Dispatches from Charleville

first_imgThe Academy held a reunion on August 10 and 11 for all its employees who worked here and superannuated after 1997 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Mussoorie campus and to acknowledge their contribution in making LBSNAA one of the finest institutions of the country. The main celebrations will be held on September 1 when Minister of State for Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions, Jitendra Prasad will deliver the keynote to members of the 94th FC, lay the foundation stone for a new 900-seat auditorium, launch the coffee table book ‘Karmasu Kaushalam: Excellence in Action’ and release the special first-day cover on the Academy, besides interacting with existing employees. We had over 400 of our ex-faculty and employees ranging from ex-Directors Wajahat Habibullah, DS Mathur and Padamveer Singh and Joint Directors VK Agnihotri and Prem Gera to our Mess employees, horse riding assistants, housekeeping, and the watch and ward staff coming in with their families. Many came with their grandchildren to show them the place they had worked for their lifetime. Many of the children who grew up on this campus hold responsible positions in the civil services, defence forces, academe and the corporate world. There was a general sense of cheer and some wonderment at changes in the Academy. For those who superannuated in the last century and were visiting the Academy after two decades, the changes were quite stark. Almost everything was now on an auto mode, and most transactions were paperless. Gardens were cleaner, sports facilities had improved, and most importantly, power-cuts were a thing of the past – both on account of the much-improved power situation in Uttarakhand, and the presence of back-up gensets. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe highlights included a welcome High Tea in the Officers Mess on August 10 which opened its portals to all employees, irrespective of rank – many ex-Mess workers and bearers were quite overwhelmed at being served on the same tables they had waited upon earlier in their lives. Many eyes were filled, including those of your columnist when they held hands with the Directing staff to convey their joy and delight. The celebrations on the next day started with morning ragas by Ayan Sen Gupta on the sitar and Indranil Bhaduri on the tabla playing the Rag Lalit and Rag Bhairavi in the verdant lawns. What a mesmerising performance with the clouds and the mist flowing by the lovely Deodars, Himalayan Cypress, Chinars and Magnolias and Silver Oaks which adorn the Director’s lawns. Even the artists were so happy to perform the morning Ragas in the open – for an auditorium can be air conditioned but it cannot recreate the morning in the hills of Mussorie! Also Read – Insider threat managementWe then had the children of the academy faculty and employees – Sanvi, Yusra, Maitreyi, Anaya, Shalu and Yumna – perform the Ganesh Vandana and kids from the Balwadi, our kindergarten school – Kavya, Anisha, Avani, Shivangi, Ruhi, Ananya,Tanisha, Kanishka, Anshika, Avantika and Harshika – sing a very cheerful welcome song, a quiz on the Academy and Mussorie, an exhibition of pictures, portraits, souvenirs and memorabilia from the times Mussorie was established, and an afternoon of painting, sketching and creative expressions by all employees. Your columnist also got a prize for spelling out the acronym of MALL – Military Area Limited Lines! Growing up in a cantonment town has many in-built advantages! The ex-Directors and senior faculty colleagues also spoke on the occasion. While recalling his time, former Director, Habibullah spoke of how the Academy remains eternally young – it has the ability to bring out the best in everyone. Another former Director, DS Mathur mentioned the great and significant changes made in the infrastructure and the transformation of LBSNAA. From being the centre for foundation training alone to research and mid-career training as well, the Academy was also now a respected think tank on governance and development interventions. Padamvir Singh wanted the Academy to strengthen the research and global outreach programs. Dr VK Agnihotri offered to assist the Academy in updating its publication “Skills for Effective Administrators” and Sarojini Thakur promised her help to make the National Gender Centre, the ‘Numerous Uno’ centre in its genre. Ashok Thakur recalled how he got over the fear and inhibition in the use of computers and IT during his stint in the Academy and my batch mate Prem Gera offered everyone a great Garba treat in Baroda where he currently heads the GACL. Your columnist also shared with everyone present the expectations which the government has placed on the Academy. From next year all the successful candidates in CSE will receive the FC training here at one place – rather than at two or three Academies which really affected the esprit de corps – the raison d’être for the Foundation Course, and this will involve the construction of a new 900-seat auditorium to accommodate the entire batch. The souvenir shop received a large number of visitors – and stocks nearly ran out for several key items like Academy T-shirts, tracksuits and walking sticks! The weather gods were kind and the evening dance and dinner to the accompaniment of the Gurkha Regiment band marked the grand finale to the two-day event which made the hills come alive to the sound of music, dance, remembrance and fond expectations! (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

