Maharashtra workers’ long wait for revised minimum wage

first_imgMumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government has not been able to form the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee (MWAC) despite being in power for over three years, resulting in no increase of minimum wages for workers of 32 industries. Labour unions have given an ultimatum to the State government demanding formation of the MWAC and issuing a notification on increase in minimum wages. They said they would approach the Bombay High Court if this was not done. According to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the state government has a constitutional obligation to modify the minimum wages every five years. The previous committee was formed in 2010. In a letter addressed to Labour Minister Sambhaji Nilangekar-Patil the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) has listed 32 industries where the minimum wage has not been revised since 2010. “As per the provisions of the law, MWAC has to issue directions to particular industries asking them to increase minimum wages and a notification is issued subsequently. The government does not have to pay anything from its pocket, but the industry owners will have to pay the wages,” said D.L. Karad, national vice-president and Maharashtra president of CITU.Mr. Karad said non-formation of the committee is a result of constant pressure from owners, as they are content to pay salaries based on old wages. The MWAC includes representatives of owners, labour unions, elected representatives, minister and secretary of the department.The 32 industries in which minimum wages have not been revised in the last 8-9 years include, tobacco, paper, film, silver jewellery, plastic, printing press, motor transport, helpers in shops, watch-belt, cement, salt, ice, electronic, theatres, dairy, cycle workshop, rubber balloon, hospital, chemical fertilisers, wooden furniture, cotton ginning etc. “Close to a million people work in these industries,” Mr. Karad said. While Mr. Nilangekar-Patil was not available for comment, labour department sources said the file to form MWAC was being forwarded and the committee should start working in a month. Asked about the delay of over three-and-a- half years, the officer said there has been no bureaucratic delay.last_img read more

Season-ending PBA Governor’s Cup kicks off July 19

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Last season’s Governors’ Cup runner-up Meralco hopes to rekindle the magic with Allen Durham as it takes on Blackwater in the first game on July 21 while GlobalPort and Rain or Shine clash in the night cap.The four teams in the conference opener switch foes on July 22 at Mall of Asia Arena when NLEX and Kia face off at 3 p.m., followed by Alaska and Phoenix at 5:15 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTo cap off the opening weekend, Star unveils reinforcement Cinmeon Bowers on July 23 against Blackwater at 4:30 p.m., before the rematch of last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra, still led by parading Justin Brownlee, and Meralco at 6:45 p.m.Commissioner’s Cup runner-up TNT springs back to action on July 28 at Ynares Center in Antipolo against Kia while Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel hits the hard court anew in the following day, July 29, still in Antipolo, as it goes up against Blackwater. The PBA released the partial schedule on Friday, and will release the full slate of games in the coming days.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Just a little over two weeks since the Commissioner’s Cup wrapped up, the action resumes in the PBA as the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup kicks off on July 19.Rebranded Kia Picanto opens the hostilities when it faces Eugene Phelps-led Phoenix in the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum, followed by the tussle between the rejigged NLEX crew against Alaska at 7 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda clips San Sebastian in NCAA season-opener China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

