New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) A Delhi court has directed a man to pay Rs one lakh as damages to US-based Nike for infringing its trademark by selling products under the name of the popular global sports goods brand.Additional District Judge Anil Antil directed north-west Delhi resident Ashok Kumar to pay the damages to the brand for using a “deceptively similar” trademark and causing confusion in the minds of the public.”Customer base of the products of both the parties are the same. The representation of the marks by the defendant (Singh) tends to cause confusion in the minds of the general public as well as to the customers.”If the defendant is permitted to use the impugned mark which are deceptively similar and confusingly to that of the plaintiffs company (Nike), it will not only cause wrongful loss to the plaintiff company, but will also cause grave prejudice and harm to public, not to mention about loss to the goodwill of the plaintiff,” the judge said.The courts order came on a suit filed by company Nike Innovative CV, based in Oregon, USA, alleging that the defendant was found selling sports wear, bags and other goods under its trademark.The court had earlier granted ex-parte injunction to the company after the defendant failed to appear before it.Nike is engaged in the business of manufacturing, distributing and selling a large variety of goods including footwear, athletic suit, bags, sports goods, watches, eyewear, consumer electronic products and other related products, the suit said.advertisementIt alleged that Singh had copiedï¿½and adopted the companys artistic features including the trademark, label, trade name and domain name and infringed its copyrights.The court, while deciding the suit in the companys favour, said “Nothing has come on record to disbelieve the case of the plaintiff or doubt the authenticity and veracity of the document filed on record. The defendant did not come forward to disprove the case of plaintiff his stand.””I am of the view plaintiff is entitled to punitive damages to the tune of Rs one lakh in his favour and against the defendant,” the judge said. PTI AG ARC
The Maharashtra government has bestowed the ‘Shiv Chhatrapati Lifetime Achievement Award’ on mallakhamb coach Uday Deshpande for 2017-18.An announcement to this effect was made by the state Sports Minister Vinod Tawde at a media conference here where he also declared the other award winners.”The (Shiv Chhatrapati) lifetime achievement award is being conferred upon Uday Deshpande of Samarth Vyayam Mandir, who has dedicated his life for mallakhamb,” Tawde said.Deshpande has been promoting and coaching mallakhamb, a traditional Indian sport dating back to the 12th century where the practitioner performs gymnastic and yoga postures with wrestling grips on an erect pole or a suspended rope, at the ‘Samarth Vyayam Mandir’ at Shivaji Park in Central Mumbai.The names of the Shiv Chhatrapati award winners in the players’ category also include Indian women’s cricket team member Smriti Mandhana, who hails from Sangli in western Maharashtra.Tawde also announced that these awards will be given away at the iconic ‘Gateway of India’ on February 17 during a glittering ceremony.Among the other award recipients are hockey player Suraj Karkera, paddler Sanil Shetty, track and field athlete Siddhant Thingaliya, who specialises in 110 metres hurdles, runner Monika Athare and squash player Mahesh Mangaonkar.The sports minister also announced that Satara’s mountaineer Priyanka Mohite, who has scaled the Mt Everest and the Mt Lhotse among other peaks, will be awarded the ‘Shiv Chhatrapati Award for Adventure’.The state government will also be giving ‘Eklavya State Awards’ for physically handicapped players and ‘Shiv Chhatrapati’ awards for associations and coaches.advertisementAlso Read | Indian junior table tennis players end Bahrain Open with 12 medalsAlso Read | Former India wrestler Jagdish Bhola convicted by CBI in drugs case
Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics ‘We had to dig deep’: Tammy Abraham on Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League – video Share on Pinterest Aston Villa Share on WhatsApp Aston Villa in Premier League heaven with Wembley play-off win over Derby Play Video 1:12 Sportblog Read more Championship “Sometimes in football you have to take risks and challenge yourself,” McGinn said. “I think some people had the perception I’m just a runner, just a hard-working player. I think I am that – but I think I’ve got a lot more to my game. I had to come down here and challenge myself against stronger, faster players to show that I can offer a lot more. There are always going to be doubters but hopefully I can show what I can do in the Premier League.”For Villa fans, proudly rejoicing about “super John McGinn” as the song goes, one that a joyous Smith was singing as his midfielder held court after the match, this is nothing new. Here was yet another near-flawless performance, perhaps best encapsulated by his hounding of Kelle Roos, the Derby goalkeeper, midway through the second half.McGinn is happy fire-fighting, harrying, inventing, as well as scoring screamers – as typified against Sheffield Wednesday in September. The modest – and menacing – McGinn, signed by Steve Bruce, admitted he feared he might not make the grade after struggling in his first couple of training sessions last August. Ten months on how silly that now seems.All in all, it proved a hugely satisfying weekend for the McGinn family, given that on Sunday his elder brothers, Stephen and Paul, ensured St Mirren maintained their Scottish Premiership status. McGinn will be Stephen’s best man on Friday and here he was the best man on the pitch. But it was not just McGinn who came to the fore when his team needed him most, as typified by a well-worked Villa opener. The unfashionable Albert Adomah, who came within hours of returning to Middlesbrough in August, and the 31-year-old Ahmed Elmohamady combined down the right, the latter delivering a wondrous ball towards the