Rahul promises farm loan waiver across the country

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday targeted the Modi government on various issues, such as farmers’ distress and alleged favouring of corporates, while alleging that demonetisation was the “biggest scam of the world”.Addressing the party’s Jan Akansha Rally (people’s expectation rally) here, Mr. Gandhi said there would be a coalition government at the Centre and in Bihar soon as the Congress would now play on the “front foot along with its alliance partners”.He got loud cheers from the crowd when he promised that Patna University would be accorded the status of a Central university, if the Congress coalition was voted to power. Earlier, in a programme at the university, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declined Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s appeal for the same.“With Nalanda University and Patna University, Bihar earlier was the seat of learning in the country and the world. Now it has become the centre of unemployment …but, again Bihar will be the centre of education when our government is formed,” Mr. Gandhi said.“Along with [RJD leaders] Tejashwi [Yadav] and Lalu Prasad, we will now play on the front foot and form governments at the Centre and Bihar too after the Lok Sabha election and Bihar poll thereafter.”Mr. Gandhi alleged that “there was a debt of ₹1 lakh crore on Anil Ambani which is three times the total MGNREGA funding…PM Modi gave ₹30,000 crore to Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal and only ₹3.50 to each member of a farmer’s family in the country”.He said a Congress-led government at the Centre would waive loans of farmers of the entire country as it did in three States where it recently came to power. “Earlier, 27% of the sugar in the country was provided by the farmers of Bihar but now they could give only 2%… farmers have to pay from their own pocket for insurance of their crops but even that money goes into the pockets of Anil Ambani and Nirav Modi,” he alleged.Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh too addressed the rally, along with leaders of the Grand Alliance constituents like Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Yadav, Jitan Ram Manjhi. Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha couldn’t attend as he was injured in a clash with police on Saturday.last_img read more

ST: single-shunt BLDC motor controller saves space, time, and BOM

first_imgSTMicroelectronics has expanded its STSPIN32 programmable motor controller family with the STSPIN32F0B system-in-package for cost-effective one-shunt current sensing. The new motor controller is an ideal all-in-one solution for the growing market of battery-operated power tools.By integrating a single op-amp for current sensing, the STSPIN32F0B saves individual 3-phase BLDC coil-current sense resistors and makes extra I/O pins available for user features. The new SiP contains a 48MHz STM32F031x6 microcontroller capable of running a 6-step motor-control algorithm as well as other application-level functionalities. With 20 GPIO pins the STSPIN32F0B allows easy access to the MCU’s internal features that include up to five general-purpose timers, a 12-bit ADC and a temperature sensor. The MCU also provides I2C, UART, and SPI ports.The STSPIN32F0B SiP contains a triple half-bridge gate driver capable of sourcing up to 600mA per channel into external MOSFETs for powering the motor. In addition, a 3.3V DC/DC buck converter and 12V low-dropout (LDO) regulator provide the voltage rails to supply the MCU, gate driver, and external components, further reducing the bill of materials and enhancing overall system efficiency.Further integrated features include bootstrap diodes for reliable startup and protection mechanisms that ensure robust operation even in demanding industrial applications. These include real-time programmable over-current protection, cross-conduction/shoot-through prevention, under-voltage lockout (UVLO) on all power supplies, and over-temperature protection.ST provides a selection of ready-to-use 6-step motor-control algorithms for sensored or sensorless BLDC control, as part of a complete set of hardware, software, and firmware tools that simplify and streamline new-product development with the STSPIN32 family. In addition, access to the integrated STM32’s bootloader allows Over-the-Air firmware updates to boost flexibility and lower cost of ownership.The STSPIN32F0B has an extended supply-voltage range from 45V down to 6.7V, allowing use in a wide variety of products including portable devices powered by as few as two lithium-polymer (LiPo) cells. To save power when the motor is idle, and thus maximize battery runtime, a standby mode is available that disables all circuitry except the DC-DC converter supplying the MCU. The STSPIN32F0B is in production now and available in a compact 7 x 7mm QFN package.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Arm Cortex-M low-power mode fundamentalsNext Rohde & Schwarz: ETS-Lindgren integrates R&S CMX500 for 5G wireless device test requirementslast_img read more

