Ontario releases cannabis regulations for retail stores set to open April 1

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario government has released regulations that will guide the startup of private cannabis stores on April 1.The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.A market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set.Until April, cannabis can only be legally purchased from the online Ontario Cannabis Store.Applications for licences will begin on Dec. 17 and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on Oct. 17 will not be eligible to receive cannabis sales licences.Licences won’t be issued to any person or organization who has an association with organized crime, and applicants must demonstrate their tax compliance status to show they are in good standing with the government.“The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said in a statement.Retail managers and employees must complete approved training in the responsible sale of cannabis.The government says it will provide $40 million over two years to help municipalities with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

OGC releases thirdparty review on induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area

first_imgThe review found that the state of stress throughout much of the Kiskatinaw area at depths between the Doig and Belloy is strike-slip and in a near-critical state. This means only small fluid pressure increases are sufficient to cause the most critically oriented fractures and faults to become critically stressed.The full review can be found on the OGC’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission released a third-party review of the factors that contributed to induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area.According to the OGC, on November 29, 2018, the area experienced a 4.5 magnitude induced seismic earthquake which led to heightened public concern.In the third-party review, conducted by Enlighten Geoscience Limited, it looks at understanding the issues surrounding induced seismicity in the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area.last_img read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 5 June 2015

DOWNLOAD1. SMMT – Ultra-low emission vehicles surge past 10k mark2. May 2015: Rise of 17.4% in CV registrations3. London Assembly urges Mayor to bring ULEZ forward4. Election of Deputy Speakers5. EEF/DLA – Growth forecast softens as manufacturers lose momentum6. UK to host first Automechanika trade show – automotive supply chain7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Students introduce innovative ways to make math fun

When it comes to learning math in a classroom setting, the ‘fun factor’ can be a challenge.But through an innovative final project for a recent Brock Mathematics Integrated with Computers and Applications (MICA) course, five aspiring math teachers aimed to tackle the problem.Their solution involved explaining math as a key component of processes like coding, then reinforcing the message through engaging, coding-based activities that were explicitly or implicitly about mathematics. With a focus on experiential learning, Brock students Marika Fowler, Kirstin Hofstee, Joyce Khouzam, Ashley Lovnicki and Xingjian Wu worked in collaboration with Niagara Catholic District School Board teachers to develop learning activities for students using computer programming.Front row, from left, George Gadanidis, guest speaker from the University of Western Ontario, Chantal Buteau, Brock Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and student presenter Joyce Khouzam. Back row, from left, Jeff Martin and Laura Cronshaw, Niagara Catholic K-12 Numeracy Consultants, and student presenters Ashley Lovnicki, Marika Fowler, Kirstin Hofstee and Xingjian Wu.The partnership is part of the MATH 3P41 course, designed for future teachers and taught by Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Chantal Buteau.The collaborative initiative with Niagara Catholic falls under, and is partially funded by, the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Mathematics Knowledge Network, for which Buteau is a Brock representative.For third-year Concurrent Education (Intermediate/Senior) student Lovnicki, the project provided an opportunity to experience the future of math education firsthand.“Right now is a very exciting time to be a part of mathematics education,” she said. “As we saw through the various projects completed in this course, adding programming is a great way to make math fun and engaging for students, regardless of age, attitudes toward math or students’ ability.”The 20-year-old Stoney Creek native was tasked with showing students different ways math can be applied to their everyday lives. Lovnicki paired up with a Niagara Catholic teacher to present their learning activity with no mention of the math concepts students would be using. Instead, the focus was on a coding-based task.“I was amazed at how much fun the students had doing math without even realizing they were,” she said. “The activity gave them the opportunity to see how math can be used in different areas of their lives, including computer games and apps. It was a really rewarding experience.”Knowing that many students struggle with math concepts, Khouzam was strategic when presenting her learning activity to a junior class.“We revealed to students that they were innately doing math throughout the activity,” the 21-year-old said. “The students were noticeably more confident after this and even started using math vocabulary in their conversations during the activity.”Buteau views the MATH 3P41 course, and its experiential learning final project, as a response to increasing interest in integrating programming in school curricula. Extending the expertise of Brock’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the course offers students a chance to experience the meaningful integration of programming for mathematics learning in a real classroom setting.“One of the great things about Brock is the various opportunities students have to get involved in various streams of experiential learning,” Lovnicki said.“This course in particular was very exciting, as it was one of the first chances I had in the classroom where I got to lead students and teach them a new concept. I feel that this was a true benefit as it gave me not only the chance to work closely with a current teacher, but it also helped me to develop my lesson planning and teaching abilities.”Along with preparing and executing their learning activities, students also created a document outlining how other teachers can implement the projects into their own classrooms.The concepts generated positive buzz during the first-ever Brock-Niagara Catholic Computational Thinking in Mathematics Classroom event in April, when Brock students presented their final project findings to fellow students, Niagara Catholic K-12 Numeracy Consultants, DSBN technology co-ordinators, and Brock faculty and staff.Hofstee felt the enthusiasm for the concepts was associated with the move away from traditional math memorization methods.“Using programming, this method helps build a deeper understanding of math concepts that will help students remember what they learn rather than memorizing a method for a short period of time,” said the Guelph native. “Additionally, computational thinking is not just a math skill, but teaches transferable skills.”After seeing the innovative approach’s success among Niagara Catholic students, the Brock students plan to implement what they’ve learned into their own future classrooms.“This course really opened my eyes to the possibilities of programming in math education,” Khouzam said. “This assignment was definitely the best final experience I’ve had in university.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball hoping to protect home court against Iowa

