SIMDrive Corp announces new inwheel electric car

first_img Citation: SIM-Drive Corp announces new ‘in-wheel’ electric car (2011, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-sim-drive-corp-in-wheel-electric-car.html While traditional cars have their motors under the hood, including most EVs, the SIM-LEI, uses small electric motors mounted in the individual wheel housings behind the tires. These motors than drive the wheels directly, rather than using a drive shaft, which makes them far more efficient than other cars. Until now, in-wheel motors have been thought to lack the power necessary to propel a car in a manner that most are used to. SIM-Drive appears to have overcome this problem however, with new technology (including using outer-rotors and inner stators, instead of the traditional inner rotors and outer stators) as the SIM-LEI is able to move from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds. And because the individual motors can be fitted with sensors, allowing nearly instantaneous reaction to conditions, responsiveness is expected to be better than most cars now on the road. According to the company, the SIM-LEI is capable of traveling 333 km (207 miles) on a single charge.SIM-Drive engineers also decided to put the batteries and inverters under the floorboards rather than in either trunk, likely because it brings them closer to the in-wheel motors; doing so has the added benefit of allowing far more leg room up front than most are used to with Japanese cars. SIM-Drive Corporation was formed in 2009 with the intent of pushing forward new technologies in the electric car market. The consortium is affiliated with Keio University and the SIM-LEI will likely be marketed through consortium members, Mitsubishi and Isuzu. No price has yet been set, though a target date of 2013 has been listed as the time frame for “commercialization” of the vehicle.Finally, SIM-Drive, in its communiqués, has made it clear to the Japanese public that the vehicle, if successful, shouldn’t add any new additional stress on electricity demands (currently an issue with the rolling blackouts due to the Fukushima power plant problems) as its batteries can be charged at night when demand is low. Explore further Named, the SIM-LEI, (Leading Efficiency In-Wheel motor), the electric vehicle (EV) is roughly the same length as a sedan but only as wide as a compact. It sports the same lithium-ion batteries (supplied by Toyota Corp) as most other EVs on the market and can travel over two hundred miles on a charge. What’s unique about the SIM-LEI though, of course are the in-line electric wheels. (PhysOrg.com) — SIM-Drive Corporation, a Japanese consortium based in Kawasaki-shi and comprised of 34 companies and municipalities, has announced that it has developed a functioning electric car based on in-wheel electric motor technology. Introducing the Brabus High Voltage Car © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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US energy use chart shows we waste more than half of our

first_imgThis flow chart shows the amount of energy (in quads) that is produced by different energy sources and consumed by different sectors. Image credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. Citation: US energy use chart shows we waste more than half of our energy (2011, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-energy_1.html (PhysOrg.com) — This flow chart of the estimated US energy use in 2009, assembled by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), paints a pretty sobering picture of our energy situation. To begin with, it shows that more than half (58%) of the total energy produced in the US is wasted due to inefficiencies, such as waste heat from power plants, vehicles, and light bulbs. In other words, the US has an energy efficiency of 42%. And, despite the numerous reports of progress in solar, wind, and geothermal energy, those three energy sources combined provide just 1.2% of our total energy production. The vast majority of our energy still comes from petroleum (37%), natural gas (25%), and coal (21%). That percentage of oil illustrates that by far our biggest problem – or area of improvement – is transportation. As the chart shows, the transportation sector is the single biggest consumer of energy, accounting for nearly 40% of the energy consumed by the four sectors (along with residential, commercial, and industrial). In comparison, just 16% is used for residential use. And while the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors waste about 20% of their energy, the transportation sector wastes a full 75%, making it just 25% energy-efficient. Part of this waste is due to the fact that cars are an inherently inefficient way to move people around, since much of the energy must go into moving the massive car and not simply the person.The chart emphasizes the importance of using alternative methods of transportation – walking, biking, public transportation, or anything else that moves more human and less steel. Unfortunately, due to developers building sprawling suburbs to satisfy Americans’ demands of large homes and yards, many people now find themselves miles from the nearest grocery store and have no choice but to drive everywhere. To illustrate how transportation consumption and waste dwarfs residential consumption, a blog post on Treehugger notes that “building suburbs of Energy Star houses with solar panels on top is a complete waste of time.”With that being said, comparing the 2009 chart to the 2008 chart shows that we’re making progress. The total amount of solar energy production increased from 0.09 to 0.11 quads, wind energy increased from 0.51 to 0.70 quads, and geothermal increased from 0.35 to 0.37 quads. (The amount of energy in one quad is equivalent to that produced by the burning of 36 million tonnes of coal.) Overall, the US consumed less total energy in 2009 (94.6 quads) than in 2008 (99.2 quads) as well as any year back to 1999 (97 quads), which is the first year for which LLNL has a chart on its website. There were even three years during the past decade when the country consumed more than 100 quads. In addition, the total waste in 2008 was 57.07 quads, compared to 54.64 quads in 2009 (though the percentage wasted was about the same).Although there is vast room for improvement, if the US can employ a combination of decreasing consumption, increasing efficiency, and increasing the role of renewable energy sources, hopefully we’ll continue heading in the right direction. Explore further More information: via: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Treehugger US energy use drops in 2008 © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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CRISPR technique allows for gene splicing without introducing foreign DNA bits