Rishabh Pant can’t afford to waste chances, may lose spot to Dinesh Karthik: Harbhajan

first_imgIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said Rishabh Pant cannot afford to waste his chances like he did in the first T20I against New Zealand in Wellington as veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is breathing down his neck for the back up wicketkeeper slot.Harbhajan was extremely critical of Rishabh Pant’s shot selection that led to his early dismissal in India’s unsuccessful chase of 220 on Wednesday. Pant was bowled by New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner when the wicketkeeper-batsman tried to play a reverse sweep.Pant managed just four runs in 10 balls as he struggled to put bat to ball during his short stay at the middle after coming in to bat at No. 4 in the T20I series opener. Despite it being his first international outing since the Sydney Test in January, Pant paid the price for trying too much even as the asking rate was constantly rising.India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs after a shoddy batting effort. The Rohit Sharma-led visitors suffered their biggest defeat in terms of the margin of runs.”I was a bit disappointed with his [Pant’s] shot selection. He tried to reverse sweep the fast bowler a couple of times. When you see a batsman playing shots like that, it tells he is not backing himself,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.”He has to understand his game and strengths and play accordingly. He has all the shots in the book. He should keep the reverse sweep as the last option but he should keep it as his last option.advertisement”Rishabh is a talented cricketer and that’s why we are backing him a lot. We know, he can be a big match-winner. But if he keeps wasting his chances, keeps on playing innings and keeps making such shot selections, then I feel, Dinesh Karthik may take his spot.”Dinesh Karthik is a proper batsman… he has been doing enough in the last few matches as well. So I think, Rishabh Pant needs to get going in the upcoming matches.”Meanwhile, Harbhajan also said India should play Rishabh Pant at No. 3 instead of Vijay Shankar in the second T20I, which will be played in Auckland on Friday. After having comfortably won the ODI series 4-1, India are facing a must-win situation as the upbeat New Zealand will be hoping to seal the series and render the Hamilton ODI on Sunday a dead rubber.”Rishabh Pant should play at No.3. When you are chasing a big total [like the game in Wellington], he needs to go inside the powerplay overs and get himself set. Once he is set, he is capable of scoring big,” Harbhajan said.He added: “But the team thought Vijay Shankar should play at No. 3. I think a mistake was made there. Rishabh needs to bat higher up the order. He has the game to make use of the powerplay but he needs to improve his game a bit.”Also Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: Gavaskarlast_img read more


first_imgThe Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office has begun using a new full body scanner to check inmates into their jail.Sgt. Lee Blanchard says the SecurePass Full Body Security Screening System is designed to keep illegal contraband from entering the facility.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SCANNER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..strip search. ;13When a suspect is brought into the jail for booking, that person undergoes a low level radiation x-ray:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SCANNER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………has on them. :13The scanner will detect metal and other foreign objects including narcotics.Major Tony Wingert says the scanner has proven its reliability in its first days of use when a person turned himself at the jail in to begin serving his time:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SCANNER3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……a later date. ;28Sheriff Dave Drew says the funding of the $190-thousand dollar unit came from inmate room and board charges:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SCANNER4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….jail could have. ;14It is only the second body scanner being used in the State of Iowa.Pottawatomie County was the first to purchase one after a prisoner being transferred hid a lock pick in his hair to free himself from handcuffs and then shot two deputies, killing one of them.last_img read more

UAE sweat over Amoory fitness for Saudi clash

first_imgWC Qualification Asia UAE sweat over Omar Abdulrahman fitness ahead of AFC World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:49 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Omar Abdulrahman Getty WC Qualification Asia UAE UAE v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia UAE midfielder Omar Abdulrahman is recovering from a back spasm and is in a race against time to feature against Saudi Arabia. Omar Abdulrahman is a doubt for UAE as they take on Saudi Arabia in the Group B fixture at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.The Whites have the slimmest of hopes for qualification and are hopeful that their star man can return for the encounter.’Amoory’ has been suffering from a back spasm and while UAE defender Ismail Ahmad is also injured. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Head coach Edgardo Bauza however insists that he will be taking no chances with Abdulrahman and will play him only if he is completely fit.“Only if Amoory is 100 per cent fit he will be on the field,” Bauza said. “We want fully fit players to be there for this crucial clash. What we are looking is to get every point possible and our target is to win this match,” he added.UAE snatched a draw via a late Ali Mabkhout goal against Thailand which left them in fourth place and still in with a mathematical chance of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.However, they will also have to beat Iraq as well as Saudi to keep their hopes alive.Meanwhile, Bauza has suggested that the opposition have an advantage since the Saudi Pro League is already underway and their players have a few games under their belt as opposed to the Emirati contingent.“The only negative thing is that we didn’t play any official match while Saudi players have played in the league matches.”Only national players from the Al Ain Club come into the contest with a competitive match in the AFC Champions League. But you can be assured we will give everything to script a positive result,” he said.The game kicks off at 2030 GST on Tuesday.last_img read more

