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first_imgVirat Kohli burnt the dance floor with Shikhar Dhawan’s son Zoravar at his wedding reception in Mumbai at the St Regis on Tuesday.Kohli took the little kid in his arms and did a little jig to good-natured laughter and cheer.Several cricketers – current and former – attended Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding reception. The couple had tied the knot in Italy in a private ceremony on December 11 and held a reception in Delhi last week for their famlies and close friends.The reception in Mumbai was expected to be a starry affair with several of Kohli’s cricket colleagues and Anushka’s friends from the Bollywood fraternity in attendance.Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh were the star attractions.Anil Kumble, who had stepped down as coach following differences with Kohli earlier in the year, also attended the event. Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar was also at the venue to bless the couple.Among Kohli’s current team-members, there were the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jajdea, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.But the most awaited arrival was perhaps that of Dhawan. The duo had also danced to loud applause in Delhi last week. The two batsmen, close friends of many years, revel in each other’s company and enjoy batting together.advertisementDhawan will be an integral part of Kohli’s team when India tour South Africa for three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 Internationals.last_img read more

first_imgBy: Joseph Wilson, Associated PressBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Wednesday to take a slim away-goal advantage after the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal.Lucas Vazquez gave Madrid the lead in the sixth minute during an opening stage dominated by the visitors. But Barcelona eventually established control and forward Malcom equalized after Luis Suarez had hit the post in the 58th.Lionel Messi stayed on the bench for Barcelona until coming on in the 64th. The Argentine had been doubtful for the match after picking up a right-leg injury on Saturday.This was the first of three “clasicos” in less than a month. The return leg of the semifinal in Madrid is on Feb. 27, just before their Spanish league game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 3.In October, Messi missed Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Madrid in the league, a stinging loss that sealed the fate of former coach Julen Lopetegui.This time out, Madrid made sure to set a strong tone from the opening, when it maintained possession long enough to get in front.Manager Santiago Solari also chose youngster Vinicius Junior over Gareth Bale, and Madrid sought to attack down the Brazilian’s left flank from start.The 18-year-old Vinicius provided the key pass to the visitors’ opening goal when he spotted Karim Benzema at the far post defended by the under-sized Jordi Alba. Benzema won the ball after Alba failed to reel it in, and the Madrid striker sent a low pass across the goalmouth where Vazquez slipped around Clement Lenglet to redirect it home.As Madrid sat back to protect the advantage, Barcelona began to find holes in its defense. Ivan Rakitic headed Malcom’s free kick off the crossbar in the 32nd, and Suarez drew a one-handed save from goalkeeper Keylor Navas after Malcom bungled his way through three defenders before setting him up on the edge of the box.The first half finished with Messi tucked in a winter coat, leaning forward anxiously and fidgeting with an empty water bottle.But before he could come on to loud cheers from the Camp Nou crowd, Malcom pulled the hosts level when he curled a left-foot strike from an angle into the net with Navas off his line.Lenglet’s long pass to Alba streaking into space forced Navas off his line to strip the ball, but it fell to Suarez who hit the post before Malcom gathered the rebound in and finished it off.Messi then came on and didn’t show any signs of an injury when he plucked the ball from Casemiro’s boot, raced forward and was fouled by a scrum of Madrid’s defenders near the area. He stayed on the turf to gather himself, before he smashed his free kick into the wall.Except for one flubbed shot by Bale when goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen was out of position, Madrid spent most of the final 20 minutes bracing itself every time Messi got the ball on his boot.The strategy meant the game was far from a thriller, but it sent Madrid back home with an edge over its fierce rival.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIt was utter chaos at Hell in a Cell as the Universal Championship match ended in a no contest after Brock Lesnar made his presence felt on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.In the last match of the night, the Universal champion Roman Reigns and the challenger Braun Strowman were going all guns blazing at each other before all hell unfolded.As the duo went hammer and tongs against each other inside the ring, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler had their fair share of fight outside the structure and even over it.And as the match reached its business end, Lesnar’s music hit and the crowd went haywire. Lesnar and Paul Heyman slowly made their way towards the ring before Lesnar kicked the door open to make his way into the ring and attack the duo.Heyman sprayed pepper spray into Foley’s eyes and Lesnar took full advantage of the situation and viciously attacked both the wrestlers. He hit Strowman and Reigns with consecutive F5s and a new official entered the four-square and requested the time-keeper to ring the bell and declare it as a no contest as none could continue after Lesnar’s assault.Other results:AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe to retain WWE World Heavyweight ChampionshipBecky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair to become new SmackDown Women’s ChampionshipDrew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to retain the Raw Tag Team ChampionshipRandy Orton defeated Jeff Hardy in Hell in a Cell matchadvertisementThe Miz and Maryse defeated Daniel Bryan and Brie Bellalast_img read more

