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Weightlifter Sushila Panwar fails dope test

first_imgA few days after Arjuna Awardee footballer Subrata Paul was caught for doping, Indian weightlifter Sushila Panwar has also failed the dope test.Panwar’s ‘A’ sample was found positive for a banned substance and now the Indian Weightlifting Federation has suspended her provisionally.The National Anti-Doping agency (NADA) conducted her dope test on March 25 in Patiala.Last week, 30-year-old India goalkeeper Subrata Paul tested positive for a banned substance, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said.NADA chief Navin Agarwal confirmed the former India captain was tested by NADA officials in March but declined to elaborate further.last_img


Ex-national TT champion Bajaj joins Ultimate Ping Pong board

first_imgNew Delhi, May 9 (PTI) Ultimate Ping Pong, the latest addition to sporting leagues in India, has received a huge shot in the arm after three-time national table tennis champion Niraj Bajaj was today named as a co-promoter of the event. Bajaj, one of the promoter directors of Bajaj Group, has come on board along side 11EVEN SPORTS Pvt Ltd (ESPL), a company formed exclusively to promote table tennis in India. An Arjuna awardee, Bajaj has represented India from 1970 to 1977, captaining the team in the last four years. Speaking on this association, Bajaj said, “Table tennis is close to my heart and I have been contributing to the development of the sport. With Ultimate Ping Pong, I found the right platform to begin our journey in bringing an Olympics medal to Indian table tennis.” UPP with support from ITTF and TTFI will be played in July in three different cities and will witness participation from six franchisees across the country. The league will feature a total of 48 paddlers (24 mens and 24 womens players), half of which will be from India. They will battle it out for the ultimate championship and prize pool of USD 450,000 making it the highest ever prize money for a table tennis championship in the country. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more


