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Dissolved Assembly in J&K’s interest: Governor Satya Pal Malik

first_imgDefending his decision to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday claimed “extensive horse-trading” was going on and it would have been impossible for parties with “opposing political ideologies” to form a stable government.Mr. Malik said he had acted in the State’s interest and according to its constitution.He dismissed allegations that he was acting on the Centre’s directions and said had this been the case, their side (BJP, People’s Conference) would have been called for government formation.The Governor said that those who wanted to move to the court, could do so.“For the past 15 to 20 days, I have been getting reports of large-scale horse trading. MLAs are being threatened and several types of underhanded dealings are going on,” Mr. Malik told reporters at Raj Bhawan here.“Mehboobaji told me a week before that her MLAs were being threatened through the NIA. Another side said MLAs were being lured with large-scale money. Horse trading had started 20 days ago,” he claimed.“Had I given any side opportunity (for government formation), it would have created more mess. The value system of politics would have been destroyed as is been happening in the rest of the states. I could not afford that,” the Governor said.He said it would have been impossible for parties with “opposing political ideologies” to form a stable government.“We would have altered this situation, had we given an unstable government (to the state). An opportunist government would have been the outcome of this process. We never wanted instability in a sensitive state,” Malik said.He said the NC, PDP, Congress would have fought with each other and it would have created a mess.Mr. Malik said the stability that was in place today in the State was due to the hard work of the armed forces.“I have no personal interest and for me the interest of the state is prime. For that, I acted and dissolved the assembly as per the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the best action as per my wisdom and I have not been partial,” he said.The Governor said when he came to the State he had made his stand clear that he would not be involved in any underhanded dealing or defection and would not approve government formation on the basis of threat.He said he wanted polls to be held and an elected government formed. He said he wanted the stand in court to be that only an elected government be allowed to function.He hit out at the PDP and the NC, claiming they had told him that they had a majority but he was not given any proof for it. No list was given and no parade of MLAs took place, Mr. Malik said.He claimed that the attempt at government formation was of forces which did not want polls to be held in the state.The governor said they should be happy now that the assembly had been dissolved as this was what they wanted.He said the Election Commission would decide on the Assembly elections.Wednesday was Eid, he said when asked about the fax not working in the Raj Bhavan, resulting in his office not receiving the PDP’s letter staking claim to form government as well as the NC’s letter of support.Both NC’s Omar Abullah and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti should know that offices are closed that day, he said.The Governor abruptly dissolved the state assembly Wednesday night, hours after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival NC and the Congress.This was followed by another bid from the two-member People’s Conference, which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Ivan Perisic living the dream as Croatia create history

first_imgCroatia had to endure 65 minutes of agonizing football before they scored their first goal thanks to Ivan Perisic whose strike helped the match go into extra-time as they trailed 1-0 after the fifth minute of the semi-final against England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.But it was Perisic’s fourth World Cup goal which brought the Croatians back into the game and from there they launched an all-out attack on the Three Lions.Kieran Trippier had put England ahead in the fifth minute of the match but Perisic cancelled out the lead in the 68th minute for Croatia.It’s not coming home: Croatia end England’s World Cup dreamAs the game moved to extra-time, both teams failed to create chances. There was no change to the scoreline in the first half but Mandzukic reacted quickly to a pass from Perisic and he netted it in as Jordan Pickford looked on helplessly in the 109th minute as Croatia became the first side in the tournament’s history to qualify from three successive games of extra-time.Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsCroatia became only the second team to take their match to extra-time for the third consecutive time.Before Wednesday’s match, they had defeated Denmark 3-2 via penalties in the round-of-16 and then went onto beat Russia 4-3 via shootout in two nail-biting fixtures. The only other team to do so was England in 1990.(Report | Highlights)”It was a very difficult game, we all know what was at stake and how important a semi-final is for a small country like Croatia.advertisement”We started slowly but we’ve shown our character, just as we have in the previous two knockout rounds when we were one goal down in both matches. We didn’t used to be that resilient,” Perisic said after the game.England’s semi-final jinx continues”Twenty years ago I was back in Omis, my home town. I rooted for Croatia, wearing a Croatia jersey, and I could only dream of playing for my country and scoring one of the most important goals to send us to a final,” the man-of-the-match added.Also read – Croatian president parties with Modric’s team in dressing roomStriker Mario Mandzukic, who scored the winning goal for Croatia in the 109th minute, said the team played like lions to beat England.”This is a miracle. Only great teams can be as brave as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England,” said Mandzukic, whose side face France in Sunday’s final.”We’ve played our hearts out throughout the tournament. I am happy with my performances so far but I am here for the team. We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final.”Dalic, who was appointed in October, days before their final group qualifying match against Ukraine, said there was more to come.”We are deservedly in the final. What the lads played tonight is fantasy, they’ve made history. We haven’t said our last word, there is still one more game to go. God willing, we will be world champions,” he said.Croatia will now look to cross the final hurdle and lift their maiden World Cup title as they face France in the summit clash at the same venue on July 15.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

