Where January 1 is always ‘Good News Day’

first_imgGuwahati woke up on the first morning of 2019 to a piece of news that Saurav Kumar Chaliha would have approved of: though traffic police had detected 417 cases of drunken driving the previous night, they were more impressed by the many citizens who “used sober drivers to make the celebrations safe”. It was a candidate for ‘Good News Day’, observed by Chaliha’s fan club on Tuesday.Chaliha, or SKC, one of Assam’s most popular short story writers, led a dual life. Till he breathed his last on June 25, 2011, very few knew that his real name was Surendra Nath Medhi, a Physics faculty at the Assam Engineering College. SKC was so publicity-shy that he did not receive the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1974. The Akademi later had the award sent to him. But his fan club has dedicated the first day of the year to his memory, celebrating it as ‘Good News Day’.The SKC fan club has 21 executive committee members and hundreds of members across Assam and beyond. Zebin Ahmed, a librarian at the century-old Cotton University in Guwahati, is its president. Began with essay “We began celebrating January 1 as Bhaal Khabaror Din (Good News Day) in 2010 to mark one of his feel-good essays in an Assamese daily published on January 1, 1998. In that piece, he had underlined the importance of starting the New Year with positive news,” said Mahesh Deka, secretary of Saurav Kumar Chaliha Anuragi Samaj (SKC fan club). SKC’s write-up may have been intended to promote one of his most popular stories, ‘Bhal Khabar’, published that year. But the idea stirred his fans enough to plan a meeting on New Year’s Day every year.Mr. Deka said that had SKC been alive, he would have liked the traffic story, where the focus was more on the citizen’s concern for road safety than on the number of people booked for drunk driving. Ritually, the fan club members scan newspapers and television channels for inspiring news on January 1, avoiding, as SKC desired, the coverage on accidents, murders, violence, rapes, or corruption.On Tuesday, fan club members read out a couple of his stories and discussed the narrative and characters of a couple more. Actor Papori Medhi enacted a monologue based on his story ‘Gharua Ghatana’ (Domestic Incident).Aauthor Arup Kumar Dutta said that SKC was a rare writer who enjoyed the kind of fan following typically associated with film, music and sports stars.last_img read more

‘Dead’ man comes back to life in Assam morgue

first_imgA middle-aged man allegedly declared dead came back to life in the ‘morgue’ of a hospital in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district.Suffering from an unknown disease, the man identified as Mohammed Hussain was admitted to the Tinsukia Civil Hospital on Wednesday.“The hospital authorities told us he had died. We found him alive when we went to collect his body today [Friday],” the man’s wife, declining to be named, said.Hospital superintendent N.C. Mahanta denied lapses on the part of his medical team as locals raised slogans and demanded a probe into the alleged negligence.“First of all, we do not have a morgue. We have an isolated ward where we keep patients brought by the police. Secondly, one of the three patients who died today was also named Md. Hussain. Our staff thought he was the other Md. Hussain,” he said.The confusion arose because the hospital also keeps dead bodies in the isolation ward.last_img read more

Lenovo Moto C Plus launched: Specs, features, price and how to buy

first_imgLenovo owned Motorola in a refresh to its budget offerings has launched Moto C Plus in India. Along with the Moto C, the new phones are the cheapest phones from the company right now and compete with likes of Redmi 4. While the Moto C was launched earlier this month at Rs 5,999 is available offline, the Moto C Plus will be available online, only on Flipkart.And While the Moto C Plus is a step up from the Moto C, it is still at the lower end of Moto’s phone space. It rather looks like a Lenovo phone with Motorola design than a re-designed Moto phone, with a chunky, all plastic design and a few compromises in terms of specs.SpecificationProcessor: The Moto C Plus packs a 1.25 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 simliar to the E3 Power. The processor is paired with a Mali T720 GPU RAM: The phone comes with 2GB of RAMAlso Read: Moto C Plus with 4,000mAh battery launched for Rs 6,999, Flipkart exclusiveInternal storage: Moto C Plus comes with a 16GB of internal storage on board, which is further expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card.Network: Moto C Plus is a 4G smartphone with VoLTE support. It has dual-SIM   Screen: 5-inch display with 720p resolution and 293ppi pixel densityRear camera: The Moto C Plus carries an 8-megapixel camera on the back with single LED flashFront camera: It comes with a 2-megapixel camera up front with LED flash.Software: The phone runs the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat with stock interface.advertisementBattery: Moto C Plus has a removable 4,000 mAh battery.Special features–Like the E3 Power, Moto C Plus also sports a removable battery, which has a huge capacity, considering its 5-inch size. Motorola claims the phone can last for up to 30 hours, which we found to be the case in our daily use tests.–Moto C Plus is also one of the few budget phones to boast stock interface on latest Android Nougat 7.1.1.– The phone supports fast charging feature. It also supports dual SIM card slots, separate from microSD card.How to buy it: The Moto C Plus will be available exclusively on Flipkart. The sale will start from June 20 at 12:00 in the day.India price: The phone has been priced at Rs 6,999. Pre-booking offers include Jio Prime and 30GB of additional data over that offered by Jio Prime, Motorola Pulse Max headphones, which originally cost Rs 2499, for just Rs 749 and an extra 20 per cent off on Flipkart fashion.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fastest captain from sub-continent to 50 ODI wins

