Scorpions drop Palmer

first_imgFirst-time Jamaica Scorpions captain, Paul Palmer Jr has been relieved of his duties and dropped from the squad for their seventh round WICB First-Class League encounter fixture against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, starting today at Sabina Park.Opener Palmer, who has been experiencing a wretched run of the form with the bat, has been replaced by fellow opener and vice-captain, John Campbell.The new vice-captain is Barbados-born batsman, Kirk Edwards.The 24-year-old Palmer, a former Jamaica youth captain, has passed 50 just once in 12 innings, and has been one of several Scorpions batsmen who has failed to produce since the start of the season.Campbell led the Jamaica team in the recent WICB Super50 one-day tournament in January. Edwards is a former West Indies vice-captain.Palmer’s removal is one of three changes made by the Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel to a squad which lost to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 82 runs in Antigua last weekend.The other players omitted are experienced campaigners, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.They have been replaced by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, who makes a return from studies, batsman Brandon King, and fast bowler Nicholson Gordon.The selection panel is completed by Wayne Lewis, Robert Haynes, Delroy Morgan, and Cleveland Davidson.Fourth and fifth place finishers over the past two seasons, the Scorpions, with just three wins and as many losses, are all but out of the championship race with four rounds of matches to go.They are third on 52 points, 30 behind second-place Barbados Pride, with runaway leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars on 101 points.UNCHANGED SQUADTrinidad, in the meantime, who are fourth in the standings with 40 points and are out of the running for the top prize, have named an unchanged squad for the game.The Jason Mohammed-captained unit, without their most established players, will look to batsman Narsingh Deonarine, all-rounder Rayad Emrit, and young off-spinning standout Jon-Ross Jagessar to lead their charge.They have recorded a win, three defeats, and two draws record to date.Jamaica Scorpions (from): John Campbell (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Sheldon Cottrell, Kirk Edwards, Nicholson Gordon, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (from): Jason Mohammed (captain), Yannic Cariah, Narsingh Deonarine, Rayad Emrit, Kyle Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Jeremy Solozano.last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This is part 3 of my series on ‘How to lose weight and keep it off – for good’This week, we will cover cardio and whether or not it is necessary for fat loss.Whenever people begin to think about losing weight, the first thing that usually springs to mind, is some sort of low-intensity cardio exercise. Running, the cross trainer, treadmill, stationary bike etc.; all of these things have become the go-to things to do for weight loss for the general public, and why wouldn’t they?Pick up any magazine aimed at weight loss and you will usually see a picture of one or two females, who are in shape, looking very happy as they head out for a run.Is there anything wrong with this? No.Is running the best, most efficient way to burn fat? No. Cardio is a tool that should be used as needed.To build your entire weight loss exercise regime solely around cardio based exercise would be a mistake.So why do so many pick cardio?The thing about cardio that makes it better for almost everybody, other than its easy learning curve, is that it’s very low impact – your body can go for hours and hours, day after day, and not get worn out.  If you have the desire and willpower, you can burn calories all day long.The problem with low impact cardio like this is there is very little Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) with cardio, which means you only burn calories when exercising and not much happens in the way of burning calories afterwards. The other downside to cardio is there is very little in the form of muscle gain from it.I know that many of you won’t see this as a problem. You are probably reading this thinking ‘as long as I lose weight, I don’t care how it comes off’.If this is your train of thought, you could always amputate a limb, or maybe you could shave your head; that should give some weight loss…or how about you try and catch that stomach flu that is going around? You will lose loads of weight with that sucker.The thing you need to know is you are not looking for ‘weight’ loss, you are actually looking for ‘fat’ loss. Last week, I covered why having more muscle helps you to burn more calories, so check out last week’s article if you missed it.What you need to know is this. Muscle helps you walk up and down stairs and pick things up. Keeping you moving is muscle’s most important function. You don’t want to lose muscle.But muscle can also help you lose fat and stay lean due to increased basal metabolism. In short, you burn more calories doing absolutely nothing, if you have more lean mass.As I also referred to last week, a study on diet plus exercise found that;The weight training group lost 21.1 pounds of fat (44% and 35% more than the diet and aerobic exercise only groups respectively). 
Basically, the addition of aerobic training didn’t result in any real world significant fat loss over dieting alone.Does this mean that you shouldn’t do cardio based training for fat loss? No it doesn’t.Remember: above all else, your diet is fundamental.  Eat poorly and none of the above matters.  
Eat right, eat real foods, and exercise, and you’ll get better.Do cardio if:You really enjoy the treadmill or elliptical, or you just really like running!You have all the time in the world to lose fat. (You will need it to burn enough calories)You’re just getting started and don’t really know what you’re doing.What you have to realise is that it is NOT the best way for you to burn fat and get the body you want.That’s it for this week, next week I will cover HIIT training and what the actual truth is regarding it and fat loss.Any questions, contact me through the link below.
#TrainSmart RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF – PART 3 was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cardiodonegalemmet rushefitness columngymhealthy eatingrushe fitnessweight losslast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NATIONAL NEWS: Gardai in Athy, Co Kildare are investigating a serious road traffic collision in Kildare this evening in which four young women, all students, have died.The collision between a car and a van occurred shortly before 10pm at Birdstown, Co Kildare, approx. 3 miles from Junction 3(M9) heading for Athy N78.A number of people (five females and two males) were seriously injured and were treated at scene and taken to Naas General hospital. Four of the females have since died. They were returning to college after the Christmas break.The road is closed and will remain closed until late tomorrow to facilitate a Forensic Collision Examination and diversions are in place.Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact the Gardai in Athy on 059 8634210, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.BREAKING: 4 FEMALE STUDENTS KILLED IN KILDARE CRASH was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breaking newsfour deadkildarelast_img read more

