Kolkata: Expressing her deep anguish over the way BJP spent money, polarised voters and used the institutions to win the Lok Sabha poll, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said it would open a dangerous trend in Indian democracy in the coming years. She also expressed her doubt over the alleged tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the entire election process.The Bharatiya Janata Party alone secured 303 of 542 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress won 52 seats. In Bengal, the TMC won 22 out of 42 seats, while the BJP raised its tally from two seats in 2014 to 18 this year. The Congress won only two seats here while the Left Front was completely routed. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAddressing her first press conference at her Kalighat residence on Saturday evening since the announcement of results, Banerjee said she had wished to resign as the Chief Minister but her party leaders did not endorse it. She met the core committee members and those who had contested in the Lok Sabha election along with the district presidents and observers. “I cannot accept the way BJP has used money power and all the institutions to win votes. There has been total polarisation. This is a dangerous trend for Indian democracy. I had expressed my willingness to resign but my party leaders turned it down,” she said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee alleged that the Election Commission of India had functioned in tandem with the BJP. “We had lodged several complaints but the EC did not pay any heed to them. For the past five months, the state government could not work and even now the Code of Conduct has not been withdrawn, she said and added: “There are more than 200 companies of Central Forces and we have to pay money for their maintenance. Where from we will get money. They had withdrawn the Central Forces from Jangalmahal and Darjeeling which are vulnerable areas.” She further maintained that though “one cannot say anything against the Judiciary but recently many of its judgments have raised questions. Where should we go to register our grievances?” Banerjee said the party has increased its vote share by 5 percent but lost 18 seats. She said she had never seen the way BJP had spent money in the recent election. “Development took a back seat and they won the election by spending lakhs of rupees. BJP leaders along with the Central Force personnel had visited the houses of voters and spent Rs 5000 for every vote. This is unfortunate.” Coming down heavily on the CPI(M), she said the party made “suicidal attempts to help BJP to win the polls. The Left Front vote has come down to 7 percent from 29 percent and 22 percent votes have gone in favour of BJP.” She also said the BJP has resorted to violence in many places and has tried to create fear psychosis among the people. “The police do not report to me as it is under the Election Commission but my government would have controlled it,” she said further adding: “The party offices which the BJP have taken over will be brought back soon.” Banerjee did not rule out the tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines. “I will not elaborate the matter now. Experts are working on it. But how come Congress has not got a single seat in Delhi or Rajasthan where it had formed the government a few months ago. I will talk on the subject later,” she said. “When Rajiv Gandhi had got 400 plus seats in the Lok Sabha, nobody questioned but why are people raising doubts this time. It should be looked into.” Banerjee said she would cooperate with the Centre and support all the democratic decisions but will oppose all the decisions which that are “undemocratic and affects secularism.” The TMC chief also brought major changes in the district leadership and said she would meet the leaders once again on May 31.
The stock market closed sharply lower, extending a weeklong slide, as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 600 points.Stocks ended their worst week in two years Friday, and the Dow’s drop was its biggest in percentage terms since June 2016.Several giant U.S. companies dropped after reporting weak earnings, including Exxon Mobil and Alphabet. Apple and Chevron also fell.Bond yields rose sharply after the government reported the fastest wage growth in eight years, stoking fears of inflation.The S&P/TSX Composite Index was off 255.For the week, the Dow and the TSX are down by about four per cent.
