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  • FederalProvincial PostSecondary Infrastructure Projects Announced

    first_imgUniversities and college campuses across Nova Scotia will be busy with construction activity thanks to 25 economic stimulus projects worth $114 million. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay announced today, April 30, funding for the projects under the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program. “These projects, which will be found from Sydney to Yarmouth, from the Valley to Halifax, will put Nova Scotians across the province to work,” said Premier MacDonald. “In the short term, the projects will create and maintain jobs. In the long term, they will further contribute to the high quality of our post-secondary education system and the future prosperity of our province.” The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a cost-shared initiative with the federal government to renew college and university campuses. “Through the renewal of college and university facilities, our researchers will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence,” said Mr. MacKay, who attended the announcement on behalf of Industry Minister Tony Clement. “Attracting and retaining workers who drive innovation and growth in the global knowledge economy strengthens Canada’s position as a world leader in science and technology to the benefit of all Canadians.” The projects include renovation, information technology, energy efficiency and environmental initiatives. They will begin as soon as possible and are to be completed by March 31, 2011. “Nova Scotia’s universities and college campuses are centres of innovation and vital economic engines,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “These projects will have an impact right now and also leave a legacy for students in the future.” The province, under its Building for Growth stimulus plan, and universities will invest $57.2 million. The federal government will contribute $56.75 million. The universities, Nova Scotia Community College and province worked together to submit proposals for funds under the $2-billion federal program.last_img read more

  • Riteish Deshmukh joins Tiger and Shraddha in Baaghi 3

    first_imgMumbai: Actor Riteish Deshmukh has joined the cast of the forthcoming action drama “Baaghi 3”, which features Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who backs the “Baaghi” franchise, said he was thrilled to have the actor on board. “Ritiesh has been a part of my ‘Housefull’ franchise and now he joins the ‘Baaghi’ clan too. This will be my sixth film with him after four installments of ‘Housefull’ and ‘Heyy Babyy’. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “We share a great relationship and it was a pleasure writing ‘Lai Bhaari’ (Marathi film, featuring Ritiesh) for him. Riteish has always aced his roles and we are happy to have him on board,” Nadiadwala said in a statement. While the first installment of “Baaghi” featured Shraddha as the female lead, the 2018 sequel had Disha Patani opposite Tiger. Choreographer-filmmaker Ahmed Khan, who helmed “Baaghi 2”, will return to the director’s chair for the threequel.last_img read more

  • Governor calls for allparty meeting to sort out differences

    first_imgKolkata: Governor K N Tripathi has convened a meeting of four major political parties at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday in view of the ongoing post-poll violence in the state.Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of TMC; Dilip Ghosh, BJP state president; Surya Kanta Mishra, CPI(M) state secretary and Somen Mitra, president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee have been invited to attend the meeting. A controversy developed between the Governor and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the number of deaths during the post-poll violence after the latter said that he had “blown it out of proportion”. Tripathi had reported to Union Home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday that 12 people had died in the post-poll violence while Banerjee said 10 persons had died, including two BJP supporters. While addressing the gathering at Hare School ground in connection with the inauguration of a statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Tuesday, Banerjee had instructed state Chief Secretary Malay De to give compensation to the next of kin of the deceased including the two BJP supporters. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaFollowing the declaration of the election result on May 23, violence broke out in different parts of North 24-Parganas including Bhatpara, Naihati, Bijpur, Kakinara and Jagatdaal. There were rampant clashes in North Bengal where houses have been set ablaze and workers of the political parties attacked. Trinamool and BJP traded charges against each other but the violence caused loss of lives and damage to property for both. Political experts feel that in view of the situation, the Governor had summoned the leaders of different political parties requesting them to take urgent measures to put an end to the ongoing violence and restore peace and communal harmony in Bengal. They added that the meeting is not a prelude to impose Article 356 in the state. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey further maintained that during the Singur movement, the then Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi took the initiative to hold meetings between the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee to end the imbroglio that had cropped up over the movement. The meeting took place at the Kolkata Information Centre on September 12, 2008. Bhattacharjee was accompanied by the then state Housing minister Gautam Deb and Banerjee was accompanied by the then Leader Of Opposition Partha Chatterjee.last_img read more

