New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) As the city recorded a sharp dip in air quality, the Indian Medical Association today said Delhi was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the Delhi government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.In a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, IMA National President Dr KK Aggarwal and the Secretary General Dr RN Tandon, said children are “especially at risk” in air quality ranging from poor to severe.The IMA mentioned in the letter that when Air Quality Index (AQI) levels cross 200, it is “generally advised” that time spent outdoors be restricted.”Hence all outdoor sports, marathons and other outdoor activities in schools should be stopped.”Children are more prone to harmful effects of air pollution as their lungs are still growing,” the letter said.The IMA stated that children, who play or exercise outdoors need more oxygen, so they take in more polluted air into their lungs, which hampers the growth of their lungs leading to breathing problems later on in life.”We appeal to you to stop all outdoor activities and sports in schools due to the very poor air quality keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on health of children and immediately issue an advisory in this regard for all schools in Delhi-NCR, which should be disseminated through different media such as radio, print including social media.The association has also urged organisers of the Delhi half marathon and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking cancellation of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon because of the increased pollution levels in the air.advertisementThe event is scheduled to be held on November 19.PTI PLB DV
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Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo named Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17 Goal Last updated 2 years ago 03:54 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(83) Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup The Real Madrid star has won the award for the second year in a row after leading the Blancos to a Liga and Champions League double Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17.Ronaldo takes home the award for the second year in a row, as he managed to defeat competition from fellow finalists Neymar and Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in London.Los Blancos 5/4 to beat Spurs 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 The 32-year-old turned in another stunning campaign for Madrid in 2016-17 as he led the Blancos to a La Liga and Champions League double, including a brace in the Champions League final against Juventus. Ronaldo netted 25 times in La Liga last term and added 12 goals in the Champions League to round off another sensational goalscoring season. Messi, meanwhile, scored an incredible 54 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last term, but only managed to get his hands on the Copa del Rey with Barca – and it was ultimately Madrid’s title wins that assured victory for their star forward.”Thank you, a lot, to the guys who voted for me. I must also mention Leo and Neymar, for being here,” Ronaldo said after recieving the prize.”Real Madrid – the coach, the supporters and the president – they support all of the year so I say thank you to them.”I’m really glad to win consecutive awards. This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all the fans around the world for the support. I appreciate that, thank you very much.”It’s great to be here with these great players and I am so happy guys, thanks you so much.”The Best FIFA Men’s Player award was initially pared down to a shortlist of 24, which was named in August . From there, Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar were named the three finalists in September. The winner of the award was selected by the current coaches from every FIFA men’s national team, the current captains of every FIFA men’s national team, a journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans from all over the world registered on FIFA.com. Ronaldo also took home the inagural Best FIFA Men’s Player award in 2016. FIFA formerly awarded the Ballon d’Or in conjuction with the magazine France Football, but the two entities split their prizes last year. France Football still awards the Ballon d’Or, and it is expected the Ronaldo will equal Messi with his fifth such prize when the award is announced in December. The Best FIFA Men’s Player nod wasn’t the only honour Ronaldo picked up on the evening, as he was also named to the FIFPro World 11 for the 11th year in a row .Elsewhere on the night, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016-17, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane took home the Men’s Coach of the Yea r prize, and Juventus veteran Gianluigi Buffon was named the Best FIFA Goalkeeper .Ronaldo has scored just one La Liga goal in five appearances thus far in 2017-18, but has picked up the slack in Europe with five goals in just three Champions League appearances.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost is staying hot on the recruiting trail. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have landed another commitment.Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy three-star linebacker Jackson Hannah announced his commitment to Nebraska this afternoon. Hannah was offered by the Huskers on May 17.Hannah chose Nebraska over Arkansas, Florida, Virginia, Cal, Wisconsin and others.“After much consideration and countless prayers, I am incredibly happy to announce my commitment to the University of Nebraska #gbr,” he tweeted.After much consideration and countless prayers, I am incredibly happy to announce my commitment to the University of Nebraska #gbr pic.twitter.com/JJjFwHIdZR— jackson hannah (@jacksonhannah5) June 6, 2018Hannah is the No. 17 player in Tennessee and the 23rd-ranked outside linebacker in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is the second commit for the Huskers in the last three days, joining four-star QB/ATH Luke McCaffrey. McCaffrey announced his pledge on Monday.Frost has now landed three 2019 commitments this month, including three-star JUCO offensive guard Desmond Bland, who committed on Friday.Here’s a look at Nebraska’s current recruiting class, which features eight commitments.
