first_imgThe Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category in the early hours of Friday.According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 at 3.30 a.m. on Friday after which alarm bells were sounded. The average AQI score of Delhi recorded at 4.30 p.m., which is the average of 32 monitoring stations in the past 24 hours, was 484, in the ‘severe’ category. AQI readings Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida and Gurugram had AQI scores of 499, 496, 479, 496 and 469 respectively, all in the ‘severe’ category. In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, EPCA chairman Bhure Lal said: “The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated further last night and is now at the ‘severe plus level’. We have to take this as a public heath emergency as it will have adverse health impacts on all, particularly our children.” He added that construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will not be allowed till November 5 morning. Mr. Lal said the deterioration in air quality is due to a combination of accumulated toxins because of local pollution, further spiked by bursting of crackers on Deepavali, stubble burning and extremely adverse weather conditions. He added that the India Meteorological Department has said that the weather will improve in the coming days, but it is difficult to say if it would lead to any substantial reduction in pollution levels. An urgent meeting of the CPCB was also convened during which it was discussed that stubble burning contribution to pollution has gone up to 45%, resulting in the current high particulate matter concentration. The agency advised people to minimise their outdoor activities during the period. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the number of people complaining of respiratory problems post-Deepavali. Arvind Aggarwal, senior consultant, internal medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, said: “We have witnessed a rise in the number of people reporting to hospitals with respiratory and eye problems. An increase of 20%-22% patients has been seen in the OPD. People are facing symptoms associated with pollution like irritation in the eyes and throat, dry skin, skin allergies, chronic cough and breathlessness. We recommend asthmatic patients, elderly and kids should stay at home.”last_img read more

first_imgRafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, continuing the chase for his “Rafa Slam” with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round of the Australian Open.The top-ranked Nadal is aiming to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.He’s conceded only four games en route to the third round, sealing his win over Sweeting on Thursday with the last in a blizzard of forehand winners.After his quarterfinal exit at the last Australian Open, Nadal rebounded to win the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.Nadal hit some shots that Sweeting could barely believe, including a forehand on set point in the second when the Spaniard’s curling shot caught the baseline. With nothing to lose, Sweeting challenged the call as he walked off. The call stood.The only hint of anything other than complete domination for Nadal came in the third set, when Sweeting broke serve in the fifth game and then got within a point of bring it back to 4-2 in a game that went to deuce five times. Again, Nadal held on to convert a break and served out in the next game.”A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today,” Nadal said, noting the one blot on his serve was when he looked into the sun. “Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.”advertisementThat’s not good news for Nadal’s next opponent – 18-year-old Australian wildcard entry Bernard Tomic.Sweeting said he was overwhelmed by Nadal’s relentless accuracy and the fact he had to play so many shots just to earn a point.Tomic, the last Australian male left in the draw, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 31 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Canada’s Milos Raonic also produced a second-round upset, beating No. 22 Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).Kim Clijsters showed why she’s fast becoming a hot favorite for the women’s title by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.U.S. Open champion Clijsters opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over former No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina, but Suarez Navarro was a potentially dangerous second-round matchup. The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Venus Williams in a second-round upset in her first trip to Melbourne Park two years ago.”She is a tough player. She’s tricky. The balls bounce so much different than for my first round,” Clijsters said. “I was just happy with the way that I played. I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked.”With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in Australia due to a prolonged foot problem, third-seeded Clijsters is hopeful of going one better than her previous best performance at Melbourne Park – she lost the 2004 final.Her third-round 6-0, 6-1 loss here to Nadia Petrova last year was her worst in a major. It’s a defeat she claims she doesn’t dwell on and doesn’t think will influence her preparations for the same stage this weekend.”I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that. So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it, as well,” Clijsters said.Joining her in the third round from the bottom half of the draw were No. 10 Shahar Peer, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 Nadia Petrova and Iveta Benesova, who beat No. 18 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1.Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to China’s Peng Shuai, continuing an unimpressive streak of seven losses in eight matches. It was former world No. 1 Jankovic’s worst result at a major since the 2009 U.S. Open.Meanwhile, Clijsters has spent just two hours on court so far, leaving plenty of time to joke with the crowd and take a little swipe at on-court interviewer Todd Woodbridge, a former Australian doubles great. She lightheartedly chided Woodbridge about a text message he’d sent to fellow Australian Rennae Stubbs, suggesting Clijsters was showing physical and emotional signs of being pregnant.”No, I’m not!” said Clijsters, who took time off the tour when she married and had a child – daughter Jada, born in February 2008 – before returning to win the U.S. Open in 2009.While Clijsters and Nadal have advanced with ease, Venus Williams and defending men’s champion Roger Federer have encountered challenges.advertisementWilliams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the first set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing and eventually beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4.Federer faced a more familiar problem – Gilles Simon. He’s one of only three men on tour with a winning record against the Swiss great.The 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was “happy I survived a scare” after winning in five sets.