first_imgUnfazed by a whale of a criticism from all corners, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit still insists that the Commonwealth Games will be held successfully. In an interview with Headlines Today Political Editor Javed Ansari, the besieged chief minister said none of the problems was insurmountable. She said the prime minister himself was concerned about the criticism and that is why every effort was being made to set the house in order before the athletes arrive. Excerpts: The prime minister has put you in-charge of Games Village almost at the eleventh hour to set it right. Can you tell us whether Delhi will be ready to host the Games? We just have two days left before the athletes arrive.Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.CM: That’s true. I don’t know how much the prime minister has put on me but it is my duty because I happen to be the chief minister of the state and we have been working the past two months, ever since the rains particularly started and we knew that there will be some overlapping.But we have been continuously monitoring. We have been going around street-wise to see whether the lights are alright, greenery is alright and the flyovers are made on time. One thing that I have not touched upon at all is the Games Village because it is the duty of the DDA and they assured us all the time that the things will be perfectly alright. Obviously they botched up and you have been made the in-charge. What measures are you taking to set it right?CM: I am not so sure whether they botched up because these very people who were saying bad now, about 10 days earlier had said that this is the best Games Village we have seen. So I don’t know at what point they saw and what has happened in between. But we look at it, 40 of our Delhi government officers have been placed in-charge of various buildings and blocks that are there. And I hope that they will do the coordination. What is being.. a little lacking in this Games is coordination. And that I think we will do.advertisementThe GoM headed by Jaipal Reddyji has been meeting continuously and every time everybody said things were alright. I have this feeling that things will be alright and now that you have given us a wake up call again.. there was a wake up call about 10 days ago and again the wake up call has come. Everybody is committed and we will do it well. It’s too close to call. Today the athletes are almost at our doorstep and would you admit that maybe not enough attention was paid to detail or on monitoring?CM: Maybe.. not be there large number of flats there, lot of buildings.. maybe something was there.. Rains have not been helpful, I can show you that. The collection of water has been a real dampener. I found out that they were pumping out the water but it didn’t seem to be enough. When they pumped out, it again came back. So there have been problems with unusual weather, but I still maintain that it will not be shoddy, it will not be bad, it will be good.There could be some mistakes, minor ones, which I don’t think they should get the kind of attention that is being given to them. I wish some of you would also go around with your cameras and see what is happening because it’s your very cameras who showed all those rooms looking very neat, very nice.. the bed looking nice, the toilets and basins looking absolutely sparkling.Should the Commonwealth Games be called off?To vote from your mobile, SMS for Yes or for No to 52424. CGF CEO Hooper says that the buildings and flats they were shown were of course of the very high order. But these are other flats which have been left unattended, their sockets were not working dog’s poo all over the place, dogs soiling beds and things like that.. and it has been described as “unliveable”. How are you going to assure the athletes who are going to come here and get everything turned around in the shortest possible time you have?CM: You know India, India’s hospitality. Nobody will leave anything unliveable for anybody. We have got two days, three days.. 24 hours, 48 hours to do it all up and everybody is at the job now. The prime minister himself is really worried and I go with confidence that it will be alright. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit with CWG OC chief Suresh Kalmadi during the flag off ceremony of ‘Go India Go for Gold-Walk for Victory March’ to support Indian participants of the mega sporting event in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTIEverything that could have possibly gone wrong is going wrong. The latest we had this foot overbridge falling down.CM: Yes, the foot overbridge was something really that was not required. It was made there because the engineers decided to make it. But it will not stop people from coming there. The route has already been worked out. Right below the bridge, rather than going up and down this will be done. It has been very unfortunate happening. We have already set up an enquiry to see what went wrong. All kinds of people are coming with all kinds of theories. But I will not go by them. We have to find out what exactly went wrong and correct it.advertisementWe have blacklisted the first contractor for having been not too careful because I had been there to see it about three days ago. I go there practically every night and three days ago they had started everything. At that time it looked perfectly alright because at that time it was at the staircase level. I haven’t seen it since then. In any way, if I would have seen it, I am not a technical person, so would not be able to know. This is being a very bad setback for us. But I’m sure we will be able to make up. There was a security breach. An Australian journalist and my own channel managed to walk in with ammonium nitrate undetected. This must instil fear among people.CM: Absolutely right. People should not fear this. The Jama Masjid incident also took place. This is the second one that has happened. And these tensions are going to rise. But the home secretary took a meeting yesterday. Everybody has been warned again so things will become even more strict now because we can’t take chance with security at all. And they will not. The big question everybody is asking is will the games be called off or will we be able to stage the Games? As the chief minister of Delhi, as the host, are you in a position to tell us whether we will be able to conduct the Games and whether all those visiting us will go home safely?CM: Of course, we go with this hope, this confidence and god-willing, everything will be alright. I can tell you one thing that these Games which we have been saying that it will be one of the best ever conducted.. Now it is not our habit, Indian habit, to criticise others. So we are keeping quiet. Let them say what they have to. The Games, when they happen, and after that, when you take a review, that is the time it will be the real review.advertisementShould the Commonwealth Games be called off?To vote from your mobile, SMS for Yes or for No to 52424.