First impressions: Motorola’s new Moto G

first_imgBy all accounts Motorola’s Moto G, which was launched last year in November, was a success. It helped Motorola sell millions of Moto phones around the world. In India, the device proved incredibly popular as it offered consumers clean and usable Android experience at a price that was very reasonable.Now Motorola is back with the next version of the Moto G. Taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, Motorola is not adding anything to the name of the new phone. It is just called the Moto G. For retail purposes, Flipkart, which is the exclusive retailer for Moto devices, will call it ‘2nd generation’ Moto G but the name, at least on the product box, is just Moto G. But take the hint from Flipkart, we are also going to call the new phone Moto G (2nd gen).We will take a detailed look at the device in our review. But for now, we can tell you about our first impressions after we tried the device briefly at Motorola’s launch event in New Delhi.In terms of core hardware, the new Moto G is similar to the older one. But there are changes. The biggest change — literally — is the size. The Moto G (2nd gen) sports a bigger screen. It is a five inch-screen on the new devices compared to the 4.5-inch on the earlier Moto G. Thankfully, Motorola has increased the screen size in a way that doesn’t add much to the overall dimensions and weight of the device. It is still fits in a hand relatively well, mostly because of the curved back, and doesn’t feel unwieldy.advertisementBelow and on the top of the screen, there are speakers. We will check the sound quality of these speakers in our review.The screen still has 720P resolution but it seems to show punchier colours compared to the screen on the older Moto G. The viewing angles too seem somewhat better.Another big change between the older and newer Moto G is the camera. The older one shoots 5-megapixel images. The newer shoots 8-megapixel images. A few images that we clicked with the Moto G (2nd gen) hinted that the camera performance has improved. But we will like to use the device for a little bit longer before we can talk about its performance in definite terms.The build quality too seems to be better on the newer Moto phone. It feels sturdy and finishing looks good, better than what Desi manufacturers Micromax and Karbonn manage in their phones.The Moto G (2nd gen) is powered by the same processors that was used in its predecessor. While this looks like lack of progress, we did not see any performance related issues with the device during our time with it. The user interface (UI) was fast and fluid, the subtle UI animations were handled without any lag, scrolling was smooth and apps opened in a jiffy.The Moto G (2nd gen) runs Android 4.4 with the stock launcher and interface. Motorola calls it “pure android experience” because unlike other manufacturers it doesn’t modify the software interface in its phones.Overall, we can say that Moto G (2nd gen) looks like a decent upgrade to arguably the most popular Motorola smartphone. we would have liked to see a little bit more powerful hardware but Motorola, in a bid to keep the cost of the phone down, focused on two components that matter most — screen and camera.We will put the device through its paces in our review and test it against some other devices available in the market. Stay tuned for our review.last_img read more

Defiant Sepp Blatter regrets he did not reform FIFA

first_imgFormer FIFA president Sepp Blatter acknowledged on Friday that he failed to reform the scandal-ridden world soccer organisation but asserted he was not responsible for corruption in its regional organisations.Blatter spoke to more than 400 people at the University of Basel, where a student group has been preparing proposals on how FIFA should address the scandal.The disgraced FIFA head appeared at the event with Luis Moreno Ocampo, a former International Criminal Court prosecutor who accused the 80-year-old Swiss citizen of turning a blind eye to corruption within regional soccer organisations.Dozens of officials, including former members of FIFA’s executive committee, have been indicted in the United States and Blatter has been banned for six years by its ethics committee.”I regret I have not done enough to bring back FIFA on the right track,” Blatter told the meeting. But he insisted that while he led FIFA, the actions of leaders of regional soccer organisations did not fall under his purview.”Those things they did within their confederations,” he said. “I don’t have any power to intervene in their confederations.”Blatter was banned from soccer activities for ethics violations in December along with Michel Platini, a former French national player who rose to become head of the European football association UEFA.The pair were suspended in October pending an investigation into a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.07 million) payment to Platini that FIFA made to European boss Platini in 2011.Platini has said the payment was for work he did as a FIFA advisor between 1999 and 2002 and the nine-year delay in payment was due to FIFA’s financial situation.advertisementBlatter was unapologetic about the payment, saying it was an unwritten “gentleman’s agreement,” though he conceded the transaction should have been documented earlier.”This is a debt, and we paid the debt,” he said. “Perhaps it should have been indicated at the very beginning that we had something due to him. But this is an administrative and financial procedure and this had nothing to do with ethics.”Blatter appealed his six-year ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne in March, seeking to have the penalty revoked. Platini has also appealed to this court.Ocampo, now a Harvard University professor, said Blatter was supposed to be an example for world football. “The problem is his silence,” he said. “As president of FIFA, he had to be an example. Even if he was not involved, why was he silent?”The two-hour-long event was interrupted by protests including from people shouting “FIFA must go” and a banner reading “Slave Labor”, a reference to Qatar’s stadium building ahead of the 2022 World Cup that has been criticised by groups including Amnesty International for human rights abuses.They were removed by security.FIFA said last month it paid Blatter 3.63 million francs last year, publishing his salary for the first time under new governance regulations.FIFA also announced it lost $122 million in 2015, its first deficit since 2002, attributing that mainly to the costs of battling the worst graft scandal in its history.In February, FIFA elected Gianni Infantino, a former UEFA general secretary, to replace Blatter.He has vowed to lead FIFA reforms, but Swiss police raided UEFA headquarters this month to seize information about a contract disclosed in the Panama Papers that he signed. He has denied wrongdoing.last_img read more

