Rhino killed by poachers in Assam

first_imgAn adult rhino, strayed away of the Kaziranga National Park, was killed and its horn taken away by poachers in Majuli district, a forest department official said on Sunday. The female carcass of the rhino with its horn missing was recovered this morning at Lohore Chapori situated north-west of Shankarghat at Dergaon by villagers who informed local forest officials, Divisional Forest Officer of Kaziranga National Park Rohini Ballav Saikia told PTI. Stating the rhino was killed last night by poachers taking advantage of heavy rain, Mr. Saikia said the animal hunters shot nine rounds of bullet of .303 rifle to kill the rhino as evident from the empty cartridges recovered from the spot.The rhino went to Majuli district walking over the sandbar of the river Brahmaputra after it had strayed away of the Agaratoli Range of the Kaziranga National Park from February 22 last, the DFO said.This is the third rhino killed by poachers since January this year with the earlier two rhinos killed in Kaziranga and this one outside the Park area.The first rhino was poached at Daflang camp area of the Bagori range on January 14, but the poachers could not take away its horn, while the second one was killed at Polokata Tapu near Sitamari under Lahorijan forest camp on February 11.last_img read more

Why Walmart’s Flipkart Deal Will Spur Entrepreneurship in India

first_imgWalmart’s agreement on June 9 to purchase 77% of Flipkart for $16 billion mints two engineer billionaires in India. Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal, who co-founded Flipkart and who are not related, each reportedly own about 5% of the Indian online retailer. They will have a net worth about $1 billion when the transaction with Walmart is completed later this year. It will mark a major business success for professionals in India, outside the information technology businesses.Read it at Knowledge@Wharton Related Itemslast_img

