Discussed VRS with PMO on July 18 Garg

first_imgNew Delhi: Newly-appointed Power Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg on Friday asserted there is no connection between his transfer from the high profile Finance Ministry and decision to take voluntary retirement, saying he had already discussed the retirement matter with the PM Office on July 18. Garg, who was the senior-most officer in the Finance Ministry, was shifted to the Power Ministry on July 24 as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle by the government. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On July 25, Garg announced that he has applied for voluntary retirement from service, leading to speculation that he was miffed over his transfer from the Finance Ministry. “I joined today from the Ministry of Finance to Power. The proposal that I would take VRS, was discussed with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on July 18. Much before the transfer order. There is no connection with that (VRS),” Garg told reporters after taking the charge of the Power Ministry. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAsked about the reasons for putting in his papers ahead of his superannuation, he said, “I don’t think we should discuss those reasons. Let’s rest that matter as that was discussed and I conveyed my decision much before. So, this move has nothing to do with it.” About reconsidering his early quitting the job, he said, “I don’t think that question is again relevant.” When asked about lowering his stature by transferring to the Power Ministry, he said, “We should not discuss these issues. It is the government’s prerogative to decide..all positions of secretary are equal…”last_img read more

Dr Phil Helps Baby Paralyzed By Teen Drunk Driver

first_imgDr. Phil stunned his unsuspecting guests, Jacob Wallis and Lucy Verde, with a new car during yesterday’s Dr. Phil Show.The young couple appeared on the show through the efforts of the Passion 4 K.I.D.S. charity to share their heartbreaking story of how their 18-month-old son, Izaiah, was internally decapitated and permanently paralyzed by an illegal and uninsured teen driver who was both drunk and high when he lost control of his car, violently crashing into the baby who was on the sidewalk being wheeled in his stroller by his grandpa on the way to the park.After discussing their $1 million plus medical bills and daily struggles for Izaiah’s survival, Dr. Phil presented the couple with a brand new, top-of-the-line Acura Hybrid. In addition, he told how he was so saddened by this story that he was creating a page for Izaiah on the Dr. Phil Foundation website so that viewers around the world could contribute to help him at which point Dr. Phil kicked off the fundraising with a $10,000 contribution from the Dr. Phil Foundation.Passion 4 K.I.D.S. has been helping Izaiah’s family since the accident and reached out to the Dr. Phil Show in an effort to have the family share the consequences of drunk driving during this holiday season in particular. While on the show, Izaiah’s parents spoke to the teen who paralyzed their son for the first time ever. Izaiah has severe brain damage, is paralyzed from the chest down, is on a ventilator with a feeding tube, tracheotomy and ilieostomy.To learn more about Izaiah’s story, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Winter Storm warning remains in place more snow on the way

first_imgHighways are snow covered in areas with slippery sections. Please use caution throughout your travels today and drive to road conditions. Please check DriveBC.ca for current highway conditions.Much the same in the North Peace, with a travel advisory still in place for the Alaska Highway between Wonowon and Fort Nelson.There is also a report of a collision on Highway 2 at the B.C./Alberta border.  Flaggers are on scene directing traffic, but delays should be expected.This photo was sent to Energeticcity.ca of a truck on it’s side on Highway 2 at the B.C./Alberta border.For more on the condition of highways in the Peace, visit www.drivebc.caWarnings3:37 PM PDT Thursday 22 March 2018Winter storm warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverHazardous winter conditions are expected. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Peace remains under a winter storm warning.  Environment Canada says the Fort St. John Airport has received 14cm of snow since the storm started and the forecast says more is on the way.Anywhere from 20 to 30 cm of snow is expected by late Friday.  A low-pressure system will continue moving across the BC interior tonight, giving a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. Snow will continue tonight through Friday morning and ease in the afternoon. Additionally, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow tonight through Friday morning.According to Caribou Road Services, most of the highways in the South Peace are snow covered. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm are expected by late Friday.A low pressure system will continue moving across the BC interior tonight, giving a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. Snow will continue tonight through Friday morning and ease in the afternoon. Additionally, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow tonight through Friday morning.Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Hawaii protesters vow prolonged struggle against telescope

