India vs New Zealand, Kolkata Test, Day 1: As it happened

first_imgIndia’s Innings:16.42 IST: New Zealand have bounced back well in the final session to leave India at 239/7 at the end of day’s play. New Zealand bowlers have reaped rewards for their discipline. 16.39 IST: India reach 239/7 at stumps on Day 1. Saha (14*), Pujara (87), Rahane (77), Matt Henry (3/35)16.31 IST: Meanwhile, R Ashwin has set another record today.  Fewest Tests to do the double of 1500 runs and 200 wkts38 R Ashwin41 I Botham44 R Hadlee45 Imran Khan#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 30, 201616.26 IST: OUT! Henry gets his third, removes R Ashwin (lbw) on 26. India 231/7 in 84 overs 16.10 IST: New Zealand have really clawed their way back into the game after a wicket-less second session. India have lost Pujara, Rohit and Rahane in the space of 8 overs. India 221/6 in 80.3 oversThe grounds @ Eden Gardens, Kolkata & Eden Park, Auckland are named after George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, Govn-Gen of Ind 1836-42#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 30, 201616.00 IST: OUT! Jeetan Patel picks his second, removes Rahane (lbw) on 77. India 200/6 in 77.4 overs15.45 IST: OUT! Jeetan Patel gets rid of Rohit Sharma on 2. India 193/5 in 73.1 overs 15.44 IST: Rohit’s injury not serious. He is back up and has resumed the innings.15.41 IST: Rohit Sharma injures his shoulder while getting back to the crease. Not sure how serious it is yet. 15.30 IST: OUT! Wagner snaps Pujara (87) against the run of play. India 187/4 in 69.1 overs15.03 IST: Three consecutive boundaries from Rahane off Wagner. India 184/3 in 68 overs15.05 IST: Pujara moves into the 80s with consecutive boundaries off Wagner. India 166/3 in 66 overs 14.59 IST: India get to the 150-run mark with a superb boundary from Pujara off Boult. India 153/3 in 155/3 in 65 oversadvertisement14.56 IST: The 4th wicket stand between Rahane and Pujara is over 100 now. India 147/3 in 64 overs 14.42 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot – slightly short of good length from Santner and Rahane whips it off an off-stump line. 100-run partnership up. 14.38 IST: Rahane slams his ninth Test fifty as India reach 142/3 after tea. This has been an important innings in the context of the game. The hosts were reeling when he joined Pujara and the two have been all class this morning. 14.18 IST: First session belonged to New Zealand where India lost three wickets. But the hosts have staged a brilliant fightback to take the honours in the second session.  14.13 IST: Pujara (64*), Rahane (47*) guide India to 136/3 at tea. Exceptional batting by Pujara and Rahane to see off the full second session without losing a wicket. It speaks volume about their concentration. 79 runs were scored in this session. The 4th wicket stand is now worth 90.  14.00 IST: Big appeal for an lbw on Pujara. Replays show no inside edge. Pujara gets a life. India 122/3 in 55 overs 13.55 IST: FOUR! Excellent pull shot over deep mid wicket from Rahane off Boult. India 122/3 in 54 overs13.45 IST: Dropped!! Ajinkya Rahane survives after top-edging a short delivery from Jeetan Patel, substitute fielder Doug Bracewell fails to latch on running back from mid-on.13.41 IST: Maiden over from Trent Boult! New Zealand are trying hard to break this partnership. India 109/3 in 50 overs  13.30 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara hits 10th Test fifty, third in succession. India 106/3 in 46.5 overs 13.23 IST: Fifty-run stand comes up between Pujara and Rahane. India 98/3 in 45.1 overs   13.17 IST: The stand between Pujar and Rahane seems to be growing in stature after lunch. The pitch also has settled down a bit.  13.10 IST: FOUR! Rahane slams Santner for a boundary to cover. The partnership now moves to 47 runs from 131 balls. India 94/3 in 44 overs. And it’s drinks!13.00 IST: Mitchell Santner is asking questions in every ball. India 86/3 in 40 overs 12.50 IST: The partnership between Pujara and Rahane is now worth 35. India 85/3 in 37 overs  12.35 IST: Pujara and Rahane are two of the most apt Indian batsmen for this tricky situation. The focus for the hosts here will be to forge a strong partnership. India 76/3 in 34 overs12.22 IST: Maiden over from Matt Henry! It’s his third of the day. India 62/3 in 30 overs  12.18 IST: New Zealand have opted to go with spin straight away after lunch. India 62/3 in 29 overs 12.12 IST: We are back with the post lunch session. Pujara and Rahane will look to rebuild India’s innings in this session.11.45 IST: That is the end of the opening session. What a display of cricket we have seen here so far. After opting to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan dragged one on to Matt Henry cheaply in the second over of the match. Then the duo of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara did well to put some resistance but Henry once again struck and Vijay departed too. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli flopped again as he went on to chase a full ball and gave away his wicket to Trent Boult.advertisementCheteshwar Pujara is playing with all his talent and experience out there as he is playing some quality shots. Ajinkya Rahane has just joined him in the middle. They both did well to negotiate the first session and will like to go from strength to strength post Lunch. The former got a lucky break when Taylor missed a catching opportunity and he will like to get a big score and make the Kiwis pay.Talking about the Kiwis, they have been prolific so far. They have bowled well, fielded better and took on the opposition. Matt Henry has been the pick of the bowlers with his brilliant spell. Trent Boult did well to take the valuable wicket of Virat Kohli too. Overall, all the bowlers did well to keep the scoring tight for India. Let’s see how they pan out their plan in the second session. Do join us shortly. 11.30 IST: Kohli, Dhawan flop as India slip to 57/3 at lunch on Day 1. Cheteshwar Pujara (31*), Matt Henry (2/14), Trent Boult (1/13)11.08 IST: OUT! Virat Kohli’s woes continue as India slip to 46/3 in 21.4 overs. Captain departs! Full ball and wide outside off, Kohli goes chasing that one and drives it. The ball goes of an outside edge flying towards gully. Latham is quick in his response gobbles a brilliant catch. Kohli gets out cheaply once again. Boult has picked a wicket in his return spell. India three down under fifty now.10.45 IST: New Zealand have introduced Mitchell Santner into the play. India 33/2 in 14 overs10.33 IST: FOUR! Full on stumps from Wagner and Pujara whips it down the ground to long on. The ball just raced away to the fence. India 32/2 in 12.2 overs 10.27 IST: OUT! Henry gets his second, dismisses Murali Vijay on 9. Dream ball from Henry! Length ball around middle and off, it holds its line and moves away a bit after pitching. Vijay off his front foot did well to cover the line but the away movement took the edge. Watling is all smiles as he catches that. IND 28/2 in 11.2 overs 10.25 IST: Juicy full toss from Wagner and Pujara sees the gap and smashes it to covers. India 28/1 in 10.4 overs 10.16 IST: Superb shot! Fraction short outside off stump from Hery and Murali Vijay punched it away to covers. What a timing! India 24/1 in 9.2 overs  10.14 IST: Slightly over pitched from Boult and Pujara drives it through covers. Excellent shot! India 20/1 in 9 overs 10.10 IST: Iconic moment! Here’s former India captain Kapil Dev ringing the giant bell before the start of the day’s play at Eden. India 16/1 in 8 oversFormer #TeamIndia Captain @therealkapildev rings the bell to start off proceedings at the Eden Gardens @paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/zJlezQCsgk BCCI (@BCCI) September 30, 201610.06 IST: Maiden over from Boult! New Zealand pacers test India batsmen after Dhawan’s early exit. India 15/1 in 7 overs 10.02 IST: Consecutive boundaries for Cheteshwar Pujara off Matt Henry. India 15/1 in 6 overs. 9.55 IST: Emotions flowing in during the playing of the National Anthem at Eden Gardens. India 7/1 in 5 overs. advertisementJAI HIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/cwPrYfqYVh BCCI (@BCCI) September 30, 20169.45 IST: Matt Henry bowls a wicket-maiden for the Black Caps. India 1/1 in 2 overs.9.42 IST: Bowled!Shikhar Dhawan plays on a short and wide delivery from Matt Henry on to his stumps. Yet another failure for the southpaw. India 1/1 in 1.4 overs 9.35 IST: Lots and lots of bounce on offer for the new ball bowlers on this new Eden track which has a lot of grass cover on it. Trent Boult bowls a terrific first over for New Zealand. India 1/0 in 1 over. 9.30 IST: Kapil Dev rings the new bell installed at the Eden Gardens to signal the start of the second Test at the Eden Gardens. 09.20 IST: Captain’s Speak: Virat Kohli: We will bat first, looks like a pretty hard surface with a good grass coverage, should help the seamers in the first session, should turn out to be a good batting surface later. The preparations have been great, the wickets were under covers for a bit. We have to play with intensity, it was hot in Kanpur and it will be hot in Kolkata as well. Good start in Kanpur, but it’s all about executing well, so looking forward to the match. Composition remains the same, just a couple of changes, Shikhar Dhawan replaces KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar replaces Umesh Yadav, we feel he will be useful with the new ball in these conditions.Ross Taylor: Disappointing not to have our premier skipper, not just as captain, but he’s the number two batsman in the world. He has had fever for the last couple of days, that’s unfortunate and he’s still sick this morning, but happens in such humidity. It’s a big loss, but we will look to play well for him. There should be some assistance for the seamers early on, should help us in the first session. Some of the batsmen have had valuable match practice and we will look to put them under pressure. Jeetan Patel is back, replaces Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls is in for Kane and we are playing an extra seamer in Matt Henry. 09.15 IST: Here are the playing XIs.India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed ShamiNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor (C), Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (WK), Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner09.10 IST: Shikhar Dhawan replaces injured KL Rahul, while Umesh Yadav makes way for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.#TeamIndia has won the toss and elected to bat first in Kolkata @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/SLMbSEMOO2 BCCI (@BCCI) September 30, 201609.00 IST: Toss! India opt to bat against New Zealand in Kolkata. The hosts lead three-Test series 1-0.8.55 IST: We just head Eden Gardens curator Sujan Mukherjee saying that the pitch may be a little different from the one at Kanpur. He said it will offer turn but not as much as the wicket in the first Test at Green Park. 8.50 IST: Today is an auspicious day in this part of the world as it is the start of the Durga Puja celebrations. Here’s Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly inspecting the pitch at the Eden.Through the lens of a camera. King of Kolkata @SGanguly99 inspecting the pitch at the Eden Gardens #TeamIndia #INDvNZ @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/pgzmwg27O8 BCCI (@BCCI) September 30, 20168.45 IST: Here’s Team India making its way to the iconic Eden Gardens.#TeamIndia make their way to the Eden Gardens for the 2nd Test against @BLACKCAPS #INDvNZ @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/HRlPtEvw0G BCCI (@BCCI) September 30, 20168.30 IST: Big News! Ross Taylor to lead New Zealand in the second Test against India as captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out due to illness.Hello and welcome to our Live Coverage of the Day 1 of the second Test between India and New Zealand in Kolkata. Stay tuned for the all the latest updates.Brief Preview: India’s Test match against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens will be special for a couple of reasons – it will be India’s 250th match on home soil and a win would see the team reclaim the top spot in the ICC Test rankings. (India’s Mecca of Cricket, Eden Gardens not a heaven for the hosts)It was rain which had denied India a chance to consolidate their position at the top when they sat on top of the rankings after winning the third Test against the West Indies last month. But a washout in the final match at Port of Spain meant India had to give up their position to Pakistan, who had drawn 2-2 against in the Test series in England during the same time and thus, climbed to the top. (New Zealand take tips from Sourav Ganguly ahead of second Test)Misbah-ul-Haq and his team though, won’t be able to celebrate this success for long as a strong Indian side led by Kohli will start as favourites to clinch the second Test that begins on Friday. Rain is forecast for all five days of the Eden Test as well but that will only delay the inevitable. (Read Full Preview)last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger regrets staying at Arsenal for 22 years

