No break in Pune’s garbage impasse

first_imgPune: The twin villages of Uruli Devachi and Phursungi, located around 20 km from Pune and used as landfill sites for the city’s garbage, are in the grips of yet another impasse.For the last three weeks, civic authorities and ruling party leaders have failed to soothe the irate Uruli-Phursungi residents protesting against the indiscriminate dumping of garbage in the villages. The villagers continued to protest on Tuesday. The latest crisis arose after a fire broke out at the garbage depot at Uruli Devachi last month. The blaze was bought under control, but fumes continue to emanate from the depot.Furthermore, key decision-makers like Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and newly-elected Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak are out of the country: the former in Australia, and the latter in Mexico for a conference on women’s empowerment. Both are not expected to return to the city for more than a week. With no dumping of dry or wet garbage at the landfill, waste has been piling up within the city, which generates an average 1,700 tonne of garbage each day.“We are trying hard to clean the city by making more biogas plants operational. However, there is a massive backlog of 500 tonne of untreated waste,” said Rajendra Jagtap, chief of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) solid waste department.On Tuesday, despite Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar who himself recently returned from a foreign tour, hurriedly left to inspect the depots in the twin villages. But residents remained firm on their long-pending demand for an alternative disposal site. As the relentless dumping has polluted the groundwater, the villagers have also sought construction of two water tanks after a pipeline scheme came a cropper. For years, these villages have faced the brunt of Pune’s indiscriminate expansion with the problem of solid waste disposal reaching monstrous proportions. In 1981, the Maharashtra government allotted 43 acres in Uruli for a landfill site, and provisioned another 120 acres in Phursungi in 2003 to meet the growing city’s waste-disposal demands.In 2016, the crisis brought into sharp relief the urban-rural divide in Pune district. While methane emissions from the landfills permeate the air, the villagers have been subjected to a litany of maladies owing to pollution of their water sources.Activists from the villages have noted at least 1,900 instances of fire breaking out in the garbage dumps in the last decade. The villagers have deployed every form of protest against the PMC, from sendng show cause notices to halting garbage trucks from entering.To compound the problem, the PMC in recent years has shut down the waste processing plants set up by Hanjer Biotech in the villages. Even when they were operational, despite a waste-treating capacity of 1,000 tonnes, the decrepit units were barely processing 200 tonnes of waste.Last year, NGOs had written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, demanding a probr by the Anti-Corruption Bureau into irregularities plaguing the garbage processing units. The Nagrik Chetana Manch and the Sajag Nagrik Manch had said taxpayers’ money was not being utilised properly.last_img read more

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Respect Parrikar family’s privacy, says Goa minister

first_imgGoa’s Minister for Health Vishwajit Rane on Thursday categorically ruled out any leadership change in the State, adding, “No question of new CM as long as he is there.”At a press conference on Thursday pertaining to issues of licenses to fish traders, he was asked for the CM’s health update, particularly in the context of continued rumours of his “deteriorating health” in social media. “I cannot give an update. It has something to do with his family, and I think we should not discuss his health. The CM is unwell and it is the prerogative of the family to give information. It is not for the Minister for Health,” Mr. Rane said.When journalists persisted, he said, “CM is in touch with Goa Medical College and Hospital, but this issue is family’s personal issue… We have to take care of their privacy.”last_img read more