The Big Ten is considered by some to be the premier conference in college basketball this season. Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top-14 of the Associated Press’ top-25 poll. No other conference has more than four teams ranked in the top-25. In the ultra-competitive Big Ten, the difference between winning the conference and finishing in the middle of the pack could be determined by a team’s ability to protect home court. The Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a chance to do that Tuesday when they host Iowa (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten). “You’ve got to protect home court in this league,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. “It’s very tough to win and be there at the end if you lose some home games.” Iowa travels to Columbus riding a two-game winning streak, after losing its first three Big Ten games. But even in losses, the Hawkeyes have proved to be a competitive ball club, falling by four to No. 7 Indiana and by three to No. 13 Michigan State. “They’ve been right there,” said coach Thad Matta of Iowa’s close losses. “They are playing great basketball right now. Our guys are fully aware of what we have to do and how we have to do it.” Tuesday’s game will also provide an opportunity for No. 14 OSU (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) to find another scorer to aid Deshaun Thomas. The junior forward leads the Big Ten with 20.8 points per game, but scoring has not come easy for the other Buckeyes. In Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, Thomas scored a game-high 28 points, but no other Buckeye scored more than six. Craft said part of the problem is OSU’s lack of execution within the offense. “With the offense that we run, there are definitely multiple options and multiple places for different guys to score,” Craft said. “I think that at times we don’t look at those options, we kind of focus on one part of the play, and that’s part of the problem. We’re kind of taking parts of the play for granted. We have a lot of guys that are capable, it’s just finding some consistency.” Thomas agreed. “With the offense we’ve got, anyone can score,” Thomas said. “Our offense is for anyone to get a shot off. I have faith in my guys; there are guys on this team that can score in double-digits. We’ve just got to be patient within our offense and anybody can be that second scorer.” The Buckeyes are set to tipoff with Iowa Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. read more

Troy Smith to compete with JT Barrett Cardale Jones at halftime of

For the first time in almost a decade, Troy Smith is set return to Ohio Stadium with a football in hand.Ohio State announced via its athletics Twitter handle on Tuesday that the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner will compete against current Buckeye signal callers J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones in a “QB Skills Challenge” at halftime of Saturday’s Spring Game.ANSWER: Can @OSU_troysmith continue his precise passing attack against two rising stars… #GoBucks @OhioStAthletics pic.twitter.com/BZGnXvtNYD— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) April 14, 2015While Smith hasn’t taken a snap in the Horseshoe since a 2006 win over Michigan, his No. 10 was honored at halftime of last year’s edition of The Game as OSU defeated Michigan 42-28.Barrett, a redshirt-sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas, injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of that game and has been limited throughout spring practice and will not play in the Spring Game, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.Jones on the other hand, will be the game-time and halftime entertainment for the Ohio Stadium crowd on Saturday. Meyer announced on Monday that the redshirt-junior and national champion winning quarterback will join redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier as the two players under center while Barrett and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller nurse offseason injuries.Miller will not be a part of the halftime competition likely because of his continued recovery from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, suffered in August. Meyer told Sports Illustrated that Miller is throwing at about 20-30 percent, but is still not ready to go full steam.The quarterback competition will be accompanied by the second annual fastest student competition at halftime.The Spring Game is set to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Man dies after car crashes and catches fire in Kerry

