Council and staff spending policy revised by City

first_imgBy Christine Rumleskie Fort St. John City Councilors and City Staff have a few more rules to follow when spending taxpayer dollars.- Advertisement -At Monday’s City Council meeting, Councilors voted unanimously to approve revisions to the City Council and Employee Allowable Expenses Policy.Staff submitted a list of spending revisions to Council, which includes adding alcohol as well as hotel movie rentals to the list of non-allowable expenses.  Essentially, these are costs that cannot be reimbursed to a councilor or staff member if he/she is out of town representing the city.  Also included is a revision to prohibit members from charging personal expenses to City credit cards.Also included in the revised policy were changes to the daily Per Diem, which covers costs like incidentals and meals. [asset|aid=2741|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c4faaf54045b7c97ada6648076e92eef-grace fika council spending 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Councilor Lori Ackerman recommended that Council approve the recommendations from staff, and that the Per Diems remain the same. Council instructed staff at a closed meeting on March 12th to review the City’s purchasing, credit card and travel policies and provide recommendations to Council.  There’s no word yet on what was the catalyst that sparked Council to instruct staff to conduct the spending review.  Acting City Manager Grace Fika says the revisions were brainstormed at a senior management policy review meeting.Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca put forward a freedom of information request to what transpired at the March 12th special council meeting.  That request has yet to be honoured.last_img read more

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Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers

first_imgWith Halloween having arrived, Asthma suffers have been warned over six triggers that are very common at this time of the year.Asthma Society said the 12,408 people with asthma and 17,511 with COPD in Donegal need to be aware of their asthma triggers to avoid a potentially fatal asthma attack.Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society, said: “Halloween is a time to be spooked – in a fun way – and we’re encouraging people to take their asthma triggers seriously so they can stay well through the winter. “We’ve rounded up the most terrifying asthma triggers and found the top tips to help you banish them from your life.“The symptoms of asthma can be extremely frightening for people with asthma. An asthma attack can be fatal – so let’s keep all people with asthma safe and sound this Halloween.”Bonfires and FireworksBoth children and adults who have asthma need to avoid the fumes produced by bonfires and fireworks at Halloween. These fumes can cause difficulty breathing and can be fatal for some people with asthma. The Asthma Society advises anyone with asthma not to attend events with fireworks or bonfires. If you have asthma and you find yourself at an event with bonfires and fireworks, you should:Keep as much distance between you and the bonfire and fireworks fumes as possibleCarry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you everywhere you go and use it if necessary over the Halloween periodUse your preventive inhaler as prescribed as this will help strengthen your respiratory systemThis weekend, the weather will be very cold, which is a major asthma trigger – dress in warm clothing and wear a scarf over your mouth to help filter the airEnsure someone with you knows about your asthma and knows how to help you if asthma symptoms occurCarry your asthma attack card with you in case of an emergency.“Dreadful” Dust mites:House dust mites are tiny, spider-like creatures that live in fabrics, carpets and soft furnishing. They’re found in every home, school or office, no matter how clean. House dust mites live in places like your bed, your sofa and your curtains, but because they’re invisible to the naked eye, you won’t be able to see them. What do dust mites eat? You!Dust mites feed off the dead human skin cells which make up about 70% of dust in the home. Some people with asthma may find their symptoms get worse when dusting or vacuuming, this is often because these activities bring settled dust into the air where it can be inhaled. Most people who have asthma symptoms that are triggered by house dust mites are actually reacting to their faeces!While it is impossible to completely get rid of house dust mites, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce them and limit their impact on your asthma.Damp-dust your house at least once a weekRemove any unwanted clutter in your home to avoid gathering dustWash your sheets, pillow cases, blankets and cuddly toys at 60 degrees or hotter every weekUse allergy-proof covers for mattress, pillows and blanketsVacuum your pillows and mattressWear a dust mask when dustingSome people find air purifiers are helpful in reducing symptoms.“Manky” Moulds:Moulds come in many shapes, colours and sizes. They can be powdery, slimy or even fluffy. Moulds grow best in damp places like bathrooms, kitchens, woody areas and even piles of autumn leaves. Sometimes, moulds may grow in corners or behind furniture, so you might not notice until your home has already been invaded! Keeping your home dry and well-ventilated is the best way to defend against these sneaky trespassers. If moulds are a trigger for your asthma, you may be allergic to the tiny, air-borne spores that moulds use to spread and grow. There are plenty of things you can do to tackle mould in your home.Avoid drying clothes indoors. As they dry more moisture is released into the air in your home, which may allow mould to growWhen showering or cooking, use your extractor fan or open a window to let out the steamMoulds will only grow in moist conditions: Check for any leaks around your pipes or water appliances Use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content, if necessaryWear a scarf over your mouth when the weather is wet and windy to avoid breathing in the spores which are carried in the air during thunderstormsDuring autumn, keep away from clusters of fallen leaves which are a perfect breeding ground for mould.“Putrid” Pets:61% of households own a family pet. However, many people are allergic to proteins that are present in the hair, feathers, saliva and the dead skin cells shed by their animals. Although pets are a part of the family, they can present a huge problem for some people with asthma. Animals such as cats, dogs and horses are among the worst culprits, but even animals like snakes and birds can trigger asthma symptoms for some people.If your pet is a trigger for your asthma, it should be re-homed if possible. If this is not possible it can be difficult to limit the impact on your asthma, but there are steps you can take. Keep pets away from living areas and the bedroom, especially from fabric-covered furniture, rugs and carpetsKeep your pet outside as much as possibleEnsure your pet is properly washed by someone elseVacuum regularly using a vacuum suitable for pet hairIf your pet is in a cage, make sure the cage is properly cleaned as often as possible“Sickening” Smoke:Everyone knows that smoke is extremely bad for us, but between bonfires, fireworks and open fires, it can be hard to escape at this time of year. There over 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke alone and cigarettes release more than a billion harmful “free radicals” per puff. This isn’t good for anyone, but particularly for people with asthma. When someone with asthma inhales tobacco smoke either from smoking or from second hand fumes, irritating substances settle in the moist lining of the airways within the lungs. This causes inflammation in the lungs, which can bring on asthma symptoms and even cause an asthma attack.If you have asthma:It’s important to avoid smoking completelyDo not allow others to smoke in your homeKeep your distance from others smoking in publicKeep your reliever inhaler with you at all times, especially if you’re going to a bonfire or fires works display and ensure the people around you are aware of your condition.For more information or advice on potential triggers within your home, you can call the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64.Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Steve Mariucci was surprised by the Raiders’ trade of Amari Cooper and here’s why

