Meanwhile at Gir, Ravindra Jadeja gets his lion’s share of controversy

first_imgIndian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has landed himself in a controversy yet again. The cricketer had gone to Gir National Park with his family to see Asiatic lions. The cricketer sighted a lion but disregarded laws prescribed by the Forest Department.The cricketer violated the laws by stepping out of his car in open forests to get a picture clicked with the lion. This is strictly prohibited as per the Wildlife Protection Act that applies to Gir forests and wildlife.Regarding the controversy, Chief of Wildlife Sanctuary and Forest Conservator of Gujarat Forest Department Dr. Anirudh Pratap Singh has said that Jadeja has violated the laws and rules of the Wildlife Act. He also said that this issue will be probed.The Chief has refrained from commenting further on taking an action on this issue before thoroughly looking into the violations.The Gir Forests are closed for visitors in the monsoon season from 15 June to 16 October. Jadeja made his trip to Gir forests on 15 June, the last day for visitors to have a chance to look at the Asiatic lions.last_img read more

Infineon: iMOTION IMM100 series reduces PCB size and R&D efforts

first_imgInfineon Technologies introduces smart IPM motor controllers featuring full hardware and software integration needed for BLDC motor drives of up to 80W without heatsink. The new iMOTION IMM100 series combines the motor controller IC and a 3-phase inverter stage in a single, highly compact 12 x 12 mm 2 PQFN package. This combination enables BOM count and PCB size reduction, thus lowering system cost. The smallest footprint of the motor drive IC makes it a perfect fit for space restrained home appliances like hair dryers, kitchen hoods, ceiling and air conditioner fans as well as pumps for dishwasher and washing machines. Additional applications include low-power fridge compressors, heating pumps and industrial pumps.The IMM100 series offers two optimized variants to best serve the needs of design engineers. The T-variant features the highly sophisticated FOC algorithm integrated in the iMOTION MCE 2.0 (Motion Control Engine 2.0). This variant takes advantage of the easy-to-use software tools for system configuration and tuning. It can also be complemented with additional system level functionalities by using iMOTION scripting and, optionally, with PFC control.Alternatively, with the IMM100 A-variant, engineers can implement proprietary motor control software by utilizing the fully programmable integrated ARM Cortex-M0 MCU – and still enjoy the benefits of complete hardware integration. In this case, the industry-standard ARM MCU IDE tools support the software design process, compiling and debugging. Both variants reduce R&D cycle time for the hardware design due to the high level of integration. Moreover, the T-variant significantly reduces the R&D cost and speeds up time-to-market thanks to production-ready MCE 2.0 software integration.The iMOTION IMM100 series of motor control ICs features three different MOSFET-based power stages: 500 V / 6 Ω, 600 V / 1.4 Ω and 600 V / 0.95 Ω to best match designers’ performance and cost targets. These devices also offer flexible sensing options by supporting single-shunt or leg-shunt topologies (sensorless option), as well as supporting Hall sensors. Additionally, the IMM100 integrate multiple protection features, e.g. under-/over-voltage protection, over-current protection, rotor lock and shoot-through protection.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Joulescope helps simplify energy optimizationNext Nanotec: compact motor controller for brushless DC motors and stepper motorslast_img read more

