Honda to raise prices of its three models up to 2.6 percent

first_imgHonda Cars India said it would raise the prices of its three models Brio, Jazz and City by up to 2.6 per cent with effect from October 1, mainly due to rising input costs.”The prices have been revised due to rising input costs, inflationary pressures and increase in freight as a result of increase in diesel prices,” the company said in a statement on Monday.The small car Brio is now priced between Rs 4.05 lakh and Rs 5.23 lakh.The premium compact car Jazz is offered at Rs 5.85-6.41 lakh. The company now sells its flagship sedan City at Rs 7.25-10.46 lakh.All the prices are as per Honda Cars Indias official website and are for ex-showroom, Delhi.It may be noted that the price of small car Brio will increase by just Rs 1,000, of premium hatchback Jazz by Rs 15,000 and price of City sedan will go up by Rs 1,000 to Rs 6,000. The prices of sedans Civic, Accord and sports utility vehicle, ‘CRV’, remains unchanged.Honda will reportedly be launching an automatic version of Brio and CNG version of City to woo the buyers during the festive season.According to reports, the passenger vehicle sales grew 7.42 per cent to 10,49,961 in the first five months of this fiscal, with passenger car growth remaining almost flat in the same period.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sarfraz’s 61 takes Pakistan to Champions Trophy semifinal

first_imgPakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates after winning the match against Sri Lanka.   –  Reuters COMMENTS SHARE Pakistan will meet Group A toppers England in the first semifinal on Wednesday Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates after winning the match against Sri Lanka.   –  Reuters June 12, 2017 Published oncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket COMMENT × Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (61) cracked a gritty unbeaten fifty as Pakistan survived some tense moments before notching up a thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their must-win Group B match to enter the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy here today.Pakistan will meet Group A toppers England in the first semifinal on Wednesday at the same venue.Chasing a modest 237 to win, opener Fakhar Zaman (50) cracked a 36-ball 50 at the top but Pakistan suffered an inexplicable collapse to slip to 162-7. Finally, it was Sarfraz Ahmed, who played a resolute captain’s knock to take Pakistan home. The wicket-keeper batsman shared 75 runs with Mohammad Amir (28) for the 8th wicket as Pakistan overhauled the target with 31 balls to spare.Sri Lankan seamers, led by Nuwan Pradeep (3/60), produced a disciplined bowling performance but some sloppy fielding, which included two drop catches of Sarfraz, cost them the match.Earlier, Fast bowlers Hasan Ali (3/43) and Junaid Khan (3/40) claimed three wickets each, while Amir (2/53) and Fahim Ashraf (2/37) accounted for two wickets to help Pakistan bowl out Sri Lanka for 236 after electing to field.Opener Niroshan Dickwella (73) and skipper Angelo Mathews (39) added 78 runs for the fourth wicket but Amir and Junaid took two wickets each in the space of 3.2 overs as Sri Lanka lost four wickets for six runs to slip to 167-7.Lower-order batsmen Suranga Lakmal (26) and Asela Gunaratne (27) offered dogged resistance to take Sri Lankan innings close to the 250-run mark. They added 46 crucial runs for the eighth wicket.Fakhar gave Pakistan a flying start as he alongwith Azhar Ali shared a 74-run opening partnership in 11.1 overs. Fakhar blasted eight boundaries and one six to score his fifty but he top-edged a Nuwan Pradeep delivery next to Gunaratne at fine leg as Pakistan lost their first wicket in the 12th over.Pakistan then lost three quick wickets — Babar Azam (10), Mohammad Hafeez (1) and Azhar Ali (34) to slip from 92-1 to 110-4 in the 20th over. Shoaib Malik (11) and Imad Wasim (4) also coudn’t last long and perished in consecutive overs as Pakistan slumped to 137-6 in 25.4 overs.Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who was dropped twice in the 39th and 41st over off Malinga, made good use of the chances to produce a match-winning innings and in company of Amir took the team home.Earlier, Danuhska Gunathilaka (13) was scalped early by Junaid but Dickwella and Kusal Mendis (27) stitched a 56-run stand to keep Sri Lanka going.Things looked settled for the Island nation before Hasan Ali came up with a fiery spell, in which he troubled Mendis with pace and bounce before eventually bowling him out. It brought Dinesh Chandimal to the crease but his stay was reduced to just two balls as the batsman dragged one from Fahim Ashraf onto his stumps, going for a drive.Two wickets in three balls, however, did not bother Sri Lanka much as Dickwella remained solid at the other end and soon completed his half-century with a single off Mohammed Hafeez. Skipper Mathews supported his colleague with a patient knock. The two batsmen rotated the strike quite easily, which not only kept the scoreboard ticking, but also put pressure back on Pakistan.Frustration grew among Pakistan players with Mathews and Dickwella raising a resolute 78-run stand for the fourth wicket in 16.1 overs.Amir was brought into the attack and he delivered with his second ball, getting rid of Mathews, who miscued a shot and dragged it onto his stumps.It was the first wicket of the tournament for Amir and it came at a crucial time for Pakistan. Junaid sent back new man Dhananjaya de Silva (1) and Amir returned to dismiss Dickwella, who fell to a sensational low catch by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Junaid saw the back of Thisara Perera to rattle the Lankan innings.last_img read more

