Delhiites hail CMs announcement BJP and Congress call it poll stunt

first_imgNEW DELHI: Reactions poured in after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement that people consuming up to 200 units of electricity won’t have to pay power bills. While general people welcome the step, the opposition BJP and Congress said that it was nothing but a “poll stunt”. “This will help to keep our electric bill down and for working people like me, it is a very welcoming step. In winter the cost will become zero and help us to save,” said Neerja Ahuja, who works for an advertising firm. On the other hand, auto driver Ravinder Singh said that for poor people who use lesser electronics for them this step will work as a life changer. “Every month I spend more than Rs 500 for electric charge and now it will be free. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt will help me to save money which I can save for my children,” he said. However, the opposition parties slammed the AAP for such a decision. Responding to the announcement, BJP MP and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari claimed that Kejriwal took the decision after tremendous efforts made by BJP and other NGOs over the increased prices of electricity. “This is not the decision of Arvind Kejriwal. It is the result of the constant fight put up by BJP. Since the day they have increased the fixed charge, BJP has been struggling. This is the fight put by us, NGOs and other forces and we have won,” Tiwari said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding that the freebies are being announced ahead of the elections, he questioned Arvind Kejriwal over the whereabouts of the crores of money that the AAP government took from Delhi people over the past 55 months with increased rates. “We can only make up two things with his announcement. It is a way to fool the citizens ahead of the elections like the way he did before the 2015 elections. Now elections are again here. So they are trying to lure the citizens. But the increased rates that you took in the past 55 months, almost Rs 7,000 crore you have looted from the people of Delhi, when will you return that,” the BJP leader added. Similarly, the Delhi Congress said that AAP Government should give free power to the people of Delhi for at least one year for fleecing them for the past one and a half years in the name of fixed charges and pension fund.last_img read more

Alec Baldwin Attends Research Without Cruelty Event

first_imgAlec Baldwin and Peggy McCay joined a group of physicians at the home of Amagansett resident John Bradham on August 25 to champion compassion in medicine: a dual cause that involves removing animals from medical research laboratories and preventing disease through plant-based diets.PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. with Alec and Hilaria BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMThe benefit, Research Without Cruelty, supported the work of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).PCRM Vice President Betsy Wason, PCRM president Neal Barnard, Dennis Erdman and Alec BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMFounded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.Neal Barnard and Peggy McCayCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMlast_img read more

As AFN pushes for Harper meeting Attawapiskat Chief Spence says Crown needs

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations is trying to organize a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders in the New Year which is one of the demands of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who is now into day four of a hunger strike, APTN National News has learned.Harper’s office has not commented publicly on Spence’s hunger strike and on Friday morning the PMO sent an email to APTN National News deferring the issue to Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office.A spokesperson for the PMO denied there were negotiations. APTN National News, however, learned there have been “back and forth” discussions between the AFN and the PMO to set up the encounter.The AFN is seeking to have Harper meet with regional and tribal council chiefs from across the country. Aside from a meeting between a handful of chiefs and Harper in his Langevin Block office and informal chats during a day of speeches, there was no direct discussions between the prime minister and First Nations leaders during last January’s Crown-First Nations gathering.Spence, who is living in a teepee on Victoria Island in the shadow of Parliament Hill during her hunger strike, said it’s not enough to just have Harper at the meeting. She wants Queen Elizabeth II either directly involved in the meeting or through her representative in Canada, Governor General David Johnston.Spence said she was disappointed that AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo wasn’t pushing for the Crown’s involvement.“I am very disappointed. At the beginning I asked the national chief to write the Crown,” said Spence, in a telephone interview. “It is very discouraging that they are taking a shortcut. I am not happy about it…All parties need to meet together, not separate.”Spence said the treaties were signed by the Crown and it’s up to the Crown to ensure they’re upheld.“The Crown has been covering their eyes on these violations of the treaties,” said Spence. “Johnston needs to tell the prime minister that he has to work with the treaty and the leaders as partners and not go separate ways. The Crown made a promise to First Nations that if anyone violated the treaties they would be punished.”Spence said she doesn’t feel that the AFN is fully supporting her fight.In an interview inside her teepee on Victoria Island, Spence said she faced pressure to end her hunger strike from officials at the AFN and that NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat, has asked her to consider moving into a hotel.“They’ve tried to get me to reconsider,” said Spence. “I’m staying here I feel close to my ancestors. It reminds me of how it was before.”Behind the scenes, frustration has been bubbling among her supporters. They say that while the AFN appears on the surface to be supportive, providing the organization’s event teepee for Spence, paying for hotel stays for Spence’s supporters, buying wood for the fire and coordinating daily press conferences this week to trumpet her cause, behind the scenes they claim officials are trying to dissuade the chief from continuing the hunger strike.Two of her supporters described an exchange during a meeting at the AFN offices Thursday morning saying one Spence backer told a senior AFN aide: “That’s the colonial way; it’s not the way we do things.”They said the official responded saying: “It’s not colonialism; we are concerned about (Spence’s) health.”APTN National News confirmed the exchange.The backroom drama has also pulled in Manitoba’s regional Chief Bill Traverse who fired off a text message Thursday to Peter Dinsdale, the AFN’s chief operating officer, telling him to stop intervening and await direction from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC)/Exec.“We are advised u r intervening with Chief Therese Spence’s…hunger strike,” said the text. “Plse cease+desist, further direction will come frm AMC/”Dinsdale responded in an email flatly denying he was intervening.“Chief Spence and her supporters came to the AFN and asked for our assistance and support,” wrote Dinsdale. “The AFN is fully supporting her efforts by providing wood, our teepee, supplies, hotel stays for people helping Theresa and ensuring she has full access to health care services.”In an interview with APTN National News, Dinsdale said the AFN has never tried to dissuade Spence from continuing her hunger strike, but there is a lot of concern around her health.“We are trying to be supportive,” he said. “In our first meeting with her, we expressed concern about the hunger strike and we expressed concern about the viability of a meeting with the Queen.”Dinsdale said Spence was also presented with the option of conducting the hunger strike in a hotel room or a house.“We also suggested, given the temperature and given her health that it makes sense for her to be in a hotel or a house,” he said. “We absolutely did offer her that in no way was it done to dissuade her.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Trans Mountain says claims of salmon habitat destruction inaccurate and misleading

first_imgThe Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in Stewart Creek in Chilliwack, B.C., on Dec. 12, 2018, in this handout photo. Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream has destroyed salmon habitat, raising concerns about the company’s ability to build infrastructure through waterways if the expansion project proceeds, a scientist says. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Mike Pearson)Pearson claimed work in the area was completed in August to September of last year. He visited the site in December and took photos that he says show most of the stones have been swept away by currents, leaving the concrete blocks exposed.Trans Mountain said “Comments that were made regarding stones being swept away by currents and leaving concrete blocks exposed are inaccurate. There has been no detectable level of mobilization of gravels.”December 20, 2018. Immediately downstream of the TMPL ROW during a post-construction site inspection showing high water levels have reached the delineated high water mark. Sustained conditions such as these will lead to further accumulation of native substrate by natural recruitment – Trans MountainThe company says they are also involved with a number of programs to enhance fish and fish habitat. For more of Trans Mountain’s response, click here.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain says claims by scientist Mike Pearson that the project has destroyed salmon habitat are inaccurate and misleading.In a story published by the Canadian Press on Sunday, scientist Mike Pearson said the work by the company was “amateur hour” on a Stewart Creek crossing near Chilliwack.Trans Mountain posted a response to the article on Wednesday that said “The reporter cited concerns from an individual who was pointing to work done on a 17 metre stretch of Stewart Slough in the Fraser Valley to mitigate the shallow depth of cover over the pipeline. It’s important to note that Stewart Slough provides marginal fish habitat and suitable spawning habitat for salmonids is not present at this location.” The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing line that runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The energy board completed its first review in 2016 and recommended the government approve the project with 157 conditions.(With Files from the Canadian Press)last_img read more

UN envoy in Iraq condemns bomb attack on Kurdish mourners

24 March 2009The top United Nations envoy in Iraq today condemned “in the strongest terms” a suicide bomb attack that killed and injured dozens of people at a house filled with Kurdish funeral mourners yesterday. Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, expressed concern that the attack, in the town of Jalawla in Diyala province, occurred in an especially sensitive area and may increase ethnic tensions there.He urged all communities to “show restraint at this difficult time, and to avoid responding to this appalling provocation in the way that the extremists and killers are clearly hoping for.”He also extended the UN’s condolences to the families of those affected and sent wishes for the full and speedy recovery of the wounded. read more

Memorials for UN staff to be unveiled on Friday

In New York, a memorial has been erected in the North Garden at the UN complex, funded by the prize money from the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to the UN’s peacekeeping forces. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to make a brief statement at the unveiling.In Geneva, a memorial has been built in Ariana Park, near door 20 of the Palais des Nations in the Swiss city. This memorial has been paid for thanks to contributions from the Secretary-General, UN programmes and funds, UN agencies, staff associations and individual UN staff members.The dangers faced by UN staff in doing their daily work have been tragically highlighted this year, especially after 22 people – including the top UN envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello – were killed following a terrorist bomb attack on the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August.The United Nations Postal Administration is issuing a stamp dedicated to those killed in Baghdad. The stamp shows the UN’s flag at half-mast, and contains the words “In Memoriam” in several languages.UN Day – which celebrates the UN Charter’s entry into force on 24 October 1945 – will also be observed in New York this year with a concert given by the Swiss Orchestra. read more

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 25 October 2013

DOWNLOAD1. UK car manufacturing tops one million units for 20132. Transport Minister speaks at CV Forum event3. Details of UK Rapid Charge Network announced4. Government announces measures to cut the cost of driving5. Baroness Kramer speaks at launch of EV car club6. Further calls for evidence on the review of the balance of competences announced7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Anna Olson comes to Brock

Anna Olson signs copies of her book at the Campus Store.Anna Olson isn’t surprised when 17-year-olds approach her with her cookbooks. As a university student, she baked up a storm, and isn’t surprised others do as well.As a Political Science student at Queen’s University, the celebrity chef loved making blueberry buckle, a recipe that has since appeared in her cookbook Sugar.“Baking was my therapy when I needed a break, and also my favourite reason to procrastinate,” she said.The Niagara chef, who hosts Fresh with Anna Olson on the Food Network, visited the Campus Store Dec. 9 to sign copies of her new book, also called Fresh with Anna Olson.Some of the students in line wanted books signed as Christmas gifts for relatives. But many were there for themselves, bringing cameras so they could have their photos taken with Olson.“It’s a nice mix (of people),” she said between signings.This is Olson’s sixth cookbook. It is available at the Campus Store. read more

Our 2017 GooseEgg Reliever Rankings Are Here

Marc RzepczynskiSEA202+0.3 Logan VerrettBAL100+0.2 Tom WilhelmsenARI002+0.0 Addison ReedNYM722+0.1 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 MEHS▲▼ Koji UeharaCHC621+0.0 PITCHER▲▼ Robert StephensonCIN010-0.4 Ken GilesHOU210-0.1 Joe BlantonWAS120-0.6 Josh EdginNYM310+0.0 Archie BradleyARI611+0.5 Brad BrachBAL1200+1.9 Hector RondonCHC611+0.4 Scott ObergCOL300+0.4 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Trevor RosenthalSTL410+0.1 Juan NicasioPIT221-0.5 Bryan ShawCLE301+0.5 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Wade LeBlancPIT100+0.1 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Luke GregersonHOU510+0.4 Will HarrisHOU500+0.8 Cody AllenCLE601+1.0 Brandon KintzlerMIN501+0.8 Aroldis ChapmanNYY500+0.8 Jeurys FamiliaNYM202+0.3 Bruce RondonDET010-0.4 Tyler ClippardNYY112-0.2 GOOSE EGGS▲▼ Boone LoganCLE001+0.0 Blake ParkerLAA431-0.5 Jerry BlevinsNYM503+0.7 Nick VincentSEA200+0.3 Andrew MillerCLE1000+1.6 Dan AltavillaSEA111-0.2 Fernando SalasNYM411+0.1 Wade DavisCHC800+1.0 Wandy PeraltaCIN300+0.4 Edwin DiazSEA611+0.6 Ben TaylorBOS001+0.0 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Rafael MonteroNYM121-0.6 Kyle BarracloughMIA600+0.8 Keone KelaTEX310+0.1 Anthony SwarzakCHW300+0.5 A. J. RamosMIA310+0.0 Tony WatsonPIT601+0.8 Brad HandSD410+0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL110-0.3 Randall DelgadoARI300+0.4 Jared HughesMIL200+0.3 Sean DoolittleOAK412+0.2 Brad ZieglerMIA410+0.1 Chris HatcherLAD110-0.3 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Chris DevenskiHOU1021+0.8 Joakim SoriaKC611+0.6 Matt BushTEX510+0.4 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.2 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.1 GOOSE EGGS▲▼ Jacob TurnerWAS300+0.4 Fernando RodneyARI431-0.6 Hunter StricklandSF100+0.1 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Jose TorresSD010-0.4 Casey FienSEA100+0.2 Chad QuallsCOL100+0.1 Pedro StropCHC203+0.3 Jacob BarnesMIL610+0.4 BROKEN EGGS▲▼ Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Craig KimbrelBOS810+0.9 Brett CecilSTL511+0.3 Justin WilsonDET610+0.6 Robby ScottBOS203+0.3 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Koda GloverWAS411+0.1 Mark MelanconSF620+0.0 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Peter MoylanKC201+0.3 Frankie MontasOAK100+0.2 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL630-0.3 Matt StrahmKC120-0.6 Roberto OsunaTOR140-1.3 Fernando AbadBOS100+0.2 Josh SmokerNYM412+0.1 Tony CingraniCIN110-0.3 Cam BedrosianLAA303+0.5 TEAM▲▼ Junichi TazawaMIA120-0.6 Kevin QuackenbushSD100+0.1 Adam WarrenNYY001+0.0 Enny RomeroWAS311+0.0 Jim JohnsonATL620+0.0 Erasmo RamirezTB401+0.6 Kelvin HerreraKC410+0.3 Luis AvilanLAD112-0.3 Jose RamirezATL410+0.1 Carlos TorresMIL221-0.5 Steven OkertSF412+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL620+0.0 Travis WoodKC330-0.6 Jordan LylesCOL110-0.2 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Alex ClaudioTEX101+0.2 Joely RodriguezPHI503+0.7 GWAR▲▼ James PazosSEA212-0.1 Oliver PerezWAS301+0.4 Ryan TeperaTOR410+0.3 Liam HendriksOAK001+0.0 Alec AsherBAL010-0.4 Carl EdwardsCHC411+0.1 Ryan GartonTB010-0.4 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Josh FieldsLAD101+0.1 Tommy KahnleCHW310+0.1 Michael FelizHOU100+0.2 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Ryan MadsonOAK210-0.1 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Tony BarnetteTEX320-0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Yusmeiro PetitLAA302+0.5 Mike DunnCOL501+0.7 Joe KellyBOS211+0.0 Jean MachiSEA100+0.2 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Felipe RiveroPIT711+0.6 Dan JenningsCHW002+0.0 Jake McGeeCOL301+0.4 Taylor RogersMIN311+0.1 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Joaquin BenoitPHI520-0.1 Aaron LoupTOR001+0.0 Danny FarquharTB221-0.4 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Ross StriplingLAD431-0.6 Blake WoodCIN010-0.4 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Kevin SiegristSTL300+0.4 Luis GarciaPHI200+0.3 Justin GrimmCHC101+0.1 David HernandezLAA300+0.5 Tommy HunterTB110-0.2 Alex WilsonDET422-0.1 TEAM▲▼ Heath HembreeBOS113-0.2 Arodys VizcainoATL421-0.2 Santiago CasillaOAK521+0.0 Ryan DullOAK212-0.1 Grant DaytonLAD010-0.4 Nick WittgrenMIA300+0.4 Mike MontgomeryCHC511+0.3 Matt AlbersWAS200+0.3 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 MEHS▲▼ Mychal GivensBAL712+0.7 Tyler DuffeyMIN210-0.1 Seung-hwan OhSTL602+0.8 Matt BelisleMIN312+0.1 BROKEN EGGS▲▼ Alex ColomeTB721+0.3 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Dominic LeoneTOR111-0.2 Chris RusinCOL201+0.3 Kenley JansenLAD801+1.0 Hansel RoblesNYM412+0.1 Sam DysonTEX031-1.1 Ryan BuchterSD331-0.8 Darren O’DayBAL321-0.3 Tony ZychSEA210-0.1 GWAR▲▼ Sergio RomoLAD220-0.5 Daniel CoulombeOAK010-0.4 Donnie HartBAL213+0.0 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Matt BarnesBOS402+0.6 Michael LorenzenCIN700+0.9 Corey KnebelMIL812+0.7 George KontosSF321-0.4 Jason GrilliTOR220-0.4 Ian KrolATL110-0.3 Scott AlexanderKC110-0.2 Chase WhitleyTB301+0.5 Dellin BetancesNYY610+0.6 Pedro BaezLAD011-0.4 Austin PruittTB100+0.2 Shane GreeneDET001+0.0 Joe SmithTOR311+0.1 Mike MinorKC320-0.2 Jeanmar GomezPHI311+0.0 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Drew StorenCIN110-0.3 Greg HollandCOL1100+1.6 Adam OttavinoCOL832+0.1 Cory GearrinSF010-0.4 Oliver DrakeMIL100+0.1 Bud NorrisLAA530-0.3 Pat NeshekPHI202+0.3 PITCHER▲▼ Kirby YatesLAA010-0.4 Jorge De La RosaARI511+0.3 Shawn KelleyWAS410+0.1 Francisco RodriguezDET232-0.8 Jose LeclercTEX110-0.2 Hector NerisPHI601+0.8 Last month, we introduced a new statistic called the goose egg to measure relief pitchers (The quick-and-dirty version: A pitcher gets a goose egg for each scoreless, clutch relief inning.) Our research revealed that the best relievers of today are much less valuable than the best “firemen” of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, who would pitch multiple innings at a time, come in to pitch in tied games, and enter in jams with runners on base — important contributions that the save doesn’t reward, but the goose egg does.But as Ben Lindbergh recently documented over at The Ringer, the hegemony of the save may have loosened just slightly. So far this year, the Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller — who might be the American League’s best reliever — has made five appearances that stretched over multiple innings. Miller, who has yet to allow a run on the season, doesn’t have any saves. But he does have 10 goose eggs, tying him for third in baseball. (All statistics in this article are accurate through the end of May 4.)Even more encouraging is the case of the Astros’ Chris Devenski. He has pitched a Gossage-like 18.1 innings over eight appearances so far this year. (In 1975, when Gossage set the single-season record with 82 goose eggs, he pitched 141.2 innings over 62 appearances.) Devenski has only one save, but he has 10 goose eggs. With an exceptional ratio of 34 strikeouts against just two walks on the season, he has grown more comfortable with his multi-inning role. If the Astros keep moving him up their pecking order — Devenski has been used in some high-leverage situations so far, but also some medium-leverage ones — he’ll be a candidate to finish with 50 or even 60 goose eggs. No pitcher has reached the 60 goose-egg benchmark since Scot Shields in 2005. Jose AlvarezLAA322-0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT312+0.0 Andrew ChafinARI011-0.4 Blake TreinenWAS210-0.1 Jeremy JeffressTEX020-0.7 Ryan PresslyMIN120-0.6 David RobertsonCHW510+0.4 Jumbo DiazTB102+0.2 Raisel IglesiasCIN800+1.1 David PhelpsMIA240-1.3 Sammy SolisWAS110-0.3 J. J. HooverARI301+0.4 Deolis GuerraLAA510+0.4 Derek LawSF521-0.1 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Brandon MaurerSD510+0.3 Edubray RamosPHI050-1.9 read more

Deshaun Thomas named Sporting News 1stteam AllAmerican

Ohio State basketball’s forward Deshaun Thomas has another 2012 preseason honor on his resume. The junior was named a preseason first-team All-American selection by The Sporting News Monday. Thomas joins the likes of Creighton junior forward Doug McDermott, Indiana sophomore forward Cody Zeller, North Carolina sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo, and Lehigh senior guard C.J. McCollum on the Sporting News’ first team. It’s Thomas’ second preseason first-team honor this year as he was named to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s All-American team on Aug. 29. Thomas, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., is one of three returning starters from a Buckeyes’ squad that went 31-8 during the 2011-12 season that ended in New Orleans at the Final Four. En route to a national semifinal loss to Kansas, Thomas amassed 96 amassed points in the Buckeyes’ five games in the NCAA tournament. Over the course of 39 games, Thomas averaged 15.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds for OSU. After former Buckeyes’ big man Jared Sullinger declared for the 2012 NBA Draft and former guard William Buford graduated, Thomas elected to come back to Columbus for a third year. “We have a great team returning next season and I want to be a part of another championship run,” Thomas said in a released statement in April. “My family, my coaches and I looked at my future as a professional, but I love being a Buckeye and want to continue my education and development as a player and as a person at Ohio State.” Thomas and the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their 2012-13 campaign with an exhibition game against Walsh on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

UK weather Subzero start to spring as up to four inches of

first_imgThe Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the north of England, including Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Yorkshire.Meteorologists warned that up to ten hours of snowfall would cause problems for commuters heading to work over the Pennines on the third day of spring, which officially began on Monday. 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. Dog walkers  Forecaster Craig Snell said: “Generally on the higher ground and higher routes we could see 2-5cm (0.7 – 2ins) of snow, lower levels could see a dusting. A lorry drives through the snow on the A69 near Hexham in Northumberland Dog walkers in a frosty scene in Northumberland Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA Daffodils in the snow While last week’s warm and sunny weather led many to believe that spring had arrived, snow in March is actually not rare, although very cold temperatures are more unusual. It is expected to become drier from the east later, with temperatures feeling less cold.A Met Office spokesman said: “Rain on Friday will be confined to the far south, where it’ll be windy. Saturday and Sunday will be dry and mainly sunny, although overnight frosts remain possible.” Temperatures also plunged to below freezing in parts of Scotland.Further south, large parts of England were hit by heavy rain on Wednesday morning. Sheep graze on lower hills behind the Brecon mountains in Wales  Britain has been hit by a frosty start to spring, with parts of the UK covered in up to four inches of snow.Just a week after most of the UK basked in unseasonably warm temperatures, people woke on Wednesday to a blanket of the white stuff. A lorry drives through the snow on the A69 near Hexham in NorthumberlandCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA The Met Office said that Wednesday night will remain windy with rain and some hill snow in central areas as well as a clear, cold and frosty conditions in the north.Thursday is expected to bring a windy and cloudy day, with outbreaks of locally heavy rain across England and Wales. UK weather forecast: Wednesday, March 22 Sheep graze on lower hills behind the Brecon mountains in Wales  Credit:Ben Birchall/PAcenter_img Federica Lelli from Rome enjoying the spring sunshine in London’s Hyde Park last weekCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The Met Office issued another yellow warning for motorists to be careful travelling to work over the hills on Wednesday as snow and rain are likely to make roads slippery.Commuters faced frosty conditions on Wednesday morning, with the risk of up to 2ins (5cm) of snowfall overnight in areas higher than 150m, with up to 4in (10cm) predicted in areas more than 300m above sea level. Daffodils in heavy snow as motorists navigate freezing conditions on Wednesday morningCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Larry the Downing Street cat sheltering from the rain under a Range Rover outside Number 10 “The cross-Pennine routes could be a fairly tricky commute.” A warning is still in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland for slippery, icy conditions.Fine and sunny spells are forecast for the weekend, but temperatures could still fall below freezing overnight. Show more A woman clears snow from Hawes, North YorkshireCredit:Tom Maddick/SWNS Federica Lelli from Rome enjoying the spring sunshine in London's Hyde Park last week Larry the Downing Street cat sheltering from the rain under a Range Rover outside Number 10Credit:Pete Maclaine/i-Images A snow covered Hawes, North Yorkshire The forecaster warned that parts of the Pennines were due to be buried under up to 4in (10cm) of snow overnight on Tuesday after wintry weather hit roads in Scotland earlier in the day.Snow in northern England began falling at around midnight and was due to continue as late as 10am in some areas. Tuesday was cold with snow in the north at first. It was then a day of sunshine & wintry showers, which turned persistent later in the west— Met Office (@metoffice) March 21, 2017last_img read more

GreenGolds ReCYN to detoxify tailings recover cyanide and copper at Martabe

first_imgTechnology provider GreenGold says it has been awarded a ReCYN™ design and install contract with PT Agincourt Resources to detoxify tailings and recover cyanide and copper at its Martabe gold-silver operation in Sumatra, Indonesia.Jakarta- and Perth-based GreenGold will deliver the project with preferred fabricators for specialist equipment packages, the company said.In a report published last year, Whittle Consulting called the ReCYN process “a world-leading approach” in cyanide recovery, metal recovery and tailings detoxification. “Based on an innovative resin-bead absorbent, ReCYN reduces cyanide consumption by 50%, capturing free cyanide from the plant tailings and recycling it back into the leach circuit while recovering metal complexes and making them available for sale,” Whittle said.Whittle also said adopting the technology could provide a $126.9 million upside to the project.GreenGold said it had received the contract following a record influx of enquires for the technology.GreenGold CEO, Malcolm Paterson, said of the Martabe contract: “We have come up with an elegant design to fit the space constrained site. We also will be recovering cyanide and copper which previously was destroyed or sent to tails, turning a cost into an economic benefit for the mine.“We are looking forward to delivering on this strategically important project, and continuing to build on our proven metallurgy and process capability within the precious/base metals sector globally.”The Martabe mine has a resource base of some 7.4 Moz of gold and 69 Moz of silver.last_img read more

Pride and sacrifice Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions

first_imgPride and sacrifice: Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions Ireland holds the record for the longest unbroken peacekeeping service of any nation in the world. 1 Comment 7,342 Views Jun 24th 2018, 8:00 AM Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL “Ireland’s outstanding record on the international stage in the service of peace strengthens the values we represent as a nation, inspiring the pride of our people at home and abroad.”Defence Forces’ Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM told “The men and women of the Defence Forces have contributed close to 67,000 individual tours of duty to UN Peacekeeping since our first deployment in 1958.The 645 men and women of the Defence Forces currently deployed in 13 missions in 13 countries and one sea around the world are continuing Ireland’s proud record of the longest unbroken peacekeeping service of any nation in the world.“That record has not come without cost, 87 members have lost their lives in the cause of peace. On Sunday we will remember their sacrifice, as well as celebrate their contribution to world peace.”The ceremony will take place in the upper courtyard of Dublin Castle at midday. A wreath will be laid in honour of all Irish personnel who died while on UN service.Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins will attend the ceremony, which will be hosted by Defence Minister Paul Kehoe.Members of the public are welcome to attend but have been advised to arrive by 11.30am as space is limited. The ceremony is expected to conclude at 12.45pm. Share75 Tweet Email1 Source: Óglaigh na hÉireann/Irish Defence Forces/YouTubeA CEREMONY TO mark the 60th anniversary of Irish participation in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations is due to take place in Dublin today.Members of the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochana and civilian personnel have participated in such operations around the world since 1958.Over the last six decades Ireland has maintained the longest unbroken service on the frontline of peacekeeping missions. More than 70,000 individual tours of duty have been completed by members of the Defence Forces.Personnel on a peacekeeping mission.Source: Defence Forces/TwitterSpeaking about the anniversary, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the government is “strongly committed to contributing to international peace and security”.Thousands of Irish men and women have served in the blue helmets over six decades, and that’s one of the reasons Ireland is making bid for a seat on the UN Security Council. By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Can These HighTech Eye Drops Improve Your Vision

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain AneurysmsFDA Approves First New Major Depression Drug in Decades center_img Researchers in Israel have developed high-tech eye drops as an alternative to glasses, contact lenses, and laser correction.A team of ophthalmologists at the Bar-Ilan University and Shaare Zedek Medical Center invented so-called “Nano-Drops.”The solution consists of nanoparticles with specific optical properties meant to correct various range and refractive errors. Combine that with a laser process, and scientists hope to cure near- and far-sightedness.AdChoices广告“The invention includes three parts,” Zeev Zalevsky, professor of electrical engineering and nanophotonics at Bar-Ilan University, told Digital Trends.Patients first measure their eye refraction with a smartphone app, which projects a laser pattern onto their corneal surface—a surgical procedure that takes less than one second. Finally, squirt in a few special drops.“These nanoparticles go into the shallow ablated patterns generated on the surface of the cornea. They change the refraction index inside of those patterns,” Zalevsky said. “This corrects the visual problem the user has.”Unlike regular laser eye surgery—which removes a portion of the cornea to improve visual activity reshapes the eye’s cornea to improve visual activity—Nano-Drops affect only the upper part of the cornea.The correction process can be completed at home, without the need for medical supervision, making it more accessible to more people.However, this is, as Digital Trends pointed out, a “milder” treatment than LASIK; the eye will gradually heal itself. Which means, you’ll have to repeat the process every one or two months, or dig out those old specs again.The team has conducted only ex-vivo experiments (i.e., outside an organism) on pig eyes. But the results are promising.“We showed that … the nanoparticles went into the surface patterns and that without them no correction is obtained,” Zalevsky said, according to Digital Trends.Clinical testing in humans is scheduled for 2018. Researchers intend to finish in-vivo testing within a year and hope to get their product on the market within two.last_img read more

Italian legends slam Mauro Icardi

first_imgFormer strikers Christian Vieri and Antonio Cassano have blasted Mauro Icardi over the past weekThe Inter Milan captain is regarded as one of the best forwards in Italian football of the last couple of seasons.Over the past eight years, Icardi has scored 116 goals in 198 Serie A games for both Inter and Sampdoria.Yet Icardi appears to have not made much of an impression on Vieri, who’s been recently compared to the Argentine.But the Inter legend was having none of it.“Icardi? We’re very different,” Vieri told Radio Deejay.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I wanted to start fights with everyone. I scored about 140 goals in Serie A and, more or less, I remember them all, even the chances I missed.”Vieri scored a total of 236 goals in 476 career games at club level for the likes of Inter, Juventus, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid.The Italian finished as the top Serie A scorer twice throughout his playing days and was named Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1999.Meanwhile, Cassano had a dig at Icardi by claiming that he would find it difficult to be in the Inter squad of 1999 – which featured Vieri and Ronaldo Nazario.“In 1999, for example, when I started playing professional football, there were players like Pirlo, [Francesco] Cozza and [Roberto] Baronio at Reggina, who were fighting to stay up,” said Cassano.“If Icardi had been at Inter, would he have played in front of Ronaldo and Vieri?”last_img read more

No reserves needed for Hilton debt payment

first_imgThe Hilton Vancouver Washington, which dipped into room-tax reserves for the first time this winter to make its debt payment, has kept costs down well enough to fully cover its July bill, the city’s chief financial officer said Thursday.Though the hotel and convention business is still a struggle, Lloyd Tyler said that cash flow is up slightly compared with this time last year, and the Hilton will make its $1.7 million payment today without using reserves.“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Tyler wrote in an email. “Eric Walters, the new general manager … is doing a great job keeping expenses down and pursuing all opportunities to increase revenues by bringing groups and individual travelers to our community.”Until January, the hotel and convention center was able to meet its bond payments through operating revenue, a dedicated lodging tax collected by the city and a sales tax credit from the state. The debt is paid twice a year: $2.3 million in January and $1.7 million in July, for a total of $4 million annually.As the Hilton reduced rates to bring up reservations, the city was forced to use $584,420 from $1.6 million in dedicated lodging tax reserves to cover the shortfall on the Jan. 1 payment.last_img read more

Arun Jaitleys mortal remains moved to BJP headquarters

first_imgNew Delhi: The mortal remains of former Finance minister Arun Jaitley were on Sunday morning moved from his residence in Kailash Colony here to the BJP headquarters for people to pay their tributes. Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders accompanied the convoy carrying Jaitley’s mortal remains in a military vehicle decked with flowers. The body will be kept at the BJP headquarters till around 2 p.m., and will then be moved to Nigambodh Ghat for the last rites, said party sources. Jaitley passed away at AIIMS on Saturday due to a prolonged illness. He was 66.last_img read more

Sirajganj road crash claims 3 lives

first_imgRoad Accident LogoThree people were killed as a pick-up van hit a stone-laden truck on Bangabandhu Bridge (western side) connecting road in Raiganj upazila of Sirajganj early Saturday.The victims could not be identified immediately.The van driver and two other people got stuck inside the fruit-laden pick-up van after it hit the Dhaka-bound truck from behind in the area around 4:45am, said Sirajganj fire service deputy assistant director Abdul Hamid.On information, policemen of Bangabandhu (west) police station and fire service men rescued them and sent to 250-bed Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital in Sirajganj, where physicians declared the three dead.last_img read more

711 Begins Accepting IRS Payments

first_imgDistrict 7-11 Stores will begin accepting IRS payments from residents without bank accounts. (Courtesy photo)The Internal Revenue Service announced April 6 that taxpayers who wish to pay their taxes in cash or do not have bank accounts or credit cards can now take care of their tax bill at one of 7,000 participating 7-Eleven convenience stores in 34 states and the District. For the thousands of District residents who remain unbanked or underbanked, the decision creates a needed economic boost.The number of unbanked District residents, with no checking or savings accounts, according to Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) a non-profit savings advocate, is 12 percent, with those termed the “underbanked,” who have bank accounts but prefer to use check-cashing or payday loan offices for financial transactions, is around 25 percent. Previously residents would have had to trek to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center to fulfill their tax obligations.“I have never had a checking or savings account because I grew up with people who did not trust banks,” Ward 8 resident Charlie Bowman told the AFRO. “The IRS is being forward-thinking in setting up payment centers in 7-Eleven, because it brings the business to the people and there are stores everywhere.”Bowman said he has used liquor stores or check cashing stores, such as ACE, to cash checks or get money orders to pay bills for the last 40 years. “With so many D.C. residents in neighborhoods like mine, off Mississippi Avenue (SE), who do not have a whole lot of banks, it will be nice to take care of tax business at the corner 7-Eleven,” he said.IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the partnership with 7-Eleven allows electronic payments to be made through the Official Payments and PayNearMe transaction networks inside the store and allows maximum payments of $1000 per day for a $3.99 fee. “Taxpayers have many options to pay their tax bills . . . but this provides a new way for people who can only pay their taxes in cash, without having to travel to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center,” he said in a statement.Users must also follow a registration process that includes visiting the IRS payment page to submit personal information and receiving a payment code. Once payments are made, they should post within two business days. “At first I thought it was a bad idea because the stores can get really crowded with people playing lottery and grabbing food,” Ward 6 resident Nyeshia Braveboy told the AFRO outside the store at South Capital and M Street SW. “But when you consider the amount of time people have to spend getting to the IRS office to make cash payments, it really is a benefit to go right up the street and pay that bill when you’re getting your lottery or hot dogs.”The IRS is not the only agency to invest in quicker more convenient ways for people to pay bills. The Department of Health and Human Services in 2014 announced a partnership with PayNearMe to promote ObamaCare sign-ups.Residents are advised to visit the IRS website prior to the April 18 filing deadlinelast_img read more

Windows 10 1903 may display Lets make Windows even better prompt

first_imgWindows 10 1903 may display Let’s make Windows even better prompt by Martin Brinkmann on January 16, 2019 in Windows – 32 commentsWindows 10 version 1903, the next feature update for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, may display a prompt to users to link more of their devices and services to the operating system and their Microsoft account.The prompt, “Let’s make Windows even better — this should not affect what you’ve already set up”, is displayed in recent Insider Builds of Windows 10.There is a chance that Microsoft will change how it looks or what it offers, or even pull it completely based on feedback that it receives.The prompt is loaded automatically on first start of the system. It suggests the setting up or linking of features, devices, or services.The prompt is completely optional at the time; users may hit the “skip for now” link to skip it and continue to the Windows desktop.It lists the following five services, that is what Microsoft calls them, that are powered by Microsoft accounts.Set up Windows Hello — Sign in faster and more securelyLink your phone and PC — Help your devices work in harmonySo more across devices — Enjoy more seamless experiencesGet Office 365 ready — Have your apps ready for launchProtect your files with OneDrive — Keep them backed up and accessibleConsidering that these services require a Microsoft account, it is possible that users who sign in with a local account don’t get to see the prompt.Services that are set up already are not affected by the prompt and skipped. If you have not linked your phone and your PC yet, you are asked to enter your phone number on one of the prompts.Microsoft would text a link to the entered phone number that contains a link to an app that users could install on the device to link it to the Microsoft account.A click on do it later skips options.Why is Microsoft doing that?There are two sides to the explanation. Windows 10 users may benefit from tighter integration between devices and services, and the prompt highlights features that some users might be unaware of.Setting up Windows Hello may lead to a sign-in experience that is more comfortable, and linking smartphones to Windows 10 devices may open up the possibility to exchange some data between those devices.Second: linked devices and services are valuable to a company that bases many of its decisions on data and the interlinking of services and devices.Now You: Is the new prompt useful?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 1903 may display Let’s make Windows even better promptDescriptionWindows 10 version 1903 may display a prompt to users to link more of their devices and services to the operating system and their Microsoft account.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more