Real Madrid team news vs Atletico

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Atletico Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 23:59 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Casemiro Real Madrid Las Palmas Getty Images Primera División Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Everything you need to know ahead of the derby at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday… Real Madrid are away to Atletico in La Liga on Saturday evening and Los Blancos will be eager to avoid losing further ground on leaders Barcelona in the title race.The Catalans are in action in Madrid earlier in the day at Leganes, before Real take on Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.Real Madrid 5/4 to beat Atletico Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Zinedine Zidane’s side are already eight points adrift of their Clasico rivals in third place, having lost at home to Betis and away to Girona, as well as failing to beat both Levante and Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the derby clash…REAL MADRID INJURIES Gareth Bale is still out with a hamstring problem and will play no part against Atletico.Keylor Navas is back in training, but not yet ready to return, while Mateo Kovacic also needs more time to recover from his injury.Better news sees Dani Carvajal available again after a heart problem, while Luka Modric is also in contention despite being described by Zidane as “off colour” in training on Thursday.Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS Real Madrid have had a few suspensions already this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos all missing matches in La Liga, but Zidane has no players banned for the game against Atletico.Cristiano Ronaldo, Real MadridREAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWith Navas set to miss out again, Kiko Casilla will continue in goal for Real Madrid against Atletico.Dani Carvajal looks set to return to the starting line-up for the champions at right-back, with Dani Ceballos (who scored a brilliant hat-trick for Spain’s Under-21 side against Slovakia on Tuesday) a possible inclusion in midfield if Zidane decides Modric is not 100 per cent fit.Further forward, Ronaldo is set to partner Karim Benzema in attack, with Isco just behind those two.Real Madrid possible AtleticoATLETICO TEAM NEWS Atletico, like Real Madrid, have picked up 23 points from their opening 11 matches in La Liga so far this season.Diego Simeone’s side are on the verge of elimination in the Champions League, but remain unbeaten in the Primera Division with six wins and five draws.The Argentine has a fully fit squad at his disposal for the derby and he will hope striker Antoine Griezmann can return to form after some disappointing displays of late.With Diego Costa unable to feature for Atleti until January due to the club’s transfer ban, Angel Correa is in line for a start alongside Griezmann on Saturday.Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS This will be the 161st La Liga derby between Atletico and Real Madrid. Los Blancos have won over half of the fixtures so far, with 86 victories. Atletico have only lost one of their last eight league derbies against Real Madrid (four wins, three draws), although that was a 3-0 defeat in the sides’ last Liga meeting at the Vicente Calderon. This will be the first derby between Atletico and Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico failed to win their first league derby at both the Vicente Calderon (2-2 in 1967) and at the old Metropolitano (a 3-0 loss in 1929). Atletico have conceded 83% of their goals from headers in La Liga this season (five out of six), the highest percentage of any team. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six goals in his last four games against Atletico in all competitions. Zinedine Zidane has lost more games against Atletico than against any other side as Real Madrid manager in all competitions (two), but he did win the first of his seven titles against them (the 2016 Champions League final). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Atletico versus Real Madrid kicks off at 20:45 local time at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday and will be broadcast live from 19:40 UK time on Sky Sports Football.last_img read more

‘I’m furious’ – Emre Can on being left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad

first_imgSoccer Share via Email Topics The 25-year-old, who joined Juventus from Liverpool on a free in the summer of 2018, said: “The fact that I am not in the Champions League squad is extremely shocking for me, mainly because I was promised something different last week. There were talks with other clubs [before the transfer window closed] and one of the conditions for me to stay was to be part of the Champions League squad.”Can made 37 appearances and scored four goals for Juventus last season under Massimiliano Allegri, whom Sarri replaced in the summer. The player was also angered by the way the club’s decision was relayed to him.“On Tuesday they phoned me and told me, in a conversation that didn’t even last a minute, that I was not on the list and they didn’t give an explanation. That does make me angry and furious because I think that I played well last season, above all in the Champions League. I really can’t understand this and will now see what I decide to do from here and I will seek talks with the club next week.”Later in the day the midfielder, however, released a statement saying how much he enjoys playing for the club and thanked them for their support. “I will always be grateful to Juventus Turin and how they supported and stood by me since I am part of the club, particularly during my time of illness,” he said. “Out of respect to Juventus and my team mates, whose success has always been my first priority, I won’t say anything more and will continue fighting on the pitch.” Read more Juventus Germany Share on LinkedIn Emre Can (@emrecan_)Out of respect to Juventus and my team mates, whose success has always been my first priority, I won’t say anything more and will continue fighting on the pitch. Yours, EmreSeptember 4, 2019 Emre Can has said he is “shocked and furious” after being left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad. The midfielder found out there was no place for him in Maurizio Sarri’s list of 22 players while on duty with Germany this week and will seek urgent talks with the club when he returns to Turin next week. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Champions League group-by-group guide: predictions and star players news Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Mario Mandzukic was also left out of the squad together with the defender Giorgio Chiellini, who is injured. Juventus face Atlético Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow in their group.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch relieved after Australia scrape past Pakistan