Telengana Deputy Chief Minister promises additional coach for PV Sindhu

first_imgPusarla Venkata Sindhu has done what no other Indian woman has – won an individual Silver medal at the Olympic Games. The Indian shuttler achieved the feat when she went down after fighting a valiant battle against Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final of women’s singles badminton in Rio. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage) The 21-year-old and her coach Pullela Gopichand, who also guided Saina Nehwal to a Bronze in 2012 London Games, have garnered a lot of praise after their Rio show. However, they aren’t done yet. The duo have shown hunger by saying they will try and better their result in 2020 Tokyo Games. (Also read: Classical dance, Hindi songs in PV Sindhu’s felicitation at Hyderabad Stadium)  And Telangana’s deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, who was among the thousands who had gathered at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Hyderabad to welcome Sindhu, wants to pitch in by offering to bring in a better coach than the former All England champion Gopichand. “Sindhu is our daughter and she has made us proud. We will now provide her with an additional coach.WATCH VIDEO HERE  “Her current coach Gopi is good. But we want her to win Gold medals in the upcoming international competitions,” Ali said. While Sindhu herself and her parents are crediting the shuttler’s rise to stardom to coach Gopichand, Ali’s remarks might not go down well with them. Not just SIndhu, but Kidambi Srikanth, another protege of Gopichand, looked impressive in the group stages and gave former Olympic medallist Lin Dan a run for his money in the quarterfinal of the men’s singles event. advertisementlast_img read more

England misread Mohali pitch, says Alastair Cook

first_imgEngland captain Alastair Cook misread the pitch in Mohali and was left to rue going into the third Test against India with three spinners, he said on Tuesday. (Scorecard)The dry look of the surface at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium prompted England to pick three slow bowlers and the move failed as India won the match by eight wickets to move 2-0 ahead in the series.”I think all of us probably misread this pitch,” Cook told reporters.”If we’d known what we know now, we would’ve probably gone with four seamers and two spinners, because the seamers are always in the game.” (Mohali Test: Parthiv Patel’s frenetic fifty delivers huge win, India take 2-0 series lead)Experienced off-spinner Gareth Batty endured a forgettable game, going wicketless and never really troubling the India batsmen.”I looked at that wicket along with a number of people before the game that we thought is dry. We all thought it’s going to spin a lot more,” Cook said.”So in hindsight we’d have played four and two but I am quite happy with my decision because I thought it’s the right one at that time.”England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the only bowler to claim five wickets in an innings while leg-spinner Adil Rashid claimed five victims in the match. (India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 4: Key Highlights)In the test at the same venue last year, the Indian spinners claimed 19 of the 20 wickets to beat South Africa inside three days.”Sometimes you like to see what four-and-two does but I thought it would have been a bit gamble on this wicket if it would have been turning, like it did in Bangladesh where we played three-and-three when it was turning a lot,” Cook said. (Virat Kohli lauds lower order contributions after Mohali win)advertisementThe England players will now head to Dubai for a break before the team management decide on the side for the fourth test in Mumbai starting on December 8.last_img read more

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath to retire after Galle Test against England

first_imgSri Lanka off-spinner Rangana Herath has decided to call time on his career and will retire after the first Test against England in Galle.Herath, the most successful left-arm bowler in Test history, had hinted at retirement in July this year and has made the decision final now.”Maybe my final series will be the England series later in the year,” the 40-year-old told BBC Sinhala.”There comes a time for every cricketer, when they have to stop playing. I think that time has come for me.”The 40-year-old has picked up 430 wickets in 92 Tests at an average of 27.95 with 34 five-wicket hauls and needs just one more scalp to take joint-ninth position with New Zealand great Richard Hadlee on the all-time wicket-takers list in Test cricket.Herath is Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker after Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a staggering 800 Test wickets to his name. In addition to his wickets in Test cricket, Herath also amassed 1680 runs with the bat with three half-centuries.Incidentally, Herath had made his debut in Galle in 1999 and has chosen the same venue for the final international match of his career.Herath also needs just one more wicket to join Muralitharan in having taken 100 wickets at the Galle International stadium. Muralitharan (Galle- 111, Asgiriya – 117 and SSC – 166) and James Anderson (Lord’s – 103) are the only two bowlers to hold the record of taking 100 wickets at a single venue.Herath had already retired from limited-overs cricket in 2016 after picking up 74 wickets from 71 ODIs and 18 wickets from 17 T20Is.advertisementThe first Test between Sri Lanka and England will be played between 6-11 November.last_img read more

