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Mostly Safe Drinking Water Is Not Safe Enough

first_imgMost Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge. For example, on May 6 researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University reported that 43 states have sites where water is contaminated with toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS. And many farm workers in California’s Central Valley have to buy bottled water because their tap water contains unsafe levels of arsenic and agricultural chemicals that have been linked to elevated risks of infant death and cancer in adults. As a scientist specializing in water quality, I believe water providers and regulators can’t afford to be complacent. So I was distressed to hear EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler tout the quality of drinking water in the U.S. in an interview on March 20, 2019. “I want to make sure the American public understands 92% of the water everyday meets all the EPA requirements for safe drinking water,” Wheeler said.RELATED ARTICLESReport Warns of Widespread Drinking Water ContaminationNitrate Taints Drinking Water of Millions, Study FindsIs Your Drinking Water Safe?Is There Lead in the Water of Your Green Building?Blue Heron EcoHaus: Dealing With Really Bad Water Let’s do the math on that. Nationwide, 327 million Americans each drink two to eight glasses of water on average every day. If 8% of that supply doesn’t meet EPA standards, that’s up to 209 million unsafe glasses of water per day, or 2.3 billion gallons of water–enough to fill a quarter of a million bathtubs. In short, high compliance numbers do not mean everything is fine. Aging and underfunded For more than 40 years, the Safe Drinking Water Act has provided a consistent set of national standards for monitoring and managing contaminants to ensure the safety of water. The Environmental Protection Agency develops these standards and works with states and water utilities to ensure that drinking water supplies conform to them. Thanks to rules implemented under the Safe Drinking Water Act in the 1980s, waterborne disease declined in the United States, but in recent decades it has crept back up. The EPA also provides funding to states and communities to monitor and test water supplies. This support is essential as the agency develops new standards and monitoring approaches for emerging contaminants, such as PFAS. However, the EPA’s annual appropriations budget for water infrastructure has been virtually flat since 2000. EPA annual appropriations for water infrastructure, fiscal years 1973-2019.[Source: Congressional Research Service] There are more than 151,000 public water systems in the United States serving residential communities, schools, office buildings, hospitals and other sites. It is especially challenging for small communities to fund infrastructure upgrades and monitor water quality. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. drinking water delivery system a D on its most recent infrastructure report card, based on the high number of leaks and the presence of both legacy contaminants like lead and new threats like PFAS. Millions of violations every year Nationwide, the fraction of all water systems in compliance with health standards has hovered between 90% and 93% since 2013. However, some key sources are doing less well. For example, at schools and daycare facilities compliance was only 90% on average from 2014 to 2019, and appears to have declined in the past several years. And some regions are better-served than others. EPA data for the first quarter of 2019 show that the percentage of water systems in compliance ranged from 84% to 95%. The fractions of populations with access to water that met all national standards varied even more, ranging from 60% to 95%. EPA Regions 2 (New York and New Jersey) and 6 (New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas) had the poorest compliance records. In Region 2, nearly 12 million people were served by a system in violation of at least one federal regulation. Compliance with federal drinking water standards varies regionally across the country.[Source: EPA] Sickened by tap water What are the most common violations? Of the 10,083 systems that were in violation of a federal standard in 2015, 72% were based on the Total Coliform Rule or other microbial violations. This means that bacteria were found in the water, and that there was a potential for waterborne disease due to fecal contamination or inadequate treatment. Researchers have estimated that as many as 32 million cases of waterborne disease occur nationwide every year. The most recent summary from the Centers for Disease Control of actual reported problems in community water systems found 42 outbreaks in 2013 and 2014, with 1,006 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. For the water industry these events represent failures to fulfill its core mission, much like plane crashes for the aviation industry. Climate change is producing more intense storms and flooding, which is significantly affecting water quality. Extreme precipitation and floods wash contaminants from sewage and animal manure into water supplies. It is clear that rainfall is associated with widespread transport of fecal contamination from humans and animals into rivers and lakes. Grade: Incomplete No other industry would accept an 8% failure rate, and I do not believe U.S. water professionals see that figure as acceptable. In my view, the first step is to put more resources into water supply monitoring and diagnostics that can detect emerging pathogens, such as protozoa and viruses. Another valuable step would be funding pilot and demonstration plants that could demonstrate new treatment systems’ potential to reduce waterborne disease risks. For example, in Ohio a consortium of cities, consulting engineers, and universities is assessing new treatment systems for combined sewer and stormwater discharges. Creating more such facilities would support innovation and adoption of promising new strategies. Early work on the occurrence in water supplies of Cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that can cause gastrointestinal illness, eventually led to new rules for drinking water monitoring and treatment. Today, water utilities could identify whether fecal pollution was coming from humans or animals using new technologies and this would allow them to target impaired waterways before outbreaks occurred. Finally, I believe water providers and regulators should reaffirm their commitment to providing safe water whenever Americans turn on a tap or take a shower. A perfect score may be unattainable today, but even a 1% rise in compliance would make numerous Americans’ lives safer and healthier. And investments in new water infrastructure can make 99.999% compliance achievable. Joan Rose is Laboratory Director/Principal Investigator in Water Research, at Michigan State University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here.last_img read more

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Congress wants BHU Vice-Chancellor sacked

first_imgThe Congress on Monday demanded the immediate sacking of the BHU Vice-Chancellor and a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge into the lathi-charge on students. Rather than empathising with the students who were seeking a safer campus, the BHU “colluded in the most barbaric lathi-charge” against them, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.last_img

