Sixth edition of Heat Action Plan launched in Ahmedabad

first_imgAhmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in partnership with civil society groups and its partner NGOs on Wednesday launched 6th edition of Heat Action Plan (HAP) to protect city dwellers from climate fueled scorching temperatures.The 2018 Ahmedabad heat action plan released on Wednesday features several key elements like expanding use of cool roofs, reflective paint on buildings to inside temperatures lower, increasing access to drinking water and training medical professionals to help protects patients during extreme heats.The civic body has partnered with Gandhinagar-based Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) and US based Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) along with other groups and NGOs to design and implement the action plan, which was first launched in 2013.The comprehensive plan has an early warning system used during heat waves, a robust public education campaign about how to avoid harm from excessive heat, inter-agency coordination to alert residents of predicted high temperatures, training for health care professionals to prevent heat-related illnesses and death, and mapping of high-risk areas and communications.“India is showing the world that in our fight against climate change we can take smart steps right now to protect millions of people from deadly heat waves. AMC’s groundbreaking heat action plan helped demonstrate that it’s feasible, cost-effective and sensible to create similar heat preparedness plans across Indian cities and states,” said Sayantan Sarkar of NRDC’s India Initiative.In May of 2010, Ahmedabad suffered a major heat wave as temperatures exceeded 46.8°C, which led to 1,344 additional deaths that month, as compared to the 2009 and 2011 average. That served as a wakeup call that intergovernmental agency action, preparedness, and community outreach was needed to save lives, and prompted creation of its first Heat Action Plan.“Ahmedabad was the first city to prepare and implement heat action plan, which has now been adopted by 30 cities in 11 states, which face extreme heat waves during summer,” said Mihir Bhatt of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), which also works with the civic body in Ahmedabad and many other places.last_img read more

Terror in Turin as stampede leaves 1,500 injured

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU clinches quarterfinals spot, tramples Adamson BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES “This is a city that lives with anxiety and panic is something that is very difficult to control,” said Turin Prefect Renato Saccone.Beer bottlesThe scare in Turin came just minutes before another deadly attack unfolded in London with assailants driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then going on a stabbing spree before being shot dead by police.“Even if there have been no Islamist attacks in Italy, the panic of last night shows they are achieving their objectives even here,” said Roberto Calderoli, a Senator for the Northern League.Several thousand fans had turned up to watch the match in the Piazza San Carlo in downtown Turin.As fear took hold, a rush towards exit points quickly accelerated and the square emptied so quickly it was left strewn with hundreds of shoes ripped off people’s feet as they ran.ADVERTISEMENT Three people were in a serious but not life-threatening condition, including a young boy. Local media described him as a seven-year-old and said he was in a coma with serious chest injuries after being trampled in the crush.AFP reporters who witnessed the scenes said the panic seemed to have been triggered by fireworks, followed by one or more people shouting that a bomb had exploded — a notion that quickly filtered through the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe incident compounded a miserable night for fans of Turin-based Juventus, who lost the final 4-1 to Real Madrid.It also underlined the impact recent acts of terror are having on a jittery public across Europe, and the dilemmas now faced by organisers of any mass gathering of people following the Bataclan, Paris and Manchester concert attacks. The square was still dotted with shoes, clothes, bags and patches of blood on Sunday morning. The high number of cuts was blamed on beer in glass bottles having been freely available before and during the match from unlicensed vendors.“We heard a noise, then there was a movement of people like a wave and everyone started falling over each other,” said Luca, one of the fans caught up in the drama.“I have got blood on me from the people who fell on top of me, people were screaming, jumping over each other,” he told AFPTV. “It was really awful – we really thought it was Manchester again.”Heysel memoriesSome of the injuries occurred after a railing around the entrance to an underground car park beneath the square gave way under the weight of the crush, causing some of those injured to fall up to two metres (nearly seven feet) onto tarmac.Local media cited older Juventus supporters present as saying the panic had evoked painful memories of the 1985 Heysel disaster, in which 39 mostly Italian fans died when they were crushed by a collapsing wall before the start of that year’s European Cup final, against Liverpool.Another fan, Giulio, said he had been knocked to the ground. “Everyone just trampled over me. I got separated from all my friends. I don’t have the slightest idea what happened.”Fellow supporter Filippo took refuge in a restaurant in a neighbouring square. “They gave us something to drink and we stayed there until it was calm outside and we went back to find the shoe my daughter had lost.”“It was very stressful,” added Gaetan. “With everything that is going on nowadays, it’s only to be expected. We just panicked and tried to get out of there.” Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Juventus fans leave San Carlo’s square at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Juventus fans watching the Champions League final have rushed out of a Turin piazza in panic in what news reports said was an apparent false alarm. Hundreds of people watching the match on giant TV screens ran in a near-stampede from the center of the piazza. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)More than 1,500 people were injured, three seriously, after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin, local authorities said Sunday.In an update on Saturday’s dramatic events in a square packed with supporters watching the Cardiff match on a giant screen, the local prefecture said 1,527 had been treated for mainly minor injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

