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first_imgHustlers have a fire in their belly. They have a burning desire roaring like a fire inside them. They can’t not take action. This is why they don’t need someone to motivate them. No one ever has to ask a hustler to do the work that will produce the results they need. No one ever has to ask them to make the call or have the uncomfortable conversation they need to have. That fire consumes any fear they might have had.The non-hustler is missing this fire. There isn’t anything burning so brightly inside them that they absolutely have to take action. This doesn’t mean that there never will be, and it doesn’t mean that they are incapable of ever being infected with a purpose so big that they feel compelled to hustle. But it does mean they don’t have it now, or they would be hustling.The fire burning in a hustler’s belly has them taking action before their feet even hit the floor in the morning. They are thinking about what they want and why they want it as soon as their eyes pop open. As they are going through their morning rituals, their mind is constantly drawn back to their goals, their initiatives, those things that are driving them forward. The fire burning in their belly keeps them laser-focused on what they want and drives them towards it.The non-hustler wakes up waiting for the world to act on him. He isn’t proactively pursuing his goals, so he waits for someone to give him directions and tell him what he needs to do. His morning ritual consists of spending time dreading going to work and hoping that something good might eventually happen to him. The not-yet-a-hustler doesn’t live his life intentionally; he is the victim of accidents.Finding Your FireIf you don’t yet have this fire in your belly, you need to spend time working on discovering your real purpose, that one thing that gives your life meaning and allows you to make the contribution you are here to make. Once you find this, you will feel the spark. Once you find that spark, we’ll all help build a roaring fire by fanning the flames. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgSince July, over 1,000 farmers of Yavatmal in east Maharashtra have suffered from a toxic chemical exposure after spraying pesticides on the cotton crop. There have been fatalities too, with 23 farmers succumbing to “toxic pesticides” so far.How did it happen?The farmers in Yavatmal mostly grow the genetically modified ‘BT cotton,’ considered pest-resistant. But according to Ramdas Vadai, a farmer in Manoli village, the cotton plants grew unusually tall this year, up to 6 feet, and attracted pests. While spraying pesticides above their head, farm workers inhaled some pesticide particles.Some farmers said the lack of rain this year may have contributed to the growth of the cotton plant as it received more fertilizer. The unusually humid conditions and the high density of cotton crop also made farmers vulnerable to chemical contact while spraying pesticides.Some of the cases were so severe that patients had to be tied to the hospital bed because of convulsions. Earlier this month, Maruti Barbhate, 35, from Bellora village, was tied with ropes to a bed in ward number 12 of the Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College. He has since recovered. Almost all the infected and deceased farmers are cotton cultivators, or farm labourers who had gone to spray pesticide on the cotton crop. The post-mortem reports of the deceased farmers showed they had inhaled organophosphorus, a chemical compound used in pesticides, which resulted in respiratory failure. Over 25 farmers, including Mr. Vadai, could not see for a few days, but their vision has returned.What were the lapses?Most of the farmers and farm hands rarely cover their mouth and nose while spraying, a reason cited by some officials for the infection. However, many farmers claimed they had been spraying pesticides for decades, but only this year it caused infection and deaths. Asked whether the pesticides used this year were any different, Bhavesh Gandecha, owner of Jalaram Krishi Kendra, a distributor of agriculture products, in Ghatanji town, claimed that there had been no variations in the ingredients used in the pesticides.“We are selling the same products and putting up big boards in front of our shops to educate farmers on the precautions to be taken while spraying them. Why would the Krishi Kendra owners want to kill farmers when their livelihood depends on them?” Mr. Gandecha said, apprehensive of government action.When did it come to light?Farmers of the region had been flocking to hospital since the beginning of July in various parts of the district, but the issue came to light in the last week of September when the Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swawlamban Mission (VNSSM), the task force of the State government on farm distress, issued press statements informing the media about the spate of deaths.How did the government react?The Devendra Fadnavis government swung into action only after the media began reporting the deaths and Opposition parties started raising the issue. The government constituted a seven-member Special Investigation Team to inquire into the deaths and announced ₹2 lakh in compensation to the families of the deceased. The SIT has been given three weeks to submit its report.The district administration has booked five Krishi Kendra owners for “selling unauthorised pesticides” and sent agriculture officers to create awareness of precautions. But experts believe the action came late. VNSSM chief Kishor Tiwari, an adviser to the government on agriculture issues, blamed the deaths on the State and pesticide companies. Yavatmal has recorded 3,920 farmer suicides since 2001 and has been infamously called the “farmer suicide capital of India.” The spate of deaths due to pesticide poisoning has only added to the agrarian crisis the district has been facing for over a decade now.What lies ahead?Farmers urged the government to look at the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture and regulate it. Unscrupulous agents and commercial outlets selling pesticides must be hauled up and government agricultural extension outlets made more responsible.last_img read more


first_imgTwo more members of an inter-State gang of armed robbers were nabbed by the police in an exchange of fire at Sanaghati on NH-16 in Ganjam district on Wednesday.They were identified as Rajesh Reddy of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, and Susant Pradhan of Ganjam district. Cash totalling ₹2.5 lakh, two revolvers, three rounds of live ammunition and a car were seized from them. Both were injured in the firing. According to SDPO Ramesh Sethi, two police personnel were also injured in the exchange of fire.last_img


