Ravi Kishan launches campaign in Gorakhpur

first_imgBhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan, fighting for the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, on Thursday began his campaign by claiming that he will win the poll with Baba Gorakhnath’s blessings. Mr. Kishan launched his campaign with a roadshow which he started from Gorakhnath Temple after paying his obeisance there with a huge crowd cheering him. “Ee Modi ji ke tsunami ba” (It’s a Modi wave). We will win more than 73 seats. With the blessings of Baba Gorakhnath, I will win from Gorakhpur with a record margin,” he told reporters on the sidelines of his roadshow.Jibe at Opposition The actor also made a jibe at Opposition parties with his trademark Bhojpuri dialogue. “Virodhiyan ke jindagi jhand ba, phir bhi ghamand ba (the life of Opposition is at peril, still they have ego),” he said. In the middle of his roadshow, a seer climbed atop his car, flashing Lord Shiva’s trishool (trident) with a live snake curled around it and beating a ‘damroo’ as the actor kept waving at the crowd. He asked the crowd to vote for him, saying U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself gave his blessings to him to contest on his seat. Mr. Adityanath, who is also the ‘mahanth’ (chief priest) of the Gorakhnath Temple since 2014, was the MP from Gorakhpur till 2017. The actor kept on taking brief halts to garlanded statues of Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel at Kali Mandir and Lal Bahadur Shastri at Shatsri Chowk along the way. “Modiji’s policies for farmers, youths and women and his commitment to fight corruption and terrorism will ensure him a second term in the office,” Mr. Kishan told the crowd.last_img read more

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Lionel Messi first to score 300 La Liga goals as Barcelona beat Sporting Gijon

first_imgLionel Messi became the first player to notch 300 La Liga goals as his double blast powered Barcelona to a 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon that sent them six points clear at the top of the table on Wednesday.”To have Messi is a privilege,” coach Luis Enrique told reporters. “We are where we wanted to be.”Luis Suarez missed a second-half penalty but made amends soon after by scoring the third goal to take his tally in all competitions to 40 this season.The match at El Molinon was originally due to be played in December but had to be switched because of Barca’s involvement in the Club World Cup in Japan.Barca now have 60 points from 24 matches, six more than second-placed Atletico Madrid and seven ahead of Real Madrid. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo irked by questions about Barcelona trio) Messi grabbed his landmark 300th La Liga goal in the 25th minute when he cut in from the right, past two defenders on the edge of the box, and hit a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.The lead lasted two minutes before Gijon launched a fast counter-attack as Pablo Perez passed to left winger Alex Menendez and his low cross was turned home at the far post by striker Carlos Castro.Messi, playing in his 334th La Liga match, restored Barca’s lead just past the half hour when Suarez shielded the ball with his back to goal and laid it off to the Argentine who steered it into the net with the outside of his left foot.advertisementIvan Cuellar denied Messi a hat-trick a minute later when he parried his shot and Brazilian Neymar almost scored when he curled the rebound on to the far post.Neymar was awarded a 62nd-minute spot kick when he was brought down by Cuellar but the goalkeeper dived to his right to save Suarez’s effort, the seventh penalty miss by a Barca player this season.Suarez atoned for the miss when he fought his way past a defender on the right five minutes later and curled a fine shot in off the far post to take his total as La Liga’s top marksman this season to 24.”We’ll have to work on this matter of the penalties (though) it doesn’t worry me at all,” said Luis Enrique.”It’s obvious we want to improve but we have confidence in Luis, Messi and Neymar because they are great penalty takers.”last_img read more