first_imgA MAN HAS died after his car crashed and caught fire in rural Kerry last night.The crash happened on the Ardfert to Abbeydorney Road at 8.30pm last night.The man in his mid-twenties was the sole occupant of the car when it crashed and caught fire.His body was removed to Tralee General Hospital where a post mortem is due to be carried out today.The road at the scene of the crash has been closed and Garda Forensic Collision Investigators are due to carry out an examination of the scene later today.last_img read more

SPOILERS: Matches set for 12/11 NXT live special

first_imgFacebook Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) The following matches were set up during last night’s NXT TV Tapings at Full Sail University for the next live special on the WWE Network entitled “NXT Takeover: Evolution”, which will take place on December 11:* NXT Title: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn (If Zayn loses, he will quit the WWE)* NXT Women’s Title: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks* NXT Tag Team Titles: The Lucha Dragons (c’s) vs. The Vaudevillains* The Ascension vs. Hideo Itami & Finn BalorThey also were building to a match between Baron Corbin & Bull Dempsey on last night’s TV Tapings as well, but it was not made official for Takeover: Evolution on the tapings.  Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NXT TakeOver Highlights: NXT Championship, Dream vs. Strong vs. Dunne, Riddle/Dain brawllast_img read more

Rose talks about Spurs chance of winning PL

first_imgTottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has been speaking about the team’s chances of winning this season’s Premier League crown after their best start to the season after eight league games.The England international has welcomed his club’s brilliant start to the season but has revealed his ‘shock’ at his side being only two points off the top.Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured a scrappy against Cardiff City on Saturday courtesy of an early strike from midfielder Eric Dier, however, both he and the gaffer have called for improvements in their early season performances.The former Southampton manager has raised concerns about the manner in which his team have won games despite achieving a club record eighteen points from eight games in the Premier League era.The Lilywhites are yet to hit the heights of their performances last season but Rose revealed that he was happy that his team were winning ‘ugly’.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.And when questioned whether it was a sign of champions the former Sunderland loanee admitted he was uncertain as the is yet to win any trophy yet but warned Spur’s rivals that with the winter months approaching, it won’t be long before they hit top gear.According to the Daily Mirror, Rose said:“I think we’re a great team but it’s hard to say it’s a sign of champions because we haven’t won anything yet. But it’s a great sign and I’d rather win ugly than lose playing brilliant football. Hopefully when we get back [from the international break], the performances will come.”“History says under this manager that October, November and December is when we’re very strong and we look forward to it when we get back. It literally is just a matter of time.”last_img read more

Klopp claims Reds have positive pressure after draw

first_imgJurgen Klopp accepts his Liverpool are under what he described as positive pressure after a draw at Old Trafford but refused to get drawn into Manchester City comparisons.The Reds endured another barren draw against arch-rivals Manchester United but still remain at the top of the League with only a point.And Klopp has decided to focus on the positives despite hectic fixtures looming large and equally admitted pressure is on his side considering City’s form.“Of course there is pressure. Actually, from my point of view, it is a very positive pressure, but I don’t have to play – I only sit here and say dumb things, so that’s easy,” said the German via Sky.“We all have to learn in these situations, the only way we can do it is with passion. This club, the heart, and soul of this club, is passion.“On Wednesday night we have another chance (at home to Watford) and then there’s the derby, which is always a very emotional game so, again, passion.“I get there has been a few too many draws in the last couple of games but, still, we are where we are so let’s go on.Jurgen Klopp says there is “positive pressure” on Liverpool in the title raceMohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Then again…”I don’t have to play – I only sit here and say dumb things, so that’s easy!”🤣#LFC returned to the top of the Premier League table following a 0-0 draw with #MUFC at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/xCoJvmd1U3— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) February 24, 2019“People can say ‘Man City are doing better’ but we don’t compare ourselves with that because we have to get the points our own way.“There are different ways to be successful and so far we were successful. That’s 100 per cent true.”Up next for Liverpool is a home clash against Watford FC on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Netgear Orbi mesh router gets a nextgen WiFi 6 update at CES