WASHINGTON — North of the border, Canada’s hard-won free-trade deal with the United States and Mexico is considered a matter of existential importance, heavy with implications for workers, businesses and governments of all political stripes.For Nancy Pelosi, it’s a punchline.The California Democrat has been riffing on the uncertainty around what to call the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA — a moniker that reflects President Donald Trump’s contempt for the original North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa now seems to prefer CUSMA, while others fall back on NAFTA 2.0, new NAFTA or, simply, NAFTA.“Whatever they’re calling it now, the trade agreement formerly known as Prince — no, I mean, formerly known as NAFTA — is a work in progress,” Pelosi quipped to chuckles at a Capitol Hill news conference last month introducing newly elected members of her party in the House of Representatives.But seriously, folks: its name notwithstanding, uncertainty, doubt and mixed feelings will only continue to shroud the agreement well into the new year, especially with an ambivalent Pelosi expected to emerge as leader of an emboldened Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.With the 2020 election in their sights, Democrats are girding for pitched battles against their GOP rivals on a number of fronts, and will be disinclined to give Trump any legislative wins, despite all the post-midterms talk of bipartisan co-operation and reaching across the aisle.The deal includes elements aimed at the centre-left folks in Congress, including environmental protections and a requirement that by 2023, 45 per cent of auto parts be made by workers being paid at least $16 an hour. Mexico must also pass a host of labour-law reforms that support and protect women, unions and migrant workers.But the agreement lacks enforcement teeth — a deal-breaker, Pelosi and other Democrats say, if the forthcoming legislation to enact it doesn’t provide some.“The president needs to talk to Congress on this, and we can go back to the table with the Mexicans and the Canadians and do stronger labour standards,” Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, widely touted as a likely challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, told CNN.“This doesn’t live up to the promise the president said, that it would be a renegotiated NAFTA, helping workers and stopping outsourcing, because it doesn’t do that yet. I’m hoping that it will.”Enter David MacNaughton, the genial Canadian ambassador whose outreach efforts were heralded as critical to the success of the USMCA talks. He’ll again take the stage in the new year to convince Democrats — freshman and old-school free-trade foe alike —that the deal is the best medicine for all three countries.The mission is the same — “to make sure that people in the United States understand the importance of the economic relationship with Canada — how big a market we are for them, how much our economies are integrated, and also all the other things we do together,” MacNaughton said.“To the degree that we can make sure they understand the importance of the relationship, and some of the things that are in the agreement that are going to enhance the relationship from an economic point of view and help the United States, we’re going to do that.“The first priority, however, right now: get rid of the steel and aluminum tariffs. So that’s No. 1.”Trump’s so-called Section 232 tariffs, named for the clause in U.S. trade law that allows them on national security grounds, are no joke in Ottawa. They nearly scuttled last month’s USMCA signing ceremony in Argentina, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to display his signed certificate for the cameras.And with Canadians headed to the polls next October, 2019 will be a crushing disappointment to anyone hoping it would bring a reprieve from all the trade talk.The new NAFTA has its detractors in Canada. The federal Conservatives and NDP say the governing Liberals gave too much market access to U.S. dairy farmers, caved on demands for longer protections for drug patents and blinked on the threat of tariffs on autos not built on American soil.And in the U.S., last month’s deep job and production cuts at General Motors — 14,000 jobs, including 8,000 salaried workers, and five idled plants, including one in Oshawa, Ont. — has some Rust Belt lawmakers on Capitol Hill feeling like they’re being sold a bill of goods.“If we’re going to see more plants going to Mexico, I’m not going to support NAFTA 2.0,” said Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell.But it’s folly to blame the cuts on a trade deal that hasn’t taken effect yet, said Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association.“If USMCA was in effect today, with (Section) 232 tariffs, with tariffs on China, General Motors — from a business point of view — couldn’t import more profitably than it could produce domestically. That’s coming, but it’s not here.”It won’t dominate American headlines, but in Canada, USMCA will surely be a campaign-trail fixture in 2019, said Carlo Dade, a policy expert and director of the Trade and Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation. Dade said he expects the bulk of Canadian voters will support the agreement in an election campaign that could echo the pitched battle of 1988, which hinged on the original Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.“The only thing they dislike more than having NAFTA is the thought of not having NAFTA,” Dade said. “We saw this with the polling — Canadians for years were consistently complaining about NAFTA, then as soon as Trump said he was seriously thinking about withdrawing, the polls switched.“I think that dynamic will emerge again.”— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStyleJames McCarten, The Canadian Press
New Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has instructed public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to ensure that the Election Commission’s directive to “desist” from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party is adhered to in letter and spirit.I&B Secretary Amit Khare, in a letter to Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati, instructed that the coverage by Doordarshan and All India Radio abides by the EC directive and asked him put in place a mechanism for adherence to the Model Code of Conduct, sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a strongly-worded letter to the secretary of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the EC said, “Would like you (secretary) to direct the DD News channel to desist from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party and extend commensurate and balanced coverage of the activities of all recognised political parties…” The commission had recently issued a show-cause notice to DD News for showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ programme for nearly one hour after opposition parties complained that the national broadcaster was being biased.
