Legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party and Lok Insaaf Party on Tuesday protested outside the Punjab Assembly here, demanding the sacking seeking the removal of Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit, who is facing allegations of impropriety in the multi-crore sand mining auctions held recently by the State government.Legislators, led by the leader of the Opposition H.S. Phoolka, AAP president Bhagwant Mann and senior leader Sukhpal Khaira, were taken into preventive custody and later released by the Chandigarh police after they attempted to march towards the Chief Minister’s residence. “There is an emergency like situation in Punjab and even the Leader of Opposition and elected representatives are not allowed to meet the CM. We were arrested from Vidhan Sabha for raising the voice of the people of State,” Mr. Phoolka told reporters.Mr. Phoolka said that there are clear evidence that Mr. Rana Gurjit was involved in the sand mining but Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh is shying away from taking action against him. “We will continue our fight for resignation of Mr. Rana Gurjit to ensure independent inquiry in the matter,” he said. Mr. Sukhpal Khaira said that the judicial commission of (Retd) Justice Narang appointed in the case is of no use as because there is a counsel-client arrangement between the families of Justice J.S. Narang and Mr. Rana Gurjeet.“I urge Justice J.S. Narang to recuse rescue from this judicial inquiry and request the Chief Minister to reallocate this judicialthe inquiry to a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and dismiss Mr. Rana Gurjeet from his post immediately,” he said in a statement.
Ahead of the proposed nationwide bandh on September 6, called by some organisations protesting against the SC/ST Amendment Bill passed in Parliament last month, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in five districts of Madhya Pradesh.“Around 30-35 organisations have come together and given a bandh call on social media. As a precautionary measure, Section 144 has been imposed in Gwalior (city), Bhind, Shivpuri, Guna and Ashok Nagar districts,” Inspector General (law and order) Makrand Deoskar told media persons here on Tuesday. Section 144 prohibits assembly of more than four persons in a public place.Large-scale violence The five districts had witnessed large-scale violence on April 2 this year during the ‘Bharat bandh’ called by Dalit groups against a Supreme Court order allegedly diluting the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Eight people, six Dalits and two members of upper castes, were killed in the violent clashes between the two communities in more than a dozen districts in the State. Fearing more violence during the ‘Bharat bandh’ on September 6, several Ministers of the Madhya Pradesh government have cancelled their public functions. Among the BJP leaders who have dropped their meeting plans are Minister of Sports Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister for Renewable Energy Narayan Singh Kushwaha, Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Department Lalita Yadav and BJP MLA Gwalior (rural) Bharat Singh Kushwaha.In the last few days, members of upper castes and OBCs have sharpened their attack on public representatives in M.P. Two Union Ministers Thawar Chand Gehlot and M.J. Akbar , Rajya Sabha MP and BJP national vice-president Prabhat Jha, BJP MPs Bhagirath Prasad, Rakesh Singh, and two Congress MPs Kamal Nath and Jyotriaditya Scindia have been targeted by angry protesters.On Tuesday, several organisations, including Karni Sena, Parashuram Sena, Jaat Mahasabha, Pal Sabha, Prajapati Samaj, Vaish Samaj, Kshtriya Mahasabha, Yadav Mahasabha, Gurjar Mahasabha and Samanya Pichhra Varg Alpsankhyak Kalyan Samaj, held a mega show of strength in Phool Bagh in Gwalior district.Brahma Samagam Sawarna Jankalyan Sangathan’s national president Dharmendra Sharma said that about 150 organisations of upper castes and OBCs would participate in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ against the amendments in SC/ST Act.“We will protest peacefully on September 6. Through this protest, we will demand withdrawal of this black law. All the sections except SC/ST are affected due to this amendment. We will also write letters to all MPs of the country,” Mr. Sharma said.Former Union Minister and senior BJP OBC leader Prahlad Patel expressed his displeasure over the protests.“The role of people from the OBC community has become all the more important in this scenario. For centuries, the OBCs have been acted as a bridge between upper castes and scheduled castes and they will continue to play this role actively in future,” he said. (With PTI inputs)
View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Hwang Minkyoung gave the Koreans the third-place finish when her final attack bounced off two Chinese defenders.Captain Kim Yeon-koung said she felt bad they didn’t get a chance to challenge for the gold, but the bronze is a good enough consolation prize for them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“After yesterday we were really upset because we wanted to go to the finals,” said Kim, who finished with eight points as she sat out most of the third set. “Anyway we finished third so I’m happy for the girls.”Kim Heejin led Korea with 16 points while Park Jeongah added 13. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jin Ye had 10 points to lead China. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea avenged its failed bid for a championship and dismantled China 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, to earn the bronze medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Koreans lost their chance for the gold when Thailand swept them in the semifinals, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Cam favorite Vicencio helps lift PH archers