Stay cool in summer

first_imgThe best remedy for Mumbai’s summer heat and humidity is to be as far away from it as possible. Aim for the hills, where there’s always a nip in the air; or hit a pristine beach, so you’re never too far from cooling waters. But let’s be honest, a getaway,The best remedy for Mumbai’s summer heat and humidity is to be as far away from it as possible. Aim for the hills, where there’s always a nip in the air; or hit a pristine beach, so you’re never too far from cooling waters. But let’s be honest, a getaway long enough to skip the summer entirely is pretty farfetched. So, start with the next best thing. A wardrobe overhaul. Designer Rajesh Aiya, who since 2008 has been designing for the first family of music-the Jacksons, believes strongly in the psychology of dressing. “Cooler colours make you feel cool. And when you’re going to a party, remember you’re not just dressing for yourself but also for your host. Dark colours can be jarring in the summer, even in the evenings,” says Aiya. Dress sensibly, eat the right foods, pamper yourself and make sure to give your home a small heat-proof makeover. Here are some fun recommendations.FashionGo Boho ChicIt’s all about showing off your shoulders this season and LoveGen has an interesting range of designs. The Dolly Sidhwani, Bhavana Pandey and Nandita Mahtani run fashion house is fresh, feminine and flirty this summer. Quirky prints, tie and dye, aztec, floral and abstract motifs rule this season’s collection. Details Instagram @lovegenrationBest Foot ForwardPastel jootis are having a big moment in the Indian fashion space Pastels and florals may be summer staples but have you considered sporting the trend on your feet? Go ethnic chic with Shilpsutra’s summer collection of pastel jootis, which come in colours ranging from ivory, bubblegum pink, whiskey creme to French blue. With pretty Victorian- inspired floral patterns and quintessential Japanese bird designs, Shilpa Agarwal gives the Punjabi jootis a contemporary and seasonal spin. At Amara, 1/ 3/ 5, Kwality House, Near Crossword Book Store, Kemps Corner, Mumbai Details Facebook Instagram @Shilpsutra Price Rs 1,299 to Rs 2,999advertisementBringing Spring Back The soft grey, pink and white palette of Nicobar’s summer collection is reminiscent of Japan’s spring blossoms. But you won’t find flowers or birds on the clothes; in signature Nicobar style, the designs are minimalistic and clean. Taking inspiration from Japanese design, the new collection includes timeworn patching and mending techniques to classic symbols of the country’s fascinating culture layered with a contemporary freshness. At IO Ropewalk Lane, above Kala Ghoda Cafe, Mumbai Details Instagram @nicojournal Facebook Price Rs 1,650 onwardsDress to ImpressWarp & Weft fuses ethnic weaves with modern cuts. Rajesh Aiya’s summer designs at his store, Ropaje, which if literally translated in Spanish means “robe makers to the royal family”, include linens and georgettes in whites, beige, slate greys. For women, he recommends flowy dresses and for men, he suggests wellfitted linen suits or a khakicoloured linen jacket for a vintage look. At Ropaje, Opp SNDT College, Juhu Tara Road Tel 26601033 Contact Price Rs 6,000 onwardsBanaras in BombayBanarasi goes global at Sagarika Rai’s new Warp & Weft store, an expansion of her heritage store at Marine Lines. Here, it isn’t just about gorgeous saris and dupattas but also a new, contemporary pret line that includes Banarasi jackets, skirts, crop tops and even Banarasi shorts, so you can stay ethnic chic in the summer. At Warp ‘n’ Weft, Sethna Building, 55 Maharshi Karve Rd, Marine Lines, Chandan Wadi Cross Rd, Mumbai Details Price Rs 2,500 to 2,00,000HomeMake your home summer ready with Petricor’s fragrances Smells like summer Founded by Rishi Raj, Petricor is a house of luxury international brands of handpicked home fragrances, artisanal candles and gifts. This season they have a new collection of carafe diffusers. The soft, sweet Champagne Rose is a blend of champagne, lychees, red raspberries and velvety rose petals. Made in France, it comes in a gorgeous decanter. The Bourgogne (Red Wine) is a blend of wild strawberries, raspberry leaf, red rose, pomegranate, rosewood, mahogany, amber. Details petricorfragrances. com, Facebook @ilovepetricor Instagram @ilovepetricor Price Rs 10,000 (for the carafe diffuser)Time to redecorateRevamp your spaces with Cottons and Satins Jaipur’s Mala Sapra now has a Cottons and Satins store in Mumbai. The contemporary interior design store includes three collections of kitchenware and soft linens-monochrome, indigo and garden party, each with their own set of ceramics, table mats, napkins, table covers, runners, tea towels and aprons. Choose from earthy neutral tones or floral patterns and you’re all set for the summer. At Cottons and Satins, 1, Mohatta Compound, Off. Dr. E Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai Facebook Price Rs 1,690 to Rs 4,090advertisementFoodMeal with a view The newly re-opened Razzbery Rhinoceros might not be everything you remember from the ’90s, but it still has the incomparable views of Juhu beach. Divided into several different sections, the restaurant has specially designed menus created by celebrated Chef Ranveer Brar. The canteen menu goes well with young college students who drop in to kill the afternoon heat. At Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu Hotel, next to Mahesh Lunch Home, Juhu, Mumbai Meal for two Rs 1,800Summer SundownersThe brand new sea-facing jewel entices you with its spread Worli’s Atria Mall seems to be getting a whole new lease of life. Swey, the new open-air rooftop restaurant at Atria, is a large 13,000 sq ft space populated by quirky, comfortable furniture and lovely canopies. While the view of the city’s skyline is stunning, the food is equally appreciable, what with their their bitters, butters and breads all made in-house. Interestingly, some of their best options are vegetarian and must tries include the magic mushroom and feta beignet. Don’t forget to ask for their “adult milkshakes” this summer. At 4th Floor, Atria Mall, Dr. Annie Besant Rd, Opposite Poonam Chambers, Worli, Mumbai Meal for two Rs 1,500Power bowlThe powerpacked Buddha Bowl at The Clearing House Specially created for summer by Chef Nitin Kulkarni, a delicious meal at The Clearing House is packed into a power bowl. The new summer menu highlights the season’s freshest produce in cooling combinations. The refreshing menu includes tangy raw papaya and prawn salad, the fully loaded avocado toast, the porcini pannacotta, and the yellow fin tuna toastada. At 13/15 Calicut Street, Ballard Estate Meal for two Rs 2,500WellnessPamper the Five SensesSofitel BKC’s staycation deal promises to pamper you Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Sofitel BKC is encouraging you to pamper all five senses with their summer staycation package. The experience begins by tantalising your sense of sight with a BMW picking you up from your doorstep. The chocolates, fresh blooms and calming fragrances in play with your sense of smell; while the satin sheets, the mattress and a couple’s treatment at the So SPA by L’Occitane indulges the sense of touch. Tickle your taste buds at any of the five restaurants and if jazz is your jam, indulge your fifth sense at Artisan.Details At C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East Price Rs 15,555 for a weekend staycationCall of the HillsPahadi Local, an initiative that sources wellness products locally from the Himalayas, brings the goodness of the hills to the city. And for those who can’t make it to the hills, their wellness products are the perfect solution. Apart from Himalayan teas and pure honey, they also have skincare products like body oils, salts and scrubs native to the hills. Details Tel 07506469522 Facebook Instagram @pahadilocalSip an artisan brewJoin the cold brew bandwagon If you’re a coffee fiend, there’s little that’s better than a tall glass of a perfectly brewed cold coffee. And we’re not talking about a milky frappe made with instant coffee. Here are some recommendations for a delicious cold brew done right.advertisementDo-it-yourself: The Flying Squirrel and Brew Ex MachinaAshish D’Abreo and Tej Thammaiah offer a cold brew blend of roasted and ground beans that can be brewed at home. They use honey sundried beans from Thammaiah’s farm in Coorg. The beans are dried with their fruity pulp, which lends sweetness to the coffee. By extending the roasting process, they let the sugar melt slowly. Although this might not work for hot brews, it works wonderfully for cold brews. Vishal Sainani, a fan of cold coffee, was bitten by the cold brew bug three years ago. He now brews batches of freshly roasted beans and sells cold brew concentrates through Brew Ex Machina so that you can save yourself a trip to the cafe or the hassle of home-brewing.Buy the bottle: Koinonia Coffee RoastersFounded by Siddhartha Marchant, Shannon D’Souza and Clement Sissia, Koinonia’s primary aim is to highlight Indian specialty coffees. Their roastery in Mumbai currently stocks beans from four estates in the South. Their ready-to-drink chocolatey cold brew is made with 100 percent Arabica beans.By the glass: Blue Tokai and 212 All Good212 All Good’s approach to food is about sticking to the pure and going back to the roots. They serve a delicious cold brew as well as nitro coffee, which they believe might be new age but remains purist in the way it maintains the form of coffee. Blue Tokai has been at the forefront of third wave coffee in Delhi and Mumbai. Besides a range of different cold brews, they also have a nitro coffee. Served in a small cognac glass, their nitro coffee looks like a stout beer with a frothy coat over the dark drink.Photo: Milind Shelte Bring on the fizz: Svami DrinksShuttling between Singapore and Mumbai, Sahil Jatana took four to five months to arrive at a base blend, which would suit the Indian palate perfectly. He has chosen to serve cold brews and nitro coffees at bars and restaurants; so, people who don’t drink alcohol can enjoy the stout-like coffee. Their house blend has flavours like hazelnut and coconut molasses, for which they use good quality Indian Arabica beans, plantation A and AA which are roasted in two to three different profiles and blended.Interesting infusions: Cafe ZoeJeremie Horowitz is the Mumbai restaurant’s resident coffeephile. The espresso drinker has been experimenting with cold brews and has discovered that a blend of Indian Arabica and Robusta from Bangalorebased The Coffee Company gives him the perfect brew with a hint of bitterness and a hit of caffeine. Launching soon, their cold brews will be served with soda or tonic water and infusions will include vanilla and citruses.last_img read more


