State to seek additional quota of seats in PG medical courses

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Thursday said it would seek to increase quota of admissions for postgraduate medical courses from the Centre to accommodate Maratha students who have taken admission under 16% quota but will now be deprived of it due to a stay on the process by Supreme Court. Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, who heads the Cabinet sub-committee on issues related to reservation for Maratha community, said, “The students will face some problem in admission only this year. The process will be smooth from next year. We are hopeful that majority of students out of those who have taken admission under 16% quota will be admitted in the course of their choice based on merit. It is likely that only 30-35 students may not get admission. To accommodate them, the State government will seek increase in seats from the Centre.” On November 30 last year, the State government passed a law reserving 16% seats for Maratha community under the socially and educationally backward class (SEBC) category. As per the court observation, since the admission process was initiated on November 3, the reservation under SEBC category cannot be granted for this year’s admissions in post-graduate medical courses. “We held our view that even though notification was issued on November 3, the process began in Maharashtra in February this year. Therefore, we pleaded that 16% quota should be held valid for this year as well. However, the court held a different view,” Mr. Patil said. The court said the State government should take all possible measures to ensure that students are not deprived of admission. Hence the demand for increase in seats has been raised. Vinod Patil, one of the pro-Maratha petitioners in the case said the Maratha community had cautioned the State government that it should extend the reservation in a manner that would not lead to legal hurdles. “We demand that within the next 24 hours the State government take a decision which will not lead to wasting of a year for Maratha students. The community held no political position in the Lok Sabha polls, but if the State government fails to take any stand, they would go against the government in the Assembly polls,” he said. The Opposition too slammed the government saying it is evident that it did not want Maratha community to gain benefits of reservation. “The government did not purposely defend the reservation in Supreme Court and deprived students from the benefits. We feel that the government has no interest in giving benefits of reservation to Maratha community,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.last_img read more

Photos : The Sophie Horn Story.

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSophie Horn is a British 4-handicap golfer player born on January 1, 1986.Sophie Horn may not be the most successful golfer, but her involvement in the game in many ways have been successful.She is a qualified personal trainer and also co-presented a golf show in 2008 followed by a stint on Sky Sports as well.She was voted sexiest golfer in 2010 by a US magazine & in 2012 voted 3rd in a worldwide poll on the sexiest woman in sport.She is an absolute gem and no doubt belongs at the No.1 spot for the Top 10 hottest woman pro golfers!last_img

Pune Football Club wins Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tourney

first_imgPanaji, Jun 4 (PTI) Pune Football Club beat local favourites Dempo Sports in the final to lift the Bandodkar Gold Trophy.Pune became the sixth away team to lift the coveted trophy, played for the first time in more than two decades.The last few days of the football calendar season saw teams battle it out for the prestigious trophy gifted to the Goa Football Association by the states first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar in 1970.In an effort to revive the legacy and glory of the traditional tournament, Goa Football Association (GFA) stepped in to organise the Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament 2016, supported by the Bandodkar family andmarketed by Zest Concepts, a sports marketing firm based in Goa.The Bandodkar Gold Trophy 2016 was rebranded and repackaged in a new avatar, as an Under-21 tournament this year, with the aim of becoming Indias premier U-21 football tournament in due course.The tournament kicked off in the third week of May and saw six teams from Goa — which included the big four of Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Dempo SC, and Churchill Brothers SC as well as two from Pune — DSK Shivajians and Pune Football Club.The matches were played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa in North Goa and Navelim Football Ground in South Goa.Buoyed by the success of the tournament, saidElvis Gomes, president, Goa Football Association,”TheBandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament is a crucial part of the history and legacy of Goan football. GFA has revived this traditional tournament of significance with the support and encouragement of the Bandodkar family.advertisement”The Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament will be an annual fixture on the states football calendar and we are looking to better it with each passing year.”We have ambitious plans and will look to roll them out next year. We have been approached by international teams and we will begin work on the same right away.So many tournaments we have grown up on have ceased to exist, such as Rovers Cup, Stafford Cup, etc.” PTI MCS SDL PM PM BASlast_img read more

