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U.P. police to set up ‘Digital Armies’

first_imgTo curb incidents of lynching and violence due to fake news on social media, the Uttar Pradesh police will set up ‘Digital Armies’ of prominent residents to keep a vigil on inflammatory posts and rumour-mongering. As part of the initiative, all the 1,469 police stations in the State will have a WhatsApp group consisting 250 members including ex-servicemen, teachers, doctors, advocates and journalists among others, U.P. Director General of Police O.P. Singh said. These ‘digital volunteers’ will inform their local police station if they come across fake news on the social media and at the same time, disseminate correct information among the locals to curb the spread of rumours, he added. “The group members will share with the police various information, rumours, photographs and videos of their respective area,” Mr. Singh said. “Each of the 1,469 police station will be having the digital volunteers linked through WhatsApp. The group operating at the police station level will be linked to the district WhatsApp group, which would be linked to the U.P. DGP,” he added. On one hand, social media has ushered in communication revolution, while on the other, anti-social elements misuse it to spread rumours by spreading fake news, photographs and videos, Mr. Singh noted. The move comes in the wake of the Central government’s directions to take effective steps to stop the spread of the rumours and fake news, he said. According to the State police, the application forms to become a digital volunteer are available on their website uppolice.gov.in. A district level committee under the SP will select the volunteers and at least two of them will be selected from each ward, locality and village.last_img read more

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Sophisticated bionic hand holds benefits, savings for users

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jul 5(PTI) Sporting innovative, almost completely in-house designed architecture, a low-cost bionic hand that can help forearm amputees regain a measure of their prior grasping and holding capabilities received an enthusiastic response at a product demonstration here today. Not only is the prototype potentially much more customisable and user-friendly than products currently available in the market, the 3-D printed device is expected to eventually be priced at a fraction of its competitors costs. “When it hits the market, our creation will probably fetch between Rs 1-1.25 lakh whereas existing bionic hands cost in excess of Rs 10 lakh. “The reason we are able to pass on the savings to the customer is due to the cost-effective and custom-built tech that has gone into our hand,” CEO of Onbyz, a city-based startup that has developed the device, Sanju Mathew said. Mathew put the second generation prototype through its paces at a live demo conducted as part of the one-day Disrupt Kerala 2017 conference held across four venues in Technopark on Wednesday. The conference, marking the 50th edition of the FAYA:80 tech conclave series, was organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in association with NASSCOM and ICFOSS. Onbyzs bionic hand works through electrodes that transmit signal over wires from the intact nerves and muscles in the elbow to a microprocessor that directs the digits to move. This set-up allows the user to manipulate the hand to grip objects. While the movement isnt real-time just yet, the lag between signal input and output is expected to decrease further along the development process. The third generation device is also expected to make the move to wireless use and charging and include removable batteries that can function for three to four hours at a go without an external power source, a press release said. PTI UD ROHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Usain Bolt Wins 100 at Golden Spike, Tsakonas 2nd in 200 Meters

