Bhubaneswar: Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Tuesday mounted a blistering attack on both BJP and Congress and accused them of betraying the dalits and the minorities while benefitting the rich. Kicking off her party’s election campaign in Odisha at a rally here, the BSP supremo accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government of introducing GST in haste and failing to implement it in a proper manner resulting in rise in unemployment among the country’s youths. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She hit out at the BJP-led government over demonetisation saying the hurriedly taken measure had harassed small businessmen and traders who eke out their living without depending on any government aid or assistance. “Both Congress and BJP are corrupt. While Congress was in news for its involvement in the Bofors scam, the BJP government has been embrolied in Rafale deal,” Mayawati said. Coming down heavily on both parties, she accused them of never working for the uplift of the dalit, backward and minorities sections. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Their discriminatory mindset is yet to change towards dalits,” Mayawati said adding unemployment has grown manifold during the BJP-led NDA government which has distressed the jobless youths. Though BSP’s presence in Odisha is limited, the party has been contesting both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state in recent times. In 2014, BSP had fielded candidates in 113 out of the 147 assembly constituencies in the state and polled only 0.86 per cent of votes. This time too several nominees of the party are in the fray. Assembly election in Odisha is scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
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. An on-duty police officer has been killed after being involved in a fatal road crash while on board his motorcycle.Thames Valley Police said Pc James Dixon was hurt on Bath Road in Wargrave, Berkshire, at around 1.50pm on Tuesday.The collision involved a car and a motorcycle.A 91-year-old passenger in the car also died, police confirmed.Pc Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, his next of kin have been informed.The driver of the vehicle, a woman, was also injured in the incident and has been taken to hospital for treatment.Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police said.A police spokesman said: “As is standard procedure, due to the fact that the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on-duty police officer Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) who have begun an investigation.”IPCC associate commissioner Guido Liguori said: “We have been notified by Thames Valley Police of a collision on the A4 near Reading, in which, tragically, a 91-year-old woman and a police officer have died.”My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time. “IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which led to the collision.”
Lord Pannick, who led the revolt “I felt like I was being abused and bullied all over again,” she told The Daily Telegraph, “His [Lord Lester’s] friends and colleagues were basically taking his side, basically talking about his reputation.“As an advocate for women, I could not in confidence suggest to them that, if they have a complaint, to complain to the House of Lords. I wouldn’t want to subject them to what I have been through – and to how I feel today.”She added: “I sat on this for 11 years. The memories don’t fade, they get stronger, in terms of the abuse. I wanted this to go through a process, for people to look at this independently, to change a system and to achieve closure. That was my objective.”Rachel Krys, co-director of End Violence Against Women Coalition, said it “inevitably might put people off coming forward in future” while Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society said: “Jasvinder clearly convinced the House of Lords’ authorities that she is telling the truth. We know that all too often women in these circumstances are not believed and the balance of power is in favour of the alleged harasser.” The peer revolt against the planned suspension of Lord Lester had been growing since it was announced on Monday. The Lords’ disciplinary procedures for investigating sexual harassment complaints had not been tested before. 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. Lord Pannick said that rules had prevented the victim’s cross-examination and as a result the investigation lacked a “basic standard of fairness”.Yesterday Lord lester thanked his friend and fellow peers for their backing. He said in a statement: “I would like to thank David Pannick and those members of the Lords who supported him today recognising the importance of process and now look forward to restoring my reputation.” The Lords’ Commissioner for Standards had never previously investigated such a claim.The Privileges and Conduct Committee, which had recommended the suspension of Lord Lester until 2022, will now have to reconsider the ban.Lord McFall, Senior Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, who had wanted the suspension, said: “I am deeply disappointed by today’s decision by the House to send the report into the conduct of Lord Lester back to the Privileges and Conduct Committee for further consideration. “I fully support the Commissioner for Standards and the work she has undertaken for many months. Every step of the way she followed the processes as agreed by the House and that have not been questioned before today.” Baroness Shackleton, a Tory peer and lawyer who voted against the suspension, had told the Lords: “I am extremely uneasy at convicting a fellow peer of misconduct with this standard of investigation.”Earlier in the day, Baroness Nicholson, a Liberal democrat peer, had suggested Ms Sanghera should have come forward at the time, telling the BBC that “we women are going to lose so much” if “driven by emotion” to make complaints that are now 12 years old.After a long debate, peers voted yesterday by 101 to 78 to block the suspension and forcing it back to the committee for a rethink.Ms Sanghera, who had waived her right to anonymity, spoke yesterday of her distress at the Lords’ decision and said it would deter victims from coming forward in the future. Lord Lester’s “unfair” ban from Parliament for sexually harassing a woman 12 years ago was blocked yesterday after more than 100 peers rebelled against their own watchdog.The 82-year-old peer said he now looked forward to “restoring his reputation” which had been shredded after the Lords privileges and conduct committee recommended his four-year suspension. A women’s rights campaigner had complained that Lord Lester had told her: “Sleep with me and I will make you a baroness”.But a growing number of peers complained that Lord Lester, once one of the country’s most eminent human rights lawyers, had been treated unfairly, insisting his alleged victim Jasvinder Sanghera should have been cross-examined to test the credibility of claims, dating back to 2007. Ms Sanghera had told six people at the time before making an official complaint last year.Lord Pannick QC, a close friend and former colleague of Lord Lester said the findings of the standards watchdog had “destroyed” his friend’s reputation and called on peers to back his amendment to block the suspension.He told the Lords that days after the alleged harassment, Ms Sanghera, 53, had sent Lord Lester a book thanking the peer for his support and signed it with “love and admiration”. More than two years later, she sent him another of her books, signed “with love and respect”. Jasvinder Sanghera in 2007, winning a Women of the Year AwardCredit:Yui Mok
