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In managing water, Surat takes lead

first_imgIndia’s ‘Diamond City’ offers a lesson for the country’s ever-expanding cities on water management and the optimal use of water, which is rapidly becoming a scarce resource. Surat’s civic body is setting up state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants (STPs) to ensure every drop of waste water is treated and reused for purposes other than drinking.From March 2019, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will be supplying 115 MLD (million litres per day) treated water to industries located within the city, in order to meet the entire industrial requirement of water through treated or recycled water.The entire quantum of water will be treated from domestic sewerage water in tertiary treatment plants at the Bamroli and Dindoli areas for supplying to mainly textile factories in the Pandesara and Sachin industrial clusters housing over 400 dying and printing units.“At present, we are supplying 40 MLD treated water to industries in Pandesara in the city. This is the largest capacity of tertiary water treatment in the country. In fact, Surat was the first city in the country to start selling recycled water to industries in 2014. Now, we are expanding the capacity to take it up to 115 MLD by March 2019,” Surat Municipal Commissioner M. Thennarasan told The Hindu.Surat’s cost effective water management system is most advantageous for its contribution towards reducing the dependency on conventional resources of water, and thus optimal use of the resource.So far, the SMC has invested ₹ 280 crore in creating tertiary water treatment facilities in the city. “By March next year, the corporation will save 115 MLD fresh water by supplying recycled water to industries,” Mr. Thennasaran said, adding, “The SMC charges industrial units ₹ 23 per 1,000 litres of water.”Recycling technologyThe civic body’s efforts to create infrastructure for water management is in line with the State government’s policy of promoting the use of recycled water for non-drinking purposes, and reducing dependence on ground water.“Gujarat is a water scarce State, so we have to be innovative in managing our water resources in the most efficient manner,” Gujarat’s Chief Secretary Dr. J. N. Singh said.Mr. Thennarasan added that the civic body intends to go further and supply recycled water to industrial clusters like Hazira, outside the city. “In future, we want to cover industrial estates not located in the municipal area in our network as per the State government’s policy,” he said.Fact checkIndia is facing its worst water shortage in history, according to a new report prepared by the Niti Aayog. Nearly 600 million Indians faced high to extreme water stress and about 2,00,000 people die every year in the country because of inadequate access to safe water.last_img read more

How pandas survive on their bamboo-only diet

first_imgPandas are one of the world’s most fascinating vegetarians. Their digestive systems evolved to process meat, yet they eat nothing but bamboo—all day, every day. A new study reveals how these animals survive on a diet that should kill them.Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) are a type of bear, and they still retain a meat eater’s digestive system, with a simple stomach and a short small intestine. They don’t have a four-chambered stomach like a cow to digest plants efficiently, and a pure bamboo diet contains hardly any protein and a lot of indigestible fiber.To understand how pandas subsist on such a diet, researchers radio-collared three male and three female pandas in the Qinling Mountains of China and observed what they ate in their natural habitats for 6 years. 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The two bamboo species in Qinling, wood bamboo and arrow bamboo, grow at different elevations and sprout new shoots and leaves at different times of the year. The tracking collars revealed that during mating season in the spring, pandas fed on young wood bamboo shoots, which are rich in nitrogen and phosphorous. In June, the wood bamboo shoots had matured and contained fewer nutrients, so pandas migrated to higher elevations and started eating young arrow bamboo shoots. However, both species’ shoots had low calcium levels, which pushed pandas toward the next dietary shift in mid-July: young arrow bamboo leaves, which are rich in calcium.This dietary juggling act appears to affect panda reproduction, the team reports online this month in Functional Ecology. Although the animals mate in the spring, they undergo “delayed implantation”—the embryo remains in a state of arrested development in the mother’s uterus until it attaches and resumes growth. The authors speculate that panda embryos continue development only after there is sufficient calcium in the diet.In August, females return to the lower elevations and deliver tiny, pink panda babies. The adult mothers start eating young wood bamboo leaves, which have sufficient nutrients, including the calcium necessary for lactation. Pandas have the shortest gestation period among bears, about 2 to 3 months compared with 6 months in other species. They also have the smallest offspring—newborns weigh just 90 to 130 grams, whereas other bear cubs are a more brawny 300 to 400 grams. Their small size could be due to the nutrient limitations of their habitat, the authors say.But even nutritional juggling may not allow pandas to survive the winter. Wood bamboo leaves age over this season, and their nutrient levels drop, causing high mortality among pandas. In fact, records from Qinling show that among 25 cases of dead or ill pandas over the past 37 years, more than half occurred in March and April, right after the hardships of winter.The study helps explain how pandas survive on such a limited diet, says wildlife biologist Dajun Wang of Peking University in Beijing, who has worked on pandas in Qinling. But he says the animals may be getting nutrients from other places as well. “I have seen them scavenge from time to time,” he writes in an e-mail. “They may also get calcium and other nutrients from licking rocks.”last_img read more