first_imgCount Steve Mariucci among those who were surprised when the Raiders traded receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.“I didn’t think the Raiders, when I heard rumors about this, were going to get a No. 1 pick, I really didn’t,” Mariucci said Monday appearing on 95.7 The Game. “And the way Dallas is playing, that first-round pick is going to be relatively early, or at least in the middle of the first round. So that’s a win for the Raiders.”We know from Mariucci’s time as head …last_img read more

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2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group C

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP CENGLAND Coach: Fabio Capello # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club GoalkeeperDavid James1 August 1970 (aged 39)50PortsmouthGoalkeeperRobert Green18 January 1980 (aged 30)9West Ham UnitedGoalkeeperJoe Hart19 April 1987 (aged 23)1Manchester CityDefenderAshley Cole20 December 1980 (aged 29)77ChelseaDefenderRio Ferdinand (captain)7 November 1978 (aged 31)76Manchester UnitedDefenderJohn Terry7 December 1980 (aged 29)59ChelseaDefenderJamie Carragher28 January 1978 (aged 32)34LiverpoolDefenderGlen Johnson23 August 1984 (aged 25)20LiverpoolDefenderLedley King12 October 1980 (aged 29)19Tottenham HotspurDefenderMatthew Upson18 April 1979 (aged 31)19West Ham UnitedDefenderStephen Warnock12 December 1981 (aged 28)1Aston VillaMidfielderSteven Gerrard30 May 1980 (aged 30)78LiverpoolMidfielderFrank Lampard20 June 1978 (aged 31)77ChelseaMidfielderJoe Cole8 November 1981 (aged 28)53ChelseaMidfielderGareth Barry23 February 1981 (aged 29)36Manchester CityMidfielderShaun Wright-Phillips25 October 1981 (aged 28)30Manchester CityMidfielderMichael Carrick28 July 1981 (aged 28)21Manchester UnitedMidfielderAaron Lennon16 April 1987 (aged 23)15Tottenham HotspurMidfielderJames Milner4 January 1986 (aged 24)7Aston VillaForwardWayne Rooney24 October 1985 (aged 24)58Manchester UnitedForwardEmile Heskey11 January 1978 (aged 32)57Aston VillaForwardJermain Defoe7 October 1982 (aged 27)39Tottenham HotspurForwardPeter Crouch30 January 1981 (aged 29)37Tottenham HotspurUNITED STATES Coach: Bob Bradley # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperTim Howard6 March 1979 (aged 31)49Everton2DefenderJonathan Spector1 March 1986 (aged 24)24West Ham United3DefenderCarlos Bocanegra (captain)25 May 1979 (aged 31)77Rennes4MidfielderMichael Bradley31 July 1987 (aged 22)41Borussia Mönchengladbach5DefenderOguchi Onyewu13 May 1982 (aged 28)51Milan6DefenderSteve Cherundolo19 February 1979 (aged 31)57Hannover 967MidfielderDaMarcus Beasley24 May 1982 (aged 28)90Rangers8MidfielderClint Dempsey9 March 1983 (aged 27)60Fulham9ForwardHerculez Gomez6 April 1982 (aged 28)2Puebla10MidfielderLandon Donovan4 March 1982 (aged 28)121Los Angeles Galaxy11MidfielderStuart Holden1 August 1985 (aged 24)12Bolton Wanderers12DefenderJonathan Bornstein7 November 1984 (aged 25)29Chivas USA13MidfielderRicardo Clark10 March 1983 (aged 27)27Eintracht Frankfurt14ForwardEdson Buddle21 May 1981 (aged 29)1Los Angeles Galaxy15DefenderJay DeMerit4 December 1979 (aged 30)17Watford16MidfielderJosé Francisco Torres29 October 1987 (aged 22)8Pachuca17ForwardJozy Altidore6 November 1989 (aged 20)24Hull City18GoalkeeperBrad