London 2012 Bronze upgraded to Silver, says Yogeshwar Dutt

first_imgWrestler Yogeshwar Dutt today confirmed that his 2012 Olympics Bronze medal has been upgraded to Silver after reports suggested that Besik Kudukhov of Russia, who had earlier won the Silver at the London Games, has been stripped off his medal for using banned substance. (Rio 2016: Yogeshwar Dutt failure marks India’s poor Olympic campaign)?? ? ? ?? ? olympic medal upgrade ? ? Silver medal ? ? ? ? ? ? ??? ?? ? ?????? pic.twitter.com/S6qxNHW9Po Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) August 30, 2016Jo likha hota hai, wo hoke rehta hai: Yogeshwar Dutt on elevation to silver from ’12 London Games bronze medal pic.twitter.com/clU2GjCi5X ANI (@ANI_news) August 30, 2016Yogeshwar now joins wrestler Sushil Kumar and shooter Vijay Kumar as India’s Silver medallists from the London Games. However, the United World Wrestling, the sport’s governing body, is yet to confirm the upgrade.Meanwhile, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has written to the United World Wrestling, seeking a confirmation on the development and they are expecting a clarification today.  RUSSIAN WRESTLER TESTS POSITIVEAccording to Russian agency flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov, who died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, has been found positive in a dope test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).The result of the sample was out a couple of months back but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not make it public because of the Rio Olympics that concluded on August 21. Yogeshwar, who bagged a Bronze in Men’s 60kg Freestyle in London, had bowed out in the first round of Men’s 65kg Freestyle in Rio. (Rio 2016: Sakshi Malik becomes first female among four Indian wrestlers to win Olympic medal)advertisementlast_img read more

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Clear encroachments on storm water drains: Govt to officials

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 31 (PTI) Karnataka government today directed its officials to clear encroachments on storm water drains on priority basis even as it asserted there will be no discrimination between the rich and the poor in its clearance drive.”Encroachments that are obstructing storm water drains, live drain, and causing flooding, they should be removed first, thats the direction that we have given,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters here after the Cabinet meeting.Stating that clearing of “unauthorised” constructionson the storm water drains was taken up based on the judgement of the High Court, he said, “the judgement is only to remove the unauthorised constructions on the drains not on the periphery or something like that.He said there are incidents where false documents have been procured to help encroachment and illegal constructions on the storm water drains.Incessant rains earlier this month had inundated streets, crippling normal life in several parts of the city, forcing government and civic authorities to swing into action and taking up storm water drain clearance drive.Following the Chief Ministers order, the city civicbody Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had begun thedemolition drive in several parts of the city, including Avani Sringeri Nagar in Bommanahalli, Kasavanahalli in Mahadevapura and Shivanahalli in Yelahanka.Jayachandra said there was no question of sparinganyone or discriminating between the rich and the poor in the encroachment clearance drive.”There is no question of sparing any one; we will not spare anybody whether it is multi-storied or apartment owner or anybody,” he said.advertisementPointing out that attempts were being made by the richto approach courts and get some court orders, the Ministersaid, “We are taking care of it.”Several individuals and organisations have accusedBBMP of targeting only small property owners and not big builders or malls which have also allegedly encroached upon storm water drains.Hearing a petition accusing alleged encroachment of storm-water drains by two malls and a five-star hotel, High Court on Monday had directed the BBMP commissioner to examine the allegations and take appropriate decision within three months.Responding to a specific question on action against some well known malls and others, he said, “There is no question of sparing anyone….”Admitting that there was lack of proper coordination between departments concerned, Jayachandra said confusion has been created among the people with no proper communication, resulting in creating panic among them.”It has been clearly instructed to the officials to demolish constructions on live storm water drains, and they have been directed not to touch properties with approval from government agencies where water valley has shifted. Measures should be taken to avoid flooding due to encroachment of storm water drains,” he said.Stating that encroachments in about 29.8 acres had come to the notice of BBMP, he said so far141 houses had been demolished. PTI KSU RA VS AQS DIPlast_img read more

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RIB FEST TO BENEFIT CAMP HIGH HOPES

first_imgGreat BBQ and music for a great cause will be taking place Saturday at the Battery Park parking lot of Sioux City’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino .It’s the annual “Rib Fest” to benefit Camp High Hopes.Funds raised will support programs for kids and adults with disabilities at Camp High Hopes on Correctionville Road.There’s a $10 entry fee at the gate with kids 12 and under admitted free.You can then purchase a $10 punch card to taste BBQ ribs and chicken cooked by the competing teams.The event runs from 11am-4pm on Saturday at the corner of 4th and Water Streets at the west end of downtown.last_img

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England must keep their discipline in heat of World Cup knockout stages

