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Odisha’s dying largest freshwater lake to get a new lease of life

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first_imgOdisha’s largest freshwater lake, Ansupa, which silted up following drastic reduction of water inflow from the Mahanadi, may soon get a new lease of life, thanks to holistic intervention initiated by the State government.Chilika Development Authority, the nodal agency, has taken up restoration measures under funding from National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems.“We are proposing to dredge the mouth of Huluhala Nullah, the lifeline of the lake, connecting Ansupa with Mahanadi and also maintain the gradient of the water channel to ensure flow of Mahanadi water into the lake,” Sushanta Nanda, the CDA’s chief executive, told The Hindu on Saturday.Nullah’s mouth is repeatedly silted up by sand being deposited by the meandering river. Experts believe the hydrological regime of the lake will improve after creation of passage for water through dredging.Ansupa is the wintering ground of 32 species of migratory birds. Its water used to be so clean that it was serving both as a drinking water and irrigation supply source for villagers.The lake being an ox-bow lake, an offshoot of the Mahanadi, was dependent on freshwater supply from the river during the rainy season. The CDA chief said there had been almost no water supply to the lake since 2014 and the lake was choking itself to death. Now, the silted-up area has been encroached upon for paddy cultivation.The water area of Ansupa lake as ascertained from the satellite imageries now varies between 375 acres and 385 acres depending upon the season. Now the waterspread area has reduced to only 500 sq. m and fishery resources are almost non-existent.last_img read more

Tarun Gogoi slams BJP’s ‘Pakistan politics’

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Call to reserve 21 Assam Assembly seats for indigenous groups

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first_imgA coordination committee of the indigenous groups in Assam has demanded the reservation of 21 “immigrants-controlled” Assembly seats for indigenous communities. It also sought the formation of a Legislative Council to let numerically weaker communities be represented in the 126-member Assembly.“Many indigenous groups have been affected by the Assam Accord that settled for March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for detecting illegal migrants instead of 1951. But we can somewhat undo the damage by insisting on 1951 as the basis for ensuring the constitutional rights of the Assamese and other indigenous groups via the implementation of Clause 6 of the accord,” said Syed Muminul Awal, leader of the Janagosthiya Samannwoy Parishad, Assam. The Parishad is an umbrella body of 21 organisations representing indigenous communities, including the Assamese Muslims who distinguish themselves from the Bengal-origin migrant Muslims.Hifazul Haque, Parishad’s coordinator, said the Assam Accord had legitimised the stay of more than 50 lakh migrants from East Pakistan and Bangladesh between 1951 and 1971. “The migrants now control 21 Assembly constituencies such as Lahorighat, Dhubri, Goalpara and Baghbor. Clause 6 should be wielded in a manner that these Assembly seats are reserved for indigenous communities who do not have the number to contest elections,” a spokesperson of the organisation said. The Centre had in July constituted a 13-member committee to look into the pros and cons of implementing Clause 6 that seeks to guarantee constitutional safeguards for the Assamese people. Two more, including the lone tribal, were included in the panel later.last_img read more

Pesky defense from Marcelino twins throws Salado off his game

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With Arellano’s defense focused heavily on CJ Perez, Salado shared that he didn’t expect the Marcelino twins, Jaycee and Jayvee, to make life hard for him in the 30 minutes he played on the court.“We stopped Perez in the first quarter, but what killed us are the Marcelinos. They weren’t part of our scouting report,” he said. “Wherever I went, they were there. I didn’t even know who was the one guarding me. They’re really good defenders.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the Marcelino brothers taking turns shadowing him, Salado was limited to his lowest output of the season of 11 markers, seven rebounds, and four assists, an evident dip from his averages of 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in the Chiefs’ first three games.The Cagayan de Oro native, though, challenged his teammates to pick up the slack as the Chiefs hope to end their roller coaster ride in the first four games of the season. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I need my teammates to step up. I pass the ball to them but they have to finish. (Lervin) Flores, I think, has been inconsistent. I can’t do it on my own,” he said.Arellano seeks to snap out of its funk on Friday against St. Benilde. MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKent Salado admitted that Lyceum caught Arellano off guard when the two teams played on Tuesday.“We were surprised,” the speedy playmaker said in Filipino after the Chiefs fell to the Pirates, 99-65. “Lyceum isn’t that big, but they are really hustling hard and that led to us committing a lot of turnovers.”ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES San Beda racks up 3rd straight, clips Letran National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