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GOP Convention of Liars

first_imgThe 2012 U.S. presidential election offers a stark choice between two competing worldviews of the relationship between the individual and the state. On the one hand is an ideology, to which most Democrats subscribe, that government is an enabler, referee and backstop, even occasional cushion against the vicissitudes of life. Posited against that is a vision, represented by Republicans, by and large, that government coddling stifles innovation and undermines individual initiative and self reliance by creating a culture of dependency. In the words of the Republican Party’s favorite son, Pres. Ronald Reagan, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”Of course, reality is more nuanced and complex than ideologies. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc countries (remember?) is demonstrable evidence of the rot that excessive governmental intrusion fosters, smothering societies and undermining the social and economic liberation of individuals, for which Communists and Socialists profess to strive. Likewise, except for diehard Ayn Rand fanatics, most conservatives would acknowledge that government does serve a role in rebuilding after a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina, or providing emergency care or putting out a fire, even a negligent one, in a private home.But we will not have a debate on the two contrasting governing philosophies. The Republican Party, which has nominated an Ayn Rand faddist Paul Ryan as its nominee for vice president to placate the extremist wing of the party, recognizes well that the vision of dismantling the widely popular social safety net of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc., would be toxic and disastrous in an election.So the Republican National Convention was a carnival of prevarication, duplicity and outright lies. Although several media organizations have exposed the brazen falsehoods peddled by the Romney campaign at the convention — most notably by Rep. Ryan, who, perversely, in his acceptance speech pledged “to level with” Americans — Republican campaign handlers remain undeterred.In his speech Rep. Ryan denounced Pres. Barack Obama for ignoring the recommendations of a bipartisan deficit-reduction panel, when it was Ryan’s own opposition as a member of the commission that was most responsible for scuttling the implementation of its report. He held Pres. Obama accountable for the lowering of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poors, when it was the brinkmanship of Rep. Ryan and House Republicans, who refused to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, that actually resulted in the lowering of the U.S. rating.Most audaciously, Rep Ryan, who has long advocated the privatization of Medicare, converting it into a voucher system for private insurance, accused Pres. Obama of cutting $716 billion from the program — an amount that Rep. Ryan’s own Medicare plan targets. Even the Republican echo chamber, Fox News, couldn’t swallow the dissembling, headlining Ryan’s speech as “Dazzling, deceiving and distracting.”Nevertheless, Republican apparatchiks are supremely confident that they can deploy the arsenal of hundreds of millions of dollars they are raising from self-serving corporate tycoons to wager a dishonest and deceptive campaign that overwhelms and drowns out any media attempts to unmask their mendacity. Romney pollster Neil Newhouse bluntly told journalists, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”The democratic process ought to be about competing ideas that are tested through the electoral process. The Republicans have concluded, however, that political logjam renders government dysfunctional and ineffectual and thus achieves their ideological goals without leveling with the American public and regardless of which party prevails. Grover Norquist, one of the leading conservative lights in the Republican Party, has repeatedly said, “Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.”Those who share Norquist’s agenda should vote for the Republican ticket. But will the U.S. electorate be able to see through the fog of deception and falsehoods, the unvarnished truth that really animates Tea Party darlings, like Rep. Ryan, which is: the emasculation of the American government itself? Related Itemslast_img read more

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Sahara Group Bidding for MGM

first_imgThe Indian real estate and media conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar is bidding for the faltering Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. The iconic studio with a roaring lion logo is struggling with its $4 billion debt and recently received an extension until Oct 29 from its debtors on its interest payments. Its library includes the coveted Rocky, Pink Panther and James Bond franchises and the studio is being courted by Time Warner and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. The studio dominated the movie industry between 1924 to 1954, producing such classics as Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. MGM boasts a 205 Academy Awards, 15 of them for best picture , including Hamlet (1948), West Side Story (1961), Tom Jones (1963), In the Heat of the Night( 1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Rocky (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Platoon (1986), Rain Man (1988), Dances With Wolves (1990), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Mumbai Indians (MI): Improving Gujarat Lions gear up for in-form Mumbai Indians

first_imgAs the Indian Premier League (IPL) enters its middle phase, Gujarat Lions will aim to accelerate from here as they face a comfortable looking Mumbai Indians at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday evening.Gujarat, who have six points from eight matches, are improving day by day as out of the three matches, they have won two. Their last win was a seven-wicket thrashing of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). What would have pleased the Rajkot franchise is the way the bowlers dismissed a power-packed batting line-up of Bangalore for 134 on Thursday.Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye has been their leading light. With 12 scalps, he is the second highest wicket-taker of this edition so far. Along with him, youngsters Basil Thampi and Nathu Singh are improving, keeping veteran Praveen Kumar on the bench.”Nathu Singh has been bowling extremely well in the last two games and Basil Thampi too has been a consistent wicket-taking bowler in first class cricket. Credit also goes to Ankit Soni, who has joined the team recently and performed well under pressure,” captain Suresh Raina said after the win in Bengaluru.A lot will depend on the performances of all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner. It would also be interesting to see if Irfan Pathan, who was roped in as a replacement for injured all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, would be included.It will be important for the Suresh Raina-led team to hit some kind of momentum that will help them move up the ladder.Their next encounter is against second-placed Mumbai, who saw their six-match winning run came to an end with a three-run loss to Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday.advertisementMumbai will know that out of the two opponents they have lost to in the eight matches played so far, Gujarat are one of them and the visitors will be keen to get back to winning ways.Their batsmen have been contributing. Nitish Rana (266 runs), Jos Buttler (230), Parthiv Patel (169) have been consistent, along with all-rounders Kieran Pollard (199 runs), Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya. Rohit Sharma has shown signs of returning to form with two crucial knocks.Mumbai’s bowling line-up boasts the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hardik, Harbhajan Singh and Pollard.It should be an interesting contest when these bowlers will be up against Gujarat’s destructive batsmen Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik.”We have a lot of match-winners in our team, starting from McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Jadeja, Finch and myself. We have that balance in our team and today was a result of that combination that we have been searching for,” Raina felt.last_img read more