Mother Dairy to pay Rs 2/L more to farmers; no hike in prices

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) Leading milk supplier Mother Dairy today said it will pay farmers Rs 2 more on every litre procured during this summer but ruled out any increase in retail prices for at least next two months.At the beginning of this month, Mother Dairy was procuring milk at an average Rs 37-37.50 per litre from farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.”I do not expect retail prices to go up in the next 60 days. But we will have to pay more to farmers during summer. There has been an impact on farmers due to drought in many parts of the country,” Mother Dairy Managing Director S Nagarajan told reporters here.He said the company will increase the milk procurement price for farmers by Rs 2 per kg to ensure that the availability of stock with the company does not get affected during summer.”In summer, temperature goes up and that affects supply. Moreover, there is marriage season. So, we will pay more to farmers to maintain our milk procurement,” Nagarajan said.Mother Dairy sells about 35 lakh litres per day, of which 30 lakh litres is in Delhi-NCR. It has about 800 milk booths and nearly 400 stores in the national capital region.Talking about partnering IPL cricket team Delhi Daredevils as its principal sponsor, Nagarajan said: “This is our first association with any sport in a major way. Mother Dairy is part of life in Delhi in last 45 years. To us, the association with Delhi Daredevils is important.”advertisementAlthough the contract is for IPL 2016, Nagarajan said: “I dont see as a one-year kind of venture. We need to understand what is sport sponsorship.”Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua said it was a natural fit to associate with Mother Dairy.Mother Dairy is also exploring to extend their association with cricket tournament organised by Delhi Daredevils in Delhi schools, both private and government-run.On the teams performance, Dua said: “We dont have any expectations. The team has to go and perform the best. I think, they have started on a good note. So we are happy about it. Its a young team. All, we have told them to go and express themselves freely on the ground. They are doing that and hopefully they will carry in that direction. We dont want to put any pressure or any expectation on the youngsters. They go and do what they are best at, results will follow.”Being the principal sponsor, Nagarajan said a lot of activites, includng contests for consumers and booth owners, are lined up during the ongoing IPL season. PTI MJH MKJlast_img read more


first_imgThe Americans close the tournament Saturday in the The Americans close the tournament Saturday in the third-place match at Glendale, Arizona. Klinsmann inserted midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Graham Zusi into his lineup along with forward Chris Wondolowski because of suspensions assessed to midfielders Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya, and forward Bobby Wood. In an effort to spark offense, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic entered at the start of the second half, and Steve Birnbaum came on in the 60th for Beckerman, allowing Geoff Cameron to move up to midfield, and Darlington Nagbe replaced Clint Dempsey in the 78th. Argentina went ahead when Lavezzi played a short corner kick to Ever Banega, who passed back to Lavezzi sprinting from the corner diagonally. Lavezzi beat Fabian Johnson to the ball and poked it to Messi about 25 yards out, in the center of the field. As the US defence started to come out, Messi one-timed a flick with his left foot over the back line to Lavezzi, who got to the ball ahead of Kyle Beckerman about 7 yards from the goal. He headed the ball over Guzan, who had started to come off his line. Messi doubled the lead after Beckerman slipped and Chris Wondolowski took down Messi, earning a yellow card. Klinsmann screamed at Paraguayan referee Eduardo Cardozo as Messi placed the ball about 26 yards out, a few yards closer to the goal than the foul. After the US set up its wall, Messi bent a beautiful curving drive that went just over Guzans outstretched left palm and into the upper corner. Messi moved one ahead Gabriel Batistutas career total, according to the Argentine Football Association. However, FIFA records Batistutas total as 56, including two goals in an exhibition against Slovakia in June 1995. Higuain scored when he burst past John Brooks for Lavezzis pass and one-timed a shot that Guzan stopped with a diving save, then poked the rebound into an open net. Messi nearly added a goal in the 83rd with a 20-yard shot that Guzan palmed to safety. Notes: The US dropped to 2-9-1 against top-ranked teams. … A bare-chested male fan ran onto the field as the second half was about to start, and he was tackled by security. AP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V first ride review

first_imgThe entry-level sports segment still sees the maximum competition among manufacturers. Here is a segment that mercilessly demands power, styling, premium features, top-notch handling and still be relatively fuel efficient. If any of these factors are compromised, the manufacturer will see the customer knock on the next door.For TVS, the current RTR 160, despite timely upgrades, was barely cutting it. The edgy design had been aging and the competition has been inching forward, trying to make mini-versions of their super-naked motorcycles.last_img

