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first_imgOptions in other seasons for these states.Andaman and Nicobar IslandsTourist Information Centre, Port Blair; tel: (03192) 238 473; e-mail: ipt@and.nic.in; http://tourism.andaman.nic.inAutumn at Ross Island: This island is replete with the remains of the Raj. It is in fact one extended museum, complete with weather-beaten buildings such as the Ballroom, the Governor’s House, the Chief Commissioner’s House, a bakery, swimming pool and troop barracks. 8 km from Port BlairAndhra PradeshTourist Information Centre, Tourism House, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad; tel: (040) 2326 2151/52; e-mail: info@aptourism.in; www.aptourism.inSpring at Konaseema: The triangular region between the Gautami and Vasistha Godavari rivers, Konaseema is a favourite among those who like to coast long on quiet rivers. Book the APTDC houseboat cruise and kick back and watch the beautiful scenes of coastal Andhra go by. 200 km from Visakhapatnam.Autumn at Tirupati: One of the most venerated religious sites of the world, TIrupati figures on the must-visit list of anyone who is spiritually inclined. The Venkateswara Temple here is considered one of the richest temples in the world. Tirupati has its own station and airport.BiharBihar State Tourism Development Corporation, Bir Chand Patel Path, Patna; tel: (0612) 222 5411/250 6219; e-mail: bstdc@rediffmail.com, http://bstdc.bih.nic.inSpring at Nalanda: The ruins of the Nalanda university, one of the greatest universities to have existed in the world, are a great place for history and culture buffs. It flourished between the 5th and 12th CE, primarily as a monastic university, and taught a whole gamut of subjects from metaphysics, logic, medicine, grammar and Buddhist scriptures and practice. 91 km from Patna.Autumn for Chhath Puja: The only Hindu festival where the setting sun is worshipped, this colourful festival involves bright costumes, music, rituals and makes for a unique experience. Perhaps the best place to watch the celebrations is Deo, a small village 32 km from Bodh Gaya. Chhath is held soon after Diwali.ChandigarhChandigarh Tourism, tel: (0172) 274 0420; http://chandigarhtourism.gov.in Spring for Nepli-Kansal trek: In the backyard of Chandigarh is this 8 km-trek, beginning at Nepli Forest Lodge (Nepli forest is also known as Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary) and terminating at Kansal Forest Lodge, running over undulating hills. It takes one through beautiful green vistas and a few watering holes where animals such as antelopes, nilgais, hyena, jackals, among others, can be spotted. Autumn for cycling around the city: One of the best ways to explore this city is to pick a bicycle and peddle on dedicated tracks, something not seen anywhere else in the country. To make this feature convenient for the tourist, cycles can be hired at a nominal fee from centrally located places in the city. Dadra and Nagar HaveliTourist Information Centre, At the Office of Asst Director of Tourism, Silvassa; tel: (0260) 264 1399; www.silvassatourism.com Spring at Hirwa Van, Piparia: Visit this beautiful park to see misty cascades of water, cobbled paths and green lawns interspersed with gorgeous blooms in reds and pinks.DamanTourist Information Centre, Paryatan Bhavan, Near Bus Depot, Nani Daman; tel: (0260) 225 5104; www.damantourism.com  Spring for food trail at Devka: Devka, a popular beach in Daman, is where you have many family-run restaurants serving delicious Parsi food–patrani machchhi (pomfret wrapped in leaf before it is steamed), dhansak, prawn curry and sali boti (meat curry).DiuTourist Information Centre, Bander Chowk, Diu; tel: (02875) 252 653; www.diutourism.comAutumn for birdwatching at Diu Creek: Head out for the creeks to the north of Diu and scan the marshes for godwits, sandpipers and stints. If you are lucky you may also get a stray flamingo or two.GujaratTourist Information Bureau, H. K. House, Opp: Bata Showroom, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad; tel: (079) 2657 6434; www.gujarattourism.com Summer at Gopnath Beach: Maharaja Krishnakumar Sinhji of Bhavnagar spent his summer months on Gopnath’s breezy seashore. Check into the Gopnath Bungalow, now run by his family as a heritage hotel. The inviting white beaches of Gopnath, Janjmer and Rapara nearby are great for walking barefoot or just kicking back and relaxing. 80 km from Bhavnagar.Spring at Saputara: It’s a popular getaway for the people of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Like most hill destinations, Saputara, too, is centred around a lake with boating facilities and has the usual choice of sunrise and sunset points. What makes it unique? The tribal life of the area and the trekking trails around it. 165 km from Surat.Autumn at Balasinor: This town is home to a record cache of prehistoric fossils including fossilised dinosaur eggs that weigh more than five kilos and have a diameter of over 30 cm. Visit the Raiyoli site near Balasinor, considered one of the three largest dinosaur sites in the world, and examine lifesize models of prehistoric animals. 