first_imgRashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Vice-Chancellor S.P. Kane has “indefinitely postponed” a programme involving a speech by Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury allegedly due to pressure from right wing groups.Mr. Yechury was slated to deliver a speech on March 18 on “Democracy and its values,” organised by the Department of Ambedkar Thoughts of the university.The programme was “postponed” by the V-C two days before its scheduled date, attracting criticism from the organisers and writers and thinkers based in Nagpur who claimed that the V-C was forced to do so due to pressure from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.“We met the V-C and he told us that the programme has to be cancelled because of some unavoidable reasons. When I asked him about the reasons, he said some organisations called him and threatened to protest if Mr. Yechury speaks in the university. He did not name the organisation but it is clear that it was the ABVP,” Pradip Aglawe, head of Nagpur University’s Ambedkar Thoughts department, tolad The Hindu.No responseWhen asked, the V-C said, “The programme has not been cancelled. It has been postponed for some administrative purposes. I would not like to speak more on this issue.” Senior Congress leader Nitin Raut met the V-C along with a delegation of writers and thinkers on Thursday and asked him “not to act under pressure.”Mr. Raut said: “The V-C was under tremendous pressure when we met him. He was not in a position to explain us. He said there would be law and order issues if Mr. Yechury is invited. It was clearly the pressure from the ABVP. The V-C said he got calls asking him to not to go ahead with the programme. Mr. Yechury is not a terrorist or a traitor. He has been working as a parliamentarian for over 25 years now. He is known as an intellectual and to oppose his speech is absolutely unfair.”The ABVP, however, denied that it had anything to do with the “postponement” of the Communist leader’s programme.“We knew that he was going to come to Nagpur but we did not plan any protest against him which could have resulted in the cancellation of his programme. We can easily take the credit for this but the reality is that we have nothing to do with it. Had we been involved we would have openly done it and sent press notes to the media,” ABVP’s Nagpur area chief Gaurav Harde told The Hindu.Mr. Yechury did not respond to calls when contacted for his reaction.last_img read more

first_imgAs many as 415 infants and children died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur in August this year, an increase of 51 deaths over the same month last year.As per hospital data, the hospital recorded 234 deaths in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and 181 in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The NICU treats newborns while older children are treated in the PICU. Deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are included in the PICU.In August 2016, 364 children died in the hospital. Of these, 190 were recorded in the PICU and 174 in the NICU.The hospital had already recorded 386 deaths till August 29 this year. With 29 deaths on the last two days of the month, the figure reached 415.While figures for death percentage in the last two days could not be obtained, till August 29 it stood at 3.14% in the PICU and 7.20% in the NICU, with 171 and 215 deaths, respectively.While 1,000 patients were admitted in the PICU ward till August 29, another 480 were in the NICU section. Out of 171, around 73 died of AES.The death percentage at the PICU last August was 2.8% when 1,130 patients were admitted. In the NICU, 445 patients were admitted, of which 174 died at a percentage of 7.38%.The highest number of deaths recorded in a single day last year in the PICU and the NICU was 11 on August 9, 11 and 23.This year, the highest number of deaths recorded in a day in the PICU was 15 on August 28. The NICU section recorded the highest deaths at 15 on August 14, 14 on August 10 and 12 on August 20.However, the deaths due to AES last year in August, 104, were higher.According to BRD principal P.K.Singh, 34 children died in the NICU from August 26 to 29. While two died due to respiratory syndrome, one due to sepsis, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy claimed 10 lives and very low birth weight claimed 11 lives.In the PICU section, 41 deaths took place from August 26 to 29. Of these, 15 died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, 15 of sepsis, four died of snake bite or scorpion stings and three from pneumonia.August 28 also recorded the highest number of combined deaths in the PICU and the NICU this month with 25 casualties, followed by 24 on August 14 and 23 on August 10, when the oxygen supply was allegedly disrupted.Explaining the recent spurt in numbers, Mr. Singh on Wednesday said a large number of patients were coming to the hospital during the current monsoon period.The number of children admitted in the hospital on Wednesday was 344, Mr. Singh said. The BRD principal said, “Most of the children brought to the hospital are so critical, they can survive only for 30 minutes to one hour with the best possible management.”Mr. Singh said the hospital had “sufficient supply of medicine and oxygen”, adding that doctors were doing their job sincerely.However, he could not be reached over phone calls or messages on Thursday and Friday.last_img read more

