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first_imgAs Madhya Pradesh continues to reel under frequent and unscheduled power cuts, officials of the state electricity company are holding bats responsible for the woes, claiming that the flying mammals are causing faults in the supply lines, especially in the state capital. They say bats hanging on the power supply lines sometimes cause short circuits, which ultimately lead to outages. This claim has triggered a fresh round of blame game between the Kamal Nath-led Congress government and the opposition, BJP. The saffron party said instead of giving these excuses, the power utility and the state government should work in a responsible manner, while the ruling Congress said there was no crisis as MP is a power surplus state. State Energy Minister Priyavrat Singh, however, contended that overloaded power transformers and not bats could be the main reason behind the problem. Talking to PTI, the minister said, “In a review meeting of Bhopal district (held on June 14), an official of the power company had said that bats are creating faults in the supply lines along the lake (Upper Lake)…But I don’t think this is a major reason. I pulled up the official, who had said so.”“I told the official to repair the supply lines by insulating them. This work had already been carried out. I asked the officials to consider installation of ultrasonic devices, after due environment clearances, in the areas where bats are creating problems,” he added.Mr. Singh said there were several others reasons that might be behind the faults in supply lines.“At some places, a squirrel may create a problem. But the main reason of fault is overloaded power transformers. Maintenance of power supply lines was neglected for years. I asked the officials to carry out proper maintenance of the distribution lines,” he said. Spokesperson of Madhya Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Ltd, Manoj Dwivedi, said, “The faults in power supply lines in the vicinity of Upper Lake (in Bhopal) were reported due to bats. This largely happens due to short- circuits caused by bats hanging on the power supply lines.” The company carries out work of insulation in such cases, he said.“That area of Bhopal had bats earlier too, but power supply used to be uninterrupted. Instead of giving excuses, the power company as well as the government should work responsibly. Were the bats born only after the Congress came to power?” state BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said. The Congress government had earlier said that poor quality of transformers purchased during the previous BJP dispensation was the reason behind the electricity issues. During the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in April this year, Chief Minister Kamal Nath had alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the power cuts in the state. At that time, state Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot had also said that some officials of the power distribution company were working against the ruling Congress, resulting in power outages.“During the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, Nath, in order to hide his government’s failure, used to blame the BJP and certain officials for power cuts. But even after the polls, outages continued in every part of the state despite it being a power surplus state,” Mr. Agrawal said. He said that inept handling by the Congress government has created this crisis. However, the state Congress said that the BJP had run out of issues and was raising hue and cry over such “non-issues“.“Pre-monsoon maintenance is a routine process and it was happening during the BJP rule as well. The technical faults are being repaired. MP is a power surplus state and there is no crisis. Opposition is spreading lies,” state Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said.“Due to factionalism within the BJP, the leaders of that party are trying to outdo each other and levelling false allegations,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgRice industry paralysis Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Indiana Pacers’ Justin Holiday (8) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Houston. The Rockets won 111-102. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets got another huge offensive game from James Harden.But it was the team’s defense against the Indiana Pacers that the Rockets thought was the most impressive part of their win.ADVERTISEMENT “It was huge,” Harden said. “That’s the game right there.”Indiana got its first point in almost five minutes when Domantas Sabonis made the second of two free throws with less than five minutes to go and Justin Holiday made a layup about a minute later.But Russell Westbrook hit a 3-pointer seconds after that to push the Rockets’ lead to 10 with three minutes remaining.Though the defense has improved during this winning streak, Westbrook still sees room for improvement.