Guzan9 September 1984 (aged 25)15Aston Villa19MidfielderMaurice Edu18 April 1986 (aged 24)12Rangers20ForwardRobbie Findley4 August 1985 (aged 24)4Real Salt Lake21DefenderClarence Goodson17 May 1982 (aged 28)11Start22MidfielderBenny Feilhaber19 January 1985 (aged 25)31AGF23GoalkeeperMarcus Hahnemann15 June 1972 (aged 37)6Wolverhampton WanderersALGERIA Coach: Rabah Saâdane # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperLounès GaouaouiSeptember 28, 1977 (age 32)48ASO Chlef2DefenderMadjid BougherraOctober 7, 1982 (age 27)40Rangers3DefenderNadir BelhadjJune 18, 1982 (age 27)44Portsmouth4DefenderAntar YahiaMarch 21, 1982 (age 28)43Bochum5DefenderRafik HallicheSeptember 2, 1986 (age 23)15Nacional Madeira6MidfielderYazid Mansouri (captain)February 25, 1978 (age 32)66Lorient7MidfielderRyad BoudebouzFebruary 19, 1990 (age 20)1FC Sochaux8MidfielderMehdi LacenMarch 5, 1984 (age 25)2Racing Santander9ForwardAbdelkader GhezzalDecember 5, 1984 (age 25)18Siena10ForwardRafik SaïfiFebruary 7, 1975 (age 35)59Istres11ForwardRafik DjebbourMarch 8, 1984 (age 26)15AEK Athens12DefenderHabib BellaidMarch 28, 1986 (age 24)1Eintracht Frankfurt13ForwardKarim MatmourJune 25, 1984 (age 25)21Borussia Monchengladbach14DefenderCarl MedjaniMay 15, 1985 (age 25)0AC Ajaccio15MidfielderKarim ZianiAugust 17, 1982 (age 27)54Wolfsburg16GoalkeeperFaouzi ChaouchiDecember 5, 1984 (age 25)9ES Sétif17MidfielderAdlène GuediouraNovember 12, 1985 (age 24)1Wolverhampton Wanderers18DefenderAbdelkader LaïfaouiMay 15, 1985 (age 25)6ES Sétif19MidfielderHassan YebdaApril 14, 1984 (age 26)9Portsmouth20DefenderDjamel MesbahOctober 9, 1984 (age 25)1Lecce21MidfielderFoued KadirDecember 5, 1983 (age 26)1Valenciennes FC22MidfielderDjamel AbdounFebruary 14, 1986 (age 24)6Nantes23GoalkeeperRaïs M’BohliApril 25, 1986 (age 24)1Slavia SofiaSLOVENIA Coach: Matjaž Kek # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJasmin Handanovič28 January 1978 (aged 32)3Mantova2DefenderMišo Brečko1 May 1984 (aged 26)30Köln3DefenderElvedin Džinič25 August 1985 (aged 24)0Maribor4DefenderMarko Šuler9 March 1983 (aged 27)16Gent5DefenderBoštjan Cesar9 July 1982 (aged 27)41Grenoble6DefenderBranko Ilič6 February 1983 (aged 27)36Lokomotiv Moscow7ForwardNejc Pečnik3 January 1986 (aged 24)7Nacional8MidfielderRobert Koren (captain)20 September 1980 (aged 29)45West Bromwich Albion9ForwardZlatan Ljubijankič15 December 1983 (aged 26)16Gent10ForwardValter Birsa7 August 1986 (aged 23)33Auxerre11ForwardMilivoje Novakovič18 May 1979 (aged 31)37Köln12GoalkeeperSamir Handanovič14 July 1984 (aged 25)38Udinese13DefenderBojan Jokić17 May 1986 (aged 24)33Chievo14ForwardZlatko Dedič10 May 1984 (aged 26)23Bochum15MidfielderRene Krhin21 May 1990 (aged 20)3Internazionale16GoalkeeperAleksander Šeliga1 February 1980 (aged 30)1Sparta Rotterdam17MidfielderAndraž Kirm6 September 1984 (aged 25)25Wisła Kraków18MidfielderAleksander Radosavljevič25 April 1979 (aged 31)14Larissa19DefenderSuad Filekovič16 September 1978 (aged 31)14Maribor20MidfielderAndrej Komac4 December 1979 (aged 30)40Maccabi Tel Aviv21MidfielderDalibor Stevanovič27 September 1984 (aged 25)15Vitesse22DefenderMatej Mavrič29 January 1979 (aged 31)32TuS Koblenz23ForwardTim Matavž13 January 1989 (aged 21)0GroningenPREVIOUS: GROUP B << • >> NEXT: GROUP Dlast_img read more

