One air quality sensor for an entire city?

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image2.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG10045.jpg" alt="first_img" />On November 8, two days after Diwali, the particulate matter (PM2.5) reading in Agra had shot up to 375, or ‘very poor’ in the Air Quality Index (AQI). This was as per a measurement by the city’s lone automatic monitoring station. However, on the same day, the PM2.5 concentration, according to a manually-operated station at the Taj Mahal, was 273 or ‘poor’ air quality. While Agra doesn’t have a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) like Delhi does, a 102-point disparity is highly problematic. It could mean the difference between, say, opting for just a ban on construction activity or banning private transport altogether. Given the way India’s air quality monitoring infrastructure is set up, most cities have only a single air monitoring device that provides continuous real-time updates on particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, and NO2 concentrations. This is the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS), also known as an automatic monitoring station.At any given moment, it is this automatic unit that represents (its figures are instantly available on the Central Pollution Control Board [CPCB] website) the city air quality. Agra, incidentally, figures in the World Health Organisation (WHO) database of the world’s most polluted cities. Agra has a total of eight air-quality monitoring stations. Of these, seven are manually operated and located in different parts of the city. Their readings are taken twice a week. With the manual monitoring stations, daily readings are not made available. Only readings averaged over a month are released, that too with time lag of a couple of months. So if there is, say, a sharp dip in air quality in a span of 24-48 hours, as happened this year in Delhi around Diwali, then these stations, given the way they are operated at present, cannot provide real time actionable data. And this, according to officials, becomes a problem when emergency measures need to be taken.  The automatic monitoring station in Agra is situated in the busy commercial district of Sanjay Place, atop the city’s municipal corporation building. The two-storey building sits a few kilometres away from an intersection of highways and therefore, said an official in the CPCB, the unit picks up high volumes of particulate matter from passing trucks and vehicles. “By no means can a single station capture the varying levels of pollution in entire the city. However, we’ve chosen this location because it somewhat reflects the average,” said the official, who didn’t want to be identified. Agra’s industrial hub Ramgarh has, on average, higher PM readings whereas the Taj Mahal, given its location away from the bustle of the city, tends to have better ambient air. “We do plan to have a second automatic station soon to get a more representative picture of Agra’s ambient air quality,” he added.The problem is the cost. A continuous monitoring system costs about ₹1.5 crore, whereas a manual system comes for half of that. The CAAQMS at Agra is jointly funded by the State and the Centre and the maintenance and upkeep is the State’s responsibility. “Ideally, we would all like to have CAAQMS,” said Atulesh Yadav, Regional Officer, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board. “However, we need a proper spread to get a truly representative picture.” The State and Central Pollution Control Boards are independent of each other, with the State units vested with greater responsibilities in terms of both measuring and controlling pollution levels.In the 17 States and Union Territories where the CPCB has its network of CAAQMS stations, just 9 out of 131 cities have more than one unit, with only Delhi having an out-sized 37 stations. High cost a deterrentNot far from Delhi, the industrial town of Bhiwadi in Rajasthan made the headlines earlier this month when it notched up the worst air quality in the country on Diwali eve. Falling as it does in the National Capital Region (NCR), around 20% of its industrial units were forced to remain shut for nine days in November this year.Bhiwadi has around 1,200 industrial units spanning a range of sectors, including auto parts, ceramics, chemicals, drugs, glass, iron and steel, packaging, and bathroom fittings. Thanks to the thriving industry and the town’s proximity to Delhi, the real estate sector has enjoyed a tremendous growth in the region in recent times, causing a rapid rise in its population.The growth in industry, population and traffic has increased air pollution levels in the town. But its infrastructure to measure them is far from inadequate. The town extends across 8,000 acres but it has only one CAAQMS, located at Ajanta Chowk in RIICO Industrial Area Phase-III, and three manual stations to validate its readings. Neha Agarwal, the Scientific Officer-cum-Laboratroy Incharge at Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board, Bhiwadi, said that ideally at least three CAAQMS were required for the commercial, industrial and the residential areas respectively, for a better estimate of the town’s air quality. One more monitoring station is in the pipeline, Ms. Agarwal said, but added that the price and the high cost of maintenance and operation (around ₹14 lakh per annum) remained a deterrent. She added that there were only 10 CAAQMS in entire Rajasthan. Continuous Internet neededAnother single-unit city is Patiala in Punjab, which ranked 13th in WHO’s list of the world’s most polluted cities, released earlier this year. It has only one automatic air monitoring station to record the air pollution round the clock. Experts and local officials both agree that a single CAAQMS cannot represent an accurate picture of air pollution for the entire city, which is the fourth largest in Punjab.Patiala’s air quality has been worsening over the years due to the burning of crop residue and municipal solid waste, which adds to the pollution caused by industry and vehicular traffic. The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) recently installed a CAAQMS at its administrative office premises. The station is located a good distance from the city’s nerve centre, which sees a heavy rush of vehicular traffic. The PPCB, however, points out that as per CPCB guidelines, the CAAQMS should be set up at a site where there is no local air polluting source in the vicinity. Costs of the CAAQMS apart, the unit, to work efficiently, requires continuous power and connectivity to the Internet. In several cities, these aren’t always available. Even in Delhi, for instance, not every CAAQMS unit would be generating data at a given point in time. Increasing the number of automatic monitoring stations is high on the Centre’s agenda. The National Clean Air Programme, an initiative to put in place a process similar to Delhi’s GRAP, envisions setting up 1,000 manual air-quality-monitoring stations (a 45% increase from the present number) and 268 automatic stations (three times the current 84). It also, for the first time, plans to set up pollution-monitoring stations in rural areas.<img src="http://image2.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG13327.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8222"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Tri-series: Australia, South Africa game washed out