first_imgOSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Usain Bolt used his strong finish to win the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet on May 20.Bolt recovered from a slow start but pulled ahead in the second half of the race to breeze unchallenged to the victory.With the time, Bolt improved on his season’s best of 10.05 in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that first race of the season, he needed treatment on a tight hamstring in Germany on the way to the Czech Republic.He didn’t appear to be limited though his time was still far from his world record of 9.58 in 2009.“My reaction was good,” Bolt said about the start. “The power behind the start wasn’t there. I didn’t execute.” Ahead of the race, he said he would be happy with a time of 9.8.“I had to get to work a little bit harder at the end to get up the speed,” Bolt said. “If I can improve that it should be OK.”Bolt is also scheduled to race in the London Diamond League meet on July 22 in his only other competition in Europe, two weeks before the Rio de Janeiro Games.“This is a very important season. This is a very big year for me,” he added. “I have a lot work to do. I just need to continue, need more races to go.”Ramon Gittens of Barbados finished second in 10.21 while Hassan Taftian of Iran was third in 10.25.It was the eighth time Bolt has raced at the Golden Spike. In 2012, he won the 100 in Ostrava in 10.04, a poor time by his standards, before he won three more gold medals at the London Olympics. He won his first three golds at the 2008 Beijing Games.Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France cleared 5.83 meters to win the pole vault, beating world champion Shawnacy Barber of Canada, who made 5.70.Jarret Eaton led the American 1-2 finish in the 110 hurdles, in a personal-best 13.25 seconds to edge Jeff Porter by 0.17.World and Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton of the United States, who was scheduled to compete in the long jump and later in the 100 alongside Bolt, withdrew from the first competition after completing only two jumps.“During the second jump, I felt something happened in my left quad,” Eaton said. “I don’t know what happened but I don’t want to take a risk in the Olympic season.”Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm of Germany had the best leap of 8.13. The rest of the field was placed in a separate category with Radek Juska of the Czech Republic taking the competition with a jump of 7.92.Rehm hopes to become the second athlete with a carbon-fiber prosthesis to compete in the Olympics and the Paralympics after Oscar Pistorius in 2012. “I hope I can perform at the Olympics but it will be the issue in next weeks,” he said.Thomas Roehler of Germany dominated the javelin with a world-leading throw of 87.37 meters.In the 200, Briton James Elligton won in a tight finish in 20.35 seconds, edging Likourgos-Stefa Tsakonas of Greece by 0.01. Also, Javon Francis of Jamaica won the 400 in 44.87, while LJ Van Zyl of South Africa was the fastest in the 400 hurdles in 48.67.Christine Day of Jamaica took the women’s 400 in 51.09, well ahead of Carline Muir of Canada who clocked 51.84 while Jessica Beard of the United States had 51.88 in third.World 400 hurdles champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic finished third in her first race of the season, clocking 55.69 in a race won by Joanna Linkiewicz of Poland in 55.40.Another world champion, Yarisley Silva of Cuba, was also beaten in her season debut by Czech Jirina Ptacnikova who cleared 4.60 meters in the pole vault.(KAREL JANICEK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Belgium showed their worth to the world, says De Bruyne

first_imgBelgium star Kevin De Bruyne was happy after knocking Brazil out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia because according to him, playing Brazil is never easy.The attacking midfielder, who scored a wonderful goal in the quarter-final against Brazil to give the Belgians a 2-0 lead in Kazan, said that the Selecao’s are a tough team to play and beating the South Americans proved what Belgium are capable of.”It is not easy to play against Brazil, they are such a wonderful team. But I think the power we have as a team we showed today. Especially the first half, we were magnificent. We took the advantage. They changed tactically and it was difficult, but even then we created some chances. And after their goal it was a character test, and we showed the world what we are capable of,” said De Bruyne.(REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)However, the Manchester City attacker is aware of France’s fire-power and said that they will do everything possible to win the semi-final in Saint Petersburg.”Now we face an extraordinary team in France but any time you reach the semi-finals of a World Cup, you know you’re not going to face weak opposition. We’re on an equal footing with them and we’ll be doing everything we can to win.”#BEL #BEL #BEL| @DeBruyneKev after winning the @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch #WorldCup #BRABEL pic.twitter.com/wEFJLTxfKAFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller.advertisementA Fernandinho own goal and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike gave Belgium a spot in the last four for the second time in their history — where they will face France on Tuesday. They reached the last four for the first time since 1986 and sent Brazil home at the quarter-final stage for the third time in the last four World Cups.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESpeaking about the win, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said that it was an incredible effort and”There were incredible hearts out there. Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil have so much finesse and quality that they’re going to break you down. But we didn’t accept it. Not for one minute did they give up. This was something special. These boys deserve to be very special people back in Belgium,” said Martinez.”I hope everybody back in Belgium is very proud. The execution of the tactics was magnificent. In two days they changed their tactical disposition, I couldn’t be prouder. We cannot let people down. We need to enjoy beating Brazil in the knockout phase, treasure it, and pass it down the generations,” he added.Impossible#REDTOGETHER#WorldCup #Semifinals pic.twitter.com/NPpCgIDCZVAxel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) July 6, 2018However, he is aware of the upcoming game against France and said that the Red Devils will look to be as good in the semi-final.”But we need more energy for the next game. We will be as good as we can be in the semi-final,” said a confident Martinez.last_img read more