  • Fiveyearold gangraped by minor boys

    first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking incident, two minor boys gang-raped a five-year-old girl in the national capital. According to the police, the accused, aged 11 and 10 years, as well as the victim lived in the same area in Kapasera near the Delhi border. “The kids were playing in the park on Monday night. The two boys then caught hold of the girl and took turns to rape her. The girl’s mother happened to reach the park and the boys fled,” said a police officer on Thursday. The police rushed the girl to a hospital where her examination confirmed rape. She was warded in the hospital for a day. A case under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) has been registered. The accused were apprehended on Tuesday and sent to a juvenile correction home.last_img read more

  • Nirav remanded to custody in UK prison until August 22

    first_imgLondon: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, was on Thursday further remanded to judicial custody until August 22. During a short remand hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court via videolink from Wandsworth prison, the judge extended Modi’s remand till August 22. Modi, 48, has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest in March in connection with the PNB fraud and money laundering case.last_img read more

  • Power line project through Maine gets key recommendation

    AUGUSTA, Maine — A much debated transmission line through Maine to bring Canadian power to Massachusetts has received an important recommendation.Maine Public Utilities Commission staff is recommending the project receive a permit from state utility regulators.The transmission line would bring Canadian hydropower through Maine, and it has drawn criticism from residents, conservationists and outdoors lovers in the state.The Portland Press Herald reports the recommendation was released on Friday night. The move represents a win for Central Maine Power and Hydro-Quebec.The members of the commission itself aren’t required to abide by the recommendation, and their discussions about it haven’t been scheduled.The transmission line would be 145 miles long and stretch through Maine’s North Woods, which is one of the state’s beloved outdoor destinations.The Associated Press read more

  • Business Highlights

    ___Fed set to cut rates for first time in decade. Is it a risk?WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s little dispute that the Federal Reserve this week will do something it hasn’t done since 2008, when the U.S. economy was gripped by the Great Recession: Cut its benchmark interest rate. This time, the economy is solid by most measures. Yet the Fed has signalled that rising pressures — notably from President Donald Trump’s trade wars and from a global slowdown — have become cause for concern. So has an inflation rate that remains chronically below the Fed’s target level.___US, China revive trade talks with low hopes for progressBEIJING (AP) — Negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war between the U.S. and China are due to begin Tuesday in Shanghai. Both sides are trying to temper hopes for a breakthrough in the talks, which were last held in May. Positions seem to have hardened despite the agreement in June by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to restart efforts at ending the costly fight over technology and trade. Tensions worsened after Washington imposed curbs on technology sales to Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei.___Pfizer, Mylan strengthen ties, create new companyPfizer, the country’s largest drugmaker, is creating a hybrid new drug company by combining its off-patent branded drug business, Upjohn, with generic pharmaceutical company Mylan. The two companies said Monday that they’ll ultimately spin off the combination of Mylan, a $10 billion company, with Upjohn, which sells household names from Viagra to cholesterol fighter Lipitor that have lost patent protection.___Lawsuits stemming from gas explosions settled for $143MLAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The utility blamed for a series of gas explosions in Massachusetts has settled all class action lawsuits resulting from the disaster for $143 million. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent, NiSource Inc., announced the settlement Monday. The agreement is subject to court approval. The series of explosions last Sept. 13 in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover killed one, injured two dozen and left thousands of homes and businesses without natural gas service for weeks.___Beyond Meat raises outlook for 2019EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Beyond Meat is in for a bumpy ride. The plant-based meat maker reported some good news Monday, raising its full-year revenue guidance after better-than-expected second quarter sales. But its shares slumped as it turned in a bigger loss than Wall Street forecast and announced a stock sale.___Pfizer posts big 2Q profit jump, announces deal with MylanPfizer reported a 30% jump in second-quarter net income, despite slightly lower sales. The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker also said it’s spinning off a big chunk of the company, culminating a rare tear of major deals aimed at reshaping Pfizer into a slimmed-down version with faster, more-sustainable growth. The latest of four deals under its new CEO will combine its off-patent branded drug business with generic drug and EpiPen maker Mylan.___Treasury projects $433 billion borrowing need this quarterWASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says it expects to borrow $433 billion in the current July-September quarter. That would be the largest quarterly borrowing total since early 2018, as the government replenishes its cash reserves following an early resolution over dealing with the debt limit.___Japan-Korea trade spat to intensify with new export limitsTOKYO (AP) — A Japanese decision to expand restrictions on exports of sensitive materials to South Korea is likely to ripple across high-tech industries and deepen antagonisms between the East Asian neighbours. As of July 4, Japanese companies need case-by-case approvals to export to South Korea three materials used to make semiconductors and displays used in smartphones and other high-tech devices. The rules will apply to many more when South Korea loses its “white list” status in a few weeks’ time.___Money problems? Perhaps financial therapy is for youMoney is about more than numbers: emotions are often at play too. Just as you can seek professional help for unhealthy issues in life, financial therapists can help you deal with problems related to money.___Harris health plan stops short of overhaul Sanders envisionsWASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris insists she still backs “Medicare for All,” but her new health care proposal stops short of the full-scale health care system overhaul that her more liberal 2020 Democratic presidential rivals are advocating. The California senator said Monday she envisions a role for private insurers as long as they follow the government’s rules. That’s a split with Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All’s chief architect and a fellow 2020 White House hopeful.___The S&P 500 index slipped 4.89 points, or 0.2%, to 3,020.97. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 28.90 points, or 0.1%, to 27,221.35. The Nasdaq composite fell 36.88 points, or 0.4%, to 8,293.33. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies slid 9.94, or 0.6%, to 1,569.02.The Associated Press read more

