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HC stays MoEF order to transfer Goa’s NGT jurisdiction to Delhi

first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday passed an interim order and stayed the recent order of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to transfer National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) jurisdiction for Goa. The order directed the petitions from the State to to be filed at the principal bench in Delhi instead of the western zone bench in Pune.Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, the High Court on Monday appointed Sarath Lotlikar as amicus curie and decided to schedule the hearing of the case for September 5. The interim stay was hailed by the State unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had condemned the MoEF’s decision as illogical and arbitrary. The MoEF order was alleged to be a move by the NDA government to infringe on the independent functioning of the judicial arm of the State and put up hurdles for environmentalists.The AAP alleged that the order was prompted following successful efforts by Goa’s anti-coal pollution activists to stall Adani Group’s expansion plans at the Mormugao Port Trust in Vasco.Abhijit Prabhudesai of Rainbow Warriors, an environmental organisation opposing illegal mining, said that the MoEF order was aimed at discouraging activists from taking up environmental issues with the NGT. Earlier, around 35 environmental groups and civil society organisations had protested against the order and demanded that it be rolled back. The NGOs claimed the order was “anti-people” and vowed to intervene and challenge the decision in court.last_img read more

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Mike Conley, Marc Gasol help Grizzlies top Knicks to end road skid

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol, left, drives against New York Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Marc Gasol was conducting his postgame interviews when his cellphone began buzzing with a call from his agent.Gasol declined to answer. If it was trade news, it could wait until after he was done talking basketball.ADVERTISEMENT “He did say Dennis and I looked at him, I looked at the other players. They’re looking at me. I am like, ‘OK, I guess he called my name,’ and then I got up,” Kanter said. “I just walked in there and they said nope, sit down. The crowd was like, ‘Ugh.’”NOAH IN NEW YORKJoakim Noah was booed nearly every time he touched the ball in his first game at Madison Square Garden since his failed run here that ended with him banished from the team after an argument with former coach Jeff Hornacek. Noah, who had been given a $72 million, four-year deal by Phil Jackson to return to his hometown, was eventually waived and signed with the Grizzlies. Noah, who scored four points, felt the Knicks underachieved while he was here.“I take some blame. I didn’t perform to what I was capable of, even though I had a lot of injures, I had a lot going on outside the court,” Noah said. “So it’s disappointing. It’s definitely something I have to live with.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host Minnesota on Tuesday.Knicks: Host Detroit on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I’m not in the mood right now,” Gasol said, smiling. “I still want to enjoy this.”Especially because his team had just looked like the Memphis Grizzlies of old.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMike Conley scored 25 points, Gasol had 24 and Memphis snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 96-84 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.Memphis had lost three in a row and 17 of its last 19 overall but didn’t allow more than 22 points in a quarter Sunday in a performance that used to be the norm when the Grizzlies were a perennial playoff team, not one that could be preparing for a rebuild. Justin Holiday added 19 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 16 in the Grizzlies’ first road victory since Dec. 23 at the Lakers.Kevin Knox scored 17 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their 13th straight overall and 14th in a row at Madison Square Garden.The Knicks started Dennis Smith Jr. and Jordan in their first game in uniform since coming to New York from Dallas along with Wesley Matthews on Thursday in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Smith made the first basket of the game, but the Knicks — with the newcomers not having practiced with the team yet — shot just 38 percent against one of the league’s best defensive teams.“They don’t know anything. They don’t know any of our stuff,” coach David Fizdale said. “I thought the new guys came in and did a solid job.”Smith finished with eight points and six assists.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Jackson had also missed the previous game with a right quadriceps injury. … The Grizzlies signed forward Bruno Caboclo to a second 10-day contract Sunday. He started and was scoreless.Knicks: Smith, Jordan and Matthews played their second straight game at MSG but for two different teams. Dallas won here on Wednesday night, when Smith had his second career triple-double. … Matthews was 2 for 8 for five points. … Fizdale split two meetings this season against the team he formerly coached.THAT’S DENNIS, NOT ENESEnes Kanter thought he was getting a chance to play in the second quarter, walking from the bench toward the scorer’s table as fans cheered. Assistant coach Keith Smart actually wanted Smith, so Kanter returned to his seat as the cheers quickly turned to boos. Rickie Fowler overcomes strange triple bogey to win Phoenix Open MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This showed that we still have that, have that core grit-grind kind of mentality regardless of how we’ve been playing,” Conley said.Conley added eight rebounds and seven assists in a strong return to the lineup after missing a game with left knee soreness. Gasol chipped in nine rebounds in what could have been the longtime teammates’ final road game with the Grizzlies.The team has fallen from playoff contention after a strong start and told the players it will listen to offers for both ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Conley and Gasol both acknowledged it’s been hard not to think about their futures in recent days.“When we play together, we know the things that we can do,” Gasol said.The Grizzlies have one more game before the deadline, at home Tuesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Sunil Narine joins Kolkata Knight Riders after father’s demise

