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Akhilesh held on way to SP protest

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first_imgSamajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav was on Thursday detained and later released by the Uttar Pradesh police in Unnao district while he was on his way to attend a protest called by his party in Auraiya against alleged police harassment.Mr. Yadav accused the BJP government of misusing State machinery and posing danger to democracy.Mr. Yadav’s convoy was stopped by the police near an under-construction toll plaza in Hasanganj on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway from where he was escorted to an agriculture research centre before being asked to return to the State capital.“Police and the government do not want that I go and meet SP workers. They don’t want us to meet because the people and the party workers will reveal the truth of their acts,” Mr. Yadav said.He accused the BJP government of lodging false cases against his party colleagues, especially former MP Pradeep Yadav.Mr. Yadav was travelling to Auraiya when he was detained.“The BJP is on a mission to end democracy. The Samajwadis will continue the struggle for the interests of people,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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Elite Violinists Fail to Distinguish Legendary Violins From Modern Fiddles

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first_imgIf you know only one thing about violins, it is probably this: A 300-year-old Stradivarius supposedly possesses mysterious tonal qualities unmatched by modern instruments. However, even elite violinists cannot tell a Stradivarius from a top-quality modern violin, a new double-blind study suggests. Like the sound of coughing during the delicate second movement of Beethoven’s violin concerto, the finding seems sure to annoy some people, especially dealers who broker the million-dollar sales of rare old Italian fiddles. But it may come as a relief to the many violinists who cannot afford such prices.”There is nothing magical [about old Italian violins], there is nothing that is impossible to reproduce,” says Olivier Charlier, a soloist who participated in the study and who plays a fiddle made by Carlo Bergonzi (1683 to 1747). However, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, a soloist who participated in the study and who until recently played a violin by Bartolomeo Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri “del Gesù” (1698 to 1744), questions whether the test was fair. “Whereas I believe that [the researchers] assembled some of the finest contemporary instruments, I am quite certain that they didn’t have some of the finest old instruments that exist,” she says.The study marks the latest round in debate over the “secret of Stradivarius.” Some violinists, violinmakers, and scientists have thought that Antonio Stradivari (1644 to 1737) and his contemporaries in Cremona, Italy, possessed some secret—perhaps in the varnish or the wood they used—that enabled them to make instruments of unparalleled quality. Yet, for decades researchers have failed to identify a single physical characteristic that distinguishes the old Italians from other top-notch violins. The varnish is varnish; the wood (spruce and maple) isn’t unusual. 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But that position has also come under fire. In 2012, Claudia Fritz, a musical acoustician at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris; Joseph Curtin, a violinmaker from Ann Arbor, Michigan; and colleagues published a study in which 21 violinists compared three old Italian violins and three new ones and were unable to tell the two types apart. However, critics noted that only six instruments were compared; the players were not top-flight soloists; and the test was conducted in a hotel room, close quarters that should make any violin sounds vibrant.Now, Fritz, Curtin, and colleagues have performed a larger study that addresses those concerns. During 1 week in 2012, they invited 10 professional soloists to Vincennes, a suburb of Paris, and assembled 13 new violins and nine old Italians, including six Stradivariuses and two made by Guarneri del Gesús. The researchers did not tell the musicians that they would be playing old and new instruments and instructed them to suppose they were picking an instrument to use on a tour.The violins were winnowed to six old and six new in a double-blind listening test judged by the soloists. Then, each of them donned dark goggles so they couldn’t distinguish the instruments by sight and tested out these top fiddles in two 75-minute sessions, one in a small room and one in a 300-seat auditorium. (Soloists could also play their own instruments for comparison.) After each session, the soloists picked his or her four favorites fiddles and rated them on scale of zero to 10 for qualities such as articulation, projection, and playability. Finally, after the second session, each subject had to guess whether instruments in a small selection that included some of their favorites were old or new.The consistency of results from session to session showed that soloists could definitely distinguish one violin from another. However, the soloists seemed to prefer the new violins, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In their lists of favorites, new violins outnumber old ones roughly 3-to-2, and the most popular violin by far was a new one, denoted N5. Musicians rated qualities of new instruments higher, too. And when it came to telling old violins from new, the soloists did no better than if they had simply guessed.Fritz cautions that the study cannot be generalized to draw broader conclusions about all new or old violins. “Our observation is about these 12 violins,” she says. “Maybe if we had done this with 12 other violins people might have been able to tell the difference, although I don’t see any good reason why they might.” One aim of the study was to determine what violinists look for in an instrument, which remains hard to quantify scientifically. “I don’t like violins that are too direct,” says soloist Solenne Païdassi. “I like a sound that’s more diffuse.”Still, several of the players involved in the study say they now think there is no reason to believe that a new violin cannot produce the same qualities of sound as an old one. And that’s a very good thing for young musicians, they say, given the enormous expense of old Italian violins. This June, a Stradivarius viola will go to auction for $45 million, and a Guarneri del Gesú recently sold for $16 million. In contrast, the record auction price for fiddle by a living maker is $132,000. “I grew up thinking that if I am going to be a soloist, I really need to play an old Italian violin in order to be successful,” says Giora Schmidt, who participated in the study. “I tell my students that’s no longer true.” Schmidt has played old Italians in the past but now plays a modern violin made by Hiroshi Iizuka.Not everyone is convinced that there isn’t something special about the old instruments. Hou says she found the study somewhat artificial in that choosing an instrument for one tour isn’t the same thing as choosing one to use for the long haul. A modern instrument may sound better right away, she says, but an old Italian may be able to produce more colors of sound that only become apparent after months of use. “I played the Avery Fisher Stradivarius for 6 years,” she says, “and it took me 3 years just to get accustomed to it.”Even if new violins can rival old Italians, that fact won’t bring the price of old violins down, musicians predict. Stradivariuses and Guarneris are works of art by the masters who essentially defined what a violin is, says Elmar Oliveira, a soloist who participated in the study and owns a Guarneri del Gesú worth millions but often plays a modern replica in concert. “You’d pay $250 million for a painting by Matisse,” Oliveira says. “Why wouldn’t you pay $25 million for a Stradivarius?”The issue of finding an instrument is real and pressing, violinists say. For example, Païdassi now plays a violin by Lorenzo Storioni (1744 to 1816), but will have to return it next year to the foundation that owns it. “I have no idea what I will do,” she says. “Maybe I can find out what that N5 is.” But violinmaker Curtin is sworn to secrecy.*Correction, 7 April, 4:39 p.m.: The story was changed to correct the numerical scale for judging instrument properties.*Correction, 9 April, 3:04 p.m.: The story has been changed to correct the length of the testing session and to indicate that the identities of the instruments will never be revealed.*Correction, 9 April, 4:42 p.m.: The story has been changed to better reflect Fritz’s thoughts on the significance of the results.last_img read more