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Judicial probe into ‘missing keys’ to Puri temple treasury

first_imgThe Naveen Patnaik government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the non-availability of keys to the Ratna Bhandar (treasury) of the 12th-century Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri.A controversy erupted recently when Puri District Collector Arvind Agarwal observed in a temple management committee meeting that there was no information confirming the availability of the keys. “The inquiry will be conducted by a retired High Court judge and will be completed within three months,” said a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office here on Monday.Two months ago, on April 4, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration made an attempt to open the inner chamber of the treasury for inspection. They could not open the room for want of the keys to it, and had to return after peeping into the chamber through a broken window.In the past two decades, the administration has twice tried to assess the valuable ornaments stored in the treasury, but failed in face of opposition from a section of people serving the temple, who maintain that it would hurt the sentiments of the devotees. According to information provided by Law Minister Pratap Jena in the last Assembly session, assessment of valuables stocked in the treasury was last carried out in 1978. He said that the treasury had 128 kg of gold ornaments.Meanwhile, Jagannath Sena, an outfit that raises issues concerning the temple, sought a probe by the CBI into the “missing keys” of the treasury. Past experience, the Jagannath Sena alleged, showed that judicial inquiries in the State yielded no results.last_img read more

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Roger Federer battles into Australian Open third round

first_imgLATEST STORIES The plucky Evans, who had covered acres of ground and found the lines brilliantly, needed treatment for blisters on both feet before the second set started and immediately was broken.But he refused to lie down and broke back as Federer served for the set to force another tie-break.“I thought I might have pulled away midway through the second set,” added Federer. “But I couldn’t, to his credit. He played well.”The Swiss star hasn’t often needed luck during his unparallelled career but he took advantage of some in the third set to finally ease the pressure.Holding break point at 2-1, he barely scooped up a half-volley which grabbed the net cord and toppled over forcing Evans to go long.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think if I could have pulled away early in the match it might have been different,” said the 37-year-old Swiss master who needed 2hr 35min to get past his 28-year-old opponent.Evans, whose ranking plummeted from a career-high 41 after he was slapped with a year-long ban for testing positive to cocaine in April 2017, played almost flawless tennis to stave off a set point on his way to forcing a first set tie-break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe even had the temerity to lead 5-3 in the breaker before Federer stepped up a gear and reeled off the next four points with a cry of “Come on!” as he secured a hard-fought opening set after exactly one hour.It was harsh on Evans who had committed only two unforced errors and constantly put the third seed under pressure with his scampering, attacking game and flurry of winners off both wings. A service game to love followed to put Federer 4-1 up and the brave resistance of Evans was finally broken.The veteran will next play either France’s Gael Monfils, seeded 30, or American Taylor Fritz in the last 32.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open third round for a 20th straight year Wednesday but was made to battle hard by Britain’s Dan Evans before winning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.The ageless 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is gunning for a record seventh Melbourne Park title and third in a row, had breezed past Denis Istomin in the first round, but was given a much tougher examination by the world number 189.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Dec 8 (PTI) Statistical highlights from day one Mumbai, Dec 8 (PTI) Statistical highlights from day one of the fourth cricket Test between India and England here today. # Keaton Jennings became the third England batsman after Bryan Valentine and Alastair Cook and the eighth overall to register a hundred on Test debut in India. # Apart from the three England batsmen, two New Zealanders, Bruce Taylor and Kane Williamson, Australias Michael Clarke, West Indian, Gordon Greenidge and South Africas Alviro Petersen have accomplished the feat. # Jennings is the eighth England opener to post a hundred on Test debut.# Overall, 19 England players have recorded centuries on Test debut. Jonathan Trott was the last England batsman to post a century on Test debut – 119 vs Australia at The Oval in 2009. # Jennings 112 is the highest by a visiting opener on Test debut vs India in India, surpassing the 107 by Gordon Greenidge at Bangalore in November 1974.# Alastair Cook (2027 runs at an average of 51.97 in 24 Tests) has become the first England batsman and the sixth overall to complete 2,000 runs or more vs India in Tests. # Cooks tally of 1158 runs at an average of 55.14 in 12 Testsby an England batsman vs India in India is a record. # Having scored 2117 runs at an average of 39.20 in 30 Tests vs Australia, Cook became the fourth England batsman to amass 2,000 runs or more against two opponents in Tests, joining Wally Hammond, Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch. # Moeen Ali (50) has registered his ninth fifty in Tests – his first vs India. # Moeens score is his second highest against India next only to the 117 at Rajkot in Novembeer 2016. # Moeens series aggregate of 191 (ave. 31.83) in four Tests is his highest in a Test series away from home – his highest being 316 (ave.advertisement63.20) in four Tests vs Pakistan in England in 2016. # Ravichandran Ashwin has taken his tally to 63 at 22.57 runs apiece in eleven Tests this year – his highest wicket aggregate in a calendar year, eclipsing the 62 at an average of 17.20 in nine Tests in 2015. # Ashwin has taken 239 wickets at an average of 24.65 in 43 Tests, eclipsing Javagal Srinaths tally of 236 (ave. 30.49) in 67 Tests. # Ashwin enjoys an impressive record in Tests at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – his tally being 22 (ave.25.72) in four Tests. Only at Ferozshah Kotla, Delhi, he has taken more wickets in Tests – 23 at 14.21 runs apiece in three Tests. # In 21 successive Tests under his captaincy, Virat Kohli has not played the same playing XI. Besides him, Ajinkya Rahane has appeared in most Tests (20). PTI Cor AH AHlast_img read more