first_imgWest Indies spinner, Sunil Narine, who missed Kolkata Knight Riders’ first game due to his father’s demise, is all set to join the team ahead of their Indian Premier League 2016 clash against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.”Narine is arriving tomorrow morning,” a team official said.However, it would be interesting to see who the mystery spinner will replace in the playing XI, given KKR’s spectacular show in their IPL opener against Delhi Daredevils. (Also read: You will see the best of Narine in IPL 2016, says Gambhir) Veteran Australia chinaman bowler Brad Hogg made the best use of Narine’s absence, returning with the day’s best figures of three for 19 while forming a potent pair with leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who claimed two for 21.45-year-old Hogg had admitted during a promotional event that he was ‘scared’ of his place in the team as Narine might replace him.”I was a bit scared before the match because if and when Narine comes my chances to play would be less. So I tried my level best,” he has revealed.Last season also when Narine was mired in suspect action and was unavailable for initial few matches, it was Hogg who had replaced him in the playing XI.The Trinidadian, who has been cleared by ICC after his remedial action, had rushed back home after his father’s demise.Narine has been KKR’s most successful bowler with 74 wickets from four seasons and was instrumental in team lifting two titles in 2012 and 2014.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Euro 2016: Nelly the elephant predicts Germany to win opener against Ukraine

first_imgNelly the psychic Elephant has predicted that Germany will win their opening match at the European Championship. (Full EURO 2016 Coverage)The Germans, who won the World Cup two years ago and are one of the big favorites at Euro 2016 in France, will face Ukraine on Saturday in Lille.Ahead of the match, Nelly made her choice at a zoo in northern Germany by kicking a ball and scoring into a net designated for Ukraine, indicating that team will concede more goals on Saturday. (Euro 2016: Golden chance for young players to shine)Serengeti zoo press officer Asta Knoth says “our 6-year-old elephant lady Nelly has predicted who will win or lose the first game in Group C of the Euro 2016 by kicking a football towards two goals. Nelly just predicted that Germany will win against Ukraine.”last_img read more

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Aegon International: Caroline Wozniacki edges Heather Watson to reach Eastbourne final

first_imgSixth seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated Britain’s Heather Watson 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the final of the Aegon International at Eastbourne on Friday.Wozniacki, the 2009 winner, got off to a flying start, breaking her opponent’s serve three times to seal the first set.World number 126 Watson fought back to win four consecutive games and level the match but failed to pick up crucial points in the decider as Wozniacki sealed the victory after two hours and nine minutes of play.”It could have gone both ways,” Wozniacki said after the match. “We had played twice before and they were close matches so I knew it would be difficult today. I got a little lucky.”She is a good player, has a great volley, mixes it up and serves well on grass, so a lot of credit to her.”The 26-year-old Dane will meet third seed Karolina Pliskova in the final after her opponent Johanna Konta pulled out of the final four clash with a back injury.British number one Konta suffered a thoracic spine injury after slipping on her back during her quarter-final victory over world number one Angelique Kerber on Thursday and will assess her Wimbledon prospects after a day of rest.”The most important thing for me is to look after my health in general,” Konta told reporters. “We made the decision based on the fact I’m still quite sore through my thoracic spine. Next week is Wimbledon but I make decisions for my health.”I didn’t sleep too well but I heard that’s normal. The most important thing is I rest well for the next 24 hours and then we’ll see.”advertisementKonta was seeded sixth ahead of Wimbledon starting Monday.last_img read more

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DeGrom On, Mets Take Phils, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — A gift from Grady Sizemore gave the Mets the boost they needed to reward Jacob deGrom with a win.The rookie pitched seven crisp innings and New York scored the tie-breaking runs when Sizemore dropped an easy pop fly, handing the Mets a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 29.“Right now that’s the kind of break that we need until we get it going offensively,” Eric Campbell said.Campbell stole home on a double steal, and Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single to help the Mets stay out of the NL East cellar with their 12th victory in 17 games against the Phillies this year.Cody Asche had a run-scoring single for Philadelphia, which had won four straight and six of seven. A victory in the series opener would have pushed the last-place Phillies past New York, but Sizemore’s two-out error with the bases loaded in the seventh cost them.“Routine play, had it the whole way, saw it fine, was under it, just missed it,” the left fielder said. “It does not get much worse than that. The guys played hard — I just happen to be the guy who let the team down. Really all there is to it.”In a matchup of rookie right-handers, deGrom (7-6) allowed four hits and an unearned run. He struck out five and walked two, throwing 70 of 103 pitches for strikes in his second start since coming off the disabled list.Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera went 0 for 3 with an error in his major league debut. The 20-year-old Herrera was called up from Double-A Binghamton to fill in for injured Daniel Murphy.David Buchanan tossed six innings for the Phillies, giving up one run and four hits before he was pulled for a pinch hitter after only 64 pitches.New York took a 4-1 lead in the seventh, scoring three unearned runs without a hit.Matt den Dekker drew a one-out walk from Jake Diekman (3-4), who hit Wilmer Flores with a pitch and walked pinch-hitter Campbell with two outs.Juan Lagares lofted a high pop to shallow left-center, and Sizemore was under it when the ball deflected off his glove for an error that allowed two runs to score. Sizemore won Gold Gloves with Cleveland in 2007 and 2008.“Yeah, we were pretty pumped up in the dugout. There was no question, because we haven’t been scoring. You take every gift you can get right now,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.With runners at the corners, Lagares stole second and Campbell broke for home, beating the return throw from shortstop Jimmy Rollins with a headfirst dive at the plate.“We had to look at the guy at third there,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said. Campbell became the first Mets player to steal home since Jason Pridie in Houston on May 15, 2011, the team said. “We just thought we’d take a shot at it, and it paid off,” Collins said.Jeurys Familia worked a scoreless eighth, and Jenrry Mejia struck out three in the ninth for his 20th save in 23 attempts.Philadelphia tied it in the seventh on Asche’s run-scoring single after a throwing error by first baseman Lucas Duda. Carlos Ruiz popped up a bunt for the first out of the inning, and deGrom limited the damage when he started an inning-ending double play with an athletic stab of a sharp comebacker by pinch-hitter Domonic Brown.“It was hit pretty good. I just reacted to it and stuck my glove out there and it went in,” deGrom said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Premier League Teams Chasing Record in Champions League