Rohde & Schwarz: new embedded oscilloscope family with 10-bit vertical resolution

first_img Continue Reading Previous exceet: security for distributed devices in the IoT landscapeNext Conrad introduces C-Control 10 IoT starter kit The new R&S RTM3000 oscilloscope offers bandwidths of 100 MHz, 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz and 1 GHz. The products incorporate a proprietary 5 Gsample/s 10-bit ADC, and each model includes 40 Msample (80 Msample interleaved) per channel acquisition memory with an optional 400 Msample segmented acquisition memory. The new R&S RTA4000 oscilloscope offers bandwidths of 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz and 1 GHz. These models include the same 10-bit ADC, but have even more memory, with an astonishing 100 Msample (200 Msample interleaved) per channel acquisition memory and standard 1 Gsample (1,000 Msample) segmented acquisition memory. Both instrument series feature a brilliant 10.1″ capacitive touchscreen display to operate quickly and efficiently.Power measurements, such as ripple and noise measurements of a DC line, demand an oscilloscope with high vertical resolution, low noise and excellent DC gain linearity.For most of the last three decades, oscilloscopes have predominantly offered 8 bits of vertical resolution, which allows a signal to be mapped to one of 256 vertical positions. The 10-bit ADCs of the R&S RTM3000 and R&S RTA4000 series support 1024 vertical positions. This is four times better than the common 8-bit oscilloscopes in this segment and essential for ripple and noise measurements. Both oscilloscope series provide extremely low signal noise, while the R&S RTA4000 series also offers class-leading signal integrity characteristics such as a DC gain accuracy down to 1 %.After bandwidth and sample rate, memory depth is the most important attribute that determines the instrument’s ability to handle a large range of troubleshooting tasks. Additional acquisition memory gives users longer time captures for testing and troubleshooting. This is especially true when analyzing serial communications or power on and off sequences. The R&S RTM3000 series oscilloscopes have eight to 20 times more memory than leading instruments from other manufacturers in this class. With 1 Gsample segmented memory, the R&S RTA4000 series has 200 times more memory than other oscilloscopes in its class that offer segmented memory.While the R&S RTM3000 series comes in two- and four-channel models, the R&S RTA4000 series oscilloscopes are exclusively four-channel models. Base prices start at EUR 3,190 for the two-channel 100 MHz R&S RTM3002. The four-channel 200 MHz R&S RTA4004 starts at EUR 5,230. For users with more demanding needs, a number of upgrade options are available. These include 16 integrated digital channels with a mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) option, protocol decode and triggering options for a variety of industry standard buses as well as an integrated waveform generator.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more


