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first_imgOn a standalone basis, Tata Motors saw its M&HCV salesOn a standalone basis, Tata Motors saw its M&HCV sales clipping at 26.6 per cent in the March quarter on the back of the continued replacement demand, initial fleet expansion demand, infrastructure spending and better profitability of the freight operators.LCV sales also started showing growth trend with a growth of 11.8 per cent in Q4. Exports of the commercial vehicles grew 26.6 per cent during the period, taking the overall CV sales growth, including exports, to 19.5 per cent.Sales, including exports, of commercial and passenger vehicles for the quarter stood at 1,44,507 units, representing a growth of 3.9 per cent and taking the revenues for the quarter to Rs 12,570 crore, up from Rs 10,786 crore last year.JLR revenue for the quarter rose to 6,594 million pounds from 5,826 million pounds, helping margin improve to 16.2 per cent for the quarter, from 14.3 per cent a year ago.JLR revenue for Q4 stood at 6,594 million pounds, compared to 5,826 million pounds, driven by wholesale volumes, which excluding China, rose to 149,895 units, up 19.8 per cent. China sales stood at 12,532 units.JLR got an insurance refund and other recoveries of Rs 555 crore on account of the vehicles damaged at the Tianjin port explosions in China.JLR full year revenue rose to 22.21 billion pounds, up from 21.87 billion pounds, while profit after tax for the year declined to 1.31 billion pounds from to 2.04 billion pounds.The company said it will invest 3.75 billion pounds in capex in fiscal 20117, up from 3.14 billion pounds in FY16. The company had free cash flow 791 million pounds after 3.14 billion pounds of investment in the year gone by.advertisementThe capex will be spent on expansion of global production capacity, new technologies and new vehicles such as the Jaguar F-Pace and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible that will unleash the potential of both brands in the future, Ralf Speth, JLR Chief Executive, said.JLR, the largest automotive manufacturer in the English isles, saw its retail sales rising by 13 per cent to 521,571, breaking the half-million mark for the first time as the company continued to expand its product portfolio, with award-winning, innovative new models including the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE and XF.The combination of an increased demand for new models, solid growth in markets, including Europe, North America and Britain, helped support full-year financial revenues of 22.2 billion pounds, up 342 million pounds on the previous 12-month period.”JLR has produced and sold more cars than at any time in our history. We are now the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain,” Speth said, adding during the year the JLR has delivered sustainable, profitable growth and introduced new models like the Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE and the XF. PTI BEN RSY MKJ PTPlast_img read more

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Mourinho: I knew we were in trouble with Jones penalty

first_imgJose Mourinho conceded he saw trouble coming when Manchester United got to Phil Jones in their 8-7 penalty shoot-out defeat to Derby County in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.United were disappointing once again as they scraped a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes, as Marouane Fellaini rescued the 10-man hosts – who had Sergio Romero sent off – deep into second-half stoppage time.Prior to Fellaini’s header, Jack Marriott had seemingly given Derby the win with an 85th-minute goal which added to Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson’s gorgeous free-kick, cancelling out Juan Mata’s early opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Penalties were the least Derby deserved and the first 15 spot-kicks were accurate, before Jones stepped up and saw his feeble effort easily saved by Scott Carson.As the shoot-out progressed towards defenders such as Jones and Eric Bailly, Mourinho acknowledged that he did not have a huge amount of faith.”I repeated what I said in the last match, that their [the opponent’s] dressing room was one with belief, because it [the match] was open and they played quite well,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.”We needed to go and kill the game, which we didn’t. We couldn’t be dominant in the beginning of the second half and only after the equaliser we had that reaction, which I don’t like. “Hey lads, we can go home now!”After 15 successful spot-kicks between both sides, Scott Carson decides enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/dwwUF8WFpb — Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) September 25, 2018 “I prefer to be proactive, but then we go for it only after the 1-1 and after the red card we are in a little difficulty.”With one less [player] there was a reaction of pride, of a group that didn’t want to lose and tried until the last second.”Then penalties come and someone has to miss. When I saw [the penalties] going after the sixth, seventh [takers], I knew that we were going to be in trouble with Jones, with Eric. I knew we’d be in trouble again.”A prickly Mourinho then took offence to his interviewer suggesting he had been critical of United.”You think I criticise? I don’t think so,” Mourinho said. “That’s not criticising the team, I belong to the team.”I don’t think you are correct when you say I’m criticising. Do you want me to analyse or go away?”You want me to say we play a phenomenal match? The truth is the opponent in the second half started better than us and we weren’t able to match that intensity.”last_img read more