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2057/IMG69.jpg" alt="first_img" />South Africa’s match against Australia in the triangular one-day international series was abandoned after just one over in Barbados due to rain on Sunday.After being sent in to bat in Bridgetown, South Africa were eight for no wicket when rain swept across Kensington Oval and forced the players off.Umpires called the game off as wet conditions continued and the teams shared the points. Hosts West Indies play Australia on Tuesday and South Africa on Thursday before the top two teams advance to the final.<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2071/IMG12047.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8185"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Carmelo Anthony takes a new outlook to his new team

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2018/IMG10462.jpg" alt="first_img" />What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “It’s been a roller coaster,” he said. “There was one point where I told my agent: “Just let me know when it’s first and goal. Don’t call me when it’s first and 20.”In the meantime, Anthony assured that he “wasn’t on the couch” waiting for a call, but continuing to train.“Physically, as far as basketball goes, that comes easy to me,” Anthony said. “I still have to put the work into that, but it was more of a mental and emotional challenge, more so than a physical challenge.”For the time being, the 35-year-old Anthony is steering clear of setting expectations.“Who knows? I don’t think anyone knows what’s going to happen this year,” he said. “I’m here now. That’s what’s important. I could have still been home, right? So, Portland pulled the trigger. No matter what happens, I will always appreciate that.“I have a new outlook,” he added. “For me, where I’m at, mentally, emotionally, the way I see things now, the way I approach the game, the way I approach this situation is more so me just having another different appreciation of just what this is and what the game of basketball brings.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I came to a point where I was willing to accept it either way,” Anthony said after playing the first game of his 17th season with his sixth NBA team on Tuesday night. “I had to get myself mentally prepared for that and I did, to be honest with you.“I stayed with it, but there was times where I didn’t want to. I wanted to just say, ‘Forget it, move on with my life, spend more time with my family.’ I started getting more comfortable with that,” Anthony continued. “I come into this game with a totally different mindset, totally different motivation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAnthony’s Portland debut — played across the street from where he led Syracuse to the 2003 NCAA championship — was not a triumphant one. He missed 10 of 14 shots, finished with 10 points, and the Blazers lost 115-104 in New Orleans.But Anthony was in good spirits when he exited the locker room and stood in a hallway, patiently taking questions and often smiling as he spoke introspectively about the significance of his first NBA game action since his unceremonious departure from the Houston Rockets a year ago, after appearing in just 10 games. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’<img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2069/IMG11854.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The Pelicans won 115-104. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Carmelo Anthony had accepted the possibility that his NBA career might be over.That seems to have liberated him to come back on his own terms when he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis LeBron James sets triple-double mark, Lakers hold off Thunder Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “The greatest feeling of it all was to feel wanted by a group of guys who believe in me and my talent and what I can bring to the table,” said the 10-time All-Star, who has averaged about 24 points per game during his career. “It wasn’t just the players, it was the coaching staff. They showed a strong belief in me and what I can still do.”He started right away, even before he’d participated in a single full practice with the Blazers. He joined them the day after they’d lost at Houston on Monday night, and approximately 72 hours after getting confirmation by phone that the Blazers were ready to sign him.“That was something that was established from the gate, when we had that phone call: Let’s be transparent. That was a miscommunication over the last couple seasons over what my role would be and things that was expected from me, and that was a big point,” Anthony said. “There’s not nothing I won’t be willing to do, but just let me know up front. Whatever it is, just let me know, put it out on the table and let’s go from there.“That was a big reason why I made my decision,” Anthony added. “It worked. I’m here. They had a vision. They had a plan and I was part of that plan. When it came down to it, I wanted to be part of that plan.”Anthony said it was hard to tune out speculation over which teams might give him another shot during his year out of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments<img src="http://image0.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2055/IMG1654.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8177"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Amputee mountaineer Arunima Sinha alleges her disability was mocked during temple visit

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c63.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2063/IMG16809.jpg" alt="first_img" />Arunima Sinha, former national level volleyball player and the first amputee to scale Mount Everest, said she felt “greater pain” while visiting the Mahakal Temple here than scaling the Everest.Recounting her unpleasant experience at the temple, she said her disability was mocked.”I am very sorry to tell you that I felt greater pain in visiting Mahakal temple (at Ujjain) than scaling the Everest. My disability was mocked at there (at Mahakal),” she said on Twitter.???? ???? ?? ????? ??? ???? ???? ?? ?? ???? Everest ???? ??? ???? ???? ???? ??? ????? ????  ?????? ????? ?????? ??? ??? ???? ???? ????????? ?? ?????? ??? ? @PMOIndia @CMMadhyaPradesh- Arunima Sinha (@sinha_arunima) December 25, 2017Sinha also tagged the Prime Ministers Office and the Chief Ministers Office in her tweet.Temple sources said the sports person was stopped twice by security personnel while trying to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and that she broke down while arguing with them.Mahakal Temples administrator Avdhesh Sharma said that he came to know about the incident only through media reports.”I have come to know about this from media reports. Arunima has not filed any complaint with the police or the temple administration,” he said.”There is a ramp for the disabled and I will ask the security personnel why they stopped her. We are also checking the CCTV footage to identify the guilty,” the temple administrator added.Sinha was pushed out of a running train in April, 2011, while resisting a robbery attempt. As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated below the knee.<img src="http://b49.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2049/IMG11102.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8163"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Ravindra Jadeja: 13 insiders on the world’s top-ranked bowler