JUNEAU, Alaska — The state official overseeing Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships.CoastAlaska reports the inspectors, known as Ocean Rangers, could be eliminated. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has proposed scrapping the program as part of a budget now being reviewed by state lawmakers.The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s top budget official, Jeff Rogers, laid out the Dunleavy administration’s case for removing inspectors from cruise ships.But those that work in Alaska’s cruise ship program note that without onboard inspectors, the state’s authority to monitor pollution from ships would be limited.The head of DEC’s cruise ship monitoring program, Ed White, says the Ocean Rangers have been a “critical part” in the permitting process.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. had $24.4 million of net income in the second quarter, beating analyst profit estimates, as total revenue increased by 12.4 per cent from last year and the company made progress on its cost-reduction efforts.The Toronto-based cinema and entertainment company says revenue for the three-months ended June 30 was $409 million, a record high for the second quarter.Attendance was up five per cent from last year, increasing box office revenue by 9.7 per cent to $187.2 million, while revenue from food services jumped 14.6 per cent to a record $114 million.Box office revenue per patron rose 4.4 per cent to $10.82 and concession revenue per patron rose 9.3 per cent to $6.59.Cineplex also generated increased revenue from its media and amusement business units.The company’s net income amounted to 38 cents per share, compared with two cents per share or $1.4 million in last year’s second quarter.Analysts had estimated $414 million of revenue, 24 cents per share of net income and 24 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Cineplex reported record second quarter results including increases in revenue across all reportable segments,” president and CEO Ellis Jacob said in a statement“In addition to growing our revenue sources, we continue to focus on optimizing our cost structure across our ecosystem, having implemented a cost reduction program during the second quarter with the expectation of realizing annualized cost savings of $25.0 million by the end of the year.”The company announced in April that it would lay off “a number of” full-time workers to eliminate duplicate roles following several business acquisitions.
One school of thinking about the MLB trade deadline, which passes at 4 p.m. Eastern time, is that teams should address their weaknesses and become more balanced in preparation for the stretch run. The notion, which we’ve taken as a given around these parts in the past, is that sacrificing in some area of strength (whether on offense, pitching or defense) to plug a weakness makes a team less vulnerable in the postseason. But is that true? Certainly teams should patch up their weaknesses if it doesn’t mean taking away from their strengths, but all else being equal, balance for its own sake may not necessarily help improve a team’s chances.It’s easy to look at a team’s offense/defense balance — defined as how closely matched a team’s run-scoring and run-prevention capabilities are. We can quantify the clubs most in need of it at the deadline this season by indexing each team’s (park-adjusted) runs scored and allowed per game against the league average. In the chart below, the teams in the bottom right-hand corner are the most balanced — they’re good at both scoring and preventing runs1In this case, a lower defensive index is better because it means a team allowed fewer runs. — but those in the adjacent quadrants have a weakness in one of the two categories. (Those in the top left are just bad at everything.) But to examine the broader question of whether balance helps a team, we need to see if our measure of balance — specifically, the absolute difference between a team’s index and the league average of 100 on both offense and defense — tracks meaningfully with a team’s future success after controlling for its overall talent level.To that end, I computed the same offensive and defensive indices as above for each team on July 31 of every season since 1986, when the trade deadline was permanently moved to that date (except this year, when the commish moved it to Aug. 1 because July 31 fell on a Sunday). As a first pass, I checked whether a change in a team’s balance correlated with improved play over the remainder of the regular season — and the relationship was practically non-existent.2In statistical parlance, the r between the change in a team’s balance from before the trade deadline to after and its change in winning percentage was 0.018. I then did the same thing but for eventual playoff teams only … and got the same result.3This time, the correlation was -0.009. Finally, I looked at whether a playoff-bound team’s balance had any real bearing on its World Series odds after controlling for its talent, and again, a team’s balance had no significant effect. (If anything, less balanced playoff teams have tended to win the World Series more often since 1986, though that finding is likely just noise.)In other words, balance isn’t something for a team to seek at the deadline — talent is. Teams should be wary about dealing from a strength to improve a weakness if it doesn’t leave them in a better overall place than where they started. Even under the bright lights, a run saved is still worth the same as a run scored, balance be damned.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
