Around 200 agitating nurses were arrested from two State-run medical colleges and hospitals of Assam on Wednesday, the third day of their strike, only to be released later, officials said. The nurses under the banner of All Assam Nurses’ Association were on strike in two hospitals since Monday to press for their demands, including pay parity. The authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in the premises of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday morning, sources said. When the agitating uniformed nurses assembled in front of the hospitals and started raising slogans, around 100 nurses from each hospital were arrested, the sources said. The GMCH nurses were taken away to a temporary jail set up at the 4th Assam Police Battalion HQ in Guwahati and released later, the police said. The nurses claimed that Health Minister Pijush Hazarika had called them for a meeting on Tuesday but cancelled it all of a sudden. The nurses are demanding ‘same post same salary’ and restoration of the designation of ‘staff nurse’.
A court in New York has rejected former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta’s bid to throw out his 2012 insider-trading conviction, affirming a lower court’s ruling in the case.The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in an order issued on Monday, said: “We have considered all of Gupta’s arguments on this appeal and have found them to be without merit. The judgment of the district court is affirmed.”Read it at NDTV Related Items
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday asked the Chief Secretary to carry out assessment of crops damaged due to untimely rains at the earliest so that immediate relief can be provided to farmers. Heavy post monsoon showers in some parts of the State in last few days damaged crops and inundated low-lying areas. Taking serious note of it, Mr. Fadnavis ordered completion of crop damage assessment at the earliest.“CM @Dev_Fadnavis instructed Chief Secretary to provide immediate relief to farmers who were affected by the heavy rains in some parts of Maharashtra by completing survey at the earliest,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) tweeted. Heavy rains lashed parts of Hingoli, Parbhani, Aurangabad and Jalgaon districts in last few days. A man and his son were killed when a wall of their house collapsed on them in Parbhani on Sunday, an official said. Besides, a person drowned in a canal while trying to cross it in Hingoli, he added.
Veteran CPI(M) leader Asim Dasgupta, who served as West Bengal’s Finance Minister for nearly quarter of a century, has said that the Centre should work together with the States in combating the economic slowdown.“The current economic slowdown has resulted from the fall in the purchasing power of the common people,” said Mr. Dasgupta, who served as the State’s Finance Minister from 1987 to 2011.“What the government needs to work on is improving the demand and not supply. The measures taken by it in the recent times, such as announcing a corporate tax relief of ₹1.45 lakh crore, are aimed at improving supply. How will more supply help when there is no demand?” he said.Mr. Dasgupta, who was instrumental in initiating land reforms in Bengal, suggested a series of measures the Centre could undertake to increase demand. One of them is land reforms (fixing a ceiling on the amount of land that can be held by an individual and distributing the excess land to the landless) because smaller lands, according to him, are better utilised. He also called for a hike in the fair price charged by farmers.Irrigation sectorAmong the things that are immediately “doable”, he said, is an allocation of an additional ₹10,000 crore to the irrigation sector (to the current ₹9,900 crore); a 10% hike on the food subsidy of ₹1.7 lakh crore; pumping in another ₹40,000 crore to MNREGA (current budget ₹60,000 crore), and spending ₹15,000 crore on an MNREGA-type programme for the urban population.“These measures, if you do the maths, will cost about ₹1 lakh crore. Where will this money come from? It can come from the ₹1.45 lakh crore that has been set aside as corporate tax relief,” Mr. Dasgupta said.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View comments Michael Dasmariñas during his open workout at Kerry Sports in Taguig. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.betAll the media attention Michael Dasmariñas got on Wednesday reminded him of the last time he fought for a boxing crown.“It was nothing like this,” a smiling Dasmariñas told INQUIRER.net in Filipino during a press conference at Kerry Sports in Shangri La at the Fort in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Paul Lee doubling efforts on both ends as Magnolia heads to semis Read Next Dasmariñas, the Camarines Sur native, thinks the fight is a tossup, although he believes he has the advantage when it comes to punching power.“We’re both volume punchers and we’re almost equal in speed but he doesn’t hit that hard,” said Dasmariñas, who started boxing when he was nine years old in Bicol and decided to continue his boxing career in Manila at 18 after he graduated high school.His trainer and former Filipino world champion Tacy Macalos also sees Dasmariñas’ power and footwork as his edge.Macalos said Dasmariñas also has to embrace the underdog label and use it to his advantage.“It will serve as a challenge and motivation for him to work much harder and win the title,” Macalos said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Dasmariñas, who is in the second of his four-fight contract with Ringstar Boxing, dropped a close decision to Lwandile Sityatha of South Africa for the same belt in the super flyweight division in 2014. Dasmariñas, who is tipped to become the next Filipino world champion, should get used to the fanfare especially if he beats Karim Guerfi of France for the vacant International Boxing Organization world bantamweight title on April 20 in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 25-year-old Dasmariñas (27-2, 18 KOs) knows Guerfi, who is the No. 4 fighter in the WBC ranking, is a quality opponent.“He’s not a nobody. He’s ahead of me in the WBC ranking and he also has a good record like me,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa
Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath got married in a Sikh ceremony at the bride’s residence today after arriving from The Grand Cabbana resort at around 4-4:30 pm in Jalandhar. The couple were beautifully colour-coordinated in pink. While Kapil wore a white and pink bandhgala, Ginni sported a beautifully embroidered pink lehenga.Their Sikh ceremony was streamed live on Kapil Sharma’s official youtube channel:Kapil and Ginni’s saat pheras wrapped up in the wee hours of the morning today. The much-in-love couple also spoke to media right before their wedding ceremony started.Next up, the comedy king will host a wedding reception in Amritsar, his hometown, followed by a Mumbai reception for his industry friends. Both his nuptials were intimate and only close friends and family were invited. Kapil and Ginni’s pre-wedding festivities kicked off last week with Akhand Parth and Bangle ceremony respectively. Both the bride and the groom kept their look simple in all their ceremonies.A day before the wedding, a Jaago ceremony was organised by Kapil’s family and also a cocktail and dinner party hosted by Kapil’s friends like Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Haarsh Limbachiyaa, Sumona Chakravarti, Rajiv Thakur among others.See pics | Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath wedding: 11 memorable pics from the intimate nuptialsAlso read | Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath wedding: The couple take saat pheras. See picsAlso read | 15 unmissable moments from Kapil Sharma’s big fat Punjabi wedding. Inside pics and videos
Tom Brady fed Rob Gronkowski repeatedly to set up Dion Lewis’ go-ahead eight-yard touchdown with 56 seconds remaining and Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted in the end zone with five seconds left.The Patriots (11-3) gained the inside track for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs by ending Pittsburgh’s eight-game winning streak. Brady threw for 298 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Gronkowski, fresh off a one-game suspension, finished with nine receptions for 168 yards, including four on the winning drive.It briefly looked like it wouldn’t be enough. Share via Email Since you’re here… The Steelers (11-3), who played most of the game without injured star wide receiver Antonio Brown, appeared to take the lead when Roethlisberger connected with tight end Jesse James for a 10-yard touchdown with 28 seconds to left. The play was overturned on review, with official Tony Corrente saying the ball did not “survive” the completion of the catch.Roethlisberger hit Darrius Heyward-Bey for a short gain, whp but stayed in bounds. With the clock running and no timeouts, rather than spike it to set up a short kick that would have sent the game to overtime, Roethlisberger tried to win it. Topics Pinterest Share on Facebook NFL Week 15: Patriots stun Steelers in instant classic Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Twitter Read more Reuse this content NFL Panthers’ Jerry Richardson’s exit from ownership ranks is a sign of the times Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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One kneel down later, the Patriots had their fifth straight victory over the Steelers.Brown, the NFL’s leading receiver, went to a hospital having his left calf injury examined.Jaguars 45, Texans 7The Jacksonville Jaguars are returning to the playoffs for the first time in a decade thanks to a 45-7 drubbing of rival Houston on Sunday.Once the NFL’s poster child for futility and a punchline for potential relocation, the Jaguars (10-4) are now one of the league’s top turnaround stories.Blake Bortles threw three touchdowns passes, including two to a reserve receiver who slept in his car earlier this season. The Jaguars won for the seventh time in eight games to clinch a postseason berth for the first time since 2007.Bortles finished with a season-high 326 yards and the best QB rating (143.8) of his career, including 186 yards and a touchdown to rookie Keelan Cole. Primary punt returner Jaydon Mickens, who stepped in for injured starter Marqise Lee in the first quarter, caught four passes for 61 yards and two scores against the Texans (4-10).The Jaguars were an NFL-worst 22-74 over the previous six years, more a laughingstock than a postseason contender.Rams 42, Seahawks 7Todd Gurley rushed for 152 yards and scored four total touchdowns in just 2½ quarters, and the Rams moved to the cusp of their first division title since 2003.The matchup to determine first place in the NFC West was completely one-sided. Los Angeles (10-4) was dominant, embarrassing Seattle into the worst loss during Pete Carroll’s eight seasons in charge.Taking advantage of field position, the Rams scored on six of seven first-half drives, including a 21-point blitz in the second quarter capped by a 57-yard TD run by Gurley on third-and-20 with less than a minute remaining in the first half to take a 34-0 lead at the break.Gurley had 144 yards rushing in the first half, twice scoring from the 1. He added a 14-yard TD reception midway through the third quarter for a 40-0 Rams lead and spent the rest of his day watching. The 152 yards rushing were the second best of his career.The Rams don’t have the division wrapped up, but have a two-game lead with two weeks to play. A win against either Tennessee or San Francisco is enough for their first division title in 14 years.49ers 25, Titans 23Jimmy Garoppolo led one final scoring drive in the closing seconds to cap a fantastic first home start and Robbie Gould kicked a winning 45-yard field goal as time expired.Garoppolo threw for a career-high 381 yards and a touchdown to give the 49ers (4-10) a three-game winning streak in a lost season. And Tom Brady’s former backup showed he could do it at home as well as on the road — and against a playoff contender, no less — outdueling Marcus Mariota down the stretch as the teams traded field goals.Gould kicked three of his six field goals over the final nine minutes: 50, 48 and 45 yards, and has now gone 20 consecutive without a miss.Gould put the Niners out front on a 48-yarder with 3:08 remaining. Mariota then drove the Titans (8-6) to a lead as Ryan Succop kicked a 50-yard field goal with 1:07 to play, then Garoppolo and the San Francisco offense got one last shot.Vikings 34, Bengals 7Eric Kendricks had an interception return for