New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Former India opener Virender Sehwag and celebrated athlete P T Usha have been named in a 12-member Committee which has been handed the job to pick this years Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees. The Committee, to be headed by Justice (retd) C K Thakkar, will meet on August 3 to select this years awardees. The Committee has Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), M R Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist), Sanjeev Kumar (Journalist), Latha Madhvi (Para athlete), Anil Khanna (sports administrator), Injeti Srivastava (DG, SAI) and Rajvir Singh (joint Secretary, Sports Ministry) as the other members. PTI AT AT
Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment and Promotion Board (UPPRPB) has released the admit card for UP SI exams which are set to start from December 12, 2017.The UP SI admit cards are available at the website, www.uppbpb.gov.inSteps to download admit cards for this exam are as follows:Go to the official website of UPPRPB, www.uppbpb.gov.inClick on the admit card linkIn next page, click on “download admit card” linkEnter Application Number, Date of Birth and the text shown thereSubmit and download the admit cardImportant guidelines for the exam:The UPPRPB SI exam will be a computer based test (CBT)The exam will carry objective type questionsDuration of the exam will be 2 hoursA mock test link is available at Board’s website for the candidates till December 22, 2017After downloading the UPPRPB SI admit card, the candidates may make use this link to familiarise themselves with how to take the examA candidate must report 90 minutes before the scheduled exam start time at biometric desk. Biometric details of the candidate will be captured before entering the SI examination hallThe exam centre main gate will be closed 45 minutes before the scheduled time for UP SI Exam, post that no candidate will be allowed to enter the examination venueThe candidate needs to surrender the UP SI Admit card to the invigilator before leaving the exam hallDocuments required for the verification:Original Aadhar Card ( e-Aadhar not accepted), Original Voter ID Card, Original Driving License, Original Passport, Original PAN card (any other ID Card will not be accepted)A candidate needs to affix their latest self-attested passport size color photo on the admit card. A candidate will be allowed access to the examination terminals after due verification of the admit card and identity proofA candidate is not allowed to carry the following items inside the test room:Any stationery item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Pen, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Eraser Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanners etc.Any communication device like mobile phones, camera, digital watches, smart watches, Bluetooth devices, ear phone, microphone, pager, health band etc.Wallet, goggles, handbags and CapAny eatable items opened or packed, water bottle etc.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
MIAMI — The U.S. government says New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez gave his cousin nearly $1 million last year to keep secret Rodriguez’s use of performance enhancing drugs.In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors said Rodriguez made four wire payments totaling $900,000 between June 2013 and September 2013 to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez’s personal assistant.The total value of that settlement could be nearly $2 million, when factoring in other elements of the deal such as a home, a car and insurance.Sucart, in a letter from his lawyer, threatened to expose Rodriquez’s PED use if he wasn’t given $5 million and a home.“Unfortunately for you, litigation with you over his employment agreement will reveal all of the duties you instructed Yuri to perform, so he can prove in court what he earned, what you owe him for services rendered and what you promised,” Sucart attorney Jeffrey Sonn wrote in a proposed settlement letter to Rodriguez dated Dec. 18, 2012.A spokesman for Rodriguez did not immediately return a request for comment.The payments from Rodriguez to Sucart were revealed after the government said Sucart did not fully disclose his personal financial situation during the process that would determine if he should pay some portion of the costs related to having a federal public defender. The government said Rodriguez also paid Sucart about $500,000 in salary from 2008 through 2013.Sucart, according to the documents, told the court he does not own a house or a car, but the government alleges that he does “pursuant to the settlement with Rodriguez.”Sucart, in that proposed settlement that stemmed from what he said was a wrongful termination by Rodriguez, asked for $5 million and a life estate for he and his wife.In return, Sucart offered continued silence and even a willingness to remain Rodriguez’s personal assistant if so desired.As part of the settlement, court records show Rodriguez is also spending up to $300,000 to provide medical insurance for Sucart and his family for five years.He also provided Sucart with a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban and the right to stay in a home he owns for five years — with the promise that the house, which lists Alexander E. Rodriguez as its owner, would be deeded to Sucart if the terms of the deal including “preservation of confidential information” were all satisfied.The Daily News of New York first reported the contents of the new suit and related filings.Sucart was charged in August with conspiring to distribute testosterone and human growth hormone. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in February.The charges are related to work prosecutors said Sucart did with Biogenesis of America. That now-closed anti-aging clinic’s owner, Anthony Bosch, has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators.Sucart is among a group accused of acting as recruiters who set up meetings between athletes and Bosch, authorities said. Professional athletes paid up to $12,000 a month for the drugs provided by Biogenesis, while high schoolers paid up to $600 a month. All the clients were promised that the substances would not be found through drug testing, prosecutors said.Bosch, who met Rodriguez through Sucart in July 2010, provided evidence that weighed heavily in the decision to suspend the three-time AL MVP for the entire 2014 season.Rodriguez admitted six years ago he used performance-enhancing substances while with Texas from 2001-03, and has denied usage since.Rodriguez played in just 44 games in the 2013 season, hitting seven home runs to increase his career total to 654, fifth-most in baseball history.He is still owed $61 million on the final three years of his contract with the Yankees and will turn 40 next July. He could receive an additional $6 million each for five milestones that the team designates as historic achievements, the next of those believed to be tying Willie Mays’ 660 home runs for No. 4 on the all-time list.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom The 930-passenger cruise ship Viking Star, the latest addition to the fleet of the California-headquartered cruise operator Viking Ocean Cruises, passed her sea trials in the Aegean Sea mid-December. During nearly a week of diagnostics, maritime experts executed more than 80 different tests designed to evaluate everything from Viking Star’s engine and propulsion performance to her navigation systems and cabin acoustics.“Following six months of nonstop construction since her float out, this was a major milestone for Viking Star, and we are proud to be another step closer to launch,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Now we can focus on the finishing touches, and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard in two months’ time.”Currently back at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard for final outfitting and interior decorating, Viking Star will take on her first guests on April 11. She will then set sail from Istanbul, making her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened May 17 in Bergen, Norway.
zoom A large scale tri-party engineering contract for the design of a Global Class mega passenger ship, to be built for the Hong Kong-based cruise line Star Cruises, was signed on July 28.MV Werften, a group of three of the largest shipyards in the Germany, Engineering and consulting company Elomatic Ltd and Finnish ship designer Deltamarin Ltd are joining forces to design the vessel, which will be over 340 metres long, 45 metres wide and have a gross tonnage of 200,001.The vessel would be the largest passenger ship ever built in Germany and one of the largest ever built world-wide, according to the companies.The project will last almost 4 years and delivery to Star Cruises is scheduled for 2020.The scope of work for Elomatic and Deltamarin includes engineering for the basic and detail design phases in all engineering disciplines.The parties have not disclosed the value of the contract.
New Delhi: Rejecting demands for rollback of import duty on the paper used for printing newspapers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said 10 per cent customs duty on imported newsprint was a move to provide a level playing field for domestic manufacturers. Replying to the debate on Finance Bill 2019, which contained the tax proposal, in the Rajya Sabha, she said domestic newsprint manufacturers were finding it difficult to find buyers because the same was being imported. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Basic Customs Duty on newsprint has been increased to provide a level playing field to domestic manufacturers. There is a capacity in this country to produce newsprint. But unfortunately, they are not able to get buyers because most of the newsprint is imported,” she said. In the last few months, there has been a drastic fall in price overseas from $700 per tonne to $500 per tonne, she said, adding that kind of fall in global newsprint prices has affected the Indian manufacturers so badly that they are not able to find takers for their product. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”So if we are talking of Make in India but allowing indirectly to import, it does not make sense at all. I am sure the member appreciate this point that when we are trying to make Indian industry survive this kind of onslaught, this is inevitable,” she said. Sitharaman was responding to YSR-Congress leader V Vijayasai Reddy, who during the debate stated that the duty would adversely impact small newspapers at a time when advertising revenue was also depleting. “You cannot allow fall in international price adversely affecting when we have capacities. If we did not have capacities, I can fully understand. I want members to please appreciate,” the minister said. “I also want to say newsprint attracted basic customs duty even before 2009. We are not the first ones to put it here,” she added. Earlier this month, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) asked the government to withdraw the 10 per cent customs duty imposed on newsprint, the uncoated paper used for printing of newspapers, and lightweight coated papers used for magazines. “Publishers of newspapers and magazines are already reeling under severe financial pressure due to many factors like lower advertisement revenues, higher costs and digital onslaught from technological giants. Small and medium newspapers will go into deeper losses and many of them will be forced to close down,” it had said. India’s newsprint consumption is around 2.5 million tonnes per annum while the domestic industry’s manufacturing capacity is only 1 million tonnes. Also, there are no domestic manufacturers of uncoated and lightweight coated paper. Meanwhile, Parliament on Tuesday gave its approval to Modi-2.0 government’s maiden budget with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying tax proposals aim at redistribution of funds to bring more equitable development. The Appropriation (No 2) Bill, 2019 and the Finance (No 2) Bill, 2019 — cleared by Lok Sabha last week — were returned by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after voice vote. This completed the three stage Parliamentary approval process, which also included a debate on the general budget and working of some of the ministries. Replying in a four-hour debate on the two bills, Sitharaman justified raising tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre each saying inflation was at rock bottom and the move would not add any significant burden on prices.