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c63.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2063/IMG5666.jpg" alt="first_img" />Born on December 6, 1988, Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja, commonly known as Ravindra Jadeja, has been one of the brilliant finds of Indian cricket and match-winner for the country on several Test cricket occasions.Special 29th birthday giftRavindra Jadeja’s 29th birthday brought him a lucky gift in the form of a huge success wicket this morning — yes, we are talking about the win over Sri Lanka in the third Test match.13 facts about the world-class spinner that you JUST CAN’T MISS!1. His father Anirudh– who he reportedly was very scared of — wanted him to become an Army officer, but we all know where his interest lay 2. The trauma of his mother’s accidental death in 2005 almost made him quit cricket3. Jadeja made his first Under-19 appearance for India in 2005 at the age of 16, was picked the year after for playing the 2006 World Cup, and thereafter steered his bowling journey4. His all-round performance — 42 wickets and 739 runs — in the 2008-2009 Ranji Trophy earned him the national call5. The Saurashtra left-hander was selected vice-captain of the victorious Indian Under-19 cricket team that won the World Cup in 20086. In late 2009, Jadeja made his ODI debut when he took Yusuf Pathan’s place and was awarded the Man of the Match award for hauling 4 wickets7. His Test debut came in 2012, against England8. At the young age of 23, he became the 8th player in history and the 1st one from India to score 3 first-class triple centuries:1st: 2011 against Orissa2nd: 2012 against Gujarat3rd: 2012 against Railways9. In the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, he was the highest wicket taker which won him the Golden Ball, and also world number 1 spot in the ICC ODI bowlers’ rankings in the same yearadvertisement10. Jadeja’s contributions in India’s 4-0 test series victory over Australia in February and March 2013 were praised in the media, with Sunil Gavaskar calling him ‘one of the architects of the win’11. Jadeja was bought by the Gujarat Lions in the 2016 IPL Players’ Auction for Rs 9.5 crores12. On January 22, 2017, Jadeja became the first Indian left-arm spinner to take 150 ODI wickets, when he dismissed Sam Billings at Eden Gardens, Kolkata13. In March 2017, he became the top-ranked bowler of the world — leaving behind Ravichandran Ashwin, who had held that position for a long timeInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.com<img src="http://a32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG8025.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8162"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Boom! Jets’ Ivory Tough Tackle

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG17046.jpg" alt="first_img" />FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Chris Ivory slipped through one tackle, and then another. And, then, two more.By the time Oakland’s Tracy Porter tried to take him down in last Sunday’s game on Dec. 8, the New York Jets’ bruising running back just carried him on his back over the goal line.Five missed tackles and one powerful 15-yard touchdown run. “Man, he’s a thumper,” right tackle Austin Howard said. “He’s fast and he’s agile, but he’s got that ‘thump’ to him.”Ivory is establishing a reputation for being one of the most physical players in the NFL. From dragging players to powering through tackle attempts, Ivory is one tough guy to bring down.His average of 3.1 yards after contact leads the league among running backs, according to the statistics-based site ProFootballFocus.com.“I just pride myself in making explosive plays,” Ivory said. “I just try to make plays when there’s not really anything there. When you make a play, I think that’s big, when you turn something out of nothing.”Ivory has been doing that for most of this season, his first with the Jets after three years with the New Orleans Saints. Healthy after dealing with hamstring issues during training camp and early in the season, Ivory leads New York with 639 yards rushing and is averaging 4.4 yards per carry.And, a lot of those yards have come after a defensive player tried — and failed — to bring him down. “If I have a little space to work with, I’ll try to work with it,” Ivory said. “Other than that, my mentality is I just won’t be denied. I’m going to come at you and try to make a statement.”He’s also a dangerous blocker, as witnessed by Oakland linebacker Sio Moore, who briefly left last week’s game after his blitz was thwarted by a bone-rattling pop from Ivory.“Any time your running back can be one of the most physical guys on the field, it puts a spark to the offense,” wide receiver Santonio Holmes said. “It shows the character and heart that he has and the determination.”When Ivory carries the ball, his long dreads fly about behind his helmet as his legs keep churning. Several times, Ivory has appeared to be stopped at the line of scrimmage, but somehow stays upright and bounces out of the pile.He’s not exactly Earl Campbell or Christian Okoye, who always ran over or through defenders. But the 6-foot, 222-pound Ivory certainly makes defensive players earn every tackle on him.“He really loves contact,” Howard said. “He starts off behind me, but more often than not, he ends up in front of me. He’s a guy that on a short-yardage run play, he can break it for a huge gainer. That’s not typical, you know?”Ivory says the split-second decision he makes before contact all depends on the down and situation in the game: If the Jets need a yard, he envisions plowing through a defender. If he has some space to work with, Ivory is going to try to make everyone in front of him miss.“A lot of it has to do with feel, like the pursuit backside,” he said. “You’ve got to think about those other guys, too, those linebackers who are running pretty fast, 4.4s and 4.5s. You can’t just try to, boom, make moves all the time. By the time you try to make a move, you’re tackled. You’re not going anywhere.“That’s kind of why I run the way I do.”Ivory will face a stiff test Dec. 15 against Carolina’s top-ranked run defense. If the Jets (6-7) are to keep pace in the AFC playoff race, a lot of it will depend on whether their starting running back can pound some of the Panthers’ vaunted front seven for extra yards.Carolina has allowed just one 100-yard rusher — Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller in Week 2 this season — and four rushing touchdowns since Week 14 of the 2012 season.“Tough defense, but we’ll be ready,” Ivory said. “We’ve put in the preparation and hopefully it will transfer onto the field on Sunday.”Ivory is one of the quietest guys in the locker room around reporters, speaking barely above a whisper most times. On the field, though, his presence is anything but low key.“I’ve always been that way,” he said. “It’s just how way I am. But the game, yeah, it gets a little different out there. There’s a time for it, switch on and off, but there’s a different feeling. “You’re competing and you’ve got a guy trying to take your head off. It always changes the mentality.”(Dennis Waszak, Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares<img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG9572.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8161"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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India vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat Kohli

