don’t do it again in future”. “Given that the EC has preventive powers and not punitive powers, so by exercising it, the poll panel could have recommended suspension of Niti Aayog V-C Rajiv Kumar as was done in the 1995 assembly election in Bihar and in 1998 parliamentary election,” an expert said. “The EC had recommended suspension of the then Gaya district magistrate Rajbala Verma for allegedly mishandling the 1995 Assembly elections. Unfortunately, the Bihar government had removed Verma after the completion of the election process,” the expert said, adding that in a similar case, then Gaya DM SM Raju was immediately suspended on charge of laxity in the discharge of electoral responsibilities during the 1998 general elections.last_img read more

Nvidia Corp on Monday cut its fourth-quarter revenue estimate by half a billion dollars due to weak demand for its gaming chips in China and lower-than-expected datacentre sales, sending its shares sliding 13 per cent.“Q4 was an extraordinary, unusually turbulent, and disappointing quarter,” said Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang said.A raft of earnings, analyst notes and market commentary in recent weeks have confirmed that a slowdown in the world’s No.2 economy, exacerbated by an ongoing trade war with the United States, will continue to squeeze sales and profits at technology companies. Chinese investment in Canada cut by nearly half as diplomatic spats, currency controls take toll Stocks around the world fell after China revealed worst growth since the financial crisis China’s slowdown looms just as the world needs its growth the most The company forecast revenue of US$2.20 billion for the quarter ended Jan. 27, down from its earlier forecast of US$2.70 billion. Both numbers were plus or minus 2 per cent.Analysts on average had forecast revenue of US$2.7 billion, according to Refinitiv data from IBES.Nvidia said sales of its next generation “Turing” graphic chips were also below expectations as some customers delayed their purchases.The company will report its fourth quarter results on Feb. 14.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

CALGARY — Canada’s largest farm equipment dealer says it expects to make fewer sales of new products in the second half of the year because of higher prices attributed to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and the lower value of the Canadian dollar.Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. says it doesn’t expect to repeat the record level of new equipment sales it posted in the three months ended June 30 as farmers were able to afford new combines and tractors thanks to last year’s bumper crops.On a conference call, CEO Garrett Ganden said rising prices for equipment made in the United States will likely steer more buyers into the used equipment areas at his company’s three dozen dealerships in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the latter half of the year.He said the company’s large inventory of used equipment accepted as trade-ins for new, however, should allow sales revenue to continue at normal levels.Rocky Mountain reported second-quarter net earnings of $6.1 million or 31 cents per share on sales of $303 million, up from a profit of $4.9 million or 25 cents on sales of $237 million in the year-earlier period.It said new equipment sales increased 46 per cent compared with the second quarter of 2017 and used equipment sales were up 18 per cent.“As we look towards the second half of 2018, we are beginning to see the impacts of tariffs and a weaker Canadian dollar being reflected in new equipment pricing,” said Ganden.“While likely to moderate new equipment sales growth to an extent, increased pricing may encourage our customers to consider used equipment as a more cost-effective alternative.” read more

Yankee Stadium513/31/19New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles67 Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a 106 mph line drive in May that screamed into foul territory down the left-field line at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The ball hit a 2-year-old girl, who was rushed out of the stadium. The game stopped as an emotional Almora dropped to a knee. Less than two weeks later, as the Washington Nationals played the White Sox in Chicago, a woman sitting just past the third-base dugout was struck in the face. Less than two weeks after that, a Dodger Stadium spectator sitting just past the netting on the first-base line was hit in the head by a hard line drive off the bat of right fielder Cody Bellinger.Bloomberg News estimated in 2014 that 1,750 fans per year are hurt by batted balls at MLB games. Amid debates over how much protection teams should offer spectators, we wanted to find out which areas of stadiums might be the most dangerous, which could help us figure out what could be done to prevent more fan injuries.Because there’s no central database of all of MLB’s foul balls, we had to compile a data set ourselves. To do that, we searched the batted-ball data for this season on Baseball Savant to find the 10 stadiums that produced the most foul balls up to June 5 and then analyzed the pitch-level data from the most foul-heavy game day at each of those stadiums (including one