first_imgAustralia beat England by 251 runs to in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Australia have also secured 24 points in the World Test Championship with their thumping win in Birmingham on Monday.It was a remarkable fight back by Australia who were tottering at 122 for 8 on the opening day. But Steve Smith’s heroic 144 and stubborn knocks from Peter Siddle (44), Travis Head (35) and Nathan Lyon (12) ensured the visitors made a respectable 284 in the first innings.Rory Burns (133), Joe Root (57) and Ben Stokes (50) helped England take a crucial 90-run first innings lead but Steve Smith then became only the 5th to score twin hundreds in an Ashes Test. His 142 once again guided Australia after they had lost David Warner and Cameron Bancroft cheaply for the second time in the match.This time Smith had more support from the middle-order. Travis Head scored 51 while Travis Head, making a comeback into the Australian Test team, smashed an aggressive 110.James Pattinson’s unbeaten 47 to further frustrate England who faced the improbable task of chasing 398 in the fourth innings of an Edgbaston Test.After surviving 7 testing overs on the penultimate day, England lost Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Denly and Joe Root by lunch. Nathan Lyon was on fire and extracted enough turn to bamboozle the English batsmen in their fortress.Pat Cummins was lethal as well – he got the crucial wickets of Burns, Joss Buttler and Jonny Bairstow as Australia inched closer to victory.This Test match belonged to Steve Smith all the way. It was the first time Cameron Bancroft, David Warner and Steve Smith were playing a Test since the ball-tampering scandal. While Bancroft and Warner did not get many runs, Smith hit 286 runs across the two innings to hand Australia a memorable win.advertisementRead more | Ashes 2019: Matthew Wade’s game was at a different Level in Edgbaston, says Ricky PontingAlso see:last_img read more

first_img ensures public sector employees who are eligible for retirement allowances will receive the benefit accumulated up to April 2015 encourages public sector employers and unions to work together to find savings, a portion of which could then be applied to further wage increases protects pensions, benefits and vacation time ensures taxpayers are protected from arbitration decisions that could be higher than what is affordable as set out in the fiscal plan. Legislation introduced today, Dec. 14, provides public sector employers with a framework for new money they can offer for wages. “The legislation is consistent with government’s fiscal plan, fair to employees, and affordable for taxpayers,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “It is also consistent with the Public Service Sustainability Mandate introduced in August.” The Public Services Sustainability Act respects collective bargaining rights and ensures that matters outside the wage framework, such as working conditions, remain negotiable. The framework will be 0, 0, 1.0, 1.5, and .5 per cent on the last day of the agreement. The legislation also ensures newer, lower-paid public sector employees receive larger pay increases. Some will see step increases of as much as five per cent per year. “We have to continue to make tough choices so we can invest in quality health care, deliver first-rate education, and build essential new infrastructure in the future,” said Mr. Delorey. “Our fiscal plan and labour settlements need to help prepare Nova Scotia for long-term progress. All Nova Scotians have to play their part as we position the province for a stronger future.” The act: “This legislation provides public sector employees the same fair, affordable wage packages some unions agreed to in the collective bargaining process,” said Mr. Delorey. “Nova Scotia and Nova Scotians cannot afford a more costly settlement – period.” Compensation is government’s single largest expense. Government spends about $5.2 billion on compensation or 52 per cent of all of government’s total spending. The act applies to all bargaining units except those that have concluded negotiated collective agreements prior to the act coming into force. Information on the Public Service Sustainability Mandate and updates on public sector bargaining can be found at novascotia.ca/PublicServiceSustainability .last_img read more

