Five SIMI men sent behind bars for life

first_imgFive activists of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special National Investigation Agency court here on Thursday for possession of explosives.Special judge Girish Dixit acquitted five others. Of the 12 accused in the case, Khalid Ahmed and Abdul Mazid were killed in a police encounter in October 2016, prosecutor Yogesh Tiwari said. The special court awarded life imprisonment to Abdul Aziz, Javed, Abdul Wahid, Jubar and Mohammad Adil. The court also imposed a fine of ₹8,000 on each of them.ATS raidMadhya Pradesh Police’s Anti Terrorism Squad had arrested three SIMI activists with a cache of explosives during a raid in Mahidpur area in Ujjain district on January 1, 2013. Nine others were arrested subsequently. Eight hundred gelatin sticks, 540 detonators, a ‘gelatin bomb’, a pipe bomb and 11 other types of bombs were recovered from the accused.last_img read more

ScienceShot: I Spy a Cat in a Tree

first_imgMany mammals and birds make noisy calls when predators lurk nearby. Now, researchers have discovered that black-fronted titi monkeys (Callicebus nigrifrons) emit alarm calls that are remarkably versatile for primates, simultaneously announcing the type of predator and its location. To find out what the monkeys were conveying, scientists conducted experiments in Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest with a stuffed raptor and cat. When the titi monkeys saw the raptor in the trees, they uttered a series of calls that mean “Raptor! Tree!” But when the monkeys discovered it on the ground, they mixed the calls: “Raptor! Ground!” Similarly, when they noticed a stuffed cat that the scientists placed on the ground, the monkeys warned: “Cat! Ground!” And when they encountered the cat in the canopy, they announced the location first, bursting out: “Tree! Cat!” Meerkats and chickadees can also announce the kind of predator and its whereabouts, but this telegraphing has never been discovered before in primates, the scientists report in the current issue of Biology Letters.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

2015 Volvo XC90 premium SUV to be available in India from September next year

first_imgNew Volvo XC90Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars unveiled its all new XC90, the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday. It will take on competition from dominating German arch rivals Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the growing luxury car market in India. One can expect this SUV from Volvo Auto India in September 2015.During Spring 2015, the new Volvo XC90 will be on sale in the UK at a starting price of 45,785 for the D5 AWD Momentum variant. The same premium SUV will be sold in India at a different price point.Sudeep Narayan, Director, Sales and Marketing, Volvo Auto India, said, “The second generation all new XC90 SUV will be available for sale in Europe in February-March 2015 and in India in September 2015.”According to him, the SUV is all set to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. “Filled with the Swedish manufacturer’s technological know-how, it will become one the safest, most hi-tech and most economical SUVs on the market.”Echoing the above sentiments, Tomas Ernberg, Managing Director at Volvo Auto India added, “This car is going to be a game changer for Volvo cars globally as well as for India.”What is newThe latest XC90 gets longer, taller and lower dimensions than the present model. Incidentally, it will be the first all-new car to emerge under the brand’s current Chinese ownership. At the front, it gets a prominent chrome-trimmed grille, a first from Volvo. An elongated and chiseled bonnet cuts back into the SUV’s shoulder line, all the way to the tapered rear lights. In turn, this design gives the vehicle a broad stance. advertisementCompetitionIn the Indian luxury car market, the new Volvo XC90 faces off against rival premium SUVs like Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg, Mercedes M-Class and Audi Q7.last_img read more

Mitchell Starc aims for early Ashes blows at Champions Trophy

first_imgAustralian pacer Mitchell Starc believes that his side’s clash with England during the forthcoming Champions Trophy would provide them with an opportunity to knock of their Ashes opponents and carry on that momentum in the five-match Test series between two sides.The arch-rivals will face each other at Edgbaston on June 10 in their final group game of the tournament, which starts June 2, and Starc wants his team to win that game and find weaknesses of England going into the Ashes.”Because it’s such a short tournament, you basically need to win every game anyway. So every game is going to be important, but with the Ashes on later in the year, there’s always going to be a little bit of momentum there if we can knock the Poms off, especially in England, and if we can create a few headaches with our quicks especially,” Starc told”Both teams have got a fair amount of cricket between the Champions Trophy and the Ashes, but it’s always important to beat the Poms whenever we play them,” he added.The left-arm pacer, who has resumed bowling for the first time since injuring his foot last month during the four-match Test series in India, said that they would look to create doubts in the minds of the English players during their Champions Trophy face-off.”And hopefully we can create a bit of doubt or open up a few old wounds or find a few extra weaknesses heading into the summer back here,” he said.advertisementChampions Trophy squads:Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam ZampaEngland: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.last_img read more

