Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launches new BS-IV grade fuel

first_imgUnion Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday launched a supply of BS-IV grade fuel in 12 towns through video-conferencing from here.“We begin a new era of clean transportation fuels that would benefit 1.25 billion citizens of our country by substantially reducing pollution levels in our cities,” Mr. Pradhan said complementing three oil marketing companies for working in unison for launching the BS-IV grade fuels as per schedule.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not made commitment under any external pressure in Paris summit. Even though India is not a polluting country, it has shown commitment for reducing vehicular emission,” said the minister.Mr. Pradhan asked oil companies to expedite their efforts to introduce BS-VI standards by April1, 2020“We had started oil upgradation programme in 1991. Oil companies have achieved emission standards by continuously introducing advance technology and making huge capital expenditure. The oil industry has spent over Rs. 28,000 crore after 2010 for supplying BS-IV grade fuel. It was in addition to Rs. 35,000 crore already spent before 2010,” said Petroleum Secretary K. D. Tripathi.Mr. Tripathi said oil companies would further spend ₹28,000 crore to supply BS-VI specification oil by 2020. As of now total investment made to upgrade oil comes to around ₹90,000 crore, he pointed out.The Supreme Court has banned the sale of BS-III vehicles from April 1. “On and from April 1, 2017, such vehicles that are not BS-IV compliant shall not be sold in India by any manufacturer or dealer, that is to say that such vehicles, whether two-wheeler, three- wheeler, four-wheeler or commercial vehicles will not be sold,” a Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta had ordered.According to Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, India has reduced its diesel content from 10,000 ppm in the most of the country in 1996 to a maximum of 50 ppm in 2017. The proposed BS-VI regulation will reduce diesel sulphur content to a maximum 10 ppm, enabling the introduction of advanced emission control technologies, including diesel particulate filters and selective catalyst reduction systems, which will be needed to meet BS-VI emission standards. As the technology for BS-V is not very different, it was decided to go straight to BS-VI grade fuels from BS-IV.last_img read more

Jürgen Klopp seeks top-four slot and end to stupid questions at Chelsea

first_imgChampions League Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics Jürgen Klopp After seeing what they managed against the English champions and the last Italian side in the contest, even a team of Real Madrid’s pedigree and experience will be careful not to make any assumptions. Klopp has turned Mohamed Salah into a Ballon d’Or candidate, made Manchester City think twice about the wisdom of letting James Milner go, reinvigorated his back-line options with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson and, perhaps most impressively of all, compensated for the loss of Philippe Coutinho by making the team revolve around the outstanding Roberto Firmino.Klopp has bought well, built a side that can hurt just about anyone and he has not yet finished. Naby Keïta arrives from RB Leipzig in the summer – Liverpool might even take him as a guest to the Champions League final in Kiev – and Klopp expects to make one or two more signings before the start of next season.“Naby has the quality to have a big effect on the team immediately he arrives,” the manager said of the Guinea midfielder. “He is not playing the World Cup so he will have a full pre-season with us, which will help him a lot. We will probably sign a couple more players in summer because we need more depth in the squad. news Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp “To bring in players who are 200% better than what we have will be difficult but we had a problem when Coutinho left and Adam Lallana and then Emre Can became injured. You can never remove all injury risk and the boys still did brilliantly, but of course we will try to strengthen the squad because that’s how it is.”Klopp is refusing all invitations to get carried away by the achievement of taking Liverpool to an eighth European Cup final – “I am not interested in reaching finals, I am more interested in winning them” – though he will admit that one of the reasons he would prefer to strengthen rather than stand still is because the English league is so tough. “I do think this is the hardest league,” he said. “The intensity is hard, the fixture schedule is hard. In England every team fights for everything every week.“If there is a reason why English teams have not been doing so well in Europe I would say that is the most important one. I have spoken about this before and I am not looking to complain or make excuses but I think we all know that the schedule you give to your teams is not made for being successful in summer.” Share on Messenger Read more The Observercenter_img Read more Liverpool Clearly it is not only Sybil Fawlty who specialises in the bleedin’ obvious, though Klopp was not being flippant and neither should his reply be dismissed lightly. How many other English clubs could currently say the same?In under three seasons at Anfield Klopp has turned the club into a force in Europe to such an extent that clubs with bigger budgets and more experienced squads – Chelsea and the two Manchester sides, say – ought to be vaguely embarrassed.Since he was last in the Champions League final, with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, no Premier League side has gone as far, and now he is back with a club that managed qualification only twice in the previous eight seasons.Klopp’s Liverpool are strong in a way that few sides from this country have been in Europe since Manchester United were in their pomp. When Chelsea became the last English winners of the Champions League in 2012 they were a fading force, not really hitting the heights they threatened under José Mourinho or (briefly) Guus Hiddink.United went to the 2009 and 2011 finals as clear underdogs and were duly humbled twice by Barcelona. Those versions of Chelsea and United were certainly not sides others were hoping to avoid in the draw, which is what Liverpool have just become. Read more Share on Twitter Liverpool need to take a point or more from their visit to Stamford Bridge this afternoon in order to secure their place in the top four, leave the rest of the season free to concentrate on the Champions League final and give Jürgen Klopp a break from answering stupid questions.The German has become adept at either widening his eyes or letting his jaw drop in response to some of the inanities that come his way during media duties, though to his credit he usually manages a reasoned answer. “Yes of course it is important to this club to play in the Champions League next season,” he said slowly, as if examining the query for a catch it did not contain. “We are strong enough to compete against the very best teams in Europe so that is what we want to do. We are ready for this challenge.” Real Madrid should fear Liverpool in Champions League final, says Lovren Share via Email The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Top-four spot is ‘massive’ progress for Liverpool, says Jürgen Klopp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Heisman Trophy Voter Getting Crushed For His Ballot