back post for Anwar El Ghazi, a lovely, frustrating player capable of the sublime and the ridiculous, to convert.Until Villa established a two-goal buffer, the worry – once again – was that Grealish, a supremely talented No 10, was trying too hard, cropping up at left-back and holding midfield to pick up possession. Once McGinn had seized on Roos’s error, Grealish could relax, backed up by his teammates, especially Conor Hourihane, the former Plymouth midfielder who has proved a trusty midfield anchor after patiently waiting for his chance.Then there was Tyrone Mings, a colossus at centre-back who was forced off through injury after making a lung-busting run to prevent Martyn Waghorn from getting a shot on goal.The composure of Mings and Axel Tuanzebe made Derby’s harum-scarum defending look all the more shaky. “I said to John on the pitch: ‘Keep going, you’re the engine of the team’ and it’s absolutely true,” Mings said.“He has such a great desire, so when you have a player like that it is easy to go and back him up when you see how he’s working for you.”Grealish’s influence on Villa cannot be overstated – no one is more deserving of a Premier League stage – especially given how he shone during an end-of-season run that now translates to two defeats in 16 matches, including a 10-match winning run, but others did the damage here. With McGinn’s tireless midfield energy, Villa always seemed shatterproof. Share on Twitter Derby County Above a baying, swaying sea of claret and blue Jack Grealish, alongside James Chester, lifted the play-off winners’ trophy high in the royal box but it was the Aston Villa captain’s overlooked supporting cast that propelled them to the Premier League.Chief among these was John McGinn, the Glaswegian who spent the buildup to the final telling everyone there is more to Grealish than junior-size shin pads, flashy haircuts and sunbeds. By the same token that Grealish is not the Jack the lad his manager, Dean Smith, said he envisaged on taking the job in October, McGinn is much more than just a nagging nuisance in midfield. He was a ubiquitous presence – the bargain of the season at £2.7m from Hibernian – and it was fitting his goal sealed victory. features Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Throughout the last year, government has been speaking to Nova Scotians about the province’s electricity future. We commissioned expert studies. We met with companies and community groups. We spoke to Nova Scotians — more than 1,300 people from communities throughout the province — in person, online and by phone. The result is our Electricity Review Report, the first of its kind in more than a decade. The review and the year-long consultation process confirmed that there are opportunities, even in our relatively small energy market, for more competition, more consumer control and more transparency. We learned that, ultimately, Nova Scotians care about this province’s energy future. People told us they want long-term rate stabilization and more predictable costs on their power bills. They want more accountability and transparency in how electricity rates are set. And they support a focus on renewable energy and innovation, when it makes financial sense. Most importantly, Nova Scotians want to be part of a long-term, sustainable and cost-effective path forward, one that benefits ratepayers today while protecting our environment for future generations. And that’s exactly what we will deliver this fall with our electricity plan. The plan will bring more stability and predictability to rates, and, for the first time, will outline performance standards for Nova Scotia Power. It will explore ways to increase connections with our neighbours, including looking at regional co-operation, and will give consumers more control over how and when they use electricity. It will also explore ways to innovate, with a focus on managing our energy resources and getting more out of our current system. The plan will also outline how government will support strategic economic development, and opportunities for innovation in the energy sector. In 2013, we made a promise to Nova Scotians to break Nova Scotia Power’s monopoly and put the people of this province first. And I am proud to say we’ve kept that promise. In 2013, we introduced the Electricity Reform Act, which, in addition to setting the stage for our electricity review consultation, also paved the way for renewable energy producers to sell directly to consumers in this province, increasing competition and, for the first time, giving Nova Scotians a choice in where they buy their power. Of course, this process takes time, and it is market driven. But by next spring, we expect that consumers will start seeing some options in the marketplace. I want to thank everyone who participated in our electricity review. Your comments help inform a long-term plan, one that puts Nova Scotia on a clear and sustainable path forward. I look forward to sharing it with all Nova Scotians this fall. To read the Electricity Review final report, visit www.novascotia.ca/electricityfuture . -30-
Rio de Janeiro: Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying that previously deforested areas had burned and that intact rainforest was spared. Even so, the fires were likely to be urgently discussed at a summit of the Group of Seven leaders in France this weekend. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome 44,000 troops will be available for “unprecedented” operations to put out the fires, and forces are heading to six Brazilian states that asked for federal help, Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said. The states are Roraima, Rondonia, Tocantins, Para, Acre and Mato Grosso. The military’s first mission will be carried out by 700 troops around Porto Velho, capital of Rondonia, Azevedo said. The military will use two C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of dumping up to 12,000 liters (3,170 gallons) of water on fires, he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAn Associated Press journalist flying over the Porto Velho region Saturday morning reported hazy conditions and low visibility. On Friday, the reporter saw many already deforested areas that were burned, apparently by people clearing farmland, as well as a large column of smoke billowing from one fire. The municipality of Nova Santa Helena in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state was also hard-hit. Trucks were seen driving along a highway Friday as fires blazed and embers smoldered in adjacent fields. The Brazilian military operations came after widespread criticism of Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis. On Friday, the president authorized the armed forces to put out fires, saying he is committed to protecting the Amazon region. Azevedo, the defense minister, noted U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer in a tweet to help Brazil fight the fires, and said there had been no further contact on the matter. Despite international concern, Bolsonaro told reporters on Saturday that the situation was returning to normal. He said he was “speaking to everyone” about the problem, including Trump, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro S nchez and several Latin American leaders. Bolsonaro had described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development, sparring with critics who say the Amazon absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gasses and is crucial for efforts to contain climate change. The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries who believe Bolsonaro has neglected commitments to protect biodiversity. Protesters gathered outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in European and Latin American cities Friday, and demonstrators also marched in Brazil. “The planet’s lungs are on fire. Let’s save them!” read a sign at a protest outside Brazil’s embassy in Mexico City. The dispute spilled into the economic arena when French leader Emmanuel Macron threatened to block a European Union trade deal with Brazil and several other South American countries. “First we need to help Brazil and other countries put out these fires,” Macron said Saturday. The goal is to “preserve this forest that we all need because it is a treasure of our biodiversity and our climate thanks to the oxygen that it emits and thanks to the carbon it absorbs,” he said. In a weekly video message released Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Group of Seven leaders “cannot be silent” and should discuss how to help extinguish the fires. Bolivia has also struggled to contain fires that swept through woods and fields. A U.S.-based aircraft, the B747-400 SuperTanker, is flying over devastated areas in Bolivia to help put out the blazes and protect forests. On Saturday, several helicopters along with police, military troops, firefighters and volunteers on the ground worked to extinguish fires in Bolivia’s Chiquitan a region, where the woods are dry at this time of year. Farmers commonly set fires in this season to clear land for crops or livestock, but sometimes the blazes get out of control. The Bolivian government says 9,530 square kilometers (3680 square miles) have been burned this year. The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales has backed the increased cultivation of crops for biofuel production, raising questions about whether the policy opened the way to increased burning. Similarly, Bolsonaro had said he wants to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms. Brazilian prosecutors are investigating whether lax enforcement of environmental regulations may have contributed to the surge in the number of fires. Brazil’s justice ministry also said federal police will deploy in fire zones to assist other state agencies and combat “illegal deforestation.” Fires are common in Brazil in the annual dry season, but they are much more widespread this year.
Rabat – Moroccan authorities have denied news reports saying that over 40 Moroccan nationals were deported from Turkey for attempting to join the Islamic State (IS).On Thursday, Turkey’s daily Hurriyet reported that Turkish authorities denied entry to 40 Moroccan nationals trying to come into Istanbul with the apparent intention to join the Islamic State. The news story was picked up by several news outlets worldwide, without any fact-checking.Hurriyet claimed that Turkish police sent the Moroccan nationals back home, after finding evidences that they were being guided by a Syrian national into Syria to join IS. However, the Moroccan General Directorate for National Security (GDNS) issued a statement on Monday, saying that these reports are “false.”GDNS pointed out that the Moroccan nationals in question were interrogated by Moroccan police upon landing in Morocco.The statement went on to add that the suspects are illegal immigrants who tried to cross into Europe via Turkey, rather than Jihadists willing to join the Islamic State.Half of the 40 Moroccans suspects were deported from Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Thursday, while the rest were sent back on Friday.Photo Credit: DHA
6 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged eight key countries that have not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to do so and thus accelerate its entry into force, following the addition of its newest member, Indonesia. The States in that group that have yet to ratify the treaty are China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States.Mr. Ban’s call was echoed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who met with the Secretary-General in New York. During their meeting, Mr. Ban stressed the importance of Indonesia’s ratification of the CTBT given that the country is one of the so-called Annex 2 States, whose endorsement is required for the treaty to enter into force. The two men also discussed the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, the progress in Myanmar, recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East, and the nuclear-weapon-free zone in South East Asia.