Simeone signs Atletico extension

first_imgDiego Simeone Simeone signs two-year Atletico Madrid contract extension Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 17:39 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid Getty Images Atlético Madrid Primera División The Argentine coach has already spent six years at the capital club but is now set to see out a further three after penning a new deal Diego Simeone has extended his contract as Atletico Madrid head coach until 2020.The Atletico boss signed a two-year extension on Tuesday, extending his reign at a club where he took charge in December 2011.A year ago, Simeone and Atleti agreed to shorten his contract expiry date from 2020 until 2018 amid speculation linking him with a move away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina El Cholo’s men 23/20 to beat ValenciaBut the 47-year-old’s deal is now back at its original length, meaning he is tied to the club for the next three seasons.Diego Pablo @Simeone renueva por dos temporadas #OleOleOle— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) September 5, 2017Simeone, a former Atletico player, has achieved huge success so far, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League among five major trophies.He also led them to two Champions League finals, in 2014 and 2016, suffering defeats to city rivals Real Madrid on both occasions.Atleti have finished in the top three of La Liga for each of his five full seasons in charge.Simeone’s extension comes in the wake of Atletico’s 5-1 La Liga win away at Las Palmas, which was his 200th in all competitions since taking charge.The club, currently operating under a transfer ban, are set to start life at new stadium Wanda Metropolitano on September 16 when they host Malaga.last_img read more

Yamaha MT-15: First ride review

first_img Abhik Das New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 19:11 IST Yamaha MT-15 was launched in India on March 15, 2019, at a starting price of Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).HIGHLIGHTSYamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range.The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance.The Yamaha YZF-R15 brought about a marked shift in the 150cc segment back in 2008 yet for long, many enthusiasts have also been asking for a naked version of the motorcycle. Well, let’s be honest, the FZ despite its positives simply didn’t match up to the R15’s performance. 2019 finally sees Yamaha launch the MT-15 and we sampled it at the Buddh International Circuit. Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.The Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that. The seat for instance, is a single piece unit that doesn’t bear any resemblance to the R15’s. The tail end of the design is more in line with the MT 09 and MT 07. The fuel tank too isn’t a direct lift off the R15 and of course, the headlamp inspired by the Samurai, definitely bears semblance to the bigger MTs. Yamaha MT-15 gets a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine that is a free-revving and effortless performer.Styling though is far easier to change than the engine and its sub-components. Yamaha MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range. This becomes possible with revised ECU mapping and ignition timing. Samurai inspired DRLs and exposed projector underneath complements the aggressive overall design.The final drive ratio has also been altered with a 52 teeth rear sprocket compared to the 48 of the R15 for better acceleration and mid-range grunt. Yamaha didn’t stop at that and decided that the already sharp steering geometry of the Yamaha R15 had to be sharper still for the streetsadvertisement Box section swingarm replaces the aluminium unit on the R15 along with a larger rear sprocket.More stability has been afforded thanks to the 10mm increase in wheelbase and a box section swingarm too. The famed Deltabox frame remains as do most of the cycle parts from the v3 R15. LCD display, borrowed from Yamaha R15, has similar levels of information display besides looking great.All this means that Yamaha MT15 is just as able in its handling and a few laps around the north section of the BIC proved that. The BIC being a Formula 1 track is obviously very fast for a 155cc motorcycle, so much so that we never hit the sixth cog. Nevertheless, using the engine’s top-end power in fourth and fifth displayed the changes brought about by the modifications. The revs rise strong from the get go and the MT accelerates a little harder than the R15 but the power tapers off sooner, nearing 9,000rpm and higher. This is where the R15 still feels stronger while the MT feels a little lack lustre despite the variable valve actuation. The MT’s intentions are clear in this respect. While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets.While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets, where its sharper dynamics will shine through aided by quick bursts of acceleration that it’s more adept at than its sibling. Turn in is quick, sharp and surefooted while the MRFs offer a good amount of grip. The smooth surface of the BIC doesn’t say much about the suspension when considering road use but on track, the firmness and supple damping was perfectly suited for sport riding. Single seat on Yamaha MT-15 seems spacious but doesn’t allow for much movement.The ergonomics is another stand out difference. The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance. Although, the rider’s triangle doesn’t allow for much movement in the saddle.VerdictThe MT-15 makes its street focused dynamics clear but a true picture of the MT-15’s capabilities shall be revealed when we ride it on public roads. Meanwhile, the question to be answered is the number of people willing to put their money on the MT and its popularity against the FZ16 and the FZ25. The steep pricing might be its only shortcoming as Rs 3,000 separates it on either side of the FZ25 and R15. A fully-faired motorcycle is still a clear choice for many while a bigger engine is always more enticing.ALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200: First ride reviewALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200T: First ride reviewALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Yamaha MT15Follow MT-15Follow Yamaha R15Follow Yamaha MT-15 launchFollow MT15 first drive Next Yamaha MT-15: First ride reviewYamaha MT-15 brings the dark side of Japan to India with the revered R15 hiding underneath. So Yamaha’s newest streetfighter promises a lot more for the streets than its track-focused sibling.advertisementlast_img read more

