Man commits suicide at Delhis Tagore Garden metro station

first_imgNew Delhi: A man committed suicide by jumping before a speeding train at Delhi’s Tagore Garden Metro station, police said on Saturday. According to the police, around 11 p.m. on Friday night, the Raja Garden Metro police station received a call informing them about a body lying between the tracks and the platform at Tagore Garden Metro Station. “A team rushed to the spot and found the body of a person identified as Rahul, a resident of Najafgarh, lying between the lines. CCTV footage revealed that he had committed suicide by jumping before the metro train. We have sent the body to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay mortuary for post-mortem,” said a senior police officer. The police have also initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc).last_img read more

Stars Join KeepFamiliesTogether Marches Across The US

first_imgOn June 30, people across America marched to #KeepFamiliesTogether and protest current immigration policies.Stars such as Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Cher joined marchers at events across the country.“We love that the American story is filled with people who come from all over the world to have a better life here. America at its best is big, beautiful and diverse,” said Chrissy Teigen at the Los Angeles march. “Too many people demonize immigrants, like they’re stealing something from the people born here. Immigrants don’t come here to take from us; they add to what makes America special. Making America great doesn’t mean building walls to keep people out. It means continuing to embrace the dreams of immigrants who add to our culture, our economy and our humanity.”Other stars to attend marches included Carole King and Taboo, while Questlove and Selena Gomez took to social media to show their support.More information can be found here.last_img read more

JNU sedition case Police filed charge sheet secretly in hasty manner Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday told a court here that the police filed the charge sheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case in a “hasty” and “secretive manner” and that it will take over a month to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar in the case. The AAP government made the submission to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat It accused the police of filing the charge sheet secretly and in a hasty manner without obtaining the required sanction from the competent authority. The court had earlier directed the state government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction and added sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without that.last_img read more

Mexico urges rich nations to back proposed UNrun fund to fight climate

24 September 2008Mexico’s President today appealed to wealthy countries to contribute to the setting up of its proposed Green Fund, which would be managed by the United Nations and aim to help poor nations combat the effects of climate change. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, that the fund has been proposed to deal with a paradox of climate change – those countries which have contributed the least to the phenomenon are often the most vulnerable to its impact.“Climate change is not a problem to be faced by nations according to their degree of development,” he said. “It is a task that requires the translation of words into deeds that are to be substantiated by concrete proposals that are based on the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities.”Mr. Calderón said the planned fund – first announced in May this year – would be set up within the framework of the UN so as to allow incentives for individual States to redouble their efforts to fight global warming.“It is a great satisfaction for us to see that organizations like the World Bank have already taken the initiative to broaden the availability of resources for the benefit of the countries that need them,” he added.“I respectfully call upon all nations, especially the most developed, to contribute to the establishment of this Green Fund for the creation of financial instruments to protect the environment on a global scale.”Echoing that theme, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo Mendez called for short- and long-term global responses to the problems caused by climate change that are compatible with the economic and social development of each country.“It is ironic that the poorest, those that are least responsible for climate change, are those who suffer most from its consequences,” he said.“In terms of major responsibility we frequently witness the irony of conservation levels demanded from those areas of the world that are already oppressed by poverty and exclusion while we see a sustained indifference and low level of self-criticism from the political circles that lead the fate of the world.” Mr. Lugo Mendez also called for strengthening the powers of the 192-member General Assembly as the most representative body in the UN, where the 15-member Security Council’s resolutions are binding but the Assembly’s are not.“It should be transformed into a true parliament of the world where the great themes besetting humankind are debated and not hijacked by other organs, where the decisions that are adopted are restricted to a small number of countries who very often do not pay attention to the opinions of the majority of members,” he said. read more

SMMT awards new MVRIS contract to Capita IT services

SMMT will today sign contracts with Capita IT Services to develop a new Motor Vehicle Registration Information System (MVRIS).SMMT has worked with Capita IT services since 1995 and the new contract has been awarded following a two year procurement process. It is worth £11.7 million over a five and a half year period.Under the terms of the new contract, Capita will design, build and deploy the new system as well as manage it for a minimum of five years.Since 1995, SMMT has worked with Capita on the support and development of the SMMT’s core vehicle data systems as well as hosting and the provision of data capture services. The contract has been extended twice and this current extension will take the contract into its fourth term.Chris Welfare, MVRIS manager at SMMT said, ‘SMMT has become the primary source of authoritative and impartial vehicle data and information. The extension of our relationship with Capita allows us to focus on significantly developing and enhancing the service to our members.’Shaun King, director of client services at Capita said, ‘We are delighted that our work with SMMT has been extended. We are looking forward to building upon an already successful relationship, continuing to support SMMT to deliver a high quality service to its members. The new MVRIS system will not only provide improved performance and functionality but also establish a new scalable platform allowing future expansion of MVRIS and the introduction of new applications.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Urban Meyer talks position battles impressive freshmen

Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter the departure of four starters from the 2013 Ohio State football team’s offensive line, coach Urban Meyer has his eye on one slot in particular.“The left guard on offense, that’s the one,” Meyer said Monday after the team’s first practice of fall camp. “If I had to say where is all the focus, to me it’s at left guard.”Meyer went on to compliment a few different position groups, including the defensive line, linebackers, safeties and running backs, but went back to the importance of the battle for left guard duties.He said four players, including two in senior Joel Hale and redshirt-junior Chase Farris who have spent time as defensive linemen for OSU, have a chance to start. Meyer said the other contenders are redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood and redshirt-freshman Billy Price.Outside of left guard, Meyer touched on position battles at safety and punt return for the Buckeyes heading into the 2014 season. He said the battle for the two starting spots at safety is still up in the air, with three returning players and a true freshman fighting for playing time.“All three, that’s a three-man race right now, and all three of them think they’re going to play,” Meyer said of redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell, sophomore Cam Burrows and sophomore Vonn Bell. “And you throw (freshman) Erick Smith chomping at the bit, too — you’ve just got to keep them healthy.”Powell totaled 48 tackles in 2013 to lead that group, while Burrows and Bell combined for 30 tackles. Powell had a game-sealing interception on a 2-point try against Michigan, and Bell recorded a pick in OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson.According to Meyer, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson is the front-runner at punt return, but there are a handful of players vying for a chance. He named off redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall and freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore as potential competition for Wilson.“You got some really talented guys,” Meyer said of the group.Smith and Marshall both redshirted last season, while Wilson was the team’s leading kick returner but has not returned a punt in his Buckeye career.While many of those position battles were on display during the evening session of Monday’s practice, the majority of the OSU freshmen took part in a practice session in the morning.“Really good first day with the young guys,” Meyer said of the early practice.The Buckeye coach said it’s still early but added he was “really impressed” with how the freshmen performed. He saved special praise for a handful of the newcomers, including Lattimore and Smith.At least two true freshmen had a chance to practice with the returnees in the evening, which Meyer attributed to their maturity. Both freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon could be seen on the field throughout practice.“They’re just guys that are over 3.0 students, take care of their business,” Meyer said. “They act like pros, they act like grown men, so we let them practice with the grown men today.”One addition to the OSU roster for fall camp was redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who had previously been dismissed from the team following an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle lost his summer scholarship and will be suspended for OSU’s first game.“He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field,” he said.Among other notes from Monday’s press conference, Meyer confirmed offensive lineman Tommy Brown had decided to transfer away from OSU. He also said senior quarterback Braxton Miller is “100 percent” but added that he wasn’t at his sharpest in his first practice after missing the entire spring due to shoulder surgery.According to a Monday OSU press release, Brown isn’t the only Buckeye no longer playing for the team. Senior tight end J.T. Moore had to end his career due to continuing knee issues, but the release said he will still graduate from OSU in December.The release also said defensive lineman Michael Hill was granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season and will therefore have four years of eligibility remaining. Additionally, freshman Sam Hubbard is currently listed as a linebacker after originally being slated to play tight end for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday for the second of 18 practice days before the season kicks off.The Buckeyes’ 2014 schedule is set to kick off Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. The game is scheduled to start at noon. read more

Mike Bantom Appointed New NBA Head of Referees

To replace U.S. Army General Ronald Johnson as the league’s senior vice president of referee operation, the NBA promoted former player Mike Bantom, a long-time league executive.Bantom will oversee the NBA’s officiating program, including the recruiting, training and development of all NBA officials. He will report to Joel Litvin, NBA President, League Operations and his new role will begin immediately.“Mike has been an invaluable part of the NBA for over 20 years and has excelled in leadership positions across both our domestic and international businesses,” league commissioner David Stern said. “That experience, together with his considerable accomplishments on the court and his respect in the basketball community, make Mike an outstanding choice to lead the NBA’s officiating program.”Bantom was promoted from his position as Senior Vice President of Player Development, a job he had held since 1999. His 20-plus years with the NBA also included stops with NBA Events and NBA Europe.Bantom, 60, averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists during a 9-year career that included stops with the Phoenix Suns,  Seattle SuperSonics, New York Nets, Indiana Pacers and Phildelphia 76ers during the 1970s and 1980s.While Bantom’s position isn’t particularly public, it is important. The conduct and performance of the referees he oversees are always hot topics.The unchecked outrage and conspiracy theories have cooled off a bit since the Tim Donaghy referee-gambling scandal first broke back in 2007, but the league will continue to find itself fighting a never-ending war for its credibility until error-free robots are invented to handle officiating duties.The league has made real progress over the last two seasons by undertaking efforts to increase transparency, setting up websites and even a Twitter account to explain calls, correct misconceptions and admit errors. Hopefully that progress continues under the new leadership. read more