Van Bronckhorst interested in Newcastle job

first_imgFormer Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is interested in succeeding Rafael Benitez at Newcastle, his agent has revealed.It was confirmed on Monday that Benitez will leave the north-east club when his contract expires on Sunday after talks over a new deal broke down, bringing to an end his three-and-a-half year stay at St James’ Park.The early favourite for the vacancy is Garry Monk, who is available after leaving Birmingham City earlier this month. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, former Manchester United manager David Moyes and Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta are also believed to be in contention for the position. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Van Bronckhorst has become the first man to publicly declare his interest in the role, with his representativ, Guido Albers, confirming the former Arsenal defender would be keen on managing in England.“I think the rumours have come a little bit early and no-one from the club has spoken to Gio. But I think every coach in the world would be interested in working in the Premier League,” Albers told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.“And what we would say if a club like Newcastle has an opportunity to work for them then of course he would be interested in doing that. It is an amazing club with an amazing fanbase but it’s up to them who they decide to go for.“Giovanni left Feyenoord, he was competing on a limited budget but won the Eredivisie against two clubs in Ajax and PSV who have greater resources. He had a great relationship with the fans, the players, the media and the city and he’s ready for the next challenge.”Van Bronckhorst’s only managerial experience to date was that four-year spell in charge of boyhood club Feyenoord.The 44-year-old took charge in 2015 and led the club to the Eredivisie title two years later, their first league title in 18 years. He also won two KNVB Cups and two Dutch Super Cups before leaving the club at the end of last season.Prior to that Van Bronckhorst had a successful playing career, winning 14 major honours at Feyenoord, Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona. He also earned 106 caps for the Netherlands and was part of the side that reached the 2010 World Cup final. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


India vs Australia: Allan Border surprised Virat Kohli did not enforce follow-on

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneDecember 28, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 16:14 IST Jasprit Bumrah bowled his career-best spell of 6/33 on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test against Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia were 54/5 with a lead of 346 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the Boxing Day TestAllan Border was surprised that India did not enforce a follow-onIndia have imposed a follow-on under Kohli’s captaincy 5 times and have won 4 of themAustralian great Allan Border felt India missed an opportunity to seal the Boxing Day Test against Australia and put themselves in control of the four-match series by not enforcing a follow-on on Friday. India, at the back of a fantastic 6/33 spell by Jasprit Bumrah, bowled out Australia for just 151 runs but despite a lead of 292 runs, Virat Kohli and the Indian think thank decided to bat again.As India looked to add runs on the board, Pat Cummins came up with a brilliant spell that saw him dismiss Hanuma Vihari for 13, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli for a duck and Ajinkya Rahane for 1. By stumps, India were 54/5 with a lead of 346 runs.Despite the big lead, Allan Border felt that the bowling performance might have given Australia a glimmer of hope of saving this Test.”You would like to think so [that Australia can come back into this] and I think this afternoon’s cricket has obviously given the Australia a little bit of hope but the lead now almost to that stage where it’s going to be hard to chase down. The pitch is still playing okay and we know it doesn’t deteriorate too much over here the next couple of days.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: DAY 3 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD”India are still in the box seat but they’ve left the door slightly ajar for the Aussies,” Border said at the post-day show on Sony Sports.Experts and commentators were surprised that an aggressive captain like Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on despite the big lead and when they came on to bat, Cummins’s inspired spell rolled them over.advertisementBorder was of the opinion that even though the lead was still huge, with the prediction of rain on Saturday and Sunday, it surprised him that India decided to bat again. Since Kohli has taken up Test captaincy, India have enforced follow-on five times – they won four by an innings while one was a rain-truncated draw against Bangladesh in Fatullah.”I was really surprised that follow-on wasn’t enforced given that talking about high percentage of rain on Day 5 and even tomorrow some rain. So just with that lurking in the background, I thought you’ve got all the momentum you way, you’ve bowled Australia out and Bumrah has been fantastic. You’ve only bowled like what 67 overs so I thought you could mix and match your bowlers this afternoon and get them freshen over the night and attack Australia in the morning.”So they could have had the game just about done today and even if you gotta chase, say Australia have batted extraordinarily well and you’ve got to chase 120-140, this pitch here can get those runs. Look I thought India missed an opportunity to really seal the game but they’ve still got the higher ground,” Border further said.However, Border still felt that India had the match under their grasp.”India have got the ascendency, they’ve got a fantastic bowling line-up. Bumrah has been quite phenomenal in the series and today he was tremendous. Just with that bowling attack India do have, I just think they’ll wrap this game up but as I said, just this afternoon’s cricket has given Australia a little bit of an outside chance.”Border and Michael Clarke were concerned about the Australian batting line-up and the lack of big runs especially on the top. Border even joked with Clarke that he has got to get back to batting for Australia to score big.”It’s [Australian batting] been a concern and you’ve [to Clarke] been watching the last 19 Test matches, I think we’ve made like one Test hundred in that time. I mean you’re not going to win many games with that kind of scenario.”You’ve [to Clarke] got to strap back your pads yourself, you’ve been practicing in the nets, haven’t you?” Border joked.Also Read | India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Virat KohliFollow Allan BorderFollow Jasprit Bumrah India vs Australia: Allan Border surprised Virat Kohli did not enforce follow-onIndia vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: India did not enforce a follow-on despite bowling out Australia for 151 runs and instead decided to bat again.advertisementlast_img read more


Hanjin Shipping to Sell Stake in US Container Terminal?