first_imgArsene Wenger admitted that he was obsessed with ensuring that Arsenal achieved success on the pitch and said that his stay at the club for nearly 22 years may have been the biggest mistake of his career.Wenger quit as Arsenal manager by the end of the 2017-18 season and an era ended at the club. Unai Emery was appointed their new coach and he has been working with the players ahead of the new season.The 68-year-old Frenchman, who was appointed in October 1996, left Arsenal after winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.Wenger, who has not yet taken up any other managerial role, said he regretted sacrificing “everything” for the Arsenal job.In an interview with French outlet RTL, Wenger said he will make a decision on his future “in the next few months”.Also read – Done with sleepless nights, Wenger contemplates life as Arsenal fanWhen asked what was the biggest mistake of his career, Wenger said: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.”I’m someone who likes new things, likes change. But I also like challenges. I was a little bit of a prisoner to my challenge each time.”He admitted that he neglected his family and lot of his close ones in his obsession over Arsenal and that is his regret.Also read – Arsenal hammer Burnley to give Wenger perfect send off at Emirates”I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me,” Wenger told.advertisement”I’ve neglected a lot of people. I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many close ones. Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves. He ignores a lot of other things. But it’s a bone to chase at the same time.”Wenger was also confident that former Arsenal players Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, who are now pursuing coaching careers, have the qualities to succeed at the top level.Also read – Arsene Wenger mourns sad farewell in final European matchVieira recently became Nice coach, while Henry, assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez at the World Cup, has quit his Sky Sports punditry role to focus on becoming a manager.However, Wenger warned the French pair of the sacrifices involved in following a coaching career.”Often, I’m asked if Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will be good managers and I always answer yes,” he said.”They have all the qualities; they are intelligent, they know football, they have excellent skill sets, but do they want to sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed to do only that? It’s an obsession which bounces around your head day and night.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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MG Hector vs Jeep Compass: What makes Hector a tough opponent for Compass? Find out here