11th house collapses at Bowbazar in wake of EW Metros tunnel boring

first_imgKolkata: Another building collapsed at Syakra Para Lane in Bowbazar on Monday, in the aftermath of East-West Metro’s construction work. The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) subsequently conducted meeting and formed a committee that will go for inspection on Tuesday.The incident at Syakra Para Lane comes on a day when KMRCL has initiated the work for pulling down five buildings at Durga Pithuri Lane, which have been badly damaged due to the tunneling work. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”A five-member Building Assessment Committee (BAC) has been formed. They are expected to visit the site on Tuesday,” said A K Nandy, general manager (Administration), KMRCL. The BAC members are former Jadavpur University professor Nitin Som, professor Dr Somnath Ghosh, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology professor Dr Amitabho Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Chennai guest lecturer Dr N K Pichumoni and Ken Wong, an expert for the Metro project. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe committee will find out the reason of collapse and determine whether the buildings have collapsed due to tunnel boring work. The committee will also find out the soil condition of the place and how old the houses are. The four-storey building situated at 8 B Syakra Para Lane collapsed at around 9.45 am on Monday, adding to the list of 10 buildings in the Bowbazar area that have already collapsed fully or partially since August 31. More houses are under the threat of collapse apparently due to tunneling work for the under-construction 16.60-km East-West Metro Railway project. The most affected areas are Durga Pithuri Lane, Syakra Para Lane and Gour De Lane. Nandy reiterated that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is verifying the residents whose houses have been affected and are thus eligible to get compensation. “After the verification gets done by KMC, we are releasing the compensation amount. However, tomorrow we will not release the amount because of Muharram. 19 people have been handed over the Rs five lakh cheques last Saturday. Now onwards, we have decided to send the compensation amount directly to the bank accounts of the residents,” said Nandy. The residents of Durga Pithuri Lane, whose buildings would be demolished, were allowed to take their belongings from their houses on Monday. “We were able to take out television and documents after breaking the window of our house. However, we were unable to take out furniture. Today, the engineers are doing the inspection work. They will start the demolition work on Tuesday,” said Avinandan Dutta, a resident of 11, Durga Pithuri Lane, whose house will be demolished.last_img read more

Liberals looking to make homebuying more affordable for millennials Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government is looking at ways to make home-buying more affordable for millennials.Following a speech today north of Toronto, Morneau made the comment when he was asked if Ottawa has any plans to help first-time buyers enter the housing market at a time of rising interest rates.Housing is expected to be a campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election — on Monday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh proposed measures he says will help build 500,000 new affordable housing units across Canada over the next 10 years.Morneau says the Liberal government has focused on three primary housing-related issues since coming to office in 2015: Canada’s shortage of affordable housing, a run-up in real-estate prices in some markets and ensuring millennials can afford homes.He says Ottawa has already taken steps to increase the supply of affordable housing and to ease hot markets by introducing stress tests to limit people’s ability to take out big mortgages.Morneau says the challenge of helping millennials enter the housing market is now the priority and that there’s multiple things the government is examining — but he didn’t elaborate on what measures are on the table.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Clear global strategy crucial in fighting climate change – Assembly President

In Bali, 187 countries agreed to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.At the start of today’s General Assembly thematic debate on combating global warming, President Srgjan Kerim underscored the urgency of taking effective action.“We can’t wait for tomorrow,” he said. “We need to act today.”Under the so-called Bali Roadmap, key issues during the upcoming negotiations will be adaptation, mitigation, the deployment of climate-friendly technology and financing.“Many countries cannot wait until the effects of mitigation targets have an impact,” he said. “We need both targets and immediate practical actions that can help the most vulnerable adapt to climate change.”The UN system seeks to “deliver more than the sum of its parts” and requires clear political support from Member States, the President noted.He called on the over 100 delegates from Member States and organizations in attendance to consider what the UN’s goals should be following the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration in 2012 as well as how to link the fight against climate change with efforts to bolster development.The debate is expected to continue in the coming days. 12 February 2008To build on the momentum generated by last December’s historic United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, it is now critical to formulate a plan of action for the world body to tackle climate change comprehensively, the General Assembly’s President said today. read more

