first_imgThe Delhi Metro was the choice of Delhiites trying to reach the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was responsible for ferrying more than 70 per cent of the total number of spectators. According to official Metro ridership figures, 45,000 people used the Metro to reach the stadium. On Thursday, the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Jangpura and Jorbagh Metro stations recorded a total ridership of 45,000 people.The stadium’s Metro station recorded the maximum ridership of 22,000 spectators while 18,000 and 5,000 commuters used the Jangpura and Jorbagh stations respectively. Unlike the day of the opening ceremony, the glitches on the Metro lines were minimal on Thursday. An equal number of people used these stations for getting back to their homes after the closing ceremony.The Delhi Metro had made elaborate arrangements to handle this rush with full support from the Central Industrial Security Force and the Delhi Police. Officials said they ran trains at an all-time high frequency of less than two minutes on the Central Secretariat-Sarita Vihar (Line-6) section.last_img read more

first_imgClientron will present its embedded computing solutions for smart parking, food industry and factory automation solutions at embedded world 2019.Clientron will demonstrate industrial embedded solutions at the event:3.5” Single Board Computer (Saber-AL-3500) – equipped with Intel Atom E39xx processor family, offering triple displays and three RS-232/422/485 COM ports for easy automation system integration.Fanless Embedded System (IT900) – powered by high performance Intel Core i processors and featuring the flexible e-Door concept for I/O expansion options to fulfill customized demands.Fanless Embedded Box PC (Mace-AL-200) – DIN rail design supporting rich I/O ports, wide temperature and wide voltage for various industrial applications.Industrial Panel PC (Pike-AL-1500SP) – 15” panel PC with fully IP65/IP69K rated protection, fanless & stainless steel enclosure design for the most demanding industrial applications such as food and beverage industries.Industrial Panel PC (Pike-AL-1700SP) – 17” panel PC with IP65 front panel protection, fanless and robust aluminum/SGCC enclosure design for critical environment.Clientron’s embedded computing systems are designed for high quality, durability, flexibility and maximum compatibility to facilitate the business transformation towards IIoT solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kontron: KBox B-201-CFL offers compact housing and flexible mounting optionsNext Renesas and Miromico bring to market enhanced LoRa module based on Synergy platformlast_img read more

first_imgReuse this content Twitter Sam Tomkins keen to go out with a Grand Final bang for beloved Wigan Since you’re here… Facebook Share on Twitter interviews Shaun Wane has been Wigan coach since 2011. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Share on Messenger Wigan Warriors Read more It is often a thankless task trying to get a read on the stony-faced Shaun Wane and his emotions, but as the record buttons were pressed in front of the Wigan coach this week it was fairly simple to work out what was about to happen.For 35 years – barring a short spell with Leeds in the early 1990s – Wigan has been all that he has known. From a boot-cleaning academy prospect to the uncompromising front-rower who made his name as a player; from overseeing the Warriors’ junior development to delivering trophy after trophy with his beloved home-town club, Wane has seen and done it all with Wigan. Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. A year later, he leaves with his head held high knowing he has achieved that while maintaining the club’s core principle of developing the stars of the future. “I always wanted to go out on a high but I was contractually obliged to tell the club in the middle of the year I was leaving,” he says of his resignation. “I had to inform them so they could have time to get somebody else as well.”But what makes this situation all the more difficult for Wane is that his job in 2019 will be outside rugby league. A self-confessed obsessive about other sports, the 54-year-old will take on a part-time role with Scottish Rugby while also entertaining the clients of his local building company. It is not an understatement to suggest the transition out of league holds some trepidation.“I thought it was time for me to do something else in my career,” he says. “It’s the right time. I’m leaving a job where I work eight days a week, and I’ve done that for years, to one or two days a week with Scotland, so that’s going to take some getting used to. The business is in Wigan, so that’ll take some of my time up thankfully. But going into a job where I’m not doing that much? I’ll need to get my head around that.”Wane will spend his free time watching Wigan and it is clear that even though he is yet to start his new job, his heart is already set on a return to league one day. “My wife is already panicking about me,” he says in a rare moment of laughter in an otherwise emotional discussion.