African Champions League Wydad to Face TitleHolder in QuarterFinals

Rabat – Following the draw for the African Champions League quarter-finals on Sunday night, the Mamelodi Sundowns will bethe next opponent of Wydad Casablanca.First in Group D, the Reds will have the advantage of welcoming the South Africans to the return match next September at the Mohammed V Complex in Casablanca.Wydad Casablanca gleaned theirticket to the quarter-finals after winning the last three matches, including defeating FC Zanaco on Saturday night with a goal from Bencherki at the68th minute. With this success, they have finished at the top of the group. “Without the foreign players, we managed to reach the quarterfinals,” said the coach Houcine Ammouta. “I thank the players, who have done a good game and have managed to express the spirit of this team.”Ammouta continued, “We have enough time to choose the best players who can help the team qualify for the final. We must work hard and give our best. If we lose it is not the end of the world. We are the champions of the botola and we [will participate] next year in the Champions League.”The quarter-finals will put the Egyptian club of Al Ahly against the hope of Tunis. The last two matches of this phase will oppose Al Ahly Tripoli to the Etoile Sportif du Sahel and the USMA to Ferroviario. read more

Tesla raises goal in capital hunt and Musk doubles down

DETROIT — Tesla is increasing the amount of money it will attempt to raise to as much as $2.7 billion.The Palo Alto, California, electric car and solar panel maker said Friday that it’s increasing the offer due to the response from Thursday’s announcement that it would try to raise $2.3 billion.Also, CEO Elon Musk more than doubled the amount of stock he would buy from $10 million, to $25 million.The offer was detailed in a filing Friday with U.S. securities regulators. It includes up to $1.84 billion in notes that pay 2 per cent annual interest and convert to Tesla common stock in 2024. Also included are more than 3.5 million new shares.The new numbers include underwriting brokers exercising their full options to buy additional notes and shares.The Associated Press read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 94.09 points to 15,243.66.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 38.80 points to 21,613.53.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 10.22 of a point to 2,470.83.The Nasdaq composite index was up 40.90 points to 6,385.21.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.43 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 79.19 cents US.

Urban Meyer I do believe Braxtons a Heisman candidate

Braxton for Heisman?Through the first nine weeks of the season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer declined to consider his star sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, a candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Following the team’s ninth consecutive victory on Saturday at Penn State, Meyer’s response changed.“I do believe Braxton’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “He has to play much better, however, from just sheer production on a team that’s 9-0, it puts him in that category.”Miller ranks 10th nationally with 2,620 yards of total offense and ranks fifth nationally with 1,093 rushing yards. The OSU quarterback has also 12 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns this season.Meyer said Miller’s progression as a quarterback this season is “on schedule.”“Somebody would say he should be a better thrower by now, and he should be,” Meyer said. “But there’s other areas of his game that have really improved.”Meyer said he does not know who the other candidates are but mentioned Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith when discussing the award.Meyer also named Miller as OSU’s offensive player of the week. Miller completed 7-of-19 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Penn State but also ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Miller also received recognition on a national level. Miller was announced on Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, an award recognizing the collegiate player of the year.Praise for Penn State performanceMeyer said he was proud of his team’s overall performance in their 35-23 road win in State College, Pa., on Saturday.“Our guys responded well in a very tough situation,” Meyer said. “Overall, very good team win … our best team win we’ve had.”Meyer said his Buckeyes are a “special” team.“They’re fighting for each other,” Meyer said. “It’s a refuse-to-lose type atmosphere.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he did not foresee the Buckeyes starting out the season with a 9-0 record.“I think it’s a testament to just the commitment of a group of guys that refuse to lose a game,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t say that we are an undefeated football team that is sitting here just dominating people … There’s a lot of stuff we can improve at every position in every phase, but what you love to see is that teamwork and that cohesion of players that go out and win the game because they have the passion for each other and this university and ultimately the team.”Awards all around for BuckeyesSophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had eight total tackles, two sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble in Saturday’s win, was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week on Monday.In addition to Miller, two other Buckeyes were named as national semifinalists for major college football awards. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is awarded to college football’s outstanding defensive player of the year. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, who was credited with four pass breakups in Saturday’s game, was also named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation’s best defensive back.Meyer said Monday that Shazier and Roby were named OSU’s co-defensive players of the week. Sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, who had two special teams tackles, was named special teams player of the week.Redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior left guard Andrew Norwell, senior right tackle Reid Fragel, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer and junior running back Carlos Hyde were named as offensive champions along with Miller.Additionally, Meyer awarded redshirt sophomore Adam Griffin a “Scarlet Shirt” award for his efforts on special teams, which included a pass breakup on a fake punt pass.Griffin said being recognized for his effort “means a lot” to him.“It just lets you know that all the hard work you put in throughout practice and throughout camp is paying off,” Griffin said.Injury reportMeyer said redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino, who has missed the last three games with a broken right fibula, is questionable for Saturday’s game versus Illinois.Aside from Sabino, however, Meyer said the team has a relatively clean bill of health.“Our trainers say we’re as healthy as we’ve been,” Meyer said. read more