first_imgGiven the right instructions in the lab, mature cells can turn back into embryoniclike ones that researchers covet, but the process is frustratingly slow and inefficient. By removing a molecular brake, scientists have now figured out how to reprogram cells with almost 100% efficiency.In a process called cellular reprogramming, researchers increase the expression of four genes in skin, blood, or other mature cells to turn them into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can become any of the body’s cell types. Scientists value the method because it allows them to make patient-specific cells in the lab that they can use to study disease—and perhaps someday to treat patients. However, the reprogramming procedure is hit-and-miss. The most efficient methods reprogram only about 10% of mature cells into iPSCs.Now, stem cell researcher Jacob Hanna and his colleagues at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have identified a protein that acts as a brake on reprogramming. When the protein, called Mbd3, is removed—either by mutating its gene or by slashing its expression—the four reprogramming genes can turn nearly 100% of cells into iPSCs within a week, Hanna and his colleagues report online today in Nature.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The group also found that the Mbd3 gene forms a feedback loop with the four reprogramming genes. When they are active, they switch on production of the Mbd3 protein, which in turn inhibits their further expression. During development, Hanna says, the protein likely helps coordinate when cells begin to differentiate.To better study the protein, the researchers made genetically altered cells in which expression of Mbd3 can be turned off and on. They found that when Mbd3 is removed, the cells respond to the reprogramming genes with surprising synchrony as they revert to an embryoniclike state. Usually it takes weeks or even months to reprogram a handful of cells, and there’s no way to predict which cells will “take” and which won’t. But the genetically altered cells went through the process at the same time, and virtually all of them were reprogrammed in a week, the researchers found. “It’s unexpected that the depletion of a single [protein] can have such a dramatic effect,” says Konrad Hochedlinger, who studies reprogramming and pluripotent stem cells at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He wonders if there might be other molecular brakes that, when removed, have similar effects. The interactions between Mbd3 and the reprogramming genes help explain why reprogramming has been such an unpredictable process, Hanna says. Only in rare cells can the reprogramming genes overcome the resistance that Mbd3 provides.The ability to study entire populations of synchronized cells as they are reprogrammed should allow scientists to better understand the molecular events that drive the mature cells back to an immature state, Hochedlinger says. It might also allow researchers to isolate and study partially reprogrammed cells. “They might be therapeutically interesting,” Hochedlinger says, because they would be able to grow into useful tissue types without seeding tumors, which fully reprogrammed cells can do.It won’t be easy to use the technique to make patient-specific iPSCs, however. The genetic modifications that Hanna and his colleagues introduced might interfere with the cells’ later behavior in unpredictable ways. Hanna says that he and his colleagues are looking for a small molecule that could block Mbd3 temporarily, removing the brake just long enough to allow cells to be reprogrammed.last_img read more

first_imgThis article introduces a DALI 2.0 slave software stack for XMC 1000 microcontrollers. This stack was developed by Infineon in close cooperation with Xenerqi and accelerates design of LED lighting applications. By Marcelo Williams Silva and Georg Huba, Infineon Technologies         Download PDF version of this articleAmongst other things, the XMC 1000 microcontroller family with ARM-Cortex-M0 offers optimised peripherals and functionalities for smart lighting control. This makes it possible to address a host of different applications both indoors and in commercial buildings. It is within this environment that DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) has established itself as a standardised interface for controlling lighting control gear. With DALI 2.0, interoperability between components from different manufacturers has been further improved, whilst the integration of sensors significantly extends the possibilities for smart lighting applications. Infineon has partnered with Xenerqi to develop a DALI 2.0 certified slave software stack for its XMC 1000 microcontrollers. This significantly reduces development time and costs.Figure 2. Block diagram of the XMC 1000 microcontroller unit Smart lighting solutions extend conventional LED lighting with new functionalities such as wired and wireless connectivity, programmability, sensors, improved lighting quality and intelligent colour mixing. With special peripherals and functionalities, XMC microcontrollers are predestined for numerous modern LED lighting systems. For instance, automatic dimming and colour control for multi-channel LEDs is supported. In addition to the LED control, the MCUs of the 1200, 1300 and 1400 series can also handle DALI or DMX communication. Furthermore, the XMC microcontrollers can be used to implement the power supply for the LED driver, supporting all standard two-stage switched-mode power supply topologies.Figure 3. The BCCU (Brightness and Colour Control Unit) facilitates flicker-free dimming and colour control of LEDs with virtually no processor load. The key features of the XMC 1000 family for smart lighting systems are: automatic brightness control (based on high-frequency pulse modulation), flicker-free dimming via 9 output channels, automatic exponential dimming and linear intensity changes for natural, eye-friendly brightness and colour