Vine/Dan LyonsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield is this year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, and for good reason. The junior shooting guard does everything for the Sooners, and in tonight’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, that includes making a crucial block on a fast break lay-up attempt that could have cut the Oklahoma lead to two points. Dayton guard Darrell Davis stole the ball from OU’s Jordan Woodard, and immediately took off for the hoop. As he released the ball, Hield made a fantastic play to reject the shot out of his hand. Instead of a two-point game, Oklahoma was fouled and extended the lead.Oklahoma finished the game with a 72-66 win, and will face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.
NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.
zoom Japanese shipping company NYK Line has placed an order for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea.The order is part of NYK Line’s contract with EDF LNG Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF), to charter out a newly built LNG carrier for seven years, with optional extension periods for up to 13 additional years.The vessel is due to be delivered on April 30, 2020.NYK Line said that the vessel will be fitted to EDF’s specific requirements and will have a 174,000-cubic meter capacity.The LNG carrier will be fitted with a GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system-a cryogenic liner directly supported by the ship’s inner hull and designed to store LNG at near atmospheric pressure.The newbuild will also feature a dual-fuel slow-speed engine (WinGD X-DF diesel engine) which is able to operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored as liquid at cryogenic temperatures.
In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Glamour yesterday hosted a high-energy, interactive morning full of compelling talks and performances designed to address the social, cultural, and political issues that young girls face every day in school.Uzo Aduba attends Glamour’s The Girl Project on the International Day of the GirlCredit/Copyright: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for GlamourHosted by Emmy Award–winning actress Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”), the event brought together 300 16- and 17-year-old girls from public schools in New York and New Jersey to rally for their future. The event was presented by Maybelline New York and the Caterpillar Foundation.The program featured conversations with actress and future Harvard fresh(wo)man Yara Shahidi; award winning actress Freida Pinto; model, designer, author, and body activist Ashley Graham; trailblazing supermodel and face of Maybelline Herieth Paul; Senator Cory Booker and Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive.“Our society needs to condemn this type of behavior by saying that our generation, and in this case your generation, that we are going to change this reality by making it absolutely unacceptable anywhere in our society when we see harassment.” said Cory Booker when asked about his take on Harvey Weinstein.“I started dating when I was 16. My first boyfriend Craig was a bad boy. A skater. An artist. But three months into our relationship he told me we had to break up. First, because I wouldn’t have sex with him. Second, because he was afraid that I was going to get; “as fat as his mom.” If I could go back to that moment and talk to myself, I’d say, ‘Ash, I know you feel awful right now, but that guy is a total loser. You are worthy. That little bulge on your hip is not just okay to have, it’s going to change the world someday.’ Craig made me feel like my body was worthless. But cut too many years and experiences later, my amazing husband saw me for my worth and liked me so much he put a ring on it” said Ashley Graham.Artist, poet, and social media superstar Cleo Wade performed a piece on perseverance. The inspirational young women of STEP, the Baltimore-based dance team featured in the award-winning Sundance documentary “Step,” entertained with a powerful performance using just the sound of their own feet and DJ Vashtie Kola kept the energy flowing.At the end of the event, each girl was gifted a backpack provided by STATE Bags as part of one of the company’s well-known “bag drops.”As the founding beauty sponsor of Glamour’s The Girl Project, Maybelline New York continues its efforts to make an impact with this initiative by presenting the October 11 event. The cosmetics brand first announced its philanthropic partnership with The Girl Project at its 100 Years Celebration in May 2015.The Caterpillar Foundation announced its philanthropic support of “The Girl Project” at Glamour’s 2016 Women of the Year Awards in Los Angeles.The entire event was live-streamed on Twitter, Facebook and Glamour.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @glamourmag and using #Glamour4Edu.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – At what would have been the eastern end of the Energy East Pipeline, rookie Mayor Don Darling is in mourning.The veteran businessman, elected mayor just last year, presides over a declining city in a declining province, and had been counting on Energy East to help turn the corner.“This is a disappointment. It’s an economic blow. I’m frustrated,” Darling said Thursday.The $15.7 billion pipeline project would have carried western crude to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John and an export terminal for destinations abroad. TransCanada cancelled it Thursday, citing “changed circumstances.”While Quebec politicians like Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and environmental activists celebrated the demise of the project, Darling lamented the loss of jobs and revenue.