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b56.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2056/IMG6433.jpg" alt="first_img" />India’s 31-run loss to England in the first Test at Edgbaston on Saturday may give an impression that it was an even-contested match.But the reality is, the visitors have a lot to learn from their poor fielding at slips and lack of application while batting.In such a scenario, it’s hard to be in the shoes of Virat Kohli. If there is one word which can describe the captain’s batting in both innings, it is master-class. For a man who had not done well before in Test cricket in England, the nuances of batting he taught connoisseurs of cricket at Edgbaston and around the globe was awesome.Edgbaston Test: Sam Curran inspired by ‘how Virat Kohli batted with the tail’These days, when television images are beamed to virtually every corner of the world, Kohli’s batting was discussed the most. His batting was a treat for all.Here is a man who can play in all three formats – T20, ODIs and Tests – with the same panache. Yet, batting in Edgbaston on a track which had something for all the bowlers in all sessions was interesting, especially in the first innings.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonKohli was destructive and yet looked completely at ease. His batting stance was aggressive, standing outside the crease and not let bowlers dictate terms. He got his eye in so beautifully and could watch the ball move outside the off stump. For someone who has struggled in England, this was Kohli in a virtual state of nirvana. Even the usually critical Englishmen have applauded him like never before.advertisementEdgbaston Test: Too early to judge India’s batting failure, says Shaun PollockFact is, today Kohli is dominating cricket with his bat just the way his predecessors, Sachin Tendukar and Sunil Gavaskar, had done before. There is no comparing styles, as that would be inappropriate. Each artist has his own approach. Kohli being a perfectionist, from what he eats to how he trains, and stays super-fit, he took batting to a state of transcendental meditation.We need to give batsmen some space, says Ashwin after Edgbaston Test defeat Virat Kohli scored 200 runs in the Edgbaston Test whereas the Indian top-order managed just 99 runs in both innings (AP Photo)Even as millions of budding cricketers across the globe may have learnt from watching Kohli, the other Indian batsmen did not do so. To be sure, it was not a minefield of a track. There was something for each type of bowler. If R. Ashwin had become the hero in the first innings with his probing off-spin and subtle variations, speedster Ishant Sharma was a delight to watch in England’s second innings.Virat Kohli missed one for a change and that changed the game: Ben StokesThat the Indian batting would flop miserably in the second innings, with Ben Stokes coming up with inspired bowling, has given England the advantage now in the five-Test series.Stats: England win in their 1000th Test despite Virat Kohli brillianceThere are plenty of lessons for the Indian batsmen from here on. We have seen in the past, when Gavaskar or Tendulkar were battling the most hostile bowling in away series, the other batsmen would crumble.Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeatIn the current scenario, as much as we praise Kohli the batsman, his choice of players will come under scrutiny. Shikhar Dhawan was not in form, out for a pair in the lone warm-up match and did not deserve to play the first Test.Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenThere is a world of difference in Dhawan’s approach when he is playing limited-overs cricket. Batting in Tests in England calls for technique, application and concentration.If Kohli can show all these traits, at least the rest of the batsmen, with pedigree, need to imbibe from him. In Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, India has batsmen who are ideal for the rigours of Test cricket. They need to bat just like the way they are known for so that all the load does not fall on the skipper.Looking back, the Indian fielding at slips was poor. Fielding coach R. Sridhar doesn’t need to be teaching fundamentals of catching in the slips at this stage but if fielders are going to put down catches, it’s an embarrassment.So, how does Team India regroup from here and move on? In this age of multiple experts dissecting cricket action in every possible forum, the Indians need to show heart and character. This is a long series but to regain momentum is not impossible.advertisementThe combination for the second Test will have to be thought out and also how Umesh Yadav was under-bowled in the second innings.Kohli, the batsman, is not in the same mould in captaincy. But surely, what India does need to show is positive intent. The last thing one wants to see is an image of Ravi Shastri dozing in broad daylight!<img src="http://a19.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2019/IMG12236.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8141"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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World Rugby gives unions more time over Nations Championship

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a22.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2022/IMG1498.jpg" alt="first_img" />news Eddie Jones rules out replacing Michael Cheika as Australia coach Read more The league would involve two championships augmented by matches between countries in the two hemispheres in the summer and autumn Test windows, culminating in a final. A drawback for the Six Nations has been the issue of relegation and the threat of financial ruin it would bring.Under World Rugby’s plan the two championships would be underpinned by second divisions made up of nations currently classified as tier two. This would give them something to aspire to, although promotion would most likely be through a play-off against the team that had finished bottom. The Rugby Championship sides are not enthusiastic about the idea of relegation but they would initially be insulated with Fiji and Japan joining their tournament to take the number up to six. Italy, Scotland and Ireland are set against it but all the unions last week met representatives from Infront Sports and Media, the Swiss company that would be World Rugby’s commercial partner in the venture.Infront has said the league would generate £5bn over 12 years. The unions were told they would be financially better off than they are now even if they were relegated and while the Six Nations have spoken to four companies about aggregating their broadcast and commercial deals, they would forfeit a quarter of their profits each year in return for a lump sum up front. World Rugby Six Nations Read more Share on WhatsApp The Rugby Championship unions have been more receptive to the idea which would put them on a more even financial footing with Europe and help them keep their leading players at home.“It is not quite accurate to say the south wants the league and the north doesn’t,” said Steve Tew, the chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union. “The reality is that we have a great idea but it comes with complications that need analysis.“We have not said yes or no to anything. Good on World Rugby for bringing a bid to the table that provides us with a reference point. And we’re going to work it through. You would fear relegation if you have a poor season when it is on the table, but if teams don’t go down, no one comes up and you have everyone in place for ever. That’s clearly not something we all want.” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Rugby Championship World Rugby has extended its deadline for the Six Nations and Rugby Championship unions to take the concept of a Nations Championship a step further until next week.The unions had been given until Friday to agree to sign up to due diligence, which allows a mutual examination of books. It would not commit a union to joining the Championship, which World Rugby would like to start in 2022. Rugby union World Rugby’s ambitious plan makes Brexit appear simple by comparison Support The Guardian Sport politics Since you’re here… … 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 Facebook Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content<img src="http://a22.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2022/IMG9109.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8111"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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ICS Questions France about CO2 Reporting Requirements …