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Numbers to Know: Gundy Goes For Sixth Win Over Top 10 Team

first_imgOn Saturday, Oklahoma State has a chance to bag its first signature win of the 2016 season, when undefeated West Virginia visits Stillwater for Homecoming weekend. There will be no love lost as the 10th-ranked Mountaineers are lead by former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who returns to Stillwater along with former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline.If you recall, Wickline and Oklahoma State had a nasty lawsuit in 2014 over $593,000 and much bickering over the play-calling aspect of his job. Don’t think that either side has forgotten that. Oh, then this happened this week.#okstate offers scholarship to Kelby Wickline, son of long-time Gundy assistant. https://t.co/JwFhuulJT6— PFB Recruiting (@PFBrecruit) October 25, 2016They really waited until the week before West Virginia to offer Wickline’s son a scholarship! Coincidence? I think not. So what else could we want? An undefeated, top-10 team is coming to town for Homecoming, with two ex-OSU coaches and former Gundy disciples on the other side and a whole lot of history.For Oklahoma State, it is also a very important game and an opportunity to jump back into the top 25 and firmly assert themselves as a Big 12 title contender. Let’s dig into the numbers to know for West Virginia.Both Teams light up the scoreboardIt won’t quite be OU-Texas Tech from last weekend, but the Cowboys and Mountaineers are going to put up huge points on Saturday. West Virginia, unsurprisingly, comes into the game ranked No. 10 in the nation in offensive yards per game, averaging 510 yards/game. Senior QB Skyler Howard is a big time playmaker, and comes into the tilt against the Pokes with 15 total touchdowns, 1,821 passing yards, 200 rushing yards, and just four interceptions in six games.Howard is not a pure pocket passer, but the Mountaineers like to get him on the move. The Cowboys’ front seven will need to apply pressure and keep both eyes on Howard at all times, or they’ll be in big trouble on Saturday. The over/under is set at 65. OSU is No. 14 in points per game. WVU is No. 44. They average 74 combined. Give me the over.Holgorsen-Gundy are deadlockedSince 2012, Dana Holgorsen and Mike Gundy are tied 2-2 in head to head matchups, and this will one will mean even more with Joe Wickline on WV’s staff this year, coming over from Texas. Oklahoma State went into Morgantown undefeated last year and won, 33-26. This year it’s the Mountaineers who are unbeaten, and the Cowboys are feeling a little disrespected. At 5-2 (6-1), OSU is flying under the radar and comes into the game as a four-point dog at home.A win Saturday would put Mike Gundy in rare companyKyle P. wrote about this earlier in the week, but Gundy is going for his 100th win at OSU this week- take a look at the list of current coaches that have 100+ wins at their school.198 – Bill Snyder, Kansas State (25th year)184 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (18th year)147 – Gary Patterson, TCU (16th year)132 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (18th year)113 – Nick Saban, Alabama (10th year)102 – Kyle Whittingham, Utah (12th year)99 – Mike Gundy (12th year)That’s crazy, you guys. Gundy is in an exclusive class when it comes to coaches that win year after year at the same school. A win over two former assistants and their top-10 squad on Saturday would be just another notch in the belt of the best coach in Oklahoma State’s history.It’d also be the sixth (!) win over a top 10 team for Gundy since 2008, and the 19th time he’s beaten a ranked team since he came to Stillwater. Mike Gundy is already coaching greatness, but a win Saturday puts him in rare air.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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VP of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha rearrested

first_imgKolkata: RP Waiba, vice-president, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal faction), who was in judicial custody and had secured bail on Friday, was rearrested against an arrest warrant that was pending. He was produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Darjeeling on Saturday and sent to judicial custody. Waiba was wanted in a Darjeeling Sadar Police station case of June 8, 2017 in which the police and GJM supporters had clashed in Darjeeling. Waiba was arrested on June 9 this year while he was on his way to Darjeeling from Siliguri. “Earlier there had been a proclamation order of his property also. A separate proceeding under Section 144 A IPC had also been initiated against him. An arrest warrant was pending against him. He has been arrested in this case,” stated Pankaj Prashad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. Meanwhile, other GJM (Bimal) leaders and supporters who had earlier been arrested in different cases were released on bail on Friday.The list includes BP Bajgain, Spokesperson, Suraj Subba, Sunil Gurung, Kiran Thapa, Anand Gurung, Gobind Rai, Rajani Gurung and Nima Tamang. Most were arrested in connection with forceful entry in a government property in Singamari, Darjeeling (earlier the GJM party office.)last_img read more

