Non-Resident Kannandigas soon to be issued NRK cards

first_imgNRIs of the Indian State of Karnataka will soon be issued Non-Resident Kannadigas (NRK) cards which will entail various benefits to them, announced Deputy Chairperson of Karnataka Non-Resident Indian Forum (KNRI) Dr Arathi Krishna, while speaking at a function recently at the capital city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.Addressing a gathering of 700 NRIs, she said, “Roll out of NRK cards for Karnataka NRIs is on the anvil and will be executed very soon.”Read it at Connected to India Related Itemslast_img

World Cup: Govt approves Rs 45 cr I-T exemption to ICC

first_imgThe decision to grant the exemption was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet, which was also attended by the ICC president Sharad Pawar.The government on Thursday approved income tax waiver of about Rs 45 crore to the International Cricket Council for the ongoing World Cup.The decision to grant the exemption was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet, which was also attended by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, currently the ICC President.”The tax exemption will be on the income arising in India from the ICC World Cup 2011 to the subsidiaries of the ICC, only where the contractual obligation to bear the income tax liabilities is on these entities,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters after the meeting.The exemption, however, will not cover the revenues of the global cricket body from sponsorships and telecast rights, which account for 72 per cent its total income.The financial implication will be Rs 45 crore approximately, she added.According to Revenue Secretary Sunil Mitra, the total receipts of the ICC from the ongoing World Cup are Rs 1,476 crore, while the cost for organising the event is Rs 571 crore. The ICC’s revenue from the broadcast rights is estimated to be Rs 1,062 crore.Asked if Pawar had batted in favour of the proposal during the meeting, Soni replied in the negative.”There was no batting, no commentary. When he (Pawar) did not say anything the question of conflict of interest do not arise at all,” she said.It is, however, understood that some ministers questioned the need for granting the tax exemption to the cash rich ICC but they were told that the law provided for the same.advertisementSources said it was pointed out to those ministers that not granting an exemption would amount to violation of the law.The income tax exemption was granted to the ongoing cricket World Cup as it qualified criteria specified under the amendment of the Income Tax Act, 1961, in 2005 in wake of ICC Championship Trophy 2006.To avail of the tax exemption, it requires the event to be recognised by the global body governing the sport, besides participation of more two nations. Moreover, the specified income has to be notified by the government.”This event met all three criteria,” Mitra said, adding income earned from sponsorships and telecast rights were not given the exemption as “it will not benefit ICC but the service providers”.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Buyer Beware Jeter Ticket Scams

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s Attorney General is warning baseball fans against possible scams for secondhand baseball tickets as famed Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter finishes his career.His last likely game in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is Sept. 25 against the Baltimore Orioles. His final scheduled outing is Sept. 28 against the Red Sox in Boston’s Fenway Park.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says major sporting events often attract major scammers.With the Super Bowl in the New York City area last February, he says hundreds of fake tickets and many millions of dollars in counterfeit merchandise were seized by authorities.The Atorney General’s Consumer Frauds Bureau advises checking the reputation of online ticket brokers, remaining wary of tickets printed at home and avoiding paying with cash, wire transfer or prepaid money transfer.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

