From bugs to calibration, here are some helpful ways to optimize your quadcopter drone.BugsAs with any new technology, there are always some kinks to work out. You may have heard plenty of horror stories about drone crashes and lost connections. In reality, many times these come down to pilot error. However, there are times when bugs in the system can cause problems, including crash landings.DJI has been constantly updating their firmware since releasing the Inspire 1. It’s necessary to update your drone as soon as updates are available. If not, you risk being grounded until you do update. You can grab the latest updates from the DJI Download page.If you have not yet performed an update, here is a handy tutorial video from DJI. Prepare to hear some beeping. A whole lot of beeping. Why do you need to calibrate the Inspire 1?Users have noted that their DJI Inspire 1 tends to yaw to the left of right while holding the control stick straight forward. A YAW is the motion to the left or right on the drone’s vertical axis. It changes the direction the drone faces.Imagine a car’s alignment. If the tires are straight and the car is aligned – the car will move in a straight line. If the alignment is off – the car will drift to the left or right, even though the tires are pointed straight ahead. This is the same concept.If you notice that the DJI Inspire 1 is not accurately responding to the controller, you will need to calibrate the Compass and IMU.Calibrating the CompassFor the best performance, you should be calibrating the compass every time you move to a new flight location. It’s in your best interest to make this a habit. Calibrating the compass is just as important as attaching the propellers. You shouldn’t fly without this step.Find an open space to perform the calibration. You want to avoid any possible magnetic interference, such as parking structures, keys, cell phones, or any massive metal objects.Turn on the DJI Inspire 1 and Master Controller.In the DJI Pilot App, go to the Camera and tap the Aircraft Status menu. Select Calibrate Compass.The DJI Inspire 1 should now be flashing a Yellow indication light. Hold and rotate the DJI Inspire 1 horizontally 360 degrees counter clockwise. Keep spinning until the light turns solid Green.Now point the nose straight down. The indicator light will return to Yellow. Spin another 360 degrees counter clockwise.If the indicator light is now a solid Green, the compass is calibrated. If the light flashes Red and Yellow, move over a few feet to another spot and repeat the compass calibration.Calibrating the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)As DJI puts it, “The IMU incorporates both a 6-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer to monitor minuscule changes in tilt and movement. This allows the aircraft to compensate and adjust immediately, holding its position at all times.” As your mind recovers from reading that sentence, let’s break it down.The inertial measurement unit (IMU) is an electronic device that measures velocity, orientation, and gravitational forces. It’s responsible for speed and direction of motion, staying upright, and maintaining any position.The IMU is the brain. It is responsible for knowing if the drone is up in the air and level.As complicated as all of that sounds, calibrating the IMU is actually incredibly easy. You should also make note to perform and IMU Calibration after every firmware update. Turn on the DJI Inspire 1 and Master Controller. DO NOT FLY THE DRONE.IMU calibrations require the drone to be in a “cold” state. Performing an IMU calibration after a flight can lead to this error message:The system has overheated. Power off and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then re-start Calibration.Place the Inspire 1 on a firm level surface away from any magnets or electronics.In the DJI Pilot App, go to the Camera and tap the Mode menu. The MC Settings menu will pop up, then select Sensors.The bottom of the Sensors menu will list Check IMU and IMU Calibration.Make sure the Inspire 1 is on the ground in a stationary and horizontal position. Then select IMU Calibration.The process should take 5-10 minutes.Resume FlightNow that the Inspire 1 has been updated and calibrated, you are ready to take to the sky.Be Smart, Fly Safe!Want to see more about drones? Check out these posts: Flying the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with Adam Savage – Tested15 Videos That Prove Drone Piloting Isn’t EasyPhantom 3: DJI’s Latest Drone Takes FlightDid you finally cave and buy a drone? Did you buy a DJI Inspire 1 or Phantom 3? Did you go with another type of drone? Let us know in the comments below.