Report: Leicester City 1 Burnley 0

first_imgLeicester City 1 Burnley 0: Brave Gray winner continues Foxes revival under Puel Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 12/3/17 Demarai Gray Getty Images Claude Puel collected his third win as Leicester City manager as the Foxes beat in-form Burnley 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. Demarai Gray’s courageous early goal earned Leicester City a 1-0 home win over Premier League high-flyers Burnley on Saturday, maintaining their momentum under new manager Claude Puel.The Foxes have now collected 11 points from six league games since the Frenchman’s appointment as Craig Shakespeare’s successor, losing only to leaders Manchester City.Leicester were in front early in beating Tottenham 2-1 on Tuesday and the hosts made a similarly strong start here by scoring the opening goal after six minutes at the King Power Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A Riyad Mahrez cross evaded the entire Burnley back line, with goalkeeper Nick Pope pushing the ball straight out to Gray, who tapped in his second Premier League goal of the season, though his momentum saw him clatter into the post.Burnley, who had won four of their last five Premier League games, saw their attacking potency severely restricted by a serious-looking injury suffered by Robbie Brady, who was taken off on a stretcher, although Johann Gudmundsson wasted a fine second-half chance to level.Leicester’s revival sees the 2015-16 champions remain ninth but narrow the gap to those above them, having extended a 10-year unbeaten home record in the league against the Clarets, who drop a place to seventh.Fresh trim and an assist, @Mahrez22!#LeiBur— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 2, 2017Following a scrappy start that saw Brady have a weak penalty claim rejected, Leicester took the lead.Mahrez was given too much space on the right wing, the Algerian cutting inside on to his left foot to deliver a dangerous cross that Pope could only divert straight to Gray for a simple finish.The Leicester winger collided with the post as he turned the rebound in, but was not hurt in the process of scoring the goal and remained on the field.Body on the line from @22Demarai.For the team #LeiBur— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 2, 2017James Tarkowski headed Brady’s right-wing corner just wide and Gudmundsson cushioned a volley straight at Kasper Schmeichel as the visitors rallied.Brady left the field on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace, having clattered into Harry Maguire in the process of shooting on the edge of the box, then Pope had to beat away a Mahrez drive away after 42 minutes as Leicester threatened on the break.Ben Chilwell whipped a first-time drive narrowly wide from an inventive Leicester corner, before a brilliant Phil Bardsley block prevented Wilfred Ndidi from tucking home.Bardsley cleared off the line as Leicester almost bundled in a second but Gudmundsson should have levelled at the hour.The Iceland international drilled an effort into Schmeichel’s legs after racing on to a Jeff Hendrick pass and holding off the challenge from Wes Morgan, with more composure required from the winger.Pope tipped a sharp Marc Albrighton strike around the near post after 69 minutes but the goalkeeper was left helpless as Gray beat him with a placed effort that clipped the outside of the upright.Jamie Vardy was seeking his 50th Premier League goal but Pope denied the England striker as he tried to flick in a teasing cross from the impressive left-back Chilwell.Sean Dyche threw on strikers Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes and both substitutes missed chances from presentable crosses as the visitors slipped to their second away loss of the league season as Puel’s Leicester march on. Key Opta facts:- Leicester are unbeaten in their last seven league home games against Burnley (W4 D3 L0), with wins in each of the last two.- The Foxes have lost just one of their last 10 games in all competitions (W5 D4 L1), losing 0-2 against Manchester City.- This is just the second time in their last 11 Premier League away games that Burnley have failed to score, also drawing a blank at City in October.- Demarai Gray has found the net twice in 14 Premier League appearances this season, double the total he had in 30 appearances last term (1). read morelast_img read more

NFL round-up: Cam Newton raises clenched fist as Panthers shock Patriots

first_imgnews The Carolina Panthers pulled off their biggest win of the season – and inflicted another defeat on the New England Patriots on Sunday – as Cam Newton took control of the game.Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Panthers held off a late Patriots rally to win a thrilling contest 33-30. Newton also caused a stir for non-football reasons as he raised a clenched fist after scoring the 50th rushing touchdown of his career. Earlier in the week, the quarterback said he wanted to send a message of unity after Donald Trump’s attack on NFL players who chose to protest during the national anthem.“People feeling oppressed and people that are rich looking down on other people, you don’t get nowhere with that,” said Newton. “We all are created equal.” Share on Pinterest NFL protests drop off but fans boo Ravens and Jags for kneeling before anthem Share on WhatsApp NFL US sports Topics Share on Twitter Cam Newton Share via Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Messenger Read more Carolina Panthers On Sunday, Newton picked apart the Patriots with ease as the Super Bowl champions’ defense struggled again: they have now conceded more points than any other team in the NFL this season. They now have the same record (2-2) as their AFC East rivals the New York Jets, who some predicted would fail to win a game this season. The Bills lead the division with a 3-1 record.In Sunday’s other early kick-offs, Deshaun Watson had the best game of his young career as he threw four touchdowns in the Houston Texans’ 57-14 thrashing of the Tennessee Titans. Andy Dalton also had four touchdown passes as the Bengals beat the winless Cleveland Browns 31-7. There were also wins for the Detroit Lions over the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills over the Atlanta Falcons. The Jets beat the Jaguars 23-20 thanks to an overtime field goal.The Los Angeles Rams continued their resurgence with a comeback 35-30 win against the Dallas Cowboys, while the Pittsburgh Steelers beat their AFC North rivals 26-9.In the later kickoffs, the Arizona Cardinals had an overtime touchdown to thank for their victory over the San Francisco 49ers, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ensured the New York Giants remain winless. The Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders, and the Philadelphia Eagles topped the 0-4 Chargers.The Seattle Seahawks often start the season slowly and they were sluggish in the first half of their Sunday Night Football match-up with the Indianapolis Colts, as they trailed 15-10. But a big third quarter, in which they piled on 22 points, helped them to a 46-18 victory. Russell Wilson was picked off twice but also threw for two touchdowns and ran in another.Earlier the New Orleans Saints had beaten the struggling Miami Dolphins 20-0 in a poor game at Wembley. New England Patriots Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s India are the team to beat as World Test Championship resumes