doubleheader). Because we had to individually research each foul ball, we couldn’t look at a whole season’s worth of fouls. By limiting the data set to the most foul-heavy days of play in those 10 stadiums, we aimed to keep the data set to a manageable size while also capturing the largest number of fouls we could from a variety of parks, since stadiums vary dramatically in architecture, altitude and seating arrangements. T-Mobile Park535/18/19Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins100 PNC Park576/1/19Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers111 Dodger Stadium513/29/19Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondsbacks86 Citizens Bank Park534/27/19Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins75 StadiumAverage No. of Fouls per gameDateMatchupNo. of Fouls Most foul-heavy day * Includes both games of the doubleheaderSource: Baseball Savant Globe Life Park555/3/19Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays87 Miller Park555/4/19Milwaukee Brewers vs. New York Mets85 Major league stadiums have slowly been installing more netting around the field. Players have been pushing the issue, including Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, who called the MLB Players Association to voice his support for more protective netting. In 2015, MLB encouraged teams to extend netting to the “near ends of both dugouts.” By 2018, all 30 stadiums had exceeded that recommendation, installing netting from one end of the dugout to the other. After the incident at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox announced that they would implement netting from foul pole to foul pole, and crews worked during the All-Star break to install the new nets. The Washington Nationals also used the break to add netting.But more netting won’t protect every fan. Linda Goldbloom was sitting high above home plate in Dodger Stadium — in zone 1, where netting is provided — last year when she was struck and killed by a high fly ball that had an exit velocity of just 73 mph. And a woman at Tropicana Field was hospitalized in 2016 after she was hit by a fly ball that found its way through a hole in the netting just to the left of the first-base dugout.The efforts that other leagues make to ensure the safety of their spectators could serve as a blueprint for MLB. Take the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball Organization, where the stadiums have netting from foul pole to foul pole. Whenever a ball is hit into the stands, fans are warned with loud whistles blown by staff stationed in their seating section, and animated warning videos are played before every game. As a result, unprotected seats are something of a luxury in Japan. The Tokyo Dome offers “exciting seats” near the foul lines, which come equipped with helmets and gloves.Even with extensive netting, no one will ever be completely safe at a baseball game. But there are ways for MLB to protect its fans from foul balls — particularly in the most dangerous areas of the park.“It’s something that you just hold your breath for a second,” Hill told The Los Angeles Times. “You just hope it hits a seat, not a person.”Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (July 15, 2019, 5 p.m.): A previous version of this story referred to the data as having been collected from the 10 most foul-ball-heavy games this season. It was actually collected from the 10 most foul-ball-heavy game days — one day included a doubleheader. SunTrust Park534/14/19Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets73 Dozens of fouls per game in the most foul-heavy parksThe most foul-heavy day at each of the 10 stadiums that produced the most fouls this season, as of June 5 Oakland Coliseum536/2/19Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros109 Less than half of the foul balls we charted were followed by a camera to where they landed. But by gauging angles,2After watching a lot of fouls with accompanying footage. we estimated where all of the fouls — both those that were followed by a camera and those that weren’t — likely landed. We tested our predictions against the footage of the balls that were followed to check our accuracy.3Our predictions were correct on 381 of the 393 balls that cameras followed in these games, for a success rate of 96.9 percent.Nearly equal shares of foul balls ended up in zones with netting vs. zones that largely lack netting: 454 balls landed in zones 1, 2 and 3, while 452 balls fell in zones 4 through 7.The scariest foul balls are those with high exit velocities, particularly the line drives, which give spectators only seconds — or fractions of a second — to react. Statcast was able to measure exit velocities for 580 of the 906 foul balls in our data set, and most of the hardest-hit of those 580 landed in areas that are primarily unprotected. Of the fly balls with recorded exit velocities of 90 mph or higher, 71.8 percent landed in zones 4 and 5.4That is partly the result of the limitations of the data. Balls hit directly into the net in zones 1 through 3 were more likely to be missing exit velocities, and it was more difficult to interpret the trajectories of balls hit to those areas. And all of the line drives that left the bat at 90 mph or more landed in those same