“I do think I’ll be back. I’m a league man so never say never. I’ll carry on living in Wigan and commute up to Scotland, and I’ll watch Wigan. It’ll be very different, that’s what I’m worried about.” Yet before the transition begins there is still one last game, and one last team talk – the easiest he will ever deliver, he admitted – as coach of the club he has given most of his life to. Steve Price’s Warrington primed to finally end a 63-year title drought Super League XXIII (2018) Next season the former Wigan scrum-half Adrian Lam will be coach. Wane’s goal? To set the bar as high as possible for Lam with the fifth major trophy of his tenure. “This job is not an easy job – you have to win and you have to know the expectations of the fans,” Wane adds. “I’m out of my comfort zone so much talking about myself: I just need the team to stay focused.”For once, Wane will have to accept he is the centre of attention. This week he was named Super League’s coach of the year for the first time, an accolade many believe should have been bestowed on him far earlier.Does he feel as though his work as Wigan coach has gone unappreciated? “I don’t need recognition from everyone,” he says. “I think the genuine rugby league people understand what I’ve done and that’ll do for me. I don’t need big fanfares or things like that, I just need rugby league folk to recognise I’ve done a decent job.”If his love affair with Wigan ends in the perfect way on Saturday evening there is surely no one who would doubt that. Share on Facebook Rugby league Share on LinkedIn Read more And this is what makes it all the more difficult to try to understand why, after Saturday’s Grand Final against Warrington, his association with the club he adores will grind to a sudden halt. Rugby league people are often very good at keeping their emotions guarded but here, mere minutes into the questioning, there is a lengthy pause as Wane tries to gather himself.“It’s upsetting, no question” is how Wane eventually responds when asked if he has considered how he will feel on Sunday morning, knowing his time with the Warriors will be over. This is not a one-off occurrence throughout the course of the session. There are pauses, frequent breaks in a voice which has become renowned as one of the most fearsome in the game – and even the hint of a tear.“I don’t cry much – although I’ve just got upset then, haven’t I?” Wane admits as he slowly composes his emotions. “It’s a big step for me. Thirty-five years is a long time; I was brought up 200 metres away from the ground so it’s in my blood. But it was my call, and I’m going to have to tough it out and that’s the way it is.”Irrespective of Saturday’s result, Wane will leave Wigan a hero having won every major trophy during his time in charge. He has overseen one of the most successful periods in their history – which is no mean feat for a club such as Wigan – albeit interspersed with the odd low point. The nadir? Arguably last season, when Wigan finished sixth and some doubted whether Wane could restore them as a major force. Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Super League Pinterest last_img read more

first_img The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback The Nissan Rogue compact crossover gets a Titan-load of enhancements and upgrades for 2017. Nissan is calling 2017 the “Year of the Truck.” Fittingly, the company rolled out the 2017 Nissan Rogue, its smallest SUV, at the Miami Auto Show along with an extensive list of changes, new features, and even a new powertrain.The categories of change for Nissan’s second-best-selling model in the U.S. include exterior and interior styling, new convenience features, updated and upgraded safety options, plus the availability of first Rogue Hybrid. To date, Nissan’s best-seller in the U.S. is the Altima sedan, but the automaker is predicting that the Rogue will outsell the Altima in the coming year.José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America unveiled the new Rogue and said, “Following three straight years of consecutive growth, we project Rogue will approach 300,000 units in the current fiscal year, nearly doubling sales since 2012. For 2017, we’re turning up the heat on the competition with enhancements designed to keep Rogue at the top of compact SUV buyers’ wish lists.”The biggest news is the Rogue Hybrid. The gas/electric powertrain combines a 2.0-liter, 16-valve 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a 30kW electric motor, the latter powered by a lithium-ion battery. The hybrid’s fuel economy is 33 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined for front wheel-drive models. The all-wheel drive model gets 1 or 2 miles less per gallon in each mode. The non-hybrid Rogue continues last year’s 2.5-liter engine that gets approximately 5 mpg less than the hybrid models.The Rogue exterior has new design tweaks, integrated fog lamps, and new rear lights. There’s also a new optional motion-activated liftgate.On the inside, in addition to trim finishes and cloth seating materials, the updated Rogue has an available heated steering wheel, memory seats, and mirrors.New features in Nissan’s Safety Shield technology suite include intelligent cruise control, pedestrian detection (now included with forward emergency braking), and lane departure prevention, bundled with the lane departure warning system. The advanced safety features are standard or optional in different model trims.The 2017 Nissan Rogue is available in three trim levels, each with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Rogue Hybrid adds to the depth of configurations, convenience, and safety options in Nissan’s front runner in the very hot crossover SUV category. Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better Editors’ Recommendations This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks last_img read more

