Wage issue hits India’s easternmost tiger reserve

first_imgConservation of the Royal Bengal Tiger has taken a hit in India’s easternmost tiger reserve.The authorities of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh have discontinued the services of 53 frontline staff, all casual employees.The 1,895 sq.km. tiger reserve in Changlang district, bordering Myanmar, is now left with 113 casual employees, who were inducted under Project Tiger of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).In an order on July 14, Namdapha’s Field Director T. Riba said the 53 were shortlisted after an assessment of the performing and non-performing workers. This was in view of non-payment of wages of the casual employees by the NTCA.Officials of the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department said the NTCA, formed in 2005, roped in 166 people for Namdapha a few years ago. But the NTCA did not provide any fund for wages of these casual employees during the 2018-2019 fiscal.“A huge amount of fund is required to meet the expenses of wages of these employees, and also a huge amount of arrear wages is lying outstanding due to non-receipt of funds from the NTCA,” the order said.“There are a large number of non-performing casual employees adding to the burden of this establishment,” the order said, adding that the non-performing employees were evaluated and told to go.“Almost 80% of Namdapha is inaccessible, and it is difficult for the staff to monitor the remaining area of the tiger reserve. The reduced staff strength will make it harder for us, but one cannot help if there are no funds,” Mr. Riba told The Hindu.Three tigersWildlife officials believe that Namdapha, at an altitude varying from 200 metres to 4,571 metres above mean sea level, is an ideal tiger habitat. But no tiger has ever been caught there in camera traps.“In 2018, we set up 118 camera traps but could not catch any tiger. We confirmed the presence of three individual tigers from pug marks and scats (DNA from tiger poop),” Mr Riba said.Namdapha, named after a river meandering through it, was declared as India’s 15th Tiger Reserve in 1983 with a core area of 1,808 sq km and a buffer zone of 177 sq km. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1972, it was elevated to a national park in the same year as it was made a tiger reserve.The tiger is one of 96 species of mammals found in Namdapha, which is divided into the Miao, Namdapha and Gandhigram ranges. The others include the endemic red giant flying squirrel, leopard, clouded leopard, snow leopard, Malayan sun bear, Asiatic black bear, hoolock gibbon, and capped langur.Namdapha has been in the news for the State government’s push for developing a 156 km road through it connecting Miao, the headquarters of the tiger reserve, and Vijaynagar, a settlement of former Assam Rifles personnel close to the Myanmar border.The road is the lifeline of Vijaynagar requiring people to trek for seven to 10 days. The odd sortie by Indian Air Force is the only other way for the people there to communicate with the world beyond.last_img read more

IPL players’ auction on Jan 8-9, decision on Kochi after Nov 27

first_imgInsisting that the season four of Indian Premier League would have eight teams like its previous editions, the IPL governing council on Wednesday decided that the auction of players would be held on January 8 and 9. That means the eighth team issue has to be resolved by the first week of January 2011. The governing council however refrained from any decision on the Kochi team as the deadline to resolve its ownership dispute ends on November 27. After the meeting, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president and IPL governing council member Rajiv Shukla said, “Now that preparations for IPL-4 have started in full swing, we have to make it a big success. Eighth and ninth January has been set for the players’ auction in Mumbai.” “The BCCI president has already said that there will be eight teams in the league and the format will remain unchanged,” he added. The controversial Kochi IPL franchise’s fate has been uncertain even as it got an extension to sort out its problem pertaining to ownership. Though the latest deadline set by the governing council lapses in 10 days, reports had suggested that the franchisees might throw in the towel as they have failed to resolve the issue. On the question of Kochi team’s ouster Shukla said, “Kochi team was not discussed today. It has been given one-month notice which lapses on November 27. So any decision on Kochi will be taken after 27th only. Kochi was not on the agenda today.” Since no letter of withdrawal was received from the franchisees, the decision on Koci team’s ouster was not taken on Wednesday. However the governing council has been busy preparing for the exit of Kochi team as it also deliberated on the tender process options in lieu of Kochi’s axe from the season four. Earlier, amidst indications that the group of investors in the Kochi franchise have been unable to resolve their differences over its ownership the IPL governing council members huddled at Mumbai Cricket Association’s Recreation Centre at Bandra Kurla Complex. Options before BCCIEven before a decision on the Kochi team, the BCCI has already started weighing its options and might call for a fresh bid for the eighth franchise if its decision goes against the Kochi team. If that happens, the BCCI would in all likelihood put out an invitation to tender on November 28 and ask for the bids in 15 days. With Kochi’s fate hanging in the balance, the IPL for the moment only has seven confirmed teams in the fray for the forthcoming season. BCCI president Shashank Manohar had earlier told Headlines Today that the governing council would examine all operational and organisational matters pertaining to the IPL season four. If the governing council decision goes against Kochi, the time would be of the essence as player auctions can only be completed once the teams are decided. In case of a new team, the base price could be $225 million.advertisementlast_img read more

