Fighting MLAs: BJP forms probe panel

first_imgTaking a serious note of the ongoing public spat between its two MLAs from Haridwar in Uttarakhand, the BJP on Friday set up a committee to look into the issue. Pradesh BJP president Ajay Bhatt constituted a three-member committee to probe the continuing war of words between Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion and Jhabreda legislator Desraj Karnawal, State party media head Devendra Bhasin said. The panel has been asked to submit its report to the party at the earliest so as to take further action in the matter, he said. Mr. Bhasin said the committee will be headed by party general secretary and MLA Khajan Das and senior party leaders Vishwas Dabur and Kuldeep Kumar will be its members. The two MLAs have been casting aspersions on each other in public for over a fortnight prompting Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to intervene last week. The duo was summoned by the Chief Minister to his residence last week and made it up with each other on Mr. Rawat’s advice but the truce proved temporary as they resumed their fight only a few days later. Wrestling challengeThe trouble began after Mr. Karnawal cast doubts on Mr. Champion’s educational qualifications and his sports credentials. Mr. Champion hit back by challenging Mr. Karnawal to a wrestling bout at a stadium in Roorkee.last_img read more

Did Several Moons Collide to Make Saturn’s Titan?

first_imgDENVER—“The Origin of Titan—So Big … So Alone.” That was the playful title of a talk given here yesterday at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences. The gist? Saturn’s relatively huge moon Titan, which orbits unaccompanied by the usual retinue of similar-sized moons, started out as three or four standard-issue satellites of the ringed planet that ran amok, collided, and merged into one huge moon and a few scraps of debris.Titan is “arguably the solar system’s most unusual satellite,” said the speaker, planetary dynamicist Douglas Hamilton of the University of Maryland, College Park. That’s because the standard model for producing satellites starts with a flat disk of primordial debris that eventually agglomerates into a regular system of several similar-size moons in roughly equally spaced orbits. This works fine for forming the nicely regular Jupiter satellite system, but Saturn’s is anything but regular. Titan is dominatingly big, having almost twice the mass of Earth’s moon and comprising 90% of the mass in orbit about Saturn. Titan is alone, orbiting in a million-kilometer gap bounded by tiny moons. And Titan’s orbit is odd: It is slightly elliptical rather than nearly circular and is tilted with respect to Saturn’s equator. With all those oddities, Hamilton said, “the biggest mystery is how it came to be in the first place.”Hamilton suggested a solution to Titan’s mysterious origin in which the standard model started out fine at Saturn but later things went awry. Three or four regular satellites could have formed and started to drift outward under the influence of tides raised on the moons by Saturn’s gravitational pull, the same way Earth’s moon has been slowly drifting outward since it formed. But rather than slipping into a stable arrangement the way Jupiter’s four moons did, in Hamilton’s scenario the orbits of Saturn’s initial moons became unstable and began to overlap and then the moons collided with one another. 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Hamilton’s computer simulations suggest that the collisions would have left Titan with a bit of orbital tilt and elongation, as observed. And little Hyperion, an ice chunk orbiting beyond Titan with even more tilt and elongation, could be a splatter from one of the collisions.“It’s very plausible,” says planetary physicist William McKinnon of Washington University in St. Louis, but he cautions that “it’s early days” for judging the new scenario. Among other things, he says, researchers need to check whether Hamilton’s tidal mechanism for driving the initial moons into unstable orbits would have worked so far from Saturn so long after they formed. And even Hamilton acknowledges he’s not sure how he would “prove” that he is right.McKinnon has one idea: If the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn could pin down the nature of Titan’s interior, researchers would know whether it formed hot in violent collisions—which would have produced a rocky core—or it formed cold through the quiet agglomeration of primordial debris. But to gather the necessary evidence, a cash-strapped NASA would have to continue to fund Cassini for several more years.last_img read more

Booked for ‘defaming’ Gandhi

first_imgThe Gwalior police on Sunday registered a case under Section 153-A of the IPC against a Hindu Mahasabha member on the charge of making objectionable remarks about Mahatma Gandhi. “At 4 p.m. on November 14, Naresh Batham was distributing pamphlets in the Daulatganj area which had objectionable words for Mahatma Gandhi,” according to the FIR. Gandhi was held responsible for partition and Nathuram Godse lauded for killing him, said the complaint filed by Ravindra Singh Chouhan, a Congressman.Meanwhile, Mahasabha members submitted a memorandum to the State government requesting that Godse’s trial be included in school textbooks. CM Kamal Nath said such events would not be tolerated.last_img read more

