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Central team in Odisha to assess damage in cyclone-affected

first_imgA seven-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team is in Odisha to assess the damage caused by cyclone Bulbul. The team will visit Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Balasore districts to evaluate the extent of damage and submit a report to the Centre, officials said. Soon after arriving here on Thursday, the team led by Saheli Ghosh Roy, Joint Secretary (CIC), Ministry of Home Affairs, visited some of the affected areas at Chandbali in Bhadrak district. The officials said that the team will split into two groups on Friday and make field visits to the affected blocks. Group A will conduct a field trip to Chandbali and Basudevpur blocks in Bhadrak district and Bhograi block in Balasore district. Group B will visit Rajnagar block in Kendrapara district and Kujang and Ersama blocks of Jagatsinghpur district. Both the groups will return to the state capital on Friday evening and attend a wrap-up meeting, to be chaired by Chief Secretary A.K. Tripathy. Though the cyclone skipped Odisha and made landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts on Saturday, heavy downpour and gale-force winds left a trail of destruction, damaging hundreds of houses, uprooting trees, electric poles and affecting telecom towers in the state Preliminary report prepared by the state government said that the cyclone had caused damage to crops in three lakh hectares, which includes more than 33% crop damage in over 2 lakh hectares land. Around 5,500 houses were damaged, 16 lakh electric consumers affected and 653 piped water supply systems suffered break down due disruption in power supply. The State government is likely to submit a preliminary damage assessment report to the team, the officials said. Besides Ghosh Roy, the other team members are Chief Engineer in Ministry of Power Vandana Singhal, consultant in Department of Expenditure Deena Nath, Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Rural Development SS Modi, Superintending Engineer of Central Warehousing Corporation, Odisha, Amarish Pal Singh. Director of DRD Agriculture in Patna Virendra Singh and senior official at the regional office of the Ministry of Road Transport in the state, Sunil Kumar are also in the team.last_img read more

A positive result is a must against EB: Bagans stand-in coach

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) Shankarlal Chakraborty, who is standing in for suspended coach Sanjoy Sen at Mohun Bagan, says a positive result for the team is of paramount importance in the upcoming I-League derby against East Bengal. The Mariners play East Bengal in their return match at Siliguri on Saturday. “Our strategy is pretty straight and simple, give your cent percent and churn out a positive result. In our quest for the second consecutive Hero I-League trophy, we need a positive result in Siliguri,” Chakraborty, who has represented both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal after having graduated from Tata Football Academy, said. He said the defending champions strategy will be to not concede an early goal. “Our first priority always remains not to concede an early goal. In the wee minutes of the game, we tend to focus on judging our opponents and then changing our gears according to our strengths and their limitations. When the two giants confront with each other, you cant expect anything less than an enthralling humdinger.” Asked how is he preparing himself before his first derby as the Mariners coach, Chakraborty said, “I always believe that the Derby is the final frontier. Be it player or coach, youll always be tested on the Derby. But for us, generally, everything is planned by Sanjoy Da (Sen). “During the course of the game, we keep an eye to the movements and tweak the strategies according to the need of the game. The same practice we followed against Sporting Clube de Goa, Mumbai FC, Aizawl FC and therell be no change against Kingfisher East Bengal either.” PTI AH PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Nasser Hussain all praise for Sam Curran for showing character in abundance

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain lavished praise on young England all-rounder Sam Curran for his match-winning display against India at the Edgbaston Test.Curran took four wickets in the first innings after India were off to a good start and then scored a 65-ball 63 after England were reeling at 87/7 in their second innings. His knock made sure that England have a lead of 193 and defend it somehow.The hosts then went onto to defend that after Ben Stokes’ impressive bowling on the fourth day of the Test match and won the Test by 31 runs.Curran, 20, was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his efforts and Hussain said that Curran was a deserving man-of-the-match because he turned the game around on his own.Also read – Watching Virat Kohli bat was an eye-opener for young Sam Curran”He has won England this game. India might say Kohli got 200 runs but who turned this game around? A 20-year-old. It’s a phenomenal achievement,” Hussain told Sky Sport. Sam Curran hit his maiden Test fifty in the second innings of the Edgbaston Test (Reuters Photo)”He changed the course of two innings. He came on with India 50-0 and pitched it up, swung it and got four for nothing and he then went in with England 87-7,” he added.Hussain went on to say that one has to pick the players depending on their character rather than the performance in county cricket.Also read – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbastonadvertisement”I always used to say pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket. He has character in abundance,” he said.Hussain also praised the England squad for showing the collective effort on the ground unlike India.”It was more of a team collective from England to beat India who relied heavily on one or two, the great one being Kohli,” he said.”It just felt like a group of England cricketers taking on one or two Indian players,” he added.last_img read more