“We’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “We’re doing a good job of staying locked in for the most part … and it’s showing.”ADVERTISEMENT Magic hand Spurs 4th straight loss Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Harden scored 44 points and the Rockets used a big fourth quarter run to pull away and get the 111-102 victory on Friday night.Houston has won a season-high six games in a row and Harden has scored 36 points or more in five straight games to carry the Rockets as they deal with injuries to Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and Danuel House.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIndiana led by 4 on a 3-pointer by Doug McDermott before Houston used a 14-0 spurt to make it 94-88 with about five minutes left. Harden took over in that stretch, scoring the last 12 points and making two 3-pointers. The Pacers couldn’t do anything offensively as Houston built its lead and missed seven shots and had two turnovers.Harden was asked how big the team’s defense in that stretch was to the win. TIP-INSPacers: Turner missed his eighth straight game with a sprained right ankle, but could return on Saturday night. … Lamb sat out for the fifth game in a row with a sprained left ankle. … T.J. Warren busted his lip and was bleeding after a collision in the third quarter. He was tended to by a trainer for a few minutes and re-entered the game late in the quarter.Rockets: C Capela missed the game and won’t play on Saturday after sustaining a concussion on Wednesday night. … Rivers scored 10 points off the bench. … Houston made 14 of 46 3-pointers.LIKE FATHER, LIKE SONChandler made his first start of the season in place of Capela at center against Sabonis. It wasn’t the first time he’d played against a member of the Sabonis family, after playing two games against Sabonis’s father, Arvydas Sabonis, in his last NBA season in 2002-03. Chandler, who was in his second NBA season, was 20 that year and Arvydas Sabonis was 38.“Both of them are great players,” the 37-year-old Chandler said. “His dad was huge and so skilled. I think I caught him at the end of his career after injuries and all that. But his son is really good and has a bright future ahead of him.”UP NEXTPacers: Host Milwaukee on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Pacers cut it to six points with a 3 by Aaron Holiday with about a minute left, but Tyson Chandler added a tip-in layup to secure the victory.Sabonis had 18 points and 13 rebounds and McDermott added 18 points off the bench as Indiana had its four-game winning streak was snapped.Ben McLemore had a season-high 21 points and Westbrook scored 17 with eight rebounds and six assists.“He hit some timely 3s,” coach Mike D’Antoni said of McLemore. “His defense is always pretty good. He runs the floor. He plays really hard and he can shoot. So yeah — he was good.”A dunk by Justin Holiday got the Pacers within four points midway through the third quarter before Houston used an 8-2 run to make it 75-65 with about four minutes left in the quarter. McLemore led the way in that stretch with two 3-pointers.The Pacers got going after that, scoring the next 10 points to tie it with about a minute left in the third. Houston missed five shots and had a turnover to allow Indiana to close the gap.Austin Rivers ended a scoring drought of more than three minutes by Houston after that, but Indiana scored the next four points to take a 79-77 lead.Houston entered the fourth quarter up by 1 after P.J. Tucker hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third.The Pacers, who were already without Myles Turner and Jeremy Lamb because of injuries, played most of Friday’s game without Malcolm Brogdon after he left in the first quarter with a sore lower back.“That’s a big loss when you’re going up against guys like Harden and Westbrook,” coach Nate McMillan said. “Not only do you need him offensively but you need his size defensively.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official footwear supplier, X-Blades, has its first great deal for the Touch Football community for 2014, on its Sniper Speed and Sniper Speed ST boots. Normally $120, as part of this promotion you can get the boots for $100. These boots are part of the X-Blades new super lightweight speed range and only weigh 190 grams!To take advantage of this great saving, following the link below and use the code ‘TFAS’ at the checkout: Stay tuned to for more great deals from X-Blades. Related LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img read more

first_imgNew South Wales and Queensland will battle it out in their quest to be 2014 champions when they meet at the Sunshine Coast Stadium for the 2014 State of Origin Series next week.   Teams from Under 20’s Boys and Girls through to Men’s 55’s will battle it out at on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September across three games per division.  