November 26

John Terry mulling over ‘different role’ at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry says he will ponder his future carefully before deciding whether to accept the club’s offer of a new one-year deal and what he describes as “a different role”.The Londoners announced earlier on Friday that the former England skipper, who is out of contract at the end of the season and feared he had played his last game for the club, had been offered a 12-month extension.However, it is uncertain whether Chelsea’s 35-year-old idol will agree to the deal.”The contract extension the club have offered me is a different role and I hope everyone will understand I want to take the time to consider it carefully before making a decision,” Terry said on Instagram without elaborating.The offer of a new deal suggests Antonio Conte, who will take over as manager from Guus Hiddink after leading Italy at next month’s European Championship, wants to keep the centre half.Some fans staged a protest in the 26th minute, the number of Terry’s shirt, of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool urging the club to keep him.”(Director) Marina Granovskaia and (chairman) Bruce Buck met with John and his agent this week and offered him a one-year contract extension,” a Chelsea spokesman said on Friday.Terry is banned for Chelsea’s final game of the season, Hiddink’s farewell match against champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, after he was sent off at Sunderland last weekend.’MY CLUB’If Terry decides to stay it will lift the supporters at the end of a poor defence of the club’s Premier League title.advertisementChelsea were one point above the relegation zone following defeat at Leicester in December, after which manager Jose Mourinho was sacked, and cannot now finish higher than ninth.”I still want to play a couple more years and hopefully that’s at Chelsea,” Terry told Sky Sports earlier this week.”I’m a Chelsea player, Chelsea’s been my club from the age of 14.”He made his first-team debut in 1998 and is one of only three players to have appeared in more than 700 games for the club, the others being Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris.Terry is the most successful skipper in Chelsea’s history and has won 14 major trophies with the club.”It would be very difficult (to replace him),” said team-mate Gary Cahill. “Not only as a player but as a character in the dressing-room.”last_img read more

November 26

De Gea unsure if he’ll be in goal for Spain at Euro 2016 opener

first_imgManchester United keeper David de Gea is still waiting to hear if he will be in goal for Spain at their opening Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic.De Gea played in Tuesday’s 1-0 home loss to Georgia, Spain’s final warm-up, but Porto’s Iker Casillas had been the country’s first-choice goalkeeper since 2002 and played in the previous friendly, a 6-1 rout of South Korea. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) ‘WORK WITH THE AIM OF PLAYING’Asked about which player coach Vicente del Bosque would pick for Monday’s match in Toulouse, De Gea told AS newspaper: “I don’t know. We will have to wait until Monday to see what the decision is. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo fully fit for Euro glory, says Portugal coach)”It’s the coach’s decision and it wouldn’t be a disappointment (not to start against the Czechs),” he said.”I always work with the aim of playing.”DE GEA FAVOURITEDel Bosque has not given an indication of who he will pick and said the decision will be made on the day.De Gea is, however, considered the favourite after another solid season for United. The 25-year-old was named by the club’s fans as the Player of the Year for the third season running.”I have arrived in good condition, having played many good games for Manchester United,” the former Atletico Madrid player said.De Gea made his senior debut in June 2014 in an international friendly and was included in Spain’s World Cup squad but did not feature.RIVALRY WITH CASILLAS advertisementHe has made nine appearances for Spain but only started in three Euro 2016 qualifiers for the defending European champions, with Casillas, 35, the preferred number one for the last two years.The rivalry between the two gets a lot of attention in the Spanish media. De Gea almost became Casillas’ replacement at the Bernabeu Stadium last summer after the latter left for Porto but United and Real did not complete the deal before the transfer deadline.”The debate is generated by the press,” De Gea said. “The three goalkeepers will try to give good performances.”Sevilla’s Sergio Rico is the third-choice keeper.last_img read more

November 18

Ashish Nehra, looking suave in suit and tie, reunites with Team India at Eden Gardens

first_imgJust-retired left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra was on Friday involved in friendly banter with his Indian teammates playing against Sri Lanka in the first Test on his new-found role as commentator.Bringing down the curtains on his 18-year career on November 2 in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand at his Feroz Shah Kotla home ground in New Delhi, Nehra immediately signed up his new innings for the India-Sri Lanka series.Ahead of the second day of the first Test, Nehra was seen talking to India’s bowlers including Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.The 38-year old was also having a chat with bowling coach Bharat Arun.”That was nothing to do with cricket,” Nehra told reporters when asked what was the talk about in the morning.”When I was on the camera they all were laughing. Because they have seen me in suit so…I went to say hello to them. It was nothing to do with cricket.”Bharat Arun was there so we had a laugh about my new role,” Nehra added.In his 18-year career littered with injuries, Nehra picked up 157 wickets in 120 ODIs and 44 wickets in 17 Tests. In T20s, which was his chosen format in his twilight days, he took 34 wickets in 27 games.last_img read more

