Hooda announces rally in August, Tanwar in the dark

first_imgInfighting among the top leaders of the Haryana Congress has escalated after senior leader and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced a mega rally on August 18, in the run-up to the Assembly polls to be held later this year, without any formal intimation being sent to State Congress president Ashok Tanwar.Mr. Tanwar told The Hindu that he has no formal information or invite for the ‘Parivartan Maha Rally’ to be held in Rohtak on August 18.“I have come to know about the rally through newspapers. There has been no deliberation about participating in the rally as of now. With elections around the corner, everyone should fight with unity against the ruling BJP to oust them from power as it is what the people of the State want,” he said.Wait and watch On whether he would participate in the rally if invited, Mr. Tanwar said, “Let’s see what happens. Going there or not going there [to the rally] is hypothetical at this point of time.”The Congress has been struggling to set its house in order ahead of the Assembly polls. The party’s State unit seems to be divided between two camps — one headed by Mr. Hooda and the other by Mr. Tanwar.Recently, Mr. Hooda held a meeting of the party’s leaders in Delhi in which 13 Haryana legislators participated. Mr. Tanwar and some other senior leaders of the party were not present in the meeting.Attacks against the Haryana Congress president sharpened after the Lok Sabha election results in which the party faced defeat in all 10 seats in the State.last_img read more

Crucial CWG file goes missing from OC office

first_imgAfter accusing organising committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi and his aide Lalit Bhanot of creating hindrances in the probe, the investigating agencies now claim that some crucial documents which could throw light on the deals related to Commonwealth Games (CWG) have gone missing.Sources told Headlines Today that the contractual obligations and authorisation files related to the Queen’s Baton Relay are not available. They said that Gen Raj Kadiyan was bypassed on arrangements for the relay.The probe agencies fear that the absent documents could have either been destroyed or hidden.The revelation came during a series of searches carried out by a team of 20-30 sleuths at the OC office and its secretary general Lalit Bhanot’s residence in November. In order to get a grip on the investigation process, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would approach sports ministry for the removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot.CBI Director A.P. Singh had earlier this month written to Union Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar urging the immediate removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot from their posts in the OC.It was earlier reported in September that a crucial file containing information on Mahendroo’s record of service and details of his trips to the UK for the baton relay had gone missing from the OC office.A number of agencies — Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and CBI — are on the look out to nail the perpetrators who indulged in irregularities during the mega sporting event held in October 2010.advertisementThe CBI has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged irregularities in CWG and searched the residences of OC director general V.K. Verma and Bhanot on November 30.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the agency had registered two other FIRs for the contracting of AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI had arrested OC’s joint director general T.S. Darbari and deputy director general Sanjay Mohindroo for their alleged complicity in these deals.last_img read more

(Reopen DEL68)

first_imgWhile talking about the Centres support to Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister noted that during Mufti Mohammed Sayeeds period, the state got Rs 80,000 crore package for the development of the state.”I got an opportunity to hold three programmes at the foothills of Mata Vaishno Devi cave shrine. I got an opportunity to meet the young talent at the first programme of convocation of the Shrine University.”Very few people in India know that Jammu and Kashmir is providing education to the students of various parts of the country in a homely atmosphere.. This is the strength of Jammu and Kashmir which gives it recognition across the country,” Modi said.This comment assumes significance against the backdrop of controversy surrounding NIT in Srinagar which recently witnessed clashes between outstation and local students over Indias defeat against West Indies in semi final of T-20 World Cup.The Prime Minister, who also inaugurated a stadium here, also talked about sports.”When a youth from Kashmir shines across the country in the field of cricket, we feel proud… This sports complex will not only create good sportsmen but will create good sportsmanship as well,” he said.”India is hosting football under-17 World Cup championship in 2017. Although we are not good at football and are lagging behind, it will provide us an opportunity to revive and create an initiative for us,” he said.”We should create such an atmosphere through this game, so that world can see our composite nature and show the world the potential of our youth force,” Modi said.advertisementReferring to inauguration of a hospital here by him, Modi strongly batted for preventive healthcare and said sports is the best for that.”The more we focus on preventive healthcare, the more we can maintain our distance from the hospital,” he said. PTI AB AKK AKKlast_img read more