first_imgNEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 and Sunnylea Road, Wellington Crews are widening and repairing Trunk 2 from Sunnylea Road in Wellington to Acorn Drive in Oakfield, and on Sunnylea Road from Trunk 2 to the end of the pavement. Work is anticipated to be completed Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays with lane closures from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash The Municipality of Cumberland is installing water lines in Pugwash. There is single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Dec. 16. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, from Belleville Road north for five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 21. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: West Indian Road West Indian Road from Trunk 14 to Ess Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, between Trunk 1 and Trunk 14 near Brooklyn, has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Pictou Road Pictou Road between Vimy Road and Hillside Avenue is now open. Work is continuing on Pictou Road until Monday, Oct. 31 with traffic sometimes being restricted to one lane. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Canaan Road Canaan Road, from Gavelton Bridge north for 4.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct 14. Flag people and signs are on site. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30- YARMOUTH COUNTY: Wilson Falls Bridge, Quinan Wilson Falls Bridge on Wilson Road, Quinan, will be closed for repairs starting Tuesday, Oct 11 at 10 a.m. until Friday, Oct. 28. Detour via Canaan Road, Gavel Road and Route 308. Detour signs will be in place. HANTS COUNTY: Lawrence Road Lawrence Road, between Route 215 and Avondale Road, has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: North Shore Road, Malagash North Shore Road will be closed for repairs approximately 1.4 kilometres east of Trunk 6, from Tuesday, Oct. 11 until Monday, Oct. 31. Detour via Malagash Road to Smith Road. Signs are in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled for completion on Monday, Oct. 31 DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road Bonnie Road from Exit 31 of Highway 101 east to the waste transfer station has one lane closures for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2B Starting Monday, Oct. 10 until Friday, Oct. 14, there will be line painting on the roundabouts at Highway 102, Exit 2B, Larry Uteck Boulevard. Work will be done at night from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Drivers should expect delays during those hours. PICTOU COUNTY: West River Road The new roundabout in the town of Pictou is now opened to traffic. Construction continues on Sunset Street with a detour in place onto Weaver Road. This will result in stop-and-go traffic over night. This work is expected to be complete Saturday, Oct 15. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, at the intersection of Ragged Lake Boulevard and Evergreen Place, will have alternating lane closures for road work from Monday, Oct. 10 until Monday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Traffic will be controlled by flag people and work will take place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pine Grove Road Pine Grove Road, from Trunk 10 to Northfield Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. KINGS COUNTY: Marshall Road Marshall Road is closed to all but local traffic between Highway 101 (Exit 17W) and Brooklyn Street until Friday, Oct. 14, for repairs to the Marshall Road Overpass. The closure is 24 hours a day. There is a marked detour via Highway 1 and Brooklyn Street. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from the canal bridge in St. Peter’s east for 5.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Dec. 1. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road, Onslow Mountain Road, Trunk 2 Traffic is reduced to one lane on three roads in Colchester County during paving and other road improvements. The roads are: West North River Road, from Onslow Road for 5.3 kilometres to Truro Road Onslow Mountain Road, from West North River Road for five kilometres Trunk 2, from Pleasant View Drive west for one kilometre CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Buoyed by the success of the Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varanasi, the Railways is planning to explore the possibility of running such semi-high speed trains between Mumbai to Pune, Nashik and Vadodara. The Vande Bharat Express has reduced the travel time between New Delhi and Varanasi by 40 per cent. “We want to check whether the same train can be replicated for Mumbai to Pune or Mumbai to Nashik or Mumbai to Baroda (Vadodara)….trial runs will begin in the next week,” member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board Rajesh Agrawal said here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “We are going to start trial runs from the next week on the Vande-Bharat pattern. One AC-EMU rake and one non-AC MEMU rake will be given to the Central and Western Railways. If the trial goes as per plan, we can reduce the travel time between Mumbai to Pune and Nashik to within two hours,” said Agrawal, an ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India. “No final decision has been taken yet. As of now, we are going to explore only the possibility,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Traffic congestion and upgradation of infrastructure including the tracks are bigger challenges for the railways, he said. Agrawal also said that by the end of March 2020, the railways has planned to run 12 AC locals in Mumbai, six each on the Central and Western suburban lines. “We have no shortage of coaches as the coach production has seen a quantum jump…Till previous year, all coach factories used to produce less that 4,000 coaches annually and this year the number has been scaled up to 6,000. Next year our target is to produce 8,000 coaches,” he said. Agrawal, who was in the city to review various works carried out by the Central Railway and Western Railway, lauded preparations for the monsoon, and expressed hope that even a rainfall of 200 mm in 24 hours will not disrupt the local train services this year.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be removed from a display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights over the humanitarian crisis facing her country’s Rohingya Muslims.The museum in Winnipeg has announced it will remove the Nobel Peace Prize winner from a timeline of human rights defenders and milestones.But a large image of the Myanmar leader will remain on display in the gallery of honorary Canadians. The lights around the image have been dimmed and a sign has been placed in front explaining the current humanitarian crisis.“She’s not a human rights icon. Why is she there? She is an absolute oppressor, there is no question about it,” Anwar Arkani, president of the Rohingya Association of Canada said Wednesday.“Why do you keep her in the museum (with) a lot of honorable people who are disgraced by this lady’s presence.”The Rohingya Association of Canada previously reached out to the museum calling for all references to Suu Kyi to be eliminated.Arkani said the move is a step in the right direction.Suu Kyi led the opposition to the military junta that ruled the country after 1962. Her goal was to create a democratic society. She was arrested after winning an election the military refused to honour, and was confined to her house as a political prisoner for nearly 15 years.Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and was given honorary Canadian citizenship in 2007.Most Rohingya in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar are denied citizenship and basic rights. Around 200,000 fled the country between 2012 and 2015.The situation worsened last August when Myanmar’s military was accused of widespread human rights violations during a violent crackdown in response to an attack on police by Rohingya insurgents. Around 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh and thousands are believed to have died.Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government have been criticized for failing to stop or condemn the atrocities.The Rohingya Association of Canada has been working with the museum to create public programs for visitors and develop a 2019 exhibition to raise awareness about the crisis, said Angela Cassie, the museum’s vice-president of public affairs and programs.The museum is also recording oral histories from the community to be included in a national collection.“The betrayal is significant and it’s very painful for them to come through the doors and see her image,” Cassie said.“What we chose to do is not change the history, but rather dim the light and keep the exhibition in place and add to the story so people understand the contemporary context.“(It is) continuing to happen today and we should use these opportunities to raise that awareness and encourage others to add their voices to support those that are continuing to flee to escape violence and persecution.”last_img read more

first_imgRabat  –  President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas said the final declaration which was issued at the end of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, held in Marrakech on January 17-18, is comprehensive and includes a series of measures to support the resistance of Maqdessis and allow them to stay in their territories.In an interview with Moroccan TV channel Al-Oula before leaving Morocco on Saturday following the closing session of the meeting of Al-Quds Committee, Abbas said the Marrakech declaration “includes more than thirty resolutions that address the suffering (of Mqdessis) and future prospects as we wish them to be.”He said these resolutions are likely to contribute to the resistance of the Palestinians and to strengthen the presence of Maqdessis in their territory, through various forms of support in different areas, adding that the escalation of the Israeli attacks and the proliferation of settlements targeting the holy city and the territories, aims to drive the Palestinians from their lands.  Al-Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, is holding its 20th session from January 17 through 18.Foreign ministers of the committee member-states, the OIC secretary general, High-level emissaries representing the UN Security Council permanent member-states, the EU, the Vatican, the UN and the Arab league took part in the Marrakech meeting.last_img read more