BCCI to decide on shifting England tour game from BKC ground on Wednesday

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to take a decision on Wednesday on the request made by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to shift England’s second tour game from the BKC Ground to DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.”I’m meeting the BCCI chief (N Srinivasan) tomorrow (to discuss the matter). I’m confident the Board would agree to the change in venue,” said MCA president Ravi Savant today.Savant continued to maintain his stand that the ground at the Bandra-Kurla COmplex (BKC) lacked facilities for holding such an important game, scheduled from November 3-5. “The BKC ground does not have facilities like toilets for the spectators. There are no catering facilities around the ground. And the fence is not tall or strong enough to prevent the crowd from jumping on to the ground,” he said.The Mumbai police, too, are sceptical about the security in and around the place, Sawant said adding that provisional bookings have been done at hotels in Navi Mumbai to accommodate the players.England are scheduled to reach Mumbai on October 29 and will prepare for the four-Test series — considered a grudge rubber by India after their 0-4 rout in the last away series last year — by playing three warm-up tour games — two in Mumbai and the third in Ahmedabad, venue of the opening match of the rubber.England’s tour opener is scheduled from October 30 to November 1 at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium and the third game is to be held on a ground, just outside the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera from November 8-11.advertisementThe opening Test is scheduled at the Motera main stadium from November 15-19 with the subsequent Tests scheduled in Mumbai, Kolkata (Dec 5-9) and Nagpur (Dec 13-17).England would play two T20 Internationals against India on December 20 (Pune) and December 22 (Mumbai) prior to departing home for the Christmas and New Year break, before returning to play in a five-match ODI series in January 2013.last_img read more

ATP Finals: Vintage Roger Federer Knocks Out Novak Djokovic to Reach Semi-finals

first_img SWEET REDEMPTION FOR ROGER!@rogerfederer has defeated Novak Djokovic and has made the #NittoATPFinals semis!🎥: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/rOBZ7Dlf5k— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 14, 2019Djokovic looked nervy at the start of the winner-takes-all contest, double-faulting twice in the third game, in which he was broken to love. As cries of “Let’s go Roger, let’s go” rang around the cavernous stadium, Federer was dead-eyed on his serve, hitting eight aces, including a second-serve ace, in the first set. Federer’s service level dipped in the second set and Djokovic earned his first break point of the match in the fourth game, which the Swiss saved. He broke Djokovic again in the fifth game to take an iron grip on the match and broke again to seal the win. The Swiss third seed joins Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who had already qualified from Group Bjorn Borg, in the semi-finals. It was the 49th time Federer and Djokovic had met.Federer mode: activated.🎥: @TennisTV | #NittoATPFinals | @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/tWNNPV9JgK— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 14, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Roger Federer produced a serving masterclass as he avenged his Wimbledon defeat by Novak Djokovic and qualified for the last four of the ATP Finals on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.The Swiss broke once in the first set and twice in the second to beat his rival for the first time since 2015. Roared on by a raucous packed house at London’s O2 Arena, the Swiss six-time champion broke early and dropped just seven points on his serve in the first set.Defeat spells the end of Djokovic’s bid to overtake Rafael Nadal and finish as year-end number one. Djokovic, who now holds a 26-23 advantage, had won their past five meetings, including their epic five-set battle in the final at Wimbledon in July, during which he saved two championship points.In Thursday’s early match in Group Bjorn Borg, which was a dead rubber, eighth seed Berrettini beat Thiem 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.In doing so, the 23-year-old became the first Italian to win a match at the season-ending championships.Berrettini arrived in London at a career-high number eight in the ATP rankings after starting the season outside of the top 50.Fifth-seed Thiem did not hit the heights he reached during his three-set win against Djokovic, notching just 12 winners compared with 50 against the Serbian.Stefanos Tsitsipas has already qualified for the semi-finals from Group Andre Agassi, leaving Nadal, defending champion Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev to scrap it out for the other spot on Friday. alexander zverevATP FinalsATP Tourdominic thiem First Published: November 15, 2019, 7:00 AM ISTlast_img read more

Tactically astute Zinedine Zidane learns from Benitez’s mistakes at Real Madrid

first_imgBloodied by a 4-0 thrashing Barcelona handed them last November, Real Madrid’s tactical changes in Saturday’s ‘Clasico’ were richly rewarded when they ended the home side’s record-breaking 39-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp.Coach Zinedine Zidane learned the lessons of predecessor Rafael Benitez’s disastrous tactics in the last encounter and employed defensive midfielder Casemiro in favour of more attack-minded players, opting instead to sit and wait for Barcelona.”We had a game plan, we know we’ve got speed on the counter-attack, so we used that to our advantage,” Madrid forward Gareth Bale said after late strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Gerard Pique’s opener on 56 minutes.”We know obviously if you attack them they’re not the best defensive team in the world. They’re great at attacking, so we worked on that in training and it’s paid off.”Before kickoff, Barcelona staged an emotional tribute to late player and coach Johan Cruyff, who had an irreversible influence on the philosophy of attacking football with which the team remain associated with today.Coach Luis Enrique and captain Andres Iniesta had talked of their desire to give the Dutchman, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 68 last month, the perfect tribute on the pitch by beating Madrid with a display of attacking football.However, they were cancelled out by Frenchman Zidane’s astute game plan and none of their potent front three of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi or Neymar were able to demonstrate their usual attacking flair.advertisement”Casemiro played a fundamental role,” Zidane said.”The goal scorers made the difference but above all, we put in a huge performance defensively against players who can cause you damage if you give them any space. I enjoyed seeing my players help each other out.”Madrid defender Marcelo added that the result was a reward for his side’s ability to resist the temptation to mirror Barcelona’s attacking style of play”Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and we managed to beat them by playing well and knowing how to suffer, because we were patient,” the Brazilian said.”We owed our supporters something after the last game (the 4-0 defeat in November). A team like this always has to be at the top and we gave everything to make our fans happy.”Madrid’s tactics were hailed by French newspaper L’Equipe with the headline ‘Super Zidane’, and Spanish daily Marca’s front cover praised the team’s spirit, saying “Los Blancos didn’t give up and conquered the Nou Camp”.last_img read more

