NCP’s Ganesh Naik to join BJP next week

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to induct Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ganesh Naik on Monday. Senior leaders said a formal ceremony will be held to welcome the Navi Mumbai strongman, who will follow in the footsteps of his son Sandeep, along with 50-odd corporators and supporters into the party ranks. Party sources said Mr. Naik met the Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner and the Konkan commissioner earlier this week to chalk out modalities for a change of guard in the civic body. “We are expecting as many as 50 corporators to follow the Naiks,” a senior BJP leader said. Naik’s exit is likely to impact the seat-sharing negotiations between the Congress and NCP. Meanwhile, the BJP and Shiv Sena have started seat-sharing talks for the Assembly elections. Sources said the BJP has asked for more than 160 seats, with its preliminary assessment showing it can win the same number on its own. The Sena has reportedly refused to accept any formula where it gets fewer than 110 seats, and the splinter groups fewer than 18. “The talks have just begun and we will chalk out a formula as we go along. We are confident of winning 160 seats on our own,” said a BJP functionary.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to induct Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ganesh Naik on Monday. Senior leaders said a formal ceremony will be held to welcome the Navi Mumbai strongman, who will follow in the footsteps of his son Sandeep, along with 50-odd corporators and supporters into the party ranks. Party sources said Mr. Naik met the Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner and the Konkan commissioner earlier this week to chalk out modalities for a change of guard in the civic body. “We are expecting as many as 50 corporators to follow the Naiks,” a senior BJP leader said. Naik’s exit is likely to impact the seat-sharing negotiations between the Congress and NCP. Meanwhile, the BJP and Shiv Sena have started seat-sharing talks for the Assembly elections. Sources said the BJP has asked for more than 160 seats, with its preliminary assessment showing it can win the same number on its own. The Sena has reportedly refused to accept any formula where it gets fewer than 110 seats, and the splinter groups fewer than 18. “The talks have just begun and we will chalk out a formula as we go along. We are confident of winning 160 seats on our own,” said a BJP functionary.last_img read more

Mumbai paddlers coached by North Korean ahead of nationals

first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) Ahead of the upcoming nationals, including for seniors, paddlers from Mumbai city and suburbs are benefiting from a month-long high performance table tennis training camp at the Khar Gymkhana from November 1.The intense training camp is being attended to by 28 players who are put through their paces with new training techniques laying emphasis on discipline, speed, fitness and receiving of serves by North Korean coach Jong Song An, along with top player Jong Hyuk Om.The two North Koreans have come through the recommendation of the national table tennis body, TTFI, said former eight-time national mens singles champion Kamlesh Mehta at a media conference here today.Mehta, connected with both city and suburban bodies of Mumbai in an administrative capacity, said Khar Gymkhana readily agreed to give their table tennis hall for the pilot project when he contacted them from Indore following a talk with TTFIs Dhanraj Chaudhary during the Central Zone major ranking tournament.”I myself had benefited from undergoing a stint under North Korean coaches who are very strict and lay emphasis on physical fitness and discipline,” said Mehta, adding the daily training session lasting six hours is split into morning and evening phases.”Our first experience has been very positive. The objective of the camp is not to make profit,” said Mehta who is also connected with table tennis promoting body – 11Even Sports – which is underwriting the extra expenses incurred.Some of the prominent juniors attending the camp are Ashlesha Trehan, Manasi Chiplunkar, Shaurya Pedneker, Dev Shroff and Sampada Bhiwandkar.advertisementAll of them said they are benefiting from the experience with Shroff saying his back hand top spin lacked power earlier and it has picked up in that aspect along with his foot speed.Four local coaches have also been roped in so that one coach is in charge six wards.According to Mehta, Mumbais Sanil Shetty had three days stint in the camp before going on to clinch the runner-up spot behind Anthony Amalraj in mens singles at the East Zone national ranking championship held in Aizawl earlier this month. PTI SSR NRB BS BS BASlast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) Ahead of the upcoming nationals, including for seniors, paddlers from Mumbai city and suburbs are benefiting from a month-long high performance table tennis training camp at the Khar Gymkhana from November 1.The intense training camp is being attended to by 28 players who are put through their paces with new training techniques laying emphasis on discipline, speed, fitness and receiving of serves by North Korean coach Jong Song An, along with top player Jong Hyuk Om.The two North Koreans have come through the recommendation of the national table tennis body, TTFI, said former eight-time national mens singles champion Kamlesh Mehta at a media conference here today.Mehta, connected with both city and suburban bodies of Mumbai in an administrative capacity, said Khar Gymkhana readily agreed to give their table tennis hall for the pilot project when he contacted them from Indore following a talk with TTFIs Dhanraj Chaudhary during the Central Zone major ranking tournament.”I myself had benefited from undergoing a stint under North Korean coaches who are very strict and lay emphasis on physical fitness and discipline,” said Mehta, adding the daily training session lasting six hours is split into morning and evening phases.”Our first experience has been very positive. The objective of the camp is not to make profit,” said Mehta who is also connected with table tennis promoting body – 11Even Sports – which is underwriting the extra expenses incurred.Some of the prominent juniors attending the camp are Ashlesha Trehan, Manasi Chiplunkar, Shaurya Pedneker, Dev Shroff and Sampada Bhiwandkar.advertisementAll of them said they are benefiting from the experience with Shroff saying his back hand top spin lacked power earlier and it has picked up in that aspect along with his foot speed.Four local coaches have also been roped in so that one coach is in charge six wards.According to Mehta, Mumbais Sanil Shetty had three days stint in the camp before going on to clinch the runner-up spot behind Anthony Amalraj in mens singles at the East Zone national ranking championship held in Aizawl earlier this month. PTI SSR NRB BS BS BASlast_img read more

Devils Take Canucks Down, 4-3

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils lost 32 overtime games over the past two seasons, more than any other team in the Eastern Conference.Things have gone a little better this season.Kyle Palmieri scored on the power play with 1:27 left in overtime and the Devils endured a rally by the Vancouver Canucks for a 4-3 victory on Sunday night.The Devils have won five straight games that have headed to overtime since losing to the Sharks in a shootout on Oct. 16.“It was nice to make one count there in the end,” Mike Cammalleri said.The Canucks made it 3-3 with consecutive goals by Alexander Edler and Sven Baertschi 2:07 apart in the second period, with Baertschi tying it with 5:54 left.Between those goals, fights broke out pitting Derek Dorsett against Jordin Tootoo and Jake Virtanen against Bobby Farnham.After the game, Tootoo claimed Alexandre Burrows made disparaging comments about his “personal life and family” while both were serving penalties. Tootoo released a book last year detailing his struggles with alcoholism following his brother Terence’s suicide in 2002.Tootoo said he challenged Burrows to a fight and the forward declined. “I have no respect for that guy,” Tootoo said. “Nor should the league. They shouldn’t tolerate stuff like that.”Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves, and Cammalleri, Adam Henrique and Sergey Kalinin also scored for New Jersey. The Devils have won four of their past five games and eight of 10 since a 0-3-1 start.“You want to make home ice a tough place to play. That goes a long way in an 82-game season,” Palmieri said. “You want teams to know the identity you have.”Ryan Miller made 24 saves, Chris Higgins also scored and Vancouver lost its third straight.“The close games, they have been slipping away from us,” Baertschi said. “There’s reasons for it. It might be tiny little mistakes.”Higgins scored 2:20 into the game, but then Henrique and Cammalleri got goals later in the first and Kalinin made it 3-1 midway through the second.Henrique scored his team-leading seventh of the season with a short-handed goal 5:18 in. The tally ended a sequence which began with Travis Zajac forcing a neutral-zone turnover before carrying the puck into the offensive zone.Zajac skated down the right wing, opening a lane down the middle for Henrique. From there, he took a pass from Zajac and beat Miller with a deke.Cammalleri snapped the tie with 3:28 left on a backhander from the slot.Virtanen appeared to tie it for Vancouver moments later, but Devils coach John Hynes challenged the call and a video review showed Burrows in the crease, causing the on-ice call to be overruled.Kalinin got his first NHL goal at 10:31 of the second period. The Devils’ rookie held off Radim Vrbata as the two curled around the net before whipping a shot from the right circle.New Jersey lost defenseman Adam Larsson for the game after he was assessed a 5-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for a hit on Jared McCann midway through the third period.(DENIS P. GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils lost 32 overtime games over the past two seasons, more than any other team in the Eastern Conference.Things have gone a little better this season.Kyle Palmieri scored on the power play with 1:27 left in overtime and the Devils endured a rally by the Vancouver Canucks for a 4-3 victory on Sunday night.The Devils have won five straight games that have headed to overtime since losing to the Sharks in a shootout on Oct. 16.“It was nice to make one count there in the end,” Mike Cammalleri said.The Canucks made it 3-3 with consecutive goals by Alexander Edler and Sven Baertschi 2:07 apart in the second period, with Baertschi tying it with 5:54 left.Between those goals, fights broke out pitting Derek Dorsett against Jordin Tootoo and Jake Virtanen against Bobby Farnham.After the game, Tootoo claimed Alexandre Burrows made disparaging comments about his “personal life and family” while both were serving penalties. Tootoo released a book last year detailing his struggles with alcoholism following his brother Terence’s suicide in 2002.Tootoo said he challenged Burrows to a fight and the forward declined. “I have no respect for that guy,” Tootoo said. “Nor should the league. They shouldn’t tolerate stuff like that.”Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves, and Cammalleri, Adam Henrique and Sergey Kalinin also scored for New Jersey. The Devils have won four of their past five games and eight of 10 since a 0-3-1 start.“You want to make home ice a tough place to play. That goes a long way in an 82-game season,” Palmieri said. “You want teams to know the identity you have.”Ryan Miller made 24 saves, Chris Higgins also scored and Vancouver lost its third straight.“The close games, they have been slipping away from us,” Baertschi said. “There’s reasons for it. It might be tiny little mistakes.”Higgins scored 2:20 into the game, but then Henrique and Cammalleri got goals later in the first and Kalinin made it 3-1 midway through the second.Henrique scored his team-leading seventh of the season with a short-handed goal 5:18 in. The tally ended a sequence which began with Travis Zajac forcing a neutral-zone turnover before carrying the puck into the offensive zone.Zajac skated down the right wing, opening a lane down the middle for Henrique. From there, he took a pass from Zajac and beat Miller with a deke.Cammalleri snapped the tie with 3:28 left on a backhander from the slot.Virtanen appeared to tie it for Vancouver moments later, but Devils coach John Hynes challenged the call and a video review showed Burrows in the crease, causing the on-ice call to be overruled.Kalinin got his first NHL goal at 10:31 of the second period. The Devils’ rookie held off Radim Vrbata as the two curled around the net before whipping a shot from the right circle.New Jersey lost defenseman Adam Larsson for the game after he was assessed a 5-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for a hit on Jared McCann midway through the third period.(DENIS P. GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duck