Komatsu America has introduced its HM400-5 articulated dump truck (ADT). Featuring a net 350 kW of power, the HM400-5 has a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine that is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu says its Tier 4 Final engines “are built on the solid foundation inaugurated in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu’s Tier 1 engines. This new articulated dump truck leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation by delivering a more environmentally friendly engine that provides high levels of performance while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs.”With a 40 t payload and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 75,130 kg, the HM400-5 maintains the productivity and performance of the previous model, and “offers improved fuel efficiency to deliver what customers have come to expect from Komatsu articulated dump trucks.” The low 3,164 mm loading height easily matches with 40 t to 60 t hydraulic excavators or 5.5 yd³ to 7.5 yd³ wheel loaders. Additionally, the two single-staged body lift cylinders provide a 70° dump angle. Selectable working modes allow the operator to choose between Economy and Power modes to tailor machine performance to the application or work conditions. The HM400-5 features the Komatsu Traction Control System (K-TCS) that automatically provides optimum traction when operating in soft ground conditions. As ground conditions worsen and tyre slippage is detected by the speed sensors located on the transmission output shafts, automatic application of the inter-axle lock occurs, providing power to all three axles. If tyre slippage continues to be detected by the speed sensors monitoring individual wheel speeds, then four independent brakes can be applied to the slipping wheels to regain traction.The HM400-5 is enhanced with K-ATOMiCS – Komatsu Advanced Transmission with Optimum Modulation Control System. K-ATOMiCS offers a six-speed, fully-automatic transmission that uses an advanced electronic system to eliminate shift shock and torque cutoff to improve operator and engine efficiency. It automatically selects the ideal gear based on vehicle speed, engine rpm and the shift position chosen. This results in powerful acceleration, smooth down- shifting and synchronised engine speed when climbing slopes, which ultimately minimises operator fatigue and helps keep the load in the body to increase productivity. An integrated Payload Meter (PLM) is now standard on the HM400-5. The PLM displays the loaded material weight on the 7 in high-resolution LCD monitor for the truck operator as well as indicates payload information to the loader operator via external display lamps. PLM data is also transferred via KOMTRAX and can be accessed by web.Komatsu’s EPA Tier 4 Final engines are built on the strength of its proven Tier 4 Interim foundation. By integrating Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR), the Tier 4 Final engine further reduces NOx emissions using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The Komatsu Tier 4 Final engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage the airflow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after treatment functions to optimise performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability. The result is lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance. Komatsu continues to use a Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve for more precise temperature and air management control as well as longer component life. For product reliability and durability in demanding conditions, Komatsu developed the entire system, including the control software which is critical to the effective operation of the aftertreatment system. This control system is also integrated into the machine’s on-board diagnostics systems and KOMTRAX®, Komatsu’s standard telematics system.The large cab of the HM400-5 provides a comfortable and quiet work environment. The ROPS/FOPS Level-2 certified cab has a newly designed rounded front dash panel with easy to reach switches. The centre-mounted high back, heated air ride seat with 3-point seat belt provides the operator with excellent visibility during operation. The dashboard and front console provide easy access to all machine controls as well as visibility to the monitor panel. An auxiliary input has also been added to connect a smart phone or other device along with two 12-volt ports that have also been incorporated into the cab. A high resolution 7 in LCD monitor offers enhanced capabilities and displays information in 25 languages for global support. Through the monitor, the operator can easily modify settings for items such as the Auto Idle Shutdown or the auto-reversing fan, check operational records, such as driving history or fuel consumption, monitor the KDPF or check how much time is required before the next maintenance interval. The monitor also provides the operator with the option of using the ECO Guidance function, which will provide operational tips to reduce fuel consumption. A rear view monitor system with a separate 7 in LCD monitor is standard with every machine and is mounted on the right hand side of the console for operator convenience.The HM400-5 provides easier service access in order to reduce costly downtime. The new truck has a light-weight fibreglass engine hood for easy access, increased cooling capacity, and two standard hydraulically driven, reversible fans to help keep the radiator and charge air cooler clean. The cab tilts reward for easy access to the transmission and an electrically powered tilt function is now standard on the HM400-5. The machine is also equipped with the exclusive Komatsu EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System), which has enhanced diagnostic features that give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. EMMS also continuously monitors all critical systems, preventative maintenance, and provides troubleshooting assistance to minimise diagnosis and repair time. The HM400-5 is also equipped with the latest KOMTRAX remote monitoring technology with data access via the web or via KOMTRAX Mobile on a smart phone. In addition to providing data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts, KOMTRAX has been further enhanced to monitor DEF levels, ambient air temperatures and pressures. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators. An Auto Idle Shutdown function helps improve operating costs by reducing unnecessary idle time.All Komatsu Tier 4 machines come with Komatsu CARE, which provides complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first three years or 2,000 hours (whichever occurs first). It also includes a 50-point inspection at each service and two complimentary KDPF exchanges in the first five years.
SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been killed and another seven have been injured in drive-by shootings by a gunman in California.The shootings began late on Friday night at 9.27pm (5.27am GMT) in a student neighbourhood next to the University of California Santa Barbara.Police said that the shootings took place at several sites across Santa Barbara as the suspect drove through the streets shooting at people, with at least nine crime scenes currently being investigated.The suspected attacker, who was driving a black BMW car, was among the dead. Police say they believe he acted alone. At third crime scene in #IslaVista. Possibly four people dead in the shootings. Follow @KEYTNC3 & @Kcoy for updates. pic.twitter.com/rmLbCTKh6v— Brittany Silverstein (@ABC7Brittany) May 24, 2014 Source: Brittany Silverstein/Twitter Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the suspect had exchanged gunfire with police before crashing into a parked car. Brown said he did not know whether the suspect was shot by police or if his wound was self-inflicted.The university had urged people to stay indoors once the shooting began.Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Spanish politician shot dead on the street >
By Aoife Barry http://jrnl.ie/3332418 Apr 16th 2017, 9:00 AM Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 9:00 AM Share Tweet Email7 4. A new Ice AgeIn 1975, Newsweek predicted a new Ice Age – but it never happened. Still, it turns out that the article (and similar ones in other publications predicting new Ice Ages to come very soon) weren’t so far off the mark.(Longreads, approx 6 mins reading time)On April 28, 1975, Newsweek published a provocative article, “The Cooling World,” in which writer and science editor Peter Gwynne described a significant chilling of the world’s climate, with evidence accumulating “so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.” He raised the possibility of shorter growing seasons and poor crop yields, famine, and shipping lanes blocked by ice, perhaps to begin as soon as the mid-1980s. Meteorologists, he wrote, were “almost unanimous” in the opinion that our planet was getting colder.5. Watching them die Source: Shutterstock/Rob CrandallWhen an execution takes place in the US, there must be witnesses present. Here, one couple who have witnessed multiple executions explain what the experience is like – and why they do it.(BBC, approx 10 mins reading time)On the night of the execution, Teresa, Larry and the other volunteers were picked up by the prison bus and taken to Greensville Correctional Facility in Jarratt, Virginia. After spending some time mingling with reporters in the cafeteria, they were led into a small room. The room was brightly lit, and featured a large viewing window. When the curtains opened they saw the gurney. Then Buchanan entered. When asked if he had any final words, he replied: “Get the ride started. I’m ready to go.”6. Take Your Shirt OffAnne Helen Peterson looks at the shirtless man in pop culture – taking in masculinity, sexism, and fashion along the way.(Buzzfeed, approx 47 mins reading time)It seems obvious that a man without a shirt in a national magazine, a widely distributed film still, or viral image on the internet is sending a message about masculinity. What’s less obvious, however, is how those messages have changed — and in an era seemingly saturated with shirtlessness, how much they communicate about the desperate need for masculinity to forcefully, aggressively, unceasingly reassert itself.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…In 2010, Alec Wilkinson profiled Gil Scott-Heron, the legendary musician, looking back at how his career began in the late 1960s and bringing us right up to his final years.(The New Yorker, approx mins reading time)Sometimes when I spoke to people who used to know Scott-Heron, they told me that they preferred to remember him as he had been. They meant before he had begun avidly smoking crack, which is a withering drug. As a young man, he had a long, narrow, slightly curved face, which seemed framed by hair that bloomed above his forehead like a hedge. The expression in his eyes was baleful, aloof, and slightly suspicious. He was thin then, but now he seems strung together from wires and sinews—he looks like bones wearing clothes.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> 9 Comments Sitdown Sunday: Meet the witnesses to prison executions Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. 19,115 Views Short URL Most of the kids at my school got a sports car as soon as they got their permit. Most came from broken homes, but lived in fabulous houses. They had lives unbothered by loving parents, where they were free to watch pornography and do drugs and misbehave. I envied them that. My friends could afford weed and cocaine. That was certainly a motivator, maybe a bad one, but a not unimportant one: my friends could afford drugs, I could not. They would share but, of course, the thing about cocaine is that you can never have enough. 2. Holding a mirror to the USWriter and director Mike Judge is the man behind the film Idiocracy and the show Silicon Valley, where he holds a mirror up to the USA of today.(New York Times Magazine, approx 24 mins reading time)Judge has been exploring the contours of American suckiness for his whole career, so it’s no surprise that in what most Americans would consider a difficult year, his vision resonates. But Judge has spent much of his time as a satirist focusing on less self-evidently stupid targets. In “Office Space,” it was the micromanagers who turned a central aspiration of the American dream — white-collar work — into a fluorescent-lit nightmare. Now, on “Silicon Valley,” entering its fourth season on HBO, it is the upward-failing sociopaths of the tech industry, who envelop their monopolistic ardor in homilies about changing the world.3. The rise of Le Pen Marine Le Pen. Source: Blondet Eliot/ABACAAs the French presidential election hots up, the Guardian asks: Is France finally ready to choose Marine Le Pen as president?(The Guardian, approx 11 mins reading time)Marine Le Pen, 48, is the closest she has ever been to the French presidency – with a chance of making it to the final runoff in an election that is impossible to predict. In the six years since she took over the party from her father, she has steadily increased her party’s vote in every local and European election. If her ex-paratrooper, Holocaust-denying, provocateur father was content to be a protest vote, Marine Le Pen wants power and political office. IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Me and my money Anthony Bourdain. Source: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-FotopressAnthony Bourdain, the chef and TV presenter, talks about his relationship with money – and it’s particularly fascinating, especially when you consider that he didn’t even have a savings account until he was 44…(Wealth Simple, approx 15 mins reading time) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Google TV : négociations difficiles avec les chaînes de télévision américainesÉtats-Unis – Google TV sera bientôt commercialisé. Pour améliorer la qualité de son service, la firme de Mountain View a rencontré les dirigeants de chaînes américaines. Les négociations s’annoncent tendues.Dans le cadre de son offre Google TV, le géant de la recherche en ligne souhaite disposer d’un moteur performant, capable de proposer aux téléspectateurs les meilleurs résultats parmi les programmes diffusés par les plus grandes chaînes de télévision américaines. Cette fonctionnalité effraie ces dernières, puisque leur contenu pourrait se retrouver affiché aux côtés d’une vidéo piratée ou malsaine. Google doit donc aujourd’hui trouver un modèle économique et sécurisant pour convaincre les chaînes de participer au projet Google TV, dont la commercialisation devrait démarrer en octobre.Le 19 août 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Cardiff City may likely miss out on re-signing Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on loan, according to manager Neil Warnock.Grujic, 22, joined Cardiff in January and featured 14 times as they won promotion back to the Premier League.Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock had been confident in re-signing the young Serb for a second spell, but look set to miss out on the player.“Grujic looks like he will stay put… I think he would be better off here but it is a contract issue, I understand his point of view,” Warnock said.“Liverpool have four competitions before Christmas and he can play in those without being named in the 25-man squad.”Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Grujic has made eight substitute appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool since joining from Red Star Belgrade for £5.1m in January 2016, when he became Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Reds boss.Warnock opened up on his frustration of missing out on other potential signings in the expectation that Grujic would return to Cardiff City Stadium rather than remain at Anfield.“I have missed out on a couple of targets waiting for him, it is disappointing as everything was agreed with Liverpool. But sometimes fate intervenes,” Warnock said.“We need a couple of midfielders and a striker. We are really short in midfield.”
