58 killed in rain-related incidents in UP over three days

December 3, 2019

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first_imgFifty-eight people have died and 53 others injured in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh since Thursday as heavy rains wreaked havoc in different parts of the state, officials said on Saturday.Eleven deaths have been reported in Saharanpur followed by 10 in Meerut, six in Agra, four in Mainpuri, three each in Muzaffarnagar and Kasganj, two each in Amroha, Bareilly, Baghpat and Bulandshahr and one each in Kanpur Dehat, Mathura, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Rae Bareli, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Banda, Firozabad, Amethi, Kanpur and Pilibhit, they said.The MeT Department here has warned of heavy to very heavy rains/ thundershowers in Sonebhadra, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Maunath Bhanjan, Azamgarh, Deoria districts and its adjoining areas, a spokesperson of the Relief Commissioner’s Office said here.About 23 cm of rainfall was recorded in Meerut, 13 cm each in Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar, 10 cm in Bijnore, 8 cm in Moradabad, 7 cm in Etawah, 6 cm each in Hardoi and Baheri, 5 cm each in Kannauj, Gautam Budhnagar, Pilibhit and Bareilly, he said.A Central Water Commission (CWC) bulletin said the Sharda and Ghaghra rivers were flowing at dangerous levels, especially at Palia Kalan and Elgin Bridge (Barabanki), respectively.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed senior officials of all districts to alert people and asked them to undertake extensive tours in the affected areas and identify dilapidated buildings, and get them vacated, a government spokesperson said here.Directives have also been issued to extend prompt monetary assistance to those who have been severely affected by rains and also provide medical treatment to those who require it, he added.last_img read more


ICC hearing is a farce, says angry Qadir

November 28, 2019

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first_imgFormer Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has called for the International Cricket Council to deal evenly with its member boards as he felt that the parent body was being biased towards PCB.The former chief selector was reacting to the announcement by Micheal Beloff who heads the ICC code of conduct commission that the provisional suspensions on Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif would remain until a full hearing by an independent tribunal.Butt and Aamir appeared before Beloff with their lawyers in Dubai on Saturday and Sunday for their appeals hearing which were rejected.Asif had earlier withdrawn his appeal against the suspensions imposed by the ICC. Qadir said he was surprised by the ICC tribunal decision to not allow the players to resume their cricket career.”It is total farce. If the ICC wasn’t interested in revoking the suspensions, why go through this farce at all?” he questioned.Qadir lashed out at the ICC for its double standards pointing out that Indian batsman, Suresh Raina was also suspected of having links with a woman who was working for a bookmaker during the tour to Sri Lanka.”The Sri Lankan board even sent a report to the Indians about it but nothing has been done so far and the matter was hushed up by the ICC and Raina continues to play,” Qadir said.”As things stand there is suspicion about Raina’s links with the woman and the same is the case with our players against whom nothing has been proven yet they remain suspended and the Indian batsman is free to play on,” the former leggie said.advertisement”I say bring Raina also into the dock,” he added. He lamented that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had failed completely in protecting its players and providing them support.”If the PCB had been pro-active from the start we would not have reached such a stage where we have lost the services of two of our best bowlers and our test captain and opener,” he said.The legal advisor of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Tafazzul Rizvi said the hearing was held under the ICC anti-corruption laws and the players could now only appeal when a full hearing was held by the ICC code of conduct commission.”This hearing was called by the ICC to give the players a chance to appeal against the suspensions on them. But the case of full spot fixing allegations would be dealt with when the full hearing is held,” he said.Rizvi said even if the players were found guilty at the full hearing of the ICC code of conduct commission they had the right to appeal with the court of arbitration for sports in Lausanne.He also made it clear that the PCB could not do anything in this issue as it was a full member of the ICC and had to adhere to its laws.”The players now have to continue to challenge this suspension and allegations independently through their lawyers, we can’t go against the ICC,” Rizvi said.Pakistan pace bowler, Mohammad Asif when contacted declined to comment on the hearing outcome insisting that only his lawyer was not authorized to speak on the matter.”I have said before we are preparing for the full hearing when it is held by the ICC,” he stated.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