Watch: Sonakshi Sinha knocks Akshay Kumar over from his chair, makes him fall flat on the floor

first_imgSonakshi Sinha made jaws drop during a media interaction, when she knocked her Mission Mangal co-star Akshay Kumar over from his chair and made him fall flat on his back. As everyone was reeling in shock, she said, “If people irritate me, that’s what I do.”A video of this incident was shared by the actress on her Instagram story. However, before your imagination runs wild, let us clarify that it is not what you think.In the next video shared by Sonakshi, Taapsee Pannu explained that it was a prank to jolt the journalists gathered there. “He planned to it. Let me tell you how it would have happened. He would have asked her to do this. That’s why it’s getting recorded also. Just to scare you guys,” she said.Sonakshi wrote, “You should have seen their faces,” followed by three laughing emojis.Sona, your laugh @sonakshisinha and @akshaykumar these two are so adorable Credits video by @sonamyheartbeat #SonakshiSinha #AkshayKumar #MissionMangal Kay. (@RAslisona) August 9, 2019Akshay is known to be quite a prankster and often pulls a fast one on unsuspecting people. The makers of Pad Man released a behind-the-scenes video in which Akshay, the ‘Prank Man’, was seen pulling off some hilarious pranks on the sets. From sticking funny notes on their backs to scaring them with fake lizards, the superstar missed no opportunity to prank people.During the making of Reema Kagti’s sports drama, Gold, he tricked his co-star Mouni Roy into believing that he was a reporter. She fell for it and rattled off answers on the phone, realising his true identity only much later.advertisementALSO READ | Akshay Kumar on being one of world’s highest-paid celebrities: I work hard for every pennyALSO READ | Vidya Balan reveals Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav was scared of her after Bhool BhulaiyaaALSO WATCH | Akshay Kumar opens up on Gold and his Bollywood journeylast_img read more

Australian women footballers to get same base pay as men

first_img Next Australian women footballers to get same base pay as menFootball Federation Australia said the country’s W-League players will have their annual minimum remuneration hiked by 33 percent matching men’s A-Leagueadvertisement Reuters MelbourneJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 15:30 IST Australia’s women footballers to get same base pay as men. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe move will reduce the gender pay gap in Australian footballMale players earn significantly more due to their greater time on the pitchAustralia became a leader in championing better pay and conditions for female athletes after neglecting it for decadesAustralia’s professional women soccer players will be given the same base pay as men in a one-year extension to a collective bargaining agreement.Players in Australia’s W-League will have their annual minimum remuneration hiked 33 percent to A$16,344 ($11,400), with their base hourly rate matching the men’s A-League, Football Federation Australia and the players union said on Friday.”We’re very proud that we have been able to anchor the minimum conditions for W-League players to those of A-League players,” Professional Footballers Australia CEO John Didulica said in a statement.”It’s a moment in time that the players should be proud of.”The deal will reduce the gender pay gap in Australian football but male players stand to earn significantly more due to their greater time on the pitch.The W-League’s regular season ran for 14 weeks in 2018/19, just over half the length of the A-League’s 27 rounds.The announcement comes days after the PFA launched a campaign demanding global governing body FIFA increase prize money at the upcoming women’s World Cup to reduce the glaring gap with the men’s tournament.Gender pay disparity in football was put in the spotlight in March when the U.S. women’s team sued their national federation for alleged gender discrimination three months before their World Cup title defense.Australia has become a global leader in championing better pay and conditions for female athletes in recent years, after having largely neglected women’s sport for decades.Australia’s contracted women cricketers were given the same base hourly pay rate as men in a five-year collective bargaining agreement struck in 2017, although, like women footballers, they have far fewer opportunities to earn.advertisementAlso Read | Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against NeymarAlso Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia’s women footballFollow women’s sportsFollow Australia’s W-LeagueFollow Australia’s A-Leaguelast_img read more

Firearms Act to Be Amended to Address Illegal Dealing and Possession

first_imgThe Government will be amending the Firearms Act to discourage the possession of and/or dealing in illegal firearms and ammunition.This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, while making his contribution to the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 20.He said there will be a number of new offences, such as trafficking, dealing and distributing, which will better define the various illicit activities within the illegal firearm trade.“It is wholly unacceptable that so many lives are being lost to persons with illegal firearms, and this Administration resolves to treat with this problem with the seriousness it deserves,” he said.The amendments will also streamline the regulation of the legal arms trade and the functions and activities of the Firearm Licensing Authority.“In this regard, I must emphasise that the ownership of a private firearm is not a right and, therefore, a clear need must be demonstrated and fit and proper standards and detailed due diligence must be applied to the granting of licences,” the Prime Minister said.last_img read more