DoE to investigate fake letter issued to schools in Delhi to vote AAP

first_imgThe Directorate of Education (DoE) will investigate the origin of a “fake letter” that was circulated among some groups of school management committees, asking parents to whom they will vote in the upcoming assembly polls.It had questions what parents had to say about the AAP government’s education policies and for whom they would vote.DoE Director Binay Bhushan said it was a fake letter that had been circulated to create mischief and they would investigate its origin.Sources in the Delhi government said the letter was circulated among some groups of school management committee with a “malicious intention”.About DoEDelhi Directorate of Education (abbreviated Del E) is the department under the education ministry of Delhi Government that manages the city’s public school system. It is one of the India’s largest school education system. Delhi government has made several efforts for the growth of education in Delhi. Recognizing the importance of education, the Govt. of Delhi is spending about 10% its total plan allocation on Education Sector. The share o Sector (General Education, Technical Education, Art & Culture and Sports) in total Plan expenditure of Delhi Government for last 5 years is increased from 8.49% in 2004-05 up to 10.32% in 2008-09last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Calls Pregame Altercation, Mark Dantonio’s Reaction ‘Bush League’

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Things were chippy before the game between Michigan and Michigan State in East Lansing, and Jim Harbaugh was extremely critical of the situation, and his rival head coach, after the game.The two teams got into a scuffle before the game, which wound up also being delayed due to poor weather in the area.Michigan players seemed hellbent on tearing up the midfield Spartan logo. That was part of the issues before the game, and after the 21-7 Wolverines win, members of the team waited for their opportunity to stomp on it, as well as celebrate at midfield with the Paul Bunyan trophy.During his post-game press conference, Jim Harbaugh called the pregame incident “bush league,” and had some words for Mark Dantonio.He accused Dantonio of being five yards behind the scuffle “and smiling” as the players got into it.Harbaugh says what happened before the game was bush league on Michigan State’s part. “Coach Dantonio was five yards behind them and smiling.”— Orion Sang (@orion_sang) October 20, 2018Tempers were clearly high for this one.During an interview on the field after the game, Wolverines’ defensive star Chase Winovich said that the team had to put “little brother in place” with the performance.The UM defense certainly did that.Winovich and company held Michigan State to just 94 total yards, the lowest mark for the Spartans against the Wolverines since 1947.last_img read more

4-Star ATH Asa Turner Commits To Washington Over Notre Dame

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Four-star athlete Asa Turner is officially off the board. Turner announced his re-commitment to Washington tonight, picking the Huskies over Notre Dame.Turner officially visited both programs in the summer. He originally committed to Washington in July, but did not sign with the Huskies during the early signing period in December.He announced late tonight that he will indeed be donning the purple and gold in college.“Next stop….. University of Washington!!! #GoDawgs #GlorifyGod,” Turner wrote on Twitter.Turner’s re-commitment must be quite the relief for UW head coach Chris Petersen. The Carlsbad (Calif.) product’s dalliance with Notre Dame caused Petersen to take a thinly-veiled shot at the Fighting Irish during a December press conference.In it, he lamented the “vultures and the lowdown tactics” present in recruiting nowadays.“I think about three or four years ago, or certainly when I first got here, I felt zero (suspense),” Petersen said via the Seattle Times. “Like the night before, I didn’t think about it twice. … And I think as the recruiting situation has — I’m trying to think of the right words — gotten worse, it can be painful. The vultures and the lowdown tactics that (are) going on behind closed doors — now I think about it a little bit more than I did.”Turner is the No. 17 athlete in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Update: Turner discussed his decision with 247Sports, and admitted what a difficult and emotional call it was to turn down the Fighting Irish:“And as it started getting closer to (the Early Signing Period), I started turning more toward Notre Dame. The week of (the Early) Signing Day, I called Washington and let them know that – that I probably would be going to Notre Dame. I told Notre Dame that I was probably going to Notre Dame but didn’t commit.”[…]“How much I appreciated coach (Clark) Lea and coach (Brian) Polian, it’s been very hard to say goodbye to them,” Turner said. “It was really hard. The first time I called them, and it didn’t feel right, when I had to call them and tell them that I’d committed to Washington, that did not go well. I was crying, talking to coach Lea and everything. That’s kind of why I never gave up on Notre Dame because it didn’t feel right. I was crying because of the relationship I had with them. I was super appreciative of them.”“I’m grateful for both of them.”Ultimately, the blue-chip defender decided to stick with his original commitment to Washington, but it sounds like this was about as difficult a choice as you’ll get in recruiting.last_img read more