La Salle eyeing ex-Qatar national team mentor as new head coach

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first_imgMOST READ Gonzales steered La Salle to an 8-6 record, before getting ousted by FEU in a playoff in the recent tournament.La Salle finished fifth in the recent UAAP season despite a surprisingly strong performance by Gonzales, who was an assistant to coach Aldin Ayo before being elevated to the top spot.The Archers failed to make the Final Four for the first time since 2015.Lewis was the coach of Qatar during the Gulf country’s clash with Gilas Pilipinas behind closed doors. During that Fiba qualifying match, Qatar had the Philippines in double-digit holes before the Nationals cagers rallied in the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT The Archers are looking to install a former national head coach, replacing Louie Gonzales, the Inquirer learned from multiple sources late Thursday night.“They’re going to revamp the coaching staff and they’ve been in serious talks with a national team coach for quite some time,” said one of the sources.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Inquirer sources did not specify the coach but several insiders have said that La Salle has contacted former Qatar national team coach Tim Lewis regarding his availability.Lewis served as Thailand’s chief tactician during the SEABA tournament held here in 2016. He went on to partially lend his services to Chot Reyes and the Gilas cause a year later before taking up the job at Qatar. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue JP Calvo shows what he has to offer as he wins MVP in 2018 PBA Draft Combine Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ La Salle is looking at a massive retooling of its coaching staff after failing to make it to the Final Four in UAAP Season 81.ADVERTISEMENT Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

IMT Ghaziabad Admissions 2016: Apply before May 15

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first_imgThe Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, one of the India’s premier business schools has released a notification inviting all  interested, eligible candidates to take admission to its 15-month Executive and 36-month part-time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme for the upcoming session of 2016.The last date to apply for all programmes is May 15, 2016.Eligibility criteria:Educational Qualification:PGDM Executive: All the candidates interested in applying must possess a graduate degree in any discipline with minimum 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA from a recognised university.All the applicants must have at least five years and above experience in a corporate field.For PGDM (Part-Time): All the candidates interested in applying must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with experience of one to two years as on June 30, 2016.Selection procedure:PGDM (Executive): All the applicants will be selected on the basis of the applicant’s scores with their overall application credentials.Further, the candidates will be called for a Personal Academic Discussion (PAD) round at the concerned centre/ city/ venue.PGDM (Part-Time): The selection of the candidates will be done through an entrance test (Aptitude Test) to be organized by IMT at the Ghaziabad campus, followed by a personal interview.Application fee:All the applicants belonging to all categories need to pay Rs 2000 for PGDM (Executive) and for PGDM (Part-time), candidates need to pay the application fee of Rs 1,750.How to apply:All the candidates need to apply online on the website, www.imt.edu.All the applications should be filled in the prescribed format only.advertisementImportant dates:The online application process will end on May 15, 2016.The entrance test and  personal interview for PGDM (part-time) will be held on June 5.Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here.last_img read more

India vs England, 4th Test, Day 2: Key highlights

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Panathinaikos downs Baskonia on the road (video)

