Naveen cancels brewery project in Dhenkanal

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday cancelled the setting up of a brewery plant in Dhenkanal district where hundreds of trees were felled despite strong protests by the villagers.Mr. Patnaik took the decision based on the recommendations of Revenue Divisional Commissioner D.V. Swamy, who probed the felling of trees in Jhinkargadi forest.“Based on the factual report, the allocation of bottling plant may be cancelled and alternative site may be provided. Unnecessary felling of trees may be stopped forthwith, and immediate plantation should be taken up,” Mr. Swamy noted in his report submitted to the government.The government went back on its decision following a massive public outcry.Mr. Patnaik had himself performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the ₹102-crore project, which was to be set up by P&A Bottlers Private Limited, on November 3. The plant was to come up on 12 acres of forestland in Jhinkargadi. In a throwback to the Chipko movement of the 1970s, women of Balarampur village successfully thwarted the tree-felling bid by the Dhenkanal district administration on November 7 by embracing the trees.On November 17, the administration descended on the scene with hordes of police personnel and chased away the villagers who were putting up a stiff resistance to save the trees. Even then, more than 500 trees were felled.The images of women clasping the trees had then gone viral and condemnation of the police high-handedness poured in from all parts of the globe. Activists and citizens had rushed to Balarampur to give moral support to the villagers.“Although our resistance was a small one, it never lacked the determination. We welcome the Chief Minister’s decision to cancel the project. Now, we want the government to declare Jhinkargadi forest a prohibited zone for all non-forest use,” said Sushanta Kumar Dhala, Secretary, Balarampur Gramya Parichalana Parishad.Balarampur villagers, who had congregated at Jhinkargadi forest to intensify their agitation against the project, celebrated their victory on Monday by taking out a procession in the village.last_img read more

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ICC may have two World T20s instead of Champions Trophy

first_imgAt present, India holds the hosting rights for the next Champions Trophy in 2021. File photo of Indian skipper Virat Kohli walks past the Trophy 2017.   –  Reuters cricket The International Cricket Council (ICC) is mulling with the idea of scrapping the Champions Trophy and hosting two World T20 Cups in the four-year cycle, chief executive David Richardson said today.India, who holds the hosting rights for the next Champions Trophy in 2021, were thrashed by Pakistan by 180 runs in the finals at The Oval last Sunday. The event received huge response from global audience as millions tuned in to catch the action of the stunning final in television.However, Richardson said there is no guarantee that there will be another Champions Trophy in 2021 and the issue will be discussed during this week’s ICC annual conference at The Oval. “What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens,” Richardson told reporters via telephone on the eve of the ICC’s annual conference in London. “At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021. Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20.”The ICC CEO said World T20s could involve upto 20 teams in future. “The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give opportunities to more teams. “A 16-team World T20 — even a 20-team World T20 — down the line is something that we would like to look at. With a 10-team World Cup we’re hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole. “It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward,” he added. COMMENTS 2/2 COMMENT File photo of ICC CEO David Richardson.   –  PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL ICC CEO David Richardson said World T20s could involve upto 20 teams in future.center_img SHARE June 20, 2017 × 1/2 File photo of ICC CEO David Richardson.   –  PTI Published on At present, India holds the hosting rights for the next Champions Trophy in 2021. File photo of Indian skipper Virat Kohli walks past the Trophy 2017.   –  Reuterslast_img read more

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AI brings needed autonomy to unmanned spacecraft

first_img EdwardThirlwall says: 1 thought on “AI brings needed autonomy to unmanned spacecraft” Continue Reading Previous Cervoz 3D NAND SSD product line in 2019Next congatec shows next generation embedded vision computing at Japan IoT/M2M Expo Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram “In times to come, we are bound to see that it becomes a norm for various technologies to gather forces in order to achieve one huge success. Without one or the other, an eventual result might not be able to be realized. It usually takes 2 or more processe Log in to Reply Spacecraft autonomy has been primarily a collection of logic-based algorithms designed to respond to a set of circumstances that can be defined (or at least bounded) a priori. This type of artificial intelligence (AI) has worked well when the inputs to the algorithms fall within the pre-defined mission scope, allowing the pre-built logic statements to generate the appropriate response ahead of time.Today’s increasingly ambitious mission requirements are demanding higher levels of autonomy and greater navigational precision from spacecraft, requiring more than logic-based AI. High-precision space navigation to small comets and asteroids; entry, descent and landing (EDL) on moons and planets; and, rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) with both cooperative and uncooperative targets all need sensing and perception capabilities provided by vision-based systems. Traditionally the development of these technologies have fallen within the domain of the public sector, but today the private sector is participating actively by driving progress in vision-based technologies such as autonomous satellite servicing, lunar landing, and research in vision-based AI and machine learning. Editor’s Note: This article is part of an AspenCore Special Project that provides designers with a look at the technologies and design practices needed for creating space-worthy electronic designs. Despite the increasing popularity of vision-based sensing systems, developing them has traditionally been costly and resource intensive. The algorithms used to translate a raw image into data for vehicle control are developed by a niche group of engineers with specialized area expertise. Verification and validation of these algorithms can involve complex physical testbeds featuring robots moving on tracks toward physical scale models of approach targets such as spacecraft and asteroids. In some cases, the testbeds are even flown in orbit before the technology is deployed on its intended mission.Once the algorithms are developed and validated by test, implementation onto production hardware is complicated by the need to optimize the available on-board processing resources, which are often limited by the availability of computing hardware that can survive the hostile radiation environment of space. As part of this optimization, it is common for portions of the algorithms to be distributed between FPGAs and computer processors. This split though can increase both design complexity and the number of engineering specializations required. NASA’s Raven is an on-orbit testbed for developing vision-based sensing systems for relative navigation. It is shown here deployed on the International Space Station. (Image courtesy of NASA) However, change is brewing. The ongoing private space race, which is disrupting many space-related technologies, is also driving down the cost of developing relative navigation capabilities. Competitions like the Google Lunar XPRIZE have motivated new companies to develop extraterrestrial landing technology at substantially lower cost than was previously possible.How is this being accomplished? Companies are using higher-level languages such as MATLAB and Simulink for algorithm development. This approach enables their algorithm design engineers to focus on developing the high-level application rather than spending time reinventing lower-level image processing routines, which are now available off the shelf. These higher-level languages also enable rapid prototyping of candidate algorithms, which can be integrated with existing guidance, navigation, and controls models for early system-level validation. Using these languages with Model-Based Design also allows software and hardware development engineers to automatically generate code for embedded deployment on both processors and FPGAs, and create test benches for system verification. Image processing techniques such as segmentation can be done in MATLAB without reinventing established methods. (Space vehicle image courtesy of NASA) >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EDN: “AI and machine learning: Shaking up the space industry.” April 30, 2019 at 1:36 am last_img read more

