India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s batsmen create history in Mount Maunganui

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s batsmen create history in Mount MaunganuiWhile Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma went past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in the list of opening pairs with most hundred stands in ODIs, the entire batting unit achieved a rare milestone in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Brief scores – New Zealand 53/2 in 8 overs Williamson (20), Shami (1/27), Kumar (1/26) vs India 324/4 in 50 overs. Rohit (87), Dhawan (66).advertisement India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 12:38 IST India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma helped the visitors off to a flying start. The duo stitched a 154-run stand for the opening wicket (@BLACKCAPS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAll Indian batsmen in the top five of the batting order scored more than 40 runs on SaturdayThis is the first time the whole of the top five have scored more than 40 runs each in ODIs for IndiaIndia posted 324 for 4 after Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma stitched a 154-run opening stand Brief scores – New Zealand 53/2 in 8 overs Williamson (20), Shami (1/27), Kumar (1/26) vs India 324/4 in 50 overs. Rohit (87), Dhawan (66). Full ScorecardIndia are enjoying a fine start to the World Cup year. After winning a bilateral ODI series in Australia for the first-ever time, the second-ranked side have had a solid start to what is being considered one of their biggest challenges ahead of the showpiece event – the ODI series in New Zealand.India had crushed New Zealand by eight wickets in Napier and the visitors have done well in the ongoing second ODI to post an on-par total of 324 in Mount Maunganui.As it turns out, India batsmen created history on Saturday as the ongoing ODI is the first time all batsmen in the top five have scored more than 40 runs.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put on 154 for the first wicket after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat. By doing so, the duo of Rohit and Dhawan surpassed the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Live ScoreRohit missed out on his 23rd ODI ton as he was dismissed on 87 by Lockie Ferguson as early as the 30th over. Dhawan fell for 66 as Trent Boult picked up his 400th international wicket (256th match). Boult added one more as he removed big fish, Kohli for 43.Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu, who was struggling for form, played a crucial little knock – a 49-ball 47 before an in-form MS Dhoni smashed a 33-ball 48, which included five boundaries and a huge six.advertisementDhoni also stitched a 53-run stand with India’s No. 6, Kedar Jadhav, who made a 10-ball 22.Scores of India’s top five batsmen: Rohit Sharma (87), Shikhar Dhawan (66), Virat Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47), MS Dhoni (48*).This is also India’s second highest ODI total against the Black Caps in New Zealand with the previous best being 392 for 4 that came in Christchurch in 2009. Sachin Tendulkar’s 133-ball 163 had helped the team create the record in their 58-run win.Also Read | MS Dhoni misses 4th straight fifty, Rohit Sharma falls short of 23rd hundredAlso Read | Glad Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were lifted: Rahul DravidAlso Read | 3rd ODI: Imam-ul-Haq hundred in vain as South Africa beat Pakistan in rain-curtailed matchAlso See: For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 2nd ODIFollow Mount MaunganuiFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

Whyd Speakers, Looking Good and Sounding Great

first_img The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Speakers can often be clunky, unsightly and everything that we don’t want sitting around our homes. But without them, there would be no music to wake us up in the morning, to entertain us at night and to keep us going in the morning. The folks at Whyd decided to take all the elements we need in a speaker and make it into an object that isn’t just functional, but also worthy of decorating our homes.“We designed Whyd not only to be beautiful and pure, but to also have a touch of human presence,” says the designers. “To do that, we elevated Whyd vertically and enclosed its powerful sound with an iconic three dimensionally knitted envelope that integrates harmoniously into everyone’s home.”The whole thing was conceived in the United States, right in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was there that they figured out where to source the highest quality materials in the world, creating the highest quality cloth. You can use your voice, your finger or one of the music apps you use to play music the moment you want it. Plus, it comes in five colors — cloud white, charcoal grey, serenity blue, lemon zest and peach echo — so you can get the perfect hue that goes with your decor. It’s also equipped with a subwoofer, full range drivers, a ported highpass enclosure, class D amplifiers, a high fidelity frequency response, so you’re getting quality sound and design all on one. What more can you want in a speaker than one that plays crisp, clear sound while making your home a nice space?For more information, visit whyd.com. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

