Central Railways to deal with plastic bottles menace

first_imgWith Maharashtra set to implement a Statewide ban on plastic from June 23, the Central Railways is exploring the possibility of implementing a buyback policy for plastic bottles along with installing plastic bottle crushing machines at major stations.The biggest challenge that the railways face is that of plastic containers, including bottles, entering Maharashtra from other States. Within Maharashtra, the State government is proposing to have plastic bottles with a buyback price printed on it.According to a senior railway official, they are considering to extend the buyback policy only for approved manufacturers of the railways and on bottles that print the buyback price. “The details for the same will only be finalised once the State decides on its policy. At present, we are only looking at how to make it operational,” the official said.Storage problemAdditional Divisional Railway Manager of the Mumbai Division, Central Railway, V.A Malegaonkar, said, “We will be meeting the approved manufacturers in the coming week. We have also sought clarification from the zonal headquarters as to how to implement the buyback mechanism.”Many stall managers and owners have highlighted the issue of storage for returned bottles and also mentioned that the scheme will work only if all stakeholders participate. “If there is no mechanism of collecting the old bottles periodically, there will be a pile up. We hardly have enough space to stock our running items,” a stall manager at Dadar railway station in Mumbai said.Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is also separately discussing ways to frame a buyback plan for water-vending machines, which provide water in plastic cups as well as one-litre bottles. “We will follow the law of the land and take appropriate measures to replace plastic with suitable paper or equivalent bio-degradable options at water-vending machines. Deliberations are on to look into the use of plastic bottles in a suitable manner so as to implement the rule,” IRCTC west region spokesperson Pinakin Morawala said.last_img read more

Lakers blow big lead, rally late for win over Bulls

first_imgMOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Los Angeles trailed 95-92 with less than four minutes to play before Ingram — who also had nine rebounds and was 10 for 18 from the field — started the rally with a pair of free throws.Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Denzel Valentine and Bobby Portis had 16 apiece for Chicago, which has dropped three straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis was the opener of a five-game road trip for Los Angeles, which led by as much as 15 in the first half before Chicago rallied to tie the score at 68 early in the third quarter. The Lakers, though, answered with 11 straight points and led 84-72 entering the fourth.The Bulls rallied again and took a 92-90 lead with 5½ minutes remaining on Valentine’s 3-pointer. It was Chicago’s first lead since 3-2. Mirotic hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulls the 95-92 lead before Los Angeles took control. Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO — Brandon Ingram scored 25 points, including eight in the final 3:18, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 108-103 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night after losing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Lakers, who have won four straight and eight of 10.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next TIP-INSLakers: Rookie G Lonzo Ball missed his sixth straight game with a sore left knee. The second overall pick is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists.Bulls: Zach LaVine, playing in just his seventh game of the season following ACL surgery last February, played a season-high 26 minutes. His minutes restriction was lifted to 26-28 minutes before the game . Chicago was 17 for 36 on 3-pointers and now has made at least 10 3s in each of its last 11 home games.DUNN STILL OUTChicago G Kris Dunn missed his fourth straight game with a concussion, and it’s unclear when he might return.“The symptoms really haven’t changed much,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s feeling a little bit better today, but he’s still doing very limited physical activity.”ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo scores 41 points as Bucks torch Nets Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Dunn, who suffered the concussion following a hard fall in a game on Jan. 17, still is experiencing headaches, fatigue and grogginess.UP NEXTLakers: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.Bulls: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Valentino Rossi injured in motocross accident

first_imgItalian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has been taken to hospital in Italy after being involved in a motocross accident on Thursday, his Yamaha team said in a statement.They said the 38-year-old rider, a nine times world champion and currently third in the top class, had been diagnosed with “mild thoracic and abdominal trauma” in a hospital check-up after the accident in training in eastern Italy.”No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found,” the team added.Rossi’s home grand prix at Mugello is the next round of the MotoGP championship on June 4.A further medical bulletin will be issued on Friday, the team said.Rossi had led the championship until last weekend’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans, where he crashed on the last lap while battling for victory with Spanish team mate Maverick Vinales.last_img read more