Buckeyes Big Ten need win in 2011

No Big Ten team has won a football game this year. Despite 2011 embarking on just its third day, five Big Ten teams have taken to the gridiron. All five have failed. On a New Year’s Day that will live in conference infamy, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin all came up short. Three of those schools — Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State — perpetuated southerners’ favorite notion that the Big Ten can’t hang with the SEC. Mississippi State, Alabama and Florida thumped their Midwest adversaries by a combined score of 138-45. In late November, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee questioned the merits of schools from non-BCS conferences. He said TCU and Boise State, then ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the BCS, respectively, weren’t worthy of a shot at the national title. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for (the BCS conference) schools,” Gee told The Associated Press. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.” TCU beat Wisconsin 21-19 to cap off an undefeated season in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin was the only team to knock off Gee’s Buckeyes. Even incoming Big Ten member Nebraska lost last week in the Holiday Bowl to Washington, an opponent it defeated 56-21 on Sept. 18. The Cornhuskers totaled 189 yards of offense, a far cry from the 533 yards they amassed against the Huskies three months earlier. Iowa’s win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday and Illinois’ victory over Baylor in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday have the Big Ten sitting at 2-5 overall. The Big Ten isn’t the only conference to struggle this bowl season, however. None of the BCS conferences has blown away the competition, and only the ACC (4-3) and the Big East (3-2) have compiled winning records. That’s the same Big East scorned by many after sending unranked, four-loss Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl, which the Huskies lost 48-20 to Oklahoma on Saturday. ACC champion Virginia Tech faces Stanford in tonight’s Orange Bowl. Before Saturday’s trifecta against the Big Ten, the SEC had been 0-3. The Big 12 is 3-4, while the Pac-10 is 1-1. OSU can salvage what’s left of the Big Ten bowl season by knocking off SEC foe Arkansas in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl. The Buckeyes and Razorbacks have never played, but OSU has never won a bowl game against an SEC opponent (0-9). “I know personally — I have lost three in a row against the SEC,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. “I’m not tired of hearing about it. It’s a reminder to me of just how good the SEC is in football.” read more

Cycling to work could help you live longer and greatly reduces the

first_imgThey are often derided as Mamils (middle-aged men in Lycra), but a new study suggests Britain’s urban cyclists will have the last laugh.Cycling to work lowers the risk of dying early by 40 per cent, and reduces the chance of developing cancer by 45 per cent.Similarly a daily bike ride to the office nearly halves the risk of heart disease, according to a major study by the University of Glasgow, who tracked the health of more than a quarter of a million people over five years.Over the study period 37 people in the cycling group died, but the researchers say the findings suggest that 63 would have died if they had all commuted by car or public transport. The findings held true for both men and women.Just four per cent of adults cycle to work each day, around two million people. Walking to work was also found to be good for health, although it does not offer the same benefits as taking a bike. Commuting on food was associated with a 27 per cent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 36 per cent lower risk of dying from it. Overall walking to work lowered the risk of early death by 27 per cent. Dr Jason Gill, from the institute of cardiovascular and medical sciences at Glasgow University, said the Government must do more to make cycling safer and more popular.“Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes.  “If these associations are causal, these findings suggest that policies designed to make it easier for people to commute by bike, such as cycle lanes, city bike hire, subsidised cycle purchase schemes and increasing provision for cycles on public transport may present major opportunities for public health improvement.” “The UK has neglected to build infrastructure to promote cycling for decades and the potential for improvements to increase cycling and the safety of cycling is huge,” he said.  “Cities such as Copenhagen have prioritised cycling by building bike lanes; tunnels for bikes, so cyclists do not need to pass heavy traffic; and bridges over the harbour to shorten travel time for pedestrians and cyclists. Today, no car or bus can travel faster than a bike through Copenhagen.“The findings from this study are a clear call for political action on active commuting, which has the potential to improve public health by preventing common (and costly) non-communicable diseases.“A shift from car to more active modes of travel will also decrease traffic in congested city centres and help reduce air pollution, with further benefits for health.” But there was no link with a lower risk of cancer or dying early from any cause in walkers, the study found.People who preferred to stroll to work also had to walk for two hours a week in total to see health benefits, at an average speed of three miles per hour.Experts behind the study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), said the lower benefits seen for walking compared to cycling could be due to the fact cyclists covered longer distances in their commutes than the walkers, cycling is a higher intensity exercise and cyclists were generally more fit. Only four per cent of Brits cycle to workcenter_img Professor Lars Bo, an expert in sports science from the Western Norwegian University of Applied Sciences in Bergen, Norway, said the UK government must do far more to help people cycle or walk to work. Only four per cent of Brits cycle to workCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Carlos Celis-Morales, from the University of Glasgow, said: “Walking to work was associated with lower risk of heart disease, but unlike cycling was not associated with a significantly lower risk of cancer or overall death.”This may be because walkers commuted shorter distances than cyclists, typically six miles per week, compared with 30 miles per week, and walking is generally a lower intensity of exercise than cycling.”The study also found some health benefits if people cycled part of their journey and took public transport or drove the rest of the way.The people taking part in the research were aged 52 on average at the start of the study and were followed for five years.last_img read more