Meerut discus makers want Krishna Poonia to shine in London Olympics

first_imgKanhiya Lal Saini grips the discus in his rustic palm to show how it is held and thrown.”Once in a while, we have to test the samples and for that we are told how to grip it,” he grins before shifting focus to his job.Drilling holes to fix the centre of a discus is what Kanhiya does for a living.His knowledge of international sport though is limited to Krishna Poonia, the Commonwealth Games gold medal winner, who often visits the manufacturing unit of Anand Track and Field Equipment, from where the star player gets the discus customised.”She is very finicky about the equipment. She prefers more weight on the rim. Even before going to London she visited the factory along with her husband and spent some time with us. We hope she returns with a medal from London,” says Rajendra Kumar, who has been working in the field for 16 years.There is no bigger satisfaction for these workers than seeing their products hurled to a distance and fetching star players medals.”We feel rewarded for the hard work we put in. In the Commonwealth Games, our products fetched Indian athletes medals and we were very happy when we saw that on television. When we came to know that our products will be used in London, we felt great, rather proud,” says Rajendra.The odd visits by Poonia and other Indian athletes notwithstanding, they are busy shaping the equipment from 8 am to 5 pm.It fetches them around Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000 monthly, depending upon the work they do.advertisement”We have been working in this industry for a long time. It takes a lot of time for a new person to come and learn the techniques of production,” says Rajendra.Not all are happy with their wages, though. “There is little that we could save at the end of month,” says one of them.Surinder Pal Singh, production manager at the Anand Track and Field, has seen the industry change in his 27-year career.”There was a time when these equipment were all made by hand. Now machines are used at all stages of production and the finished product is totally different.””Though there has been a steady increase in demand over the years, but athletics is still not popular in India. The success of our athletes in the Commonwealth Games did generate some interest,” he added.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 4 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India in Galle.ScorecardIndia (2nd innings):49.5 overs: All over in Galle with Sri Lanka scripting a great win coming from behind. All credit to the whole Lankan team but Chandimal and Herath’s efforts stand out. Despite India dominating the Test at the start couldn’t continue the momentum and lost by 63 runs. 46.5 overs: Out. Rahane gone caught in the slip and seven wickets for Herath. Sri Lanka now one wicket away from win. 38.6 overs: Out. Ashwin has thrown away his wicket leaving Sri Lanka just two wickets away from victory. Trying to flick Herath, Ashwin plays the shot in the air and Dhammika Prasad fielding wide at mid-on takes a good catch. India are 8 down. 35.6 overs (Lunch): India survive the first session to go into lunch at 78 for 7 and needing 98 more runs to win. Rahane and Ashwin were at the crease with Sri Lanka on top after Rabgana Herath’s five-for.32.3 overs: Out. Harbhajan Singh comes and goes as Herath claims his fifth wicket. Sri Lanka now are on the brink with India struggling at 69 for 7. 30.3 overs: Out. Wriddhiman Saha to cover the spin steps out but Herath foxes him and the Indian wicketkeeper fails to make his ground back. Sri Lanka now sniff victory from this position until the India batsmen bat out of their skin. India 6 down. 27.3 overs: Out. Second wicket for Kaushal as he sends back Dhawan for 28 caught by the bowler moving to his left. India are struggling at 61 for 5. advertisement25.6 overs: Herath and Kaushal bowling in tandem but the good sign is both batsmen are now using their feet playing the spinners. The scoreboard needs to keep ticking for the tourists. India 57 for 4. 21.6 overs: Out. Kaushal strikes and gets the big wicket of Virat Kohli caught at short leg. Kaushal Silva at close in position takes a sharp catch. India are in a tricky position with 45 for 4. 18.5 overs: Out. Third wicket for Rangana Herath with a cracker of a delivery by castling Rohit Sharma for 4. India can’t afford to go on the defensive and someone needs to play positively. 14.1 overs: Out. Rangana Herath strikes first ball of his first over of the day by trapping nightwatchman Ishant Sharma lbw. India 30 for 2. 13 overs: Shikhar Dhawan and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma start day four needing 153 more runs to win. Sri Lanka had their chance but Thirimanne at second slip grassed Ishant Sharma. India 30 for 1. Day 3 round-up: India were set a tricky target of 176 runs to win the first Test against Sri Lanka after Dinesh Chandimal produced a counter-attacking unbeaten 162 to lead a spirited fightback for the hosts.Tottering at a precarious 95 for 5 at one stage after conceding a 192-run first innings lead, Chandimal staged a remarkable recovery as he notched up a career-best knock to help Sri Lanka score 367 in the second innings. Chandimal’s effort not only helped the Lankans avoid an innings defeat but gave them enough lead to throw open the match on a track, providing some turn for the slow bowlers.India were 23 for 1 at stumps on third day, requiring another 153 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The visitors lost opener Lokesh Rahul (5), who was trapped LBW by Rangana Herath. Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Ishant Sharma (5) were at the crease at the end of day’s play.The 25-year-old wicketkeeper batsman found able allies in Lahiru Thirimanne (44) and Jehan Mubarak (49) as they put on valuable partnerships to frustrate the Indians. The Indians had themselves to blame to allow the hosts wriggle out of a tight position while some dubious umpiring decisions also went against them on Friday.It was a commendable fightback from the Sri Lankans, who counter-attacked the Indian spinners and completely destroyed their rhythm. At lunch time, it looked that India will run away with an easy victory with Sri Lanka reeling at 108 for 5 but Chandimal changed the complexion of the game as he clobbered the bowlers to record his fourth Test century.Chandimal hit 23 boundaries, including four sixes, in his fighting knock and raised a 125-run stand for the Thirimanne for the sixth wicket. With Mubarak he was involved in a 82-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Offspinner R Ashwin, who took 6 for 46 in the first innings, was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 4 for 114, completing his third 10-wicket haul in a Test. Legspinner Amit Mishra took 3 for 61 while Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron and Harbhajan Singh accounted for one batsman each.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic struggles into second round at US Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic double-faulted, then shook his right arm and grimaced.Seconds later Monday night, a weak serve produced a wince from the U.S. Open’s defending champion, then was followed by a missed forehand that gave away a set – the first set dropped by Djokovic in the first round of any Grand Slam tournament since 2010. (Serena Williams set to open quest for more history)While he managed to emerge with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, there were plenty of signs of trouble, starting with a visit from a trainer who massaged Djokovic’s bothersome arm after only five games.INJURY SCAREAsked about his health during an on-court interview, Djokovic deflected the question, saying, “I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about this now. I’m through. I’m taking it day by day.”When the subject arose at his news conference, Djokovic again avoided addressing the topic, saying the trainer’s visit “was just prevention; it’s all good.”During the match, Djokovic hit first serves around 100 mph, sometimes slower – 25 mph or so below what’s normal for him. He hit second serves in the low 80s mph. He flexed that right arm, the one he has used to wield a racket on the way to 12 Grand Slam titles, and appeared generally unhappy, covering his head with a white towel at changeovers.NERVOUS BECKER Djokovic’s coach, Boris Becker, gnawed on his fingernails, looking nervous as can be.All in all, Djokovic’s issues figure to loom large as the tournament progresses, and therefore were the most noteworthy development on a Day 1 at Flushing Meadows that did include drama elsewhere.advertisementThere was 20th-seeded John Isner’s comeback from two sets down to edge 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe before a rowdy, standing-room-only crowd at the new Grandstand. And 26th-seeded Jack Sock’s five-set victory over 18-year-old Taylor Fritz in another all-American matchup.More, too: A first-round loss by Rio Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig, and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza’s complaints about having trouble breathing after dropping the first set of a match she would go on to win in three.This was the No. 1-ranked Djokovic’s first match at a major since losing to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon, which ended the Serb’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam after titles at the Australian Open and French Open. He exited the Rio Olympics in the first round this month, then sat out the Cincinnati Masters because of a sore left wrist.”After all I’ve been through in last couple of weeks, it’s pleasing, of course, to finish the match and win it,” said Djokovic, who lost to his next opponent, Jiri Vesely, at Monte Carlo in April. “Look, each day presents us some kind of challenges that we need to overcome, accept and overcome.”The wrist appeared to be just fine against Janowicz, a former top-20 player who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2013 and is now ranked 247th after his own series of injuries.NADAL NOT AT HIS BEST Earlier in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rafael Nadal stood near the net after winning his first Grand Slam match in three months – 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 against Denis Istomin – and unraveled the thick wrap of white tape protecting his all-important left wrist. He said he’s still not back to hitting his forehand the way he does when he’s at his best.Nadal’s afternoon match was played with the new $150 million retractable roof open under a blue sky, while offering some extra shade on a day when the temperature reached 90 degrees.The good news for Nadal, he said afterward, is that the pain is gone from his wrist, which whips those violent, topspin-heavy forehands that are the key to his success – 14 of his 21 winners came off that wing.BAD NEWS FOR NADALHe still is working on feeling comfortable hitting down-the-line forehands, in particular, after sitting out – not just zero real matches, but barely any practice, either – from his withdrawal at the French Open in late May to the Olympics.”Not easy to go 2 months out of competition, in the middle of the season, without hitting a forehand,” Nadal said. “I need to have the confidence again with my wrist.”Both Nadal and his coach, Uncle Toni, described the way Rafael changed the way he hits a forehand during the Rio Games to try to avoid pain.Both said things are improving.But as Toni noted: “We need a little time.”Istomin, ranked 107th, was not likely to give Nadal much of a test. So what did he think of Nadal’s play Monday?advertisement”For the first set, I was feeling that he was not hitting hard,” Istomin said. “A lot of short balls.”Nadal’s summation of his day: “Not very good; not very bad.”last_img read more

