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Datsun recalls 932 units of redi-Go in India to fix faulty fuel system

first_imgNissan is recalling 932 units of entry level car redi-Go from its Datsun brand in India to fix faulty fuel system.ALSO READ:Datsun redi-GO Sport launched in India at Rs 3.49 lakh “Datsun is conducting a voluntary recall campaign on certain India-manufactured Datsun redi-GO vehicles to inspect the fuel hose and fix a clip at no cost to the customer,” Nissan Motor India said in a statement.Datsun will start notifying affected owners from this month.ALSO READ:Datsun honours Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu with redi-GO SportThe recall will affect units manufactured till May 18, 2016, a company official said.The redi-GO hit the market on June 7 this year and has sold over 14,000 units.ALSO READ: Datsun launches GO, GO+ Style editions in Indialast_img read more

UK election result 2017 LIVE: Hung parliament in Britain as Theresa May’s party faces loss

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election appeared Friday to have backfired spectacularly, after an exit poll suggested her Conservative Party could lose its majority in Parliament.If confirmed, the result would lead to a period of political uncertainty and could throw Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union into disarray. The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar within seconds of the announcement.HERE ARE THE THE LATEST DEVEMOPMENTS6 amBritish media are reporting that Conservatives can no longer win an outright majority in Parliament.Sky News reported early Friday that Labour held the seat of Southampton Test, guaranteeing that no party will reach the 326 seats necessary for an overall majority in the 650-seat Parliament.The result will heap pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, after she called a snap election in the hope of increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations.___5:20 amBritain’s home secretary has narrowly avoided defeat in the general election, holding on to her seat in Parliament by 346 votes after a recount.In the 2015 election, Amber Rudd won the Hastings and Rye seat in southern England by almost 5,000 votes. But the governing Conservative Party has suffered big losses in the election and is on the verge of losing its parliamentary majority.Several government ministers have lost their seats.The result will heap pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, and many consider Rudd a potential Conservative leader.She is regarded as having performed well during the campaign, which was marred by deadly attacks in Manchester and London. As home secretary, Rudd is in charge of the police and security services and helped lead the response to the attacks.advertisement4:25 amBritain’s election night has provided fleeting moments of fame for an array of pranksters, jokers and fringe candidates.In each constituency, all the candidates get to line up on stage while the results are announced – often on live television.Prime Minister Theresa May easily won her Maidenhead constituency, but could be about to lose her job if the Conservatives fail to win a majority.She looked grim as her local victory was announced, even while sharing a stage with a man dressed as the Muppet character Elmo (he got three votes), Howling “Laud” Hope of the Monster Raving Loony Party (119 votes) and Lord Buckethead, a towering figure in black with a pail on his head (a resounding 249 votes).3 amBritish ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has lost his seat in Parliament, the biggest figure to fall so far in Britain’s surprising election.Clegg led the Liberal Democrat party through five years of coalition government with the Conservatives until 2015.He lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in northern England to the Labour Party early Friday.The centrist, pro-EU Liberal Democrats had hoped to make big gains in the election by scooping up voters who want to remain in the bloc. But many of those seem to have voted Labour instead.Clegg urged all politicians to try and heal a “deeply divided and polarized nation.”An exit poll predicts the Liberal Democrats will pick up a handful of seats to add to the nine they held before the election. In better news for the Liberal Democrats, former Business Secretary Vince Cable regained the seat he lost in 2015.The Conservatives are projected to be the biggest party but could lose their overall majority.___2:35 amFormer UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says the anti-EU party has a big role to play in politics if the Conservatives fail to get a strong majority ahead of Brexit talks.Farage was instrumental in getting Britain to hold a referendum on European Union membership. He stepped down as UKIP leader after last year’s victory for the “leave” side.UKIP’s vote has collapsed in the election, with former supporters going to both Labour and the Conservatives. The party looks unlikely to win any seats in the House of Commons.Farage told ITV he fears the Labour Party could form a coalition government and hold a second referendum on EU membership. He says in that case “the role of UKIP maybe just beginning.”___1:25 amMore than three hours after polls closed in Britain’s election, the first seat has changed hands, with Labour winning a constituency from the Scottish National Party.Labour, the main opposition party, took Rutherglen and Hamilton West from the pro-independence SNP.Of the other 20-plus seats that have declared, all stayed with the parties that held them before the election.advertisementAn exit poll suggests Labour is on course for a stronger-than-expected result, and Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives could lose their majority in Parliament.That result would be a shock, overturning a big Conservative lead at the start of the campaign.Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that “whatever the final result, we have already changed the face of British politics.”___11:40 pmThe northern English city of Newcastle has claimed victory in the race to be the first to declare a result in Britain’s general election.An electoral officer announced that Labour had won the seat of Newcastle Central just before 11 pm (2200GMT) Thursday, less than an hour after polls closed. That was six minutes ahead of the rival northern England seat of Houghton and Sunderland South, which declared first in 2015. That seat also went to Labour.The two cities take the contest to declare first seriously, practicing rapid ballot-counting and rushing ballot boxes from polling stations to the count center.Sunderland uses schoolchildren to run with the boxes, while Newcastle relies on sports students.Ballots are being counted in an early election called by Prime Minister Theresa May, with an exit poll projecting she may lose her majority in Parliament.___11:10 pmOne of Britain’s leading political figures says the exit poll projections following Britain’s election, if accurate, would make it very difficult for a new government to be formed.Former Treasury chief George Osborne, who now edits the Evening Standard newspaper, told ITV the exit poll would be “completely catastrophic” for the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Theresa May if it turns out to be accurate.May called a snap election in hope of increasing the Conservatives’ majority in Parliament and strengthening Britain’s hand in EU exit talks.Osborne said Thursday it would be hard for any party to put together a governing coalition if the poll is accurate.”It’s difficult to see if these numbers were right how they would put together the coalition to remain in office, but equally it’s quite difficult to see how Labour would put together a coalition,” he said.Osborne, a prominent Conservative stalwart, did not seek re-election to Parliament, choosing instead to focus on journalism.___10:40 pmBritain’s election exit poll says the Scottish National Party could lose almost half its seats in Parliament.It forecasts the SNP will get 34 of Scotland’s 59 seats, down from the 56 the pro-independence party won in the 2015 election. The pollsters caution that there is a lot of uncertainty around the forecast.The result comes as the Conservatives, once all-but-extinct in Scotland, make a comeback there.A big loss could complicate the SNP’s plans to push for a new referendum on Scottish independence as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.___10:35 pmThe former communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron says the exit poll result will rock the Conservative Party.Craig Oliver told Sky News Thursday night that if the poll is accurate “there will be deep and lasting shock” in party headquarters as Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an early election seems to have backfired.advertisement”It was the biggest gamble a politician has taken for a long time and if that exit poll is right, it’s failed,” he said.___10:30 pmSenior Labour Party adviser Emily Thornberry says that if the election exit poll is correct then Prime Minister Theresa May should consider resigning.”If it’s true, these are great results,” she said. “If this is right, I think she should consider her position. I think she should go. She has manifestly failed.”Thornberry said May was guilty of showing “great hubris” when she called the snap election.”She was 20 points ahead and thought she could do whatever she wanted with the country and we said, ‘no’ and we meant it.”___10:20 pmNorthern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire says it is “too early to tell” if the exit poll showing the Conservative Party may not get a majority in Parliament will be accurate.”We have to wait for some hard data,” he said Thursday night, suggesting there seemed to be strong Conservative support in key marginal areas.He defended Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an early election and predicted “a long night” before results are clear.___10:15 pmThe pound has fallen sharply after exit polls for Britain’s election forecast that the Conservatives would not get a majority of the seats in the House of Commons.The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar within seconds of the exit poll result, falling from $1.2955 to $1.2752 late Thursday.Some investors worry that the lack of a majority for the Conservatives, which are widely expected to top the poll, would weaken the next government’s hand in the upcoming negotiations to leave the European Union.A big majority would provide political certainty for the next five years, giving Prime Minister Theresa May a freer hand in the Brexit negotiations to make the compromises necessary for a deal. She would, the reasoning goes, be able resist calls from some in her party who are prepared to see Britain leave without any sort of trade deal that would provide business easy and cheap access to the EU single market.___10 pmAn exit poll projects that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party will win the biggest share of seats in Britain’s election but could fall short of a majority in Parliament.The survey predicts the Conservatives will get 314 seats and the Labour Party 266.It projects 34 for the Scottish National Party and 14 for the Liberal Democrats.Based on interviews with voters leaving polling stations across the country, the poll is conducted for a consortium of U.K. broadcasters and regarded as a reliable, though not exact, indicator of the likely result.If confirmed the result will be a disaster for May, who called a snap election in the hope of increasing her majority.Polling stations across Britain closed at 10 pm (2100GMT) and ballots are being counted, with results due early Friday.___8:40 pmAmid intermittent rain across the country, Britons have been voting in an election in which security has dominated the final days of the campaign.Experts say Thursday’s blustery weather will likely not keep participation down. A high voter turnout was seen as the best hope of the Labour Party to erode the Conservative majority.The London Bridge attack and the Manchester concert bombing brought security to the forefront. One woman who voted near the site of Saturday’s attack in London said the Brexit vote is not what’s in “the hearts and minds of Londoners.”But the terror threat was far from the only issue. One voter, 68-year-old Mike Peacroft, said that at his age, he’s interested in pensions and health care.Voters are choosing all 650 members of the House of Commons after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, three years ahead of schedule, at a time when her party was well ahead in the polls.___3:45 pmPolice have briefly closed off an area of London near Charing Cross station after a suspicious package was found.The Metropolitan Police said Thursday the incident was not related to terrorism. The package turned out not to be a threat.There have been increased security patrols throughout London since the attack on London Bridge Saturday night, and security has been stepped up in the run-up to the election.___2 pmSo what is Elmo doing at Prime Minister Theresa May’s polling station?The country’s leader was photobombed by a person dressed as the Sesame Street character as she cast her ballot with her husband Philip on the outskirts of Maidenhead, her constituency.The Elmo costume was worn by the mother of Bobby Smith, a fathers’ rights protester, who has used the character to highlight his custody dispute.Smith, 34, a truck driver, adopted the character as the figurehead of his campaign because by combining the first two letters of his two daughters’ first names he could spell Elmo.His case was featured on the website of the campaigning group, Fathers4Justice.___10:15 amMany voters are thinking about security as they cast ballots in Britain’s general election just days after three extremists killed eight people at London Bridge and nearby Borough Market.Polls opened nationwide at 7 am to select lawmakers for the House of Commons. The vote was supposed to be dominated by Britain’s pending departure from the European Union, but voters are anxiously aware of the threat the country faces from international terrorism following attacks in London and Manchester.Voter Rachel Sheard, who cast her ballot at a polling station in Borough High Street, says that while the EU was supposed to be at center stage, “I don’t think that’s in the hearts and minds of Londoners at the minute, (not) nearly as much as the security is.”___7 amPolling stations have opened across Britain in an election to choose a new government.Polls are open from 7 am to 10 pm (0600GMT to 2100GMT) Thursday as voters choose 650 lawmakers for the House of Commons.Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in hopes of increasing the Conservative Party’s slim majority in Parliament, and strengthening her hand in European Union exit talks.The campaign did not go to plan. May was criticised for lackluster campaigning and two deadly attacks turned the election into a debate about national security.May says the Conservatives will build a “stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain,” while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he would govern “for the many, not the few.”Polls suggest Labour has narrowed the Conservatives’ lead.ALSO READ: Stunning blow for Theresa May as UK exit poll points to no clear winnerlast_img read more