first_imgPankaj Singh registered the 2nd worst bowling preformance on debut in cricket history India’s debutant pace bowler Pankaj Singh created a record at Southampton that no bowler will want to beat. After England’s first innings was declared at 569 for 7, Singh became the most expensive wicket-less Indian bowler ever in Test matches. Singh’s first innings bowling figures 37-8-146-0 set an Indian record.Only two other bowlers from India, namely Subrata Guha and Jaidev Unadkat, have conceded more than 100 runs without taking a single wicket. In 1967, Guha leaked 105 runs without taking a single wicket at Headingly. Unadkat gave away 101 runs against South Africa without a single scalp in 2010-11 at Centurion.Pankaj Singh’s debut performance is the second worst in the history of cricket. Australia’s Bryce McGain has the record in his name when in 2009. His figures: 18-2-149-0.last_img read more


first_imgDouble Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has cautioned against making her one of the favourites to lift the title this year despite a stunning return from the hand injury that almost ended her career.The Czech won the Birmingham grasscourt event on Sunday in only her second tournament since returning from the severe injuries to her left playing hand sustained in a knife attack by an intruder at her home last December.She had hoped to continue her preparations at the Aegon International in Eastbourne this week, but pulled out of the tournament on Monday with an abdominal strain.Providing she recovers, the 27-year-old will be high on most people’s lists of possible Wimbledon winners as she goes in search of a third title and many think she among the favourites.”Well, actually, I don’t,” she told reporters at a sun-drenched Devonshire Park. “I mean, I just came back to play tennis, to enjoy the sport which I always loved.”Maybe the last tournament changed something in people’s minds but not in mine. I’m really enjoying every match but, still, I think I do have lot of things to improve.”I showed myself that I can play five matches in six days, but now I need a bit to relax to be ready. I know how tough it is to win a grand slam, so I’m not really seeing myself as one of the favorites right now.”Kvitova said she now felt no discomfort from the hand that required four hours of surgery to repair tendons. But lasting the course of a grand slam throws up physical challenges.advertisement”Even if the hand it’s not in pain, I really don’t know how the body will react,” she said. “The matches are different with the tightness, with the body and the nerves and everything.”Her immediate concern is the injury she felt while beating Australian Ashleigh Barty in the Aegon Classic final on Sunday.”It’s an abdominal muscle,” Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, told a news conference.”It got tight in yesterday’s final. I hope it’s nothing serious, but I do feel one spot specifically. I hope it will be fine in a couple of days.”I will have treatment. I will not practise for a couple of days, for sure. I’m disappointed I can’t play here. It’s a great tournament. I played the final one year and it’s always been great preparation for me for Wimbledon.”last_img read more


first_imgVirat Kohli and other India team walked off the field laughing and that was not just because they had moved to within seven wickets of yet another victory in Test cricket.Sri Lanka, set an improbable 410-run target, were reduced to 31/3 after Jadeja struck twice and Mohammed Shami produced a peach of a delivery to remove Sadeera Samarawickrama.Jadeja, brought in to the attack towards the fag end of the penultimate day, had also snuffed out Sadeera Samarawickrama Dimuth Karunaratne but it was his dismissal of night-watchman Suranga Lakmal that left everyone on the field in splits.He fired one in at at 93kmph around off-stump and Lakmal looked to keep it out but was too late getting his bat down. He ended up getting a bottom edge and the ball pegged the off-stump back.Jadeja, much to the amusement of his teammates went up in appeal for something and the on-air commentators, also obviously amused said, ‘You don’t appeal for a clean bowled, Mr. Jadeja’.However, Jadeja realised he had got his man after the close-in fielders pointed at the timber.Kohli had a good laugh as the players walked off at stumps even as Jadeja tried to explain what confused him. Cheteshwar Pujara and a few of the other Indians also joined in and it looks like Jaddu could be in for some serious needling from his buddies in the dressing-room. All in good humour of course.last_img read more