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Go Figure July 2012

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first_imgAre you ready to start cracking the next Go Figure mystery?Deadline August 15, 2012 The winner of the last mystery contest, correctly identifying the image as that of the wheel of chariot at the Konark Temple in Orissa, is Rashmi Mehta from State College, Penn. Related Itemslast_img

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Ervine named in Zimbabwe’s World Cup squad

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first_imgAllrounder Sean Ervine was back in Zimbabwe colours for the first time in seven years when he was named in its 15-man squad on Wednesday for next month’s cricket World Cup.The 28-year-old Ervine this week quit English County Championship side Hampshire to resume his international career with Zimbabwe.Ervine played five tests and 42 one-day internationals from 2001 until 2004, when he was involved in a players’ dispute with national cricket administrators and left the country.”It has been a long negotiation process between both parties, but it came to a head after the completion of the recent Bangladesh tour (which Zimbabwe lost 3-1),” head selector Alistair Campbell said today.”We look forward to big performances from him, not just at the World Cup, but in the season ahead.”Zimbabwe picked four specialist spinners in Ray Price, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer and Greg Lamb, and will be banking on them during the World Cup in the spin-friendly conditions on the subcontinent.”We’ve got world-class slow bowlers in the side, if we put enough runs on the board we will be competitive,” Campbell said.Leading batsman Hamilton Masakadza, who did not even make the provisional squad of 30, missed out, while his younger brother, opening bowler Shingi Masakadza, and wicketkeeper batsman Regis Chakabva made the squad.The squad includes six who were at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean: Captain Elton Chigumbura, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Prosper Utseya, Chris Mpofu and Ed Rainsford.Zimbabwe opens against defending champion Australia on Feb 21 at Ahmedabad, and was in Group A beside New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada and Kenya.advertisementSquad: Elton Chigumbura (c), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Sean Ervine, Greg Lamb, Shingi Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Ed Rainsford, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.last_img read more