NEW YORK — The day of reckoning has arrived for the German con artist who passed herself off as a wealthy heiress and swindled tens of thousands of dollars from New York banks and hotels.Anna Sorokin is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in state court following her conviction last month on multiple counts of grand larceny and theft of services.Her defence attorney, Todd Spodek, has said Sorokin faces up to 15 years in prison on the most serious charge. She has been in custody since her October 2017 arrest.Sorokin went by Anna Delvey when she defrauded financial institutions and Manhattan celebrity circles into believing she had a fortune of about $67 million (60 million euros) overseas that could cover her jet-setting lifestyle, high-end clothing and lavish hotel stays. The 28-year-old falsely claimed her father was a diplomat or an oil baron, and falsified bank records and forged her identity to further the scam.Her ruse included an application for a $22 million loan to fund a private arts club, complete with exhibitions, installations and pop-up shops, prosecutors said. She was denied that loan but persuaded one bank to lend her $100,000 that she failed to repay.In all, prosecutors accused her of stealing some $275,000, including a $35,400 bill she failed to pay for a plane she chartered to and from the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.But jurors acquitted her of two counts, including an allegation that she promised a friend an all-expenses paid trip to Morocco and then stuck her with the $62,000 bill. She was also found not guilty of one of the most serious charges in the indictment: attempting to steal more than $1 million from City National Bank.Manhattan jurors did convict Sorokin of four counts of theft of services, three counts of grand larceny and one count of attempted grand larceny following a monthlong trial that drew international attention and tabloid headlines about Sorkin’s courtroom fashion.Spodek, the defence attorney, argued that Sorokin had been “buying time” and planned to settle her debts. He said she lacked criminal intent and was an ambitious entrepreneur.Jim Mustian, The Associated Press read more