Live Streaming India vs England 5th Test Day 5: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?

first_imgWhat time is the Test match between England and India?Day 5 of the fifth Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.30pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The fifth Test between India and England will be played from September 7 to September 11.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The fifth Test between India and England will be played at The Oval, London.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at are the squads for England vs India Test match?India XI: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit BumrahEngland XI: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben StokesWeather forecast for today and tomorrowEngland capped off a brilliant day of Test cricket by reducing India to 58 for 3 at stumps on Day 4 of the fifth and final Test after setting a 464-run target for the visitors on Monday.advertisementDAY 4 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PICS | SCORECARDJames Anderson and Stuart Broad wrecked havoc in the first four overs as they removed Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in 3.2 overs to leave no chance of an Indian fightback before KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane ensured no more wickets fell in the final session.Anderson removed Dhawan and Pujara in the same over while Broad got rid of the Indian captain for a golden duck to leave India reeling at 2 for 3 at one stage.Kohli thus, finished the series with 593 runs in 10 innings and will remain the highest run-scorer from either side. It was also his third first-ball duck in Test cricket.Pujara’s wicket meanwhile, helped Anderson equal Glenn McGrath’s 563 Test wickets and is expected to break the record on Tuesday while Stuart Broad (1/17) with 433 wickets is just one short of Kapil Dev’s (434 wickets).Rahul and Rahane then started the rebuilding job and added 56 runs for the fourth wicket before the close of play. But with 406 runs required on the final day and just seven wickets in hand, an embarrassing 1-4 series defeat looks imminent for India as of now.last_img read more

We could have lost, tie not a bad result: MS Dhoni

first_imgMS Dhoni felt that the India vs Afghanistan Super Four match of Asia Cup 2018 ending in a tie was a good result as they could have very much ended up on the wrong side of the result. Mohammad Shahzad’s 116-ball 124 had helped Afghanistan set India a challenging 253-run target but KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu’s quick and solid start made sure that despite a stutter in the final, India were in for a victory, almost.Dhoni took over as the captain of the Indian cricket team after a gap of 696 days as Rohit Sharma was rested for the inconsequential match on Tuesday in Dubai. Captaining India for 200th ODI, he could not lead India to another victory, but oversaw a classic cricket match.Dhoni therefore became only the third cricketer captain in 200 ODIs. Ricky Ponting led Australia (ICC) in 230 ODIs from 2002-2012 while New Zeland’s Stephen Fleming led in 218 ODIs from 1997-2007. On his return as India captain, Dhoni lost the toss but the decision still went his way as Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan opted to bat.Asia Cup, India vs Afghanistan: Match tied after Rashid’s last over heroicsDhoni said that Afghanistan had posted a very good total on the wicket and he was actually happy with the result.”It’s good that it’s a tie, but they played really well. The Afghanistan guys played really well. 250 was a very good score on this wicket. We could have been on the losing side because of quite a few things that didn’t go for us, so I’m happy with the result,” Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony.advertisementAsia Cup 2018, India vs Afghanistan: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENEDDhoni was all praise for the cricket that Afghanistan played and admitted that they had also enjoyed Afghanistan’s cricket throughout the tournament.”Their (Afghanistan’s) cricket has improved a lot. The way they have continued from the start of the Asia cup, it is commendable and we have enjoyed their cricket. It is one country that has risen through the ranks very well,” Dhoni further said.MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationals”They played really well. They batted extremely well too. The wicket slowed down later, but they bowled extremely well throughout the game and their fielding was tight too.”Dhoni said that India did go in the match with a handicap and didn’t have ample spinners for the kind of wicket it was. Also he said that the pacers should have kept their lines tight in the beginning.Also read – Captaining India in 200th ODI is all destiny, says MS Dhoni”I wouldn’t say we went wrong in the chase. To start off, it was like a handicap in golf. We didn’t go with a full-strength side. Not enough spinners on this wicket. The first over that a fast bowler bowls, they need to extract swing. We didn’t hit the back of a length area, and we gave away too much initially with the ball.”We got off to a very good start with the bat, but the wicket slowed down over the course of the game, so someone should have continued with the bat. Shot-selection is something that we need to work on.”Dhoni also hinted at the wrong decisions that hurt India as well, even as he did not openly mention them saying, he didn’t want to get fined.There were too particular instances of umpiring howlers when MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik were given out. Replays showed they were both not out but they could not have reviewed the decision because KL Rahul had already taken a wrong review.”There were a couple of run-outs, and a few things we can’t talk about (the incorrect LBW decisions) because I don’t want to get fined for it.”Dhoni believed it was only destiny that allowed him to captain India for the 200th ODI. Dhoni is India’s most successful captain across formats. Before Tuesday, Dhoni had led India in 199 ODIs out of which he won 110 matches and lost 74.”I was not really sure of where I am standing. I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200. It’s all destiny and I have always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captainship. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters,” Dhoni had said at the toss.Shahzad’s heroic hundred, Rashid Khan’s sensational final over and Ravindra Jadeja’s steely 25, this match had it all.Rashid Khan had seven runs to defend in the last over, Jadeja hit a boundary off the second delivery of the over. While it looked like the ball had hit the ropes, the third umpire ruled it as four runs.advertisementIndia then needed 3 runs off 4 deliveries. Rashid bowled a beautiful delivery and Jadeja went for a single to leave Khaleel facing Rashid with 2 runs left off 3 balls.Khaleel Ahmed edged the ball and almost got himself hit-wicket but managed to sneak a single to get Jadeja back on strike. With a run needed off two deliveries, Rashid bowled a short ball and Jadeja mistimed the shot to send the ball straight into the hands of the only fielder in the deep.And the match ended in a tie. That is how close this match was.India will face the winner of the last Super Four match between Pakistan and Bangladesh in the final on Friday.last_img read more