(Left) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 29, 2016. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Gerald Herbert. (Right) Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a primary night rally on Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/David Goldman. More eyes on presidential frontrunners as oil producers look for market access What does the outcome of Super Tuesday stateside mean for Canadian oil producers?The founder of Auspice Calgary says the good thing that came out of Tuesday’s vote south of the border is it now appears there are two clear cut frontrunners in Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.Tim Pickering said having some clarity about who will likely be on the ballot in November will help some of the uncertainty in the industry.“Clinton gets the importance of Canadian oil but plays it completely politically,” he said. “Same as Obama, calls it dirty oil, uses the climate, the environmental card, which is not helpful at all to our situation.”“We’re not sure if ‘The Donald’ gets it in terms of Canadia oil, but he’s likely easier to reach as far as the facts.”Pickering added we can’t wait for them to decide our industry’s future.“Even if it does go south with Keystone XL, this needs to be used as a wake up call for Canadian leaders,” he said. “It needs to go east, it needs to go north, it needs to go to the far east and now that it’s investable as an ETF, anyone can access in it financially, which improves the financial market access part of it.”Pickering said no matter what the outcome, the U.S. still needs Canadian oil and it’s imperative political leaders in this country stand up for the industry and find ways to address market access issues. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Posted Mar 2, 2016 12:34 pm MDT
After being swept by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series and posting some of the worst numbers of his career, the rumors started to swirl about the New York Yankees trading third baseman Alex Rodriguez.Earlier in the week Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he expected for Rodriguez to be back in 2013. This came after Rodriguez said he is not willing to waive his no-trade clause.Rodriguez reiterated not waiving the clause after the game.“That’s correct,” he said. “I will be back. I have a lot to prove and I will be back, on a mission. I love New York City and I love everything about being a Yankee. The highs are very high, and the lows are extremely low.”If he does decide to waive his clause the Miami Marlins could be a likely home.Rodriguez grew up and in Miami, Florida where he discovered at the age of 19. The Marlins are looking to get rid of some of the excessive contracts that they carelessly gave out last winter. The Yankees could trade Rodriguez for Jose Reyes, who signed a six-year $106 million dollar contract, while the Yankees would still be responsible for most of the $114 million owed to A-Rod over the next five years.There was also speculation reliever Heath Bell would be part of an A-Rod trade to Miami, but that changed Saturday. Bell was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three team deal along with the Oakland Athletics. Arizona got infielder Cliff Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from the Athletics for outfielder Chris Young and cash. The Diamondbacks sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell.The Marlins do not seem to be a suitable scenario now, but the Los Angeles Angels have also entered the trade discussion. The Angels already signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson last year, who are considering trading Vernon Wells.Wells is owed $42 million over the next two years, while A-Rod is scheduled to make $53 million over the next two years. There is an $11 million difference between the two contracts, which appears to be reasonable. No matter how the Yankees look at the situation they still would have to pick up most of A-Rod’s $134 contract.Rodriguez has a great relationship with Angels manager Mike Scioscia, but Los Angeles does not appear to be a likely destination for now. This could all change during the offseason.Rodriguez is hoping to revive his career after posting some of the worse number of his tenure. His numbers against lefties (.308/.410/.514) were outstanding over the last three years, but he struggled badly (.256/.326/.391) against righthanders.Even with Rodriguez having $134 million left on his contract, for right now it appears he will still continue to reside in his $6 million West Side in New York penthouse, but more importantly his is still a Yankee for now.
Solid Energy has just published its 2006 Environmental Report, highlighting that, for the first time since measuring and reporting its environmental performance, the company met its overall policy objective of having a net positive effect on the New Zealand environment with a 3% overall improvement (or reduction in total effect). However, the company has highlighted the high cost of conservation, and that the cost could probably have been reduced significantly.Solid Energy CEO, Dr Don Elder, says: “This is a great result even though the area of land affected by our operations increased by 8%. Improving our environmental stewardship, while at the same time managing growth is challenging, but we’re making real progress. Our investment in environmental research is now having a practical application across our business, with a focus on improving water and air quality and increasing biological diversity. Encouragingly, we had no significant environmental incidents last year. These are all positive achievements, but we still have much more to do. Unfortunately all these positive achievements have been overshadowed by our recent announcement that 19 months of delays in accessing ridgeline coal at Stockton Mine will result in the loss of up to five export shipments, reducing the year’s profit before tax by $25 million, and that the cost of the land snail protection programme is now nearing $10 million.In its Environmental Report, Solid Energy is calling for a rethink on how some of the money allocated to the land snail programme might have been better spent. “This is a national resource issue,” says Elder. “There are already companies identifying ‘rare species’ at sites of potential developments wondering what the cost to them might be, given our experience at Stockton, or even whether to proceed with their developments. At Stockton we believe at least 90% of the actual conservation benefit could have been achieved for $1-2 million, or only 5% of the actual cost we have incurred.“The other question is what would have been a better use for the other 90% of the costs we’ve incurred. These costs exceed the Department of Conservation’s entire annual possum control budget; they’d be enough to fund development and maintenance of a major mainland wildlife sanctuary, or carry out predator control over an area the size of Fiordland National Park. A more rational and nationally sustainable approach might have been to spend up to $2 million on protecting the snails and dedicate a significant additional amount to other environmental projects which New Zealanders regard as important.He added: “To take this one step further, we recognise that some of our past mining was not carried out in a way that meets our definition today of sustainability. We’re already committed to spending many tens of millions over the next five years, over and above our normal operational environmental activities. Very little is regulatory driven; most of this is associated with the legacy of historical mining. Given the choice and given the competing demands for funding in New Zealand today, would most people instead choose to allocate this money to protect flora and fauna, or to conserve some of our national heritage sites?”Elder concludes: “In the choices we make today, we must consider whether we too are most appropriately allocating the scarce resources that are available to shape New Zealand for future generations. We believe that New Zealand needs to engage meaningfully in this discussion before we, or someone else, repeats our experiences of the past two years at Stockton.”