first_img2018 Heisman Trophy finalists Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, and Tua Tagovailoa.ESPNOne Heisman Trophy voter is getting crushed for his ballot after he revealed who he voted for on Saturday night.Bryan Fischer, a college football writer who has a vote in the Heisman Trophy, revealed his top-three ballot following the award ceremony on Saturday night.His top three was:Oklahoma QB Kyler MurrayAlabama QB Tua TagovailoaAlabama DL Quinnen WilliamsAs you can see, he did not include Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in his top three. Haskins, a Heisman Trophy finalist, ended up finishing third in the award’s voting, though many Buckeyes fans were upset throughout the day, thinking he was getting disrespected.Fischer’s ballot certainly isn’t helping lessen that idea:Here was my Heisman ballot: pic.twitter.com/xhFnQjmR4B— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 9, 2018Ohio State fans aren’t too happy with him:Your ballot should be revoked.— Sean Dooley (@wittdooley) December 9, 2018You should lose voting privileges!— Darren Thorley (@dthorley5) December 9, 2018Don’t agree on your 1 and 2, but both were great, it’s the “agenda” with your 3 that ruins your credibility— BROOKES™ (@RHBrookes) December 9, 2018Williams actually received one first-place vote for the award, so having him at No. 3 isn’t insane, but it’s also fair for Ohio State fans to be upset.last_img read more

Roma appoint Claudio Ranieri as coach after sacking Eusebio Di Francesco

first_img Reuters RomeMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 23:04 IST Ranieri’s biggest achievement was when he led rank outsiders Leicester City to the English Premier League title in 2016 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRanieri replaced Eusebio Di Francesco who parted company with Serie A club Roma on ThursdayI’m delighted to be coming back home: Claudio RanieriRoma are currently fifth in Serie A, one place and three points outside the Champions League slotsAS Roma named Claudio Ranieri as coach on Friday, one week after he was sacked by relegation-threatened Premier League club Fulham where he had been in charge for only three months.Ranieri replaced Eusebio Di Francesco who parted company with Serie A club Roma on Thursday following their Champions League exit at the hands of Porto the day before.”I’m delighted to be coming back home,” Ranieri said in a statement.”When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”The 67-year-old Ranieri, born in Rome, returns to the club where he began his playing career in 1973 and where he came agonisingly close to winning the Serie A title in a previous stint between 2009 and 2011.Roma led the 2009-10 championship with four matches to go before being overhauled by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, who went on to win the title and also beat Ranieri’s team in the Coppa Italia final.Roma are currently fifth in Serie A, one place and three points outside the Champions League slots.There have been some impressive performances but they have suffered defeats to SPAL, Udinese and Bologna, all in the lower half of the table.Ranieri’s biggest achievement was when he led rank outsiders Leicester City to the English Premier League title in 2016, although he was fired the following February with the club hovering above the relegation zone.”At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge,” said Roma President Jim Pallotta.advertisementThe widely-travelled Ranieri has coached more than a dozen clubs in a career that began in 1987 at Campania Puteolana.They include Italian clubs Juventus, Napoli, Cagliari, Fiorentina, Parma and Inter Milan, English sides Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester City, Spain’s Atletico Madrid and Valencia and Ligue 1 sides AS Monaco and Nantes.He has also coached the Greece national side.Also Read | Pep Guardiola trusts Manchester City to resolve Financial Fair Play allegationsAlso Read | UEFA justifies PSG penalty decision in VAR explanationAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow RomaFollow Claudio RanieriFollow Claudio Ranieri RomaFollow Serie A Roma appoint Claudio Ranieri as coach after sacking Eusebio Di FrancescoThe 67-year-old Ranieri, born in Rome, returns to the club where he began his playing career in 1973.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