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first_imgIn a battle of playoff-bound teams hoping to snatch home-court advantage, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens went on the road to lead from tip to buzzer in beating Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 63-72 on Thursday night. The victory improved Panathinaikos’s record to 17-11, which is the same as fourth-place Fenerbahce Istanbul, but Fenerbahce has the tiebreak advantage. The victory also gave Panathinaikos a season-sweep of Baskonia, which dropped to 16-12 and seventh place. Panathinaikos had a dream start, not allowing Baskonia to get into any offensive rhythm. The Greens needed no time to open a double-digit margin and their lead was as big as 22 points in the third quarter, before Baskonia attempted a late charge, but never really threatened. Chris Singleton was all over the place for the winner with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. James Gist and Mike James scored 11 points apiece for Panathinaikos, while Nick Calathes collected 8 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Adam Hanga finished the game with 13 points, Johannes Voigtmann collected 12 points plus 7 rebounds, while Chase Budinger scored 11 in the losing effort.Panathinaikos stormed out of the gate, with Gist scoring 7 points, and behind Singleton and Calathes who fueled a 0-11 run, the Greens opened a 4-18 lead. Baskonia could not get into rhythm against Panathinaikos’s box-and-1 zone defense, and Singleton and Kenny Gabriel hit triples to give the visitors a 6-24 lead after 10 minutes. Shane Larkin hit a three-pointer, and Hanga got something going for the hosts, but Nikos Pappas, James and Calathes kept the hosts at bay, as the score stood 21-37 at halftime. After the break there was more offensive struggle for Baskonia, as James Feldeine and Singleton made it 25-47. Baskonia was not giving up, however, and slowly started to melt the deficit. Savvy plays from Ilimane Diop cut the margin into single digits in the fourth quarter, and it was 48-56 going into the final five minutes of the game. Budinger hit a three-pointer and Hanga made a steal under the visitors’ basket and scored as Baskonia got within 61-67. But a put-back by Gist with 57 seconds left sealed the outcome. Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maxim: extended digital IO family addresses Industry 4.0 challenges

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first_imgDesigners of industrial equipment striving to meet the size, power and performance requirements of Industry 4.0 applications can now turn to an expanded family of digital input devices from Maxim Integrated Products. One of the new devices, MAX22192, is integrated into the company’s Go-IO programmable logic controller reference design.As manufacturing becomes increasingly automated, there is a stronger need for real-time decision-making and feedback-loop mechanisms. These intelligent Industry 4.0 systems require digital input ICs inside the PLCs to receive on/off status signals. Yet, for ease of integration throughout manufacturing environments, the devices must be robust, high-performing and compact.Maxim’s expanded portfolio of IEC61131-2-compliant digital input devices offers the industry’s smallest solution size (by as much as 50%), features the lowest power dissipation (by as much as 60%), is up to 6x faster and has the most robust performance (integrating 1kV of surge protection and integrated diagnostics). In addition, the family also includes a parasitically powered digital input that reduces power dissipation by up to 60 percent and does not require a discrete isolated power supply.The newest digital input devices include:•            MAX22190 8-channel octal digital input with Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), accurate input current limiters, built-in surge protection of >1kV and wire break detection in a 5mm x 5mm package•            MAX22191 single-channel, parasitically powered digital input with accurate input current limiters and 250ns (max) propagation delay in a 2.8mm x 2.9mm package•            MAX22192 8-channel octal digital input with isolated SPI, wire break detection and accurate input current limiters in a 6mm x 10mm package•            MAX22195 high-speed octal digital input with parallel output and accurate input current limiters, 300ns (max) propagation delay, parallel interface, low power, low heat dissipation, fault tolerance with built-in diagnostics, configurability and a robust design in a 5mm x 5mm 32-TQFN packageThese products enhance a digital IO family that also includes the MAX14912 and MAX14913 octal high-speed, switch/push-pull driver with integrated surge protection, diagnostics and fast/safe demagnetization; the MAX14914 universal digital IO with surge protection, high-side switch/push-pull driver/digital input and an SPI interface; and the MAX14483 6-channel, high-density, high-speed, low-power digital isolator optimized for daisy chained SPI applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Rigol: high-performance oscilloscopes and function generatorsNext Mouser: Wireless Xpress Bluetooth modules simplify drop-in connectivity upgradeslast_img read more