Visa granted to Pakistan shooters for Shooting World Cup in New Delhi

first_imgPakistan’s shooters were Monday granted visas to participate in the New Delhi World Cup, a top Indian shooting official told PTI, ending speculation about their presence in the event in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack.The ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.”Their visa has been cleared and we have received communication from the Indian High Commission and the Pakistan shooting federation. The two shooters and the manager’s tickets are also being booked,” National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia told PTI.Earlier, the terrorist attack had cast a doubt over Pakistan shooters’s participation in the World Cup, with the country’s federation saying in Karachi that it would not send its marksmen if the visas don’t come through by this evening.At least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed while several others injured in what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.The Indian government had given clearance for the applications, but that was before last Thursday’s dastardly attack.Pakistan applied for visas for two shooters in the rapid fire category — GM Bashir and Khalil Ahmed — for the World Cup.Pakistan’s National Rifle Shooting Federation President Razi Ahmed had earlier said that the secretary of NRAI had assured him that visas would be granted since the Indian home ministry has given its clearance.He added that air tickets had been booked and NOCs (No Objection Certificates) obtained for taking the ammunition to New Delhi for use in the championship.advertisementAlso Read | Pakistan won’t send shooters to Delhi World Cup if visas not issued by Monday eveninglast_img read more


first_imgThe Iowa Department of Transportation will raise some sections of Interstate 29 north of Council Bluffs to keep traffic moving even when the Missouri River floods.Since I-29 is in the floodplain, Austin Yates with the Iowa D-O-T says there are some critical gaps in protection.Yates says raising parts near Honey Creek, Crescent and Blackbird Marsh mean the river would have to rise even higher to force a shutdown.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..what’s open. :08Missouri River flooding shut down parts of I-29 in southwest Iowa four times this year.Some sections are being raised as much as 28 inches, which Yates says won’t make it flood-proof, but water won’t spill onto the road at such a low river level like it did just last month.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”for example” :11.The D-O-T has awarded a contract to add 14-inches of asphalt to northbound I-29 from Honey Creek to Loveland.More than two-feet will be added in both directions near Blackbird Marsh.Work on the $3.3 million-dollar contract is expected to be done by December 1st.Katie Peikes————————————————–Part of southbound Interstate 29 near Council Bluffs will be closed all of next week for repairs beginning on Monday.The Iowa D-O-T says I-29 south from exit 56 to exit 55 will be closed October 28th at 10 a.m. through Monday, November 5th, weather permitting.The closure is necessary to allow contractors to raise portions of the interstate recently impacted by flooding.This will be accomplished by adding layers of asphalt in some areas.A detour for traffic bound for Council Bluffs will be posted using the following route:South on 16th Street to Nash Boulevard, west on Nash Boulevard to N. 25th Street, north on 25th Street back to I-29 at Exit 55 (N. 25th Street).Traffic moving past Council Bluffs will be detoured at Exit 71 near Loveland onto eastbound Interstate I-880 (formerly I-680) to westbound Interstate 80 near Neola at Exit 29, to southbound I-29 at Exit 4.Also at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, one lane of northbound I-29 will open Exit 55: (N. 25th Street).Because traffic can become congested in this area during peak travel times, traffic moving past Council Bluffs will be encouraged to continue using the detour route of eastbound I-80, then westbound I-880 (formerly I-680) until both northbound lanes are open.last_img read more