  • Number of Congolese fleeing to Burundi jumps to 31000 UN reports

    “The refugees had fled their villages in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since 9 June, fearing they would be caught in fighting between Congolese government troops and ethnic-Banyamulenge (Tutsi) rebels,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.Of the 3,000 refugees in Rwanda, 137 non-Banyamulenges returned to the DRC on Sunday and more were expected today, UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said at a news briefing in Geneva.The transitional DRC Government recently built up a force of 20,000 troops in the border area to counter the insurgency led by dissident Gen. Laurent Nkunda and Col. Jules Mutebutsi, according to William Lacy Swing, chief of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC). read more

  • Saskatchewan carboncapture plant hits 800000 tonnes of CO2 in one year

    by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2016 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 1:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan carbon-capture plant hits 800,000 tonnes of CO2 in one year REGINA – SaskPower says its carbon-capture facility at a coal-fired power plant has captured 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in one year.The Crown utility says in a news release that the facility has been operating 85 per cent of the time overall this year, and during six of the last 12 months it was online 100 per cent of the time.SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh says the facility has eliminated emissions equal to taking 200,000 cars off the road in the last 12 months.The $1.5-billion carbon-capture facility near Estevan opened in October 2014.It faced technical and mechanical problems and worked 45 per cent of the time in its first year of operation.SaskPower had to pay $12 million in penalties in 2014 and $7.3 million in penalties last year to an energy company for failing to deliver enough captured carbon dioxide.Marsh has said it’s normal for any energy plant to have to work out kinks in the first year and the sale of captured CO2 is offsetting the penalties. read more