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in South Korea has found a way to introduce an enzyme into a cell using the CRISPR technique without having to use a bacterial carrier—the result, the group claims, is a possible way to bypass laws meant to outlaw genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from being used in the human food chain. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team outlines their technique and explains why it works. New techniques improve specificity of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools Journal information: Nature Explore further Citation: CRISPR technique allows for gene splicing without introducing foreign DNA bits (2015, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-crispr-technique-gene-splicing-foreign.html CRISPR is, of course, a means of guiding a gene editing platform to a particular place within a genome using RNA—the idea is to remove parts of a genome that are undesirable or to replace them with parts that are, to produce a plant or animal with desirable characteristics. The traditional approach is to get a protein called Cas9 working in a plant cell and then to use a bacterial agent to carry the result to a desired genome part using RNA strands. The problem with this is that sometimes bits of the bacteria DNA can end up in the final product or the Cas9 itself winding up in the genome of the final plant. While technically speaking these problems do not prevent the resulting plant from behaving as desired, they do cause the plant to be classified as a GMO, which some people have taken exception to—so much so that laws have been passed preventing their use in consumer food products. In this new work, the team has developed a modified CRISPR technique that does not rely on bacterial agents and in fact do not require gene shuttling at all. Instead, they have found a way to assemble Cas9 with RNA outside of a plant and then use solvents to get them inside and to the genome they are meant to modify. The result is a plant that does not get any new DNA. And that, the team suggests, may be enough to keep foods that are grown using the technique from being banned under GMO laws.It is not clear at this time if this new technique or others like it that do not involve the transfer of DNA in developing new plants, will still have their result be deemed as GMOs or not—that will be up to public perception and legislators reacting to them. More information: Je Wook Woo et al. DNA-free genome editing in plants with preassembled CRISPR-Cas9 ribonucleoproteins, Nature Biotechnology (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nbt.3389AbstractEditing plant genomes without introducing foreign DNA into cells may alleviate regulatory concerns related to genetically modified plants. We transfected preassembled complexes of purified Cas9 protein and guide RNA into plant protoplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana, tobacco, lettuce and rice and achieved targeted mutagenesis in regenerated plants at frequencies of up to 46%. The targeted sites contained germline-transmissible small insertions or deletions that are indistinguishable from naturally occurring genetic variation. © 2015 Phys.org A depiction of the double helical structure of DNA. Its four coding units (A, T, C, G) are color-coded in pink, orange, purple and yellow. Credit: NHGRI , Nature Biotechnologylast_img read more