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‘Man City will win the Champions League’

first_imgPremier League Man City will dominate the Premier League and win the Champions League – Sagna Chris Burton 23:42 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Premier League Manchester City UEFA Champions League The former Blues defender believes Pep Guardiola’s side are considerably better than their domestic rivals, with European glory now a matter of time Manchester City are set to dominate Premier League competition for years to come, says Bacary Sagna, with Champions League success also only a matter of time.The Blues captured the English top-flight crown in record-breaking style during the 2017-18 campaign , becoming the first side to hit the fabled 100-point mark.Pep Guardiola’s side also lifted the Carabao Cup, with domestic rivals left trailing in their wake as major silverware returned to the Etihad Stadium . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Sagna believes there will be plenty more honours to come, at home and abroad, with City comfortably clear of the chasing pack in the league and ready to stake a serious claim for continental glory.The former Blues defender told Sky Sports : “Yeah, they will [dominate] – and for a long time because they are based on young players.“Most of them are 22, 23 and they are building a team to last for the five years coming. I think they are going to achieve well.“To me, they’re going to be champions for a few years in a row. I think they are even going to win the Champions League.“It’s going to be a big statement from the club because 10 years ago it was very small and it has changed a lot.“This season I was amazed by the way they played against big teams, how they played in every single competition and by the way they reached 100 points.“It’s not done by every single team but they did and they have no limits and a manager who will push them.“He wants them to give the maximum and he wants to get the best out of every single player. To me, they are going to be flying.”That is an ominous message for those hoping to chase down City heading into 2018-19.Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal will all harbour aspirations of being in the title mix next season, with the summer transfer window presenting them with an opportunity to strengthen their respective ranks.Guardiola is, however, likely to dip into the market himself and further enhance a side which finished 19 points clear of their closest challengers in 2017-18. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Madagascar youth actor finds his own circle of friends at StoryBook Theatre

first_imgStoryBook Theatre likes to move it, move it.In each season, including the company’s current one, there are always old standbys like The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Huck Finn and Charlie Brown but artistic director JP Thibodeau is always looking for the latest family shows.This is the case with Madagascar A Musical Adventure which is running in the Beddington Arts Centre until Nov. 11. Login/Register With: Advertisement It’s a new family friendly musical version of the 2005 DreamWorks animated feature Madagascar, which featured the voices of Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett. It tells the story of a quartet of animals who break out of New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on their way to the jungle in Madagascar ruled by Sacha Baron Cohen’s Julian, king of the lemurs.There they learn to move it, move it. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Israeli warplanes strike Hamas base in Gaza witnesses

first_imgGaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) Israeli warplanes attacked a Hamas base in Gaza Strip, eyewitness said, shortly after an Israeli man was shot dead by a Gazan sniper while working on the border fence.The planes fired at a Hamas training facility in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, with two more strikes reported east of Gaza City and another in the centre of the Palestinian enclave.last_img

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Convoy begins trek to Ottawa from Red Deer

