Simmons, Pollard fail in IPL opener

first_imgWest Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard both failed as reigning champions Mumbai Indians slumped to a heavy nine-wicket defeat to new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants in the opening game of the new Indian Premier League season yesterday.Opting to bat first, Mumbai showed plenty rust in stumbling to 121 for eight off their 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium, but Supergiants experienced no such glitches, racing to their target in the 15th over.Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries and put on 78 for the first wicket with South African Faf du Plessis, who made 34 from 33 balls.Englishman Kevin Pietersen chipped in with an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls.Earlier, Simmons managed just eight at the top of the order, while Pollard scored just one at number six, as Mumbai’s batting collapsed.Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh top-scored with an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls batting at number eight, while middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu chipped in with 22.Simmons, a member of the West Indies T20 World Cup winning squad last week, looked to be finding his touch when he clobbered pacer RP Singh for a straight six in the third over.last_img read more

Mayweather-McGregor to be shown live in movie theaters

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Warriors’ Draymond Green sued over alleged assault by couple View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Meanwhile, movie theater tickets for the fighting spectacle of the year are being sold at $40 per adult in advance. A complete list of participating theaters can be found at .Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced the partnership on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Mayweather is coming out of retirement for a boxing match against a UFC star who has never boxed professionally. UFC president Dana White, center, intervenes as boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Movie theaters around the U.S. will show the Aug. 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.The bout between the undefeated boxer and the Irish UFC champion will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view TV. Tickets for the fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 — and there aren’t many $500 seats.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PH still in the running for 2023 Fiba World Cup hosting

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Philippines lost out to China in its hosting bid in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.It hasn’t served as the hosts of the biggest international basketball tournament since 1978, where Yugoslavia won the title.Japan last staged the Fiba World Cup in 2006 in Saitama, while Indonesia has yet to hold the said event.Argentina has hosted the basketball competition twice before, in the inaugural staging in 1950 and in 1990, both in Buenos Aires, while its partner Uruguay held it in 1967 in Montevideo.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Spieth falls further from the lead at the Australian Open Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The two bidders  submitted their Host Nation Agreements on the deadline day, confirming their interest to hold the 19th edition of the Basketball World Cup.FIBA is pursuing the multi-country hosting becayse of its success in recent years according Fiba Secretary General Patrick Baumann.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“This was the case at the last two editions of the FIBA EuroBasket as well as at FIBA AfroBasket 2017 and the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. We are fully confident this formula will also work to great effect for our flagship competition. Furthermore, these are countries with rich basketball traditions and passionate fans.”Both candidates will present their proposals to the Fiba Central Board on December 9 and the Board will also award the hosting on the same day. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set INQUIRER FILE PHOTOThe Philippines is still in the running to host  the 2023 Fiba World Cup as the international basketball federation trimmed down the candidates to just two.FIBA guaranteed that the 2023 edition will be staged in multiple countries for the first time as the three-nation bid of the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia and the joint proposal of Argentina and Uruguay were selected as the finalists for the 32-team global hoops extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Going the

first_imgBy Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER Working up a sweat for a good cause Wednesday, more than 40 volunteers from local Lowe’s hardware stores put the finishing touches on a group home for developmentally disabled men in Torrance. “I came to the house last year just to give them an estimate on the flooring and appliances when the residents showed up, and that was that,” said Gus Wahhab, store manager of Lowe’s in Torrance. By sunset, the home would have a freshly painted backyard wall, a gravel walkway, storage cabinets and a new sprinkler system to water all the grass, new flowers and shrubbery. “We’ve just been waiting for these last steps before we could move the boys in,” said Tom Mullen, who helped found STAR in 1973 after his son, who was born handicapped, died at the age of 2. “All of this is a memorial to him.” Mullen said that, while many charities tout how many people they serve, STAR is more focused on providing quality long-term care. “We can only serve a small number, but we’re like family,” said Mullen, who still refers to the male residents as “boys” – even though some are in their 40s – because he’s known them since they were teens. Amid the construction chaos, the “boys” who would be moving in arrived and began excitedly checking out their new rooms. “I’m going to put my computer here and my bed here and my TV here and my dresser right here next to the closet so all my clothes will be together,” said Tommy O’Brien, 52, who has been living in a house STAR rented during the construction. “I want to have a little office in here so I can e-mail my friend in Chicago right away.” Meanwhile, Larry Robbins, 32, got a good look at the spiffy new bathroom with two sinks. “I’ll be cleaning it,” he said. “That’s my chore.” Some residents have autism, others have Down syndrome, but they all share a desire to work and live in normal society. Many of the male and female residents who are able to work find jobs in mailrooms, recycling plants and cafeterias. “They deserve a place in society just like everyone else,” Wahhab said. “But they need someone to stand up for them, and I wanted to be their voice.” Bebe Manganello, a longtime supporter of STAR, went room to room looking at what her donations helped build. “You know that when you give money, you are donating to help mankind,” she said. “But it’s when you see something like this with your own eyes that you really know that it’s going to a good cause.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Their smiles were so sincere and they were so full of love and they just wanted to give love.” Wahhab gave the nonprofit STAR (Society to Aid the Retarded) a deal on the flooring and appliances, but he didn’t stop there. He got eight Lowe’s stores from the region to select the group home for the company’s “Heroes Award,” which supplied $25,000 in supplies and labor. STAR operates two group homes in Torrance – one for women and one for men. However, five years ago, the men’s home was found to have structural damage and wasn’t handicap accessible, so it had to be torn down and rebuilt. Skyrocketing construction costs slowed down the home’s progress. In the fashion of the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” truckloads of workers carrying shovels, sod, gravel and pipes descended upon the seven- bedroom, three-bathroom house in the 22000 block of Evalyn Avenue and got to digging. last_img read more

