Metrolite coming soon to Delhi?

first_imgDelhi could get its first stretch of metrolite, a cheaper, smaller and slower urban rail transit system compared to metro rail, with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation approving a 20-km line from Kirti Nagar till Dwarka Sector 25 recently, government officials said.Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said on Friday that the DMRC Board had recently approved the stretch and sent it to Delhi government. He added that the Ministry would consider the proposal after receiving it from the State government.Three-coach trains The Ministry had put out guidelines for metrolite, meant for smaller cities, in July this year. According to the standards, the metrolite trains would have three coaches, as opposed to six or eight in metro trains, and would have a maximum speed of 60 km/h and passenger load of 300. As far as possible, metrolite trains should be on ground level, not elevated, in order to keep the cost of construction down, the guidelines say.Asked about the proposal, a senior DMRC official said: “Last week the proposal to construct a 20-km line from Kirti Nagar to the Exhibition Centre in Dwarka Sector 25 was approved by the DMRC Board. The proposal will now be forwarded to both the Delhi government and the Centre for their approval following which the implementation can take place.”last_img read more

Elias has his eyes set on one WWE legend- The Rock

first_imgAdvertisementAlex McCarthy of recently interviewed Elias at the WWE Performance Center at a preview of WWE 2K19 in Orlando. He remarked that he was a great fan of both the Rock and Elias and wondered if he took inspiration from him. Elias brushed off the notion immediately and took a jab at the Rock too.Elias vs. the Rock in a guitar face-off?“People have thrown out the idea of a challenge, a sing-off or some sort of guitar-off. Rock, if you’re out there and you hear this and you’re listening, you’re welcome to come and ‘Walk with Elias’ whenever you want to.This is not the first time Elias has called out the Rock. In fact, one of the rumored plans for Elias at WrestleMania 34 was to have a guitar face-off with the Rock! It didn’t come to fruition because Vince McMahon couldn’t confirm the WWE legend’s presence at the Grandest Stage of All, and Elias went on to have an altercation with John Cena at the aforementioned show.@IAmEliasWWE says his character takes “no inspiration whatsoever” from @TheRock and says “The Rock cannot do what I do.”He also sent a message to the Great One: “Rock, you know where to find me, on my show, Monday Night #RAW; if you wanna walk with Elias, come on out.”— Alex McCarthy (@AlMac_GMS) October 5, 2018On the other hand, the Rock has not yet closed his cards on the prospect of returning to WWE. He did mention recently that he couldn’t wait to get back into a WWE ring.There is a saying in professional wrestling- ‘Never say never.’ It is applicable to the current scenario of the Brahma Bull and the Drifter too. The fans would be exultant if the Rock and Elias clash in the near future.Advertisementlast_img read more

Time to move the goalposts

first_imgWhen it comes to Olympic sport, it would be harder to find two athletes who are more capable of talking about what India needs to do to join the realm of elite sporting nations. One of them, Abhinav Bindra, became our only individual gold medallist in Olympic history when he,When it comes to Olympic sport, it would be harder to find two athletes who are more capable of talking about what India needs to do to join the realm of elite sporting nations. One of them, Abhinav Bindra, became our only individual gold medallist in Olympic history when he won in the 10-metre air rifle event at Beijing 2008. And the other, Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All-England badminton champion, is the national coach of an elite squad that boasts of Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi.What makes their views on Indian sport important, however, is not their achievements. Bindra and Gopichand stand out as thinkers, planners and fearless crusaders who understand the larger problems that dog our sporting ecosystem. To top it all, they are never afraid to air their views-even if it upsets the overlords in the administration.At the India Today Conclave 2016, in a session titled ‘The Olympic Dream’, Bindra and Gopichand were candid as usual, so brutally honest about India’s sporting structure and so clear about how we are a million miles away from what needs to be done that some people would even consider their words to be a downer in an Olympic year.Indeed, both of them felt that the once-in-four-years focus on how many Olympic medals India can win is actually a part of the problem. “To focus on the Olympics with three months to go as if something magical is going to happen, and after the Olympics something remedial needs to be done, is not the way. We need to look at sport very differently,” Gopichand said. “We need to go deeper to ensure that a lot more people in the country are physically literate. Then we need to have some structures to ensure that they can all learn the fundamentals well. And then put systems in place so that the milk is churned properly, so that you have enough numbers for the cream to rise to the top. That’s the only way to ensure you win 20, 30, 40 medals instead of four, six or eight.” Once you breed excellence, he says, the medals will come.advertisementIt was Bindra, picking up on from the point, who hit the nail on the head. He summed up the entire problem with India’s sporting system in one answer: “At the moment, you have to climb a mountain, and only when you climb the mountain does the support start coming in. In order to become a sporting nation, in order to get Olympic success to the level that we aspire to, we need to support the grassroots. We need to invest in young people at the start of their careers. We need to nurture them through, stick with them even when they fail-because they will fail.” We need to make sure, he said, that they get up again.Bindra, 33, has qualified for Rio 2016, which is likely to be his last Olympics. How confident does he feel about signing off with another appearance at the podium? “Well, in Beijing, I needed it. I needed to win a gold medal. In London, I didn’t necessarily need it, I wanted it. In Rio, I need it. So that’s the way it is!” by Kunal PradhanExcerpts “On the sidelines of, say, an Olympic semis, what do you tell a Sindhu?”Moderator Boria Majumdar to Gopichand”You need to tell them that it does not matter. You cannot have the pressure of a 1.3 billion people sit on your head or the pressure of getting Rs 5 crore prize money if you win or fame get to your head. The bottomline is, you have got a target. You need to hit it. You are a player and you need to play your game. So the less you think of all of those things and play the sport as it is, you are going to get those results…. Sport is simple that way.””About all the hype, basically it’s all your (the media’s) fault, don’t blame us if we don’t win.”Abhinav Bindra”Yes. It’s very hard, it is hard physically, it’s hard emotionally, it’s hard mentally, but I accept it, this is what I like to do, this is what I love and I’ll do whatever it takes to be the best that I can.”last_img read more


