Road Repairs Progress

first_imgSteady progress is being made to repair roads and bridges damaged by unusually heavy rainfall over the Labour Day weekend. Damage was most widely experienced around Pictou and Inverness counties. “Crews continue to work hard to complete repairs and have made significant progress in meeting the challenges presented by the extremely heavy rains,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “Many repairs are complete and we expect that the vast majority to be finished by the end of September.” In Pictou County, significant areas damaged by the storm include Route 347 which has been repaired to allow one lane to open. The other lane is expected to open in the next few days. Other damage includes road washouts and culvert damage on the Six Mile Brook Road, James Murray Road, Trunk 4 and Piedmont Valley Road. Repairs are underway and are expected to be complete by the end of September. Several sections of Trunk 19 in Inverness County had road washouts. More than twenty other roads had damage to culverts. Roads are open while repairs continue. Fourteen bridges also had some storm damage. Twelve are open, however the Jack Gillis Bridge and the Broad Cove Marsh Bridge remain closed, with detours available. Repairs are expected to be complete by the end of the month. More than 20 roads in the Judique area had major or minor damage, mainly to culvert and shoulders. Some repairs have been complete, with all work expected to be complete by the end of September. There was a major culvert collapse on the Upper South West Mabou Road. Repairs are underway and are expected to be complete within the next few weeks. Roads are open while repairs continue. The Shore Road Bridge is closed, with a short detour available. Repairs are expected to be complete by mid-September. Four roads in the Port Hawkesbury area had washouts and all work is either complete or expected to be finished by mid-September. The Upper Lameys Bridge had washouts but is open while repairs are underway. “I commend our highway workers for their quick and committed response to getting the roads repaired,” said Mr. Scott. “We ask that people on the road continue to use caution in these areas while we work on repairs, particularly with the potential for more severe weather from Tropical Storm Hanna.” The total cost of repairs is still being assessed but will be more than $1.5 million.last_img read more

Hopes fade for 10 miners trapped underground at Pakistan colliery

first_imgQuetta (Pakistan): At least 10 miners are trapped more than a kilometre (nearly a mile) underground after a fire started by an electrical short circuit in a coal mine in southwestern Pakistan, officials said Monday. Rescue efforts were hampered by the fire spreading poisonous carbon monoxide gas inside the mine, some 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of Quetta, the capital of oil and mineral rich Balochistan province. Abdullah Shahwani, a top official for the industry in the province, said 11 miners were working Sunday around 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) underground when the accident happened. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “Fire erupted due to a cable short circuit, causing the spread of poisonous monoxide gas,” Shahwani told AFP. One miner has been rescued but 10 remain trapped inside, he said. “Hopes of their survival are very slim as rescue workers have reached only 1,200 feet (360 metres) inside the mine,” Shahwani said, roughly 20 hours after the accident occurred. The spread of carbon monoxide was hampering the attempt to reach the miners, said rescuer Mohammad Shafqat, who spoke to AFP from the site. The coal mine is run by the state-owned Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation. Most coal mines in the impoverished province are notorious for poor safety standards and facilities, and similar deadly accidents have occurred in the past.last_img read more

Kanehsatake moves towards healing 25 years after long hot summer of resistance

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the Anniversary of the start of the Mohawk resistance at Kanehsatake come and gone, people in the community say there are sings of healing and a longing to move towards a better future.25 years ago, Kanehsatake made news around the world when Mohawk warriors went up against Quebec police and eventually the Canadian army over construction of an unwanted golf course on their territory.The nearby council in Oka approved the course.A police officer was killed during the stand-off.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.drochette@aptn.calast_img

Sri Lanka UNESCO chief condemns bombing of rebel radio station

3 December 2007The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned a deadly attack on a radio station run by the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned a deadly attack on a radio station run by the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan army planes struck the Voice of Tigers radio station near Kilinochchi in the north of the country on the afternoon of 27 November, killing five of the station’s staff and reportedly more than five other people, according to a news release from UNESCO.“Regardless of the content of the broadcasts aired by the Voice of Tigers, there can be no excuse for military strikes on civilian media,” said Koïchiro Matsuura.“Such action contravenes the Geneva Convention which requires the military to treat media workers as civilians.”Mr. Matsuura stressed that “killing media personnel is not going to help reconciliation” and urged urge the authorities “to ensure respect for the basic human right of freedom of expression.” read more

