Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were reeling from floods on Monday following incessant showers over the past few days.The death toll in rain-related incidents has mounted to 145 across the country. Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of deaths — 111 since last week. Twenty-five have died in Bihar.The weather department has forecast a long delayed withdrawal of monsoon and more rains for Patna, where several areas still remain submerged due to heavy rainfall over the past three days.Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, whose own residence was affected by the deluge, was seen doing the rounds of the city clad in a T-shirt and shorts, and issuing instructions to officials.Highest since 1994India recorded its highest rainfall since 1994 this monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said classifying it as ‘above normal.’ The season officially ended on Monday. However, rain bearing winds still remain active over several parts of the country. Bihar floods: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residence Bihar flood: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residenceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1701:17 Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions of the IMD, two regions — west Madhya Pradesh and Saurashtra and Kutch — recorded precipitation in “large excess.”In Patna, normal life was thrown out of gear, with several schools shut, roads inundated, and many shops, hospitals and houses submerged in knee-deep waters. The State’s disaster management department said the government had urged the Air Force to send a helicopter for dropping food packets and other relief material in affected areas.Though there was a let up in rainfall in the morning, the IMD has predicted showers later on Monday in the Bihar capital.Deficient in DelhiDelhi may witness scattered rains over the next three to four days, according to the weather office. In a year the rest of India witnessed “above-normal monsoon,” the city recorded the lowest since 2014 with a deficiency of 38 per cent, the IMD said. The city recorded 404.1 mm rainfall this monsoon — from June 1 to September 30 — against the 30-year average of 648.9 mm, a shortfall of 38 per cent, an official said.In Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, authorities had to shift about 900 prisoners to other jails after flood waters entered the barracks of the district jail located near the Ganga river.In Jharkhand’s Dumka district, three members of a family died after a wall collapsed on them following heavy rains in the region.As many as 13 deaths were reported on Saturday from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.In in Rajkot district in Gujarat, three women drowned after their car was swept away at a flooded causeway on Sunday following heavy rains in several parts of the Saurashtra region.
Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Powerlift Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAlthough she’s already a veteran of numerous wars, powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta still feels the nerves as she prepares for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.“There’s still pressure. Although this would be my eighth time in the ASEAN Para Games, I know that I’m also not getting younger,” Dumapong-Ancheta, who is once again competing in the +85 kg category of women’s powerlifting, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad At 43 years old, Dumapong-Ancheta, a polio victim, acknowledges that time is no longer on her side.“I know that in a few years time, I’ll be retiring. I told myself that if I won’t win a medal in the ASEAN Para Games level, I think that should be the time that I step away and make a graceful exit,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut her coach Ramon Debuque still maintains his belief on the Ifugao native. That is enough to keep Dumapong-Ancheta fighting as she looks to add another gold medal to her already stocked collection.“I had a talk with my coach and he told me that I still have time. He told me that I still have five years or more, and I intend to give my best in these last competitions,” she said. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Dumapong-Ancheta is also happy to see the Philippine paralympic movement evolve since she first started in 1997.“I’m glad to see that in terms of support for the athletes, the interest for disability sports have gone up. We’ve gone a long way and I’m proud to say that I was part of that journey. Looking back to those days that we didn’t have uniforms and any formal training, to what it is today where we get whole year training and allowances, I’m just glad for everything that has been given to us,” she said.Her bronze medal win in the +82.5 kg category at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics opened the floodgates for Dumapong-Anchenta and differently abled athletes as sports officials and sponsors started giving them a second look.But with the benefits come the expectations, and Dumapong-Ancheta said the Filipino paraathletes are motivated they deserve the support as they seek to bring home medals in the regional tiff.“We know we can compete and we can defend whatever we’ve won before. We also know that we shouldn’t just match, but also surpass the records we’ve had in the past. We intend to give our all every time,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Mumbai, Jul 20 (PTI) Indias lone ATP tournament, the Chennai Open, will now be held in Pune next year and would be henceforth called “Maharashtra Open”.IMG-Reliance, the right holders of the tournament along with Government of Maharashtra and Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), announced this here.”We welcome the world class ATP tournament to our state,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.”We are happy to host the Maharashtra Open and sure that we will take it to newer heights by bringing in an elite field every year,” he added.The Chennai Open became an important fixture on India?s international sporting calendar, drawing top players from across the world for 21 long years.Many of them, including 14-time Grand Slam mens singles champion Rafael Nadal of Spain who has often spoken about its importance in his journey to World No. 1, had made it their first stop every year.”We would like to thank everyone in Tamil Nadu, especially our innumerable fans, the Tamil Nadu government and the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association for making the Chennai Open such a grand success,? IMG-Reliance?s spokesperson said.”We look forward to similar love from tennis fans in not just in Pune and Maharashtra but in every part of the country,” the spokesperson said.”We have created a tennis legacy and have also provided our young players the opportunity to not only play against the best but to also pick up crucial points in world ranking system,” he added.MSLTA?s secretary Sunder Iyer and Tournament director Prashant Sutar were equally upbeat at the prospect of hosting the ATP tournament.advertisement”We have the best tennis infrastructure in the country. We will strive our best to make the world?s best players and our own, feel at home,” they said.India?s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi forged their formidable partnership at the Chennai Open, before they went on to conquer the world.Stan Wawrinka and Maric Cilic, among the more notable players, also took baby steps in this event before going on to break into ATP?s elite Top 5 list. PTI SSR NRB SDM