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Jonty Rhodes likely to become Bangladesh’s fielding consultant

first_imgThe Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in talks with South African legend Jonty Rhodes for a short-term fielding consultant role, confirmed the board’s president Nazmul Hassan Papon.Rhodes, who is currently serving as the fielding coach of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, might take up the role of a fielding consultant for a span of less than a month.Although the BCB has said that nothing has been finalised yet, but a meeting is being scheduled between Rhodes’ agent and the BCB.”Jonty is very busy. He could not work for a long time. Our talks with him are going on. If he agrees to work with us, he will then come here for a short term,” Sport24 quoted BCB director and Cricket Operations Committee chairperson Akram Khan as saying.”He will work and share his experience with our national players besides high performance and our other teams also,” he added.The decision to hire Rhodes comes after Bangladesh had a disastrous tour of New Zealand where they lost all the eight matches (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 2 Tests). Bangladesh will be hosting a two-match Test series against Australia in September.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli is my favourite among modern day players, says Vivian Richards

first_imgLegendary cricketer Vivian Richards has called India skipper Virat Kohli his favourite modern day player and also backed the Indian team to win the ongoing Test series in Australia. The four-match series is currently locked at 1-1 after the first two Tests but for Richards India remain the favourites to win the contest and create history.India succumbed to a 146-run defeat at the hands of Australia in the second Test of the four-match series earlier this week after registering a close 31-run victory in the first Test in Adelaide. The third Test begins in Melbourne on Boxing Day, before Sidney hosts the final tie from January 3 2019.Richards, who is here as brand ambassador of American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, which is part of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), said Kohli’s leadership qualities and “stomach to compete” should hold India in good stead in the two remaining games.”India has got a wonderful opportunity to win the series. They would have had a setback in Perth but they can still win. They have a captain like Virat who wears his heart on his sleeve and he has the stomach to compete and drag his players to victory,” Richards told IANS on Friday.In the same breath, the 66-year old West Indies batting great pointed out that even without Steve Smith and David Warner, the Aussies are a formidable unit as they can match up the dearth of talent with their attitude.”I am still backing them [the Indian team] to win the series but one should never ever forget, the Australians without Steve Smith or [David] Warner are still a formidable force. What they miss in talent, they will bring it in their attitude,” he said.advertisementAlways effusive in praise of Kohli, Richards said it would be “jumping the gun” to rate him among the all time greats as he needs to finish his career first.”Among modern day players he is my favourite. I have various categories. I think we got to wait until he is finishing his career [to put him in the bracket of all time greats]. We would be jumping the gun if we do that now. But certainly, he is in a wonderful position,” Richards said.’GODFATHER OF INDIAN BATSMANSHIP’Terming the legendary Sunil Gavaskar as the “godfather of Indian batsmanship”, Richards said India can be very happy to have batting greats at different generations.”India have had its fair share of batsmen but the folks who can be called role models — Sunil Gavaskar who is the godfather of Indian batsmanship. Sachin Tendulkar would have followed, and then Virat Kohli. India should be quite happy to have these individuals,” he said.Asked about Kohli’s bust up with Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the second Test, Richards said the flamboyant Indian skipper did not cross the line.”I don’t think he crossed the line. I think the BCCI also said the same thing and I can only follow in those footsteps,” he asserted.A destructive batsman during his time, Richards picked Brian Lara as one who would find the gaps like no one else on a cricket field, saying one doesn’t need to hit sixes all the time to be in that bracket.”In modern day cricket, you have to look at Virat Kohli. And closer to my home, Brian Lara. I don’t think anyone picks gaps as well as Brian Lara. He can find the gaps anywhere on a cricketing field. And that to me is seriously destructive. He may not be hitting sixes. Sachin Tendulkar had that,” he said.”AB De Villiers brings this sort of quality as well, Chris Gayle too. He is one of the last of what West Indies cricket really represents.”So, who are the three toughest bowlers he faced during his time?”[Bhagwat] Chandrashekhar and Dennis Lillee would be on top of the tree. There were so many,” quipped Richards, who has 8540 runs in 121 Tests and 6721 in 187 One Day Internationals.Also Read | I have no problem with Virat Kohli’s aggression in Australia: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Justin Langer sees the funny side of Kohli-Paine banterlast_img read more

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Realme 5G phones will be ready before India starts 5G services, says CEO Madhav Sheth

first_imgRealme is leaving no stones unturned to make its place in the Indian smartphone market. In fact, being a new company Realme is giving sleepless nights to competitors like Xiaomi, Samsung, among others. It has just been slightly more than a year that Realme entered the Indian market. Ever since then the company has launched several great phones in India. The company recently launched the Realme 3 Pro in India to take on the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro. Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth has now confirmed that the company is working on 5G phones to bring very soon.Sheth revealed several details about the company’s take on 5G devices. Sheth elucidates that the Realme 5G phone will be ready before the telecom operators in India begin offering network services to the consumers. “We will be launching 5G services much before the operators… we want consumers in India to enter 5G services as such,” Sheth told the media in an interaction. This was reported by IANS. However, he didn’t mention the timeline for the launch of Realme 5G phones.Currently, 5G is being tested in India. Reports suggest that the Indian government plans to roll out 5G connectivity services by 2020 — that is next year. Some countries across the world are already using 5G network on their devices. Some reports suggest that the telecom operators — like Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea — will start 5G trials next month in India. The trial period may be extended by a year so telecom operators have sufficient time to stabilise the network before the official launch.advertisementEarlier this week Realme launched the Realme X in China. This is the company’s first pop-up selfie camera phone and also the first one for around Rs 20,000. We at India Today Tech in an exclusive interview with Sheth confirmed that the Realme X will come to India soon. In India, Realme 3 is expected to have a price tag of under Rs 20,000.The Realme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128Gb of internal storage. The Realme X offers a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixel and 6P lens. On the front the Realme X includes a pop-up camera that houses a 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera. The Realme X runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top and is backed by a 3,765mAh battery.ALSO READ | Realme X launched: Top 5 features you should know about the phoneALSO READ | Realme X launched with Snapdragon 710, AMOLED display, VOOC 3.0 and 48MP camera: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Realme X quick review: Notchless display, snappy performance and ready for Indialast_img read more