FLIR Systems thermal imaging offers early warning of coal combustion

first_imgGone are the days when thermal imaging was prohibitively expensive. The cost of the technology has fallen exponentially with its take-up yet at the same time cameras have become even smarter and easier to use. Indeed, the scope of thermal imaging is now way beyond the defence and law enforcement sectors where is was first commercially applied. Its applications span industry, offering distinct advantages over other monitoring technologies. Of particular relevance to the mining industry is the technology’s ability to monitor stored material that has the potential to self-combust. Coal starts to oxidise when exposed to air and this causes a rise in temperature. Initially this is slightly above ambient temperature but if left unchecked it can rise to above 400◦C, causing the coal to burst into flame. FLIR Systems offers a range of thermal imaging camera solutions as part of its Bulk Material Combustion Warning Systems, which use an infrared camera to generate a thermographic image of the area being monitored. This clearly shows hot spots on a remote video or PC monitor in real time and triggers an alarm.During the pre-combustion oxidisation process coal can also produce large amounts of methane and carbon monoxide gases. These toxic and explosive gases can make it even more difficult for fire fighters to control any subsequent fire so early detection of any temperature rise is vital. Thermal imaging acts as an early warning system by spotting any abnormal rise in temperature before any fire breaks out. A fixed mounted camera can be used economically to constantly survey an indoor or outdoor area day and night, in rain or snow and through fog and smoke. Not only does it provide an early-warning of potential fire, it pinpoints its source too.These benefits are prompting the wide adoption of thermal imaging to ensure the safe handling of coal. The Dangjin Coal Fired Power Complex (DGFPC) in South Korea is one example. To transport coal to its boilers, a belt conveyor of several kilometres in length is used. It is especially important that the coal’s temperature is continually monitored during transportation as movement increases its potential for spontaneous combustion. To protect assets and personnel and ensure continued productivity, DGFPC installed several fixed mounted thermal imaging cameras. These devices not only detect the slightest rise in temperature and automatically trigger an alarm but also activate an automatic sprinkler system. This is possible because the type of camera the plant’s management chose has multiple I/O ports.One of the cameras is installed in the coal store, recording the temperature of the material as it enters the conveyor system. As the coal is transported to the boilers, at a speed of four meters per second, several additional cameras check its temperature in transit. All are connected to a TCP/IP network using a standard Ethernet cable. And through the network the thermal data is shared with a programmable logic controller which immediately stops the conveyor belt and activates the sprinklers when the camera triggers the alarm.A similar system is used by Nástup Mines in Tusimice, Czech Republic to continually and automatically monitor a coal pile that occupies a site, approximately 800 x 200 m in size. Five cameras are mounted on steel masts at strategic locations around the site. The thermal data they collect is transmitted via 3 km of fibre-optic cable to the control room. The cameras are configured to generate a direct alarm output to an operator if the pre-determined temperature threshold is exceeded. An acoustic alarm and display on the control room monitor concurrently draws the operator’s attention to the location of the potential spontaneous fire.The ability to monitor the entire piles of coal rather than rely on spot measurement was also the reason why the Dutch bulk handling company, OBA, also opted for fixed mounted thermal imaging. The company operates two terminals in the port of Amsterdam for handling a variety of commodities including biomass and coal. Several European countries also impose additional requirements for the transportation of coal. A multilateral agreement makes it mandatory for the temperature of a coal load – before, during and after the loading process – to be below 60◦C. Accordingly every ship load of coal that leaves the terminal to Germany, for example, needs to carry a valid temperature monitoring certificate. The company used to outsource this job which added costs to the operation but thanks to its investment in thermal imaging OBA can now perform that task itself, adding value to the service it provides. The technology is now used to visualise the entire stretch of conveyor belts from coal store to ship, a distance of around 900m. This allows coal temperature to be monitored up to the last moment before loading. The thermal video images are sent over IP to a central control room where they are continuously monitored. A proprietary software system provides a colour-coded visual guide; green indicates a safe temperature, amber, rising temperature and red, danger of self-combustion.OBA also uses hand held thermal imaging cameras to regularly determine the temperature of its storage coal piles. They also give site engineers greater intelligence in the event of an amber warning from the control room. The fixed cameras determine the location of the potential problem and hand held versions provide the means for further investigation. And as thermal imaging is a non-contact technology it allows the job to be done without compromising personal safety.Manufacturing economies have resulted in the dramatic fall in the cost of radiometric detectors. In turn, this has made the technology easily affordable by anyone whose job can benefit from the ability to either detect a heat source, such as a person, or to examine the thermal profile of a scene or system for signs of hotspots. Indeed, it is the flexible application of the technology that enhances its cost efficiency. The same device can be used to see through smoke to spot fire casualties or scan the industrial environment to identify systems or components that are operating at abnormally high temperatures. And with every application added to the list, return on investment is even quicker.last_img read more