Disney says no merit to Malaysia resort company lawsuit

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Resort developer Genting Malaysia’s lawsuit seeking $1 billion in damages from Walt Disney Co. and Fox Entertainment Group for alleged breach of contract related to a theme park, is “without merit,” Disney said Tuesday.The lawsuit filed Monday in the Central California District Court cites damages from Fox’s withdrawal from an agreement set in 2013 to license its intellectual property for a Fox World theme park in Resort World Genting, a sprawling facility perched on a mountain in Malaysia.The theme park would have been Fox’s first. According to Genting’s complaint, Fox issued a “notice of default” aimed at ending the agreement.Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox apparently raised issues because Genting’s resort includes a casino, which conflicts with Disney’s stance against gambling.“The claims made against Disney in this matter are utterly without merit,” Disney said in an emailed statement.Despite disagreements over the specific terms of the deal, Genting said Fox had no grounds to pull out. The complaint also alleges that Disney and 21st Century Fox interfered with the contract and caused Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, part of Fox Entertainment, to breach it.Genting says it has invested nearly $180 million in the Fox project. Its most recent quarterly report said the group was focused on developing its resort and on preparing to roll out the “highly anticipated 20th Century Fox World Theme Park” as well as another attraction, the Skytropolis indoor theme park.The opening of the Fox themed park had been planned for the first half of 2019.The Associated Presslast_img read more

CP Rail raises quarterly dividend 275 per cent after strong first quarter

Companies in this story: (TSX:CP).The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has boosted its quarterly dividend by 27.5 per cent.The Calgary-based railway says the payout will increase to 83 cents from 65 cents and will be payable July 29 to shareholders of record June 28.The increase comes nearly two weeks after CP Rail’s profits surged 25 per cent during the winter quarter despite lower volumes caused by frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall.The railway has increased its dividend for a fourth straight year, representing a 137 per cent increase since 2014.It has paid $1.47 billion in dividends over this time and returned $9.2 billion to shareholders.CEO Keith Creel says the significant increase represents its outstanding performance and commitment to creating long-term value for shareholders.“CP remains well-positioned for sustainable, profitable growth and providing balanced shareholder returns is an important part of our success,” Creel said in a statement. read more

Football Former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

Earle Bruce coached Ohio State from 1979 to 1987. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsLong after Earle Bruce coached his final game at Ohio State in 1987, the former football head coach remained engulfed in the program. As one of the winningest coaches of all time at Ohio State, Bruce’s name lines Ohio State’s facilities, ensuring he won’t be soon forgotten.Early Friday morning, it was announced through his daughters, Lynn, Michele, Aimee and Noel, that Bruce had died at age 87. Last August, his family made it public that Bruce was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Coach Earle Bruce,” the statement read. “He was a great man, a wonderful, husband, father and grandfather, and a respected coach to many. Our family will miss him dearly, but we take solace in the belief that he is in a better place and reunited with his beloved wife, Jean. We thank you for your prayers and good wishes.”“I’ve made it clear many times that, other than my father, Coach Bruce was the most influential man in my life,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said through an university release. “Every significant decision I’ve made growing up in this profession was with him involved in it. His wife [Jean] and he were the role models for Shelley and me. They did everything with class. He was not afraid to show how much he loved his family and cared for his family.”Bruce was 81-26-1 in his nine seasons with Ohio State from 1979 to 1987. He coached the Buckeyes to four Big Ten championships and two Rose Bowls, and finished his career with a 57-17 record in the Big Ten.In Bruce’s first season in Columbus, he led the Buckeyes to an undefeated regular season, but fell just short of a national title in the Rose Bowl to USC.Bruce had a 5-4 record against Michigan and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.His success as a head coach began in Ohio at the high school level. He spent 10 seasons as a high school head coach, including two seasons at historic Massillon Washington High School where he had two undefeated seasons.In addition to Ohio State, Bruce was the head coach at Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Colorado State. Meyer, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll were all assistants under Bruce at Ohio State.Buckeye Nation lost one of its own. Thoughts and prayers to the Bruce Family. My mentor and friend, thank you for all you did for The Ohio State University, and all those players and coaches whose lives you made a difference in. pic.twitter.com/mveMGFHWXO— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) April 20, 2018 Rest in Heaven Coach Earle Bruce! — Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) April 20, 2018 #EarleBruce made a difference in so many lives. You can make a difference in his honor by donating to the fund he was so passionate about later in life. https://t.co/yjD3dJZ2Fw and search for Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology | Fund Number: 312531— Matt Finkes (@MattFinkes) April 20, 2018 The UofM football program and Harbaugh family send our prayers and condolences to the Earle Bruce family on the passing of a football icon. Simply said Coach Bruce was a respected husband, father, friend and football coach.— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 20, 2018 read more