Virat Kohli best in the world, can’t be compared to him: Babar Azam

first_imgPakistan batting sensation Babar Azam said he would not want people to draw comparisons with Virat Kohli as the Indian captain was way ahead of the rest of the pack.Azam, 23, has played only 36 ODIs but has scored seven hundreds including three on the trot against West Indies last year. He has so far scored 1758 runs at an average of 58.60 and many feel he can go on to become one of the greats in limited-overs cricket.Kohli, who scored 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in 2017 is currently No.2 in Tests and No.1 in ODIs and T20Is. Azam, who finished 2017 with 872 runs from 18 ODIs is ranked No.4 in the ICC’s rankings for ODI batsmen, behind Kohli, AB de Villiers and David Warner. (Kohli best across formats, Steve Smith best in Tests: Michael Vaughan)However, Azam wants to stay grounded and said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur should not have compared him to a player of Kohli’s stature.”He compared me with a very big player. I think it shouldn’t be done,” Azam told ESPNcricinfo. “But that is the coach’s thinking. Maybe the stats at the start of our careers are similar, but he is the No. 1 batsman in the world. I want to perform at a high level for Pakistan too.” (Kohli has best work ethics in Indian team: Cheteshwar Pujara to India Today)Azam said he grew up watching and wanting to copy South African legend AB de Villiers. Incidentally, Kohli and de Villiers are close friends and play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.advertisement”I loved watching AB de Villiers in the early days. I used to follow him closely. I copied him a lot too. In the nets, I used to at least try some of the shots he played in the matches,” he said.Azam is yet to make an impact in Test cricket where he averages a mere 23.75 after 11 Tests. Kohli is the only player in the world to average over 50 in all three formats of the game.Last December, during Pakistan’s tour of Australia, Arthur had said Azam reminded him of a young Kohli.”I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there,” Arthur had told Perth’s 6PR radio. (Virat Kohli finishes 2017 with 2818 international runs)Kohli is the only batsman to slam double hundreds in four successive Test series and recently broke Brian Lara’s record for most Test double hundreds as captain.The 29-year-old Delhi run-machine is also second in the list of most century scorers in ODIs behind Sachin Tendulkar.last_img read more

ADLINK honoured Edge Computing Company of the Year

first_imgADLINK Technology has been named Edge Computing Company of the Year in the sixth annual Compass Intelligence awards. The awards honour the top companies, products, and technology solutions in mobile, IoT and emerging technology industries. ADLINK won its award in the category of IoT Data.A global leader in Edge Computing, ADLINK reduces the complexity of building Industrial Internet of Things systems that balance the requirements for data availability both at the edge and in the cloud. The company is a Premier Member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and has a strategic partnership with NVIDA to bring AI to the Edge. ADLINK is an active contributor in many standards and interoperability initiatives, and the company’s products are available in more than 40 countries across five continents.The Compass Intelligence Awards nomination process begins as industry players submit their picks in three primary award categories: Mobile & Wireless, IoT/Connected Solutions, and Bamboo Mobile, focused on sustainability. After the nominations are closed, more than 40 industry-leading editors, journalists, thought leaders and analysts vote on the award recipients. The 50 nominated awards and five Compass-selected awards identify the best among a number of technology products and services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Microsemi: new release of Libero SoC PolarFire design suite available for downloadNext Kontron: COBALT 901|400 series helps speed compute and graphically-intensive defense designslast_img read more