Disha Patani squats like a boss in sheer top and shorts at gym. Watch new workout video

first_imgDisha Patani is taking the internet by storm once again and this time she is doing it by giving fitness goals to her fans.Taking to Instagram today, Disha’s gym trainer posted a video on his account of the diva training and it will give you major inspiration.The Bharat star is one of the actors who are extremely regular at the gym and never skip a day of workout. And this new video is a proof of the actor’s dedication and hard work.In the new gym video, Disha can be seen doing sets of couple workouts and an advanced level of exercise with her trainer.Disha can be seen doing advanced squats while holding a ball as her trainer holds her legs for support.For the workout routine, Disha donned a blue pair of shorts and white tank top over a neon orange sports bra.She paired the look with black and white trainer shoes, a messy ponytail and a subtle make-up.On the work front, Disha was last seen portraying the role of Radha on the big screen in Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s Bharat.Currently, Disha is gearing up for her next with Mohit Suri. The film is titled Malang and stars Anil Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu and Aditya Roy Kapur in pivotal roles.advertisementALSO SEE | Disha Patani to star in Varun Dhawan-Sara Ali Khan’s Coolie No 1 remake? Here is the truthALSO WATCH | Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferenceslast_img read more

ISL: Jamshedpur FC stay alive with 1-0 win over Mumbai City FC

first_img India Today Web Desk JamshedpurFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 22:35 IST Jamshedpur FC have 23 points, one less than fourth-placed NorthEast United, from 15 matches in the ongoing ISL season (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMemo scored the only goal of the match to help Jamshedpur FC clinch three points on Friday The result sees Jamshedpur inch to within a point of fourth-placed NorthEast UnitedMumbai City FC remain on the 2nd spot, four points behind leaders Bengaluru FCJamshedpur FC claimed a vital win in their quest to reach the Hero Indian Super League play-offs after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mumbai City FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Friday.After a goalless first half, Jamshedpur stepped up the pressure on Mumbai and found the match-winner through Memo in the 80th minute.The result sees Jamshedpur inch to within a point of fourth-placed NorthEast United, while Mumbai remain in second position, four points ahead of Cesar Ferrando’s team.The game got off to a scruffy start with several niggly fouls despite Jamshedpur enjoying most of the early possession. The first bit of attacking action came in the 15th minute when Mumbai’s Paulo Machado curled a free-kick from range inches over the crossbar.Jamshedpur were not to be left behind as Farukh Choudhary stung the palms of Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh from about 25 yards..@JamshedpurFC stayed in the race for a spot in the top four with a home win over @MumbaiCityFC.More videos: https://t.co/8jtqJIjojH #HeroISL #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #JAMMUM pic.twitter.com/ix16Fp9tWSIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 8, 2019The visitors then had a great chance to take the lead when Rafael Bastos sent an angling cross into the box but Machado could not keep his effort on target at the far post.The patchy nature of the match continued and Jamshedpur were fortunate to stay level before half-time when Moudou Sougou almost capitalised on a terrible back pass from Pratik Chowdhury. However, Jamshedpur goalkeeper Subrata Paul was alert and averted danger.advertisementThe second half started with some end-to-end action on display before Jamshedpur took control. Ferrando’s men looked to force the issue and had the visitors on the ropes for much of the half.With some exquisite passing in midfield led by Mario Arques and Pablo Morgado, Jamshedpur created several chances but just could not finish them.A cross from Arques in the 65th minute was almost turned in by Lucian Goian whose attempted clearance saw the ball bounce just wide of the post. Jamshedpur kept asking the Mumbai defence questions but to no avail.Jamshedpur were finally rewarded in the 80th minute for their perseverance after a set-piece was awarded for a foul on Morgado.Sergio Cidoncha swung a free-kick into the Mumbai box and Amrinder could only present a weak punch to the effort. The ball fell for Memo who sent a looping header over Amrinder into the far corner to spark delirious scenes at the stadium.The Men of Steel saw the game out without much hassle to spice up the race for the play-off spots.Also Read | I-League: Chennai City beat Indian Arrows 2-0 to regain top spotAlso Read | Manchester United caretaker boss Solskjaer named Premier League manager of the monthAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow Jamshedpur FC vs Mumbai City FFollow ISL 2018-19 table Next ISL: Jamshedpur FC stay alive with 1-0 win over Mumbai City FCIndian Super League 2018-19: Jamshedpur FC, who remain fifth on the 10-team table, are now only a point behind fourth-placed NorthEast United.advertisementlast_img read more

