AC/DC Lead Singer Brian Johnson To Stop Touring With Band Immediately

first_imgWhen you play unabashedly loud rock n’ roll, chances are that you will suffer from some degree of hearing loss at some point in your life. Such is the case with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson. According to reports, doctors have ordered Johnson to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss”. The group was set to begin the second leg of their US tour in Atlanta, GA tomorrow night, but with Johnson’s prognosis they have decided to postpone the entirety of their remaining US dates.AC/DC was set to play Madison Square Garden on April 4th. In a statement issued on the band’s website, they went on to say: “Tomorrow’s show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in early April will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist.” It will be interesting to see who the band recruits to replace Johnson. AC/DC’s Postponed 2016 U.S. Dates:3/08 — Atlanta, Ga. — Philips Arena3/11 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — BB&T Center3/14 — Greensboro, N.C. — Greensboro Coliseum3/17 — Washington, D.C. — Verizon Center3/20 — Detroit, Mich. — The Palace3/23 — Columbus, Ohio — Nationwide Arena3/26 — Cleveland, Ohio — Quicken Loans Arena3/29 — Buffalo, N.Y. — First Niagara Center4/01 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Wells Fargo Center4/04 — New York, N.Y. — Madison Square Garden[via Ultimate Classic Rock]last_img read more

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20 Antique ‘sakadas’ to get labor claims

first_imgThis prompted the workers to file acase before the NLRC. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao (seated, left) meets with the “sakadas” or sugar cane workers from Antique who are working in Negros Occidental. Recently, Randy Ardeño, officer in charge of the provincial Sakada Desk, said the 20 sakadas belong to the first batch of sugar migrant workers who received favorable decisions for their labor complaint against Hacienda Asuncion and Hacienda Marina. ANTIQUE PIO “The 20 sakadas belong to the firstbatch of the total 70 sugar migrants who won their case with the National LaborRelations Commission (NLRC) Seventh Division in Cebu City,” Ardeño said. SAN JOSE, Antique – Twenty sugarmigrant workers or “sakadas” from this province who are still working in thefields of Negros Occidental are set to receive a monetary award. The sakadas gave a Special Power ofAttorney to their lawyer, Mary Louise Villegas to facilitate their claims.    On Jan. 30, 2018, Labor ArbiterRodrigo Camacho rendered a decision ordering the respondents to pay the sakadasthe aggregate amount of P1,635,619.37 by way of salaries/wages, moral andexemplary damages, and 10-percent attorney’s fees. The sakadas worked through directhiring from Sept. 2016 to May 20, 2017.   Under their contract, they weresupposed to end their work in March 2017, but it was extended until May 2017 sothey could finish off what was left to be done in the sugarcane plantation. Randy Ardeño, officer in charge of theprovincial Sakada Desk, said on Thursday the 20 sakadas belong to the firstbatch of sugar migrant workers who received favorable decisions for their laborcomplaint against Hacienda Asuncion and Hacienda Marina. Roleen Eraga, their employer’srepresentative, informed the workers that their employer Vargas has refused topay. He added the workers – with theassistance of the Sakada Desk – filed on Aug. 18, 2017 a case for moral andexemplary damages, non-payment of salaries/wages, and violation on thefrequency of payment and unauthorized deduction of salaries/wages. The migrant workers complained ofunpaid wages by hacienda owner Jorge Vargas. Meanwhile, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao is alsoset to bring a medical mission to the sugar migrant workers during the annual“Bisita Sacada” on Dec. 7-8.(With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Aston Villa v Fulham line-ups: Whites duo fit and start, scoring hero dropped, one Villa change

first_imgFulham make two changes for the trip to Aston Villa with Ryan Fredericks and Aboubakar Kamara starting after recovering from foot and thigh problems respectively.Fredericks comes in at right-back for Denis Odoi, who is dropped despite scoring the 96th minute equaliser to rescue a point against Preston last weekend.Kamara replaces Neeskens Kebano, who joins Odoi among the substitutes.Captain Tom Cairney, who returned to action after a knee injury as a half-time substitute in the 2-2 draw with Preston, is again only fit enough for a place on the bench.Aston Villa make one change, appearing to match up Fulham’s 4-3-3 formation by bringing in on-loan Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah into midfield for striker Keinan Davis.Wales international Neil Taylor is still suspended so Alan Hutton continues to deputise at left-back.Aston Villa: Johnstone; Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Hutton; Whelan, Onomah, Hourihane; Snodgrass, Kodjia, Adomah. Subs: Steer, De Laet, Samba, Bjarnason, Davis, O’Hare, Hogan.Fulham: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Sessegnon; McDonald, Johansen, Norwood; Ayite, Fonte, Kamara.Subs: Bettinelli, Odoi, Soares, Cisse, Cairney, Kebano, Mollo. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Grab for bags could cause airfares to triple