107 km from Ahmedabad.LakshadweepDepartment of Tourism, Kavaratti; tel: (04896) 262 105; 263 666; sportslak@gmail.com; www.lakshadweeptourism.com Spring at Kadmat: One of the lesser known islands of the Lakshadweep cluster, it is slowly getting trendy, which is one more reason to head there pronto before it is overrun by the hordes. Apart from two large lagoons, Kadmat has plenty pf palm-fringed beaches and sand banks. Kadmat is also slowly gaining ground as a haven for water sports. 407 km from KochiOrissaDepartment Of Tourism, Paryatan Bhawan, Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar; tel: (0674) 243 2177; e-mail: ortour@orissatourism.gov.in; www.orissatourism.gov.in Spring at Konark: You won’t catch the dance festival in spring but there’s still enough reason to visit Konark when the weather is still pleasant. The World Heritage Monument, the Sun Temple at Konark is a sight to behold, and a delight for those interested in temple art and architecture. Chandrabagha Beach here is a popular and scenic spot. 35 km from Puri.Autumn at Chilika Lake: It is Asia’s largest brackish water lake, and one of the few places in the country where you can spot dolphins. With a unique ecosystem that combines marine, brackish and fresh water, Chilika is home for teals, bar headed geese and flamingos that come here between October and March. 130 km from Bhubaneswar.RajasthanRajasthan Tourism, Government Hostel, M.I. Road, Jaipur; tel: (0141) 515 5137; e-mail: queries@rajasthantourism.gov.in; www.rajasthantourism.gov.in Summer at Mount Abu: When the temperatures are soaring make your way to Mount Abu, the only hillstation in Rajasthan. It will seduce you with its charming lake and the cool breeze. Perched on a plateau, it is surrounded by hills. Climb up to old rock temples and don’t miss the magnificently carved marble temples at Dilwara. 185 km from Udaipur.Spring aboard a luxury train: Taking the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is one of the best ways to experience this fascinating state. The train starts from New Delhi and over seven days, it takes you to places like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Bharatpur. Visit www.royalrajasthanonwheels.co.in for details.Autumn at Shekhawati: The painted havelis of Shekhawati are a rare treasure and a must-see for those interested in art or history. The wealthy families to whom these havelis once belonged treated the walls as a canvas for local artists to display their talent with the brush. See best samples at Malsisar, Dundlod, Mandawa, Mukundgarh, Nawalgarh, and Ramgarh, which is supposed to have the maximum number of paintings. 185 km from Jaipur.Tamil NaduTourist Information Centre, Tamil Nadu Tourism Complex, No.2, Wallajah Road, Chennai; tel: (044) 2536 8358; (0)91769 95863; e-mail: ttdc@vsnl.comSummer at Palani Hills: Kodaikanal is situated in the Palani Hills and this lush hillstation makes a perfect base to head out for day treks in the extension of the Western Ghats. Some of the day trek options include Kodaikanal to Kumbakkarai, Kodaikanal to Palani via Ganespuram and up to Vembadi Peak, the second highest in the Palani Hills. 120 km from Madurai.Spring aboard the Nilgiri Mountain Railway: This blue toy train became the dance floor for the curvaceous Malaika Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, swaying to Chhaiyya Chhaiyya from Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se. This train wends its way through many hair-raising (216) curves and tunnels. Board from Mettupalayam, 38 km from Coimbatore.Monsoon for a drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram: This is one of the finest coastal drives in the country. This road runs along the gorgeous Bay of Bengal, past salt pans and paddy fields. Get all your cornering thrills here and the views are absolutely spectacular in the monsoon. Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh Tourism, C-13, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow; tel: (0522) 230 8916, 230 8017; e-mail: upstdc@up-tourism.com; www.up-tourism.comSpring for Lathmar Holi: At Barsana, Holi celebrations are boisterous and involve young men from Nandgaon going to Barsana to play Holi with the women. Both advance each other in dancing steps and the finale is a fun tradition of women beating the men with sticks, while they protect themselves with shields. Barsana is 45 km from Mathura. Monsoon for the Buddhist trail: Monsoon is a pleasant time to follow Buddha’s footsteps at five places–Kapilavastu, Sarnath, Shravasti, Kaushambi and Kushinagar–to complete the circuit. Begin at Kapilavastu, 310 km from Lucknow.Autumn at Taj Mahal: To be at the Taj Mahal on a full moon night is an unforgettable experience and one that should not be missed. Open only on five days of in a month–two days before and after and during full moon nights–visitors are allowed between 8.30p.m. and 12.30a.m.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