2nd ODI: AB de Villiers ‘upset’ with fresh ball tampering row

first_imgSouth Africa skipper AB de Villiers has said that he was “pretty upset” with the umpires implying that his side was involved in ball tampering during the second ODI of the three-match series against England which they lost by two runs at the Ageas Bowl.De Villiers became embroiled in a row with the standing umpires, Rob Bailey and Chris Gaffaney, after they queried the condition of the ball before the start of the 34th over in England’s innings bowled by Keshav Maharaj.However, the Proteas skipper later said he felt it was being implied that his players were at fault for scuffing up the ball.”The umpires felt the condition of the ball changed,” ESPNcricinfo quoted de Villiers as saying.”In a way, making me feel that we are responsible. I was quite upset about that. I don’t know what else I can say, I was pretty upset. It’s done and dusted now, nothing happened, there were no fines given or anything like that.””I honestly told the umpires we have nothing to do with the condition of ball, except for the fact that Maharaj bowled five overs on the trot from that end. The ball generally scuffs up when the spinner bowls a few overs. I expressed my views about that and we move on,” he added.When asked if he felt that the umpires implied that the visitors were had been engaging in ball-tampering, de Villiers replied: “Yes. That’s the feeling that I got and I expressed that I was quite upset about it. But like I said, no further steps were taken from both parties.”advertisement”If I can give my five cents, I felt it was a bad ball and that happens sometimes. The leather comes off and you do get that. Unfortunately the umpires didn’t agree. [But] nothing happened, generally there’s a warning or a fine, none of that happened, which tells me they realised we were innocent in this case,” he added.It should be noted that South Africa were last year sanctioned for altering the condition of the ball in a Test against Australia in Hobart.Then skipper Faf du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him chewing a white lolly in his mouth, licking his finger on the mint before repeatedly shining and rubbing the ball during the fourth day’s play of the second Test against Australia in Hobart.He was fined 100 percent of his match fee by the ICC, but was cleared to play the third day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.He was also handed three demerit points by ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft.England all-rounder Ben Stokes was adjudged Man of the Match for 101, but Jakes Ball and Mark Wood got the hosts home as the Champions Trophy hosts enjoyed a morale-boosting success ahead of the tournament.England’s captain Eoin Morgan, however, said his team were unaware of any suggestion that the ball had been scuffed up.”Normally, if there’s any dispute about the ball, they change it straight away,” he said.The two sides will now lock horns in the final ODI of the series to be played tomorrow at Lord’s.last_img read more

Virat Kohli poses with Shikhar Dhawan, his wife and kids: Memorable moments from Delhi reception

first_imgVirat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have known each other for years.When the aggressive southpaw was emerging as one of Delhi’s biggest stars, a young Kohli was nowhere near the kind of stardom he enjoys today.As the years rolled on, Kohli, three years Dhawan’s junior, first made a name for himself in Delhi’s cut-throat cricket environment and then established himself as one of India’s premier batsmen.Dhawan, who made his debut two years after Kohli, had a tough initiation but soon cemented his place as an opener in India’s Test and limited-overs squads.The mutual respect and admiration between the two grew into a strong bond of friendship as both Kohli and Dhawan went on to become indispensable to the Indian team.ALSO WATCHKohli is today the Indian captain and Dhawan happens to be one of his trusted lieutenants as India seek world domination. The 29-year-old India skipper is often in awe of Dhawan’s aggressive strokeplay and the two have shared several key partnerships in the middle.On Thursday, it was no surprise therefore, when Dhawan attended the Kohli – Anushka Sharma reception in Delhi, along with his wife and kids. The two cricket stars, mates for long, were thrilled to see each other. There were no bowlers to think of, no matches to be won, no rude opposition player to be put in place. It was a happy moment that had to be celebrated.Several photos and videos from the star-studded reception went viral last evening but some of the most enduring moments were created by Kohli and Dhawan. The two danced, laughed and made merry, days before the team’s departure for a gruelling tour of South Africa.advertisementVideo �??� Look at those dance moves by @imVkohli ❤️ Pure Happiness �??� #VirushkaReception #VirushkaWEDDING Vιяα�? K�?н�??ι (@imPriyaVK) December 22, 2017Then Dhawan and Kohli posed with the former’s kids. The two wives – Ayesha Mukherjee and Anushka – completed a happy picture. It was a moment to be cherished.Kohli has spoken of Anushka’s massive influence on his life and career. Ditto with Dhawan. The left-handed opener improved his fitness after meeting his wife, who was an amateur boxer. Five years ago, when Dhawan tied the knot with Ayesha, Kohli was one of many cricketers to attend the wedding celebrations. Both men are today among the greatest batsmen in the contemporary game and the picture of these two standing with their families will long remain etched in the memory of their fans for a long time.Heartiest congratulations @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma! Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 21, 2017last_img read more

President Congratulates Girls for Taking Gold in Rowing in Buenos Aires

first_imgATHENS – President Prokopis Pavlopoulos congratulated on Wednesday Christina Bourbou and Maria Kyridou for a winning gold medal in the junior women’s pair rowing event held at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at Buenos Aires. It is the first gold for Greece at the Youth Olympic Games. The competition in Buenos Aires winds up October 18.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