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Imagination and GLOBALFOUNDRIES collaborate on RF solutions for IoT

first_imgImagination Technologies and GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) announced a joint collaboration to provide ultra-low-power baseband and radio frequency solutions for Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 technology, using Imagination’s Ensigma connectivity IP on GF’s 22nm FD-SOI (22FDX) platform. In addition, Imagination has joined GF’s FDXcelerator Partner Program.The combination of 22FDX technology and Imagination’s Ensigma IP provides a power and cost efficient solution that customers can easily integrate into their System on Chip designs. The collaboration will enable mutual customers to create innovative and differentiated connected devices for the Internet of Things using Imagination’s silicon-proven, ultra-low-power Ensigma connectivity engines in GF’s ultra-efficient 22FDX process.Ensigma IP for 22FDX provides a complete IP solution comprising analogue RF/AFE as a hard macro complete with a fully synthesizable baseband IP for applications such as wearable computing, health care, and home control. The solution for ultra-low power Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 is currently in development with lead customers, with silicon available in early Q4 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Renesas: Synergy AE-CLOUD2 Kit speeds global LTE IoT connectivity developmentNext ept: compact connectors with innovative contact systemlast_img read more

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Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Promotes Awareness Of Youth Prescription Drug Abuse

first_imgMillennium Health, a leading health solutions company, and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation announced the availability of a short film, If Only, about the dangers of youth misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.The film and a discussion toolkit are now available online as a component of the Drop Them Off campaign that launched earlier this year. “If Only,’’ which premiered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and San Diego, aims to increase awareness among teenagers, parents and the public about the importance of ensuring safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs.“Prescription drug misuse and abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and this film illustrates the danger this poses to youth today,” said Brock Hardaway, chief executive officer of Millennium Health. “We are taking a grass-roots approach to providing information about the problem, steps to safely use, store and dispose of prescription drugs, and materials that empower adults to initiate discussions with young people about the dangers and consequences of misusing prescription drugs.”According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: • One in four teens has used a prescription drug not prescribed to them in order to get high or change their mood. • Two-thirds of teens who have abused pain relievers in the past year say they got them from family members and friends. • Ninety percent of addictions start in the teenage years. • Prescription drugs are now the most commonly abused drugs within the past month among 12 and 13 year olds.“As the film ‘If Only’ shows, it’s critical that every parent and teen know the dangers that prescription drugs pose in every neighborhood, in every city,” said James Wahlberg, executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. “Through our partnership with Millennium Health, we are giving adults new tools that will help them take action to prevent kids from accessing prescription drugs, and to help them have necessary and effective conversations with kids about the issues.” Millennium Health and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation launched the Drop Them Off campaign in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Medicine Abuse Project. The campaign aims to help educate parents, youth and the public about the dangers of youth misusing and abusing prescription drugs by encouraging proper use, storage and disposal to curb access.Mark Wahlberg and his family established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation on the belief that no child should be prevented from living up to his or her potential due to financial hardship. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life for teens living in urban communities and distributes funds to support local youth service and enrichment programs nationwide. A life-long member and advocate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Mark comes from a family of nine children with limited means and spent most of his afternoons and evenings at his local club. He credits a large part of his success to the fact that he was fortunate to spend his free time in a positive and nurturing environment.last_img read more

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Ggn groundwater levels drop to 10 meter in 4 yrs

first_imgGurugram: In four years that is from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater levels in Gurugram has dropped to 10 metres.The average levels at which the groundwater can now be tapped in Gurugram is at 36 metres. In 1974, the groundwater reserves could be tapped at just six metres. According to data obtained by the agriculture department in groundwater cell district overdrew on its groundwater reserves by 226%. Gurugram city alone overdrew its supply by 308%. In 2013, the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) had categorised the district as ‘over-exploited’. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe challenge towards the renewal of falling groundwater reserves in the city can be gauged from the fact that over 180 out of 300 water harvesting pits under the Gurugram civic body is defunct. The figures came from the survey that was sanctioned by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). The Non-productive use of such pits further increases as water harvesting units in various private colonies and HUDA sectors have also not been effectively utilised. There are over 500 water harvesting pits that are expected to be there in the city. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarExpressing concern over the depleting groundwater reserves the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in an order dated April 9, directed the district authorities to file a fresh status report on the matter within four weeks. The court gave the directive with reference to a 2008 public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sunil Singh against the Ministry of Environment and Forests and others on illegal extraction of groundwater through bore-wells. “Allegations are that on account of illegally dug bore-wells and use of underground water, groundwater level has gone dangerously low. The day is not far when there would no water available. After hearing the learned counsel for the petitioner and also going through records, we feel a fresh status report is required from every stakeholder,” stated the court in its order.last_img read more