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Kohli turns nostalgic after DDCA unveils a stand in his name

first_imgNew Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli turned nostalgic on Thursday after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) unveiled a new pavilion stand bearing his name at the Feroz Shah Kotla in recognition of his contribution to the game. The DDCA also renamed the Feroz Shah Kotla as Arun Jaitley stadium in memory of the late politician-cum-sports-administrator during DDCA’s Annual Awards function here. Home Minister Amit Shah digitally inaugurated the renamed Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in presence of late Finance minister’s family. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Never thought I would be honoured at such a grand scale. Don’t know how to address this as my family, wife, brother, sister-in-law are here,” said Kohli during the glittering function held at the Weightlifting Hall of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. “It was in 2001 (2000) during a match against Zimbabwe, my childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma gave me two tickets. I remember clinging to the gallery grill asking for Javagal Srinath’s autograph. I was telling my brother how far we have come. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”So today to have a pavilion in my name at the same stadium is surreal and a great honour,” he added. The Delhi batsman recently became the most successful India captain in Test cricket, surpassing Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A short video and an animation film on Kohli’s journey from being an U-19 player to India captain was shown during the event, which was attended by the entire Indian cricket team and support staff. Talking about his relation with late Arun Jaitley, Kohli said: “I told Arun Jaitleyji’s family that the world knew him differently but I have known him just as a human being. “He came to my residence after my father’s death and gave me courage and strength. It’s a momentous occasion today,” added Kohli, who along with the Indian team was felicitated by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The gala evening was also attended by former sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and former India skipper Kapil Dev, among others.last_img read more

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Prestigious UN honours awarded to disaster prevention experts

5 October 2007A Japanese professor who educates both the Government and the public on practical skills for disaster risk reduction and an engineer from Grenada and Barbados focusing on building safety are recipients of this year’s prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction. A Japanese professor who educates both the Government and the public on practical skills for disaster risk reduction and an engineer from Grenada and Barbados focusing on building safety are recipients of this year’s prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction. “The award recognizes the efforts of these individuals – both trained as engineers – to communicate effectively on hazard and risk-related issues with a wide range of stakeholders including social scientists, engineers, architects and decision-makers as well as the general public,” said Salvano Briceño, director of the Geneva-based secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). “Their ability to bridge the gaps between science and practice has brought disaster risk reduction closer to people’s daily’s lives.” Kyoto University Professor Yoshiaki Kawata, who specializes in disaster risk reduction, has been selected for the honor for his promotion of research and knowledge about past disasters. According to the ISDR, he has highlighted the lessons learned from the Great Hanshin Awaji, or Kobe, Earthquake which took over 6,400 lives and is one of the most devastating earthquakes in Japanese history. Mr. Kawata has dedicated much of the past three decades raising public awareness of disasters; in 2002, he founded the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution and established the Kobe Disaster Reduction Museum to educate both the public and local governments in practical knowledge and skills. A pioneer in advancing safe architectural and designs to resist natural hazards, Tony Gibbs works as an advisor for the UN and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Disaster Mitigation Advisory Group on hospital safety. He has made significant contribution to hazard awareness and disaster risk reduction n the Caribbean and throughout the Americas, according to ISDR. He has also focused on designing structures to protect hospitals against wind and earthquakes, influencing standards and advances in building design worldwide. Aside from these achievements, Mr. Gibbs is also being awarded the prize for his advocacy and leadership role in sharing knowledge with engineers, architects, builders and the public. A Sasakawa Certificate of Distinction was also awarded to ActionAid International, a South African non-governmental organization (NGO) for its role in incorporating disaster risk reduction and the Hyogo Framework – which offers a number of concrete steps to make communities and nations more resilient to any type of disaster – into is sustainable development activities. The Social Action Centre in the Philippines, La Red Habitat en Riesgo in Argentina and the South African Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme are being recognized for their efforts with Sasakawa Certificates of Merit. The UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction, along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Sasakawa Health Prize and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Environment Prize, was established in 1986 by the Nippon Foundation in Japan. Laureates are selected by the UN Sasakawa jury, comprising representatives from the five continents. read more

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Humanitarian access key challenge for UN agencies assisting Pakistanis