Perch: French Cocktails in the Sky

first_img This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway If Bruce Wayne ever opened a restaurant/bar, it would be Perch. Occupying the top two floors of the gorgeous 1923 Pershing Square building in downtown Los Angeles, Perch is a French bistro in the sky. Getting to Perch is a tad eerie, which adds to the experience. The glory of the Art Deco lobby has been slightly neglected and a security guard sits silently behind a desk, never acknowledging anyone is there, suggesting you’re going to take a “Twilight Zone” elevator back in time to a 1920s Parisian party. The only clue you’re in the right place is the tiny brass bird icon next to the elevator’s top floor. Except, you’ll find you’re not yet on the building’s top floor. Once you get off the elevator, you’re in the world’s smallest lobby, with thick velvet curtains, art, and a piano, where you wait for another elevator that will take you up to the 15th floor. A bouncer is on hand to allay any confusion.The second, shorter elevator ride opens into Perch– which looks a little bit like the penthouse apartment of a wildly interesting rich person. Thirty foot ceilings lean on huge arched windows that open out onto a wide stone patio. Paintings and heavy, seemingly-antique furniture dominate the room, but nothing can distract from the perfect views of downtown glittering all around. You can eat inside or out on the patio, of which a few chairs and tables are reserved for just drinks. Take the door upstairs to the 16th floor for the 360-degree view of the city. Fireplaces glow, music plays (anything from classic to guest DJs, depending on the hour), and damn good drinks flow.The wines are largely French and they offer an incredible Apéritif hour from 4 pm – 6pm with $5 beer, $6 glasses of wine, and $7 cocktails. The food is also happy hour priced, like the Brie en Croute for $6, which is puff pastry wrapped brie, apple, fennel, pecan slaw, and whole grain aioli. The prices, the quality, and the atmosphere frankly make Perch one of the happiest happy hours in town.If you’re having dinner, don’t miss the Steak Frites (the truffle cheese fries will haunt your dreams), or the Little Bunny Frou Frou, which is rabbit-stuffed ravioli. But whatever you order, save room for the phenomenally warm, gooey, fluffy-but-somehow-satisfyingly-dense White Chocolate Bread Pudding. You’ll probably want to slather everything in its Bourbon-caramel glaze. All of the desserts come with extremely helpful wine pairing suggestions, none of which are crazy expensive. For example, the dream bread pudding can be enjoyed with a $10 glass of Six Grapes Port. Executive Chef Gerardo Benitez rotates the menu to keep things fresh and seasonal, so you’ll never be bored.The service is outstanding. For as chic a place as this is, the staff is friendly and helpful. No cool, reserved disdain of the tragically hip here. You might have to wait a minute or two for your drink at the bar if it’s busy, but they’re only human and that happens everywhere.Reservations are key. If you don’t want to stand in line (and it will become a long line), make a reservation. It’s best if you can do it about a week ahead, that way you’re likely to get the date and time you’re looking for, as well as your preference for indoor or outdoor table. If you’re going to wing it, show up early. Again, avoid the line. No one likes lines. After 9 pm, it’s 21 and over only. And if you squint, you might just see F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald mixing up another Gin Rickey. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Editors’ Recommendations Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouselast_img read more