Children should be taught about ethnic minorities contribution to history Education Secretary says

Children should be taught about the contribution that ethnic minorities have made to history, the Education Secretary has said.His comments come amid calls to “decolonise” the curriculum by teaching subjects from a less white, male and Euro-centric perspective.This week, vice-Chancellors said that universities must review courses and where relevant, include more perspectives from ethnic minorities, in order to help black students close the attainment gap with their white peers.A report by Universities UK (UUK) found that campuses need to become “racially diverse and inclusive environments” if black, Asian and minority ethnic are to succeed academically.Asked whether he supports the UUK initiative, Damian Hinds said: “History is history, and things that have happened have happened.  “You learn from them in multiple ways, including learning from bad things that have happened in history, and bad things that have happened in our own history.”  He said it is “absolutely right and proper” that at school as well as university, children learn “a wider variety of history than we used to when we were at school”.Mr Hinds went on to say that pupils nowadays “learn about people who we didn’t learn about when we were at school. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have learned about them – we just didn’t, because the curriculum was narrowed in certain ways. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “And I think it is a good thing that it is broad, and it is a good thing that people of all sorts of backgrounds, and all sorts of ethnicities and so on, hear about people from a diverse range of backgrounds and the contribution they have made to history.”Campaigns aimed at “decolonising” the curriculum have gained pace at universities in recent years, with students and academics calling for syllabi to be re-designed. A teacher union chief has previously said that schools must look beyond “dead white men” to make the curriculum more diverse.Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), has criticised the national curriculum for failing to include enough black and female writers.“As an English teacher, I have no problem with Shakespeare, with Pope, with Dryden, with Shelley,” she said at an education summit last year. “But I knew in a school where there are 38 first languages taught other than English that I had to have Afro-Caribbean writers in that curriculum, I had to have Indian writers, I had to have Chinese writers to enable pupils to foreshadow their lives in the curriculum.” read more

Mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance TT official suggests

(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) Mandatory DNA testing should be required before child maintenance orders are granted for children in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider region, the head of an organisation geared towards the interest of men, is suggesting.President of the Single Fathers’ Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Rhondall Jesse Feeles believes that this should be a crucial part of the application process because men often times face imprisonment if they fail to make child support payments in a timely manner – and in some instances, they may not even be the father.Feeles made the suggestion as he highlighted a case where the man had already been paying child support but later discovered the child was not his.“He did a paternity test 13 years after and it was proven that the child was not his child and there was an order out for his arrest for maintenance before that. Of course, the upkeep of the child is instrumental but are there any checks and balances, even on the mother’s side that she is contributing to the child as well?” he asked.Feeles said the man spent several years going back and forth in the court to address the situation and eventually the order to pay was quashed. The man nonetheless maintained a relationship with and supported the child.The advocate said many times men own up to being the fathers based only on information from the woman.Meanwhile, he said constantly taking time off to make the child maintenance payments can also affect the man’s livelihood.“In Trinidad & Tobago, we have a slow methodology of paying. Men have lost their jobs because they have days off to go to have this maintenance paid and it has been a horrific experience,” he said on yesterday’s Big Issues Programme.Feeles meanwhile expressed the view that men should not be imprisoned due to non-payment of child support because some cannot afford these court-ordered payments and called for an assessment of the earning capacities and schedules. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather given 4 days to pay child support or face jail timeMarch 6, 2016In “Local News”Caribbean News Round-upNovember 16, 2015In “Regional”India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victimAugust 7, 2017In “latest news” read more