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Indian women seal maiden badminton bronze at Asian Games

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first_imgThis was India’s first medal in badminton since the team bronze won by the men in Seoul, 1986A fighting India went down to hosts South Korea 1-3 in the women’s team badminton semifinals to settle for their maiden bronze medal at the Asian Games here today.This was India’s first medal in badminton since the team bronze won by the men in Seoul, 1986.The country’s women had to be satisfied with their first-ever medal in Asian Games history after seven bronze medals won by men.India’s No. 1 shuttler, Saina Nehwal pulled off a great victory in three tough games against Korean world no. 4 Sung Jihyun 21-12 10-21 21-9 in the opening match that lasted for 56 minutes.But thereafter, the Indians lost their next three matches to go down to a formidable opponents.PV Sindhu fought tooth and nail before losing in a 79-minute thriller to the host country’s left-handed world no. 6 Bae Yeonju 21-14 18-21 21-13 that levelled the tie 1-1.Again the lack of depth in the Indian squad came to bite them as Korean pair of Kim Soyeong and Chang Yena won the first doubles against the Indian duo of Pradnya Gadre and N Sikki Reddy in straight games 16-21 17-21, and then Korea’s Kim Hyomin smashed PC Thulasi 21-12 21-18 to settle the issue in the hosts’ favour.India along with other losing semifinalist Japan(who lost to title favourites China 1-3) automatically gained the bronze.India started off with a bang as world no. 7 Saina really took off after a close first 10 points by reeling off 11 straight points from 12-all to win the opening game in 18 minutes.advertisementShe started with a 1-0 lead in the second before the Korean got her first point.A strong drift from one side of the court suddenly started effecting Saina’s game and she began to commit errors and quickly fell behind 9-17 in the second game that she lost.last_img read more

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South Africa didn’t have chance to win World Cup without you: Yuvraj Singh tells AB de Villiers

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first_img“There was never a chance for South Africa to win this World Cup without you,” said former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh to former Proteas captain AB de Villiers after he cleared the controversy regarding his selection in the showpiece event being held in England and Wales.During the ongoing World Cup, there were rumours that de Villiers, who retired from international cricket in May 2018, had expressed his desire to come out of retirement and play for the Proteas in the 2019 edition of the prestigious quadrennial event.However, on Friday, de Villiers came out with a clarification saying he never made any demand to be included in the national squad for the World Cup.Reacting to his post on Instagram, Yuvraj said: “My dear friend and legend, your one of the nicest guys I’ve ever played cricket with an absolute gem of a person! There was never a chance for SA in this World Cup to win without you! It is your country’s loss no to have you in the squad not yours. The bigger the player more the criticism! We all know what a gentleman you are. #respect.”India skipper Virat Kohli also lent support to his IPL teammate saying de Villiers is the “most honest and committed man I know”.”My brother you are the most honest and committed man I know. It’s been unfortunate to see this happen to you. But know that we stand with you and believe in you. Seeing people enter your personal space has been sad to see and uncalled for. More love and power to you and your beautiful family. Me and Anushka are always here for you guys,” Kohli wrote.advertisementAlso Read | BCCI wants selectors to throw light on ‘no.4’ fiasco after World Cup exitAlso Read | Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still a great player: Steve WaughAlso See:last_img read more

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PV Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton: Li Ning

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first_imgPV Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton: Li NingPV Sindhu has singned one of the biggest deals in world badminton. The four-year deal with Chinese sports brand Li Ning is close to INR 50 crore.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 16:27 IST PV Sindhu has signed a whopping multi-crore deal with Li Ning (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThis is Li-Ning’s second stint with Sindhu, who was with them for two years in 2014-2015Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badmintonSindhu was listed as the world’s seventh-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list last yearOlympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu has signed a whopping four-year sports sponsorship deal in the tune of INR 50 crore with Chinese sports brand Li Ning.The record deal comes after compatriot Kidambi Srikanth was offered an INR 35 crore over a period of four years by the Chinese company last month.”Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton. It is close to Rs 50 crore for sponsorship and equipment,” Mahender Kapoor, director, Sunlight Sports Pvt Ltd, the multi-national exclusive partner of Li-Ning in India, told PTI.”It will be a deal which is very close to Puma’s deal with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli in terms of yearly sponsorship. Sindhu will get Rs 40 crore as sponsorship while the rest will be for equipment, so it is close to Rs 50 crore,” Kapoor claimed.In 2017, Puma had signed Kohli for reported deal of INR 100 crore endorsement deal for a period of eight years, which came down to 12.5 crore per year.Sindhu, who rose to stardom after becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, was listed as the world’s seventh-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list last year.This is Li-Ning’s second stint with Sindhu, who was with them for two years in 2014-2015 for a sum of INR 1.25 crore a year.In 2016, Sindhu was back with Yonex for INR 3.5 crore per year contract for a period of three years.Li-Ning also roped in men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy for a deal of INR 4 crore each for two years, while former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap has been offered INR 8 crore deal for two years.advertisementThe Chinese sports brand had also signed a two-year deal with Indian Olympic Association last year. As part of the deal, it will provide Indian athletes and officials with competition and training apparel, leisure-wear and footwear for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow li Ninglast_img read more