FORT FRASER, B.C. – As bright orange flames filled the sky and roared like a freight train, Beverly Ketlo thought it was time to say goodbye to the Nadleh Whut’en band’s beloved cultural camp.Ketlo and Chief Larry Nooski sat in a car looking out at the devastating scene. The historic and sacred camp, where the First Nation sent their children to learn about their culture and laid to rest some of their loved ones, looked ready to disappear.“My uncle’s ashes are actually buried on the mount there, because it’s a cremation mount,” said Ketlo. “I said my goodbyes to him, even though he’s already in the ground.“It was an emotional time. Then the next day, it was very emotional for the whole community.”The community in Fort Fraser, B.C., thought they’d lost everything, but in the end, only a smokehouse and two cabins belonging to Ketlo’s relatives burned down. Still, the losses are enough to bring some band members to tears, especially since they say no one told them the fire was so close.“Broken,” Ketlo said of how she feels. “There was no communication with our community.”The tiny First Nation now finds itself on the front lines of two fights: one against the enormous 910-square-kilometre Shovel Lake wildfire, and another against a disjointed federal funding system that left them scrambling to evacuate their people, buy firefighting equipment and set up an emergency operations centre as flames approached.When Justin Trudeau visited nearby Prince George on Thursday, Nooski told the prime minister the First Nation was in dire trouble and needed help, said a band spokeswoman.The source of their struggle, members say, is that First Nations reserves fall under federal jurisdiction, while municipalities are under provincial authority. While British Columbia has provided resources to cities and towns to prepare for wildfires, Indigenous groups argue they don’t get equal support.Trudeau acknowledged the gaps on Thursday and pledged to clear up the flow of resources and ensure people in Indigenous communities get what they need.Jean-Francois Tremblay, deputy minister of Indigenous Services Canada, visited the Nadleh Whut’en later Thursday with Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit. Both were among those who took helicopter tours to survey the damage from the flames.Tremblay declined comment, but John said he has tabled a proposal, for a second time, asking the federal government to create a $200-million fund to help B.C.’s 203 First Nations develop emergency response plans, buy equipment and train members over the next four years.From the helicopter, plumes of thick grey smoke could be seen billowing from closely nestled treetops north of Fraser Lake. The success of burnoff operations was visible too, as lengthy fire guards wound through the forest next to stretches of scorched earth and disintegrated trees.Mike Pritchard of the BC Wildfire Service said if the burnoff operations hadn’t been conducted, scattered houses not far away would have been lost.Ketlo blamed a burnoff operation for the losses at the cultural camp, but the Wildfire Service said it hadn’t conducted any in the area and Pritchard suspects burning embers flying into the area were responsible.From the moment the Shovel Lake wildfire began to grow out of control about two weeks ago, the Nadleh Whut’en have been through a crash course in emergency management.Band spokeswoman Miranda Louie reached out to a cousin in the Tsilhqot’in Nation, which dealt with immense wildfires last year. She put Louie in touch with Juan Cereno, who managed the Tsilhqot’in’s emergency operations centre in 2017, and he rushed to Nadleh Whut’en territory.With Cereno’s help, the band transformed its main building into an emergency centre, assigned people jobs and began stockpiling food for evacuees and cooking for band fire crews. The centre is now a streamlined operation, with a large gym where a group of Mexican firefighters ate dinner on Thursday night.But in the early days, the First Nation said it struggled with poor communication with the regional district and the province, culminating in the losses at the cultural camp on Aug. 13. That day, the Nadleh Whut’en declared a local state of emergency, two days before B.C. made a provincewide declaration.“After we declared the state of emergency, it really opened up our lines of communication,” said Louie. “It should have happened sooner.”Some 80 people from the 200-member band have been evacuated, including nearly all the children and elders. They are anxious about their homes, but even if no more buildings are destroyed, the band has already experienced deep losses, Louie said.The area that has burned includes berry crops and hunting grounds, she said, and the fire’s proximity to the Nautley River means members cannot fish for salmon as they normally would in the summer.A lot of people in the remote community rely on hunting, fishing and berry picking and are otherwise unemployed, and social assistance for on-reserve people is lower than for those off reserve, she said.“The financial impact to our membership is going to be quite tremendous,” she said. “It’s really going to affect us a lot, especially when we weren’t able to fill our freezers.”Some members have defied evacuation orders and are staying behind to protect their homes. Lester George, 51, worked as a firefighter two decades ago and has armed himself with a hose and sprinklers if the flames come close.The band has given him a permit he shows to RCMP at check points so he can travel in and out of the evacuated area, and band leaders seem to understand that some people have chosen to stay, he said.“Old Man Fire don’t scare me,” he said. “It has to be by gunpoint if they make me leave.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