The thinnest of margins proved the difference the last time the Origin series was contested with New South Wales narrowly edging-out Queensland 7-6  at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in September 2012. While New South Wales claimed the series and overall crown, it was Queensland who took bragging rights in the Open divisions, winning the blue ribbon Men’s and Women’s divisions, while New South Wales prevailed in the Mixed division. The stage is set for an exciting series, the countdown is well and truly on!The State of Origin Series will be run in conjunction with the 2014 National Youth Championships, which will run from Wednesday, 17 September through to Saturday, 20 September. Stay tuned to the State of Origin Series and Touch Football Australia websites for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2014 State of Origin Series – and Keep in touch with Touch Football Australia in the following ways during the 2014 State of Origin Series:Facebook – – (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)YouTube – – (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)Website – LinksState of Originlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid tackle Tottenham in an Audi Cup match at the Allianz Arena, Munich on Tuesday.It may still be pre-season, but the Spanish outfit are already teetering on the brink of crisis, having been thumped 7-3 by Atletico Madrid in their last outing and in the midst of a dispute with Gareth Bale that is becoming increasingly ill-tempered and drawn out.Spurs, meanwhile, also come into this match off the back of a defeat – they went down 2-1 to Manchester United in an ICC game – but did record an impressive victory over Juventus before that. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Real Madrid vs Tottenham Date Tuesday, July 30 Time 5:00pm BST / 12:00 noon ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match will not be available for broadcast though it will be streamed on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the UK, the match will be shown on ITV 4. It can be streamed via The ITV Hub. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 4 The ITV Hub Squads & Team News Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Navas, Lunin, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Javi Hernandez, De la Fuente, Miguel Gutierrez Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Isco, Seoane Forwards Mariano, Benzema, Lucas V., Vinicius Jr., Hazard, Rodrygo, Kubo Gareth Bale has not been included in the 24-man squad as he seeks to manufacture a move away from Real Madrid.James Rodriguez, Eder Militao and Casemiro have been left out as they build up fitness.Thibaut Courtois has an ankle sprain so has not travelled to Germany, while Luka Jovic has a knock and has not travelled.Benjamin Mendy, Brahim Diaz and Marco Asensio were all fitness concerns before the Atleti clash.Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric; Lucas V., Rodrygo, Hazard; Benzema Position Tottenham squad Goalkeepers Lloris, Gazzaniga, Whiteman Defenders Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Tanganga, Rose, Sanchez Midfielders Alli, Ndombele, Sissoko, Winks, Skipp, Georgiou, Marsh, Roles, White, Lamela, Eriksen Forwards Kane, Son, Lucas, Parrott, Nkoudou Tottenham are without Serge Aurier, who has undergone surgery on a hand injury and is in non-contact training.Victor Wanyama has a minor knee concern and will be monitored, while Eric Dier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Ben Davies are working their way back to fitness.Tottenham starting XI: Gazzaniga; Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Ndombele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; KaneBetting & Match Odds Real Madrid can be backed at 23/20 to win this match at  Bet365. A draw is priced at 11/4 while a Tottenham victory can be backed at 2/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Real Madrid Atletico MadridCompetitive football may be three weeks away for Real Madrid, but the pressure is already building on Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have failed to win any of their three pre-season friendlies in normal time.A victory over Arsenal on penalties is small consolation given they were wretched in a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich, who they could face again on Wednesday in either the final or third-fourth play-off, and even worse as they slumped 7-3 to Atletico Madrid.Zidane certainly seemed to be feeling the strain after that derby defeat in the USA.“They scored seven goals, it can’t happen,” he fumed in the aftermath. “You don’t have to spin it over. It’s a pre-season game. They’ve been better at everything. There is nothing more to talk about.”The Frenchman may talk about being calm, but ahead of Tuesday’s Audi Cup match with Tottenham in Munich, he will appreciate that there must be a change of fortune and attitude.After finishing a distant third in La Liga last season, losing three of their last four games to boot, the last thing that Zidane needs is another defeat.Away from the field, matters are complicated by the ongoing presence of Gareth Bale, whose transfer saga has been an unwelcome sideshow that has only served to undermine Madrid further. For now, the situation remains at an impasse, such that he has not even travelled to potentially face his former club.Spurs may be coming into the match off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, but a previous win over Juventus, which was marked by a Harry Kane wonder-goal, means that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can at least feel they are on the right track.