MI vs CSK: Mumbai stun Super Kings in CLT20

first_imgLasith Malinga emerged an unlikely hero as a truncated Mumbai Indians snatched a thrilling three-wicket win over title holders Chennai Super Kings in the Nokia Champions League T20 tournament, here on Saturday. ScoreA few lusty blows in the death overs by Malinga, who scored an 18-ball 37 not out, swept Mumbai Indians to a memorable victory that ended the Super Kings’ unbeaten run at Chepauk.Replying to Super Kings’ challenging total of 158 for four, courtesy a classic 81 by opener Michael Hussey, the Mumbai Indians, without eight regulars and struggling at 106 for seven in the 16th over, came through in the 20th with Malinga and skipper Harbhajan Singh (19 not out) adding 53 runs in 4.4 overs.Mumbai needed 25 off the last two overs and Malinga ensured they got those runs to script a believe-it-or-not win. Going into the final over, Mumbai needed 12 and a boundary off the fourth delivery by skipper Harbhajan Singh off Doug Bollinger tied the scores and then he scampered for a single off the fifth delivery to take his team over the line.Until the Malinga-Harbhajan partnership, Mumbai were never really in the hunt after they allowed Super Kings to race away in the second half of their innings. The hosts, who were 67 for two after 10 overs, got out of the jail with a late blitz, including 12 off the 18th over bowled by Malinga.Mumbai Indians began their chase promisingly with Aiden Blizzard and Davy Jacobs scoring at a good clip but when Ravichandran Ashwin broke the partnership, it triggered a dramatic collapse as Mumbai lost wickets in a hurry.advertisementAshwin lured Jacobs out of the crease and had him stumped by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni; Suresh Raina, replacing Ashwin, bowled Blizzard and in the next over, Dwayne Bravo had Ambatti Rayudu caught behind as Mumbai slid to 57 for three. Raina struck again by foxing Tirumalasetti Suman who fell to another stumping by Dhoni.It brought together two power-hitters, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard, but the expected fireworks did not come about as Bravo had an out-of-sorts Symonds caught in the deep.With half the side dismissed for just 63 by the 10 over, it was all over bar the shouting although big Kieron Pollard briefly threatened to perform magic, but top-edged a pull shot to be caught behind.Malinga then struck a few lusty blows to bring Mumbai Indians close to an improbable win that was eventually achieved with a ball to spare.Earlier, the Super Kings innings was mostly about Hussey who showcased his batting versatility in no uncertain manner with a truly magnificent innings that underlined the touch and form he is in.In fact, Hussey paced his innings quite beautifully and only sacrificed his wicket at the fag end when he tried to accelerate further. But until then, he dominated the proceedings with a mix of delicate shots and power-packed hits.Malinga provided Mumbai Indians a great start when he knocked out Murali Vijay with a near-perfect yorker, but was taken off the attack to be preserved for the death overs.It provided some reprieve for the Super Kings whose No.3 Raina survived a couple of uncomfortable moments facing Malinga before unleashing a few fine shots before departing following a freak incident.Raina missed a shot off Kieron Pollard and wicketkeeper Jacobs fumbled with a stumping. However, the ball hit the stumper’s pads and rolled on to the wickets and Raina was caught just outside the crease.The Super Kings innings somewhat lost its steam at this juncture with Subramaniam Badrinath unable to get cracking and it was not until his dismissal in the 16th over and the advent of Dhoni did the pace pick up noticeably.While Hussey duly reached his half-century and then perished in the 19th over, Dhoni delivered a few hefty blows to ensure Super Kings a fighting total.last_img read more