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India, Pakistan, England, Australia: Ganguly predicts 2019 World Cup semifinalists

first_imgIndia, Pakistan, England, Australia: Ganguly predicts 2019 World Cup semifinalistsWhile maintaining that India are one of the title favourites, former captain Sourav Ganguly said the 2019 World Cup will be one of the most evenly contest quadrennial tournaments in the history of the sport.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 19:23 IST 2019 World Cup: India are one of the title favourites, says Sourav Ganguly (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMy pick for the four semifinalists spot would be India, Australia, England and Pakistan: GangulyIndia are one of the title-contenders of course: GangulySourav Ganguly also played down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s IPL formThe current Indian team’s strength makes them “favourites” going into any competition leave alone World Cup where they are sureshot semifinalists alongside Australia, England and Pakistan.The former India captain, who led the team to the 2003 World Cup finals expects that current round robin format will be one of the most “keenly contested” tournament.”My pick for the four semifinalists spot would be India, Australia, England and Pakistan. India are one of the title-contenders of course,” Ganguly told PTI in an interview.Ten teams will be competing in the ODI cricket’s quadrennial extravaganza in a round robin format where every team plays each other before the semifinals.”It’s going to be one of the most keenly contested World Cups. Indian team is so strong that in any tournament they will be favourites. This World Cup will probably be the best format. The best four teams will reach the semi-finals playing all the teams. There are no easy teams,” said Ganguly.Kuldeep Yadav’s four wickets in nine games is not something that will affect his performance in the World Cup.”He will get wickets in the World Cup, don’t worry. He’s a superb bowler,” Ganguly said without reading much into Kuldeep’s below-par show for KKR.The Prince of Kolkata is now playing a pivotal role in the turnaround of Delhi Capitals in search of an elusive IPL title.”I don’t see the challenges as tough, I just find a way to try and make it work. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. It’s a great honour to help these players and turn around a team which has not done well in the past,” the Delhi Capitals advisor said.advertisementDelhi Capitals are occupying second place behind Chennai Super Kings in the leaderboard as they need one win from three matches to seal their playoff berth.”Delhi is a mixture of youth and experience. I can only advice so the credit should go to players who actually execute it.”The team has two legends at the helm with Ganguly working alongside his former Aussie counterpart Ricky Ponting who is the head coach of the franchise.”We are great friends for a long period of time. I was the runners-up in the (2003) World Cup which he had won. He has great experience. It’s been a pleasure working with him. The way he adjusts to player’s needs is a remarkable experience. He’s a fantastic coach,” Ganguly said showering praise on Ponting.Also Read | Dale Steyn’s injury leaves Cricket South Africa worried ahead of 2019 World CupAlso Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: List of Players in all 10 teamsAlso See:For 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 Sourav GangulyFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow PakistanFollow AustraliaFollow EnglandFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

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Durand Cup: ATK pip Mohammedan Sporting as Mohun Bagan seal semifinal spot

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 21:48 IST This was ATK’s first victory in the Durand Cup. (ISL File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSATK rode on Hitesh Sharma’s early strike to pip Mohammedan Sporting by a solitary goalMohun Bagan, who lead group B table with six points, face Indian Navy (one point) in their last group fixtureThe result also meant that 16-time champions Mohun Bagan sealed a semifinal berth from the groupFormer Indian Super League champions ATK rode on Hitesh Sharma’s early strike to pip Mohammedan Sporting by a solitary goal in a rain-interrupted 129th Durand Cup at the Saltlake Stadium here on Friday.The result also meant that 16-time champions Mohun Bagan sealed a semifinal berth from the group with a match in hand.Mohun Bagan, who lead group B table with six points, face Indian Navy (one point) in their last group fixture on Saturday.Sharma set the pace with his second-minute goal after the match began half an hour late because of heavy downpour.Three minutes later, Mohammedan had a chance to equalise but a Vanlalbiaa Chhangte’s shot from Kouassi’s beautiful through ball hit the crossbar.Credit should also be given to ATK’s goalkeeper Avilash Paul who stood tall under the bar with a couple of fine saves to deny their Kolkata rivals any chance of a comeback.Mohammedan Sporting got two quick chances in the 47th minute but Paul held steady to clear the first attempt before Prabir Das made a beautiful goal line save.Mohammedan Sporting squandered a chance to equalise in the 78th minute when Firoj Ali’s powerful shot sailed high over the cross-bar.This was the two-time ISL champions’ first victory in the tournament, but it came only in their last group B league outing as they bowed with four points from three matches.Mohammedan Sporting, who had hammered Indian Navy 6-2 six days back, also finished with three points from as many matches.advertisementEarlier, former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC were leading 1-0 against I-League debutants TRAU FC when the match was called off in the 15th minute because of heavy lightning and thundershowers at the Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah.N Joysana Singh gave Chennaiyin FC the lead in the eighth minute after RC Aimol set it up with a measured pass from the right flank.The group D match will resume from 10am on Saturday.For 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Durand CupFollow Atletico de Kolkata FCFollow Mohammedan Sporting Durand Cup: ATK pip Mohammedan Sporting as Mohun Bagan seal semifinal spotThis was the Atletico de Kolkata’s first victory in the tournament, but it came only in their last group B league outing as they bowed with four points from three matches.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Fashion Fatigues: Shop the Camo Trend