FC Goa sign Eduardo Bedia

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: FC Goa seal the deal for ex-Barcelona B midfielder Eduardo Bedia Manasi Pathak Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 02:16 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FC Goa Logo FC Goa Indian Super League The Gaurs have added another Spaniard to their army.. On the transfer deadline day, FC Goa roped in 28-year-old midfielder Eduardo Bedia Peláez, more commonly known as Edu Bedia. Eduardo becomes the fifth Spaniard to join the Gaurs after Sergio Juste Marin, Manuel Arana Rodríguez, Manuel Lanzarote and Ferran Corominas.The new FC Goa recruit had 14 appearances to his name from his spell at Real Zaragoza in 2017 whom he joined in the month of January from Real Oviedo on a free transfer. Apart from his time with The Whites, Eduardo was a part of the B team of Spanish giants FC Barcelona. During the 2013-14 season, Eduardo played at Barcelona following his move from Hercules CF, having made as many as 39 appearances and netting 7 goals. Eduardo was also a part of Spain’s U-21 side, although he could only manage two caps during his time.The addition of Eduardo takes FC Goa’s total of foreigners to seven as the rest of the clan includes the likes of Moroccan Ahmed Jahouh and the retained Portuguese player Bruno Pinheiro. An attacking midfielder by nature, Eduardo will accompany Brandon Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar and other domestic players in the middle of the park, alongside his fellow Spanish midfielders. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentinalast_img read more

Tigres follow Ferretti’s plan to Liga MX title

first_imgLiga MX Tigres keep calm, stick to Ferretti’s plan to rally to Liga MX title Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 10:16 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eduardo Vargas Enner Valencia Tigres Alfredo Estrella Liga MX Tigres UANL Monterrey Monterrey v Tigres UANL The manager drew up a savvy game plan that his club carried out — even after what could’ve been a catastrophic opening goal — and reaped the benefit MONTERREY, Mexico — Tigres needed to prevent an early goal. Instead, they conceded nearly immediately. Rogelio Funes Mori chested a ball into Dorlan Pabon’s path, and the Colombian gave the home side the lead.It was the worst start Tigres could’ve asked for. Monterrey scored to take the lead for the sixth and final time in the Liguilla. For a team that loves to soak up pressure and burst forward on the counterattack, it was setting up for Rayados to lift the trophy in front of their home fans.Instead, Tigres kept their calm and stuck to their game plan to come away with a 2-1 victory (3-2 on aggregate) and lift the Liga MX trophy for the sixth time in the club’s history. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watch Liga MX live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Who can explain why they seem to be the only team in the league that can beat Monterrey at Estadio BBVA Bancomer? Even after the regular season victory for Rayados, Tigres manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti said before the game that he wasn’t worried about going the seven miles across town to play in a stadium where Rayados hadn’t lost this season. After all, he reasoned, Tigres were the last team to get a victory at the stadium, knocking Rayados out of the previous Liguilla.Tigres Liga MX champion GFXSo it was again. Even a penalty call that looked a lot like some home cooking for Monterrey could not deny Tigres from again giving their fans in “La Sultana del Norte,” the northern city that has become the focus of Mexican soccer thanks the two successful clubs, bragging rights once again.It was the first time the clubs had met in the final and, aside from a cold front that swept in and marred the first leg, that was all anyone was talking about. Fans feared bullying from the winners, and it will be worse for Monterrey supporters now that Tigres have not only eliminated them from the Liguilla but done so with the grandest prize at stake.Ferretti deserves a lot of credit for engineering the comeback. The first goal was classic Tigres. The team kept the ball, patiently moving it around the midfield before finding a chance to get forward on the wing. Jesus Duenas found Eduardo Vargas at the top of the box, and the Chilean took advantage of the half-chance to take a shot and bring things level once again.#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽L de Eduardo Vargas @Rayados (2) 1-1 (2) @TigresOficial  VUELTA #GranFinalRegia 🤠 #Apertura2017 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) December 11, 2017 The second goal was off the training ground, but if there were Monterrey scouts among the 30,000 people who turned up for Tigres’ open training session Saturday it didn’t show. Center back Francisco Meza, in the match only because of Hugo Ayala’s red card suspension, made a delayed run into the box as the corner kick went short. Nobody picked up the Colombian, and he headed it past stunned Monterrey goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez.Meza makes for an unlikely scorer to win a trophy on a team that boasts Andre-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia, Javier Aquino and Vargas among other international attackers. The designed set piece, though, again speaks to the details Ferretti puts into his game plans. Even the fact that Meza was on the field was a choice Ferretti had to make, though it seemed like the obvious one after Meza pinch hit for Juninho at the left center back spot in the semifinals.Ferretti didn’t speak to the press in a news conference after the game, something that reportedly is his custom after finals. Another of his customs, having his trademark mustache shaved in celebration, took place as soon as the players joined together.#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽L de Francisco Meza @Rayados (2) 1-2 (3) @TigresOficial  VUELTA #GranFinalRegia 🤠 #Apertura2017 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) December 11, 2017 Players who experienced friction with the manager during the season were reconsidering. “They’re mistakes that you make. I had the confidence to be playing and from one moment to another they send you to the bench. Yeah, I got mad. It was bad, and you have to learn from it,” said forward Enner Valencia, the summer acquisition who lost his starting role down the stretch but returned to the XI for the semifinals and finals. Getting the Ecuador international back into the squad was another Tuca touch that went right. Rayados were the better team this season overall. Sunday was the first time all season they’d conceded more than one goal at home, and in addition to being the league’s best defense, they also boasted the top attack. When it was time to prove it, though, Tigres were the best team in both legs of the final.”When things are the most difficult is when (the players) put in the most effort,” Ferretti said in brief remarks to television broadcasters after the game. “The whole season we were playing really lazilly, but all of a sudden they plugged in and gave everything and naturally achieved what we achieved today.”That’s thanks to Ferretti, whose calm heading into the second leg was no act. The margins between these two teams were slim, and we’ll have another final between the two rivals before 43 years are over. This time, Ferretti outwitted his counterpart Antonio Mohamed to make sure it’s his fans who have the last laugh.last_img read more