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North

first_imgCompanies in this story: (NYSE: DDC-N)The Canadian Press YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest diamond ever found in North America.Dominion Diamond Mines says the 552-carat yellow diamond was found at its Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories in October.It says the stone “far surpasses” the previous record-holder, known as the Diavik Foxfire, which was found at the same mine in 2015.Dominion, which owns 40 per cent of the Diavik mine, says in a statement that the find “is completely unexpected for this part of the world and marks a true milestone for diamond mining in North America.”It says the gem will not be sold in its rough form, and the company will find a partner in the coming weeks to cut and polish the stone.The company says it’s too early to determine a value for the giant diamond, but the Diavik Foxfire eventually yielded two stones that sold for US$1.3 million.“The colour and texture of the diamond are a unique example of the journey that natural diamonds take from their formation until we unearth them,” Kyle Washington, chairman of Dominion Diamond Mines, said in a statement Thursday.“Our Diavik Mine has produced some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world, and this one certainly tops the list.”last_img read more

Paul Simon And Joan Baez Contribute To Charity Album

first_imgWorld-renown cellist Lynn Harrell and his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale, have assembled an unprecedented group of celebrated music stars to record the recently released charity album titled, We’ll Paint You a Rainbow.Paul Simon, Joan Baez, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jessye Norman, Christine Brewer, John Williams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Lynn Harrell are just a few of the musicians who have given their time and talents to record for the album. This fundraising effort to benefit at risk children through music was released exclusively by iTunes on March 25th and will be released worldwide on April 8th, 2013.Serving as Artist Ambassadors for the international nonprofit Save the Children’s HEART program, Harrell and Nightengale were determined to do something that would give hope and the promise of a future to at-risk children everywhere.
”The beautiful collection of classics and new songs that are on We’ll Paint You a Rainbow were recorded by some of the most revered names in classical and contemporary music,” said Harrell.“All of these great artists donated their time and talent, in order to help transform the lives of at-risk children through music,” said Nightengale. “And we are so grateful to them and their ability to inspire all of us to make change.”In addition to their support of and commitment to Save the Children’s HEART program, which brings the proven power of artistic expression through drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more to some of the world’s most vulnerable children, the couple founded the HEARTbeats Foundation. Created in 2010, HEARTbeats strives to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict in hope of creating a more peaceful, sustainable world for generations to come.“So many of the children we work with cannot go outside their own physical or emotional borders,” says Nightengale. “We hope to give them access to that freedom through music therapy programs.”
Produced by the HEARTbeats Foundation and Nightengale Records, We’ll Paint You a Rainbow’s 13 tracks offer songs about children and peace. INgrooves Fontana is distributing the digital album, at a variety of online vendors including iTunes and for $9.99 with separate tracks at .99 cents each.
The net proceeds from We’ll Paint You a Rainbow will benefit both Save the Children’s HEART campaign and HEARTbeats Foundation, which will also be selling a physical CD for $15 plus shipping and handling through its website. The CD is accompanied by a 20-page full color informational booklet that includes photos and lyrics.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Trans Mountain opponent got federal money through Canada Summer Jobs Tories