first_img Share your voice Netgear Netgear’s Wi-Fi 6-enabled Orbi Whole Home Wireless System is coming in the second half of 2019. That makes it the second Wi-Fi 6 mesh router announced at CES 2019, following TP-Link last night. Also called AX or 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6 is the newest industry standard for wireless networking. It’s faster than Wi-Fi 5 (or 802.11ac) hardware, and also promises more power efficiency and the ability to support more devices simultaneously. Those updates will be important as consumers bring more and more connected hardware products into their homes.  Netgear’s Orbi Mesh system earned great reviews, primarily for its fast networking speeds. Netgear claims the WiFi 6 iteration will be fast enough to sustain Gigabit Ethernet speeds over a wireless networking signal. Most current generation mesh wireless systems will provide around 50 to 300 megabit per second (Mbps) download speeds. That’s fine for a standard cable internet subscription, but if you’re paying for 1,000 Mbps fiber internet service, you end up losing a lot of performance. If the new Orbi can broadcast a Gigabit-strength signal, you can expect fiber internet subscribers to scoop them up quickly. Netgear says the update will come to market with its RBK50 series hardware. Smart Home Networking See also Now playing: Watch this: 2:05 CES 2019 CNET Smart Home 2 Acer’s Swift 7, Chromebook 315 break new ground at both…center_img 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags Comments All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Wi-Fi Netgearlast_img read more

Biomining technique to overcome space crunch for garbage dump

first_imgMahbubnagar: Mahbubnagar Municipal authorities, in a bid to overcome space crunch in the dumping yard due to ever-increasing garbage from household, have decided to adopt bio-mining process. As part of it, earlier the authorities visited the overloaded dumping yard located on the outskirts and studied various possibilities available to set up a bio-mining plant in the dumping yard. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “We have been facing lot of problems due to overloaded dumping yard. Though we have proposed to construct a second dumping yard, we are facing problems with regard to getting land for the same. So, we have decided to go in for bio-mining. It involves clearing the already overloaded garbage and convert it into natural fertiliser and other segregated plastic, glass and metallic substances can be sold and thereby the municipality can also earn additional revenue from the bio-mining process,” said Surender, Mahbubnagar Municipal Commissioner. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The dumping yard is emanating foul smell which is unbearable and the residents surrounding the dumping yards are complaining that it is causing health hazard. According to the Municipal authorities, if the bio-mining plant is established, Mahbubnagar district will be the first district in the entire Telangana State to have such an innovative method to clear the overloaded dumping yards and create space for garbage in the yards. Advertise With Us To study the possibilities of establishing the bio-mining plant, the authorities roped in Matrik, owner of Maathra Industries from Gujarat and inspected the dumping yard in the presence of Basheer, consultant for Solid Waste Management from Telangana State Municipal Department. The visiting team was also accompanied by Satyanarayanpa, Executive Engineer from Mahbubnagar Municipality along with the Commissioner. It is said that the bio-mining plant will segregate the waste into three parts like plastics, glass and biodegradable waste; the plastics and glass will be broken into smaller pieces and later will be sold. The biodegradable waste will be decomposed to convert it into natural manure which can be marketed to the farmers and can earn income from the same. According Basheer, at present there is no bio-mining plant in Telangana State. Andhra Pradesh has three such plants which are functioning successfully in Guntur, Tirupathi and Vijayawada. “If the pilot project in Mahbubnagar becomes a success, the district will be the first one in the entire Telangana to have such an advance technology to process the garbage and it will pave way for others to follow it,” said Basheer.last_img read more