Manchester United have identified Jordan Pickford as a potential replacement for David De Gea.United have earmarked the England shot-stopper to replace David De Gea, should the Spain international refuse to extend his contract at Old Trafford.The former Sunderland goalkeeper has rapidly emerged as one of the best young goalkeepers in football over the last few years.Pickford starred at the World Cup in Russia, as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals, and has carried the same form over to the current season with Everton.De Gea’s contract at United expires in less than two years, despite efforts from the United boss to extend his current, negotiations have failed to make significant progress.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The contract situation with the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has led to United searching for a suitable replacement should De Gea decide to push for a move.Reports in the English press suggest Jose Mourinho’s side would have to pay £60m to convince Everton to sell.Pickford will be in goal for England in their crucial UEFA Nations League game against Croatia and he has called on his teammates to seize the moment and gain revenge after their World Cup heartache.“We know we got the draw against them away when there were no fans, so that was a different atmosphere, but I think the crowd will be rooting for us on Sunday and it’ll be a good game,” Pickford said via Mirror Football.“If we win the game, we go through and the rest is history. I think there will be that bit more added pressure but I think that’s what we’re capable of dealing with.”
EXCLUSIVE: Celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE (pictured) will deliver the closing keynote address on leadership at Employee Benefits Connect 2019, while Raashi Sikka of Uber will open the event with a discussion about how technology is changing the face of diversity and inclusion.Wrapping up the conference programme on Wednesday 27 February 2019, Caines’ session, titled ‘The secret sauce of winning leadership’, will focus on the ingredients required to guide a workforce towards success.Caines will discuss how self-belief and motivation can drive achievement and help overcome adversity. Linked to this, he will talk about the role leaders and teams play in driving positivity and business outcomes.The acclaimed chef will conclude a packed programme of sessions, which begins with an opening keynote address from Sikka, diversity and inclusion lead at global taxi organisation Uber. She will discuss the technologies that are empowering leaders to take diversity and inclusion to the next level, and how they can be embraced.The session will also look at connecting the dots between diversity and gig technology, and explore the future of technological innovations in a more inclusive workplace.Employee Benefits Connect 2019 will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.For more information or to book your place.
Prop 1 will be on the upcoming ballot on October 2 to be voted on by all voters in the Kenai Peninsula. Kachemak Selo School opened in 2008, and has 47 students, from PK-12. The current Kachemak Selo School consists of three buildings “in need of replacing”. The three buildings are privately owned and leased by the district. Proposition No. 1 “General Obligation Bonds to Pay the Local Required Match Portion of the Costs of the Kachemak-Selo New K-12 School.” A steep switchback ‘road’ that requires four-wheel drive is the only way to access the Russian Old Believer community of Kachemak Selo at the head of Kachemak, which is about 30 miles east of Homer. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “I wanted to definelty thank borough administration, staff, and the assembly. We had a chance to meet with the K-Selo community, just the other day, to talk about all of this information and the next step in this process for them.” The state promised approximately $10 million for the construction in June 2016, and the borough is required to provide a match of $5,450,000. The state grant is set to expire next year, and the borough says they don’t have a ‘plan b’ if they lose the state funding. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A proposition on the upcoming municipal election ballot will ask voters to pay about $5.4 million for a new school in Kachemak Selo near the head of Kachemak Bay.
NCI says it has obtained an agreement from its lenders permitting the company to have continued access to and use of its operating cash. The company says it expects to have sufficient cash on hand to fund normal operations during the negotiation process.According to CFO Gerry Parker, NCI currently carries $295.6 million in outstanding debt. The company’s most recent financial statement filed with the SEC says NCI reported a net loss of $10.5 million through its fiscal third quarter (period ended December 6), compared to a loss of $83.4 during the same period the prior year. Revenues were $105.1 million, a decline of 24.2 percent.Earlier this year, McCarthy and Parker signed new five-year contracts with the company.NCI was acquired by Court Square Capital Partners in January 2005. NCI’s assets include Apartment Finder, The Real Estate Book, Mature Living Choices, New Home Finder, Unique Homes, New England Home, Mountain Living and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Lawrenceville, Georgia-based Network Communications Inc. has defaulted on an interest payment and is now actively attempting to renegotiate is balance sheet with its stakeholders.Chairman and CEO Dan McCarthy tells FOLIO: that the company missed its June 1 interest payment on its 10-3/4 senior notes due 2013, effectively triggering a default. NCI has been in discussions with its lenders for several weeks, according to McCarthy.“Our goal in the restructuring is to de-lever the balance sheet and we’re in negotiations with our creditors,” he says. McCarthy declined to comment on the specifics of the negotiations, particularly on how much NCI is aiming to reduce its debt.
