Price Waterhouse To Challenge Audit Ban in India

first_imgPrice Waterhouse (PW) is set to challenge the two-year auditing ban imposed on it by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Jan. 10, Reuters reported. The Corporate Affairs Ministry (MCA) will examine SEBI’s order, Union Minister PP Chaudhary said on Jan. 11.As per SEBI’s 108-page order, Price Waterhouse was complicit with the main accused in the nine-year-old Rs 7,136 crore Satyam Computer Service Ltd. scam and did not comply with auditing standards. The firm told the news agency that it was “disappointed” with the order.“We are disappointed with the findings of the SEBI investigations and the adjudication order. The SEBI order relates to a fraud that took place nearly a decade ago in which we played no part and had no knowledge of,” a spokesperson at the accounting firm said, Reuters reported.The ban stipulates that PW and the firms in its network (PWC India) cannot audit listed companies and intermediaries for two years. However, the audits undertaken for financial year 2017-18 would not be affected.The Price Waterhouse network is made up of 11 chartered accountancy firms with about 3,000 employees, and has around 75 listed companies as clients.There was no “intentional wrongdoing by PW firms in the unprecedented management perpetrated fraud,” Price Waterhouse said in a statement. The firm added that it had “learnt the lessons of Satyam” and brought in high-quality audit practice.“As we have said since 2009, there has been no intentional wrong doing by PW firms in the unprecedented management perpetrated fraud at Satyam, nor have we seen any material evidence to the contrary. We believe that the order is also not in line with the directions of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court order of 2010 and so we are confident of getting a stay before this order becomes effective,” the spokesperson added, referring to the August 2010 High Court order that ruled that no direction can be issued against PW if there is only some omission without proof of connivance and intent to fraud.The order was passed under the Prevention of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices (PFUTP) regulations and Section 11 of SEBI Act, which empowers the market regulator to pass directives in the interest of investors.SEBI ordered Price Waterhouse, Bengaluru, and two of its former partners to jointly forfeit “wrongful gains” of about Rs 131 million plus interest within 45 days.The fraud surfaced in January 2009 when B. Ramalinga Raju, the then chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd., admitted in a letter to the company’s board and stock exchanges to have inflated revenue and profit over several years. The Rs 7,136 crore fraud remains one of India’s biggest scams.PW was the auditor of the company between 2000 and 2008. As per SEBI, it showed total disregard for stipulated auditing practice, which showed its complicity in the manipulation. Related ItemsPrice WaterhouseSEBIlast_img read more