Urgent funding needed to boost child nutrition in Niger UN agencies stress

25 June 2010United Nations agencies are urging the international community to mobilize resources to boost child nutrition in Niger in the wake of new Government data that shows that the situation has deteriorated in the last 12 months. Nearly half of Niger’s 7.1 million people are currently affected by acute food shortages caused by prolonged drought and crop failure in West Africa’s arid Sahel region.An annual survey on child nutrition, released yesterday by the National Institute for Statistics, found that the global acute malnutrition rate in Niger has reached nearly 17 per cent for children under the age of five, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a news release.This level is far above the 15 per cent warning threshold and the 12.3 per cent rate estimated in 2009, the agencies noted, adding that in certain regions, such as Diffa and Maradi, the rates have reached 22.1 per cent and 19.7 per cent respectively, as against 17 per cent and 13.1 per cent last year. “The emergency threshold has been largely exceeded, the children are going through an extremely difficult time and we are very concerned. We have to reinforce immediately our interventions to limit diseases and losses of human life,” said Guido Cornale, UNICEF Director in Niger. “An acceleration of preventive and curative actions for malnourished children is ongoing. Donors’ support is crucial at this stage,” he added. Both UNICEF and WFP are carrying out major preventive and curative activities for children suffering from global acute malnutrition, expanding their operations beyond the existing emergency plans. The focus is on protecting children and pregnant and lactating women from malnutrition, as well as providing treatment to children suffering from acute, severe, and moderate malnutrition. “The immediate priority for WFP is to gather all available resources to ensure ameliorated food assistance for beneficiaries from now to December 2010,” said Richard Verbeeck, WFP Director in Niger. “The quality and the extent of our operations will depend on the donors’ commitment to attenuate the suffering of populations in Niger.” UNICEF will also be launching a communication campaign in the coming weeks to promote exclusive maternal breastfeeding until six months to protect infants and young children against malnutrition. Humanitarian agencies have so far received 46 per cent of the $190 million they requested in April to enable them to respond to the crisis in Niger. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes has noted that, with adequate resources, they are better prepared to respond to the crisis than they were in 2005 when the country experienced another serious food crisis. read more

Several Lankan migrants used India to reach Australia

When asked if the Australian authorities would take any additional preventive measures in the wake of recent illegal migration attempt by a group of Sri Lankan refugees from Kerala coast, he said there is already the Australian Government’s tough border protection measures like the Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).Under OSB, anyone who comes to Australia illegally by boat without a visa will never be allowed to settle in Australia and no exception are made to women, children and unaccompanied children.When asked if they would take up this issue with the Government of India in the wake of the recent attempts of migration from here, he said: “The Government of Australia and Government of India already have a good working relationship on the issue of illegal migration through the bilateral Joint Working Ground on Counter-Terrorism and Trans-National Crime.” Even as migrants from poor and war-torn countries continue their risky journey to European countries for a better life, the data available with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia, reveals that 171 Sri Lankan illegal migrants, including nine females and nine children, managed to reach Australian coast over the years, the New Indian Express reported.The data further stated that many of those migrants used the Indian sub-continent as their springboard to reach the Antipodean. However, the precise break-up of Lankans who illegally migrated to Australia from India is not available with the department. Out of the 2,028 people, around 407 were from Iran, 184 from New Zealand, and 171 from Sri Lanka, followed by 142 from China and 121 from Vietnam. Speaking to ‘Express’ through an e-mail communication, Jon Bonnar, Deputy Consul-General for South India, said it has also been estimated that over 1,200 people were died at sea trying to reach Australia between 2008 and 2013.There were no known incidents under Operation Sovereign Borders involving loss of life since December 2013, he said. He added that no separate statistics are available about the nationality of the dead people.However, 735 were people were also allowed to live in the community after being approved for a residence determination as on 31 August 2015, the report said. According to the data provided by the Australian Consulate, as on 31 August 2015, 2,028 people were detained by the Australian Immigration authorities and sent them to immigration detention facilities. The number includes 1,807 in immigration detention on the mainland and 221 in immigration detention on Christmas Island of Australia. read more