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Device security: when ‘how’ becomes just as important as ‘what’

first_imgAll code should be statically analyzed for correctness. Static analysis will not show that the implementation meets its requirements, it will only verify that common coding issues are not present in the implementation. There are many open source and commercial tools available for this, although the quality varies wildly; the tool should be able to verify conformance standards such as MISRA™ and SEI-CERT-C, which incorporate best practices for development that will protect against the most common classes of cybersecurity attacks. Attention to these foundational steps will lead to products that are not only more secure, but also higher in quality – and that’s something both your customers and accountants will certainly appreciate. So now when we talk about securing a connected device, it’s just as important to consider how the device is created as well as what type of device you’re planning to create.Robert Bates is Mentor’s chief safety officer responsible for the safety, quality and security aspects of Mentor‘s embedded product portfolio targeting the industrial, automotive, and aerospace markets.  In his role, Rob works closely with customers and certification agencies to facilitate the safety certification of devices to IEC 61508, ISO 26262 and other safety certifications. Before moving to Mentor, Robert was a software development director at Wind River, where he was responsible for commercial and safety certified operating system offerings, as well as both secure and commercial hypervisors. Robert has 25 years of experience in the embedded software field, most of which has been spent developing operating system and middleware components to device makers across markets and regions. Testing that takes the security requirements into account just as it does for product functionality. Note that it doesn’t matter how the requirements are stated, whether they are traditional waterfall-type requirements or user stories, stated formally or informally – what’s important is that they are clear, commonly understood, implementable, and approved (Figure 3). The same concepts apply to the designs that are derived from this process.click for larger image Figure 3: Simplified Software Security Lifecycle based on SAE J-3061. (Source: Mentor, a Siemens business) Implementation                                                    As the designs are completed and well understood (or at least well underway) we can consider implementation. There are several things to consider in terms of verifying the implementation of a system: Continue Reading Previous Mouser: ATmega4809 8-bit MCU for command and control applicationsNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Nine Requirements should be reviewed by all applicable stakeholders (development, test, documentation, quality assurance, system integration, etc.) and it should be verified that each of these stakeholders have a common understanding of what the requirements mean. Unambiguous, reviewed, and approved requirements that include security requirements from an initial threat review. 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. All code should be peer reviewed, mostly focusing on the basic question: “Does the code satisfy the requirements and designs?” The main goal should be to convince other sets of eyes that the code actually does what was intended and serves as a safeguard against any ambiguity or differences of opinion that remain. Often, code reviews focus on items like avoidance of bad programming practice and adherence to standards, which is better enforced through static analysis; the time spent in reviews should be spent on the most important tasks. Remember that the compiler should be considered as well – all code should compile without unexpected warnings. These steps are simply general best-practices that are doubly important in a cyber-security context.The final step: testing When it comes to the testing of the implementation, the same general guidelines should be applied to the development of the implementation itself. The test design should be reviewed by the relevant stakeholders to make sure that what the testers test matches what the implementers implemented and what the product manager expected. Also, the test cases themselves should be peer reviewed just as the application code is.Conclusion While there are other aspects of product development to consider when creating a secure device, the three main fundamental considerations to ensure success are: Over the last few years security in embedded devices has moved from something that was considered important in a few select industries to what has become a primary consideration in just about any type of device. From the smart home to the automobile, industrial controllers to medical equipment, securing devices from the outside world is more important today than ever before.  