first_imgzoom Ship manning costs are set to remain suppressed despite a recovery in cargo shipping markets, as shipowners and operators continue their financial struggles while officer shortfall recedes, shipping consultancy Drewry said.The lack of confidence in the industry has seen wage increases almost at a standstill since 2009, and over the past year average officer rates have slid into reverse.While there remains an overall shortfall in officer numbers, this has reduced markedly over the past year and the poor financial state of the industry has forced employers to limit labour costs to affordable levels.“Ratings wage levels have fared little better and we estimate that average global rates have risen by around 1% between 2016 and 2017, which is consistent with the trend of the past few years,” Drewry said.“Since the fall in oil prices the demand for officers in the offshore sector has fallen and this has been a major factor in the softening of overall seafarer wage costs,” Martin Dixon, Director of Research Products, said.“While some sectors, such as LNG that require officers with particular experience, will continue to see above-average wage rises, we expect the downward pressure on manning costs to prevail with below inflation increases anticipated over the next five years.”Dixon believes that the slowing fleet growth and a healthy supply of officers would eliminate the officer shortage over the next five years with a small surplus anticipated for 2021. However, experienced officers for service on specialist vessel types such as gas carriers “will continue to be in tight supply.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Additional Director of CBI M Nageshwar Rao on Thursday held a series of meetings with senior officials of the central probe agency in the city, sources said. Rao visited the CBI office at CGO complex at Salt Lake and discussed various ongoing cases, after which he went to the anti-corruption branch office of CBI at Nizam Palace, the sources said. According to sources, Rao is scheduled to meet the officials of Economic Offences (IV) wing of CBI on Friday at the Salt Lake office which is dealing with the multi-crore ponzi scam cases like Saradha and Rose Valley. The central probe agency was gearing up to expedite the cases relating to the ponzi scams and bring them to their logical conclusions, sources said. The CBI had also interrogated former Kolkata Police Commissioner and now ADG-CID Rajeev Kumar under the directions of Calcutta High Court in connection with the Saradha scam case.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — An Ontario senator is calling on the federal government to fund a crisis line for victims of coerced and forced sterilization to ensure traumatized women can access assistance.Yvonne Boyer says her office has received numerous calls and e-mails from victims seeking help.She says she has also been approached by victims during recent travels and stresses that a help line must be operated by an outside organization to ensure individuals feel comfortable reaching out.Last week, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan told the Senate that forced and coerced sterilization amounts to a violation of human rights, adding it is “deeply troubling” the practice could happen in Canada.He pointed to a working group of federal, provincial and territorial officials created to improve “cultural safety and health systems” — words he didn’t specifically define.Boyer says the issue is about stopping sterilizations of women without their consent, not improving cultural practices in health care.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgSmall Steps Project is honoured to name The Following actor James Purefoy as their celebrity Ambassador.Over the years James has been a massive support to the charity, he has been to their events, featured in their documentary and inspired many of his celebrity friends to take small steps and donate their shoes. Thanks to James, famed for his role as Mark Anthony in Rome, Small Steps Project have had shoe donations from Sienna Miller, Rachel Weisz, Eva Green, Sharleen Spiteri, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.This year he has asked many of his co-stars from ‘The Following’ to take part in the annual Celebrity Shoe Auction including Shawn Ashmore from X-men, Valorie Curry from Twilight and of course Kevin Bacon from pretty much everything.James explains what made him become our celebrity ambassador, “What Small Steps have achieved in their relatively brief existence is akin to a minor, but very beautiful, miracle. They have turned lives around. They are the embodiment of that lovely phrase ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. I am proud and humbled to be associated with them.”Small Steps Project’s mission is to support children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging.last_img read more