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Manasi Joshi, who was among the three Indian players who won gold at the recently concluded World Para-Badminton Championship, said she earned the medal as she worked really hard for it. The 30-year-old clinched the top honours in the women’s singles SL3 final defeating World No. 1 and compatriot Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 to pick her maiden title in Basel, Switzerland on August 25, the very day on which ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu won the gold at the World Championships. “I earned it. Worked every bit for it,” she tweeted on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Twitter was all praise for the 30-year-old, who had lost her left leg in 2011. “In the high of PV Sindhu getting gold in the World Championship, we forgot to win Manasi Joshi, who gold in World Para-Badminton Championship. Here it is wishing her,” Kiran Bedi, Governor of Puducherry tweeted. “Every daughter of India is special. You have increased honour of the country on the world stage. Many congratulations to you for winning gold at the Para-Badminton World Championship,” tweeted former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “Everyone should learn from you how to overcome the difficulties and achieve success. Hats off to your courage. The country is proud of you!” he added. Manasi was among the 12 Indian athletes who won medals at the competition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the 12 para-badminton players who brought laurels to the country. “130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para-Badminton contingent, which has brought home 12 medals at BWF World Championship 2019. “Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and motivating. Each of these players is remarkable!” An engineer by qualification, Manasi completed her graduation in Electronics Engineering from K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, University of Mumbai in 2010. In 2011, she met with a road accident and lost her left leg. However, that did not stop her from playing badminton and she went on to win many medals for India. In September 2015, she won silver in mixed doubles at the Para-Badminton World Championship held in Stoke Mandeville, England. In October 2018, Manasi won a bronze medal at the Asian Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.last_img read more

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsA Mi’kmaw grandmother who confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Halifax Thursday says she told him that the Alton Gas project must be stopped and the company must leave her territory.“I asked him to consider what is going on in our province,” said Grandmother Darlene Gilbert. “That he’s bringing in companies and they are going to come and they are going to put substances into our waters… they are going to brine our waters, they are going to ruin our waters.“That’s our travel ways. That’s our fishing rights, we have treaty rights on that river.”Gilbert got a very different response from Trudeau than an advocate from Grassy Narrows First Nation did the night before.That’s where the protester unfurled a banner at the foot of the stage during a $1,500-a-ticket Liberal fundraiser in Toronto in an effort to draw attention to the impact of mercury poisoning in the northern Ontario community.“Thank you for your donation,” Trudeau told the woman as she was escorted out by security. “I really appreciate your donation to the Liberal Party of Canada.”Others in the audience cheered the prime minister’s dismissive remark, which was captured by cellphone cameras and quickly circulated on social media Wednesday night.Less than 24 hours later, Trudeau sounded considerably more contrite.“As I think you all know, from time to time I’m in situations where people are expressing concerns or protesting a particular thing, and I always try to be respectful and always try to engage with them in a positive way,” he said following an announcement in Halifax.“That’s how I believe democracy should function, and I didn’t do that last night. Last night I lacked respect towards them and I apologize for that.”(Darlene Gilbert)The next day, when confronted by Gilbert, Trudeau had changed his tone.“I believe that I talked to his spirit,” said Gilbert. “What he says he’s going to (do) which is talk to the grandmothers about the situation, he did say that on camera so that’s what we are going to wait for.”Alton Gas is proposing to carve out salt caverns to store natural gas, and then dump the salty brine into the Sipekne’katik River.Protectors fear environmental damage from the plan.Leela Shamas is an activist who also confronted Trudeau Thursday in Halifax.“I said to him, ‘Justin if you want to be a feminist, if you are going to care for the earth, you need to like listen to the grandmothers,’” she said.(Leela Shamas) Shamas said Trudeau didn’t promise to stop the project – but did promise to listen.“He affirmed that he was basically going to work with everyone, and he told me, very patronizing, that his responsibility was to work with everybody and to do what was best for the community and for Canada,” she said.For Gilbet, she said she’ll wait for Trudeau’s next move.