Vidyanjali programme: 19 States & UTs have expressed

first_imgwillingness to participateNew Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) The HRD ministry today said that 19 states and UTs have expressed willingness to participate in a programme Vidyanjali which would involve retired defence personnel, people from Indian diaspora and women home-makers to volunteer for co-scholastic activities in schools.In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, HRD minister Smriti Irani said the ministry is working on this pilot project.”These volunteers will not be replacement for regular teachers and will not be involved in formal teaching,” Irani said.She added that in a meeting of state education ministers held on February 8, 2016, 19 states and Union Territories have expressed willingness to participate in this programme on a pilot basis.In a written reply to another question, Iran said that of 72 ragging complaints received by UGO during last year and current year, 57 cases have been fully redressed.The remaining 15 cases are at an active stage of investigation and redressal, she added. PTI ADS RGlast_img read more

Axar Patel credits Virender Sehwag after snaring first hat-trick of IPL 2016

first_imgHat-trick hero Axar Patel, who joined forces with his new skipper Murali Vijay, to help Kings XI Punjab take the first step towards reviving their disastrous Indian Premier League campaign, credited mentor Virender Sehwag for his good showing on Sunday. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Kings XI were forced to axe South Africa star David Miller as skipper mid-way this IPL season. Led by Test specialist Vijay, Punjab stunned table-toppers Gujarat Lions yesterday to register their second win of this season. (Also read: Kings XI Punjab skipper Murali Vijay confident of reviving fortunes) Punjab, who were put into bat, were given a solid start by Vijay and Marcus Stoinis. However, Suresh Raina’s men struck back with regular wickets and restricted Punjab to a below-par total of 154. (Also read: Murali Vijay floored by Axar Patel’s ‘incredible’ bowling performance) The 155-run target had looked like a walk in the park for Gujarat. Destructive opener Dwayne Smith, after chasing a 180-run target against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier in the season, had boasted of the team’s firepower.  However, on Sunday, the home team was stunned and was handed a thrashing. Thanks to Axar, who joined a legion of greats with a hat-trick against the Lions.The 22-year-old left-arm spinner dealt the death blows to derail Gujarat’s chase after Punjab pacer Mohit Sharma struck twice in the first six overs. Patel’s victims included Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja.The young left-armer said he was thankful to Sehwag for helping him detoxify his thought process. “Sehwag asked me to do my own bowling analysis after every game. He wanted me to understand if my bowling style has changed over the years,” Axar told MumbaiMirror. advertisementNot many would have seen this coming from the youngster who had had a poor season before the game against Gujarat. From six matches, Axar managed only four wickets and leaked aplenty. On Sunday though, Patel was in his elements and was ably backed by skipper Vijay. Patel didn’t try to anything fancy but stuck to bowling arm-balls that has worked for him all these years.Axar said Sehwag had helped him understand his strengths and had asked him not to crib about what he wasn’t able to do. “Since every bowler is unique, he stressed that I shouldn’t ache to be what I am not. He felt I must not stress over deceiving batsmen in flight or change my trajectory too often, which is not my style anyway,” he said.The youngster chose yesterday’s spell as his best in T20 cricket. The young spinner said he was trying to do what he did in season 7 of IPL, in which he was named the ’emerging player of the tournament’ for picking up 16 wickets at a tidy economy of 6.22.”This has been my best bowling performance. I was just trying to do what I did in IPL-7. I was focusing on bowling in the right areas as that is something that had worked for me earlier. I had never taken a hat-trick in my career before, so it feels really special that I got the milestone at this level. The fact that we won the game and my efforts have resulted in a win makes it even more special,” Axar told iplt20.comAxar, who had played 22 ODIs and 4 T20Is, said he was focussed on getting back into the national team. “Now that I have bowled well, I will look to carry this confidence forward. If you feel confident about your game and your bowling, it opens more doors for you and ultimately you can win your place back,” he said.last_img read more

Salman, Anushka dance on Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai

first_imgMumbai, Jul 9 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will be seen dancing with “Sultan” co-star Anushka Sharma on his 90s romantic hit “Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai” on comedian Kapil Sharmas show.Salman, 50, along with Anushka, 28, are the special guests on “The Kapil Sharma Show” this weekend for the promotion of their recently released film “Sultan”.Kapil requested the “Dabangg” actor to dance on “Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai” from his super-hit movie “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!”. Being a total sport, Salman happily recreated the steps as Kapil sang the song, a press release issued here said.”Salman was in a jovial mood and was seen having a gala time with Kapil and his team. Kapil requested Salman to dance as he sang the romantic song. Salman readily agreed and did the signature steps of the song,” read a statement.”Anushka also joined him. Both Salman and Anushka were surprised to hear Kapil sing so well and appreciated him for his singing.”This episode of the show will be aired tonight on Sony Entertainment Television. PTI KKP NRB PSH JMFlast_img read more

Tokong masters the waves to win 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Beschen ousted Australian Callum Robson in the quarterfinals before ending the fairy-tale run of Indonesian youngster Bronson Meydi in the semifinals. The 15-year-old Meydi shocked New Zealander Elliot Paerata Reid in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES ‘’I dedicate this win to my townmates and my family. I just don’t want to disappoint them,’’ said Tokong, 23.Tokong rode the waves with aplomb to down Indonesian rival Oney Anwar in the quarterfinals before treating the near-delirious crowd to masterful surfing with a 19.05-15-30 triumph over Costa Rican’s standout Tomas King in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manTokong’s rounds included a 9.50, which he further improved to a near-perfect 9.55 to the delight of the jampacked crowd at the world famous Tower.Tokong fortified his bid for an improved ranking worldwide in the World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event. PH surfing star John Mark Tokong.SIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte—Philippine surfing idol John Mark Tokong stayed calm in the face of grinding pressure to rule the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup finals for the second time Wednesday at the iconic Cloud 9 here.Cool and composed, Tokong, who will spearhead the country’s gold-medal bid in the Southeast Asian Games, edged Hawaiian standout Noah Beschen in a final to remember, 16.80-16.75, to erase the bitter memories of his finals loss last year to Skip McCullough of the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH Azkals eye upset vs ‘improved’ Chinese team Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Svindal Wins a World Cup Downhill

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares WENGEN, Switzerland — Aksel Lund Svindal was due some good luck and a win on the historic Lauberhorn hill. He got both on Saturday.Svindal won a tricky World Cup downhill in challenging weather on Saturday, finally winning Switzerland’s classic Alpine ski race at the 10th attempt to retake the overall standings lead.The Norwegian stunned the appreciative crowd of 22,000 by being 1.52 seconds faster than early leader Klaus Kroell of Austria down the shortened 2.7-kilometer course.Only Hannes Reichelt came close, racing immediately after Svindal and just .19 seconds slower, pushing teammate Kroell into third.No one racing after Svindal and Reichelt had a chance as fog rolled in, and snow slowed the course.“I have had some bad luck in Wengen before,” said Svindal, the dominant downhill racer of this generation whose first eight visits here left him far from victory. “It was good to have some good luck.”Still, it was far from easy after the sunshine highlighting a fast racing line for No. 4 starter Kroell was long gone when the top two finishers overcame poor visibility as Nos. 18 and 19.“How many races do you have in you where you are able to go to that extreme? Not many,” said Svindal, who has won four of the five downhills this season.Svindal earned his 100 race points that lifted him 15 ahead of Marcel Hirscher, the four-time defending champion from Austria. Hirscher does not race downhill, and starts among the favorites in the slalom on Sunday.Norway has swept the three-race Wengen meeting so far after Kjetil Jansrud edged Svindal for victory in the combined on Friday.With 11 World Cup wins for Norwegian men this season, in just 18 races, the Nordic nation matched its all-time Alpine season record with two months left.Jansrud had no hope on Saturday, starting No. 22 after a 15-minute delay for fog. He finished 2.13 back and was visibly frustrated in the finish area.Svindal and Reichelt expressed their sympathy for the racers who followed them in the fast-changing light.“Today was really a tough race. I was really on the limit,” said Reichelt, who won this race last year and has made the podium four straight times.Kroell, the 2011 Lauberhorn winner, had no top-10 finish in any race for more than two years.“It was very important to be back in business,” said Kroell, who described the top two as “unbelievable. I was best of the rest today.”Svindal was the ninth different Lauberhorn winner in nine years, since Bode Miller of the United States completed back-to-back wins in 2008.The start was brought down the mountain from the full 4.4-kilometer distance because fog and snow prevented a planned early morning training run on the top section.GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

Using Simblee Bluetooth to improve one’s sleep

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Continue Reading Previous Could lucid dreaming perk-up your productivity?Next Deep learning machine vision system aids blind and visually impairedcenter_img I’ve got more microcontrollers lying around my house than I can count. I also have enough development boards and custom MCU boards of my own design to feed a medium-size city hackathon. What I don’t have are any of those items in permanent use around my house. Other than computer and mobile phone equipment, the only wireless devices I have in permanent operation are two WeMo AC power switches. Pretty pathetic, if I say so myself. Time to change this.The inspiration for this project came to me as a bright light (literally) not long ago. I wanted to sleep in on a recent Saturday morning (I always want to sleep in, but on this particular Saturday, I actually had the opportunity). Sadly, my window blinds do a horrid job of keeping the light out. I think they might even amplify the light on its way through. The image below is set to capture the level of brightness as accurately as possible. On the left — what it is. On the right — what I’d like it to be.(Source: Duane Benson) My solution came with the recent release of the Android version of the Simblee app. The Simblee, if you aren’t familiar, is an Arduino-compatible Bluetooth control system. The Simblee uses the Arduino IDE for programming, coupled with an iPhone or Android app that allows you to easily add sophisticated wireless control to small devices (see Max Maxfield’s Simblee article for more details). The Simblee product and iPhone app have been out for quite a while now, but I’m an Android user, so I couldn’t try it out until the Android app became available.The hardware I’m going to use the Simblee to control a stepper motor connected to a set of black-out blinds. A while back, the Simblee folks gave me a number of chips and breakout boards, so I’m all set there. I also own some Adafruit motor shields. Finally, earlier this year, I designed a Simblee carrier Arduino shield, with 3 volt to 5 volt line level converters, at the request of our esteemed editor Max.Max is well-aware that, despite the fact he asked me to design the board for him months ago, he’s only received one partially functional board without the line-level converters. That was because, in the first iteration of the board, I used open drain line-level converter chips and forgot to include pull-up resistors. Whoops.This new version uses a more traditional push-pull converter chip (Ti TXB0108) for the digital I/O, and a two MOSFET, four resistor converter on the I2C lines. I’ve got a third version of the shield in design that will put the Simblee module directly on an Arduino form-factor PC board. That third variant will be useable as a stand-alone Arduino with Simblee Bluetooth control.The image below shows my test setup. From the top center, clockwise, we see the following:Adafruit motor shield and stepper motorA multi-sensor shield of my design with DS3231 RTC (real-time clock) populatedA Simblee RFD22122 RGB Led / button shieldA Simblee RFD22121 USB programming shieldA Simblee RFD77201 7-GPIO breakout boardMy Arduino form-factor Simblee breakout carrier shieldAn Arduino Uno without the Atmega328P MCU(Source: Duane Benson) With regard to the last item, why an Arduino without the microcontroller, you might ask? In fact the Simblee contains its onw 32-bit MCU and I’m using this to perform all of the computation, so I don’t need the Arduino. However, since nothing else in the stack has a 5 volt supply, I’m using the Uno board as the power supply. What this has taught me is that my Simblee carrier shield needs to have a power input connector and both three and five volt regulators. It already has the 3.3 volt, but without an external regulated 5 volt source, I’m out of luck unless I use the MCU-less Arduino.The complete stack-up is as shown below:(Source: Duane Benson) The basic operation will be to automatically lower the blinds in the evening, and, raise them at different hours, depending on the day — early on weekdays to help get me up for work, and 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. for that extra rest on the weekends. The RTC will take care of the timed raising and lowering, while the app on my phone will allow me to raise and lower the blinds all the way, or partially, without my having to get out of bed.The Simblee communicates to my phone via it’s Bluetooth stack. It talks to the motor shield using its I2C interface. The Simblee is also capable of communicating with cloud-based applications and web sites, so once the basics are working, I’ll set it up for remote control and scheduling, but that will be a story for a future column; meanwhile…The software The Simblee is programmed using the Arduino IDE, both for the microcontroller functionality of the Simblee and for the UI (user interface) on your phone. The microcontroller component is just about identical to and compatible with standard Arduino code. The phone UI is also coded in the Arduino IDE.For example, here’s the code to create the Up Arrow control on my phone: ui_buttonUp = SimbleeForMobile.drawButton(120, 100, 100, “Blinds up”);And here’s the code to call a function when the button is pressed: SimbleeForMobile.setEvents(ui_buttonUp, EVENT_PRESS);There are three modules to the Simblee Arduino-compatible code: SimbleeForMobile, which is used to talk to a mobile phone; SimbleeCOM, which is used for Simblee-to-Simblee communications; and SimbleeCloud, which is used for interfacing with the web. At the moment, I’m only using SimbleeForMobile; I will start to use SimbleeCloud when I’m ready to add web-based remote control.I’m have to say that the Simblee is pretty Arduino compatible. The sample code from Adafruit for the motor shield and RTC worked without modification. I was able to copy and paste the Motor shield and RTC code directly into my Simblee sketch. It doesn’t get much easier than that.The mechanism The on-wall setup is pretty simple, as you can see in the photo below. I use the standard bracket on one side of a roller blind. On the other side, I’m going to use a small piece of flexible tubing to connect the stepper shaft to the roller blinds; this will serve as the mount and the drive shaft. Finally, I’ll use small proximity sensors as limit switches for the blind’s travel.(Source: Duane Benson) As soon as connect the motor shaft to the blind’s roller and mount the light sensors, everything will be ready to go. I also need to change the mounting of the stepper a bit. Right now, when I run it, it resonates through the drywall and sounds like I’m about to be run over by a truck.If I ever get around to designing custom hardware, the Arduino stack will be much smaller, but for now, it’s a bit of an eyesore. On the other hand, this it does add to the geek-cred of the installation.At some time in the future, I’ll add in remote web-based control. I’m also planning on adding a solar panel and lithium battery, thereby making the system completely wireless. I only need enough power in reserve to handle a few up and down cycles, so solar charging should be sufficient. Speaking of which, does anyone know of an easy-to-use chip that will manage Lithium battery charging from a solar panel?last_img read more

India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020

first_imgThe India men’s hockey team will join the FIH Pro League next year after pulling out of the inaugural edition, which began in January.Welcoming India back in the league, the international hockey federation (FIH) said the move has been supported by other participating countries.”…India’s men team will join the FIH Pro League from 2020 on, as was unanimously supported by the other participating National Associations,” the FIH said in a statement after its Executive Board meeting.In July 2017, Hockey India had decided to withdraw both the men’s and women’s national teams from the competition.Hockey India never gave any official reason for the decision but it was speculated that the inferior ranking of the women’s team prompted India to pullout from both the competitions as there was no option to take out just one teamHockey India also believed that the country had better chances of qualifying for the Olympics via the Hockey World League.In the inaugural Pro-League which began in January, nine teams are competing in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches till June. The top four teams will earn a ticket to the FIH’s Olympic Qualification events.”It is great that India will join the FIH Pro League already next year. There is such a passion for hockey in the country that it will add a lot to our newest competition,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.”Furthermore, FIH would like to thank all participating National Associations who, by agreeing on a common scheme for the 2020 and 2021 calendars, have once again shown the solidarity of the global hockey community and their utmost will to grow the sport together.”advertisementThe EB also approved the 2020 and 2021 FIH Pro League match schedule principles. The League competition will be held within the first six months of every year and all these matches will remain ‘home games’.The away games will be kept too but will now be split over two consecutive seasons and work according to the following example: In 2020, Team A will host Team B twice within a couple of days, and in 2021, Team B will host Team A twice within a couple of days.”This scheme reduces by half the travel of the teams compared to the current format, therefore decreasing costs for teams, benefitting athletes’ welfare and reducing the impact on the environment,” the FIH said.As India are not playing in the FIH Pro League this year, they are banking on the Hockey Series Finals to qualify for next year’s Olympics. Bhubaneswar is hosting one of the three Hockey Series Finals in June.Also Read | Graham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey teamlast_img read more

Hyundai Kona price reduced, electric SUV now starts at Rs 23.72 lakh

first_imgHyundai has reduced the price of Kona by Rs 1,58,142 and the electric SUV now costs Rs 23,71,858 (ex-showroom, India). Hyundai Kona was launched in the country on July 9 for a starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The carmaker garnered 120 confirmed bookings for the electric SUV within 10 days of its launch, with the figure reaching 152 in 20 days. The price cut comes in the wake of the government reducing GST on electric vehicles from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.Hyundai Kona is available at 15 dealerships across India’s 11 cities, including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Pune and Cochin. We have already driven the electric SUV and you can read our first-drive review of Hyundai Kona for all the performance-related details.The electric SUV gets a distinctive design with a unique intaglio patterned front grille having integrated charging port, split-type headlamp set-up with LED headlights, LED DRLs, LED tail lights and skid plates. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps.The cabin of Hyundai Kona boasts of features like shift-by-wire drive controls, 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument cluster with supervision and multi-function steering wheel. There is a 10-way power driver seat as well. Other features include front ventilated seats in leather, automatic AC, smart key with push-button, smartphone wireless charging and electric sunroof.There is a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor in Hyundai Kona electric SUV and it is powered by a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor delivers 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque. It can make 0-100 kmph in 9.7 seconds. There are four driving modes — Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport. There are paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking. The ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 km on a single full charge.advertisementOn July 26, a Hyundai Kona caught fire and exploded inside the garage of a bungalow in Ile Bizard, Montreal (Canada). The EV was reportedly plugged in when the explosion took place.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sales jump a mammoth 4,894 per cent in July 2019ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki XL6 official design sketch released, to be sold in India through Nexa dealershipsALSO READ | Elon Musk says high import duties will make Tesla electric cars unaffordable in Indialast_img read more


first_imgA Cherokee woman has withdrawn her Alford Pleas and will now stand trial on charges related to a two vehicle crash in Plymouth County in September of 2015.Melissa Ebert had previously entered the Alford Plea to two counts of serious injury by motor vehicle and one count of O-W-I second offense.Under an Alford Plea the defendant does not admit guilt, but a guilty plea is entered into the court record.Ebert had faced a maximum of 12 years in prison on the charges.She was originally charged with two counts each of attempted murder and willful injury, but those were dropped in the plea agreement.Court documents say Ebert threatened to kill herself and her passenger, Damian Johnson, before veering her car into the path of an on-coming car driven by Dustin Boll of Le Mars.A hearing has been set for February 13th to set a trial date in Plymouth County District Court.last_img read more

The Six Best Quotes From the Oklahoma State UTSA game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State rolled over UTSA on Saturday afternoon in Boone Pickens Stadium. I bailed early after posting my 10 thoughts to show Mrs. Pistols a night on the town down here in Dallas so I’m just now catching up on some of the postgame quotes. Kyle Boone, by the way, did a great job wrapping everything up from the 69-14 blowout.Here are the six best from the game.Mike Gundy on why the run game worked“They played their safeties a little deeper than the teams we played in the first couple of games, and that allowed us a little more running room on certain plays. We still have a lot of improvement in that area, but I think that we made some movement in the right direction.”AdChoices广告Mike Gundy on UTSA“It doesn’t always work that way, but I still believe this was the best team we have played up to this point. I go back to Central Michigan, and I think their quarterback was really, really good. From top to bottom, though, if you look at UTSA, they look like a real team. Their guys are the same size as a lot of the players in our league. They have good skill. They recruit in the state of Texas, and they’ve got a lot of players down there. I think this was the best team and we were able to jump on them.”Mike Gundy on how OSU looks going into the Big 12“Well, I feel better than I did during the first couple of weeks. We were able to execute today, and that gets me back to forcing turnovers. When you force turnovers, it just makes such a difference, especially at home.”Glenn Spencer on sharks (maybe)“It’s been a while since we’ve had a day like that. I’ve been laboring and sweating it out. I’ve been stressing for us to cause them and for us to get them was one of those exhale moments. Hopefully those things are contagious and hopefully that keeps some blood in the water and it’ll make them crave it more. So we’ll just keep attacking like we always have.”Glenn Spencer on his squad forcing seven TOs“They kept coming after the coach. ‘Coach that’s three.’ ‘Coach that’s four.’ ‘Coach that’s five.’ I said ‘I know, I’m watching the game too.’ But it’s important to them, and they know how bad we all wanted them, so I was proud of them there.”Larry Coker on his team“Not a lot of good today from the Roadrunners … we were just a bad football team today. That’s about all I can say.”last_img read more

Southgate to unleash his bold new England

first_imgWorld Cup Southgate keen to unleash his bold new England on World Cup stage Dom Farrell 03:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Gareth Southgate Getty World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia The failures of recent years can be a lesson at Russia 2018, with the man in charge of the Three Lions enthused by his buoyant and youthful squad Gareth Southgate has long believed England can play technically proficient, possession football on the biggest stage – now they must prove it in their World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday.Former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England centre-back Southgate was parachuted into the national team job following Sam Allardyce’s ignominious sacking in 2016, despite having not held a senior coaching position since being sacked by Boro on the other side of relegation in 2009.But the 47-year-old honed his craft and methodology under the employ of the Football Association and a stint in charge of England Under-21s positioned him to pick up the pieces after Allardyce fell foul of a newspaper sting. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Southgate has brought an England team to Russia more certain and defined in their style of play than any in recent memory, having settled upon a flexible 3-1-4-2 formation.Nevertheless, Monday’s assignment in Volgograd remains the acid test.”The players have really embraced it. I think they like playing possession football,” Southgate told a pre-match news conference.”That’s the way they play with their clubs, although there are tactical nuances between each coach.”They have a hunger to press and win the ball back. They want to play brave football and be a bold and attacking team.”That’s the way I want us to play and that’s the reason I joined the FA as Under-21 coach – I believed young English players could show something different.”There was a perception across the world and a perception of English football. I thought it was possible to change that.”I’ve seen without youth teams that’s started to happen and now we’re looking to convert that into the senior team.”England failuresThe relatively low initial expectations and building enthusiasm around Southgate’s youthful squad stands in stark contrast to the star names from earlier this century, who failed to match weighty demands from Three Lions supporters.”I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do better. You learn lessons from the past,” Southgate said.”This team shouldn’t be burdened with it because they’re a fresh group. Most of them have very few international caps so the future is all ahead of them.”They’ve got to be thinking about what is possible. The players of the past and the opportunities of the past are gone.”This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. We have better technical players than we’ve had in the past coming through our academies.”There is a real enthusiasm and they’re looking forward to getting going.”last_img read more


first_imgFlow 93.5 on air personalities Chromazz & Ricochet will be live to air on SaturdaySunday headliners include:Multi Paltinum Recording Artist Karl Wolf, Juno & MMVA Award Winner, DRU and Juno Award Winner JRDN, Mark Pelli From the Juno Award winning group Magic. More artist announcements coming soon.To keep the party going on both days: VIBE 105 Toronto personality & Raptors D League official DJ, DJ Andre 905, T Major – Award Winning Music Producer, Flow 93.5’s DJ Illicit & DJ Love Jones, the youngest artist to have a single play on Flow 93.5FM will all be spinning & keeping the 2 days lit.WHAT: 5TH annual TDOT FEST, Canada’s Premiere all ages Urban outdoor Urban music festival with live performances, Vendors, food trucks, 19+ bar & VIP section, Foam party, inflatable & interactive games & moreWHEN: SATURDAY AUG 17 & SUNDAY AUG 18TIME: 11:00AM – 11:00PM (Saturday), 11:00AM – 8:00PM (Sunday)WHERE: Ontario Place West Island at the West Island StageFull 2-day Artist lineup: https://tdotfest.com/Get your tickets now! https://torotix.com/?e=tdotfestFollow TDOT FEST:Intstagram @tdotfestTwitter @tdotfestFacebook @tdotfest Toronto, ON – TDOT FEST presented by Music Nation Foundation is back for a fifth year and excited to announce, Canada’s Premiere Urban music festival celebrating the hottest new artists in the 6will be held at everyone’s favorite outdoor venue, Ontario Place (West Island) August 17-18. Join us when Canada’s rising artists such as Melxdie, Leo Vance, Fab El, Yung 8to3, and more hit the stage alongside Iconic guest performers & Toronto’s elite DJ’s.  Make a day of it! Food trucks, vendors, dance showcases, foam party inflatable & Interactive games and more.  Saturday headliners include:Yung Tory, known for his singular voice in trap music getting international buzz, signing to drill rap icon Lil Durk’s OTF record label. Swagger Rite, named by Source Magazine’s “artist to look out for.” International Breakout Lil Berete, Diamond Music Group Artist Devon Tracy, Teenage Rap Sensation LB Spiffy. Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

One in three Inuit youth in Nunavik involved with child protection services

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsAccording to the Director of Youth Protection (DYP) in Nunavik, one in three Inuit youth in Nunavik, the sub-arctic region of Quebec will have come in contact with child protection services at some point in their lives since 2017.“Currently our intervention workers now have on average 45 files, said Chantal Laverdure, co-director of the Nunavik DYP.“The provincial average is 18 files per intervention worker so obviously there are issues that affect the quality of services.”Representatives of the DYP for the Nunavik region presented these statistics to the Quebec inquiry examining the relationship between Indigenous peoples and certain public services.They outlined challenges they say they face when trying to keep up with a caseload that grows every single year.Among their concerns they listed the retention of employees who only last on average one and a half years, recruitment of more Inuit employees for translation and social work, and inadequate remuneration for Inuit foster families who currently receive $40 a day.André Lebon, a consultant with the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) testified that they are currently in negotiations with Quebec to up the amount to $80.“For sure if we can be more attractive, more people will be open to accept a [foster] child,” said LebonIn 2007 Quebec’s human rights commission made a damning report regarding youth protection in the Nunavik region.Since then the DYP says they’ve worked to minimize taking Inuit children away from their parents.And when it does happen, they say they’ve done better at keeping them with extended family or Inuit foster families.“As a parent, I think that for children the best place for them is in their families but at the end of the line when we have to remove a child it is a question of safety, generally speaking,” testified Martin Careau, Co-Director of the Nunavik region DYP.Despite the DYP’s  talk of progress, a prosecutor for the inquiry pointed out a recent coroner’s report regarding the 2018 case of an adolescent Inuk girl in Salluit who took her own life after she didn’t receive the mental health follow up she was supposed to get after falling under the DYP’s care.“This is a regrettable situation, and of course we’re trying to put means in place for this not to occur, but I have to say that there are some issues of the frequency of services, and we’re facing sometimes these types of situations,” testified Laverdure, who went on the conclude that in order to make sure more Inuit children don’t fall through the cracks more funding is needed.Not only for themselves, but for other social services and housing in Nunavik.“We must attack this problem, this problem of taking children away,” said Laverdure.Since Nov. 12, when the inquiry landed in Nunavik, commissioners have heard testimony about a broken justice and social system in the sub-arctic region of Quebec.On Monday, the former mayor of Kuujjuaq put the social problems in Nunavut squarely at the feet of the federal and provincial governments saying colonialism was the root of their problems.Hearings will continue in Kuujjuaq, QC until Friday November 23.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

President Obama Urged to delist LTTE in the US

“The European Union’s top court took a step on September 2016, towards confirming the removal of the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from the Sri Lankan government. The Sri Lankan government had said in 2014 that it would provide the evidence which the EU court found lacking to support sanctions against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Judges of the General Court ruled that EU leaders relied too heavily on media reports rather than their own investigations,” Tamils for Obama said.Tamils for Obama urged the US President to be reasonable to Tamils and de-list the LTTE and not punish the victims. (Colombo Gazette) Tamils for Obama said that the LTTE is now defunct and no LTTE activities have been reported over the last seven years. “There is no reason to keep them on the list. It was a mistake by the Bush administration to support the Sri Lankan genocidal war against the innocent Tamils. Tamils say it was his Karma,” Tamils for Obama said. US President Barack Obama has been urged to de-list the LTTE in the US. A Tamil diaspora group in the US, Tamils for Obama, said that many Tamils are suffering because of the listing of the LTTE.“Because of the listing of Tamil Tigers, it creates pain for many US Tamils when they travel to abroad and when they return to US. They have to go through many hours of interrogation. Some US Tamils have asked us to convince President Obama to help us by removing Tamil Tigers from the list. Obama can give Tamils a little relief by de-listing the Tamil Tiger during this Christmas and giving season,” Tamils for Obama said. read more

Celebrating the best of UK manufacturing

SMMT is showcasing the best of UK automotive manufacturing with a two week-long exhibition at its headquarters in Westminster, London. Running from 8-19 July, the exhibition celebrates the success of the automotive sector and aims to encourage young people into a career within the industry.Featuring displays from Ford, GKN and MINI, the exhibition represents all aspects of the automotive manufacturing industry, from component supply to fully built vehicles, and also coincides with an SMMT-hosted Foyer Federation Learning Forum event.The Foyer Federation Working Assets programme works with young people to help develop the skills they need to be employable and independent. SMMT has partnered with the Foyer Federation to develop an automotive-specific programme, which focuses on careers in engineering or manufacturing within the industry.The exhibition at SMMT’s Westminster office features the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost accompanied by a working model of the International Engine of the Year-winning unit, which was designed and engineered at the manufacturer’s Dunton and Dagenham research and development centres. The most productive engine manufacturer in the UK, Ford produced more than 1.5 million units in the UK in 2012. It currently employs approximately 15,000 people in the UK.Also featured in the SMMT exhibition is GKN Driveline, a leading global supplier of drivetrain systems. The UK manufacturer is showcasing its engineered solutions for the Jaguar FTYPE, including the electronic torque management system used in the V8S.John McLuskie, Product & Business Development Director, GKN Driveline said, “Being a global company allows us to bring engineering from around the world to our customers in the UK. Working together we can provide engineered solutions for efficiency and performance. Engineering is at the heart of everything we do and we will do all we can to inspire and support a new generation of engineers, to help secure the future of our industry.”Completing the exhibition line up is the MINI Coupé, which is built at the manufacturers’ Oxford plant. In 2012 MINI Plant Oxford produced more than 200,000 vehicles and has recently opened an on-site training school to benefit the plant’s apprentices and existing employees. MINI also operates a pressings plant in Swindon, while BMW’s engine facility in Hams Hall, Warwickshire last year produced 385,000 units including those for petrol-variant MINIs.Frank Bachmann, Managing Director MINI Plant Oxford and Swindon said, “Over the last decade, MINI has been a unique global success and the BMW Group has even greater plans for the future development of the brand. Plant Oxford has played a key role in the industrial and social history of Britain for 100 years with cars being exported to over 100 countries around the world. It has been a significant centre of automotive production both nationally and globally. In 2013 Plant Oxford celebrates 100 years of car-making against a background of rising production, increased investment and continuing expansion. In support of the company’s international growth strategy for the MINI brand BMW Group has announced since 2000 investments of £1.75 billion into its UK manufacturing operations.”SMMT’s Interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton said, “The UK automotive manufacturing industry is one of the strongest in Europe and we believe that our current exhibition reflects that. One of the greatest challenges currently facing the industry is with regards to skills and how we ensure that the talent pool doesn’t run dry. With initiatives such as the Foyer Federation Working Assets programme, we’re making sure that young people are inspired by the motor industry and have the skills necessary to pursue a career within it.”Click through for more information on the Foyer Federation Working Assets programme or, for more detail on the industry’s recent manufacturing performance, see the 2013 Automotive Sustainability Report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more