Efforts to trace, deport illegal foreigners in Assam have been poor, unsatisfactory: State Chief Secretary tells SC
Assam Chief Secretary Alok Kumar admitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the “performance” of the State government and its task force to trace illegal foreigners and deport them had been “poor” and “not satisfactory” over the past five years.“Put that on record,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, leading a three-judge Bench, told Mr. Kumar.Mr. Kumar’s admission was in response to Chief Justice Gogoi’s queries about how the State had managed to deport only four out of 46,000 illegal foreigners identified in Assam between 2015 and 2018.“Out of 46,000, you could only find 2,000; of this, you could deport only four?” Justice Gogoi asked Mr. Kumar.When Mr. Kumar tried to explain, Justice Gogoi interjected and asked, “Is your government being run in accordance with the Constitution?”“Performance [to trace illegal foreigners in the State] in the last five years has been poor,” Mr. Kumar acknowledged.“Put that on record,” the Chief Justice said.“The performance of the task force to identify them is also not satisfactory,” Mr. Kumar added.“Put that also on record,” Justice Gogoi reacted.The CJI then referred to how 38 lakh of the 40 lakh people excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam have filed citizenship claims.“If they fail in their claims, they will immediately file complaints with the Foreigners Tribunals in Assam. Do you know how many tribunals would be required to deal with such a large number of complaints?” Justice Gogoi asked.Observing that a 1,000 more tribunals would be required to deal with the tide, Mr. Kumar said the State had already proposed a ₹900-crore budget for setting up these tribunals.The Chief Justice, however, said he was sceptical about how the State would find another 1,000 judges, that too, for a tenure appointment of just three years.“Which good advocate would leave his practice and come for a three-year term as a tribunal judge?” Justice Gogoi wondered.The court further directed the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit before April 25 suggesting measures for release of detenuees languishing in Assam’s detention centres for years.“They cannot be released like how domestic criminals are released,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted.“These (detention centres) are not places anyone would like to be. There are about 915 detainees, how long will they continue to be in custody?” CJI asked.The court however did not find it necessary to send an advocate as amicus curiae to check on the living conditions of the detainees. “We know their living conditions are bad,” Chief Justice Gogoi said.In the previous hearing, Mr. Mehta had briefed the court that the “push-back” policy was dropped in 2013 and nowadays diplomatic channels were employed to determine the nationality of an illegal foreigner and to deport the person. A Ministry of Home Affairs affidavit had said how the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh visited detention centres to talk to detainees. If their information is proved correct, they are expeditiously issued travel documents.The court is hearing a petition filed by activist Harsh Mander about the dismal living conditions within the four walls of the detention centres in the State. The court noticed that many detainees continue to be lodged inside these centres even after the expiry of their term of imprisonment for illegally entering the country.
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Beermen now have their sights set on a fourth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup championship, a feat that has never been done before.“We just have to move on. We’re going to bounce back next conference. We can still make history with four straight All-Filipino titles,” said June Mar Fajardo in Filipino after SMB got blown out by Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semisIt was a painful exit for the Beermen, who suffered their worst loss of the season. “We are the defending champions of the All-Filipino the last three years, we’ve been the best team in the PBA for the last three or four years” he said.“Just cause we fell short today doesn’t mean we’re still not the best team. I think a lot of people think that we’re still the best team in the PBA regardless of our shortcomings this conference.”The 32-year-old Ross, who was the Finals MVP in the 2017 Philippine Cup, said the team can’t wait to be back on the court.“We’re eager to get going in the All-Filipino, we want to take a rest and rest our bodies because it’s a long year and we played more games by far than any team in the PBA so we need to rest our bodies, come back and defend our crown.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City It’s done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland LATEST STORIES As its quest for a Grand Slam ended on Wednesday night, San Miguel Beer quickly shifted its focus on a different shot at history.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The setback, however, also put things in perspective for San Miguel.“Just cause we don’t win the grand slam doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great year,” guard Chris Ross said. “We had a great year, we won two conferences, five out of nine championships, it’s not a failure.”“Sometimes you fall short in life, sometimes it’s how you bounce back from shortcomings so I’m sure it will hurt, it hurts all of us in the locker room but there’s some smiles over there and we got something to play for in the All-Filipino is to win that conference four straight.”READ: San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Ross believes the title of being the best team in the PBA still belongs to the Beermen despite their early exit.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Cuomo, a Democrat, said Thursday that the numbers reflect the popularity of the sports and their economic impact.The figures show two thirds of the proceeds from the events comes from ticket sales, with the rest from simulcast revenue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)ALBANY, N.Y. — Sports such as mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling have generated $97 million in New York state since lawmakers voted to legalize mixed martial arts two years ago.New figures released by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo show the introduction of MMA led to a big bump in ticket sales, simulcast revenue and taxes. In the two years before mixed martial arts were legalized boxing, wrestling and other legal combat sports generated $32 million, compared to more than three times that amount after the state’s ban on MMA was lifted.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Column: A look back at the best (and mostly worst) in sports View comments
New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Higher capacity deployment coupled with increased frequency on two routes helped budget carrier AirAsia India to make a robust 134 per cent growth in passenger traffic as it flew over half-a-million customers in October-December period of 2015.The airline carried a total of 5,08,407 passengers during the period as compared to 2,17,209 passengers flown by AirAsia India in the October-December quarter of calendar year 2014.”AirAsia India posted load factor of 84 per cent in Q4 2015, an increase of one per cent with a total of 0.51 million passengers carried (during the period),” the airline said in a statement.AirAsia India is a joint venture in which Malaysias AirAsia Bhd holds 49 per cent, Tata Sons Ltd 41 per cent and Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt Ltd the rest.The airline had commenced operations on June 12, 2014.AirAsia India operated a total of 6,07,680 seats (capacity) during the three months ending December 2015 as against 2,60,280 seats flown by the carrier in the same period of 2014, it said adding the capacity deployment grew 133 per cent during the quarter. According to the airline, it inducted one aircraft in the fleet, which took the total fleet to six Airbus A320s, besides adding Visakhapatnam in the route network during Q4-2015 while frequencies were increased on the Goa and Guwahati routes from New Delhi.Only yesterday, AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes had said that his Indian joint venture airline would add two more planes “shortly and a dozen later” without putting a time line to the induction of these planes.advertisementThe number of flights operated by the carrier also increased to 3,376 in October-December quarter of 2015 as compared to 1,446 flights in the same period of 2014, a growth of 134 per cent growth, it said. PTI IAS RAM RG
New Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Indias Durga Thakur has been promoted to international outdoor umpire by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) following her good performance at the recently-held Hawkes Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand. Thakur started her career as an umpire from the third Hockey India Sub-Junior Men & Women National Championship (Finals) in Bhopal in 2013. A graduate of NSNIS in 2011, her first international assignment came in 2015 at the double six-Nation Cup in Breda, Netherlands. A physical education teacher at Modern School, New Delhi, Thakur has represented her state Himachal Pradesh in the National Championships in three sporting disciplines ?- handball, basketball and hockey. She was one of the umpires in the finals of the last National Games. Thakur is an addition to a crop of young Indian umpires currently officiating at the international level. The list currently has 14 Indians in the elite league of international umpires (10 men, 5 women). Congratulating her on the achievement, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, secretary general of Hockey India said, “It is an extremely proud moment for us at Hockey India to have added another name to the list of international umpires. We have a dedicated professional and upward moving Indian women team. Durga is young, passionate and very committed to her job. We are proud of her achievements and congratulate her on her promotion.” PTI SSC SSC
rulesEds: Adding high courts observationsMumbai, Aug 16 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today restrained the Maharashtra government from granting permission to bullock cart races in the state in the absence of rules to ensure that no cruelty is meted to the animals.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar said when the government has till date not framed rules, as envisaged in the amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, it cannot grant permission.The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Pune resident Ajay Marathe, bringing to the courts notice a bullock cart race scheduled in his district tomorrow.The petition sought the court to stay the race. It also said that under the amended act, the state government is required to ensure that no cruelty is meted to the bullocks during races.”Till the rules are framed under the act, the state government cannot grant permission for bullock cart races. Even if and after the rules are framed, we would first go through the same and only after our nod the races would be permitted,” Chief Justice Chellur said.”The state is obligated to evolve a mechanism or a procedure on how it proposes to ensure that no harm or suffering is caused to the animals,” she said.Government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani told the court that the draft rules are ready and have been uploaded on the governments website for inviting suggestions and objections from persons concerned.advertisementThe bench directed the government to file its affidavit within two weeks in response to the petition.After perusing the order passed by the Supreme Court in the Jallikattu matter, Chief Justice Chellur said, “It is clear from the apex court order that bulls cannot be viewed as performing animals since they are not anatomically designed for that purpose. They are not horses.”The petitioner today informed the court that under the amended Act, anyone who is found to be harming the animals would face a sentence of maximum three years or fine of Rs 5 lakh.The Maharashtra Assembly had in April passed a legislation for resumption of bullock cart races across the state, after Tamil Nadu enacted a law to regularise its rural sport Jallikattu.The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Bill would regularise the bullock race, a popular sport in rural Maharashtra which had been banned in 2014 on the ground that it caused pain and suffering to bullocks.State Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar had then said the amendment was being made to the central act, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, in view of the vital role of the bullock cart race in preserving and promoting tradition and culture.After the Tamil Nadu government enacted the law to regulate Jallikattu (taming of the bull), there was a demand to revive bullock races in Maharashtra. PTI SP GK ZMN RDS
Prajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Jakarta on Friday. Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.Istomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.With Prajnesh’s bronze, India’s medals tally swelled up to 25 medals — 6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 6 LIVE UPDATES India are placed seventh on the medals tally table with 25 medals at the Asian Games 2018.Even though Prajnesh remained neck-and-neck with Istomin on most factors, it were the unforced errors that had the glaring difference. Prajnesh committed 25 unforced errors compared to 17 from Istomin.Apart from that, Istomin converted 57 per cent of his break points while Prajnesh could not capitalise on just the three break points opportunities he had.Istomin also managed to control the net better than Prajnesh, having won a total of six points at the net while Prajnesh could manage only half of that.Prajnesh began his campaign with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Indonesia’s Fitriadi M Rifqi in the Round of 32 following which he made it into the quarter-finals with a fighting 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over Ly Hoang Nam of Vietnam.advertisementIn the quarter-finals, Prajnesh beat Korea’s Kwon Soonwoo 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(8) in dramatic circumstances in a match that lasted almost four hours. The Rain Gods showered their blessing on Prajnesh at 6-6 in the deciding set when the Indian was reeling with cramps.The rain break have Prajnesh time to recover and he came back and took the match.Before Prajnesh, Leander Paes, Srinath Prahlad, Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri had won bronze medals in men’s singles for India while Somdev Devvarman remains India’s only gold medallist at the Games.Earlier in the day, Indian women’s kabaddi team settled for a silver for the first time after winning two straight gold medals in 2010 and 2014 with a 27-24 loss to Iran.Before that, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev in the final in Jakarta.Prior to that gold, Indian rowers put up a fabulous show as the Indian team clinched a gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final. Before that gold, Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls final and the team of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh took a bronze in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final.Also, Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event after finishing with a score of 219.2 while Manu Bhaker endured another disappointing day in Palembang with a fifth-place finish in the same event.