first_imgAs expected, the Sunrisers pacers had made an impact in As expected, the Sunrisers pacers had made an impact in the Powerplay overs, conceding only 38 runs but the good thing for the Lions was that McCullum was still there. The Kiwi batsman looked in good touch and easily dispatched a few bad balls to the boundary ropes. Dinesh Karthik (26) also looked solid and managed to stabilize the innings. They did not dominate the bowling but ensured that Lions have a platform where they could go for the kill. Bipul Sharma created a chance to break the partnership but Cutting mis-timed the jump to take the catch offered by Karthik. Worse, the ball went for a six after slipping through the hands of the fielder. However, Karthik could not cash on the life and was run out needlessly after a miscommunication with McCullum. Finch pressed the accelerator pedal straightaway, hitting Barinder Sran for a four and a six after his side was 67 for three at half-way mark. Bipul created another chance off his bowling but this time Sran dropped Finch. However, the left-arm spinner finally got the wicket when McCullum hit one straight to Bhuvneshwar two balls later. Cutting added to the Lions misery by removing Smith who cut straight to Shikhar Dhawan. The Lions were now reeling at 83 for five in 13 overs. Lions never found the scoring easy but thanks to Finch, Jadeja and Bravo they had something to fight for. PTI AT ATK ATKlast_img read more

International Cricket Council plans crackdown on bat size

first_imgThe ICC Cricket Committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble, has suggested that Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) should “strongly consider” limiting the dimensions of bats to restore balance in the game.BETTER BALANCE BETWEEN BAT AND BALLTall scores in T20s and ODIs and even mishits from batsmen landing in the galleries have been a cause of concern for the experts who feel that cricket is increasingly becoming a batsman’s game.”MCC sought the committee’s guidance on the desirability of making changes in order to redress the balance between bat and ball. The Committee received a research paper from MCC citing a wealth of scientific and statistical evidence showing bats have become more powerful in recent years, primarily due to having larger ‘sweet-spots’,” an ICC release stated detailing the deliberations by the Cricket Committee at the Lord’s.”The committee’s view was that MCC should strongly consider limiting the dimensions of cricket bats to help achieve a better balance between bat and ball.”SAFETY CONCERNSThe committee consisting of former international captains like Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Andrew Strauss also expressed concerns that a lot of batsmen are not using helmets which conform to British Safety Standard (BSS).”The committee considered the matter of helmet safety following a presentation on injury surveillance trends by ICC medical consultant Dr Craig Ranson. The committee expressed concerns that there were still too many instances of international cricketers wearing helmets which did not meet the latest British Safety Standard (BSS). It recommended that the ICC should enforce the wearing of the latest BSS compliant helmets in all international cricket,” the release stated.advertisementCONCUSSION SUBSTITUTESThe committee considered a proposal from Cricket Australia for a “concussion substitute” to be trialled for two years in domestic first-class cricket.”The committee acknowledged the seriousness of the issue of concussion in cricket, and stressed the need for consistent concussion policy to be implemented in all countries, but its view was that the current Laws and playing conditions allow players to receive the best possible medical treatment, and further change to the regulations in this area is not required at present,” it was stated.CRACKDOWN ON SUSPECT ACTION The member countries were praised for their work on suspected illegal bowling actions.”The committee noted considerable progress in policing suspect actions in international cricket and encouraged all countries to continue their efforts to screen bowlers in domestic competitions before they reached international level.”last_img read more