zones. That’s the type of hit that injured the toddler at this year’s Cubs-Astros game or that blinded a man in one eye at Wrigley Field in 2017. Camden Yards*574/20/19Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins113 We watched clips of 906 foul balls hit during those games (excluding foul tips, which were never in danger of reaching the stands, and fouls that resulted in outs, because Baseball Savant groups those with other types of caught-ball outs, so we couldn’t get data on foul outs specifically), and we recorded whether the fouls were grounders, fly balls, line drives or pop-ups. Then we split the parks into “zones” to categorize the general area where each of those balls landed.Zones 1, 2 and 3 include seats that are largely protected by netting — the area behind home plate and both dugouts — along with the corresponding areas of foul territory on the field. Zones 4 and 5 are mostly non-netted seating areas1Some parks do extend netting into zones 4 and 5. and the foul territory outside the baselines, from the dugout to the foul pole. Zones 6 and 7 cover the areas past the foul poles; the fly balls that land here typically have too much arc to be dangerous, and line drives rarely make it that far. read more

OSU senior forward Marc Loving drives to the hoop against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Nov. 11. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast time the Ohio State men’s basketball team took on Michigan State, sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle for the Buckeyes stole the show. This time out, senior guard Alvin Ellis III of Michigan State was the man with the hot hand, helping lead the Spartans to a 74-66 win.Ellis finished his game with 18 points, and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Early on, when the Spartans had a 21-14 lead, the senior guard had more points that the Buckeyes entire team (15).Lyle, who missed the team’s last game due to a family emergency, returned to the Buckeyes lineup. The sophomore came off the bench behind sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, and picked up 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.OSU could never quite find a way to gain enough momentum to get in front of Michigan State, leading for a meager 42 seconds. Even with a big night for senior forward Marc Loving, who had 22 points, it wasn’t meant to be for the Buckeyes.Michigan State capitalized frequently off of the fast break, picking up 20 points to OSU’s four. OSU’s final lead came when Lyle knocked down a jumper and a free throw to give the Buckeyes a 27-25 lead, but Michigan State would not be denied.Freshman guard/forward Miles Bridges picked up 17 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman forward Nick Ward added 15 points for the Spartans. OSU redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, the normal offensive threat for the Buckeyes, had little impact dealing with foul trouble, picking up just six points and seven rebounds.In a rare occurrence this season, OSU was outrebounded. Michigan State pulled down 39 boards, while the Buckeyes could only manage 33.As OSU attempted to make an improbable comeback late, a putback slam by freshman guard Joshua Langford with just 1:34 left in the game effectively dashed OSU’s hopes.Although the turnover battle swung in favor of OSU coach Thad Matta, the fast-paced and hard offense of coach Tom Izzo and Michigan State was too much for the struggling Buckeyes to overcome.OSU is now 15-12 this season, and 5-9 in the Big Ten. Michigan State is now 16-10, and 8-5 in conference play, with momentum on its side with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season.Up NextThe Buckeyes return to the Schottenstein Center to play Nebraska on Saturday at 6 p.m. read more

OSU freshman forward Marcus McCrary pushes the ball upfield in a game against Rutgers Oct. 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 4-1. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternWith a win Saturday in College Park, Md., the Ohio State men’s soccer team would have been able to set its sights on the top seed in the Big Ten, knowing that it will be playing at home in postseason play.Instead, the status of OSU’s quarterfinal game on Nov. 9 now appears a little murkier.The Buckeyes (7-6-4, 4-3-0) fell to Maryland (10-5-2, 4-2-1), 1-0, in a game in which they were stifled by the Terrapin defense.Freshman forward George Campbell scored the decisive goal in the 75th minute to break the scoreless tie. Maryland capitalized off a corner kick, dishing it twice in the box before Campbell knocked it past OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov for his second goal of the season.Ivanov made six saves in the defeat, but his offense was unable to garner any support through the Maryland defense.Maryland outshot OSU by a count of 13-4 for the game, including holding the Buckeyes without a shot for the entirety of the first half.Two of OSU’s four shots were on the mark, as freshman forward Marcus McCrary and sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom got attempts in on Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the second half, but Steffen stopped both.The shutout was Steffen’s seventh of the season, including