MP Sachin Tendulkar off the mark, seeks to integrate sports, studies

first_imgMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is taking guard to bat for an all-new cause.The preparation seems to be impeccable – just as you had seen him at Wankhede, the WACA in Perth, Trent Bridge or the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain – and could see him playing a larger political role in the coming days.Four months into his innings as a Rajya Sabha Member, he appears to have got a measure of the political pitch and is clearly keen to make his time out in the middle count. The result is a letter to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on the issue of integrating sports with education.Tendulkar has sent a presentation to Sibal on his vision of how sports can get its due in the country’s education system. Writing in his capacity as an Elder, he says he wants to meet Sibal and is keen to further the cause of sports.Sibal told Mail Today, “Yes, I have received a letter from Sachin. I have written back to him asking him to come to the HRD ministry to make a presentation on the subject.”Sources close to the minister said that while the minister is personally inclined to incorporate Tendulkar’s suggestions in the curriculum, such matters are decided by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which will work out the modalities for the same.Political dutiesTendulkar’s initiative in reaching out to Sibal – his first steps in trying to address a larger audience as a politician with the prospect of a role in government – comes at a time when his comment on reassessing his cricketing future in November has fuelled speculation on his retirement from cricket.Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.”When I feel that I am not delivering what is needed, and then I will re-look at the scheme of things. I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever,” he said in an interview to a private TV channel on October 5.Sachin’s letter to Sibal could not have come at a better time for his efforts to seek a formal role for sports in education. The HRD ministry has of late been focusing on giving education a holistic outlook, which includes according importance to sports and co- curricular activities in schools and higher education.For instance, in the case of Unmukt Chand, the under-19 cricketer who was not allowed to appear for his college examination because of low attendance, Sibal had intervened to get him an exemption.Recently, the minister approved UGC guidelines to provide free education to undergraduate and postgraduate students who win laurels for the country at the Olympics or world championships.According to the sporting fraternity, Tendulkar’s efforts to highlight sports in curriculum will make a quicker and bigger impact. “It’s a great initiative from Sachin Tendulkar,” said former cricketer Ravi Shastri.”Yes, sports should be included in the curriculum.It’s a great gesture from Sachin and his voice can make a great impact. Sport is important not only for winning medals but for the general health of the nation,” said badminton player P. Gopichand.Olympic medal winner and boxer Mary Kom hopes that this will benefit all sporting disciplines and not just cricket.”I would want that all sport be given equal importance and not just cricket. Because, in that case, youngsters will choose only that sport,” Kom said.New inningsThe veteran cricketer was sworn in as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha on June 4 this year. There were mixed reactions to this. It was then that Tendulkar had first said that he would like to be remembered as someone who contributed to all sports.”With the nomination as Rajya Sabha member, I think I am in a better position not only to help cricket but also other sports in the country which is really important and means a lot to me. And I will try my best to help other sports,” he had told reporters right after his swearing-in.Meanwhile, an HRD ministry official said that the ministry had already taken steps towards integrating sports with education.”The minister would like to meet him ( Tendulkar) to get a better understanding of his ideas and vision,” a ministry official said.advertisementlast_img read more

Son Heung-min considered Tottenham exit after 1st season until discussion with Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min wanted a transfer back to Germany after struggling in his debut season at the Premier League club but stayed put after a conversation with manager Mauricio Pochettino, the South Korea international has said.Son moved to Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and scored only four times in 28 league matches but he has since turned his fortunes around and looks set to have his best season in a Spurs shirt with 11 league goals in 22 games so far.”I came close to leaving. I went to the gaffer’s office and told him I didn’t feel comfortable and wanted to leave for Germany,” Son told Standard Sport in an interview.”The gaffer trusted me and I am so grateful. He made my dream come true. I am more than grateful [to him].”It’s difficult to say. I have worked four years with the gaffer, it’s just amazing.”With Harry Kane and Dele Alli both sidelined due to injuries during crucial periods this season, Son has stepped up and helped Spurs keep a firm grip on third spot in the league.His fine form has come even with having to leave Tottenham twice for international duty, first for the Asian Games in August and then for the Asian Cup in January.”Today, patience in football is difficult but always it’s about time. You can learn a lot from these difficult moments,” Pochettino said.”The conversation [with Son] was not only professional, it was human. Sonny was patient. He was happy with the decision and now we are seeing his best form.advertisement”People love him, teammates, fans. It’s very easy to work with him. He’s very professional… a happy boy that translates that energy to the team.”Tottenham host Arsenal in the north London derby on Saturday.Also Read | Massive opportunity lost for us: Mauricio Pochettino disappointed with Tottenham lossAlso Read | Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min lauds unbelievable teammate Jan Vertonghenlast_img read more

As walls crumble memories remain for Tłı̨chǫ gatherings

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsHundreds of people piled into the Behchokǫ̀ cultural centre for a  final hand game tournament ahead of the 30 year old building being torn down.Nearly double the teams anticipated registered with 40 plus groups on the roster.Even with the $30,000 prize on the line, it was the chance to play one more game with friends and family that brought resonated with so many.“To see the building go is actually going to be heartfelt for a lot of people,” said Richie Martin of Behchokǫ̀.“We are in modern days and we need a bigger building, something where we can have more people come in.”(Hand game: Team from Behchokǫ̀ showing off their moves in the last tournament to be played at the old cultural centre. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)A member of the group “Our Tłı̨chǫ Drummers,” Martin has watched the resurgence of his culture in youth through the games.“In 2005, we had the first tournament here held in March and that was just straight men 18 over for the first tournament. Now it’s just more and more youth playing every year,” he said.For the famous annual Ediwa Weyallon handgame tournament the community swells from 2,000 to roughly 5,000 over one weekend, many of whom are youth and kids.“I remember I was probably like these kids running around here. I remember playing around, jumping around as they were building it, excited to see how it turned out. It’s pretty nice, it’s been here a long time,” said Jonathan Lafferty who travelled from Dettah, NWT back home to Behchokǫ̀.It’s more than just fun and games when families travel in by boat and ice road to attend though.Gatherings are a breeding ground for passing on Dene laws to the next generation.Wendy Mantla, a resident of Behchokǫ̀, has three sons playing in the tournament.“It means a lot especially for the younger ones learning our culture with hand games. Knowing our language, our culture and what our ancestors use to do,” she said.Land claim negotiations, feasts and hundreds of weddings have all graced the centre.“My sister actually got married here too. It was memorable because that was the last time my Dad was drum dancing in that building,” Mantla said.(Tłı̨chǫ community gatherings always draw many Elders. As per protocol, they are receive the best seat in the house and lead many of the opening prayers and remarks. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)The building is being demolished due to mold and public consultations have been held to plan for a new centre.Lucy Lafferty, a resident of Behchokǫ̀, said just like the original design under the guidance of the local friendship centre, reflected the culture of the people and did not resemble an institutional government office.“I’ve gone to one of the consultations. They had elders and community members talking about why the building was needed. They want to make sure that the building will represent the Dene Tłı̨chǫ, customs, culture and the way we do things,” she said.Community gatherings will take place in the multiplex for the time being as all that is left of the old centre will be memories once demolished.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

