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10 months agoMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurts

first_imgMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurtsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane admits defeat last week to Chelsea “hurt”.City lost their unbeaten season run in London.”It is always kind of annoying and it hurts, to lose especially a big, important game,” Sane told Sky Sports.”We were really disappointed because even at the beginning the game looked in control and we had quite a few good chances. We didn’t find our finishing.”If you’re not awake in those games or make small mistakes then you get punished. We did that in the Chelsea game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoLeeds to double their money with Samuel Saiz Getafe move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Leeds to double their money with Samuel Saiz Getafe moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United will make a tidy sum on the departure of Samuel Saiz to Getafe.The Mirror says they will pocket over £6million from Saiz’s move to Getafe.Leeds have allowed the unsettled Saiz to return home to Spain to join Getafe on loan from January 1 with a view to making the move permanent in the summer.It is understood they will receive a loan fee of close to £500,000 plus £5.8million when the transfer becomes permanent.Saiz, 27, cost Leeds around £3million from Huesca in July 2017 and had two-and-a-half years on his current deal. last_img read more

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Why your mental health is an important factor in your government exam preparation

first_img Next Why your mental health is an important factor in your government exam preparationAs a result of the constant pressure to score well in exams, students as young as 4 years to 16 years are reportedly suffering from psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention disorders.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 11:54 IST The importance of Mental Health Awareness in government examination preparationAmidst the clatter for marks, a lot of students today continue to join the rat race to “succeed”. As a result of the constant pressure to score well in exams, students as young as 4 years to 16 years are reportedly suffering from psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention disorders.As these children grow up, the same stress to score higher that is inculcated in school goes on to affect them in their adult life as well. Why your mental health is an important factor in your Govt. exam preparationWhen people decide to prepare for a government exam, they are generally pumped up with enthusiasm and hope to clear the exam in one go. They are happy to think that clearing government exams such as SBI PO, Indian Railways, SSC, UPSC, among others is synonymous to success for life.However since the competition is tough and the pressure is at the maximum level, some students slip into the shadows of depression. Even if they have the potential to clear the exam in one go, their mind-set weighs them down. Why your mental health is an important factor in your Govt. exam preparationToday, one student commits suicide every hour in the country. This makes it more than evident that we as a society are doing very less to inform our students that their mental well-being is much more important than any exam.We urgently need to help students understand the importance of mental health and urge them to prioritize their health over exams.advertisement Why your mental health is an important factor in your Govt. exam preparationMental health awareness: Finding a way out of stressWhile cracking a government exam is good for future prospects, one must not make it a question of happiness and sorrow or life and death. Even then if one doesn’t get the desired result, one should be able to detach oneself and not give up hope. Such detachment is possible when one is completely aware of one’s mental health. Here it is not a system that needs to be transformed, but the mindset, the thought process, which actually parodies the society.This can be done by opening a dialogue on mental health. Understanding how stress affects mental health can solve half the problem and help aspirants prepare more efficiently without compromising on their health. It can also help strengthen their coping mechanisms whenever they face failures. Following are the ways in which mental health awareness can help aspirants during preparation:1. Figuring out the right balanceOne of the best ways of staying on track with one’s preparation is by making a timetable. While figuring out a suitable study timetable, it is important to allot different subjects a good amount of time each day. However, one can’t ignore the need for activities like yoga or sports. Figuring out the right balance between studies and physical activity will positively affect one’s preparation.Further, it is important for one to follow this timetable strictly as it will boost confidence and allow one to become more disciplined.2. Social connectivityMost students tend to cut out all their friends when they prepare for any government exam. They isolate themselves limiting their communication to only study-related concerns, thinking this would help them concentrate better on their course. This leads to emotional burnout as lack of light interaction can make them feel hopeless and alone.Students can connect with their friends in order to discuss relevant topics and subjects, and know where exactly they stand in their preparation process. However, when discussing course contents, they should not compare their outcomes or speed as it can have a negative effect on their confidence.3. The importance of mealsIn the rush of preparation one often forgets to eat healthy. In fact one often skips meals altogether. While doing so once or twice doesn’t make a difference, skipping several meals over the week affects both the body and the mind. The nutrients from food not only provide fuel to the body to function, but also play a major role in sustaining one’s mental health in the long run. It is important to stick to a balanced diet which should comprise the five vital nutrients – fats, vitamins, proteins, minerals and carbohydrates. While going hungry isn’t the wisest thing to do, overeating is as bad for the mind and the body. Other than making students feel sleepy, overeating makes one uncomfortable and adds to the stress.4. Mindfulness and self awarenessPracticing mindfulness to bring one’s attention to present experiences can increase self-awareness and concentration. One of the best ways to be more mindful is by taking short breaks to meditate.advertisement This way, instead of sitting for hours together half-heartedly, one can study for smaller stretches of time with greater attention. This also relaxes the mind and pumps one up with new energy to start afresh.5. Never underestimate the power of a good sleepStaying awake at odd hours is considered as an integral part of a student’s life. However reversing the body clock against the day, makes one lethargic and triggers melancholy in the long term. The quality of sleep at night is richer than what one experiences in the daytime. Hitting the sack on time evidently decreases stress levels. This helps one wake up early, which gives one a sense of accomplishment every day.Though some amount of stress pushes people to perform better, a lot of it over a long period of time only disrupts the body and the mind. Mental health awareness is all about being conscious of your mental state and managing stress efficiently. Balancing life and exam preparations, which are only a small part of it, will help aspirants lead a happy life, no matter what their results turn out to be. As they begin to manage their mental health in a better way, aspirants will see merit in having a peaceful mind and thus a wholesome experience of life.Authored article by Anil Nagar, Founder and CEO, Adda247Get 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 bySmarica Pant Tags :Follow Goverment JobsFollow Examlast_img read more