They are ever-reliable, unshowy and, much to the chagrin of their dedicated fans, rather unfashionable. But the geranium is set for a major comeback, it seems.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have selected white Mayflower and Dusky Cranesbill geraniums, grown in the Royal Parks nursery, to join the floral displays at their wedding on Saturday. Even the gardener in charge of growing the plants, along with countless others, does not know how they will end up on display after months of hard work in London’s Hyde Park.Nursery manager Mike Jones said he does not know where floral designer Philippa Craddock will use his flowers, so will be trying to spot them as he watches the wedding on TV.”We don’t know where they’re going to be, so we’ll be eagerly looking out ourselves to see where they are,” Mr Jones said. Branches of beech, birch and hornbeam will also be used in the decorations, with the locally sourced foliage coming from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park. The 36-year-old, from Bourn in Cambridgeshire, added: “We’re really excited. We work really hard to try and champion pollinators and support them because they’re in decline.” Asked if he felt under pressure, the 58-year-old from Leamington Spa said: “We do, because we really want it to be the best we can possibly do. It’s showcasing not only our growing of plants, but the Royal Parks in general.”It is thought the flowers – between 150 and 200 individual plants which are pollinator-friendly – will be incorporated into Ms Craddock’s displays in and around St George’s Chapel which will feature white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. A bumblebee hovers over Dusky Cranesbill geranium plantsCredit:REUTERS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The flowers that have been chosen are particularly pollinator-friendly flowers, which means they have a good store of nectarDr Alice Laughton Dr Laughton is also excited for another reason – she is getting married this Saturday too.”I like to think that all the wedding buzz is about my wedding so it’s been quite fun,” she said.Talking about the flowers at her own wedding, she said: “My parents actually have grown all my flowers, so they’ve grown native pollinator-friendly flowers as well.” Looking ahead to Saturday, Mr Jones said: “I shall be watching the wedding along with half the rest of the country I would imagine. Looking out for my plants.”Dr Alice Laughton, conservation manager at the Royal Parks, explained the importance of the flowers being pollinator-friendly, and what that might mean.”The flowers that have been chosen are particularly pollinator-friendly flowers, which means they have a good store of nectar so they provide a lot of food for pollinators that are attracted to the flowers. Mr Jones said geraniums “add a splash of colour”, adding: “They live for years so they will grow all summer, flower all summer, die down in the winter, and then come back again the following year, so very good value.”The gardener said they were ideal for “a relaxed look”. Asked if the flowers will be getting special treatment in the coming days, he said: “They’ll be getting a lot of TLC. We’ll be making sure they’re watered well, making sure they’re protected, and making sure that the flowers stay in the perfect condition for the day.”It’s only a few more days to go, so we want them to be absolutely pristine when they go.” “So on wedding day we might see some bees, some bumblebees, hoverflies, some butterflies, all important pollinators here in the UK,” she said. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photographCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph
Metso has delivered the first valves with 3D printed parts from its Helsinki plant. The valves include 3D printed metal components that allow the valves to perform in a particularly demanding application where they need to withstand numerous fast open-close cycles without maintenance.“We are at the forefront of using 3D printing in valve applications, having started testing the suitability of 3D printing technologies for metal components already years ago. We have defined and prototyped several concepts where the 3D printed components can provide new levels of valve performance compared to components manufactured with traditional methods,” says Jukka Borgman, Director, Technology Development.“The beauty of 3D printing is that it allows the customer to have devices whose new properties can only be implemented using the 3D printing method. With certain products, a key benefit for the customer can be exceptionally quick delivery times,” says Jani Puroranta, Metso’s Chief Digital Officer.
Last month Boston Dynamics was asked by DARPA to turn their LS3 robot into a silent, bulletproof unit. But that isn’t the only robot Boston is working on right now, as they also have an all terrain running robot called WildCat.New footage of WildCat has been posted on Boston Dynamics‘ YouTube page, which you can watch below. It looks quite similar to LS3, but is actually a smaller version of the Cheetah robot. Cheetah can run at 28mph while tethered. WildCat can only manage 16mph, but does so untethered.As you can see, WildCat uses a combination of galloping and bounding to achieve such speeds, and also manages to recover from a stumble easily and quickly. Now imagine this speeding across a hostile area carrying supplies on its back for the troops. It’s like something you’d expect to see in the movies, not real life, but Boston Dynamics is certainly doing everything it can to push robot technology forward.WildCat is a work in progress and also funded by DARPA through its M3 program, so there’s every chance it will end up getting faster and more stable. It already looks pretty capable, but I’d like to see it galloping across uneven ground to get a sense of how it really performs. And just like with LS3, it needs a better power solution that isn’t as noisy.If you’re wondering what its big brother Cheetah looks like running flat out, check out the video below. As you can see, it’s fair to say WildCat is the more accomplished runner simply because it is managing to run quite fast without any tethers or assistance from a moving floor underfoot.
15,653 Views 76 Comments Monday 24 Oct 2016, 10:23 AM Oct 24th 2016, 10:23 AM http://jrnl.ie/3043080 Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland ‘Micheál needs to stop with his spin’ – Doherty hits out at FF leader over tax cut criticisms Yesterday the Fianna Fáil leader claimed his party “succeeded in stopping many of the most damaging Fine Gael policies”. Share43 Tweet Email1 Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland By Michelle Hennessy Short URL FINE GAEL CHIEF whip Regina Doherty tore into Micheál Martin this morning over the airwaves, accusing him of attacking her party at every opportunity instead of presenting his own policies.The TD was speaking after an address by the Fianna Fail leader in which he claimed his party “succeeded in stopping many of the most damaging Fine Gael policies”.“Their increasingly right-wing agenda and focus on tax cuts weighted to help the wealthiest most has been blocked. Some of the worst damage which their policies caused in the last five years have begun to be unwound.” he said in a speech yesterday afternoon.Even the Fine Gael Minister for Social Protection has acknowledged that they have departed from years of socially unjust and unfair budgets.“He points out that he thinks Fine Gael are more interested in tax cuts than Fianna Fáil would be, yet in the manifesto Fianna Fáil wanted to cut 2.9 billion worth of tax cuts and we only proposed over the next number of years to cut 2.4. Now does that make them more right-wing than we are?” Doherty asked when questioned about his remarks on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today.I’m not going to go back in and play the game he wants us to play and criticise them because they criticised us, but it doesn’t go unnoticed that at every opportunity – and particularly yesterday – he has a pop at Fine Gael, he has a pop at Cabinet, he has a pop at a particular individual in Fine Gael he obviously fears, he has a pop at the English government.“Micheál needs to sit back now and stop with his spin and start coming up with real policies so that he can show people how Fianna Fáil would govern any differently to when they wrecked the country,” she added.Read: Martin says pro-Brexit ministers in UK are ‘making it up as they go along’>Read: Varadkar has massive lead over Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Luke Skywalker is not gone from the Star Wars franchise: Mark Hamill, the actor who played the famous Jedi master, hinted that he might be coming back for the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.Hamill’s voice does make a brief appearance in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, however, fans have no idea how he plays a role in the movie. However, in a red carpet interview with the Associated Press for Child’s Play, Hamill jokingly said he might return as a Force ghost on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.HAMILL’S LAST HOPE: #MarkHamill (@HamillHimself) is hoping to retire from his Jedi job in @StarWars’ next installment #RiseOfSkywalker pic.twitter.com/Kvdb53Sw31— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) June 20, 2019“I had closure in the last (movie),” Hamill told the Associated Press. “The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that particular aspect of the ‘Star Wars’ mythology where if you’re a Jedi you get to come back, make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”Could Hamill be a Force ghost in the upcoming movie? It’s very likely, since the surviving Resistance has to fight the First Order.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on Dec. 20.More on Geek.com:More Cameos We Want in ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ at Disneyland: What It’s Like InsideHarrison Ford Pays Tribute to Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Stay on target
Macclesfield Town manager Sol Campbell says he’s delighted to record his first victory after his side beat Crawley 2-0 on Saturday.Elliott Durrell and Harry Smith were both on target against Crawley to hand Campbell his first victory as manager, after the former Arsenal defender was appointed last month on an 18-month contract to manage League Two club Macclesfield Town.“Crawley were coming up and we had a few hairy moments, but you need that,” Campbell told Sky Sports.“For me, that will give the lads great confidence that they got through that game with the wind against them and a team pushing on. That will give them confidence and we can build on that.“For me, it’s all about a learning process. There are good players out there, and you look up and down the league and see teams playing football. We want to be one of those clubs.Cascarino praises Campbell Manuel R. Medina – August 17, 2019 Sol Campbell left Macclesfield Town on Thursday, but the Arsenal legend believes he managed to do a great job at the club.“For me dropping down here, it’s my first job and I want to get on with it, I want to play how I want to play. I’m not looking at the whole league and saying it’s League Two, for me its football.“We need to win and we need to get up. It’s a real thing, it’s not Mickey Mouse football. It’s real-time football with people, players, fans and the whole club, this club needs to stay up.“Saying it’s League Two for me is a bit harsh on it. For me it’s football.”