first_imgzoom In an effort to boost its liquidity and reduce its quarterly loss, the South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping is looking to sell its stake in US container terminal, located in Long Beach, Korea Herald cited sources close to the matter.Namely, the company would reportedly sell its share in the Long Beach-based Total Terminal International (TTI), which has a capacity to process more than 3 million TEUs on and off vessels per year, for a price of some KRW 100 billion (USD 91.5 million).The sale would be the the company’s latest attempt to get back on track after it disposed of a number of assets earlier this year.Due to a prolonged period of slowdown in the shipping industry, the cash-strapped shipping firm in July launched negotiations with local and financial companies in an effort to delay the repayment of its KRW 2.5 trillion debt by up to three years.Hanjin Shipping started its creditor-led restructuring after receiving approval in May from its seven lenders, led by state-run Korea Development Bank, to move forward with its corporate rehabilitation program.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Monday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close FriNov. 492.40 492.90 489.70 491.50 492.40Jan. ’18 498.10 499.20 496.40 498.20 498.90March 502.80 504.20 501.60 503.30 503.60May 505.00 506.80 503.30 505.70 505.90July 506.30 507.60 504.70 506.40 506.70Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 487.20 484.30Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.90 486.00March 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70May 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70July 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.60 488.70Barley (Western): Open High Low Close FriOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $230.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $501.50 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $516.50 (November 2017) read more


Lanka seeks compensation from club

Sri Lanka is to seek compensation from a South Korean club where three Sri Lankans were killed following a fire recently.The Ministry of Foreign Employment said that the bodies of the three victims will be flown back to Sri Lankan tomorrow. Nine people were killed, including three migrant workers from Sri Lanka, and 25 others injured when a fire raged through a karaoke facility in Busan, South Korea last Saturday.The blaze broke out in one of the 28 rooms at the karaoke lounge on the third floor of a six-story building in the southeastern port city around 8:55 p.m. Saturday, causing smoke to spread quickly through the facility and customers to panic, witnesses and police said. At the same time the Ministry of Foreign Employment said that compensation will also be sought from the Korean club which caught fire killing the Sri Lankans and a few others. The government is to compensate the families of the three victims who were employed in South Korea at the time of the incident. All of the nine fatal victims — seven men and two women — died from inhaling toxic gases, police said. The dead included three Sri Lankans who were holding a company party with three other Korean colleagues. read more


Police arrest 13 women in Dematagoda

All 14 suspects, which includes the man operating the brothel, are to be produced in court today. (Colombo Gazette) The police in Maradana arrested 13 women and a man from a guest house in Dematagoda.A special crimes unit of the police carried out the arrest after raiding a guest house at the location. During the raid the police found 13 women aged between 19 and 35 and investigations revealed that they were involved in prostitution.The women are residents of Pannipitiya, Nikaweratiya, Lunugala, Pusselawa, Mattugama, Welimada, Ambanpola and Hatton.


Bad decade Airline at centre of Malaysia jet disappearance has catalogue of

HONG KONG – Within an industry notorious for impoverishing shareholders and irking customers, Malaysia Airlines has stood out for its years of restructurings and losses. The company now has global recognition of a far more unfavourable kind after one of its jets disappeared four days ago with 239 people aboard.There has been no suggestion that the unrelenting financial pressures faced by the airline and its 19,000 employees somehow played a role in the disappearance of flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. But the revelation this week that the jet’s co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.Among Asian carriers, Malaysia Airlines has built a reputation for high-standard service and safety since being founded in 1937, bagging an array of industry awards in recent years for its food, cabin crew and overall service. Its most recent fatal incident was nearly two decades ago, when one of its planes crashed near the Malaysian city of Tawau, killing 34.Yet the accolades in the past decade have not been sufficient to halt the ebb of customers and revenue to low-cost competitors, mostly notably to AirAsia founded in 2001 by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes. The nimbler discount competitors have expanded rapidly, while Malaysia Airlines has been like a supertanker, slow to change direction. State ownership and a powerful union have impeded efforts to adapt.Travellers are likely to “shun” the airline in reaction to “an incident of such proportion” as a jet vanishing, said Shukor Yusof, aviation analyst at S&P Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s. “It’s going to make things even worse,” he said.The company will also suffer as executives focus their attention on searching for the plane and dealing with the international media attention rather than running the business, he said.Malaysia Airlines lost contact with the Boeing 777 jet less than an hour into a six-hour flight that was scheduled to land in Beijing about 6.30 a.m. on Saturday. After days of contradictory accounts, authorities acknowledged Wednesday they don’t know which direction the plane was heading when it disappeared, vastly complicating efforts to find it.Shares of Malaysian Airlines System, the carrier’s holding company, plunged as much as 20 per cent Monday. The share price has been on a downward run for a decade that mirrors its financial challenges and today is about a tenth of its value in March 2004.A sub-branch of Beijing Youth Travel Service said bookings to Malaysia are now 20 per cent below usual for the time of the year.“In the past 3 days, about 20 or 30 clients in our single outlet have already cancelled their bookings with Malaysia Airlines simply because they thought it’s not safe,” said a travel agent who identified herself as Ms. Liu.The apparent disaster is also a defining test for the carrier’s chief executive, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, who took the helm in September 2011 with the aim of returning Malaysia Airlines to profit.Ahmad Jauhari, who became CEO with little airline experience having spent most of his career at Malaysian power companies, decided against grounding the carrier’s other 777 jets. The Boeing 777 has an excellent safety record. Its first fatalities occurred last year, some 20 years since the 777 went into service, when an Asiana jet crash landed in San Francisco, possibly due to pilot error.Including Ahmad Jauhari’s overhaul, Malaysia Airlines management has tried four major restructurings in the past 12 years.The financial woes are a combination of mismanagement, government interference and a shortage of professionals to run the airline, said Shukor. “The problem is its inability to compete effectively. They always had easy money coming their way.”The first restructuring, in 2002, shifted the airline’s debt to the government. Three subsequent plans, including the latest launched in 2011, were aimed at stemming losses with steps such as axing unprofitable routes.The recovery strategy in an updated business plan from June 2012 exhorts the company to both “win back customers” and have a “relentless cost focus.”Last month, the airline reported its fourth straight quarterly loss.From 2007 to 2010, the company’s average operating profit margin was 0.1 per cent, according to credit rating agency Moody’s, meaning every $100 of revenue generated a tenth of a cent of profit. For regional rival Singapore Airlines the figure was 8.3 per cent and 7 per cent for Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways.Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, has urged the government to sell the airline to private investors.“If it’s government money, nobody cares,” he told Malaysia’s state news agency last year. by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 6:29 am MDT Bad decade: Airline at centre of Malaysia jet disappearance has catalogue of woes Ground staff work on a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The missing Malaysian jetliner may have attempted to turn back before it vanished from radar, but there is no evidence it reached the Strait of Malacca, Malaysia’s air force chief said Wednesday, denying reported remarks he said otherwise. The statement suggested continued confusion over where the Boeing 777 might have ended up, more than four days after it disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 297000 lowest level in 7