India to take on Nepal in friendly, ahead of Kyrgyz Republic clash

first_imgComing on back of six consecutive wins including the unofficial match against Bhutan, the Indian national football team will take on Nepal in an international friendly here at the Andheri Sports Complex today.This match comes ahead of India’s crucial Asian Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13 in Bengaluru.Speaking at the official pre-match press conference, head coach Stephen Constantine did not beat around the bush. “I hope to get a win against Nepal and I hope to see players who vie for the starting XI put up a good show so I can assess them for the game against Kyrgyz Republic which is a very important match for us,” he stated.”The FIFA Rankings are just one aspect of the game. It is not as if we would now relax, we would not be pushing to break the 100 barrier. However our focus is completely now on Nepal and we will take one game at a time,” he added.Nepal have always reserved their best against India though the recent results against Nepal have been in India’s favour.The last time the two teams clashed 18-year old Lallianzuala Chhangte starred in a 4-1 win in the SAFF Suzuki Championship in Trivandrum, which India eventually won.However, Constantine believes that it will be a different setting altogether tomorrow. “Nepal is a very hard working team and we expect the usual from them – a tough fight till they cannot fight anymore. Initially we had Lebanon to play but we could not host them because of visa difficulties. I need to thank Nepal for coming to play us.”advertisement”There are no easy teams. Every teams has its own challenges and poses its own difficulties”Constantine’s men will also be looking to draw inspiration from their recent rise in the FIFA Rankings, which sees India ranked 100 – a historic moment for Indian Football only achieved thrice.”We have developed in the last two years and now is the time to show everyone that we deserve to be here and we have to strive to maintain this style of progress,” said Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who will lead the Indian side against Nepal on the morrow.”Being 100 does not mean we are favourites or that we have become a super team. Two years back we were 173 and I had then stated that the target it to get into the top 100. Everyone had laughed it off. Being at 100, the next logical target will be to get into the top 50,” h maintained.”We have come a long way and if we keep on working like this and if we focus on the AFC Asian Cup we can make it and go even higher in the FIFA ladder”, Gurpreet added.Meanwhile, Constantine informed Sunil Chhetri will not be against Nepal while CK Vineeth was released from the Camp on the day due to a sore ankle.”Sunil is a very good player and has been for a long time. I hope he has many more years to give for India. I would like Chhetri to be leading the team in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019, if we qualify. The day he hangs his boots, it will be huge loss for Indian Football.”last_img read more

2011 New South Wales Junior State Cup Results

first_imgIn the 18’s Girls division, Penrith started strongly, taking the early lead, before Wagga hit back to trail by just one touchdown. But it was too little too late with Penrith taking the match 7-6. In the 18’s Boys division, Parramatta dominated for the majority of the game, and won convincingly, 7-2. Under 10’s Boys – McCall CupNewcastle City 7 defeated Parramatta 4Player of the Final – Kurt Donohue (Newcastle)Under 12’s Boys – Zabielo CupNewcastle 0 – Orange 0Newcastle and Orange are joint winners of the 12’s Boys division. Player of the Final – Matt Smith (Newcastle)Under 14’s Boys – Yiangou CupRyde Eastwood 5 defeated Penrith 2Under 16’s Boys – Wall CupPeninsula 11 defeated Wests 4Player of the Final – Ben NicholsUnder 18’s Boys – Galea CupParramatta 7 defeated Manly 2Player of the Final – Wesley Sefuiva (Parramatta)Under 18’s Girls – Rose CupPenrith 7 defeated Wagga Wagga 6Player of the Final – Madison Absolum (Wagga Wagga)Under 16’s Girls – Toohey CupNewcastle City 13 defeated Taren Point 4Player of the Final – Lily Goodchild (Newcastle)Under 14’s Girls – Taylor CupManly 11 defeated Newcastle 4Player of the Final – Georgia Toovey (Manly)Under 12’s Girls – Vassallo CupBerkeley Vale 5 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 2Player of the Final – Aliyah Paki (Manly)Under 10’s Girls – Tirado CupManly 13 defeated Ryde 0Player of the Final – Monique Mortimer (Manly)Club ChampionshipsFirst – Manly Sea Eagles Second – Newcastle CityThird – Parramatta Eels Fourth – Penrith PanthersFifth – Wagga WaggaStay tuned to the website for all highlights of the grand finals at the 2011 New South Wales Junior State Cup. For all of the results from the Junior State Cup, please visit the event website: read more