PACKAGE-CHOWDARY 2 LAST

first_img“Pollavaram was granted national status on floor of Rajya”Pollavaram was granted national status on floor of Rajya Sabha by Manohan Singh, which would have guaranteed 90 per cent of funding. However, the NDA government has given AP a unique 100 per cent funding which is first time in Indias history that any irrigation project, that too of this scale, has got complete funding from Centre,” he said.”For a project of over Rs 30,000 crore, the 10 per cent saved by AP is itself Rs 3,000 crore,” the minister said.He said the backward districts financial package is no longer in vogue, “but we have secured an additional Rs 2,100 crore for the backwards districts of northern Andhra and Ralayaseema in particular.””I urge the people of AP to study all the facts and appreciate that what we have procured for our state is one of the finest deals and it will continue till our state and people are back to the glory before the unfair bifurcation,” Chowdary said. PTI VVK NSK SMNlast_img read more

Embedded SBCs face uphill battle in IoT gateway market

first_imgAdvantech is using Intel’s Atom E3815 along with the Wind River Intelligent Device Driver Platform in a Moon Island-based IoT Gateway that incorporates a secure communications stack for connecting to the cloud over a number of different wireless protocols. Continue Reading Previous Discover more about the recent MS-DOS vs. CP/M analysis at ESC MinneapolisNext Virtual and mediated realities: presentation technologies and potential applications Eurotech’s new challenger The biggest threat to Eurotech’s continuing dominance in the integrated IoT gateway market is Taiwan-based SBC supplier ADLINK Technology Inc., which recently acquired Prismtech, a provider of real-time publish/subscribe software tools based on the DDS protocol. At the heart of ADLINK’s various IoT gateway platforms in the future will be PrismTech’s DDS-based Vortex Intelligent Data Sharing Platform.This platform is a set of light-weight easy to implement software services which includes Vortex OpenSplice, a fully featured DDS implementation for server-class platforms, as well as more specialized real-time embedded environments and operating systems; Vortex Lite (Figure 2 ) which offers real-time data sharing for severely resource-limited devices and sensors; Vortex Café, a Java-based DDS implementation specifically optimized for mobility and Cloud data sharing; and Vortex Web, a JavaScript Data Distribution Service (DDS) API that allows HTML5/Web browser apps to send and receive data to and from the Vortex DDS data backbone.Figure 2: With a static memory overhead measured in a few hundred kilobytes (400 to 500 Kbytes), Vortex Lite is designed to address the constrained memory footprints of embedded IoT devices. (Source: Adlink/Prismtech) MQTT vs. DDS. “The MQTT community, with backing of IBM, did a great job of positioning MQTT as the de facto IoT protocol for the Internet of Things quite a while before the DDS community realized that this was also a potential sweet spot for its real-time protocol,” said Andy Foster, PrismTech product marketing manager. “As a result MQTT captured mind share early on, regardless of what it was designed to do or any limitations.” However, as connected industrial systems have become more and more complex, he said that DDS is becoming more widely accepted as a core Industrial IoT (IIoT) protocol, with the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) recommending the use of DDS as a core IIoT connectivity standard.“MQTT is okay for pushing data from a device to the Cloud with basic QoS (quality-of-service) to support North-South data flows as is the case in traditional machine to machine (M2M) systems,” said Foster. “However, with an MQTT-based solution it is very much more difficult to support the next generation of IIoT systems that require both device-to-device (East-to-West data flows) for real-time processing and control at the edge of the network as well as device-to-cloud connectivity for big data analytics in the cloud.”DDS has distinct advantages over the other technologies for applications that require device-to-device (common in the edge or Fog tier of the next generation of IIoT systems) and not just device to-cloud connectivity (typical in traditional M2M architectures or first generation IIoT systems), especially where there is a requirement for high performance, real-time, many-to-many managed connectivity.“By default DDS communication between publishers and subscribers will be over UDP multicast and combined with a rich and flexible set of QoS polices enables exceptional ‘fan-out’ scalability,” said Foster. “DDS implementations can reliably scale to tens of 1000s of messages/sec per peer on networks consisting of thousands of devices. In a system where latency is measured in micro seconds and predictable data delivery is a key requirement, only DDS out of these communication technologies can provide the managed real-time data connectivity required.”Foster said that even before the acquisition, ADLINK was heavily involved in this segment. In addition to implementing Intel’s IoT gateway architecture into its recently introduced Matrix MXE-200i SBC, ADLINK has developed device-to-cloud solutions such as SEMA-cloud and Edge-Pro. He said the first is an 80% working solution out of the box, which allows a developer to quickly create a board or box where all ‘vital data’ on the cloud can be accessed and acted on directly. Edge-Pro, on the other hand, is geared to be fitted into any existing software architecture, often where a customer has already some cloud or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software in place.While PrismTech’s Vortex software platform will continue to be offered to any vendors who want to integrate it into their offerings, Foster said that many of ADLINK’s future IoT platforms will depend heavily of the Vortex DDS capabilities, with extra features and capabilities that will allow them to be differentiated from the competition or provide additional value-added.Eurotech is taking notice of such recent efforts. Andres said that while much of Eurotech’s current efforts are in support of its MQTT protocol, he emphasizes that the company is IoT-protocol agnostic. “Though our history so far is in MQTT and OSGI, we have looked at and will be developing solutions based on any number of alternative publish/subscribe approaches,” he said. “It all depends on what the customer base in any particular segment needs. We feel we have built a software framework that will accommodate any number of different IoT publish/subscribe protocol approaches and in any combination.”  