Ian Chappell throws his weight behind day-night Tests

November 26, 2019

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first_imgIn an era, where Twenty20 cricket is dominating and interest in Test cricket is palpably dwindling, there is a sudden ray of hope with the emergence of day-night Test matches. Change is the only constant in this world and to stay relevant, one has to take the hard decision and evolve and that’s the phase Test cricket is going through.Over the last few years, the idea of playing day-night Test matches has taken the cricket world by storm. The first ever such Test was played between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval on November 27, 2015. The hosts won a closely-contested match in three days. In an encounter where the ball dominated the bat especially in the twilight sessions of the game, there were loads of concerns raised about the visibility of the pink ball. But, the new format, did have its takers and the crowd came in fair numbers to witness history.In the upcoming future, Australia are pushing for two day-night Tests, whereas, the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI)  has also planned to host a day-night encounter against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens later this year. In an atmosphere, where, cricketers including Australia skipper Steve Smith and England captain Alastair Cook, have raised concerns about the feasibility of pink-ball cricket during the Ashes, the likes of Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland is all for it and Ian Chappell, have thrown in their weight behind the latest innovation on the cricket field. (ALSO READ: Eden Gardens to host India’s first day-night Test against New Zealand)advertisementEVOLUTION IS REQUIREDTalking about the new format, Chappell, who belongs to the old school of cricket pundits, feels the public and players, will eventually adapt to the concept of day-night Tests, much like they had embraced day-night ODIs after the controversial World Series Cricket took off a few decades ago.”When World Series Cricket (WSC) decided on drop-in pitches and day-night games in the late 1970s, there was lingering doubt in the minds of the players. Adding to their consternation was the distinct ridge in the middle of the drop-in pitch at VFL Park in Melbourne. This came about because the cement trays containing the pitches were so heavy they had to be prepared in two halves. The join happened to coincide with the favored length of the many outstanding pace bowlers who played WSC, but fortunately the ridge caused no incidents.”Naturally, majority of the apprehension rests with the batsmen, who feel sighting the pink ball under lights could be a problem. Moreover, the ball has been known to swing and dart around under lights.”Such was the concern of the players over the standard of lighting at the ground that Tony Greig (the World XI captain) and myself (leading the Australia XI) reached a consensus – rare in those days – over the bowling of bouncers under lights. We agreed to limit their use until we could gauge the visibility.”However, Cricket Australia is on the same page with Chappell and even after rival captains Steve Smith and Alastair Cook showed no interest in playing a day-night Test during the Ashes, CA CEO, James Sutherland, said his board was all for a revolution.”I respect the views of Steve and Alastair in saying that. The Ashes is a great contest and will no doubt attract a huge audience at the ground and on television but the facts of the matter are by playing a day-night Test match you’ll get bigger audience at the game and on television.” (ALSO READ: South Africa agree to play day-night Test against Australia)THE ONLY WAY FORWARD?Rightly so. The focus has to be on the crowd and what gets them back to watching the longest and most ‘testing’ format of the game. A Day-night test match not only brings something new, exciting on the table but also falls in a favorable time slot for the viewers, who can easily turn up for a match after office or school. Day-night Test matches will certainly help and bring in more crowd in hot sub-continental conditions and especially, during Australian summers. The heat is less, the time is favorable and then there’s something new to offer.It will certainly popularise the game once again and give the dying format a ray of hope, something that Test cricket desperately needs. The game is not about just statistics and the values anymore, it’s much more than that, as pointed out by Chappell: “A Test match is not a statistical exercise – it’s a contest to be won. Part of clinching victory involves entertaining the public.”advertisementlast_img read more


Casillas wins 2017 Golden Foot award

November 18, 2019

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first_imgVeteran Spanish international goalkeeper Iker Casillas was awarded the 2017 Golden Foot award at the Hotel de Paris.The 36-year-old won the award which is in recognition of the long-standing achievements of the player in terms of both skills and personality.Expressing his happiness on winning the award, the FC Porto goalkeeper on Tuesday tweeted: “Very happy with the #GoldenFoot2017. Thank you for all the support.”Muy feliz por el #GoldenFoot2017! Gracias a todos por el apoyo ??? pic.twitter.com/rrPaZqcmdb- Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) November 7, 2017Forwards Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez were among the others who were nominated along side Casillas for the 2017 Golden Foot award.last_img read more


Chiefs Embarrass Pats, 41-14

November 18, 2019

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first_imgKANSAS CITY, Missouri — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs, returning from injury to score three touchdowns Sept. 29th. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for New England, picked off twice as Kansas City routed the Patriots 41-14.Charles, who missed last week’s win in Miami with a sprained ankle, ran for 92 yards and a score. The Pro Bowl running back also caught two short touchdown passes from Alex Smith, who had 248 yards passing and three touchdowns in a sharp performance before a raucous crowd.The Chiefs (2-2) ended a four-game skid at Arrowhead Stadium dating to last season by handing the Patriots (2-2) their worst defeat since losing to San Diego 41-17 in 2005.Along with throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, Brady was strip-sacked by Tamba Hali to step up a field goal. Brady finished 14 of 23 for 159 yards.The Chiefs forced the Patriots to air it out by stuffing Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley. And when Brady dropped back, their front seven ran roughshod over their suspect offensive line.It hardly helped the Patriots’ offense that it was trying to operate on the same night Chiefs fans were trying to reclaim the record for loudest outdoor sports venue.The record was set in the first half, when Guinness World Records record a noise level of 142.2 decibels — breaking the mark of 137.6 that the Seattle Seahawks’ fans had set last season.The crowd included several members of the Kansas City Royals, who made the walk across the parking lot from Kauffman Stadium to watch the start of the game on the sidelines. The Royals will play their first postseason game since 1985 against the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 30th.Knile Davis finished with 107 yards rushing for Kansas City. Tight end Travis Kelce had eight catches for 93 yards and a score.Charles gave the Chiefs an early lead with his first-quarter touchdown plunge, and then he extended the lead with a 5-yard TD catch in the second quarter.Cairo Santos added a 22-yard field goal just before halftime for a 17-0 lead.The field goal came after the Chiefs were bailed out by a defensive penalty. They had been stopped short on a pass play with 8 seconds left, but the penalty gave them a second chance.Kansas City had 303 yards of first-half offense, the most against any team coached by Bill Belichick.Charles added his third touchdown of the game early in the second half, taking a short pass in the flat and stumbling into the end zone. He appeared to grab his hamstring on the way down and was met by trainers as he exited the field. After a brief trip to the locker room, Charles logged a few more carries before his night was done.By that point, the game was pretty much done, too.Brady threw a 44-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Brandon LaFell, who slipped the grasp of cornerback Marcus Cooper to reach the end zone. But he was picked off by Husain Abdullah later in the half, and Abdullah returned the interception 39 yards for a touchdown.With the game out of hand, the Patriots gave rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo a chance to play. He threw a late touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski to complete the scoring.___(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


