Adityanath cracks whip on latecomers

first_imgFollowing reports of Noida Authority staff allegedly not reaching office on time, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday sought the employee details of both Noida and Greater Noida Authorities.Mr. Adityanath also ordered that 73 employees of the Noida Authority, who had not been marking themselves present on biometric machine, be marked absent for the corresponding days. He also ordered that their salaries be deducted.Noida and Greater Noida Authority CEO Deepak Agarwal confirmed this. “The Chief Minister has asked for details such as the employees’ income, assets, ranks, tenure, departments, etc. While 40% of the staff members in the Greater Noida Authority have submitted their details, employees of the Noida Authority are yet to file the same,” said Mr. Agarwal.Plugging corruptionSoon after assuming office on March 19, Mr. Adityanath had directed Ministers and top officials to provide details of their income and assets within 15 days. He had said rooting out corruption in government offices was his main agenda. However, a majority of the officials failed to adhere to the deadline of April 7.Mr. Agarwal further said that to improve work culture in the authorities, he had asked the employees to mark their attendance on biometric machines. Failure to comply with the order would amount to strict action, he added.The Noida Authority had on March 23 installed biometric machines to crack down on employees who would reach office late. The Noida Authority’s offices are located in sectors 6, 5, 19 and 39. According to rules, the employees must reach office by 9:30 a.m. and not leave before 5 p.m. The two authorities work for five days a week. ‘30% staff absent’“During an inspection, I found that around 30% of the staff was absent. Whoever reaches office after 9:30 a.m. will be marked absent,” said Mr. Agarwal.Earlier, every employee had to sign on an attendance sheet. However, many would sign the sheet in the month-end. With the introduction of biometric attendance, the flaw was exposed. Explanation sought“We have also sought an explanation from those who were not present at 9:30 a.m.,” the CEO said.“If they will fail to furnish a satisfactory reply, we will take action against them. If absent employees are repeatedly absent, we will take departmental action against them,” he added.last_img read more

BJP may rope in Aseemanand to work in West Bengal

first_imgThe BJP in West Bengal is planning to rope in Hindutva preacher Swami Aseemanand, who was acquitted in the Mecca Masjid blast case earlier this week, to strengthen its base, its State unit chief said here on Thursday.“I have personally known Swami Aseemanand for a long time. I will talk to him and try to bring him to West Bengal so that he can work here. For a long time, he has worked among the tribals in Bengal. He can help us in a lot of ways,” BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said.A special anti-terror court on Monday acquitted the 66-year-old self-confessed monk and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, holding that the prosecution failed to prove “even a single allegation” against them.Aseemanand’s younger brother, Sushanta Sarkar, is presently secretary of the BJP’s Hooghly unit.Mr. Sarkar said he would be happy if his brother returned to the State to work. “Our entire family is dedicated towards the Sangh Parivar. If my brother comes to Bengal and wants to work here, we will be very happy,” Mr. Sarkar said.A science graduateAseemanand, who was born Naba Kumar Sarkar at Kamarpukur in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, completed his graduation in science in 1971.He became involved with right-wing groups from school, going on to work full time with the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Purulia and Bankura districts of the State. It was at the ashram that Naba Kumar Sarkar was christened Swami Aseemanand in 1981.last_img read more