A SET OF SIX – VOLUME SEVEN

first_imgFriday June 22, 2007: Alice Springs Grand Finals Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Gove Touch Wet Season Grand FinalsGove Touch began its season in March with nine men’s teams and seven women’s teams. Towards the end of the season both the men and women’s competitions were split into two divisions – Men’s A, Men’s B and Women’s A, Women’s B. The finals were held on Friday June 15, 2007, at the Gove Touch Fields.Men’s A: Kamasutra def Who U Men’s B: Delta Reef def GIS  Women’s A: Leo’s Tigers def Big Mamma’sWomen’s B: Exterminators def Lookers  Kelly Roos was awarded ‘Best and Fairest’ in the women’s category while Daniel Bromot was the ‘Best and Fairest’ of the men’s division. The Gove Touch Dry season Mixed Competition starts in August, 2007.Other events: In the A-grade mixed final, Nagle College and Roulette Cinema were locked at 5-5 at the end of regular time. The youngsters from Nagle (Bairnsdale) won in a drop off to secure the title. The Mixed B final was won by Sale’s local heroes, Top Draw Krills.The Touch Football Victoria web-site:www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) PLAY: #6ACT Primary Schools ChampionshipsThis Friday June 22, 2007, the best ACT junior Touch Footballers will take the field for the ACT Primary Schools Championships. Teams representing the seven Canberra regions will compete in Boys and Girls Divisions. The tournament will be run by ACT Touch Game Development Trainees Adam Raptis and Tim Arnold who are undertaking internships with ACT Touch as part of the their studies at the University of Canberra.ACT Game Development Officer, Chris Tarlinton is expecting a strong showing from all teams as each region has undertaken trials to select the best players for the Championships. The ACT selectors will be casting their eyes over the talent with a view to selecting the ACT Under-12s representative sides for the National Primary Championships in Melbourne in October.The action gets underway from 9am at the Deakin Playing Fields.Other events:ACT Touch continues to work with the ACT Government and other ACT sporting bodies to plan and manage the drought issues currently threatening to close ovals in Canberra region.The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. Sale Association held its Winter Grand Finals. Thursday June 21, 2007: Darwin Touch Mixed Grand Finals The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.au VICTORIA (VIC)Play: #5Victorian Junior Teams primed for Queensland Junior State CupThe Victorian Under-12, 15, and 18 representative teams are putting in final preparations for the Queensland Junior State Cup tournament on the Sunshine Coast from July 5 – 8, 2007.The Victorian teams that are travelling north for the tournament are looking forward to broadening their exposure to the game of Touch Football. It’s the start of a new three- year program aimed at developing and strengthening the skills and talent of junior Touch players based in Victoria as well as exposing them to a new level of competition.  The five teams will be managed by TFA Victoria Game Development officer Carly Goodrich, and a panel of experienced coaches.These coaches include Miles Davine, Mick Carter, Leah Percy, Hamish McLean and John Katal.It will also be the first ever appearance of Victoria in the under-12 age group in any Touch Football competition in Australia – a positive milestone in the development of Touch in Victoria.                                          Other events: Game Development Officer Glen Richardson is currently visiting Weipa presenting Referee and Coaching Courses Friday June 22, 2007: Darwin Touch Men’s and Women’s Grand Finals Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 7. QUEENSLAND (QLD)                                                                                   Play: #1 Queensland Touch and Sporting Wheelies WorkshopsOn Tuesday June 19, 2007, Queensland Touch took part in the first of two ‘No Limits Sports Expos’. The workshops are run conjunction with Lifestream and the Sporting Wheelies – organisations that work with disabled children in sport. The aim of the expos is to assess students from special education units and schools for suitability to participate in mainstream sport. Skills are tested through drills such as catching, passing and scoring. The participants’ motor skills are monitored, as is their ability to learn the rules of the game. Tuesday’s expo was held for 12 schools and units from the Sunshine Coast. 90 children were tested with approximately 80% judged as suitable for mainstream sport. On Thursday June 21, 2007, the second expo will be held for seven schools and units in the Logan and Beenleigh regions. 75 kids are expected to participate. Other events:  Touch Football Queensland web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play: #2 Botanics Touch Club Winter Competition The Botanics Touch Club winter competition will be played at Campbelltown Memorial Oval on the corner of Darley and Lower N.E. Roads, Campbelltown, commencing June 18, 2007.The competition format will be 2 x 25min games per team per week over the course of six weeks with all finals to be conducted on the seventh week.The competition dates are as follows:June 18, 25 July 2, 9, 16, 23 Finals July 30.Games will be played at 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm if required.Other events:During the SAPSASA championships over 80 children were invited to the Under-12 State Trials to run on June 23 – 24, 2007, at the Citytouch Grounds in Eastwood. Announcement of the coaches will occur this week.Touch Football South Australia web-site: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3Training camp for WA Under-18 PlayersOn the weekend 23 – 24 June, 2007, the first of two training camps will take place for all junior Metropolitan Touch Football players interested in taking part in the Under-18 National Championships, in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007.The camp is part of an open selection process and will be conducted at the Northern Districts Touch Association in Doubleview, Perth. 30 – 40 players are expected at the camp, which will be supervised by Toby Hohapata (WA Under-18 Boys’ Coach), Russell Moeahu (WA Under-18 Boys’ Manager), Shelley Matcham (WA Under-18 Girls’ Coach and current Australian Women’s Open representative), Nelly Hokianga (WA Under-18 Girls’ Assistant Coach) and Connie Jackaman (WA Under-18 Girls’ Manager).The players will be educated on fitness, nutrition, and recovery, as well as participating in general ball skill drills and game play. Last year WA wasn’t able to field teams in the Under-18 National Championships. This year, a boys and girls team will contest the championships and is expected to make their presence felt. Sharron Wong, Jenaya Quan and Blane Edwards are all National Youth Squad members and will lead the sides strongly. The training camp will be the first opportunity for players from the south to stake their claim to represent their State. On the weekend of June 2 – 3, 2007, players from the Northwest region got the opportunity to impress at a junior development camp in Broome. The second and final Metropolitan camp will be held in July and will include invited players from the Northwest region.Other events: WA State teams continue to train for the upcoming Barbarians Cup on 13 – 14 July, 2007. Sunday June 24, 2007: 74 teams to compete in the last leg of the Delfin TRI-Series, the Junior Sharks Cup                                         last_img read more

World Cup 2019: No one in team takes my bowling seriously but I do, jokes Kohli

first_img Press Trust of India SouthamptonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 09:13 IST India will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa. (Twitter/@BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSStar India batsman Virat Kohli jokingly said that he takes his bowling very seriouslyVirat Kohli has bowled 163 balls in international cricket though his wicket column remains emptyIndia will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South AfricaHe broke many a records with his batting but Virat Kohli, the medium-pacer, could have had a lot more than eight international wickets if his teammates believed in his bowling ability like he himself does.Kohli, albeit in a lighter vein, explained why he has not bowled in international cricket since December 2017.”It was the during the ODI series in Sri Lanka (in 2017) where we had almost won everything, I asked MS (Dhoni) if I could bowl. Just when I was getting ready to roll my arm over, Bumrah (Jasprit) shouted from the boundary and said ‘no joking around, it is an international game’.”No one in the team believes in my bowling but I do. After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in the middle),” said the Indian captain in an interview to host broadcaster of the World Cup.A little warm-up before hitting the nets for #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/OlwbKq0czD BCCI (@BCCI) May 30, 2019Kohli, however, still bowls in the nets, most recently in a practice session here earlier this week.He has taken four wickets in ODIs and as many in T20s. He has bowled 163 balls in Test cricket but the wickets column remains empty.The star batsman also shared an anecdote which shows that he has always taken his bowling seriously.”I used to follow James Anderson’s action when I was at the academy (in Delhi). Later, when I got to play alongside him, I told him about that story. We both had a good laugh over it,” Kohli quipped.advertisementAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistanis love Virat Kohli, says Younis KhanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa off to their worst ever start in World Cup historyAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: No one in team takes my bowling seriously but I do, jokes KohliIndian cricket star Virat Kohli has jokingly said no one takes his bowling seriously as he has always resorted to batting. Virat had earlier followed James Anderson’s actions while he was at the academy.advertisementlast_img read more