changes, high-speed integrated analog comparators for current control, and closely coupled peripheral functions for various digital power conversions.The introduction of the LED into all areas of lighting technology has led to extensive changes in the control of lights. What was once controlled in the past with phase dimmers or an analog 1…10V interface is now digitally connected. The most popular standardised interface DALI – originally designed for dimming fluorescent lamps – has established itself as the standard for lighting design, driven by the success of LED lights. With DALI 2.0, interoperability has been further enhanced, whilst the integration of sensors opens up new possibilities for smart lighting applications.The XMC1000 family with the ARM Cortex M0 core is available in the XMC1100, XMC1200, XMC1300 and XMC1400 series with flash versions up to 200 KB and enclosures with up to 64 pins. Even the entry-level XMC1100 series, with its basic feature set, provides many industrial applications with cost-effective access to the 32-bit world with 12-bit AD converters and powerful 16-bit timers of Capture/Compare Unit 4 (CCU4). The XMC1200 series includes additional application-specific features such as a peripheral unit for capacitive touch applications and for the control of LED displays (LEDTS), high-speed analog comparators and an innovative Brightness and Colour Control Unit (BCCU). The BCCU permits flicker-free dimming and colour control of LEDs with virtually no processor load. What is more, versions are available for the extended temperature range from -40 °C up to 105 °C. Last but not least, the XMC1300 series is specifically designed for motor control and digital power conversion applications. In addition to a particularly powerful Capture/Compare Unit 8 (CCU8) with two compare channels and asymmetric PWM functionality and a position interface (POSIF) for precise detection of the motor position, it also offers a mathematical coprocessor. The latter permits efficient sensorless FOC (field-oriented control) solutions for electric motors. The XMC1300 series also offers variants for the temperature range up to 105 °C. In addition to the features of the XMC1200/1300 series, the XMC1400 derivatives offer up to four serial channels (control of 4-channel LEDs), significantly increased processing power (more than 70 percent) and enhanced connectivity (e.g. CAN).The XMC1200, XMC1300 and XMC1400 series feature the innovative BCCU unit mentioned already. The basic function of the BCCU consists in automatically providing dimming signals at the port connections for external LED drivers. The BCCU is designed for automatically controlling the dimming and the colours of multi-channel LED lamps with minimal code input. One development goal was the flicker-free display. However, not every change in luminance is perceived by the observer as flicker. The corresponding threshold of perceptibility is frequency-dependent and has been determined empirically. These findings have gone into the design of the BCCU. A key feature is the automatic high-frequency brightness modulation (PDM with 12-bit resolution). This generates an individual bitstream for each of the nine channels in total. The high frequency produces a high resolution for the brightness value and/or the colour value in RGB applications. This permits a flicker-free display, whilst supporting a wide range of different LED drivers and/or high-performance LEDs.The BCCU integrates three dimming engines. These facilitate the exponential change in brightness. The exponential dimming and linear change in intensity make the dimming steps and colour changes appear totally natural to the human eye. The three dimming engines can be assigned to any of the nine channels. This means it is possible, for example, to control three RGB lights or one street light with up to nine LED strings. The BCCU also provides trigger signals for the A/D converter. This in turn permits synchronised measurement of currents in multiple LED strings, for example.The linear walker plays an important role in the colour change of RGB lamps. This adjusts the frequency of the bitstream for each channel so that, starting from colour X, the target point of colour Y in the colour space for each of the three channels (red, green, blue) is reached at the same time within a predetermined time. The colour transition is considerably more pleasant and natural to the human eye with this method. In addition, no complex software algorithms are required.Figure 4. DALI 2.0 extends the IEC 62386 with Part 103 (control devices). New device types from the field of sensors, such as buttons, light sensors, motion sensors and remote-control interfaces, are now defined in the standard. DALI is probably the most common interface for lighting control with regard to the light. Products for numerous applications (multi-function lights, multi-channel lights, emergency lights, etc) are available today from a wide range of manufacturers. All these devices are standardised and classified in the DALI standard IEC 62386.102. The different device types (device types 0-8) are defined in the standard parts 201 to 209. For example, device type 6 specifically describes LED control gear, and device type 1 the characteristics of DALI emergency lighting devices. Data communication, parameter sets and topology are also defined in IEC62386.DALI 2 is designed to close gaps in the original standard and allow for better interoperability. Originally describing only control gear and general communication, DALI 2 opens the world of sensor technology to manufacturers and users. IEC 62386 has therefore been extended with Part 103 (control devices). New device types from the field of sensors, such as