Anthony Davis’ 44 points, 18 rebounds help Pelicans top Thunder

first_img“He’s a great player; it takes a team to stop him,” guard Terrance Ferguson said. “We really didn’t focus on that tonight and we let our players go one-on-one against him.”Davis scored 18 of his points in the third quarter, when New Orleans went in front for good in a competitive game that included 12 ties, 17 lead changes and no lead larger than nine points.TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter by official David Guthrie for appearing to argue that a foul should have been called on his missed layup. … Westbrook blocked layup attempts by Pelicans rookie guard Frank Jackson twice. … Jerami Grant committed fouls off the ball twice in the first two minutes of the third quarter, at which point he had five fouls for the game and was subbed out. He did not return until 7:50 remained.Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic sat out after injuring his right ankle during Monday night’s loss at Boston. … Guard E’Twaun Moore also sat out with a strained muscle in his lower leg. … Combined, Mirotic and Moore have been averaging 31.4 points per game. … Randle has scored at least 20 points in six straight. … Darius Miller scored 10 points. … With Moore out, Jackson was recalled from the G League and scored eight points in 19 minutes off the bench.PAINT PROWESSDavis and Randle helped New Orleans outscore the Thunder 74-48 in the paint. Holiday also was able to score his share inside on dribble drives.“I’m getting in the paint, AD’s already in the paint and so is Ju’,” Holiday said. “To be able to stop that is pretty tough.”DEEP TROUBLEOklahoma City shot 48.3 percent, but missed 30 of 43 from 3-point range. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis dunks in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis smiled slightly and joked about his relative youth when the topic of his heavy workload came up.His nearly 40 minutes on the court against Oklahoma City was hardly an anomaly this season, but Davis isn’t ready to plead for more rest yet.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Davis scored 44 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night.“Whatever coach needs me to do, the team needs me to do to win, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Davis, who has averaged about 37 minutes for a team that has played an NBA-high 30 games so far this season. “I’m 25 years old. So, ask me about five years from now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJrue Holiday had 20 points and 10 assists, and Julius Randle added 22 for New Orleans, which has alternated wins and losses in its past 10 games.“It was a big win for us,” Davis said. “We’ve got to put a string of wins together and of course it starts tonight. (Oklahoma City) was the No. 1 team in the West coming into tonight and a team that’s rolling. They’ve got a lot of great players on their team. We tried to make sure this game was about us and make sure we get back to what we do.” Paul George had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 24 points for Oklahoma City, which came in having won five of its previous six. Russell Westbrook had 20 points and four steals but did not appear as eager as usual to shoot, hitting 8 of 16 shots. Steven Adams also scored 20.New Orleans seemed in control, leading 116-109 with less than 1:20 left when consecutive turnovers led to five quick Thunder points. Westbrook scored on a fast break that he initiated by breaking up Holiday’s pass. Then another Westbrook steal during Holiday’s drive led to George’s fast-break layup as he was fouled.After Davis’ missed a driving floater, Oklahoma City had an unusual possession in which no player seemed inclined to shoot, and a series of passes led to Westbrook’s late-shot-clock 3 attempt, which rimmed out. Randle was fouled after his rebound, but missed two free throws to give the Thunder another chance.Westbrook again elected not to shoot, and Alex Abrines’ 3 for the lead rimmed out. Solomon Hill, who had eight points, came down with his seventh rebound and made both foul shots with less than a second left to seal the victory.Davis was dominant throughout, dunking seven times, including several times on crowd-pleasing alley-oops, to go with a 3 and an array of mid-range floaters and jumpers.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kings sizzle with 19 3-pointers to torch Timberwolves MOST READ “We really moved the ball well, and they really collapsed the paint with Davis, Randle, and (Cheick) Diallo,” Donovan said. “This really left us with a lot of good quality 3-point shots, and we didn’t make those at a high enough level.”QUOTABLE“It’s not like we depend on them to carry the load. They are the load. It’s who we’re going to go to,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said when asked about Davis, Randle and Holiday combining for 86 points.UP NEXTThunder: Visit Denver on Friday.Pelicans: Host Miami on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Mourinho and Guardiola renew rivalry in battle of Manchester