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ept: HighSpeed SMT edge card connector with 0.8 mm pitch

first_img Continue Reading Previous nVent SCHROFF: new 3D configurators cover complete cabinet seriesNext MVTec presents embedded vision and deep learning at embedded world ept expands its portfolio in the edge card category by a variable 0.8 mm pitch solution. The EC.8 is built for speed and even omits one component compared to traditional connectors. This results in fewer points of contact and junctions in comparison to a female-male connection setup. The operational current and transfer rate properties are therefore positively affected. A fast and clear signal reaches the application at transfer speeds of up to 24 Gbps.The edge card technology shines in the areas of data transfer and signal integrity. Well thought out features such as an insertion chamfer, a coding key and misalignment pins simplify handling of the connector and make incorrect connections of a daughter card virtually impossible. Variable pin counts, from 20 to 200 pins in steps of 20, make the EC.8 a flexible option for many applications. Nothing stands in the way of your HighSpeed EC.8 application now!Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Beckhoff Automation takes over ADL Embedded Solutions

first_img Continue Reading Previous Infineon launches TLE985x embedded power series for automotive applicationsNext Microchip: connect PIC MCU applications to Google Cloud in minutes As of April 1st 2019, Beckhoff Automation takes over ADL Embedded Solutions with its company headquarters located in Siegen, Germany. ADL is a renowned specialist for “deep embedded” applications based on motherboards and specially adapted peripherals.ADL Embedded Solutions works with clients to develop custom-designed and turnkey embedded solutions. For many years, these projects have been based on industrial motherboards from Beckhoff. This successful cooperation finds its logical conclusion in the takeover of ADL by Beckhoff.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Snubbed for World Cup 2018, England goalkeeper Joe Hart opts to play cricket

first_imgEngland goalkeeper Joe Hart decided to play cricket instead of cheering on his nation against Sweden in the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals on Saturday.Hart, who was England’s number one goalkeeper at the past three major tournaments, did not find a place in Gareth Southgate’s 23-member squad for the tournament in Russia.And on Saturday, while England secured passage to semi-finals after beating Sweden, Hart was busy playing cricket for his hometown club Shrewsbury.The 31-year-old scored six runs batting at number nine and took a catch as Shrewsbury defeated Knowle and Dorridge to win the Birmingham League Premier Division match. Joe Hart didn’t get a place in England’s World Cup squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (@RichardDawson7 Photo)Hart, who has played 75 matches for England, has witnessed a dip in his form in recent times.He didn’t get selected for the World Cup squad despite playing nine of England’s 10 World Cup qualifiers. He last played for England against Brazil in a friendly match in November 2017.The Manchester City goalkeeper was shipped out to Italian club Torino for a loan spell after Pep Guardiola joined the club in 2016.He spent the last season on loan at Premier League club West Ham United, where he was dropped to the bench towards the later part of the season in the favour of Adrian by manager David Moyes.Meanwhile, England will play Croatia on Wednesday for a place in the final of the World Cup.Saturday night plans, #ThreeLions fans? pic.twitter.com/jt2NkTVHTDadvertisementEngland (@England) July 7, 2018Entering the tournament with minimal expectations and the second youngest team at the World Cup, England surprised many by reaching their third ever World Cup semi-final.Coach Southgate feels it’s the team’s spirit that has helped them do well in the tournament.”That collective (spirit) is why we are here,” Southgate said. “To get through the two games this week we needed all of that. We are not the finished article and we do not have world class players yet, but we have young players who are prepared to be brave on the ball and have shown a real mental resilience.last_img read more