ROHM: DC/DC converter works up to ten years on a single coin battery

November 18, 2019

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first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: micro server carrier board enables 10GbE edge server designsNext ESCRYPT: smart control loop for detecting and blocking attacks makes vehicles immune ROHM’s BD70522GUL is an ultra-low-power DC/DC converter with integrated MOSFETs, which meets the requirements of the IoT market for a long battery life of up to ten years with a single coin battery due to its low power consumption of only 180nA.In recent years, the number of battery-powered devices such as smartphones and wearables for IoT has risen sharply. This increases the demand for smaller components that not only offer greater design flexibility and more space for integrating new features, but also extend battery life by reducing power consumption. To meet the needs of the IoT market, ROHM has combined its vertically integrated production system, which leverages the company’s expertise in developing power components, with Nano Energy technology and has developed an ultra-low-power DC/DC converter with a current consumption of 180nA.The BD70522GUL features minute dimensions of 1.76mm x 1.56mm x 0.57mm and switching frequencies of between 0 and 1MHz, depending on the load. It works with supply voltages from 2.5V to 5.5V. As output voltages, the IC supplies 1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.0V, 2.5V, 2.8V, 3.0V, 3.2V or 3.3V. The accuracy of the output voltage is ±2.0% (at 10mA), the maximum output current 500mA. The operating temperature range is between -40 and +85°C. The new DC/DC converter is ideal for compact battery-powered devices such as wearables, sensor nodes and other industrial equipment such as alarms, electronic shelf labels, etc.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more


Exynos 9820 in Galaxy S10 not as powerful as Apple A12 Bionic chipset, reveals benchmarks

November 16, 2019

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first_imgOn Wednesday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 series alongside the Galaxy Fold. The new phones offer next-generation technologies across various price points. However, as in typical Samsung fashion, the Galaxy S10 comes with two chipsets – the US version will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset while the global variant will come equipped with Samsung’s Exynos 9820 chipset. So far, we know that the Snapdragon 855 is very close to Apple’s A12 Bionic chip in terms of raw performance. The Exynos variant has also been benchmarked and the results are as per expectations.Gsmarena has conducted a benchmark test for the Exynos powered variant of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. The Exynos 9820 is built on the 8nm architecture and eight cores. However, Samsung has carefully constructed the processor for an optimal balance between performance and power efficiency. There are two Mongoose M4 cores clocked at 2.7GHz along with two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores at 1.9GHz. Additionally, the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU also promises serious graphical performance. Samsung has also optimised the GPU for Unreal Engine, which means your PUBG MOBILE experience could be smoother.Both the S10 and S10+ were thrown into various benchmarking platforms and the results were as per expectations. In the GeekBench 4.1 multi-core test, the Galaxy S10 scores 10521, which is lower than the Snapdragon 855-powered Xiaomi Mi 9 and the iPhone XS Max. The GeekBench single-core test saw the S10 score 4543, which is much higher than the Xiaomi Mi 9 but still falls below the iPhone XS Max.advertisementIn Antutu, the Xiaomi Mi 9 tops the chart with a score of 372006 while the iPhone XS Max comes in at second with 353210. The Galaxy S10 comes in at third with 340345, which is much lower than the current-generation processor. The Galaxy S10 also proved a comparable graphical performance with the iPhone XS Max, Xiaomi Mi 9 and OnePlus 6T.Overall, the test shows that the Exynos 9820 is sitting with the best in business but never leads the charts. That said, Samsung has an upper hand in optimising its own chip with the software and that could translate into a fluidic experience for users. The Galaxy S10 spawns three models – Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, with all of them sporting the Exynos 9820 chipset. In India, the Galaxy S10e will be the entry into the premium range with a price of Rs 55,990 while the top-end S10+ with 12GB RAM and 1TB storage will sell for Rs 1,17,900. Whatever will be the variant, users will be subjected to a similar performance from all the variants.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 series price in India starts at Rs 55,990: Prices, launch details and offersALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 launch: Everything Samsung announced at Unpacked eventALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to knowlast_img read more