Lady Gaga attends NYC Pride Parade 2018

first_imgNew York, Jun 25 (PTI) Lady Gaga attended this year’s New York City Pride Parade and the pop icon was received by her fans with full vigour.The 32-year-old singer, who is an LGBTQ rights champion, was dressed in a white tank top and torn blue denims which were embellished with belts of rainbow colours.She sported a lemon yellow and striking orange eye shadow and completed her look with bangles representing the VIBGYOR.Gaga also took to social media to show her support to the community.”I love the LGBTQ community more than I can say. So I’ll sing it instead. Forever. And that’s a NY promise. One love! #equality,” she captioned a video in which can be seen holding a placard that read the title of her hit song “Born This Way”.The song was also played at the parade.In another video, the singer can be seen blowing kisses and waving at hundreds of fans from inside her limousine.”#HappyPrideMonth #pride #equality,” she captioned the clip. PTI RDS SHDSHDlast_img read more

IND vs WI 2nd ODI: Shreyas Iyer’s day of reckoning as India pray for full game

first_imgThe talented Shreyas Iyer will be auditioning for the still vacant number four slot as India would pray for some bright sunshine while taking on West Indies in the second ODI of the three-match series, here on Sunday.Iyer, who didn’t get game time during the T20 series, was in the playing XI during the rain-affected first game, which was abandoned after 13 overs in Guyana.There is very little chance that India will tinker with their batting order so the Mumbaikar has a better chance of getting into action during the second game.Two matches will never be enough to cement his place but a couple of decent outings will surely reduce the pressure on the young shoulders and provide a bit of security to express himself.He has had a good series with the A team in this part of the world, having hit two half centuries against the West Indies A. He has now got a measure of the tracks.Virat Kohli’s guidance and a friendly arm around shoulders from vice-captain Rohit Sharma will work wonders for the Delhi Capitals captain, who in full flow is a treat to watch.Iyer being given a go at number four certainly means that KL Rahul will have to cool his heels till Shikhar Dhawan is persisted at the top of the order.The team combination for the first game is an indicator that after a good World Cup at the top of the order post Dhawan’s injury, Rahul is being looked at as a specialist opener who will only come in place of Dhawan or Rohit in case of an injury to any one of the two.advertisementThe series is also important for Kedar Jadhav, who is next in line to get a permanent boot from the national side after Dinesh Karthik.With Shubman Gill waiting in the wings, time is running out for the pint-sized Maharashtra cricketer, whose batting slot has been a worry for skipper Kohli and coach Shastri.There is a school of thought in the Indian cricket fraternity that Jadhav doesn’t have the requisite technique to bat up the order and neither enough power to clear the ropes consistently at the death.Unless the top order scores runs, Jadhav has time and again been liability, not being able to force unless there is one of the bigger names batting at the other side.His side-arm off-spin is handy but with Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI, how much of it will be utilised is the bigger question.In case Bhuvneshwar Kumar wants some rest, Navdeep Saini could come in while a bit more turn on offer would mean Yuzvendra Chahal back in the mix as an additional spinner. Pacer Khaleel Ahmed will then be dropped from the playing XI.Khaleel went for 27 in three overs and was guilty of bowling short to opener Evin Lewis, who was on 40 when heavens opened up.However both these possibilities look remote as of now since last match got abandoned.Lewis getting some form back augurs well for the Caribbeans who would also want ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle to fire. The Jamaican was in wretched form during his 31-ball-knock that yielded only four runs in the first ODI.With West Indies selection committee not paying heed to his request for a farewell Test match at his home ground, the next two games could well be the last of an eventful and colourful character.Squads: West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Roston Chase, John Campbell, Keemo Paul, Oshane ThomasIndia: Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), K Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Navdeep SainiAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli dances with Chris Gayle during rain break in 1st ODIAlso Read | No Chris Gayle for West Indies in Test series vs IndiaAlso Seelast_img read more