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Facebook Rugby World Cup 2019 Facebook Read more Japan show world their defiance and skill in face of typhoon destruction Sportblog Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup Share via Email The last time the All Blacks lost a World Cup match was in 2007. It was a match I do not have fond memories of, having played in it, but incredibly valuable lessons were learned considering New Zealand’s record in the tournament since. Two things stand out when looking at why we lost that match against France. Firstly, we tinkered with our game plan throughout the pool stages and we just didn’t quite get it right in the quarter-final. Secondly, we had not been tested at all in the pool stages and we came up against a team on a completely different level to anything we had experienced.The first point shows the danger of not having clarity but I am not sure the second is relevant at this World Cup. Back then we put 70-odd points on Italy, more than 100 on Portugal, we thrashed Scotland because they were fielding a weakened team and scored another 80 against Romania. It will be interesting to see how England deal with the transition. I do not believe that the cancelled match against France will be much of a problem. Teams such as New Zealand and England can use that extra time to their benefit. Yes both teams have a couple of players who would have benefited from the extra game time, Mako Vunipola and Brodie Retallick for example, but both sets of players have been afforded a bit of downtime and then they can put in the extra analysis – everything will be that little bit more detailed.Where things could be problematic for England is the lack of experience of knockout international rugby. They did not get out of their pool four years ago which means there are only a few players in the squad with experience of playing a sudden-death World Cup match. Making up for that though, is the fact that the core of this team has huge experience of playing knockout club rugby. You look at the Saracens spine of this team and the amount of European matches they have won – Super Rugby does not have that kind of equivalent. Read more Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union The biggest concern I have over England is their discipline and whether it stands up when the heat is on in the knockout stages. It is the only area where I worry about them and how a game could slip away from them. They play right on the edge, defensively they are right on that line and the one thing you do not want to do in a quarter or a semi-final is give teams easy outs. If England find themselves charging into rucks when there is no genuine chance of winning the ball, or if they find themselves going in at the side, it would not surprise me to see referees clamping down on that sort of thing the deeper we go into the tournament.With the pool stages now complete we are going to have very experienced assistant referees and that makes a difference – very little is going to go unnoticed. If England’s opponents try and get under their skin, how will they react?center_img Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Chris Jack and Nick Evans following defeat to France in the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: Ross Land/Getty Images Australia rugby union team England rugby union team comment You then get to the quarter-finals and the difference is huge. That is not the case any more. The lesser teams are competitive for long spells and while some scorelines have ended up as blow outs, things have improved so much in terms of athletic ability and physicality – all teams hit hard. All teams have strength and conditioning coaches, they have nutritionists and the benefits are being reaped.Having said that, there is inevitably a different feel when it becomes knockout rugby. Suddenly there is no tomorrow and all the players will all be aware of that. The key, and this is where the coaching staff come in, is to try and keep everything process driven as much as possible. When you start worrying about the outcome, that’s when you have a problem. That was the big thing that changed for the All Blacks after 2007.You have to try and keep the mood and the atmosphere in the camp the same, or as similar as you can, whether it be a pool stage match against Portugal or a quarter-final against France. For New Zealand, it was the development of the players’ leadership group after 2007 that has been key. How they learned to deal with the pressure and how they kept ice cold “blue” heads rather than panicked “red” heads in the crucial situations. Twitter Because I fully expect that sort of challenge from Australia on Saturday. At the breakdown Australia will really try and put them under pressure, slow the ball down and try to take the sting out of England’s power game. It will be niggly and how England’s discipline holds up will be fascinating.To give them their dues, England have been clinical so far. They’ve responded and adapted to what has happened to them. Teams want to lift their performances against England but Eddie Jones’s players have found a way to get the result they needed. I think they are in a good place. The expectation will come from outside the group but I do expect an awkward, potentially scrappy game against Australia. The breakdown will be a massive contest and that could make it stop-start and help England in terms of their tactical kicking.Either way, it should be a cracking encounter and it will be proper knockout rugby. These are the matches that everyone has been waiting for and while we’ve had a wonderful pool stage, bookended by New Zealand and South Africa going at it and then Japan’s incredible win over Scotland, it is now that the World Cup really starts. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Topics Australia sport Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Revealed: England’s squad numbers for Russia 2018

first_imgWorld Cup England’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who made Southgate’s 23-man squad & what are shirt numbers? Last updated 1 year ago 22:40 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane England Getty World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Goal takes a look at each of the goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and attackers named in Gareth Southgate’s sidelast_img

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Bill proposes reference to rights of Indigenous Peoples in citizenship oath

first_imgThe Canadian PressImmigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has introduced a bill that would change Canada’s oath of citizenship to include a reference to the rights of Indigenous Peoples.The Liberal government says the proposal demonstrates its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and a renewed relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect and co-operation.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the change demonstrates to all Canadians, including the country’s newest citizens, that Indigenous and Treaty Rights are an essential part of the country’s character.The bill contains new language for the oath that includes a pledge for new citizens to faithfully observe the laws of Canada including the Constitution, which “recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.”The proposed change is also part of the Liberal government’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent six years probing Canada’s residential-school legacy before it issued 94 calls for action.Sen. Murray Sinclair, who chaired the commission, says he welcomes the government’s legislation to change the oath, saying it reflects a “more inclusive history of Canada.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

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UN development agency aims to sharpen focus on global goals increase transparency

Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Ad Melkert, said it was particularly important to better coordinate its work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound targets to reduce poverty and other social ills, because July next year is the mid-point to achieving them by 2015.“I’ve been quite concerned ever since I started at UNDP that many activities on MDGs [are] going on but a bit too dispersed and it’s my responsibility to bring them together. I’ve taken that responsibility and I think everybody can… work with that and that’s what we’re doing at the moment,” he told reporters at a press conference in New York.Mr. Melkert said the agency’s strategy for the next few years focused on three main areas aimed at mitigating the effects of both “man-made crises and natural disasters” and addressing their root causes, because doing this was “vital to help countries attain the MDGs.”“There are three lines along which we have taken initiatives now to make our own organization respond better to those situations… One is on what we call surge capacity, second is on drawing the lessons from the tsunami, and thirdly, launching new standards to improve programmes on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration.”“Surge capacity is… about getting the right people to the right place at the right time, responding rapidly to unforeseen crises and disasters. And we will… establish a human resources surge capacity of 50 to 60 trained and certified UNDP practitioners, crisis managers and operational specialists who can be quickly deployed,” he said.Turning to lessons learned from the 2004 tsunami, he said the most important finding to emerge from wide-ranging evaluation studies was that people affected by the disaster were satisfied with the initial relief assistance but then became “increasingly less satisfied” with the longer-term recovery effort.“Particularly with regards to re-establishing their livelihoods, and that is again this area of early recovery: making the change from the humanitarian relief to building your life again after disaster. And it means that more rules of the game are needed between donor organizations including NGOs (non-governmental organizations)… we have to tighten up quality control… and we look at possibilities for systems of international accreditation.”Responding to a reporter’s questions on the lack of availability and detail of UNDP audits and the reported difficulty in getting media requests answered by the agency, Mr. Melkert said any report that he had told staff not to talk to the press was “absolutely totally ludicrous.” But he added he would like the agency’s transparency level to reach wider UN standards.“Talking about transparency, the best criterion for me is my own transparency – I’d like to bring our procedures in line with the UN procedures, I think that should be normal, so I’m looking into that at this moment,” he said. read more

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Meat plant at centre of E coli scare not about to resume

Meat plant at centre of E. coli scare not about to resume operations: Ritz AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The company at the centre of Canada’s latest E. coli scare took responsibility for the problem Thursday as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz stared down a firestorm of opposition criticism of one of the largest food recalls in Canadian history.“We take full responsibility for our plant operations and the food it produces, which is consumed by Canadians from coast to coast,” XL Foods Inc., said in a news release.“We are doing everything we can to take the lead in an enhanced comprehensive food safety program for our plant,” said the company, which operates the meat plant in Brooks, Alta., where the contamination first occurred.Ritz, meanwhile, called a news conference on short notice — his second in as many days — to address what he called “misinformation” about the E. coli scare.The XL plant has had its licence suspended, and it won’t be restored until the minister gets written notice from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that the plant is safe, Ritz said.“There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation out there and extrapolation that there are cuts to our food safety system,” said Ritz.“I’m here to tell you that is absolutely not true, not factual at all.”Ritz later attended question period in the House of Commons for the first time all week, where he faced calls for his resignation from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.Mulcair accused Ritz of withholding information from the Canadian public for several days following the time E. coli was first detected in early September.“The minister of agriculture knew what was going on. He withheld what he knew from Canadians and he’s refusing to be accountable,” Mulcair said.“He’s the one who put this self-regulating system in place, he is responsible. Why is this minister of agriculture still in his position? He must resign.”Ritz countered by saying there’s “no such thing” as a self-regulating system in Canada, noting that 46 inspection-agency staff were working at the plant while it was operating — an increase over previous levels.“We take this very seriously, Mr. Speaker,” Ritz said. “We’re working to ensure the CFIA has the regulations they require and the monetary capacity to get the job done.”George Da Pont, the agency’s president, said he won’t sign off on reopening the plant until the CFIA is thoroughly satisfied that all problems have been resolved. Inspectors are testing every carcass still inside the plant, Da Pont said.During his news conference, Ritz said a lot of “misinformation” has come out of question period, although he didn’t point to any specifics. The Commons held an emergency debate on the situation Wednesday evening.“We continue to enhance the ability of CFIA to address these types of situations, we rely on Public Health Canada to do the expert job that they do, working with provincial colleagues, to identify illnesses out there that would lead us to issue warnings and so forth,” he said.Ritz said Thursday there are four cases of E. coli poisoning in Canada that have been linked back to tainted meat that came from the plant.“To this point … we’ve only had four confirmed cases linking back to XL,” Ritz said. “We’re scientifically looking at others, but this is a science project, not a political process.”Alberta public health officials say they have found a fifth case linked to XL.Canadian consumers can expect to see even more recall announcements as inspectors continue to check meat and documents, officials say.Meanwhile, the Senate agriculture committee amended a forthcoming bill on food safety to include a mandatory review every five years of the resources and inspectors available to enforce the system.“I do believe that this bill will enhance and speed up recalls should they be necessary and I do believe this will add to food safety in general,” said Conservative Sen. Don Plett, sponsor of the bill.Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae, meanwhile, has asked the auditor general for a full review of the food-safety system.Rae said the beef recall underlines the weaknesses of the system and the urgent need for review.“We request that the auditor general of Canada conduct a full and immediate audit of all government of Canada resources and procedures that support food safety in Canada, as well as issue recommendations for changes and improvements,” Rae wrote.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version wrongly said Thursday’s comment was the first statement issued by XL. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 4, 2012 7:16 pm MDT read more

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Number of contracts to buy homes at highest point since July