“Both performances have been fantastic,” the Argentine said. “I think the behaviour of the players, on and off the pitch, has been fantastic. We’re building our fitness and the way we want to play for next season. There’s a lot of positive things.”Zidane cannot yet say the same, but a victory over the Champions League runners-up would help to change that, with the winners of this clash to play a final against either the hosts or Fenerbahce on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav has been linked to a sale of TI Topaz, a very large crude carrier (VLCC).Euronav allegedly entered into a sub-sale agreement with Greek-based company New Shipping on May 25, according to information provided by VesselsValue.Once the transaction is completed, the 319,400 dwt TI Topaz will be sold for USD 21 million.Built at South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in 2002, the tanker features a length of 333 meters and a width of 60 meters.Market value of the 161,135 gross ton ship currently stands at USD 23.9 million.Following the sale of TI Topaz, Euronav’s fleet will comprise a total of 56 vessels, the company’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) saw its net loss expand in the second quarter, mainly due to higher bunker costs and lower average freight rates.The company ended the second quarter of 2018 with a net loss of KRW 242.7 billion, compared to a net loss of KRW 175.7 billion seen in the previous quarter.Revenue was up by 11 percent to KRW 1.23 trillion from KRW 1.11 trillion reported a quarter earlier, attributed to HMM’s sales expansion efforts including launch of new Europe service (AEX) and deployment of its new 11,000 TEU vessel in South America Trade.Operating loss widened to KRW 199.8 billion, compared to a loss of KRW 170.1 billion, with the company’s container business recording a loss of KRW 175.7 billion.During the second quarter of the year, the company’s handled volume grew by 17.6 percent to 1.15 million TEU, compared to 981,199 TEU reported a quarter earlier.The load factor reached 79.1% in the quarter, up 3.5% compared to 75.6% witnessed in the first quarter of the year.HMM said it expects higher freight rates and load factor through the traditional peak season in the third quarter. The company plans to maximize its enterprise-wide efforts to improve its efficiency and bottom line through rationalizing service routes and pursuing economical speed to reduce bunker costs in order to overcome depressed shipping market.“HMM will do its utmost to attain competitiveness as one of the top global carriers by improving its cost structure and reducing operating costs through fleet expansion and securing terminal assets,” the company said.last_img read more

first_imgRatlam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh, committed a “big sin” by not casting his vote. Singh, a registered voter at his hometown Raghogarh in the state’s Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat, did not exercise his franchise during the polling held there on Sunday. The Congress leader, who is pitted against BJP leader and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur, stayed put in Bhopal, asking people to come out and vote. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Diggy Raja you have committed a big sin…in the festival of democracy, the President, Vice President stood in queues to cast their votes, but Diggy Raja did not,” Modi said at a rally in the state’s Ratlam district. “His (Singh’s) arrogance came to light yesterday in Bhopal. When people are electing their representatives and even I exercised my franchise in Ahmedabad, Diggy Raja neither cared for democracy nor people,” he said in remarks laced with sarcasm. “You (Singh) were very busy asking people to vote… save me. Why you are so frightened of losing your job?” the prime minister asked. Modi said even the Narmada yatra, a religious pilgrimage undertaken by Singh last year, would not come to his rescue in the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Eric Schwartz served on the United States National Security Council during the Clinton administration, in the position of Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. He has also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as the chief of the executive office.He succeeds Erskine Bowles, who served as Mr. Clinton’s Chief of Staff at the White House.Mr. Schwartz will assume his duties later this month.

The Latest: Manila slum dweller says he’d ask APEC leaders for house, job by The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2015 10:28 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Police fire water cannons at student activists as they clash near the venue hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Asia-Pacific leaders called Thursday for increased international cooperation in the fight against terrorism as they held annual talks overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) MANILA, Philippines – Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting’s official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also in focus. (All times are local.)___5:45 p.m.“What’s APEC?” asks Winifredo Sumaya, a 60-year-old jobless man standing outside his shack in a Manila slum that sits on a mountain of trash just a few miles from the venue where global leaders held two days of meetings.The leaders say economic growth has lifted many people out of poverty but acknowledge millions are still left behind. They say renewed efforts are needed to eradicate the extremes of poverty.Asked what message he would send to the leaders meeting in a heavily guarded convention centre, Sumaya says: “We need a small house that can’t be taken from us and any job for an old man like me.”