Haryana BJP MP Dharambir Singh says won’t contest next election

first_img: The BJP MP Dharmbir Singh from Haryana’s Bhiwani-Mahendragarh Lok Sabha constituency has said he won’t contest the next parliamentary election as he has not been able to work for people.Mr. Singh told The Hindu that “I find my misfit in the role of MP.. I have not been able to work for people the way I would have wanted and therefore I don’t want to contest next Lok Sabha election.”“I am though willing to contest election for the State assembly,” he added.“Assembly constituency is a relatively small region in comparison to the parliamentary area.. I find my self more comfortable to work with people at the local level and thus have decided to focus on assembly polls rather than contesting parliamentary elections,” he said.Dismissing that his decision of not contesting the parliamentary election has come in the backdrop of any rift within the party, Mr. Singh said ”there’s no factionalism in the party.”Mr. Dharambir Singh had in 2014 left the Congress party and joined the BJP ahead of the parliamentary election. He won the election from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh lok sabha seat.last_img read more

Bandh over Kathua rape affects normal life

first_imgA partial shutdown was observed and rallies organised by the Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) to press several demands including the handing over of the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI. The shutdown affected the rail services and traffic on the national highway.“We will intensify the agitation in case the government fail to meet our demands. If you (the government) did not throw Rohingya’s out of Jammu, we will make Jammu-Rohingya Muslim free. ” said JHCBA president B.S. Salathia at Satwari.Mr. Salathia also demanded that the case of the eight-year-old Bakerwal girl, who was raped and murdered in January in Kathua, should “be handed over to the CBI for investigations”. The Bar also demanded the roll back of order issued to the Tribal Affairs minister by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over forest land enclosures. The lawyers’ association organised street protests, which hit the vehicular movement on the Jammu-Pathankote national highway and train services at Hiranagar.The bandh call evoked partial response in Jammu region, as normal life was not impacted in the Chenab Valley or the Pir Panchal valley. Lawyers in these valleys distanced themselves from the shutdown call.last_img read more

In Hathras, two villages ‘boycott’ poll over poor condition of road

first_imgShowing a thumbs-down to the BJP government’s development agenda, villagers of two villages in Hathras reserved constituency boycotted the Lok Sabha poll for a major part of the day.Voters of Bijona Bujurg and Sikharan villages said that they wouldn’t vote because despite repeated requests the 1.5 km stretch of road that connects the villages to Jiroli mod of Lodha block had not been constructed for the last two decades.“We have been suffering for a long time. So, we decided not to cast our franchise this morning. The decision has not been taken under any pressure,” said Omkar Singh, a local farmer, speaking on behalf of 1,500 voters. “It has been our demand for many years. We made requests on Facebook and have sent letters to the Prime Minister portal but our demand has not been heard. The PM talks of digital India but we are waiting for basic needs. During rains, it becomes impossible to cross this small stretch,” Mr. Singh claimed. Jitender Singh of Sikharan village said during rains children are not able to go to school for days. “We wanted to register our protest. There is no politics behind it.”The locals said that these are Thakur-dominated villages and don’t matter for the candidates of the reserved constituency. “When the word spread, the wife of the BJP candidate Rajvir Diler, who is also the local MLA, came to the village and said that our votes didn’t matter to her,” alleged Giriraj Singh, another villager. Manoj Kumar, the Block Level Officer, denied the charge. “She made a request, but their demand couldn’t be met overnight.”Rampal Singh, the presiding officer of Bijona booth, said that the District Magistrate also visited the village to convince the voters that their demand would be met but they didn’t heed to his request.“It is a first in my career,” said Mr. Rampal. He added that the villagers had been peaceful and had in fact given them cots to rest. ‘Gandhian protest’“It has been a Gandhian protest. We could have pressed NOTA but it would not have made such an impact. We wanted to show that we have lost interest in the system,” said young Mukesh Kumar. After repeated requests from the administration, by 4 p.m. the villagers of Bijona decided to cast their vote but residents of Sikharan remained adamant. “In our village out of around 1,100 votes, only about 30 have been cast,” said Mr. Jitender.last_img read more

Polar bears head north as Arctic warms

first_imgAs sea ice disappears, polar bears are on the move. Now, a new study shows where many of the bears have gone over the past 2 decades: north toward the Canadian archipelago, one of the last Arctic regions to be affected by climate change. Starting in the 1980s, researchers collected tissue or hair samples from nearly 3000 polar bears captured by scientists or killed by hunters throughout the Arctic. DNA analyses showed that bears from different regions are genetically distinct from one another, allowing researchers to approximate the bears’ movements by tracking changes in the population’s genetic makeup over time. Over the past 20 years, polar bears from southern Canada and the eastern polar basin have migrated north, where year-round sea ice persists, the authors report this month in PLOS ONE. The northern regions of the Canadian archipelago are expected to retain sea ice longer than other Arctic areas, researchers say, and will likely continue to provide an important refuge for the migrating animals—at least for now.last_img read more