UN rights expert hails Republic of Koreas protection for DPR Korea nationals

25 January 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the participation of the Republic of Korea in efforts to help people from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) living in its territory while urging more measures to help the most vulnerable. In a statement released in Geneva following a 19-24 January visit to the Republic of Korea, Vitit Muntarbhorn, the UN Special Rapporteur on the DPRK human rights situation, called for continued attention to the aftermath of the Korean war, such as the issue of prisoners of war, missing persons and separated families.He also urged greater focus on humanitarian aid to the DPRK “with effective monitoring to ensure that it reaches the target groups” as well as greater assistance to those who seek refuge from the DPRK.The Special Rapporteur praised support by the Republic of Korea for over 10,000 nationals from the DPRK it has accepted for settlement while inviting “longer-term facilities to help them adapt to their new lives, and social, educational, employment and psychological back-up, with family and community based networks; more family reunion possibilities; more protection to be afforded to those who do not receive the protection of other countries; and a more active information campaign using success stories of those who have settled in the Republic of Korea to ensure a positive image and nurture a sense of empathy for those who exit from the DPRK in search of refuge elsewhere.” The expert praised increased support for these persons, such as through longer term protection periods, the provision of pensions, and employment and other opportunities. He also hailed a new law allowing DPRK nationals to file for divorce from a spouse in their home country if the location of that person cannot be identified.In addition to meeting Government officials, parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others, the Special Rapporteur interviewed a number of DPRK nationals, ranging from new arrivals to others who had settled for a period of time in the Republic of Korea. Mr. Muntarbhorn said he was “encouraged by educational and training programmes for the young generation from the DPRK, complemented by caring neighbours who help them adapt to society.”At the same time, he pointed to the need for longer-term care for torture victims from the DPRK as well as members of the older generation “given that they may find it difficult to adapt to the new society.”He also called for more attention to the “heartbreaking” situation facing children of mixed marriages produced when a DPRK national has a child with another national en route to the Republic of Korea and the child is left behind in the second country. There are parallel family reunion challenges in regard to the family members left behind in the DPRK, he added.In addition, he praised the work of the Republic of Korea’s National Human Rights Commission while stressing the need to ensure its independence. read more

29million Lewvan Drive construction complete

The work on Lewvan Drive was done on time and on budget by a combination of city crews and private contractors.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“It’s important for us to complete timely maintenance and renewal on our major arterial roads, and we thank drivers for their patience and understanding,” added Kim Onrait, the city’s executive director of citizen services.Starting in June to help with traffic flow, the city piloted a lane reversal system, switching the direction of some lanes at peak times of the day.“Regina is the first municipality in Canada to use lane reversals in a temporary construction zone,” said Fougere. He said the city will be looking closely at this method of traffic control for road construction work in the future.The City of Regina is investing $89.3M into roadways and infrastructure projects this year. In this photo from May, traffic was backed up southbound Lewvan Drive while construction was underway. A commuter bottleneck that plagued many motorists this spring and summer is no more, with the City of Regina officially lauding the completion of the Lewvan Drive Project on Tuesday.The project saw a $2.9-million investment in concrete and paving work between 11th Avenue and 1st Avenue.“Motorists will now enjoy the improved driving experience along Lewvan Drive,” said a news release issued by the city.“As a result of the close collaboration between the private contractor and the city’s work crews, we were able to improve this stretch of Lewvan Drive which sees 33,000 to 45,000 motorists each day. This work will improve the daily commute for over a decade to come,” Mayor Michael Fougere said in the release. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post read more