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce is showcasing MTU’s latest propulsion technology and service solutions for sailing and motor yachts at the 2016 yacht shows in Cannes, Genoa and Monaco. One of the highlights will be the new 10-cylinder version of the MTU Series 2000 M96 engine. At the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, taking place from September 6 to 11, the new yacht engine will be unveiled for the first time on MTU’s JETEE173 stand.The engine will also be presented in Genoa at the Salone Nautico on Stand D3. From September 28 to October 1, the MTU propulsion solutions for megayachts will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.IMO Tier III compatible Series 4000 engines will be exhibited on the MTU stand in addition to a model of MTU’s 20V Series 4000 M93 engine. Centre stage at all three shows will be the company’s Premium Yacht Service.New 10-cylinder for yachtsThe focus at the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes and the Salone Nautico in Genoa will be on the new cylinder version of the MTU Series 2000 M96 engine.“With the launch of MTU’s s 10V Series 2000 M96 engine, the company is continuing a long tradition of building reliable and efficient high-performance engines for yachts. Our sales expectations for the 12V and 16V versions of this engine type in the 1,268 to 1,939 kW power range this year were significantly exceeded – we are now offering a 10 cylinder version with outputs above 1,015 kW,” Knut Müller, Head of the Marine and Government Business Division at MTU, said.The MTU engine meets US EPA Marine Tier 3 Recreational standards in addition to EU Directive RCD II for leisure craft, which becomes mandatory from January 2017.MTU propulsion systems for megayachtsAt the Monaco Yacht Show MTU will also be showing the latest generation of the MTU Series 4000 engines, which meet IMO Tier III emission standards, in addition to a model of the 20V Series 4000 M93 engine.The first IMO Tier III compatible yacht propulsion system, consisting of two MTU 16V Series 4000 M73R engines, is to be installed in a new 80.1 metre long megayacht, which is currently being built by the Bilgin Yachts shipyard in Istanbul. Its delivery is scheduled for 2019.MTU supplies propulsion systems for yachts and complete system engineering solutions from a single source. Shipyards are frequently supplied with an MTU system consisting of an engine and transmission unit with optimally synchronised interfaces that is monitored and controlled completely by the MTU automation system.For yachts, in addition to the main propulsion engines and transmission systems in the power range extending from 261 to 4,300 kW, MTU also offers gensets for the yacht’s on-board power supply with rated outputs of up to 280, in addition to gensets for the emergency power supply.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: TORONTO – Corus Entertainment announced on Friday, an extensive three-year partnership between Royal Bank of Canada and HGTV Canada‘s Bryan and Sarah Baeumler. The partnership aims to bring Canadians closer to their goals by sharing expert financial and practical advice on everything from budgeting for home renovations to tips on growing a business. The collaboration is the first of its kind for Corus Tempo, a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment, and was facilitated with the help of RBC media planning agency, Initiative.“We are proud to create and support this landmark partnership between HGTV Canada’s Bryan and Sarah Baeumler and RBC,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Corus Tempo. “This partnership reflects the power of Corus in bolstering unique opportunities for clients and fusing them with our influential roster of talent.”“We’re thrilled to launch this partnership with the help of Corus Entertainment,” said Alan Depencier, Chief Marketing Officer, RBC. “The Baeumlers are loyal clients of RBC and they share the same common values around providing expertise and advice to help make dreams come true and Somedays happen. It’s a natural fit for us.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement The multi-platform partnership launches Sunday, January 14 with the RBC Home Someday Contest in tandem with the Season 2 premiere of Bryan Inc. at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada. Canadians can enter the RBC Home Someday Contest by visiting hgtv.ca/rbchome and sharing their home story – whether it be buying a first property, renovating an existing home, or paying off a mortgage. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and a personal home consultation with Bryan and Sarah Baeumler. In addition to the grand prize, the contest will also award two secondary prizes of $10,000. The contest is open until February 28 and the winners will be selected by RBC and the Baeumlers.“Corus and RBC have always supported our family and the growth of our business,” said Bryan Baeumler. “This organic partnership allows us to offer our expertise alongside RBC to help Canadians reach their goals.”Promotional elements of the partnership will be featured on multiple Corus networks including HGTV Canada, Global Television, DIY, and DejaView in broadcast and online. This spring HGTV.ca will host branded webisodes, while HGTV Canada’s Facebook page will promote additional content with the Baeumlers.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About RBCRoyal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 80,000 employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-sustainability/.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPR  Watch full episodes and see exclusive content at hgtv.caFollow HGTV Canada on Twitter @hgtvcanada and Facebook at Facebook.com/hgtv.ca | #BryanIncFollow @RBC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe three candidates vying to be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations outlined their platforms at an all candidates forum in Winnipeg Thursday night.Perry Bellegard of Saskatchewan, Ghislain Picard of Quebec and Leon Jourdain of Ontario all attended the event.APTN’s Tim Fontaine reports.last_img