a touchdown, Case Keenum passed for 236 yards and two scores, and the Vikings clinched the NFC North over the depleted and disinterested Bengals.Running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon combined for 37 touches and 242 yards from scrimmage for the Vikings (11-3), who were given quite the reprieve on the schedule a week after their eight-game winning streak ended at Carolina in the last of three consecutive road trips. They were never challenged the Bengals (5-9), missing more than half of the starting defense to injuries, and met with a morning report by ESPN that head coach Marvin Lewis will not return next season .The game went so smoothly that Teddy Bridgewater even made his grand entrance, his first live action in 16 months since a massive knee injury. Bridgewater’s first pass was intercepted, a high throw that bounced off McKinnon’s hands and into the arms of strong safety Shawn Williams deep in Vikings territory. That set up a short touchdown run by Giovani Bernard to keep the Bengals from being shut out for a second time this year.Keenum completed 20 of 23 passes, including seven easy tosses to McKinnon for 114 yards in the first 100-yard receiving game for a Vikings running back since Onterrio Smith on Sept. 26, 2004, against Chicago.Lewis who lost to a former assistant (Mike Zimmer) for the first time in eight matchups. Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Bengals from 2008-13.Eagles 34, Giants 29Nick Foles threw four touchdown passes in his first start replacing the injured Carson Wentz, and the Eagles secured a first-round playoff bye.Foles hit 24 of 38 passes for 237 yards and no interceptions. The NFC East champion Eagles (12-2) made a late stand on first-and-goal in the final minute in edging the Giants (2-12) for the second time this season, spoiling a three-touchdown, season-high 434-yard passing game by Eli Manning.Foles hit Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton and Nelson Agholor on scoring passes ranging from 3 to 13 yards in filling in for Wentz, who tore an ACL last week and was lost for the season after a brilliant year.The Eagles also got two field goals from Jake Elliott and three blocked kicks from their special teams, foiling an extra point, a punt and field goal. The block on the punt set up a touchdown.Manning finished 37 of 57 and hit Tavarres King on two touchdowns and Sterling Shepard on one. It was Manning’s ninth career 400-yard game and his first since last season.Panthers 31, Packers 24Cam Newton threw for 242 yards and four touchdowns, and the Panthers spoiled Aaron Rodgers’ return from a broken collarbone.Damiere Byrd had two touchdown catches, and Christian McCaffrey had 136 yards from scrimmage, including a 7-yard touchdown reception as the Panthers (10-4) won their fourth straight home game.Greg Olsen had his most productive game since returning from a broken foot, catching nine passes for 116 yards and a TD, and the Panthers kept pace with the first-place New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.Rodgers, making his first appearance since 15 October, threw for 290 yards with three touchdowns, but was intercepted three times as the Packers’ playoff hopes took a critical blow.Green Bay (7-7) had a chance to send the game into overtime for a third straight week. But cornerback James Bradberry stripped wide receiver Geronimo Allison of the ball with 1:48 remaining. Mike Adams recovered to finish off the Packers.Saints 31, Jets 19Mark Ingram ran for two touchdowns and gained 151 yards from scrimmage, including a late 50-yard TD run, and the Saints overcame three turnovers.Michael Thomas became the second NFL player with at least 90 receptions in his first two seasons. He caught nine passes for 93 yards, including a pivotal fourth-quarter touchdown on a short slant for New Orleans (10-4), which retained its tenuous hold on first place in the NFC South heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.Alvin Kamara turned a short catch into a 10-yard TD in his return from a concussion that knocked him out of the Saints’ loss at Atlanta a week earlier.Bryce Petty made his first start at quarterback this season for the Jets (5-9), who were eliminated from playoff contention. Petty completed 19 of 39 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice — once on a tipped pass and once on a long, inconsequential throw as the game ended.His 2-yard touchdown pass to rookie Elijah McGuire cut New Orleans’ lead to 24-19 with 1:51 left. But the Jets’ onside kick failed and Ingram broke loose for his long score while the Saints were trying to run down the clock.Drew Brees completed 26 of 36 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, but also was intercepted deep in his own territory to set up a Jets field goal at the end of the first half.Ravens 27, Browns 10Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass, ran for a score and beat Cleveland again as the Ravens stayed on track for the AFC playoffs.With victories at home over Indianapolis and Cincinnati in its last two games, the Ravens will return to the postseason after a two-year absence.The Browns are two losses from becoming the NFL’s second 0-16 team.Flacco scored on a 2-yard run and threw a 33-yard TD pass to Benjamin Watson as the Ravens (8-6) took control with two touchdowns in the final 3:01 of the first half.Defensive tackle Brandon Williams recovered a fumble and rolled in for a TD in third quarter to put the Ravens up 24-10.The Browns (0-14) went 0-8 at home – 0-7 in Cleveland, 0-1 in London – for the second time and must win at either Chicago or Pittsburgh to avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in the notorious 0-16 club. Last season, the Browns avoided infamy by winning their final home game and finishing 1-15.Cleveland is 1-29 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, who is expected to be back despite his .033 winning percentage.Bills 24, Dolphins 16LeSean McCoy scored twice and surpassed 10,000 career yards rushing, while helping the Bills stay in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt.Tyrod Taylor also scored on a 9-yard touchdown run and Shareece Wright and Jordan Poyer intercepted Miami’s Jay Cutler on consecutive drives to start the second half. Buffalo never trailed. Rookie Tre’Davious White sealed the win by intercepting Cutler with 28 seconds remaining — and one play after Miami punter Matt Haack recovered an onside kick at Miami’s 37.The Bills have won three of four and improved to 8-6 to match the team’s best record through 14 games during Buffalo’s 17-year playoff drought — the longest active streak in North America’s four major professional sports. The Bills were 8-6 in both 2004 and 2014, but missed the playoffs with 9-7 finishes.Buffalo also finished 6-2 at home to match its best finish at Orchard Park since 1999.Buffalo must now hit the road to continue its playoff pursuit, closing the season at New England, then at Miami on Dec. 31.The loss all but mathematically eliminated the Dolphins (6-8) from playoff contention.Washington 20, Cardinals 15Anthony Lanier sacked Blaine Gabbert and forced a fumble that Preston Smith recovered and Washington held on to beat the Cardinals in a comedy of errors for each team.Smith also intercepted Gabbert and Lanier batted down three passes and had two sacks as they gave Washington (6-8) a glimpse of their potential as significant pieces of the defense for years to come.Gabbert was 16 of 41 for 189 yards with the interception and a fumble he recovered himself in the fourth quarter. Arizona (6-8), which got all its points on field goals by Phil Dawson, went 0 for 6 in the red zone and 4 for 19 on third down as it was eliminated from playoff contention.Washington’s Kirk Cousins was 18 of 26 for 196 yards with touchdown passes to Jamison Crowder and new running back Kapri Bibbs. Washington were booed at times in the second half by fans in the announced crowd of 71,026. Share on WhatsApp US sports Facebook
PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)When College GameDay announced its plans for Week 8 of the college football season, we knew it would be a special trip. GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit revealed on Saturday night that the crew is headed to Pullman for the very first time.This weekend, the GameDay crew will be in Pullman to watch Washington State play host to the Oregon Ducks. On Wednesday, Herbstreit and company made their way up to the Wazzu campus and were mobbed by fans.It’s quite the sight. Check it out.Welcome to Pullman!!! @CollegeGameDay #GoCougs #GameDayPullman pic.twitter.com/FQwWYTBX4H— Cougar Sports Network (@CougSportsNet) October 17, 2018Cougars fans have been waiting for this moment for their entire lives and now its finally here. Washington State’s flag Ol’ Crimson has flown at every College Gameday since October 4, 2003 and now the fans can finally fly it at their own campus.The Cougars come into the matchup as the No. 25 team in the nation and a shot to win the Pac-12 with a win over No. 12 Oregon on Saturday.College GameDay kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET. on ESPN.
10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure The ubiquitous PR men of Manhattan! Always on the go, never without their (often times multiple) phones and always smiling while putting out fires.Brenner Thomas is one such man, although the way he handles clients, rarely is there a fire to put out unless it is part of their store opening. An Account Supervisor at LaForce + Stevens he works exclusively on men’s accessories for brands such as Perry Ellis, Oliver Spencer, Omega Watches, Barracuda, Woolrich, Woolen Mills and Woolrich John Rich & Bros.Born in Palm Beach County Florida, (the most shark attacks and golf course in the country!), Brenner moved to New York in 2007 and worked on our side of the field in fashion journalism at DNR and WWD and then took a leap of faith into the PR side of things in 2010.Here he explains his method to his sartorial madness.I’ve been told I wear the same thing all the time! But I love a comfortable button down oxford Brooks Brothers Black Fleece; they are so thick they could almost stand on their own. I have loads of Gant since I work with them and I love them as well as the ones Michael Bastian makes for them as well. Those Brooks Brothers non-iron shirts are so genius. They look great right out of the dryer. Dockers chinos the alpha fit – I have them in six colors and you can wear them with Keds or a dress loafer. They are very transitional.Paul Smith shoes are a big extravagance but they are so amazing. I have a pair of brogues and suede lace ups with different color laces.But when I have to dress up for clients I wear patterned sport coats from Gant, which lends a very 50s feel. Then for suits I wear only Z Zegna. They fit well, they last and they won’t break the bank.My style is pretty classic and driven by the standard ideals of American sportswear and prep. There is definitely an athletic side to me too. I love my Nike trainers I wear from work to the gym.When it’s colder out I am in a flannel by Gant or Double RL, khakis by Dockers, Boots by Alden.I am a big Nike fan for the gym. The fit is great and styling is well done. I wear vintage tees and for yoga I wear Lulu Lemon because the quality is so on par. You really notice it after a year when the elastic is still good and the fabric is still stable.My dad is a pack rat and hangs on to everything he owns. He still has VHS tapes with cellophane on them! He has great embroidered pants, vintage Hermes ties and handsome old belts. My prized possession is a weekender Bottega Venetta pre Thomas Meier that my mom found in the attic. I use it all summer. A real classic leather piece.My look is a lot Thurston Howell, a bit of the Professor and a tad of Ginger thrown in!Photo Credit: Yaran Noti Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Since its Kickstarter-based launch in 2014, the New York-based cycling company Priority Bicycles has cemented itself as a purveyor of low-maintenance, high-quality commuter bikes. After raising an astounding $550k and selling more than 1,200 bikes during its 30-day campaign, CEO and founder David Weiner remained focused on aggressively expanding the company, adding global delivery, creating relationships with publications, and establishing fleet partnerships. To continue this rapid expansion, Priority looked to its consumer base to help it launch the limited-time-only Priority EIGHT; a version of its flagship capable of supporting more miles than its predecessor, aggressive ride postures, and higher performance.Related: Seattle’s Beyond Clothing has layering, and survival, down to a scienceConsidering Priority’s crowdfunding inception into the biking community is unique in itself, it should come as no surprise the company continues to eschew traditional company practices by embracing a consumer-direct business model. Because of this, it’s not only able to offer its products at a fraction of the cost of larger bicycle brands but is able to listen and work directly with customers to assure it continues to provide what they desire. Creation of the EIGHT is due entirely to this production/relationship model, something Weiner says is “important” for the brand.“The endless requests that we received for this bike had been overwhelming, we couldn’t ignore the call,” says Weiner in a recent press release. “Riders wanted what we stand for — hassle free, great quality, unmatched value — in a package that could support performance, more miles, and increased agility.”At first, the Priority EIGHT was only offered to existing customers and community members (where it promptly sold out), so the company decided to opt for a re-release. This time around, the company manufactured yet another limited run yet allow non-Priority members a chance at buying one via a sign-up only campaign. Concerning the bike itself, the EIGHT features an 8-speed Shimano hub powered by a Gates Carbon Belt-Drive system, aggressive geometry, dual-piston hydraulic Tekto disc brakes, and a lightweight and rust-proof aluminum frame. All told, the bike weighs roughly 26 pounds, is compatible for performance-oriented riders up to 6’5,” and costs just $799.“With competitive products featuring similar components being sold for well over $1,400, we know we have the best value for a low hassle commuter of this caliber and quality,” Weiner continues. “We are honored that our existing customers agreed and our first round sold out so quickly.”Not often do you find a company who not only manufactures and produces high-quality merchandise, but one also committed to listening intently to its customer base’s wants and needs. Due in large part to this effort from Priority, it likely wasn’t a flash in the pan that allowed it to enjoy such wild Kickstarter success, but rather a business model (and product line) that’s built to last. Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep
Une fois les eaux retirées, on encourage les propriétaires à vérifier leurs systèmes septiques. Si le système ne fonctionne pas, communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région. Les propriétaires doivent également vérifier leur réservoir à mazout pour s’assurer qu’il est toujours bien solide. Toute personne qui a besoin d’aide financière pour répondre à ses besoins essentiels peut présenter une demande d’aide au revenu en communiquant avec le ministère des Services communautaires. Toutes les demandes sont évaluées de façon individuelle afin de déterminer le besoin. Si le demandeur n’est pas admissible, le personnel peut le diriger vers d’autres soutiens communautaires qui pourraient lui offrir de l’aide. Pour obtenir des renseignements détaillés sur le nettoyage après une inondation et sur la sécurité, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences demande aux résidents de faire de la sécurité une priorité alors que les eaux se retirent, que les routes sont réparées, que les ponts sont inspectés et que les efforts de nettoyage se poursuivent, aujourd’hui 16 décembre, dans le nord du Cap-Breton et dans la vallée de l’Annapolis. « Les gens des comtés de Victoria et d’Inverness et de la vallée de l’Annapolis ont eu une semaine extrêmement pénible, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Nous avons été très chanceux que personne n’a été blessé lors de cette tempête. Soyez prudent aujourd’hui et continuez à vous aider les uns les autres alors que nous nettoyons nos propriétés et nos communautés. » Aucune nouvelle inondation n’a été signalée au Cap-Breton, et de nombreuses routes le long de la Cabot Trail sont maintenant ouvertes. On demande aux résidents de vérifier les conditions routières avant de se déplacer. L’électricité a été rétablie dans la plupart des collectivités de la province, mais certaines régions, notamment Kentville, Wolfville et Kingston, où des dommages importants ont été causés par les vents forts, signalent toujours des pannes. Plus de 100 équipes travaillent pour rétablir l’électricité pendant toute la journée. EastLink signale que 200 clients sont toujours sans service téléphonique dans la vallée, mais tous les autres services ont été rétablis. Au cours des prochains jours, l’évaluation de l’étendue des dommages causés par la tempête sera entreprise. On demande aux propriétaires et résidents de bien vouloir considérer les renseignements suivants : Communiquez avec votre agent d’assurance dès que possible si vous avez des dommages. Faites une liste et incluez des photos ou des vidéos des dommages et des articles qui ont dû être jetés après l’inondation. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus. N’utilisez pas les appareils ménagers, les prises de courant, les boîtes d’interrupteurs, les boîtes à fusibles ou les panneaux de distribution avant de les faire vérifier par une personne qualifiée du service public. Faites appel à des professionnels qualifiés pour rebrancher l’alimentation en gaz ou en électricité. Si vous sentez une odeur de gaz, quittez la maison et communiquez immédiatement avec votre fournisseur de gaz. Rincez toute contamination à l’intérieur de la maison et éliminer l’eau de rinçage. Nettoyez et faites sécher votre maison et vos biens récupérables dès que possible. Les articles ménagers qui ont été contaminés par des eaux usées ou qui sont restés trempés pendant une longue période devront être mis dans des sacs étiquetés et jetés conformément aux règlements locaux. Toute nourriture, y compris la nourriture en boîte ou en conserve, qui entre en contact avec les eaux de crue doit également être jetée. Il est recommandé que les propriétaires qui utilisent des puits privés fassent vérifier leur source d’eau potable. À titre de précaution, il est recommandé de faire bouillir l’eau pendant trois minutes. Des trousses d’analyse sont disponibles aux bureaux régionaux du ministère de l’Environnement. Le ministère travaille en collaboration avec les municipalités afin d’offrir les trousses dans les bureaux municipaux.