Real Madrid escape Betis with late win

first_imgDani Ceballos scored a late winning free-kick against his old club as Real Madrid battled to a 2-1 LaLiga victory at Real Betis.Madrid had taken an early lead at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday thanks to a fine drive scored by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.But Sergio Canales hit back with a goal that survived a lengthy VAR review to seemingly claim a point for Quique Setien’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Former Betis star Ceballos had other ideas, though, coming off the bench to net a 20-yard free-kick with two minutes to go to move Madrid up to fourth.Madrid started well and they took the lead in the 13th minute, Modric blasting a drive into the top-left corner from just outside the penalty area.Vinicius Junior fired straight at Pau Lopez at the end of a flowing move as Madrid kicked through the gears, Antonio Barragan making a wonderful challenge to halt another rapid break.Canales recorded the first Betis shot on target two minutes into the second half but Keylor Navas, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got everything behind the shot.Navas was beaten in the 67th minute, however, the impressive Giovani Lo Celso sending Canales clear of the Madrid defence to squeeze his shot through the goalkeeper and over the line.The goal was subject to a lengthy VAR review, giving the home fans an agonising wait, but replays showed Dani Carvajal was playing Canales onside and the goal stood.Solari ignored Isco as he used his last two subs to bring on Ceballos and Brahim Diaz for his LaLiga debut, with the decision justified in the 88th minute.William Carvalho gave away a free-kick on the edge of the Betis box and Ceballos took responsibility, bending the ball round the wall to beat Lopez.Super-sub Ceballos with a super free-kick winner! #RealBetisRealMadrid 1-2— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019What does it mean? Injuries mount for struggling SolariMadrid, who are now 10 points back from leaders Barcelona, will hope an injury that forced Karim Benzema off at half-time is not too serious. Solari is already without forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, while Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente were also absent.Ceballos justifies Solari faithBringing on Ceballos instead of Isco appeared a curious move and a decision Solari seemed certain to have to defend in his post-match news conference. But the former Betis midfielder settled the contest with a beautifully hit free-kick, earning Madrid an important three points.MATCHWINNER #RealBetisRealMadrid— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019Lopez wrongfooted by late winnerCeballos took his winning goal nicely but, when he sees replays of the strike, Betis goalkeeper Lopez will surely feel he should have done better. The placement of his wall appeared odd as Lopez seemed to leave himself unsighted, allowing Ceballos to place a fine finish into his goal.What’s next?Both sides are in Copa del Rey action, with Madrid heading to Leganes while Betis visit Real Sociedad. At the weekend, it’s Sevilla at home for Madrid and Betis host Girona. read morelast_img read more

Wessels Reederei to Manage RMS Fleet

first_imgzoom German logistics services provider Rhenus Maritime Services (RMS) and compatriot shipping company Wessels Reederei have decided to pursue cooperation in ship management. As explained, the goal of the cooperation is to place the technical management of the RMS fleet in the hands of Wessels Reederei in the near future.The fleet currently consists of fifteen coastal vessels with a deadweight ranging between 1,700 and 3,300 tons.All the administrative tasks at RMS were transferred to Wessels Reederei in Haren an der Ems at the end of 2017, Rhenus said in a statement.“We’re hoping for further economic benefits through the cooperation of our two shipping companies in the extremely competitive business of coastal shipping,” Ralf Uebachs, Managing Director of Rhenus Maritime Services, commented.“It’ll be possible to improve cost structures – for example when purchasing and overhauling spare parts – as well as insurance services with the fleet that is now available,” Gerd Wessels, Managing Partner of Wessels Reederei, said.Wessels Reederei became the first shipping company to have modified a 1,000 TEU container vessel from a traditional marine diesel power unit to one driven by environmentally-friendly LNG. In November, the company revealed plans to convert three more ships to dual-fuel gas operation.“We’re certain that the two companies will press ahead with energy-saving technologies even more successfully as they work together,” Uebachs added.last_img read more