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UPDATE 2: Pirates Release Vietnamese Oil Tanker

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first_img Print  Close Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location My location The Vietnamese oil tanker that went missing last week with 18 crew members onboard while en route from Singapore to central Vietnam, has been released by the pirates,  a manager from Haiphong Sea Product Shipbuilding, owner of the vessel, said.As reported by the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) in Singapore, the tanker was freed early on Thursday.A group of ten armed pirates hijacked the tanker and, once onboard, destroyed the ship’s communication equipment. Two of the crew have been injured, one has a broken leg.The pirates siphoned part of the tanker’s cargo of more than 5,000 tonnes of gas oil, Nguyen Vu Diep, a manager at the Haiphong Sea Product Shipbuilding is cited by Reuters as saying.“Officers from Vietnam’s coast guard approached the ship and are escorting it to Phu Quoc island as two crew members have been injured,” said Diep.The Sunrise 689 disappeared 40 minutes after leaving Singapore port at 6 pm on October 2nd.According to the International Maritime Bureau piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, the ship deviated from its planned route, and last signals were received as it sailed 115 nautical miles northeast of Singapore.The vessel was scheduled to arrive in Quang Tri province, Vietnam, on Sunday, October 5th.According to Rear Admiral Ngo Ngoc Thu, Vietnam Coast Guard vice commander, this is the first time a Vietnam cargo ship went missing in Southeast Asia.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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CBDT launches onetime facility for compounding of income tax offences

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first_imgNew Delhi: A one-time facility to apply for compounding of income tax offences has been launched and taxpayers can avail this opportunity by December 31, a latest CBDT directive said. It said this “one-time measure” is being undertaken to mitigate unintended hardship to taxpayers in deserving cases and to reduce the pendency of existing prosecution cases before the courts.” “Cases have been brought to the notice of CBDT where the taxpayers could not apply for compounding of the offence as the compounding application was filed beyond 12 months,” the directive accessed by PTI said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalA taxpayer or an assessee, in order to avail the facility, will have to file an application for compounding a tax offence before the competent authority, that is a Principal Chief Commissioner or Chief Commissioner, Principal Director General or Director General of Income-tax department “on or before December 31, 2019”, the CBDT directive issued on September 9 said. It, however, added that the relaxation shall not be available in respect of an offence which is generally or normally not compoundable indicating to instances of serious tax evasion, financial crime, terror financing, money laundering, possession of illegal foreign assets, benami properties or has been convicted by a court in the past. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe CBDT circular added that application for compounding of an income tax offence can be filed in cases where: Prosecution proceedings are pending before any court of law for more than 12 months or any compounding application for an offence filed previously was withdrawn by the applicant solely for the reason that such application was filed beyond 12 months or any compounding application for an offence had been rejected previously solely for technical reasons. Compounding in I-T parlance means that the taxman does not file a prosecution case against the offender or tax evader in the court in lieu of payment of due taxes and surcharges. The CBDT, that frames policy for the tax department, has earlier said that compounding of offences is “not a matter of right” and the department can extend such a relief only in certain cases keeping in view factors like “conduct of the person, the nature and magnitude of the offence on the context of the facts and circumstances of each case.”last_img read more

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Navy beefs up security to nab heroin smugglers

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The Navy Commander said that the Navy intelligence unit is having a close watch for attempts to smuggle heroin using the sea route.He said that poor weather poses a challenge to the Navy  but the latest technology is often used to detect and bust operations by heroin smugglers. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy has beefed up the security at sea to nab heroin smugglers, Navy Commander Ravindra Wijegunaratne told reporters today.He said that the Navy has already managed to foil several attempts to smuggle heroin into Sri Lanka from India.