I-League: Shankarlal Chakraborty appointed Mohun Bagan head coach

first_imgMohun Bagan have appointed Shankarlal Chakraborty as the head coach for the rest of the I-League season. Chakraborty takes over the reins from Sanjoy Sen, who resigned on Tuesday night following Mohun Bagan’s dismal start to the season.The club football giants are currently placed fourth in the points table after only two wins in seven matches played in the 2017-18 season.”The club management have decided to elevate Mr. Sankarlal Chakraborty, as the Head Coach for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. Mr. Chakraborty has been there with the team since July 2014,” a statement from the club said.Chakraborty was at the helm of affairs during Mohun Bagan’s Calcutta Football League (CFL) campaign as well. The green and maroon brigade finished second to arch-rivals East Bengal, who went on to win their record eighth title.Currently in the I-League, East Bengal lead the charts under coach Khalid Jamil and the challenge for Chakraborty would be to arrest the freefall his club is witnessing at the moment.Sen, who helped Mohun Bagan win the I-League in the 2014-15 season, stepped down from his position after Tuesday’s harrowing 1-2 defeat at the hands of lowly Chennai City FC. Despite having the numerical advantage for close to an hour, Mohun Bagan failed to score and were lacklustre to say the least in the second half.In the previous three home games also, Mohun Bagan have been winless, managing three back-to-back draws.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

AAEON: edge platform working across Intel CPU, GPU, VPU and FPGA

first_img Continue Reading Previous Top 12 mistakes in creating cross-platform UIs, Part 2: Technology and UX designNext ROHM: highly integrated PMIC optimized for NXP i.MX 8M applications processor UP Bridge the Gap, a brand of AAEON Europe, introduces UP AI Edge: an x86 computing platform works across Intel CPU, GPU, VPU and FPGA to enable Artificial Intelligence on the Edge.Most IT solutions available today are focused on connecting Edge devices to the cloud and these deployments face challenges related to latency, network bandwidth, reliability and security. Experts in this field agree that not all the tasks and decision-making processes can be addressed in cloud-only models. UP AI Edge is the solution for cloud limitations by bringing AI performance and hardware acceleration not ‘at’ but ‘ON’ the Edge of the Internet of Things and of the latest technology.UP AI Edge is the only AI on the Edge platform fully powered by Intel technology and it consists of:UP Core Plus: the credit-sized (56 x 90 mm) board powered by Intel formerly known as Apollo Lake-I family, a 64 bit QuadCore Atom architecture with extremely high performance in only 9.5 W of TDP ( x5 – 3940). The board supports up to 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 2.400 MHz, DP up to 4K, eDP, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 3.0 OTG, WiFi 802.11 AC 2T2R, 2 x CSI and it has 2 x 100 pin high speed connector which bring to the carrier board I2C, I2S, ISH, UART, PCI-Express, USB 3.0 etc.AI Plus: the credit-sized (56 x 90 mm) companion board for UP Core Plus, powered by Intel Cyclone 10GX (105KLe-220KLe ) with 1 GB DDRIII, Display Port-IN connected to Cyclone 10gx for Video Acquisition, USB Type-C connector & GPIO connected to Intel Cyclone 10gx for data acquisition, LVDS-IN connected to Intel Cyclone 10GX for Camera acquisition natively compatible to Basler LVDS cameras, 1 GBit Ethernet, 1 USB 3.0 and mini-PCIe connected to UP Core Plus via the 100 pin high speed connector.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Minister Chef de Mission Cheer on Team NS Athletes at Pep Rally

first_imgTeam spirit hit a fever pitch as Team Nova Scotia got a rousing send off to the 2009 Canada Summer Games. Athletes, family members, coaches, volunteers, Minister responsible for Youth Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter, and Team Nova Scotia Chef de Mission Ron O’Flaherty attended a pep rally today, Aug. 8, to support Nova Scotia athletes. More than 300 athletes will represent Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in P.E.I. from Aug. 15 to 29. “These young men and women are a great example to us all of what determination, hard work and drive can achieve,” said Ms. Jennex. “We are so very proud of them and we know they will do an excellent job representing our province. “Competing at the Canada Games is a great feat, one that shows true dedication and commitment.” Mr. O’Flaherty, and Atlantic Lottery Corporation vice president of stakeholder relations Chuck Bridges also offered their support and well wishes to the teams, coaches and volunteers. “There are many reasons for Atlantic Lottery’s commitment to, and support of, the Canada Games,” said Mr. Bridges. “It’s the spirit of competition, the athletes’ determination, and the sense of community that comes about. The magnitude of the Games impact is why we’ve, for more than 30 years, participated in the Games.” The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About 4,400 athletes, artists, coaches and managers will compete for 1,500 medals in 18 sports. Partners supporting Team Nova Scotia include Sport Nova Scotia and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection and official sponsors MEE Sports, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, CTV, 101.3 The Bounce and The Chronicle Herald. For more information about Team Nova Scotia, visit www.ns.canadagames.ca .last_img read more