Cancer Health Professionals Receive Excellence Awards

first_imgA clinician with expertise in palliative care at the bedside and at the policy level, a leader in psychosocial oncology education for students and health providers, and a team of oncology nurses dedicated to ensuring children with cancer enjoy a safe and fun camp experience were the recipients of the Excellence Awards today, June 6. The annual awards in leadership, innovation, and patient care were awarded by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “It’s encouraging to see so many Nova Scotians dedicated to understanding and defeating cancer,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “I’m very proud of all of this year’s nominees and winners. They’re making life better for all Nova Scotians, and their families, who have been touched by this deadly disease. Congratulations, and keep up the hard work.” The awards were introduced in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of Cancer Care Nova Scotia. They acknowledge the work and commitment of people who have helped the organization further cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and their families. “Each year the challenge of choosing just one individual or team in each award category becomes more difficult,” said Archie MacEachern, Cancer Care Nova Scotia advisory board member and chair of the Excellence Awards selection committee. “Of the 37 nominations we had to review, all were more than deserving of recognition. In the end, however, with the help of a committee of volunteers and a good evaluation tool, we were able to make thoughtful decisions.” The award recipients are Dr. David Henderson, medical director, palliative care, Colchester East Hants Health Authority; Dr. Deborah McLeod, clinician scientist, psychosocial oncology team, Capital Health Cancer Care Program; and Camp Goodtime Medical Team, a project supported through the Canadian Cancer Society. Dr. Henderson is the recipient of the Leadership Excellence Award. He served as president of the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association and continues to make significant contributions in advancing palliative care services in his district as well as on a provincial level. Dr. Henderson is highly respected for his work in palliative care nationally with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Palliative Care Physicians Association. Dr. McLeod, an innovative clinician scientist and a renowned psychosocial oncology education leader was presented with the Innovation Excellence Award. Her clinical specialty is working with individuals and couples on sexuality concerns as a result of cancer. She led the development of a national distance education program to address gaps in psychosocial oncology education of health professionals using web-based learning. She has shared her knowledge and expertise with national organizations including the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. The Excellence in Patient Care Award was presented to the Camp Goodtime Medical Team, a team of six oncology nurses from the IWK Health Centre who volunteer their time to ensure children with cancer enjoy a fun-filled week at camp. The team looks after the children’s medical needs and provides health education and health promotion information to campers and counselors. They model what they teach through healthy meal choices, practicing sun safety and being active. “The CCNS Excellence Awards shine a spotlight on the many talented and dedicated health professionals who make up our cancer system,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Each and every day they give their all to ensure Nova Scotia cancer patients and families receive the best care possible. “Congratulations to the award recipients and nominees for providing quality cancer care to Nova Scotia cancer patients and their families.” Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, chief medical director, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, said each day in communities and districts across the province, health professionals work tirelessly to support and care for patients. “Patients are at the centre of why we do what we do,” said Dr. Giacomantonio. “Our goal is to provide our patients with high quality care based on the most current evidence, while helping to make their cancer journey as easy as possible. “Nova Scotia has an incredible team of health professionals who are dedicated to their patients and I count myself fortunate to be part of this team.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness, which facilitates quality cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotians.last_img read more

A look inside Streetcar Crowsnest a new 11million theatre in the base

first_imgCrow’s Theatre, the company you run, has always staged its shows in other companies’ theatres. Why settle down now?The boring part is that the touring market is less lucrative, and it’s harder to get grants. The more interesting part is that I bought a house in the east end and saw there was no significant culture happening shy of the cinema and bowling alleys. I wanted to do something different. Guloien TheatreThe centrepiece of Crowsnest is a 2,400-square-foot, 220-seat theatre with cavernous 22-foot ceilings. The Scotiabank Community Studio—a second, more casual stage—has space for 90 and is meant for smaller concerts, comedies and cabarets. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Lobby BarThe lounge that leads to the Guloien features reclaimed Douglas fir rafters, ceiling-height windows and a bar that will serve custom cocktails themed to the night’s show.Gare de l’Est RestaurantAudiences can grab pre-show dinner or post-show drinks at the French brasserie from restaurateurs Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli, the duo behind Queen East faves Ascari Enoteca and Hi-Lo Bar. The place seats 60 inside and another 50 on the sidewalk patio. Advertisement Login/Register With: Q&A: Crow’s Theatre artistic director Chris Abraham on his company’s new homelast_img read more