Exclusive: Tinder confirms exploring “potential partnership opportunities” with Manchester United

first_imgTinder confirmed that they are looking to form a partnership with Manchester United ahead of the new Premier League season which is all set to start from August 13.There were widespread rumours that the dating site is looking to tie up a deal with the football giants for a place on the left sleeve of United’s shirt. It was reported that the deal is going to be worth around 12 million pounds a year, which was going to be way more than what teams like Chelsea and Manchester City have secured from their sponsorship deals.However, a Tinder spoksperson said to India Today that even though they’re in talks with the 13-time Premier League champions, the terms are wrong and not finalised yet.”We are in talks with Manchester United to explore potential partnership opportunities. The associated terms and costs have been inaccurately reported, and nothing has yet been finalized. We are excited to see what we can do together.”This comes after the Football Association gave the go-ahead to a sponsor on the left sleeve of the team’s jersey replacing the Premier League logo that used to be there on both the sleeves earlier.Tinder has around 50 million users and almost 1 billion swipes per day are recorded. The site is apparently looking for a more mainstream image and a global following. Hence, the tie up with one of the most followed franchises in the world of sports.Nine clubs have so far agreed deals for sponsors on their left sleeves.advertisementTinder also has an agreement with Serie A side Napoli.This could be effectively United’s fourth signing of the summer after acquiring the services of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic till now.The Red Devils will begin their 2017/18 campaign on August 8 when they take on the UEFA Champions League winners in the Super Cup, which is going to be followed by the first Premier League game on August 13 at Old Trafford against West Ham.last_img read more