Facing a chinaman is a nightmare for the batsmen anyway but when the bowler adds more variations, the task becomes even more difficult.Kuldeep Yadav has over the years perfected the art of bowling in limited-overs cricket by adding the doosra and flipper to his armoury. But the 23-year-old isn’t going to rest just there and wants to add more variations in his bowling.Which is exactly what he has done now by adding the cross-seam quicker ball in his bowling arsenal.The Kanpur-born left-arm leggie was seen bowling a couple of those deliveries at the West Indies batsmen during the first T20I at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | PhotosThe deliveries did take the batsmen by surprise, who were finding him difficult to pick anyway during the first innings.Interestingly, Kuldeep revealed that this new ball is still a work in progress for him. “It’s the ball I’m working on (faster one). Just bowl it to contain runs as well,” Kuldeep said after the game.The chinaman had finished the five-match ODI series against the Windies as the highest wicket-taker with 9 scalps and he just carried on with that form in the T20I as well, picking up 3 for 13 in four overs to break the backbone of the West Indies batting lineup.Read – Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaKuldeep and all-rounder Krunal Pandya spun a web around the West Indies batsmen in a joint spell of eight overs to restrict them to a paltry 109 for 8 in 20 overs after India opted to bowl first.advertisementThe Windies were reduced to 34/3 in seven overs when Pandya — who had misfielded in only the second ball of the innings — was brought in.The elder brother of injured Hardik got rid of comeback man Kieron Pollard and gave away just 15 runs while senior pro Kuldeep scalped three wickets leaking 13 runs.After 15 overs, the tourists had managed just 63 runs, losing 7 wickets.Fabien Allen top-scored for the Windies with a counter-attacking 27 off 20 balls (4×4) while Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 15 along with Khari Pierre (9 not out).West Indies crossed the 100-run mark riding a big 19th over which fetched 16 runs off Umesh Yadav (1/36).Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) and debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) also got a wicket apiece.Also read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataIndia then rode on a composed 31 not from Dinesh Karthik and Krunal’s quickfire knock to chase down the target with 13 balls to spare.”Very important to take wickets. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. But that’s my aim. The first wicket (of Bravo) was the one I cherished,” Kuldeep said after picking up the man-of-the-match award.The bowling performance also saw Kuldeep become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in T20 cricket. He achieved the feat in his 75th match at an average of 19.75 with two five-wicket hauls.
Australia How Australia can beat Syria with four defenders at the back Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 2 years ago 09:07 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Australia WC Qualification Asia Syria v Australia Australia v Syria Syria Opinion The Socceroos tactician seems set in his ways but could a couple of surprise selections open up a shock formation switch? Australian coach Ange Postecoglou has set out the team with three defenders at the back since November’s shock 2-2 draw against Thailand in Bangkok.The widely-criticised formation has only yielded three wins in nine games, and has seen the team score 12 goals but also concede 15.Critics have circled Postecoglou since the Socceroos’ failure to automatically qualify for Russia, but has the coach given himself an out clause from the controversial tactic with his squad selection for the playoffs against Syria? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Josh Risdon is only really suited to right-back in a four-man defence, while forward Nikita Rukavytsya thrives in wide attacking areas, not playing as a wing-back.The above additions could mean the coach is planning an unlikely formation change – whether to start the game or a mid-match adjustment.If the unthinkable happens and Ange changes his mind, this is Australia’s strongest line-up with four defenders at the back: GK: Mathew Ryan – The long-term Australian No.1 picks himself.LB: Aziz Behich – Regularly playing for Bursaspor and more suited to a left-back role than wing-back.CB: Trent Sainsbury – The nation’s best centre-half.CB: Bailey Wright – Is a close call with Milos Degenek but just shades it with because of his leadership.RB: Josh Risdon – A good defender who can threaten going forward with his quality crossingCM: Mark Milligan – Can sit a little deeper than Mooy and allow the Huddersfield man to press forward.CM: Aaron Mooy – Will be given a licence to dictate play.LW: Robbie Kruse – Deserves to play on a wing after his hot goalscoring form for VfL Bochum.AM: Tom Rogic – Can be allowed to roam free in his favoured no.10 role.RW: Mathew Leckie – Scoring for fun in the Bundesliga and should thrive playing further forward.ST: Tomi Juric – Is also scoring for his club side and is a strong focal point.Australia will play the first leg against Syria in Malacca, Malaysia on October 5, before hosting the home leg at ANZ Stadium five days later.The winner of the tie will face a two-leg playoff against fourth-place in CONCACAF for a spot in Russia.
