New premier train for the Mumbai-Goa route

first_imgSoon, train passengers travelling between Mumbai and Goa may be spoilt for choice: cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, tea and coffee vending machines and individual LCD screens. Railways will unveil a new premier train service between Mumbai and Goa in June with state-of-the-art facilities, called the Tejas Express. Comprising executive class and chair cars, Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including fire and smoke detection and suppression systems and the improved aesthetics. The seats of Tejas Express coaches equipped with LCD screens.  | Photo Credit: PTI The 20-coach Tejas Express will also have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches, a first for the Indian Railways. Currently automatic doors are operational in Metro trains only, while gangways, corridors between coaches, are not closed from the sides.After the Mumbai-Goa run, the Tejas service, which was promised in the budget, is likely to be pressed on the Delhi-Chandigarh route.Since Tejas will be a new premier class train, there will be facilities like tea and coffee vending machines, magazines and snack tables, said a senior Railway Ministry official. There will also be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps, and hand driers.Besides choicest cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, there will also be wi-fi facilities and toilet engagement boards.The train’s interior colour scheme will match the exterior to give the passengers a feel of world class travel.The LCD screens meant for entertainment purpose will also be used for disseminating passenger-related information and safety instructions, the official added.Tejas coaches will also have integrated braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts.Catering service will be part of Tejas fares like Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.The aim is to provide comfort to passengers in the inter-city journeys, the official said.last_img read more

Four northern States with Delhi, Chandigarh agree to bring uniformity on rates of petrol, diesel

first_imgHaryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu has said that four northern States and the union territories of Chandigarh and Delhi have agreed to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel on Wednesday.At a meeting held here, on “economical strengthening of northern states and to implement one nation one tax system”, in which Finance Ministers and officials of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Union Territory of Chandigarh, and Delhi participated – it was agreed by all the participating states to bring uniformity on the rates of petrol and diesel.“A sub-committee would be constituted that would convene a meeting in next fifteen days and all the participating states will give their recommendations on bringing uniformity on fuel prices,” said Captain Abhimanyu.On behalf of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia attended the meeting while Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal participated the meeting for Punjab. Capt. Abhimanyu said that on the advice of Delhi, a consistent excise policy for all the northern states is also being deliberated so that there is uniformity of rates of liquor among northern states.“Likewise, Punjab suggested that there should be uniform policy for state transport so that there should be no loss of revenue from registration and permit fees since many trucks and vehicles of Punjab and Haryana have their registration from other states. A committee of officials have also been set up to look into excise and transport issues, which would send the report to their respective state governments on the uniformity of rates,” said Capt. Abhimanyu.last_img read more

Not approached by Olympic association yet: Rahman

first_imgMumbai, May 9 (PTI) Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman says he hasnt been personally approached by Indian Olympic Association to be the brand ambassador for the contingent going to Rio Olympics.There were reports that he is being considered for the position by the IOA.”I heard it from the press but nobody (approached me). It was all over the press, in the google news spread. But I didnt get any email yet. Maybe my management knows,” Rahman told reporters here.The composer was speaking at the trailer and music launch of the Hollywood film “Pele”.Recently, superstar Salman Khan was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association.IOAs decision to pick Salman received a lot of flak and left the sporting fraternity divided with London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar and the legendary Milkha Singh leading the criticism.When asked what he feels about the “Dabangg” stars appointment, Rahman said, “I think he is a very popular face, so why not.” PTI JUR DK BK RYSlast_img read more

Mehbooba meets Army Chief, seeks minimum troops in civilian areas

first_imgIn her meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, Mehbooba Mufti today called for minimising the visibility of the troops from the civilian areas and tourist places in the State.Gen Suhag called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here this morning.The Army Chief was accompanied by GOC-in-Chief Northern Command, Lt Gen D S Hooda, GOC 15 Corps, Lt Gen Satish Dua and other senior commanders.A government spokesman said the Chief Minister and Army Chief discussed important matters relating to internal and external security management in Jammu and Kashmir and the general geo-political situation in the region. He said the chief minister was briefed by top army commanders about the overall security scenario and the steps being taken to maintain peace in the state through greater public participation.        GREATER VIGIL ALONG BORDERStressing the need for maintaining greater vigil along the borders to prevent infiltration, Mehbooba called for minimising the visibility of the troops from the civilian areas and tourist places in the State. She said the troops should ensure that no civilian is harmed and there is minimum damage to civilian properties during encounters with the militants. “While the Army is competent enough to deal with the situation along the borders, for internal security, police and paramilitary forces should shoulder the greater responsibilities,” she said.The Chief Minister urged upon the Army commanders to help consolidate and carry forward the state government’s confidence building measures on the security front and initiative of border tourism which would go a long way in ensuring peace and tranquillity along the borders and within the mainland.advertisementWhile appreciating the role of the Army in civic action programmes like Sadhbavana, Mehbooba asked them to involve the local youth in activities like sports and skill development, especially in the remote border areas of the State.last_img read more