Chandigarh: In a major goof-up, crucial government files, including one pertaining to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in a case of Rs 1,144-crore Ludhiana City Centre scam, have gone missing from the previous department of Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. The other missing files of the Local Government Department included unauthorised construction on an agricultural land in Ludhiana. The Vigilance Bureau had already given a clean chit to Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh and others in the Ludhiana City Centre scam. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On June 6, Sidhu was divested of the charge of Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs portfolios and given Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources in a Cabinet reshuffle, the first after the Lok Sabha election results. However, the rift between Amarinder Singh and Sidhu deepened after the cabinet reshuffle and the latter resigned on July 14 as Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources, the portfolios he had not taken charge of. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed His resignation has not been accepted till date by the Chief Minister. “Efforts are on to trace the files. We are trying to establish contact with Sidhu, who might be aware about them,” a senior official told IANS. Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra has ordered a department inquiry into the missing files that included granting clearance to luxury apartment project in Ludhiana. Sidhu could not be contacted.
WATERTON, Alta. – Fire crews halted the spread of a wildfire into the Waterton Lakes National Park townsite on Tuesday, but they were not able to save the visitor’s centre or stop the flames from spreading into grasslands outside the southwestern Alberta park.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said 500 people were ordered out of their homes in the Waterton townsite and in parts of nearby Cardston County, the Municipality of Pincher Creek and a First Nations community southwest of Lethbridge.Remaining residents in Cardston, Pincher Creek and on the Blood reserve were warned they may have to leave on short notice. All three communities declared states of local emergency.Some 135 firefighters, 14 helicopters and nine air tankers were battling the blaze in the park and more resources were on standby, Notley said.“We’re advised that efforts to fight the eastern border of the fire are likely to be more successful today during the day with the use of tanker and helicopter resources,” she said.At a news conference late Tuesday night, participants described how the behaviour of the wildfire, which grew by 330 square kilometres, dramatically shifted through the overnight period due to high winds and extremely dry conditions.Scott Elliot, incident commander for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, called it “high intensity.”“Fortunately when the fire was moving quickly through the park toward the Waterton townsite, the preparation work that had been done by all the firefighting resources up there and the pre-planning work that we’d done led to a successful operation,” he said.“The townsite was saved — there was some damage to some structures throughout the town, but the overall preparation and work that we’ve done was excellent … under some very challenging conditions.”The visitor’s centre which was burned to the ground had been built in 1958. Parks Canada had been intending on replacing it anyway.Don Anderberg, the mayor of Pincher Creek, called the experience “pretty scary.”“Midnight, one o’clock, it looked like the town of Pincher Creek may be fully involved in this event,” he said, adding conditions had improved by Tuesday night.“But that can certainly change. We have developed a plan to evacuate the rest of the MD … and a plan to evacuate the town of Pincher Creek if need be.”Cardston County Reeve Jim Bester called it a rocky 24 hours, but said he was grateful for the work of his staff and provincial officials “who came down and helped us get through the night.”Like Anderberg, he said the area isn’t out of the woods yet but he is hopeful.“We’re all one family here. We’re very blessed with where we live and the opportunities we have. We’ll get through this. We don’t know exactly how it’s going to end yet, but it’s going to end OK.”An evacuation order was issued for Waterton on Friday when shifting winds threatened to carry a fire burning across the B.C. boundary eastward.By late Monday afternoon, the fire was established in the park and was moving northeast along the Akamina Parkway, a road that connects a popular recreational area at Cameron Lake in the park’s southwest to the townsite.Evacuation orders outside the park were issued late Monday and early Tuesday.Forestry manager Bernie Schmitte said a grass fire ignited near the park’s gate on Monday night, probably due to a blowing ember from the wildfire.Crews were unable to stop the flames from spreading along both sides of Highway 6 and the fire burned until early Tuesday.“Strong gusty winds continue to be in the forecast for the region, which has proved to be a challenge to firefighting efforts and we’ll be monitoring that through the day,” he said.Rain in the forecast for later this week should help, he added.“Whenever we do get (precipitation), that is a good firefighting day and we will make progress on that.”Blood officials ordered everyone out early Tuesday from homes and apartments in the extreme southwest corner of the reserve. Fire Chief Oscar Cotton said that affected about 50 homes and 100 people were in the evacuation centre.“The only problem that we really have is the massive amount of smoke we’re getting from that fire,” Cotton said.Lockey Craig, who has property just east of the park, drove down with his wife from Calgary on Monday night when it looked like the situation was worsening.They managed to load some photo albums and other keepsakes into his vehicle before the area was put under an evacuation order late Monday night. Craig figures he got 2 1/2 hours of sleep at a niece’s house in nearby Cardston.He said when he was at his property, he could see smoke billowing out from the mountains in the park and there was ash falling from the sky.“We live at least 10 kilometres away from the (park) gate and it looked like it was snowing.”Craig is the president of Waymarker Hospitality, which owns several hotels and restaurants within the park’s townsite, He said the park’s closure during one of the busiest tourist months will hurt.“It is what it is. I’m very sad about what’s happened,” he said. “I’m very sad about the whole backcountry. Nothing we can do, though.”Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna praised the work of firefighters on the ground.“It has been a tough situation,” she said outside a cabinet meeting in St. John’s, N.L. “It was a tough night and they’ve been working extremely hard.”Shell Canada said it was keeping a close eye on its sour gas plant operation in the area.The company said it planned to gradually shut in wells and facilities close to the flames. Staff doing the work were being accompanied by fire suppression teams to ensure safety.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary, with files from Ken Trimble and John Cotter in Edmonton and Sue Bailey in St John’s.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Bernie Schmitte’s name