CAIRO – A cousin and former aide of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has been released two days after his acquittal in a trial for attempted murder, a security official said Wednesday.Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, whose extradition Tripoli is demanding, was “freed overnight by police in Cairo following the court decision to acquit him” on Monday, the official said.Judicial sources had said Qaddaf al-Dam was detained in Cairo in March following a gunfight with Egyptian policemen in his apartment and was held despite the extradition demand. On Monday, the Cairo court also acquitted him of possessing unlicensed weapons and resisting arrest, sources said.Qaddaf al-Dam had denied the charges against him.On the day of his arrest, Qaddaf al-Dam and his bodyguards allegedly fired a hail of bullets at masked policemen who stormed his apartment in an upscale Cairo neighbourhood, witnesses had said.Qaddaf al-Dam, who had an Egyptian residency permit, oversaw relations between Tripoli and Cairo but resigned from his post in February 2011 after the start of the revolt against Kadhafi.Authorities in Libya said Qaddaf al-Dam is wanted for the “falsification of documents”.
Josh Gordon’s love of sport and courage to make it a career has led him all the way to Rio de Janeiro.Gordon, a Niagara-on-the-Lake native who moved to Montreal a decade ago, decided to go back to school as a mature student.He left his day job after 10 years to pursue his passion for working in the sport industry, something he’d been doing for years running a not-for-profit hockey tournament.It’s been a winding road that included working with the British Columbia Hockey League and Salmon Arm Silverbacks and attending Brock University’s Sport Management program.“It took me about a decade to find my way back to school,” he said. “Now, here I am finishing up my SPMA degree with an internship at the Olympics.”Gordon, who starts his MBA in Business Administration in September, has a summer internship with the Canadian Olympic Committee.He’s in Rio as a mobile solutions officer working to set up phones for Canada’s athletes and support staff.“The relationships that I develop during my time in Rio will be something that I will cherish forever. I feel like it is impossible to measure the bond that you forge working long days for weeks on end with such incredible people in the Games environment,” he said.Gordon said the machine that is the Olympics is breathtaking.“To see the size of the team we have, and the team behind the team working to make sure everything is taken care of, has been amazing,” he said. “It’s pretty incredible.” Brock University student Josh Gordon and SPMA academic co-ordinator Stephanie Brooks at the Rio Olympics opening ceremonies.Gordon said concerns about the state of Rio and its security seem overblown given all he’s experienced in the week he’s been there.He travelled to Brazil without hesitation and has no regrets, he said.“The risk-reward factor is definitely hugely tilted in favour of the reward, I’ve had nothing but positive experiences.”From exploring Rio to hiking the beautiful hillside and mingling with locals, Gordon said everyone has been friendly and welcoming.And, the atmosphere among the athletes is the epitome of what sport is all about.Gordon won an internal draw that took him to the opening ceremonies of the games Friday, Aug. 5. As soon as he found his seat, he ran into a familiar face, SPMA academic co-ordinator Stephanie Brooks.He plans to take in some of the games while he’s still in Brazil this week, going to men’s golf, women’s rugby and hopefully some of the diving qualifiers.While it’s been challenging, Gordon is glad he changed course and became a mature student.“If you are pursuing something that is not your passion, it’s going to make for a long life,” he said.Gordon plans to work in sport for another decade and eventually hopes to teach.“I want to combine my practical and academic knowledge to teach the next generation of sport leaders,” he said. “The experience that I acquire in Rio will play an instrumental role in shaping my future as a sport leader.”Brock University Josh Gordon spends much of his free time exploring Rio de Janeiro while interning as part of his SPMA program.
