Guwahati: Millennials opting for ride hailing services like Ola and Uber may not be that strong a factor for the current slowdown in auto sales and a detailed study is needed to arrive at any conclusion in the contrary, according to a top official of the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India. Ownership pattern in India still has not changed and people purchase cars with an “aspirational aspect”, MSI Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) Shashank Srivastava told PTI in an interview here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn Tuesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said change in mindset of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber instead of committing for monthly installments to own a car, was among one of the many factors responsible for the slowdown in the automobile sector. “The Ola and Uber factor may not be strong to contribute to the current state of slowdown. I think we need to watch and study it more before arriving at such a conclusion,” Srivastava said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe further said, “Ola and Uber came into existence during last 6-7 years. In this period, the auto industry also saw some of its best times. So, what happened only during last few months that the downturn became so severe? I do not think it is only because of Ola and Uber,” Srivastava said. He gave the example of the US market, where Uber is a big player and the car sales in the last few years are robust. “India, 46 per cent of the car buyers are first time users. It is an aspirational behaviour. People may use public transport like Ola and Uber to go to offices on weekdays, but still they buy a vehicle for the weekend outings with the family,” Srivastava explained. “The pattern of ownership in India has not changed yet. We have to watch on a longer period to see if there is a structural change in buying pattern,” he added. Srivastava said there are many reasons for this downturn in the auto market such as liquidity crunch, increased prices of products due to regulatory issues, higher taxes and rise in insurance rates. He also said the government’s measures announced last month to tackle the slowdown is not sufficient and those are helpful for long term health of the industry as they basically addressed the sentiments of the customers. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), domestic vehicle sales in August declined by 23.55 per cent to 18,21,490 units from 23,82,436 units in the same month last year. From April to August period, the sales have fallen by 15.89 per cent to 97,32,040 units from 1,15,70,401 units in the year-ago period, SIAM had said. Srivastava said MSI has launched new versions of its various product range and the company is hopeful of some positive results during the forthcoming festive season. When asked if the company regrets the lukewarm response from the government in handling the situation and absence of any stimulus package, Srivastava said: “The government knows the exact situation. I believe they have to take care of the entire economy. I am sure they will do the best for the economy and the industry.” MSI’s domestic sales in August dipped by 34.3 per cent to 97,061 units from 1,47,700 units in the same month lat year.
OTTAWA – Members of a thalidomide survivor group allege that patients were belittled in a face-to-face meeting with Kent Hehr, the federal minister for persons with disabilities.Fiona Sampson, a thalidomide survivor in the meeting, said Hehr degraded patients with his remarks.She said he apologized this fall after a letter was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office.The survivors are calling on the federal government to honour a pledge to compensate them with a lump sum payment of $250,000 and increased annual pensions.They say patients have received lump sum payments of $125,000 each, noting they are struggling to make ends meet due to the extent of their disabilities.In December 2014, the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion with a commitment to provide “full support’ to Canadian thalidomide victims who were born with physical disabilities due to the effects of the drug during pregnancy.
TORONTO — Ontario taxpayers, not hydro rate payers, are on the hook for at least $180-million for the Liberals’ decision to cancel a gas power plant in Mississauga, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan confirmed Monday.Duncan also said the Ontario Power Authority paid Greenfield South, developers of the cancelled plant, another $10-million as a sign of good faith while trying to persuade the company to halt construction.“There are no other costs that I’m aware of,” Duncan told reporters.Energy Minister Chris Bentley said last week it would cost $180-million in penalties for the move to cancel the plant just days before last fall’s election, a decision he said had been made by the Liberal election campaign.Duncan said Monday the decision to scrap the plant was made by Premier Dalton McGuinty.“It was in fact a government decision and ultimately the person who made that decision was the premier,” he said.McGuinty has not been available publicly to comment on the cost of cancelling the project since it was announced.The opposition parties complained the Liberals had given out two different figures and said the auditor general should be called in to determine the actual cost of cancelling the Mississauga plant and another one in neighbouring Oakville.“The public have been dinged for $190 million and they deserve to know if there are more expenses than what’s been revealed so far,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns in an interview.Tabuns wrote an open letter to auditor general Jim McCarter Monday saying “there is much uncertainty about the full cost” of scrapping the plant, which was well into its construction phase when the Liberal campaign cancelled the project.“Government documents and recent reports indicate that the cost may be significantly higher” (than $180 million), he wrote.“Ontarians deserve to know the full cost of the government’s last-minute decision to cancel and relocate the Mississauga plant, and whether or not the government exercised due diligence in minimizing the costs of the contract change.”The Progressive Conservatives said they are “very concerned the $180-million is just the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the costs of cancelling“ the two plants.“What I worry about is that we’ve only seen the beginning of these costs,” said Opposition Leader Tim Hudak.