first_imgIn a move that has angered many, US Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman has announced a restructured approach to its FutureGen project that aims to demonstrate cutting-edge carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at multiple commercial-scale Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) clean coal power plants. The strategy is for the US Department of Energy (DOE) to join industry in efforts to build IGCC plants by providing funding for the addition of CCS technology to multiple plants that will be operational by 2015. This approach builds on technological research and development advancements in IGCC and CCS technology achieved over the past five years and is expected to at least double the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered compared to the concept announced in 2003. Secretary Bodman also announced President Bush’s budget request of $648 million for the DOE Office of Fossil Energy’s advanced coal technology research, development and demonstration program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. The FY09 budget requests $407 million for coal research — including development of more efficient gasification and turbine technologies, innovations for existing coal power plants, and large-scale CCS injection tests — and $241 million to demonstrate technologies for cost-effective carbon capture and storage for coal-fired power plants, including $156 million for the restructured FutureGen approach and $85 million for DOE’s Clean Coal Power Initiative. This $648 million request represents a $129 million increase from the President’s FY2008 request and is the largest amount requested for DOE’s coal program in more than 25 years.“This restructured FutureGen approach is an all-around better investment for Americans. As technological advancements have been realised in the last five years, we are eager to demonstrate CCS technology on commercial plants that when operational, will be the cleanest coal-fired plants in the world. Each of these plants will sequester at least 1 Mt of carbon dioxide annually and help meet our nation’s rapidly growing energy demand,” Secretary Bodman said. “Coal is our nation’s most abundant energy resource powering over half of the homes in America. To ensure a clean, reliable and affordable energy future, the DOE is planning the largest budget request in over 25 years focusing on demonstrating advanced technology like carbon capture and storage so that the technology can be perfected and rapidly deployed across the country.”Reuters take is that “ballooning construction costs that nearly doubled the price tag for building the world’s cleanest coal-burning power plant to $1.8 billion prompted the US Energy Department on Wednesday to pull the plug on funding the project. The department’s decision elicited howls of protest from Illinois officials who accused the department of playing politics by panning the project after competing sites in Texas were rejected. Department officials denied those accusations.”“We feel that (Bodman) misled us and the people of Illinois, creating false hope in a FutureGen project which he had no intention of funding or supporting,” Illinois lawmakers including Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin wrote in a letter to President Bush.National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz emphasised the need for an accelerated and sustained commitment to the research, development and deployment of technologies capable of successfully managing carbon dioxide emissions at coal-fueled power plants. He made the case for such an effort following the January 29 meeting between Bodman and the Illinois congressional delegation at which Bodman announced the DOE’s intention to end its support for the FutureGen Project.DOE’s plans drew a sharp rebuke from many Senators, including Barack Obama, who wrote to President Bush saying they had “lost confidence in Secretary Bodman” and accused Bodman of “misleading them and the people of Illinois, creating false hope in a FutureGen project which he had no intention of funding or supporting.”“We are writing today to urge you to keep FutureGen on track, so that this project can begin construction and become a reality,” the delegation said. The letter said the Illinois congressional delegation along with the state of Illinois and the FutureGen Alliance “stand ready to move this important project forward,” adding that it would be “unfortunate to wait for the next administration to complete the project that you announced and have promoted for more than five years.”NMA’s Naasz called for “a strong partnership between coal-based energy providers and policymakers to supply the necessary funding and technological direction,” saying the FutureGen project “has been and should continue to be a key part of our commitment to a secure and clean energy future. NMA remains hopeful that the partnership between DOE and the FutureGen Alliance, which includes US and international coal producers and coal-based utilities, can be cemented and the project can realise the potential it was designed to achieve.”Naasz stressed  that all Americans have benefited from existing federal clean coal technology programs, saying America’s “energy security and economic future depend on FutureGen and projects like it to continue that vital effort.”Futur eGen Alliance CEO Michael Mudd said in a January 30 statement that the alliance “is committed to its co-operative agreement with DOE” and will continue to work with Congress, the state of Illinois, foreign governments and other project stakeholders “to keep FutureGen moving ahead at Mattoon, Illinois.”Mudd emphasised that the project “is critical to the rapid development and deployment of near-zero emission power technology around the world.” Mudd said the FutureGen Alliance “remains committed” to keeping FutureGen on track. “We owe it to the people of Illinois, to the alliance members who have contributed significant funds and resources to bring the project to this stage and to society which depends on technology to provide