Canadian dollar at 7month low on American growth concerns sliding commodities

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at a fresh seven-month low Wednesday amid sharply lower oil and metal prices.The commodity-sensitive loonie dropped 0.53 of a cent at 98.3 cents US.The dollar has lost about two US cents since the start of the year, centred on fears of massive U.S. government spending cuts, the housing market and oil prices.There are worries about the looming sequester in the U.S. That is a huge package of across the board spending cuts worth US$85 billion that are set to take effect at the end of the month unless lawmakers can agree on other cuts that would be more selective.It would cut a big chunk out of American economic growth, a worrisome prospect for a struggling economy.The housing sector has also come under scrutiny with the International Monetary Fund saying that it is overvalued by a good 10 per cent.The price gap between global benchmark Brent crude and Western Canadian Select, which is the crude produced by Western Canada’s oilsands, has also become a concern. Recently, that price gap widened as much as $65 a barrel as pipeline bottlenecks have prevented growing oilsands production from getting to the most lucrative markets. That gap is now down to about $45 amid expectations it will fall even more.There is also suspense over the future of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry bitumen from the Alberta oilsands to U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.Meanwhile, Italy is weighing on currency markets. An election this weekend could result in a split parliament, making it difficult for a coalition government to push through unpopular economic reforms.And the British pound tumbled after minutes of the last rate setting meeting of the Bank of England showed governor Mervyn King and two others backed another monetary stimulus. The pound was trading 0.8 per cent lower on the day, falling below US$1.53 Wednesday for the first time since June.Commodity prices were lower with the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.28 to US$94.38 a barrel.Oil prices were undercut by analysts’ expectations for higher U.S. crude supplies when the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration releases its weekly inventory report on Thursday. Analysts on average forecast a rise of 2 million barrels, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.March copper declined four cents to US$3.61 a pound.April gold bullion fell beneath the key level of US$1,600 an ounce, closing down $26.20 to a seven-month low of US$1,578 an ounce. Other technical factors were at work with analysts talking of a death cross in the market.This event happens when a security’s long-term moving average breaks above its short-term moving average or support level.Meanwhile, several Federal Reserve policymakers expressed concerns last month about the risks of the Fed’s efforts to boost the U.S. economy by keeping borrowing costs low through bond purchases.Minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 29-30 policy meeting showed that some officials were worried that the continued purchases could eventually escalate inflation, unsettle financial markets or cause the Fed to absorb losses once it begins selling its investment holdings.The Fed said it would review its current open-ended program of asset purchases totalling US$85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds at the March meeting.On the economic front, U.S. housing starts for January came in lower than expected — at an annual rate of 890,000, down from December’s read of 954,000 and below expectations of 922,000.Building permits rose 1.8 per cent to an annualized rate of 920,000 in January, up from 909,000 in December. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 4:44 pm MDT Canadian dollar at 7-month low on American growth concerns, sliding commodities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Former Canadian Olympian seen on Washington state ferry after he disappeared

VICTORIA – Police in Washington state are almost certain that a missing Victoria man entered the state aboard a ferry a week ago.Deputy Chief Brian Smith of the Port Angeles Police Department said Tuesday that an officer who viewed video surveillance from a street camera saw a man matching Harold Backer’s description.He said the man left the Coho ferry in the middle of the day on Nov. 3.That’s the day the 52-year-old former Canadian Olympic rower was last seen, wearing a red cycling jersey and black riding pants. He was possibly riding a black road bike and carrying a black backpack.“Our officer is 85 per cent sure he’s seeing the person in question riding his bicycle and leaving the Coho ferry,” Smith said of Backer, who competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.However, video surveillance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not show the man getting off the ferry in Port Angeles, he said.There could be various reasons for that, including that other people were in the way of the camera, Smith said.“So far we aren’t able to recover any video from Customs and Border Protection that would show him coming down the walkway. That doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, it means that we aren’t able to establish that.“We’re operating from the premise that he did enter the U.S., that it was him,” Smith said.The Black Ball ferry line operates the Coho, which makes the hour-and-a-half crossing between Victoria and Port Angeles twice as day — at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.The Victoria Police Department issued a statement saying Backer told his family that he was going for a bike ride but failed to return home.The department did not return calls for an interview.The Canadian Securities Administrators lists Backer as a seller of mutual funds in British Columbia and Ontario.He is registered with a firm called Investia Financial Services as of September 2009 and agreed to be supervised.Richard Gilhooley of the B.C. Securities Commission said he could not immediately provide further information on Backer.— By Camille Bains in Vancouver by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 1:53 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 11, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former Canadian Olympian seen on Washington state ferry after he disappeared Harold Backer is shown in a Vancouver Police Department handout photo. Police in Washington are almost certain that a missing British Columbia man boarded a ferry entering the state from Victoria.Deputy Chief Brian Smith of the Port Angeles Police Department says video surveillance shows a man matching Backer’s description on the Coho ferry last Tuesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Vancouver Police Department read more