Mbarara City FC out to pile more misery onto SC Villa

first_imgMbarara defeated Proline 3-0 in their first game. (PHOTOS/File)Uganda Premier League SC Villa vs Mbarara City FC Mandela National Stadium, Namboole Wednesday, 04-09-2019 @8pmNAMBOOLE – SC Villa are far from the side that once dominated Ugandan football, winning a record 16 title in the process.In the past few years, they have gone from title contenders to fighting for places on the log.Last season, the Jogoos spent the better half of it close to the relegation zone and had to wait until match-day 29 to retain their top-flight status.After some optimism at the start of this season, it has all started to fall apart once again.On opening day, Villa lost 1-0 against newly promoted Kyetume at Namboole.Villa lost 0-1 against Kyetume on match-day one.In the aftermath of the result, fans started asking for head coach-Edward Kaziba to step down and some sections went ahead to attack the gaffer during the subsequent training sessions leading up to the Mbarara game.The situation is not expected to improve instantly as Villa do not have the physical resources to curb it.The players at Villa are those that were deemed surplus to requirements elsewhere and training are not done at a proper pitch as Villa Park is partially under demolition.With all that said, coming up against Mbarara City may in the end turn out to be a tall order for the Jogoos.The Ankole Lions are ridding high in confidence after beating Proline 3-0 on opening weekend.Despite not playing at their home in Kakyeka, it is a result that did not happen by surprise as Mbarara has been one of the best five side in the country in the last year or two.The Ankole Lions finished 5th last season and played some eye-catching football throughout the campaign.They may have lost their head coach Livingstone Mbabazi but in interim-Brian Ssenyondo, they have a youth coach who is willing to take the chance on fast, possession based and entertaining football. A brand that seems to suit the players currently at the club.The Ankole Lions will go into the game banking on star-player Paul Mucureezi.The former KCCA FC forward scored twice in the win over Proline and if he replicates such form, Villa will be in a whole lot of trouble.Match FactsThis will be the 5th meeting between the two sides ever since Mbarara made their latest return to the top tier in 2017.In the last four match-ups, SC Villa have won two, Mbarara one and the other ended in a draw.Both of Villa’s wins have come at home, including a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture last season.Villa head into the game having scored at least a goal in each of the two sides previous meetings.The other games on Wednesday-Proline FC vs Onduparaka FC @4pm-Police FC vs Bul FCComments Tags: Edward Kazibambarara city fcPaul MucureeziSC VillatopUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Meaning of Beauty Explained in Beautiful New Illustra Film