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Apex court to consider plea for early hearing of PIL challenging Art

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would consider the plea seeking urgent hearing of a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws for the state.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose took note of the submission of BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay that his PIL be listed for an urgent hearing. “File a memo. We will see,” the bench said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!On February 18 this year as well, he had mentioned the PIL for urgent listing for the hearing. Upadhyay, in his plea which was filed in September last year, has contended that the special provision was “temporary” in nature at the time of framing of the Constitution and Article 370(3) lapsed with the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly on January 26, 1957. The plea also seeks a declaration from the apex court that the separate Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir was “arbitrary” and “unconstitutional” on various grounds, including that it was against the “supremacy of the Constitution of India and contrary to dictum of ‘One Nation, One Constitution, One National Anthem and One National Flag'”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir is invalid mainly for the reason that the same has not yet got the assent of the President, which is mandatory as per provisions of the Constitution of India,” the plea, which may come up for hearing next week, said. The petition, filed through advocate R D Upadhyay, claims that the maximum life span of Article 370 was only till the existence of the Constituent Assembly, that was January 26, 1950 when the national document was adopted. Article 370 is a “temporary provision” with respect to Jammu and Kashmir and restricts the applicability of various provisions of the Constitution by “curtailing” the power of Parliament to make laws on subjects which fall under the Union and Concurrent lists, it said. Consequently, it allows the state to accord special rights and privileges to the natives, the plea said. It claimed that the Article empowered the state legislature to frame any law without attracting a challenge on the grounds of violation of the right to equality of people from other states or any other right under the Constitution.last_img read more

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Men ask court to overturn towns decision to keep swastika in street

first_imgTwo residents of a southwestern Ontario town are asking a court to overturn the municipality’s decision to keep the word “swastika” in the name of a local street, arguing the term is offensive to many.The Township of Puslinch decided not to change the name of Swastika Trail in December after a group representing residents of the privately owned street voted in favour of maintaining the name.Randy Guzar, who lives on Swastika Trail, and William Knetsch, who lives nearby, filed an application for judicial review this week, asking a court to quash the township’s decision and the result of the vote by the Bayview Cottagers’ Association.“Given the evils associated with the swastika, Swastika Trail’s name is a matter of significant controversy and is offensive to many on the street, in the Township, in the province, and nationally,” the men argue in their application.The township’s decision to keep the name was unreasonable, the men claim.“The Township relied exclusively on the result of the Nov. 1 vote — a vote which … was plagued by procedural errors and was not even conducted in accordance with the Cottagers’ Association Constitution,” their application alleged.Puslinch’s chief administrative officer and clerk, Karen Landry, said in an interview that the township followed the processes of the Municipal Act on the matter. The town council will review Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application before deciding what course of action to take in response, she said.Bayview Cottagers’ Association President Donna O’Krafka declined to comment on the legal action, but said she does not believe a name change for Swastika Trail is necessary.Swastika Trail was named in the 1920s before the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, local residents have said. Those in support of keeping the name have argued the swastika had a long history as a symbol of peace prior to the Second World War, but others have argued the name is now associated primarily with hate and genocide.The street in Puslinch is owned by a numbered corporation controlled by a man who lives on Swastika Trail, Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application says.The men claimed in their application that when they attended the meeting of the Bayview Cottagers’ Association last year, they did not know that they would be voting on the trail name issue, or that the township would treat the result of that 25-20 vote as “binding and determinative.”The association only allowed members who live on Swastika Trail to vote on the issue, contrary to the group’s constitution, the men alleged.The association’s notice of the meeting was “one-sided and tainted by bias,” containing a link to an article about the history of the swastika before its use by the Nazis, and a list of over 30 items — such as driving licenses and passports — that residents would have to have updated if Swastika Trail received a new name, Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application.They also argued that no one in favour of changing the trail’s name was allowed to contribute to the notice circulated in advance of the vote, or the agenda of the meeting at which the vote took place, though they acknowledged that Guzar was allowed to read a letter from a Jewish advocacy group opposing the street’s name at the meeting.Association executives also distributed pamphlets to members arriving at the meeting, urging them to “reclaim the swastika” and reminding them that the swastika has been a sign of peace for hundreds of years, the application said.Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application that the township “abdicated its responsibility under the Municipal Act and exercised no independent judgment,” in allowing the cottagers’ association vote to determine the name-change issue.last_img read more