APTN National NewsThe RCMP’s M Division is asking the Yukon public to give them a report card.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports that the police is not getting a passing grade.
New Delhi: The NITI Aayog will organise the FinTech Conclave 2019 on financial technologies in the national capital on Monday, according to an official announcement here. A NITI Aayog statement on Sunday said that the conclave, to be inaugurated by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das, will be attended by senior government and RBI officials, as well as more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions “The objective is to shape India’s continued ascendancy in fintech, build the narrative for future strategy and policy efforts, and to deliberate steps for comprehensive financial inclusion,” it said. “The Conclave will be featuring representatives from across the financial space – central ministries, regulators, bankers, startups, service providers and entrepreneurs. “The conclave will host more than 300 representatives from the leading financial institutions, including HDFC Bank, IndusInd, ICICI Bank, SBI Card, Tata Capital and fintechs like BankBazaar, PhonePe, Capital Float, Zerodha, PayTM, MobiKwik and PayU,” it added. Leading venture capital investors, state governments, micro, small and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and industry experts will also be present. The statement also said the valedictory session of the conclave will have presentations consolidating sector-specific findings of the various panels on themes such as “digital onboarding of customers and merchants for financial inclusion, building financial products for millennial India and emerging areas of fintech.” Citing industry research that $1 trillion, or 60 per cent, of retail and SME credit will be digitally disbursed by 2029, it said that India is one of the fastest growing fintech markets globally. The Indian fintech ecosystem is the third largest in the globe, attracting nearly $6 billion in investments since 2014, the statement added.
Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, was invited by the Government on 1 October to conduct a fact-finding mission from 28 October to 4 November. Despite a written invitation by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, he was not allowed into the country upon arrival at the airport in the capital, Harare.Mr. Ban supports the call issued by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay “on the Government of Zimbabwe to give full access to the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations,” his spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.“More generally, the Secretary-General regrets the circumstances that led to the decision of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to temporarily disengage from the Cabinet and Council of Ministers in Zimbabwe,” she added.Earlier this year, the opposition MDC, led by Mr. Tsvangirai, and President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party agreed to form a Government of National Unity, following months of tensions after disputed presidential elections.Mr. Ban believes the Government has improved the lives of Zimbabweans and hopes that this latest challenge will be surmounted as soon as possible, urging all parties to respect the power-sharing agreement reached last August, Ms. Montas said.“I deeply regret that the Government has deprived me of the possibility to objectively assess the situation of torture and ill-treatment through gathering on the spot evidence from all available sources, including governmental and non-governmental sources, victims and witnesses, as well as visits to various places of detention,” Mr. Nowak said today. “Each hour is critical,” he emphasized.Allegations that MDC supporters and human rights defenders have been arrested, harassed and intimidated in recent days underscore the urgent need for an objective fact-finding mission by an independent UN expert, Mr. Nowak has stressed.While in transit in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday, he was informed that Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister had decided on Monday to postpone his visit, citing consultations between the Government and the South African Development Community (SADC).But while waiting for his flight on to Zimbabwe, Mr. Nowak received a later dated 27 October that Mr. Tsvangirai wished to meet him in his office in the capital, Harare, today.Consequently, the Rapporteur flew to Harare last night, but upon arrival, he was met by the head of airport immigration, who said that despite his valid visa, his entry into the country had not been cleared by the Foreign Minister.After spending the night at the airport, he was sent back on the first flight to Johannesburg this morning, despite efforts by the UN, the Prime Minister and other authorities to facilitate his entry into the country.“A high-level delegation sent by the Prime Minister to go to the airport was even denied access and told that the Special Rapporteur was no longer held at the airport,” according to a press release issued by the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Mr. Nowak said that he strongly protests his treatment, urging the Government to fully investigate the incident and identify who is responsible for denying his access to Zimbabwe. 29 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his disappointment that the invitation extended by the Zimbabwean Government to the United Nations independent expert on torture was suddenly revoked yesterday.
