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Sportscover Launches Sports and Leisure Travel Insurance

first_imgMr Chris Nash, CEO of Sportscover Australia, explained this was a natural progression for Sportscover. “Sportscover covers millions of people for their sports and leisure activities all over the world. Therefore, it’s a natural progression for us to provide cover for these people when they are travelling around the world for their sports and leisure activities,” he said. For more information please flick the following link http://www.sportscover.com/files/media-release/Sportscover-Travel-Product-MAR-2010.pdf or contact sports cover on 03 8562 9100.last_img read more

22 days agoBoly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktas

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Boly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktasby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was proud of his players after Wolves secured their first ever Europa League group stage win over Besiktas on Thursday.Most teams in the world struggle to deal with the ferocious atmosphere in Istanbul, but the Premier League outfit showed grit and determination to grab all three points. With the game destined for a draw, defender Willy Boly popped up in stoppage time to score the winner.Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “The performance wasn’t the best, we competed well but we were sloppy, we weren’t accurate when we should be and we’ve got to improve that. It’s a tough stadium and environment but we managed the game well and we kept pushing.”I was trying to find solutions with our substitutions, Adama [Traore] did well but we struggled with the final touch, that’s something we’ve got to improve.”We’ll keep on fighting, it’s a competitive group but we’ll just keep looking forward. We were in the Championship two years ago, we must be proud, the fans were superb tonight. We have to improve and keep believing in the things that we do.” last_img read more

Bill Simmons Tried To Troll Oregon, Failed Spectacularly

first_imgBill Simmons tries to troll Oregon with tweet.oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016@BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.last_img read more

Rep Maturen hosts family of fallen first responder for Sept 11 Memorial

first_img07Sep Rep. Maturen hosts family of fallen first responder for Sept. 11 Memorial Service Categories: Maturen News,News State Rep. David Maturen today took part in the annual House ceremony recognizing first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.Maturen, of Vicksburg, read the names of Wayne State University K9 Officer Collin Rose, who was shot and killed on Nov. 22, 2016, and Comstock Township Fire Chief Edward Switalski, who died in the line of duty on June 13 of this year. Maturen also invited relatives of the two men, who lived in the communities he represents, to attend the ceremony.“The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, demonstrated the heroic lengths first responders and members of the military went to attempting to save the lives of people in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,” Maturen said. “We conduct this ceremony at the Capitol every year so we can honor the heroes from our communities who put their lives on the line every day they go to work. It helps provide comfort to family members to know the sacrifice their spouse, children or parents made is not forgotten.”The House has conducted the ceremony since September 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. David Maturen, of Vicksburg, was joined today by Randy and Karen Rose, parents of fallen Wayne State University K9 Officer Collin Rose, and Collin Rose’s fiancé, Nikki Salgot, as his guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.last_img read more

Setanta Sports Eurasia has extended its deal to br

first_imgSetanta Sports Eurasia has extended its deal to broadcast football from Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 and secured rights to Scotland’s SPFL and Belgium’s Pro-League.The new three year deal, which was agreed with sports marketing agency MP & Silva, starts from the beginning of the 2015/2016 season and applies to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The agreement will see Setanta Sports broadcast its fourth consecutive season of Italian and French football, with the firm claiming that the addition of top tier Scottish and Belgian football is a “welcome supplement” to its stable of European football leagues.“We are delighted to continue our association with MP & Silva by signing an exclusive agreement to secure the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, SPFL and Pro-League in Eurasia,” said Setanta Sports CEO, Dwyer McCaughley.“We believe the continuation of Serie A and Ligue 1 plus the new acquisitions SPFL and Pro-League, coupled with our other premium content such as the FA Cup & Capital One Cup, Qualifiers for Euro 2016, NHL, Formula 1 and UFC, makes us the most compelling sporting channel in the region.”Setanta Sports Eurasia is a premium sports channel that began broadcasting in January 2012 and is operated in Eurasia by Setanta Sports affiliate, Eurasian Broadcasting Enterprise Limited.last_img read more