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Portwell’s PI-81A0 uses the X-86 based Quark SoC X1000 at the heart of its Intel IoT Gateway-based offering. The PI-81A0 incorporates a number of wireless protocols as well as dual 10/100 Fast Ethernet and USB.These various IoT boards include one or more publish/subscribe protocols appropriate to the IoT interaction being targeted: device-device, device-cloud, cloud-cloud and device-human (Table 1).Table 1: Comparison of common IoT publish/subscribe protocols and their target applications. (Source: Adlink/Prismtech) Although all these offerings are impressive, each in its own way, these companies are coming a little late to the game. Eurotech, based in Italy, has a ten-year lead as a supplier of integrated hardware/software IoT platforms to companies who want to add machine-to-machine communications capabilities to their offerings.And there is ADLINK, which is using its recent 2015 acquisition of PrismTech, a supplier of DDS tools since the early 1990s, as part of a strategy to aggressively go after the Industrial Internet of Things market.Eurotech’s completive edge According to a recent report from Venture Development Corp. (VDC), Eurotech has built on its extensive SBC capabilities to create a formidable set of IoT hardware and software platform building blocks – and partners – that potential competitors will be hard-pressed to match anytime soon.According to VDC, Eurotech has also developed close relationships with a broad variety of industry leaders such as Cisco, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and Wind River to maximize its position as an IoT systems integration supplier. On the cloud side, Eurotech is partnered with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. More recently, Eurotech has teamed up with the likes of Red Hat and other ecosystem partners to develop off-the-shelf solutions to enable IoT applications on established platforms.“Many of our competitors in the embedded computer business have only recently begun to adopt integrated hardware/software platforms targeted at the IoT needs of their business customers” said Robert Andres, Eurotech’s chief marketing officer. By comparison, Eurotech has been in the software segment for more than 10 years, starting with its initial collaboration with IBM to develop remotely accessed control systems for oil and gas pipeline pump stations.In partnership with IBM, Eurotech developed the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol, which it has since extended into a variety of machine-to-machine IoT applications in transportation, building and industrial automation, as well as in manufacturing where collection of information about device activity on the factory floor is extremely important.“At the time of the oil and gas platform efforts with IBM, MQTT was developed to answer a specific set of requirements that none of the existing alternatives seemed to satisfy,” said Andres. “At the gateway level, the system we were building did not need deterministic and real time as much as it needed a flexible light-weight protocol that was easily adaptable to a range of application and cost environments. “MQTT targets large networks of small devices that need to be monitored or controlled from the cloud and is designed to minimize the loss of data. And because it works on top of the Internet’s TCP/IP protocol, it provides a simple, reliable means of monitoring the many streams of data coming from devices installed in the field, one that can be incorporated into already existing company information management systems.Andres emphasizes that when it comes to operational technology, IoT is not a one-size-fits-all market, especially from a hardware perspective. “A broad range of appropriately sized solutions – from a form-factor (SBC’s, CPU boards with carrier boards for specific requirements, fully certified box products), as well as vertical/environmental requirements and price/performance points – has to be able to leverage the same software elements and build on them.”Andres said that in addition to IoT hardware like the Eurotech’s DynaGate (transportation) or ReliaGATE (industrial, manufacturing) product families, state of the art IoT solutions require well-designed software and communication services layered on top of that hardware (Figure 1 ). At Eurotech, this includes an application framework called the Everyware Software Framework (ESF), which is device software based on Java and OSGI designed to speed up the development of the specific vertical application or business logic. Another important Eurotech IoT building block that fits on top of the communication layer is an IoT/M2M platform called Everyware Cloud, which was designed to integrate easily into existing enterprise IT infrastructures with the aim of providing simple access through standard APIs to real-time and historical data from devices.Figure 1: Eurotech’s IoT gateway platform is an integrated framework of hardware and software building blocks aimed at providing connectivity at all levels of communications infrastructure. (Source: Eurotech) Next Page >> center_img Kontron’s KBox A-202 is based on the Intel E3800 Atom processor E3800. It uses Intel’s IoT Gateway to target data intensive IoT applications in industrial automation, transportation and communications. Kontron’s embedded application programming interface (KEAPI) incorporates a wide range of industrial interfaces and connectivity options for wireless LTE (4G), GSM (2G/3G) or WiFi support. Embedded single board computer (SBC) vendors have recently found a new market for their offerings: integrated hardware/software platforms for companies who want to move their existing embedded devices to the Internet of Things as quickly and easily as possible.Most of the recent activity has been triggered by Intel’s late 2015 introduction of its X86-based IoT Gateway built around a software framework developed by its Wind River software subsidiary. Among the SBC companies who have made use of the platform in recent months are ADLINK, Advantech, Kontron, Nexcom, and Portwell.ADLINK’s Matrix MXE-200i makes use of Intel’s IoT Gateway to meet the needs of a variety of specific industrial computing requirements. Matrix includes support for WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G/4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless connections. Nexcom’s IoT gateway uses Intel’s platform to connect devices to the cloud for data analysis and data-driven decision making, particularly in critical industrial environments where sensor nodes or I/O devices are deployed. It can be configured with different protocol-ready modules for communication over wireless 3G/Wi-Fi, wired LAN networks, and Zigbee, as well as wired fieldbus protocols.last_img read more