Cavaliers win 5th straight in 28-point rout of Pistons

first_imgLATEST STORIES James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit’s stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer.The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning,” James said. “They’ve been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that.”The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland’s reserves ended up outscoring Detroit’s 26-8 in the first half. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc.“I’m not upset at our guys. I didn’t see our guys quitting or anything like that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We got a little bit shell shocked.”This had the feel of a big game before it started. Although there were still some empty seats at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons’ new home seemed closer to full than on previous nights, and the attendance was announced as a sellout. The team played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren’t able to keep up with Cleveland’s torrid shooting.“He definitely did set the tone,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “Made some really tough, contested shots — 3s. Got himself going, got his team going, and then they were able to just pretty much fuel off that.”It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. Channing Frye made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 46-28.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.“We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time,” James said. “That’s what happens when we don’t let up.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Harris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.ANOTHER BLOWOUTThe previous matchup between these teams wasn’t much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Clevelandnearly broke that mark Monday.A BREATHERCleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Everybody’s built different and if you’re one of the greats sometimes you’ve got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland still isn’t close to full strength. The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (right hip), Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert (left knee effusion) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain).Pistons: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Detroit’s six-game home winning streak was snapped. This was also the first time all season the Pistons lost the latter half of a back-to-back. They had been 3-0. … Andre Drummond moved into fifth place on the Pistons’ career list with 5,205 rebounds. Larry Foust had 5,200.UP NEXT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Irving’s 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to extend streak to 16 straightcenter_img View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Cavaliers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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After Game 1 rout, Blaze Spikers still got more to give

first_img“We know that they will come back strong, we know how they work,” said Delos Santos, whose squad scored a 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 win on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena to move just a win away from a perfect conference.But even in the cusp of a historic repeat, the Petron mentor said they could still do better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We don’t think of the sweep. Right now, we rest and try to recover and then give it our all on Game 2 [on Tuesday],” added Delos Santos. “But for tonight (Game 1), I’m very proud of the way my players performed.”Sisi Rondina scored 12 points for Petron’s 13th victory in as many games this conference. The high-leaping Rondina was a big factor off the bench to halt Rhea Dimaculangan’s combination plays. Bernadeth Pons added 10, while middle hitter Remy Palma had nine. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Game 2 is slated Tuesday at 7 p.m., also at MOA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In contrast, F2 Logistics didn’t have anyone scoring in double figures, stymied by Petron’s well-placed floor defense that yielded 79 excellent digs compare to 54 by the Cargo Movers.Delos Santos may have learned his lessons during last year’s Grand Prix final when F2 coach Ramil de Jesus tweaked his lineup which threw off the Blaze Spikers’ game plan.“We go back and study Game 1 and see how much we can still improve,” added Delos Santos, the national team mentor.The Cargo Movers leaned heavily on Ara Galang who banged in nine points but could not get the usual numbers from Kim Kianna Dy and Majoy Baron, who were limited to a combined seven points.F2 team leaders Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz were also silent, scoring a total of six points, aside from making 27 errors against Petron’s 16.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue San Beda trounces Cebu five; CKSC stuns mapua MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? There is no way Petron is taking any chances.After whipping F2 Logistics in the opener of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals, Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said they are going back to the drawing board and think of ways to answer their opponent’s expected counterattacks.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