Liverpool’s title ambitions set to be put under intense scrutiny at Old Trafford as the Premier League returns

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop Cardiff City vs WatfordCardiff City Stadium, CardiffFriday, 22-02-2019 @10:45pmCardiff are hoping midfielder Victor Camarasa will be fit to start against Watford following a calf injury. Camarasa, who came off the bench against Southampton, could be joined in the squad by Sean Morrison, five weeks after he had an appendix operation.Watford trio Roberto Pereyra, Isaac Success and Sebastian Prodl are available after injuries. Kiko Femenia, who has a hamstring problem, is the only player unavailable to head coach Javi Gracia.Watford have earned successive victories in this fixture and could equal their longest league winning streak against Cardiff. However, Cardiff have lost just one of the last six league meetings in Wales (W4, D1).West Ham United vs FulhamLondon Stadium, LondonFriday, 22-02-2019 @10:45pmManuel Lanzini may make his first West Ham appearance since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in June, and Samir Nasri is also back in contention. Jack Wilshere remains sidelined but Marko Arnautovic, who came off the bench in the last game, could return to the starting line-up.January signings Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit are in contention to make their debuts for Fulham. Both players were short of fitness when they joined the club two weeks ago. Loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah is once again available, having missed out against parent club Manchester United, so the injured Alfie Mawson is Fulham’s only expected absentee.West Ham won 2-0 away to Fulham in December and are hoping to complete a league double against the Cottagers for the time since the 2008-09 season. Fulham won their first Premier League game away to West Ham in 2001 but they are winless in nine subsequent league visits (D4, L5).Burnley vs Tottenham HotspursTurf Moor, Burnley Saturday, 23-02-2019 @3:15pmBurnley wingers Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both fit despite missing the win at Brighton with muscle problems. Midfielder Steven Defour remains sidelined with a calf injury.Tottenham striker Harry Kane and full-back Ben Davies are back in training after recovering from respective ankle and groin problems and could feature. Danny Rose has been suffering from illness and will be monitored, while Dele Alli remains sidelined.Burnley are winless in their last nine league and cup games against Tottenham. The Clarets beat Spurs 4-2 on the final day of the 2009-10 season, but that is their only top-flight win against Tottenham in the past 44 years. Spurs have kept clean sheets in each of their last three visits to Turf Moor. This fixture could see Mike Dean become the first referee to show 100 red cards in the Premier League.Tottenham have won all 16 of their Premier League games this season against sides currently outside the top eight. They are chasing their 12th league away win – which would be their highest total in a single season since a similar tally in 1984-85. Spurs have scored a league-high 12 Premier League goals from outside the penalty area this season, while Burnley have conceded a league-high 12 from that range. They have lost their last two away games in all competitions: at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.Bournemouth vs WolvesVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 23-02-2019 @6pmBournemouth remain without injured pair Callum Wilson and David Brooks, while Junior Stanislas faces a fitness test on a thigh problem. Charlie Daniels is back after missing out at Liverpool for personal reasons and loanee Nathaniel Clyne, who was ineligible at Anfield, also returns.Diogo Jota is available for Wolves, having recovered from the dead leg that ruled him out against Bristol City. Matt Doherty was substituted because of a knock in the last game but is fit. Star midfielder Ruben Neves, who featured as a substitute last weekend, is set to reclaim his place in the starting line-up.Wolves beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Molineux in December and can record their first league double against the Cherries. Bournemouth have never lost a home league game against Wolves, winning two and drawing one of the three previous matches.Newcastle United vs Huddersfield TownSt. James Park, Newcastle Upon TyneSaturday, 23-02-2019 @6pmNewcastle are looking to do the league double over Huddersfield for the first time since 1964-65. Huddersfield’s only victory in their past 11 away league matches at St James’ Park came in the Championship in August 2016 (D5, L5). This is the 50th top-flight match between the sides.Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available for the first time in seven weeks after recovering from a recurring thigh injury. Ki Sung-yueng, Paul Dummett and Joselu are also fit, while Miguel Almiron could make his first Newcastle start.Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and defender Chris Lowe are in contention to return after missing the defeat by Arsenal because of illness. Isaac Mbenza, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri remain out.Leicester City vs Crystal PalaceKing Power Stadium, Leicester Saturday, 23-02-2019 @8:30pmCrystal Palace have won each of the past three Premier League meetings, by an aggregate score of 9-0. Leicester lost the corresponding fixture 3-0 last season but have never lost consecutive top-flight home games against Crystal Palace.James Maddison and Ben Chilwell are fitness doubts for Leicester but Nampalys Mendy is available after missing the defeat by Spurs. Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey are long-term absentees.Crystal Palace defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly have been ruled out because of injuries. Wilfried Zaha returns after a two-match ban, while Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins recovered from injuries to make the bench at Doncaster last Sunday. Roy Hodgson will become the oldest manager in Premier League history on Saturday, aged 71 years and 198 days.Arsenal vs SouthamptonEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 24-02-2019 @5:05pmArsenal are unbeaten in their last 23 home league games against Southampton (W17, D6). Southampton have won never won at Arsenal in the Premier League (D5, L14). However, Saints are looking to complete their first league double over Arsenal since 1988, when a 17-year-old Alan Shearer scored a hat-trick on his first league start.Arsenal hope captain Laurent Koscielny will be fit despite him limping off in Thursday’s Europa League win. Alexandre Lacazette is available after being suspended for that match but Ainsley Maitland-Niles is struggling with illness.Southampton forward Michael Obafemi could feature for the first time since mid-December after recovering from a hamstring injury. Stuart Armstrong, who has had a minor calf problem, is also fit again.Arsenal are unbeaten in 12 Premier League home games, winning six in a row ahead of Sunday. The Gunners have conceded 999 Premier League goals – only seven teams have so far conceded 1,000. Fulham are the only club to have kept fewer Premier League clean sheets this season than Arsenal, whose four have all come at home. Arsenal have come from behind to earn 12 points this season – second only to Leicester’s tally of 13. Alexandre Lacazette could become the first Arsenal player to score in four consecutive Premier League home matches since Robin van Persie netted in five in a row from December 2011 to March 2012. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 25 goals and provided eight assists in 38 Premier League appearances, and has scored six goals in his last six home league games.Man United vs LiverpoolOld Trafford, ManchesterSunday, 24-02-2019 @5:05pmManchester United are optimistic that Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial will be fit after respective hamstring and groin injuries. David de Gea is set to return in goal after making way for Sergio Romero in the FA Cup win at Chelsea on Monday.Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk returns after being suspended for the midweek draw with Bayern Munich. But fellow defender Dejan Lovren will miss out again with a hamstring problem.Manchester United have won seven of their past nine home league games against Liverpool (D1, L1). Liverpool’s most recent win at Old Trafford was 3-0 in March 2014. Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to do the Premier League double over Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14. There has not been a red card in any of the last seven Premier League meetings in this fixture.United have won eight of their last nine Premier League matches.They have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 Premier League home games this season, a joint-division low. A seventh successive home fixture without a clean sheet would represent United’s worst top-flight run of conceding since an eight-match streak in 1972. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 25 points in his nine league games as United manager. The record points total for a manager in their first 10 games in charge of a Premier League side is also 25, set by Guus Hiddink with Chelsea. David De Gea has kept 99 clean sheets in the Premier League. He could become the 15th different keeper to record 100, and just the seventh to do so with a single club. Paul Pogba has scored eight goals and provided five assists in his last nine Premier League games. He could become the first United player to score in five consecutive home league fixtures since Robin van Persie in 2013.Liverpool have lost just once in this season’s Premier League – and that was against leaders Manchester City. But they are winless in their last seven away fixtures against sides starting the day in the top four. The Reds have scored in every away match in this season’s Premier League. They have conceded just eight away goals in the division this campaign – and 15 in total – fewer than any other team. Mohamed Salah has scored 49 Premier League goals for Liverpool – if he scores in this game, he will have 50 in just 63 games, making him the fastest player to reach the milestone for a single club. Sadio Mane could become the fifth Liverpool player to score in five consecutive Premier League matches. Jurgen Klopp has not won at Old Trafford in any of three of his visits there as a manager (D2, L1).Comments last_img read more