November 18

10 Visually Impaired Russian Athletes Banned for Doping

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Ten visually impaired Russian athletes in powerlifting have been banned for doping in a case linked to claims that some of them may have been doped without their knowledge.The 10 athletes made up almost the entire national team. Nine of them were medalists at the 2015 world championships for blind and visually impaired powerlifters, and only three of the 13-strong Russian team from that competition remain eligible to compete.The Russian anti-doping agency said in a statement Thursday that eight athletes were banned for four years, with two earning eight-year bans. It didn’t give further details of their offenses.The agency says the sanctions were backdated to May 2015, the time of the championships, meaning the athletes stand to lose their medals.Documents released by a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Russian drug use show that in May 2015 the then-head of Moscow’s drug-testing laboratory complained that blind powerlifters were being exploited by unscrupulous coaches.That followed a string of positive tests for steroids.Calling the situation “a disgrace,” laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov wrote that coaches were “picking on the blind … they can’t even see what people are giving them.”Those documents haven’t been independently verified by The Associated Press.Russia’s entire team was barred from last year’s Paralympics after WADA investigations found evidence of widespread drug use and a cover-up.The powerlifters who have been banned wouldn’t have been able to compete at the Paralympics, though, since Paralympic powerlifting is only open to athletes with impairments to their lower limbs or hips.The International Blind Sports Federation and the International Paralympic Committee didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 16

Leicester vs Tottenham: Team news & TV

first_imgLeicester City v Tottenham Hotspur Leicester vs Tottenham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Declan Payne 21:00 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 6-1 in this fixture last season and will want to see the goals flowing at the King Power Stadium again Tottenham have the chance to move temporarily into third place and put the pressure on when they travel to Leicester, who have only one win from their last five league matches.Both sides come into the match after 1-1 draws in their last fixtures – Leicester against West Ham and Tottenham against West Brom – and are both after three points for vastly different reasons.Nothing less than a spectacular run of form will give Tottenham the chance to contest the Premier League title this season, while the Foxes can move six points away from the relegation zone with a win on Tuesday night. 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 Game Leicester vs Tottenham Date Tuesday, November 28 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Dele Alli TottenhamIn the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBCSN and by stream via NBC Sports Gold service. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports Gold SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Leicester players Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic Defenders Simpson, Chilwell, Morgan, Huth, Maguire, Dragovic, Benalouane, Knight Midfielders Gray, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez, Choudhury Forwards Iheanacho, Vardy, Musa, Slimani, Okazaki, Ulloa Leicester’s squad remains unchanged from Friday’s clash with West Ham. Central defender Robert Hurt and midfielder Matty James remain unavailable through injury.Kelechi Iheanacho, Shinji Okazaki and Andy King are options for Leicester manager Claude Puel, who is unlikely to make a raft of changes from the side which drew with West Ham.Potential starting XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs; Gray, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki; Vardy Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Aurier, Davies, Walker-Peters Midfielders N’Koudou, Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Dele, Eriksen, Winks, Lamela Forwards Son, Kane, Llorente There’s excitement around the potential return of midfielder Erik Lamela, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino saying he may be in line for his first appearance since October last year.Danny Rose will return to the side after his public dissatisfaction with being left out of the squad which faced West Brom at the weekend, while Harry Winks is a doubt as he struggles to shake off illness. Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) remain sidelined.Potential starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Dier, Rose; Eriksen, Alli, Dembele; Kane, SonBETTING & MATCH ODDS Mauricio Pochettino TottenhamLeicester are outsiders to claim just their third home win of the campaign, according to dabblebet, who are offering 15/4 for a Foxes win. Tottenham are favourites for this one at 3/4, while a draw is currently at 14/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Jamie Vardy Leicester City 2017Tottenham will play their second of four matches in 11 days when they travel to the King Power Stadium, and need to find goals if they’re to record their eighth league win of the season.It took a late Harry Kane goal to rescue a point against West Brom at the weekend, and Mauricio Pochettino will be fully aware how important a clinical, regulation victory will be in building important momentum into a packed festive period.Spurs have struggled to live up to the heights of last season’s second-place finish so far this season and goals haven’t flowed – Kane’s nine account for 42% of his side’s league goals this season.Son Heung-min’s contribution to the side hasn’t gone unnoticed, but with only the four goals in all competitions, the South Korea international will need to chip in a little more in the coming weeks.Since Claude Puel’s appointment last month, Leicester have picked up a win and two draws, with one loss in between. It’s vital the 2016 Premier League champions begin to kick on as they enter a busy period of their own.It’s important, too, that Leicester show they can mix it with the big boys. They host both Manchester clubs and travel to Liverpool before the New Year and so Tuesday night is a good opportunity to lay down a marker. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