Sampaoli calls for Argentina to match Messi

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first_imgLionel Messi Sampaoli calls for Argentina to match ‘incredible’ Messi Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 12:13 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) lionel messi - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Argentina Ecuador v Argentina Ecuador WC Qualification South America The Albiceleste coach believes the crucial World Cup qualifier against Ecuador will go well if his players rise to their talisman’s level Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli praised the “incredible” Lionel Messi, challenging his team to reach the star’s level when they face Ecuador.Sampaoli’s men need a win in the World Cup qualifier in Quito on Tuesday as they look to salvage a place at Russia 2018.Argentina 4/11 to beat Ecuador Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Messi has scored four goals in nine qualifiers this campaign, but the last of those came in March, when Edgardo Bauza was still in charge.However, Sampaoli praised the Barcelona star and said it was up to the 30-year-old’s team-mates to reach his level.”In these three games, I led an incredible Messi — committed, pressing,” he said during a news conference on Monday.”If we are at Messi’s level, the match will go very well.”[SELECCIÓN MAYOR] Algunas postales de @Argentina y su entrenamiento en #Guayaquil. pic.twitter.com/rxNp0rvLkA— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) October 10, 2017Sampaoli said he still had some doubts over who would start, while he played down the significance of the altitude in Quito.The 57-year-old said he would accept a result whichever way it came, with rain also forecast.”On this occasion, I’m going to be happy if the team win even if they don’t deserve it,” Sampaoli said.”I hope that qualification will be achieved because, beyond the numbers, Argentina deserve it.”Argentina (25 points) are sixth in the standings, but a win would see them rise above Colombia (26) or Peru (25), who meet in Lima.A win would secure at least a play-off spot for Sampaoli’s side, with Uruguay (28 points), Chile (26) and Paraguay (24) also looking to seal places.last_img read more

Ben Woodburn scrambles late reward for starless Wales against Trinidad

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first_imgGareth Bale was present but not risked for a match in which Wales snatched a late winner through Ben Woodburn, a deserved outcome after constant second-half pressure that improved Ryan Giggs’s underwhelming record. Thank you for your feedback. Wales Share via Email For the second half Giggs brought off Ward for Adam Davies, the Barnsley keeper making his international debut. Lawrence’s switch was to replace Plaza with Cordell Cato of Oklahoma City.Giggs named Ashley Williams as captain despite the on-loan Everton centre-back’s struggle to play regularly for Stoke and the manager will not have been happy to see him cede the ball carelessly.When Woodburn slipped in Thomas the No 11’s fierce shot warmed Phillip’s fingers – and the support – as he saved to his right. Suddenly the game flared: Levi Garcia rounded Davies at the other end and found Aubrey David and his effort was cleared off the Wales line by Gunter.From here Giggs’s men pressed and finally got the breakthrough, Woodburn’s chest home coming from a Vaulks’s ball to the back post. His goal gave Wales the perfect boost before the serious stuff, Sunday’s start to their qualification campaign for the European Championship.“I’m gutted for the boys,” Lawrence said. Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Messenger The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Friendlies Reuse this content Lawrence, a former Wrexham player of five years, watched as Wales started brightly. Woodburn, the striker in Giggs’s 4-2-3-1, slipped a ball into Ryan Hedges and his dink was reached by Tyler Roberts though the Trinidad goalkeeper, Marvin Phillip, was not troubled. Facebook Show Pinterest Barney Ronay match reports Gareth Bale’s bloodless brilliance needs rough edges and a new settingcenter_img Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Leroy Sané survives ‘vicious’ red-card tackle in Germany’s draw with Serbia Having taken over a year on Friday, Giggs’s 10th match in charge ended as a fourth victory to go with five defeats and a draw. Before Sunday’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia the manager protected all his A-listers. This meant no Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Ben Davies or first-choice goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey.Giggs pointed to Bale’s full part in Real Madrid’s win over Celta Vigo last Saturday. “It was a first 90 minutes in three months,” he said. “He took part in a little bit of training yesterday, trained this morning really well but it was too much of a risk for him.”There was a chance for fringe players to push a claim with Newcastle’s Paul Dummett the only regular Premier League performer – the Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward a reserve, along with Liverpool’s Woodburn.Dennis Lawrence’s Trinidad & Tobago had lost their previous two games and in Sheldon Bateau of Norway’s Sarpsborg had a solitary Europe-based player. Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Topics Gareth Bale sits in the stands with Joe Allen, Ben Davies, Aaron Ramsey, Wayne Hennessey and other members of the Wales squad. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/JMP/REX/Shutterstock Read more Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Read more Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Hide The visitors operated a 4-4-1-1 and the captain, Khaleem Hyland, offered a first threat, taking aim from distance at Ward’s goal. Then came a burst of quality as the Trinidad No 9, Will Plaza, found Hyland and he recycled the ball to Nathan Lewis at speed; Wales were grateful nothing came of it.So, too, were the visitors when George Thomas sprayed wide as the interval neared. Just before the whistle Woodburn suffered a painful challenge from Kevan George but was able to resume. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Planters Jumps into the Craft Beer Game with Mr. IPA-Nut