first_imgWhy is there beauty in the living world? We all recognize it. The implications take center stage in the design-vs-Darwin debate.A beautiful short film is being released today by Illustra Media on its flagship web page, The John 10:10 Project ( And the subject is Beauty itself!Titled Beauty, Darwin and Design, this 8-1/2 minute feature begins with the peacock tail and launches into a thought-provoking narration about the meaning of beauty in the living world. What does it signify? Can Darwin’s chance-and-survival worldview account for breathtaking beauty?As the film shows, there are often levels of beautiful design even deeper than the overall impression one gets looking at a peacock. Learn why the sight of a peacock’s tail made Charles Darwin sick to his stomach! He would have been even more sick if he knew then what we know now about what goes into making such a marvelous natural work of art. Watch for the short animation of intersecting Fibonacci spirals in the arrangement of eyespots, and the complexity of barbules at the microscopic scale.The peacock is just one instance among dozens of glorious examples of pageantry and color that parade across the screen in this film. Charles Darwin said, “Beauty created for its own sake… would be absolutely fatal to my theory.”Philosopher of biology Paul Nelson explores the implications of natural beauty in his usual clear, expressive way. Watch and see this new release right here:This short film can be shared easily using the paper-airplane icon at the top right. It deserves to be shared widely. When sharing, point your friends and contacts to the website,, and to its many other wonderful short films like this.If you appreciate the work of Illustra to produce films of this quality, visit the John 10:10 Project and Sign Up. Consider becoming a regular donor to support their ongoing efforts. Many new projects are in the queue. Also, join their Facebook Page, and follow them on Twitter at label: @illustramedia (Visited 734 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is This Ground-Source Heat Pump Plan Workable?

first_imgJordan Garrow is getting ready to build a new house in New York State, on the cusp between Climate Zones 5 and 6, and he’s planning to heat and cool it with a ground-source heat pump. His contractor wants to install a horizontal “slinky loop” heat exchanger, one of several possible options, and Garrow is seeking a second opinion.A heat load calculation for the house specifies a 4-ton system (one with a capacity of 48,000 Btu/hour), but the contractor wants the heat exchange loops designed as if they were serving a 6-ton system.“His plan is to do a 6-ton horizontal slinky loop field with a 4-ton heat pump,” Garrow writes in Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “He claims that an oversized slinky loop field performs the best. However, I’ve heard bad things about slinky loops, and slinky is the only kind of loop they do.”It doesn’t seem either efficient or cost-effective to overbuild the field, since that represents a major part of the system’s cost. He’s sought another quote for a horizontal loop using straight lines, as well as a vertical closed-loop heat exchanger, which would be placed in a well. But the local geology is something of a concern.“I’m worried about the vertical [method] since there is a lot of shale in my area,” he adds, “and I’m not sure how deep the wells could go.” Heat Pumps: The BasicsIs a Ground-Source Heat Pump a Renewable Energy System?Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Air-Source of Ground-Source Heat Pump?Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 1: The BasicsGround-Source Heat Pumps, Part 2Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 3 Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:You all know that I am not nearly as comfortable taking the lead on mechanical systems as I am with questions about building enclosures. So I went to one of my go-to mechanical system experts, Dan Cautley at SeventhWave. Here is a summary of his perspective based on his personal experience with GSHP systems over the years, plus discussions with some key colleagues, and some web research conducted by Dan and me:Oversizing the slinky heat exchange loop: General agreement here that this is not a bad idea.Design load of the system: Also, pretty good agreement that sure seems as though more effort and resources should be directed to a better enclosure.System guidance: There is a good resource specifically on slinky GSHP systems produced by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) as well as a useful YouTube video about the importance of the quality of the loop installation.Dan found and looked over this resource: An Experimental Performance Comparison between Different Shallow Ground Heat Exchangers and found it useful and reasonable. Note that the slinky systems performed better than the “snail” configuration. And one of Dan’s colleagues added that there are now horizontal boring capabilities that eliminate trenching. (See an image from the report below.)Consider other systems: Dan and his colleagues at SeventhWave agreed that it is just good practice to consider other high-performance systems as well as GSHP. For cold climates, the new fleet of cold climate air-source minisplit heat pump systems has really changed this comparison. Consider another type of heating systemDick Russell selected a ground-source heat pump for his house five years ago and, all things considered, likes it. He not only gets air conditioning from the same system in the summer, but maintenance costs have been very low.“I still feel that it was the right choice for my house,” he says, “but that is because the house is superinsulated and the unit is slightly oversized at 2 tons, so that the two-stage unit never has to upstage past first.”A well drilled for the domestic water supply also was adequate for the heat pump’s heat exchanger, which helped control costs. But Russell thinks that Garrow is facing a more difficult problem.“If your house needs a 4-ton unit, and it can’t use a well drilled for domestic water use, then GSHP would be a harder sell, and you might well be better off with the lower installed cost of minisplit [air-source heat pump],” Russell says.Also, Russell adds, Garrow really ought to put more money into the shell of his new house. “Four tons for a house suggests a house just built to code,” he says. “If my house of close to 4,000 square feet is heated well with a 2-ton unit running in just first stage, you perhaps can cut your heat loss in half, and wind up with a more comfortable house that needs a much smaller heating system. Put your first money into the shell design, rather than try to find a cheap source of heat to dump into it.” As a point of reference, the 2,500-square-foot house will have 2×6 walls with fiberglass batt insulation plus R-10 of rigid foam insulation installed over that. In the attic, he’s planning on 18 inches of blown-in cellulose.How should Garrow proceed? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Oversized slinky option may not be a bad ideaThe contractor may have a good reason for recommending an oversized field, says Andrew Bater. Over the course of a winter, a slinky system might have trouble keeping up with demand as the ground around the tubing gets colder and colder.“Anecdotally I understand that some slinky systems underperform as the winter goes on,” he says. “The ground around your slinky (or my well) gets colder and colder and the geothermal unit works harder and harder come the end of February or so. I have even heard tales of systems that quit working altogether after a particularly cold winter.“Surprise, the ground is not always the nice 50Ëš that the marketing literature would imply,” Bater continues. “Look for discussion on the anticipated ‘Seasonal Performance Factor’ for your system as a key to understanding this. Upsizing from a 4-ton slinky to a 6-ton slinky may be a way your contractor hopes to avoid this problem.”Further, says Mel Tillyard, putting in a larger field may not cost a lot more money. Tillyard installed a slinky system because it was cheaper than the alternatives, and the property was already torn up.“They installed the slinky field and rough graded the land in a day,” he says. “I’m not not sure an oversized field will really add much to the cost.”Slinky loops require more power for pumping than do other options, says Charlie Sullivan, although plumbing sections in parallel instead of in series can help. “Oversizing the loop is a better idea than oversizing the heat pump,” he adds. “Oversizing the heat pump will lower your efficiency, but oversizing the loop will improve the efficiency. If they are used to oversizing the heat pump, and matching the loop to the heat pump rather than the real load, you might actually do well to have a loop sized for, say, 3 tons even if your load is only 2 tons.“Despite all that,” he continues. “it’s probably more economical to the money into the envelope and PV and use minisplits.” RELATED ARTICLES The numbers don’t add upDana Dorsett thinks the heating load has been miscalculated. “A better-than-code 2,500 square foot house would not have anywhere near 4 tons of heating load,” he writes. “I’ll bet it’s closer to 2 tons. My 1920s 2×4 antique with 2,400 square feet of conditioned space above grade plus 1,500 square feet of insulated conditioned basement doesn’t even have a 4 ton load until it’s -15ËšF outside.“Your load is clearly going to come in quite a bit lower than mine even if you have 2,500 square feet of basement. (Is this a 1-story?),” he continues. “The calculated heat load is complete junk — even code-minimum houses that size won’t have a 4-ton load at -5ËšF or whatever your outside design temperature.”Russell also thinks that the heat load calculation looks fishy. Before putting in his heating system, Russell did his own heat-loss calculations and then solicited proposals from a number of heating contractors to see what they had to say. Their proposals included a number of errors, including erroneous assumptions about the existence of a fireplace and underestimating the amount of insulation he planned to use.“I could only conclude that too many assumptions and incorrect numbers had been used in the installer’s calculations,” Russell said. “Perhaps that approach would work well with older houses or even one just built to barely meet code. I am convinced that a heat loss calculation for a high-performance house must be highly detailed, taking a considerable amount of time, probably more than a contractor can afford to sink into a quote, considering he may not get the job.”In the end, Russell ordered a 2-ton unit rather than the 5-ton unit the installers were recommending. Build a better boxDorsett is with Russell in recommending that Garrow put more money into insulation.For starters, the R-29 that Garrow thinks he’ll get from his planned wall assembly is wishful thinking. Actual performance will be lower because of the thermal bridging through the wood framing, plus a slight loss in R-value from compressing the fiberglass batts. In reality, the R-19 batts plus 2 inches of extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam will yield a whole-wall R-value of R-24.5, not R-29. Using rock wool batts instead of fiberglass, as well as advanced framing techniques, might get the wall to R-28, he adds, “but that’s about it.”If Garrow is really interested in hitting net-zero energy performance in that climate zone, he’ll need whole-wall R-values of R-30 to R-35, requiring up to 3 inches of polyiso insulation on the exterior. He refers Garrow to a Building Science Corporation research paper on high R-value enclosures for high-performance houses.An insulated concrete form foundation made with expanded polystyrene (EPS), combined with an extra layer of EPS, would make a more attractive option. If nothing else, EPS and polyio use a blowing agent that’s much more environmentally benign than what’s used to manufacture XPS, Dorsett says.last_img read more

Before Things Go Sideways

first_imgThings go sideways sometimes, even when you do your very best. Here’s what you can do before that happens.Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep: Your client stakeholders are listening to the commitments you make. They are keeping track, and later they will keep score. If you cannot make the promise your client desperately wants you to make, explain why you can’t make it. Once you make the promise, you own the results.Name the Dragons: If the initiative you are proposing isn’t going to be easy, explain what problems you are likely to encounter, how bad it will be, and how you will, eventually, find success. No one likes to be surprised with bad news.Prepare for the Roughest of Starts: I can’t even recall how many times I have bombed right out of the gate. It never fails that the bigger the opportunity, the rougher the start. If you count on having major challenges you can prepare your team, logistically and emotionally, to deal with the challenges. If it’s likely to take you three tries to get it right, tell your client that from that from go.Manage the Outcomes: You don’t own the transactions that produce the outcomes you sell. But you do need to make sure the transactional stuff is progressing. You need to touch base with your team to ensure your initiative is on track. There is no reason you should be surprised and learn about your failure at the exact same moment your client does.And AfterApologize: When things go sideways, apologize. Dom’t pass the buck. Don’t try to sweep things under the carpet. Start with a sincere apology.You Own It: When there is a problem or challenge in getting the results that you promised, you own them. You are accountable for the result that you promised and sold. You might have to modify your original plan to get that result. You might have to make dramatic changes. But you were hired to produce the result; you are going to have to be resourceful.QuestionsWhat do you when you know things are likely to go sideways?How do you prepare your clients for the challenges you will face together?How do you prepare your team for what might go wrong on a high profile project?What is your game plan when things go sideways?last_img read more

Indian Migrant Workers to Get Orange Passports

first_imgIndian passports will no longer contain information about the holder on the last page, and those with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with an orange jacket, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Jan. 12.The existing passports will continue to remain valid until the date of expiry printed on the passport booklet. While Indian passports come in a blue jacket, diplomatic and official passports carry red and white jackets, respectively.“Those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query regarding the decision.A passport with ECR provision is granted to applicants with educational qualifications below Class 10. People holding passports in this category are allowed to leave India only after getting an Emigration Clearance certificate from the office of Protector of Emigrants. The change will affect a majority of Indian blue collar workers moving to Gulf countries for employment.The last page of the passport, which would be discontinued, contains information such the name of the passport holder’s father, mother, spouse, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and old passport number with date and place of issue. The first page of the passport features the photograph of the holder. Since the last page will not be printed any longer, the passport will cease to serve as a proof of address.Kumar added that a three-member committee comprising officials of the MEA and the Ministry of Women and Child Development was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mother or child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport. It also examined other cases related to passport issues of children with single parent and adopted children.“The report of the committee had been accepted by the ministry,” Kumar said. “One of the recommendations of the committee was that the MEA should explore the possibility of doing away with the printing of information contained in the passport booklet such as names of father or legal guardian, mother, spouse, and address contained in the last page of the passport.”After examining the recommendation of the Committee in consultation with the various stakeholders, and the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding Machine Readable Travel Documents, the ministry decided that the last page of the passport and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and Passport Rules, 1980 would no longer be printed.“The decision to keep the last page of the passport blank has been taken to protect the details contained,” said Surendera Kumar, the under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of the MEA, the Hindustan Times reported.The new passport booklets will be designed by the Indian Security Press (ISP) in Nashik. “Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the ministry by ISP, Nashik, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page,” Kumar added. Related Itemspassportlast_img read more

Huffing Yoga

first_imgYoga centers in Missouri are bent out of shape over the state’s attempt to collect sales tax from them.State officials recently notified the centers that they are liable for sales tax, which applies to places of “amusement, entertainment or recreation, games and athletic events.”However, yoga instructors bristle at the state’s determination that yoga is a form of recreation or entertainment. Says Cathleen Williams, owner of Urban Breath Yoga in St. Louis, “Whoever categorized it doesn’t understand what yoga is.”State officials say religious organizations are exempt from the sales tax, noting that the revenue letters were only sent out to yoga and Pilates businesses, not Hindu temples.  Related Itemslast_img