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A B-25 J Mitchell bomber left to rust in Nome after World War II is being stripped for parts—and may one day be refurbished—thanks to efforts from a Michigan war planes museum and help from students across the Bering Strait.Download Audio:The B-25 Mitchell bomber recovered in Nome in June 2015. The plane, destined for the Russia front, still bears the red star of the Soviet Air Force. Photos: Warbirds of Glory Museum.The B-25 was a U.S. military bomber of the same class that went to Russia through the lend-lease program leading up to World War II, and planes of its kind later dropped bombs on Japan after Pearl Harbor. It flew with the U.S. Army Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, and the Soviet Air Force.In June, Patrick Mihalek with the nonprofit Warbirds Of Glory Museum in Brighton, Michigan, came to Nome to rescue an unusual B-25. “We came up to Nome to recover a World War II B-25 that was sitting out on the tundra for the last 70 years,” Mihalek said, knowing that the distinctly American aircraft had a uniquely Soviet twist.“We went through the whole wreckage of the aircraft and disassembled it,” Mihalek said. “Many pieces that we need currently for the ongoing restoration we shipped home.”That “ongoing restoration” is of a different B-25 known as Sandbar Mitchell, another bomber during the war that went on to become a plane for pilots in training, and eventually dumped water on Alaska wildfires near Fairbanks through the 1960s. It crashed in 1969, and after 44 years spent rusting on a Tanana River sandbar, the museum recovered that plane. Mihalek said the museum will use parts of Nome’s B-25 to get Sandbar Mitchell in the air once again.“We’re going to continue our main project, which is restore Sandbar Mitchell to flying status,” he said. “There’s a few parts from this [Nome B-25] that are airworthy that we’ll put in Sandbar Mitchell, and then vice versa, the parts that are not airworthy from Sandbar Mitchell, because of damage, we’ll put on the Nome [B-25], so in that way, the [Nome plane] could resemble a B-25 once again.”Just how the B-25 first came to the Seward Peninsula goes back to 1944. After being assembled in Kansas, the bomber was part of a group of planes allocated to Russia through Franklin Roosevelt’s “lend-lease program” prior to and during the U.S. entering World War II. The plane was officially handed over to Russian pilots in Fairbanks, who were set to fly it to Nome and onward to the Russian front. The Nome B-25, however, never crossed the dateline; a rough landing in Nome left it un-flyable, and facilities in Nome at the time left it irreparable.But the Russian pilots of the Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily—the Soviet Air Force—didn’t let the plane go to waste.“The Russians stripped it of all the parts and things they could use as repair parts, or replacement parts, that they felt they could use on their other B-25s,” said museum trustee Todd Trainor during his visit to Nome. “Then it was just left there for vandals and scoundrels to take parts and shoot holes in it with guns.”In the 1980s, former state House Representative Richard Foster visited Skagway and told then-Skagway resident and aviation enthusiast Mitch Erickson about the bomber. Erickson moved to Nome in 1991, and less than a year later, he found the B-25: axed, chopped, and shot up over years of impromptu target practice. He got the plane loaded on a flatbed and hauled away for safekeeping, but one wing still bearing the red star of Soviet Russia remained trapped in the mud.“We actually had the NACTEC kids there when we pulled the old wing out of the mud,” said Nathan Pitt, the program coordinator for NACTEC, the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center in Nome. “We had to have every hand available to flip that old wing over. And there on the other side you could see the Russian star still on there, barely visible, but it was still there.”Recovering Nome’s B-25 was built in to NACTEC’s summer aviation program, and students from Nome and across the Bering Strait worked to recover the plane and disassemble its components.Pitt said it was an application of the skills students learned working on NACTEC’s own ongoing restoration of another plane, a 1962 Piper Colt. The coordination linked the historic plane to their work in the classroom.“The 1962 Piper Colt is NACTEC’s project that we’re restoring, so the kids were putting rivets in and also taking rivets out [of the Piper Colt], and then they went over to see the B-25 project, where they were taking all the rivets out in order to disassemble the plane,” Pitt said of the multi-day project.“They could see where this work was done, and they had a little bit of knowledge about the process and the parts that, you know, keep a plane together.”The Nome bomber now sits in a shipping container within Nome’s Satellite Field T-hangar—itself a relic from World War II—not far from where the wing was dragged from the mud. “Hopefully within the next year, we’ll be able to raise some money to have the shipping container shipped back to Michigan,” Mihalek said.The ultimate goal would be to get the Nome bomber flying again, but the wing’s spars are corroded and a “substantial donation” would be needed to make that happen. Failing that, Mihalek said it could be assembled as a static airplane, offering a distinctly Russian display piece for the Michigan museum to tell the unique story of the B-25.