first_imgMG Hector has been the cynosure of all the eyes for a couple of days now. With its launch all-set to take place in June 2019, it is definitely going to get more attention in the coming days. The introduction of the new Hector will not only add more options to the SUV segment but help MG (Morris Garages) Motor India establish itself as a major player in the country.Presently SUV segment in India offers a range of products like Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. Following its unveil on May 15, we have compared Hector with Creta. Comparisons with XUV500 and Harrier have also been made. Jeep Compass is one premium SUV that has been a hit in the Indian market despite its not so low price.Available in five trims, Jeep Compass comes loaded with features. People have also liked Compass for its sleek and elegant design. It gets powerful engine options as well. Recently, the Jeep Compass Sport Plus variant was launched in India. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk edition is expected to be introduced in India in July 2019. There is one thing that is crystal clear with Compass. This SUV provides a lot of options to its customers in every aspect. But how does it compare against the upcoming MG Hector? We find out below.MG Hector vs Jeep Compass: DimensionsSo far as dimensions are concerned, Hector is a hands-down winner. Its length is 4,655 mm in comparison to 4,395 mm of Compass. It is wider at 1,835 mm as against 1,818 mm width of Compass. The height of Hector is 1,760 mm, while that of Compass is 1,640 mm. Hector has a better wheelbase at 2,750 mm, when compared to 2,636 mm wheelbase of Compass.advertisementMG Hector vs Jeep Compass: EngineMG Hector comes with two engine and as many transmission options. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine can produce 143 PS and 250 Nm of maximum torque. This trim gets a 6-speed manual gearbox and an optional 6-speed DCT (Double Clutch Transmission). There is also a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine delivering 170 PS and 350 Nm of maximum torque. The diesel engine comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. MG Hector also gets a hybrid option with the petrol trim. The 48V hybrid system works as a combination of petrol and electric drive and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.Jeep Compass is available with two engine choices. There is a 1.4-litre Multiair petrol engine that makes 163 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. It comes with two transmission options. There is a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed DDCT automatic transmission. There is also a 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine that makes 173 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.MG Hector vs Jeep Compass: FeaturesMG Hector gets features like LED headlamps and tail lamps, LED front and rear fog lamps, shark fin antenna, dual tone machined alloys, floating light turn indicators, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, 7-inch coloured MID, 2nd-row seat recline, eight colours ambient lighting, 10.4-inch HD touchscreen AVN system, heated ORVM and 4-way power adjustable co-driver seat. It also gets the iSMART connectivity technology with over 50 features.Jeep Compass gets features like dual-pane panoramic sunroof, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing front wipers, 8-way power driver seat, memory seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual tone roof, side airbags and Bi-Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps.MG Hector vs Jeep Compass: PricesWell, no official announcement has been made regarding the prices of MG Hector. But expectations are that the upcoming SUV will be priced between Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). Jeep Compass is priced between Rs 15.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 23.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).ALSO READ | 2020 Royal Enfield Classic spied, expected to be launched with BS-VI compliant enginesALSO READ | Tesla Autopilot system was active during Model 3 crash in Florida, says preliminary investigation reportALSO READ | New TVS Apache RR 310 variant teased, to be launched in May 2019-endlast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Steve Smith first player ever to be ruled out of a Test due to delayed concussion

first_img scorecard commentary view more view less graphs No data available!center_img advertisement Ashes 2019: Steve Smith first player ever to be ruled out of a Test due to delayed concussionSteve Smith had suffered a blow to the back of his neck while batting against Jofra Archer on Day 4 of the ongoing 2nd Test between England and Australia at Lord’s. India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 18:48 IST Steve Smith was examined on the ground by Australia team doctor Richard Shaw (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was on 80 when he was hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Day 4Smith returned to the crease about 40 minutes later and was eventually dismissed for 92Marnus Labuschagne has been confirmed as Smith’s concussion replacementAustralia batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the remainder of the second Test due to a “delayed concussion” after the blow that he suffered on the back of his neck while batting on Day 4 of the ongoing match against England at Lord’s.Marnus Labuschagne has been confirmed as Smith’s concussion replacement. This is the first time a concussion replacement will be used by a team in Test cricket after this new rule was approved in July this year by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Smith is also the first player ever to be ruled out of a Test match due to a delayed concussion.On Saturday, a nasty bouncer from Jofra Archer, bowled at close to 90mph, hit Smith on the back of his neck just below the helmet, causing him to fall flat on the pitch. He was taken off the field after the Australian team doctor Richard Shaw examined his condition on the field.Steve Smith has been ruled out of the remainder of the second Ashes Test.Marnus Labuschagne has been confirmed as his concussion replacement.#Ashes pic.twitter.com/ienFwUpInKICC (@ICC) August 18, 2019″Steve has been closely monitored by medical staff overnight and this morning reported that after sleeping well, he woke with “a bit of a headache and a feeling of grogginess.” Steve reported that his left arm which was also struck during his innings yesterday was “much better”.”As part of the Cricket Australia concussion protocol, repeat concussion testing of Steve Smith was also performed this morning and demonstrated some deterioration from his testing which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting.advertisement”On that basis Steve has been withdrawn from the match by team doctor Richard Saw and the Australia team will lodge an application for a concussion substitute with the ICC match referee in line with the ICC protocol,” Cricket Australia said in a statement on Sunday.Smith was on 80 when he was hit and was given a standing ovation by the crowd at the home of cricket as he walked off the ground before returning to the crease about 40 minutes later following the dismissal of Peter Siddle.Smith was eventually dismissed for 92 by Chris Woakes as Australia scored 250 in reply to England’s first innings total of 258.Smith underwent further concussion tests on the morning of the final day at Lords and has reportedly been ruled out. He is now a serious doubt for the third test at Headingley, which gets underway on Thursday.The five-day concussion protocol could rule him out, although it is unclear how the rule will be interpreted.The Aussies though, ended the day’s play in a commanding position after having reduced the hosts to 96 for 4 in 32.2 overs with Ben Stokes (16*) and Jos Buttler (10*) as the overnight batsmen.Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle made early inroads with two wickets each before Stokes and Buttler made sure no more wickets were lost.Also Read | People who booed Steve Smith at Lord’s not cricket fans: Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | Ashes 2nd Test: Jofra Archer’s hostile spell reminds Ricky Ponting of 2005 seriesAlso Read | Ashes, 2nd Test: Steve Smith clears concussion protocol after Jofra Archer blitzAlso Read | Fans slam Jofra Archer for smiling after nasty bouncer to Steve SmithFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australialast_img read more

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Minor girl found dead in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A nine-year-old girl was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Delhi, police said on Saturday. The deceased, identified as Laxmi, lived in a paying guest (PG) accommodation with her family members in east Delhi’s Shakarpur area. “The victim was brought to a hospital in east Delhi at around 1 p.m. on Friday where she was declared dead,” a senior police officer said. A case of murder has been registered. “The body has been shifted to mortuary for the post-mortem which will be conducted on Saturday. The exact cause of death will be ascertained after the post-mortem report,” the officer added. Police said her parents worked as domestic help at the PG accommodation running in same premise. “Laxmi was alone in the ground floor of the PG with her sister,” the police officer said, adding further investigation was underway.last_img read more

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HP 6 stuck in flash floods rescued educational institutions closed in Kangra

first_imgShimla: All educational institutions in Kangra district have been asked to remain closed on Saturday due to incessant rainfall, an official said. Six persons stranded near Palampur following flash floods were rescued while several roads in Kangra and Chamba districts were blocked following landslides, the official added. Kangra deputy commissioner cum district magistrate Rakesh Kumar Prajapati issued the direction on Saturday morning following heavy rain in most parts of the district since Friday evening. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Keeping in view the ongoing heavy rains and extreme climatic conditions across the district, I hereby declare holiday for schools and educational institutions for today (Saturday),” Prajapati said. On Friday, the meteorological department had issued an ‘orange warning’ for heavy rain across the state and a ‘red warning’ for extremely heavy rain in several districts including Kangra on Saturday and Sunday The rescued persons will reach Palampur via Vindhyavasini Temple soon, the official said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Heavy downpour occurred in and around Palampur sub division since Friday midnight which triggered massive floods in Neutral Khad and its tributaries and all other streams, he added. As a result, six persons were trapped near Om Hydro Power Project on Neugal khad. A team of state police and Home Guard Jawans rescued them, he added. There is heavy flow of water in Baner Khud and Baan Ganga adjoining Chamunda Ji and the water level in rivulets in Nurpur sub division is on the rise as well, he said. Landslides were reported at Mehra village in Hadal panchayat Tehsil Nurpur which posed risk to three houses, an official said, adding that the three families were shifted to safer places. An under-construction dispensary and a room of the ‘panchayat ghar’ in Darugno collapsed due to the heavy rain and landslides, officials said. Several roads in the hill-state have been blocked due to landslides including Chatru to Dharamshala, Chamba to Pathankot and Kihar to Chamba among others.last_img read more