‘Laddoos’ overdose leads to divorce of Uttar Pradesh couple

first_imgA resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district has sought divorce on grounds that his wife, under the influence of a tantrik (shaman), was giving him only ‘laddoos’ to eat.The man approached a family court where he said that on the instructions of the tantrik, his wife gave him four laddoos to eat in the morning and four in the evening. He was not allowed to eat anything else.The man said that he had been ailing for some time and his wife approached the ‘tantrik’ who asked her to make her husband eat only the laddoos.Officials at the family counselling centre were puzzled over the pretext for seeking divorce.“We can call the couple for counselling, but we can not treat the woman for being superstitious. She firmly believes that the laddoos will cure her husband and is unwilling to accept otherwise,” said a counsellor.last_img read more

Formidable India fancy chances against Sri Lanka in first Test

first_imgAfter a dominating end to the home Test season that included series wins against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, India are all set to start afresh under new coach Ravi Shastri, when they take on Sri Lanka in the three-Test series.Going into the first Test of the series on Wednesday, the Virat Kohli-led side will have in their mind their previous tour to the island nation in 2015, when they bounced back from a 0-1 deficit to a 2-1 win and gradually ascend to the top of the ICC Test rankings. (Team India dons new jersey for photoshoot ahead of Galle Test)The Galle International Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Indians, having managed a single win, way back in 2008 and thereafter losing three on the trot.In 2015, India succumbed to a 63-run loss on the penultimate day, thanks to a magical seven-wicket haul by veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who will be leading the side in the first Test in the absence of newly-appointed skipper Dinesh Chandimal, down with pneumonia.But the young Indian side bounced back well to win the next two matches in Colombo, and claim the series 2-1.The only factor common between the series then and now is the presence of former India all-rounder Shastri. He was then Team Director then and now is the newly-appointed coach with his own set of support staff, that includes Bharat Arun’s return as the bowling coach.Combining the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, India have lost only one out of 23 Tests (against Australia at Pune) since that defeat in Galle.advertisementHeading in to the game, India’s only headache is the loss of opener Lokesh Rahul, who was down with viral fever and ruled out of the first Test.In such a case, Abhinav Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan are most likely to open the innings unless Kohli and the team management promote Cheteshwar Pujara as the opener.The middle order looks more or less a settled unit with Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and stumper Wriddhiman Saha, while Rohit Sharma looks set to be back to the playing XI.The bowling department will have the world class spin twins of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be playing his 50th Test. Besides that, if Kohli decides to go with five bowlers, there is no doubt he will go in with an extra spinner in chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.Kohli has enough options from his pace bowling department, which includes the likes of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with Hardik Pandya providing him the extra all-round option.On the other hand, the hosts are in a transitional phase after the retirements of stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.There has also been a change to their support staff after Graham Ford stepped down and was replaced by fielding coach Nic Pothas on an interim basis.For the Tests against India, the Sri Lankans have former cricketers Chaminda Vaas and Hashan Tillakaratne as bowling and batting coaches respectively.With Chandimal ruled out of the first game, the onus will be on the young guns to take up the challenge against a formidable Indian team.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.last_img read more