“He said that he understood my anger and I had to correct him because I wasn’t angry, I was full of very strong spirit because that’s my bloodline,” she said.“I spoke very assertively, and I feel that he heard me.”amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksen– with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. reported a profit of $1.3 billion in its third quarter, boosted by the sale of the Waneta Dam.The miner says the profit amounted to $2.23 per share for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with $584 million or $1.01 per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $3.2 billion, up from $3.1 billion.On an adjusted basis, Teck says it earned 81 cents per share for the quarter, compared with $1.05 per share in the third quarter of last year.Thomson Reuters Eikon says analysts on average had expected a profit of 94 cents per share.Teck chief executive Don Lindsay says the company’s operations continued to perform well, but noted it was hurt by lower commodity prices.The company says steelmaking coal prices were up 10 per cent compared with a year ago, but copper and zinc prices fell by four per cent and 14 per cent respectively, compared with a year ago.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK.B)last_img read more

Western First Nations launch $3 billion lawsuit over aboriginal oil Lawyers behind a lawsuit over a long-simmering dispute concerning what two First Nations call federal mishandling of energy resources on their reserves say other bands are considering joining the legal action.In a statement filed late Monday, the Onion Lake and Poundmaker Cree bands accused Indian Oil and Gas Canada of failing to promote and develop energy resources on their lands and of failing to protect those resources from being drained by wells adjacent to them.Harvey Strosberg, one of two lawyers representing the bands, said he’s opened talks with other bands interested in joining the lawsuit.“We want the court to make it into a class action,” said Strosberg.“We’ve talked to at least another Five Nations and they are very supportive. Some of them are in the process of retaining us.”Because aboriginal bands are not allowed to disburse reserve lands, energy companies seeking to develop the oil and gas beneath them must deal with Indian Oil and Gas Canada.That agency is responsible for promoting development, negotiating deals, issuing licences, collecting royalties and monitoring activity.Because the bands can’t do the work themselves, the agency is obliged to look after First Nations interests, said Strosberg.“The Indian nations can’t do anything. They have to pass this off to the federal government. (The government) said, ‘You can’t do it yourself … we’ll take care of you.’”Figures in the statement of claim — which contains allegations not yet tested in court — question that care.The claim alleges there have been 41 wells drilled on Poundmaker lands with 10 producing. That compares with 242 wells — with 86 producing — immediately adjacent to the Saskatchewan reserve.The situation is similar for Onion Lake, which straddles the Saskatchewan-Alberta boundary, says the statement.“The (agency) did not actively promote and solicit leasing opportunities to exploit the oil and gas rights on the designated reserve lands.”As well, the statement of claim says oil and gas pools flow underground in response to pumping activity. It claims Ottawa didn’t protect resources under reserve lands from being drained by wells adjacent to them.“If you have 100 wells pumping on the adjacent property and 10 wells pumping on the reserve, you’ll drain more than your share,” Strosberg said.The statement also asks for a full audit of Indian Oil and Gas Canada’s handling of First Nation energy revenues. The lawsuit claims $3 billion in damages.The agency has long been a target of First Nations, said Blaine Favel, former head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, now head of an oil and gas company.“This is archaic, colonial law,” he said. “(Criticism) has been around as long as they’ve been the regulator.”Favel said the agency has long been under-resourced and isn’t keeping up with the demands of the modern industry. As well, it serves as regulator, license issuer, land manager, royalty collector and watchdog — far too many roles for one office.“These are delicate at best and sometimes incompatible,” said Favel.Strosberg said he hopes the federal government will choose to negotiate a settlement.“If you want to fight, we’ll fight, but if you want to talk, we’ll talk,” he said. “We prefer to talk.”Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Perry Bellegarde also encouraged the government to settle.“Based on our natural resource wealth, First Nations should be among the wealthiest in Canada, but federal mismanagement and neglect of its fiduciary duties has resulted in lost revenue for First Nations, perpetuating a cycle of poverty,” he said in a statement.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2016 11:01 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Related: Hot Takedown The No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies beat the 6th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks 66-55 on Monday night for their NCAA-record 100th consecutive win. They last lost on Nov. 17, 2014, when they fell to the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal, 88-86 in overtime. That loss snapped a 47-game winning streak itself, meaning that, between March 13, 2013, and today, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost one game.Yes, once more for emphasis: Between March 13, 2013, and today, the Huskies have four times as many national championships as they have losses.This is Connecticut’s third record-breaking streak this millennium. First, between 2001 and 2003, they won 70 games in a row – the longest winning streak in NCAA women’s basketball history, and in 2008-10, they won 90 games to break UCLA’s 88-game record set in 1970-74. Here’s what being the mother of all powerhouses looks like: Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Though they’ve managed to keep the streak that was built on the back of Breanna Stewart’s remarkable