first_imgPakistan produced a clinical performance barring a couple of dropped catches and survived a late charge by Glenn Maxwell to defeat Australia by 11 runs in the second Twenty20 International on Friday in Dubai to win the three-match series with a match to spare.With the win, Pakistan registered their 10th successive T20I series victory under Sarfraz Ahmed, a run that began with a 1-0 win over England in 2016. The final match of the series will also be played in Dubai on October 28.Maxwell was dropped twice and scored 52 off 37 balls while Nathan Coulter-Nile scored a fighting 27 but it all came a bit too late as Pakistan held on and restricted Australia to 136/8.Earlier, opening batsman Babar Azam once again top scored with 45 and together with Mohammad Hafeez (40), anchored Pakistan to 147-6 after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat.Pakistan’s bowlers do it again!Glenn Maxwell’s 37-ball 52 goes in vain as a tight bowling performance hands Pakistan an 11-run win in Dubai and an unassailable 2-0 series lead! #PAKvAUS scorecard https://t.co/GMoXSkZ6T2 pic.twitter.com/Yq6ZdOpqKVICC (@ICC) October 26, 2018″It’s not easy to get 10 out 10 in Twenty20, but credit goes to the boys, the way we have improved our bowling, batting and fielding,” Pakistan captain Ahmed said.”It’s a big win and now we will try to give the boys sitting on the bench a chance in the last match.”Australia top order batsmen once again choked against the left-arm spin of Imad Wasim (1-8) and legspinner Shadab Khan (2-30) before Maxwell and Coulter-Nile made a late recovery.advertisementWasim, who grabbed three wickets in the first match which Australia lost heavily by 66 runs on Wednesday, picked the wicket of dangerman Chris Lynn.Two in a row!For his another fantastic spell of bowling, @simadwasim is the Player of the Match.#PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/6yBgtXeWffPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) October 26, 2018D’Arcy Short was run-out after the ball brushed the fingers of Wasim and crashed onto the stumps at the non striker’s end.Finch’s (3) struggle continued against Wasim before he holed out in the deep in Shadab’s first over while attempting a desperate big shot. Shadab also accounted for Mitchell Marsh’s wicket.”We were probably just a bit tentative in the powerplay,” Finch said. “Being six down in the last game, we tried to be conservative and when Pakistan put the squeeze on you, it can get tough. They are No.1 for a reason.”Ben McDermott was run out for the second successive time in the series by Fakhar Zaman, this time the fielder hitting the stumps with a brilliant backhand flick.Australia was stuttering at 73-6 in the 14th over before Maxwell and Coulter-Nile put on 59 runs but both were dismissed by 18-year-old left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi in the last over.Like in the first match, Pakistan innings revolved around Azam and Hafeez’s 70-run second wicket stand.Australia pegged back Pakistan through its spinners Short and Adam Zampa with Short featuring in the dismissal of both batsmen.What a spell from Nathan Coulter-Nile!His 3/18 has helped restrict Pakistan to 147/6 even after Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez led them to 99/1.Will Australia chase the total down to level the T20I series?#PAKvAUS LIVE https://t.co/GMoXSkZ6T2 pic.twitter.com/u8JxcRBvBsICC (@ICC) October 26, 2018Hafeez holed out to Short at deep square leg while Finch caught Azam on the edge of the boundary at long off off Short’s left-arm spin.Coulter-Nile (3/18) returned to remove Shoaib Malik (14) and Hasan Ali off successive deliveries before Faheem Ashraf’s unbeaten 17 off 10 balls gave Pakistan enough runs to defend.(With AP inputs)last_img read more


first_imgAnder Herrera has dismissed the idea of Manchester United going undefeated for the remainder of the season as they prepare for a testing run of games.The Old Trafford giants have not lost – winning nine and drawing one – since interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.AdChoices广告The Norwegian’s arrival has brought a renewed positivity to the club, but midfielder Herrera, 29, has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to get carried away ahead of the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday and should forget about records. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Before then United travel to Fulham on Saturday in the Premier League with clashes against Chelsea and Liverpool in the FA Cup and league respectively coming immediately after.Herrera told Sky Sports: “Let’s go game by game because, if you lose one game, you regret. Now, for Fulham, then we will think about PSG.”The best way to prepare for the PSG game is to try and win away at Fulham and that’s the way I think.”The Spaniard has poured cold water on the idea United’s unbeaten run could extend to May.”That is impossible,” he added. “The Premier League is so tough, City is a fantastic team and they lost away at Newcastle.”In the Premier League, it’s impossible to go unbeaten from when the manager came in, to have 25 or 30 games unbeaten.”Herrera, meanwhile, says the United squad has been rejuvenated under Solskjaer, but refused to compare the current mood to the atmosphere that existed under Mourinho.”We are very happy with him at the moment, but I’m not going to do comparisons,” said Herrera, who has been a key figure in United’s unbeaten run.”I am only going to speak about what is happening now. I’m not comparing.”Everyone feels free. We’re playing with a lot of freedom, this is one of the things he is talking about every day.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 13:15 IST Samsung Galaxy M30s will offer a 6,000mAh battery and 48MP triple cameras, both of which are upgrades over the M30.HIGHLIGHTSSamsung Galaxy M30s will launch in India on September 18.It features a 6,000mAh battery and a 48MP triple camera.Galaxy M30s is expected to launch between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in India.Samsung has been quite aggressive this year, launching a number of Galaxy M and A series phones in India that range from budget to mid-range. Under the Galaxy M series, Samsung has introduced the Galaxy M10, M20, M30 and M40. The Galaxy A list is even bigger, going all the way up to the A80. Samsung is not done, however, as it is looking at bringing updated models of phones launched in the first half of the year. It has already announced the Galaxy A30s and A50s in India. On Wednesday, September 18, Samsung will bring the Galaxy M30s.The Galaxy M30s will be based on the M30, but will pack a bunch of upgrades to keep it more relevant. Not that the M30 is less relevant, but given the ever-growing competition in the budget and mid-range segments in India, the M30s will look to offer something unique. The one big USP of the Galaxy M30s that Samsung has been hyping is its massive 6,000mAh battery. Here’s what else we know so far.– The Galaxy M30 already offers a large 5,000mAh battery, but the M30s will take it a few notches higher with a 6,000mAh capacity, which would be a first for any phone in this segment. The M30s will tout a two-day battery life on its massive 6,000mAh battery, which should be plenty for gaming and video streaming on the go.– This will be the first phone in India to offer a 6,000mAh battery. The only other phone that offers this capacity is the Asus ROG Phone 2, which will launch in India on September 23 at a much more premium price point.advertisement– Samsung has also revealed that the Galaxy M30s will come with a Super AMOLED display. Renders of the smartphone show that the M30s will sport an Infinity-U waterdrop screen much like its predecessor.– As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy M30s will be a major upgrade over the M30. In addition to a larger battery, the M30s will also get a new and faster mobile processor. Samsung is yet to reveal the details of the processor, but you can expect it to be an upgrade over the 1.8Gz Exynos 7904 chipset that powered the M30 and M20.– The Galaxy M30s will also get an upgraded triple camera setup. The system will include a 48MP primary sensor as per Samsung’s teaser. Additionally, we expect to see a wide-angle lens and a depth sensor. To recall, the Galaxy M30 comes with a 13MP primary camera, 5MP ultra wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor.– According to a recent listing on TENAA, the Galaxy M30s will come with 18W fast charging support, which would be slightly faster than the 15W fast charging tech on the M30. That being said, the M30s gets a bigger battery as well, so it will be interesting to see how long the 18W charger will take to fully charge up the device.– Additional specs revealed by TENAA include a 6.4-inch FHD+ display, 24MP selfie camera and up to 6GB of RAM.– As for the pricing, the Galaxy M30s is expected to launch at prices similar to the M30. We expect the phone to cost somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.– In addition to the Galaxy M30s, Samsung will also launch the Galaxy M10s and a new Galaxy M30 3GB + 32GB variant. The M10s will be a refreshed version of the M10 with an upgraded dual camera setup, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a possible 4,000mAh battery priced under Rs 10,000.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A30s launched in India: Specs, availability detailsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Samsung Galaxy M30s Samsung Galaxy M30s will be a major upgrade over M30: Everything we know so farSamsung will launch the Galaxy M30s in India on Wednesday, September 18 with a 6,000mAh battery and 48MP triple camera setup.advertisement Nextlast_img read more