first_img Ajay Tiwari New DelhiOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 17:30 IST India are at the top of the WTC points table with a maximum of 120 points. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will be eyeing to consolidate their position with a series win over the coming weeks.Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain everIndia have now nurtured a world-class fast bowling attack under Virat KohliIndia are set to resume their quest for the World Test Championship (WTC) as they get ready to take on the visiting South Africans in a 3-match series starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. Currently perched at the top of the WTC points table with a maximum of 120 points from the 2 Tests played, Virat Kohli’s India will now be eyeing to consolidate their position with a series win over the coming weeks.While the last Test rubber between the two sides which was played in South Africa ended in a 2-1 series defeat for India, the hosts would be looking to return the favor, with dividends, this time around. Remember, the Proteas had a torrid Test tour the last time they visited these shores on pitches tailormade for spin bowling, ultimately succumbing to a 3-0 defeat in 4 Tests. With the trio of legends AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn having quit the red-ball format now, the upcoming Freedom Trophy could yet again prove elusive for Faf du Plessis’ side. Though, a lot of credit has to go to Virat Kohli and his team for being in such a dominating position in the longest format.Under Virat, the Indian Test team has scaled new heights with the historic maiden series victory in Australia 2018-19, probably being the highlight. Already India’s most successful Test captain ever, Virat leads the pack among all skippers of major Test-playing nations* with a win-loss ratio of 2.8. Only New Zealand captain Kane Williamson comes close with a w-l ratio above 2. But the fact remains that a captain is as good as a team and in Kohli’s case this proverb seems seminal to his success.advertisement The major difference between Indian teams of the past (before Kohli took over as captain) and the current one is easily the all-weather bowling attack that India have now developed. Always thought of as a land of spinners, under Kohli, India have now nurtured a world-class fast bowling attack, which – if you see the stats – can claim to be the best in the world.It was just last year when Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, with a total of 131 wickets in 2018, became the most successful pace trio in a calendar year in Test cricket history. Since 2018, no team has had more than 2 bowlers picking up 50 Test wickets, while India have Bumrah, who has evolved into one of the best all-format bowlers, has picked 62 wickets since he made his Test debut in South Africa in January 2018 playing only 12 Tests and at a staggering average of 19.24. Shami has picked 58 wickets at 25.68 since 2018 and Ishant Shamra 52 at 19.78.In India’s first World Test Championship assignment in West Indies, the pace trio took 33 wickets and each of them featured in the top 4 of the bowling charts.Another statistic that proves the current Indian bowling’s supremacy over the rest of the world is their almost overlapping averages both home (25.18) and overseas (27.30). If there is one metric that has been the gold standard for judging Test teams since the term ‘Ashes’ was coined for the 1st time, is how they perform away from home. While Indian teams of the past often struggled to take 20 wickets away from home, under Kohli, the Indian attack keeps finding ways to sustain pressure on the opposition batsmen – a tactic which more often than not results in wickets. This is the reason there isn’t much to choose between the Indian attack’s home and away averages. The Pakistan team under Sarfaraz Ahmed is the only one that comes close but their below-par batting performances as a team often nullify this advantage as is evident when you look at the combined batting averages of teams under various captains. It’s not a secret anymore that the ongoing decade has not been ideal for batsmen across the world. With innumerable T20 leagues compromising the modern batsman’s defence and pitches in general offering more spice for the bowlers, batting in the 2010s hasn’t been the easiest job in cricket. But Kohli’s team towers above the rest (almost), even in this respect. India’s batting average under Kohli is way greater than the rest and lies just marginally behind that of New Zealand under Williamson.If there is one thing that the above stats prove, it is this: at least on paper, India are currently the best all-round team in the world. But cricket is not played on paper and no matter how good India have been, they will have to keep coming back with similar numbers if they are to have their hands on the WTC trophy at Lord’s in June 2021. But first, up for India, it’s the South African challenge in the comfort of home. For Kohli’s team business, as usual, should do.advertisement*The stats of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Ireland have not been included in the above analysis due to their very low number of Test victories under a single captain.Also Read | If Rohit Sharma can do in Tests what he did in ODIs, it will be great for India: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s cheeky dig at media: No one turns up for T20IsAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah will be missed, but we have back-up: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Wriddhiman Saha to replace Rishabh Pant in Vizag Test vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit Bumrah Next Virat Kohli’s India are the team to beat as World Test Championship resumesUnder the leadership of Virat Kohli, the Indian Test team has scaled new heights with the historic maiden series victory in Australia 2018-19, probably being the highlight.advertisementlast_img read more

