Tens of millions hit by Indonesia power blackout

first_imgJakarta: Tens of millions of people on Indonesia’s heavily populated Java island were affected by a widespread electricity outage Sunday after disruptions at several power plants, the state utility PLN said. The shutdown hit parts of the sprawling capital Jakarta — home to some 30 million people — and forced the temporary closure of its new mass rapid transit system. Passengers were safely evacuated from several MRT carriages when the power went out, according to the system’s operator, while the city’s commuter trains were also impacted. The blackout — which began around noon local time (0500 GMT) and was expected to last until later Sunday — caused sporadic disruptions in mobile phone services and cash machines, while some apartment buildings were left in the dark.last_img read more

Yediyurappa finally expands Cabinet inducts 17 Ministers

first_imgBengaluru: More than three weeks after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday expanded his ministry by inducting 17 ministers into his Cabinet.This is the first Cabinet expansion after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29. The Chief Minister had been running a “one-man cabinet” so far, that had come under severe criticism from the opposition Congress and the JDS. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Among the those inducted into the cabinet on Tuesday, 16 are from the BJP and one independent, H Nagesh. The new ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here. They include former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, two former deputy Chief Ministers — K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, independent MLA H Nagesh and Laxman Sangappa Savadi,who is not a member of the Assembly or Council and MLC Kota Srinivas Poojari. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOthers sworn in were: Govind M Karajol, Ashwath Narayan C N, B Sriramulu, S Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, J C Madhuswamy, C C Patil,Prabhu Chavan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb, who is the only woman cabinet Minister. Among those inducted into the cabinet on Tuesday, four of them — Ashwath Narayan, Prabhu Chavan, Madhuswamy and Shashikala Jolle have become Ministers for the first time. Lingayats, a dominant community to which Yediyurappa belongs and considered the strong vote bank of the BJP, has got the lion’s share in this expansion, with seven from the community inducted into cabinet on Tuesday. With this, the total strength of Lingayats in the present Ministry has gone upto eight, including the Chief Minister. The remaining are three Vokkaligas, three from Scheduled Caste, two OBCs, one from Scheduled Tribe and a Brahmin. In district wise representation Bengaluru Urban has four Ministers, Belagavi and Shivamogga (including Yediyurappa)- two, one each from Bagalkote, Dharwad, Gadag, Chitradurga, Chikkamagalur, Haveri, Udupi,Tumkur,Bidar and Kolar districts. Seventeen districts have not got any representation so far. While the induction of most of the Ministers was along expected lines, Savadi was an exception as he is not a sitting legislator and had lost the Assembly elections last year. His induction has also given rise to speculation that he may be considered as the party candidate during the bypolls from Athani constituency that fell vacant due to the resignation and disqualification of Mahesh Kumatahalli, who had won the seat in the 2018 polls on a Congress ticket. Among the interesting things that caught the attention of everyone at the swearing-in was the attire and headgear of Prabhu Chavan, who hails from Banjara community. While all other Ministers took the oath in the name of the god, Chavan took the oath in the name of “Mata Jagadamba” and “Sant Sevalal”. Interestingly, Madhuswamy while taking the oath, committed an error by stating that he was taking the oath “as the Chief Minister” instead of Minister, which created a flutter among those present at the event. The Minister immediately corrected himself and completed the oath. He also immediately had a small chat with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who was on the stage, supposedly about the error, and both laughed it off. Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 Ministers, including the Chief Minister. With this “limited” expansion, 16 Cabinet berths are vacant, leaving space for some of the disqualified former Congress and JDS MLAs who helped bring down the coalition government headed by Kumaraswamy to get on board.last_img read more

Senate committee calls for Liberals to kill interim Super Hornet purchase

first_imgOTTAWA – The Senate defence committee released a report Monday blasting the Trudeau government’s “political decision” to purchase Super Hornet fighter jets, while all but endorsing the F-35 stealth fighter.The report was the second in a series published by the committee over the last month, the first of which called on the government to double defence spending to two per cent of GDP over the next decade.This latest volume provided a veritable laundry list of items that senators felt the government should buy with the extra $20 billion such an increase in spending would entail.That included purchasing 12 new submarines, acquiring attack helicopters and increasing the Air Force fighter-jet fleet to 120, among other things.The committee also said it had concluded, based on concerns raised by a dozen retired air force officers, that buying 18 Super Hornets to temporarily augment the aging CF-18 fleet was unnecessary.The government says the Super Hornets are urgently needed because of a shortage of airworthy CF-18s, but opposition critics and others allege the plan is actually part of a larger effort to avoid having to buy the F-35.The committee called on the government to launch a competition to pick a replacement for the CF-18s by June 2018, rather than the five years the Liberals plan to take.But committee members weren’t completely agnostic about which plane should win.The report estimated buying Super Hornets on an interim basis would cost billions and create a “significant burden” on taxpayers and the military, the latter because of the need for extra training and infrastructure.“This burden would be eliminated if the government were to move forward with the selection of the F-35s,” the report said.While Conservative senator and committee chair Daniel Lang said the report did not presuppose the F-35 would win a competition, he did suggest buying Super Hornets would hamstring the military.“If we go the route that we’re presently going, it’s going to be a cost of $5-$7 billion,” he told reporters, “and then the Air Force will have an air fleet that is not going to meet the responsibilities that we expect of them.”The Senate committee’s overall recommendations would see the military expand to a size unprecedented since the Cold War, for which Lang was unapologetic.“It is ambitious,” he said. “But the world has changed, and the day of the free ride is over.”Asked where the money would come from, he noted the Liberal government has racked up billions of dollars in debt over the last two years without any new investments in the military.The committee’s report comes as the Trudeau government prepares to unveil its highly anticipated defence policy, which the Liberals have suggested will address years of underfunding to the military.The report’s release also came as the Conservatives used one of their opposition days in the House of Commons to focus several hours of speeches on Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s credibility, a debate which will culminate in a largely symbolic vote on Tuesday.Sajjan, a former reserve soldier and Afghan war veteran, has faced days of verbal fire for exaggerating his role in Operation Medusa, a key battle involving the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan in 2006.The minister has apologized, but the Conservatives say he also misled Canadians on other issues, such as the urgent need for Super Hornets and cuts to tax benefits for soldiers deployed to Kuwait.Conservative defence critic James Bezan accused Sajjan of having a “casual relationship” with the truth, which he said had undermined the minister’s credibility and standing among the troops.But Sajjan refused to be drawn into the debate and instead spent about 20 minutes re-reading a speech he had delivered to defence industry representatives and experts last week.“I have made my statement. I also made my statements in the House and answered the questions,” he said, referring to his having apologized on Facebook and in the House last week.“I am focused on making sure that we support our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Griffiths grateful for support after break from football