his fourth during the Terrapin’s current seven-game winning streak.The loss caused OSU to be jumped by Maryland in the Big Ten standings. OSU sits in a tie for third with Northwestern at 12 points, one point in front of Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan, who are tied for fifth.In order to host its quarterfinal game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, OSU needs to finish in the top four of the conference. A win in its last game against Michigan would clinch the Buckeyes a trip back to Columbus – something they could have accomplished by beating Maryland.Beating the Terrapins would have put OSU in a tie with Penn State for the top spot in the conference with 15 points, though the Nittany Lions would hold the tiebreaker after beating the Buckeyes, 1-0, on Sept. 21.OSU is set to look to grab a crucial victory when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday to wrap up its regular season. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCrescent for Shawwal sighted, EID will be celebrated on Friday- CIOGJune 14, 2018In “latest news”Eid-ul-Fitr messages 2018June 15, 2018In “latest news”The Holy Month of Ramadan fosters appreciation of differences -President Granger tells gathering at CIOG’s Iftar dinnerJune 19, 2017In “latest news” The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) says that the crescent for Ramadan has been sighted; therefore fasting for all Muslims begins on Thursday 17 May, 2018.Taraweeh prayers will commence this evening Wednesday 16 May 2018.President of the CIOG, Al-Hajj Shahabudeen Ahmad in extending Ramadan Greetings said during this Ramadan, “let us reflect on the meaning of Al-Ubudiyyah–to become a true slave of Allah (SWT) — for it is only when we align our will in accordance with the will of our Creator that we can achieve fulfillment of purpose and true inner peace.”“Allah (SWT), our Creator, is the source of all Peace and Happiness. Tobe closer to Allah (SWT), we must gain wisdom and purify ourselves(Quran 62:2). Ramadan aids us with this, for Ramadan is the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed as a guide to mankind, and Ramadan is the month that requires us to fast, which purifies us physically and spiritually.”According to the  CIOG President, fasting achieves many benefits, including increased self-restraint, improvement of health by eliminating impurities from the body, and increased compassion for the difficulties faced by the sick, hungry, and needy.But, the ultimate benefit of fasting, he outlined, is the opportunity to distance ourselves from worldly distractions, to purify our inner selves, and to reflect on the teachings of the Holy Quran, so that we can draw closer to Allah (SWT), the source of Peace, Happiness, and Protection. “Let us resolve to make full use of the opportunity provided by the Holy month of Ramadan to act according to the teachings of the Quran, to cleanse ourselves, and to overcome our nafs.  Let us resolve to feed our souls while we fast our bodies. Let us resolve to act with kindness and compassion to all of Allah’s creation…Let us try our best to make peace with our family members, neighbors and fellow citizens. Let us visit the sick and pray for them. Let us extend our mercy to the orphans in our community. Let us help the widows and elderly people in society. Let us be kind and compassionate to animals. Let us be caring of our environment, the trees and plants that provide us with oxygen and sustenance. These actions will earn us Allah’s forgiveness and mercy; this is what Ramadan stands for” said Al-Hajj Shahabudeen Ahmad. read more

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) stated that it deplores attempts by parts of the union movement and the New South Wales (NSW) Government to falsely portray Australia’s Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP’s commitment to regulatory reform in the minerals industry as undermining mine safety standards. “This is simply an ideologically driven attempt to distract from the real agenda” said MCA Chief Executive, Mitchell H. Hooke.“Australia’s regulatory systems governing the minerals industry in occupational health and safety and project approvals are now so excessive and complex, so inconsistent across and within jurisdictions, and so disaggregated from progressive, modern company practice, that they have become a capacity constraint in themselves,” Hooke said. “Any suggestion that industry would accept any diminution in mine safety standards could not be further from the truth. And, the Prime Minister clearly shares the minerals industry’s commitment to the absolute safety and health of its workforce and the community in which it operates. There cannot be any reduction in safety standards, but there must be reform to occupational health and safety regulatory systems across all jurisdictions if the industry is to achieve its goal of zero harm in the workplace. “We are short of our goal of zero harm, and frustrated by the inefficiencies of the existing outmoded, prescriptive, complex, inconsistent and often punitive State regulatory systems. Even so”, Hooke said, “over the decade to 2005-06, the industry’s safety performance has improved markedly on every key performance indicator:”Total lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) has declined by nearly 90% from 25 to 3 (LTIFR is the number of lost time injuries per million man hours worked)Fatalities over the same period have decreased by around 66% from 32 to 11Total recordable injury frequency rate (only recorded from 2003 through to 2006) has dropped by around 60% from 36 to 15 (again, this is per million man hours worked and includes all injuries except first aid cases).The MCA and its State counterparts have assiduously advocated that Governments should provide a regulatory framework that:Encourages a safety culture and promotes the sharing of information on fatalities, injuries and significant incidentsProvides before the fact prevention, rather than punitive after the fact retributionIs nationally consistent and risk basedEstablishes a responsibility of the employer to provide a safe working environment that harnesses responsibility and personal accountability of the individual for their actions.Hooke said: “It is vital that regulatory systems do not absolve the individual of personal accountability for safety and health by transferring that responsibility to the regulator, or indeed, to the employer. And we are vehemently opposed to a separate statutory offence of industrial manslaughter which automatically assigns guilt to the company/management in removing the test of gross negligence or willful misconduct and mitigates against the assignment of responsibility to other affected parties (organisations or individuals).“We fully endorse the Prime Minister’s intervention to add vital impetus and substance to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform agenda, as determined at its meeting of 10 February 2006. Those with a vested interest in the archaic regulation and practices of the past continue to seek to stymie critical reforms agreed though the COAG process. Actions by some in the union movement appear motivated more by ‘relevance deprivation’ than by supporting reforms for continuous improvement in workplace health and safety.“Critically, at the February 2006 meeting, all Governments agreed to accelerate the reform processes of the National Mine Safety Framework (NMSF). The NMSF was established five years ago under the Federal/State Government Ministerial Council on Mining and Petroleum Resources to drive the regulatory reforms industry is advocating. Yet, this process has gone nowhere.“Equally, we fully endorse the Prime Ministers commitment to improving the project approval system for more efficient and nationally consistent exploration and mining developments, without relaxing environmental, community and safety and health standards. The Prime Minister has clearly signalled that a priority for his Government this year is to significantly progress the third wave of reforms to Australia’s regulatory systems which, from the minerals industry perspective, is a severe supply capacity constraint limiting the industry’s response to the strongest global market growth in a generation.”last_img read more

first_imgThis latest safety and security-certified technology meets stringent demands for protection, risk reduction and asset availability in high-hazard industries. Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, has released its Tricon® CX compact system for safety and critical control applications where safe operations are critical and reliable operation is paramount. A certified ISA Secure system, the high-integrity and highly available Tricon CX ensures operational integrity, protecting against inherent risk and hazards, as well as external threats such as cyber-attack.“Safety and security have always been a top concern for our industrial clients, but now new threats, such as cyber-attack, have challenged the traditional approaches they have taken to protect and secure their people, property, communities and the environment,” said Mike Chmilewski, Vice President, process systems offer management, Schneider Electric process automation business. “Therefore, our clients demand the highest levels of safety and security to keep them safe and ensure the systems they rely on are immune to external threats. Our high-performance, future-proof Tricon CX safety system does just that. With more performance and capability, it can help clients maximise productivity, reliability and security while minimising risks and the likelihood of business interruption. It’s another example of why Schneider Electric is uniquely positioned to power the big ideas our clients need to solve their most critical issues.”The latest addition to Schneider Electric’s Triconex line of safety-instrumented systems, the Tricon CX is smaller, faster, lighter and more powerful than previous safety solutions. Its advanced functionality enables online upgrades without operational interruption. Additionally, the compact design allows for a number of new features including:Reduced form factor by 50%67% reduction in weight Lower power consumptionAdvanced monitoring and control capabilities, including:Supervised DI/DO with advanced line-performance diagnosticsFast analogue inputs with integrated HART1 ms SOE digital inputChoice of direct termination or external termination panel300% increase in controller tag capacityFive times increase in peer-to-peer performanceISA Secure EDSA level 1New automated test and verification of safety logic.