first_imgPARIS (AP) — A look at what’s happening around the Champions League this week:___PREMIER LEAGUE DOMINANCEThe Premier League is on the verge of having five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time. It has been four years since four English teams made it that far, but the additional qualification spot earned by Manchester United’s Europa League triumph last season created the possibility of an English record.United has four wins from four games in Group A and a draw at Basel on Wednesday will be enough to secure qualification and top spot.Also boasting a perfect record, and already through, is Manchester City. A win at home to Feyenoord on Tuesday will secure Pep Guardiola’s team top spot in Group F if Shakhtar fails to defeat Napoli.Chelsea has rallied from a humbling 3-0 loss in Rome with two impressive league wins and can now get its European campaign back on track at Qarabag on Wednesday in Group C. A win in Azerbaijan will guarantee the Blues a place in the Round of 16.Liverpool scored 10 goals in its two games against Maribor to go top of Group E and a win at Sevilla on Tuesday would guarantee Juergen Klopp’s side advances.Tottenham is already through and a win at troubled Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday will see Spurs finish above Real Madrid at the top of Group H.— By Sam Johnston in London.___DAUNTING TRIPHow do you stop a team that has scored 60 goals in 17 games?That’s the dilemma facing Scottish champion Celtic as it prepares for a daunting trip to play Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.PSG is unbeaten this season and comfortably leads the French league. In the Champions League, PSG has won its four Group B games while scoring 17 goals and conceding none.Having lost the corresponding fixture 5-0 at home, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side has every reason to fear an even worse humiliation, particularly since top scorer Edinson Cavani has scored 19 goals in 17 games.Worse still for Celtic: PSG rested 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe against Nantes on Saturday, meaning the pacey forward will be fresh to attack the Celtic defense as he did in Glasgow.How Monaco must wish it had kept Mbappe, rather than selling him to PSG for 180 million euros ($216 million).He combined with striker Radamel Falcao as they helped Monaco win the league and reach the semifinals of the Champions League last season.Having thrilled Europe with an attacking style of football, Monaco is last in Group G and on the verge of going out. To prevent this huge embarrassment, Monaco must win its last two matches while hoping for favorable results elsewhere. First up for Monaco is a home game against Leipzig on Tuesday.— By Jerome Pugmire in Paris.___BAYERN ON THE JUPPAlready through to the last 16 of Europe’s top club competition, Bayern travels to Anderlecht for Wednesday’s game knowing it will most likely finish behind Paris Saint-Germain in Group B.Bayern is on a roll since Jupp Heynckes returned as coach, with eight wins in eight games across all competitions. In just five Bundesliga games, the 72-year-old Heynckes has overseen a five-point deficit turn into a six-point lead.Bayern was able to conserve energy in its 3-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday and Heynckes is taking a holistic approach as he primes the side for more decisive battles after the winter break.Heynckes has been here before. Bayern won the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in his last stint in charge in 2013.— By Ciaran Fahey in Berlin.___DESPERATE DORTMUNDIt’s a decisive week for crisis-hit Borussia Dortmund. Yet to win in the Champions League this season, the team needs to beat Group H leader Tottenham at home to maintain any slim hope of progressing to the last 16.Dortmund is also looking to Saturday’s Ruhr derby against Schalke in the Bundesliga, where another defeat might be the beginning of the end for Peter Bosz as coach.Even Europa League qualification is far from certain for Dortmund, which has slumped in the Bundesliga to fifth, having previously led the league. Five points clear of Bayern Munich last month, Dortmund is now nine behind the leader.“At some point we’ll manage to turn things around and pick up victories again,” Dortmund midfielder Andre Schuerrle said. “Then lots of things will get easier for us.”— By Ciaran Fahey in Berlin.___17-GAME UNBEATEN RUNBarcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla will be aiming to seal their spots in the knockout stage with a game to spare.Barcelona takes a run of 17 games without a loss to Juventus on Wednesday and needs just a point to win Group D.Even if Lionel Messi’s team loses, it will still advance if Sporting Lisbon fails to beat Olympiakos.Real Madrid will book its spot in the last 16 if it wins at Cypriot team APOEL on Tuesday. The reigning European champions are struggling, however, with only one win in their last four matches overall. Madrid failed to beat Tottenham in either of its most recent Champions League matches, leaving it in position to finish Group H in second unless Spurs stumble.Sevilla hosts Liverpool on Tuesday and trails the visitors by just one point at the top of Group E. Sevilla can advance with a win.Atletico Madrid is the only one of the Spanish quartet staring at an early exit. With three draws and a loss, Diego Simeone’s squad has to beat Roma on Wednesday to have a real hope of catching the Italian team or Chelsea for the two qualifying spots in Group C.— By Joseph Wilson in Barcelona___MOTIVATED CHIELLINIAfter a difficult week for club and country, Giorgio Chiellini is looking to the Champions League to boost morale and is confident Juventus will return to its best against Barcelona in Group D.Chiellini played in both legs of the playoff loss to Sweden which resulted in Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.While teammates Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon were rested after that disappointment, Chiellini also played in Juventus’s surprise 3-2 loss at Sampdoria on Sunday.“This match has to make us reflect. If we want to win, technical skills are not enough, we need something more and everyone has to give that,” Chiellini said. “We have been missing something so far this season.”— By Daniella Matar in Milan.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rutronik: multiprotocol wireless SoCs and modules from Redpine Signals