The Art of Shaving Goes All Out for Oud

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts By now, you may be familiar with the fragrant note called Oud.Though men and women in the Middle East have worn its potent scent for thousands and thousands of years, it has just recently become popular stateside in the past several years. The intoxicating natural material is somewhat controversial thanks to this harvesting method that involves infecting an otherwise scent-less agar tree with a fungus thus killing it. But luckily today it’s possible to sustainably harvest or synthesize the dark, dense, and incredibly fragrant resin. So an ingredient that was once considered exotic and rare has become fairly familiar (though still pretty expensive), as Oud finds its way into an array of men’s fragrances, including one called Oud Suede, that’s part of The Art of Shaving’s debut scent collection.Now, The Art of Shaving is repurposing the warm, masculine Oud Suede fragrance, which balances the strong Oud with lighter notes of Bergamot and Lemon and headier ones, like Vetiver and Patchouli for a new grooming routine. The brand has infused its trademark four-step shaving regimen (Well, three because a scented razor would be weird.) with the same Oud-y blend.Start by prepping your face with the Pre-Shave Oil ($30), which uses natural Olive and Castor oils, plus various essential oils to soften you scruff and skin to help make what comes next more comfortable and prevent any razor burn nastiness afterwards.Follow that with the hydrating Shaving Cream ($30) that’s packed with more essential oils and a crap-load of Glycerin to provide a smooth a path for the razor. If you want to feel fancy while ensuring an even closer shave, use the shaving brush to lift hairs and work the cream up into an extra foamy lather. Then, comes the actual shave.Finish up with the nourishing After Shave Balm ($50), which is devoid of stinging, drying alcohol and instead packed with conditioning Shea Butter, Glycerin and even more essential oils (you can’t have too many of those) to ensure your newly-shaven face looks and feels like a baby’s butt. Sort of.Complete your exotic and enticingly-scented regimen with a few spritzes of the Oud Suede Cologne and off you go as an international man of mystery. How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

United Nations Establishes Nelson Mandela Prize

first_imgThe United Nations General Assembly last week established the “United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize” as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader who inspired not only his own country but the rest of the world.“Our best tribute to Nelson Mandela is not found in words or ceremonies – but in actions that take up the torch he passed to us,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to the Assembly, following the adoption by consensus of the resolution establishing the prize.“The United Nations General Assembly has a proud record of acting against apartheid – and for Nelson Mandela,” said Mr. Ban.“From the early days of sanctions to the more recent declaration of 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day, this Assembly has placed itself on the right side of history – with the people who need us most.“Today, the Assembly took another step forward in carrying on Nelson Mandela’s lifelong work through this meaningful prize.”By the terms of the resolution, the Assembly asked the Secretary-General, in consultation with the President of the Assembly, to establish within six months of adoption of the text the criteria and procedures for bestowing the prize. This is to be adopted by the Assembly no later than 30 November 2014.Mr. Ban recalled that when Mr. Mandela himself accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he said he was a representative of the countless human beings who quote, ‘recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defence of justice and a common human decency.’“Nelson Mandela embodied this altruistic spirit of solidarity. The United Nations will forever be inspired by his example,” the Secretary-General stated.last_img read more

Moroccos Head of Government Tap Water is Safe to Drink

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, denied all allegations regarding the safety of drinking water that is produced from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Dam in Rabat.  During a Wednesday, February 7 meeting at the Bouregreg water purification facility organized by the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water concerning the quality of drinking water in the region, Othmani assured Moroccans that the water produced at the Bouregreg station is safe to drink.“You are in good hands when it comes to drinking water,” he said. The Bouregreg water facility supplies the populations of Rabat, Sale, Temara, Mohammadia and Casablanca. In an attempt to reassure citizens, El Othmani said that one of the quality control regulations at the facility states: “All workers are strictly prohibited from bringing in bottled water, since they drink the water that was treated at the station and that they have watched over its filtration themselves.”This was perceived by the prime minister as evidence of the high level of integrity of both the workers and the facility’s management in managing the region’s water supply.“I can only salute the people responsible at this station because they are invisible soldiers, unknown to the public, that conduct important patriotic work and take all the precautions to insure the security, safety, and health of the citizens,” El Othmani said.After acknowledging their efforts, the Head of Government asked those in charge of the plant to continue to provide safe, clean and affordable drinking water to the region.Furthermore, Othmani used the meeting as an opportunity to dispel all public doubts, and to emphasize the numerous testing and monitoring phases that the water goes through in order to become potable.In the same context, the Head of Government assured citizens that the laboratory conducts analyses that follow the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in coordination with the Ministry of Health.First opened in 1969, the Bouregreg water facility is considered the first and largest water purification station in Morocco, since it provides drinking water to nearly seven million citizens. read more

