TRINAMIC: rapid positioning with smart stepper motor drives

first_imgTRINAMIC Motion Control announces the extension of the PANdrive product line by the PD42-3-1241 and the module TMCM-1241. The drive is equipped with a high current NEMA17 motor for fast, dynamic positioning. The product features Trinamic’s second generation StealthChop, the silent stepper motor drive technology for quiet stepper motors, as well as SpreadCycle for smooth motion control. CoolStep, the sensorless load-dependent current control, ensures energy-efficient operation of the motor while the magnetic SensOstep encoder provides step-loss detection for safety – even in standstill.Developed for a +10V to +30V DC operating voltage at up to 3A RMS phase current, the PD42-3-1241 PANdrive and TMCM-1241 module can reach up to 5000 rpm. As such, the drive provides superior performance wherever precise positioning at high speed is required. Accessing this performance is easy using the free TMCL-IDE, allowing for easy implementation of a standalone program flow and remote-controlled operation like all other Trinamic PANdrives and modules. Host communication is possible via the RS485, USB, or CAN interface using TMCL or the optional CANopen protocol.An integrated SixPoint ramp generator allows for precise and rapid positioning – even in environments where parameters and target positions must be changed during motion. The drive has L+R reference switch inputs and comes with StallGuard2 for sensorless homing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: compact-sized Edge AI system with NVIDIA Jetson TX2 moduleNext Maxim: PMICs drive optimized power for automotive ADAS functionslast_img read more

Lexus ES300 Hybrid launched in India for Rs 59.13 lakh

first_imgJapanese carmaker Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus has officially launched the seventh-generation Lexus ES300 Hybrid sedan in India. The Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine combined with the new, fourth-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive System, the hybrid electric ES 300h.The new ES300h gets the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform. The sedan gets a lower stance and proportions with slim LED headlamps with distinctive L shaped marker lights.To increase passenger comfort the driver’s control panel and the display has been moved closer to the driver, to provide extra space for the front passenger. Rear passengers are treated to an extended legroom space of 998.6 mm, made possible by the longer wheelbase. The interior gets human-centered design principles, console mounted climate and audio controls along with adjustable and heated semi-aniline seats, and the 17 speaker Mark Levinson Pure Play system.The ES 300h gets a new fourth generation Hybrid Drive system. The Euro 6 compliant, new hybrid electric system coupled with the four-cylinder petrol engine, delivers improved linear acceleration according to Lexus with a combined 160 kW of total power, and a mileage of 22.37 km/l.The safety list of the ES 300h is impressive which includes 10 airbags, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, and Anti-theft system, with break-in and tilt sensors. Also, the cockpit features a 7-inch LCD instrument panel with a large analog tachometer, digital speedometer and an easy-to-read multi-information display, in addition to a fully adjustable color heads-up display that projects relevant vehicle information onto the windshield.advertisementThe navigation system on the 12.3-inch Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) full-size display, and the wireless charger built into the new ES, further aid in reducing distractions while on the road. Precise steering inputs are delivered by a new rack-assist type Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, and the ES offers a Drive Mode Select system that allows the driver to tailor the car’s settings to varying road conditions with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. MacPherson struts in front, a trailing arm and a multilink setup in the back with stabilizer bars at each end, coupled with 18-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels. Additionally, due to the reconfigured rear suspension, cargo room has been increased, and the new ES 300h features 454 L of cargo space with an auto-open trunk, that also fits in a full sized spare wheel.For the interiors, the sedan features four color schemes, and three types of trim, in addition to the array of nine paint colors available on the exterior. Along with Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown, the ES also introduces a light new Rich Cream interior that offers a contrast to the deep brown dash and roof trim. The ES offers two shades of Shimamoku wood trim (black, brown), as well as light-colored Bamboo. The mark of Takumi craftsmanship is evident in the new ES, in the soft padding of the instrument panel, where each stitch is embedded into materials for a 3-D effect.The Lexus ES 300h has been priced at Rs 59,13,000 (Pan-India)(ex-showroom).last_img read more

Oklahoma State’s Blacked Out Uni’s Have Incredible Glow in Dark Numbers

first_imgSo…today’s all black threads were pretty incredible.And to add to the clean look, the Cowboys uni’s had a unique feature that OSU fans didn’t get to see on the field: Black light numbers.Check out the Cowboys as they ran out of the tunnel Saturday morning in this video from Allison Gappa:Black light numbers on @CowboyFB @Nike uniforms!!! #okstate ??— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) October 1, 2016I’m in love!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Bob Stoops Has Not Been Good Coming Off Bye Weeks Recently

first_imgEarlier this week Bob Stoops admitted he desperately wanted a bye week after a physical slugfest with West Virginia in Morgantown. Emotions were spent. Players were hurt. Stoops was pining for some turkey and dressing time off before Bedlam.“Last year, I would’ve said I didn’t want it,” said Stoops. “This year, we badly need it. Just with healing up and getting some guys rested and so I felt a year ago, the way we were playing, you wanted to keep playing. This year with all of the different guys, it’s going to be great to get those guys rested and get a little extra work on them.”But is that really what Stoops wants?Consider this: Since 2003 (as far back as these stats go), Stoops is 21-13 in games after a bye week. He only wins 62 percent of the time. When you compare that to his overall winning percentage of 79 percent, it looks even worse.It doesn’t get better, though. Since the Big 12 went to 10 teams in 2011, Stoops is 8-7 in such games. Eight and seven! That’s 53 percent! Compare that to being 59-17 (78 percent) overall, and it looks like OSU could be catching a break. Since 2011, Mike Gundy is 10-5 coming off bye weeks (67 percent) compared to 56-20 (74 percent) overall.It’s a small sample size, yes, but there might be something here. When it comes to Bedlam, every minuscule advantage matters, and despite OU getting some R&R over Thanksgiving, we could see a flat Sooners squad on Saturday morning. Hopefully history holds.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

25 days agoEx-Arsenal chief Jonker explains ‘fat’ jibe for Donyell Malen

first_imgEx-Arsenal chief Jonker explains ‘fat’ jibe for Donyell Malenby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTelstar coach Andries Jonker has spoken of PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen’s problems at Arsenal.Malen has it out at Jonker after being branded “fat” by the former Gunners academy chief.But Jonker told FOX Sport: “We found that he had to have a training delay for two months. He wasn’t fit enough, that’s what it was all about.”In my eyes he’s a great example for all those talents who think: what should I do now? At Arsenal he has been in a situation where it seemed to be over. He converted that attitude himself because he knew; this is not it and I have to change things.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bluenose Legacy Makes History Again in Lunenburg

first_imgThe restoration of Bluenose II on the Lunenburg waterfront continues to make history and create good jobs that grow the economy. The first plank, or garboard, of the vessel’s rebuilt hull was attached today, May 9, at the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance construction site. “Once again the Bluenose legacy is drawing the world’s attention to Lunenburg,” said MLA Pam Birdsall, who attended the milestone on behalf of Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage David Wilson. “Our master boat builders are combining tradition with modern innovation to secure the future for Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador.” Major construction for the restoration project began in the fall with images broadcasting on the Internet. A visitors centre has been providing guided tours of the construction site since January. “This is a rare opportunity to get a close look at a large-scale wooden boat-building project,” said Ms. Birdsall. “And it is helping the companies involved with the construction compete for future work that can create economic opportunities for Nova Scotians.” The vessel’s hull has been rebuilt using Angelique timber that is more resistant to rotting, and modern laminating techniques that will prevent hogging, which is when the keel sags towards the waterline. The modern boat building methods will create a stronger hull for Bluenose II and help to reduce the need for extensive maintenance. The province announced the $14.8-million restoration of Bluenose II in 2009. The project is receiving funding from the provincial government and the federal government’s infrastructure stimulus program. Bluenose II will return to sail in the summer of 2012. Images of the restoration project can be viewed at .last_img read more

Im all for it it makes total sense Kohli on concussion substitutes

first_imgKingston: India skipper Virat Kohli has endorsed the new ICC rule on concussion substitutes, saying it makes total sense to replace a player in such situations during a Test match as signs of trauma from a body blow can show up late. On the fourth day of the second Test, the West Indies were forced to name Jermaine Blackwood as the concussion substitute for Darren Bravo after the batsman was stuck on the side of his helmet by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery in the last over on Day 3. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Even though Bravo resumed his innings on the fourth day morning, he couldn’t carry on for long as delayed concussion symptoms showed up and was forced to retire hurt on 23. “Well I think it makes sense. Test cricket is very different because on that day you can play but when you come out the next day it’s a different situation all together,” Kohli said when asked about his views on concussion substitutes. “AB (de Villiers) got hit in the IPL this year against Jasprit. The night he played he was fine but the next morning he was dizzy. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “So, I think it makes total sense in Test cricket because when you wake up the next day you are totally different from what you were on the day when you got hit. That’s what concussion does to you. So I am all for it, it makes total sense,” he added. Last month, Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne became the first like-for-like substitute after Steve Smith was ruled out of the second Ashes Test in Lord’s after being down with concussion following a blow to his neck by England pacer Jofra Archer. ICC’s decision on concussion substitutes was introduced in men’s and women’s international cricket and first-class cricket worldwide from August 1. It was taken after a two-year trial in Australia’s domestic cricket competition, the Sheffield Shield. Under the new ICC rule, a player who has been concussed either while batting, bowling or on the field, can be withdrawn from the game and be replaced subject to approval by the match referee. “I think it should be an open choice to choose any kind of batter that you can,” Kohli said. “You only have 15-16 people in the squad so you don’t have more than 5 people to choose from and invariably 3 of them would be bowlers,” he said. “I don’t think there is too much choice there. So whatever substitutes you have you choose from them. 4-5 substitutes is good enough to choose from.” India won the two-match series against the West Indies 2-0 with a 257-run win in the second Test to top the points tally with 120 points in the ICC World Test Championships.last_img read more

Inside the secret finances behind the housing crisis

first_imgIt’s not just the market in your city. Or your neighbourhood. Or your budget or financial situation. There’s a shadowy global financial practice at work that is fuelling the housing crisis in cities around the world. And nobody knows how to stop it.Today we’ll explore the shady-but-legal practice of private equity firms approaching housing as a commodity for investment at scale, in cities around the world, including Canada. What happens when a dwelling that should be a forever home for a family becomes just a trade chip amongst tens of thousands of others, to be bought and sold solely based on profit margin? Nothing good, you would imagine. And you’d be right. But can cities and governments figure out a plan to stop it?GUESTS: Leilani Farha, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing; and Fredrik Gertten, documentary filmmakerAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

Moroccan Parliament to Examine Bill Seeking to Cut Salaries of Senior…

Rabat – Parliament is expected to examine a bill that seeks to cut the salaries of senior public officials.  The majority bill was signed by the leaders of all political groups and elected representatives. It was tabled in November 2017 and passed to the Committee on Finance and Economic Development on December 4. The authors of the bill indicated that there is now an urgent need for social justice, equity and reducing the pressure on the state budget. The salaries of senior officials appointed to the council of government covered by this bill, include hundreds of senior public officials such as directors of IRCs, university hospitals, university directors, deans and ministry inspectors. Saad Eddine El Othmani, Head of Government, promised that in 2018, the Public Service Department (USFP) headed by Mohammed Benabdelkader will conduct a reform to cut down wage disparities. read more

UN agency issues new child growth standards in effort to improve global

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today issued new global guidelines on measuring the growth rates of infants and young children that will provide evidence and guidance for the first time about how every child should grow, thereby highlighting when improvements in nutrition or other areas need to be made and reducing death and disease. With these new standards, parents, doctors, policymakers and child advocates will know when the nutrition and healthcare needs of children are not being met so that under-nutrition, as well as other growth-related conditions, can then be detected and addressed at an early stage, WHO said in a news release. “The WHO Child Growth Standards provide new means to support every child to get the best chance to develop in the most important formative years,” said Dr. Lee Jong-wook, Director-General of WHO. “In this regard, this tool will serve to reduce death and disease in infants and young children.” The new Standards are the result of an intensive study initiated by WHO in 1997 to develop a new international standard for assessing the physical growth, nutritional status and motor development in all children from birth to age five. WHO and its principal partner, the UN University, undertook the Multicentre Growth Reference Study, which involved more than 8,000 children from Brazil, Ghana, India, Norway, Oman and the United States. “We’ve demonstrated unequivocally that all children whose health needs are met have very similar potential for growth, whether they’re born as far north as Norway or as far south as India,” Dr. Cutberto Garza, Director of the UN University Food and Nutrition Program and Chair of the Study, told reporters at a news briefing in New York to welcome the launch of the new Standards. The first of this set of new growth charts to be released includes growth indicators such as weight-for-age, length/height-for-age, and weight-for-length/height. For the first time, there now exists a Body Mass Index (BMI) standard for children up to age five, as well as the Windows of Achievement standard for six key motor development milestones such as sitting, standing and walking. read more

Pensioner dies after falling off veranda

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Hamson’s General Store owner found dead at Nandy Park HomeApril 16, 2015In “Crime”Have you seen her? …Parents appeal for public’s help in locating missing teenSeptember 9, 2016In “latest news”‘I cried and begged the nurses for help’ …Young mother blames NA hospital for baby’s deathJuly 6, 2018In “latest news” Dead: Fazil HussainA pensioner has died hours after falling off the veranda of his home at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne.Construction workers who were working on a house in front of his home last Sunday reportedly observed 76-year-old Fazil Hussain lying in a hammock calling for help, and when they ventured into his yard, they realised that he has fallen and was bleeding.The carpenters informed the man’s granddaughter, who resides in a house at the back of the yard.This online publication was told Hussain said he had fallen from the veranda at about 11:00h, but it was not until 15:00h that the construction workers heard his cry for help. However, as he was being rushed to the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.A neighbour, Natasha Rooplall, told this newspaper that Hussain, who lived alone, frequently consumed alcohol, and was often in a drunken state. She said she had known him for more than three decades, and he had been like a father to her and a grandfather to her children.Police had initially detained the construction workers and the man’s granddaughter in custody for questioning, but later released them. read more

Forecast of Australian minerals industry labour needs

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has released a research report prepared by the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) of Flinders University on the Labour Force Outlook for the Australian Minerals Sector to 2020. MCA Director of Education and Training, Chris Fraser, said “the ‘super cycle’ of global demand for our products is expected to continue for at least another decade or more and differs from the traditional drivers of commodity cycles as the demand is driven by an underlying structural adjustment in the global economy. Consequently, the strong growth in employment that has been experienced in recent years is projected to continue with growth of a further 68 per cent between 2008 and 2020.”The research, which was commissioned by the MCA as part of its flagship 2020 Vision project, examined the demand for operational employees (including contractors) at mines and some processing and handling operations for nine of the major commodities. The entire minerals industry labour force was not included in the research.The research projections show an increasing demand for labour if Australia is to maintain market share in the global commodities markets. Key findings include the following:The mining sector will need to employ 86,000 more operational workers, from 128,000 in 2008 to 215,000 in 2020, an increase of 68%The largest state increase, by a significant margin, will be in WA with a projected increase of 48,000 persons or 85% growth in demand for labour and representing a 55% share of the total national increase in demandBy mineral commodity, the largest increases are projected to be in iron ore (21,000 persons or 106%) and coal (19,000 or 53%);The greatest increase in the demand for labour in absolute terms by occupational category is projected to be in the ‘Tradespersons’ and ‘Semi-skilled workers’ categories with these accounting for an increase of 31,000 or 36% and 30,000 or 35% respectively of the overall increaseThe current chronic shortage of minerals industry professionals remains pressing with an additional 9,000 people required by 2020.The national economy-wide projections of the six major occupational categories that are relevant to mines were also examined and:The total number of relevant workers in Australia is expected to grow by around one million persons in the 12 years to 2020 or by 15%The two fastest growing occupational categories in Australia, by a significant margin, are ‘Managers and Administrators’ and ‘Associate Professionals’ which are projected to grow at 36 and 28% respectively. This contrasts markedly with the national figures for the groups ‘Tradespersons and Related Workers’, ‘Intermediate Production and Transport Workers’ and ‘Labourers and Related Workers’, which are projected to grow at 2, 5 and 4% respectively.While welcoming the research findings, Fraser said “the research highlights a challenge for the minerals sector. That challenge is to attract, train and retain workers in occupations that are in decline in the economy more generally.“This will place added pressure on an already tight labour market for minerals sector tradespersons and professionals in remote and regional Australia. The labour market is already running at capacity and this extra demand will mean it is even more critical that Australia’s chronic skills shortages are addressed and the new workers will require considerable training to ensure safety and productivity standards are maintained.“While the Minerals Council welcomes recent Federal Government initiatives to increase the number of skilled training places and streamline temporary visa applications for skilled immigration, more must be done to expand and reform the vocational education and training system and lift funding for earth science courses in the higher education sector.”Copies of the report are available on the MCA website at read more

N Portland house explosion kills two people

first_imgPORTLAND — An explosion in North Portland that leveled one home and set a second on fire left two people dead, according to fire officials.Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the two-alarm fire at 6214 N. Kerby in Portland at 2:29 p.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived to find a home destroyed by an explosion, with neighboring homes damaged and on fire. Portland fire officials said there was gas leaking when they arrived on scene. One person was transported to an area hospital but later died of injuries. A second victim was found dead when firefighters searched the site of the explosion. The identities of the two deceased individuals are not being released at this time.The investigation continues today. Portland fire investigators will be assisted by investigators from the Portland police and the Oregon State Police, among others.last_img read more

David de Gea focused on winning games for United

first_imgDavid de Gea has insisted that he’s focused on helping Manchester United win games and not on his contract situation.With his current contract running out in the summer, David de Gea is still locked in talks with Manchester United who have an option to extend his deal by a further year.Mourinho’s comment this week about the deal, caused further uncertainty as he said he wasn’t confident that the deal will go through.However, de Gea is choosing to concentrate on his team’s performance on the pitch.“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.” de Gea told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We have an important game against Everton and we have some big fixtures over the coming months. I think that’s what matters, rather than thinking about anything else.“I’ve been here for many seasons, as we’ve said. I’ve been at the club for eight seasons now. I’m very happy here. I always feel that warmth from the fans and everyone who works at the club.“I think it’s very easy to be focused on what you have to focus on, partly because we have lots of training sessions and play every three or four days.“You have to be focused on what’s important, which is the team, winning, doing well in training and being in good shape to give your all.“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”last_img read more

Savio doesnt think Vinicius is the new Robinho

first_imgBrazilian former player Savio Bortolini, denied that Vinicius Junior can be compared to compatriot Robinho as an equally flawed player.Vinicius Junior has already made his particular impact in Real Madrid after he arrived, but this hasn’t prevented comparisons with Robinho and people like Savio Bortolini don’t agree with this notion.The former Brazilian player analyzed the style of play that the Flamengo product has, he compared it with the Santos product and he wanted to convince people that these two forwards have very little in common.The youngster has already given us a small taste of the type of football he practices, which is on the same vein as Robinho’s but there are many nuances that we need to point out in this article.For starters, Vinicius has a much better physique than Robinho ever had. The Santos product arrived in Real Madrid as a skinny kid, he never reached the muscular body that the young Flamengo product already has and that always makes a huge difference when you are comparing one player to another.You can make the argument that Messi triumphed with a small physique, but Lionel is actually one of the strongest players in football history despite being short.🗣 Sávio Bortolini ha hablado sobre los primeros meses de Vinicius en el Real Madrid 💬 “La historia del Vinicius en el Real Madrid tiene todo para ser rica, diferente de la historia del Robinho”— AS (@diarioas) November 13, 2018Robinho’s composition was very different, his pace was different and he never really gave us the impression that he would improve the clumsy way in which he always ran.‘Vinny’ on the other hand, already looks like a gazelle running on the pitch and has a very strong composition. Their style of play is also very different, Robinho was a lot more selfish with the ball.Vinicius does share a similar style because he is Brazilian, but he resembles Neymar far more than he does Robinho and Vinicius is even more practical than both of them.From the very start of his career at Real Madrid with the first squad, Vinicius has always shown that he wants to share the ball with all his teammates, he hasn’t given any hints of him taking all the spotlight because he understands that he is still very young and his time will eventually come.Robinho always wanted to give far more than he was capable of, and he never really proved that he could carry the team on his shoulders even when he was well into his first couple of years in Real Madrid.Robinho was more talented than Vinícius Júnior, there’s no doubt about that, he was a one of a kind talent and Santos scouts still consider him the most skillful player to emerge from their academy since Pelé.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Oh what could have been, if he took care of himself.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) September 30, 2018When compatriot Savio was questioned about the many virtues that Vinicius has, he didn’t hesitate to say that it is still too soon to make a final verdict and comparing him to Robinho is unfair to the veteran.Bortolini clearly said that Vinicius is the better player out of the two, which is not surprising and everybody can already notice with the few matches that Vinicius has already played. Comparing both players is simply wrong.“I think it’s still early to make an analysis on Vinicius. We can’t forget that he is an 18-year old kid, he is still too young and has a bright future ahead,” said Savio quoted by Diario AS. “Neither he nor the club can rush things yet. I believe that having him start matches is still too soon for him.”“I also think that he is paving his way in a good direction, he will soon realize what it means to play for Real Madrid with everything he has experienced thus far.”“We can’t assume that at 18, he can just come and start matches just like that. A process like this takes some time. It is impossible for me to see Vinicius as the new Robinho, I hate making a comparison such as this in football.”“Each of them has their profile, their style, their moment, and their era. One has nothing to do with the other. Both of them lived a different story.”“Vinicius’ story with Real Madrid has everything to become a wildly successful one, different to Robinho’s. I simply can’t make that comparison,” he added.Esos 45 millones de Vinicius, tienen pinta de ser un Drenthe o Robinho. #VerdadesQueDuelen— Sir Juego Balón (@juegobalon) July 16, 2018What do you think about the comparisons between Robinho and Vinicius? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

PM Narendra Modis attitude towards Karnataka is disgraceful

first_imgBengaluru: Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Saturday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused him of ‘ignoring Karnataka’ at the time when heavy rains and floods have wreaked havoc in the state. “None of the previous governments or Prime Ministers, including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had ignored Karnataka during natural calamities. But the attitude of Narendra Modi towards Karnataka and B S Yediyurappa, in spite of 25 MPs, is disgraceful,” Siddaramaiah tweeted. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us As per the IMD, the state received more than 279 per cent rainfall during the period from August 3 to August 10 which is highest in the last 118 years. A total of 61 persons are said to have died while 15 others are still missing on account of the rains. The worst affected is the Belgaum district where 13 people have lost their lives while four are missing. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us As many as 1,160 relief camps are currently operational in the state with 3,96,617 people taking shelter in them. This is not the first time the Congress leader has accused the Central leadership of being biased against the interest of the state. Earlier on August 11 too, he had accused them of being ignorant of the situation in Karnataka and demanded an assistance of Rs 5,000 crore. Advertise With Us “The Central government is still sleeping even after seeing the severity of floods and the damages due to floods. It should immediately declare this as a national disaster. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should visit these places, conduct a scientific survey and release Rs 5,000 crore,” his tweet read. On the same day, he had urged Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to form his cabinet soon as it would help the ongoing relief measures in different parts of the state. “There should not be any politics in this distress situation. It will be very difficult for Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to act alone and is quite impossible to ensure justice in all the departments. I urge him to immediately form the Cabinet and make ministers in-charge for each district,” it added,” he said in another tweet. Yediyurappa who took oath as the Chief Minister on July 26 is yet to form his Cabinet. His move has been criticised by the opposition leaders who allege that the scale and quality of relief work in Karnataka is being hampered due to the lack of ministers.last_img read more

Shock defaults push 108billion bond market to chaos reminiscent of 2009 crash

first_imgThe IL&FS group is facing a serious liquidity crisis and has defaulted on interest payments on various debt repayments since 27 August. ReutersThe country’s $108-billion rupee-designated debt market is hurtling towards a meltdown because of sluggish growth brought on by non-banking financial companies’ (NBFC) liquidity crisis and the general elections, media reports say. While the sales of highest paying rupee corporate bonds have fallen to a 2016 low in this quarter, shock defaults of groups like IL & FS have driven up spreads to 2009 levels.The bonds underwriting industry now faces its biggest challenge since the global financial crisis, says Shashikant Rathi, bond underwriting expert at Axis Bank. “The market is in complete chaos,” Rathi told Business Standard. “I haven’t seen such a crisis since the 2008 Lehman bankruptcy.”A surprise rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India late last year and expectations of further easing in April have not lowered the funding costs much, with spreads on top-rated 10-year corporate paper near the highest levels since 2009, the report said. Rathi expects some respite only after the election results in May for the market to settle down and issues to pick up.Experts say the country of $2.6-trillion economy needs a more robust bond market and the situation of the big issuers still being quasi-state enterprises needs to change. The current situation shows investors’ general lack of trust in corporate houses. A proposed policy change that will make it compulsory for large companies to raise 25 per cent of their annual funding requirements from the bond market is expected to revive the debt market.A nearly 15-per cent rise this year so far is mainly driven by state firms’ issues. Deals that help bankers sustain the underwriting industry involving notes without the AAA ratings have dropped 49 per cent this quarter from the last three months of 2018, according to Bloomberg data. The Bombay Stock Exchange building on Dalal Street. A country of $2.6-trillion economy like India needs a more robust debt market, experts say. WikipediaRathi sees the debt market slump as a major threat to one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, affecting everyone from electronics shop owners to home buyers. That’s because such business owners and consumers depend on lenders who are facing trouble getting finance. A Nomura Holdings Inc study shows non-bank financing firms have provided 30 per cent of all new loans in the economy over the past three years.The situation is driving up the funding cost of companies with the spread on corporate notes skyrocketing. The spread of top-rated 10-year corporate paper, when compared to similar government bonds, has touched around 121 basis points, which is close to the 2009 level, according to the expert.last_img read more

274 judges transferred

first_imgBangladesh Supreme Court. UNB file photoIn a major reshuffle in the judiciary, some 274 judicial officials have been transferred and given new postings, reports UNB.The law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry issued a notification on Monday in this regard.It said the Bangladesh Judicial Service officials have been transferred in consultation with the Supreme Court.Those transferred and given new postings include assistant judges, senior assistant judges, judicial magistrates, senior judicial magistrates and metropolitan magistrates.last_img read more

Jute mill workers 72hour strike underway

first_imgJute mills workers block the road burning tyres in Khulna city on Tuesday, 02 April 2019. Photo: UNBWorkers of state-owned jute mills went on a 72-hour strike in Khulna region on Tuesday morning to press home their demands including implementation of the wage commission, reports UNB.The workers took position on Notun Rasta, Shiromoni and Khan Jahan Ali Road from the morning and halted vehicular movement.They announced to block roads and rail routes from 8:00am-12:00pm for three consecutive days.Production at nine jute mills in the region remain suspended following the strike.The workers resumed protests from 31 March as their demands were not met by the government within their stipulated time.Jute mill workers in the region also demonstrated on Monday.last_img read more

Dtto is a 3Dprinted modular robot with an Arduino brain

first_imgThe robot revolution is well under way, and you can do your part to make it happen. Not in a scary, Terminator kind of way, but with a cheery little modular bot called Dtto.Dtto is a fully modular robot “kit” that you can 3D print in the comfort of your own home, but that’s not what makes this particular project stand out. It’s that Dtto is also a shapshifter that can reconfigure itself a couple of different ways. Magnets embedded in the bottom of each section help them come together and a servo-driven latch locks them into place. An Arduino Nano provides computing power and Bluetooth. It can stretch out and inch along slowly like a caterpillar or put its ends together and “roll” along like a disembodied tank tread. When it’s rolling, Dtto can handle a pretty decent climb — though the 24-degree slope in this brief video makes it look a bit like Sisyphus pushing his boulder:In “snake mode,” Dtto has a much easier time with the incline. Progress is slower, but sometimes slow and steady really does win the race — particularly when you can keep your mass from pulling you over backwards and rolling you downhill.Dtto can also re-orient itself on the ground. It’s a slow, repetitive process that looks a bit like the hands of a clock moving: one end remains stationary while the other scoots around.Creator Alberto sees potential for Dtto — and self-configuring bots like it — as search and rescue helpers, able to crawl through small openings in rubble and then transform to climb over obstructions. That’s not to say you can’t print your own parts, wire it up, and use Dtto to entertain your cat. Less lofty uses might not be as noble, but that doesn’t make them any less fun.last_img read more