No one expected Jack the Gripper

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply 2 thoughts on “No one expected Jack the Gripper” Continue Reading Previous ORConf meets Wuthering Bytes in the UK September 2017Next Prepare to network furiously at ESC Boston 2017 Log in to Reply March 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm March 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Max The Magnificent says: “nnMaybe I’m misunderstanding the problem, but wouldn’t an opening pressure switch on the ends of the gripper be sufficient to stop the motors when they’ve gripped the tree? When it touches, it opens the circuit and disconnects the power.” “Here’s the response Ivan posted to a related article over on EETimes:nnAnswer: As the teeth bite into the variable bark and shape of the various trees, a switch closure doesn’t insure the teeth have bitten sufficiently (or as much as possible given the A few weeks ago, the guys who sit in the offices on either side of mine — we’ll call them Bruce and Bob (because these are their names) — came bouncing into my office excitedly exclaiming “Max, Max, Max,” at which point my internal “Duck! Incoming!” radar immediately ramped up to its “Blue Alert” state.In my conversations with Bruce and Bob (B&B) over the years, I may have alluded to the fact that I am widely acknowledged as being an expert in everything to do with electronics and computing (well, that’s what my mom tells everyone and she’s always right [well, that’s what she tells me]). It never struck me that B&B would ever want me to actually build something for them.Once I had managed to sit B&B down and sedate them, they explained what it was they were hoping to achieve. As part of a recent project, it appears that B&B have been exposed to hunters and their practices. It turns out that hunters make use of things called Tree Stands or Ladder Stands or Ladder Tree Stands or… whatever. These are essentially metal seats mounted on top of a metal ladder. It may be possible to raise a smaller stand by yourself, but — as shown in this video — a medium-sized stand will require at least two people.In the case of a larger stand — and these things can be as much as 40-feet tall — you will probably need four people or more. The fun really starts after the stand has been raised to a vertical orientation, at which time whoever draws the shortest straw has to climb up the thing and secure it to the tree. I can only imagine how exciting this must be, especially if everyone in the party has consumed a beer or three. In fact, B&B tell me that there are over 3,000 stand-related hunting accidents involving people falling out of trees each year in the USA (and these are only the ones we know about because they require hospitalization).B&B’s idea was to create a motorized mechanism called Jack the Gripper (they started with The Tree Hugger , but decided this wasn’t manly enough, bless their little cotton socks) that could be used to hoist a ladder stand into a vertical orientation and secure it to the tree without anyone having to risk their lives. As part of this, there were to be two motors, one driving the gripper arms and the other driving the hoist (a future implementation may employ a single motor to perform both functions).One key requirement was that everything had to be controlled using the one thing every hunter owns. No, not a gun (don’t be silly), we’re talking about a smartphone. Well, this part was easy. I immediately suggested using a Simblee module, which is only 10mm x 7mm x 2.2mm in size, and which contains two main functional units: a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor (with 128 KB of Flash and 24 KB of RAM running at 16 MHz) and a Bluetooth Smart Radio.In the case of our prototype, I opted to use one of these Simblee modules mounted on a 29-GPIO breakout board that can be plugged into a standard breadboard. By some strange quirk of fate, I happen to have a bunch of Simblee breakout boards here in the office because I use them to control all of my own hobby projects, from my Cunning Chronograph to my BADASS Display to my Caveman Diorama.B&B also expected me to whip up the motor control board on the spot (I get the impression they think I carry all the components I need to make anything in my pockets), but I explained that there’s a huge difference between drawing a theoretical schematic on the whiteboard and building a functioning unit that will work in the real world.When it comes to making things work, the man of the moment is my chum Ivan, who sits in the bay across from ours. Ivan took over the design of the motor controller board. All I needed to know was the signals Ivan required me to provide to drive and monitor his system, after which he disappeared into his cave lair burrow office and left me to work on the software.A big part of this project was to keep the costs down as much as possible. Based on this, Ivan opted to use four discrete power MOSFETs (two p-type, two n-type) as opposed to an off-the-shelf H-Bridge.Cost considerations also affected another design decision — how to detect when the gripper arms were fully closed and/or the hoist was fully raised, and to then stop the motors. The purist in me wanted to monitor the current being drawn and to use this to detect when the motors were straining. We even talked about making the algorithm monitor the battery voltage and current over time, and to add learning and predictive capabilities, but all of this would require more effort on our part and — more importantly — additional components and costs.In the end, we opted for geared motors with slip clutches. Once the gripper arms or hoist reach their limits, the relevant motor starts to slip and make a “ratcheting” sound, at which point the operator simply presses the stop button (remember the KISS principle — “Keep it simple, stupid!”).The images below show the prototype motor control board (you can see the 29-GPIO Simblee breakout board sitting on the top) and the prototype gripper-hoist mechanism.The prototype motor control board (Source: Bruce Till and Bob Cuffe) The prototype gripper-hoist mechanism (Source: Bruce Till and Bob Cuffe) One of the problems with this project was that there was never an official specification and everything was constantly evolving. (Give me strength. I’m too young for all this excitement. I really should know better by now.) Not surprisingly, this led to all sorts of issues. For example, we started off with two low-power 12V motors — the same type you might expect to find in an electric drill. At that time, our three main battery options were NiCads, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), or some form of lithium-based solution.We started with NiCads because they were cheaper, and everything worked well until B&B decided to move from 12V motors to low-power 18V units. The result was that, when the battery charge had fallen to around the half-way point, and when the system was placed under maximum load, the internal resistance of the batteries was sufficiently high to cause the motors to stall. Since 18V NiMH batteries weren’t so easy to find, we therefore decided to move to the more expensive lithium batteries.Once again, everything worked fine until B&B changed course once again by opting to use a high-power flavor of 18V motor. Now, when the gripper or hoist motors reached their limits and the motor’s slip clutches came into play, the battery current rose sufficiently high that the protective circuits in the lithium battery assemblies kicked in and shut everything down. Arrgggh! Ultimately, we returned to using NiCads, but moved from 1,500 mAh units to their beefier 3 Ah cousins.I could go on and on… On the bright, all of the above was predominantly Ivan’s problem. I was happily working on the control program in the evenings. The great thing about the Simblee is that it’s easy to create a graphical user interface (GUI) that’s presented on your Android or iOS smartphone.The prototype Jack the Gripper GUI (Source: Bruce Till and Bob Cuffe) Of course, there’s a lot more going on in the code than this simple interface would suggest (including the fact that we are using the Simblee to monitor the battery voltage and current and display the results on the GUI). For example, if one of the motors is already running and the operator tries to reverse its direction or activate the other motor, then the program first deactivates the currently running motor and then waits for an appropriate time before executing the new command.Now, take a look at this video to see Jack the Gripper in action, after which I’ll tell you what went on behind the scenes.As you can see, using Jack the Gripper , it’s possible for a single person to hoist and secure the largest of ladder stands by himself (or herself). Of particular importance is the fact that the stand is fully secured before the hunter even sets foot on the ladder.Of course, when you are designing something like this, you can’t think of everything right from the get-go (that’s why they call it a “prototype”). As a case in point, when I was creating the GUI, I had happily assumed that the operator would exit the application and turn the phone off before climbing the ladder and ensconcing himself in the stand. What actually happened was that the test subject left the application running and stuck the phone in his back pocket. The end result was that as soon as he sat down, he “butt-dialed” the application instructing the gripper arms to open.I wasn’t there myself, but I’m told that everyone had a jolly exciting time. This has, of course, resulted in a revision of the software that flashes an “Are You Sure?” box on the screen when the operator instructs Jack the Gripper to activate a motor. The command will be cancelled if the operator doesn’t click the “OK” option within a specified amount of time. Furthermore, the small “OK” button is located a long way from the motor activation buttons, while the large “Cancel” button covers them, the idea being that a butt-dial of a motor activation button will either timeout or be followed by a butt-dial of the “Cancel” button. Also, the application will deactivate itself after a short period of time and… you get the idea.The latest incarnation (Source: Bruce Till and Bob Cuffe) I’m informed that all of this is going to be tremendously exciting news to members of the hunting fraternity. For myself, I have a certain satisfaction in knowing that I’ve played a small part in ensuring that fewer of our brave lads and lasses will be plummeting to the ground out of the trees. Of course, this may slightly reduce entries to the Darwin Awards, but I have confidence in my fellows that they will find a way to bounce back (no pun intended).How about you? Do you hunt yourself (you know what I mean), or do you have family members or friends who do so? If so, and if you are interested in learning more about Jack the Gripper , or if you have any suggestions to be made before Bruce and Bob take this project into production, please feel free to email them at and , respectively. perl_geek says: last_img read more