Thesis defences — July 15

PhD in Biological Sciences – Christopher CarterChristopher Carter will present his thesis defence on Monday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Identification of novel retinoid receptors and their roles in vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.” Examining committee members are Michael Plyley, chair; Martin Petkovich, Queen’s University, external examiner; Gaynor Spencer and Robert Carlone, supervisors; David Gabriel, internal examiner; A. Joffre Mercier and Jeffrey Stuart, committee members. All are welcome to attend.PhD in Psychology – Marie GoodMarie Good will present her thesis defence on Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Exploring the Development and Psychosocial Correlates of Spirituality/Religiosity across Adolescence.” Examining committee members are Michael Plyley, chair; Michael Pratt, Wilfrid Laurier University, external examiner; Teena Willoughby, supervisor; Donato Tarulli, internal examiner; Linda Rose-Krasnor and Tanya Martini, committee members. All are welcome to attend.MSc in Kinesiology – Daniel CateriniDaniel Caterini will defend his thesis “The influence of Length Change Speed and Direction on Dynamic Function Potentiation in Fast Mouse Muscle” on July 18 at 1 p.m. in WC204B. Supervisors: Rene Vanderboom; advisory committee: Brian Roy and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Robert Grange, Virginia Tech; chair: Dr Sandra Peters. (Teleconference)MA Physical Health and Education – Lindsay ClineLindsay Cline will defend her thesis on Wednesday, Aug. 3 in WC204B at 10 a.m. Title: “The Moderating Effects of Appearance Commentary on the Relationship between Weight Status and Physical Activity Participation in Female College Students.” Supervisor: Kimberley Gammage;advisory committee: Panagiota Klentrou and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Krista Chandler, University of Windsor; chair: David Gabriel. read more

Canada Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has issued a “safety notice” effectively grounding Boeing’s 737 Max 8 in the wake of Sunday’s crash in Africa, the second involving the same type of airliner within six months.  In a news conference in Ottawa this morning Garneau said new information from satellite data arriving just this morning suggest a worrying correlation between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and last October’s tragedy off Indonesia.  He added however that nothing is conclusive yet and the grounding the plane in Canada is a precautionary move.Sunday’s crash killed 157 people including 18 from Canada.  Among them was a family of five from Hamilton and a Hagersville school teacher. read more

UN envoy on human rights defenders to visit Guatemala

UN envoy on human rights defenders to visit GuatemalaA United Nations envoy on human rights activists today announced plans to undertake a fact-finding mission to Guatemala next week.The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani, will be in Guatemala from 27 May to 1 June at the Government’s invitation to examine the country’s legal framework as well as alleged incidents relating to the defence of human rights there.Ms. Jilani has requested to meet with senior Guatemalan officials, including the President, Vice-President, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Interior and Minister of Labour. In addition, she plans to hold discussions with the President of Congress, President of the Supreme Court, President of the Constitutional Court and the General Prosecutor, and has also requested to meet with senior army and police officials. The Special Representative is scheduled to visit Guatemala City and San Marcos, where she will also meet with a wide range of non-governmental organizations and individuals engaged in human rights work, as well as with the country’s ombudsman. A report on the Special Representative’s findings and recommendations will be submitted to the next session of the Commission on Human Rights. read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #TEXAS: Police in Texas have said that between 5 and 15 people have been killed in the explosion at a fertiliser plant overnight. At least 160 other people were injured in the massive explosion, and police have said that the number of people killed is likely to rise.2. #DEATH AND TAXES: A soldier at a military barracks in Dublin has been sent a request for the property tax – for his entire military barracks. The letter adds to the growing list of examples where the Revenue Commissioners have sent demands for property taxes to the wrong person.3. #INSOLVENCY: Borrowers struggling to keep up with their debt repayments may be forced to move house, sell a car or change their childcare arrangements in order to qualify for the State’s new insolvency and debt resolution procedures. New guidelines published today outline the criteria used to define a ‘reasonable’ standard of living.4. #BUDGET: Cuts to welfare, health and transport have been confirmed in the government’s revised budget figures. Despite the cuts in some areas, other departments like Public Expenditure and Reform and Environment will be given more than had been originally forecast.5. #RHINO ROBBERY: Masked raiders made off with half a million euro worth of rhino heads and horns from the National Museum Archive in Swords, Dublin last night. The three men tied up a security guard and spent an hour loading up their haul into a white van. Gardaí are appealing to the public for information.last_img read more