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NSWTA Position Vacant

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) currently has a vacancy for a State Development Officer in the NSWTA office. The position of State Development Officer is responsible for the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association development and education programs for playing, coaching, refereeing and selecting throughout the state. The Development Officer also assists associations in the development of the sport of Touch Football, working with the Sport Manager, Development Manager, Events Manager, NSWTA State Development Officers and Regional Committees to maximise opportunities for Touch Football to be a first choice sport among current and prospective participants. Applications for the State Development Officer position close on Monday, 20 August. For more information and to view job description, please visit the NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.au/jobs.Related LinksPositions Vacantlast_img read more

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ESPN’s College GameDay Made An Embarrassing Mistake This Morning

first_imgcollege gameday had some problems this morningOhio State and TCU played one of the best games of the 2018 college football season last Saturday night.The Buckeyes, playing the final game of Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension, rallied from a first-half deficit to take down the Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.The final score: Ohio State 40, TCU 28.ESPN’s College GameDay discussed the game during this morning’s show. Apparently, they remember it going a bit differently.This isn’t close to what the final score was. My god. pic.twitter.com/2r9njIBOdd— Dave O’Neil (@oneilohio) September 22, 2018Yeah, 29-22 isn’t close to 40-28. Oops.Ohio State is set to host Tulane at Ohio Stadium this afternoon. TCU, meanwhile, will look to rebound against Texas.last_img

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EC submits list of elected candidates to President

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission Saturday submitted a list of newly-elected MPs to President Ram Nath Kovind, an official statement said, Setting in motion the process for constituting the 17th Lok Sabha.The full Election Commission — comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra — called on the President and submitted a copy of the notification issued by the EC containing names of the members, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCWhile the EC notification sets in motion the constitution of a new Lok Sabha, the list given to the President enables him to formally initiate the government formation process. Earlier in the day, the President dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet. On Saturday evening, the newly-elected MPs of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance are likely elect Narendra Modi as the alliance’s leader. After this, a delegation of leaders of the BJP and its allies is expected to call on the President and convey to him their choice of Modi as prime minister, following which he will be invited to form the government. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe counting of votes in elections to the 17th Lok Sabha was taken up on May 23 and the BJP scored a resounding victory, winning 303 seats in the 543-member House. Its arch rival, Congress, managed on 52 seats. Elections were held for 542 of the 543 seats. The election in Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled by the EC citing abuse of money power. A fresh date is yet to be announced. The President congratulated the Chief Election Commissioner and the other Election Commissioners on the successful completion of the electoral process in the largest democratic exercise in the human history. On behalf of the entire country, the President lauded the efforts of the EC, public officials and security personnel in successfully completion a free and fair election, the statement said. The President also commended hundreds of millions of voters who participated in the election process.last_img read more

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Mamata ropes in master poll strategist Prashant Kishor

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with poll whiz Prashant Kishor at Nabanna on Thursday afternoon, whose latest success is ‘Project Jagan Mohan Reddy’ in Andhra Pradesh.After a reported two-hour meeting in Kolkata, Kishor signed up as the party’s poll strategist for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2021. Kishor will kick off his assignment very soon and his primary job, as per party sources, will be to prepare a plan to counter the BJP which had bagged as many as 18 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections with the ruling TMC winning 22 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP could manage only two seats in the state while the TMC had won 34. In terms of 294 Assembly seats, the saffron party could manage lead in as many as 121 Assembly segments against the TMC’s 164. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSources in Nabanna informed that Kishor was taken to the Chief Minister’s chamber at Nabanna by Abhishek Banerjee who is the president of All India Trinamool Youth Congress. According to party sources, the two deliberated over the causes of TMC’s performance in the parliamentary polls and Kishor explained his readings seat by seat for Bengal. It may be mentioned that TMC had sought the assistance of Kishor even in 2016 but the deal did not materialise due to the latter’s reluctance. Kishor had then just bagged the Congress contract for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections at that time. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersKishor is credited with successfully organising the political campaigns for Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The YSR Congress won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats and 151 out of 175 Assembly seats. The incumbent Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s party was voted out of power in the parliamentary polls. It is learnt that after the convincing victory of Reddy, few more political parties in the state have been approaching Kishor for being their poll strategist. Kishor is credited with handling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He joined Nitish Kumar and strategised the election campaign for his party during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. His venture to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, however, was a flop. Kishor had joined politics last year as the vice-president of Bihar’s Janata Dal-United.last_img read more

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Treat for mango lovers in Janakpuri

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday kicked off the Mango Festival here in the Capital, organised by Delhi Tourism in association with the Delhi Government. The event at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri area was also attended by the German Ambassador to India, Walter J. Lindner, the Director of the National Horticulture Board, and Janakpuri MLA Rajesh Rishi.Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Sisodia said, “Delhi Government has been traditionally organising this festival for the past 31 years and it is a great way to know more about the King of Fruits- Mangoes. Mango Growers have time and again surprised us with the ever-evolving varieties they bring forth.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe 31st Mango Festival unfolded over 500 varieties of mangoes, which are on display at the event. The various types of mangoes on display include Langra, Chausa, Amrapali, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika and other assorted varieties. Sisodia said that the enthusiasm of people towards the exhibition as well as the competitions showcases their love for this fruit. “I am sure the next two days will be equally engaging with other activities and cultural programmes,” he added. The Mango Festival aims to showcase the specialties of mangoes from different states of India. A total number of 20 farmers along with government horticulture departments and agriculture institutes have participated in the event. The exhibition at the festival also offers the sale of processed mango items including products like pickles, jam, chutney, mango pulp, mango juice, jelly, aam papad, and aam panna.last_img read more

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Jennifer Aniston Joins 14th Annual St Jude Thanks And Giving Campaign

first_imgThis holiday season, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Kimmel and Luis Fonsi will once again join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in promoting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.Jennifer Aniston helps kick off the 14th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.Each celebrity supporter will star alongside St. Jude patients in national television spots and digital shorts encouraging people to support St. Jude while holiday shopping.Now in its fourteenth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Throughout November and December, consumers are asked to support the campaign by shopping at more than 70 leading national brands and spreading the word by sharing what they #GiveThanks for on social media.“The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is a holiday tradition that I love to be a part of each year,” said Jennifer Aniston. “I have the privilege to work with these brave, beautiful children, as they face the fight of their young lives. To be a part of the St. Jude family, who continue to make a difference and help save children’s lives with your continued support, is an honor and such an inspiration to me.”“Every year I’m so excited to make new friends like Ian and Alana, patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are so courageous in their fight against childhood cancer. They are truly an inspiration to me,” said Sofia Vergara. “The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign makes it easy for all of us to help the children of St. Jude. So please join me this holiday season to help save the lives of children with cancer worldwide.”The national television commercials will debut Thanksgiving week and run through the end of the year. In addition to national awareness commercials, several St. Jude celebrity friends appear in online videos including Lily Aldridge, Kelsea Ballerini, Banda MS, Jekalyn Carr, Brett Eldredge, Alejandra Espinoza, Ashley Greene, Laurie Hernandez, Adamari Lopez, The Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott and Tye Tribbett.“We are deeply thankful that these incredible stars lend their time and talents to support St. Jude,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Year after year, they open their hearts to the children of St. Jude. Their generosity and commitment help us raise awareness and the critical funds that allow doctors and scientists to continue their groundbreaking research and lifesaving treatments.”St. Jude supporters will also be able to purchase merchandise crafted by their favorite celebrities and retailers to benefit St. Jude. This year, Sabrina Soto has designed a sherpa blanket with proceeds directly benefiting the hospital. Brooks Brothers, Domino’s, HomeGoods, HSNi, Kmart, New York & Company, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen, TUMI, west elm and Williams-Sonoma all feature products that give back to St. Jude.Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners to support the lifesaving mission of St Jude.The campaign’s national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, a star-studded St. Jude Thanks and Giving movie trailer is shown by national theatre partners including AMC, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and many others. American Airlines provides backing via in-flight video promotion, inclusion in their in-flight magazines and on social media. In addition, Outcome Health, America’s leading waiting room media network, shows the St. Jude PSA in physician offices nationally. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.last_img read more

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French Woman Dies After Falling From Cliff in MarrakechSafi Region

Rabat – Moroccan authorities on Sunday found the body of a French national at the Tassa region in the province of al Haouz in the Marrakech-Safi region. The 69-year old  French Woman fell from a rocky cliff during a hike in the Takherkhort forest. The woman was accompanied by a group of people, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The group accompanying the victim alerted the local authorities after her disappearance. After the notice,  local authorities declared a search for the victim, whose body was found at the foot of the rocky cliff.Authorities have opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident.

