Even as most of the people of this State are yet to fully absorb the finer details of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission’s latest general tariff increase , the main message is nevertheless crystal clear: they will be paying higher electricity bills than they have paid in the past, regardless of the quality of service. E. Chandra, who owns a petty shop in Madurai, is among many people who are worried about the increase. She is anxious about how she can repay loans because a chunk of her meagre earnings will go towards the power bill. Already, the view gaining ground is that domestic category users who consume 500 units and above bimonthly will be the worst affected. The new rate for those using 500 units bimonthly would be ₹1,725 against the old rate of ₹1,140, an increase of 51.32%, a figure confirmed by Electricity Minister V. Senthilbalaji himself in an advertisement issued to a Tamil daily on September 15. Also Read A tariff shock to Tamil Nadu power … [Read more...] about Tamil Nadu power tariff hike: bolt from the blue
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For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails S uch is the extent of our dominion on Earth that the answers to questions around whether we are still part of nature – and whether we even need some of it – rely on an understanding of what we want as Homo sapiens. And to know what we want, we need to grasp what we are. It is a huge question – but they are the best. And as a biologist, here is my humble suggestion to address it, and a personal conclusion. You may have a different one, but what matters is that we reflect on it. Perhaps the best place to start is to consider what makes us human in the first place, which is not as obvious as it may seem. Many years ago, a novel written by Vercors called Les Animaux Dénaturés (“Denatured Animals”) told the story of a group of primitive hominids, the Tropis, found in an unexplored jungle in New Guinea, who … [Read more...] about Have humans evolved beyond nature?
WASHINGTON — Ever since American manufacturing entered a long stretch of automation and outsourcing in the late 1970s, every recession has led to the loss of factory jobs that never returned. But the recovery from the pandemic recession has been different: American manufacturers have now added enough jobs to regain all that they shed — and then some. The resurgence has not been driven by companies bringing back factory jobs that had moved overseas, nor by the brawny industrial sectors and regions often evoked by President Biden, former President Donald J. Trump and other champions of manufacturing. Instead, the engines in this recovery include pharmaceutical plants, craft breweries and ice-cream makers. The newly created jobs are more likely to be located in the Mountain West and the Southeast than in the classic industrial strongholds of the Great Lakes. American manufacturers cut roughly 1.36 million jobs from February to April of 2020, as Covid-19 shut down much of the … [Read more...] about Factory Jobs Are Booming Like It’s the 1970s
The new British government’s plan for tax cuts, borrowing and spending will be met with a “significant” response by monetary policy officials, Huw Pill, the chief economist of the Bank of England, said on Tuesday. That could pit the central bank’s effort to reduce inflation by cooling demand against the government’s desire to stimulate the economy. At the end of last week, Kwasi Kwarteng, the chancellor of the Exchequer, spooked financial markets when, without citing an independent fiscal and economic assessment, he revealed plans for the biggest tax cuts in half a century and an increase in government borrowing. On Monday, the pound dropped to a record low against the U.S. dollar, and analysts began to predict it would soon reach parity, or a one-to-one exchange rate. British borrowing costs shot higher as bond yields jumped to the highest levels in more than a decade, disrupting the mortgage market as traders bet the central bank would have to raise interest rates … [Read more...] about British Central Bank Will Have ‘Significant’ Response to Government’s Fiscal Plans
Japan has accused Russia of violating an international treaty on consular relations after one of its diplomats was arrested and subjected to "coercive interrogation" on Monday. Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan 's foreign minister, told reporters in Tokyo that the Japanese consul in Vladivostok was blindfolded and physically restrained before being questioned by members of Russia's security service, the FSB. Hayashi, who has demanded an apology from Moscow, called the treatment "totally unacceptable" and in breach of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which defines the rights and immunities afforded to diplomats in host nations. Both countries are signatories. The FSB named the Japanese diplomat as Motoki Tatsunori, who was arrested on suspicion of espionage, according to the state-owned Tass news agency. Tatsunori is alleged to have paid for classified information about the economic impact of Western sanctions on Vladivostok, a major port city in the Russian Far East. … [Read more...] about Russia violated treaty after “coercive interrogation” of diplomat—Japan
Chinese theaters are preparing for an influx of moviegoers during the country’s “National Day” holiday this weekend, when “patriotic” communist films will flood the screens to observe the anniversary of the founding of communist China. The most prominent film debuting on Saturday, officially the “National Day,” is Born to Fly , a film about Chinese communist military pilots who test out state-of-the-art fighter jet technology. The “patriotic” military film appears clearly inspired by the global blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick , one of the highest-grossing films of all time. China banned it from its theaters for reportedly being too favorable to America. A major Chinese funder, the Tencent media corporation, backed out of the film last year out of concerns that it would show Americans in a positive light and Chinese state media outlets have largely abstained from remarking on the movie’s existence at all, despite arguably being the most significant film release of the year. In … [Read more...] about China Prepares to Debut ‘Top Gun’ Ripoff During Communist Holiday
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday requested that the U.S. government waive a federal law to allow for more fuel shipments to the island amid concerns over a dwindling supply of diesel in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi warned that a shortage of fuel would affect public health, security and government functions in the U.S. territory. “Diesel supplies continue to decrease at a higher rate than previously anticipated, and shortages have been reported around the island,” he wrote. The law that Pierluisi references is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, best known as the Jones act, which requires that all goods transported to Puerto Rico be aboard a ship built in the U.S., owned and crewed by U.S. citizens and flying the U.S. flag. The law has been waived during previous storms, but U.S. President Joe Biden has not responded to Pierluisi's petition. Pierluisi’s letter comes as a British Petroleum ship with 300,000 barrels of diesel … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico seeks U.S. waiver as diesel dwindles after storm
The Telangana government has denied that some students of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge and Technology (RGUKT) Basara were locked up and not allowed to meet state minister K.T. Rama Rao during his visit to the institute on Monday. An official said some vested interests seem to be spreading rumours about the minister’s interaction with the students. Minister for industry and information technology K.T. Rama Rao along with minister for education P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and two other ministers A. Indrakaran Reddy and V. Srinivas Goud visited the campus of RGUKT, also known as IIIT at Basara in Nirmal district. The campus recently witnessed a series of protests by students demanding an improvement in basic facilities. KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, interacted with students to know their problems and promised to address them. He also had lunch with students and assured them that the facilities at the campus would improve soon. Director, digital media, government … [Read more...] about Students not Locked up During KTR’s Visit to RGUKT, Says Telangana Government
Registered nurse Luis Medina walked into his shift in December and was told a positive Covid-19 patient was resisting wearing his oxygen mask. Despite repeated attempts by a fellow nurse, they said, it was hard to communicate with the patient, because he spoke Spanish. Medina, 25, who works at a community hospital near La Mirada, California, went to see the patient and explained in his native language the importance of wearing the mask and the consequences of not doing so. "Just having that language barrier and being able to address that, the patient ended up getting better, because he kept the oxygen mask on," said Medina, a graduate of and part-time professor at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. Yet the past year has been particularly difficult, as he had been a nurse for less than a year when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Medina was used to seeing patients leave the hospital shortly after they arrived. With Covid-19, he wasn't so sure the majority of his … [Read more...] about There are too few Latino nurses. Covid showed how important they are.
Over five days, nearly 200,000 fans flowed into Yankee Stadium hoping for one specific outcome: Aaron Judge’s 61st home run of the season, which would have tied Roger Maris’s 61-year-old American League record. One hitter, one acceptable result. It’s a very strange way to watch a baseball game. Judge didn’t do it on the homestand, and the Yankees left for Toronto after Sunday night’s rain-shortened 2-0 victory over Boston in six innings. Instead of history, Judge gave the fans a lesson in just how difficult it is to homer on demand. “They kind of happen by accident,” said Judge, who doubled, walked and flied to left off the Red Sox rookie Brayan Bello. “I think homers are more thrown than hit, to be honest. It really takes the right pitch, the right situation. It’s tough to describe, it just kind of happens. That’s why I usually just sprint out of the box.” Judge came to bat 21 times after smashing his 60th homer in the ninth inning on Tuesday against Pittsburgh. He reached base … [Read more...] about A Homestand Full of Wins Left Yankees Fans Waiting