first_imgMore than half of the world’s football lovers would say that the English Premier League is the best football  league in the whole world. While, one might argue that the La Liga is the finest with Real Madrid winning the Champions League twice and Atletico making the finals on both occasions, the fact that, the EPL is the most watched, celebrated and entertaining can’t be denied.  Premier League may-not have a Lionel Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo but the uncertainty of the league, managers at display and best  players coming in, it beats all the other leagues by a mile in terms of sheer craze and swagger.There’s no doubt that the Premier League this season is going to be the more exciting and challenging than ever before but one thing that will stand out amidst all the glitterati is the ‘Battle of Manchester’ . There are two new Manchester coaches in each half. Jose Mourinho in the Red and Pep Guardiola in the Blue and add the joker in the pack, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to that. Box office.  It might be the ‘Manchester Derby’  but when these two managers go head to head it has ‘El Classico’ written all over it. (Manchester derby set to ignite Premier League season)Manchester United unveiled Jose Mourinho and City unveiled Pep a day before and both didn’t shy down from making headline statements. While Pep said that it’s better to play the play-offs for the Champions League than not play at all, Jose straight away gunned down the Gunners manager indirectly when he was asked if he had a point to prove after a disastrous season with Chelsea. He also warned Guardiola indirectly saying that unlike Spain, it’s not a two horse race in the Premier League and concentrating on a particular team or ‘enemy’ is suicidal. BROTHERS IN ARMSadvertisementThe two met 20 years ago when Jose was a coach under Bryan Robson and Pep, one of the many young stars in the Barcelona team. The two bonded well as Jose identified with Pep’s reading of the game and brilliance. It went on under Louis Van Gaal as well untill Jose left Barca around the turn of the century. Pep stayed on. Both have come a long way since then. While Jose became ‘The Special One’ with all his success and arrogance, Pep succeeded Frank Rijkaard after serving as the Barcelona B coach for a year in 2008. (Ibrahimovic makes instant impact as Manchester United thrash Galatasaray 5-2)ENTER ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVICOne of Pep’s big signings was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and after working with Jose for one year, the Swede left Inter Milan for Barcelona in a deal that took the high scoring Samuel Eto’o to the other side. A move that was condemned by many as Eto’o was scoring regularly for Barcelona but Pep sold him because he was outspoken and that didn’t suit Guardiola. Zlatan started off well for Barcelona scoring 14 goals in 11 matches but soon the goals dried up and he started playing second fiddle to the rising Lionel Messi. He was often played on the wings and that didn’t go down well with the Swede. The goal ratio worsened in the coming months and Guardiola was heard of giving cold shoulders to Zlatan. That was it. Being the flamboyant character he is, he spoke about Pep openly and the crack in the relationship was out in the open. Finally, Zlatan moved on in 2011 when he joined Milan on loan first and then permanently next season. Ibrahimovic later came out and called Pep a good a manager but a  ‘spineless coward’ in his autobiography for his treatment of the big man from Sweden. With four goals from four games, the big Swede will be raring to go when he comes up against Guardiola’s City.FRIENDS TURN FOESThe two crossed paths again when Jose took over Real Madrid from Manuel Pellgerini  in 2010. In the meantime, Pep was thriving at Barcelona for the past two years with the Spanish side dominating world football. As per statistics, Pep has got the better of Jose. Out of 16 meetings, the Spaniard has won seven times while the Portuguese managed six wins. The rest were draws. While Jose’s Real finished second to Pep’s armada, with Barcelona winning three titles in a row,  the on field fights and battles started heating up. But, it reached a all new level when Jose pointed out that all referees support Barcelona at a press conference and Pep followed up by saying that Jose’s nagging is increasing each day. The two teams faced off and things got uglier on the pitch as well but Jose got the better of Pep finally when Madrid won the La Liga in 2011 with record points and Pep decided to take a year off from coaching. He said, he was tired but it was believed that the spat with Jose over the past few seasons drained him completely. The rivalry continued when both came face to face again in 2013 with Pep as the coach of Bayern and Jose taking over at Chelsea. Bayern however got the better of Chelsea in penalties and Pep lifted the UEFA Super Cup. Jose was not impressed but Pep had the last laugh.advertisementJOSE VS PEP – CHAPTER 2It has been three years  and Pep has seven trophies with Bayern while Jose has won two and has been sacked once again. The two are going to resume their rivalry again in the best league of the world. While Pep can say that he has got the better of Jose, he shouldn’t forget that he is facing a double whammy. A determined Jose to get back to the top and a vengeful Ibrahimovic. Mino Riola, Zlatan’s agent has already voiced his opinion about Zlatan seeking revenge over Pep and add to that Jose’s determination, Pep has a lot to worry about his cross town rivals. The soft dig, the confident attitude and glorious past will all go for a toss for Pep  when Manchester City meets a hurt, determined and new look Manchester United in the Premier League. The Pep factor may well spur the United duo of Mourinho and Ibrahimovic to work harder and win trophies and return to the Champions League once again. September 10, 2016, Old Trafford will see the biggest rivalry return and that day, Manchester will see much more than the two teams fighting it out for the bragging rights.However, with City missing their main man and United’s nightmare over the years, Sergio Aguero , who is suspended due to an elbow on Winston Reid in their last match against West Ham, United will have an advantage over their cross city rivals when they take the field. Both City and United have spent over a 100 million this summer and they have got a fantastic squads to choose from. As United splashed world record cash on Pogba, City went out and got nine players from the market, giving no manager an excuse for failure as both the clubs will look to take the early advantage over the other.The stage is set, the stakes are high, the Paul Pogba’s and Nolito’s are also there for show. As the two teams who are tied on nine points each and full on confidence take the field tomorrow, this new era of Manchester rivalry will be officially underway at Old Trafford.last_img read more

David Hasselhoff to get married this month

first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 16 (PTI) “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff has revealed he and fiancee Hayley Roberts will be tying the knot on July 31. The 65-year-old actor, who has been engaged to Roberts for almost two years, will exchange wedding vows in an intimate ceremony in Italy. “We’re gonna get married on the 31st, you know, in Italy. My birthday is on Tuesday and then we shoot out to the UK and a few places and then we’re gonna get married, but a very small wedding with her family from Wales in Puglia, which is southern Italy.”And then from there we’re going to go to the Maldives and we’ll stay underwater for about two weeks,” Hasselholf told Entertainment Tonight.The actor, who has daughters Taylor, 28, and Hayley, 25, with second ex-wife Pamela Bach, is already sporting a wedding band as the jewellery has special significance for him.”This ring that I’ve got is really special. It’s my mom and dad’s and I wear it for luck and I wear it for remembrance and so I thought, you know, it’s nice I don’t have to go out and get another ring. I’ll just keep this one,” he said. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more

Janhvi to star in Karan Johars Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl

first_imgMumbai: Janhvi Kapoor is set to headline “Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl”, a film based on the life of India’s first Air Force woman officer who went to war, the makers announced Thursday. Then a Flying Officer, Gunjan Saxena was the first woman combat aviator to fly into a war zone 20 years ago during Kargil War. Presented by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, the film is slated to be released on March 13, 2020. Producer Karan Johar took to Twitter to make the announcement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “She was told ladkiyan pilot nahin banti (girls don’t become pilots), but she stood her ground and wanted to fly! Gunjan Saxena – #TheKargilGirl releasing on 13th March, 2020,” Karan wrote. Sharing two posters from the film, the filmmaker also tweeted, “With unabashed courage and bravery, she made her domain in a man’s world”. The film is directed by Sharan Sharma, who shares writing credits with Nikhil Mehrotra. Hussain Dalal has been credited with additional dialogue writing. It also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Viineet Singh, Angad Bedi and Manav Vij.last_img read more

BC woman awarded constitutional right to use the term death midwife

first_imgVANCOUVER — A woman who describes herself as a death midwife has successfully fought a legal challenge by the College of Midwives of B.C. to use the term in her work.The college took Pashta MaryMoon to court claiming she violated the Health Professions Act to use the term midwife.MaryMoon argued she’s been providing “death care services” for more than 40 years, that her work has nothing to do with delivering babies and stopping her from using the term would violate her charter rights.While B.C. Supreme Court Justice Neena Sharma agreed with the college that using the term death midwife did violate the act, she also agreed with MaryMoon that ordering her to stop infringed on her freedom of expression.Sharma dismissed the college’s request to order an injunction stopping her from using the term.She also ruled that section of the Health Professions Act infringes on freedom of expression and that it is no longer valid.The College of Physicians and Surgeons was an intervener in the case over the use of the term, and Sharma noted in her decision published Wednesday that under the same law the college could prosecute self-described lawn doctors or tree surgeons.“The fact that it chooses not to because of the unlikelihood they would be perceived as health professionals is relevant to this analysis. Notably, that approach contrasts with the college’s indication that it would prosecute someone proclaiming themselves to be a ‘divorce midwife,’ ” Sharma said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation to visit Sri Lanka

During the visit he will have talks with the Government and will also open the new premises of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. His role also includes working with national governments to make the EU’s development aid more effective. The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica is to visit Sri Lanka next week.Neven Mimica is in charge of ensuring the EU delivers on its commitments to the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty and setting out the Commission and EU positions for the negotiations on the United Nations Millennium Development Goal agenda. Commissioner Neven Mimica’s portfolio is managed by the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan voices concern over extending UN peacekeepers immunity from ICC

In Council debates last year, the United States said it would not expose its personnel serving in UN peacekeeping missions to the additional risk of politicized prosecutions before the ICC, which was established to try individuals responsible for war crimes, and Washington temporarily blocked a full renewal of a UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.Speaking at the outset of today’s session, Mr. Annan said he understood that the Council’s purpose was to enable peace operations to continue with the participation of all UN Member States, whether or not they are parties to the Rome Statute, which set up the ICC. “Indeed, I fervently share that hope, and I am grateful to you for giving priority to the continuation of this Organization’s vital peacekeeping work,” he declared.But, he said, he did not believe the request was necessary because no UN peacekeeper had been “anywhere near committing the kind of crimes” falling under the ICC’s jurisdiction, and the case was thus hypothetical and “highly improbable.”Moreover, UN peacekeepers remain under the jurisdiction of their home countries and anyone accused of committing a crime during a mission is immediately repatriated and dealt with by the home State’s courts, Mr. Annan added. Furthermore, no case is admissible in the ICC if a home State is already investigating or prosecuting it, which he assumed the home State would be “most anxious” to do.Noting that it was reasonable to adopt the immunity resolution last year to give members time to study the Rome Statute, which was only then entering into force, Mr. Annan said: “I can accept that you feel it is necessary to renew the request now for a further twelve months, since the Court is still in its infancy and no case has yet been brought before it.”But he voiced hope that it would not become an annual routine. “If it did so, I fear the world would interpret it as meaning that this Council wished to claim absolute and permanent immunity for people serving in the operations it establishes or authorizes,” the Secretary-General said. “And if that were to happen, it would undermine not only the authority of the ICC but also the authority of this Council, and the legitimacy of United Nations peacekeeping.”Such an outcome “would cause me grave concern, and I would hope that that concern would be shared by all members of this Council,” he concluded. read more

UN emergency feeding programme draws attention to 3 million Ethiopians

WFP said it recently received less than half of the contributions needed for its 2005-2007 programme in Ethiopia – $325.2 million out of $763 million, while a new report confirmed earlier estimates that because of the poor rains 3.3 million people of the population of 72 million would need food aid in this half of the year and another 2.5 million should be closely monitored.Twenty years after famine killed an estimated 1 million Ethiopians, hunger has still been looming large in a country where the population growth is among the highest in the world, it said. At feeding centres, children with bloated stomachs sit listlessly before they receive emergency food and vitamins, while in rural villages, prematurely aged, gaunt men and women toil to coax a little food out of their land.“While the current situation is not as bad as it was in 2003 when poor harvests left many people hungry, WFP and its partners are keeping a close eye on some 40 ‘hunger spots’ across the country in order to avoid any deterioration,” WFP’s country director, Mohamed Diab, said in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.“Ethiopia has had five major droughts in just two decades, causing untold deaths, suffering and hardship,” he added.WFP says innovative food aid projects allow the weak and poor, including people made homeless by natural disasters, returning refugees, HIV/AIDS orphans and jobless mothers, to stop worrying about their next meal and attend to building a sustainable future. read more