Video: Up Close Look At Auburn Football’s New Metallic-Finished Helmet

first_imgAn Auburn supporter waves the flag on the field for the Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s football team will be sporting new helmets this season. They’re not very different than the helmets they’ve sported in the past. The design is the same, but the finish is different – it’s metallic. A photo of the helmets came out in early August, but now we’ve got a video of the helmet. It looks great. Really good look at the metallic finish to the new facemask and helmet stripes for Auburn football @PhilHecken— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 1, 2015Looks good, Tigers. Auburn opens its season Sept. 5 against Louisville.last_img read more

Proud moment for me: Trent Alexander-Arnold on making Guinness World Record

first_img Next Asian News International LiverpoolOctober 17, 2019UPDATED: October 17, 2019 16:24 IST Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold during the English Premier League soccer match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlexander-Arnold racked in a total of 12 assists during the 2018/19 seasonHe achieved 16 assists in all competitions, out of which 12 came in the Premier League seasonEarlier this year he was named in the Champions League squad of the yearLiverpool’s defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has forged his name into the Guinness World Records book after the most number of assists by a defender in a single season of Premier League.The 21-year-old racked in a total of 12 assists during the 2018/19 season and as a result, forged his name into the records book.He achieved 16 assists in all competitions, out of which 12 came in the Premier League season.”It is an honour. I have always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible. It is obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net, because football is a team game and without them, the manager and all the support in the background, this record wouldn’t be possible,” Liverpool’s official website quoted Arnold as saying.”I always used to read the Guinness World Records book as a kid because they are fun to read, to see the different records and what people are up to all around the world. It is an unbelievably proud moment for me and all of my family – and hopefully something that will stand for a few years,” he added.Arnold has claimed the record from Everton’s duo of Andy Hinchcliffe (1994/95 season) and Leighton Baines (2010/11 season).The player has been having an exceptional season with Liverpool as earlier this year he was named in the Champions League squad of the year.Arnold and his team-mate Andrew Robertson have had an impressive outing for their team, and they both had a combined total of 29 assists in all competitions.advertisementRobertson achieved an impressive 11 in the Premier League, and a further two in the Champions League, leaving Alexander-Arnold with the Guinness World Records title.Also Read | Premier League: Paul Pogba, David De Gea ruled out of Manchester United clash with LiverpoolAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow LiverpoolFollow Alexander-Arnold Proud moment for me: Trent Alexander-Arnold on making Guinness World RecordLiverpool’s defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has written his name into the Guinness World Record for most number of assists by a defender in a single season of Premier League.advertisementlast_img read more