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The Best Film Visual Effects Through the Years

first_imgTake a trip down memory lane with this compilation of the Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects.This video montage by independent filmmaker and editor Nelson Carvajal has been making the rounds over the ‘net, and is a real treat for filmmakers and movie buffs. Nelson has compiled a montage of the winners of The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects since 1977, the first year this award began to appear as a regular category by the Academy.It’s amazing to see how VFX have improved so much since then, and also interesting to note how many films that were “way ahead of their time” in regards to their special effects work. Do you recognize each of the films in the montage? Check out the full list below.Thanks for sharing this great montage of film history, Nelson!Academy Award for Best Visual Effects1977: Star Wars1978: Superman (Special Achievement Award)1979: Alien1980: The Empire Strikes Back (Special Achievement Award)1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark1982: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1983: Return of the Jedi (Special Achievement Award)1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom1985: Cocoon1986: Aliens1987: Innerspace1988: Who Framed Roger Rabbit1989: The Abyss1990: Total Recall (Special Achievement Award1991: Terminator 2: Judgement Day1992: Death Becomes Her1993: Jurassic Park1994: Forrest Gump1995: Babe1996: Independence Day1997: Titanic1998: What Dreams May Come1999: The Matrix2000: Gladiator2001: The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2004: Spider-Man 22005: King Kong2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest2007: The Golden Compass2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button2009: Avatar2010: Inception2011: Hugo2012: Life of Pilast_img read more