Engineers usually think of security as a collection of features to build into their devices. This is often accomplished as simply as integrating well-known security measures (encryption, intrusion detection, etc.). More sophisticated development teams might conduct some type of software security analysis such as Thread and Operability Analysis (THROP) to better understand the kinds of threats the device will be subject to and design protections against those threats.These kinds of techniques while necessary, do not complete the full story. No matter how much analysis we perform, features we add, or how thoroughly we test the device; the device will be subject to attacks that don’t even exist today which might come into light at some point during the lifetime of the device.As a result, we need to make the device as difficult as possible to exploit once it’s infiltrated.Device safety We can take our cue from the world of device safety. The recognition of software’s role in the safety of devices has grown along with the importance of software in these devices. This has led to the formalization of software safety principles in avionics (DO-178C), general industrial (IEC 61508 – as seen in Figure 1), automotive (ISO 26262) and many other industry specific standards.click for larger image Figure 1: The IEC 61508-1 (Edition 2) basic overview of a safety development lifecycle. (Source: IEC) What these standards have in common is that they consider not only the determination of hazards that would lead to safety issues (the what ), but they also focus on the developmental lifecycle (the how ) with an eye towards verifying that the system does precisely what it was intended to do, and thus reduce or eliminate the possibility of any unforeseen issues that might prevent the system from being as safe as intended. For security, our goals are no different, but instead of concentrating on a safety development lifecycle, we focus on a security development lifecycle .The security development lifecycle This concept has not yet been widely deployed in embedded device development. To see real-world examples of a secure development lifecycle, you would have to look at Microsoft’s SDL or the secure development lifecycle maintained by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), which mostly targets Web and App developers, but these principles are transferable to any kind of embedded device development.Another interesting resource is from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and their J-3061 publication, “Cybersecurity Guidebook for Cyber-Physical Vehicle Systems.” While not technically a standard, it is a collection of practices that are worthwhile to think about when creating a security-focused development lifecycle.Establishing and following best practices What does a security-focused development lifecycle entail? It can be broken into a collection of practices that you are either doing or you should be doing. The most important areas to consider are requirements, design, implementation, and testing (Figure 2). The most significant thing to do within each of these steps is to incorporate a verification step into the activity. (The standards mentioned in this article go into great detail on verification, so if you want more information go to the standard of your choice.)click for larger image Figure 2: The software security development lifecycle can be broken down into a collection of best practices. (Source: Mentor, a Siemens business) First, when a development organization starts a project, they try to determine what the device will do. This is then translated into functional requirements of the type engineers traditionally work with. When we consider the addition of trying to make that device secure, we have to think about the environment the device will operate in; what kinds of threats the device will be subject to and how do we prevent or minimize the damage if those threats do occur? This is determined using some kind of cyber security threat and risk assessment, the results of which will make it clear what the strategies will be to secure the device. These strategies will then be translated to high-level security requirements, which is where the development process begins. Note that at this point the requirements may be physical (“Add anti-tamper tape to the outside of the enclosure”), or software (“Support user access control”) or any other aspect of the device.At this point, the requirements (functional, security, safety, etc.) will often be stated at a very high level. This is perhaps the biggest issue with any type of embedded development. While we expect that requirements to start out as high-level statements (“Add the XYZ feature”, “Protect the device from common DDoS attacks”, etc.) many teams take these requirements and run directly into the design and development stages without first fleshing the requirements out (which seems to happen with software requirements more than other disciplines). This can lead to several issues, including ambiguity in the requirements which leads to misunderstandings of what was intended by the involved stakeholders as well as to an inconsistent understanding of the requirements between teams, resulting in mismatches between development, test, product management, etc. on what the requirement actually means.Avoiding typical pitfalls Because of the potential pitfalls in devising a security-focused development lifecycle, there are three important concepts to keep in mind: Requirements should be approved by the product owner, especially if the decomposition of requirements has been performed by a different function than the product owner (such as an architect or system engineer). Development standards that minimize known code issues that could be exploited. Requirements should be unambiguous . If the requirements directly from the threat and risk assessment are unambiguous, fantastic, if not, then the high level requirements that we start with need to be decomposed and expanded upon to remove ambiguity. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, IoT, Security last_img read more

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Sensirion: pin-type humidity sensor enables easy replaceability

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: real-time networking of Industry 4.0 factoriesNext Molex and Contrinex collaborate on industrial automation solutions portfolio Sensirion presents the new pin-type relative humidity sensor SHT85 for easy replaceability in a wide range of applications. The digital humidity sensor SHT85 is Sensirion’s best-in-class humidity sensor with pin-type connector for easy integration and replacement. It builds on a highly accurate and long-term stable SHT3x sensor that is at the heart of Sensirion’s new humidity and temperature platform. The unique package design allows for the best possible thermal coupling to the environment and decoupling from potential heat sources on the main board.The SHT85 features a PTFE membrane dedicated to protect the sensor opening from liquids and dust according to IP67, without affecting the response time of the relative humidity signal. It thus allows for sensor use under harsh environmental conditions, such as high exposure to dust. Final accuracy testing on product level ensures best performance making the SHT85 the perfect choice for demanding applications.Sensirion’s CMOSens Technology offers a complete sensor system on a single chip, consisting of a capacitive humidity sensor, a bandgap temperature sensor, analog and digital signal processing, A/D converter, calibration data memory, and a digital communication interface supporting I2C fast mode. The sensor covers a humidity measurement range of 0 to 100% relative humidity and a temperature measurement range of -40 to 105°C with a typical accuracy of ±1.5% RH and ±0.1°C. The broad supply voltage of 2.15 V to 5.5 V make the SHT85 perfectly suited to a wide range of applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Safe Bulkers Extends Facility Repayment by Two Years

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers, Inc. has extended the term of its existing credit facility with DNB (UK) Limited by two years from September 2020 to September 2022.The company’s extended facility, which stands at USD 145.5 million, is secured by ten vessels and an additional newbuild expected to be delivered in March 2016. The balloon payment which was initially scheduled to be made in 2020, in the amount of USD 115.2 million, has now been delayed for 2022, and will amount to USD 84 million.“This amended credit facility with our major lender will extend the term, reduce the annual principal installments payable in the next five years and extend a balloon payment initially scheduled to be made in 2020 to maintain a comfortable debt repayment profile until 2022,” Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said.Under the new facility repayment plan, Safe Bulkers plans to repay a total of USD 41.7 million in the period between 2018 and 2020, while the remaining amount of USD 103.8 million would be repaid between 2020 and 2022.last_img read more

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Government Will Introduce Legislation to Limit Power Rate Increases

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government will introduce legislation this spring to help protect Nova Scotia electricity consumers by restricting the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to granting only one power rate increase per year. The utility and review board today, March 10, allowed an 8.9 per cent increase in the domestic residential power rate. This is the second rate increase in slightly less than a year. “We understand the rate increase will be difficult for all Nova Scotians,” said acting Energy Minister Kerry Morash. “For most Nova Scotians, it might not sound like a lot of money, but it is a substantial increase for low-income earners.” Government will also continue energy relief packages for those most in need of energy assistance. To help low-income Nova Scotians, government will develop programs similar to the Keep the Heat and Smart Energy Choices programs. The expanded energy relief packages will reflect the electricity rate increase. Low-income Nova Scotians who heat with electricity also have until March 31 to apply for this year’s Keep the Heat program. “We are in the budget planning process now and we will be looking at ways we can help all electricity users,” said Mr. Morash. “In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to have short-term energy programs, but rising energy prices are a reality for governments across the country, and we are committed to working with Nova Scotians to find ways to reduce our energy use.” “The province is pleased the board has also recognized that the rate mechanism for large industrial organizations isn’t working,” said Mr. Morash. “Large industrial companies are an important part of Nova Scotia’s economy. This decision should ensure that a large industrial rate mechanism, that is fair for all parties, will be put into effect.”last_img read more

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HIVAIDS Needs Continued Attention in Nova Scotia

first_imgCommunity and government organizations are reaching out to African Canadian communities as part of HIV/AIDS Awareness week in Nova Scotia. Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, launched HIV/AIDS Awareness Week in Nova Scotia by raising the red ribbon flag during a public ceremony at Province House today, Nov. 24. HIV/AIDS Awareness Week runs today to Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. “While all Nova Scotians are at risk of contracting HIV and AIDS, the misconceptions and stigma attached to the virus continue to create serious barriers for HIV prevention, care, treatment and support,” said Mr. Paris. “I’m pleased that this year’s campaign will bring more attention to the impact of this disease within African Canadian communities and the specific actions needed to address it.” Each year, the HIV/AIDS Awareness Week Planning Committee for HRM, led by the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS, focuses on the impact of HIV/AIDS on a particular population group. This year’s focus is on African Canadian populations. The committee has planned a series of workshops and information session in HRM to discuss HIV/AIDS issues as they relate to the needs of African Canadian families, youth, men and women, within a sexual health context. Events will also take place in Whitney Pier, Truro, and across the province. “Nationally, HIV has affected some population groups more than others,” said Larry Baxter, chairman of the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS. “By targeting education and encouraging testing, we hope to reduce infections within these groups in Nova Scotia.” “Specific data on the rate of HIV infection in African Canadians living in Nova Scotia is not available,” said Dr. David Haase co-president of the Health Association Of African Canadians. “However, we need to be just as concerned about the potential effects of this devastating infection in our local population, compared to African Americans.” Dec. 1, marks the 22 annual World AIDS Day, which honours those who have died and raises public awareness of the disease and the global spread of the HIV virus. The Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS was established in 1988 to implement recommendations of the Nova Scotia Task Force on AIDS. The commission advises government on AIDS issues and its impact on society, and co-ordinates the implementation of the provincial HIV/AIDS strategy. For a full list of AIDS Awareness Week events across the province, visit www.gov.ns.ca/aids .last_img read more

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Halifax Homicide Case Added to Rewards Program

first_imgThe Halifax Regional Police and the provincial government are adding the homicide of John Fulton Newcombe to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. “The loss of life is extremely difficult,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “Families deserve answers. Not knowing only adds to their pain. I urge anyone with information about this crime to tell police what they know.” In the early morning hours of June 1, 2012, Mr. Newcombe was shot outside of Winston’s Pub at 278 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. “We can’t imagine what John’s loved ones have been going through for the past five years,” said Superintendent Jim Perrin officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. “Investigators have continued to actively investigate John’s murder but one of the main obstacles they face is a lack of co-operation from people who know what happened. We hope that adding John’s case to the rewards program will motivate someone to break the code of silence and come forward with what they know about his murder.” Anyone with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. The program provides up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for these homicides. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards/.last_img read more

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Punjab Sind Bank flags Rs 2383 cr fraud by Bhushan Power Steel

first_imgMumbai: After the Punjab National Bank and the Allahabad Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank has reported a Rs 238.30 crore fraud by the Bhushan Power and Steel company. In a regulatory filing on Wednesday, Punjab and Sind Bank said it has been defrauded of Rs 238.30 crore by the Bhushan Power and Steel company (BPSL). “On the basis of Forensic Audit Investigation findings and CBI filing FIR, on suo moto basis, against the company and its directors, alleging diversion of funds from banking system, a fraud of Rs 238.30 crore is being reported by the bank to the RBI,” it said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs However, the bank said that “in the accounts of the company (BPSL), the bank has already made provisions amounting to Rs 1,89.35 crore, as per prescribed prudential norms”. The state-run bank further noted that it has been observed that the company has misappropriated bank funds, manipulated account books to raise funds from consortium lender banks. At present, the case is at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in an advance stage and the bank expects good recovery in the account, the Punjab and Sind Bank said.last_img read more

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Ian Somerhalder Joins Rally For Climate Action And Clean Energy

first_imgHundreds of clean energy and climate action supporters – including Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder – rallied in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Saturday, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean, homegrown energy solutions like solar power and energy efficiency.“President Obama said we have a moral imperative to take bold action to address climate disruption,” said Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is Western North Carolina’s largest source of carbon pollution that causes climate disruption. Phasing out this plant will clear the path to power Asheville with clean, local energy that will strengthen our vibrant community. Hundreds of supporters rallied today, representing thousands more across the region, and called for a clean energy economy for Asheville now.”Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is the largest source of climate pollution in Western North Carolina, pumping out as much carbon as 500,000 cars on the road every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plant also produces huge volumes of toxic coal ash waste which is stored in unlined ponds; these ponds sit directly above the French Broad River. Conservation groups like the French Broad Riverkeeper have documented groundwater contamination of toxic chemicals and heavy metals from these coal ash waste ponds.“In addition to huge amounts of carbon pollution, Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is dumping coal ash waste into unlined holes in the ground, and toxic chemicals from those pits are contaminating our groundwater and polluting the French Broad River,” said Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper with Western North Carolina Alliance. “Continuing to burn coal means more toxic coal ash waste. You can’t clean up coal ash while you’re still burning coal.”The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign represents more than a dozen organizations, including rally co-sponsors Western North Carolina Alliance, French Broad Riverkeeper, 350.org Asheville, Transition Asheville, Southwings, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign launched in April 2012, and since then more than 2,000 area residents have taken action, such as signing a petition, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean energy. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign calls on Duke Energy to protect its local workers in the transition period from coal to clean energy.Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Sierra Club activist Ian Somerhalder, Reverend Thomas Murphy of All Souls Episcopal Church, Drew Jones of Climate Interactive, and Dr. Richard Fireman, a former emergency room physician and volunteer leader with Interfaith Power & Light, joined Hitt and Carson on stage. The rally featured several musical acts, including CaroMia and local musicians Daniel Shearin (River Whyless), Alexandra Tressler, Tyler Herring, and Scott Murray of Southbound Turnaround. The Asheville Beyond Coal: Rally for our Future finished with a flash mob and choral performance by more than 50 singers, performing “Do You Hear the People Sing,” from Les Miserables.last_img read more

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Exploring the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions impact on the country

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s public testimonies that took across the country allowed survivors of the Indian residential school system to share their stories and grief.But was it enough to bring change to individuals and communities?APTN’s Jaydon Flett has this Perspectives report on what impacts the TRC had on the country.last_img

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Headquarters Agreement on Moroccos COP22 Organization Signed in Bonn

Bonn – The headquarters agreement marking the official commitment of Morocco to organize in Marrakech the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP22, was signed on Monday in Bonn.The agreement was signed, during the Bonn Conference on Climate Change (May 16-26), by chairman of the COP22 steering committee and foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Executive secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres.The event comes following the signature by the EU and 176 countries in New York of the Paris Agreement which pledges to curb global warming at 1.5-2 °c. On May 10, the development of the Bab Ighli site (COP22 village) was launched in Marrakech.Built as an environment-friendly village, this site which is constructed over 223,647 square meters will be carbon neutral and will be ready for use on Oct.With MAP read more

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Canada is one of four Aaa countries at risk of housing correction

TORONTO — Moody’s Investors Service has released a report that identifies Canada as one of four Aaa-rated countries that are exposed to a potential housing market correction.In addition to Canada, the report lists New Zealand, Sweden and Australia as countries that have seen the largest increases in home prices and household debt among advanced economies over the last three years.Moody’s says a housing downturn could involve material spillovers to the broader economy for Canada and New Zealand, where residential construction accounts for approximately 7.5 per cent of GDP in both countries.If you want to blame someone for Canada’s housing bubble (and you will) blame, Mark CarneyHow Kathleen Wynne can cool Toronto’s market by cutting tax — not raising itCanadians want to cash in on hot property, but where to go next?However, Moody’s says that unless reversals in house prices are accompanied by other long-lasting negative shocks, they would not fundamentally undermine the sovereigns’ credit profiles.The debt rating agency says all four countries have strong banking systems with high capitalization levels, conservative business models and strong liquidity.The housing sector has been identified as a risk for the Canadian economy as housing prices have marched higher, fuelled by low interest rates. read more

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Two killed one injured in Kilinochchi

The police said that a husband and wife who were in the three-wheeler were killed in the accident. The bodies of the two victims were taken to the Kilinochchi hospital. The victims were identified as 66 year old Vishwalingham Deivendrakumar and his 58 year old wife. Two people were killed and one person was injured following an accident at Kilinochchi this morning, the police said.A three-wheeler heading to Kilinochchi from Nedunkerni collided with a private bus heading towards Vavuniya from Vishwamadu near the 155th mile post at Kilinochchi. The driver of the three-wheeler sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the Kilinochchi hospital and then transferred to the Jaffna hospital for further treatment. (Colombo Gazette)