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Kuwait to host donors conference on rebuilding Iraq Prime Minister tells UN

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“The position of the State of Kuwait in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is principled and constant,” said Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al Sabah, congratulating the Government and people of lraq on victories that its forces are achieving on the ground against ISIL. He expressed hope those victories and national reconciliation efforts will eventually create the appropriate environment for starting rebuilding and reconstruction efforts, and for the return of the refugees to their homes. He went on to note that Kuwait hosted international donor conferences in 2013, 2014 and 2015, in support of the humanitarian situation in Syria, and co-chaired the 4th international donor conference, held in London in February 2016, as well as the 5th international donor conference held in Brussels, in April 2017. On the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Prime Minister appealed to the international community and the UN Security Council to continue to pressure Israel to implement the UN resolutions towards the attainment of all the legitimate political rights of the Palestinian people, and the recognition of their own independent state, over their own territory, with East Jerusalem as its capital, along the borders of 4 June 1967. On the Security Council reform, he renewed his country’s call for the necessity of that15-member body to reflect new international realities and ensure permanent Arab representation commensurate with the number of Arab States and their contribution in supporting the different activities of the United Nations. Full statement available here read more

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Motor industry urges government to reconsider immigration limits

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The Home Office says that the interim measure will reduce tier two migrants by 1,300 in this period. Government has since produced a consultation on how a permanent cap could be implemented. Government’s consultation, lead by the UK Border Agency, closed on 17 September and SMMT has written to immigration minister Damian Green MP to raise its concerns. Permanent limits on non-EU economic migration, as proposed in government’s coalition agreement, are due to be put in place by 1 April 2011.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “Highly skilled employees transferred to work within the UK automotive industry are essential to maintaining and improving our global productivity and competitiveness,” said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt.  “Industry is concerned that the inclusion of intra-company transfers could impact on the attractiveness of the UK as a location for inward investment and undermine the UK’s role in an increasingly global economy.” In July, the Home Office imposed a temporary limit on non-EU migrant workers, which will limit workers to 24,100 from June 2010 to April 2011. The interim limit caps highly skilled workers through raising eligibility requirements under the points based system, as well as limiting the number of sponsorship certificates for tier two skilled workers, which is the category intra-company transferees fall under. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called for intra-company transfers to be excluded from government’s migration limits, over concerns that capping the number of highly skilled migrants could negatively impact UK competitiveness and the re-balancing of the economy. SMMT warned that limiting intra-company transfers through caps, lottery allocations or more stringent eligibility requirements will harm the operations of global companies, such as those represented in the UK automotive sector, where knowledge and skills transfer is essential in contributing to low carbon growth, and could diminish the attractiveness of the UK as a place to do business. read more

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A mine haul truck tyre shortage is looming – are you prepared

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first_imgA shortage of large haul truck tyres is coming soon. Prices on the spot market have already topped $90,000 in some parts of the world, according to one recent article. One way to prepare for this looming crisis is to negotiate agreements with the tyre manufacturers to guarantee tires will be available when you need them. But, says Vista Training, “there is another, more practical way: Take a more proactive approach to improve the life of your haul truck tires. Even a modest improvement can mean millions of dollars in savings. That’s the thinking behind the new Tire Care computer-based training module. Part of the new Silver Series, this program is approximately one hour in length and is accessible via web browser.Tire Care uses a variety of scenarios and problem-solving questions to help haul truck operators avoid obvious hazards. It also alerts them to less visible hazards that tend to weaken truck tyres and shorten their average life. This innovative training program advocates a team approach to tyre care. It explains how operators of haul trucks, shovels and support equipment can work together to significantly increase tyre life. The bottom line is that haul trucks are an enormous investment. For a very small investment – $100 per person or less – you can train your entire team to help improve tyre life.last_img read more

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Olympic FINAL France – Sweden 108 HALF TIME

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Olympic handball final After first 30 minutes, France leads against Sweden 10:8. ← Previous Story OG 2012 Women’s ALL STAR TEAM decided: Marta Mangue best playmaker, Grimsbo goalkeeper Next Story → France Olympic Champion, defends the Beijing Gold!