first_imgAirfares would have to triple if aviation regulators were to re-certify aircraft to the reality of recent chaotic passenger evacuations.The evacuation of the burning American Airlines Boeing 767 at Chicago airport on Friday is a carbon copy of the accidents over the past few years with most passengers carrying their baggage with them.World’s scariest landingMH370: New evidence confirms spiral divePassengers are risking their lives, and those of fellow passengers, with the obsession of taking cabin baggage with them in an emergency.Aircraft are certified on the basis of all passengers off in 90 seconds with half the exits out of use. The stark reality is it takes three times longer – and sometimes more – with passengers slowing the process by grabbing bags.In the evacuation certification tests, the “passengers” are aircraft manufacturer employees who know the drill and they have no baggage.If regulators were to re-certify the long-range Boeing 777 to the reality of what actually happens, the 550 exit limit aircraft would have to be recertified to just 183 passengers – half its typical load. But for smaller aircraft such as the widely used A320 – and Boeing 737 – which has an exit limit of 195 and a typical configuration of 180 mostly economy passengers the impact would be devastating with a new limit of just 65.That would mean a tripling of airfares to make the aircraft economically viable.The impact on the industry and the world economy would be devastating but something needs to be done before hundreds die in an aircraft evacuation. And authorities are already stirring. Last year after a British Airways incident at Las Vegas the highly respected British Civil Aviation Authority issued a blunt warning to its airlines: Stop passengers taking their hand luggage off with them in an emergency evacuation!This is how passengers evacuated in the Airbus A380 certification test. The airline industry needs to take decisive action, perhaps by locking overhead lockers for takeoff and landing, to prevent passengers taking their baggage with them after a plane crash.Or an extreme measure would be to ban carry-on baggage other than a small bag such as a back pack.It is sobering to consider that it quite often takes 40 minutes to board a plane because of passenger/ baggage congestion.Not only does taking your baggage dramatically slow the process, there’s a distinct possibility that the bags with protruding metal parts will snag and then deflate the escape slides — rendering them useless.And in the scramble to get overstuffed bags out of lockers, passengers may be knocked out and the aisle blocked for precious seconds.There is also the very real prospect of passengers jumping on to the escape slide with their bag and knocking themselves or another passenger out, or even killing them.Duty-free alcohol is even more lethal because if the bottle breaks there is flammable liquid everywhere, not to mention broken glass.In a related development, passengers in these disasters are turning them into social media events by taking video and pictures and then trying to be the first to upload the images to Facebook or Twitter.Complicating matters airlines are not enforcing carry-on baggage limits for competitive reasons, says Steven Reed, National Industrial Officer with the Flight Attendants Association of Australia.“There is a very real potential for a catastrophe,” Mr Reed told AirlineRatings.com.The combination of passengers not listening, larger and heavier bags and more aggression and defiance from air travellers is a perfect storm, suggests Mr Reed.Tragically, it will take a disastrous evacuation with multiple deaths for the industry to act.last_img read more

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European boost for SA renewables

first_img8 December 2011 South Africa has formed a partnership with four European countries and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to source funding and expertise to support the country’s ambitious plans for the scale-up of renewable energy. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the UN climate summit (COP 17) in Durban on Wednesday by representatives from South Africa, the UK, Norway, Germany, Denmark and the European Investment Bank.Expertise, funding The first task of the partnership will be to help South Africa to develop operational financial mechanisms and secure funding to enable the scale-up of renewables envisaged by the South African Renewables Initiative (SARi), which forms part of the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan. The SA-European partnership is seen as a growing one which will draw in additional partners over time. “It is also intended to demonstrate and share learning from an innovative large-scale collaboration to mobilise investment into climate-compatible infrastructure and green growth,” the EIB said in a statement on Wednesday. Speaking after Wednesday’s signing in Durban, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the South African Renewables Initiative would not only promote increased use of renewable energy, but would also boost the development of new “green” industries, and create jobs in renewable energy and its value chain.Industrial, job creation benefits Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said renewable energy represented “an opportunity for Africa … African countries need to become producers as well as consumers of tomorrow’s technologies. “As South Africa begins to roll out large-scale renewables, we are seeking to do this in a way that maximises industrial and job creation benefits,” Davies said. “The South African Renewables Initiative aims to unlock the environmental, industrial, and economic benefits that large-scale renewable energy offer to South Africa, without imposing an unacceptable burden on our economy, public finances or citizens.” Simon Brooks, EIB vice-president for climate action, said the bank “looks forward to working with South African partners both to share experience from renewable energy projects around the world and to see how best to support individual schemes.” Also present at Wednesday’s signing were Chris Huhne, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change; Norwegian environment minister Erik Solheim; German environment minister Norbert Rottgen, and Denmark’s climate and energy minister, Martin Lidegaard. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Yield monitor calibrations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Across Ohio, combines are busy collecting more than just grain. Yield monitors are also busy collecting data with the hope that this information will lead to more profit in the future.The yield monitor does not directly measure the number of bushels per acre of grain produced; instead, these estimates are calculated based on a combination of data collected by sensors in the combine and information provided by the grower. Because of this, the accuracy of the yield estimate is dependent on the accuracy of all the information that is being used to calculate it and care needs to be taken to ensure all of the data being collected is correct.The grain flow estimate is an important piece of the yield estimate calculation. Many combines today are equipped with an impact sensor that is used to collect this information. We’ve all heard that proper calibration of the impact sensor is essential to obtain accurate yield estimates, but why? In order to understand why proper calibration is so important, we need to understand how the impact sensor collects data and how that data is used to help estimate yield.Impact sensors do not actually measure yield (in bushels per ac) or the amount of grain going through the combine (as in pounds per second); they simply detect and record a voltage. The voltage reading changes as the amount of grain moving past the sensor increases or decreases which makes it possible to use the voltage reading to estimate the grain flow rate (in pounds per second). The yield monitor uses a calibration curve to make the conversion from voltage to flow rate. The flow rate is then combined with other information (moisture, speed, header width) to calculate the yield estimate.The accuracy of the grain flow estimates (and subsequently, the yield estimates) depends on how good the calibration curve is, or more simply, if the yield monitor knows what to do for every voltage reading it sees. Proper calibration allows us to prepare the yield monitor to recognize the changes in flow rates by teaching it what the differences in voltage signals mean. A good calibration will show the yield monitor an example of the lowest possible grain flow rate, the highest possible grain flow rate, and several levels of grain flow rates in between. Collecting yield data without calibrating is like taking a test you forgot to study for; letting the yield monitor guess what the voltage readings mean can (and most likely will) result in incorrect yield estimates.This article in the C.O.R.N. newsletter provides suggestions on calibration: https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-29/yield-monitor-tips-2015-harvest.last_img read more

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U.P. Congress issues notices to 11 veterans for opposing revamp

first_imgThe Congress on Thursday served notices to 11 leaders in Uttar Pradesh for “unnecessarily opposing” the party over the revamp of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) in October. The sharply-worded notice asked them to reply to the charges against them within 24 hours. A U.P. Congress press release said the notices were sent by the State unit’s disciplinary committee on the instructions of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is the general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh (East), and UPCC chief Ajay Kumar Lallu. They were served notices in view of their acts of indiscipline, it said. The 11 leaders are mostly old-timers, disgruntled after the reorganisation of the UPCC on October 7 when Mr. Lallu replaced Raj Babbar as the State unit’s president. They include an AICC member, former Ministers, a district unit chief and one-time MLAs. “It has come to the notice of the disciplinary committee through newspapers that you have been continuously and unnecessarily opposing the AICC decisions concerning the UPCC publicly by holding meetings,” the notice said. “Through these meetings and statements in the media, the image of the Congress party has been tarnished. This was not expected from senior leaders like you,” it added. “This behaviour of yours is against the policies and ideas of the party .These actions come under the ambit of indiscipline. You have been given 24 hours time to give your clarification as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against you,” it said. Earlier, All India Congress Committee secretary Dhiraj Gurjar said in New Delhi that the party will take action if there is indiscipline, whatever the seniority of the Congress member. The move comes after the absence of several party veterans from two recent meetings called by the UPCC chief in Lucknow.Move to meet Sonia Instead, the disgruntled veterans have been holding their own meetings. They had also planned to meet party president Sonia Gandhi as a delegation to voice their grievances. Those served notices include former MP Santosh Singh, former MLC Siraj Mehdi, former Ministers Ram Krishna Dwivedi and Satyadev Tripathi and AICC member Rajendra Singh Solanki.last_img read more