No relation between IPL price tag and my hunger to play for India again: Jaydev Unadkat

first_imgJaydev Unadkat hasn’t had the most fruitful of international careers for India yet. The left-arm quick’s Test debut at Centurion in South Africa was exactly eight years ago but not so memorable. He hasn’t since got a second chance.But in the world of the Indian Premier League, he is the most sought-after left-arm quick. On the auction table, Unadkat’s name has twice created a storm this year.Rajasthan Royals spent Rs 11.50 crore in the IPL 2018 auction to have him in January and now shelled out another Rs 8.40 crore to get him back after releasing him post IPL 2018.In an interview to India Today, Unadkat talks about the pressure of performing due to his IPL price-tag throws up, his desire to win back his India spot and wonders to himself why he kept the same base price as last time? To keep the good luck! Excerpts…Q. Did you deal with the auction drama better than last time? There was bidding war this time for you too. But you had experienced it before..A. Definitely. When it is the first time such a thing happens, there is more excitement. There was also greater chaos last time. It was a mega auction.This time I was more calm when I was watching it with my Suarashtra team mates. And with my form in the domestic circuit, I knew franchises would go for me. Rajasthan Royals had also told me when they released me that they had confidence in me. So I knew they would go for me. I am happy with the way things panned out.advertisementQ. One of the jokes doing the rounds in social media was, you had to take a pay cut this time. But you must be happy with the money..A. Definitely I am happy. When I went to Pune Supergiant couple of years back, I went for my base price and I got 24 wickets in that season which was my best IPL. I didn’t think that I got less money then. And I won’t think that I have got more money now.A look at the Top Buys at the VIVO #IPLAuction 2019. pic.twitter.com/mFJgHyyVA1IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) December 18, 2018It’s not about whether I came first or second in price. Auctions are not a race. The franchises look for certain types of players in their squad and their strategy is based on that to go for a player. I am happy that so many franchises were interested in me which is something I can take confidence from. But at the end of the day, it’s about going to the ground and playing good cricket and taking wickets. That’s what is important to me and what I am going to look to do.Q. Just curious to know why did someone who fetched 11.5 crores in the last auction keep his base price at 1.5 crores and not 2?A. I can definitely say that I was sure franchises would go for me even if I had kept my base price at 2 crores and not 1.5 crores.It was perhaps more of a psychological thing, let’s not keep it at the highest base price but a bit less. I can’t pin point what was going through my mind when I kept the base price at 1.5 crores. Maybe I thought since I kept the base prize at 1.5 last time, this time too let’s stick to that.Q. Tell us honestly if the prize tag pressure affected you? Did you last year start thinking, now that they are giving me so much money, I have to be the lead bowler. Does one forget basics in the process?A. The prize tag pressure does not stay with you. But when it’s time for the crunch and there is a lot of that in T20’s and than you have a couple of bad games, you tend to take a bit of that pressure. You think to yourself that you are not living upto expectations. More than the team’s and owner’s expectations, about not being able to live up to your own expectations.Watch the bidding war for left-arm quick @JUnadkat. He was sold to @rajasthanroyals for a whopping INR 840 lacs.@Vivo_India #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/S2tx9CyMArIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) December 18, 2018I faced that last year when I was expecting too much out of myself. The pressure became too much on me. I wanted to do something special for the team in each match. So yes I did face the extra pressure in some games off and on, last season. But the prize tag pressure is not as big as it’s made out to beadvertisementQ. IPL teams invest in you for your T20 bowling skills. But incidentally it was this week of December, eight years back when you made your Test debut. Still find memories?A. So very fresh. I was a 19 year old entering the world of teat cricket in South Africa. When I look back at my career highlights, my Test debut will always be one of them.Obviously I would have liked to have done a little better with the ball. Those were tough conditions for bowlers but I do wish I had got a couple of more opportunities around that time. I could have proven myself and would have been more happier. But it did help me set higher standards of myself for future.That day will always remain special when I first wore my India Test cap. It was 2010 and in the eight years, I have come a long way as a player.Q. When you make a lot of money in IPL, people ask if it affects your drive to break back into the national team. Does it?A. I don’t think there is any relation between your IPL price and the hunger to make it back in the Indian team. When I ask any of my team mates or friends why they began playing the sport, they would say it’s to play for India, the country. That has to be of prime importance.I would be the happiest if I get to play for India again. The whole process is centered around that. All the hard work is to win back my India place. My passion to play is for that purpose. If you don’t want that then there is no point I think to continue playing. That passion is there inside me and it’s not going to die for sure.Q. IPL is as competitive as it gets. What’s your strength you think for teams to invest in you. Your left arm angle, your variations?A. Variations are the key in T20 cricket. And if you look at my records in last two or three years, I have been able to develop quite a lot of them. I am working on getting the yorker right too and if I can develop that equally well, it would be ideal for the initial overs, powerplay and death overs. Also as a left arm bowler in T20 cricket, it gives the captain an extra weapon in the armour. So yes that’s an advantage.Q. Tell us about something that you learnt from the Shane Warne experience last year with Rajasthan Royals..A. He’s quite a chilled out person if you ask me. In team meetings, he would ask you to stay in the same mindset to be able to execute plans successfully. In fact from all the legends of the game including Warne, there is one common advise – the importance of staying in right mindset.advertisementWhen you look back at your failures, you realise you were not in the right mindset or it did not occur to you at the right moment what you also could have done. So that’s what they look to share before the game or in strategic timeouts because they have been through that, been there done that. That’s a big advantage if you have a big player with you and we certainly had one last year.Q. Will we see a more relaxed Jaydev Unadkat, in this IPL?A. I think I came out of the criticism from social platform quite well, last year. I already feel a lot more relaxed. I can feel good vibes around me. I am still the same. I feel it’s going to be an exciting year. I feel happy and it’s important to be in that state, off the field.last_img read more