Eaton ProFX electronic controls offer robust precision for mobile offhighway

first_imgPower management company Eaton has launched a new line of Pro-FX™ electronic controls and software, including the HFX controllers and VFX display families, and the Pro-FX Control software suite to precisely control machine functions for mobile off-highway applications, such as on material handling and surface mining vehicles.“The new Pro-FX family offers customers best-in-class hardware and software to solve control challenges without digging into the bottom line,” said Christophe Natter, Product Marketing Manager, Eaton. “Simplifying electric control integration without sacrificing customisation options helps end users in a wide range of markets improve productivity, operator safety and energy efficiency.”New HFX controllers are IP67 and IP69K rated. Their die-cast aluminium housing is rugged enough to withstand wide temperature ranges and water depths. Multiple inputs and outputs, including three CAN ports, provide flexible configurations to meet individual customer’s needs. With one of the fastest processors on the market, the controllers allow for precise equipment control. Additionally, memory can be allocated to perform data logging functions that can reduce cost by taking the guesswork out of maintenance by predicting problems before they happen.The new line also includes two displays, 4.3 in and 7 in. Like the controllers, the best-in-class display screens are extremely rugged, built to withstand high and low temperatures, and are readable in direct sunlight. With a powerful backlight and an optically-bonded liquid crystal display (LCD) screen, the displays not only provide sunlight optimised viewing capabilities at every angle, “but also protect against fog and dust contamination – a must-have in the mobile off-road market.”In addition to the new controllers and displays, Eaton is releasing the new Pro-FX configuration software, which is based on CoDeSys V3.5, a non-proprietary common programming tool, and is International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61131-3 compliant. With full customisation and automation options, Pro-FX software helps maximise machine productivity by simplifying operations and minimising operator impact. The software comes with six programming languages, including graphical and textual, as well as an extensive set of function block libraries. The libraries contain pre-configured software objects to help customers rapidly develop their applications. To help customers reduce the time to include the controllers within their system, Pro-FX control software includes fully integrated CANopen and J1939 CAN Stacks. The software suite also contains advanced graphic capabilities that can be used to create a first class human machine interface.last_img read more

De la Hoyas pro offer tempts Katie but her heart remains an

first_imgTEN-TIME WORLD champion Oscar de la Hoya is the latest big boxing promoter to try his luck at tempting Katie Taylor into the sport’s professional ranks.But while Ireland’s Olympic hero admits she is a “small bit tempted” by the approach from the Golden Boy Promotions stable, she spoke once again of her love for amateur boxing and the desire to defend her lightweight gold medal at Rio 2016.Since her win in London Taylor has become one of boxing’s most sought-after stars, but the 26-year-old has yet to decide whether she will follow John Joe Nevin and cash in by turning pro or stay on as an amateur for another four years.Taylor and her father Peter are in discussions with the Irish Sports Council over her future, and while she hasn’t set a deadline for any decision, she revealed that she intends to be back in the ring before Christmas if she stays amateur.De la Hoya was one of the first big names to tweet Taylor and congratulate her on winning Olympic gold. His offer to turn pro, joining a company which includes Juan Manuel Marquez, Saul Alvarez and Bernard Hopkins, has forced her to think.“It was a bit of a surprise. I was thinking maybe should I turn pro with Oscar de la Hoya. He has the most successful stable at the moment. Golden Boy Promotions is a huge stable. I’m a small bit tempted I think because he’s the most successful promoter out there at the moment. We didn’t really get into it too much with him, I think my dad’s still in talks with the Sports Council and Oscar de la Hoya but we’ll see what happens anyway.“I don’t think money is a huge factor with me really. As I said before, my heart has always been in the amateur sport. I absolutely love amateur boxing and I’d love to defend the title in four years’ time.”She added: “I think there’s just so much more to professional boxing really. You do have to make sure you get the right promoter, you have to make sure you get a good signing on contract and you have to make sure that the fights are there for you.In amateur boxing, you’re just entered into a competition and you have to beat the best to be the best, whoever comes up. There’s no picking and choosing your fights. Amateur boxing is purely it, it’s a pure sport. Professional boxing is a business really. On Wednesday Taylor was named the AIBA World Elite Female Boxer of the Year for a historic third time, cementing her place as one of the sport’s greats.If she does iron out the final details of an agreement with the Sports Council and stay as an amateur, Taylor would love to have more high-profile fights in Ireland. One name which has already been mentioned is Natasha Jonas, the Liverpudlian who Taylor beat in a barnstorming Olympic quarter-final in London.“I always love boxing in Ireland really,” she says. “It’s always a huge pressure situation really but it’s great to get the fights here.“I think if you go away to too many international competitions, you don’t know what’s going to happen with the judges as well. It’s just not good always worrying and thinking about the politics of it all. I think it’s better to bring performers over here really and to get the fights here.”last_img read more