first_imgAtlantic Canadians have voted Just Us! Coffee as their favourite food product for 2011. Just Us! Coffee, headquartered in Wolfville, edged out the competition to emerge as the people’s choice winner for the Eat Atlantic Food Product of the Year Award. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell presented the people’s choice trophy today, Aug. 31, to Just Us! CEO Tom Smith and board chair Melissa Stewart. “I congratulate Just Us! Coffee and all Nova Scotia’s finalists who took part in this friendly competition. This challenge profiled the importance of choosing great local products today and every day,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The success of these products shows our province’s commitment to encouraging Nova Scotians buy local. Eating foods from local sources leads to greater market access for our farmers and helps create good jobs to grow the economy.” Ten finalists were selected from nominations received through the Eat Atlantic Challenge Facebook page. The finalists reflected the diverse, dynamic and changing nature of Atlantic Canada’s food and beverage industry. Just Us! Coffee claimed the title following six weeks of online voting. More than 7,000 votes were cast. “Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and passion Atlantic Canadians have for food from close to home,” said Leo Leblanc, vice-president of marketing and communications for Co-op Atlantic. “Just Us! is an amazing example of a co-operative business that has found a way to combine a people-first approach with an excellent product.” Four other Nova Scotia producers were among the finalists, including Market Town Sausages of Antigonish, Beth the Pie Lady Pies of Greenwich, Scotian Gold Honey Crisp Apples of Coldbrook, Kings Co., and Knol Farms Frozen Blueberries of Collingwood, Cumberland Co. “This event, which helps consumers learn about the great food products we make here year-round, is a great way to strengthen our region’s food industry, and all the thousands of people who work producing food for Atlantic Canadians,” said Don Newman, executive director of the Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors Association. Thursday, Sept. 1, is Eat Atlantic Day, when Atlantic Canadians can show their pride for the great food produced in Atlantic Canada by pledging to eat food grown close to home for one day. The Department of Agriculture supports buying local year-round by administering the Select Nova Scotia campaign. Select Nova Scotia was developed to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers and to promote the sale and consumption of Nova Scotia grown and produced food. Since 2008, more than 40,000 consumers have visited the www.eatatlantic.ca website to learn about food from the region and participate in challenges and make pledges to increase their commitment to made-in-Atlantic foods. Co-op Atlantic developed the campaign to promote the world-class products made right here in Atlantic Canada and encourage buying local in support of our region’s producers, our food and beverage industry, our economy and our environment. The Eat Atlantic Challenge is a buy-local campaign organized and sponsored by Co-op Atlantic and Co-op stores throughout Atlantic Canada since 2008. Co-op Atlantic is the second largest regional co-operative wholesaler in Canada and the largest co-operative in Atlantic Canada. It’s owned by more than 100 co-operatively owned businesses across the Atlantic Provinces and the Magdalen Islands. Co-op Atlantic provides food, agricultural, energy and social housing/real estate services to organizations and businesses in more than 150 communities in the region.last_img read more