John Millman to face Novak Djokovic in Japan Open final

first_img Andy Murray beats Cameron Norrie to reach China Open quarter-finals Topics Unseeded John Millman has won through to his first ATP 500 final with a straight-sets defeat of Reilly Opelka at the Japan Open, setting up a showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic.The 30-year-old Queensland qualifier posted a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over the 210cm tall American on Saturday in just under 90 mins in the first meeting between the pair. Millman saved match points to beat Bradley Klahn in the first round of qualifying en route to the main draw. He has gone on to win six straight matches in Tokyo. Share on Twitter Read more Support The Guardian Fleeting nature of tennis greatness makes legacy building tough Since you’re here… Australia sport Read more Share on Facebook Novak Djokovic The world number 80 won 86 per cent of his first serve points and saved both break points he faced to clinch victory over Opelka, who sent down 13 aces. Millman broke Opelka’s opening service game on his way to a 3-0 lead. After staving off a set point in the 10th game of the second set to level at 5-5, he won the last four points of the subsequent tiebreak to wrap up the win.Millman is expected to soar 22 places to number 58 when next week’s rankings are released. He reached a career-high mark of 33 in October 2018. The Australian’s only other appearance in an ATP final was last year in Budapest, where he lost to Marco Cecchinato. In the Tokyo decider, Millman will face Djokovic, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over third-seeded Belgian David Goffin in the second semi-final. It will be Djokovic’s fifth final this season, not dropping a set in his four matches at Ariake Colosseum. Competing in the Japanese capital for the first time, he is trying to win a title on a tournament debut for the 10th time. center_img After controlling the first set, Djokovic broke Goffin in the first game of the second with a perfectly placed volley. Down 15-40 in the second game, he fought back to hold serve and never looked back. Goffin was the only former champion in the draw. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in the 2016 final before defeating Adrian Mannarino for the 2017 title. Djokovic, retiring with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the US Open, has shown no lingering effects in Tokyo. The 32-year-old is pushing to finish as year-end number one for the sixth time to tie the mark held by Pete Sampras. match reports Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Tennis Share on LinkedIn ATP World Tour Finals … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

