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Plate Tectonics Gets Squishy

first_imgTwo reports on plate tectonics this week make it seem less like “hard” science.  Over 30 years ago, plate tectonics theory surprised many by going mainstream.  In recent years, however, observations have complicated matters.    In the July 8 issue of Nature,1 Norman H. Sleep evaluates a paper in the same issue2 that tackles the problem of hotspots.  Regarding “inadequacies in understanding the relative motions between plates,” he comments, “In case you think this has been sorted out to decimal places in the past 30 years, it hasn’t.”  (For background, see 04/02/2004 and 11/04/2003 headlines.)  Sleep praises the efforts of Steinbeck et al. to understand hotspots and fluid motions in the mantle, particularly how the Hawaiian chain could make a sudden turn.  But he ends, “I expect that debate will continue on the relative fixity of hotspots, the rigidity of tectonic plates and mantle dynamics.”    The Himalayas have been a poster child of plate tectonics theory.  Richard A. Kerr in the July 9 issue of Science3 discusses new satellite measurements around the Tibetan plateau that cast a common assumption into question.  It has long been taught that Mt. Everest and its range were thrust upward to their lofty heights by India crashing into the Asian continent.  New synthetic aperture radar measurements of the Tibetan plateau from the InSAR satellite, however, show much slower movement along faults than expected – like 0 to 7mm per year instead of 30, in one instance, and a factor of 10 lower in another.  Interference diagrams, on the other hand, show the entire region deforming.  Instead of a rigid mass moving between faults “like a watermelon seed between two fingers,” the Tibetan plateau seems to act like a fluid, as if “India were colliding with a water bed.”  Kerr remarks, “For almost 40 years, scientists have recognized that Earth’s ocean floors jostle and slide past one another like enormous rigid plates.  But how well continents fit into this plate-tectonic scheme has been less clear.  Now, satellite measurements of the Tibetan Plateau suggest that when continents go head-to-head in mountain building, they can behave more like unbaked pizzas.”  Another scientist concluded from the new data, “Continental tectonics is not plate tectonics.”  This part of the continent, Kerr says, rather than standing up and fighting, is trying to escape.1Norman H. Sleep, “Earth science: Kinks and circuits,” Nature 430, 151 – 153 (08 July 2004); doi:10.1038/430151a.2Steinberger, Sutherland and O’Connell, “Prediction of Emperor-Hawaii seamount locations from a revised model of global plate motion and mantle flow,” Nature 430, 167 – 173 (08 July 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02660.3Richard A. Kerr, “Hammered by India, Puttylike Tibet Shows Limits of Plate Tectonics,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5681, 161, 9 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5681.161a].4Wright, Parsons, England, and Fielding, “InSAR Observations of Low Slip Rates on the Major Faults of Western Tibet,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5681, 236-239, 9 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1096388]. 1Now I’m getting hungry for pizza and watermelon.  Geological fads are like panaceas that cure all the symptoms until the MRI arrives.  Data have a way of spoiling the fun of storytelling.  Some unscrupulous theorists like Charles Lyell fudged data to make it fit their mental pictures of how the world should work.    When plate tectonics theory became popular in the 1960s, some holdouts complained it was being foisted on them like a new religion.  For example, even as late as 1983, in a popular geology book sold in western National Parks, Donald L. Baars had asked whether the theory was “Geophysics or Metaphysics?”—The concept of the New Global Tectonics may be liked to a new religion; since hard facts are lacking, if one is not a “believer” one is considered an “atheist” with regard to the many theories and interpretations of the “clergy”—the oceanographers and geophysicists.  Many of the concepts are plausible and exciting, and sometimes they fit the hard geologic facts.  Many times, however, they are contradictory and totally incongruent with known geologic facts, at which time the facts are ignored.  With enough “faith,” every known earth event is compatible with the religion, especially with respect to oceanography.  On land, however, where outcrops and fossils abound, it is often extremely difficult to be a “follower.”  The entire doctrine may in time be proven true, it may be completely disproven by geologists, or a compromise may be reached.  I prefer to think the last possibility is likely. … [He describes some examples of contradictions.]    It would require another book to argue fully the pros and cons of plate tectonics theory.  It is obvious at this point that I have not been totally converted to the religion.  That is a matter for individual preference.  You are free to believe as you wish, but please, don’t send missionaries! —Donald L. Baars, The Colorado Plateau: A Geologic History (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 1972, 1983, pp. 217-218, p. 219).No one doubts that various fluids and solids are moving various whichaways down under our feet, at various speeds and in various directions.  But as with many things in science, the phenomena are too complex to reduce to simple models.  What explains one province may not explain another.  A neat global diagram of rigid plates floating on convecting mantle currents makes a nice flannelgraph in Monday School, but what was the Historical Geophysics?  We’ll have to wait and see what happens to this religion.  The lesson is: don’t take the national park diagrams on blind faith.(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sibanye – Stillwater commits to improving safety at work as it rolls out its safety strategy