QEII Redevelopment Halifax Infirmary Renovations Moving Forward

first_imgThe province continues to move forward with the QEII redevelopment project with plans to increase the number of operating rooms and relocate two interventional suites at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. A request for proposals for consultant design services was issued today, Dec. 12. The consultant will provide design for renovations to the third floor of the Halifax Infirmary site to allow the relocation of two interventional suites from the fifth floor. The suites provide health-care services such as treatment for stroke patients. These changes will enhance patient care and improve efficiency. The fifth-floor space will be renovated to include two new operating rooms. One of the rooms will be a hybrid that will allow the use of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment during the most complex procedures. The renovations are expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. The successful bidder will work with Kasian Architecture, who was recently awarded the QEII master planning and programming contract. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 4. Details of the request for proposals are available athttp://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx. The QEII redevelopment project includes the expansion of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, along with projects at Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax. For updates on the QEII redevelopment project, go to http://QE2redevelopment.ca.last_img read more

Bill Gates Says Measurement Is A Key To Success

first_img“Without feedback from precise measurement,” Bill Gates quotes author William Rosen, “invention is ‘doomed to be rare and erratic.’ With it, invention becomes ‘commonplace.’”In an article he wrote in The Wall Street Journal last month, Gates says measurement is just as important to improving the human condition as it is to promoting invention, yet measurement can be very difficult to gather and is missing surprisingly often.“Historically, foreign aid has been measured in terms of the total amount of money invested, but not by how well it performed in actually helping people,” says Gates. “Despite innovation in measuring teacher performance world-wide, more than 90 percent of educators in the US still get zero feedback on how to improve. An innovation, whether it’s a new vaccine or an improved seed, can’t have an impact unless it reaches the people who will benefit from it. We need innovations in measurement to find new, effective ways to deliver those tools and services to the clinics, family farms and classrooms that need them.”The Millennium Development Goals, he says, set 2015 as the deadline for achieving specific minimum levels of improvement in health, education and income, but unlike previous declarations, “Millennium goals were backed by a broad consensus, were clear and concrete, and brought focus to the highest priorities.”He sites Ethiopia as a good example of success due to measurement. A land where it is customary to wait a month after births before naming babies since so few survived, Ethiopia set itself the Millennium goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds. Based on a healthcare initiative performed in Kerala, India, Ethiopia created staffed health posts to record immunizations, disease cases and mortality data. Healthcare workers also began making home visits to ensure each household had a malaria bed net, pit toilet and basic health and safety practices, and to provide regular checkups for pregnant women.Today, says Gates, because of measurements we know that Ethiopia is on track to achieve their child mortality goal by 2015 – and babies are being named at birth.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Andy Garcia To Emcee A Night In Old Havana To Benefit Shanes

first_imgShane’s Inspiration, an international nonprofit dedicated to creating inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that foster social inclusion for children with disabilities, is hosting its 16th annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 4, 2017.The Cuban cabaret-inspired “A Night in Old Havana” theme will recreate the romance and intrigue of a bygone era and will feature celebrity red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, live/silent auctions, dinner, dancing, awards program, live entertainment and much more.Award-winning actor and musician Andy Garcia will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, adding to a spectacular evening of nostalgia and philanthropy. Honorees include Scott Silveri, Creator/Producer of the television show “Speechless”, Georgianna Junco-Kelman, Special Education Attorney, and Dee Summers Stajcer, volunteer extraordinaire. VIP guests scheduled to attend include Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”), Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), Danny Pino (“Law & Order: SVU”, “Cold Case”), JK Simmons, (“The Accountant,” “Whiplash”), Alex Band (lead singer for The Calling), Jordi Vilasuso (“Days of Our Lives”), Madison McLaughlin (“Arrow,” “Chicago PD”), Sonia Rockwell (ABC’s “American Crime”), Cree Cicchino (Nickelodeon’s “Game Shakers”), Micah Fowler (“Speechless”), Mason Cook (“Speechless”), Howard Barrish (producer of “13th”), Monica Potter (“Parenthood”), Leigh & David Koechner (“Anchorman”, “SNL”, “Superior Donuts”), Jill Hennessey (“Crossing Jordan”), Alicia Machado (former Miss Universe/media personality), Jamie Brewer (“American Horror Story”), City Attorney Mike Feuer, and many others. Past Celebrity Gala Supporters have included Sean Hayes, Kaley Cuoco, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romjin, Paula Abdul, Halle Berry, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kathryn Hahn, Laura SanGiacomo, Dakota Fanning, Ben Vereen, and Michael Chiklis – just to name a few.For tickets and additional information, click here.Funds raised from the “A Night in Old Havana” gala will support the costs associated with Shane’s Inspiration’s programs that teach compassion and acceptance towards people with disabilities. Through the My Playground catalyst program, Shane’s has opened 63 inclusive playgrounds to date throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Israel, Russia, and Ecuador, with 75 additional projects currently in development. The impact of the Together, We Are Able ability awareness education program, ordered by educators in over 65 countries, and My PlayClub community outreach program, which brings children of all abilities together at Shane’s inclusive playgrounds, has impacted the lives of nearly 40,000 children worldwide.WHERE:The Taglyan Complex in Hollywood1201 Vine Street, Hollywood CA 90038WHEN:Saturday, March 4, 2017last_img read more