first_imgVirat Kohli’s sensational run with the bat in the Test series against England came to a disappointing end on Monday as the Indian captain got out for a golden duck in India’s second innings in the fifth and final Test at The Oval.Kohli, who came in to bat after the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara, got out on the first ball he faced as he edged a Stuart Broad delivery to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.Kohli’s dismissal left India tottering at 2/3 on Day 4 as they chase the 464-run target. It was only the third time that Kohli got out on a golden duck in his Test career.England vs India, Day 4, Oval Test: Live ScoreHere’s a recap of Kohli’s dismissal:3.2 overs: Broad to KohliOUT! OMG! Skipper, what have you done? Don’s record stays intact of scoring 600 or more runs in four series as of now. Broad bowls an enticing full ball way outside off. Kohli reaches out of it, unlike his previous innings. He edges it to Bairstow and Broad runs in celebration. What a scalp to have but he took a chance away from his counterpart. Had Anderson taking his wicket, he would’ve had him for the first time in this series. Nonetheless, England isn’t complaining as India is reeling 2/3 now. What a pair this has been for England.Also read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestThe wicket dealt a massive blow to India’s hope of securing a win in The Oval Test but it was just a minor blip on the great series batsman Kohli had.advertisementWith the series scoreline standing at 3-1 in the favour of England, India clearly haven’t done enough to justify the No. 1 Test team tag.But Kohli’s performance with the bat in the tricky conditions of England has definitely helped to reassert himself as the best batsman in the world. The series has also helped him to exorcise the ghosts of the horrible tour of 2014.Kohli went to England with scarred memories of 2014 tour, when he could only manage 134 runs in 10 innings.However, a lot has changed since then with Kohli establishing himself as the one of the best batsmen in the world, if not the best.After disappointing with the bat during a 1-3 defeat for India in 2014, Kohli scored 15 hundreds (four of those came in Australia) including six double hundreds. He also became the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series.2018 tour was Kohli’s opportunity to show the world that he could score runs in swinging conditions of England, where he struggled four years back. And he did exactly the same.In 5 Test, Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 and finished the series as the highest run-getter. He also scored two centuries including a 103 in the third Test as India defeat England at Trent Bridge.With all the 10 possible innings now completed for Kohli, the batsman also managed to not get out to James Anderson even once in the series.The fiercely competitive rivalry between Anderson and Kohli began during the 2014 when Anderson got Kohli out on 4 occasions.While the battle between the two players belonged to Anderson in 2014, Kohli emerged as the winner in 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgVirat Kohli’s sensational run with the bat in the Test series against England came to a disappointing end on Monday as the Indian captain got out for a golden duck in India’s second innings in the fifth and final Test at The Oval.Kohli, who came in to bat after the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara, got out on the first ball he faced as he edged a Stuart Broad delivery to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.Kohli’s dismissal left India tottering at 2/3 on Day 4 as they chase the 464-run target. It was only the third time that Kohli got out on a golden duck in his Test career.England vs India, Day 4, Oval Test: Live ScoreHere’s a recap of Kohli’s dismissal:3.2 overs: Broad to KohliOUT! OMG! Skipper, what have you done? Don’s record stays intact of scoring 600 or more runs in four series as of now. Broad bowls an enticing full ball way outside off. Kohli reaches out of it, unlike his previous innings. He edges it to Bairstow and Broad runs in celebration. What a scalp to have but he took a chance away from his counterpart. Had Anderson taking his wicket, he would’ve had him for the first time in this series. Nonetheless, England isn’t complaining as India is reeling 2/3 now. What a pair this has been for England.Also read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestThe wicket dealt a massive blow to India’s hope of securing a win in The Oval Test but it was just a minor blip on the great series batsman Kohli had.advertisementWith the series scoreline standing at 3-1 in the favour of England, India clearly haven’t done enough to justify the No. 1 Test team tag.But Kohli’s performance with the bat in the tricky conditions of England has definitely helped to reassert himself as the best batsman in the world. The series has also helped him to exorcise the ghosts of the horrible tour of 2014.Kohli went to England with scarred memories of 2014 tour, when he could only manage 134 runs in 10 innings.However, a lot has changed since then with Kohli establishing himself as the one of the best batsmen in the world, if not the best.After disappointing with the bat during a 1-3 defeat for India in 2014, Kohli scored 15 hundreds (four of those came in Australia) including six double hundreds. He also became the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series.2018 tour was Kohli’s opportunity to show the world that he could score runs in swinging conditions of England, where he struggled four years back. And he did exactly the same.In 5 Test, Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 and finished the series as the highest run-getter. He also scored two centuries including a 103 in the third Test as India defeat England at Trent Bridge.With all the 10 possible innings now completed for Kohli, the batsman also managed to not get out to James Anderson even once in the series.The fiercely competitive rivalry between Anderson and Kohli began during the 2014 when Anderson got Kohli out on 4 occasions.While the battle between the two players belonged to Anderson in 2014, Kohli emerged as the winner in 2018.last_img read more

2nd Test: Buttler, Curran come to England’s rescue against Sri Lanka on Day 1

first_imgSam Curran exhibited his six-hitting prowess and Jos Buttler made an enterprising 63 to help England overcome a top-order collapse and post 285 in the first innings on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.England were reeling at 89 for 4 when Buttler somewhat steadied the innings before Curran clobbered six sixes in his blistering 64 to help them to a competitive score.Sri Lanka lost Kaushal Silva in their wobbly reply to be 26 for 1 at stumps, trailing by 259 runs.Dimuth Karunaratne was batting on 19 with Malinda Pushpakumara on one at the other end.Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Day 1 at Kandy: HighlightsEarlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat as the tourists, 1-0 up in the three-match series, sought to build on their victory in Galle last week.Stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal dismissed Keaton Jennings in the fifth over before the home side’s spinners set about disrupting the rest of the top order.England named an unchanged side but shuffled their batting lineup and Ben Stokes (19) was unable to justify his promotion to number three, the all-rounder surviving a review before succumbing to a second to be trapped lbw by Dilruwan Perera (4-61).England retain Ben Foakes as wicketkeeper for 2nd Test vs Sri LankaRoot’s struggle against left-arm spin, meanwhile, compounded England’s crisis after the captain, dismissed twice by Rangana Herath in his farewell Test in Galle, fell for 14 to Pushpakumara (3-89).Rory Burns made 43 before being caught in the slips as England lost four wickets before the lunch break.advertisementAlso Read – England cricket trolls critics who say country can’t produce quality spinnersButtler then counter-attacked, hitting Akila Dananjaya, who has been reported for a suspect bowling action but is free to play, for three successive boundaries en route to a run-a-ball 50.Buttler moved quickly to 63 before a fluffed reverse sweep against Pushpakumara led to his dismissal.Ben Foakes was unable to match his Galle heroics and was caught behind for 19, bizarrely failing to review the decision as replays showed he had not touched the ball with bat or glove.Curran then lit up the final session with his binge-hitting, bringing up his third Test fifty with his fifth six.The left-hander dominated his 60-run partnership for the final wicket — the only 50-plus stand in the England innings — with James Anderson before being the last man out.Sri Lanka made two changes with Herath retiring and regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal ruled out with a groin injury.Pushpakumara and Roshen Silva were brought in as the hosts battle to stay alive in the three-Test series.(With Reuters inputs)Also Watch –last_img read more