A Tight Embrace

first_imgPres. Barack Obama’s state visit to India in November 2010 bookends a 50-year historical chapter in the six U.S. presidential visits to India that began with Pres. Dwight Eisenhower in 1959. Signaling a transformation in the relationship from that of benefactor-beneficiary to one of peers, Pres. Obama said in a rousing speech to the joint session of the Indian Parliament: “It is my firm belief that the relationship between the United States and India — bound by our shared interests and our shared values — will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. This is the partnership I’ve come here to build. This is the vision that our nations can realize together.”   U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama being received by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Smt. Gursharan Kaur, on their arrival ,at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi.He exhorted Indians to recognize what even after a decade of super-charged economic growth eludes them: “India is not simply emerging; India has emerged.” In symbolic recognition of that reality — and it was symbolic — Obama sprung a dramatic surprise, one that Indians most craved, but which was so tightly hidden until his speech to the Indian Parliament that it uncorked wild jubilation — U.S. support for Indian aspirations for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat, “I look forward to a reformed United Nations Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”First Lady Michelle Obama’s dance moves with Indian children may have tantalized and endeared, but Obama’s endorsement of India’s demand for a permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council had virtually every Indian whooping, no matter that it was a mostly empty commitment — a good applause line. Not only do the other five current permanent members have to agree on expanding the Council (and support from China for India’s bid is a long shot by any measure), so must a majority of the U.N. General Assembly, where any reform of its aging international architecture is bound to run up against competing regional demands. At the very least, any prospect of India securing a permanent Security Council seat is years, even decades, away — if it is ever realized.Indeed, it is unclear just how far the United States itself is prepared to go. At a briefing for U.S. journalists in New Delhi, hours before Pres. Obama’s speech to the Indian Parliament, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes were noticeably vague on how many other countries the U.S. would support for permanent membership and whether it envisages giving them veto powers, which the current five permanent members enjoy. Said Rhodes: “We’re not getting into the — right now, what we’re doing today, is, again, expressing our support for a permanent membership within a reformed Security Council. But the details of that, again, has to take place and has to be hashed out through the process in New York.”The elusiveness of the permanent Security Council seat notwithstanding, the elevation of the U.S.-Indian partnership during the Obama visit jumpstarts a new chapter for India on the global stage. Undersecretary Burns exulted, “I think in many respects this visit is about cementing one of the most important bilateral partnerships that the United States has in the world today.”   U.S.President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama playing floral tributes, at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, Delhi on Nov. 8, 2010.USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah captured the immediate practical implications of the dramatic shift in the relationship: “Our development relationship has already evolved and will continue to evolve tremendously from a traditional partnership where a donor provides resources and technical expertise to really a peer-to-peer partnership where we explore real technical cooperations and look for those opportunities where Indian innovators and scientists and entrepreneurs can create solutions that apply all around the world….. So the first thing is this shift to real technical cooperation and instead of thinking of it as a traditional development partnership, looking at how we can work together to solve global problems.”On the security side, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said: “One of the criticisms in the past of this has been that the United States sometimes regarded India more as a target than a partner in nonproliferation, and I think that the steps the President announced in the course of this visit show definitively that we now see India as a partner in the global nonproliferation space.”   U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama interacting with the school children of traditional artisans who  carried out renovation works at Humayun Tomb during their visit at Humayun Tomb, in New Delhi on Nov. 7, 2010.Among the benefits for India during the visit was a loosening in restrictions on dual-use technologies and support for India’s membership in multilateral nuclear regimes.The evolving U.S.-Indian partnership is driven by converging global realities. The economic ascendancy of India and China is occurring just as the United States is entering what is likely to be a prolonged period of economic decline. The global economic crisis has accelerated the diffusion of global power away from the U.S.-European axis to the emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, Russia, etc. In the immediate term, China has emerged as the most powerful economic driver and because it, unlike India, harbors global and regional power ambitions, it poses the greatest challenge to the existing order dominated by the United States.Pres. Obama’s embrace of an “indispensable” and “truly global partnership” with India, for all his platitudes about Mahatma Gandhi, Indian democracy and its free market economy, is driven by the crass political imperative of checking China’s global ascendancy, especially diluting its growing clout in Asia. That impetus drives what Burns identified as “Our deep strategic interest in India’s rise” and Pres. Obama’s Indian calculus. As he told the U.S.-India Business Council: “We don’t simply welcome your rise as a nation and people, we ardently support it. We want to invest in it.”   President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance with children at the Diwali candle lighting and performance at Holy Name High School in Mumbai, India, Nov. 7, 2010.U.S. investment in India’s rising global stature comes at a price, of course, and Pres. Obama candidly outlined the United States expectations in return, couched again in the lofty rhetoric that “with increased power comes increased responsibility.” The United States wants a more activist and supportive Indian role in international affairs, something the country has traditionally eschewed. Specifically, the United States wants Indian support in implementing U.N. sanctions against Iran, promoting nuclear non-proliferation and condemning human rights abuses in Mynamar, for example.As a rising power, India may have no option but to become a more active and decisive player in world affairs. But it is not likely to want to walk quite in lockstep with the United States, however tightly Prime Minister Singh wrapped his arms around Obama’s waist at their joint press conference.    Unafraid of the K-WordAt the joint press conference by Pres. Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi at which just four questions were permitted, Indian journalists protested after a Washington Post reporter fired off two questions. But when Obama avoided responding to the second question directed to Prime Minister Singh on whether the United States should refer to Pakistan as a terrorist state, a subject Pres. Obama had studiously avoided during his visit (prompting one Indian cartoonist to quip — “Hear No K, See No K, Speak No K), the Indian journalists heckled Obama to answer the question.Obama joked: “Oh, well, I was instructed to only take one question. It looks like the Indian and the American press are collaborating. That’s not the kind of partnership we were looking for.” He promised to address the issue in his speech in Parliament later in the day. And he did, to rousing applause: “We’ll continue to insist to Pakistan’s leaders that terrorist safe havens within their borders are unacceptable, and that terrorists behind the Mumbai attacks must be brought to justice.”Surprisingly, the normally staid Singh played on the Indian media’s criticism of Pres. Obama’s failure to take on Pakistan publicly during the India visit, “including the word ‘K’ — we’re not afraid of that.”  The $2 Billion Right-Wing Lie U.S. President Barack Obama and The First Lady Michelle Obama arrive, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, in MumbaiThe right wing attack machine went into high gear in denouncing Pres. Barack Obama’s “Asian junket,” peddling a wild rumor that it was costing taxpayers $200 million a day or $2 billion for the 10-day trip. The rumor was fanned by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News host Glenn Beck, who added “We have 34 warships — have you seen this?” The notion that 10 percent of the U.S. Navy had been deployed for the trip was dismissed as “absurd” and “comical” by a Pentagon spokesman. Factcheck.org noted that the $200 million figure was higher than the daily costs of the Afghan war, which are estimated at $190 million a day. The White House dismissed the rumor as “a long trip from reality,” which is “not even close to being true.”The costs of presidential visits are not publicly disclosed and a major component of the costs covering security are classified. However, a General Accounting Office report on former Pres. Bill Clinton’s 12-day trip to Africa in 1998 calculated the costs for aircrafts, hotels, travel expenses, etc — but excluding security — at $42.8 million or $3.8 million daily. The costs for Obama’s trip are believed to be in line with other recent presidential overseas trips.But the right wing never lets facts cloud its aim at a good target.  Dancing Queen RocksUntil Pres. Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement    PHOTO:PETE SOUZA/WHITE HOUSEendorsing India’s aspirations for a United Nations Security Council permanent seat swept Indians off their feet, it was Michelle Obama who won over Indian hearts. In an article titled “Dancing Queen Rocks India,” The Times of India gushed, “Twice in two days the First Lady demonstrated in Mumbai that she could swing to desi beats with the best of them, pulling off matkas and jhatkas like a seasoned performer.”  U.S. Presidential Visits to India  Just six U.S. Presidents have visited India in the past half-century, half of them in the last decade. Non-aligned India was viewed through the prism of the Cold War by the United States and perceived as closer to the Soviet Union until its collapse. Pres. Bill Clinton’s was the first post-Cold War era visit and he charmed his hosts. Pres. George W Bush endeared himself by striking a nuclear deal with India and he remains hugely popular in the country.Time magazine was wary of the prospects for Pres. Obama’s visit, noting: “With two diverging agendas, it is unlikely that this visit will end with a dramatic announcement, as President George W. Bush’s did in 2006 with the civilian nuclear-energy deal. Without something to show for this trip, the U.S. may lose ground with India, its largest ally in dealing with Pakistan and China. Still, the White House has the advantage of low expectations. There is a widespread perception within the Indian foreign policy establishment that Obama is not as friendly toward India as Bush was.”The surprise endorsement of India’s Security Council ambitions, however, has many analysts rating Obama’s visit as the most substantive and successful of U.S. presidential visits. But then the last visit always is.1959    Pres Dwight Eisenhower1969    Richard Nixon1978    Jimmy Carter2000    Bill Clinton2006    George Bush2010    Barack Obama  Fastest Growing MarketU.S. companies are salivating at the opportunities awaiting them in India’s dynamic markets. The Economic Times editorialized: “For five decades after Independence, Indians looked up to the rest of the world for aid, technology and capital. Now, the world looks upon India as a dynamic creator of jobs and income opportunities.”  In a speech to the U.S.-India Business Council, Pres. Obama said: “As we look to India today, the United States sees the opportunity to sell our exports in one of the fastest growing markets in the world. For America, this is a jobs strategy. There is no reason this nation can’t be one of our top trading partners.”Trade between the two countries stood at $60 billion in 2009, one-seventh of the $434 billion annual trade between the United States and China. But it is growing rapidly, rising nearly fives times during this decade. India is also a growing investor in the U.S., with $26 billion in foreign direct investment during the past five years.During Pres. Obama’s visit, Indian corporations signed $14.9 billion in deals with U.S. companies, leading to the creation of 53,000 U.S. jobs, according to the White House. Related Itemslast_img read more