M&J Engineering is supplying the first Weba Chute Systems in a shiploading application for installation on Portnet’s Shiploaders 1 and 2 at the Port of Saldanha. This follows the successful installation of Weba Chutes at Portnet’s iron ore handling plant some time ago. “Designed for a transfer of 10,000 t/h of iron ore, the two boom transfer chutes feature a levelling device that keeps them vertical at all times during the luffing of the boom in a range from 14o to 5o. This will minimise spillage and blockages, and ensure an even load of iron ore onto the boom conveyor,” says Alwin Nienaber, technical director of M & J Engineering. This conveyor has a belt size of 1,650 mm and runs at a speed of 4 m/s. Bulk density of the iron ore varies from 2.3 to 3 t/m3 and maximum lump size is 40 mm, with a moisture content of about 3%.Also at the Port of Saldanha, on a contract awarded directly by Portnet, M&J Engineering is currently upgrading the moving head chutes to ensure these conveyor transfer points will be able to cope with the 10,000 t/h ship loader capacity.“The existing conventional chutes had been experiencing ongoing problems relating to spillage and blockages,” M&J Engineering’s Ted Cruickshank says. “We’ve been contracted to design and fabricate Weba Chutes for this application and to re-instate all the required instrumentation and piping services.“To prevent future blockages we’ve carried out Fine Element Analysis on the chutes to determine the flow of the iron ore and verify the chutes’ capability to handle 10,000 t/h and to load this material central to the ongoing conveyor.”Both projects will be completed by the end of August 2012.Each Weba Chute system is custom designed for a specific application, taking into account factors such as belt width, belt speed, material sizes and shape and throughput. Cruickshank says there are numerous advantages to be gained from this locally developed transfer point system which, when introduced on a new project, achieves the optimum design configuration for the application with the best belt cleaning arrangement and optimum selection of belt type and size. In addition, spillage can be completely eliminated.Further benefits that apply equally to retrofitted Weba Chute Systems and new projects alike include up to 80% reduction in material degradation, greatly reduced levels of dust and noise, reduced production losses owing to fewer blockages, significantly reduced spillage and vastly improved safety levels.Easy access is provided for inspection and maintenance purposes and the system does not require ongoing supervision, again representing a saving in manpower and related costs.Cruickshank cautions that Weba Chute Systems should not be compared to conventional chute or transfer point systems, but should rather be seen as an improved alternative or upgrade, because they adopt a completely different and unique approach to control and handling of bulk materials. For instance, the system uses a supertube with a cascade scenario, where 95% of the material runs on material at all times.“When one looks at this process in slow motion, it becomes apparent that the bottom layer of particles in the product stream moves in a tumbling motion and does not slide down the chute,” he explains. “This results in significantly reduced wear and in many cases the lip remains completely covered by material and never needs replacement.”This manner of controlling material movement is taken a step further by designing the internal angle of the transfer chute in such a way as to match the product discharge velocity with the belt speed, which either completely eliminates or greatly reduces spillage.Extensive experience and technical expertise, coupled with applications knowledge, has positioned Weba Chute Systems as the leader in its field. The Weba Chute system design is accomplished using sophisticated 3D computer software. Data received from the customer is always verified, and in many instances Weba Chute’s highly skilled personnel are in a position to make cost saving recommendations.The quality of the manufacturing process is strictly controlled by the company’s procedures which are in line with its ISO 9001:2008 certification. Performance guarantees, set in accordance with operational and application parameters, are provided with all Weba Chute systems.
IT WAS ONLY a matter of time/days/hours before the first debate between the US presidential hopefuls was given the Songify treatment.Romney won the real debate in Colorado, it’s pretty much been decided, but who wins this mash-up? You decide:(via schmoyoho/Youtube)
Un séisme de 7,3 à Tokyo pourrait y faire près de 10 000 mortsUne étude publiée par la municipalité de Tokyo révèle qu’un séisme de magnitude 7,3 en plein centre-ville pourrait causer la mort de près de 10.000 personnes et faire 150.000 blessés. La simulation tient compte des changements telluriques ayant eu lieu depuis le 11 mars 2011.Une simulation actualisée de la municipalité de Tokyo, au Japon, tient compte des changements telluriques intervenus depuis le tremblement de terre de magnitude 9 survenu au large des côtes nord-est du Japon le 11 mars 2011. Grâce à cette estimation, le gouvernement souhaite améliorer les dispositifs de prévention et de secours. Plusieurs situations ont ainsi été envisagées. Selon les experts, le pire scénario serait que l’épicentre d’un éventuel séisme de magnitude 7,3 frappe la partie nord de la baie de Tokyo, un jour d’hiver, à 18 heures, avec un vent de 8 mètres par seconde (ce dernier, en attisant les incendies retarderait les secours). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans ce cas, un tsunami qui atteindrait jusqu’à 2,61 mètres dans le quartier sud de Shinagawa pourrait déferler dans la ville. Toujours dans cette configuration, 5.600 personnes au moins périraient dans les secousses et 4.100 à cause des flammes et de la fumée. Jusqu’à 147.600 autres seraient blessées, dont 21.900 gravement atteintes, et ce uniquement dans la préfecture de Tokyo (près de 13 millions d’habitants). La simulation informatique a en outre calculé que 304.300 bâtiments seraient en tout ou en partie détruits, dont près des deux tiers par le feu. Cela laisserait sans abri 3,39 millions d’individus et empêcherait 5,17 millions de personnes de regagner leur domicile à cause des dégâts et de l’arrêt des transports en commun.D’autres scenarii envisagent également des séismes de magnitude plus élevées (jusqu’à 8,2) mais, paradoxalement, les chiffres sont moins dramatiques. Pourtant, les Japonais doivent se préparer à tout car Tokyo se situe à la jonction entre quatre plaques tectoniques. Dans les 30 prochaines années, les chances qu’un séisme de magnitude supérieure à 7 survienne sont ainsi de 70%. D’autres études estiment même que la probabilité de telles secousses dans les quatre prochaines années est de 50%.Cinq fois plus de “petits” séismes qu’avant Les sismologues reconnaissent toutefois qu’il ne s’agit là que d’estimations. Celles-ci se basent sur des données historiques et la connaissance actuelle des mécanismes tectoniques. Elles n’ont aucunement valeur de prévisions. Néanmoins, l’activité sismique s’est fortement intensifiée à Tokyo depuis le séisme de l’an dernier. Par ailleurs, on relève dans la capitale en moyenne plus de 1,5 tremblement de terre de magnitude supérieure à 3 chaque jour, soit cinq fois plus qu’auparavant.Le 20 avril 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
Almost a month after the opening of a new freeway interchange at Northeast 139th Street, traffic patterns in the Salmon Creek area still appear to be in flux as thousands of drivers feel out the new setup.But regular commuters should find a new normal soon, county and state transportation officials say.“I think we’re getting closer,” said Rob Klug, Clark County’s traffic signal operations and engineering lead.For now, “there’s a lot of variability in the traffic out there,” he said.The new interchange and bridge at 139th Street opened to much fanfare on Aug. 27. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion ended four years of construction, and came 17 years after planning began on the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project. The effort also rebuilt local roads and made improvements to Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 near the convergence of the two freeways.New patterns developNearby Northeast 134th Street, long plagued by congestion and backups, has seen a marked improvement since the new interchange opened, according to county traffic data. For example: The offramp connecting northbound I-5 to 134th Street once carried about 12,000 vehicles per day, Klug said. Now, more than a third of that traffic — 4,500 vehicles per day — uses the new northbound offramp at 139th Street, he said.Other ramps at 134th Street have seen similar improvements, said Bart Treece, a spokesman with the Washington State Department of Transportation. In general, the new interchange and improvements are performing well, he said.Earlier models predicted that as much as 40 percent of the traffic at 134th Street would shift to 139th Street, Klug said. Depending on where it’s measured, that number is around 25 percent to 33 percent so far, he said. But that may change as drivers continue to adjust.
1 Comment The interior keeps Lotus’ focus on simplicity, but its design looks far more futuristic. There’s a whole lot of low-gloss carbon fiber, and the center console is a thin, little thing that rises rather dramatically, leaving plenty of space behind it for storage. The steering wheel is small and square, and it rests just ahead of a single digital screen that stands in for a more traditional gauge cluster. Since it lacks traditional side mirrors, there are screens in both door panels that beam a camera’s view to the cockpit.If you think the looks are bonkers, wait until you hear about the powertrain. While Lotus isn’t divulging production specs just yet, it has a number of target specifications. Its battery sends juice to all four wheels by way of electric motors that are aiming for an output just shy of 2,000 horsepower and 1,250 pound-feet of torque. With a curb weight 3,700 pounds in its lightest specification, 62 miles per hour hopes to arrive in under 3 seconds, with the speedometer reaching 186 mph in less than 9 seconds and topping out north of 200 mph.The battery is estimated at 70 kilowatt-hours, which might not seem like much, but Lotus believes it can squeeze 250 miles of range out of that figure, although that number is likely based on European WLTP measurements, which tend to be more favorable than the EPA’s handiwork. Using a 350-kilowatt charger, the battery should top off in just 18 minutes.Of course, all this capability means one thing: It will drain money from your wallet faster than it drains electrons from its battery. Lotus estimates that each car will cost between £1.5 million and £2 million ($1.9 million to $2.5 million). The automaker is asking for a £250,000 ($310,000) refundable deposit to get one of the 130 production slots on offer. Production is scheduled to commence in Norfolk, England in 2020. Lotus Evija doesn’t look a thing like any other Lotus, and that’s good More From Roadshow 40 Photos 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive: More style, more range, more fun 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Lotus Evija hypercar is an electric rebirth for the British… Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 23:22 Enlarge ImageHeavens. Charlie Rose/Roadshow Lotus has been sailing along for the last several years with occasional rehashes of its three core vehicles — Elise, Evora and Exige. But now, under the tutelage of new parent company Geely, Lotus is ready to roll out something that’s wildly different from the norm. It’s the Lotus Evija, and it’s nuts.Lotus on Tuesday unveiled its all-electric hypercar, the Evija. Pronounced “E-vi-ya,” and reportedly translating to “the first in existence,” this car represents a dramatic departure from the usual day-to-day Lotus stuff. It’s a proper moonshot, packing all manner of new technologies while aiming for stratospheric numbers that would fit right in with all the wild metal seen at every Geneva Motor Show.We’ll start with the looks. The Evija is such a radical departure from the current Lotus design language that it’s almost surprising to see the badges on it. It looks more like the Aston Martin Valkyrie than an Evora, with body panels that hug the wheels and generate a whole bunch of interesting shapes on the sides — I mean, look at that those massive air channels just ahead of the rear wheels! I even see a little bit of the McLaren F1 in the side profile, thanks to its wedge-y shape.The rear is perhaps the most marvelous part of the whole car. Those channels ahead of the rear wheels send air through two positively massive outlets at the rear, surrounded by LED lights. The rear diffuser is the size of a small European village, and there’s another LED light smack dab in the middle of it. It appears the charging port is tucked away back there, too, just under the Lotus badge. Lotus Electric Cars Exotic Cars Future Cars Performance Cars Coupes Tags Lotus