“The Tricon CX safety system will enhance Schneider Electric’s current safety portfolio, and ARC believes its increased capabilities will enable new and existing customers to expand existing systems, replace obsolete systems or implement new systems,” said Larry O’Brien, Vice President, process automation, ARC Advisory Group. “Its ability to handle upgrades without interrupting the operation should give users confidence in their ability to continue to draw additional value from their investments down the road.”Through its Triconex brand, Schneider Electric offers industry-leading safety and critical control solutions for managing risks in hazardous environments. Triconex solutions enable safer operations by maximising compliance to mandated safety regulations and minimising both unscheduled downtime and the likelihood of business interruptions. The systems improve operational efficiency, helping clients achieve gains in production availability, asset uptime and ROI. Based on industry-leading Triple Modular Redundancy technology, Triconex solutions are also easy to operate and maintain, and they provide a higher total value of ownership over competitive offers.In more news, Schneider Electric has acquired LimeWare, a provider of system analysis and auditing software for Schneider Electric’s Foxboro Evo™ process automation and I/A Series® distributed control systems. The acquisition provides foxray software to help customers pinpoint and address critical industry challenges.“Acquiring LimeWare and its foxray software is an integral part of our strategy to help our customers   improve their operational integrity and operational insight, while future-proofing their operations,” said Gary Freburger, President of Schneider Electric’s process automation business. “With additional investment in our flagship process automation offerings, we have even more power to address critical challenges around safety, reliability and efficiency. The ability to more easily tackle pain points, while driving value across the entire process automation chain, is one of the big ideas we are discussing with our customers in Dallas this week, and it remains a major differentiator for our process automation business.”LimeWare was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Its foxray system management software complements the robust functionality of Schneider Electric’s Foxboro Evo and I/A Series process automation systems. The solution offers additional capability for configuration management, alarm management, operator action analysis and overall documentation. It includes:Change tracking with a complete change management workflow processGraphics visualisation of the control block loopsIntegrity checks to solve all DCS configuration issuesScheduled reportsAlarms and operator action management and trackingI/O and FBM spare reserve and trackingAn advance query engine that can quickly fetch any DCS information.“foxray software is the go-to tool for working with our control system database on a daily basis,” said Scott McWaters, Process Control Engineer, Hunt Refining. “From easily locating and reserving spare I/O to improved troubleshooting and insight with the ‘where used’ function, system health reporting, operator action reports, alarm history, inhibited alarm tracking and many other functions, foxray has greatly increased our efficiency. The software has been instrumental in our recent alarm rationalization efforts, and the alarm shelving tool will be used to help cut down on the number of call outs to our on-call engineers for nuisance alarm silencing. This contributes to our overall confidence in the integrity of our operation.”last_img read more

first_imgDoodle Google: André Malraux, la balle et la plumeCombattant épris de liberté et militant anti-fasciste de la première heure, André Malraux est devenu une référence de l’histoire française du XXème siècle. Le lauréat du Goncourt 1933 pour La condition humaine aurait eu 110 ans aujourd’hui. Le Doodle Google lui rend hommage.Né le 3 novembre 1901 dans le 18ème arrondissement de Paris, André Malraux est un homme qui a marqué, par ses faits d’armes, de bravoure et par sa plume, l’histoire de France contemporaine.Aventurier, autodidacte, Malraux participe tout d’abord à l’écriture d’un journal anticolonialiste en Indochine, et se fera emprisonner en 1923-1924 pour trafic d’antiquités Khmères. De ce passage, il décide d’en réaliser un livre à son retour en France, en 1930, intitulé La Voie Royale. Trois ans plus tard, il accède à une plus grande notoriété d’écrivain grâce au roman La Condition Humaine et obtient le Prix Goncourt.Militant antifaschiste, il combat, en tant que commandant España, aux coté des républicains espagnols entre 1936 et 1937. Comme pour La Voie Royale, il retire de ces affrontements un nouveau livre, L’Espoir, qui sera transposé en film en 1938.  Il entre dans la Résistance Française en 1944, devient commandant de la brigade Alsace-Lorraine, et participe à la Libération de l’Hexagone.