TMC fields 24 candidates for elections in other states

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress has fielded 24 candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in other states, party supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. The states are Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar and the Union Territory of Andaman. In Odisha, the TMC has fielded two candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha and 10 candidates in the Assembly elections. Agni Charan Jena will contest from Bhadrak (SC) seat while Subhrangshu Sekhar Padhi will fight from Bhubaneswar seat. Suvendu Adhikari has been appointed as the Observer for Odisha. The candidates for the Assembly seats are Sibnarayan Biswal (Bhadraipokhari), Ramahari Das (Bhadrak), Natha Bairaigi Behera (Basudevpur), Bishnu Mallick (Jayadev SC), Trinatha Sahoo (Central Bhubaneswar), Pramod Parihari (North Bhubaneshwar), Jadumani Pradhan (Jatani), Soubhagya Kumar Panda (Beguna). The nominees for Ekamra Bhubaneshwar and Khurda are yet to be decided. The TMC has fielded three candidates in Jharkhand. Ajanta Mahato will contest from Jamshedpur while Mondol Hansda will contest from Rajmahal and Sanjay Kumar Pandey has been fielded from Ranchi respectively. Arjun Singh will be the party’s Observer for Jharkhand. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAyan Mandal will fight from Andaman seat. The TMC has fielded six candidates in Assam. Chandan Das will contest from Karimgunj (SC seat) while Hitabrata Ray and Nurul Islam Chowdhury will fight from Silchar and Dhubri seats respectively. Kamala Kanta Daimary will contest from Kokrajhar while Ashak Ali Dewan and Manoj Kumar Sarma will contest from Barpeta and Guwahati seats. In Bihar, the party has fielded Javed Islam Khan from Kishangunj and Sunil Singh from Maharajgunj.last_img read more

French Police Remove 1016 Migrants from Paris Camp

Rabat – French police forces removed over 1,000 Sudanese, Somalian, and Eritrean migrants from the “Millénaire” migrant camp in Paris on Wednesday morning. The regional prefect Michel Cadot announced the number of migrants dislocated from Millénaire, which is Paris’s largest camp, totaled 1,016, including 11 minors and 64 women, children, and elderly people.Cadot announced that the migrants would be split into two groups and sent to facilities in Paris and another facility in the Île-de-France region. Furthermore, he stated that two additional camps in Paris will be “evacuated” within the next week: Canal Saint-Martin and Porte de la Chapelle. An estimated 800 Afghani, Sudanese, and Eritrean migrants currently reside in the two camps.The camp dislocation followed a battle in which Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo refused to allow security forces to break down the camp, which was ordered by French Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb. While Collomb has said that some migrants must be expelled from France, Hidalgo has called for increased efforts to integrate migrants into society.The French minister of the interior ordered the “evacuation” of 2,300 migrants, many of whom travel through Morocco en route to Europe, at the Millénaire and other camps around Paris on Wednesday, May 23.The camp breakdown on Wednesday marks the 37th migrant camp “evacuation” in Paris since 2015. Approximately 28,000 migrants have been dislocated from the camps during the same period. read more