This is the Redmi 8A launching in India on Sept 25: Here’s everything we know about the phone

first_imgThis is the Redmi 8A launching in India on Sept 25: Here’s everything we know about the phoneRedmi 8A is launching in India on September 25. The smartphone will be a much-upgraded version of the Redmi 7A that launched in India a couple of months ago.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 10:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSRedmi 8A launching in India on September 25.Redmi 8A will come with single camera on the front and back panel.The Redmi 8A will be available on Flipkart in India.After launching the Redmi 7A earlier this year Xiaomi is now gearing up to launch the successor device aka the Redmi 8A in India. The company is launching the Redmi 8A in India on September 25. It should be noted that India will be the first country to get the Redmi 8A. The smartphone hasn’t been launched in any other market yet and India will be the firstAhead of the launch, Xiaomi India has revealed several specs details of the Redmi 8A. Just a day before the launch the company now reveals the back design of the Redmi 8A. The front, however, is yet to be revealed. The company reveals the blue colour variant of the Redmi 8A. We expect the smartphone to come with several other colour variants as well.Let’s take a quick look t everything we know about the Redmi 8A so far.–The Redmi 8A will come with a new design when compared to the Redmi 7A. Xiaomi has completely revamped the design of the Redmi 8A when compared to the previous generation Redmi A phones.–The Redmi 8A will come with Aura wave grip design, the company has confirmed. It is believed that the Redmi 8A will offer a good hand grip and will not slip off the hand of the users.–The Redmi 8A will come with a massive battery setup. The smartphone is said to come with a 5000mAh battery. This is the biggest battery that a Redmi A series phone will ever pack.advertisement–The Redmi 8A will come with fast charging support. This will be for the first time that a Redmi A series smartphone will come with fast charging support.–Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi 8A will come with Type C support. This is for the first time that a Redmi A series phone will come with USB Type C support.–The Redmi 8A will come with a waterdrop notch display. It is for the first time that a Redmi A will come with a waterdrop notch design. Until now all Redmi A series phones included thick bezels but the Redmi 8A will be different. The Redmi 8A will sport slimmer bezels when compared to all previously launched Redmi A series smartphones.–The front camera of the Redmi 8A will have the selfie shooter sit inside the waterdrop notch. The camera specs are still unknown.–The Redmi 8A will offer an immersive display to the users out there. The screen of the Redmi 8A is expected to be bigger than all previously launched Redmi A series smartphones.–For now, there are no details about the hardware powering the Redmi 8A. However, Xiaomi is claiming that the Redmi 8A will be good at handling games. As of now, there is no clarity whether the Redmi 8A will use Qualcomm or MediaTek processor.Redmi 8A price in IndiaThe Redmi 8A is launching in India on September 25. Similar to all the previously launched Redmi A series smartphones this one too will also be an entry-level segment device. The Redmi 7 comes in two RAM and storage variants in India.The base model includes 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and comes with a retail price of Rs 5,999. The second model of the Redmi 7A includes 2GB RAM + 32GB storage and this version comes with a price of Rs 6,199. We at India Today Tech believe the Redmi 8A will also be priced similar to the Redmi 7A and later the price of the 7A may drop in the country.The Redmi 8A India price will be revealed by Xiaomi on September 25. On the same date, the availability date of the phone will also be revealed by the company. It is confirmed that the Redmi 8A will be available on Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home store, and offline stores across the country.ALSO READ | Asus ROG Phone 2 launches in India: Snapdragon 855 Plus, 6000mAh battery and more for Rs 37,999Get 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow Redmi 8A Nextlast_img read more

Swire Pacific Offshore Cancels Four PSVs at EISA

first_imgzoom Singapore-based shipowner and operator Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) said it has cancelled shipbuilding contracts for four Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) with Brazilian shipyard Estaleiro Ilha S.A. (EISA). The update follows a period of negotiations requested by the shipbuilder following the Notice of Cancellation delivered by SPO in August 2014.According to Swire, EISA was unable to meet the minimum and critical conditions to continue with the construction of the vessels.“SPO’s Board has concluded that they can no longer have confidence in the delivery of these vessels on a reasonable timescale and to SPO’s satisfaction, and therefore must reaffirm the cancellation of these shipbuilding contracts,” the company said.The vessels were ordered in May 2011 as part of the company’s plans to develop its business in Brazil. The first vessel was due for delivery in January 2014 with the remaining vessels at approximately three month intervals thereafter.“This is the first time that SPO has cancelled a vessel order and I hope it is very clear that the decision was not taken lightly. We remain committed to the Brazilian market as it is still an important part of our long term plans,” Managing Director of Swire Pacific Offshore, Mr. Neil Glenn said.The company added that its vessel building contracts in other countries are proceeding as planned. The company recently took delivery of the anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS), Pacific Centurion and platform supply vessel (PSV), Pacific Goldfinch.SPO will take delivery of five more PSVs in 2015 and four more PSVs across 2016 and 2017.last_img read more

Bilateral USArab Chamber of Commerce Features Moroccan Delegation during USAfrica Leaders

Washington, D.C.- Key leaders from the Delegation from Morocco to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit spoke to business leaders at a forum sponsored by the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Tuesday. The delegates emphasized their desire to hear from business leaders and encouraged them to voice their concerns and raise issues regarding doing business in and with Morocco and the continent of Africa.Her Excellency Amina Benkhadra, former Minister of Energy and now Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), touted Morocco as “an ideal partner for US companies in the areas of energy, water, and agriculture.” Morocco’s electrification program, for example, is ambitious. With demand for electricity increasing at a rate of 8% a year, Morocco’s goal is to ensure its supply of energy based on a diversity of supply, with the target of 42% of its electricity produced from renewable energy sources by 2030.In response to a question about the abundance of U.S. natural gas and the potential of it being exported in liquified form to Morocco through a Moroccan LNG import terminal, she said that liquified natural gas (LNG) “has a place in the energy mix” in Morocco and that she “hope[s] there will be an announcement soon” with respect to LNG. His Excellency Mamoune Bouhdoud, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, noted that under Morocco’s seven-year industrial plan, $2.5 billion will be spent on reshaping the economy and investing in training the anticipated one million new workers. He stressed the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship. “SMEs are the most important. All we have is human capital, and job creation is with SMEs. They will create the jobs of tomorrow.”Both delegates stressed the importance of Morocco’s historic and cultural ties to other African countries as a gateway to the rest of the continent. “Morocco is an African country that knows the culture of those countries,” said Ms. Benkhadra. “Cooperation between the U.S., Morocco, and sub-Saharan African countries is a win-win situation. Africa is a land of opportunity.”In response to a question about fair competition in Morocco and the potential for “leveling the playing field” for SMEs, both delegates noted that Morocco has reformed its laws and business practices to increase transparency. Mr. Bouhdoud said that the rules of business in Morocco have been “completely liberalized” to encourage foreign investment. “You can be a foreigner and own 100% of a company and/or sell it” without restriction or requirements of having a Moroccan co-owner. “Successes are the best advertising for Morocco.”Getting the last word, Mr. Nabigha Hajji, Economic Counselor to the Moroccan Embassy, announced that the next U.S.-Morocco Business Conference would take place on October 16, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.After the conference, Ms. Vranae Pavlich, Vice President of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, told MWN that, “the Bilateral Chamber was honored to be able to host the esteemed Moroccan delegates.”  Differentiating the Bilateral Chamber from other organizations in D.C. that focus on policy and politics, she said “our ability to leverage our international network of business leadership, allows us to deliver programs like this that provide substantive interactive dialogue and serve as a platform to initiate and enhance tangible relationships and positive results.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Drunken Ferrari Kid Gets Out from Jail