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. –  The federal Liberal government found itself taking fire over the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from opposite flanks Wednesday: accused of helping to finance pipeline protesters on the one hand, and rigging the review system in favour of the project on the other.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer led off question period with the revelation that one of the successful applicants to the government’s Canada Summer Jobs program is a B.C. group looking to hire someone “to help … stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.”“Does he not realize that he is funding the very groups that are protesting against the project that is in the national interest?” Scheer demanded. “We are talking about taking tax dollars from people who are out of work in the energy sector and giving it to people who are trying to block a project in the national interest.”The B.C. group, Dogwood, however, has been receiving federal money for years, including from the previous Conservative government, Trudeau retorted.“Unlike, apparently, the leader of the official Opposition, we believe in free speech,” he said.“On the issue of this particular advocacy group, it is important to highlight that it was also funded under the Harper government.”The government has been under fire of late over the Canada Summer Jobs program, specifically a new requirement that organizations declare their support for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including women’s reproductive rights.Scheer tried to needle Trudeau on that count, as well: “There is nobody who believes that the prime minister is committed to free speech when he punishes all those in this country who do not agree with his personal point of view.” Kinder Morgan declared earlier this month it was halting all non-essential spending on the controversial expansion, which has been beset by protests and is at the centre of a fierce dispute between the governments of B.C. and Alberta.The expansion, which B.C. is blocking, would twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where diluted bitumen would be loaded onto oil tankers for export.Earlier Wednesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and energy critic Guy Caron released a letter to Trudeau effectively accusing the Liberals of having decided to proceed with Trans Mountain well before the federal review process had completed its evaluation.The letter cites recent media reports suggesting the government’s decision to proceed was a purely political calculation, rather than a decision based on whether or not the project would indeed be in the national interest.“These revelations throw into question the legitimacy of the government’s entire review as they point to an approval based on political interests,” the letter reads.“To address these serious concerns, we urge you to release all relevant documentation associated with the review process, including those subject to cabinet confidentiality.”Caron pressed the issue during question period, but Trudeau waved off the NDP’s concerns.“Under the previous government, the approach of not understanding how important it is to properly consult and engage in acquiring social licence needed to be fixed,” he said.“We actually added additional steps to make the process more rigorous. In fact, we extended the consultation process to ensure we were meeting and exceeding our responsibility to engage with and consult Indigenous people.”Trudeau has been unequivocal in declaring his government’s support for the project _ so much so that he has dispatched Finance Minister Bill Morneau to meet with Kinder Morgan to find a way to ensure the expansion remains financially viable.He has also promised legislation to reaffirm the federal government’s authority in deciding the fate of cross-boundary pipeline projects, although the details of what that bill will look like have not been released.The idea behind Trans Mountain is to get Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to tidewater, opening up new markets for Canada’s oil beyond the U.S., its only real oil customer a situation Trudeau says forces Canada to take a big hit on the price it gets.Fearing the many environmental unknowns that surround diluted bitumen, or dilbit, B.C. wants to restrict the pipe’s capacity until more is understood about how the material might behave in a marine environment, how it can be cleaned up and how a major spill might impact ocean life.B.C. has said it plans to file a court reference by the end of April to determine if it can stop or restrict the flow of dilbit on the grounds of its own jurisdiction over environmental concerns.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, worsening the risk of a major spill.Trudeau has said he only approved the pipeline in the context of balancing the need for environmental protections with the need for economic growth. The government’s $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan is designed to account for such spills, he said, suggesting the government would make additional investments if need be.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img Trudeau seized on the chance to depict his rival as a kinder, gentler version of his predecessor.“The commitment that this government has made to stand up and defend reproductive rights and the rights of women at every single opportunity is one that sticks in their craw,” he said of the Conservatives.“We will not apologize for ensuring that women’s rights are protected across this country.”Scheer’s question was far from the only Trans Mountain offensive the Liberals faced _ indeed, question period has, of late, been dominated by the project, given what proponents say of its potential economic impact, as well as how it’s likely to influence next year’s federal election.last_img read more

SuperPark Society gets 15000 grant from PRRD

first_imgThe Society said in its application to the PRRD that the remaining $1,000 cost of the mats and turf will be covered by donations from Tom’s Construction and Rudy’s Hwy Car and Truck Wash.Roemer added that with the grant covering the cost for the mats and turf, all that’s left to fund is the $74,500 climbing unit.“We’re kind of back to square one, everything we’ve had from before was raised through volunteers or donations. Now we’re back to trying to raise $78,000 for the indoor playground climber.”Though $74,500 seems like a hefty toll, the society has also applied for a $50,000 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.The PRRD Regional Board voted in favour of submitting a letter of support for the SuperPark Society’s grant application to NDIT at last week’s Regular Board meeting.Roemer hopes to receive a business permit in September to begin construction on the park. If you would like to learn more or donate to the super park contact Roemer at 250-262-2703 or by email at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Family SuperPark Society received a grant from the Peace River Regional District nearly two weeks ago.The PRRD’s Rural Budget Administration Committee approved the $15,240 grant, which will fully fund the SuperPark’s safety mats and turf. Society President Jaandi Roemer said that the society was beyond grateful to receive the grant.“It’s extremely important, we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing without the financial support from the community,” said Roemer. “We’ve been fundraising for quite a few years but haven’t been able to pull in as much as we would like to have without corporate donations, so those are really important.”last_img read more