first_imgThe National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) today announced a partnership with award-winning entertainer Rita Moreno as part of its Insure U consumer education campaign.Rita Moreno poses with a photo of her late husband, Leonard GordonCredit/Copyright: Paolo Vescia 2016Though many know about her extraordinary career, Rita’s struggle following her husband Leonard’s death often goes untold, yet mirrors a situation familiar to many seniors.During their 46-year marriage, Leonard was solely responsible for handling the family’s financial affairs. After his passing, Rita was not only emotionally exhausted, but completely unprepared to take on complex insurance and financial plans.“I was so busy with my career and not really interested in learning about our finances, so it made sense for Leonard to handle it alone,” said Moreno, who is one of 12 EGOT winners. “Looking back, it would have been much wiser for us to have taken the time to share that information with each other. Losing him was hard enough, but the added stress of not knowing anything about our insurance or finances made it even tougher.”Motivated by her experience, Rita has partnered with the NAIC to encourage older Americans to prevent themselves from ending up in the same situation:• Sharing is caring. If your plans and policies are a mystery to your spouse or partner, do not wait any longer to share. An open exchange of information is vital to ensure you are both prepared if one of you is unable to provide information. • Ask the experts. When reviewing your plans and policies, do not make assumptions. A call to your state insurance department can help clear up confusion about insurance policies and ensure you are not carrying more insurance than necessary, which may help save money and prevent fraud. • Pass it on. Make sure your adult children understand your long-term care plans, life insurance policies, end-of-life wishes and the importance of planning ahead for their family. “This situation really made my daughter think,” said Rita. “She learned a very valuable lesson from my experience.”Featured in a nationally-distributed radio public service announcement (in English and Spanish), Rita hopes her story resonates with families and inspires them to make smart insurance and retirement planning decisions together.“We know that planning for the future can be unsettling, but it is imperative to develop a strategy and we are pleased Rita is lending her voice to the effort,” said John M. Huff, NAIC President and Missouri Insurance Director. “Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day and too many are behind in their retirement planning. Our partnership with Rita will complement the NAIC’s Retirement Security Initiative to take some of the fear and guesswork out of planning ahead.”As part of the campaign, Rita offers a senior’s perspective on modern advancements such as social media and the sharing economy in a video series entitled “Life Unscripted,” which can be seen on Insure U. For more tips to help seniors get insurance-smart and avoid fraud, NAIC offers 10 Tips To Help Seniors Navigate the 21st Century, a resource covering the aforementioned modern advancements as well as things seniors should know about long-term care, living with adult children and annuities.For unbiased tips and tools to help consumers understand their insurance options, visit www.insureuonline.org, NAIC’s award-winning online education resource. Consumers interested in insurance information specific to where they live can contact their state insurance commissioner.last_img read more


By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Each year, the beautiful city of Essaouira devotes its maze of streets, lovely beaches, and vibrant public squares to music for the annual Gnaoua and World Music Festival. This summer, from June 29 to July 1, the beach town will host the festival’s 20th anniversary. This year’s edition will bring together a mixture of Moroccan, African, and international artists to celebrate the music of the Gnaoua brotherhood on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.Neila Tazi producer of the festival has expressed her satisfaction at the introduction of the event’s program in a press conference, held on May 2 in Casablanca.Tazi told the press that the 20th edition will provide festival goers with the opportunity to enjoy luxurious concerts offered by some of the renowned Moroccan Gnaoua artists, including Mohammed and Said Kouyou, Hassan Boussou Mustapha Bakbou and Hamid El Kasri and Houssam Guinea.The press conference of the event has been also marked by the presence of Driss El Yazami, President of the National council for Human Rights (CNDH), Abdeslam Alikkane, Artistic Director and President Yerma Gnaoua Association. Karim Ziad, Artistic Director.Several other international and local Gnawa bands will also take part in the festival, namely Gnawa Diffusion, Gnaoua D’Agadir and Band of Gnawa and Marsa Band and Ribab Fusion. In addition to Gnaoua masters from around Morocco, Essaouira stages will also host international stars of jazz, blues, and rock music, including Bill Laurance, Speed Caravan, Carlinhos Brown and Lucky Peterson.The festival will also include musical concerts performed by Congolese pianist and composer Ray Lema, French multi-instrumentalist Titi Robin, and Moroccan superstars Hindi Zahra and Mehdi Nassouli.The three-day event will also feature collaborative performances joining Gnaoua withinternational jazz and blues bands. Apart from Gnaoua music, Essaouira’s Aissawa and Hmadchas brotherhoods will also participate in this annual event. read more


Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The FP set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to some of the innovators, visionaries and scientists on the cutting edge of the new cutthroat economy about a blueprint for Canadian success. You can find all of our coverage here.Maker Nation looks at the untold stories behind key discoveries and inventions made in Canada. Push-up bras, strapless bras and even the idea to show bra-wearing women on T.V.; all of them came from the Great White North. Watch more Maker Nation videos How a Canadian came up with the idea to shoot people out of cannons read more