Dy CM Delhi ministers visit several places

first_imgNEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday visited several Delhi government schools and took stock of the ongoing construction activities in them. Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, had visited seven such government schools (six under construction and one constructed) on Monday in Rohini to take stock of construction activities.On Tuesday, he again visited several schools. “Visited #DelhiGovtSchools in Prashant Vihar, Jauntipur, Ghevra & Nithari villages today morning. The construction work of classrooms is in full swing. Many of the schools have classrooms construccted in ’60s!” he posted on Twitter. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarWith a few months to go for the Assembly polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers have started surprise checks at various places. From Tuesday onwards, they will also seek feedback from people. Meanwhile, Labour Minister Gopal Rai also visited LNJP hospital with the enforcement team of the Labour Department. During the inspection, complaint regarding non-payment of salaries since past three months was received from people working as housekeeping, nursing, security staff, data entry operator and others. He ordered to clear the file related to pending salaries within three days. Labour Minister directed the hospital administration directed to ensure the minimum wage payment to contractual staff as well as payment of salaries in the first week of the month. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceLabour Minister Gopal Rai said that action would be taken against officials who would fail to clear file related to salaries within three days. Rai spoke to employees at LNJP and listened to their grievances. The minister ordered the concerned authorities to immediately resolve problems of the staff. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot also made a surprise visit to the transport authority office at Sarai Kale Khan here as part of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘direct citizen feedback’ and ‘project monitoring’ initiative. Gahlot, accompanied by senior Transport Department officers, interacted with people at the office and sought to know their problems. “The minister said that women’s safety is a big thing and the fare waiver (for metro and bus rides) is just a small step towards it. He also said the department is consulting non-profit groups to deploy marshals in cluster buses for women’s safety,” an official accompanying Gahlot said. Announcing his government’s proposal for free travel in public transport for women, Kejriwal had on Monday said that all Delhi Transport Corporation buses have marshals in them and the government had ordered their deployment in cluster buses run by Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS). Like Gahlot, other Delhi ministers were also in the field to find out the problems faced by people. They visited government facilities like hospitals, schools, clinics and public dealing offices to get a first-hand account of their functioning. The move is being seen as reach out to the people of all calls in the society ahead of Delhi Assembly polls , which will take place in February, 2020. The Delhi government has already announced free bus and metro rides for women passengers.last_img read more

Sushma a role model for women leaders Advani

first_imgNew Delhi: Paying rich tributes to Sushma Swaraj, BJP veteran L K Advani on Wednesday described her as one of his closest colleagues who rose to become one of the BJP’s most popular and prominent faces and “a role model for women leaders”. Remembering her fondly, Advani said he could not recall a single year when she missed bringing his favourite chocolate cake on his birthday. In a statement, Advani said Swaraj was someone whom he had known and worked with since the beginning of her “illustrious innings” in the Bharatiya Janata Party. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She was a promising young activist who he had inducted into his team, he noted. “And over the years, she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of our party- in fact, a role model for women leaders. A brilliant orator, I was often amazed at her ability to recall incidents, events and present them with utmost clarity and eloquence,” the 91-year-old leader said. Swaraj, 67, who died of a heart attack on Tuesday night, was considered one of the closest associates of Advani. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said he was deeply distressed at the untimely demise of one of his closest colleagues. The nation has lost a remarkable leader, he said, adding that it is an irreparable loss to him. ‘Sushmaji was also a fine human being. She touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. I do not recall a single year when she missed bringing my favourite chocolate cake to me on my birthday,” Advani said.last_img read more