buttons, light sensors, motion sensors and remote control interfaces, are now defined in the standard.In its first version, DALI works according to the pure master-slave principle, which limits extensive sensor functions. DALI 2 makes it possible to communicate control commands and operating data for light operating devices as well as sensor functions across manufacturers. With DALI 2, 64 light operating devices and 64 sensor control devices can be operated together in one line. Building automation systems can also process the sensor information and optimise it with other data, such as heating/ventilation/air conditioning. Central maintenance functions can monitor lamp status, power consumption, or switching cycles, and depict these functions visually in the form of statistics.DALI 2 also laid the foundation for far-reaching interoperability. For the first time, a standardised operating device is not only controlled according to the master-slave principle, but also event-controlled communication between the application controller and the control device is possible. Backward compatibility with DALI 1 installations is also ensured. To ensure full compatibility, it is necessary to test against the standard.Figure 5. DALI 2.0 software stack for the XMC1000 family The DALI 2 standard (IEC 62386 Part 101/102 – Edition 2.0 2014-11) improves the predictability of gear control. With this in mind, Xenerqi and Infineon have developed a DALI 2 software stack for the XMC1000 family, and the software has been certified for Xenerqi LED drivers and Infineon XMC LED current control explorer kit. With the certified stack and the XMC single-chip solution for DALI 2.0 users can almost halve the development time and also save costs. The DALI 2.0 control gear stack is designed for integration into a host application that provides a solution for DALI 2.0 control gear with one or more DALI controls. The corresponding instances are defined in accordance with IEC 62386-101: 2014 (Ed2.0), Section 3.16. as devices that are connected to the bus and receive commands to drive at least one output directly or indirectly. The stack implements all DALI 2.0 protocols for gear control. This includes the following functions: processing of all DALI commands from the DALI bus, monitoring for all corresponding error conditions on the DALI bus, processing of the corresponding light output for gear control with timing and sequence fade conditions, processing of configuration changes requested by the DALI controllers via the bus interface, DALI short address assignment, including assignment of random addresses in coordination with the DALI controllers, and management of delays and other timing conditions in relation to DALI operations.The DALI 2.0 slave stack is not a stand-alone solution. The stack and its associated library provide the core functionality and software components needed to develop a DALI 2.0 control. Application developers must therefore configure the stack and its components according to their specific control solution. The stack supports all functions as specified in the general requirements for DALI 2.0 control gear. However, the stack only implements the functionalities that apply across all control devices. Application-specific DALI functionality for control gear, especially the hardware-dependent functions, must be implemented via the host application. This also applies to optional DALI 2.0 control functions. In addition, the stack defines callback functions that it uses for the interface and management of the application-specific functions.Figure 6. The DALI 2.0 software stack has been certified for the XMC LED current control board. Software development for the XMC microcontrollers can be performed in two ways – either via the standard peripheral library (XMC Lib) or via DAVE apps. Although using the XMC Lib means working on a low level of abstraction, the full functionality of the peripherals can be used flexibly. However, some hardware know-how is required. In addition, compilers from third-party providers can be used. With the DAVE apps, you develop on a higher level of abstraction and use specific application examples. Consequently, no detailed hardware knowledge is necessary. The use of DAVE Version 4 is the requirement here. The free development platform includes all necessary tools like GNU compiler, debugger and data visualisation. In addition, DAVE apps are available for a variety of applications as well as LED lamp control. Infineon also offers several LED evaluation boards for the XMC1000 family. The already-mentioned XMC LED current control board features a 15W DC/DC buck controller, a DALI PHY and extensive documentation. The DALI 2.0 stack is certified for this board. DALI 2.0 design examples are in preparation. In addition, other RGB/LED kits (with DALI and DMX Phy) are available with a standard LED driver as well as an RGB / LED Arduino lighting shield.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous The rise of edge computingNext Enhanced reliability and performance in motor control encoder applicationslast_img read more