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a39.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2039/IMG13444.jpg" alt="first_img" />zoom The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners, has written to the French Government to raise concerns about a new requirement for foreign shipowners to provide information to their French customers about CO2 emissions, using a detailed methodology that has not been discussed internationally.ICS believes that the unilateral application by France of these new CO2 reporting requirements to foreign ships cuts across the principles of global regulatory uniformity and the primacy of IMO as the regulator of international shipping.The new and very detailed rules that have been added to the French Transport Code apply across all transport modes, although the Director General for Maritime Transport is responsible for their enforcement in the maritime sector.ICS has therefore suggested that the Director General for Maritime Transport should advise that these requirements will not be enforced on international shipping pending the outcome of discussions on the monitoring and reporting of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions currently taking place at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee is now in the process of developing global regulations for the mandatory monitoring and reporting of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by ships trading internationally. ICS fully supports the development of these measures at IMO and wishes to avoid any impediment to their adoption for global application.Simon Bennett, ICS Director External Relations, explained “We anticipate that the methodology for reporting that will be agreed by IMO Member States through amendments to the MARPOL Convention will be very different to the methodology specified by the new French requirements. The IMO requirements should also be tailored to the special characteristics of international shipping, and will be the product of international consensus. The immediate implementation of these French regulations is a real concern because shipping is a global industry requiring adherence by governments to a uniform global regulatory framework if it is to operate efficiently.”ICS has reminded France of the difficulties that would be created if other coastal states were to implement their own unilateral requirements for the reporting of CO2 emissions by ships.Mr Bennett added “The global maritime transport system would be very challenged indeed by the administrative burden of providing information that required the use of different methodologies and national formats for reporting given that cargo ships can call at a very large number of countries during the course of a year.”Shipping companies are still trying to understand the detail of the new CO2 reporting requirements, the English translation of which has only recently come to the attention of the global shipping industry. But serious concerns are already being raised by international companies about the validity of the methodologies that have been developed by France, as set out in the ‘Methodological Guide for Transport Services’ produced by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.The development of a global system for the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from ships will be considered by the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee in March 2014. It is also the subject of a draft EU Regulation proposed by the European Commission.Article L. 1431-3 of the French Transport Code came into effect for foreign shipping companies in October.ICS, November 4, 2013<img src="http://a39.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2039/IMG15366.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8075"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Capital Product’s Bigger Fleet Brings Higher Revenues

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a20.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2020/IMG6885.jpg" alt="first_img" />zoom Capital Product Partners L.P., a tanker, container and drybulk vessel operator, has recorded USD 48.2 million in revenues in the third quarter, an increase of USD 5.5 million compared to the same period in 2013, which is attributed to the increased fleet size. The net income for the third quarter was USD 11.3 million. As of September 30, 2014, the company’s capital amounted to USD 886.6 million, which is USD 105.2 million higher than the capital as of December 31, 2013. Capital’s’total debt has decreased by USD 4.0 million to USD579.3 million.Capital says that product tanker spot earnings modestly improved in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, but remained overall at fairly soft levels, as lack of arbitrage opportunities in the Atlantic kept rates under pressure for most of the quarter. However the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic product tanker spot market experienced a marked improvement on the back of increased activity towards the end of the quarter and into the fourth quarter of 2014. The market’s performance in the Eastern Hemisphere was more positive throughout the quarter, as rates experienced some notable gains on the back of strong Asia naphtha demand, while the addition of new refinery capacity in Saudi Arabia has resulted in increased petroleum product exports from the Arabian Gulf.The product tanker period market remained active during the third quarter of 2014, but rates declined due to the weaker spot market, according to the company.On the supply side, the ordering activity for medium range (MR) tankers slowed significantly year-to-date 2014, as most quality shipyards have now exhausted their capacity through 2016. Analysts expect that net fleet growth for product tankers for 2014 will be in the region of 3.9%, while overall demand for product tankers for the year is estimated to grow at 3.8%.The Suezmax spot market improved considerably in the third quarter of 2014, as average earnings more than doubled year-on-year from 2013. Strong gains were registered in the first half of the third quarter of 2014 on the back of increased European and Chinese demand, and due to supply concerns in the Arabian Gulf. As the third quarter progressed, activity and rates gradually retreated as a result of slower Chinese crude imports and seasonally lower demand out of Europe, as European refineries approached the autumn maintenance season.As a result of the improving spot market compared to a year ago, the Suezmax period market saw more activity and at increased rates, when compared to the same quarter last year.On the supply side, the Suezmax orderbook is among the lowest in the industry, corresponding to 11.5% of the current fleet. Suezmax tanker demand is expected to continue growing in 2014, driven by increased crude oil shipments from the Atlantic basin to the Far East and Europe. Overall, industry analysts forecast that Suezmax vessel demand will grow by approximately 2.4% in the full year 2014, with net fleet growth projected at 0.3%.Press Release<img src="http://c71.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2071/IMG4808.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8073"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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CORONERS SERINDA SWAN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PORTRAYING JENNYS STRUGGLES ON SCREEN

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://C60.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG15673.jpg" alt="first_img" />Jenny Cooper is a woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life, and keep it together enough to move on in her job as Toronto’s new coroner. And really, who among us can’t relate to that? Aren’t we all just constantly trying to keep it together and make it through the day? For Jenny, it’s proving to be much harder than anticipated though, especially since she recently discovered that her husband left behind all kinds of money issues for her to deal with. In last week’s premiere episode of Coroner, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC, Jenny could be seen dealing with those issues, as well as her problems with anxiety, as she listened to self help tapes and took a prescribed medication. By showing this side to Jenny, as well as her ongoing sessions with a therapist, Coroner is depicting a struggle faced by many, and in the process helping to end the stigma around mental health.“Mental health is an ongoing battle and is something most people struggle with in one capacity or another. The problem is that it’s so stigmatized and people just hear ‘oh, you’re crazy!’ No, hold on,” Jenny’s portrayer Serinda Swan recently told The TV Junkies. She says that similar to a lot of people, trauma brings a lot of Jenny’s problems to the surface. “With the death of her husband, it starts coming out in very bizarre ways like by seeing a dog, or having to rely on Ativan and go see a therapist.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement<img src="http://B46.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG11877.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8014"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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TRC ready to again take residential school document fight with Ottawa to