Schools to Use Revised Family Life Curriculum September

first_imgThe Health and Family Life Curriculum has been revised for required use in all schools by September.Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 15, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said the revision was undertaken by a broad-based working group. He said the curriculum is now “positive, value-laden and age-appropriate”.“This Government, lead by this Prime Minister, lifts up to our children, the ideal of faithful love and marriage between a man and a woman, as the basis of a family, even as we insist on tolerance and love for those, who are disposed towards homosexuality. Let it be clear, we will not be grooming children towards same sex unions and we will not be distributing condoms in schools,” he said.“Restraint must be taught by example and precept. Sex education: yes. Condoms: no,” he stressed.He informed that with the revised curriculum guidance counsellors and their counterparts in the schools and community health care systems will “know what to do when a student is in danger of sexual abuse”.A controversial section of the curriculum was pulled for review after public outcry over the inclusion of homosexuality and other sexual activities.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Alphaliner HMMs Vessel Capacity Shrinks by 24 Pct in 2017

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has seen its capacity decrease by 23.9 percent amid a rise in total vessel capacity operated by the top 15 carriers in 2017.The carrier’s vessel capacity fell from 456,000 TEU in 2017 to 347,000 TEU at the beginning of 2018, according to Alphaliner.The reduction was mainly due to the withdrawal of numerous HMM ships from the Asia – Europe and Asia – East Coast of North America routes. The ships were chartered out to Maersk and MSC under a strategic cooperation agreement, known as 2M+HMM, that took effect on April 1, 2017.Over the course of 2017, the top 15 carriers’ combined share of the global container ship capacity increased from 78.6 percent to 85.1 percent, as their grip of the global container trades continued to strengthen.The total vessel capacity operated by the top 15 container carriers grew by 12.6 percent in 2017, rising from 16.27 million TEU to 18.32 million TEU on January 1, 2018, data from Alphaliner shows. This figure includes capacity operated by companies that were acquired during the period.Over the same period, the global liner capacity increased by 3.9 percent from 20.69 million TEU to 21.51 million TEU. However, not all of the carriers recorded gains, as two carriers posted reductions in their operated capacity.The main gainer last year was the Maersk Group, whose operated capacity grew by 26.8 percent to reach 1.8 million TEU on January 1, 2018, up from 1.62 million TEU twelve months earlier.In case of Maersk, the recent takeover of the German carrier Hamburg Süd contributed to the increase, however, even without the purchase Maersk would still have grown by some 10%.last_img read more

After Jio First Day First Show scare multiplex players express confidence in

first_imgNew Delhi: Multiplex players have expressed confidence in the theatrical exhibition business in the country, even as Mukesh Ambani unveiled “a disruptive concept” for watching new movies at home on the release day as part of Reliance’s Jio Fiber premium offering. The country’s largest multiplex operator, PVR which runs nearly 800 screens in the country, stated that theatrical and at-home are two completely different experiences and each has their own places. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Inox Leisure pointed out that producers, distributors and multiplex owners in India have mutually agreed to an exclusive theatrical window of eight weeks between the theatrical release of a movie and release on any other platform. “This exclusive theatrical window is a model that is followed internationally, in order to ensure the robust financial viability of all the segments of the sector, and has been replicated in India,” said Inox Leisure, which operates about 600 screens across in India. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The producer of the film is the owner of the creative content, and is, therefore, entitled to choose the platform for distribution and consumption of his content, Inox Leisure added in its regulatory filing. “However, in view of this mutually-agreed exclusive theatrical window, he (the producer) would have to choose between theatrical exhibition or release on any other platform, since release on both simultaneously would breach the mutually-agreed exclusive theatrical window,” it added. Both these experiences have co-existed and prospered for decades and will continue to so in future, PVR said in a filing to BSE, adding that it is extremely buoyant about cinema exhibition’s growth prospects. Given India’s low screen density and the growth potential it offers, PVR expects cinema exhibition to continue expanding its footprint in India for the next multiple years, which will continue growing its contribution to the overall revenue of the filmed entertainment. Ambani on Monday announced the roll-out of Jio Fiber from September 5, promising free voice calls for life from landlines, 100 mbps minimum broadband speed at subscription starting from Rs 700 a month and free HD TV set on a commitment to an annual plan. As part of Jio Fiber’s premium offering – Jio First Day First Show – customers would be able to watch movies in their living rooms on the release day itself. This service will be launched in the mid 2020. “…For the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching new movies. Premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to watch movies in their living rooms the same day these movies are released in theatres,” he said. Shares of the two listed multiplex operators declined in morning session, with PVR shedding 2.45 per cent and Inox Leisure slipping 2 per cent.last_img read more