Sony WH-CH700N review: Great sound and battery life, average noise cancelling

first_imgSony WH-CH700N review: Great sound and battery life, average noise cancellingPriced at Rs 12,990, the WH-CH700N aims to bring a 1000XM3-like experience to a price point that’s friendly on your wallet.advertisement Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 10:09 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Sony WH-CH700N is available in India at a price of Rs 12,990The over-ear headset offers a rich sound quality and excellent battery lifeActive noise cancelling isn’t the best, but it does a decent jobThe Sony WH-1000XM3 (Review) are the best wireless headphones you can buy right now. But at Rs 29,990, the 1000XM3 aren’t well within reach for a lot of audiophiles out there. It would have been great if Sony could somehow bring the same design, comfort and quality as the 1000XM3 to a pair of headphones that’s more affordable. Well, Sony seems to have heard our prayers, which is why the company introduced the WH-CH700N noise cancelling headphones in India.Priced at Rs 12,990, the WH-CH700N aims to bring a 1000XM3-like experience to a price point that’s friendly on your wallet. The WH-CH700N brings a similar design language along with Active Noise Cancellation and excellent sound quality as the 1000XM3. Sony claims that it hasn’t made a lot of compromises with the WH-CH700N, and after trying these headphones for close to two weeks, I more or less agree with Sony here.Design and comfortThe WH-CH700N come close to mimicking the design language and ergonomics of the 1000XM3. It comes with a good amount of padding around the ear cups and headband, and the ear cups can tilt a good degree thanks to a hinge-like design. The lack of metal on the CH700N makes it look less premium, but that’s no different than the 1000XM3s. Even the Rs 30,000 headphones lacked that premium feel apart from the use of some copper accents here and there. The CH700N gets some metallic glitter finish on the back of the ear cups, but the overall look is fairly simple in black and will not turn any heads while you sport it in public.advertisementUnlike the 1000XM3, which offered touch-based gesture controls, the CH700N is more traditional. All the buttons worth using are on the bottom of either cups. The bottom of the right earcup offers volume controls and a toggle to control playback. On the bottom of the left ear cup, you have the power button, which requires you to long press to turn it on or off, a NC button that can be mapped to either turn on/ turn off noise cancelling or for Google Assistant, and a 3.5mm port to connect the headset to a device using a cable. There is a also microUSB port as well, rather than a Type-C port, which is kind of bummer in 2019. Lastly, the NFC sensor on the left earcup will let you connect to your Android device on a single tap. The headband can extend to a good length and there is metal inside, which helps make the extension and retraction feel firm. Thanks to a good amount of pleather around the ear pads and headband, the CH700N is comfortable to wear without becoming a strain. The ear cup is big enough to enclose your ears completely, making sure the sound feels immersive. However, the lack of any breathable room will warm up your ears after a while.The Sony WH-CH700N headphones are quite comfortable for purposes of traveling or for wearing them in the office. The lightweight design make them easy to keep on for a stretch, and the soft cushioning feels good against the ears, even while wearing glasses. That being said, Sony has not provided any carrying case for the headset, and the headphones don’t fold up as much as the 1000XM3, so traveling with the CH700N may not be the easiest.Sound quality and Noise cancellationThe CH700N houses 40mm dynamic drivers in each ear cup, which allows the headset to deliver a pretty balanced audio quality. The headphones offer a nimble bass that doesn’t overpower the mid-range. The bass hits that sweet spot between soft and punchy, which is how I like my headphones. But this also means the CH700N aren’t for bassheads looking for that extra bit of punch. The mids and high-end also compliment each other, and there is good separation among instruments and a decent soundstage on offer. I checked out songs from various genres and found the CH700N to suit mostly anything you throw at it. I started off with India 91 (Gully Boy) and Ta Dhom by Viveik Rajagopalan as these songs blend Hip-Hop with traditional Carnatic instruments, making for an excellent combination of sounds. These songs managed to keep the bass sounds prominent without sounding boomy and ruining the mids. The vocals are clear and the sound feels rich and immersive.I moved on to some Alternative tunes like Black Candle by Iron and Wine and Skyscrapers by OK Go. These songs offered a combination of gentle yet catchy bassline sounds along with some electric guitar and soft vocals, all of which work in tandem with each other and sound balanced. I also went back to Simulation Theory by Muse (a personal favorite), which is a techno-rock album that involves a number of instruments at play including drums, electric and bass guitars and synthesizers. It was here that I felt the soundstage could have been wider, but I’m satisfied with the stereo sound the headset offers at this price.advertisementNext up, I listened to Slow Burn and Oh, What a World by Country singer Kacey Musgraves where I found the acoustic guitaring to sound crystal clear, complimenting Kacey’s aching vocals. The high-end sound signature in this song is bright and lively, and there were times when Kacey’s voice felt sharp and sibilant, but it never got too much to handle. The good thing is you have the option to tweak the equaliser in the Sony Headphones app to make certain songs sound just the way you like it. Speaking of the Sony Headphones app, you can download it on iOS or Android. I found the iOS app to be pretty annoying as it kept asking me to connect to the headphones even while it was connected and I was listening to songs. The app itself is pretty basic, offering features like Equaliser, Noise Cancelling, and the ability to map the NC button on the headset to Noise Cancelling or Google Assistant. Sadly, there is no support for Siri at the moment.The Sony CH700N supports a number of codecs such as AAC, aptX and aptX HD, which is nice to see. I tested the headphones with the iPhone XR and the OnePlus 6T and pairiing worked seamlessly. I did not encounter any drops in connectivity or delay between audio and video while watching shows. The CH700N’s stereo sound is also excellent for playing PUBG. With the cable connected, the headphones can work even on zero battery. I checked out the same songs mentioned above over wired connectivity and found found the volume levels on the lower side.The WH-CH700N offers Active Noise Cancellation and it does a decent job at blocking out external sound while listening to music. However, the headphones don’t do a good job with isolation if you use them as ear muffs for sleeping during flights or in noisy environments. Even in an office space, you’ll be able to hear yourself typing on the keyboard or general chitter chatter that goes on around you. The WH-CH700N will not offer the same level of noise cancelling performance that the high-end WH-1000XM3 deliver, but I wouldn’t be too hard on them considering the pricing.BatteryThe Sony WH-CH700N does one better than the XM3s by offering up to 35 hours of battery life on a single charge. That’s what Sony claims, at least, and the headset comes very close to delivering on that promise. I typically use headphones for about 4-5 hours in a day, mostly while commuting and sometimes during work hours. With the WH-CH700N, I managed over a week of usage on a single charge and with sound level around 50 to 60 per cent. The battery life may vary depending on how loud you prefer them on default.advertisement It’s a good thing that the WH-CH700N comes with a long battery life, because charging the headphones is a whole different, rather annoying experience. The headset takes about 5-6 hours to charge up from zero to full over the microUSB port, which will require a lot of patience from your part. In my opinion, the only good time to charge the headset is overnight.Should you buy the Sony WH-CH700N?Sony has done a commendable job at creating the WH-CH700N as close to the more expensive WH-1000XM3 as possible without compromising on a lot of features simply to keep the price down. The WH-CH700N offers great comfort and an attractive sound quality that make it worth buying at Rs 12,990. What makes it a no-brainer is the added bonus that you also get a long-lasting battery life, so you won’t need to reach for the charger frequently.The sound delivered is balanced with just the right amount of bass so that it never overpowers the mids and vocals. These headphones work well with mostly all genres, but I enjoyed them the most while listening to Hip-Hop and Country. The only feature about the headset that will disappoint you is the noise cancelling, which is pretty average and doesn’t quite meet up to the 1000XM3. If you’re looking for good isolating headphones, then the CH700N isn’t the one for you. For everything else, the WH-CH700N is the only wireless pair of over-ear headphones worth buying in this price segment.Sony WH-CH700N review8/10ProsGreat sound qualitySuperb battery lifeComfortable, low-key designConsAverage noise cancellingSlow chargingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SonyFollow Sony WH-CH700NFollow HeadphonesFollow Noise Cancellinglast_img read more

Introducing the All-New 2020 Porsche 911, an Icon Redefined

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Few automobiles have the history and prestige Porsche’s 911 commands. After all, the German sports car has been in production since 1963, and over the course of nearly 60 years of production, though the shape has remained faithful to the original design, the Porsche 911 has been surgically altered throughout in order to deliver customers with an experience wholly unique and unquestionably linked to the original. Porsche’s all-new 911 doesn’t deviate, but like all new 911s, it raises the bar of what a sports car is capable of. Let’s dive in.Porsche’s all-new 911 doesn’t deviate, but like all new 911s, it raises the bar of what a sports car is capable of.Porsche hasn’t released all of the specs of the new 911 just yet, but it has teased us with a handful of images, power and torque information, and enough to have us chomping on the proverbial bit to get behind the redesigned steering wheel. According to Porsche, Stuttgart’s latest and greatest is an evolution of the last generation 911. Atop the rear axle sits the very familiar turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine. Power gets a bump from the previous model and now sits at 443 horsepower for the S models. Torque hasn’t yet been released, but it should be around 450-470 pound-foot if we had to hazard a guess. Inside the cabin is a new hybrid dash that includes both an analog tachometer and digital gauges. Gone, however, is the traditional elongated shifter for dual-clutch optioned cars. In its place is a much smaller lever that deletes the option to shift outside the paddle shifters located on the steering wheel. As for the rest of the design, the interior was done from a clean sheet, though it all feels very familiar if you’ve ever been in a 911. Exactly what 911 customers want and Porsche’s design team demand.center_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The exterior also feels very familiar, but also unique to the new car. Porsche’s designers gave the 992-internally-coded 911 a vibe that’s more reminiscent of the brand’s older generation 911s. The body lines are very early 993-generation 911. That said, Porsche stated that the new 911 was meant to carry a more aggressive and muscular stance, which it does with a wider track width, enhanced wheel arches, a slick new active rear-wing, and a handful of active channels and vents that funnel air through the car to provide cooling and downforce. Porsche also spared no expense when it comes to technology included either. The new 911 makes use of a suite of driver assistances, including thermal imaging, a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, a 10.9-inch infotainment display, Porsche Wet Mode for inclement weather, and adaptive cruise control. As for price, Porsche hasn’t disclosed the base price for the new 911, but for those that want the uprated Carrera S and 4S, prices start at $113,200 and $120,600 respectively. The new 911 can be ordered right now with deliveries to begin summer of 2019. And though we haven’t yet driven the new 911, we’re sure Porsche has once again kept its heritage close while also pushing the limits of what the legendary sports car is capable of. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierralast_img read more

School students visit Traffic Control Room learn nuances

first_imgKolkata: A group of students from Saint Xavier’s Collegiate School, along with few of their teachers, were shown the Traffic Control Room (TCR) at Lalbazar on Saturday and were sensitised about the traffic norms on Saturday.According to sources, on Saturday afternoon, 40 students and few teachers of Saint Xavier’s Collegiate School were taken to the TCR as part of their educational tour. During their visit, they were told about the functions of the Traffic Control Room. A police official was in-charge of briefing the students and teachers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing this, the students learnt about the use of modern technology involved in the management of traffic. They were briefed about how the equipment, such as speed laser gun, speed camera, breath analyzer and others, functioned. Also, they were shown how the traffic signals turned red to green and vice versa. They also interacted with Deputy Commissioner, Traffic, Pandey Santosh. During the interaction, several questions were put across to Santosh. A few of them were about driving licenses and traffic congestion in the city. “Few of the students asked how congestion occurs and how we manage to tackle the situation. They also asked about how a driving license can be obtained and other related questions. They were also shown how our Red Light Violation Detector (RLVD), speed camera and other equipment work. We also had a brief discussion with the teachers about traffic congestion during the rush hours,” said Santosh.last_img read more

Glenn Close Donates To Mental Health Association of Central Florida

first_imgGlenn Close has donated $75,000 to the Mental Health Association of Central Florida.The six-time Oscar winner made the donation on Thursday, prior to speaking at the organization’s fifth annual Legacy Of Champions luncheon.“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our guest speaker, Glenn Close,” said Candice Crawford, CEO of MHACF. “The community turned out to hear an actress and advocate for mental health at a very sensitive time for our city and she absolutely delivered.”The Mental Health Association of Central Florida provides mental health services, support and information to the members of the Central Florida community. Find out more here.last_img read more

Deer Lake evacuees reach Smith Falls

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore than 3,500 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of the northern Ontario forest fires. They’re going to communities across Ontario and Manitoba.APTN National News reporter Nigel Newlove joins evacuees from Deer Lake First Nation in the town of Smith Falls, Ontario, and he has this story.last_img

UN atomic agency reports no change at Japans stricken nuclear plant after

“NISA [Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency] confirms that no changes have been observed at the on-site radiation monitoring posts” at Fukushima Daiichi, the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in an update following today’s quake.“The injection of [cooling] water into the reactor pressure vessels of Units 1, 2 and 3 was not interrupted,” the agency added.The epicentre of the earthquake was 20 kilometres from the Onagawa nuclear power plant and about 120 kilometres from the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants, according to IAEA.Today’s temblor caused power loss on two of three lines supplying off-site power to the Onagawa nuclear power site. “Cooling of the spent fuel pool was temporarily lost, but has subsequently been restored,” the agency reported, adding that no change was observed in the readings from the on-site radiation monitoring post. The status of the plant is currently being checked.At the time of today’s earthquake, unit 1 and 2 at the Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido were in operation. The Hokkaido Electric Power Company reduced the generating power to 90 per cent of the generation capacity.IAEA also quoted NISA as confirming that the earthquake caused Rokkasho reprocessing plant and uranium enrichment facility to lose off-site power, but emergency power supply kicked in.The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains “very serious,” according to IAEA. The plant suffered major damage from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on 11 March and has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment ever since. 7 April 2011The United Nations atomic agency reported that the 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Japan today did not change the status of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but the temblor caused interruption of the power supply to a different nuclear plant and a uranium enrichment facility. read more

Constitutional Council to meet tonight on new CJ

The Constitutional Council is to meet tonight to discuss the appointment of a new Chief Justice (CJ).Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will chair the meeting of the Constitutional Council, the Speaker’s office said. The meeting is scheduled to take place at around 9 pm, the Speaker’s office added. (Colombo Gazette)

Asian shares rise on US plan to delay some China tariffs

TOKYO — Asian shares were higher Wednesday after the U.S. said it would hold off on tariffs on Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and several other items typically on holiday shopping lists.Japan’s Nikkei 225 added nearly 1.0% to finish at 20,655.13, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.4% to 6,595.90. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.7% to 1,939.25. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.5% to 25,402.40. The Shanghai Composite edged up 0.6% to 2,814.38.Also boosting investor sentiments were comments from China that the two sides held discussions on trade overnight and would talk again the next two weeks.The benchmark S&P 500 snapped a two-day losing streak and rose 42.57 points, or 1.5%, to 2,926.32. It had been up as much as 2.1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 372.54 points, or 1.4%, to 26,279.91. The average briefly climbed 519 points. The Nasdaq composite jumped 152.95 points, or 1.9%, to 8,016.36. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 16.30 points, or 1.1%, to 1,510.58.The markets have been in the spin cycle since President Donald Trump announced on Aug. 1 that he would impose 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports, which would be on top of 25% tariffs already in place on $250 billion of imports. The threat dashed hopes that a resolution may come soon in the trade war between the world’s two largest economies, and investors have grown increasingly concerned that it may drag on through the U.S. elections in 2020.On Tuesday, The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it would delay the tariffs on some products, including popular consumer goods, until Dec. 15. A few other products were removed altogether, including certain types of fish and baby seats.But some analysts were cautious.“Markets are responding with muted relief to the latest round in the trade saga but nothing has really changed,” said Robert Carnell, chief economist head of research, Asia-Pacific, at ING.Chinese factory output, retail spending and investment weakened in July, suggesting the world’s second-largest economy faces downward pressure on growth.Factory output rose 4.8% over a year earlier, a marked decline from June’s 6.3%. Retail sales growth slowed to 7.6% from the previous month’s 9.8%. Investment in real estate and other fixed assets also weakened.The data suggest “economic growth now faces renewed downward pressure,” Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics said in a report.He said Beijing’s decision to let its yuan weaken against the dollar “is unlikely to fully offset” the impact of U.S. tariff hikes and cooling global demand for Chinese exports.ENERGY:Benchmark U.S. crude fell 61 cents to $56.49 a barrel. It rose $2.17, or 4%, to $57.10 per barrel Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, fell 47 cents $60.83.CURRENCIES:The dollar rose to 106.38 Japanese yen from 105.16 yen. The euro weakened to $1.1170 from $1.1217.___AP Business Writer Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed to this report.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Government confirms PlugIn Car Grant criteria

In line with the Coalition Agreement, commitment to mandate a national recharging network, guidance has also been released by government to the 15 places interested in bidding for the second round of the Plugged-In-Places infrastructure programme. This sets out in more detail what is required from these projects to support government’s decision-making on a national recharging network.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Government today confirmed the eligibility criteria for its Plug-In Car Grant that, from January 2011, will offer motorists up to £5,000 towards the purchase of an electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuelled car. In order to be eligible, cars must meet appropriate safety standards and must have been crash tested to internationally recognised standards.  They must also meet minimum range, warranty and performance criteria.Government believes that this combined support will place the UK at the forefront of low carbon automotive development and provide a vital economic boost for the UK economy, giving UK automotive a key competitive advantage in this increasingly important global market.Transport secretary Philip Hammond said:”I am determined to make this government the greenest ever and transport will have a key role to play.  But this will not be achieved by forcing people off the road – it’s not the car that’s the problem, it’s the carbon.” The Plug-In Car Grant eligibility criteria:Vehicle Type: New cars only (‘M1’ category vehicles, this includes pre-registration conversions) ie excluding motorcycles, quadricycles and vans.Carbon Dioxide tailpipe emissions: Less than 75g/km.Range: EVs minimum 70 miles, PHEVs minimum electric range ten miles.Minimum top speed: 60 mph. Warranty: Three year or 60,000 miles vehicle warranty, plus a three year battery and electric drive train warranty with a consumer option for a two year battery warranty extension.Battery performance: Either a minimum five year warranty on the battery and electric drivetrain as standard OR additional evidence of battery performance to illustrate reasonable performance after three years of use.Electrical Safety: Vehicles must comply with UN-ECE Reg 100 (PHEVs will be required to show they have met the technical requirements of 01 series amendments to UN-ECE Reg 100); vehicle manufacturers will be required to identify risks associated with vehicle use and state mitigating actions.Vehicle crash safety: European Commission whole vehicle type approval (EC WVTA, not small series) OR evidence that the car demonstrates appropriate levels of safety as judged by international standards.Full details of these eligibility criteria will be published shortly at The level of the Plug-In Car Grant has been agreed until 31 March 2012 and will be reviewed in January 2012. After taking into consideration a number of key factors such as the costs of vehicles and the development of the early market, the level will then be set for subsequent years. £43m has been made available up to the end of March 2012. The final budget beyond 2011/12 will be confirmed at the spending review.Plugged-In-PlacesTo date £8.8m has been awarded to London, Milton Keynes and the North East through the Plugged-In Places Programme. Government plans to hold a second round of bidding in the autumn. The amount of funding available for the second round of Plugged-In Places will be determined as part of the spending review. read more

SHAMEFUL RN Lowen win after 84 seconds of doing nothing in the

← Previous Story Holger Glandorf to stay at SG Flensburg! Next Story → LATVIAN GIANT TO CHANGE: Dainis Kristopans to RK Vardar Skopje? Rajko Prodanovic Rhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen beat IFK Kristianstad in the Round 4 of the VELUX EHF Champions League. However, at the end, even the biggest Lowen’s fans couldn’t enjoy in victory after all what have been seen in the last 84 seconds of the clash with Swedish team.Exactly 84 seconds lasted the last attack of the home team! The “Orange boys” netted for 30:29 at 58.35, when Montenegrian refferes Pavicevic and Raznatovic whistled for their goal.On 59:02, Rhein Neckar Lowen coach Nikolaj Jakobsen called for time-out, before 58 seconds in which “Lions” didn’t even shot in situation of player less on the court.Referees gave signal for a passive play only 14 seconds before the final whistle. Andy Schmid used “stupidity” of new rules and came twice in contact-foul with defensive players after only two passes of his line-player. Time is up…Attack could last 15-20 seconds more until 6 passes.Shameful for serious sport. read more

Scott Sinclair condemns racial abuse supports need to kick it out

first_imgCeltic winger Scott Sinclair believes racism is becoming acute in football and should be exposed and kicked out and never to be ignored.Earlier this month, Sinclair was subject of racial abuse but was defended by his club’s coach Brendan Rodgers and thanked the winger for handling the case maturely.Sinclair condemned football racism and adds that football should adopt a zero-tolerance approach to racial abuse.“It’s unacceptable, not just in football or sport but in society generally,” said the 29-year-old via Scotsman.“I think it needs to be kicked out. It needs to stop and to be shown that it’s unacceptable to use racial slurs or to abuse the ethnicity of players.“The cup final incident was on social media. I was flicking through some things and came across it.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“It’s one of those things that just shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2018.”“This is what I don’t understand,” he added“When I tweeted I called them uneducated and that’s what they are. They are uneducated in this area; they have black players in their team so it’s very confusing.“Why would someone use that sort of slur towards black players? It’s embarrassing. It’s not acceptable for anyone in society to even think they can use that sort of language, whether they are at a football game or in the street. But it’s always around and it’s such a shame to keep hearing the racial slurs.“I think there’s more of a spotlight on racial abuse now, especially with [Manchester City’s] Raheem Sterling experiencing it down south and speaking out,” he said.last_img read more

Historic legal wins pave way for billions in healthcare reimbursements

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami-based company may have paved the way for billions of dollars in healthcare reimbursements across the country.A court granted MSP Recovery class-certification status under the Medicare Secondary Payer Law. This marks the second such certification for the nation’s leading healthcare recovery company.The class certifications make them the only company in the U.S. to achieve certification of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of medicare advantage organizations under the federal law.This paves the way for MSP to recover billions of dollars in reimbursements from payers, like automobile insurers who had primary responsibility to pay medical claims.“We were able to do something that no one has been able to do before, and in the process of doing that, we realized this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said MSP Recovery founder John H. Ruiz. “There’s so much more to be able to discover and then ultimately recover as it pertains to these improper payments.”MSP Recovery Law Firm attorney Frank Quesada said the impact of this win will affect many people. “The impact of this win is one that is going to affect every single one of us because the health plans are going to be able to finally recover those billions of dollars that they didn’t realize they were paying out improperly,” he said. “So, what that means for you and me is that there is going to be more money to provide for medical care.”These landmark legal wins are expected to recover double-damage reimbursements for the nation’s health insurance plans, which help replenish medicare and social security for all Americans. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Heavy rains hit paddy crop in East Godavari

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Traffic on the roads came to a halt due to wide spread rains across the district from Friday morning and paddy fields in thousands of acres inundated completely affecting the transplantation of saplings particularly in Konaseema area. The farmers are in the grip of fear that the paddy crop may be damaged if the rain continues for two more days. They said that the present rainfall is sufficient to continue the cultivation works. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Because of the heavy rain, low-lying areas in Konaseema area were submerged and the rainwater was stagnated in coconut plantations and other orchards. Meanwhile, many educational institutions declared holiday for classes on Saturday and small shop vendors faced problems due to rain by losing their livelihood. In agency area, streams are overflowing with the rainwater and in some areas, many trees uprooted due to strong gales. The buses proceeding towards Bhadrachalam through agency area are delayed due to heavy rains. On Saturday, the district reported average rainfall of 26.7 mm and the highest rainfall of 105.3 mm recorded in Chintoor mandal.last_img read more