clean, affordable and secure energy.”The DOE has issued a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks industry’s input by March 3, 2008, on the costs and feasibility associated with building clean coal facilities that achieve the intended goals of FutureGen. Following this period and consideration of industry comment, DOE intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement – or competitive solicitation – to provide federal funding under co-operative agreements to equip IGCC (or other clean coal technology) commercial power plants that generate at least 300 MW, with CCS technology aimed at accelerating near-term technology deployment. Initial input from industry will assist in determining how many demonstrations can be commissioned.This restructured approach allows DOE to maximise the role of private sector innovation, provide a ceiling on federal contributions, and accelerate the Administration’s goal of increasing the use of clean energy technologies to help meet the steadily growing demand for energy while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Under this plan, DOE’s investment would provide funding for no more than the CCS component of the power plant – not the entire plant construction, compared with the FutureGen concept announced in 2003 where the federal government would incur 74% of rising costs. This would allow for commercial operation of IGCC power plants equipped with CCS technology to begin as soon as the plants are commissioned, between 2015 and 2016.The FutureGen concept announced in 2003 planned the creation of a near-zero emissions, 275 MW power plant that produced hydrogen and electricity from coal on a smaller-than-commercial-scale, serving as a laboratory for technology development. The DOE says the “announcement builds on advancements in technology made since 2003 and allows for electricity to be produced and greenhouse gas emissions sequestered at a rate and scale that offers tremendous potential for commercial viability. The restructured approach will focus on separating carbon dioxide (CO2) for CCS, and does not include hydrogen production, which the concept announced in 2003 included; however, hydrogen production for commercial use will remain an important component of DOE’s other energy initiatives. Also, engagement with the international community will remain an integral part of DOE’s efforts to advance CCS technology on a global scale.“The four sites – two in Illinois and two in Texas – evaluated in the Department’s Environmental Impact Statement issued in November 2007, including the site announced by the FutureGen Alliance in December 2007, Mattoon, Illinois, may be eligible to host a commercial-scale IGCC plant with CCS technology. The site analysis and characterisation data at these sites may be applicable to future environmental analyses under this restructured approach. More than one site may be selected as a host for the commercial demonstration of CCS technology and DOE encourages applicants to include these four sites in their consideration for this restructured approach. Also, the FutureGen Alliance’s 13 member companies may compete with all the other applicants.“This restructured approach builds on the Administration’s investment of more than $2.5 billion in clean coal technology since 2001, which includes small-scale carbon sequestration projects and IGCC research that have advanced our understanding of the potential for clean coal technology. It is also consistent with a key recommendation of last year’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology Study, The Future of Coal, which indicated that “the main purpose of the [FutureGen] project should be to demonstrate commercial viability of coal-based power generation with CCS.” The Administration’s Clean Coal Power Initiative, as well as awards of $1.65 billion in clean coal tax incentives, and the use of loan guarantees, are other key components of DOE’s efforts to demonstrate the potential of advanced clean coal technologies to meet growing energy demand.”last_img read more

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #TYPHOON: Six days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, aid workers are still trying to gain access to those most in need of assistance. Ireland deployed 100 tonnes of emergency supplies – including tents, blankets and ropes – to the island today.Meanwhile, more tragedy hit the city of Tacloban as eight people died when a hungry mob stormed a rice warehouse.2. #HACKING: It emerged last night that up to 1.5 million people across Europe could be impacted by the security breach at county Clare company LoyaltyBuild.3. #MISSING: Police in London have said that missing girl Kathleen Doherty could be in Ireland. The 11-year-old has not been seen in more than a week.4. #HEALTHCARE: Laya Healthcare warns this morning that the government’s decision to increase a levy on insurance policies could force people to drop their cover, according to RTÉ News. Yesterday, Minister James Reilly announced hikes of between €15 and €49 in the stamp duty for certain products.5. #PRISON PENSION: The Irish Daily Mail reports that former Fianna Fáil senator Francie O’Brien is to keep his €32,500 retirement fund as he serves a three-year jail sentence for extortion.6. #COWEN CONSULTING: The same newspaper also reports that former taoiseach Brian Cowen has set up his own business consultancy firm and will operate as a business improvement freelancer from Offaly.7. #CRIME FIGHTING: Almost 7,000 people have been arrested and 4,000 charged over the past 18 months as part of the garda crackdown on crime gangs carrying out burglaries across the country.8. #BRINGING HOME THE BACON: Three Studies of Lucian Freud – a painting by Irish-born Francis Bacon – sold for $142 million last night, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.9. #TURN YOUR MOBILE PHONE OFF, PLEASE: Roy Keane is to give his first press conference as the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager this afternoon. You can watch it live on RTÉ News Now from 2.30pm. The tension!last_img read more