Australian cyclist Shane Perkins gets nod from Vladimir Putin for Russia switch

first_imgAustralian cyclist Shane Perkins has been given the green light to attain Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, paving the way for the twice world champion to represent his new country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Melbourne-born 30-year-old won a sprint bronze for Australia at the 2012 Olympics in London but missed out on selection for last year’s Rio Games.”The President resolved to grant Russian Federation citizenship to Shane Alan Perkins,” the Kremlin said in a statement on its website (en.kremlin.ru/acts/news/55354).Perkins posted a picture of himself on Twitter wearing Russia colours on his bike and wrote: “I’m the most excited guy in the world right now! I can make my dreams come true!”I’m the most excited guy in the world right now! I can make my dreams come true!… https://t.co/3SHA5Eo5Jc- Shane Perkins (@PerkoPerkins) 17 August 2017Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to Olympic Medallist and World Champion Shane… https://t.co/EJpdwcN4R5- Shane Perkins (@PerkoPerkins) 17 August 2017Perkins, a good friend of Russia’s reigning world champion sprinter Denis Dmitriev, who took bronze in the sprint at Rio, began seriously considering defecting less than a year ago, frustrated at being shut out of Australia’s high performance programme, he told local media.Perkins’ father Daryl, a former national champion, raced in the now defunct tandem sprint with Ian Browne at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. They were beaten by the silver medal-winning Soviet Union pair of Imants Bodnieks and Viktor Logunov in the quarter-finals.advertisementAustralia has granted citizenship to a number of top Russian athletes over the years, including women’s tennis player Daria Gavrilova, the world number 26, and former European champion speed skater Tatiana Borodulina.last_img read more

Japan Re-Doing Olympic Stadium

first_imgTOKYO — Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of spiraling costs and reopened bidding for a new plan in a stunning reversal on July 17.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added the stadium won’t be completed in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as scheduled.“We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium plan, and start over from zero,” Abe told reporters after a meeting at his office with Yoshiro Mori, Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. “The cost has ballooned just too much.”The government has been under growing criticism as the estimated cost for the new National Stadium rose to 252 billion yen ($2 billion), nearly twice as much as the initial estimate of 130 billion yen.“We are disappointed by today’s announcement,” said Akira Shimazu, Secretary-General of the Rugby World Cup organizing committee. “But the Prime Minister has pledged his full support to ensure a successful 2019 Rugby World Cup.”The new 80,000-seat National Stadium was to be the showpiece venue of the first Rugby World Cup in Asia, hosting the opening game, semifinals, and final.It was too early to choose an alternative venue, but the leading candidate was the 72,000-seat International Stadium Yokohama, just south of Tokyo.The stadium, which hosted the 2002 soccer World Cup final, was one of 11 other venues selected for the 2019 tournament.Abe said he obtained the consent of Mori, a former prime minister, and instructed the sports and Olympics ministers to immediately prepare a process to choose a new plan.“I have been listening to the voices of the people and the athletes for about a month now, thinking about the possibility of a review,” Abe said. “We will minimize the cost as much as we can and make one that is best and realistic.”For weeks, the public line of Abe and other government officials has been that they would stick with the stadium designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid.Hadid’s office said the cost problem was not because of her design, but soaring construction costs in Tokyo and a tight deadline.“It is not the case that the recently reported cost increases are due to the design, which uses standard materials and techniques well within the capability of Japanese contractors, and meets the budget set by the Japan Sports Council,” Jim Heverin, Project Director of Zaha Hadid Architects said in a statement emailed to the Associated Press.“The real challenge for the stadium has been agreeing an acceptable construction cost against the backdrop of steep annual increases in construction costs in Tokyo and a fixed deadline,” he said.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top government spokesman, said the contract with Hadid would be cancelled, and that a new competition would be completed within six months, and a new project and its estimated cost will be announced.Construction was scheduled to start in October on Hadid’s design, which was chosen in 2012 in an international competition.The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said it respected Abe’s decision, but “we would like to ensure that the construction of the stadium is completed in time for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” The committee said it will work closely with the government to make sure the review does not “adversely affect” the event.The latest cost estimate was a sharp increase from a 163 billion yen estimate last year. It would have been the world’s most expensive sports stadium, surpassing the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.___By Mari Yamaguchi. AP writers Ken Moritsugu and Jim Armstrong in Tokyo contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bollywood dazzles at Ranveer-Deepika’s wedding reception