Number of contracts to buy homes at highest point since July In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, photo, a real estate sign sits in front of a house in Richardson, Texas. On Monday, March 28, 2016, the National Association of Realtors reports on pending home sales, a measure of how many Americans signed contracts to buy homes, during February. (AP Photo/LM Otero) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2016 8:18 am MDT Last Updated Mar 28, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, with purchases surging in the Midwest ahead of the traditional spring buying season.The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 3.5 per cent to 109.1, rebounding from a 3 per cent decline in January. The index has reached its highest level since July 2015.The increase in signed contracts occurred last month despite a shortage of homes on the market. The gain suggests a strong start to the spring home buying season, after some recent reports have hinted at a possible slowdown as rising prices have hurt affordability.Pending sales contracts are a barometer of future purchases. A sale is typically completed a month or two after a contract is signed.Regionally, signed contracts climbed 11.4 per cent in the Midwest, with more modest gains in the South and West. In the Northeast, the number of contracts dipped 0.2 per cent.Last week, the Realtors reported that completed sales tumbled 7.1 per cent in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million. That drop-off came after relatively healthy sales levels in December and January, which were due in part to a new federal regulation that had delayed closings in November.Monday’s pending sales report indicates that demand remains solid even though home prices are rising and buyers have a limited number of listings from which to choose.The median home sales price was $210,800 in February, a 4.4 per cent increase from a year ago.Listings in February fell 1.1 per cent from a year ago. Many homeowners are hesitant to sell because they would need more equity to cover a down payment for upgrading to a new house. Investors have also turned many homes into rentals, further depriving the market of properties for sale. read more

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Washington science conference focuses on bionics and thought control

first_imgAt a recent science conference in Washington several of the leading scientists have been discussing the latest innovations in thought control and bionics.Scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL) were keen to showcase their technology which allows those who are paralyzed to control their wheelchairs using the power of thought (Japanese scientists have also been working on a similar project).More specifically, by wearing a modified cap the individual can control the wheelchair using brain signals which are picked up by the cap and then transmitted to the wheelchair. A prototype of this system was created last year and you can see it in action below.It is innovative techniques like this that scientist believe could lead to new methods for controlling bionic limbs. Currently there are techniques for allowing those with arms amputated above the elbow to control their bionic limbs using nerve signals taken from the remaining part of the arm. This technique is called Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) surgery.However they want to take it a step further and allow the wearer to not only use the limbs to aid in their day-to-day lives, but also to feel what they are touching. Researchers are hoping that they can create bionic limbs that respond to multiple signals from the human body, which they hope leads to bionic hands with individually controllable fingers that have sensations.Bionics have certainly come on a long way it seems, with some individuals now opting for bionic limbs over the real ones. One such example is a man called “Patrick” from Austria who having sustained massive injuries to his left hand during a freak accident decided to have his useless hand amputated and replaced with a prosthetic arm which he can use to grip items. It was the first time he had been able to perform tasks using this hand in several years.Read more at BBC Newslast_img read more

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Geek Pick JBL PartyBox 300 Is a Huge Karaoke Speaker

first_imgThe first thing you’ll notice is the sheer size of this boy. It’s a party box, not a solo box. The $450 speaker weighs 35 pounds, is a foot wide and deep, and is over two feet tall. The 18-hour battery takes five hours to charge. It has handles but our original reviewer wished it had wheels, too.Fortunately, that bulk is put to good use. After pairing the PartyBox 300 to your Bluetooth device, it delivers sound potentially loud enough to flood entire homes with maintaining solid audio quality including deep bass in perennial PCMag test track “Silent Shout” by The Knife. You can adjust the different settings depending on if you’re singing karaoke or plugging in a musical instrument to use the speaker as an amp. For that last one though you’ll need your own cables and an adapter for an XLR mic.The booming tunes are the star of the show. But since the PartyBox 300 is so big it’s nice that the included LED lights make it a visually interesting part of the party as well. The lights wrap around speaker and can rhythmically pulse in all sorts of different customizable colors and patterns. What is this, a speaker for gamers?For more on the JBL PartyBox 300 check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more cool speakers check out the Marshall Stanmore II Voice and this Ikea/Sonic speaker/lamp.More on Geek.com: In a world full of people listening to songs on tiny little AirPods and watching movies with weak laptop audio, sometimes you just want a speaker that delivers an oppressive amount of sound. And while it’s not cheap or light, the JBL PartyBox 300 Bluetooth speaker packs the power that you’re looking for. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Geek Pick: HP Sprocket 2 Is a Perfect Portable Photo PrinterGeek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 Lineup Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Deadlines to register to vote coming up

first_imgClark County — The Clark County Elections Office is reminding residents that the last day for mail-in voter registrations to be eligible for the upcoming general election is approaching.The last day to submit a mail-in voter registration form and be allowed to cast a ballot in the Nov. 7 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 10.Online registration applications can be submitted up to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, according to a county news release. Eligible residents can register by visiting the Clark County Elections Office website at clarkvotes.org and clicking on “MyVote” to register online.Current registered voters who wish to change their address online must do so before midnight on Monday, Oct. 9, for the Nov. 7 general election, according to the news release. The Clark County Elections Office will be open until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, to accept address changes made by telephone or in person.Citizens who are not currently registered to vote in the state of Washington have additional time and may register to vote by appearing in person at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver through Monday, Oct. 30, according the news release.last_img read more