Ohio State mens soccer team looks to stay locked in against Cleveland

OSU players celebrates after an overtime goal against Bowling Green on Oct. 7 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Eric Weitz / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is currently riding the longest winning streak in program history. The Buckeyes are looking to build on their seven-game tear against Cleveland State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet and Gary did not face the Vikings last season but are looking to come out with a win despite limited knowledge of the opponent.“We’re going to prepare to play against Cleveland State and do the best that we can against CSU,” coach John Bluem said. “When that game is over, then we will go on to the next.”The Buckeyes have been on fire and plan to take one game at a time to keep its momentum.A daunting challenge for the Vikings will be trying to break through the Buckeye defense, as the OSU back end has been nearly impenetrable lately for the opposition. It’s been three games since a team has found the back of the net against OSU. “The backs are playing fantastic and we know that we just need to go in there and put things away,” senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson said.The Buckeyes have enjoyed the support of their home fans and look for it to continue as the team draws closer to postseason play.“This team is really in a groove right now with seven straight wins and nine unbeaten,” junior forward Christian Soldat said. “It feels great to be at home to play in front of a crowd that grows every single game, and they’re always behind us and we’re going to keep playing for them.”Viking territoryThe Vikings will be entering Wednesday’s match coming off the heels of a shutout win, 1-0, over Belmont on Saturday. Cleveland State has won three games in a row and has extended its record to 6-6-1 overall. Sophomore defender Jake Lagania leads the Vikings with five goals and three assists, followed by junior forward Sergio Manesio with three goals. Cleveland State has used a timeshare system at goalkeeper this season. Junior goalkeeper Nick Ciraldo has played about 600 minutes on the year and has a goals-against average of 2.14, with 16 saves overall, while junior goalkeeper Aleksandar Drobac has played for about 700 minutes and has a goals-against average score of 1.10 with 31 saves.Player of the week awards piling upFor the third consecutive week, redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, while junior forward Danny Jensen was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in October.Both players have been vital to what OSU has been able to accomplish thus far.Jensen leads the team with four goals and three assists on the season, giving him a total of 11 points.Froschauer has started every game in 2015 after transferring from Dayton. He has logged more than 1,000 minutes and boasts a goals-against average of 0.88 and 45 saves this season.Froschauer became the third player in conference history to rack up three consecutive weekly honors. Moving on upAfter Saturday’s victory, the Buckeyes have moved to first place in the Big Ten conference, followed by Maryland and Rutgers, respectively. The Scarlet and Gray have also moved up to No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.Up nextFollowing Wednesday’s action, the Buckeyes are set to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday. read more

Walkabout purchases remaining 30 of Lindi Jumbo graphite project

first_imgWalkabout Resources has exercised its option to acquire the remaining 30% of the prospecting licence hosting the Lindi Jumbo graphite deposit in Tanzania. The application for transfer has now been registered with the Ministry of Minerals, Tanzania. Walkabout now owns 100% of tenement PL9992/2014, a part of which is the subject of a pending mining licence application, ML/00638/2017 (MLA), which means that Lindi Jumbo Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walkabout, will hold 100% of the Lindi Jumbo graphite mine.With respect to the progress of the Lindi Jumbo Mining Licence application, the company remains highly encouraged by recent communications from the Ministry of Minerals of Tanzania. Discussions in Dodoma held on 25 May 2018 between the Company and the Ministry confirmed that licence applications were due for issue in large batches until the backlog has been depleted.Executive Chairman of Walkabout Resources Ltd, Trevor Benson commented;“The purchase of the remaining 30% of the project will see a huge value-adding transaction into the company. The passing of this significant project milestone is indicative of the confidence that management has in the project and in the subsequent progression of events in Tanzania.”Walkabout is fast-tracking the development of the high-grade Lindi Jumbo graphite project to take advantage of forecast market conditions for flake graphite deposits with high ratios of Large and Jumbo flakes.The Lindi Jumbo DFS noted:Project start-up capital $29.6 million, lowest capital intensity amongst peer groupPre Tax NPV10 of $302 million Pre Tax IRR at 108%Post Tax NPV10 of $180 million and Post Tax IRR 88%Weighted average (Base Case) basket price of product is $1,564/tModelling and design now using updated concentrate ratios based on large scale, closed circuit metallurgical test results from BGRIMM provides a higher level of certainty to study results.last_img read more

MUnGA committee helps preserve continuation of Greek language teaching

first_imgLast Monday representatives of the Melbourne University Greek Association (MUnGA) paid a visit to one of Melbourne’s oldest Greek schools, St Vasilios in Brunswick. The visit was a chance for the committee to present a generous and thoughtful donations to the students, including a TV set and five Greek-to-English and English-to-Greek Oxford dictionaries. The members took the opportunity to stress the importance of Greek language teaching as a means of preserving the Hellenic identity in younger generations of the diaspora. Members of the MUnGA committee: · Jordan Moshcovitis – President · Nicholas Tzoutzidis – Vice President · Stylianos Nikias – Secretary · Perry Athanasopoulos – Media officer · Pamela Papadopoulos – National Union of Greek Students (NUGAS) representative · Jasmine Mesourouni – Cultural Affiliations officer · Yiorgios Yiappos – Treasurer MUnGA general committee: · Alexander Vounisios · Irini Levou · John Papaemmanouil · Artemis Sfendourakis · Theana Bethavas · Arthur Gioulekas · Alexandros Yiappos · Jaeger Konidaris · Natasha Psaras · Kristen Politis · Ioanna Yiappos · John Nicolaidis · Mark Donato Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ouragan Earl alerte maximum dans les Antilles