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man Camouflage is one of those print trends that comes and goes throughout the years. It made a big appearance in the late 90s / early 2000s then disappeared for awhile, forcing seekers of the pattern to hit the Army Navy store instead of their go-to retailers. In case you weren’t aware, camo made a huge comeback in 2013. As we entered into the new year, we were wondering if the print would continue to make an appearance within the collections of our favorite brands or slowly disappear from fashion’s front lines. But our trip to the Capsule men’s trade show in NYC last month showed us that camo is here to stay, for this year at least. So if you’ve yet to add fashion fatigues to your wardrobe, not to worry – we rounded up some of the best camo clothing and accessories to kick your spring wardrobe off right.Mark McNairy Digi Camo Multi Pocket Button Down ShirtOne of out favorite American-made clothing labels, Mark McNairy, brings the camo trend to the digital age with this pixelated print, designed with more than enough pockets to stash all your necessities. $129, Mark McNairy New AmsterdamHerschel Supply Co Novel Duffle in Woodland CamoOne of Hershcel Supply Co’s most popular silhouettes, the Novel Duffle, has enough space for a weekend trip and beyond, featuring a shoe compartment to keep your kicks organized. $79.99, Herschel Supply CoAnonymous Ism Duckhunter Camo SocksStay stylish down to your feet with Tokyo brand Anonymous Ism’s super comfortable socks, just the thing to get you through the last month of winter weather. $24, UnisThe Hundreds Axel JacketCrafted from waxed cotton with a hidden hood in the collar, multiple pockets and waterproof zippers, this anorak from The Hundreds is perfect for facing the elements anytime of year. $129, The HundredsTOMS+ Camo Suede Ridge BotasNot only will you feel like you’re on top of the style game wearing these rich suede boots from TOMS, feel good knowing the brand still gives a pair of shoes to a child in need with each pair sold. $165, TOMSKomono Magnus Print Woodland Camo WatchBeing punctual is always in style, and even more so when you wear Komono’s Woodland Camo watch on your wrist. Because the time for new accessories is always our favorite time. $99.95, ZumiezG.H. Bass & Co. Camo WeejunsG.H. Bass took their classic Weejun loafer and gave it a modern update with a handsome leather and printed canvas design, the perfect shoe to take you from season to season this year. $59.99, G.H. Bass & Co. A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Siblinglast_img read more

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Shipping Experts Call for Collaboration and Consolidation

first_img Print  Close MOF, April 7, 2014 My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Maritime industry leaders have today called for greater collaboration and consolidation in Asia to tackle challenges such as the rise over capacity, talent shortages and environmental sustainability, which are impacting the potential of the industry.Speaking at an industry insights briefing today ahead of the launch of Sea Asia 2015, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore Assistant Chief Executive (Development) Ms Tan Beng Tee; PIL Managing Director and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) Chairman S.S. Teo; Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) Chairman and Keppel Offshore & Marine MD (Marine & Technology) Michael Chia; and Seatrade Chairman Chris Hayman, said the region’s maritime industry is facing significant growth opportunities but further collaboration and consolidation is needed.The leaders at today’s conference said consolidation and stronger alliances across public and private sector would help navigate these challenges.The world’s container fleet stood at 5,043 vessels at the end of 2013, up from 5,010 at the end of 2012, with excess capacity amplified through the introduction of larger vessels. This has led to an oversupply which impacts the profitability of the industry.“We will see further consolidation,” added Mr Teo. “It is a matter of bringing people together to realise the challenges and the opportunities, and look at how we can overcome them together.”He added that it’s not all about size and scale.“We are seeing ships continuing to get bigger and bigger and a lot of focus on scale. However we need to remain equally focused on the ‘softer side’ of shipping such as customer service and information technology,” he said.Collaboration is also important to tackle the shortage of highly trained talent within the industry and environmental sustainability.The world fleet is expanding at a rate of 2.3 per cent per annum, fast outstripping the supply of global maritime talent. A recent BIMCO report highlighted that the world’s global supply of 624,000 officers falls 13,000 short of demand with 4,500 fewer workers employed in Singapore’s maritime sector in 2012, versus the previous year.Maritime centres across Asia are working to address this challenge. Singapore, for example, has a number of initiatives in place. Its Maritime Cluster Fund – Manpower Development (MCF-MD) was established to develop and attract talent. In 2013 alone, MPA provided co-funding support to more than 4,400 participants of maritime training through the MCF-MD.Ms Tan commented that MPA is focused on developing a “pipeline of strong Singaporean talent”. The development of new technology as well as the increased productivity of the existing workforce will help reduce the demand for as many human resources.“We also need to work together to share ideas and technology to develop more environmentally-friendly solutions,” said Mr Teo.“This is one focus area under the SMI Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap. We are planning an R&D programme to pursue issues and opportunities related to ballast water and exhaust emission, among others,” he said.Mr Chia commented that by working together to overcome these challenges, the maritime industry in Asia is set for future growth.“The basic driving force behind shipping will be the growth of the Asian economies. We see China continuing to grow. ASEAN has a reasonable growth pace; India is coming up and Vietnam is a hidden tiger. These economies will continue to sustain shipping.”He added this is already clearly demonstrated in the region’s growing prominence in a number of critical areas, such as ship building. Asia now controls more than 90 per cent of the shipbuilding market, with China alone accounting for around 44 per cent of the current global order book for new ships.Seatrade Chairman Chris Hayman said: “Asia is the world’s engine room for growth.”“Increasing intra-and-extra regional trade, a rapidly growing ‘consuming class’ and emerging economies are all fuelling fast-paced growth in the region’s maritime industry. However, there are a number of challenges that the region needs to navigate,” he said.MPA’s Ms Tan agreed that Asia was fast growing in prominence. She commented, “The opportunities for partnership and collaboration in the region are undoubtedly on the rise. With her strategic location and pro-business environment, Singapore is positioned well as a gateway to key Asian markets. Singapore continues to keep abreast of global developments and will continue to work with the industry to address and tackle key challenges and position ourselves strategically for future growth.”Indeed, the challenges and opportunities facing the region’s maritime industry will be the focus of next year’s Sea Asia – an event which has firmly established its position as the leading platform for discussion, debate and analysis on the maritime industry.“Sea Asia’s importance in the global maritime calendar continues to grow,” said Mr Hayman.“Last year’s exhibition was attended by over 13,000 participants from 68 countries, and featured 385 maritime businesses from 39 countries. Next year’s event will be even bigger.“The exhibition will grow by over 30 per cent to accommodate greater interests and showcase of more services and new products. The opening session of the Sea Asia conference which has traditionally been drawing the Who’s Who of maritime leadership, will be upgraded in terms of format and content.“We have confirmed the participation of journalist and broadcaster, Stephen Sackur, who will undoubtedly keep us all on the edge of our seats as he leads a gruelling debate of key maritime issues,” he said.last_img read more