first_imgNapoli Ancelotti a ‘real coup’ for Napoli as Insigne thanks Sarri Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 10:44 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlo Ancelotti Napoli Goal Napoli Carlo Ancelotti Serie A The Italian forward lauded the capture of his countryman as the club look to take the next step and claim their first Scudetto since 1990 Shocked by Napoli’s ability to lure Carlo Ancelotti to the Serie A club , star forward Lorenzo Insigne welcomed the Italian great’s arrival, while he thanked former boss Maurizio Sarri.Former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid coach Ancelotti was appointed on a three-year contract on Wednesday, replacing fan favourite Sarri.Sarri – who guided Napoli to their second runners-up finish in three seasons this term – has been linked with Premier League giants Chelsea and Russian side Zenit . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Italy international Insigne lauded the capture of former AC Milan boss Ancelotti – a Serie A and Champions League winner during his tenure at San Siro – as Napoli look to take the next step in 2018-19 and claim their first Scudetto since 1990.”I wish Carlo Ancelotti all the best and hopefully he can help us,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia .”He’s a great coach. I didn’t expect this, but we know our president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] has these cards up his sleeve. The arrival of Ancelotti is a real coup, he’s a great tactician.”As for Sarri, we can only thank him. He gave us so much and taught something to all of us. We’ve all improved under his tenure and that is thanks to him.”Insigne flourished under Sarri’s leadership, scoring eight Serie A goals and tallying 11 assists in 2017-18.#WelcomeCarlo @MrAncelotti pic.twitter.com/cu6uTjaJvg — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 The 26-year-old finished with 14 goals across all competitions.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hodgson warns Crystal Palace fans of daunting fixture runby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must stay realistic ahead of a daunting fixture run.The Eagles are sixth on the Premier League table heading into the international thanks to Saturday’s win over West Ham United.They will face Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea in their next four games.”Things will change,” Hodgson said. “I still fully believe in a championship being a marathon race. It’s nice to start reasonably well and be up with the front runners, but you know you’ve got to keep up that pace and one of the things we don’t have is a big squad.”But if we can keep our heads above water and get to January I hope we can do something about that.” last_img read more

first_img Reuters LondonApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 17:28 IST The Football Writers’ Association also lauded Raheem Sterling for his fight against racism (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRaheem Sterling was awarded the Footballer of the Year on MondaySterling got 62 percent of the vote of more than 400 FWA membersNikita Parris won the FWA’s Women’s Footballer of the Year awardManchester City forward Raheem Sterling was voted Footballer of the Year in the annual vote of members of the Football Writers’ Association, announced on Monday.City forward Sterling has been a key member of the City team which is two wins away from defending their Premier League title and has also been a prominent voice in the campaigns against racism in the game.Nikita Parris won the FWA’s Women’s Footballer of the Year award – like Sterling, the 25-year-old plays for Manchester City and England.The FWA said Sterling collected 62 percent of the vote of more than 400 members of the organisation which brings together journalists and others in the football media.Sterling had 100 votes more than Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk, who on Sunday was named the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year.Other players to receive votes from FWA members were Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Bernardo Silva and David Silva (Manchester City).FWA chair Carrie Brown pointed out that the criteria for the award is for a player who by “precept and example” is considered Footballer of the Year.”To have been voted the 2019 Footballer of the Year by our members, and with such an overwhelming majority, clearly acknowledges the contribution from a player over one season,” said Brown.”But it also recognises the huge impact of Raheem’s courage to challenge preconceptions and fight racism, which will leave a legacy not just for future generations in football but society as a whole.”advertisementParris won by a narrow margin from Arsenal and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema who was named PFA Women’s Player of the Year.Also Read | Sergio Aguero strikes as nervous Manchester City hold firm for win at BurnleyFor 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 Tags :Follow Raheem SterlingFollow Footballer of the YearFollow Football Writers’ Association Next Raheem Sterling wins Footballer of the Year award from Football Writers’ AssociationRaheem Sterling was awarded the Footballer of the Year and got 62 per cent of the vote of more than 400 members of the Football Writers’ Association.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBergen Group, December 19, 2013 zoom Bergen Group ASA has accepted an indicative term sheet from a bank syndicate for a refinancing of the Group. The refinancing will mainly be used to strengthen the liquidity of the Group’s ongoing shipbuilding projects, to be completed during first half of 2014.Bergen Group’s Shipbuilding Division has for a long period experienced pressure on the liquidity due to large losses in the division. The losses have also led to a situation where ongoing shipbuilding projects for a period have had to be financed with a larger amount of equity in anticipation of the construction loan to be opened. The refinancing ensures a satisfactory progress and funding for the three ongoing shipbuilding projects to be completed and delivered within 1st half of 2014. The refinancing is based on the following main elements:– An increase of the existing construction loan on NB88 (Fjord Line) with NOK150 million, of which NOK 65 million has already been paid out.