Scandal at Volkswagen widens with new problems in C02 emissions in 800,000 vehicles FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, the grille of a Volkswagen car for sale is decorated with the iconic company symbol in Boulder, Colo. Germany’s Volkswagen, already reeling from news that it had cheated on U.S. tests for nitrogen oxide emissions, said Tuesday, Nov. 3, that an internal investigation had revealed “unexplained inconsistencies” in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 vehicles that could cost the company another 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion). The revelation comes after VW’s admission in September that it rigged emissions tests for four-cylinder diesel engines on 11 million cars worldwide, including almost 500,000 in the U.S. It has already set aside 6.7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) to cover the costs of recalling those vehicles. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) BERLIN – Germany’s Volkswagen, already reeling from the fallout of cheating on U.S. emissions tests for nitrogen oxide, said Tuesday that an internal investigation has revealed “unexplained inconsistencies” in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 of its vehicles — a development it said could cost the company another 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion).The investigation was undertaken by the company after the revelations that many of its vehicles had software that allowed them to deceive U.S. nitrogen oxide tests. CEO Matthias Mueller promised Tuesday that Volkswagen “will relentlessly and completely clarify what has happened.”“It is a painful process, but for us there is no alternative,” said Mueller, who took over after CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned in September because of the emissions-rigging scandal. “For us, only one thing counts, and that is the truth.”The news is the latest in a string of problems identified with Volkswagen emissions, which have caused share prices to plummet.In September, the company admitted it had installed software designed to defeat tests for nitrogen oxide emissions for four-cylinder diesel engines on 11 million cars worldwide, including almost 500,000 in the U.S. It has already set aside 6.7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) to cover the costs of recalling those vehicles — and analysts expect the emissions scandal to cost the company much more than that.That scandal had already widened this week, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Volkswagen had installed software on thousands of Audi, Porsche and VW cars with six-cylinder diesel engines that allowed them to emit fewer pollutants during tests than in real-world driving. Volkswagen has denied the charge, but faces the prospect of more fines and lost sales.It was not immediately clear whether the 800,000 vehicles announced Tuesday with the newly discovered carbon dioxide emission problems were among those already affected. Volkswagen did not identify any models by name.However, Jeannine Ginivan, spokeswoman for Volkswagen Group of America, said “we are told the issue is not related to the U.S. market.”Volkswagen also did say the 800,000 were “predominantly vehicles with diesel engines,” raising the possibility for the first time that some Volkswagens with gasoline-powered motors may also have emissions problems. A VW spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking clarification about that.Volkswagen’s board of directors said in a separate statement that they learned of the development “with dismay and concern.”“The board of directors and the committee specially established to investigate will meet soon to discuss further measures and consequences,” the board said.Despite the new issue, the company assured customers that the safety of the vehicles in question “is in no way compromised.”It said Volkswagen “will endeavour to clarify the further course of action as quickly as possible and ensure the correct CO2 classification for the vehicles affected” with the responsible authorities.In talks with the authorities — whom Volkswagen did not identify — the company said it hoped to come up with a “reliable assessment of the legal, and the subsequent economic consequences, of this not yet fully explained issue.”The news broke after Germany’s DAX was closed for the day, but Volkswagen shares ended down 1.51 per cent to 111 euros. by David Rising, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2015 11:44 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


A new poll suggests most Quebecers aren’t anti-pipeline.A survey by Leger, done for the Montreal Economic Institute shows most residents would prefer to import oil from home, than from Mexico, Saudi Arabia or Algeria.“And that’s quite striking,” MEI President Michel Gagnon-Kelly, “Fifty nine per cent of Quebecers prefer, all things being equal, that all oil come from Western Canada.”However, around the same amount would also like Quebec to explore its own oil resources.“Right now, 100 per cent of the oil consumed in Quebec, comes from outside of Quebec,” Gagnon-Kelly said.By a wide-margin, 41 per cent of respondents also picked pipelines as the safest way to transport oil.Tanker trucks were a distant second choice at 14 per cent.“It’s not surprising considering, the horrible accident that occurred in Lac Megantic a while ago,” Gagnon-Kelly said.He said the results are refreshing, considering recent anti-Energy East comments by Quebec Mayors.“It shows that sometimes the political leadership is not always in sync with the views of the general public,” he said. Poll shows Quebecers more supportive of pipelines than politicians Energy East Pipeline www.energyeastpipeline.com by Kaitlin Lee Posted Feb 16, 2016 8:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