  • Police officers ordered not to dance with revellers at Notting Hill Carnival

    Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple told The Telegraph that officers would be focussing entirely on crowd control this year Joanna Edward dancing with an officer at carnival on August 29, 1976.  A Carnival goer dances with a London policeman at the Notting Hill Carnival, August 28, 2000 A Carnival goer dances with a London policeman at the Notting Hill Carnival, August 28, 2000Credit: MAX NASH/AP A policeman with a reveller in his arms at the Notting Hill Carnival, London, 31st August 1981.Credit: John Downing/ Hulton Archive Creative There will be no Section 60 Order in place, which would give officers the power to stop and search attendees.Superintendent Chapple said the event would be “safe and spectacular”, adding: “It’s the same command team as last year and it’s going to be very safe.”It is going to be a fantastic event with more than one million people coming.” A 72-second silence will be held during the carnival to remember those who were killed in the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower, which stands a stone’s throw away from the parade route. Superintendent Chapple spoke out during a police briefing on Friday (Aug 23) ahead of the carnival.She revealed that there will be even more screening arches than last year to weed out people carrying weapons, and every band will be escorted through the streets by two police liaison officers. A policeman with a reveller in his arms at the Notting Hill Carnival, London, 31st August 1981. PC Daniel Graham went viral on social media in 2017 after he began dancing while manning barriers at the carnival.The footage was circulated online and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, who praised him for portraying the fun side of policing. But Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, Met Police spokesperson for the event, told The Telegraph that officers would be focussing on crowd control this year. Joanna Edward dancing with an officer at carnival on August 29, 1976.  Police officers dancing along with revellers has become a popular tradition of Notting Hill Carnival in the last four decades.But this year a superintendent has stepped in to warn her constables not to get distracted by the enticingly rhythmic Caribbean music, as it could take their focus away from preventing crowd crushes.Around one million people will descend on the capital this bank holiday weekend to celebrate Europe’s largest street event with gregarious costumes, sizzling street food and famous guests.And more than 12,000 police officers will be on hand to make sure the packed procession of performers and revelers parades smoothly through West London.This year they have been reminded to dedicate themselves to monitoring the crowds and ensuring people are kept safe, and not allow themselves to be diverted by the sometimes overwhelming music booming out from 36 sound system sites. “Our officers are there to keep people safe. If they are dancing and getting involved then they are less able to keep an eye on what’s going on.”Matthew Phillip, the carnival’s executive director, told The Telegraph he wasn’t concerned about police officers joining in with the merriment.”Carnival is a cultural event – it’s not a demonstration or something that needs to be policed in a forceful, strict manner,” he said.”It’s about celebrating freedom and unity, so I think it’s good that the police engage with the public rather than just standing there.”Some people can’t help moving when they hear music!” Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple told The Telegraph that officers would be focussing entirely on crowd control this yearCredit:John Stillwell/PA Addressing police safety, she said: “Forty-five officers were injured last year and we are going to make sure that doesn’t happen this year.”There were 374 arrests last year and we would like to see that reduced this year.”Referring to the tragic death of PC Andrew Harper in Reading, she added: “Sadly there was a very sad incident within Thames Valley Police. Officer welfare is the most important thing to us.”The carnival doesn’t have a border and there aren’t any identification procedures, so that makes it very hard to police.”Carnival is a very complex policing environment and we will do everything we can to keep Londoners and visitors safe.”Superintendent Chapple also advised festival-goers to prepare themselves for hot weather, with temperatures expected to reach 30C.”Please make sure you stay hydrated and look after yourselves,” she said. “There are always going to be different views on dancing and with the music being so fantastic it’s so hard not to dance sometimes,” she said.”But we have asked officers to remember what they are there for – to keep carnival-goers safe and be vigilant. That probably means they won’t be dancing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

  • Camso introduces advanced underground LHD tyre

    first_imgCamso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, has unveiled the new MST 776, it says its most advanced underground mining tyre to date for load haul dump (LHD) equipment. “The Camso MST 776 provides superior hard surface durability for LHD machines working in the toughest underground mining applications.”“Knowing how uptime is crucial in underground mining, the new Camso MST 776 was engineered to maximise tread life while protecting it from puncture,” explains Mike Dembe, Camso’s Product Management Director for North America and Latin America, on the release of the MST 776.With its smooth, extra deep L5 tread pattern, the MST 776 “provides massive wearable tread volume, exceptional durability and puncture resistance for underground equipment. The amplified contact surface also greatly improves traction and minimises tyre slippage.”A premium rubber compound equips the MST 776 with “outstanding resistance against tread and sidewall wear and cuts, and reduces carcass heat build-up.” An impact guard sidewall design deflects debris for better sidewall protection while reducing stress cracking, and the tyre’s rim guard protector shields the wheel for extended life and constant inflation.“The MST 776 is all about superior performance,” adds Dembe, “and customers will see as it outperforms the competition in terms of tyre life and heat resistance.” When tested in controlled conditions the MST 776 showed 15% better life and 2% better heat resistance than the industry benchmark, thanks to its higher tread depth and further advanced better compound properties. For customers this means greater productivity, and ultimately, lower operating costs.last_img read more

  • No rain today thanks Weather set to hit 24 degrees in miniheatwave

    first_imgThis guy. We all want to be this guy. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandUMBRELLA? LEAVE IT at home. Warm coat? Throw it under the stairs. Raincoat? Forget about it.That’s right: it’s taken a long, long time to get here, but it seems that we’re currently in the middle of something of a mini-heatwave.Here’s a look at the rainfall radar for Ireland today as of 8am: Wednesday will be warm again or even very warm.That’s what we like to hear. Ireland only gets between 1,100 and 1,600 hours of sunshine a year, according to Met Éireann, so make the most of this.Major task for the day: to find one of these guys. Source: Photocall IrelandRead: 7 graphs and charts that perfectly describe an Irish summer > Read: North Korea’s Kim censures weather service for ‘incorrect’ forecasts > Source: Met.ieSee that? Not a drop of rain in sight.Instead, Met Éireann has promised a dry and warm day, and has even said the magic words: Good Spells of Sunshine in Most Areas. Hurrah!Temperatures are going to hit up to 24 degrees in parts of the country with the warm spell lasting into the evening.And not to overdo the good news or anything, but what’s Wednesday going to be like? Over to Met Éireann again:last_img read more