October 25

Bajrang Punia wins gold at Tbilisi, Vinesh Phogat in final at Medved

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 20:06 IST Bajrang Punia has been in fine form in the ongoing season (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh is eyeing her 4th consecutive gold at Medved eventBajrang won his 4th gold medal of the season when he reigned supreme at TbilisiBajrang won his 4th gold medal on Sunday when he reigned supreme at TbilisiIndia’s top two wrestlers continued their impressive run this season with Bajrang Punia defending his title at Tbilisi Grand Prix and Vinesh Phogat reaching her fourth final at Medved event.Bajrang, who had won a gold at the same event last year as well, prevailed 2-0 over Iran’s Peiman Bibyani in the 65kg final of the men’s free style competition in the capital city of Georgia.It is fourth gold of the season for the Asian Games champion Bajrang after standing atop the podium at Dan Kolov, Asian Championship and Ali Aliev tournament.At the Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, Vinesh outclassed local wrestler Yafremenka 11-0 in the 53kg semifinals to be in line for her fourth consecutive gold.Vinesh began with a left-leg attack but could not take advantage after getting a hold. The Indian got on board when Yafremenka lost a point for passivity.In the second period, Vinesh again attacked her rival’s left leg and added two more points with a takedown. She then stunned Yafremenka with a four-point throw which she initiated with a right leg attack.It became 9-0 when Vinesh succeeded in exposing her rival. The bout ended on technical superiority in Vinesh’s favour when the Indian made it 11-0 with another takedown.Next for Vinesh is Russia’s N Malisheva, who blanked local girl Pichkouskay 6-0.The top Indian woman wrestler had bagged the top honours at Grand Prix of Spain Yasar Dogu International and Poland Open recently.Also 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow Vinesh PhogatFollow Tbilisi Grand PrixFollow India wrestling Next Bajrang Punia wins gold at Tbilisi, Vinesh Phogat in final at MedvedBajrang Punia defended his title at Tbilisi Grand Prix by beating Iran’s Peiman Bibyani in the 65kg freestyle final. Vinesh Phogat, meanwhile, reached her 4th final at Medved event. advertisementlast_img read more

October 22

Interim Executive Director Commended

first_img The Disabled Persons Commission has praised the achievements ofoutgoing interim executive director Judy Hughes and welcomed thereturn of Charlie Macdonald to the role of executive director. “Under Judy’s direction, the commission developed and implementeda strategic plan that enables it to improve the many areas inwhich disability touches the lives of Nova Scotians,” RalphFerguson, chair of the commission said Tuesday, April 13, at ameeting with the co-ordinating committee of ministers. Minister of Community Services David Morse, the Ministerresponsible for the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission, alsocommended Ms. Hughes’ contributions. “Judy provided excellentleadership and a tireless commitment to equality and socialjustice,” said Mr. Morse. “The commission accomplished a greatdeal of work under her direction — work that will be oftremendous value going forward.” Mr. Morse also welcomed Charlie Macdonald back to a leading rolewith the commission. Mr. Macdonald spent the past two yearsproviding leadership to an Inclusion Initiative with CommunityServices’ Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA)Program. The goal was to provide a broader range of services,establish closer links with stakeholders and make the ESIAprogram more responsive to the social and economic needs of itsparticipants. “Charlie Macdonald has made great strides on the EmploymentSupport and Income Assistance Inclusion Initiative over the pasttwo years,” said Mr. Morse. “Charlie’s capabilities, knowledgeand experience will certainly benefit the commission goingforward.” The Disabled Persons Commission is an advisory organization thatpromotes the needs and abilities of persons with disabilities.The committee of ministers, chaired by Mr. Morse, includesrepresentatives from departments that have a significant interestin programs and services for persons with disabilities. Inaddition to Community Services, the committee includes ministersfrom the departments of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Health, Environment and Labour, Education andTransportation and Public Works. Nova Scotia has the highest rate of disability in Canada; in the2001 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, 20.1 per centof the province’s adult population reported a disability. DISABLED PERSONS COMMISSION–Interim Executive Director Commendedfor Contributionslast_img read more

October 18

Ponzi scheme company ED attaches assets worth 261 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 261 crore in connection with its money laundering probe against a Haryana-based multi-level marketing group that allegedly perpetrated Ponzi schemes and cheated investors, officials here said on Saturday.The attached properties include residential plots, agricultural land, and residential units belonging to Hisar-based Future Maker Life Care Pvt Ltd and its two Directors Radheyshyam and Bansilal, their family members and associates. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The 16 immovable properties that have been attached under provisions of the PMLA are located in Hisar, Adampur, Kulam, Delhi and Chandigarh apart from bank balances worth Rs 252 crore held in 34 accounts. The total value of the attachment is Rs 261 crore, the ED said. The financial probe agency said it filed a PMLA case in March this year after taking cognizance of FIRs registered against the group by the Telangana police for cheating the common public by propagating a false theme of “a life turning opportunity to earn an income of Rs 20,000 to Rs 10 lakhs per month”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe ED said the group invited gullible people to become members of their Ponzi pyramid scheme “in the guise of” multi-level marketing by selling products like suit length and edible items. The agency alleged funds were fraudulently collected from subscribers as a deposit towards membership in the scheme through a chain of agents spread across India. These deposits collected through the schemes were illegally diverted into the personal accounts of the directors, their family members and other associates and even to other shell companies incorporated by the two directors, the ED said. “They also cheated the public by falsely claiming that their fraud pyramid scheme was a legitimate direct selling network scheme by introducing sub-standard products like cheap suit lengths and supplements,” the agency said. The ED’s probe revealed that the company had illegally collected around Rs 2,950 crore from lakhs of members and the same has been identified as the proceeds of crime in this case, it said.last_img read more