Romelu Lukaku marked his first appearance in an Inter shirt by scoring four times in his new side’s emphatic win against Virtus Bergamo.The Belgium international completed his protracted move from Manchester United on Thursday in a reported €80 million (£74m/$90m) deal, ending weeks of speculation.He did not feature at all for United during their pre-season campaign, and spent some time training back in his native Belgium with Anderlecht as he sought match fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The forward wasn’t ready for Saturday’s friendly trip to Valencia, left out of Antonio Conte’s matchday squad entirely for a game which Inter eventually won on penalties after a 1-1 draw.However, he was part of a much-changed side that took to the field for a low-intensity encounter against Serie D minnows Bergamo on Sunday.Handed the number nine jersey, previously warn by Mauro Icardi, Lukaku made a good first impression as he netted half of Inter’s goals in an 8-0 thrashing.Matias Vecino and Sebastiano Esposito, two other players in need of minutes, scored braces to complete the rout.Lukaku will have been relieved to finally see his name back on the scoresheet, with his final goals in a Manchester United shirt coming against Southampton more than five months ago.He will hope to have impressed sufficiently to merit a starting berth for Inter’s first game of the Serie A season, as they host newly-promoted Lecce at San Siro on August 26. They then look forward to fixtures with Cagliari and Udinese, before the first Milan derby of the new campaign on September 21.Inter are hoping to build on a fourth-place finish last season, as they took until the final day of the season to confirm their Champions League place for the coming year under Luciano Spalletti.They ended the season 21 points behind perennial champions Juventus and, having been backed with funds in the transfer market, Conte will be expected to close the gap.Wingers Valentino Lazaro and Matteo Politano have been brought in alongside Lukaku, and there could be further activity from Conte in the window if Ivan Perisic’s expected move to Bayern Munich goes ahead.With the Croatian looking set to return to the Bundesliga, Inter would have until the Serie A transfer deadline on August 23 to find a replacement, should Conte choose to.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)One of the biggest unresolved quarterback battles ahead of the college football season is going down in Happy Valley. Sean Clifford is the solid favorite to take over for Trace McSorley, now a Baltimore Raven, while Will Levis is serving as the primary challenger.Tommy Stevens was the one who most pointed to as McSorley’s likely successor. However, things took a turn when Stevens missed the spring due to injury.Because it was unclear that he’d be able to beat out Clifford, Stevens opted to transfer for his final college season instead. The Penn State graduate is now one of the favorites to start at Mississippi State, under former Penn State OC Joe Moorhead.McSorley, perhaps the best quarterback that Penn State has had, leaves behind big shoes to fill. After a Monday practice, which also featured former Penn State RB Miles Sanders and the Philadelphia Eagles, he shared his thoughts on Clifford and Levis, and the direction of the QB battle.From the Centre Daily Times: “From Sean, I think I just go back to the approach he’s taken every single day since he arrived on campus. Really businesslike, very competitive, very hungry. And as he’s gone on through this year especially, I think he’s had a little bit of a chip on his shoulder with people saying this and that about him.“Whether it’s right or wrong or different, I think it’s something that’s going to drive them to be better. He wants to lead this team and take them to good places. Honestly, I’d say the same thing about Will Levis. They’re both really good athletes and can throw the ball really well so, whoever ends up being in that (starting) spot, I think it’d be pretty good.”Based on the answer, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Trace McSorley, like most, expects Clifford to be the guy when August 31 rolls around. Still, James Franklin has played things very close to the vest, and has said good things about Levis all off-season.While most programs have made decisions, with many coming over the last few days, we may have to get a bit closer to the season opener against Idaho before Franklin makes an announcement about his team’s next QB1.[Centre Daily Times]
8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags Need a new watch for the new year? Or some durable watch accessories? Worn & Wound has your wrist game covered — and then some. Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The company — a one-stop shop for horology news, reviews and of course, products — launched a run of handsome watch straps from its new High Craft-Vintage series last month, specifically in a rich Navy Chromexcel and a rugged Peanut Suede. These straps are tough, durable, hand-finished and possibly the perfect addition to your favorite everyday watch. The new introductions complement the site’s overall approach — since 2011, they’ve published more than 100 videos and 1,000-plus articles — yes, you read that right — covering what they call “value-driven watches,” with a focus on “unique and thoughtful design,” plus top-notch construction to match. Sounds good, right?And the eye-catching new straps play nicely off other additions to the brand’s product line, such as new colors in Worn & Wound’s easy-to-use Single-Pass line of watch straps. Need a new black leather watch strap? The Single-Pass line is the way to go — for under $90 full-price, or under $80 on-sale. It’s a heck of a way to add a new, durable and stylish casual watch to your collection — all while simply changing the strap.Lest you worry about finding a belt to match that sharp new watch strap, Worn & Wound has been thinking ahead in that department, too. Its classic leather belts are made with Wickett & Craig leather (some of the best of the best) and assembled in America. It’s the ideal way to pair up your watch strap and belt without missing a beat — now, you only need rugged leather boots to finish off a next-level #OOTD.What’s the best way to transport your new favorite watch strap, though? Again, Worn & Wound does the advance thinking for you. The Waxed Olive Watch Roll — introduced back in November — starts with a durable waxed army-duck canvas and is finished off with Horween Olive Chamois trimming. It’s no ordinary way to carry around your watches, that’s for sure. The great part about all of this gear? It’s finished with extreme attention to detail and the sort of handsome, classic aesthetic that should complement your everyday carry — that goes for the durable watch straps and carries through to fine leather belts.What are you waiting for? Upgrade your watch game now. The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men
Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Daryl Mark walks like a man who’s been on the job for 44 years. His tall frame and groomed gray mustache present commanding air as he garners a friendly hello from just about every assemblyman along the line.As Quality Manager at S.B. Foot Tanning Co. in Red Wing, Minnesota, he oversees thousands of cowhides that enter the factory as bare carcasses and leave as precision-tailored slabs of lustrous leather destined for any number of applications around the world. Most notably, much of what’s produced here will move right down the road to the Red Wing Shoes factory.He was our tour guide for this special look into the leather making process at a tannery that’s been in continuous operation since 1872.The hides move slowly on belt through a drying room for several hours. This process helps make the material more pliable for later use.At first, the smell of the process is overwhelming.A variety of chemicals fill the air, immediately surrounding the plant and masking the undeniable beauty and pride of the operation inside. These chemicals and dyes (and their contingent smells) are essential to creating some of the best leather in the country. A rainbow of browns, tans and reds are the end product of a process that has no less than six steps and dozens of man-hours per hide.While modern Italian machinery has helped speed up the drying and maturing process to meet global demand, the process is largely unchanged from Silas Boot’s initial run more than 120 years ago.The finished leather tends to keep the shape of the animal until cutting.The leather is finished at a second facility down the road where it receives final drying and polish and is then divided into rolls based on where it’s headed.The pride in assembly and attention to detail continues at Red Wing Shoes Plant 2, just a quick ride down State Route 61. This is where all of its shoes are made, including the Heritage line, which we were there to see in detail.This newer line pays homage to some of the company’s older footwear lines with updated profiles that are putting Red Wing back in the country’s trendiest boutiques.The operation is deceivingly large. One lobby door acts as the gatekeeper between the outside world and some of the most impressive manufacturing anywhere in the country.A leather map is proudly hung in the S.B. Foot sales office.Red Wing’s vast floor is organized much like an automotive assembly line. The familiar rainbow of leathers is a dead giveaway to the starting point for all of the brand’s models.Each model – work shoes, Pecos (cowboy boots), Heritage, hunting boots – goes through much of the same process helmed by workers who have been perfecting their craft for decades. (A fabric cutter recently hung up her scissors after 48 years on the job.)Once material has been measured and cut, the frame gets sewn around a “last,” which is a plastic model of the particular shoe that the heel and other essential parts are fixed around. Once the shoe takes shape, it’s removed from the last and enters a carousel where the outside sole is installed and the remaining stitches are placed.The final product is a pristine piece of footwear that’s meant to last generations. For all of the stories about pairs of Red Wings that have been through hell and back, they do eventually need more TLC than the owner can provide.Rolls of leather at the starting point in the Red Wing factory.When that times comes, the shoes are sent to the Repair Shop: a small back corner of the factory that re-crafts more than 40,000 pairs annually. A team of five master shoe artisans take apart and put back together decades of leather ranging from simple crack fixes to full sole replacements.It seemed especially pertinent to take this tour only a few weeks out from the day where we celebrate our independence and everything that makes America America. Red Wing Shoes is a collective of more than 300 (many union) who take immense pride in crafting a generational product.Red Wing’s Repair Shop will work on more than 40,000 pairs of shoes this year.Even though our country is divided as ever, we should take solace in and protect traditions like Red Wing Shoes. American manufacturing is a dying art, but it’s one of this nation’s cornerstone foundations and something that people on both sides of the aisle can agree on.Pecos boots headed towards a final check before packing.Perhaps that’s all we need: A reminder to look within every now and then. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019
The Canadian Press MONASTERY, N.S. – A school in northeastern Nova Scotia has closed due to an online threat that came just days after racist graffiti was spray-painted on a school bus and a sign not far from the facility.The Mounties issued a statement Tuesday saying vandals spray-painted the graffiti close to the East Antigonish Education Centre, a school attended by many Mi’kmaq students.The school board also issued a release today saying the school was closed Wednesday due to a “possible threat … using social media.”Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, a spokesman for the RCMP, said the two incidents are being treated as separate matters by police, but investigators will try to determine whether there is a connection.He said when the school reopens there will be a police presence to reassure students and parents of their safety.The RCMP said the crude remarks about Indigenous people and African Nova Scotians were painted on the bus and the sign at some point between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday at the school about 30 kilometres northeast of Antigonish.Facebook photo.Many of the children who attend the school are residents of the Paqtnkek First Nation, located about 10 kilometres from the facility.One parent posted photos of the racist graffiti on his Facebook page, adding, “School my kids go to. Nice, eh?”Police said that by Tuesday afternoon most of the red spray paint had been removed or covered up, but that evening a notice went out to parents from school principal Richard Britten saying the school was closing, based on the advice of police.