Acting Alaska U.S. attorney Bryan Schroder speaking at a press conference on March 23, 2017 (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)A Palmer man faces federal charges in a Wasilla double homicide last summer, and the defendant, 30-year-old John Pearl Smith II, could face the death penalty.Listen nowProsecutors say the decision to charge Smith in federal court aims to fulfill a nationwide directive by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to use federal resources in fighting violent crime at the local and state level.It was June of 2016 when Alaska State Troopers found Wasilla residents 43-year-old Ben Gross and 30-year-old Crystal Denardi shot to death inside a burning home, as well as another injured man.The charges filed against Smith say he was a suspect in the double homicide from the beginning. After intense surveillance for about two weeks — including surveillance from the air and the monitoring of Smith’s phone — he was arrested on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the charges.Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said the arrest allowed troopers and federal investigators to build their case against Smith while he was safely behind bars.“The investigation was extensive in this case, led by the Alaska State Troopers, who obtained assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration,” Schroder said.A federal grand jury handed up a 17-count indictment this week that includes charges of using a firearm in a murder, burglary and attempted drug possession with the intent to distribute. It appears Smith was trying to steal drugs when the shootings occurred.Schroder said the drug connection is what allowed the charges to be filed in federal court, where the death penalty is an option.Smith’s attorney, Steve Wells, said the government must first prove that they have the proper evidence to seek the death penalty for Smith, even before a potential trial begins.Wells said the argument over that issue and others will occur in time.“We look forward to our day in court,” Wells said. “Mr. Smith would remind everybody that, in our system, someone is innocent until proven guilty.Schroder, the acting U.S. Attorney, said the case against Smith is an example of the cooperation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies requested by Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General. Schroder said he expects to see more coordinated efforts in the future.“That cooperation is what we really want to emphasize here today, that we’re all doing what we can to protect the people of Alaska from violent crime,” Schroder said.Meantime, the position of U.S. Attorney for Alaska remains open. Schroder said he does not know how long it will take the Trump administration to make a decision.
Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome People who work with released prisoners say the best way to combat crime is enhancing access to programs that target mental health problems and drug addiction — not increasing prison terms. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Two floatplanes with a combined total of 16 people on board crashed Monday afternoon in the George Inlet area near Ketchikan. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage The University of Alaska is making progress restructuring its teacher education program, following the University of Alaska Anchorage’s loss of accreditation for its initial licensure program. Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau The Senate Finance Committee passed House Bill 49 on Sunday after adding elements of a criminal justice package proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Shaktoolik students save abandoned bearded seal pup Fire officials take preventative measures to combat Oregon Lakes Fire Military begins Northern Edge exercises in Alaska Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Eielson GPS signal-jamming exercise may affect navigation devices, cellphone apps A Juneau woman is at the center of a federal lawsuit against the company that employs the people who give out samples at Costco. The suit alleges the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Senate committee goes further than House in repealing controversial crime law Workplace anti-discrimination agency sues free sample company, alleges ADA violations in Juneau Eielson Air Force Base has begun a series of exercises that may cause intermittent problems for navigation systems and other electronic devices around the Interior over the next couple of weeks. Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Last month, an all-female group of mountaineers flew high into the mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. After nine days, they claimed two first ascents of unnamed peaks. University of Alaska begins transition for Anchorage campus’s teacher education program Around 10,000 service members participate in Northern Edge, with exercises primarily above the Alaska Range and Gulf of Alaska. The National Park Service rescued a climber Sunday on Denali who had been injured in a fall days earlier while snowboarding down the mountain, the tallest in North America. Alaska lawmakers are trying to fight crime by toughening prison sentences. Not everyone agrees that will work. Three dead after two planes collided midair near George Inlet Rangers rescue Denali climber hurt in snowboarding fall Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Fire fighters took preventative action yesterday against the Oregon Lakes wildfire, south of Delta Junction. The blaze is consuming dry grasses and dead trees on military training lands, previously burned in 2013. Claiming two first ascents, climbing group seeks to create more opportunities for women in the mountains Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews An abandoned and starving bearded seal pup is making her way towards good health thanks to a group of Shaktoolik students.