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Port of Long Beach Volumes Hit by Hanjin Woes

first_imgzoom US Port of Long Beach container volumes declined 16.6 percent year-over-year in September, as the effects of the Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy reached West Coast ports.The port said that longshore workers moved 546,805 twenty-foot equivalent units last month.This included 282,945 TEUs in imports, down 15 percent from September 2015, a month which capped off the port’s best quarter ever.Exports dropped to 120,383 TEUs, a decrease of 4.2 percent, while empties were 27.2 percent lower at 143,476 TEUs.Port officials said the number of containers handled during September was impacted not only by reduced calls by Hanjin-operated ships, but also by the absence of Hanjin containers on vessels operated by fellow CKYHE Alliance members.Hanjin Shipping containers account for approximately 12.3 percent of the port’s total containerized volume.Cargo volumes are down 4.6 percent for the current calendar year to date in Long Beach.last_img read more

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Provincial Renal Program to be Established

first_imgNova Scotia’s health-care providers are working hard to develop programs that better prevent, diagnose and treat renal disease. “More and more Nova Scotians are suffering from renal disease, which is being shown by an eight to 10 per cent growth in demand for dialysis services every year,” Health Minister Angus MacIsaac said today, Nov. 1. “We hope that a provincial renal care program focused on prevention, diagnosis and treatment, will help turn this situation around.” In-centre dialysis treatment is currently offered by health organizations in four centres — IWK Health Centre and Capital Health in Halifax Regional Municipality, Cape Breton District Health Authority in Sydney, and South West Health in Yarmouth. Capital Health also offers a satellite dialysis system in nine sites across the province. During the autumn of 2004, a group representing these organizations and the Department of Health began looking at the challenges faced by patients and by the providers delivering dialysis services. The group arranged for an external review of the satellite service this summer. The reviewers recommended development of a provincial renal care program that emphasizes prevention, through health education and early identification of chronic kidney disease, and the development of standards for quality, equitable care throughout the province. “Capital Health has partnered with the Department of Health and other district health authorities to begin to develop a Renal Care Program for Nova Scotia,” said Brian Butt, health services director for Capital Health’s hemodialysis program. “This partnership, supported by newly created provincial standards, improved education and early disease identification, will ensure better care and access for all renal care patients in Nova Scotia no matter where they live.” The reviewers also recommended that all satellite dialysis clinics provide the same level of care for staffing, physical facilities, and relationships with the district health authorities. The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority has agreed to partner with Capital Health to pilot the new program at St. Martha’s Hospital in the spring of 2006. The review and the two initiatives are funded by $750,000 announced during the 2005-06 budget. In the last few years, the Department of Health has funded about $10 million to expand dialysis services in Cape Breton and Dartmouth.last_img read more

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SLPP wants Sri Lankas envoy to Geneva recalled

Wakkumbura told reporters today that the President must recall the Ambassador and express his strong displeasure on the actions of the Ambassador. (Colombo Gazette) The President had said yesterday (Thursday) that he was not aware of the decision taken by the Government to cosponsor the Resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. “On February 25th the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Geneva (Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez) had signed the Resolution without informing me. I do not accept that,” the President had said. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today demanded that Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva be recalled over the controversy surrounding Sri Lanka cosponsoring the Resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.SLPP member, Parliamentarian Janaka Wakkumbura said that President Maithripala Sirisena has made it clear that Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez had betrayed him and the military. read more

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Fed set to cut rates for first time in decade Is it

WASHINGTON — There’s little dispute that the Federal Reserve this week will do something it hasn’t done since 2008, when the U.S. economy was gripped by the Great Recession: Cut its benchmark interest rate.This time, by contrast, the economy is solid by most measures. Consumers are spending. Unemployment is close to a half-century low. A recession hardly seems imminent.Yet the Fed under Chairman Jerome Powell has signalled that rising economic pressures — notably from President Donald Trump’s trade wars and from a global slowdown — have become cause for concern. So has an inflation rate that remains chronically below the Fed’s target level.So the Fed has decided that a rate cut now — and possibly one or more additional cuts to follow — could help inoculate the economy against a potential downturn. The idea is that lowering its key short-term rate, which can affect consumer and business loans, could encourage borrowing and spending and energize the economy.Wall Street has welcomed that prospect. Since the start of the year, the mood of investors has swung decisively from angst about potentially higher rates to elation over the prospect of looser credit. That has helped drive a stock market rally.Still, skeptics wonder whether Fed rate cuts at this point would really do much to bolster an economy whose borrowing rates are already low. Some even worry that the central bank will be taking a needless risk: By cutting rates now, the Fed is disarming itself of some ammunition it would need in case the economy did slide toward a recession. Some also suggest that by driving rates ever lower, the Fed might be helping to fuel dangerous bubbles in stocks or other risky assets.Powell will surely be asked about these concerns at a news conference Wednesday after the Fed ends its latest meeting with a policy statement. Reporters will likely also press him about the likelihood of further rate cuts to follow this week’s expected move and also whether continued pressure from President Donald Trump to cut rates is damaging the Fed’s political independence.Trump kept up his drumbeat of criticism, complaining in tweets Monday that the Fed raised rates “way too early and way too much” and a small rate cut now “is not enough.”Two government reports last week — on economic growth during the April-June quarter and orders for durable manufactured goods — confirmed that the economy remains on firm footing even with pressures at home and abroad. As a result, some analysts the Fed may pause after Wednesday’s rate cut to see if the economic outlook further brightens before deciding on any further easing.Other analysts foresee two or even three rate cuts this year as the Fed tries to counter global threats that risk spreading to the United States — not just prolonged trade rifts but also a potentially botched exit by Britain from the European Union, a weaker China and the risk of a recession in Europe.The Fed’s current rate policy marks the continuation of an abrupt policy shift beginning early this year. In December, the Fed had raised its benchmark rate for the fourth time in 2018 and projected two additional rate increases in 2019. At the time, Powell also suggested that the Fed would keep reducing its bond portfolio indefinitely — a step that would further contribute to higher rates. Stock prices tumbled for days afterward.In January, Powell and the Fed signalled a sudden policy shift — indicating that they would be “patient” about any changes in rates and implying that rate hikes were off the table.After U.S.-China trade talks collapsed in May, the Fed went further and began considering acting to sustain the economic expansion, which has just become the longest on record.Yet now, with U.S.-China trade talks back on track and signs of a resilient U.S. economy, some are wondering why the Fed is considering a rate cut. One theory is that the policymakers have so clearly signalled that a cut is coming that they must follow through on it.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said he thinks that in the absence of any economic calamity, only one rate cut is likely this year. David Jones, an economist who has written books about the Fed, agrees with that forecast.“The market is getting ahead of itself in expecting a series of rate cuts,” Jones said.Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, noted that some concern has arisen that the Fed may already be fueling a bubble in stocks that could eventually burst and threaten the economy.In the meantime, there’s little incentive to sell stocks. Indeed, “Don’t fight the Fed” is a common saying on Wall Street. To traders, it means riding stocks and other risky investments when the Fed is cutting rates and lightening up on stocks when it’s tightening. Low rates mean that bonds pay out less in interest, which makes stocks more attractive by comparison.Investors often assess a stock’s price by how much the company earns. So far this year, investors have gone from paying $14.47 for each $1 in expected earnings per share for S&P 500 companies over the ensuing 12 months to more than $17. That increased willingness has helped S&P 500 index funds surge more than 20% this year — even though earnings for S&P 500 companies were likely down in the first six months of 2019 from year-ago levels.“We have incredibly low rates, and the Fed is going to be very accommodative,” said Craig Hodges, portfolio manager at Hodges Funds. “If anything unforeseen happens, like if tensions escalate worldwide or if the trade talks break down, the Fed is there to have a safety net under us. That gives me a little bit of confidence.”Of course, how much further the stock market has to go is up for debate. The last 19 times the Fed began a rate-cutting cycle in response to slowing growth, dating to the 1950s, the economy eventually slipped into recession in nearly half of them, according to Deutsche Bank. In those recessions, the S&P 500 typically dropped 27% from peak to trough.If anything, the market rally may increase pressure on companies. Few analysts see the stock market as cheap now that investors are willing to pay so much more relative to corporate profits. For the stock market to make its next move higher, growth in profits may need to lead the way.___Choe reported from New York.Martin Crutsinger And Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