Iran denies tankers attack as tensions soar

first_imgDubai: Iran dismissed as “baseless” Friday US accusations that it carried out twin attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, escalating tensions across the region and sending world oil prices soaring. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Washington would defend its forces and allies in the region, and the United States pressed its case as the UN Security Council met to address the incident — the second in a month in the strategic shipping lane. Also Read – Conservative leader calls Trudeau a fraud in Canadian debateForeign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Friday that the US administration had “immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran without a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence”. He accused it of seeking to “sabotage diplomacy” amid a visit to Iran by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and “cover up its economic terrorism against Iran” in enforcing crippling unilateral sanctions. With tensions spiralling between Iran and the United States, the European Union called for “maximum restraint” and UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf. Also Read – ‘Treason case against Musharraf to be heard daily from Oct 24’Iran labelled the apparent attacks “suspicious,” as its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rebuffed overtures by Abe to open talks with US President Donald Trump. Pompeo said there was strong evidence of Iran’s culpability, after the US Navy said it had spotted an unexploded limpet mine stuck to the hull of one of the vessels. The US Central Command (CENTCOM) released a grainy black-and-white video it said showed an Iranian patrol boat “removing the unexploded limpet mine” from the ship. “It is the assessment of the United States that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks,” Pompeo announced. “This is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” he said. The two vessels were struck by explosions in the early daylight hours Thursday after passing through the Strait of Hormuz and travelling around 25 nautical miles off Iran’s southern coast headed towards Asia. The Norwegian-owned Front Altair ethanol tanker was hit by three explosions, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority, and remained ablaze late Thursday. Explosions also struck the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, which was loaded with methanol, but the fire on board was soon extinguished. One crew member suffered minor injuries. The ship was on Friday heading towards the Omani port of Khor Fakkan. There was no claim of responsibility for the blasts, which struck both tankers at the waterline. Iran said its navy rescued several dozen crew members of the two vessels, while the US Navy said it had picked up 21 from the Kokuka Courageous. Washington has dispatched the destroyer USS Mason to the scene “to provide assistance,” CENTCOM said in a statement. Pompeo called Thursday’s tanker explosions “the latest in a series of attacks” he alleged were undertaken by Iran or its “proxies,” including a Yemeni missile rebel missile which wounded 26 civilians at a Saudi airport on Wednesday. A Saudi-led coalition which has been fighting the rebels it accuses of being Iranian proxies said Saudi air defences had intercepted a new rebel attack on a Saudi airport on Friday. The abortive attack using five rebel drones targeted the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, home to a huge airbase which has been the main launchpad of the coalition’s more than four-year bombing campaign in Yemen. “Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security,” Pompeo said. The United States has also accused Iran over May 12 attacks on four tankers anchored in the Gulf of Oman off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah. A five-nation investigation into those attacks said its preliminary findings indicated a state actor was responsible but stopped short of naming Iran. The US called Thursday for the UN Security Council to confront the “clear threat” posed by Iran, as the council met behind closed doors to hear a briefing on Washington’s assessment that Tehran was responsible. Iran’s mission to the UN pushed back, saying: “The US and its regional allies must stop warmongering.” Oil prices jumped at the threat of open conflict around the Strait of Hormuz, the chokepoint between the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, through which transit some 15 million barrels per day of crude passes. In London, benchmark Brent crude jumped 2.2 per cent to USD 61.31 a barrel, while in New York, the US standard, West Texas Intermediate, rose 2.2 per cent, to USD 52.28.last_img read more

Dialogue only way forward for peace in JK Farooq

first_imgJammu: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said talks were the only way forward to herald peace in Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that the Centre would soon take an initiative to start a dialogue in this regard with Pakistan and all the other stakeholders.Abdullah also wished a blissful pilgrimage to those visiting the holy cave shrine of Amarnath at a height of 3,880 metres in the south Kashmir Himalayas. “The process of dialogue should be initiated with all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir, as also with Pakistan to achieve the larger objective of peace in the state,” he said on the sidelines of a function at Lakhanpur in Kathua district. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said history stood testimony to the fact that all contentious issues were sorted out by sitting around the table and hoped that the process of dialogue would be initiated by India and Pakistan, “sooner the better”. He recalled that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had initiated talks with Pakistan even after hostilities between the two neighbouring countries in a bid to improve the relations. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The beneficiaries of the dialogue will be the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been bearing the brunt of the hostilities,” Abdullah said while exuding confidence that the Indo-Pak talks would lead to the culmination of violence in the state. He reiterated that a dialogue with all the stakeholders with an avowed objective of addressing the internal and external dimensions of the Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio, which he described as “political” in character, would be a major initiative towards lasting peace in the region. “The NC has constantly been maintaining that Indo-Pak bonhomie will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in our state. Animosity can achieve nothing but destruction,” the former Union minister said. On the commencement of the 46-day-long Amarnath Yatra from here, he said the pilgrimage was a symbol of communal harmony and hoped that it would further foster the bonds of amity and brotherhood.last_img read more