zoom Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker has not been able to find a sustainable solution regarding in-court restructuring procedures in the subsidiaries O.W. Bunker & Trading A/S and O.W. Supply & Trading A/S, and as a consequence, the company and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy. The probate court in Aalborg has already issued a bankruptcy order in OW Bunker A/S.On November 6, OW Bunker issued a statement saying that the company was investigating an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT), saying that the extent of the fraud was not clear at the time, but preliminary findings suggested a potential loss of around USD 125 million.OW Bunker also said that a review of risk management contracts has revealed a significant risk management loss in addition to the loss of USD 24.5 million announced on October 23, 2014. According to the company, the mark to market loss is around USD 150 million.As a result of the internal investigation OW Bunker decided to report two key employees in the Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT) to the police and to relieve them of duty immediately.OW Bunker Chairman of the Board of Directors, Niels Henrik Jensen said: “Since the credit facility was closed down on Wednesday, the underlying business has eroded significantly. The banks hold mortgage over all receivables and consequently, without the provision of new, significant credit facilities in the immediate future, it is not possible to save the remaining business. It is now clear that such facilities will not be made available. Nor is a sale as going concern a realistic option. We are therefore left with no option but to file for bankruptcy. On behalf of the entire board of directors and management, we deeply regret this outcome and the consequences affecting the company, its employees, shareholders and business partners.”Press Release
– Renforcer les lignes de communication avec les parents et les élèves. Établir des structures pour surveiller la présence en classe à l’échelle du district scolaire. – Accélérer l’élaboration du système d’information sur les élèves. Élaborer des politiques claires pour des interventions par étapes sur la question de la présence en classe. – Renforcer les suspensions à l’école et les possibilités d’aide à l’apprentissage. Élaborer des lignes directrices pour que les élèves puissent récupérer les unités pour les cours qu’ils ont manqués. Faire de la présence en classe un prérequis pour obtenir les unités pour un cours. Aujourd’hui, 2 novembre, la ministre de l’Éducation, Marilyn More, a décrit, en réponse à un rapport sur la participation des élèves, les mesures à prendre pour faire en sorte que les élèves passent plus de temps en classe et pour mettre l’accent sur l’apprentissage. La ministre a accepté 10 des 13 recommandations du comité de travail sur l’absentéisme et le climat dans la salle de classe qui a étudié les façons d’améliorer la présence en classe des élèves et de mieux motiver ces derniers dans leur apprentissage. Le comité, présidé par l’ancien sous-ministre Howard Windsor, était composé d’enseignants, d’élèves, de parents et de directeurs d’école. « Pour résoudre efficacement ce problème complexe, nous devons travailler ensemble pour améliorer la présence en classe et briser le cycle de la faible participation des élèves, a déclaré Mme More. « J’ai pris le temps de bien étudier les avis du comité de travail et des milliers de Néo-Écossais qui ont pris part aux consultations, et je crois que les recommandations adoptées nous aideront à ramener en classe plus d’élèves et à les intéresser à ce qu’ils apprennent. » Au cours de la dernière année, la ministre, accompagnée des membres du comité de travail, a tenu une série de rencontres avec les parents, les directeurs, les élèves et d’autres partenaires en éducation pour connaître les raisons pour lesquelles les élèves s’absentent. Les discussions nous ont appris que d’engager les élèves davantage dans le processus d’apprentissage avait un effet positif sur la présence en classe, contrairement au seul renforcement des politiques et des règlements. Voici quelques mesures clés adoptées par la ministre : Un essai de deux ans commencera en septembre et les élèves qui auront été absents d’un cours plus de 20 p. 100 du temps ne seront pas admissibles à recevoir les unités décernées pour le cours en question. « La ministre a pris le temps d’écouter, de poser des questions et de comprendre les problèmes auxquels nos écoles sont confrontées par rapport à l’absentéisme et au climat dans la salle de classe, a déclaré Gary Walker, directeur du Halifax West High School. L’appui que la ministre recommande confirme la croyance que la présence en classe et une participation active produiront un environnement d’apprentissage positif. » « Je tiens à remercier le comité pour son travail et les nombreux Néo-Écossais qui ont participé au processus de consultation, a déclaré Mme More. « Vos idées et vos commentaires m’ont été inestimables pour la préparation de ma réponse et je me réjouis à l’idée de travailler avec vous pour donner suite aux recommandations. » Pour lire la réponse de la ministre, allez à www.ednet.ns.ca.