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Moroccan Immigrant Heroically Rescues Italian Doctor

Rabat – On Tuesday, December 4, in the Italian city of Crotone, Luigi Amoruso, 50, attacked and stabbed 56-year-old doctor Maria Carmela Calindro in front of the San Giovanni di Dio Hospital because he believed she was responsible for the death of this mother. Fortunately, a nearby street vendor disarmed and disabled the aggressor, according to Italian news agency Ansa. The hero was later identified as Mustafa El Aoudi, a Moroccan immigrant and father of three who lives on the outskirts of Crotone.A two-minute video shows police arriving at the scene and Mustafa El Aoudi giving his statements. Read Also: Moroccans among Highest Numbers of Legal Immigrants to France for Jobs“I heard the doctor scream and then I approached. I noticed that the man hit her with a screwdriver with the aim to kill her. I came closer and threw him down, then he ran away and I chased him to the trash can. I tripped him and he fell. At that point I disabled and held him until the police arrived,” El Aoudi said.Police and the doctor’s colleague praised his heroic actions. Mustafa El Aoudi modestly responded saying, “I did what everyone would do.” According to Ansa, the incident was the second serious attack on a doctor practicing at the civil hospital in Crotone over a four month period. read more

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Council opts for singlelane bridge

The savings available from replacing bridges in the countryside with single-lane structures proved irresistible to Norfolk council last week.Two days of deliberations in January showed the new council how difficult it can be to trim the operating budget.Last Wednesday, council dusted off the file regarding the Norfolk Road 45 bridge south of Langton and opted for a single-lane structure. Not only will this cut an estimated $1 million from the repair job, it could serve as a template for repairing other ailing bridges.Council thought it had settled the matter Jan. 9 when it voted to replace the Langton bridge with a pre-cast, two-lane concrete structure.Some on council preferred replacing the bridge with a quaint, single-lane structure. However, others worried this might inconvenience farmers who need to move large tractors and equipment around.In the end, council decided it could have both and save money in the bargain.“It should be wide enough to get a normal-sized tractor through,” Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen said Monday. “There just isn’t going to be room to get two tractors across at the same time.“It does make the countryside look a little nicer. But it also has to be functional. Let’s see if we can do both.”The single-lane option is less expensive because there is less preparatory work needed to situate the structure. If the county can make it work on Norfolk Road 45, Van Paassen said the savings can be multiplied at other distressed bridges throughout the county.Ross Bateman of Langton, a past chair of Norfolk’s heritage committee and a promoter of single-lane bridges, is pleased with council’s decision.“A discount of a million dollars or more was found, and that will still allow any normal vehicle to cross, farm and emergency included,” he said in an email.“A bridge can now be chosen that will visually suit the landscape and retain the traditional attractions of this particular part of Big Creek valley.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Renewable energy market needs investmentfriendly policies – UN agency

“CEO Brief: Renewable Energy,” a study released at the four-day International Conference on Renewable Energies in Bonn, Germany, the largest gathering of leaders in the sustainable energy finance sector, is the third report by the Climate Change Working Group of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).Presenting the business case, it stresses a $1.9 trillion potential for renewable energy markets over 15 years, but only if “real concerns” by the financial sector are addressed. Renewable energy includes such sources as hydro, wind, solar thermal and geothermal power, bioenergy and photovoltaics. “The world needs more energy, but conventional sources are unsustainable and finite,” the chairman of the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group, Thomas Loster, told the conference yesterday.The most important step for policy-makers is to create confidence in the long-term future of the renewable energy market by policies that make “the deal on the table” financially attractive, Mr. Loster, Head of Weather/Climate Risks Research at the Munich Reinsurance Company, added.“It’s time to get down to business,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer told the meeting. Affordable finance will be needed to implement the international action plan being developed at the conference, he added, agreeing with financiers that governments need to “get real” with the policies to make that happen.”Sustainable development needs sustainable energy, but sustainable energy needs investment,” he said, urging the 275 participants to develop new products for the rapidly evolving renewable energy sector.The report details several important case studies highlighting both the opportunities and challenges in renewable energy finance and represents the work of key financial institutions – ANZ, Aviva, Citigroup, Dresdner Bank, Garant, HypoVereinsbank, and Munich Re. read more