Multiple distinct groups historically populated Newfoundland DNA study suggests

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – About 5,000 years ago, after massive ice sheets from the Last Glacial Maximum retreated, the Maritime Archaic peoples carved a living from the sea and woodlands on Newfoundland’s west coast.It’s not clear where they came from or how they got there. But they left behind polished slate spears, stone axes and the remains of ancient fireplaces in rows along the beach that hint at how they hunted seals and wild game.At Port au Choix, north of today’s Gros Morne National Park, archeologists in 1968 recovered hundreds of artifacts. There were carved pendants resembling birds, shell beads, decorative stones, quartz and amethyst crystals suggesting spiritual rites of a well established culture.This southern branch of the Maritime Archaic mysteriously vanish from the archeological record some 3,000 years ago.Still, it was widely speculated they were related to the later Beothuks who thrived in Newfoundland for hundreds of years before Europeans arrived. They were gradually cut off from crucial fishing and hunting grounds before the last known Beothuk died of tuberculosis in 1829.New genetic research published Thursday suggests the Maritime Archaic were in fact distinct from the Beothuk.“This in turn implies that the island of Newfoundland was populated multiple times by distinct groups,” says molecular anthropologist Ana Duggan, co-author of the study published in the journal “Current Biology.”“The dynamics of human movement are probably much more complex than we’ve appreciated in the past,” she said in an interview from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.“The part that was the most intriguing for me was that, when we try and calculate back to where that common maternal ancestry might have been, it’s much older than I think we might have guessed.”DNA passed from mothers to children was drawn from the bones and teeth of 74 individuals. Those specimens, including 19 Beothuk samples analyzed with the co-operation of Indigenous leaders in the province, indicate the Maritime Archaic share no recent maternal ancestor with the Beothuk who arrived much later.Duggan figures that common gene pool dates back 10,000 years or more.“What this work has shown is that DNA has the ability to answer questions that the archeological record can’t.”The study is called “Genetic Discontinuity between the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk Populations in Newfoundland, Canada.”Assessed DNA included a sample from a gravesite of an adolescent individual at L’Anse Amour in southern Labrador. It’s the oldest known burial mound in North America and is believed to date back about 7,700 years.Two other samples were from remains of the Palaeoeskimo peoples who inhabited Newfoundland after the Maritime Archaics left for reasons that aren’t clear.“To some people, the Beothuk were just a continuation of the Maritime Archaic and maybe they had moved off the island and went farther south because of deteriorating climate at the time, but then they would have just come back on,” said Hendrik Poinar, a professor of evolutionary genetics at McMaster University.“This says that they went off, but maybe they ended up in Nova Scotia or Maine and are linked to contemporary peoples there today. But the Beothuk were clearly derived of a different ancestral group that came from somewhere else.”What does this mean for anyone now wondering about their own heritage?Poinar said those are questions still to be studied“I think as we start acquiring the genetics of these ancient remains, we can start better understanding that complexity. And if we can tie that in with contemporary genetics — only if the contemporary communities are interested in and willing to do so — then we can definitely look for continuity between these populations in present day people,” he said in an interview.“I think DNA from these ancient remains has tremendous potential to illuminate the past.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

GTA crime spree ends in Hamilton

Updated:Halton police have three men in custody after a night of armed robberies and car jackings spanning four cities.It was a wild night for three police forces, Peel, Halton and Hamilton. They were on the look out for three men suspected of robbing four stores and stealing at least three cars at gun point.A chase that started in Missisauga ended in Hamilton at Pier 25 near Eastport Road. Halton police recovered two guns and arrested three men. A stolen white Toyota Yaris was driven down into a ditch and the thieves attempted to run away. One was caught immediately. Two others were found nearby thanks to Halton’s K9 team. One of the men fell backwards and hit his head when the dog came at him. He was taken to Joseph Brant hospital.It all started around midnight at the Mac’s milk near Britannia Road and Glen Erin Drive in Missisauga. Three masked men were seen stealing a red Honda Civic. Then they robbed a gas station near Erin Mills Parkway North of the 403. Peel police sent their K9 unit but the thieves were long gone making their way towards Oakville.They robbed the Petro Canada at 8th Line and Upper Middle Road in Oakville, ditched their red Honda Civic and stole a white Toyota Yaris. Police were called but the men were already at their next location, a Tim Hortons on Wyecroft Road. They robbed the store at gun point and took off.Halton police spotted the white Toyota Yaris and a pursuit began. The chase was called off on the QEW at Dorval. It was then seen on Dundas Street near Brant heading towards Waterdown and then on the QEW Niagara bound on the Skyway Bridge. Police caught up as the car exited at Burlington Street. There were reports from OPP that the same men stole a grey 2003 Mazda 3 in Waterdown.The men went off the road on Eastport Drive, went through a gate at Pier 25 and the car went down into a deep ditch. That’s when the men tried to flee on foot but were caught fairly quickly. Hamilton police assisted and set up perimeter.Halton police made the arrests and recovered the two guns, one found under the seat of a car and the other on one of the thieves. The white Toyota was removed from the ditch by a tow truck. Police sealed the doors and it was brought to the station in Oakville. read more

JKSimFloat with sizebyassay mass balancing and more advances to come soon

first_imgToday is flotation day. International Mining’s July issue, currently at the printer, includes details of many new technologies and ideas in flotation. News that missed the cut is that JKTech has released the next level of capability for its steady state simulator for flotation circuits: JKSimFloat V6.2PLUS. JKSimFloat V6.2PLUS includes a size-by-assay mass balancing capability, in addition to all the flotation circuit simulation capabilities it currently offers. This allows the user to mass balance both size, assay and size-by-assay experimental data from circuit streams simultaneously to produce a consistent data set. Development of JKSimFloat began in the early 1990s at the JKMRC and incorporated many of the research outcomes from the flotation research at the time. In 2000 development continued under the AMIRA P868 project with contributions from University of Cape Town and project company sponsors and continued until June 2009. Today, over 100 JKSimFloat licences distributed globally are helping mining companies, service providers and educational institutions simulate, understand and optimise flotation circuits.JKTech’s continuing development of JKSimFloat will next culminate in the release of Version 6.4PLUS to the in August 2011. Additional capabilities available here will include model fitting, liberation data importing and viewing plus the provision of standard data templates.last_img read more