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BlueCrest progressing on big plans for Cosmo

first_imgA relative newcomer to Cook Inlet’s oil and gas scene is charging ahead with big development plans, which could equate to oil production at 17,000 barrels a day, and the creation of more than 400 jobs.In the Cosmopolitan Unit off Anchor Point, it appears that the sixth time’s the charm. BlueCrest Energy is full-speed ahead with an ambitious development plan on its enticing prospects at the site.Larry Burgess, health, safety and environmental manager for the relatively new independent on the Cook Inlet oil and gas scene, said at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce presentation Wednesday that first oil is expected by second quarter of next year.“Probably sometimes in April of next year, which is very aggressive since there are no buildings on the site or anything right now other than some gravel and some piles that we’re driving right now,” Burgess said.BlueCrest is the sixth producer to attempt to make good on the Cosmo Unit’s promise, following Penzoil, which discovered the field in the 1960s, ARCO Alaska, which became Phillips, and then ConocoPhillips, Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska and Apache Corporation. BlueCrest and a partner acquired two leases from Pioneer, and BlueCrest picked up three more from Apache in 2013.And that partner?“Now, I’m going to mention the partner, but I don’t want anybody to throw anything at me,” Burgess said. “That partner was Buccaneer.”Following its financial troubles, Buccaneer sold its 25 percent share in the project, making BlueCrest the 100 percent owner. But before its financial implosion and withdrawal from Cook Inlet, Buccaneer drilled a delineation well at the Cosmo Unit that proved quite promising.“That single well that they drilled through the heart of the formation discovered several different pay zones of which was not known about before,” Burgess said.The small, privately held, Fort Worth, Texas-based company formed in 2006, and once it became full owner of the Cosmopolitan leases it quickly established an Anchorage office and got to work devising a plan to develop oil reserves found at Cosmo, while also exploring possibilities for the shallower natural gas finds sitting on top of the oil.“We’ve so far spent well over $100 million, we’re at about $112 million right now on the Cosmo project, with much more to go,” Burgess said.A 38-acre gravel pad has been constructed about six miles north of Anchor Point, at Mile 151 of the Sterling Highway. BlueCrest would like to drill at least one more delineation well to determine the extent of the reservoir next summer with a jack-up rig. Meanwhile, an onshore drilling rig is under construction in Houston, Texas, and will likely arrive via barge by September or October.“We’ll drill down and then out, and we’re going to drill out about 2.5 miles offshore, at a total vertical depth of around 7,500 feet,” Burgess said. “Total well length can be up to 25,000 feet, which requires a fairly significantly sized rig onshore to drill. And these are not easy wells to drill, either. They’re about $30 million apiece.”The potential production at maximum is estimated at 17,000 barrels of oil per day, with the drilling phase lasting five years. The plan is to truck the oil from Anchor Point to the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski, at least for the first couple of years while other options are considered. At peak production, that could mean a truck leaving Anchor Point every 45 minutes to an hour.The construction phase is ramping up now and is expected to employ 200 people through at least next March or April. The drilling phase will see 80 shift workers onsite at any one time — so, 160 jobs there. The operations phase, with the expected life of the field stretching 30 years to about 2046, will employ as many as 70 people.“So there will be some good employment during the rest of that timeframe and some good short-term employment for local,” Burgess said.A preliminary project design to extract natural gas has been developed but isn’t being actively pursued by BlueCrest at this point. Still, the plan would be to drill for the gas from two offshore, monopod platforms because the gas zones are too shallow to drill from shore. BlueCrest estimates being able to produce 60 to 70 million cubic feet of gas per day.But what to do with the gas is the challenge. BlueCrest is discussing a partnership with WesPac Midstream LLC, which is exploring an LNG project to supply communities in Interior Alaska that currently only have diesel fuel.Transporting the gas is the biggest hurdle. The natural gas distribution system can’t currently accommodate the volume of gas BlueCrest could produce.“Right now they can accept around 30 million cubic feet a day from us, but Enstar is not the only owner of the pipeline distribution system and there are some constraints to go over that that we would have to overcome,” Burgess said. “BlueCrest would be responsible for putting in compression, probably.”For now, BlueCrest is plenty busy focusing primarily on Cosmo’s oil.last_img read more

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Indias restaurant business gathers steam after 2 years