career going, the Huskies haven’t dominated as much as they’re used to. This is unsurprising, considering they lost Stewart and their two other best players to the WNBA draft after last season (those players went 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall). Indeed, they’re probably having one of their worst statistical seasons in several years. Unfortunately for the rest of basketball, the Huskies’ off years are the stuff most schools’ dreams are made of: The streak is likely to survive into the NCAA tournament. The Huskies have one game scheduled against a ranked opponent: Feb. 27 against 22nd-ranked University of South Florida Bulls – whom the Huskies beat in January 102-37 (no joke). But once they get to the tournament, they have a better chance than most years of losing, particularly to the Maryland Terrapins, whom they only beat by 6 points in December, or the Baylor Lady Bears, who despite also losing to the Huskies in November have been putting up Huskies numbers themselves this season. Leading by only 2 points with under 6 minutes left in the third quarter against the Gamecocks, the Huskies looked beatable — yet they won again. Such has been the story of the season so far. We’ll see if they can keep it up through March Madness. read more

first_imgEveryone’s favorite cubist world builder, Minecraft, has just gotten one of its sexy, surprisingly massive in scope updates, and there’s at least a few new features that are bound to find their way into cool viral Minecraft videos probably faster than I can post this.From a viral perspective, the major new feature is note blocks, which can be set to a certain note with a right click and played by clicking or hopping upon. What do you think the chances are that someone is going to post a video of them hopping along a walkway of musical blocks, playing the Super Mario Bros theme>Otherwise, we’re looking at 15 new wool dyes (mostly useful for building colorful buildings), a new water dwelling mob which appears to be some sort of a squid and which killed me almost immediately as I stood upon the opening beach of my world, new tree types, a bunch of new crafting recipes and some new secret blocks, along with the usual gaggle of multiplayer and single player bug fixes.Here’s the full change log:New features:* Note blocks (right click to tune, trigger to play)* 15 wool dyes* A new water dwelling mob* New tree types* Reeds magically turned into sugar canes. They still make paper.* A bunch of new crafting recipes* One secret useful block* One secret pretty block* Cake* AND MOAR, probably. I forget!Bugfixes:* Paintings work in multiplayer* Disconnecting while riding no longer keeps the player in the world* A bunch more state is properly synched in multiplayer* Fixed colors going weird on PowerPC* Fixed a horrible chunk reload loop in singleplayer* Fixed most lighting bugs in newly generated SMP maps* Falling sand behaves better in SMP* Fixed a few crash on load level bugsRead more at World of Notchlast_img read more

first_imgDes scientifiques découvrent le premier reptile avec un vrai placentaDeux scientifiques, Daniel Blackburn et Alexander Flemming ont découvert le premier reptile muni d’un vrai placenta. L’espèce, appelée Trachylepis ivensii est un lézard assez rare vivant sur le continent africain. Le placenta est un organe, indispensable au développement de l’embryon de certaines espèces. Il permet en effet d’assurer les échanges d’eau, de nutriments et de dioxygène entre la mère et le fœtus. Un arrangement intime qui a pendant longtemps été jugé comme une caractéristique réservée uniquement au groupe des mammifères.Selon les dernières découvertes, l’apparition du placenta se serait produite au moins deux fois dans l’histoire évolutive : chez l’ancêtre commun de l’actuel groupe des mammifères mais aussi chez une espèce de lézard africain appelé Trachylepis ivensii. Ce spécimen appartient à la famille des Scindae, un groupe assez typique composé de près de 1.200 espèces. On le trouve, bien que difficilement, en Angola, en Zambie ou encore en République Démocratique du Congo où les femelles atteignent généralement 9 à 14 centimètres de long à l’âge adulte. Une espèce extrêmement peu répandue
Daniel Blackburn chercheur Trinity College de Hartford au Connecticut et Alexander Flemming de l’Université de Stellenbosch, en Afrique du Sud ont ainsi décidé de se pencher sur cette espèce de lézard peu répandue. “Nous n’en savons pas beaucoup sur eux”, confirme au New scientist Daniel Blackburn, et pour cause. Seuls quelques spécimens ont été jusqu’à présent recueillis.Pour comprendre précisément le processus de développement des embryons, les deux scientifiques ont donc disséqué et étudié neuf femelles Trachylepis ivensii conservées dans un musée. Leurs observations révèlent que l’appareil reproducteur des spécimens est composé d’oviductes, des tubes qui s’étendent des ovaires jusqu’à l’extérieur et à l’intérieur desquels les petits se développent dans un vestige de coquille avant de naitre au moment de l’éclosion. De manière générale, il existe dans la nature certaines espèces de reptiles vivipares qui possèdent dans leurs oviductes un placenta de base. Mais cet organe, contrairement à celui des mammifères, ne permet pas à l’embryon de recevoir beaucoup de nutriments de sa mère. Celui-ci doit donc se nourrir du vitellus, le jaune contenu dans son œuf.  Un modèle de développement particulier mais limitéÀ lire aussiIl se fait mordre le bras par une terrible tortue-alligatorContrairement à ces espèces, l’embryon de Trachylepis ivensii se développe en s’implantant dans la paroi de l’oviducte. Son œuf est petit et pratiquement dépourvu de vitellus. Les échanges nutritionnels se font alors majoritairement entre son sang et celui de sa mère. “C’est sans précédent”, confie Daniel Blackburn.Toutefois ce mode de développement possède aussi ses limites. En effet, un embryon présente plus de risque d’être attaqué par le système immunitaire maternel. Les embryons mâles pourraient également se retrouver “féminisés” par les hormones sexuelles de la mère. Cela pourrait expliquer pourquoi ce type de développement placentaire a évolué si rarement. 