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2014 6:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 24,000 to 297,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the fewest since May 12, 2007. The four week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 2,000 to 323,250.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the decline is evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs. Weekly applications topped 650,000 in March 2009, during the Great Recession.Fewer people are also receiving benefits each week. The number of recipients fell to 2.67 million, the fewest since Dec. 1, 2007, when the recession began.As applications have declined, hiring has picked up. Employers added the most jobs in 2 1/2 years in April. Job gains have averaged 214,000 in the first four months of this year, up from an average of 194,000 in 2013.The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 per cent last month, from 6.7 per cent. But the drop occurred because fewer people looked for work. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively searching.The improved hiring may help boost economic growth for the rest of the year.The economy grew just 0.1 per cent at an annual rate in the first three months of this year, largely because cold weather kept consumers away from shopping malls and discouraged home and car sales. Data released since then has suggested that the economy actually contracted in the first quarter by as much as 0.8 per cent, analysts say. The government will release updated figures for the first quarter at the end of the month.Still, analysts expect the economy will rebound in the current April-June quarter and grow at a healthy pace of about 3.5 per cent. Consumer and business spending and homebuilding are rebounding from the cold weather. Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 297,000, lowest level in 7 years In this April 23, 2014 photo, Davon Tremble, of Detroit, fills out an application at a job fair at the Matrix Center in Detroit. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates) read more


Las Vegas sports books lobby for bets on Olympics Oscars workshop set

by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2015 10:54 am MDT Las Vegas sports books lobby for bets on Olympics, Oscars; workshop set to discuss proposals AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A race for Olympic gold could bring lots of green for gamblers at Nevada sports books if state gambling officials approve requests from casino owners to allow such wagers.The Nevada Gaming Control Board is hosting a workshop Thursday to consider the proposal. A final decision is expected in late February.Along with the Olympics, sports books want a change in the law that could allow bets on nonsporting events such as the Academy Awards, the most valuable player in Major League Baseball, or even “American Idol.”The state bars casinos from accepting wagers on events such as the Oscars in which the outcome is known before it is officially disclosed.Olympic betting has been frowned on in the past because the events involve amateur athletes. However, that thinking is changing as more professional athletes compete. read more


Industry welcomes low carbon investment but seeks clarity on PBR details

SMMT is pleased that chancellor Alistair Darling has announced investment and support for low carbon technologies, with particular assistance to boost demand for electric vehicles.  The chancellor identified low carbon technologies as a window to inward investment, a view supported by industry, as is the introduction of incentives for electric vehicles.  These incentives, set to come into effect from April 2010, give company car drivers the option of paying 0% benefit-in-kind tax by opting for an electric car, while commercial operations will pay no Van Benefit Charge for five years in addition to profiting from 100% first year allowance when buying an electric van. Investment in small and medium enterprises (SME) is essential as industry is built on the foundation of these companies. During the past year, it has been unclear how businesses can access this support, so with the chancellor’s renewed backing for SME assistance, SMMT hopes for greater clarity.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt said, “2010 is set to be another extremely difficult year for the UK motor industry as increased VAT and first year VED rates directly impact on consumer demand. The opportunity is to take advantage of the transition to low carbon vehicles, with new incentives for company car drivers and van buyers, as well as extra resources for collaborative research and development.” read more