Sunwing pilots win wage boost more benefits in new collective agreement

TORONTO — Pilots at Sunwing Airlines have ratified their first collective agreement with the charter and vacation air carrier.The Canadian Auto Workers Union, which represents the 150 pilots, say the agreement was approved by a margin of 78%.The three-year deal includes an across-the-board wage increase of between one to two per cent per year each year, plus an incremental increase based on years of service, retroactive to Dec. 1, 2012.The CAW says it will also see increases to pensions, annual sick days, maternity benefits and the creation of a work-sharing program as part of an effort to reduce layoffs during the low season.The deal also includes 40 to 50 new hires, not including 19 seasonal pilots that have recently been offered permanent contracts.The CAW says the agreement will also address workers’ concerns over pilot fatigue and scheduling issues.“The solidarity of the members and the bargaining committee’s hard work helped ensure a strong agreement for our pilot group while allowing Sunwing Airlines to remain competitive over the long term,” said Capt. Dave Matkovich, president of CAW Local 7378.The pilots had been without a contract since December and became members of the CAW in January 2012.The union, Canada’s largest private sector union, represents 11,600 members in the air transportation industry.Last month, a tentative deal was reached between Sunwing and the union representing its 900 flight attendants.It is also the first collective agreement for the flight attendants after they joined the Canadian Union of Public Employees last year.Sunwing Airlines operates from bases in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.It is a subsidiary of Sunwing Travel Group and a sister company to Sunwing Vacations, Signature Vacations and SellOffVacations. read more

Headmistress of leading girls school sacked as police open a fraud probe

Newcastle High School for GirlsCredit:North News & Pictures ltd In a statement, GDST said: “We can confirm that Hilary French has been dismissed from her role as head of Newcastle High School for Girls (NHSG) following an internal investigation into allegations of dishonesty relating to expenses claims.”The police have been informed. We are not able to comment any further about this. “Mrs French has denied any dishonesty in relation to her expenses claims or otherwise. She also claims the investigation and disciplinary process were unfair and is challenging them in an employment tribunal.  The letter to parents, jointly signed by the GDST’s chair and chief executive, says: “We wanted to make you aware, as soon as we were able to, that Mrs Hilary French has been dismissed from her post as head of Newcastle High School for Girls, following an internal investigation into allegations of dishonesty relating to expenses claims.”This is a decision that has been made following a rigorous internal process. The police have also been informed.” Newcastle High School for Girls It also says: “We appreciate this may come as a shock to you, as it has for everyone at Newcastle High School for Girls.”You may wish to share this news with your daughter. Please be assured that, while our staff can’t discuss any details, if any pupil is affected by this news, she will be supported as always.”The school’s senior deputy head, Michael Tippett will become the new headteacher. The GDST letter to parents says that he has “the full support of all the staff at NHSG” adding, “having your support will be invaluable in ensuring that the school can carry on as normal, with your daughters’ education remaining our top priority.” A leading girls’ school headmistress has been sacked as police open a fraud probe into her expenses claims. Hilary French has been struck off from her post at Newcastle High School for Girls (NHSG) following an investigation into allegations of dishonesty relating to expenses, the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) said.Parents were told of Mrs French’s dismissal in a letter on Friday, which also said that the decision was taken after a “rigorous internal process” and that the police had also been informed.Northumbria Police said in a statement: “A 62-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of committing a fraud against Newcastle High School for Girls. She was later released under investigation and inquiries into the fraud are ongoing.”Newcastle High School for Girls is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST). Mrs French was later released under investigation and inquiries into the fraud are ongoing Mrs French was later released under investigation and inquiries into the fraud are ongoingCredit:Tim McGuinness/ncjMedia Ltd Mr Tippett has taken over all of Mrs French’s responsibilities relating to the school, with the full backing of the school’s senior leadership team, as well as the chairman and chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust.”He is focused on ensuring it is business as usual at NHSG.” Newcastle High School for Girls is a fee-paying school teaching three to 18-year-olds. Last year, 84% of its GCSE entries scored at least a B grade. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Hedgehogs disappear from British countryside as badgers are devouring them

Interestingly, there were fewer hedgehogs where there were badgers, their main predator.Researchers said the mammals were facing a “perfect storm”, and that there is something “fundamentally wrong with our countryside”.First author Ben Williams, a PhD student at the University of Reading, explained: “Although hedgehogs were generally widely distributed, they were actually found at a worryingly low number of sites.”The analysis, published in the journal Scientific Reports, was funded by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS). It is the most comprehensive to date. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hedgehogs are disappearing from the British countryside because they are being devoured by badgers, a study has found.Researchers said the mammals, which are increasingly having to move to urban areas, are now present in just a fifth of the countryside.Regular destruction of habitat with heavy agricultural machinery – as well as the use of pesticides in intensive farming – is also said to be wiping out the worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars, earwigs and millipedes it feeds on.In the first study of its kind scientists found the creature inhabited just 21 percent of 261 rural sites surveyed across England and Wales.They used ‘footprint tracking tunnels’ to show the nocturnal animals are more thinly spread in the UK than previously feared. read more