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries considers possible changes to each of the state’s fisheries every three years. But later this month, the board will consider changing that process so that some proposals get added to a consent agenda, hopefully shortening the length of each meeting.Download AudioAs nearly every facet of state government grapples with budget cuts, the Board of Fisheries is looking at moving a little more quickly through some of the proposed fishery regulation changes each year.The board’s executive director Glenn Haight says the possible change wouldn’t affect how proposals are submitted, just how some are vetted.“If there are some technical proposals that may not be terribly controversial, impactful, but make sense, a lot of times at board members you see these things go through with very little public comment, no objection, it’s those kind of things the board will take a look at it in advance and expedite the review of,” Haight said. “There’s some discussion of looking at some that might be more suitable for delegations to the department.”Right now, nearly every regulation change goes through the same process. They’re submitted by the public and the department of fish and game in the spring, and added to the proposal book published by fall. Each change is considered separately, with a time for discussion and public comment, at the appropriate meeting. This would speed things up a little, so some proposals could get approved in one fell swoop.The department of fish and game would make some recommendation on what proposals to put on that consent agenda, and then a board of fish committee would decide what went on that agenda.“Those would be identified in advance of a meeting so people could respond if they disagreed with the potential for those being on a consent agenda,” Haight said. “Once we got into a regulatory meeting, those proposals would be identified. You would want to go past public testimony so people could voice concern about a particular proposal based on that consent agenda. And if the board members felt the need to pull any one of those proposals off that consent agenda they could do it. And then it would run through the typical deliberations. And any board member could pull any proposal off that.”Haight saID the consent agenda idea is modeled after what some local governments already do. The sorts of proposals he envisions on the consent agenda?“Of course, none of the weighty issues would be a consent agenda. Registration and Port Heiden for instance,” Haight said. “None of that would be even considered for something like this I can’t imagine. One of the things we’ve seen a lot in recent history is the department trying to update its navigational markers, and its using GPS more. That’s a really common one. Another type I’ve seen, not as common, but sometimes the department will want to put into regulation a practice they’ve been doing. That’s been typical and they’ve been doing for years and it’s just not in regulation.”The seven-member board will meet via teleconference May 24 to discuss that plan. The agenda also includes a discussion of where to hold the 2018 Southeast Alaska finfish and shellfish meeting, and an update on next year’s budget. Public comment will be taken through May 20, but not at the meeting.
PM Hasina, Russian deputy PM Yury Ivanovich Borisovon inaugurate construction of 2nd reactor unit of Rooppur Nuke plant in Pabna on Saturday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and Russia’s deputy prime minister for defence and space industry Yury Ivanovich Borisov on Saturday jointly inaugurated the construction of the second reactor unit of Rooppur nuclear power plant.Both the leaders poured concrete at a programme in Ishwardi of Pabna on the occasion of the first concrete pouring of the second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, reports UNB.The construction of the first reactor unit began on 30 November 2017. Currently, the construction works of the walls, reinforcement of the reactor building and the foundation slab of the auxiliary reactor building are underway, while soil stabilisation works for the evaporative cooling tower and others have already been commenced.Two units — 1200 MWe VVER each — are to be built at Rooppur under the Russian design giving priority to the highest safety measures at Rooppur, some 160km from Dhaka.PM Hasina, Russian deputy PM Yury Ivanovich Borisovon inaugurate construction of 2nd reactor unit of Rooppur Nuke plant in Pabna on Saturday. Photo: BSSThe VVER-1,200 reactor design has already been implemented at Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II in Russia.Unit-1 is scheduled to be commissioned in 2023, while the commissioning of the second unit is slated for 2024 to produce 2,400 megawatts of electricity from the two units.In February 2011, Rosatom, the state atomic energy corporation of the Russia, signed an agreement with the Bangladesh government to build the nuke plant in Rooppur.The initial contract for the project, worth $12.65 billion, was inked in December 2015.The Rooppur NPP construction is performed based on the Russia-Bangladesh Intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the area of NPP construction in the territory of Bangladesh, signed on 2 November 2011.On 25 December 2015 general contract for designing, construction and commissioning of two NPP power units each of 1200 MWe capacity and based on VVER-reactors was signed in Dhaka.