WWE statement on allegations made in AmannPunk lawsuit

first_img Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ MJF signs multi-year deal with All Elite Wrestling, Colt Cabana ending his podcast Now Playing Up Next The Miz Facebook Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 WhatsApp WWE issued the following statement on Monday responding to new allegations made by Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and Scott “Colt Cabana” Colton in new filings released within their ongoing lawsuit with WWE physician, Dr. Chris Amann:“Phil Brooks’ latest claim that WWE directed Dr. Amann to file a lawsuit against Brooks is categorically false. Dr. Amann made the decision to file suit in order to protect his professional reputation. WWE conducted its own investigation into this matter and found no evidence of wrongdoing by Dr. Amann, and thus continues to support Dr. Amann and the staff that runs our world-class medical program.”New filings released by attorneys for Brooks and Colton allege that the WWE and Dr. Amann are “collaborating and conspiring together in filing this lawsuit to retaliate against Brooks and Colton for the embarassment that the podcast caused WWE due to Brooks’ candid and truthful discussion of his various experiences while a part of WWE, despite the fact that Amann knows that Brooks’ statements about his complaints towards Amann are substantially true.”Amann filed a $1 million dollar lawsuit against Brooks and Colton earlier this year with Brooks and Colton later countersuing. A conference meeting has been set for October 9 with both sides’ attorneys to see where things stand with the case. Brooks and Colton are demanding that this case go to trial with a jury.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.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.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Kanecenter_img Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Now Playing Up Next Laura Vandervoort The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Pinterestlast_img read more

City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council recently approved the 12th update to a code that updates include flexibility options for residential developments requiring commercial use on the ground floor of buildings.The code change would help eliminate blight caused by empty storefronts and quickly produce additional housing units on the ground floors of many buildings, according to Councilmember Scott Sherman.“Commercial flexibility provides building owners more options to better utilize their space by converting blighted empty space with much needed housing units,” said Councilmember Sherman. “While this is another step in the right direction to fix our housing crisis, much work needs to be done.” Posted: July 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing July 25, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Washington gets 6 million to retrain jobless workers

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday announced $6.175 million in job-training grants in Washington to retrain long-term unemployed workers, as part of a $154.7 million allocation to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation.The program funding includes more than $400,000 for services that will be offered through the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council in Clark and Cowlitz counties, said Tim Foley, director of employment and training for the SWWDC. The organization will focus its efforts on providing classroom and on-the-job training in the health care field for at least 82 people who have been unemployed six months or longer, he said. “It goes without saying that we are thrilled to have this opportunity to skill up the workforce for local health care employers,” Foley said by email. “This industry is expecting significant growth over the next few years as baby boomers both retire from the industry and begin to require additional health care services as they age.”The training will focus on entry level and mid-level occupations from certified nursing assistant up to registered nurse, Foley said. The workforce council will be reaching out to long-term unemployed workers, some of whom have given up on job searches and are no longer connected to employment assistance programs, he said.The money is available through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. Funding should be available no later than Sept. 1, and the program will run through June 30, 2016, Foley said. Those who meet eligibility requirements may apply at WorkSource centers in Vancouver and Kelso.last_img read more

SSC examinee commits suicide for failure

first_imgBrahmanbariaA girl who failed in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in Brahmanbaria’s Bancharampur upazila on Sunday night, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Mim, 15, daughter of Md Selim Miah and she appeared in the examination from Dhariarchar Haji Omar Ali High School.Nizam Uddin, officer-in-charge of Bancharampur police station, said Mim committed suicide at night by taking poison as she could not bear the pain of failure in the examination.On information, police recovered her body.last_img read more