first_imgMumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Well known personalities from Bollywood, sports and political background attended Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s wedding reception, a black-tie industry party night at The Grand Hyatt on Saturday in Mumbai.Actors including Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter, Disha Patani, Tiger Shroff, Aditi Rao Hydari, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Lara Dutta along with husband Mahesh Bhupathi, Vidya Balan with Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Hema Malini with son-in-law Bharat Takhtani attended the wedding reception.Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar also attended the function, along with their respective wives.For their third wedding reception, the couple arrived looking nothing short of regal as Ranveer wore a classic black piece suit with a bow tie designed by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. While Deepika was a treat to sore eyes in a jam coloured embellished gown designed by Zuhair Murad.The list of attendees also included producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife Anupama Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Rekha, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra with his wife, Kalki Koechlin, Nimrat Kaur, R Madhavan and his wife Sarita Birje.Ranveer and Deepika tied the knot on November 14 in Italy in a traditional Konkani ceremony, which was followed by a Sindhi wedding on November 15. Both the functions were fiercely intimate with just about 40 guests in attendance and a ban on prying mobile phones and paparazzi. The security at the wedding venues was reportedly at par with that provided for a meeting of world leaders.On their return, the two hosted a reception for Deepika’s relatives in Bengaluru, followed by a DJ bash organised by Ranveer’s sister Ritika Bavnani for the couple.The couple then hosted their second wedding reception for Ranveer’s relatives and friends in Mumbai on November 28.On the work front, they were last seen together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”. Ranveer will next be seen in “Simmba”, while Deepika will be seen portraying the character acid attack survivor — Laxmi Agarwal.–IANSiv/vcadvertisementlast_img read more

10 thoughts on Texas Tech

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIBOX SCOREWhat a performance from Oklahoma State tonight. Going in I thought it was going to be one of those 60-58 games OSU and Tech have become so fond of playing over the years but OSU dominated throughout.Gundy said postgame “tonight was the best we’ve played as a group.” He’s right. It might be the best complete performance against a good team OSU has had since Bedlam last season. 10 thoughts, coming up…1. Whatever you want to say about Clint Chelf, go ahead. But tonight was pretty much who Chelf is as a quarterback. 18/34 for 211 yards, two TDs and two picks plus six rushes for 88 yards and two TDs on the ground. That’s as Clint Chelf a stat line as you’re going to get.[1. He hit his scoring average right on the head, by the way. OSU has averaged 52 points a game in all of his starts and had exactly 52 on Saturday night.]Maybe you’re a little surprised by the rush yards but he’s been doing that all year when he’s been in — plus he had 12 for 63 on the ground in Norman last year. Gundy wasn’t kidding when he said in his last two press conferences that Chelf is a good runner. Weeden he is not, I think we’re all aware of that, but if you don’t think he’s the better option than Walsh going forward, you’re kidding yourself.He’s going to throw the dumb picks an above average QB throws in conference road games but he’s also going to throw a good deep ball and actually lead guys on deeper passes.And apparently he’s going to do this:2. Speaking of Walsh — Gundy’s been saying he’s “going to play both guys” and always talks about how the situation dictates who plays. That kind of begs the question of what Walsh’s “situation” is.1st and goal from the six-inch line? If the refs decide to determine the winner of a game based on which backup QB runs the faster 100? Which, based on what I’ve seen from some Big 12 refs this year that latter scenario isn’t totally out of play.I’m not begging for Gundy to play Walsh, TRUST ME, but it seems odd that he hasn’t even thought about going to him.3. Yurcich had a couple of defining playcalls tonight. The best of which was the 4th and goal where he rolled out Chelf and hit Seaton for six. That was a big boy playcall and something it takes some stones to do.He still calls enough swing passes to make me want to punch the head off my Desmond Mason bobblehead — seriously, who associated with the program thinks a swing pass to a fullback is a good idea when you have Marcell Ateman, Jhajuan Seales, Josh Stewart, and Tracy Moore running downfield? Who?! I want names!I’ll live with that though because that’s two straight 50+ point games from him and we still have four games left in the season. He’s not Monken or Holgorsen but he might not have to be this year.4. The reason he might not have to be? This defense is just insane. In a podcast OKC Dave and I did previewing the season he got on me for defending Bill Young lar ywe and said something like “OK, I get the advanced stats said OSU was decent but when we were rolling with OU or Texas, did you have any faith we would get a stop?”I of course whimpered into my podcasting corner (making a face I imagine Marek Soucek would make if/when he got dunked on by Markel in practice) and said “no, not really” This year though, totally different story.I know we haven’t played Baylor yet but you throw Caleb Lavey, Shaun Lewis, and Daytawion Lowe out there with eight dudes from the Beta intramural A team (are they still good?) and I’m in. Glenn Spencer has been spectacular in his first season.5. One of my favorite things about this game that wasn’t really talked about that much is the cocky sort of “eff you” attitude emanating from both sidelines. That’s what happens when you get two ex-QBs (one, arguably the cockiest in Big 8 history and the other arguably the cockiest in Big 12 history) taking shots at each other.Did you catch their handshake after the game? Not lengthy. We’re not talking Scott Drew-Bill Self-level length but it couldn’t have been over a second.I like that.I think both dudes respect other coaches and teams but there’s a little something in them that’s like “yeah, don’t care.” Should be noted here that if Gundy would have handed Kingsbury a piece of paper that Spencer drew up seconds before that just said “116” on it I would have lost my mind. You could have just taken me home right there because it wouldn’t get any better than that.Until next year, hairboy.6. File this away in “things I did not expect to write” — Josh Stewart now has the fifth best punt return season in OSU history. Here’s the new list:1. Terrance Richardson (591 yards)2. RW McQuarters (521 yards)3. Bennie Goodwin (422 yards)4. Gabe Lindsey (393 yards)5. Josh Stewart (364 yards)6. TD Bryant (329 yards)Also, Stewart has done that in 19 attempts. Nobody else on that list had fewer than 26. That’s been an underrated part of OSU’s success (mild as it’s been) on offense this year.7. I tweeted this in the second half but I don’t think it’s crazy to think Rennie Childs is actually as good or better than Desmond Roland. I don’t want to take away from what Roland has done (he’s tied for third all-time behind Barry with seven rushing TDs in consecutive weeks, Barry had nine once and eight once) but Childs was running Dantrelle Savage-y in the fourth quarter.Roland only averaged 3.1 per carry (probably because I thought Gundy was going to kill him with, like, 65 carries) so let’s not pretend like he’s Joseph Randle or anything. I think the discussion can be had.At worst they’re the one-two punch going into next year.RIP Jeremy Smith’s career, by the way. I feel bad for the dude. He actually had five carries for 28 yards and he’ll play some sort of role for the next five games but he’s just not the feature back we all thought he was going to be.8. I saw a lot of folks torching Gus Johnson and Charles Davis but I kind of like them. Gus is Gus — you have to realize that he’s going to say stupid stuff (see below for him saying Chelf has “run away from the cops” speed) and not know people’s names and whatever but he brings it in big moments and that’s more than I get from most of my play-by-play guys.Here’s the “run away from the cops” video.9. I agree with this. It’s what made the Big 12 the Big 12. Win or lose you always knew you were going to call for the defibrillator. To be fair, I wrote this sentence at halftime and I was going to include it whether OSU won or Kliff Kliffed in the second half and hung 65 on us.It’s good to have real Big 12 football back. No more Big 10 bore-fests.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 3, 2013 10. Somebody on Twitter said what I was thinking all night: How on earth is this the same team that lost to West Virginia a month ago? It doesn’t seem possible that the team I watched tonight could lose to Clint Trickett and Co. in Morgantown.Maybe it’s a Chelf/Walsh thing (would OSU have won that game if Chelf had started?) or maybe it isn’t but I do know this…If tonight was any indication then OSU is peaking at the right time. It’s so hard to peak for an entire season — both mentally and physically, not to mention emotionally — so maybe it’s OK that the Pokes struggled with Kansas State and TCU and lost to West Virginia.Because maybe they chased down their rhythm in Lubbock on Saturday night and are just now rolling as they face the gauntlet. I do know one thing, six other Big 12 teams are dead in the Big 12 race and OSU still has life.Kansas, Texas, Baylor, and Bedlam.Win out and you’re Big 12 champs. Again.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro will have optical zoom lens, company shows off details in latest teaser