– A refinancing of the offshore division based on a new loan of NOK 180 million, of which NOK 50 million goes to the repayment of existing debt to SR-Bank while the remaining NOK 130 million is to be used on NB88 (Fjord Line) plus NB90 and 91 (Volstad). The loan is due for repayment with NOK 30 million on 31 March 2014 and NOK 150 million on 30 June 2014.– An unsecured loan of NOK 20 million to Bergen Group AS from Flyfisk AS (which is controlled by Magnus Stangeland, one of the Group’s main shareholders) The loan is due for repayment on 30 June 2014.The Group is also working with establishing long term financial solutions related to the progress and completion of NB90 and NB91 at Fosen. These two shipbuilding projects, both to be built for Volstad Maritime AS, will be completed in respectively Q4 2014 and Q2 2015.The Shipbuilding division is planned to be transferred to NorYards AS in Q1 2014, where the Luxemburg-registered company Calexco will becomes majority owner and Bergen Group ASA retains 49% of the shares for the time beeing.Bergen Group will during the 1st half of 2014 work with a long term financing of the Group, in order to refinance existing debt obligations, as well as, strengthening the ongoing process of further developing the industrial area at Hanøytangen as a leading international center for service and shipbuilding activities related to the offshore industry, subsea services and maritime industry. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationlast_img read more

first_imgThe federal government’s new anti-crime law is good news for Nova Scotians, Justice Minister Cecil Clarke said today, Feb. 28. Earlier this week, Parliament passed Bill C-2, the Tackling Violent Crime Act. The legislation covers minimum sentences for gun crimes, protecting young people from sexual predators, tougher penalties for drunk drivers, and stronger provisions to manage high-risk offenders. The bill is expected to receive royal assent today, making it law. “The passing of this bill shows how the government of Canada is listening to Canadians’ concerns about crime and is working to put the needs of law-abiding citizens first,” said Mr. Clarke, who is in Ottawa for the royal assent ceremony in the Senate. “More importantly, the act paves the way for further legislation that will give Canadians the safety and security they deserve and expect.” The act establishes longer minimum prison sentences for individuals who use firearms to commit crimes. It also shifts the onus to individuals accused of serious gun crimes to explain why they should be granted bail. The act raises the age of consent from 14 to 16 years, targeting those who prey sexually upon children. It allows for stricter conditions and more effective sentencing and management of dangerous and high-risk offenders. It also strengthens laws against impaired drivers. The federal government has stated its commitment to doing more in the future to tackle crime, including mandatory jail terms for serious drug crimes, combating identity theft, and reforming the Youth Criminal Justice Act. A stronger youth act is also the focus of the fixyouthcrime.com campaign recently launched by Mr. Clarke. The goal is to have all seven of the Nunn Commission’s recommendations adopted by Parliament. To date, Mr. Clarke’s campaign has attracted the support of Nova Scotians across the province who have added their names to the petition for the act to be reformed. The petition and background information are available at www.fixyouthcrime.com.last_img read more

first_img In January 2008, the four-person committee, made up of employer and employee representatives, recommended a series of minimum wage increases. The last increases occurred in October 2010 and brought a full-time employee earning minimum wage within reach of the projected low-income cut off for a single person. The low-income cut off represents the threshold where people are devoting a larger than average percentage of their income to the necessities of food, shelter, and clothing. increasing the minimum wage for inexperienced workers,(less than three months experience) to $9.50 on Oct 1; beginning in 2012, the minimum wage be adjusted annually on April 1, and tied to the consumer price index of the previous year; and the committee continue to meet annually to carry out re-indexing and assess whether any changes are required. In its latest report, the Minimum Wage Review Committee has recommended raising the rate to $10 an hour on Oct. 1 from $9.65 per hour. The province posted the report today, March 10, to allow comment from the public, business community and other interested groups on the latest recommendations. Submissions must be received by April 11. After considering the comments, government will respond to the report and its recommendations. “The minimum wage is an important economic benchmark that affects both people and the business community,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I encourage anyone who is interested to please read the committee’s report and provide comments. I look forward to carefully reviewing this feedback, along with the findings of the report, before considering any future changes to the minimum wage.” For more information and a copy of the report visit www.gov.ns.ca/lae or call 1-888-315-0110. The report also recommends:last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s Note: After this story was published, the North West Company sent APTN National News an email.