Le 7 octobre 2011 à 19:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe search team for striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have recovered a body from the plane wreckage.The body was pulled out of the water in “as dignified a way as possible” by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) through the use of specialist contractors on Wednesday night.A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) was used to help the search and to later recover the discovered body found in the wreckage.The Piper Malibu N264DB itself, which disappeared two weeks ago across the English Channel while flying from Nantes to Cardiff, had been found in Guernsey on February 3.This was thanks to the efforts of a privately funded search team with marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns finding the plane in a matter of hours using sonar technology and remote-controlled submersibles.Now the Daily Mirror reports that the body found was taken to the Isle of Portland and would later be sent to the Dorset coroner with no further updates in regards to who it is being issued right now.The plane, on the hand, remains 67 metres underwater as the privately funded search team were unable to recover it due to the bad weather conditions.An AAIB spokesman said: “Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage.“The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Meanwhile, it’s since emerged that Nantes are demanding the £15m fee that they had agreed on with Cardiff City for the sale of Sala last month.This comes despite the fact that the Argentine striker had never got the opportunity to even play for his new club.💛sala💚🙏🏻😢I pray for your souls. I will not forget you. It was a player loved by a lot of fans. It is truly sad.#sala pic.twitter.com/2dQb6yJYOU— 🦓ͲϴᎷϴ🦓 (@gkjuventus) February 5, 2019last_img read more

first_imgPatancheru: Muthangi Sarpanch Upender Mudiraj on Sunday called upon NGOs and local leaders of various political parties to contribute to the provision of basic facilities in government schools. Speaking after Dalit leader Dandora Narsimha donated Rs 50,000 to local government primary school, he urged leaders in Muthangi to take up social service activities. The sarpanch pointed out those students of government schools were suffering due to lack of facilities. Upender pledged to take up social programmes in future, while pointing out that politics were not important for him and that he would focus attention on provision of facilities for people. Many prominent political leaders and teachers attended.last_img

first_imgYakutpura: The frustrated residents of Aman Nagar (B) in Talabkatta forced the Talabchanchalam division Corporator to inspect their areas and to complete all the pending civic works. Following heavy rains, the residents are not only facing problems like water logging, but even the pipelines, which supply drinking water are getting mixed with sewerage. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us According to locals, after many a complaints by the residents to the local Corporator Nasreen Sultana about the issues and pending works in area, she was forced to visit their areas and inspect all the pending works and also assured to complete all works. Several pending works in Aman Nagar (B) like the works of pipeline repairs and upgrading, applying new cement concrete roads and issues like polluted water in some houses, left unheeded and the complaints were neglected. After making many complaints over the pending works, the Corporator along with MLA and GHMC officials held inspection in the area. “We, the residents of this colony, have given many complaints to the Corporator about the sewerage overflow, polluted water and bad roads etc. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The works were started nearly two weeks ago and the roads were dugged-up for applying new CC road and since it was nearly two weeks, no further works were started,” said Abdul Azeem, a resident. Azeem also said that due to the digging of roads, residents were facing trouble and following continuous rainfall, the entire roads were filled with mud resulting in water logging. “We asked the officials to find out a solution for cleaning and clearing the road temporary of these hurdles, but they were ignored. This is nothing but complete negligence on the part of contractors, who left the problem unattended, while officials do not want to touch it,” he lamented. Advertise With Us One of the lanes in Aman Nagar (B) area has been sanctioned a new pipeline works and the works were started around 15 days back. While the works remain pending and roads are dugged up, the locals are facing problems,” said Mohammed Mohid, another resident. He also said that there were many pending works in the area and all the works were left in a similar fashion. The officials have to perform their duty and complete their works on time, he added. The residents in Aman Nagar (B) have also been receiving the contaminated water for the last eight days despite lodging many complaints and the issue remains neglected. “The water is being supplied is similar to sewerage water. It is pungent in odour and it cannot be used for any other purpose. We have small children at our homes and the water is not good for health. It is affecting the whole lane in area,” said Kareem, a resident. After several complaints, the Corporator inspected the area and she assured that the works would be completed soon. Hope the works would be complete as soon as possible, said Abdul Faheem. Meanwhile, the Corporator assured to resolve the issues faced by the Aman Nagar (B) residents and all pending works will be completed shortly. “As the rains continue to lash, the pending works like laying of CC roads were held up,” she added.last_img read more