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first_imgLately, it seems that every major brand not traditionally in the beer market is making their own beer. Boston’s Harpoon Brewery created a coffee porter with Dunkin’ Donuts. IHOP worked with New York-based Keegan Ales to make a pumpkin pancake beer. Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing made a beer in honor of the last Blockbuster Video (not quite the same, but close enough). The newest major company to enter the beer game? Planters.That’s right, folks, Mr. Peanut (the dashing, monocle-wearing peanut-human hybrid who is now being touted as the best “Wingnut” on the planet) teamed up with Lombard, Illinois’ Noon Whistle Brewing to fire up the brew kettle and release Planters’ first beer. Named Mr. IPA-Nut (because why wouldn’t you call it that?), the India pale ale is an attempt by the brand to prove that peanuts go with every kind of beer out there.Planters“It would have been easy to make a great stout or porter with nuts, but Planters wanted to prove that nuts go great with any style beer. Therefore, we took their honey roasted peanuts and made a great IPA that highlights both hops and peanuts,” said Michael Condon, owner of Noon Whistle Brewing.Made with Wakatu and Citra hops, the company says that Mr. IPA-Nut delivers “a citrus aroma and a hint of honey-roasted peanuts, all followed by a slightly salty finish that makes every sip worth savoring.” Noon Whistle also makes over 10 other types of IPAs, ranging from traditional and Northeastern style IPAs to the new-ish category, brut IPAs, so it’s safe to say they have experience making the style with varying ingredients.Launched to coincide for National American Beer Day (October 27), Mr. IPA-Nut will retail for $10 and be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans at the brewery and in select stores in Illinois. A full list can be found here.While we’re optimistic for this beer — the honey notes could complement the hops if done in the right amounts — we’ll be honest in saying we’re holding out for what will surely be the next Planters-themed beer: Cheese Ball Pilsner.Mr. Peanut, if you’re out there, get on that. Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Saint Archer Brewing Company’s New Tropical IPA is Coming Soon and Coming In Biglast_img read more