20 October 2009As civilians continue to flee South Waziristan amid Pakistani military operations against insurgents, the United Nations refugee agency is stressing the need to ensure that assistance can reach the displaced. “Humanitarian access to people in need remains the key challenge for humanitarian agencies in this operation given the volatile security environment in the displacement areas,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.UNHCR is supporting the registration of new arrivals in the districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), where some 32,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been registered by local authorities since 13 October. They join more than 80,000 people who had fled South Waziristan since May this year, bringing the total number of registered displaced to more than 112,000 people.UNHCR, working through local partners, has been distributing relief items such as kitchen sets, blankets, sleeping mats and jerry cans to registered IDPs. Mr. Mahecic said that so far, the IDPs have been accommodated by the host families. “Generally, this has been the trend in the north-west part of Pakistan,” he noted. When more than 2 million Pakistanis were displaced by the conflict between Government forces and militants in NWFP earlier this year, the majority of them were accommodated by host families. About half of those IDPs have since returned to their homes.The Government has informed UNHCR that it is considering the establishment of camps and the agency stands ready to assist in providing all-weather tents and site preparation if required. Mr. Mahecic said that in addition to the aid given to individual families, assistance will need to be extended to hospitals, schools and other public facilities that may come under strain with large influxes of people.Meanwhile, some 3,600 people recently displaced by the conflict in Bajaur agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) continue to seek shelter in Lower Dir. Efforts are underway to pitch tents in the Wali Kandow camp in the same district, while the rest of the people are to be sheltered at the Khungi Shah camp, recently vacated by displaced people who have returned to their homes. The newly displaced join more than 58,000 Bajauris residing in various camps in NWFP after fleeing several waves of conflict since August 2008. read more

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Sierra Leonean judge reelected head of UNbacked war crimes tribunal

31 May 2010Justice Jon Kamanda of Sierra Leone has been re-elected to serve as President of the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst acts committed during the long and brutal civil war in the West African nation. This will be his second term as the Presiding Judge of the appeals chamber, a post which automatically makes him the President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). Justice Emmanuel Ayoola of Nigeria, who previously served as the court’s President, also also been re-elected as Vice-President, according to a press release issued today by the court from Freetown, the capital. The SCSL’s judges wrapped up their 14th plenary on Friday in The Hague, voicing “sincere appreciation and gratitude” to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the use of its courtroom and other support for the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who is under indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Special Court is an independent tribunal established jointly by Sierra Leone’s Government and the UN in 2002. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed in Sierra Leone after 30 November 1996. Last September, the eight prisoners convicted and held by the SCSL were transferred to Rwanda to serve their sentences since no prison in Sierra Leone meets the required international standards. The remaining trial, involving Mr. Taylor, is continuing at The Hague, where it was moved for security reasons. read more

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Breaking out of IsraeliPalestinian political morass requires courageous work of many –

Painting a troubling picture of the situation during a quarterly briefing to the 15-nation body, Nickolay Mladenov, Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said that the conflict has now arrived at “a pivotal point.” Israelis and Palestinians must now actively shape their future – with the dedicated support of the international community – “before the opponents of peace decide their fate for them,” he said.The recent spiral of violence, which has to date taken at least 137 Palestinian and 19 Israeli lives, cannot be reversed by security means alone, he said, adding that leaders on both sides must show a political will to their people and stand up to incitement and the radicals among their own constituents.Only genuine progress towards just peace that allows the people of Israel and the people of Palestine to live side by side in safe and secure borders will end the bloodshed and counter the rise of extremism, he said.Over the last year, the United Nations, the United States, Russian Federation and the European Union, which comprise the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process, have engaged actively in seeking a way forward out of the deadlock, noted Mr. Mladenov. The Quartet has sought how to preserve the two-state solution, and create the conditions that would allow the parties to return to meaningful negotiations on resolving the final status issues and ending the occupation that began in 1967. Meeting at the Principles level last week in Munich, the Quartet decided to prepare a report on the status quo, including recommendations on the way forward. The report should help build international consensus for the way ahead, he said.Israel’s settlement enterprise continues to be an impediment to peace, and some Palestinian factions continue to glorify violence and terror, he said, urging both sides to stop activities that undermine the peace process. Appealing to the leaders of both peoples and all international stakeholders, Mr. Mladenov said there are clear avenues out of the current political morass but they require unity of effort and bold, creative and courageous work of many. “The cold reality for the Israeli and Palestinian people is that all have failed them,” he said urging the two sides to work together to reach a solution. read more

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February new car preregistration figures

February new car pre-registration figures Today, SMMT releases figures for February pre-registrations in the UK car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in February 2001 that were defined as pre-registrations. The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income suppliers receive from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis. Notes to Editors The Supply of New Cars Order 2000: Pre-registered car A new car which a supplier has caused to be registered before the terms and conditions of its supply to an end-user have been agreed, but does not include: (a) a car so registered because its certificate of conformity with a vehicle type-approved under the EC Vehicle Type Approval Scheme is about to become invalid (b) a car retained for a period of at least three months. Supplier A person that manufactures cars for supply within, or imports new cars for supply into, the UK, who had a market share of one per cent or more of the total supply of new cars in the UK in the preceding calendar year. Pre-registrations data The attached table shows the pre-registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Berzins brothers to battle in Chicago volleyball match