Puneeth Rajkumar.Puneeth Rajkumar Twitter AccountPuneeth Rajkumar has sent a message to the people not to drag his name in politics and stated that he is not endorsing any candidate or party. His statement comes a day after Rockline Venkatesh claimed that the Power Star is supporting Sumalatha’s candidature from Mandya constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.In a press release, Puneeth Rajkumar claimed he would like to be recognised by people as an artist and not as a politician, but he urges his fans to vote, sensibly. “It is the duty of the people to exercise their constitutional right to vote and it is the individual’s choice to choose their candidates. As the citizen of this country, I respect their decision and will convey my fans to be responsible voters, but I do not endorse any candidate or party,” he said in his statement.The Power Star claimed that both Deve Gowda and Ambareesh’s families are his well-wishers. “I wish them all the best and I pray to the God to give them more strength to serve the society. I also request people not to use my name in election and politics,” he said in his concluding statement.Two days ago at a press meet, Rockline Venkatesh said that Sumalatha has the backing of the Sandalwood’s Power Star. “When I had called Puneeth Rajkumar on his birthday, he voluntarily asked me whether we need any support for Sumalatha. Also, he (Appu) told me that he was willing to campaign for Akka (Sumalatha), while sending his best wishes for her victory in Mandya,” he told the media.The Rajkumar family maintained safe distance from politics for decades, but Geetha, wife of Shivaraj Kumar, broke the rule as she contested from Shivamogga Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 general elections from the JD(S) ticket.However, the family had stated that she was contesting as the daughter of former Karnataka Chief Minister S Bangarappa and not as the daughter-in-law of Dr Rajkumar, but she lost to BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa.Coming to Mandya, Nikhil Gowda, son of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, is being fielded by the JD(S). Yash with Sumalatha and DarshanTwitter
London-based lender Standard Chartered Plc, which is looking to sell stressed loans worth $1.5 billion in India, has drawn few takers for the sale. Hong Kong-based SSG Capital Management Ltd, which is a private equity firm specialising in buying distressed debt, is the only firm in talks to buy Standard Chartered’s assets, and that too at a discount, Mint reports.”The bank is looking to sell $300 million worth of loans to Cairn Energy, and the rest to Essar Group towards which it has a huge exposure. Depending on the discount SSG Capital is seeking, a deal will be carved out,” Mint quoted a source as saying.The present CEO of Standard Chartered, Bill Thomas Winters, has been reportedly trying to bring back profitability at the bank after it reported its first annual loss in two decades in February 2016.”It is important to assess the right place for such assets and make the sale as soon as possible, instead of sitting on them and waiting for a deal. Most large foreign banks make necessary provisions and exit stressed loans soon, which is the right way to deal with such cases,” Nirmal Gangwal, the Founder and MD of Brescon Corporate Advisors, was quoted as saying by the publication.On April 11, Standard Chartered had announced its decision to sell at least $4.4 billion of its assets in Asia. The move was seen as an attempt of the bank to clean up its balance sheets. The bank was earlier in talks with potential buyers to sell assets worth $1.4 billion of stressed loans made to Indian companies, including those to GMR Infrastructure.Standard Chartered bank reported a loss of $1.5 billion in 2015, which was markedly down from a profit of $4.2 billion in 2014, Bloomberg reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
The government has taken a number of projects for the welfare of Bangladeshi expatriates who are greatly contributing to the country’s economy, reports UNB.Under various projects, the government will set up technical training centres, specialised hospitals, residential schools, housing projects and a specialised insurance company.According to an official document, a project is under implementation to set up 40 technical training centres in 40 upazilas across the country in the first phase.Steps have been taken to construct 50 more training centres in 50 upazilas. “Gradually, training centres will be set up in all the upazials,” the document shows.It also says the government will construct two modern specialised hospitals in Dhaka and Chittagong giving priority to the treatment of homecoming expatriates and their family members.Besides, there will be reserved seats in all the government hospitals for them.There will be two residential schools in Dhaka and Chittagong in the first phase for ensuring education to the children of expatriates and of those returning home.The government is also contemplating preserving a quota for the children of expatriates in educational institutions at all levels.The document mentions that the government will take housing projects in the districts where the number of expatriates is comparatively higher.”A process is on to construct buildings of nine schools and colleges run by the Bangladeshi community in Saudi Arabia,” the document reads.The government has taken a decision to form a specialised insurance company under the ownership of Expatriate Welfare Board to provide insurance facility to all the Bangladeshi expatriates.There is a move to take a project for the employment of the family members of the expatriates who will die abroad.To give various sorts of services, the government will set up an Expatriate Digital Centre (EDC) in Saudi Arabia taking assistance from the access to information (a2i) programme of the Prime Minister’s Office.The government will take steps to bring all Diaspora living abroad under the facilities of Expatriate Welfare Board. Soon, the government will introduce ambulance services in Dhaka and Sylhet airports for the expatriates.”The government will set up safe homes in phases in all Bangladeshi missions,” the document added.It mentioned that a plan is afoot to set up support centres in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dubai to help the trouble-stricken Bangladeshi workers there.A senior official of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry said the present government is serious and cordial regarding the welfare of the expatriates and their family members.”The government wants to improve the living standard of the expatriates and their family members through providing various facilities to them,” he said.Mentioning that the expatriates are one of the main strengths of the country’s economy, the official said, “So, we’re very much serious about giving them better services and changing their fate,” he said.