first_imgThe ultra-low power multi-protocol wireless SoCs and modules of Redpine Signals’ RS9116 family are available from Rutronik UK in hosted (nLink) or embedded (WiSeConnect) software architecture with multiple host interfaces (SDIO, USB, SPI, UART). As a result, they provide great design flexibility for battery operated IoT devices. The RS9116 family is featuring an internal protocol arbitration manager, who manages the protocols dual band (2.4 and 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11j, dual-mode Bluetooth 5 and 802.15.4 for Thread and ZigBee.The unique architecture of the SoCs and modules enables the industry’s lowest Wi-Fi standby associated power of less than 50uA. Thus, the battery life of IoT devices, such as security cameras, smart locks, video doorbells, industrial sensors or location tags, is extended three to four times compared to competing solutions by the use of RS9116 components.By using multiple levels of security, including FIPS 140-2 and PUF (Physically Unclonable Function), the wireless SoCs and modules create a highly secure system, as it is needed for IoT devices.The modules of the series are footprint compatible, so they can be easily migrated within the product family. With housings as small as 4.63×7.90mm as single band and 9.1×9.8mm as dual band modules they save a lot of space on the circuit board for additional components.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IBASE: slim Mini-ITX system with onboard AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoCNext Sensors and processors converge for industrial applicationslast_img read more

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Give Yourself a Hand: How to Choose (and Use) the Best Trekking Poles

first_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States A few years back a friend and I were planning an alpine expedition on which we’d be accompanied by two first-time mountaineers. While emailing back and forth to assemble a comprehensive gear list, at one point I realized my buddy had not included trekking poles (aka hiking poles) in his notes. When I asked if he thought we should recommend them to the newcomers, his answer was unequivocal: “Yeah,” he wrote, “hiking without poles is like hiking without whiskey.”You don’t hike without whiskey, FYI. And if you’re headed for any sort of serious trek, you shouldn’t hike without poles, either.The best trekking poles provide several major benefits to the hiker. First, they give you two more points of contact with the ground, making you significantly more stable and sure-footed even over rough, uneven, or loose terrain. In other words, they reduce your chances of  falling over. Which is nice.Second, hiking poles allow your arms to do some of the work of moving your body along the path and/or up that mountain. If you don’t think they can give you a meaningful boost, just get back to me after you’ve done the 99 switchbacks on Mount Whitney without them. (I’ve been up Whitney four times, so you can trust me on this one — it’s better with poles.) The general expectation is that poles takes about 10 or 15 pounds off your legs with each and every step. Over the course of a long hike, that adds up.Third, trekking poles greatly reduce the force of impact on your joints, helping prevent both acute and chronic injuries to the ankles, knees, hips, and various other body parts.Fourth, the poles can be used to push thorny brambles aside, to test the depths of puddles or snow drifts, or to move unsavory whatnot out of the walking path — all things you’d probably rather not do with your hands or feet, no?And, finally, the poles come in handy in myriad ways even when they’re not in your hands. They can serve as a place to dry out sodden clothes or boots. They’re necessary for the proper pitching of some tents and for many tent vestibules. They make a handy tool for beating back ravenous marmots. (Don’t actually beat marmots, please. They’re feisty, but innocent.)As for choosing the best trekking poles, that is largely a matter of personal preference and budget, but I’ll go ahead and make a couple of recommendations. Before I do that, though, here’s a quick insider tip: Frankly, I think the best trekking poles are actually ski poles. And whenever I’m headed for an excursion that doesn’t require air travel, I still use my old ski poles. Why? There’s no risk of a pole’s joint failing when no joints exist. But after multiple headaches caused by checking ski poles through as luggage (I don’t know why it’s always such an issue, but it is), I’m happy to grab a pair of collapsible poles whenever I’ll be flying before I’ll be hiking.My go-to trekking poles are …Kelty Range 2.0 Trekking Poles, $60They’re remarkably easy to collapse or adjust, they’re lightweight but sturdy thanks to their tubular anodized aluminum construction, and I love how the cork and foam handles feel — and how they look. There’s a retro charm to a wooden handle that works perfectly with the otherwise advanced design of these poles. While I’ve seen many a hiker cursing his way down the mountain with a bent or snapped pole hanging off the back of his pack, I’ve never felt so much as a wobble out of these babies. The bottoms of the poles have a nonslip carbide tip that digs into rocks, roots, and more, and you can slip on a thick rubber cap for use on easier terrain or for storage or travel.If you’re going to take it from Amazon’s algorithm for “Best Choice” instead of from little old me, then go ahead and consider the …Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles, $70As you probably expect from a product made out of carbon fiber, these poles are very lightweight and quite sturdy and durable. They’re also more expensive than the Keltys, though not by much. They use a quick flip lock that allows for single-handed length adjustment or collapsing. While I’ve never used these poles, and while most people who have praise them effusively, I do have to mention that this is much like the type of joint I’ve seen fail from time to time. Just a caveat emptor warning for you. They come with several different tip attachments and baskets that make them suitable for use on snow or ice.If you’re watching your budget or you just don’t think you’ll use your hiking poles often enough to justify a sizable investment, then take a look at the …BAFX Products Walking Poles, $20These trekking poles cost just twenty bucks, so don’t be surprised if they collapse on you some day, but do be surprised by the fact that thousands of satisfied customers have reported using them for hundreds of miles with no problems. The grips aren’t as fancy as the core and foam handles of the options above, and they’re heavier than both of the other brands, … but man, twenty dollars. That’s ten dollars per pole. And they even have carbide tips and anti-shock springs. So are they worth the money? Yes, yes they are. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail last_img read more