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A pro-pipeline convoy started its four-day journey Thursday morning in Red Deer at Gorts Car Wash.The United We Roll Convoy for Canada is planning for around 100 trucks from Alberta and Saskatchewan as a core, to embark on the long drive to Ottawa, hoping to gain momentum along the way.RELATED: Indigenous pro-oil rally in Alberta stresses energy industry is vital for them“The goal is we’ve got trucks that are going to join us for as much of the trip as they can, you know, whether that’s city to city, or border to border, or whatever that might be, just you know much like a Terry Fox run, just to join when they can,” said Glen Carrit, the Lead Convoy Organizer.“Every peaceful, respectful Canadian is welcome, whether you wear a yellow vest, or blue coveralls, or a black hard hat, as long as you’re respectful and peaceful than your welcome. The radicals of any of those groups are not welcome.”Carrit says they are travelling in hopes that they will have their voices heard.WATCH: Truck convoy heads to Ottawa READ MORE: Pro-pipeline convoy to ‘wake up’ federal government to western Canada’s energy concerns“About how disappointed we are in the current government and we want Bill C-48, C-69 abolished, carbon tax and pipelines to have immediate action to be put in the ground,” he said.The plan is to arrive at Parliament Hill on February 19 and stage a rally.We are at the meeting spot in Red Deer. Trucks are gathering between 6 and 8. There is one truck here but it’s hard to say if it’s just waiting or part of the convoy. A bus has also showed up, likely for people are going and don’t have a truck ride. It’s minus 40 with WC. pic.twitter.com/gbkA6t6J9a— Jon Muma (@jonmuma) February 14, 2019 read more

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Israel must allow full access for aid and supplies to rehabilitate Gaza

27 January 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official today called on Israel to immediately open up crossing points into Gaza for full access for massive relief aid and reconstruction supplies following its devastating three-week offensive against Hamas militants. “Israel has a particular responsibility as the occupying power in this context, because of its control of Gaza’s borders with Israel, to respect the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told the Security Council in a report on his just-completed visit to Gaza, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “It is therefore critical that new steps are taken immediately by the Israeli authorities to move to the sustained re-opening of crossing points,” he said, stressing that improving the living conditions of Gaza’s 1.5 million people was vital to avoid further despair and undermining the two-state diplomatic solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict.As he did frequently during the assault Israel launched on 27 December with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, Mr. Holmes meted out blame to both sides in the conflict. “The reckless and cynical use of civilian installations by Hamas, and the indiscriminate firing of rockets against civilian populations, are clear violations of international humanitarian law,” he said. However, even taking into account Israel’s security concern to protect its own civilian population, it is clear that there are major questions to be asked about the failure of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) to protect effectively civilians and humanitarian workers in Gaza.“Given the scale and nature of the damage and loss of life, there are also obvious concerns about a lack of wider respect for international humanitarian law, particularly the principles of distinction and proportionality. There must be accountability.”Mr. Holmes cited the toll of the conflict: some 1,300 Palestinians killed, and more than 5,300 injured, 34 per cent of them children, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health figures that have not been seriously challenged; 21,000 homes destroyed or badly damaged; over 50,000 people displaced in UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) structures during the height of the fighting, with tens of thousands more sheltering with families and friends.“Widespread destruction was caused to Gaza’s economic and civil infrastructure,” he said. “I saw for example, an entire industrial and residential area in East Jabalia which had been systematically bulldozed, an area of at least one square kilometre; one of the best schools in Gaza reduced to rubble; and much of the Al Quds hospital in Gaza City burned out.”But he stressed the critical need to look forward to bring urgent relief to Gaza after 18 months of closure, which steadily weakened health, livelihoods and infrastructure even before the recent offensive.“A massive humanitarian effort is now needed in areas such as food security, nutrition, water and sanitation, shelter, essential repairs of power, roads and other basic infrastructure, rebuilding the health system, rubble removal, unexploded ordnance and psychosocial care. As only one example, 1.3 million Gazans, almost 90 per cent of the population, now need food aid,” he said, noting that he would launch a Flash Appeal on 2 February.He told journalists afterwards that the appeal would amount to several hundred millions of dollars, adding that members of the Council who spoke during later consultations were very focused on the need for urgent action and the full opening of the crossing points. Much freer access for goods and staff is needed, Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the 15-member body. While Israel has allowed increased shipments of basic commodities with 120 truckloads getting in on good days, the normal daily requirement is a minimum of 500. Many humanitarian workers continue to be refused regular entry.If aid workers continue to face rigid limits on their movement and essential items such as construction materials, pipes, electrical wires and transformers are kept out, the lives of the Gazan people cannot significantly improve, he said.The Under-Secretary-General also emphasized that Hamas must refrain from any interference with the movement or distribution of humanitarian goods, noting that reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, which it ousted from Gaza in 2007, would best facilitate relief and recovery activities.“The people of Gaza have continued to exist in what is effectively a giant open-air prison, without normality or dignity. Their lives have been put at risk recklessly by indiscriminate rocket attacks from their midst, which have also killed, injured and traumatized Israeli civilians in Southern Israel. They have now endured a terrifying assault, and must live with its devastating aftermath,” he concluded. “This is not sustainable or acceptable. It can only lead to more despair, suffering, death and destruction in the coming years, and perhaps fatally undermine the two-state solution we all seek,” he added, referring to the Roadmap plan for Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace.“It must therefore be in the long term interests of all parties, including Israel, to ease conditions for the people of Gaza, by opening the crossings, facilitating the provision of assistance, and allowing them to live, work and hope again.” Addressing the same Council session before it adjourned for consultations, the head of the UN senior UN refugee official in the region cited the apparent systematic destruction of schools, universities, residential buildings, factories, shops and farms. “Every Gazan projects a sense of having stared death in the face,” UNRWA Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd said.“There is rage against the attackers for often failing top distinguish between military targets and civilians and there is also resentment against the international community for having allowed first the siege and then the war to go on for so long,” she added, calling for political action to end the occupation and peacefully resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported that all crossings were closed today as a result of an Israeli soldier being killed. For its part, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is currently assessing damage and preparing a plan for reconstruction, focusing on rubble removal, agriculture, water and sanitation, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing essential educational equipment and materials to help restore a sense of normalcy for youngsters. In northern Gaza, UNICEF tents are serving as temporary learning spaces for girls. read more