first_imgOnePlus 7 Pro will have optical zoom lens, company shows off details in latest teaserIn the latest teaser, OnePlus has shared three pictures shot with the OnePlus 7 Pro and all the photos come with watermark “Shot of OnePlus powered by triple cameras”. This confirms that the OnePlus 7 Pro — as the rumours suggest will come with three cameras on the back panel.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 09:23 IST HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus is all set to launch the OnePlus 7 series in India and also globally on May 14OnePlus 7 Pro is not going to be a flagship killer but a flagship and target all the premium level phones.The OnePlus 7 Pro will come with a triple camera setup on the back panel, the company has confirmed.OnePlus is all set to launch the OnePlus 7 series in India and also globally on May 14. This year there will be two phones from OnePlus instead of one. The phones will be the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company has already confirmed via teasers. Ahead of the launch OnePlus itself is flooding the internet by outing several official teasers of the OnePlus 7 series. So far, OnePlus has confirmed some details about screen and camera of the OnePlus 7 series. Highlighting the camera more OnePlus has now officially posted some camera samples shot with the top-end OnePlus 7 Pro.In the latest teaser, OnePlus has shared three pictures shot with the OnePlus 7 Pro and all the photos come with watermark “Shot of OnePlus powered by triple cameras”. This confirms that the OnePlus 7 Pro — as the rumours suggest will come with three cameras on the back panel. The placement of the cameras is yet to be officially revealed by the company but leaked renders suggest that the three camera module will sit in the middle of the back panel of the OnePlus 7 Pro.OnePlus has posted three camera samples shot with each of the three cameras of the phone. One of the three pictures is shot with the primary camera of the 7 Pro. The megapixel count of the OnePlus 7 Pro’s main rear camera is yet t be officially revealed by the company but rumours suggest it will sport a 48MP sensor. the picture shot with the main camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro appears with lots of details and good colours. The photo looks pretty much like the real scene. The second picture is shot with an ultra-wide lens while the third photo is shot with a zoom lens. A camera hands-on — posted by The Wired — of the OnePlus 7 Pro reveals that the OnePlus phone will come with a 3x optical zoom lens. The hands-on of the reports that the OnePlus 7 Pro 3x zoom is not able to beat the Huawei P30 Pro’s 5x zoom lens’ performance.advertisementGet closer to the action!Shot on OnePlus 7 Pro.#OnePlus7SeriesLaunching May 14. https://t.co/Q0eAKsxnw4 pic.twitter.com/53KWiM6olE OnePlus (@oneplus) April 30, 2019All the three photos shot appear with good amount of details and accurate colours. However, the 3x zoom picture seems to have left out on the details slightly. But overall the camera sample looks pretty original. Over here at India Today Tech will have to test the camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro to come to a conclusion on which of the two phones click better zoom shots, OnePlus or Huawei?Ahead of the launch the full specs of the OnePlus 7 Pro have been leaked. In terms of cameras, the specs sheet suggests that the OnePlus 7 Pro will include 48MP + 16MP + 8MP camera configuration on the rear panel. the front camera details of the OnePlus 7 Pro is yet to be revealed but considering Oppo and Vivo have launched their premium phones with 32MP selfie shooter, the camera can be expected of OnePlus too.OnePlus is touting that the OnePlus 7 is going to be a true successor to the OnePlus 6T while the OnePlus 7 Pr will be a “flagship” and not a “flagship killer”. The OnePlus 7 Pro is expected to come with a pop-up selfie camera on the front — first for OnePlus — Snapdragon 855 chipset, triple camera on the back and stunning display with no notch on the top like the OnePlus 6T.ALSO READ | F8 2019: Zuckerberg says future is private, hints Facebook experience set to change big timeALSO READ | Realme X with pop-up camera, rebranded Realme 3 Pro to launch in China this monthALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro gets Fortnite support with the latest MIUI update to take on Realme 3 ProGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow OneplusFollow androidlast_img read more