Rio 2016, Day 15: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to our Live Coverage of the 15th day of the Rio Olympics. Catch all the live updates here.Live Updates:6.45 IST: Athletics Roundup: Men’s 4x400m Relay Final: USA win Gold in Men’s 4x400m Relay to bring an end to the Athletics events at this Olympics. Jamaica take Silver, Bahamas bag Bronze. Women’s 4x400m Relay Final – United States win Gold with a time of 3:19.06, Jamaica settle for Silver and Great Britain bag the Bronze medal. Women’s 800m Final – South Africa’s Caster Semenya wins Gold, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba takes Silver and Margaret Wambui from Kenya bags the Bronze.Men’s 1500m Final – USA’s Matthew Centrowitz wins Gold, Algeria’s Toufik Makhloufi takes Silver and Nicholas Willis from New Zealand bags the Bronze.Men’s Javelin Throw Final – Germany’s Thomas Rohler wins Gold, Kenya’s Julius Yego takes Silver and Keshorn Walcott from Trinidad & Tobago bags the Bronze. 6.34 IST: Athletics: Paul Chelimo, who won the Silver medal in the Men’s 5000m Final has been disqualified. Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet gets the Silver instead while the Bronze goes to USA’s Bernard Lagat. 6.32 IST: Athletics: 37-year-old Ruth Beitia from Spain wins Gold in Women’s High Jump Final, Bulgaria’s Mirela Demireva settles for Silver, while Blanka Vlasic from Croatia takes Bronze. 6.20 IST: Athletics: Great Britain’s Mo Farah wins Men’s 5000m Gold to become only the second man after Finland’s Lasse Viren to win both distance track events (5000m & 10,000m) at consecutive Olympics. USA’s Paul Chelimo takes the Silver medal while the Bronze goes to Hagos Gebrhiwet from Ethiopa.advertisement.@Mo_Farah wins #gold in 5000m! Time=13:03.30 #Olympics #Athletics Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 20166.15 IST: Athletics: Mo Farah takes the lead in the Men’s 5000m Final race with 4 laps to go.6.08 IST: Men’s 5000m Final: Mo Farah starts off the race by dropping down the pack.  6.06 IST: Coming Up: Men’s 5000m Final involving Great Britain’s Mo Farah.4.41 IST: Brazil beat Germany 5-4 on penalties to clinch maiden Men’s Football Gold. Match had ended 1-1 after extra-time. Germany’s Nils Petersen missed the penalty in sudden death. Brazil’s captain Neymar then stepped up and scored the winning penalty to lead his country to Olympic glory at the historic Maracana stadium.  #BRA men’s #football:Atlanta 1996, Beijing 2008- #BronzeLA 1984, Seoul 1988, London 2012- #Silver#Rio2016- #Gold Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 2016….and he scores! @neymarjr scores the winning goal and #BRA take home the #Gold! Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 2016#BRA beats #GER in the shoot-out! #gold #football #Olympics #Rio2016 Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 20164.38 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – Brazil 4-4 Germany. Sudden Death now! 4.38 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – Brazil 3-4 Germany. 4.37 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – brazil 3-3 Germany. 4.37 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – Brazil 2-3 Germany. 4.36 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – Brazil 2-2 Germany. 4.35 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – Brazil 1-2 Germany. 4.34 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – Brazil 1-1 Germany. 4.33 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalties – Brazil 0-1 Germany.4.28 IST: Men’s Football Final: Penalty shootout will decide the winner of this match as 120 minutes have failed to separate the two side as Brazil and Germany stay level at 1-1 after extra-time. Can you believe it? A penalty shootout will decide the #Gold as the match ends #BRA 1 x 1 #GER after extra time. Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 2016 4.10 IST: Men’s Football Final: Brazil 1 Germany 1 after first-half of extra-time. 3.52 IST: Meanwhile, China’s Aisen Chen has clinched the Gold medal in Men’s 10m Platform Diving Final. Silver goes to Italy’s German Sanchez and the Bronze has been bagged by David Boudia of USA. Men’s #Diving 10m platform:#Gold – Chen Aisen #CHN#Silver – German Sanchez #MEX#Bronze- David Boudia #USA Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 20163.50 IST: Men’s Football Final: The match has gone into extra-time as Brazil and Germany stand level at 1-1 after regulation time. Neymar had put Brazil in the lead in the 26th minute but it was cancelled out by Germany’s Max Meyer in the 59th minute. Another 30 minutes to decide the winner of this match! More time needed to settle the #Gold! #BRA 1 x 1 #GER at the end of the second half. Extra time up next. #Football Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 20163.15 IST: Men’s Football Final: Germany draw level as Max Meyer beats the Brazilian goalkeeper with a right-footed shot in the 59th minute. Germany equalize with a goal from Maximilian Meyer. It’s now #BRA 1-1 #GER in the second half at the #Maracan Stadium ??advertisement Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 20162.47 IST: Men’s Football Final: Brazil lead Germany 1-0 at half-time thanks to Neymar’s goal in the 26th minute. Hosts also have had more possession of the ball at 56 per cent. Shots on Goal: Germany (4), Brazil (1); Fouls: Germany (9), Brazil (6).The fans went crazy as #BRA scored their first goal of the #Gold medal match at the @BlvdOlimpico Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 2016Brazil on top with the lone goal before the break. #BRA 1, #GER 0.Second half of #Football on the way. Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 20162.26 IST: Men’s Football Final: Brazil take the lead thanks to a stunning free-kick from their captain Neymar in the 26th minute. How @neymarjr celebrates his goal…#Football #Rio2016 Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 20162.24 IST: Meanwhile, Russia beat France 22-19 to clinch the Gold medal in Women’s Handball Final.02.14 IST: Men’s Football Final: Both teams are playing attacking football early on in the match.  #Olympics head-to-head1952 quarter-final: #GER 4-2 #BRA AET1984 group stage: #GER 0-1 #BRA1988 semi-final: #GER 1-1 #BRA AET (2-3 PSO)&; (@FIFAcom) August 20, 2016#RUS wins 22-19 against #FRA in the women’s #handball #gold medal match! Congrats!; Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 201623:32 IST Nigeria beat Honduras 3-2 to take Bronze in men’s football. Congratulations @NicolaAdams2012 , 2x Olympic Champion!! ??????#Boxing #AIBA #Rio2016; AIBA (@AIBA_Boxing) August 20, 201622:28 IST Aditi Ashok finishes 41st in women’s golf. Inbee Park of Korea wins Gold. Women’s #golf has just finished!#Gold @InbeePark #KOR#Silver @LydiaKo #NZL#Bronze S. Feng #CHN#Olympics; Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 2016 .@gwenjorgensen (#USA) takes #gold in women’s #triathlon#silver @NicolaSpirig (#SUI) #bronze @VixHolland (#GBR) Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 2016. @OlympicGolf women’s final is currently underway #rio2016. #golf was at the #olympics 116 years ago. ??? Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 2016K. Alizadeh Zenoorin won #bronze in #taekwondo (-57kg) becoming 1st #IRI female athlete to win an Olympic medal! Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 201621.07 IST: NEWS! One more honour awaits Simone Biles at the Rio Games. The five-time gymnastics medalist – four of them gold – will carry the U.S. flag into Sunday’s closing ceremony, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Saturday.Biles was chosen by fellow U.S. Olympians in a vote. “It’s an incredible honor,” Biles said.Biles made her Olympic debut in Rio, winning team gold and individual titles in women’s all-around, vault and floor exercise, along with a bronze on balance beam. She’s one of only four women, and the first American, to win four golds in a single Olympics. Long Chen #CHN celebrates victory over Chong Wei Lee #MAS after the Men’s Singles Badminton Gold Medal match ????????? Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 2016L. Chen (#CHN) defeated @LeeChongWei (#MAS) to win #gold in men’s singles. #badminton #Olympics Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 201619.42 IST: BADMINTON! Chen Long of China beats world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 21-18, 21-18 to win men’s singles Gold. The stage is set and the Women’s #Triathlon is underway! Going to be an incredible race today in Copacabana. Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 2016Congrats! #GER #gold #SVK #silver #CZE #bronze Men’s K4 1000m #CanoeSprint Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 2016Congratulations! #GER #gold #BRA #silver #UKR #bronze Men’s C2 1000m #CanoeSprint Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 2016Congratulations! L.Heath #GBR #gold M.Beaumont #FRA #silver S.Craviotto #ESP #bronze Men’s K1 200m #canoesprint Olympics (@Olympics) August 20, 2016USA men’s basketball team reach Rio 2016 final after beating Spain Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 20, 2016It’s an incredible #GOLD medal for @Liam_heath ???????????? #Rio2016 #BringOnTheGreat Team GB (@TeamGB) August 20, 201618.18 IST: BADMINTON! Axelsen Viktor of Denmark beats Lin Dan of China 15-21, 21-10, 21-17 to win men’s singles Bronze. 17.16 IST: NEWS! The Australian Associated Press says 10 Australian athletes have been detained in Rio de Janeiro for allegedly altering their Olympic credentials to improve their seats at the Australian men’s semifinal basketball game against Serbia. 17.07 IST: BADMINTON! Lin Dan of China vs Axelsen Viktor of Denmark men’s singles Bronze medal match gets underway. GOLFInbee Park takes a two-shot lead into the final round of women’s golf at Olympic Golf Course.Kiwi Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, is on her heels. She made the first hole-in-one of her career as she raced into contention. Gerina Piller, an American who has not won on the LPGA tour (but perhaps best known for a clutch putt in the 2015 Solheim Cup), is also two shots back. India’s Aditi Ashok will be in action.SOCCERBrazil take on Germany for the men’s gold. in a rematch of nations that made it to the World Cup semifinals. The players are different in this under-23 game, but Brazilians are hungering for redemption after the humiliating 7-1 loss at home.As Brazil routed Honduras in the Olympic semifinals, the crowd chanted that Germany’s “turn is coming up.”Victory would give Brazil, led by standout Neymar after a disappointing start to the tournament, the only trophy it hasn’t won in soccer.Honduras plays Nigeria for the Bronze.BASKETBALLThe U.S. women take on Spain. seeking an unprecedented sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Spain, meanwhile, has assured itself of the first medal in women’s basketball in the country’s history.The two teams met in the preliminary pool and the Americans won by 40 points. They did have a healthy Sue Bird for that game. She missed the semifinal win over France because of a sprained right knee capsule but practiced on Friday and said she hopes to play.The Americans won their first seven games by an average of nearly 40 points and are scoring 102.3 points a contest.France faces Serbia in the bronze medal game.TRACK AND FIELDFresh off winning the 10 kilometer race in dramatic fashion, British standout Mo Farah is looking for his second double when the 5K sets off. Farah won the 5K and 10K in London four years ago.South Africa’s Caster Semenya has dominated the 800 meters this year and is a favorite to win the gold medal at 9:15 p.m. She kept plenty in reserve in the semifinals and still easily posted the fastest time. The silver medalist in London four years ago, Semenya has become the unwilling face of the controversial debate in track and field over women with very high levels of testosterone being allowed to compete.The women’s 4×400 relay is at 10 p.m. The Americans made it look easy in their heat Friday night, winning by more than 3 seconds over second-place Ukraine. Courtney Okolo ran the first leg, followed by Taylor Ellis-Watson, Francena McCorory and Phyllis Francis.Jamaica, the U.S. and Belgium had the top qualifying times on Friday night for the men’s 4×400 finals, which are being run at 10:35 p.m.Defending javelin champion Keshorn Walcott set the tone for the 10:55 p.m. final by leading qualifying. The Trinidad and Tobago thrower produced one of the surprises of the London Games four years ago when he won the Olympic title only weeks after winning the under-20 world title. World champion Julius Yego of Kenya didn’t get a qualifying mark until his third throw in the preliminaries.In the 1,500, Kenyans Asbel Kiprop and Ronald Kwemoi are good shots for medals at 9 p.m. Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi and American Matt Centrowitz hope to crash the party.American Chaunte Lowe is searching for her first medal in the high jump at her fourth Olympics and has the top jump of the season. Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch of Germany should also be in the mix. And keep an eye on teenager Vashti Cunningham, who’s the daughter of longtime NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. BOXINGThe two most successful nations in Olympic boxing will meet with a gold medal on the line for the first time in 20 years. Standout U.S. bantamweight Shakur Stevenson and defending Olympic champ Cuba ‘s Robeisy Ramirez will end that drought at 2:15 p.m. in a fight that could resonate through boxing for years.British flyweight Nicola Adams also fights for her second straight gold medal against France’s Sarah Ourahmoune, and Cuban star Arlen Lopez faces Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev for middleweight gold.BADMINTONLee Chong Wei of Malaysia overcame two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China to advance to the finals against a younger Chinese star, Chen Long. Lee avenged his losses to Lin in the previous two Olympic finals. They play at 9:20 a.m.last_img read more