Despite scandal St Thomas Christians in Kerala arent going anywhere

first_img News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Denise Chan Tagshomepage featured India Kerala Nasrani Christians St. Thomas Christians Syro-Malabar Catholics,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Syro-Malabar Catholics stream out of St. Thomas Kottakavu Church after Mass in Kochi, India. Photo by Richard TamayoKOCHI, India (RNS) — On a hot Sunday morning as high Mass let out at St. Thomas Kottakavu Church, Niya Francis, 24, found her shoes among a sea of sandals left outside the church doorway and joined her fellow catechism teachers as they headed to class in a small building next door.Teaching her faith has been something Francis has wanted to do as soon as she was old enough to command a classroom.In the U.S. and other Western countries, where Catholic youth are increasingly leaving the church, Francis would be the rare teacher below the age of 30. But the church’s numbers in India have stayed relatively stable. “It’s a model that we have learned growing up and we need to teach the children that Jesus loves them,” she said of her class.Theresa Thomas, from left, Maria Paulos and Niya Francis teach catechism at St. Thomas Kottakavu Church in Kochi, India. Photo by Denise ChanFrancis is a Syro-Malabar Catholic, the largest group of St. Thomas Christians, a pocket of faithful living in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala who are divided between the Latin and Orthodox rites. Her gleaming white church houses a congregation believed to have been founded by St. Thomas, the apostle, after he arrived here in A.D. 52.While Syro-Malabar Catholics number just 5.1 million out of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide, in Kerala Syro-Malabar Catholics make up the majority of Christians. In a country that’s predominantly Hindu, Kochi stands out with a near 40 percent Christian population.In the last year, however, the Syro-Malabar Catholics have been tested as their archbishop, George Alencherry of Ernakulam, was accused of illegally selling church property. News of a questionable land deal led to a protest by a group of bishops who wanted to remove Alencherry.A few months later, a Syro-Malabar Catholic nun under the Latin church accused a bishop of brutally raping her 13 times. Five sisters and several Christian organizations, united under the Save Our Sisters banner, rallied to support the nun and demand the arrest of the bishop. Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested this month.The response of the young has been closely watched in the wake of the scandals.Young Syro-Malabar Catholic males play a game of carrom after Mass at St. Thomas Kottakavu Church in Kochi, India. Photo by Richard Tamayo“Despite low credibility of religious leaders, people continue going to church,” said Michael Tharakan, a researcher at the Kerala Council for Historical Research specializing in St. Thomas Christians.Tharakan thinks this may in part be because of the church’s crucial role in Kerala as educators. Christian missionaries started the first school in Kochi and built numerous hospitals and universities. Kerala’s almost 100 percent literacy rate, it is believed, can be attributed to the success of the Christian school system.But there are reasons for concern. The Rev. Joseph Alencherry, a leader of the Syro-Malabar Youth Movement, said he’s seen a 25 percent decline in attendance at his church. “I would say 70 percent of that is most likely youth,” he said.People attend Mass at St. Thomas Kottakavu Church in Kochi, India. Photo by Richard Tamayo“We question about our religion at this age. So when these clergy do things like that, we are exhausted of hearing about it,” Renu Dominic, 18, said. Dominic is a first-year student at St. Teresa’s College.Publicity about the recent incidents has put Catholic youth under pressure from their non-Catholic peers.“They’re constantly ridiculed by non-Christians who might say, ‘Look at the situation at the church!’” Bivin Varghese, 31, said.Varghese is global deputy director of the Syro-Malabar Youth Movement, a group officially sanctioned by the Vatican to strengthen youth participation in the church. He notes that many of the youth in his organization have raised questions about their faith to him.“They’ve had a difficult time answering their colleagues, their friends in college, their peers, and they’re really seeking a convincing answer from us,” Varghese said.Still, there are those whose faith hasn’t been staggered by the incidents. Francis, for one, is not deterred. She finds meaning in the church and her role in it.“Our faith is not Bishop Franco or the nuns. It’s Jesus Christ,” Francis said.St. Thomas Kottakavu Church in Kochi, India, has a statue display of St. Thomas, center, proselytizing. The congregation believes it was founded by St. Thomas when he arrived in the area in A.D. 52. Photo by Richard Tamayo(Brooke Thames contributed to this report.) Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Denise Chan Catholicism Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! News Denise Chan,Load Comments,‘Hip-Hop Haggadah’ celebrates Jewish roots with a beat By: Denise Chan As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Rastafarianism, promising freedom, spreads among African youth By: Denise Chan Photos of the Week August 30, 2019last_img read more