“This a huge economic blow to Saint John, to New Brunswick and to the country,” Darling said.The Energy East Saint John Partners Forum had estimated the project would increase the provincial GDP by $6.5 billion, and create thousands of jobs over several decades.Ian Whitcomb, president of the Saint John-based Irving Oil, called it the loss of a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”Darling said his once-affluent city — the oldest incorporated city in Canada — was looking to Energy East as a source of momentum to get the economy moving.He said in the short term, the city of 67,000 people is facing a $4.5 million shortfall this year and needs to make tough decisions if it is to avoid raising the city’s tax rate — already the highest in the region.The 2016 census showed the population of Saint John fell by 3.6 per cent over the previous five years — falling from 70,063 to 67,575 — and losing its status as the largest city in the province.A New Brunswick sociologist, Hassan Arif, likened the city to Detroit in a 2012 column for HuffPost, saying Saint John’s decline isn’t as severe but it faced similar challenges: They were both declining cities with growing suburbs, with concentrated urban poverty and a shrinking tax base. Both have multiple vacant and abandoned buildings.Even before the Energy East announcement, Darling was openly expressing his concerns about his city’s financial woes.In a Facebook post Wednesday, Darling said “I’m tired, beat up, frustrated and sad. I’m all those things because we need to change,” he wrote. “We are in a mess, this didn’t happen overnight, it’s been years in the making.”On Thursday, Darling said the Energy East project was “truly a test of our country and our ability to come together and we failed.”He blames the regulatory process and opponents of the project in Quebec.“The fact that one of the provinces in our country appeared to do everything it could to block this project in any fashion — I think that was obviously a factor,” he said.Darling said his city needs help from the province and Ottawa — either a large project or a number of smaller ones to stimulate the economy.“We need help. We need to work with the provincial government and Premier (Brian) Gallant is signalling that he is accepting my challenge that Saint John needs a new deal,” he said. “We have to match actions with the reality and urgency we’re facing as a community.”Gallant said Thursday energy is still a huge opportunity for Saint John, noting that the province is looking at various forms of renewable energy such as tidal power.“There will be a new deal for Saint John,” Gallant said. “As the industrial base of our economy, we need Saint John to be firing on all cylinders.”Darling said the city would take the next 30 days to more clearly define what help it needs from the other levels of government.“All we want is a fighting chance to put Saint John on a more sustainable path,” he said.
CALGARY – Two months after fire and explosions ripped through its recently purchased asphalt refinery in Superior, Wis., Husky Energy Inc. says it still doesn’t know when it will be able to restart the facility.Spokesman Mel Duvall says investigations are continuing into the cause of the April 26 incident in which 11 people were injured and nearby homes evacuated while plumes of black smoke rose into the sky.He says the Calgary-based company won’t be able to fully assess damage and map out a recovery plan until the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completes its determination of cause.Husky bought the 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indiana for about $570 million in a deal that closed in November.According to a website update posted Monday, cleanup efforts have progressed to the point that the off-site incident command centre has been moved onto refinery property. It says about 400 employees and contractors are supporting daily operations.As of last Friday, Husky says it has received some 3,300 claims from local businesses and residents who incurred expenses or suffered losses during the incident, of which about 2,700 have been resolved.“We do have insurance, both on the assets and business interruption, and we have made alternate arrangements to continue supplying customers. No employees have been laid off,” said Duvall in an email.“We may be able to provide an update (on costs) on our second-quarter conference call later this month.”He said all of the injured people have been released from hospital.On the website, Husky says it expects to be able to bring in trucks later this month to remove stored asphalt inventory.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)
Accedo has set up operations in Brazil and has upped sales manager Paloma Santucci to country manager.Video app specialist Accedo said that formally establishing an entity in Brazil will help in “further strengthening its global position” and will enable it to provide local support for Brazilian customers such as LG, Telefonica and Rede Globo.“Since Accedo’s inception over a decade ago, our strategy has always been to be close to customers. Opening our Brazilian Entity and resourcing locally are evident of our commitment to that promise”, said Accedo vice president, Latin America and southern Europe, Jeronimo Macanás.Santucci has previously worked for companies including LG, Rede Record, FS and Playphone and has six years of experience in the digital market.