Province Helps Innovative Business Expand into New Markets

first_imgAn innovative Nova Scotia business is finding new ways to teach people different languages, and the government is helping the company learn the language of international trade. Copernicus Studios in Halifax is using voice recognition technology to develop a series of educational language games. The company’s digital artists, engineers and scientists are creating an entertaining way to play and learn all at once. “This company has the potential to do business anywhere in the world,” said MLA Joachim Stroink on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “The province is always looking to partner with small and medium-size businesses that want to expand and do business in emerging and strategic overseas markets.” Through the Small Business Development Program, the province is providing $10,000 to support Copernicus Studios’ $20,000 project to identify new markets, and position its products for success. “By matching our investment, the province has given us the ability to be more specific about how we tailor our products for strategic target markets and consumers,” said Copernicus Studios CEO Juan Cruz Baldassarre. “This program provided the expertise we need to take the next step and expand our exposure in Europe and Asia, while increasing our share of this growing industry.” The games are undergoing trials at Dalhousie University’s NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab to ensure they meet the needs of consumers and educational institutions. More than 90 per cent of the Copernicus Studios’ business is exported outside of Canada. The province is committed to supporting innovative Nova Scotia businesses that want to expand and export. For more information visit www.novascotia.ca/econ .last_img read more

Head of DUs Law faculty resigns

first_imgNew Delhi: Two months before her tenure was supposed to end, head of DU’s Faculty of Law Ved Kumari resigned from the post, citing “non-cooperation of the varsity authorities”. Kumari had joined as Dean and Head, Faculty of Law from September 2, 2016 and her tenure was supposed to end this year on September 1. She said there had been “failure” in ensuring that justice was done to hardworking students who attend classes regularly. “Now students with as low as 31 per cent attendance are not only being permitted to take exam but are also being given marks for attendance by giving them additional attendance for tutorials at institutional-level without even holding the tutorial classes and maintaining fake records,” she said in her resignation letter sent on June 14. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkIn the letter addressed to the university’s vice-chancellor, Kumari also said there was a failure to secure any action against the “whimsical, arrogant and oppressive behaviour” of a faculty member despite there being complaints against her. The professor also said neither could she get long-due promotions for teachers, nor could she invite an experienced clinical teacher from abroad for essential training of teachers in Clinical Legal Education methods of teaching. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsShe said there was also a failure to secure any action on the recommendations of a disciplinary committee regarding a student who had physically assaulted a teacher. Kumari said the issues were “repeatedly” brought to the notice of university authorities with the request for necessary action “through written reminders, telephonic calls and messages, and repeated personal meetings” and she “felt embarrassed and humiliated at no action and no response”. “Due to non cooperation of the university authorities, I believe that as I have not succeeded in securing the standards of legal education as laid down by the Bar Council of India… I do not expect that anything will change in the remaining three months,” she said in the letter.last_img read more

Restrictions lifted in most areas of Kashmir Valley

first_imgSrinagar: Restrictions were lifted in most areas of Kashmir on Saturday, a day after strict curbs on the movement of people were imposed in the valley in view of the Friday prayers and the proposed march of separatists to the local United Nations military observer group office. Officials said people were allowed to move freely even as deployment of security forces continued on the ground. While barricades were removed from most areas, concertina wire barriers continued to be in place on the roads in some areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley, they said, adding that security forces allowed the movement of people only after checking their identity cards. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The officials said the situation remained peaceful on Friday and there were no reports of any untoward incident. The restrictions were imposed on Friday in view of the congregational prayers and the separatists’ call for a march to the office of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) at Sonawar. Meanwhile, traffic movement increased on Saturday and attendance in offices also improved, the officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Markets across Kashmir continued to remain shut for the 20th consecutive day as shops and other business establishments were closed, while the public transport also was off the roads, the officials said. However, they said, some vendors have put up stalls in Batamaloo and Lal Chowk areas of the city. The officials said mobile services and internet remained snapped since 5 August when the Centre abrogated some provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganised the state into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The officials said landline telephone services were restored at some places. However, the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave here.last_img read more