Home pitches hide Virat Kohli’s weaknesses, says James Anderson

first_imgEngland fast bowler James Anderson took a dig at Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian captain’s technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lack pace and movement.Anderson dismissed Kohli four times during India’s Test series in England in 2014 but the batsman has already scored 640 runs in the ongoing  five-Test series at an average of 128. Kohli has been in prolific form in 2016, scoring heavily in all formats of the game. (The world will be at Virat Kohli’s feet in a few years’ time: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)However, England’s most prolific wicket-taker felt Kohli, who has scored three double hundreds in 2016, was not tested enough in home conditions.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” said England’s highest ever wicket-taker in Test matches. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he added.ENGLAND FAILED TO EXECUTE The veteran pacer admitted that they could not execute their plans against Jayant Yadav despite being aware that he is a very capable batsman.advertisement”We plan for every batsman – from 1 to 11. We have played three Tests now against Yadav, so it is no surprise – we knew he can bat very competently. We had plans for him. Sometimes they don’t come off; sometimes you don’t execute your plans well enough, as was the case today. I thought he played exceptionally well,” he said. (Kohli made batting a lot easier, says Jayant Yadav)Anderson said England will notlook to play for a draw on the final day but would rather try to score quickly to set the hosts a targetand keep alive the series.England, down 2-0 in the series, trail India by 49 runs with four second-innings wickets remaining at the close of the fourthday.On a turning Wankhede Stadium pitch, batting fourth will not be easy for the hosts, who made 631 in their first innings. (Virat Kohli gives Wankhede, that Tendulkar experience)England lost three wickets cheaply in their second innings before Joe Root andJonny Bairstow launched a counter-attack with brisk fifties to bringdown the deficit.”We are going to come here tomorrow and try to fight our way back into this game if we can. We are 50 runs behind. If we can bat with the positive intent we showed today, there’s no reason why we can’t get a hundred ahead of them and then try to put some pressure on them with the ball,” Anderson said.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma’s 3rd ODI double hundred: A recap of his 209 in 2013 and 264 in 2014

first_imgRohit Sharma smashed his third double hundred in ODI cricket during India’s second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali on Wednesday.He became the only batsman in the history of the format to hit three double tons.This was also the highest score by any captain against Sri Lanka. He crossed Vivian Richards, who had 181 against the Lankans.Rohit, who scored two in the first match in Dharamsala, came out all guns blazing and attacked the bowlers after the debacle in the first ODI.WATCH VIDEO HEREHe was watchful in a 115-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before opening up when Shreyas Iyer joined him in the middle. He started attacking the bowlers and took charge along with his fellow Mumbaikar. He completed his hundred off 115 balls of the bowling of Sachith Pathirana in the 40th over and then completely took apart the Sri Lankan bowlers.The stylish right-hander then kicked on and completed his double ton off the 151 balls and his second vs Sri Lanka.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Here is a recap of his two previous double centuries:209 vs Australia, Bangalore (November 2, 2013): That was another match at home and Rohit was involbved in another big partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. And then disaster struck when a mix-up between Rohit and Virat Kohli saw the latter depart for a duck. However, Rohit tore into the Australian attack and smashed 12 fours and 16 sixes to finish with 209 off 158 balls. India piled up 383/6 and Australia fell short by 57 runs.advertisement264 vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata (November 13, 2014): A year later, Rohit was at it again. Making a comeback into the Indian team, Rohit needed some runs before the World Cup. And he responded to the pressure with the highest individual score in ODI history.Like today, Rohit had got off to a slow start at the Eden Gardens but exploded later to finish with 264 off 173 balls. His knock was studded with 33 fours and nine sixes. The hapless opponents were Sri Lanka (again) and they fell way short of India’s 404/5.3rd double-century for Rohit Sharma in ODIs. He has scored 10.61% of his career runs (6417) in the three inns alone – 264, 209, 208. No other batsman has more than one 200. #IndvSL- Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 13, 2017last_img read more

Toshiba: photocoupler with UVLO for digitally controlled switching power supplies and IPM drives

first_img Continue Reading Previous Würth and Infineon present wireless power development system 200-W-WPTNext Xilinx unveils adaptable computing product category Toshiba Electronics Europe launched a new high-speed IC-Photocoupler for MOSFET gate signal insulation. The TLP2735 is Toshiba’s first photocoupler to incorporate an under-voltage lockout (UVLO) function with hysteresis. UVLO reduces the photocouplers susceptibility to noise that is often generated in power supply cables, and can prevent malfunctions at switch on. With an isolation voltage of min. 5kVrms between the input and output, as well as compliance with the IEC60747-5-5 photocoupler safety standard, the new TLP2735 is suitable for all applications that require high levels of insulation performance.The operating power supply voltage in the output side covers the 9 to 20V range, ideally suited to MOSFET gate voltages. The high-power supply voltage means that the device can also be used for IPM input insulation. The TLP2735 offers a short propagation delay of 100ns (max) and a data transfer rate of 10Mbps.The device is housed in a low profile SO6L surface mount package with a max. height of 2.3mm, that provides creepage and clearance distances of min. 8mm, supporting reinforced insulation requirements. In addition, with an operating temperature range of -40 to 125°C, the device is highly suited to rugged industrial applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Admits He Wants Jalen Hurts To Win The Heisman

first_imgCurrent Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)ESPN SEC analyst Paul Finebaum isn’t known for heaping praise or even compliments on anyone not from the SEC. That makes his appreciation for Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts all the more interesting, though Hurts has deep SEC roots, of course.In an appearance on Get Up, Finebaum identified the former Alabama quarterback as his top candidate to win the Heisman. He had Hurts as his first pick, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence second, and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa third.Jalen Hurts may be just about the only player who Paul Finebaum respects more after leaving the SEC. Via 247Sports:“Jalen Hurts has been spectacular. Maybe there’s a little bit of my heart wanting him to win because of what he’s been through and his resiliency. He’s just shown that he deserves it and I think he’s going to be in New York.”But he stopped short of saying that Hurts’ strong season would translate to a top selection in the NFL. “Everyone loves Jalen Hurts,” Finebaum said. “He may very well win the Heisman Trophy, but he will not be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Jalen Hurts has not quite gotten there yet. He has surprised a lot of people with his resilience, but it would be one of the biggest upsets ever if he went from nowhere to No. 1 in a short period of time.”A Heisman Trophy winner has been the No. 1 overall draft pick in three of the last five NFL Drafts. The last three Heisman Trophy winners from Oklahoma have all gone first overall, including Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in the last two years.Whether Hurts winds up with a big NFL contract remains to be seen. Right now though, he looks like one of the best players in all of college football.[247Sports]last_img read more