“We currently cannot accept Tim Hortons TimCards at our Northern/NorthMart locations as we operate using a platform that is not integrated with Tim Hortons,” said Derek Reimer, director of business development. “While we would like to accept at some point, our current system is unable to process these types of transactions (as noted on the Tim Hortons website, TimCards are only accepted at “participating locations”). We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers.” Reimer says the company wants to offer a Northern gift card as a replacement to use at its Tim Hortons location.Kathleen Martens APTN National NewsTim Hortons gift cards provided to homeless people in Iqaluit are being refused at the counter.Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau‎ said he tried to use the plastic card Wednesday at the Tim Hortons outlet in the Northern store and was told it was no good.“They just said it’s their rules,” Inuqtaqau‎ said from Iqaluit. “I was saying it’s for homeless elders and they just said no.”The gift cards were mailed via the Facebook page Helping Our Northern Neighbours (HONN).It matches donors of food and gifts in southern Canada with needy families and individuals in Nunavut.In total 15 gift cards worth $10 each were sent to the Northern Territory.Inuqtaqau‎ said he went to buy coffee and doughnuts for people who live in shacks without plumbing or heating.He said the hot drinks keep them warm while the homeless shelter is closed.Heather Porrill of Hinton, Alta., donated the cards after being told they would work in Nunavut.“I want some action and I want it now!” she said in Facebook.He posted about his experience on the HONN Facebook page: “Sorry all. Please don’t send up the gift cards for Tim Hortons. They work all around Canada but not in Nunavut.”Derek Reimer, director of business development for the North West company, which operates the Northern store, said he would look into the situation. He said the Tims franchise is staffed by North West employees.An email for comment from Tim Hortons head office was not immediately answered.This isn’t the first time HONN has underestimated just how hard it is to get things in Nunavut.In February 2015, the group collected 60 boxes of food donations and household items for the Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven.The plan was scrapped when they discovered the shipping would cost over $12,000.tmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

The latest adventures of Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson – a tale of sport and athletes who cheat by taking banned drugs – can be found on a website run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), starting today. The website features The Case of the Spoilsports, a comic strip, in English, Spanish and French, which dramatizes UNESCO’s anti-doping role and explores the importance of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, adopted by UNESCO’s member states in 2005. In five chapters published weekly, the story – inspired by the famous Sherlock Holmes detective stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – will trace how twin athletes react differently to the pressures of competitive sport. One gives in immediately to the pressure put on him by his trainer and teammates, while the other athlete suffers because his competitors use performance-enhancing drugs. From one sports event to the next, the plot leads to the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, which open on Friday. 4 August 2008The latest adventures of Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson – a tale of sport and athletes who cheat by taking banned drugs – can be found on a website run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), starting today. read more

World airline passenger traffic is expected to continue expanding for the next three years following a strong rebound in 2004, which reversed a slump related to terrorism, a slowing economy, disease and the war in Iraq, according to the latest medium-term forecast released by the United Nations aviation agency today.Passenger traffic measured in passenger kilometres performed (PKPs) is expected to grow by 7.6, 6.5 and 6.2 per cent in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively, the Montreal-based the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said. Traffic suffered in 2001 and 2002 from a slowing world economy and the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September, 2001. In the first half of 2003, it was further negatively impacted by the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the war in Iraq, before starting to recover during the second half.Last year’s estimated 14 per cent growth, in part, reflects the strong recovery by the airlines in Asia/Pacific, the region worst affected by the SARS outbreak. It was also supported by the improved performance of some regional economies and the sustained expansion of the Middle East economy, as well as the marginal decline in the cost of travel in real terms.Total (international and domestic) scheduled passenger traffic generated by airlines of ICAO’s 188 Contracting States was 2,950 billion PKPs in 2001. For the years 2002 and 2003, it remained well below the level achieved in 2000 (3,038 billion PKPs). For 2004, the traffic is estimated at 3,442 billion PKPs. With the anticipated continuingmoderate performance of the world economy, traffic is expected to rise to about 3,705 PKPs in 2005, 3,947 PKPs in 2006 and 4,192 PKPs in 2007. read more

“The three consecutive explosions in a crowded garage in the morning were meant to hurt as many innocent people as possible,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative (SRSG) Ashraf Qazi said today in a statement released by his office. The statement also expressed Mr. Qazi’s deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and extended his condolences to the people and government of Iraq.