QA goes gaga over Nana Mouskouri

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nana Mouskouri overshadowed many on the Q&A panel this week, as the Greek songstress chimed in on numerous Australian topics like children in detention, tax evasion and distrust in politics. The octogenarian singer and former member of the EU parliament appeared on the ABC panel show on Monday while in Australia to perform a number of concerts. Mouskouri’s defining moment on the show was when she prevailed over the political psycho-babble and gave her views on children in detention. Having worked as a UNICEF ambassador, Mouskouri was visibly shocked to discover that Australia had a current record of keeping children in detention.“I’m surprised for Australia. I didn’t know,” she said.“I think the world needs a little bit more humanity.”Mouskouri said under no circumstances should children be in detention and called for the government to change tack. “Let’s put some humanity into the laws really and protect the children,” she said. “You are playing with the lives that are going to build a better world, so give them the chance to do that.”Mouskouri was joined on the panel by rising Labor star Ed Husic, Guardian Australia columnist Van Badham, parliamentary secretary to the treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer and editor of the Financial Review Michael Stutchbury, all of whom chimed in on the state of Greece’s current economic and political woes. In light of heated anti-Islamic protests across Australia, Mouskouri drew parallels to Greece’s neo-fascist political party Golden Dawn, and admitted she was worried about its popularity.Asked by host Tony Jones whether anyone could reason with a leader who proclaims himself a racist, Mouskouri replied “no, I cannot [reason with them], but, you know, the problem is that people have voted and they are in the parliament”.As a true pacifist, Mouskouri hoped a solution can be found through opening the discourse and not “receiving them as enemies”.Interestingly, Mouskouri was able to get the politicians of the panel to open up about the reality of aligning themselves with a party that implements policies that they might not agree with. Speaking about entering politics briefly when became member of the EU parliament in 1994-1999, Mouskouri found the responsibility of promising solutions before judging the obstacles troubling.“I didn’t want to continue because it is a difference with politics and singers. Singers, we live with music, we give hope, we give love, we try really to make people see a future, which I did when I was young, but I cannot commit myself by giving solutions and these solutions the politicians will give,” she says. The topic then shifted to Greece’s austerity measures, which saw a number of panellists chime in. All agreed that a ‘Grexit’ would be dangerous, but differed on whether Greece is using the right tactics in negotiating a better deal with its creditors.“They’ll probably get it but I don’t think that will be the end of it, because fundamentally they’ve got to become a more competitive economy,” Australian Financial Review’s Michael Stutchbury said. Mouskouri said more needs to be done to fix the tone of Greece’s objections. “The most important thing is to soothe the people’s problem then you can go and ask for whatever you want,” she said.“You cannon in a crisis go and say, ‘Yes, but you owe us’, or make enemies with everybody.”While this was going on, Q&A’s Twitter feed was being flooded with tongue-in-cheek jokes from the Australian public. “Put some Windex on the Greek economy,” said Robbie Carroll, taking his advice from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Mr Blanc said “I’m happy to use my tax dollars for Greece if they repay in moussaka.”Mouskouri finished the show by singing a rendition of the famous song The White Rose of Athens.last_img read more

Des plats plus caloriques que prévu

first_imgDes plats plus caloriques que prévu ?États-Unis – Des chercheurs de l’université de Tufts ont mené une étude sur les apports énergétiques de différents plats afin de les comparer aux données fournies par les restaurants, fast-foods et hypermarchés.Doutant (à bon escient) de la véracité des informations données par les restaurants et grandes enseignes alimentaires quant à la teneur calorique des produits mis en vente, une équipe de chercheurs américains a voulu vérifier ces renseignements.En effet, les chaînes de fast-foods comme McDonald’s proposent de consulter en ligne la valeur énergétique de chacun de leurs produits, et ainsi de connaître l’apport calorique d’un repas “à la carte” ou d’un menu. Les apports sont également inscrits sur les emballages des aliments, sauf sur ceux des boissons et des glaces : il faut dire que les résultats sont plutôt astronomiques, comptez 620 calories pour un McFlurry par exemple.Ainsi, l’équipe s’est rendue sur place et a commandé 18 garnitures et entrées dans des restaurants de chaînes nationales, 11 garnitures et entrées dans des fast-foods nationaux et 10 repas surgelés d’hypermarchés. Elle a ensuite calculé la quantité exacte de calories contenues dans chacun de ces plats. Les résultats sont bien ceux auxquels on s’attendait : les teneurs énergétiques sont plus élevées que celles indiquées sur les emballages, les menus ou les sites, en moyenne de 18%. Deux des garnitures provenant d’un restaurant étaient en fait trois fois plus énergétiques que prévu. De plus, les garnitures étant la plupart du temps offertes, elles ne sont pas prises en compte dans la mesure des calories du plat, bien qu’elles soient souvent plus énergétiques que l’entrée elle-même.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Pour ce qui est des plats surgelés, la valeur énergétique excédait en moyenne de 8% la valeur indiquée : c’est beaucoup moins, mais d’après les chercheurs, c’est assez pour prendre plusieurs kilos par an. Cependant, pour ces résultats, la marge d’erreur diminue lorsque les scientifiques déterminent eux-mêmes la quantité à analyser. En effet, pour les industries, il est préférable de mettre plus de nourriture que pas assez. Par conséquent, un plat surgelé de 400 grammes en pèsera 430 et sera donc plus calorique.D’après le directeur de cette recherche, il est important que les industriels et restaurateurs fassent preuve de plus d’exactitude quant à ces données : indiquer des valeurs énergétiques moins importantes que celles réellement contenues dans les plats peut en effet aller à l’encontre du but premier de ces informations, en poussant à manger plus et donc, à grossir. Le 17 janvier 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