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In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The South Korean pair of Kam Alex Kang Chan and Kim Kyu-eun shared the same ice with North Korea’s Kim Ju Sik and Ryom Tae Ok for the first time. Before training earlier this week, Kam and Kim used the same locker room and put on skates early so they had spare time together.Then Kam, 22, proposed taking a selfie together. He called the 25-year-old Kim “hyeong,” a Korean term used to refer to an elder brother or friend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I said something like ‘Hey, Ju Sik hyeong, let’s take a photo together!’” Kam said after training Tuesday. “I posted that photo for fun … and to mark the Olympics.”The photo recalls a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics—something that IOC President Thomas Bach described as a “great gesture.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH North Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, center, practice next to South Korea’s Kim Kyu-eun, front right, and Alex Kam during a pairs figure skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)GANGNEUNG, South Korea—A lot can be contained in a single selfie. The possibilities for peace between two entire nations, even.A selfie taken by smiling North and South Korean skaters and posted on Instagram illustrates yet another moment of reconciliation between the rivals, whose decades-long animosities could easily erupt again after the Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting That was certainly at play Monday when four North and South Korean hockey players who didn’t take part in the session took a selfie and laughed together. Also grabbing attention: earlier photos of birthday parties thrown for two North Korean players, and a dictionary aimed at overcoming a linguistic divide.“Hockey really does bring people together,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray. “On our team, they are just players. You know … there is no North Korean or South Korean. They are all wearing the same jersey. We are all on the same team.”On Thursday, in another unusual spectacle, North Korea’s national anthem was played and its flag was hoisted alongside an Olympic flag during a boisterous welcoming ceremony for athletes from the North. South Korea has strict security laws that normally ban the playing of the North’s anthem and the raising of its flag .A group of South Korean B-boys, or break dancers, twisted their bodies and flipped relentlessly after walking into the center of a group of North Korean athletes. A North Korean band played the Korean folk tune “Arirang.” North Korean athletes hummed to themselves before starting to dance. South Korean dancers joined them, triggering a barrage of camera flashes.“I feel so good,” North Korean figure skating coach Kim Hyon Son said after the ceremony. “I want to see both North and South Korean people being pleased.”The feel-good sparks will peak during the opening ceremony on Friday, when athletes of the Koreas will march together under a single “unification flag” to the tune of “Arirang” instead of their respective anthems. It will be the first such joint march since 2007.It’s unclear what other Olympic moments involving the two countries could make news, particularly because the hockey team isn’t expected to win a medal.“Quite strangely, no medal, no issue,” said Jung Moon-hyun, a sports science professor at Chungnam National University in South Korea. “Whether North Korea does some action that pours cold water on the Olympic (reconciliation mood) is something to think about.”But Jung said even one win by the team will be “very meaningful” news. On Feb. 14, the Korean team faces Japan, which colonized Korea for more than three decades before it split into North and South shortly after World War II.When the Games end, North and South Korean players will be separated, probably for good. Their governments ban ordinary citizens from exchanging phone calls, letters and emails, so they won’t communicate unless they encounter each other in international competitions. Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Similar amicable interactions are visible among the North and South Korean female hockey players, who have formed the rivals’ first joint Olympic team.The team of 12 North Koreans and 23 South Koreans was composed last month as the Koreas agreed upon a package of reconciliation steps following a year of heightened nuclear tensions that triggered fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.Many experts have raised worries about teamwork, and a survey showed a majority of South Korean opposed the joint team. Why? They thought it would deprive South Korean athletes of playing time.At the height of their Cold War rivalry, sports were often an alternate battlefield between the Koreas. North Korean medalists often ignored South Korean competitors who extended their hands for handshakes at podiums. North Korea also boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.Since the Cold War, though, the countries have sometimes used sports as a way to thaw relations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For now, though, things like congenial selfies will have to be enough. The South Korean media certainly liked the latest one showing Kam and Kim flashing smiles and making peace signs. It was reproduced all over the country.The Seoul-based Kookmin Ilbo newspaper even gave it a memorable moniker, a sign of hope after generations of Korean division: “The icon of new peace.”last_img read more