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe surging Ohio State women’s basketball team (18-4, 10-1) handled a struggling Wisconsin team (6-15, 2-9) with a suffocating defensive performance Thursday night to keep the train running smoothly into the highly anticipated matchup with No. 5 Maryland on Monday.Coming into the matchup against the Badgers, the Buckeyes had won 13 of their last 14 games overall. The 87-61 victory pushed No. 7 OSU’s home winning streak to 11 games, while the Badgers have now dropped nine of their last 10 games overall.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was satisfied with the way each member of the team immediately found their individual roles and contributed in the contest.“We had good communication, good concentration, good effort,” McGuff said. “Everybody (that) came off the bench knew exactly what we were in. They were locked in and focused.”The Scarlet and Gray started the game off slow, plagued by poor shooting. But that all changed with a little over two minutes left in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored 11 of their 19 first-quarter points in that short amount of time, aided by a trio of 3-pointers.The momentum OSU created carried over into the second period. The Buckeyes quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead and started to step it up on defense. The lead blossomed to 20 points midway through the quarter, but a late surge pushed the Badgers back to a 13-point deficit at the break.In the opening half, senior guard Ameryst Alston led the way for OSU with 12 points, while junior forward Shayla Cooper added 10 points along with seven rebounds. The nation’s third-leading scorer, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, was held to only three points in the first half but found other ways to help her team out. For the Badgers, Cayla McMorris and Michala Johnson each put in eight points.While the Buckeyes held a steady lead at the break, they saw the opportunity to put the game away early with a lopsided third quarter, and did just that.“The third quarter was as good a defensive quarter as we’ve had probably all year,” McGuff said.The Buckeyes held Wisconsin to only seven points in the entire third period, pressuring the Badgers into shooting only 18.2 percent from the field. Using the full-court press to their advantage, the Buckeyes put together a lockdown team effort throughout the 10 minutes.When the final buzzer sounded, the Buckeyes headed off the floor with heads held high. Alston was the leading scorer for OSU with 21 points, while Mitchell, who had a strong second half shooting the ball, added 16. Cooper earned her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as well.Nine different OSU players saw the floor, eight of whom scored in the game, displaying an ability and a willingness to get everyone involved.“I think that’s what’s so special about our team. We have so many different aspects (and) a lot of us can contribute,” Alston said. “It’s always great to see (different) people out there playing.”Continuing Big Ten play, the streaking Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland at home Monday, which is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tipoff.
The footballer said the three months his wife spent in hospital were “incredibly difficult”.”I felt almost betrayed by the diagnosis, betrayed by the illness because you think, ‘you got it once, you are not going to get it again, surely’. Actress Tamzin Outhwaite said: “So much respect. What a wonderful man and father you are. Well done for going on that journey You are a warrior… you should be so proud of yourself.” Rio Ferdinand comes to terms with losing his wife Rebecca on a BBC documentaryCredit:BBC The help you will have given so many people last night @rioferdy5 is going to be immeasurable.Of all the trophies you won that’s your best !— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 29, 2017 Still not seen it, then let this be the only thing you watch today. Thank you @rioferdy5 for telling your story 🙏 https://t.co/9ZvYCtyyH2— Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) March 29, 2017 Brave and important from @RioFerdy5 to speak so openly about his personal grief last night.Everybody at #MUFC is right behind you, Rio. 👊 pic.twitter.com/FkvHLPEGEv— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 29, 2017 Lord Sugar described the programme as “very moving”.Mrs Ferdinand was first treated for breast cancer in 2013 and the disease returned in an aggressive form in March 2015. Many praised him for telling his story in a way that will help others going through similar tragedies.Phillip Schofield tweeted: “That was amazing. You’ll have helped so many people.”Comedian John Bishop said he had “total respect” for Ferdinand, adding it was “moving and informative and something that will help others I am sure”.Before the programme’s broadcast, the former Leeds, Manchester United and West Ham star hit out at the Government, saying it is “wrong” to cut back the time widowed parents can receive bereavement benefits. The documentary was broadcast on Tuesday, and public figures, celebrities and other fans spoke up to praise his bravery.Boxer Tony Bellew said Mr Ferdinand was “inspiring”, telling the star: “I have no words for the admiration I have for you or the bravery you are showing everyday… my heart goes out to you.” “You feel like, how can you get that type of luck. You don’t think the worst-case scenario can happen.”She died within 10 weeks of the diagnosis, leaving her family with little time to prepare for her loss.The couple’s children were aged four, six and nine at the time.The documentary followed Mr Ferdinand as he met other families coping with bereavement and looked at the support given to parents and children who lose loved ones. Very brave of @rioferdy5 to make that documentary . Very moving . I wish him and his kids all the best for the future. https://t.co/5pVOto2NvV— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) March 28, 2017 ‘I never contemplated suicide – but I can understand it now’ – #RioFerdinand opened up about the pain of losing his wife— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 29, 2017 Former England cricketer Graeme Swann said he had “enormous respect” for Ferdinand after watching the programme, while broadcaster Aled Jones said the account was “truly incredible”, adding: “You are an amazing person Rio.” 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. Rio Ferdinand has been hailed as a “warrior” after speaking up about his wife in a poignant BBC documentary.Fans on social media praised him for his powerful account of losing his wife Rebecca to cancer and raising their three children without her.She died aged 34 in 2015, weeks after being diagnosed with the disease for a second time.