McClean helps homeless in his hometown

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland footballer has paid for four persons to stay in a hotel in the city of LondonderryRepublic of Ireland player James McClean believes in giving back to life after his success in the national team and in Stoke City.The winger and his wife, have paid for hotel and food for four people in the city of Londonderry.“James text me on Sunday evening out of the blue and asked me to do him a favor,” McClean’s father Patrick told BBC News NI.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“You never know with James what he will ask.”“He wanted to know about the homeless situation back in Derry, and I told him there seemed to be a rise in the number of people you can see sleeping rough,” he added.“James said ‘I have booked four rooms, can you go and gather whoever needs a bed for a few nights’.”“There was absolute shock and disbelief on their faces, they were so pleased that a complete stranger would do this for them,” Patrick said.last_img read more

Commonwealth baton leaves Buckingham Palace TCI takes the day off

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Today is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands; among the nations which actually take the day off to commemorate Commonwealth Day.    In the Turks and Caicos, the Speaker of the House of Assembly – Hon Dwayne Taylor – will deliver the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message over national radio, which in large part speaks of a baton containing a message of peace, understanding and respect for one another.The baton which begins a ‘long and extraordinary’ journey from Buckingham Palace today, throughout the nations over the next 12-months makes it final stop in Australia, which is the site of the next Commonwealth Games.Today is also day two of the National Inter High School track and field competition at the National Stadium.  The Parade of Nations which was scheduled for later today in Grand Turk has been postponed to April.    There are 52 commonwealth nations, over 2.5 billion people.#MagneticMediaNews #ParadeofNations #CommonwealthDay Related Items:#CommonwealthDay, #magneticmedianews, ParadeofNationslast_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests Issue 7 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 30, 2018 and September 5, 2018:Thursday, August 30Joshua A. Blackburn (28, Wilmington) — Warrant. (Arrest)John A. Saviano (51, Wilmington) — OUI (3rd Offense); Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Leaving Scene Of Property Damage; and Vandalizing Property. (Summons)Friday, August 31Justin Michael Denorscia (22, Wilmington) — Reckless Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Motorcycle Equipment Violation; Unregistered Motor Vehicle; and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Saturday, September 1Clayton J. Wentzell, Jr. (62, Wilmington) — Reckless Operation Of Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Sunday, September 2NoneMonday, September 3Jesse Jay Leverone (24, Chelmsford) — Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation. Leverone was pulled over at Main Street and Glen Road. (Summons)Lucelene Deoliveria (48, North Andover) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation Posted. Deoliveria was pulled over on Ballardvale Street. (Summons)Tuesday, September 4Patrick James Carroll (35, Wilmington) — Failure To Stop For Police, Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked License For An OUI; & Speeding. (Arrest)Wednesday, September 5Charles A. Buchanan (44, North Billerica) — Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Marked Lanes Violation. (Summons)Jesse Merrill (39, Pepperell) — Possession of a Class A Drug. (Summons)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Ravishekar who is accused in Hayathnagar Soni kidnap case

first_imgAn unknown person in the name of Vigilance official has threatened a pesticide shop owner and collected Rs 80000 from Shop owner and fled away from the spot. Meanwhile , police suspecting The unidentified person as Ravishekar who is accused in Soni kidnap case in Hayathnagar and were examining the recorded CCTV footage at pesticide shop in Kondrapole village. It learnt that , the offender also grabbed three rings of owner whole leaving the shop. As per the information from the sources the suspected Ravishekar left for Guntur from Kondrapole and police search operations are underwaylast_img read more