Haitis prime minister resigns after deadly unrest

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM deeply concerned with violent protests in Haiti- ChairJuly 9, 2018In “Regional”Haiti’s Gov’t suspends controversial fuel price hikeJuly 7, 2018In “Regional”Haiti unveils new government after riotsSeptember 6, 2018In “Regional” Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant is interpellated by 16 members of parliament after the recent riots on July 6,7,8, 2018 in Haiti following the increase in the price of fuel. (Photo: AFP)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Embattled Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned today following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices.“I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic,” who has “accepted my resignation,” Lafontant said in the lower house of Haiti’s legislature.Last week, the government in the impoverished Caribbean country announced plans for major fuel price hikes – 38 per cent for gasoline, 47 per cent for diesel and 51 per cent for kerosene.The announcement sparked mass protests, with streets in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities blocked with barricades of debris and burning tires.Dozens of shops were looted and burned and cars were set ablaze. At least four people were killed. The government quickly did an about-face and called off the planned price increases.Lafontant, who took office in February 2017, had faced widespread criticism even before the spasm of violence. read more

Ausdrill raises fighting fund for future contract mining demand

first_imgLeading mining contractor, Ausdrill Ltd, has announced a major capital raising to raise gross proceeds of up to A$149.5 million, to be used as growth capital to fund purchases of plant and equipment for projects commencing in the next 12 months or projects which have been tendered for. This mainly includes projects in Africa and Australia. The group already has a number of projects in Burkina, Mali, Zambia and Tanzania.Services include open pit and underground mining, drill and blast, and grade control.Ausdrill stated that its business has experienced strong growth in recent years and, assuming continued strength in the resources sector, it anticipates a high level of tender activity in the next year. As a result of the resources sector’s increased levels of demand for new equipment, lead times for delivery of new equipment have increased. The funds will assist Ausdrill in capitalising on opportunities as they arise by, among other things, having equipment available (or on order) at the time of tender. Mining contract terms range from 2 years to up to 9 years, with an average term of some 4-5 years. Contract values range from A$20 million to over A$500 million per project. Ausdrill focuses on high growth end markets such as gold, iron ore, copper and nickel.The specific equipment being bought by Ausdrill includes Caterpillar 100 t class trucks; exploration, grade control and probe rigs; drill and blast rigs; excavators; truck trays and dozers. There will also be an equity contribution to the AUMS joint venture to fund any required expansion of the underground business. Funding will also be made available to facilitate further acquisitions if opportunities arise.last_img read more

MineSight Blast software to help redefine blasting

first_imgMineSight says it is bringing precision and dependability to one of mining’s most challenging steps with a new drill and blast management utility. “MineSight Blast will revolutionise the design and execution of drill and blast plans from within MineSight 3D. Within a single interface, you will be able to design drill patterns, apply blasting parameters to holes and do the tie-in of a shot.”“MineSight Blast will redefine blasting,” said Mark Gabbitus, MineSight Product Manager-Operations. “A bad blast can undo all of the good work done by geologists and engineers to develop a robust block model and mine plan. “So it is vitally important that the blast design and execution minimises error and interprets the effects when things do not go to plan.” Incorporating a modern design interface, MineSight Blast will design and manage drill and blast patterns interactively on screen while storing all of the design (and actual) information in a SQL database.Direct links to drill fleet management and explosive vendor systems will enable easy automation of data transfer between the design tool and the operators. Users can see what’s happening in the pit in near real time and make intelligent business decisions. MineSight Blast will link directly to MineSight Atlas so mine planners can update their schedule based on actual drillholes and lengths to get more accurate times.Several factors affect the quality of a blast. The geology and geotechnical characteristics of the rock are unchangeable, but the blast pattern parameters, such as hole spacing, depth, diameter and amount/type of explosive used, can be modified. The ability to change these parameters dynamically in response to as-drilled information is critical to achieving good fragmentation. Future releases of MineSight Blast will include blast simulation, analysis and optimization to reduce the workload on drill and blast engineers and enable them to change or optimise blasting parameters at critical stages.Starting later in 2014, MineSight Blast will be released in a phased approach with Version 1 set to include enhanced drill pattern design features, such as offset rows, volume of influence solids and naming rules. Versions 2 and 3 will see the addition of blast design tools, pattern tie-in options (manual and automatic) along with simulation and optimisation options.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Talent Acquisition Coordinator at FedEx WarehouseFull-TIme Loader Operator at Lynch MaterialsFull-Time Membrane Assembly Operator at KochFull-Time Commercial Systems Group Regional Manager at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Pest Control Technician at Mosquito Shield North ShoreFull-Time Sales Executive at KEMET Electronics CorporationFull-Time Supervisor (IVB) at Charles River LabsFull-Time High Net Work Private Client Group Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Personal Insurance Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Commercial Insurance Account Manager at HUB International(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Indian stock market among the worst performers says analyst

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Feb 29, 2016 (representational image).IANSEven as Indian markets are trying to shrug off the impact of the turmoil in the banking industry, ratings firm Credit Suisse has said India is one of the worst performing markets among major economies. Further dampening the outlook, Credit Suisse has said that the Indian market remains expensive in terms of valuations and that it has seen more earnings downgrades than its peers.India’s benchmark indexes are trading higher on Wednesday, with BSE Sensex gaining more than 200 points and the Nifty rising to the 10,200 levels in the morning trade. Sensex snapped a five-day losing streak on Tuesday.”We are still underweight at this point in time. The reason for being underweight are firstly valuations and secondly earnings revisions. On valuations, India has been in what we call the expensive four club, which is the four most overvalued markets in the region,” Credit Suisse expert Sakthi Siva told CNBC TV18.Siva said India is the second worst performing market among major economies. Siva added that India has seen almost 3-4 consecutive years of earnings downgrades, compared with strong earnings upgrades in other major economies. “So, India is still trailing the other markets in terms of earnings revisions.”For long periods, the investment boom in India was inversely proportionate to the macro-economic climate and the GDP growth rates. The beginning of the year saw the market booming despite grim predictions over the economy’s expansion.The investor sentiment was unaffected by low GDP growth figures and gloomy forecasts following the twin impact of demonitization and the rollout of GST. Markets soared despite macro-economic fundamentals and corporate profit expectations remaining weak, prompting analysts to ask why the investors kept pumping up the stocks when a dash of caution was required.There are no mysteries when healthy GDP growth rate or growth projections have a positive impact on the markets. As the economy expands, corporate houses look to sell more of their products and services, resulting in higher profits and earnings per share. International fund managers also turn bullish on the country as they constantly look for “emerging” players.However, that was not the case, at least until the third quarter GDP numbers came on February 28. The Q3 numbers showed that the Indian economy returned to momentum in the October-December period with a 7.2 percent growth. The data released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) showed the quarterly growth was the fastest in five quarters.If the Indian investors are largely unmindful of skewed the price to earnings ratio, that means the market is driven by liquidity, in the absence of credible and viable investment alternatives. Another possible reason behind the shift away from other asset classes is the demonitization drive that hunted down illicit money.After factoring in this aspect, the Economic Survey 2018 still warned that the macro-economic fundamentals will have to become stronger to justify and sustain the stock boom.”Beyond ERPs (equity risk premium), sustaining current stock valuations in India also requires future earnings performance to rise to meet still high expectations. And this outlook, in turn, depends on whether a significant economic rebound is, this time, well and truly around the corner,” the survey said.last_img read more

Mother kills self after killing child

first_img-A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house after strangulating her two-year-old boy following a family feud at Naoda Bahalbaria village in Mirpur upazila in Kushtia on Monday, reports UNB.Quoting locals, police said Abdul Karim used to lock into altercation with and his wife Hena Begum over her extramarital relationship with one Manik of Talbaria village.On Monday noon, Hena strangled her son Hasibul and took her own life by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Kushtia General Hospital.last_img

Man killed in gunfight with RAB

first_imgMap of DhakaA suspected robber was killed and another received bullet injuries in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Gabtoli area early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Badsa, accused in several cases with different police stations.Being tipped-off, a team of RAB-10 set up a check post in front of Madhumati hotel of the area around 12:30am, said Mahiuddin Faruk, additional superintendent of police (ASP) of RAB-10.Over suspicious movement, the RAB members signalled a truck to stop around 3:00am.However, avoiding the signal, the robbers opened fire on the elite force, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gun battle.The gunfight left Badsa dead on the spot and another robber Hanif injured with bullet.The team also recovered a revolver, seven rounds of bullets, two machetes, three sharp weapons and seized their vehicle from the spot.last_img read more