When the Buckeyes step into Gentile Arena in Chicago on Saturday and senior outside hitter Mik Berzins looks at the opposing team’s bench, he will see two people he knows quite well. “I’ve grown accustomed to playing my brothers over at Loyola,” he said. “It’s a good rivalry.” Berzins’ brothers, Kris and Dainis, have made the family name synonymous with volleyball at Loyola University Chicago, just as their father paved the way for Mik at Ohio State. The tradition begins with OSU Hall of Famer, Aldis Berzins. The Olympic gold medalist and former outside hitter led the Buckeyes to four Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships and four NCAA Final Four appearances between 1975 and 1978. Like father, like sons. Kris, Mik and Dainis have played at the outside hitter position and have made strides within their respective programs. Even the youngest Berzins, sophomore Dainis, started in 21 sets last year and tallied 113 kills, according to Loyola’s athletic website. “We all really support each other and want to have the other one do well,” Mik said. “I’m not going to cheer whenever Dainis gets a kill, but I wish him the best.” Former all-American Kris Berzins amassed more than 1,000 kills and 500 digs in his career with the Ramblers, one of only seven players in school history to do so. After a year on the professional circuit in Austria, Kris returned to Chicago as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. Ramblers’ coach Shane Davis said he tried to recruit Mik, too. “I thought we had him,” Davis said. “He took another look at Ohio State unfortunately, but we definitely wanted him.” Mik said he chose OSU over Loyola because he could see himself succeeding in the versatile program. “I came in as a libero, and I got the opportunity this year, and a little bit last year, to play some outside hitter,” he said. “Ohio State was the best place for me to go.” Mik has helped propel the Buckeyes to an 11-4 record with 120 kills, 10 service aces and a 0.928 serve percentage so far this season. He also has the most career digs in school history with 787. OSU’s coach Pete Hanson describes Mik as a passer, defender and server, but not one to be distracted by the family feud that awaits him this weekend. “Mik does a great job for us,” Hanson said. “He’ll be in a good frame of mind in terms of Ohio State volleyball.” The Buckeyes are 28-13 on the series against conference rival Loyola, and are on a five-match winning streak. The No. 14-ranked Ramblers have fared better at home, however, with a 9-7 record against OSU there. Davis, who shared the MIVA Coach of the Year award with Hanson in 2010, said that he is most looking forward to “all the hype” surrounding the match. “The two teams, we have a lot of history together,” he said. The trio from Brinklow, Md., will reunite Saturday after OSU makes a stop in Romeoville, Ill., to face No. 7-ranked Lewis on Thursday. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m. read more

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Wenco fleet management being deployed at Roy Hill

first_imgWenco International Mining Systems has been contracted to supply the Wenco Fleet Management System at the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Roy Hill project has a defined mineralisation of more than 2.4 billion tonnes of +55% Fe iron ore and an estimated mine life of 20 years. Roy Hill is incorporating new technologies, including the Wenco Fleet Management System to create a technologically advanced mining operation.Part of this technology push includes the construction of a remote operations center in Perth, 1,200 km from the mine, which will provide end-to-end integration of operations by managing safety, human capital, and production through the adoption of state-of the-art automation. “The Roy Hill project is not only a rich iron ore deposit, but it will also be a great example of integration of new technologies in surface mining,” explains Wenco Regional Director Jayson Bebek. “We are very excited that Roy Hill chose the Wenco Fleet Management System as the solution to meet their needs for remote dispatching and comprehensive fleet management.” The initial deployment of 34 Wenco units for shovels, trucks, and dozers will begin in 2014, with additional units slated for install as the mine increases production.last_img read more

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Bombshell Fianna Fáil split in Limerick after election success