October 17

Nova Scotia to allow X as gender option on birth certificates

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotians who don’t exclusively identify as male or female will have the option of choosing ‘X’ on their birth certificates under changes proposed by the province.Proposed amendments to the Vital Statistics Act introduced Wednesday would also make the display of the sex field optional on birth certificates, and waive the $24.95 fee to change the sex indicator.Another change would remove the requirement for anyone 16 or older to get a statement from a health professional to change the sex indicator on their birth certificate.Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan said the changes are about making Nova Scotia more inclusive and are “the right thing to do.”“For us this was an easy one in terms of how we would make these changes,” said MacLellan.The minister said the changes are the result of broad consultations.“We covered a number of groups who had specific interest, input, and very important feedback.”Nova Scotia would join Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories in offering ‘X’ as an option for gender identity.Saskatchewan and Ontario have the option to not display the sex field on birth certificates, while the federal government uses ‘X’ on passports.“The proposed changes take many important steps toward meeting the needs of Nova Scotians who do not wish to be identified by sex,” Shae Morse, a non-binary teacher and community advocate, said in a government news release.“Providing Nova Scotians with additional options to identify themselves or their children removes a significant barrier facing the LGBTQ community. While there is work left to do to remove barriers for our community, passage of this legislation will truly be worth celebrating.”MacLellan said about 100 people applied to make the gender change last year.“This will better reflect how people want to have these documents exist for them … so I think it’s fair to say that we could see an increase in that number,” said MacLellan.Other amendments would provide Nova Scotia residents born outside the province with a means of getting documentation that reflects their gender identity and would allow parents to register the birth of their child with the surname of their choice.The province is also taking steps to restrict the use of third-party online vendors in obtaining birth, marriage and death certificates.Krista Dewey, the deputy registrar general for vital statistics, said there could be as many as 2,500 applications a year that are made through third party businesses who charge a fee for their service.Dewey said Nova Scotia already has an online application process that charges a fee of $39.90, so the costs of using a “middle man” can be significantly higher than they need to be. She said it’s also more secure to have personal information handled directly between the applicant and the province.“So it’s really just a matter of trying to ensure good consumer protection for people who are making this application. The idea is to create more restrictions around who can apply as a third party applicant.”MacLellan also introduced amendments to the Change of Name Act on Wednesday that would shorten the time a person born outside of Nova Scotia would have to live in the province before legally changing their name, from three months from one year.The minister said all of the changes are expected to take effect in January.last_img read more

October 12

On the favourable track?