Rio Tinto and RTCMA to continue joint automation development

first_imgRio Tinto and the University of Sydney have announced a five year continuance of their multimillion dollar research partnership aimed at increasing mining autonomy. The Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA) based at the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has been working with Rio Tinto on the development and deployment of technologies for fully autonomous, remotely operated mining processes since 2007. The research partnership’s next phase will provide a step-change improvement in safety, predictability, precision and efficiency of typical surface mining operations through automation.Dr Steve Scheding, RTCMA Director and principal research engineer at the centre said: “The range of programs under way at RTCMA crosses areas such as sensing, machine learning, data fusion and systems engineering. The work so far has resulted in a number of major research advancements targeted at improving the safety and productivity of autonomous operated mining sites.“One of our projects has created autonomous mining drill rigs that can bore holes efficiently and reliably. This autonomous capability also allows the operator of the rig to be located in a much safer area of the mine site – or indeed anywhere on the planet. This increases the safety of the operator, and also greatly improves drilling precision in operations.”The centre will also continue its training program that is educating the next generation of mining automation engineers and technicians.John McGagh, Head of Innovation at Rio Tinto said the company looked forward to its continuing relationship with the University’s research team. “Our technology professionals have worked alongside top notch research minds to achieve our goals. With mining increasingly taking place in remote parts of the world, tomorrow’s mines are likely to rely on remote monitoring and control, with employees running the mines from cities thousands of kilometres away.“With the input of the best academic minds we are already making this a reality. We remotely manage the automated operation of our iron ore mines in Pilbara region from our Perth based offices.”Rio Tinto also reached a significant milestone earlier this year with its autonomous haul trucks having moved 200 Mt of material in the Pilbara region. “The autonomous haul trucks are a key component in Rio Tinto’s strategy of employing next-generation technology to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve health, safety and environmental performance,” said McGagh.last_img read more

Chomp Apple supprime les applications Android

first_imgChomp : Apple supprime les applications AndroidLe service Chomp, un moteur de recherche d’applications pour smartphones, n’est désormais plus compatible avec Android. Après avoir racheté le service en février dernier, Apple a en effet décidé de supprimer la version de Chomp destiné à l’OS de Google.Les utilisateurs de terminaux Android n’ont plus accès au service de recherche d’applications Chomp. Racheté en février dernier par Apple, le moteur est désormais uniquement dédié à iOS. Une mauvaise nouvelle pour l’OS de Google, découverte par le blog GigaOM, qui a découvert que le service n’était plus proposé par Google Play. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’information est confirmée sur le site de Chomp, qui ne mentionne plus que l’iPhone et l’iPad sur sa page d’accueil (lien non disponible). Le service permet donc aujourd’hui uniquement de naviguer parmi les 550.000 applications de l’App Store. Les utilisateurs d’Android devront alors se tourner vers d’autres moteurs de recherche. Mais qu’ils se rassurent, il en existe un certain nombre, tels que Quixey, qui permet aussi de trouver des applis iOS, Windows, Linux ou Mac, AppsVu, sur lequel les applications peuvent être recherchées par mot clé, ou encore AndroidZoom, qui comme son nom l’indique, est exclusivement dédié à l’OS de Google.Le 2 mai 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYWHAT SHOULD BE THE RELATION BETWEEN THE IEC AND THE POLITICAL PARTIES?In many countries the IEC convenes stakeholders meetings to discuss and cooperate in promoting free and fair elections. Just when political activity is becoming vibrant, the IEC issued a press Release to show that all is not well.Hence 31st March is a day to watch in the Gambia. It may become the most eventful period in the history of Gambian politics if the press Release of the IEC is to go by.Foroyaa will be ready to keep track of events at their moment of happening.last_img