US Open: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer Remain The Ones to Beat

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: While a host of young rivals hope to disrupt the dominance of the “Big Three” in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain the US Open favorites.The year’s final Grand Slam showdown starts Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts with top-ranked Djokovic, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer and Spanish superstar Nadal having combined to win the past 11 Grand Slam titles. Federer, 38, doesn’t see a problem with the dominance by the sport’s elder statesmen, who together own 54 of the past 65 Slam titles.”I don’t think it’s a problem, per se,” Federer said.”Now that Novak, Rafa and me are healthy again, Andy (Murray) also slowly coming back again, has made it much harder for young guys to come through.”They are definitely knocking on the door big-time now. I think that’s very encouraging for those who want to see somebody else win. I think also Novak’s domination, Rafa’s domination is also not normal for the game of tennis.”I think there’s going to be chances moving forward, but it’s not surprising with the type of tennis they’ve been playing in recent years.”Third-seeded Federer also throws in a chance for Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who like Britain’s injured Murray has won three Slam crowns during the “Big Three” reign, but figures a familiar face will be lifting the US Open trophy.”Yeah, it seems like the same guys are the favorites again this time around,” Federer said.”It will be a surprise if anybody else won.”Defending champion Djokovic, seeking a 17th career Grand Slam title, has won four of the past five Slams, denied only by Nadal’s French Open win in June.The 32-year-old Serbian says he has adjusted to the extra pressure of defending over the years.”It’s a paramount challenge to defend a Grand Slam title,” he said.”These are the tournaments you want to win the most. This is where you want to shine.”Nadal, 33, has made an impressive run with titles at Rome, the French Open and Montreal and a Wimbledon semi-final loss to Federer.”Arrive to the big events with good feelings helps,” Nadal said.”Positive feeling, positive memory on my mind. That helps for the confidence.”For the moment I am feeling well. I am practicing well during the whole week.Now remain a couple of days to just push a little bit more and try to start the tournament in a good way.”Second-ranked Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam winner who took his 12th French Open title in June, isn’t too excited over Federer and Djokovic both being in the opposite half of the draw.”I have to win my matches to have an advantage because I only can meet them in the semifinals,” Nadal said.”I have plenty of work before that to know if I have an advantage or not.”MEDVEDEV, THIEM SURGINGRussia’s Daniil Medvedev has enjoyed a stellar US Open run-up with a win at Cincinnati and runner-up efforts at Washington and Montreal.”I don’t consider myself as one of the favorites just because at this moment of my career I haven’t even been in a quarter-final of a Slam,” Medvedev said.”If I get to the quarter-final, it’s going to be already a step forward and I’m going to be really happy about it.”When I play my best tennis I can beat basically everybody and that’s what I need to keep doing here.”Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem lost to Nadal in the Roland Garros final and will be a threat.”Every year he’s improving,” Nadal said. “Every day he’s very solid and every year is more solid.”He has everything to win important events. He already is winning important events. He’s a very, very hard worker. Just a question of time that he achieve all his goals.”Germany’s sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev warns not to ignore other lower seeds such as Japan’s seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, and Greece’s eighth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.”There are a few guys that have a real shot to win it,” Zverev said.”Obviously the ‘Big Three’ we don’t need to talk about. Of course, Novak is the big favorite, no question about it, but there are other guys that have been playing great tennis. I think those guys will be able to do some damage.”Federer, however, wouldn’t mind stretching his lead over Djokovic and Nadal in the men’s all-time Grand Slam title race.”I’m not putting extra pressure on myself. I know it’s going to be tough,” Federer said.”I feel like I’m part of that group who can do it.” Daniil Medvedevdominic thiemNovak Djokovicrafael nadal First Published: August 24, 2019, 12:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians storm into 4th final, can they create history in Hyderabad?

first_imgMumbai Indians reached their fourth Indian Premier League final in the history of the tournament after they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the Qualifier 2 at the M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru, to meet the Rising Pune Supergiant final in Hyderabad on Sunday.In their previous three finals, they have won twice in 2013 and 2015 against the Chennai Super Kings and lost once to the same team back in 2010.They now are second in the list of most finals played by a team in the IPL after CSK, who have played six out of the first eight seasons. They were suspended for two seasons in 2015 by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee for spot-fixing and betting scam that rocked the Indian cricket in 2013.The Mumbai team has been in brilliant form this season as they topped the table with 20 points and looked in sublime touch throughout the extravaganza before hitting a rough patch. But they beat Kolkata in their final league game to confirm their top spot and march on to the qualifiers.However, their joy was short lived as they lost to the Pune at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Qualifier 1 and had to play the second qualifier where they steamrolled Kolkata to book a place in the final for the third time in five years.But their task is cut out as Mumbai have failed to beat Pune in this year’s IPL. The teams have met thrice and lost in all the three occasions prior to the big final on Sunday.advertisementIncidentally, Rohit’s men will come across a familiar face in the final once again — Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Dhoni, who was earlier dropped as the captain of the Pune franchise, had led CSK each time the two teams faced each other in the final. This time however, it’s Steve Smith who will lead the team but his presence in the team has and will play a huge factor when the two teams meet at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand Live Match Hotstar: How to watch live telecast of IND v NZ semi-final match

first_imgThe first Cricket World Cup semifinal takes place at Old Trafford, where India is the favorite against New Zealand.The toss could be all important on Tuesday, with the team batting first winning all five matches in Manchester this tournament. Four of those winning teams won the toss – in the other match, India won after being sent into bat by Pakistan.New Zealand comes into the match having lost three straight to finish the group stage. Paceman Lockie Ferguson, the team’s leading wicket-taker this World Cup with 17, should return from a hamstring problem.India topped the group-stage standings with seven wins from eight completed matches and has the tournament’s leading run-scorer in opener Rohit Sharma (647), including five centuries.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 semifinal match between India vs New Zealand be played?The World Cup 2019 match India vs New Zealand is being played at Old Trafford in Manchester 3 PM IST on Tuesday, July 9.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019advertisementWhat are the squads for the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, Manchester Weather Forecast Live: Rain likely to interrupt World Cup 2019 semi-finalAlso Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final Live Cricket Streaming: Watch IND v NZ Star Sports, DD SportsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Live Score, World Cup 2019 1st Semi Finallast_img read more