The Tesla Model 3 Will Officially Cost $35,000 Before Incentives

first_img Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Editors’ Recommendations Lotus Unleashes an Absurd, 2,000-Horsepower All-Electric Hypercar Rumored a year ago, echoed at The Automotive World Congress, and now, finally, from the electric vehicle automaker itself, Tesla has announced that its entry-level Model 3 will retail for $35,000.On to some math:A $7,500 federal tax credit will be layered on top of the sticker price (for all buyers who at least meet a $7,500 tax liability) before state subsidies like a $2,500 credit from California, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, or a smile-inducing $6,000 from Colorado are factored in. Some states, like Georgia, refuse to offer any additional incentives, but it won’t surprise anyone that Georgian residents don’t put in many EV orders.That means Colorado residents who can collect all available credits will be able to own a Model 3 for just $21,500. For those who can only cash in on the federal government’s incentives, the Model 3 will cost $27,500.Compared to other EVs on the market, the Model 3 will be priced smack-dab in the middle of the range. Here are the following pure-EV prices, after incentives: Volkswagen’s Golf EV: $21,495, Nissan’s Leaf: $21,510, Ford’s Focus Electric: $21,670, Fiat’s 500e: $24,800, Kia’s Soul EV: $26,200, Ford’s Fusion Energi: $29,893, and BMW’s i3: $34,900.For greater perspective, the average transaction price for a new car in the U.S. is $33,800.Best of all for Tesla fans is that the Model 3 will boast a range of 200 miles or more on a single charge and Tesla’s Supercharger network is now in full swing, so rapid charging on the go won’t be nearly as much of a chore as it was when the Model S first came out.Beyond its price, information about the Model 3 is limited, but we do know it will be about 20 percent smaller than the Model S and should be styled similar to its sibling. The new vehicle’s unveiling should take place in a few weeks time. Wasp Turns Your Boring Drone Into a Flamethrowing Assault Copter The Bulletproof, Million-Dollar Ramsmobile SUV Has an Optional Hookahlast_img read more