first_img view more view less World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch relieved after Australia scrape past PakistanFinch was a relieved man after his team managed to survive and win against Pakistan. It was not a comfortable win for the Aussies, as the match was in a firm balance until the late stages of the game. scorecard No data available! graphs advertisement Indo-Asian News Service TauntonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 10:58 IST Aaron Finch relieved post Australia win over Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia put a formidable total of 307 before bowling out Pakistan for 266Pakistan lived up to their “unpredictable” tag and were all out during their chasePakistan will next face India in a high-octane encounter in Manchester on SundayAustralian skipper Aaron Finch was a relieved man after his team managed to survive and win a nervy World Cup fixture against Pakistan in Taunton.Wednesday’s gripping match at the Cooper Associates County Ground saw the defending champions put a formidable total of 307 before bowling out Pakistan for 266.Going by the scoreline, one can predict it to be a rather comfortable win for the Aussies. However, it was not the case as the match was in a firm balance until the late stages of the game.Pakistan lived up to their “unpredictable” tag and was all but out of the contest at 6-160 during their chase. However, it was a different story at 7-264 after Hasan Ali (32 off 15), Wahab Riaz (45 off 39) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (40 off 48) led a big-hitting rearguard action. It was only when Mitchell Starc kept his cool and bowled brilliantly in his ninth over and picked up two wickets which allowed Australia to win the match.After the match, Finch admitted they were put under pressure by Pakistan’s lower order.”They certainly did. It’s always tough when you’ve got guys like Hasan and Wahab coming out and swinging,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”When they start to get on a roll it can be tough to stop. We just had to bowl our best ball, whether that was a length ball or whether it was a yorker. You had to commit to that ball 100 percent. We saw that if your execution is slightly off on a small ground like this you go for six,” he added.advertisementEarlier, after put into bat, Australia made a commanding start as both Finch and David Warner added 146 runs for the opening wicket. Warner went to score his first 100 of the ongoing tournament. However, once Warner got out, Australia lost wickets in a heap and was eventually bundled out for 307 in 49 overs.”We didn’t bat out 50 overs, which was really disappointing. When you go in with the extra batter you stack the batters to do that job,” said Finch while ruing the fact his team didn’t play full quota of 50 overs.”We probably tried to go a little bit too hard too early and ended up probably 20-30 runs short,” he added.Meanwhile, Sarfaraz expressed disappointment and said his top four batsmen need to score runs if they want to win. He also said that Pakistan bowlers came back well after disappointing opening spells allowed Australia to have a flying start.”We conceded too many runs in the first 20 overs. Except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl really well,” Sarfaraz said.”If we want to win, the top four have to make runs,” he added.Pakistan will next face India in what is expected to be a high-octane encounter between the arch-rivals in Manchester on Sunday.Also Read | Ravi Shastri and coaching staff to get 45-day extension after World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand: Unbeaten teams look to spoil each other’s perfect recordAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Aaron FinchFollow Australia vs Pakistan commentary Nextlast_img read more