World Water Day a reminder of waterrelated issues

Tuesday, March 22 is World Water Day, a United Nations initiative that dates back to 1992 and aims to raise awareness about the precious resource.Brock University Professor Steven Renzetti, director of the Water Economics Policy and Governance Network says it’s a reminder about the importance of being aware of water-related challenges.“We are relatively fortunate in Canada because we have, in most cases, access to clean drinking water,” he says. “That’s not true in most of the world.“Shortages of water and shortages of clean water affect every dimension of people’s lives. It’s a big problem.”From health issues associated with a lack of clean drinking water to hydro disruptions related to water shortages, Renzetti says there are massive social problems associated with water challenges.He says the demand for water is rapidly growing as the world’s population continues to climb and the need for food and energy skyrockets.However, our available water sources aren’t growing with the demand.“We still have the same water supply the dinosaurs did,” he says.Renzetti says water is one of the areas where we can see climate change in action. From droughts and floods to severe storms, these manifestations of climate change threaten infrastructure and food supplies around the world.“Water — it’s really where climate change shows up and it’s a massive threat to wealthy countries,” he says.Associate Professor Tim Heinmiller says while many parts of Canada have an abundance of water, some areas face serious issues including northern communities, which don’t have proper water delivery systems, and the southern prairies, which battle water scarcity.He says water literally touches all aspects of our lives, including the Canadian economy. In Niagara, much of the manufacturing that goes on involves water in processes or as a means of transport.Heinmiller says unfortunately it often takes a tragic event to get the public’s attention on water-related issues. He says World Water Day is a good opportunity to talk about water, its importance and the impact it has on our lives.“Water is a source of life,” he says. “There’s no living being on Earth who can survive without water.” read more

Taskforce Zoo holding flood resiliency celebration lunch

One year later and they’re still standing–so it’s time to celebrate.The Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the rest of the Business Recovery Taskforce are holding a luncheon at the Calgary Zoo starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.Mary Moran with Calgary Economic Development tells 660News things could have been much worse.“There were 4,000 citizens affected by the flood and Calgary fares pretty well, certainly in comparison to how other cities did in their results during the natural disaster,” said Moran. “So we were very fortunate–and a lot of that is just because of Calgarians helping Calgarians.”The Calgary Emergency Management Agency will also release a business continuity handbook to help companies deal with a natural disaster. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 24, 2014 7:15 am MDT Taskforce, Zoo holding flood resiliency celebration lunch read more

Lake District trials futuristic driverless vehicles in bid to tackle congestion

The Lake District is trialling driverless pods for visitors  And although there’s no driver, passengers can speak to the vehicles’ control centre in case of an emergency.One charge is enough for around 100km of travel and the vehicles, made by Dudley-based Westfield, have a top speed of 25mph.The so-called “pods” are also in use or being trialled at Birmingham and Manchester airports and at O2 Arena In London. The Lake District is trialling driverless pods for visitors  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park said: “We’re constantly looking at new ways to balance the needs and enjoyment of people as they visit and move around the Lake District, whilst being mindful of the impact on the environment.”Driverless pods are a really interesting concept and while this is not necessarily something that will be seen on the Lake District streets soon, it’s vital we explore a range of solutions to sustainable travel.”Julian Turner, Westfield Technology Group chief executive said: “Through this project we’re identifying possible routes for the pod and talking to the local community about how we could meet their transport needs.”We’re particularly looking forward to hearing feedback from the local residents and visitors, as their input into how services can help meet their needs will be invaluable when planning possible routes for the pod to run in this area”The outcomes of the feasibility study, which is due to end in June, will help the authorities decide whether the driverless transport is suitable in the Lake District and which routes would be viable.But it was met with scepticism by many locals.Many suggested that the money should be ploughed into much-needed footpath restoration, current infrastructure and public transport first while others scoffed at the idea that they could survive the area’s bumpy, narrow lanes. The roads in the Lake District are famed for being clogged with sheep and walkers.But the beautiful rolling scenery, could soon be punctuated with the rather more futuristic driverless “pods”.The state-of-the-art self-driving vehicles are being trialled as a potential solution to gridlock near Grisedale or a bottleneck at Buttermere.The UNESCO World Heritage Site has launched a feasibility study examining how the 18 million visitors who descend on the area each year will get around in the future.The electric vehicle, which are already ferrying passengers at Heathrow Terminal 5, use cutting edge technology, including sensors to detect road conditions and obstacles in the road, to transport people in a safe and environmentally friendly way.The on-board computers can ensure the vehicle brakes faster and anticipates changes in road conditions that the human eye could not. read more