first_imgA major US fund is selling more than 100 apartments in Cork city for €28 million Most of the ‘City Square’ complex is expected to sell for about €30m. “The scheme offers potential to grow the income further by securing additional commercial tenancies,” Savills said.The latest Daft.ie rental report showed that the average asking price for one-bed apartments in Cork city stood at €897, an increase of 8% between the end of 2016 and the same time last year.Savills agents Kevin McMahon and Isobel O’Regan said that the development is a good investment opportunity “due to the continually increasing demand for rented accommodation in Cork city centre”.Market ratesIt said that this is reinforced by the fact that the passing rents in the complex are currently “considerably below market rent”.City Square was constructed in 2007 by the Frinailla Group, which was controlled by local developers the Conway family.Like many property groups, Frinailla struggled with debts after the property crash and in 2010 a receiver was appointed to take control of City Square.The development was subsequently sold to Oaktree, a massive US private equity fund which has assets of more than $100 billion (€84 billion) under management and which bought assets across Ireland following the crash.Note: Journal Media Ltd has shareholders in common with Daft.ie publisher Distilled Media Group.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie 53 Comments Take me to Fora Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 10:55 AM https://jrnl.ie/3863333 Feb 21st 2018, 10:39 AM US INVESTMENT GIANT Oaktree is selling more than 100 apartments in Cork city with a guide price of just under €30 million.Property group Savills, which is handling the sale, announced this morning that the units are part of the ‘City Square’ development which is located in Lady’s Well near Cork city centre.The complex is comprised of three blocks of residential units which range from two to five storeys that are mostly made up of one-, two- or three-bed apartments. There are 16 commercial units at ground level, as well as 280 car parking spaces.Of the 145 residential units in the scheme, 127 are up for sale at a guide price of €28 million.Savills said that the complex has “virtually full residential occupancy generating a gross income of approximately €1.8 million per annum, and an additional €177,200 per annum from the commercial element”. One of the apartments in the development Source: Tony HealyThe property group said that apartments in the scheme were recently rented out at a cost of €1,200 per month for a one-bed, €1,500 for a two-bed and €1,700 for a three-bed.center_img 35,970 Views By Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share34 Tweet Email5 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgWindows Phone 7 : les premiers terminaux prévus pour octobre 2010Europe – Si l’on en croit le directeur opérationnel de Microsoft, les premiers téléphones sous Windows Phone 7 devraient débarquer en Europe au mois d’octobre, tandis que les appareils envahiront les États-Unis en novembre.Les rumeurs parlaient de décembre, mais il semble finalement que le nouvel OS mobile de Microsoft fera son apparition en Europe en octobre 2010. C’est en tout cas ce qu’a déclaré Kevin Turner, directeur opérationnel de l’entreprise. Les États-Unis pourront se procurer les premiers appareils en novembre, et cela dans le but évident d’imposer ces nouvelles machines lors des périodes de fêtes de fin d’année.Microsoft espère ainsi concurrencer Apple sur le terrain de l’iPhone, alors que M. Turner estime que près de 450 millions de smartphones devraient se vendre d’ici trois à cinq ans sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile. Windows Phone 7 devrait être visible sur les appareils Asus, HTC, LG, Dell ou encore Samsung. Le 3 août 2010 à 12:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img A few weeks ago we got to check out Vector, an upcoming product from Anki that wants to get you used to having cute yet clever robots casually roaming around your home. And it looks pretty neat! But Vector isn’t the first piece of hot robot technology from Anki. In fact, Vector shares a lot in common with Cozmo, the company’s recent and successful robot toy. With Vector still months away, and its features/price point targeting an older audience, Cozmo ($180) is still worth considering. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls center_img Cozmo’s most eye-catching feature is its design. Your heart just can’t help but melt when you see this little big-eyed beetle/excavator thing that fits in the palm of your hand. The digital expressions and peppy movements sell the illusion of life. It totally works as a physical digital virtual pet without looking too much like any specific animal.The virtual pet comparison goes beyond the look though. The whole point of Cozmo is to play with it. Unlike the upcoming Vector, Cozmo needs to be paired with a mobile app in order to function. After setting it in the charging base, you connected with Cozmo over Wi-Fi. However, even with this requirement the robot is capable of some impressive independent thought.The cameras let Cozmo recognize specific users and say their names is adorably garbled robot baby talk. I’m still recovering from its pronunciation of “Cube in Chest,” of course inspired by the classic scene in the first live-action Transformers. Speaking of cubes, Cozmo comes with three glowing companion cubes to interact it in a variety of ways. Cozmo can do tricks like use its front arms to flip a cube over. Like a true pet, Cozmo needs to be fed occasional, and you shake cubes to do that, too. There’s even a kind of progression system where if you keep Cozmo tuned-up and entertained you get coins to unlock new tricks.Cozmo is a toy first and foremost. It’s for kids to get intensely enamored with and then move on to something else (unless they decide to dig into the simple programming SDK). But it’s a really cool toy, and in retrospect it might be a vital starting off point for Anki’s future artificial intelligence ambitions.For more on cute robots check out these cyber centaurs and popcorn-powered machines.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target The last season of Game of Thrones is finally here, and after a year and a half of waiting, we witnessed key alliances, reunions, and warnings in Season 8, Episode 1.(Warning: There are major spoilers ahead, so if you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones, you’re going to want to stop reading this right now.) The White Walker army hasn’t arrived at Winterfell yet, however, most of the characters are tense while they’re preparing for the upcoming battle.Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1 had some key scenes, including the cold meeting between Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark, Theon Greyjoy rescuing his sister Yara Greyjoy, and of course, the Night King’s “message” to Westeros. Here are the top 5 moments from Game of Thrones Season 8’s premiere, according to Rotten Tomatoes.The Tension Between Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa StarkPhoto Credit: HBO“Winterfell is yours, your grace,” Sansa Stark told Daenerys Targaryen with an unfriendly tone. (Yikes.)Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1 revealed the cold exchanges between the two leading characters, as they met at Winterfell and discussed the threat of the Night King’s army.Sansa Stark made it clear that she doesn’t like Daenerys Targaryen, and she’s even more annoyed when she has to bulk up on food and supplies, including feeding Daenerys Targaryen’s two ginormous dragons. It will be interesting to see how they’ll work together during the show’s final season.Theon Greyjoy Rescues Yara Greyjoy From a ShipPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOSibling relationships are important on Game of Thrones, and Theon Greyjoy rescuing Yara Greyjoy was a major moment in Season 8, Episode 1. The operation itself wasn’t elaborate, however, Yara Greyjoy managed to “affectionately” headbutt Theon Greyjoy after he went on a ship, killed people aboard, and rescued her from the sea vessel’s chambers.Jon Snow Rides a Dragon for the First TimePhoto Credit: HBOJon Snow isn’t the “Mother of Dragons,” but it was very funny to watch him ride one of  Daenerys Targaryen’s fire-breathing creatures for the first time. Rhaegal made sure Jon Snow was having a ball, as he swooped down ice canyons and twisted in the air on the trip, just enough to make viewers a bit queasy. While Daenerys Targaryen gracefully rode Drogon, John Snow wasn’t having the best of luck on Rhaegal’s back, however, maybe he’ll actually master the art later on.Samwell Tarly and Jon Snow’s Intense Meeting at the Winterfell CryptsPhoto Credit: Home Box Office/HBOSamwell Tarly just found out that his brother and father were executed by Daenerys Targaryen, which sends him in a brief emotional spiral. He doesn’t want to tell Jon Snow that he’s heir to the Iron Throne, but Bran Stark insists that he does so. “He trusts you more than anyone,” Bran Stark said. “Now’s the time.”Samwell Tarly heads down to the Winterfell Crypts, where he discloses everything to Jon Snow, including how Daenerys Targaryen killed his family members and why they’re fighting this major battle with the White Walkers.“Your mother was Lyanna Stark. And your father – your real father – was Rhaegar Targaryen,” Samwell Tarly told Jon Snow. “You’ve never been a bastard. You’re Aegon Targaryen, true heir to the Iron Throne.”(All the chills here!)The Night King’s Warning to All of WesterosPhoto Credit: HBOThe Night King hasn’t arrived at Winterfell yet, but he’s making it clear that Westeros watchers should “be scared out of their minds” for the big confrontation.At the Umbers’ castle, Tormund Giantsbane, Beric Dondarrion, and a group of the Night’s Watch survivors stumble upon the remains of a once-inhabited structure. There is blood everywhere, furniture thrown around, and the most uncomfortable sight of all: A dead Lord Umber mounted on a wall and surrounded by human body parts.But, that’s not all. Before the squad has a moment to let it sink in, young Lord Umber, now a wight, starts shrieking at the top of his lungs, prompting the group to set him and the gristly sight on fire.The Night King doesn’t play games here.Catch Game of Thrones Season 8 on HBO.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 1 Recap: Homecoming Party11 People We Want to Die in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere‘Game of Thrones’ Algorithm Predicts Who Will Live or Die in Season 8last_img read more