World’s Largest Underwater Theme Park Will Include a Sunken Boeing 747

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Like mountain climbers, polar explorers, and other adrenaline junkies, scuba divers are always looking for the next big thrill. This year, Bahrain hopes to tempt traveling divers with a bucket-list-worthy theme park purpose-built for marine exploration.Last week, the Kingdom of Bahrain announced plans to open the world’s largest underwater theme park. The site will encompass more than one million square feet of aquatic space to include art installations, artificial coral reefs, and a full-sized replica of a Bahraini pearl merchant’s house. The biggest draw, however, is likely to be a sunken Boeing 747 which divers — especially wreck divers — will be able to explore inside and out.The 230-foot-long decommissioned jet will be carefully prepared to serve as the park’s centerpiece before it’s lowered into the Arabian Gulf. Environmentally speaking, it might seem like a poor decision. But, Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Environment told CNN Travel that, “All aircraft surfaces will be subjected to a high-pressure wash with bio-friendly detergents to ensure all post-production coatings, oil and grime are removed … A vast amount of time has been spent removing contaminants from the aircraft. This has included removing all wiring, all hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel systems, and all adhesives, insulation, plastics, rubbers, chemicals or other potential toxic substances.” Athletic Brewing Scores Big with Non-Alcoholic Beers that Actually Taste Good The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcycle center_img Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Creating an artificial reef by sinking a full-sized aircraft is unusual, but this isn’t the first time it’s been done. Divers in Mermet Springs, Illinois, can explore a sunken Boeing 727 that was used in the ‘90s blockbuster U.S. Marshals. Likewise, Turkey is home to a sunken Airbus jet along the Aegean Coast, and the remains of a Boeing 737 lie in Chemainus in the waters of British Columbia’s Stuart Channel.Interest in underwater attractions has exploded in the last few years as travelers seek lesser-explored destinations (read: those that haven’t been Instagrammed to oblivion). In the last year alone, an underwater art museum near Florida’s Gulf Coast, a stunning submerged hotel in the Maldives, and the opening of the world’s largest underwater restaurant in Norway have all made headlines.If you’re hard-pressed to find Bahrain on a map, you’re not alone. While more than 12 million tourists visited the tiny island nation in 2018, it’s not exactly a hot-spot for American travelers. Yet, it’s been quietly making a name for itself, particularly among expats who ranked the country #5 on the list of the world’s best countries to live and work abroad.An official opening date has yet to be announced for Bahrain’s underwater theme park, but sources expect it to be sometime in the summer of 2019. Think of it as the perfect in-the-field training ahead of this year’s opening of the Titanic wreck site.last_img read more

Premier Issues Statement on Death of Nelson Mandela

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil issued the following statement tonight, Dec. 5, on the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela. To leave a message on a national book of condolence, visit : “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, to the people of South Africa, and to everyone who was inspired by his dignity and his unwavering commitment to freedom. There are few people who will leave a mark as indelible on this Earth as Mr. Mandela. His message of peace, forgiveness and acceptance is one we should all aspire to in whatever way we can, in tribute to his memory. I ask that Nova Scotians take a moment to pause, reflect on the life of this great man, and all he has given to the global community.” -30-last_img read more

Lankan man arrested in Canada over 2009 restaurant fire

A Sri Lankan man believed to have left Canada in the wake of a fire at a restaurant in Woodstock, Canada is now in the custody of Canadian authorities.Woodstock Police say Jeyakumar Shanmuganathan was arrested at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, while returning to Canada from Sri Lanka, CTV news Canada reported. Shanmuganathan was wanted by police in connection with the 2009 arson at the Iron Grill restaurant. The second man, Arun Rajendiran, was found dead in prison less than two months after his sentencing.Usama Akhter, who admitted to arson, was severely injured in the fire. He lost his right leg, and spent six months in a coma.A fourth person, Mohammad Sarfraz, died of injuries he received in the fire. Court has heard that the fire was planned as part of an insurance scam, with the group hoping to collect a $5,000 payout. (Colombo Gazette) In 2014, one man pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the fire, while a second pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson. read more

Dollarama reports Q2 profit and sales up raises comparable store sales guidance

Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. reported a profit of $143.2 million in its latest quarter as its sales grew 9.0 per cent compared with a year ago.The discount retailer says its profit amounted to 45 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Aug. 4 compared with a profit of $140.4 million or 42 cents per diluted share a year ago.Sales totalled $946.4 million, up from $868.5 million, while comparable store sales grew 4.7 per cent.Analysts, on average, had expected a profit of 46 cents per share and revenue of $939.2 million, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.In its outlook, Dollarama raised its guidance for comparable store sales growth to a range of 3.5 to 4.5 per cent compared with earlier expectations for between 3.0 and 4.0 per cent.However, the retailer said its gross margins are expected to come in at the low end of its earlier guidance at 43.25 to 43.75 per cent, compared with earlier expectations for between 43.25 and 44.25 per cent. read more