Ontario court halts quarry project over lack of consultation with First Nations

first_imgAn Ontario court has halted a limestone quarry project on the Bruce Peninsula nearly a decade in the making after finding the province failed to properly consult First Nations whose traditional territory encompasses the area.In a decision released last week, the court says the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry failed in its constitutional duty to hold meaningful consultations with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation before approving the project.It says the ministry did not properly notify the Nation of the project until three years after the application was filed, and then repeatedly pulled out of the process and funding it had promised.T & P Hayes Ltd. applied for a licence in 2008 for a limestone quarry on land it owns, which is not part of a reserve or claim by the Nation.The court says negotiations between the province and the Nation began in 2011 but the ministry later offloaded the responsibility to T & P Hayes, which refused to take it on.It says talks stalled in 2015 and the licence was granted the following year. The licence has now been revoked until proper consultations are conducted.Even though some issues were resolved, the process followed by the ministry “does not pass constitutional muster,” Justice David Corbett wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.“(The ministry’s) position — that whatever process failures there may have been along the way, by the end, (the Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s) substantive concerns had been heard and addressed — misses the central thrust of (the Nation’s) concerns here,” he wrote.“(The Nation’s) objection — and a valid objection it is — is that there has never been a proper consultation process, and that the identification of (the Nation’s) concerns remains preliminary and subject to review and change through proper consultations.”For the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which includes the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation, “consultation on the project was disjointed, inconsistent, and an exercise in frustration,” Corbett said.The Nation has been clear that it needs funding to hire experts who can assess technical reports related to the project, he said.“Funding was agreed but never delivered. (The Saugeen Ojibway Nation) continues to be willing to undertake consultation if it receives the promised funding. It also continues to maintain that it may require more funding, which it will address with (the ministry) after it has completed its preliminary work.”T & P Hayes, for its part, just wanted the project to progress without incurring further costs and ended up feeling caught between the two parties, the court said.Nevertheless, “Hayes’ frustration and its interests in moving forward with the project are not valid reasons to defeat (the Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s) constitutional rights,” the judge said.“Thus though the duty to consult is the Crown’s, proponents have an interest in facilitating the consultation process. In this case, Hayes refused that role. It was entitled to do this, but one consequence of its decision is further delay to complete adequate consultations.”The court also ordered the ministry and T & P Hayes to cover the Nation’s legal costs, which amounted to $80,000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect name for the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.last_img read more

Its time to quit Blood Tribe hit with 21 drug overdoses in

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe Blood Tribe in Alberta has been hit with a spike in overdoses in the less than a week that has put a heavy strain on its emergency services.“We had a total of 21 overdoses on the reserve that were documented in the last 5 days,” said Dr. Susan Christenson of the Blood Tribe department of health.That’s compared to the usual five to 10 overdoses a month she said.Christenson believes the increase has to do with the recent crisis in Lethbridge where carfentanil has hit the streets. There have been over 50 overdoses there in the past week.She thinks it’s made its way to the reserve and it’s much more potent than the regular, yet deadly, fentanyl.Christenson said fentanyl overdose can usually be turned around, if caught in time, with one of two vials of naloxone.Carfentanil overdoses require six or seven.“Emergency Medical Services came to me to get what naloxone kits I had left because they had completely depleted their supply,” she said.Robin Calfrobe used to struggle with addictions but turned to Christenson for help. She wants to see more youth do the same.“It’s time to quit,” said Calfrobe. “It’s time to change and I hope our people, the tribal council, is going to do their best to put a stop to this.”tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