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Securing halophytes

first_imgHalophytes are salt-tolerant plants that grow in waters with high salinity, such as in mangrove swamps, marshes, seashores and saline semi-deserts. Only two per cent of the plant species found on the Earth are halophytes. As they are able to tolerate high salinity through different adaptation methods like tolerance, resistance and avoidance, they have less competition in saline environments. Halophytes are classified into aqua-halines, terrestro-halines and aero-halines. Also Read – A special kind of bondAqua-halines include Emerged Halophytes, among which most of the stem remains above the water level and Hydro-halophytes, among which almost the whole plant remains under water. Terrestro-halines include Hygro-halophytes, which grow on swamp lands, Meso-halophytes, which grow on non-swamp and non-dry lands and Xero-halophytes, which grow on dry or mostly dry lands. Aero-halines include Oligo-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl (Sodium Chloride) from 0.01 to 0.1 per cent; Meso-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl from 0.1 to 1 per cent and Euhalophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl greater than one per cent. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn the state of Tamil Nadu, where I come from, halophytes are found growing in waters with high salinity along the seashore in Pichavaram in North Tamil Nadu as well as the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve along the Palk Strait in the southern part of the state. These are the associates of the true mangrove plants. Some of the mangrove associates that grow abundantly in the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Muthupet areas include Suaeda monoica, Suaeda maritima, Suaeda nudiflora, Arthrocnemum macrostachyum, Tecticornia indica, Salicornia brachiate and Sesuvium portulacastrum. Out of these halophytes, plants belonging to the Suaeda genus have been growing in large numbers. They are herbaceous plants growing to a height of 1 to 2 metres. Suaeda maritima has red streaks on the main stem, which is missing in Suaeda monica. The Suaeda and Salicornia varieties do not compete with each other. Unlike other plants, those of the Sesuvium genus grow by spreading on the floor. Their stems and leaves are red in colour. Halophytes are generally colonisers and grow in areas which are subjected to periodic inundation. Suaeda monica is the only halophyte which is observed growing more gregariously in degraded areas when compared with other halophytes. As halophytes are salt extractors, they perform the key function of reducing soil salinity and making the area more suitable for growing mangrove species. Over a period of time, in the course of ecological succession, halophytes are gradually replaced by mangrove species, which grow vigorously and get established. If not for the presence of halophytes, the regeneration of mangroves would be very difficult in seashore areas which face frequent seawater ingress. Seawater generally contains 40 grams of dissolved NaCl per litre. Beans and rice can grow in water containing about 1-3 grams of NaCl/ litre. Barley and Date Palm can grow in water with 5 grams of NaCl/ litre. Though these plants have more salt content, parts of them are used for human consumption and as cattle feed. Halophytes that grow in desert regions, estuaries where rivers join the sea and along the seashore, are used for human consumption, cattle feed and for biofuel production. In Point Calimere, the succulent leaves of Suaeda monoica are relished by black bucks while in Somalia and Kenya, it is browsed by camels and goats. It is said that during famine, the leaves of Suaeda monoica were boiled and eaten by the people of this region. Edible oil is extracted from the Salicornia species. The salt absorbed through its roots is evaporated through the minute pores of the leaves of the halophytes. Generally, halophytes will have very small leaves. When there is scarcity of water, they shed them. These plants are bestowed with long roots that help in the search for fresh water. When the leaves are absent, photosynthesis will take place through the stems. Some of the halophytes grow on top of hills situated near seashores and on sand dunes. They are capable of thriving even in semi-desert regions with scanty saline water. The succulent leaves help the halophytes for storing water in these kinds of adverse conditions. A treasure trove from Nature Halophytic flora plays a major role in protecting coastal habitats and maintaining ecological stability. They often creep and act as sand dune binders. They prevent erosion to a great extent and seawater incursion into freshwater habitats. Halophytes provide food and shelter for a large number of aquatic and terrestrial animal species. Researchers have identified some halophytes which have the potential of yielding sustainable supply of renewable resources like food, fodder, fibre, fuel, green manure and raw materials for pharmaceutical, industrial and household products. Studies have shown that many halophytes can be used as sources of nutritious grain and oil, while some bear edible or economically-useful roots, bark, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds. Certain halophytes are able to accumulate and transform toxic levels of heavy metals (lead, cadmium and selenium) into organic compounds. Salicornia cultivation is considered to be economically profitable since it is harvested as selenium-rich animal feed because of its ability to convert high concentrations of inorganic selenate into organic selenium. Salicornia plantation has been initiated in Mexico as it plays a key role in carbon sequestration. The commercial viability of halophytes is determined by screening relevant properties such as salt tolerance, nutritional value, palatability, and digestibility. Halophytes are assessed to have potential as biomass crops to directly sequester up to 0.7 Gt C. Thus, halophytes, like trees, can play a significant role in mitigating climate change. In reality, many of the frontline field staff of forest departments in India are not able to identify these valuable halophytes. The ecological values of the halophytes are not known to many. So far, no tangible action has been initiated to propagate and protect halophytes by any government agency. Since halophytes play an important role in helping the establishment of mangroves which in turn protect the interior from tsunamis, cyclones, and storms, it is very essential to propagate and protect them. It is high time that the Central and state governments make some serious efforts to identify, propagate and protect the most useful halophytes. (The author is President, the Society for Conservation of Nature, Trichy, Tamil Nadu and consultant with the Society for Social Forest Research & Development, Tamil Nadu. Views expressed are personal)last_img read more

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Model Code of Conduct dulls down Tagores birth anniversary celebrations at Mongpu

first_imgDarjeeling: The Model Code of Conduct eclipsed the celebration of Tagore’s birth anniversary at Mongpu in Darjeeling district this year, as the bard’s 158th birth anniversary was observed on a low key.Though the ministers were not present, the participation of the local community was overwhelming. Even the commemorations had the local flavour that Tagore had adored. Mongpu, situated 33 km from Darjeeling town, was a favourite destination of the bard. He visited the place in 1938 on May 21 and stayed till June. In 1939, he stayed there from May 14 till June 17 to return again on September 12 to stay till the first week of November. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn 1940, he arrived on April 21 and his birthday was also celebrated there, that year. This was his last visit as he fell ill and had to return to Kolkata. Tagore had written several memorable works during his stay at the hill retreat, including Chelebela, Nobojatok, Sesh Kotha, Bangla Bhashar Porichoy, Mongpu, Giribas, Sanai, Akash Prodip and Jonmodin. In Mongpu, Tagore used to stay in the house of Manmohan Sen (Husband of Maitreyi Devi), who was the chief chemist of the cinchona plantation. In 1944, this house was converted into a ‘Rabindra Smrity Bhavan.’ Later in 2009, the building was renovated and converted into a ‘Rabindra Museum.’ Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe museum displays artifacts used by Tagore including pastels as well as homeopathy medicines. Manuscripts and paintings are also on display. Officials of the district administration garlanded the statue of the bard located on the premises of the museum. People from all walks of life also paid respects to Tagore on his birth anniversary. Owing to the ongoing elections and the Model Code of Conduct being in effect, the celebrations were toned down this time, stated officials of the district administration. Local artistes of the Bhutia Development Board and Gurung Development Board presented local dances like Singhi dance (lion dance by the Bhutia community).last_img read more