first_imgSouth Africa’s economic activity is mainly centred on mining, therefore, it is important that crucial safety strategies are implemented. The safety of employees is very imperative particularly in the mining sector as success lies in the employees’ capability to work effectively in a conducive environment. It is every employee’s right to work in a safe and healthy environment, no employees should have to suffer because of preventable dangers in the work environment.In 2014 the mining sector contributed R18 billion to the South African fiscus, a total of 495,568 people were employed. With numbers like these, it has become necessary for all stakeholders to work together, to support and enable the achievement of zero harm in the workplace.Sibanye-Stillwater is the largest individual producer of precious metals in South Africa and is one of 10 largest gold producers globally. It has recently experienced a significant increase in incidents, with 20 employees having lost their lives in nine separate incidents since February 2018.In a recent statement CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, Mr Neal Froneman said; “One life lost is one too many. We are appalled by the loss of our employees’ lives at our mines over the past few months. It pains all of us when employees are injured or lose their lives in safety incidents. While we cannot rectify the harm that has occurred, we will continue to support the families as best we can in their grief”.In the process of improving safety at all their operations, Sibanye – Stillwater rolled out a safety strategy in 2017. “The safety of employees is our primary concern and, if it is not safe to operate, we expect conditions to be fixed before work can resume at a working place. There is substantial evidence that well-organised workplaces are both safe and productive, and that is our aim”, adds Froneman.Sibanye – Stillwater has committed to;Launch a safety summit with stakeholders to work towards a common goal of reducing work-related fatal accidents and injuriesContinue to provide necessary support, including counselling, financial backing, housing, education support and other benefits to the grieving families of the deceased employeesSupport and promote adherence to Section 23 of the Mine Health and Safety ActEstablished safety programmes which inform employees, supervisors and managers about the right to withdraw from an unsafe workplace and how to apply Section 23 responsiblyInstituted a programme to promote the behaviour change required so that the right to withdraw becomes an integral part of our workplace cultureAfford employees a formal grievance procedure and an anonymous tip-offs system that any employee can use if they are given an unlawful instruction or are victimised.The launch of Digiine a collaborative partnership between Sibanye – Stillwater and the University of the Witwatersrand is expected to complement and improve safety and operating effectiveness.last_img read more

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Wiwigs Women’s Long Wavy Wig Honey Blonde – Lovely but fake looking at head line