DU 2016 Entrance Test begins: Check out detailed date sheet here

first_imgDelhi University has begun the process of entrance exams for the admissions in undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses commenced on Sunday, June 19.Here’s a time slot for the examinations:June 19: 8 am to 10 amB.A. (Hons.) Multimedia and Mass CommunicationB.Ed. Special Education (Visual Impairment)M.A. SociologyM.Phil. & Ph.D. in Sociology12 pm to 2 pmM.C.A.M.Sc. BotanyM.A. HistoryM.A. UrduM.A. Punjabi4 pm to 6 pmB.Ed.June 20:8 am to 10 amB.El.EdM.Sc. Computer SciencePh.D. in Computer ScienceM.A. Political ScienceM.Phil. & Ph.D. in Political ScienceM.Sc. ZoologyM.Phil. & Ph.D. in ZoologyM.A. PersianM.Phil. in PersianM.A. French, German, Italian, HispanicM.Phil. & Ph.D. in Germanic and Romance StudiesLL.M.Ph.D. in Law12 pm to 2 pmM.Sc. PhysicsPh.D. in Physics        M.A. PhilosophyM.Phil. in PhilosophyM.A. ArabicM.Phil.  in ArabicM.Sc. AnthropologyM.Phil. in AnthropologyPh.D. in PersianM.Sc. Human Development and Childhood studies(Department of Home Science)M.Sc. Plant Molecular Biology & BiotechnologyPh.D. in Plant Molecular Biology M.Sc. Mathematics Education(Cluster Innovation Centre)B.Sc. Physical Education, Health Education and Sports Sciences(I.G.P.E.S.S.)4 pm to 6 pmM.Sc. ChemistryPh.D. in ChemistryPh.D.in PhilosophyPh.D.   in ArabicPh.D. in AnthropologyM.A. SanskritPh.D. in SanskritM.Sc. Operational ResearchM.A. /M.Sc. Applied Operational ResearchM.A. /M.Sc. Applied Operational ResearchM.Sc. Food and NutritionPh.D. in Home Science*JAT (BMS/BBA(FIA)/B.A.(Hons.) Business Economics) (SDC)Ph.D. in Business EconomicsM.A. PsychologyPh.D. in Psychology June 21:8 am to 10 am M.A. EconomicsM.Phil. & Ph.D. in EconomicsM.Sc. – Ph.D. combined degree in Biomedical Sciences & M.Sc. Degree in Biomedical Sciences(Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research)Ph.D. in Biomedical SciencesM.Sc. ElectronicsPh.D. in Electronics  M.Sc. Resource Management & Design Application(Department of Home Science)M.A. Russian M.Phil. & Ph.D. in Russian Studiesadvertisement12 pm to 2 pmM.A./M.Sc. Environmental StudiesPh.D. in Environmental StudiesM.A. JapaneseM.Sc. Development Communication and Extension(Department of Home Science)M.Phil. in Library & Information Science(Deptt. of Library & Info. Sc.)M.A. Applied Psychology4 pm to 6 pmM.Sc. Fabric & Apparel Science(Department of Home Science)M.A. East Asian StudiesPh.D. in East Asian StudiesMaster of Library SciencePh.D. in Library & Information ScienceM.A./M.Sc. MathematicsM.Phil. & Ph.D. in MathematicsM.Sc. MicrobiologyPh.D. in MicrobiologyM.A. TamilM.A. BengaliM.A. Comparative Indian LiteratureM.Phil. in Modern Indian Languages & Literary StudiesJune 22:8 am to 10 amM.A./M.Sc. StatisticsM.Phil. & Ph.D. in StatisticsM.Sc. GeologyM.Phil. in GeologyM.A. EnglishPh.D.in EnglishM.Sc. InformaticsPh.D.in Informatics12 pm to 2 pmLL.B.Ph.D. in GeologyPh.D. in Bio-Physics4 pm to 6 pmB.Ed. Special Education(Mental Retardation)M.Com.           M.Phil. & Ph.D. in CommerceM.A. LinguisticsM.Phil. & Ph.D. in LinguisticsM.Tech. Microwave ElectronicsM.Sc. GeneticsPh.D. in GeneticsM.Ed.M.Phil. & Ph.D. in EducationPh.D. in Modern Indian Languages & Literary StudiesJune 23:8 am to 10 am M.A. Social WorkM.Phil. in Social WorkM.P.Ed. Ph.D. in Physical Education & Sports SciencesM.Phil. in HindiM.Phil. & Ph.D. in BotanyM.Phil. & Ph.D. in HistoryM.Phil. in UrduM.Phil. in SanskritM.Phil. & Ph.D. in Punjabi12 pm to 2 pmPh.D. in Social Work(Department of Social Work)M.A. Buddhist Studies M.Phil. in Buddhist StudiesM.A. Geography M.Phil. in Geography*B.A. (Hons.) Humanities and Social Sciences(Cluster Innovation Centre)Ph.D. in UrduM.Phil. in EnglishM.Phil.(Biotechnology) (Faculty of Applied Sciences- offered by Departments of Microbiology, Genetics, Biophysics and Biochemistry)M.Sc. Forensic Science(Department of Anthropology)M.Phil. in Music          M.Phil. in African Studies4 pm to 6 pmM.A. in Life Long Learning & ExtensionM.Phil. & Ph.D. in Adult Continuing Education & ExtensionPh.D. in Buddhist StudiesM.A. HindiPh.D. in HindiPh.D. in Geography*B.Tech (IT & Mathematical Innovations) (Cluster Innovation Centre)M.Sc. BiochemistryPh.D. in BiochemistryB.P.Ed.(Department of Physical Education)Ph.D. in Financial Studies      Ph.D. in African StudiesPh.D. in MusicFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