first_imgTraditionally, the power sector has been seized by a plethora of problems. Low per capita power consumption at a third of China, substantial T&D losses, Discoms bleeding due to tariff subsidisation disabling purchase of power from gencos, low PLF of thermal plants affecting the capacity to service bank debts and shortage of fossil fuel affecting power generation, were the major pain points. Concerted efforts initiated at policy formulation and implementation to tackle these issues in recent times seem to be yielding an encouraging outcome. Also Read – A special kind of bondRegarding fossil fuel, the power plants are largely coal-based except for around 14 GW gas-based capacity mainly built on the indicated potential of the KGD6 basin. These became stranded as the gas production from the basin fell off dramatically to a tenth of its peak level seen in 2010. Reportedly, the deep sea gas in High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) conditions were unviable to at the general price of domestic gas. Besides, technological challenges were substantial. Efforts at reviving these gas fields through an infusion of appropriate technology and allowing special price commensurate with complexities have been initiated. However, the power generated from such high-cost gas may find a challenge of distribution under the Merit Order system. Hence, even if availability improves, the possibility of the stranded gas-based capacity coming into operation may remain a question mark. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor the coal-based power plants, the problem initially was an acute shortage of coal. Over 200 coal blocks allocated earlier to end users for mining were cancelled by orders of the apex court in 2014, effective 1st April 2015. Collectively the production from this segment was around 45 Mtpa in 2014-15 – the last year before cancellation. This production dropped to NIL from April 1, 2015. A transparent auction-based process for allocation of these blocks was promptly brought in place. However, the new allottees had to face quite a few hurdles before coal production could recommence. Inexperience was also a hurdle in some cases. Finally, in 2018-19, the aggregate coal production from this segment regained the pre-cancellation level of 2014-15. This segment is expected to be on a medium growth trajectory now, particularly with companies like NTPC commencing mining operations with plans to grow fast. The dominant coal supplier, namely Coal India Ltd (CIL), stopped growing from 2010-11, largely due to the imposition of a blanket ban by MOEF on all projects in critically polluted industrial zones. The zones were identified based on an evaluation of the Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI) developed by IIT Delhi. This was based on measures of air, sound and water pollution. Industrial clusters with CEPI higher than 70 were classified as critically polluted. Most coal projects were located in such clusters and hence suffered the ban. Incidentally, coal mining does not release toxic waste into water. A quick measurement of CEPI in coal mines yielded scores of less than 50. In other words, coal mining per se was not found responsible for the clusters being critically polluted. Demand for sub-cluster analysis to identify industries responsible for critical pollution were made. The outcome in terms of lifting the ban was painfully slow. As a result, after a phase of 6 per cent plus CAGR during 2007-2010, when coal production increased from 361 to 431 Mtpa, the CAGR in the next 3 years, 2011-2014, plummeted to 2.33 per cent – production rising from 431 to 462 Mtpa during this period. Ironically, the capacity addition in the coal-based power generation picked up substantially onwards 2007. This coupled with muted growth in coal supply resulted in thermal coal imports rising exponentially. The higher cost of imported coal led to a higher tariff on one hand and, at times compelled the power plants to operate at reduced PLF. The situation became acute by 2014. The reversal of the situation demanded a warlike multi-pronged approach. The Ministry of Coal and CIL acted in unison to debottleneck each constraint. Intense interactions with concerned Ministries in the government, namely MOEF, Railways and Power were carried out to build a high degree of collaborative approach and maintain coordination at the highest level. The approach was extended to the coal-producing state governments for support in securing faster environment and forest clearance of various projects as well as the acquisition of land. Previous records of the quantum of land acquired were beaten convincingly. The outcome was indeed encouraging! The growth in coal production moved up to around 7 per cent in 2014-15, increasing from 462 to 494 Mtpa. In 2015-16, the growth reached a record level of 8.5 per cent rising to 536 Mtpa. Ironically, contrary to expectations, the growth in coal consumption during 2015-16 was muted and a significant portion of the increased coal production landed up in coal stocks at pithead as well as power stations. Beginning from April 2016, the coal offtake became even more sluggish. Chasing the targetted growth in coal production became a nightmare for CIL as it led to unmanageable addition to coal stocks with the associated risk of coal catching fire. Paradoxically, the average PLF of power plants witnessed a falling trend despite coal being available – a phenomenon not witnessed earlier. It turned out that the problem essentially is with the Discoms facing financial stress due to tariff subsidisation for supply to the agricultural sector. Besides, the evacuation of upcoming renewable power was assigned a higher priority. Compelling the Discoms to bear the subsidy burden disabled them financially to buy all the power that gencos could generate. Without the issue being addressed, the prospects of evacuating the power that could be generated appeared dim. The Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) was conceived at this time to address the issue. The scheme required, on one hand, the states to progressively take over an increasing share of losses of the Discoms and, on the other hand, focus on reduction of cost as well as T&D losses. It is a time-bound program with constant monitoring and a hard stop for linking Discom losses to state budgets in a gradual manner. Some of the other measures to work in tandem were savings in interest cost, reduction of imported coal by increasing supply of domestic coal, freight rationalisation through a swap of supply sources, reduction of T&D losses and most importantly, demand-side management by emphasising the use of LED bulbs and low power consuming efficient appliances. While the projected savings accruing from a full-scale implementation of UDAY across all states was estimated at a staggering Rs 2052 billion, the savings required for the Discoms to break even was assessed at Rs 639 billion till 2020-21 (as per CLSA Report of Jan 2019). In other words, even 32 per cent of the projected benefits were sufficient to make the Discoms turnaround. This was expected to trigger sustainable demand recovery, improve capacity utilisation and eventually drive capex recovery. The unfolding of events subsequently goes to establish the fructification of the plan to some extent 2018 onwards. The sluggish coal demand witnessed in 2016-17, continued partially during 2017-18 leading to muted growth in coal production by CIL from 536 to 567 Mtpa over the two year period, translating into a low CAGR of 2.78 per cent. However, the position witnessed a reversal from early 2018. The rise in purchasing power of Discoms led to faster growth in demand for coal. The pithead stocks of coal depleted and the stock at powerhouse end became alarmingly low. CIL initiated efforts to gear up and got its act together November 2018 onwards. Stock depletion at pithead was arrested and despatches to powerhouse stepped up. Once again the collaborative style of functioning prevailed across all concerned agencies. By March 2019, CIL registered an impressive growth from 567 to 607 Mtpa in coal production (7 per cent) with coal offtake reaching a level of 608 Mtpa. The coal stock at powerhouse end reached a comfortable level of 18 days. The stocks at the pithead in CIL has also risen to a comfortable level of 54 Million tonnes. Going forward as the benefits of UDAY seep in, the Discoms are expected to further enhance purchasing power. This will lead to a rise in the PLF of existing power plants. The scope for such rise is substantial as currently, the PLF is at a low of 60 per cent. The best seen PLF in 2007-08 was 79 per cent. Since then, the new capacities built have embraced better technologies. Also, some inefficient capacities have been phased out. As such the highest PLF attainable is expected to be higher than the best seen so far. Even considering a peak PLF of 80 per cent, the additional coal demand works out to around 200 Mtpa. Besides, there are 40 GW stranded inoperative coal-based power capacity. With IBC brought into play, most of these capacities may become operational in course of time through NCLT proceedings or otherwise. This will further add 200 Mtpa to the coal demand. The current import of coal is over 200 Mtpa, of which over 100 Mtpa is metallurgical coal for steel-making and thermal coal for select coastal power plants. These cannot be substituted by domestic coal in the near term. However, the residual import for non-coastal power plants and other consumers are replaceable by increasing domestic coal production by another 100 Mtpa. The resultant demand growth on the above accounts aggregating to 500 Mtpa may materialise over the next five years, if not earlier. CIL may grow consistently at the 2018-19 rate of 7 per cent, taking its production five years from now to 850 Mtpa. This leaves a gap of 257 (607+500-850) Mtpa to be met from other sources. This does not take into account any coal demand for use as feedstock for the production of Ammonia or Urea or chemicals on which the country is currently import-dependent. Considering that China is successfully using at least 500 Mtpa of coal as feedstock to produce fertilisers and chemicals economically, India can also move in this direction. This may add to coal demand further. The coal production from captive blocks assigned to end users is expected to grow to the extent of meeting the end-use requirement primarily. Therefore, induction of commercial miners, for which the legal enablers are in place since 2015, needs to happen at the earliest to ensure that the painstaking reforms carried out in securing sufficiency of the power supply is not derailed due to paucity of coal. (The author is former Chairman, Coal India Ltd. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