“And secondly, we need answers on Oakville,” he said. “Oakville was a larger plant (and) the cost there is going to be much higher.”The government is still negotiating with the developer of the gas-fired generating station in Oakville that the Liberals cancelled after local residents brought in high-profile activist Erin Brockovich to speak against it.The Ontario Power Authority said Monday it did not offer any extra fees like the $10 million given to Greenfield South Power because construction never actually started on the Oakville power plant.Construction on the Mississauga plant continued for weeks after the Oct. 6 election, but the decision to cancel it helped save five Liberal seats in the area.The opposition parties called the decision to cancel the plant and relocate it several hundred kilometres away in the Sarnia area “a Liberal seat-saver program” and complained the government was not releasing all the relevant documents.“The auditor digs in and finds out what’s actually gone on and he brings the facts and numbers to light,” said Tabuns.“I think he will have a better chance at getting to the documents that are there and, frankly, following up on paper trails that may no be apparent to those who do not do accounting all the time.”Hudak said the political decisions by the Liberals to cancel planned electrical generating stations that they originally said were needed to meet demand will turn off potential investors at a time when Ontario is overhauling and modernizing it’s power system.The Liberals’ generous subsidies for wind and solar power in addition to their political interference in building new gas-fired plants are hurting Ontario, he added.“The problem here is that we have turned energy from a major strength for attracting jobs to our province into a major detriment,” said Hudak.“And stories like this are going to undermine the confidence of investors in our province.”The Liberal government plans to turn off the last of Ontario’s coal-fired electrical generating stations by 2014, seven years later than originally promised.© Thomson Reuters 2012
The use of power generators has been made mandatory for factories as a result of the crisis facing the power sector.As a result of the dry weather which has lasted for several months the Ministry of Power and Energy says large scale factories will need to use power generators and not draw electricity from the National grid.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HONOLULU, Hawaii – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.The county’s ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county’s authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order.The county, which is a major centre for research on genetically engineered crops, will abide by the decision, spokesman Rod Antone said. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit Agrigenetics Inc. both have research farms in the county.The judge stressed that her order addresses only the legal question of county authority. “No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county,” she said.Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November. The measure imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until scientific studies are conducted on their safety and benefits. The ordinance would only allow the moratorium to be lifted after a vote by the Maui County Council.Mark Sheehan, one of five citizens who sponsored the ballot initiative, said his group will appeal the order. He expressed disappointment that Mollway ruled on what he called procedural issues instead of addressing the substance of their argument.He said the ordinance was specifically written to address issues not found in state statue. Further, he said the law requires the county to protect the health of the environment and the public, said Sheehan, who is a member of the group Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina Movement, or SHAKA.“That was lost on the judge, so we will have to move along and have to find justice for the constitutional rights of the people of Maui at another level,” he said.Hawaii’s year-round warm weather makes the islands a favourite research spot for companies that use genetic engineering to develop new types of corn and other crops. The weather allows researchers to grow more generations of crops and accelerate their development of new varieties.Monsanto has two farms in Maui County, on Maui and Molokai islands. Agrigenetics, which does business as Mycogen Seeds, has a farm on Molokai.There has been little scientific evidence to prove that foods grown from engineered seeds are less safe than their conventional counterparts. But fears persist in Hawaii and elsewhere. In the islands, these concerns are compounded by worries about the companies’ use of pesticides._____Associated Press writer Jennifer Sinco Kelleher contributed to this report. by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 6:55 pm MDT US judge rules Maui County, Hawaii, GMO ban invalid because pre-empted by federal, state law
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe injury to Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett might have been more severe than originally anticipated.According to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, “several insiders” said Barrett had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sunday to “remove the piece of torn meniscus” that debilitated him in Saturday’s 31-20 win against Michigan. On the Urban Meyer Call-In Show on 97.1 The Fan, head coach Urban Meyer said Barrett is expected to play Saturday against No. 4 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. “He’s been cleared to play, so he’s going to play in the game,” Meyer said.Barrett was forced to leave the game with around six minutes remaining in the third quarter, and redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins replaced him. Meyer had said after the Michigan game Barrett had been hit on the sideline by a cameraman and that the injury was aggravated when he was hit on a rush in the third quarter.Barrett said he dealt with a similar injury during Ohio State’s 49-21 win against Indiana.Barrett finished the game 3-for-8 with 30 passing yards and 67 rushing yards on 15 carries. He had one touchdown on the ground and another through the air. Haskins finished the game 6-for-7 for 94 yards, and added three rushes for 24 yards. Ohio State spokesman said the team does not have a comment confirming Barrett underwent surgery.