Amarcon to Supply OCTOPUS-Onboard for Wagenborg’s …

first_imgzoom Amarcon, part of the ABB group, has received an OCTOPUS-Onboard order from the Dutch company Wagenborg for its pioneering new-build ‘Walk to work vessel’.This new type of offshore maintenance support vessel is currently being built at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in the Netherlands. The dynamically positioned, DP2 vessel, will be 79 m overall with a breadth of 16 m, draught of 5.4 m, service speed of 12.5 knots and 10,000hp. The vessel is expected to be delivered early 2015.The vessel will be deployed in order to support the NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij) during its offshore operations in the coming ten years in a more efficient, safe and cost-effective manner. The vessel will be utilized in maintenance and service projects at the offshore locations of NAM and Shell UK in the Southern North Sea.Amarcon will deliver an extensive OCTOPUS-Onboard installation including motion monitoring & forecasting and the DP Capability forecast function, in order to increase workability and safety during offshore supply operations. The master of the vessel will have access to a clear DP Capability operational window on the OCTOPUS-Onboard monitor. A forecast is shown if the vessel is capable of maintaining her DP position in changing environmental conditions, and under which heading the operation can be executed. The OCTOPUS system enables the master to have insight in safe and efficient operational windows when un- and offloading maintenance staff and loads to the offshore platforms.In addition to the onboard decision support that OCTOPUS offers, Wagenborg will have access to OCTOPUS-Online. This way the onshore operations department is constantly informed about location and status of the vessel. All the collected data from the vessel, such as forecasted and measured motions can be viewed for further analysis and to set new operational criteria.ABB, March 12, 2014last_img read more

UK Joins US in Strait of Hormuz Maritime Security Mission

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Stena Bulk/Tommy Chia The United Kingdom has decided to join the United States in forming a new international maritime security mission to protect vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz.According to the country’s Ministry of Defence, the Royal Navy would work alongside the U.S. navy to assure freedom of navigation and safe passage in the area following a recent increase in tensions between Britain and Iran.“Events in the Gulf over the last four months, including attacks on four tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and the illegal seizure of the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, have seen the threat to commercial shipping rise,” the Ministry explained.The UK agreed to join an international mission, which would largely draw on assets already in the region to increase inter-state maritime cooperation, following constructive discussions at an international conference in Bahrain in late July. The UK has also offered to lead one of the mission’s Maritime Task Groups.While exact operational details are being determined, the UK said that the mission is intended to improve coordination between different countries’ militaries and commercial shipping.“The UK is determined to ensure her shipping is protected from unlawful threats and for that reason we have today joined the new maritime security mission in the Gulf,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.“Our approach to Iran hasn’t changed. We remain committed to working with Iran and our international partners to de-escalate the situation and maintain the nuclear deal,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab added.last_img read more