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DP World Inaugurates Major Cruise Terminal in Dubai

first_imgzoom DP World’s third cruise terminal at Mina Rashid, Dubai was inaugurated on Thursday, December 11 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.DP World said that the Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal is set to be the world’s largest single, covered cruise facility capable of welcoming 14,000 cruise passengers a day.DP World welcomed 4,000 passengers at the new terminal on Thursday from the Costa Cruise and Aida Cruise ships, part of Arabian Gulf tours.The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal covers 28,000 square metres and is the latest addition to the Dubai Cruise Terminal facility at Mina Rashid.HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said: “Dubai’s vision is to attract 20 million tourists a year by 2020, with the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) anticipating cruise tourist numbers reaching the one-million mark by that time.”  “The new building will increase the handling capacity of the three cruise terminals in Dubai from two million tourists a year to seven million. The terminal is the largest and most modern cruise facility in the Middle East and the wider region, enabling award winning Mina Rashid to now serve up to seven cruise vessels at one time and more than 25,000 passengers in its three cruise terminals. This expansion came in response to requests from cruise liners and will enable them to increase the number of their trips to Dubai,” the added.The terminal has strong green credentials having been built using re-cycled materials from Jebel Ali, including the steel structure, interlocking bricks, and shipping wood pellets for interior finishing.Features include a Green Wall Shade System to reduce solar ingress, controlled LED and daylight illumination, landscaping and irrigation supply. It also provides bicycle and electric car parking with charging stations.Mina Rashid has been voted the Leading Cruise Port at the World Travel Awards for seven years in a row. The port also handles ferry passengers between Dubai and port cities across the Arabian Gulf.last_img read more

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Report Released on Financial Reporting

first_imgNova Scotia’s auditor general, Roy Salmon, tabled a report today,Nov. 14, on the province’s consolidated financial statements forthe year ended March 31, 2003, and other financial reportingpractices. The report contains a letter sent to the president and members ofthe Executive Council in regards to their responsibility forgovernment’s financial reporting processes. The auditor generalalso provided comments on and recommendations to improvegovernment’s financial reporting practices. The report is on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/audg/ . -30-last_img

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New Budget on April 22

first_imgFinance Minister Peter Christie today, April 20, announced hewill introduce the government’s 2004-05 budget in the Nova ScotiaHouse of Assembly on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 2 p.m. “This will be our third consecutive balanced budget,” said Mr.Christie. “As promised, we will continue to invest in health careand education, which Nova Scotians tell us are their toppriorities.” The minister said the government is facing difficult decisions inlight of shortfalls in the federal budget last month anddecreases in equalization funding from Ottawa. He confirmed thatlarge scale public sector staff reductions is not an option thegovernment will use to reduce expenses. “This budget will protect our priorities, but it will alsorecognize our limitations,” Mr. Christie said. “We are managingour available resources wisely, while still providing the muchneeded programs and services that Nova Scotians expect anddeserve.”last_img read more

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Small businesses add a weak 6,000 jobs in March, ADP says

NEW YORK — Small business hiring weakened further in March, a sign that owners are becoming more anxious about forecasts for a slower economy.That assessment Wednesday comes from payroll provider ADP, which said its business customers with up to 49 employees created only 6,000 jobs last month. That’s down from a revised 19,000 in February and dramatically lower than 98,000 in January.Although many owners have said in surveys they’re confident about their own companies, they’ve expressed concerns about the economy. Many economists predict slower economic growth this year, and measures of consumer confidence have generally fallen in recent months. Consumer spending is key to the strength of many small businesses, especially retailers, restaurants and service providers who cater to the consumer.The ADP report was released the same day as a Capital One survey that showed small business owners are losing some of their optimism and are less willing to hire. Fifty-nine per cent of the 500 owners questioned said business conditions are good or excellent, but that’s down 8 percentage points from a survey six months earlier. And 29% said they plan to hire in the next six months, down from 33%.The drop in small business hiring recorded by ADP was in line with slower job creation at companies of all sizes. ADP said businesses added 129,000 jobs in March, down from February’s 197,000.But small businesses have been more cautious about hiring since the Great Recession began more than 11 years ago; in the Capital One survey, 29% of the owners who don’t plan to hire said they economy makes them too nervous to take on the added costs of a larger payroll.The Capital One survey showed owners are being conservative in other ways: 49% said they would be more cautious about taking on inventory or supplies.Many owners have also said over the past few years that they can’t find skilled workers for many of their job openings. However, the sharp drop in hiring the past two months points to concerns about the economy and how it will affect small business revenue and profits.The Associated Press read more

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250G damage to historic home