Close India: After effects of demonetisation of high value currency notes [Representational Image]ReutersThe restaurant business in India is seen picking up pace in August, driven by outlets in new markets and a rise in demand at malls for giving heavy discounts to customers. The industry gained momentum after two years of sluggish growth.Stocks of three listed restaurant companies in India touched 52-week highs in August and the market value of Jubilant FoodWorks jumped 44 percent over the past three months to about 8,880 crore on Thursday, Economic Times reported.Earlier this month, Indian based Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd which operates Domino’s and Dunkin Donuts said it will pump in Rs 100 crore to revive the food products and packaging for Domino’s in India. The company also said it will expand about 50 stores this year.The focus on delivering “better value for money and innovation” contributed to a growth uptick, along with reduction of losses, controlling costs and driving efficiencies, which led to higher operating margins, said Pratik Pota, chief executive, Jubilant, while announcing the June quarter earnings last month.The upgraded strategies pushed Jubilant to grow 6.5 percent in same store sales in the quarter that ended on 30 June 2017 which was the highest in two years.Westlife Developments sales also surged almost 14 percent in the quarter ended in June 2017, compared to last year, and same-store sales surged 9 percent, which was the fastest in four years. The company runs McDonald’s outlet in the west and south India regions.Restaurant Business recovers on RemonetisationPrime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise move last year wiped out 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in a bid to fight corruption which drove Indian households to struggle for daily needs as the economy was heavily depended on cash at the time.The move as also dented business confidence in India.After demonetisation, the consumers have also cut on their spending because of rising economic uncertainty. Manufacturing and services activity had also dipped after the surprise move.Scroll down for video A notice is pasted at a shop stating the refusal of the acceptance of the old 500 and 1000 Indian rupee banknotes and acceptance of the new 500 and 2000 Indian rupee banknotes, in Allahabad, India, November 10, 2016.ReutersHowever, restaurant sales are now picking up after more than two years of sluggish growth suggesting that the businesses in India are now recovering from the currency shock.”The effect of demonetisation on consumer sentiment is wearing off,” said Anjan Chatterjee, founder of Speciality Restaurants.”There was a lag in recent months but in the long run, our outlook remains robust. There will always be some quarters of slow growth and others will be high-growth ones,” he added.The overall Indian food industry is expected to grow at a rate of 11 percent to $65.4 billion by 2018. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … read more

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Sorry state of public exams

first_imgStudents sit for a public examination. Prothom Alo File PhotoQuestion paper leaks have become a regular phenomenon in the country’s public examinations of late, while many question papers are printed full of errors, leaving the nation’s education system in jeopardy.Until now, these acts-students copying from others’ scripts, teachers telling examinees the answers, or question papers going outside the exam centres-were done covertly. However, the situation has worsened and leaked question papers are now sold on social media or at the dormitories in the open.The number of public exams has increased in the country, which means the number of examinees has increased as well. About 7.5 million students are appearing for four public exams – PEC (Primary Education Completion), JSC (Junior School Certificate), SSC (Secondary School Certificate) and HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate).Numerous faults in the question papers and wholesale adoption of unfair means are creating social instability. However, the education ministry, the primary and mass education ministry, and the education boards-all are failing to take effective measures to address the problem.There was a rumour that the question paper of PEC’s Science exam held on Wednesday was also leaked.Md Sohrab Hossain, secretary at the education ministry’s Secondary and Higher Education Division, told Prothom Alo on Wednesday, “Leaking of question papers cannot be prevented in the current process. We have formed committees to check the feasibility of having separate question papers for different exam centres. We shall take steps once we get their report.”Question papers full of errorsThe Bangladesh and Global Studies question paper in the ongoing PEC exam was full of errors.One of the questions there read, ‘What would happen if no the Mujibnagar govt. was formed’.In another question, the ‘liberation war’ was written as ‘freedom fight’.There were several other mistakes, and these mostly happened in Sylhet and Narayanganj areas.Seeking anonymity, two school teachers of English version told Prothom Alo that this was not the only time an English question paper was full of errors. Rather, this happens very often as the translators are not that skilled.Another question read, ‘What was the consequence of the British policy ‘divide and rule’ here?’ and the options were racial discrimination, social discrimination, cultural discrimination and economic discrimination. Students got confused by these options. In most cases incompetent people are being recruited as teachers and education officers, which is worsening the situation further, former professor of Dhaka University’s Institute of Education and Research (IER), Siddiqur Rahman, told Prothom Alo.Qualified people who are morally upright should be appointed to such posts, he observed.The National Academy of Primary Education (NAPE) at Mymensingh prepares the question papers for the PEC exams. As many as eight sets of question papers are printed and used at different locations. It’s the education officers who translate these question papers.NAPE managing director Md Shah Alam acknowledged the mistakes.“It is true that it was a big mistake. But, they cannot see the question papers,” he said, adding that they would look into the issue and take necessary steps.The Home Science question paper of the recently concluded JSC exam was full of errors as well.Last year there were 11 errors in the Mathematics question paper of Jessore Board, five in the Physics question paper of Dhaka Board, seven in Bangla question paper of Rajshahi Board, and 11 in the Bangla and English versions of the Mathematics question paper of the Chittagong Board.At several places exams were held with two-year-old questions. This also happened in 2012 at Kurigram and Habiganj disctricts, and Dhaka’s Keraniganj.Tapan Kumar Sarkar, controller of examinations of the Dhaka education board, said, “We take a number of steps, including blacklisting the people responsible for the errors.”Leaks in days prior to examInvestigation reveals that question papers are not leaked only on the morning of the exam days, but in some instances, as many as two or three days before as well. Along with BG (Bangladesh Government) Press and exam centres, persons at the distribution level are also involved in the leaking.Previously, question papers of one or two subjects used to be leaked occasionally but since 2012 the trend has changed. Question papers of almost all the subjects are being leaked these days.A detective branch (DB) official of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (west) told Prothom Alo they detained Gazirchot AM High School and College principal Md Mozaffar Ahmed and eight others on 27 March for their alleged involvement in question paper leaking.The detainees informed police that being secretary of a centre of the last SSC examination, Mozaffar Ahmed, along with one of his office assistants, would go to collect question papers from Savar model police station early on exam day. The then Savar upazilla secondary education officer was one of the question paper distributors there.Principal Mozaffar Ahmed and his office assistant would collect the next exam’s question papers along with the questions of the respective day’s exam and spread that around. Police also found that they used their facebook IDs to disseminate sample questions the night before the exams.Police investigation also revealed that sometimes the same teachers are appointed to prepare question papers for several years. They share the questions with students of their schools and coaching centres in the name of giving suggestions.The investigation also revealed that there is a chance of leaking during the typing of questions at the BG press.Two high-ups of the education ministry and secondary and higher secondary education board of Dhaka acknowledged they changed the English question paper of the SSC exam on exam day as it was leaked the previous night.Earlier in 2014, English and Mathematics question papers of HSC exams were leaked the night before the exams. But from 2015 onwards, some teachers have been breaking the seals of packed question papers just 1-2 hours before the exams and sending out images of the questions. The same happened in the recently concluded JSC MCQ (multiple choice question) exam.“[People used to] leak question papers before too, but that was limited. It has increased recently. A good student gets frustrated when he sees that a bad one is doing well getting leaked questions. [As a result] they lose confidence as they grow up. Quality of education is being severely hampered,” said BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) professor M Kaykobad.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, however, said on several occasions that some miscreants known as teachers are leaking questions on the exam days. They are under surveillance and being seized.Identical question might act as boomerangThe education ministry plans to print question papers at the centres on the day of a public exam, to curb the trend.Several officials of the education ministry, though, informed that the plan will not be implemented in the next SSC exam. BG press will print the question papers again.As eight boards will use identical question papers in the next SSC exam, officials of the education ministry suspect the situation will worsen. Questions leaked at one place will spread quickly across the country and create havoc.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrinlast_img read more

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Thailand to hold delayed election in Feb military govt

first_imgPeople vote behind booths at a polling station in Bangkok on 2 February 2014. — Photo: ReutersThailand will hold a much-delayed general election on 24 February 2019, the election commission said on Tuesday, after the junta lifted a ban on political activity it imposed after taking power in a coup in 2014.The junta imposed the strict ban on political activity citing the need for order after months of street protests against the democratically elected government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.The election, which many hope will restore democracy in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy, will likely pit the populist political movement backed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and supported by many in rural areas against the military and royalist establishment.The Bangkok-based establishment seized power in successive coups in 2006 and 2014 and now has its own proxy political parties.The junta began easing the ban in September, when it allowed political parties to resume organising ahead of an election expected in February.It still retains sweeping powers to maintain law and order despite lifting the ban, including conducting searches, freezing assets, and making arrests.The election commission confirmed the Feb. 24 election date on Tuesday, just before a statement announcing the ban on political activity had been lifted was published in the Royal Gazette.“The people and political parties will be able to take part in political activities during this period leading up to the election in accordance with the constitution,” the statement said..Thailand last held a successful election in 2011 but the election commission said it was ready to go ahead with the 24 February poll.“The lifting of the ban means political activities can resume, including political campaigning, but this has to be done under the law,” deputy election commission secretary-general Sawang Boonmee told Reuters.last_img read more

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Traffic movement in Dhaka to be restricted for Janmashtami

first_imgLogo of DMPDhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a restriction on vehicular movement for peaceful holding of Janmashtami procession in the capital scheduled to be held on this Friday.DMP has taken the plan centering the procession which will be brought out from Dhakeshwari temple around 3:00pm that will end at 5:00pm at Bahadurshah Park in the old city after parading different city streets, a DMP press release said here today.The restriction will be effective from 3:30pm to 5:30pm on the day, the release said.The routes of the procession are: Dhakeshwari National Temple – Palashi Intersection – Jagannath Hall-Central Shaheed Minar- Doel Chattar – High Court (Bottala) – Sarkari Karmachari Hospital – Phoenix Road (ahead of Bangladesh Police Head Quarters) – Golap Shah Mazar – Bangabandhu Square- Gulistan- Nawabpur Road – Ray Shaheb Bazar Intersection – Bahadur Shah Park.All the vehicles have been asked to avoid the aforesaid areas to keep the roads free from traffic jam, the release added.last_img read more

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WATCH Hope in Faith – A Response to Sutherland Springs

first_imgAs faith communities across the country prepare for services this weekend, the shadow of the horrible tragedy of Sutherland Springs is fresh on everyone’s mind. One local Reverend, Fr. Bob Goolsby takes a measured view of how we all can move forward in the spirit of faith and hope. Sharelast_img

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Email use model appears to follow Clash of Civilizations prediction

first_img Citation: E-mail use model appears to follow “Clash of Civilizations” prediction (2013, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-e-mail-clash-civilizations.html (Phys.org) —Researchers at Stanford University have built a model based on the frequency of e-mail interactions between groups of users of Yahoo! e-mail throughout the world. In studying their results, they have found, as they report in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, it appears to adhere to societal boundaries as described by Samuel Huntington’s 1992 book “The Clash of Civilizations.” The Mesh of Civilizations. Source: Yahoo! email dataset. Rescaled densities. Only top 1,000 densities displayed. Credit: arxiv.org/abs/1303.0045 Journal information: arXiv Yahoo tries to entice users with e-mail facelift More information: The Mesh of Civilizations and International Email Flows, arXiv:1303.0045 [cs.SI] arxiv.org/abs/1303.0045AbstractIn The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington argued that the primary axis of global conflict was no longer ideological or economic but cultural and religious, and that this division would characterize the “battle lines of the future.” In contrast to the “top down” approach in previous research focused on the relations among nation states, we focused on the flows of interpersonal communication as a bottom-up view of international alignments. To that end, we mapped the locations of the world’s countries in global email networks to see if we could detect cultural fault lines. Using IP-geolocation on a worldwide anonymized dataset obtained from a large Internet company, we constructed a global email network. In computing email flows we employ a novel rescaling procedure to account for differences due to uneven adoption of a particular Internet service across the world. Our analysis shows that email flows are consistent with Huntington’s thesis. In addition to location in Huntington’s “civilizations,” our results also attest to the importance of both cultural and economic factors in the patterning of inter-country communication ties.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org Huntington famously suggested in his book that future wars would revolve around cultural and religious differences and even offered a list of groups of people in them: Sinic, Hindu, Islamic, Latin American, Western, Orthodox, African and Buddhist.The researchers at Stanford, led by Bogdan State, didn’t set out to create a model that would reflect Huntington’s vision, but instead found it came about on its own after the data was compiled and graphed. Their model is based on over ten million e-mail messages sent from Yahoo! users the world over. To show the degree of interaction between groups, the team used nodes and lines between them—the more transactions between groups, the closer they appear together on the model. They also carefully note that only Yahoo! users that agreed to have their data used in the study were included. To form geographic areas, the team compared IP numbers attached to messages with the location noted in a user’s profile, using only those that coincided.The resulting color-coded graphic model offers near instant visual clues regarding groups bound together by culture and perhaps religion. Perhaps more importantly it also shows boundaries, which State and his team claim, resemble the model first proposed by Huntington. Western nodes are clustered to form a single group with just a few outliers, for example, as are others such as those deemed Islamic, or South American.The model doesn’t hint at tensions between groups of course, but does seem to indicate that groups tend to communicate more via e-mail with others in their same group than they do with others from other groups, even if they share a physical border. Other patterns that show up indicate what would seem natural—that people who speak the same language tend to send more e-mails to each other than to people who don’t. People in Great Britain for example, appear to send more e-mails to people in Australia than to people in other, much closer, European countries. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Playacar Palace shows off its complete transformation

first_img Monday, February 12, 2018 Share Posted by Playacar Palace shows off its complete transformation MIAMI — Palace Resorts’ Playacar Palace, the brand’s luxury retreat in Playa del Carmen, has reopened following an extensive US$14 million multi-phase renovation.The latest refurbishment marks the hotel’s second phase of renovations since it opened its doors in December 2005.Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsThe transformation “was designed to elevate the resort to the highest possible luxury standards”, says Palace Resorts.Renovation details include upgrades to guest rooms, lobby, front desk, restaurants, and lounge areas.Each of the 201 rooms boasts new décor, installation of modern furnishings, enhanced showers and vanity areas, top-of-the-line Lavazza coffee makers and advanced jets added to the in-room double whirlpool tubs.The property’s existing ‘Walk Out’ suites now feature a private terrace which adds to the romantic ambiance.Suite access is now available via wearable tech wristbands, allowing guests to open the door to their suites with a wave of the hand.Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsKeeping the keyless addition consistent, by downloading the Palace Resorts app via their mobile phone (available in the App Store and Google Play), guests can also open their room doors with their phones.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoTechnological upgrades were also made to the property’s AC systems, featuring new hydraulic systems to ensure the resort meets eco-friendly standards.“As a brand, we are always looking to reinvent ourselves and elevate each part of any guests experience. It’s not only about being better but also about offering our guests a completely unique experience, while offering the highest quality of standards,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts.“The renovations to Playacar Palace are only one of the many ways, our brand continues to evolve and stay ahead of the most demanded trendy in the luxury all-inclusive We are proud to open our doors to the newly-revamped Playacar Palace.”Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsThe property’s main restaurant, Café del Mar, now has new furniture and reupholstery. The venue now features a cold show cooking area where guests can see chefs artistic plating-style each dish as it receives its final touches before making its way to the table.The Italian cuisine restaurant formerly known as Terraza has reopened as Bocelli, sporting a new style and menu, that’s in line with the brand’s look and feel. The newly released menu features some premium quality Certified Angus Beef cuts in tasteful signature dishes such as Controfilleto e Formaggio, Ribeye con Grani di Pepe and the ever-popular Petit Filet. To accompany these flavorful dishes will be the brand’s own pasta which is created by an expert team of chefs in-house. Antonio Bachour’s decadent desserts are also now part of the offerings at Bocelli.Photo courtesy of Palace ResortsLast but not least, Momo, known for its traditional oriental cuisine, features a new menu built to create a culinary sharing experience for the whole dining party. Featuring items such as Maki sushi, Nigiri, Special Sushi Cakes, Temaki and more. Antonio Bachour’s new desserts will be included throughout the property’s new culinary upgrades at each restaurant.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemGuests who book a stay of five nights or more are privy to what Palace Resorts says is the most valuable vacation promotion on record – $1,500 resort credit – which can be used on spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners, wedding packages, and off-site excursions and tours.Photo courtesy of Palace Resortscenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Palace Resortslast_img read more

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