New Board for Cornwall Regional Hospital

first_img The efforts of the management and staff have reduced complaints Story Highlights Minister of Health has appointed a new 13-member Board for the Cornwall Regional Hospital The staff and management of the hospital have been performing excellent service Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has appointed a new 13-member Board for the Cornwall Regional Hospital, chaired by Communications Consultant, Calvin Brown.“I believe, from all indications, that this will be an excellent management committee that will work in concert with the Regional Board. The Health Services Act is very clear about the role and function of a hospital management committee,” the Minister said.Dr. Ferguson was speaking at a contract signing ceremony for the expansion of the Haemodialysis Unit at the hospital on August 2, at the offices of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), in Montego Bay.“Very soon I will be meeting with members of the hospital management committees across the Regions, so that persons can be clear about their role and functions,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, who is also Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, said the staff and management of the hospital have been performing excellent service for the people of the region.“Cornwall Regional Hospital is a very important institution, not just only here in Mount Salem, and St. James, but the entire region. I congratulate you on your performance, and for doing your job diligently. I visit patients here very often, and I must commend you on the service, the cleanliness, and the efficiency of the hospital,” she told them.For his part, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the efforts of the management and staff have reduced the complaints of clients who had experienced dissatisfaction at the institution.He lauded them for the way in which the Cornwall Regional Hospital has been delivering service to the citizens of the West.“There was a time when we normally get a myriad of complaints, but those complaints have trended down. Your commitment is unwavering and we will continue to assist you in the process,” the Mayor said.last_img read more

MOL Enters Joint Ownership of Two LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced an agreement with Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., for joint ownership of two newbuilding liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers that will sail under long-term charter contracts signed in June 2012. Kansai Electric Power will hold a 70% share in the Bahamas-based MOL subsidiary that will own the two carriers, with MOL holding the remaining 30%.With this agreement, MOL and Kansai Electric Power will jointly own a total of three vessels following the LNG Ebisu (delivered in Sep. 2008), the first such vessel directly owned by Kansai Electric Power.Backed by its experience, know-how, and worldwide service network build up as one of the world’s leading LNG carrier owners and management companies, MOL continually strives for safe and stable transport of LNG, which has drawn increasing attention in recent years as a clean energy source. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location MOL, October 1, 2013last_img read more

Latest Obamacare court battle plays out in New Orleans

first_imgNew Orleans: The fate of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, and its coverage and insurance protections for millions of Americans, is again being argued before a panel of judges this time a federal appeals court in New Orleans. At issue in a hearing scheduled Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals is whether Congress effectively rendered it unconstitutional in 2017 when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance. Texas-based US District Judge Reed O’Connor declared in December that it did. The law’s supporters appealed. It’s unclear when the panel will rule in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court, which has reviewed the law before. The ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions; Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people; and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford health insurance. Tuesday’s arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. It was filed after Congress which didn’t repeal the law, despite pressure from President Donald Trump reduced to zero the unpopular tax imposed on those without insurance. In challenging the law anew, “Obamacare” opponents noted the 2012 ruling of a divided Supreme Court that upheld the law. Conservative justices had rejected the argument that Congress could require everyone to buy insurance under the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But Chief Justice John Roberts, joining four liberal justices, said Congress did have the power to impose a tax on those without insurance. With no tax penalty now in effect, the Texas lawsuit argues, the individual mandate is unconstitutional and the entire law must fall without it. O’Connor, the federal judge in Texas, agreed in a December ruling. In addition to the 18 states, two individual taxpayers are part of the lawsuit. The Trump administration is not defending the law and has filed arguments in favour of O’Connor’s ruling. California’s attorney general represents a coalition of mostly Democratic-led states and the District of Columbia seeking to overturn O’Connor’s ruling and uphold the law. The House of Representatives has joined them. Among the arguments by the law’s supporters: Those who filed suit have no case because they aren’t harmed by a penalty that doesn’t exist; the reduction of the tax penalty to zero could be read as a suspension of the tax, but the tax’s legal structure still exists; and that, even if the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, that does not affect the rest of the law known as the Affordable Care Act. When the law was proposed, friends and foes of “Obamacare” agreed that the tax was essential to persuade healthy people to get insured, thereby keeping premiums in check. But this year the first time no fines will be collected the number of people signing up for subsidised private insurance through the Affordable Care Act slipped only slightly. The government said in March that a total of 11.4 million people signed up during open enrollment season, a dip of about 300,000 from last year. Scheduled to hear Tuesday’s arguments were 5th Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Kurt Engelhardt. King was nominated to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Elrod was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007. Engelhardt was nominated by President Donald Trump last year. Democrats in the Senate said Monday that Republicans will pay a political price if the case results in the loss of popular “Obamacare.” “If they are successful in striking down the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will own all of the consequences,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said on a call Monday with reporters.last_img read more

Amber Alert ended for Edmonton boy

first_imgEDMONTON (660 NEWS) — An Amber Alert has been resolved for an 8-year-old boy who was abducted from an Edmonton school Friday afternoon.Edmonton Police alleged the child was taken by his mother at 2:50 p.m. from Waverley Elementary School at 68 St. and 89 Ave.They were last seen leaving the area on foot westbound on 89th Ave.They were believed to be travelling in the Calgary area.Saturday morning, Edmonton Police tweeted that the Amber Alert is cancelled. The boy and his mother were found in Calgary at 5:30 a.m. and the child is unharmed.An off-duty CPS member spotted the pair, according to Edmonton police. The mother was arrested by RCMP in Okotoks and is facing a charge of abduction, she remains in custody.Police thanked everyone who shared the information about the Amber Alert.No other details have been released.last_img read more

Sumanthiran ready to admit LTTE committed war crimes

Sumanthiran said that he will come under fire from his community for saying the LTTE committed war crimes. However he says he is prepared to admit that the LTTE did commit war crimes during the war. “All parties committed (war crimes),” he added.Sumanthiran also commended former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for repeatedly saying he is prepared to face a war crimes investigation. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran told Parliament today that he is ready to admit that the LTTE committed war crimes.He said that all international reports very clearly say that both the military and the LTTE committed war crimes.