Italy Club owners investigated over fatal concert stampede

first_imgROME — Italian prosecutors say eight people are under investigation so far in connection to a stampede at a packed nightclub that killed six people, five of them teenagers.Authorities stressed on Monday that the investigation of the stampede early Saturday was just beginning. They said they want to know about the security measures and capacity of the Blue Lantern disco in the small town of Corinaldo, as well as the panic that sent concertgoers running for the exits.One hypothesis is that would-be thieves used irritant sprays on the crowd to hide thefts, which has been done at other concerts and gatherings in Italy.The seven adults under investigation include the club owners and concert organizers. Prosecutors say a 17-year-old was added to the list because three witnesses “generically” identified him.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ask Centre to supervise water supply from Hry to Delhi DJB to

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has urged the Delhi high court here that the Centre be asked to supervise water supply from Haryana to the national Capital, saying any reduction in Wazirabad reservoir water level would hit important areas where residences of President, Prime Minister and judges are located. Citing the coming lean season, the DJB has contended that “an imminent water crisis is likely to hit the New Delhi area in the next few weeks owing to the failure of state of Haryana to supply water as required pursuant to orders of the Supreme Court”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Board has contended the issue of water supply assumes importance in the 100 days long lean season till the arrival of monsoon and Haryana sought to strictly comply with the Supreme Court’s direction to keep the Wazirabad reservoir full during this period. In its affidavit placed on record before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani, the DJB has contended that the neighbouring state was “showing reluctance” in supplying the minimum required 120 Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingscusec of water to keep the Wazirabad reservoir full at all times, which amounts to disobedience of judicial orders. “As an interim measure, at least for the coming lean season of about 100 days, central government supervision be requested in the matter,” it has said in the affidavit. The DJB has claimed that Haryana has about 22,000 cusecs of water available to it from all sources, but still it was reluctant to supply the 120 cusecs required to keep the Wazirabad reservoir full at all times during the lean season till the end of June or till monsoon arrives. A cusec is a unit of flow of water equal to one cubic foot per second. The board has claimed that any reduction in the Wazirabad reservoir’s water level would hit the supply to the capital’s most important and sensitive areas where residences of the President,Prime Minister and judges as well as various government departments are located. It has urged the court to ask the central government to intervene and ensure that Haryana keeps up the water supply as ordered by the apex court.last_img read more

Ban lauds new report on ways to boost development cooperation with Africa

The recommendations by the Commission on Effective Development Cooperation with Africa include creating an African Guarantee Fund in partnership with the African Development Bank, ensuring access to energy, and unleashing the power of African entrepreneurship.Mr. Ban called the recommendations “far-reaching,” adding that if implemented conscientiously, such steps will help mitigate the effects of the economic crisis and help to lift millions of people out of poverty.Speaking at the presentation of the report in New York, the Secretary-General warned that the gains made by African countries over the past decade are being threatened by climate change, armed conflict, political upheaval and crises involving food, fuel and the global economy.“Investments are declining, businesses are struggling to survive and jobs are being lost,” he said. “Africa and its development partners must act urgently to promote stability, prosperity and peace.”He welcomed the report’s emphasis on youth employment and opportunities for young people, noting that recent figures show that more than 60 per cent of those unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa are below the age of 24. “This terrible waste of human resources is visible on the streets of the continent’s cities. Africa needs its young people to get to work on its behalf,” said Mr. Ban. He called on Africa’s leaders to show the “bold leadership” required to intensify the fight against poverty, while urging the donor community to help implement the report’s recommendations, including through financial and technical aid. The UN will continue to be Africa’s “close and enduring partner” in this important effort, he added.Launched in 2008 by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Commission comprises heads of State and government, politicians, experts, representatives from international and regional organisations, as well as the business community, civil society and the academic world. 23 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded a new report which outlines steps to be taken by Africa and its development partners to help lift millions of people across the continent out of poverty. read more