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Air Canada may resume Venezuela flights if outstanding issues addressed

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it may resume flights to Venezuela that were suspended in March, if outstanding issues are addressed.However, the airline on Monday denied a published report in Venezuela that said the carrier has informed the government of its intention to resume scheduled service.Air Canada says it will consider resuming operations if issues such as the payment of funds from ticket revenues are addressed by the South American country.The Montreal-based airline was one of several global carriers that suspended flights, citing on-going civil unrest that prevented it from ensuring the safety of its operations.An international association representing global airlines says US$1.4 billion of revenues are being held by the government in breach of international treaties.International capacity to and from the country is down 49% from peak levels last year and 36 per cent from last summer.Prior to the suspension of flights, Air Canada operated three return flights weekly between Toronto and the Venezuelan capital. read more

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Nova Scotia ends fiscal 201415 with lower deficit higher expenses than forecast

HALIFAX – The final books for fiscal 2014-15 saw the Nova Scotia government register a $143.7 million deficit — a figure $135.3 million lower than forecast in the 2014 budget.The Finance Department, which released financial statements Thursday for the fiscal year that ended March 31, said the improvement was largely due to reduced departmental expenses and increased income and sales taxes.Government revenue was $172.5 million higher than budgeted mainly due to $110 million from the so-called prior year adjustment.The money is the province’s share of federal tax revenues from previous years that are finally paid out.Finance Minister Randy Delorey acknowledged that the figure is largely beyond the control of his department, which can only make a best guess when it tables any budget. He pointed out that in the previous fiscal year the government received $250 million less than it had estimated.“We must forecast and model as best we can and we must continue to be diligent in those items that are largely within our control,” said Delorey.However, total expenses were up $92.7 million from the budget estimate, partly due to an increase in spending in some departments and $131.5 million in extra costs for things such as snow clearing and environmental cleanups.Progressive Conservative finance critic Tim Houston said it’s clear the finances would have been worse without the extra money from Ottawa.Houston said he’d like to see the finances improving because of an improved economy.“That’s not the case,” he said. “We are seeing the finances improving because of a windfall.”Acting NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald also picked up the theme and questioned whether the government’s fiscal direction is sustainable. She said the Liberals have chosen to hold off on things such as opening more long-term care beds and filling vacant government positions.“At some point you have to bite the bullet around that,” said MacDonald.But Delorey, who was only appointed to his portfolio in last week’s cabinet shuffle, said he believes the government’s fiscal plan is working.“There is still a lot of work to be done to get to a balanced budget, however we are confident we are on the right track,” he said.The government forecasted a deficit of $97.6 million for 2015-16 in its budget tabled in April. Nova Scotia ends fiscal 2014-15 with lower deficit, higher expenses than forecast by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2015 7:56 am MDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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California commits to getting half its electricity from renewable energy in 15