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — Protesters vowed to continue demonstrating against the construction of a giant telescope on top of a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred after they spent the day blocking the road to the project site.About a dozen elders, or kupuna, sat in chairs at the start of the road on Monday, committed to being arrested if need be. Another eight shackled themselves to each other over a grate in the road.They acted after state officials announced they would close the road to the summit of Mauna Kea so they could begin bringing equipment to the construction site in coming days.The confrontation was a dramatic start to what could be weeks or more of protests pitting scientific discovery against cultural preservation and indigenous rights.Authorities didn’t arrest anyone, saying their priority was installing concrete barriers along a nearby highway to create a buffer between speeding cars and the large numbers of people congregating in the area. No construction vehicles went up to the summit.Hundreds of protesters remained at the scene and many promised to continue their fight.“We understand that this going to be a prolonged struggle,” said Kaho’okahi Kanuha, one of the protest leaders. He said he was confident the telescope wouldn’t be built.Astronomers are hopeful the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope will help them study the earliest moments of the universe after the Big Bang as well as identify more planets outside our solar system.They favour Mauna Kea because the clear air and limited light pollution at its summit 13,796 feet (4,205 metres) above sea level makes it one of the world’s best locations for studying the skies. The peak is already home to about a dozen other telescopes.But some Native Hawaiians view the summit as sacred, and say the presence of yet another telescope will further damage it.Walter Ritte, a veteran Native Hawaiian activist, spent 11 hours lying on top of a grate in the road to prevent construction vehicles from going up the mountain.He said protesters’ arms were connected through a series of metal pipes under the grate. Authorities would have had to cut the pipes to remove them, he said.“It was so cold at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Ritte said. “It was a test of our fortitude. This mountain is like our last stand.”Telescope opponent Jennifer Leina’ala Sleightholm said she hoped peaceful protests would lead to an end of the project while acknowledging that was an unlikely scenario.“I think I know what will happen, but what I hope will happen is I hope that they would just turn around and save our kupuna,” she said, using the Hawaiian word for elders.Richard Ha, a Native Hawaiian farmer who supports the project, said he was encouraged that there seems to be some co-operation between protesters and law enforcement.He said he sympathized with the protesters, but was hopeful construction will begin.It can be hard for Native Hawaiians to support the telescope because they fear backlash for being perceived as opposing Hawaiian beliefs, he said.“It’s very difficult when you have family members on different sides,” he said.The project has been delayed by years of legal battles and demonstrations, drawing attention from the likes of “Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa, who has Native Hawaiian ancestry and has voiced opposition to the telescope.Scientists selected Mauna Kea in 2009 after a five-year, worldwide search for the ideal site.Protests disrupted a groundbreaking and Hawaiian blessing ceremony at the site in 2014. Attempts to begin construction in 2015 ended with arrests and crews pulling back.Hawaii’s Supreme Court last year ruled construction would be legal. The project has permits and the state has given the company behind the telescope a green light to resume building. The company is made up of a group of universities in California and Canada, with partners from China, India and Japan.The telescope’s primary mirror would measure 98 feet (30 metres) in diameter. It would be three times as wide as the world’s largest existing visible-light telescope, with nine times more area.Supporters say it will not only make important scientific discoveries but bring educational and economic opportunities to Hawaii.Gov. David Ige has said unarmed National Guard units would be used to transport personnel and supplies and enforce road closures but would not be used in law enforcement capacity during the protests.___Kelleher reported from Honolulu. Audrey McAvoy contributed to this report from Honolulu.Caleb Jones And Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Associated Press read more

UNHCR starts evacuation of Sierra Leonean refugees from Guineas southeast

The evacuation was scheduled to begin at the furthest tip of the Parrot’s Beak, in Kolomba, where up to 30,000 refugees are gathered, UNHCR said in a statement issued today in Geneva.The Parrot’s Beak, a stretch of Guinean territory that extends into Sierra Leone, has been largely cut off from humanitarian aid since last September because of fighting in the region. The relocation by UNHCR aims to move the refugees inland to safer and more accessible camps. In today’s first convoy, as many as 1,000 refugees are expected to be make the 8-hour 120-kilometre journey from Kolomba to a transit camp in Katkama, north of the town of Gueckedou. After two to three nights there, the refugees will be transferred further north to new sites in Dabola and Albadaria Prefectures, some 200 kilometres from the conflict-ridden border area. As of Tuesday evening, UNHCR staff in Kolomba had registered 600 refugees who had volunteered to relocate. Some refugees are, however, still reluctant to move, preferring to “wait a little longer” in hopes the security situation will improve so they can return home, the agency said. UNHCR has explained that it cannot provide regular assistance to the volatile border area and can only assure aid in the new sites. The agency expressed hope that the start of the relocation convoys today would help build the refugees’ confidence in relocation as the best immediate option. read more