first_imgRail Budget 2015: Railways to See ₹8.5 Lakh Crore Investment over Next Five Years, Says Rail MinisterPrime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s Rail Budget saying it is a forward looking, futuristic and passenger centric budget, having a combination of clear vision and a definite plan to achieve it.”#RailBudget2015 is a forward looking, futuristic & passenger centric budget, combining a clear vision & a definite plan to achieve it,” Modi tweeted after Prabhu presented his Budget for fiscal year 2015-16 on Thursday.He further tweeted calling this Rail Budget “a watershed moment for Railways,marking a paradigm shift from discussing coaches & trains to comprehensive railway reform”.”I am particularly delighted that for the 1st time there is a concrete vision for technology upgradation & modernisation of the Railways,” Modi said in his tweet.Rail Budget lays out a clear roadmap to make the Railways the key driver of India’s economic growth & playing a key role in India’s progress— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 20151:14 pm: We will transform the vision of Indian Railways.1:13 pm: IRCTC will work on Kisan Yatra, a special travel scheme.1:12 pm: Self employment particularly for women.Skill development and self employment to be encouraged on Konkan Rly model1:12 pm: A mechanism for making regulations, setting performance standards and tariffs to be setup1:11 pm: Stress on water harvesting system.1000MV Solar plants to be set-up by developers on Rly/Pvt. Land and on Rly Building at own cost1:07 pm: ₹2000 cr for Coastal Connectivity Program; ₹2500 cr through BOT/Annuity route. 1000 MW Solar plant; 100 DEMUs to dual fuel1:06 pm: Speedy construction of Railway lines to connect J&K 1:05 pm: Plan size increased by 52%; 41.6% GBS; 17.8% internal generation1:02 pm: Railways is resource-tight. We are limited to Finance Ministry for funds. We should be able to generate resource through PPP. 1:01 pm: Framework to facilitate private investment has been readied. Major public sector companies to help meet requirements of new lines12:59 pm: Expansion of Railway network in rural areas12:57 pm: Research centre at  IIT-BHU for Railway technology in the name of Madan Mohan Malaviya 12:54 pm: ₹6581 crore has been sanctioned for projects to ensure safety at 970 ROB or RUBs Corporate safety Plans; ISRO to be involved; 3438 level crossings to be eliminated, Railway expense increased by 2600%12:52 pm: Action plans will be ready by April to ensure safety at unmanned level crossings 12:50 pm: 9 hi-speed corridors, high speed trains, Make in India opportunities: Prabhu12:47 pm: Private freight terminals reviewing of Wagon Leasing Scheme, Special Freight Operator Train , Private Freight Terminal schemes under process; automatic freight rebate system launched and to be expanded: Prabhu12:46 pm: Railway connectivity for North Eastern State and J&K – ongoing process major thrust12:43 pm: Will stress on fast track highest priority works. Investment 84% higher; 77 new projects -Doubling, tripling/quadrupling/ electrification. Debottlenecking – traffic facility works – 100% more funds allocated: Prabhu12:42 pm: Wi-Fi services will be made available at 400 stations. Satellite terminals at 10 major cities12:38 pm: 67% more funds allotted for passenger amenities. ₹120 crore provided for lifts and escalators to facilitate movements. Train sets, saving 20% journey time within next 2 years12:37 pm: Lifts and escalators planned at special stations for elderly, differently-abled passengers and patientsWhere to Watch Rail Budget 2015 Live 12:36 pm: Will focus on interior and exterior design of coaches. NID is being consulted for designsCollaboration with NIFT and NID for better bed rolls, inner coach designs12:35 pm: Facility for online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens, differently-abled and patients at select stations. Food can be booked online with IRCTC services12:34 pm: SMS alert on mobile, customer portal promoting digital India campaign12:31 pm: Water vending machines will be installed in stations. Clean water will be available at low cost12:30 pm: Automatic ticket vending machines running on pilot basis at a few stations: Prabhu. Unreserved ticket purchase made simpler through smart phones and debit cards.12:29 pm: Nirbhaya Funds to be used to ensure safety of women passengers, 24-hour toll-free Helpline Number 182 to be started from 1 March to ensure Safety and Railways helpline number 138 will also be active.Surveillance cameras on select mainline and ladies compartments will be installed.12:27 pm: Railways is your travelling home, please keep it clean: Prabhu to passengers12:27 pm: Toilets facility needs improvement. vacuum toilets to be introduced: Prabhu12:26 pm: No fare hikes. Air-conditioned coaches for suburban trains. Now passengers will be able to book tickets 120 days in advance instead of 60 days Stress on cleanliness. We propose to create new department to keep our stations and trains clean: Prabhu12:52 pm: Bringing in transparency to ensure passengers do not have to go through troubles at stations: Prabhu12:23 pm: Need to harness the skills of our personnel with proper training: Prabhu12:22 pm: Will increase annual freight capacity from 1 billion to 1.5 billion : Prabhu12:21 pm: Will partner with multinational market and private sector for improving infrastructure sector: Prabhu12:20 pm: Will work closely with states for development of Indian Railways. We will increase investments in IR to create jobs: Prabhu12:19 pm: PM Narendra Modi’s Make in India, Swachh Bharat, Skill Development vision to be focused in Rail Budget: Prabhu12:18 pm: Goal 1 – Customer experience to receive a huge boost, Goal 2 – Safer Travel, Goal 