Kenya UN Ambassador Jolie visits dire camp for Somali refugees

12 September 2009Visiting the world’s largest refugee camp, housing refugees from Somalia, on the Horn of Africa nation’s border with Kenya, Academy award-winning actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency Angelina Jolie today characterized the site as “one of the most dire” she has ever seen. “If this is the better solution, then what must it be like in Somalia?” Ms. Jolie asked during her day-long visit to Dabaab, one of three camps that together were designed for 90,000 people but now host some 285,000 refugees. Children ran to greet her as she made her way to the new arrivals area, where she met a young women with three small children with distended stomachs and streaming noses who just reached the camp in Kenya after walking for days to flee Somalia, where half the population – or some 3.8 million people – are in need of aid. The Goodwill Ambassador saw first-hand the daily reality of life in Dabaab, where women and children line up for hours every day at water taps which are turned off for hours. “The the toilets are already overflowing,” she observed. “There is not even enough space for trash dumps so people are living amongst the garbage.” Ms. Jolie was told of a cholera outbreak earlier this year by staff from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the camp, where some families who have made their homes there for years are hosting newly-arrived refugees. “What is amazing is that as more and more people come into the camp, the Somali families continue to be generous with what little they have, even if that means having one eighth of the water they need and their children suffering from dehydration,” she said. At the end of her visit, Ms. Jolie noted that “the Somali families I met today are full of warmth and affection. I wish more people could meet them [because] then they would have a stronger desire to help.” When he visited Dabaab last month, High Commissioner António Guterres was assured by the Kenyan Government that it understood the urgency of granting additional land to alleviate overcrowding at the site. Mr. Guterres, who called Dabaab the “most difficult camp situation in the world,” pledged UNHCR’s support in the interim to boost the refugees’ living conditions by upgrading the aging water and sanitation systems, increasing health services and providing adequate shelter and nutrition. He also committed an additional $20 million for refugees and the host community in Dabaab, calling for massive international donor support. UNHCR has recently begun moving 12,000 refugees to the Kakuma camp in northern Kenya as an emergency measure for new arrivals. read more

Canadian Pacific Railway cuts exec perks changes compensation in response to shareholder

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) is cutting back on perks for its top executives and changing the way they’re paid in response to shareholder frustration over C-suite compensation.In a regulatory filing, the Calgary-based company says it will place greater emphasis on safety and operating income to incentivize executives.CP says operating ratio, an efficiency measure, will have less bearing on executive compensation going forward.The measure improved for five straight years under Hunter Harrison, who recently departed as CEO, though some have raised concerns about CP’s approach to safety on his watch.The issue of executive compensation came to a head during the company’s annual meeting last year, when shareholders rejected CP’s efficiency-based rewards system in a non-binding vote.Canadian Pacific offers biggest potential rail return even after Harrison exitThe company says it will rein in perks, including personal use of its corporate jet, for new CEO Keith Creel.CP also reported in the same filing that Harrison earned $18.8 million in total compensation last year, down from $20.2 million in 2015.Harrison’s compensation included $719,000 for unlimited personal use of the company jet.Creel, who earned $8.9 million as president and chief operating officer last year, will have his use of the jet restricted to business commuting and family visits within North America, CP said.“We believe that the changes are appropriate for CP at this stage of its evolution and that executive compensation is now more closely aligned with the long-term interests of CP shareholders,” said chairman Andrew Reardon in a letter to shareholders. read more