Canadian auto industry has bestever October sales poised for record year

Canadian auto industry has best-ever October sales; poised for record year by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2015 2:04 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – New car sales surged again in October as the industry continues to race towards its best year ever, according to figures compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.DesRosiers says Canadians bought 163,053 light vehicles in October, a 5.1 per cent increase over last year’s previous all-time high for the month set in 2014.Last month was a particularly satisfying one for luxury nameplates, with Land Rover up 71.9 per cent, Porsche rising 45.4 per cent and Lexus up 29.4 per cent.DesRosiers says other brands that enjoyed double-digit sales growth in October included Nissan (up 24.4 per cent), Infiniti (up 22.8 per cent), Honda (up 14.7 per cent), Volvo (up 12.3 per cent) and Subaru (up 11.7 per cent).Even Volkswagen’s recent woes over its diesel offerings didn’t appear to impact overall sales, as the German automaker posted an 8.3 per cent gain to 5,715 vehicles sold.General Motors took the sales title for October for the first time since April, with a 5.8 per cent increase in sales to 23,268 cars and light trucks. That was just ahead of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, whose sales edged up 0.4 per cent to 22,384.Among other major brands, Ford Canada sales increased 0.2 per cent to 22,080 vehicles, while Toyota Canada sales were up 4.2 per cent at 16,891 vehicles and Hyundai sales rose 4.4 per cent to 11,607.By category, passenger car sales fell 9.6 per cent to 58,711 last month, but the decline was more than offset by a 15.7 per cent increase in light truck sales to 104,342 vehicles.“As we continue to close in on year end, setting a record year in 2015 is looking less like a possibility and more like a reality,” DesRosiers said. Ford vehicles sit on the lot at a car dealership, in Brandon, Fla., Jan.12, 2015. New car sales surged again in October as the industry continues to race towards its best year ever, according to figures compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Chris O’Meara read more

US pending home sales fell again in April

US pending home sales fell again in April by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2017 8:02 am MDT Last Updated May 31, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, April 27, 2017, photo, an “Under Contract” sign is posted in front of a home for sale in Charlotte, N.C. On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the National Association of Realtors releases its April report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) WASHINGTON – Americans retreated from signing contracts to buy homes in April for the second straight month, a possible sign that a declining number of homes on the market are stifling sales during the traditional spring buying season.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index fell 1.3 per cent in April to 109.8, after slipping 0.9 per cent in March to 111.3. The index has fallen 3.3 per cent over the past 12 months.Potential buyers are crowding open houses in many neighbourhoods because there are fewer sales listings. Rising home values have not led more people to list their properties for sale, contrary to the expectations of many economists that great demand would lead to increased supplies. The number of properties for sale has plunged 9 per cent over the past year to 1.93 million, according to the Realtors in a separate report last week.Pending sales contracts are a barometer of future purchases. A sale is typically completed a month or two after a contract is signed.Signed contracts in April fell in the Midwest and South, stayed unchanged in the West and increased in the Northeast. read more

Slurry Blaster new effective clean up tool for mining operations

first_imgEngineered using quality components, the Slurry Blaster offers mining and plant operations a cost effective cleaning tool for all applications where slurry has become an issue and needs to be washed away. Lee Vine, Managing Director of the supplier, Integrated Pump Rental, says the company has fast established a reputation for identifying areas in process plants where an effective alternative solution is needed to cope with the day-to-day activities. “It is sometimes in the most obvious places that there is a need for more reliable equipment that is capable of withstanding the rigours of daily use,” Vine says.The Slurry Blaster is a hydro mining equipment solution which offers optimum performance coupled with reliability. Typical applications include plant floors and sumps, drainage areas, tailings dams, process water dams and other difficult to reach areas. “Not all applications are the same and for this reason, we have made the Slurry Blaster available in three main configurations but it can be modified to suit individual customer applications, should this be necessary,” Vine says. The Slurry Blaster can be provided on a pontoon for use on ponds and dams, it can be trailer mounted or can be a traditional manual set up.“The decision as to which configuration to use is based on the application at hand and our technical team has the necessary competency to assess the situation and propose the appropriate option to the customer,” Vine says. Each installation of the Slurry Blaster comes standard with a 37 kW feed pump with float, a 22 kW slurry pump for the removal of the slurry, a 200 m heavy duty layflat hose and an electric control panel. The Slurry Blaster units are available for medium or long term rental, outright purchase and on a full turnkey project basis.In addition to identifying solutions for problems areas in a plant or mine, Integrated Pump Rental operates an extensive pump rental fleet which includes Grindex submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, diesel driven pumps and accessories. Value added services such as dam cleaning and pontoons, pump flotation modules and pipe floats are available. All products used by Integrated Pump Rental are ISO 9001 certified.Vine says that full technical advice on the most suitable pump for specific applications is provided by its experienced team. Integrated Pump Rental’s service level agreement (SLA) includes the provision of a full maintenance service. This entails regular inspections of pumps before and during contracts to ensure that uptime is emphasised. Routine testing and ongoing maintenance of the pump fleet by Integrated Pump Rental’s experienced team of technicians provides customers with the reassurance that pump availability remains high.last_img read more