Ohio State mens basketball trying to right the ship before postseason play

Senior forward Sam Thompson (right) keeps his eye on the ball during a game against Penn State on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWith just four regular season games remaining before tournament play takes over the college basketball landscape, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is limping back to Columbus.Having played eight of its last 12 games on the road, the Buckeyes have lost three of their last five games including back-to-back losses to Michigan and Michigan State. The good news for OSU is that three of its last four games are set to be played at the Schottenstein Center, with the last road game coming against Penn State next Wednesday.OSU coach Thad Matta said he knew months ago that the current stretch of road games could make or break the Buckeyes’ season.“I knew in July when the Big Ten schedule came out, I said, ‘My God, coming out of Ann Arbor if our heads are above water, and we’ve got a decent mojo about us, we’ve got a shot,’” Matta said Wednesday. “The biggest thing that I’m at right now is, ‘Hey guys, look, we’re OK. We know what we’ve gotta do, we know how we’ve gotta do it, now let’s walk out on the court and get the job done.’”Doing just that will be key if the Buckeyes want to make their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.OSU, which has slipped to a No. 8 seed in ESPN’s most recent bracket projections, has not been seeded that low since the 2009 tournament when the Buckeyes fell to No. 9 seed Siena in double overtime.That team, which lost in Dayton, boasted just one senior (a walk-on) and had little NCAA Tournament experience.Despite that, Matta said he doesn’t believe he has to do anything extra to motivate or educate his current freshman-laden roster about the big dance.“Times have changed. I remember, I don’t know if it was ‘08, I had a team meeting one time and said, ‘How many of you freshmen know how to get in the NCAA tournament?’ They didn’t know,” Matta said. “Now, that’s been seven years ago and everybody knows. I like where they (the current freshmen) are in terms of how they’re playing and how they are getting better. I would hope the four seniors that have been here would be telling them those things. I am sure they know that, I don’t like to bring it up.”One of those seniors, forward Sam Thompson, has been as far as the Final Four in the tournament.Thompson, who played 12 minutes in a 64-62 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2012 semifinal as a freshman, said getting back to the NCAA Tournament remains in OSU’s sights.“Obviously the end goal is to make the NCAA Tournament. For the seniors that have been deep in the tournament, we know that there is no better feeling,” Thompson said. “For the young guys, they all came here for an opportunity to play in the tournament. We know that we have some work to do, as far as our résumé, but our goal is to get better, our goal is to play our best basketball. We know if we do that, everything else will work itself out.”The Buckeyes are getting set to try and right the ship Thursday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who have dropped their last five games.Despite the Cornhuskers’ poor form, Thompson said he expects a motivated and fired-up squad coming in from Lincoln, Neb.The Cornhuskers might have extra motivation coming from the fact that coach Tim Miles revoked the team’s access to their locker room after a 74-46 loss at home to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday.“I didn’t hear anything about it until coach Matta told us when he was sort of setting the stage,” Thompson said of Nebraska’s lockout. “We know they are going to come in and play hard. I guess their locker room is on the line now. We know they are going to come in and give us their best shot. We know that we have to be ready to play. Our mindset doesn’t really change.”The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers are set to tip off at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. read more

HD Advanced Manufacturing and its acquisition of Overton Chicago Gear

first_imgBabson Capital Management, a global investment management firm with more than $154 billion in assets under management and operations on four continents, has provided subordinated debt and equity to support H-D Advanced Manufacturing’s investment in Overton Chicago Gear Corp. With roots dating to 1888, Addison, Illinois-based Overton designs and manufactures large, custom gearing products for mining and other  industries. Overton manufactures a wide range of gears and gearboxes, many of which are based on proprietary designs and all featuring high-precision parts durable and reliable enough to withstand harsh operating environments. Overton’s bevel gearing is one of the products used and the company produces spiral bevel gears, skewed bevel gears and straight bevel gears, both through hardened and case hardened and hard cut. The company reports it has “bevel gear capacity that is virtually unrivaled by any company worldwide. We also supply large spur gears, large helical gears and large gearboxes to the mining industry.”The acquisition of Overton is a great first step toward achieving H-D Advanced Manufacturing’s strategy of becoming a strategic supplier of heavy-duty, precision-engineered components to the world’s leading industrial companies..Babson Capital’s Mezzanine & Private Equity Group was the lead provider of subordinated debt on the transaction. H-D Advanced Manufacturing is a holding company formed to acquire heavy-duty, precision-engineered components manufacturing businesses and Overton is its first such investment. The holding company was formed by three leading private equity groups, The Riverside Company, Hicks Equity Partners and Weinberg Capital Partners.last_img read more

Appeal made on ninth anniversary of murdered Donegal man

first_img Andrew Burns Image: Garda Press Office Monday 13 Feb 2017, 1:30 PM Short URL Appeal made on ninth anniversary of murdered Donegal man Andrew Burns was killed in 2008. 7,189 Views GARDAÍ IN DONEGAL have issued an appeal for information relating to the death of a man in 2008.Andrew Burns, then 27, was murdered on 12 February 2008 in Donnyloop, Castlefin, Co. Donegal.Gardaí believe that a number of people were involved in this murder and to date a number of people have been arrested and questioned both in this country and in Northern Ireland.An Garda Síochána says it is “grateful for all the witnesses that have come forward and made statements” but believe that there are still people who have information which may assist with the investigation.Gardaí are today renewing their appeal for anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to come forward to assist with this investigation.They can contact the incident room at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.Read: Michael Healy-Rae hits out at being called ‘Trumpian’ by Oliver Callan Andrew Burns center_img Feb 13th 2017, 1:30 PM Share3 Tweet Email Image: Garda Press Office By Paul Hosford 3 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Thessaloniki visitors bound for leap UAE airline establishes new route