Realme X launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to know

November 16, 2019

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first_imgRealme on Wednesday announced the Realme X in China as it’s first major smartphone for the market. Realme has entered a competitive Chinese market where it looks to create the same hype and buzz as it has in India. The Realme X is the company’s flagship smartphone that brings a number of brand new features for a Realme phone.Some of the key highlights of the Realme X is its notchless AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor and 48MP main camera, all of which are seen for the first time on a Realme phone. Here’s a quick look at everything you need to know about the Realme X.Realme X specificationsDisplay: The Realme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.Processor: It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset.RAM: The phone will be available in 4GB, 6GB and 8GB RAM options.Internal storage: The 4GB and 6GB RAM options will be offered with 64GB of internal storage, while the 8GB RAM variant will come with 128GB of internal storage.Rear camera: The Realme X offers a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixel and 6P lens.Front camera: The pop-up camera mechanism houses a 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera.Software: The Realme X runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top.Battery: The handset houses a 3,765mAh battery.Realme X features- The first thing that will grab your attention about the Realme X is its full-screen, notchless display. The Realme X does not get a water drop notch or a hole in the display, which means you get slim bezels on the top and sides and a thin chin. All of this allows for a wide, immersive display for an attractive viewing experience.advertisement- The Realme X is the first in the company’s portfolio to sport an AMOLED display provided by Samsung, which means you can expect a more vivid display with punchy colours and deeper blacks compare to traditional LCD panels. The AMOLED panel also allows the phone to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor.- One of the ways to remove the notch is to offer a pop-up camera. The camera rises from the top of the frame when using the selfie mode or for face unlock. The front camera brings a 16MP f/2.0 sensor.- Like the Realme 3 Pro, the Realme X also supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It houses a decently large 3,765mAh battery, but with VOOC support, you will be able to charge the device extremely quickly.- The Realme X keeps true to a 2019 phone as it sports a 48MP primary camera using the Sony IMX586 sensor. This should result in some high resolution, sharp photos. The camera also supports Nightscape and Chroma Boost modes, AI scene detection and 960fps super slo-mo recording.– The Realme X comes in two attractive gradient colors – blue and white. The blue variant sees hues of blue and purple while the white option offers a pinkish hue. The company also announced a couple of special edition colors inspired by onions.Realme X price and availabilityThe Realme X has been launched in China priced at CNY 1,499 (approx Rs 15,300) For the 4GB + 64GB variant, CNY 1,599 (approx Rs 16,300) for the 6GB + 64GB variant and CNY 1,799 (approx Rs 18,300) for the 8GB + 128GB model.The Realme X has only been announced for China as of now, but the company has confirmed earlier that the Realme X will launch in India soon. If the pricing is close to the China prices, you can expect the Realme X to be priced between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in India.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay in Beijing have been arranged by Realme.ALSO READ | Realme X launched with Snapdragon 710, AMOLED display, VOOC 3.0 and 48MP camera: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL go on sale in India: Should you buy itALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 with Snapdragon 855 chipset India launch confirmedlast_img read more


Government’s Energy Security Project Gets $270 Million

October 24, 2019

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first_imgSome $270 million has been allocated in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure to continue work on the Government’s Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement project.Being implemented by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), the project is expected to start phase one feasibility studies of five small hydro sites this fiscal year.Consultants will also be engaged to: develop a legal and regulatory framework for the gas sector, as well as an Electric Power Policy and for the Modernisation of the Electricity Lighting Act; to do a grid impact analysis and assessment for increased penetration of renewable energy into the Jamaica’s electricity grid; and to develop a Smart Grid Roadmap for Jamaica.The project, which began in 2010, and has been extended to 2015, is being funded by the Government and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.Its main objectives are: to promote private sector investment in the energy sector by updating the regulatory framework; preparing projects for investment decisions and increasing the contribution of renewable energy in electricity usage; and to improve energy efficiency and security in key areas of the economy, including implementation of fuel diversification through development of gas strategy and fuel switching.Physical achievements up to February this year include: giving the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) the rights to construct a 360-megawatt combine cycle power plant; completion of consultancy to examine carbon credit mobilisation for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG); conclusion of a contract to conduct feed-in tariff assessment for renewable energy; and the disbursement of loans totaling $70 million by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), for renewable energy.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more