The European General Court’s ruling annulling Liberty Global and Vodafone-Ziggo’s joint venture in the Netherlands is “more of a nuisance” than a major blow for Liberty Global, according to the company’s president and CEO Mike Fries. Fries said he was “pretty confident” the deal would be cleared “in due course”.The ruling means that the European Commission has to re-examine its original approval of the VodafoneZiggo JV to take account of the court’s finding that it didn’t provide a proper analysis of the impact of the deal on the premium sports market.Fries said that both Telenet and VodafoneZiggo had shown that synergies from fixed-mobile convergence were “real” and “probably bigger than we thought”. He said that fixed-mobile convergence and a quad-play bundle were “huge drivers of growth and value creation”. However, he said, a standalone mobile offering that is not converged was “challenging”, given the competitive nature of that business and regulatory headwinds.Speaking about regulation more broadly, Fries said that “battle lines” were being drawn over the implementation of the EC’s new electronic communications code and in particular over how much authority would be vested in national regulators to interpret the rules.Fries said that Liberty was “totally aligned with the EU Commission” and with other telcos in viewing existing regulations as sufficient, but wonted that the European Parliament and Council were “grappling with their own interpretations” of the code.
Amazon has unveiled the Fire TV Cube, a hands-free 4K Ultra HD streaming media player that incorporates the same Alexa voice controls found in its Echo devices.The Fire TV Cube is designed to make it easy for viewers to use Alexa to find TV shows and movies, hands-free from across the room.Alexa can be used to navigate and control content in apps like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, ESPN, Fox Now, Showtime, Starz, PlayStation Vue and CBS All Access. Amazon announced that voice controls for Netflix are now also supported.The device is equipped with eight microphones and voice commands can additionally be used for actions like checking the weather, listening to the news and controlling compatible smart home devices.In terms of picture quality, the device can support 4K ultra high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR) video at up to 60 frames per-second.“We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about, and it’s just the beginning. Amazon Fire TV Cube will only get better over time with the Alexa service always getting smarter,” said Marc Whitten, vice president of Fire TV.The Fire TV Cube will be available in the US on June 21 priced at US$119.99. As an introductory offer, Prime members can pre-order the Fire TV Cube on June 7 and 8 for US$89.99.The device joins Amazon’s line of Fire streaming devices, which in the US includes the US$39.99 Fire TV Stick and the US$69.9 Fire TV. Both these devices include an Alexa voice remote, though only the Fire TV supports 4K and Ultra HD video.