Fire damaged a home at the corner of Main and Green streets in Waterford on Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported Thursday in a fire at a historic mansion in downtown Waterford.The fire broke out in an apartment at 180 Main Street South around 3:45 p.m. None of the seven tenants were home when the alarm went up and all had to be relocated once the situation was under control.The Norfolk County Fire Department reports that a third-floor tenant came home Thursday afternoon to discover the building’s fire alarm had been activated. The occupant discovered smoke coming from his apartment.“One of the occupants grabbed a fire extinguisher and opened the door in the hopes of fighting the fire himself,” Michael Atkins, a fire prevention officer with the Norfolk department, said in an email.“However, once the door was opened he quickly realized that the fire was larger than he could handle with an extinguisher, at which time he closed the door and exited the building to call 911.”Norfolk firefighters brought the situation under control quickly and managed to save the structure. Atkins noted that the occupant closed the door to the apartment when he realized he could not knock down the flames with the extinguisher. This was important, Atkins said, because it starved the fire for oxygen while preventing it from spreading into the hallway.Most of the damage was confined to the upper-level unit. An inspection determined that the flames had not spread to the attic.The cold snap that settled over southern Ontario this week presented local firefighters with additional challenges. Atkins said the wind chill at the scene was in the range of -40 degrees C.Firefighters were frustrated when they could not activate two hydrants in the neighbourhood because they were frozen. They were eventually forced open, but Atkins says this did not delay the firefighting effort.Atkins says the Norfolk department prepares for such contingencies during cold weather. Pumper trucks have a water supply of their own while tanker trucks are dispatched to all fires, even those in urban areas where hydrants are nearby.“The crews did encounter frozen caps on a couple hydrants,” Atkins said. “But they did access another hydrant before they even needed to use the water from the tanker trucks on scene. It had zero impact on the firefighting operations.”An investigation has determined that the fire is not suspicious. A cause has yet to be determined. A preliminary estimate pegs the damage at $250,000. Fire was restricted to the apartment unit in question but there is water damage in other parts of the building.The Norfolk department reports that the building is insured. However, it is not known if tenants were insured for contents.The 19th-century mansion was built as the home of the Becker and York families, merchants in the early history of Waterford. The Becker and York families were related by marriage to the Sovereign (sometimes spelled Sovereen) family, another of the town’s founding families.Karen Lindsay of Waterford, a member of the Waterford and Townsend Historical Society and a past executive member, said the mansion later served as a hospital and after that as a seminary.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com Contributed photo read more

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Stop and search could increase knife crime College of Police warns police

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. Mr Cooke said officers should only be concerned about preventing the kind of harrowing murders seen in cities such as Birmingham when they carry out a stop and search.He told The Daily Telegraph: “The thing with the College of Policing, for me and the rank and file, they seem to be detached from reality.“Unfortunately, when we challenge people’s bad behaviour, they don’t like it and they tend to complain – there is a mentality among some young people they can do what they want.“My plea is: let’s deal in facts and not people’s feelings. We deal with crime here – last year we had horrific murders of kids in the street in broad daylight.“I’m far more concerned about those deaths than the feelings of those who are stopped. At the end of the day if we have got legal grounds, we will search people who are perfectly innocent.”Mr Javid last month overhauled restrictions on the tactic made by Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary, which followed concern that people from black or minority ethnic groups were being unfairly targeted.He said the move – which allows inspectors, rather than senior officers, to approve stop and search – gave police “the right tools to do their jobs”.And the scale of the task currently facing officers was further underscored when it emerged knife crime had risen 6 per cent last year to 40,829 offences – the highest level since records began in 2008-09.The College of Policing said “public health approaches” to violence which bring together agencies such as police, social services and youth services were proving effective in places such as Scotland.Bernie O’Reilly, director at the College of Policing, said: “An increased use of stop search by police in a targeted way can have a short term impact to reduce crime but this must be balanced with maintaining public trust and confidence to ensure we do not undermine the strength in the service to build community relations.“The long-term solution is much more complex and broader than the police service. It requires committed leadership from multiple agencies who all have a responsibility to address this issue.” Stop and search may increase knife crime, the College of Policing has told forces as it warned the controversial tactic could push young people towards violence.A research briefing on the causes of street violence has been given to police in England and Wales at a time when knife attacks have reached epidemic levels.The police standards body acknowledged there was “consistent evidence” that stop and search helped reduce crime, but suggested the benefit may only be short term.If an individual felt they had been unfairly stopped by officers, it could increase the risk they later consider violence, the report said.The intervention comes only weeks after Home Secretary Sajid Javid bolstered police stop and search powers to help prevent stabbings. Richard Cooke, the chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, dismissed the College of Police’s suggestion as “detached from reality”, adding: “Let’s deal in facts and not people’s feelings.”In its official briefing, which brings together a host of academic research, the College of Policing said: “While intelligence helps the targeting of stop and search, people’s willingness to provide information is likely to be affected by how fair they perceive the police to be in their use of this power.“Young people, the economically disadvantaged, and people from some minority ethnic groups are significantly more likely to be stopped, and to be dissatisfied with police treatment during a stop.“If contact with officers is felt to be unfair, analysis also suggests it can undermine young people’s perception that the police are ‘on their side’, reducing their willingness to comply with the law, and is associated with increased risk that they consider violence to be an option in achieving certain goals.”Stop and search powers allow police to pull aside individuals and vehicles if an officer reasonably believes serious violence may occur.As many as 80% of all arrests by the Metropolitan Police for possessing an offensive weapon have stemmed from a stop and search, previous research has suggested. read more