Gov’t To Intensify Campaign against Human Trafficking

first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government will be intensifying its public education against human trafficking this year.He said the campaign will be “more aggressive”, especially in rural areas where persons are deemed to be more at risk.“We will also focus on targeted interventions for vulnerable groups,” he pointed out.The Minister was speaking at the handover of a bus to the anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at the Ministry’s offices at 61 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on June 1.He urged Jamaicans to be on alert for signs of human trafficking.“Pay more than the usual attention to children, who might be victims of forced begging; entities or individuals of dubious character, who are recruiting persons as models to work overseas or in massage parlours, nightclubs,” he said.Minister Chuck noted that most of the victims of human trafficking are women and minors, and appealed to parents and guardians to talk with your children about how to make wise decisions and to protect themselves.“It is disheartening to hear of reports of human trafficking, and in particular sexual slavery, where women, mostly young and oftentimes minors, are tricked into prostitution and even gang-raped,” he pointed out.He noted that the simple caution ‘don’t talk to strangers’ should also apply in the use of social media platforms.“Do not give information about yourself and your family that can be used to harm you. Most importantly, do not agree to meet anyone whom you have met on social media,” he advised.Minister Chuck noted human trafficking takes a tremendous toll on the victims,   noting that it takes years for them to recover from the mental and physical trauma.“Sometimes they don’t, because of the horrific experiences associated with human trafficking,” he pointed out.He said the Government is strengthening the support system for victims through the establishment of shelters and providing psychological support.Meanwhile, he informed that the anti-TIP policy is expected to be completed this fiscal year and thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for providing the necessary funding support for the six-month consultancy to develop the policy.Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, said the Government will continue to undertake coordinated approaches in addressing human trafficking.“This Government, the Ministry of National Security and other stakeholders collaboratively reject human trafficking as a violation of the fundamental rights to freedom and security of the person,” he said.He urged all law-abiding citizens to use the Stay alert App to anonymously report suspicious incidents.The 16-seater Toyota provided to the TIP Unit was acquired at a cost of approximately $6 million by the Ministry of Justice.It will assist in the ongoing fight against human trafficking, and transport victims that have been rescued. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government will be intensifying its public education against human trafficking this year. Story Highlights Minister Chuck noted that most of the victims of human trafficking are women and minors, and appealed to parents and guardians to talk with your children about how to make wise decisions and to protect themselves. The 16-seater Toyota provided to the TIP Unit was acquired at a cost of approximately $6 million by the Ministry of Justice.last_img read more

Bankruptcy of energy company may show lenders view industry differently CAPP

first_imgThe bankruptcy of a Calgary energy company that plans to walk away from thousands of gas wells may be a sign lenders are changing how they look at the industry in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling.Brad Herald, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says institutions are now taking a harder look at costs of cleaning up old wells after the so-called Redwater decision.That decision says bankrupt companies must pay those costs before they’re allowed to sell off any remaining assets.Trident Exploration announced Wednesday it was ending operations and abandoning 4,700 gas wells.It says the Redwater decision was one of the reasons it decided to wind things up.But University of Calgary resource law professor Nigel Bankes says it’s good that bankers are weighing clean-up costs in their financing decisions.  Herald says many or even most of Trident’s wells could be bought by another operator, who would then take over clean-up responsibility.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tent city ups pressure over housing on Yukon government

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt is summertime in the Yukon and campers are taking advantage of the government’s greenery.The lawn of the Yukon legislature is turning into a tent city with close to a dozen campers calling it home.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has more.last_img

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair featured in APTNs virtual town hall this evening

first_imgAPTN National NewsNDP leader Thomas Mulcair will appear in APTN’s virtual town hall Thursday.APTN’s town halls have already featured Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Green party leader Elizabeth May this week.Conservative leader Stephen Harper is the only one of the four main federal party leaders to refuse to participate in the virtual town halls which ran this week.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event that have federal party leaders answer pre-taped questions from Indigenous people from across the country.APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie is hosting the town halls.The Trudeau town hall aired Wednesday and the May town hall aired Tuesday. All the town halls are posted on APTN’s news website.The town hall with Mulcair will also be live-streamed via APTN’s news website beginning at 6 p.m. ET.Harper never agreed to an interview with APTN despite repeated requests throughout his nine years in power.last_img read more

Morneau to give speech in Calgary ahead of Kinder Morgan deadline

first_imgCALGARY – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is headed west next week with plans to give a speech to a Calgary business audience a day ahead of a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which announced the event set for May 30, says the speech will focus on securing Canada’s economic future.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential construction on the Trans Mountain project in April, citing obstruction by B.C. that put the viability of the pipeline in question.The company has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.Morneau said last week the federal government is willing to cover cost overruns caused by political uncertainty on the pipeline project.However, the minister also said if Kinder Morgan were to walk away from the pipeline, there are other investors willing to step in.last_img read more

International tourist numbers to hit 18 billion by 2030 UN report projects

12 October 2011The number of tourists travelling outside their countries is projected to reach 1.8 billion within two decades, with emerging economies responsible for the highest growth rates, according to a new report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The report, Tourism Towards 2030, confirms that international tourism will continue to grow, forecasting an average of 43 million additional people becoming international tourists every year. This figure, which corresponds to a 3.3 per cent annual increase, represents a more moderate growth pace in the industry than in previous years.“The next 20 years will be of continued growth for the sector – a more moderate, responsible and inclusive growth,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, who presented the report yesterday at the organization’s General Assembly in Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea (ROK).“This growth offers immense possibilities as these can also be years of leadership, with tourism leading economic growth, social progress and environmental sustainability,” he said.According to the report, arrivals will pass the one billion mark next year, and by 2030 five million people will be crossing international borders every day.The report also reveals that emerging economies in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa will have the most to gain from this increase as they are expected to grow at double the pace of advanced markets in North America and Europe.By 2015, emerging economies will receive more international tourists than advanced economies, and by 2030 their share is expected to reach 58 per cent.The report also forecasts that by 2030 North-East Asia will be the most visited region in the world, taking over from Southern and Mediterranean Europe, and that most tourists will come from Asia and the Pacific, followed by European travellers. “Tourism Towards 2030 shows that there is still significant potential for further expansion in the coming decades. Established, as well as new destinations, can benefit from this trend and opportunity, provided they shape the appropriate conditions and policies with regard to business environment, infrastructure, facilitation, marketing and human resources,” said Mr. Rifai.“Nevertheless, alongside this opportunity, challenges will also arise in terms of maximizing tourism’s social and economic benefits while minimizing negative impacts. As such, it is more important than ever that all tourism development be guided by the principles of sustainable development,” he added. read more

UN brings information technology to Ghanas schools health clinics and farms

Through a private-public partnership being implemented by the UN Office for Project Services, Ghana will soon benefit from a ‘Mobile Telecentre’ – a bus equipped with IT facilities that is scheduled to go on the road next month. Using wireless technology and a solar panel to access the Internet and electric power where they are not available, the Mobile Telecentre will drive to the doorsteps of local participating groups, providing training in Internet services such as distance learning, e-commerce, tele-medicine, and online bankingEach week the bus plans to serve 270 school children, 30 teachers, 15 farmers, 3 businesses and 2 health clinics. It will remain for three months in each of the four regions targeted by the initiative.When the bus moves on, the project will forge agreements with local entrepreneurs and others to ensure that a cyber café, telecentre or PC lab is established to continue the services provided by the Mobile Telecentre. The project will promote the introduction of IT curricula in schools, raise awareness about IT as a tool for national and personal development, and boost the number of young people with IT know-how. Welcoming the effort, UNDP’s Resident Representative, Alfred Sallia Fawundu, observed that the Mobile Telecentre “is a first, since it will be bringing value-added services to the doorstep of school children, farmers, traders and clinics.”Other partners in the project include Africa Online, Applied Matrix Systems, Barclays Bank and the Coca Cola Bottling Company. read more

CV production steady in 2016 with small April decline

Wednesday 25 May, 2016 British commercial vehicle (CV) production is holding steady in 2016, despite a marginal decline in output of -0.9% in April, with overall growth of 0.4% in the first four months of the year, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data published today.A 13.6% increase in domestic demand offset an -11.2% decline in production for export in the month. However, in the year to date, output for overseas buyers remains ahead – up 9.6% on the same period in 2015, with more than half (52.7%) of UK-built CVs destined for international markets.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Although April saw a slight decrease in CV production, the sector continues to perform well with positive year-to-date figures. Following the substantial rise in volumes last year, we can expect production growth to ease slightly over coming months. However, with continued demand for British-built vans and trucks at home and around the world, the sector’s outlook is positive.” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Steady April performance for CV manufacturing, with volumes down -0.9%.Domestic demand grows 13.6%, offsetting -11.2% decline in output for export.Year-to-date manufacturing remains stable, growing 0.4% in the first four months. read more

With 2 OSU Dline starters out in Fiesta Bowl Joey Bosa to

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was hoping to strike a deal with Urban Meyer about where Ohio State junior defensive end Joey Bosa would line up Friday when the two teams square off in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes are missing both their starters at defensive tackle, which has given birth to the possibility of Bosa spending more snaps at the interior spots, rather than his usual place at the end. “If (Bosa) comes inside, that would be awesome,” Kelly said. “If we could make an agreement before the game that he was going to play the 3-technique then we would be very happy.”Kelly said he asked Meyer about inking such an agreement, and he got the kind of response many would predict.“He was noncommittal,” Kelly said, laughing, of Meyer’s response to his proposition. But about 45 minutes later, while addressing the media to kick off OSU’s media day, Meyer offered a more concrete answer to Kelly’s inquiry.Meyer was rattling off some of the names of some relatively unknown players expected to fill in for injured senior Tommy Schutt and suspended senior Adolphus Washington, such as sophomore Michael Hill and redshirt sophomore Tracy Sprinkle, before mentioning a more well-known guy.“Then, obviously, Joey Bosa will be playing some on the inside,” Meyer said. Based off that, Kelly, it appears, will be getting his wish. Exactly how much time Bosa spends there is unclear, but regardless, whenever the two-time All-American slides inside, Kelly will be happy.Bosa, though, doesn’t understand exactly why the coach feels that way. “I don’t know,” Bosa said, chuckling. “I have no idea because I think 3-technique is easier, honestly, to be disruptive.” The occasional migration to playing defensive tackle is something Bosa has done before this season, but mainly on third-down passing situations. But with Washington and Schutt sidelined, he will likely be there in scenarios outside of the previously mentioned one. “It’s nothing completely new,” Bosa said. There are similarities between his familiar role as a 4- and 5-technique end, Bosa explained, but the main differences are in the run fits and the size of pass-rush lanes. Bosa said he likes being on the inside because he can, usually, rush the passer on both sides of his blocker, rather than being on the outside where he typically tries to beat the tackle on the edge.As for why Kelly might want him on the inside, Bosa later suggested he thinks the coach might find it easier to double team him that way. That is nothing new to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native, though, as he has faced a barrage of blocking combinations this year attempting to slow him down. “Something that’s not going to go away,” Bosa said. Regardless of which technique Bosa plays, he said he knows it will be a challenge against the Notre Dame offensive line, as he called it “one of the best, if not the best, we’ve played this year.”That unit is led by senior left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who many consider to be a sure-fire first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Bosa said the opportunity to go up against fellow elite talent is something he values highly, and Stanley fits that bill. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Stanley echoed Bosa’s view. “I mean, if you want to be the best you’ve got to go up against the best,” Stanley said. “We’re both really good at our positions. I’m sure we’re both really excited to go up against each other. “That’s what competitors want to do.” Guard Quenton Nelson said the Fighting Irish aren’t going to change what they have been doing all season just because they’re playing against Bosa. The redshirt freshman labeled him an “incredible player,” but Nelson said Notre Dame will stick with its base concepts to try and impede Bosa. Those concepts include frequent double-teams of opposing defensive ends, which the team used against Texas and Virginia, Nelson said. But, Nelson added, the Fighting Irish trust the ability of their own players to match up one-on-one with the opposition. That means Stanley and Bosa, two first-round talents, might go mano-a-mano during the Fiesta Bowl. “I’m sure that’s going to happen,” Stanley said, cracking a smile.Junior right tackle Mike McGlinchey said no matter what Bosa is doing and where he’s doing it, the talent around No. 97 poses a difficult task for the offensive line, even with Washington and Schutt out of the lineup. “They’re all good players, I mean Ohio State is stacked,” McGlinchey said. “There is not much letdown.” Which is why Bosa said he doesn’t feel too much added pressure from losing two starters. All season long, he said, Sprinkle and Hill, as well as redshirt senior Joel Hale and sophomore Donovan Munger, have had the reps in practice to prepare them for this moment. “We all trust them,” Bosa said, “to go in there and do their job.”   As for Bosa, who is potentially playing his final game in scarlet and gray, he will likely keep doing the job he’s been doing so well since arriving in Columbus. Kelly might be so optimistic about Bosa playing inside because he doesn’t have to block him. But McGlinchey, who does have to block him, said he knows Bosa will be effective wherever he plays. “No matter where he plays we’re going to be accounting for him,” McGlinchey said. Although Kelly’s wish might come true, Bosa said he thinks Kelly might be selling his ability on the inside short. “Yeah,” Bosa said, squeaking out a smile, “a little bit.” OSU players and coach Urban Meyer addressed the media about the upcoming BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30th in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

Drones potential to save lives must be harnessed

A drone company in Rwanda is delivering life-saving blood in the world’s first national drone delivery network. Drones also have a key role to play in search and rescue operations and disaster response, said the report. But volunteer drone operators must co-ordinate with professional emergency responders, as well as consult existing guidelines and professional codes of conduct.Ms Soesilo said that in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in 2015 well-meaning good Samaritans turned up with newly-bought drones, with the intention of helping the rescue efforts.“These people must be trained and they must be co-ordinated very closely with official rescue operations. You can ground all the helicopters in an area if there’s an unregulated drone flying somewhere,” she said. From delivering life-saving drugs to mapping sites for refugee camps, drones have massive potential for global health. A new report from the Foundation for Responsible Robotics says that, despite their reputation for invading privacy and endangering aircraft, drones could benefit society in many ways as long as they are used appropriately.  Worldwide, drone sales are booming, totalling $13.1 billion in 2016, says the report. And the global drone industry has been estimated at around $127.3 billion.The report says that use of drones in global health falls into two categories: data acquisition and cargo delivery.  Noel Sharkey – the foundation’s co-director and professor emeritus of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sheffield University – characterised the regulations governing the use of privately-owned drones as “chaos”, whether that is in Europe, the United States or the developing world.And he warned that inappropriate use could lead to a public backlash.“We must not throw the baby out with the bathwater. It is now clear that the responsible use of this technology could be enormously helpful to humanitarian work and environmental protections. When we have natural disasters, starving people in conflict or emergency need for medicines, drones can come to the rescue,” he said. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  Drones must be operated by skilled operators, the report authors warn Drones must be operated by skilled operators, the report authors warnCredit:Niall Carson /PA 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. Aimee van Wynsberghe, co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, highlighted the concept of “disaster tourism”.”People are using drones to go to an area of a disaster, whether it’s a fire or an emergency, and tracking what’s going on,” she said. But Dr van Wynsberghe added that drones, even when used by official agencies, could also cause psychological harm and more research was needed in this area.“It would be irresponsible to proceed with drones on a massive scale without knowing the psychological consequences,” she said. Speaking at a press conference to launch the report, the authors called for the responsible use of drones.Denise Soesilo, co-author of the foundation report, said: “There’s a potential to do truly good things with this technology but there’s also the potential to get it wrong. The private sector cannot lead these discussions [on proper drone use]. They have to come from civil society and the public.”The report highlighted the work of  various organisations including Unicef, the World Food Programme and Médecins Sans Frontières, which used drones to map an area in Malawi partially cut off from floods but for which there were few detailed maps. The organisation then used the data it had retrieved to work out where people were living and what assistance was needed.  read more

Hamas agrees to 24hour humanitarian truce

first_img“Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip,” an army statement said. Source: IDF/Twitter Source: IDF/Twitter Due to Hamas’ incessant rocket fire during the humanitarian window, we are renewing our aerial, naval and ground activity in Gaza.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) July 27, 2014 Smoke from Israeli strikes rise over Gaza City. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIsrael’s army had also said this morning that one of its soldiers was killed near the Gaza Strip, taking to 43 the number of troops killed since the start of ground operations in July.center_img Sgt. First Class (res.) Barak Refael Degorker, 27, was killed overnight by mortar fire from Gaza. May his memory be a blessing.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) July 27, 2014 Updated 7.52pm Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHAMAS HAS SAID it has now agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce, shortly after Israel announced a resumption of hostilities in Gaza following a day-long pause.“In response to the UN’s intervention request to monitor the situation… it has been agreed between the resistance factions that a 24-hour humanitarian truce will start from 2pm (11am GMT),” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEarlier today, Israel had said it was resuming  its raids on Gaza by land, sea and air after Hamas continued firing rockets. “The soldier was killed by a shell that was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory,” an army spokeswoman said.About 20 rockets were fired at southern Israel between late last night and this morning.Late last night, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for rocket attacks on southern Israel and Tel Aviv immediately after the expiration of an initial 12-hour ceasefire both sides had abided by.Israel’s unilateral decision to continue the ceasefire signalled a pause in its assault on Gaza, which has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in less than three weeks. Three more Palestinians were also killed today.Over the same period, 43 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel were also killed.Originally published 12.02pm- © AFP 2014.Read: Israel extends temporary ceasefire to 9pm tonight as Gaza death toll passes 1,000>Explainer: What is happening in Gaza?>last_img read more

WhoSay Boosts Distribution Through Huffington Post Flipboard and Tango Partnerships

first_imgCelebrity social posts, whether ill-advised or perfectly orchestrated, are engagement gold. And WhoSay, a distributor of celebrity-provided social content, has broadened its reach through new partnerships with Huffington Post, Flipboard and mobile messaging service Tango.WhoSay acts as sort of a clearing house for social-oriented posts from a network of more than 1,600 celebrity members, collecting and managing their posts on its own publishing platform and also distributing them across the various social networks. The partnerships effectively give celebrities using the WhoSay platform direct access to Huffington Post and Flipboard, just as if they were  posting to Twitter or Facebook. Celebrities—or their handlers—can publish directly to HuffPo’s celebrity vertical from the WhoSay talent app, for example, or directly into a new magazine for Flipboard called Celebs Unfiltered. The partnership with Tango will integrate WhoSay celebrity content with the text and other messages users send to each other.These partnerships follow on the heals of one made with People magazine back in March. See Also: People Integrates Celeb Social Posts Into New VerticalFor WhoSay, it’s a significant distribution boost for its celebrity members and for the media brands it’s a new stream of highly shareable content, provided directly from celebrities themselves.last_img read more