first_img The following took place after last night’s 11/17 WWE RAW in Roanoke.* John Cena & Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins & Bray WyattSource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Shawn Michaels Seth Rollins Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Facebook Video: Triple H gives thoughts on NXT TakeOver: WarGames II on Saturday night Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in Novemberlast_img read more

first_imgRanbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and director Ayan Mukerji launched Brahmāstra’s logo on Mahashivratri at Kumbh Mela by lighting a swarm of drones that formed the logo.Varinder ChawlaEver since Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor announced their first film together – Brahmastra – the internet lost its cool. The fact that the two lovebirds would be seen romancing onscreen too, thrilled many. Another factor that might work in Brahmastra’s favour is the fact that the film would be India’s first one-of-a-kind trilogy fantasy adventure series. The star power of the film – Amitabh Bachchan and Akkineni Nagarjuna – is another massive factor that is making the fans wait eagerly for the film.While Ranbir’s Brahmastra was originally scheduled to release on the Christmas weekend, reports suggest that the film might not be able to release on the announced date. What’s surprising is the fact that this development has come just a few days after Salman Khan announced his hit-franchise Dabangg 3 to be released on the Christmas weekend this year. Now, it’s a no brainer that Salman Khan’s films always have a much larger audience base in comparison to the movies of any other star. And the fact that Dabangg franchise has been a frontrunner at the box-office, badly injuring the other film that opens opposite to it, can’t be overlooked either.Amid all this, the rumours of Brahmastra being pushed further doesn’t just seem like a coincidence. However, as per a DNA report, the film’s shoot would be completed somewhere around October, post which the film would go into post-production and VFX, which might take much longer than anticipated. In that case, the promotion of the film and press meets would be pushed further and without the promotions, releasing a film of such a large scale doesn’t make sense.Hence, the makers have decided to let the post-production take its time and the film would be pushed if need be.last_img read more

B Chy calls 15 Feb polls necessary to avoid crisis

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoFormer president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has criticised the ruling Bangladesh Awami League for clinging on to power despite a questionable one-sided election on 5 January 2014.Following the prime minister’s criticism involving him over sixth parliamentary polls in 1996, Badruddoza Chowdhury, now president of Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, on Friday said that election was necessary to avoid a political crisis at that time, reports UNB.”The prime minister at her press conference made some remarks involving me with 15 February 1996 election. I would like to clearly say that election was held only to pass the caretaker-government bill as per Awami League’s demand,” he said at an Iftar party.B Chowdhury further said, “My party BNP at that time did not use that election to stay in power for five years as the 7th parliament election was held on 12 June 1996 after passing the caretaker-government bill.”He said though the 5 January 2014 election was incomplete and questionable one with MPs being elected without votes, the Awami League has been in power for four years based on it.The BDB chief also voiced his resentment as he alleged that prime minister Sheikh Hasina has distorted his name by calling him ‘Bodu Kaka’. “The prime minister shouldn’t have called me in such a name.”B Chy, who is the founding secretary general of the BNP, said he did seek BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail not to appease or flatter anybody. “The rule of law is being violated in her case. She was not freed despite the court order.”Referring to the prime minister’s comment on India, he said Sheikh Hasina should let people know about which she has so far given to the neighbouring country.Bikolpo Swechchhasebak Dal arranged the programme at a city hotel.He said the new political alliance, ‘Jukta Front’, formed under his leadership will carry out a struggle to build a corruption-free Bangladesh.”As a third political force under the leadership of honest politicians, Jukta Front has already attracted people and it’ll gradually get stronger to ensure a balance between the two major parties,” B Chowdhury added.He said Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain also announced to work together with Jukta Front leaders.If people cast vote for Jukta Front, the BDB chief said, it will form a national government for five years.He said their platform thinks the next election will not be acceptable if it is not held under a neutral government and election commission.B Chowdhury said a level-playing field must be created to ensure the participation of all parties in the next general election. “So, this parliament must be dissolved 100 days before the election.”last_img read more

Texas Lawmakers Battle With Land Office Over Transparency In Alamo Restoration

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneTexas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Dec. 5, 2017Lawmakers who agreed earlier this year to dedicate tens of millions of dollars to update the Alamo are now asking for greater transparency about how the money is being spent.Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, whose General Land Office is the state agency overseeing the landmark’s restoration, was grilled Tuesday by Senate Finance Committee members on what they said was a “convoluted” structure of nonprofits contracted for fundraising, maintenance upkeep and planning the future of the Alamo.Over the past year, the Land Office, in partnership with the city of San Antonio, has developed a multi-million dollar master plan for the site, which includes preserving the Alamo Church and developing a museum to house a vast collection of Alamo artifacts donated by British rock legend Phil Collins. During their 2017 session, the Legislature allocated $75 million toward the upgrade of the site, in addition to $32.5 million allocated in 2015.The project is an ambitious one — so ambitious, Bush told committee members Tuesday, that he didn’t have the resources to hire enough staff to oversee it when he took office in 2015. Instead, a private, nonprofit endowment called the Alamo Endowment was created — with Bush as chairman of the board of directors — and a subsidiary of that endowment called the Alamo Trust hired nearly 70 staffers to maintain and oversee the site.Because the Alamo Trust is a private organization, it and its staff aren’t subject to the Texas Public Information Act. Some committee members told Bush on Tuesday that they would like to see Alamo staff working directly for the state for transparency’s sake.Bush said the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, previously caretakers of the Alamo, had a similarly private relationship with the state — not subject to the Texas Public Information Act. But committee members said one reason the group may have been unable to fully maintain the Alamo was a lack of funding. When the Legislature opted to fill that funding gap with taxpayer money, they said, more transparency was warranted about how that money is spent.“The $75 million commitment was a commitment for the people of Texas, and it’s important Texans know how we spend that money,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.Disclosure: The Texas General Land Office has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here. Sharelast_img read more