Swarm of earthquakes in Alaska leaves scientists puzzled

first_imgA MODERATE EARTHQUAKE shook northwest Alaska yesterday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little activity, seismologists said.The magnitude 5.7 quake struck at 4:01 am (1.01pm GMT)  on Monday near the village of Noatak, the Alaska Earthquake Centre reported. As with other temblors in the earthquake swarm, the quake was felt in Noatak, an Inupiat Eskimo community of 560 people.“It woke me up,” said resident Alvin Ashby. “Some people slept through it.”People there aren’t used to earthquakes, and these have some residents worried, said Ashby, who has lived in the community most of his life.Before the swarm that began April 18, the last known quake of similar size in the area was a magnitude 5.5 quake that occurred in 1981, earthquake centre seismologist Natasha Ruppert said.The quakeThe swarm of magnitude 5.7 quakes is connected to more than 300 smaller aftershocks, some with magnitudes in the high 3s, Ruppert said. The first quake and the others of that magnitude have been located in roughly the same area about 20 miles from Noatak. The community is 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle.Monday’s quake was preceded by one minute by a magnitude 4.2 foreshock and followed by at least 10 aftershocks.Minor damage from the earthquakes includes cracks in walls in Noatak, but no injuries have been reported.Ruppert said old seismic faults have been mapped in the area, but there are no known active faults, although that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. She said sometimes surface fault scars could be hidden by vegetation or glacial deposits: Obviously, since we are having all this earthquake activity, there must be some active faults in the areaSince the first of the swarms occurred, seismic sensors have been installed in Noatak and the regional hub town of Kotzebue, 55 miles south. Ruppert said the sensors help gather more accurate information about the earthquakes.BaffledThe series of earthquakes has scientists puzzled about activity that is considered very unusual in the area.“At this point, we don’t really understand the nature of these earthquakes,” Ruppert said.Ruppert said she doesn’t believe there is any connection between the quakes and the Red Dog Mine, located about 35 miles north of Noatak.“All mining activities are very near the surface,” Ruppert said. “And all the earthquakes are miles below the surface.”Read: There was a typically Irish reaction to the Wexford earthquake > Read: One dead, 30 injured as a series of earthquakes hit southern Pakistan >last_img read more