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UN invites young people to create its HIVAIDS strategy through social media

The project, CrowdOutAIDS.org, run by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), will run for a period of two months in which anyone aged 15 to 29 will be able to submit and share their ideas and proposals for the strategy. The initiative’s name alludes to the popular concept of crowdsourcing, which consists of letting large undefined groups of people collaborate and come up with innovative solutions for tasks traditionally performed by individuals. “We’re asking youth around the world to debate, draft and work with UNAIDS to implement this new strategy,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “It is absolutely critical that we engage young people – not as recipients of our message but as the actors and creators of change.”CrowdOutAIDS.org will use a four-step model of collaboration which will allow participants to use a range of social media platforms to connect, share and collaborate on a new strategy that speaks to them and addresses the key issues they face when it comes to HIV/AIDS.Participants will be able to use their personal social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Orkut and personal blogs, to spread the word about the project and then discuss their ideas through online forums and other collaborative platforms such as Google Docs. They will also be able to shape the new strategy and see it transform from an initial draft to completion through a wiki-platform, which allows users to add and edit content in a collaborative way.According to a news release issued by UNAIDS, around 3,000 young people aged 15 to 24 become infected with HIV on a daily basis, making their involvement essential for an effective response to the epidemic.“It is important to involve young people in policy development in order for our views, expectations and aspirations to be fully represented,” said Jennifer Ehidiamen, a blogger and journalist from Nigeria and online content curator for the project’s website.“CrowdOutAIDS.org is an innovative way to build a strong community, interested in sharing solution-based ideas and actions on AIDS,” she said. 25 October 2011Young people will be able to create and shape the new United Nations strategy on youth and HIV/AIDS through an online collaborative project launched today, which will use several social media platforms to facilitate the development of new policies to combat the pandemic. read more

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UN observer mission on IraqKuwait border phased out

The Security Council voted unanimously 3 July to phase out the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM) by 6 October following a recommendation from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who had noted that a Council resolution recognized the United States-led coalition as the interim administration for the area since the end of the second Persian Gulf War.The Mission had suspended most of its work since 17 March in advance of the US military campaign in Iraq. Since August, it had an authorized strength of five military observers, assisted by 41 international civilian personnel and 96 local staff.The mission was created to deter violations and report on hostile action along the border following Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent Persian Gulf War.Mr. Annan had reported that most of the mission’s property and premises on the Iraqi side of the demilitarized zone were totally destroyed or stolen during or soon after the most recent conflict and that the mission headquarters at Um Qasr was largely demolished, apparently by looting before or during the hostilities. read more

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Contractor behind health insurance website warned it didnt have sufficient time for

Contractor behind health insurance website warned it didn’t have sufficient time for testing WASHINGTON – A major contractor behind the federal health insurance exchange website told the government last month it didn’t have enough time to test its product.CGI Federal also told the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a memo that it couldn’t get access to computer logs that would have pinpointed potential problems. The contractor labeled that issue as “severe” as recently as June, and said a compressed schedule didn’t allow enough time for adequate testing.The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked CGI Federal for the documents last week. It released them to the public late Tuesday.The HealthCare.gov website is a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but its high-profile failures have marred the site since it launched Oct. 1. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 7:27 am MDT read more

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Seeking advertising dollars Fox and MTV owner Viacom want to run antismoking

RICHMOND, Va. – More TV networks want to gain from tobacco companies’ mandate to run anti-smoking ads that will cost tens of millions of dollars.Fox Broadcasting and the company behind MTV, Comedy Central and BET argue that a court-ordered plan to air anti-tobacco ads on ABC, CBS and NBC won’t do a good job reaching young adult and black viewers. Those populations were aggressively targeted by the tobacco industry and are areas of concern for the public health community.Fox, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., and Viacom Inc. are asking the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to include its channels in the anti-smoking ad purchase.The required ads stem from a 2006 ruling that the nation’s largest cigarette makers concealed the dangers of smoking for decades. A judge ordered the tobacco companies to pay for corrective statements related to issues such as the adverse health effects of smoking, the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine and the negative health effects of secondhand smoke. The companies involved in the case include Richmond, Va.-based Altria Group Inc., owner of the biggest U.S. tobacco company, Philip Morris USA; No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., owned by Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds American Inc.; and No. 3 cigarette maker Lorillard Inc., based in Greensboro, N.C.Along with the TV ads, the tobacco companies are also meant to publish statements in newspapers, websites and on cigarette packs.The tobacco companies and the federal government last month agreed on how to publish the statements. The court must still approve the deal.The TV portion of the agreement with the Justice Department determined that the tobacco companies must air anti-smoking prime-time TV spots on CBS, ABC or NBC five times per week for one year. The total cost for the TV advertising could range from $40 million to $50 million depending on the time and network, according to Michael Parent, an executive with ad buying firm TargetCast.In its filing late Monday, Viacom argues the proposed plan “may pervert — rather than serve” the court’s intention to remedy the industry’s past deception and “ignores the reality that much of the programming on those networks during those hours is not geared to reach youth and African-American demographics.”“Younger viewers are more likely to watch cable (and) the broadcast networks every season is getting a little more greyer and greyer,” said Brad Adgate, an analyst for Horizon Media. “If you look at pure ratings maybe the networks will beat them because they’re much bigger, but if you want to look at where the target is going to be without waste … I think they do have a legitimate claim.”___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum . by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2014 1:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Seeking advertising dollars, Fox and MTV owner Viacom want to run anti-smoking ads too read more

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Transport News Brief for wk 38