Rolls-Royce to Install Its DP3 System on New VARD …

October 24, 2019

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first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with the shipyard group Vard for its latest DP3 dynamic positioning system to be installed on two new offshore construction vessels.Dynamic positioning (DP) control systems allow vessels to be held in exact position, when anchoring is not possible, by using satellite technology to enable automatic control of the vessel’s thrusters.DP systems with classification 3 are the most advanced defined by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and this is the first Rolls-Royce contract for DP3. Vessels constructed to DP3 standards are able to operate in very demanding situations where any loss of position has the potential to result in fatal accidents, severe pollution or damage with major economic consequences.Arnt-Ove Austnes, Rolls-Royce, Sales Manager – Automation and Control, said: “We are very happy that Farstad Shipping is the first owner to select our DP3 system. Farstad is an important partner for Rolls-Royce in the continuous development of automation systems.“An increasing number of offshore operations are performed with rigs and vessels having to be kept in precise position without using anchoring systems. With an increased focus on risk limitation in the oil and gas sector, we expect a growing demand for DP3 classed vessels.”The two vessels will be built at VARD Group, Langsten, Norway and delivered during the first half of 2015. Rolls-Royce will also supply engines, thrusters, propulsion systems, steering gears, and rudders. Rolls-Royce has already delivered many DP2 systems to VARD Group, across a range of ship designs. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close Rolls-Royce, January 29, 2014last_img read more


Clarksons China to Shorten White List to 59 Yards

October 23, 2019

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first_imgzoom At the start of October 2016, a set of revised criteria was introduced for China’s White List of domestic shipyards, marking a further indication that the industry in China is likely to continue to downsize, according to Clarksons Research.Under the new criteria, builders can be dropped from the list if they suspend production or declare bankruptcy, merge with or be acquired by other yards, fail to win a new order and deliver a vessel over a two year period, or fail to deliver a ship, receive a contract, and have no units under construction over a one year period.Based on the current status of the yards in relation to the new criteria, of the 71 yards on the White List, seven are in financial distress and have declared bankruptcy. Their closures could see the removal of around 1.7 million CGT p.a. of estimated shipbuilding capacity.While some yards on the list have fared better than others, the financial distress faced by some builders is indicative of the significant problems being faced by many Chinese yards.Many yards expanded rapidly during the boom years, but in the following downturn, cost overruns and output delays have been apparent. These yards have been particularly vulnerable, and have suffered from dwindling cash reserves.Although state-owned yards have not been affected to the same extent, they have not been immune to the very difficult market conditions. Consolidation has been apparent, with two CSSC shipyards and three CSIC yards merging with others in the same groups over the last year, and further similar activity is likely, Clarksons Research said.The closure of facilities and redundancies may be required to reduce costs and increase efficiency.Taking into account the yards which have declared bankruptcy and merged with others, the White List will shorten to 59 yards.While these builders currently meet the revised criteria, some may soon receive a warning for failing to secure new orders as 40 of these yards have not won an order in 2016 so far, 18 of which also did not receive an order in 2015. Most yards still have ships under construction, but four builders have not delivered a unit since the start of 2015.last_img read more


Weekly Traffic Advisories

October 22, 2019

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first_imgNEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Expect alternate travel lanes. Please reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to build a temporary detour until June 2015. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road, from Hemford Forest subdivision to Monk Road is reduced to one lane for ditching, brush cutting, bridge repairs and pipe installation until Tuesday, May 28. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Tatamagouche-Cooper Bridge Tatamagouche-Cooper Bridge on Cooper Road is closed for repairs until Friday, May 17. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, West Bounty Lanes from Exit 19 to Pictou/Colchester County line, about 11 kilometres is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, July 31 for paving. Motorists are reminded to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by summer 2013. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from Century Drive westerly to Camperdown Road will have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading from Monday, May 13 until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 The northbound lane of Route 215, north of Beaver Pond Road at Centre Burlington, is reduced to one lane to replace the culvert until Sunday, June 30. Temporary lights are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Gardeners Bridge – Garden Road Gardeners Bridge on Garden Road will be closed until further notice. Detour via Route 214 and Trunk 14. CONTINUING WORK DIGBY COUNTY: Route 217 Route 217, between the Middle Cross Road intersection, westerly to Haight Brook Bridge, is reduced to one lane for paving, shouldering and pipe installation until Friday, June 28. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, north and southbound lanes from Exit 13 to Exit 14A, is reduced to one lane for repairs from Monday, May 6 until Friday, May 17. Signs will be in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.last_img read more


La ministre demande des services de conciliation

October 22, 2019

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first_imgKaren Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, a demandé à l’agent de conciliation, aujourd’hui 17 novembre, de réunir les équipes de négociation du gouvernement provincial et du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse dans le but d’arriver à une résolution. « L’éducation est une priorité et nous ne souhaitons aucune interruption de l’enseignement en classe dans la province, souligne Mme Casey. Nous avons toujours dit que nous sommes prêts à écouter et à aborder les préoccupations des enseignants. Nous espérons que le syndicat acceptera notre invitation à reprendre les négociations. » Le 3 décembre est la date à laquelle le syndicat serait en mesure d’employer des moyens de pression au travail. -30-last_img read more