At least 18 feared dead in Germany bus crash

first_imgUp to 18 people were feared dead after a tour bus carrying pensioners burst into flames following a collision with a trailer truck in southern Germany on Monday, police said.There was “only a glimmer of hope” that some of them would be found alive outside the coach, police spokesman Juergen Stadter told news channel NTV, which showed images of the vehicle’s charred skeleton.”Maybe someone ran away in shock,” he said, adding that 18 people were still missing, raising the figure earlier given by police.Another police spokeswoman, Anne Hoefer, told AFP that the passengers were “old people” and that some may not have made it out of the bus.Some of the 30 passengers pulled out of the burning bus were seriously hurt, added Stadter.The bus carrying 46 passengers and two drivers rammed into the trailer in a traffic jam on the motorway A9 close to the Bavarian town of Stammbach.The crash shortly after 7 am (0500 GMT) sent the bus up in flames.According to the Bild newspaper, the coach was travelling from the eastern region of Lausitz and heading for Nuremberg.The accident struck near the town Bayreuth, which draws thousands of classical music lovers every summer to its opera festival.The region close to the Czech border is also dotted with spas and castles, and the A9 is a trunk motorway leading to many popular summer holiday spots.An emergency team, including firefighters and rescue workers, were at the scene, while traffic on the motorway was halted in both directions.Those hurt were being flown by rescue helicopters to hospitals, many with life-threatening injuries.If those missing are confirmed killed, the accident at the start of the summer holiday season would be one of the worst to hit Germany.Among the deadliest in recent years was a collision in June 2007, when 13 people were killed as their tour bus drove off the road and plunged several metres down a slope in eastern Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state.In September 1992, 21 people died when a bus swerved out of its lane and struck a truck before ramming into the road divider in the southern Black Forest region, a key tourist destination.Across Europe, the last such fatal accident struck on January 21 in Italy, when an accident involving a Hungarian bus carrying teenagers left 16 dead.In France, a head-on crash in October 2015 between a truck and a bus carrying pensioners claimed 43 lives as both vehicles burst into flames.last_img read more

Salt and Paper Battery May One Day Replace Lithium Batteries

first_img Citation: Salt and Paper Battery May One Day Replace Lithium Batteries (2009, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-salt-paper-battery-day-lithium.html A new thin-film battery has electrodes made of polymer-coated paper and an electrolyte made of salt-soaked paper. A laboratory prototype shows the cell pressed between glass slides and packaged in an aluminum pouch. Credit: Maria Stromme, Uppsala University At Uppsala University in Sweden, researchers have developed a flexible battery made of two inexpensive materials: cellulose and salt. The cellulose is derived from a polluting algae found in seas and lakes. The algae’s walls contain cellulose that has a different nanostructure, which gives it 100 times the surface area. The battery is made by coating the paper, made from this cellulose, with a conducting polymer and inserting a salt-solution-soaked filter paper between the paper electrodes. Chlorine ions travel from the batteries positive terminal to the negative terminal while current is produced in the external circuit by the flow of electrons. The battery can be recharged in tens of seconds because the ions flow through the thin electrode quickly. In comparison to a lithium battery that would take 20 minutes to recharge. The salt and paper battery is still in the early stages of development as compared to other thin-film technologies. For a battery to be cost effective you need to able to obtain the material at relatively low cost and have a good manufacture process in place.The battery could be produced commercially in about three years and made available to distributors.Via: RSC and Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com Nanoball Batteries Could Charge Electric Cars in 5 Minutes (PhysOrg.com) — Salt and paper battery can be used in many low-power devices, such as medical implants, RFID tags, wireless sensors and smart cards. This battery uses a thin-film which makes it an attractive feature for many portable devices that draws a low current. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Fake job racket busted 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: In a breakthrough, Bidhannagar police have busted afake job racket and arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in this. Acting on a tip-off, the team of Bidhannagar police raided a guest house in New Town and arrested the youths. The police said that the four accused forged police recruitment certificates and Bengal Central School Service Commissions Certificates, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Certificates, West Bengal Board of Primary Education Certificates, and Indira Gandhi Open University Certificates. A huge number of stamps and some laptops, printers, holograms were also seized from their possessions. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring interrogation the accused told the police that they used to forge certificates and documents to not only earn money from the candidates but also assured them of providing jobs. The accused have been identified as Gopal Paramanik from Howrah, Avijit Chetri from Hooghly and Shantosh Sharma from Howrah and Tanmay Mahato, who is a resident of Regent Park area. Police have started suo motu complaint in New Town police station. It may be recalled that a complaint was lodged with Cyber Crime Police Station of Bidhannagar Police almost a year ago alleging that fake websites of government organisations have been created to cheat job aspirants. A senior official of the West Bengal Central School Service Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCommission had lodged a complaint after coming across fake job portals. In a similar complaint, an official of the Group D Recruitment Board that houses its office at the Utility Building at New Town stated that some fake websites were created. Police however took immediate steps and initiated a probe in this connection and came to know after preliminary investigation that the fake websites were created with an intention to cheat youths after assuring them help to get government jobs.last_img read more