Car washes to be given kitemark scheme to crack down on modern

Car washes will be given a Kitemark-style scheme to crack down on modern slavery.The Responsible Car Wash Scheme, which is a collaboration of government bodies, is launching on Monday in response to a lack of compliance within the hand car washing industry.It aims to target labour abuse and lack of adherence to regulations as well as tackling environmental waste and pollution caused by car washes.Following the scheme’s pilot in November, the public will be able to choose a car wash based on a logo displayed at responsible sites which have passed an audit.Consumers can be reassured that sites displaying the logo protect the environment and deal with pollution appropriately and operates safe and ethical conditions for its workers.The scheme comes after the UK Modern Slavery Helpline received more than 10,000 reports of slavery in its two years of operation.Last year, it received 493 reports of potential cases of labour exploitation in car washes across the UK, with 2,170 potential victims.New research from the University of Nottingham and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner revealed last week that even in sites that do not necessarily run on slave labour, the average wage for a day’s work is £40.They reported the number of hand car washes in the UK could be a result of an inadequate enforcement of environmental policies.Earlier this year, the Environmental Audit Committee published evidence that these sites are also harming biodiversity and impairing local water quality.It said car wash effluent generally contains phosphates, detergents, oils, sediments, traffic film remover, rubber, copper and other metals.If car washes fail to treat the chemicals properly on site, the water, dirt and oil drains off into nearby rivers.The scheme is in conjunction with Waves, a company that washes millions of cars a year at their supermarket, retail and car park sites.Through the new scheme, Waves wants other car washes to follow its lead in regulating car washes.A spokesperson for Waves said: “We have a robust and stringent training and auditing processes to prevent the exploitation of workers and a full-time national team committed to ensuring our practices are followed on every site.“We ensure that every worker has provided full documentation to prove their identity and their right to work in the UK before they can start to work on a Waves site.“All workers are provided with comprehensive training courses with a chance to progress within the company and given appropriate clothing for working outside throughout the different seasons.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Veszprém is still 100 in SEHA League