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first_imgSam Curran exhibited his six-hitting prowess and Jos Buttler made an enterprising 63 to help England overcome a top-order collapse and post 285 in the first innings on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.England were reeling at 89 for 4 when Buttler somewhat steadied the innings before Curran clobbered six sixes in his blistering 64 to help them to a competitive score.Sri Lanka lost Kaushal Silva in their wobbly reply to be 26 for 1 at stumps, trailing by 259 runs.Dimuth Karunaratne was batting on 19 with Malinda Pushpakumara on one at the other end.Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Day 1 at Kandy: HighlightsEarlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat as the tourists, 1-0 up in the three-match series, sought to build on their victory in Galle last week.Stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal dismissed Keaton Jennings in the fifth over before the home side’s spinners set about disrupting the rest of the top order.England named an unchanged side but shuffled their batting lineup and Ben Stokes (19) was unable to justify his promotion to number three, the all-rounder surviving a review before succumbing to a second to be trapped lbw by Dilruwan Perera (4-61).England retain Ben Foakes as wicketkeeper for 2nd Test vs Sri LankaRoot’s struggle against left-arm spin, meanwhile, compounded England’s crisis after the captain, dismissed twice by Rangana Herath in his farewell Test in Galle, fell for 14 to Pushpakumara (3-89).Rory Burns made 43 before being caught in the slips as England lost four wickets before the lunch break.advertisementAlso Read – England cricket trolls critics who say country can’t produce quality spinnersButtler then counter-attacked, hitting Akila Dananjaya, who has been reported for a suspect bowling action but is free to play, for three successive boundaries en route to a run-a-ball 50.Buttler moved quickly to 63 before a fluffed reverse sweep against Pushpakumara led to his dismissal.Ben Foakes was unable to match his Galle heroics and was caught behind for 19, bizarrely failing to review the decision as replays showed he had not touched the ball with bat or glove.Curran then lit up the final session with his binge-hitting, bringing up his third Test fifty with his fifth six.The left-hander dominated his 60-run partnership for the final wicket — the only 50-plus stand in the England innings — with James Anderson before being the last man out.Sri Lanka made two changes with Herath retiring and regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal ruled out with a groin injury.Pushpakumara and Roshen Silva were brought in as the hosts battle to stay alive in the three-Test series.(With Reuters inputs)Also Watch –last_img read more

Jonny May injury mars Leicester’s dismantling of Northampton

first_imgShare on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani returns to haunt Wasps and sets up spectacular try Share on Twitter Read more Worcester’s Nick Schonert: ‘You can’t be a one‑trick pony. England want the complete package’ Almost from the kick-off Holmes set off from his 22 after Lewis Ludlam charged down George Ford’s clearance and was unfortunate to see the ball roll away from him. Holmes was never tempted to kick, stepping away from Andrew Kellaway and accelerating past David Ribbans before outpacing Cobus Reinach on halfway. He got to Northampton’s 22 before passing outside to May’s replacement, Jordan Olowofela.It should have been a routine score but Olowofela, the second quickest player in the Leicester squad after May, was caught by Northampton’s full-back Harry Mallinder but had the strength to make it to the line. Otherwise it was a mainly defensive effort from Leicester, whose strength over the ball after a tackle allowed them to force a number of turnovers in their 22 and neutralise Northampton’s more plentiful possession and territorialdominance.In tries Northampton outscored their rivals three to two but they were all scored by forwards after close-range drives. Jamie Gibson secured the first after 15 minutes following a Ford penalty and Ribbans supplied the second with the last move of the half after Dan Cole had been penalised at a scrum Leicester needed only to win to go into half-time at 20-5.The Saints fell further behind when Ford kicked his third penalty. It was not the happiest afternoon for the Wales outside-half Biggar, and not just because he missed three conversions out of three. Northampton had paid for playing an expansive game at Bath in the wet last month and here played more narrowly, but as they chased the game they lost their shape.After Mike Haywood reduced Leicester’s lead to eight points with 11 minutes to go after another line-out from a penalty and driving maul, their support anticipated a strong finish. Instead Leicester, who went into the match with the worst defensive record in the Premiership, held on.“We made too many mistakes in difficult conditions and we failed to mark the occasion with a victory for Rob,” said the Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, who also lost his England second row Courtney Lawes before the match after the forward endured an uncomfortable night at the team’s hotel near the ground and suffered a back spasm.Leicester moved to fourth, at least temporarily, following their second consecutive victory and their first on the road this campaign. “It was a step in the right direction after a difficult period,” said their interim director of rugby, Geordan Murphy. “It was a scrappy affair but a great result.” Read more Topics match reports Support The Guardian Rugby union The Observercenter_img Northampton Leicester Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Rugby’s high casualty rate was again exposed during a match that was played here to raise money for Northampton‘s former Australia centre Rob Horne, whose career ended last season when he lost the use of his right arm after making a tackle against Leicester at Welford Road. Four players left the field during the first half, including the Tigers’ England wing Jonny May, who lasted seven minutes.May, who had scored five tries in five matches and was England’s player of the series in South Africa in the summer, injured his right shoulder running into the Northampton No 8 Teimana Harrison and left the field with his arm in a sling. Leicester said after the match that he had suffered a stinger rather than a dislocation, meaning he should be available for England’s autumn international series if not his club’s first two European Champions Cup matches.May did not miss much on a cold, wet afternoon when mistakes abounded. The last time the two sides had met here was in 2013, when they contested the Premiership final which Leicester won after Dylan Hartley was sent off. They have both declined since then and this match marked a triumph for the conditions apart from two minutes in the first-half when the Tigers’ full-back Jonah Holmes created his side’s two tries.The first came after Dan Biggar’s high kick from his 22 lacked distance and the chasers backed off to allow Adam Thompstone to catch the ball cleanly. The wing surprised the defence by off-loading out of the back of his hand to Holmes, who had the option of running on the outside to the line, but he drew the cover and passed inside to Ben Youngs who had a clear run to the posts. Premiership Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgShare on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani returns to haunt Wasps and sets up spectacular try Share on Twitter Read more Worcester’s Nick Schonert: ‘You can’t be a one‑trick pony. England want the complete package’ Almost from the kick-off Holmes set off from his 22 after Lewis Ludlam charged down George Ford’s clearance and was unfortunate to see the ball roll away from him. Holmes was never tempted to kick, stepping away from Andrew Kellaway and accelerating past David Ribbans before outpacing Cobus Reinach on halfway. He got to Northampton’s 22 before passing outside to May’s replacement, Jordan Olowofela.It should have been a routine score but Olowofela, the second quickest player in the Leicester squad after May, was caught by Northampton’s full-back Harry Mallinder but had the strength to make it to the line. Otherwise it was a mainly defensive effort from Leicester, whose strength over the ball after a tackle allowed them to force a number of turnovers in their 22 and neutralise Northampton’s more plentiful possession and territorialdominance.In tries Northampton outscored their rivals three to two but they were all scored by forwards after close-range drives. Jamie Gibson secured the first after 15 minutes following a Ford penalty and Ribbans supplied the second with the last move of the half after Dan Cole had been penalised at a scrum Leicester needed only to win to go into half-time at 20-5.The Saints fell further behind when Ford kicked his third penalty. It was not the happiest afternoon for the Wales outside-half Biggar, and not just because he missed three conversions out of three. Northampton had paid for playing an expansive game at Bath in the wet last month and here played more narrowly, but as they chased the game they lost their shape.After Mike Haywood reduced Leicester’s lead to eight points with 11 minutes to go after another line-out from a penalty and driving maul, their support anticipated a strong finish. Instead Leicester, who went into the match with the worst defensive record in the Premiership, held on.“We made too many mistakes in difficult conditions and we failed to mark the occasion with a victory for Rob,” said the Northampton director of rugby, Chris Boyd, who also lost his England second row Courtney Lawes before the match after the forward endured an uncomfortable night at the team’s hotel near the ground and suffered a back spasm.Leicester moved to fourth, at least temporarily, following their second consecutive victory and their first on the road this campaign. “It was a step in the right direction after a difficult period,” said their interim director of rugby, Geordan Murphy. “It was a scrappy affair but a great result.” Read more Topics match reports Support The Guardian Rugby union The Observercenter_img Northampton Leicester Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Rugby’s high casualty rate was again exposed during a match that was played here to raise money for Northampton‘s former Australia centre Rob Horne, whose career ended last season when he lost the use of his right arm after making a tackle against Leicester at Welford Road. Four players left the field during the first half, including the Tigers’ England wing Jonny May, who lasted seven minutes.May, who had scored five tries in five matches and was England’s player of the series in South Africa in the summer, injured his right shoulder running into the Northampton No 8 Teimana Harrison and left the field with his arm in a sling. Leicester said after the match that he had suffered a stinger rather than a dislocation, meaning he should be available for England’s autumn international series if not his club’s first two European Champions Cup matches.May did not miss much on a cold, wet afternoon when mistakes abounded. The last time the two sides had met here was in 2013, when they contested the Premiership final which Leicester won after Dylan Hartley was sent off. They have both declined since then and this match marked a triumph for the conditions apart from two minutes in the first-half when the Tigers’ full-back Jonah Holmes created his side’s two tries.The first came after Dan Biggar’s high kick from his 22 lacked distance and the chasers backed off to allow Adam Thompstone to catch the ball cleanly. The wing surprised the defence by off-loading out of the back of his hand to Holmes, who had the option of running on the outside to the line, but he drew the cover and passed inside to Ben Youngs who had a clear run to the posts. Premiership Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

TWC 2015 Countdown Clock Starts Now!

first_imgStart the clock. Set the compass and get set for what is shaping as the biggest Touch World Cup and showcase of the sport on record. This week marks the 12-month countdown until the commencement of the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup (TWC) to be held in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The international festival of Touch Football will take place over one week from 29 April to 3 May 2015. In just one-year’s time, the Touch Football world’s showpiece event returns to these shores and will be in full swing; the first time the Touch World Cup has returned to the Australia since 1999. Over 100 teams have expressed interest in taking part in the event with close to 30 member nations from across the globe. To mark this key milestone, Host Nation of TWC 2015, Touch Football Australia is pleased to launch today the official Touch World Cup website at the link below.www.touchworldcup.com Administered by TFA the site is the central hub of news and information keeping the international Touch Football community abreast of the latest on all tournament details. The site will feature the regular series of event TFA and FIT-generated Memos and Media Releases, feature articles, social media channels and updates and coverage of pre-tournament events and activities from around the world. Not to mention the all important ‘Countdown Clock’ so everyone stays acutely aware of new event information and the fast-closing window of time till tournament tap-off. Fresh from his return from Mudgee with the Trans Tasman Series trophy in tow, the head of TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, was pleased with the development of the site; saying that his and the TFA team’s focus is shifting well and truly to the staging of event on the Coffs Coast next year and meeting key milestones including this. “It’s hard enough to grasp that four years has elapsed since the last Touch World Cup in Edinburgh,” Maguire said. “With the delivery of a number of recent major events under our belt, we are now getting a real sense that the clock is certainly clicking and planning is paramount. “We are mobilising internally and working very closely with the International (body) on the various planning arrangements to ensure we deliver the best Touch World Cup to date,” he said. “Rest assured we won’t leave any stone unturned in our quest to ensure this event befits the sport and the professionalism in which the sport is delivered nationally. “The website is a very important cog in the wheel to keep all stakeholders up-to-date on the latest news, views and previews,” he said. FIT Secretary-General, Bill Ker shared Mr Maguire’s sense and is delighted with the tournament and the new website’s progression. “As we all know, the online medium is very important for conducting key international events like the upcoming Touch World Cup,” Mr Ker said. “Not the least a hub for event news, it’s a key channel for the international community to use as an interactive platform, along with the social media channels to engage with TFA and member nations, in terms of tournament awareness and delivery. “And as a window to the overall event administration we know that TFA as Host Nation will be striving to ensure the site is best practice and engaging for all to visit; enabling users to stay informed and join the conversation and interaction with the international Touch Football community.”Related Files2015_fit_touch_world_cup_event_memo_-_1_5_2014-pdfRelated Links2015 TWC Websitelast_img read more

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first_imgStart the clock. Set the compass and get set for what is shaping as the biggest Touch World Cup and showcase of the sport on record. This week marks the 12-month countdown until the commencement of the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup (TWC) to be held in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The international festival of Touch Football will take place over one week from 29 April to 3 May 2015. In just one-year’s time, the Touch Football world’s showpiece event returns to these shores and will be in full swing; the first time the Touch World Cup has returned to the Australia since 1999. Over 100 teams have expressed interest in taking part in the event with close to 30 member nations from across the globe. To mark this key milestone, Host Nation of TWC 2015, Touch Football Australia is pleased to launch today the official Touch World Cup website at the link below.www.touchworldcup.com Administered by TFA the site is the central hub of news and information keeping the international Touch Football community abreast of the latest on all tournament details. The site will feature the regular series of event TFA and FIT-generated Memos and Media Releases, feature articles, social media channels and updates and coverage of pre-tournament events and activities from around the world. Not to mention the all important ‘Countdown Clock’ so everyone stays acutely aware of new event information and the fast-closing window of time till tournament tap-off. Fresh from his return from Mudgee with the Trans Tasman Series trophy in tow, the head of TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, was pleased with the development of the site; saying that his and the TFA team’s focus is shifting well and truly to the staging of event on the Coffs Coast next year and meeting key milestones including this. “It’s hard enough to grasp that four years has elapsed since the last Touch World Cup in Edinburgh,” Maguire said. “With the delivery of a number of recent major events under our belt, we are now getting a real sense that the clock is certainly clicking and planning is paramount. “We are mobilising internally and working very closely with the International (body) on the various planning arrangements to ensure we deliver the best Touch World Cup to date,” he said. “Rest assured we won’t leave any stone unturned in our quest to ensure this event befits the sport and the professionalism in which the sport is delivered nationally. “The website is a very important cog in the wheel to keep all stakeholders up-to-date on the latest news, views and previews,” he said. FIT Secretary-General, Bill Ker shared Mr Maguire’s sense and is delighted with the tournament and the new website’s progression. “As we all know, the online medium is very important for conducting key international events like the upcoming Touch World Cup,” Mr Ker said. “Not the least a hub for event news, it’s a key channel for the international community to use as an interactive platform, along with the social media channels to engage with TFA and member nations, in terms of tournament awareness and delivery. “And as a window to the overall event administration we know that TFA as Host Nation will be striving to ensure the site is best practice and engaging for all to visit; enabling users to stay informed and join the conversation and interaction with the international Touch Football community.”Related Files2015_fit_touch_world_cup_event_memo_-_1_5_2014-pdfRelated Links2015 TWC Websitelast_img read more

Minister of Finance in Europe for Talks with Financial Institutions

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is leading a delegation in Europe, where he is slated to engage in a series of meetings with financial institutions.The talks are intended to apprise agents in the international capital markets of developments on the government’s economic reform programme and the growth agenda.This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at a Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on June 6.Miss Falconer said the meetings will involve, primarily, representatives from investment banks, pension funds and insurance companies.“Discussions will include the four-year Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The team will also articulate the macro-economic and fiscal path that Jamaica intends to pursue in order to realise economic growth and development,” she said.Minister Phillips is accompanied by Bank of Jamaica Governor, Brian Wynter; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; Senior Director, Debt Management, Pamela McLaren; and Technical Advisor to the Minister, Helen McIntosh.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

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first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, is leading a delegation in Europe, where he is slated to engage in a series of meetings with financial institutions.The talks are intended to apprise agents in the international capital markets of developments on the government’s economic reform programme and the growth agenda.This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at a Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on June 6.Miss Falconer said the meetings will involve, primarily, representatives from investment banks, pension funds and insurance companies.“Discussions will include the four-year Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The team will also articulate the macro-economic and fiscal path that Jamaica intends to pursue in order to realise economic growth and development,” she said.Minister Phillips is accompanied by Bank of Jamaica Governor, Brian Wynter; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; Senior Director, Debt Management, Pamela McLaren; and Technical Advisor to the Minister, Helen McIntosh.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Province Repeals Tourist Accommodations Act

first_img A new approach to tourist accommodations will help ensure a quality experience for visitors and reduce the regulatory burden for operators. Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, introduced a bill today, May 2, to repeal the Tourist Accommodations Act, which requires accommodation properties to be licensed. Instead of licensing, operators who want to be promoted by the province must participate in a recognized quality program. “Visitors to Nova Scotia will be assured that the properties we promote meet industry standards for quality and cleanliness,” said Mr. Dooks. “Operators will face less red tape and enjoy the freedom to choose the type of quality program that best suits their business needs.” To be eligible for provincial marketing programs – such as novascotia.com, Doers’ and Dreamers’, or the Check In Nova Scotia Reservation Service – operators must choose one of several quality programs. They can participate in any of the recognized rating programs such as Canada Select or the Canadian Automobile Association’s diamond rating program. More than 60 per cent of accommodations operators are rated through a recognized rating program. They will automatically be eligible for provincial marketing programs, and will save anywhere between $80 and $800 previously spent on licensing fees. The other option for operators who want to be included in provincial marketing programs, but who do not want their property rated, is to participate in the new accommodation quality program led by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. The association is working with the industry to develop and lead the new program, which will include a set of quality standards for accommodations properties. “We are pleased with the move toward less regulation and the concept of promoting only those businesses that meet quality standards as part of the Nova Scotia brand,” said Susan Tilley-Russell, chair of the association. “Moving forward, we are confident that this industry-led approach will enable us to improve the quality tourist accommodation throughout Nova Scotia.” While quality will be industry led, safety issues will continue to be dealt with through other legislation. Accommodations operators who chose not to participate in a quality program must still comply with all federal, provincial and municipal legislation such as those related to public safety and the operation of a business, but they will not be promoted by the province. This new approach also aligns with the province’s Better Regulation Initiative – reducing red tape and helping to create a business climate that allows Nova Scotia tourism businesses to grow and prosper. Until the act is repealed, the department is granting short-term tourist accommodation licences to operators. Once the bill is proclaimed, accommodation licensing will end. Government made the decision to repeal the act after a thorough review that began in July 2006. The review included industry consultation, consumer research, a review of best practices in other areas and consultation with other government departments. More information is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc . Province Repeals Tourist Accommodations Actlast_img read more

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first_img A new approach to tourist accommodations will help ensure a quality experience for visitors and reduce the regulatory burden for operators. Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, introduced a bill today, May 2, to repeal the Tourist Accommodations Act, which requires accommodation properties to be licensed. Instead of licensing, operators who want to be promoted by the province must participate in a recognized quality program. “Visitors to Nova Scotia will be assured that the properties we promote meet industry standards for quality and cleanliness,” said Mr. Dooks. “Operators will face less red tape and enjoy the freedom to choose the type of quality program that best suits their business needs.” To be eligible for provincial marketing programs – such as novascotia.com, Doers’ and Dreamers’, or the Check In Nova Scotia Reservation Service – operators must choose one of several quality programs. They can participate in any of the recognized rating programs such as Canada Select or the Canadian Automobile Association’s diamond rating program. More than 60 per cent of accommodations operators are rated through a recognized rating program. They will automatically be eligible for provincial marketing programs, and will save anywhere between $80 and $800 previously spent on licensing fees. The other option for operators who want to be included in provincial marketing programs, but who do not want their property rated, is to participate in the new accommodation quality program led by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. The association is working with the industry to develop and lead the new program, which will include a set of quality standards for accommodations properties. “We are pleased with the move toward less regulation and the concept of promoting only those businesses that meet quality standards as part of the Nova Scotia brand,” said Susan Tilley-Russell, chair of the association. “Moving forward, we are confident that this industry-led approach will enable us to improve the quality tourist accommodation throughout Nova Scotia.” While quality will be industry led, safety issues will continue to be dealt with through other legislation. Accommodations operators who chose not to participate in a quality program must still comply with all federal, provincial and municipal legislation such as those related to public safety and the operation of a business, but they will not be promoted by the province. This new approach also aligns with the province’s Better Regulation Initiative – reducing red tape and helping to create a business climate that allows Nova Scotia tourism businesses to grow and prosper. Until the act is repealed, the department is granting short-term tourist accommodation licences to operators. Once the bill is proclaimed, accommodation licensing will end. Government made the decision to repeal the act after a thorough review that began in July 2006. The review included industry consultation, consumer research, a review of best practices in other areas and consultation with other government departments. More information is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc . Province Repeals Tourist Accommodations Actlast_img read more

Premier Offers Best Wishes to Bill McEwan

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is offering Sobeys CEO Bill McEwan best wishes upon his upcoming retirement. Mr. McEwan announced his retirement today, Feb. 8. “Sobeys is at the heart of business in Nova Scotia. From its roots in Stellarton to the multi-billion dollar chain that it is now, the company has been creating good jobs and growing our economy for more than a century,” said Premier Dexter. “I wish Mr. McEwan good health in his retirement and on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank him for his valuable contribution to the province.” Over the past eleven years, Mr. McEwan has expanded Sobeys nation-wide through a challenging retail market. Under his leadership, the company recently announced a partnership with Target, the purchase of 250 Shell gasoline stations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and the completion of a new head office in Stellarton. Premier Dexter said he looks forward to working with Mr. McEwan’s successor. Sobeys operates 1,300 stores across Canada, including locations in 30 Nova Scotia communities.last_img read more

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first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is offering Sobeys CEO Bill McEwan best wishes upon his upcoming retirement. Mr. McEwan announced his retirement today, Feb. 8. “Sobeys is at the heart of business in Nova Scotia. From its roots in Stellarton to the multi-billion dollar chain that it is now, the company has been creating good jobs and growing our economy for more than a century,” said Premier Dexter. “I wish Mr. McEwan good health in his retirement and on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank him for his valuable contribution to the province.” Over the past eleven years, Mr. McEwan has expanded Sobeys nation-wide through a challenging retail market. Under his leadership, the company recently announced a partnership with Target, the purchase of 250 Shell gasoline stations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and the completion of a new head office in Stellarton. Premier Dexter said he looks forward to working with Mr. McEwan’s successor. Sobeys operates 1,300 stores across Canada, including locations in 30 Nova Scotia communities.last_img read more

Common mobility plan to tackle Ggn traffic bottleneck

first_imgGururgam: In what can be considered one of the first strategic planning initiatives for an Indian metropolis, a Common mobility plan has been planned for Gurugram.The CMP will be devised by Gurugram metropolitan development authority in collaboration with the School of planning and architecture (SPA). The CMP promises to be the most authoritative survey on Gurugram’s traffic challenges since 2009 when a similar study was conducted by Wilbur Smith Associates. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe CMP is seen to be one of the most comprehensive projects to be undertaken as the vital data shared under this survey is also to be used for designing the Gurugram-Manesar masterplan of 2031. So far, efforts to improve mobility in Gurugram have focused mainly on conditions of vehicular traffic and the CMP is expected to rectify this approach. According to an official at present in Gurugram, only 25 per cent of the primary road network in Gurugram has usable pavements, which adversely affects the common man who does not rely on cars. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAt the moment, Gurugram’s population is service improve mobility in Gurugram have focused mainly on conditions of vehicular traffic and the CMP is expected to rectify this approach According to sources at the moment, Gurugram’s population is serviced by about a 1,000-kilometre network of primary road networks. The city witnesses about 17 lakh people, the current population that make about 20 lakh trips each day, two-thirds of which are within city limits. These estimates amount to a high passenger volume count. However, there is no established mass transit system in Gurugram to meet the demand. Thus, the CMP is being drafted with the city’s estimated population by 2030, which is about 30 lakh people “There has been an increase in disorganised parking. Lack of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure also has more consequence today than it did in 2009, which is also the case when it comes to the absence of mass transit systems, such as buses and trains,” said a senior official. Besides the study by SPA, a recent report submitted by Gurugram traffic police to Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) identified six routes in the city to be unsafe for commuters and pedestrians due to poor road designs. These roads are HUDA City Centre, Sirhaul collection point, Shankar Chowk, Wazirabad Point, Artemis Road and Badshahpur bus stand junction. “The expansion of Gurugram in the last 20 years has an adverse effect on road designs. As the traffic rush grew all of a sudden most of the areas were quickly developed into roads. In most cases, no heed was paid on proper diversions, design and structure. We are now trying to rectify the mistakes that were done earlier. We have also appointed a consultant to correct the designs of roads that have found to be unsafe,” said an official from GMDA.last_img read more

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first_imgGururgam: In what can be considered one of the first strategic planning initiatives for an Indian metropolis, a Common mobility plan has been planned for Gurugram.The CMP will be devised by Gurugram metropolitan development authority in collaboration with the School of planning and architecture (SPA). The CMP promises to be the most authoritative survey on Gurugram’s traffic challenges since 2009 when a similar study was conducted by Wilbur Smith Associates. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe CMP is seen to be one of the most comprehensive projects to be undertaken as the vital data shared under this survey is also to be used for designing the Gurugram-Manesar masterplan of 2031. So far, efforts to improve mobility in Gurugram have focused mainly on conditions of vehicular traffic and the CMP is expected to rectify this approach. According to an official at present in Gurugram, only 25 per cent of the primary road network in Gurugram has usable pavements, which adversely affects the common man who does not rely on cars. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAt the moment, Gurugram’s population is service improve mobility in Gurugram have focused mainly on conditions of vehicular traffic and the CMP is expected to rectify this approach According to sources at the moment, Gurugram’s population is serviced by about a 1,000-kilometre network of primary road networks. The city witnesses about 17 lakh people, the current population that make about 20 lakh trips each day, two-thirds of which are within city limits. These estimates amount to a high passenger volume count. However, there is no established mass transit system in Gurugram to meet the demand. Thus, the CMP is being drafted with the city’s estimated population by 2030, which is about 30 lakh people “There has been an increase in disorganised parking. Lack of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure also has more consequence today than it did in 2009, which is also the case when it comes to the absence of mass transit systems, such as buses and trains,” said a senior official. Besides the study by SPA, a recent report submitted by Gurugram traffic police to Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) identified six routes in the city to be unsafe for commuters and pedestrians due to poor road designs. These roads are HUDA City Centre, Sirhaul collection point, Shankar Chowk, Wazirabad Point, Artemis Road and Badshahpur bus stand junction. “The expansion of Gurugram in the last 20 years has an adverse effect on road designs. As the traffic rush grew all of a sudden most of the areas were quickly developed into roads. In most cases, no heed was paid on proper diversions, design and structure. We are now trying to rectify the mistakes that were done earlier. We have also appointed a consultant to correct the designs of roads that have found to be unsafe,” said an official from GMDA.last_img read more