first_img The colour very blonde got told looks real tho :/ the front of the wig unfortunately looks fake as u c the net i just popped on a headband an all ok part from headband pushes it off a bit. Maybe this exact wig but with a fringe?. If so please wiwigs lemme no 🙂 . The colour very blonde got told looks real tho :/ the front of the wig unfortunately looks fake as u c the net i just popped on a headband an all ok part from headband pushes it off a bit. Maybe this exact wig but with a fringe?. If so please wiwigs lemme no 🙂 . Features of Women’s Long Wavy Wig Honey BlondeBrand New, with TagsColour Code: #22-613Material: Top Quality and No Flammable Kanekalon Synthetic Hair. Feel like real hair. 100% Originated from Japan. Best in Wigs.Head size: Adjustable size to fit head circumference approx. 20″-23″. Most head sizes are within this range. Customers can adjust the hook inside the wig to get the right size for you.Delivery: 1-3 WORKING DAYS from payment cleared. Please ignore the Amazon estimation (3-12 days) which is not accurate. Lovely and glamorous, only one thing no clips, but you can sew these on yourself. Lovely and glamorous, only one thing no clips, but you can sew these on yourself. Lovely will wear it all winter better than a hat and more glam. I recommended purchasing a k’yrissma lace front of you want a day to day natural look. Their very cheap only 38 including post and packaging and arrive in 3 days this wis is lovley but for the price utd not like it is i. The photo i men it’s lovely for a first wig and is good for costume looks?. Lovely but fake looking at head line. Very nice n long but u will have to wear a hat or hair band with it as u can tell it a wig i wear my hat with it n it look kind of real but not dare wearing it alone tho as it very fake looking at the head line hope this help anyone who thinking of buying one. Lovely will wear it all winter better than a hat and more glam. Stunning, good quality, awaiting for more of these too come in. Fabulous looking wig, lasted a lot longer than your average ‘synthetic’, but the compliments i recieved how ‘healthy’ my hair is (whilst wearing) gave me a big boost as nobody knew i had been hiding my alopecia for quite some time before i told my friends and family. I have looked everywhere for the same one, as last time o checked, this seller had none in stock, fan quality, kind to scalp,did not irritate my scalp(mostly bald) at all really. ?, gave me back my life, even if onlynon the occasions i wore it. I’m no drama-queen, plus i don’t review unless i’m ??? sure of any product i review. Please feel free to ask me whatever x. I recommended purchasing a k’yrissma lace front of you want a day to day natural look. Their very cheap only 38 including post and packaging and arrive in 3 days this wis is lovley but for the price utd not like it is i. The photo i men it’s lovely for a first wig and is good for costume looks?. Lovely but fake looking at head line. Very nice n long but u will have to wear a hat or hair band with it as u can tell it a wig i wear my hat with it n it look kind of real but not dare wearing it alone tho as it very fake looking at the head line hope this help anyone who thinking of buying one. Stunning, good quality, awaiting for more of these too come in. Fabulous looking wig, lasted a lot longer than your average ‘synthetic’, but the compliments i recieved how ‘healthy’ my hair is (whilst wearing) gave me a big boost as nobody knew i had been hiding my alopecia for quite some time before i told my friends and family. I have looked everywhere for the same one, as last time o checked, this seller had none in stock, fan quality, kind to scalp,did not irritate my scalp(mostly bald) at all really. ?, gave me back my life, even if onlynon the occasions i wore it. I’m no drama-queen, plus i don’t review unless i’m ??? sure of any product i review. Please feel free to ask me whatever x. Stunning, good quality, awaiting for more of these too come in!!Lovely but fake looking at head line SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-02-06 01:57:49Reviewed Item Women’s Long Wavy Wig Honey BlondeRating 3.1 / 5  stars, based on  7  reviewsPrice£18.99last_img read more

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The Best Way to Insulate a Foundation