AutoTaxi eyes the future of autonomous vehicles

Cars which automatically avoid other vehicles, pedestrians and obstacles could be a step closer thanks to an SMMT Foresight Vehicle project called AutoTaxi. The aim is to develop safety-critical sensors and systems to process and interpret critical information about a car’s local environment, for example, the path of the road ahead and the presence and movement of vehicles and other obstacles on it. It could pave the way to the fully autonomous cars of the future. Project manager Alastair Buchanan of TRW Conekt explained, ‘Developing cars that do things which are second nature to the average driver is a hugely complex process. The vehicle has to be able to sense and interpret the vast array of information in all driving conditions. AutoTaxi will help identify the best combination of sensor technologies that may take this concept a step closer to reality.’ Sensor technologies are already bringing real-world benefits to new car drivers. Ultrasonic parking sensors are now common, while radar in Active Cruise Control (ACC) sets speed between vehicles on high-speed roads. Many research projects are also using sensors to help develop the transport systems of tomorrow. Advanced Transport System’s Urban Light Transport (ULTra) is an example of a project that has developed driverless vehicles which run along dedicated tracks. AutoTaxi took sensors used in automotive applications, and applied different combinations to ULTra vehicles operating on ATS’s Cardiff test track. Starting with simple assessments on a figure of eight track, the tests investigated more complex scenarios, to simulate real world driving conditions such as vehicles approaching from side roads and parking. Phase one of the project linked TRW’s video lane guidance and ACC radar with lidar, which uses light to measure distance and speed, as well as ultrasonic sensors. These were fine-tuned with the addition of stereo video sensors and an LED rangefinder. Trials in November revealed potential particularly for the LED rangefinder system. The data will help develop algorithms to interpret the information with results are due in summer 2005. Alastair Buchanan is pleased with tests to date but cautions about the future. ‘Aside from cost, a huge cooperation project would be needed if driverless cars are ever to hit the streets. This would have to include communication between vehicles and a fully integrated road infrastructure’, he said. Partners in the AutoTaxi project include Advanced Transport Systems, Praxis High Integrity Systems Ltd, Bristol University and Warwick University. They bring knowledge of advanced sensing and transport systems as well as safety engineering. More than 400 UK firms and universities have been participating in SMMT Foresight Vehicle, which is led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Commercial vehicle recovery continues with June registrations up 127

June total van and truck registrations: up 12.7% to 25,968, rolling year up 23.3% to 287,166.June trucks: up 7.4% to 3,118, rolling year up 20.1% to 38,283.June vans: up 13.5% to 22,850; rolling year up 23.8% to 248,883. June% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change UK van and truck registrations: 2011 and % change on 2010 Total25,96812.7%152,13024.4%287,16623.3% Vans22,85013.5%133,23824.2%248,88323.8% Trucks3,1187.4%18,89225.4%38,28320.1% “June saw the 17th successive monthly rise for new van registrations, up by 13% in the month, demonstrating business confidence and commitment in the commercial vehicle market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Truck figures also rose, up by 7%, the ninth successive monthly rise. Again, articulated trucks saw the most robust growth in the month and year-to-date figures for almost every sector were up significantly on 2010.”Commercial vehicle market overview Van registrations have recovered strongly from depths of recession in late 2009 and early 2010. This trend is reflected across most of Europe suggesting that the recovery could be robust. Underlying van registration volume back to 250,000 units, compared to annual average of 265,000 (over 15 years 1996 to 2010). Over the past nine months artics have led the rebound in truck demand followed closely by the performance of the van sector. Truck volume up by cumulative 7,937 for the nine months to June 2011. 94 % of that is due to growth in artic demand. Notably the recovery in the rigid sector remains very subdued, but pickups and 4×4 utility vehicles have shown very positive growth over the past year. However, volumes are still short of recent market peaks in 2006/07 and 1996.Click through to download the full June 2011 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables, which includes a more detailed analysis of the figures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Doctor struck off for hiding his true salary to avoid paying child

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 Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told the fraud took place between April 2013 and November 2015 after Nkoma split up with the child’s mother who lives in Coventry.Lawyer for the General Medical Council, Robin Kitchin said: “Over a 15 month period, he provided information to the Child Support Agency knowing it was false.”He added: “It was found that he had six bank accounts with Halifax, and six bank accounts with HSBC. He was earning over £100,000 across work and his business over that time. He had over £126,000 being transferred across his personal accounts and had been working for agencies in the UK.”The amount of money owed built up to £40,800.”Nkomo told the hearing how he had endured a “horrible split’ with his ex-partner and claimed he failed to make required support payments as he had been denied access to his son.He said: “I was frustrated at not being able to see him although I know this is not an excuse for what happened.” A children’s doctor was struck off after hiding his £100,000 salary from his wife in order to dodge paying child support.Paediatrics specialist Dr Collen Nkomo, 40, was earning up to £10,000 a month while working as a locum GP, as well as undergoing shifts at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.However, the father of three repeatedly lied to the Child Support Agency (CSA) about his income to avoid paying £40,800 in maintenance over a two and a half year period.The CSA began investigating after suspicions were raised when Nkomo said he was unable to make payments to the child’s mother with whom he had split.Inquiries revealed the doctor was earning £115,000 over one 15 month period and had over £126,000 being transferred across his six Halifax and six HSBC accounts during his work for various medical organisations. He subsequently admitted earning £30,000 in just three months.In 2017 Zimbabwe-born Nkomo from Altrincham, Greater Manchester was given a 20 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after he admitted fraud.  The medic was ordered to be erased from the medical register after a disciplinary said his conduct was “calculating and persistent.” He has since attended a course for “separated parents” and is now paying off the arrears at £500 a month.  read more