Discourage students from kite flying Delhi government tells schools

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Tuesday directed schools in the national capital to discourage students from flying kites and sensitise them about the harm it causes to both birds and humans. “Flying of kites is a common feature in Delhi. Flying of kites sometimes leads to accidents causing harm and injury to humans, animals and birds. Kite flying becomes lethal and hazardous because of the metal coated string used in flying kites. “Often accidents involving kite flying have been reported causing fatal injuries especially during festivals,” the Directorate of Education (DoE) said in a letter to school principals. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Terming it a matter of grave concern, the letter stated that the passion for it among the students should be discouraged by creating awareness about the danger which kite flying can pose to people, animals and birds around. “It can also interrupt electricity supply after touching high tension lines and overhead metro electric lines. This can be fatal also to the person flying kites,” it added. According to DoE officials, the heads of government, government aided and private schools have been “directed to sensitise students and staff members during the school assembly about the menace of flying of kites”.last_img read more

Senate committee to hear from new Alberta premier on oil tanker ban

first_imgThe legislation passed in the House of Commons last spring and is being debated in the Senate.An agenda posted online shows the committee is to hear from incoming premier Jason Kenney of the United Conservative Party, Chief of Ermineskin Cree Nation Craig Makinaw, Mayor Don Scott of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, as well as numerous academics from Alberta universities.The committee heard earlier this month from outgoing NDP premier Rachel Notley, who urged the Senate to toss the bill “in the garbage.”She said the proposed law is discriminatory because it wouldn’t be able to stop international tanker traffic, but would impede Alberta’s efforts to get oil to new markets.Notley added that it’s a double standard given that Ottawa supports the liquefied natural gas industry, tankers on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Newfoundland’s Hibernia oil project.“Let’s show Canadians that 90,000 jobs in downtown Calgary are just as important as 90,000 jobs in downtown Montreal,” Notley said on Apr. 9 via video link from Calgary to senators in Ottawa. EDMONTON, A.B. – A Senate committee is set to hear today from Albertans, including their new premier, on the federal government’s bill to ban tankers off the British Columbia coast.The committee on transport and communications is holding public hearings in Edmonton on Bill C-48.The bill would prohibit oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil in the waters between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border. “Don’t block us, back us,” she added.Kenney has also criticized the tanker bill. He agreed with Notley that it unfairly targets “ethically produced” Alberta oil instead of “dictator oil” imported from overseas.last_img read more