Im a father Im a husband then Im a rugby player Munsters

first_img 31,042 Views Share Tweet Email Earls with his daughter, Ella May. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhether the new way of doing things can bring the same European trophy that Munster earned in 2006 and 2008 remains to be seen, but there has been a shift and all in Limerick are entirely comfortable with it, even the 29-year-old old man Earls.The transformation of his individual mindset around rugby has paired perfectly with what has been happening in Munster. Earls, in the last year and a half, has realised that there is much more to life than his sport.He has loosened up, without ever shirking the hard work that helps him to perform, and the Limerick man is enjoying his career more than ever as a result.“I suppose with the amount of rugby I’d played, I had to adapt my training, gym-wise, and adapt as a man, becoming a father,” said Earls.“I’m loving every minute of everything at the moment. I’ve definitely found a good balance in my life, whereas years ago it would have been all rugby, but now I’m gone more to the other side.“I’m a father, I’m a husband, then I’m a rugby player – that’s something I’ve picked up in the last 18 months.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Apr 19th 2017, 8:00 AM ‘I’m a father, I’m a husband, then I’m a rugby player’ – Munster’s Earls The Ireland international wing has learned to be part of a new Munster modus operandi. Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 8:00 AM By Murray Kinsella 7 Comments center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL THIS SEASON, MUNSTER have made a conscious decision to detach themselves from the province’s past.The previous European successes of 2006 and 2008 will always be a benchmark and the legends who earned that status won’t be forgotten, but this Munster crop have been keen to shed the burden of bygone times. Keith Earls is having one of the best seasons of his career. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHooker Niall Scannell spoke about this theme after the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulouse, remarking that this Munster squad are aiming to create their own legacy.They have achieved nothing yet, but this season feels like real progress more than before, as new leaders – several of whom haven’t been in a semi-final before – have emerged and helped Munster into the last four of the Champions Cup, where they meet Saracens in Dublin this weekend.“There’s not too many players left over from that era,” said Scannell of the former glories. “And even guys like Keith Earls have just bought in so much to doing it our way. It’s great to see guys like that, who it’s tougher for them because they’re crossing a generation.”It’s an interesting point from Scannell that a player like Keith Earls, who was on the Munster bench for the 2008 Heineken Cup final, has had perhaps the toughest job of all fitting into this new group.He is, of course, a leader in the Munster squad but when you put Scannell’s point to him, the Ireland international says that the revitalisation has actually been of major benefit to him.“If anything they [the younger players] have helped me,” said Earls this week. “I thought I probably had to be like the older lads. I suppose when I came into the group first, I was young for a couple of years.“I broke through in 2007/08 and Conor [Murray] and [Mike] Sherry and the boys only broke through in 2011. I had to be in a squad with men that were having kids for a couple of years and I got mature quite early, at a young age.“I learned a lot off the ROGs and the Paulies and the Dougies, but the lads who have come in have brought me back down to my age nearly and I’m a lot more relaxed and I’m enjoying it. Earls is happy to be part of a relaxed Munster group. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“The younger lads still need a kick up the arse every now and then, but they still have to drive standards every now and then because they are a different breed.”The atmosphere around Munster’s high performance centre in UL is certainly a relaxed one these days and the players constantly talk about how much they have enjoyed Rassie Erasmus’ philosophy of accepting errors, learning from them, but moving swiftly on.The weight has been lifted from Munster’s shoulders. They are energetic, positive and open-minded. It’s certainly a different environment to what pervaded back in 2006 and 2008, when the tough, hard Munstermen of that era dominated.“They’re still tough, hard men now, but they know how to switch off,” explained Earls. “Even before going into a meeting, someone can be running off, then we get in here and they’re switched on. It’s a lot more relaxing.“I don’t know how to describe it; fellas aren’t on edge 24/7, probably on edge when we’re in the centre, and when we’re on the field we still kill each other, when we’re in meetings we’ll have a go off each other – but in general it’s a good balance we have.“It’s definitely a lot more mellow from ten years ago. They were made of hard stuff years ago – different stuff, should I say.”Different stuff – there’s the real point. The same approach does not bring the same results for every group.Munster in recent years have been too concerned with living up to the standards, habits, attitudes and results of a bygone era.Now, they have finally realised that setting their own standards, habits and attitudes can bring their own positive results. Follow us: Munster in a happy place after transformation under Rassie Erasmus‘You just can’t think about it’ – Earls not stressing over Lions calllast_img read more

Sophia accompagne les diabétiques dans la gestion de leur maladie

first_imgSophia accompagne les diabétiques dans la gestion de leur maladieFrance – Une enquête commandée par l’Assurance maladie montre la grande satisfaction des diabétiques pris en charge par le programme Sophia. Gratuit, il aide les diabétiques à améliorer leur qualité de vie et à prévenir les complications grâce à de nombreux services. Le programme Sophia est expérimenté depuis 2008 dans onze départements (Seine-Saint-Denis, Loiret, Puy-de-Dôme, Alpes-Maritimes, Tarn, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers, Sarthe et La Réunion) et réunit 53.000 adhérents. L’enquête indique un très fort degré de satisfaction pour 80% des patients concernés, 98% d’entre eux continuent leur participation et 90% sont prêts à la recommander. À lire aussiDu mal à vous remettre au sport ? La raison pourrait se cacher dans votre cerveauSophia est aussi très bien perçu par les médecins généralistes, 70% d’entre eux approuvent cette initiative qui n’empiète pas sur la relation patient/médecin. Pour neuf adhérents sur dix, Sophia aide à comprendre le diabète et ses complications. Un élargissement, voire une généralisation du programme, est prévu prochainement.L’Assurance maladie propose aux adhérents des entretiens téléphoniques réguliers, des courriers thématiques, un espace d’information en ligne sur le diabète, un journal “Sophia et vous” et des livrets repères sur les thématiques de l’équilibre alimentaire, de la vie quotidienne, du suivi du traitement et de l’activité physique.Deux millions et demi de personnes en France souffrent de diabète. Une récente étude a montré que la France est en retard en ce qui concerne les soins préventifs. Seuls 31% des adultes diabétiques bénéficient d’un suivi complet comprenant les quatre examens recommandés (dosage sanguin de l’hémoglobine, examen des pieds, examen du fond de l’œil, bilan du cholestérol). Aux Pays-Bas et en Angleterre, 60 à 70% des malades en bénéficient.Le 28 janvier 2010 à 11:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clark College to host Rosa Clemente

first_imgVancouver – Clark College will welcome Rosa Clemente, a scholar and activist, to keynote its “Transformation: A New Era of Social Activism,” event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Gaiser Student Center on Clark College’s main campus.Clemente is co-founder of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention and a leading scholar on Afro-Latinx identity. She is a doctoral student at the W.E.B. Dubois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.Clemente has sat on the boards of Black Lives Matter, the National Priorities Project, The Brecht Forum and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She was also the Green Party’s candidate for vice president in the 2008 election.last_img read more