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Errol Spence Jr: I’ll fight Manny Pacquiao anywhere, even PH Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes This win, though, didn’t come easy for the Lady Maroons who had to withhold a desperate FEU rally in the final moments of the match with the Lady Tamaraws pouring everything they can to cut UP’s lead.UP held a 24-16 lead needing just one more point to finish the Lady Tamaraws off but a FEU put on a spirited effort to get to as close as four points, 24-20, after back-to-back points by Celine Domingo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFortunately for the Lady Maroons Isa Molde was there to ultimately end things scoring off the Lady Tamaraws’ defense.“The name says ‘Fighting Maroons’ and we are fighting,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. “I want to assure you all that the players are really fighting hard because every team is fighting to win.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Life is a game of chance and we’re trying to push harder, if you’re fast we’re going to be faster. That’s the only way out.”Diana Carlos led the Fighting Maroons’ offense with 15 points while Justine Dorog and Molde added 12 and 11 points, respectively.FEU rookie Lycha Ebon led all scorers with 16 points with Domingo pitching in 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines ended a five-year curse after upending Far Eastern University for the first time in five years, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The last time the Lady Maroons won against the Lady Tamaraws was on Feb. 9, 2014 when Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, and Pia Gaiser were still on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants
Photo Attribution: USATSIWe all know turnovers are one of the biggest factors in how successful your team is on Saturdays but just how successful has it been within the Big 12?How about this:The last five seasons, the Big 12’s leader in turnover margin has won the conference. The leader in 2013? #OKState: http://t.co/a2CTd6zcIM— Dane Beavers (@DaneBeavers) November 11, 2013That’s right.2012 KSU — 1.54 (third in the nation)2011 OSU — 1.62 (first in the nation)2010 OU — 1.00 (sixth in the nation)2009 Texas — .64 (15th in the nation)2008 OU — 1.64 (first in the nation)So which team leads the Big 12 in turnover margin this season?Oklahoma State does at 1.45 — good for second in the nation (behind Houston’s ABSURD 2.08 mark). Baylor comes in second at a pretty good 0.82 a game.That bodes well for the Pokes come Saturday’s title-defining slate. And while a 1.45 turnover margin per game doesn’t sound like a lot, consider this:That’s actually 2.9 drives per game you’re altering. You get 1.45 drives a game that the other team would have had. And when your net points per drive is 1.35 like OSU’s is, that adds up to an extra four points a game.That could come in hand on Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
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Now it can’t even handle itself Share on WhatsApp Downie is talking after completing her first team “control comp” in the buildup to the worlds. To describe it as a dress rehearsal would significantly underplay the intensity with which Downie and her four teammates – her sister Becky Downie, Kelly Simm, Georgia Mae‑Fenton and Alice Kinsella – throw themselves at the apparatus. Downie completes the four disciplines she specialises in – beam, vault, uneven bars and floor – and while some take the breath away others, the beam in particular, contain moments of uncertainty.“Today I was up on all four pieces but that can change at any time,” Downie says. “My foot is very, very sensitive so my work has to be good and then stop. Floors, I can do two or three [repetitions]; beams, I can do six and maybe a couple of extras; vaults, it’s like get them done and get off.”The mutual support is very much apparent as the women go through their control comp, with each athlete geeing on the others. Camaraderie is one of the reasons the teams come together at Lilleshall before competition, and that is especially the case now with the group competing together for the first time.“In the gym it’s hard work and we all push each other just to get the work done and get out,” says Downie. “When we’re out of the gym we just try and get to know each other because we’re quite a new team. We normally watch movies together, cheesy films or romantic films, we like Pitch Perfect.”Sometimes the boys will attempt a takeover of the shared “athlete lounge”, putting paid to the film club with a PlayStation session. But generally, says Downie, any competition between the teams is saved for the event itself.“You always want to be the first ones up [in a competition]”, she says. “In 2015 at the world championships we got our team bronze first and they had to match it or do better. This time they’re going first, so if they got a medal it would be: ‘OK … extra pressure!” Downie is trying to keep the pressure off herself in Doha, grateful just to be back in her sport. “I think since I’ve been injured and come back [the enjoyment of it] has really hit me”, she says. “Because I was in [the sport], but then I was out of it and I was: ‘Get me back!’ I’m just really excited to be in front of a crowd again, getting that feeling of being lost in the moment and, when you finish, having that amazing feeling that you’ve done so well. Even today I had that buzz again.”She insists she is going out to Doha as part of a team, to help build up her confidence after the injury. At the same time Ellie Downie is an elite athlete who has been deprived of top-flight competition for nigh on a year. As she talks, she cannot help but outline circumstances in which she might end up competing for an individual prize.“I’m going out there to do a team job, get out there on the international stage”, she says. “But I know my routines are still potentially good enough for an all-around final, and it’s Georgia May, Kelly and me on all around as it stands. So if I had a mistake and they went clean they would probably make the final … but anything can happen on the day.” “It was a tricky time”, says Downie, now 19 and finally preparing to make her return on the international stage as part of the British team at this week’s world championships in Doha. “I was kind of hoping that I could do the Commonwealths and then rest it, but then I wasn’t selected. That obviously was a shock for me, I wasn’t expecting it. I was a bit down, so we thought we may as well get the foot better.”And so this spring she went under the knife again. “It wasn’t a massive operation, it wasn’t rehabbing another tendon or anything. But it was still the process of having another surgery, letting your scar heel, getting your foot moving again. My foot’s still like … I wake up every morning and put ice on it straight away. It’s high maintenance.” Share on Pinterest Read more Gymnastics The Observer features Topics Beau Dure Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share via Email The Lilleshall National Sports Centre is buried in Shropshire woodland. It has the flavour of a public school crossed with an army base and is operated by Serco. It is also home to British Gymnastics and, in one of the satellite buildings on the campus, where Ellie Downie has been going through boot camp.Last year, at the age of 17, Downie became the first British gymnast to claim an all-around title at a major tournament when she won gold at the European championships. Then, just as she was taking off, the Nottingham teenager was grounded. A persistent ankle injury, through which she had competed at the Europeans, required surgery. Then, after the operation, the foot did not get better. Downie went back to training but things felt the same, as if the surgery had not made a difference. Reuse this content
The government of Nova Scotia received something today, Sept. 20, no other province in Canada has achieved. The National Quality Institute presented Premier Rodney MacDonald with first-level certification from its Healthy Workplace Progressive Excellence Program for the Nova Scotia government’s commitment to providing a healthy workplace for its 10,000-plus employees. “Creating a healthy workplace is an important part of building a strong public service and a healthier Nova Scotia,” said the premier. “We hope to work with other employers and leaders in the province to positively affect the health of thousands of families and their communities.” The National Quality Institute is Canada’s leading authority on the development and sustainability of excellence through quality and healthy workplace environments. The provincial government has adopted the institute’s model for workplace health, which incorporates three elements: health and lifestyle practices, workplace culture and supportive environment, and physical environment and occupational health and safety. “Workplace health is about helping to meet the needs of employees in a way that they feel good about coming to work,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Human Resources, responsible for the Public Service Commission. “This achievement was made possible by the teamwork of many Nova Scotia government employees, led by the Public Service Commission’s Healthy Workplace co-ordination office.” The province’s application to the institute highlighted programs, including: the Corporate Human Resource Plan goals and activities a new corporate healthy workplace policy department-level healthy workplace committees participation in healthy workplace research project at Department of Justice support for employees (Employee Assistance Program) family caregiving courses a strong emphasis on diversity support for managers (Be the Manager You’d Love to Have series) awareness campaigns (Take Back the Lunch Break and Put Health on the Agenda) recognition policies and programs employee communication (@ the window newsletter) Healthy Eating Guide employee access to training programs and career development How’s Work Going? employee survey an occupational health and safety program a mental health in the workplace pilot project For information about the provincial government’s healthy-workplace programs, visit www.gov.ns.ca/psc/healthyworkplace . For information about the National Quality Institute and its healthy workplace certification program, visit www.nqi.ca/Certification/ .
Nova Scotians can take a break from the cold winter weather by visiting a new exhibit about life in the desert at the Museum of Natural History. The museum will host the newest Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo exhibit, Life Under Fire: Life in the Desert from Jan. 19 to April 14. “The Museum of Natural History is well known for giving Nova Scotians, young and old, a chance to learn about the natural habitats of wild fauna and flora in other parts of the world,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “This exciting exhibit offers Nova Scotians an opportunity to see live animals and their adaptations to conditions that are very different from what we are accustomed to seeing in the province.” Museum visitors can interact with a range of desert animals, including tortoises, chameleons, snakes, scorpions, budgies and more. “We are super excited to be opening Living Under Fire: Life in the Desert at the Museum of Natural History,” said Paul “Little Ray” Goulet of Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. “This is the most graphically stunning exhibit that we have with 11 live animal exhibits set into panels with incredible desert landscapes. As always, this exhibit will be interactive and educational. “Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn about life in the desert and interact with some wonderful creatures while learning about their survival strategies in some of the harshest conditions on earth.” Visitors can also attend live shows with staff from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and ask questions about the animals. The shows will begin at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, and 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The shows are included with museum admission. The Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer St. in Halifax. For more information, go to nature.museum.gov.ns.ca.
Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.The retail giant said Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies.The small packets, made by DisposeRx, contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles. When mixed with warm water, the powder turns the pills into a biodegradable gel that can be thrown in the trash.The move by Walmart is the latest precaution being taken to cut down on opioid abuse. Around 4 million Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The agency says these drugs are often obtained from friends and family who leave them in home medicine cabinets.Research has shown that surgery patients often end up with leftover opioid painkillers and store them improperly at home. Authorities say opioid painkillers should be kept in their original packaging and locked inside a cabinet out of the reach of children.DisposeRx says its disposal packets also work on other prescription drugs and for pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches.Walmart says its pharmacy customers can request a free packet at any time. The company also will offer a packet every six months to patients with a regular opioid prescription.Painkiller maker Mallinckrodt PLC has a similar program. It said last fall that it has donated about 1.5 million drug disposal pouches across the country and will increase that total to 2 million early this year.Some drugstores chains like CVS and Walgreens also collect unused medications at many of their stores. People can also take leftovers to hospital pharmacies or police stations.Unused prescriptions also can be thrown in the trash. But the U.S Food and Drug Administration recommends mixing them first with something unpalatable like Kitty Litter or used coffee grounds and then sealing the mixture in a plastic bag.___This story has been corrected to show that the information about the types of drugs on which the packets can be used came from DisposeRx, not Walmart.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.caor tweet reports using #BCStorm.More details on the alert are available here. See the full warning below.Issued at 2018-12-20 11:50 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will drop 10 to 15 cm of snowfall accumulation over Williston, Pine Pass, McGregor and the B.C Peace. Over the Peace lesser amounts will occur away from the Rockies.Snow will begin this morning and end late this evening or overnight tonight, as the low moves into Alberta.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass.The warning says our region could see anywhere from 10 to 15 cm. More snow will fall if you live closer to the Rocky Mountains.The snow is expected to start Thursday morning and end later in the same day.
31 January 2010The top United Nations political official is set to kick off a four-nation visit to East Asia in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General released today. The DPRK will be the first stop for Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe on the tour, which will also take him to China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK).Mr. Pascoe will visit the DPRK as a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General from 9 to 12 February, when he is expected to hold comprehensive talks on all issues of mutual interest and concern with senior national officials. He will also meet with the UN country team and members of the diplomatic corps, as well as visit several UN project sites. In September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Park Gil Yon at UN Headquarters in New York, where he discussed the country’s nuclear issue along with the humanitarian and human rights situation.
In a statement to the press, Council President Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia said Security Council members had noted that, as in previous offensives such as Caxito, UNITA personnel had “deliberately targeted civilians” during the 10 August attack on a train near the town of Maria Teresa. They urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to the large number of Angolans who are fleeing the violence. Reiterating their call on the rebel group to engage seriously in the search for peace, members of the Council pledged their ongoing support for all existing sanctions against UNITA, which is led by Jonas Savimbi, pending the faction’s full implementation of its Lusaka Protocol obligations.”Members of the Council remain committed to a peaceful solution to the Angolan conflict on the basis of the Lusaka Protocol and relevant Security Council resolutions and urge that concrete steps be taken to advance such a solution,” the statement said. The Council members also reiterated their support for the preparations under way for holding elections in 2002 in Angola and said that such actions by UNITA should not be allowed to stymie those efforts.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Short Boss’ arrested over murder of Timehri youthAugust 17, 2018In “Court”‘Short boss’ charged with murder of Kuru Kururu clerk while on remand for sameNovember 14, 2018In “Court”BETTER HOPE MURDERS: Mocha resident who allegedly provided guns arrestedJuly 12, 2019In “Crime” The Police are now hunting a murder suspect known as “Short Boss” who reportedly shot and killed a Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) man outside of a party being held in Sophia, Greater Georgetown on Thursday night.Dead: Ronsley ClarkeDead is 21-year-old Ronsley Clarke, a mason, of Timehri, EBD who was shot in front of his girlfriend at around 19:30h.INews understands that the victim and the suspect are known to each other and reportedly had a disagreement about a month ago while at a party.However, on Thursday night Clarke was in the company of his girlfriend Alesha Thomas at Sophia “C” Field main access road when the suspect was reportedly seen drawing a small silver pistol from his jacket.An alarm was raised but before anything could be done, he reportedly discharged three rounds in Clarke’s direction, two of which struck him, one to his right side rib and one to his right side upper back.The gunman then quickly made good his escape in an unknown direction.The Police were called to the scene and Clarke was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Two .32 spent shells were recovered from the scene of the shooting.Investigations are ongoing.
As reported in Nikkei Asian Review, Hitachi Construction Machinery has acquired two suppliers of parts and services for mining equipment with operations in the US and Australia, continuing its expansion into the support business amid sluggish demand in its mainstay machinery market.The Japanese company recently announced the purchase of all outstanding shares of H-E Parts International and H-E Parts Australian Holdings for $240 million from H-E Parts Investors. The acquisition, funded through cash on hand and loans, is Hitachi Construction’s second mining-related deal this year after a recent agreement to buy Australian manufacturer Bradken.The H-E Parts companies offer repair, maintenance and other aftermarket support for mining equipment such as dump trucks and hydraulic excavators. They operate mainly in the Americas and Australia, markets where Hitachi Construction, which is strongest in Asia and Africa, is racing to build a customer base.“Going forward, the resource sector will need to find ways to improve safety and productivity,” said Hitachi Construction President Yuichi Tsujimoto. The company plans to complete its acquisition of Bradken in February, broadening its lineup of parts such as teeth for excavator buckets.Hitachi Construction is also putting the “internet of things” to work to boost on-site productivity, using technology gained through its 2009 purchase of Canadian system developer Wenco International Mining Systems. With the H-E Parts deal, the Japanese company aims to increase points of contact with customers.
All the major consoles have motion controllers now, but all three companies (Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft) took different approaches to solve the same problem. The end results were the Wii Remote, the PS Move, and Kinect.It looks like the same might end up being true of biometric input for games. So far Nintendo is the only company to have gone public by showing off the Vitality Sensor ahead of a launch that now seems never destined to happen. Sony also has a biometric sensor in the works for its hardware, but it is taking the approach of enhancing gameplay in multiple ways rather than just offering to check your pulse.A patent has been discovered for a new Sony biometric control system that would monitor three aspects of a player’s state. These include:Skin moistureHeart rateMuscle movementBy combining those three measurements, and changes within each, Sony aims to use the results to affect gameplay somehow. Examples given are all based on a player’s level of stress and could see you health bar deplete quicker if you are more stressed, your weapons could be more difficult to aim, you get an adrenaline boost for your character, or the overall look of a game and the music being played changes to suit.In order to capture this biometric data Sony outlines plans to add the appropriate sensors to a DualShock controller, the PlayStation Move motion stick, and even a handheld device like the PS Vita.As with all patents, just because they have been filed doesn’t mean they will be used in real products. Also, with PS Vita out soon and no mention of biometric sensors being made, it looks like the first hardware to use biometric data has to be the PlayStation 4. That’s assuming Sony ever intend to implement them.Read more at Siliconera