Heavy Rain High Winds to Hit Morocco SundayMonday

Rabat – Morocco’s National Meteorological Office (DMN)  has issued a new bulletin in which it forecasts heavy, very heavy rainfall in several regions of the country this Sunday and Monday.Heavy rains reaching up to 60 mm will be recorded Sunday from 14:00 p.m. in Azilal, Al Haouz, Taroudant, Tiznit, Chtouka Ait Baha and Kelaat Sraghna, said DMN.DMN added that heavy rains averaging 30 to 50 mm will also be recorded Monday from 00:00 a.m.  to 15:00 p.m. in the regions of Kenitra, Larache, Chefchaouen, Ouazzane, Taounate, Sidi Kacem, Rabat and Sale. The meteorological office noted that heavy stormy rain and thunderstorms with some hail will also hit the areas mentioned. DMN also expects strong winds from Sunday at 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m  Monday morning.Strong winds of 60 to 80 km/h will hit the regions of Tata, Assa-Zag, Smara, Guelmim, Tan-Tan, Tiznit, Taroudant and Ouarzazate.Strong winds of between 60 to 80 km / h are expected for Monday, January 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 18;00 p.m in Chefchaouen, Tétouan, Al Hoceima, Fez, El Hajeb, Meknes, Ifrane, Midelt, Khemisset, Kenitra, Rabat, Sale, Skhirat, Temara, Sidi Slimane, Casablanca, Mohammedia, read more

Le Tour de Norfolk sets off again

The 13th annual Le Tour de Norfolk will be kicking off once again on July 21.Yvette Mahieu, coordinator of Le Tour de Norfolk, said she started the first event 13 years ago to bring business to Delhi and did not expect it to become what it is today.The event began when Mahieu brought her friends down from London to cycle the roads of Norfolk. It grew from her and 30 friends, to 350 people in the first official year of the tour. There have been around 800 cyclists in the last few years.Every year over 80 per cent of the riders have been from outside of Norfolk, which meets the goal of bringing business to the area.Mahieu stressed that Le Tour de Norfolk is not a race, it is open for all ages and abilities and people are able to travel at their own pace. There are different lengths people can participate in, including 160 km, 100 km, 75 km, and 40 km. Start times for each distance can be found on the events website.Norfolk County was named a bicycle friendly community in April of this year, and people believe the tour has been a part of that happening.“People have told me this was like the start of promoting cycling in Norfolk County,” said Mahieu. “Those of us that cycle in Norfolk knew we had a good thing and we wanted to share it.”The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on July 21 at the Delhi Community Centre. There are currently 570 people pre-registered for the Sunday event.Registration fees include a Tim Hortons coffee and muffin in the morning before cyclists start their day. It also includes snacks and drinks at the rest stations that are placed along the route every 20 km, and a spaghetti lunch, that is served when the riders return to the Delhi Community Centre. There will also be ice cream and access to the community pool at the end of the ride.“We have volunteers out on all of the routes to keep an eye on people,” said Mahieu. “People don’t have to worry about getting stuck or lost.”If a bike breaks down there will be mechanics available to help fix them, if it cannot be fixed volunteers will commute the bike and rider to the finish line.“Our Number 1 thing is to make sure everyone is safe, and secondly that everyone has a good time, and we’ve managed to do that every year.”People wishing to participate that have not yet registered can go to the Delhi Arena on July 20 between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to register. Day of registrations are also welcome between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Quarter of children in some parts of country have not had measles