Tens of thousands displaced by South Darfur violence stranded without aid warns

The fighting which broke out last month around Muhajeria and Shearia between Government forces and the Sudanese Liberation Army/Mini Minawi faction (SLA/MM) against the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has exposed tens of thousands of civilians to violence, destroyed an aid agency’s office and forced the UN to relocate its staff.“As each day passes, people’s need for assistance increases and the humanitarian imperative to reach them becomes more pressing,” stressed UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Toby Lanzer.“NGOs and UN agencies are ready to deliver food, medicines and blankets to people right now and are trying to access the town of Muhajeria and villages between there and Shearia in order to do so,” he added.Earlier in the week, the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported that the security situation in the area was unpredictable due to aerial bombardments and frequent movement of unidentified aircraft over the town of Muhajeria. The leader of the JEM rebel militia, Khalil Ibrahim, also announced that he would withdraw his troops from the area due to UNAMID’s decision to remain in Muhajeria and appeals by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping and the international community for blue helmets to protect the local population. Fighting in Darfur erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and its allied Janjaweed militiamen, causing an estimated 300,000 deaths and forcing some 2.7 million people to flee their homes. 6 February 2009United Nations agencies stand ready alongside non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide emergency relief and assistance to the 30,000 people forced from their homes by renewed violent conflict in the South Darfur region of Sudan. read more

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The fighting which broke out last month around Muhajeria and Shearia between Government forces and the Sudanese Liberation Army/Mini Minawi faction (SLA/MM) against the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has exposed tens of thousands of civilians to violence, destroyed an aid agency’s office and forced the UN to relocate its staff.“As each day passes, people’s need for assistance increases and the humanitarian imperative to reach them becomes more pressing,” stressed UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Toby Lanzer.“NGOs and UN agencies are ready to deliver food, medicines and blankets to people right now and are trying to access the town of Muhajeria and villages between there and Shearia in order to do so,” he added.Earlier in the week, the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported that the security situation in the area was unpredictable due to aerial bombardments and frequent movement of unidentified aircraft over the town of Muhajeria. The leader of the JEM rebel militia, Khalil Ibrahim, also announced that he would withdraw his troops from the area due to UNAMID’s decision to remain in Muhajeria and appeals by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping and the international community for blue helmets to protect the local population. Fighting in Darfur erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and its allied Janjaweed militiamen, causing an estimated 300,000 deaths and forcing some 2.7 million people to flee their homes. 6 February 2009United Nations agencies stand ready alongside non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide emergency relief and assistance to the 30,000 people forced from their homes by renewed violent conflict in the South Darfur region of Sudan. read more

StellaJones Q2 revenue slips as challenges affect sales of some products

MONTREAL — Stella-Jones Inc.’s second-quarter sales revenue was down slightly from a year ago but the Quebec-based manufacturer of treated wood products says it’s pleased with the results given short-term challenges that it faced.The company’s net income increased to $52.3 million or 76 cents per share in the quarter ended June 30, up from $58.1 million or 69 cents per share in the 2018 second quarter.Sales dipped to $661.8 million from $662.3 million, boosted by an $18.2 million positive impact from currency conversion.Stella-Jones says the quarter’s challenges included temporary delays in shipments of railway ties and the impact of wet weather on sales of residential lumber.Sales of utility poles, on the other hand, were up due to higher sales prices, increased volume and the currency effect.Analysts had estimated $682.8 million of revenue and 80 cents per share of adjusted net income, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJ)The Canadian Press read more

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MONTREAL — Stella-Jones Inc.’s second-quarter sales revenue was down slightly from a year ago but the Quebec-based manufacturer of treated wood products says it’s pleased with the results given short-term challenges that it faced.The company’s net income increased to $52.3 million or 76 cents per share in the quarter ended June 30, up from $58.1 million or 69 cents per share in the 2018 second quarter.Sales dipped to $661.8 million from $662.3 million, boosted by an $18.2 million positive impact from currency conversion.Stella-Jones says the quarter’s challenges included temporary delays in shipments of railway ties and the impact of wet weather on sales of residential lumber.Sales of utility poles, on the other hand, were up due to higher sales prices, increased volume and the currency effect.Analysts had estimated $682.8 million of revenue and 80 cents per share of adjusted net income, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJ)The Canadian Press read more

Investigation launched following fire at Midlands Prison

first_img Image: Nicky Ryan Mar 12th 2019, 6:51 PM 3 Comments A NUMBER OF prisoners have to be rehoused following a fire at the Midlands Prison. The incident happened last night when a section of the E Division caught fire. Early indications suggest faulty wiring was the cause of the blaze.A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed it is investigating the incident but stressed that all safety procedures worked correctly.The spokesman said: “The Irish Prison Service can confirm that there was a fire in the E Division of Midlands prison (attic area) last night.“There has been damage to some non-residential (plant room) area of the division. The fire brigade were called and the fire was extinguished.“There is currently no power to most of the affected area and the Irish Prison Service are taking all reasonable steps to rehouse prisoners that have to be moved as a result of the electrical power issue.“There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire. There have been some queries about issues in relation to the safety systems in place however, the Irish Prison Service can confirm that all the relevant safety systems worked as expected.”Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was concerned by the incident. In a statement, he said he wished to commend the fire brigade and all those who responded to the fire in order to extinguish it.He said: “I understand power has been restored to many of the affected areas and I know the IPS are working to keep disruptions for prisoners to a minimum. I am of course concerned that the fire broke out in the first place. Early indications suggest the fire started as a result of an electrical wiring fault however I am expecting a full report on the incident from the Irish Prison Service in due course.” 12,718 Views https://jrnl.ie/4538148 Investigation launched following fire at Midlands Prison Early indications suggest faulty wiring was the cause of the blaze. Share19 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 6:51 PM Image: Nicky Ryan By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Image: Nicky Ryan Mar 12th 2019, 6:51 PM 3 Comments A NUMBER OF prisoners have to be rehoused following a fire at the Midlands Prison. The incident happened last night when a section of the E Division caught fire. Early indications suggest faulty wiring was the cause of the blaze.A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed it is investigating the incident but stressed that all safety procedures worked correctly.The spokesman said: “The Irish Prison Service can confirm that there was a fire in the E Division of Midlands prison (attic area) last night.“There has been damage to some non-residential (plant room) area of the division. The fire brigade were called and the fire was extinguished.“There is currently no power to most of the affected area and the Irish Prison Service are taking all reasonable steps to rehouse prisoners that have to be moved as a result of the electrical power issue.“There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire. There have been some queries about issues in relation to the safety systems in place however, the Irish Prison Service can confirm that all the relevant safety systems worked as expected.”Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was concerned by the incident. In a statement, he said he wished to commend the fire brigade and all those who responded to the fire in order to extinguish it.He said: “I understand power has been restored to many of the affected areas and I know the IPS are working to keep disruptions for prisoners to a minimum. I am of course concerned that the fire broke out in the first place. Early indications suggest the fire started as a result of an electrical wiring fault however I am expecting a full report on the incident from the Irish Prison Service in due course.” 12,718 Views https://jrnl.ie/4538148 Investigation launched following fire at Midlands Prison Early indications suggest faulty wiring was the cause of the blaze. Share19 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 6:51 PM Image: Nicky Ryan By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rogue One debuted a new alien at comiccon

first_imgLucasfilm Revealed at SDCC Saw Gerrera’s alien partner Two Tubes from the upcoming @starwars Rogue One. #IGNAccess pic.twitter.com/ccLUHJX5IH— IGN @ SDCC (@IGN) July 21, 2016 Not all the Star Wars surprises were contained to Star Wars Celebration Europe last weekend, it turns out. Director Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a live-streamed panel where we were introduced to the heroes of the movie, plus some costumes and props on the convention floor that gave us a better look at the Empire’s look and armaments.This weekend, San Diego Comic-Con rages in California and the Lucasfilm Pavilion has some of those same costumes on display, plus one other. There was one alien character from Rogue One who popped up at Comic-Con, and he’s brand, spankin’ new.The alien in question is part of the line-up of costumes from Rogue One on display. Director Krennic’s white uniform is flanked by two Deathtroopers on one side, in the middle are the costumes of Jyn Erso and her band of rebels, but to the right was a strange alien no one had ever seen before.Say hello to Edrio Two Tubes.When he first appeared at preview night, no one new anything about him other than he was placed apart from both factions and looked to be entirely a costume, like a Stormtrooper, not like the other humanoid costumes which had mannequin heads.The only other description we have comes from the Star Wars Facebook page which displayed some pictures with:Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.Looks like we’ll see this guy and another (his eggmate) fighting alongside Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera in the movie. In the new Star Wars canon, Gerrera’s troops used tactics some considered terrorism to fight the Empire. With this guy being a mercenary pilot and his desire to take revenge against the Empire, it almost sounds like he’s more bounty hunter than rebel.last_img read more