Mitchell Starc- the unstoppable force that can lead Australia to World Cup glory

first_imgMitchell Starc – the unstoppable force that can lead Australia to World Cup gloryWorld Cup 2019: Mitchell Starc, who is the leading wicket-taker with 24 scalps to his name, has led Australia’s excellent campaign and is now on the cusp of breaking the record for the highest wickets taken in a single edition of the tournament.advertisement Ajay Tiwari New DelhiJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 17:28 IST Mitchell Starc now has 46 World Cup wickets to his name in just 16 matches (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia have sealed a top-2 finish in the league stage of World Cup 2019Mitchell Starc two 5-wicket hauls have headlined Australia’s success in the tournamentStarc is just 3 wickets away from breaking Genn McGrath’s record of highest wickets taken in a single World CupIt’s June 2018. Australia are in England for 5 ODIs and a one-off T20I against the hosts. This is just a couple of months after their horrendous Test series loss in South Africa , a series which was headlined by 3 players being banned from the game. The events of Newlands clearly had a big impact on the Australian side as they were blanked out by England in all the 6 matches.Cut to an year later. It’s the World Cup, and Australia are defending their title, having won the tournament 5 times already. After their comprehensive 86-run victory over New Zealand on Saturday, the defending champions find themselves on the top of the World Cup points table and have already secured a semi-final berth. The successful returns of banned duo Steven Smith and David Warner notwithstanding, there has been an unstoppable force which is responsible for the change in team’s fortunes – Mitchell Starc.Starc took his 2nd 5-wicket haul in World Cup 2019 against New Zealand, taking his tournament tally to 24. If you add his 22 scalps from the 2015 edition, Starc with 46 wickets now lies 6th in the all-time list of highest wicket-takers in World Cup history. That’s a surreal feat for a player who has just featured in 2 World Cups.Top 5 wicket-takers in World Cup history (matches in brackets):Glenn McGrath – 71(39)Muttiah Muralitharan – 68(40)Wasim Akram – 55(38)Lasith Malinga – 52(27)Chaminda Vaas – 49(31)Mitchell Starc – 46(16)Starc now has his compatriot Glenn McGrath’s World Cup record of most wickets in a single edition (26 wickets in 2007), firmly in sights and the luxury of a possible 3 more matches this year to surpass it. But the bowler himself has the bigger picture in mind.advertisementAt the post-match press conference, when asked about what overtaking McGrath would mean for him, Starc replied: “Not much if we don’t win the World Cup.” But the kind of success Australia are enjoying at the moment, one shouldn’t be surprised if Starc overtaking McGrath coincides with a 6th World Cup glory for his side.A few months ago, Starc was not even part of the side when Australia started their ODI resurgence while securing a 3-2 ODI series win in India. Starc was still nursing niggles when Australia next blanked Pakistan 5-0 in UAE.”From all reports, it’s been a fantastic feel around the group in the UAE and India,” Starc said after the New Zealand game, “and to play some fantastic cricket heading into that April break, was probably the momentum that the group was after heading into this tournament.”Now with another World Cup title in his sights and a chance to break the record of arguably the best fast bowler ever, Starc can only be expected to up the ante in the semi-final. Opposition batsmen beware, an unstoppable force is coming.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Australia seal top 2 finish after thrashing New Zealand at Lord’sAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch hails Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja after Australia beat New ZealandFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mitchell StarcFollow Australia cricket Nextlast_img read more

Pune Test: Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to enforce follow-on vs South Africa

first_img Ajay Tiwari PuneOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 12:04 IST India enforced the follow-on at the start of Day 4 of the Pune Test (AP)HIGHLIGHTSIndia asked South Africa to follow-on on Day 4 of the ongoing Pune TestVirat Kohli thus became the 1st Indian captain to force a follow-on on South AfricaEngland were the last team to enforce a follow-on vs South Africa, 11 years agoBy enforcing a follow-on on the hapless South African team on Day 4 of the ongoing Pune Test, India became the first team to do so against the Proteas after 2008. Incidentally, it was the 1st time in their cricket history that India have been able to force a follow-on on South Africa.England was the last team that had enforced the follow-on on the Proteas in July 2008 at Lord’s – a match which South Africa were able to draw after fighting hundreds from Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Hashim Amla.Virat Kohli, who is now playing his 50th Test as India skipper, has had 14 opportunities to enforce the follow-on in his captaincy career. Out of these, he has now enforced it 7 times (including the ongoing Pune Test) while choosing not to do so at other times. India won 4 Tests and drew 2 (both due to rain) whenever Kohli enforced the follow on, while went on to win all 7 Tests when he didn’t even after having the option to do so.Having finished the 3rd day at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune with a hefty lead of 326 runs, Virat Kohli decided to ask South Africa to bat again on a deteriorating 4th day pitch – a decision which instantly reaped rewards as Umesha Yadav and Ishant Sharma removed Theunis de Bruyn (8) and Aiden Markram (0) early. A partnership of 49 runs between Dean Elgar (48) and Faf du Plessis (5) eased some nerves for South Africa but R Ashwin removed both the batsmen in a space of 6 deliveries to leave the tourists reeling at 74/4 when lunch was taken.advertisementElgar’s dismissal marked the 6th time that Ashwin has now got him out in Tests – the most by any bowler against the opener. With his 2 wickets, Ashwin has now also moved to number 23 on the list of all-time highest wicket-takers in Tests with 356 scalps to his name. He just crossed Australian legend Dennis Lillee and Sri Lanka veteran Chaminda Vaas who had 355 wickets each.With 6 more South Africa wickets remaining, India are chasing a historic 11th consecutive Test series win at home. Quinton de Kock (1*) and Temba Bavuma (2*) were at the crease for South Africa at the time of lunch on Day 4.Also Read | Wriddhiman ‘Superman’ Saha: Fans hail wicketkeeper as best in the world after stunning catch in Pune TestFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs South Africa Pune Test: Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to enforce follow-on vs South AfricaOn Sunday, Virat Kohli created history by becoming the 1st Indian Test captain to force South Africa to follow-on, after sitting on a hefty overnight lead of 326. view more view less graphs commentary scorecard No data available! Next advertisementlast_img read more