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloAt least seven people were killed and 18 others injured on Friday and Saturday in separate road accidents in five districts, according to UNB.In Panchagarh, the driver and his assistant of a brick-laden tractor were killed as their vehicle veered into a pond beside Panchagarh-Dhaka highway in Paikpara of Boda upazila on Saturday.The deceased were tractor driver Mansur Ali, 42, son of Makbul Hossain of Shukurur Dokan in Mithapukur and his assistant Chhatrish Chandra, 38, son of Alsia of Vimpukur village in Boda upzila.The accident took place in the evening, leaving the duo dead on the spot.In another accident, two motorcyclists sustained severe injuries as a speeding truck hit their vehicle in Barrister Bazar area in the district town in the evening.The injured–Abdul Salam, 45, son of Nindu Mahan of Natunbasti in the district town and his wife Munni Akhtar, 38, were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.Three passengers of a human hauler were reported to be injured in another road crash at Moinaguri Camp in the town.In Thakurgaon, two people including a minor died in separate road accidents in Ranisankail and Sadar upazila.The deceased were Habibullah, 6, son of Tayab Ali of Chandanhot village in Ranisankail upazila and Abdul Awal, 32, son of Saikat Ali of Haripur upazila.A micro-bus hit Habibullah while he was crossing a road in Ranisankail around 2:00pm killing him on the spot, said Abdul Mannan, officer-in-charge of Ranisankail police station.In another incident, Abdul Awal died when a tractor hit his motor-cycle killing him on the spot and injuring his wife in Shibganj area of Sadar upazila, said Ashikur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.In Naogaon, a man was killed while two others sustained injuries as a bus hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw on Potnitala-Sapahar Road in Patnitala upazila around 7:30am.The deceased was Dudu Mia, 50, driver of the auto-rickshaw.Officer-in-charge of Patnitola police station Porimal Kumar Chakrabarti said they seized the killer bus but its driver managed to flee.The injured were admitted to the Upazila Health Complex.In Dinajpur, at least 11 people were injured in two separate road crashes in Sikdarhat and Mohanpur Bridge areas in the district.A tractor collided head-on with a motor-cycle injuring two, according to the Police Control Room of the district.The duo was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital from a local hospital as their conditions deteriorated.In another incident, a tractor hit a micro-bus injuring nine people while it was coming from Fulbari to Dinajpur near Mohanpur Bridge around 1:30pm.In Lalmonirhat, two motor-cycle riders were killed on Friday night as a Burimari-bound train crushed their motor-cycle at Kakina Kazirhat Rail Crossing in Kaliganj upazila.The deceased were Abul Kalam Azad, 37, son of Abu Bakar of Gongachora upazila in Rangpur and Alikuzzaman Titu, 42, son of Abdul Gafur of the same area.Officer-in-charge of Kaliganj police station Makbul Hossain said after the accident police in association with the officials of Fire Service and Civil Defence took the duo to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where physicians declared them dead.
Explore further The team of engineers, Wei Xiang Jiang, Hui Feng Ma, Qiang Cheng, and Tie Jun Cui from Southeast University in Nanjing, China, describes the recently developed class of optical transformation media as “illusion media.” As they explain in a new study, any object enclosed by such an illusion medium layer appears to be one or more other objects. The researchers’ proposed device is designed to operate at microwave frequencies. “The illusion media make an enclosed object appear like another object or multiple virtual objects,” Cui told PhysOrg.com. “Hence it can be applied to confuse the detectors or the viewers, and the detectors or the viewers can’t perceive the real object. As a result, the enclosed object will be protected.”As the researchers explain, illusion media is similar to an invisibility cloak, except for one main difference. In a perfect invisibility cloak, there are almost no scattering electric fields, so that the illusion space is only free space. In illusion media, on the other hand, the material creates scattered electric field patterns that generate virtual images. Any detector located outside the illusion medium layer will perceive the electromagnetic waves as if they were scattered from a virtual object. “Generally speaking, different objects will generate different scattering patterns under the illumination of electromagnetic/optical waves,” Ciu explained. “Hence a detector can perceive an object according to its scattering pattern. Our illusion media will change the scattering patterns of the enclosed object to make it appear like another object or multiple virtual objects.”The new illusion media design has an advantage over previously proposed illusion media, in that it should be easier to fabricate. As Ciu explains, this ability is due to how the illusion medium is constructed. “The general concept of our illusion media is similar to that of previous illusion media,” Cui said. “However, the previously proposed illusion media are two distinct pieces of metamaterials, which are called complementary medium and restoring medium. The complementary medium is composed of left-handed materials with simultaneously negative permittivity and permeability. As a result, the proposed illusion device is extremely demanding of material parameters, and is hardly realized. Our purpose is to make the illusion media be fairly realizable. All permittivity and permeability components of our illusion media are finite and positive. Hence the presented approach makes it possible to realize the illusion media using artificial metamaterials.” (PhysOrg.com) — In a twist on the concept of an invisibility cloak, researchers have designed a material that not only makes an object invisible, but also generates one or more virtual images in its place. Because it doesn’t simply display the background environment to a viewer, this kind of optical device could have applications that go beyond a normal invisibility cloak. Plus, unlike previously proposed illusion devices, the design proposed here could be realized with artificial metamaterials. Citation: Invisibility cloak that generates virtual images gets closer to realization (2010, April 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-invisibility-cloak-virtual-images-closer.html Illusion media can transform a real image into a virtual image. For example, a golden apple (the actual object) enclosed within the illusion medium layer appears as two green apples (the illusion) to any viewer outside the virtual boundary (dashed curves). Image credit: Jiang, et al. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Wei Xiang Jiang, Hui Feng Ma, Qiang Cheng, and Tie Jun Cui. “Illusion media: Generating virtual objects using realizable metamaterials.” Applied Physics Letters 96, 121910 (2010). Doi:10.1063/1.3371716 Transform a ball into a rock — or make it invisible — using transformation optics This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Dig site in Tuscany reveals Neanderthals used fire to make tools (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-site-tuscany-reveals-neanderthals-tools.html Poggetti Vecchi, Grosseto (Italy). This is a general view of the excavation. Credit: PNAS Explore further Detail of the handle of digging stick no. 2 on the paleosurface U2 of the Poggetti Vecchi site. Credit: PNAS The find marks the earliest evidence of fire use by Neanderthals and of tool use by female members of a group—it is the women in modern hunter-gatherer groups that use digging sticks. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Wood, as the researchers note, has always been a popular material for crafting tools and weapons. It is readily at hand and can be relatively easily crafted to allow for specific uses. In this new effort, the researchers describe meter-long sticks that had been rounded at one end and sharpened at the other, suggesting a digging stick. Digging sticks are still used today—they are useful for digging up roots and tubers and can be used to hunt animals that burrow underground. In a pinch, they can also be used as a weapon. The sticks were found at a site in Tuscany, Italy, called Poggetti Vecchi—an area that has previously given up Neanderthal artifacts.In studying the sticks, the researchers found them to be made from boxwood, a particularly hard wood. They also discovered that the tips had been charred, likely as a means of removing stubborn bark. The team noted that the sticks had been charred in a consistent pattern in the same part of multiple sticks, which suggests it was intentional. Charring would have softened the bark, making it easier to remove. They also noted cut marks and striations on the shafts of the sticks, evidence of stone tool use to fashion an ordinary stick into a useful tool. The team notes that modern hunter-gatherers use roughly the same technique in making their digging sticks. The team dated the sticks back to approximately 171,000 years ago, putting them in the Middle Paleocene, a period when Neanderthal were dominant in the area. © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A team of researchers from several institutions in Italy has found evidence of Neanderthals using fire to craft tools approximately 171,000 years ago. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group outlines where the naturally preserved wood artifacts were found and how they discovered their purpose. High-speed video study reveals the nature of the cobra wave Poggetti Vecchi, Grosseto (Italy). This is the excavation of the tusk of a straight-tusked elephant. Credit: PNAS More information: Biancamaria Aranguren et al. Wooden tools and fire technology in the early Neanderthal site of Poggetti Vecchi (Italy), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1716068115AbstractExcavations for the construction of thermal pools at Poggetti Vecchi (Grosseto, Tuscany, central Italy) exposed a series of wooden tools in an open-air stratified site referable to late Middle Pleistocene. The wooden artifacts were uncovered, together with stone tools and fossil bones, largely belonging to the straight-tusked elephant Paleoloxodon antiquus. The site is radiometrically dated to around 171,000 y B.P., and hence correlated with the early marine isotope stage 6 [Benvenuti M, et al. (2017) Quat Res 88:327–344]. The sticks, all fragmentary, are made from boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and were over 1 m long, rounded at one end and pointed at the other. They have been partially charred, possibly to lessen the labor of scraping boxwood, using a technique so far not documented at the time. The wooden artifacts have the size and features of multipurpose tools known as “digging sticks,” which are quite commonly used by foragers. This discovery from Poggetti Vecchi provides evidence of the processing and use of wood by early Neanderthals, showing their ability to use fire in tool making from very tough wood.
The theatre fraternity and audiences came together in the national capital for red-carpet award night of 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival. Promoted by Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programmes, the week-long extravaganza came to an end as the past year’s best plays from across the country were awarded the coveted META at Kamani Auditorium.The META is India’s most comprehensive theatre awards and much revered in the theatre fraternity, recognising both on-stage and off-stage talent across 14 award categories, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe jury for the 14th edition of META comprised of actor and screenwriter Akash Khurana, founder and former Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts Anmol Vellani, Ila Arun, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Managing trustee of Nrityagram Lynne Fernandez, Former editor of The Hindu Mukund Padmanabhan, internationally-renowned dance historian, scholar, author and critic Sunil Kothari, and present Director of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi Sunit Tandon. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTAAM, Manipur’s Hindi Adaptation Andha Yug won the 2019 META for Best Play along with Prakash Mangaldin Singh winning for Best Stage Design and Sajida Saji for Best Costume. Rukmini Sircar shared the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) award with Anjana Balaji. Her Co-actor Dharanidharan U won the META for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for his role as ‘Aaya’, Janani’s maid, the one who helped her elope, bringing Chandâla, Impure a total of two wins at META 2019. Malayalam production Chillara Samaram from Little Earth School Of Theatre Kerala also won two awards including Best Ensemble and Best Choreography. The META for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) was awarded to Shrungha BV for his portrayal of ‘Abhay’, in the drama Kola. Whereas Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) was bagged by Mallika Lokhande. One of India’s most progressive playwrights, Mahesh Elkunchwar has conferred the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian theatre. In a message to META, he said, “I am very happy to receive this prestigious award. META has been consistently honouring good theatre. It is a nice feeling to receive an award from people who genuinely love theatre.” This year’s edition of the festival saw a record-breaking 414 entries sent in for various categories. These were viewed by an eminent selection committee, comprising well-known theatre practitioners. Hosted by renowned award-winning actor, director, and producer and one of the pioneer RJs of India, Mantra, the META Awards Night saw the presence of several stalwarts and influencers. Performances by The Revisit Project with their groovy music and exciting fusion in raag jog taal and teen-tal by The Project Ganganis, further enlivened proceedings. After the successful debut of Learning@META last year, the Festival also featured a series of Workshops and Panel Discussions during the non-performing hours of the festival. These panel discussions, curated in partnership with the Drama School Mumbai (DSM), were extremely well received and featured META-nominated stalwarts in conversation with theatre students, practitioners, and enthusiasts.