Pelosi pledges to press Lighthizer for better enforcement on new NAFTA

first_imgWASHINGTON — The presumptive leader of the new Democrat majority on Capitol Hill says she is pressing the U.S. trade representative for better labour and environmental enforcement provisions in the new North American trade pact.Nancy Pelosi, who is meeting today with trade czar Robert Lighthizer, won’t commit to whether Democrats will support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement until she’s confident those mechanisms will be in place.Pelosi — who insists on calling the agreement NAFTA, despite President Donald Trump’s contempt for the deal’s old name — also says Democrats want the Mexican government to implement legislation protecting workers and wages in Mexico.Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto formally signed the new agreement late last month at the outset of G20 meetings in Argentina.But a number of Democrats, as well as a handful of Republicans, have expressed misgivings about the deal, particularly when it comes to how wage requirements and environmental protections would be enforced.Under so-called “fast-track” provisions, Congress is limited in its ability to amend the agreement. But it needs to pass legislation implementing the deal, which is where critics expect Democrats to use their new majority in the House of Representatives to press the White House into making changes.“I’ve said this again and again — I’ve said it was a work in progress. I know it’s work, I hope it’s progress,” Pelosi told a news conference.“It has good features to it, but they don’t matter at all if you don’t have enforcement — enforcement in terms of the labour provisions, enforcement in terms of the environmental provisions. I think (Lighthizer) full well understands that. That’s our conversation.”Mexico has already agreed to pass legislation that would improve union protections for employees, protect migrant workers and address discrimination against women — legislation that Congress won’t move forward without, she said.“We’re not there to exploit workers in Mexico or exploit workers in the United States or in Canada,” Pelosi said. “That passage of the bill is fundamental to our going forward with that, and that hasn’t happened yet.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Empire posts lower Q4 adjusted earnings amid turnaround of Sobeys grocery unit

STELLARTON, N.S. — The parent of Sobeys is reporting a decline in adjusted earnings for the first full quarter since it installed a new chief executive with a mandate to revive the national grocery business.Michael Medline, a former Canadian Tire executive who was named president and CEO of Empire Company Ltd. in January, says initial efforts to transform the business are starting to take root.“Having said that, we are not where we want to be and we are most certainly not out of the woods yet,” Medline said in a statement Wednesday with Empire’s fourth-quarter financial report.In total, Empire says it expects to incur approximately $200 million in one-time costs associated with severance, relocation, consulting and minor system developments — mostly in the first half of fiscal 2018, which began last month.The goal is to achieve $500 million of annualized cost savings by fiscal 2020 with a simplified organizational structure and reduced costs.Based in Stellarton, N.S., Empire (TSX:EMP.A) had a $29.5 million net profit attributable to shareholders or 11 cents per share for the fourth quarter ended May 6.After excluding major writedowns reported last year, Empire’s adjusted profit declined year-over-year to $50.2 million or 18 cents per share. That’s down from $95.3 million or 35 cents per share.Empire’s revenue — which mostly comes from Sobeys — was down $484.3 million from the same time last year, when the fourth quarter had had an extra week.Sales dropped to about $5.8 billion — with $461.2 million of the decline attributed to last year’s extra week. Same-store sales were also down 1.1 per cent overall, or 1.6 per cent when fuel sales were excluded.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities wrote in a note to clients that the quarter was weak but better than expected, on balance, with adjusted earnings higher than expected.The decline in same-store sales excluding fuel was also less than expected, she wrote, but still lags Loblaw and Metrol.Last year’s fourth quarter had a loss of $942.6 million or $3.47 per share, due to asset writedowns that were mostly related to its Safeway acquisition in Western Canada.Earlier this year, Medline launched Project Sunrise, a three-year transformation intended to simplify the organizational structure and reduce costs.The Empire board of directors has also increased the annual dividend to 42 cents per share, or 10.5 cents per quarter, starting with the July 31 payment. read more

Pet store emptied

Officials are removing more than a dozen animals from the exotic pet store below the apartment where two boys were killed by an African rock python.It could take two days to safely remove the 16 animals from the Reptile Ocean Store in Campbelton, New Brunswick.That’s the number of animals the shop *did not* have permits for.There are four large American alligators, six crocodiles, some tortoises, turtles and snakes.Most will be going to the Indian River Reptile Zoo in Ontario.Bruce Dougan is the manager of another zoo in Moncton. He’s been inside the shop and is helping with the removal.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Goodyear deflates blimp but keeps familiar form in flight