UN electoral mission in Fiji reports no significant problems after weeklong vote

Deployed in support of Fiji’s historic decision to return to democratic processes, the mission, known by the acronym UNFEOM, witnessed the national general elections from 25 August to 1 September. The vote was conducted in a transparent manner, according to UNFEOM, which reported that the national electoral officials worked with dedication to conduct the vote under severe time and logistical constraints. The UN observers – from 18 countries and all five continents – were deployed throughout the Fiji Islands in 20 teams of two people each. UNFEOM teams visited approximately 95 per cent of the 818 polling stations that were opened throughout the week. Some stations were visited more than once. In the remote island groups, UN observers travelled day and night with Fiji’s electoral officials. Throughout the country, the teams observed the transport of the ballot boxes to district offices and police stations. The observers compiled data on the independence, impartiality and professionalism of the electoral authorities, on whether established voting procedures were being respected, on whether essential electoral material was available as needed, and information on the presence of polling agents. The mission also was in close contact with Fiji’s electoral authorities, voters, candidates, and political party representatives. UNFEOM is now consolidating its data in order to analyse trends at the national level. The information will be included in a forthcoming report to the General Assembly.Fiji’s Caretaker Government invited the UN to observe the voting process, the counting of the ballots and the immediate post-election environment following the announcement of the results. In response, the General Assembly created UNFEOM with the mandate to perform this three-fold task and report back to the international community later this year. As such, while the voting process has been concluded, UNFEOM is not yet at the halfway mark towards completing its work. read more

Liberia UN and partners voice concern at funding shortfall for peace process

Budget shortfalls threaten the reintegration of ex-combatants, the return of refugees and the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs), overall recovery efforts and the timetable for the registration of voters for October 2005 elections, Liberian, UN and West African officials declared after a joint session at UN Headquarters in New York. The first meeting of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), UN and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Coordination Mechanism, called on donors to contribute the necessary funds in a timely manner, noting that only $253 million of $520 million pledged by donors in February 2004 had so far been received. But the gathering also praised the great strides already made in such key areas as the deployment throughout the country of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which now has over 14,500 troops on the ground, as well as 1,090 civilian police officers; the demobilization of over 76,000 former fighters and the training of recruits for a new Liberian police service; efforts to extend State authority throughout the country and preparations for next year’s national elections. “Much of this progress was due to the partnership that has been developed between the NTGL, ECOWAS, UNMIL and all members of the United Nations family, as well as the support of donors and humanitarian organizations, and the determination of the Liberian people to put an end to violence and ensure that peace prevails in their country,” the participants said in a communiqué adopted on Monday. But they also expressed concern over the limited capacity of the NTGL to deliver basic services to the population, the continuing disputes over government posts, which have made it difficult for the Government to function effectively, and the continuing threats to the peace process from some members of former armed factions who are not fully committed to the peace agreement. The participants included UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, NTGL Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant and Ghanaian Foreign Minister Nana Akufo-Addo representing the Chairman of ECOWAS. In a related development the UN refugee agency yesterday began registering Liberian refugees in neighbouring Sierra Leone for a programme of assisted repatriation starting next month. Under the plan, some 100,000 Liberian refugees are expected to return home this year, either with Agency assistance or spontaneously. Another 154,000 could repatriate in 2005, followed by 65,000 in 2006. read more

Bulgarian musician Theodosii Spassov named UNESCO Artist for Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that Bulgarian musician Theodosii Spassov is being designated as an Artist for Peace in recognition of his talent and innovation, as well as his commitment to highlight music as a force to enhance dialogue among people, cultures and communities. Mr. Spassov is an internationally renowned composer and virtuoso player of the kaval, a traditional wooden flute, according to a news release issued by the Paris-based UNESCO. He broke new ground by composing music for the kaval that brings together jazz, folk and classical music. His compositions include symphonic works as well as film music and pieces for the kaval.He has performed with symphony orchestras and other musical ensembles in Bulgaria and around the world. He has released over 30 recordings, some of them solo performances. In announcing his designation, UNESCO noted his talent, “his innovation in creating a unique music style and his virtuoso performance, his commitment to raise public awareness about music as a force to enhance dialogue among people, cultures and communities, as well as his profound commitment to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”Mr. Spassov, who will be officially named at a ceremony tomorrow in Sofia, Bulgaria, joins a roster of internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. These include musicians Céline Dion and Gilberto Gil, Chinese actress Gong Li and fashion designer Bibi Russell. read more

Ernie Els pulling out all stops as International captain

MELBOURNE, Australia — As hard as he tried, Ernie Els couldn’t put the ball in the cup.The Big Easy wasn’t on a green at Royal Melbourne, though. This was on a plastic grass strip in the middle of Brighton Beach, famous for its iconic beach houses, on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.The cup was a giant plastic replica of the Presidents Cup trophy, and despite trying a dozen or more times with a wedge from about 20 metres, the closest the ball came Monday was to ricochet off part of the oversized trophy.Els is pulling out all the stops to make sure the International team, of which he is captain, hoists the real Presidents Cup next December when the tournament is held for the third time at Royal Melbourne. The International team had its only win over the United States in 1998 when it was first held at Royal Melbourne, but it has had a dry spell since — no wins and just a tie in South Africa in 2003.So Els came into Melbourne on the weekend to announce during the final round of the World Cup at Metropolitan Golf Club that Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy would be one of his captain’s assistants for the Dec. 9-15, 2019 tournament. And to meet with the head greenskeeper and officials at Royal Melbourne to get some insights on how he might, as captain of the host team, be able to help set up the course to suit his players.Tiger Woods, the U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup next year, will make a similar trip to Melbourne in early December to check out the golf course and make some promotional appearances.On Sunday night, Els was off to host a reception at the Royal Melbourne clubhouse to unveil a new logo for the International team.The logo attempts to give the team a more unified focus while also allowing members from different countries to have the flags of their home countries represented.“It’s a special group of guys from all over the world that make up the Presidents Cup International team,” Els said. “Being from across the globe, we don’t all play for the same flag. This special group of people needed something to identify with. To lift the spirit of the team, we felt like we needed a logo for ourselves.”By Monday afternoon, he was dressed more casually in slacks and a polo shirt for his beach outing and a catered barbecue featuring lamb chops and prawns. And, of course, in the Australian beach tradition, beers from an “esky,” or portable cooler, tucked in the stand.The front of one of the beach houses, many of which are worth a half-million dollars despite the fact they are no bigger than a garden shed, was repainted to feature a Presidents Cup trophy.Members of the public walking on the popular strip couldn’t believe it when they saw Els trying his hand at cricket and passing around an Australian Rules football. Autographs were signed and pleasantries exchanged.He even played Paper, Rock, Scissors with a wacky television crew from Perth, Western Australia, who later challenged him to another attempt at putting the ball in the plastic trophy. Except one of their guys threw the ball at the cup, which was now about 50 or 60 metres away, and Els hit a gap wedge.No luck for Els this time around either. In between clubs, again.___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDennis Passa, The Associated Press read more

Can James Hardens MVP Campaign Survive Chris Paul

If he keeps this up, Harden would become the first qualified1Minimum 25 percent of a team’s minutes played in a season, or about 1,000 minutes over an 82-game schedule. player since at least the 1976 ABA-NBA merger to use 35 percent or more of a team’s possessions while putting up an offensive rating of 120 or more. Depending on how you look at it, he would either be the most efficient high-usage player ever or shoulder the biggest responsibility of any high-efficiency player ever. Either way, it would make Harden the most valuable offensive weapon in the game.What’s unique about Harden is how his scoring and passing play off of each other, making it virtually impossible to shut off his firehose of production. He currently leads the league in both assist rate2The percentage of teammate buckets a player assists while on the court. and usage rate,3The percentage of team shot attempts plus turnovers a player records while in the game. an accomplishment that has been pulled off only one other time — by Russell Westbrook last season. And while Westbrook ranked 126th in true shooting percentage last year, Harden ranks 25th this season thanks to an eye-popping assortment of shot-making numbers: 51 percent on 2-pointers, 41 percent on threes and 86 percent from the line (where he still finagles himself 9.3 times per game, the most in the league). Among players in the 50-40-85 club for those percentages in a season, nobody has ever come close to doing it with a usage rate like Harden’s so far this year. Whenever Harden touches the ball, almost exclusively good things happen for Houston.Thanks in large part to Harden’s complete offensive clinic, the Rockets currently rank second only to the Golden State Warriors in points per 100 possessions. They’re shattering their own benchmark for the most made threes per game in NBA history (knocking down a stunning 16.1 a night while taking 53 percent of their field goal attempts from deep), and they also rank third in pick-and-roll efficiency,4Including both when the ball handler and the roll man finish the play. averaging 0.98 points per possession on the play, according to NBA.com.All the while, Houston is providing an interesting counterpoint to the Warriors in terms of offensive basketball philosophy. Golden State is a joy to watch because of its pure shooting talent, frequently knocking down looks that mortal players have no business making: The Warriors rank only ninth in Second Spectrum’s Quantified Shot Quality metric, which measures the expected value of a team’s shot selection based on league averages, but they lead the NBA in shooting efficiency anyway because nobody outperforms the expected value of their shots by more. The Rockets are the opposite. They make their shots at a slightly higher clip than average, but it’s nothing special; instead, they thrive on relentlessly creating prime scoring chances, leading the league in shot quality with the highest expected value (a 54.1 effective field goal percentage) of any season in Second Spectrum’s database.5Which goes back to the 2014 season. You can argue with the aesthetics of Harden and the Rockets’ methodical exploitation of basketball’s percentages, but it’s never worked to greater effect than in the early stages of this season.The only unresolved question about Harden and his hardware is whether Paul’s return will disrupt Harden’s early-season flow. Before the season, we noted that the NBA had never seen a pairing of two ball-dominant guards quite like Harden and Paul before, and that Houston’s success would largely hinge on how the two could co-exist and alter their games to complement each other. But with Paul missing 14 of Houston’s first 15 contests, the pairing hasn’t received a great deal of stress-testing yet — Harden has largely been able to play in the manner he’s been accustomed to over the past few years, when he seldom had to share playmaking responsibilities with anybody.The good news is that in the few games since Paul’s return, Harden has been as outstanding as ever. He’s averaging 34.4 points and 8.2 assists per game with a 68.7 true shooting percentage and an average Game Score of 28.6 — a better number than he was putting up while Paul was out of the lineup. The bad news is that the Rockets have barely scraped past the opposition (+2.4 points per 100 possessions) with their two stars on the court when compared with the +16.3 margin they have with one but not the other. And most concerning (but not surprising) for Harden’s MVP campaign, his stat-stuffing ways are indeed getting curtailed when he shares the court with Paul. According to NBA.com, Harden’s rates of assists, usage and even rebounds all take a hit with Paul in the game. Granted, his shooting efficiency is up with Paul, one of the great passers of his generation, but Harden’s overall production — as measured by the percentage of total “good things” (for both teams) he’s responsible for while in the game6NBA.com calls this statistic the Player Impact Estimate. — is down from 20.1 percent without Paul to 15.7 percent with him.7For context, the current league leader is Hassan Whiteside at 20.9 percent.To help avoid the redundancy in their stars’ skill sets, the Rockets are staggering Harden and CP3’s minutes some. (And Paul has been on a program of reduced minutes anyway, while working his way back into form.) The Rockets have most of the season ahead of them to figure out how the two players fit together, with the primary goal of finally getting over the hump in the Western Conference playoffs, not to maximize Harden’s stat lines. But as well as Harden has played early this season, this looks like his best shot yet at ending his string of MVP near-misses. He just needs to figure out how to play his hyper-efficient, do-everything game while simultaneously sharing the ball with another superstar — a task easier said than done.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Thanks to a combination of novelty and voter fatigue, it’s rare for an NBA player to remain MVP bridesmaid for too long. For every block of seasons where a Michael Jordan or LeBron James dominates the consensus at No. 1, a Charles Barkley or Derrick Rose will still manage to slip in and break up the monotony. That’s a big reason why, in all of NBA history, only three players have finished as MVP runners-up multiple times without ever actually taking home the award themselves.Two of those are retired Hall of Famers: Jerry West (who came in second an astonishing four times without winning) and George Gervin. The third, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, is still very much active. But the way he’s playing this season, he might not be MVP-less much longer. After finishing second in two of the previous three seasons, Harden has established himself as the early award favorite while leading the Rockets to the best record in the West and the league’s top per-possession point differential. At long last, it might be time for the greatest bearded MVP since Bill Walton — just so long as the recent return of domineering fellow guard Chris Paul doesn’t get in Harden’s way.By the numbers, Harden has never been better. He’s currently either first or second (behind LeBron James) in virtually every advanced value metric, including Value Over Replacement Player, Win Shares, Estimated Wins Added and ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus (RPM) wins above replacement. Harden has long been known for his ridiculous efficiency — he generates more points per possession than any other big-time scorer in the game today (including Steph Curry) — but he’s taken that approach to an entirely new level so far this year. He’s producing about 122 points for every 100 possessions he’s personally responsible for, a number usually reserved for three-point specialists, low-scoring big men and LeBron, but with the usage rate of a player who controls his team’s every offensive move. Once again, Harden is pushing the boundaries of just how many points one player can create for his team: read more

PressurePro TPMS integrated with Omnitracs mobile computing platforms

first_imgAdvantage PressurePro, the Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) technology provider, has announced the integration of its advanced TPMS solutions to Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platforms 110 and 200 (MCP110 and MCP200). The integration, which allows full monitoring and reporting of tyre performance information directly to the MCP110 and MCP200 in-cab display, allows for-hire and private fleets of all sizes to proactively monitor and maintain optimal tire health, “allowing significant additions to safety and savings.”“For many fleets today, in the absence of timely, critical data, monitoring and managing tyre conditions for safety can be a challenge,” said Vikas Jain, Vice President of Product Management and Software as a service at Omnitracs. “Omnitracs’ Tyre Pressure Monitoring application, in conjunction with PressurePro’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems, delivers on a very real need – to bring added tools and information to customers who are committed to preventative safety measures.”PressurePro states that the integrated solution “addresses critical tyre maintenance needs, helping fleets extend the life of their tyres, reduce expenses and prevent accidents caused by improper tyre care. It also provides both drivers and back-office staff with easy-to-use, graphical data on tyre conditions including real time pressure and temperature readings, under and over inflation alarms and high temperature alerts. This gives users the power to revolutionise their tyre management programs, reducing operational costs dramatically.”“Our advanced solutions, including our integrated options alongside Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platforms, not only provides customers with a comprehensive toolset of progressive monitoring options, it allows users to customize their TPMS solutions.” stated Jeromy Mogharbel, PressurePro’s Director of Technology. “Arming customers with the power to personalise where they view/receive readings and alerts, to customise their alert levels, to tailor their readings and alerts on their back-end management software – and more – these options allow users to take their maintenance programs to new heights, ultimately allowing greater savings and efficiencies than ever before.” Integration to Omnitracs’ MCP50 is targeted for early 2014.last_img read more

I want to bring joy and smiles to all the children of

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Extending the Christmas spirit into the New Year, Greek Australian businesswoman Esther Krinis will be bringing all children’s little heroes to life for a one-off fundraising event for the Little Heroes Foundation, which works to support children living with cancer and serious illnesses. This year’s fundraising event Carnival Spectacular will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Riverbanks Function Centre. “I grew up in a Greek family home at a time when our parents didn’t have the means to make children’s festivities and birthdays as special as they are today,” explains Ms Krinis, who six years ago decided to create her own children’s entertainment business. It all started with the arrival of Esther’s little girl, Jiorgina. “My daughter and my family is what I value the most in life. When it was time to celebrate Jiorgina’s birthday, like all new mums I wanted to make the day really special for her, and that’s when I decided to bring her favourite heroes to life,” says Esther. Witnessing the excitement on all the children’s faces made Esther consider creating her own business from scratch. That’s how the children’s entertainment company Adorable Dora & Friends started; it has now almost become an institution for children and their families in South Australia.The business offers a diverse range of entertainment for children of all ages, from mascot costumes to face painting, balloon twisting, mini discos − the list is never ending. “The truth is we have come a long way in six years, and people’s response has been beyond expectation. If there is one thing I love, it’s the times I see parents getting carried away and participating in all the fun, forgetting their problems for a while and creating beautiful memories with their children,” Krinis admits. Although the main clientele initially was predominantly non-Greeks, Esther says that since the company participated in the European festivals − mainly the Greek Glendi − she feels that has she managed to touch the hearts of the Greek population in South Australia. “The Greeks have been an amazing support to us ever since, and being Greek ourselves, we find this to be a real honour,” says the 35-year-old entrepreneur. Adorable Dora and Friends does a lot of charity work for charitable institutions such as the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Novita and The Epilepsy Association of SA & NT, to name just a few. This year the business decided to bring all the entertainment under one roof, allowing all the children to have fun with all different kinds of entertainment available to them.“Every year we organise a celebration to welcome in the New Year and we choose to support a children’s charity and give joy to the less fortunate children who don’t have the luxury to celebrate all year round,” explains Krinis, who will also be hosting a group of children from the charity Little Heroes Foundation on the day.“Irrespective of age or background, this year’s event is a great opportunity for all children to unite and have the time of their lives, while welcoming in the New Year with entertainment, yummy food, drinks and activities and support for these brave children who struggle with serious diseases,” says Ms Krinis. “The purpose of the Carnival Spectacular is to bring all communities together and offer joy and happy moments to the children, while supporting and offering moments of serenity and relaxation to those people who need it the most. “Therefore, put on your happy smiles and in a true festive spirit, come and celebrate with us on this very special day.” Tickets for the charity event Carnival Spectacular are sold through www.trybooking.com/242191last_img read more

Inslees early support of Kalama methanol plant has him in pickle

first_imgLONGVIEW — On a sunny day in August 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee stood in a grassy park next to the Port of Kalama and extolled a plan to build one of the world’s largest natural gas-to-methanol plants on the banks of the Columbia River.Inslee was flanked by a gathering of local politicians, government workers, and executives from Northwest Innovation Works, the Chinese-backed company behind the $1.8 billion project.“This partnership, I think, highlights China’s growing confidence in the people in the state of Washington,” he said. “I think this bodes well for Washington’s future.”The plant — which would use a new ultra-low emissions technology to make methanol for plastics manufacturing — “moves our clean energy future forward at a very rapid pace,” the governor said at the time.But since then, Northwest Innovation Works has abandoned a similar proposed plant in Tacoma and its project at Port Westward, Ore., is in limbo. And after the state shoreline hearings board yanked two key permits for the Kalama plant last fall, the Port of Kalama now is pursuing an additional environmental review for the project.last_img read more

US pulls out of Cold Warera nuclear treaty blaming Russia

first_imgWASHINGTON — The United States announced Friday that it was pulling out of a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of violating the Cold War-era pact with “impunity” by continuing to develop banned missiles.President Donald Trump said Russia has been secretly developing “a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.” He said the U.S. had adhered to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty since it was signed in 1987, but Russia has not.“We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other,” Trump said in a written statement.Some analysts worry the demise of the centerpiece of superpower arms control could fuel a new arms race. U.S. officials fear that China, which is not party to the treaty, is gaining a significant military advantage in Asia by deploying large numbers of missiles with ranges beyond the treaty’s limit.Trump said the U.S. will “suspend its obligations” under the treaty on Saturday, meaning it will be freed from its constraints that included the banning of testing and deployment of missiles. At the same time, the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the treaty, which will be effective in six months, he said.An American withdrawal had been expected for months after years of unresolved dispute over Russian compliance with the pact. It was the first arms control measure to ban an entire class of weapons: ground-launched cruise missiles with a range between 500 kilometers (310 miles) and 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles).last_img read more