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Nearly pristine ankylosaur fossil found in Montana

first_img © 2017 Phys.org ROM palaeontologists Victoria Arbour and David Evans study Zuul’s tail for the first time. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum Life restoration of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum Meet Zuul crurivastator, a new armoured dinosaur! Zuul’s skeleton is one of the most complete ever found for an ankylosaur, and has an amazingly preserved spiky tail and tail club. The researchers report that the dinosaur met its fate in a body of water of some sort and was quickly covered in sediment, which acted as a very good preservation material. In addition to bones, the team was also able to make out the remains of soft tissue which, included spike sheaths and scales. The sediment also helped keep the specimen together in its original configuration, offering an unprecedented representation of how the creature looked while still alive. The team also notes that they are hoping that further study of the remains will help fill in gaps in the ankylosaurs record. New species of troodontid with asymmetric feathers found in China The knob of bone forming the sledgehammer-like tip of the tail in Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum The researchers report that they were actually in the process of digging up another fossil that had been identified when they came across an ankylosaur tail. After excavation, the specimen was found to be approximately 20 feet long, and the team has estimated it would have weighed approximately 5,500 pounds, making it approximately the size of a modern white rhinoceros. It has been dated to approximately 75 million years ago, putting it in the Campanian Stage of the Late Cretaceous Period.As with others of its kind, the specimen had a long, spiked tail that was clearly designed for striking enemies, but not prey— ankylosaur was a vegetarian. It also had a spiky head, which looks, depending on your view, either like a dragon or Zuul, the supernatural demigod depicted in the movie Ghostbusters. Because of that, the specimen has been officially named Zuul crurivastator—the second part of its name in rough translation means “destroyer of shins,” a nod to its 6.7 foot, 13-vertebra-spiked tail, which also featured a knob or hammer-like end. Explore further Skull of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum Life restoration of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum ROM palaeontologists Victoria Arbour and David Evans study Zuul’s tail for the first time. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum 3D animation of Zuul crurivastator skull Citation: Nearly pristine ankylosaur fossil found in Montana (2017, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-pristine-ankylosaur-fossil-montana.html Life drawing of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum More information: A new ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, USA, based on an exceptional skeleton with soft tissue preservation , Royal Society Open Science, rsos.royalsocietypublishing.or … /10.1098/rsos.161086 Journal information: Royal Society Open Science (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto, both in Canada, has unearthed what is being described as one of the most complete ankylosaur fossilized skeletal remains ever from the Judith River Formation in Montana. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes the find and why they believe study will reveal more about the diversity of the creatures that roamed the Earth not long before the end of the dinosaurs. Zuul crurivastator size compared to an African elephant. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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New Research From Psychological Science

first_imgRead about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Stability and Change in Implicit BiasHeidi A. Vuletich and B. Keith Payne Humans are able to spot repetitions in streams of thousands of images presented at a fast pace, this research suggests. Participants saw streams of images that lasted 30 to 80 s and contained hundreds or thousands of images (e.g., plush toys, a soccer field) and were asked to detect when an image was repeated by pressing a button. Afterward, they were asked to pick out the repeated image from a set of four images. The repeated image could appear between 2 and 10 times, and there could be one or two distractor images between each repetition. Participants were better at detecting the repetition the more times the images were repeated and when there was only one distractor between repetitions. They also remembered the images better the more times they were repeated and the fewer distractors there were between repetitions. Participants’ detection and memory were also better when the streams were presented more slowly. This capacity to detect and remember repetitions in rapidly presented visual streams supports the idea that humans are able to form memories for anything that repeats in the environment, which allows for fast processing of commonly occurring items. Thunell and Thorpe suggest that repetition might be important for deciding what to learn or memorize. Can implicit bias be changed? This research suggests that it depends on whether we look at individual bias or environmental bias, the first of which is malleable and the second stable. In a 2016 study, Lai and colleagues analyzed implicit race bias on 18 university campuses before and after an intervention designed to reduce bias and found that it was lower immediately after the intervention but returned to the initial levels a few days later. Vuletich and Payne reanalyzed Lai et al.’s data and found that individual attitudes across time varied randomly and did not return to the preexisting levels. This reanalysis indicates that the stability of bias initially obtained may reflect stable environments rather than persistent individual biases. Vuletich and Payne also found that campuses’ characteristics that reflect historical and current inequalities, such as low faculty diversity, low social mobility (percentage of students whose parents had moved up from the poorest income quintile), and display of Confederate monuments predicted high bias. The researchers suggest that rather than being a property of individuals, implicit bias might be a property of social contexts, and that changing the social context (e.g., by increasing faculty diversity or removing Confederate monuments from campuses) may more effectively reduce bias than changing individual attitudes. Why Do We Hold Mixed Emotions About Racial Out-Groups? A Case for Affect MatchingFiona Kate Barlow, Matthew J. Hornsey, Lydia E. Hayward, Carla A. Houkamau, Jemima Kang, Petar Milojev, and Chris G. Sibley To investigate how positive and negative contact with racial out-groups predicts warmth and anger toward those groups, Barlow and colleagues analyzed data from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, a national survey that includes measures of positive and negative contact with different groups (e.g., “How often do you have positive contact with Pacific Islanders?”) and ratings of feelings of warmth and anger toward each group. Respondents were assessed every year, and the researchers analyzed data from 2011 to 2014. Data indicated that negative contact was associated with high levels of anger but not necessarily low levels of warmth, and positive contact was associated with high levels of warmth but not necessarily lower levels of anger. These results support the affect-matching hypothesis, according to which negative contact predicts anger and positive contact predicts warmth. This hypothesis suggests that positive and negative feelings about out-groups are rooted in different contact experiences and is opposed to the ideas that negative experiences outweigh positive ones and that positive and negative experiences equally influence anger and warmth. Thus, these results speak to the importance of rejecting the idea that positive and negative experiences compete with each other to influence emotions toward out-groups, the authors suggest. Memory for Repeated Images in Rapid-Serial-Visual-Presentation Streams of Thousands of ImagesEvelina Thunell and Simon J. Thorpelast_img read more