Agent eyes Neymar money for De Bruyne

first_imgManchester City De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 02:16 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) KevinDeBruyne - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City v Napoli Napoli Premier League UEFA Champions League The Belgium international midfielder’s representative has suggested that his client is worth as much in wages as star turns at Paris Saint-Germain Kevin De Bruyne’s agent claims he will use Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as benchmarks when negotiating a new contract for the Manchester City midfielder.De Bruyne has been in superb form for Pep Guardiola’s side over recent weeks, scoring the winning goal against Premier League champions Chelsea at the end of last month before turning in a virtuoso display during Saturday’s 7-2 demolition of Stoke City.De Bruyne 17/10 to score v Napoli Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The 26-year-old Belgium international told reporters in September that he expected talks to take place soon and that he was keen to extend a deal that still has three seasons to run after the current campaign.City are understood to be paying De Bruyne in the region of £115,000 per week at present, but his representative Patrick De Koster believes the astronomical contracts handed to PSG duo Neymar and Mbappe this year provide relevant guidance for his client’s value.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City agent contract Neymar MbappeThe Brazil superstar reportedly earns in the region of €600,000 weekly at the Parc des Princes and, after Guardiola batted away comparisons between his current star man and Lionel Messi before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, De Koster is inclined to see De Bruyne in the same company.”In the coming months, I’ll meet with City to figure out how to improve and extend his contract,” he said, as quoted by The Sun.”His salary? I cannot say. But if you think what Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are being paid, you can picture.”Speaking after the 5-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace last month, De Bruyne said: “I am very happy at City. Everything is going well for me.”I have no reason to go anywhere else. The project City have is superb, so it’s best for me.”last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Full road closure of Highway 101 between Exit 8A Ben Jackson Road and Exit 9 Avonport for erection of bridge girders over Highway 101 at the West Brooklyn Underpass on Sunday, Jan. 14 Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, barricades and detour signage. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is opened to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31. to remove and replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190center_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-755-7147 Fax: 902-755-7149 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207, near Lawrencetown Beach, will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass The Thorburn Road overpass at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit because of shoulder work until Sunday, Jan. 21. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. Thorburn Bridge has a maximum posted weight of 25 tonnes. A detour around the bridge is available either along the paved section of Hollow Road, from Thorburn Road southerly to Route 347 (Sherbrooke Highway) or via a short gravel section of Hollow Road that runs parallel to the bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 PICTOU COUNTY: St. Paul’s Road St. Paul’s Road, from Route 348 to East River West Road, will be closed to traffic for repairs to the St. Paul’s Bridge until Friday, Jan. 26. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Jan. 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342last_img read more

Supreme Court says Harpers tough on crime laws unconstitutional

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.The decisions mean an end to rules for minimum sentences for specific drug crime convictions and limits on credit for pre-trial detention in certain conditions where bail is denied, giving trial judges more leeway in how they deal with offenders.In both decisions, the top court said Parliament has the right to set laws to maintain public safety, but the rules should not be so overly broad that they capture offenders whose incarceration would benefit neither themselves nor the public.Speaking in Waterloo, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is reviewing the laws around mandatory minimum sentences.“There are situations where mandatory minimums are relevant,” Trudeau said.“The Liberal party of the past in government brought in mandatory minimums around serious crimes like murder, but at the same time there is a general sense, reinforced by the Supreme Court decision today, that mandatory minimums brought in by the previous government in a number of cases went too far. This is what we are reflecting on.”In a 6-3 ruling, the high court said a mandatory, one-year minimum sentence for a drug crime when the offender has a similar charge on their record constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of section 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Only twice before has the court found mandatory minimums to violate that particular section of the Charter.The majority ruled that mandatory minimums in this instance cast too wide a net and catch conduct that can range from a “cold-blooded trafficker of hard drugs for profit” to someone who shares a small amount of marijuana with friends. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, writing for the majority, said that in the latter instance “most Canadians would be shocked to find that such a person could be sent to prison for one year.”The case came about after Joseph Ryan Lloyd was convicted in September 2014 of three counts of possessing crack, methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of trafficking in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.An addict, Lloyd also had a 2012 trafficking charge.The provincial court ruled that while the appropriate sentence for Lloyd was one year, the mandatory minimum sentence constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated the charter.Raji Mangat, director of litigation for the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, which intervened in the case, said the Supreme Court’s decision righted a wrong by giving judges more leeway in sentencing.“Those sentencing judges, this is what they do day in and day out,” Mangat said. “They have the expertise to be able to decide what is going to be a fit and appropriate sentence and we think that that discretion should stay with the judges.”The Supreme Court also unanimously agreed to strike down provisions passed in 2009 that prohibited a trial judge from giving more than one-for-one credit for pre-trial detention if a justice of the peace denied bail to the person because of a previous conviction.That’s what happened in the case of HamidrezaSafarzadeh-Markhali, of Pickering, who was arrested in November 2010on drug and weapons charges.He was awarded extra pretrial credit by his trial judge and the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed, noting that three offenders with the same criminal records and given the same sentence could effectively end up serving substantially different amounts of time depending on whether they received bail.Safarzadeh-Markhali has since been deported to Iran.The Supreme Court found the law was overly broad and would capture offenders who, for instance, might have been convicted for failing to appear in court.Safarzadeh-Markhali’s lawyer, Jill Presser, said the decision means thousands of people will serve less time in jail “by a factor of days to even years,” many of whom couldn’t get bail because of their circumstances or a lack of support.Combined, she said, the decisions continue to dismantle the Harper-era, tough-on-crime agenda.“The question for Parliament now is do they want to rebuild the structure on solid constitutional grounds, or simply let it come down?”last_img read more

Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train sue say they were

Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train sue, say they were singled out because of race SAN FRANCISCO – A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay.The 11 women sued Napa Valley Wine Train Inc., saying they were singled out because of race and seeking $11 million in damages. The company said in a statement that it takes allegations of discrimination very seriously and has hired a former FBI agent to investigate.The women said many of them were part of a book club that meets regularly and had gathered on the train to discuss a romance novel. Before the train left the station in Napa, a train employee asked them to quiet down because they were offending other passengers, they said.The same employee admonished them a second time before telling them that police officers would be waiting for them when the train reached St. Helena, the suit says. They were escorted through several other cars as other passengers stared and then off the train and into a dirt lot where police were waiting, according to the suit.“That was the most humiliating experience that I have ever had in my entire life,” Lisa Johnson, 47, said with tears in her eyes, appearing with some of the other women at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. “This is 2015, and this just cannot happen again.”The wine train issued an apology after the women were ejected, promising additional training for employees on cultural diversity and sensitivity and free passes for a future trip.The lawsuit also claims the women were defamed by a company statement saying they had been verbally and physically abusive.“I took this case because it’s an egregious case,” the women’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said. “This lawsuit highlights that blacks are still being treated differently in America.”McCoy said he engaged in settlement talks with the company, but it did not make a settlement offer.The Napa Valley Wine Train offers food and wine to passengers as they visit Napa County wineries in updated Pullman cars.A spokesman for the company, Sam Singer, has said individuals or groups are asked to get off the wine train once a month on average for various reasons. by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 2:06 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lisa Johnson, left, one of the plaintiffs filing a lawsuit over their ejection from a Napa Valley Wine Train, wipes her eyes during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in San Francisco. The group of mostly black women who were ejected from a Northern California wine country train this summer say they felt humiliated and can’t believe they were treated that way in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) read more

Despite slight drop number of children missing out on school remains high

Fifty-seven million children were out of school in 2011, according to the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics, down just two million from the previous year.The agency also points out that the challenge of getting more children into school is being compounded by the fact that aid to basic education decreased for the first time in more than a decade.“We are at a critical juncture,” said the Director-General of the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. “Now is not the time for aid donors to back out.”She stressed that the world must move beyond simply helping children enter school to ensuring that they actually learn the basics literacy and numeracy skills when they are there. UNESCO notes that at least one out of every four children that do enrol stay in school – a figure that has not changed since 2000. About 137 million children began primary school in 2011 but at least 34 million are likely to drop out before reaching the last grade.The figure drops to one out of three students in Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and West Asia, which have the highest rate of early school dropout. “Our twin challenge is to get every child in school by understanding and acting on the multiple causes of exclusion, and to ensure they learn with qualified teachers in healthy and safe environments,” Ms. Bokova said. Aid to basic education declined by six per cent between 2010 and 2011, according to new analysis from the Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Six of the top education donors that year cut funding, among them Canada, the Netherlands and the World Bank (IDA), leaving the United Kingdom as the largest bilateral donor to basic education. In addition, the report calls for donors to prioritize countries and regions most in need. Only $1.9 billion was allocated to low income countries in 2011, according to UNESCO, a reduction of nine per cent and significantly short of the $26 billion needed to fill the finance gap for basic education.Countries in sub-Saharan Africa account for more than half of all out-of-school children and have the highest out-of-school rate, the Institute for Statistics reported. Aid to Nigeria, for example, the country that is home to the largest number of out of school children in the world, dropped by more than a quarter from 2010 to 2011. More than 20 per cent of African children have never attended primary school or have left school without completing primary education. By contrast, countries in South and West Asia, which also have high drop-out rates, have made considerable gains over the past two decades, reducing the number of out-of-school children by two-thirds from 38 million in 1999 to 12 million in 2011. “Children in poor, remote areas, those affected by conflict, or those belonging to ethnic, racial and linguistic minorities are denied an opportunity for schooling,” UNESCO said in a news release.In addition, children from poor households are three times as likely to be out of school as children from rich households. Access to education is particularly difficult for girls from poor households in rural areas.The release of the figures comes ahead of tomorrow’s high-level discussions in New York in support of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Education First Initiative and Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown, to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship by the end of 2015. In 2000, Governments meeting in Dakar set six education goals to be met by 2015. One of these, Universal Primary Education, was also set as one of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are to be achieved by the same date.To accelerate progress towards universal education, Mr. Ban launched last September his Global Education First Initiative. UNESCO hosts its Secretariat. read more

How Derrick Rose Drills His Ugly Midrange Jumpers

For everything Derrick Rose has accomplished in his decorated NBA career — No. 1 overall draft pick, three-time All-Star, youngest player to ever win league MVP — no one would ever accuse him of being a good 3-point shooter. After shooting 28 percent from deep two years ago and 29 percent last year, Rose is hitting just 22 percent1The league-average mark this season is 36 percent. of his shots from 3-point range this season, the third-worst mark in the league among the 267 players who’ve attempted at least 50 3-pointers so far.But for all his struggles from three, something extraordinary happens when Rose steps just inside the arc: The New York Knicks guard somehow manages to hit midrange jumpers at an above-average clip despite shooting line-drive bullets that barely make it over the rim. Sometimes the ends excuse the means.When an average NBA player shoots from 15 feet or more, his shot arc peaks at 15.1 feet. Rose is not average. His shots from that distance peak at just 14 feet, the lowest average shot arc of any NBA guard or small forward, according to a query run by SportVU data analyst Brittni Donaldson at FiveThirtyEight’s request.This shouldn’t work out for him. Research shows that loftier arcs improve a shot’s chances of finding the bottom of the net. “I’ve always felt you had to be even more accurate than normal to be able to make a shot when you’re using a low arc like that,” says Jeff Hornacek, Rose’s coach with the Knicks, and one of the league’s best shooters during his playing days.Yet Rose, with almost no arc whatsoever, hits better than 45 percent of his 2-pointers from outside 15 feet, according to NBA.com. For context, the rest of the NBA has shot 40.5 percent from that range this year, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/rosemake.mp4https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roseagain.mp4“I’ve tried practicing [my shot] with more arc. But this is just more comfortable. I really can’t describe [why],” Rose told me after shooting 6-for-6 on long 2-pointers in a loss to Milwaukee Wednesday night. “I’ve been a midrange player my entire life. [I] have never really been a 3-point shooter.” The emergence of a solid midrange jumper, combined with his lengthy injury history, will make the 28-year-old an intriguing free agent this coming summer.Still, none of this is meant to suggest that Rose — who, for a long time, was talented and athletic enough to get by without being able to shoot jumpers — is on the cusp of morphing into Steph Curry.2Rose himself seems to accept this fact. Threes have accounted for just 7 percent of his shots this season, down from 14 percent last season and almost 33 percent in 2014-15. His shooting form can occasionally go awry as he lunges with his upper half instead of connecting his entire body through one fluid motion. And Rose sometimes doesn’t let go of the ball until he’s on the way back down,3NBA 2K players likely know this problem all too well thanks to the game’s shot meter. limiting the arc he can get on a given shot. “With Derrick, I always emphasize finishing at 11 o’clock instead of 9 o’clock, which means releasing at the peak of his jump instead of doing it on the way down,” says trainer Rob McClanaghan, who has worked with Rose since he was 18.https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselaterelease1.mp4To compensate for his lower delivery, Rose goes for bank shots more often than his peers do. Rose began using bank shots far more often last season, saying they helped him deal with the blurred vision and lack of depth perception he experienced after breaking his orbital bone during training camp. He ranked second in in the league in bank-shot frequency last season,4Among players with at least 30 such attempts. when he took 76 shots off the glass. And while that number is down this season (24 attempts), banked shots still account for almost 6 percent of his jumpers.https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselinedriveshot3.mp4https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselinedrive1.mp4Using the glass allows players to aim a bit lower than they otherwise would for a jumper. And it’s likely not a coincidence that Rose’s shot-arc numbers (14 feet this season and 14.2 last season) are nearly identical to those of ex-Spurs great Tim Duncan (13.9 feet in 2015-16 and 14.2 in 2014-15, per SportVU), who perennially took a greater share of bank shots than any other player during his time in the league, according to NBA Savant, a site tracks and compiles the specific types of shots each player takes.So while Rose may not be a good perimeter shooter in a traditional sense, he’s actually become pretty solid in another regard. We simply don’t notice because his technique doesn’t look like it should work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Meyer vs Harbaugh Playoff hopes pinned on coaches second showdown

OSU coach Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field before their game against Michigan State on Nov. 19. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorTen years ago, Ohio State and Michigan met in Ohio Stadium in a showdown of No. 1 and No. 2. The capacity crowd inside the walls of the ‘Shoe witnessed the nail-biting conclusion to a season-long buildup, and helped propel the Buckeyes into the national championship.In those days, Lloyd Carr was the man directing the Wolverines’ attack, while Jim Tressel picked the plays for the Buckeyes. Now, a decade later, OSU has Urban Meyer, the only other Buckeyes coach since The Game of the Century. Michigan, on the other hand, is on Carr’s third replacement with Jim Harbaugh.Meyer and Harbaugh are two names with a history of winning behind them. While both men went through different paths to coaching stardom, each has the ability to push their respective teams to a potential playoff spot. While both Michigan and OSU are ranked in playoff spots with just one week left this season, each team’s lone loss for the year has come in varied fashions. The Buckeyes dropped a tough one on a cold, blustery night in State College, Pennsylvania, to Penn State. Meyer was scrutinized for not getting the ball to junior H-back Curtis Samuel, and blamed for conservative play-calling.For Michigan, the Wolverines’ offense sputtered against Iowa on a cold, windy night in Iowa City. Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight struggled to produce anything through the air while senior running back De’Veon Smith was a non-factor.“Every little thing doesn’t always go our way, and to win, you’ve got to make it that way,” Harbaugh said following the loss.Meyer and Harbaugh met for the first time in 2015, when the Buckeyes embarrassed Michigan at home, 42-13. The dominant performance against the Wolverines gave the Buckeyes momentum for a playoff run, but OSU’s season was ruined by a loss to Michigan State.This time, the implications rival that of the 2006 edition of The Game, which saw both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines as the top spots in the nation. Even though many of the players on the team might remember this game as their first OSU football experience versus Michigan, Meyer has a different time in mind.“In the ’70s, Bo, Woody,” he said, referencing past OSU eras. “My mother, for some reason, I still to this day don’t know why, grabbed me and said we have to go run an errand. What the hell you talking about? You don’t leave that game. In Ashtabula, Ohio, outdoor mall walking down, and over the loud speakers, I just kept stopping and listening to the game. In the ’70s, the Ten-Year War. I remember that.”Harbaugh’s experience comes from playing in the biggest rivalry game in the nation back in 1986. At the time, Meyer was a graduate assistant with OSU, while his counterpart on Saturday was slingin passes downfield. Most Buckeyes fans from the 1980s might remember Harbaugh for a different reason.Famously, Harbaugh guaranteed a victory in the 1986 edition of The Game. It was a bold statement from a quarterback then-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler called one of the cockiest quarterbacks he had ever met. The statement still strikes a nerve with many OSU faithful.For Meyer, he still remembers the promise by Harbaugh that he kept. More surprisingly, he remembers something that came after the 26-24 loss that most fans forget today.“Vince Workman had a touchdown, and we missed a field goal right at the end and went to the Cotton Bowl and won that,” he said. “So I remember it very well.”Now, the matchup between the two college football icons has come full circle. With so much riding on this game, it would be easy to buy into the hype of the dynamic ability of Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers or the cool poise of OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. But it’s Meyer vs. Harbaugh round two, with playoff implications in the minds of both teams. With such an important game coming Saturday, players could resort to bashing their opponents and downplay the accomplishments of the coaches.Instead, players like redshirt junior guard Billy Price has nothing but respect for the opposition’s leader. He had one word to describe Harbaugh.“Iconic,” Price said. The entire premise of The Game is a bitter rivalry, filled with hatred for a team from a state that shares a border. The tradition of the game — from OSU players tearing down the “M” banner in 1973 at Michigan Stadium to Wolverines’ safety Charles Woodson fighting OSU wide receiver David Boston on the field — is drenched in bad attitudes and feelings of disdain for the other side.However, from the coaching side, Meyer has different feelings about the man he is facing off against on Saturday, and it comes from two coaching icons.“I didn’t say like, but there’s a mutual respect,” Meyer said. “And I learned it from (Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler), two of the greatest coaches of all time.”While it’s No. 2 OSU vs No. 3 Michigan in the final week of the regular season, the chess match between coaches is the more compelling matchup. read more