“In our personal lives many of us have lived with that same devastation. “Our Endoscopy staff too part in this relay for all the patients who have come into contact with our service in the past and all the patients who will be unlucky enough to cross our paths in the future. “For those of us whose families have and still are battling cancer and those of us bravely fighting and beating cancer every day.“To date, the team have raised £6,160!” STAFF at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital have helped raise over £6,000 for bowel cancer awareness.The Western Trust say: “Our Endoscopy Team in Altnagelvin Hospital took part in the Cancer Research UK Relay for Life over the weekend in St Columb’s Park, Derry/ to raise funds for and awareness of bowel cancer“As health professionals we see first hand the devastation a cancer diagnosis can cause. Altnagelvin’s endoscopy team raise over £6,000 for bowel cancer awareness was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet 000 for bowel cancer awarenessALTNAGELVIN HOSPIALAltnagelvin’s endoscopy team raise over £6bowel cancer awarenessCancer UKRelay For LifeSt Columb’s ParkWESTERN TRUST
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Notable drill results include 60.05 grams per tonne gold and 362.96 grams per tonne silver over 11.2 metres within 26.70 grams per tonne gold and 170.69 grams per tonne silver over 25.5 metres, as well as 35.93 grams per tonne gold and 359.65 grams per tonne silver over 10.0 metres. Bayfield also holds a 100% interest in two other properties in the Rainy River District. Claim blocks “B” and “C” are well located to the immediate east and west (respectively) of Rainy River Resources’ #433 and ODM17 gold zones. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information. We get the jobs numbers at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time this morning…and it’s always interesting to see how the precious metals react.It was nice to see gold finally break above the $1,780 spot price mark, even if it was only by a bit over ten bucks. Looking at the Kitco gold chart from yesterday, it’s easy to see that the gold price ran into stiff resistance at every significant rally attempt…the London open, the Comex open…and the Comex close. Without a willing seller present at these key times, gold would have finished the day substantially higher.As it turned out, gold finished the Thursday trading session at $1,790.30 spot…up $11.30 on the day. Not surprisingly, volume…172,000 contracts…was significantly higher [by 40,000 contracts] than Wednesday’s volume, as the technical funds and small traders poured in on the long side…and JPMorgan et al went short against all comers.Of course the most egregious…and equally obvious…price management target of the day, was silver. Every attempt to break through the $35 spot price ceiling was bludgeoned to death once again…especially the break out at the 8:20 a.m. Eastern time Comex open.Silver’s high tick of the day…$35.23 spot…occurred less than ten minutes after the Comex open…and was immediately followed by silver’s low price tick in New York…$34.57 spot less than twenty minutes later. If you can explain to me why any for-profit seller would sell into a NASA space-launch rally like this…and drive the price down about 50 cents at the same time…I’d LOVE to hear from you, and why you would trade like this yourself.Silver was carefully closed at $34.97 spot, just below the $35 mark…up 33 cents on the day…but would have been up many dollars if left to its own devices.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own. It highlights all the New York shenanigans more closely.Gold finished up 0.64%…silver finished up 0.95%…platinum was up 1.84%…and palladium was the star, up 2.91%.The dollar index opened at 79.89 on Thursday morning in early Far East trading…just after making what looked like its final two attempts to break above the 80.00 level in late afternoon trading on Wednesday afternoon in New York.It was all down hill from there…and the decline picked up speed shortly after 12 o’clock noon in London…and the bottom came at precisely 2:00 p.m. in New York, where it looked like someone caught a falling knife.From there, the index traded sideways, closing at 79.36…down 53 basis points on the day…and was down over 60 basis points at one point.It should be obvious that gold and silver wanted to really fly on this dollar index price decline, but there were willing not-for-profit sellers in the market ensuring that the obvious didn’t happen.The gold stocks gapped up about a percent at the open…and continued to work their way higher from there…right up until shortly after the 1:30 p.m. Eastern Comex close. From there they traded sideways…and the HUI finished up a respectable 2.67%.For the most part, the silver stocks did exceptionally well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.49%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 192 gold and 16 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday. The only two short/issuers were Merrill and ABN Amro, with 150 and 42 contracts respectively. Two of the ‘usual suspects’ were the long/stoppers…JPMorgan with 145 contracts and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 47. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.I was somewhat taken aback by the report from GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant[s] added 290,802 troy ounces of gold. In the first four business days of October, GLD has added 407,126 ounces of the stuff…even though the gold price has hardly moved.SLV did not have a report yesterday…but since the beginning of October, the amount of silver in SLV has declined by 174,134 troy ounces…and silver’s price has hardly moved, either.After three days with no sales report, the U.S. Mint decided to come clean on its October activity to date. They reported selling 7,000 ounces of gold eagles…2,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and a chunky 1,233,000 silver eagles…almost 38% of all the silver eagles reported sold in the entire month of September. As I keep pounding away in this space…I hope, dear reader, that you are getting your share!The Comex-approved depositories only took in one good delivery bar on Wednesday. It tipped the scales at 999.130 troy ounces. But they shipped 848,266 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here.I have the usual number of stories today and, as always, the final edit is up to you.The effect of QE3 is nothing more than pushing up the stock market…the market is being pushed up to record levels with limited trading. We have a very low volume and the market goes up, which is manipulation. – Sam Zell, CEO of Equity Group Investments on CNBC on October 3, 2012It was just another day of blatant price management in the precious metals…with gold and silver getting it in the neck once again from JPMorgan et al.One thing is for sure, is that the total open interest and the Commercial net short position are getting larger by the day, as it was obvious that the “usual LBMA suspects” were going short against all and sundry on both sides of the Atlantic again yesterday.Today’s Commitment of Traders Report certainly won’t show what happened on Wednesday and Thursday…and in some ways this COT report is already “yesterday’s news” when you consider the price activity since the cut-off on Tuesday afternoon. I suspect that “da boyz” will continue to short this market until they break its back.But, there’s still the chance that JPMorgan et al will get over run. However, there’s certainly no sign of that happening at the moment. If this happy event does occur, I’m sure that Jamie Dimon et al won’t be advertising that fact in advance.We get the jobs numbers at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time this morning…and it’s always interesting to see how the precious metals react…or are allowed to react. I await this event with the usual amount of interest.Gold and silver rose and fell during the Far East trading session on their Friday…and were about unchanged as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:19 a.m. Eastern time. Volumes were very light, so I wouldn’t read a thing into what little price movements we’ve had in either metal up to that point in time. The dollar index is comatose.With gold and silver shares continuing to move higher with some conviction now, there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take out a trial subscription to either Casey Research‘s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I’m done for the day. See you here tomorrow.
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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Many of the disabled activists who have played a key role in exposing the harm caused by the government’s social security cuts and reforms have come together for a “breakthrough” campaign meeting attended by five Labour shadow ministers.Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who chaired the meeting, said afterwards that he believed that it could herald the start of “a significant movement to expose the brutality of the system” and secure “permanent change”.The meeting was welcomed by disabled activists who attended, but some of them also warned Labour that they now needed to see “concrete action”, with two saying separately that “the proof of the pudding will be in the eating”.The meeting focused on the deaths and other serious harm caused by the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA), but it also covered many other areas of concern, particularly the damage caused to disabled people by the government’s new universal credit.The meeting is set to be the launchpad for a new series of campaigning efforts linking the party with disabled activists and allies, with Labour hoping eventually to secure support from members of other political parties.A follow-up meeting is set to take place later this autumn.It is believed to be the first time that representatives of so many of the disabled-led grassroots organisations who have campaigned against cuts and reforms – in many cases since 2010 – together with researchers, journalists and union representatives, have gathered together in the same room* to discuss the concerns and plan a campaigning response.The key theme of the meeting was the importance of campaigning around the links between the WCA and the deaths and other serious harm caused to claimants.This included the repeated failure of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure that the “further medical evidence” needed to demonstrate benefit eligibility is always collected, particularly for claimants with mental health conditions.Another theme was the need to hold Conservative politicians