Obamas unlikely Iran deal MVP Energy Secretary Moniz

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Moniz is speaking at a fairly high level of generality,” Albright said. “But the devil’s in the details.”Moniz’s role at the center of the deal began in February after Tehran informed Washington that Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s atomic energy chief, would be joining the next round of talks. Obama quickly settled on Moniz as a counterpart of Salehi. It turned out the two had something in common: they’d overlapped at MIT, where Moniz taught for decades and Salehi studied nuclear engineering.The two had never met at MIT, but immediately clicked after meeting on the shores of Lake Geneva, in Switzerland, officials said. A few days later, Moniz and Salehi opted to dine together at a hotel, trading stories about mutual colleagues from MIT. That broke the ice for others on the U.S. and Iranian teams to get acquainted away from the tense negotiating table.“He’s not one who’s very attached to protocol, and he very quickly was joking with the Iranians. The Iranians responded extremely well to that,” said Robert Malley, the senior director at the White House’s National Security Council and part of the U.S. negotiating team. “Over time, the Iranians learned that behind that appearance was someone who would fight fiercely for what he thought was in our interests.” How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks during the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, at the International Center in Vienna, Austria. Moniz, the eccentric MIT professor-turned-U.S. Energy secretary, by all accounts played a pivotal role in reaching the historic nuclear accord. Now with his diplomatic legacy on the line, President Barack Obama is turning to Moniz to help sell the deal to a highly skeptical Congress. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — As negotiators were grasping for a landmark nuclear deal, they hit a roadblock over Iran’s once-secret enrichment site at Fordo, a fortified bunker buried deep in a mountainside — potentially impervious to U.S. or Israeli airstrikes.The United States wanted the facility shuttered, but Iran’s supreme leader insisted no nuclear facilities would close. Then, an American nuclear physicist with an untamable mane of wiry gray hair came up with a compromise: Allow the Iranians to tell their hard-liners they were keeping Fordo, but convert it to a research facility whose centrifuges would churn out harmless medical isotopes instead of enriched uranium. Comments   Share   Ernest Moniz, the eccentric MIT professor-turned-U.S.-Energy-secretary, by all accounts played a pivotal role in reaching the historic nuclear accord. Now with his diplomatic legacy on the line, President Barack Obama is turning to Moniz to help sell the deal to a highly skeptical Congress.Moniz blitzed morning political talk shows on Sunday, making Obama’s case alongside Secretary of State John Kerry. This week, he’ll appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where doubts about the nuclear pact run high.In between, aides say, the secretary is squeezing in one-on-one briefings with lawmakers ahead of a likely congressional attempt to scuttle the deal. While juggling his “day job” running the Energy Department, he’s also lobbying foreign energy ministers who are similarly suspicious of the deal.“Secretary Moniz is an everyman scientist,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who has received multiple Iran briefings from Moniz. “He can translate those nuclear details in a way that even senators can understand.”Yet not everyone is content watching nuclear science watered down into talking points. David Albright, a former weapons inspector who runs the Institute for Science and International Security, said Moniz and his colleagues have been downplaying the deal’s vulnerabilities, such as that its enrichment restrictions sunset after 10 years, at which point Iran could race for a bomb.center_img “He was the only person at MIT at the time who was really serious about nuclear energy,” said Laughlin, a Nobel laureate. “It’s really a political hot-potato, so you’ve got to like that stuff. You have to be OK working with government constantly — even though it’s maddening.”___Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper, Matthew Lee and Barry Hatton contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories In Vienna, where negotiators spent much of June and July holed up in a hotel, Moniz developed a reputation as something of a bon vivant, with a quick wit, a chatty demeanor and an exacting palate when it came to his martinis.He was also the only negotiator to be knighted during the talks.Moniz, whose grandparents emigrated from Portugal, took a brief jaunt from Vienna to Lisbon to receive the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry, one of Portugal’s highest distinctions. The talks were nearing an end, meaning Moniz would potentially miss the announcement of the deal and ensuing celebration. Although Moniz said he didn’t mind skipping it, his colleagues insisted, and he returned to Vienna less than 24 hours after he left.“He was very moved by it. He’s proud of his Portuguese heritage,” said Kevin Knobloch, Moniz’s chief of staff.Moniz, 70, was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, and received his doctorate at Stanford University before joining MIT’s physics faculty in 1973. He served in the Clinton administration as undersecretary of energy and a top White House aide.Robert Laughlin, who studied at MIT while Moniz was on faculty in the 1970s and now teaches physics at Stanford, said he’s not surprised Moniz ended up a player in high-stakes diplomacy. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more