Helicopter crashlands on New York skyscraper near Trump Tower pilot killed

first_imgManhattan helicopter crashtwitterOne person was killed after a helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a skyscraper in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday. The incident took place atop the 54-storeyed AXA Equitable Center. According to reports, an Agusta A109E copter crash-landed on the fog-cloaked roof after it took off from the 34th Street heliport around 1.32 pm.New York Police Department (NYPD) identified the victim as Tim McCormack of Clinton Corners in New York. The Agusta A109E chopper was owned by American Continental Properties.The preliminary investigation states that McCormack was the only person aboard the helicopter when it rammed into the building, said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.787 7th ave, #midtown NYC. We’re 1 block south. 20 mins ago there was a loud sound like a too-low #helicopter & I looked up and saw sheet of flame on roof and then smoke. News reports saying helicopter/small plane crash onto roof which would be consistent with what I heard/saw.— Lance Koonce (@LHKoonce) June 10, 2019The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said that no injuries were reported, either to people in the building or on the ground. He also said that the authorities do not have any indication of a connection to terrorism. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be in charge of the probe and will determine the cause of the crash.According to CNN, based on interviews the NYPD conducted at the 34th Street heliport on Manhattan’s east side, the pilot was waiting out the weather but for some reason decided it was okay to go. It was raining for several hours in New York but it is not clear if the crash was weather-related. US President Donald Trump tweeted that he was alerted about the incident and that he was monitoring the situation. The President’s 58-floor skyscraper Trump Tower is also located in the same area in midtown Manhattan.last_img read more

Left parties enforce halfday hartal protesting gas price hike

first_imgLeaders and activists of left parties block road in Paltan, Dhaka in protest of gas price hike in the country. Photo: UNBA number of left-leaning political parties are observing a half-day hartal to protest against the recent hike in prices of gas for retail consumers, reports news agency UNB.Supporters of the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) brought out processions in the city’s Paltan and Mirpur areas on Sunday morning.The LDA announced the shutdown programme on 1 July, a day after the prices were raised.Its protest programme was endorsed by political parties such as the BNP, Ganoforum and ASM Abdur Rab-led Jatiya Samjtantrik Dal.The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports expressed solidarity with the demonstration against the hike in gas prices.On 30 June, the government raised the gas prices by 32.8 per cent on average for the retail consumers in the country with effect from 1 July.last_img read more

Scariest Farmers Market Ever Opens on Glass Bridge in China

first_imgStay on target People Got High on Cannabis At Funerals 2,500 Years AgoDoctors Find Over 100 Undigested Bubble Tea Balls Inside Teen This takes the concept of open-air markets to the extreme: Workers selling vegetables set up shop on a glass suspension bridge in Shiniuzhai National Park, located in China’s Hunan Province, on Friday.The Haohan Qiao bridge, also called “Brave Men’s Bridge,” features a 984-foot span of glass walkway, nearly 600 feet above a sheer drop between two cliffs. The region is known for its towering geologic formations, said to be the inspiration for the scenery in James Cameron’s film Avatar.Visitors buy vegetables from a market set up on a glass suspension bridge in China’s Shiniuzhai National Geological Park on November 9, 2018. (Photo Credit: Yang Huafeng/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)The temporary market is part of an event to help farmers who live and work in the region.AdChoices广告Visitors walking the bridge, China’s first high-altitude glass-bottomed bridge, were able to take on the spectacular views and buy produce at the same time (if their legs stop trembling enough to shop, that is).The market is part of an event to help the farmers in the region. (Photo Credit: Yang Huafeng/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)The bridge was originally made of wood but converted to glass — thick panels said to be 25 times stronger than glass — in 2014.Haohan Qiao bridge was the world’s longest glass bridge until 2016, when China opened a 1,400 foot glass bridge in nearby Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge looms twice as high as Haohan Qiao bridge, and is the world’s longest and highest glass bridge.Haohan Qiao bridge boasts a 984-foot span of glass walkway, nearly 600 feet above a sheer drop between two cliffs. (Photo Credit: Yang Huafeng/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)More on Opens First 3D-Printed Bridge to CyclistsChina Opens First AI-Powered Park in BeijingRobots to Build Robots at Shanghai Factorylast_img read more