What’s this?! Champagne socialists! #dubw pic.twitter.com/WmienhbWsU— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 24, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeEarlier, upon arriving in Citywest, Coppinger said that voters’ switch to left-leaning parties in the constituency was “somewhat inevitable if you consider the level of anger, the level of disillusionment with the establishment parties”.She said: “So, parties such as the Socialist Party, who are anti-austerity and parties who are critiques of austerity, like Sinn Féin, who have a much bigger apparatus in the Dáil in terms of 14 TDs, would be seen as a vehicle to express a protest.”Speaking earlier in the day, Sinn Féin’s Donnelly said it was “a fantastic result” for the party and “the manifestation” of the work his party has put in across the constituency over the last four years. Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly: “Austerity is literally killing people.” #dubw— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 24, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter https://vine.co/v/Mw6dQ1tMdjuVINE: David Hall was eliminated after the fourth count in Citywest this evening. Speaking after her election just after 9pm tonight, Coppinger said: “We’re just delighted that we kept this seat for the left and for socialism.” It’s been a terrible day for Labour whose candidate Loraine Mulligan has polled just over 1,500 first preferences votes and was eliminated on the second count along with Green Party candidate Roderic O’Gorman. Updated 9.35pm https://vine.co/v/MwgXu7hQnrUTHE SOCIALIST PARTY has won its second Dáil seat in Dublin West after councillor Ruth Coppinger beat Fianna Fáil’s David McGuinness on the sixth count in Citywest tonight.Coppinger joins party colleague Joe Higgins and replaces resigned independent TD Patrick Nulty who quit the Dáil earlier this year after sending inappropriate messages on social media.Coppinger was elected on the sixth count with 12,334 votes. She failed to reach the quota of 14,478, but held off competition from Fianna Fáil’s McGuinness who got 9,237 votes.McGuinness had pulled into second place, ahead of Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly after benefitting from the transfers of the eliminated Fine Gael candidate Eamonn Coghlan on the fourth count.But the elimination of independent David Hall saw his transfers fall favourably for Coppinger who pulled over 600 votes ahead of McGuinness after the fifth count before benefitting from a sizeable transfer from the eliminated Sinn Féin candidate Donnelly on the sixth and final count.McGuinness, who had been trailing in third place for much of the day, had gone into second place just 553 votes behind Socialist Party councillor Ruth Coppinger after the fourth count. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Fianna Fail’s David McGuinness chats with Labour’s Loraine Mulligan #dubw pic.twitter.com/drYrbrpngk— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 24, 2014 Speaking at the count centre in Citywest earlier this afternoon, McGuinness said he was neither optimistic nor pessimistic but “in the middle”.“From our point of view, we’re out in front of Fine Gael, the independents and the Green Party and that’s the place we needed to be in this to be in the shake up in the end,” he said.His defeat in this by-election is his second after he ran unsuccessfully in the October 2011 by-election in Dublin West caused by the death of former minister Brian Lenihan.Socialist Party TD, a sitting deputy in Dublin West, said earlier in the day that the party hoped for transfers to take the second seat in the constituency. https://vine.co/v/MwveOUDO0AnSpeaking before lunchtime, mortgage arrears campaigner Hall admitted he faced an “uphill battle” to win the seat. However, he confirmed his intention to run in the next general election and will be pleased with his fourth-placed finish. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeBut People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett, who is supporting Coppinger, said earlier in the day that it was “looking good” for the Socialist after early tallies showed her in the lead: Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeLIVEBLOG: Local election results 2014
Anyone that has battled hordes of mosquitoes while camping or out on a hike, has wished horrible deaths on the annoying insects. Hence the whole industry around disposing of them: bug zappers, mosquito magnets, and the good old fly swatter are all best sellers as humans wage war against the blood sucking, disease carrying nuisances.How can a creature so small create such an uncomfortable situation for us? Probably the most frustrating aspect is that rain isn’t a natural deterrent or barrier, and a person can get bit by one of these flying leeches in the wet. Even during a torrential downpour, mosquitoes seem to be able to buzz around a person’s ears making themselves known to their victims. How in the world do these insects avoid all that falling water?The answer is, they don’t. Mosquitoes do not have some sort of radar that allows them to slalom in and out of a minefield of droplets falling from the sky. No, the mosquito just keeps on trucking on its merry way, right through the rain. The secret? Their body mass and hydrophobic design is not enough to cause the droplets of rain to break open, they simply just bounce right off their bodies, causing them to either drop or rotate, but not to be trapped and fall out of the sky.Researchers using high speed cameras caught this action on film as they slowed down the footage of a mosquito caught in a shower. As the mosquito got hit, it simply allowed itself to be forced down in the air, then continued on. Mosquitoes are not fast fliers like other insects, so their slow movement coupled with the lower body mass just lets them plod along regardless.So there you have it, the answer as to why your misery is compounded in the rain and you can still get bit. Check out the video below of the high speed cameras catching the little buggers in action.via io9