From Zero to One Crore in 15 Months Without any Marketing

first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). From Zero to One Crore in 15 Months Without any Marketing Budget – Stagephod.com Bootstrap StoryUDAIPUR, India, July 12, 2016/PRNewswire/ — Founded by serial entrepreneur Nikhilesh Tayal and later joined by IIT Delhi alumnus Akhil Gupta, tagephod.com [http://stagephod.com] has funnelled up from zero to Rs. one crore in just 15 months without any spend on marketing activities. Stagephod is gratifying all the video content needs of start-ups, providing them creative and viral videos.”I always wanted to combine videos, entrepreneurship and technology,” says CEO and founder Nikhilesh Tayal, who started Stagephod after his unsuccessful venture in his first start-up CVbhejo.com which he endeavoured for more than two years. “Initially, my main focus was to feature filmmakers. While talking to a lot of filmmakers I realized that they all had a common problem, not getting adequate work opportunities. On the other hand, while interacting in my start-up network, I realized that so many founders are looking to create videos for their companies but are not aware of the platform where they could find quality video makers. My entrepreneurial bug took note of the situation and I instantly saw a problem which needs be solved,” adds Nikhilesh on how he got the idea. (MORE) PRNewswire DLlast_img read more

Athlete Chitra files contempt plea in HC against AFI

first_imgKochi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Kerala High Court today sought the response of the Athletic Federation of India on a contempt petition by P U Chitra alleging that the courts order directing it to ensure her participation in the World Athletics Championships had not been complied with.Justice P B Suresh Kumar ordered the AFI to file an affidavit tomorrow after Chitras counsel submitted that co-athlete Sudha Singh was included in the Indian squad after the cut-off date (for entries) while the July 28 interim order of the court on her (Chitras) inclusion had not been implemented.In her contempt plea, Chitra submitted said that though the high court in its July 28 interim order had directed the AFI to ensure her participation in the 1500 metre race in the world meet to be held from August 4 to 14, the respondents had not complied with the order in letter and spirit.The respondents have received the interim order and simply written to the International Association of Athletic Federation, pointing out that the high court has passed an interim order to that effect, the petitioner said.”There is no request by the respondents pointing out that the non-inclusion of the athlete was on account of a mistake committed by them, which has to be rectified,” Chitra said in her petition.The conduct of the respondents besides being reprehensible amounts to wilfully flouting the orders of the court as well as showing contempt to the authority of the court, the petitioner contended.She sought action against AFI Secretary C K Valson, AFI Chairman G S Randhava and AFI President Adille Sumariwalla.advertisementChitra, who had recently won a gold in the womens 1500m event in the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, filed the petition after she was excluded from the Indian squad by the federation.In a related development, the AFI today approached a division bench of the court seeking its permission to move an urgent appeal to expunge adverse remarks made by the single judge while passing the interim order.The bench headed by Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh, however, declined permission and directed them to approach the single judge.Justice P B Suresh Kumar, in his interim order on Chitras plea, had directed the government, AFI and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to make all arrangements to ensure that the athlete participates in the 1,500 metre event at the world athletic championship.The court had also observed that the selection process for the championship appears to be not transparent and qualified athletes were ignored.The material on record disclosed that the petitioner had been sidelined and discriminated, it had observed.Opportunities of the instant nature would come in the way of an athlete only once in a lifetime and if they miss the chance they may not get it again, it had said.”It is seen that many persons who are nowhere close to the standards fixed for the IAAF world championship have been included in the Indian team,” the court had said.In her main petition, Chitra had said her gold medal performance at the Asian championships made her an automatic pick for the world event.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had backed Chitra and said in a Facebook post that excluding the athlete, who was the “pride not only of Kerala, but also the country, from the team for World Athletics Championship, is condemnable”. Former national champion P T Usha had said that Chitra had not been included in the team as she did not meet the qualifying mark set by the IAAF. PTI COR TGB VS ZMNlast_img read more

India secure 2 medals at world youth boxing without a fight

first_imgBudapest, Aug 21 (PTI) The Indian boxing contingent was assured of two medals at the world youth championships even before the competition got underway after two women pugilists got direct entry into semifinals owing to the small size of the draw here. Sakshi Gaidhani (81kg) and Neha Yadav (+81kg) made the last-four stage to put India on the medal table without the exchange of a single blow in the event, which will get underway today. While Saskhi will face Russia’s Anastasiia Rybak, Neha will square off against Ukraine’s Mariia Lovchynska in their respective semifinal clashes. Three other Indians got first-round byes into the quarters in the women’s draw, while two others made the pre-quarters directly.Divya Pawar (54kg), Manisha (64kg) and Astha Pahwa (75kg) will know of their quarterfinal opponents after the preliminary stage. Sakshi (57kg) and Jony (60kg) will start in the pre-quarterfinal stage. “We have built-up nicely towards these world championships, we had massive success at the Asian Youth Championships and hopefully the boxers will continue the form in the world championship,” national youth coach for women Bhaskar Bhatt told PTI. Bhatt is being seen as a major contributor to India’s strong showing in the women’s youth circuit and was at the helm when the country pulled off top finish with five gold and two silver medals at the world youth championships last year. He is also nominated for this year’s Dronacharya award for his contribution to the sport. India had claimed three gold medals in the women’s event of the Asian championship through Nitu, Manisha and Lalita (69kg). All three are in fray at the world event.advertisement In the men’s draw, Asian silver-medallist Ankit (60kg), Akash (64kg) and Vijeaydeep (69kg) will start their respective campaigns in the pre-quarterfinals after getting opening-round byes. PTI PM ATKATKlast_img read more