by Michael R. Blood And Judy Lin, The Associated Press Posted Oct 6, 2015 9:27 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email California commits to getting half its electricity from renewable energy in 15 years LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California’s climate-change goals on Wednesday, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.Brown tried for an even stronger measure that also would have enforced a 50 per cent drop in petroleum use by 2030, but was defeated by oil interests. He called that a short-term setback, and insisted that the world needs to wean itself off fossil fuels as quickly as possible.“What has been the source of our prosperity now becomes the source of our ultimate destruction, if we don’t get off it. And that is so difficult,” Brown said at a signing ceremony at the hilltop Griffith Observatory, overlooking the haze of downtown Los Angeles.California already has some of the world’s toughest air quality standards, and set a mandate in 2006 to derive a third of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal by 2020. State regulators say they already hit 25 per cent last year, as huge solar farms sprouted in the desert and towering windmills went up along mountain passes.“It’s monumental,” said Alex Jackson, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defence Council. “For an economy the size of California to commit to getting half of its power needs from renewable energy resources, I think, is a game changer.”Few question whether the new goal of 50 per cent is achievable by 2030, but critics worry that the complex regulations needed to speed the transition from fossil fuels will add unknown costs for consumers and businesses.Republican state Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber predicts more expensive “energy, food and all things that require abundant affordable energy to produce and transport, particularly hurting those California families least able to afford it.”Just how California will meet the new goal isn’t clear. The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, left the details to the state’s Air Resources Board, Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission. These boards are led mostly by gubernatorial appointees and have broad influence over economic life.California’s utilities favoured the measure. They mostly use natural gas, nuclear energy and some coal, but solar, wind, geothermal and biomass are growing sources of electricity, and regulators are expected to allow them to pass some costs of the transition on to consumers.The new law also encourages utilities to expand by building many more charging stations for electric vehicles, and provides for fines or penalties if utilities don’t meet the goals.Supporters say Californians can keep saving money through rebates and subsidies as they purchase electric vehicles, replace inefficient light bulbs and appliances, and install solar panels or double-paned windows.Brown, a Democrat, began this year with a vow to push the most aggressive greenhouse-gas emissions benchmark in North America. He took his campaign around the world, even meeting with the pope in July.But he lost a key political battle among moderate Democrats in Sacramento amid intense lobbying by the oil industry, which financed a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign that raised fears of job losses if cuts in petroleum use were imposed.Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association, said petroleum remains a “safe, reliable and affordable” energy source and that the state already requires clean-burning fuels.Some lawmakers were willing to accept forced cuts in petroleum use if the Legislature could have more power over the Air Resources Board, which has been implementing the greenhouse gas emissions law.But Brown refused to give up what he sees as his executive authority.Both houses are controlled by Democrats, but on Wednesday, Brown squarely accused Republicans of failing to do enough to reverse global warming. He recalled that Ronald Reagan was California’s governor when the state created the Air Resources Board in response to the Los Angeles smog, and that President Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act.“That was a time when Republicans really got it. We hope they are going to come back to the good old days of Reagan and Nixon, when people cared about clean air and clean water,” he said.California’s new goal builds on landmark legislation signed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, which laid the groundwork for the first U.S. program to set up a cap-and-trade emissions system, aiming to reduce pollutants to 1990 levels by 2020.That program, second only to the European Union’s in size, enables polluters to buy and sell credits on a market, generating billions in revenues since the state held its first carbon auction in 2012.Businesses will pay an estimated $2 billion in the current budget year to help fund mass transportation including a planned high-speed rail system and pay for appliance rebate programs, building upgrades and forestry and wetland conservation.Opponents say all this raises costs for consumers, but supporters say initial fears of economic harm have not come true. California’s economy is relatively healthy, with an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent in August. That’s above the 5.1 per cent national average, but the lowest it’s been since January 2008. California Gov. Jerry Brown, sitting center, surrounded by government officials, signs landmark legislation, bill SB350 by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, third from left, to combat climate change by increasing the state’s renewable electricity use to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030 at a ceremony at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) read more

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Displaced Iraqis face mounting difficulties as fighting continues between Government forces and

According to a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection of Refugees, Volker Turk, recently returned to Geneva from a trip to Iraq, where 114,000 have recently been displaced from the city of Ramadi, in Anbar province, as fighting between Government forces and extremists intensified. Of the total, around 54,000 have gone to Baghdad, 15,000 to Sulaimaniyah in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, 2,100 to Babylon and around 900 to Diyala. Around 39,000 of those displaced remain in Anbar, with many unable to move further afield.Inside Anbar, internally displaced people (IDPS) seek shelter wherever they can find it, in places such as Khalidiya and Amriyat Al Fallujah, southeast of Fallujah, where they stay with relatives and host families or seek shelter in mosques and schools. Overcrowding is a major issue and in one community centre in Al Habaniya, people displaced from previous waves of violence shared space with new arrivals; in some cases as many as four families share a single tent.“We are also concerned about the processing arrangements in place at the Bzabz Bridge – a series of pontoons across the Euphrates River, about 65 kilometres west of Baghdad, which marks the boundary between Anbar and the capital,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists. “We are also liaising with the Iraqi authorities, advocating for them to ease restrictions on the movement of people to safe areas.”People waiting on the Anbar side had no shelter and faced worsening conditions. The newly displaced were exhausted and anxious to move on to more secure locations. Some people had walked for miles without food and water.“While more people have been able to move into Baghdad in recent days, reports overnight suggest many displaced people are now waiting in Diyala trying to cross into the Kurdistan region of Iraq,” Mr. Edwards said.UNHCR has distributed mattresses, blankets, kitchen utensils, hygiene sets, fans and coolers to 8,000 people in Ameriyat Al Fallujah and Baghdad in recent days, with more distribution to another 12,000 people underway.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) said the agency has provided food assistance to around 60,000 people fleeing Ramadi. She added that continued relief efforts would require financial support from the international community because $250 million was needed for emergency operations between now and September for emergency operations and logistics. read more

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Ohio State defense strives to be best in America