LETTER Majority of Guyanese  view the Presidents decision as a rejection

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnilateral selection of GECOM Chairman an affront to democracy- FITUGOctober 20, 2017In “latest news”Letter: Delay to fill GECOM Chairman position must endJuly 12, 2017In “Letters”Letter: Police permission reversal a worrying signJuly 19, 2017In “Letters” Dear Editor,In the face of an encroaching dictatorship, there is no place for subtleness and diplomacy; the time for political correctness has elapsed.From my interactions, while a few in the media and APNU/AFC apologists have no qualms or misgivings in defending the indefensible and dividing our country, the majority of right-thinking Guyanese  view the President’s decision as a rejection of democratic and constitutional norms.To unilaterally appoint a retired Justice as GECOM Chairman or anyone else for that matter outside provisions of the Constitution and the long-valued, accepted Carter/Price formula is to contaminate the electoral machinery and process, thus casting a shadow of distrust and suspicion ahead of Local Government and General Elections to be held in 2018 and 2020 respectively.There could be no justification for the President’s deviation from his promises of social cohesion, transparency, and accountability.It is time we reject the injection of race and ethnicity in every discussion; it serves to further polarise our society as is being done by the APNU/AFC’s proxy groups. It is disgusting to denigrate the GECOM controversy into a choice of race over the Constitution, law and principles of good governance.To see in the days that followed Granger’s unconstitutional act, a group claiming to represent the interest of Rastafarians and the black community issue a statement glorifying his deviation into dictatorial terrains, by basically stating that it was time for an Afro-Guyanese to be elevated to the position of GECOM Chair could not be more catastrophic to social cohesion and race relations in Guyana. That statement was dishonest since it failed in recognising that Rudy Collins, an Afro-Guyanese, served as GECOM Chairman in 1992.But more than that, there were several Afro-Guyanese on the list submitted by the Opposition Leader, many of whom are fittingly qualified with appropriate managerial and technical skills over Patterson, yet they did not win the confidence of the President. It leaves right-thinking Guyanese to speculate that the President had some hidden criteria, if not sinister motive.I, therefore, agree with the Opposition Leader and other right-thinking Guyanese  who have posited that the issues is not whether retired Justice Patterson is black, white or blue, but it is the manner in which his appointment was done. It was expeditious, lacked transparency, consultation and input from members of society and political parties aligned with the coalition Government. No other president since 1992 had abandoned the Constitution or the Carter/ Price formula the way President Granger did. No other decision taken by President Granger has the potential to undo our democracy as his unconstitutional appointment of retired Justice Patterson as GECOM head. It is an affront to our democracy and social cohesion and warrants condemnation in the strongest possible language.Sincerely,Attiya Baksh read more

Irish employees would give away their passwords for vouchers and chocolate bars

first_imgA NEW SURVEY of office workers has shown that many Irish employees are not properly protecting their work data online with 17 per cent admitting to using the same password for work and personal use.One in six respondents said they would give away their password for a €20 “One 4 All” voucher and 4 per cent said they would tell someone for a Mars bar.62 per cent can access social media sites from work, such as Facebook and YouTube and two thirds said they would change their online behaviour if they were aware their employer was monitoring their activity.Some 32 per cent are unaware if employers have policies in place to report lost or stolen mobile devices.David Keating, security sales manager at DataSolutions said the survey was conducted because of previous research that found 80 per cent of Irish IT professionals were more concerned about the actions of careless employees than hackers.“With 17 per cent of employees admitting to using the same password for work and personal activities they are potentially exposing the company to a number of cyber threats,” he said. “If we take for example, the LinkedIn security attack in 2012, where 6.5 million passwords were compromised, the potential risk of using the same password for personal and work activities becomes clear.”The survey was commissioned by Irish IT distributor, DataSolutions in conjunction with RSA, The Security Division of EMC and was carried out by UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.Read: Almost 70% of Irish workers admit to online shopping at work>last_img read more