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Nielsen American Idol and football give Fox a winning score in primetime

by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 12:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman holds up the George Halas Trophy after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Nielsen: ‘American Idol’ and football give Fox a winning score in prime-time viewers last week NEW YORK, N.Y. – Last week, it was Fox’s turn to shine.Rebounding from a fourth-place finish the previous week, Fox rode football and “American Idol” to the top of the prime-time ratings, according to Nielsen.Fox’s coverage of the NFC championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers drew a hefty 56 million viewers to take the top slot for the week, followed by the game’s overtime show, which attracted more than 30 million viewers.The Wednesday season premiere of “American Idol,” seen by 15 million viewers, placed fifth for the week, followed right behind by the Thursday “Idol” edition, with more than 13 million viewers.Fox’s slasher drama “The Following” made a strong second-season return in 10th place, with 11 million viewers tuning in.CBS claimed the other five slots in the Top 10 roster.Overall for the week, Fox won with an average of 17.2 million viewers. Runner-up CBS had 8.4 million, followed by ABC with 5.2 million and NBC with 4.6 million. Univision had 2.7 million, the CW had 1.6 viewers, Telemundo had 1.4 million and ION Television had 1.2 million.The week’s top-rated cable networks were Disney with 2.24 million viewers, USA with 2.18 million and History with 1.98 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.4 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.5 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.5 million viewers.For the week of Jan. 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFC Championship: San Francisco at Seattle, Fox, 55.91 million; NFC Championship: “The OT,” Fox, 30.34 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 19.72 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 15.87 million; “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 15.19 million; “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 13.36 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 12.62 million; “Person of Interest,” CBS, 12.54 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.03 million; “The Following,” Fox, 11.18 million.___ABC and Disney are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC, USA and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. History is owned by A+E Networks.___Online: read more

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Imperial professor loses job after harassing younger woman he met on Tinder