Europes electricity operators prepare for March solar eclipse

first_imgImagine: An entire UK plunged into darkness. Narrative for a science fiction trailer? Not at all. In parts of Europe, said Mirror Online, almost 90 per cent of the sun’s rays will be blocked. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Antarctic prime spot for Tuesday’s solar eclipse © 2015 Tech Xplore On March 20, a solar eclipse will cover up to 80 percent of the sun in Germany, said Clean Energy Wire. Some parts of Scotland will see 94 percent darkness. This will be the biggest solar eclipse since 1999. The moon will cover the sun in the morning hours of Friday, March 20. Timing of the eclipse puts pressure on electricity providers, said The Independent. It all happens at rush hour and as day workers start up. Mirror Online said, “The blackout will begin in the UK at 8.45am and the maximum eclipse, when the moon is nearest the middle of the sun, will be at 9.31am.” The blackout ends at 10:41. Overall, in Europe, could next month’s eclipse disrupt Europe’s power supplies? Actually, European transmission system operators have been preparing for the March event for several months, evaluating and attempting to mitigate risks. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) on Monday carried this headline on its website: “20 March Solar Eclipse: An Unprecedented Test for Europe’s Electricity System.” This is the group that represents 41 electricity transmission system operators from 34 countries across Europe. They stated that “Under a clear morning sky on 20 March 2015, some 35,000 MW of solar energy, which is the equivalent of nearly 80 medium size conventional generation units, will gradually fade from Europe’s electrical system before being gradually re-injected: all in the space of two hours while Europeans and their offices begin a normal working week day.”The eclipse carries a new challenge compared to the eclipse of 1999, namely use of solar energy. Back then, only 0.1 percent of the renewable energy supply came from solar. A number of countries now use solar energy; 10.5 percent of the green energy in Europe comes from such sources. It’s the increase in solar power across the continent’s interconnected grids post-1999 that has system operators paying more attention to the March 20 date. ENTSO-E said in its Monday statement, “Solar eclipses have happened before but with the increase of installed photovoltaic energy generation, the risk of an incident could be serious without appropriate countermeasures.” Transmission systems operators have a cooperative plan; control rooms will control scheduled actions across Europe ahead of and during the eclipse. The Financial Times quoted ENTSO-E spokesperson Claire Camus: “It will have a cascading effect,” she said. Countries would draw on each other’s reserves of electricity in turn, as the path of the eclipse cuts solar power at faster rates than under natural conditions.ENTSO-E said it planned to continue communications on the eclipse as the day draws near and beyond. Pilita Clark’s Monday story about the eclipse in the Financial Times carried remarks from Patrick Graichen, executive director of Agora Energiewende. He said the eclipse was unlikely to cause problems because (1) there had been time to plan for the event and (2) several ways to balance power supplies are well known. At the same time, he said, the March 20 event bears significance as a stress test: How flexible is the European power system? “Within 30 minutes the solar power production would decrease from 17.5 gigawatts to 6.2GW and then increase again up to 24.6GW. This means that within 30 minutes the system will have to adapt to a load change of -10GW to +15GW,” he said in Clark’s story. By 2030, as more renewable energy comes on stream, this type of shift is expected to become more common, and in a way March 20, he said, offered a glimpse into the future of our power systems. Citation: Europe’s electricity operators prepare for March solar eclipse (2015, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-europe-electricity-solar-eclipse.htmllast_img read more

Flouting Section 144 BJP delegation visits Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: Several miscreants hurled country-made bombs and stones at policemen in front of the BJP Parliamentary delegation which visited Bhatpara on Saturday afternoon.The three-member team, led by former Union minister S S Ahluwalia, entered the area flouting the prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC. However, the Congress and CPI(M) leaders were gheraoed and forced to leave the area. The team visited the houses of the two deceased and spoke to their family members. Local BJP MP Arjun Singh also accompanied them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLocals alleged that it was due to police firing that the duo had died. In front of the MPs, brickbats were hurled at the police personnel and senior officials were heckled. The police resorted to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control. A large contingent of police force led by Commissioner of Barrackpore Manoj Verma reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Raids are on to arrest the outsiders. Ahluwalia said after returning to Delhi that he would submit a report to Union Home minister Amit Shah. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, an uneasy calm prevailed in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara and Kankinara. The educational institutions were closed and despite assurances from the police, most of the shops did not open. The police conducted route march in the area and pickets have been set up in front of the lanes and bylanes from where the attacks are being launched. Bhatpara has been witnessing frequent post-poll violence between the rival parties. The fight has intensified ever since Arjun Singh crossed over from the TMC to the BJP and won the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, under which Bhatpara falls. In the by-election to the Bhatpara Assembly seat that was held along with the Lok Sabha polls, Arjun Singh’s son Pawan defeated TMC candidate Madan Mitra. The district administration has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in Bhatpara and Kankinara. Already, two persons have been killed in the clashes and around 10 injured, including four policemen. BJP is allegedly trying to take control over the area. Party supporters are reportedly visiting the houses of Trinamool Congress supporters and threatening them to either join the saffron brigade or stay away from politics. They have also forced the local Muslims to join the party assuring protection. Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of the Trinamool Congress, questioned the entry of the three-member delegation flouting the imposition of Section 144 CrPC in the area.last_img read more