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first_imgLucasfilm Revealed at SDCC Saw Gerrera’s alien partner Two Tubes from the upcoming @starwars Rogue One. #IGNAccess pic.twitter.com/ccLUHJX5IH— IGN @ SDCC (@IGN) July 21, 2016 Not all the Star Wars surprises were contained to Star Wars Celebration Europe last weekend, it turns out. Director Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a live-streamed panel where we were introduced to the heroes of the movie, plus some costumes and props on the convention floor that gave us a better look at the Empire’s look and armaments.This weekend, San Diego Comic-Con rages in California and the Lucasfilm Pavilion has some of those same costumes on display, plus one other. There was one alien character from Rogue One who popped up at Comic-Con, and he’s brand, spankin’ new.The alien in question is part of the line-up of costumes from Rogue One on display. Director Krennic’s white uniform is flanked by two Deathtroopers on one side, in the middle are the costumes of Jyn Erso and her band of rebels, but to the right was a strange alien no one had ever seen before.Say hello to Edrio Two Tubes.When he first appeared at preview night, no one new anything about him other than he was placed apart from both factions and looked to be entirely a costume, like a Stormtrooper, not like the other humanoid costumes which had mannequin heads.The only other description we have comes from the Star Wars Facebook page which displayed some pictures with:Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.Looks like we’ll see this guy and another (his eggmate) fighting alongside Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera in the movie. In the new Star Wars canon, Gerrera’s troops used tactics some considered terrorism to fight the Empire. With this guy being a mercenary pilot and his desire to take revenge against the Empire, it almost sounds like he’s more bounty hunter than rebel.last_img read more

Home of Eagles Not Ready For 20142015 New School Year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Providenciales – Hundreds of students this morning file back into the government school system after a one week delay and for many of them, the institutions will still not be ready. Contractors hired to rush the work to completion, when we checked on the weekend were unable to get the jobs done fully… partly to blame, the unexpected damages in the aftermath of TS Cristobal sapping the human resources of Public Works… but also the late start year after year in the refurbishment of government schools over Summer break. Some of the damages we saw, same as from the start of the last school year… destroyed desks, insufficient seating, broken chairs, busted windows and doors, graffiti on the walls, paint jobs needed, water logged and halfway fixed kindergarten playgrounds, inoperative ceiling fans and at Clement Howell High School, that bathroom block is not yet done…the area cordoned off as that construction continues. Government’s budget for the work at these 14 schools far too low, heavily criticized, and said to be only a third of what is actually needed to get the schools in solid shape. Officials quiet going into the weekend… but we are expecting to hear officially from Public Works and the Ministry of Education. Making matters worse, the muggy weather which continues to create localized flooding and makes getting to school quite a chore in an area like Blue Hills where the community is not pedestrian friendly; students have to walk in the streets. Nonetheless, educators and students are encouraged to perform well… even reminded to take care of these schools. Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Related Items:clement howell high school, ministry of education, public workscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Ministry of Education Announces Registration 2016-2017 for Public Schools in the Turks & Caicos Islandslast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Providenciales – Hundreds of students this morning file back into the government school system after a one week delay and for many of them, the institutions will still not be ready. Contractors hired to rush the work to completion, when we checked on the weekend were unable to get the jobs done fully… partly to blame, the unexpected damages in the aftermath of TS Cristobal sapping the human resources of Public Works… but also the late start year after year in the refurbishment of government schools over Summer break. Some of the damages we saw, same as from the start of the last school year… destroyed desks, insufficient seating, broken chairs, busted windows and doors, graffiti on the walls, paint jobs needed, water logged and halfway fixed kindergarten playgrounds, inoperative ceiling fans and at Clement Howell High School, that bathroom block is not yet done…the area cordoned off as that construction continues. Government’s budget for the work at these 14 schools far too low, heavily criticized, and said to be only a third of what is actually needed to get the schools in solid shape. Officials quiet going into the weekend… but we are expecting to hear officially from Public Works and the Ministry of Education. Making matters worse, the muggy weather which continues to create localized flooding and makes getting to school quite a chore in an area like Blue Hills where the community is not pedestrian friendly; students have to walk in the streets. Nonetheless, educators and students are encouraged to perform well… even reminded to take care of these schools. Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Related Items:clement howell high school, ministry of education, public workscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Ministry of Education Announces Registration 2016-2017 for Public Schools in the Turks & Caicos Islandslast_img read more

Employment Ministry launches consultation for new Employment laws

first_img Related Items:chamber of commerce, employment laws, employment ministry, employment ordinance, labour tribunal, pnp, providenciales TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – Consultation started today and so did the announcement blasts from the Providenciales Chamber of Commerce that the Ministry of Border Control and Employment wants to engage the business sector for the next few weeks. The Ministry is working on amending the current Employment Ordinance and explains that, “More specifically, the Employment Ordinance has been subject to a number of criticisms by the courts and there is a need to bring the law into conformity with accurate legal principle. The Ordinance is also out of sync with several important legal developments in employment law and in some instances, inaccurately frames employment law concepts, such as established concepts on dismissal and discrimination. Likewise, there are several contradictions, inconsistencies, repetitions and uncertainties in the current Employment Ordinance.” Sounds like heavy lifting, but as the country modernizes, the PNP Administration believes and has obviously been cautioned that the alterations are necessary. The dispatch to Chamber of Commerce members explains that the proposed changes also focus on: consolidating the existing Orders on wages, hours of work, vacation and redundancy; transfer jurisdiction on cases to the Labour Tribunal or the Commissioner of Labour where appropriate and the Ministry wants to make fresh provision for the regulation of terms of employment, the remuneration of employees, the termination of employment, the hours of work of employees and the resolution of employment disputes. With so many changes proposed, the Administration wants an entirely new Employment Ordinance and as set up an online survey. Nonetheless the consultation will last under a month, once again, a seemingly hurried approach to a potentially longstanding set of laws which will impact every citizen of the country. Consultation Period is May 18 to June 12, 2015. Go to our report at MagneticMediaTV.com for the link to the survey.https://surveyplanet.com/5553d08952d3f8c97b168161 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img read more

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first_img Related Items:chamber of commerce, employment laws, employment ministry, employment ordinance, labour tribunal, pnp, providenciales TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – Consultation started today and so did the announcement blasts from the Providenciales Chamber of Commerce that the Ministry of Border Control and Employment wants to engage the business sector for the next few weeks. The Ministry is working on amending the current Employment Ordinance and explains that, “More specifically, the Employment Ordinance has been subject to a number of criticisms by the courts and there is a need to bring the law into conformity with accurate legal principle. The Ordinance is also out of sync with several important legal developments in employment law and in some instances, inaccurately frames employment law concepts, such as established concepts on dismissal and discrimination. Likewise, there are several contradictions, inconsistencies, repetitions and uncertainties in the current Employment Ordinance.” Sounds like heavy lifting, but as the country modernizes, the PNP Administration believes and has obviously been cautioned that the alterations are necessary. The dispatch to Chamber of Commerce members explains that the proposed changes also focus on: consolidating the existing Orders on wages, hours of work, vacation and redundancy; transfer jurisdiction on cases to the Labour Tribunal or the Commissioner of Labour where appropriate and the Ministry wants to make fresh provision for the regulation of terms of employment, the remuneration of employees, the termination of employment, the hours of work of employees and the resolution of employment disputes. With so many changes proposed, the Administration wants an entirely new Employment Ordinance and as set up an online survey. Nonetheless the consultation will last under a month, once again, a seemingly hurried approach to a potentially longstanding set of laws which will impact every citizen of the country. Consultation Period is May 18 to June 12, 2015. Go to our report at MagneticMediaTV.com for the link to the survey.https://surveyplanet.com/5553d08952d3f8c97b168161 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img read more

Tropical Storm Maria Advisory Number   2

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 16, 2017 – Providenciales –…DEPRESSION BECOMES TROPICAL STORM MARIA……ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST…SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATIONLOCATION…12.3N 52.6WABOUT 620 MI…1000 KM ESE OF THE LESSER ANTILLESMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1002 MB…29.59 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGSCHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The government of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Watch for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and MontserratA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* St. Lucia* Martinique and Guadeloupe* Dominica* Barbados* St. Vincent and the GrenadinesA Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.   Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of this system.  Additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches will likely be issued tonight or early Sunday.   For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOKAt 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 52.6 West. Maria is moving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h). A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days.  On the forecast track, Maria is expected to approach the Leeward Islands on Monday.   Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Maria is forecast to be a hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next week.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).HAZARDS AFFECTING LANDWIND:    Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday.   Tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch area on Monday.STORM SURGE:    A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels within the hurricane watch area.RAINFALL:    Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches across portions of the central and southern Leeward Islands through Tuesday night.  Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches will be possible for portions of the northern Leeward Islands through Tuesday night.  These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.SURF:  Swells generated by Maria are expected to begin affecting the Lesser Antilles by Sunday night.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 16, 2017 – Providenciales –…DEPRESSION BECOMES TROPICAL STORM MARIA……ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST…SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATIONLOCATION…12.3N 52.6WABOUT 620 MI…1000 KM ESE OF THE LESSER ANTILLESMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1002 MB…29.59 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGSCHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The government of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Watch for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and MontserratA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* St. Lucia* Martinique and Guadeloupe* Dominica* Barbados* St. Vincent and the GrenadinesA Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.   Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of this system.  Additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches will likely be issued tonight or early Sunday.   For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOKAt 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 52.6 West. Maria is moving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h). A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days.  On the forecast track, Maria is expected to approach the Leeward Islands on Monday.   Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Maria is forecast to be a hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next week.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).HAZARDS AFFECTING LANDWIND:    Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday.   Tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch area on Monday.STORM SURGE:    A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels within the hurricane watch area.RAINFALL:    Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches across portions of the central and southern Leeward Islands through Tuesday night.  Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches will be possible for portions of the northern Leeward Islands through Tuesday night.  These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.SURF:  Swells generated by Maria are expected to begin affecting the Lesser Antilles by Sunday night.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office.last_img read more