One More Time Get Windows 10 notification

first_imgOne More Time: Get Windows 10 notification by Martin Brinkmann on July 02, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 20 commentsMicrosoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10 ends on July 29, 2016 and will not be renewed at that time.The company pushed Windows 10 on devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in different ways throughout the past eleven months since release.First, it offered Windows 10 as an upgrade that users had to reserve to get. Later on, it used iterations of the Get Windows 10 App to push the upgrade often aggressively on user system.From sneaky prompts to prompts that left users no choice, and now in the last 30 days a prompt with a clear decline option. Since Microsoft pushed Get Windows 10 in various iterations on devices over and over again, it almost felt like malware that users could not get rid of.Sorry to interruptWith one month to go, Microsoft makes one last attempt to get users to upgrade their devices to Windows 10 (under KB3173040).Users on Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 may get a full-screen notification that informs them about the end of the free upgrade period.It reads:Sorry to interrupt, but this is important.Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29.Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10 — the most secure Windows ever built. The upgrade is free and you can easily roll-back to your current operating system within 31 days if you device Windows 10 is not right for you.We’ll check for compatibility before starting the upgrade. Over 300 million people have upgraded. Upgrade your PC before the offer ends.The full-screen notifications displays several options. First, users can hit the upgrade now button to start the upgrade process right away. Alternatively, they may hit on remind the later to get another notification three days later.There is also a “do not notify me again” option, and another notification option to get three more notifications about the upgrade.You are probably wondering who gets the notification. Microsoft notes that it only appears if the following conditions are not true:A recent version of the Get Windows 10 app is installed.The user selected “do not notify me again”The computer is not compatible with Windows 10.Windows 10 was uninstalled after an upgrade (roll-back).A Windows 10 installation failed and the old operating system was restored.The Get Windows 10 app notification is hidden.The Windows 10 upgrade was disabled, or blocked through the Registry.The main target for the notification is a new Windows 7 or 8.1 installation. Most devices that run the operating systems for a while should either have the latest version of the Get Windows 10 app installed, blocked it, or blocked the upgrade to Windows 10.This is however not the case for new installations of Windows 7 or 8.1, and those appear to be the main target for the notification.Still, the notification may be displayed on devices running those older versions of Windows for a longer period of time already.SummaryArticle NameOne More Time: Get Windows 10 notificationDescriptionWith one month to go, Microsoft makes one last attempt to get users to upgrade their devices to Windows 10 (under KB3173040).Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