October 8

JHU withdraws from PSC Audio

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today announced that it will withdraw from the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on a national question.JHU leader and government Minister Champika Ranawaka made the announcement at a press briefing today. The Minister said that the decision was taken as the government had failed to repeal the 13th Amendment to the constitution ahead of the Northern Provincial Council elections. The JHU had wanted the 13th Amendment to be repealed ahead of the polls fearing of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wins the election it will use the 13th Amendment to divide the country. He said that the government has only looked at removing two clauses in the 13th Amendment to the constitution while the PSC is looking at the other clauses.However he says the JHU has decided to withdraw from the PSC as it is dragging its feet on looking at those clauses and amending them. (Colombo Gazette) Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

September 28

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

September 25

London Underground commuter chaos as Tube train derailment causes severe delays

first_imgA spokesman added: “Customers are strongly advised to avoid the line, please use an alternative routes.”Our engineers are on site working hard resolve this issue.”Services resumed at about 11.15am, with severe delays expected to remain into the afternoon.Passengers react to delays on Twitter @TfL @centralline ?????????????????— Duck (@gemma_duck) March 10, 2017 TfL said: “No service between North Acton and Marble Arch while we deal with a derailment of an empty train at White City.”Severe delays on the rest of the line. Tickets will be accepted on London Buses, TfL Rail, Chiltern Railways and Great Western Railway via any reasonable route.” Don’t even TRY get the Central line today kids. Nearly got pushed onto the tracks before “finding an alternative route”.— Effi Mai (@EffiMai) March 10, 2017 Train derailed at White City and the Loop Line customers are made to suffer FOR A CHANGE!! @TfL @centralline #delays— Katie Rose (@the_loop_line) March 10, 2017 Central line delays! 🙄— LondonIsYours (@londonisyours) March 10, 2017 Derailment at White City, suspended @centralline, #happyfriday— Laura Bailey (@laurabailey) March 10, 2017 Central line always giving me headache 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡— S.B. (@SephoraCB_x) March 10, 2017 Derailed central line train guys! Severe delays🙄— Rosé Gold (@TrulyKemzz) March 10, 2017 Another beautiful day on the @centralline.— George Garner (@george_garner8) March 10, 2017 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. London Underground passengers have been facing long delays after a train derailed early on Friday morning.Transport for London (TfL) urged commuters to avoid the Central line, which was part-suspended following the incident that was causing “severe delays”.The line was suspended between Ealing Broadway and Marble Arch after the derailment of an empty engineer’s service train, at White City, in west London, at about 5am. Due to the disruption please avoid the line and use an alternative routes. Our engineers are on site working hard resolve this issue.— Central line (@centralline) March 10, 2017last_img read more

September 18

Barjuan Barcelona could be interested in signing Isco

first_imgFormer Barcelona defender Sergi Barjuan reckons Real Madrid’s Isco is a player that would interest his old club due to his style of playThe 26-year-old midfielder allegedly refused to shake hands with Real coach Santiago Solari after their 3-0 defeat at Eibar this month.Reports in Spain claimed that this was the reason behind Isco’s omission from Real’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Roma last week.The Spain international is yet to handed a start by Solari in his seven games in charge of Los Blancos, which has fuelled rumours of a potential exit.And Barjuan reckons Barcelona could be one of those clubs interested in signing Isco.“I don’t know how each coach manages their starting line-up and backups, but it’s true that coaches are there to take decisions,” Barjuan told Radio MARCA.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“Solari took a decision. From Barcelona’s point of view, he is a player who could interest them because he plays with touch and can link up with people well.“With this, we’re speaking a little bit in a joking manner. In the end, the season is long and Real Madrid will have a lot of matches and will need everyone.”Barjuan spent 12 years at Barcelona and made 382 appearances at senior level after graduating through the youth ranks.The Catalan left Barcelona in 2002 with three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and Supercopa de España crowns along with the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.Barjuan now coaches Chinese side Zhejiang Greentown.last_img read more

September 17

Haitian Migrants Apprehended

first_img Related Items:apprehended, coral harbour, haitian, migrants, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Haitian Flag 213 Years old now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base 4February 2016 (RBDF)…The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, Lawrence Major, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe apprehended a vessel with approximately forty seven (38 males, 7 females and 2 children) Haitian nationals around 8p.m.The vessel was intercepted at approximately 284° Hog Cay Ragged Island. All migrants were transferred to Lawrence Major and transported to Nassau for further processing. Recommended for you Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radarlast_img read more

September 15

Police arrest Miami bank robber in Broward

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a Wells Fargo in Miami.Miami-Dade Police, along with Davie Police and Florida Highway Patrol troopers took the suspect into custody after a police chase ended in a crash just east of State Road 441 in Broward.According to investigators, the robber originally entered the bank at 1051 N.W. 14th St. on Friday, at around 8:40 a.m.Customers were inside during the robbery, but the FBI said nobody was hurt.The amount of money stolen remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 10

Scientists develop shapeshifting particle robots with a childrens toy

first_img Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Share your voice When you look at the types of robots being developed by Boston Dynamics, you can see they are made up of hundreds of individually complex parts that come together to perform their function. Spot Mini, Boston Dynamics’ robo-dog, is one of its most advanced robots and can even twerk — but its not quite adaptable if something goes wrong. If a leg were to malfunction, that would render Spot Mini immobile.The design here is like the antithesis to Boston Dynamics’ robot manufacturing. Each piece is rather simple on its own, but by running tests with a up to 24 interconnecting particles, the team demonstrated these simple robots were able to fluidly navigate toward a light source and push objects around.In addition, with virtual simulations of up to 100,000 particles moving together, the team showed that the system would continue to work even if it lost up to 20 percent of the individual robot particles.Such a system may one day be able to be built from even smaller robot particles down to the nano-scale, which would sharply bring the idea of the Big Hero 6 microbots into focus. For now, the team will continue to explore at the centimeter-scale, and also see if different types of particle robots may perform better. Post a comment Tags 0center_img 18 Photos Massachusetts Institute of Technology via YouTube Inspirational author and activist Helen Keller once said “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” but she likely never have imagined that humble quote would be the perfect summation of a new “particle robotics system” developed by US researchers.A team of engineers from MIT, Columbia University, Harvard University and Cornell University, looked to biological organisms and human cells for inspiration, developing a “particle robot” made up of smaller, individual robots that can perform complex functions together as a whole — such as being able to push and pull each other in a particular direction.The research, published in Nature on March 20, details these individual “particles” that alone are unable to move around, but can be coupled together to perform more complex functions.”We have small robot cells that are not so capable as individuals but can accomplish a lot as a group,” said Daniela Rus, an author on the new paper, in a press release.Each robot is made up of rudimentary parts: a battery, a motor, light sensors, a microcontroller and a component that allows it to send and receive signals. That technical machinery is topped by a “Hoberman Flight Ring” — a children’s toy that can expand and contract.The rhythm of expansion and contraction helps the robot move in a certain direction — and the research team showed that their system could respond to a light source and move through obstacles. Each particle can detect light intensity, which in turn corresponds to a pre-computed timing that tells the robot when to expand and contract. Eventually, the pulsating locomotion drags the entire unit toward the light.”The particles closer to the light source experience brighter light and thus start their cycle earlier,” said Shuguang Li, co-first author of the paper, in a release.The expanding and contracting robots are able to move around by coordinating their individual movements (10x speed). Massachusetts Institute of Technology via YouTube If you’ve ever seen Disney’s Big Hero 6, you’ll be familiar with the idea of the microbots — swarming, tiny robots that can link together in any arrangement you desire — built by the film’s protagonist, Hiro (if you’re not familiar with Big Hero 6, then stop reading, watch it and come back). The fluorescent green and yellow robots built here resemble a really (really!) early version of that same concept — and without the mind control, of course.You can see the machines in action below:       Robots Sci-Techlast_img read more

September 5

Revealed The truth behind Katrina Kaifs Rs 5 crore and Shradha Kapoors

first_imgSaaho pre-release event posterTwitterThe teaser of Prabhas and Shradhha Kapoor’s Saaho has been creating a storm on social media ever since its release. The action thriller, which took almost two years to complete, has been making news for its action sequences and out-of-the-box plot. The other thing that made news was the budget at which the film was made and the salaries of the two stars in the film.There were reports of Shradhha Kapoor being paid Rs 7 crore as salary for the film. There are also rumours of Katrina Kaif having demanded Rs 5 crore, which the makers had refused. However, a Deccan Chronicle report states otherwise. As per the report, Shraddha is being paid Rs 3 crore for the project and the hyped salary figure is the work of the PR machinery to help her get a bigger figure in Bollywood.”This is only her publicity machinery at work. An impression is being created that she has been paid a certain amount in Tollywood to increase her fee in Bollywood. But the truth is that she has been paid a far less amount. The Saaho makers couldn’t afford to pay Katrina Rs 5 crore, which is how much she asked for. The budget for hiring heroines in Telugu cinema is a lot less compared to Bollywood,” states a DC report.Film’s male lead, Prabhas had also revealed the film’s budget on Film Companion, saying, “Yes, it’s true. The film’s budget is Rs 350 crore.” Talking to Anupama Chopra, Prabhas had said, “It happens in the present. Some parts of it are futuristic, but it is real. You can see me flying in the trailer. We made it bigger. The pink lake in the trailer that you see, it’s in Australia. Everything is real. We got the best of everything around the world and put it together.” The film was also caught in controversy when almost all the posters of the film appeared to have been a copy of other posters. While one Saaho poster looked like a copy of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil photoshoot, another seemed to be heavily inspired from most popular and niche television series, Breaking Bad. Another poster of Saaho appeared to have been copied from Hollywood film – Ready Player One’s poster. Another poster of Saaho was accused of being a rip-off of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Tom Cruise’s Oblivion poster was not spared either.last_img read more