TORONTO – With a sigh and hesitant pause, Jason Paris confides that in retrospect he wishes he’d done more research before putting down a deposit on the now defunct Museum FLTS condominium project in Toronto’s trendy Lower Junction area.The 43-year-old television production manager is one of hundreds of would-be homeowners who recently had their money returned and dreams dashed when the building’s developer, Castlepoint Numa, cited lengthy delays obtaining the necessary approvals, building permits and financing, as reasons for the halt.“If I had the knowledge I have now, then, I definitely would have researched Castlepoint further,” said Paris, who subsequently found out that the developer did the same thing to other hopeful Toronto condo buyers a few years ago when another one its projects fell through.While Castlepoint Numa said it’s giving original Museum FLTS buyers the first opportunity and a discount on the next residential phase of its greater Lower Junction neighbourhood project, Paris points out that some buyers have been burned twice in a row by the same developer.The best line of defence for prospective presale condo buyers seeking to mitigate any potential fallout is to do the appropriate due diligence on the developer before signing any contracts, experts say.Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to protect Paris and others like him who become the victims of a cancelled condo complex, said Vancouver real estate lawyer Richard Bell.“It does happen in various scenarios, particularly if there’s a significant downturn in a market over a short period of time. So really, people are at risk,” said Bell, who works for law firm Bell Alliance.The bottom line? Do your homework, Bell said.“Who is the developer? What have they built previously? A new developer entering the market place is going to greater risk in a situation for a buyer than having a very experience developer in the market place.”The key advantage of using seasoned developers is that they have a name and brand to protect, notes Toronto real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder.“I have heard of situations where the builders have cancelled the deal and then turned around and then resold units at a $100,000 more each, and there’s virtually nothing that the original owners could do because there were lots of clauses in the contracts that allowed builders to cancel,” said Weisleder.“But you will find that reputable people, people who have been around a long time, they don’t do that. When they plan a development and plan units, they’re expected to complete. They price accordingly and they complete.”Keep in mind, Weisleder added, that even in Toronto’s increasingly competitive condo market — where the average selling price for a unit is about $523,000 — approximately 95 to 97 per cent of developments will see completion. According to real estate consultancy Urbanation, 23 condo projects have been cancelled in the city since 2012 — five of them in the last year.Bell said that the last time he’d heard of a cancelled condo development in Vancouver was in 2008, during the financial crisis.Jason Paris believes he is luckier than some because he only got involved with the cancelled condo project in February, when he signed a contract and handed over his deposit.“Some people had their investment off the market for a year and a half. I’m off the market for nine months,” he said.“But in a crazy property market like Toronto, those nine months are really going to make a huge a difference on what I can afford going forward.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Many parts of eastern Uganda have witnessed significant flooding since the rains began in late July, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release issued today in the capital, Kampala.An initial inter-agency assessment, carried out with the support of local authorities in Katakwi and Amuria districts, revealed that nearly 2,000 people across the two districts have been forced to leave their homes due to the flooding and nearly 4,000 households have reported damage to food crops.According to the Uganda Red Cross Society, which has also conducted initial assessments in the districts of Amuria and Katakwi, as well as in Budada, Bukeda, Kumi and Sironko in eastern Uganda, nearly 10,200 households – some 50,000 individuals –had been affected.In addition to forcing thousands from their homes and causing substantial damage to crops, the floods have damaged roads and bridges, making it difficult to reach the affected populations. While there have been no confirmed outbreaks of infectious disease so far, OCHA warns that current conditions are ripe for increased rates of malaria, diarrhoea, skin diseases, respiratory chest infections and intestinal worms. The two teams will begin their assessments in the Teso and Mbale regions by the end of the week, focusing on the impact on water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, health, food security, shelter, and road conditions.They will be led by a representative of the Office of the Prime Minister/Disaster Management Office and supported by experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN World Food Programme (WFP) and OCHA, as well as the Uganda Red Cross Society. 22 August 2007The United Nations and the Ugandan Government are set to deploy teams to assess the impact of severe flooding in the eastern part of the country resulting from unusually intense rainfall over the past month – the heaviest in 35 years.
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is calling on the government to ban the niqab, a traditional dress for Muslim women, citing security reasons, the Xinhua news agency reported today.The BBS, which also includes prominent Buddhist monks among its membership, demanded that the government ban the covering headdress insisting that recent events proved it was a threat to security. The BBS has also held massive rallies around the country to ban cattle slaughter and demand that Buddhism be given prominence in the country. “We believe that most people will not talk about this issue because it is religiously sensitive. However, it is an important issue and we will take this up with top government officials in order to protect the people of this country,”BBS head Galagodaatthe Gnanasara Thero told the media. The reasoning provided by the BBS is that a recent underworld member was arrested in Colombo while he was disguised as a Muslim woman wearing the enveloping garment. The BBS organization is accused of inciting and organizing violence against Muslims in the country and has been criticized by moderate Buddhist organizations and leading Buddhist monks in the country.In February, the Muslim community bowing to intense pressure from the BBS decided to withdraw issuing Halaal certification for local products.