such as Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling to account for the decisions they made within DWP in 2010 that many believe led to the deaths of claimants of out-of-work disability benefits.But those present also said that it was vital to “look at the bigger picture”, and they brought in other crucial issues such as the introduction of universal credit and personal independence payment, the benefit sanctions and conditionality regimes, the impact of the reforms on disabled women, and the cuts to social care support.One contributor said: “People are having their lives utterly destroyed today.”One disabled activist told the meeting that there was a need both for “harm reduction”, to address the immediate problems with the assessment process, and “system change” to secure the eventual abolition of the WCA altogether.He said: “Saying ‘change the WCA right now’ is not saying ‘keep the WCA’, it is saying ‘stop it killing so many people’.”Other contributors said the government had made a deliberate attempt to create a “hostile environment for disabled people”.One activist who had provided unpaid advocacy for other disabled people said they and colleagues had been “inundated with people terrified of the introduction of universal credit”.People were realising that they could not move out of their local authority area in case they were forced to move onto the government’s new working-age benefit ssytem, they said.The meeting heard from one attendee about the importance of putting the government’s reforms into historical perspective and highlighting how they had been strongly influenced by the US insurance industry, which had wanted all disabled people seeking benefits “to be treated as bogus claimants”.She added: “The WCA was brought in to destroy public confidence in the welfare state.”There was also a call for nurses and GPs to be held to account for the way they had “compromised” their own medical ethics in dealing with requests for evidence to support disability benefit claims and in acting as assessors for private contractors.And there was concern at the continuing roll-out of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which was leading mental health professionals to “come out with the sort of language we are hearing from the Department for Work and Pensions”.One contributor told the meeting: “You can’t divorce what’s happening in DWP with what’s happening in psychiatry.”The idea for a meeting of politicians, activists and researchers had originally come from Black Triangle’s John McArdle, who had put the idea to McDonnell. McDonnell told Disability News Service (DNS) after the meeting: “I think this is a breakthrough meeting in terms of getting many of the relevant organisations and individuals together who have their concerns about what is happening to disabled people and their treatment in the welfare system.“I think it is the start of what could be a significant movement to expose the brutality of the system, but more importantly to secure permanent change.”McArdle told DNS afterwards: “I’m really glad the meeting happened. John McDonnell seems to be taking this seriously.“I am encouraged that we are going to be having another meeting in the next six weeks and that a strategy will be formulated to really take the fight for disability rights to the heart of Westminster politics.“But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We want some concrete action.”Marsha de Cordova, the shadow minister for disabled people, told DNS that it was the first time that the various groups had been brought around the same table to talk about different issues – including crucial concerns about the imminent “migration” from benefits such as employment and support allowance onto universal credit – that all fed into the idea that the government had created a “hostile environment towards disabled people”.She said: “It is good that we are talking about it. It’s great that we are bringing people around the table, and mainly disabled people.”Paula Peters, from Disabled People Against Cuts and the Mental Health Resistance Network, said the meeting had provided “ideas to go forward”.But she echoed McArdle’s words, saying: “Actions speak louder than words. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.“We have heard words for a long time while disabled people continue to die.”She also said there was “a lot more work to do” on Labour’s position on universal credit, which her two groups believe needs to be “stopped and scrapped” rather than paused and fixed, as is the current Labour policy.She said: “We still have to persuade them to stop and scrap. The system is at breaking point.”Researcher and campaigner Catherine Hale, lead researcher and project manager of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, and a member of the Spartacus Network, said the meeting was “very exciting”.She said: “In 2015 it felt like the Labour party turned its back on disabled people because the leadership thought that showing us support would work against them in the election. We all know how that ended.“Now John McDonnell has given new momentum and hopefully new unity to our campaigns against the WCA, sanctions, PIP and universal credit.