These Photos of Penguins Wearing Backpacks Will Brighten Your Day

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Got a case of the Monday (or winter) blues? Let these adorable backpack-clad penguins visiting the annual Harbin ice festival in China add a dose of cuteness to your day.The penguins were brought in from the nearby aquarium to promote the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, the world’s biggest snow and ice festival, which kicked off on January 5.Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesThe winter festival features more than 2,000 ice sculptures, snow statues, and ice mazes, many of which are illuminated in colorful lights.This year, the festival spans over 600,000 square meters and includes more than 100 landmarks, according to CNN. It’s made of 110,000 cubic meters of ice, pulled from the nearby Songhua River, and 120,000 cubic meters of snow.Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesIn addition to a giant snow Buddha statue (made of more than 4,500 square cubic meters of snow), this year’s festival also features a 3D light show and 1,115-feet-long Northern Lights-themed ice slides.The festival runs through February 5.Click through the slideshow below to see more from the 2019 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival:View as: One Page Slides1/121. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.2. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Tao Zhang/Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.3. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Tao Zhang/Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.4. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesPenguins with backpacks visit the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on January 13, 2019 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China.5. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesVisitors view the ice sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 6, 2019. 6. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Tao Zhang/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 7. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 8. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 9. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIlluminated ice sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019. 10. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesVisitors view the ice sculptures at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 6, 2019. 11. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesA visitor walks through ice sculptures during the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 201912. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture FestivalPhoto Credit: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty ImagesIce sculptures at the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, in China’s northeast Heilongjiang province on January 7, 2019.More on Penguin Couple Fosters Egg in Australian AquariumGorgeous Mandarin Duck Make a Splash on Social Media‘Badass’ Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Back Into the Wildlast_img read more

Arsenal need Diego Costa – Lampard

first_imgFrank Lampard believes that Arsenal are missing someone like his former Chelsea teammate Diego Costa to lead them to silverwareThe Spain international is set to start for Atletico Madrid in their return leg against the Gunners in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.While at Chelsea, Costa gained a rather infamous reputation for tormenting the Arsenal defence and is expected to cause further problems for the club at the Spanish capital.While admitting that his former club would be better off with Costa back in their ranks, Lampard also believes that Arsenal is in dire need of someone with the 29-year-old’s “winning mentality”.“Arsenal’s task of beating Atletico Madrid was already tough, but it’s a lot harder with Diego Costa now up against them,” Lampard wrote in his London Evening Standard column.“Costa is exactly the kind of personality missing from Arsenal’s dressing room, someone with that winning mentality.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“The English game has missed him this season after he rejoined Atletico from Chelsea.“He is a big player, a big character. Love him or hate him, you have to appreciate that kind of player.“Chelsea have certainly not looked the same without Costa. Not only is he a big physical presence, he has a great quality to score goals.“That is why I fear for Arsenal on Thursday night in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.“Of course they’re still very much in it at 1-1. But they failed to defend properly against Antoine Griezmann for Atletico’s goal in the first match and now Costa, who was an unused substitute after just coming back from injury, will face them too.”Since rejoining Atletico in the January transfer window, Costa has formed a strong partnership with star forward Antoine Griezmaan with head coach Diego Simeone likely to start the duo up front for Thursday.last_img read more