SMMT pushes for qualification and accreditation models to standardise EV training industry-wide.IMI and Semta identify specific areas of focus for EV training.SMMT calls for EV experts to provide input to programmes before 2011 launch.SMMT and its partners, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and Semta – the sector skills councils for the automotive retail and manufacturing industries – are progressing with the development of an industry-wide electric vehicle (EV) qualification and accreditation scheme announced in May 2010.This programme will form the basis of a motor industry training scheme that will be offered by an automotive training provider network to ensure consistent understanding of EVs throughout manufacturing, the aftermarket, emergency services and breakdown recovery operators. The framework for the two key training programmes is in place and SMMT is now seeking the views of industry experts to refine the qualifications and accreditation before the January 2011 launch.“Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are exciting new technologies that will become increasingly popular options for motorists, so it is essential that the people involved in service, repair and roadside assistance are properly prepared,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The training and accreditation programme we are helping to develop will ensure consumers get the very best support and that this new technology has a smooth introduction to the marketplace.”Encompassing the full spectrum of electric vehicles, including pure-EV and hybrids, the EV training programme will establish consistent technical competency levels, ensuring the safe and sustainable growth of the industry as technology begins to come to market.The IMI programme will cater for the needs of service and repair outlets, emergency services, roadside assistance teams and retailers. The qualification will enable existing technicians and professionals to extend their skill set to EVs and will be maintained on a rolling three-year basis to ensure standards are maintained as technology develops.The IMI EV programme will:Offer four Electric and Hybrid Vehicle related qualifications which include Awareness; Hazard Management; Maintenance Activities; Repair and Replacement.Provide a stand-alone module of the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) to enable technicians to up-skill and to prove current competence.Deliver a ‘train the trainer’ programme aimed directly at the retail automotive network.Semta’s suite of National Occupational Standards and qualifications encompass the needs of the emerging electric vehicle market to ensure standardisation and quality is achieved across the manufacturing sector.The Semta EV programme will:Cater for those involved in all areas of production from concept to research and development, through design, manufacture and subsequent safe disposal.Identify and establish safety practices required for common usage of powerful batteries in all vehicles.Extend to vehicles of all wheel combinations, including military variants, heavy goods vehicles and buses.While both IMI and Semta have existing consultation groups in place, SMMT is keen to open up the development and refinement of each training programme to all EV experts to ensure the developments create a best practice set of training standards that the whole industry can adopt.To find out more or to join any of the following consultation groups, contact SMMT, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 25 October 2010.Semta EV Manufacturing Consultation Group.Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) Consultation Group.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
1. Are Liverpool too open with Suarez and Sturridge in the team?Eight goals were scored in today’s game between Stoke and Liverpool, and it could have been much more.Both sides constantly looked vulnerable when forced to defend, and though the introduction of Daniel Sturridge ultimately paid dividends in attack, down the other end, it did Liverpool no favours.Brendan Rodgers’ side were therefore fortunate that they only conceded one goal in the second period, with Jonathan Walters given far too much time and space to shoot — as had been the case with Charlie Adam in the first period.Indeed, especially in that second half, Stoke looked capable of scoring every time they went forward, with the visitors struggling to cope with the physicality of Walters and Peter Crouch, as well as the more subtle talents of Marko Arnautovic.Accordingly, against better sides, Liverpool may not get away with playing two strikers up front — especially in a midfield that includes the slowing legs of Steven Gerrard.That said, it would take a brave man to drop a striker as talented as Daniel Sturridge.2. What exactly constitutes ‘interfering with play’?Cheik Tiote’s disallowed goal in Man City’s 2-0 win over Newcastle has been the subject of much debate.The player’s thunderbolt was deemed illegitimate, because Yoan Gouffran arguably blocked the goalkeeper’s view.The problem seems to be that if such a ruling is backed by the FA, then there will be endless scope to penalise players in an offside position while seemingly not interfering with play. After all, aren’t such individuals nearly always interfering with play on some level in these instances, such as when a wandering striker causes a defence to play an offside trap, only for another player to run past the defence and score.Moreover, even if Gouffran did block Hart’s view slightly, the keeper was still highly unlikely to make the save, so to rule Tiote’s effort out was pedantic in the extreme.3. What’s gone wrong with Marc Wilson?(Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling wins a penalty after the challenge from Stoke City’s Marc Wilson – Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport)Ireland international Marc Wilson had what can best be described as a ‘stinker’ against Liverpool today.The defender gave the ball away needlessly on numerous occasions, and was partially responsible for at least two of Liverpool’s goals.Furthermore, it is not the first time Wilson has been conspicuously poor — in Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria, the 26-year-old was similarly inept, costing Ireland a crucial goal with a wayward pass in the latter game.From watching him play, it is clear Wilson possesses considerable talent. However, his concentration seems to be a frequent issue — a problem that will be a concern to both Mark Hughes and Irish boss Martin O’Neill, who is not exactly blessed with an array of top quality left-backs as it is.4. Pardew behaviour unacceptable Not for the first time, the behaviour of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was appalling today.After the referee arguably made a mistake in denying Newcastle a goal, he was subjected to a vicious haranguing from Pardew as the sides went in at half-time. ”You got it wrong!” he continually shouted, while pointing his finger at the official in an aggressive fashion.Would Pardew ever castigate his players publicly if they made an error? Unlikely. Yet for some reason, such bullying is considered acceptable when it comes to referees.And arguably even worse was his labelling of Manuel Pellegrini as a “f**king old c**t. Surely a banning is in order for this unsavoury ageism — such an outcome would send out a firm message that Pardew’s behaviour should not be considered acceptable, even in the inveterately abrasive atmosphere of a football stadium. 