Hunter Stieber Nick Tavanello aim to boost Ohio State wrestling with healed

Redshirt-junior Hunter Stieber (left) is set to make his return from injury for the Buckeyes at the Big Ten Championships, beginning March 7 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSince Hunter Stieber and Nick Tavanello went down with injuries on Jan. 11, the Ohio State wrestling team hasn’t had its full starting lineup. But that trend is set to change.Both wrestlers are set to be back at 100 percent for the Big Ten Championships on March 7-8.Stieber (1-2) has wrestled just three matches this season, missing time with an elbow injury. His first attempt to come back was against Penn State and although he hung on to win the match, he reinjured himself and missed the next nine dual meets.Since then, Stieber has been working his way back to full strength and said he simply wants to get back doing what he loves.“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is competing again and doing the best that I can to help us win a team title,” the redshirt-junior said. “Practices have been a lot of cardio and strength exercises for me so now I’m excited to actually wrestle.”The  No. 5 Buckeyes recently lost in the quarterfinals of the National Duals by three points. But that was with Stieber still out of the lineup, and Tavanello back at less than 100 percent.With a full lineup, Stieber said he believes the team has what it takes to win the Big Ten and national titles, but everyone must do their part.“To have a full lineup is very important and we are going to need all 10 guys doing their part,” the 149-pounder said. “It’s exciting that we are all back and even more so that it’s the most fun part of the season.”Stieber is a two-time All-American and has finished sixth and third in his first two seasons for the Buckeyes. He was a Big Ten Champion his sophomore year and entered the NCAA tournament as the top seed.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, a three-time national champion and Hunter’s older brother, said he and the team are looking forward to getting him back.“I’m excited for my brother’s return,” the older Stieber said. “We’ve all missed him and for him to return and for us to field a full lineup at Big Ten’s is encouraging.”In order for Hunter Stieber to qualify for nationals this year, he said he will have to earn it in the Big Ten Championships.“It looks like I will have to place in the top six at Big Tens to qualify for nationals, but I’m just glad to be able to get on the mat and wrestle again,” Stieber said.Even with being out for such a long period of time, coach Tom Ryan said he believes if anyone can make a run at a title after being injured, it’s Hunter Stieber.“Being out all year makes this extremely challenging for him,” Ryan said. “The good news is he is not your average competitor.”Redshirt-sophomore Nick Tavanello (left) made his return from injury in the National Duals for OSU and is expected to be 100 percent for the Big Ten Championships.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsTavanello (13-8), a redshirt-sophomore, is also looking to be back to full health by the time the Big Ten Championships roll around. The heavyweight made his return last weekend in Iowa after missing more than a month of action with a knee injury — because the team needed a win to advance at the National Duals — but lost in sudden victory overtime.Tavanello, who is currently ranked No. 12 in the country, said he is happy to be back helping his teammates.“It wasn’t fun sitting out and missing all of the trips this season, but it’s good to be back and I’m hoping to contribute as much as I can for the team and to finish this season strong,” Tavanello said.As to how he has worked his way back, he said he followed a strict diet so he could come back the same as he left, despite not being able to move as well physically.“I’ve been working out, lifting and doing what I needed to do to get back and my recovery went pretty fast,” Tavanello said. “I also didn’t put on any extra weight as you see with a lot of guys going through injuries.”Before last weekend’s 21-18 loss to Lehigh, the Buckeyes won nine straight dual meets. Tavanello said the team’s success has motivated him to get better.“Everything this team has done has influenced me to work harder to get back so I can contribute to the season they’ve had,” he said. “We’re a close group of guys and we have each other’s backs and we’re going to keep pushing forward.”Ryan said having Tavanello back could be crucial to the team getting the necessary points to win the upcoming tournaments.“Nick played a critical role last season in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournament,” Ryan said. “Every point is going to matter. Nick’s points are capable of being the difference for the team.”The wrestling Bucks are set to host the Big Ten Championships from March 7-8 at St. John Arena. read more

NASA is developing a nuclearpowered Stirling engine for planetary outposts

first_imgLast week we reported on how NASA is testing a new lasercom system that could eventually see a HD video feed beamed back from Mars with just a 5 minute delay. It sounds great, but there’s just one problem: even if it turns out to work and they land an optical communications system on the surface of Mars, how do they power it?Well, it turns out NASA is working on a system to solve that problem, and it involves fitting a nuclear power generator into a space the size of a suitcase. NASA is calling it a fission surface power system.This lightweight, tiny nuclear reactor is seen as one way of solving the long-term power demands for unmanned devices and outposts positioned where solar power is not a viable option. Instead a nuclear reactor that could provide large amounts of power for many years sounds like the best option.This fission system functions by using the small nuclear reactor to power a Stirling engine which works through the heating and cooling of a gas. The expansion and contraction of the gas works a piston and in turn generates power. The Stirling engine is suitable because it is highly efficient, a closed system meaning the gas is reused for the life of the engine, and it can work with just about any heat source.A Stirling engine in operationThe final unit is expected to be the same size as a typical suitcase measuring 1.5 x 2.5 feet with an overall weight light enough to be carried by a satellite. In terms of power and longevity, a reactor of that size would be capable of providing 40 kilowatts of electrical energy (around the same as is required by 8 typical homes) for 8 years. When in use it can be buried on the surface of a planet to act as a shielding against radiation from the reactor.Such power would not only make it possible to position electronics equipment in dark locations on other planets or aboard satellites, it also means powering a colony or outpost on another planet is feasible for many years. The size of the nuclear reactor also means replacing a spent unit should be a relatively simple task.This isn’t a new project and was first announced in 2008. But with the recent events surrounding a new optical communication system the power system behind it also needs to fall into place and this seems to be it. NASA plans to show off a first version of the power system capable of generating 12 kilowatts of electrical energy at some point next year. The lasercom system will be tested in space come 2015 giving NASA plenty of time to bump the power output up to the desired 40 kilowatts.Read more at TPMlast_img read more