No 5 Louisville pounces on UT Martin in 10262 blowout

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Asia Durr scored 25 points, Arica Carter had 16 and No. 5 Louisville’s defence stifled UT Martin in a 102-62 rout on Tuesday night.The Cardinals (9-0) picked up where they left off from Sunday’s 107-52 shellacking of Tennessee State, leading 58-23 at halftime behind intense play on both ends. Louisville didn’t let up and finished shooting 53 per cent from the field while holding the Skyhawks (5-3) to 33 per cent from the floor. The Cardinals also forced 27 turnovers for 24 points.Durr provided Louisville’s initial boost with 16 first-half points, while Carter added 12. The margin quickly reached 40 in the third quarter as the Cardinals hit the century mark for the second game in a row.Sam Fuehring had 10 rebounds and nine points, Bionca Dunham scored 14 and Dana Evans 11 as Louisville improved to 8-0 against UT Martin.Chelsea Perry had 12 points and eight rebounds for UT Martin, which had won two of three coming in.POLL IMPLICATIONSLouisville’s ranking won’t be threatened until it faces unbeaten Kentucky on Sunday.BIG PICTUREUT Martin: The Skyhawks were close for a few minutes before Louisville’s pressure and pace quickly built a double-digit deficit that steadily grew larger. They were only outrebounded 45-39, but committed at least 20 turnovers for the third time in four games. That gave the Cardinals too many easy chances.Louisville: The Cardinals once again clicked in all phases in their final tuneup before facing rival Kentucky. They pushed the pace they wanted and dominated almost every statistical category.UP NEXTUT Martin visits Lipscomb on Sunday in the first meeting between the schools since 2009. The Skyhawks lead 3-1.Louisville hosts archrival and No. 19 Kentucky on Sunday, seeking its third straight series victory over the Wildcats.___More AP college basketball: Collegebasketball and B. Graves, The Associated Press read more


My first Clippers game not just a game history too

I have never, not once, managed to sit through an entire baseball game from first inning to last. Halfway through most games, I either get too fidgety to stay, the heat drives me out or whoever I am at the game with wants to leave early (which I never argue with).That being said, I sat through the Columbus Clippers game on Monday from start to finish for the entire three plus hour affair, and it was not only hot, but rainy as well, but making it to the end was gratifying.Before the game, I met with Joe Santry, media relations for the Clippers but also the historian for the team, who shared with me that many road names surrounding campus and Columbus (including the road I live on) are named after Clippers players. Neil. Chittenden. Those names sound familiar?The Clippers are part of Columbus history, and not just as a baseball team. The name hanging above the stadium isn’t just a sponsor. Huntington used to be one of the worst baseball players on the team, and after a season where he didn’t have a single hit recorded (or one that lasted the records this long), he was told not to quit his day job, which so happened to be a bank teller.While I would have chosen a cooler day (one where my shoulders weren’t burned by the end) and the random raining wasn’t ideal, it still was worth it to know the history behind the Clippers, the stadium and the relationship the team has with the city.The only way the game could have been better: a hot dog. read more


Antiques Roadshow reviews policy on antique ivory as Virginia McKenna calls for

first_imgA spokesman for the BBC said: “In the light of recent developments in the UK and China with regard to the trade in antique ivory, the Antiques Roadshow is currently reviewing the way it will, in future, approach items of antique ivory that are brought in by members of the public for appraisal.“In recent years, on the rare occasions when we have examined an object, the Antiques Roadshow has sought to raise awareness of the debate around antique ivory, informing our viewers about current legislation and drawing attention to the horrors of modern day poaching.“We’re looking forward to finding out more about the government’s plans for new legislation around the trade in antique ivory and will review our approach in the coming months.” The Antiques Roadshow format currently sees items being valuedCredit:PA Virginia McKenna In 2014, programme-makers signalled a change in policy towards ivory, when the inclusion of an ivory goblet valued between £5,000 and £8,000 prompted presenter Fiona Bruce to disclose that “people had been raising concerns” about coverage of ivory on the show.Existing rules allow for “worked” or carved items produced before March 3, 1947, to be sold in the UK while the sale of raw ivory of any age is prohibited.Campaigners hope the law will soon be extended to ban sales of the older worked items too.It follows years of high-profile campaigning by conservationists and public figures including the Duke of Cambridge, who has previously said: “We need governments to send a clear signal that trading in ivory is abhorrent.” The sale of tusks is already bannedCredit:AFP Virginia McKenna “The era of ivory is over and I implore Antiques Roadshow to ‘get with the programme’.”John Stephenson, CEO of Stop Ivory, said campaigners are not calling for the destruction of ivory antiques, or a ban on people owning, bequeathing or donating them to museum, but want the buying and selling of them to cease.“For the Antiques Roadshow to display antique ivory and to discuss its artistic and cultural merit is one thing, but giving that antique a quoted price would seriously undermine all efforts to stamp out the demand for ivory as a product,” he said.“We call on both the BBC in general and the Antiques Roadshow in particular to reconsider its position and to do nothing to undermine the government and conservationist efforts to end the demand for ivory products.  Only when the buying stops will the killing stop.” The Duke of Cambridge is among those campaigning against the ivory tradeCredit:Gettycenter_img The Duke of Cambridge is among those campaigning against the ivory trade Writing in the Radio Times, McKenna said: “The decision by Antiques Roadshow to continue its policy – with welcome assurances about reflecting the horrors of poaching – once a likely ban is implemented does not help the situation and is out of touch with the great majority of the British public, Parliamentarians and the international community, not to mention the conservationists, wardens and rangers who put their lives on the line in defence of elephants.“It is our responsibility to ensure that we do nothing to make matters worse and I urge Antiques Roadshow to consider the implications of their policy, to look at the bigger picture and to step away from our parochial fascination with antiques at any price.”She added: “It is with enormous respect that I say to the wonderful people on Antiques Roadshow – who explain so much about our history, culture and heritage when they look at a painting, a piece of furniture, a vase or some jewellery – that we simply cannot afford to put a value on bloody ivory any longer. The Antiques Roadshow is reviewing its approach to featuring to antique ivory after campaigners called for it to stop valuing artefacts on air. Virginia McKenna, from the Born Free Foundation, accused the programme of being “out of touch”, urging the long-running antiques show to move away from Britain’s “parochial fascination with antiques at any price” to considered the repercussions of its continued inclusion of ivory.Saying that those who still argue that featuring antique ivory has no impact on living elephants are simply “fooling themselves”, McKenna urged Antiques Roadshow executives to consider the implications of their on-screen decisions.The Antiques Roadshow is famous for its format which sees members of the public bring in their treasures to be admired and valued by the show’s experts.Campaigners would like to see items including ivory exempt from the programme’s usual financial evaluation, arguing placing a value on objects could perpetuate the market for selling and buying.A spokesman for Antiques Roadshow said the show is “currently reviewing” the way it approaches items of ivory, suggesting it could change its approach if government legislation changes. 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Three new heavy Atlas Copco hydraulic breaker models with PowerAdapt