3 -Modernise infrastructure; Goal 4- Indian Railways- Financially self-sustainable12:16 pm: Public transport needs to be made comfortable: Prabhu12:14 pm: “492 section of IR -running at a capacity of more than 100%; 228 running between 80-100%,” Ministry of Railways.12:13 pm: Chronic underinvestment has led to poor development of Indian Railways: Prabhu12:12 pm: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presents Rail Budget in Lok Sabha11:39 am: Prabhu reaches Parliament to present his maiden Rail Budget for the fiscal year 2015-1611:28 am: Prabhu leaves Rail Bhavan to present the Budget in Parliament#RailBudget2015 pic.twitter.com/pmM4t7JMNU— Money Bhaskar (@money_bhaskar) February 26, 201510:30 am: The budget will set the direction of long and difficult road of reform: Prabhu tells DD, hours before the Budget session10:24 am: Opposition said they will not allow the Rail Budget session to take place if Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu does not apologise for his remark10:22 am: Opposition parties have launched a protest against Naidu’s “self-introspect” comment on Congress. All the opposition parties have jointly complained to the SpeakerReferring to Rahul Gandhi’s leave for a few weeks to introspect on party’s political scenario, Naidu had asked Congress to “self-introspect” on its failure in politics one after the other. His comment had enraged the opposition parties10:09 am: New lines for Jammu & Kashmir is likely to be seen in Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu’s budget to be presented at around 12 pm on Thursday10:05 am: Prabhu is likely to announce launch of bullet trains and there is possibility of changes in fare of tatkal tickets, according to news reportsPutting the final touches to #RailBudget2015 : MR @sureshpprabhu.! pic.twitter.com/vCEDhz8lga— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 25, 2015Prabhu is all set to present BJP government’s first full-fledged Rail Budget for the fiscal year 2015-16, which will be influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative and Swachh Bharat Mission and may also focus on private investment to boost the revenues.The cash-strapped Railways is in great need of financial assistance to complete its pending projects. The Railways sanctioned ₹1,57,883 crore for 676 projects, of which only 317 have been completed and 359 lies pending. The remaining projects need a sum of ₹1,82,000 crore, reported PTI.In the wake of financial crunch within the Ministry, Prabhu has decided to introduce nearly 100 new trains this year, unlike every other financial year when it launches about 150 to 180 new trains.And some of the new trains that will be launched will be for the lines that are strategically crucial. It has also decided not to reduce the ticket fares this year despite lowering cost of fuel. In their maiden budget last year, Modi government increased the fares by 14.2% and freight by 6.5%.Read in Detail about 2015 Railway Budget”No fare reduction” might not come as good news for commuters, but no hike will sure come as relief for them all as the high prices at all sectors have already taken a toll on salaried class’ economical situation.The Ministry has taken all these measures to avoid the national transporter’s finances from shrinking further. Apart from making curtailment, the Railway Ministry has recommended new fund-raising models to give boost to revenues by introducing new trains carrying labels of popular brands and commercial products.Apart from that, a few trains will be named after big brands like Haldiram Express and Coca Cola Express. Prabhu may also propose to allow private investment in the Railways during the Rail Budget session on 26 February.Keeping with Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission, Prabhu will stress on bio-toilets on trains and stations while presenting the budget during the session.He will also try to live up to the “Make in India” initiative and announce plans for manufacturing coaches to run at a 200 km per hour speed at its Chennai facility. Rail Minister will also propose redevelopment of about 100 stations, converting empty spaces on stations into marketing complex.Modi’s IT-friendly vision is also said to influence the 2015-16 budget as Prabhu is planning introduction of Wi-FI services on trains and the use of radio-frequency identification to track wagons, coaches and locomotives.Prabhu is likely to introduce projects for solar-powered coaches, platforms and stations. Also, National Institute of Design (NID) is likely to be handed over the projects in order to improve the interiors of the coaches.(Source: PTI, Ministry of Railways & Reuters)last_img read more

first_img Listen X In 2014, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter penned a cover story predicting the Houston Astros would win the World Series three years later. At the time, the Astros were mired in consecutive 100-loss seasons and were the cellar dwellers of the major leagues.But the ball club had a plan, built on scouting, analytics, and a firm commitment to stay the course. Reiter got an inside look at how that plan was playing out, and, in 2017, his prediction was realized as the Astros became the champions of baseball.Reiter’s in town for an event with Brazos Bookstore to sign copies of his new book Astroball: The New Way to Win It All.In the audio above, he talks with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:20 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgPrintFriendly and PDF for Microsoft Edge by Martin Brinkmann on May 02, 2017 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – No commentsPrintFriendly and PDF is a new browser extension for Microsoft Edge which optimizes web pages for printing or PDF creation.When