  • MasterCard new PayPass plan targets well everyone

    first_imgMasterCard has been hard at work trying to re-imagine the way we pay for things for a long time now. By providing the latest gadget that allows you to quickly pay for something, MasterCard has always been a step above the rest here in the US. Unfortunately, NFC-style payments are only just starting to catch on, and right now everyone is fighting for the right to be the brand you use to tap-and-pay.In an attempt to bolster their already well known Paypass system, MasterCard seeks to create a payment ecosystem in which you use only them. MasterCard wants to make Paypass the payment solution you use to click, touch, and tap to buy things.Tap to PayNFC payments are, in my opinion, incredibly useful. Unfortunately, the availability right now is basically nonexistent unless you have the right device on the right carrier. Google Wallet is trying to win the hearts and minds of the mobile purchaser, but is unable to get past these hurdles with the carriers. As a result, there are many NFC-enabled devices that do not have Google Wallet on them, so the mobile payment opportunity is lost.MasterCard is a primary backer in Google’s Wallet plan, but as it becomes clear that the issues with the carriers isn’t going to be resolved anytime soon, they acted on their own. MasterCard intends to release a PayPass app that functions in much the same way as Google Wallet, but include support for up to 25 different cards in the Paypass Wallet. If you have a card or a banking service that supports payment via NFC, you will be able to tap your NFC phone to a Paypass pad and complete the transaction.In the demonstrations of the software, MasterCard showed off a new kind of turnstyle that allowed you to simply tap your phone to the column and then allow you to pass through, as you would with a train or subway. Before implementations like this, MasterCard is laser-focused on putting Paypass receivers on as many brick-and-mortar style payment systems possible in order to encourage users to pull out their phone when available to complete the purchase.Click to PayMasterCard has realized that the world is not going to dive head first into NFC. Even when they get a phone that supports it, some people just plain won’t use it. After all, their real wallet works just fine, or maybe they do most of their shopping online anyway. Web-based shopping isn’t something that is really feared anymore. Many users, just like with brink-and-mortar stores, pick their shopping outlets and tend to buy from just those places. Others will shop whichever site has the thing that caught their eye.MasterCard has released APIs to allow for websites to include a “Pay with Paypass” button on their website. If you choose to pay this way, when you click the button you are prompted to login and are presented with up to 25 credit cards in your digital wallet. Pick the card you want to pay with, and complete the transaction. If you need to have that item you just bought shipped to your house, Paypass stores multiple addresses that it will auto-populate the shipping form with.Everything about this addition to Paypass points a crosshair on other similar services. Both Paypal and Google Wallet are widely accepted forms of payment across the web, enabling users to rapidly pay for all kind of goods and services. Paypass, however, offers the service s a seamless add on to their NFC payment app. The two will function as a single service, which is something neither Paypal nor Google have managed to pull off yet. For example, Google’s Checkout service and Google Wallet aren’t connected in any way, the two services don’t even share a transaction history.Touch to PayPart of the APIs that MasterCard is releasing for the web-based Paypass purchasing system include simple large buttons for transactions in a mobile environment. The web app for MasterCard Paypass is designed to offer the same usability that you see with a phone app for completing a transaction. The large buttons, clear text, and scalable graphics mean the purchasing gateway looks and functions nicely on any phone or tablet.The Paypass wallet service makes it so you don’t need to enter in a credit card number or shipping address, as it will pull that information straight from your account.While this feels very much like a value add and not a separate feature right now, the possibility for it to be more is certainly there. It wasn’t that long ago there were companies trying desperately to avoid paying Apple’s rates for in-app purchases or digital subscriptions. The attempted resolution for many companies was to bring the user to a website to pay for the service. Paypass mobile APIs would make this kind of activity far simpler for a small company to implement on their apps to avoid the in-app purchasing systems.Final ThoughtsThis is a bold move for MasterCard. Be entering the word on web payment, they introduce a new competitor into the arena, which will force the existing companies to innovate and create new features for web purchasing. Ultimately, whether or not MasterCard is successful here comes entirely from adoption. Customers, vendors, web developers, and even financial institutions need to support MasterCard in this venture in order for it to work out in their favor. MasterCard says that the volume of organizations implementing Paypass in their businesses has doubled year over year. The desire is there, but MasterCard will now need to heavily promote this new service to get it off the ground.last_img read more