Feds pipe corrosion led to Santa Barbara coast oil spill

by Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 5:52 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds: pipe corrosion led to Santa Barbara coast oil spill LOS ANGELES, Calif. – External corrosion on an oil pipeline was the root cause of a leak that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May, federal regulators reported Wednesday.The spill occurred after pumps on the Plains All American Pipeline were shut down and restarted, sending a larger volume of oil surging through the 2-foot-wide pipe at higher pressure, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in preliminary findings. After the leak occurred, however, and plunging pressure in the pipeline triggered an alarm, it wasn’t shut down for more than 30 minutes.Plains wouldn’t comment on the report because of ongoing investigations of the spill, a spokeswoman said. Local, state and federal prosecutors are probing the spill and regulators could issue fines against the Texas-based company.Reports of corrosion of the underground pipe and pump problems were previously disclosed, but regulators hadn’t labeled corrosion as the root cause of the leak, pinpointed the precise moment the pipe failed or provided a timeline of how long it took to shut down the pipe.The spill two weeks before the popular Memorial Day weekend forced the state to close popular beaches as the oil fouled a pristine stretch of coastline and an oil sheen spread over miles of the Pacific Ocean. More than 300 dead animals, including pelicans and sea lions, were recovered after the spill that sent tar balls drifting more than 100 miles away to Los Angeles beaches.The report said the leak in Line 901 happened after a pump unintentionally shut down at the pumping station on nearby Line 903 while a technician was removing a non-working pump.Pressure increased in Line 901 and its pump was stopped remotely from the company’s control room in Midland, Texas.The leak happened just before 11 a.m., about two-to-three minutes after the pump was restarted. Pressure jumped to 721 pounds per square inch — from the 677 psi it had been operating at before the shutdown.About two minutes later, pressure dropped below 200 psi and a low-pressure alarm was triggered in the control room. An oil company that wanted to pump oil through the pipeline reported to the controller that there wasn’t enough pressure in pipeline to deliver its product.The pump on Line 903 exceeded a high temperature limit and then shutdown. The controller tried to restart it several times, but didn’t shut off the pump on Line 901 until about 11:30 a.m.A pipeline leak monitoring system had been turned off at the control centre, the report said, though it noted that was still under investigation.Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline safety expert, said there could be a good reason for it being off, but it’s potentially significant.“‘Turned off’ is the magic word,” Kuprewicz said. “Why this was turned off would be a valid question.”The agency said it would provide more details when it issues a final report this spring.Kuprewicz said it struck him that the pipe failed when it was only pumping at about 50 per cent of its maximum operating pressure. That indicated to him that there were problems on the pipeline.A chart in the report showed corrosion anomalies grew and intensified between surveys in 2007, 2012 and the last tests just weeks before the leak.Robert Bea, an engineering professor at University of California, Berkeley, questioned how Plains could operate in a sensitive environmental area — through scenic hills and near the beautiful coast — with “severely corroded” pipeline.“I think the answer to this question will show that the root causes of this accident are firmly rooted in organizational malfunctions that resulted in underestimates of the likelihoods and consequences of a breach in Line 901,” Bea wrote in an email.The report also noted that the spill, originally estimated at up to 100,000 gallons, had dumped 142,800 gallons. read more

Theresa May switches on Downing Street Christmas lights

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Great progress in soil stabilisation in 2014