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HC asks MCA for Rs 150-cr bank guarantee on row over SPCL dues

first_imgMumbai, Jul 23 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has ordered the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 150 crore, pending arbitration proceedings in the cricket bodys dispute with a private company over Rs 172.32 crore dues for a stadium built by it in Pune.The company, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd (SPCL), built the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium (now called Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium) at Gahunje on Punes outskirts.A single bench of Justice Amjad Sayed last week directed the MCA to furnish the bank guarantee for an amount of Rs 150 crore in favour of the high court registrar.The court also referred the matter to the arbitral tribunal, to be heard and decided through arbitration.Justice Sayed was hearing an application filed by MCA challenging an order passed by a Pune court on January 20 this year, directing the cricket body to deposit Rs 172.32 crore in any nationalised bank, in an account of joint names of MCA and SPCL, pending hearing of the case.The Pune court had allowed an application filed by SPCL under the Arbitration Act seeking payment of the outstanding dues.In February 2010, the MCA had issued a work tender to SPCL and a contract agreement was drawn upon.In October 2012, a project manager of MCA issued a virtual completion certificate to the stadium following which in March 2013 the SPCL issued a final bill of Rs 234.10 crore.The project manager, however, certified and approved the final bill for an amount of Rs 225 crore and also recommended that Rs 3.31 crore be witheld from the final bill on account of certain works in the stadium which have not allegedly been executed by SPCL.advertisementIn January 2015, the MCA informed the SPCL that it was unable to make payment as the same is subject to funding from the BCCI, which had not been able to release funds since it could not hold its annual general meeting as it had been stopped by the Supreme Court.According to SPCL, the MCA paid Rs 150.43 crore towards the final bill, but had later unlawfully witheld payment of the remaining amount and failed to clear it following which the company approached the Pune court.The SPCL, in its application before the Pune court, claimed an amount of Rs 172.32 crore, which includes the pending dues and an interest at 18 per cent per annum.MCAs counsel Vineet Naik argued that the work of the stadium was to be completed by April 2011. However, the SPCL could not complete it on time.”The completion of the project in the stipulated time period was the essence of the contract. Upon completion of the project and work of the stadium, the MCA was to get an amount of Rs 207.95 crore towards naming rights from Sahara Adventure Sports Limited,” Naik said.He said by the time the project was completed, the Sahara Group was in trouble as financial restrains were put by the Supreme Court and Sahara chief Subrata Roy was arrested.”The MCA could not get the amount from Sahara and arbitration proceedings for the same are on,” Naik said.After hearing the arguments, the high court noted that the MCA had recently availed a loan of Rs 107.96 crore from a consortium of banks. The MCA has also sought fresh funding to which the banks have agreed.”Considering the facts of the case and looking at the conduct of MCA in having agreed to clear the dues of SPCL and thereafter raising belated claim for damages only reflects the intention of MCA to delay and obstruct the payment of dues to SPCL,” Justice Sayed said in a 30-page judgement last week.”In these circumstances, the apprehension averred by SPCL that there is a strong possibility of the assets and funds being dissipated or being transferred or diverted by MCA before an award (order) is passed in the proposed arbitration proceedings cannot be said to be unfounded,” the judge said.The high court also that the SPCLs interest is required to be protected till the dispute is adjudicated in arbitration. PTI SP GK DVlast_img read more

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2 days agoZubizarreta: Arsenal attacker Pepe was in Marseille to sign

first_imgZubizarreta: Arsenal attacker Pepe was in Marseille to signby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille chief Andoni Zubizarreta admits a past deal for Nicolas Pepe was close.Pepe eventually left Lille for Arsenal in a club record €80m deal this summer.But Zubizarreta revealed: “Nicolas Pépé was on our list, he came to Marseille and we almost agreed. “It could have been done, but it was finally Dimitri Payet who arrived because it was the right moment and we needed experienced players. “These are choices that are made at a specific time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: UNC’s Kennedy Meeks Nails Ridiculous Trick Shot At Shoot-Around

first_imgKennedy Meeks Trick Shot.Meeks Trick ShotUNC junior big man Kennedy Meeks takes most of his shots close to the rim during games, but apparently he can extend his range during shoot-around. As the Heels got a feel for NRG Stadium during a quick workout today before tonight’s national semifinal, Meeks stepped beyond the court and drilled a shot from beyond the scorer’s table.In this video, you can’t see Meeks until he steps back inbounds, but you can see the shot as it gets launched and as it goes in. You then hear the reaction of his teammates.Range! @kennedymeeks3 bucket from behind the scorer’s table. #HeelsLockIn #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/cFHcrGDeLV— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 2, 2016North Carolina and Syracuse play for the right to reach the national championship game at 8:49 p.m. ET on TBS.last_img read more

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