Your Sneak Peek at Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival 2018

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Pabst Continues Portfolio Expansion With PBR Hard Coffee Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Las Vegas is a favorite haunt for people who like to take risks. When visiting the world-famous casinos, each roll of the dice, pull of the lever, or spin of the roulette wheel can bring the joys of winning or the despairs of losing. Whether the bet is $10 or thousands, you must have a high tolerance for risk to walk onto the gambling room floor.Sure, things in Vegas aren’t usually guaranteed, but beer lovers can experience the closest thing to an assured win by attending the Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival. The location is away from the glitz of the fabled Las Vegas Strip in the place where Vegas started, the city’s resurgent downtown. The 2018 iteration of the 1-day beer tasting event is the 7th annual celebration and will be held on October 20 this year.The Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival promises 200-plus craft beers representing more than 60 breweries, a live music stage, food vendors, and VIP upgrade experiences. While the relatively short 5 p.m to 9 p.m. window doesn’t leave as much room for tasting as many all-day festivals, there are early access packages that can grant an extra hour of drinking time (and who wouldn’t want an extra hour of drinking time?). VIP tickets include the bonuses of early entry, indoor restrooms, and covered seating.Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival/FacebookLocal breweries pouring at the festival include Lovelady Brewing Co., Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, CraftHaus Brewery, and PT’s Brewing Company.  The larger roster features regional breweries like California’s Bootlegger’s Brewery and Utah’s Hop Valley Brewing Co. National brands like Samuel Adams will also be represented.Pricing for the Downtown Brew Festival starts at a very reasonable $35 for general admission. For $10 more, you can purchase early entry; VIP is available at $80 per ticket.While planning your downtown stay for the Brew Festival, make time to experience the rest of what downtown Las Vegas has to offer. There are amazing restaurants —from the whimsical novelties of Donut Bar to the hearty sophistication of Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, there’s an interesting meal designed for every palate. Vegas history buffs can spend time at museums dedicated to the Mafia and the iconic local art form of neon signs. And if you need another drink, there are several good beer bars in Vegas.The 7th annual Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival will be held on October 20, 2018, from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. PST. Learn more and buy tickets at the official festival website. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States last_img read more

USMMA’s Kings Pointer Rechristened

first_imgzoom The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has celebrated the rechristening of the Academy’s new training vessel, the Kings Pointer.The Kings PointerThe ceremony was attended by the US Department of Transportation officials, as well as Senator Charles Schumer, and Representatives Timothy Bishop and Steve Israel.The Obama Administration has made a comprehensive effort to renew facilities and teaching infrastructure at the nation’s maritime academy.Since 2009, the Administration has invested more than $450m at the Academy, including almost $100m for capital improvements.The Kings Pointer was retrofitted as a training vessel at North Florida Shipyard at a cost of $3.3m. The rechristening follows the dedication of the new “up-to-date” Mallory pier at the Academy.Before being redesigned to serve as a training vessel for students, the former MV Liberty Star served as a solid rocket booster recovery vessel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), retrieving solid rocket boosters following space shuttle launches.“The Merchant Marine Academy has been a treasured part of this country since Congress commissioned its establishment in 1936,” said Senator Charles Schumer.“I’m thrilled to have worked in recent years to address three key issues at the Academy: finding inspiring leadership through a permanent Superintendent, rehabilitating Mallory Pier, and today bringing back the Kings Pointer, this critical training vessel. It’s a banner day for the Merchant Marine Academy.”June 17, 2014last_img read more

Halifax tech incubator Volta Labs triples in size touts track record

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax tech incubator is tripling in size to become what the province says will be one of Canada’s largest technology hubs.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced $2.25 million in funding Tuesday for Volta Labs over three years.“This funding will give more entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia the support they need to start great companies,” McNeil said. “It will also help our vibrant startup community continue to grow.”Volta’s space in a downtown office building is expanding to 60,000 square feet, from 20,000, allowing more space for startups, as well as an event space.Volta Labs, established in 2013, says more than 50 early stage companies have worked out of its Maritime Centre space, and 70 per cent of its companies are still in business.It says those companies have raised more than $50 million in equity funding and currently employ more than 290 full-time staff.Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs, said in a statement the money allows it “to be the place where high-potential founders come together, learn from each other, and build globally competitive companies.”“This investment will help us support entrepreneurs and create a home for the technology community in Halifax,” he said. “This is key to building Halifax’s innovation district.”Since launching in 2013, Volta has received more than $6 million in funding, including $3.1 million from the province and another $2.9 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.Volta offers various programs and support to resident startups, such as sales and marketing training, design resources and one-on-one sessions with in-house experts in finance, legal, public relations and other areas.The tech incubator also hosts retreats to help entrepreneurs “get away from it all to recharge and provide support to each other,” according to the website.last_img read more