In the video below we see three gears from Mitsubishi Electric spinning at extremely high speeds, in the range of 4500 RPM to be exact. Those gears are placed on a rail system which allows them to slide into and out of sync while moving. So, just to be entirely clear, Mitsubishi’s gears are so precise that, while rotating, they can go into and out of mesh with interrupting their perfect flow… or exploding into a mess of metal shards. This sort of precision requires engineering down to the micron level.The explanation notes that the system uses three separate motors, has a maximum speed of 6000 RPM, and has a clever regenerative system that allows the braking of one gear to harness energy for the others. The video display how the gears can perfectly move side-to-side, spin, and rotate all with micron-level precision.What’s not clear in the video is if one gear is doing what gears are designed to do: power the other gears down the line. At all times the gears are rotating in unison, but at no point in the demo does a moving gear come in contact with a stopped gear. Given the speeds that would probably have been catastrophic, but the point of using a gear system would not be to have them spin in sync independently of one another, it’s to have a dependent movement system. This would require gear-on-gear contact which isn’t as precise as what we’re seeing here and possibly won’t work well at such high speeds. If necessary it could work by the motors getting two unsynced gears up to a known speed, syncing them, and then powering one down, allowing the other gear to maintain the movement.Update: Some commenters rightly pointed out that the video is meant to display the accuracy of the servo motors, which is hugely apparent in this video. The gears were, in this case, just used to display that accuracy as they have a relatively tight tolerance between the teeth. Thus my speculation about dependent drive between the gears (in the paragraph above) was off topic as these are each servo-driven so a such a system would be necessary. That being noted, the use of gears in certainly lends itself to such a thought and this could come in handy if some sort of force amplification was necessary (or of motion, but that’s unlikely at 6000 RPM).The presented noted that a gear system like this has uses in a number of industries including automotives, printing, and food production, though it’s not entirely clear what the practical application of a high-speed non-dependent gear system would be. (Please leave a comment if you have any ideas.)
As a child, I molded a Play-Doh wedding cake for my uncle (who was not, at the time, engaged to be married). But that’s nothing compared to the Wi-Fi-enabled mini Macintosh Classic Jannis Hermanns built out of LEGO.Inspired by Apple’s early-’90s PC, Berlin-based Hermanns admits he may have taken things “too far” while building bricks with his son.“After building a 1987 GMC Vandura and an off-road Segway I suddenly had the urge to build one of the first computers I remember using,” he wrote in a blog post. “I went ahead and ordered a 2.7-inch e-paper display … and I immediately started building a little fitting prototype in LEGO.”Early prototype (Jannis Hermanns)Using the free LEGO Digital Designer (LDD)—a basic 3D editor—Hermanns took “the catastrophe that is the colored prototype” and rebuilt it on the computer.Intended as a birthday gift for a friend, the mini Mac project came together quickly, though not without a few glitches.“Being a programmer, of course, I created a model that was off by one: exactly one brick too wide,” the blog said. “No problem, though. LEGO is all about freestyling, and so I did.”The making of (Jannis Hermanns)Hermanns reached another hurdle when connecting the e-paper display to the Raspberry Pi Zero power source. The process was “a little tricky,” he said, lamenting the lack of space—and the launch of a new Wi-Fi-based Raspberry Pi Zero W “right after I purchased the Zero.”With a lot of patience and a little help from the Internet, the engineer managed to build a working (to an extent) fits-in-your-hand LEGO Macintosh Classic computer.In total, Hermanns spent about $160 on LEGO bricks, an e-paper display, a Raspberry Pi, a power supply, cables, tiny retro Mac stickers, and a set of rotary tools.Check out the online photo album with behind-the-scenes images of the original prototype, the building process, and the finished product. Because pictures or it didn’t happen. Stay on target Mac App Store having launch problems?
HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The 25th annual “Kiteoberfest” took to the skies above Haulover Beach Park, Saturday.Children of all ages participated in the high-flying spectacle, which saw kites of all shapes and sizes fill the skies. Some of the entries included eye-popping monster kites, some of which were over 100 feet long.Due to the success of last year’s festival, the event has expanded to two days. It ends on Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
For FOLIO:’s September issue, the edit team here did a feature story called Go Your Own Way: Editors Turn Entrepreneurs. We spoke to three traditional print editors who went out on their own to launch their own online startup. They all had some great insight and advice to others who might, someday, do the same.One we didn’t profile, Harry McCracken—who stepped down as PC World editor in May to launch technology news site Technologizer.com—wrote a post recently on the American Society of Business Publication Editors Web site. In it, McCracken notes that in the six weeks after launching, monthly traffic is “in the hundreds of thousands of page views.” The site’s most popular stories, he wrote, receive “tens of thousands of views.” So far, so good, it seems.McCracken, who was named to the FOLIO: 40 this year, also offered nine points of advice for aspiring online entrepreneurs. The best, I thought, was to use as many free services as possible. For Technologizer, McCracken uses Google Docs and other “solid no-cost alternatives,” when available. Unless you’re independently wealthy, or are able to secure loads in angel financing, saving money where you can will help you save your resources for other necessities—and there’s never a shortage of other expenses.To read McCracken’s entire post, click here.
Health minister Zahid Maleque speaks at the opening ceremony of Sheikh Hasina Nat’l Burn Institute. Photo: UNBThe Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery has begun operating.Health minister Zahid Maleque opened the outdoor services as the chief guest.”The institution has opened up a new horizon in burn treatment in the country. It’ll provide best treatment facilities to patients,” the minister said while speaking at the opening ceremony at the institute auditorium.”The institute has been launched to serve people with burn injuries. Every year, about 600,000 people suffer burn injuries in the country. All the burn injured will get proper services from the institute and so there’s no need to go abroad for treatment,” the minister added.He said the 500-bed institute is the largest burn hospital in the world. There are many new facilities in the 18-storey building. An agreement has already been signed with Singapore for training of the students of the institute.Maleque said fire safety system has been incorporated in the building and helicopter can land there.The institute was constructed at a cost of Tk 5.22 billion. The project was implemented in time.
February 16, 2016 Google’s Project Loon is entering the testing phase in Sri Lanka, the government of which announced a partnership with Google last July for bringing connectivity to all the island’s people.The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday that the first of the three Loon balloons to be used in the trial arrived at the start of the week. According to AFP, the balloon was launched from South America.Google’s balloons are essentially a network of solar-powered, airborne cell towers floating at a height of around 20 kilometers (12 miles), or roughly twice as high as planes fly. The network draws its own connectivity from ground stations and passes it on balloon-to-balloon — people then connect to the balloon using a phone or other 4G/LTE-capable device.Sri Lanka is a rugged island and a lot of its citizens lack any connection to the Internet. It only has 38 percent mobile broadband penetration, although 3G networks theoretically provide coverage to 90 percent of the population.Through a world-first joint venture between Google and the government, there will be 15 Loon balloons providing coverage to Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankan government said at the start of this month that it would take a 25 percent stake in the joint venture, in exchange for dedicating radio spectrum to its work. Local telecoms operators will also have the option of buying a 10 percent stake in the joint venture.Project Loon will also be tested in countries including Indonesia this year.Like Facebook, Google is trying to expand its potential markets by extending connectivity to those who currently lack it. So far, though, it seems Loon is purely an infrastructural play. Facebook has gone further by setting up portals of special content that first-time Internet users can get for free, and the way in which it has done so has opened it up to charges of neo-colonialism. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »