first_imgAdvertisementA mere day shy of one year exactly boxing fans around the world will get to see Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin go at it as a rematch has been agreed to take place on September 15 in Las Vegas. After fighting to a controversial draw on September 16th last year the two sides almost immediately began negotiations for a rematch. It was announced earlier this year that the rematch would take place on May 5th in the same location as the first bout, Las Vegas.The first week of March, however, the bottom fell out as it was reported that Alvarez had failed a drug test for Clenbuterol. Under the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s rules, Alvarez had to be suspended. That in turn effectively canceled the rematch.Golovkin went through with a fight on the proposed date against Vanes Martirosyan. Everything pointed to a rematch taking place as soon as Alvarez’s suspension was lifted which is August 17th. But, Golovkin and his team were not willing to agree to the same terms as before. In fact, Golovkin wanted an even split.The first fight was done under a 70/30 split and the rematch was agreed to originally at 65/35. The two sides have gone back and forth and Golden Boy President Eric Gomez said yesterday that Golovkin had until high noon today to accept their latest offer of a 57.5%/42.5% split.High noon came and there was still no deal according to both sides than just a matter of minutes later “new developments” emerged in which the talks were still taking place.Now Oscar De La Hoya has announced that “We Got A Deal!” Canelo vs GGG 2 is coming this September.I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!! #CaneloGGG2 Feliz De informar que si tenemos pelea Septiembre 15!!! #CaneloGGG2 pic.twitter.com/gI3QmR0eXe— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 13, 2018This is the biggest possible fight in Boxing right now and hopefully, both fighters can put on an entertaining fight.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBollywood actor Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan on Tuesday expressed her opinion on the raging controversy over Salman Khan being nominated goodwill ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent, and most of the media construed her statement as a mark of support for her exboyfriend.”I have to say that anyone who is doing good to represent the country or working or speaking or standing for the betterment of art, music or sports, is wonderful and the person needs to be recognised,” said Aishwarya, maintaining a characteristic diplomatic tone.Although she never directly mentioned Salman’s name in the comment, or if she felt that Salman fitted such a description, the media was quick to interpret her statement as her support for Salman in the issue.Bollywood superstar Salman has been in the eye of the storm ever since he was appointed goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Rio Olympics. Several sporting icons including legendary athlete Milkha Singh and Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, besides politicians, objected to the idea that Olympics needed a Bollywood actor’s endorsement. Many in the film industry, though, have supported Salman.Meanwhile, at the same event, questions were also raised over Aishwarya’s name appearing in the Panama papers. She replied saying all essential information was being submitted to the government.”A statement has been issued and that stands true. A statement has already been given individually as well as by the members of the family. A statement has already been given to the media. And rest, all the queries that need to be answered to the government of India is being done,” said Aishwarya.advertisementWhile most among the Bollywood lot have been blindly supporting Salman Khan as the Indian contingent’s Goodwill ambassador at the Olympics, a witty repartee has quite surprisingly come from the superstar’s rumoured ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif. “Salman ko leke controversy hai… woh naya cheez hai kya (a controversy pertaining to Salman… is that something new)?!” she said.last_img read more

first_imgOnePlus has built quite a reputation for itself over the years. Even though its last couple of launches — the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X — haven’t exactly set cash counters ringing, the way the original OnePlus One did, there’s still a lot of excitement every time OnePlus is about to announce a new phone. On Tuesday, it launched its third-generation flagship and fourth phone in total, the OnePlus 3. And as always, it did not disappoint, vis–vis hardware, and pricing.The OnePlus 3 has a ridiculously cool spec-sheet and a ridiculously sensible price tag. It’s business as usual some may say. But, things are different, nay very different, this time round. For good. The Chinese company, that first introduced an invite-based sales model to the world, is for the first time, saying au revoir to it. The OnePlus 3 goes on sale immediately after launch — from 12.30 AM IST (June 15) — through Amazon India, completely invite-free. If that wasn’t enough, from this time forth all OnePlus products will be available for buying invite-free, the company has announced. The OnePlus 3 has a ridiculously cool spec-sheet and a ridiculously sensible price tag At the same time, OnePlus is hoping to recreate the magic of the OnePlus One, a phone that literally took the market by storm after it was launched in 2014. Even more so, after the hot mess that was the OnePlus 2 and the follow-up OnePlus X.Boasting of a full-metal unibody, the OnePlus 3 ditches OnePlus’ sort of iconic sandstone finish design, for a more premium, lighter and thinner experience. Company co-founder Carl Pei had previously said that the OnePlus 3 will feature a new design, different from its current-generation flagship phones. It will captivate users just as the company’s first phone, the OnePlus One, he had claimed. The OnePlus 3 looks certainly different from the company’s previous phones. Not so different from the HTC One though. The OnePlus 3 looks like a mashup between the HTC One and the OnePlus 2. The new phone may not have the most original design schemes in the business, but, it’s well-built and premium in every sense of the word. On the downside, it is slippery. Not OnePlus X slippery, but more like HTC One M9 slippery which means it won’t skid off a gentle slope but it would most certainly fly off your hand if you’re not careful. Thankfully, OnePlus has a whole bunch of covers for the device, including one with a sandstone finish.advertisementThe right edge is occupied by a power button and a dualSIM (nanoSIM) slot while the left edge has a volume rocker and Alert Slider. The bottom edge house a single speaker out, USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing alongside a 3.5mm audio jack.It comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner which is claimed to unlock the phone in mere 0.2 seconds. It works well to unlock the phone, and is fairly accurate as well. The phone supports both physical capacitive and on-screen navigation buttons.The OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. OnePlus is using a home-brewed Optic AMOLED display solution here and claims that it is able to produce “colours that are more vivid and true-to-life than other AMOLED displays while offering excellent battery life.” And it is. Both the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 had mediocre displays while the OnePlus X had an over-saturated one. The OnePlus 3 offers rich colours, that feel accurate and natural. The screen gets very bright as well. All in all, a visible improvement over the previous OnePlus One phones. The new panel also allows the OnePlus 3 to have ridiculously slim bezels so much so that the phone has an excellent screen-to-body ratio. The 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla glass 4 on the front meanwhile also enhances its overall appeal.The OnePlus 3 — as expected — is powered by Qualcomm’s top of the line mobile processor, aka Snapdragon 820 (clocked up to 2.2GHz) with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is non-expandable. Clearly, it doesn’t get any better than this. The only phone in India that supports 6 gigs of RAM is the LeEco Le Max 2. But, OnePlus 3 has the advantage of near-stock Android inside that kind of makes the whole user experience smoother. The phone supports 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygetOS 3.1.2 out-of-the-box. While it mostly sticks to stock Android, it also offers a few unique additions like the Shelf recent apps and quick contacts aggregator and system-wide Dark Theme. Those looking for more customisation will be disappointed though as OxygenOS still lacks the granular control that most other third-party Android skins offer.advertisementThe OnePlus 3 sports a 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. The rear snapper is capable of recording time-lapse, 4K video and RAW file format. The OnePlus 3 is quick to focus and shutter speed is good. The phone is capable of shooting some excellent photos in well-lit and indoor lighting situations. Low-light photos are however a hit or miss. The phone also gives you an 8-megapixel camera on the front.The accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes The phone is further backed by a 3,000mAh battery which supports the company’s in-house fast charging technology called Dash Charging. The accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes. Moreover, the Dash charger has been made in a way that shifts most of the power management processes from the phone to itself so the phone doesn’t get hot while charging.As mentioned earlier, the OnePlus 3 has a ridiculously cool spec-sheet and a ridiculously sensible price tag. It is a huge improvement over the company’s past phones in every sense of the word, save the design (but that’s subjective). At Rs 27,999 the OnePlus 3 is definitely a contender for the mid-range flagship smartphone of the year. Not to mention, no-invites-needed to buy one any more means, it has a better chance of clicking with the audience, than even the OnePlus One. Watch this space for our full review of the OnePlus 3.Also Read: OnePlus 3 with 6GB RAM, 64GB memory & Dash Charging launched at Rs 27,999last_img read more

first_imgIndia shuttler Ajay Jayaram’s semi-final finish at the US Open Grand Prix Gold took him two palces ahead which ensured him an entry into the top 20 of the latest badminton world rankings out today. Jayaram is in the 20th spot with 43673 points.However, B Sai Praneeth who had improved his ranking after his maiden Canada Open win slipped two places below to 35th after his early exit from last week’s US Open. While other men’s singles shuttlers including Srikanth Kidambi, Sameer Verma and H S Prannoy remained unchanged at 11th, 38th and 29th positions respectively.Anand Pawar, who lost to Jayaram in the US Open quarterfinals, gained a jump of 16 positions to world number 77. (Also read: Shuttler Ajay Jayaram crashes out of US Open)On the other hand, in the women’s singles rankings, Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu managed to hold on to their 5th and 10th spots respectively. (Also read: Adapting to the conditions in Rio will be key: Saina Nehwal)While, Rio bound men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy remained static at 21 even after their Canada Open win. Women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa also retained thier position on 21st.(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad, July 27 (PTI) Recognising her performance, the Ministry of Railways has promoted Indian womens cricket team captain Mithali Raj to the post of OSD (Sports) in Hyderabad-headquartered South Central Railway (SCR).”Approval of the Ministry of Railways is communicated for grant of out of turn promotion to Mithali Raj, Chief Office Superintendent (Chief OS) in South Central Railway, to Group B Gazetted post of OSD (Sports) in recognition of Indian teams performance in the Womens World Cup,” a letter from Railway Board to SCR said.The Mithali-led team lost to hosts England by nine runs in a nail biting final of the mega-event at the Lords last Sunday. PTI VVK RS BS BSlast_img

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. BRUSSELS — The upshot of AutoSens 2019 held here was that there’s no shortage of technology innovation, as tech developers, Tier 1’s and OEMs are still in a hunt for “robust perception” that can work under any road conditions — including night, fog, rain, snow, black ice, oil and others.Although the automotive industry has yet to find a single silver bullet, numerous companies pitched their new perception technologies and product concepts.Cruise' latest test vehicle that started to roll off the GM production line is loaded with sensors, as indicated here in red. (Source: Cruise)Cruise’ latest test vehicle that started to roll off the GM production line is loaded with sensors, as indicated here in red. (Source: Cruise) At this year’s AutoSens in Brussels, assisted driving (ADAS), rather than autonomous vehicles (AV), was in sharper focus.Clearly the engineering community is no longer in denial. Many acknowledge that a big gap exists between what’s possible today and the eventual launch of commercial artificial intelligence-driven autonomous vehicles — with no human drivers in the loop.Just to be clear, nobody is saying self-driving cars are impossible. However, Phil Magney, founder and principal at VSI Labs, predicted that “Level 4 [autonomous vehicles] will be rolled out within a highly restricted operational design domain, [and built on] very comprehensive and thorough safety case.” By “a highly restricted ODD,” Magney said, “I mean specific road, specific lane, specific operation hours, specific weather conditions, specific times of day, specific pick-up and drop-off points, etc.”Asked if the AI-driven car will ever attain “the common sense understanding” — knowing that it is actually driving and understanding its context, Bart Selman, a computer science professor at Cornell University who specializes in AI, said at the conference’s closing panel: “It will be at least 10 years away…, it could be 20 to 30 years away.”Meanwhile, among those eager to build ADAS and highly automated cars, the name of the game is in how best they can make vehicles see.The very foundation for every highly automated vehicle is “perception” — knowing where objects are, noted Phil Koopman, CTO of Edge Case Research and professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Where AVs are weak, compared to human drivers, is “prediction” — understanding the context and predicting where the object it perceived might go next, he explained.Moving smarts to the edge Adding more smarts to the edge was a new trend emerging at the conference. Many vendors are adding more intelligence at the sensory node, by fusing different sensory data (RGB camera + NIR; RGB + SWIR; RGB + lidar; RGB + radar) right on the edge.However, opinions among industry players appear split on how to accomplish that. There are those who promote sensor fusion on the edge, while others, such as Waymo, prefer a central fusion of raw sensory data on a central processing unit.With the Euro NCAP mandate for the Driver Monitoring System (DMS) as a primary safety standard by 2020, a host of new monitoring systems also showed up at AutoSens. These include systems that monitor not only drivers, but passengers and other objects inside a vehicle.A case in point was the unveiling of On Semiconductor’s new RGB-IR image sensor combined with Ambarella’s advanced RGB-IR video processing SoC and Eyeris’ in-vehicle scene understanding AI software.NIR vs SWIR The need to see in the dark — whether inside or outside a vehicle — indicates the use of IR.While On Semiconductor’s RGB-IR image sensor uses NIR (near infrared) technology, Trieye, which also came to the show, went a step further by showing off a SWIR (short wave-based infrared) camera.Click here for larger imageWhat is short-wave infrared (SWIR)? (Source: Trieye)What is short-wave infrared (SWIR)? (Source: Trieye) SWIR’s benefits include its ability to see objects under any weather/lighting conditions. More important, SWIR can also identify a road hazard — such as black ice — in advance, since SWIR can detect a unique spectral response defined by the chemical and physical characteristics of each material.The use of SWIR cameras, however, has been limited to military, science and aerospace applications, due to the extremely high cost of the indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) used to build it. Trieye claims it has found a way to design SWIR by using CMOS process technology. “That’s the breakthrough we made. Just like semiconductors, we are using CMOS for the high-volume manufacturing of SWIR cameras from Day 1,” said Avi Bakal, CEO and co-founder of Trieye. Compared to InGaAs sensor that costs more than $8,000, Bakal said that a Trieye camera will be offered “at tens of dollars.”Click here for larger imageSWIR Camera Stripped (Source: Trieye)SWIR Camera Stripped (Source: Trieye) Lack of annotated data One of the biggest challenges for AI is the shortage of training data. More specifically, “annotated training data,” said Magney. “The inference model is only as good as the data and the way in which the data is collected. Of course, the training data needs to be labeled with metadata and this is very time consuming.”AutoSens featured lively discussion about the GAN (generative adversarial networks) method. According to Magney, in GAN, two neural networks compete to create new data. Given a training set, this technique reportedly learns to generate new data with the same statistics as the training set.Drive.ai, for example, is using deep learning to enhance automation for annotating data, to accelerate the tedious process of data labeling.In a lecture at AutoSens, Koopman also touched on the arduous challenges in annotating data accurately. He suspects that much data remains unlabeled because only a handful of big companies can afford to do it right.Indeed, AI algorithm startups attending the show acknowledged the pain that comes with paying third parties for annotating data.center_img Continue Reading Previous Murata’s ultra-small SAW devices address the needs of 5GNext Silicon Labs introduces broad portfolio of automotive grade timing solutionslast_img read more

first_imgWith frequent rain interruptions predicted in Manchester during the 2nd half of the ongoing big-ticket ICC Cricket World Cup clash between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford are on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) calculations.Pakistan had won the toss in Manchester and decided to send India into bat, keeping in mind the overcast conditions and the forecast for rain during the chase.India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket Score | Weather UpdatesRain has already interrupted play in the much-anticipated World Cup match. The play was halted for nearly an hour after India had crossed 300 at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Pakistan chase was also delayed after another light shower.More significantly, it could rain again in Manchester. The Pakistani innings got underway at 20:00 IST and rain is predicted over the next 90 minutes. 4 matches have already been washed out in the tournament making it the wettest World Cup in history.Both India and Pakistan have had their matches washed out and undoubtedly both teams would want a full game today.For a game to have a result, at least 20 overs should have been bowled in the second innings. So how much do Pakistan need to score in 20 overs if they want to win this contest against India at Old Trafford? Pakistan are chasing 337 off 50 overs and so far there has been no reduction in overs.However, if rain does stop play after 20 overs and if no more play is possible;Pakistan need to be 97 for no loss.Or109 for 1 (20 overs)Oradvertisement125 for 2Or146 for 3As Pakistan have started their innings with no reduction in overs, previous calculations wrt DLS have become redundant.If the rain comes after 20 overs & no further play is possible, Pakistan need to be…110/1126/2147/3172/4203/5237/6271/7to win#INDvPAK #PAKvIND #CWC19Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 16, 2019More on DLS calculation belowDLS target for Pakistan after 25 overs 126 for 0, 135 for 1, 147 for 2, 163 for 3, 184 for 4, 209 for 5, 240 for 6, 271 for 7, 300 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 30 overs 156 for 0, 163 for 1, 172 for 2, 184 for 3, 199 for 4, 219 for 5, 244 for 6, 273 for 7, 301 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 35 overs191 for 0, 195 for 1, 201 for 2, 208 for 3, 219 for 4, 233 for 5, 252 for 6, 275 for 7, 301 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 40 overs229 for 0, 231 for 1, 234 for 2, 238 for 3, 244 for 4, 252 for 5, 264 for 6, 280 for 7, 301 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 45 overs275 for 0, 276 for 1, 277 for 2, 278 for 3, 280 for 4, 282 for 5, 287 for 6, 293 for 7, 305 for 8, 322 for 9India survived the new-ball threat from the Pakistan pacers as Rohit Sharma and his opening partner KL Rahul started cautiously, giving enough respect to Mohammad Amir in the first 10 overs. However, Rohit cut loose after settling down and went on to make his second World Cup 2019 hundred. He hit 3 sixes and 14 boundaries during the 117-ball 140.KL Rahul hit his first World Cup fifty as the India opening duo broke Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Sidhu’s 23-year-old record (90) for the highest opening stand in World Cups vs Pakistan by stitching 136. Virat Kohli chipped in with a 62-ball 77 before his bizarre dismissal.Rain interrupted the Indian innings in the 47th over and following a break of close to 1 hour, India resumed their batting. Kohli fell to a Mohammad Amir bouncer immediately after the resumption but India managed to post a challenging total of 337 for 5 in 50 overs.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Injured Shikhar Dhawan helps teammates out with drinksAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli fastest to 11,000 ODI runsAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs PakistanAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish oil and shipping company Monjasa has unveiled a new credit agreement in the US on the back of positive sales volume developments across the Americas.The agreement has been signed with New York-based J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.As informed, the new credit agreement is already operational and no further details will be disclosed for commercial reasons.“We are very pleased to welcome a new partner in J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A. to the group’s banking pool. This new credit agreement caters for Monjasa’s working capital needs in relation to our growing US business and is fully in line with the group’s ambition to partner up with top tier trade finance banks,” Rasmus Knudsen, Head of Treasury and Trade Finance, commented.Since establishing the group’s first trading office in Stamford, Connecticut in 2011, Monjasa said it has grown into a broad trading partner for American shipowners servicing all major shipping segments, including bulk, container, tankers and cruise lines.In 2015, Monjasa Americas expanded its reach with a physical presence for operations and bunker trading in Panama City.This recent development also reflects in the sales volume going from 400,000 metric tonnes (mts) of fuel products in 2016 to 650,000 mts in 2017 across the Americas, according to the company.In Q2 2018, Monjasa released its annual report for 2017, revealing a positive financial year for the group. The report saw group total revenue growing to USD 1.4bn and a net profit of USD 7m, which was in line with management expectations.With a fleet of some 20 tankers, Monjasa is present in niche markets of West Africa, Northwest Europe, the Arabian Gulf and Panama.last_img read more

first_imgPeople from around the world may soon be able to join their families who live in the province and who own a business. Feedback is now being requested on eligibility criteria for a new family business category of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. The key criteria include a close family relationship with a Nova Scotia business owner and a guaranteed job offer in that business. Immigration Minister Rodney MacDonald said this new category will directly support the province’s efforts to help more immigrants settle and stay in Nova Scotia. “The main reason immigrants leave the province are lack of work, and the absence of family and friends,” said Mr. MacDonald. “By welcoming immigrants who have close family connections and guaranteed work, we believe they are far more likely to succeed and stay for many years to come.” Draft eligibility criteria for applicants, as well as obligations for business owners, are available for comment. The family relationship is defined to include: brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles, and sons or daughters over the age of 22. The job offer must be permanent and full-time, at a proposed minimum salary of $20,000 a year. Other criteria relating to age, education and language ability are also included. The family business owner must be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, and show proof of their ability to offer a permanent job. The business must also provide language training if the family member does not speak English or French. Now that the federal government has raised the cap on the number of families Nova Scotia can nominate each year, the timing is right to begin creating new opportunities for more immigrants, the minister said. “We will soon open the door to international students and entrepreneurs too,” said Mr. MacDonald. “These are important steps in putting our immigration strategy into action.” As with all categories under the nominee program, nominated families must still be approved by the federal government. The federal government is responsible for medical, security and criminal checks for all immigration applicants. The draft family business criteria are contained in a discussion paper at www.novascotiaimmigration.com . Comments can be sent by email to immigration@gov.ns.ca , fax to 902-424-7936 or by mail to: Office of Immigration, Attn: Program Director, 1741 Brunswick Street, Unit 110A, P.O. Box 1535, Halifax, NS, B3J 2Y3. Feedback is requested by Friday, Nov. 25. The criteria were drafted by staff from the provincial Office of Immigration, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and an immigrant business owner.last_img read more

first_imgAs part of its commitment to be a world leader in tidal power development, the province is seeking proposals from developers to join the tidal test program in the Minas Channel. “We expect tidal energy will play an important role in our renewable energy future, while creating good jobs and growing the economy,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “We are committed to testing and showcasing tidal technologies and being leaders in its development. We’re seeing if this tremendous natural resource can be harnessed to provide clean, reliable electricity.” There were a number of responses to an expression of interest to test tidal technology in Nova Scotia that government issued in March. As a result, a fourth test site was added to the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) project, which is the first of its kind in the world. “The request for proposals will attract the resources and expertise of a fourth leading-edge developer of tidal energy technology to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “As part of its submission, the developer must demonstrate financial ability, that the technology can withstand the harsh environment of the Bay of Fundy, and that it has a plan to monitor the effect on the environment, including fish.” The successful proponent will join Nova Scotia Power, ALSTOM and Minas Basin Pulp and Paper in the FORCE project. Sub-sea cables will transmit power from the four test sites to the province’s electricity grid. The sub-sea cables are scheduled to be installed by next summer. “The more experience we get with different devices in the water, the more we learn — what makes sense, what is safe, and what is possible,” said FORCE executive director Doug Keefe. “A fourth bertholder offers everyone another opportunity to see in-stream tidal energy technology at work in the Bay of Fundy.” FORCE is a public/private partnership that allows developers, regulators, scientists and academics to study the performance and interaction of tidal energy turbines with the Bay of Fundy’s environment. It is funded by the governments of Nova Scotia and Canada, Encana Corporation and developers. The request for proposals can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders. The deadline is Oct. 20 and more information on the tidal project can be found at www.fundyforce.ca . The province released its Renewable Electricity Plan in April, committing to 25 per cent renewable energy by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020.last_img read more

first_imgJaipur: After a drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan bagged a majority of seats in the panchayat samiti and zila parishad bypolls, held in 26 of 33 districts in the state. Of the 74 panchayat samiti seats, the Congress won 39.The BJP was pushed to the second spot with 29 seats. Six independents also emerged victorious. Fifteen candidates- eight from the Congress, two from the BJP and five independents-were elected unopposed. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefIn the zila parishad bypolls, the Congress won seven of the nine seats. The BJP could win only one seat. The remaining seat was bagged by an independent candidate. No nomination was filed for Udaipur’s Jhadol panchayat samiti due to which the seat remained vacant. The bypolls were held on June 30, results of which were announced by the State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday. The commission also declared names of elected 48 sarpanches from 22 districts. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCTwelve of the 48 sarpanches were elected unopposed. The results have boosted the morale of Congress workers, who claimed that the six independents who won in the panchayat samiti bypolls supported the party. State Congress president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said people had reposed faith in the party. “It marks the reposing of the faith of people in the Congress Party. Bypolls were conducted across the state. I thank all party workers and supporters,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar Friday shot down the men’s rifle 3 positions junior world record on his way to winning gold, helping India top the medals tally in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. India finished the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) tournament with 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze for a total of 24 medals. The youngster from Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, aggregated 1171 in the gruelling 120-shot qualification round where a shooter fires 40 shots each in the kneeling, prone and standing positions. His score was enough for the fourth place in a field of 72 where the top eight made it to the medal round. Facing a top-class field in the finals with multiple ISSF medallists and Russian Grigoril Shamakov, the reigning Youth Olympic Games champion in the mix as well, Aishwarya began strongly and finished with a resounding victory. He led at the end of the first 15 kneeling shots, surrendered it to Hungarian double world championship junior medallist Zalan Pekler at the end next 15 prone position shots and then was first off the blocks in the standing position, generally a difficult transition where India has struggled earlier, to regain the lead after the 35th shot to never look back. He finished with an outstanding 10.4 for a finals junior world record score of 459.3, shattering Czech talent Filip Nepejchal’s mark of 458.7 set in the Beijing World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced he is preparing for a significant shift in his government’s handling of the Indigenous Affairs file — a plan designed to lead to the dissolution of the department itself.As part of a small cabinet shuffle Monday, Trudeau announced that Carolyn Bennett — the minister in charge of the Indigenous Affairs Department since the fall of 2015 — will tag team efforts on the complex file along with former health minister Jane Philpott.Bennett’s focus will be on the Crown’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples — a key priority for the Trudeau government since coming to power — while Philpott will tackle Indigenous services, including the need to address long-term boil water advisories, First Nations education and housing.The eventual creation of two separate ministries to replace the existing department will involve legislation, Trudeau said, noting Bennett’s work over the last two years has brought his government to the point where it can explore changes.“There is a sense that we have pushed the creaky old structures around INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) about as far as they can go,” Trudeau said as he stood outside Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence.“Being able to have ministers like Carolyn and Jane in charge of moving forward in substantive ways that will demonstrate Canadians’ commitment to reconciliation is something that is very exciting.”The federal government is also taking steps to move beyond the Indian Act, Trudeau added, pointing to a 141-year old statute that has been widely criticized by Indigenous leaders.“It is a story that is about decolonizing,” Bennett said Monday. “It is about getting rid of the paternalism and being able to understand that we have to move to a new way of working together. It is … about us stopping delivering government programs and begin to build Indigenous-led institutions and Indigenous-led governments.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called Trudeau’s announcement Monday a “positive step” for Indigenous People and their relationship with the Crown, saying the decision will allow communities to exert their jurisdiction over territories and rights.He also said he hopes the bureaucracy will be able to find new ways of doing business now that Philpott will take over this aspect of the file.“We’ve always said the bureaucracy is really colonial and outdated and everything is done the same old way,” he said in an interview.“I believe this government is listening and they’ve reacted in restructuring in such a manner that I think it is going to have impact for our people … I would say it should allow for greater progress.”Metis National Council President Clement Chartier also praised the federal government on Monday, saying he was alerted of the decision personally in a Monday morning phone call from the prime minister.“You have two, I believe, well-placed ministers that are serious about what they’ve been tasked with,” he said. “I think in this way, progress can, in fact, be made. I think it is a proactive, positive step that the government is taking.”National Inuit Leader Natan Obed extended his congratulations to the two ministers.“I welcome today’s acknowledgement that the federal government must do better when it comes to policy, programs and services for Inuit and all Indigenous peoples,” he said in a statement.NDP Indigenous affairs critic Romeo Saganash interpreted the announcement differently, saying that splitting the Indigenous-related files is an “acknowledgment that the Liberal government has so far failed to comprehensively address the formidable challenges Indigenous communities face.”“The long-standing injustices cannot be addressed by any symbolic change and I reiterate the NDP’s call on the Liberal government to comply with legal orders to end discrimination of First Nations kids,” he said in a statement.The Conservatives declined to comment on the cabinet shuffle for Indigenous Affairs.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

“With the onset of the rainy season, it is essential that we get them moved quickly to a single site at the existing camp of Amboko, where we can more easily provide humanitarian assistance,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.The refugees arrived in June, fleeing unrest in northern CAR, where Mr. Redmond said the level of insecurity reportedly remains considerable, with both banditry and rebel activity reported. They have been living in makeshift settlements around 17 villages in the remote areas in southern Chad.UNHCR staff have been redeployed to the area from its offices in Abeche, Damanadji and N’djamena, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Federation of the Red Cross and various partner non-government organizations (NGOs) such as CARE, Oxfam, Chadian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières, are all working hard on this, Mr. Redmond said.The Government of Chad has made additional land available to UNHCR for a temporary transit centre at Amboko camp, near Gore an airstrip, unused for more than 20 years, is being urgently rehabilitated. It is hoped that flights may be possible within a couple of weeks, which would significantly enhance the operation.On Friday UNHCR said relocation might even start on Monday, but Mr. Redmond said today: “The relocation operation could start as early as tomorrow (Wednesday) and is a race against time as the rains have already set in.”Amboko camp already has 13,000 CAR refugees and can host up to 27,000 people. There are already 30,000 CAR refugees in southern Chad. The majority of them arrived in 2003 after a military coup. Chad is also hosting more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees from the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan who are currently housed in 12 camps in the eastern part of the country. read more

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that Israeli forces moved yesterday morning to occupy two schools it runs in the camp. The Israelis continued to occupy the boys’ school after leaving the girls’ school today, UNRWA reported.At the same time, agency officials reported that the Israeli forces continue to block a health clinic, which prevents patients or staff from leaving the building.Created in 1950, Balata is the largest West Bank camp with a registered refugee population of about 21,000. In early 1994, the Refugee Committee to Defend Refugee Rights was established in Balata, which lies within the municipal boundaries of Nablus.UNRWA was created by a 1949 UN General Assembly resolution to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees after the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2014 6:07 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Donald Sterling’s latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was rejected Wednesday by a California appeals court.The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a brief order Wednesday saying it couldn’t halt a sale that had been completed.“The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed,” the court wrote. “Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay.”Even if the sale hadn’t closed, the three judges said the former owner failed to show he was harmed enough to get a temporary stay.Ballmer sealed the deal Tuesday after a probate judge cleared the way for Sterling’s estranged wife to sell the team. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Shelly Sterling could complete the sale she negotiated after removing her husband of 58 years from the family trust that owned the team because of questions about his mental competence.At the time she negotiated the record price for an NBA team the league was threatening to seize the team and auction it after banning Donald Sterling for life for making derogatory remarks about blacks.Sterling’s lawyers, who acknowledged in recent court filings that he isn’t a sympathetic figure, derided the “popular” ruling against the unpopular owner. They said they were deeply disappointed with the appellate order.“He has been deprived from ownership of the Clippers after 33 years without being accorded appellate review of this harsh result,” attorneys Max Blecher and Bobby Samini said in a written statement.Ballmer’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, said they were “supremely confident” that even with further Sterling appeals, Ballmer is the “undisputed owner.”“Clipper nation rejoices,” Streisand said. “He’s got the ability to seek review by the California Supreme Court, where he has a one in 2 billion chance.”Shelly Sterling’s lawyer said she was thrilled to have the court’s blessing.“It is time for Donald to accept that the game is over and he has run out of courts,” attorney Pierce O’Donnell said in a statement.Donald Sterling, 80, a billionaire lawyer who bought the team in 1981 for $12 million, still has lawsuits pending in state and federal court against the NBA. He has vowed to fight the league for the rest of his life.His lawyers said he will be vindicated in the federal case. Appeals court rejects Donald Sterling’s effort to block sale of LA Clippers; deal is done read more

Three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel and Israel retaliated with some eight rounds of 120mm mortar, but no casualties were reported from either side, according to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).“The Secretary-General is greatly concerned over yesterday’s firing of rockets within UNIFIL’s area of operations from the area of Al-Hinniyah, in the vicinity of Tyr, towards Israel, which is a serious violation of resolution 1701 (2006),” said a statement from Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, referring to the Security Council measure that established a ceasefire after fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.“The Secretary-General notes the retaliatory mortar attacks by the Israel Defence Forces in Lebanon in the area of Zibqin. UNIFIL is investigating the circumstances of the incident in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defence Forces,” the statement said.“The Secretary-General condemns any and all violations of resolution 1701 (2006) and urges all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and cooperate with UNIFIL in order to prevent an escalation,” it added, reaffirming the UN’s commitment to work with the parties to ensure that the calm that has prevailed in southern Lebanon continues to be sustained.“The parties must fully adhere to resolution 1701 (2006) and respect the cessation of hostilities,” it stressing.UNIFIL currently has nearly 10,500 personnel deployed in the area. read more

A Scottish teenager has fallen to her death from a seventh floor apartment in Majorca after trying to climb from one balcony to another.Natalie Cormack, 19, of West Kilbride in North Ayrshire, realised she did not have her keys when she returned from work at a bar in the resort of Magaluf.Spanish police said she went to a friend’s apartment and attempted to gain access to her neighbouring flat at the Eden Rock de Torrenova block.An ambulance crew was called to the scene but the Guardia Civil in Palma confirmed she died following the accident on Friday morning.An officer said: “We are still investigating. But it seems she did not have any keys when she arrived at her apartment and went to a friend’s flat.”She was climbing to her own balcony when she fell from the seventh floor. We understand that she comes from Scotland and was working in a nearby bar, but we don’t have any more details yet.” Earlier this month, Ms Cormack posted on Facebook that she was having the best time of her life. Her mother, Lynn McLaren, posted a message on the social media site confirming her death, prompting a flurry of messages from her grieving friends. She said: “I am so sorry to do things this way but have to let everyone know that Natalie has fallen from a balcony in Magaluf and has died. At the moment this is all we know.”A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British national following her death in Spain, and our staff are in contact with the Spanish and UK police regarding the incident.” 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. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSOCU requests more time to present statements in CourtMay 9, 2017In “Court”Law Books case: Nandlall’s trial set for June 8, prosecution still to get up statementsMay 29, 2017In “Court”Nandall arrested by SOCU, charged for missing Law books, gets self bailApril 27, 2017In “Court” …over the ownership of the law booksNandlall making his way from Court on ThursdayFormer Attorney General and attorney- at-law, Anil Nandlall- who was on Thursday arrested by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and placed before the Magistrates’ court with the charge of larceny by a bailee, that he fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit 14 Commonwealth Law Reports, valued at $2.3 million- said that charge should never have been filed in light of the fact that he instituted civil proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court in relation to the ownership of those very books.On Tuesday, the day after he was initially detained by SOCU for questioning in relation to the law books, Nandlall filed legal proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court, against Attorney General, Basil Williams, SC, to prove that the books are his property.Following the legal arguments in court, the Chief Justice (ag), Roxanne George-Wilshire granted the Conservatory Order, restraining officers of SOCU and the Guyana Police Force from seizing or detaining the said books.Nandlall is a post on Facebook said that “the truth is that this charge should never have been filed in light of the fact that I have instituted civil proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court in relation to the ownership of these very books. This charge should have awaited the determination of those proceedings in accordance with Article 153 of the Constitution. This Article provides, inter alia, that if a citizen’s fundamental rights arises in relation to criminal proceedings, those constitutional rights issues must be first determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, before the criminal proceedings are to proceed.”According to Nandlall “many believe that Basil Williams has instructed the institution of these charges, simply to provide himself with the defence of justification in the libel and slander suit which I have filed against him. Unfortunately for him, the law is not an ass.”In April, Nandlall sued Williams for $125 million in compensation for the “considerable distress, anxiety and public humiliation” he reportedly faced by the utterances from Williams in relation to the missing law books.Nandlall had previously said that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth Law Books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the Law reports.His contentions were corroborated publicly by then President Donald Ramotar.After he was released on his own recognizance form Court, Nandlall told the media that the state paid for his subscription “because when I took this job, I took it at a loss of income, that I was earning much more and part of the package which I negotiated was the payment of my subscription for the law books.”He said he was not surprised by the charge, which he stated was a long time coming, after he had begun criticising the performance of Attorney General Basil Williams.“I don’t think anyone would be surprised by the turn of events. The Attorney General promised over a year ago that, should I continue to publicly criticise him, he will make these law books an issue and I will be charged,” Nandlall claimed.Moreover he asserted that him being arrested and dragged in front of the Court  “has nothing to do with the law books. As I indicated earlier, it has a political and sinister motive. (But) the state will expend millions of tax payers’ money to prosecute this charge, and it will go nowhere.”“Rest assured the criminal charge will be challenged and disposed of, shortly. Everyone who had an intentional hand in this persecutorial conspiracy and plot of vendetta will have to answer to the law. The majesty of the law will prevail in the end” Nandlall asserted.See Nandlall’s full statement below:Today, the inevitable eventually occurred. With all the allegations which they have made against me since they were in the Opposition, scraping at the very bottom of the barrel, they have finally come up with the charge of larceny by a bailee of the Law Reports. The charge is as frivolous as it is incredulous. The truth is that this charge should never have been filed in light of the fact that I have instituted civil proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court in relation to the ownership of these very books. This charge should have awaited the determination of those proceedings in accordance with Article 153 of the Constitution. This Article provides, inter alia, that if a citizen’s fundamental rights arises in relation to criminal proceedings, those constitutional rights issues must be first determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, before the criminal proceedings are to proceed.Many believe that Basil Williams has instructed the institution of these charges, simply to provide himself with the defence of justification in the libel and slander suit which I have filed against him. Unfortunately for him, the law is not an ass.Rest assured the criminal charge will be challenged and disposed of, shortly. Everyone who had an intentional hand in this persecutorial conspiracy and plot of vendetta will have to answer to the law. The majesty of the law will prevail in the end.For now, I am happy that the world has seen how rapidly this Administration has descended into authoritarianism. Its own supporters are aghast. Perhaps, it is fitting that I, who have written so much over the past 2 years about the authoritarian conduct of this Government, its constitutional violations, and its manifest disregard for the rule of law, was the one that they used to showcase those very tendencies, as if to prove me right.Even after the charge was filed, there were great machinations in relation to, before which Magistrate, I should appear. Many felt that the political direction was to keep me in Police custody. Even the Special Prosecutor retained, whom I have criticized severely, appeared to have found the manipulation of the system, unjust and repugnant. I salute him for his professionalism.Eventually, a Magistrate decided to hear the matter. The charge was read. The Special Prosecutor did not object to bail. The learned Magistrate released me on my own recognizance. The magistrate maintained her independence. I salute her as well.I harbor no illusion that this will be the only charge that will be instituted against me. I anticipate that many more will come in the same political mould, not only against me but against my political colleagues, as well. Over a decade ago, in a presentation to the PPP leadership, I had predicted that anytime we were removed from Government, politically inspired and concocted criminal charges will be used as a political weapon against every PPP leader. It is part of the political culture of the PNC. From the moment we left Office, this has been their agenda.Sadly, for them, this will never break my spirit or the determination of the PPP to continue the struggle to free Guyana from this incompetent, corrupt and vengeful Government and to offer every Guyanese a better life. On the contrary, it makes us stronger. I have said before that we come from a history of struggle of which we see political persecution and imprisonment as a fundamental part.I wish to thank all my Comrades and Legal colleagues for the tremendous demonstration of support they have shown to me over the last three days, more particularly, today. I must also thank so many friends, well-wishers and supporters both locally and overseas who have called or sent me messages of support and solidarity, especially in the social media. Your support is what keeps me inspired.The struggle continues…. Round 2…. read more