99% Mumbaikars would now back the Coastal Road Project: Devendra Fadnavis

first_imgVirtually all Mumbai citizens would vote in favour of the city’s ambitious Coastal Road Project, if asked today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asserted in defence of the project recently stayed by the Bombay High Court due to environmental concerns.“I respect the Court’s verdict… but when we started planning it, there were no regulations for such a project,” Mr. Fadnavis told The Hindu in an interview. “We just followed what the Centre told us to do… If today a signature campaign is started, 99% of Mumbai’s citizens will vote in favour of a coastal road,” he said.Stressing that big-ticket infrastructure projects like the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and a hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune will boost the State’s economy, the CM expressed concern about projects facing time and cost overruns due to “unnecessary litigation”.Terming the recent floods in western Maharashtra a “fallout of climate change”, Mr. Fadnavis dismissed the charge that his administration failed to provide adequate and timely relief to the flood-affected.“After an unprecedented 700% rainfall in seven days… nobody could have anticipated that the water would rise like this… We are experiencing a real fallout of climate change,” he argued.Terming any criticism on this front as “unfair”, the CM pointed out that rescue teams could also not reach the affected areas “as the highways were cut off and the planes could not land”.“After two days of trying to get them to land, I spoke to Union Defence Minister RajnathSinghji who provided us with a Dauphin aircraft from Rajasthan, which could land in marshy conditions. We then created a green corridor without losing a single life to the floods, and (the) deaths (that occurred) resulted from a boat capsize,” he underlined.While exuding confidence that a good monsoon and the Centre’s interventions will stir up India’s slowing economy, the CM said he was worried about the adverse impact of the floods on the State’s sugar industry. “We may have to reschedule their debts in the near future,” he said.last_img read more

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Jeremy Miado out to prove quick KO no fluke in rematch vs Thai foe

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Filipino Jeremy Miado aims to prove that his quick knockout win over former ONE strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is no fluke when they meet again in ONE: Call to Greatness on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.Miado scored a big time upset last year when he needed only 84 seconds to knock out Amnuaysirichoke.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Critics attributed Miado’s victory to sheer luck, something that the 26-year-old Manila native clearly doesn’t agree with.“Some people are saying it was a lucky shot, that I just got the timing right,” Miado said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“They are entitled to their opinions, but for me, whenever I have an upcoming match, I prepare for it to the best of my abilities to show what I can do,” he added. “That’s how I have always been—win or lose, I give my everything out there.”Miado is raring to beat Amnuaysirichoke in their rematch but knows it won’t be as easy as the first time. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “I know that Dej really wants to avenge that loss and is really preparing well for this match,” he said.“I do want to give him a chance to prove himself in the cage because it happened really fast.” Miado is not only seeking validation but he is also targeting a world title shot and he believes that a repeat over the Thai warrior would do the trick.“I am doubling the effort of my preparation now compared to the last time because I know that he won’t be the same person that I competed against,” he said. “I believe that [a world title shot] will happen if I get the win against Dej. Hopefully, I get to compete against one of the top contenders for the World Title, but right now, I’m only focused on Dej.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UAAP juniors finals: Blue Eaglets ‘outworked’ by Bullpups in Game 1 loss Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Huge Kolkata crowd won’t put pressure on us, says Germany coach

first_imgGermany Under-17 football team coach Christian Wueck on Thursday said playing in front of an expected full house at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan will not pressurise them, rather it will be a “pleasure” to play in that atmosphere.”I think for us it’s a pleasure to play before 30,000-40,000 people. It is no pressure for us,” Wueck told reporters after the squad trained for more than one hour here.Germany take on Brazil in a quarter-final game on Sunday. Kolkata has so far drawn the biggest crowds in the FIFA U-17 World Cup with average attendance being above 40,000. In the Round of 16 tie between England and Japan, 53,302 spectators turned up.A Brazil-Germany clash is expected to see that number swell, especially in a city which has previously played hosts to the likes of Pele and Oliver Kahn.Asked about their opponents who beat Honduras to reach the last-eight stage, the coach said: “Brazil is a very good team. Each team has same chances to win quarter-final. It’s very important for us to come good in the game. To know what we have to do. We have two-three days to get ready.”Germany were drubbed by lesser-fancied Iran in a Group C encounter and since that loss the 1985 runners-up beat Guinea 3-1 and in the Round of 16 tie swept aside Colombia 4-0.”After the Iran game, it was necessary to get better on the pitch. Each player is getting better by the day in India. It was very good for us to have (a feel of) the pitch as in our mind (we know) what we can expect in three days,” Wueck said.advertisementMeanwhile, ahead of their crunch quarter-final, Germany could be dogged by a few niggles.While attacking midfielder Dennis Jastrzembski is serving a suspension — he was shown his second yellow card during the team thrashing Colombia 4-0 in New Delhi, midfielder Yannik Keitel is still recovering from an injury that he sustained in their match against Colombia.Keitel was conspicuous by his absence during the team’s official training at the Salt Lake Stadium here this evening.Midfielders Sahverdi Cetin and Nicholas Kuehn are also carrying some niggles.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea manager Lampard: Time to start winning