first_imgOuragan Earl : alerte maximum dans les AntillesAntilles – Météo France a déclenché l’alerte cyclonique de type “violet” lundi 30 août à minuit heure locale, sur les îles de Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélémy. Toutes deux devraient subir bientôt les effets du cyclone Earl.Passant dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi de la catégorie 1 à la catégorie 2 avec des vents d’une vitesse de 160 km/h, le cyclone Earl devrait bientôt frôler Saint-Martin, ainsi que sa voisine l’île de Saint-Barthélémy. Dimanche à 23H00 locales, il était situé à 210 km à l’est de l’île franco-néerlandaise. L’alerte violette – niveau supérieur à l’alerte rouge – impose désormais aux habitants de demeurer à leur domicile ou dans des abris spécialement conçus. Une houle avec des creux de 6 à 8 mètres se forme, et l’amplitude des marées pourrait passer de un mètre habituellement à 1,50 mètre, risquant de provoquer des dégâts sur le littoral. Des pompiers venus de Guadeloupe ont été acheminés sur la zone, en renfort.Les services météorologiques comme le centre américain de veille cyclonique (NHC) estiment que Earl devrait devenir dès lundi un ouragan majeur. Certaines îles, telles Antigua, Saint-Kitts-et-Nevis, Anguilla et les Îles Vierges britanniques, sont déjà en niveau d’alerte modéré. Earl va infléchir sa course vers le nord, et son trajet devrait le mener dans la semaine sur les côtes est-américaines. Le 30 août 2010 à 15:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Internet mobile une forte croissance du trafic annoncée

first_imgInternet mobile : une forte croissance du trafic annoncéeL’Internet mobile n’en finit pas de faire de nouveaux adeptes. En 2011, quelque 5,6 milliards de connexions à Internet depuis des plate-formes mobiles devraient être enregistrées à travers le monde. Une hausse de 11% par rapport à 2010, révèle une étude menée par le cabinet Gartner.Dans une étude publiée sur son site Internet, le cabinet Gartner dresse un bilan des plus positifs quant au trafic de données échangées depuis les plate-formes mobiles. Pour l’année 2011, ce sont 5,6 milliards de connexions qui devraient être enregistrées dans le monde. Une hausse de 11% par rapport à l’année dernière, qui devrait engendrer quelque 314 milliards de dollars de revenus, soit 220 milliards d’euros et une hausse de 22,5%.À lire aussiCes deux modèles de smartphones sont maintenant interdits en France, voici pourquoiD’ici à 2015, ce sont ainsi 7,4 milliards de connexions qui devraient être réalisées grâce à des smartphones ou des tablettes, estime l’étude de Gartner. Une hausse qui devrait être accompagnée d’une croissance du trafic de données, et pourrait générer des revenus atteignant 552 milliards de dollars, soit 386 milliards d’euros. “Le trafic des données mobiles continuera de progresser de manière significative aussi longtemps que les offres tendront vers le haut-débit, et que les gens continueront de migrer vers les smartphones et les tablettes” souligneJessica Ekholm, une analyse du cabinet Gartner. Elle ajoute également : “Les volumes de données via les mobiles vont continuer de croître parce que les réseaux mobiles deviennent plus rapides et plus accessibles, partout, tandis que, dans le même temps, on peut s’attendre à ce que le nombre d’utilisateurs de données et les usages qu’ils en font s’élargissent”.L’étude souligne toutefois que les revenus engendrés par ce trafic de données augmenteront plus lentement au cours des années à venir. Les opérateurs devront en effet assumer des coûts d’entretien et de développement de leurs réseaux de plus en plus importants. Le 10 août 2011 à 14:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

House of Assembly halted due to busted audio system

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:appropriations committee, audio system, house of assembly, john phillipis, pnp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2015 – The House of Assembly was held up in doing the business of the country today when the microphone system went out; it forced an almost two hour closure of Parliament on Thursday. It was earlier this week that some members of the Appropriations Committee chided the PNP Administration for cutting back on monies allocated for improvements to the House of Assembly. The Member for Five Cays told Magnetic Media, the House of Assembly is ‘falling apart.’ Governor’s Appointed Member, Hon John Philips also had thoughts about the state of the honourable House of Assembly. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Save The Bays Chairman Hottest year on record in 120 Years Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: 150 laid off by Resorts World Bimini, Save the Bays siding with workers Bahamas Environment Takes Surprising Centre Stage at Global Conference Save The Bays Pins 24 Bahamians Youth Environmental Ambassadors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, January 26, 2017 – On the heels of official news that the 2016 was the hottest year on record globally since weather record-keeping began in the 1880s, (www.edition.cnn.co), Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville urged the nation’s leaders to act before up to 80% of the islands of The Bahamas are swallowed or inundated by water from rising seas caused by climate change.Darville, a climate change lecturer certified by Al Gore, stepped up his year-long efforts in the face of what he says “is irrefutable evidence that we are on a path to becoming little more than a memory of a forgotten time when we were once the most beautiful place on earth.”“The very same waters that inspired astronaut Scott Kelly to declare The Bahamas to be ‘the most beautiful place from space’ could be inundated by water from rising seas in our grandchildren’s lifetime,” said Darville.  At 75, the lifelong educator and human and environmental rights advocate has vowed to spend his remaining years sharing the message of protecting and preserving The Bahamas. In recent weeks, he stepped up those efforts, talking to students, appearing on radio, participating in interviews, spreading the warning wherever he could that the time for talk is over, the time for action is now.“We have only 5,300 square miles of land in 100,000 square miles of ocean and the prediction is that by the end of this century 80% of our islands will be inundated by the sea,” said Darville. “We must be prepared, we must be alert.  We owe it to our children and to generations to come to do everything in our power to mitigate against the effects of climate change.  We cannot stop it, but we can slow it down and it is up to us to do that and we can.”According to Darville, mitigation can take several forms. First, he says, is protection of life by making the tough decision not to allow people to rebuild on treacherous, low-lying properties where stronger hurricanes in the future that will form in the Atlantic will strike with little warning and could swallow entire seafronts.  He points to land in Grand Bahama that has receded 35 feet in a decade and the home where he grew up in Long Island that was washed away by Hurricane Joaquin.Next, he says, Bahamians must reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.  Though not large relative to highly industrialized nations, the local footprint could be significantly reduced by growing more food locally, establishing green spaces, trading fossil fuels for sustainable power supply sources and requiring a less harmful type of fuel for jet aircraft.  “Today, 30 million tons of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere by jets every year, burning the ozone layer,” he said.  And, he suggests, it is time that Bahamians revived the art of boatbuilding.“We are going to be a floating country, I don’t want to scare people but I want to alert our people, to wake them up to what is happening around us.  There are those who say that what we are seeing is just part of Mother Nature’s cycle.  Yes, it is part of a cycle but climate change is speeding it up in a way we have never experienced before. That is why each of the last three years has been recorded as the hottest year in history.  We have seen 20,000-year cycles but this cycle is accelerated by 300% because of industrial pollution, greenhouse effects and what we have done to alter the environment.  I just want us to be aware, to develop a plan and realize this is happening right now, not in the future, but before our very eyes and only we have the power to change it.”Launched in 2013, Save The Bays has been an outspoken non-government organization promoting environmental protection, freedom of information and an end to unregulated development through education, legal and public awareness campaigns. Its Facebook posts draw more than 20,000 friends and its 6-point petition www.savethebays.bs, has some 7,000 signatures.center_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Savethebays #MagneticMediaNews  #SaveTheBayslast_img read more

SWAT team called after reports of gunfire in Bonita suspect arrested

first_img October 28, 2018 SWAT team called after reports of gunfire in Bonita, suspect arrested KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, BONITA (KUSI) — Reports of gunfire in a neighborhood in Bonita brought out a SWAT team, where an alleged gunman was arrested and nine other people were detained Sunday.No one was hurt, and sheriff’s deputies ultimately arrested one person in connection with the incident.A caller told police just before 4 a.m. Sunday that they could hear gunshots in a neighborhood east of Briarwood Road and south of state Route 54, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Michael McNeill said.A Sheriff’s Department SWAT team headed to the 5400 block of Robinwood Road, where they found shell casings and live rounds in the driveway of a house and initially detained nine people for questioning. Officers from the San Diego and Chula Vista police departments also responded to help.While deputies and officers were conducting their investigation, they heard several more gunshots coming from nearby, McNeill said.Deputies and officers saw a man run away, and they briefly chased him but lost sight of him, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. With the help of a police dog, they were able to find the man hiding in shrubs outside an apartment complex, and they detained him as well.Deputies also found a gun and a magazine in the area, McNeill said.The man, Salvador Barajas, 25, was first taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation before being booked into jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm. Posted: October 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Union Budget 2014 Know Your Facts