As the Buckeyes football team put spring practice behind them, players and coaches know they have much to improve upon in the coming months before the 2012 season kicks off. Although the team was ruled ineligible for a bowl game this coming season and have no championships to chase, players said that hasn’t made them any less motivated. “All we’re thinking about is beating everybody that comes into the ‘Shoe and wherever we go,” sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said. “We just want to win every game. That’s our plan.” Players said the initial news of their team’s ineligibility was frustrating, but when word came that new coach Urban Meyer was taking the reigns, their focus began to shift. “Everyone was pretty down about the whole thing,” sophomore cornerback Doran Grant said. “We thought first all that stuff (from the previous season), now this? But Coach Meyer came in and gave us a plan and we just took off with it.” And that plan, according to players, involved winning. One of the newest addition to Ohio State football practices has been the winner and loser days, where every drill is either counted as a win, or a loss for the offense and defense. “It’s really competitive out there,” senior cornerback Travis Howard said. “Our goal is to compete every practice and win every play.” And the increased competition has made an impression on the defensive players, who want to get back to the hard-nosed “Silver Bullet” defense OSU has been known for in years past. “We kind of fell off a bit last year,” Howard said. “But everybody has come back strong, has the right mentality and the right attitude. We’re ready to take on that role of a ‘Silver Bullet’ defense again at Ohio State. It’s definitely our time this year.” Roby said he is confident that will be the case in 2012. “We’re going to be so much better this year, it’s going to be crazy,” he said. “We just have to take in the competition and work on making plays.” But in order to achieve that “Silver Bullet” title, cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said the team needs to “tighten up the details.” “It’s the small things,” Coombs said. “We’ve got to tighten up our fundamentals. We’re getting a lot of plays at game speed, and when that happens, a lot of fundamentals get exposed. We need to overcome that and sharpen the sword a little bit.” But despite those mistakes, Coombs said he couldn’t be happier with his team. “Nobody is practicing harder than we are,” Coombs said. “I think (the team) just individually and collectively wants to be the best they can be, and that’s just very impressive to me. It makes it very exciting to come to work everyday.” Grant and his teammates have the bar set high. “We’re just trying to be B.I.A.,” he said. “Best in America.” read more

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India can beat Australia – Chopra

Australia v India, 2nd semi-final, Women’s World Cup, DerbyIndia have a “50-50” chance of beating defending champions Australia in the Women’s World Cup semi-final on Thursday, an opinion the former India captain Anjum Chopra insists isn’t merely the “hope” of a positive outcome. Chopra has been closely following the fortunes of Mithali Raj’s team as a commentator, but concedes Australia’s superior experience and pedigree will be a factor going into the clash.Australia have won six of the 10 World Cup tournaments prior to this and hold an overwhelming 34-8 win-loss record against India in ODIs. Since the last World Cup in 2013, India have won just one of their four ODIs against Australia. In the group stages of this edition, Australia won six of their seven games while India won five.“Yes, I think India can beat Australia,” Chopra told ESPNcricinfo from London. “When I say that, I am not just being hopeful that India should be in a final. The reason I say that is, I’ve always felt that anytime you get into a quarter-final or a semi-final, there’s always one match that as a team you need to play well together, even if they are the current world champions.“Definitely they are a beatable side. Yes they have been world champions often, so they’ve seen themselves as an Australian team in this situation many more times than the Indian team. So yes, the confidence is there, they know how to come to this stage and how to conquer this stage, which will apparently be missing in the Indian line-up.”One of India’s major concerns going into the game will be the sharp decline in the form of their opener Smriti Mandhana. Mandhana, who turned 21 on Tuesday, started the tournament with scores of 90 and 106*, helping the team secure wins over England and West Indies, but has subsequently been dismissed for 2, 8, 4, 3 and 13. India do have the option to promote 19-year old Deepti Sharma, a specialist opener who has been playing in the middle order, but Chopra believes such a move could only have been contemplated had Deepti been tested in the role in the group stages.“Against an Australian line-up where Smriti as an attacking left-hander will be required to come good at the top, I don’t think the Indian team will be looking at that change,” she said. “As players, we have seen ourselves go in and out of form. In the last four days, the Indian team would have had the time to relax, if required, or go and hit the nets. I think four days is good enough time for any cricketer to make that turnaround. At the top, that strong partnership that India can come up with it, like they did against England, I think that will be very crucial.”While Mandhana’s form has tapered off, her opening partner Punam Raut has been consistently providing solidity to the top order. Raut is, in fact, second behind captain Mithali Raj among India’s leading run-getters in the tournament and made a hundred against Australia in the league stage. India will also be encouraged by the contributions of Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy, who struck half-centuries in their final game of the league phase, a must-win encounter against New Zealand.“At this level, it is a mental game,” Chopra said. “It is not just about realising that you are playing for India, it’s about making your presence felt that you are an Indian player, where the world is actually watching and following you. Veda, of course, has good shots down the ground, she has the power to clear the field as well. You just have to make sure that as a player you give yourself enough time to get yourself in such a position that you can play in an attacking way. Harman, too, wasn’t getting enough time out in the middle, she got it against New Zealand and she really made it count.”Although Australia are brimming with skilled players, the biggest threat to India will come from their captain, Meg Lanning. Though Lanning has missed two matches due to shoulder problems, she is still among the top run-scorers of the tournament. In fact, she made a serene, unbeaten 76 to guide her team to a comfortable win in their league encounter against India. Chopra reckons while Lanning is a big thorn in India’s flesh, they have to be wary of the threat from other players, too.“She is a world-class batter, there is no doubt about her ability to lead the team,” Chopra said. “She has been a prolific run-getter for Australia, someone you as a spectator would like to pay money to watch. She is so good, playing front foot or back foot, fast-bowling or spin, she provides class to her batting. But I think a very important factor here is also Ellyse Perry. She’s been batting at No. 3 or 4 for Australia. Remember the partnerships she’s been stitching together with Lanning or whoever else she has been batting with.”India’s bowling tactics for this make-or-break encounter will also be carefully watched. India’s spin bowlers have taken 36 wickets in the tournament so far, while the seamers have taken just 13. Considering their area of strength, could India contemplate opening their attack with an off-spinner, especially as Australia’s opening pair of Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney are both left-handed?Chopra isn’t sold on the idea and says any strategy India employ will rely heavily on how well they do with the bat, if they win the toss and take first strike.“All these tactics will come into play if the Indian team is able to put up a good score in excess of 250-260 on the board and then come out defending it,” she said. “I am not a big fan of bowling the second over in English conditions with a spinner, no matter what the wicket is like. I still feel in these conditions the first few overs should be bowled by the quicks. In women’s cricket, only one ball is used throughout the innings, so the shine of the ball can only be utilised in those initial overs, not later.”If India do get past Australia, it will be their second entry into a World Cup final. Chopra was a member of the team that reached the final in 2005, losing to Australia by 98 runs in Centurion. After a lifetime in the game, including an international career spanning 17 years, she is enthused by the positive vibes around women’s cricket at the moment and confesses to being pleasantly surprised at the scale of interest.“It is wonderful to see the response back home,” she said. “I have to confess I never expected it. I knew it would be a very big coverage before the start of the World Cup or before the build-up but the way the response has come about, I think it is phenomenal. The reason is the Indian team is winning and also that the men aren’t playing a series presently! Even the men’s cricketers, their support coming in the form of tweets, with encouraging words to the players, it has been phenomenal.” (ESPNCricinfo) Gaurav Kalra is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMagical Kohli steers India to massive win and into semis – Australia knocked out of ICC T20March 27, 2016In “Sports”Windies gain automatic qualification for T20 World CupJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news”Harmanpreet, Mandhana named captains of women’s exhibition T20May 15, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Caterpillar announces full line of mining shovels and expanding mine truck capacity

first_imgCaterpillar is putting in place a series of investments that, over the next four years, will significantly enhance its position as a leading supplier to the global mining industry. The company will produce a full range of mining shovels, ranging from a 125-t model through an 800-t model. More details on this will be published in International Mining’s surface mining developments article in the August issue.Caterpillar has selected its manufacturing facility in Aurora, Illinois, for initial production of the new product range and is conducting a study of additional production sources in other parts of the world. In early 2011, Caterpillar will begin pilot production of the new 125-t class shovel. The first commercial shovels produced in Aurora are expected to be available later in 2011. The larger shovels are planned for commercial availability beginning in 2013 and through 2014.This range will give customers a direct match for loading Caterpillar’s industry leading mining trucks-from the 100-t class 777F through the 400-t class 797F. The Aurora facility also produces Caterpillar’s largest wheel loaders, which are an alternative method for truck loading.“As we discuss solutions with our global mining customers, it’s clear they want a complete line of Caterpillar shovels to best match the full range of Caterpillar trucks operating at their mines,” said Chris Curfman, President of Caterpillar Global Mining.The company is also accelerating previously announced capacity expansion plans for trucks in Decatur, Illinois, with additional capacity expected to come on line beginning in 2011. The expansion in Decatur will increase truck capacity at the facility by nearly 30%. Decatur produces Caterpillar’s largest mining trucks, including the 797F.In addition, Caterpillar plans to increase capacity for 60 and 100-t trucks at its existing manufacturing facility near Chennai, India. The capacity expansion would more than double truck production capabilities in India. The expansion for its 100-t 777D and 60-t 773E trucks in India should be completed by early 2012.“The increased production in India and Decatur will better position the company to serve our mining customers in every region of the world, with a particular focus on the growing demand and customer base in the emerging markets of Asia and in Russia,” Curfman added.Combined, the long-term shovel development program and added truck capacity represent investments of nearly $700 million in Caterpillar mining products through 2014.Caterpillar is also updating the status of its new electric-drive mining trucks. The company currently has pilot units of its 345-t 795F AC truck at customer sites for final evaluation, with commercial production set to begin in late 2010. Initial interest in the new Cat 795F AC trucks (see truck article in the left hand column on this page) has been strong, and the company has increased its planned build rate for 2011 by more than 40% to meet demand in all major mining markets throughout the world.In early 2012, the company also plans to produce pilot units of the 793F AC truck with a 240-t payload. Both the 793F AC and 795F AC will complement Caterpillar’s full range of mechanical drive trucks.“For generations, customers have relied on Caterpillar products, along with the service support of our global dealer network, to give them the lowest owning and operating costs over the life of a machine,” said Caterpillar Chief Executive Officer-Elect Doug Oberhelman. “In today’s globally competitive environment, our customers are counting on that level of reliability, durability and support more than ever. This investment of nearly $700 million demonstrates our commitment to Caterpillar mining customers around the world. It also is a great example of the job-creation benefits of global trade, as well over 60 percent of the large mining products made at our Illinois facilities are exported outside of the US.last_img read more