11,441 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie INDEPENDENT NEWS AND Media has stated that two of its directors can no longer be classified as independent.In its annual report, INM said that directors Triona Mullane and Allan Marshall could not longer be considered as being independent as they had provided services to the company.INM is the media group behind the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, the Evening Herald and others. It has as its largest shareholder businessman Denis O’Brien.The annual report found that Triona Mullane had provided consultancy services to INM through a different company.She is also the CEO and largest shareholder of mAdme Technologies, which has had dealings with O’Brien.“The Board is satisfied that Ms Mullane has always demonstrated independence at Board and Committee,” the report reads.But considers that, collectively, the existence of these relationships or circumstances could be seen to affect independence and has determined that Ms. Mullane should not be considered independent for the purpose of the 2014 Code.Marshall, meanwhile, had provided consultancy services to INM through a company called Computercall UK.The report said that the company was “non-compliant” with parts of the Code that required that “at least half of the Board, excluding the Chairman, comprise non-executive Directors determined by the Board to be independent”.The company said it was “committed to high standards of corporate governance and will take actions to address this area of non-compliance in the next four months”.Read: The corporate watchdog wants to know more about INM’s abandoned bid for NewstalkRead: Enda Kenny says he’s concerned about INM major media merger http://jrnl.ie/3365207 Apr 28th 2017, 8:26 PM Two INM directors re-classified as not independent The company’s annual report was released today. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Friday 28 Apr 2017, 8:26 PM 9 Comments Share Tweet Email Short URL
Vaccin contre le choléra : le Bangladesh lance le plus grand essai clinique mondialLe plus important essai clinique au monde concernant un vaccin contre le choléra devrait débuter aujourd’hui au Bangladesh. Si les résultats de cet essai sont concluants, plusieurs milliers de vies pourraient être sauvées chaque année.Le choléra est une maladie “diarrhéique aiguë, dont on peut mourir en quelques heures en l’absence de traitement” explique l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. Chaque année, cette maladie tue entre 100.000 et 200.000 personnes qui contractent le bacille Vibrio cholerae en consommant des aliments ou de l’eau contaminés. Aujourd’hui, le Bangladesh débute un essai clinique très important concernant un vaccin oral contre le choléra et des résultats dépendra par la suite une vaccination en masse de la population, rapporte Cyberpresse.ca.L’essai clinique concerne 240.000 personnes dans la ville de Mirpur. Ces personnes se verront administrer pour les deux tiers deux doses du vaccin testé par le biais de gouttes, tandis que le dernier tiers servira de groupe test. L’état de santé de ces personnes sera étudié durant 4 années afin de connaitre réellement l’efficacité de ce vaccin. Nasmeen Ahmed, du Centre international de recherche sur les maladies diarrhéiques au Bangladesh a expliqué : “C’est la plus grande étude au monde sur la vaccination contre le choléra. Des résultats positifs pourraient conduire les gouvernements des pays où le choléra est un gros problème sanitaire à mener des campagnes de vaccination massives”. A noter que le Bangladesh est l’un des pays les plus défavorisés d’Asie.Le 17 février 2011 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrin
S’asseoir raccourcirait-il notre espérance de vie ?Des scientifiques ont calculé qu’en limitant le temps passé assis à seulement trois heures par jour permettrait de gagner deux ans de vie supplémentaires.Des scientifiques estiment que passer moins de trois heures assis chaque jour permettrait de gagner deux ans de vie. De plus, selon eux, limiter le temps passé devant la télévision à deux heures permettrait d’ajouter 1,4 an à notre durée de vie. Toutefois, les experts indiquent que ces résultats, basés sur cinq études concernant différents types de population, sont trop peu fiables pour permettre de prévoir le risque encouru par une personne en particulier.