Crude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the Cushing oil hub, appearing to run out of space to contain a historic supply glut that has hammered prices, in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016.Reuters fileUS President Donald Trump’s proposal to sell half of the United States’ strategic oil reserve surprised energy markets on Tuesday since it counters OPEC’s efforts to control supply in order to boost prices.The White House requested in its budget released late on Monday gradually selling off the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) starting in October 2018 to raise $16.5 billion. The US SPR SPR-STK-T-EIA holds 688 million barrels, making it the world’s largest reserve, and a release of half over 10 years averages about 95,000 barrels per day (bpd), or 1 percent of current U.S. output.The plan came out just a day after Trump left Saudi Arabia, the de-facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), as part of his first overseas trip.The U.S. has more leeway to release the SPR crude as its own production C-OUT-T-EIA has surged 49 percent over the past five years. But the move undermines OPEC’s efforts to tighten global oil markets by cutting their output this year and likely into 2018.”It will complicate the OPEC efforts to stabilize the market,” said Anas Alhajji, an independent oil analyst and economist in the Reuters Global Markets Forum following the announcement.The announcement pulled down front-month crude futures prices LCOc1 CLc1. [O/R]However, the budget is not fixed since Congress has the final say and has rejected many White House proposals in the past.Competing with Saudi, Russia Following the oil shocks of the 1970s after the Arab oil embargo, members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) started building SPR sites to hold the equivalent to 90 days’ worth of a country’s daily demand.The U.S. released supplies from the SPR amid supply concerns at the start of the Gulf War in 1991 and after Hurricane Katrina disrupted Gulf of Mexico output in 2005, and again 2011 amid concerns about lost Libyan supply.In December, Congress approved the sale of $2 billion of crude from the SPR to pay for maintenance and repairs. The US Department of Energy sold 6.4 million barrels in January and another 10 million in February.The White House proposal would also open areas of Alaska’s arctic region to exploration. That could raise production above 10 million bpd, up from 9.3 million bpd currently, putting the U.S. in competition with Saudi Arabia and Russia for the world’s biggest oil producer.Analysts say that soaring US shale output is the reason for the greater security in its supply.”The U.S. has likely become more sanguine when it comes to having a very large SPR holding, given lofty medium term forecasts for the Permian basin,” said Virendra Chauhan, oil analyst at consultancy Energy Aspects, referring to a large US shale oil field.
00:00 /00:52 X Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaAir Force Jr. ROTC cadets at head of 22nd Annual MLK Grande Parade in 2016. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: https://t.co/l3LXWYVpZx pic.twitter.com/TiWfRSQ81M— MLK Grande Parade (@ParadeHouston) November 4, 2018 Share Listen In an effort to unify Houston’s dueling MLK parades, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that the city is partnering with the Black Heritage Society on an official parade, which will travel through downtown starting at 10 am on January 21.But despite his announcement, the organizers of the city’s other parade — the MLK Grande Parade – have said theirs will still take place. And they’ve gotten a permit to march at the same time as the city’s official parade, but will travel through Midtown.“There’s never going to be any one MLK event,” said Charles Stamps, who founded the MLK Grande Parade in the mid-1990s. “It’s going to continue to grow and proliferate throughout the city, the state, and the nation.”Two of the grand marshals of the MLK Grande Parade are potential mayoral candidates Bill King and Tony Buzbee. But Stamps said their selection wasn’t political.“Neither gentleman had declared candidacy,” said Stamps. “And even if they did it wouldn’t have made a difference. Our selection is based on contributions to humanity, the contributions that they’ve made to society.”In response to having two parades, Turner’s spokeswoman said he met with both groups months ago on the issue. She added the mayor wants to create a “positive, city-backed experience” to remember Dr. King’s legacy.