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Ohio State Athlete of the Week Volleyball outside hitter Mari Hole

With 40 kills, 42.5 points and 25 digs in nine sets during Big Ten play last week, it’s no surprise that women’s volleyball senior outside hitter Mari Hole was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. Both honors are firsts for the Oslo, Norway, native this season, but this marks the second time in her career she has won the Big Ten player of the Week award. Hole said she was hoping to receive the award again but was surprised to receive both awards in the same week. “I didn’t see any of them coming, I know I had been doing good a few weekends in a row now,” Hole said. “It is nice to be recognized for that but at the same time, I know I wouldn’t have gotten either without my team.” Hole led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten victories last week, defeating Northwestern Wednesday and Illinois Saturday. The senior outside hitter led the team in points scored in both games , and she attributed her scoring to working on different shots. “I have learned to get comfortable with using a lot of different shots and in this league, you need to have a lot of different shots to be successful,” Hole said. “We have worked a lot on it during the season.” Hole had 21 kills against Illinois, making it the seventh time this season she had 20 or more kills in a match. “What has helped me get that many kills is the fact that I tend to swing very aggressively on a lot of different balls,” Hole said. Hole is ranked fourth in the league for number of kills per set with 4.13 and fourth in the league for points with 4.60 per set. The Buckeyes will continue Big Ten play this weekend against Purdue and Indiana, and Hole said she knows they can win if they remember what they have worked on. “We worked on a lot of stuff this week, on what we want to do better for this upcoming week, so I hope we pull through on that,” Hole said. “I know we are a strong enough team to get the win, we need to keep working and improving.” Hole and the No. 15 Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Friday to battle Purdue at 7 p.m., and to Bloomington, Ind. to play Indiana on Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

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Bond girl Naomie Harris shaken to find estranged family living down the

The actress grew emotional when remembering her maternal grandfather, Joscelyn who played a lead role in her upbringing. “What I realised when I started researching was actually, I was fathered, I was just fathered by my grandfather,” she said tearfully. “I would have died not knowing what an impact my grandfather had on me if i had not done this and that would have been incredibly sad.” 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. Brian Clarke, Naomie’s father in the 1970s It is Brian, her Trinidad-born father who she has only seen “a handful of times” that casually informed Ms Harris that his siblings and their families moved from Hornsey to her native Muswell Hill and “stayed in that area”. “They stayed in Muswell Hill? The whole time? They never moved? Wow. So they were just up the road from me throughout my entire… gosh it’s all coming out now,” the actress responds.  “That’s so weird that I never ever met them and we were so close, we were probably streets apart.” During the programme, Ms Harris was forced to confront the uncomfortable truth that her four times great grandfather, James Langdon was an overseer of slaves at the Requin estate in the Caribbean. She said her distant relative was probably “not a very nice human being. Very brutal I would imagine”. “It would almost be better if he was the owner because the owner is removed from the brutality whereas James Langdon is right in the heart of all of that.”Her ancestor’s involvement in the slave trade was “repugnant” and “deeply upsetting” Ms Harris said. Researching the family history of her Jamaican-born mother, Ms Harris discovered her maternal four times great grandfather was born into slavery and started working on a plantation aged-six.  Naomie Harris aged four sits on her grandfather Joscelyn’s knee Brian Clarke, Naomie's father in the 1970s Naomie Harris aged four sits on her grandfather Joscelyn's knee When Naomie Harris began tracing her ancestry, she anticipated a trip to Jamaica was on the cards and perhaps an excursion to the Caribbean but Bond’s Moneypenny was left stunned upon discovering estranged relatives could be found just down the street. The actress who will reprise the famed role for the third time in the upcoming Bond 25 is the latest celebrity to traverse her family tree in tomorrow (MON) night’s Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One. She was “never ever interested” in her family history until she was gifted a DNA kit from her mother which showed she was 48 per cent Nigerian, triggering further questions about her bloodline. During the dramatic episode, Ms Harris discovers she is the descendant of both slaves and a slave overseer but she is equally wide-eyed at the revelation that her estranged paternal family have been around her all along.  read more