Up to a quarter of young children are not vaccinated against measles in some parts of the country, official figures show. Health officials urged parents to book jabs before children return to school, amid warnings that Britain has lost its “measles-free” status.Experts said many outbreaks in this country were being fuelled by visits to European countries over the summer holidays. Monthly figures show that across Europe, France has the highest number of cases, with 469 cases, followed by Bulgaria, Italy and Poland. Between them the four countries had more than 1,000 cases in June, while there were 33 in the UK. Public Health England (PHE)  warned that the disease was more likely to spread across the UK after holidays abroad, and when children return to school.The figures show that across the country, one in seven five-year-olds have not had both MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines. This rises to one in four in London.In total, this leaves around 90,000 children unprotected as they prepare to start school.The number of people being vaccinated against the virus has steadily declined in recent years, while cases of measles have quadrupled in the last 12 months. In the first quarter of this year, there were 231 confirmed cases. Dr Ramsay said:  “We’re particularly concerned about children being at greater risk of measles. We’re continuing to see outbreaks of the disease occurring in communities across the country, many linked to visiting European countries over the summer holidays. The vast majority of those affected are not fully immunised and vaccine preventable diseases spread more easily in schools. It’s crucial that children have maximum protection as they begin to mix with other children at the start of their school journey.“We often think that these diseases are confined to the past, but the World Health Organisation has recently confirmed that measles is no longer eliminated in England. Whilst tetanus and polio are still rare thanks to the success of the NHS childhood immunisation programme, over the past few years we’ve also seen cases of whooping cough and diphtheria in school-aged children.” Officials said parents could check the vaccines schedule at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/ and refer to “your child’s Red Book”.  “One case of this horrible disease is too many, and I am determined to step up our efforts to tackle its spread.”This is a global challenge and there’s a number of reasons why people don’t get themselves or their children the vaccines they need, but we need decisive action across our health service and society to make sure communities are properly immunised.”Mr Johnson called for health leaders to renew their efforts to ensure 95 per cent of the population have had both doses of the MMR vaccine, as currently only 87.2 per cent of children have the second dose of the jab.Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE, said: “It’s a real concern that so many young children – as many as a quarter of a reception class in some areas – could be starting school without the full protection that the NHS childhood immunisation programme offers for free. We know that parents want the best protection for their children and so many may be unaware that their child is not up-to-date. We’re urging all parents of primary school starters to check their child’s Red Book now to make sure there is a record of two MMR doses and the 4-in-1 booster vaccine. If not, parents should contact their GP practice to arrange any further vaccinations that are needed.” Today Boris Johnson accused social media firms of doing too little to stop the spread of dangerous “anti-vax” misinformation.The prime minister, , who will call a summit of social media companies to discuss how they can play their part in promoting accurate information about vaccination, said: “After a period of progress where we were once able to declare Britain measles free, we’ve now seen hundreds of cases of measles in the UK this year. Britain was declared “measles free” by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2016 after a 36-month period with no “endemic” transmission – meaning the only outbreaks in that time had started abroad.Since 2016, however, uptake of the MMR jab has fallen each year and the WHO has now revoked the country’s measles-free status.Latest statistics from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control show that in June France had 469 cases of measles in June, with 236 cases in Bulgaria, 213 in Italy and 123 in Poland. Health officials warned that unvaccinated children in Britain are at high risk of measles, especially when they return to school.They urged parents of unvaccinated children who are about to start primary school to book them in for jabs. And officials said parents of 10 and 11 year-olds who have missed any MMR vaccinations should be booked in for appointments before starting secondary school.  In the UK, dose 1 of the MMR vaccine, which protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, is usually given to infants at around 12 months of age. A second dose is given before school, usually at 3 years and 4 months of age, to ensure best protection. Two doses of MMR in a lifetime are needed for a person to be considered fully protected. Shirley Cramer,  chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health said: “The loss of our ‘measles-free’ status is a huge blow to the significant progress that has been made in preventing this potentially fatal disease. Uptake for the MMR vaccine has persistently been below the 95 per cent target over the last few years, and if this doesn’t change, we can absolutely expect to see a further rise in cases of this serious illness.“Catch-up programmes for those who have missed out, as well as targeting communities that have been hardest to reach, are important steps the Government must take. It’s clear also that the social media giants have a part to play in curbing the spread of vaccine misinformation online. Our report, Moving the Needle, found that two in five parents see negative messages about vaccines on social media, so it’s encouraging to see that the Prime Minister plans to get social media companies round the table to find ways to address this. ” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Enirgi Group first lithium carbonate product from its DXP demonstration plant

first_imgEnirgi Group Corp reports that following initial commissioning of its commercial scale demonstration lithium carbonate processing plant (the DXP Plant) at its flagship lithium project, the Salar del Rincón in Salta, Argentina, the DXP Plant is now producing lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) on a daily basis. The final stages of commissioning are going to plan and the DXP Plant is currently ramping up to full design.Highlights of the DXP Plant’s first production:The DXP Plant is designed to produce battery grade lithium carbonate directly from raw, unconcentrated brineThe DXP Plant was operated using Enirgi Group’s proprietary lithium extraction technology (DXP Technology), developed in-house by Enirgi Group’s Innovation Division in cooperation with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)Product was produced directly from raw, unconcentrated brine from the Salar del Rincón (no solar evaporation)Lithium Carbonate product was produced in less than 24 hoursA group of five research analysts from various Canadian and US banks and brokerage firms participated in a site visit to the DXP Plant on May 25 to see the production of lithium carbonate.Wayne Richardson, President & CEO, of Enirgi Group, said: “Our team continues to deliver extraordinary results since the start-up of the first section of the DXP Plant and we are extremely pleased to announce that we have produced first product of lithium carbonate. Progress continues to be made at a rapid pace as we ramp up to design footprint and work towards sign-off from our technology partner, ANSTO. Enirgi Group’s mission since day one has been to produce lithium carbonate in less than 24 hours utilizing our proprietary DXP Technology. Developing a technology capable of this, was a considerable feat of ingenuity, engineering, and perseverance and we are proud to announce that we are the first in the industry to reach this feat and successfully produce lithium carbonate without the use of traditional solar evaporation techniques.”Enirgi Group is a privately held multinational conglomerate with six unique divisions that own and operate a portfolio of high-quality assets and operations located around the world. Enirgi Group’s newly formed Advanced Materials Division is advancing the development of the Enirgi lithium project located in the province of Salta, Argentina.Enirgi Group is wholly-owned by Sentient Group. The Sentient Group Ltd is an independent private equity investment firm specializing in the global resources industry with over $2.7 billion of assets under management in metal, mineral and energy assets across the globe.last_img read more