Calvin Klein Releasing Designer 3D Glasses

first_imgCalvin Klein, the company best known for bringing you lotsof pictures of tan people in underwear, is getting into the 3D eyeglasses game.The company announced today that it has partnered with Marchon3D, the companybehind the M3D technology, which makes curved lenses 3D-capable.The company promises “the most technologically advanced,fashion-forward 3D sunglasses on the market.” The glasses are RealD 3Dcertified and feature photocromic lens technology for wearing inside andoutside–and, assumedly, at night, Corey Hart-style.There will be six versions of the glasses in total–three formen, three for women. All will be available next month for $180.last_img read more

San Diego Superior Court officials open decadesold time capsule

first_imgSan Diego Superior Court officials open decades-old time capsule Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe San Diego Superior Court took a look back at life in San Diego 56 years ago. Superior Court officials opened a long-sealed time capsule from December 1961.The metal container was placed in the cornerstone of the now-vacated county courthouse untouched until now.Inside the capsule were court documents and newspapers announcing John Glenn’s trip to the moon.There were also congratulatory letters from past presidents to the new courthouse.The contents of the time capsule will be added to the San Diego History Center’s collections over at Balboa Park KUSI Newsroom May 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 18, 2018last_img read more

Total Request Live MTV Reboots A Classic

first_img Facebook MTV Will Bring Back “TRL” total-request-live-mtv-reboots-classic Email Twitter “Total Request Live”: MTV Reboots A Classic News MTV turnaround slates classic “TRL” to return in October with multiple co-hostsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 31, 2017 – 1:53 pm”TRL,” aka “Total Request Live,” was cancelled in 2008 but MTV recently told The New York Times that the fan-favorite show will return this October.The original show featured a countdown of popular music videos while a live studio audience looked on in hopes of a celebrity guest dropping by, all hosted by personality Carson Daly. The show was pivotal in launching the careers of teen pop sensations in the late ’90s and early ’00s, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, while N’Sync and Backstreet Boys reached their commercial height after appearing on the hit series.The new version of “TRL” will initially air for a one-hour timeslot, with the option to expand to two or three hours in the future. It will be helmed by five co-hosts, including comedian/rapper DC Young Fly and radio personality Erik Zachary.”TRL” caters to MTV’s core audience of 18- to 34-year-olds, the voices of whom MTV President Chris McCarthy wants to highlight as MTV works to reinvent itself and get back to its roots.”MTV at its best — whether it’s news, whether it’s a show, whether it’s a docu-series — is about amplifying young people’s voices,” McCarthy said. “We put young people on the screen, and we let the world hear their voices.”Bringing back “TRL” is just one way McCarthy plans to do this. “When you talk to artists and they say to you, unaware of what we’re doing, can you bring back ‘TRL’? We’d be crazy not to reinvent that.”So what’s next, by request?A new iconic studio to house “TRL” is under construction, and McCarthy’s plans to feature “young people’s voices” in his new slate of programming show promise across the network’s schedule.Get ready for New York with the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner marries Joe Jonas in Las Vegas

first_img Tags Post a comment Record producer and DJ Diplo shared images from the event live on his Instagram account and handled DJ duties at the reception, CBS reports. Turner wore a white satin pantsuit and white veil and carried a bouquet of white flowers highlighted by a blue flashing light. See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Game of Thrones airs Sunday on HBO. Just three episodes remain in the series. In true Vegas style, the couple appears to have been wed by an Elvis Presley impersonator, and instead of wedding bands, they exchanged Ring Pops. Jonas brothers Nick and Kevin served as groomsmen.Goofy Vegas details aside, this seems to be a real wedding. CNET sister site ET confirmed it with a look at the marriage license.Turner, 23, is a British actress who began playing Sansa on HBO’s Game of Thrones when she was just 14. She also plays Jean Grey in the X-Men film series.Jonas, 29, rose to fame with his family music group, the Jonas Brothers, and later formed DNCE, which had a huge 2015 hit with the song Cake by the Ocean. The couple announced their engagement back in 2017 with matching Instagram posts displaying Turner’s diamond engagement ring. 57 Photos 0 Share your voice More on Game of Thrones Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams: Yep, my mom watched that Arya scene Game of Thrones products: The coolest goods for Westeros watchers Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell statistical analysis: Who was the MVP? 187 Photos TV and Movies Congrats @joejonas & @SophieT who just tied the knot in Vegas! 🎉 @nickjonas & @kevinjonas by Joe’s side while @DanAndShay sang “Speechless” as Sophie walked down the aisle. ET can confirm the two obtained a marriage license in Vegas today. You can watch the vows on @diplo’s IG!— Cassie DiLaura (@CassieDiLaura) May 2, 2019 Her Game of Thrones character, Sansa Stark, has had some terrible forced weddings. But on Wednesday night, actress Sophie Turner married singer Joe Jonas in what appears to be a much happier event.The wedding was held at A Little White Wedding Chapel’s Chapel L’Amour after the evening’s Billboard Music Awards, CNET parent site CBS News reports. Game of Throneslast_img read more