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Google unveils superfast Crankshaft Javascript engine for Chrome browser

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first_imgIf you thought Google Chrome was the fastest browser out there, well, it just got a whole lot faster again. Google realizes Chrome is known for its speed and users appreciate that, so its engineers have been hard at work trying to turn the Javascript engine up to 11 on the speed scale. The result is a new engine called Crankshaft.The performance is meant to be blindingly fast, with Google claiming performance on compute-intensive Javascript applications improves by a factor of two when using Crankshaft. For anyone taking advantage of HTML5 and Javascript to build web apps, that’s very good news.AdChoices广告When it comes to benchmarks, the teams working on IE, Firefox, and Opera might be a bit wide-eyed at these claims:The benchmarks that benefit the most from Crankshaft are Richards, DeltaBlue and Crypto. This shows that we have taken the performance of JavaScript property accesses, arithmetic operations, tight loops, and function calls to the next level. Overall, Crankshaft boosts V8’s performance by 50% on the V8 benchmark suite. This is the biggest performance improvement since we launched Chrome in 2008. For the typical user it means faster page loads, with Gmail given as an example of a web app that will run 12% faster on Crankshaft.If you want to try it then Google has made Crankshaft available in the Canary Build of Chrome for 32-bit Intel platforms. ARM and 64-bit ports are going to take a bit longer.Read more at The Chromium Bloglast_img read more

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Geek Plays Mega Man X Legacy Collection

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first_img Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we’re playing the Mega Man X Legacy Collections featuring the acclaimed old games starring the shiny new Mega Man. Watch us go rogue on these mavericks.Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase Mega Man X Legacy CollectionLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Ridgefield poodle party fun for dogs owners

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first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Dozens of poodles converged at a home outside of Ridgefield Sunday for what might have been the best-groomed and fluffiest event of the summer: Poodle Palooza.The soiree’s guest list counted at least 65 poodles — standard, miniature and toy — sporting festive dye jobs, bouffant puffs and otherwise curly coifs.“These dogs range from pure house pets to the best of the best today. Champions,” said Bert Morgan, who, with his wife, Paula, hosted the event at their house near Tri-Mountain Golf Course.They have big fields where the dogs could run and play, and seven poodles of their own.They’re both members of the Columbia Poodle Club, the local affiliate of the national Poodle Club of America breed club. They’ve hosted the event — which has only grown, Paula Morgan said — at their home for three years.Owners and dogs had a chance to get some glamour shots with a photographer, play games with prizes and, to the dogs’ delight, run around and meet new people and poodles.“It’s a great, fun day for poodles and poodle owners, because poodles love to play with poodles,” Paula Morgan said. “They have their own way of playing, and there’s not really any way for poodle people to get together.”last_img read more

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Jamaicas Vice Chancellor calls for Reparation Payment to descendants of slaves

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 12, 2017 – Kingston – Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has renewed the call for reparations valuing £76 billion be paid to the descendants of enslaved people of the Caribbean by former European slave-trading nation, Britain.“The £20 million that they paid to the slave owners should have been paid to the enslaved.  We have to make a claim to that money.   We have an entitlement to that £20 million that was paid in 1834 (which) today values £76 billion,” he said.Professor Beckles made the call while speaking on the topic ‘Faked Emancipation, Insincere Independence, Reparatory Justice: A 21st Century Paradigm for Economic Growth’ at a symposium held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, on October 11.The Professor, who is also Chair of the CARICOM Reparation Commission, further suggested that the Caribbean’s bilateral debt should be offset against the £76 billion.   He argued that the entire Caribbean domestic debt should be capitalised and turned into a grant for social investment in democracy development.“In other words, the British left us to clean up the mess.   When Jamaica became independent, 70 per cent of the Jamaican people could not read or write.   They became independent and yet three quarters of them could not read or write and the British said go and develop,” he said.Professor Beckles informed that this resulted in massive illiteracy, little or no infrastructure, among other things.“The result is that the Government of Jamaica, like other governments, had to spend millions and billions of dollars to build schools and health systems and that is one of the social democracies that have to be repaid,” he said.Furthermore, Professor Beckles is calling for the creation of a Caribbean Sustainability Fund.   “We need a fund, a Marshall Plan to help to clean up this mess that we inherited, that we have been trying to clean up; but we cannot do it by ourselves, because we did not create it, and despite our best efforts, it is overwhelming us,” he said.“Britain needs to be brought to the table to discuss the process of reparation, and if we can take this conversation to the higher level and make these demands… then these should become the basis of a summit,” he said.Meanwhile, Director, Centre for Reparation Research, Professor Verene Shepherd, in a message said the discussions are anchored within the context of history, human rights, the right to development, ethical and moral obligation, legal justification and political responsibility in the postcolonial age, looking at government responses to reparation and comparing different national/transnational political contexts.Release: JISPhoto credit: Times Higher Education Related Items:last_img read more