Lights out for rural Alaska as the PCE endowment faces endangerment

first_imgThe Power Cost Equalization Endowment helps to alleviate the high cost of energy in rural Alaska. In 2018, $746,000 dollars were subsidized from residents’ bills between Aleknagik and Dillingham alone. “So if you’re a residential member, your first 500 kilowatt hours is subsidized at 19.7 cents,” he said. “In affect…that’s $100 a month.” “But that PCE endowment fund, it’s among the many priorities that I’ve got on my plate right now,” he said. “That’s at the top in terms of getting that fund liquidated, getting that money recapitalized, keeping those benefits in place and keeping the endowment going forward in the (sic) perpetuity.” Most homes use between six and 800 kilowatts a month. The sweep of the PCE is the result of a stalemate in funding between the governor and the legislature. Himschoot said it’s unprecedented. To pass the bill, legislators need a three-quarters majority vote in the house and senate. The bill was approved 29-7 Monday, but fell one vote short of the majority. Four members of the House were absent for the vote. Edgmon says he is committed to holding another vote before August. While electric bills will increase for the month of July, the PCE could still be saved. Contact the author at tyler@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200. Legislators are working to restore some of the line-item vetoes. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon is on the frontlines to restore the fund. Legislators are also voting on House Bill 2001 to fund a $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividend and, in turn, restore funds to other line-item vetoes. If legislators fail to pass either bill, the PCE could disappear.  PCE was one of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s 182 line-item vetoes. Dillingham and Aleknagik are among the 180 communities impacted by the legislature’s sweep of the Power Cost Equalization Endowment. CEO Bob Himschoot said residential members of Nushagak Cooperative are facing a significant increase to their bills. “You know if that money isn’t put into place, there will be no PCE payments for the upcoming year…upcoming winter and that will be a huge shock to most people in rural Alaska,” he said. “To me, it’s a legacy program that needs to stay in place for rural Alaska in itself, so…very instrumental at people being able to afford staying in smaller communities.” “There’s not been a situation like this since PCE was first developed as a program in 1985,” he said. “So it’s all uncharted waters.” Legislators are aiming to draw on some of the funds from the Constitutional Budget Reserve through Senate Bill 2002. The bill would restore not only the PCE, but also highway funding, student scholarships and other accounts.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Power Cost Equalization Endowment helps to alleviate the high cost of energy in rural Alaska. In 2018, $746,000 dollars were subsidized from residents’ bills between Aleknagik and Dillingham alone. “So if you’re a residential member, your first 500 kilowatt hours is subsidized at 19.7 cents,” he said. “In affect…that’s $100 a month.” “But that PCE endowment fund, it’s among the many priorities that I’ve got on my plate right now,” he said. “That’s at the top in terms of getting that fund liquidated, getting that money recapitalized, keeping those benefits in place and keeping the endowment going forward in the (sic) perpetuity.” Most homes use between six and 800 kilowatts a month. The sweep of the PCE is the result of a stalemate in funding between the governor and the legislature. Himschoot said it’s unprecedented. To pass the bill, legislators need a three-quarters majority vote in the house and senate. The bill was approved 29-7 Monday, but fell one vote short of the majority. Four members of the House were absent for the vote. Edgmon says he is committed to holding another vote before August. While electric bills will increase for the month of July, the PCE could still be saved. Contact the author at tyler@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200. Legislators are working to restore some of the line-item vetoes. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon is on the frontlines to restore the fund. Legislators are also voting on House Bill 2001 to fund a $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividend and, in turn, restore funds to other line-item vetoes. If legislators fail to pass either bill, the PCE could disappear.  PCE was one of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s 182 line-item vetoes. Dillingham and Aleknagik are among the 180 communities impacted by the legislature’s sweep of the Power Cost Equalization Endowment. CEO Bob Himschoot said residential members of Nushagak Cooperative are facing a significant increase to their bills. “You know if that money isn’t put into place, there will be no PCE payments for the upcoming year…upcoming winter and that will be a huge shock to most people in rural Alaska,” he said. “To me, it’s a legacy program that needs to stay in place for rural Alaska in itself, so…very instrumental at people being able to afford staying in smaller communities.” “There’s not been a situation like this since PCE was first developed as a program in 1985,” he said. “So it’s all uncharted waters.” Legislators are aiming to draw on some of the funds from the Constitutional Budget Reserve through Senate Bill 2002. The bill would restore not only the PCE, but also highway funding, student scholarships and other accounts.last_img read more

Redesigned Xbox 360 E teardown reveals its a cost saver for Microsoft

first_imgThe surprise announcement by Microsoft at its E3 event earlier this week was that the Xbox 360 had been redesigned to look more like the forthcoming Xbox One. That new design was made available immediately in both 4GB and 250GB configurations, and iFixit has wasted no time purchasing the 250GB version to take apart.The new model is known as the Xbox 360 E, where as the previous one is called the Xbox 360 S. And apart from a model name change and cosmetic case update, there is very little different between the two consoles. What Microsoft has changed is clearly to save on the cost of manufacturing the machine.The cost saving measures include redesigning the back port area on the console to be a neater layout. But that layout has also come at the cost of a few ports. The A/V and S/PDIF ports are gone, and Microsoft has cut the number of USB ports on the 360 E to just 4, with one disappearing from the back panel.The casing is quite a nice design, but there is a bit of concern about the Xbox 360 logo on the front panel. The unit iFixit purchased had part of the silver on the first “X” in the logo chipped off. That could be an isolated incident, or it may be that the process of applying the silver finish isn’t great and it will be a common complaint.On to the hard drive and iFixit found it easy to remove the little black box from the side of the machine. When they cut it open, inside was a 2.5-inch 5400rpm Samsung 250GB SATA drive. It’s a standard drive, but that doesn’t mean you can replace it with another of your choice. Microsoft forces you to purchase an official replacement drive if you want to upgrade/replace it.The Xbox 360 E is being described as just as quiet as the previous model, and there’s a good reason for that as it uses the exact same fan for cooling as the S does. Microsoft also kept the same heatsink configuration because they solved the RRoD problem in the S, so why mess with that, right?The only other change is to do with the buttons (power, disc eject, and wireless sync) on the front of the console. They now have their own board, and the backlight for the power button has been removed.Overall, with the ease of opening the case, the fact no components were glued in place, and there were very few cables to deal with, iFixit gave the Xbox 360 E a very commendable 8/10 for repairability. For Microsoft, it clearly forms a way to keep offering their existing console while saving on the cost of manufacturing it. For consumers, it’s basically the same machine in a different case with fewer ports.last_img read more

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first_imgThe surprise announcement by Microsoft at its E3 event earlier this week was that the Xbox 360 had been redesigned to look more like the forthcoming Xbox One. That new design was made available immediately in both 4GB and 250GB configurations, and iFixit has wasted no time purchasing the 250GB version to take apart.The new model is known as the Xbox 360 E, where as the previous one is called the Xbox 360 S. And apart from a model name change and cosmetic case update, there is very little different between the two consoles. What Microsoft has changed is clearly to save on the cost of manufacturing the machine.The cost saving measures include redesigning the back port area on the console to be a neater layout. But that layout has also come at the cost of a few ports. The A/V and S/PDIF ports are gone, and Microsoft has cut the number of USB ports on the 360 E to just 4, with one disappearing from the back panel.The casing is quite a nice design, but there is a bit of concern about the Xbox 360 logo on the front panel. The unit iFixit purchased had part of the silver on the first “X” in the logo chipped off. That could be an isolated incident, or it may be that the process of applying the silver finish isn’t great and it will be a common complaint.On to the hard drive and iFixit found it easy to remove the little black box from the side of the machine. When they cut it open, inside was a 2.5-inch 5400rpm Samsung 250GB SATA drive. It’s a standard drive, but that doesn’t mean you can replace it with another of your choice. Microsoft forces you to purchase an official replacement drive if you want to upgrade/replace it.The Xbox 360 E is being described as just as quiet as the previous model, and there’s a good reason for that as it uses the exact same fan for cooling as the S does. Microsoft also kept the same heatsink configuration because they solved the RRoD problem in the S, so why mess with that, right?The only other change is to do with the buttons (power, disc eject, and wireless sync) on the front of the console. They now have their own board, and the backlight for the power button has been removed.Overall, with the ease of opening the case, the fact no components were glued in place, and there were very few cables to deal with, iFixit gave the Xbox 360 E a very commendable 8/10 for repairability. For Microsoft, it clearly forms a way to keep offering their existing console while saving on the cost of manufacturing it. For consumers, it’s basically the same machine in a different case with fewer ports.last_img read more