first_imgWith bucket sizes ranging from 18-35 m3 (depending on materials), it has an operating weight range of 216-220 ts (depending on configuration) and is powered by a Tier 2-compliant Komatsu SSDA16V160E-2 engine rated at 1,316 kW net. It is available in two configurations, standard boom and high lift boom.In standard boom configuration, it can load Komatsu HD1500-7 (144 t capacity) and similar-class trucks in four passes, and 730E(184 t capacity) trucks in five passes.In high-lift boom configuration,it can load 830Es (222 t capacity) trucks in seven passes. According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s Mining Product Manager, the new WA1200-6 offers a number of improvements over the WA1200-3, which was released over 10 years ago.“The WA1200-3 has been a very successful large mining loader,” he said. “More than 100 of  these have been sold over the past decade – with around 30% of the going to mines in Australia. “Its main application has been as a frontline loader in high production mines -for example, Rio operates 20 of them in Western Australia. It has also found applications in coal mining in the eastern states, and in places has been used as ROM loader.”Hall said the WA1200-6’s main improvements compared with its predecessor relate to higher productivity, better fuel and operating economy, and increased reliability and durability. “Net engine power at 1,316 kW is almost 100 kW higher than the WA1200-3, and even higher than equivalent competitors in the same class,” he said. “High productivity is achieved through higher breakout and traction forces than any other loader on the market and large bucket capacity.“These features allow it to economically and effectively load all but the largest mining dump trucks currently in operation,” he said.Other productivity features include its “Hi-Cab” design, which gives the operator an eye-level height of 6,380 mm – sufficient to look directly into the body of a 220 t dump truck – and a payload meter capable of providing detailed information on material volumes being loaded.In terms of operating economy, tests carried out by Komatsu indicate that the WA1200-6 uses 15% less fuel compared with the WA1200-3, while fuel efficiency (cubic metres of material moved per litre of fuel) is more than 20% better.These fuel efficiency improvements are achieved through a range of new technology developments onthe WA1200-6, including: Operator-selectable maximum traction power, allowing the operator to set maximum traction force according to the condition of the road, material and type of work, greatly increasing fuel efficiency and extending tyre service lifeA dual-mode active working system, which can be selected depending on the type of material being worked – either “Powerful loading” mode giving more tractive power in blasted rock and hard ground, or “Normal loading” mode for loading loose material where higher traction forces are not requiredAutomatically selected economy and power engine modes; power mode is only used when digging or when approaching a dump truckThe use of more efficient hydraulic systems, including a “Pump Neutral Cut” system for the hydraulic pumps, which uses only the required amount of oil flow for the work being carried out, and a variable displacement steering pump incorporating Komatsu’s Closed-centre Load Sensing System to deliver precisely the amount of oil flow required for steeringA modulated clutch system which automatically raises the bucket faster when approaching a dump truck, while reducing forward travel speed – reducing braking requirements and speeding up the approach to the truck.“These upgrades to the WA1200-6 make it a significantly more fuel-efficient loading tool than its predecessor,” said Hall. “These fuel-saving features, combined with operator-efficiency improvements, including low-effort precision joystick control, automatic transmission and a pillarless cab for a wide and uninterrupted field of view, ensure optimum production while minimising operator fatigue.”Another operating cost-reduction feature is Tyre Saver, which reduces tyre slip and extends tyre service life by sensing a slipping tyre, then controlling the torque converter via the modulated clutch to minimise tyre slip.Komatsu has also paid attention to improving durability and reliability through a range of new features. These include:The use of Komatsu-designed and manufactured components throughout the drivetrain and hydraulic systemsIncreased torsional rigidity in the front and rear frames and the loader linkage for improved stress resistanceIncreased cooling capacity on the torque converter and hydraulic system.“In addition to these features, we have also made the WA1200-6 easier to maintain and service, through increased oil replacement intervals, lubricated pins on the loader links, the inclusion of an automatic greasing system, and a 5100 litre capacity fuel tank giving 20 hours’ operation between fills,” said Hall.“Overall machine component monitoring is through our Equipment Management Monitoring System (EMMS), which monitors the condition of all critical components.“This is backed by our KOMTRAX Plus remote monitoring system for large mining equipment, which allows Komatsu service technicians to remotely monitor and analyse vehicle health and other operating conditions and feed this information back to the mine site.“This ensures customers receive timely vehicle maintenance advice, resulting in reduced maintenance expenses, reduced downtime costs and the ability to avoid mechanical trouble,” he said.Since releasing the WA1200-6 on the global market late in 2010, Komatsu Australia has already sold three units, said Hall. “Global acceptance has been impressive, with production for this financial year already sold.“Following a massive recovery effort at the factory after the March earthquake and tsunami, we expect the first of these units for Rio’s West Angelas mine in north Western Australia, to be ready for shipping in July,” he said. “Additional units will be delivered to Western Australian mines over the next 12 months.”last_img read more


first_imgA 42-YEAR-OLD MAN has been found guilty of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in the gift shop of Madame Tussaud’s, the famous waxworks in London.Oldkount Ballabbas of no fixed abode was found guilty at a London court of child abduction and sexual assault on a child under 13.The incident happened on 8 August last year when the victim was alone in the gift shop after leaving her mother and her family in the café next door.Ballabbas began talking to the child before moving her into a quiet area of the gift shop. He then started touching her chest over her clothing and kissed her on the cheek.The girl repeatedly asked to go back to her mother but Ballabbas held her by her shoulders, preventing her from escaping.The 8-year-old only got away when he was disturbed by another shopper and lost his grip on her, giving her time to flee.Ballabbas fled the scene immediately but was arrested two days later close to Madame Tussaud’s.Undated image of Oldkount Ballabbas (Image: Metropolitan Police) Metropolitan Police officers said it was not the first time that he had tried to touch other girls or women.“Ballabbas is a dangerous man and CCTV has revealed that he followed females of all ages prior to the attack on the little girl,” said Detective Constable Liz Clements.He will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 6 March.Read: 44 school abuse claims to be reviewed following O’Keeffe judgement > Column: Why do the Irish courts not care about women? >last_img read more