FurtherMore campaign aims to counter radio silence in metastatic breast cancer patients

first_img More moments More milestones More memories The resulting MBC Radio Silence report, initiated and funded by Eisai, highlights that many women with advanced breast cancer feel isolated, nervous and alone. In addition, there is a growing need for HCPs to manage both the physical and emotional aspects associated with the disease.The report outlines the following call-to-action points identified to improve the management and experience of people with MBC. There is a need to have:Improved public awareness of MBC as a distinct diseaseThere is a need for public education that living with MBC is very different from living with early-stage breast cancer, as it is a disease that can be controlled but currently cannot be cured – this will help prepare patients as well as educate family members, employers, policy makers and wider society as to the nature of the disease.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerMetastatic breast cancer patients feel isolated and need more support from HCPs, report revealsMore tailored support for the unique needs of people with MBCThere is a huge discrepancy between information and support currently delivered to women with early disease and those with MBC. Information needs to be streamlined and tailored to women who are facing a terminal diagnosis and there needs to be improved access to social support, to help them make informed decisions and make the most of the remaining time.Greater focus on providing routine access to multidisciplinary teams from the point of diagnosisIntegrated care needs to be delivered to MBC patients upon diagnosis using multidisciplinary teams. This should include a variety of specialists including psychologists, palliative care specialists and MBC specialist nurses, to ensure that oncologists have support in delivering tailored continuity of care through to end of life and the isolation experienced by patients is minimised.The FurtherMore campaign – countering radio silenceTo coincide with Eisai’s MBC Radio Silence report, a new campaign called FurtherMore has been launched by Eisai with advice from pan-European and national patient associations.The FurtherMore campaign showcases the lives of women with MBC across the world through real and personal experiences. Many of these women have found something unexpected from their diagnosis; something universal; a deeper sense of meaning in their lives and their hopes for living as long as possible. FurtherMore explores MBC through these unique and powerful stories, and celebrates what can be achieved when people with this diagnosis get the support they need to live their life to the full.Find out more about FurtherMore at www.furthermore.life.The FurtherMore campaign now calls on people with MBC and their families, to share their own unique and inspiring stories via social media with #FurtherMore and #MBC, and celebrate how they are living their lives with: An MBC patient survey was distributed via patient advocacy groups and through HealthUnlocked between 12–28 August 2018 and had 171 responses from four European countries (France, Italy, Spain, and UK) and Russia. A healthcare professional (HCP) survey was distributed via SERMO between 12–24 August 2018 and had 82 responses from four European countries (France, Italy, Spain and UK). Eisai received advice from the following patient advocates and HCPs to provide insights into the survey findings and agreed a call-to-action to address the unmet patient and HCP needs in MBC: Professor John Crown, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland • Dr Alexia Bertuzzi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Humanitas Research Hospital IRCCS, Milan, Italy Dr Ana Casas, President & Founder, Fundación Actitud frente al Cáncer, Spain; Medical Oncologist, Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Seville, Spain Elisabetta Veneziani Santonio, Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) Collaborator, AYA project, Cancer Center Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Milan, Italy Jean Robinson, advanced breast cancer patient, UK Andrea Cannon, Breast Care Nurse Consultant, Think Pink Foundation, Australia The hope is that, through these stories, we will raise awareness of MBC, and empower all people affected by the disease to go further in sharing information with their HCP about how they truly wish to live out the remainder of their lives.The FurtherMore campaign was initiated and funded by Eisai Europe Ltd. as a service to support people living with MBC. Eisai is dedicated to their corporate human health care (hhc) mission, which is giving first thought to patients and their families, and to increasing the benefits health care provides.Source: https://www.eisai.com/ Nov 22 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) survival time has doubled in the last few decades in some countries. However, the fight doesn’t stop there. People diagnosed with MBC, also known as advanced breast cancer, want to enjoy the extra moments and create more memories with the extra time they have.To understand challenges currently faced by people with MBC and the doctors that care for them, two surveys were funded and initiated by Eisai Europe Ltd.:last_img read more

Wave of worries takes shine off Paris Motor Show

first_img‘Frozen’Such marketing costs have also become harder to justify as carmakers invest billions in autonomous driving and electric motors, even as the outlook for sales darkens.Dudenhoffer is expecting global sales to fall 1.4 percent next year, with declines of 4 percent in the US and China.But the more immediate worry for European manufacturers is Brexit and the possibility of new duties between Britain and the continent.”Today we’re in a situation where everybody’s frozen, we’re all waiting to see what’s going to happen,” said Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.”I don’t think that there’s any carmaker who’s not prepared for the worst. We don’t like it but we’re prepared,” he added. © 2018 AFP From Brexit and transatlantic trade tensions to the challenges posed by China and electric vehicles, executives see plenty of reasons to worry.”Making forecasts is becoming more and more difficult,” BMW’s chief Harald Kruger told journalists. “Profitability is obviously under pressure.”It was enough to keep plenty of key players at home: Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Nissan, VW and Mazda were among the notable absences at this year’s show.Faced with the reluctance of some industry giants to spend millions of euros on marketing, organisers responded by cutting back the show’s length to 11 days from 16.And in a bid to attract crowds who can just as easily compare models on the internet, they set up test tracks where visitors can take electric scooters and bikes for a spin.The show also teamed up with CES Las Vegas, the huge consumer electronics fair, to host dozens of tech start-ups eager to turn cars into the internet-connected “mobility solutions” of tomorrow.But some analysts say such changes aren’t enough, citing a similar absence of major carmakers at the industry’s other top shows in Detroit, Geneva or Frankfurt in recent years.”The concept needs to be redone from scratch—up to now these shows were just for putting cars next to young girls,” said Ferdinand Dudenhoffer of Germany’s Centre for Automotive Research. Renault’s aiming the K-ZE at the Chinese market Cutting-edge concept cars and promises of self-driving “lounges” painted the picture of a bright future as the Paris Motor Show got under way Tuesday, but that’s not the message being sent by industry chiefs. BMW’s Kruger said Brexit’s effects were already being felt. “The market is shrinking, and we’re selling fewer cars,” he said, adding that he too was bracing for a “difficult situation”.Yet executives still hope a last-minute breakthrough will avoid a “hard Brexit”, similar to the deal reached over a revised Nafta following US President Donald Trump’s threat to scrap the trade pact.”Frankly, we’re very happy that we have an agreement. I can tell you that no agreement would have been much more devastating for the development of our operations in North America,” Ghosn said. Carmakers brace for shocks as electrified future looms Brexit is putting the brakes on the car industry’s outlook Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The stuff of dreams on display at the Paris show Citation: Wave of worries takes shine off Paris Motor Show (2018, October 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-paris-motor.html ‘Stress tests’The threats haven’t stopped carmakers from investing: BMW “will spend more money than ever, seven billion euros ($8.1 billion) on research and development this year,” mainly on electric and digital technologies, Kruger said.Both BMW and its German rival Daimler have trimmed profit forecasts for this year, not least because of charges associated with the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal.Strict EU limits on CO2 emissions from 2020 have contributed to plunging diesel sales, as has the prospect that many cities could start banning their use to combat smog.That has accelerated the shift to electric, along with the prospect of supplying the huge Chinese market, where officials are strongly encouraging the use of zero-emission vehicles.Renault announced this week a low-cost SUV, the K-ZE, specifically for the Chinese market.But in developed markets electric cars are still a loss-making proposition.”The amount of technology onboard is going to get bigger and bigger, and the costs higher and higher,” said PSA Group chief Carlos Tavares.He suggested that developing car-sharing systems could be a way of making them more accessible.For Maxime Lemerle, an auto specialist at the risk insurance group Euler Hermes, the wave of challenges has carmakers facing “stress tests” like those applied to banks after the 2008 financial crisis.”The question is whether they will be able to adapt to the deep changes in the automotive world,” he said.last_img read more

Nissan cuts forecast in first earnings since Ghosn arrest

first_img © 2019 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Nissan cuts forecast in first earnings since Ghosn arrest (2019, February 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-nissan-ghosn.html The firm blamed growing costs of raw materials and emerging economy foreign exchange declines for its bottom-line profit dropping by 45.2 percent to 316.7 billion yen ($2.9 billion).The disappointing nine-month performance and a change in accounting methods forced the manufacturer to downgrade its net profit forecast for the fiscal year to March to 410 billion yen, compared with 500 billion yen projected earlier.Annual sales are now seen at 11.6 trillion yen, down from an earlier estimate of 12 trillion yen.The results came as Nissan and its partners Renault and Mitsubishi Motors are seeking to turn the page on Ghosn’s arrest for financial misconduct, which has exposed a rift in the three-way tie-up.CEO Hiroto Saikawa vowed to “refine” the firm’s ties with Renault, whose new boss Jean-Dominique Senard is expected to take Ghosn’s position on the Nissan board.”This alliance is our very big strength and asset,” Saikawa told reporters after the earnings were announced.He said that the firms “respect each other’s independence” but strive for “win-win” results by maximising synergies.But Satoru Takada, an analyst at TIW, a Tokyo-based research and consulting firm, warned the alliance still has a bumpy road ahead.”Confusion surrounding Nissan’s management is expected to last a long time, as it’s not easy for the two companies to strike a deal on tough issues, including capital relations,” Takada told AFP.”It’s hard to find a manager like Ghosn who can take balanced actions,” he said. “We need to watch if the confusion will have a direct impact on its performance from now on,” he added.Brexit uncertaintyGhosn stands accused—among other things—of under-declaring some nine billion yen in salary between 2010 and 2018 and continues to languish in a Tokyo detention centre after being refused bail.Nissan said it was accounting for this under-reported salary—technically owed to Ghosn—although Saikawa said that “I personally don’t think that we will reach a conclusion to pay this money.”The Nissan results came at a tough time for Japanese carmarkers.Last week, domestic rival Toyota slashed its full-year net profit forecast after saying its nine-month figure had tumbled nearly 30 percent as it was hit by investment losses.Honda logged a net-profit fall of 34.5 percent for the nine months to December but revised up its full-year forecasts thanks to strong motorcycle sales.Toyota and Nissan have also seen their strategy affected by uncertainty over a possible British exit from the EU without a deal.Nissan has announced the cancellation of plans to build its X-Trail SUV at its plant in northeast England despite Brexit assurances from the government.Global vehicle sales for Nissan fell 2.1 percent to 4 million units for the nine-month period because of declines in North America and Europe.However, sales for the nine months came in at 8.6 trillion yen, up 0.6 percent on-year.center_img Nissan taps new Renault boss to replace Ghosn on board Crisis-hit Japanese automaker Nissan slashed its full-year forecast Tuesday as nine-month net profit dropped 45 percent in the first earnings report since the stunning arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has said he wants to turn over a new leaflast_img read more

Soon air pollution could be measured on every street corner

first_imgThe prototype consists of a sensor connected to a box which both shows the emissions levels in real time, and saves the results over time. Credit: Mia Halleröd Palmgren/Chalmers University of Technology This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The technology is already in use in western Sweden, and researchers and other interested parties hope that the sensor could soon be used in many broad contexts. A collaboration with the University of Sheffield is also underway.”Air pollution is a global health problem. To be able to contribute to increased knowledge and a better environment feels great. With the help of these small, portable sensors, it can become both simpler and cheaper to measure dangerous emissions extremely accurately,” says Chalmers researcher Irem Tanyeli, who has helped develop the small sensors, which measure nitrogen dioxide with great precision.For the hi-tech sensors to make the move from the lab out into the real world, Irem Tanyeli worked with the Gothenburg-based company Insplorion, co-founded by Chalmers researcher Christoph Langhammer in 2010. With help from financier Mistra Innovation, he has been involved with the company’s efforts at taking on the great environmental challenge of precisely mapping air pollution.”This is a great example of how a university and a company can collaborate. Both parties contribute with their expertise to create a new product, contributing to a more sustainable society,” says Christoph Langhammer, Professor at the Chalmers Department of Physics.Exhaust gases from road traffic are responsible for the majority of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the air. Breathing in nitrogen dioxide is harmful to our health, even at very low levels, and can damage our respiratory systems and lead to cardiac and vascular diseases. According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution is the single biggest environmental health risk worldwide.The new optical nano-sensor can detect low concentrations of nitrogen dioxide very precisely—down to the parts-per-billion level (ppb). The measuring technique is built upon an optical phenomenon which is called a plasmon. It arises when metal nanoparticles are illuminated and absorb light of certain wavelengths. Christoph Langhammer and his research group have been working in this area for over a decade, and now innovations are starting to see the light of day. World’s fastest hydrogen sensor could pave the way for clean hydrogen energy Citation: Soon, air pollution could be measured on every street corner (2019, June 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-air-pollution-street-corner.html “In the future, we hope that the technology also can be integrated into other urban infrastructure, like traffic lights or speed cameras, or for measuring air quality indoors,” says Irem Tanyeli.A sensor is also installed on the roof of Nordstan in Gothenburg, one of Scandinavia’s biggest shopping malls, and soon more will be placed along the route of Västlänken, a major railway tunnel construction project, also in Gothenburg.The technology has already raised interest from several organizations, including the Urban Flows Observatory, an air quality centre at the University of Sheffield. They will conduct field testing, comparing the nanosensors’ results with data from a number of British reference stations.”There is a lack of small functional nitrogen dioxide sensors on the market. We find this nanoplasmonic solution interesting, and look forward to the test results,” says Professor Martin Mayfield at Urban Flows Observatory, University of Sheffield.Other interested parties include Stenhøj Sverige, a company, which develops gas and smoke analyzers for automotive repair shops and vehicle inspection companies, as well as IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute. IVL works with applied research and development in close collaboration with industry and the public sphere to address environmental issues.The new sensor technology is not limited to measuring nitrogen dioxide but can also be adapted to other types of gases. There is therefore potential for further innovation.”Nitrogen dioxide is just one of the many substances which can be detected with the help of optical nanosensors. There are great opportunities for this type of technology,” says Christoph Langhammer. Air pollution is responsible for 550,000 premature deaths a year in Europe and 7 million worldwide, according to the WHO. Measuring it can be a challenge, however, as the equipment tends to be large and expensive. But soon, this may change, thanks to a small, optical nanosensor developed at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which can be mounted onto an ordinary streetlight. Provided by Chalmers University of Technology For the last two years, Irem Tanyeli has been working with optimizing the sensor material and conducting tests under differently simulated environmental conditions. The technology is now installed in a streetlight in Gothenburg, as part of a collaboration with lighting company Leading Light, to measure the quantity of nitrogen dioxide molecules in the urban environment. The new optical nano-sensor can detect low concentrations of nitrogen dioxide very precisely – down to the parts-per-billion level (ppb). The measuring technique is built upon an optical phenomenon which is called a plasmon. It arises when metal nanoparticles are illuminated and absorb light of certain wavelengths. Credit: Insplorion/Johan Bodell Explore furtherlast_img read more

Amelio acquires Tom Jerry Creche

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Amelio Early Education, a corporate daycare provider, and a subsidiary of Babilou Grouphas acquired Tom & Jerry Creche, a Bengaluru-based chain of B2B childcare centres.Amelio, founded in 2008 and headquartered in Chennai, operates across 15 centres, with 220 employees.The acquisition will help Amelio to increase its footprint in Bengaluru through strong corporate partnerships. Amelio has partnered with companies, including Accenture, Mahindra Lifespaces, HCL, Murugappa Group, and Ashok Leyland.Tom & Jerry Creche currently operates 7 centres for corporates such as Himalaya and Volvo.“I am very happy to join the Amelio family and the Babilou network. Our values and culture are aligned and together we believe that the Indian B2B childcare market holds a tremendous potential. I am excited about what we will create in the coming years,” said Seena Edvin, Founder, Tom & Jerry Creche.Speaking about the acquisition, Sridevi Raghavan, CEO, Amelio said, “We at Amelio are thrilled to have Seena and her team join our family of early childhood educators. Together, we will be able to deliver on our mission of providing high quality affordable childcare to children, thereby serving the needs of parents in the Indian market.” October 10, 2018 Children SHARE Published on COMMENTS children and parentinglast_img read more

Collective leadership need of the hour Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgAndhra Pradesh SHARE SHARE EMAIL January 24, 2019 SHARE COMMENT Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has stressed that “collective leadership” is the need of the hour for the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) of opposition parties, and said the name of the leader for the prime minister’s post would be declared after elections. Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, said that be it West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee or NCP chief Sharad Pawar, nobody is working single-handedly but functioning together. He came down heavily on his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao for skipping the Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) mega opposition rally in Kolkata on January 19, and described his absence from the event as “drama“. The absence of the BJD and Left parties at the Brigade Parade Ground national unity rally, which was participated by nearly two dozen opposition leaders, had also set tongues wagging. Naidu also made a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dubbed him as a “publicity-seeking PM, who only raises slogans and never performs”. EVMs“There is a need of a collective leadership. Politics is for serving people. It is through politics we will form the next government. Only post elections, we will announce the name of the leader,” Naidu told PTI in an exclusive interview here on January 19. On the issue of electronic voting machines (EVMs), he said they were susceptible to “manipulation” and called for restoring the ballot paper system. Naidu said the coalition of opposition parties would soon visit the Election Commission (EC) to press for their demand to do away with EVMs and return to paper ballot. “The ‘Mahagatbandhan’ allies are planning to begin a nationwide debate on reintroducing ballot paper system for Lok Sabha elections. EVMs are not used in any other democracy,” the TDP president said. The machines pose a big “risk” as the fate of the democracy lies in the hands of a computer programmer. “Using EVMs means you are risking democracy in the hands of one individual, who is a computer operator or a programmer. No developed or technology-driven country, including the US, Japan or Germany, has allowed EVMs. Anybody can manipulate these machines,” he said.Tall promises Naidu, who had pulled out of the NDA last year over denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, said the common people are “annoyed” over the performance of the present dispensation. “Modi’s slogans have to match his performance. That is missing. Common people have realised that he makes tall promises without delivering them. That is why they are annoyed. Because of him, the country is suffering. Today, democracy is under threat. This never happened in the past. “All these sop announcements will be more damaging. He (Modi) might announce more (sops) on January 26. These are all panic reactions which will not help now. You (Modi) should have done all that in the past four-and-half years,” he said. On BJP’s rule at the Centre during the present term, Naidu said, “We have lost five to six years and that agonises people. You cannot bring back time.” COMMENTScenter_img AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu RELATED politics Congress not main player in Opposition’s show of strength: Jaitley Published onlast_img read more

Singareni Collieries sets coal dispatch target of 68 MT during 201819

first_img COMMENT Coal India’s output up 6.6% so far this fiscal Representative image Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL coal March 04, 2019 SHARE The management of Singareni Collieries has set a target to transport 2.2 lakh tonnes of coal every day during March 2019 to meet the production and despatch of coal targets for the year The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), which has thus far achieved dispatch of 61.3 million tonnes during the year is working towards the annual target of dispatching 68 MT by the month end.During the 11 months period ended February 28, 2019 during the current financial year, the State-owned mining company achieved coal production of 58 MT, thereby registering a growth of 6 % as against 54.6 MT during the same period in the last financial year.N Sridhar, Chairman and Managing Director of SCCL, has said “during February the company achieved a record dispatch of 41 rakes on an average every day against the regular average of dispatching coal through 30 to 32 rakes per day. Dispatch of coal in 1,152 rakes during February was an all-time record till date. Dispatches of at least 68 million tonnes could be achieved during the year if the same tempo was maintained.”The management of Singareni Collieries has set a target to transport 2.2 lakh tonnes of coal every day during March 2019 to meet the production and despatch of coal targets for the year.The company registered coal dispatches of 61.3 MT tonnes till February-end this year, up 5% over 58.2 million tonne achieved during the same period last year. The dispatches, however, crossed the target of 60 MT fixed by the company till February-end.However, the company overburden removal was lower than the expected level in the open cast mines.The CMD expressed the need to meet the overall targets and wanted the management to prepare plans for timely dispatches of coal during the rainy season in the next financial year. PLF Both the coal fired thermal power generation units of 600 MW each at the Singareni power plant in the State have achieved 100.05% plant load factor (PLF) during February. For the second time the two units have achieved 100 per cent PLF during the current financial year, the first instance being in September last. RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more

Accommodation for employees not compulsory says HR Ministry

first_img Related News Nation 2d ago Compulsory housing is news to us, say employers KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed amendments to the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities (Amendment) Bill will not make it compulsory for all employers to provide housing and accommodation, said the Human Resources Ministry.However, the ministry said should employers choose to provide their workers with such benefits, then the Bill would provide the minimum standards for them to comply.”On the provision of centralised accommodation, this is among the accommodation options, other than any type of building for the purposes of human habitation available to the employers to accommodate their employees.”This law does not make it compulsory for the employers to accommodate their workers at any centralised accommodation,” it said in a statement yesterday. (July12). AdChoices广告It added that currently, provisions under the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act were only applicable to those working in the plantation and mining sectors.However, the new Bill aimed to expand the coverage of the current Act to all sectors, said the ministry.On Thursday, Human Resources Minister M.Kulasegaran had tabled the Bill for first reading, which proposed to include sectors such as construction, manufacturing, including hi-tech industries.The proposed Bill was in compliance with the international standards for developing countries on workers’ accommodation as well as the International Labour Organisation.On Thursday, Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan had said that during a discussion with the government, employers were made to understand that it was something to be done on a voluntary basis. Nation 11 Jul 2019 Bill tabled to compel industrial sector employers to provide employee accommodation Nation 2d ago Bill for workers housing tabled Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more