Boyz II Men Pay Tribute To Tom Petty At CedarsSinai Board Of

first_imgLast Wednesday evening, more than 800 leaders in entertainment, business, healthcare and philanthropy came together for the 2017 Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Gala.Boyz II Men Perform At 2017 Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors GalaThe event raised over $1.3 million for the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, which focuses on research into restoring function in diseased or aged tissues through revitalizing existing cells or transplanting new cells, including disease modeling using a patient’s own stem cells.Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke was honored with the Board of Governors Visionary Award, which was presented by Kevin Demoff, LA Rams COO and EVP of Football Operations.“Thanks to Cedars-Sinai and the Board of Governors,” said Kroenke. “My family and I are inspired by the work of Dr. (Clive) Svendsen and the Regenerative Medicine Institute. We are so happy to partner with Cedars-Sinai and the Board of Governors to support them as we all work toward new paths to help those in need and their families.”Emmy Award-winning producer Gordon Gray and his wife Kristen were presented with the inaugural Luminary Award. The Grays founded The Charlotte and Gwyneth Gray Foundation to Cure Batten Disease in honor of their two young daughters who are both suffering from the fatal and rare disorder, for which there is currently no cure. Dr. Svendsen, Director of Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, presented the Grays with their award.“In March 2015, we were told our daughters had Batten disease. Like many of you, we had never heard of it. We were told it was fatal. We could not accept that,” said Gordon Gray. “Without the collaboration of Cedars-Sinai, we never would have come this far,” added Kristen Gray.The festivities commenced with a lively performance by the LA Rams Cheerleaders. Jim Hill, sports director for CBS Los Angeles, served as master of ceremonies for the event. Guests also enjoyed a spirited live auction, which featured a trip with the Rams on their team charter plane to an away game, tickets to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, the opportunity to act as coin-toss captain at an LA Rams home game, and more. The evening also featured a heartfelt acoustic set from Boyz II Men, which included their hits “I’ll Make Love to You”, “End of the Road”, and “Water Runs Dry”, as well as a special tribute to Tom Petty with a performance of “Free Fallin’”. The gala was co-chaired by Lisa DeBartolo Miggs and Don Miggs, and Nikki DeBartolo and Chad Chronister.The Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors (BOG) is an energetic community of philanthropic leaders who are helping define the future of healthcare. Established by the Board of Directors in 1971, the BOG has become the primary fundraising and leadership group at Cedars-Sinai.last_img read more

Recommendations of AlQuds Committee call to protect Holy City FM

first_imgMarrakech – The recommendations of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, held on January 17-18 in Marrakech, under the chairmanship of  King Mohammed VI, call upon the international community to save the holy city and stop the Israeli occupation policies aimed at changing its legal status, said on Saturday Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar. These recommendations are a “clear and frank” message to the international community to work towards the preservation of the civilizational, cultural, and human heritage of Al-Quds, he added in a statement to the press following a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Madani.“The Marrakech meeting reflects the commitment to put the issue of Al-Quds at the heart of our future agenda,” he said, noting that there will be no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian without preserving the legal status of the Holy City.The meeting highlighted the efficiency of the vision of  the King to strengthen the diplomatic and political action to preserve the identity of Al-Quds and its cultural heritage, Mezouar noted, adding that the meeting has strengthened the role of Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency in carrying out effective development programs benefitting the population of the city.last_img read more

Joe Paterno Statue Could Come Down In Next 72

Joe Paterno Statue — a statue of legendary coach Joe Paterno in front of Penn State’s Beaver Stadium — may be the next casualty in the nasty ongoing fallout of the child sex abuse scandal.The decision whether to remove or move Joe Paterno statue is expected to be made by the school president Rodney Erickson within the next three days, a source familiar with Erickson’s plans told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”Much of the consternation on what to do about the statue stems from how the NCAA will perceive the actions. The school is fearful of the governing body leveling the “death penalty” on the football program.Trustees said on the show that the board had a spirited discussion about the statue in a conference call Thursday night — the same call in which the resignation of former board chairman Steve Garban was discussed. But the decision is not theirs, they said.Various tweets Friday morning said the board had voted and/or made a decision about the statue and that it would be removed this weekend. If the board had taken a vote during the call, it would have violated state law, which prohibits votes from being taken outside of declared board meetings.The trustees who spoke Friday morning said board members did discuss possibilities for the statue, including moving it from the stadium area, perhaps to the library on campus that bears the Paterno name or the Penn State All Sports Museum near the stadium. Board spokesman David LaTorre declined to comment Friday morning.The trustees have been concerned this week that the NCAA will hand down an extreme punishment, possibly the death penalty for its football program for its “loss of institutional control” during the Sandusky years. Dealing with the statue issue, and the resignation of Garban, has been needed to show the public the board was serious about “moving forward,” one trustee said.“It’s a highly sensitive decision,” another trustee said Friday. “The decision is a symbolic one. We have to be very careful about what kind of message we send.” read more