Uber suspends selfdriving car tests in Toronto other centres after fatality

first_imgUber Technologies Inc. has suspended all of its self-driving vehicle testing — including a program in Toronto — after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving autonomous vehicles.Uber’s testing was halted after police in a Phoenix suburb said one of its self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian overnight Sunday.The vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel when a woman walking outside of a crosswalk was hit, Tempe police Sgt. Ronald Elcock said.The woman died of her injuries at a hospital.“Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Twitter.“We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened.”The testing has been going on for months in Toronto, the Phoenix area, Pittsburgh and San Francisco as automakers and technology companies compete to be the first with the technology.Uber Canada said Monday in an email that two of its vehicles are being tested in Toronto but they have not been picking up passengers.It said testing has been conducted since last fall, using software that was studied in simulation and on the test track before being deployed to the road.But the fatality isn’t likely to derail the driverless vehicle industry because it is at such an early stage in its development, said Ross McKenzie, managing director at the University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research.“I’m shocked. It’s very, very disappointing,” he said.“It’s shocking because it’s something we aspire to never have happen. The whole purpose of autonomous driving is to make the operation of vehicles safer because you take out of equation the random, unpredictable behaviour of human operators, like speeding to get through an amber light or taking your eyes off the road to pick up a coffee cup.”He added the incident will serve to further focus the industry on safety.The Waterloo research centre has a four-car fleet of autonomous car it is currently testing. McKenzie said most of the testing takes place on a closed track but the first tests on a public road took place last year.More on-road testing is scheduled for this year and he said the incident has not resulted in any immediate change to that schedule.Canada has been slow to embrace driverless vehicles but some advances have been made.In January, Suncor Energy Inc. announced it would go ahead with a project to deploy driverless ore-hauling trucks at its remote oilsands mines in northern Alberta to replace the ones humans operate.The initiative, which follows years of testing, is expected to eliminate about 400 jobs. The Calgary-based company plans to build a 150-truck fleet of 400-tonne capacity Komatsu trucks over the next six years.Last week, Magna International announced a deal with Lyft Inc., an American ride-hailing company that competes with Uber, to develop advanced driverless car technology through a multi-year partnership and a US$200 million investment in Lyft.Magna is to earn the exclusive right to manufacture kits to be used to convert Lyft’s fleet into autonomous, driverless vehicles. The kits will include cameras, radar and other sensors required for the vehicles as well as software developed by the two companies, using Magna’s manufacturing expertise and Lyft’s data from its ride-sharing operations.In October, BlackBerry QNX launched testing of a self-driving car in Ottawa with what was billed as the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada after opening an innovation centre in late 2016.Meanwhile, a Canadian Senate committee warned in a report earlier this year departments and levels of government are taking contradictory approaches to automated vehicles and the federal government needs to better co-ordinate action.It recommended giving the privacy commissioner greater reach over how car companies use drivers’ information, including whether personal information can be monetized, and giving federal cybersecurity officials a bigger role in protecting the new technology from hackers.The committee also said the government must invest more in its own research to deal with questions of safety, such as how to ensure a driverless car can safely navigate a snow-covered road.It said self-driving cars could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost productivity and limit the number of collisions caused by human error.But the technology could also lead to job losses in transportation sectors where some 1.1 million people are employed, including truck, bus, and taxi drivers. The Liberals, the committee said, must put in place job re-training programs for those whose jobs will be affected, and ensure sectors like after-market companies can maintain a foothold as new, automated cars hit the roads.The U.S. federal government has voluntary guidelines for companies that want to test autonomous vehicles, leaving much of the regulation up to states.last_img read more