6 held 57 vehicles seized in cordon and search operation in

first_imgSix people were arrested and 57 vehicles seized during cordon and search operation conducted at Shivaji Nagar and KS Rao Nagar in Borabanda on Saturday. The vehicles include 54 bikes, two cars and six autos with no proper documents. Around 150 policemen conducted the operation, checking 220 houses. During the search, the police arrested six persons for maintaining contact with known criminals.last_img

More trouble for Karnataka Congress as senior leader Ramalinga Reddy lashes out

first_img“I am a seven-time MLA but they are neglecting me. This is also the case for senior leaders like HK Patil, Roshan Baig and others,” read his tweet expressing anger over the unfair induction of new members by neglecting the seniors.In his tweet, Reddy said that neglecting the senior Congressmen in the government and the lack of organisational foresight of some ministers resulted in the humiliating defeat of the party. He said that the main reason for this poor performance is not listening to the advice of the party seniors and the performance of some ministers.He urged the Congress leadership to set things right. “In order to face the challenging days ahead, the party and the government must address the fact that seniors have been neglected. If the situation continues like this, it’ll be difficult for senior leaders to be in the party”, he said.Reddy further suggested that the ministers who failed to deliver in the Lok Sabha elections should be given an inferior rank in the party and the senior members should be given positions in the government. Ramalinga ReddyTwitter [Representational Image]The troubles of the Congress in Karnataka don’t seem to end after the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Even as the party top brass is fighting to keep the coalaition government alive, senior leader Ramalinga Reddy has revolted against the leadership, blaming them for the awful show in elections.Reddy wrote an open letter to the Congress party from his Twitter handle on Monday, giving his version of the events that led to the defeat of the Congress. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 25 out of 28 parliamentary seats in the state.A former minister in the Siddaramiah-led government, Reddy was not given a cabinet position in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. He expressed his disdain over the alliance leaders’ decision to go for a cabinet expansion to induct R Shankar and H Nagesh as part of a plan to keep the BJP at bay and help the government survive. last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 32 A Shooting A Death Penalty Case

first_imgEric Gay | AP via NPRLaw enforcement officials gather Monday at the scene of a deadly shooting the previous day at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Sutherland Springs, Texas Then, the guys get into how the 2018 election cycle is starting to shape up now that U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble) has decided not to run again and Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff,  is considering running for governor of Texas. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: Gun control after the shooting in Sutherland Springs last weekend. Twenty-six people were killed and another twenty were injured when Devin Patrick Kelley entered First Baptist Church with a semi-automatic rifle. A death penalty case turns into life in prison for an intellectually disabled inmate.   00:00 /19:26center_img What happened with all of those amendments we talked about last week?  Listen X A long list of Texas legislators accused of varying types of sexual harassment is released.   To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Transfer of teachers stalled states Education dept in notification

