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Virendra Nanavati appointed Vice Chairman of FINAs committee

first_imgRajkot, Aug 20 (PTI) Virendra Nanavati, Chief Executive Officer of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has been appointed as Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming Committee.Nanavati, who is also Senior VICE president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been appointed Ted Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming committee, a release issued by Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said.FINAs technical Swimming Congress took place recently in Budapest, where Nanavati was honoured for his dedication and commitment to the sport, it said.”It is a matter of pride for me as an Indian would carry such a big responsibility in FINA,” Nanavati told PTI. PTI VJA NRBlast_img read more

Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie

first_imgTOLEDO, Ohio – Researchers have fresh evidence that invasive grass carp are swimming and spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie.Their next step is figuring out how to stop it from gaining a foothold and devouring wetland plants along the shoreline and underwater vegetation in the lake that shelters native fish.Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes, but they’re not as worrisome as the bighead and silver carp, which could devastate fish populations in the lakes.While environmental groups and scientists have put much of their attention on preventing the bighead and silver carp from reaching the lakes, the grass carp already have been found in Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario.A look at the efforts to stop the grass carp:___WHAT ARE GRASS CARP?Brought to the U.S. more than 50 years ago to control weed growth, they’re still sold to pond owners. Some states now require that they be sterilized before being released. But recent surveys have found grass carp eggs in Great Lakes waterways. Some made their way into the lakes via rivers, while others were dumped into the waterways. The fish feed on aquatic plants, eating up to 90 pounds a day and damaging areas used by spawning fish and migrating birds. What is not known is how many are in the lakes and where they’ve spread.___HOW BIG OF A THREAT?It’s believed there are still only a small number of grass carp in the lakes. But a report released by U.S. and Canadian researchers warned this year that if effective steps aren’t taken, it’s likely that the invasive fish will be established in lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Ontario within 10 years.___WHERE ARE THEY BEING FOUND?The biggest concern is in Lake Erie where grass carp have been found in tributary rivers and along the shoreline. Researchers have been closely watching the Sandusky River, between Cleveland and Toledo, since the discovery of grass carp eggs in 2015. More eggs were found this summer along with eight adults that were netted during a two-day search.___WHAT HAVE RESEACHERS LEARNED?It appears the grass carp spawn after heavy rains or when there’s high water on the Sandusky River, said Rich Carter, who oversees fish management and research for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The fish also seem to like long rivers. All of that is important to know, he said, to help find a potential way to control their populations.___WHAT’S BEING DONE?Plans are being developed to make a more intensive effort to capture and remove the carp from the Sandusky River, where more than 100 have been found since 2012, Carter said. There’s also ongoing work to follow grass carp that have been tagged to determine where they spawn and where they can be found, said Mark Gaikowski, a research director with the U.S. Geological Survey.last_img read more

Sandy Bay First Nation in hot water as feds asked to take

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe chief and council of the Sandy Bay First Nation in southern Manitoba are in hot water.At the centre of the issue:  Allegedly unpaid teachers and missing pension and benefits.As APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports, the teacher’s union is asking the federal government to put Sandy Bay into third-party management.last_img

Scientists pulverize phones to discover whats inside

first_img Tags $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice $999 • See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple University of Plymouth/YouTube Generally when someone says smoothie, I think banana. But two scientists at the University of Plymouth in the UK think a little differently. They think “iPhone”.To encourage greater recycling rates to better appreciate exactly what materials go in to producing the handheld supercomputers we slip into our pockets every day, two geologists at the University of Plymouth have stuck an iPhone into a blender, pulverized it to dust and then chemically analyzed its composition.Smartphones have become so ubiquitous it’s kind of hard to imagine a world without them. We take them for granted. They’re just there. But of course, it takes a whole lot of energy to build one — and plenty of mining.By blending up the iPhone (without the battery!) and mixing it with an oxidizer at around 500 degrees Celsius (approx. 932 degrees Fahrenheit), the researchers were able to find exactly what the iPhone was composed of. They noted a wide range of elements, including the usual suspects of iron, nickel and silicon, but surprisingly they also found around 90 milligrams of silver, 900mg of tungsten and 36mg of gold.”This means that concentration-wise, a phone has 100 times more gold – or 10 times more tungsten – than a mineral resource geologists would call ‘high-grade’,” wrote Alan Williams, the media and communications officer at the University of Plymouth.The team also produced a video of their exploits, where you can see the iPhone getting destroyed by spinning blades. Hooray! See All Comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy Boost Mobile reading • Scientists pulverize phones to discover what’s inside $999 See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it $999 1 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 “We are now in a climate where people are becoming more socially responsible and interested in the contents of what they are purchasing,” said Colin Wilkins, one of the project’s two geologists, in a press release. “Partly on the back of this, several of the major mobile phone companies have committed to upping their recycling rates.”The two major smartphone manufacturers have certainly begun making their production and recycling processes more eco-friendly. In September 2018, Apple committed to using more recyclables in their iPhones, in addition to moving to renewable energy sources to power their manufacturing. In January, Samsung committed to replacing its plastic packaging with sustainable materials and in its US, Chinese and European facilities it has pledged it will switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Of course, this is not the first time the iPhone has met death by blender. The popular YouTube channel “Will It Blend?” first threw an iPhone into a blender some 12 years ago, racking up an impressive 12 million views. That video, below, grinds the original iPhone down to a fine dust. Notably, the researchers used the same blender to pulverize their own test smartphone, except this time the analysis was a little more refined. Apple iPhone XS If watching a perfectly usable smartphone being smashed to pieces isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll enjoy seeing Jar Jar Binks gets obliterated instead. And if all of this has you wondering about sorting yourself out with a shiny new blender, well CNET has you covered there, too. You can check out our best blender recommendations for 2019. Phones Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone Xlast_img read more

Invest in direct plans of mutual funds to earn higher returns

first_imgIn the current times, mutual funds are considered to be one of the most secure and reliable financial instruments. Not only do they yield higher returns but they also ensure that your investment portfolio remains diversified. This simply means that you get to reap the benefits of professional money management, a varied security basket, and tax efficiency at a relatively low cost.Most mutual funds available in the market today offer two different types of investment plans – Direct and Regular. Despite the advantages associated with a direct plan, a lot of people end up investing in a regular one. This is primarily because the direct plans are a fairly new phenomenon and investors aren’t yet aware of what they truly entail.What Are Direct Mutual Funds?The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) first introduced direct mutual fund plans in January 2013. Before this, intermediaries used to levy an enormous amount of fee as transaction charges because regular plans were the only option available to the investors. Therefore, SEBI decided to provide a direct way to route people’s money at almost no extra cost.Direct mutual funds are those, which allow an investor to directly transact with an asset management company or a mutual fund utility. In other words, you do not have to avail the services of an intermediary like a banker or a broker. You can simply approach platforms like Orowealth.com and buy the funds and invest in them straight away without paying any commissions.As a result, you don’t have to pay a commission or a distribution fee due to which the expense ratio instantly comes down. Moreover, whether you start a SIP or make a lump sum investment, no transaction charges are levied in that case either. This means that the returns received on the fund can furnish up to 2% higher returns in the long run.Since their inception, direct mutual funds have been largely well-received.How Do Direct Mutual Funds Help You Save More?Let us help you understand how investing in direct mutual fund plans can help you generate great returns. Take a look at the image below. If you invest INR 10,000 in SIP for an investment horizon of 20 years, you will clearly see the difference in the number of returns you generate. At present, we are at the cusp of a direct mutual fund revolution. The trust of investors on these type of financial instruments is steadily witnessing a massive rise. This can mostly be attributed to the low turnaround time and the greater returns associated with direct plans. More so, with more and more people wanting to take lower risks, the diversified set of investments which accompany direct plans are increasingly turning into an instant attraction.In fact, the road ahead will be carved out with the help of online platforms like Orowealth. Orowealth.com has pioneered the zero commission investing in India. Not only will they help maximize your investment potential through their professionalism and competence but they will also use predictive technology and time-tested strategies to provide you with smart and efficient direct fund options.Some misconceptions in the market about direct mutual fund investing is that it is only for the industry experts or people with sound market knowledge. Also, investing in direct mutual funds comes with no help or advisory. However, the reality is very different from this.Orowealth.com was designed to address this need and help investors to take complete control of their finances. Once you sign up with Orowealth, they offer you a choice of a dedicated financial advisor who will take care of your portfolio and will also customize it according to your need. Orowealth’s flagship OroAssist™ technology provides you custom-made portfolios depending on your risk profile and financial objectives. OroAssist™ constantly scan your portfolio and lets you know in an instant if there are some things that need your attention.Advantages of Investing in Direct Mutual FundsThough direct mutual funds have a plethora of advantages over their regular counterparts, here are the five distinct advantages, which make them stand out. These are:Direct mutual funds provide higher returns. This is because there is no third party involved and thus, no hidden costs are charged.The absence of an intermediary saves transaction charges. The funds are bought directly from the company/utility, either online or offline. Because there is no broker, no commission is levied.An expense ratio is basically the amount deducted from the investor’s returns due to administrative expenses. In the case of direct mutual funds, the expense ratio is extremely low.The net asset value (NAV) of direct mutual funds is significantly high. This means that in the long-term, these funds would provide much more value to the investor as opposed to regular funds.Direct mutual funds are simple to understand, easy to process and quick to yield results. They provide the investor with multiple options, which are further customized as per their financial requirements.How Have Investors Received Direct Mutual Funds?In the five years since their introduction, direct mutual funds have heavily influenced investors. These have largely been positive and productive. A few of these have been listed below:Hundreds of open-ended mutual fund schemes have been clubbed together under the direct and regular categories. This has made the investment process much simpler.The investors are now able to select a scheme of their choice in a far more seamless manner than they previously could. Uniformity across direct mutual funds has greatly reduced complexity.Direct mutual funds have facilitated a fair comparison between different kinds of schemes. This is because funds within the same category now have similar characteristics. Investors have, therefore, begun to realign their investment strategy accordingly.The direct plans have not just raised the stakes in terms of higher returns, better NAV, and lower expense ratios but have also increased the level of certainty.The direct fund managers cannot singularly make a change in their investment mandate anymore. Any variation in the investor’s risk profile has to be well-planned and pre-informed.To conclude, if you want higher returns from your mutual funds:1] Invest in Direct Plans.2] Do so from a platform like Orowealth.com that provides personal advice to you on which funds to invest in to get the most returns. A man counting new Rs 100 currency notes in exchange of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at a bank counter in Bengaluru on Nov 10, 2016.IANSlast_img read more

Texas Boy Scout Identified After Tree Fall Death In Georgia

first_imgTwitter via @KHOUA coroner’s office has released the name of the 14-year-old boy from Texas who was killed when a tree fell on his tent at a Georgia Boy Scout camp.The Newton County Coroner’s Office identified the Boy Scout on Tuesday as Elijah Knight of Cypress, Texas. The teen was participating in a Scout gathering when the incident occurred Monday at the Bert Adams Scout Camp in Newton County, east of Atlanta.Newton County Sherriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Alexander told news outlets that powerful storms had rolled through the area downing multiple trees, including the one that fell on the boy’s tent. The teen and others were inside the tent when the tree crashed down onto it.Officials say Knight was attending the fourth and final week of summer camp. Sharelast_img read more

Santa Claus is already in town

first_imgWinter  festivities and celebrations are gaining pace in the national Capital, where the stage is set for families to dive into the festive celebrations and to enjoy to their heart’s content.In a bid to boost tourism in the city, Delhi Tourism is organising ‘Winter Carnival’ from December 18-27 at Dilli Haat, INA and ‘X-Mas Carnival’ from December 25-27 at Dilli Haat, Janak Puri. To mark the beginning of the festive season, guests and visitors can look forward to a unique Christmas bazaar at both Dilli Haats, which is the main attraction and in order to build up the excitement,  Santa Claus would be moving around the venue distributing candies to charm the little ones. To create a unique atmosphere, Church of Delhi would conduct singing of Christmas carols and cultural programmes every evening in order to light up the mood of the visitors. Dilli Haat Janakpuri will organise various other events like camel rides, joy rides, food delicacies of other states, cakes and chocolate stalls, adventure parks and handloom and handicraft stalls.last_img read more

Adult video shared on Baton Rouge Instagram horrible mistake

first_img BATON ROUGE — A tourism official on business in Baton Rouge says she had no intention of sharing an adult video with nudity on the Instagram account of her employer, the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.The video with nudity went live on the tourism bureau’s public Instagram account Monday night, and sent notifications to followers. The video lasted about 30 minutes.“It was a horrible, honest mistake,” Lynn Dorsey, executive director of convention and visitors bureau, told the newspaper. “I am mortified. I would never send that type of content out intentionally.”Dorsey had intended to send “a very private message” to her husband, she said. But she’s a new Instagram user and pressed the wrong button, she added.Dorsey posted the video using a Bureau-purchased iPhone 7 from a Baton Rouge hotel room while on a business trip, the newspaper reported.Instagram Live is a new feature, similar to that of Facebook Live, which allows users to stream live video footage via the social media platform, the Press-Herald reported. When a user “goes live,” the followers of the account may receive a notification announcing the live feed. Once a live video has ended, it is no longer visible on the platform. Share Posted by The Canadian Press Adult video shared on Baton Rouge Instagram ‘horrible’ mistake Friday, December 23, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Earn 90 on your Rewards Card with Goway and Air Canada

first_img Posted by Share Thursday, July 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Goway is rewarding agents who book Air Canada flights to Australia.Agents who book clients on a Downunder vacation, flying internationally on Air Canada to Australia, with a minimum of seven nights accommodation will earn $90 per couple, paid directly on to their Goway Rewards Card.Air Canada operates daily flights from Vancouver to Sydney and Brisbane, plus four flights a week to Melbourne. Air Canada’s B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy, and 247 Economy Class seats with an upgraded and personalized in-flight entertainment at every seat.The incentive is valid for Air Canada tickets issued by Sept. 10 for travel Oct. 1 – Nov. 30.On top of the regular $15 per person incentive paid on air/land vacations, agents earn an additional $15 per Air Canada transpacific flight sector (or $30 roundtrip), for a total incentive of $45 per person booking.center_img Tags: Agent Incentives, Air Canada, Australia, Goway Earn $90 on your Rewards Card with Goway and Air Canada Travelweek Group last_img read more