Michigan, Ohio State Going Head-To-Head For Top 2021 Recruit

first_img From 247Sports:“Before we left, their new defensive line coach Shaun Nua came over to me and said he couldn’t let me leave without giving me a Michigan offer,” he added. “I was very surprised by that, to be honest. It felt amazing and I was pretty speechless because I had just met Coach Nua that day. This was my first visit to Michigan and everything was great.”When he returned from Ann Arbor, the Wolverines’ hated rival, Ohio State, came calling for the home-state star.A planned Ohio State trip earlier this month was canceled, but Buckeyes coach Tony Alford made sure to offer Najee Story.He has also spoken to new Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day, when he visited for bowl practice:“Shortly after landing his Michigan offer, Story talked with Ohio State assistant coach Tony Alford by phone. Story was supposed to attend the Ohio State junior day the week before, but that was canceled due to weather.‘I did speak with Coach Alford the night I got back from Michigan, and he told me he intended to do something in person but that wasn’t possible because things got canceled,” Story explained. “He went ahead and offered me a scholarship right then. Ohio State has been the team I’ve watched growing up, so for them to offer me is hard to put into words.’”Now, Story is heading back to Columbus this Saturday with his father.It is too early to know who the finalists will be, and there are dozens of offers inevitably coming Story’s way, but Ohio State and Michigan are definitely getting out ahead of their other recruiting rivals, and both appear to have made a strong earlier impression.[247Sports] Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Solon, Ohio’s Najee Story is just a high school sophomore, but he’s likely to become one of the biggest recruits in the Midwest.Story’s season was unfortunately cut short due to a broken leg in the fall, but he showed enough to land an offer from Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia staff.Now, two of the biggest programs in the region have come calling.Last week, while on a junior day visit, Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua extended a scholarship offer to Story.last_img read more

HP brings worlds first dualscreen gaming laptop to India

first_imgNew Delhi: PC and printer major HP Inc on Friday brought world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop “OMEN X 2S” to India for a starting price of Rs 209,990. HP has added an additional second screen to the “OMEN X 2S” in the form of a six-inch (1080p) touchscreen in between the main screen and keypad that lets players message friends on WhatsApp, browse music streaming services, watch YouTube or even serve as a hub for “OMEN Command Center” software. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The “OMEN X 2S” has a real-time, screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen — including copying the map portion of a racing game — to the second screen, ensuring that vision is centered and head movement more vertical than horizontal, the company said in a statement. “At HP, we share our users’ passion and love for the game — be it beginners, enthusiasts or professionals. We have engineered the best experiences based on user insights to enable a holistic and exciting gaming ecosystem for the modern gamers in India,” said Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc. India. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The device is 20-mm thin (20 per cent reduction in thickness over previous versions) with a full-metal chassis and is the first 15-inch diagonal gaming laptop to come with an applied liquid metal compound to the thermal system called “OMEN Tempest”. The company also launched a new lineup of OMEN and HP Pavilion gaming devices in India to raise the bar for gaming experiences. HP OMEN 15 Laptop is available now from a starting price of Rs 124,990 while HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop is available from a starting price of Rs 70,990. Gaming Mouse would cost another Rs 1,799. The OMEN laptops have up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 featuring Max-Q7 design, up to the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 high performance mobile processor, powered by up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, eight cores and 16 threads and up to 16 GB RAM. The new Intel Wi-Fi 6 designed to support gigabit speeds up the wireless game with up to 3X faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5. We are pushing the paradigms of gaming innovations through disruptive new devices like OMEN X 2S, that provide unmatched experiences to the gamers and help them reach the next level,” said Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India. HP Pavilion Gaming 15 is a laptop designed with a thinner frame than before. Technological improvements across the board arrive with options up to the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 high performance mobile CPUs and up to the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design. Constructed with Qi wireless charging capabilities, the OMEN Outpost Mousepad can fully charge the OMEN Photon Mouse in 2.5 hours and works with compatible smartphones.last_img read more

Goyal trolled for Einstein comment on discovering gravity

first_imgNew Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was on Thursday trolled on the internet over an apparent gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of maths. At the meeting of the Board of Trade, he remarked that maths did not help Albert Einstein to discover gravity. The slip up was not lost on the netizens who quickly took to Twitter to point out that gravity was discovered by Isaac Newton and Einstein is credited for his theory of relativity. Some even made fun of the statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Do not get into the calculations that you see on television…Oh if you are looking at USD 5 trillion economy, the country will have to grow at 12 per cent, today it is growing at 6-7 per cent. “Do not get into those maths. Those maths have never helped Einstein discover gravity. If he had only gone by structured formulae and what was past knowledge, I do not think there would have been any innovation in this world,” he said while wrongly attributing the discover of gravity to renowned scientist Einstein. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This came within days of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman blaming millennials’ preference for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Ola over owning cars, and not high taxes, for slumping vehicle sales. Some even linked the two statements. “India’s GDP is going down because millennials are not doing GDP maths anymore,” one of them commented. “Boss, first of all, it’s not 6%, it’s 5%. Both have a very big difference Mr. Commerce minister,” another said. Opposition Congress had on Wednesday hit out at the Finance Minister over her millennials remark, saying it reflected the “inefficiency, immaturity, and inexperience” of the BJP in governance and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise for it. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, at a press conference, said Sitharaman’s statement was a grave joke on the poor state of the economy.last_img read more

Stratford mayor encourages Justin Bieber to hold wedding in his hometown

first_imgTORONTO – Justin Bieber’s hometown of Stratford, Ont., is prepared to host the pop star’s wedding — should he decide to hold it there.Dan Mathieson, mayor of the southwestern Ontario city, said Tuesday he hopes Bieber includes the picturesque region in the nuptial conversations with his new fiancee Hailey Baldwin.The 24-year-old singer confirmed his engagement to the American model in an Instagram post on Monday, sparking instant speculation about where they might hold the event.“We would be happy to host that and do whatever we had to do to make it a special day,” Mathieson said.“In due time, I think everyone in Stratford will be reaching out asking them to come. We will make a formal offer.”While Stratford doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of a city like Los Angeles or a tropical locale, the mayor said it’s not unthinkable the couple might consider Stratford for their big day.The city of around 31,000 people has a number of characteristics that could prove enticing for the famous singer and his fiancee: it’s quaint, far away from the usual hotbeds of paparazzi and a place where Bieber still has his roots.“He plays soccer with his high school friends, he plays pickup hockey on Saturday nights,” he said.“He flies in on a private plane and is treated like every other citizen — with respect. People have come to accept that Justin is part of our community.”Stratford keeps Bieber close too, even when he’s away.A few years ago the tourism office created a walking tour devoted to landmarks from Bieber’s past, including an ice cream shop he frequently visited and the steps outside the Avon Theatre where he performed as a young busker.The city, home to annual repertory theatre Stratford Festival, has also hosted an array of famous people, ranging from prime ministers to royalty, presidents and stars, Mathieson said.“We’re not backwater,” he added.John Kastner, general manager of the Stratford Perth Museum, also offered his support to the family.When rumours began swirling about the singer’s engagement over the weekend, Kastner says he texted Bieber’s grandparents, Diane and Bruce Dale, to suggest a potential venue for the wedding or any related events.The museum, which opened an exhibit dedicated to Bieber in February, hosted five weddings last year.His grandparents responded thanking Kastner, he says, but said they weren’t aware of their grandson’s wedding plans.Kastner says there won’t be any hard feelings if the couple chooses elsewhere for their wedding.“We want him to be happy,” he says. “And he certainly seems happy with this.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Delhi BJPs Purvanchal Morcha to explain govts schemes to parkgoers

first_imgNew Delhi: Purvanchal Morcha workers of the Delhi unit of the BJP will hold interactions with the city park-goers telling them about Modi government’s schemes for their benefit while “exposing” AAP government in Delhi.The teams of Purvanchal Morcha will visit parks across the city, specially in areas dominated by people from Bihar and eastern UP (Purvanchalis) settled in Delhi, and explain to them how Modi government has worked for their welfare Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderin the past five years, president of the Morcha, Manish Singh, said. “The campaign will begin from Thursday with Purvanchal Morcha visiting 15-16 major parks in each of the 14 districts in the national capital to popularise schemes and work of the Modi government,” Singh said. The planning for the park visits by Morcha workers was discussed in a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Singh, vice president of the outfit Jagdamba, general secretary Rahul Ranjan, and district presidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We will focus on those areas where Purvhanchali population is concentrated in the city,” Singh said. Singh claimed the community, comprising 44 per cent of the Delhi voters, is “disillusioned” by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) which they “wholeheartedly” supported in the 2015 Assembly elections. The Morcha has so far held over 1,200 meetings in different parts of the city having sizeable Purvanchali population. It has set a target to hold 2,000 such meetings by April 20 in the run-up to the general elections, he said.last_img read more

Landslide Victory of the PJD Over Chabats Istiqlal Party in Fez

Rabat – The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) achieved a historic victory over his arch-rival the Istiqlal Party, led by its controversial leader, Hamid Chabat, mayor of Fez.Election official have finished counting ballots at a polling stations in several cities across Morocco, including Fez.The Initial results reveal that the PJD, the leader of the coalition government, has achieved landslide victory in Fez over the Istiqlal party. Alyaoum24 quoted sources as saying that PJD secured over 31 seats in Fez Sais, giving the party a slender majority. Istiqlal party, on the other hand, ended up second with 22 seats.Following the release of these initial figures, Hamid Chabat who has been the mayor of Fez since 2003, expressed his anger saying these results must have been “forged.”“PJD’s massive winning of most seats in Fez is a national disaster,” he told Alyaoum24 adding that there must be “several violations and cases of fraud behind these results.”Moroccans cast their votes on Friday in local polls seen as a test for the ruling Islamists, who came to power nearly following the adoption a new constitution in Morocco in July 2011.The local elections are the first since the new constitution by virtue of which King Mohammed VI devolved some of his powers to the head of government.The PJD has been at the helm of a few towns since the last local election in 2009. It achieved a huge success during this election despite being criticized by Moroccans for poor opportunities and a lack of jobs, issues that have been catalysts for social unrest elsewhere in North Africa. read more

Moroccan Saves 3 Children from 4th Floor of Burning Building in

Rabat – A Moroccan resident in Spain has saved three children, two of his own and a neighbor’s toddler, from a burning building in northern Spain near Barcelona.Spanish media reported that a 10-floor building caught fire, killing three and injuring 20. Thirteen of the victims are reported to have suffered “light injuries.”The fire began shortly after 9 a.m. local time on Saturday. The building was on Marques de Mont-roig Avenue, in Badalona, a residential town north of Barcelona in Spain. The Moroccan hero, Yassine Maati, climbed bravely to the fourth floor through an emergency exit and an air conditioning duct to reach his apartment and save his two children.Read Also: Moroccan Immigrant Heroically Rescues Italian DoctorAccording to testimonies, Maati climbed a ladder on the outside of the building while another neighbor held it secure from above. After rescuing his two children, Maati helped them and his neighbor’s three-year-old son jump out of the window.The three children are in critical condition after jumping out of the window to escape the flames. Firemen placed mechanical ladders against the building to save many of the residents who immediately received initial treatment.Following the tragedy, Badalona City Council decreed three days of mourning for the three fire victims. read more

JVP decides to stage mass protests against new VAT

VAT was increased from 11 percent to 15 percent and among the items exempted are petrol and diesel and aviation fuel as well as wheat, rice, milk powder, mobile phones and healthcare services and education.However water, telephone charges and other key items have been included in the new VAT and this has resulted in strong opposition being raised against it. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it has decided to stage mass protests against the new Value Added Tax (VAT).JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told reporters today the protests will be staged in Colombo while public awareness campaigns will also be staged. The new 15 percent VAT was implemented from this month but the Government insists that several items have been exempted. The JVP, which backed President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election, said that the VAT is a burden on the public. read more