13 May 2011An increasing number of countries face a double burden of disease as the prevalence of risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancers increase and many nations still struggle to reduce maternal and child deaths caused by infectious diseases, according to a United Nations statistical health report released today. An increasing number of countries face a double burden of disease as the prevalence of risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancers increase and many nations still struggle to reduce maternal and child deaths caused by infectious diseases, according to a United Nations statistical health report released today. “This evidence really shows that no country in the world can address health from either an infectious disease perspective or a non-communicable disease one. Everyone must develop a health system that addresses the full range of the health threats in both areas,” said the director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department of Health Statistics and Informatics, Ties Boerma. Based on more than 100 health indicators reported by WHO’s 193 Member States and other reliable sources, the WHO’s World Health Statistics 2011 is an annual report which provides a snapshot of the global health situation and key trends. The 2011 report finds that non-communicable diseases, such as heart diseases, stroke, diabetes and cancer, now make up two-thirds of all deaths globally, due to the ageing population and the spread of risk factors associated with globalization and urbanization. The control of risk factors such as tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and excessive use of alcohol becomes more critical, it says, with the latest WHO figures showing that about four out of 10 men and one in 11 women use tobacco and about one in eight adults is obese. In addition, many developing countries continue to battle health issues – such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria – that are most likely to kill children under the age of five. In 2009, 40 per cent of all child deaths were among newborns, aged 28 days or less. The report notes that much more needs to be done to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate – but progress has accelerated. Child mortality declined at 2.7 per cent per year since 2000, twice as fast as during the 1990s. Mortality levels among children under five years fell from 12.4 million in 1990 to 8.1 million in 2009. Maternal mortality declined at 3.3 per cent per year since 2000, almost twice as fast in the decade after 2000 than during the 1990s. The report also shows that more money is being spent on health and people can expect to live longer, with life expectancy in 2009 at 68 years, up from 64 years in 1990. But the gap in health spending between low- and high-income countries remains very large. In low-income countries, per capita, health expenditure is an estimated $32, or 5.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), and in high-income countries it is $4,590, or 11 per cent of GDP. High-income countries have, per capita, on average 10 times more doctors, 12 times more nurses and midwives and 30 times more dentists than low-income countries. Virtually all deliveries of babies in high-income countries are attended by skilled health personnel; but this is the case for only 40 per cent of deliveries in low-income countries. WHO’s release of its World Health Statistics 2011 coincided with the launch of its Global Health Observatory, a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for data and analyses on health priorities around the world. WHO said the observatory provides easy access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of health data, bringing together the organization’s data from all major health and disease programmes. read more

“In the armed conflicts of recent years, children have featured centrally as targets of violence, and occasionally – even unwillingly – as perpetrators,” the Secretary-General writes. “A large number of children have been directly affected by armed conflict, many of them uprooted from their homes and communities, maimed, or killed. Others have been made orphans, abducted, abused and exploited.”Among his proposals, Mr. Annan suggests the inclusion by the Council of provisions for monitoring children’s rights within the mandates of peace missions. The report also calls for more attention to be paid to the impact of war on girls, an issue which the Secretary-General says is “particularly damaging for future generations.” Already disadvantaged in peacetime, girls undergo sexual abuse and enslavement during war, he says, urging that sexual violence against women and children continue to be prosecuted as a war crime. In addition, the report highlights the impact of HIV/AIDS on children in conflict situations and the role of truth commissions.As signs that progress is possible, the report points to recent developments such as Rwanda’s enactment of legislation that enables girls, including tens of thousands who became heads of households after the 1994 genocide, to inherit farms crucial to their survival, and Sierra Leone’s establishment of a National Commission for War-Affected Children. Humanitarian access in the Sudan has been improved, the text states, and Colombia has raised its age of recruitment into the armed forces to 18. According to the report, existing normative standards, including previous Security Council resolutions, have gone a long way in defining the parameters of acceptable conduct for parties to armed conflict as far as children and other civilians are concerned. Member States, the UN system and regional organisations have all been bound or solicited to take concrete steps to improve the protection of war-affected children.”As delegations gather under the auspices of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children, I sincerely hope that Member States, the UN system, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], civil society and others will take decisive action to protect children and to actively dissuade, and seek to expose and sanction, those whose actions are beyond the pale,” the Secretary-General writes, referring to the General Assembly’s upcoming session on children, to be held in New York from 19 to 21 September. read more

Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria’s Idlib and north Hama amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people “hostage”. In a briefing to journalists in Geneva, WFP Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel expressed alarm at the humanitarian crisis in the north-western opposition-held enclave, where a Government-led military operation escalated in late April.Read our full story here.Libya’s detention centres ‘filling up faster than UN can evacuate most vulnerable’  The global reach of the United Nations makes it “the world’s best hope for peace and security, sustainable development and the promotion and protection of human rights and social progress”, said the top Nigerian diplomat who will be the next President of the General Assembly.Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s current UN Permanent Representative, was elected to head the world body by acclamation on Tuesday in the General Assembly Hall in New York and will succeed Ecuador’s Maria Fernanda Espinosa.Find our full coverage of the election here.Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid upsurge in fighting across Idlib, Hama In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the World Health Organization has expressed frustration at insecurity challenges as the number of cases of Ebola virus disease has now passed 2,000. Since the beginning of the outbreak last August, more than 1,340 have died. The UN response has been hampered by attacks by armed groups, protests and demonstrations, including one in April that killed a WHO medic, Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, in Butembo. WHO’s spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic, said: “This is another sad, frustrating milestone; the security is holding back the response…Every time there is an incident, whether some of them are major, some of them minor, some of them target Ebola responders, some of them don’t, but every time there is a security incident, we are not able to provide services and go into a community. We are not able to vaccinate, we are not able to treat those who are ill, we are not able to follow up on those who may have had access to the virus.”  The development follows last week’s appointment of a UN Ebola response chief David Gressly, who is also deputy head of UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC, MONUSCO. Global efforts, women and girls…UN deputy chief highlights importance of UN values Thousands of men, women and children face dire conditions at detention centres for migrants in Libya, the UN refugee agency has said, warning that vulnerable people are being sent to them faster than it can secure their release. According to UNHCR, the country’s coastguard rescued or intercepted some 1,200 in May alone from the Mediterranean, before bringing them back to shore; that’s more than for the whole of 2019. The development follows ongoing conflict in and around the outskirts of Tripoli, instigated by the self-styled Libyan National Army forces of General Khalifa Haftar, who leads a parallel administration in the eastern city of Benghazi. UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch, descrived the situation at Zintan detention centre, south of Libya’s capital Tripoli, as follows: “Conditions in Zintan are dire… Toilets are overflowing and are in urgent need of repair. As a result, solid waste and garbage has piled up inside the cells for days and presents a serious health threat. Tensions amongst the detainees are rising as they become increasingly agitated and desperate. In total, 654 refugees and migrants remain held in Zintan.” On Tuesday, UNHCR reported that it had moved 96 people out of Zintan; they were from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, and included two newborns. WHO laments Ebola toll citing insecurity   ‘Bicycle Kingdom’ makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis Cars have replaced bicycles as the primary means of transport in many Chinese cities but, with air pollution a major problem for the country, the bike is making a comeback, thanks to digital technology, and some 21st Century thinking.China was once considered to be the “Kingdom of the Bicycle,” with bikes dominating city streets across the country, but over the past four decades, China’s dramatic economic prosperity and urbanization has seen many people move to motor vehicles as their primary means of transport, contributing to a marked deterioration in air quality. Read our full story here.Newly-elected Nigerian UN General Assembly President pledges focus on ‘peace and prosperity’ for most vulnerable Continuing her trip to London, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, attended several events on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of “Our Shared Humanity” and our global values, and the centrality of unlocking the potential of women and girls.“The solidarity expressed in the United Nations Charter’s opening words, ‘we the people’, is critical for our humanity’s future. The values enshrined throughout the document must remain our benchmark and guide,” said Ms. Mohammed in her statement delivered at foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House.Urging the world to move faster towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, she noted that “without deep transformation, we risk catastrophic climate change; mass extinction of ecosystems and species; even higher levels of forced displacement; a major rollback of decades of development progress – and all of the political turmoil that accompanies social and economic disruption.”In another event on tackling inequality, she stressed the importance of unlocking the power and potential of women and girls. “Gender equality is one of the critical social, economic and political priorities of our time. This should not be such a struggle.  