first_imgFOUR FIANNA FÁIL councillors in Limerick have broken away from the main party.The split comes as a shock after the party secured 13 seats across the city and county council in last week’s local election – more than any other group.Eddie Ryan, Kevin Sheahan, Kieran O’Hanlon and Joe Crowley have formed a group called ‘Independent Fianna Fáil’ after a bitter row over leadership split the party.The Limerick Leader has reported that councillors Michael Collins, Fianna Fáil’s leader on the council, and James Collins met with the manager of the local authority, Conn Murray, behind deputy leader Ryan’s back.Ryan told the paper that he was “naturally disappointed to hear that two of my colleagues had met with management without including me in that mix”.A vote for the leadership resulted in Michael Collins being re-elected over Ryan, by eight votes to five. James Collins was elected deputy leader over O’Hanlon, by nine votes to four.‘Winding me up’TheJournal.ie attempted to contact several of the Fianna Fáil and Independent Fianna Fáil councillors this afternoon, but most were unavailable.One councillor said that those who remain within the original party group are meeting this evening at 5 pm to discuss how to move forward. He described the split as a “bombshell”.Eddie Wade, who retired as a Fianna Fáil councillor in the area last week, said he was shocked by the news, adding he thought his friend was “winding me up” when he told him the news this afternoon.Speculation has been mounting as to how the split will affect the council and what new alliances will be formed.In the election, Fine Gael secured 12 seats across Limerick City and County Council, Sinn Féin and independents both won six, while Labour secured three.Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farRead: John McGuinness: I’ll consider leadership bid if FF direction doesn’t changelast_img read more

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Dublin campaigners protest demolition of apartment complex and pool for MetroLink

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22 Comments 29,262 Views Feb 25th 2019, 6:11 AM https://jrnl.ie/4508187 Monday 25 Feb 2019, 6:10 AM Alternatives to demolition include moving the hub closer to the River Liffey, says Dean, or finding suitable nearby location. ”There was also the option of using Apollo House. That would have been perfect.”The site of the former Apollo House was sold last year for €50 million. Dean says that the development of the city centre and City Quay has led to a situation where the public housing is being neglected and the public resources are being torn down.center_img What you see is vacant property, neglected public housing and new expensive builds and office blocks.So far, over 1,500 signatures have been gathered supportive of College Gate residents and those campaigning to save the leisure centre. Tomorrow at 5pm, campaigners are gathering at the Markievicz Leisure Centre before marching to the Dáil at 6pm.  Dublin campaigners protest demolition of apartment complex and pool for MetroLink The Markievicz centre was refurbished by Dublin City Council for €1 million in 2016. Share18 Tweet Email4 Source: GoogleMapsRESIDENTS IN DUBLIN City Centre will march to Dáil Eireann tomorrow over plans to demolish an apartment block and local leisure centre to make way for MetroLink. People living in the College Gate apartment complex on Townsend Street on the southside were told last year that the building, including the Markievicz Leisure Centre below, are to be knocked down to make way for a new transport hub at Tara Street for the new rail line linking Dublin Airport to the city. John Dean, spokesperson for Save Markievicz Pool & Gym campaign, says that the leisure centre is the only affordable option for many of its customers, who benefit from Dublin City Council’s discount Passport for Leisure scheme.The pool and gym were only refurbished by Dublin City Council for €1 million in 2016. Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the National Transport Authority (NTA) plan to demolish the newly renovated pool and gym, as well as the 70 College Gate apartments above, home to 150 residents. “Everybody is saying, ‘We weren’t consulted’,” says Dean, who adds that, so far, communication from both TII and Dublin City Council has been lacking. Labour councillor Dermot Lacey has sought information from council management and the NTA. “We’ve had no update,” he says. It was revealed last week that the southside section of the MetroLink is set to be scrapped following local opposition and potentially significant disruption to the Luas Green Line. A revised route for the rail line is due to be published in the coming weeks, an NTA spokesperson confirmed. “Those amended plans will be subject to a further round of public consultation,” they continued. Dean says that residents and leisure centre users want TII and the NTA to reconsider plans to knock the building on Townsend Street to make way for MetroLink, which is due to open in 2027.  Related Read 22.02.19 Metrolink: How did we get here and what’s next? By Cónal Thomaslast_img read more

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Cause of death for Bobby Heenan revealed WWE airs tribute on Monday

first_img September 19, 2017 at 2:54 am Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Pinterest September 19, 2017 at 7:13 am September 20, 2017 at 9:15 am That’s true. They did so with Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper. Kid Stacey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 100. Roman Reigns is in Remission The Tampa Bay Times is featuring an article on the passing of Bobby Heenan on Sunday, noting that Heenan’s passing was the result of organ failure.Heenan was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and while he has been in remission since 2004, organ failure brought on by the disease led to his passing.“It was just his time,” was the comment provided by Jessica Solt, Heenan’s daughter.WWE posted the following tribute to Heenan that aired Monday night on RAW. They’re both up there with Roddy Piper restarting Prime Time Wrestling. =) Now Playing Up Next September 19, 2017 at 6:57 am Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Velvet Sky Jeff Tai September 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm Comedy Gold! I’d like to hear the commentary that Bobby and Gorilla are doing together right now! David Wells Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte theFranchiise ♬ Giant Pianist ♬ Twitter Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter I can’t wait to see the Bobby “The Brain” Heenan collection on WWE Network next month! WhatsApp David Wells September 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm One of the few people on earth who absolutely earned the right to be considered the best of all time at what they do. Also, his HOF speech is still my all time favourite. Facebook September 22, 2017 at 1:39 am Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Steven Herrera September 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm I wish they had done more for him on RAW. The tribute was weak and lackluster. I would have also liked to have seen Vince McMahon come out and speak about Bobby Heenan, or some of the wrestlers he once managed. They used to do such a great job for guys like Owen Hart, Chris Benoit, etc. And once the Benoit truth was revealed, it seemed like they stopped going “over the top” with tributes.I thought Bobby deserved a better one. /shrug Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles 8 COMMENTS TheCyberZon Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Loved him as a manager, loved him more as a commentator.last_img read more