Utah reduces voterbacked Medicaid expansion in rare move

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve.Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the plan hours after it cleared a final vote in the Republican-led Legislature, calling it both “humane and sustainable.”It’s drawn vocal protest from advocates who say the changes go further than any of the four other conservative-leaning states where voters expanded Medicaid after state lawmakers refused.“This is a dark day for democracy in Utah,” said Andrew Roberts, a spokesman for the group Utah Decides. “State legislators turned their backs on voters and on families in need.”Lawmakers’ plan would extend Medicaid coverage to an additional 80,000 people, just over half of those that would have been covered under the ballot measure that voters passed in November, Republican Sen. Dan Hemmert said.An additional 70,000 people can instead buy heavily subsidized insurance on the federal health care marketplace created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, he said.“I think we are doing the long-term responsible thing,” said Republican Sen. Allen Christensen, who sponsored the changes that easily passed the GOP-dominated Legislature, largely along party lines.He said changes are needed to control future costs. Voters also approved a sales tax increase to pay for the expansion, but a subsequent state analysis found it would fall $10 million short by 2021.Advocates argue there’s plenty of money to roll out the program, and if it falls short, adjustments could be made in the future.The ballot measure would have fully expanded Medicaid to about 150,000 people making less than $17,000 a year.The legislation scales that back to people earning just over $12,000 a year and adds spending caps and work requirements. Utah’s plan hinges on waivers from the federal government to scale back the expansion, add work requirements and make other changes. It also includes millions of dollars to keep an April 1 rollout date.Lawmakers say they have been assured the Trump administration will approve the waivers, but if they fall through, the measure would revert back to much of what the voters originally approved.Utah’s move stands out among the four conservative-leaning states where voters have passed Medicaid expansion through the ballot box, according to The Fairness Project, a group that’s supported all four proposals.In Maine, the former Republican governor initially blocked the effort, but it’s now being implemented, executive director Jonathan Schleifer said.Two other Republican-leaning states also passed similar expansions in November. The rollout appears on track in Nebraska, while Idaho lawmakers are considering legislation that would end the expansion if the federal government changes how much it pays for the program.In Utah, the changes leave people like Christie Sorensen, 28, without access to Medicaid. She can’t work full time because she’s still recovering from a grueling bout with cancer, but her part-time income is just above the poverty line, about $13,000.She has to forgo tests, oxygen and drugs recommended by her doctors because she can’t afford them. She’s shopped the federal marketplace, but with her medical needs and meagre income, health care is out of reach even with subsidies.“Here I am, trying to make some money a month to support myself, and I’m punished for it,” said Sorensen, who also volunteers with American Cancer Society Action Network. “I just feel forgotten.”Lindsay Whitehust, The Associated Press read more

Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament moves to Alumni Weekend

Golfers at the annual Alumni Golf TournamentAttention golfers.For the first time, this year’s Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be part of Brock Days Alumni Weekend festivities – a homecoming and community celebration happening September 21-23.This year, the tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 21.The Brock University Alumni Association is pleased to continue to offer this annual tournament and – as usual – is expecting a fun and memorable day for Brock alumni and friends.This year’s Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be held at Beechwood Golf and Country Club in Niagara Falls with a “crossover start” format. Golfers have the option of playing nine or 18 holes. Singles, couples and groups are all welcome to play.Price includes registration gift, golf cart, BBQ lunch with complimentary beverage, prime rib dinner and prizes. Plus admission to Brock Days pub night and complimentary beverage.Date: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012Golf course: Beechwood Golf and Country Club, Niagara FallsFormat: Crossover startTimes and fees per person:• 18 holes: 11:30 a.m., $125• 9 holes: 1:30 p.m., $100Registration is now open. You can register online or call: 905-688-5550 x3816For information about attending or sponsoring this year’s event, please contact Christine Richard, 905-688-5550 x3816; alumni@brocku.caThe full Brock Days 2012 schedule is available at: Tournament Poster (.PDF) read more