“What is important now is for the parties to engage seriously on substance,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said as he briefed the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East. He reported that the talks that began in early January in Amman between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have, unfortunately, stalled. Since the last meeting of the negotiators on 25 January, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been consulting internally and with the Arab League. “So far, prospects for the resumption of direct bilateral negotiations remain dim,” he noted.Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010 after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Mr. Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.Mr. Pascoe said that the framework set last September by the so-called Quartet – the diplomatic grouping bringing together the UN with the European Union, Russia and the United States – that aims for a negotiated solution by the end of this year remains relevant.“We still hope both leaders will realize they must overcome the political impasse and rebuild confidence and momentum,” he said, adding that time is not on the side of either party.Meanwhile, the situation on the ground in both Gaza and the West Bank remains “dangerous and ultimately unsustainable,” said Mr. Pascoe. Israel continues to authorize settlement expansion in occupied Palestinian territory in violation of its international obligations.Incidents of settler violence against Palestinians and their property, as well as violence by Palestinians against settlers, continue in the West Bank, as does demolitions of Palestinian property. The past month has also witnessed increasing tensions and violence between Palestinians and Israeli security forces around holy sites, he reported. There was also a significant increase in rockets fired from Gaza into Israel this month, he added. He also discussed the ongoing crisis in Syria, as well as its impact on neighbouring Lebanon, and the situation in Yemen, where he said the political transition remains “delicate” and requires ongoing facilitation. 28 February 2012The United Nations political chief today called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to get serious about overcoming the current impasse, noting that the talks begun last month have stalled and the situation on the ground in the West Bank and Gaza remains dangerous.
The government says the high electricity tariff is a temporary measure to cushion losses faced by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).Addressing media heads today during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachi said that concessions will be given to public from January once the Sampur coal power project and the Norochcholai coal power project as well as new Thermal power projects adds more electricity to the national grid. She said that the Norochcholai coal power plant is expected to add more electricity to the national grid in October.The Minister also said that the Sampur coal power plant will get off the ground in July and by January next year the government will be in a position to pass the concessions to the public. Coal and thermal power is cheaper than hydro power. (Colombo Gazette) She said that a policy decision taken by the government in 1993 not to go for a coal power project and instead purchase electricity from the private sector had resulted in today’s power crises. Last year the Ceylon Electricity Board faced a Rs. 61 billion loss, Minister Wanniarachi said at today’s meeting with the media heads.
“The intention, as I understand it, of the US is to share with colleagues, at 15, the thoughts behind that text and to get some reaction to it and that those reactions will then inform the nature of the text which would then later be formally tabled,” Mr. Jones Parry told reporters, referring to the 15-member body, which had just been briefed on the latest report on UN weapons inspections in Iraq.Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday received from United States Ambassador John Negroponte the draft ideas on Iraq, the first time he had seen the elements for a possible resolution, his spokesman said today.Published reports have said the US resolution would create a multinational force for Iraq led by the United States and authorized by the UN – an effort to win greater participation from countries unwilling to serve without UN authorization.In an interview with the Financial Times on a possible new UN role stemming from the new resolution, Mr. Annan said: “Whatever mandate is given to us has to be clear, precise, achievable. The mandate we had (in the early resolution on Iraq in May) was rather ambiguous. We got a lot done, but moving forward we need a clear resolution, which we’ve had in similar situations, for example, in the case of Afghanistan, [where] you had a clear division of labour.” Mr. Jones Parry told a news briefing yesterday the new resolution should emerge within days and its starting point would be the need to achieve the political, security and economic conditions necessary to transfer sovereignty to the Iraqi people as soon as possible.In the weapons report, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) said it would be able and ready to resume its search for banned weapons of mass destruction in Iraq at short notice if the Security Council so requested.
VANCOUVER — Arike Ogunbowale scored 30 points and Jackie Young added 25 to help No. 1 Notre Dame beat Drake 82-64 in the Vancouver Showcase semifinal Friday night.The defending champion Fighting Irish (5-0) struggled to score early. But after the first quarter was tied 17-17, Notre Dame eventually managed to dominate. The Irish outscored the Bulldogs 52-44 in the paint.Ogunbowale connected on 11 of 19 shots while Young hit 11 of 15 from the field.The Irish were playing without Jessica Shepard and still were missing Marina Mabrey, who has been sidelined with a quadriceps injury all season.Sara Rhine led the Bulldogs (5-1) with 18 points while Sammie Bachrodt netted 11 and Maddy Dean contributed 10.In the early going, the Bulldogs prevented the Irish from driving the baseline early. Notre Dame also struggled from beyond the arc, missing all four of its three-point attempts in the first 10 minutes.But the Bulldogs were hurt by a number of offensive turnovers down low and, as a result, did not profit as much as they could have. Turner’s basket off an alley-oop put the Irish ahead 22-21 early in the second quarter, and then Ogunbowale and Young combined to stretch their advantage.The Irish increased their lead to 44-31 at half-time, outscored the Bulldogs 37-16 in the third quarter and coasted from there.BIG PICTURENotre Dame: By qualifying for the final amongst a tough field, the Fighting Irish appear poised to retain their No. 1 ranking.Drake: The surging Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season.UP NEXTNotre Dame: The Fighting Irish will battle for the championship Saturday against the winner of Friday’s other semifinal between Oregon State and South Carolina.Drake: The Bulldogs will tip off in Saturday’s game to decide third place against either Oregon State or South Carolina.The Associated Press
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James is leaving home again and leaving behind something he says is more meaningful than any of his NBA championships.James, who this month ended his second stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, has opened a public school for challenged children in his hometown.The NBA great admitted to having “jitters” before the opening, an event he said is “going to be one of the greatest moments — if not the greatest — of my life.”NBA star and Akron native LeBron James and his mother Gloria James, right, pose with children participating in the LeBron James Family Foundation’s Wheels for Education “Time to Promise” School Year event at Canal Park during an Akron Aeros game in Akron, Ohio. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal via AP, File)The I Promise School initially will house 240 third- and fourth-graders. The Akron school will expand each year, adding second and fifth grades next year and will have students from grades 1-8 by 2022.James was to be at the school Monday to welcome students and make his first public comments since deciding to join the Lakers.James spent 11 seasons with the Cavs, winning a title in 2016 to end Cleveland’s 52-year drought without a pro sports championship. His departure ended a four-year run with the Cavs after he returned in 2014 following four seasons with the Miami Heat.Following his eighth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, James said he was still in “championship mode” as he headed into free agency. But he’s going to a Lakers team that missed the playoffs again last season and seems years away from competing for a title in the rugged Western Conference.James was also drawn to Los Angeles by the appeal of playing for one of the league’s most storied programs and the chance to work with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president and a player James idolized since he was a kid.James also chose Los Angeles in part because it represents the next chapter in his life. He already owns homes there and he has a film production company in the city.
Martin Engineering has introduced a new powered brush cleaner for conveyor belts – a rotating design that removes material accumulation and dust in difficult applications. Well suited to belts that use raised elements (cleats, chevrons, ribs or lugs) to assist in carrying material, the Martin® Brush Cleaner is an economical solution that provides high-performance, energy-efficient operation, even in conditions involving sticky materials or stringy fibers, such as coal.The economical 230/460-V, three-phase electric motor provides successful cleaning with minimal power consumption. A 0.74 kW motor powers the units for 457 to 1,067 mm belts, and a 1.48 kW motor drives the cleaners for 1,219 to 2,438 mm belts. The motor can be operated in either direction, and the unit can be installed on the left or right side of the cleaner, depending on the plant’s requirements. Constructed of durable steel and stainless steel components, the cost-effective belt cleaner delivers a long-service life, holding up even in the harshest operating environments. The innovative design allows easy installation and maintenance.Two bristle pattern options are available to accommodate materials with a range of moisture contents. For both models, standard polypropylene bristles offer an operating temperature range of -29ºC to 82ºC, and optional bristles are available for higher temperatures.The Martin Spiral Brush Belt Cleaner contains bristles that are wrapped in a spiral pattern, effectively cleaning dry materials that can cling and cause buildup on the shaft of conventional brush cleaners. The standard 0.96 mm diameter bristles are 102 mm long. Developed for belts carrying dusty or crumbled materials that readily release from bristles, the spiral design is also available in low-profile versions and wider constructions for especially challenging applications.For soft or moist materials that tend to cling to bristles and brush shafts, the Martin Strip Brush Belt Cleaner is a 254 mm diameter unit that employs a series of brush strips on shaft-mounted hubs. The strip design allows material to fall from the brush, where it can be collected and returned to the material flow, rather than settling into the bottom of the bristles. Bristles are 1 mm in diameter and 76 mm long.Martin Engineering’s conveyor belt brush cleaners are designed for use in the secondary cleaning position, with recommended placement at the point where the belt leaves the discharge pulley. The cleaners may also be mounted further along the conveyor’s return run, where they can be supported by an idler or pulley. Installation of a primary on the face of the discharge pulley below the material stream is always recommended.
Instead of ill Rainer Osmann, German Handball Federation appointed coach of Leipzig, Heine Jensen for a new coach of women’s national team. Jensen (in the club from 2008) will stay with “double-function” until June, when he will left German champions and take a responsibility just for a national team. DHB signed with him a contract until 31th December 2014. ← Previous Story Rene Toft Hansen in THW Kiel from 2012 Next Story → Per Sandstrom a “new wall” of MT Melsungen
Source: Frank AugsteinEver since his days with Gremio, Scolari has known how to extract the most from his players and he is doing so again. Following a lacklustre start to his second coming as Brazil manager, which began with a 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley, Scolari has won 19 of his 27 games in charge, losing just once more after London, to Switzerland.Oscar, Hulk, Fernandinho, David Luis, Marcelo — these are star players at some of the biggest clubs in Europe, who have been the subject of massive transfer fees, yet Scolari has them playing a very limited, almost simplistic, style of football.No-nonsenseNeymar was the go-to man, but not to the same extent as Lionel Messi has been for Argentina, and Brazil managed to beat Chile (on penalties) and Colombia without Neymar playing anywhere near as well as he did during the group stages.A man of the no-nonsense south, Scolari is already loved and revered by Brazilians, and his reputation is unlikely to be tainted by failure tonight or next Sunday, should Brazil win through to the final. Describing Neymar’s injury as a “catastrophe” is surely the coach’s attempt to free his players from pressure rather than his true opinion. What World Cup-winning coach would place so much emphasis on the abilities of one, admittedly wonderful, footballer?Scolari, with his sports psychologist Regina Brandao, must turn the loss of Neymar into an advantage by allowing his team to remove the yoke of expectation. Source: Martin MeissnerIf Scolari can’t lose it is beginning to look like his opposite number Joachim Löw cannot win. Germany have reached their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final but a demanding country’s 18-year wait for a major trophy is beginning to take its toll.Löw, in charge for nearly half that period, has at his disposal one of the most talented groups of players Germany has ever enjoyed, but already there are discussions taking place across the media as to who should replace him.ConcernPlaying Philipp Lahm at midfield was viewed as stubbornness, switching him back to full-back for the quarter-final win over France was seen as weakness. However there was no denying the Germany backline looked better with him alongside the imperious Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, who possesses more pace than Per Mertesacker.The form of Mario Götze is a bigger concern. With Marco Reus absent through injury, the Bayern Munich man was supposed to provide the unpredictability in attack for Germany but he looks out of shape and devoid of determination.Thomas Muller is an incredible tournament player and goal-scorer but he lacks that flamboyant quality of an in-form Götze or fit Reus. Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil and Andre Schürrle all have their qualities but are conventional midfielders more than anything else. Source: Thanassis StavrakisSo, unlike Messi’s Argentina or the Netherlands of Arjen Robben, both sides are without real creative genius in attack and, outside of a couple of group stage blow-outs neither has truly impressed to date.Suspended captain Thiago Silva will be a loss but Luiz looks ready to lead and Dante alongside him should be able to provide useful insight into the Germans. Particularly at set-pieces, from which they have looked particularly dangerous.The inclusion of Willian in place of Neymar and the return of Luiz Gustavo can help Brazil in the midfield battle but the burden of goal-scoring looks heavier on the shoulders of Hulk, Oscar and Fred than it does Muller or Miroslav Klose, the one playing survivor of 2002.The other survivor in the Brazil dugout will no doubt have a plan but this time the discrepancy in resources may just be too wide to bridge.Probable teamsBrazil (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar; Maicon, Dante, David Luiz (c), Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho; Willian, Oscar, Hulk; FredGermany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil; Miroslav KloseReferee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)Kick-off: 5pm (9pm GMT), Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte.What are Germany’s chances of winning the World Cup?Power ranking the 10 best players left in the World Cup Mikey Stafford reports from Rio de JaneiroAT SOME POINT Brazilians are going to have to forget about Neymar and accept their fate now lies in the hands of the one true football great still involved with the Seleção.Luiz Felipe Scolari has described Neymar’s injury as a “catastrophe” but the loss of their main attacking outlet would surely be more damaging were any other coach in charge for this evening’s World Cup semi-final against Germany in Belo Horizonte. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesScolari has been here before and has the winner’s medal to prove it. He was in charge for the final in 2002 when Brazil beat Germany in the only previous World Cup meeting between these countries.Of course then he had Neymar’s predecessor as the shining hope of Brazilian football, Ronaldo, to score the goals. Neymar has featured in every one of the 27 games of Scolari’s second reign in charge. The challenge is to find another way.He has done so before. Not universally loved after an indifferent start to his career as Brazil coach, which included a 2-0 Copa America quarter-final defeat to Honduras, Scolari caused consternation ahead of the World Cup in Japan and Korea by dropping Romario, the then 36-year-old hero of 1994 who was still scoring regularly for Fluminense.Romario gave a tearful press conference, the president of Brazil called for his inclusion and fans were in an uproar but Scolari, angered by several incidents of indiscipline, held his nerve. This was a man of huge courage and self-confidence before he had even won a World Cup.ModestThe 65-year-old has now returned for potentially his final job before retirement, even if those who know him best doubt this football obsessive can ever turn his back on the game. Winning a sixth World Cup, on home soil at that, would be one hell of a way to sign off and Scolari will reason that the ends justify the means.He was handed the Brazil job the first time around on the strength of his record with Gremio, where he took a team of modest players to six trophies in three seasons and fans dispirited by the style of play were soon placated by silverware.The Brazil of 2002 were not Gremio and he abandoned his preferred 4-4-2 to accommodate Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. Those complaining that players as ordinary as Fred and Jo do not deserve to win a World Cup should remember that behind that front three 12 years ago Kleberson was preferred as a holding midfielder to Juninho.
Rabindranath TagoreThe 77th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal Rabindranath Tagore is being observed on Monday, reports UNB.Different organisations are holding many programmes while television channels are airing special productions based on Rabindranath Tagore’s works.Bangla Academy will hold a solo lecture and a cultural function at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium on the academy premises at 4:00pm.Besides, Shilpakala Academy, Shishu Academy and different government and non-government institutions and cultural organisations have drawn up various programmes marking the day.Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bangla literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Born on 7 May 1861 at Jorasanko mansion in Kolkata, he was the youngest of 13 surviving children of Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.He became Asia’s first Nobel laureate after winning the Nobel Prize in literature for his mesmerising book Gitanjali in 1913.Two of his songs are now the national anthems of Bangladesh and India — Amar Sonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana — respectively.Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. Gitanjali, Gora, and Ghare-Baire, Chokher Bali are among his best-known works.
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) gestures while addressing his supporters during a campaign meeting ahead of general elections in Islamabad. Photo: ReutersA candidate from the party of Pakistan prime ministerial hopeful and former cricket star Imran Khan was killed on Sunday in a suicide attack that wounded four others, a police official said, days before Wednesday’s general elections.The attack in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follows a series of bombings at political rallies before the election, the most devastating of which was a suicide attack this month that killed 149 people.Sunday’s attack targeted the vehicle of Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Justice Movement, for the provisional legislative assembly in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, after he was leaving a political meeting, two police officials told Reuters.“Ikramullah Gandapur has been killed and we are conducting a post-mortem,” said police official Zahoor Afridi, adding that 10 kg (22 pounds) of explosives had been used in the attack.Gandapur had been informed about serious threats to his life and been provided with 11 policemen, but he did not inform the police about his political meeting on Sunday, Afridi said.Two policemen who were with Gandapur were among the injured.The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, a spokesman for the militant group said.Video images from the scene showed three bleeding and unconscious passengers inside a badly damaged black sports utility vehicle.In 2013, Gandapur’s brother, Israrullah, who was then the provincial law minister, was killed in a suicide attack on his home.There are two main contenders among the dozens of parties in the election fray: PTI and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which aims to win a second term despite the jailing of its founder, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for graft.
A Huawei logo is seen outside the fence at its headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China on 29 May 2019. Reuters File PhotoThe Chinese government convened top tech companies this week and warned them of consequences if they cut off technology sales to the country, US media reported on Saturday.The meeting followed US president Donald Trump’s move last month to blacklist Chinese tech giant Huawei over national security concerns, threatening the firm’s global ambitions and ramping up the months-long trade battle between the two countries.Earlier this week, the Chinese government summoned executives from American firms Dell and Microsoft and South Korea’s Samsung, among others, to warn them that any moves to ramp down their businesses in China may lead to retaliation, The New York Times reported.American companies were told “that the Trump administration’s move to cut off Chinese companies from American technology had disrupted the global supply chain, adding that companies that followed the policy could face permanent consequences,” the newspaper reported.Companies based outside the United States were told that as long as they maintained business as usual, they wouldn’t be punished, the newspaper reported.Last Friday, Facebook announced it would cut Huwaei off from its popular social networking app to comply with the US sanctions, further isolating the company that has become the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor.Google made a similar announcement in May.Washington and Beijing resumed their trade battle last month when negotiations in the US ended without a deal and US president Donald Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.Beijing retaliated with its own tariff hike on billions of dollars worth of US goods.The US move to cut Huawei off from American hardware came next, but was delayed by 90 days to prevent economic disruptions.
Ronald Fonville dishes out a hot meal of chicken nuggets, corn, and bread for McKinley Tech’s students on Jan. 25. (Photo by Diandra Bolton, HU News Service )WASHiNGTON – The snow that has blanked the region and has kept millions confined to their homes, has put a frown on many faces, but not Loletta Robinson.On a day when most people stayed at home and businesses, schools and organizations were shut down, Robinson, the cafeteria supervisor at McKinley Technology High School, headed to work Monday with a smile on her face, because she was doing the one thing that she really loves.“My passion is for feeding kids, more so than being in a classroom setting,” Robinson said in between checking with staff to make sure all was prepared properly for the children. “It brings me joy to feed students. Some children go without eating in the morning. Some are homeless. Some don’t have the income to provide enough food.”So, even though the D.C. Public School System was closed, McKinley and nine other public middle schools opened their doors to feed any children who might not have enough to eat.This morning, 15 students braved the still unplowed streets around the school to eat breakfast at McKinley in the Eckington neighborhood in northeast Washington.The staff made a hot and cold breakfast option in addition to a hot lunch. Those who came were able to get a meal with a protein, fruit, juice, veggies and a carbohydrate. About 90 percent of the students at the McKinley eat two of their meals during the day as part of the school’s free meals program, said Lori Leetz, a district manager for Chartwells, a food service management organization that provides services for all DCPS.(Twitter Photo)The staff attributed the low turnout to the snow that still surrounded the school.“We started out kind of slow and it picked up,” cook Ronald Fonville said. “We had a nice little rush about midway, and then they said they would be back for lunch. We’re looking forward to more for lunch than we did breakfast, because the streets have been cleared off a little more.”Chartwell supervisors said they were more than happy to come in despite the inclement weather.“We love serving kids; we love giving back,” said Mikia Dixon, an area manager. “I didn’t like that we had to come out into the show, but I think that it’s really, really good that this option is available.”Representatives from the mayor’s office and the school worked diligently to clear the roads before the end of the day, said Roberta Downing, a member of the mayor’s office who was on site Monday.“This type of event is always a concern when schools are closed for snow days to make sure kids are getting food,” Downing said. “For the snow event, we have an all hands on deck situation where everybody is working in a number of roles to make sure that we can dig out and respond.”Students and their families also turned out to eat at Brookland Middle School in the 1000 block of Michigan Avenue near Catholic University in northeast D.C. The cafeteria was staffed with six volunteers and four Chartwell employees.They fed around 17 students and family members a cold breakfast in addition to cheese pizza for lunch.“One man came and got food to bring home for his father,” said Kenneth Grady, cafeteria manager at Brookland.Despite the lower than expected turnout, the meals still made an impact in the communities that they served, Leetz said.“You walk through and you see the kids eating and knowing that some of those kids may not have another meal,” she said. “I really stress to my team that we want them to feel that this is a place where they can come, where it’s safe and every day they know can get a meal and see a smiling face.”