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Indias UN envoy turns table on Pakistani scribe extending hand

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first_imgUnited Nations, Aug 17: India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin dramatically extended the hand of friendship to the hostile neighbour through a Pakistani journalist who complained on Friday about lack of dialogue between the two countries. At his news conference here, he stepped away from the podium and walked up to the senior Pakistani journalist who asked, “When will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?” Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “So let me begin by coming across to you,” Akbaruddin told him. “Give me your hand.” “Let me tell you we have already extended our hand of friendship by saying we are committed to the Simla agreement,” he said. “Let us wait for a response on that from the Pakistani side,” he said with a pause. For Akbaruddin, who had earlier been the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson and also Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s spokesperson on his foreign travels, this was his first encounter with the rambunctious UN press corps. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us He disarmed them with his openness, informality and humour. He took a dig at the Permanent Representatives – Zhang Jun of China and Maleeha Lodhi of Pakistan – who refused to answer questions from reporters after reading their statement. “People who came here, just walked off. (But) as the representative of an open democracy, I am ready to answer (your questions.)” Advertise With Us He first asked three Pakistani journalists to shoot their questions to him, surprising them as they were worked up, before turning to an Indian correspondent and two from other countries. A Pakistani reporter had earlier asked why there was no contacts between the neighbours and why India had not responded to requests for talks. “Stop terror to start talks,” Akbaruddin replied. He said, “There are normal diplomatic ways of dealing with the countries when countries deal with each other. But using terror to try and push your goals is not the way that normal states behave in. No democracy will acknowledge or accept talks when terror thrives.” He recalled his experiences from his diplomatic career in dealing with Pakistan. “I have been a member of many delegations to Islamabad. I myself served as an Indian diplomat in Islamabad,” he said. Akbaruddin caught his first Pakistani questioner’s slip in admitting that Kashmir was an internal affair of India, thanking him. Referring to Article 370, the journalist said, “That could be an internal matter of India.” Akbaruddin immediately jumped in confounding him by saying, “Thank you for accepting that.”A The journalist continued, “Article 370 was enshrined in the Indian constitution.” Akbaruddin again acknowledged it, saying, “Thank you, (enshrined) by India.” When a reporter said that the restrictions placed on Kashmir undermined India’s image as an open democracy, Akbaruddin said, “Public order is integral to ensuring that democracy prospers. Without public order no democracy can function. There are reasonable restrictions and we acknowledge there are restrictions and we are easing them.”last_img read more

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Jihads family compensated with Tk 2m

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first_imgFour-year-old JihadBangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and Bangladesh Railway on Sunday paid Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad, who tragically died after falling into an abandoned deep tube-well in Shahjahanpur area of the city on 26 December 2014.Jihad’s father confirmed that the two government entities each paid Tk 1 milion through check and pay-order as compensation to the family.Earlier, on 3 July the High Court summoned the Bangladesh Railway Director General to appear before it on 14 August and explain the failure to execute its earlier order to provide Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad.On 1 March, the High Court issued a contempt of court rule on three government officials for not implementing a court order to provide Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad.An HC bench of justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and justice KM Kamrul Kader asked Bangladesh Railway director general Md Amjad Hosain, fire service DG brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan and its director major AKM Shakil Newaj to respond to the rule within two weeks.A legal notice was served to defendants on 22 January as they did not provide the compensation money to the family.Later, the contempt petition was filed as the defendants did not reply to the legal notice.On 18 February 2016, another HC bench comprising justice Farah Mahbub and justice Kazi M Ejarul Haque Akond asked the government to compensate Tk 2 million to the family members of the four-year-old victim, who met the premature end of his life inside a 600-foot abandoned shaft of a water pump at Shahjahanpur Railway Colony.Lawyer Md Abdul Halim filed a writ petition with the High Court on 28 December 2014 seeking its directives for providing Tk 3 million as compensation to Jihad’s family members.The body of Jihad was pulled out from the abandoned shaft 23 hours after he had slipped into it.last_img read more

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