Infosys and highlevel exits Heres what CEO Vishal Sikka thinks

first_imgInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka announces the third quarter (October-December) results of fiscal 2016-17 in Bengaluru, on Jan 13, 2017.IANSInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka has remained tight lipped on the high-level exits that have of late dogged the IT firm. While much was said about how the CEO was having a tough time retaining talent, especially at a time when the IT industry has been having a rough ride, he chose not to comment. Well, until now.Sikka has finally opened up about the senior level exits in the company and has suggested that it is not really a cause for concern. He explained that the exits are “far lower” when compared to other companies.When CNBCTV asked Sikka if he was worried about the attrition rate at Infosys, he said: “Not at all. This is a complete nonsensical myth that has been propagated in some parts,” reported PTI.”It happens in every company. We actually did an analysis, both in terms of our own past as well as in terms of the other companies in our industry. And there are far more executives who have left every other company that we could think of,” he added.Sikka, who recently completed three years as the CEO of Infosys, also said that there is some kind of “fixation” with Infosys and the company is eternally on the radar when it comes to these high-level exits.He was also asked what he thought about co-founder Narayana Murthy’s recent statement in which he said that he regretted leaving the firm in 2014, he said that the firm intended to have a separate board and a management.”This was something that we had very consciously established as an independent board and a professional management taking over from a founder-led board and a founder-led management. So, that is a big change,” Sikka explained.Infosys had been in the news with its senior executives leaving the firm one after the other. July itself saw the resignation of Anirban Dey, the global head and chief business officer of Edge products at EdgeVerve, Ritika Suri, who was in-charge of mergers and acquisitions and Yusuf Bashir, MD of the $500-million Infosys Innovation Fund. Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile the firm earlier saw the exit of Sandeep Dadlani, president and head – MRCL, who quit to pursue other interests, Infosys lost senior executives such as Rajiv Bansal, Samson David, Manish Tandon and Anup Upadhyay before that.In light of the exits, Sikka’s longevity at Infosys too came into question. However, Infosys Co-Chairman Ravi Venkatesan said that he hoped that Sikka achieves the targets for the firm and stays on. Venkatesan too had said that the resignations make him sad, “but when the industry is changing so fast, boss, if people have an opportunity to become a CEO somewhere else and become number 2 somewhere else, we cannot stop them.”last_img read more

Rainbow flag removed from police station then culprits send terrible homophobic letter

first_imgThe police station in Bridlington, England took a stance of pride and inclusion when it raised a rainbow flag outside its building. Then, a group of people vandalized the flag and damaged the pole. GAYSTARNEWS- “Instead, we vandalised it by cutting the rope above the cleat and releasing the halyard – the damage is easily remediable. However, should you re-fly the flag or anything similar, we WILL remove it and we will also take whatever other action we consider appropriate and proportionate. We trust that further action will not necessary.’Finally, Ball asks a question of the leaders and people of Bridlington: ‘If you were walking past a Humberside police station with a young child, how would you explain that flag?’He continues: ‘We know what the answer from the LGBT community will be. They will say that children should be taught to be tolerant, to which our answer would be a further question: Tolerant of what?‘We do NOT support the LGBT community. Our message to them is: We think you are perverts and freaks, and you need to keep it in the closet. More pertinently, it is not for public bodies to endorse the LGBT movement. If such a flag is ever flown from a public building in Bridlington again, it WILL be removed.’No place hereAn update from the Hull Daily Mail reveals police are investigating this as a hate crime.‘We are treating these malicious emails as a hate crime. Everyone has the right to be safe and secure and to live free from fear or harassment,’ said Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Peach.‘Hate incidents or crimes are based on ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and hate and have no place in our society.’More from Gay Star NewsCourt finds man who vandalized George Michael mural guiltyDonald Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame smashed to bitsParis rainbow crosswalk vandalized for the second time in a few daysGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Puerto Rican designer creates new Pride flag to include trans and people of colorArsonist targeted Lithuanian gay director in a possible homophobic attackAntarctica is about to get its first ever Pride celebrationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/rainbow-flag-police-homophobic-letter/center_img Rainbow flag flying | Photo: Unsplash/Kirsty Lee Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Authorities put up the flag as a sign of support for the country’s Pride celebrations.Now, a group known as the Men of Bridlington are claiming responsibility for the vandalism. They also sent a homophobic and shocking letter to various leaders in the area explaining why.The figures who received the letter include council leader Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE , police and crime commissioner Keith Hunter, and East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight.The emailHull Daily Mail originally posted the contents of the email.‘Recently a large rainbow LGBT flag has been flying at Bridlington Police Station . We cannot imagine why this decision was taken, but it is very wrong,’ the letter begins.‘The police should not be involving themselves in politics and should not be appearing to show bias towards fringe groups in society. That point in itself should be enough to condemn the police, but we especially object to the endorsement of the LGBT movement.’John Ball of the group wrote the letter and further goes on to describe homosexuality as ‘abnormal, perverted, anti-social, unnatural and dangerous’.‘That is the view of normal people and within living memory, the practice of homosexuality was illegal in this country – for good reason.’‘Tolerant of what?’Ball also describes the details of the vandalism.‘We vandalised the flag the other evening, and we note that as a result of our actions, it has had to be taken down. To be clear, we did not remove the flag, as we respect other people’s property and do not wish to be accused of theft.last_img read more