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Praise Dont Tease And Other Tips To He

first_imgPraise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips To Help Kids With… by NPR News Susie Neilson 8.25.19 7:30am Dale Knuth, now 58, says in childhood her weight was a source of anguish — largely because of how her family treated her. “I had a brother who tormented me constantly,” she says. “If I came home from school and was hungry and ate an apple I’d be called a cow, or a pig, or whatever.” Her parents, she says, did nothing to stop her brother, “except to say, ‘Yeah, you’re getting fat.’ ” She had no physical outlet for her frustration — she wanted to play softball but her mother wouldn’t allow it. Decades later, Knuth is much happier. She has an active life, that includes riding bikes and playing racquetball. Her husband tells her he loves her at any size and always will. But she still thinks about how her life could have turned out without so much shaming in childhood. “Had it not been pointed out at every meal, at every point, had I been given more support to play in sports,” she says, perhaps she could have formed healthier habits, and a more positive relationship with her body. According to Marlene Schwartz, a psychologist and the director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, a child’s immediate family can be a common source of fat-shaming, or commenting negatively on their weight. “I think sometimes parents misguidedly think that if they tease the child, that it will motivate them to try harder to lose weight,” she says. “But there’s virtually no evidence that that works. And in fact, there’s evidence that it causes harm.”For instance, studies have shown that children subjected to weight-based teasing gain more weight than other children. And even less overtly cruel tactics, like advising your child to lose weight or encouraging them to go on a diet, can often backfire, causing lasting physical and psychological harm. A 2016 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics warned parents and doctors against prescribing or discussing weight loss to kids and teens, because such behavior could increase their risk of weight gain and disordered eating. Still, parents can help kids with overweight or obesity eat more healthfully, stay active and maintain positive attitudes about their bodies. Here’s advice about the best ways to communicate with their children about weight and support their health.Don’t tease — and try to put a stop to others’ teasing.It’s worth reiterating: Never, ever make fun of your child for their weight.And parents can go further than that, Schwartz says, by watching what relatives say to their kids. “I think it’s perfectly appropriate if a parent feels like someone in the family is likely to say something upsetting, talk to them ahead of time — say, ‘Look, we know our child is overweight, we’re working on developing healthy habits. Please don’t say anything to him or her about their weight.’ “And if someone does say something, intervene, she suggests. Shift the focus; talk about your kid’s role in an upcoming play, for example, or ask the relative a question about themselves. “You want the child to feel safe around their own family,” she says.Promote positive self image, instead of focusing on weight. Even practical comments focused on your child’s weight can backfire, Schwartz says: “Even ‘gentle prodding’ about weight isn’t a good idea, in my opinion.” Research backs this up: In one 2017 study in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders, researchers found that women who remembered their parents commenting about their weight in childhood reported greater dissatisfaction with their bodies well into adulthood — regardless of their actual BMI.Instead, help your child feel comfortable in their body, no matter the size. For example: “If you’re going clothes shopping with your child, don’t make comments [like], ‘That makes you look slimmer, or that is too tight,’ ” she says. “Focus on finding clothes that the child feels comfortable with, and be generous with your praise when your child finds an