After all, the benefits of gender equality are many and proven.”She urged countries to adopt “well-designed and targeted policies that enhance the opportunities of women to participate in economic activities and in political and public life” and added that “public spending on health, education and social protection should be increased to build the capacities that women and girls need to succeed in a technologically-driven 21st century.”Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 4 June on SoundCloud: read more

first_img“And with a raft of new financial powers at her disposal, as well as an increased budget, Nicola Sturgeon now has the tools to deliver. Instead, the SNP is squandering this strong platform and is today seeking to blame Brexit.”Mr Mundell also warned that constant talk of a second independence referendum was damaging the Scottish economy and impacting on jobs and economic activity.The SNP accused Mr Mundell of “throwing in the towel” on Scottish membership of the single market. Margaret Ferrier, the SNP MP and Scotland Office spokesman, said he had backtracked on an earlier commitment over the single market.She added: “Clearly he has thrown in the towel on getting the best deal for Scotland, and now he and his UK government colleagues are going full steam ahead with their ‘hard Brexit’ .   “A hard Brexit would be would see a race to the bottom replace our membership of the single market and everyone – perhaps apart from the very wealthiest – would be worse off as a result.” Meanwhile, on a difficult day for the Scottish Government, new statistics also showed the Scottish economy is lagging behind the rest of the UK.The economy north of the border is growing at a third of the rate of the UK as a whole, with the latest GDP data showing Scotland’s economic output increased by 0.2 per cent in the period July to September 2016, compared to a rise of 0.6 per cent across the UK.Unemployment has also increased over the past quarter, with 139,000 people out of work and seeking a job, while over the same period, unemployment fell in the UK by 52,000.According to Jamie Hepburn, Scotland’s employability minister, the Brexit vote has caused significant economic uncertainty and is threatening Scotland’s economic recovery and the stability of the jobs market.The claim was dismissed by the Scottish Conservatives as a “pathetic” excuse for economic mismanagement.Murdo Fraser, the Tory finance spokesman, said: “Today’s figures show that, in Scotland, unemployment is on the up and growth is lagging behind the rest of the UK.“Coming on the back of other troubling news on the economy it makes it clear that Scotland is now suffering from an SNP slump, with the cost paid in lower jobs and growth. Any normal government would make it its first priority to turn this around. Mr Mundell issued the warning on the eve of Thursday’s meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on European negotiations, which will discuss the Scottish Government’s blueprint for Brexit. It calls for either UK membership of the single market, or a bespoke deal for Scotland inside the UK. 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. Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes for a distinct Brexit deal for Scotland have been dealt a fresh blow after the Scottish Secretary rejected the idea.The day after Theresa May said the UK would be leaving the single market, David Mundell said he had not been persuaded there was any need for Scotland to remain in the trading bloc.The First Minister has claimed that the Tory plans for a hard Brexit mean a new vote on breaking-up Britain is now almost inevitable.But Mr Mundell claimed there were a “whole range of areas” in which the Scottish and UK governments are on common ground, although that did not apply to the “ideological issue of whether Scotland should somehow be separate from the rest of the UK”.He told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme: ”We are not in agreement with the Scottish government on that and at the moment I have not seen evidence which would persuade me that there is a need for a Scotland-specific solution in relation either to market access or in relation to issues around migration.”He also said in the Commons that immigration, which Ms Sturgeon wants devolved to Scotland, would remain a reserved power. “How can we do exceptions for Britain and then exceptions for Scotland? I don’t think this is a cherry-picking thing, I am very sorry for Scotland because of that.” Theresa May has promised to consider Scottish Government proposalsCredit:AP Theresa May The Scottish Government argued on Wednesday that it was not asking for a separate deal, but a “differentiated position” to be presented in UK negoations and claimed its bid to stay in the single market was not dead.Fiona Hyslop, the external affairs minister, said: “We recognise that as a member state the UK will be negotiating and in that one deal we expect a differentiated position to be presented.”She said ministers anticipated the “hardest of hard” Brexits but they still have the opportunity to influence the UK government.”If they’re serious about us all be equals in terms of this partnership of nations, they have to make sure that the democratic mandate of the people of Scotland is represented and its parliament is listened to.”There was further bad news for the SNP when Elmar Brok, a senior member of the European Parliament, also said there could be “no exceptions” to allow Scotland to remain in the single market.The German MEP, chairman of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee, told BBC Radio Scotland: “We cannot have two agreements with the United Kingdom and with Scotland.last_img read more