first_imgChoosing rigid foam insulationA consideration of several types of rigid insulation — polyiso, EPS and XPS — inevitably brings up a discussion of blowing agents they’re manufactured with. EPS and polyiso both are made with pentane, a hydrocarbon, while XPS is made with a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC).“XPS is one of the least-green insulating materials out there due to its HFC-soup blowing agents, the predominant component of which is HFC134a (automotive AC refrigerant), which has a global warming potential about 1,400 [times that of] CO2,” Dorsett says. “EPS and polyiso are blown with pentane, at 7 [times] CO2.”Manufacturers’ claims their insulation won’t damage the atmosphere’s ozone layer are another, unrelated topic, Holladay says. Ozone-damaging blowing agents have been been illegal for years.Not interested in a discussion of blowing agents, Ealy says, just the problem at hand.But the topic is germane, Dorsett replies, because blowing agents affect performance of the insulation over time.“The blowing agent is a long term-performance issue, not just an environmental discussion,” Dorsett says.XPS loses its blowing agent over a span of 40 or 50 years, he says, so that its performance gradually drops to that of EPS of the same density. On the other hand, foams blown with pentane lose all of their blowing agent in a matter of weeks, and they’re labeled at the “full depleted R-value, which is stable over time.” The foil facing of polyiso slows the process somewhat.“EPS in thicknesses of a few inches will be fully depleted in the first year after manufacture, maybe even the first month,” Dorsett says. “Thick blocks of EPS manufactured at a few feet of thickness are something of a fire hazard in the first months, since they are still outgassing significant quantities of pentane. Type-II (1.5-lb. density) EPS is usually cheaper per R than 1.5-lb. XPS, too, and in applications where you don’t need the lower vapor retardancy or thinner profile (such as under slabs) it’s perfectly reasonable to substitute EPS where XPS was specified.”Polyiso, however, should not be used under slabs or in contact with soil because it will absorb groundwater over time, resulting in lower performance. Does the footing have to be insulated, too?One of Ealy’s questions is whether the lack of foam insulation around the footing makes a significant heat-loss difference in the design. Dorsett thinks not.“The XPS stopping at the top of the footing does leave a thermal bridge, but it’s between the ground temperature and interior temperature, not the outdoor extremes,” Dorsett says. “Extending it down the side of the footing doesn’t change it much. But the full foam under the slab that turns the corner isolating the slab from the footing is a significant thermal break, and if that’s continuous with continuous interior wall foam it’s pretty good.”One area not to overlook is the strip of concrete between the edge of the mud sill and the inside of the foundation wall. Any rigid insulation on the interior should go up and over the top of this ledge, while the inside of the band joist also needs insulation. RELATED ARTICLES CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Building Plans for Energy Efficient Basement RemodelingFoundation Strategy Checklist How to Insulate a Basement Wall Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationGreen Basics: Rigid Foam InsulationInsulating Roofs, Walls, and FloorsFoundation types The plan for interior insulation is not the bestAn obvious problem with the plan to add 2×2 studs and 2 inch foam on the interior of the foundation is that the foam is thicker than the studs by 1/2 inch, Dana Dorsett points out. But even if the foam and studs were of the same thickness, this approach still has a big weakness: thermal bridging.“It would be a waste of foam anyway,” he writes, “since its performance is severely undercut by the thermal bridging of the framing.”A better plan would be to add 1 1/4-inch-thick sheets of polyiso foam whose seams are sealed with foil tape between 1 1/2 inch and 2 inches wide. The foam would be held in pace by 1×4 furring strips, attached with concrete screws driven into the foundation wall.“That way you’d have an unbridged layer of R-7 between the furring and the concrete, keeping the furring warm and dry (no need for pressure-treated), and the air gap between the foil and gypsum adds another ~R-1 of thermal performance, from the radiation barrier effect and trapped air films.”Polyiso 1 1/4 inch thick should be available from a number of vendors, he adds, even if it’s not typically available in big box retail stores. Foil-faced polyiso also is much safer to use on the interior than either XPS or expanded polystyrene (EPS) in the event of a fire.The other issue to consider, Dorsett says, is the potential for the wall to wick up water from the concrete. A 2×2 applied directly to the foundation would be able to absorb water from the wall and transfer it to the drywall on the interior. That problem goes away when the insulation is held against the concrete with furring strips and concrete screws. “The amount of moisture you’d wick with TapCons is near zero,” he says. Those are the issues for this Q&A Spotlight. Applying foam to the foundation exteriorEaly writes that he has been able to pick up enough 2 1/2-inch