Jamie Oliver the latest celebrity chef to launch restaurant in Toronto

Jamie Oliver the latest celebrity chef to launch restaurant in Toronto Jamie Oliver, shown in a handout photo, is the latest international chef to move into Toronto, with the opening of Jamie’s Italian restaurant this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO TORONTO – Jamie Oliver is the latest international culinary icon to launch a restaurant in Toronto, with the opening of his first North American outpost of Jamie’s Italian set for next week.Toronto previously hit the radar of New York’s David Chang, who opened a Momofuku location in 2012, and French chef Daniel Boulud, who retooled the French brasserie Cafe Boulud at the tony Four Seasons Hotel earlier this year.“Iron Chef” star Masaharu Morimoto is slated to open his first Canadian resto in Toronto in the spring. And culinary heavyweights Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich are looking at opening the first Canadian location of their beloved Eataly in Toronto.Why Toronto and why now?Lidia Bastianich says the city is vibrant with different ethnicities and a keen interest in food.“You need a city that has all of those elements, then it’s a great city to live and hence a great city to do business,” the TV host and cookbook author said from New York, where she has four restaurants as well as one each in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, Mo.She couldn’t confirm when Eataly — an Italian marketplace with restaurants, food and beverage counters and retail items for sale — would open in Toronto, but expects late 2016 or 2017.Oliver has partnered with Toronto chef Rob Gentile and the King Street Food Company, which owns Italian eateries Buca and Bar Buca, for his new restaurant at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. There are more than 60 Jamie’s Italian locations worldwide and nine more are due in Canada over the next five years.“I’ve worked in Canada for 15 years. Loved it. Get on really well with the people here,” Oliver said while visiting Toronto in October to promote his new cookbook “Everyday Super Food” and TV show “Jamie’s Super Food.”Of Jamie’s Italian, Oliver said: “It’s not trying to be flashy food. We’re not waltzing in trying to be Billy Big Boy. It’s just really good comfort food, freshly cooked, good price, high ethics, grass-fed, free-range, which is at the heart of all our restaurants. Trying to get it to the masses, really.”Restaurant critic Ruth Reichl says celebrity chefs have become their own brands and are increasingly looking to go global.“They’re opening all over the world and I think it’s kind of irresistible to them,” says the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine.“I think big companies come to them and say, ‘Will you anchor our hotel, our shopping mall, our whatever?’ It’s big business.”But other international celeb chefs worry that expansion outside their home country means they won’t be able to control their brand.“As we were walking around (Toronto) the last two or three days looking at spaces, I thought, ‘That would be amazing or how cool is this,’” said “MasterChef” judge Graham Elliot, who visited from Chicago last month to promote “Cooking Like a Master Chef.”“But I would never want to open something and just have it be an outpost…. I’d want to keep it small and make sure that I could be here a lot if I did. Luckily it’s an hour flight from Chicago. It’s pretty close.”Yotam Ottolenghi, who has four locations of his eponymous restaurant as well as the high-end Nopi in London, admits he’s been tempted to expand outside the U.K., but two things stop him.“One of them is the quality control, which we’re quite obsessed about, and the other is the quality of life. If you open a restaurant in another part of the world it means you have to travel a lot and be on airplanes all the time, which is a big price to pay if you have a family and all that.”Ottolenghi, whose new cookbook “Nopi” is on store shelves, said he wouldn’t rule it out if he forged a strong partnership abroad with someone trusted, as Oliver has done.It remains to be seen how international chefs will do in the Canadian market, which has its share of domestic celeb chefs like Michael Smith, Mark McEwan, Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes and Michael Stadtlander, says Donna Dooher, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada.“I think David Chang is doing very well. He really appeals to a different generation of young chefs and entrepreneurs and I think that they have a much more global perspective than perhaps the generations before them,” said Dooher.“I think Jamie Oliver will do well here. He’s got such a huge name, a huge brand, I’d be surprised if he didn’t succeed.”She thinks Batali is popular in Canada and will likely do well with Eataly in Toronto.One high-profile American chef didn’t fare well.“I know that Wolfgang Puck tried several years ago to come into the Toronto marketplace. He’s a huge name in the U.S., but it didn’t translate into the Canadian marketplace,” Dooher said.But she added that it would maybe be a different story now.Follow @lois_abraham on Twitter. by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 1:42 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Nowruz promotes sense of fresh possibility a chance to renew our commitment

“It is an opportunity to renew our pledge to human dignity and our promise to leave no one behind. It is an occasion to strengthen our new resolve to our path towards building a prosperous future for all while living in harmony with nature,” he stressed, echoing the pledge of the landmark UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “I think we all recognize that nothing in our world is more important than the spirit of Nowruz,” he underscored, pointing to the world’s conflicts, the plight of refugees and migrants, and the rise of xenophobia and racism in so many parts of the world. For more than 300 million people, Nowruz is about new beginnings. The beginning of a new year.  The arrival of spring.  The renewal of nature.It is an ancestral festivity that promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness – thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.“Nowruz unites communities beyond borders,” Mr. Guterres told a special event held at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, on the eve of the international celebration of the Day. “Its values echo those that we together promote at the United Nations every day and everywhere. The beginning of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh possibility,” he stated.According to the Secretary-General, Nowruz provides a chance to renew our commitment to peace, sustainable development and human rights. Nowruz is a reminder of commonalities and our rich diversity. Mr. Guterres concluded his message wishing “a prosperous, happy, healthy and peaceful Nowruz,” to everyone, adding “And may its spirit of friendship, harmony and respect for nature serve as an inspiration to us all.” read more