Turkey says to produce S500s with Russia after S400 missile deal

October 12, 2019

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first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey and Russia would jointly produce S-500 defence systems after Ankara’s controversial purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow. Turkey’s push to buy the S-400s has further strained already tense relations with the United States which has repeatedly warned Ankara of the risks including sanctions as a result of the purchase. “There is absolutely no question of (Turkey) taking a step back from the S-400s purchase. That is a done deal,” Erdogan said in Istanbul. “There will be joint production of the S-500 after the S-400,” Erdogan told an audience of young people asking questions. Ties between NATO allies Turkey and the US have frayed over multiple issues including American support for a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as terrorists by Ankara and the US failure to extradite a Muslim preacher blamed for the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan. Washington says the deal with Moscow is a threat to Western defence and in April suspended deliveries of the F-35 stealth fighter jet to Turkey in a bid to halt the purchase. Turkish pilots are in the US receiving training on the F-35s, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Turkey is expected to buy 100 of the jets in total. Erdogan said Turkey conducted technical studies amid US concerns over the compatibility of the S-400s and the F-35s but found there were no issues. He also insisted “sooner or later” Turkey would receive the F-35 jets. Despite the threat of sanctions, Erdogan repeated that the S-400s were expected to be delivered in July, “but this could be brought forward”, he added.last_img read more


Suncor blames western Canadian oil price discounts for 280M net loss

October 12, 2019

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Companies in this article: (TSX:SU)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is blaming a net loss in the last three months of 2018 primarily on steep price discounts for western Canadian oil, including the upgraded synthetic crude it produces at its oilsands mining operations. The Calgary-based producer says it had a net loss of $280 million or 18 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a net profit of $1.38 billion or 84 cents in the same period of 2017.It says its net loss was inflated by accounting for inventory valuations and includes a $637-million non-cash foreign exchange loss on U.S. dollar denominated debt, as well as a non-cash impairment loss on one of the company’s equity investments.Its operating earnings were $580 million or 36 cents per share, versus $1.31 billion or 79 cents in the year-earlier period, well below analyst expectations of $724 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. The company announced a 17 per cent increase in its quarterly dividend to 42 cents per share.Suncor reported last month it had record fourth quarter upstream production of 831,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up 12 per cent from the third quarter.“Suncor generated funds from operations of $2 billion in the fourth quarter as our integrated downstream business and market access helped to mitigate upstream crude price volatility, including the further widening of the differentials for Canadian crude,” said CEO Steve Williams in a statement.The increase in the difference between benchmark New York-traded oil and western Canadian crude late last year has been blamed on a lack of pipeline access to export markets. read more


WestJet Airlines to charge for checked bags on international flights despite record

October 8, 2019

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Despite posting record profits, WestJet Airlines says it is eliminating free checked bags on all economy fare flights to Europe and sun destinations starting early in the new year.The Calgary-based airline announced Tuesday that a $25 baggage fee will apply to new economy bookings for flights as of Jan. 6.WestJet will also raise fees for some reserved seating, with increases ranging between $10 and $20 for exit rows on flights longer than 300 miles (about 480 kilometres).Gallery: Losing the ‘WestJet effect’: How the once-scrappy upstart carrier’s culture is changing as it expands globallyIceland’s Wow Air expanding into Canada, sparking potential fare war among transatlantic flightsWorld’s wealthiest still hungry for Bombardier’s luxury jets, despite CSeries turmoilThe two initiatives are expected to generate $15 million to $25 million in additional annual revenue, the company said.Chief executive Gregg Saretsky said the charges are in line with those of competitors and support the airline’s strategy of keeping fares low and allowing passengers to pay only for the services they want. “With airfares that start at $299 to Europe from Toronto, for example, we’re not going to apologize for charging $25 for a first checked bag,” he said during a conference call to discuss WestJet’s third-quarter results.“These fares are significantly lower than the market has seen and we’re very proud to be bringing our brand of low cost to these markets.”The airline said it doesn’t expect to see many complaints from passengers. That’s because it believes 75 per cent of them will avoid the fees by purchasing higher-priced Flex or Plus fares, or they are members of the top tiers of its rewards program or have a WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard.The new bag charge won’t apply to packages purchased through WestJet Vacations.Canada’s airlines have increasingly tacked on fees for a variety of services, including checked bags, inflight entertainment, advance seat bookings and cancellations as they pursue a so-called “unbundling strategy.”WestJet earned $90.5 million in ancillary fees in the third quarter, up from $51.3 million a year ago. That translated into $16.44 per passenger, up 68 per cent from $9.80 in the same quarter last year.Overall, the airline earned a record $101.8 million, helped by these fees and a 33 per cent drop in fuel expenses.Total revenue was up 3.5 per cent or $35.3 million from last year to $1.045 billion, although ticket revenues dropped slightly.Air Canada charges for checked bags on flights to sun destinations but not to Europe. The country’s largest airline said it has no plans to follow WestJet’s lead.But Robert Kokonis, president of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc., said the temptation will ultimately be too great not to chase extra revenues.The experience of past introduction of fees has shown that any passenger backlash is short-lived, he said.“After a month or so they begrudgingly accept it, so WestJet’s just keeping with the trend of unbundling,” he said.“The financial model of the airline has changed after decades of losses and finally finding a way to make sustainable profits is not a bad thing.”A decline in fuel prices dropped about $50 million from WestJet’s operating expenses, largely offsetting increases in most other areas, including airport operations, flight operations, sales, marketing, maintenance and inflight amenities.WestJet’s profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 — which includes the seasonally busy summer vacation months — was 82 cents per share, on both a reported and adjusted basis. That was better than analyst estimates.The company is launching service next spring to Gatwick Airport in London from six Canadian cities. read more