Monday 25 Jun 2018, 5:12 PM By Michelle Hennessy TWO MINISTERS HAVE said they want to ensure greater enforcement of regulations around cycle lanes in Dublin City.At the weekend, Minister Charlie Flanagan, in response to an image of a car parked in a cycle lane on Camden Street, said it was “unacceptable”.Today he told reporters laws around the misuse of cycle lanes need to be enforced and he has spoken to garda management to ensure a better level of enforcement.He said he has been in contact with Minister for Transport Shane Ross and Minister for Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and that he intends to convene a meeting between these departments and other relevant stakeholders.“We have regulation – I believe that it’s light touch regulation – and that’s why I am in contact with my ministerial colleagues. I’m very keen to ensure Dublin City is a safe place for cyclists. Unfortunately, I cannot say that at the moment,” he said.Transport Minister Shane Ross also said he was worried about enforcement.“It is absolutely imperative that cyclists are put at the top of the list, the top queue in priority at the moment,” he said.“If people are blocking up cycleways, yes, they’re going to have to be pursued with a great deal more rigour.” 13,127 Views Image: Shutterstock Share322 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4090878 ‘I can’t say Dublin’s safe for cyclists’: Ministers want crackdown on drivers parking in cycle lanes Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said current regulation around cycle lanes was “light touch”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 118 Comments Image: Shutterstock Jun 25th 2018, 5:12 PM
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has been airlifted to the hospital after a boating accident in Monroe County, Wednesday.Officials responded to the scene, just north of Key Largo.A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck could be seen responding to the scene.It is unclear if there were any other people on the boat or if there were any other injuries.It is unknown what condition the person who was airlifted was in.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Indian detectives arrested a madrasa teacher on Saturday on charges of producing fake mark sheets and birth certificates and using them to apply for Indian passports and Aadhaar and PAN cards, reports Times of India.Faizul Iah (28), who is said to be a Bangladeshi from Dhanmondi in Dhaka, was arrested from Duttapukur in North 24 Parganas, the English-language Indian daily adds.”He will be in police remand for eight days. We have taken him for a raid at his residence in Duttapukur. Two Bangladeshi passports (with expired visa), two Indian school-leaving certificates and some documents have been recovered from him. He used his father-in-law and mother-in-law’s names in place of his parents’ to get an Indian certificate,” said Rajesh Kumar, ADG (CID).Faizul has reportedly been frequenting madrasas in Nadia, Murshidabad and Assam, where he taught religious verses. He also applied for a visa to the Middle East despite expiry of his Bangladeshi passport. “He has been trying to get an Indian passport for two months using fraudulent means. And that is when he came under CID’s lens,” said a senior officer.”He had visited at least four madrasas in Mumbai from where he brought back a few students to Duttapukur. We suspect he has links with another Bangladeshi national, who was picked up from Burdwan recently,” said an investigating officer.Besides the Foreigners Act, Faizul has been charged with forgery and criminal conspiracy. “His links with Bangladeshi terror modules are also being ascertained,” said a top CID official.”Issuing Aadhaar cards without a licence from the authority concerned is a serious offence. It is related to national security as people from subcontinental countries look similar to Indians and hunt for locations to obtain local identifications,” said a CID official.
A huge blast which struck near Damascus airport early on Thursday was caused by Israeli missiles hitting a “military position”, Syria’s state SANA news agency reported.”A military position southwest of Damascus International Airport was targeted at dawn today by an Israeli aggression using several missiles fired from occupied territory, sparking explosions in the area,” SANA said, citing a military source.In the terminology of the Syrian regime, occupied territory can refer to Israel inside its internationally recognised borders.
The Grand Theft Auto series of games have made both Rockstar and publisher Take-Two a lot of money. But before they became a huge console success story, the original game was developed at DMA Design where it nearly never got a release.Gary Penn, who worked on the original top-down 2D title while at DMA, has admitted in an interview with Gamasutra that the game was very close to being canceled. He said:[The original GTA] was a real mess for years, it never moved on, it never went anywhere. It never really felt like it was going anywhere. It was almost canned. The publisher, BMG Interactive, wanted to can it, as it didn’t seem to be going anywhere.There are probably two key things it fell down on. Two critical things. One of them is stability, which is a really boring one but it crashed all the fucking time. So even if you did get something in the game, you couldn’t really test it.Now the other thing that was a problem was the handling — the car handling was appalling … The core of playing was fundamentally broken. But just as bugs nearly killed the game, it was another that saved it. Apparently the Police AI messed up and became really aggressive trying to ram you off the road at one point. The team loved it, the aggressive cops stayed in the game which eventually got released, and the rest is history.If it had gone the other way, that would mean the more recent GTA III onwards games may never have been made, or at least not be the same games we all remember playing.What would gamers have spent millions on buying instead of GTA sequels I wonder?Read more at Gamasutra