  • Closure of Luas Green Line to facilitate Metrolink off the agenda Ross

    first_img Source: Leah FarrellMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Shane Ross has said that any extended closure of the Luas Green Line to facilitate the Metrolink route through Dublin is “off the agenda”. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Ross was responding to media reports which claim that the Southside section of the Metrolink project will be abandoned under new plans due to be published by the National Transport Authority (NTA) next month. The route, which is due to connect Dublin Airport to the city centre by rail for the first time, will still run from Swords to the city centre but it’s now likely to stop north of Ranelagh at Charlemont.Plans for a Metro in Dublin have been floating around for some time; plans were halted in 2011 due to the economic downturn. In March last year, a new plan was published for the MetroLink, which would see a route run between Swords and Sandyford.That plan, however, received a significant amount of criticism. The NTA then suggested a ‘cut and cover’ plan which would see the Metro travel underground. Ross, however, held crisis talks with the NTA this week to warn against that plan, which would cause significant disruption to the Luas Green Line. Speaking today, Ross stopped short of confirming the scrapping of the Southside section but added that a four, or even two year, disruption to the Luas Green Line would be unacceptable. “I will not countenance that sort of delay.”Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan has welcomed the proposed scrapping of the Southside route, describing it as “a matter that has deeply frustrated those living in the areas most impacted.”“The fact that this ill-considered plan could be taken off the table means that there may be a welcome opportunity to draw up a better, more environmentally friendly MetroLink plan for South Dublin and this time, in proper consultation with the public.”A revised route for the Metrolink is due to be published in the coming weeks, an NTA spokesperson confirmed. “Those amended plans will be subject to a further round of public consultation.” Closure of Luas Green Line to facilitate Metrolink ‘off the agenda’, Ross says The Minister’s comments follow reports that the Luas Green Line could be closed for up to four years. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 21st 2019, 6:27 PM 17,582 Views 44 Comments Short URL Share55 Tweet Email1 Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 6:27 PM https://jrnl.ie/4506548 By Cónal Thomaslast_img read more

  • Karnataka HC says Btseed royalty is a private agreement

    first_imgThe Karnataka High Court has said trait or royalty fee on seed technology is a private contract between two enterprises, and a Central government notification cannot intervene in it, according to media reports. The court was ruling on the Cotton Seed Price Control Notification issued by the Central government March 8. “Fixation of trait value under the (government) notification shall not be given effect… since it would be a matter between (companies)… based on agreements entered into amongst themselves,” the court order, granting stay on the Centre’s notification, was quoted by the Mint as saying.A plea filed by the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises Agriculture Group (ABLE-AG), an umbrella organisation of research and development (R&D) firms, had challenged Monday the notification’s ruling on trait fee at the high court.The Central government notification would reportedly have the biggest impact on U.S.-based Monsanto’s India business venture MMBL (a member of ABLE-AG), which has 90 percent share in the country’s genetically modified (GM) cottonseed market. Its royalty fee was cut by 73 percent and its GM Bollgard II cottonseed prices capped at Rs 800 (per 450 gram packet) from Rs 830-1,000 earlier. The reduction was primarily on account of royalty cut, said the Mint report.Business Standard, however, reported MMBL has received some relief from the order, which has in a few ways questioned what goes into capping cottonseed prices. It quoted the court as saying: “…Though detailed consideration on that aspect of the matter would be required, prima facie it is seen that the trait value is not one of the components to be included for fixing the price.”However reports clarified that the broader intention behind the notification to bring down cottonseed prices in itself was left untouched by the court. It was seen as the government’s effort to peg the maximum sale price of the cottonseed to help 7 million cotton-growing farmers in the country.”While making seeds available to farmers, the maximum sale price as notified in the [Centre’s] notification shall be ensured and it shall not be exceeded,” the high court was quoted by the Mint as saying.Earlier, in response to the Centre’s notification, ABLE-AG had said: “We strongly oppose the decision… By slashing trait fees, the government has clearly shown that it is going for short-term populist measures rather than supporting innovation in the long term.”last_img read more