Worlds Oldest Gopher Tortoise Passes Milestone

first_imgSlow and steady is working for Gus, the world’s oldest living gopher tortoise, who is celebrating his 87th birthday, Sunday, Aug. 16, from 2:30 pm. to 4:30 p.m., at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. It has not been the quiet life that most tortoises lead. Gus has been kidnapped and returned twice, been a ring bearer at a wedding and has met several celebrities since coming to the museum in 1942. His shell wears a gentle sheen from being touched by more than a million children’s hands. Janet Maltby, museum manager, is planning a party for Gus and everyone is invited to attend. “Sunday is a special day. Along with Gus and our staff of naturalists, we’re very happy to host several local turtle species and the conservationists who help protect them. “The museum will be showing a live wood turtle and endangered Blanding’s Turtle along with our own painted turtles. Our butterfly house will be open and full of new rainforest butterflies.” But the highlight is at 3 p.m., when Gus is presented with his birthday cake and shares it with everyone. And what kind of cake does an 87-year-old tortoise get? Peanut-free, vanilla cake with icing. Gus, with his usual calm demeanor, will be enjoying strawberries at the same time. For more information on current exhibits and programs, please visit museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/ or call 902-424-6099.last_img read more

Quebec man charged after bus carrying passengers makes unplanned trip

first_imgA man is facing charges including vehicle theft and impaired driving after an intercity bus loaded with passengers made an unscheduled departure from Trois-Rivieres, Que., Wednesday night.Police say people waiting to travel to Montreal were unaware their bus had been stolen as it pulled out of the downtown terminal. But they did remark on the poor driving as the bus jumped the sidewalk several times during the brief ride.A 39-year-old Quebec City man was arrested and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday on charges of vehicle theft, impaired driving, dangerous driving and refusing to stop for police. Trois-Rivieres police said the suspect had been arrested the previous night for impaired driving.Police said a driver with the Orleans bus line was outside waiting to leave for Montreal when he saw his vehicle back out of its parking spot and leave the lot at around 10:15 p.m. He immediately called police to report the theft.Patrollers quickly located the stolen bus, which was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The driver did not stop, and officers followed as he drove several blocks through downtown Trois-Rivieres.After hitting a city bus that was blocking its path and jumping the sidewalk, the bus ended up back at the terminal and the driver was arrested when he pulled into the parking lot.According to a police spokesman, the arresting officers detected “obvious symptoms of impairment from drugs.”As police boarded the bus to check on the passengers, they discovered that they had been unaware of the drama.“When the officers asked if they had noticed anything unusual, some of them said they thought the driver drove badly — he jumped the sidewalk two or three times — but they didn’t think much of it,” Sgt. Luc Mongrain said.“They just thought they were leaving. They saw the bus was moving but not who was at the wheel. They took it for granted it was the bus driver.”Police said the suspect is a truck driver with a Class 1 license, which in theory would qualify him for driving a passenger bus.Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

2 men found dead in Hollow Water were cousins

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Hollow Water First Nation is in shock after two men were found dead on Sunday morning.The violent incident is just one of many on-reserve deaths that have occurred in the province over the last few months.As APTN’s Jaydon Flett reports, almost all the victims have been men.last_img

Grimsby building destroyed by fire

A sea of smoke took over the skies when fire engulfed a Grismby building this morning.“The smoke was very high and it was black it was billowing up flames shooting out of a couple windows out there,” says one neighbour.Police wouldn’t release the name of the company, just saying it was a small contracting company that built cabinets. Heavy equipment was needed to put out the flames. The cause is still unknown but the blaze caused $200,000 in damage.“Under fire conditions the glue turned to flammable liquid you do not want to be breathing long tom exposure can be fatal,” says Grimsby fire chief Michael Cain.Firefighters had to ask residents to close their windows, but even as the smoke died down residents were still worried.This is the second fire on this property in the past few years. Back in 2004 another building on the property went up in flames, and neighbours nearyby want to see changes made.“If they want to put a church or a park up that would be great but anything besides this really would be good to see,” says neighbour Michael Meijaard.They want to see these industrial buildings gone for good. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

On International Day UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

“Let us pledge to work for the total elimination of nuclear weapons with urgency and a sense of collective purpose. Our very survival depends upon it,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the Day, observed annually on 26 September. Noting that nuclear disarmament is one of the founding principles of the UN, the Secretary-General said that it was also the objective of the first General Assembly resolution. “Disarmament is in our DNA,” he stated, adding that he has been proud to advance the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, such as by launching, in 2008, a Five Point Proposal on Nuclear Disarmament to spur Member States to greater action.There are many paths to a world free of nuclear weapons. What matters is that all States act now, without delay, to fulfil their disarmament and non-proliferation commitments Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson “Sadly, many countries continue to include nuclear deterrence in their security doctrines. But recent developments have shown that nuclear weapons do not ensure peace and security. Rather, their development and possession has become a major source of international tension,” the UN chief said. “As we scan the global horizon, we face growing nuclear dangers. Progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a standstill,” he added. The Secretary-General noted that tens of billions of dollars have been pledged to maintain and upgrade nuclear weapon systems, and one country – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – has “repeatedly defied the norm against nuclear testing and the will of the international community in the reckless pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.” He added that there are growing divisions on the future of multilateral nuclear disarmament. The next review cycle of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons begins in 2017, and “the world cannot afford another round of inaction,” Mr. Ban said. A landmark international treaty opened for signature in 1968, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons entered into force in 1970, and was extended indefinitely on 11 May 1995. Its objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. It represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States. “There are many paths to a world free of nuclear weapons. What matters is that all States act now, without delay, to fulfil their disarmament and non-proliferation commitments,” the Secretary-General emphasized. In related news, at a high-level informal plenary meeting in the General Assembly today to commemorate and promote the Day, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson highlighted that next February, the world will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Tlatelolco Treaty. “This landmark treaty was the first to prohibit nuclear weapons in a densely populated region. It has served as a model and inspiration for future nuclear-weapon-free zones,” said Mr. Eliasson, who spoke on behalf of the Secretary-General. Noting that the international community marked the twentieth anniversary of the opening for signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) this past week, Mr. Eliasson reiterated that the Secretary-General strongly supports all efforts to uphold the international norm against nuclear testing, pending the Treaty’s entry into force. In addition, Mr. Eliasson noted that one day before the anniversary, the Security Council adopted a resolution in support of the Treaty, with the Secretary-General acknowledging the commitment of nuclear-weapon States to uphold their moratorium on nuclear tests. “But this resolution is not a substitute for the entry into force of the CTBT. Rather, it is a wake-up call for the need to accelerate our efforts towards the full implementation of the Treaty,” he said. Adopted by the General Assembly under resolution 50 (1996), the CTBT – which bans all nuclear explosions for both civilian and military purposes – has been signed by 183 States thus far, and 166 States have deposited their instruments of ratification. The Treaty will enter into force 180 days after the date of deposit of the instruments of ratification by all States listed in its Annex 2. Of the 44 States listed in Annex 2, 41 have signed and 36 have both signed and ratified the Treaty, including several nuclear weapons States. Of the 44 States included in Annex 2, all have signed with the exceptions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India and Pakistan. Five of the 44 Annex 2 States have signed but not ratified the Treaty: China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the United States. The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was established by the UN General Assembly in 2013 in a resolution calling for the “urgent commencement of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament of a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons to prohibit their possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer and use or threat of use, and to provide for their destruction.” Today’s high-level meeting was convened by the President of the General Assembly in accordance with Assembly resolution 70/34 of 7 December 2015. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (second from left on dais) addresses the General Assembly high-level informal plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. UN Photo/Kim Haughton read more