by John Rogers, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2017 1:10 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goodyear deflates blimp, but keeps familiar form in flight This Sept. 23, 2015 photo shows ground crew moring the Goodyear Blimp “Sprit of Innovation” as it comes in for a landing at Goodyear Airship Base in Carson, Calif. Goodyear is letting the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Its replacement, “Wingfoot Two,” will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear’s California airship base, but it will be a semi-rigid dirigible, not a blimp. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Goodyear has let the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps, but the company’s flight program will continue.About two dozen employees were on hand early Tuesday to witness the deflation of California-based Spirit of Innovation.But shed no tears, blimp fans, you’ll still see a familiar blue-and-gold form floating over your favourite sports event or awards show.Although the blimp’s replacement, Wingfoot Two, will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear’s airship base in Carson later this year, it will be a semi-rigid dirigible.Such aircraft, one of which has already replaced Goodyear’s Florida blimp, have a frame, which means they maintain their shape when the helium is drained. Blimps, on the other hand, go flat. Wingfoot Two, currently operating in Ohio, will be replaced by yet another dirigible when it leaves there for Southern California.Far more important to Goodyear is that the new airships are faster, quieter, larger, easier to fly and more manoeuvrable than the blimps it introduced more than 90 years ago. Still, the company plans to keep calling the new models blimps.“Because a Goodyear Semi-rigid Dirigible doesn’t roll off the tongue,” laughed company airship historian Eddie Ogden.Crew members Tuesday yanked a rip line to open a section at the top of the blimp’s big gas bag, known as an envelope. It took about two minutes for it to crumple to the ground.Ogden said Goodyear employees watched the deflation with mixed emotions.“There were a couple tears because they’ve been working with blimps for so long,” he said. “But the program has always changed over the decades and this is a step forward. The new model is incredible to watch fly.”The switch to dirigibles offers a similar-looking, cigar-shaped flying machine but one that’s 246 feet long, nearly the length of a football field and 50 feet longer than the old blimps. With room for three engines instead of two, it will be able to hit freeway speeds of over 70 miles per hour and turn on a dime.The quieter engines also will provide an advantage in covering golf tournaments, Ogden said, by eliminating the racket that can sometimes disrupt golfers lining up their putts. The ability to hover will allow a pilot to better position the aircraft to capture NASCAR race finishes and key moments in a baseball game.And the ability to take off and land like a helicopter will put an end to those funny-looking runway pursuits by the ground crew.Still, Spirit of Innovation was an innovator in its day and its deflation comes with some emotion.Its gondola, originally christened Columbia in 1986, became Eagle in 2002 and finally Innovation following a public name-that-blimp contest in 2006.With the lifespan of the envelope nearing an end, it was time to mothball it, said Matthew St. John, chief pilot at the Carson airship base and the man who took the blimp on its final flight above last month’s Academy Awards.The craft’s historic gondola will be shipped to Goodyear’s century-old Ohio airship base to be put on permanent display. Other parts are going to museums, and the envelope is being recycled.“The engines can be repaired and replaced, the gondola can be repaired and refurbished, the tail fins can be refurbished,” said St. John, who plans to fly “Innovation’s” replacement.“But with the envelope, there’s a safety measure there that we take a very serious look at and say, ‘OK, this is the mark, and we’re not going to go beyond that mark,’” he said.___Associated Press writer Christopher Weber contributed to this report. read more

Commentary Academics help Ohio State football programs image

Amid the biggest scandal in the football program’s history, there is a silver lining for the Ohio State athletic department. A record 523 scholar-athletes were honored Monday night for academic achievements, including 40 from the “corrupt” football program. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders on April 30, was one of five male finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his success as an honors student in accounting and his on-field play. OSU football also was honored by the NCAA on May 17, receiving public-recognition awards for the team’s academic progress rate from 2006–10. These awards are given to teams in the top 10 percent in each sport. OSU football was one of 14 BCS schools that received this award. Northwestern was the only other Big Ten school to earn it. Four other sports at OSU — baseball, men’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s tennis also were awarded for their academic progress rates. For all the trouble the athletic department and football program are in, the coaches of each team have obviously set high academic standards for their players. Absent from the list of BCS schools honored are football powerhouse schools from the SEC. The only SEC school honored was Vanderbilt, far from a contender in the conference. OSU’s multiyear APR is 985, 15 points short of a perfect 1,000 and 36 points higher than the average of all Football Bowl Subdivision schools. That the football team has attended a BCS bowl each of the past five seasons and that its players have exceeded 90 percent of FBS schools in the classroom, is unbelievable — despite the controversy surrounding the program. Since 2006, the lowest score coach Jim Tressel and his football team received in the single-year APR is 984, which is still in the top 10 percent of all FBS schools. In the same amount of time, Alabama coach Nick Saban has achieved a single-year APR of more than 980 just once. In 2007-08 he recorded a score of 936. Tressel has been both a winner at OSU and a mentor beyond football. When evaluating The Vest’s job status and his body of work, it is important to remember he has made sure his players lived up to their title of student-athlete. read more