Five from TCI to represent at regional Music Model Talent Showcase set

first_img Another Murder in Nassau Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions Related Items:Angel Taylor, BBC Casting, BET, Caitlin Lewis, Destini Taylor, Elite Models, Epic Records, Ford Models, Kim Williams Entertainment, melia resort, Motown Premier Models London, MTV, MTV Style, nassau, Netflix, Olivia Graveley, Rock City, Sheldon Wilson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – When the Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands unravels in the Bahamas a week from now, the Turks and Caicos will be represented in five delegates. Destini Taylor, Caitlin Lewis, Angel Taylor, Olivia Graveley and Sheldon Robinson have been accepted for the showcase which exposes them all to regional talent scouts. Romaine Missick is the TCI Regional Director and said to Magnetic Media: “This event has already confirmed world famous international fashion and talent scouts, personal managers, casting directors, booking agencies, record labels, modeling and talent agencies and Grammy award winning producers and songwriters, who will be the judges and recruiting talent during Island MMTS.” With just about every Caribbean country represented on the board of MMTS, this is seemingly a breakthrough opportunity for our five selected talents who are going after pop careers in TV commercial and print, monologues, runway, singing, rapping and song writing. Other big names to be at the week long event at the Melia Resort in Nassau are MTV, MTV Style, BET, Epic Records, Motown Premier Models London, Ford Models, Elite Models, Kim Williams Entertainment, Rock City, Netflix and BBC Casting. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Seahawks cant hold off Lions rally

first_imgDETROIT — The Detroit Lions drafted Titus Young last year out of Boise State, envisioning him as the receiver to eventually replace veteran Nate Burleson.It has happened sooner than planned, and Young is making the most of his opportunity.Young caught his second touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford on a 1-yard slant with 20 seconds left, lifting Detroit to a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.“Matthew trusted me all day, and he gave me a perfect opportunity to make a play at the end,” Young said. “I wanted do that for everyone on the team, but I especially wanted to do it for Nate.”Burleson broke his right leg in Monday night’s loss at Chicago, pushing Young up the depth chart. Burleson sent a motivational message to his teammates on offense that was shown on video Saturday night.Young caught a go-ahead TD midway through the second quarter and finished with nine receptions and 100 yards receiving — both career highs — in a breakout performance that didn’t surprise Detroit coach Jim Schwartz.last_img read more

28th person killed in Oso mudslide identified

first_imgEVERETT — The death toll from the Oso mudslide remains at 30, but the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office says it has positively identified one more of the victims — the 28th.The office said Friday it’s withholding the name until the family is notified. Two other victims remain unidentified.The number of missing has varied, but the Snohomish County sheriff’s office said Friday it is trying to locate 15 people.Meanwhile, the recovery effort continues at Oso, where a steep hillside gave way March 22 and roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River burying the community.last_img read more

Kim Jongun to ask Trump for USfunded integrated resort in North Korea

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to ask the United States to invest in a new casino resort in the Wonsan Special Tourist Zone when he meets US President Donald Trump next week, according to local media reports in North Korea.Kim is said to be eyeing the possibility of building the casino, described as an “international tourism complex” in order to boost tourism to the country, with the government anticipating it could raise revenue of up to US$50 million annually. RelatedPosts Load More Hong Kong airport blockade didn’t hurt Macau GGR, say analysts Korea’s Paradise City to turn profitable in third quarter: JP Morgan South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August An integrated resort is also seen as one possible solution to North Korea’s economic woes, with the export of coal and sending of workers overseas both currently blocked by international sanctions on the nation.Should Trump and the US respond positively to the casino talk, it has been suggested that some South Korean operators could be invited to invest as well – the news sparking an uplift in Korea’s casino stocks on Tuesday with both Paradise Group and Grand Korea Leisure up by around 8%.However, such speculation has been met with caution by analysts, who point to the two small casinos currently operating in North Korea – one in the capital city of Pyongyang and the other in Rason near the border with China and Russia – as unlikely to be highly profitable.“We’re not even sure if a large-scale casino makes any economic sense in North Korea,” said JP Morgan’s DS Kim in a research note seen by Inside Asian Gaming.last_img read more

Thursday Afternoon Update Rain Expected This Weekend On Swan Lake Fire

first_imgOriginal Post: Noon: The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 161,921 acres and remains at 20% containment. A low pressure weather pattern is setting up towards the weekend, which will likely bring cooler temperatures and precipitation as early as Friday night.High pressure will provide overall dry conditions and above average temperatures starting Thursday through Friday. Light and terrain driven flows will prevail across the Swan Lake Fire with light and variable smoke transport. Afternoon cumulus development is possible Friday afternoon with a slight chance for an isolated shower. The Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road remain in a READY status. A READY notification means residents should be preparing for a potential evacuation should the threat level increase. The southwestern corner of the fire experienced some increased activity near, but inside, containment lines.  Work will continue to cool this area as well as securing the perimeter northward to the Sterling Highway by extinguishing any remaining burning or smoldering fuels adjacent to the containment lines. Structure protection on the western flank is effectively in place. Gilbert: “We were able to get enough air to at least look at the stuff up Resurrection, but other than that not a good day for air support. It was a good day for our folks on the ground, on the west side of the fire protecting Sterling we still have over 100 firefighters. We are seeing some containment on that side and crews are feeling really good about it.”  As of Thursday, the community of Cooper Landing does remain in a ‘Set’ status. Dan Nelson with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “We are always going to do the most conservative action to keep the people safe, and that is why we remain at ‘Set’. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Friday at 6pm, at the Sterling Community Center.center_img Expect dense smoke through Thursday on the western side of the Peninsula impacting Homer north to Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski and Sterling. Cooper Landing will continue to be impacted due to the proximity to the fire.Due to the extensive smoke on Wednesday no aviation support was able to be utilized throughout the day. According to Fire Manager with the Incident Command Team, Rocky Gilbert, the crews on the ground worked hard to pick up the slack. Jeff Tonkin Incident Meteorologist on the Swan Lake Fire: “Rain is great, right? It won’t put the fire out, but it will really give us a nice week of moist weather, cooler typers, and reduce the fuel dryness and hopefully dampen some fire activity.”  Wednesday night’s public meeting in Cooper Landing attracted about 200 people to the school and another estimated 360 on Facebook Live. Fire managers and local officials shared information about suppression progress and plans as well as Sterling Highway travel restrictions and contingency plans should evacuations be needed. The Sterling Highway remains open and will alternate between two lanes and one-lane pilot car operations. Thick smoke and fog are reported in lowland areas near the Kenai River and in Cooper Landing. Reduced visibility along the flats around Watson Lake area (MP 71-68). Drive with headlights on. Travel is not advised.last_img read more