Australia refers India to WTO over sugar cane subsidies

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia — Australia is referring India to the World Trade Organization over subsidies it pays its sugar cane farmers, which Australia says creates a surplus that’s affecting its own farmers.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says Australia made the WTO referral after previously raising concerns with India over what Canberra says are more than $725 million ($1 billion AUD) in subsidies paid to Indian farmers.Birmingham says while the case may take a long time to be resolved, he hopes it will prompt India to changes its mind on the subsidies.Initial discussions on Australia’s case would take place at the WTO’s Committee on Agriculture meeting later this month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stats demonstrate economic importance of automotive industry in Canada

OTTAWA — The automobile and auto parts manufacturing industry remains a key driver of Canada’s economy. Here’s a look at the numbers, taken from a report published in April by McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre:— An average of 2.4 million vehicles were built annually in Canada over the past five years.— The automotive industry directly employed 140,404 Canadians in 2016, an increase of almost 15,000 since 2012.— Three Ontario auto assembly plants — Ford in Oakville, Toyota in Cambridge and Fiat Chrysler in Windsor — are among the six biggest employers in manufacturing and resource extraction in Canada. Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor plant is the largest manufacturing workplace, with more than 6,000 employees.— Canadian-owned automotive parts manufacturers employ 51,923 people — more than half of all employment in this sector globally.And according to the U.S.-based Observatory of Economic Complexity:— Vehicles were Canada’s second largest export, right behind crude petroleum, in 2015. They accounted for $44.9 billion worth of exports (11.5 per cent of a total $389 billion in exports).— Vehicles were also Canada’s No. 1 import — $26.2 billion worth. read more

UPFA tops votes in the Matara District

Frontline Socialist Party2540.05%0 The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has secured the most number of seats in the Matara District at the 2015 Parliamentary election.The UPFA got 250, 505 votes in the District and secured 5 seats while the United National Party (UNP) got 186,675 votes and 3 seats. United People’s Freedom Alliance250,50552.44%5* Independent Group 022,3320.49%0 TOTAL POLLED490,40978.61% * Including a bonus seat. People’s Liberation Front35,2707.38%0 Nawa Sihala Urumaya330.01%0 United People’s Party2420.05%0 Independent Group 04950.02%0 Sri Lanka National Force240.01%0 Independent Group 03450.01%0 The Liberal Party210.00%0 Independent Group 011,1600.24%0 REJECTED VOTES12,6922.59% Sri Lanka Labour Party190.00%0 Our National Front2620.05%0 REGISTERED NO OF ELECTORS623,818 Jana Setha Peramuna940.02%0 United National Party186,67539.08%3 TOTAL VALID VOTES477,71797.41% PARTY/GROUP NAMEVOTES OBTAINEDPERCENTAGENO OF MEMBERS Democratic Party5210.11%0 Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya1650.03%0 read more

Wirtgen in Russia selective limestone mining

first_imgZAO Kavkazcement is located near the Black Sea in Russia and is one of the largest cement producers in the Northern Caucasus. In the selective mining of limestone, Wirtgen surface miners guarantee constantly highly daily rates without drilling or blasting. Since 2005, operations here have relied on mechanised surface mining. The mining performance of the two 2200 SM – the smallest surface miners from the broad Wirtgen product range – that were initially ordered impressed Eurocement so much that, in 2008, the next larger size was ordered – the 2500 SM.It was important for Eurocement was that the surface miners should deliver the required mining tonnage with high productivity and at low operating costs, that the material should be reliably crushed within the prescribed size range and that the miners should suit the existing mine structures optimally. Three 2500 SM units are currently operating in the mine.One of the main advantages of surface mining over drilling and blasting is that the limestone can be loaded directly onto trucks by means of a powerful transfer system. Eurocement makes use of further loading methods, however.If, for example, material is required for temporary embankment stabilisation, the surface miners discharge the cut limestone sideways onto a pile. One benefit here is that the cutting process is always entirely independent from the truck loading. A further possibility for material loading is to deposit the limestone as a windrow behind the surface miner without the use of the loading conveyor.With Wirtgen know-how from highly developed cutting technology, limestone is mined at ZAO Kavkazcement in a highly environmentally friendly manner without drilling or blasting. Victor Gustov, the Mining Director at Eurocement, sums it up: “The use of surface miners takes a huge strain off the environment during limestone mining in the regions affected – while increasing safety in the mine at the same time.”last_img read more