Heartbreaking photo of father dying of cancer cradling his young son

first_img Show more Group shows Jon Strawson with children Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, four He said; “If you relapse from a stem cell transplant in the first six months your chances of survival are pretty poor. Doctors have never known anyone to be cured from the relapse I have.”I was told I could either go home and receive palliative care and I could be dead within weeks, or try the option of intensive chemotherapy to give me a second chance of remission.”However, there’s a 10 per risk of dying because the chemotherapy is so intense and there’s a 10 per cent risk that my bone marrow will never recover. Group shows Jon Strawson with children Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, fourCredit:SWNS But speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Strawson, who received his first chemotherapy dose earlier this month, said he had to try everything. Jon Strawson with his son George “But being given weeks to live is not long enough. I owe it to my three children to prolong things for longer if nothing else. Hopefully I will go back into remission again.”Being told what I have is not the easiest thing to take in and I’ve had to have some horrible conversations.”My children know I’m ill again and I’m back in hospital but that’s the extent they have been told.”Mr Strawson has been told if his current treatment doesn’t work he may only have a few weeks left to live.He added: “The chance of it working for my blood cancer AML, especially after relapse, are next to nothing.”No further treatment will be recommended because of the short amount of time from transplant to the relapse.”I have three young children so this prognosis is unacceptable. I am not ready to just roll over and die. I owe it to my children and my family to exhaust every avenue.”center_img And he has released this moving image of him embracing his son George who cuddles up with him after his latest round of chemotherapy at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.Mr Strawson, who lives near Crediton, Devon, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) on his 33rd birthday last year on July 21.Following months of unsuccessful treatments, including a stem cell transplant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, his last option is a course of intensive chemotherapy at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.Recovery at his stage of the disease is so low that he has not been given odds to indicate what chance there is of it working.And even if he does show signs of improvement, he has been warned he could remain in hospital for the next six months while his body recovers. Mr Strawson is appealing for people to come forward with suggestions of physical, mental, medical or holistic care, as well as information about any new drug treatments, especially those aimed at relapsed AML patients.He has asked anyone who can help to contact him on email at ray.jon@hotmail.com This heartbreaking photo shows a cancer-stricken young father with just weeks left to live cradling his son on his hospital bed.Brave dad-of-three Jon Strawson, 33, has advanced blood cancer and has been told by doctors there is nothing left they can do for him.But he is refusing to “roll over and die” and has issued a last ditch plea for anyone to get in touch to offer him help or advice.Mr Strawson said he won’t give up for the sake of his family – Freya, seven, George, six, and Henry, four, and wife Rachel, 30. Jon Strawson with his son GeorgeCredit:SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Fitbits are way off the mark when calculating weight loss study finds