Man Utd in a rush to complete Dalot deal

first_imgManchester United are reportedly in a race against time to secure the signing of Diogo Dalot from FC Porto before his release clause of €20m activates, reports ESPNThe 19-year-old has a release clause of €20m inserted in his current deal at Porto, that will be activated on June 1.Dalot has attracted interest from a number of top clubs around Europe, but United are determined to win the race and are prepared to pay a higher fee in order to sign the full-back before his release clause is activated tomorrow.Both Bayern Munich and Barcelona are believed to be among the clubs interested in signing Dalot this summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Since making his debut back in October, Dalot has been utilised by head coach Sérgio Conceição as a left-back for Porto and he played for the Primeira Liga champions in their goalless draw against Liverpool in the return leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League in March, which they lost 5-0 on aggregate.United boss Jose Mourinho is determined to sign the Portugal under-21 international this summer with Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind almost certain to leave Old Trafford.Mourinho is hoping to strengthen his defence in order to challenge Manchester City next season with Tottenham’s Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld having also been linked with a move to United.last_img read more

Crash temporarily blocks traffic on Highway 99

first_imgA two-car crash resulted in minor injuries and blocked northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Hazel Dell for about an hour Thursday morning.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 were called to a crash at the intersection of Highway 99 and Northeast Parkview Drive around 8 a.m.The crash occurred when a blue Honda Pilot attempting to make a left turn onto Parkview from Highway 99 collided with a red Dodge Neon that was traveling northbound, according to a Fire District 6 bulletin.Air bags in both cars were deployed, said Sgt. Scott Schanaker, spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The driver of the Dodge had a minor injury to her left ankle and was transported by American Medical Response ambulance to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, said Dawn Johnson, spokeswoman for Fire District 6.Names of the drivers were not released, and no citations were issued.last_img read more

Turmoil doesnt faze US markets — so far

first_imgNEW YORK — Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel’s war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom.It’s been a grim summer in much of the world. U.S. stocks sagged Friday on reports that Ukrainian troops attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border. But investors in the United States have been shrugging off most of the bad news — so far at least.A big reason is that five years after the Great Recession officially ended, the U.S. economy is showing a strength and durability that other major nations can only envy. Thanks in part to the Federal Reserve’s ultra-low interest rates, employers have ramped up hiring, factories have boosted production and businesses have been making money. All of this has cushioned the U.S. economy from the economic damage being suffered abroad. And investors have responded by keeping U.S. stocks near all-time highs.China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is struggling to contain the fallout from a runaway lending and investment boom that’s powered its growth since before the 2008 financial crisis. The economies of Japan and Germany, the world’s third- and fourth-largest, shrank in the spring. So did Italy’s.last_img read more

State assistance programs approved for Kenai Peninsula fire victims

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker has approved a number of state assistance programs to help victims of Kenai Peninsula wildfires.The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is opening a disaster assistance center in Sterling in July.Spokesperson Jeremy Zidek says people who suffered damages because of the fire can apply for the state’s individual assistance program. That’s broken into two parts: individual and family grants and temporary housing.“And the individual family grant program can help people with damages to their primary residence, their primary means of transportation, any essential personal property that was damaged by the fire, or if they have any medical expenses that were a direct result of the fire, those costs could be eligible for a grant,” Zidek said.The temporary housing program helps people who can’t return to their homes because they’ve been damaged past a livable condition.It can provide housing for up to 18 months for homeowners and up to 3 months for renters.“We try to find housing that is comparable and the cost is picked up by the individual assistance program,” Zidek said. “The idea is to get people back into their homes as soon as possible, or some type of housing, so they can start that recovery effort.”The center will be at Sterling Elementary School on July 7-8 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.Zidek recommends starting the application process beforehand online at ready.alaska.gov or by phone at 1-855-445-7131.“And then go to the Disaster Assistance Center with a description of damages and losses, photos are very helpful, homeownership documents, insurance information, personal identification, and some type of proof of occupancy,” Zidek said. “From there, a verifier may be able to go out with them at that time and take a look at the damages on their property, verify that, and then complete the application.”Anyone who is not able to come to the center while it’s open can still complete an application online or by phone.last_img read more

Doctors remove 526 teeth from seven year olds jaw in Chennai

first_imgChennai : A team of surgeons from Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai removed a mass containing 526 teeth from the right lower jaw of a seven-year-old boy. The mass had many teeth of varying sizes. It weighed nearly 200 grams. The doctors claim that this case is first of its kind in the world. Previously in 2014, at a government hospital in Mumbai, doctors extracted 232 teeth from the upper jaw of a 17-year-old boy.last_img