first_imgThe newly elected Narendra Modi government is set to present its first Budget on 10 July, three days after the Budget session begins in Parliament.Here are some facts about the Union Budget you should know:The Union Budget is a financial statement of the government’s revenue and expenditure for one fiscal year (April to next March). According to Article 112 of the Indian Constitution, the Union Budget is a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure of the government for that particular year. In other words, the Union Budget keeps an account of the finances of the government for a fiscal year.The presentation of the Union Budget is preceded by the Economic Survey, which lays down the ground for the Budget by indicating its direction and showcasing the economic performance of the country. This year, the Economic Survey will be presented on 9 July, a day before the Union Budget is presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 10 July.The Union Budget comprises two aspects – the Revenue Budget and the Capital Budget.The Revenue Budget entails the revenue that the government gets, mainly from taxes and other sources. The Revenue Budget also looks at the day-to-day expenditure of the government.The Capital budget entails capital receipts, which cover the loans that the government raises and capital payments which include government expenditure on the acquisition of assets.The Union Budget is presented by the Finance Minister before the fiscal year begins, usually at the end of the month fo February. However, during the elections, an Interim Budget is passed to be in effect till the next government comes to power and brings out its Budget. An interim Budget is passed through a Vote on Account procedure and is applicable for a limited time period.The first Union Budget of India was presented in 1947 by RK Shanmukhan Chetty. Here is the documented speech made by the first Finance Minister of India.The Union Budget 1950-51 was the first to give the foundation for the Planning Commission, an institution that formulates five-year economic plans for the country.The Union Budget 1991-92 by the then-finance Minister Manmohan Singh opened the gates for economic liberalization as import-export policy was revised and import duties were cut.The Union Budget 2014-15 will be the first budget to be presented after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in May 2014.last_img read more

Alwar mob lynching Pehlu Khan was not named in chargesheet clarifies Ashok

first_imgAnguri Begum, mother of late Pehlu Khan along with her family members stage a sit-in demonstration to demand justice for him in New Delhi, on April 19, 2017.IANSAmid the row broke over Alwar lynch mob victim Pehlu Khan being named in a charge sheet, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday (June 29) clarified that the killed dairy farmer’s name was not in the charge sheet submitted by the Rajasthan Police in December 2018.Asserting the fact that Congress is ideologically committed against any kind of lynching committed anywhere in the country, Gehlot, in a series of tweets, said that the “news reported in Indian Express is factually incorrect”. “Name of Late Pehlu Khan is not there in the chargesheet submitted by Rajasthan Police in December 2018. This is a separate case which was registered and investigated under previous government in 2017-18 against (Khan’s sons) Mr Arif, Mr Irshad and Mr Khan Mohd (Transporter),”.. since accused name in the chargesheet were not present at the time of the submission in December 2018, the District court accepted the Challan on 24th May 2019. However, our government will see if investigation was done with predetermined intentions,” tweeted Gehlot.Meanwhile, Behror SHO Sugandh Singh said that a charge sheet cannot be filed against a dead person, and this one named all those who were with Khan at the time. After investigation, a final file was prepared on December 30, 2018, which was submitted in court on May 24, he added.Asked if Khan was ever accused, the SHO said: “Those who investigated the case in 2018 can better reply if Pehlu Khan was declared accused in their probe.”Pehlu Khan’s family was shocked at these developments.His elder son Irshad said: “Our family is quite disappointed to know this. We were hoping that Congress government will withdraw the case against us but it’s shocking to know that they have filed a charge sheet”.”We were expecting justice from Congress government in the state. However, this charge sheet has come like a shock.”Khan was beaten to death on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in Alwar in April 2017 while he and his sons were bringing cattle bought from a fair in Jaipur to their home in Haryana’s Nuh.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Report Austin To End Its Bag Ban After Texas Supreme Court Ruling