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UN chief hails Papal Encyclical spotlighting climate change as critical moral issue

“The Secretary-General reaffirms that humanity has a significant obligation to care for and protect our common home, the planet Earth, and to show solidarity with the poorest and most vulnerable members of society who are suffering most from climate impacts,” declared a statement issued earlier today by a UN spokesperson. “The Secretary-General therefore urges governments to place the global common good above national interests and to adopt an ambitious, universal climate agreement in Paris this year.”According to the statement, the encyclical’s findings acknowledge the “very solid scientific consensus” showing significant warming of the planet’s climate system and that such warming is “mainly a result of human activity.”In addition, the Papal declaration describes climate change as a critical moral issue requiring respectful dialogue with all parts of society. “The Secretary-General welcomes the contributions of all religious leaders and people of influence in responding to the climate challenge and in strengthening sustainable development,” the statement says. “He looks forward to welcoming Pope Francis at the United Nations in September to address the UN General Assembly,” the statement concludes looking ahead to the Pontiff’s visit to the UN during the high-level opening of the world body’s 70th anniversary session.Speaking to reporters in New York after the statement was issued, the Secretary-General said that he and Pope Francis agree that climate change is a moral issue that requires collective urgent actions. “It is an issue of social justice, human rights and fundamental ethics,” continued the UN chief, urging the international community to “do far more to help the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, who are suffering most from climate impacts yet had least to do with causing the problem.”Mr. Ban deeply thanked Pope Francis for taking such a “strong stand” on the need for urgent global action. His moral voice is part of a growing chorus of people from all faiths and all sectors of society speaking out for climate action. read more

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Brock Media Clips for Friday Dec 7

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Could Huawei CFO arrest trigger technological cold war? Brock Political Scientist Charles Burton weighed in on the arrest of Huawei CFO Meg Wanzhou in Vancouver  Wednesday. He was interviewed by Global National, as well as by a reporter for Reuters, which ran a story in more than 130 newspapers around the world.Lake in Canada could mark the beginning of human-influenced age: Al Jazeera’s Canadian network covered the story of Crawford Lake, and its importance in Earth’s geological timeline. They interviewed Brock researchers Francine McCarthy and Martin Head for the story.21 tips every first-year student should know: Education Studies Assistant Professor Nicola Simmons was part of a feature article in Maclean’s Magazine offering advice to incoming university students. Simmons advice? Take time to make connections.Exceptional year in grants for the Niagara Community Foundation: The St. Catharines Standard and 610 CKTB wrote stories about the inaugural David S. Howes Foundation grant recipients, which includes Brock University receiving funding for student mental health.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

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Mens soccer Ohio State prepares for firstever game against Lehigh

OSU then-freshman defender Hunter Robertson (21) dribbles a ball during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-1) will welcome Lehigh to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday evening for what will be the first-ever matchup between the two teams.With no past experience against the Mountain Hawks (1-1), coach John Bluem said the team will rely more heavily on scouting reports from some of the games Lehigh has played earlier this season rather than just drawing from past experience against them.“We’re going to see what we can find out about Lehigh, see if we can get a scouting report on them from some of the teams they’ve played so far,” Bluem said. “That’s pretty much what we do for every opponent, scout them and then change out game a little bit because of strengths and weaknesses that our opponent has.”Expectations for Lehigh heading into this season were low, as the team entered the season ranked only seventh in the Patriot League preseason poll. “What I’ve learned from the past three years, no matter who you’re playing you can’t really think you are going to stomp all over them so hopefully we can keep the right mindset and play just as hard as we would against maryland or any top ten team,” defender Hunter Robertson said.The Mountain Hawks pulled off a win in their first game against Rider, riding a hat trick from forward Mark Forrest to a victory, but they could not muster a goal in their second game in a 1-0 loss to George Washington.The two stars for Lehigh pose quite the threat to the Buckeyes, but Robertson believes his team has the chance to keep the players contained if they play solid defense.“When you have two special players like that we’re definitely going to keep an eye on them, double if we need to,” Robertson said.Like Lehigh, the Buckeyes are also coming off a 3-0 loss to Florida International after a 1-0 opening day win over Pittsburgh.Midfielder Brady Blackwell is not dwelling on the loss, but instead the team’s first loss as motivation.“We’re coming off not a great result on Sunday, so we’re definitely working extra hard to get it back,” Blackwell said.This is the third game of a four game homestand to start the season, which will end Monday when the Buckeyes host Wright State at 7 p.m. read more

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Football Barrett Lewis make preseason honorees list

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) pushes past Michigan defenders during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win on Nov. 26. Credit: Lantern File PhotoCHICAGO — Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were named to the preseason conference honorees list Monday before the start of Big Ten Media Days.Barrett made the list for the second straight season along with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Lewis, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, earned his first honors.Other East Division honorees include Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales.Barrett, a preseason candidate for conference offensive player of the year, enters his fourth season overall and third full season as a starter at Ohio State. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native threw for 2,555 yards and ran for 845 yards with 33 total touchdowns in 2016. He was named Big Ten Quarterback of the Year last season.Lewis registered 10.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks last year, finishing first in both categories on the team last season. read more

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UKs first electric bicycle death as female pedestrian dies in hospital after

Speaking at the time of the crash, Detective Constable Darren Case said it was a “shocking incident”. Sakine Cihan died in hospital after being hit in east London Dalston’s Kingsland Rd. closed off to pedestrians right now close to Overground pic.twitter.com/JWxULKYk36— Bríd Stenson 📺📻🎧 (@bridstenson) August 28, 2018 Sakine Cihan died in hospital after being hit in east London Last year, cyclist Charlie Alliston was jailed for 18 months at the Old Bailey for killing mother-of-two Kim Briggs while riding an illegal Olympic-style racing bike which had no front wheel brakes.Alliston was cleared of manslaughter, but found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”.A review designed to reflect public concern over safety on the roads has prompted MPs to consider introducing a new offence of causing death by careless or dangerous cycling.Department for Transport figures show that between 2007 and 2016, pedestrians killed in collisions involving cyclists represented 0.6 per cent of total casualties on UK roads at 29.Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at the national charity Cycling UK, said: “The statistics show cyclists, whether on a conventional or e-bike, present a minimal danger to others.”Given the limitations and current laws governing e-bikes, Cycling UK does not believe there is any reason to suggest their use poses any greater risk to the public than a normal pedal cycle.” Police said at the time that the male cyclist initially stopped after falling off his bike, but then left the scene and dumped the dark red motorised “e-bike” a mile away.A spokesman said on Wednesday: “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.”The woman was taken to hospital where she sadly died.”A man has been arrested by detectives from the roads and transport policing command and has been released under investigation. A woman is believed to have become the first pedestrian to die in Britain after being hit by an electric bicycle in a suspected hit-and-run.Sakine Cihan was attempting to cross a road in east London when she was struck by an electric-assisted “mountain bike-style” pedal cycle.The 56-year-old later died in hospital. The Metropolitan Police said they believe it was the first such death to occur.So-called “e-bikes” do not require a licence and have a legal power-assisted speed of up to 15.5mph. However, they often reach much higher speeds if the rider also pedals.Police were called to Kingsland High Street at just after 5pm on Tuesday, August 28 to reports of the collisionMs Cihan, from Dalston, had been attempting to cross the road, said Scotland Yard. 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

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Alevel exam reforms favour middle class former chief examiner says

An unintended consequence of the revamped A-levels is that “negotiability” has returned to the system, according to Dr Tony Breslin. Exam reforms favour the middle class, a former chief examiner has said as he warns that the decline of AS levels leaves the system open to manipulation. This summer is the third year of students to take the reformed qualifications, where modules were axed in a bid to toughen up courses and better prepare students for university. Dr Breslin said that the AS level was a “valuable staging post”, but its decline has led to a renewed emphasis on predicted grades. Parents who are familiar with the system may demand that teachers give their children higher predicted grades…

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