Moroccan Boxer Mohammed Rabii Prepares For His Second Pro Fight

Rabat – Moroccan boxer Mohammed Rabii will have his second professional fight on April 22 in Germany. The announcement was made by his manager Gary Hyde. His opponent is yet to be announced.According to Hyde, Rabii’s next fight, just like his professional debut, is scheduled in six rounds.Hyde further noted that Rabii, who won his first professional match against the Hungarian Laszlo Kovacs by knockout last month in Prague, is currently preparing with his coach for his second fight. Hyde said the 23-year-old welterweight boxer is well-prepared, saying, “Rabii is a hero […] he will undoubtedly give a great performance, better than the first one.”Rabii will have six other professional matches, which are expected to take place in the course of 2017, according to Hyde.During his first professional match, Rabii managed to show amazing boxing skills. Not so long after the fight started, He managed to get the best of his rival in the first round of the fight.Before the match, Rabii had said that he counted on his fans’ encouragement to raise the Moroccan flag up. He posted a video while he was training, and called on his fans to support him.“I really need your support […] in this very special time, to raise up once again our dear national flag,” Rabii said.In 2015, Rabii won the tournament title against Kazakhstan’s, Daniyar Yeleussinov, in the AIBA World Championship in Doha. His achievement was praised by international media as one of the biggest worldwide boxing success stories of 2015.Rabii also participated in the Summer Olympics Rio 2016, where he qualified for the semi-finals and won a bronze medal. He also ranked number one in the Welterweight division in Season V of the World Series of Boxing, after seven consecutive victories. read more

UN expert calls for twopronged approach to end food crisis in DPR

In his statement to the General Assembly’s third committee, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK Marzuki Darusman expressed concern for the Government’s capacity to feed its citizens, and warned of malnutrition and other diseases that the population, particularly children, is increasingly vulnerable of contracting.“Reports indicate that the current rations provided by the DPRK Government can meet well less than half of the daily calorific needs for the 68 per cent of the 16 million population receiving public food rations through the public distribution system,” he said, adding that most people struggle to make up for this food shortage since they lack the necessary purchasing power.Mr. Darusman said the structural problems within the Government’s food production system need to be addressed in the long-term, and stressed the importance of immediate assistance provided by UN agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), whose emergency operation will support 3.5 million people with food and nutritional support.The UN expert’s recommendations come as the Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos continues her visit to the country to assess its food crisis.Ms. Amos had said earlier this week that during her visit, she would evaluate the conditions on the ground and talk to UN agencies to reassure donors that their money is reaching those who need it the most, as there had been concerns of aid being diverted for other uses.In his statement, Mr. Darusman stressed that monitoring aid has been particularly difficult in the country, and called for the Government to provide more access for this purpose, emphasizing the need for an expansion in the “humanitarian space” to monitor assistance but also for development aid in other areas.In his report, which covers the period from March-October 2011, Mr. Darusman also spotlights other pressing issues in the country such as the increasing number of asylum-seekers and human trafficking.While the exact number of migrants is difficult to estimate, Mr. Darusman said there has been a drastic increase in the past five years, and warned that this is especially dangerous for women and children as they are vulnerable to exploitation by human traffickers who approach them with the promise of helping them leave the country.He stressed that the situation for women in general is precarious, as violence against them is “pervasive in workplaces and local communities,” and recommended that the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) explore the possibility of establishing offices in the country to help the Government prevent violence against women. 19 October 2011A United Nations expert today called for a two-pronged approach to tackle the food crisis in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), urging the international community to step up its efforts to provide aid to the country and the Government to overcome its flaws in its food distribution system. read more