Proincumbency Wave for First Time PM Modi Says Mega Roadshow Sign That

first_imgVaranasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday told BJP workers that the country was witnessing a pro-incumbency wave for the first time as he expressed confidence that the BJP was set to return to power.The prime minister said he has worked honestly for good governance and the people have made up their minds that they want Modi sarkar again. He added that the mega roadshow on Thursday was a sign that the BJP had won Varanasi. “People across the nation are saying… Fir Ek Baar…?” Modi prompted. “Modi Sarkar,” the workers chanted back. “Earlier governments were formed, but in the past five years, people saw a government run. I never said I am Prime Minister and denied anybody a meeting. “I never refused to meet a single karyakarta (worker). I never let the Karyakarta in me die. I am aware of my duties as PM, as well as an MP.”Modi will once again fight Ajay Rai of the Congress, who finished third in 2014. The Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party have fielded Shalini Yadav, the daughter-in-law of a former Congress lawmaker.Modi had won from Varanasi by a huge margin, winning 5.8 lakh votes. The Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal came second with around two lakh votes. Ajay Rai was left with a mere 75,000 votes.Varanasi will vote on May 19 in the last round of the seven-phased poll. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. BJPNarendra ModiVaranasi First Published: April 26, 2019, 10:44 AM ISTlast_img read more

Remembering Crazy Mohan Gods Must Be Loving Crazy

first_img First Published: June 12, 2019, 1:44 PM IST It would have been difficult for people around him. But then, looking at him, they’d probably join in and add two or three more bogeys of their own jokes. I was on a phone call with a friend today and I casually slipped in his movie dialogue, without even realising it. That’s how influential his writing has been. Show me one person who has not attempted his trademark puns in their school plays. Show me one person who has not gone ‘Ayyoooo’ covering their face with their hands in embarrassment and delight at the same time to his impossible jokes. Show me two people on Tamil Twitter who have not discussed Michael Madana Kama Rajan. “They say behind every successful man, there is a woman. But behind my success, there are many women. Please don’t mistake me. I meant my grandmother, mother, wife, my teacher Janaki.” The man attributed his success to the women in his life. And made one of them (Janaki) the plot driver in many of his works. How adorable can someone be?He always came across as the uncle in the apartment complex who went around insisting little kids come to his free Bhagavad Gita class. There was no escaping him. Give him an opportunity to talk and you will regret it and at the same time you do not want him to stop. He never lost his innocence and it was pretty evident in his jokes. The man who allegedly wrote ten pages of ‘Munnadi Pinnadi’ jokes was my (and many of the millennials’) first theatre star. Long before streaming entertainment and expensive cable TV network, Sunday evenings would almost always be playing cricket followed by a movie on TV. Doordarshan, always known for testing patience with its content, would sometimes get itchy and play an exciting movie such as Thodi Ragam (I am joking, of course.) On one such Sunday, our middle-class household’s budget allowed us to watch his Messai Aanalum Manaivi. I don’t remember much of the play, but I remember the laughter on my family’s face. It is etched in my memory. Imagine how many more such memories he must have created with his works? The countless LOLs (and it was always LOL, never just a chuckle) delivered punch after punch with no time to recover, the clapping on hands in glee when his characters on stage discovered the comic twist which the audience always knew, the jokes that you would not tolerate from anyone else but somehow he gets a special pass, the scenes that absolutely refuse to get boring even after countless repeat watches – the man has surely ionic bonded his way into our lives, replacing some of our stuck uppity electrons with his trademark blade jokes.The crazy mama from Mylapore (‘My-love-aa-pore’ to him) is gone. He has left for us, all of his classic never ending word play, while taking a little bit of us with him. He would not want us to be writing silly sad obits for him, would he? Hasn’t he always quoted Benjamin Franklin – ‘Nothing is certain except death and taxes’? Instead I guess he’d rather want we spend the time reading his favourite author Ki Va Jagannathan or PG Wodehouse.(The author is Balajee GE, a Chennai-based writer who wants to write serious stuff that would usher in world peace but ends up writing about happenings in his backyard (actually there is no backyard. He lives in an apartment complex). His Twitter handle is @localteaparty. Views are personal.)Follow @News18Movies for more center_img Have you seen his interviews? Incorrigibly hilarious. Almost every interview of Crazy Mohan takes a turn like this:”How was your experience working with Kamal Hassan?” “Let that be, when I was working in Sundaram there was a dog outside my office that used to chase me on my way home…”It always takes enormous amounts of effort and patience by the interviewer to bring him back on track and answer the question. Otherwise Mohan Rangachari aka Crazy Mohan will go off on a different tangent and unleash a goods train of ‘mokka’ jokes (PJs) on them. last_img read more