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Micromine looks to next phase of mining software growth with private equity

first_imgAustralasia’s leading technology-focused private equity firm, Potentia Capital, has taken a large stake in Micromine, as the software solution provider looks to move into a new growth phase.As part of the deal, Alan Broome AM and Claire Tuder will remain on the board, with Tuder also continuing as Chief Executive Officer. Andrew Gray and Michael McNamara from Potentia Capital will also join the board, while the Advisory Board of John McGagh and Mitch Hooke AM will remain in place.Even after the deal, the founding Tuder family will maintain significant ownership of the company, Micromine said.Claire Tuder said: “Micromine is entering a new growth phase so we were seeking a partner to assist us reach our goals whilst respecting our values. Potentia has a strong track-record helping companies like Micromine and I liked their partnership approach.”Micromine was founded 32 years ago by Graeme Tuder. It provides geological exploration, data management, resources estimation, 3D mine design, planning and production control solutions to the global resources industry from junior explorers to Tier One miners including Newmont, Newcrest, OZ Minerals, MMG and Rio Tinto.“The company remains at the forefront of innovation with deep machine learning, mixed reality and automation projects underway,” Micromine says.Potential Capital is a Sydney-headquartered private equity investment firm focused exclusively on technology, tech-enabled services and software businesses. The team is one of the most experienced in the Australian private equity market, Micromine says, having collectively deployed over A$2 billion ($1.44 billion) of capital across more than 10 investments in the technology sector globally.Andrew Gray, Managing Director at Potentia Capital, said: “I look forward to working with the Micromine team to achieve its vision and to further demonstrate Potentia’s commitment to supporting innovative Australian technology businesses.”Michael McNamara, Investment Director at Potentia Capital, said through the company’s due diligence, “we have been impressed by Micromine’s track record of innovation, world-class mining software and loyal customer base.”last_img read more

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New searches for toddler who went missing on Greek island

first_imgPOLICE ARE TO start digging in an area near where a British toddler went missing in Greece 21 years ago.The Daily Mirror reports this morning that British police are to dig into a mound on the island of Kos after an investigation by the paper found that the 21-month-old boy could have been accidentally buried in a mound of rubble near the family’s home.The paper says that equipment including sonar and 3D machines will be used in the search of the rubble.Police say there are multiple lines of inquiry in the case, which has baffled people for more than two decades. Ben’s mum, Kerry Needham, was 19 and holidaying with her parents on the island of Kos when her young child Ben disappeared on 24 July 1991.She has since searched for her son, saying she believes that he is still alive and may have been kidnapped. Early this year, a ‘Tweet 4 Ben’ day was held where people were asked to raise awareness of the campaign to find Ben.(HelpFindBen/Youtube)last_img read more

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European rights court urges UK to keep treating baby with rare condition

first_img Charlie Gard Charlie Gard Image: gofundme.com Image: gofundme.com Share9 Tweet Email1 20,649 Views European rights court urges UK to keep treating baby with rare condition More than £1.3 million has been raised online for the treatment, through more than 83,000 donations. Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 8:15 PM Updated at 8.10pmTHE EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights has ordered the British government to keep providing a baby with a rare genetic disease with “appropriate” treatment after a London High Court ruled that he should be allowed to die with dignity.Ten-month-old baby Charlie Gard suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage from which he will not recover.His parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates have been battling to raise funds and clear legal obstacles to allow him undergo a nucleoside therapy trial in the US.More than £1.3 million has been raised online for the treatment, through more than 83,000 donations.However, doctors have concluded that it could cause prolonged suffering.In April, a UK High Court judge had sided with the doctors and said that his life-support should be switched and he should be allowed to “die with dignity”.The rulingToday, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said British doctors should continue to provide Charlie “with such treatment and nursing care as may be appropriate to ensure that he suffers the least distress and retains the greatest dignity consistent, insofar as possible, with maintaining life.”The ECHR said Charlie’s parents had filed a request for an urgent interim measure to stay the London ruling to allow the European Court to examine the request which it said had received “detailed consideration”.A court statement added that “in the interests of the parties and the proper conduct of the proceedings before it,” it was asking the British government to prolong the application of the interim measure until 19 June, extending its initial demand to continue treatment through to 9 June.Interim ECHR measures are urgent exceptional measures granted only in cases where there is an imminent risk of irreparable harm.They are also binding on the British government rather than the hospital treating Charlie.- With reporting from AFPRead: Terminally ill baby boy at London hospital must be kept alive until at least Tuesday, court rulescenter_img 29 Comments Short URL By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3440941 Jun 13th 2017, 8:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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City honor San Diegobased Coast Guard crew that assisted during Santa Barbara