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Column Making chemical weapons a defining issue in Syria sends entirely the

first_imgIF, AS IT has been announced by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Syrian government has destroyed its capacity for developing chemical weapons, then this is to be welcomed.However, no one should kid themselves that it will make a blind bit of difference to the everyday lives of ordinary Syrian people, or to the ability of aid agencies like GOAL to access areas of need. It won’t.There have been at least 100,000 people killed in Syria in less than three years (the true figure may be twice that) and innumerable people injured.Entire towns, villages and heavily-populated city neighbourhoods have been levelled; more than 4.25 million people driven from their homes; and in excess of 7 million people left in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. At most, only around one per cent of the deaths in Syria have been caused by chemical weapons, and none of the destruction.Daily bombing, and sniper and rocket fireMillions of people did not flee their homes because they feared that chemical weapons might be unleashed upon them. Rather, they fled the daily bombing, and sniper and rocket fire they have been subjected to. Throughout the furore around chemical weapons, the levels of “conventional” violence have not diminished in the slightest.Abhorrent as the use of chemical weapons was, to make it a defining issue in the Syrian context sent out entirely the wrong message.For more than two years, the world stood by and did nothing about the wholesale slaughter Syria. Only when chemical weapons were used was an ultimatum issued. The unmistakable subtext was that what had gone before, and continues unchecked, was acceptable.It is a subtext that certainly hasn’t been lost on the hundreds of Syrians that I have spoken to over the past three months. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have, in one form or another, said to me: “So this means that it’s okay for us to be bombed by Migs [fighter planes] and tanks, and to be shot down in the street, as long as they don’t use chemicals.”The world’s apathetic attitude to SyriaAside from the deaths, destruction and overall humanitarian catastrophe that has been created, something else has resulted from the world’s apathetic attitude to Syria. Foreign jihadist fighters have eagerly filled the vacuum, flocking to the country to pursue their own fundamentalist agendas. It matters not one jot to these people whether or not the Syrian government can produce chemical weapons.Moreover, jihadist groups are rapidly gaining ground in Syria, constantly moving into areas that had previously been relatively safe for agencies like GOAL to operate in. Not surprisingly, the delivery of aid is becoming increasingly difficult.If the international community is serious about helping the people of Syria, it should set about creating the conditions for a massive humanitarian intervention, which of course would mean concentrating on what is actually killing people. If this doesn’t happen, then it will prove what many of us already suspect: that the chemical weapons issue was cynically used to avoid doing much at all.David Adams is a media officer with GOAL. He has been in Syria for the past three and a half months. GOAL’s Syria intervention is delivering a monthly food ration and other aid to 240,000 people a month. In preparation for the winter, GOAL will soon be targeting 12,000 families with non-food items, including woollen blankets, buckets and jerry cans; and a further 5,700 families with hygiene kits. To learn more about GOAL’s work in Syria, click here. To donate to GOAL, click here.Read: Syria has destroyed all of its chemical weapons equipment: watchdogRead: Syrian families try to recover in neighbouring refugee campsRead: UN warns of Syria polio outbreak after cluster of cases reportedlast_img read more

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Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Turkeys Black Friday Dobby and

first_imgIf you didn’t have as much time this week to keep up with Twitter due to all the baking, cooking, and Black Friday shopping, we rounded up some of the hottest news from Twitter from throughout the week. Sit back, relax, eat leftovers, and check out the top trending Twitter topics for the week ending in November 26:1. Thanksgiving / ThankfulDid anyone see any live-Tweets of a Thanksgiving dinner? I could see many angsty teens Tweeting that Aunt Alma just stuck her hand in the mashed potatoes, or Uncle Jerry’s teeth just fell on the table. #ThanksgivingAdChoices广告2. Black FridayBlack Friday happened. There was some pushing, and grabbing, but all in all, everyone got their deals. The biggest shopping day of the year was another success. #BlackFriday3. Harry Potter / DobbyPeople have been tweeting about Dobby, a house-elf in the new Harry Potter film who plays an important role. #Dobby4. American Music Awards / Nick Carter / *NSYNCThe 38th Annual American Music Awards aired on Sunday, Nov. 21. Nick Carter, *NSYNC, Rhianna, Gavin Rossdale, and the Black Eyed Peas were top mentions on Twitter. #AMA20105. Brazilian Slum Violence / BOPEBOPE, or the special elite police force of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, prepared to invade an area of slums, currently under control of drug dealers. People are talking about the response of the police against recent criminal activities. #BOPESee the next five top trending topics after the jump!6. Jaxon BieberJaxon is Justin Bieber’s baby brother. He turned one this week. It seems Bieber’s parents spelled only Justin’s name the right way. He also has a sister named Jazmyn. #JaxonBieber.7. Things That Should Be Out of StylePeople are tweeting about things they think should be out out of style but are not. For example, Crocs. #thingsthatshouldbeoutofstyle8. Joss WhedonWarner Bros is rebooting “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, but without involving the series’ creator Joss Whedon. The fans are not happy. #JossWhedon9. Miley CyrusShe’s legal now. Happy 18th birthday, #Miley.10. Freddie MercuryNovember 24 was the 19th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. Mercury died 19 years ago at the age of 45, one day after publicly announcing he had AIDS. #FreddieMercurylast_img read more