first_img Share – / 10Two people were killed and several schools placed on lockdown after a recently terminated employee opened fire Wednesday at a transportation business in Katy, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.It happened at about 8:43 a.m. at the Knights Transportation Facility located in the 20400 block of Franz Road.“The shooter was terminated a couple weeks ago. We understand that he came to this location armed with a shotgun and a handgun, began shooting — one of the employees here was shot. The shooter then committed suicide, as we understand, self-inflicted,” HCSO spokesman Ralph Gonzalez said.  Morton Ranch High School is across the street from the crime scene, and was on lockdown. A Katy Independent School District spokesperson said three other district campuses were also briefly closed.Gonzalez said other employees described what happened.“One of the employees stated that he said, ‘Ya’ll ruined my life.’ He parked in front, walked in the front door, and we understood he fired one round straight through … into an area where the drivers dine and have coffee — they think like a warning shot — and then started in the building,” he said.Two other employees sustained injuries from shrapnel or debris, as they ran to escape the shooting. One deputy hit his knee hard when responding officers had to hit the ground. He was transported to a hospital.The suspect’s name has not been released.ABNER FLETCHER Deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Knights Transportation facility located at the 20400 block of Franz Road.last_img read more

first_img If there’s one unifying theme at CES 2010, it’s as follows: Innovation is everywhere. From 3-D high-definition televisions to slick e-readers, powerful smartphones and a bevy of streaming media devices, the big watchwords this year are versatility, interconnectivity and value. Just a few items that already seem to be emerging as running themes this year based on early preview events, press conferences and, of course, buzz among critics and everyday gadget enthusiasts alike:1. 3-D, LED and Connected TelevisionLG, Samsung, Panasonic: You can barely turn around without bumping into a manufacturer pushing an LED (or, even scarier, 3-D) HDTV line as the next big thing. Thankfully, support for wireless internet is also creeping into more sets, letting you access widgets (bite-sized programs that run right on your TV) straight from your living room or stream over content from your PC. While the jury’s still out on 3-D, and the need to wear goofy glasses to enjoy it, newswires are abuzz with stories of broadcasters like ESPN and Discovery launching compatible networks. Truthfully, we’re more excited about Skype making its debut on sets, possibly bringing casual videoconferencing to mainstream prominence, and turning your couch into a communications hub after years of unfulfilled promise. Companies like Toshiba, with its Cell TV sets, are also planning to offer models with 1080p broadcast and Internet content upscaling, plus built-in hard drives and wireless 802.11n support, as well as the ability to convert 2D content from movies to video games into full 3-D.2. Tablet PCs and NetbooksFrom Asus to Lenovo, everyone’s pushing the low-cost, portable systems in slicker, even more transportable formats, albeit many now with touchscreens and beefier processors and graphics cards. More PC for less money, plus you can easily take notes on it and whiz through airport security? That’s one trend we can get behind.3. Portable ProjectorsAimed at business users with presentations to give, a number of companies are pushing portable projector models for BlackBerry and iPhone handsets. Surprisingly capable, these gizmos should be suitable for everyday use, if not pitching million-dollar ad buys, given their decent, if not overwhelming, brightness levels and picture quality. Still, what do you expect from a device that fits in your pocket?4. E-Readers and E-Book PlayersWhile still expensive and hard to justify as a purchase in the face of software platforms like Blio, which bring rich media content (books, magazines, comics, newspapers, etc.) to all platforms, not just dedicated single-function devices, there’s no getting around it: e-readers are everywhere at CES this year in color, touchscreen and other exciting new forms, and genuinely threating to upend the publishing industry within three years, if not completely reduce the newsstand to irrelevance in the next 12-18 months.5. Streaming Media ExtendersWe’ve still yet to see a single killer app in this category capable of supporting most major multimedia formats and convincing even the staunchest technophobe from buying in with its idiot-proof setup and interface. But it’s inevitable that one will arrive at some point, and make streaming audio and video more common than not in the near future, given the preponderance of companies looking to connect your TV, Blu-ray player, receiver, etc. to your home network or the internet. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read January 8, 2010last_img read more

first_img28Nov Rep. Cole supports bill utilizing public-private partnerships for Michigan Categories: Cole News Legislation enhances alternative to building better infrastructureState Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, held a vote today and voted to approve a bill to regulate and oversee public-private partnerships in Michigan.The bill provides for the state of Michigan to more effectively utilize public-private partnerships (P3s) for large transportation projects and save taxpayers money.P3s are partnerships where a private company assumes the risk of a project that would be otherwise done by the department.The P3 concept is not new; the State of Michigan has been entering into these agreements for some time. Most noticeably the freeway lighting project on I-94.“This legislation provides transparency to an existing Design, Build, Operate and Maintain (DBOM) program to rebuild and modernize the infrastructure in our great state,” said Cole, of Mancelona.  “Under this legislation, the Legislature will know what projects are being put forward and have input throughout the entire process.”A three-person advisory board will be appointed by the governor. The speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader will each select one member.The board’s primary purpose is to:·       Review P3 projects;·       Report to the Legislature within 30 days before the project is created;·       Provide a biannual report of progress and activity of ongoing P3 project in the past two fiscal years; andThirty-three states have authorized some version of P3 contracting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Senate Bill 97 moves to the full House for consideration.###last_img read more