5. Have we just seen the game of the season?There have been some fantastic matches in the Premier League this season.The Stoke-Liverpool encounter epitomised the excitement that the league conjures at its best, while also illustrating some of its perpetual flaws (shoddy defending, an over-reliance on long-ball football, et cetera).What was particularly impressive was that the match’s relentless pace lasted for more or less the entire 90 minutes, when so often, similarly exciting games fade out meekly in the final half an hour.Liverpool, of course, provided the genius in the form of Luis Suarez on the day, but Stoke’s endless pressing and unbreakable resilience also played a big role in ensuring this afternoon’s game will be remembered in years to come.Here are the winning accumulators that netted two Paddy Power customers almost £40,000>5 talking points from Saturday’s Premier League action>
The terms and conditions apply parts of ads are ‘costing radio stations money’ Brian Hayes says the fast-paced disclaimers cost stations money and is an example of overreaching Brussels bureaucracy. 33 Comments Image: BBC Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 6:09 AM http://jrnl.ie/3277452 Share3 Tweet Email A DUBLIN MEP wants the law changed to get rid of the “terms and conditions apply” part of radio ads.Brian Hayes says the fast-paced disclaimers cost stations money and is an example of overreaching Brussels bureaucracy. Hayes suggests sending listeners to a website instead.The disclaimers are carried as part of a European Commission directive – The Consumer Credit Directive – which requires advertisers carry the disclaimers.Hayes makes the argument that visual media can carry the notices in small print – a luxury not available to radio advertisers.“Radio adverts are different. In order for radio stations to comply, they are required to read out the terms and conditions of every advert. This requirement means that a company who purchases 40 seconds of advertising can actually only advertise for 20 seconds as the remainder of the advert is filled with terms and conditions.”Hayes says he has written to Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, Head of Better Regulation to investigate the matter.Kevin Branigan, the CEO of Radio Nova, told TheJournal.ie that while the disclaimers add a challenge to running a radio station, it is far from the only one.“It’s welcome that Brian Hayes is interested in commercial radio. Terms and Conditions disclaimers have affected some ads for a while. Encouraging to see an opinion for it.“Other compelling issues include the funding of public service broadcasting from the licence fee. These have been debated for years and I would be interested to hear (Hayes’) views on that.”Read: Plan to get more women on airwaves ‘welcome’ – but progress could take years 14,404 Views By Paul Hosford Mar 9th 2017, 6:09 AM Image: BBC
Image: AP/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4807176 Friday 13 Sep 2019, 7:49 AM The dive boat engulfed in flames off the Southern California Coast on 2 September All six crew members were asleep when fire broke out on California dive boat, report says A total of 34 people died in the 2 September fire. 2 Comments Short URL 18,849 Views The dive boat engulfed in flames off the Southern California Coast on 2 September Image: AP/PA Images ALL SIX CREW members were asleep when a fire broke out last week on board a California dive boat, leaving 34 people dead, the US National Transportation Safety Board has said.In its preliminary report on the 2 September blaze – the worst maritime disaster in modern California history – the agency said “at the time of the fire, five crew members were asleep in berths behind the wheelhouse, and one crew member was asleep in the bunkroom”.Under federal law, the 75-foot Conception was required to have a night watchman who was awake and able to alert others to a fire or other mishaps, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy told the Los Angeles Times.The preliminary report said one of the crew members was able to raise the alarm after being awakened by noise around 3.15am and seeing the fire.“As crew members awoke, the captain radioed a distress message to the Coast Guard,” the report said.It added that five crew members frantically tried to reach the 33 passengers and one fellow crew member sleeping in the lower deck but jumped overboard after they were unable to open a forward window and were overwhelmed by smoke.Two crew members and the captain then swam to the stern and reboarded the vessel but were unable to access the 34 victims.The fire was so intense that firefighters were unable to board the vessel which sank as they tried to extinguish the blaze. The boat had been on a three-day diving excursion around the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara in southern California.The blaze broke out on the last day of the trip, as the boat was anchored off Santa Cruz Island.The cause of the fire is still unknown and initial interviews of some of the crew members revealed no mechanical or electrical issues onboard the vessel, the NTSB report said.It said salvage operations are underway to recover the wreckage for examination and that the probe will look into regulations for such vessels as well as warning systems, evacuation routes and training.- © AFP 2019 Share1 Tweet Email By AFP Fri 7:49 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
ASA President Wade Cowan (left) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn discuss agriculture policy in Washington D.C. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s office.American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan, Brownfield, Texas, met with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) last week to discuss agriculture policy, tax policy and legislation to control regulatory overreach hurting Texas farmers and ranchers.