Marking World Health Day UN highlights benefits of active lifestyle

Commemorating World Health Day – marked each year on 7 April – United Nations officials are calling attention to the benefits of an active lifestyle in staving off disease and prolonging life.”A vast body of knowledge, experience and scientific evidence shows that regular physical activity provides people of all ages, male and female, with substantial physical, social and mental health gains and general well being,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his message on the occasion. At the same time, he warned that “healthy living alone is not enough,” pointing out that poverty, lack of education, and inadequate health services contribute to disease.The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, emphasized that “prevention is the most powerful weapon against disease and disability, and it is a weapon that is available to everyone.” She urged governments to begin “implementing transportation policies that make it safer for people to walk and ride bicycles, legislating smoke-free public buildings and spaces, and building accessible parks, playgrounds and community centres.”The President of the General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, pointed to the need for policies that encourage people to be active. “Communities should give high priority to developing parks and open spaces and safe and attractive streets, which are highly conducive to a vibrant public life,” he said. “Clean air and water are equally important to a healthy, active community and should be at the top of the public policy agenda.”Some 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity, according to WHO, which warns that sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety. World Health Day, which is observed in local communities across the globe, got an early boost in Pakistan on Thursday when WHO joined forces with the country’s Ministry of Health and the UN Information Centre in Islamabad to host a media workshop emphasizing the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Addressing the 40 participants, the WHO Representative in Pakistan, Dr. Khalif Bile Mohamud, warned that changes in the nation’s way of life had considerably increased the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, and that more deaths would occur in the future unless preventive measures were introduced. read more

Controller gives UNs financial health mixed report card

“Clearly, the final picture for 2006, as well as the final cash position for the year, would largely depend on the action taken by those countries in the coming weeks,” UN Controller Warren Sach told the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, as it began its twice-yearly consideration of the Organization’s financial health.Mr. Sach was pleased to report that as of 31 October, $661 million remained outstanding for the regular budget, down $58 million from last year. But he pointed out that the number of Member States that paid their dues in full by 31 October had dropped to 122 from 130 on the same date last year. On 31 December last year, 140 Member States had paid, with almost 95 per cent of the outstanding amount owed by four countries – Argentina, Brazil, Japan and the United States, which owed 80 per cent of the total. “In particular, depending on action yet to be taken on the national budget of the United States, the UN might have to borrow over $200 million from the reserve account by the end of December,” he said. “Alternatively, should the United States pay its 2006 assessment in full, the Organization could have a cash balance at approximately the same level as at the end of 2005.”Mr. Sach pointed to an outstanding $2.5 billion for peacekeeping operations by the end of October, and that the Organization’s debt to Member States for troops and equipment was likely to increase by $300 million. In addition, as of 31 October, the amount outstanding for international war crimes tribunals stood at $18 million higher than last year.By the end of October, the Capital Master Plan had $66 million still outstanding, an amount that could be covered if member states pay dues in full and on time, Mr. Sach said.“The only way to resolve those issues was for Member States to meet their financial obligations to the United Nations in a fuller and timelier fashion,” he said. read more

Weekly US unemployment aid applications drop to 332K cutting monthly average to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 332,000. That cut the four-week average to 346,750, the lowest since March 2008, just several months after the Great Recession began.The report “provides further evidence of a gradual strengthening in labour market conditions,” Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have fallen nearly 13 per cent since November.At the same time, net hiring has picked up. Employers have added an average of 200,000 jobs per month from November through February, up from about 150,000 a month in the previous four months.The unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 per cent in February from 7.9 per cent the previous month.About 5.6 million people received benefits in the week ended Feb. 23, the latest data available. That’s about 220,000 more than the previous week.The improvement in the job market shows employers aren’t laying off more workers because of worries about higher taxes or government spending cuts.In January, Social Security taxes rose two percentage points. Someone earning $50,000 has about $1,000 less to spend in 2013. A household with two high-paid workers has up to $4,500 less.On March 1, $44 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts started after the White House and Congress failed to reach a deal to avoid the reductions.Higher taxes haven’t prevented Americans from spending more. Retail sales jumped in February by the most in five months, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Much of the increase reflected higher gas prices But even excluding the volatile categories of gas, autos and building supply stores, so-called core retail sales rose strongly.Economists were encouraged by the report. Many now expect much faster growth in the January-March quarter.Strong auto sales and a healthy recovery in housing are spurring more hiring and economic growth. Builders started work on the most homes last year since 2008. New-home sales jumped 16 per cent in January to the highest level since July 2008. And home prices, meanwhile, rose by the most in more than six years in the 12 months ending in January, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. Weekly US unemployment aid applications drop to 332K, cutting monthly average to 5-year low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 8:33 am MDT read more