New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is awaiting sanction from different organisations to prosecute 123 government employees, including IAS officers and those working in central probe agencies like CBI, ED and Income Tax Department, for over four months for their alleged involvement in corruption. Of the total accused, the highest of 45 are from different state-run banks. According to norms, sanction for prosecution has to be decided within four months. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCA total of 57 cases involving these officers are pending sanction for prosecution from different government organisations, according to latest data by the probity watchdog. The highest number of eight cases is pending with the Ministry of Personnel, which acts as the nodal department for anti-corruption matters, followed by five each with the Ministry of Railways and the government of Uttar Pradesh. Separate cases involving an additional superintendent of police of the Central Bureau of Investigation, assistant director of the Enforcement Directorate and an Income Tax officer are also awaiting sanction for prosecution, the data updated till April showed. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsA total of 15 cases, involving 45 employees, are pending with State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Punjab National Bank, Allahabad Bank, Syndicate Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, it showed. “In seven cases involving 16 officials of Department of Personnel & Training, Corporation Bank, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda and Syndicate Bank, the Commission agreed with the departments/organisations that sanction for prosecution is not necessary. However, final action taken/decision is awaited,” the CVC said. Two such cases involving corrupt employees are pending with Union territories, Department of Revenue, Defence Ministry, Ministry of Food and Supply, and Health and Family Welfare Ministry, it said. One case each involving corrupt staff is awaiting sanction for prosecution from the state governments of Chhattisgarh, J&K, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, it said.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Dec. 18———EMERYS PLEAD GUILTY TO DRUG-RELATED CHARGES: Prominent pot activists Jodie and Marc Emery have been fined and placed on probation after pleading guilty to a number of drug-related charges in a Toronto court. Marc Emery, the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot,” pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for purpose of trafficking, trafficking marijuana and possession of proceeds of crime more than $5,000. Jodie Emery pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000. Three others with ties to the Emerys pleaded guilty to similar charges. All other charges against the Emerys were dropped and the judge accepted a joint recommendation for sentencing the couple. Each must pay a $150,000 fine plus a $45,000 victim surcharge and spend two years probation with conditions to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and not to participate, directly or indirectly, in any illegal marijuana dispensaries.———SEVERAL KILLED AS TRAIN DERAILS ON BRIDGE IN WASHINGTON STATE: An Amtrak train making the first run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass Monday south of Seattle and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people, authorities said. The death toll was expected to rise. Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard when the train moving at about 130 kilometres per hour derailed on a route that had raised safety concerns. At least 50 people were hospitalized, more than a dozen with critical or serious injuries, authorities said. An official briefed on the investigation said that preliminary signs indicate that Train 501 may have struck something before going off the track about 64 kilometres south of Seattle. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. A local official had raised concerns about the safety of the new bypass as recently as two weeks ago at a public meeting. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said several vehicles on Interstate 5 were struck by falling train cars and multiple motorists were injured. No fatalities of motorists were reported.———BUSINESS LEADERS URGE PM TO JOIN NEW U.S.-FREE TPP: More than a dozen top business leaders are telling Justin Trudeau it’s time for Canada to immediately join the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership that no longer includes the United States. An open letter to the prime minister from 18 chief executives comes after last month’s decision by Canada to withhold support from what appeared to be a breakthrough agreement by the 11 remaining TPP countries to sign a newly configured version of the Pacific Rim trade pact. Trudeau angered allies such as Australia and Japan at the APEC summit in Vietnam when he said Canada needed to address issues such as autos and culture before moving forward. The Business Council of Canada organized the letter to Trudeau and it represents a range of sectors, including natural resources, manufacturing, transport, food and financial services. The letter doesn’t specifically mention the ever-present threat of a U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement but says trade diversification is more important than ever.———PRISON SEGREGATION LAW FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL: An Ontario judge says isolating a prisoner for more than five days in a process known as administrative segregation is unconstitutional. Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco ruled Monday the system lacks proper safeguards. However, Marrocco says banning the practice immediately could be disruptive and dangerous, so he suspended his ruling for one year to give Parliament a chance to fix the problem. At issue are sections of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that allow a warden to order administrative segregation when an inmate is at risk of harm from others, or poses a risk to the security of the prison. Inmates spend 22 hours a day in a cell without any meaningful human contact. The provisions require the warden to have the placement decision reviewed within five days of ordering an inmate placed in solitary but only the warden can change the decision. Marrocco says the law is lacking because it doesn’t mandate an effective and independent review of segregation decisions.———BARRY AND HONEY SHERMAN MOURNED BY JEWISH COMMUNITY: Members of Toronto’s Jewish community are paying tribute to Barry and Honey Sherman after the billionaire philanthropist couple was found dead in their home. A memorial web page for the Shermans, set up by the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, has received more than 160 messages of remembrance since Friday, when news of their deaths spread on social media. Mourners posting to the website recalled the generosity of the couple, who for decades supported charitable causes — particularly in the field of health care and within the Jewish community. Apotex Inc. pharmaceutical company Chair and CEO Barry Sherman, 75, and Honey, 70, made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities over the years. Toronto police say the Shermans’ deaths are being treated as suspicious and homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. Autopsy results showed the couple died from “ligature neck compression.”