Politicians must not collude to stop closures of unsafe hospital services

first_imgSeveral of the plans have already triggered protests. Councils in north-west London have objected to plans which could see the number of major hospitals cut from nine to five.  Across Dorset, hospital beds will be cut from 1,810 to 1,570 with the centralisation of A&E services at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, under proposals. In Leicestershire and Rutland, the plan is to cut the number of hospitals from three to two, and cut acute hospital beds from 1,940 to 1,697. And plans for south-west London aim to achieve a 44 per cent reduction in inpatient bed days, with a 13 per cent dropped in planned operations.Derbyshire plans to slash 400 acute hospital beds, while 200 beds are earmarked for closure at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Stevens Simon Stevens recently told MPs that hospitals were not being “feckless” but under heavy pressureCredit:PA  Axing hundreds of beds was “simply not credible given the state of our acute hospitals this winter, which is likely to be similar next winter.”In the weeks running up to Christmas, more than a dozen hospitals across Englan were running at 100 per cent capacity, with latest figures showing average occupancy is still over 95 per cent.Last week a coroner wrote to the head of the NHS, after a woman died from a brain haemorrhage after at least three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery because they had no intensive care beds.Mr Ham said the NHS needed to embark on “difficult conversations with the public” about how changes should be achieved. It came as new figures showed NHS trusts racked up a deficit of nearly £900m in the first nine months of the 2016/17 financial year.Even that was only achieved because of a £1.8bn fund put aside to help hospitals tackle their financial problems, leaving an underlying deficit of close to £3bn, experts said.On Monday a report revealed that the NHS has seen the loss of 15,000 beds in just six years, with around one in ten closed. And he urged politicians to support changes as long as there was a clear evidence base for them.A failure to do could leave patients to suffer at the hands of poor services, he said.”If you’re not willing to do go through that process and support plans of this kind, essentially you are colluding as politicians in the continuation of unsafe services,” he said.Draft plans have been submitted from 44 areas of the country, and are now being considered by health service officials.Major changes to services – such as the loss of an Accident & Emergency unit or maternity ward  will require public consultation. 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. Too many hospital services are “unsafe” and politicians must not “collude” to keep them open because they fear controversy over closures, a leading think tank has said.NHS authorities are drawing up radical plans to reorganise services in a bid to save £22bn and cope with rising demand from an ageing population.Draft plans suggest this could result in the closure of 24 Accident & Emergency departments, with swingeing bed cuts.The King’s Fund today urged politicians to back radical changes as “the best hope” of achieving essential reforms. But it also urged NHS leaders to rewrite many of the proposals – saying it was “simply not credible” to scale back bed numbers when wards have been stretched to the limit this winter. In other areas, services will be centralised or merged, such as in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough where orthopaedics, stroke, maternity and paediatrics could be centralised.The think tank said the plans were “an opportunity to move care closer to home and moderate demand for hospital services.”But it said improvements would not be made unless investment was made first in services in the community.Chris Ham, chief executive of the think tank, said many hospitals were at “the limits” of their capacity.”We do not think now is the time to start cutting back on acute hospital beds and capacity, anything like on the scale set out in some of the plans,” he said.last_img read more