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. COULD a 25-year-old cold case be close to being solved? Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of murdering teenager Caroline Graham in 1989.2. AN Irish backpacker has been charged with covering up the death of her newborn baby in the Australian outbreak. 5. BARACK OBAMA has given the OK for America to launch military strikes against ISIS in Iraq if it is deemed necessary. It’s a move that the majority of participants in our poll agreed with.Catch up on the rest of today’s stories> This is incredibly tragic. Irish backpacker charged with covering up death of newborn in Australian outback http://t.co/d2PYXbc7OL— Susan Daly (@BiddyEarly) August 8, 2014 3. THE remains of nine victims of the horrifying Jonestown suicide-murder in 1978 were discovered in a decrepit, now-shuttered funeral home in Dover. Bottles of poison which belonged to members of the People’s Temple cult at Jonestown, Guayana. Source: AP/Press Association Images4. THE World Health Organisation has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing Ebola outbreak. Source: WHO/Twitter Bathing with salt and warm water, drinking water with salt does NOT cure #Ebola.Facts about what helps treat Ebola http://t.co/Evrm7YlsME— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) August 8, 2014 Source: Susan Daly/Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgWhen Sony first unveiled the PlayStation 3 back in 2006, they said that they expected the PlayStation 3 to be around for over ten years. At the time, that seemed just absurd, but here we are, five years later, and the PS3 shows absolutely no signs of being at the end of its lifespan… and the Xbox 360 is the same, despite being older. Heck, even the venerable PlayStation 2 isn’t dead: eleven years later, it still sells well enough to outsell the PlayStation Portable on occasion.In other words, Sony was right: a ten year lifespan is extremely likely for this generation of consoles, and we imagine the same will be true for the next gen as well. It just takes at least that long for game developers to figure out how to optimally leverage the technology of a console and get the most out of it. And when a console seems a little worn-around-the-tooth, a functionality-increasing add-on like the Kinect or Move can always be introduced to give your old console some new life.With that out of the way, don’t get too excited when we say that Microsoft has just posted a series of job opening announcements that suggest that they are ramping up for production of the third-gen Xbox, to join a team responsible for “defining and delivering next generation console architectures.” We’re not going to see the Xbox 720 until 2015 in all likelihood. Still, isn’t it encouraging that Microsoft is at least looking for a design verification engineer, a graphics hardware architect and an audio/video hardware architect this far out? If it takes ten years for devs to make a current-gen console really shine, I suppose five years to design the next-generation isn’t beyond-the-pale.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

first_imgLove him or hate him, Peter Molyneux is a legend in the gaming industry. He created Populous and Dungeon Keeper, and lists Theme Hospital, Syndicate, Black & White, and of course Fable on his resume. Now he’s leaving Lionhead Studios some 15 years after co-founding it, and 6 years after being acquired by Microsoft.He won’t be leaving right away, instead his last day will come shortly after Fable: The Journey has shipped for Kinect. He isn’t leaving the industry though, just helping start a new independent venture with Tim Rance, also of Lionhead, which is called 22 Cans. He is also being retained by Microsoft as a creative consultant.Molyneux has been criticized in the past for over-hyping the games he is working on, and in particular Fable. At a start-up studio he will be forced to think smaller due to much more limited resources being available, which hopefully translates into less hype before a game launches. Little is known about 22 Cans as of yet, but Molyneux has surely taken up a creative role there. If he’s developing titles directly, we could see some great (smaller) titles appearing. And with his loathing of sequels, I think we’ll be seeing lots of different games rather than another series being created.As for Lionhead, Molyneux is just the latest in a string of departures by senior staff. Several staff, formerly of Big Blue Box who originally created Fable, have left to form Another Place Productions. Their focus is producing games for digital distribution across PSN, XBLA, Steam, and the key mobile platforms.Read more at Kotaku and GamesIndustry.bizlast_img read more