Brock prof aids with new Mars discovery

With Mars still home to many unknowns, each discovery made on the Red Planet draws a new sense of excitement from Brock University scientist Mariek Schmidt.The thrill of new findings has again bubbled up for the associate professor of earth sciences while analyzing data from the Mars Curiosity rover.Schmidt was part of a team of Canadian researchers who recently released a report suggesting that a large area on Mars not only once contained water, but also housed other conditions that would have allowed micro-organisms to live.Mineral veins in an area known as Garden City on Mars where high concentrations of zinc and germanium have been discovered.Since early on in the space mission, the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) — an instrument on board the rover built to analyze rocks and determine what elements they contain — has been detecting high concentrations of zinc and germanium as it traversed the Gale Crater.“At first we thought it was strange and then we kept seeing it and seeing it,” Schmidt said. “It has continued on since the rover landed in 2012.”In addition to documenting those findings, the research paper suggests that in order for those elements — usually found in low concentrations in martian meteorites and on Earth — to be in such high concentrations, there’s something unusual about the source for the sediments feeding into crater, which was formed roughly 3.7 billion years ago. “This source region must be hydrothermally altered, which means there’s been hot water percolating through those rocks, reacting with them and concentrating those elements,” Schmidt said.Indications of a hydrothermal system means the presence of an energy source and fluid, resulting in a potentially habitable environment for micro-organisms.She described the discovery as “exciting on a number of different levels.”If there were comparable concentrations of zinc and germanium found on Earth, it would be considered a mineable ore deposit, Schmidt said. “It’s interesting that it’s so widespread and there’s so much of it there.”Scientists from Brock, as well as Western University, the University of Guelph and University of New Brunswick helped to analyze the rover data. The resulting research report was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.Schmidt’s PhD student Jeff Berger, from the University of Guelph, was the lead author of the paper and Schmidt the second author.The team plans to continue exploring whether levels of zinc and germanium remain elevated as Curiosity continues to traverse the Red Planet.“It will be interesting to see if there is any evidence of hydrothermalism within Gale Crater itself,” Schmidt said.She believes the obsession surrounding life on Mars stems from people wanting to know if they’re alone in the universe.“I think it’s fascinating and it will be really exciting if and when we find evidence of life,” she said. “Once we do find evidence, it’s going to be a challenge to prove it’s martian and not a microbe we brought along with us.” read more

Prisoner escaped from hospital bed after he asked officers to get him

A violent criminal fled police custody in a pair of green pyjamas after he tricked them into bringing him coffee and biscuits, a court has heard. Kieron Jenkins, 30, fled University Hospital Coventry barefoot after the two officers who were supposed to be guarding him left him alone.Hours earlier he had been arrested for handling stolen goods and biting a police officer following a chase. He was taken into custody before being transferred to the hospital for a mental assessment. Mr Jenkins managed to flee the facility when he asked one officer to fetch him a cup of coffee and moments later the other left to get him biscuits.Red-faced police were forced to issue an appeal to the public, warning them not to approach Jenkins following his escape last month.The force helicopter was also scrambled to search for Jenkins who was finally discovered three days later at his home address, three miles from the hospital.  West Midlands Police yesterday confirmed a disciplinary investigation was launched following the incident. “Warwick Crown Court has heard that a violent criminal escaped from custody after the two officers supposed to be guarding him left him unaccompanied to get coffee and biscuits for the suspect,” a spokeswoman said.  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. “A disciplinary investigation is currently on-going. We cannot comment further while this investigation is active.”Mr Jenkins, of Coventry, was jailed on Friday for 14-months after he admitted handling stolen property, assaulting an emergency worker and escaping from custody.Sentencing him at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Barry Berlin told Mr Jenkins his request for tea and biscuits was a ploy to stage his escape.”In a room at the hospital you asked officers for a coffee and biscuits. That was plainly a ruse and you made your escape in green pyjamas,” he said. The court heard Jenkins was caught selling a laptop which had been stolen in a house burglary in Coventry in March.On June 12 officers on patrol in the city saw Jenkins, who was on licence and was wanted on recall to prison and for receiving the stolen laptop.There was a chase, during which he tried to climb a fence, but was brought down by one of the officers who was bitten on the arm by Jenkins.The court heard Jenkins had a number of previous convictions for offences including handling stolen goods. read more