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Apple must run Samsung apology ads in the UK

first_imgLike sands through the hourglass, these are the days of Apple v. Samsung. The latest installment in the epic soap opera comes from the UK, where a High Court judge has denied an appeal attempt by Apple.Appeal against what, precisely? In a previous case this summer, another court found that Samsung hadn’t infringed upon Apple’s designs. Famously, presiding judge Colin Birss declared that Samsung’s tablets were “not as cool” (the kind of objectivity you expect from the court), and that the “overall impression produced is different.”Apple, of course, was arguing that Samsung’s designs were confusing consumers and hurting its brand. Following Judge Birss’ ruling, the court ordered Apple to apologize publicly to Samsung for all the hassle.That didn’t sit well with Apple’s legal team, obviously, and the appeal process was launched. Now that the appeal process has wrapped up, Apple faces the same reality. It will indeed have to run apologetic ads in high-profile UK publications like the Daily Mail, Financial Times, and T3  Magazine, and will also have to post something on its UK website.Apple won’t have to alter things too much, however. Rather than adding the notice or a snippet on its landing page, Apple will only be required to add a link to the apology and ruling and leave it in place for one month.This surely won’t be the last time Apple and Samsung lock horns in the UK, but here’s hoping that this time spent doing a Bart Simpson and writing things repeatedly on the chalkboard like a bad little schoolboy will give everyone time to think about what they’ve done.More at BBClast_img read more

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Mac OS X 107 Apple offre des clés USB de secours

first_imgMac OS X 10.7 : Apple offre des clés USB de secoursLe dernier système d’exploitation d’Apple, Mac OS X 10.7, ou Lion, peut être installé sans support physique, après un simple téléchargement. Mais dans certains cas, la restauration de Lion proposé sur Internet en cas de problème technique ne fonctionne pas. C’est pourquoi Apple offrira des clés USB d’installation à certains de ses clients.Sorti à la fin du mois de juillet dernier, le nouvel OS pour Mac d’Apple est disponible sous deux formes : sur une clé USB commercialisée depuis le mois d’août, et sur Internet, via un simple téléchargement. Dans ce cas, une partition de secours est créée lors de l’installation de Lion, afin qu’il puisse être récupéré en cas de reformatage du système.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)Mais si sur les Mac Mini et les MacBook Air 2011, un système de restauration par Internet permet de récupérer l’OS sans cette partition, il ne fonctionne pas pour les autres machines, dont les propriétaires pourraient donc se trouver dans l’incapacité de réinstaller Lion en cas de problème technique venant du disque dur, ou d’une mauvaise manipulation de formatage. C’est pourquoi Apple aurait décidé d’offrir une clé d’installation aux utilisateurs concernés. Une note interne de la firme à la pomme, révélée par 9 to 5 Mac, expliquerait en effet aux employés la possibilité d’offrir gratuitement des clés USB d’installation de Lion. Une information confirmée par Ars Technica. Si le Mac concerné n’a pas été livré avec le système d’exploitation, l’utilisateur devra fournir son Apple ID pour prouver qu’il a bien acheté l’OS sur le Mac App Store. Et pour obtenir la précieuse clé, la machine devra être toujours sous garantie. En outre, les employés d’Apple chargés de gérer les demandes devront avant d’offrir une clé, évaluer la machine et vérifier que la partition est effectivement absente du Mac.  A noter tout de même que cette clé n’est pas la même que celle qui est commercialisée par Apple. Elle ne contiendra pas le système d’exploitation, mais seulement un logiciel d’installation d’une partition de secours qui permettra de récupérer l’OS.Le 5 août 2011 à 20:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Z1 la station de travail toutenun dHP

first_imgZ1, la station de travail tout-en-un d’HPPour booster leurs ventes, les constructeurs n’hésitent pas à se lancer sur le marché du tout-en-un et de l’ultrabook, où Apple avait toujours été leader, puisqu’il avait inventé les deux secteurs. Jusque là, certaines firmes, comme HP ou Lenovo, ont réussi avec succès à concurrencer l’iMac d’Apple, pourtant ultra-performant, notamment dans le bas et le milieu de gamme. Ainsi, HP avait déjà sorti plusieurs ordinateurs tout-en-un destinés au grand public, comme le TouchSmart 520 ou l’Ovni 27. Mais avec le Z1, sa première station de travail tout-en-un, cette fois, HP vise le haut de gamme. À priori destiné aux professionnels, il intègre un processeur double cœur Core i3-2120 cadencé à 3,3GHz, deux ports USB 3.0 et quatre USB 2.0, un port FireWire 400. Il embarque également des puces Wi-Fi 802.11 et Bluetooth 3.0. L’ordinateur possède aussi une webcam HD, l’audio haute-fidélité et un lecteur optique slim. Le Z1 est également composé d’un pied flexible et d’un écran 27 pouces IPS d’une résolution de 2560×1440 pixels. Petite comparaison cependant. Le Z1 d’HP sera disponible à partir de 1.899 dollars. Pour un iMac 27 pouces qui embarque une puce qual-core et une carte graphique AMD Radeon HD 6770M, il faut débourser (seulement…) 1.699 euros. Au niveau du design, pourtant, il est difficile de ne pas noter l’inspiration d’HP. L’écran du Z1 est entouré d’un large bord noir souligné par un bandeau en aluminium estampillé du logo d’HP. Mais, où Apple mise sur le blanc, HP ne jure que par le noir. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, HP mise sur la personnalisation. En effet, il est possible, pour un prix non négligeable n’est-ce-pas, de doter le Z1 d’un processeur quatre cœurs Xeon E3-1280 et d’une carte graphique Nvidia Quatro Q4000. De plus, alors que l’intérieur de l’iMac est assez difficile d’accès, le Z1 s’ouvre facilement lorsqu’il est placé à l’horizontal. Vous pourrez ainsi accéder aux quatre slots DIMM ECC et une baie pour deux disques durs. Le Z1 d’HP sera donc disponible aux États-Unis dans le courant du mois d’avril prochain, à partir de 1.899 dollars.Le 15 février 2012 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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