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Après la guerre, il se consacre à l’écriture d’ouvrage d’Art (Le Musée imaginaire, Les voix du Silence, 1951), tout en se rapprochant du Général de Gaulle et du RPF. Il devient ministre de la Culture entre 1959 et 1969. Lors du transfert des cendres de Jean Moulin au Panthéon, il prononce une oraison funèbre mémorable, faisant du chef de la Résistance un symbole, l’image personnifié de cette lutte.André Malraux est mort le 23 novembre 1976. 20 ans plus tard, les cendres de celui qui transposait l’épée à la plume ont été déplacées au Panthéon. Il aurait eu 110 ans aujourd’hui et Google lui rend hommage sur la page d’accueil de son moteur de recherche.Le 3 novembre 2011 à 14:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLimiter le réchauffement climatique à 2°C est désormais impossible, selon un expertSelon l’ex-responsable climat de l’ONU, Yvo de Boer, l’objectif de limiter le réchauffement climatique à 2°C est désormais “hors d’atteinte”. C’est pourtant ce qu’avaient promis les chefs d’Etat lors du sommet de Copenhague en décembre 2009.Yvo de Boer, ancien secrétaire exécutif de la Convention cadre sur le changement climatique de l’ONU (UNFCCC) estime que limiter le réchauffement climatique à 2°C est désormais devenu “hors d’atteinte”. Bien que les 195 membres de l’UNFCCC se soient engagés en 2009, à Copenhague, à limiter la hausse de la température du globe à deux degrés Celsius, cet objectif ne pourra pas être atteint.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Les deux degrés sont perdus mais cela ne signifie pas pour moi qu’il faut les oublier [ … ] parce que l’objectif fait référence à la tentative de limiter un certain nombre d’impacts” du réchauffement climatique, a cependant souligné M. de Boer, interrogé par l’AFP. “Il faudrait donc maintenant voir comment nous pouvons nous rapprocher le plus possible des 2 degrés et ne pas dire que nous devons tout reprendre à zéro pour formuler un nouvel objectif”, a-t-il ajouté.Certains chercheurs estiment que les deux degrés mentionnés sont un mirage politique dans la mesure où l’augmentation de la température moyenne de la planète se dirige plutôt vers 3°C au bas mot. De plus, avec l’explosion du prix du pétrole, les économies émergentes se sont repliées sur le charbon, le carburant fossile le plus producteur de CO2. Autant de signes qui indiquent que la planète est aujourd’hui bien mal engagée.Le 28 mars 2012 à 17:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgOLYMPIA — Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed by the Senate.Senate Bill 5012 received unanimous support Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as an agricultural activity in the state. It also directs Washington State University to study industrial hemp production in the state, with a report due to the Legislature by Jan. 14, 2016.Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant but has much less THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. Washington voters passed Initiative 502 in November 2012 to legalize and regulate the recreational use of pot by adults over 21, and the first state-licensed pot stores opened last summer.last_img read more

first_imgTime Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said during an earnings call this morning that the company will incur a $100 million charge during the fourth quarter as it begins a restructuring of Time Inc., primarily in respect to its news group. He said the restructuring will be “more targeted” in comparison to the massive changes that were made this time last year, resulting in around 600 layoffs. In New York, this year’s round of layoffs could total 280, according to a filing with the New York State Department of Labor. When contacted by FOLIO:, a Time Inc. spokesperson called the Department of Labor number an estimate that the company is required to provide the state. She also said that while layoffs will be associated with the restructuring, no official headcount has been determined as the company is aiming to save a specific amount of money. The number of layoffs, she said, will depend on how many people accept voluntary buyouts. It has been rumored for weeks that more staffing cuts were coming this year at Time Inc. Layoffs reportedly began Tuesday night at Sports Illustrated where approximately 15 to 20 sales and marketing staffers were let go. Time Inc. executives were said to have asked for an “emergency” meeting with representatives from the Newspaper Guild to discuss layoffs. Bewkes during the call also said the company will take a look at some of Time Inc.’s “less profitable” titles. The company Wednesday shut down Fortune Small Business, a controlled circ. publication it published for American Express. The spokesperson told FOLIO: “none of the traditional U.S.” Time Inc. titles are closing.Advertising revenue at Time Inc. was reported at $456 million during the third quarter, a 22 percent drop from $585 million the same period in 2008. Subscription revenue fell 13 percent to $333 million.During the call, Time Warner CFO John Martin said he expects Time Inc. profits during the fourth quarter will still be down but will show improvement. Some categories, he said, including food, auto and beauty, are showing growth.Time Warner reported an operating income of $3.76 billion through the first nine months, a decrease of roughly 7 percent from the same period last year. Revenues were $20.88 billion, also down about 7 percent.Meanwhile, the company reported Time Inc. operating income of $167 million through the third quarter, down nearly 65 percent from the same period last year. Revenues fell 21 percent to $2.63 billion. Operating income during the third quarter fell dramatically—a 40 percent decrease to $97 million, on $914 million in revenues.last_img read more