ASA DuPont Young Leaders The Next Generation of Voices in Agriculture

first_imgFrom left to right: ASA DuPont Young Leader alumni Charles, Denise, Vincent and Krysten Cannatella, of Louisiana, and Matt Atkinson, Mary Ann Ross, Inga and Charles Atkinson, of Kansas.Proud parents and alumni of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders (DYL) program had the opportunity to see their children follow in their footsteps this year.Charles and Denise Cannatella and Charles and Inga Atkinson completed the DYL program in 2002. This year the Cannatella’s son and daughter-in-law, Vincent and Krysten, and the Atkinson’s son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Mary Ann, graduated the program.Both couples said they are proud to see their children go through the program and take steps to become leaders in agriculture.The Cannatellas said ever since Vincent became a partner of Cannatella Outdoors Farms, they’ve encouraged him to become an active voice in promoting farming ways.“He was not interested at first because he was busy making his way in the business,” the Cannatellas said. “So this year when he expressed his wishes to go through the Dupont Young Leader Program, our hearts were filled with proud emotions. He is very good at what he does and now he will join with the two of us as a voice for agriculture. It is good to see all the young leaders with amazing talent begin to step forward sharing the great stories of the American farmer!”Charles Atkinson said his son Matthew had shown interest in ASA and previously attended the Soybean Leadership College. This year he was asked by ASA board members to consider applying for DYL.“We supported and encouraged his decision to apply for DYL,” Atkinson said. “You are always honored when a child follows in your footsteps and we were excited to be there with Matthew and MaryAnn when they graduated from DYL. I know the experiences that had will last a life time. And the friendships they make will be like ours, priceless! We are pleased to share our experience with our son and glad he had a chance to do it with the next generation of Cannatellas.”The DYL program is an intense course designed to enhance leadership skills for the future benefit of the entire agricultural industry. Many graduates of this leadership training program assume roles on their state and national soybean associations. To learn more about the DYL program, click here.last_img read more

Car catches fire in Opalocka

first_imgA car burst into flames along a roadway in Opa-locka, Saturday night.A 7News viewer captured video of the burning vehicle on Old State Road 9, near Northwest 22nd Avenue. Heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the car, which was parked along the shoulder.There is no word on how the fire started or if anyone was hurt.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Session on women empowerment organised at SRK Degree College

first_imgOngole: Unless we conquer the fear, there will be no way to the future, said Divya Kandukuri, a social activist from Mumbai. The Janudi Centre for literary studies organised a session on ‘Women Empowerment’ at SRK Degree College in Bhagyanagar in Ongole on Friday and Dr Nukathoti Ravi Kumar, convener of Janudi coordinated the programme while Divya Kandukuri participated as the chief guest. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us After inaugurating the latest edition of Janudi, Divya Kandukuri delivered her lecture. She said that women should come out the difficulties that are dragging them and they need not shy for fighting. She advised the girl students to not stop their education, no matter whatever be the issues come their way as obstacles. She said that the women should find their way to come out from their domestic and professional problems. The first, second and third year students and the staff members of the college also participated in the programme.last_img read more

Rupee Plunges To New Low Of 5587 Amid RBI Intervention

first_imgThe rupee plunged to a new low of 55.87 in the early Wednesday trade, marking its sixth consecutive record low against the US dollar.The new low spurred the Reserve Bank of India to intervene, with the central bank selling dollars starting from the 55.75 rupee level, traders said according to media reports.RBI intervention during Wednesday’s trading session pushed the rupee to 55.52 but dropped to 55.87 later, NDTV said. Tuesday’s trade saw the rupee closing at 55.39/40 to the dollar.  The currency’s progressive fall in the past couple of days has drawn attention from the government, with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee saying on Tuesday that the centre is keeping a close watch on the situation and that necessary measures are taken to tackle the rupee’s impact on the foreign exchange market.”Global slowdown due to unfolding of eurozone sovereign debt crisis has, inter-alia, impacted the Indian economy through deceleration in exports, widening of trade and current account deficit, decline in capital flows, fall in the value of Indian Rupee, stock market decline and lower economic growth,” Mukherjee told the Rajya Sabha.Mukherjee assured that the RBI is intervening in the Forex market to help curb volatility.”Raising of NRI deposit interest rates, easing availability of export credit and stipulation that 50% of balances in the Exchange Earner’s Foreign Currency Account be converted into rupees balances”, are some of the measures being adopted by the central bank, he said.The finance minister also added that the centre is working towards boosting India’s infrastructure sector by increasing direct foreign investment. Other steps include “liberalization of external commercial borrowings (ECB) policy and portfolio investment norms besides steps to improve access to corporate bond market through Infrastructure Debt Funds.””A number of legislative measures/amendments have also been taken for fiscal consolidation/reforms and financial sector reforms”, Mukherjee noted.last_img read more