first_imgSoilworks, a leader in dust control and soil stabilisation technology, is relocating its world headquarters to Scottsdale, Arizona. It says the new location will help the company focus its energies more on its core business areas such as mining.  “This is a natural progression for our company and one that we’re excited to make,” said Chad Falkenberg, founder of Soilworks.”It caps off one of the best years our company has ever had.” Falkenberg said the company’s production facility, which is home to its large-scale heavy industrial production plant, construction facility, equipment yard, warehouse and 26-car rail-spur, will remain in Chandler.“For us, the move to Scottsdale allows us to be more centrally located for clients, employees and future expansion,” he said.It’s been an eventful year for Soilworks, which saw itself become the only company to have a synthetic copolymer pass the rigorous standards of the highly coveted and prestigious Certificate of Conformity from BNQ for its eco-friendly formula. The certification for Soiltac, the flagship product in Soilworks’ dust control and soil stabilisation suite of products, joined the company’s other key product, Durasoil, as the industry’s only suite of non-corrosive, eco-friendly and highly effective dust control products to pass BNQ.“It was further proof of the strict standards that we hold ourselves to every day,” Falkenberg said of the BNQ certifications for Soiltac and Durasoil. “Our mission is to always ensure that our customers receive the best products available on the market. These certifications demonstrated that.”Certification by BNQ is an exacting process that requires complete transparency and top-tier products that can hold up to rigid testing protocols. Last year, Durasoil became the first synthetic fluid dust suppressant ever to be awarded the highly coveted BNQ certification for its superior eco-friendly formula.The company also launched a re-designed website in 2014. According to Falkenberg, the new website allows for a more transparent and informative way to approach the dust control industry, with great care taken by the Soilworks team to ensure that all relevant information was included in the site. Since the company has always strived to produce the highest quality, best performing dust control products on the market, it was important that the new website also reflect that mission, Falkenberg said. “We want our customers to access our content in the most intuitive way possible, each time they visit the website,” he said.Soilworks provides engineered solutions to meet the broad needs of the dust control and soil stabilisation industry. Soilworks’ performance-driven portfolio of industry-leading products include Soiltac®, Powdered Soiltac®, Gorilla-Snot® and Durasoil®.last_img read more

IFK Kristianstad win Swedish title after 62 years

IFK Kristianstad Swedish handball legend and current NT coach Ola Lindgren won the fifth national title with IFK Kristianstad, but the first one after 52 years long break! In the traditional Swedish final of the season in front of 12.312 fans, Kristianstad beat Alingsas 28:25 (14:14) for the trophy led by outstanding Marcus Olsson, who scored 11 goals. ← Previous Story Odorhei HC win Challenge Cup! Next Story → KIF Kolding and Skjern for the Danish crown!

SG Flensburg Handewitt beat THW Kiel in preseason derby

← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic is the best EX-YU coach 2016/2017 Next Story → Aalborg Handball sign Croatian youngstar Lovro Jotic The first derby of the German North of the season ended by victory of SG Flensburg 28:25 (14:11). Two teams clashed in pre-season in Neumünster in front of 2.800 fans. There is no doubt that two teams will have a lot of battles on the way to another DKB Bundesliga title in upcoming season alongside Rhein Neckar Lowen, Fuchse Berlin, SC Magdeburg…SG Flensburg-Handewitt – THW Kiel 28:25 (14:11)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (16 saves), Lind, Karlsson, Mogensen, Svan (4), Wanne (4), Jeppsson (4), Steinhauser (2), Heinl (1), Zachariassen, Toft Hansen (1), Gottfridsson (3), Lauge (7/3), Mahé (1), Rød (1)THW Kiel: Wolff (bis 30.), Landin (ab 31.) – Firnhaber (2), Weinhold (2), Dissinger, (3) Wiencek (3), Ekberg (2/1), Zeitz (2), Frend Öfors (3), Rahmel (1), Dahmke (2), Zarabec (3/2), Vujin, Bilyk, Nilsson (2) read more

Google Maps To Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

first_imgIf you’ve taken the environmentally friendly step of buying an electric vehicle, Google is doing its part to help you figure out where you can and can’t drive.The search giant has partnered with the Department of Energy to make the list of charging stations easily located. The DOE will officially use Google Maps as the primary outlet for informing consumers about where the stations are.There is already an online database with this information publicly available, but feeding all that data directly to Google will make it much easier to plan trips.Via CleantechnicaAdChoices广告last_img