FDA says Kim Kardashians social media posts for drug violate promotion rules

October 3, 2019

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by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2015 1:53 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2015 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 24, 2015 file photo, American television personality Kim Kardashian poses for photographers as she attends the Cannes Lions 2015 in Cannes, southern France. The Food and Drug Administration says Kardashian’s social media posts promoting Diclegis, an prescription anti-morning sickness drug, violate federal drug promotion rules because they don’t mention potentially dangerous side effects and drug interactions.. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) WASHINGTON – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is no stranger to criticism, having spent the better part of the last decade in the public eye. But she’s probably never faced negative publicity like this before: The Food and Drug Administration says Kardashian’s social media posts violate federal drug-promotion rules.Kardashian recently began promoting a prescription pill to treat morning sickness through her social media accounts. Such endorsement deals are relatively common for celebrities. In posts to Instagram and Facebook earlier this month Kardashian talks about her struggles with nausea due to pregnancy.“I tried changing things about my lifestyle, like my diet, but nothing helped, so I talked to my doctor,” the post states. “He prescribed me #Diclegis, and I felt a lot better and most importantly, it’s been studied and there was no increased risk to the baby.”The posts link to a company website that includes the FDA-approved labelling information.Kardashian is five months pregnant with her second child, a boy, with husband Kanye West.But FDA regulators say the posts violate rules for promoting drugs because they don’t mention side effects of Diclegis, which include sleepiness that can make it dangerous to drive or perform other activities that require mental alertness. The drug label warns that Diclegis should not be combined with alcohol or other medications that cause drowsiness, such as sleeping aids or certain pain relievers.The FDA posted its warning letter online Tuesday, addressed to the CEO of Quebec-based drugmaker Duchesnay Inc., which markets the drug. The letter notes that the privately held company received a similar warning in 2013 for omitting risk information from a letter to doctors.FDA regulators are “concerned that Duchesnay is continuing to promote Diclegis in a violative manner,” states the letter dated Aug. 7.The agency calls on the company to remove the social media posts immediately and outline a plan for preventing future violations by Aug. 21Duchesnay said in a statement it “will take quick action in responding to the FDA’s letter and immediately and effectively address any issues.” The company is based in Blainville, Quebec.The FDA approved Diclegis in 2013 to treat vomiting and nausea in pregnant women who do not respond to more traditional measures. It is the only prescription drug approved in the U.S. for morning sickness.Kardashian’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. FDA says Kim Kardashian’s social media posts for drug violate promotion rules read more


One of Canadas top admen will share his story at Brocks annual

October 2, 2019

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Adman Glen Hunt will deliver the 13th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising at Brock University on Wedesday, March 5.Multi-award-winning adman Glen Hunt will share an intimate account of his personal and professional journey through the world of advertising and marketing after almost 30 years in the biz at Brock University’s 13th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising.Hunt is Chief Transformation Officer at the ad agency Cossette, one of Canada’s leading integrated communications agencies, founded in Quebec City in 1972.His talk, “Lost and Found,” takes place Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at the University.A former Cannes judge and one of this country’s top copywriters, Hunt has been the creative driving force behind many of Canada’s most talked-about communications campaigns, including the Molson Canadian “I Am Canadian” rant commercial.Hunt’s award-winning work has spanned a broad range of business categories and brands. His uncanny creative instinct, along with his deep insights into what makes consumers engage with brands, have resulted in business successes for enterprises as varied as UPS, P&G, Canon and dog clothier Dogfather, to the world’s biggest breweries and luxury automotive brands.The multi-faceted campaign “Moments” for luxury car brand Lexus that included an evocative TV commercial, experiential consumer engagement and dealer advocacy not only successfully resulted in double-digit growth and established Lexus as a leader in its category, but also helped draw wide industry attention to a revitalized Dentsu agency brand. And his epic work for Sapporo “Legendary Briu” continues to win international praise.In addition to long-running ad campaigns such as the Robaxacet’s “Helping you walk away from back pain” TV spots, Hunt has also created memorable digital work for Canon (“Tell Your Story”), live stunts for Vespa (“Vesparrazi”) and print work for retailer Harry Rosen (“Whatever Suits You”), which brought men’s apparel to life with ads that showed what famous Rosen celebrities were wearing to high-profile events that very same evening.This year marks the 13th anniversary of the annual lecture series that honours advertising legend Terry O’Malley, a native of St. Catharines and one of the most highly acclaimed creative talents in modern Canadian advertising.Advertising legend Terry O’MalleyO’Malley is the former creative director and partner in the influential Toronto-based ad agency Vickers and Benson Advertising.In more than 30 years at V&B, O’Malley helped build the agency into one of the leading brands in the Canadian advertising industry. O’Malley’s creative contributions spanned a wide spectrum of businesses and public service categories, from quick service restaurants (McDonald’s) to breweries (Carling Red Cap Ale) to a role as key strategist on the federal Liberal Party’s Red Leaf Communications team that helped win electoral victories for former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.The Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising is hosted by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University.This public event is free, but tickets are required. To reserve your tickets, please contact the Brock Centre for the Arts Box Office by calling 905-688-5550 x3257. read more