“I hope that with Labour now standing squarely behind disabled people we can overturn the Tories’ cruel policies and vicious rhetoric that have devastated our communities.”Researcher Mo Stewart added: “It was a very welcome meeting, demonstrating Labour’s commitment to changing the plight of claimants of disability benefit for the better.“There is a tendency to overlook the American corporate influence behind the introduction of the fatally flawed WCA. That needs to change.“The disabled lobby petitioned for years to stop being identified by a medical label, and so the social model was adopted.“Along comes big business to play them at their own game, advising the DWP to disregard medical opinion in favour of the flawed biopsychosocial model, and a world of pain and persecution followed with the adoption of the WCA.“Labour plans to stop the WCA when elected to office, which has given a lot of hope to the persecuted sick and disabled community.”Five Labour shadow ministers attended the meeting: McDonnell and de Cordova; Margaret Greenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary; Mike Amesbury, the shadow employment minister; and Lyn Brown, the shadow Treasury minister with responsibility for social mobility.*The meeting was conducted under the Chatham House rule, so although the contributions made during the meeting can be reported, the names of those who spoke and their organisations cannot, unless they spoke afterwards on-the-record. Labour has allowed DNS to report the names of the five shadow ministers who attendedPicture: Disabled activists, Labour shadow ministers and researchers after the meeting in Westminster
Air taxis could soon offer passengers rapid transport from an airport to a city. Credit: from www.shutterstock.com Citation: Uber in the air: Flying taxi trials may lead to passenger service by 2023 (2019, June 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-uber-air-taxi-trials-passenger.html Uber names Melbourne as first non-US city for flying car program Melbourne, Dallas and Los Angels have been named as three test cities for the trial. As a researcher in unmanned aerial systems, I was asked recently if I would ride on an Uber Air taxi. After a brief ponder, my answer is “yes.” The introduction of Uber Air in 2023 may feel way out of reach for many people, but I believe this is a feasible and exciting development in air travel. If Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has signed off on the safe operation of this new aircraft I would love to experience an aerial taxi. Passenger dronesThe aviation industry is well developed, and various aircraft share the skies. Helicopters, general aviation and large commercial aircraft are all regarded as a safe and considered an acceptable form of transportation. A newer addition to the industry is the passenger carrying drone, and one which is being introduced at speed. Boeing’s GoFly competition has been set up to “foster the development of safe, quiet, ultra-compact, near-VTOL personal flying devices capable of flying twenty miles while carrying a single person.” (VTOL refers to vertical take-off and landing).US$2 million is up for grabs for successful designs and prototypes. Of the competitors, five phase two winners were announced in March 2019, and the competition is still ongoing to find the most innovative and optimum solution for a passenger-carrying aircraft. Dubai’s police force is reportedly conducting trials with a hovering vehicle, something that resembles a flying motorcycle. Uber says it has a vision to provide VTOL ride share services for passengers throughout the world. Whether the first Uber Air vehicle will be piloted by a human on board or remotely, or via an autopilot is still unknown. This will depend on the required levels of safety set by CASA. Uber Air will start test flights of its aerial taxi service in 2020, and move to commercial operations by 2023, the ABC reported today. Provided by The Conversation I believe the end goal would be to be fully autonomous, however, this would require extensive proof these system are completely safe. Quite simple technologyUnlike a helicopter, the technology base of a drone is far simpler. Controlled by computers, they use electricity as a primary power source from batteries and brushless electric motors to make them thrust into the sky. This type of system has been used with great success with smaller drones in the commercial market. Current smaller drones have the capability of flying autonomously: no pilot is needed. A pick up location and a return location can be programmed into the drone, and it is able to land, takeoff and fly without pilot assistance. This is not strictly considered to be an artificial intelligence system. Drones operate through a series of checkpoints in the sky, which they track all the way to the final destination. This is reliant on GPS, much like the GPS in your phone or navigating the streets using a Google Maps. The scaling up of this technology to carry passengers was only a matter of time. But the clear next step is research on how safe these aircraft are going to be. This is important not just for future passengers on board, but also for the people and property they will fly over. Like traditional aircraft which go through a rigorous certification process, drones may be subjected to the same amount of scrutiny. Due to the simplicity of the drone system, this type of certification may take less time than a traditional aircraft (which can take many years, depending on the complexity of the