Iraq Security Council supports political security humanitarian action for restive Anbar

“Members of the Security Council…believe that through its democratic institutions, in cooperation with Iraqi society, Iraq can work to address the challenges facing the country for the benefit of all Iraqis,” said a press statement issued by the 15-member body.“They emphasize support for the Government of Iraq’s efforts to engage with local civilian leaders in Anbar and its calls for a conference on the situation in Anbar,” said the statement. On Wednesday, the Council received a briefing from Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), who said the crisis in Anbar province posed the most serious challenge to the Government’s efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State.Since the start of the year, more than 66,000 families were displaced by the fighting, and more families were displaced in the months prior by attacks carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants, UNAMI reported.Through its statement, the Security Council also encouraged the Government of Iraq to continue working with UNAMI and humanitarian agencies to ensure the delivery of relief to those displaced and others in need. In that regard, the Council noted Mr. Mladenov’s warning that the UN and Government of Iraq Strategic Response Plan, to assist individuals affected by the ongoing conflict in Anbar, had received only 10 per cent of its required $103.7 million. It appealed to Member States to fully fund the initiative. read more

Womens Hockey No 5 Ohio State heads into showdown at Boston College

Ohio State redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) prepares to send the puck back down the ice in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team will head to Boston for the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament game against No. 4 Boston College at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.The Buckeyes (23-10-4, 14-6-4-3 WCHA) enter the matchup following a 2-1 loss to Minnesota in the WCHA tournament. The Golden Gophers are the seven seed and go up against No. 2 Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Ohio State freshman forward Tatum Skaggs said the team expects a tough game this weekend. “It’ll definitely be a hard-fought game,” Skaggs said. “It’s not going to be easy. We are both a top-10 team. We definitely know they can move the puck. They’re fast and so are we. It’s just going to come down to who plays better and who shows up.” The Eagles (30-4-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) are the second-highest scoring team in the NCAA, averaging 4.19 goals per game. Boston College also ranks third on the power play, holding a 25.66 percent success rate on the season.Boston College has the top-two scorers in the nation in freshman forward Daryl Watts and sophomore forward Caitrin Lonergan. Watts has 42 goals and 82 points on the season, with Lonergan lagging not far behind with 30 goals and 75 points.On the back end, senior goalie Katie Burt has started all 37 games for the Eagles and holds a .932 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall will coach opposite long-time friend and colleague Boston College associate head coach Courtney Kennedy.“The associate head coach is one of my best friends and the godmother to my children,” Muzerall said. “We played at Minnesota together. It’ll be a fun little battle between buddies behind the bench. We won’t be buddies for those two hours though.” NCAA tournament selection dramaOn Sunday night in a Minnesota airport, the Buckeyes gathered around a computer to watch the NCAA Selection Show to find out if they had made it into the final eight for the first time in program history. Moments after Boston College was announced as the No. 4 seed, the Buckeyes heard their school selected to face off against the Eagles, sending the team into a frenzy in the airport.“It’s unreal,” Ohio State senior forward Dani Sadek said. “It’s been a long ride. Just to end it like this, has been amazing. We’ve been through so much as a team this year.” Before the Buckeyes were selected for the tournament, Muzerall told the team that no matter what happens, the group needs to be proud of the season it had turned in and understand that the decision was going to be out of their hands.“We can’t change anything at this juncture in the season,” Muzerall said. “As we sit here for the next seven to eight minutes, we are waiting for our fate. If we get into the selection show and are chosen to advance into the NCAA final eight. Then we are never going to let anyone dictate our future. We have to control our own destiny.”At the beginning of the year, the Buckeyes laid out the expectations heading into the year. And for the entire time, those goals all ended with a national championship trophy being brought back to Columbus. “We all had one common goal,” Skaggs said. “That was to win a national championship. Now that we’re here it feels real. We know we should be here, because we’ve worked our butts off this whole year.” This season has been filled with program firsts. The Ohio State 2017-18 women’s hockey team finished with the best regular-season record in program history. Redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve compiled the most saves in program history. Muzerall was honored as the WCHA Coach of the Year and freshman forward Emma Maltais earned the WCHA Rookie of the Year. “I think the culture we have created has created a baseline for what is expected,” Sauve said. “Now, we are expected to be successful and that we are an NCAA contender. We just have such a special group, it’s really easy to stay grounded and confident.”Skaggs said the motivation for the Buckeyes going into the quarterfinals has come from the motivation to play well for the teammates they have skated beside all season.“We all have a mentality of ‘Do it for the girl next to you,’” Skaggs said. “Our motto is ‘Do it for her.’ That could be for the girl that has a dream of playing at Ohio State, or it could be the girl right next you. [Muzerall] brought that in and I think it helped us with our success this year.” The Buckeyes will face off against The Eagles in the quarterfinals at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner will advance to the NCAA Frozen Four. read more