first_imgArcades are few and far between just about everywhere except Japan and theme parks now I’d guess. But that doesn’t mean new arcade machines aren’t still hitting the market every year. True, most of them require importing from Japan, but it’s worth it for the right game.The arcade cabinet format we see the most is the stand up and sit down units with tilted displays allowing the player to look straight ahead. But for Pac-Man‘s 30th anniversary celebrated in 2010, Namco decided to return to the tabletop arcade cabinet format for a game called Pac-Man Battle Royale. And now it’s possible to play the game outside of Japan if you have an arcade nearby with it installed or deep enough pockets to invest yourself.AdChoices广告The video above gives you a good idea of the gameplay, with up to four players able to stand around the machine and take part. It puts a twist on the traditional Pac-Man game that saw you eat pellets and avoid ghosts. In Battle Royale the other players are also a target and eating a power pellet allows you to get large and hunt them down. To win a round you simply need to be the last Pac-Man standing.If you’re lucky enough to have space for Battle Royale in a home arcade then you can pick one up for around $4,275, quite a bit cheaper than the $17,000 required for a Street Fighter IV setup. Otherwise, if you have a local arcade this may be on their list of buys depending on what type of crowd they get in.Read more at Arcade Heroes, via Joystiqlast_img read more

first_imgLosing out on a big-name signing at the very last moment can be an infuriating experience for anyone, but Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is clearly above any such feelings and insists that he bears no grudge towards MalcomThe Brazilian winger appeared destined to go to the Italian capital this week after a €36m transfer fee had been agreed on between Bordeaux and Roma for his signature.But instead of showing up at Rome airport, Malcom was later announced as a Barcelona player after the La Liga giants had hi-jacked Roma’s move for the 21-year-old by offering Bordeaux a much bigger selling price.Malcom later defended his actions by insisting that he could not turn a “dream” move to a club like Barcelona and Di Francesco has no hard feelings towards him.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You’d have to ask Monchi [sporting director] about it,” said the Italian, according to the Express.“I’m not bitter, I’m sorry for how things went but if someone is to arrive then an even stronger player will come.”This summer has also Roma lose their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool with Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan having signed for Serie A rivals Inter Milan.Roma lost 4-1 to Tottenham on Thursday morning in San Diego after Patrick Schick’s early opener was cancelled out by braces from Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo will be suspended for the first leg of the Copa Del Rey tie against Sevilla, according to Barca Blaugranes.The Colombia defender, who joined Barcelona on loan from Valencia this month, will miss the Sevilla tie due to suspension.The Spanish Football Federation confirmed on Friday that Murillo would miss out due to an accumulation of yellow cards.The 26-year-old picked up yellow cards in both legs of Barca’s last 16 tie against Levante, he also picked up a booking for Valencia in their 2-1 win over the Ebro in October.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The news is a blow to the Catalan club, who are still without Samuel Umtiti due to injury, although Thomas Vermaelen has returned to training.Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde could turn to young players for the game, but given the first leg is at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, it’s likely Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will start at the heart of defence.last_img read more