Walton leads Ball State to 8272 win over Evansville

MUNCIE, Ind. — K.J. Walton had 20 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots to lead Ball State to an 82-72 victory over Evansville on Saturday afternoon.Tahjai Teague added 17 points with eight rebounds. Kyle Mallers scored all 17 of his points in the second half. Tayler Persons chipped in nine points while dishing out nine assists for Ball State (3-3).Walton was 8 of 9 from the floor for 19 points in the first half. Teague added nine as the two combined for 12 of BSU’s field goals in the first half.Ball State finished the first half on a 22-10 run to take a 37-26 lead into the break. Evansville’s Shea Feehan nailed a 3 to close to 79-68 with 2:53 remaining but the Purple Aces could get no closer until John Hall scored a layup for the final score.Feehan hit 4 from deep to total 19 points. Hall and Marty Hill chipped in 10 apiece for Evansville (2-3).The Associated Press read more

General election 2017 sees record level of female candidates

first_imgThe majority of these were from the Labour Party, with Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide victory helping to push female representation in Parliament.  Women were first able to stand for Parliament in 1918 – provided they were over 21 years old.This led to the election of Constance Markievicz, the first woman to be elected to Parliament. Along with other Sinn Féin MPs, however, she did not take up her seat. The history of women in parliamentIn total, 456 women have been elected to the House of Commons since 1918, seven per cent of all MPs over the period, according to the House of Commons library.191 of these female MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election – accounting for 29 per cent of all MPs. The proportion of women standing as candidates in this year’s general election is the highest on record.The electorate will be presented with a combined total of 965 female candidates on June 8 according to figures compiled by Democracy Club and the Telegraph. The first female to actually sit in the House of Commons was Nancy Astor, who was elected in a 1919 by-election.The 1990s helped to improve female representation in Parliament, with the proportion of seats held by women doubling in 1997.This led to 120 female MPs being elected – 18 per cent of the total. Until this point, women had never held more than one in 10 Commons seats.The number of female candidates reached a new high in 2015, with 1,033 standing. This accounted for just over a quarter of all candidates standing in the General Election.However, now that the candidates for 2017 have been announced this years’ election has overtaken 2015 as the most balanced in terms of gender. This is a lower number of female candidates than in 2017, however there are fewer candidates in total this time round. Back in 2015, 26 per cent of candidates were women compared to 29 per cent this year.Labour are fielding the most female candidates out of the major parties at 40.4 per cent while the Green Party is second on 34.8 per cent.UKIP has the most imbalanced gender ratio among the major players with just 13 per cent of its candidates being female. 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.last_img read more

School which taught that only Muslims were saved on Noahs Ark is

The staff room at the Al-Istiqamah Learning CentreCredit:Ofsted / PA  Beatrix Bernhardt (left) and Nacerdine Talbi (right) arriving at courtCredit:Brais G. Rouco/ Central News Speaking after the judgement, Amanda Spielman said: “I am glad the courts have recognised our serious concerns about unregistered schools. These schools deny children a proper education and leave them at risk of harm and, in some instances, radicalisation. “We hope that the judgement sends out a message to all those running such schools that they will face justice. We will continue to investigate and expose illegal, unregistered schools and where we find them, play our part in making sure they are closed or become properly registered.“Further action is needed now to protect the children who attend these settings. As I have said before, Ofsted need proper powers so that we can make sure all children receive a decent education that prepares them for life in modern Britain, and keeps them safe from harm.” These are the first convictions under section 96 of the Education and Skills Act which came into force in 2008. Noah is identified as a prophet of Allah, who built an ark and saved only Muslims and animals. A question which asked why Allah punished the people was answered: ‘they disbelieved’.Other examples of Islamic-focused tuition include poems thanking Allah for providing grapes and a letter written by a student to a teacher in which he draws a mosque and writes: “Thank you for helping me. May Allah reward you!”Mr Talbi told the court the teaching of children never exceeded 18 hours at the centre’s doors which were open between 9am and 2pm.He said he felt ‘intimidated’ by the Ofsted visits, adding: “They didn’t give me a chance to explain how the centre is run.“I believe that by the DfE advice, guidelines that I don’t need to register. I follow the advice,” he said.At Westminster Magistrates court, Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: “I have no doubt from the documents exhibited that the academic year at the centre is a ten month year. The fees being charged were £230 per month for primary school age pupils and £250 for secondary school age and envisaged a ten month year.”As such the centre was “being operated as an unregistered independent educational institution providing full-time education”. 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. The staff room at the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre While Ofsted said the centre did not solely teach religious education, photographs on the school’s website appear to reveal a focus on Islam.One photograph of a child’s homework showed a question sheet about Noah and the ark. Beatrix Bernhardt (left) and Nacerdine Talbi (right) arriving at court An Islamic school which taught that only Muslims and animals were saved on Noah’s ark has become the first to be successfully prosecuted for operating illegally.The Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in west London marketed itself as a study centre where home-educated children had part-time tuition, but Ofsted inspectors found that almost 60 children of compulsory school age were regularly attending the centre during school hours.The case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service after the centre failed to respond to Ofsted’s warning notice in November 2017.Director Nacerdine Talbi and Headteacher Beatrix Kinga Bernhardt have now become the first people convicted of running an unregistered independent school and were each given a three-month curfew and ordered to pay a total of £970 towards costs. The school has also been fined £100.HM Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman welcomed the verdict and said that it sent an important message to other unregistered schools, some of which she said deny children a proper education and leave them at risk of harm and, in some instances, radicalisation. read more

MineARC questions Australian stance on refuge chambers

first_imgPaul Medcraft, Australian Business Development Manager for MineARC Systems, the leading supplier of mine refuge chambers, has questioned the negative stance by the Australian coal industry and authorities on the use of refuge chambers in underground coal mines. The stance puts Australia at odds with all the other major coal producing nations, in particular the US and China.Medcraft comments: “There is no question that given the risk of further explosions and exposure to methane and coal dust, the best solution in the event of any underground emergency in a coal mine is to exit the mine immediately. Where Australian coal differs with the rest of the world, is the issue of what happens if miners simply can’t get out of the mine? With miner’s lives at stake, you’d expect an amount of care and consideration dealing with this question. It’s certainly a valid question as there have been numerous past incidents in coal mining where miners have survived the initial explosion, fire or collapse and been left trapped and/or incapacitated.”He points out that after the Sago coal mine explosion in 2006 where 13 miners became trapped and later died, intensive research by the US regulatory authorities MSHA and NIOSH determined that refuge chambers were “vital” to ensure that those unable to escape as a result of blocked escape ways, smoke or injuries, had another means of reaching a safe environment and a second chance at survival. In a detailed study involving all major mining incidents in the US between 1970 and 2006, NIOSH determined that “refuge stations (chambers) would have had a positive impact on the outcomes of 12 disasters or 32%. The total number of miners that would have been positively impacted was 83 (19%) of the 429 underground and impacted (miners) by these accidents. A total of 74 (29%) of the 252 fatalities would have been positively impacted and potentially would have survived the accident.” Following the report, the Miner Act was introduced making refuge chambers compulsorily in all underground US coal mines, with all mines given until 2009 to have them installed.Medcraft comments: “To date Australian coal has vehemently resisted the numerous calls for refuge chambers to be become mandatory at home, no-matter what the evidence presented to them. They are fixed in their mindset. Instead they seem to believe that a combination of SCSR’s, CABA’s and escape ways where available are all that’s required to provide a viable alternative in an emergency. They believe it so strongly that there is not a single long duration refuge chamber in any Australian coal mine – to the best of our knowledge.” And he argues that the belief is common both to the coal producers and the state authorities.He concludes: “We have refuge chambers that the US and Chinese industry say are essential, US research in particular indicates that had they been available in previous disasters lives would have been saved. We have refuge chamber manufacturers making full use of available technology to protect miners and keep them in communication with the surface for extended periods of time. We have miners and their families who have certainly indicated to us that they believe refuge chambers should be in coal mines. What we don’t have is a forum for discussion. We understand that a review of the use of chambers in coal mines was held in 2010 involving coal producers and the regulatory authorities. What didn’t appear to occur was for someone to ask us what was possible. We would like to see this changed.”last_img read more

Atlas Copco offers new RC grade control kit

first_imgAtlas Copco continues to expand its blasthole product offering with the addition of the reverse circulation (RC) kit for the DM45/50 mid-range blasthole drill. Based off proven systems, components, and technology the RC kit is designed to meet the demands of today’s expanding mining market by offering the added dimension of in-pit grade control. A number of components are included with the optional kit, which can also be retrofitted on drills currently in the field. The cyclone arm allows for sampling from the ground or platform level, with a vertical raise and lowering function.A cyclone rotation of 160 degrees provides safe access for cleaning, maintenance, and attaching new sample hoses from ground level. The cyclone is a heavy duty system designed specifically with flexibility in mind. Some of the features of the cyclone assembly are: a hydraulic upper knife valve and pneumatic lower knife valve for collecting and isolating the sample; a hydraulic hinge between the dump box and cone splitter that allows for easy cleaning; a fixed cone splitter with primary and duplicate sample chutes. All cyclone and sample functions are all easily controlled from the operator’s cab.A 66 litre dump box, with a steep cone for limiting sample hang up is part of the sample collection feature. The primary and duplicate ports can easily be adjusted from 4-15%. The RC carousel has four 4.5 in rod cups and offers a 44 m maximum on-board capacity. Some other components included with the RC kit are a blast box/discharge, a blow-down valve that offers internal valving that does not require any external three-way valving or unnecessary hosing above or around the rotation head, an above head dual swivel that eliminates the need for a below head air swivel, and a fully integrated sample hose management system that has been designed with safety and practicality in mind. The DM45 and DML reverse circulation drills offer hole diameters ranging between 4 ½ in – 5 ¾ in (114 mm – 146 mm) with maximum hole depths of 145 feet (44 m) based off on-board capacity.last_img read more

FLASHBACK Brian Cowen became Taoiseach five years ago this week

first_img(YouTube: Eoin Smith)IF THEY SAY that a week is a long time in politics, half a decade must mark a totally new era.Five years ago this week, a popular finance minister was promoted from Tánaiste to Taoiseach – and was met by a crowd of thousands when he returned to his hometown for a valedictory sing-song.Brian Cowen’s appointment as leader of Fianna Fáil, succeeding Bertie Ahern, had been expected for some time – a few months previously, hinting that he may not remain in power for much longer, Ahern had referred to his deputy leader as his successor-in-waiting.When Ahern announced his retirement on April 2, 2008, Cowen was seen as the natural heir – and was the only nominee for the FF leadership, meaning automatic succession on May 6. The following day, the Dáil confirmed his appointment as Taoiseach.In his hometown of Clara, Co Offaly, the public were buoyant – and with the country appearing to be in good economic shape, Cowen was welcomed in a valedictory return to Offaly where he sang a song in memory of his late father, Bernard, whose Dáil seat he had inherited in a 1984 by-election.The honeymoon didn’t last long. A month later, a referendum on ratifying the Lisbon Treaty was defeated – and the global financial crisis meant his Government’s first Budget was brought forward two months with a package of swingeing austerity measures.By the time he decided to step down as Fianna Fáil leader in January 2011 – having lost the confidence of his Green coalition partners – Fianna Fáil had slumped to third place in party opinion polls, and Cowen was the least popular head of government in modern Irish history.Read: Er, what’s happening on the Euronews website?last_img read more

Marriage proposal sees ring delivered by an aerial drone

first_imgThere have been some memorable marriage proposals and weddings captured on camera and uploaded to YouTube. Not many of them put technology to good use, though, but wedding photographers must be getting asked to cover more unusual proposals and weddings as we embrace technology more and more.One example of this is a marriage proposal recently made in Alamo Square park in San Francisco, which photographer Chris Geiger was asked to record on film. The guy proposing, Jason, asked his bride to be, Christina, to go to the park to have some pictures taken. Little did she know Jason had attached a engagement ring to the top of an aerial drone and planned to fly it in as he took photos of her.The setup worked quite well as you can see in the video above. She looked a little confused but ended up very happy when he eventually asked the question.The drone used isn’t specified, but we do know there were 4 cameras involved. Photographer Chris Geiger was shooting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Jason was capturing video with his Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and the drone was equipped with two camera: the first, a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition, and the second an 18 gram 808 #16 keychain camera with a “D” wide angle lens.If you happen to think the houses in the background behind Christina look familiar, that’s because they are regularly used in sitcoms and are referred to as the “Painted Ladies” according to Geiger.last_img read more