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New UNbacked benchmarking system gives greater weight to university research

The newly-formed Global Alliance for Measuring University Performance has found that although existing rankings exert large influence on how schools operate and public perception of them, they do not provide the information needed for universities to improve their performance.The first task under the new scheme will be to measure university research activities to strengthen both the quality and impact of their research.Peter Haddawy, Director of the International Institute for Software Technology of the UN University (UNU-IIST), told reporters in New York today that “the evaluation of university research is so important that it should be done in a rigorous manner with full participation from the academic community, which is in stark contrast to the existing university ranking systems.”He also noted that universities’ contributions cannot be captured in a single number in a table.“Universities are making contributions that are much more complex than that and so the system that we’re putting together is designed to measure and to represent the richness of the contributions of universities,” Mr. Haddawy.He stressed that the new partnership will also look into interdisciplinary areas to see how higher education can address climate change, poverty and other pressing global challenges. 20 October 2010Created on the premise that current rankings do not adequately measure universities’ performance, a new United Nations-backed benchmarking system seeks to give greater weight to the research activities of these institutions. read more

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New trucking commissioner tasked with keeping trucks rolling at BC port

VANCOUVER – The union representing container truck drivers at Canada’s largest port claims the person who’s been hired to improve their members’ working conditions is in a “blatant conflict of interest.”B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation Todd Stone announced Tuesday the appointment of Andy Smith as the container trucking commissioner.His appointment comes a week after Port Metro Vancouver announced changes to its licensing system, which excluded some companies that once hauled cargo.Smith is responsible for the licensing system, must create and consult with an advisory committee on issues such as trucking rates and oversee a whistleblower phone line.But Gavin McGarrigle, area director for Unifor BC, said Smith is also president and chief executive officer of the BC Maritime Employers Association, which represents companies during contract talks with unions at Metro Vancouver ports.“It just appears to be a blatant conflict of interest,” said McGarrigle, whose union represents about 400 drivers.He questioned how someone can represent the interests of terminal operators that pay for truck-waiting times and then serve in a position that regulates those truck rates.“At this stage, it appears to be a case of … tone deafness from the federal and provincial governments of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse and how they think that this is going to contribute to stability is beyond me.”Stone was not available for comment but said in an email that Smith has a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of the container trucking sector.“I’m confident Andy will be able to positively engage with labour and industry and bring much needed stability to the ports, which are of enormous importance to our provincial and national economies,” said Stone.Smith’s post was created last fall when the province passed laws regulating industry rates and addressing long-standing complaints about companies undercutting drivers’ wages.Gurjit Dulay of the non-union United Truckers Association of B.C. declined to comment on Smith’s appointment but says more than 100 companies are protesting the loss of their port licenses under the new rules.About 1,300 union and non-union container truck drivers withdrew their services early last year over those and other issues.The truckers went back to work in late March after negotiating an action plan that promised to improve job conditions. New trucking commissioner tasked with keeping trucks rolling at B.C. port AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 3, 2015 4:46 pm MDT read more

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UN court increases sentence of former BosnianSerb leader to life imprisonment

In 2016, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), found the 1990s wartime leader guilty of genocide and war crimes, including the planning of the notorious 1995 Srebrenica massacre, during which between 7,000 and 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were murdered. The aftermath was described at the time as resembling “scenes from Hell” by a Tribunal judge. Karadžić was also found responsible for the three-year long siege of Sarajevo, which led to the deaths of an estimated 10,000 civilians.On Wednesday, the Appeals Chamber of the successor to the ICTY, the Hague Branch of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, largely upheld the 2016 verdict, as well as ensuring that Mr. Karadžić will serve life for his crimes.The appeal was the third and final opportunity for the Bosnian-Serb, who contested the charges against him, to attempt to have his sentence overturned. The Appeals Chamber, however, found this the initial sentence was, in fact, too lenient and, in a statement, wrote that “the Trial Chamber committed a discernible error and abused its discretion in imposing a sentence of only 40 years of imprisonment.”Responding to the appeal decision, Adama Dieng, UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, said that the judgement confirmed that accountability, rather than impunity, but he warned that such court decisions cannot bring genuine reconciliation to divided communities.“Real change in society,” he said, “can only come from self-reflection, acceptance, consistent and collective effort to move forward. It takes hard work and perseverance. It also takes sustained commitment to reconciliation, trust-building and constructive and meaningful dialogue by political and social leaders and citizens.”On a visit to Srebrenica in 2018, Mr. Dieng expressed his concern at ongoing attempts to glorify war crimes, and minimise their gravity, giving the example of a student dormitory at the University of East Sarajevo, which was named after Karadzic. He added that “Mr. Karadzic is not a hero, he is a criminal. The true heroes are the survivors and witnesses of the crimes committed by him. They have displayed immense courage by coming to the courts to testify and never gave up hope that they would see justice.” read more