ExxonMobil Canada offers premium to buy Celtic Exploration in 31billion deal

CALGARY – U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil is looking to add more lucrative natural gas liquids to its portfolio through a proposed $3.1-billion acquisition of Calgary-based Celtic Exploration Ltd.The deal, announced Wednesday, would see Exxon’s Canadian affiliate gain control of about 221,000 hectares in the Montney formation in B.C. and Alberta and 42,000 hectares in the emerging Duvernay shale in Alberta.“This acquisition will add significant liquids-rich resources to our existing North American unconventional portfolio,” Andrew Barry, president of ExxonMobil Canada, said in a release.Celtic says the deal will be subject to review under the Investment Canada Act. That’s the same legislation under which Industry Minister Christian Paradis is reviewing China National Offshore Oil Co.’s $15.1-billion offer for Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) to determine whether the deal is of net benefit to Canada.The prospect of a Chinese state-owned entity controlling a Canadian resource company has become a major political flashpoint in recent weeks. Last week, Ottawa extended its review of the Nexen takeover by a month.ExxonMobil has been active in Canada since the 1940s. It owns 69 per cent of Calgary-based Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), a major oilsands producer, refiner and fuel retailer.The Texas-based energy heavyweight made a big move into natural gas in late 2009 when it announced an eye-popping US$41-billion acquisition of U.S. natural gas giant XTO.“We’ve been doing quite a bit of growth since our agreement with XTO here in the United States several years ago. What we got with XTO was sort of the expertise and the technology,” said ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers in an interview from Irving, Texas.In recent years, ExxonMobil has snapped up acreage in other shale formations throughout North America, such as the Bakken in North Dakota and the Marcellus in the northeastern United States, Jeffers added.The properties that ExxonMobil is acquiring from Celtic produce about 72 million cubic feet per day of natural gas and 4,000 barrels per day of crude, condensate and natural gas liquids.In the face of prolonged low natural gas prices, producers have been targeting zones rich in natural gas liquids — an important feedstock to the petrochemical and plastics industries — that more closely track oil prices than those of ordinary dry gas.“We’ve said very consistently that our long-term view of natural gas is it’s the fastest-growing fuel source,” said Jeffers.“We’ve recently, just because of the premium on liquids, been focused on liquids, but we’re still producing gas, we’re still acquiring gas and liquids resources for development.”Several firms have also been looking to ship the gas to Asia in a more easily transportable liquid state. ExxonMobil and Imperial are in the early stages of planning such a project.Celtic CEO David Wilson said his company wasn’t actively looking to sell, but was approached by Exxon. He declined to say whether any other suitors were in the running.He said Celtic was tackling an enormous resource base on its own.“You could spend $1 billion a year for the next 30 years. A lot of capital needs to go into those properties,” Wilson said in an interview.The Exxon deal “puts a fantastic property into hands that can spend the capital and get the production on much quicker than somebody who doesn’t have their means and their access to capital.”Celtic’s (TSX:CLT) shareholders are being offered $24.50 cash per share and a half-share of a new company, dubbed Spinco.The total price of the ExxonMobil offer includes debt and spending obligations that the buyers would assume.Celtic shares surged 45 per cent or $8.17 to close at $26.29 on Wednesday.The difference between the price for Celtic shares and the ExxonMobil offer price may be at least partly attributable to the anticipated value of the Spinco shares.The value of Spinco’s assets are estimated at $2.32 per share, adding about $1.16 to the value of the cash ExxonMobil has offered for Celtic shares.In addition to the Investment Canada approval, the deal also needs the blessing of the Competition Bureau, shareholders and the court.Imperial Oil isn’t part of the deal, but is evaluating the opportunity to take on a 50 per cent stake in the future.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly referred to the value the Spinco shares added to the offer. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2012 5:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ExxonMobil Canada offers premium to buy Celtic Exploration in $3.1-billion deal read more

Qatar takes fight with boycotting Arab bloc to trade body

Qatar takes fight with boycotting Arab bloc to trade body DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Qatar has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against three of the four Arab countries that are isolating it, opening up a possible new path for negotiations with its opponents.The Gulf nation said late Monday it had filed the grievance with the WTO’s dispute settlement body alleging that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are violating laws and conventions related to trade.The three countries, along with Egypt, cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting extremists. Qatar denies the charge and sees the boycott as politically motivated.Qatar’s appeal to the WTO coincided with a visit to Geneva by Sheikh Ahmed binJassembin Mohammed Al Thani, the country’s minister of economy and commerce, who met with the head of the trade organization and lawyers specializing in trade disputes.It calls for the start of formal consultations with the three Gulf states and lays out specific trade violations, according to a statement released by Qatar’s government communications office. It argues the boycott hurts not only Qatar, which is the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, but also its trading partners.“This positive step taken by the State of Qatar clearly demonstratestoall member countries of the WTO the level of transparency exhibited by the State of Qatar through requesting formal and transparent dialogue andconsultations with thesiegecountries,” the statement said.Under WTO rules, the parties have 60 days to resolve their dispute through negotiations. If they fail, Qatar can request the establishment of an independent panel that could force the trio to end their boycott or face penalties.Qatar has rejected a tough 13-point list of demands from the Arab bloc, arguing that accepting them wholesale would undermine its sovereignty.Fellow Gulf state Kuwait is mediating the crisis, but it and Western-led diplomatic efforts have so far failed to secure a breakthrough. Neither side has shown any significant sign of backing down.The isolation campaign, which sealed Qatar’s only land border with Saudi Arabia, has proved costly for the 2022 World Cup host, however.Qatar Airways, one of the Mideast’s biggest long-haul airlines, has been forced to reroute flights on costly detours over friendlier airspace and is blocked from flying to key regional feeder airports such as Dubai. The boycott has dramatically driven up costs to import food, medicine and likely even building materials that Qatar needs for extensive infrastructure projects. by Adam Schreck, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 3:43 am MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State Hback Parris Campbell questionable for game against Iowa

Junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) runs the ball downfield during the first quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell is questionable for Saturday’s game against Iowa, head coach Urban Meyer said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.Campbell was injured early in the first quarter of Saturday’s 39-38 comeback win against Penn State and did not return to action.“He got dinged on a kickoff return,” Meyer said. “He’s tough as nails, too.”Meyer was asked whether Campbell was in concussion protocol, but said he did not know.Campbell is a starting H-back and has a career-high 29 catches for 410 yards and two touchdowns this season. He is Ohio State’s primary kick returner as he has taken nine kickoffs 329 yards, including an 82-yard return against UNLV.Redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill is listed as a starting H-back as well and walk-on C.J. Saunders played Campbell’s position after the starter was injured Saturday.Campbell has also added five carries for 51 yards and a rushing touchdown.The Buckeyes will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa. read more

Coroners concern over fixie bikes after Italian aristocrat killed falling under truck

first_imgFilippo Corsini, back, is heir to a Florentine noble family Mr Corsini is survived by his parents, Duccio and Clotilde, as well as two younger sisters, but none were in court for the inquest.The Corsini family is one of Florence’s oldest, going back back to the Middle Ages with members including Pope Clemente XII, who ruled from 1730 to 1740, founding Rome’s Capitoline Museums and commissioning the Trevi fountain.The family has a wine and oil production business and also rents various properties in Tuscany as holiday homes. Filippo Corsini Mr Corsini’s bike was similar to the cycle that was being ridden by Charlie Alliston, 20, who fatally crashed into mother of two Kim Briggs, 44, on an illegal Olympics-style bike, with no front brakes, near Old Street roundabout in London.Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in jail last September after being convicted of causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving. The scene of the fatal crash in Knightsbridge Shortly after overtaking the HGV, the cyclist then pulled in front of the lorry which was accelerating faster than Mr Corsini.The lorry hit the bike and he went over the handle bars and landed in the road before the truck ran over him, causing “catastrophic injuries”. He was treated by paramedics and an air ambulance doctor, but was pronounced dead at the scene. “The nature of the cycle could have been what made it more difficult to slow compared to if he had been on a more conventional cycle.”In her conclusion, Dr Wilcox said: “Mr Corsini was traveling westwards lane and overtook Mr Dose. As he approached him he would have been very close to him to avoid the raised kerb in the pedestrian area in the middle of the road and was in a position where he would not have been visible to Mr Dose.”She added: “Then Mr Corsini, for reasons only known to him, overtook and accelerated passed the HGV and went in front of him.”She gave the medical cause of death as multiple injuries and gave a conclusion of accidental death.She added: “There is no doubt this is an absolutely tragic death: what a waste of a young man.” The scene of the fatal crash in Knightsbridge Credit:Xposure  Pc Keen said: “He could have potentially slowed or stopped, but his ability to do that was down to the bike he was riding.”His bike had fixed gears, no front brake and in order to slow down he had to use resistance in his legs to slow down. That is the only braking mechanism.”Bikes should have two means of coming to a stop. One was the resistance through the legs and there should be and additional conventional brake on the front really for it to comply with regulations. A coroner has raised concerns about fixed-gear bikes with no front brakes, as she heard how an Italian aristocrat died after falling under the wheels of a truck.Filippo Corsini, heir to a Florentine noble family, was crushed to death by a lorry in London while riding a customised so-called “fixie” cycle that is illegal on UK roads, an inquest heard.The 21-year-old was on his way to Regent’s University, where he was studying international business, when he was knocked down by a German lorry at Scotch Corner, near Knightsbridge Tube station.Westminster Coroner’s Court heard he was hit at just before 12.40pm on October 31 last year after he had overtaken the lorry, which was being driven by German national Thomas Dose.The inquest heard Mr Corsini, who was not wearing a helmet, overtook on the offside of the left-hand drive lorry, which meant Mr Dose would not have been able to see him. He could have potentially slowed or stopped, but his ability to do that was down to the bike he was ridingPc David Keen Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. At Wednesday’s inquest into Mr Corsini’s death, senior Westminster coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said: “I do have concerns about fixed vehicles.”She said his bike “may have contributed” to the fatal collision, but as it was already illegal to ride a “fixie” bike with no front brake, she could not write any recommendations to prevent future deaths.Serious collision investigator Pc David Keen found there were no problems with the lorry and the diver had rested appropriately before driving through London, having arrived in the UK from Holland the day before.He also told the court Mr Corsini was very close to the lorry as he overtook him, after moving closer to the vehicle to avoid the kerb.last_img read more