Unity coal mine benefits from new screw compressors

first_imgCompressors from Atlas Copco are providing an essential supply of compressed air to coal extraction operations for the Unity coal mine in the Neath Valley, Wales. The decision to replace the existing diesel driven compressors with Atlas Copco GA electrically-powered screw compressors has resulted in significant benefits in terms of process efficiency, energy use and reduced environmental impact, according to the manufacturer. The mine, which re-opened in 2008, is now in the process of moving to full production with the capability to produce up to 1 Mt/y of coal. It is contracted to supply fuel for major industrial companies, such as the nearby coal-fired Aberthaw Power Station.Unity Mine’s Cwmgrwach operation is a drift mine and was the first to be opened in Wales since the Betws colliery in Ammanford in 1974. The owners believe that it is poised to take advantage of a market whereby the increasing volume of imported coal, coupled with global price increases and demand, driven mainly by booming economies such as China and India, is making formerly uneconomic domestic sites commercially viable again. After the mine’s re-opening, the company’s management focus was on the reliability and efficiency of production equipment. Duncan Kilbride, Director of Projects & Procurement at Unity Mine explains: “The initial plan  of the mine’s workings were based on the pillar and stall extraction methods that employ a continuous miner unit and secure the work with roof bolting, as opposed to arched roadways. These all require air-driven equipment fed by a reliable continuous supply of compressed air. We also operate pumps on a permanent basis to remove water.”Air for these operations was supplied originally from a number of small, rented diesel-driven compressors but there was growing concern with their mechanical reliability and the risks of any break in the regular supply of diesel fuel. This dependency issue, coupled with increasing rental and fuel costs, made it evident that replacement with more energy and cost-efficient compressors was essential. “We invited tenders for the system and Atlas Copco came up trumps as a one-stop shop solution for the compressors, filtration units, controller and compressor house installation. They scored as a world-leading specialist offering long term options on a range of packages best suited to our needs within the required timescale plus an ongoing support organisation”, said Kilbride.Two oil-lubricated, air-cooled, full-feature GA110 variable speed drive screw compressors were installed together with a companion fixed-speed version machine. It has been calculated that energy savings in the region of £13,000 per year are achievable, in addition to substantial savings in equipment rental costs. These Atlas Copco compressor units provide base load and a back up peak of 7 bar air to the drilling and roof bolting equipment, and the water pumps. Current geological estimates are that there are reserves of 90 Mt of coal that will be extracted from the Cwmgwrach mine complex over the next 25 years.last_img read more

This Cube Lets You Experience the Earths Most Extreme Conditions

first_img From blizzards on top of Mount Everest to the extreme cold of the Arctic to the scorching heat of the Sahara deserts, researchers can now recreate the Earth’s most extreme climates and conditions  — all in one place.The research infrastructure, terraXcube, which opened to the public in Bolzano, South Tryol, Italy, on November 30, can simulate the world’s most extreme climate and weather conditions. It can recreate environmental factors such as air pressure, air humidity, and solar radiation individually or in combination, enabling researchers to investigate how the human body reacts to various extreme climatic conditions.People view the ‘Cube’ that recreates a mountain environment with snow during the opening of terraXcube on November 30, 2018 in Bolzano, Italy. (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)terraXcube has two modular “walk-in” chambers (a Small Cube and Large Cube) which can simulate environments of 9,000 meters (29, 527 feet) maximum altitude, temperatures between -40 degrees Celsius and 60 degrees Celsius, 60 mm of rain per hour, 5 cm of snow per hour, and winds up to 30  meters per second.“The four test chambers of the Small Cube mainly reproduce the climatic conditions of the Alps, while in the Large Cube you can simulate more extreme conditions, like the top of Mount Everest,” Christian Steurer, director of terraXcube, center of Eurac Research, told Alto Adige Innovazione.Inside one of the terraXcube chambers that recreates a dry and hot environment. Here, researchers can test how climate changes and extreme climatic conditions affect plants and biodiversity. (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)One of the aims of the research lab is to be able to aid medical and emergency response professionals.“Investigating how the human body reacts to various altitudes and extreme climatic conditions is often a challenging undertaking,” Hermann Brugger, an emergency doctor at Eurac Research, said. Last year, he was conducting research with his colleagues in Italy’s Cervinia mountains when they were almost hit by an avalanche.Visitors experience the main ‘Cube’ that recreates a mountain environment (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)But safety factors are not the only considerations for conducting accurate studies. “Medical studies require precise, standardized and reproducible conditions, as these are the only circumstances under which results are meaningful,” said Brugger. “These considerations gave rise to the idea of the climate simulator in 2011,”More than just for medical and environmental research purposes, the terraXcube will also be open to businesses looking to conduct industry tests on automobiles, drones, textiles, or agriculture products.A technician look inside one of the rooms at terraXcube to test materials in cold environments. (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)More on Do Spiders Survive the Winter?New Wasp Species Turns Social Spiders Into Zombie DronesResearchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable Plastic Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

More than 600000 doses of flu shots given throughout SD County

first_img KUSI Newsroom November 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 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)-Many people in San Diego County are getting their flu shots. Local health providers reported giving more than 600,000 doses, which is 30% more than last year.This past year more than 300 flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego County. Now citizens are taking extra precaution for infants and those over the age of 65.Public Health Officer for the county of San Diego, Dr. Wilma Wooten talks to KUSI about the increased number of flu vaccinations. Posted: November 30, 2018 More than 600,000 doses of flu shots given throughout SD County Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more