Bumper International Mining Project News with big NGEx Project Constellation news

Payback period (undiscounted, after-tax cash flow)4.6 Years LOM C-1 cash costs (net of byproduct credits)$1.05/lb Cu payable Metals prices assumed$3.00/lb Cu $1,275/oz Au $20.00/oz Ag 150,000 t Cu 180,000 oz Au 1,180,000 oz Ag185,000 t Cu 345,000 oz Au 1,310,000 oz Ag215,000 t Cu 415,000 oz Au 1,600,000 oz Ag After-tax NPV (8%) & IRR$2.09 billion NPV 14.5% IRR Average annual metal production (rounded)Life of mineFirst five yearsPeak * All figures reported are in 2015 US dollars and on a 100% Project and 100% equity basis valuation.Project Constellation contemplates sequential production from an open pit mine at Josemaría followed by a block cave, underground mine at Los Helados. The two deposits are located approximately 10 km apart, and material from both deposits would be processed at a centralised facility. Los Helados is part of a joint venture in which the company holds 60% and Pan Pacific Copper Co holds 40%. Josemaría is part of a joint venture in which the company holds 60% and Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC) owns 40%. The PEA was completed by Amec Foster Wheeler, the mineral resource estimates were completed by Behre Dolbear, and the environmental studies were completed by MB Asesoria Ambiental and BGC Engineering.Including pre-stripping, Project Constellation would be in operation for 50 years. Initial development would target the highest grade portion of the Josemaría deposit, which is a near surface zone of supergene enriched mineralisation. As the higher grade material at Josemaría is depleted, production will transition to the high grade core of the Los Helados deposit. Compared to either deposit when considered as a stand-alone operation, Project Constellation’s shared facilities help improve capital efficiency, reduce overall environmental impacts, and dramatically improve project economics.CEO Wojtek Wodzicki: “We are very pleased with the results of this study which indicates robust economics and highlights the potential to develop our discoveries into one of the largest producers of copper, gold, and silver in South America. The completion of the PEA is a major milestone but it is by no means the end of our efforts to fully realise the value that we see in this remarkable district. The exploration potential around the proposed processing plant is excellent and the ‘hub and spoke’ design of the Project provides the flexibility to connect any new discoveries to the Project Constellation infrastructure.”PEA highlights:Large, robust resource, with most of the mine plan derived from Indicated Mineral Resources (86%)A sequential mine plan that takes advantage of the early, higher grade material accessible at Josemaría followed by the higher grade core at Los Helados; many optimisation opportunities existDevelopment capital costs for the Los Helados block cave would be paid for through operating cash flows from the Josemaría open pit, dramatically reducing the initial capital requiredEstimated 48-year mine life with potential for extension and/or throughput expansion (only 37% of the total Josemaría mineral resource is included in the PEA mine plan)Life of mine production totals 7.1 Mt of copper (15.7 billion lb), 8.5 Moz of gold, and 55.6 Moz of silverForecast lowest quartile C-1 costs per pound of copper net of byproductsExcellent metallurgy yielding a clean, 29% copper concentrate, with high precious metals contentClear opportunities to improve project economics by realising additional potential synergies with nearby deposits.Project opportunities include optimising the integrated mine plan and considering opportunities for both expansion and mine life extension as significant resources remain outside the current PEA production plan. There is also potential to recover gold from the oxide cap at Josemaría. NGEx aims to increase metallurgical recoveries with further test work and optimisation and also to delineate more or higher grade feed material for the process plant through continued exploration on the company’s extensive land package.NGEx notes that “the new government in Argentina is revising the tax code to encourage foreign investment. The 10% export tax has been lifted for gold, agricultural commodities, and industrial goods. If it is also lifted for copper concentrate export, there would be a significant positive impact on Project Constellation.” LOM Average Process Recovery88.3% Cu 72.7% Au 61.4% Ag Pre-tax NPV (8%) & IRR$3.65 billion NPV 17.9% IRR Initial capital expenditures$3.08 billion Nominal mill capacity150,000 t/d LOM sustaining capital expenditures$4.36 billion As foreshadowed in the news of December 30 on this website, the first issue of International Mining Project News for 2016 is a bumper newsletter of over 70 pages. It details the news from over the holiday season about 24 prefeasibility studies, 14 feasibility studies, more than 30 projects going into the development stage, nine new operations going into production, 10 operations that are now expanding, 12 mergers and acquisitions and many people who are moving jobs within the industry.One of the major news items is NGEx Resources reporting the results of a PEA that evaluates the development of two of the company’s large copper/gold/silver deposits, Los Helados (Chile) and Josemaría (Argentina), together as one project. The integrated project will be called Project Constellation, and the results, NGEx says, “indicate positive economics and position the project amongst the largest and most exciting development projects in South America.Project Constellation economic results: Mine life48 years read more