7 things you missed during Facebooks meltdown

first_img Source: R0tt4. Somebody’s baby doing a fart/burp masquerading as a smileOh. He’s lovely. Source: Googleusercontent5. Bad spellingSo much bad spelling.6. U ok hun?What would Facebook be without the “can’t say too much on here, you know who you are” brigade? 7. Facebook goldIt’s not all babies and poor grammar you know: Source: Imgur If you were affected by today’s Facebook frustration here’s some of the stuff you probably missed:1. Airport check insNow you don’t know how many friends of friends were smugly jetting off and drinking airport pints today . Tragic. Source: Shutterstock 2. LikesYou put up that really funny status last night and it doesn’t have one single like. It’s okay, it’s Facebook’s fault. You’re really funny. Promise. Source: Listal3. How people feel about Monday/the rain/being at workRest assured they weren’t happy about any of it. And they couldn’t wait to tell you about it. FACEBOOK THREW A tantrum earlier today meaning there were problems with posting, liking and commenting for many users.Luckily, Twitter was available for people to vent their frustrations: Source: ImgurRead: The 7 people who are driving  you away from Facebook>More: You’ll definitely find these things mildly infuriating>last_img read more

Beyond Asphalt Creating Green Highways From Sand and Microbes

first_imgWhen we think of oil by-products, most attention goes to gasoline. But oil is–literally–everywhere. It’s in many cosmetics and household products, in the plastics we surround ourselves with, and a major component of what you drove on today–asphalt.But just because asphalt isn’t burned for energy doesn’t mean it doesn’t have toxic effects on the environment. Various chemicals are leaked into nature by asphalt’s production, installation, and throughout its lifetime. AdChoices广告That’s why engineers are starting to look to alternatives to asphalt in road construction. One pair of designers has created a new project that hopes to do just that. The research team of Thomas Kosbau and Andrew Wetzler recently won the Korean green design IidaAwards 2010 for their innovative road construction: “Sand.Stone.Road.” The idea is simple: using very cheap and abundant sand, and mix it with a common microbe to create roadworthy sandstone. If implemented, the idea would not only take a need for millions of barrels of oil out of the global equation, but save money. The system would be far cheaper than traditional asphalt, which rose in price by 222% (!) between 2003 and 2008. via inhabitatlast_img read more

Tarlamis holds reelection fundraiser

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lee Tarlamis, MLC for the Southern-Eastern Metropolitan Region, held a re-election fundraiser last week in the presence of the leader of the opposition in Victoria Daniel Andrews. Shadow Minister Jenny Mikakos, and Greek background Labor candidates  Stephen Dimopoulos, Nick Staikos and Helen Constas were also in attendance.last_img

Macau gaming manpower up 10 in 2Q18

first_imgFigures released by Macau’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) on Wednesday showed that the local gaming sector workforce rose to 56,271 employees in the second quarter of 2018, an expansion of 1.0% year-on-year. The number of dealers increased 0.3% to 24,062.The total number of workers hired by the local gaming sector during that period was 1,311, up 26.7% compared to 2Q17. Dealer dilemma Wages in the segment rose in June 2018, with full-time employee earnings up 2.5% year-on-year to MOP$23,650 (US$2,940) on average. Dealers’ salaries increased 2.6% to MOP$20,450.The local job vacancy rate in the sector in 2Q18 decreased 0.2 percentage points to 1.4%. The figure, combined with an increase in the recruitment rate of 0.4 percentage points to 2.3%, indicates sectorial vacancies are becoming scarcer. Most of the vacancies were for clerk positions (72.3%).Most of the available job opportunities (74.7%) demanded senior secondary education or lower of which 92.5% required a knowledge of Mandarin, 24.9% English and 22.1% previous working experience. Japan Casino School, Osaka to open new establishment in Shinsaibashi RelatedPosts Load More Dealers lead hiring surge in Macau gaming sector during 4Q18last_img read more

Sri Lanka troops on alert amid communal riots

first_img19 people have been arrested in connection with the weekend riots and the authorities were looking for more suspects. Photo: AFPSri Lankan troops patrolled a coastal town Sunday where nearly 90 homes were damaged and cars set alight in violence between the island’s Sinhalese and Muslim communities.A brawl over a traffic accident on Gintota, about 110 kilometres (68 miles) south of the capital Colombo, on Thursday descended into clashes between mobs from the majority Sinhalese and minority Muslim minorities.The army and navy were deployed to reinforce local police as the situation spiralled over the weekend with at least five people hospitalised and close to 90 buildings damaged in the rioting.The town remained tense and under lockdown throughout Saturday evening, but at dawn a curfew imposed on previous days was lifted.“We have called for a complete report about damages and all the victims will be compensated by the state,” Home Minister Vajira Abeywardena told reporters.Security forces and police would remain in place until law and order had been restored, he added.Muslims account for about 10 per cent of Sri Lanka’s 21 million people, the second-largest minority group after Tamils.Sinhalese-a largely-Buddhist ethnic group-make up more than 70 per cent of the population.Police said 19 people have been arrested in connection with the weekend riots and the authorities were looking for more suspects.In June 2014, there were religious riots between the majority Buddhists and minority Muslim leaving four dead and many injured.That violence was instigated by a Buddhist extremist group whose leaders are on trial accused of spurring religious conflict.last_img read more