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dubai-based flydubai announced new routes to Thessaloniki from June this year, the airline said Wednesday being the the first UAE airline to operate flights to Thessaloniki.Chief executive of the carrier said the addition, which also includes flights to Aqaba, will increase the number of underserved markets by flydubai. “We are looking forward to the start of flydubai’s flights to Aqaba and Thessaloniki. Both cities are major economic, industrial, commercial centres and very popular leisure destinations especially in the summer,” Mr Al Ghaith said. Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, Middle East, Europe and CIS), said the move will make the destinations “more accessible for travellers” especially those looking for new destinations to explore. “[This] will undoubtedly stimulate the traffic flows and tourism between the UAE, Greece and Jordan,” he said. Making these destinations more accessible to travellers looking for news destinations to explore, will undoubtedly stimulate the traffic flows and tourism between the UAE, Greece and Jordan,” Mr Efendi said. Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece with over one million inhabitants and has a major transportation hub for the country and Southeastern Europe, notably through the port of Thessaloniki. While the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) reported that for the last two years Greece’s growth had been nearly twice the global industry average of 3.9 percent, tourist travel to Thessaloniki rose by more than five percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, Aristotelis Thomopoulos, President of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association had told Praktoreio 104.9FM. flydubai flights to Thessaloniki will operate three times a week starting June 15. last_img read more

Money flows furiously in 3rd District race

first_imgA last-minute look at contributions flooding into the 3rd Congressional District shows the race isn’t slowing down.Candidates must file a pre-general election report spanning Oct. 1-17. Those filings with the Federal Election Commission were available Friday.In that time, contributions to Democratic challenger Carolyn Long outpaced those to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, three times over.Long brought in an additional $685,267 in contributions, bringing her election cycle total to $2,919,736.Meanwhile Herrera Beutler took in another $209,521 in contributions, putting her total at $2,241,466.In the last quarterly report, Long reported $1.2 million more in contributions than Herrera Beutler.In the last two weeks, Herrera Beutler spent $551,492, just $200,000 less than she spent last quarter.Long, however, spent more in the last two weeks than she did all of last quarter. Her expenses totaled $1,148,261, compared with more than $734,000 between July and October.Looking at Herrera Beutler’s last election, in 2016, when she easily beat Democrat Jim Moeller, both fundraising and spending are up. At this point in time in 2016, the Southwest Washington representative had amassed $1,268,047 in contributions and spent $1,153,590. She ended the reporting period in 2016 with more than $800,000 cash on hand.This election cycle, both candidates are spending more of what they have. Herrera Beutler has about $454,000 left in the coffers compared with Long’s $700,000.The ad buys from independent committees targeting the race are also picking up. On Friday, the National Republican Congressional Committee released an $800,000 ad buy targeting Long. The ad comes just a day after a $500,000 ad by Winning for Women was released in support of Herrera Beutler.last_img read more

Study Tour for Environmental Stakeholders

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 17, 2017 – Kingston – The Climate Change Division (CCD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be leading a study tour to the Wigton Windfarm and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) on Friday, August 18, in an effort to sensitize environmental stakeholders to the day-to-day operations of the facilities.The tour, which is also aimed at highlighting ways in which the facilities contribute positively to the country’s climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, will be done by representatives of the Division and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica as well as officers of the Ministry.Senior Technical Officer with responsibility for Mitigation at the CCD, Omar Alcock, said this tour, the first of several to be done throughout the year, is significant, as it fills the gap between the administrative and theoretical aspects of climate change adaptation efforts and the practical side.“So, a part of the tour is to get a visual of exactly what is happening on the ground. I am sure that, through this, persons will now become more familiar with the work taking place.   A lot of times we do presentations, go to meetings and do the administrative part of it, but this is to actually get an appreciation of what is happening,” he said in an interview with JIS News.Wigton Windfarm Ltd, the largest wind energy facility in the English-speaking Caribbean, is located in Rose Hill, Manchester, and currently comprises three plants – the 20.7-megawatt Wigton I, which began operating in 2004; Wigton II, an 18-megawatt extension facility that was commissioned in 2010; and Wigton III, the 24-megawatt expansion, commissioned in 2016.    C-CAM, located in Salt River, Clarendon, was established in 1997 to promote coastal conservation in Jamaica.The tour will feature a resource centre developed in 2015, which includes a library and teaching area for persons interested in learning about the environment, Jamaica’s endemic species and national adaptation and conservation efforts.Mr. Alcock said budgeting officers from the Ministry’s Finance Department will also be included in the tour to help foster a greater appreciation for the work being done, in order to more adequately treat with certain accounting items relating to the environment.The tour will include presentations and discussions outlining the effectiveness and achievements of the facilities and how they contribute to conservation of the environment.   This is a follow-up to a recent workshop by the CCD with budgeting officers of the ministries, departments and agencies aimed at highlighting the importance of including climate change-related matters in their budgets and clearly identifying instances where it is included.Upcoming study tours will include a visit to WRB Energy, a solar farm facility in Content, Clarendon, as well as one of the country’s hydroelectric power plants.last_img read more