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Wankhede pitch will be a slow turner, say groundsmen

first_imgContrary to popular perceptions that Wankhede Stadium pitch for the third Test will be a rank turner, one of the MCA groundstaff actively involved with the preparation of the 22-yard strip stated that it is expected to assist slow bowlers only from the third day.”The wicket will be normal. It won’t turn on the first day and it can slowly start turning (assisting spin) from day three,” a source told PTI today.England are down 0-2 in the five-game series after the draw in the series opener at Rajkot and losses in the next two games at Vishakapatnam and Mohali. (Pacers in form, spinners delivering India a complete team: Nasser Hussain to India Today)The visiting team must win the game here in order to have a chance to square the series at Chennai, slated to host the final match from December 16-20.”No special preparations are being made. The World T20 and Ranji matches have happened here. We have to prepare well for an international match and we have done that,” he added.”We got 20 days to prepare the wicket as a Ranji Trophy game was shifted away from the stadium (to another venue). In our opinion, there will be little bit of bounce.””We are watering as per the usual procedure. There was a little dew factor that we had to take into consideration and have done watering accordingly. Because of the dew, we watered it less,” they added.The sources also dismissed news reports that instructions have been received from team management with regards to the preparation of the pitch.advertisementAnother MCA official said that “it will be good wicket” where one can expect good cricket, adding around 60-65 per cent season ticket sales have taken place so far.This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and the win-loss record in favour of the hosts is 10-7.Incidentally, England had won the last two matches they had played here – in 2006 and 2012 – after having lost three Tests on the trot.Their only victory prior to those three defeats was in the BCCI’s Golden Jubilee Test in 1980.The first-ever game between the two teams at this venue, in 1976, was drawn so that the win-loss record stands 3-3 between the two teams out of seven encounters. (India release injured Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul from Test squad)The stadium is hosting a Test match after three years and the last match which it hosted was the 200th farewell Test of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar against West Indies in November 2013.Meanwhile, England will practise tomorrow morning while India will practise in the afternoon. The two teams have had an extended break after the conclusion of the third Test at Mohali.Most of the visiting team members had travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during the break and are scheduled to reach Mumbai tonight.last_img read more

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Kendrick Lamar Ed Sheeran 2017 MTV VMAs Winner List