Gardaí investigate raid on Permanent TSB cash machine in Wicklow

first_img Short URL Image: Google Street View GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a raid on an ATM in Wicklow.The theft occurred at 4.20am this morning at a branch of Permanent TSB in Greystones. The cash machine was extensively damaged.Gardaí said it is not yet clear how much cash was taken in the raid but reports suggest it could be as much as €100,000.The scene has been preserved for technical examination and investigations are ongoing.Anyone with information is asked to contact Greystones garda station 01 6665800 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. 18 Comments 11,632 Views Share23 Tweet Email1 Nov 25th 2016, 11:16 AM Friday 25 Nov 2016, 11:16 AM Image: Google Street View By Michelle Hennessy Gardaí investigate raid on Permanent TSB cash machine in Wicklow Gardaí said it is not yet clear how much cash was taken in the raid. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trump Ties Immigration Demands To DACA Deal Including Border Wall

first_img Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APPresident Trump speaks to reporters Saturday during a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The Trump administration sent a list of immigration policy priorities to Congress that includes overhauling the country’s green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border.President Donald Trump sent Congress, on Sunday, a list of sweeping immigration changes he said “must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.”Trump wants the border wall he campaigned on to be built, a crackdown on illegal immigration and to switch the U.S. legal immigration system from one that prioritizes family connections to one based on merit.Trump has promoted these policies before, both during the campaign and as president. But what’s new is demanding that they be included in the legislative fix for the DACA program.“Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end,” Trump said in a letter to Congress.Last month, concluding that the DACA program put into place by the Obama administration through executive action was illegal, Trump announced that he would end it in six months, and called on Congress to enshrine in law the protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. The approximately 700,000 DACA recipients are often referred to as “Dreamers.” Under the program, they temporarily avoid deportation and receive work permits.Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017Around that time, Trump had dinner at the White House with the two top congressional Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and all emerged talking about the rough outlines of a deal. A major component of that agreement was President Trump’s willingness to take funding the border wall off the table, when it came to DACA legislation.After the apparent agreement with Pelosi and Schumer, conservatives vocalized their rage, accusing Trump of abandoning the hard-line immigration platform he campaigned on, as NPR noted. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said at the time, “If we’re not getting a wall, I’d prefer President Pence,” she added.“DACA now, and the wall very soon,” Trump told reporters on the south lawn of the White House in mid-September. “But the wall will happen.”The White House immigration principles appear to be a departure from that earlier statement. White House documents call for “completing construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States” and ensuring “funding for the southern border wall and associated infrastructure.”Pelosi and Schumer say these proposals are a clear break with what they believe was agreed to during that dinner at the White House.“We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise.”Beyond the wall, the Democrats say the administration’s list is “anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans.”Although Republicans control both chambers of Congress, they have a narrow majority in the Senate and have struggled to pass even top legislative prioritie. And it’s not clear that all, or even most, Republicans back what President Trump is proposing on immigration. Passing a DACA fix is a top priority for Democrats, but they won’t go along with Trump’s long list of demands, meaning what once seemed like a bipartisan compromise in the works now looks more like another legislative standoff.In his letter to Congress, President Trump said the list of proposals was developed from the bottom up, working with law enforcement professionals on the front lines of America’s immigration system.“In response, they identified dangerous loopholes, outdated laws, and easily exploited vulnerabilities in our immigration system — current policies that are harming our country and our communities,” said Trump’s letter to Congress.These recommendations happen to also align nicely with Trump’s campaign rhetoric.Among the recommendations, as described by the White House:Fund and complete construction of the southern border wallEnsure the safe and expeditious return of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and family unitsEnd abuse of our asylum system by tightening standards, imposing penalties for fraud, and ensuring detention while claims are verifiedRemove illegal border crossers quickly by hiring an additional 370 immigration judges and 1,000 ICE attorneysStop “sanctuary cities”Strengthen law enforcement by hiring 10,000 more ICE officers and 300 federal prosecutorsEnd visa overstays by establishing reforms to ensure their swift removal.Protect U.S. workers by requiring E-Verify and strengthening laws to stop employment discrimination against U.S. workersEnd extended-family chain migration by limiting family-based green cards to include spouses and minor childrenEstablish a points-based system for green cards to protect U.S. workers and taxpayersSenator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., quickly offered praise.“The principles the president has put out show he understands what’s broken in our immigration system and what’s holding down wages for American workers,” Cotton said in a statement. “I’m especially glad to see him call for ending chain migration and moving to a skills-based immigration system. These kinds of reforms are long overdue.”Cotton introduced a bill to create a skills-based immigration system earlier this year, and while President Trump voiced support for it at a White House event, the bill has just one co-sponsor. last_img read more