National helps Greater Manchester cut collisionsNational Van Rental says it has won a big deal with the Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership as the sole supplier of rental vans. A special fleet of vans to support the Partnership’s safety camera project, Drivesafe is an important part of the deal. The firm says it has provided seven Ford Transit Connects on 12 month rental for the project. The Partnership will use the high visibility vans to monitor road speeds, aiming to cut casualties in the Greater Manchester area.More from Elinor Puzey on +44 (0)2 089 779 132 or elinor@harrisonsadler.com Transport News BriefTransport News Brief goes to over 35,000 named subscribers each week. An average of two or more ‘pass on’ readers for each subscriber suggests there are over 100,000 readers. Edited by Robin Dickeson at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DS, England, tel +44 (0)2 073 449 222, it is free to the commercial vehicle and road transport industry, SMMT members and journalists worldwide. Please e-mail Robin Dickeson on rdickeson@smmt.co.uk if you have news you would like us to see. If you would like copies sent to colleagues, please e-mail Natasha James on njames@smmt.co.uk. If you want your name taken off the list, please use the ‘Unsubscribe’ button at the end of the last page. Coach and truck operators unconvinced by London LEZBus and Coach Professional says a recent Open Forum by the Institute of Road Transport Engineers showed coach and truck operators sceptical about the benefits of the proposed London Low Emission Zone. Transport for London and the mayor’s office pulled out of the event after initially agreeing to provide a speaker. A consultation is due tin November with the mayor likely to approve the scheme next May for a start in 2008. Vehicles that don’t meet the standard for particulate emissions, Euro 3 by May 2008 and Euro 4 by 2012, will pay a daily charge of up to £200 or a penalty charge of up to £1,000.More from www.busandcoach.com Scania rejects MAN offerSwedish truck maker Scania says its board met on Sunday 17 September and ‘unanimously decided not to support the proposals’ from MAN AG, made public as an offer today.More from Cecilia Edström on +46 70 588 35 57 or cecilia.edstrom@scania.com Cool Pavilion glowsThe Cool Pavilion at the 2007 CV Show is doing well with Carrier Transicold and ThermoKing booked alongside reefer makers Krone, Gray & Adams and Schmitz Cargobull, and many others. Rental specialists Hill Hire will be in the Cool Pavilion for the first time. ‘The specialist zones at the CV Show and ATS prove consistently popular with exhibitors and visitors alike, said David Sedgley, CV Show and ATS Committee chairman. ‘The Cool Pavilion is set to do very well again next year.’ The show runs from 24 to 27 April 2007 at the NEC, Birmingham. It is the biggest business to business event of its type in Europe.More from Robin Dickeson +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Profit up at Go-AheadBus operator Go-Ahead just reported operating profit up and pre-tax profit down for 2006. The group’s provisional results show operating profit at £97.8m (2005: £97.0m) and pre-tax profit at £91.9million (2005: £95.5m). Turnover was £1,464million (2005: £1,302m).More from www.busandcoach.com Tevo at IAATevo Limited, commercial vehicle racking manufacturer and supplier will be exhibiting at the IAA show in Hannover this week, as part of its plan to expand onto the European mainland. Buckinghamshire based Tevo says it already has dealers in The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Eire.More from Rachel Rice on: +44 (0)1 628 528 034 or: rachel.rice@tevo.eu.com London deliveries at three pence a mileFollowing the delivery of Pret-A-Manger’s fleet of six Mega electric delivery vans, the complete Mega electric truck range is now available in London from the Nice Car Company. With a top speed of 30mph, payload of 425kg or 3m2 and a range of up to 60 miles, the firm says the electric Mega is proving a popular choice in the capital. As a zero emission vehicle it is exempt from Congestion Charge and road tax and benefits from free parking in Westminster and the City. ‘Charged through the standard 13amp domestic electrical supply, costs around three pence a mile to run,’ says the firms Julian Wilford.More from Julian Wilford on +44 (0)1 865 880 241 or julian@nicecarcompany.co.uk DTI plans Energy Technologies InstituteThe UK Department for Trade and Industry wants the private sector to help fund and set up an Energy Technologies Institute. The Government has offered £500m to the project. The Institute, would manage R&D investment into secure, reliable and affordable low carbon technologies over the next decade and the DTI wants the same level of commitment from the private sector.More from Paul Harrison on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or pharrison@smmt.co.uk Volvo and Mack ready for 2007 emissions standardsRefrigerated Transporter’s Business Picture newsletter says that Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have filed papers to certify their engines for the 2007 US exhaust emission standards. The applications cover the firms’ 11, 13 and 16-litre engines. The engines will use a combination of exhaust gas recirculation and diesel particulate filters to meet the strict new standards.More from www.refrigeratedtrans.com Iveco trucks to come with AdblueIveco UK says it will deliver all new Euro 4 and 5 Eurocargo, Stralis and Trakker trucks with a full tank of AdBlue. The firm’s 108 service points also sell AdBlue from their parts departments to help give operators access to AdBlue supplies. ‘We’ve put these measures in place to ensure that keeping a vehicle topped up with AdBlue is as easy as possible,’ says Chris Thorneycroft-Smith, managing director of Iveco UK. Iveco’s Euro 4 and 5 truck engines use selective catalytic reduction to cut NOx by up to 85%, this process process involves very small amounts of AdBlue, an NOx reductant,More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com Trans-European Network progressThe European Commission says it is to tell us all about the work of the coordinators on the trans-European transport network. The co-ordinators were appointed in July 2005 to check progress on some projects.But so far the EC only seems to have told us that it is going to tell us something…Watch this space?More from Jennifer Huckstep on +44(0)2 073 449 217or jhuckstep@smmt.co.uk DaimlerChrysler backs biodieselFleet Owner says truck maker DaimlerChrysler is betting clean diesel technology will be vital to American energy policy in the near future, with biodiesel critical to the success of diesel-powered vehicles in the US.More from www.fleetowner.com Maywood doubles upMaywood Equipment Group has doubled the size of its warehouse in Maidstone to cope with the increasing demand for two post, four post and scissor lifts, as well as parking and platform lifts. It has also made a display and demonstration area for its vehicle lifts as well as a classroom style conference room, which is available for their own sales team or for distributor meetings.More from www.aftermarket.co.uk US diesel drops double digitsFleet Owner says the US national average price for a gallon of diesel collapsed at the end of week 36. It fell 11 cents to $2.857. This is equivalent to £0.401 a litre. By comparison, the UK average retail price for diesel has dropped to £0.954 a litre. In the US that would translate to $6.793 a gallon.More from www.fleetowner.com US truck anti-terrorism measures still elusiveFleet Owner says the attack on the World Trade Center woke America to the fact that terrorists can and will turn its transport systems into weapons. But five years after 9/11, the magazine finds that protecting the trucking industry against terrorism remains a major challenge, with the size and nature of the industry an obstacle for policy makers. ‘It took the federal government a while to realize that there’s a significant diversity in the types of trucking operations, so there are no one-size-fit-all options,’ according to Don L. Rondeau, former director of the American Trucking AssociationMore from www.fleetowner.com New man at NeomanJoachim Dürr just took over as chairman Neoman Bus and joins the management board of the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group. He takes over from Wolfgang Fahrnberger who has retired on health grounds.More from Simon Hall on +44 (0)1 263 584 199 or comms@btinternet.com Hella expands Aftermarket magazine reports that autoparts maker Hella just bought Tolerance A/S. the Danish firm develops and sells software for internet-based technical service plus the diagnosis and repair of cars for garages. Hella says the move will strengthen its Business Division Aftermarket and add to the range of services that it can offer the independent wholesale and garages markets.More from www.aftermarket.co.uk Hannover truck show opens this weekThe IAA, Europe’s biggest truck show opens on Thursday 21 September and runs to the 28th. The organisers, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) say there will be a record 253 world premieres and 1,526 exhibitors, 11% up on the event two years ago. ‘This IAA is setting new standards – it is not only larger and has more exhibitors than any previous IAA, but .. it is demonstrating the driving force for innovation of this dynamically growing key industry,’ says Prof. Bernd Gottschalk, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry. Virtually every European van, truck and bus maker is represented, with many trailer makers, body-builders and other equipment makers too, in a huge exhibition complex.More from www.iaa.de Shell to offer two new engine oils in 2007Fire Chief’s In Service newsletter says that Shell Lubricants plans to offer two more US diesel engine lube oils in 2007. One will be the existing CI-4 Plus oil for current engines, and the other will be the new CJ-4 oil required for 2007 engines.More from www.firechief.com US medics worry about truckers’ sleep apnoeaFleet Owner says that the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the National Sleep Foundation wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to use new guidelines to improve screening and management of obstructive sleep apnoea amongst truck drivers. The ACCP says sleepiness and inattention contribute to many truck crashes each year and sleep apnoea significantly increases the risk of drowsy driving.More from www.fleetowner.com Foreign Trucks are good for youMotor Transport, in the UK reports that the Scottish Executive has concluded that foreign-owned trucks are god for the country’s economy, helping cut the cost of distribution costs to the rest of the UK and the EU, ‘which is good for business, consumers and the economy.’ Unsurprisingly the Scottish Road Haulage Association industry doesn’t share the enthusiasm, worrying that too few of its members will survive to enjoy the benefits of that improved economy and demanding action to ensure visiting trucks pay taxes.More from www.motortransport.co.uk Vauxhall wins 1,200 van dealVauxhall says it has won a 1,200 van deal as social housing firm, Connaught switches supplier. Worth around £18m at showroom prices, the deal includes long and short wheelbase Vivaro vans. These will run by Connaught maintenance engineers around the UK on a three year or 67,000 mile replacement cycle. ING Car Lease is funding the deal, along with 350 cars, while Essex-based van conversion specialists, Fleetshield do the sign-writing and fit internal racking, roof racks and towbars.More from Mike Gunnell on +44 (0)1 832 275 060 or mike@mgmediaservices.com London Lorry Control Scheme Mapping Project.Pie Enterprises Limited says it is developing a route planning and approval system that will make delivery planning in the London Lorry Control Zone much easier. ‘The idea includes a large wall map highlighting the permitted routes, bridge heights, weight restrictions and scheme boundaries,’ says the firm’s Mark Duke. ‘We’ll also produce a driver’s atlas offering comprehensive street mapping of central London. Importantly we’ll support these two parts with on-line route planning and approval, allowing operators to plot their route and send it online, cutting the time taken to get it approved. And it all goes live in November.’More from Mark Duke on +44 (0)2 073 246 235 or email him at mark@thepieguide.com New Bi-Fuels technology cuts diesel costs by 15%Greenpower Bi-Fuels says its new LPG additive gas kit for trucks and buses shows fuel savings between 15 to 20% and is compatible with Euro 4 and 5. The firm has just done a deal with AR Lunn Transport in Hull which will see the firm take 20 trucks fitted with Greenpower’s system. ‘This follows a successful trial on a tractor unit in Lunn’s fleet,’ said Gary McMahon at Greenpower. ‘Recently we have had a lot of interest form bus and coach operators because of the emissions benefits, especially as Euro 2 buses will take a financial battering when entering the Congestion Charge area in London next year. We can obviously help them clean up their act.’ Other firms using the technology like Palletforce member Bankside Ltd got 20% savings and say the kit will pay for itself in less than nine months. ‘You can check it out at www.gpbf.co.uk,’ says McMahon, adding that the firm wants big fleets to help with free trials.More from Gary McMahon on +44 (0)161 968 4584 or gary@gpbf.co.uk Danko shows new wildland fire trucksDanko Emergency Equipment of Snyder, Nebraska, says it has designed several new wildland fire and rescue trucks based on Mercedes Unimog 4×4 chassis. The firm showed three of the rigs at the IAFC Fire-Rescue International Show in Dallas on 14 through 16 September. The firm says many Unimog based wildland pumpers have been used by the Bureau of Land Management in the western United States.More from www.firechief.com And finally….New Scientist’s Feedback page reports that when reader Steve Vernon arrived at the UK’s University of Warwick he was heartened to find that he could save a fortune in his first year by buying textbooks from second-year students. The brightly coloured notice in the computer science room offered ‘Essential course texts for sale. Never used.’More from www.newscientist.com UK motor industry halves energy and CO2 emissionsUK vehicle makers have cut energy use, waste and CO2 emissions by half, in four years. ‘We have embraced our responsibility and delivered a clear, clean message; the motor industry is willing, capable and open about being part of the solution to the issue of sustainable motoring,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Our modern, high-tech motor industry should be given credit for this dramatic progress.’ From 2001 to 2005 the auto industry cut the average energy use from 6.2 to 3.2 MWh a vehicle. The corresponding CO2 figure per vehicle is down from 1.3 tonnes to 0.6 tonnes and waste to landfill per vehicle slashed 78 per cent, from 66.4 kg to 14.5 kg and water use almost halved from 6.2 m3 to 3.2 m3. The figures are previewed as part of the motor industry’s seventh annual sustainability report. Published on www.smmt.co.uk on Monday 18 September, the report lists sector-wide progress on economic goals, environmental performance and social responsibility measures.More from Nigel Wonnacott on +44 (0)2 073 449 226 or nwonnacott@smmt.co.uk For stand space sales and marketing for the 2007 Commercial Vehicle Show and Automotive Trade Show, from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 April, contact Crystal Communications on +44(0)1 634 261 262 or sales@cvshow.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Transaid launches 2006 Christmas appealWith just 100 days to Christmas, international development agency Transaid has launched its 2006 Christmas Appeal. ‘We’re giving transport and logistics firms the chance to send a seasonal greeting with a difference,’ says Caroline Beaumont, Transaid’s head of marketing. ‘We’re giving away a customised corporate Christmas e-Card to everyone who donates, complete with the firm’s name, logo and weblink. There is an example at www.transaid.org. ‘The e-Card is animated and you can send it to as many people as you like.’ Suggested donations range from £250 to £2,500, depending on the size of the firm.More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com New mini flat-screen reversing aid.Vision Techniques just launched a new 3.5 inch mini flat screen colour reversing system suitable for cars, vans and trucks. The new system includes a compact flat screen, windscreen mounted monitor and mini camera with a flush-fit option. ‘The system is colour adjustable and has automatically switches on in reverse gear, says the firm’s John Vincent. ‘It is easy to fit, ideal for vans and other small delivery vehicles with no rear window and takes the guess work out of reversing, cutting accidents.’ The firm says it offers a range of vehicle vision systems with monitors up to 6.8 inches.More from John Vincent on +44 (0)1 246 541 927 or john@jvms.co.uk Committee votes on Euro 5 emissions standardsThe European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has voted to introduce Euro 5 emission standards. For cars the start date is 1 September 2009 while heavier vehicles get until 1 September 2010. The Euro 5 law also means information on vehicle repairs must be easily available to independent repairers. MEPs also want dates set for Euro 6 standards and suggest 1 September 2014 for cars and 1 September 2015 for light commercial vehicles. There will be another vote in October.More from Jennifer Huckstep on +44(0)2 073 449 217or jhuckstep@smmt.co.uk MAN launches bid for ScaniaFollowing growing speculation, the BBC says that German tuck and bus maker MAN has launched an unsolicited bid worth €9.6bn (£6.5bn or $12.2n) for its Swedish rival Scania. Volkswagen and Investor, a Wallenberg family firm, each own major blocks of Scania shares and today’s Financial Times suggests Investor may reject the offer. The FT also hints at possible counter bids from other firms, including Paccar. MAN said it ‘notes the recent media speculation concerning a possible offer by MAN for Scania’ and believes ‘the rationale for the deal is compelling.’ The details of its offer are on its website www.man.de but financial rules mean they are not available to US, Canadian, Australian or Japanese readers. MAN says the combined firm would be Europe’s biggest truck business and promises another statement later this weekMore from Simon Hall on +44 (0)1 263 584 199 or comms@btinternet.com Edbro wins £500,000 dealEbdro of Bolton, says it has won a big deal with Environmental Waste Controls plc of Widnes to supply and fit its new lightweight Rolatip power hooklift systems and Rolatarp powered sheeting systems to 23 DAF eight wheeler. The trucks will do household waste collection work for Lincolnshire and Gloucestershire county councils. Edbro says its hooklift and powered sheeting system is the fastest package of its type for use in waste management, meaning more efficient operation.More from Katherine Littlewood on +44 (0)1 204 528 888 or katherine.littlewood@edbro.co.uk Volvo, Mack reward loyaltyFleet Owner says Volvo Financial Services and Mack Financial Services have each introduced MasterCards and Fuel & Service card rewards deal for US customers. These cards offer points toward the price of new Volvo and Mack trucks, parts or service and come with fleet management reporting tools.More from www.fleetowner.com read more

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Booyco committed to continued development of highend technology PDS

first_imgStaying on top of the ever changing demands of industry coupled with the pending changes to South African legislation requires a dynamic approach when it comes to Pedestrian Detection Systems (PDS). One of the biggest challenges is to get customers to understand the different technologies and what each can do, and then to get them to embrace these technologies. Anton Lourens, Managing Director of Booyco Electronics, says that often the barrier to embracing technology is cost related and this cannot always be overcome as high-end technology is expensive. “High-end technology development takes time and verification testing outside of laboratory conditions is part of this process,” he explains. “This type of development requires a close working relationship with customers as well as realistic expectations from all.” Lourens is emphatic when he says that South African companies have the ability to develop and manufacture high-end technology. “We have exceptionally capable developers and engineers and you just need to look across industry sectors to see the depth of knowledge and intellect that resides in this country; it spans all the way from physical mechanical engineering to software and specialist mobile applications. “South Africans are known to be hard workers. We don’t give up easily and it is this very persistence that has produced best-in-class products. Never mind thinking out the box; we generally don’t believe there is a box,” he says. As an example, Lourens points to the Booyco Controller Interface which is essentially a processing gateway through which all sensing technologies and informational data is channelled to create the requisite artificial intelligence which is fed to the control systems of the various TMM trackless mobile machinery. “Although our use of the latest and high-end technology may be viewed as being ahead of the pack, we believe this will form the base necessity in the future,” he says. Significantly, Booyco Electronics has been at the forefront of the PDS technology development since the company was established in 2006. From the first basic collision warning system to the Booyco Electronics PDS solution of today, the product has gone through three technology improvements. “It is this embracing of newly available technology that has allowed Booyco Electronics to remain best-in-class,” he says. Industry demands have also changed over this period and it is through the application of the available appropriate technologies that the Booyco Electronics PDS system complies with current South African legislation. The legislation mandating the use of PDS systems came into being in South Africa in 2015, and Lourens says there are varying levels of involvement in the South African mining market when it comes to the deployment of high-end technology for PDS. He explains that where the development of PDS does not form part of a TMM organisation’s global strategy, that company is less likely to develop systems that will comply specifically and only with South African legislation.Booyco Electronics’ fully integrated PDS represents the latest generation of this technology and offers a supply of information, which allows the  safety intervention capability with a data hub that enables integration with TMM OEM’s underground vehicles and equipment. Each PDS is deployed based on application specific risk assessments ensuring that it is fit-for-purpose, and according to Lourens this same PDS technology’s deployment could vary between different types of vehicles on a single site.Typically, the Booyco Electronics PDS incorporates VLF technology for pedestrian detection either on surface or underground together with GPS technology for vehicle detection on surface. It delivers specific warning, controlled slow-down and stopping zone alerts around a vehicle when detecting pedestrians or other vehicles. This is unique in that it is able to achieve zone shaping and create narrow band zones in close proximity on the side of the vehicles. In the event of an emergency, an “emergency call” signal transmitted via the miners’ personal communication tags can bring all vehicles in the area to an immediate stop if installed.The PDS is manufactured with full self-diagnostics, and is visual and voice display activated in the case of a PDS warning or a system failure. It incorporates various downloading options for recorded data including wireless when at an access point. It is supplied complete with testing equipment for both the surface and underground areas to ensure maximum functionality. The system is also IS-compliant meeting the safety requirements of fiery mines.last_img read more

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Spains King takes a pay cut too

first_imgSpain’s King takes a pay cut too1.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Spain’s King takes a pay cut too1.6K viewsBusinessSpain’s economic recovery is being helped along by a cost-cutting King. King Felipe VI will earn around 234,000 euros in 2015 as head of state, 20 percent less than last year. The Royal family willVentuno Web Player 4.50Spain’s economic recovery is being helped along by a cost-cutting King. King Felipe VI will earn around 234,000 euros in 2015 as head of state, 20 percent less than last year. The Royal family willlast_img read more

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Bajirao Mastani mints money at box office but Eros share languishes

first_img#Dilwale Overseas total: $ 22.5 million [₹ 149.80 cr]… UAE-GCC alone is $ 7.5 million. UK 4th SRK film to cross £ 2 million.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 4, 2016 “Bajirao Mastani” is rocking at the box office, but its distributor is languishing at the bourses.Eros International Media, the global distributor of Ranveer-Deepika-Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Bajirao Mastani”, has done more than analysts would have expected, as far the movie’s box office collections are concerned. The movie, released on 18 December, 2015, collected Rs 301 crore at the box office worldwide by the end of the third week, according to the company’s regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 4 January, 2016.This includes Rs 211 crore in India and Rs 90 crore ($13.5 milliion) overseas.The movie, which Eros claims is the third-highest grosser of 2015, is still running to packed houses at cinema halls.But the stupendous box office success of this Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial is not translating into gains for the company’s investors in the stock exchanges.The stock has slid since 18 December, when it closed at Rs 260, to Rs 239 on 4 January, though it recovered partially on Tuesday to close at Rs 244.60 on the BSE.Other blockbusters distributed by the company included “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”.”Bajirao Mastani” was expected to face a tough challenge from Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale”, which released on the same day. The movie, starring Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, has been directed by Rohit Shetty. Its distributor is Shah Rukh Khan-owned Red Chillies Entertainment. The movie has earned Rs 291.38 crore at the box office worldwide, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.#Dilwale Week 1: 102.65 cr. Week 2: 31.22 cr. Week 3: Fri 3.41 cr, Sat 1.90 cr, Sun 2.40 cr. Grand total: ₹ 141.58 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 4, 2016last_img read more

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ArjunMalaika marriage Kapoor says speculation is understandable as his peers are happily

first_imgMalaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor with wife Maheep Kapoor, Karan JoharInstagramIs Arjun Kapoor getting married to Malaika Arora? The question has been popping up in the industry ever since the two decided not to hide their relationship from anyone. Over the past few months, Arjun and Malaika have been frequently seen and photographed together which has only given fodder to their wedding rumours. But does it bothers Arjun? The actor said that the speculation around his wedding is understandable as his peers are now happily married. When he was asked if he is planning to tie the knot, Arjun told IANS, “As far as my marriage is concerned, the speculation is understandable because that’s the nature of the business, and because my peers have got married, there seems to be this buzz that I should also just (get married).”Over the past few months, Arjun and Malaika have been frequently seen and photographed together. On Thursday itself, Malaika joined Arjun and his family members and close friends for a screening of his forthcoming film India’s Most Wanted in Mumbai. While she went into the show alone, she made an exit with Arjun.They are also seen attending several parties together. Arjun, 33, said he is currently in a comfortable space in his life.”I am very happy in my personal and professional space and I wish to keep it like that. I have not hidden things in the last few months as well. So, when there is something to speak about, I will talk about it,” he added.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

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Whats Coming to Netflix in February 2019