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A look at the potential causes of the Russian jetliner crash in

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Russian Emergency Ministry experts work at the crash site of a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP) by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2015 11:12 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A look at the potential causes of the Russian jetliner crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula NEW YORK, N.Y. – Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the sudden and catastrophic breakup of a Metrojet plane Saturday over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, just 23 minutes after the Russian-operated jetliner took off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.The Airbus A321-200 was flying at 31,000 feet when the disaster occurred, killing all 224 people aboard, the vast majority of them Russians.That is generally the safest part of any flight. Just 9 per cent of fatal accidents happen when a plane is at cruising altitude, according to a statistical summary of commercial jet accidents done by Boeing.Typically, such midair breakups are caused by external threats, such as a bomb or a missile, or a massive structural failure from either metal fatigue or an on-board fire.Here’s a closer look at some of the potential causes of the crash and what investigators will be looking for.Q: Could this have been a mechanical problem?A: The airline itself has said no to such a technical failure but investigators have not ruled out anything yet, especially a mechanical issue.Most aircraft are made of aluminum which is susceptible to corrosion over time. The constant pressurization and depressurization of the cabin for takeoff and landing also puts great stress on the airframe and can eventually lead to tiny cracks. If unchecked, those cracks can grow and threaten the plane’s structural integrity.In April 2011, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from Phoenix, Arizona after the plane’s fuselage ruptured, causing a 5-foot tear. The plane, with 118 people on board, landed safely. In 1988, a 19-year-old Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-200 that had made frequent, short hops among the Hawaiian islands lost a large part of its roof. Corrosion and metal fatigue were to blame.Q: Could a prior repair be to blame?A: The Airbus A321-200 was fixed following an incident in 2001 in which its tail hit the runway. If cracks in the tail section were not properly repaired, they could have grown over the past 14 years and led to a tear under pressure. Jets go through a heavy maintenance check every few years that should have spotted such issues. If the tail were to be lost in flight, pilots would have little control over the jet. In 1985, a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 had an explosive decompression that led to a crash killing 520 people. Investigators eventually blamed the crash on prior faulty repairs.Q: What about a bomb?A: Several planes have been brought down, including Pan Am Flight 103 between London and New York in December 1988. There was also an Air India flight in June 1985 between Montreal and London and a plane in September 1989 flown by French airline Union des Transports Aériens that blew up over the Sahara.Investigators will look for traces of explosives on the wreckage. They will also use microscopes to look at the tearing patterns on the metals and to see if there are tiny divots, indicative of an explosion.Q: What else could cause such a breakup?A: There could have been a massive explosion inside the jet from a spark in the fuel tanks or a rapid fire of something in the cargo hold. The 1996 crash of TWA 800 resulted from an explosion in the centre wing fuel tank. That same year, the crash of ValuJet Airlines Flight 592 in the Florida Everglades was blamed on a fire in the cargo hold. More recently, a UPS jet in 2010 crashed after leaving Dubai. Investigators later blamed a fire, traced back to lithium batteries in the cargo hold, for the crash.Q: Could the plane be shot down by a surface-to-air missile?A: Probably not. A local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed it brought down the aircraft, but intelligence experts say they don’t have sophisticated weapons capable of reaching the 31,000-foot elevation the plane was flying at when the disaster occurred. Advanced military missiles have brought down other planes. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in July 2014 while flying at 33,000 feet over eastern Ukraine, according to a report from the Dutch Safety Board. Korean Airlines Flight 007 was shot down in 1983 by a Soviet fighter jet, and in 1988, the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in the Persian Gulf.Q: What about a midair collision?A: The crash could have been caused by hitting another jet, but no other planes are reported missing and there does not appear to be debris from another plane, ruling out that scenario.Q: What can we tell from the wreckage?A: Parts of the jet are scattered across a 7.7-square mile area. That indicates the plane most likely broke apart at a high elevation. When planes crash intact, the debris field is typically more compact. Also, the parts of the plane tend to be broken into smaller pieces than in this crash.Q: What is the most important evidence in the wreckage?A: The black boxes, which are actually orange. The flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders will reveal the plane’s speed, altitude, direction and the pilots’ actions during the flight. The cockpit recorder will capture the pilots’ final words. Investigators will also listen for an explosion and see if any of the critical systems malfunctioned.Q: Are Russian jets safe?A: The countries of the former Soviet Union have one of the worst aviation safety records in the world. Only Africa sees more plane crashes than the former Soviet nations, called the Commonwealth of Independent States.From 2010 to 2014, there were 2.71 jets lost per 1 million flights in those nine nations, compared with a worldwide rate of 0.45, according to the International Air Transport Association. North America has one of the safest records with just 0.13 planes lost per million flights. That means there were 21 times as many crashes in the former Soviet nations than in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.Q: What do we know about this plane?A: The Airbus A321-200 was produced in 1997 and operated by Metrojet since 2012. The aircraft had accumulated some 56,000 flight hours in nearly 21,000 flights, meaning that it’s typical journey was just over 2 1/2 hours. The A321-200 is the largest version of the highly-popular A320 family of single-aisle jets that can seat up to 240 passengers. The first A321 entered service in January 1994.At the end of September, there were some 6,500 A320 family jets flying with more than 300 airlines worldwide.___Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott. read more

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DSC Wolverine dredge acquired to maintain sediment ponds at Barrick Pueblo Viejo

first_imgBarrick Gold recently acquired a DSC Wolverine Class dredge which is being used in the Pueblo Viejo gold-silver open pit mine in the Sanchez Ramirez Province of the Dominican Republic, located about two hours north west of the country’s capital, Santo Domingo. Barrick acquired the mining rights in 2006 when it took over Placer Dome. Due to the mine’s condition at the time of its acquisition, Barrick then began a wide-scale cleanup of the area, demolishing existing structures and building new state-of-the-art facilities, as well as remediation of significant environmental damage left by the previous mine operation, which closed in 1999.Barrick’s efforts have included water treatment, restoring the Margajita River’s pH to a level low enough that the waters have returned to their natural color and quality; re-vegetating 3,500 ha of land to prevent soil erosion; and removing 180,000 m3 of contaminated soil. DSC’s Wolverine Class dredge was brought in to help maintain the sediment ponds that prevent additional contamination of the local water system. The process begins when buckets of mined material are fed through a screening system that uses water to clean the precious metals as they are reduced. The water that comes into contact with ore stockpiles or waste rock is contained onsite by a series of canals, channels and sediment ponds that hold it until it can be pumped through the facility’s water treatment plant. In addition to contaminated water, small grains of silt and sand also wash into these sediment ponds, creating buildup, which reduces their capacity for water storage. Each pond is approximately 150 to 250 m wide and 450 m long.Dredging allows the silt and sand buildup to be regularly removed from the sediment ponds so the ponds can maintain their depth and prevent overflow into surrounding waterways. Barrick chose DSC’s 21 m Wolverine Class dredge, which is powered by a 440 hp Caterpillar C13 ACERT diesel engine. The Wolverine Class can dredge up to 7.6 m below the surface and offers a 25 cm discharge configuration, which allows particle clearance of up to 15 cm. The cutterhead, designed with six cast-steel smooth blades, is attached to a variable-speed, reversible, hydraulic cutter motor manufactured by Kawasaki. The dredge pump, a J30 Metso Minerals/Thomas Simplicity series, is rated for 61 m total discharge head at 15,900 litres/min. Five hydraulic winches, rated with a 2,040 kg line pull capacity, are used to swing the dredge, lift the spuds and lift the ladder.last_img read more

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Critical minerals in focus in Australia Governments National Resources Statement

first_imgAustralia’s Coalition Government has released a “National Resources Statement” as it looks to, it says, attract investment, develop new resources and markets, and share the benefits of success with more regional communities.The first such statement the government has released for more than 20 years, it includes an agreement to establish a new critical minerals work programme to boost exploration, develop a data strategy to de-risk investment decisions, and build community confidence in the sector, the government said.“This week, the government announced priority status for funding applications related to critical minerals projects under the A$20 million ($14.2 million) Round 7 of the Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P),” the government said.The CRC programme supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It is a model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.“There is a bright future for the resources sector given the economic growth occurring in our region,” the government said. “By 2030, Asia will produce more than half the world’s economic output, consume 40% of its energy and be home to a middle class of almost 3.5 billion people. Given this growth, and if Australia can maintain its global share of commodity production, at least 24,000 new direct mining jobs could be created, along with the broader prosperity those jobs will bring.”The government’s vision is to have the world’s most advanced, innovative and successful resources sector, which delivers sustained prosperity and social development for all Australians, it said.To achieve this outcome, the government will focus on five key priorities:Attracting investment;Developing new resources, industries and markets;Investing in new technologies, especially to improve environmental outcomes;Creating well paid secure jobs, and;Ensuring local communities receive benefits from mining activities.The government said: “Our work starts now. Some elements will be progressed in collaboration with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council, given their responsibilities in regulating the resources sector.”In addition to the critical minerals work, the government will also progress a number of initiatives under the statement including promoting a “national resources brand to market the advantages of Australia as a resources investment destination to the world”, and supporting the development of new resource basins through cooperation with state and territory jurisdictions – similar to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Northern Territory on the development of the Beetaloo Basin.It will also continue to invest in the “most advanced seismic and aero-magnetic surveys to help discover the next major mineral find through the A$100 million Exploring for the Future programme”, it said, plus improve the consistency and scope of data across the resource sector.“Our resources sector makes up 8% of our economy and exports are predicted to reach a record A$250 billion in 2018–19. It also employs around 1.1 million people directly and indirectly and is the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” the government said.“These initiatives will help our resources industry deliver even more benefits to Australians.”The National Resources Statement builds on the recommendations of the Resources 2030 Taskforce commissioned by the government last year, the government said.The statement comes a day after the Australia Federal Opposition’s commitment to establish an Australian Future Mines Centre to co-ordinate exploration work and lead the scientific research and development necessary to explore under deep cover, funded by a A$23 million Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.last_img read more

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iKlip Brings Your iPad into the Act

first_imgWhether you’re delivering a speech or playing music, your iPad could be a handy way to keep your notes in front of you. Thanks to the iKlip, just announced from IK Multimedia of Modena, Italy, you can now attach your iPad to any microphone stand. The iKlip offers universal support, so it works with any stand you’ll come across. It even lets you hold your iPad an any angle, so you can easily read it and have access to all on-screen controls.The iKlip is made of durable thermoplastic, and its six secure touch points hold your iPad in place without scratching or marring it. Quick-snap clips let you insert your iPad in a hurry, while the whole thing attaches to a mic stand in seconds. You can even use it to mount your iPad to a vertical mic stand or a horizontal boom. Preorder one now for $39.99. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Clever cufflinks give 2GB of storage plus WiFi hotspot access

first_imgWhile Brookstone is a usual stop during a mall run to see what kind of new, unique items it has in stock, the retailer isn’t a place I normally spend money. For many of us it just isn’t a store that contains the must-haves that we spend our hard-earned cash on. However, with the release of their WiFi cufflinks, I’m betting some of us geeks may have to bite the bullet and make a purchase. What’s so special about them? How about the geek-cred contained within them in the form of 2GB of USB storage, plus the ability to create a WiFi hotspot.Made from polished silver, the Brookstone cufflinks are a marvel of engineering since they do so much with such little space. It’s not surprising that they retail at $250, since you are probably paying more for the tech inside them than the silver. It seems like one cufflink has the storage capacity while the other serves as the hotspot so you can use both at the same time, but it’s not entirely clear. When we called Brookstone to get some more info, the service agent said that by installing a simple piece of software on your internet connected computer so that your mobile devices could share the connection. Of course, they mentioned the iPad or iPhone, but we imagine all of the Android devices out there will connect as well. We could also see a business person on the go getting in some game time on a 3DS in the same way while waiting for their next flight.While they can be considered a luxury item, the features included make them something that you could almost justify blowing that kind of cash on. Especially if you are trying to be some sort of secret agent that is trying to smuggle information out of a country in a unique way.Pick them up at Brookstonelast_img read more

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