The Northern Ireland elections explained in five controversies

first_imgThe Northern Ireland elections explained, in five controversies Voters go to the polls tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know. Share67 Tweet Email1 Support for the Irish language (or rather, the lack of it) had become a bone of contention between the DUP and Sinn Féin in the lead up to the political breakdown at the start of the year. It was one of the background factors that lead to McGuinness effectively pulling the plug.Up until the latest Stormont Assembly with Foster and McGuinness at the helm, discussions and policies around Irish language policies had been stagnant at best – with talk around the implementation of an Irish language act rumbling on (commitment to preserve, develop and promote Irish is part of the Good Friday Agreement).But recently DUP members had begun to implement more regressive policies with regard to the Irish language – such as the new Agriculture Minister renaming a boat from the Irish ‘Banraíon Uladh’ to ‘Queen of Ulster’ at a cost of £302. Martin McGuinness, who has stepped down from politics due to ill-health, alongside Michelle O’Neill. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesIn December, the Assembly’s Communities Minister Paul Givan withdrew funding for the Líofa Irish language bursary fund, which was worth about £50,000 per year (the funding cut was later reversed).Political commentators have suggested that Sinn Féín is under pressure from its support base to stop compromising with the DUP on core issues – which led to poor nationalist turn-outs in the last election.The issue of the Irish language has raised its head more than once on the campaign trail. Naomi Long, leader of the smaller Alliance party, was forced to defend her use of Irish on planned election posters, after online criticism.3. ‘Vote 1 UUP, vote 2 SDLP’The fortunes of the more-centrist UUP and SDLP have been fading in the North ever since the days of David Trimble and John Hume. The fortunes of the UUP and SDLP have taken a slide since the days of Trimble and Hume. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesLast year, the two parties formed the first official opposition in the assembly and the two leaders, the UUP’s Mike Nesbitt and the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood, have said they’ll work together if necessary if their parties are returned as the two largest.Nesbitt said he was telling voters to “vote Ulster Unionist and then vote for any candidate that you trust will deliver for your community, for your constituency and for this country”.However, he went too far for some supporters when he said he would select the SDLP as his second preference on his ballot paper when he cast his vote. (It’s not party policy, it should be pointed out – he just said he planned to do it in his area).“The ethos of our party is destroyed,” UUP councillor Carol Black said, as she quit the party in disgust, the Belfast Telegraph reported.The DUP and SDLP are lagging well behind their rivals in their respective communities, based on last year’s election results. The number of seats in the assembly drops from 108 to 90 this year. The change was decided on last year as a cost-saving measure.Here’s the breakdown of seats, based on last May’s vote: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 1st 2017, 6:00 AM DUP: 38SF: 28UUP: 16SDLP: 12Alliance: 8Others: 64. Michelle O’Neill’s speech honouring IRA menMichelle O’Neill, who was selected as Sinn Féin’s leader in the North in the wake of McGuinness’s resignation due to ill health, spoke at an event last month honouring four IRA men shot dead by the British Army in 1992. The IRA men had earlier mounted an attack at an RUC station. Source: PA Wire/PA Images“It is dancing on the graves of the innocent victims of the IRA campaign by a Sinn Féin leader and glorifying those terrorists who met their just desserts at the hands of the SAS in 1992,” Jim Allister of the Traditional Unionist Voice said. Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP later called on O’Neill’s party to consider its ”deeply sectarian attitude”.The whole affair is typical of the sort of tit-for-tat political attacks now commonplace in peacetime Northern Ireland. Addressing a commemorative event for IRA volunteers is hardly out-of-the ordinary for a Sinn Féin leader, and only serves as a further signal to the party’s nationalist base.Similarly, the response from the unionist side is to be expected. Arlene Foster has repeatedly mentioned Gerry Adams in speeches and interviews recently – appealing to her own base with reminders of their old foe.5. ‘Like Isis’DUP MP Sammy Wilson sparked criticism at the weekend when he said he agreed with a Belfast mural comparing Sinn Féin to Isis.