Inspections show 90pc of Dublins flats arent up to standard

first_imgINSPECTIONS CARRIED OUT by Dublin City Council over six months have found that over 90 per cent of the flats they inspected were unfit for habitation.The inspections were carried out under the Intensified Inspection Programme (IIP) that is funded by the Department of the Environment. A total of 2,223 inspections were carried out on 1,499 houses. Of these, 1,384 homes (over 92 per cent) did not meet the required standard.In addition to this, 1,544 improvement notices have been served to landlords, which requires them to make the necessary improvements if they wish to re-let their property.The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 and Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 lay down the minimum standards to which accommodation must meet.These regulations cover structural condition, sanitary facilities, heating facilities, food preparation areas, storage and laundry, ventilation, lighting, fire safety, refuse facilities, and electricity and gas.The targeted inspections were all carried out in the following three areas: Cabra Park, Dublin 7 Grove Park, Rathmines, Dublin 6 North Circular Road (from Phoenix Park to Aughrim Street)Read: Bedsits are history thanks to new regulations effective from today >last_img read more

Une étrange forme de vie retrouvée sur des météorites

first_imgUne étrange forme de vie retrouvée sur des météoritesUn scientifique de la Nasa affirme avoir découvert des traces de vie extraterrestre fossilisées dans les fragments de plusieurs météorites.La communauté scientifique est partagée entre enthousiasme et scepticisme. Et pour cause, de telles recherches sur la vie extraterrestre ne sont pas nouvelles et provoquent toujours de vifs débats.Ainsi, Richard Hoover, un scientifique de l’Agence spatiale américaine, affirme avoir la preuve qu’une vie extraterrestre existe bel et bien. C’est après l’étude de fragments de différents types de météorites (dites chondrites carbonnées) que le chercheur en est venu à cette conclusion. Il a donc publié un article le 4 mars dernier dans le Journal de cosmologie américain, accompagné de photos prises au microscope de petites créatures semblables à des vers.Richard Hoover dit avoir trouvé ce qui ressemble à des bactéries qu’il a appelées “fossiles autochtones”. Selon lui, ces dernières proviennent de l’espace et d’organismes vivants contenus dans les comètes, et non d’une contamination une fois que la météorite a frappé la Terre. Ces structures microscopiques renferment du carbone, un marqueur de la vie de type terrestre, et pratiquement pas de trace d’azote, a précisé le professeur Hoover.”La vie est partout (…) et la vie sur Terre pourrait venir d’autres planètes”, a-t-il écrit dans son article.Une découverte controversée Si les conclusions de Richard Hoover sont confirmées, l’étude marquerait une avancée majeure dans l’exobiologie et tendrait à démontrer que la vie s’est développée ailleurs dans l’Univers. Elle pourrait aussi suggérer que la vie apparue sur Terre venait d’ailleurs et qu’elle a été “transportée” par des comètes ou d’autres objets célestes. Rudy Schild, du Centre pour l’astrophysique au Harvard-Smithsonian et rédacteur en chef de la revue scientifique a précisé dans un communiqué que Richard Hoover était un “scientifique très respecté et un astrobiologiste à la réputation exemplaire à la Nasa”, avant de poursuivre : “Etant donné la nature controversée de cette découverte, nous avons convié 100 experts et convié plus de 5.000 personnes de la communauté scientifique à étudier cet article et proposer leur analyse critique”. Leurs commentaires seront publiés cette semaine.En attendant, il convient de rester prudent. Car ce n’est pas la première fois que la Nasa annonce des découvertes mirobolantes….Le 7 mars 2011 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Obama cuts sentences of 111 inmates

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama cut short Tuesday the sentences of 111 federal inmates in another round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.Obama has long called for phasing out strict sentences for drug convictions, arguing they lead to excessive punishment and incarceration rates unseen in other developed countries.White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said the commutations underscored the president’s commitment to using his clemency authority to give deserving individuals a second chance. He said that Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations, more than the previous 10 presidents combined. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences.“We must remember that these are individuals — sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents — who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance,” Eggleston said. “They are individuals who received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes.”Eggleston noted that Obama also granted commutation to 214 federal inmates earlier in the month. With Tuesday’s additions, Obama has granted the greatest number of commutations for a single month of any president.last_img read more