Microsoft announced extension support for its Edge browser, hopes were high that this would give the browser a much needed boost to close the productivity gap to Chrome or Firefox.The initial release in 2016, with the Anniversary Update, pushed a handful of extensions to the Store. Not a lot happened afterwards though; there was a trickle of new extensions that Microsoft published via the Windows Store, but nothing substantial and altogether less in the eight or so months since then, than what gets released for Chrome or Firefox in a couple of days.PrintFriendly and PDF for Microsoft EdgePrintFriendly and PDF for Microsoft Edge is the latest browser extension for Edge. It is a port of the popular Print Friendly extension for Chrome and Firefox.The extension supports several features that push it past Edge’s own Reading View feature which converts web pages to print friendly pages for better accessibility and printing.PrintFriendly and PDF offers that functionality, only better. The extension adds an icon to the menu on installation which you can click on to activate its functionality. You can move the icon from the menu to the main toolbar by right-clicking on it in the menu, and selecting the “show next to address bar” option.The extension cuts all the excess fat of the website in question when activated, so that you end up with the main article only in the end.It displays print, pdf and email buttons at the top, and hides its other functionality behind a menu icon.If you click on that, you may increase or decrease the text size of the article, and switch from displaying full size images to large/medium/small images, or no images at all.Another feature that PrintFriendly and PDF ships with is the ability to remove page elements. Simply hover the mouse cursor over an element, for instance an image, paragraph of text, or other data such as the page’s publication date, and hit the “click to delete” option that appears.The element is removed instantly from the page. Note that you can undo the changes that you make by clicking on menu and selecting the undo option that is displayed there.You may print what you see on the screen, or save the content to a PDF file instead. The only other option is to email the article to a recipient. The latter did not work during tests on the system I tried the extension on though.Closing WordsPrintFriendly and PDF extends Edge’s own Reader View mode by giving your more control over what is displayed on the screen. It is not really needed if you find Reader View satisfactory already.You may also use the bookmarklet that Print Friendly has created instead of installing the Edge extension. (via Deskmodder)Now You: Why are there so few browser extensions for Edge available? Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 6 votes Software Name PrintFriendly and PDFOperating System Windows 10Software Category ProductivityLanding Page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/app/9ndw7p49xrm2 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Staff of the Information Analysis Unit of the Public Security Secretariat have headed to the United States to receive specialized training.The training is part of the Mérida Initiative professionalization program on data processing, evidence and information. Officers were sent on the training session following an invitation from the Anti-Narcotic Affairs and Law Enforcement Section of the US Embassy in Mexico City.Officers attending the session are being trained on how to professionally and expertly deal with the processing of data, evidence and other information related to crimes and crime scenes.The four-day session is part of training strategies of the Public Security Secretariat headed by Rodolfo del Angel Campos, who says it’s important to have police better prepared, something that will benefit the state.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWelder, the line of oversized men’s watches from Italy, launched their K28 and K29 watches with 50 and 53 mm case sizes.K28 Auto Model 7200 & 7300 Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date with immediate adjustment Case: Steel, 50 mm. (IPB treatment on Model 7300) Dial: There are 2 superimposed black dials. Arabic numerals, silver index for Model 7200 and red index for Model 7300 Water resistant: 10 ATM Strap: rubber, black with steel plates, butterfly buckle. (IPB treatment on Model 7300) Model 7200 Retail price: $2600 and Model 7300 Retail price: $2780K28 Chrono Model 7000 & 7100 Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date with immediate adjustment Case: Steel, 50 mm. (IPB treatment for Model 7100) Dial: There are 2 superimposed black dials. Arabic numerals, white index and spheres. Model 7100 features red index. Water resistant: 10 ATM Strap: rubber, black with steel plates, butterfly buckle. (IPB treatment on Model 7100) Model 7000 Retail price: $2050 and Model 7100 Retail price: $2210K29 Chrono Case: Steel, 53 mm Dial: black (model 8001) silver (model 8000) or red (model 8002) Spheres and index black, silver or red Water resistant: 10 ATM Strap: rubber, black Retail price: $1660.www.welderamerica.comlast_img read more

first_imgAN 18-year-old fan was banned on Wednesday from attending Apollonas football games for the next year and a half after he was found guilty by Limassol district court for violence during a match.He had been arrested on September 24, 2016 outside Tsirio stadium in Limassol during a rowdy match between local side Ael and Apollonas.During Wednesday’s  session, the court decided to ban him from attending any future games of his team, Apollonas for the next 18 months and to paid a two year guarantee of €2,000.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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