Nine Honoured as Forest Heroes

first_img They are the Lasco Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) in the public education category; Jamaica Observer reporter, Kimone Thompson in the media category; Windsor Research Centre, as an environmental non-governmental organisation; Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) as a state partner; Sawyers Local Forest Management Committee in the community-based organisation category; the Multicare Youth Foundation as a non-governmental organisation; and Jamaica Money Market Brokers in the corporate category. Nine individuals and entities have been honoured as forest heroes by the Forestry Department for outstanding contribution to the development of the forest sector in Jamaica.They are the Lasco Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) in the public education category; Jamaica Observer reporter, Kimone Thompson in the media category; Windsor Research Centre, as an environmental non-governmental organisation; Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) as a state partner; Sawyers Local Forest Management Committee in the community-based organisation category; the Multicare Youth Foundation as a non-governmental organisation; and Jamaica Money Market Brokers in the corporate category.Private foresters Roger Turner and William Masterton were awarded in the private forestry category.They each received a citation and a handcrafted yellow and green leaf mounted on an oak base, during a Forest Heroes Awards luncheon held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday (June 26) to mark the 80th anniversary of the Forestry Department.Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Department and Conservator of Forests, Marilyn Headley, said the awards ceremony, which is in its second staging, aims to “provide visibility for the recipients to enable them to promote and expand their reach by sharing knowledge and experience to those waiting to carry the mantel of forest stewardship”.The first awards ceremony was held in 2013 with four honourees.Ms. Headley thanked the recipients for their impactful work and expressed the hope that the recognition will serve to motivate them to continue to lobby for and protect the country’s forest resources.“We want this event to serve as encouragement to everyone here today to play a greater part in helping to protect our forests and safeguarding our future, and to show the rest of Jamaica that it can be done,” she added.Forest heroes, who were nominated by Forestry Department staff, were recognised for contributing a minimum of two consecutive years to the development of the forest sector.An additional four entities were recognised during the ceremony for their contribution. They are Scotiabank, Jamaica Public Service, Constitution Hill Local Forest Management Committee and the National Land Agency.The keynote speaker for the event was the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska. Nine individuals and entities have been honoured as forest heroes by the Forestry Department for outstanding contribution to the development of the forest sector in Jamaica.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Survitec Presents New Davit-Launched Liferaft (UK)

first_img My location Print  Close Survitec, March 19, 2014 The liferafts are the newest addition to the comprehensive range of escape slides and rafts manufactured under the SurvitecZodiac brand, and incorporate the latest expertise and innovation in escape equipment design and technology.They also form part of the Survitec Group’s broad range of Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) for offshore platforms and vessels. This includes liferafts, escape slides, escape chutes and lifeboats and is a market to which the Survitec Group has been giving increasing attention in response to customer demand. Because of this the new davit launched liferaft has also been designed for use on the world’s tallest wind turbines for which there is currently no viable alternative escape method.The new liferafts are available in two sizes weighing either 84 or 63 kgs (Solas A or B pack). Both can accommodate up to eight people and are stored in a durable GRP container. In an emergency the container is connected to a davit and swung outboard where it is inflated and boarded. The davit brake is then released, either by a crew member on deck or by a liferaft occupant pulling a release line. The life raft will then descend safely into the sea from any height up to 36 metres.Sea anchors are automatically deployed beneath the liferaft to reduce drift, enhance stability and ensure that survivors stay together to increase the speed of rescue. Both sizes of liferaft are fitted with connecting points so that they can be towed to a safer or more practical location. Even with sea anchors deployed the smaller of the two liferaft can be towed fully laden at speeds up to 3 knots without risk of damage.Careful design has been applied to the detail of the launching procedure to make inflation, loading and deployment of the new liferafts as quick as possible. Trials have shown that the SurvitecZodiac liferaft can be made ready by trained crew, boarded by eight people and lowered 36 metres to sea level in just four minutes.The new davit-launched liferaft also introduces a range of benefits for naval architects seeking to optimise space on a ship or platform. The cylindrical container for the A-Pack liferaft is 1275mm long while the B-Pack measures just 1160mm. These can be stored in racks holding up to seven containers. Their size and relatively light weight compares very favourably with that of a 50 person lifeboat while also being available at a much lower cost.Convenient routine servicing is another advantage provided by the davit-launched liferafts when used instead of lifeboats. Liferafts can be dispatched for servicing individually or in small numbers and this ensures that a substantial percentage of the platform or ship’s escape facility remains available at all times.The new davit-launched liferaft is manufactured in France at the modern Survitec Group factory at Chevanceaux near Bordeaux. It is a leading innovator in rescue system technology and is an important contributor to the Survitec portfolio of some of the most reputable brands in the safety and survival equipment industry. Key products within the Survitec Group include marine, defence and aviation liferafts, escape slides and world-leading submarine escape technology. The company also manufactures lifejackets for commercial airlines and the offshore industry as well as pilot flight equipment including anti-g clothing used for the Eurofighter and JSF programmes.center_img 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Survitec Group presented a new davit-launched liferaft aimed at meeting the escape and survival needs of workers, passengers and crew on offshore platforms or high freeboard vessels.last_img read more