IPL final MI CSK rivalry set to unfold on biggest stage

first_imgHyderabad: Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings seem to always spiral towards each other in their relentless hunt for the Indian Premier League title. On Sunday, the two sides will face each other for the fourth time this season. It is also the fourth time that CSK and MI will be pitted against each other in an IPL final. They are the two most successful teams in the tournament’s history and the final on Sunday will be another chapter in what has been an epic rivalry between two sides who are as different from each other as a pair of sporting opposites can be. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs. However, CSK were piped to the top spot by Mumbai Indians thanks to the 9-wicket hiding the latter handed out to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last group game. MI are also the only team that CSK haven’t been able to beat this season with the MS Dhoni-led side losing the two group matches and the first qualifier against their rivals. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Mumbai also have the statistical edge in IPL finals played between the two sides, having ended three out of the four title clashes between the two sides on the winning side. However, CSK displayed ominous form in the way they swatted Delhi Capitals aside in the second Qualifier. The ever-reliable CSK spinners helped them restrict Delhi Capitals to 147/9. Coming to the chase, Shane Watson finally found form and his opening partnership of 81 with Faf du Plessis set the stage for a rollicking win for the Yellow Brigade. They ended up winning the match by six wickets with an over to spare. Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.last_img read more

El Othmani Apologizes to Boycotters Calls for Tolerance

Rabat – After nearly a month since the launch of the online boycott, Saad Eddine El Othmani has finally reacted, apologizing to customers for “verbal expressions and offenses” made against boycotters.During a meeting held in the upper house of the parliament today,  Othmani addressed an apology message to people supporting the online boycott targeting three companies against “unjustified” increase prices of their products.The list of companies includes: Sidi Ali bottled water, Centrale Danone dairy products, and Afriquia gasoline. In his speech in the monthly meeting today, El Othmani said that “the government cannot be against the interest of citizens, as some think.”On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of tolerance and forgiveness, El Othmani has seized the opportunity to urge boycotters to cease their campaign and  “move towards the future, to tolerance and positive start.”He called on the boycotters then to turn the page.The head of government apologized for statements made by some ministers in his government, emphasizing that his cabinet is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to protect consumers.After the launch of the boycott on April 20, Minister of Finance and Economy Mohamed Boussaid denounced the campaign, calling supporters of the campaign “fools.”Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch also condemned the boycott, asserting the ineffectiveness of an internet boycott against 470,000 employees in the dairy sector.In response, El Othmani explained that his government is also responsible for preserving the dignity of the citizen, producers and consumers equally.He added that the government has been following the campaign and is implementing a set of measures to meet the needs and aspirations expressed and will ensure the protection of the purchasing power of citizens. read more

City of Camargo awarded 69290 for road and sidewalk repairs

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by the KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.The City is responsible for all phases of work, and KYTC will reimburse the city for the projects.Resurfacing and sidewalk repair work will address:Related Article: Powell Co. working to repair flood damage• Oldham Road (CS 2021) – resurfacing 0.604 miles• Camargo Road (US 460) – sidewalk repairs 0.800 miles LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The City of Comargo is receiving $69,290 from the state to resurface Oldham Road and repair sidewalks on Camargo Road, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.Mayor Clayton Neal identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.- Advertisement – read more

Man in wheelchair carried off DART as no ramp available at Donaghmede

first_img Man being helped off the train as passengers help with his wheelchair. Source: Kellie Lynch/FacebookApology Irish Rail told that they would like to apologise to the customer featured in the video clip for any distress that was caused to him.In a statement they said that due to persistent vandalism of ramps at Howth Junction/Donaghmede Station the ramp is now kept within the booking office.Yesterday evening the station was unmanned so the booking office was closed so the driver of the DART did not have access to the ramp.Upon realisation of this the driver offered the customer two options; to continue to Bayside and we would organise a transfer by road back to Howth Junction/Donaghmede for the customer; or to continue to Bayside, where a staff member was on duty who would travel back with the customer and a ramp to Howth Junction/ Donaghmede and he would assist him getting off the DART.Not happy“The customer was not happy with either of the proposed solutions and wished to get off the DART at Howth Junction/ Donaghmede. The driver assisted by other customers assisted the customer off the train,” said Irish Rail.“This was not an ideal situation for our customer and we are very aware of this. As a result we are reviewing our policy of keeping ramps within the booking office in areas with high instances of anti social behaviour and associated security arrangements.”Read: SIPTU to vote on strike action at Irish Rail>Read: An underground DART could finally be coming to Dublin> A MAN IN a wheelchair had to be lifted off the DART last night as there was no ramp available for him at Donaghmede train station.The man was making his way home from the Ireland football game in the Aviva Stadium last night, however, he could not disembark from the train as the wheelchair access ramps had been locked away.Passengers on the train at the time said the man was told that he could get off at the next stop and get a taxi, but he informed them that this wasn’t possible because his chair did not fit in taxis as it is a large electronic chair.VideoA video, uploaded on Facebook, shows the man being lifted from his chair by staff, with train passengers assisting in lifting the chair from the train. Man being lifted by Irish Rail staff off the train as there was no wheelchair ramp available at the station. Source: Kellie Lynch/FacebookAn eyewitness on the train said:It was disgraceful that he had to go through this. There was no ramps either side of the track and the driver himself had to go look for the ramp. The ramp was locked away so they were not able to have access to it.last_img read more

GASN raises 5500 for Alexiou family

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Administrators of the Greek Australian Support Network (GASN), a Facebook group designed to help Greeks migrating to Australia, took it upon themselves in August to start a fundraiser for the Alexiou family. A recently arrived migrant family, Mrs Athanasia Mazarkidou passed away in April this year, leaving behind her husband and two young daughters.The initiative run through the GASN Facebook page received an overwhelming response in just a short period, raising $5,500. Mayor of Mannigham City Council and member of the GASN Jim Grivas expressed the community’s concern for the girls’ future. “A number of people got together to ensure the girls were being looked after from an education perspective, to ensure that they had some funds that could continue their education. That was important for us,” Grivas told Neos Kosmos.Having set up a trust account, those wanting to donate were able to directly deposit money for the Alexiou family, ensuring that both girls would be able to attend Oakleigh Grammar. A cheque was collected on behalf of the family by president of the Greek Community of Oakleigh Mr Aggelos Sardellis. To date the Alexiou family has received over $40,000 in generous donations from sources across the Greek-Australian community, including the church and parents from Oakleigh Grammar.last_img read more

Equifax dumps CEO in wake of damaging data breach

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Credit reporting agency Equifax is ousting CEO Richard Smith in an effort to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans.The shake-up announced Tuesday comes after Equifax disclosed that hackers exploited a software flaw that the company didn’t fix to heist Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personal data that provide the keys to identify theft.Smith had been Equifax’s CEO since 2005. Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. was named interim CEO.Although many analysts had applauded Equifax’s performance under Smith, he and the rest of his management team had come under fire for lax security and its response to the breach.Smith’s departure follows the abrupt retirement of Equifax’s chief security officer and chief information officer.last_img read more

Camas seeks revenue in forest

first_imgThe Boulder Creek watershed outside Camas is where the city is preparing to harvest timber for the first time. Camas’ initial timber harvest, planned for this summer, will take place below the city’s water intake area. CAMAS — Ten miles outside of Camas, nestled within two watersheds that provide the city with part of its drinking water, stands of Douglas fir trees rise to the heavens.Located within the Boulder Creek and Jones Creek watersheds near the southwest corner of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the decades-old evergreens are gnarled, moss-covered, sparsely needled, stretching above the prickly brambles of unkempt underbrush. The forest is, in places, lush and verdant, but it’s not without its share of snags, too.Decades of status-quo management have resulted in a number of concerns for Camas. So the city now looks to better manage the forest — and make some money doing so.Because it’s been left to grow unabated, city officials say, the forest is little more than a tinderbox under a magnifying glass, waiting to catch fire during the hot summer months.It’s also like an unchecked stock portfolio that could lose value if it’s not tapped. The city says harvesting the forest’s timber could pay dividends in the long run. City consultants estimate the net value of timber in the forest is $8.9 million over 50 years.last_img read more