Steve Watterson (QLD) – 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominee

first_imgHaving been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a constant familiar face and very well liked amongst the Sharks playing group. SQBD prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. The fact that Steve is prepared to drive 16 hours to take equipment to a tournament to ensure Sharks players receive the same service as any other at another proves his importance to this organisation. As a result of his work and commitment at South Queensland Touch, Steve has also been awarded a life membership. He has also been a long-term member of the South Queensland Board of Directors and still currently supervises junior selection programs.last_img read more

Did The Refs Miss A Huge Call At The End Of The Orange Bowl?

first_imgThe referees missed a call in the Orange Bowl here.@mshamburger1/TwitterThis play will be talked about forever.Late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Orange Bowl, it looked like a Florida State defender got a great jump on a snap. Or, perhaps, he jumped offside.That’s the debate that raged on the internet after Florida State’s 33-32 win over Michigan. Twitter exploded with controversy as FSU’s Demarcus Walker toes the line between making a great play and being offside.Here’s the play. It’s Michigan’s final offensive play of the contest:pic.twitter.com/tX1KQjQj4M— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) December 31, 2016The refs did not call offside on the play. Demarcus Walker beat the guard and had a free rush at Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight–who was forced into an errant pass.Speight missed his target with the throw, and the ball was intercepted by Carlos Becker.So, was Walker offside? Would it have mattered in the end?These questions can be debated forever, yet the outcome remains the same.last_img read more

An SS14 catch-up with Common People

first_img The 13 Best Stephen King Books, Ranked Editors’ Recommendations An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck We’re so impatient for summer; we want to talk to everyone about it all the time. So when we saw Scottish label Common People’s SS14 collection film, we knew we wanted to wax lyrical about outdoor roaming and their lightweight jackets, which just happen to be the colour of sunshine. Fortunately, the assistant designer Gail Ferguson indulged us.What inspired the SS14 collection?SS14 – “Summer Rambling Tales” reflects the essence of Scottish summer holidays, inspired by 1970s field trips and influences of Celtic art.What will the Common People guy be up to this summer?You’ll find him holidaying on the Isle of Skye and enjoying the Edinburgh Festival with family and friends hopefully getting some fly-fishing done, and relaxing with a cold beer in the sun.There is a really nice lightweight, utility vibe running through the collection. What kind of fabrics did you use?Outerwear pieces are key in the collection this summer. Fabrics range from shower-proof nylon/cotton memory fabric to colour-coated cottons, which are washed back to give an aged affect. Airtex linings give the collection a technical feel with both warmth and breathable properties. The Ambleside Jacket is a functional design, inspired by a 70s rambling smock. Made in the UK, the style features four front pockets and is fabricated in a pop yellow, Korean shape memory fabric, which is shower-proof. Perfect for the unpredictable British summer.What triggered the colour palette?The colour palette for SS14 was triggered by the 1970s vintage rambling inspiration and features bold pop colours such as burnt orange, yellow and apple green.Tell us about the SS14 collection film.Photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce filmed ‘Summer Rambling Tales’ on the day of the shoot. The collection was shot on location in Scotland at Seacliff Beach, less than an hour outside of Edinburgh. The film tells the story of the collection in the context of a Scottish summer’s day, set to the track “what you building” by PET.What is on your summer soundtrack?London Grammar, Metromony, Temples, ESG, and bit of Fats DominoFinally, do you have any exciting vacations planned this summer?  We’re off to Stockholm for a week in August for a friend’s wedding, which I’m really looking forward to.  August will also be fun in Edinburgh as it’s festival time and a great place to be.last_img read more