3.Tatran Prešov6402187 : 16312 6.Metalurg5302136 : 1329 TEXT: Virág Farkas MKB-MVM Veszprém and HC Prvo plinarsko drustovo Zagreb met in the SEHA League in Veszprém Aréna. Both teams had to miss their leaders: László Nagy and Zlatko Horvat were absent because of injury like Stipe Mandalinic, Máté Lékai and the new Hungarian citizen, Iman Jamali too.Although Mirko Alilovic saved a lot against his compatriots, Zagreb could keep up with the domestic team till the 15th minute (7-7). Then Veszprém drew away, but after Veselin Vujovic’s timeout, the Croatians closed up. At the end of the first half Luka Sebetic got a red card because of blowing Terzic’s brain. The halftime result was 14-13.In the second half Veszprém had his way thanks to Alilovic’s and Andreas Nilsson’s brilliant performance. The Hungarians won 27-22. The best scorers were Nilsson (9) and Luka Rakovic (4).STATISTICSMKB-MVM Veszprém is still leading the SEHA League with six victories, PPD Zagreb is the 5th.Other results:RK Vojvodina – RK Metalurg 22:25RK Vojvodina – RK Radnicki 39:33STANDINGS: MKB MVM VeszpremSEHAVirag Farkas 2.Vardar7601210 : 17818 1.MKB-MVM Veszprem7700224 : 16121 5.PPD Zagreb6303165 : 1559 8.Borac m:tel7115184 : 2234 9.Nexe6105139 : 1823 4.Meshkov Brest5401151 : 13212 ← Previous Story Iman Jamali with Hungarian passport Next Story → No mercy from Wisla Plock for Lijewski’s new team 10.Vojvodina8026187 : 2312 7.Radnički7115191 : 2174 read more

Dubliners are leaving tributes to this beloved Talbot Street fruit seller

first_imgDUBLINERS HAVE SET up a touching tribute to Talbot Street fruit seller Esther McAuliffe, who passed away earlier this week.People have been stopping to lay flowers on a fruit stall that has been set up at her usual spot on the corner of Talbot Street and Marlborough Street.A poster in this thread said she’d become a familiar face on Talbot Street after spending over 30 years selling fruit there – and she can even be seen selling her wares on Google Street View. Source: Róisín Treacy Source: Róisín TreacyEsther’s funeral will take place on Monday. Deepest sympathies to her family at this time.h/t smurfy26last_img

Microsoft Begins Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update

first_imgWindows Phone 7 users, the moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. After fits and starts, Microsoft is finally beginning the wide-scale rollout of its first major update to the mobile platform, including the ability to copy/paste, startup and shutdown speed improvements, faster app access to phone memory so your apps launch faster, and more. The update, called “NoDo,” has already begin hitting some WP7 phones, according to a post at WinRumors. Un-branded Windows Phones will get the update first, and while Microsoft says they’ve released the update to wireless carriers to push to carrier-branded phones, it’s up to them to release or block the update from their users.  Unfortunately, that means that most North American WP7 owners will have to wait until their carrier pushes the update down to them. The update also includes some improvements to phone performance over Wi-Fi, updates to the on-board Outlook client, and an update to the Windows Phone Marketplace so users can more easily search for and find the apps they want to install. Considering some of the previous issues carriers have had with Windows Phone 7 updates, it would make sense if they’re a little hesitant to open the floodgates, but with WP7 owners clamoring for it, it’s just a matter of time.last_img read more

Dossier médical personnel le grand public pourra y accèder dès avril

first_imgDossier médical personnel : le grand public pourra y accèder dès avrilSi le site Internet du DMP est depuis peu disponible à l’ensemble des professionnels, les patients devront eux attendre avril 2011 pour pouvoir y accéder.Le DMP ou Dossier médical personnel est un dossier disponible sur la Toile et accessible à l’ensemble du personnel de santé sur accord du patient. Ce dispositif permet à chaque médecin de connaitre l’historique de santé de l’individu ainsi que les examens déjà pratiqués, et cela dans l’optique de soigner plus efficacement le patient. Le projet a été initialisé quelques temps avant 2011 et depuis quelques jours, les professionnels de santé peuvent accéder au site officiel du DMP. Les patients ayant ouvert un Dossier médical personnel pourront accéder à cette même plateforme dès avril 2011, et cela dans le cadre d’une mise en place progressive du dispositif, explique l’Agence d’Etat en charge du DMP, l’Asip.Et L’Expansion d’expliquer que chaque DMP sera ouvert par un professionnel de santé avec son patient. Il devrait contenir des informations comme des comptes rendus d’analyses, des allergies médicamenteuses ou les hospitalisations déjà subies. Et la porte-parole de l’Asip d’expliquer à l’AFP : “Tous les professionnels de santé peuvent dès cet après-midi accéder au site Internet du DMP, et donc ouvrir des dossiers pour leurs patients qui le souhaiteraient”. Ces derniers se verront alors allouer un accès Internet spécifique.Le 6 janvier 2011 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