Police officers killed in line of duty should be eligible for Elizabeth

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. Police officers killed in the line of duty should be eligible for the Elizabeth Cross, senior officers have said.The Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) is calling for the change in a bid to heal the relationship between the Government and the police and “bring value back to the service.”It comes just less than a month after the death of Pc Andrew Harper, who was killed while responding to reports of a burglary in Berkshire.Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths, president of the PSA, is expected to ask Priti Patel, the Home Secretary to consider the change and to try to influence the decision.The Elizabeth Cross is one of the highest honours for military personnel killed in action and is awarded to victims’ next of kin. He wants the government to face up to “the human cost” of the cuts and will say: “The cost of running the service has been shifting from the organisation to the individual and this is not acceptable or fair.”Referring to officer safety, Mr Griffiths will warn that officers are “suffering as victims of their own dedication”.”These are the people we need to support and we owe them the promise of a commitment to change, support and value,” he will add.Officer numbers at the rank of superintendent have been cut by 25 per cent since 2010, according to the PSA, making it the worst affected rank across the police force.Three-quarters of members said they had experienced an increased workload in the last 12 months, with the average superintendent working 53 hours a week – 50 per cent more than the UK average.Mr Griffiths will call upon the Home Secretary to increase the number of superintendents as part of the plan to boost police numbers by 20,000. The commemorative emblem was created in 2009 to recognise the challenges that service personnel face on operations and from terrorism, and the particular burden this places on their families. It can be awarded in memory of personnel who have died since the Second World War.The subject is on the agenda at the PSA’s annual conference in Stratford-Upon-Avon which begins on Monday.Mr Griffiths will open the event with a plea to Ms Patel to “heal” the relationship between the government and the police after years of spending cuts. PC Andrew Harper PC Andrew HarperCredit:PA read more

Apple to cease Mac Pro shipments to Europe

first_imgMost consumers who want to own Apple devices only think about an iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook, or iMac. But there is another Apple product that’s aimed at the professional or power home user: the Mac Pro. Prices start at a hefty $2,499, but in return your get a desktop machine with up to 12 cores and therefore a lot of performance.Unfortunately, Apple has neglected to update or promote the Mac Pro %displayPrice% at %seller% line for quite a while and they still rely on Intel’s Xeon processors. Now it seems even if you do want one, soon you won’t be able to across Europe.From March, Apple has announced it will no longer be offering the Mac Pro for sale across all countries within Europe. The reason is one of regulatory requirements. Apparently, Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition comes into effect on March 1 and the Mac Pro power supply and wiring does not come up to spec. So rather than updating the internals of the machine, which Apple clearly doesn’t want to do, it will instead stop offering it for sale.If you want a Mac Pro you will have to be quick. The existing stock will likely be sold until February 28, but after that Apple probably won’t be allowed to sell any that are left and will end up recycling them rather than shipping them back to the US. Who knows, we may even see a sale of the hardware to clear it nearer the end of the month.Apple’s failure to update the Mac Pro demonstrates the changing marketplace for consumers. People want Apple laptops or super thin all-in-one desktops like the new iMac. The market for performance desktops and servers, with Apple’s name on at least, has all but disappeared as far as the company are concerned.via 9to5Maclast_img read more

Morning Press East Vancouver condos man injured in crash dies woman in

first_imgWhat kind of weather is headed our way this weekend? Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the top stories of the week:Condominium development in works at old rock quarryNew condominiums are in the works at an old rock quarry, part of a massive redevelopment underway on a site north of state Highway 14 in east Vancouver.The seven-story condo, called the Ledges at Columbia Palisades, includes between 72 and 90 residential units and 201 parking spaces. It’s being built by Kirkland Development and Otak, a Portland architecture firm.Kirkland and Otak submitted a pre-application conference request to the city of Vancouver on June 27.Ledges at Columbia Palisades at east Vancouver site north of Highway 14Motorcyclist injured Monday in Battle Ground crash diesA motorcyclist involved in a crash Monday morning in Battle Ground has died from his injuries, according to the Battle Ground Police Department.John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield was being treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. He was taken off life support Wednesday afternoon, and “his desire was fulfilled to help others through organ donation,” Christianson’s family said in an email Thursday.last_img read more