first_imgAt Bauma this week, Atlas Copco introduced three new  heavy hydraulic breaker models with PowerAdapt and optimised power-to-weight ratio. The HB 2000 with its service weight of 2,000 kg offers 10% more power than its predecessor, the HB 200. The new HB 3100 and HB 4700 with service weights of 3,100 and 4,700 kg, respectively, deliver 5% and 13% more power than their predecessor models.    Atlas Copco says it has stuck “to the principle of developing and building attachments offering an improved power-to-weight ratio. The same performance can be achieved with a smaller attachment and carrier unit. Investment and maintenance costs are reduced. More power also means a higher strain against which the attachments are protected by proven and new product features.”All three hydraulic breakers are equipped with the PowerAdapt system which shuts down the breaker if the oil pressure is too high. “This is for example useful when the hydraulic breaker is used on different carrier units,” Torsten Treger, Product Line Manager Medium & Heavy Breakers explains. “Hydraulic breakers can generally be hydraulically overloaded if the carrier’s oil pressure has the wrong setting. In order to ensure that our customers can make full use of the equipment in terms of efficiency and power, we have equipped the entire range of heavy-duty hydraulic breakers with PowerAdapt.”With an improper carrier oil pressure setting, conventional pressure relief valves as the ones frequently used in hydraulic breakers continuously drain oil into the tank and therefore waste precious energy. This affects the efficiency and profitability of the equipment.The improved guide system of the hydraulic breakers provides a better stability and resistance. “After all hydraulic breakers are subject to tough operating conditions,” Treger adds. “A new retaining bar provides a better protection especially in the lower part of the hydraulic breaker which has to take a lot of wear and tear.  The service window and the recesses for the lateral slewing screw couplings have been reinforced. The Non-Dust version of the three new breaker models are furnished with the all-round wear protection which all of the dust versions of the HB series of hydraulic breakers already feature.” All the proven features of Atlas Copco’s heavy-duty hydraulic breaker line are also found in these new models: the VibroSilenced System to protect operators against noise and vibrations, AutoControl to adapt the blow frequency and impact energy to the rock hardness as well as the integrated automatic lubrication system ContiLube TM II. With StartSelect the operator can influence the starting and shutdown behaviour of the hydraulic breaker. And with the optional DustProtector the hydraulic breaker is protected against dust and rock particles penetrating the lower breaker part.Technical data:                                      HB 2000          HB 3100          HB 4700Service weight                          kg                    2000                3100                4700Carrier weight class                  t                       22-38               32-52               45-80Oil flow                                    l/min                 150-190           210 – 270        260-340Operating pressure                   bar                   160-180           160 – 180        160-180Number of blows                      bpm                 300-600           280 – 560        280-520last_img read more


Nokia Debuts New Symbian Phones Despite Deal with Microsoft

first_imgSymbian has made Nokia a leader in cell phones overseas, but not so much in the States. Nokia is currently building the new phones that will use Windows 7 Mobile, but no target date has been shared as of yet. However, these new phones are using a closed-source version of Symbian unlike previous models. AdChoices广告Via TG Daily Yesterday, we told you about Nokia starting the process to end Symbian-based phones, but now we have news about Nokia launching new phones with Symbian as the OS. Nokia has stated that the Windows phones will be released at a later date, but did not give a reason as to why the new phones will still run on Symbian. Jo Harlow, head of Nokia’s Smart Devices business said in a press release: With these new products and more Symbian devices and user enhancements coming in the near future, we are confident we can keep existing Nokia smartphone customers engaged, as well as attract new first-time and competitor smartphone users.last_img read more