This Giant Technicolor Squirrel Can Jump 20 Feet High

first_imgScientists are not exactly sure why the Malabar giant squirrels have such colorful fur. John Koprowski, a wildlife conservation biologist at the University of Arizona and co-author of the book Squirrels of the World, however, told National Geographic the squirrel’s purple patterns likely play some sort of role as camouflage.“In the shaded understory of a dense forest, the patchy colors and dark hues are a great adaptation to avoiding detection,” Koprowski told the Dodo. “But when you see these in the sunlight, they show their ‘true colors’ and beautiful pelage [fur].” And they’re not just a sight to behold, they also boast impressive physical abilities. According to Smithsonian.com, the giant rodents are capable of jumping 20 feet between trees.And instead of  of storing nuts and seeds in larders underground, Indian giant squirrels create caches of food high up in the treetops, John Wible, curator of mammals at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, told National Geographic. Move over, Mandarin duck. A giant purple squirrel making a splash in social media for its stunningly colorful coat is the hot new Internet sensation.During a trip to an Indian forest, a photographer captured photos of exotic Malabar giant squirrels (also known as Indian giant squirrels), which have since taken Instagram by storm.Incredible #pictures of giant multi-coloured squirrels set #social media alight!#Photographer Kaushik Vijayan snapped the animals in their native habit. The Malabar Giant #squirrel – double the size of their grey relatives – live deep in the #forests of #India. pic.twitter.com/BLFRZf6VHy— SWNS.com (@SWNS) April 2, 2019Some awed users had a difficult time believing that the vibrant squirrels (their fur features colorful splashes of black, cream, and maroon), photographed in the Pathanamthitta District of Kerala, actually exist.But yes, the squirrels, which can measure up to 36 inches, or three feet, from head to tail, are real.“I felt so amazed by how drop-dead gorgeous it looked,” Kaushik Vijayan told CBS News. “It was indeed a jaw-dropping sight to behold.” Stay on targetcenter_img Although not endangered (the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Malabar giant squirrel as a species of “least concern”), their populations are still declining.“The real threat is the slow loss and degradation of forested habitats as humans move in and as climate change impacts higher elevation areas,” Koprowski told the Dodo. “The good news is that they have a wide distribution and seem to tolerate human presence and even some modest level of low-density housing.”More on Geek.com:Here’s Why Chameleons Actually Change Color (It’s Not for Camouflage)Biologist Discovers Flying Squirrel That Glows Pink in the DarkWatch: Florida Woman Rescues Snake Stuck in a Beer Can Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Bright ideas abound at Home Garden Idea Fair

first_imgLisa Halderman of Vancouver approached a small table staffed by two Clark Public Utilities employees and lined with LED light bulbs and informational pamphlets.She asked about the utility’s program that lets people recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs and get LEDs in exchange. She asked several questions, such as how many free bulbs she would receive (two for every one recycled) and what kind of bulbs would be accepted. Then, Halderman asked for a tote bag.Halderman and her son attended the annual Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair on Saturday. She said she was unaware of the recycling program and thankful to learn about it. She said she comes to the fair yearly to get ideas for her home and peek at the landscape displays.“They’re marvelous,” she said.Crowds flocked to the Ridgefield area this weekend for what is now a nearly three-decades-old tradition. The fair showcases energy-saving ideas, more than 30 plant vendors, a farmers market, presentations and children’s activities.The plant sale is particularly popular. People packed the plant vendor building, hauling carts of trees, small annuals and succulents.“Most people just want to know where the plants are,” said Deborah Kainu, construction coordinator with the utility.This was the fair’s 28th year. The event draws an average of 20,000 people during its three-day run. As many attendants are expected this go-around, if not more, said Heather Allmain, the utility’s Communications Services Manager.last_img read more

Howard Finkelstein of Help Me Howard honored

first_img(WSVN) – A member of the 7News family, Howard Finkelstein was honored Friday afternoon.Broward County Public Defender and “Help Me Howard” contributor received an award at the Broward County Courthouse for introducing the first mental health court in the country.During his acceptance speech, Finkelstein said, “For all of you that are here, I’ve been around for a long time. I’m in in my 40th year. There’s nothing that I am more proud to have been a small part [of]… Thank you.”The award was given out on the 20th anniversary of the Broward Mental Health Court.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Sports Illustrated to Open Free Digital Vault

first_imgAfter more than two and a half years in development, Sports Illustrated is set to launch the SI Vault, an ambitious digital archive project it hopes will change the game for sports history nuts—and for magazines putting their archives online.An announcement is expected later today. The “Vault” collects more than 150,000 stories, 2,600 covers and a half-million photos spanning the magazine’s 54-year archive. Users can then search a database that contextually links video, statistics, user-generated Wiki-style content and memorabilia from across the Web. The magazine also partnered with Truveo to offer relevant videos as part of their search. The Vault is expected to launch Thursday.Users can also view old SI articles as a Web page or in PDF format.According to Nielsen Online, SI.com averages slightly more than 6 million unique visitors per month. According to SI executives, the search engine value of the project alone could increase that number significantly, perhaps even double the traffic. (When SI acquired Fan Nation, the social network for sports fans, it saw an increase of 5 million visitors.)SI group president Mark Ford declined to discuss specific revenue figures, estimating the Vault will account for 5 percent of the SI’s online revenue in its first year. While many magazine publishers used to allow only subscriber access to their online archives, going free has become something of an industry standard for consumer magazines. Time.com launched its own free digital archive in 2004. Other Time Inc. titles like People and Entertainment Weekly followed suit.The Atlantic Monthly opened its archive to non-subscribers in January. Newsweek opened its archive last fall.The New York Times made headlines in September when it ended its premium archive subscription program, TimesSelect, and opened up most of its archive to the public. According to the Times, search traffic to archive pages has more than doubled since doing so.Consumer Reports, which surpassed 3 million paid online subscribers last fall, is one of the few major consumer magazines to succeed in charging for archive access.last_img read more

Enstar bill increase looks big but is temporary

first_imgEnstar customers will pay more for their natural gas this summer, but Enstar’s spokesperson says, it’s not quite the dramatic change that it seems.Audio Playerhttp://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/03-enstar-pkg.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Getting an Enstar notice saying gas prices are doubling is shocking. But flip out; it’s not a permanent increase. John Sims is the director of business development for Enstar Natural Gas. He says that natural gas bills always change throughout the year.Here’s what happens: Enstar has contracts with different gas producers in Cook Inlet. They set prices for how much Enstar is going to pay. Then Enstar estimates how much they think they will buy each quarter.“First, we are tasked with the challenge of trying to forecast what the weather is going to be like for the next three months. And then we have to try to forecast what 137,000 customers are actually going to consume over that three month time frame.”Sims says they forecasted this year that they would buy lots of gas during the winter at high prices. So customers paid high prices. When April hit, Enstar saw customers paid too much, so they decreased the prices. But then it warmed up. And people used less gas. And Enstar realized that they under collected for the second quarter. To make up for it, they are increasing the prices again.“This over collection, under collection happens pretty much all the time,” he explains. “In every filing that we do on a quarterly basis. It’s just a little more extreme compared to prior years.”Sims says that the 48% increase is misleading. It’s because people buy so little gas in the summer. The percentage would be much lower if the cost was spread out over more units of natural gas.“If you look at your total cost for the entire year, you’ll find it’s pretty consistent to years in the past.”Sims says Enstar won’t make any money from this quarter’s increase, just like they didn’t lose any money when they decreased costs in the spring. It’s just paying for the actual cost of the gas. Enstar makes its money from delivery fees.Sims says the company is anticipating a slight decrease for rates in the fourth quarter. He says overall, this year’s natural gas prices will be fairly consistent with last year’s. Yearly natural gas prices are influenced by the producers in Cook Inlet.last_img read more

Domestic equities fall on soaring oil price Trump comments

first_imgDomestic equities came under a bearish grip with 50-share index Nifty falling over one percent on Monday on the back of comments of US President-elect Donald Trump on H-1 Visa coupled with soaring crude oil prices.Reports on likely delay in goods and services tax (GST) implementation also dampened investors’ sentiments.While the 30-share index Sensex closed 0.87 percent lower at 26,515.24, the 50-share index ended at 8,170.80, down 1.10 percent. Overall market breadth was negative with 1,102 advances and 1,551 declines.Shares of BPCL, Ambuja Cements, Asian Paints, UltraTech Cements and Eicher Motors lost on Monday trade with BPCL leading the pack. However, shares of ONGC, NTPC, Sun Pharma, and TCS bucked the trend and closed in the green. Auto, banking and IT counters came under intense selling pressure and dragged the indices. Small cap and mid cap indices also lost, supporting the overall market trend.Meantime, IT bellwether Infosys was down 1.15 percent to close at Rs 978 owing to Trump’s statement on H-1B visa norms. The President-elect had said that he wouldn’t allow replacement of American workers with foreigners. Reports on possible delay in GST implementation also weighed on investors’ sentiments.In global front, performance of Asian indices was mixed with China’s Shanghai Composite and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng trading in the red. Weak Asian indices supplemented the downtrend in domestic equities.Among commodities, oil prices surged to touch around $55 per barrel as Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries arrived at their first output cutting agreement in Vienna. Domestic currency market remained shut today on account of Id-e-Milad.last_img read more

Strike to justify doctors mistakes unethical HC

first_imgRapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducts drive in Max Hospital in Mehedibagh area of Chattogram on 8 July after a child, Raifa Khan, 3, died from wrong treatment in the hospital. Photo: Prothom AloThe High Court on Monday said calling a strike at hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres by doctors to justify their mistakes is unethical, reports UNB.”To err is human. Doctors are not gods. Committing mistakes is not unethical. But calling a strike to justify the mistake is unethical,” it said.A bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations while hearing a rule.Mentioning that people go to three types of professionals — police, lawyer and doctor — when they are in any danger, the court said they would suffer if the professionalism is ruined by some miscreants.Raifa Khan, 3, daughter of Rubel Khan, staff reporter of vernacular daily the Daily Samakal, died thanks to wrong treatment at Max Hospital in the port city of Chattogram on 29 June.On 7 July, two physicians of the hospital were dismissed as two probe committees found their negligence in the treatment of the minor girl.Doctors at private hospitals and clinics went on an indefinite strike on Sunday protesting at the drive at different private clinics and hospitals by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) following Raifa’s death.However, they called off their strike on Monday.”Though we’ve many renowned physicians and a rich healthcare system in the country, many people go abroad for treatment due to medical malpractices and in the process, a large amount of foreign currencies are spent,” the HC bench said.The court came up with the observation while hearing a rule issued over the incident where 20 people lost their eyesight following surgeries at a health centre in Chuadanga on 5 March.The bench asked the director general of the Directorate General of Health Services to submit a report before it by 6 July, specifying the reasons for losing the eyesight of 20 people.The victims lost their vision after surgeries at the Impact Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre (IMHMCHC) in Chuadanga on 5 March, said a report published on Bangla daily Samakal on 29 March.Following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta, the HC on 1 April issued the rule asking the director and a physician of IMHMCHC in Chuadanga to explain why they should not be directed to give Tk 20 crore in compensation to 20 people who lost their eyesight.last_img read more

London acid attack injures at least 5

first_imgAn acid attack in east London injured at least five people on Saturday, with police saying they had arrested one man, although they did not believe the incident was terror related.Police said they were called just before 8pm (1900 GMT) to the Stratford Centre, close to London’s Olympic Stadium, following reports of a group of males spraying what was believed to be a noxious substance.London Ambulance Service tweeted that they had treated at least five patients after sending paramedics and a fleet of ambulances.The injuries were believed to have been sustained in different locations, with one male arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, police said.There were 431 acid attacks in London last year, 398 of which were carried out in Stratford’s borough of Newham.last_img

New bill attempts to link video games and aggressive behavior

first_imgThe Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011 (H.R.400.IH) has this week been reintroduced by U.S. Congressman and Republican Joe Baca. From the name of the bill you wouldn’t think it too serious, but read the details and you discover a bill that is both excessive in its claims and acting on unclear information.If the bill ever got passed, all games rated as T, M, or AO in the U.S. would have to carry a label on their boxes which states:WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior. The bill would also apply to games distributed digitally meaning we could see a large warning label pop up on the game details page or during the purchase process.The bill is supported by Frank Wolf, also a Republican, who explained why the label was necessary:Just as we warn smokers of the health consequences of tobacco, we should warn parents – and children — about the growing scientific evidence demonstrating a relationship between violent video games and violent behavior. As a parent and grandparent, I think it is important people know everything they can about the extremely violent nature of some of these games. This is not the first time Joe Baca has attempted to make it law that video games should carry a health warning about aggression. In 2009 a similar Labeling Act was proposed, but wasn’t taken up. At the time Baca said:The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families, and to consumers – to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products. They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility. Meanwhile research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people. American families deserve to know the truth about these potentially dangerous products. At no point does the bill refer to any concrete evidence or research conducted showing a clear link between aggressive behavior and video games. Surely that would be a mandatory addition to any bill pushing for such a blanket statement to be clearly visible on all games carrying a T or above rating?In the official press release announcing the bill it is stated that:Recent scientific studies from the Pediatrics Journal, University of Indiana, University of Missouri, and Michigan State University all point to a neurological link between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior in children and teenagers. Gamasutra rightly points out that a review carried out in December 2010 by the Australian government, as part of the ongoing discussion of introducing an R18+ rating in the country, found no definite link between video games and aggression.With such a review finding the opposite of Baca’s claims it would seem foolish to pass the labeling bill before further research is carried out and a clear link proven without a doubt.Read more at Gamasutra and Joe Baca’s press releaselast_img read more

Flappy Bird game injected into Super Mario World on unmodded SNES

first_imgFlappy Bird is notorious for “borrowing” certain elements from the Super Mario Bros. series, most notably the games’ green warp pipes. It’s ironic then that someone would go and insert Flappy Bird into Super Mario World. This wasn’t done with an emulator or with hacked equipment, which makes the entire endeavor that much more mind-blowing.Speedrunner and Minecraft builder Sethbling accomplished this feat with an un-modded Super Nintendo system and an un-modded Super Mario World game cartridge. Though he did have to use two multitaps in order to allow multiple controllers to be connect, he used stock equipment. With all of his equipment set, he was able to write processor instructions to the SNES’s memory. Doing this, he injected code for Flappy Bird into the game. This is impressive enough on its own, but the fact that it was all done in 53 minutes make it that much more special (and bonkers).What we see here is basically an extended glitch run. Sethbling glitched the game to create around three hours on the level timer and then followed that up with another series of glitches that allowed source code to be written in the game’s unused RAM locations. Completing these two steps took about twenty minutes. He then entered 331 bytes of code into the system memory by utilizing a series of movements by Mario. After doing this for around thirty minutes, he was able to successfully boot up a version of Flappy Bird that was based around Mario’s swimming animation.There’s not much else left to say other than Sethbling is a mad genius. This is some truly spectacular stuff.last_img read more