The court heard Krams had sent letters and phoned his former partner during June and July, but denied posting the letters by hand through her door.He contacted the police and admitted sending a letter, but carried on after being told to stop. Ausra Satiene In November 2017 Krams took a job at Queen Mary University where he worked as a councillor while still working at the hospital twice a week.He told the court: “At the beginning I was very much in love with her. What happened in October was aggressive and strong-minded – it was not my style.”There were two phone calls were she asked for money in December. I was already thinking about her attitude. Then suddenly received phone calls that I should pay her because she is younger.”Ms Satiene also worked at the same hospital and Krams said he wrote to her because he was fearful for his career.He claimed she was phoning him up to 30 times from withheld numbers after their break-up but not speaking when he picked up the call.He added: “I sent her flowers. I am from a Dutch culture. I bought my ex-wife in Holland flowers almost every week.”I was secretly hopeful she would phone and say ‘Rob I did not pay you enough attention’ but she phoned to ask me for money.” At Krams’ sentencing hearing, Georgia Luscombe, defending, said: “He has been punished socially and professionally.”He received a letter from human resources saying that he is no longer able to continue as professor at Imperial College. Ms Satiene had earlier told the court at Krams’ trial she felt she had nowhere to go when letters continued to arrive after police intervention, which she claimed “disrespected” her decision to break up with him.”I did not know what the next step would be,” she said. “It made me feel very anxious, uncomfortable and emotional.”It made me feel terrible. Even after the police got involved the letters were still coming and I did not know what to do.”Each time I had to open a letter I did not know what to expect. I was very anxious, I was very unhappy and I was very concerned.”In the letter he mentioned social class and I felt that he was putting me down. I felt scared because I was receiving personal letters after he received a warning and an caution.”He was still contacting me after we broke up and things were over. He disrespected my decision.”Krams, who is also a doctor at Hammersmith Hospital, complained he was taken advantage of and treated like a “sugar daddy”. “He does have another professorship but he is unsure of that. His is 63 years old and he has no previous convictions. This offence is wholly out of character.”Mr Krams deeply regrets his actions. I think talking to probation was sobering for him. He told me he misinterpreted these missed or unknown phone calls.”I don’t think he did appreciate at the time what effect these letters were having but he does now.”There were no threats in these letters. They were reconciliatory in tone and they were never calculated to cause alarm or distress.”Banning him from contacting Ms Satiene for two years, magistrate Lucinda Lubbock said: “We have taken into account all that has been on your behalf. We are therefore, giving you a 12 month community order and 40 hours unpaid work.”We are going to impose a restraining order but we will time it to two years rather than indefinite. That is not to contact Ausra Satiene directly or indirectly.”Krams, of North Gate, Prince Albert Road, St John’s Wood, northwest London, denied harassment but was found guilty after trial and was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 40 hours unpaid work.He was told to pay costs of £660 and the victim surcharge of £85. Sitting in the dock he was quiet and hung his head while his counsel described him as “extremely stressed”. A professor at Imperial College lost his job after he harassed a younger woman he met on Tinder, a court heard. Rob Krams, 63, was working at the London university as a bio-engineering lecturer when he met Ausra Satiene on the mobile dating app.They were in a relationship for a year and half enjoying trips across Europe and eating out at expensive restaurants in London, but in January they split up after arguments about money.Krams, originally from the Netherlands, ignored a police caution by continuing to make contact with his former girlfriend, sending her four letters and phoning her.The correspondence, according to Ms Satiene, included slurs about her social class which left her “anxious and scared” and struggling to sleep.Ms Satiene said in a statement: “The harassment has made me feel very uncomfortable and has caused a lot of anxiety especially when the letters were being physically delivered to our door.”I felt that there was no end to this. I only feel better now that we have moved to a location he has no knowledge off.”I was worried he would contact my employer and bad mouth me like he had in the letters.”After a couple of sleepless nights due to anxiety and worry I felt very tired at work and it was effecting my performance.” Ausra Satiene Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Projects persevering despite difficulties

first_imgLatest issue of International Mining Project News available (November 21): With the sense of uncertainty that is circulating throughout the industry, project reports and updates are increasing in importance. As a consequence another section on cutbacks has been added. Included in this section is Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold’s Climax molybdenum mine and Xstrata Alloys and Merafe Resources’ Xstrata-Merafe venture; representing two of many featured companies having to adjust their projects to suit the times.On more positive news, Gindalbie Metals has accepted an offer by its joint venture partner in the Karara iron ore project, Anshan Iron & Steel, to fund Gindalbie’s share of the equity contribution towards the estimated A$1.8 billion project development cost via a A$162.06 million share placement to Ansteel. The re-scheduled timeframe – a result of this placement – will have no impact on the ongoing engineering, design and development work currently being carried out for Karara, located 225 km north of Gerlaldton in Western Australia.There is also news of Avalon Minerals, which has taken steps to progress drilling and feasibility studies at its flagship Viscaria copper project, located in the Norrbotten area of northern Sweden. It intends to raise A$2 million through the placement of 20 million shares at A$0.10/share, helping the company extend the known high-grade resources at Viscaria through extensional drilling.In project people, the North West Iron Ore Alliance has appointed former Chief Executive of the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC), Dr Justin Walawski, as the Alliance’s Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive. Walawski will be responsible for overseeing the Alliance’s operations as it continues to focus on negotiating key rail and port access arrangements and completing a scoping study for infrastructure development at Port Hedland.Featured in feasibility, Marengo Mining is well underway with Phase 2 of its study on its wholly-owned Yandera copper-molybdenum project in Papua New Guinea. Recent resource drilling, together with metallurgical data and initial project operating cost information, has resulted in several open pit designs, mine schedules and layouts to be generated. Phase 2 includes metallurgical test work, which is already showing some very positive results, mine design, plant design, equipment selection and infrastructure layout. This represents but a few of the projects featured in this issue, which includes updates on Gold Ore Resources’ Bjorkdal gold mine in Sweden, BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam extension project in Australia and Codelco’s Gaby copper mine in Chile.To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

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Panasonic Eluga is a lightweight waterproof and oddlynamed Android smartphone

first_imgBack in December, Panasonic announced that it was preparing a full-on global assault on the smartphone market. Up first is Europe, where the company’s opening salvo will be fired in a 4.3″ shell. That phone has now gotten official as the Panasonic Eluga.An interesting choice in names, to be sure, but it probably has something to do with the phone’s aquatic exploits (like the whale that rhymes with Eluga). It joins the ever-increasing list of waterproof and dustproof phones, though it’s anything but whale-like in terms of weight at just 103g. That makes it lighter than even the waifish NEC Medias N-04C. Hardware details are very thin at this point, but Panasonic has revealed that the Eluga’s 4.3-inch display packs 540 x 960 pixels — no word on whether it uses an OLED panel as previously rumored.As Sony and Samsung do with their Android phones, Panasonic has designed the Eluga to work in perfect harmony with its Viera smart TVs. Images and videos can be transferred from phone to television with a simple swipe, and you’re also able to display what you’re viewing in the Eluga’s browser using the just-released Viera Remote app version 2.0. One other slick function Panasonic offers is a controller mode, which turns your phone into a gamepad for big-screen fun on compatible Viera sets.The Eluga is set to land on European shores in the very near future, and it’s being shown off by Panasonic ahead of MWC 2012. Keep your eye on this post for updated hardware details once they’re announced.More at Pocket Lint and TechRadarlast_img read more

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