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Prostitution crack down necessary says Premier to Police Commish

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Dec 2015 – A new thrust in crime prevention is coming as the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force is about to get the green light to be far more aggressive when it comes to cracking down on prostitution. The Premier, in a media release from the Governor’s Office giving an update on a Friday meeting of the National Security Council, is reportedly pushing for prostitution and human trafficking to get keen focus in the National Security Strategy, which is a plan under construction. Details of the strategy are to be presented by Commissioner James Smith in January when the NSC meets again. Very careful consideration to address the higher incidence of crime in Providenciales is the reason the Police Commissioner on December 18, gave to the Premier and the Governor for the transfer of police officers from Grand Turk to Provo. Commissioner Smith expressed that the shuffle of the eight officers was done in a way that it will not hurt policing in the Capital. The Premier, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing was not 100% sold on that though and said the re-deployment should be monitored to see the impact it has on the Capital. During that NSC meeting, Premier Ewing again called for the introduction of CCTV and street lighting to be increased. It was revealed that at least one resort owner has reported that crimes against guests is up, this includes harassment of visitors to our shores.The Governor, Peter Beckingham determined that he will write and request a meeting with that resort owner with an update to come at another NSC. Absent from the NSC meeting were Deputy Governor Anya Williams and Border Control Minister Donhue Gardiner. Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Recommended for you Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program Related Items:anya wiliams, crackdown, james smith, nsc meeting, premier rufus ewing, prostitution, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Fighter jet crashes in training exercise at Homestead Air Reserve Base

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A fighter jet collided with a safety barrier during a training exercise at the Homestead Air Reserve Base, Monday.Officials said the pilot was heading out on a routine training mission in an F-16 Fighting Falcon and tried to abort takeoff.The pilot was not hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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GCI Completes Purchase of 3 Southeast TV Stations

first_imgGCI has completed its purchase of three television stations in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. The deal means the telecom giant now owns almost every commercial TV station in Southeast Alaska.Download AudioGCI announced Monday that its subsidiary, Denali Media Holdings, had officially closed its purchase of Southeast’s three CBS affiliates: KTNL in Sitka, KXLJ in Juneau, and KUBD in Ketchikan. According to GCI spokesman David Morris, the company paid about $1-\ million to buy the three stations from Colorado-based Ketchikan TV.GCI Antenna. Photo by Sir Mildred Pierce/Flickr Creative Commons.GCI now owns six broadcast TV stations, five of them in Southeast. In 2013, the company bought the two NBC affiliates in Southeast – Sitka’s KSCT and Juneau’s KATH – as well as the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, KTVA.Morris says that viewers won’t see any programming changes in the near term. But down the line, GCI is hoping to roll out services that would allow viewers to watch GCI content on demand on their TV, computer or phone.“Where everything is moving at least in this field is on-the-go-type TV services, so that you can see what you want on the device that you want, and this is all part of the integration strategy, at least, that we’re looking long term on how to provide that kind of thing,” Morris said.GCI is Alaska’s largest cable TV operator, and also provides internet, telephone and cell phone service. The shift into broadcast television over the last two years marks a big change for the company.“What we are doing is preparing for future technology developments and quite frankly industry changes,” Morris said. “Entertainment is a ever-changing field, and we want to be able to bring the latest technologies and developments to Alaska as soon as we can, and this is our first steps into being able to do that.”GCI first announced its intention to buy the three Southeast CBS stations in December 2013. The Federal Communications Commission had to approve the sale; it did so in May.Asked if GCI has any other acquisitions in the works, Morris would only say, “we’re always looking for some opportunity out there.”last_img read more

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