first_imgThe Sitka Pioneer Home was the first such facility. It and others in Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage, Palmer and Fairbanks have lost staff due to budget cuts. (Photo by Emily Kwong, KCAW – Sitka)Alaska’s Pioneer Homes have stopped accepting new residents, at least for a while. It’s one more impact of state budget cuts.Listen nowThe state’s six homes usually serve about 440-450 Alaskans at any given time.State Pioneer Homes Division Director Vickie Wilson said reduced funding is dropping that number by about 30, or 7 percent.“They are beds that we are not filling because we don’t have adequate staff to be able to ensure good, safe care,” she said.Wilson’s agency has lost 30 positions, mostly because of attrition. And since senior care is labor-intensive, fewer people can be housed.That means the homes, three in Southeast and three in the Railbelt, can no longer accept new residents in the highest category of care. It’s called Level 3, and it’s pretty much like a nursing home, with 24-hour, hands-on assistance.Jacque Farnsworth and Jack Brandt play for JuneauPioneer Home residents earlier this year. (Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau)“Right at the moment, it’s all six of them. No one’s taking any of the level 3s right at this point,” she said.More than half of all residents, and a large number of applicants, are in that category. Two lower levels, different types of assisted-living care, require less staffing.Wilson said seniors seeking such care might have a chance to get a bed. But, probably not right away.“We would look carefully at their level of care and see if we could manage them with the staff that we have,” she said.“This is devastating,” said Ann Secrest, communications director for the Alaska branch of AARP, a nationwide senior advocacy group.She said Alaskans are living longer and staying at home as late as they can. But there comes a time when more care is required. So pioneer home cuts remove a much-needed option.“The majority of individuals are cared for at home. There are approximately 120,000 and 128,000 Alaskans who serve as unpaid family caregivers. So there’s going to be more of a burden put on those unpaid family caregivers throughout the state,” she said.Alaska, overall, falls far short of providing the care its seniors desire.Alaska Commission on Aging member Mary Shields said that’s in part because of demographics.The Ketchikan Pioneer Home is one of six in Alaska caring for older residents. (Photo by KRBD)“We have the fastest growing senior population in the nation, by percentage. There’s nothing much we can do about that,” she said.She said it’s no surprise pioneer homes are facing cutbacks. But she objects to those who say reductions don’t have to affect services.“Some people call it the low-hanging fruit. I don’t. We’ve already cut all of that off. We’re now into the mid-level branches,” she said.Residents, or their families, do pay for part of their care. Charges run from about $2,500 to $7,000 per month.The state considered turning the homes over to the private sector to save money. But it’s dropped that idea, though services such as pharmacies could still be privatized.Of course, beds open up as residents die. Pioneer Homes Director Wilson said 20 to 25 percent of beds become available each year.That could allow more new residents in. But Wilson said that’s only if funding remains the same.“Being a realist, as we take cuts, we will continue to have to consider that more beds will have to be cut,” she said.Even in better times, it’s hard to get into a pioneer home. As of mid-summer, close to 600 people were on the active waiting list.The inactive list, those waiting until they’re in greater need, is much larger.last_img read more

first_imgStudents blocks Dhaka-Barishal highway at Nathullabad area protesting death of 7 people including a BM College student in road accident. Photo: SaiyanStudents of Government BM College protested on Saturday, demanding maximum penalty for the bus driver involved in Friday’s road accident in Barishal which left seven people dead, reports UNB.One of the victims was an MA student of the college.Agitated students blocked the Dhaka-Barishal Highway for about two hours, halting traffic on the busy road. They brought out a procession from the campus before putting up barricades on the highway at Notullabad around 10am.Police visited the spot and requested the protesters to end their demonstration, said Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.The students called off their protests after Barishal City mayor Sher Niabat Sadik Abdulla assured them that justice will be done, the OC added.Seven people, including Shila Haldar, 24, an MA student, were killed after a bus of ‘Durjoy Paribahan’ hit a human hauler in city’s Tetultala area on Friday morning.last_img read more