Warning from left Deficit could eat Alaskas ANWR money

first_imgPhoto by Liz RuskinThe U.S. Senate tax bill would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil lease sales and split revenues with the state 50-50. Some Alaskans insist the state should get 90 percent, as promised in the statehood act. But if the tax bill passes, some opponents warn the state’s actual revenues from ANWR, no matter how much the oil companies bid, could be zero.Listen nowMatt Lee-Ashley, a deputy chief of staff at the Interior Department during the Obama administration, sees lots of reasons not to pass the tax bill. He works for the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. But here’s what he wants Alaskans to know: That $1 billion the Congressional Budget Office projects the state would get from the first decade of lease sales in the refuge may never materialize.“For the the next 10 years, if the tax bill passes, there would be no money going back to the state of Alaska from mineral (and petroleum) leasing in the state on federal lands,” Lee-Ashley said.Matt Lee-Ashley. Photo: Center for American ProgressAt issue is a deficit-control law known as PAYGO. Lee-Ashley acknowledges this zero-day scenario is not certain. But legally, if Congress passes the tax bill and takes no further action, that could trigger automatic spending cuts under PAYGO. And far more than the ANWR revenues are at stake.Congress passed PAYGO, or the “Statutory Pay as You Go Act,” years ago try to stop itself from adding to the deficit. If Congress spends more than it brings in, PAYGO imposes immediate budget cuts. And Lee-Ashley says that’s where Congress is heading.“The tax bill obviously will would result in a massive increase of the budget deficit and therefore trigger cuts to other federal programs,” Lee-Ashley said.Some programs are protected. PAYGO can’t touch Social Security payments, for instance, or veteran’s benefits. Medicare, the insurance program for older people, is partially protected but could lose $25 billion a year. Lee-Ashley points to a report from the Congressional Budget Office that says the remaining unprotected programs don’t add up to nearly as much as the Republican tax bill is projected to cost.“And therefore those programs would be entirely eliminated,” Lee-Ashley said.Among the 200-plus programs that would be subject to the automatic ax are social service block grants, certain highway and airport funds, student loans, money for crime victims and the payments to western states for oil drilling on federal lands. (That’s the category that would include ANWR revenues.) Unless otherwise protected, in the event of a big deficit, these programs could be reduced to zero.“Not very likely,” Jim Capretta said. Capretta worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush. He’s now at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. He says it’s possible PAYGO cuts could hit hard, but it’s not probable, for political reasons.“Most Democratic representatives in Congress are likely to find those cuts unpalatable, just as many Republicans would, including a very large cut in Medicare,” Capretta said. “And so I think there will end up being bipartisan support to waive the cuts.”Congress can pass another bill saying the PAYGO ax doesn’t apply, or doesn’t apply to certain programs. Republican leaders have already pledged to stop a PAYGO cut to Medicare.Jim Capretta. Photo: American Enterprise Institute.A PAYGO waiver would have to be separate from the tax legislation, and it would likely take 60 votes to get it passed. But Capretta says that shouldn’t be a problem, because these cuts would be so unpopular, Congress would feel compelled to block PAYGO from going into effect“It’s just the amounts that are required now under the tax bill would be so large that I think they would almost surely have to be undone,” Capretta said.For Alaska’s congressional delegation and others in favor of oil development in the Arctic Refuge, the benefits go beyond the revenue the state is supposed to get from the first lease sales. To them ANWR means jobs, a boost to the economy and, if all goes well, more oil for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.last_img read more

Paxton Huffines Spend Millions In GOP Bid For Texas Only Open State

first_imgCHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSThe race for Texas’ only open state Senate seat up for election this year is heating up. Two well-connected candidates with well-known names are spending millions to win the Collin County seat, which was left empty when state Sen. Van Taylor announced he’d be stepping down to run for Congress.Phillip Huffines, the Dallas County Republican Party chairman, and Angela Paxton, the wife of the Texas Attorney General, are duking it out in the GOP primary that’s become the most expensive state Senate race in Texas.Huffines benefits from a name easily recognizable from the family’s chain of auto dealerships spread across North Texas. He’s got a stake in the company, but his brother Ray runs the auto dealership’s operations.CREDIT CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSPhillip Huffines’s twin brother Don is already a state senator.Politically, the Huffines name is better associated Dallas state Sen. Don Huffines, who is Phillip’s twin. The pair run Huffines Communities, a real estate company. Phillip says their politics are pretty much identical.“I’m going to be just like him. I’m never going to be for sale. I am strictly there for the voters,” Huffines said. “There’s a little sibling rivalry there: We’re going to compete to be the most conservative senator in the state of Texas.”His latest ad takes a hard line on immigration. In an interview, he says Texas should support President Donald Trump’s border wall. He says the costs of undocumented immigrants are too high for the state to bear, and the federal government should pay the costs of educating the children of undocumented residents.“We need to invoice and send a bill to the federal government,” Huffines said.On the other side, Angela Paxton is also touting sterling conservative credentials. She has the benefit of a conservative brand built around her husband’s political career. Before becoming attorney general, Ken Paxton held the state Senate seat his wife now wants.University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus says the Paxton brand is incredibly durable in Collin County because of his role shifting the suburban enclave from a moderate Republican stronghold to the Tea Party bastion it is today. Throughout that process, Angela was right there with him, building the Paxton name into a potent political brand.CREDIT ANGELA PAXTON CAMPAIGNAngela Paxton is a teacher who’s running to win the senate seat her husband vacated when he became the Texas Attorney General.“[Ken Paxton] was the first to really articulate a clear, conservative message, especially one that was religious in origin, to voters in Collin County,” Rottinghaus said. “He was really the vanguard of how Republican conservatives were able to solidify their support and their power in suburban Texas.”But the Paxton name is not without baggage. Ken Paxton is under indictment on criminal charges for securities fraud.  He’s maintained those charges are a political witch hunt, and used them to raise funds for his own campaign. So far, Huffines has held fire on using the charges to attack Angela Paxton.Rottinghaus, the political scientist, says the slow-moving legal drama has also included setbacks for prosecutors, which has likely undermined the salience of the charges to many Collin County Republican voters.“I don’t think at this point that the indictments of Ken Paxton have an impact on Angela Paxton,” Rottinghaus said. “If anything, I think they have turned that liability into a strength.”Angela Paxton declined an interview for this story.Both sides are spending millions to win this race, though they’re both relying heavily on loans. Phillip Huffines loaned his campaign $2 million early on. Last month, Angela Paxton took out a loan for the same amount, which was guaranteed by her husband’s campaign funds, an unusual arrangement.“Part of the reason it’s so costly is because they’re fighting for the same voters,” Rottinghaus said.The ads each are launching are focused on branding themselves as the most conservative.In the end, Rottinghaus says voters may make the decision based on personal preferences, taking into consideration how much they enjoyed watching Ken Paxton sue the Obama administration, or whether buying a truck at a Huffines dealership was a good experience. Sharelast_img read more