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Specialist mining machines from Volvo and CeDe Group

first_imgVolvo Construction Equipment Region Europe has signed a partnership agreement with Sweden’s CeDe Group that will see a wide range of specialist machines made available through the Volvo CE European distribution network, commencing with the Nordic markets of Finland, Denmark and Norway. The Zone 3 agreement (a partnership agreement that enables Volvo CE to provide machines for customers that are part manufactured by Volvo and part manufactured by a partner) with Sweden’s CeDe Group means Volvo customers will be able to order machines like drilling rigs, tunnelling machines (shown here) and all-terrain forklift units.The agreement will see Volvo CE supply the base machines with part CE marking to CeDe Group who will then adapt them to specific market applications before gaining full CE marking. CeDe, based in Malmo, Sweden has been developing Volvo based products for the past 10 years and the Zone 3 agreement is a key aspect of the company’s ambition to launch its product portfolio in Europe.last_img read more

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Gille and Basic for better Chambery

← Previous Story Igor Anic next three season in HBC Nantes! Next Story → Lino Cervar wants change of rules: We need shot clock in handball! Berttrand GilleChamberyEdin Basic French team Chambery Savoie have been in the last few years a regular member of the very TOP of domestic handball scene with a lot of experience of playing at VELUX EHF Champions League, but in the last two seasons situation has changed. Chambery is currently the 7th team in French LNH, with no chances to play at EHF Champions League. That’s why will return of two important players – Bertrand Gille and Edin Basic will be very important for the team who won to stay among the best in France. Both players, legendary line-player and the TOP scorer – Bosnian playmaker, are out of the court since last November.

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KIF Kolding want to keep Kim Andersson but PSG can offer twice

← Previous Story Atypical handball goalie – gunner Christoforos Nungovitch! Next Story → ASOBAL: BM Granollers beat La Rioja in EHF CL race! Handball-Planet.com wrote about the negotiations between PSG Handball and the Swedish star Kim Andersson. The famous lefthander visited Paris where he discussed with the possible new bosses terms of his new contract, but also past some medical examination since he has a lot of problems with his shoulder in the last few years.This story confirmed also Danish bt.dk, with a statement of the KIF Kolding Kobenhavn official Jens Boesen, who expressed their will to keep one of the best world’s right back in Denmark even after expiration of contract next June:“We have given him an offer before Christmas, and now it’s up to Kim to answer it when he finds out what he wants. But we can not compete with what he can get in Paris. There he can get twice the salary. It’s a completely different world. We are well aware, and we know all too well that there is a risk that he chooses them. Second would be illogical, “notes Jens Boesen and continues:“We are quite ok with if he chooses a very nice financial contract – perhaps the last he included in his career – with Paris. Of course it is something he has to consider seriously, “said Boesen. Kim AnderssonPSG Handball read more

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We dont just want to build a hospice in Wicklow it has

first_img Source: Michael KellyEvanne Cahill, chair of fundraising at Wicklow Hospice Foundation says the organisation is overwhelmed with what has been achieved.We cannot believe that all the hard work is now about the pay off. We are indebted to our many supporters, big and small.“The people of Wicklow made this happen – they put their hearts and souls into this Magheramore Hospice facility as too many of them had seen close family die in acute hospitals, miles from home without the specialist palliative care that affords dignity, comfort and peace at one of the most vulnerable times in life.The Magheramore site is bounded by mature trees, surrounded by wildlife and bird song. What greater gift could you give to those you love the most as they approach life’s end?The Wicklow Hospice Facility was expected to receive the green light from the HSE in 2012, however the economic downturn meant the facility was put on hold.Read: Hospice “ready to proceed”, after a little help from a local Oscar-winner>Read: Pics- Props from Lincoln film to be auctioned for Wicklow Hospice> “The harder the environment, the less sympathetic, the less consoling, the less peaceful, the harder that experience becomes.We don’t just want to slap ourselves on the back and say ’Look we built a Hospice in Wicklow – it has to be a Hospice built in the most beautiful and suitable place available. And we have this place and this is where we’re going to build it.Philanthropy The American Ireland Fund, which has assisted the foundation with reaching the €3 million fundraising target, has expressed their delight at the news that everything is in place for the HSE to now build the new facility.CEO of the American Ireland Fund, Kieran McLoughlin welcomed today’s announcement describing it as a testament to the power of philanthropy.When an entire community comes together, wonderful outcomes can be achieved. To have raised €3 million, especially in these difficult times, is spectacular. THE WICKLOW HOSPICE Foundation has not only reached but exceeded its €3 million fundraising target for a hospice in Wicklow.It is now applying for planning permission for a hospice facility.Nearly 2,000 people turned out at the site of Magheramore near Brittas Bay yesterday to hear the landmark announcement.The site was donated to the foundation by the Columban sisters.Foundation patron and Wicklow resident Daniel Day Lewis could not make an appearance on the day but a video of the actor talking about the importance of the facility was broadcast to the crowd.He has publicly said that Magheramore was the site they would build on, talking about his own experience of his mother passing away in a cottage hospital in the UK.He said the quality of the environment was crucial.The physical environment is a huge part of it. Needless to say the Magheramore site is a place of great natural beauty, a peaceful place. Without the quality of the environment, then the experience becomes diminished.last_img read more

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