first_imgCeltic striker Leigh Griffiths has thanked fans and the club for supporting him after news broke on Wednesday that he will be taking a break from football.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Wednesday that Griffiths will be taking a  break from football.Leigh will be taken out of football now for a little period of time,” Rodgers said on Wednesday.“Leigh has had ongoing issues now for a number of months and he has done amazing to play to the level and score some of the goals he has.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.The striker today said he was grateful for the messages of support from Celtic and it’s supporters and has vowed to come back “better and stronger”“I just wanted to thank everyone at the club and so many Celtic fans and other people who have sent me such kind and powerful messages of support,” Griffiths told Sky Sports.“I thank you all sincerely and want to let you know I’m doing all I can to come back as soon as possible, a better and stronger person.”last_img read more

Initiative to tackle noncommunicable diseases in Asia

first_imgUnderstanding the urgent need for Asian countries to look at non-communicable diseases seriously, Vietnam National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NHE) in association with International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has organised a workshop on ‘Tackling diet-related non-communicable diseases in Asia: A regional approach to improve response capacities.’ The workshop which started on November 19, will go on until November 22 at Hanoi, Vietnam. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn a first-ever training workshop, researchers and policy makers from over 10 countries will draw up an action plan to tackle diet-related NCDs through a contextual understanding of regional challenges. Participants include researchers and policymakers from China, Mongolia, Southeast, and South Asia, namely, SriLanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Malaysia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe workshop training will cater to pre-defined needs of each country participant as they highlight their experiences related to the challenges of improving food environments via research/interventions and advocacy/policy influence. Throughout the training activities, participants will work together to develop and refine new and existing multi-country research proposals aimed at improving food environments. Developing countries, which include low and middle income (LMIC) nations are battling a double burden of disease. On one hand, they are fighting infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and on the other, losing an alarmingly high number of lives to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, and diabetes. Of even more concern is the fact that NCD risks associated with diet are increasing in younger age groups. NCDs pose long-term economic burdens on society directly through acute and long-term morbidity management and indirectly through impaired capacities. Despite the loss of human life, productivity and crippling of resources, the generation of regional research has been limited in LMICs with most of the evidence-based research being derived from high-income countries. There is, therefore, need for greater research in the broader Asian region to understand contextual drivers of rising NCD trends to develop appropriate and sustainable interventions.last_img read more

The Apps That Help This Yoga Instructor Run Her Business from Half

first_img Katherine Austin doesn’t want her Yoga studio, Karma Yoga in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, to be just a place where people head to practice yoga, and then return to their daily lives. Instead she wants to help her students live yoga off the mat and take the lessons they learn during the classes into their lives and the community. And while she puts a priority on practicing what she teaches, even waking up at 3 a.m. each morning to get own yoga time in, she still has a business to run.She relies heavily on her two administrative employees, who work remotely, to manage the schedules of the 25 yoga teachers and other business details. As she plans to open her second studio, her to-do list is growing even longer. Since she can’t be with her students and staff all day long, she uses technology to help her students carry the yoga lessons into their daily lives and help her run her business from either across town or across the world.Here are three apps she can’t live without:Image credit: The MindBody app & Apple’s Voice Memos app.Mindbody. Since most of her clients are never far away from their smartphone, Austin uses this app to help students browse course schedules, book classes and check payments. The software helps Austin to seamlessly track attendance and retention and get visibility into trends year over year. Austin has also found that the app has helped her attract new students and increase her revenue. People who are looking for a class in the area can see exactly what she is offering and when her classes are. It saves advertising dollars as well, Austin says. “It is a very effective way of staying connected with my current students and bringing new people into the studio.”Voice Memos. Since students sometimes cannot be at her classes, she uses the Voice Memo app that came standard on her iPhone to record each of her classes on her tablet or iPad. She then shares the recording of through Dropbox so that students can virtually attend the class at their convenience. Austin says that some students used the recordings while caring for an ill loved one and that “being able to listen to the class helped them get through the day.” She says she also uses the recordings to improve on her own instructing style. Image credit: DropboxDropbox. Austin prefers an iPad to a laptop when traveling to conferences, teach guest classes or take students on retreats across the globe. Thanks to Dropbox, when she was in India last March, she could she could share a course catalog with prospective students for her yoga training program, even half a world away. She also used Dropbox to send photos of the retreat to share on Facebook instead of spending time with lengthy downloads over poor internet service. “I decided to use Dropbox instead of the other file sharing apps available because most of my colleagues and other people I work with are on Dropbox, which makes file sharing even easier,” Austin says. 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 8, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more