Does Your Company Need an App a Website or Both

first_img 4 min read In a recent episode of the “StartUp” podcast, members of the Gimlet Media team discussed whether they should develop a native app for their network. It was a timely conversation, considering that mobile app usage numbers continue to soar and almost every company is developing trendy technology.But there’s much more to this conversation than deciding to jump on the bandwagon.An app, in some cases, might not provide any benefit to your audience or even help you meet your business goals. For example, an independent consultant would probably do best with a responsive website. A big-box retailer, however, likely would lose competitive ground without an app.Whatever the size of your business, when you face a technological crossroad, you have to ensure that you’re targeting the platforms that best serve your product and your audience.Related: Controversial Anonymous App Secret Shuts DownDo not waste time and money.Do your research to avoid wasting time, money and energy building out the wrong platform.Reaching your customers with a native app can be a terrific approach. However, if you hire a firm to build an app and later realize that your customers prefer to engage on your website, you’ll have wasted thousands of dollars.Additionally, it’s illogical to build a responsive site if your customers only use your product on mobile devices. For instance, the most popular mobile games have bare-bones websites that direct you to the App Store or Google Play. Instagram is another good example — you’re prohibited from signing up on the website.Conversely, we recently had a client launch a responsive site but request an app a few months later. The client discovered that the majority of users were connecting via mobile devices. Related: How to Build a Consumer App Your Customers Will Want to DownloadEvaluate your needs, and choose wisely.Above all, nothing looks less professional than a partially built website or app. Before hiring a development team, determine which piece of technology is most relevant to your audience, and build from that point.Google Analytics can help you segment your audience and observe which platforms your users prefer. Allow the data to dictate what you build and where you devote your resources. This infographic details a series of questions that will assist you in determining which type of technology you build. It takes into account your company’s goals and budget, content, SEO needs, interface complexity and accessibility.You’ll see that a responsive site makes sense if you have a tight budget, rely heavily on SEO, need universal accessibility and plan to make frequent updates.Apps, on the other hand, are preferred if you have a complex user interface, if you send and receive a great deal of data and if you want to take advantage of smartphone functionality. Apps also are good if personalization is important and if you’re trying to monetize content.Even if you have multiple priorities or a diverse user base, it might not be essential that you have both an app and a responsive site, but your unique needs should dictate your decision. We recently had a client who wanted to enable his users to remotely reserve boat slips in marinas. In his case, a responsive website was unnecessary because his users were originating from mobile.Your target audience’s needs should always drive platform development decisions. Be willing to adjust in response to their needs and usage patterns. Research their habits and desires to ensure you’re making informed decisions, and above all, only spend your precious time and energy on necessary endeavors.Related: 4 Money-Saving Apps for Today’s On-the-Go Entrepreneur May 6, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

France awaits Vatican word on ambassador said to be gay

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help PARIS (AP) — The French government is expecting the Vatican to decide within days whether to approve the nomination of a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as French ambassador to the Holy See.Paris is hoping that Laurent Stefanini wins approval five months after the French presidential palace submitted his nomination. The French government is awaiting a response via Vatican diplomatic channels within a week to 10 days, a French official told The Associated Press. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The French official said Stefanini is gay but has chosen not to come out publicly, and the French presidential palace has said only that his private life should not affect his appointment. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the subject publicly.Stefanini, 54, is currently chief of protocol at the French presidential palace, held a senior post at the French Embassy to the Vatican from 2001-2005, and served as the French Foreign Ministry’s adviser on religious issues.French President Francois Hollande has refused to consider other candidates for the job, and the French official said Monday that Stefanini is still viewed as the best possible choice.Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See perform the same diplomatic activities as ambassadors elsewhere, representing their governments, relaying information, arranging official visits and, perhaps unique to the Vatican, attending the pope’s public Masses.Stephanie Nicot, president of the French rights group LGBT Federation, described Stefanini as a discreet man who has chosen not to politicize his sexual orientation.“It is really time that things change in the Catholic Church,” Nicot said. “It is inadmissible for a state to refuse a nomination of someone as competent as this for motives linked to his sexuality.” The Vatican spokesman declined to comment.Gay rights groups have accused the Vatican of delaying a decision because of Stefanini’s sexual orientation. Such decisions normally take just a few weeks.The No. 2 official at the Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said last week, “The dialogue is still open and we hope that it might conclude in a positive light.” It is the only thing the Vatican has said on the record about the nomination.An approval would be unusual for the Vatican, which is dealing with growing advances for gay rights in many countries. The Vatican traditionally doesn’t approve ambassadors in “nontraditional” family situations, and Catholic teaching holds that gays should be treated with respect but that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”Pope Francis has signaled a change in tone toward the church’s reception of gays by saying “who am I to judge?” in reference to a priest said to be gay but looking for God.In an unusual move, Francis and Stefanini met last month in the Vatican hotel where Francis lives.Stefanini has not commented on widespread media reports in recent months asserting that he is gay. French Catholic newspaper La Croix has reported that the Vatican might see the nomination as a “provocation,” and the delayed response “implicitly resembles a ‘no.’” It said that France’s most senior Catholic official, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, pleaded to the Vatican in support of Stefanini.___Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more