Euroseas Cancels First Ultramax Newbuilding

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first_imgzoom Greek owner and operator of dry bulk and container ships Euroseas Ltd. has terminated the order for the first of its Ultramax vessels, Hull Number DY 160, under construction at Sinopacific Shipbuilding’s Dayang yard in China.The company said that the vessel was cancelled due to excessive construction delays.Euroseas has demanded the return of its progress payments and other expenses as specified in the newbuilding contract and secured by refund guaranties.The parties have referred the matter to arbitration, Euroseas added.The 63,500 dwt Ultramax, which was planned to be renamed Alexandros P,  was originally scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2016.The company’s second newbuilding contract for a similar Ultramax vessel, Hull Number DY 161, with the same yard is also facing significant delays.Furthermore, Euroseas signed an addendum to its shipbuilding contract with China’s Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard for the construction of a Kamsarmax vessel, scheduled to be delivered during the first quarter of 2018.According to the addendum, the company acquired the option until December 31, 2016 to decide whether to build the vessel, build a vessel of different type, credit the payment already made as part of the original contract (USD 2.7 million) to acquire a different vessel from the yard at a mutually agreed price, or decide to cancel the shipbuilding contract without any additional cost.In February 2016, Euroseas took delivery of a similar Kamsarmax vessel, M/V Xenia, which was chartered for four years at USD 14,100/day with an additional year at USD 14,350/day at the charterer’s option.last_img read more

Woman attempts suicide at metro station survives

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first_imgNew Delhi: A 50-year-old woman tried to commit suicide at the Seelampur metro station here on Friday but escaped as she fell between two tracks, police said. The incident occurred at 9.46 a.m. at Platform 2, police spokesman Anil Mittal said. The victim, Kamlesh Jain, is a resident of Shanti Mohalla in Seelampur. “She didn’t suffer external injuries and was shifted to the GTB Hospital,” he added.last_img

Universal access for HIV prevention care top priority says UN official

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13 March 2009Even in the face of the current global economic turmoil, investing in AIDS responses is crucial to prevent 1.3 million deaths in the next two years, the head of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today, highlighting how the agency’s top priority is to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. “Universal access means saving lives and restoring dignity to people,” Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, told reporters in Geneva.It encompasses stopping mothers from dying and babies from being infected with the virus; stopping people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis; and stopping drug users from becoming infected with HIV, he said.Universal access also entails curbing legislation that blocks an effective response to AIDS, the official stressed.Further, it underscores the need to end sexual violence against women and girls and “stopping failing our young people,” he said.During the financial crisis, “economic adjustments should be made with a human face in mind,” Mr. Sidibé said, underscoring that a mother should not have to choose between receiving treatment and feeding her children.Resources for responses to AIDS should be viewed as investments, and not expenditures, to avert 2.6 million new HIV infections and to put nearly 7 million people on a course of treatment, he told journalists at his first press conference since taking office as UNAIDS Executive Director.Mr. Sidibé, a Malian national with more than 20 years of experience with the UN under his belt, was appointed to his position last December by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

Annan condemns slander campaign against UN mission senior envoy in Haiti

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Secretary-General Kofi Annan has registered his opposition to a campaign of defamation against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) as well as his senior envoy to the country.In a letter to Prime Minister Gérard Latortue, Mr. Annan rejects the slander in recent weeks as “unacceptable.”Excerpts from the letter, dated 13 January, were released by today MINUSTAH, which quoted Mr. Annan voicing full support for his Special Representative in Haiti, Juan Gabriel Valdés.The Secretary-General also urges the Prime Minister to publicly condemn the campaign to discredit the envoy and the mission, warning that it could threaten the security of MINUSTAH as well as the holding of free and fair elections.All concerned must work together in a sprit of mutual respect and close collaboration, he says. read more

Stronger joint action of UN international financial institutions urged at development forum

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Given the current high unemployment, geopolitical tensions and the possibility of a climate shock, there was a need for “more forceful and concerted policy actions at both national and international levels to mitigate major risks and ensure a stronger and sustained economic recovery,” ECOSOC President, Néstor Osorio said.The meeting in New York, under the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda’, brought ECOSOC together with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).In his presentation, Mr. Osorio highlighted the importance of an effective strategy of financing for sustainable development in the follow-up to the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June of last year, the Rio+20 conference was a follow-up to the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development which was meant to reconcile economic and environmental goals of the international community.While there, participating Member States decided to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals which will build on the MDGs and be part of the post-2015 development agenda which is included in ECOSOC’s agenda.In addition, Mr. Osorio urged the increase of official development assistance (ODA) to the level of 0.7 per cent of national income of developed countries. It currently stands at 0.31 per cent. The ECOSOC President also highlighted the importance of a “renewed global partnership” beyond 2015, the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He said the new development agenda needs to be “more structural, inclusive and systematic.”He urged “greater accountability, cooperation and coherent policy-making among Member States with regard to the framing, monitoring and implementation of the renewed global partnership for development.” This morning’s session of the high-level meeting includes panel discussions among ministers of finance, central bank governors and senior officials for development cooperation, on the world economic situation and prospects in the wake of the global crisis. Participants will also meet in a private luncheon hosted by the Mr. Osorio with key note addresses from Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, among others. A thematic debate on financing for sustainable development is scheduled for the afternoon, covering such topics as leveraging of private capital in the context of Rio+20, followed by a presentation on global partnerships in the post-2015 context, with representatives of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), UNCTAD, WTO, World Bank and IMF.The ECOSOC chamber where the special meeting is taking place is a part of UN Headquarters that has recently reopened following multi-year renovations. Speaking at inauguration ceremony in the chamber earlier today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged that the first meeting in the renovated chamber was with UNCTAD, WTO and the Bretton Woods Institutions.He deeply valued the cooperation between those organizations, he said, noting that he had just returned from the World Bank’s spring session. “Our global partnership can advance progress on poverty, disease, environment degradation, and the many other problems on ECOSOC’s agenda,” he stressed.Mr. Ban also noted the vital role ECOSOC plays in addressing some of the key problems today plaguing the world. Quoting a predecessor, Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, he said that economic and social concerns were as important, if not more so, than political ones. “While the Security Council exists primarily for settling conflicts which have arisen, the Economic and Social Council exists primarily to eliminate the causes of conflict,” he said.Today’s meeting comes a week after the UN General Assembly held a thematic debate with the Group of 20 major economies, or G20, to strengthen interaction between the two bodies and to improve global economic governance. read more

Caterpillar longwall system for Moonidih coal mine in India

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first_imgCaterpillar recently completed an agreement to supply a complete Cat® longwall system to Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), a subsidiary of India’s largest coal producer, Coal India Limited. The system will be delivered to the Moonidih mine in early 2019. The longwall production goal of the Moonidih XV Seam project is about 2.5 Mt of coking coal per year.Support services will be provided by Tractors India Private Limited (TIPL), the authorised Cat dealer in North and East India and Bhutan. Moonidih is a region in Dhanbad district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Caterpillar is a member of the INDU SCCL CGME Consortium, which was awarded the contract to execute the Moonidih XV Seam project of BCCL. Indu Projects Ltd is the leader of the Consortium, and Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (SCCL) and Caterpillar Global Mining Europe (CGME) are the other members.The longwall system will consist of 149 Cat roof supports, a Cat AFCPF6 armored face conveyor, a Cat BSLPF4 beam stage loader with integrated crusher, and a Cat EL2000 longwall shearer. The longwall system also includes a technology package for advanced longwall automation.The EL2000 shearer incorporates all the features of the Cat longwall shearer range in a compact and rugged machine designed to meet the demands of high production in seams ranging from 1.80 to 4.50 m. High installed power is a main feature of the EL2000, available with as much as 750 kW. The haulage system is tailored to the needs of high-productivity medium-seam applications with up to 125-kW (168-hp) AC drives.last_img read more