  • IPOs in 2018 These firms are gearing up with public offerings this

    first_imgIPOTwitterThe year 2017 was a great year for the initial public offering (IPO) market. According to market experts, several factors — including a resilient Indian economy and strong domestic liquidity coming into equities — contributed to the buoyant market for IPOs.The year 2018 seems even more promising for new IPOs. Many companies are awaiting approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to float IPOs, and many more filings are expected in the near future.The market witnessed large-sized IPOs including General Insurance Corp of India, The New India Assurance Co Ltd, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co Ltd and SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd in 2017. It is expected that more such IPO’s will come to the market in 2018 also.Some of the major upcoming IPOs include:NSENational Stock Exchange (NSE) — the country’s largest bourse by profits — has plans to go public. NSE withdrew its plans of Rs 10,000 crore issue in 2017 is to come up with a mega IPO in 2018. SEBI’s approval for the IPO has been hanging fire: The market regulator has still not resolved the co-location matter, through which the exchange allegedly provides preferential access to some broker.IRCTCIndian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) handles almost 60 percent of railway ticket bookings in India. This state-run railway company will go public in 2018 after resolving its issues related to service charges.ICICI SecuritiesICICI Securities is the broking arm of ICICI Bank. In November the board of ICICI Bank approved the sale of shares in ICICI Securities through the initial public offering. The company plans a Rs 3,000-4,000 crore IPO issue. The lead managers for the IPO are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CLSA, IIFL Holdings and Edelweis. The issue comprises sale of 20 percent stake by ICICI Bank.HDFC AMCHDFC Asset Management Company (AMC) will be the second asset management company to list after Reliance Nippon MF. The board of directors at HDFC AMC has approved initiating the process for an IPO. The company had listed its insurance arm in 2017. HDFC and Standard Life Investments have also, in principle, approved the IPO of HDFC AMC by offering shares to the public in one or more tranches.HALState-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) initiated the process of IPO in 2017 by filing the draft red-herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI. The company, which is into aircraft manufacturing for the military force, is seeking to sell about 3.62 crore shares in the IPO. In 2013 the Union government appointed four merchant bankers — SBI Cap, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Axis Capital — for managing the stake sale.Reliance General InsuranceReliance General Insurance Company is a part of the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group. The firm got approval from market regulator SEBI in November 2017. The IPO comprises both fresh issue shares by Reliance General Insurance and an offer for sale of shares by Reliance Capital.The firm plans to utilise the proceeds from the fresh issue towards augmenting the solvency margin and consequently increasing the solvency ratio. Apart from that the money will be used to meet future capital requirements which arise out of growth. RGICL provides a wide range of general insurance products like fire, motor, health, home, travel, weather and crop.Aster DM Healthcare LimitedAster DM Healthcare Limited — the well-known healthcare company in the Middle East, India, and the Far East — is also planning an IPO in 2018. The company plans to sell 10 percent of its stake by October 2018. The listing will be either in Mumbai or London.last_img read more

  • Nintendo expects gamers to supply a hard drive for the Wii U

    first_imgEven though E3 revealed a lot more about the social and gaming side of the Wii U, Nintendo still hasn’t revealed that much about what hardware is included inside the main Wii U console. It seems a hard drive may not be a standard feature, though.A Q&A session from E3 got translated and published by Nintendo in English earlier today. Part of the session mentioned use of a hard drive inside the Wii U. Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata was subsequently asked about the hard drive, but stated the company has never mentioned such a component. It seems there was an error in the translation.What Iwata did point out is that the Wii U has a USB port to allow gamers to attach their own external hard drives. This suggests Nintendo is going to keep costs down by relying on us to provide additional storage and only including minimal flash storage for save games.At first this may seem like a bit of an oversight on the part of Nintendo seeing as they are going to support HD gaming and game installs will be desirable to cut down on load times. But I actually like the idea. Having suffered high prices for the proprietary hard drive attached to the Xbox 360, I welcome the fact the Wii U may let you buy and use whatever storage drive you want (just like the PS3 does). It also means upgrading to a larger drive should be very simple and relatively cheap to do.For the moment the Q&A session has been removed by Nintendo, but they will have to answer questions over storage soon. If an external drive is required, then you can guarantee Nintendo will be offering their own Wii U version with matching casing at launch.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more