———EX-SKI COACH DENIED BAIL PENDING APPEAL: Ex-national ski coach Bertrand Charest has been denied bail pending an appeal of his sex-crimes conviction involving his teenage students. The Quebec Court of Appeal heard arguments last Thursday and Justice Martin Vauclair handed down his ruling Monday. Charest was found guilty last June of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges he was facing and a judge recently sentenced him to a 12-year prison term. His lawyers said they had serious grounds for appealing the guilty verdicts and that Charest’s chances of being acquitted or getting a new trial were very good. Last week, a lawyer for Charest proposed $50,000 bail and a $50,000 undertaking on his property and said his client would agree to report to provincial police on a regular basis, abide by a curfew, abstain from working as a coach and stay away from parks and schools. The convictions involved nine of the 12 women who’d accused Charest of crimes dating back more than 20 years. All but one of the 12 were under the age of 18 at the time, with the youngest being 12 years old. With time served in detention since his arrest in 2015, Charest has seven years and 10 months left in the sentence.———INUK WOMAN WITH LIVER FAILURE IMPROVING, FAMILY SAYS: The family of an Inuk woman struggling with acute liver failure is expressing optimism about her improving condition, while urging the rapid end of policies that deny transplants to alcoholics who haven’t abstained from drinking for half a year. Garrett Saunders said in an interview from the transplant centre at the University Health Network in Toronto that his older sister, Delilah Saunders, showed further signs of improvement over the weekend and on Monday. The 22-year-old said the family from Labrador is pleased with the 26-year-old woman’s progress and is increasingly hopeful she won’t require a liver transplant, though that is not yet definitely the case. Meanwhile, Saunders also read a statement from the family that says the Trillium Gift of Life Network needs to change the six-month abstinence rule. He said in the statement that the policy tends to be particularly harmful to marginal and poor groups and may be “preventing them from accessing life-saving care.” The family has said that Saunders, who is a prominent activist for Aboriginal women, was initially told that she didn’t meet criteria for a transplant because she drank within the last six months before she fell ill.———BRITISH COLUMBIA ENDS GRIZZLY BEAR HUNT: Hunting grizzly bears has been banned in British Columbia. The B.C. government says public consultations have made it clear that killing grizzlies is no longer socially acceptable. The spring hunt in the province was scheduled to open in April, but the ban for both resident and non-resident hunters takes effect immediately. Environment Minister George Heyman says First Nations will still be allowed to hunt grizzlies for food, social or ceremonial reasons, or for treaty rights. Heyman says some studies suggest bear sightseeing could have a much greater economic impact than hunting. Green party spokesman Adam Olsen says he couldn’t be more thrilled with the decision. The government estimates there are about 15,000 grizzly bears in the province.———2017 OPIOID DEATHS ON PACE TO HIT 4,000, HEALTH AGENCY SAYS: The Public Health Agency of Canada says at least 1,460 people died from opioid-related overdoses in the first half of this year. And that number is expected to rise as additional data becomes available from the provinces and territories. The federal agency expects the number of lives lost due to opioid-related overdoses in 2017 will surpass last year’s figure of 2,861. PHAC says that if current trends continue, opioid-related deaths could surpass 4,000 by the end of the year. All regions of Canada have been affected, but some have been harder hit than others. The western provinces and territories continue to report higher rates of opioid-related deaths. The data also indicate that illicit fentanyl has played a major role in the crisis, with 74 per cent of deaths involving the opioid, compared to 53 per cent last year.———B.C. WOMAN MISTAKENLY GIVES AWAY DIAMOND RING: A British Columbia woman hopes her charitable impulse won’t cost her a cherished diamond ring. Trinda Gajek was visiting Nanaimo last week when she stopped to ask a young man if he needed some help. The resident of Salt Spring Island says she dumped the contents of her change purse into her hand and gave the man all she had. Gajek says it was only later that she remembered her diamond ring was in her change purse for safe keeping, and she had inadvertently given it away, along with the coins. She says the young man received it honestly, but she’s hoping the ring her children helped her buy will be returned. The ring has a thin band with baguette, or rectangular, diamonds across the top. She says it can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Community Services Centre in Nanaimo.———
Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Suicide Squad benefits Ontario’s economy to the tune of $80M and 4707 jobs!!The Motion Picture Association of Canada reports on the impact of the filming of Suicide Squad in Toronto last year. “During the 98 days of filming, and 168 days of pre and post shoot work, the production created 4,707 jobs, spending well over $80 million in Ontario.” Advertisement Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport, said “I am thrilled that blockbuster films such as Suicide Squad are choosing to film in Ontario, reinforcing our province’s reputation as a world class hub for film and TV production.” “Our government is a proud supporter of the creative industries and I am glad to see that this important sector is thriving.”“Productions like Suicide Squad are not only an opportunity to showcase Ontario’s talented cast and crew, but also support thousands of local businesses who play a significant role behind the scenes,” said Wendy Noss, President, Motion Picture Association-Canada. “With Suicide Squad spending over $80 million in the province, it is easy to understand why the film and television industry is a critical part of Ontario’s economy.”Beyond the acting roles, stunts and background performances provided by ACTRA Toronto members, economic inputs included: over $12.5 million on all rentals, including truck and car rentals; more than $4.2 million on lumber and construction supplies; close to $2 million on catering, bakery goods, and other food items; over $2.6 million on location fees; and more than $785,000 on local wardrobe and dry cleaning services.ACTRA Toronto President, David Sparrow said “We a re proud to see Toronto and all of Ontario growing as a trusted creative service provider in front of, behind and after the camera. These cleaner, greener, skilled jobs are an important part of the province’s economic future.”Read more here… ow.ly/awx8302XnHM
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday strongly condemned the violence “perpetrated” by the BJP in Kolkata on Tuesday. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief alleged that after desperately trying to destabilise the West Bengal government through the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department, the BJP was now resorting to direct violence which shows its true colours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Vandalising the statue of a great reformer like Sri Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is an indication of the pseudo-nationalism practiced by the BJP. This incident underlines the need for all the opposition parties to stand united against the destructive tactics of Amit Shah-led BJP,” Naidu tweeted. The TDP leader, in his tweets in Telugu, alleged that Amit Shah during his rally in Kolkata used vandals to create violence. He said in the past people of the country saw how Narendra Modi used Amit Shah to create hatred among people in Gujarat. He said in West Bengal where BJP has no strength, the party is trying to create disturbances targeting a senior woman leader like Mamata Banerjee and maligning her government.