Rabat – Hamza Derhem is a free man. Better known as “Moul LFerrari” (owner of the Ferrari), the young boy was released on Tuesday, June 5, after spending a year and 14 days in the local jail of Sale.Derhem was acquitted by The Rabat court. At first instance, the court sentenced him to two years in prison.The court also acquitted all those prosecuted in the wake of this case, including his brother, and two police officers. The five suspects were charged with attempting to manipulate the accident scene, giving fraudulent statements, and removing seized physical evidence related to the investigation. The Ferrari owner was arrested in April 2017 after uploading a video of himself driving under the influence of alcohol, taking selfies near his smashed Ferrari after crashing into three cars, while singing and making fun of police officers and other officials.His reckless behavior was condemned by Moroccan social media users, who called for a fair enforcement of the law to all citizens regardless of their wealth or social status.The intense public reaction prompted the General Directorate for National Security to arrest two police officers, the driver and two of his companions.Derham, a member of one of Morocco’s richest families, was found guilty by a Rabat court for falsifying an accident report, manipulating and fleeing an accident scene, and public intoxication. In addition to a two years jail sentence, Derham was fined MAD 20,000. read more

Ban applauds educational institutions worldwide for pushing ethical business practices

5 December 2008Nearly 180 business schools from around the world have now signed up to a United Nations-backed initiative aimed at steering tomorrow’s captains of commerce into conducting more ethical and inclusive business practices. The Principles for Responsible Management Education, established by the UN Global Compact last year, commits the business schools to including values of corporate responsibility in such fields as human rights, fighting corruption and the environment in their curricula.Speaking today to the conclusion of a forum in New York on the initiative, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed what he described as the “significant progress” over the past year and a half towards increasing business’ schools participation.He said all the participating schools “can shape generations of business leaders and help bring to life our shared vision of a sustainable and inclusive globalization that benefits the greatest number of people, including the poor.”He added: “As teachers, you can ensure that tomorrow’s leaders understand that the long-term growth of a business is tied to its environmental and social impact.“As scholars, you can produce research that drives innovation and helps management to recognize the benefits of being a responsible business. And as thought leaders and advocates in your communities, you help advance awareness of broader challenges, opportunities and responsibilities.” The Global Compact, set up in 2000, is a UN-created alliance in which participating businesses pledge to align their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas ranging from human rights and labour to the environment and anti-corruption practices. Close to 5,000 companies in 130 countries belong to the Compact, which aims to ensure that business helps markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. The Secretary-General told participants that the educational training they deliver, which advocates corporate responsibility in finding solutions to urgent environmental and social challenges, support the broader goals of the UN. read more

Anticorruption Committee Secretariat to continue

Accordingly, the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to continue the operations of the Anti-corruption Committee Secretariat which was established in 2015 until such a Serious Fraud Office is introduced, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) The Anti-corruption Committee Secretariat is to continue operations, the Government informaton department said.The Government said it has paid its attention on restructuring the anti-corruption institutional structure and it has been proposed to establish a fully powered Serious Fraud Office in Sri Lanka which is similar to the Serious Frauds Office in United Kingdom.

First career start a recordbreaker for Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton

Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) looks for an open receiver downfield during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorWhether it is redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton or junior Braxton Miller playing, the sky seems to be the limit for what is becoming a high-powered offensive attack for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.Making his first career start against California (1-2) Saturday, Guiton led the offense to a season-high 608 total yards while tossing four touchdown passes. With Miller looking on from the sideline, unable to play due to a sprained MCL in his left knee, it was as if Guiton had been the starter all along.“That was fun to watch,” coach Urban Meyer said. “When you’re balanced, 332 (yards) rushing, 276 (yards) passing… of course that’s what you hope it (the offense) looks like.”The bulk of those rushing yards came from the legs of redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, who finished the game with career-highs in yards (168) and carries (30) while visiting the end zone three times himself. Hall said he was enjoying himself so much, he wished the game clock hadn’t run out.“That was real fun. I wish we had another quarter,” Hall said. “Like big Marc (redshirt-senior offensive lineman Marcus Hall) said earlier, I wish we had five quarters… I loved being out there.”The Buckeyes (3-0) and Golden Bears combined for more than 1,100 yards of total offense in the high tempo contest, but in the end it was “the old right-hander” Guiton and company who came out on top to extend the nation’s current longest winning streak to 15 games.In what has become his standard protocol, Guiton was quick to pass along the credit to anyone but himself.“Jordan Hall and that offensive line, they’re doing a job that I can’t even explain how good they’re doing,” Guiton said. “They’re helping me out so much with the running game, and they’re opening up running lanes for me and play action is opening up deep.”Those running lanes allowed for Guiton to gash the Golden Bear defense for 92 rushing yards of his own, giving him a total of 368 yards from scrimmage on the day.Junior wide receiver Devin Smith was Guiton’s favorite target in the game, as the duo connected three times for 149 yards and two scores, one of which was an OSU school record 90-yard pass on the first drive of the game.Asked if he knew the deep pass put him in the records book, Guiton smiled and said “Oh, yeah” before again praising his teammate.“Devin has world-class speed,” Guiton said. “Sending him on deep routes in man coverage, we’re going to try and exploit that and I saw him beat his man, I threw it up and he ran under it and he can do the rest.”Guiton said he is excited to be in the OSU record books.“Oh man, that’s pretty cool,” Guiton said. “I’m in my fifth year, getting my first start and it’s a blessing man, it’s a blessing. And I can’t thank no one but God.”Senior wide receiver Chris Fields was on the receiving end of Guiton’s third touchdown of the opening quarter, hauling in a one-yard strike on fourth and goal. With Miller’s probable return to the lineup next week, Fields never hesitated in saying OSU will find a way for the backup QB to get on the field.“You find packages and ways to put him in,” Fields said. “It’s just like the situation now with (senior running back Carlos Hyde) and Jordan (Hall), you find ways to put your playmakers in the game. Kenny prepared all week like he was the starter, and we were watching film, and the hard work paid off for him.”That work left Guiton unsurprised with he or his team’s success against Cal.“I prepared hard, I prepared hard. I watched so much film,” Guiton said. “Man, I killed myself with that film.”Meyer, however, was a bit more reserved when discussing Guiton’s playing time once Miller is back and said the redshirt-senior’s recent play will make it tough to sit him out.“I don’t know (how to approach it),” Meyer said. “I think Kenny will get in the game a little bit. Kenny’s throwing the ball better than he has. He’s throwing the ball downfield. That’s something I’ve gotta think about.”Regardless if he gets the start next week against Florida A&M University (1-2), or at any time down the road, “Kenny G” said he knows he will be the same guy he was Saturday.“I’ll just be the guy I’ve been for forever,” Guiton said. “I’ll be there, I’ll be a leader. I’ll be helping Braxton no matter what goes on, and if my number’s called, I’ll do the job that I can do.”OSU is scheduled to take on Florida A&M at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

49ers Linebacker Aldon Smith Stabbed At House Party

A house party in San Jose turned chaotic over the weekend and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was stabbed multiple times in the mayhem.His injuries are considered minor, according The Associated Press.“(We) are aware that Aldon Smith incurred minor injuries during an incident last night,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We are in contact with Aldon and thankful that his injuries were not more serious and that he is recovering comfortably. The 49ers are also in communication with local authorities as they gather information regarding the incident, and will reserve further comment at this time.”According to The Sacramento Bee, deputies from the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office were called to a house party at about 2 a.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of gunshots. When police arrived, they found two people shot and another stabbed.The Bee reported that all three were taken to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.A source told the Bee the stabbing victim was Smith. A spokesman for the Santa Clara County sheriff’s department, meanwhile, would not comment on the identity of the victims.The party was so large — more than 100 people were estimated to be there — that deputies called for backup from the San Jose police and the California Highway Patrol, Sgt. Jose Cardoza told the Bee.“It was a chaotic scene,” Cardoza said. “There was a lot of commotion, and no one knows where the gunshots came from.” read more

Camber Sands victims family criticises lack of lifeguards after five childhood friends

first_imgNitharsan have driven the group down to the East Sussex beach in his silver VW Golf GTI, which was later found by police parked where they had left it.Police visited the family on Wednesday evening and asked the family to identify the vehicle.At the family home in south-east London a group of friends and family gathered to commemorate the Brighton University student who was studying aeronautic engineering.  Ajithan said: “My brother was very talented and he was a fantastic sportsman. He excelled in everything he did and was very clever for his age.”We are really upset. Devastated. He was always trying to better himself and educate himself. “He had this magical magnetic aurora, he was so helpful and selfless.”  The Nathan brothers were from the Slades Green area of south-east London and studied at Bexleyheath Academy.Ajirthan explained: “The five of them went in the car yesterday to Camber Sands on a day trip because they knew it was supposed to be one of the hottest days of the year.”They hadn’t been before. “My brother could swim just like the rest of them could but because of the strong tide it wore them off easily.”They drowned because of a lack of stamina from the tidal effect.” He added: “The boys all knew each other since the age of five when they all met playing tabla drums together.”A five minutes delay caused this death toll. I recommend there to be a reliable lifeguard. A lifeguard could have saved their lives.” Nitharsan Ravi was among the group who died, according to his brotherCredit:Steve Finn Police officers among beachgoers on Camber Sands after the tragedy Kobi Nathan also died in the tragedyCredit:SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This has been an incredibly tragic incident and we are offering their next of kin support at this difficult timeSupt Di Roskilly Paramedics and police were called to Camber Sands following reports of one man in the sea. Within 20 minutes, they had discovered another two men in difficulty. Despite successfully retrieving the men from the water, all three died later.Two more bodies were discovered by a member of the public on the beach after the tide receded at around 8pm. An emergency helicopter attends the scene of the tragedy Nitharsan’s younger brother Ajithan Ravi, said: “Ken and Inthushan got stuck under the water in the mud and sand and their three friends went under the water to try and save them. But all five of them got into difficulty and sadly died.”He added: “My brother could swim just like the rest of them could but because of the strong tide it wore them off easily. A lifeguard could have saved their lives.” It is the second tragedy to take place recently at Camber Sands An emergency helicopter attends the scene of the tragedy as beachgoers watch in horrorCredit:Tashka4/PA Rudy Bruynius, who died after being swept out to sea at Fistral Beach, with his two-year-old daughter Mckayla Bruynius, who later died in hospitalCredit:PA The first three men died despite efforts by medics to save them after being pulled from the sea at about 2.15pm.Later in the evening, a beach-goer found two bodies and reported another in the water off the beach with no permanent lifeguards on the hottest day of the year. Rudy Bruynius, who died after being swept out to sea at Fistral Beach, with his two-year-old daughter Mckayla Bruynius, who later died in hospital His uncle, Kugan Gianarathinam also questioned the lack of safety provisions in the area.He said: “There needs to be more lifeguards at Camber Sands. They say it’s one of the safest beaches in Britain but it’s a lie, Nitharsan and his friends are dead.“They also need to put up more signs warning of the dangers. It is not safe for anybody.” Inthusan Sriskantharasa was also among those who died Credit:Facebook/SWNS Police officers among beachgoers on Camber Sands after the tragedyCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Beachgoers were urged to stay out of the sea while investigations were carried out. It came as temperatures hit 90F (32C) in some parts of the country. Witness Charlotte Frederick, 25, told The Telegraph that there were no flags up on the beach suggesting it was unsafe to swim, and added that the water was calm. “We got here just before 2pm and after we had set up we noticed two people on the beach receiving CPR, then about 10 minutes later we saw another person receiving CPR,” the media executive, from London, said. “They were just unconscious, the people were doing CPR on them for ages. One was taken away on a rescue truck and then the others were left there and they were still doing CPR on them.”The water didn’t seem rough at all, it seemed calm. The sea is so shallow there.”  The tragedy means at least 12 people have died in just six days in what is thought to be one of the deadliest periods to have hit Britain’s coastline in recent years.The deaths come after a Change petition was set up in June by Josie Holloway, a resident from Greatstone, a coastal town around 10 miles away, calling for permanent lifeguards to be placed on Camber Sands.The petition, which has received more than 4,500 signatures since it was started, said: “Camber Sands gets unbelievably busy during summer time. They have beach patrol but no lifeguards… I feel it could save lives.”Witnesses claimed there were patrols on the beach before the tragedy, but no permanent officials.  It is thought they may have fallen into deep channels, known as sandbars, which had been made even more treacherous by the weekend storms.Despite being able to swim, they were unable to reach safety and were overcome by the rising tide.Their deaths come just weeks after a 19-year-old Brazilian, Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, died in the same area and Nitharsan’s family said there should have been more warnings for bathers, with lifeguards on duty to help those who got into trouble. Inthusan Sriskantharasa was also among those who died  Police used loudhailers to urge people to stay out of the sea Tara Lopez, who was also on the beach, said the tide was going out when tragedy struck.  She added: “I have only been to the beach once before and have noticed the lack of flags but didn’t notice the absence of lifeguards until today. A beach patrol, however, was present and became more present after the incident.” Another witness, Natalja Taylor, 30, who was on a day trip with her husband, said police were driving up the beach with a loudspeaker urging people to stay out of the sea.”We were sat on a hill a bit further away and we saw three people being pulled out of the water,” she said. “I think the people who rescued them were regular people, not emergency personnel.”Police drove on to the beach with a loudspeaker, telling people not to go into the water until further notice. They also taped off a huge chunk of the beach so no one could get near it.”It’s pretty scary. I’m not sure how it happened. It wasn’t particularly windy down there, it was just a hot, sunny beach day.” Police used loudhailers to urge people to stay out of the sea at Camber SandsCredit:Tashka4/PA Kurushanth Srithavarajah was among those who died in the Camber Sands tragedy Emergency services at the scene of the tragedy at Camber SandsCredit:Peter O Uwaibi/PA Online petition calling for permanent lifeguards on Camber SandsCredit:Change.org Last month 19-year-old Brazilian Gustavo Silva Da Cruz died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea at Camber Sands.Da Cruz, who was visiting family in Croydon, south London, was one of three men who got into trouble. The two others, who were not connected to him, included a man aged 35 and his son aged 17.It also comes after a string of sea tragedies last weekend, which saw seven people, including a father-of-three and a mother and her son killed.Rudy Bruynius, 33, died after he was washed off rocks into water just off South Fistral Beach near Newquay alongside his wife and daughter last Friday. His wife, Lisinda, survived, but his daughter McKayla, two, later died in hospital. Kurushanth Srithavarajah was among those who died in the Camber Sands tragedyCredit:Facebook/SWNS Kobi Nathan also died in the tragedy An RNLI spokesman confirmed it did not have any lifeguards on the beach. Although they said it was too early to say if this would change, they added: “The location of our lifeguards is under constant review and this latest incident will factor into our planning.”A Rother District Council spokesman said: “While it’s very upsetting to see two similar, tragic incidents this summer, over the years these kind of incidents are extremely rare and on a fine day around 25,000 people use the beach safely,” he said.”Although it’s too early to draw any conclusions from this latest incident, in recent years we have seen a change in the make-up of visitors to Camber, including more people from outside the area who are not familiar with the sea and the dangers it can pose.” He and his friends, Kurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, brothers, Kenigan and Kobi Nathan, aged 19 and 22 and Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, who are all of Sri Lankan origin, had driven to Camber Sands from their homes in south-east London on Wednesday afternoon to take advantage of the fine weather.But within minutes of entering the water two of the men got into difficulties and the other three went to try to help them. Online petition calling for permanent lifeguards on Camber Sands Nitharsan Ravi was among the group who died, according to his brother The grief-stricken family of one of the victims of the Camber Sands tragedy has said they would not have died if lifeguards had been on duty at the time.Nitharsan Ravi, 22, a former aeronautical engineering student, died alongside four of his childhood friends, while swimming in the sea at the popular Sussex resort on the hottest day of the year. Kenigan Nathan died alongside his older brother On Saturday, Julie Walker, 37, and her son Lucas, six, were killed after getting into difficulty in “choppy” water off Aberdeen beach.  A 50-year-old swimmer, who has not been named, also died after getting into difficulty just off Sandbanks, a popular beauty spot at the mouth of Poole Harbour.Windsurfer David Baker, 67, died after being rescued by lifeboats off the coast of West Mersea, Essex, and Joy Godfray, who was in her 30s and got into difficulties while swimming with a man near Green Island in Jersey, took the death toll to seven. Kenigan Nathan died alongside his older brotherCredit:SWNSlast_img read more