outfit.” Don’t put your child on a diet.Is it OK to put your child on a diet? The recent introduction of Kurbo, a weight loss app for children as young as eight by WW (formerly Weight Watchers), has raised this question among parents and health care professionals.Denise Wilfley, Scott Rudolph University professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness at Washington University in St. Louis, doesn’t recommend Kurbo, writing in an email that “it is not an evidence-based program.” In fact, she doesn’t recommend diets for kids at all; instead she suggests evidence-based programs that focus on “modifying the entire family environment to support the child.”Schwartz adds that the concept of a diet for kids tends to be counterproductive because it emphasizes a short-term period of deprivation. “The term ‘putting a kid on a diet’ is problematic, because it implies you are doing something different for a specific period of time, and when you are done the child will go back to his/her regular way of eating,” she said via email. “That is not the point.”Instead, choose, as a family, to eat healthfully year-round.The solution, Wilfley says, is to make your entire household a healthy environment, “where the child is exposed to high quality nutrition and prompts for physical activity.” “It’s OK to have sugar-sweetened beverages and snack foods in the home, but that should be a small proportion compared to fruits, vegetables, lean meats,” she says. But the whole family has to do it — don’t single one child out. She says she’s seen cases where parents will have one lean child whom they allow to have fried foods and sugary drinks, and one with obesity, who they put on a strict diet — “an all health-oriented plan, lots of fruits and vegetables and water, low-fat milk.””We recommend strongly against this approach,” she says. “You can’t have Dad coming in with a burger and fries and expect the child to not feel deprived,” she says. “It’s that deprivation that fuels binge eating.”Focus on behaviors, not body size.You may need to check your own biases, says Wilfley. “Most parents have internalized a culture’s view and negative attitudes about shape and weight; either they themselves have been ashamed of their bodies or they’re worried about [their kids] getting stigmatized,” she says. But reflecting back these negative attitudes will only harm your kid’s self image, and may even promote weight gain. Instead, she says, you need to help them understand that “having [a] wider range of body types is OK.””Shape and weight is largely under genetic control. There’s a lot of genetic variation,” Wilfley says. “So, some kids will [naturally] be leaner than other kids.” And, once you’ve shifted focus away from your child’s size, reward them for healthy behavior. Praise them for playing soccer, or for having a nutritious breakfast. Overall, “focus on creating the healthiest environment for the entire family,” Schwartz says. Many kids with overweight or obesity are interested in getting active and eating healthy. It’s up to you to help them.Model healthy behavior of your own. If you’re a parent, you know your kids often do what they see you do. Wilfley often works with entire families to develop healthy eating and exercise habits. “A parent might eat only one meal a day and model that for their child,” Wilfley says. “We know optimally kids eat three meals a day with one to two planned snacks.” Wilfley advocates parents establish their own regular eating, sleeping and exercise routines so their child can follow suit.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

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The goodness of vegan food

first_imgThe Spice Route at The Imperial offered a Vegan special menu created by Chef Veena Arora that was on from 13 to 21 Sept. The menu featured signature specialties for a contemporary and a healthy fine dining experience. On offer were friendly green dining choices like Avial, Rujak, Tauhu Nerng Khing, Tauhu Tom Cherd, Vegan ice cream, Tom Yum Tauhu Nim. We are presenting some of the recipes from this special Vegan menu. Try it for yourself!last_img