Rajamouli to Vijay Deverakonda Celebs All Praise for Prabhas in Saaho Teaser

first_img AkhilAkkineniArun VijayEvelyn SharmaNagarjuna Akkineni First Published: June 14, 2019, 10:50 AM IST The teaser for the much-awaited movie Saaho, starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor, released yesterday. While the fans were waiting eagerly for the Saaho teaser for long, seems like the power-packed teaser has even taken the celebs by surprise, with everyone praising Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas for their upcoming next. Filled with the perfect amount of intensity, action choreography and visual effects, the Saaho teaser has created a storm on the internet. While we can’t wait enough for the release, the movie will be released no sooner than August 15 this year. After being released on the morning of June 12 by UV Creations, the Sahoo teaser has already had more than 1.2 crore views, with 447k likes. Congratulating Prabhas for the blockbuster, actor Vijay Deverakonda tweeted, “#Saaho. Super excited to watch Prabhas Anna on the big screens @UV_Creations deserves a massive blockbuster for the heart they’ve put in this.”#Saaho Super excited to watch Prabhas Anna on the big screens @UV_Creations deserve a massive blockbuster for the heart they’ve put in this.https://t.co/FiV4jVStTj https://t.co/L3jboNlGsA— Vijay Deverakonda (@TheDeverakonda) June 13, 2019 Actor Vishnu Manchu also took to Twitter to praise the teaser, with the tweet, “Dude! What was that trailer of #Sahoo! Dammmm! Brilliant! Looks like #Prabhas director Sujith have upped the game. Loved it!”Dude! What was that trailer of #Sahoo! Dammmm! Brilliant! Looks like #Prabhas director Sujith have upped the game. Loved it!— Vishnu Manchu (@iVishnuManchu) June 13, 2019Filmmaker BVS Ravi wrote, “If this teaser itself is worth watching twice or thrice back to back, just imagine the awe-striking experience #Sahoo is going give in the theatres on Aug 15th.”If this teaser itself is worth watching twice or thrice back to back, just imagine the awe-striking experience #Sahoo is going give in the theatres on Aug 15th. https://t.co/5BpL0I4yjZ— BVS Ravi (@BvsRavi) June 13, 2019Actress Samantha Akkineni also congratulated Prabhas with the tweet, “Phew what did I just witness … amazingggggggggg.. congratulations team #Saaho .. action thriller masssssssssss…” (sic)Phew what did I just witness … amazingggggggggg .. congratulations team #Saaho .. action thriller masssssssssss… https://t.co/zmwhXqLWgC— Baby Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) June 13, 2019Actor NagarjunaAkkineni also wrote, “SAAHO to prabhas and @UV_Creations for pushing the bar!! #SaahoTeaser”SAAHO to prabhas and @UV_Creations for pushing the bar!! #SaahoTeaser— Nagarjuna Akkineni (@iamnagarjuna) June 13, 2019Tollywood and Bollywood actress Tamannah Bhatia wrote, “Calling #SaahoTeaser grand would be an understatement! Love it and can’t wait for it! Best wishes to #Prabhas @ShraddhaKapoor and the entire team!”Calling #SaahoTeaser grand would be an understatement! Love it and can’t wait for it Best wishes to #Prabhas @ShraddhaKapoor and the entire team! https://t.co/j8W7hgu27P— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) June 13, 2019last_img read more