first_img Posted: February 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — City officials Tuesday honored a San Diego-based Coast Guard crew that rescued 20 people and pets trapped on rooftops in Carpinteria following last month’s devastating mudslides in Santa Barbara County.The Coast Guard Sector San Diego Jawhawk Helicopter crew was one of the first groups to respond on Jan. 10 to the mudslides, which followed a major rainstorm and came after the region’s landscape was ravaged by the Thomas Fire, the largest in California history.“Your heroic actions keep our city, our region, our state and our great nation protected and safe,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “Keep up the great work.”The crew consists of pilots Lt. Cmdr. Wayne O’Donnell and Lt. Treston Taylor, rescue swimmers Erin Custer and William Arrison, flight mechanic Jacob Dillon, and Cmdr. Robert Potter, who oversaw rescue operations. February 6, 2018 City honor San Diego-based Coast Guard crew that assisted during Santa Barbara mudslides Updated: 5:15 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez last_img read more

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Learn how to use gamification to engage generation Z at Employee Benefits

first_imgDelegates attending Employee Benefits Connect 2016 can learn about utilising gamification techniques to engage generation Z during an interactive roundtable session led by Jon Bryant, director, online and communications at Aon Employee Benefits.The session, ‘How important will gamification be in fully engaging generation Z?’, will examine how gamification is currently being used within the context of employee benefits, the role it could play in multi-generational communication strategies, and the key issues around gamification that employers should consider.The roundtable will also look at examples of gamification within other industries and discuss how these could inform strategies to engage generation Z, or post-millennial, employees in the workplace.Bryant (pictured) said: “The use of interactive technology to improve engagement in the workplace especially concerning finance and pension issues will be crucial, although it is not helpful to stereotype workforce generations.“Aon’s own research conducted in September 2015 on employee reward for multi-generational workforces found that there is a distinct difference in communication preferences across the generations. Gamification is one such method that could prove successful for engaging generation Z.”Employee Benefits Connect 2016 will take place on Wednesday 9 March at the Lancaster London.For more information and to register to attend.For the latest insights, news and updates from the event, follow @EmployeeBenefit and @EB_Connect on Twitter, and join in the conversation by tweeting #EBConnect.last_img read more

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NEVS and AutoX want robotaxis littering the European landscape by the end