Register Now » July 9, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals I once said that all it takes to find success on Kickstarter is “a truly innovative idea and a bulletproof pitch.” Then there were the 10 “essential” questions I suggested you ask yourself when creating your first project on the popular crowdfunding platform.You have to carefully present a “standout idea for a new product” to pony up Kickstarter cash for it, I said. To score backers, you’ve got to dangle killer rewards, pitch your brainchild in spellbinding detail and ice your crowdfunding cake with a passionate sizzle video, I said.What a load of potato salad. I take it all back.Related: The 10 Most Funded Kickstarter Funds EverIf Zack Danger Brown’s ironic, asinine $72,000 potato salad “project” is any indication, all it takes to kill it on Kickstarter today is meh, nothing special.Like so: First, post a fuzzy product photo. (Forget that thoughtfully orchestrated original snapshot. Upload the first stock junk Google dishes up instead.) Next, blurt out a lazy, 11-word pitch, like Brown’s vague stunner. “Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.” Then, write a basic, uninspired project title (“Potato Salad,” yay). Slap together a mishmash of lukewarm, mildly funny rewards (gee, I can’t wait to have my name uttered aloud when the world’s most overpriced potato salad debuts). Finally, breeze through Kickstarter’s apparently pointless vetting process like it’s nothing.Relax. You’ve got this, slacker. Go for Yukon gold.Related: Why the Wallet Is the Perfect Product for CrowdfundingWhat?! Wait. Please tell me Brown was only joking when he half-baked up his Kickstarter tater sensation. Because that’s all it seems to be. A joke. A goofy prank that fools with greenbacks to blow are happy to back, big-time.Brown’s smash-hit spud project wasn’t the only ridiculous dud to somehow succeed on the crowdfunding juggernaut. Here are four more equally ridiculous Kickstarter headscratchers we’re a bit surprised earned even a penny, let alone fully funded:1. Project: The Griz CoatCreator: Buffoonery Factory LLCFunding Goal: $2,500Total Funded: $29,015This fur-brained Kickstarter beast was the product of a serious Halloween costume dilemma, or so its creators claim. A group of aspiring San Francisco “grizangsters” wanted to don grizzly bear jackets for the holiday.Two problems: They couldn’t find any fake bear-ish threads that didn’t look “cartoonish,” like a mascot outfit, and real bear fur, claws and fangs cost too much. So they hired designers to stitch grizzly bear hoodie-coats (jackets? suits?) for them from scratch, from synthetic (non-bear) materials.Naturally, they wore them with pride. People noticed. Passers-by asked where they could get one, too, and a crowdfunding campaign to bring freaky faux bear gear to the masses was born. It fared so well (1,160 percent funded) that it earned a spot on Kickstarter’s “Best of 2012” list. Related: Kickstarter Adds Two New Categories for Crowdfunding Projects: Journalism and CraftingGriz Coats, which you can buy with Bitcoin (even though the Griz Coat makers admit that they “don’t really know how Bitcoin works”) now fetch $199 each. Not into bear wear? These guys have you covered with Panda Coat, their latest Kickstarter triumph.2. Project: World’s Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat CalendarCreator: Kate FunkFunding Goal: $3,500Total Funded: $25,183The Internet hearts cats. It also flips its collective lid for unicorns. Put the two viral meme magnets together and you have the mythical makings of an awesome kitty calendar, make that the World’s Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Calendar.That poor cat model, all dressed up like a gnome, a fairy, a leprechaun, a werewolf (which might as well be the enemy, a dog) and a lot more. The indignity. Humans don’t mind, though. They think it’s wicked cute, especially the 1,119 backers who made this kind of adorable Kickstarter pipe dream a reality for Milwaukee artist Kate Funk and her good sport feline friend AC.Related: Kickstarter Streamlines Its Rules, Becomes Less Exclusive3. Project: Grilled CheesusCreator: Rob Corso and Meg SheehanFunding Goal: $25,000Total Funded: $25,604If you feel left out when people see Jesus in their toast, your prayers have been answered. This gag gift-like Kickstarter product was literally made for you (I kid you not, watch the video). The almighty Grilled Cheesus is like a George Foreman panini press, but with one distinguishing divine difference — it scorches the face of Jesus onto your sandwich bread. Hallelujah! Because grilled cheese isn’t cheesy enough already. Like its cheese-loving Kickstarters say, “however you slice it, the Grilled Cheesus lets you bring little grilled miracles to mealtime, snack time, or anytime.” Amen.4. Project: Emoji Dick Creator: Fred BenensonFunding Goal: $3,500Total Funded: $3,676Call me Emoji. (Rather, telephone, face, boat, whale, hand signal for “ok.”) Herman Melville’s turning over in his grave. Fred Benenson set up a Kickstarter with the goal of translating all 6,438 sentences of the literary classic Moby Dick into Japanese Emoji characters, those charming miniature smiley faces and ideograms we can’t stop sprinkling our texts with.His reason: “It seemed like a pretty good challenge.” He also told The New Yorker he felt the ambitious undertaking would allow him to “confront a lot of our shared anxieties about the future of human expression (see: Twitter or text messages) by forcing a great work of literature through such a strange new filter.” Strange indeed. Interesting, too. To tackle the massive-scale endeavor, Benenson outsourced the labor to workers from Amazon Mechanical Turk, an online marketplace for work “that requires human intelligence.”Benenson, who says he is a lead data engineer at Kickstarter, barely skated past his funding goal, scraping by with just $176 extra dollars. Still, that’s not a bad haul when you consider the overall weirdness of his campaign, combined with the fact that he lassoed funding for the bizarre project back in October 2009, only six months after Kickstarter launched.Related: ‘Reading Rainbow Is Coming Back Thanks to Kickstarter 6 min read
Costa Rican food products will be on display this week in SIAL Paris 2012, the world’s largest food fair involving some 5,900 companies from 200 countries.Nine Tico companies are exhibiting, offering: pasta, rice, frozen tubers, pineapple juice, hearts of palm, roasted coffee, canned yuca, sugar substitutes, frozen tropical fruits and canned tuna, the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) and the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica said.In addition to company stands, the Costa Rica delegation will host a coffee shop. The fair ends Thursday.Álvaro Piedra, PROCOMER’s promotion manager, said Europe is an important trading partner for Costa Rica. In 2011, 547 local companies exported $1.8 billion worth of products to the continent. Facebook Comments No related posts.