first_imgKolkata: The state School Education department on Friday brought out a notification, stalling the transfer process of teachers both in the primary and secondary level until further notice.”All kinds of teachers’ transfer orders are stopped until further order. No application or cases for transfer of primary or secondary teachers will be entertained until further notice,” the notification stated. “We want to have a clear idea of the transfer of teachers that have taken place in the last few months, before further going for teacher transfer. So, we have stalled it for now,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official of the state School Education department said that instructions in this regard have already been issued to the district inspector (DI) of schools and also to the headmasters of the state schools. It may be mentioned that after the incident at Daribhit High School in North Dinajpur, where two students were killed in a clash that broke out over teacher recruitment, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had directed all the DIs to submit a report to the department by October 5, stating the student and teacher strength, the infrastructure of the schools under their respective jurisdiction and other details. “The DIs are expected to submit their report by today (Friday). We will examine the vacancies at the schools on the basis of the report. In recent times, there has been a number of teacher transfers. In Daribhit High School, there was no need of Urdu teachers and neither was there any vacancy. But the school was in the process of recruiting a teacher for Urdu, which led to the unfortunate incident,” the official maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Education department wants to have a clear picture of the strength of teachers and students, the vacancies, transfers in recent times and other nitty gritties to prevent such incidents in future. It may be mentioned that on September 25, Chatterjee held a meeting with the District Inspectors (DIs) and expressed his displeasure over the decision of shuffling teachers at Daribhit High School in Islampur and reprimanded some of them for their aggressive role in the recruitment or shuffling of teachers.last_img read more

Firhad Hakim visits Skywalk ahead of inauguration by CM

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim visited Dakshineswar Skywalk on Tuesday.The Skywalk will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on November 5. On his visit to the skywalk on Monday, Hakim said: “The wait is going to end and the hope of many is going to get real. The Skywalk will be of great help to people and also clear crowds fast,” Hakim said adding that people no more have to walk on the road to reach the temple. Instead, they can safely take the Skywalk and reach the temple. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim inspected the Skywalk before it gets inaugurated and also spoke to the locals about it. He further said: “Feasibility to construct a Skywalk at Kalighat is being checked upon. The project will be taken up if it is found feasible.” The residents of the locality have congratulated the state government for constructing the Skywalk and its decision to inaugurate it ahead of Kali Puja. During Kali Puja, thousands of devotees visit Dakshineswar and approximately 1.3 crore devotees turn up at the temple in a year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has come up at a cost of Rs 65 crore and the 340 m long Skywalk that is fitted with four elevators and 12 escalators ensures an easy connectivity to and from the temple. It will help in reducing traffic congestion in the area and pedestrians will no more have to worry about getting stuck due to vehicular movement when they are headed towards the temple or return from the same. There are also staircases that can one avail while using the Skywalk. Interestingly, one can also buy various stuff while on the Skywalk as there are spaces for around 200 shops there. According to the locals, the Skywalk is a landmark architecture and has given a complete new look to the area. People from various countries visit Dakshineswar every year. The Skywalk at Dakshineswar is a gift from the state government to its people ahead of Kali Puja. It is expected that with the construction people no more have to face rush while entering the temple premises on the days of Kali Puja and Diwali.last_img read more

What Will It Be Like to Fly in a Blue Origin Spaceship

first_img 2 min read Like fellow moguls Elon Musk and Richard Branson, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos hopes to send humans to Mars and beyond with his company Blue Origin. But first he has his eye on getting civilian passengers into Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceships in 2018 for suborbital journeys — after trained astronauts test them out.To that end, Bezos has a former NASA engineer named Nicholas Patrick overseeing development of the vessels as the company’s human integration architect.Passengers interested in one of Blue Origin’s future suborbital flights can expect to experience a brisk 11-minute journey, complete with up to three G’s of acceleration and roughly four minutes of weightlessness, GeekWire reports.Related: Blue Origin Successfully Tests Capsule Safety, Lands BoosterPatrick recently spoke at an Astronomy on Tap event at the Peddler Brewing Company in Seattle, where he discussed some of the details that he and the Blue Origin team are working to determine.“Obviously, everybody’s goal is to get this price down a long way. We’re not going to get millions of people living and working in space by charging a quarter of a million dollars or $100,000 just for a suborbital flight,” Patrick said. “We need to get that cost down to thousands or even hundreds of dollars eventually. That way we can afford to send a lot of people up there, which is when the space-based economy will really take off.”Related: Jeff Bezos’s Space Startup Blue Origin Soars Into the Reusable Rocket RacePatrick said that the company is developing a safety training program that would take place over the course of several days, rather than weeks or years, like the ones career astronauts have to complete. But unlike the professionals, New Shephard passengers will only have to wear flight suits, not heavy space suits.“It’s simpler, it’s easier and it’s more comfortable,” Patrick said. “It will make for a better experience. And we’re not going to spend a long time in orbit where we can’t come back immediately. We know where (sic) we’re coming back. It’s 11 minutes after we launch.”For a clearer sense of Blue Origin’s plans, check out some concept art in the video below. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 16, 2017last_img read more