first_img Autonomous Vehicles Electric Cars Car Industry Future Cars 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Share your voice 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageNEVS’ production robotaxi probably won’t look as wildly futuristic as the InMotion concept seen here, but given that it’s autonomous from the get-go, it shouldn’t stray too far from the formula. NEVS NEVS, which in 2012 became the urn holding the ashes of Saab, has been working on its own vision of our autonomous future, releasing a clever concept to that end at CES Asia in 2017. AutoX is a startup focused on delivering an autonomous vehicle platform. Together, the two hope to take Europe by storm with robotaxis, according to their latest announcement.NEVS and AutoX announced this week that the two have entered into a strategic partnership. Together, the companies intend to create a large-scale robotaxi pilot in Europe by the end of 2020. The vehicle’s design will be based on the NEVS InMotion concept, and it will use AutoX’s Autonomous Drive platform. Testing is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2019, which means the two will have to act fast if they want to meet their goal of getting those cars on European public roads a year from then. It’s unclear how much work lies between this point and that point.As with many other robotaxi-based ideas of autonomy, NEVS and AutoX hope that their work can produce better living through the reduction of traffic. These vehicles would ideally be in use almost all the time, reducing the number of vehicles needed on the road. Using an electric powertrain would remove exhaust emissions from the equation, too.Perhaps most interesting is how AutoX’s CEO describes the company’s autonomous-vehicle platform. “AutoX enables companies like NEVS to become autonomous by creating an AI driver which is tailored to the specific geolocation it is in; adopting local driving styles, while also navigating in urban and dynamic conditions,” Jianxiong Xiao, the company’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. While we have no way to suss out if that’s true, AutoX wouldn’t be the first company to take less of a safety-oriented approach to autonomous driving. We experienced something similar with Mobileye’s system, called Responsibility-Sensitive Safety. It basically acts more human than other AV systems, coding a bit of aggression into its hardware to better navigate among human drivers, who tend to drive with just a bit more gusto than your average computer. NEVS InMotion concept previews a future filled with work 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 6 Photos Comment Self-driving carslast_img read more

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Indian Business Groups Doubtful about Modis Landmark Tax Reform

first_imgFor years Indian businesses have lobbied for a nationwide sales tax, hoping to replace a chaotic structure that inflates costs and halts their trucks at state borders for duty payments, and to unify the country into one of the world’s largest single markets.But after political compromises that finally got a goods and services tax (GST) bill before parliament, they have turned wary.India’s top business groups are now calling for a slowdown in the process as they try to roll back those compromises, putting them at odds with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who wants to push through what he touts as the country’s biggest tax reform since independence nearly 70 years ago.”A delayed but improved GST would be far better than a hasty and flawed GST,” said Bishakha Bhattacharya, a director at Nasscom, a premier IT industry body that represents Infosys (INFY.NS) and others in India’s $150 billion export-driven outsourcing sector.But Jaitley wants no further delays and has set next April as the deadline for launching the reform, which he says will boost annual economic growth by 2 percentage points.If the proposal goes ahead in its current form, business leaders say, they will be stuck with a deeply flawed reform that could increase manufacturing costs and encourage imports – undermining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to build up local industry and a borderless national market.India’s existing web of federal and state sales taxes is levied at different stages of the supply chain and often results in double taxation, while forcing trucks to spend nearly a quarter of their road time in border checks or other inspections.Taxes add about 50 percent to the base price of Maruti Suzuki’s (MRTI.NS) popular Ciaz sedan from the time it leaves the factory gate until it drives out of the showroom, while the government estimates the average burden for all goods at about 30 percent.The proposed goods and services tax would subsume at least 14 federal and state levies, the government says.But to win support from states that fear losing revenue, the government has agreed to a 1 percent additional levy by states on the cross-border transport of goods, even on a company shipping products from one plant to another. The present system requires no such tax payments between plants.Past Indian governments have tried for years to push through a national GST but they became bogged down in political wrangling and heavy resistance from the states.POLITICAL WRANGLINGModi’s year-old reform-minded government has vowed to push through the unified tax, which passed in the Lok Sabha and has been referred to a Rajya Sabha committee. The Rajya Sabha is expected to approve the measure after it goes into session later this month.Opposition is building, however, among businesses with operations spread across the country.A major steel manufacturer setting up a plant in one state but procuring raw materials from three others said its input costs would rise by 5 percent as charges accrue every time a truck crosses a state border.Companies are equally worried that the reform does not extend to real estate, one of the biggest revenue generators for the states, leaving them still subject to state taxes on plant and property, possibly including machinery.With no offsets under the new tax regime, they could face double-taxation on construction materials such as cement, steel and electrical fittings that account for nearly 40 percent of the cost of a new factory.”Such distortions create an import bias,” said a senior executive at the major steelmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivities of the issue. “It would be easier for businessmen to import rather than manufacture goods in the country.”The shortcomings of the compromise plan have been acknowledged within the government. Arvind Subramanian, Jaitley’s chief economic adviser, warned that the proposed interstate charge could upend Modi’s plans for a Chinese-style manufacturing boom.”It has the potential to undermine ‘Make In India’,” he said.But the compromises were necessary to win the support of India’s 29 states, more than half of which must ratify the GST bill before the tax can be rolled out.Jaitley says even a flawed reform will boost economic activity and hopes the benefits will encourage states to let it evolve into a better tax over time. Companies are not so sure.In a submission to the parliamentary panel reviewing the bill, the Confederation of Indian Industry, which has long lobbied for a national GST, suggested removing the provision for the interstate levy. It also urged that real estate, as well as alcohol and petroleum products, be brought under the new scheme.”Some of the provisions … will bring more pain for the industry and will not be in the best interests of the country,” the confederation told the panel.”Without a good design and structure, the GST would not be the ‘positive-sum game’ for the stakeholders as it was envisaged to be.”last_img read more