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a37.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2037/IMG6025.jpg" alt="first_img" />APTN National News OTTAWA–Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair says he will again take the battle over historical Indian residential school documents to the courts if Ottawa continues to resist its “obligation” to turn over the full archive.Sinclair spoke to APTN National News Tuesday following the release of the spring Auditor General’s report earlier in the day.The report found that nearly three years after the work began and with a year left before the TRC’s mandate ends next year, no one knows how much it will cost to gather all the historical documents, who will pay for it or what materials are even “relevant” for the project.The TRC was created as a result of the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement and part of its mandate includes compiling and preserving the historical record.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs had failed to find “common ground” on the transfer of historical documents from Ottawa’s vaults.Sinclair, however, said the report was an “endorsement” of the TRC’s continued battle with Ottawa over the release of the historical material.“It’s their legal obligation, it’s not their discretion. They don’t have a choice in this, they are legally obligated,” said Sinclair..If the federal government doesn’t comply, then the TRC will again take Ottawa to court.“The matter will be back in front of the judges who approved the settlement agreement, who continue to have a supervisory role with respect to the conduct of the parties and we won’t hesitate to take it back to them if necessary,” said Sinclair.In Ottawa, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt defended his government’s handling of the Indian residential school documents.Valcourt said during question period that the federal government has already handed over 3.5 million documents to the TRC and that he met with Sinclair in Montreal last week.“Our government is committed to a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian residential schools,” said Valcourt, after facing questions from the NDP. “This is an ongoing process and we are committed to continuing working with the commission.”NDP MP and Cree politician Romeo Saganash, whose brother who died in residential school, demanded during question period that Valcourt commit to releasing all documents requested by the TRC.“Will the minister rise today and solemnly commit and send the commission all the documents they request?” said Saganash, who also attended residential school.Valcourt, however, did not directly respond to the question, but repeated his prepared line about the 3.5 million documents.“Who is talking about politicizing the issue? That is what he is doing by ignoring the facts. The fact is that the government’s commitment is clearly reflected in the work of the Commission,” said Valcourt.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department couldn’t agree on what constituted relevant documents, where to search, what time frames the documents would cover, what formats to use and who would pay for it all.“The scope of the undertaking is still undefined. Canada and the Commission need to cooperate in order to assess what has been accomplished, what remains to be done, how long this will take and what resources are required,” said the report.The issue has already hit Federal Court once. On Jan. 30, 2012, the court ruled that Canada’s obligation included documents held in the vaults of Library and Archives Canada.The department had taken the position that Canada’s responsibility did not include searching for additional archival documents and federal departments did not have to go digging at Library and Archives Canada.The department effectively transferred that responsibility to the TRC which “strongly disagreed” and held to its claim that the federal government’s responsibility included finding archived documents.news@aptn.ca@APTNNews<img src="http://a37.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2037/IMG2060.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8011"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Canadas top court dives deep into duty to consult issue

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG773.jpg" alt="first_img" />Annette Francis APTN NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments Monday that may change the way laws are made if the court agrees governments are required to consult First Nations over new legislation.“The reality is right now … governments can pick or choose whether they consult about legislation, so it could be a law that directly hit reserves, a law that directly hits hunting or trapping rights, fishing rights,” said Robert Janes, lawyer for Mikisew Cree First Nation.Seven Indigenous groups had their voices heard, while five provincial attorney generals argued on the side of the Crown.afrancis@aptn.ca<img src="http://b45.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2045/IMG11700.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8007"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Kinder Morgan says Trans Mountain project could be a year behind schedule

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a20.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2020/IMG1071.jpg" alt="first_img" />CALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project could be a year behind schedule as it continues to encounter permitting delays.The estimate is three months further behind from the company’s last estimate in December, and now potentially puts the $7.4-billion project in service by Dec. 2020 depending on regulatory, permit and legal approvals.Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) said it has scaled back spending in 2018 to focus on securing needed final approvals for the project, which faces significant opposition from numerous Indigenous groups, environmentalists and municipalities in British Columbia.Steven Kean, chief executive of American parent company Kinder Morgan, said on an investor call that the company will hold back on major construction spending until it has more confidence in the reliability and timing for getting permits for the project that would close to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain system.“We’re not going to get all the permits before we would begin construction, but we do need to see that there’s a process in place and we can count on it.”The company scored a victory for its project in early December when the National Energy Board ruled in its favour, allowing it to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C., that were found to be obstructing the project.The regulator has not, however, made a decision on establishing a process to deal with potential future permitting delays for the project, as requested by the company.Kinder Morgan Canada repeated in its earnings results that if the project continues to face unreasonable regulatory risk the company may not be able to proceed with the project, but Kean downplayed the chances on the call.“We don’t expect to find ourselves in an untenable position, but we’ve made that point in the filings seeking the relief that we’ve asked for from the regulator — and so we’ve said the same thing to our investors that we said to the regulator.”Kinder Morgan Canada, which also operates the existing Trans Mountain pipeline as well as other oil and gas transportation and infrastructure, reported net income of $46.4 million for the three months ending Dec. 31, up from $17.8 million a year earlier.<img src="http://a20.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2020/IMG18381.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8003"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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BlackBerry reports Q2 profit higher sales from software and services

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen touted the company’s progress in its strategic shift away from its legacy handset business after it reported record software and services revenue on Thursday, sending its shares up as much as 17 per cent.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company reported US$19 million in net income for its fiscal second quarter, a big swing from the loss reported during the comparable period last year.Its software and services revenue for the quarter ended Aug. 31 hit a high of $185 million, comprising roughly three-quarters of the total for the period.BlackBerry CEO John Chen said Thursday this metric, as well as the company’s improved margins, is a reflection of “our compete transformation to a software company.”“We made great progress in all our key growth initiatives… all of these accomplishments position us well for future growth,” he told analysts on a conference call this morning.Shares of BlackBerry in New York were up as much as 17.3 per cent to US$10.83 in intraday trading. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s shares in Toronto were up as much as 16.8 per cent to $13.47.BlackBerry has made a strategic pivot in recent years away from manufacturing its namesake smartphones to producing mainly software and services as its devices lost market share to Apple Inc.’s and Samsung Electronics Co.BlackBerry’s revenue for the three months ended Aug. 31 was US$238 million, down from $334 million in last year’s second quarter but up $3 million from the previous quarter ended May 31.The company’s profit in the latest quarter amounted to four cents per basic share, reported in U.S. currency. That compared with a year-earlier loss of 71 cents per basic share, or US$372 million in total.Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity based in Minneapolis, said the upside this quarter was “more one-time in nature,” helped by some non-recurring licensing items. Still, BlackBerry’s latest results show it is making headway on its long-term goals, he added.“The company’s definitely making progress on longer-term objectives, and putting up another strong quarter relative to consensus easily explains why the stock’s up,” Walkley said Thursday.Chen also upgraded BlackBerry’s outlook for the fiscal year, which ends on February 28, 2018. The company expects revenue in the range of US$920-million to US$950-million for the full year, Chen said, above analyst consensus of US$919-million. Chen also reiterated the company’s expectation that software and services revenue will grow in the range of 10- to 15-per cent for the fiscal year. The company also expects to be profitable for the full fiscal year, he added.BlackBerry also announced Thursday that it signed a new licensing deal, the first for BlackBerry Secure, its mobile-security platform designed to help companies manage and secure a variety of connected devices.The company said it signed a licensing deal with Yangzhou New Telecom Science and Technology Company Ltd. (NTD), an electronics design firm based in Yangzhou and Beijing which develops and manufactures smartphones and connected devices. Under the agreement, NTD will develop devices that will be branded by manufacturers, carriers and local smartphone brands and marketed under BlackBerry Secure.This deal comes days after BlackBerry QNX, its automotive division, announced a partnership agreement with U.K.-based Delphi Automotive PLC to provide the operating system for its autonomous driving system. Also on Sept. 20, BlackBerry said it entered a reselling partnership with Fleet Complete, a U.S. fleet-tracking solution company. Fleet Complete will integrate BlackBerry’s Radar, its trailer and other container tracking solution, into its tracking product.Growth in the latest quarter was helped by the higher software and services revenue, said BlackBerry’s chief financial officer Steve Capelli, on a call with analysts. Much of that growth was driven by licensing, which has the highest margins, he added.Chen said that expects licensing will continue to be a strong driver of growth in the second half of the fiscal year, but over time it will be an equal contributor alongside its enterprise software business.“I don’t see a limit to my ability to license both our software technology, our know-how, as well as our IP (intellectual property),” Chen said during a call with reporters on Thursday.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7953"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Restore hope that peace will come to the Middle East UN negotiator

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>“The urgency of the situation that we face on the ground is really desperate – Gaza can explode any minute,” underscored UN Special Coordinator Nikolay Mladenov, briefing the Security Council.“We have a humanitarian responsibility to react but we must understand that it cannot be solved only on the basis of humanitarian action…It must be solved with a political perspective to resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict and we have a responsibility to support the parties.”In his briefing, Mr. Mladenov spoke of Israel’s continued military occupation of Palestinian territory; uncertainties about the future of the peace process and the two-state solution; Hamas’ continuing hold on Gaza and its militant activity, as developments which continue to complicate the situation on the ground.“No steps have been taken during the reporting period to cease settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,” he said, reiterating that settlement activities are “a violation of international law and a major obstacle to peace.”We must overcome the current impasse and refocus our efforts on ultimately returning to meaningful negotiations to end the occupation and bring a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Nikolay MladenovViolence, acts of provocation and inflammatory rhetoric – both by Hamas and Israel – also continued during the reporting period, he added, noting that on at least three occasions the situation “escalated dramatically” and calm was restored only after Egypt and the UN intervened to de-escalate tensions.On the humanitarian side, of most concern is the power crisis in Gaza and, with the UN running out of funds for emergency fuel, critical health, water and sanitation facilities are at “immediate risk” of shutting down. Levels of critical medicines are also running dangerously low.The crisis is being further exacerbated by the serious cash shortfall – due to the withdrawal of US funding – confronting UNRWA, the Organization’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, he said, calling for urgent funding to allow it to continue its vital services.Concluding his briefing, Mr. Mladenov reminded the Security Council that twenty-five years have passed since the Oslo Accords were signed in the US capital, Washington D.C.“It was a historic moment that captured the world’s attention and filled Palestinians, Israelis and the region with hope that a genuine peace could be realized. Sadly, that courageous vision of a lasting peace now lies in tatters,” he said.“We must restore that hope – the alternative is perpetual cycles of violence. We must overcome the current impasse and refocus our efforts on ultimately returning to meaningful negotiations to end the occupation and bring a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”Ahead of the Security Council meeting, France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (EU member countries with a seat on the Council); Belgium and Germany (incoming Council members in 2019) and Italy (a Council member until last year) issued a joint statement urging Israeli authorities to reconsider its decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, as well as highlighting the importance of a negotiated two-State solution.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7900"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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GuySuCo sells off large swaths of land worth G2B to offset

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>A cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), by the end of today (Thursday), is expected to conclude the sale of large portions of land in order to meet with its immediate G$2B requirements to, in part, meet wages and salaries.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThe sale is being executed between the Corporation and the Government’s Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).The sale of the lands was confirmed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who, on Thursday, in providing a Post Cabinet briefing, told media operatives that the matter had been ventilated by the Council of Ministers which met on Tuesday last and was chaired by Prime Minister, performing the duties of President, Moses Nagamootoo.Minister Harmon reported that the decision was taken following a Cabinet deliberation focused on the financial position of the sugar corporation which was presented by Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma.According to Minster Harmon, “Cabinet considered the report and authorised the Minster to assist with the management of GuySuCo with their ongoing discussions with Central Housing and Planning Authority to finalise the sale of lands and to facilitate payments for such lands to GuySuCo urgently.”Minster Harmon, when questioned by this publication, conceded that the G$2B to be raised by GuySuCo by selling off some of its lands will not be enough to meet the requirements of the corporation and indicated the entity will require more money before the end of the year.He told media operatives “GuySuCo requires more monies, this is an emergency intervention…as you know, sale of lands was always a part of the diversification process of GuySuCo.”According to Minister Harmon, there was a request for G$2B and assured that the monies to be had through CH&PA would cover this request.“Government has suggested that Junior Finance Minister assist CH&PA pay for lands which have been identified,” Harmon disclosed.He explained that the lands will now be put under the purview of the Central Housing & Planning Authority and “will be available to the Guyanese public.”The Minister was at the time unable to identify precisely where the lands identified for sale are located except to say, “those are matters which are within discussions of GuySuCo and CH&PA but what I can say is that the G$2B will be made available.”He told media operatives the transaction between CH&PA and GuySuCo, with the assistance of the Junior Finance Minister—currently acting in the substantive position—“will be completed on Thursday.”The financial state of affairs at the corporation had reached a point where there had been significant delays in payments of wages and salaries.This, among other factors, led to an emergency meeting on Monday last ahead of the Cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Nagamootoo, GuySuCo’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clive Thomas and Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman, to discuss “urgent cash flow relative to wages, salaries and other payments at GuySuCo.”Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing divestment of the assets belonging to the beleaguered GuySuCo, Minister Harmon also announced that Colvin Keith-London has been appointed as head of the Special Purpose Unit (SPU).That unit has been tasked with the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets inclusive of its lands, and according to Harmon, Keith-London will be based at the Kingston Headquarters for the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).That unit was first announced by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, when in recent months he presented a Policy Paper to the National Assembly on the future of the sugar industry.That unit was allocated some G$130M “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry” when the Government in July last requested a Supplementary request to tap the national coffers. The National Assembly has since approved the monies for the unit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t eyes repossession of private developers’ lands for its housing programmesMarch 2, 2017In “latest news”GuySuCo gets new CEO, Board to be installed soon- HarmonAugust 6, 2018In “Business”Unions say privatisation possible option for sugar industry-HarmonJanuary 27, 2018In “Business”<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7872"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Early morning shelling kills 16 at UN school shelter in Gaza

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG8147.jpg" alt="first_img" />Source: Lefteris PitarakisISRAELI BOMBARDMENTS EARLY today killed “dozens” of Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 16 at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict.A shelling shortly after 5.30am (2.30am GMT) killed 16 people at the UN school being used as a shelter for those displaced by the war, a UN official told AFP. A Palestinian man grieves the death of his relative following an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: Khalil HamraGaza’s emergency services spokesman put the death toll at “dozens”, after giving an initial count of 20. A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment for her injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: Khalil HamraA shelling earlier in the northern Gaza Strip killed an 11-year-old girl who had a disability, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, with a subsequent shelling in the centre of the small coastal territory killing a 16-year-old girl. Palestinians gather outside a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: Lefteris PitarakisA strike shortly afterwards in the southern city of Khan Yunis killed 10 members of a single family, Qudra said, including one child who could not immediately be identified.A middle-aged man was killed early in the morning in the southern city of Rafah. Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Sgt. Barkay Shor, who was killed in the fighting in Gaza Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe deaths brought Wednesday’s Palestinian toll to at least 29, with the total count from an Israeli operation to stamp out militant rocket fire to nearly 1,260, according to Qudra’s latest figures. Israeli soldiers work on their armored personnel carrier near the Israel Gaza border Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn the Israeli side, militant fire, including cross-border rocket fire, has killed 53 Israeli soldiers in addition to three civilians inside Israel.- © AFP, 2014Read: “Over 100″ Palestinians killed as Israel ramps up attacks on Gaza><img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG13702.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7847"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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LiPhone 4 victime dun problème de conception

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG1573.jpg" alt="first_img" />L’iPhone 4 victime d’un problème de conception ?États-Unis – Au lendemain de la sortie du nouveau smartphone d’Apple, les premières critiques commencent à s’élever. Un problème de réception semble laisser croire que l’appareil souffre d’un problème de fabrication. Steve Jobs s’est déjà exprimé sur le sujet.Une perte de signal est constatée lorsque l’on presse l’iPhone 4 sur la gauche avec la paume de la main, position pourtant naturelle lorsque l’utilisateur téléphone. Après avoir éliminé la possibilité d’un défaut logiciel, c’est la conception du produit qui est visée. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dans un communiqué, Steve Jobs a tenu à répondre à ces accusations : “Tenir n’importe quel téléphone entraînera une atténuation des performances de son antenne. Certaines prises en main aggravent la situation selon la position de l’antenne. C’est une réalité concernant n’importe quel téléphone sans fil.” Ainsi, le PDG de la firme à la pomme insiste pour signifier à ces clients de changer le positionnement des mains lors d’une conversation téléphonique. L’achat d’une housse serait également une solution.Le 25 juin 2010 à 11:41 • Emmanuel Perrin<img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG11985.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7816"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Monsoon flooding death toll climbs to 164 in South Asia

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b53.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2053/IMG8934.jpg" alt="first_img" />GAUHATI, India — The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has climbed past 160 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in three countries, officials said Saturday.At least 90 people have died in Nepal and 62 in northeastern India’s Assam state over the past week. A dozen have been killed in flooding in Bangladesh.Shiv Kumar, a government official in Assam, said 10 rare one-horned rhinos have died in Kaziranga National Park since the Brahmaputra River burst its banks, flooding the reserve.Some 4.8 million people spread over 3,700 villages across the state are still affected by the floods, though the frequency of rains has decreased in the past 24 hours, the Assam Disaster Response Authority said. The authority said the bodies of 12 residents from different areas were recovered on Saturday.More than 2.5 million people have been impacted by flooding in northeastern India’s Bihar state.A young woman gave birth to her first child on a boat in floodwaters early Friday while on her way to a hospital in Assam’s flooded Gagalmari village. The newborn girl and her 20-year-old mother, Imrana Khatoon, were brought back to their home without getting to the hospital.<img src="http://a16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG8019.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7790"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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