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme le souligne le professeur David Spiegelhalter, un expert en calculs de risque à l’University de Cambridge, “c’est une étude de populations et elle ne nous permet pas de prédire les résultats qu’il y aurait si on quittait son canapé”. Cependant, selon lui, il est fort probable que si les générations futures bougeaient davantage elles vivraient plus longtemps que la moyenne.Les chercheurs préconisent au moins deux heures et demi d’activité modérée (comme le vélo ou la marche rapide) par semaine ainsi que deux séances de musculation (soulever des poids ou creuser dans le jardin) hebdomadaires. Dans l’idéal une activité quotidienne est recommandée, additionnée à une ou deux séances de sport plus importantes ainsi que 150 minutes hebdomadaires d’activité modérée (cyclisme par exemple) ou 75 minutes d’activité intensive (course ou tennis).Il ne s’agit-là que de données très théoriques même si les recherches tendent à prouver qu’une association étroite existe entre le fait de rester longtemps assis (avoir un comportement sédentaire) et une espérance de vie diminuée. Ces études sont toutefois relatives dans la mesure où elles sont basées sur des données américaines qui ne sont pas nécessairement les mêmes pour des Européens.Le 11 juillet 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
You’ve seen artificial intelligence, and neural networks pull off some pretty impressive feats, like beating world champion Go players and helping self-driving cars navigate city streets and highways. There are still some tasks that machines with, however.Naming things, for example. That’s something neural network researcher Janelle Shane likes to experiment with. You might’ve seen the interesting new paint colors her work led to recently. Now she’s tasked the open source char-rnn with creating awesome new heavy metal bands.Shane started by feeding a database of over 100,000 names of actual bands, the countries they’re from, and an exhaustive listing of sub-genres into the neural network. She then turned it loose, and the results are indeed very metal. Here are some highlights from the list she shared.Swiil certainly has a nice, Viking metal sound to it, though the NN figured them to be a progressive/thrash act from the States. Also good: Death From The Trend, which some black metal band from Croatia really should snag for itself right now.There’s also the sinister-sounding Deathhouse, a melodic death metal band from Brazil and Germany’s Stormgarden. Hailing from France (yes, there really are metal bands from France… some very good ones, in fact!) is Sun Damage Omen. Possibly my favorite name is also the shortest: Sht.On to the more awkward side of things. There’s Snee, which maybe sounds more like a name for a ska band than a Brazilian thrash/death metal act. Mashing a metal-sounding word with a decorative object doesn’t always make for a great name, as in Chaosrug. I’m not sure irony works well either. I’m looking at you, Jazzy, the new imaginary American group.To be fair, metal bands aren’t always great at naming metal bands: Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Unbowel, Showbread, Failure Of Milk, The Tide That Turns The Christians Souls Into Dust And Summons Satan To His Infernal Palace… Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
Former PSG winger Lucas Moura says he took the right decision in leaving Neymar behind at Paris Saint-Germain as he hopes to “make history” with Tottenham.The winger saw his game time at PSG reduce after Neymar’s arrival last season, which made him opt for Spurs in a £25 million ($32.8m) in January.Neymar is like my brother,’ he told the Mail on Sunday. “I love him and we have a very good close relationship. It was a little bit sad to leave him and Paris because I like the life there. But I had been there for five years and it was time to have a new challenge.“I wanted to play in another championship and coming here was a big opportunity for me to play in the best league in the world.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Tottenham are a big club. They are probably bigger in structure than PSG. I am impressed by this and I was happy to come here.“Now I am ready to give my best because I will do the whole pre-season with the team. That is important because here is very different – the Premier League is very hard – so I will be more ready to show my talent.”Lucas is enjoying his shine as he scored twice in Spurs’ International Champions Cup opener against Roma before impressing again against Barcelona and says he has a good relationship with Spurs boss.“The relationship with him is very good. I believe we can have a big season, win a trophy,” he added.“That’s why I am here, to win a trophy because I believe in the team, the project. We have the capacity to make history here.”
Data released Tuesday show that 18 loaded BNSF oil trains can roll through Clark County in a single week — a figure shedding new light on a subject that railroads and regulators have been reluctant to discuss publicly.BNSF Railway and Portland and Western Railroad were among the carriers that submitted reports to the Washington Military Department in response to a federal order. BNSF provided county-by-county train counts during a seven-day period, which tallied 18 crude oil trains in Clark County from May 29 through June 4.In a separate report, Portland and Western cited three oil trains per week traveling from Vancouver into Oregon.Railroads were ordered to file oil train data with states by the U.S. Department of Transportation last month as part of stepped-up safety protocols in response to a string of fiery train derailments. At the center of those concerns is so-called Bakken crude oil extracted mostly from North Dakota.The transportation department issued the order, which took effect June 6, with the expectation that states would share the information, including routes, volumes and numbers of trains hauling 1 million or more gallons of Bakken crude, only with emergency response officials — not the public.Aiming to make sure of that, BNSF and other railroads sent Washington and other states confidentiality agreements. Some states, including Washington, refused to sign them, saying they conflicted with their public disclosure laws. In Washington, officials proposed an alternative agreement under which the railroads would be allowed to seek a protective order in court to prevent the information from being released to the public.
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A Lyft driver accused of a sickening crime appeared before a judge.Forty-three-year old Julio Perez was in court, Thursday morning.Perez was arrested at his Hialeah home, Oct. 18. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year old boy after giving him a ride home.Officials said Perez picked up the boy from school in Pembroke Pines and forced himself into the teen’s home where the assault took place.Perez is being held on a $10,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Chelsea Beck/NPRPresident Trump built up his ability to “Making America Great Again.” But these first 100 days of his presidency haven’t exactly made clear how he intends to do that.Donald Trump promised something new in American politics.His strategists said his brash “America First” approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist “Workers Party.”But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that — 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism:1. The early debate about Trumpism (and what that means)Trump was so new and different, there was tremendous interest on the part of historians, conservative intellectuals and political operatives from both parties in figuring out just what “Trumpism” was — or if it existed at all. Is there a consistent doctrine or an ideology that drives him?During the campaign, there were two main theories about that — on the one hand, Trumpism was economic populism combined with social conservatism and a dash of isolationism — kind of an updated version of Republican Party ideology from the 1920s.The second theory was that trying to define a coherent ideology that could be called Trumpism was a fool’s errand. According to this theory, Trump really did not believe in anything, except endless confidence in himself. He would just show up, make decisions based on his own impulses and instincts and see what happened.A hundred days into his presidency, and it’s fair to say we really don’t know which of those two interpretations is actually his approach to governance.2. Trumpism is a moving targetOn foreign policy, Trump is morphing into a more conventional Republican. His policy choices on China, NATO, Iran, the European Union and Syria have earned him praise from the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment he used to call “stupid.”On domestic policy, Trump is also moving away from his populist campaign rhetoric. He stocked his Cabinet with billionaires and CEOs. He’s been tilting toward the Wall Street Wing of his White House staff and signing executive orders helpful to the big banks. He embraced an Obamacare replacement plan that was anything but populist — it would have raised the cost of health insurance for older, low-income voters (his base), and it would have cut entitlements — something Candidate Trump promised never to do.Molly Riley/Pool/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesPresident Trump has left many scratching their heads on what kind of president he will be. His first 100 days as president offered conflicting messages.3. There is no Trumpist Caucus in CongressOne of the problems President Trump has had turning his nationalist, populist, anti-establishment instincts into a coherent governing agenda is that there aren’t a lot of Trumpists in Congress. Trumpism was more an attitude than a movement.Even the House Freedom Caucus, which was swept into office by the same anti-establishment forces that helped elect Trump broke with him on the Obamacare bill.Trump’s coattails didn’t stretch very far in 2016. His party lost seats in the House and Senate (though not as badly as predicted). Compare that to Ronald Reagan in 1980, who brought 33 new Republicans into the House and 12 new Republicans into the Senate.4. Trumpism was always more of an attitude than a clearly defined movementTwo issues matter most to Trump voters.There may not be a base of Trumpist congressmen on Capitol Hill, but Trump does have a base. Those white, working-class voters may not care if Trump abandons his populist promises on the Export-Import Bank or Chinese currency manipulation, but they are paying careful attention to what Trump does on trade and immigration.Those two issues were the way he connected with the white, working-class voters who fueled his rise. Even as he moderates elsewhere, on both trade and immigration, he’s still moving forward very aggressively (in parts — he didn’t tear up NAFTA) and very confrontationally, staying focused on the same economic and cultural anxieties he stoked during the campaign.Already, Trump’s message on immigration is being heard loud and clear. Without passing any laws, illegal border crossings have slowed, H1B1 visa applications are down, as are applications from foreign students to American universities. Even tourism to the U.S. is off.5. What are the next tells for Trumpism?Other issues will soon be putting Trumpism to the test. Next up (maybe) is a tax overhaul. On Wednesday, the president has vowed to announce his plan for massive tax cuts.Every tax bill has winners and losers. And Trump’s tax bill will tell us a lot about what Trumpism is. If at end of the day, the Wal-Mart shoppers feel like they’ve been screwed and that the Goldman Sachs people get more benefits out of the tax overhaul, Trump could lose support from his base.So far, Trump’s base has stayed loyal to him. That’s good news for Trump. Polls show that his base voters are satisfied with his performance. The bad news is that he hasn’t expanded his base at all — his approval ratings are at historic lows for a new president, and Trumpism remains a mystery.Is Trumpism just a nativist version of what a Mitt Romney administration would look like?Or is it up for grabs, waiting for the next impulsive decision of a president who prides himself on being transactional, flexible and unpredictable.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon float a fresh tender for procurement of hot mix from outside and using it for road repair”After National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the use of hot mix plants in the city, we are unable to operate our two hot mix plants located at Palmer Bazar and Goragacha Road near Taratala. Hence, we have to procure hot mix from outside for road repair. We will float a tender and select an agency from whom we will be getting the hot mix,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said after a high-level meeting at KMC headquarters on Friday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe civic body will also float a tender for selecting consultant for construction of a pollution free hot mix plant or similar alternative infrastructure. “We will float the tender after seeking advice from experts and then will ask time for around six months from the court to set up the infrastructure,” Hakim said. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority as well as the state Public Works Department procure hot mix from outside through tendering process. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe meeting between the Member Mayor-in-Councils (MMiC) was held at KMC where a few councillors gave the proposal of shifting the hot mix plant situated on Goragacha Road to Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. The decision in this regard is yet to be taken. Sources at KMC said they will appeal to NGT for relaxation in operating two plants for a certain period and will inform in detail about the steps they are taking to switch over to other alternatives for curbing pollution. The matter is scheduled to be heard again by NGT on December 18. In the last month, a private company had demonstrated before KMC on how cold mix technology can be used for road repair. The KMC engineers are analysing the pros and cons of the technology. KMC has also written to its mother organization PWD regarding their idea of using coal mix for road repair.
September 8, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Nothing lasts forever, gadgets included. Whether we accidentally spill liquid on them, drop them or they finally give in to wear and tear, in time and without question, all of our beloved electronics will eventually let us down, workplace devices included. So the question isn’t when will your gadget’s day of reckoning come, rather, it’s what will you do when it does? Will you suck it up and pay to fix it? Or will you ditch it and buy a new one?Deciding can be a tough nut to crack, especially if you’re too busy to crunch the repair vs. replace cost-benefit numbers. Instead, stick with this simple rule of thumb: If the expense of replacing the broken item is more than twice the cost of repairing it, it’s probably best to repair it, according to Lexicon Technologies, a technology maintenance company and the creator of the helpful infographic on the topic below.Tablet lovers, you’re in luck. Tablets are generally worth fixing if the cost of repairs doesn’t exceed $210, Lexicon reports. Replacing a broken tablet with a new one will likely cost you double, typically around $420. Is a new tablet really worth it? Probably not if you have to replace more than a few for butterfingered employees. (You know who you are.)Related: 6 Ways to Extend Your iPhone Batter Life After Updating to iOS 7.1Now for the biggie, the almighty smartphone. As satirical British street artist Banksy recently (and quite sinisterly) illustrated, we’re basically at peak smartphone addiction. Some of us even sleep with our cells more than we do our lovers. Should our precious phone croak, we (yours truly included) often fly into a panic and replace it straight away, without so much as budgeting or shopping around for a good deal and that’s no bueno. Why not? Repairing an ailing smartphone is typically a smarter money move than getting a new one. So much for that shiny, new iPhone 6, huh? The average price of replacing a smartphone is about $500 these days, whereas fixing one usually costs between $50 and $150. Switching to bigger electronics now, it’s generally best to replace desktop computers, ideally every three to four years. On the other hand, laptops are generally more cost effective to repair, while desktop printers are cheap enough to simply replace when they kick the bucket.Related: Long Live Your Laptop BatteryFor detailed side-by-side repair vs. replace comparisons for all of the above mentioned electronics and more, check out the infographic below. Click to Enlarge+Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring Your Company’s First IT Support Person Register Now »
Preferred Hotels & Resorts has launched a mobile app and member rate program as major enhancements to its points-based hotel rewards program, iPrefer. In celebration of iPrefer and the pursuit of independent travel, Preferred Hotels & Resorts gifted 25,000 bonus points to iPrefer members who made a booking within the app by April 21, 2017.“The new mobile app and member rate program are designed to better connect today’s travellers with the unique appeal of the independent hotel experience through a seamless loyalty program that delivers exclusive, on-the-go access to an attractive rate, points and valuable on-property perks. These enhancements are a testament to our continuous commitment to making iPrefer the most compelling loyalty program for independent-minded travellers,” said, Casey Ueberroth, Chief Marketing Officer, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.“The noteworthy benefits of the iPrefer mobile app and member rate program shall strengthen the rising popularity of the iPrefer program in India, as well as encourage discerning luxury travellers to conveniently book their holidays directly through iPrefer channels for access to competitive rates and valuable benefits upon every stay,” remarked Saurabh Rai, Executive Vice President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.The app that was built in collaboration with American Express; members can search and book stays at more than 600 iPrefer participating hotels worldwide, access exclusive offers such as member rates and the iPrefer Last-Minute Escapes, update their profiles, view past/upcoming stay history and related points earnings, and immediately access and redeem Reward Certificates.iPrefer members using the app will also receive push notifications regarding special offers, and American Express cardholders will have the ability to enjoy an expedited process through American Express Checkout. In the coming weeks, Preferred Hotels & Resorts will introduce enhanced features for the app such as a concierge chat service that allows guests to communicate directly with the hotel.iPrefer app is available for iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
This is exactly what the Cardinals needed to lower the civic temperature and keep their fan base intact. It’s not just a victory. It’s a nod to the future, which makes a 2-6 record tenable. At least for another two weeks.Rosen discounted the significance of the moment, how a rookie quarterback stood and delivered like he did, when he did, just as the season was ready to slip into the abyss. He spared Wilks the indignity of termination rumors in the coming days. He made it possible for Nelson to go out in public, although I wouldn’t pass him the salt, lest that crash to the floor as well.And best of all, the franchise quarterback made history on Sunday, doing something no quarterback has ever achieved in Arizona:He prompted Fitzgerald to spike a football.“My feelings were a little hurt so I was carrying that around all day,” Fitzgerald said. “So when I got in (the end zone), I kind of let it out. To all the kids that are watching, I’m sorry. I set a bad example today.”Rosen did the opposite. He set a great example across the board. To those in his locker room who felt like quitting on a grounded franchise. And to those who protested with their absence, believing they had found a better way to spend their Sunday. 67 Comments Share Reach Bickley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “We’re about to win this (expletive) game, that’s what he said,” offensive lineman D.J. Humphries said. “Excuse my French. (But) that’s what he said.”Said Rosen: “Something with some expletives. Got to leave it up to the imagination.”None of this stuff matters in the standings. The Cardinals are not going to turn their season around based on two wins against the hapless 49ers. Their situation is not a quick fix. Their roster is too flawed for mid-season miracles.But all of this stuff matters in Arizona, a bandwagon town that bails at the first sign of trouble, far quicker than our star cornerback.Rosen helped you find your missing belief. He threw two touchdown passes on the game-winning drive, including one that was dropped by J.J. Nelson, who should’ve been cut on the spot. His passer rating for the first three quarters was 47.9, 45.6 and 42.4.It soared to 129.4 in the final 15 minutes, nearly the amount of his previous three quarters combined.That’s not a comeback. That’s a declaration.“He always has that belief in his voice and you can see the conviction in his eyes,” Fitzgerald said. “It was on full display on those two last drives today.” Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws as San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Abandon ship, like Patrick Peterson once desired. Abandon hope, like the dispirited souls who left thousands of empty seats in their wake.We all received a powerful reminder on Sunday, from fair-weather fans to frustrated football players:Never give up on a team with a franchise quarterback.This story is as powerful as Larry Fitzgerald’s spike, the exclamation point on the Cardinals’ 18-15 win over the 49ers. He’s never done that before. Not in 26 college games. Not in his previous 225 NFL starts. Not in Pop Warner or any level of competition. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But this was the perfect storm, a proud man overcome by happiness, rage, celebration and shame.Mostly because his 15-year old son had also given up on the Cardinals, choosing to go to the state fair over State Farm Stadium.“He didn’t want to come support us, so I’m trying to pick up the pieces,” Fitzgerald said. “I have to be a better father.”Related LinksRare, late offensive outburst lifts Cardinals to season sweep of 49ersRapid Reactions: Josh Rosen gets first comeback victory for CardinalsCardinals base defense stands up against 49ers run gameThere’s a first time for everything: Larry Fitzgerald spikes the ballRosen, Fitzgerald lead Cardinals to comeback win vs. 49ersThis story is bigger than Steve Wilks, the rookie head coach who made painful adjustments (Mike McCoy), personal adjustments (playing Deone Bucannon) and is mercifully spared from spending his bye week on a stovetop. It transcends the performance of Byron Leftwich, who ascended from intern to offensive coordinator in less than three years, producing tangible baby steps against the 49ers.This is about Josh Rosen, and the seeds of a legend he planted on Sunday.Rosen spun a game-winning, fourth-quarter comeback out of thin air. He coaxed victory from a wretched contest, lifting his own miserable performance on command. His fourth-quarter numbers hit like a bolt of a lightning: 12-of-18 for 150 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers.His poise and presence were even better. And it’s a shame we all couldn’t have been in that huddle when he inaugurated the final drive. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories
All roads leading to Troodos are open to traffic but are slippery, police said on Sunday afternoon.Due to rock slides, both lanes of the Paphos to Limassol motorway from the Pissouri to the Avdimou exits remain closed to traffic.Traffic is channelled to the old Paphos to Limassol road.In the Paphos district, the roads from Ayios Nicolaos to Kaminaria and Kelokedara to Filousa are open to traffic but drivers are urged to be alert as there have been rock and mud slides in the area.The following roads, also in the Paphos district, are closed due to overflowing of rivers, rock and mud slides and road collapse:Ayios Nicolaos – Pera Vasa at the Tzielefos bridgeKelokedara-Amargeti-Nata at the Ziripillis bridgeSalamiou –Galataria at the bridge of river SintisAyios Nicolaos-MandriaEpiskopi-NataDrivers are urged to be alert, drive at low speed, keep safety distances from other vehicles and comply with traffic signs.All changes to the road network due to weather conditions are changed in real-time in the ‘roads’ category on the Cyprus police app, as well as on www.cypruspolicenews.com and their Facebook page.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,News Johnson, McBroom bills expand state curriculum for voc edState Rep. Joel Johnson delivers comments during the governor’s signing of his legislation that updates the Michigan Merit Curriculum to include more flexibility for career and vocational high school courses.Michigan high school students can have career and vocational technology course options more easily count toward graduation with the signing of Public Acts 208 and 209 today by Gov. Rick Snyder.State Reps. Joel Johnson of Clare and Ed McBroom of Vulcan have worked for more than three years to adjust the Michigan Merit Curriculum so school district can offer students more opportunities for education exploration and career training.McBroom’s House Bill 4465 allows math and other curriculum requirements to be satisfied by CTE courses that include the same lesson materials. Johnson sponsored House Bill 4466, now PA 209 of 2014, to ensure students and parents are informed about career and technical education options. The law also streamlines the personal curriculum development process.State Reps. Joel Johnson and Ed McBroom attended a June 25 ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder to see their legislation allowing schools to count certain career and vocational education courses toward graduation requirements be signed into law.“Career and vocational ed courses were a strong component of Michigan’s school systems for decades, but in recent times have been squeezed out because of limited time and resources in the school day,” Johnson said. “Our local educators and parents recognized the loss and disservice this does to students. It’s important not only to have the CTE option available, but to also actively inform students and families of the opportunity.”Johnson’s legislation also allows high school graduation credit requirements to include vocational education course work, including using anatomy and agri-science courses for science requirements, while McBroom’s bill also promotes availability of foreign language courses prior to high school grades.“The state’s curriculum has been geared with course mandates for students pursuing college degrees, but that path isn’t practical for all children and their families,” said McBroom, sponsor of the new Public Act 208 of 2014. “For those students, they need an option that allows freedom for elective classes and job training skills that will be useful to their future growth, development and potential employment.”The bills were signed at the Dakota High School in Macomb, part of the Chippewa Valley School District’s career and technical education programs.Rep. Joel Johnson was joined at the bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder by his wife, Dawn Johnson; local educators Doug Pummell, Clare-Gladwin RESD Career Center director, Darren Kroczaleski, Arenac Eastern School District and Standish-Sterling Community School District superintendent, Mike Foster, Perry Public Schools superintendent; Ben Frederick, Johnson’s legislative director, and Aaron Bayliss, Johnson’s constituent relations director. 25Jun New laws expand students’ class choices