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Bus and coach registrations fall 382 in March 2011

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Overall bus and coach volumes down 38.2% in the month and 18.6% for the rolling year to March.Coach volumes fell 32.3% in March; they were up by 5.8% for the rolling year to March.All bus registrations fell by 39% in March and fell by 21.1% for the rolling year to March.“In the short term the registration data are grim, buses are heading for a near 10 year low, midibuses for a 17 year low and coaches for their lowest for over 50 years,” said Paul Everitt, Chief Executive at the SMMT.  “But the good news is that orders are starting to flow again, meaning that we should see registrations start to rise in the fourth quarter of this year and into 2012.”There are very long lead times in the bus and coach sector between orders or sales and registration.Download reportBig buses and coaches – rolling year registrations December 2006 to March 2011 read more

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Are Pro Wrestlers Dying at an Unusual Rate

I was barely 13 years old during WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990, and just about at the height of my pro-wrestling fandom. I watched every televised event and read wrestling magazines, and I had been to a live event at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. I even watched unofficial wrestling-analysis shows that aired in the middle of the night. I was delirious.My favorite wrestler was Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, who took on “Mr. Perfect,” who had yet to lose in a televised head-to-head matchup. Brutus won. “Mr. Perfect,” a.k.a. Curt Hennig, had finally lost.Hennig died in 2003 at age 44.Of course, the main event at WrestleMania VI was the “Ultimate Challenge,” in which The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan to unify the Intercontinental Championship and the WWF Championship for the first — and so far only — time ever (the WWF changed its name to the WWE in 2002).The Ultimate Warrior, James Hellwig, died two weeks ago at age 54.Here are a few other pieces of information about WrestleMania VI:One match — Earthquake’s defeat of Hercules — featured two wrestlers who are now both dead.It was Andre the Giant’s last major televised match; he died in 1993 at age 46.Dusty Rhodes, who won his first wrestling title in 1968, is 68. His tag-team partner, Sapphire, his opponents “Macho Man” Randy Savage and the Sensational Queen Sherri, and his surprise manager, Miss Elizabeth (who was in a “feud” with Macho Man, her real-life husband), died in 1996, 2011, 2007 and 2003, respectively.Just five of 14 matches featured wrestlers who are all alive today.Here’s the card with all of the televised matches for the night. I’ve marked the ones who are dead in red; it’s one-third of the wrestlers who appeared (12 of 36, plus Miss Elizabeth).For all the dramatized bloodshed of professional wrestling, the card for WrestleMania VI certainly looks like a bloodbath. Is there anything fishy about pro wrestling, or are my intuitions about what percentage of young 1990s athletes should be alive 25 years later just way off?Let’s look at some data.I collected biographical information (including date of birth and date of death, if applicable) from the Internet Wrestling Database on all WWF wrestlers who are/would be younger than 60 in 2014, and who had at least 20 pay-per-view appearances between WrestleMania I in 1985 and the time the WWF was forced to change its name by the World Wildlife Fund in 2002 — for 203 in all.I then calculated each wrestler’s chances of dying between the ages of 25 (roughly around when his or her career may have started) and however old he or she is/would be in 2014, using actuarial tables from the Social Security Administration. Because health technology has improved significantly, I used a 1990 actuarial table to cover years before 2000, a 2000 table to cover years 2000 to 2009, and a 2010 table to cover 2010 to the present.I then broke them down by age groups and compared each group’s death rate with its expected death rate:We can also calculate the probability of so many wrestlers dying in each age group and overall by chance (using binom.dist), and it comes out like so:Note: I calculated each wrestler’s odds individually, but the probabilities in the last column of this table are based on the average probability for each group (which gets us extremely close, though technically it could be calculated precisely).I don’t want to speculate as to the cause of this phenomenon, though a number of theories in varying shades of sinister spring to mind. But it saddens me to think that my 13-year old self was so thoroughly entertained by watching ghosts. Rest in peace. read more

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Suspension on paid parking likely to continue as City Hall to