Kolkata: Forensic experts have found in their preliminary investigation that negligence over erecting the structure on wet soil during monsoon without taking proper precaution was the reason that led to the collapse of a portion of a pandal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at Midnapore College Ground.A team of experts from the State Forensic Science Laboratory visited the spot and inspected the collapsed structure.Sources said that their investigation had revealed that more precaution should have been taken while setting up the structure. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere were deep puddles all over the ground. Since the soil was wet, it didn’t grip the structure properly and it has come up as one of the major causes behind the collapse of the pandal.It has also been found that the structure had also turned heavy due to the rainfall.It may be mentioned that some people had even managed to climb up the structure when the Prime Minister was addressing the rally. It also made the structure heavy and as per the forensic experts, it could have been another cause behind the collapse. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA team comprising three senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs visited West Midnapore on Tuesday to probe the incident.The officers including Secretary (Security) S K Sinha and Joint Secretary Arti Bhatnagar held meetings with the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of West Midnapore. They also visited the spot. They will be preparing a report in this connection.The district authorities are also preparing a report in this connection. Though initially it was claimed that there was negligence in the part of the Public Works Department, it was later found that it has executed its work without any fault. It has been stated that the Special Protection Group (SPG) plays a crucial role in such cases, as it was related to the security of the Prime Minister.A case has also been lodged under section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code in connection with the incident.Meanwhile, five persons were arrested in the past 24 hours on charges of attacking policemen, after the Prime Minister’s rally.
Asiatic lilies, green daisies, the bark of paradise and wax flower – the names conjure up several images to flower power but you couldn’t imagine they could be related in any way to the Indian Independence. At the Taj Mansingh in Delhi, these flowers are nestled and woven together into a three tier ensemble to celebrate the Indian Independence.Could a luxury hotel influence how a guest feels about a particular property or brand through the use of flowers? Floral strategy is a deliberate marketing ploy that in today’s competitive environment allows some hotels to shine. In fact, step into a lobby and you know that it is defined by its flower power when it comes to upending scale and a touch of class. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAll over the world most frequent travelers, pay such close attention to hotels floral and decorative displays that, they can gauge the kind of experience they are going to have based on that single floral display in the lobby. At Taj, they do not have much space-because you are walking into a lobby that has many facets and beyond the doors, it’s a busy aisle that buzzes through the day. But I never fail to take out a few minutes to stand at gaze at the ensemble that greets my eyes. A little closer scrutiny reveals that all they have are a set of nesting tables/stools. The tiers are what add to the exclusivity of the décor and the melding of teak and flowers is an age old classic that hums of Oriental Arcadia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEveryone loves flowers.The hospitality industry is one of the biggest customers of flower buying in the country. In fact, the demands have spawned many farms and horticulture avenues all over the country. Decorations have moved beyond the stilted bookish ikebana styles-now when you think of decoration there is a blending of exotic displays and multiple islands instead of the less is more look. Two hotels that stand out for flower power in Delhi are Imperial Hotel and Taj Mansingh. Senior Vice President and General Manager Vijay Wanchoo with an epicurean eye can be seen running his critical eye over the flowers in the lobby. In the torrid heat of the summer this year, they had a sensational array of carnations that were dipped in long cylindrical vases – it set off an air of austere Zen echoes even as it radiated the warmth of the vermillion velvet intensity.At the Imperial Hotel and Taj Mansingh fresh flowers form the gospel of all arrangements carried out in accents as well as central or peripheral displays. Flowers add not just a degree of rejuvenated colour palettes and grace but even touch human moods albeit for a fraction of a second. Studies have proved there is a link between mood elevation and flowers. A detailed study at Rutgers University showed that every participant that received flowers smiled in some way instantaneously upon being presented with a bouquet. Perhaps the success lies in the magic of the merging of green stalks, lush leaves and petalled hues that come to life.
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