first_imgThe volunteers wore the seven devices while walking or running on treadmills or using exercise bikes. Each volunteer’s heart was measured with a medical-grade electrocardiograph (ECG).Metabolic rate was estimated with an instrument for measuring the oxygen and carbon dioxide in breath. Results from the wearable devices were then compared to the measurements from the two “gold standard” instruments.Prof Ashley said: “The heart rate measurements performed far better than we expected, but the energy expenditure measures were way off the mark.”The magnitude of just how bad they were surprised me.”He said the message from the findings is that a user can “pretty much rely on” a fitness tracker’s heart rate measurements.But he said basing the number of doughnuts you eat on how many calories your device says you burned is a “really bad idea.”The researchers couldn’t be sure why energy-expenditure measures were so far off. They said each device uses its own proprietary algorithm for calculating energy expenditure.Ms Shcherbina said it’s likely the algorithms are making assumptions that don’t fit individuals very well, adding: “All we can do is see how the devices perform against the gold-standard clinical measures.”My take on this is that it’s very hard to train an algorithm that would be accurate across a wide variety of people because energy expenditure is variable based on someone’s fitness level, height and weight, et cetera.”She said heart rate is measured directly, whereas energy expenditure must be measured indirectly through proxy calculations. Trendy fitness trackers like Fitbits do not work on overweight people and are “way off the mark” when calculating weight loss, according to new research.Scientists set out to measure the accuracy of wristband activity trackers – including Fitbit and Apple Watch – worn by millions of people to monitor their own exercise and health.They found that if the device measures heart rate, it is probably doing a good job. The Google nexus phone with the FitBit app The Google nexus phone with the FitBit appCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Fitbit BlazeCredit: But if it measures energy expenditure, it’s probably out by a “significant” amount, according to the study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in the US. An evaluation of seven devices in a group of 60 volunteers showed that six of the devices measured heart rate with an error rate of less than five per cent.The team evaluated the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and the Samsung Gear S2.Some devices were more accurate than others, and factors such as skin colour and body mass index affected the measurements, according to the researchers.But the study found that none of the seven devices measured energy expenditure accurately. The Fitbit Blaze Even the most accurate device was out by an average of 27 per cent while the least accurate was off by 93 per cent, according to the findings published by the Journal of Personalised Medicine.The study’s senior author Professor Euan Ashley said: “People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices.”But he said consumer devices aren’t held to the same standards as medical-grade devices, and it’s hard for doctors to know what to make of heart-rate data and other figures from a patient’s wearable device.Prof Ashley said: “Manufacturers may test the accuracy of activity devices extensively, but it’s difficult for consumers to know how accurate such information is or the process that the manufacturers used in testing the devices.”He and his colleagues set out to independently evaluate activity trackers that met criteria such as measuring both heart rate and energy expenditure and being commercially available.Co lead author graduate student Anna Shcherbina said: “For a lay user, in a non-medical setting, we want to keep that error under 10 per cent.”last_img read more

Dublin man stops Irish Water workers installing meter at home 12 different

first_imgA FATHER OF three who is strongly opposed to the introduction of water charges has turned away workers installing meters 12 different occasions in the last seven weeks.49-year-old Alan O’Donnaille from Clonsilla in Dublin told TheJournal.ie that he was first sent a notification about his water meter in early December and he asked Irish Water to provide him with seven different documents including details of health and safety and insurance. He also asked them to give him documentation that allows workers to block off his access to the public road.Some seven weeks later, none of this information has been passed onto him and just yesterday a group of workers were back with diggers to start the work. O’Donnaille again refused his permission and they were forced to leave. This was the twelfth time workers arrived at the Dublin man’s house and were forced to leave without installing the meter, though every other meter in the street and immediate area have now been put in.On one occasion, he said workers threatened to get gardaí involved and while communication so far has been “very courteous” he said he is prepared to be arrested if it comes down to it.“I feel very strongly about it, I mean, if the gardaí arrest me here, that’s what will happen,” he said.“I don’t want a water meter, I’m totally opposed to it because it’s a completely unjust tax – this is an act of civil disobedience against an unjust law.” People are being browbeaten and fooled into thinking this charade can go ahead and they’re [Irish Water] are just bulldozing through it. It makes no sense and I think it’s just designed to break people’s will.At this stage more than 80,000 water meters have been installed despite fierce opposition though public outrage has increased with recent revelations about overstaffing and consultancy fees at Irish Water.Read: Almost 80,000 homes have so far been fitted with water meters>Read: Irish Water says staffing numbers will ‘reduce over time’>last_img read more

Two men charged after attempted armed robbery foiled by offduty garda

first_imgUpdated 9.51pmTWO MEN HAVE been charged following an attempted robbery in south Dublin that was foiled by an off-duty garda.The garda spotted two males entering a shop on Lower Mount Pleasant Avenue in Ranelagh yesterday at 6.45pm, with their faces covered and what appeared to be a firearm.He confronted the two in the shop, and after a struggle arrested a man in his 20s at the scene.The second man injured the garda’s hand after attacking him, and fled the scene.A juvenile was arrested late last night at 11.30pm.This evening, gardaí said that the two males are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow morning to be charged in connection with the incident.Anyone who was in the area of Mount Pleasant Avenue or Mount Pleasant Square yesterday evening between 6 and 7pm is asked to contact Rathmines Garda Station on 01 666 66700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111, or any Garda Station.last_img read more