Two elementary students are the winners of the Family Fishing Adventures contest put on by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Outdoor Writers of Canada. Contestants were required to write a story about a family fishing trip they went on and include a photo or original drawing. The winner in the P-3 category is Danielle Gagne, a Grade 3 student from Ellershouse, Hants Co. The winner in the Grade 4-8 category is Bailee Nauss, a Grade 4 student from Tusket, Yarmouth Co. Each winner received a gift card from Canadian Tire, a hat, t-shirt and fishing equipment. “Congratulations to the winners. Fishing is a wonderful way to spend time with family,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “It’s great to see young people enjoying the outdoors and contributing to the conservation of our environment.” Submissions were judged on: what fishing means to them their favourite thing about fishing how their adventure contributed to conservation “Recreational fishing is an activity that brings life-long enjoyment and satisfaction to all participants,” said Duane Radford, president of Outdoor Writers of Canada. “It’s wonderful to have children involved with fishing at such a young age.” To read the winning stories or view the photo and drawing, visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/extension/ .
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has rapped the governments of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and slapped a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on them for inaction over continued damage to river Ganga.It noted that in Bihar there is practically no progress as not a single sewage infrastructure project has been completed. Similarly, in West Bengal only three projects out of 22 have been completed and even for Jharkhand progress is not adequate, it said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The States of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand are not represented in spite of orders of this tribunal by which we recorded strong disapproval to such attitude of the said States. Such insensitivity in a serious matter is a matter of concern. “We direct the States of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal to deposit Rs 25 lakh each by way of interim compensation for the continued damage to Ganga and inaction of the said States even in responding to this tribunal with the CPCB within a month which may be spent on restoration of the environment,” the bench said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe NGT also said that discharge of effluents is a criminal offence and directed the Uttar Pradesh government to prohibit any polluting industrial activity instead of partially allowing it. “State of Uttar Pradesh may provide funds to the CPCB for remediation of Chromium dumps at Kanpur Dehat, Khanpur and Rakhi Mandi. Proper e-flows may be ensured from the Narora Barrage by the NMCG and the State of UP and compliance status may be furnished. UP may also take expeditious action for removing encroachments, identifying and notifying flood plains on the pattern of State of Uttarakhand,” it said. The UP chief secretary may personally monitor and ensure zero tolerance approach to the pollution of Ganga and take stern action against those responsible for failure, the tribunal said and directed him to file an affidavit before August 7. NGT also noted the submission made by National Mission for Clean Ganga that out of 31 projects undertaken, only four have been completed and work in respect of four projects is still underway. For the remaining work the timeline is proposed extending up to December, 2021, the tribunal noted and said that such progress can hardly be held to be satisfactory. It also asked the Uttarakhand State Pollution Control Board to ascertain whether the level of faecal coliform is beyond parameters from Gaumukh to Rishikesh. “We record our dissatisfaction with the progress particularly after all prescribed timelines are over and no adequate action has been taken against identified polluters, law violators and officers responsible for failure for vigorous monitoring, encroachments and pollution are undisputed. Orders of this tribunal remain uncomplied,” it said. Failure of the authorities is posing a danger to the environmental rule of law, NGT said, adding that continued failure is not only resulting in damage to the environment but also to public health. “Unless prompt and stringent action to control pollution of Ganga is stopped, the tribunal may be left with no option but to recover cost of restoration from officers responsible for the failure and also require their prosecution. Accordingly, Uttarakhand chief secretary may monitor the matter, identify the persons responsible for failure, take credible action and file his own affidavit before the next date,” the tribunal said. During the hearing, Director General of NMCG Rajiv Ranjan Mishra appeared in person and assured that stringent action will be taken for the lapses in monitoring against identified persons within four weeks and compliance of directions of this tribunal will be taken up seriously. In the monitoring mechanism, identified persons will be made accountable for the targets already fixed.
Rabat – The fifth season of the “Prison Break” series is currently filming in three cities of Morocco – Casablanca, Rabat and Ouarzazate – according to a report by Huffington Post Maroc. do not be surprised if you come face to face with the Scofield brothers in the coming weeks.The newspaper cited a filming permit approving the show’s cast and crew to work in the three cities from March 28th to June 17th, 2016“Prison Break” started in 2005. Every episode in the first season attracted almost 10 million American viewers to tune in to Fox during the hour-long show. By the show’s fourth and final season, the audience has dwindled down to 3 million weekly viewers on average. In January, Fox announced a nine-episode event continuing the character’s stories. The principal actors in the original cast confirmed their return soon after. The next nine episodes will take place five years after the end of the last season.The hero of the saga, Michael Scofield was thought dead, but is actually imprisoned in Yemen. The reboot will begin with his friends’ plans to try and free him from incarceration. Thus, the scenes shot in Morocco will probably be used to portray the Middle East.The Atlas Studies in Ouarzazate have been used for the filming of several Hollywood TV shows and movies over the past decades. Season three of the show “Game of Thrones” and the film “Gladiator” were shot at the studies, among others.
22 February 2010Under a new United Nations-backed initiative launched today, cities in Asia and the Pacific, which are dealing with ever-increasing heaps of waste, will be able to transform ‘trash into cash.’ The scheme – unveiled by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Waste Concern, a Bangladeshi non-governmental organization (NGO) – seeks to help solid waste development strategies become decentralized, pro-poor, low-carbon and self-financing through the sale of carbon credits.Exploding urban populations and economies in the region have resulted in a surge in solid wastes that municipal governments are finding difficult to dispose of, as dumpsites fill up and land for new ones is becoming harder to come by.Even though local governments spend up to 60 per cent of their annual budgets to collect, transport and dispose of solid wastes, not all waste is collected and is often disposed in crude open dumps that pollute the atmosphere and water.The new programme, launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh, seeks to harness the potential of the informal waste collection sector, which has demonstrated that recycling trash can be extremely profitable.Millions make a living from recycling waste, both from inorganic recyclable waste and organic waste, which can be turned into compost and can generate initial start-up costs through carbon credits.Waste Concern was one of the world’s first organizations to acquire carbon credits for composting under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), an arrangement under the Kyoto Protocol allowing developed countries to reduce emissions and meet global warming commitments by investing in carbon reduction projects in developing countries.Since 2005, the organization, ESCAP and local partners have tested and further refind the approach in Sri Lanka and Viet Nam. One compost plant serving some 1,000 households and treating 2-3 tons of waste daily has been built in each country, and both sites have financed themselves.
28 April 2011Reacting to reports of a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah, the top United Nations envoy for the Middle East today said that reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions should take place in a manner that promotes the cause of peace. UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have been urging Palestinian factions for some time to put their differences behind them, put national interest first and find a way forward so they can address the many challenges they face. Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after ousting the Fatah party of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that controls parts of the West Bank. On Wednesday, representatives of Hamas and Fatah announced that they struck a deal to form a national unity government and hold elections within a year. “Reunification is essential for achieving a two-state solution that should be reached through negotiations,” Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement issued in Jerusalem. Mr. Serry “notes with much interest” the agreement announced in Cairo, the statement added. “He hopes that reconciliation will now take place in a manner that promotes the cause of peace and will continue to follow developments closely.” In a related development, a two-day UN seminar that opened today in Helsinki, Finland, is focusing on mobilizing international efforts in support of Palestinian State-building activities.In a message to the meeting, Mr. Ban noted that the Palestinian Authority has accelerated progress in improving its governmental functions in the limited territory under its control and despite constraints on the ground.“However, the institutional achievements of the Palestinian State-building programme are approaching their limits within the political and physical space currently available. Time is of the essence and serious efforts must now be exerted by all to bring the parties back to the negotiating table as soon as possible,” he added in the message, which was delivered by Rima Khalaf, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).He said that along with the continued impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, constraints on Palestinian urban development and obstacles to free movement and access in the West Bank remain among the most substantial impediments to Palestinian economic viability.“While Israel has taken measures to facilitate movement, it must roll back its measures of occupation and facilitate continued economic and institutional progress in order to match the Palestinian State-building achievements,” he stated.Abdou Salam Diallo, the Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, also remarked that the Palestinians are reaching the limit of what is realizable unless the measures of occupation are rolled back, noting that the ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza, which was imposed after Hamas took over the territory, continues to impede economic development.Meanwhile, he added, in the West Bank, “onerous and highly unpredictable” movement and access restrictions, settlements, house demolitions and displacement of residents and the separation wall have put a “chokehold” on investment and opportunity.“The Gaza blockade must be lifted completely, and measures of the occupation in the West Bank must be reversed, including a complete stop to all settlement activity, to allow socio-economic development to take root,” stated Mr. Diallo.
“It is a tragedy for the people of Nepal that full-scale armed conflict may now resume. But there need not and must not be the same gross violations of international humanitarian law and human rights standards that have been perpetrated during previous phases of the conflict,” High Commissioner Louise Arbour said in Geneva. The truce expired on 2 January.Nepal is a party to the Geneva Conventions as well as to most international human rights treaties, while the leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) (Maoist) has made general commitments to observe international humanitarian law and respect rights. Ms. Arbour called on both “to declare publicly their acceptance of all that these principles, and to explain to their cadres their responsibility to respect them in practice.”Anyone violating human rights must be held accountable, she said, including commanders.International humanitarian law, applicable in situations of armed conflict, prohibits murder or violence to persons taking no active part in hostilities. “I remind the CPN (Maoist) that this includes government officials, the families of security forces personnel, and persons alleged to be informers,” the High Commissioner said, “and I remind the state security forces that this includes unarmed persons thought to be Maoists or to have aided the Maoists.”Nepalese law prohibits attacks against civilians and acts or threats of violence intended to spread terror among the civilian population, and it requires he parties to the conflict to distinguish between civilian objects and military objectives. But during the course of the armed conflict in Nepal, both sides committed serious violations of international humanitarian law.The conflict has been marked by extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and abductions, attacks on public transport buses, indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas, widespread torture and other crimes. Children have been killed and injured, forcibly recruited, used as informers, and arbitrarily detained and beaten.Ms. Arbour said her office in Nepal “will be closely monitoring the conduct of both parties in the period ahead.”
SMMT has welcomed the latest exhibit to its modern Westminster exhibition space this week: a trio of products from specialist manufacturer, Caterham Cars. The display follows the launch last week of SMMT’s report into the UK’s unique low volume car manufacturing industry, highlighting some of the challenges these companies face and, importantly, the opportunities for growth that can be achieved.SMMT’s report highlights how specialist car manufacturers like Caterham inspire diversity in the marketplace, provide highly-skilled jobs, positively contribute to net exports and are often at the leading edge of product design and innovation.Caterham’s mainstay product, the Seven, is based on an original design by Lotus Cars founder Colin Chapman that was first seen in 1957. In 1973, Lotus sold the rights to the Seven to Caterham, and the Surrey dealer became a UK sports car manufacturer in its own right.Since then, the company has continued to refine the original design, through technical development and innovation, and there is now a range of variants on offer. Three of these are on show at SMMT – a Superlight R300 race car, a CSR 200 and an R500.Superlight R300 race carFollowing in the footsteps of more powerful Superlight siblings like the R500, this car adheres to original Seven recipe; high performance through extensive use of lightweight materials. The R300 is the best-selling model in the Superlight range, blending a 515kg weight with a 175bhp 2.0-litre Caterham Powertrain (CPT) Duratec engine.CSR 200The CSR is the latest evolution of the Seven design. Both CSR 200 and CSR 260 feature bespoke, high performance engines tuned by engineering partner Cosworth. The model also benefits from fully-independent rear, and inboard F1-style, front suspension plus major chassis enhancements. There are no power brakes or power steering, and considerable aerodynamic improvements were developed by Caterham to increase downforce at higher speeds.Superlight R500In Caterham’s view, the Superlight R500 represents the ultimate expression of Colin Chapman’s fundamentals. The car’s name is derived from its power-to-weight ratio of more than 500bhp per tonne, which gives the R500 a 0-60mph time of just 2.88 seconds. Stripped to the bare essentials, all unnecessary comforts are removed to save weight and reduce mass, thereby boosting the car’s performance credentials.“The UK is home to more specialist car manufacturers than any other country, including some of the world’s most iconic and prestigious brands,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “These marques boast a strong brand heritage, enviable motorsport pedigree and display a world leading use of innovative new technologies.”To download a copy of the report, Specialist car manufacturing – a uniquely British success story, visit the UK automotive publications section of the website.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Schulte Strathaus’s main focus is the STARCLEAN® conveyor belt scrapers, “which are the problem solver designed to help operating belt conveyors more efficiently.“The main idea is to provide optimum cleaning, unlike the competition not only for a short time, but from the first to the last minute of the lifespan of the blades. This is reached by the unique Twist-Swing®feature which ensures that every blade adapts to the belt, and therefore compensates individual wear and provides longest lifespans.”When scraper blades are worn, the replacement should be carried out in a minimum of time. All STARCLEAN® scrapers provide a plug-in foot, and are inserted into the shaft without the use of any tools. This feature paired with one-touch quick-tensioning devices ensure that maintenance can be carried out within minutes.Known as a technology leader in the field of belt cleaning, Schulte Strathaus has just introduced some great innovations.First is the torsion tensioning device for heavy duty primary scrapers. With this new tensioning device for belt widths up to 3.2 m and speeds up to 11 m/s primary scrapers do not have to be retensioned (often a big problem for operators of heavy duty conveyors). This new tensioning device maintains perfect tension until the blades are worn.The company has also introduced a new electrical tensioning device. Used with tungsten carbide scrapers, the new device can disengage the scraper; for example during reversing operation or maintenance, and then move back automatically to the preset tension. As an option the device can readjust the tension automatically also for primary cleaners when wear occurs.Extremely sticky materials can be cleaned off the belt with the new STARCLEAN single-blade scraper with segmented counter rollers. In order to make sure that material build-up cannot occur, this system uses a single-blade scraper. Because single blade scrapers cannot adapt to the belt properly, limiting cleaning ability, Schulte Strathaus uses an assembly with segmented rollers at the inside of the belt, which gently adapts the belt to the cleaner. With this new system, the company says, “even the stickiest materials can be perfectly scraped off the belt, without material build-up on the scraper.The roller assembly is equipped with the proven quick tensioning device for easy tensioning.In addition to conveyor components, the company has launched the innovative closed conveyor belt system SAFEBELT®. The SAFEBELT system is an ideal conveyor for bulk material handling when it is important to avoid transfer points, to go around obstacles and to convey the material in a protected, closed and dustless way. To achieve this, the belt- loop stays closed from the loading point to the unloading point. The execution with various possible horizontal and vertical curves enables the conveyor to easily be adapted to local conditions.The closed belt design reduces total costs, because complex enclosures are not neededThe bulk material is completely enclosed in the belt. There is hardly any inlet or outlet for dust or liquidsThe lightweight steel support and because no special framework makes for simple extension and enables flexible changes of directionDue to the possibility of extremely small vertical and horizontal curves additional transfer points are not needed.