first_imgFeb. 1About a BoyAmerican PieAmerican Pie 2American WeddingAs Good as It GetsBilly ElliotDear ExFinal DestinationFree Rein: Valentine’s DayHairsprayHostelJawsJaws 2Jaws 3Jaws: The RevengePersonal ShopperPretty in PinkRussian DollSiempre brujaThe Edge of SeventeenTrue: Happy Hearts DayVelvet BuzzsawFeb. 2Bordertown: Season 2Romance is a Bonus BookFeb. 3Disney’s Beverly Hills ChihuahuaFeb. 5Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the CornerFeb. 6 The SoloistFeb. 8¡Nailed It! MéxicoEl árbol de la sangreHigh Flying BirdKevin Hart’s Guide to Black HistoryOne Day at a Time: Season 3ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam CookeThe Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2Unauthorized LivingFeb. 9The Break: Season 2Feb. 10Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2Feb. 11Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan CuisineLittle WomenFeb. 14Dating AroundKen Jeong: You Complete Me, HoFeb. 15Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of ComedyThe Breaker UpperersThe Dragon Prince: Season 2The Umbrella AcademyYucatanFeb. 16Black SeaStudio 54The 40-Year-Old VirginFeb. 21The Drug KingFeb. 22Chef’s Table: Volume 6FirebrandGO! Vive a tu maneraPaddletonParis Is Us (Paris est à nous)Rebellion: Season 2Suburra: Season 2The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2The Photographer of MauthausenWorkin’ MomsFeb. 25Dolphin Tale 2Feb. 26Our Idiot BrotherFeb. 27Unsolved: Tupac & BiggieFeb. 28Jeopardy!: Collection 2The ReboundStream all the shows and movies on Netflix.com. You can also download the Netflix app here and stream content directly to your phone, laptop, or tablet, along with streaming devices like the Fire TV Stick and Apple TV. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix is offering a mix of classics and new titles to watch from the comforts of your home. Starting in February, subscribers can laugh with a few “American Pie” movies, enjoy a scare with the “Jaws” franchise, and sing along to “Hairspray.”Several original shows and movies are debuting in February as well, including Dan Gilroy’s horrifying “Velvet Buzzsaw,” toplined by Jake Gyllenhaal. New series “Russian Doll,” executive produced by Amy Poehler and starring Natasha Lyonne, also premieres on Feb. 1. Ray Romano has a big month ahead with his dark comedy “Paddleton” and stand-up special “Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner.” Fans can also look forward to more episodes of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” and the third season of “One Day at a Time” later in the month.See the full list of titles below:center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Gay Travel Health 5 Tips for Healthy Gay Travel

first_imgLGBT tourism outreach? You got to read this and participate…LGBT tourism outreach? You got to read this and participate…Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade and tourism: A violent NO by Dictator Erdogan SAWASDEE: This is a guest post written by Bart, theGaypaC. Bart shares my love of travel and writes for gayhealth4u.com about…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img

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first_imgDecember 18, 2008 – The FDA has cleared the 3.0 Tesla IMRISneuro manufactured by IMRIS Inc. for sale in the U.S. IMRISneuro is available with either a 1.5 Tesla or a 3T magnet. Both systems provide IMRIS’ patented technology and utilize 70 cm wide bore advanced magnetic resonance imaging systems from Siemens.The 3T IMRISneuro provides advanced imaging techniques for surgical planning such as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), functional MRI and spectroscopy as well as vascular imaging in a platform specifically designed for use in an operating room. This additional system provides hospitals with more choice to meet the unique and growing needs of intraoperative and interventional imaging.The 3T IMRISneuro has also been approved in Canada, with the first system delivered to Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta in November 2008. Previously, Foothills Hospital led the way in intraoperative MR imaging by being the first in the world to choose the 1.5T IMRISneuro system.For more information: www.imris.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | December 18, 2008 FDA Clears IMRIS to Sell 3T MR last_img read more

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Building a convention capital in Adelaide

first_imgAdelaide Convention Bureau CEO Damien KittonTransforming the city of Adelaide into an events epicentre has been a 41-year journey for the Adelaide Convention Bureau.The organisation posted a record year in 2014/15 including winning the right to host more than 3000 delegates from around the world at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in 2017. It was among 119 future events secured during 2014/15 valued at AUD$150.6m.Adelaide Convention Bureau CEO Damien Kitto said the IAC would be the largest international event of its kind ever held in South Australia and would inject AUD$18 million into the state economy.He said winning large global conferences was a complicated process which took up to a decade and included forming a host bid committee, gaining the support of local, internationally respected industry leaders and winning the Australian bidding rights.“Then it was a process of exhibiting two years out before the decision was made to promote the bid, promote the Australian aeronautical industry and lobby the decision makers,” Kitto said.“More often than not with these bigger events you don’t win it first time round, it becomes a learning process … then hopefully you win it second time round.”Founded by industry in partnership with Adelaide City Council in 1974 as the peak industry body to promote and secure events, the establishment of the Adelaide Convention Bureau was also viewed as a key driver of investment in the meeting, hospitality and services sector in the City of Adelaide.The bureau arrived as a serious player in the events market in 1987 following the completion of the Adelaide Convention Centre – the first purpose-built centre of its kind in Australia.The convention centre is now undergoing a massive extension. Its first stage opened in March while the second stage will be completed in mid-2017, in time for the IAC in September, and will replace the original Plenary Building with a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility with plenary capacity of up to 3,500 seats.According to Patrick Robinson from Invest Adelaide, the city’s reputation as a top global convention destination for large-scale business events is being safeguarded through continued investment in local convention infrastructure, said.“The Convention Centre expansion does just that, and confirms Adelaide’s status as one the world’s leading convention locations,” Robinson said.The South Australian Government has also this year announced a $5 million bid fund for use with strategic bids to assist in attracting significant conventions to Adelaide and specifically to the Adelaide Convention Centre.The importance of the events and meetings industry in attracting investment is clearly evidenced in several new city hotels scheduled to open in the next three years, adding about 1400 rooms to Adelaide’s accommodation market.Kitto said about half of Adelaide’s major conferences were related to science, particularly medical science thanks largely to the convention centre being next door to the largest biomedical hub in the southern hemisphere.“With the extension to the convention centre we are now able to bid for larger conferences,” Kitto said.“To have the commercial support from government and to have a large convention centre of absolute world-class quality and to have a compact convenient city we are delivering very good outcomes.”Adelaide also hosted 120 global buyers and media from around the world at Dreamtime 2015 in December.Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said Dreamtime was integral to Australia’s broader Tourism 2020 industry targets to grow the business events sector to $16 billion annually by the end of the decade.“Dreamtime is Australia’s largest business events showcase, which allows us to connect with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom,” O’Sullivan said.“We believe Adelaide and South Australia provide the perfect gateway for our key international buyers to experience a fantastic array of experiences and destinations on offer in Australia – and it’s an ideal time for the city to showcase its new developments.”The success of the Adelaide Convention Bureau significantly benefits City business across a number of related industry sectors driving economic growth and fostering investment attraction as an integral part of Invest Adelaide.This story was originally published on News Leads.Source = Andrew Spence via News Leadslast_img read more

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Whats Behind the Surge in Home Sales

first_imgWhat’s Behind the Surge in Home Sales? December 19, 2016 502 Views Share The frigid weather may have arrived just as winter is set to begin, but home sales were anything but cold in November, according to recent reports.In its December National Housing Report, RE/MAX found a year-over-year increase of 19 percent for home sales during the month of November, while Redfin found a similar rate of home sales gains (20 percent) for the month.Why were home sales so strong in November compared with last year? For one, they usually aren’t, according to RE/MAX. Their 19 percent increase went against the usual seasonal trend of slowdowns on the eve of winter during the eight-year history of their National Housing Report.The answer to the question may lie in the fundamentals. Inventory fell by 17 percent year-over-year in November, and the median sales price for the 53 markets measured in RE/MAX’s report came in at nearly 9 percent higher over-the-year in November (up to $220,000).“The continued decline of inventory and talk of rising interest rates may have contributed to November’s surge of home sales,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “Over the past 11 months, the majority of markets have seen home prices return to their pre-recession levels, reaffirming that 2016 has been the best year for the housing market since the recession.”Both Redfin and RE/MAX reported similar declines in the number of days on the market for homes in November—for Redfin, the number fell from 56 a year ago down to 50 in November 2016, while for RE/MAX it was 65 days last year down to 59 this year.According to Redfin, one of the drivers behind the increased home sales in November, was the fact that the TRID rule went into effect in October 2015, subsequently slowed down sales for the following month.“Last year we saw a temporary slump in November sales as new mortgage industry regulations went into effect and delayed some closings,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Now, those regulatory hurdles have largely been resolved but the market is by no means back to normal.”center_img Home Sales 2016-12-19 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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