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneSingle-use bag ban advocates held a press conference before the Texas Supreme Court prior to oral arguments on the legality of Laredo’s ban on Jan. 11, 2018.The city of Austin announced Tuesday it will no longer enforce its ban on plastic bags after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a similar ban in Laredo violated state law, KUT reported.“Following the recent ruling from the Texas Supreme Court, the City will not enforce our current rules,” a spokesperson for the city said in an emailed statement. “While it’s disappointing that the City is losing a tool to help protect the environment, we are also confident that the Austin community will continue to do their best to minimize plastic bag waste.”The court ruled unanimously on June 22 that a state law on solid waste disposal pre-empted Laredo’s local ordinance, resolving a long-standing question over whether local governments are allowed to impose such bans.Cities including Fort Stockton, Port Aransas, and Brownsville had implemented similar bans in recent years, and the court’s decision held that those bans are unenforceable as well. The ruling drew applause from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and criticism from environmental groups.On Monday, Paxton sent letters to 11 cities across the state with plastic bag bans as a reminder that such those ordinances are now “illegal” and “unenforceable.” “Municipalities ignoring this law are unlawfully passing their duty to manage solid waste on to their residents and retailers in violation of settled Texas law,” Paxton wrote in letters to Port Aransas and Brownsville, among others. “A dislike of state law is no justification for a municipality to violate it.”last_img read more

Honey bee search strategy Robot swarms to search Mars caves

first_img Explore further The theory behind Kisdi’s robots incorporates the idea of quorum sensing, similar to that used by honey bees. Quorum sensing is a type of decision-making process used by groups to coordinate behavior and can be seen with honey bees when worker bees scout for new nest areas. Bees will leave the nest, gather information, and determine the best new location.Kisdi’s theory works on this same principle. A computer program has been created that functions in a similar way to the honey bees. The robots, called Jollbot, are a rolling and jumping robot. Mars surface. Jollbot A Lander would be able to release the swarm of 40 to 60 robots, allowing them to then individually go out and search for pre-programmed information, such as a difference of temperature found in a cave. Once a robot locates this information, it would return to the lander via the shortest route, and upload the information (temperature readings and coordinates).Once the information is uploaded, the robot can then evaluate information shared by previous robots and decide to either start a new search or revisit a previous finding for more information. As information is collected, those sites which the robots decide to be a potential site for more exploration can then be sent to mission control for further exploration by other rovers. This concept would be cheaper to build than the large rovers and allow for much more initial exploration, leaving the in-depth exploration for the rovers. The other benefit with this idea is that should one of the Jollbots in the swarm be lost or not function, the search process is still able to continue.In the simulation shown by Kisdi, a swarm of 50 robots would be able to cover a 300 square meter area in around 5 days. With the addition of more robots with a greater search capability, the search area would be able to be increased.Kisdi’s next step is to begin developing the hardware required for the robots, but the idea of a swarm of honey bee robots opens up the potential for much more in-depth searches becoming possible on Mars. Citation: Honey bee search strategy: Robot swarms to search Mars caves (2011, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-honey-bee-strategy-robot-swarms.html Thanks to RoboEarth the bots can learn on their owncenter_img More information: Future robotic exploration using honeybee search strategy: Example search for caves on Mars, by Áron Kisdia and Adrian R.L. Tatnall, Acta Astronautica, Article in Press. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.01.013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent paper published in Acta Astronautica, Aron Kisdi, a University of Southampton engineer, proposes an idea of utilizing a swarm of robots to search large areas of Mars and the caves which current robots have been unable to explore.last_img read more

Plastic products could easily become electronic with first moldable allcarbon circuits

first_img More information: Dong-Ming Sun, et al. “Mouldable all-carbon integrated circuits.” Nature Communications. (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3302Dong-Ming Sun, et al. “Flexible high-performance carbon nanotube integrated circuits.” Nature Nanotechnology. (2011) DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2011.1 © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (Left) All-carbon device fabricated on a flexible polymer substrate. (Right) The ON and OFF currents of the all-carbon transistor for different bending levels. Credit: Sun, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited The new circuits are composed of different types of carbon materials, with the active channels and passive elements consisting of carbon nanotubes, and the dielectric layers and substrates consisting of the plastic polymers polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), respectively. Journal information: Nature Communications In a new study, researchers have for the first time developed integrated circuits that are composed entirely of flexible carbon-based materials, and can be molded into various shapes using the same molding techniques used for shaping plastic products. The development could allow electronic circuits to be easily integrated into a variety of plastic products, including everything from medical devices to plastic products around the home.”The plastic cases of smart phones and tablets, which are just protecting the electronic devices inside, will have electronic functions such as displays, touch sensors, and so on, making smart phones more functional and fashionable,” Yutaka Ohno of Nagoya University in Japan and Aalto University in Finland told Phys.org. “By integrating other functions such as displays and sensors into plastic devices, we are thinking of developing 3D interactive information communication devices, which can be used in medical settings, for example.”Ohno, along with Dong-Ming Sun of Nagoya University and their coauthors, have published a paper on the moldable all-carbon integrated circuits in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”The key point in our design is that the all-carbon devices are made of carbon nanotubes and polymers, and they exhibit better flexibility and stretchability compared with devices fabricated from rigid metals and oxide insulators, making the devices much more flexible and elastic,” Sun said. “The results of this study make it possible to achieve a fusion of electronic devices with plastic products, which can lead to the creation of plastic electronic devices that feature both designability and functionality.” Carbon nanotube transistors could lead to inexpensive, flexible electronics (Phys.org) —There has been a great deal of research lately on flexible electronics, but so far these devices (which are mostly made of carbon) still use metal electrodes and oxide insulators, and these rigid materials limit device flexibility. Some polymers and ionic liquids have been introduced as flexible alternatives, but have poor performance in terms of high operating voltages and low operating speeds, respectively.center_img Citation: Plastic products could easily become electronic with first moldable all-carbon circuits (2013, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-plastic-products-easily-electronic-moldable.html (Left) A dome-shaped all-carbon device (scale bar, 10 mm). Inset: magnified photograph (scale bar, 1 mm). (Right) Illustration of the cross-section of the air-assisted thermopressure-forming apparatus used to mold the all-carbon device. Credit: Sun, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited Unlike the polymers and ionic liquids that have been previously tried as materials for flexible dielectrics, the PMMA that the researchers used here can enable transistors and integrated circuits to operate at low voltages and high speeds. The low operating voltage can be explained in part by the sparse, network-like carbon nanotube thin film used as the channels, which enhances coupling between the channel and gate electrode compared with using thick polymers as the channels.Previously, the researchers successfully fabricated a thin-film transistor with a mobility greater than 600 cm2V-1s-1 by developing a technology for forming a long, yet pure, carbon nanotube film on plastic. In the new study, the researchers made further progress on the optimization of the film-forming technology, achieving a mobility of 1,027 cm2V-1s-1. This mobility is higher than that of a MOSFET, which uses monocrystalline silicon, and the researchers describe it as an astonishing value for a thin-film transistor fabricated on a plastic substrate.Because these all-carbon devices are made of carbon nanotubes and polymers, they exhibit better flexibility and stretchability compared with devices fabricated from rigid metals and oxide insulators. Perhaps the most useful feature of the all-carbon circuits is their moldability, which the researchers demonstrated by heating and blowing a planar substrate to form a dome-shaped structure. The 3D dome is stretched during this molding process without cracking, in sharp contrast to rigid materials such as metals. The extreme stretchability of both the passive and active elements of the devices can allow them to be formed using the same molding techniques used today to shape plastic products. In order to scale up the devices, the researchers note that it will be important to grow carbon nanotubes with a uniform length and diameter to minimize current variation. Eliminating metallic nanotubes can also offer further performance improvements. They also hope to use fabrication methods other than the lithographic methods they used here.”It is desirable to form carbon nanotube channels and wirings at atmospheric pressure and low temperature by high-throughput printing techniques rather than current lithographic techniques,” Sun said. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , Nature Nanotechnologylast_img read more

Rail Plus has released discounts of up to 50 on t

first_imgRail Plus has released discounts of up to 50% on two of the world’s most luxurious great train journeys. Until 28 September 2018, agents can save their clients a whopping 50% on all Eastern & Oriental journeys when travelling in September and October, and 50% on companion fares when travelling in November. Bookings are based on twin share in the Pullman and State Cabins only. Discounted prices start at $1,863 for September and October departures, and from $2,277 for November departures. When booking, the promotional code EC50 must be used. Agents can pass on 25% off companion fares, on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for March and April 2019 departures, to their clients. Priced from $3,073 pp twin share after discount, the offer is valid on northbound journeys from Venice to Paris or London. Bookings must be made by 28 September 2018. IMAGE: Eastern & Oriental rail journey Eastern & OrientalrailspecialsVenice Simplon-Orient-Expresslast_img read more