Visakhapatnam: This Ganesh Chaturthi, environment-conscious entrepreneurs are devising new ways to worship the elephant-headed God without causing any harm to the eco-system. One such way of celebration is bringing home an edible Ganesh idol to worship. To help saving the water bodies from getting polluted, Chocolate Craft Club comes up with a chocolate Ganesh. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Interestingly, it has also developed a video to circulate through social media platforms, including WhatsApp, on the immersion procedure through warm milk or water. “The idol thus immersed can be mixed with some dry fruits before distributing to friends and family members as ‘prasad’. This way, the pollution problem which increases during immersion can be tackled to a large extent,” reasons N B Devi, proprietor of the club. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Orders started pouring in for chocolate Ganesh through WhatsApp. “As of now, we have received about 40 orders for our standard idol of 28-cm length and 22 cm width. Based on customers’ requirement, idols can be customised using white chocolate,” adds Devi, who launched edible Ganesh this year. In addition to these idols, millet-infused ‘modaks’, ‘laddus’ and ‘kudumulu’ form a part of the Club’s menu that has a facility of door delivery. Laying emphasis on marching towards cleaner and healthier tomorrow, the club members firmly believe in the fact that such eco-friendly celebrations would set an example for the next generation to follow suit. Advertise With Us While the concept of edible Ganesh is popular in Mumbai and Pune, the trend is gradually catching up in Visakhapatnam as well. Disturbed by the sights of plaster of Paris idols washing ashore on the beaches at various points during immersion, Mehek Idnani, who runs Baked Moments, a two-year-old home-bake studio, gets busy to paint her modelling chocolate Ganesh with an edible colour syrup. Currently, she is readying eight Ganesh idols for her clients both in Belgium and white chocolate flavours. “It comes in two sizes – half-ft and one-ft long but has a three-month-long shelf life. By placing cinnamon sticks and cloves around the idol, it can be saved from ants and rats,” she shares. After picking up the nuances of making chocolate idol from a Mumbai-based trainer Rintu, Mehek began her eco-friendly venture this year. Wielding an X-Acto knife, she gives finishing touches to a white-chocolate Ganesh idol before dipping her brush in a palette of edible colour to give a bright look. “It is a time-consuming process. But I am delighted to do my part to environment and lessen the damage. The immersed milk can be shared with less-privileged children,” suggests Mehek.
A roadside vendor sells newspapers with headlines about the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore. Reuters file photoPakistani prison authorities have moved the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, his attorney said on Saturday, speculating it could be a prelude to his release.The continued imprisonment of Dr Shakil Afridi has long been a source of tension between Pakistan and the United States, which cut military aid over accusations Pakistan continues to shelter Taliban militants fighting US and Afghan soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.A jail official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Afridi had been transferred to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, but said the reasons were unclear and could simply be security-related.Afridi’s lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, confirmed the transfer of his client but said he was not sure where he was now. Judicial officials could not be reached on Saturday, nor could embassy officials for the United States, which has for years called on Pakistan to release Afridi.Afridi was accused of treason after word spread he had helped the CIA collect genetic samples of the bin Laden family, paving the way for a US Navy SEAL raid in 2011 in the town of Abbottabad that killed the al Qaeda leader accused of plotting the 11 Sept 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.He was arrested days after the U.S. operation – which Pakistan called a violation of its sovereignty – and charged with aiding terrorists.Afridi was sentenced to 23 years’ jail for financing terrorism. That conviction was overturned in 2013, but he is still serving time for other terrorism-related convictions, his lawyer said.He also faced a murder trial related to the death of a patient more than a decade ago.However, the layer said Afridi had recently had his latest sentence reduced to seven years in a clemency action, and had served about that amount of time already.“So I think he can be released very soon,” Nadeem told Reuters.There were no other immediate indications of any release in the works, however.A US State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called on the Pakistani government to ensure Afridi’s safety.“We are aware ýof reports that Dr. Afridi has been transferred to another prison, and call on the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to ensure Dr. Afridi’s safety,” the official said.“We don’t have anything else at this time and would refer you to the government of Pakistan as to the reasons for his transfer,” the official added.In January 2017, Pakistan’s then-law minister said the country would not release Afridi under any U.S. pressure.“Afridi worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistan government has repeatedly been telling the United States that under our law he committed a crime and was facing the law,” Zahid Hamid was quoted as saying at the time.