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard: Time to start winningby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says it’s time to start winning consistently.He knows that positive performances must translate into victories as soon as possible.”I bump into Chelsea fans all the time,” Lampard said. “I live five minutes away so it’s hard not to but everyone has been really supportive with what we’re trying to do and now I want to repay that. I want to do it quickly but I also know it’s a bit of a process. A lot of the fans are saying they see it might take a bit of time so that’s nice but we have to work like we want it tomorrow.”I don’t want to just keep extending the honeymoon period based on passion and desire but I believe it’s also the responsibility of the manager to try to connect the club, the fans and everyone behind the scenes.”That’s the good thing about having a connection between the fans and the team because it works both ways – you feed off them but then you feel they deserve a win because of the way they stay and clap when you lose. I really appreciate their support but now I want to give them wins.” last_img read more

Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XR: It’s a choice between slick iPhone and versatile Google camera

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSGoogle launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL earlier this month.The Google Pixel 3a XL costs Rs 44,999 in India.The 64GB variant of the Apple iPhone XR costs Rs 59,900 in India.The best of Google is the Pixel 3. The Best of Apple is the iPhone XS. But the best of Google and the best of Apple are also prohibitively expensive. The iPhone Xs, for example, costs close to Rs 1 lakh. So both Apple and Google now also offer more “affordable” variants of their best: these are the iPhone XR and the Pixel 3a.Recently, Google launched the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL at its annual developers conference, Google I/O 2019.The two new Pixel smartphones, which only differ in screen size and battery capacity, were launched in black and white colour variants in India for Rs 39,999 and 44,999 respectively. The good thing about these budget Pixel smartphones – especially for the Pixel lovers – is that they feature the same camera sensor as the one present in their pricier sibling – Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – making them equally proficient at capturing images if not more.Apple’s so called “affordable” budget iPhone – the Apple iPhone XR – recently has become more economical as its market price has come down. The base variant of the iPhone XR with 64GB memory went from costing Rs 76,900 to Rs 59,900 while the 128GB variant of the device went from costing Rs 81,900 to Rs 64,900. The top variant now sells for Rs 74,900.With this context in mind, lets tackle the big question: If you are looking to get a new “affordable” premium phone, should you go with the iPhone XR or will the Pixel 3a be a better deal for you? Let’s try to find an answer. To keep prices of these in play, I am going to compare the iPhone XR with the Pixel 3a XL, the pricier of the new Pixels with its price of Rs 44,999.advertisementDesign and DisplayThe Google Pixel 3a XL comes with a 6-inch full HD+ OLED display with a pixel density of 402ppi. As far as the overall design is concerned, the Pixel 3a XL looks and feels quite similar to the original Pixel 3 XL smartphone. However, there is one small difference. Unlike the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3a XL comes with a plastic back. To the naked eye, it poses no difference but if you look up closer, you would understand that a glass back is what distinguishes Pixel 3a XL from Pixel 3.The iPhone XR – Apple’s budget phone – on the other hand comes with a 6.1-inch LCD display with a pixel density of 326ppi. In terms of the overall look, it features a glass design that give it a more premium look. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRIf you go by specifications, you will believe that the OLED panel, which due to its technology can show blacker blacks and more contrast in colours, will be superior to the LCD screen of the iPhone XR. But that is not the case. The LCD panel used in the iPhone XR is one of the best ever put in a phone, and not only it shows sharp and punchy colours, which match what the Pixel 3a XL display can show, but it is also brighter than the screen in the Google phone.Just to summarise, I believe that the iPhone XR looks more premium. On display part too, I believe the iPhone XR has an edge.Performance and softwareThe Google Pixel 3a XL is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 and it sports 4GB RAM with 64GB storage space. The Pixel 3a XL runs on Android 9.0 Pie. Pixel 3a XL, just like its pricier siblings, comes with some really cool Pixel-y features such as Active Edge, Digital Wellbeing and Now playing among others. The slower processor, as I had mentioned in my review, did water down the overall Pixel experience but it does great in some of the other aspects, which makes up for it.The iPhone XR, on the other hand, is powered by Apple’s very own A12 Bionic chipset and it is available in three memory variants – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, which is the same as its pricier siblings, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. In terms of the operating system, it runs on iOS 12. What it does is that it makes Apple’s budget iPhone equally powerful and smooth at handling various as its pricier siblings. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRWhile the Pure Android aka Android 9 Pie in the Pixel 3a XL sports clean and white UI and it comes with number of versatile features, I believe that the performance is significantly better on the iPhone XR. This iPhone is fast.advertisementCameraGoogle’s premium budget Pixel phones are known for their camera quality. A simple single rear camera setup at the back, using image processing algorithms powered by Google’s mighty machine learning systems, can turn an ugly duckling into a dark swan in Pixel 3 XL. This is true for Pixel 3a XL as well. The Pixel 3a XL comes with a 12.2MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor and optical and electronic image stabalisation technology. In the front, it sports an 8MP camera.The iPhone XR, on the other hand, comes with a 12MP wide-angle lens at the back with optical image stabalisation technology and a 7MP camera in the front.Now, the difference might seem quite negligible on paper but in practice it is definitely noticeable. Let’s start with the daylight shots. When taken to the sun, both the phones produce images with stunning depth and detail. But there is a fine difference between the two. While Pixel 3a XL produces images with higher colour saturation – which looks a tad bit closer to the actual scene — the iPhone XR produces images that look like they have been fine tuned or colour corrected for social media posts. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRHere’s another example. The red in the image captured by Pixel 3a XL looks quite close to the real flowers while the one captured by iPhone XR looks a bit more red and a bit brighter. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRNow take a look at the sunrise captured by the two phones. Stunning, isn’t it? But here the tables are turned. Here iPhone XR effectively manages to capture what sunrise looks like from my home. Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, darkens the low light areas of the images and tones down the entire view. The HDR is better with iPhone XR. In fact, stunning sunset photos are a speciality of all the current gen iPhones — the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRThe case, however, is entirely different when it comes to low night-time photography. Pixel 3a XL is the only smartphone you need if you are out clicking images in the dark. No matter what the light conditions are and no matter what the image you are capturing looks like, Pixel 3a XL, thanks to Google’s software prowess beautifies every image. The iPhone XR does a decent job but can’t match the Google phone. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRAnd in case you are curious to see how well these two smartphones fare while clicking objects in indoor lighting. The result is quite the same. Pixel 3a XL captures images closer to how they look in reality while iPhone XR brightens the things up a bit. Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XRBatteryThe Google Pixel 3a XL comes with a 3,700mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. In practice, Pixel 3a XL’s battery when used under optimum conditions lasts for close to two days.advertisementApple, on the other hand, doesn’t disclose its battery size. But what we do know is that it supports 18W fast charger. We also know that of the three iPhones that Apple launched last year, iPhone XR performs the best when it comes to battery performance. In reality, iPhone XR too provides you close to two days of run time. So, if you were planning to make battery your tie breaker, there ain’t no relief.Pixel 3a XL or iPhone XR – which one should you buy?Picking the right phone from two of the most polished and most proficient budget smartphones in the market is a tough nut to crack. And it’s not just because there is a difference of Rs 15,000 involved but also because we are talking about two different ecosystems – Android and iOS. Both have their pluses and both have their drawbacks. To someone who loves interoperability, iOS might seem like a death trap but to someone who is more bent towards some of the security features that are likely to come to Android universe only with Android Q, iOS is the answer.It all boils down to what you are looking for in a smartphone and how much cash you have at your disposal. If you are looking for a mid-budget phone with premium features (and some compromises) and a great camera, then Pixel 3a XL is the best fit for you. But if you want a premium experience and you are willing to pay for it, iPhone XR is an option to consider.ALSO READ: | Apple iPhone XR India price drops by Rs 17,000 to compete with Galaxy S10e, here are the new pricesALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyoneALSO READ: | iPhone XR long-term review: Still the best iPhone for most peopleGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow GoogleFollow Pixel 3a XLFollow iPhone XR Next Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XR: It’s a choice between slick iPhone and versatile Google cameraIf you are looking for a mid-budget phone with premium features (and some compromises) and a great camera, then Pixel 3a XL is the best fit for you.advertisementlast_img read more

USsanctioned man to be N Korea president

first_imgSeoul: North Korea has replaced its long-serving nominal head of state with a close aide to leader Kim Jong Un who was placed on a US sanctions list last year for alleged human rights abuses, state media said Friday. Kim Yong Nam, who held the position for almost 20 years, was replaced by Choe Ryong Hae, who will take over the role of representing Pyongyang at international engagements, KCNA said. The reshuffle, formalised during a session of Pyongyang’s rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), comes at a time of heightened diplomatic activity that has seen Kim Jong Un hold landmark summits with the leaders of the US, China and North Korea. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAs SPA president, Choe is technically head of state, although real power in North Korea is wielded by Kim and his immediate family. Analysts say his appointment by Kim suggests a generational shift in the North’s leadership, especially after the collapse of the Hanoi summit in February. Born in 1950, Choe is considered Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man — frequently referred to as the regime’s “virtual number two official”. In the 1980s, he led the North’s youth delegations on goodwill visits to a number of countries, including Russia, Libya and China, before being promoted to the party’s powerful Central Military Commission in 2017. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome reports have even suggested that one of Choe’s sons is married to Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong. He is also one of the three North Korean officials sanctioned by the US last year over human rights abuse allegations. Choe directs the North’s “departments that perpetrate the regime’s brutal state-sponsored censorship activities, human rights violations and abuses,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement in December. Analysts said, however, the existing sanctions against Choe will have little impact on his future diplomatic endeavours, as long as its nuclear dialogue with the US continues. “Kim Yong Chol, the North’s top nuclear negotiator, also has been sanctioned by Washington since 2010,” Ahn Chan-il, the president of the World Institute for North Korea Studies in Seoul, told AFP. “But he visited Washington without a problem earlier this year. Washington will always make exceptions — as long as Pyongyang has something to offer.” On top of being elected as the nominal head of state, Choe was also appointed as first vice chairman of State Affairs Commission (SAC), the North’s highest decision making body — a position that was newly created after the North recently revised its Constitution. Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, said this will allow Choe to work with the North’s key diplomats. These include Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol who were all also promoted to SAC members this week. “Kim Yong Nam, while serving as the former nominal head of state, never got to have any roles in the SAC,” Cheong told AFP.last_img read more

Earthsized exoplanet found orbiting star 53 lightyrs away

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star 53 light-years away. The Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) also discovered a warm sub-Neptune-sized world in the same system, according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “It’s so exciting that TESS, which launched just about a year ago, is already a game-changer in the planet-hunting business,” said Johanna Teske, Carnegie Institution for Science in the US. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The spacecraft surveys the sky and we collaborate with the TESS follow-up community to flag potentially interesting targets for additional observations using ground-based telescopes and instruments,” Teske said in a statement. One such tool, the Planet Finder Spectrograph on the Magellan II telescope in Chile, was a crucial component of this effort. It helped confirm the planetary nature of the TESS signal, and to measure the mass of the newly discovered sub-Neptune. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe PFS works using a technique called the radial velocity method, which is currently the only way for astronomers to measure the masses of individual planets. Without known masses, it is very challenging to determine a planet’s density or its general chemical composition. This method takes advantage of that fact that not only does a star’s gravity influence the planet orbiting it, but the planet’s gravity also affects the star in turn. The PFS enables astronomers to detect these tiny wobbles that the planet’s gravity induces in the star’s orbit. “PFS is one of the only instruments in the Southern Hemisphere that can do these types of measurements. So, it will be a very important part of further characterising the planets found by the TESS mission,” Teske added. With an orbit that takes about 36 days to complete, the sub-Neptune, HD 21749b, has the longest period of any of the TESS discoveries published so far, researchers said.last_img read more

Finance Ministry says no approval to increase sugar price

Accordingly, the wholesale price of sugar has been increased by Rs 15 a kilo, the Sugar Importers’ Association said.The Finance Ministry said that world sugar prices have dropped drastically and so despite a new tax being imposed on sugar the selling price of sugar cannot be increased. The Finance Ministry says approval has not been given to increase the price of sugar.The Sugar Importers’ Association said the wholesale price of sugar has been increased from today. The Finance Ministry warned that action will be taken if the price of sugar is increased in the market. (Colombo Gazette)

First fall reading week starts Tuesday

Students won’t have to hustle to return to school next week after enjoying Thanksgiving weekend with their families.The first fall reading week at Brock starts Tuesday, Oct. 15 and runs through Oct. 18.The addition of the mid-term break is part of a three-year pilot project by the University, following recommendations in its mental health strategy to create a fall reading week to help students alleviate stress. The addition of the break is also supported by the Brock University Students’ Union.Several other universities have also already adopted a fall reading week to support student success and mental health.

DPR of Korea China tells Annan of encouraging nuclear talks IAEA cites

“I find it regrettable that little concrete progress on the issue appears to have been made since December, when the Agency’s verification work came to a halt,” the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, told a meeting of the organization’s Board of Governors in Vienna. “I earnestly hope that the international community will urgently focus its efforts on bringing the DPRK back to the non-proliferation regime. In this regard, I am encouraged by some recent efforts on the part of China to restart a dialogue towards that end,” he added. At UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yishan reported to Mr. Annan on “the encouraging results” of the recent visit by China’s special envoy to the DPRK over the nuclear dispute. The Secretary-General praised the efforts of China’s leadership to encourage and promote a diplomatic solution and said he was hopeful about the early resumption of the Beijing talks. There is a similarity of approach between the United Nations and China in terms of a nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula and the need to resolve the matter peacefully, a UN spokesman said, and Mr. Annan and China will remain in close touch regarding further developments. On Wednesday, Mr. Annan urged the United States and the DPRK to find a peaceful way out of the dispute. The United States wants to discuss the conflict in a multilateral forum with the DPRK’s neighbours, including China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, while Pyongyang is seeking bilateral talks with Washington. read more

NDP govt announces new Municipal Government Act

After years of delay, the Alberta government says it’s committing to a new framework for how municipalities operate.Municipal Affairs Minister Deron Bilous announced Friday the NDP will introduce the new Municipal Government Act in the spring, aimed at making municipalities work together instead of being in competition with each other.Bilous made the announcement at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Associaiton convention in Calgary, adding it will guide how roads and schools are built, as well address contentious issues like linear assessment, affordable housing and offsite levies.After it’s introduced in the spring, the legislation will be made into law before municipal elections in the fall of 2017 and there will be clear incentives for municipalities to play by the new rules.“Funding is a great way to help incent that behaviour and municipalities that work well together to provide services with each other will have the dollars to be able to do that,” he said, adding another big change will be the requirement of regions to be part of growth management boards, unlike the current framework.“The challenge with a voluntary board is that members can decide when they want to participate, when they want to decline, but it makes it very challenging if you’re trying to have a truly integrated plan, for let’s say, delivering transportation or services,” he said.Bilous said another goal of the Act is to improve municipal-provincial relationships, but it will not include election campaign finance reform.Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said two key developments are the dates involved with the legislation and the issue of the growth management board for the Calgary region.“It is critical that any such legislation abide by two criteria, the first is that membership must mandatory, it must apply to everyone in the region or it doesn’t work,” Nenshi said.Such legislation could lead to changes with how the City of Calgary operates with Rocky View County, where there’s been longstanding issues.“The voting and the amending formula must be in the hands of the members, not in the hands of government, under current legislation, the second criterion is met by growth management boards, but the first one is not, so we would not accept a growth management board in the Calgary region, unless the membership were mandatory,” Nenshi said.Nenshi also applauded the fact that dates have been set for new legislation.Okotoks Mayor Bill Robertson, who also chairs the Calgary Regional Partnership, believes most members will be in favour.“This is a step forward, we need some rules that everybody plays by,” he said. “We’ve been told in the past government that they were going to do something, they were going to do something, in the end it was the status quo, nothing really was done.”There have been multiple reasons for delays, including municipal elections and the 2013 floods. New MGA aimed at improving collaboration among municipalities Nenshi says dates being set and growth management board changes are significant Other issues to be addressed include linear assessment, off-site levies and housing Summary by News Staff Posted Sep 25, 2015 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NDP govt announces new Municipal Government Act Municipal Affairs Minister Deron Bilous read more

Human security approach central to achieving sustainable development – UN officials

“The human security approach is instrumental to sustainable development, inclusive peace, justice and the well-being and dignity of all people. It is in fact central to the 2030 Agenda,” said Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, addressing the event.As outlined by the General Assembly, human security is a people-centred framework based on national ownership, which according to Ms. Mohammed, aims to support governments in responding to threats impeding their people from living free from fear, want and indignity, while recognizing the complexity and interconnected nature of today’s challenges. “It really does compel us to find coherent, comprehensive and integrated solutions that combine the expertise and resources of the United Nations system with those of governments, regional and sub-regional organizations, the private sector, civil society and communities on the ground,” she explained. Based on lessons learned from over 15 years of supported programming by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security, the approach promotes greater coordination, advancing integrated actions for concrete results in improving the lives of peoples and communities. At the UN, said Ms. Mohammed, the Secretary-General has embarked on a series of review processes and reforms, including management, development and the peace and security architecture, to fulfil his vision of a UN system that is less fragmented and much more efficient. “Their underlying premise – and promise – is prevention,” she noted. “Human security is an essential part of these processes.” By considering current and emerging risks and vulnerabilities, human security is an effective tool for prevention, she added. The human security approach can also help guide efforts to bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and longer-term development aid. She went on to say that programmes supported by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security have illustrated “the power of catalytic interventions that pool resources and establish strong partnerships and better coherence of results on the ground.” “Let us work together to advance prevention and promote inclusive solutions that enhance people’s ability to live together in peace and well-being, with much stronger confidence in a sustainable future,” she stated. General Assembly President Peter Thomson opened the event saying, “human security provides us with a focussed, analytical lens and programming framework to aid the actions we are taking towards achieving the SDGs.” He added that with its direct focus on people, “the concept of human security finds in the SDGs an agenda that is ultimately about creating the conditions – social, economic and environmental – in which humanity can flourish.” Today’s event was organised by the UN Human Security Unit, in partnership with the Government of Japan and the Human Security Network (Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Greece, Ireland, Jordan, Mali, Norway, Panama, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand and South Africa, as an observer). Also addressing the event, Yukio Takasu, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Human Security, said that it is essential to identify and address the root causes of human insecurity, which are often interlinked and multifaceted. “There is no simple, straightforward solution. Through the human security approach, we will be able to address deep-rooted insecurity and implement the SDGs effectively,” he stated. “We have to identify first who has been left out in equitable progress and are at the greatest risk of falling behind… and take action on what needs to be done.” He added that there is a consensus on the need to adopt an integrated approach to achieve the SDGs, which no single government, entity or international organization can do alone. “We must strengthen a multi-stakeholder framework of cooperation at the national, regional and global levels. Partnership of all stakeholders, civil society and the private sector is absolutely essential for success.” read more

Mason Jobst leading the way for Ohio State mens hockeys freshman class

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) celebrates with the bench in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorIt’s 9:31 p.m. on Friday and the Ohio State men’s hockey team is in overtime with Big Ten rival and 14th-ranked Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Buckeye freshman forward Mason Jobst has just blocked a slapshot with his left leg with 2:42 remaining and is visibly in pain.In stereotypical hockey player fashion, Jobst doesn’t stay down. Although slow to get up, he musters all the strength he has left in him and frantically tries to help his teammates clear the puck out of the zone so he can get off of the ice.Fourteen seconds after blocking that shot, just as Jobst returns to the action, Penn State freshman forward Alec Marsh ends the game with his sixth goal of the season.Questions are immediately raised as to whether the leading scorer in the Buckeyes’ nine-man freshman class would return for Game 2 of the series the next night.Twenty-four hours later, Jobst dekes Nittany Lions’ junior goaltender Eamon McAdam out of his jockstrap on a breakaway and buries the fourth of his team’s five goals on the night in a 5-1 OSU win.For Jobst, the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer with six goals and 14 assists, the path to success this season has come through the patience of sitting out most of his final year of junior hockey.The former captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in the country, Jobst, who had already had both of his shoulders repaired, heard an all-too-familiar pop during a home game in October 2014.“I had a good summer working out and I was hoping to have a good year,” Jobst said. “I can’t really describe how deflating it was mentally that I had been through a full year of rehab and trying to take care of my body and for it to pop out again was devastating.”After speaking with his future coaches in Columbus, he determined that it was best to shut it down, have yet another surgery, and hope for an elusive healthy season next fall.However, the true captain and determined player that he is, Jobst battled back through rehab to rejoin his team for the Clark Cup Finals, where he contributed a goal and two assists, but his Lumberjacks were swept in three games by current teammate and classmate Dakota Joshua’s Sioux Falls Stampede.Jobst’s journey then continued to Ohio’s capital city to join coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes.For Rohlik, he was not worried one bit about his somewhat injury-prone center. His recruitment of Jobst told him all that he needed to know about not just the type of player he was getting, but the type of person he is too.“First and foremost, I saw his competitiveness. Everybody would look at him and say that he’s not a very big kid in stature,” Rohlik said. “What we saw is a kid that competes all over the ice. He wants the puck. He’s not afraid to have the puck. He’s not afraid to go in tough areas. Sometimes guys get to the next level and they are afraid to make mistakes. Mason’s made mistakes, but he’s not afraid. Everyone that has coached him said, ‘Wow, you are going to get a heck of a player here.’”Jobst, who stands at 5-foot-7 and 159 pounds, has been exactly that through 22 games this season. Not only is he producing on the stat sheet, but in the faceoff circle as well, where he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning 52.5 percent of his draws.His play has more than impressed the veteran leaders on the team.“He has the right to be confident out there,” said junior captain Nick Schilkey, who also plays at a height disadvantage at 5-foot-10. “Things are going the right way because he’s playing hard and he is a relentless forward out there and that is what we have to be as smaller guys. You have to pretend that you’re not 5-foot-8 and play like you’re six feet tall. The bounces are going his way and rightfully so.”After an 0-7 start and a 3-11 record heading into the winter break, Jobst and the Scarlet and Gray are starting to put things together.OSU is 4-2-2 since the second half started on Dec. 28, and three of those wins have come over top-15 ranked opponents. Jobst had seven points (three goals, four assists) in the 14 games he played in the first half of the season. In the seven games he has played in during the second half, his play mirrors that of his team’s, as he has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). He also recently garnered the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week after a seven-point weekend against rival and sixth-ranked Michigan.  “When we went down to Florida and had those two big wins (over then-No. 4 Boston College and then-No. 9 Cornell), I think that was a huge confidence booster for all of us,” Jobst said. “In the locker room, the whole attitude is just like, ‘Wow, we do have it.’”Time will tell if Jobst and the Buckeyes still “have it” this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Michigan State for a two-game series. Puck drop on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

16 PLAYERS AND 14 STAFF MEMBERS Norge girls are ready for WCh

← Previous Story DHfK Leipzig without Philipp Weber next 6 to 8 weeks Next Story → SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE: “Boom boom” mode of Markovic-Mandalinic in Velenje Norway will try to defend World’s title from Denmark 2015 at upcoming World’s Championship 2017 in Germany. Norwegian coach Thorir Hergeirsson announced squad list with 16 players for the tournament which will start on December 1.Norway are in the group with Hungary, Argentina, Poland, Czech Republic and Sweden.The most interesting news is that Heidi Loke is in the team, after delivery and come-back in domestic league.Goalkeepers:Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Györi Audi ETO (født 04.01.85) (Kamper/Mål: 159/001)Katrine Lunde, Våg Håndball Elite (30.03.80) (265/003)Backline:Emilie Hegh Arntzen, Våg Håndball Elite (01.01.94 ) (058/072)Emilie Christensen, Larvik HK (13.04.93) (000/000)Helene Gigstad Fauske, FC Midtjylland (31.01.97) (002/001)Veronica Kristiansen, FC Midtjylland (10.07.90) (099/310)Amanda Kurtovic, CSM Bucuresti (25.07.91) (094/236)Nora Mørk, Györi Audi ETO (05.04.91) (102/482)Stine Bredal Oftedal, Györi Audi ETO (25.09.91) (141/315)Wings:Camilla Herrem, Sola HK (08.10.86) (211/567)Marit Røsberg Jacobsen, Byåsen Håndball Elite (25.02.94) (011/021)Stine Ruscetta Skogrand, Silkeborg-Voel KFUM (03.03.93) (051/077) Sanna Solberg, TEAM Esbjerg (16.06.90) (097/160)Line-players:Kari Brattset, Våg Håndball Elite (15.02.91) (013/030)Vilde Ingstad, TEAM Esbjerg (18.12.94) (041/034)Heidi Løke, Storhamar Håndball Elite (12.12.82) (174/650) Handball World Championship 2017Norwegian handballThorir Hergeirsson read more

LHimalaya un lieu idéal pour lénergie solaire

first_imgL’Himalaya, un lieu idéal pour l’énergie solaire Si l’on imagine plus aisément des fermes solaires dans la chaleur du désert, les montagnes enneigées de l’Himalaya pourraient offrir une plus grande quantité d’énergie issue de panneaux photovoltaïques. Des chercheurs affirment en effet que l’Himalaya, comme les Andes, offrent certains des plus hauts niveaux de luminosité solaire. Et si l’Himalaya devenait l’Arabie Saoudite de l’énergie solaire, s’interroge le New Scientist. Le site de la revue scientifique rapporte en effet une étude selon laquelle les panneaux solaires seraient plus efficaces s’ils étaient installés sur de hauts sommets enneigés, tels ceux de l’Himalaya ou des Andes, plutôt que dans les déserts chauds et ensoleillés d’Afrique.À lire aussiLiter of Light, d’étonnantes lampes faites de bouteilles pour apporter la lumière aux habitants sans électricitéKotaro Kawajiri, un chercheur de l’Institut de Technologie du Massachusetts, a cartographié avec l’aide de scientifiques japonais l’irradiance solaire à travers la planète. Ils ont alors constaté que l’Himalaya et les Andes comptaient parmi les régions recevant le plus d’énergie solaire. En altitude en effet, moins de lumière se perd dans l’atmosphère. En outre, à des températures atteignant environ 40°C, 13% de l’énergie produite par des panneaux solaires est perdue en chaleur, soulignent les chercheurs. L’air froid de haute altitude en revanche, garde les panneaux frais et efficaces, explique Kotaro Kawajiri.Développer l’énergie solaire dans des régions au climat froid apparaît aux yeux de Keith Barnham (lien non disponible) , un chercheur en photovoltaïque de l’Imperial College de Londres, comme une réelle perspective d’avenir. “Il y a beaucoup de régions sous-développées et les communautés vivant en altitude, dans les contreforts de l’Himalaya, pourraient largement bénéficier de l’énergie solaire” estime-t-il.Le 13 novembre 2011 à 14:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

National Park Service kicks off National Park Week with entrance fees waived

first_img KUSI Newsroom National Park Service kicks off National Park Week with entrance fees waived today KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  If you’re looking for something to do visit a National Park. The National Park Service will kick off National Park Week by waiving all entrance fees today.Other fees may still be in place, such as camping, transportation and special tours.National Park Week runs today through the 28th.For more information: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm April 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 20, 2019last_img read more

Google plans luxury London office with roof garden and running track

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Having the right working environment can do wonders for employee productivity, engagement and motivation, whether that is having a standing desk, being able to attend on-site yoga classes, or having access to a luxury coffee machine for a mid-morning cappuccino. Technology organisation Google has embraced this thinking in plans for its new London office.Google has applied for planning permission to Camden Council to build an 11-storey, one million square foot office complex in King’s Cross, London. The new building, which will feature a natural theme, will combine Google’s current building at 6 Pancras Square, as well as a third building, to create an office space to accommodate 7,000 employees.The proposed office, which will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside of the United States, will include features such as a terraced roof garden complete with running track, as well as market halls, an auditoria and shops on the ground floor.Following the natural theme, the new building, designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group, will use materials that have been sourced through Google’s healthy materials programme.Joe Borrett, director of real estate and construction at Google, said: “We are excited to be able to bring our London Googlers together in one campus, with a new purpose-built building that we’ve developed from the ground up. Our offices and facilities play a key part in shaping the Google culture, which is one of the reasons we are known for being among the best places to work in the industry.”Here at Employee Benefits, we love the sound of a rooftop terraced garden now the warmer weather has finally arrived…last_img read more

Delayed landing at Dhaka for 20 flights

first_imgAs many as 20 flights coming to Dhaka on Tuesday faced delays due to thick fog on the runway of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.The flights faced the disruption as heavy fog kept the runway of the airport blurred.However, the outbound flights left the airport in due time, said Armed Police Battalion’s (APBn) assistant police superintendent Tariq Ahmed Al Sadik.Met office director Shamsuddin Ahmed said dense fog has covered the northern to the middle part of the country.“The fog may remain for the next three or four days,” he added.last_img

Study points to shoddy work on border road

first_imgRelated posts:Border road scandal broadens Probe widens in roadway scandal President Chinchilla’s brother denies involvement in border road scandal Chinchilla looks for way out of highway row President Laura Chinchilla’s border-road woes continued to grow this week.On Wednesday, the president acknowledged mistakes and mismanagement of the 160-kilometer, $44 million Route 1856 along Río San Juan, which forms the border with Nicaragua. The president made the statements from Geneva, Switzerland, on the last day of a European tour, according a report by the daily La Nación.While acknowledging the problems the road has faced with alleged corruption by officials, Chinchilla pledged to openly disclose all details about the project and insisted work should continue.“Our intention is to clarify everything, that everything is out in the public light, that no doubt remains about our intentions and the procedures that were behind the construction of the road, and that if it is necessary to recognize errors or to adjust procedures, that it is done,” Chinchilla said, according to La Nación.Since October 2010, Costa Rica and Nicaragua have bickered over the border region along the Río San Juan after Costa Rica complained about Nicaraguan dredging of the river. Accusations of environmental damage have flown back and forth across the river and armed personnel were sent to the region by both countries (TT, March 11, 2011).A January 2011 occupation of Isla Calero, on the northeastern Caribbean coast, by Nicaraguan troops prompted Costa Rica cries of an armed invasion, and in March of that year, the International Court of Justice ordered both countries to remove armed personnel from the area.Chinchilla declared building the road to be a national emergency, saying the project would bring services and security to some 2,500 families in the remote border region of Costa Rica. The emergency decree allowed the project to be put into high gear and obviated the legal requirements for environmental impact studies that other public works must have before beginning construction (TT, Feb. 24).This week, the National Structural Materials and Models Laboratory (Lanamme) at the University of Costa Rica released an analysis of the road’s engineering, according to La Nación. The analysis found that shoddy work on the road’s drainage systems could leave the road in danger of collapsing during the current rainy season. Also, the Lanamme analysis indicated that the threat of collapse would lead to “a substantial loss of the investment made up to this point.”The daily Diario Extra also detailed some of Lanamme’s findings: The road’s drainage system is almost collapsed; 15-meter slopes were cut along the sides of the road; wide road cuts were made to mountainous areas; clay, not preferable for construction works, was used; planning and topographical studies were almost nonexistent; and oversized rocks, which are difficult to compress, were used.In its ongoing investigation into mismanagement of the project, La Nación also revealed this week that the National Roadway Council secretly spent some ₡6 billion ($12 million) contracting machinery without going through a public bidding process to work on the project between December 2010 and March 2011. Facebook Commentslast_img read more