  • A closer look at the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation

    first_imgCredit: RIKEN A team of researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan has developed a tool to prevent neurogenerative diseases. They have demonstrated a way to observe the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B when a cell undergoes stress. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their use of cryo-electron microscopy to better understand what happens to cells that are exposed to stress. Impaired energy metabolism linked with initiation of plaques in Alzheimer’s brain Cells continuously undergo a process known as translation in which ribosomes in cytoplasm synthesize proteins after transcription of DNA to RNA. But sometimes, this process is interrupted by an external event. Such events are known as stress—exposure to ultraviolet light is one common example. The researchers note that translation uses a lot of energy, thus it makes sense for cells to shut it down when a stress event occurs—it saves energy and reduces the chances of errors in the proteins that are synthesized.Prior research has shown that when a cell “senses” stress, the translational initiation factor eIF2 is phosphorylated. Under normal circumstances, eIF2 is activated by eIF2B, another translational initiation factor. But when the cell is under stress and eIF2 is phosphorylated, the function of eIF2B is inhibited, preventing translation. Scientists have been working to understand the molecular mechanism involved in discontinuation of translation due to stress, but the means of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B is still unknown. In this new effort, the researchers have found a way to look inside the cell nucleus to see what actually happens as syntheses of proteins ceases during stress.The researchers observed the structure of both eIF2 and eIF2B using cryo-electron microscopy. Doing so showed that the orientation of eIF2 as it was bound to eIF2B differed greatly depending on whether eIF2 had been phosphorylated. They also found that eIF2B had a two-fold symmetric structure and that the phosphorylation of eIF2 could be considered a mechanism that not only prevented the activation of phosphorylated eIF2, but also prevented the activation of other translational initiation factors. © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Sciencecenter_img Explore further More information: Kazuhiro Kashiwagi et al. Structural basis for eIF2B inhibition in integrated stress response, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw4104 Citation: A closer look at the molecular mechanism that switches control of activation of eIF2 by eIF2B (2019, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-closer-molecular-mechanism-eif2-eif2b.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

  • Get The Robotics Machine Learning of SelfDriving CarsThis Is The Next Big

    first_img Share Tweet Submit Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are slowly creeping into our lives and the world is gradually accepting them. Machine learning and AI are being used in data security, health care, financial trading etc. Self driving cars have also become extremely important over the past few years. The Robotics & Machine Learning of Self-Driving Cars is a course that will help you learn and understand the fundamentals of robotics and machine learning that apply to self-driving cars.The Robotics & Machine Learning of Self-Driving Cars featuresWith this course you will be able to: Access 82 lectures and 20 hours of content 24/7Get started with Python Learn supervised and unsupervised learning techniques Discuss linear regression, artificial neural networks and Support Vector Machine (SVM) Work with actuators, sensors and batteries Understand how to work with microcontrollers and ArduinoIn the past few years the US has become very much involved in the betterment of cyber-security. Cyber-security cannot be achieved without the help of trained professionals. CyberTraining365 prepares such professionals worldwide to secure nations against organized crime. This course is brought to you by this company. All courses offered by this company are aligned with the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework developed by National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The online academy offered by this company is extremely unique as it allows many students from around the world to interact and learn. If you wish to compete with professionals around the world then this is the place to join.Details and RequirementsThe Robotics & Machine Learning of Self-Driving Cars can be purchased at this site. Users will have lifetime access to the course content. The content can be accessed via web and mobile streaming. The deal does not include a certificate of completion. You can redeem the code after 30 days of purchase. The best thing about the course is that you don’t have to be an expert to take advantage of the knowledge; it is designed to help beginners as well.So what are you waiting for? Get The Robotics & Machine Learning of Self-Driving Cars now before the deal expires.last_img read more

  • Pax fights airline on bomb threat charge

    first_imgA Jetstar passenger accused of making a bomb threat has told a Queensland court that he plans to fight the charge, claiming he is a “victim of a crime”.According to Police, Harry Grillis allegedly told people on board a Cairns to Sydney flight in May that there was bomb on the aircraft, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.The aircraft, which had not yet left Cairns, was forced to return to the boarding gate and Mr Grillis was arrested.Earlier this week, the passenger’s duty solicitor Paul Richardson told the Court that Mr Grillis would fight the accusation, and instead lay charges against police prosecutors.“I will be charging these police officers as well,” he said.“I’ve been a victim of a crime.”According to Mr Grillis, he had a disability and should not be facing possible jail time.The accused is expected to return to Court on 22 July.Source = ETB News: N.J. Man says he is a “victim of a crime”.Image: commons.wikimedialast_img read more