design being certified). Fortunately, we have a very proactive regulatory body in CASA. This authority is seen as a world leader in not only drone policies and procedures for safe drone operation, but it already actively consults and assists people in the drone industry. It’s likely CASA played a role in getting Uber Air trials assigned to Melbourne. A few nervesMuch like the helicopter when it was introduced back in the 1940s, people are likely to be apprehensive about a passenger-carrying drone in the first instance. The idea that unmanned vehicles may soon be flying through the sky raises many questions and concerns about the implications on people’s lives and the safety of the community. This is a natural response. It takes time to develop confidence in new technology—especially one that has the responsibility of flying people around cities. Over time helicopter technology progressed, and it was made safe and reliable—it was eventually seen as an acceptable mode of transportation. A similar progression with drones is likely. We can be confident the technology will be properly tested and proven safe before the common citizen will be able to phone order an Uber Air trip across town. Australia is the perfect place for testing, especially this country’s capacity for rapid development and continuous testing in outback Australia. Google and other international bodies have tested new drone technology in Australia in a safe and regulated manner. The Uber Air taxi will be no different with extensive testing to improve the technology, efficiency and reliability. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. 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Tamil Nadu The BJP plans to actively engage itself in Tamil Nadu politics, said P Muralidhar Rao, the party’s National General Secretary.Speaking at the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, Rao said no development was possible without politics. Furthermore, one could not visualise development by remaining politics-neutral, he said.Rao conceded that Tamil Nadu was a “weakspot” for the BJP, adding that “Coimbatore is the “hotspot” for the party.The party, therefore, looked to Coimbatore as its roll-out space in the State, a district from where it could gain a foothold. “Conquering Everest was considered a difficult task, but with many climbers making it there, it should not be difficult for the BJP to conquer TN,” he said.Rao urged industrialists in the city to bring infrastructure-related issues to the notice of the party within the next fortnight so that it could be taken up with the respective Central ministries. “We want to ensure that something can be worked out: be it road projects and rail/ air connectivity for TN,” he added. SHARE July 04, 2018 1 COMMENT COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on state politics
SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT April 12, 2019 Our BureauAs talks between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress collapsed, the Congress has decided to experiment with its best bets in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Sources indicated that former chief minister Sheila Dikshit will be the party’s candidate from East Delhi, a constituency once held by her son Sandip Dikshit. The party will also file former cabinet ministers Ajay Maken and Kapil Sibal from New Delhi and Chandni Chowk constituencies, respectively. An official announcement is expected once Congress President Rahul Gandhi approves the list, cleared by the party’s Central Election Committee. The party has not taken a decision on West Delhi and South Delhi constituencies. Raj Kumar Chouhan and JP Agarwal are likely to be the candidates from North West and North East constituencies.‘Impractical’ standDespite best efforts by AICC in-charge of the State PC Chacko and Maken, the Congress could not form an alliance with the AAP as a powerful section led by Dikshit was against it. Party leaders blamed the AAP’s demand for seats in Punjab and Haryana put hurdles in the discussions. Chacko said that the Congress will fight the election alone as the AAP’s stand is “impractical”. , “We are still ready for an alliance if the AAP is willing to have an alliance in Delhi alone. We want to fight the BJP together,” he added. The AAP, however, has rejected the offer. “We want alliance on all 33 seats with the Congress and not three seats in Delhi. We are capable of defeating the BJP and the Congress on our own in Delhi. If an alliance has to be there, it has to be on 33 seats,” said Gopal Rai, AAP leader and minister in Arvind Kejriwal Cabinet.The AAP stitched an alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), a splinter group of the Indian National Lok Dal, in Haryana. The JJP, led by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s grandson Dushyant Chautala, will fight seven out of the 10 seats and the AAP will get three seats as per understanding between the two parties. “Jhadu (AAP’s election symbol) and chappal (JJP’s poll symbol) will remove obstructions and emerge victorious, and together they will defeat the BJP and the Congress,” said Chautala, in Delhi. Published on national elections The Congress will fight the election alone: PC Chacko Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) All India Congress Committee (AICC) SHARE New Delhi COMMENTS parties and movements