One arrest made on M6 after vehicle pulled over after fuel theft

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA passenger has been arrested on the M6 this evening after a vehicle was pulled over on suspicion of fuel theft. The Cheshire Police Taskforce pulled over a van on the M6 near junction 16, Crewe, believing it had been involved in fuel theft. Officers found the vehicle had false plates and the driver had no insurance or licence. The passenger was wanted in the Merseyside area for four burglaries. Read MorePolice officers catch more than 20 speeding on the A500 tonight A Cheshire Police Taskforce spokesman said: “Vehicle stop on M6, junction 16 on a vehicle involved in theft of fuel. Vehicle on false plates, no insurance and no licence. Passenger arrested as wanted x 4 for burglary in Merseyside. “The vehicle was seized by the North West Motorway Police. Driver was reported at roadside for driving offences.” Details of the passenger have not yet been released. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here.last_img read more

Recap Accident involving two lorries on M6 in Cheshire

first_imgUPDATE: THIS ACCIDENT HAS NOW CLEARED Two lanes are closed on the M6 motorway due to an accident in Cheshire this morning – leading to severe delays. The collision has taken place on the northbound carriageway between J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 Chester Road ( Knutsford ). In the roadworks area. The accident involves two lorries, with lanes one and two currently blocked, according to traffic data company Inrix. The collision is believed to have taken place shortly before 8am today (Friday September 28). Traffic England reports the accident appears to have taken place just before junction 19. North West Motorway Police have confirmed two lanes are shut and two HGVs are involved in the accident. Traffic is queueing in the area and Inrix reports delays of around 105 minutes against expected traffic currently. A Highways England spokesman said there were ‘severe’ delays on the M6 as a result of the accident. He added: “2 (of 3) lanes closed on the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 due to a collision involving 2 HGVs. Delays are building on approach. Highways England traffic officers en route.” We’ll bring you further updates on this accident as we get them on the live feed below. Read MoreA50 closed all weekend in Staffordshire while bridge dismantled For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here .09:43Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Recovery is complete on the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 following the earlier collision. All lanes are now open. Severe delays remain, congestion past J18 .”09:35Both lanes openBoth lanes are now reported to have reopened.09:33Closure down to one laneInrix has reported one lane has now reopened, but severe delays continue.09:26LatestTwo lanes closed and severe delays due to recovery work and accident, two lorries involved on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 50 minutes.Lanes one and two (of three) are closed. Recovery arrived on scene around 08:55.09:11Recovery work ongoingRecovery work is now taking place at the scene, according to traffic data company Inrix.08:54Highways England report severe delaysA Highways England spokesman said:Severe delays on the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 due to a collision closing 2 Lanes. “08:44105 minute delaysThere are now reported delays of 105 minutes08:3780 minute delays now reported on M6Inrix are now reporting 80 minute delays on the M6 northbound due to the accident08:33Highways England now at sceneInrix are reporting Highways England are now at the scene.08:30Congestion back to junction 18Traffic England reports the accident has taken place just south of junction 19, with queues now back to junction 18.08:23Hour long delays now reportedInrix is now reporting severe delays as a result of the accident – with travel time up to 60 minutes against expected times.08:21Highways England en routeHighways England have confirmed they are making their way to the scene.A spokesman said: 2 (of 3) lanes closed on the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 due to a collision involving 2 HGV’s. Delays are building on approach. Highways England traffic officers en route. “08:19What we know so farTwo lorries are involved in an accident on the M6 Northbound just before junction 19Two lanes are closed and traffic is queueingDelays of around 25 minutes are reportedThe accident took place just before 8am08:18Location of accidentThe accident has taken place between Junction 18 and Junction 19 (Image: Inrix)last_img read more