Rhapsody le site de streaming soffre Napster

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first_imgRhapsody : le site de streaming s’offre NapsterRhapsody, leader aux Etats Unis de la musique en ligne payante, vient d’annoncer avoir racheté le service Napster. Pionnier de l’échange illégal de fichiers musicaux en peer-to-peer, il était depuis 2008 la propriété de Best Buy.Alors que Spotify a adopté une stratégie très efficace en s’alliant à Facebook, le site d’écoute de musique en ligne payante Rhapsody annonce s’être offert le service Napster dans un communiqué. Ce dernier fut l’un des pionniers de l’échange de musique en peer-to-peer jusqu’à sa fermeture, en 2001. Racheté l’année suivante par Roxio, il avait été vendu pour 121 millions de dollars à Best Buy en 2008.Selon les termes de l’accord, Rhapsody acquière les abonnés de Napster et certains autres actifs, tandis que Best Buy recevra une participation minoritaire dans le site de musique en ligne. Aucun détail financier n’est toutefois précisé dans le communiqué de la firme américaine qui avec ses 800.000 abonnés, est aujourd’hui le leader de la musique en streaming payante aux Etats-Unis.”Cet accord étendra davantage l’avance de Rhapsody sur nos concurrents sur le marché en pleine croissance de la musique en ligne” se félicite Jon Irwin, le président de Rhapsody. “Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir les amateurs de musique Napster. (…) Nos nouveaux membres auront plus d’endroits pour se connecter à la musique qu’ils aiment, et découvrir de nouveaux morceaux, guidés par l’équipe éditoriale de Rhapsody et les goûts des autres membres via nos fonctionnalités sociales innovantes” poursuit-il. Naspter compterait à ce jour 400.000 utilisateurs environ. Un chiffre qui ferait de lui le second plus gros service de musique en ligne aux Etats-Unis.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 20:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cours dastrobiologie gratuits pour chasseurs dextraterrestres

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first_imgCours d’astrobiologie gratuits pour chasseurs d’extraterrestres…Selon le DailyMail, l’Université d’Édimbourg va proposer ce mois-ci des cours en ligne gratuits dans les domaines de l’astrobiologie et de la recherche d’intelligences extraterrestres.  Ce sont des milliers d’étudiants (ou d’internautes intéressés) que l’Université d’Édimbourg (Écosse) espère attirer par les cours en ligne gratuits qu’elle compte bientôt proposer au public. Des cours mis en place dans le cadre d’un projet de large diffusion de la culture et des connaissances initié par les universités américaines Stanford, de Berkeley (Californie) et de Princeton (New Jersey). Au programme : astrobiologie et aspects pratiques et philosophiques de la recherche de vie extraterrestre.De quoi attirer plus d’un curieux. À raison de 4 heures par semaine, Charles Cockell, Directeur du Centre britannique d’astrobiologie, discipline qu’il enseigne à Édimbourg, abordera des thèmes comme l’origine et l’évolution de la vie sur Terre, son existence potentielle ailleurs, la possibilité d’une vie extraterrestre intelligente et les implications de son éventuelle découverte – avec des questions comme : comment notre société accepterait-elle un contact avec des extraterrestres ? ou encore qui devrait alors représenter l’humanité ? Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque les cours prévoient également d’enseigner les bases de la photographie afin que les futures histoires de possibles rencontres avec d’autres êtres puissent éviter d’être accompagnées de clichés flous et hors-champ de points dans le ciel. “Voici plus de deux mille ans, les Grecs de l’Antiquité se demandaient si d’autres mondes étaient habitables. Dans les années à venir, cette question sera testée expérimentalement…”, déclare le Pr Cockell cité par le Daily Mail. Aussi, au cours de ces heures d’enseignement et de discussion, “nous regarderons quelques unes des missions menées pour chercher de la vie dans notre système solaire et sur les planètes orbitant autour d’étoiles éloignées. Nous discuterons de quelques uns des environnements extrêmes sur Terre qui nous aident à comprendre les limites de la vie et comment la vie a fait face à ces extrêmes”, ajoute t-il encore.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Permettre un accès plus large [aux connaissances] fait partie de notre mission de base”, souligne pour sa part Sir Timothy O’Shea, Professeur principal à l’Université d’Édimbourg. D’ailleurs, l’établissement n’est pas le seul à envisager de tels cours puisque l’Université de Princeton à Berkeley et l’Université de Californie en prévoiraient également. Pour en savoir plus, c’est par ici : www.coursera.org/course/astrobio (lien non disponible)Le 22 juillet 2012 à 15:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more