House Senate Approve Farm Bill—and Soy Growers Approve the Quick Progress

first_imgASA congratulates the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and Congressional leadership on both chambers’ quick actions to approve the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” or Farm Bill.  ASA now encourages the President to act quickly, in turn.“We are so pleased that the Senate and now the House have acted so swiftly to approve this bipartisan effort,” stated ASA President Davie Stephens, a soybean farmer from Clinton, Ky. “This legislation will undoubtedly provide a needed layer of stability and certainty for our soy industry and across agriculture. Timely passage of a new farm bill as opposed to another temporary extension this year will offer significant benefits to our industry, including resources for market development, crop insurance provisions, and more for the next five years.”The 13 titles of the Farm Bill span programs affecting producers of food, feed, fiber and fuel, and that offer assurance the federal government will continue to provide assistance, when needed, through farm income support programs, nutrition and feeding programs, and through conservation, rural development, agricultural research, energy, and international agricultural development and food aid programs.last_img read more

Public schools catch online fever

first_imgWhat’s important to know about public school options:It’s not cheap. Students pay full tuition, or more, even though they don’t take up classroom space. It costs colleges and universities up-front money to purchase curriculum and interactive online platforms, train instructors and pay them. Teachers put in as many, or more hours, teaching online students as their classroom peers. In fact, Clark College charges a technology fee of $15-$30 for most online courses. (For grades K-12, public system students pay nothing.)It’s not quick. Don’t mistake courses for an easy or time-saving shortcut. Expect to put in about three hours per credit-hour for college courses each week; that’s nine hours for a typical class. Writing e-mail inquiries to teachers, digesting reading material, joining mandatory group dialogue and team projects: All are time-consuming.Ambitious students can work a few days ahead but must stick to highly organized class schedules. There’s no zipping through a 10-week course in half the time. Conversely, falling much behind can be near-disaster.It’s not for everyone. Strong reading-writing skills are a must. Successful students are self-driven, disciplined and must absorb content without hand-holding. Those who covet more personal, hands-on instruction will falter. Reliable Internet access is a must, with a backup plan should glitches arise. Of course, steady online use can tempt those who are easily distracted.It is legitimate. Public institutions have pressed rigor, healthy interaction and integrity in courses. Students’ work ethic and personalities are laid bare, more so than in the classroom, say teachers confident in their graduates’ skills. Exams may be proctored and other safeguards limit plagiarism or cheating — no more likely than in traditional classrooms, instructors say.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK 5 Things That Happened At The Latest Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at the most recent Wilmington School Committee Meeting:#1) Perfect Attendance Award: The Wilmington School Committee recognized recent WHS graduate Robert Sica on his perfect school attendance. Sica didn’t miss a day of school in 13 years — a whopping 2,340 days! WHS Principal Linda Peters was present to hand out the award. “I’ve given a lot of awards in my tenure, but this is a first,” joked Peters. Perhaps you heard about Sica’s story from WCVB Channel 5 News.#2) Equipment & Textbook Disposal: “Through the course of the year, principals have contacted us, saying our closets are overflowing with all this stuff that’s obsolete, broken or non-usable. They want to make some room,” said Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. The School Committee approved the request to dispose of a list of unusable equipment.  Items will be donated where possible, but most items — broken technology and outdated textbooks — will be recycled responsibly.#3) New Secretary Elected: School Committee member MJ Byrnes was unanimously elected as the board’s Secretary, a position which was previously held by longtime member Peggy Kane, who recently stepped down from the Committee.#4) New Member Will Be Appointed August 13: “We’re going to have a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen on August 13 at 7pm during their regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the vacancy on the School Committee. It will be open to the public,” said School Committee Jennifer Bryson. “The Town of Wilmington is accepting letters of interest from residents who would like to volunteer their services as a member of the School Committee.  Letters of interest may be directed to Kevin Caira, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.”#5) Assistant Superintendent Gallagher’s Farewell: “I wanted to say a thank you and goodbye to Mr. Gallagher… I know you know how grateful we are for all you’ve done for us and with us over the last two years. Thank you for keeping us steady,” said School Committee member Jennifer Bryson. Gallagher said his time in Wilmington had been “awesome.” He left the district on July 1 to become the Superintendent in Newburyport.PLUS: School Committee Chair Julie Broussard was unable to attend the meeting. As a result, Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson, who was celebrating her birthday, served as the Acting Chair.PLUS PLUS: There was no Superintendent’s Report, Old Business, Public Comments, Committee Reports, or Correspondence.News From The Meeting Already Reported On Include:School Committee Ready To Change Homework Policy, Eliminate Time Guidelines For All GradesSchool Committee Seeks Changes To District’s Fighting PolicySchool Committee Makes Changes To Wilmington High School’s and Middle School’s (Unintentionally) Sexist Dress Code GuidelinesLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (June 27)In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more