first_img 2017 MTV VMAs: Who Won? kendrick-lamar-ed-sheeran-2017-mtv-vmas-winner-list Facebook Email Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran: 2017 MTV VMAs Winner List NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm Logic talks about ‘Everybody’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2017 – 6:00 am Watch Kanye West’s GRAMMY highlights Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Kendrick Lamar wins Best Rap Album GRAMMY And the winner for Best Pop video at the 2017 @VMAs is… @FifthHarmony! pic.twitter.com/09xCy03LaO— MTV (@MTV) August 28, 2017center_img News Best Hip-Hop VideoKendrick Lamar, “Humble.”Best Dance VideoZedd and Alessia Cara, “Stay”Best Rock VideoTwenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul”Best Fight Against The System VideoNote: All six videos shared the awardAlessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”The Hamilton Mixtape, “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)”John Legend, “Surefire”Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson, “Black SpiderMan”Big Sean, “Light”Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley, “Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” But who won big on Sunday night at The Forum in Los Angeles? See a list of winners below.Best New ArtistKhalidVideo Of The YearKendrick Lamar, “Humble.”Artist Of The YearEd SheeranBest Collaboration VideoZayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”Best Pop VideoFifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane, “Down” Best DirectionKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Directors: Dave Meyers, The Little Homies)Best Visual EffectsKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)Best EditingYoung Thug, “Wyclef Jean” (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)13 Highlights From The 2017 MTV VMAsRead more Song Of SummerLil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour LIif3” Best CinematographyKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Cinemotographer: Scott Cunningham)Best Art DirectionKendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)Best ChoreographyKanye West, “Fade” (Choreographers: Teyana Taylor & Guapo) You saw the show, now take a look at the list of winners from the 2017 VMAs in Los AngelesGRAMMYs Aug 27, 2017 – 8:15 pm Kendrick Lamar led the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards field with six wins. Fifth Harmony, Zayn and Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Twenty One Pilots were also among those taking home awards. GRAMMY winner Pink was honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. https://twitter.com/MTV/status/901962726502629376last_img read more

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Singapores Sembcorp sets eyes on China India for renewables

first_imgSembcorp Industries, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest utilities companies, plans to roughly triple its renewable energy portfolio over the next five years, targetting India and China for growth, a senior company official said.Industrial conglomerate Sembcorp, whose utilities arm forms one of its three main divisions, expects renewable energy to account for 20 percent of its total power capacity in five years, up from 13 percent at present, executive vice president Tan Cheng Guan told the Reuters Summit.”Over the last three years, we have grown renewables quite significantly,” Tan said. “We have been able to accelerate because the cost of renewables has been coming down quite quickly because of technology and scale.”Sembcorp, which plans to focus on wind and solar energy, where costs are expected to drop further by 2020, has total power capacity of about 8,800 megawatts (MW).India and China make up the bulk of its renewables capacity, with wind power assets in China of about 450 MW.In India, it jointly owns and operates wind and solar power assets with a total power capacity of 750 MW after buying a majority stake in Indian renewable energy firm Green Infra in February, this year.”India is under served at the moment and their (power) capacity is maybe one quarter of China’s, even with about the same population,” Tan said. “So, if India’s economy grows by 7 to 8 percent in the next decade, we see that India will grow the fastest.”A boom in clean energy projects is expected in India after it hiked its solar energy target to 100 gigawatts by 2022, a 33-fold rise from current levels.In China, Sembcorp is also jointly building a coal-fired power plant near coal mines in Chongqing.Tan said the plant’s newer and more efficient technology would help in China’s push to reduce its carbon footprint.Sembcorp is also looking towards Bangladesh and Myanmar where it is developing gas-fired power plants.He declined to comment on Sembcorp’s credit exposure to Jurong Aromatics Corp (JAC), which went into receivership last month due to debt problems.Sembcorp has a 20-year agreement with JAC for the supply of steam and other water and wastewater treatment services.last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty advance 2 after Centre takes steps to spur growth

first_imgAmong top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesBoth the key market indices — Sensex and Nifty — on Monday, August 26, surged over 2 per cent led by gains made by public sector banks (PSBs) and financial sector stocks, following a slew of measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week.At 2.35 pm on Monday, the Sensex jumped over 793 points to 37,463.90, while the Nifty traded 216.95 points higher to top the 11,000-point mark at 11,046.30.The Nifty PSB index and financial services company stocks surged over 3 per cent, while metal scrips continued to trade in the red. The Finance Minister on Friday announced the capital infusion of Rs 70,000 crore in PSBs.The most crucial announcement was the roll-back of the tax surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), which is aiding the market rally on Monday.Among top gainers on the Sensex were Yes Bank, up 6.16 per cent, followed by HDFC, Bajaj Finance and Larsen and Toubro.Tata Steel, SunPharma, Vedanta, HeroMotoCorp and Tata Motors DVR lost in the 1 to 3 per cent range.Thirty-nine stocks of the NSE index’s 50 constituents finished the day in positive territory.last_img read more

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