Solari explains Iscos snub in Madrid win

first_imgReal Madrid Coach Santiago Solari has given his verdict on the Roma clash and further explained Isco’s shock absence from the starting XI.Solari ensured Madrid returned to winning ways after the weekend loss by sealing qualification to the next round of the competition with a 2-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico.“Dropping Isco was a specific decision for a specific moment. Coaches are in place to make decisions and that’s it,” he told Football Italia.“Decisions are almost always sporting, except in exceptional cases, although there are none of those here.“Starters and substitutes are fictitious problems that don’t exist. The players are here to give everything and be at 100 percent so they can be picked.”Roma dominated the first half and wasted numerous scoring opportunities, but then gifted Gareth Bale the opener with an awful Federico Fazio back-pass.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I would say that I preferred the seriousness in our play to the goals we scored. We worked hard and you almost always have to win by playing like we did.“Games are 90 minutes long for a reason. Sometimes you have to be patient and we were tonight. Everyone showed a sense of responsibility.“Playing Marco Llorente was a decision I made and I’m here to make decisions. Sometimes we make the right ones, sometimes we don’t, but it’s easy to say that after the game.“I’m very happy with how he played. He’s very disciplined and he works very well. He’s a young man now and not a kid anymore. We’re all very happy for him.“Lucas Vazquez’s performance was no surprise. He’s a hard-worker on the wings and tonight he scored. He did a spectacular job defensively.”last_img read more

Sony announces limited release for The Interview

first_imgIndependent theaters in Portland and Vancouver will offer screenings of “The Interview,” rated R.Cinetopia will be showing the movie on Christmas Day at its three theater locations. Mill Plain 8, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., will be screening the film at 4 and 10:30 p.m., with more showtimes Friday through Sunday. Call 360-213-2800 or visit for advanced tickets and showtimes.Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, will also show the film in its large format auditorium. Call 360-448-4100 for showtimes. Progress Ridge 14, 12345 S.E. Horizon Blvd., Beaverton, Ore., will show the movie at 10:10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with showtimes through Jan. 1.Living Room Theaters, 341 S.W. 10th Ave., and the Hollywood Theater, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., in Portland will also show the movie on Christmas Day, with showtimes through Tuesday. The Hollywood Theater will also show the film Jan. 1.— Ashley SwansonNEW YORK — “The Interview” was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said that Seth Rogen’s North Korea farce “will be in a number of theaters” beginning Thursday. He said Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters.last_img read more

Balloon pilots make history with transPacific flight

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean came to an end Saturday as two accomplished pilots safely touched down in the water just off the coast of Mexico in their helium-filled balloon after shattering two long-standing records.Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia landed 4 miles offshore in Baja California about 300 miles north of the popular beach destination of Cabo San Lucas. Initial plans called for a landing on the beach, but the pilots decided to come in low and drop trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon for a controlled water landing. Mission control in Albuquerque was packed with supporters of the Two Eagles team as the balloon descended, with all eyes focused on a giant screen showing a map of the coast and the balloon’s location. It wasn’t until the crowd received word that the pilots were safe and aboard a fishing boat headed to the shore that cheers erupted and the cork was popped on a bottle of champagne.“I can say on behalf of the entire mission control center, that we are all very excited and relieved,” mission control director Steve Shope said.last_img read more

Coral Springs boil water advisory lifted

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Tap water in Coral Springs is now safe to drink.A boil water advisory was issued after a water main break, Wednesday.On Thursday, water samples came back clean, so the advisory has been lifted.The water main has been fully repaired.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Road Closures Along Beaver Loop Rd Begin On Monday

first_imgThrough late September, crews will be building the bike path, replacing pipes, and rebuilding a section between Bridge Access Road and Kenai Spur Highway. According to McCarthy, the project will wrap up for the winter in mid-October, but there will be about three months of work in the Summer of 2020. No through traffic will be allowed but local access will be maintained, according to the Department of Transportation. The Alaska Department of Transportation, in cooperation with QAP, is resurfacing Beaver Loop Road, from Bridge Access Road to Kenai Spur Highway, and construct turn lanes, as well as a separated pedestrian pathway. Project work will include installing grading, drainage improvements, illumination, guardrail, signing, and striping.center_img From Monday, September 16 through Friday, September 27, Beaver Loop Road will be CLOSED from Bridge Access Road to Barabara Drive. There will be posted detours. Shannon McCarthy with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities: “The contractor QAP, they’re going to working as many daylight hours as possible, so probably fourteen hour days. They are going to have to do a huge digout a thousand feet long, about six feet deep. And there’s also replacing three large multi-plate pipes. One is for fish passage and the other two are for drainage. So, it does take a lot of time and it does require them to essentially dig out the whole road.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Drivers should expect road closures along Beaver Loop Road between Bridge Access Road and Barbara Drive starting Monday.last_img read more