first_imgChildren who have spent much of their lifetimes making revving, rumbling sound effects with their mouths while pushing toy trucks through sand will really dig Dozer Day at the Clark County Fairgrounds.It’s a big step up for a little kid. The trucks at Dozer Day aren’t toys, they’re the real deal and as large as life; plenty of joyful “vroom, vroom” sound effects will come straight from big motors and machinery, not anybody’s pretending lips.Dozer Day — actually two days running May 19 and 20 — is the annual Clark County outing that lets small children operate large construction equipment. Held in a massive sand pit at the Clark County Fairgrounds, the event deploys dozens of professionally qualified volunteers to supervise — that is, provide safety-belted laps and help move the literal levers of power — while the kids get to do more than pretend. The volunteers love it, said event planner Renee Nutter. They used to be eager little kids, too.This year’s Dozer Day has an additional draw for former little kids who have grown bigger and eager to do more than pretend. This is the first time that Dozer Day’s many corporate partners and contributors will host an on-site career fair for job seekers 18 years and older. “Some of our local sponsors, some really great companies, are looking to do some hiring,” Nutter said. Employers such as A&E Construction, Clark County Public Works, Dietrich Trucking, Les Schwab, Northwest Natural, Papé Machinery, PetersonCat, RDO Equipment and Waste Connections will be on hand to talk future employment with visitors — along with Nutter Corp., the family construction company that grew this event.last_img read more

first_imgAt the advent of a new era for reading, an era integrating mobility and exploration into the standard experience, we are committed to turn this experience into tangible progress. This past week we have not only focused on restoring services, but also on reinforcing our infrastructure with more fault-tolerant, redundant servers managed in multiple co-located clusters. We are dedicated to enhancing our infrastructure to both keep up with our rapid global growth and be more resilient to all types of system-related challenges. To this end we have nearly tripled our technology team in the past few months. We know how much you have become accustomed to the addition of digital reading into your lifestyle. We also know how upsetting it is to feel helpless, not knowing the cause of problems. For that we are truly sorry. Please know customer satisfaction is our reason for existence and we take it very seriously. We hope you will give us a chance to make it right and show you how much we value you. Zinio CEO Rich Maggiotto has posted an open letter apologizing for the digital newsstand being down for several days last week and attributing the problem to “misconfigured operational scripts that took down both core and redundant servers at our datacenter.”Maggiotto says, For a number of days last week, Zinio’s web services were interrupted or offline. We believe that last week’s system failure was the result of misconfigured operational scripts that took down both core and redundant servers at our datacenter. The problem severely impaired all secondary processes and repositories. This failure was significant to say the least – it brought down our entire network. Our IT/Ops and Engineering teams worked diligently on a 24/7 basis to restore core web services and bring our stores, processes and delayed content back online. As the CEO, I hold us to the highest of standards. We failed you. And for that, I deeply apologize. Over the past ten years, many of us, myself included, have poured our souls into building our vision. We have seen rapid growth these past several months. Seeing our hard work offline was emotionally devastating for my team and me. Please know that we know this outage was unacceptable. last_img read more

first_imgDownload AudioNow it’s time for 49 voices. This week we will hear from a high school student from the western Alaska village of Scammon Bay. Tom James Greg Tomaganuk is from Scammon Bay. He was in Anchorage recently for the Academic Decathalon.last_img

first_imgKolkata: Two members of a family were found dead, while one was recovered in an unconscious state at their house in Khidderpore port area on Friday.Police recovered the decomposed bodies of brothers Triloki Prasad Gupta (59) and Bhola Prasad (53). Their sister Shanti (56) was found unconscious, but was declared dead at a local hospital, said a police official. Police have primarily ruled out murder and are suspecting that they might have died after consuming something poisonous or of suffocation as the house on Karl Marx Sarani in South Port police area lacked ventilation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Police said the neighbours informed them about the stench emanating from the house, following which they broke open the door. Primary investigation revealed there were no external injury marks on their bodies. “All the three bodies have been sent for post-mortem. The actual cause of death and time will be ascertained only after we get the reports,” said an official. Bhola was into milk business, while Triloki was a government employee. Both of them were unmarried. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “There was no opening inside the house. All ventilators were manually shut. We found a diesel generator in the house,” said a forensic official. Forensic officials said there is a possibility that they died of suffocation due to emission of carbon monoxide from the generator. Police found that the electric supply of the house was disconnected and they suspected that they might have used the generator. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more