graphite-coated EPS, a product called Insulfoam Platinum GPS, to do the entire house. But getting the insulation to stick to the concrete is proving to be a problem.It looks like he’s sticking with the plan to use the Colphene membrane over the insulation, so the issue is getting the EPS to adhere to the foundation wall long enough to allow the application of the Colphene and then backfill — a matter of a couple of days.He’s tried a water-based adhesive; it took 1 1/2 tubes of the stuff to get a bond, and that would be too expensive to be used on the entire foundation. He’s now considering large plastic washers helped in place with concrete screws, although it’s more work than he’s like to invest.GBA senior editor Martin Holladay suggests a specialty fastener, such as Hilti IDP insulation anchors or Rodenhouse Plastic-Grip PMF fasteners. Nethaniel Ealy, a builder in Idaho who’s about to pour a concrete basement foundation, is trying to come up with insulation and waterproofing details that will be effective and within the budget.The current plan is to place 2 inches of extruded polystyrene (XPS) on the outside of the foundation walls. At some point in the future, the homeowners would place another 2 inches of foam on the inside of the foundation walls between 2×2 studs, and then apply drywall over the studs.When it comes to waterproofing, Ealy has a couple of choices. One is a water-based sealer applied directly to the concrete. The other is an elastomeric membrane called Colphene ICF that’s typically used over insulating concrete forms. The peel-and-stick membrane would be applied over the foam, not on the concrete.The Colphene will add another $1,000 to construction costs, Ealy adds in this Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. Is it worth it?He also wonders about the overall approach to insulation.“Since the exterior XPS just terminates on top of the footing in this design and does not encapsulate the footing, how much of a benefit does it actually pass on in terms of insulation?” he asks. “Would it be better to just install 4 inches of XPS (or comparable) on the interior and forgo the external XPS layer? If so, I would also plan to skip the Colphene and just seal my foundation with a water based coating. Any flag going that route?” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost thinks:A number of interesting issues have been raised here, and I’ll address them one at a time.1. Placing insulation on both sides of the foundation basement wall. If you place insulation on both sides of a concrete foundation wall (as in insulated concrete forms), the interior insulation dampens the thermal mass impact of concrete.In general, I like to pull any structural wall to the inside, including concrete, to take advantage of the thermal mass but also because continuity of the air and thermal barriers is always easier from the exterior. But, of course, exterior foundation insulation introduces two other issues: dealing with the planar difference with the above-grade exterior wall and how much more susceptible the exterior insulation is to damage, both during construction and occupancy.There is really nothing wrong with insulation on both sides; it just irks me when proponents of this approach claim benefits from the thermal mass.2. Foundation walls and the difference between the above-grade and below-grade portions of the wall. There is considerable debate, particularly in the Passivhaus community, about just what level of insulation should be achieved for below-grade assemblies, including down at the basement floor, generally at least 6 feet below grade.There is no doubt that the portion of the concrete wall that is above grade should be insulated to the same levels as any above-grade wall. But there is a changing temperature profile as you drop from grade, even in the winter, which means that by the time you are 6 feet under, the temperature difference between the inside (the home) and the outside (the soil) is about 15 F° at most (see the photos below).The real reason to insulate the total depth of the concrete exterior wall and underneath the basement slab is comfort and interior air quality. Elevating the surface temperature of the lower walls and floor reduces opportunity for biological growth (primarily mold and dust mites) and increases thermal comfort (due to the higher mean radiant temperature and higher floor surface temperature).Insulating the footing just does not prove to be worth it for energy efficiency, thermal comfort, or air quality.3. Waterproof the most durable component of the wall — the concrete. Keeping the foundation wall dry, given that you are burying it for the life of the building, means waterproofing — not dampproofing — the concrete foundation wall. Waterproofing materials — defined by ASTM standard as elastic enough to span cracks and keep water out under a head of water equal to 8 feet — is more expensive than dampproofing, but this is not the place for reduced performance driven by reduced cost.4. EPS and pentane as a blowing agent. I checked in with the technical team at Atlas Insulation on this one: just about all of the pentane used as the blowing agent in EPS insulation leaves the insulation during manufacture and is recaptured in the factory for use as a fossil fuel for space heating or other needs.last_img read more

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Bhima Koregaon clashes: Activists Gonsalves, Ferreira in police custody

first_imgA Pune police team took activists Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves into custody on Friday after a special court here rejected bail pleas filed by them and noted civil rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj.The three activists, who had been under house arrest since August 29, had on September 28 been given four weeks time by the Supreme Court to seek legal remedies. That period ended today.They were first arrested on August 28 along with poet-activist Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha for allegedly having links with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and purportedly having had a role in the controversial ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon clashes.“Following the court’s rejection of their bail pleas, our teams took Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves into custody from their respective residences in Mumbai,” Pune’s Joint Commissioner of Police Shivaji Bodkhe told The Hindu. “They will be produced before a Pune court tomorrow,” he said.Ms. Bharadwaj was likely to be taken into custody on Saturday morning in keeping with legal rules that prohibit taking women into custody after sunset, said a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Earlier on Friday, a special court had rejected applications filed by the three activists’ lawyers seeking a week-long extension of their house arrest thus paving the way for the Pune police to take them into custody again.  In a parallel hearing in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court had similarly rejected separate pleas seeking the extension of house arrest sought by Mr. Gonsalves and Mr. Ferreira.In his order rejecting the bail pleas of the three accused, Special Judge K.D. Vadane said that “the investigation against the accused was at a very crucial stage” and that “material collected by the investigating officer prima facie revealed their involvement in alleged unlawful activities against the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of India.”The order took into account the prosecution’s submission of allegedly incriminating letters and e-mails which hinted at the involvement of the three activists in recruiting cadre for the outlawed CPI (Maoist) and purportedly made reference for the need to “assess the damage caused by the seizure of communications by the police”.Arguing against the bail pleas last week, public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar had submitted two e-mails to the court that were allegedly “intercepted communications” exchanged between Maoist leader Ganapathy alias Comrade Chandrashekhar and poet Varavara Rao in July.The city police has claimed that the mails were allegedly exchanged after the June 6 arrests of activist Sudhir Dhawale, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson.Ms. Pawar told the court that the e-mails apparently revealed that top leaders in the Maoist Central Committee (CC) were ‘concerned’ after the June arrest of the five activists and that Ganapathy had allegedly asked Mr. Rao as to how the letters were leaked and how they had found their way into the hands of the Pune police.The contents of the e-mail, quoted by Ms. Pawar in the court, has Ganapathy allegedly urging Mr. Rao to ensure the confidentiality of “this communication channel” and remarking that the five arrests (of Mr. Gadling and the others) had caused a lot of damage to the movement and that urgent steps were needed to boost the morale of the cadre.Ms. Bharadwaj’s counsel had earlier argued that the so-called Maoist communications were of “dubious authenticity”.Similarly, lawyers representing Ms. Sen and Advocate Gadling, during their bail pleas, had also separately submitted that there was nothing in the so-called Maoist communications produced by the Pune police to incriminate the activists and asserted that the supposedly ‘incriminating’ evidence against their clients was “manufactured”. Ms. Bharadwaj, Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves had filed their bail pleas in the Pune sessions court in the second week of October.Earlier this week, the Hyderabad High Court extended Mr. Rao’s house arrest period by three weeks while Mr. Navlakha’s arrest has already been quashed by the Delhi High Court.The two countrywide swoops by the Pune police, in June and in August, that led to the arrest of the 10 persons, were based on an FIR registered at the city’s Vishrambaug Wada police station in connection with ostensibly provocative speeches made during the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held on December 31, 2017 — a day before clashes erupted in Bhima-Koregaon.The FIR was based on a complaint by one Tushar Damgude against six participants, including Mr. Dhawale, of the Parishad. Those named in the FIR were members of the Kabir Kala Manch — a radical Dalit cultural troupe.The complainant had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which lasted almost eight hours and witnessed the participation of thousands of persons from more than 250 social outfits including several Ambedkarite and leftist groups across Maharashtra. Activist Vernon Gonsalves arriving at his residence along with the police, in Pune. File  | Photo Credit: Prashant Waydandelast_img read more

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Tripura Chief Secy., 15 others transferred

first_imgIn a major administrative reshuffle a day after the Lok Sabha election results were announced, the BJP government in Tripura has transferred the Chief Secretary, 11 IAS officers, two IPS officers and two Tripura Civil Service officers, officials said on Saturday.“While campaigning for the elections, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had openly expressed anger about the functioning of some senior officials. The administrative reshuffle might be in line with his discontent,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity.‘An upright officer’ “The government has transferred Chief Secretary Lalit Kumar Gupta, an upright 1987 batch IAS officer, and posted him as Director General of SIPARD (State Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development). Principal Secretary Manoj Kumar would hold the interim charge of the Chief Secretary,” the official added.The official said that the EC had transferred some IPS and IAS officers during the election. “Some of those officers were either reinstated or posted elsewhere in the Friday night reshuffle,” he said. In the administrative shake-up, senior IPS officer Rajiv Singh has been reinstated as Additional DGP (Law Order), while IGP (Crime) Puneet Rastogi has been relieved from the charge of IGP (Law and Order).last_img read more

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Vintage performance

first_imgBut while the young stars shone, the skills challenge was a domain of winners who, combined, the three have logged 35 years in the PBA.“It’s an honor to win something like this at the twilight of my career,” Simon, the Magnolia guard, said on TV in Filipino.The 38-year-old veteran had only five points going into his last two racks in the final but missed just once from thereon to finish with 17 points.NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick gave chase in his final rack, coming to within a moneyball of the title. But his final attempt rimmed out and he settled for 16.Bolick and the other finalist, Philip Paniamogan of NLEX (14 in the final) have spent just a third of the time Simon, a 15-year veteran, has played in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT PJ Simon wins three-point shootout. PBA IMAGESPJ Simon burst into a smile of relief as he watched a challenger’s final shot rim out. Beau Belga also broke out a grin that showed just how close he came to losing his crown. Rey Guevarra won with plenty to spare—his final dunk a mere ceremonial display that showcased more style than athleticism.In a league getting younger with every season, the veterans showed up to compete during the skills challenge of the PBA All-Star Weekend at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Is the Pacquiao-Spence fight good as gone? Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Guevarra became just the league’s second 5-time dunk champ. Simon ruled the three-point shootout. Belga retained his obstacle challenge crown.The night was supposed to be a showcase of youth, with the league unearthing an old format from three decades back and rehashing it into a Rookie-Sophomore versus Juniors showdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe young stars thrilled fans in a battle to the finish, with Rain or Shine freshman Javee Mocon tipping in a shot at the buzzer to power the Rookies-Sophomores past their immediate seniors, 141-140.“We just wanted to thrill the fans in the first three quarters but in the fourth both teams wanted to win it,” Columbia’s CJ Perez, the game’s MVP, said in a TV interview. Belga, an 11-year pro, won by a fraction of a second in the obstacle final, beating third-year big man Russel Escoto of Columbian.Guevarra’s three final foes have a combined five years of PBA experience—almost half the time the ex-Letran star has been in the league—and it showed.The Phoenix guard exerted just enough to get to the final round—and still got there on top of the heap with 95 points. He pressured top rival Renz Palma of Blackwater by popping a 50 in his first dunk in the final.Palma, who entered the final tied with Columbian rookie Perez at 86 points, responded with a 50 of his own, jumping over two rows of three crouched players each. But his second dunk, an ambitious attempt at a one-hander off a long Belga pass from the stands, flunked several times and he couldn’t get a safety dunk in.He finished with a 30, leaving Guevarra needing just the simplest of slams to retain his crown. His Phoenix teammates lined up in two rows from underneath the basket to close to the three-point line. As Guevarra sprinted toward the basket, the rows parted, allowing the champ to soar for an easy one-hander.And it looks like the dunk contest could just get a little older next year. A TV report said KG Canaleta, the other 5-time champion, told Guevarra before the contest that should he win this edition, the 37-year-old Meralco forward and 14-year league veteran would challenge him next year.“Maybe he was just joking,” Guevarra told a TV interviewer, before doing a mock call-out: “KG!” —FRANCIS T.J. OCHOASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

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Pak PM holds NSC meet amidst IndoPak tension

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday chaired a meeting of the National Security Committee to hold consultations with the country’s top civil and military leadership over the sudden spike in tensions with India. Khan called the meeting after the army alleged that India used cluster bombs to target the civilian population in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Indian Army on Saturday termed as “lies and deceit” Pakistan’s allegations that Indian troops used cluster bombs targeting civilians along the Line of Control. The NSC meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other top officials. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn a series of tweets, Khan said that it’s time for US President Donald Trump to mediate on the Kashmir issue. “President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situation deteriorates there and along the LOC with new aggressive actions being taken” by Indian forces, he said, adding that this has the “potential to blow up into a regional crisis”. Last month, Trump had made a stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the vexed issue during their meeting in Japan, evoking a sharp reaction from India which denied Modi making any such request. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn another tweet, Khan said the people of Kashmir “must be allowed to exercise their right to self determination according to UN SC resolutions.” “The only road to peace & security in South Asia runs through a peaceful & just settlement of Kashmir,” he tweeted. He also alleged that India was using “cluster munitions” and asked the UN Security Council to take note of this. Khan also condemned alleged Indian attacks on the civilian population. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the political leadership of Pakistan needs to come on the same page and “send a message of unity and solidarity”. Also, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday asked Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Dr. Yousuf Ahmed Al-Othaimeen to take notice of the situation in Kashmir, state-run Radio Pakistan reported. Secretary General of OIC assured the Foreign Minister for taking notice on situation and to extend full cooperation. Earlier Sunday, chairing an emergency consultative meeting at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Qureshi alleged that Indian “designs are an attempt to disrupt the regional peace.”last_img read more