ASA Points to Successes for Soybean Farmers in Omnibus

first_imgFollowing the release of the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill on Capitol Hill early this morning, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is pointing to a series of wins for soybean farmers in the legislation.Chief among the accomplishments for ASA in the bill is the repeal of the mandatory country of origin labeling rule, or COOL. The rule has been the subject of criticism from both ASA and the livestock industry that represents the leading consumer of U.S. soybean meal, given the significant potential of the rule to disrupt trade and lead to $1.01 billion in retaliation from Canada and Mexico following the WTO’s finding that the COOL language was discriminatory.“Soybean farmers are relieved to put COOL behind us,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, who raises both soybeans and beef cattle in southern Delaware. “This was an issue that impacted both feed grain and oilseed farmers, as well as livestock producers, and we’re happy to see it come to a satisfactory conclusion that avoids retaliation from our valuable trading partners in Canada and Mexico.”The omnibus continues funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development (Cooperator) program at current levels of $200 million and $34.5 million, respectively, and additional wins for soybean farmers include increased funding to $350 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), and funding for the McGovern/Dole and Food for Peace development and assistance programs.The bill addresses conservation by maintaining the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which also helps to fund the Regional Conservation Partnership Programs (RCPP) on which many soy-growing states are already partnering with USDA. One minor negative for ASA on the conservation front was a relatively small reduction in funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).The omnibus also takes concrete steps to address the waterways infrastructure system that farmers depend on to get beans from the farm to the marketplace. Under the Energy & Water section, the omnibus provides significant increases above FY2015 and the President’s 2016 budget request for waterways and ports maintenance and operations, which are priorities for ASA. Specifically, the bill increases funding for the construction, operation and maintenance of projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers along the Mississippi River and its tributaries and provides $1.25 billion for eligible activities funded by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, which fulfills the agreement enacted in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) passed in 2014. “Our transportation infrastructure is a significant advantage for American growers over our competitors in South America, and we are very pleased to see funding specifically designated to address the maintenance and improvement of that infrastructure,” said Wilkins. Finally, the bill sets aside dedicated funds for USDA disaster assistance programs, which will be of particular use to soybean growers affected by adverse weather events, including those growers suffering significant losses from recent flooding in the Carolinas.Despite the overall positive nature of the bill for soybean farmers, ASA did note its disappointment that the bill failed to address to major issues for soybean growers: GMO labeling and the Waters of the U.S. rule. The bill does not include language that would have defunded the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule.“As a farmer in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, I’ve been watching this rule with a critical eye, and I am disappointed that the omnibus fails to confront it,” Wilkins added. “There was an opportunity to take larger and more forceful action on what is clearly a very poorly-constructed rule, and I’m sorry that it’s left undone.”The bill does not include ASA-supported language that would have provided two years of preemptive relief from a potential patchwork of state GMO labeling laws, beginning with a law in Vermont set to go into effect in July 2016. “This was certainly a missed opportunity to act on a very important issue, both for growers and consumers alike,” said Wilkins. “If allowed to move forward, the state-by-state approach to labeling will lead to significantly increased grocery costs for consumers, and production costs for farmers. We certainly hoped to address this in the omnibus, but will redouble our efforts to do so when Congress returns in January.”last_img read more

Boat theft increases in summer

first_imgSummer is the season for boat thieves.Last year, 224 boats were stolen in Washington, the fourth-most after Florida, California and Texas. All those are states with more coastal miles and more people.Clark County has had its share of stolen boats, but rarely do officials find a pirated vessel.In 2010, marine sheriff’s deputies patrolling the Columbia River responded to a report from the U.S. Coast Guard of a sailboat drifting near the BNSF Railway Bridge. The Coast Guard and Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies secured the 46-foot vessel, valued at $500,000. Deputy Fred Neiman Jr. found a man hiding below deck, who eventually admitted to stealing the sailboat from its moorage in North Portland Harbor with plans to sail it out of the area. The man was booked at the Multnomah County Jail and charged with felony theft and possession of stolen property.Boat thieves are a lot like car thieves, said Deputy David Nelson of Clark County Marine Patrol. A boat thief could drive a boat far away from local marinas or they might just strip a vessel of the parts they want, run the it ashore and abandon it.As with car thieves, pricey items, such as wakeboards, waterskis and major electronics left unsecured, can be easy targets for a thief.“If someone sees a laptop in a car, they have to break the window to get it. With a boat, they can basically walk by and grab it,” Nelson said.A boat doesn’t even have to be in the water to get stolen.When a homeowner leaves a boat attached to a tow hitch in a driveway, it can be unhitched and attached to any other rig with a tow hitch. A personal watercraft, the type most often stolen, may be snatched from an unlocked garage. Although they weigh about 600 pounds, Nelson said a thief could still get one into a truck bed.last_img read more

Goodwill program lets Fruit Valley kids choose free books

first_imgPoverty in Vancouver district elementary schoolsWashington, 91.7 percent.Martin Luther King, 90.6 percent.Fruit Valley, 89.8 percent.Goodwill’s Book of My Own programo What: Donates books to low-income children through Clark County schools and nonprofit agencies.o Phone: 503-238-6139.Wearing a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt, Winter Quenelle, 7, grips a pen and carefully writes her name on the title page of her new book, “Disney’s The Jungle Book.” Then, she circles the tables in the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center’s cafeteria.The tables are laden with books, and she can pick one more of her own. Decisions, decisions.Every student in the low-income school had an opportunity to choose two free books to keep Friday, thanks to Goodwill’s Book of My Own summer learning book give away. At Fruit Valley, 89.8 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.Goodwill employees brought 549 books for the 240 students. The books that were not chosen were donated to the school’s library, said Dale Emanuel of Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette.Goodwill training participants process and sort the books. Other employees contact principals in lower-income schools to ask if they can donate books for students to take home. Since the program began in 2007, Goodwill has donated more than 12,300 books to low-income schools and other agencies serving children in Clark County.last_img read more