230 Schools to Begin Preparations for Primary Specialist Model September

first_img The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be engaging 230 primary schools in September as it prepares for full roll-out of the Primary Specialist Programme in 2022. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 5), Chair of the Primary Specialist Teacher Model Oversight Committee, Dr. Tamika Benjamin, said that the programme will be implemented in three phases beginning with the preliminary phase this year. The initial 230 schools will be prepared for transition to the use of the model through sensitisation sessions, administration of the redeployment toolkits and the training of principals and teachers. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be engaging 230 primary schools in September as it prepares for full roll-out of the Primary Specialist Programme in 2022.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 5), Chair of the Primary Specialist Teacher Model Oversight Committee, Dr. Tamika Benjamin, said that the programme will be implemented in three phases beginning with the preliminary phase this year.The initial 230 schools will be prepared for transition to the use of the model through sensitisation sessions, administration of the redeployment toolkits and the training of principals and teachers.Following the year of preparation, the model will be implemented in terms of curriculum delivery in 2020.An additional 230 schools will begin their transition at that time, and in 2021, the final 230 schools will start their preliminary year for full roll-out across the system the following year.The Primary Specialist Programme is aimed at improving curriculum delivery at the primary level of the education system.Dr. Benjamin told JIS News that the new initiative will move away from the current model of having “generalist” teachers in the classroom to having more specialist educators.She explained that in the generalist approach, a teacher is responsible for imparting all the subjects that are included in the curriculum. However, the specialist teacher will deliver fewer subjects and will, therefore, have to be trained in designated subject areas.Dr. Benjamin, who is the National Mathematics Coordinator, said that the process of exploring the specialist model began in 2014, after a delegation from the Ministry visited Singapore and observed the approach being used.She noted that initially, the Ministry considered the model as part of its strategy to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and language/literacy, however, after consultations with principals and teachers, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and teacher-training institutions, the specialist approach was broadened to include the teaching and learning of science and social studies. In 2016, the model was approved and in September 2017, it was piloted at a cost of $50 million in 39 public and private primary schools across the island. There was full roll-out in these schools in 2018.Dr. Benjamin told JIS News that support for the pilot was provided by the Specialist Teacher Model Oversight Committee, which is made up of internal and external stakeholders.Monitoring and assessment of the pilot was guided by a plan developed by the Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.Dr. Benjamin said implementation of the specialist model is being informed by data gathered from the pilot.last_img read more

Becker to auction trophies souvenirs to pay debt

first_imgLondon: In a move to clear off a major chunk of his debt, bankrupt German tennis legend Boris Becker has decided to auction his trophies and personal souvenirs online from Monday. Becker will conduct the online auction in association with British firm Wyles Hardy. According to reports, the tennis star is auctioning 82 items, which includes his medals, cups, watches and photographs. The sale will end on July 11, Wyles Hardy announced on its website. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevOne of the trophies include a replica of a Challenge Cup, which was awarded to Becker after his Wimbledon wins, and the three-quarter size replica of the Renshaw Cup presented after he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion. Meanwhile, Becker’s Wimbledon finalist medal from 1990, when he was beaten by Swede Stefan Edbergis will also be up for grabs at the auction. The 51-year-old was declared bankrupt in 2017 but reports suggest that even an auction will not help him get rid of his debt which is over millions of pounds. Becker, a six-time Grand Slam winner, won 49 titles and more than 20 million euros in prize money during his tennis career.last_img read more

Aaliyah to be honoured with wax statue at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor-singer Aaliyah is set to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The wax figure of the Princess of R&B will be installed in the throwback room of the museum and will be unveiled on August 21, reported Billboard. The official Twitter page in the memory of recording artist also confirmed the news. “We are proud to announce that Aaliyah will be the next iconic star immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas (sic)” the tweet read. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Fans and visitors will be open to viewing the statue starting on August 22. Aaliyah, aged 22, died in a plane crash in 2001 on her way back to the US from her “Rock the Boat” video shoot in the Bahamas. The single “Try Again” earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. Her third album ‘Queen of the Damned’ was released posthumously in 2002.last_img read more

Delhiites wake up to cloudy Sunday morning

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a cloudy Sunday morning, with the minimum temperature settling at 26.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.According to the MeT department, there is a possibility of light rains later in the day.The humidity level recorded at 8.30 was 83 per cent.”The skies will remain cloudy throughout the day. Light rains may occur in several areas. The maximum temperature is expected to settle at 32 degrees Celsius,” an official from the MeT department said.On Saturday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature settled at 36.2 degrees Celsius.last_img

Trump condemns bombings calls for calm but doesnt acknowledge own rhetoric

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump pulled some of his usual barrage of podium punches Wednesday, urging politicians of all stripes to stop attacking each other’s morals and calling on supporters to settle their ideological differences the civilized way: at the ballot box.Trump spoke at a rally in Wisconsin, which he kicked off by following up on his earlier statement condemning a chilling series of attempted mail bombings addressed to several of his favourite rhetorical targets, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.“Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective,” Trump told a sprawling crowd of cheering supporters at the outset of a speech he read from prepared remarks.“The language of moral condemnation and destructive routine, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop. No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains.”But he couldn’t resist taking a shot at one of those targets — the media, which he called on “to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories.”And before long, the president was back in his usual groove, wandering from his prepared script to gab and jaw with the crowd, occasionally tamping down his impulses like a chastised teenager in the back of the class.“I’m trying to be nice,” he grinned at one point.Trump’s speech came on the heels of a day full of pleas for civility in America’s political discourse as Democrats and progressives across the country found themselves confronting a barrage of crude package bombs aimed squarely at the president’s critics and rivals.But neither in Washington nor Wisconsin did the president — whose fiery and often personal rhetoric has branded him the enabler-in-chief for pointed attacks from both sides of the political spectrum — accept any responsibility for the very sort of attacks he was condemning.“The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice; we will spare no resources or expense in this effort,” he told a gathering in the East Room of the White House.“In these times, we have to unify, we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”Former CIA director John Brennan and ex-attorney general Eric Holder joined Obama, Clinton and billionaire Democratic philanthropist George Soros on Wednesday as would-be recipients of packages containing what authorities described as crude pipe bombs.The package addressed to Brennan was sent care of CNN’s New York bureau, prompting a chaotic morning of must-see TV live from the streets of Manhattan as police evacuated the Time Warner Center and cordoned off several city blocks in the downtown core.“This is a very painful time in our nation; people are feeling a lot of hatred in the air,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who described the incident as an “act of terror.”“This atmosphere of hatred is contributing to the choices people are making to turn to violence, there’s no question about it. And the way to stop that is to turn back the other way, to bring down the temperature, to end any messages about the use of violence against people we disagree with.“And that has to start at the top,” de Blasio said.Democratic congressional leaders sounded utterly unmoved by the president’s remarks.“President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement that listed off a number of the president’s greatest hits.“Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions.”Oddly, it was actually Melania Trump who uttered the administration’s first public comments on the matter, taking the podium ahead of her husband at an event convened to mark a new bipartisan legislative effort to tackle the opioid crisis, one of her principal causes.“We cannot tolerate those cowardly attacks, and I strongly condemn all who choose violence,” she said.“I’m grateful to the Secret Service and federal and local law enforcement for all they do on a daily basis to keep us safe and to encourage people across the country to choose kindness over hatred.”The device meant for Holder, who served as attorney general in Obama’s administration, turned up at the Florida offices of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also a Democrat, by way of a fraudulent return address. A similar device bound for California Democrat Maxine Waters, another popular Trump target, was intercepted at a congressional mail facility in Maryland.“We are at a boiling point,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Keeping the debate and the dialogue civil is very, very important — and for elected leaders, who in many ways set the tone, it is especially important.”The bombing attempts comprise just the latest — and potentially most dangerous — example of extremist elements feeling empowered by presidential rhetoric, said Kamran Bokhari, a Washington-based political science lecturer with the University of Ottawa’s Security and Policy Institute.There was last summer’s chilling torchlight display of white supremacist anger during a rally in Charlottesville, Va. — a gathering that ultimately turned violent and claimed the lives of three people — and the deadly newsroom shooting in Annapolis, Md., earlier this summer that killed five employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper.And on the other side of the spectrum, Republican congressman and House majority whip Steve Scalise was one of several people wounded in June 2017 by a rifle-toting left-wing activist who died in the ensuing shootout with police.“I’m not saying — and I don’t believe — that the president is doing this on purpose, but he is doing it for his own political imperatives, especially at a time of upcoming midterm elections,” Bokhari said in an interview.“We’re in a place where political rhetoric and political discourse are now serving to embolden people who don’t feel any problem with taking the law into their own hands.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misidentified the governor of New York.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets second green light from Ottawa

first_imgThe federal Liberal government is giving the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion a second lease on life.“Today I’m announcing that our government has approved the Trans Mountain expansion project going forward,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa after markets closed Tuesday.“This is a new decision. The company plans to have shovels in the ground this construction season.”The decision to reapprove the project comes nine months after the Federal Court of Appeal ripped up the original federal approval, citing incomplete Indigenous consultations and a faulty environmental review. Trudeau says the court said the government needed to do better.“And you know what?” Trudeau said. “They were right.”Critics, of which there are many, wasted little time denouncing the news and predicting another courtroom rejection.“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision,” said Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in B.C. “We will be appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.”The Liberals ordered the National Energy Board to look at marine shipping impacts; Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi started another round of consultations with Indigenous communities affected by the project.Tuesday’s decision also comes the day after the Liberals passed a motion in the House of Commons declaring climate change a national emergency that would require more cuts to emissions than have already been promised.In 2016, the National Energy Board said the production of another 590,000 barrels of oil, which would maximize the twinned pipeline’s capacity, could generate 14-17 million more tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, which means Canada would have to find ways to cut more from other sectors to meet and then exceed its current targets.RELATED: Trans Mountain timeline: A look at key dates in the project’s historyTrudeau says he is sympathetic to concerns about the environment and the need to transition to cleaner sources of energy, but says that in order to fund that transition, Canada needs to take advantage of its natural resources while they are still needed.“The policies of the last century will not serve Canadians in this one,” he said, acknowledging the concerns of environmentalists who fear the twinning project will exponentially increase the risk of a catastrophic spill on the West Coast.“I understand your desire to protect your coastline and your ocean, because I share it,” he said directly to British Columbia residents. “Our top priority is making sure there is no spill in the first place, but we know we need to be prepared for anything.”Before he was done, however, Trudeau struck a decidedly partisan note, aiming to frame this fall’s federal election campaign in terms of which party can best shepherd economic and resource development through the ever-narrowing gauntlet of environmental grassroots opposition.“The Conservatives built exactly zero pipelines to new markets, but they did manage to build one thing: extreme animosity between those who want pipelines and those who don’t.”Trans Mountain, coupled with two Liberal energy bills currently making their way through Parliament, have become the biggest flashpoint between the Liberals and their opponents, with Conservatives demanding the government do more to get the pipeline built and the NDP and Green party urging a full stop.Green party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose parties are staking claim to the same political territory, were unequivocal in their opposition to Trudeau’s decision.“This announcement represents cynicism and hypocrisy at a level that is quite breathtaking,” May said in a statement, citing the Liberal motion passed Monday in the Commons declaring climate change a national emergency.At the other end of the political spectrum, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer scoffed at the idea the pipeline would ever be built, and cast doubts on Trudeau’s sincerity about supporting the energy industry.“He hasn’t done anything,” said Scheer. “Show me the pipeline. Where is it?”The project has also caused major friction between British Columbia and Alberta. Trudeau called both B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to inform them of the decision Tuesday. Kenney lauded the cabinet decision, but echoed Scheer’s skepticism.“This second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline isn’t a victory to celebrate. It’s just another step in a process that has frankly taken too long,” Kenney said.He urged the federal cabinet to take action on other fronts to get more oil to global energy market, such as accepting proposed amendments on Bill C-69 and abandoning Bill C-48. C-69 overhauls the assessment process for approving major projects like pipelines; C-48 bans oil tankers off B.C.’s northern coast.The government will require that every dollar in federal revenue coming from the project be reinvested in clean energy and green technology. That includes an estimated $500 million a year in new annual corporate tax revenues once the pipeline is in service, as well as any revenues from the promised sale of the entire expanded pipeline back to the private sector.The Prime Minister is vowing that every dollar of profit earned through the pipeline expansion will be invested in green energy and technologies. When the expansion is fully operational those profits are estimated at $500-million annually #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 18, 2019“To those who want sustainable energy and a cleaner environment, know that I want that too,” said Trudeau. “But in order to bridge the gap between where we are and where we’re going, we need money to pay for it.”Trudeau says construction will restart this construction season, but there is no specific date yet. Trans Mountain Canada will have to apply a second time for all the necessary federal, provincial and municipal permits before breaking ground. Photo credit: Kinder Morgan/CP The federal cabinet is also requiring another consultation with Indigenous communities affected by the project to determine how they can potentially become economic partners in the project.The government has accepted the 156 conditions the National Energy Board put on the project approval, but is amending six of them to include requiring Indigenous communities to be involved in developing marine emergency response plans, mitigating potential impacts on sacred sites, and Indigenous involvement in post-construction environmental impact reporting.There are also eight new accommodations required to take into account Indigenous concerns, including working with some communities to potentially move the route.Timeline: A look at key dates in Trans Mountain’s historylast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Looks Forward to Turkish Presidents Visit to Morocco

Rabat – King Mohammed VI of Morocco said he looks forward to welcoming Turkish President, Recep Tayyip  Erdogan, in Morocco.According to Turkish media, the Moroccan monarch told Ismail Rustu Cirit, President of the Turkish Court of Cassation, on Wednesday, that he wants the Turkish President to pay an official visit to the North African country.“Please give my regards to President Erdogan and tell him that we want to see him in Morocco as soon possible,” King Mohammed VI reportedly said according to the President of the Turkish Court of Cassation. “King Mohammed VI expressed to me Morocco’s solidarity with Turkey in its fight against terrorism, following the terrorist bombings that targeted it recently,” he added according to Anadolu agencyRustu Cirit, who was accompanied by Turkey’s ambassador to Morocco, Ethem Barkan Oz, was among the personalities that King Mohammed VI received at the end of the religious evening he chaired in commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the late king Hassan II’s death.King Mohammed VI paid a private visit to Turkey in December 2014 where he spent the end of the year holidays. During his stay in Turkey, the Moroccan monarch, who was accompanied by his wife Prince Lalla Salma, Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija, was invited to a tea party with Turkish President and his family. read more

FEATURE How one UN volunteer found her calling

“In Italy, we’re mostly middle class,” Ms. Zuccherin, 41, told the UN News Centre, as she reminisced about her childhood years growing up in a small northern city near Venice.“The first opportunity to volunteer came when a college friend mentioned an organisation called Amnesty International, which worked on cases of human rights violations,” she said. It was the beginning of the 1990s, and Ms. Zuccherin, who had just started law school, decided to attend one of the organisation’s meetings. There, she found her calling. “It just took realizing what was happening outside of my city and in the world for me to decide I wanted to contribute,” recalled Ms. Zuccherin, who soon got involved as a volunteer for Amnesty International.More than 20 years and many volunteering experiences later, Ms. Zuccherin is now the head of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ecuador, a position she has held since February 2011.Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. It is active in around 130 countries every year. Piera Zuccherin (left) participating in events related to the tree-planting initiative “Siembraton.” Photo: Carlos Montenegro/FAO EcuadorWhile Ms. Zuccherin is now fully acclimated to the UN system and her host country, she had to go through an adjustment period upon taking office in 2011. When she was first contacted by the UNV Programme for the position in Ecuador, she’d been working for eight years as a volunteer for various non-profit organizations in Mozambique.“I came directly from Africa to Ecuador, without even making a halt in Italy,” she said, highlighting her quick transition between one of the world’s poorest countries and a middle-income economy. “It was weird for me to find myself in a supermarket with various brands for the same type of product,” she commented about her first days in Ecuador.Coming from the world of NGOs, Ms. Zuccherin also had to get used to UN formalities and various internal processes, though the fact that she was immediately thrown into the arena helped her, in retrospect, adjust to her new job.“Within the first month of my arrival, I had to organize a world meeting on volunteerism that Flavia Pansieri [the former head of the UNV programme] was scheduled to attend, so I had to prove myself right away,” she recalled.Now Ms. Zuccherin is fully immersed into the Ecuadorian reality and has created ties with local authorities. Two weeks ago, she was invited by the Ministry of the Environment along with all of the UNV team of volunteers in Ecuador – 30 people across the country – to participate in a national initiative called “Siembraton,” which involved planting trees in the outskirts of Quito.“Ecuador beat the world record for most trees planted at the same time and we were a part of it,” she said with excitement.Reflecting on her passion for volunteerism and what drew her to the area of development following her first involvement with Amnesty International, Ms. Zuccherin explained: “For me, it was a way of feeling less powerless in the face of the great challenges that exist in the realm of development worldwide.”But it was not until she was first deployed to the field, assisting vulnerable children in Mozambique, that she truly realized the value of volunteer work. “Then I was able to see how small actions can change people’s lives,” she said. Piera Zuccherin planting a tree during “Siembraton,” a massive planting initiative organised by the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment which set the world record for most trees planted simultaneously. Photo: Maria Guerra Beltran/FAO Ecuador Based in the country’s capital, Quito, Ms. Zuccherin is in charge of promoting and developing volunteerism in the country by seeking out, selecting and monitoring volunteers throughout various initiatives.An important part of her work is also to advocate for the implementation of a legal framework on volunteering in her host country. “Ecuador is one of the few Latin American countries, including one of the few countries worldwide, that does not have laws surrounding volunteerism,” said Ms. Zuccherin. What it means to be a UN Volunteer The decision to serve as a UN Volunteer, at home or abroad, is based on a commitment to the United Nations and to the UN’s contribution to peace, development and human rights in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As a UN Volunteer you have the extraordinary opportunity to create beneficial change and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Even if your UNV assignment is fairly short, it can have a long-term impact and achieve a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate beneficiaries of your efforts. Learn moreFor all her contact with Government officials, Ms. Zuccherin is never as thrilled as when she manages to convert volunteerism sceptics. “What I enjoy the most is to inspire others who were not necessarily sold on the idea in the first place to join and start volunteering,” she said with enthusiasm, adding that the act of volunteering should not be restricted to well-to-do people. “Everybody can be a volunteer; it’s not something that has to do with your income,” she said. “You simply need some time and to be into a specific problem.”Ms. Zuccherin also noted that people who want to contribute do not necessarily have to do it with the UN, but can get involved with any kind of organization, at the local or national level. Oftentimes, the simple fact of convincing a few people creates a snowball effect, she explained, recalling an environmental campaign she led in Ecuador with the UNV programme back in 2012 and 2013. The purpose of the initiative was to gather middle-school children within “ecology clubs” and get them to understand the environmental impact of their actions.“After that, they came back to their own community and neighbourhood and explained to others why volunteering was important for the environment,” Ms. Zuccherin said, before proudly adding that the concept of “ecology clubs” then became a best practice in relation to anti-poverty targets known as the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more