___5:15 p.m.Leaders’ declaration is officially released, with the expected condemnation of the attacks in Paris and a call to urgently step up international co-operation to combat terrorism.The leaders also say economic growth, prosperity and opportunity are among the “most powerful tools” to address the root causes of terrorism and radicalization.The statement says the global economic recovery is uneven and it urges greater efforts to reduce poverty.___4:30 p.m.President Barack Obama has ribbed his younger Canadian counterpart, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, over how the responsibilities of leadership can age a person.Obama, 54, recounted to reporters a phone call he’d made to Trudeau to congratulate him on his recent election win at the youthful age of 43.The U.S. president says he had no grey hair when he took office seven years ago and told Trudeau “if you don’t want to grey like me you need to start dyeing it soon.”Standing alongside Obama at APEC, Trudeau retorted: “So young, and yet so cynical.”___2:40 p.m.Thursday evening and Friday morning are terrible times for travellers to have a booked a flight in or out of Manila. There’s an exodus of foreign leaders slated for those periods, which severely restricts use of the airspace by commercial planes. Some leaders will be returning home and others will be heading to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for an East Asia summit that includes President Barack Obama. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled or delayed during APEC. Between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday 10 leaders are leaving. Another nine including Obama leave between 9 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on Friday.___1:20 p.m.China’s president says the killing of a Chinese hostage by the Islamic State shows that “terrorists are the common enemy of humankind.”Xi Jinping is quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying China “strongly condemns the brutality of the killing of a Chinese national.” He was speaking at the APEC summit.IS claimed in its magazine it had killed two hostages from Norway and China it was holding for ransom.The Chinese hostage was Fan Jinghui, 50, a self-described “wanderer” from Beijing who once taught middle school.___12:40 p.m.APEC host Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has urged the group to work on promoting prosperity and ending poverty for all in the region.He says that “represents our vision for an Asia-Pacific that embraces a growth agenda that benefits everyone.”Aquino called for growth that creates jobs, puts children in school and food on tables, raises standards of living, protects the environment and fosters creativity and innovation.He says this year’s leaders’ retreat should be an incubator of ideas that will improve the region’s prospects for the future, leaving a “world that is better than what we found.”___11:00 a.m.A copy of the APEC leaders’ declaration seen by The Associated Press says they “strongly condemn” all acts of terrorism and are stressing the “urgent need for increased international co-operation and solidarity in the fight against terrorism.”The statement is a rare departure from convention for APEC which typically prefers to focus on economic and business issues.The leaders of the 21 Pacific Rim countries and self-governing territories that make up APEC say their meeting is being held in the shadow of the attacks in Paris, Beirut and against a Russian aircraft over Sinai.They say economic growth, prosperity and opportunity are among the most powerful tools to address the root causes of terrorism and radicalization.___10:10 a.m.A barricade of police, cargo containers and fire trucks blocks about 1,000 anti-globalization protesters marching on the venue of the APEC meeting in Manila.Police are using water cannons and canes to try and disperse the increasingly rowdy protest.Earlier about 100 students clashed with police at a public square, with the two sides pushing and shoving and police beating protesters with their batons after the students crossed over a security barricade.The protesters carry banners that read “Junk APEC” and “Down with the Puppet U.S.-Aquino Regime.”Protest leader Renato Reyes of the left-wing alliance Bayan says over the past two decades “APEC and imperialist globalization have only benefited the rich countries while further impoverishing developing countries like the Philippines.”Protesters also marched toward a separate media centre for the APEC meetings. read more

What is sticky, purple and attracts more than 1,000 students? Brock University’s annual Grape Stomp.Stained purple and covered in grape juice and peels, students laughed and revelled in the grape mess Friday.After stomping, tossing and smooshing the grapes, students turned the Grape Stomp tarp into a slip and slide.Last year, the popular ritual was ranked second on the list of Great Canadian Campus Traditions by University Affairs, a magazine published by Universities Canada.

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. British people have been urged to check their sofas and piggy banks as 145m old pound coins still have not been returned to the Royal Mint.It is feared that many of these coins, which were discontinued in October 2017, may be lost. Just 24 million so far have been returned which is a fraction of the money outstanding.There were about 1.7 billion round £1 coins in circulation at the start of the six-month transition period in March 2017.The Royal Mint has reassured those who are holding on to their coins that they can still be refunded if they hand them in to their nearest bank.Coins returned to banks and shops have been melted down to make the new £1.  A Royal Mint official said: “Our communications campaign encouraged the return of old £1 coins when legal tender was removed.”The small proportion of coins not returned can continue to be deposited into a customer’s account at most high street banks in the UK.”They added: “We expect there to be some returns for a number of years to come as people find these coins.”The new coin was designed to be much more difficult to fake, with new features including a hologram image on the coin that changes from a £ symbol to the number 1 at different angles, micro-lettering on the side of the coin, being made of two metals and a “hidden high security feature” that Royal Mint has refused to reveal. It is also thinner, larger and lighter than the old coin, and 1.5 billion entered circulation when they were rolled out – which is around 23 per person.This was the biggest change to the UK’s currency since 1998, when the old 50p, of which there were once 800 million in circulation, and  by then just 30 years old, was tossed out in favour of a smaller, lighter, shinier version.Some 108 million were still thought to be in circulation in 1997, according to Treasury estimates, when they ceased to be legal tender – a collective loss of some £54 million. read more

first_img“The first thing I did on Friday was put all the same sex invitations out on display – we have a full selection of same sex merchandise and there’s no special section, it’s just in with everything else as it should be,” she said. THE NEW MANAGER of Dublin stationery shop Daintree Paper has said the first thing she did when she officially took over at the end of last week was to stock the shelves with same sex wedding invitations.The store met with a storm of criticism last year after it emerged that the owner removed a wedding cake-topper of two grooms holding hands from display in his store. At the time, Paul Barnes said it was not his intention to cause offence but said the cake-topper because it did not “reflect the values I aspire to”.New manager Nichola Doyle, who has worked at Daintree for eight years, said it was “just the most horrible time and it took a while to get over that”. Barnes stepped away from the business at the end of January and the new owners, Gerard and Laurence Barron, officially took over last Friday.Doyle was the worker who sent the rogue tweet from the store’s official account, telling followers that “the staff do not share the opinion of the owner”. She admitted this to the new owners and she said their reaction was “yeah, you’re the person we want to lead on through the changes”.All of the staff who remain have worked in the store for years but Doyle said it has downsized and a number of staff left of their own accord because of abuse they received over the cake-topper controversy.“People were getting stuff on their personal Facebook accounts, everyone had to take down from their accounts where they worked and some people left because they couldn’t handle the abuse,” she explained.However Doyle said the store policy has been changed now and she has already been in touch with the woman who made the cake-topper to tell her that her products are “more than welcome back”. We want this to be a place where people can come in and wander and have a browse and get excited about their weddings. We want this to be a little giddy paper mecca where people can ooh and aah over the stuff.“It’s going to be a hard flog to get the word out there and I’d just hate to anyone to think that they weren’t welcome here so now we just have to get that word out to everyone,” Doyle added.Related: Dublin business owner in storm over gay cake-topper row>More: Daintree Paper boss responds to criticism over gay cake-topper row>last_img read more

first_img Short URL Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 7:30 PM Kirsty Source: Kirsty Gillard-DalyKIRSTY GILLARD-DALY wanted to be a competitive bodybuilder, but had to put this dream on hold.The 26-year-old is one of about 1,200 people in Ireland who has cystic fibrosis (CF). This country has more cases of the condition per head of population than any other.Kirsty, who has 47% lung function, said having CF “makes normal day-to-day life more difficult and tiring”.“I spend about three hours a day doing nebulisers and airway clearance,” she told, who lives in Glasnevin in Dublin but is originally from Mullingar, works as a business travel consultant.She was pursuing becoming a competitive bodybuilder, but suffered a knee injury and the level of training required was putting her health at risk.Exercise plays an important role in helping people with CF stay as healthy as possible, and Kirsty still goes to the gym about five times a week – where she does weightlifting and cardio.“You go in and sometimes you can manage it no problem but the next day, out of nowhere, you struggle to do the very, very basics. It’s a lot more tiring. 21,533 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Some days you can’t do it. You go there with the best of intentions but you only manage to last about 15 or 20 minutes and you say, ‘No, it’s too much today.’Kirsty is also taking part in Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s One in 1,000 campaign, which hopes to recruit 100 teams of 10 women to take part in the VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon in Dublin this June.She told us, aside from the physical benefits, exercise is very important for her mental health.“It’s one of the biggest factors in maintaining good mental health. If you’ve had a bad day in work, everybody has bad days from time to time, it helps to focus on exercise and let it distract you and clear your mind.”Social life Kirsty, who also has CF-related diabetes, has to take over 40 tablets a day. Her health issues have also affected her social life. She can’t plan a last-minute night out with friends, for example.I have to plan in advance to make sure I get home in time, get the nebuliser done, eat enough food. The average girl might take an hour to do her hair and makeup, it takes me another hour and a half to get my nebuliser and medication done.Kirsty wants women who are running the mini-marathon to consider raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.“I’m a bit biased but they are fantastic, they give us so much support … They’re there for us when we have any issues or need financial assistance.” Kirsty at last year’s mini-marathon Source: Kirsty Gillard-DalyFor anyone thinking about running the mini-marathon, Kirsty said: “Challenge yourself, you might not be that big into running or be looking to achieve a particular time but it’s a great event, there’s a big social element too.”Lung problems CF is Ireland’s most common life-threatening inherited disease. About one in 19 people are carriers of the CF gene and when two carriers have a child there is a one in four chance of the child being born with the condition.CF primarily affects the lungs and digestive system and can greatly impact a person’s lifespan. Symptoms reported by people with CF vary significantly in severity from mild to debilitating.The most common symptom is recurrent chest infection, which results in lung damage, with the majority of deaths occurring through respiratory failure. Many people with CF eventually need lung transplants.There is a high prevalence of CF in Europe, with the highest prevalence in Ireland – which is almost three times the average rate in other EU countries and the US. Registration for the mini-marathon will open on 7 March. More information about the One in 1,000 campaign can be read here. The campaign has raised over €1 million for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland since 2010.Read: ‘We’ve come so far’: Orkambi campaigners hail next step as children can now get ‘life-changing’ drugRead: ‘In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory’: How tension built ahead of Orkambi dealcenter_img Share260 Tweet Email2 Feb 25th 2018, 7:31 PM ‘I spend three hours a day on a nebuliser, but exercise helps my mental health’ Ireland has more cases of cystic fibrosis per head of population than any other country. 16 Comments last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:clarence town, HMBS Durward Knowles, Hurricane Relief, Long Island, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – Coral Harbour Base 11 Oct. (RBDF) – The Royal Bahamas Defense Force patrol craft, HMBS Durward Knowles, arrived at Clarence Town on Monday 5th October 2015. Acting Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethel, Commanding Officer HMBS Durward Knowles, immediately contacted Mrs. Bootle-Bethel, the Island Administrator. During discussions with Mrs. Bethel, it was revealed that parts of Long Island had been cut off due to flooding, which made streets impassable for impact teams to reach disaster stricken areas. Marines, from the ship’s company were quickly deployed to assist with relief efforts underway with locals within the community. Teams included an engineering team that assisted in the repairing of the Community Centre’s generator. Teams were also dispatched to investigate the environmental impact of a beached vessel near the community. After a complete assessment was done, the grounded vessel posed no threat of potential or immediate environmental damage.With the arrival of additional Defence Force Impact Teams, areas once isolated became accessible. This allowed for proper assessment so that basic needs of the communities could be met. Fresh water and food being priority, cleanup efforts were also conducted to allow ease of access and transportation of incoming relief supplies. With the establishment of communication and transportation networks, relief centers are now able to provide more effective relief to the communities. Defence Force personnel continue to carry out assessments, assist in distribution and regulation of supplies and equipment while providing security.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with the island administrator, NEMA and Pathfinder representatives remain committed to relief efforts here in Long Island. Long Island fire extinguished Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alert Haitian Migrants Apprehendedlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Brush Strokes Art Studio of Tewksbury is holding a paint night in Wilmington next month.On Monday, January 28, 2019 at 7pm, come paint a wintry scene at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street).  Eat, drink and paint!  Brush Strokes will provide all the paint supplies.  No painting experience is necessary.  Space is limited so register today by calling 508-572-0853 or by clicking HERE.  Cost is $35.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBrush Strokes Art Studio To Hold Paint Night At Rocco’s On January 16In “Business”Brush Strokes Art Studio To Hold Paint Night At Rocco’s In FebruaryIn “Business”Brush Strokes Art Studio To Hold Paint Night At Rocco’s On March 5In “Business”last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s that you say? There’s only two actual Death Stars in the Star Wars movies? Even though the image of the Death Star appears in Attack of the Clones (hologram), Revenge of the Sith (under construction), A New Hope (blown up), Return of the Jedi (blown-up) and The Force Awakens (technically a hologram, but also basically Starkiller Base), you’d be surprised at how many deadly planet-sized or planet-killing Death Stars there are out there. You might not even realize it, but your life is constantly in threat by a Death Star from a galaxy far, far away to right here on Earth. Here’s the nine best to keep an eye on. The American Dream Death Star1/9Do you remember back in the winter of 2012 when the election hangover motivated some bold Americans to solve the economic problems of our nation through a petition to build a Death Star. The Obama administration promised an answer to any petition that got over 25,000 signatures and one that asked them to build a planet-killing weapon. The petition suggested that building a Death Star would “spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.” The White House did eventually respond that they would not be building a Death Star (and couldn’t build it by 2016), but just the fact that it had to be addressed by a sitting American presidency makes it worthy of a spot above lesser Death Stars or deflated soccer balls that kind of look like a Death Star.<><>last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The popularity of eco-friendly electric buses in New Town is increasing fast with 81,000 people availing the vehicles in the past five months.New Town is the first area in Bengal where air-conditioned electric buses have been introduced. Three buses have been introduced, which follow a circular route. Two buses are for Action Area I and one for Action Area II. The buses are going up to Unitech, covering the campus of St. Xavier’s University and Karigari Bhavan. The average speed of the buses is around 40-50 kmph. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe buses strictly observe the guidelines of ‘Safe Drive Save Life’. Before introduction of the buses, the drivers were given special training as they have to give tickets to the passengers themselves, as there are no conductors. The fare of the buses is Rs 10. The coaches of the 32 seater buses have been built by Eicher Motors. Taking cue from the success of the electric buses, self-drive car rental company Zoomcar has proposed to introduce electric vehicles that can be hired and used by people inside New Town. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCharging stations have come up in the area to ensure smooth operations of the vehicles. New Town has been declared as a green city and steps have already been taken by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) for its maintenance in this regard. Cycle sharing, an eco-friendly scheme, has become a great success in the area and discussions are on to introduce e-vehicles on sharing basis as well. LED lamps have been installed in street lights to conserve power.last_img read more

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first_imgThe planned liberalisation of the energy market has been pushed back yet again, with lawmakers on Tuesday hearing that the July 2019 target is now unfeasible.Instead, the most optimistic scenario is for the move to take place by mid-2020.The reason, MPs heard, is that the Transmission System Operator (TSO) and the Distribution System Operator (DSO) will not be ready to deploy specialised software monitoring supply and demand by the deadlines previously set.The former was supposed to be ready by July 2019, the latter by April 2019.Instead, the TSO now estimates it will have the software in place by mid-November 2019, and the DSO by January 2020.The schedules, set by the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (Cera), were binding.As such, both the TSO and DSO could be liable to fines, at the regulator’s discretion.“Today we have learned that the switch to an open market will be delayed for the umpteenth time, which we consider unacceptable,” chair of the House commerce and energy committee Angelos Votsis said.The problem lay in “objective difficulties” with obtaining the specialised software.Currently, the only producer of electricity in Cyprus is the state-run power company.The TSO and DSO are effectively arms of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. But since these two bodies have been designated as monitors once the market opens up, giving them access to suppliers’ proprietary data, they need to be rendered ‘independent’.MPs heard that the government has – after much delay – drafted legislation making the two bodies independent. The bills are to be sent to the attorney-general’s office for legal vetting.Under full liberalisation, an ‘electricity exchange’ of sorts will be established, where suppliers’ bids for quantities of electricity will be updated every half an hour.The exchange will match supply and demand and fix the price for a contract.Essentially the Electricity Authority of Cyprus will act as a pool, or cache, of electricity.The electricity exchange platform would be operated by the TSO, which will gain the added capacity of acting as market operator in addition to monitoring security of the overall electricity supply.The system matching bids requires complex software, which needs to be customised to the particulars of the Cyprus electricity market.Some €4m has been budgeted for the design of the software, for which tenders will be called.Before the TSO can operate as an exchange, the Regulation of the Electricity Market Law has to be amended to render the TSO fully independent of the state power company.In addition, regulations must be prepared detailing the terms of employment of TSO employees. Once the regulations are drafted, EAC employees now seconded to the TSO will decide whether to remain as TSO employees or be designated as EAC employees.You May LikeBusiness Internet | Search AdsBusiness Internet Phone | SearchNow For Best CBSi Content!Business Internet | Search AdsUndoHealevateThis Guilty Pup Has No ShameHealevateUndoTheDayTradingRoomHe Made The Difficult Decision To Stay With His Dying Dog Until The EndTheDayTradingRoomUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more