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Govt decision to control cotton seed prices comes under fire

first_imgThe government decided to control prices of cotton seeds, including the genetically modified versions, without consulting any technology provider or other stakeholders, a non-profit organisation that promotes agriculture biotechnology has said.Opposing the Cotton Seeds Price (Control) Order, which was notified on December 7, the Association of Biotech-Led Enterprises – Agriculture-focused Group (ABLE-AG) said the government intended to control the licence fee, royalty trait fee and licensing terms on which technology providers make new technologies available to the farmers.”While a part of the order seeks to determine maximum selling price of the cotton seed under the Essential Commodities Act, it surprisingly extends to fixing a component associated with innovation,” ABLE-AG Director-General Ram Kaundinya said in a statement.He said the decision was taken without consulting any technology developer/provider or any other Stakeholder in general.”Being an association committed to the improvement of Indian agriculture through biotechnology, we strongly oppose the order and the manner in which it was adopted.”The agriculture ministry said in its order that it would control prices of cotton seeds, including the genetically modified versions, by fixing a uniform maximum sale price from March 2016.India produces cotton worth $10 billion annually, of which the domestic market consumes $7.5 billion-worth. The remaining is exported.last_img read more

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Myanmar troop buildup in frames

first_imgPhoto: AFPMyanmar security personnel keep watch along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border near Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban on 1 March 2018. Bangladesh on 1 March asked Myanmar to immediately “pull back” security forces and heavy weapons from the border after the troop build-up near a camp housing thousands of stranded Rohingya stirred tension on the troubled frontier. The foreign ministry “summoned” Myanmar’s envoy and conveyed the country’s “concerns” over the “military build-up” amid rising tensions following the influx of nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Photo: AFPA Myanmar security personnel keeps watch along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border as Rohingya refugee sit outside their makeshifts shelters near Tombru, in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban on 1 March 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar security personnel keep watch along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border as a Rohingya refugee looks on from Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban on 1 March 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar security personnel keep watch along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border near Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban on 1 March 2018. Photo: AFPA Myanmar security personnel keeps watch along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border as Rohingya refugee stand outside their makeshifts shelters near Tombru, in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban on March 1, 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar security personnel patrol along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border near Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban on 1 March 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar security personnel keep watch along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border near Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban on 1 March 2018.last_img read more

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KMC to start biometric attendance from today

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will start biometric attendance system from Saturday.The attendance of all employees including the contractual staff will be recorded through biometric system. The system will be introduced in phases. In the first phase, the biometric system of recording attendance will be introduced in the Solid Waste Management (SWM), Engineering and Health departments. The system will be introduced in all the departments within a month. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe system is going to be introduced in the KMC headquarter on S N Banerjee Road and later all the borough offices will have the same. The introduction of biometric system to record the attendance of the employees was decided many years ago. But it could not be implemented due to the Left unions. Now, the practice in KMC is that the employees have to sign their arrival and departure times. Though the departure is at 5.30 pm, it has often been found that employees have left much ahead of the stipulated time. Mayor Firhad Hakim said though the employees turn up as per schedule in the Conservancy department, the work culture is very poor. He hoped that the new system will improve the work culture and increase the efficiency of KMC.last_img read more

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