South Africa Tourism flagsoff 2019 with 16th Annual Roadshow in India

first_imgThe 16th edition of South Africa Tourism Annual Roadshow came to a close this February after a successful run. Hosted in four major Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, the roadshow was attended by over 1,300 Indian travel agents as they interacted with a plethora of key hospitality service providers, DMCs, airlines, tourism associations and activity partners from South Africa.The India roadshow is a long-going tradition, bringing together Indian trade partners with South African services and suppliers for over a decade. Speaking of the relationship between both nations, Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head, MIESEA said, “Our Annual Roadshow is a reflection of what South African Tourism currently stands for in India and what it aspires to be in the future. It is a testament to our commitment to grow and diversify this market.” She further divulged her plans of engaging with more Indian destinations outside Mumbai, focussing on the prospective markets of Gujarat and Chennai.The Indian outbound tourism market continues to be one of the top 10 source markets for South Africa with 86,405 arrivals as of November 2018. This, coupled with a 20% increase in spending by Indian travellers has given South African Tourism a target of surpassing as many as 100,000 Indian travellers in 2019.In an exclusive interview, Ms Nkani talked of greater plans of diversifying South African tourism attractions. She said, “Outside of conventional tourism, we’re going to engage with wedding planners and take them to South Africa and the wedding media. For the Film Industry, we’re going to have round tables with top producers.”She also insisted on the unmatched appeal of the country as a romantic destination, adding, “We’re quite top of mind as a wedding destination. Romance, you can’t ask for more. There’s nobody who can beat us when it comes to what we can offer in romance. You take wine, you take scenery, you take food, you take scenic beauty, you take the adventure, it’s a love story made in heaven. But heaven is SA.”The South African Consulate General in Mumbai was also present at the roadshow, providing support to the efforts at improving the inter-country relationship between the two nations. Ms M L Ramokgopa, Head of Mission said, “A part of our agenda is to increase people to people relation. People to people relation not only in doing business but also normal people should be able to meet and know each other. The youth, the women. People who’re working, people who’re not working. We’re looking at all sectors. We want to attract all sectors so that we could be able to meet our agenda that has been set by our principles.”In a bid to improve travel relations between the countries, South African Tourism has joined hands with Consulate General of South Africa in Mumbai to introduce changes in the visa procedure. In a personal interview with Travel New Digest, Ms M L Ramokgopa, Head of Mission, South Africa Consulate General Mumbai, India said, “We’re increasing the amount of time that the Indian tourist can stay in South Africa. Before we used to give a visa only for 13 days or 15 days based on what you qualify for. But, a new agreement that we have with our contact person is that we should issue long term visas. So, people don’t always have to come over and over again to our office. We give a five years visa, a person can go to SA for the next five years. It’ll decrease the number of people that actually apply for visas on a daily basis.”Ms Ramokgopa also elaborated that the relationship between India and South Africa is not limited to travel and tourism. Visiting universities to address the youth about what South Africa has on offer is also a part of establishing diplomatic ties.The four-city roadshow followed the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to India as a Guest of Honour at the Republic Day celebrations.last_img read more

Report Homebuilding Employment Unlikely to Return to Boom Levels

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae Homebuilders Housing Starts Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Unemployment 2013-05-07 Tory Barringer May 7, 2013 465 Views in Data Report: Homebuilding Employment Unlikely to Return to Boom Levelscenter_img Share While “”Fannie Mae’s””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group believes homebuilding activity will bounce back to normal by 2016, employment in residential construction may not recover as well.[IMAGE]In the latest in its _Transition to “”Normal””_ series, the ESR group examines the residential construction sector, which lost 41 percent of jobs between 2006 and 2011 due to the housing bust. Even though housing starts are expected to double over the next four years as the recovery brings us back to even keel, the group is doubtful that employment in the industry will see the same rebound.If housing starts do indeed return to normal levels in 2016, residential construction employment is predicted to rise to nearly 2.5 million jobs, an increase of 412,000 over current levels. Despite that gain, homebuilding employment is forecast to remain nearly 1 million less than it was at the peak of the housing boom.””Full recovery is unlikely in the near term because residential construction employment exceeded levels needed to meet fundamental housing demand growth by roughly 1.6 million jobs at the top of the housing bubble,”” the group explains in its report. “”The number of homebuilding jobs is now better aligned with fundamental demand, setting the stage for sustained gains in homebuilding employment.””However, even with renewed job growth, many residential construction workers who were employed at the peak of the boom and displaced during the downturn are unlikely to regain employment in their former trade and might need assistance in transitioning to work in other sectors of the economy,”” the researchers continue.Even with the housing construction recovery providing lift to the residential sector and the broader economy (helping home sales, mortgage lending, home furnishings sales, and manufacturing), the number of former builders unable to return to construction might prove to be a drag on economic growth, the report concludes.last_img read more