Police seek witnesses after men smash their way into house and attack

first_img Image: Shutterstock/punghi http://jrnl.ie/3193687 1 Comment Short URL Share1 Tweet Email Police seek witnesses after men smash their way into house and attack women inside The woman in the house did not sustain serious injuries. Jan 19th 2017, 7:42 AM Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 7:42 AM 10,352 Views Image: Shutterstock/punghi POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are appealing for information after two men armed with batons smashed their way into a house yesterday evening and attacked the woman inside.The incident occurred in the Laurelbank area of Dunmurry, Co Antrim, just after 7.30pm last night.The PSNI said that a number of men smashed the windows of a house and two cars parked outside.They are said to have forced entry into the house and attacked the woman who was inside. She did not sustain any serious injuries.The assailants made their way off on foot.Later that evening, police arrested a 28-year-old man in the area on suspicion of possessing an “offensive weapon” after a fight broke out between two men.The man was interviewed and later released on bail pending further inquiries.Police are appealing for anyone who witnesses the incident, or has information related to it, to contact them at Woodbourne Police Station on 101, quoting reference number 1052 of 18/1/17.Read: At least 15 children dead in horror schoolbus crash in IndiaRead: Paul McCartney is suing Sony to get the rights to Beatles songs back By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google modifie les paramètres de Buzz pour apaiser la polémique

first_imgGoogle modifie les paramètres de Buzz pour apaiser la polémiqueA peine a-t-il été mis en ligne que le réseau social intégré à Gmail, Buzz, a dû faire face à la polémique concernant son activation automatique et ses paramètres de confidentialité. A deux reprises, et en seulement quatre jours, Google a dû modifier son service de réseautage.Google a revu sa copie suite aux nombreuses critiques émises par les internautes qui ont testé Buzz. Paramètres de confidentialité trop ouverts ou difficilement accessibles, ajout automatique de nouveaux contacts, mauvaise gestion des informations relatives à la vie privée : le réseau social intégré à Gmail, lancé le 9 février au soir, suscite la polémique.Pour y remédier, Google a modifié certains éléments de son service. L’ajout automatique de nouveaux contacts a ainsi été désactivé, au profit d’un outil de suggestion. Jusqu’ici, les correspondants avec lequel l’utilisateur échangeait régulièrement des messages via Gmail étaient automatiquement ajoutés à la liste des contacts. Une option “bloquer” a également été rendue plus accessible pour interdire à certaines personnes de suivre l’actualité publiée sur Buzz.Google a également annulé le lien automatique entre Google Reader, Picasa Web Albums et Buzz. S’ils le souhaitent, les utilisateurs peuvent activer cette option et ainsi partager automatiquement leurs articles et images avec leurs contacts.Enfin, un onglet Buzz devrait prochainement faire son apparition dans les paramètres de Gmail. Il permettra de masquer ou de désactiver complètement le service de réseautage.Ces modifications devraient être fonctionnelles d’ici quelques jours mais en attendant, Google prend le temps de se féliciter de l’engouement suscité par Buzz, affirmant sur le blog de Gmail : “En deux jours, des dizaines de millions de personnes ont essayé Buzz et créé 9 millions de posts et commentaires. Et nous voyons quelque 200 posts par minute en provenance de téléphones portables du monde entier”.Le 15 février 2010 à 16:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Eric Dier 2018 has been a very special year for England

first_imgEngland’s exploits in 2018 should go down as one of the nation’s greatest years in history, says Eric DierThe Three Lions reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia for the first time since 1990 and only narrowly lost out to Croatia for a spot in final.However, on Sunday, England got their revenge by coming back from a goal down to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley and book a place for June’s UEFA Nations League’s semi-finals.Aside from that, England also enjoyed memorable victories over Spain and Sweden this year.“2018 has been the best year I’ve experienced as an England player,” Dier told Standard Sport.“It has been very special with what happened at the World Cup and now beating Spain and Croatia. There hasn’t been a year like this for England in a long, long time.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We are now going to play a second semi-final in the space of 12 months and it’s fantastic for us. The most important thing is we use that knowledge in the best possible way.”Gareth Southgate’s side head into the Nations League finals in Portugal this summer in search of the nation’s first major silverware since 1966.“Our aim has always been just to win this competition. We are really excited now,” added Dier.“We wanted to get through the group and it was an extremely difficult one against two top teams. now we want to win everything we are involved in.“Beating Croatia shows the progress we have made since July. We are constantly trying to improve, this is just another step along the way. But we know we can get even better.“We could have gone in two directions after the World Cup — we wanted to develop and build on it and I feel we have done that. At the same time, we have to continue to do this. Our potential is huge and it is up to us to fulfil it.”last_img read more

County to buy landfill for 15M

first_imgClark County commissioners Tuesday approved the purchase of the closed Leichner Landfill and surrounding land for $1.5 million. “By moving ahead now, we can bring this land into productive re-use,” said Jeffrey Mize, a spokesman for the county public works department. The county had an option to purchase the landfill for $1, but it wouldn’t kick in until the county’s public health office declared the land to be stable.“If we waited until the $1 option was available, we could be waiting a long time,” Mize said. Without the option, the land is valued at $5.45 million. The sale agreement for the 74-acre landfill and additional 46 acres won’t be final for at least a year because the county has to work out details with the Washington Department of Ecology.Local garbage fees that can only be spent on landfills contribute $1.2 million toward the purchase price. The remaining $349,500 comes from the county’s road fund. The deal includes 11 acres for a planned extension of 99th Street from Northeast 94th Avenue east to Northeast 104th Avenue. The deal also includes a 35-acre site south of the landfill, known as the Koski property, which could be put to use right away. The Koski site is mostly flat and zoned for light industry.last_img read more

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What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of October 28 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, October 28, 2018.Sunday, October 28No MeetingsMonday, October 29The Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, October 30No MeetingsWednesday, October 31No MeetingsThursday, November 1The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, November 2No MeetingsSaturday, November 3No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

From Rajinikanths Petta to Ajiths Viswasam here are highest grossing movies in

first_imgA collage of top performing movies at the Chennai box office.PR HandoutRajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam are in the top two positions in the list of highest-grossing profitable movies at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Not just the big-stars’ films, there are a few movies which have made good business in the capital city of Tamil Nadu without any A-list Tamil actor in the cast.Petta Rajinikanth’s Petta is at the numero uno position at the Chennai box office in the first quarter of the year. Released on January 9, the Karthik Subbaraj-directorial is estimated to have grossed over Rs 15.25 crore.Viswasam Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara’s Viswasam is a family entertainer packed with action and emotions. The Siruthai Siva-directorial, which is the highest-grosser in Tamil Nadu in the first quarter, has settled at the second place by raking in over Rs 12.50 crore in Chennai.Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 Santhanam has returned to form with Dhilluku Dhuddu 2. The comedy entertainer enjoyed good viewership and turned out to be a successful venture for the makers and distributors. It has collected around Rs 4.20 crore in Chennai.Captain Marvel Hollywood’s market in Chennai has been growing at a rapid rate in the last couple of years and the business made by Captain Marvel is a clear indication of it. The movie has earned Rs 4.10 crore in Chennai and has occupied fourth place in the list.Thadam Arun Vijay’s Thadam has emerged as the surprise winner at the box office. The crime thriller has raked in over Rs 3.50 crore in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.LKG RJ Balaji’s LKG too is a surprise hit at the box office. The political satire went on to earn close to Rs 3.5 crore which is a very good number for a debutant as a hero. LKG.PR Handoutlast_img read more