Airaa review Nayantharas film gets mixed response from critics

first_imgNayanthara in Airaa.PR HandoutNayanthara had been displaying that she has the smartness to pick the right scripts. With the kind of movies she had done in the recent years, the actress has proved that she knows how to balance between woman-centric and commercial films. Now, she is back with Airaa.Story: The movie revolves around a media personnel Yamuna and Bhavani, both played by Nayanthara. The former desires to have her YouTube channel. She comes up with an idea where she fabricates videos of ghosts and her experiment begins at her grandmother’s bungalow in Pollachi. It becomes very popular in a matter of time.On the other side, a few commit suicide in Chennai under mysterious circumstances and there is a link to Yamuna. What follows next should be watched on-screen.Airaa is not just a pure horror film, but there is a lot to it. More than a horror flick, it is an emotional film without too much of melodrama. It also touches on the subjects like rape, harassment, bullying and many others. One fine example is how Nayan’s character hits back at slut-shaming. More importantly, the Butterfly affect concept needs to be hailed.There is an attempt to present Nayanthara like a superstar and her performance proves again why she is called a Lady Superstar by fans. However, the narration is not tight in the first half, while the movie has a lacklustre climax. Technically, cinematography stands out from other departments.However, critics are divided over Airaa. While some have found the movie to be a passable entertainer as it laces multiple messages in spite of belonging to horror genre, others feel that it fails to engage the audience. Checkout what they say about the flick below:TOI: It tries to play around with the Butterfly Effect concept to make the revenge angle – a staple of horror films – seem unique, but unfortunately, this attempt backfires. One of the main problems with the film is that Yamuna is an uninteresting character with no endearing trait to make us fear for her safety.Sify: Airaa would have worked with Bhavani’s portions alone, the horror angle actually takes away the novelty of the film. Had director Sarjun focused only on the emotionally moving story of Bhavani, Airaa would have been a classic. The butterfly effect to the horror thriller is another interesting aspect of the film.India Today: The first half of Airaa aims to induce fear in the audience’s mind. But, having watched over 100 horror films in the last few years, the audience has, by now, turned immune to them and it takes a great deal to pull off jump scares today. For any horror film, the backstory plays a major role and Sarjun has crafted a relatable story in Airaa.last_img read more

Is this a good time to invest in gold

first_imgA salesperson calculates the price of gold bracelets at a jewellers’ store in Hyderabad, Telangana on July 22, 2015.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesCurrently, the gold is trading at Rs 29,550 level, which is about Rs 1,000 lower than the recent high. Market analysts bet on more correction in coming future which gives investors a good opportunity to invest in gold.Corrections in both global and domestic markets created a great opportunity for investors to accumulate gold in their portfolio this festive season before a possible rebound.”The current price correction offers an opportunity for investors and individual consumers to buy gold ahead of a possible rally based on strong fundamentals. In fact, the downside is very limited in gold. Prices are expected to rebound from the current level,” Business Standard quoted Gnanasekhar Thiagarajan, Director, Commtrendz, a city-based equity trading and research analytics firm, as saying.The ongoing geopolitical tension between the United States and North Korea and on the domestic front the rise of inflation made investing in gold a safe bet. The current price made it a good investment avenue against all odds.Strengthening dollar against major global currencies and as traders pulled out money in a short-term move made global gold price slump from $1,350 an oz to $1,265 an oz. India gold fell by about 3 percent from Rs 30,500 per 10 grams to Rs 29,550 per 10 grams.”Fundamentals for gold continued to remain supportive. So, the current price decline is, in fact, a good opportunity for investors to book gold before its price starts moving up,” Jayant Manglik, President, Religare Securities, told the business daily.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has forecast that inflation will increase in last week’s monetary policy meeting. High inflation will further pull down the value of Indian currency against US dollars. And any depreciation in the rupee would make imported commodity costlier in local currency, thus gold would become costlier going forward.”Since the GST council rescinded it’s August notification, the cash purchase limit has gone back to its earlier level of Rs 200,000. So we advise our customers to buy gold now before its price shots up,” said Kumar Jain, Director, Umedmal Tilokichand Zaveri, a bullion dealer and jewellery retailer in Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai.last_img read more