Last week mobile gaming’s definitive masters King announced they would be teaming up with Italian fashion powerhouse Moschino. The focus of the new line is King’s most popular property Candy Crush. Whether you like King’s games or not this is pretty impressive that a game you merely play on your phone has reached this level of prestige. The designs are, well…loud, as you would expect if you are familiar with the 30 plus-year-old clothing brand. Their ironic stylings have made them a global force, not unlike King.“We couldn’t think of a better partner to transform Candy Crush into this fun and playful capsule collection that our players will have a chance to own and wear,” said Sebastian Knutsson, Chief Creative Officer at King.The timing of this limited edition collection coincides with Candy Crush‘s five anniversary. Moschino is a company that prides itself on having a pulse on the cultural zeitgeist and intertwining with mobile gaming is certainly a way to keep that tradition alive. “As someone who is inspired by pop culture, it was only a matter of time till I’d play with the iconography of Candy Crush,” said Jeremy Scott, Creative Director for Moschino. And boy did he play with it!The line will include a backpack (650 USD), phone case (70 USD), and swimwear for men and women (250 USD and 300 USD). All of these will be available only on Moschino.com and be produced in a limited run. Whether you like the designs or not this is a fascinating moment for the King in the bigger conversation of branding and worldwide recognition. The Crush products are on sale now!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG GenreCandy Crush Saga “Cupid’s Challenge,” Compete Against Each Other! Stay on target
Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | PET-CT| October 25, 2018 Digital PET Balances Scan Time and Resolution Related Content:SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT Oncological applications account for about 80 percent of PET scans done at UVMC. (The remaining 20 percent of PET/CTs examine the heart or brain.) When set to deliver maximum spatial resolution, the increased sensitivity achieved through digital PET is used to detect very small lesions. Alternatively, some patients at UVMC are best served by scans that minimize time spent inside the PET/CT bore. Such shorter exams might be chosen for children or patients who are uncomfortable in tight spaces to minimize the movement that can cause image artifacts.Although the scans may be substantially shorter — five or even three minutes versus the 15 needed with an analog detector — Vereos’ PET acquisitions can still deliver high diagnostic quality, he said.Development of the Digital Photon Counting (DPC) technology, which serves as Vereos’ backbone, is the latest pivotal moment in the history of PET/CT, according to Dhruv Mehta, a senior product manager at Philips Healthcare. The first occurred some 20 years ago with the hybridization of PET with CT. The second was the development of time-of-flight (introduced first-to-market by Philips Healthcare), which helps localize lesions and improves signal-to-noise. Fully digital PET with DPC technology is the latest advancement affecting this hybrid, Mehta said.“It is really the next generation of PET/CT,” he said.The difference between digital and analog PET is akin to the difference between projection and LCD televisions. The digital architecture of LCD TVs, he said, delivers a sharper image, higher efficiency and more dynamic range. Digital PET does much the same in molecular imaging. This linkage between image quality and dynamic range is important, Mehta said, when trying to go beyond the current FDG-based oncology applications into emerging applications in neurology and cardiology and emerging tracers.“With a shorter acquisition, the patient is less likely to move,” he said. “The clinical benefit is that you have a better study with less motion. As a result, you can visualize lesions better.”The other aspect of efficiency is increased throughput. In the U.S., PET patient volumes typically hover around a dozen or so patients per day. In Europe or China, however, daily throughput may exceed 30.Mehta cautions that many factors beyond the scanner may affect throughput at a facility. Chief among them are ones related to patient management. Cutting scan time to under five minutes, however, “is a substantial improvement.”Very relevant when making purchasing decisions, he said, is the increased precision that digital PET offers and the hedge that Vereos provides against obsolescence. At present, PET is one of the few commercial modalities with high-end systems that are still analog, he said. That, however, could change.“We envision a time in the future when all PET/CT is digital,” Mehta said. Editor’s note: This is the third blog in a series of four on digital PET/CT. The first blog, “How Digital PET/CT Can Improve Clinical Care,” can be found here. The second blog, “Why – And How – Digital PET Is Better Than Analog,” can be found here. Efficiency and effectiveness are inseparable in clinical medicine. Digital PET addresses them both. The key is the detector built into Philips Healthcare’s digital Vereos PET/CT.Because photons generated during a PET exam are counted individually, digital detectors can record more such events per second than analog ones.The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMC) often leverages this on its Vereos to produce images with very high quality. Alternatively, UVMC uses Vereos to shorten scan time while still producing diagnostic quality images.“When there is a big leap in sensitivity like you see from analog to digital, you have to look at what you are going to do with it,” said Jay Kikut, M.D., director of nuclear medicine and PET/CT at the UVMC. “For oncology patients, our decision is clear — we want to use it for improved image quality.”This is paramount when clinicians use Vereos to make diagnoses and stage cancer patients. “Vereos provides us very accurate staging of our patients,” he said. “To have the best outcome, you have to match the treatments to the stage.” Exactly staging patients leads to a more individualized choice of therapy.The 1 mm thick images reveal details in this PET/CT whole-brain volume acquired during a five-minute scan on the Vereos PET/CT. Images courtesy of Philips Healthcare. 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Image courtesy of Business Wire. Image courtesy of Imago Systems Staging F18FDG PET/CT images of adenocarcinoma in the RUL (right upper lobe) of the lung illustrates the value of Vereos. The primary lesion in the right upper lobe appears in the upper row (PET image is left, CT image is right). A 3 mm synchronous primary or metastatic lesion in the RUL is apparent in the lower row. The precision afforded by Vereos’ images provided the basis for the patient to undergo RUL lobectomy instead of thermal ablation of the primary lesion. 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