Mozilla and Epic team up to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the

first_imgAt the Game Developers Conference 2013 in San Francisco, Mozilla and Epic Games have announced that they have teamed up to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the web.  It’s great news for the web as a whole, but especially for Firefox users and those who purchase smartphones running Firefox OS later this year. Why? Because of the recently-integrated asm.js.When Mozilla unleashed OdinMonkey, it finally offered a response to Google Chrome’s Native Client. Asm.js promises to speed up Emscripten-ported JavaScript apps and games to the point where they perform nearly as well as their native-code counterparts. When you add asm.js in with things like WebGL support, improved memory management, and hardware acceleration, Mozilla has positioned Firefox perfectly as the browser of choice for next-generation, plug-in free gaming on the web.With Firefox OS and the Firefox Marketplace launching later this year, this is a significant win for Mozilla. No, the porting of Unreal Engine 3 doesn’t mean that Mass Effect 3 is going to find its way onto sub-$100 Firefox phones, but it does mean that mobile hits like Infinity Blade and Dungeon Defenders will. It should also mean that we’ll see more developers offering up browser-friendly versions of their mobile hits — particularly if the porting process is relatively painless and offers an additional revenue stream.Prior to the launch of Windows 8, doing so might not have made much sense. But half a year on, the PC market is now rich with touchscreen devices. Now that there’s a top-notch game engine that runs under asm.js and a web browser that’s optimized to do the heavy lifting, Android and iOS-style games are a much better fit for the modern web.last_img read more

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Robots Are Stealing Our Jobs

first_imgApril 23, 2019 6 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Are you worried about losing your job? Perhaps you should be, not because of an influx of illegal immigrants but because of robots.Our jobs are not being stolen, they are being destroyed. A recently released report conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute estimated automation will eliminate 73 million jobs by 2030. While companies spend billions trying to improve efficiency through automation, we are often complicit in the job loss, perhaps without knowing it. Do you pump your own gas? Go to the self serve line at the grocery store? These were jobs once done by people but automation and the eager adoption by consumers eliminated the need for a paid position.Automation is not always a bad thing. Labor pioneer Walter Reuther earnestly believed that automation would be the salvation of the working man and in many respects he was right. Automation tends to replace back-breaking work that previously injured, poisoned or just plain wore out workers. Unfortunately, it is also replacing unskilled labor like cashiers. Have you been inside a major fast food chain lately? You order at a touch-screen kiosk, pay at the same kiosk using cash, credit or debit cards, even Apple Pay or Google Pay. The staff of the restaurant is a shadow of its former self. There aren’t even jobs flipping burgers, instead the patties are pressed between two searing hot rollers.Related: 6 Franchises Making Our Lives Easier With Robots and DronesI worked in an auto factory in the late 1980s. Many of the jobs were dirty, the fetid air was poorly circulated and the entire job was emotionally and physically draining. Tour an auto plant today and most of the nastiest jobs are done by robots or eliminated by technological improvements. Many of you may think your job is automation proof but consider construction. Crews that once swung claw hammers now drive nails using ballistic nail guns that have slowly reduced the number of people swinging claw hammers. Every labor-saving job does precisely that: it saves labor thus eliminating the need for a portion of a job. It’s good news if you own a construction company and find yourself able to do the work of five people using only four, but where does it end?This got me wondering, how big an impact would the loss of 73 million jobs make? According to Statista, there were 128.7 full time workers in 2018, leaving 55.7 jobs remaining. In other words, 43 percent of the jobs that exist today, will be automated out of existence if the McKinsey Global project plays out.The question remains — is automation a good thing? Henry Ford made his millions devising a simple yet clever business model: he paid his workers enough that they could buy his product. Some credit his success with creating the middle class. But the rollers at your local burger joint don’t buy burgers.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeIt gets worse: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is enabling companies to eliminate skilled labor as well. Much of the work that Ted Kaczynski’s PhD. in mathematics qualified him to do can now be done by a third grader with $3 calculator. What do you think that did to the manufacturers of slide rules? The sophistication of AI is increasing to the point that it is likely that driverless vehicles could supplant the approximately 3.5 million truck driving jobs, not to mention taxi cabs and rideshare drivers.This prediction shouldn’t alarm anyone. Being a Luddite never solved anything and Ted Kaczynski’s personal campaign against the “industrial-technological system” did little to impede progress and landed him in jail. Even so, history has taught us that technological advances tend to eliminate jobs but not occupations — we still have maps, shipping containers and candles but you don’t run into near as many cartographers, coopers and chandlers as you did in the 19th century. History has also taught us that technological advances tend to bring new jobs, While 73 million jobs may be lost to automation, how many new jobs will be created by disruptive technology we can’t even imagine right now?Related: The Rise of the Robotic Co-WorkerStill, there are social implications in automating entry-level jobs while charging obscene tuition fees and allowing predatory lending to encumber students. Grads are no longer put through the crucible of a demeaning, soul-sucking, part-time job and many find themselves suffering from culture shock as they enter the workforce with their heads crammed filled of unrealistic expectations fed to them by academics who have never worked a day in their lives. There is now a generation of college grads encumbered by student loan debt that precludes them from spending money buying the so-called big ticket items like houses. Should this trend continue, we will have a second housing crisis that will likely drive down the value of houses owned by people currently indifferent to the problem.Robots don’t pay employment tax, income tax or Social Security but that money must come from somewhere. Cutting social programs is one solution, but shredding the social safety net makes matters worse, not better. We could raise taxes, but something must be done. Perhaps we should tax robots or automation that replaces a worker, wait…let’s not think of them as workers, but as taxpayers.Related: Bill Gates Believes Robots That Steal Jobs Should Pay TaxesIf we don’t do something we are quickly headed to disaster. It’s tough, albeit not impossible, to start a company in a rancid economic environment but it’s tough to have that business thrive. We have to care about jobs that pay a living wage. That isn’t a partisan issue. If people are struggling to purchase life’s necessities, there is less money for luxuries, and while a handful of people made millions selling inferior goods to people too poor to shop elsewhere, the poor generally speaking, shouldn’t be your target demographic. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more