“There has always been an affiliation between Irish republicans and terrorist groups, especially in the Middle East,” Wilson claimed in an interview with a US broadcaster, before he was pushed on whether he agreed with the message of the mural.“Yes I do,” he responded. Source: Youtube/PBSWilson’s comments, like those of his DUP’s colleague and the TUV’s Jim Allister, are another example of the unionists playing to their base.Foster mentioned Adams – who, of course, doesn’t hold a seat in the North – 12 times at her manifesto launch, according to one report.Recent polling, she said, “confirms that this election will be neck and neck between Gerry Adams’ Sinn Féin and the DUP. The other parties are trailing far behind.”Sinn Féin would use election success to justify a border poll, Foster insisted (the decision to grant a border poll is in the gift of the Secretary of State. You can read more about the process here).Polls open at 7am across the North’s 18 constituencies tomorrow, with each area returning five MLAs. The polls close at 10pm.- With reporting from AFP and Gráinne Ní Aodha  Read: New poll shows that support for Sinn Féin is at its highest level in a year >Read: Hard border fears as government accused of seeking out locations for customs posts > Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 6:00 AM Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesNORTHERN IRELAND HEADS to the polls tomorrow for its second assembly elections in less than a year.Politicians have been going door-to-door to drum up votes ahead of the ballot, amid not-insignificant public frustration with the current political system.Many voters, asked for their opinions in radio and TV vox-pops in recent weeks, have questioned why the scandal that brought the latest power-sharing administration down couldn’t have been resolved without the need for an election.If you haven’t been keeping track of what’s been happening, here’s a quick run-down of the lie of the land, and the controversies that have been hitting the headlines.1. Cash for AshThe controversy that brought the whole house of cards down in the first place…Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned in protest over the botched green heating scheme at the start of the year, following weeks of tensions with the DUP.The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was instigated by First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster when she was economy minister.She repeatedly refused to step aside temporarily to allow an investigation into a scheme which could cost Northern Ireland taxpayers up to £490 million (€560 million euros).McGuinness accusing Foster of “deep-seated arrogance” over the move. The two parties – who have held the co-equal First Minister and Deputy First Minister posts since power-sharing was restored in 2007 – have each accused the other of bringing down the administration.He effectively put Foster out of office with his resignation, and set in train a sequence of events that meant an election was inevitable unless the DUP made a significant move on Cash for Ash. Source: Niall CarsonThe RHI aimed to encourage businesses (and later individuals) to switch to more environmentally-friendly heating methods. Subsidies paid to companies were not capped and the more heat a business generated, the higher the subsidy it received.You can read more about Cash for Ash here >“I think we will take hits in middle-class areas where there is anger over the RHI scheme and our defence of it. But I still think we will get ahead of Sinn Féin and return as the largest party,” a DUP source told the Guardian this week.Foster declined to take questions on the RHI (or anything else for that matter) at the launch of the DUP manifesto last month, citing ‘man flu’.2. ‘Don’t feed the crocodile’Foster came in for criticism for saying her party would never agree to an Irish language act in the North. Referring to Sinn Féin’s calls for more supports for the language, she told supporters, “If you feed a crocodile it will keep coming back for more”. 43 Comments Short URL In her speech today DUP leader Arlene Foster mentioned Sinn Fein 24 times, Gerry Adams 12 times, RHI six times and equality once.— Rodney Edwards (@rodneyedwards) February 6, 2017 By Daragh Brophy Source: Rodney Edwards/Twitter 11,297 Views last_img read more

Once again Donald Trumps travel ban has been rejected by the courts

first_img Image: Andrew Harnik/PA Images Image: Andrew Harnik/PA Images Jun 12th 2017, 7:47 PM Once again, Donald Trump’s travel ban has been rejected by the courts The ban has been rejected twice before – once in January and again in March. Monday 12 Jun 2017, 7:47 PM 74 Comments Share149 Tweet Email1 A US APPEALS court has ruled to maintain a block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban which targets citizens from six Muslim-majority nations – the latest in a string of judicial blows for the controversial measure.The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit largely upheld an injunction on the ban issued by a lower court, but however said the government was within its right to review the vetting process for people entering the country.“Immigration, even for the president, is not a one-person show,” the ruling said. “The president, in issuing the executive order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.”The decision came just ahead of a deadline for states challenging the ban to submit briefings before the US Supreme Court in response to the Trump administration’s request that the nine justices hear the case.The US Justice Department filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court on 1 June, urging it to undo two lower court rulings blocking Trump’s decision to prevent entry to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.The Trump administration argues the ban is needed to ward off terrorist attacks in the country.Critics say the ban is discriminatory and violates the US constitution by specifically targeting Muslim-majority countries.The Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit are also due to rule on the legality of the travel ban.© – AFP, 2017Read: Bill Cosby elects not to testify as defence calls just one witness in sexual assault trialRead: Republican who bodyslammed reporter sentenced to 20 hours of anger management By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 14,072 Views last_img read more

Riding the rails a family affair

first_imgIn 1976, Tom Smith, a longtime locomotive enthusiast, rode an Amtrak train from Delaware to Chicago, mainly to absorb the sights along the way. The most consequential sight, however, was already inside the train — his future wife, Karen Smith.“I looked across the aisle and she was right there,” Smith said. “I asked her on a date, and here we are, in a nutshell.”The Smiths were some of the more than 100 people aboard a 1941 Alco diesel train as it chugged about seven miles along the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad south from Yacolt Station, 207 Railroad Ave., to the Heisson area. The annual Father’s Day ride — one of four throughout the weekend — typically involves a 1929 steam train. But the nonprofit organization that hosts excursions on the railroad hit a snag as it awaits a permit from the Federal Railroad Administration to operate steam engines, volunteers said.Tom Smith, now 73, of Camas, said his love of trains formed at a young age, when he could hear them passing his Delaware home. He worked as a freight conductor with Union Pacific Railroad for roughly 20 years, has been on a train in every state but Hawaii and even had his honeymoon on a locomotive.The couple’s son, Allen Smith, 36, sat next to his parents on the train Sunday along with his wife, Ruth Smith, 37, and three young children. Allen Smith, who also spent his honeymoon on a train, is part of a Lego train club in Portland.last_img read more

Poultry Feed Quality Improves Through ASAWISHHs AMPLIFIES Ghana Project

first_imgFeed millers in the West African country of Ghana have improved the quality of their feeds, thanks to the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded AMPLIFIES Ghana Project.Feed experts from AMPLIFIES partner Kansas State University have trained feed millers like Alfred Okyere, who operates a toll mill that manufacturers feed for hundreds of poultry farmers.After assessing his production capacity and conducting feed uniformity tests, AMPLIFIES Ghana was able to show Okyere that the mill’s improperly mixed poultry rations were curbing growth rates in his customers’ flocks, as well as increasing the mill’s electricity costs.To address the problem, AMPLIFIES advised Okyere to change his worn feed mixer augers and make other adjustments He followed the recommendations, resulting in immediate feed uniformity improvements while reducing manufacturing times and electricity costs. Poultry farmers are now testifying that they see the benefits to their flocks and are recommending Okyere’s feeds to other farmers.Grateful to the AMPLIFIES project, Okyere is determined to continue to implement project recommendations to further improve his business prospects. Importantly, his customers will also continue to benefit from higher-quality poultry feeds, creating demand for improved livestock feeds that can be manufactured with U.S. soy.ASA/WISHH connects trade and development through AMPLIFIES Ghana and other initiatives that leverage state soybean checkoff support with government and other resources.last_img read more