Danger subsiding after BC properties threatened by several weekend wildfires

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. — An evacuation order has been downgraded to an alert as crews in north-central British Columbia make progress battling a significant wildfire.The blaze broke out Saturday near the community of Lejac, about five kilometres east of Fraser Lake, and flames had scorched more than two square kilometres of bush within hours.Quick work by the BC Wildfire Service means the fire is now classed as held, meaning it’s not expected to grow.Efforts are underway to fully contain it while the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has rescinded the state of emergency declared Saturday.The blaze was one of several sparked over the weekend, including a nine-hectare fire in northeastern B.C., about 30 kilometres northwest of  Fort St. John.The wildfire service website says that blaze, spotted Saturday in the Coffee Creek subdivision outside Charlie Lake, has been completely contained and a cause is under investigation.Road closures are possible east of Kamloops as an out-of-control wildfire has charred about 19 hectares after breaking out Sunday, but no structures are immediately threatened by the suspected human-caused fire.The fire danger rating across most of B.C. is now listed at moderate to high, but it has already climbed to extreme in several pockets of the central and eastern Interior.A recent heat wave dried out much of the province but Environment Canada is calling for cooler temperatures and showers this week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadas stock index slips from last weeks record high loonie up slightly

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down slightly in morning trading after ending last week at an all-time high.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 18.07 points at 16,594.74.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 40.69 points at 26,518.85. The S&P 500 index was down 0.47 points at 2,904.56, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.18 points at 7,997.88.The Canadian dollar traded 74.87 cents US, up from an average of 74.73 cents US on Thursday before the holiday weekend.The June crude contract was up $1.56 at $65.63 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up 2.5 cents at US$2.52 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up 90 cents at US$1,276.90 and the March copper contract was down two cents at US$2.90 a pound. read more

Iran pledges cooperation with IAEA private and public sector players on nuclear

In a much-anticipated speech, the President of Iran today pledged before the United Nations General Assembly that Tehran would open its uranium enrichment programme to cooperation with private and public sector players, eschew the production of nuclear arms, engage the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and continue talks with concerned countries on the issue.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prefaced his proposals by warning that “once certain powerful States completely control nuclear energy resources and technology, they will deny access to other States and thus deepen the divide between powerful countries and the rest of the international community.” He charged that “hegemonic powers” have misrepresented Iran’s technological endeavors in the nuclear field as pursuit of nuclear weapons. “This is nothing but a propaganda ploy.”Declaring that Iran, in accordance with its religious principles, would never develop nuclear weapons, he said that his country is “prepared to engage in serious partnership with private and public sectors of other countries in the implementation of uranium enrichment program in Iran.”The centerpiece of Iran’s nuclear policy will be continued interaction as well as technical and legal cooperation with the IAEA, he pledged, adding that relevant Iranian officials have been directed to compile the legal and technical details of Iran’s nuclear approach. At the same time, he stressed that Iran, “in its pursuit of peaceful nuclear technology, considers it within its legitimate rights to receive objective guarantees for uranium enrichment in the nuclear fuel cycle.”He also referred to negotiations with the socalled EU3 – France, Germany and the United Kingdom – saying: “The selection of our negotiating partners and the continuation of negotiations with the EU3 will be commensurate with the requirements of our cooperation with the Agency regarding non-diversion of the process of uranium enrichment to non-peaceful purposes in the framework of the provisions of the NPT,” or Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.Several proposals already presented can be considered in the context of the talks, he said. Given South Africa’s contribution so far and its active role in the IAEA Board of Governors, he said Iran would welcome that country’s active participation in the negotiations.In order to implement the decisions of the last two international conferences on the NPT, he proposed that the General Assembly mandate an ad-hoc committee to “compile and submit a comprehensive report on possible practical mechanisms and strategies for complete disarmament.” The committee should also investigate how nuclear weapons were “transferred to the Zionist regime,” and should propose practical measures for establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East.President Ahmadinejad said his proposals were being submitted in a spirit of good faith but warned that “if some try to impose their will on the Iranian people through resort to a language of force and threat with Iran, we will reconsider our entire approach to the nuclear issue.”Diplomats have been anticipating President Ahmadinejad’s speech for some time because of public comments that it would contain new proposals paving the way for a breakthrough on the nuclear issue. read more

Clemson RB Etienne leads ACCs allconference team

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-league team.Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches.Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team vote and one for a third-team selection.Etienne, who leads the conference with 1,307 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, was joined by four repeat selections from 2017: offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and defensive linemen Clelen Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.North Carolina State’s Ryan Finley was the first-team selection at quarterback and was joined in the backfield by Etienne and Boston College’s AJ Dillon.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