Jihadi Jack claims he worked for propaganda magazine and taught children under 

A Muslim convert known as Jihadi Jack taught children about terror and created propaganda videos, he has admitted in an interview before his parents were convicted of funding terrorism.Jack Letts, 23, said he left the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) after fearing for his life when 20 of his friends were killed.In an interview with the BBC, Letts admitted that he taught recruits under the age of 15, referred to as “cubs”, about Isil ideology.After almost losing his arm in battle he became a contributor to Dabiq, an online recruitment magazine, before making Isil videos.It allegedly took Letts three months to get to Syria after travelling through Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey before crossing into Syria at Al Raj. Jack Letts in Raqqa, SyriaCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He claimed to have been radicalised in part by a British Isil cell from Portsmouth, Hampshire, most of whom are reportedly dead.In the interview at a Kurdish prison camp, Letts said: “The so-called Islamic State. If it was an Islamic state, I wouldn’t have left.”The main reasons I left the so-called Islamic State is because they started to kill people I know them personally that are Muslims.”I had a group of about 20 friends that all left the so-called Islamic State. They all left at one time. One by one, they started to kill them.” Jack Letts talks from Kurdish jailCredit:@sommervilletv “There’s a feeling of stress and there’s a feeling of regret. Regret without result. … we’re just being left like dogs”.  Jack Letts talks from Kurdish jail Letts said that he was caught as he tried to escape the border into Turkey after expecting safe passage through Al Nusra-Front territory. Jack Letts in Kurdish jail Speaking about his time in solitary confinement, he said: “You wouldn’t be able to sit with me like this. You’d say I’m insane.”  Letts faces being barred from returning to the UK under rules that allow Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, to strip him of his citizenship provided it would not make him stateless.   “I’ve repented from what I did, and it’s not important in a sort of legal sense, but that’s why I left. I realized what I did was wrong, religiously and also in a moral sense,” he added. Jack Letts in Kurdish jailCredit:@sommervilletv  He said: “They would help us leave. They would get us a smuggler. Nusra Front not great guys, but they’re a lot more trustworthy than the Free Syrian Army”.Letts’ commented on his mental heath, claiming that he was diagnosed with Tourette’s and severe obsessive compulsive disorder.The convert left his middle-class home in Oxford to become one of IS’ most notorious recruits before his eventual capture.Now, after languishing in prison for two years, Letts said that he regretted becoming the “poster boy” for Islamic extremism.He said: “That’s one of the things that I regret I realised that me coming had a lot more meaning than a Syrian becoming ISIS.” Jack Letts in Raqqa, Syria read more

Pay rise imposition in public service unacceptable – FITUG

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFITUG says many of Govt’s promises remain unfulfilledMarch 27, 2018In “latest news”‘EMPTY POCKETS, HUNGRY STOMACHS, EMPTY PROMISES’August 19, 2016In “latest news”Carvil Duncan slams employers for not remitting workers dues, taxesFebruary 26, 2015In “Politics” -Say workers with lower wages have greater needsDescribing Government’s recent imposition of a pay rise for public servants as a high-handed approach, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUG) on Monday criticised the move, stating that it is illegal, immoral and not in keeping with the good faith of wage negotiations.FITUG President Carvil DuncanFITUG noted that even though both major parties in the Government –the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance for Change (AFC) had made a commitment in its elections manifestos to adhere to the collective bargaining process when arriving at a wage increase, they have moved to impose a pay rise for the third consecutive year.In addressing the media, President of FITUG Carvil Duncan said it was also a sentiment expressed on several occasions by officials in the current administration. He said it is therefore disconcerting that the Government has again employed such an approach and in that process undermined the credibility of its commitments.“This imposition approach runs contrary to our Trade Union Recognition Act, the Constitution of Guyana and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions. It also does not send a positive message to other employers in our nation,” Duncan told the media.The trade unionist also expressed concerns over the quantum of the pay rises that were approved by Government. He noted that those at the bottom end, their salaries will rise by $4,445 from $55,555 to $60,000 per month, having benefited from an 8 percent rise. However, those benefiting from high salaries and receive $80,000 per month for instance, will see their salary going up by $40,000 arising from their 0.5 percent pay hike.“Though we accept that all workers deserve higher wages/salaries, it is those at the lower end who are in greater need. It is low-earning workers that find it difficult to find difficulties to put meals on the table, to send their children to school, to pay their bills, to afford medical care and medication, to have adequate shelter and the basic comforts of life, and to meet life’s basic necessities.”One of the main members of the umbrella trade union body, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has also taken note of the recent announcement and said it was an insincere move taken by Government. The GAWU said it strongly contends that the workers, especially those at the lower end, are deserving of much more substantial pay hikes.“Now-a-days they must contend with less disposable income and heavier burdens arising from the series of tax measures which have negatively impacted their and their family’s standard-of-living.”GAWU views the engagement with the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) as mere theatrics, meant to convey an impression of engagement. “The Administration’s advisors need to tell those in charge that there is a Grievance Procedure which clearly sets out the modus operandi in cases of breakdown and deadlock at the bilateral level,” the union said.In announcing this imposed increase, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Reginald Brotherson, indicated that the increases are expected to pile on an additional $3.6B to the national wages bill.Brotherson said that the final offer made to Union was not countered since the GPSU was still of the view that the talks over the 2016 increases were not completed. He said, however, all negotiations for wages and salaries for 2016 have been completed.While in Opposition, both the APNU and AFC had condemned the previous Government for arbitrarily increasing wages and salaries for public servants. It had also demanded that the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Administration to respect the collective bargaining agreement with the GPSU and enter into sincere and serious negotiations with the Union aimed at paying reasonable increases to public servants.In 2014, the APNU had said in a statement that public servants are frequently unable to afford to meet some basic household expenses and further stated that the administration must adhere to the ILO conventions ratified by the Assembly. read more

FLSmidth wins alumina project in India

first_imgFLSmidth Minerals has received orders worth $41 million from India’s Utkal Alumina International for a bauxite grinding and a mud washing plant. The contracts include design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning. The bauxite grinding package includes three 300 t/h rod mills, bauxite storage silos, handling equipment and pumps. The mud washing package includes nine settler/washer tanks in washing circuit along with flocculant dosing systems, holding tanks, pumps/valves and piping. The decantation circuit is an integral part of all alumina plants, with FLSmidth being the market leader worldwide in designing these systems. Utkal Alumina has been offered deep cone technology to reduce the footprint of the plant as well as to ensure improved soda recovery and reduced mud volume disposals. In May 2008, FLSmidth also received contracts from Utkal Alumina for a gas suspension calciner and a coal handling system for the same plant. “These multiple contracts from a single customer re-affirm FLSmidth’s leading competence in the supply of major product packages and being a ‘One Source – One Partner’ for the alumina refinery industry,” Group CEO JÝrgen Huno Rasmussen comments.The company says: “This order for bauxite mills confirms FLSmidth’s leadership in the alumina market in India having secured the last three successive contracts from different customers.”last_img read more

NYT Apple considering cheaper but not smaller iPhone

first_imgIn the last few days we’ve heard rumors about both small and large iPhones, with the rumored iPhone nano creating the most buzz. A smaller, more affordable iPhone would make the handset available to untapped parts of the mobile phone market and greatly expand the potential footprint of iOS. Now the NY Times has weighed in with their findings stating that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone but not a smaller one.The article notes that Apple is not developing a smaller phone as a smaller device won’t necessarily be cheaper to produce, plus it would potentially be more difficult to control via touchscreen. Finally, as noted with every possible iPhone change, any split from the primary model would mean developers have to program their apps to be compatible with an additional size.From the article:Apple is also considering changing internal components of the device to bring costs down. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the person, who has worked on multiple versions of the device. A consistent size means the 3.5-inch display will remain, but costs will have to be cut from components. This means, compared to the iPhone 4, display quality (including resolution) could drop, a slower processor could be used, or storage amounts could decrease. There are only a limited number of changes that can be made without fragmenting the platform, so those would presumably be the focus. Other possible options would be the build materials and graphics processing, but regardless of what happens monthly carriers fees will be the most expensive part of any package.The article went on to mention that Apple is working on a free variant of MobileMe that allows for cloud storage and easy syncing of files across multiple Apple devices. Flash storage, being one of the most expensive components in a phone (aside from the display), could be decreased if a phone was to use more online storage, though transfer speeds become that much more important. We have no proposed timeline for this, but once the phones go 4G transfer speeds might not be a factor. The article says the cheaper iPhone won’t be arriving “any time soon” so don’t rule this out just yet.Read more at the NYT.last_img read more

Smartphone medical Tricorder Scanadu Scout reaches funding goal

first_imgSmartphones are teetering on the edge of becoming truly ubiquitous. While we carry them everywhere and their uses are myriad, we don’t use them for everything. A recently funded Indiegogo campaign for a mobile medical Tricorder, however, is aiming to add another important use to our smartphones.The Tricorder, known as the Scanadu Scout, looked to raise $100,000 in funding, but managed a little over $1.6 million when the funding round closed. That figure set an Indiegogo record at the time, but Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge recently quickly surpassed it — even though the funding goal of that project is a seemingly ridiculous $32 million. The Scout is a little puck-shaped objected that fits in your palm and can measure an array of things going on in your body, such as your heart and respiratory rates, your blood pressure, and even your level of emotional stress. Place the Scout on your forehead for a 10-second scan, and the results will be sent to your phone thanks to a companion iOS or Android app.The Scout’s battery is said to last for around a week when the scanner is used a few times a day on average, and connects via microUSB to fully charge, which takes less than an hour.This Indiegogo version of the Scout will essentially be used as a beta test, and users will help improve the device, and the hope is that the successful testing will lead to an FDA approval. Sending the statistics off will require an opt-in, so luckily you won’t be spied on too much. Aside from not being FDA-approved as a medical device, this version of the Scout won’t diagnose you, but will at least provide various scans of the current state of your body, which would alert you to something being wrong, or simply alert you that tonight isn’t the best night for the gym.The target release date for Indiegogo backers is March 2014, while the commercial product is estimated to release sometime in early 2015. So, we have some time before an Indiegogo project makes doctors really annoyed with us because we won’t stop frantically waving a little white puck in their face while telling them that they’re wrong.last_img read more

Space X la capsule Dragon ne décollera pas le 7 février

first_imgSpace X : la capsule Dragon ne décollera pas le 7 févrierMardi, la société américaine Space X a annoncé le report du lancement de sa capsule Dragon prévu pour le 7 février. L’engin doit s’amarrer à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Si l’évènement était très attendu, il faudra attendre encore un peu avant d’y assister. En effet, la capsule Dragon conçue par Space X ne prendra pas son envol le 7 février prochain comme il était prévu. C’est ce qu’a annoncé mardi la société américaine sans pour autant indiquer une date de report. “Nous pensons qu’un petit nombre de choses nécessitent davantage de travail pour optimiser la sûreté et le succès de la mission”, a indiqué dans un communiqué la porte-parole de SpaceX, Kirtsin Brost Grantham.”Nous travaillons actuellement avec la NASA pour déterminer une nouvelle date pour une tentative de lancement mais nous allons continuer à tester et à vérifier les données”, a t-elle également précisé cité par les Echos. En effet, la capsule Dragon a été développée dans le cadre de la compétition à laquelle participent actuellement plusieurs groupes privés comme Boeing et Sierra Nevada afin de proposer un engin spatial de transport susceptible de remplacer les navettes américaines qui ont pris leur retraite cette année. Le lancement reporté doit ainsi permettre à la Dragon de s’amarrer à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Une manoeuvre qui se fera en plusieurs étapes. Tout d’abord, la capsule s’approchera de l’ISS puis l’équipage de la station devra utiliser un bras robot pour lui permettre de s’amarrer à l’avant-poste orbital de la station. Ce sera alors la première fois qu’un vaisseau spatial privé réalisera un tel rendez-vous avec l’ISS. L’engin reviendra ensuite sur Terre avec un plongeon prévu dans le Pacifique au large de la Californie.”Une nouvelle ère dans le transport” spatial À lire aussiL’étrange comportement d’une flamme dans l’espaceDébut décembre, Bill Gerstenmaier, le patron des opérations spatiales de la NASA s’était enthousiasmé de l’avancement du projet : “SpaceX a fait des progrès incroyables au cours des derniers mois pour préparer Dragon à sa mission”. Toutefois, il avait également souligné que beaucoup de travail restait à faire pour un lancement en février, évoquant un report probable. L’annulation du lancement du 7 février n’a donc pas vraiment surpris, davantage encore au vu de l’enjeu. Cette mission peut ouvrir “une nouvelle ère dans le transport commercial à destination” de l’ISS, avait ajouté le responsable de l’Agence spatiale américaine. En cas d’échec, Space X prévoit néanmoins de refaire une nouvelle tentative. Le 18 janvier 2012 à 13:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more