first_imgVirat Kohli on Wednesday achieved yet another landmark in his celebrated career as the India skipper became the fastest captain from the sub-continent to lead the team to 50 victories.Virat Kohli, who took over from MS Dhoni as India’s limited-overs skipper in 2017, has needed 69 matches for 50 wins as captain. Kohli went past West Indies legend Vivian Richards who had got to the 50-win mark in 70 matches.West Indies great Clive Llyod holds the record for the fastest captain to 50 wins in ODIs as he got there in just 63 matches. Australia’s World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting is also joint topper of the elite list. Late South Africa captain Hanse Cronje is second on the list after having reached the milestone in just 68 matches.Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a better occasion to achieve the feat as India romped to a 6-wicket win over South Africa in their World Cup 2019 campaign opener on Wednesday.While Rohit Sharma hit a well-paced hundred to give India the control during their 228-run chase, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal were brilliant with the ball, picking up 6 wickets between them.Kohli came up with attacking plans as he picked both the wrist-spinners in the playing XI and put pressure on South Africa with three slips when Jasprit Bumrah was breathing fire after South Africa opted to bat.Kohli came up with some smart bowling changes and was pumped up on the field as he kept marshaling his troops with a lot of energy in their first match of World Cup 2019.advertisementProfessional performance; Kohli proud of India’s winSpeaking after the win, Kohl said India had come up with a complete performance and that he is happy to begin the World Cup campaign with a win.”The wait was very long and then you get a game like this where it was challenging throughout. From our point of view, it was important to start on the right note. We might not have had the run rate, but if you look at how the game went and how the pitch behaved, it was challenging,” Kohli said.Having begun his maiden World Cup campaign as captain with a win, Kohli would want to lay down an early marker with a good show against Australia when they take on the defending champions at The Oval in London on Sunday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal power India to opening win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ziva Dhoni in the house as MS Dhoni joins forces with Rohit to beat South AfricaAlso Seelast_img read more

Oklahoma Fans Will Love What Baker Mayfield Did At His Camp

first_img Mayfield and his campers took part in the “horns down” gesture, which mocks the Texas Longhorns. The move is even more bold, given the fact that Mayfield held the camp in his native Austin.This isn’t the first time that Mayfield took shots at Texas, and realistically speaking, it’s probably not the last time either.Baker Mayfield and his campers practicing the Horns Down at his Lake Travis camp. Not kidding. I think he’s got it down.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) June 14, 2019When I kidded Baker about doing the Horns Down at his Friday camp, he said, “Always. That’ll never change.”— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) June 14, 2019It’s pretty clear that Mayfield still partakes in the rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas. In 2018, Mayfield had more than a few words to share on Instagram before the game.Both programs are entering this upcoming season with high expectations, making the stakes high for this year’s Red River Showdown.If the Sooners get the best of the Longhorns yet again, then Mayfield might have something to say about it. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield waves Golden Hat trophy after win over Texas.DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners waves the Golden Hat Trophy after the 29-24 win over the Texas Longhorns at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield certainly has the talent to separate himself from other quarterbacks, but the real difference is how he handles himself off the field.Throughout his football career, Mayfield has shown that he isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. Earlier this week, a handful of veterans on the Browns spoke to him about his comments on Duke Johnson.While the charismatic quarterback has made a few enemies in recent years, there is no denying his strong bond with Oklahoma.Although Mayfield’s playing days with the Sooners are behind him, he showed his school pride at his camp on Friday with an interesting pose.last_img read more

I f****ing love Test cricket, don’t care if get fined: Ben Stokes

first_imgI f****ing love Test cricket, don’t care if get fined: Ben StokesAshes 3rd Test, England vs Australia: Ben Stokes and Jack Leach forged a 76-run unbeaten partnership for the last wicket as England kept the Ashes series alive after a thrilling win in Leeds.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LeedsAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 13:09 IST Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 135 as England defeated Australia by 1 wicket. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBen Stokes smashes a hundred as England kept the Ashes series aliveEngland defeated Australia by a wicket as Stokes remained unbeaten on 135Stokes and Jack Leach stitched a 76-run stand for the last wicketIt was Ben Stokes and his match-winning hundred on Sunday that kept the Ashes series alive for England. In one of the most thrilling finishes imaginable, England won the series deciding Ashes Test against Australia as Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 135 to take his side home.Stokes’ phenomenal knock helped England chase down 359 runs on Day 4 of the third Test to make it their highest successful chase in Test history and the second highest in Ashes cricket.England were bowled out for 67 in their first innings but bounced back really well thanks to Stokes’s all-round effort. After guiding his side to the unbelievable victory Ben Stokes took to Twitter to declare that he loved Test cricket.I fucking(don’t care if I get fined) love Test Match Cricket and I love englandcricket #ashes @jackleach1991 is a legend https://t.co/sJAep39o22Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) August 25, 2019The all-rounder also wrote in his Tweet that spinner Jack Leach was a legend. Leach and Stokes were part of a 76-run unbroken partnership for the final wicket with the former scoring just 1 run from 17 balls.Stokes said the win was yet to sink in for him and it seemed like he was pleasantly surprised with what he had just pulled off after the match got over.advertisement”I never gave up. When Jack Leach came in it was pretty clear what I had to do. I told him five and one, I’d take five balls and give him one.”Leachy is our super-nightwatchman so I backed him knowing what we had to do. I couldn’t watch at the end. I couldn’t watch the balls going down.”I just twanged my glute, was all right, just heavy legged. Adrenaline keeps you going, never until it’s over, that’s what I kept on thinking. The challenges you face at the highest level, there’s nothing better than being there at the end.”Today has been incredible, still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. If it was going to take all day to get the runs, I was prepared to do that. When Leachy came in, I knew we had to go. They might be the most crucial balls he faces in his career, and for him to stand there and do that was amazing,” Stokes said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.Also Read | Ben Stokes is a freak: Joe Root after England stun Australia in 3rd Test at HeadingleyAlso Read | I never gave up: Ben Stokes on heroic 135 not out vs Australia in 3rd Ashes TestAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australialast_img read more

Levi’s brings classic back with the Spring 2015 Made in the USA Collection

first_imgFor 162 years and counting, the perennial denim brand Levi’s has consistently given its devoted followers reason to keep donning its iconic clothing. From the company’s original 501 jean to its classic Sawtooth and Barstow Western Shirts, the brand has always captured fresh, American-built style and quality. To no surprise, the brand recently released yet another stunning collection which celebrates many of Levi’s icons, including its premium Red Tab collection.The new line, dubbed the Spring 2015 Made in the USA Collection, blends Levi’s historical style with a modern take on its vintage collections. Take its premium update of the 501 jean, for instance. Though it’s touted a similar styling and cut since its introduction, the Made in the USA Collection celebrates its longevity by giving it a straightforward and simple revision. Levi’s produces its selvedge denim on vintage looms, and continues to feature its signature red stitch — a unique accent native to each pair of Levi’s jeans.Though what good would a new collection be if it didn’t look as good as it was constructed?Knowing this, Levi’s intently crafted its Made in the USA Collection to feature much more than just hardy quality and the brand’s iconic Two Horses logo. Each piece in the collection exemplifies superior style and modern fashion, effectively achieving Levi’s goal of true, American cool. You don’t have to adore denim to appreciate Levi’s Spring Collection, it’s a look the company makes work no matter your personal style.No company has ever done denim quite like Levi’s, and its Made in the USA Collection proves it’s still at the top of its craft. It’s refreshing to see a brand as big as Levi’s remaining committed to producing quality, American-built clothing to continue to please its loyal (and large) fanbase. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Dickies 1922 Collection Offers Some of the Best Menswear Made in America Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Menlast_img read more

Portsmouth Port Sets LNG Bunkering Project in Motion

first_imgLeonidas Karistios, Global Gas Technology Manager at Lloyd’s Register said: “Obviously with growing demand for LNG, ports are looking to understand how they can develop the capability to deliver LNG bunkering services safely. It has to be safety first, and Portsmouth is looking to ensure that they have the right, safe, approach to support operational and commercial ambitions. With a city adjacent to the port, significant ferry traffic and a large naval presence, there are substantial and varied stakeholder aspects to be addressed.”Brittany Ferries latest newbuild, scheduled for delivery in 2016, will be gas fuelled, and will call at Portsmouth where LNG bunkering will take place.Lloyd’s Register will provide detailed guidance to Portsmouth including requirements for technical specifications of bunkering equipment; helping to ensure that the right operational procedures are established; helping to ensure that port safety and emergency planning is provided for; and that personnel competence can be developed effectively and put in place.Thanos Koliopulos, Global Special Projects Manager at Lloyd’s Register, said: “We can use experience gained in projects like Singapore Port and Viking Grace to apply real project experience to deliver advice for the planning and execution of LNG bunkering to both the port and its bunkering service providers. We can help Portsmouth to get ready for real LNG bunkering operations, not only for ferry and short-sea shipping, but our global expertise and perspective can also help them to prepare for supporting LNG fuelled deep sea shipping requirements.” zoom Lloyd’s Register (LR) has commenced a project to identify the technical specifications and develop operating procedures for safe LNG bunkering in Portsmouth International Port. The project will make Portsmouth the first UK LNG bunkering facility and hub. Press Release; July 10th, 2014last_img read more

China gives green light for local 5G rollout amid tech tensions with

first_imgBeijing: China on Thursday gave its major state-owned companies the green light to start rolling out 5G services in its efforts to move ahead in the global race for setting up the super-fast telecommunications system, amid simmering tensions with the US over technology and trade. Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Thursday issued 5G commercial licenses to China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Radio and Television. It means those carriers can start rolling out commercial 5G applications. They were given a license for testing at the end of last year. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ 5G is the next generation cellular technology with download speeds stated to be 10 to 100 times faster than the current 4G LTE networks. The 5G networking standard is seen as a critical because it can support the next generation of mobile devices in addition to new applications like driverless cars. Chinese officials say a comprehensive deployment of the network will help develop industrial manufacturing, internet-connected cars, healthcare, smart city management and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The 5G technology will establish a high-speed, mobile, safe and widespread new-generation information infrastructure, MIIT Minister Miao Wei said at the license presentation ceremony. The technology is expected to bring new opportunities and buoy the growth of China’s digital economy, Miao said, adding that it will accelerate the digital transformation of many industries, and will be more intensively used in sectors such as Industrial Internet and Internet of Vehicle. The technology is expected to generate 10.6 trillion yuan (about USD 1.54 trillion) worth of economic output and over three million jobs between 2020 and 2025, according to a research report by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. China, as always, welcomes enterprises at home and abroad to actively participate in the building, application and promotion of its 5G network and share the sector’s development dividends, the MIIT said. The 5G is being tried in several places in China, including Tibet. In March this year, Hongkou district district in Shanghai city claimed to have become the first using both 5G coverage and broadband gigabit network. Shanghai has developed what it claims to be the first district boasting both 5G coverage and a broadband gigabit network, state-run China Daily reported. The 5G stations are being installed in different parts of the China including Tibet as part of Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s plans to lead the 5G trials despite the opposition. Huawei has become a central part of a US-China power struggle which started out in trade, and is now being played out in the technology sector. The US has encouraged allies to block Huawei – the world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment – from their 5G networks, saying the Chinese government could use its products for surveillance. Huawei has denied official links with the Chinese government. Huawei rejects this claim and says it is independent from the government. Still, some countries including Australia and New Zealand have blocked Huawei from supplying equipment for 5G mobile networks. Efforts by Washington to block Huawei escalated last month when the Trump administration put the company on its “entity list”, which prohibits US companies from trading with the firm unless they have a licence. China also protested to the US over its efforts to extradite Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, who has been arrested in Canada to face prosecution for violations of US sanctions against Iran. Meng, daughter of Huawei owner Ren Zhengfei has been accused of for allegedly misleading banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. China and the US have also been fighting a trade war over the past year, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of one another’s goods.last_img read more

Protesters object to development of Cape Breton mountain sacred to Mikmaq

first_imgBADDECK, N.S. – Dozens of protesters are taking a stand against mining projects on a Cape Breton mountain that is considered sacred by the Mi’kmaq.Raymond Plourde of the Ecology Action Centre said traffic on Cape Breton’s Seal Island Bridge was slowed in response to Saturday’s rally against mining or quarrying of Kellys Mountain, and the roads were temporarily shut down by police during a Mi’kmaq ceremony.Protesters walked down the middle of the road draped in flags and beating drums. Two people held up a sign reading “Hands off sacred Kluscap Mountain,” referring to Mi’kmaq name for the mountain, which is protected by the province as a Kluscap wilderness area.“(The mountain) is our sacred place and it is home of our sacred being,” Elizabeth Marshall of Eskasoni First Nation said in a phone interview.“To destroy that place for profit is the same thing as me going over to the Vatican and chipping off the gold, and the silvers and the rubies and the diamonds … and maybe taking a couple of Michelangelos home.”The Nova Scotia Mining Association has expressed hope that the provincial government will revisit the status of the protected area, saying the policy has harmed Cape Breton’s economy.“We need to have a practical dialogue about protecting land and protecting jobs,” Sean Kirby, the mining association’s executive director, said in a statement on Saturday. “Acknowledging that the process for choosing protected lands was not perfect is a good place to start.”Kirby welcomed the protesters’ “contribution” to the public dialogue, but said despite their fears, there is no proposal to build a quarry on the mountain even though reviving the shelved project could create 80 jobs.Plourde dismissed the mining association’s concerns about protected areas impeding economic opportunities, saying that 80 per cent of the province is free to be developed, including some of the most mineral-rich areas.“If they got complete access to all the protected areas, it wouldn’t result in any significant more investment in this province,” he said in a phone interview. “I don’t think their claims of economic harm bear any sort of scrutiny at all.”Plourde accused the mining association of lobbying the Nova Scotia government to upend long-settled issues surrounding protected areas in a bid to boost corporate interests at the expense of the Mi’kmaq.“The audacity is breathtaking,” he said. “They seem to be deliberately ignoring that history and reality, and acting as if somehow this is some new thing and somehow unfair.”Organizers said another demonstration was held at the mining association’s headquarters in Ingramport, N.S., on Saturday.last_img read more

Moroccos LEconomiste Slams Moroccan Government Over Beer Festival Ban

Rabat – Following the ban of Morocco’s first beer festival in Casablanca last week, Morocco’s leading French-speaking newspaper, L’Economiste, criticized the decision, saying it does not hide the impact of liquor sales on the Moroccan economy.“Behind the passion around alcohol lies a true cash machine for the national budget,” reported l’Economiste in its weekend issue.The paper pointed out that the Moroccan government made at least 1 billion MAD from the tax revenues for alcohol sales in 2014. More specifically, the government’s revenues from taxes on beer sales reached more than 708 million MAD.Last year, Moroccans consumed over 85 million bottles of beer and at least 30 million liters of wine. Morocco produced 40 million bottles of wine a year, most of which is consumed within the country. Around 10 million tourists visit the country every year. According to L’Economiste, the Moroccan government earned over 802.6 million MAD from alcohol taxes during the first nine months of 2015.Last week, Casablanca’s first ever beer festival was axed just days before it was slated begin. Moroccan authorities have cited legal “non-compliance” by the organizers for the decision.“Following media announcements about a beer festival in Casablanca, the authorities have asked the organizers to stop their publicity campaign immediately and cancel the event,” said a statement by the Wilaya of Casablanca.Morocco’s number one beer producer, Brasserie du Maroc, organized the festival. The company, which accounts for 95 percent of beer sales by volume in the country, has several local beers, including La Speciale Flag, Flag Pils, and Stork.The sale of alcohol to Muslims is prohibited, with those convicted for drinking in public facing up to six months in jail under Moroccan criminal law.However, the consumption of alcohol by non-Muslims is allowed, and many young people in the country drink, as do millions of tourists who visit Morocco’s many bars, clubs, and hotels.According to the World Health Organization, in 2014 nine percent of Moroccan men and three percent of women admitted to drinking alcohol. read more

Liberal government rules out building a new casino at Ontario Place

Liberal government rules out building a new casino at Ontario Place by News Staff Posted Jun 6, 2012 10:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Liberal government is rejecting the idea of building a new casino at Ontario Place on Toronto’s waterfront.A panel set up by the government in February is still studying various locations for a casino in the GTA, but has already recommended Ontario Place be ruled out as a potential site.Tourism Minister Michael Chan says he agrees with the expert panel’s recommendations.Chan says Ontario Place, which is closed for extensive renovations, is meant for everyone, not just casino patrons.He also says it will be up to local governments across Ontario to decide if they want to host a casino in their community.However, Chan couldn’t explain why the province was ruling out Ontario Place before Toronto City Council takes a stand on a casino location. read more

Cyprus parliament postpones vote and debate on controversial bank deposit tax to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2013 5:29 am MDT Cyprus parliament postpones vote and debate on controversial bank deposit tax to Monday NICOSIA, Cyprus – An official says Cyprus’ parliament had postponed the debate and vote on the controversial levy on all bank deposits that the country’s creditors demanded in exchange for €10 billion ($13 billion) in rescue money.Parliamentary official Antonis Koutalianos said the vote that was scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been pushed back to Monday, but the exact hour of the vote has yet to be fixed.The decision to impose the one-time levy of 6.75 per cent on all deposits under €100,000 and 9.9 per cent over that amount, has triggered scorn from Cypriot politicians who condemned it as unfair, bringing in doubt its approval in parliament.It marks the first time that the 17 eurozone countries and the IMF have dipped into people’s savings to finance a bailout. read more

Indias wild energy trends raise doubts over coals future

India’s wild energy trends raise doubts over coal’s future by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 12:06 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW DELHI – Within the wild energy market of the world’s second-most populous nation, predictions are proving tricky. India had been projected to become a carbon-belching behemoth, fueled by thermal power plants demanding ever more coal for decades to come.Now, some analysts are saying that may not happen.In the last two years, coal consumption has slowed to its lowest level in two decades, even with the economy growing at a steamy 7 per cent annual pace. Thermal power plants have been running below full capacity for years and as of June were operating at only 57 per cent of total capacity, the lowest level ever.India is the world’s third-largest carbon emitter and relies on coal-fired power plants to produce most of its energy. With a population of 1.3 billion and a fast-industrializing economy, those energy needs had been forecast to soar. So signs that the country’s appetite for burning more coal may be close to sated would be welcome news, given fears of a looming escalation in climate-warming carbon emissions.“India’s future coal demand could actually be near flat,” said Tim Buckley, the Asia energy finance director for the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “The technology-driven changes are happening faster than predicted.”A similar correction is under way in China, where officials and analysts have had to walk back earlier predictions that its annual coal needs would peak in 2030. Instead, the International Energy Agency says China’s coal use — and emissions — topped out in 2013.The rate of increase in coal consumption in India is now the slowest it’s been since 2000, apart from an anomalous 1 per cent rate of growth in 2011. Last year, it dropped to 1.5 per cent from the decade’s average of 6 per cent. This year, it’s slightly higher at 2.8 per cent.The slowdown is expected to continue, partly due to manufacturing output dropping to 7.9 per cent in fiscal 2016-17, after an average of 9 per cent for 2004-08 and a high of 12.3 per cent in 2006-07.But there are other important factors at play, including fast progress in adding renewable energy capacity and new measures to improve energy efficiency.Buckley lays out a scenario where India’s coal consumption might come close to peaking within the next decade, if not sooner. It assumes GDP growth would remain around 7 per cent, with growth in electricity demand steady at 6 per cent due to slow growth in manufacturing, low profitability of power distribution, and political obstacles to raising rates and ending consumers’ electricity subsidies.Energy Minister Piyush Goyal has pledged to reduce grid transmission losses by going after leakage and theft. Reducing those losses from 24 per cent today to 15 per cent within a decade, would mean an improvement of about 1 per cent each year — meaning India would need just 5 per cent more electricity to meet the 6 per cent annual pace of growth in demand, if that were the only mitigating factor.But thanks to plunging costs for solar and wind energy, and high enthusiasm for hydropower, renewable energy generating capacity is expanding by 20 GW a year, toward a goal of 175 GW by 2022. Buckley calculates that could cut annual growth in coal demand further down to as little as 2.5 per cent.By washing coal before it’s burned, India’s power plants now burn less to produce the same amount of power. India is also now policing rail shipments more rigorously to reduce coal theft. And new plants are required to use so-called supercritical technology that further raises the efficiency of coal burned while also reducing pollution.Thanks to such efficiency boosting measures, the amount of coal needed to deliver a 6 per cent rate of growth in electricity demand will drop even further, and may be near flat, Buckley says.Other analysts agree the trends are encouraging.“Energy efficiency in India is moving much faster than anybody thought,” said Ajay Mathur, director of The Energy and Research Institute in New Delhi.So far, India’s government and industry officials have said little about these trends. For years, the country argued in global climate talks that it should have the unfettered right to expand its coal power generation to aid its development and raise hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.“It’s a simple matter of not wanting to close those options,” said Ashish Fernandez, a coal industry analyst for Greenpeace. “Power companies don’t want to jump the gun and abandon coal because they want options. But if you look at investments, almost none of them are talking about building coal-fired power plants.”“The writing is on the wall. We could be looking at peak coal in India within five to 10 years,” he said.India’s coal mining giant Coal India Ltd. is already worried. Last month, it hired KPMG to draft a roadmap for its future growth beyond 2030.The Indian coal sector is at a “cross-roads today,” the tender document says. “While it has performed well in the last several years, the potential for performance of the sector needs to be assessed in light of multiple changes in the energy sector.”The company’s former chairman, Partha Bhattacharyya, told an energy workshop last month in Singapore that Coal India should be working on finding alternative uses for its coal as demand from the power sector wanes. He noted China is coal to make fertilizers and methanol, and South Africa to make oil and chemicals.Current forecasts by the International Energy Agency and other analysts say India’s coal consumption will climb by 4-5 per cent a year through 2030.The country has only ever used at most 160GW of its 190GW of coal-fired generating capacity, and given current trends, there is no need for any more coal plants for at least 10 years, the government says.But it plans to continue with 50 GW worth of projects already underway, while retiring some 34 GW in old, heavily polluting plants.In those 10 years, improved battery technology that would enable weather- and time-dependent solar and wind power to serve as round-the-clock power sources could help reduce coal use further, according to Mathur, of The Energy and Research Institute.Battery prices have already fallen by two-thirds, he said. If they drop by another 50 per cent in the next decade, solar power with battery storage will be cheaper than coal-fired power.“I’ve got my fingers, my toes, everything is crossed” for that to happen, Mathur said. “I believe that it will.”___Follow Katy Daigle at www.twitter.com/katydaigle . FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, an Indian man climbs a mound of coal at a coal yard in Mumbai, India. Within the wild energy market of the world’s second-most populous nation, predictions are proving tricky. India had been projected to become a carbon-belching behemoth, fueled by thermal power plants demanding ever more coal for decades to come. Now, some analysts are saying that may not happen. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File) read more

Stressed teachers are becoming reliant on caffeine alcohol and prescription drugs poll

first_imgMore than four-fifths of school staff (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months, the survey also foundCredit:Fredrick Kippe / Alamy Stock Photo It is clear that for too many teachers the job is taking an unacceptable toll on their healthNASUWT general secretary Chris Keates A Department for Education spokesman said: “Teaching remains an attractive profession with more people joining the profession than leaving or retiring.”Nevertheless we want teachers to have the freedom to do what they do best, inspire children to learn. We continue to work with teachers, unions and Ofsted to tackle unnecessary workload and challenge unhelpful practices that create extra work, including through an offer of targeted support to schools.”Alongside this we are exploring ways to improve career progression for teachers to encourage them to stay in the profession.”Where staff are struggling, we trust headteachers to take action to tackle the causes of stress and ensure they have the support they need.”NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “It is clear that for too many teachers the job is taking an unacceptable toll on their health and wellbeing and that this is affecting all aspects of their personal and professional lives. More than four-fifths of school staff (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months, the survey also found “If the majority of teachers are unable to relax away from work and feel constantly worn down and worried about work issues, then their mental and physical health is inevitably going to suffer and they will not be able to give their best to the children they teach.”The findings come after the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers suggested that teachers are taking a pay cut to work a four-day week, just to keep up with their workload.Dr Mary Bousted said she was aware of increasing numbers of school staff who are choosing to officially work part-time in order to get their planning and marking done.”They spend Friday doing all their work so they can have a free weekend,” she said. “Lots of people told me about that and that’s happening more and more.”A recent study concluded that teachers in England work some of the longest hours in the profession in the developed world.Half of the country’s full-time teachers work 40-58 hours a week and a fifth work at least 60 hours a week, according to an analysis by the Education Policy Institute published last autumn.The NASUWT online poll questioned around 4,300 members in February and March. More than a fifth (22 per cent) had been turning to alcohol more often, and the same percentage (22 per cent) said they had increased their caffeine intake.Just under a fifth (19%) said they had lost their appetite and over one in 10 (11 per cent) said they had started to use, or increased their use, of anti-depressants.Around nine per cent had had a relationship break down, while around seven per cent had started to take, or were taking more, prescription drugs.One NASUWT member told the union: “My husband has left me because I’m always working”, and another said that their teaching job had led to the breakdown of a 16-year marriage.A third said: “I lose sleep worrying. I feel guilty if I am off sick or not working evenings and weekends.”More than half of those polled (56 per cent) by the NASUWT, which is meeting for its annual conference in Manchester, said that their job satisfaction has declined in the last 12 months, 37 per cent said it had stayed the same and the rest said it had improved. Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships breakdown, it has been suggested.A new poll indicates that more than four-fifths of school staff (83 per cent) think that their job has had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months.Given a list of issues and symptoms they may have experienced, some 84 per cent of those polled by the NASUWT teaching union said that they have lost sleep due to their work, while three in four (54 per cent) have experienced anxiousness and a similar proportion (74 per cent) reported low energy levels. My husband has left me because I’m always workingOne member of the NASUWT teaching union Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Les images de lespace qui ont marqué la semaine

first_imgLes images de l’espace qui ont marqué la semaineRetrouvez sur Maxisciences les images de l’espace les plus remarquables publiées cette semaine.Entre les étoiles, les galaxies, les engins spatiaux ou encore notre planète bleue, les phénomènes à immortaliser ne manquent dans l’espace. Certains télescopes les observent en continu et permettent d’obtenir de fascinants clichés.Parmi ceux publiés sur Internet cette semaine, découvrez un paysage de l’Arctique où des aurores boréales éclairent la Voie lactée, l’une des galaxies spirales les plus brillantes de notre ciel, ou encore des images de la navette Endeavour depuis son ultime décollage. Cliquez ci-dessous pour visualiser ces photographies étonnantes :https://www.maxisciences.com/espace/espace-les-photos-de-la-semaine_art14749.html Le 20 mai 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rob Liefeld Wants Russell Crowe for Cable in Deadpool 2

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Most Delicious Deadpool Toys11 New Year’s Resolutions for Our Favorite Characters Note to self, don’t caffeine tweet @russellcrowe before nodding off to sleep.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) February 24, 2017 Hmmm… @robertliefeld thoughts? https://t.co/l7MpN0JQGp— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 28, 2017Again, this isn’t confirmation on any casting decisions. Crowe wasn’t our first choice for the role but it does make sense. Cable, in the comics, is the son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey who traveled from the future. He’s visibly older than a lot of the heroes he interacted with, but is also more powerful, with a range of psychokinetic powers and combat skills. He also wears a lot of pouches.This wouldn’t be Crowe’s first appearance in a comic book movie. He played Superman’s Kryptonian father, Jor-El, in Man of Steel. But considering his character is dead and didn’t appear in Batman v Superman, he’ll probably be free to move to a different comic book property.Either way, Liefeld admitted that the decision to tweet at Crowe was probably due to caffeine so, again, we’ll have to see who actually gets cast. I should read for it? https://t.co/kLONW0gBGI— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 24, 2017This weird reaction has to do with Crowe’s experience and caliber in the acting industry. “Reading” for a role requires auditioning, which Crowe probably hasn’t done in over a decade.Liefeld doesn’t have a say in any creative decisions on the film, but he certainly wants it to happen. Crowe said that if Ryan Reynolds wanted it, he’d find a way. I’m sure if @VancityReynolds has any interest in that idea he’ll find a way https://t.co/KFUC6fIxjS— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 24, 2017That seemed to be the end of that, but Crowe tweeted at Liefeld on Monday with art a fan had sent him depicting the actor as Cable. He seems a bit more intrigued now. Granted, the art is very good and if we were Crowe, we’d want to look like that. Stay on target Ever since the Deadpool after-credits scene confirmed that the second film would feature frequent Deadpool buddy Cable, the rumors have been swirling. Who would play the gruff, painfully 90s superhero?A lot of big names have been attached to the speculation: Pierce Brosnan, Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), and Steve Lang (Avatar). But a recent tweet has added yet another name to that list: Russell Crowe.This isn’t remotely a confirmation of the casting, but the actor at least seems interested in the role. It’s also the first time an actor who might have a shot with playing the part has expressed an outward interest in the role beyond just letting speculation fly.It started last week when Rob Liefeld, the comic book artist responsible for the creation of the Deadpool and Cable characters, tweeted at Crowe suggesting that he should read for the role. Surprisingly, Crowe responded.last_img read more

Attackers Based In US Germany and UK Used US Made Weapons

first_imgSuwaibou Touray and Saikou Nyassi Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, in an interview with GRTS Kebba Dibba on New Year’s eve at State House in Banjul broadcast late night at about 11pm, the Gambian leader said contrary to media reports that the attack at the Gambia State House in Banjul was a coup attempt against his government, it was an attack by dissidents based in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.President Jammeh alleged that all the weapons used or some of the materials used were made in the US. He however said they have a comprehensive plan but also said they too know about their planned treachery. He said the dissidents had a three staged plan, plan one, two and the final stage. He said what is interesting is the fact that the government was able to get all what the dissidents put in their computer. He said his government downloaded everything by being able to break the code. He promised to release further information which he described as startling.The Gambian president however exonerated the Gambia Armed Forces and described them as very loyal. He said as far as they are concerned there isn’t any single officer involved in the attack; that it cannot be called a military coup attempt. He reiterated that it was a terrorist attack led by a group backed by some powers, but was short of naming the countries he said are behind the attack.The Gambian president said there are countries who always talk about being friends of the Gambia but said what they have seen now is clear to every Gambian that they are not friends of the country.President Jammeh said they have all the documents which he would show later. He said the attackers thought by attacking the State House, the armed forces would join them and the people in their thousands would also join; that they thought the armed forces and the people are disgruntled, which he said, is not true. He said that is why they have the type of weapons they had. He asserted that these were soldiers who were dismissed from the army and one of them who he did not name was a commander of the State Guard.The Gambian president who said he is surprised how Mr. Lamin Sanneh, who was said to have led the attack and who had just left the country, could get finance to stage such an expensive act like the one he carried out on Tuesday. He went on to criticise a particular Embassy which he did not name, adding that the said embassy always wants Gambians to believe that they are true friends of the country. He emphasised again and again that it was not a coup attempt because no single Gambian soldier got involved in the attack. He added that the investigations are going on.Asked to describe some of the weapons, he mentioned what he said is an American version of F16 bought in Florida and another that he said was a type of weapon used by the US in Iraq. He said he will not compromise with security because some people helped these attackers to bring the weapons inside the country. He vowed that those who are involved would pay a high price very soon.President Jammeh said he is surprised to hear that he has posted information at a social media which he said is not true. He said he does not subscribe to any social media. He also said he did not speak to any media while he was away.]]>last_img read more

Shocking Pokémon announcement reveals arcade fighting game Pokkén Tour

first_imgNot too long ago, The Pokémon Company teased us with a “shocking” announcement of a new Pokémon game coming sometime in the near future. The tease of a shocking reveal was perhaps more shocking than any reveal could have been, considering Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are due next in the lineage of pocket monster games, which means a giant new entry would not be unleashed so close to one of Game Freak’s traditional cash cow remakes.Earlier this morning, The Pokémon Company — the franchise’s marketing sector — made its “shocking” announcement, and it actually is surprising: an arcade Pokémon fighting game.The game, dubbed Pokkén Tournament, will be made in collaboration with Namco Bandai — or, more importantly, the company responsible for Tekken and SoulCalibur. Pokkén doesn’t appear to be a mash-up, but instead a fighting game solely using pocket monsters as the fighters.Pokkén Tournament and Pokkén Fighters have been known about for a while now, as the trademarks were discovered last year, filed at the same time. The game was also teased in 2013 at the Pokémon Game Show with a screenshot.You can check out grainy screenshots of game from the announcement livestream in the gallery above.Currently, there isn’t much news on this new title aside from a handful of low quality screenshots, the developers involved, and that it will release in arcades (this is probably the shocking part) sometime in 2015. As of right now, there is no word on a console release. Expect more Pokkén news to appear over time, reminding you that a Pokémon MMO will probably never happen during your lifetime and the franchise will keep branching out into other genres instead. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY pt_1pt_1Lucario and Machamp.pt_2pt_3pt_4pt_5pt_6pt_7Lucario and Machamp.last_img read more

AAP slams Sharma over Gita lesson remarks

first_imgAAP on Monday attacked Union minister Mahesh Sharma over his “irresponsible” remarks that lessons from the ‘Mahabharata’ and the ‘Gita’ may soon be taught in schools and colleges, alleging it was being done at the behest of RSS.Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh said Sharma’s remarks did not come as a “surprise” after senior ministers of the Narendra Modi cabinet attended the “RSS school”, referring to the recent meeting between ministers and RSS functionaries to assess the performance of the central government. Attacking the BJP over the ongoing controversy over meat ban, AAP leader Singh said the party was resorting to such tactics as it wants to deviate attention from the core issues.last_img read more