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParking meters: Option to cancel contract included in Committee’s final report- FerreiraAugust 17, 2017In “Business”As Mayor & Deputy sworn in, MAPM holds mini protest as a reminder to M&CCApril 10, 2017In “Business”MAPM continues call for parking meter revocation, as suspension remains in limboMarch 21, 2017In “latest news” City Hall will be writing to the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan soon to request an additional month to continue public consultations on the Parking Meter project.This is according to Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green on Tuesday during a telephone conversation with Inews.Mayor Chase-GreenAccording to Chase-Green, a vote was taken by Councillors on Monday to give the Parking Meter Committee an additional month to complete its consultations, as the initial three month period which was granted by Bulkan, will end later in the month.The one month request, if facilitated by Bulkan, would also extend the suspension of paid parking around Georgetown.On Monday, Chairman of the Parking Meter Committee, Malcom Ferreira was quoted in other sections of the media saying that the additional month would allow the contracting parking meter company, Smart City Solutions Inc. (SCSI) to produce several documents, including a socioeconomic feasibility study. This, he says, will further enhance the negotiations.The Parking Meter Committee was established on April 26 2017, one month after Bulkan suspended the paid parking initiative.Its members consist of Malcolm Ferreira (Chairman), Roopnarine Persaud, Noelle Chow-Chee (VC), Ivelaw Henry, Trichria Richards, Carlyle Goring, and Heston Bostwick.The Committee’s Terms of Reference (TOR) was drafted and voted upon by the majority of  members of the M&CC. The TOR provides the committee with the authority to “engage with all stakeholders within the parameters of the framework agreed upon by the Council, Cabinet and Smart City Solutions (SCSI) to seek to determine what terms of the Agreement can and should be negotiated to bring the contract in harmony with the desires of the Council, Central Government, SCSI and the citizenry.”In addition to that, it obligates the committee members “to listen to proposals made by the other concerned parties and report same back to the Council for the council to make a decision on whether to accept or reject the said proposals,” “to advocate Council’s position in relation to the contract being mindful of the concerns of all the stakeholders,” to put forward workable solutions to any impasse that may arise with a view to arriving at an agreement that is mutually beneficial to all the stakeholders,” and “refer all financial suggestions to the Council’s Financial Committee for its opinion and /or advice.”The committee members are responsible for negotiating the position taken by the Mayor and City Council with regards to the parking meters among themselves, then upon conclusion of the negotiating period, they are required to prepare a report and present same to Council at a meeting called for that purpose, setting out the proposals and or agreements arrived at.Following its implementation earlier this year, the controversial initiative saw protest action being taken weekly in front of City Hall until the project was suspended in March pending re-negotiations.Since having been elected, the members were sworn to secrecy pending the submission of a report of recommendations to the M&CC.M&CC had entered into a contract with SCSI on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown.However, the project came under intense scrutiny and rejections from various public and private stakeholders, the Opposition and even some Central government officials over the clandestine way it was being foisted unto the populace, its prohibitive pricing and the contracting company’s general disregard with the way the new mechanism was introduced to the public, among many other concerns.After becoming effective in late January, 2017, several large protests were staged in front of City Hall calling for the contract to be revoked, while multiple stakeholders took the M&CC and the SCSI to court over the matter.Under pressure, on March 21 2017, the Minister of Communities who had initially passed the by-laws bringing parking meters into effect, ordered that it be suspended for a period of three months to  facilitate the re-negotiations of the terms of the contract. read more

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Mining companies react to Ecuadors new Mining Mandate

first_imgMining companies have commented on the new Mining Mandate adopted by Ecuador’s Constituent Assembly on April 18. Glen H. McKay, Chairman of Cornerstone Capital Resources said: “For Ecuador and its mining and exploration business it was not a good day. The unexpected Mining Mandate passed by the Constituent Assembly blindsided the industry, especially considering the many positive signals coming from the Administration earlier, including indications from the Ministry that our long awaited drill permits were soon to be issued.”Some of the major features of the new Mining Mandate that may have an impact on Aurelian Resources are:The new Mining Mandate limits mining companies to holding a maximum of three concessions. Should this apply to Aurelian, the company will retain title to the single concession containing the Fruta del Norte (FDN) epithermal gold- silver deposit, as well as two others that Aurelian believes contain the most prospective geology for additional epithermal discoveries. Aurelian will seek to protect all investments made to date at its other concessions that it has been actively exploring since 2003.The new Mining Mandate invokes an immediate 180-day suspension of activities on virtually all mining concessions in Ecuador while a new Mining Law is drafted and adopted. Aurelian is awaiting formal notification from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of the effects of the Mining Mandate on the Company’s operations, as defined in the final provisions of the mandate.In response to this departure from previous indications of support by Ecuador’s government for large-scale mining, Aurelian’s CEO, Patrick Anderson, commented that, as recently as last week, company staff were encouraged by meetings with Ecuador’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, where arrangements were made for detailed discussions in the coming weeks on a stability agreement for FDN. “We assume that these discussions toward a stability agreement will be suspended for the immediate future,” Anderson further stated. “While we take some encouragement from President Correa’s continued public statements in support of large-scale mining, this mandate is not in keeping with such expressed support.Nevertheless, we will continue to work with the government of Ecuador to create a long-term sustainable mining industry that benefits investors and other stakeholders in Ecuador. We also expect to continue work on a resource update and a previously announced scoping study for FDN.”Aurelian is seeking further clarification from government officials on how the new Mining Mandate will be implemented and will provide additional commentary as more detail becomes available. An unofficial English translation of the new Mining Mandate prepared internally by the company is available on Aurelian’s website at http://www.aurelian.ca/. Cornerstone’s McKay continues: “We do not know what, if any, changes will be made to the Mandate and the final form of the new mining law.“No doubt there will be many opinions but the fact is that the course of wisdom is to let the dust settle until it is possible to understand fully the new Mandate and to what degree it will be implemented.”Cornerstone, since 2005, has invested about $13 million exploring several highly prospective properties in Ecuador with some very good results. McKay explains: About $10 million of that was funded by JV partners and together we are very interested in preserving the value of our investment. Under the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Ecuador for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments we collectively felt confident that our investment in Ecuador would be protected and that should still be the case.“In any event we will be discussing with our JV partners how, in the context of the new Mandate, to preserve title to our best prospects and then prepare for the day when we can move these forward. We understand that the freeze is for a period of up to six months.”Dynasty Metals & Mining says it has been invited to meet with senior government officials, to discuss government policies on mining in Ecuador. “We are reviewing the current Mining Mandate and are analyzing the impact it may have on the company’s future operations, if enforced. We will provide further information after such time.”Dynasty Metals & Mining is a Canadian based mining company involved in the exploration and development of mineral properties in Ecuador. It has two advanced-stage projects, Zaruma, which is nearing production, and Jerusalem, as well as a highly prospective exploration project, the Dynasty copper-gold Belt, which includes the Dynasty Goldfield, the Copper Duke project and the Marianna Joint Venture among other prospects.Corriente has completed an initial review of the new Mining Mandate and says “a number of the articles contained in this Mandate are very unclear and consequently, we are not yet able to fully assess any potential impact on some of our concession holdings in the country. After a meeting with mining sector representatives on April 18, the President of Ecuador, through the Presidential Press, issued a statement clarifying the intent of the Mining Mandate, which states the following:The President of the Republic, Rafael Correa reiterated today that the Mining Mandate seeks to eliminate all the illegal concessions but “it is not suspending the mining activity in Ecuador,” he said.The leader manifested this during the meeting in the Cabinet Hall with several representatives of the country’s mining sector, in which he clarified that, “The Mining Mandate does not impede future concessions, but rather the majority of the current ones that are in a bad state and will have to be reverted in order to grant them later within a new legislative frame”, he explained.Finally, the Head of the State manifested that, “The current dilemma is not to say yes or no to mining, but rather to seek for responsible, economical, social and environmental mining,” he said, after insisting that the position of the Government of the Citizen Revolution is yes to mining, but responsible mining.In March 2008, Corriente was given title confirmation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MMP) as part of the company’s annual audit process. “This process confirmed that all of our concessions are in good standing. To date, we are not aware of any changes in the good-standing status of our concessions. We are in the process of finalising meetings with the office of the President of Ecuador and the MMP over the next few days to be able to provide more clarity to investors about the intent and potential impact of the Mandate.”Over the last eight years Corriente has invested over C$ 80 Million in its Ecuador projects, using capital provided by investors in Canada, the USA and Europe. “These capital contributions have allowed the company to advance the potential mineral wealth of Ecuador from a very early exploration stage, where almost nothing was known about the geology of southeast Ecuador, to establishing the existence and feasibility of world class copper resources. These resources have the potential to bring billions of dollars in infrastructure development and associated jobs for the benefit of the people of Ecuador. Uncovering the existence of these important copper resources has required years of drilling and engineering studies by our dedicated Ecuadorian team and support from local communities, who realize there can be a better future for their children utilizing the benefits from responsible resource development.”Corriente CEO and President, Ken Shannon, commented, “We believe that the President’s message has been consistent over the last six months. That message is that there is a place in Ecuador for responsible mining and Corriente supports the President in advancing this message. While the Mining Mandate has obscured this message, we do not believe there are any pervasive changes to the President’s plans for mining in Ecuador. Clearly, it is important for the Government of Ecuador to provide greater clarity so that mining companies and their shareholders can believe in the Administration’s plans for allowing responsible mining in Ecuador.Events such as those over the last few days confirm that frontier mining development requires patience and a long-term outlook. We continue to believe that mining can make an important contribution to the future in Ecuador. With over C$90 million in the treasury and an excellent Ecuador-based development team in place, Corriente is well-positioned to continue working with the Ecuador Government in developing a responsible mining industry for the benefit of all stakeholders.”last_img read more