September 3

Alleged gunfights continue as 2 more killed in Mymensingh

first_imgGunfight IllustrationTwo people were killed in reported gunfights with police in Mymensingh sadar and Muktagachha upazilas early Saturday, reports news agency UNB.The two killed were drug traders, claimed the law enforcement.According to the Ain o Salish Kendra, a national legal aid and human rights organisation, as many as 362 people were killed in “crossfires” and “shootouts” with law enforcement agencies between January and September this year.In Muktagachha upazila, ‘drug trader’ Abdullah Al Kafi, 31, son of a certain Mostafizur Rahman of Amdalia village in Fulbaria upazila was killed in a gunfight in Kathalia Jhaloi Bridge area around 1:45am.On information that some drug traders gathered there, a team of police conducted a raid in the area, said Shah Md Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police.Sensing presence of the policemen, the ‘drug traders’ opened fire on them, prompting the law enforcement to fire back, leaving Kafi injured with bullets.He was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police recovered one LG, two cartridges from the spot.In sadar upazila, another suspected drug trader, Alamgir Hossain Gutu, 27, son of a certain Ibrahim from Puratan Gudaraghat was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police near Saheb Kachari Bazar around 1:30am.Police recovered two kilograms of hemp and two bullet shells from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s versions of the incidents independently as no versions were available immediately either from any witnesses or from members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

September 3

Rohingyas reluctant to return

first_imgA Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on 21 August 2019. Photo: AFPThe repatriation process of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh back to Myanmar is scheduled to begin today, Thursday, and all preparations are in place.However, the refugees are reluctant to return as the situation in their home state of Rakhine remains adverse to their repatriation. In the meantime, quarters opposed to their repatriation are taking full advantage of the situation to stall the process. All this has rendered their return uncertain.The first deadline for repatriation of the Rohingya refugees has been set for 15 November 2018. Not a single refugee could be sent back then as they refused to leave their camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.At present too, unless the refugees want to voluntarily return, they cannot be sent back. Then this will be a second failed attempt at their repatriation.There are some changes noticeable, however, this time. Last time the Rohingyas were reluctant to speak and the local and international anti-repatriation groups were active.Rohingya people are seen at a camp in Teknaf on 21 August 2019. Photo: AFPWith the efforts of the law enforcement agencies and the security forces, 21 Rohingya families on Tuesday and 214 families on Wednesday went to be interviewed at the offices of the United Nations refugee organisation, UNHCR, and the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC).Also, for the first time two diplomats of the Chinese embassy and one of the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka are in Cox’s Bazar observing the situation.Despite all this, it is uncertain whether the repatriation will actually begin today, Thursday. Those who went to meet with the UNHCR and RRRC officials have told the media that they are not willing to return to Rakhine.Speaking about the matter to Prothom Alo, RRRC commissioner Mohammed Abul Kalam said on Tuesday, “We are fully prepared to repatriate the Rohingyas. We will visit the Rohingya camps along with representatives from the China and Myanmar embassies on Thursday morning. If anyone wants to return to Rakhine that will be arranged. Five buses and a truck will be ready at three camps for the purpose.”Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner Md Kamal Hossain told Prothom Alo that they were hopeful about the process. “We are ready,” he said, “Let’s see what happens.”Rohingya refugees collect drinking water at the Shalbagan refugee camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on 5 March 2019. Reuters File Photo235 families interviewed At least 214 Rohingya families were interviewed from 10:00 in the morning on Wednesday at the office of RRRC assistant Khaled Hossain in Jadimora Shalbagan camp in Teknaf.Recently the Myanmar government sent a list of 3540 persons of 1033 families for repatriation. Of them, 3091 of 933 families are in the Jadimora Shalbagan camp. However, most of the Rohingyas on this list could not be located.Zafar Alam (41) was interviewed on Wednesday. He told Prothom Alo that the UNHCR officials had asked him if he was willing to return. He said he would return if their five-point demand was met.It was observed that none of the Rohingyas were willing to return unless their demands were fulfilled.Firm about five-point demandA visit to the Jadimora Shalbagan camp on Wednesday saw that leaflets in English and Burmese were being distributed, highlighting the five-point demand. One of the Rohingyas there, Md Alamgir, said that these were the demands of 80 per cent of the 1.1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.The points include: 1. The parliament must pass a law acknowledging that the Rohingyas were local people as they were permanent residents in Rakhine; 2. The Rohingyas in Rakhine must be given citizenship and ID cards; 3. The Rohingyas must be returned to their own villages and their grabbed lands must be returned; 4. UN peace keeping forces must be deployed alongside the Rohingya police force to protect the lives and property of the Rohingyas in Arakan; and 5. The criminals must be tried in the international criminal court rather than the local court in Myanmar.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more