Street signs to be installed in three Jamaican parishes  in January 2018

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 13, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will commence a street-signage programme in three parishes in January 2018, which will herald the start of a nationwide beautification and community development initiative.“We will be rolling out the project in Manchester, Westmoreland and St. Thomas, and then get the necessary funds to take the street signs right across the country,” the Minister said, as he addressed a property tax town hall meeting on November 8 in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.He said this programme will address concerns that many communities across the island are hard to identify, as there are no signs.“Some of the work of the municipal corporations, when it comes to beautification, includes identifying communities.   There are many communities in Westmoreland (that) when you drive in them, you don’t even know the name of the roads because the street signs don’t exist,” the Minister noted.The Minister said the signage programme was conceptualised based on data gathered by the 2,700 youngsters across the island who were employed by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development last summer to undertake audits of street lights and street signs.Mr. McKenzie appealed to citizens to pay their property taxes, as this is the only way the local authorities will be able to provide them with the basic services, amenities and infrastructure for modern-day living.   He reminded the audience that taxes are collected in all countries of the world, and Jamaica is no different.He said that while the Government has a responsibility to serve the nation, the citizens themselves “have to become partners with us in this mission”, adding that in excess of $16 billion is owed in arrears for property taxes island-wide.He congratulated landowners in Westmoreland, who have demonstrated an “encouraging level of compliance” over the last three years by making concerted efforts to pay the requisite taxes.   He said of the $607 million that was set as the Westmoreland target for the 2017/2018 financial year, more than $291 million has already been paid.“I find it difficult when people say they are not getting any benefit out of the taxes.   While there may be weaknesses in some of what we do, there has been significant improvement in service delivery in this country.   We are working hard to make a difference, but we can only do that if you buy into the reality that taxes are necessary in order for you to live in a decent and a clean country,” he said.last_img read more

Job cuts in austerity move by Bank of the Bahamas 30 redundancies

first_img Related Items:#bob Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – November 17, 2017 – Thirty jobs lost in a layoff program of the Bank of the Bahamas as the institution is striving to make it on its own within the black, profiting instead of losing.Media reports say the BOB explained the layoffs are related to closures of branches in Exuma, which will close by year end and Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, which has already shut down the office there.Though the decisions are called difficult, they are also called calculated or considered and are based on the pressure on BOB to cut costs.  Government funded bail outs for the Bank of the Bahamas are to the tune of a staggering, $300m.Interestingly, the layoffs follow a profitable quarter for the Bank’ it is said this is the first recorded profit since 2012.last_img read more

Petit Man United signed Sanchezs brother

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes Alexis Sanchez’s performances have been totally unacceptable at Manchester United given his pay rateThe Red Devils signed Sanchez in an exchange deal from Arsenal in January with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with United that sees him earn £14m a year after tax.But the Chilean forward has since failed to deliver what was promised at United after finding the net only four times in 30 appearances.This has led to United manager Jose Mourinho dropping him at times this season with the club only eighth in the Premier League standings.Now former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Petit has called on Sanchez to take responsibility instead of hiding away.The French World Cup winner even suggested that Sanchez’s brother instead turns up to play at Old Trafford during match days.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The manager is on the bench, so you need to show pride in your own performance when you are on the field and the first one who has gone into hiding at United is Alexis Sanchez,” Petit told Goal.“He wanted to leave Arsenal because he was chasing the salary United could offer.“Now he receives so much money and in nine months what has he done? Nothing. I have not seen him. I think they signed his brother.“I understand that players believe they deserve certain financial rewards when they reach a certain level, but what we have seen from Sanchez at United has not been acceptable.”The Frenchman also added that the United squad have let Mourinho down this season.The Red Devils will host Arsenal at Old Trafford tonight in the Premier League with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

San Diegos Democrat Members of Congress respond to Mueller Statement

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The investigation of Russian Collusion is legally over. There was no collusion, and insufficient evidence to bring a case of obstruction. Yet, the Democrats in San Diego’s Congressional delegation are not convinced President Trump is clear of committing a crime.As KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, our local Congressman believe President Trump is guilty of Obstructions, and they want to begin impeachment proceedings.Later in the newscast, Political Analyst and Attorney Vik Bajaj reacted to the Mueller statement. Watch his full interview by clicking here. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh, Steve Bosh Updated: 5:56 PMcenter_img May 29, 2019 Posted: May 29, 2019 San Diego’s Democrat Members of Congress respond to Mueller Statementlast_img read more