first_imgSAUDI ARABIA TRIED to silence a speaker from discussing a human rights case about the country at the UN Human Rights Council.But Ireland stepped in to help the speaker as she made her presentation.The Center for Inquiry speaker, Josephine Macintosh, said that: “Last month, Raif Badawi, who founded a Saudi website dedicated to fostering debate on religion and politics…was charged with insulting Islam.“He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a thousand lashes and 1 million Saudi riyals.”Saudi Arabia interrupted the speaker to say, “We believe what is being said is completely outside of the mandate of this report…we request they stop the intervention.”The United States asked that the speaker be allowed finish her presentation.Ireland then added:“We think it’s important to respect the right of NGOs to take the floor, to express their views irrespective of our position on the substance of the statement. We believe that statements shouldn’t be interrupted on the grounds that an NGO mentions concrete examples of human rights violations where there’s a link to the agenda item and we think that’s the case in this situation.“We ask you to allow the NGO to finish her statement.”France and Canada also called for the NGO to continue.Macintosh then resumed:Corporal punishment such as flogging violates laws set by the convention on torture. We call on Saudi Arabia…to release Raif Badawi.Saudi Arabia interrupted on two more occasions saying the accusations were unacceptable.Here’s the full video of the incident: Source: Center for Inquiry/YouTubeRead: The only roles they can play are terrorists’: New film festival challenges Arab stereotypes>last_img read more


first_imgSo you’re in the mood for some Angry Birds action but after a while, you decide that it’s time to start working on your homework instead. Did you know that Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, will still be virtually watching you and recording your GPS and WiFi location data? And it is far from the only app of its kind.Researchers at MIT looked through several popular Android apps and found that many of them will indeed to collect private information about users even after they close the app. There have been many studies about the needless collection of private data for some apps, making harmless games and productivity software seem more voyeuristic than anything, but the issue of what happens after you close the app has been far less discussed.Another example is the game Bowman, which will track users’ Web browsing history long after they’ve stopped playing. Also, WhatsApp, a popular substitute to the default texting app, scours user address books nonstop.The study only looked at Android apps, presumably since they are more open and accessible, but this is no doubt an issue with the iPhone and iPad as well.Of course, even on Android, developers are limited with what they can do with user data. Those who violate these policies will find their apps removed from Google Play entirely, but the point of this study is the privacy implications of even the most successful mobile games and apps.These apps have legitimate reasons for collecting user information, but the question is whether or not it makes sense for that data collection to continue when users are not actively engaged with the app. The MIT researchers hope their findings will help shine a light on this excessive practice and lead to more privacy for the end users.via Boston Globelast_img read more


first_img May sits with year six pupils during a visit to Captain Shaw’s Primary School in Bootle, Cumbria. Source: Jack Hill/The TimesUK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May’s reaction to a student’s robot has become a meme.On the campaign trail yesterday, May went out and about with Copeland by-election candidate Trudy Harrison. The two visited Captain Shaw’s CE Primary School in Bootle, Cumbria, where students showed her examples of their work on Lego robots.However, her grimace was caught on camera and became a meme across social media. By Paul Hosford when someone likes my tweet but then clicks through to read the rest of my timeline pic.twitter.com/GEuKSBaS6H— Thomas Seal (@TW_Seal) February 15, 2017 Source: Marie Le Conte/Twitter 26,871 Views Source: Thomas Seal/Twitter Today Theresa May joined the the ranks of “politicians who regret making school visits” https://t.co/38L8hBbB7c pic.twitter.com/y33ruS7KiA— The Poke (@ThePoke) February 15, 2017 Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 10:40 AM Theresa May met some children today and it went GREAT. pic.twitter.com/2Ph8yzDhnW— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) February 15, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Elizabeth Pears/Twitter Feb 16th 2017, 10:40 AM Theresa May didn’t look too impressed with a student’s Lego robot The students were explaining the robots are used to prevent “turtles getting run over and falling down drains”. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet When your friend is telling you about that bad date she went on pic.twitter.com/8Of8pJJJhH— Elizabeth Pears (@BizPears) February 15, 2017 Sky News reports that the students were explaining the robots are used to prevent “turtles getting run over and falling down drains” and to get them back into the sea.Labour is heavily tipped to hang on to the seat which was vacated by the resignation of their MP Jamie Reed, but May’s arrival signalled that the Conservative Party is targeting an upset.The vote is one week from today.Read: Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge himRead: Hard border fears as government accused of seeking out locations for customs posts Share Tweet Email1 17 Comments Short URL Source: The Poke/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3242497 last_img read more