Rabat – A Moroccan activist as young as 21-year-old, Yousra Kourki, died immediately after falling from a high summit of Oued el Kanar park, province of Chefchaouen.The tragedy happened on the evening of Sunday, July 28, when Kourki fell after trying to cross a dangerous passage. She sustained severe injuries to her spinal cord which caused her immediate death, according to several Facebook posts.The posts also state that Kourki’s body was recovered by passersby after the civil protection’s delayed arrival. Kourki was transferred to a Health Center in Stihat where she was pronounced dead due to her injuries. The deceased was a student of the Higher International Institute of Tourism of Tangier (ISITT) and an activist who dedicated her life to sharing knowledge and fighting for the neediest people, according to Facebook posts.She was also part of Tangier’s Young Leaders Council and the Choualla Association for Education and Culture.Internet users stated that the Oued el Knar park lacks basic security measures.
“He believes such an agreement will constitute a major milestone in Iraq’s political transition,” his spokesman said in a statement delivered at the noon briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York.”The Secretary-General emphasizes that compromise and mutual understanding are critical if the parties are to quickly resolve the remaining issues under consideration,” the spokesman added.With the 15 August deadline to complete the draft constitution fast approaching, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, met this past Tuesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Ja’fari to review progress and obstacles. On the same day, the Security Council held discussions on ways the world body could support the country’s ongoing political transition.Speaking to the press after the Council meeting, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the 15-nation body’s rotating presidency for the month of August, acknowledged that the exercise was occurring under difficult conditions and that there were some remaining differences among the broad spectrum of negotiators.Nevertheless, the Council had received reports of a “good spirit of compromise,” and was hopeful that in this final week, all efforts would be deployed to overcome those differences.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 10:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Energy board OK’s its first 40-year natural-gas export licence for LNG Canada VANCOUVER – The board that regulates natural-gas exploration and production in Canada has approved its first 40-year export licence to a joint-venture company led by Shell.The National Energy Board permit will allow LNG Canada to export up to 1,494-billion cubic metres of liquefied natural gas from a terminal that will be located near the B.C. north-coast community of Kitimat.Until the National Energy Board Act was amended in June 2015, the maximum term length of an export permit was 25 years.The licence must still be approved by the prime minister and his cabinet.The announcement comes just days after the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission approved an LNG Canada facility permit, which outlines design, construction and operation requirements.Shell Canada Energy and affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. are members of LNG Canada, which has not yet made a final investment decision on the project.“We have determined that the quantity of natural gas proposed to be exported by LNG Canada, for a term of 40 years, is surplus to Canadian needs,” says a letter published Thursday by the board.“The board is satisfied that the natural gas resource base in Canada, as well as North America overall, is large and can accommodate reasonably foreseeable Canadian demand, including the natural gas exports proposed in this application, and a plausible potential increase in demand.”The board says in its letter that the licence will expire Dec. 31, 2022 unless exports have begun.The project is one of 20 LNG proposals in B.C. Four have received environmental approval from the province, while two have been granted permission to proceed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.The B.C. Liberal government has staked its political future on the LNG industry, with promises of 100,000 new jobs and $100 billion in revenue over 30 years.
Komatsu America has just introduced the HM300-3 articulated dump truck (ADT) at the Conexpo show in Las Vegas. With a flywheel horsepower of 242 kW, the HM300-3 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-6 engine and is EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage 3B emission certified. Built upon a proven Tier 3 engine platform, Komatsu stated that it believes it has “leveraged its leadership in technology and innovation to design an environmentally friendly engine that increases power while decreasing fuel consumption.”The HM300-3 features a maximum gross vehicle weight 52.23 t and can haul up to a 28.1 t payload at its maximum ground speed of 58.6 km/h. Improved operating performance, lower fuel consumption, improved operator comfort and enhanced serviceability are additional features of the HM300-3 that provide “maximum productivity and lower operating costs.” The HM300-3 is also equipped with the latest Komtrax technology, which sends machine operating information to a secure website utilising wireless technology. Data such as daily fuel consumption, machine utilisation, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis.