By Carol ChurchDo you remember being issued your first credit card? I do. I was in college, and companies were eager to snag my business–probably assuming that my parents would bail me out if necessary. With that card came a feeling of power, but also some worry.The ability to use a credit card for payment is a valuable one, and one most of us don’t want to give up. Credit cards can be especially important to military families, who may face unexpected expenses. Of course, these cards have their advantages and disadvantages. They need to be used with care in order to avoid snowballing debt or a damaged credit rating. And at times, they can really “ding” you with late fees and interest rate increases.How the SCRA Helps Service Members with Credit CardsFor those in the military, no discussion of credit cards would be complete without mentioning the SCRA, which provides crucial financial and legal protections to service members on active duty and for a period of time afterwards. The act applies to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard as well to some Reserve members, and it continues to apply if a service member becomes exempt from duty due to injury. These benefits can even be requested retroactively, if this is done within 180 days of being released from active duty.Under the terms of the SCRA, credit card companies are legally required not to charge more than 6% interest on loans to active duty service members. (It’s important to note that these protections typically apply only to debt acquired before entering service. This means that service members may actually have two rates on their cards—one for pre-service debts and one for new purchases.) Card companies also must waive all fees, including late fees, annual fees, transfer fees, etc. The service member’s spouse can also receive these benefits as long as they have opened a joint line of credit with someone who is eligible for SCRA.Living on Credit Cards by Images MoneyWhat’s more, some banks offer special packages that go above and beyond what is legally required by the SCRA. For instance, they may offer interest rates even below the 6% required (potentially as low as 0%), or have special staff exclusively available to service members. To find deals like these, contact the company or do an Internet search.Don’t Forget to ApplyRemember, though: service members must request these benefits. They are not granted automatically. To do so, members should notify their credit card company in writing that they are on active duty and send them a copy of their orders.Note that the interest rate protections of the SCRA apply to other debts as well, and that it provides additional assistance with other financial obligations. To learn more, visit SCRA Questions and Answers. And for more help with the SCRA and the protections it provides, service members can visit their local military legal assistance services office. They can locate the closest one to them here.
Spain seeks to increase annual bilateral trade with India by 20 per cent in the next five years if the world economy does not get into protectionism, Span’s Ambassador to India José Ramón Barañano said at a conference in Kolkata. He admitted that although the relationship between Spain and India is “excellent” but it is very “superficial.” He was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of an event in Kolkata organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce on Friday.“The world is now very messy. Some countries in the world are trying to limit exports and imports. If that doesn’t go further…We can have growth of (bilateral trade) 20% per year in the next five years. [It can be done] if the world doesn’t go into protectionism,” said Mr. Barañano. He also said that currently the bilateral trade between Spain and India stands at $6 million per year.The Spanish ambassador said that the focus in this regard will be on sectors such as tourism, agriculture and education. As for the reason why bilateral trade between the two countries is not up to the mark the Mr. Barañano said that language barrier and distance are key factors in this regard.“Distance is one factor not allowing us to (boost bilateral trade),” he said. Mr. Barañano argued that the presence of Spanish companies can be increased in India if they can choose the “right local partner.”“Increasing the visibility of Spanish companies in India is one of my top priorities,” he said.However, the diplomat admitted that that the task will not be without challenges. “India is a huge market but it’s not without competition. Spain has not been part of it for so many years,” said Mr. Barañano. He also pointed out that two countries do not have any significant historical ties.
Kolkata, Sep 18 (PTI) The Sports Ministrys much envisaged Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme is of little interest to Athletics Federation of India president Adille J Sumariwalla whose priority at the moment is to develop Indian coaches and wipe out the doping menace. On the scheme, the former Olympian said: “Im not a great fan of TOPS. Its neither here nor there. Im not really enamoured by it, Im really happy with SAI. The money they are giving me. Even before they used to give us money. There was National Sports Development fund which has now become TOPS. They are trying to make it commercial by giving a fancy name.” The newly-elected IAAF council hoped to use his position to bring more foreign coaches and develop the coaching standards in India. “Were keeping on bringing foreign coaches because we need a better quality of Indian coaches. Being a council member in IAAF, it will be a great opportunity for me to bring top athletics coaches to India to able to train our coaches. “I want to do a lot of Level 1, 2 and 3 coaching programmes so as to upgrade our coaches and over a period of time we dont need foreign coaches. I dont have a target but I know clearly what I want,” he said. Sumariwalla is confident that doping would be a thing of past with the strict measures taken by AFI – from increasing the number of dope tests to 1000 to suggesting the sports ministry to jail the coaches whose wards are found positive. “Im very happy that more and more athletes are getting caught. The more athletes get caught, the sooner it will go away. Weve increased the number of doping tests, from 100 to 1000. Im sending NADA to every inter-service, inter-district and inter-railways meet. The minute I come to know of a meet, Im sending NADA team there. Were trying to kill doping at different levels. Im trying to go to the lowest levels. “Weve done a study and its the non-campers and athletes whore hiding theyre getting caught, mostly in the youth and junior age groups. Does a 15-year-old know what to take? Its the coaches whore misleading them. They want to show results to retain their job. “Ive suggested to the secretary of sports government of India to bring it under Juvenile Act and jail the coaches, its a jailable offence. The coaches should be jailed. Weve to get to the root cause and solve the problem. Its a matter of time that it would come down, and we have to take some hard decisions,” Sumariwalla said. More PTI TAP AH AHadvertisement
Dipa Karmakar is making her final preparations for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, and her coach Bisweswar Nandi says she needs to win nothing less than a gold to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Dipa made a strong start to her qualifying bid for the Tokyo Olympics by winning a bronze at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany on Saturday.”I didn’t hope that she would do so well given the strong field, which had lot of medallists. But I’m satisfied with the way she performed. She had very less time to prepare for the event and she did very well. I made her cry a lot during the last few months. So very satisfied,” Nandi told PTI from Cottbus.”It is a good start but to qualify for the Olympics, she will have to win gold in the next 3-4 events of the world cup she participates in. Second or third position won’t matter,” he added.The Cottbus meet is part of an eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Games, under which a gymnast will make the cut based on their best three scores.Read – Dipa Karmakar grabs bronze in vault event at Artistic Gymnastics World CupThe three events where Dipa might participate next are World Cups in Baku, Melbourne and Doha.Nandi said: “We haven’t decided yet which would be those events. I alone can’t take that decision. We will discuss with SAI, Sports Ministry and Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) to take a call about the future events.advertisement”But the main target for us is to do well at the World Championships in Germany next year. That is an event where even a 3rd or 4th place finish can earn you a berth at the Olympics. So that would be the main target for her,” Nandi said.On Saturday, Dipa scored an average of 14.316 on her two vaults. She was 0.412 adrift off the gold-medallist Rebecca Andrade, who finished with 14.728.”Bronze medal in vault event to finish my campaign at 2018 Cottibus World Cup. It was overwhelming to compete against some of the best athletes in the world!! Aaj ye bronze bhi gold lag raha hai! (Today even the bronze feels like gold),” Dipa tweeted after her win.Bronze medal in vault eventto finish my campaign at 2018 Cottibus World Cup. It was overwhelming to compete against some of the best athletes in the world!! Aaj ye bronze bhi gold lag raha hai! pic.twitter.com/WOZS3lSRZMDipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) November 24, 2018After recovering from a knee surgery, Dipa had won her first medal at the World Cup at Turkey in July but her Asian Games was marred by injury when she had strained her knee again and missed the vault final and was forced to pull out of the team event.It led to doubts in the mind and Nandi soon sent her to SAI psychologist Bhavna Chouhan. It helped as the sessions along with the 18 days of intense training during the camp here helped her to get her confidence back.”It has been a difficult phase for her the last couple of months. After the Asian Games, we both were heart broken, there were doubts in our mind but we didn’t give up. I asked her if she is ready to do the hard work and she responded phenomenally.”We just had 18-20 days of hard training at Delhi. Thanks to SAI for arranging the camp. They helped us a lot.(With inputs from PTI)Watch – Mary Kom becomes first female boxer to win 6 golds at Worlds
The National Rifle Association (NRAI) of India has backed the Indian Olympic Association’s proposal to completely boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games, for excluding shooting from the sporting event.NRAI Secretary Rajeev Bhatia and General Secretary DV Seetharama Rao on Sunday said the NRAI has faith in Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and will back whatever decicion the IOA takes.This comes after Indian Olympic Association IOA President Narinder Batra wrote to Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, urging him to boycott the 2022 CWG games in the UK due to the exclusion of shooting.”We are a national sports federation, we are a part of the IOA so whatever action IOA is taking, we have to back them. We are with IOA. We are number one in the world now in shooting. We have gone ahead of China and the UK. The government will eventually take the final call,” Rao, General Secretary, NRAI told ANI.”It’s a good step taken by IOA President, shooters are looking positively at this that something positive will come out. Whatever action IOA takes, we will support them. Everybody is disappointed as shooters are losing a big opportunity, everyone wants to win medals,” Bhatia, Secretary, NRAI told ANI.In the letter addressed to Rijiju, Batra said that the IOA has decided that India will not attend the Congress of CWG in Kigali, Rwanda, from September 3 to 5 later this year.He added that the IOA has come to a decision that names of Rajeev Mehta and Namdev Shirgaonker for VP Regional and Member Sports Committee, respectively, will be withdrawn from the CWG election.advertisement”We want to express our protest by not taking part in 2022 CWG Games in the UK to make the CWG understand that India is not prepared to take India bashing anymore and the people with a particular mindset in the CWG need to understand that India got its independence in 1947 and India is not a colony of anyone anymore and is now the 5th largest economy in the world and by far the fastest-growing economy in the world,” the letter had said.The IOA president further said that India bagged most of the medals in shooting category and by removing it India’s position will come down.In 2010 CWG, India had finished second in overall medals tally and total medals won in the shooting only were 30. In 2018, India had finished third with 16 medals in shooting.”By removing shooting from CWG 2022 the medal ranking of India will go down from third in 2018 to anywhere between fifth to eighth in CWG 2022 and the total number of medals won in 2018, that is, 66 will also come down,” the letter had said.”Even though the government, NSF and IOA will be working hard for CWG 2022, the impression that will go down is of bad performance because the overall number of total medals may come down along with the overall ranking based on medal’s won,” it added.Batra also highlighted that India does not have a single member in the CWG Executive Council or in any functional committees of CWG.”It will be very interesting to note that India does not have even a single member in CWG Executive Council and nor does it have a single member in any of the functional committees of CWG,” the letter had said.Batra, however, acknowledged that the issue is yet to be discussed with athletes, stakeholders and government.He said that whenever India’s position is good in shooting either goalposts are shifted or rules are changed.”We have been noticing over the period of time that wherever India seems to get a grip of the game and performing well, then somehow we find that either the goalposts are shifted or rules are changed. We feel it is time for us in IOA/India to start asking tough questions and start taking positions,” the letter said.Read more | AITA confirms India will travel to Pakistan for Davis Cup tieAlso see:
Realme 5 review: Come for quad cameras, stay for the battery lifeIn our Realme 5 review, we take a look at how good the quad cameras are, how powerful the Snapdragon 665 SoC really is, and why its biggest draw is the 5,000mAh battery. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 10:16 IST 8/10Realme 5 offers a quad camera setup and a 5,000mAh battery for a starting price of Rs 9,999 in India.HIGHLIGHTSRealme 5 price in India starts at Rs 9,999 and goes up to Rs 11,999.It offers an attractive crystal design, but the display misses FHD+ resolution.Realme 5 brings a two-day battery life with a 5,000mAh battery.In a little over a year, Realme has launched a little over a dozen smartphones in India ranging between Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000. Most of these phones have earned high praises without which the company would not have seen the kind of popularity most newbie brands yearn for in such a short span of time. This year, Realme is looking more aggressive than usual, launching phones back to back. After the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro earlier this year, the company has already come out with the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro.Why did Realme launch the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro less than six months after the Realme 3-series? Simple. It wanted to be one of the first brands to launch affordable quad camera phones. And that’s exactly what the two phones highlight. But in typical Realme fashion, that’s not all they boast of.Compared to the Realme 3, the Realme 5 is a bit of a show off. It gets a new crystal design, more cameras, more battery and a new Snapdragon chipset. There are some notable upgrades here, but it’s clearly a phone with excess features. In our Realme 5 review, we take a look at whether these excesses work in favour of the smartphone that costs under Rs 10,000 or if they make the Realme 3 look better for its simplicity.Realme 5 DesignThe Realme 5 is definitely a bulkier and heavier phone weighing at 198 grams as opposed to the Realme 3 at 175 grams. You can feel the difference the moment you hold the two devices in your hands. It also gets a bigger display compared to the Realme 5 Pro and it’s not always easy working on it with one hand.advertisementYou may find it a little difficult to reach for the power button in the first attempt, but the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is ideally located. The Realme 5 sports the same 3D curved rear panel as the Realme 5 Pro, which makes it easier to grip the device. The glossy plastic rear panel comes in a new Crystal design with a diamond-cut pattern that looks different compared to what we have seen on previous Realme models. The triangular pattern is uneven and subtle indoors, but looks louder outdoors at certain angles under light. It comes in two colour options – Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple. Much like the Realme 5 Pro, the glossy panel on the Realme 5 is also a fingerprint magnet and will also attract a lot of smudges as you go about the day. After a week of using it, placing it in my pocket with my car keys, the panel did register some scratches as well. Some of the ports on the Realme 5 include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and a single speaker grille. The Realme 5 also comes with a triple card slot that can house two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB).Overall, the Realme 5 offers a fairly large build that may not be to everyone’s liking. While the crystal design looks unique, I feel the Realme 3 offered a sleeker look and a more premium in-hand feel. That being said, you do get a bigger battery and screen with the Realme 5, which one might prefer over design.Realme 5 DisplayComing to the display, the Realme 5 gets a familiar Dewdrop screen as seen on previous Realme phones, only this time the company is calling it a ‘Minidrop display’. This is because the waterdrop notch is apparently smaller by 30 per cent and is flatter as well. The bezels on the top and sides are slim with the chin being the most noticeable distraction.The Realme 5 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600) display with Gorilla Glass 3+ protection. The display is certainly bigger compared to the Realme 3, which offers a 6.2-inch screen, but that also makes it easier to notice pixelations on the Realme 5. With and HD+ resolution, the display lacks a certain sharpness especially while reading texts or streaming video content. Colours on screen look deep and attractive and brightness levels are quite good. The phone does not come with Widevine L1 support, which means streaming content on platforms like Netflix in less than 720p won’t offer the best experience. This is where the Redmi 7S may prove to be a better option with its FHD+ display.Realme 5 Performance and SoftwareRealme 5 is powered by a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 665 chipset, which is the same processor powering the Xiaomi Mi A3 as well. This is a 11nm-based chipset that’s supposed to be more power efficient than the Snapdragon 660. It also comes equipped with an Adreno 610 GPU, which is a step up from the Adreno 512 GPU on its predecessor. However, in terms of CPU clock speeds, the Snapdragon 660 offers more juice compared to the Snapdragon 665, and this difference can be felt on the Realme 5.advertisementThe Realme 5 doesn’t feel as snappy and smooth as the Helio P70-powered Realme 3 or the Snapdragon 660-powered Realme 2 Pro from last year. The SD665 can handle basic day-to-day tasks like messaging and social media and web browsing, but the phone does feel sluggish at times.Where the chipset lacks in performance, it makes up for in efficiency. Based on a 11nm process, the Snapdragon 665 SoC does a good job at keeping battery drain to a minimal, making the 5,000mAh battery feel even bigger than it already is. The Snapdragon 665 SoC also handles gaming pretty well. I played a few sessions of PUBG on medium graphics settings and things were smooth enough, but anything above medium graphics will affect your gameplay experience.The smartphone comes in three variants – 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB. These are priced at Rs 9,999, Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively. Realme 5 ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie. As mentioned on previous Realme reviews, ColorOS 6 will require some getting used to. It is clearly not the best software experience out there as it comes preloaded with tons of apps and heavy customisations that can be off-putting. This is also why Realme is working on RealmeOS, which may offer a clear Android user experience.If you don’t mind the bloatware and the look of ColorOS, there are some nice features to be found as well. The custom Oppo software offers a lockscreen magazine, an app drawer, battery optimisation features, Game Space and so on that are useful.The fingerprint sensor on the back and face unlock are both fast and effiecient, so you can use either and stay satisfied. The single bottom-firing speaker can get pretty loud, but don’t expect a lot of range from it. Sound quality is good enough for watching some video content, but I would suggest buying the Realme Buds 2 wired earphones for Rs 599 for listening to music.Realme 5 CameraPerhaps the biggest question on your mind right now is just how good the quad camera setup on the Realme 5 really is. After all, that’s the USP of the phone. The Realme 5 is the first phone under Rs 10,000 to feature a quad camera system, which already makes it a unique, disruptive offering. The camera system includes a 12MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera also supports Nightscape, Chroma Boost, HDR and PDAF.The idea is to offer a number of different shooting modes for the user to choose from, and on that front the Realme 5 does not disappoint. However, don’t go expecting terrific photos across all four sensors on this Rs 10,000 smartphone. These are not high-resolution sensors, so there is a visible lack of detailing and sharpness if you zoom in.Using the main 12MP, daylight photos look good especially with HDR and Chroma Boost that tend to add decent dynamic range and colours when needed. Sometimes photos can look oversaturated even with Chroma Boost turned off, but some people may prefer that over regular washed out photos. Low-light photography is extremely average even when using Nightscape. The long-exposure mode does its best to reduce noise and offer a slightly brighter image, but it is often at the expense of detail and sharpness.advertisementIMAGE SAMPLESNext is the ultra wide-angle mode, which allows you to capture a scene in a new perspective. If you’re checking out a tall or wide structure or landscape, or if you’re in a constricted space and want to get a wide view of the subject, the wide-angle camera works well. It’s best used in daylight conditions for best clarity and brightness. With HDR, you’ll manage to get some decent wide-angle shots from the 8MP sensor.The macro lens is something that’s quite unique to the segment. The 2MP macro lens can get as close to about 4cm to the subject, so you can try capturing small insects or water droplets on a leaf. The sample above is of the latter and it’s about average. With a 2MP sensor, don’t expect macros to look extremely sharp or details. Photos look a bit chalky and overexposed, but outdoors and daylight conditions are the only times when the macro lens is usable. It works poorly indoors and in low light. I also found the normal AI macro using the main camera to be more attractive at times compared to the dedicated macro lens.The front camera offers a 13-megapixel selfie camera, which can capture some good-looking selfies. There is some oversharpening to be found, but the camera does handle background exposure well and colours look good as well. You can also take portrait selfies, which works just about well enough to post on social media platforms.Realme 5 BatteryRealme phones in the past have impressed in the battery department even with smaller batteries due to good software and hardware optimisation. So, the Realme 5 with a 5,000mAh battery and an efficient processor sounded quite promising before I started reviewing the device, and I’m happy to say that the phone delivers as promised.The Realme 5 lasts really long on a single charge no matter what you throw at it. On heavy usage days that involved a few hours of video streaming, playing graphic-intensive games and social media browsing, I was still left with around 40-50 per cent battery by bedtime, allowing the phone to last well into the second day. With average usage, the Realme 5 should easily take you through two days on a single charge. Battery drain on standby is minimal thanks to some smart software-based optimisation.You should really go for the Realme 5 primarily for its long battery life, but be warned that charging the phone takes long as well. Since the phone lacks fast charging support, it will take roughly two and a half hours to charge the Realme 5 from zero to 100 per cent using the in-box 10W charger.Should you buy the Realme 5?The Realme 5 is an affordable quad camera phone, sure, but that’s interestingly not the best feature about the smartphone. The champion feature is the 5,000mAh battery, which allows the Realme 5 to deliver a stellar battery life. Most users should get close to two days of battery life on a single charge.Realme’s newest sub-Rs 10,000 phone looks good provided you don’t mind a bulky and heavy phone. It’s not as sleek as the Realme 3, and the HD+ display lacks sharpness on a large 6.5-inch screen. However, the phone delivers an all-round package for its price. The Snapdragon 665 SoC is a decent mid-range performer for a phone under Rs 10,000. But if you’re looking for powerful performance, the Redmi 7S or Realme 3 deliver a snappier experience.The USP of the Realme 5 is its quad camera setup, which is functional but not exactly mind-blowing. You do get a good number of shooting modes that offer different perspectives, but don’t expect great quality from all the sensors. Despite a quad camera setup, the Realme 5 isn’t the best camera phone in its segment. The Redmi 7S offers a more impressive 48MP dual camera setup for the same price, but the Realme 5 is the one to go for when it comes to battery life and an attractive design.Realme 5 review8/10ProsAppealing Crystal designTerrific battery lifeVersatile camerasConsAverage macro cameraBulky design720p resolutionGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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zoom On September 23, 2016, Californian shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the Palmetto State, the fifth ECO Class tanker being built for crude oil transporter American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The Palmetto State is the eighth ship to be constructed as part of an eight-ship ECO Class tanker program for two customers including APT and SEA-Vista LLC.The first five ships of the program have been delivered and are currently servicing the Jones Act trade. The remaining three ships are under construction with delivery dates scheduled for the near future. The Palmetto State is scheduled to be delivered to American Petroleum Tankers in 2017.Each ship of the ECO Class program is a 610-foot-long, 50,000 dwt, LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.The tankers were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.Earlier this month, NASSCO christened APT’s fourth ECO Class tanker, the Bay State, at its shipyard in San Diego.The first three ECO Class ships, namely, the Lone Star State, the Magnolia State, and the Garden State, were delivered earlier and are in service.
Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is preparing for a major cabinet reshuffle, the first since its formation in March 2017. At present, there are 43 members in the Adityanath government, which leaves a vacancy of 17 members. Three ministers in the government have been elected to the Lok Sabha. They are Rita Bahuguna Joshi, S.P. Singh Baghel and Satyadev Pachauri while Om Prakash Rajbhar of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) was dismissed from the Council of Ministers last month. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah According to sources, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) performance in constituencies of the Ministers will be a major deciding factor in the reshuffle. The sources said that the Chief Minister has already worked out the modalities of the cabinet reshuffle after consulting BJP President and Union Minister Amit Shah during his last visit to Delhi. “Some of the Ministers whose performance has been below average could be removed and given responsibilities in the party organization. We are gearing up for the next assembly elections in 2022 and need to focus on performance,” said a senior party functionary. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The portfolios of some Ministers might also be changed. The state BJP unit is set to get a new President since the incumbent Mahendra Nath Pandey is a Minister in the Narendra Modi government. If a Minister in the Adityanath government gets appointed as state President, then that will mean an additional vacancy in the Council of Ministers. The BJP is also focusing on increasing the participation of Dalits and OBCs, particularly the Yadavs and Jatavs, the legislators from these communities could be included in the ministry. Apna Dal President Ashish Patel is likely to be given a ministerial position. However, the date of the cabinet reshuffle is yet undecided though it is said that the exercise will take place before July 18 when the monsoon session of the state Assembly begins.
OTTAWA – The federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis is on its way back to the Senate.The House of Commons has voted 205-82 to reject 13 amendments passed by the upper house, including one which would have authorized provinces to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose.Senators will now have to decide whether to defer to the will of the elected government or insist on some or all of their amendments, digging in for a protracted parliamentary battle.Quebec and Manitoba have already decided to ban home-grown weed, although the bill allows individuals to grow up to four plants per dwelling.The Senate’s amendment was intended to head off any legal challenges to the provinces’ constitutional authority to prohibit home cultivation.Among the other Senate amendments rejected by the government, was one that would have prohibited any marijuana-branded swag, such as T-shirts and ball caps.
CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator says it’s responding to a pipeline failure in the oilsands region.The pipeline is operated by Nexen, a Canadian company that was taken over by China’s CNOOC Ltd. a few years ago.The AER says the company estimates more than 31,000 barrels of emulsion spilled about 36 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray, Alta.It says the source of the release has been effectively stopped and there have not been any reports of impacts on wildlife.Nexen has started its emergency response plan and has begun cleaning up the affected area.The regulator says the spill was mainly along the pipeline’s route and has not flowed into any body of water.The Canadian Press
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to change the course of a Siberian oil pipeline to eliminate risk to the UN World Heritage site of Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake containing 20 per cent of Earth’s surface fresh water. “By altering the course of the oil pipeline, the Russian Federation shows its commitment to joining international efforts to protect the common heritage of humanity and to promote sustainable development,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. The Chairperson of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee joined in praising the decision to move the pipeline, which will run from the oil fields of Siberia to the Pacific coast, to a site to the north of Lake Baikal’s watershed to avoid the site that was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996. “President Putin’s decision regarding the World Heritage site of Baikal is extremely important and very positive. I wish to thank the Russian Federation for its contribution to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention,” said Ina Marčiulionytė. The 31,500-square-kilometre Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 metres) lake in the world.
L’allaitement exclusif jusqu’à six mois critiquéCertains pédiatres en Grande-Bretagne ont fait savoir leur scepticisme concernant l’allaitement jusqu’à six mois comme unique source d’alimentation pour les jeunes enfants.L’allaitement maternel jusqu’à six mois est souvent présenté comme la meilleure source d’alimentation pour les bébés. Un avis confirmé par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé et l’Union européenne. Pourtant, cette position est aujourd’hui critiquée par des pédiatres britanniques à travers une synthèse d’études sur le sujet. Ils expliquent que selon eux, l’allaitement maternel pourrait être un problème pour l’enfant à partir de 4 mois, et cela notamment si le lait maternel constitue la seule source d’alimentation pour l’enfant.Les médecins ajoutent que sans l’intégration d’aliments solides dans l’alimentation des enfants de plus quatre mois, ces derniers peuvent alors souffrir d’anémies, particulièrement en fer. Ils précisent toutefois qu’aucune preuve “incontestable” n’a jamais été apportée concernant une possible nocivité des aliments solides pour les bébés de quelques mois. Le Figaro rapporte que les pédiatres mettent également en avant un risque plus accru de développer des alergies alimentaires pour ces enfants uniquement nourris au lait maternel. De son côté, la France réaffirme son point de vue concernant l’allaitement maternel, expliquant que ce dernier “fournit tous les nutriments dont le bébé a besoin jusqu’à l’âge de 6 mois”. De leur côté, les défenseurs du lait maternel accusent les scientifiques de promouvoir l’industrie agro-alimentaire.Le 17 janvier 2011 à 18:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les babouins de la Citadelle de Besançon chassés pour… vandalismeLa Citadelle de Besançon, conçue par Vauban, abrite des babouins de Guinée dans un de ses fossés. Mais en raison des importantes dégradations causées par les primates, ceux-ci ont dû être expulsés des lieux.C’est un lieu historique classé depuis cinq ans au Patrimoine mondiale de l’humanité par l’UNESCO, mais tout ceci ne semble pas trop parler aux babouins ! Conçue par Vauban et achevée en 1683, la citadelle de Besançon abrite en effet en son sein un remarquable jardin zoologique accueillant une grande variété d’espèces animales. Parmi les pensionnaires, se trouve ainsi une colonie de babouins de Guinée (Papio papio). Mais ceux-ci ne sont pas avec les autres animaux, ils sont placés au coeur du site dans un fossé le long des remparts où ils ont tout le loisir de gambader et de crapahuter. Seulement voilà, le problème c’est que ces pensionnaires ont trouvé une drôle d’activité pour occuper leur temps : ils s’amusent à retirer et à gratter des morceaux de pierre des murs de la citadelle. Peu à peu, les dégâts ont ainsi gagné en importance. D’autant plus que les singes n’hésitent pas à escalader pour gratter les pierres installées haut dans les murailles. “Je crois que les babouins n’ont rien à faire de notre classement Unesco !”, a plaisanté Gérard Galliot, le conservateur du Museum de la citadelle de Besançon. Et difficile de prévoir une rénovation quand on sait que les animaux vont la démolir sans culpabilité juste derrière.Des babouins à adopterFace à cela, les responsables de la Citadelle ont donc dû prendre à contre-coeur une décision devenue inévitable : se séparer de ces babouins pour pouvoir réparer et préserver les murs. Sur les 42 individus, 29 ont ainsi déjà été transférés dans des parcs zoologiques, notamment à Alger et à l’African Safari de Plaisance-du-Touch (près de Toulouse). Mais les treize autres n’ont toujours pas trouvé preneurs. “On leur cherche une destination. Mais on ne place pas une quinzaine de babouins comme cela”, a précisé Gérard Galliot cité par le Républicain Lorrain.Ceci n’empêche toutefois pas le conservateur d’éprouver quelques remords : “cela fait 33 ans que je suis là et les babouins étaient déjà présents bien avant moi”. D’autant qu’une étude réalisée il y a quelques années a révélé que la colonie était beaucoup plus intéressante que prévue. “On les pensait génétiquement un peu décalés avec des croisements pas très intéressants. Au final, les scientifiques ont conclu que notre colonie était génétiquement très riche au niveau de la conservation de cette espèce”. À lire aussiQuand trois ours lippus se mettent à jouer avec un ballon roseQuoi qu’il en soit, les animaux resteront donc suivis de près et pourraient faire l’objet d’études et de programmes de reproduction. Finalement, peut-être les babouins avaient-ils juste envie de parcourir de nouveaux horizons… Autant dire que l’opération est plutôt réussie. Les treize restants quant à eux, sont toujours visibles des visiteurs, du moins jusqu’à ce qu’ils trouvent preneurs. (crédits photo : Thomas Bresson – Flickr) Le 5 juillet 2013 à 14:49 • Maxime Lambert
WhatsApp During a recent edition of the Wrestleview International Desk, Darragh O’Connor was joined by Brin O’Rourke to discuss the news that went public recently that Hulk Hogan has been officially reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame a few weeks ago.Darragh and Brin also discussed if wrestling fans still care to see Hogan on television.You can check out the clip above or listen to the full podcast below.Subscribe to this podcast by searching Wrestleview Media on podcast platforms. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)
Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Now Playing Up Next Smackdown Live ratings for September 10, 2019 are now in.This week’s episode from New York City, New York drew an average of 2.061 million viewers on Tuesday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.130 million viewers. Smackdown came in at No. 1 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics, which is where they placed last week.Demographic Ratings for Smackdown LiveSmackdown Live, headlined by Shane McMahon vs. Chad Gable, averaged a 0.62 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from the 0.65 rating they had last week.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Velvet Sky Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next
KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, January 20, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three people robbed a San Carlos jewelry store this afternoon, then fled before officers were able to arrive, police said.The robbery was reported at 1:15 p.m. at San Carlos Jewelers, on Lake Murray Boulevard south of Navajo Road, according to San Diego Police Officer Sarah Foster.The suspects entered the store and began smashing display cases, Foster said.When the owner went to see what was going on, one of the suspects leveled a gun at her and instructed her to get on the ground.Foster said the three then continued to break into the displays, grabbed an undetermined amount of jewelry and fled the scene. No description was available of any of the robbers.The incident was under investigation, Foster said. Updated: 8:20 PM Three people robbed a jewelry store in San Carlos, escape Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they’ll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.It’s been almost two decades since a “ring of fire” eclipse was visible in the continental United States. To celebrate the end of that drought, nearly three dozen national parks in the path of the eclipse will host viewing parties.The solar spectacle is first seen in eastern Asia at dawn Monday, local time. Weather permitting, millions of early risers in southern China, northern Taiwan and southeast Japan will be able to catch the ring eclipse. Then it creeps across the Pacific with the western U.S. viewing the tail end.The late day sun will transform into a glowing ring in southwest Oregon, Northern California, central Nevada, southern Utah, northern Arizona and New Mexico and finally the Texas Panhandle where it will occur at sunset on Sunday. For 3 1/2 hours, the eclipse follows an 8,500-mile path. Viewing, from beginning to end, lasts about two hours. The ring phenomenon lasts as long as 5 minutes depending on location.Outside this narrow band, parts of the West, Midwest and South — and portions of Canada and Mexico — will be treated to a partial eclipse. The Eastern Seaboard will be shut out, but people can log online to sites such as the Slooh Space Camera, which plans to broadcast the event live. File-In this Jan.15,2010 file photo showing a combination of three separate photographs, the various stages of an annular solar eclipse seen over Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon blots out all but a ring around the sun. This year’s solar show can be viewed from eastern Asia to parts of North America.
More From Roadshow Mini The Mini John Cooper Works Clubman is quicker than ever 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 19 Photos Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value John Cooper Works versions of Mini cars are always feisty, powerful things, but now the Countryman and Clubman JCW are getting even spicier. Mini on Tuesday announced upgrades to both models that bless them with a whole lot more straight-line performance.Enlarge ImageMini’s engineers managed to coax even more horsepower out of the JCW Clubman. Mini In both cars, a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four produces 306 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. That’s a huge increase over the 228 hp and 258 lb-ft offered in the outgoing models, and Mini says it’s enough to get the John Cooper Works Clubman to 62 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, while the Countryman does the deed in 5.1 seconds. Both cars are limited to 155 mph.Compared to the prior JCW 2.0-liter, Mini says this new engine has a tougher crankshaft, new pistons that drop the compression ratio from 10.2:1 to 9.5:1 and a bigger turbocharger, among other modifications. An upgraded cooling system keeps the engine cool “even under extreme conditions on the race track,” the company says.Power is nothing without control, and to that end the John Cooper Works cars have an upgraded All4 all-wheel-drive system with tougher gears and shafts. The system is primarily front-wheel drive but sends power rearward when necessary. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission has an integrated locking differential for the front wheels, too. It appears the old models’ standard six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued.Enlarge ImageThe John Cooper Works Countryman also receives the power boost and other enhancements. Mini As to the rest of the car’s chassis, Mini says the new JCW cars have stronger engine and transmission mounts, extra bracing in the engine bay and available adaptive suspension dampers. The brake system has been “redesigned” with new cooling ducts, Mini says. The system features 14.2-inch front and 13.4-inch rear discs, with red-painted calipers wearing a John Cooper Works logo.As ever, Mini dresses up its John Cooper Works models with functional bodywork designed to improve both aerodynamics and cooling, as well as various red accent pieces and 18-inch wheels. For the Clubman, visual updates fall in line with the look of the refreshed 2020 model introduced earlier this year.Production of the Mini John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman models starts this July. US prices and availability for both cars have yet to be confirmed. 3 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Sports Cars Hatchbacks Mini
Dorothy A. WilliamsNew York native, Dorothy A. Williams will celebrate her 85th birthday, Jan. 18, at her Owings Mills home with family and friends. Williams is the mother of Diane W. Hocker, director of Community and Public Relations for the Afro American Newspapers; Denise DeLeaver, consultant with DeLeaver Consulting and Doreen Frazier, master barber, Detroit, Mich. One of her favorite places in the city is the Forest Park Senior Center, where she plays pinochle and sings in the Center Choir.
In today’s age of technological slavery, writing has shifted its course from paper to assembled screen of computers. To bring back the old times, National Museum hosted an exhibition on aesthetics of calligraphy and craftsmanship on Friday. Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the two-month exhibition of Islamic-style writing on objects of daily use.Art of Calligraphy and beyond: Arabic – Persian inscription on decorative