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This DIY Hoverbike is every Star Wars fans fantasy

first_imgMost Star Wars fans remember the first time they watched Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and saw that iconic speeder bike chase through the woods of Endor. Sadly, speeder bikes aren’t real – at least the ones in the movie aren’t. One Australian engineer however, decided that he wanted one badly enough to design and build it himself. The result is the Hoverbike, a sharp-looking one-seater with massive fans on the front and rear designed to keep the bike in the air.Chris Malloy says that when he’s finished with his bike, it’ll be able to get up to 10,000 feet and fly at 170 miles per hour. He also noted that he designed the bike not because he was a big Star Wars fan, but to settle an argument over how to build a real flying motorcycle. The bike currently weighs about 110kg (just under 250 lbs) with a 107 horsepower twin four-stroke engine capable of pumping out 295kg (650 lbs) of thrust.The massive fans on the front and the rear of the bike use wooden blades, and the body of the bike is made of carbon fiber to keep it strong and light. So far he hasn’t managed to get the bike fully airborne. He’s run a few tests while the bike has been strapped down, but it’s fair to say he hasn’t gone flying over his neighbors rooftops in his new invention just yet.Before Malloy can make a production model of the Hoverbike, he’s looking for some more investment and other engineers to help him with the project. He says that eventually he may be able to get the costs down to around $40,000 per bike, but right now it’s just a garage project. You have to give him credit, though: for a garage project, the Hoverbike looks remarkably polished.Read more at Hoverbike via Jalopniklast_img read more

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CEO returns to Brisbane roots

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dow Chemical Company Chairman and CEO, Dr Andrew Liveris, says revisiting his alma mater, University of Queensland (UQ) is an important way of showing young people the value of an Australian education.I’m very much a product of my home heritage, which is Greek immigrantgroups but also my Australian upbringing, and I am an advertisement orambassador for Australia. “I’m very much a product of my home heritage, which is Greek immigrant groups but also my Australian upbringing, and I am an advertisement or ambassador for Australia,” Dr Liveris told Neos Kosmos. “I consider it important to go back and show young people that with an Australian education and hard work you can do whatever you want to do; your education is a great starting point. I’m a great believer in encouraging people to aspire, because with hard work you can achieve great things”. At his upcoming lecture at UQ, On the Centenary: The Next 100 Years. Queensland, Australia and the World, Dr Liveris will discuss Australia’s future global role. “Australia has a very important capability, one is God given: our natural resources, everything below the ground, and the other is above the ground: human capital, which is being developed through a very strong spirit of adventurism, a can-do attitude, and our commitment to education,” Dr Liveris said. However, Australia still needs to improve upon the way it uses these resources, Dr Liveris said. “Australia has not done a good job of intersecting the two to create more value out of technology in this country,” he said. “Australia should be able to generate multiple silicon valleys and to do that it has to have a natural outlook to research and manufacture with the resources it has.” While in Brisbane next week the Dow CEO will also liaise with UQ, as Dow is investing in Biotechnology and nanotechnology within the university, to help develop scientific breakthroughs. Dow is also investing in Victoria’s department of agriculture, as well as in genomics within Monash University, which is aimed at creating better technology for crops, especially in arid climates. “At Dow we’re very interested in partnering with Australian education institutes,” Dr Liveris said. “We’re also talking with various governments in Australia to see if we can take natural gas and use it rather than just exporting it as LPG.” Dr Liveris, who attended Brisbane State High School and has a chemical engineering degree from UQ, took over the reins of the $45 billion global company in 2004. Beginning in Dow’s Australian offices in 1976 as a graduate Dr Liveris worked in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management. He spent the majority of his career in Asia, where he was general manager for the company’s operations in Thailand, and was later President of all Asia-Pacific operations. “As someone who has dedicated his life to innovation, I would venture to say that we have never needed it more than today,” Dr Liveris said, adding “the world’s most pressing needs will be met – and mastered – by innovation through science and innovation of the sort that happens at The University of Queensland and, if I may say, at Dow.” Dr Liveris was among a select few of the world’s most influential people, including, Madeleine Albright, Lance Armstrong, Tony Blair, Jim Carey and Laura Bush, who were recently invited to participate in the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Summit. Earlier this month Dr Liveris was given the oldest honour in Christendom and the highest honour a lay person can receive in the Orthodox Christian Church by being named Archon by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Orthodox Christian Church. To register to attend Dr Liveris’ oration, on Monday, November 22 from 6:15pm, please go to http://www.uq.edu.au/centenary/oration-serieslast_img read more

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Hernandez tosses Seattles first perfect game

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — His arms outstretched to the sky, about to be swallowed by anxious teammates who ignored him for most of nine innings, Felix Hernandez finally conquered the pursuit of perfection he’s chased since his debut as a baby-faced 19-year-old with uncontrollable curly hair and a hat that never sat straight.No more nights of wondering whether this would be the moment Hernandez twirled a historic gem. King Felix finally has his crowning achievement. “It was always in my mind, every game. `I need to throw a perfect game.’ For every pitcher I think it’s in their mind,” Hernandez said. “Today it happened and it’s something special. I don’t have any words to explain this. This is pretty amazing. It doesn’t happen every day.”Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners’ first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory Wednesday.The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has never hid his desire for pitching perfection. For a franchise on its way to an 11th straight season without a playoff appearance, Hernandez is the one constant keeping fans interested in Mariners baseball. He’s revered in the Pacific Northwest, not only for his performance on the mound, but for his willingness to stay. When he could have waited and sought a bigger payday elsewhere, Hernandez signed an extension in 2010 that will keep him in Seattle through the 2014 season.last_img

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Sandwell Council customer service staff regraded to receive pay rise

first_imgCustomer service staff employed at Sandwell Council, who are members of the Unite and Unison trade unions, will receive a pay increase as a result of being re-graded into a new pay band.Around 20 Unison and 14 Unite members were due to begin industrial action this week in a dispute regarding the organisation’s job evaluation process; the trade unions alleged that this process did not take into consideration the work that staff performed.Unison and Unite members employed at Sandwell Council, working across its neighbourhood offices, voted to begin a ‘work to rule’ schedule from Friday 10 May 2019; this would have seen customer service staff refuse to accept calls, pass along information or handle matters pertaining to certain enquiries, such as evictions.This action, however, was cancelled on 1 May 2019, after the affected staff accepted a new offer from the council. As at 1 May 2019, customer service employees have been re-graded; this will mean that staff who are currently paid between £19,000 and £20,000 a year will see their yearly pay increase by £4,000. They will also receive two additional days of leave.Tony Barnsley, branch secretary, Sandwell General branch at Unison, said: “We congratulate our members for their unified show of strength.”In a joint statement, Tracy Wood, regional officer at Unison, and Brian Rickers, spokesperson at Unite, added: “The offer of better pay from 1 May 2019 means that there will no longer be any need for the planned industrial action. We welcome the decision of Sandwell Council to bring this matter to a conclusion.”A spokesperson at Sandwell Council said: “We are pleased to have resolved this issue by working closely with the unions. The agreement we have reached not only addresses staff concerns but will also help us improve customer service.”last_img read more

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Officials Body found floating in Hialeah canal

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A body was found floating in the water near southbound Okeechobee Road, Monday.Officials sent a diver into the water to retrieve a male victim that was found face down in the canal. The body was caught by the current, officials said, which began to pull it closer to shore.7Skyforce was on the scene as rescue crews checked for the victim’s vital signs.Traffic was affected along southbound Okeechobee Road, with only one left lane getting by approaching Le Jeune Road, while police investigated.Officials have not confirmed the condition of the body and the identity.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Pregnant woman runs down purse snatcher with SUV

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSVN) – A pregnant North Carolina woman went above and beyond to stop a man who snatched her purse.The scene was caught on camera outside a Wal-Mart near Charlotte, N.C. Christine Braswell claims she was confronted by a man, who quickly grabbed her purse and fled.The woman, however, wasted no time in chasing the thief with her SUV, hitting him before he could get away.“I came back out here, and he was with my purse and took off,” said Braswell. “I took off after him. Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways, then came back, jumped in the car, throwed it in gear and came across the curb and ran him over. I was not going to let him get away with it. It’s not right. It’s not fair.”Police charged the man with breaking and entering and damage to property and was taken away from the scene in an ambulance.The woman, meanwhile, faces charges for assault with a deadly weapon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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