The Thunders Slow Starters Couldnt Keep Up With the Clippers

September 28, 2019

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In Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks made his first substitutions eight minutes into the game. Nick Collison and Caron Butler came in for Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka with the Thunder down four points.This wasn’t the first time the Thunder’s starting lineup had been outscored in its first stint of a game — it was the 48th this season (including the playoffs). The first few minutes of a game are a relatively small sample, of course, but it’s a telling trend: The Thunder’s starters have put them behind in 53.3 percent of the team’s games. And yet the Thunder have won 70 percent of all games so far.Monday night, though, they didn’t. Everything tightens in the playoffs; small weaknesses become magnified and exploited. The narrowest of margins in the beginning can become the deciding factor between victory and defeat. For the Thunder, figuring out how to start building a lead right from the opening tip could be the difference in extending a playoff run.All season, the Thunder have struggled with their starters. In part because of injuries, the Thunder used nine different starting lineups by the time the playoffs rolled around. Those nine different starting lineups had a raw plus/minus of -10 in the 589 minutes they played before the first substitute came in, which is an average point differential of -0.8 per 48 minutes. That number doesn’t seem overwhelmingly negative until we compare it to the Thunder’s season-long differential of +6.3 per 48 minutes using all lineups.In other words, the Thunder’s ability to recover from slow starts is a reflection of their immense talent. Their starting lineups play an average of just over six minutes a game, and in that time the -0.8 per 48-minute point differential works out to just hundredths of a point per game. Their win percentage is almost identical regardless of whether their starters build a lead or dig a hole, 74 percent to 67 percent.But there is an enormous difference in the Thunder’s margin of victory between those two scenarios. In games where the starters build a lead to begin the game, the Thunder have won by an average of 10.86 points. In games where the starters have left the team behind, the Thunder have won, but by an average of just 1.77 points. The Thunder are good enough to eventually overwhelm almost any opponent, but the lead, or lack thereof, that they create for themselves at the beginning of a game carries enormous weight in determining the final margin of victory. It’s something to keep in mind as the Thunder’s starters take the court on Wednesday for Game 2.A methodological note for those interested: The lineup data for this post came from the gameflow charts at popcornmachine.net. I took the game results, final-point margins and number of starting lineups from Basketball-Reference. The per-48-minute differential for all lineups came from NBA.com. I’m kind of a stats polygamist when it comes to sources. read more


ENRC gains controlling interest in Serov

September 24, 2019

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first_imgEurasian Natural Resources Corp (ENRC), a diversified and fully integrated Kazakh metals and mining company, has completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Serov group and certain related entities. Serov is a ferrochrome producer in eastern Russia and owns a chrome ore mining facility and a ferrochrome smelter. The smelter produces a variety of ferroalloys including high, medium and low carbon ferrochrome and has an annual sales volume of approximately 200,000 t.Serov was acquired from various entities affiliated with Messrs. P Chodiev, A Ibragimov and A Machkevitch, all of whom are significant shareholders in ENRC. This transaction is ENRC’s first acquisition outside of Kazakhstan. The total cash consideration for the acquisition is $210 million, including an initial $100 million pre-payment made in July 2007.ENRC believes that the acquisition of Serov will help reinforce the market position of the Group in the ferrochrome industry and in the region. In addition, the transaction will allow the Group to benefit from further vertical integration within the ferroalloys business. Commenting on the acquisition, Dr. Johannes Sittard, CEO of ENRC, said, “We believe that the operations of Serov will not only complement our existing ferrochrome product range but will also provide ENRC with an important asset base in Russia, which supports our strategy to pursue expansion opportunities.”Sir David Cooksey, the Non-Executive Chairman of ENRC, said, “It is good that we have completed this transaction, our first as a public company, and we believe that Serov will be an important part of the Group’s development. The acquisition will provide a strong platform for ENRC in Russia.”ENRC is the world’s largest producer of ferrochrome, based on chrome content, the world’s sixth largest iron ore exporter by volume and world’s fifth largest supplier of traded alumina by volume. The Group’s revenues were $3,256 million for the year ended 31 December 2006 and $1,856 million for the six months ended 30 June 2007. EBITDA (pre exceptional items) was $1,256 million for the year ended 31 December 2006 and $797 million for the six months ended 30 June 2007.last_img read more