Interpreter helps speechimpaired girl record statement a month after rape

first_imgMore than a month after she was allegedly raped by a neighbour in North-west Delhi, the statement of a 10 year-old speech-impaired girl was recorded before a metropolitan magistrate on Monday with the help of an interpreter.The interpreter was provided by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) after the victim’s mother approached it seeking help.“An FIR in the case was registered a month ago. The child was raped by a 58-year-old neighbour but the statement could not be recorded because of the child’s inability to speak properly. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airport“Despite being instructed by the Magistrate for arranging an interpretor, the police could not find one. The child’s mother then sought help from DCW which provided an interpreter following which the victim’s statement was recorded before the Metropolitan Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC,” a DCW official said. The incident happened at Haiderpur in North-West Delhi and an FIR was registered on August 6 at Shalimar Bagh police station.“The victim was sexually assaulted by her neighbour. The accused was promptly arrested. But the statement could not be recorded because of the child’s inability to speak properly.last_img read more

Tougher men less likely to be honest with doctors

first_imgThe study also says, if they do go, they are more likely to choose a male doctor and are less likely to be honest with that doctor about their symptoms.The researchers found that men who held traditional beliefs about masculinity — that men should be tough, brave, self-reliant and restrained in their expression of emotion — were more likely to ignore medical problems, or at least put off dealing with them, than women or than men with less traditional beliefs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The question that we wanted to answer was, why do men die earlier than women?” said Diana Sanchez from Rutgers University in the US. “Men can expect to die five years earlier than women and physiological differences don’t explain that difference,” Sanchez added in the paper published in the journal Preventive Medicine. For their study, researchers asked about 250 men participants to fill an online questionnaire designed to elicit their opinions about manhood and relative attributes of men and women. They also answered questions about the preference of doctor. The higher they scored on the masculinity scale, the more likely participants were to prefer a male to a female doctor. They were more likely to choose a male doctor, based on the belief that male doctors were more competent than female doctors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“That’s because they don’t want to show weakness or dependence to another man, including a male doctor,” Sanchez explained.The researchers then recruited 250 male undergraduates at a large public university and had them fill out similar questionnaires.Each subject was interviewed by male and female pre-medical and nursing students about their medical conditions.Ironically, the researchers found that men tend to be more honest about their medical symptoms with female doctors, because to be honest about vulnerabilities causes them no loss of status with women.last_img read more

How Mantis Shrimp Punch So Hard

first_imgA mantis shrimp, fists at the ready. (Credit: Beverly Speed/Shutterstock)Mantis shrimp — four-inch long seafloor crustaceans — knock out prey with a punch that accelerates faster than a .22 caliber bullet. Now, researchers have figured out exactly how the tiny stomatopods wind up their forceful blows. It’s all thanks to a double-layered saddle-shaped spring made from surprisingly brittle material.“If you asked a mechanical engineer to make a spring that can store a lot of elastic energy, they wouldn’t think of using ceramic,” Ali Miserez, a materials scientist at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore who led the new research, said in a statement. Ceramics are normally thought of as inflexible and shatter-prone, not the kind of material you’d want for something that bends and deforms.But it’s true: A ceramic spring allows mantis shrimp to unleash their club-like forearms at speeds of more than 50 miles per hour.“Ceramics can store energy if you deformthem, but they’re so brittle that it wouldn’t be intuitive,” Miserez added. “But if you compress them, they’re quite strong and stiffer than metal or any polymer, so you can actually store a higher amount of energy than you could with those materials.”Saddle SpringIdeally, the best springs — the ones that can hold the most energy — are both stiff and extendable. As far as materials go, these characteristics typically don’t go hand in hand:  They are either stiff or they are extendable. To overcome this challenge, the mantis shrimp’s saddle-shaped spring has two layers. The top layer is a mineralized bioceramic material similar to bone, whereas the bottom layer is fibrous, like a rope. Miserez and colleagues thought this design might enable maximum energy storage in the shrimp’s saddle and simultaneously prevent the brittle ceramic material from breaking.The researchers measured the mechanical properties of each layer and made a model of the mantis shrimp’s punch. Their analysis revealed the outer layer of the spring stores the elastic energy the shrimp need to hurl their famously fast wallops. The inner layer, which is strongest when stretched, provides necessary flexible support. Without the extendable inner layer, the mantis shrimp’s death-wielding spring would fail, the researchers report today in the journal iScience.Inspired DesignThe saddle’s design also allows the spring to be used repeatedly without wearing out the parts, the scientists found. The discovery reveals a way to improve microrobotics, staple-sized robots that DARPA and other organizations are developing to enable rescue personnel to safely survey rubble after natural disasters, among other applications.“What this design shows is that you can make a very efficient spring — and you can make it out of ceramics, which are more efficient than other materials people are using now,” Miserez said. Ceramic-based springs and other bioinspired design elements could make microrobots more efficient.last_img read more