More than 1m households now forced to endure threeweekly bin collections

first_imgMore recently five Somerset councils, Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset have confirmed they will shortly move from fortnightly to three-weekly collections.But according to reports the situation has become so desperate in some areas where monthly bin collections are now in place, that residents have resorted to burning waste or taking it to work. John McNally, Scottish National Party MP for Falkirk, admitted the council was looking into whether it could reverse the move to four-weekly collections, following a significant rise in fly tipping in the area.  He said: “Local people are doing their best but there have been difficulties with smells and pests. There is talk of reversing the change but it would cost a lot to do, possibly upwards of a million pounds.”  A Local Government Association spokesman said: “Collecting and disposing of waste and recycling is the third highest cost service for councils. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution to collecting bins as what works in an inner city suburb won’t necessarily work in the countryside. Decisions are best made at a local level with councils working with residents to find the best solution for them.”Communities Minister Marcus Jones said: “Bin collection is the service that people most associate with their local council. “While ultimately it is for councils to determine how frequently collections take place it is vital they consider the wishes of their residents, many of who want to see their bins collected as frequently as possible.” More than a million households are being forced to accept bin collections every three or four weeks, because councils are trying to force them to recycle more.Data compiled by The Telegraph has revealed at least 18 councils have moved or will shortly be moving to three-weekly rubbish collections, while a further three have adopted or are trialing four-weekly collections. The change has caused outrage among the 2.6 million affected residents, who now face dealing with smelly, overflowing bins which attract flies and rodents.  Councils said increasing the amount people recycle and their financial constraints were the main reasons behind reducing the frequency of general bin collections. Three and four-weekly bin collections were non-existent until 2014/15, when two councils adopted the system, data from waste charity Wrap shows. In 2009/10, some 245 councils organised weekly bin collections, a figure which has fallen by 34 per cent to 160. This is despite vigorous campaigning by waste activists and this newspaper to preserve a weekly service. Over the same period the number of fortnightly collections has risen by 38 per cent from 219 to 303 councils.  Falkirk Council, which moved to a four-weekly residual waste collection in 2016 said the change was to save money and would help the Scottish Government recycling targets by 2020.Oldham Council, which moved from two to three weekly bin collections in 2016, said the move was “designed to cut the amount of waste being generated and to promote more recycling across the borough.”  Under European Union targets the UK must recycle at least half of all household waste by 2020, with the figure currently at 43 per cent.But MPs have warned three and four weekly collections were a “health risk”, arguing that EU green targets were merely “an excuse” for cuts. Andrew Brigden, a Conservative MP, said: “Councils can achieve very good recycling rates on fortnightly bin collection cycles, so that can’t be used as an excuse to move to monthly collections. “Anything less than fortnightly poses a health risk as it will attract flies and other pests, and create an undesirable smell. People need to lobby their council and tell them they do not want this.”  Anything less than fortnightly poses a health risk as it will attract flies and other pests, and create an undesirable smellAndrew Brigden, Conservative MP 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.last_img read more

Ernest Giles – exploration program commences with MMI

first_imgGreatland Gold reports that Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) surveys have commenced at the Ernest Giles project. The company expects to announce results from the MMI surveys prior to the commencement of drilling.The current exploration program at Ernest Giles will focus on three high priority targets at the Meadows, Wishbone and Empress areas. The current exploration program includes plans for approximately 24 RC drill holes at the Meadows area to test a large 5 km long by 1.5 km wide anomaly defined by Deep Sensing Geochemistry work, and up to six RC holes at the Wishbone and Empress areas to test basement geology and physical rock properties.SGS is the sole provider of MMI technology, with over 15 years of experience providing this technology. There are many benefits to using MMI technology for soil geochemistry:• Few false anomalies• Focused, sharp anomalies• Excellent repeatability• Definition of metal zones and associations• Detection of deeply buried mineralization• Low background values (low noise)• Low limits of detection.MMI technology is an innovative analytical process that uses a unique approach to the analysis of metals in soils and related materials. Target elements are extracted using weak solutions of organic and inorganic compounds rather than conventional aggressive acid or cyanide-based digests. MMI solutions contain strong ligands, which detach and hold metal ions that were loosely bound to soil particles by weak atomic forces in aqueous solution. This extraction does not dissolve the bound forms of the metal ions. Thus, the metal ions in the MMI solutions are the chemically active or ‘mobile’ component of the sample. Because these mobile, loosely bound complexes are in very low concentrations, measurement is by conventional ICP-MS and the latest evolution of this technology, ICP-MS Dynamic Reaction Cell™ (DRC II™). This allows the reporting of very low detection limits.MMI technology uses proprietary extractants. MMI-M is a new, single multi-element leach that now provides an option to measure the concentration of a broad selection of mobile elements. With MMI-M, you can create your own individual multi-element packages, using any or all commodity elements, diamond host rock elements, lithological elements or pathfinder elements. SGS also offers enhanced detection limits with the MMI-ME package.Greatland Gold has six main projects; four situated in Western Australia and two in Tasmania. It is seeking to identify large mineral deposits in areas that have not been subject to extensive exploration previously. It is widely recognised that the next generation of large deposits will come from such under-explored areas and Greatland is applying advanced exploration techniques to investigate a number of carefully selected targets within its focused licence portfolio.last_img read more

La Poste équipera tous ses sites de panneaux photovoltaïques

first_imgLa Poste équipera tous ses sites de panneaux photovoltaïquesLa Poste et le fabricant de panneaux solaires Urbasolar créent Arkasolia. Cette entreprise devrait peu à peu couvrir de panneaux solaires l’ensemble des sites dont la société publique est propriétaire.L’entreprise Arkasolia vient d’être créée par le groupe La Poste, le CAPE (Crédit Agricole Private Equity) et par Urbasolar, le fabricant de panneaux solaires. Sa mission : développer des centrales solaires partout où cela est possible. Comme l’indique la directrice d’Urbasolar, Stéphanie Andrieu, un an de retard a été pris “en raison des trois changements réglementaires intervenus”. L’entreprise a donc dû, dans un premier temps, revoir ses ambitions à la baisse, précise-t-elle.À lire aussiDes étudiants créent une lampe innovante qui fonctionne grâce à l’énergie des plantesPour le moment, l’entreprise qui est spécialiste des toitures en terrasse a équipé un hangar d’Airbus et plusieurs sites de la SNCF. Les ambitions qui ont dues être tempérées concernaient 30 nouveaux sites censés générés 3 mégawatts grâce à 10 000 m2 de panneaux solaires. “Chacun des partenaires a accepté de revoir à la baisse la rentabilité de son investissement. Mais notre détermination reste intacte”, explique le directeur général de Poste Immo, Christian Cléret. A terme, l’objectif est de couvrir le maximum de sites de La Poste de panneaux photovoltaïques et ce, quelque soit leur taille, rapporte latribune.fr. Les différents partenaires espèrent voir évoluer les progrès technologiques en la matière de façon à ce que les composants aient un coût moins élevé et que la rentabilité soit bonne. Une trentaine de sites ont suivi l’exemple du centre de tri de Montpellier et se sont déjà équipés.Le 22 juin 2011 à 13:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

1 dead in fatal crash along I595

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) – A crash that shut down parts of Interstate 595, Tuesday, was determined to be fatal.According to Florida Highway Patrol, the single-vehicle crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-595 near Hiatus Road. The crash happened around 7 a.m.Officials said the vehicle was traveling westbound when the right rear tire suffered a tread separation, causing the driver to lose control. When the driver swerved to the right, the car struck the concrete barrier wall and overturned.FHP added that the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead on the scene, while two passengers were transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.Two westbound lanes in the area were closed due to police activity, but have since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Gmail confidential mode for G Suite launching in June

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Tags The new Gmail mode lets you restrict access to confidential emails. Derek Poore/CNET  Gmail’s confidential mode will be launching in G Suite on June 25, Google announced in a blog post Wednesday.The mode will be on by default in Google’s suite of tools for business, and allows workers to set expiration dates and revoke access to emails. Users can also require recipients to go through text message authentication before being allowed to view an email.”Additionally, with confidential mode, recipients don’t have the option to forward, copy, print, or download their content or attachments,” the blog post, spotted by VentureBeat, said.It’s already available in beta mode — you can see generally how to use it in the GIF below. Google, Inc. Announced in August, confidential mode was rolled out first to personal Gmail iOS and Android apps. While the mode prevents recipients from forwarding, copying, printing or downloading confidential emails, they can still take screenshots. 0 Use the Gmail app to send confidential emailscenter_img Mobile Tech Industry Security Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Gmail Google 2:22 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

20000 families living in Coxs Bazar hills amid growing landslide risk

first_imgAround 20,000 families living in Cox’s Bazar hills amid landslide risk. Photo: UNBAround 20,000 families have been dwelling on hill slopes of Cox’s Bazar district town and other areas amid growing risk of landslide in the monsoon season.Increasing rains with the advent of monsoon and unabated hill cutting have intensified the risk of landslide, creating panic among the hill residents.Azmul Huda, general secretary of Cox’s Bazar forest and environment conservation council, an environmental organisation, said, “The Rohingya people who have been living in Ukhiya and Teknaf areas by cutting down over 6,000 acres of forest also brace for possible landslide.”Besides, over 10,000 families in Badshaghona, Light House, Dakshin Diggul, Dakshin Hazipara, Pahartali, Sahikkika Palli, Ghonarpara, Maheshkhailla Para, Kalatali Adarsha Gram, Borachara, Boidyaghona, Mohajer Para, Link Road, Muhuri Para, Janarghora areas of Cox’s Bazar town are at the risk of landslide, he added.Azmul Huda said around 10,000 families are living amid danger in the hilly areas of Ramu, Maheshkhali, Teknaf, Ukhiya and Pekua upazilas. Most of the houses have been built on the land of forest department and government (khas) lands.Around 20,000 families living in Cox’s Bazar hills amid landslide risk. Photo: UNBTalking to UNB, some residents of the town said many illegal structures have been built by clearing forests and hills owned by the district administration.Cox’s Bazar Bachao Andolon president advocate Ayachhur Rahman said it was necessary to evict the illegal structures from the vulnerable hills well before the monsoon set in.”Now the list of casualties will be long if landslides occur in the area,” he said.Cox’s Bazar environment department deputy director Nurul Amin said at least 54 people, including six members of Bangladesh Army, were killed in landslides in different areas of the district in 2010.The number of deaths in landslides was 200 from 2010 to 2017 in the district, he added.Around 20,000 families living in Cox’s Bazar hills amid landslide risk. Photo: UNB”Eviction drives alone can’t solve the problem. Massive awareness programmes are also necessary to stop people from dwelling on hill slopes,” he added.Nurul Amin said miscreants are cutting down hills secretly at nights despite regular raids against illegal hill cutting. “Manpower crisis hampers our drive.”Cox’s Bazar forest department sources said around 5,341 hectares of land of the south forest department and 7,053 hectares under west forest department have been grabbed.Hundreds of people are also illegally living in hilly khas land of the district administration, the sources said.Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner Md Kamal Hossain told UNB that people living in hills will be shifted to safer places like previous years.”There had been no serious accident last year due to the collective efforts. We’ve formed several committees to conduct eviction drives in the hills,” he added.last_img read more

Maker of OxyContin Reaches 270M Settlement in Oklahoma

first_imgBy KEN MILLER and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated PressOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller’s role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday.The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Oklahoma’s attorney general scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce the settlement with Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and its controlling Sackler family.This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Oklahoma’s attorney general will announce a settlement Tuesday, March 26, 2019, with Purdue Pharma, one of the drug manufacturers named in a state lawsuit that accuses them of fueling the opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)Nearly $200 million will go toward establishing the National Center for Addiction Studies and Treatment at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, while local governments will get $12.5 million, the person said.The deal comes two months before Oklahoma’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and other drug companies was set to become the first one in the current coast-to-coast wave of litigation against the industry to go to trial. This is the first settlement to come out of the barrage of lawsuits.Plaintiffs’ attorney Paul Hanly, who is not involved in the Oklahoma case but is representing scores of other governments, welcomed the deal, saying: “That suggests that Purdue is serious about trying to deal with the problem. Hopefully, this is the first of many.”But some activists were furious, saying they were denied the chance to hold Purdue Pharma fully accountable in public, in front of a jury.“This decision is a kick in the gut to our community,” said Ryan Hampton, who is recovering from opioid addiction. “We deserve to have our day in court with Purdue. The parents, the families, the survivors deserve at least that. And Oklahoma stripped that from us today.”He added: “We cannot allow Purdue to cut backroom deals with state attorneys general.”An attorney for Purdue Pharma did not immediately return a call seeking comment.Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs like OxyContin, were a factor in a record 48,000 deaths across the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oklahoma recorded about 400 opioid deaths that year. State officials have said that since 2009, more Oklahomans have died from opioids than in vehicle crashes.Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin in the 1990s and marketed it aggressively to doctors. It has made tens of billions of dollars from the drug but has been hit with close to 2,000 lawsuits from state and local governments trying to hold the company responsible for the scourge of addiction. Those lawsuits now threaten to push Purdue Pharma into bankruptcy.The lawsuits accuse the company of downplaying the addiction risks and pushing doctors to increase dosages even as the dangers became known. According to a court filing, Richard Sackler, then senior vice president responsible for sales, proudly told the audience at a launch party for OxyContin in 1996 that it would create a “blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.”Purdue Pharma has settled other lawsuits over the years, and three executives pleaded guilty to criminal charges in 2007. But this is the first settlement to come out of the surge of litigation that focuses largely on the company’s more recent conduct.The agreement was announced after the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from drugmakers to postpone the start of the state’s trial in May. The remaining defendants in Oklahoma’s 2017 lawsuit still face trial.Lance Lang, a 36-year-old recovering user from Oklahoma City, said he is glad some of the settlement will go toward helping those still suffering from addiction.“My heart breaks for those that we’ve already lost. I’ve buried several myself,” said Lang, who now helps recovering users find housing. “But I also know we have waiting lists of dozens and dozens for our facilities, and the state has waiting lists of hundreds and hundreds of people who need help right now.”But Cheryl Juaire, whose 23-year-old son Corey died of an overdose in 2011, said she was devastated to hear about the settlement. She had been organizing a group of hundreds of mothers to go to the first day of the trial and stand outside with photos of their dead children.Jauire, who lives in Marlborough, Massachusetts, said a complete airing of the facts is the only way to fully hold Purdue to account.“They can’t settle,” she said. “That would be a huge disservice to the tens of thousands of families here in the United States who buried a child. That’s blood money from our children.”The Sackler family is responsible for $75 million of the $270 million settlement, according to the person familiar with the agreement.As the accusations have mounted, the Sacklers have faced personal lawsuits and growing public pressure. A Massachusetts court filing made public earlier this year found that family members were paid at least $4 billion from 2007 until last year.The Sacklers are major philanthropists, and the family name is emblazoned on the walls at many of the world’s great museums and universities. But in the past few weeks, the Tate museums in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York have cut ties with the family, and other institutions have come under pressure to turn down donations or remove the Sackler name.This month, Purdue Pharma officials acknowledged that are considering filing for bankruptcy because of the crush of lawsuits.More than 1,400 federal lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies have been consolidated in front of a single judge in Cleveland who is pushing the drugmakers and distributors to reach a nationwide settlement with state and local governments.___Mulvihill reported from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Associated Press reporter Jill Bleed in Little Rock, Arkansas, contributed to this report.last_img read more