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An ode to love

first_imgGauri  Kappal calls music  her saviour. The young piano artiste finds music as the guiding light of sorts giving her the direction when she was at the most crucial juncture of life and everyday ever since. The artiste is all set to enthrall the audience with her solo show organised in the Capital on Friday (24 October). Kappal will be playing some of her’s favourite bollywood classic numbers that have over the years come to symbolise love and longing, romance and desire. Padmashree Shovana Narayan will grace the occasion with her presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kappal says, ‘I am fortunate to be able to weave my passion into my profession. Piano for me is empowering, liberating, and when I am playing, I feel truly accomplished.’‘This concert is going to be a milestone in my journey. My recitals will be an ode to love, which remains the purest expression of human existence, timeless and forever enchanting.’When: 24 October Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centrelast_img read more

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JSPL suspends work at Australias oldest coal mine

first_imgJindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) on Tuesday said it is suspending work at the Australia’s oldest coal mine, Russell Vale Colliery, due to “significant financial losses” and “operational difficulties”.JSPL-controlled Wollongong Coal Limited (WLC) owns and operates Russell Vale Colliery and Wongawilli Colliery in the Southern Coalfields region of New South Wales in Australia. “Mining operations at the Russell Vale Colliery will be suspended and placed into ‘Care and Maintenance’, which will result in a reduction of the workforce by approximately 80 employees,” WLC said in a regulatory disclosure. When contacted, a JSPL spokesperson said, “Work force restructuring and rationalisation of man power has been undertaken at WCL, keeping in mind the present and emerging work load requirements.” Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsThe acquisition of WCL is strategic to the Jindal Group in fulfilling its metallurgical coal (coke) requirements and the group remains optimistic about commencement of operations in the colliery in the near future, she added. “WCL is confident of obtaining the requisite approvals for longwall extraction in the Russel Valle Colliery and would soon commence operations,” the spokesperson said.JSPL acquired a major controlling stake and management control of WCL in 2013 and has invested over $400 million in the mine in the last two years. On the decision to suspend work, WLC chief Executive Milind Oza said: “This decision is not taken lightly and we have continually attempted to avoid this unfortunate situation by undertaking a series of workforce restructuring.” With partial extraction of longwall 6 at the 128-year-old Russell Vale Colliery complete and the firm experiencing significant losses, ongoing operations at the Colliery are simply not sustainable at this point in time, he added. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’Oza said the firm continually attempted to avoid suspending work at the mine, which started operations in 1887, by undertaking a series of workforce restructuring. “Wollongong Coal has been facing a tough operating environment for some time including ongoing delays in the approval of the company’s Underground Expansion Project (UEP) and significant financial losses,” Oza said. According to reports, the closure of the mine has come amid the company’s failure to gain approval for expanding underground mining operations by state’s controversial Planning Assessment Commission in April.  WCL reported a loss of $199.2 million in the financial year to March 31, following $169.4 million loss in the previous year, media reports said.last_img read more

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2yrold girl dies of burn injury after 5 days

first_imgKolkata: The two-year-old child who had sustained severe burn injuries after she was allegedly pushed towards a rice cooking pot during a scuffle between the owner and the tenant of a house at Ultadanga on Monday evening, succumbed to her injuries at SSKM Hospital in the wee hours on Saturday.The doctors did their best to save the toddler who was undergoing treatment at Woodburn Block of SSKM Hospital with serious burn injuries in her head, face and chest. However, all their efforts proved futile. The family of the victim had lodged a complaint with Ultadanga police station on Monday night on the basis of which one Rajkumari Sau was arrested. She was granted bail at Sealdah Court on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life” After the death of the child, Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been incorporated in the case,” an investigating officer said.According to sources, one Rajkumari Sau, along with her family members lived on rent in a house on Gorachand Saha Lane. Owner of the house Susen Saha who happens to be the father of the deceased had purchased the house 10 years back.According to Saha, the Sau family has always been irregular in paying rent and whenever he asked for it, the latter behaved very rudely. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the fateful evening, when the owner of the house went to ask for the rent, a heated argument ensued. During the altercation, the two-year-old child of Saha was sitting on the boundary wall of the house, while the rice was being cooked in a pot by its side, situated straight below where the child was sitting.Suddenly, in a fit of rage, Rajkumari allegedly pushed the child and she fell near the cooking pot, spilling its contents on to her.Hearing the sound of the child’s cries, locals rushed to the spot and took the girl with serious burn injuries to a local hospital from where she was referred to SSKM.last_img read more

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