Missing Dog: Eight-month-old puppy found in Convoy

first_imgA lovely female Hound dog has been found in Convoy. The Hound, who is eight months old, was found on Friday afternoon before being transported to the dog shelter.If this is your dog, she can be reclaimed at the Dog Shelter, Glencar, Letterkenny. The dog shelter can also be contacted at 074 91 25159 between 10.30am and 1.30pm daily (except Sundays).Missing Dog: Eight-month-old puppy found in Convoy was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MISSING DOGlast_img read more

Nathan Louiso joins Axis Seeds and creates Axis Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Axis Ohio is representing Axis Seed as an Independent Regional Company for all counties in Ohio. According to owner Nathan Louiso, his company will sell corn and soybeans with the most advanced and selected genetics available. This will be the first crop year for Louiso in selling Axis Seed. He is the 19th seed company to become affiliated with Axis.Louiso has worked with the seed industry for 16 years and brings that experience to help farmers make the right decisions for their growing conditions and geography.“I understand the unique and challenging environment that Ohio presents. Every farm is different. What works well in Iowa or Illinois might not be best for my customers. What works in Hancock County won’t necessarily grow well in Highland County,” Louiso said.As an independent regional company for Axis Seed, Axis Ohio has access to all current trait and technologies. Complete information about the varieties that Axis Ohio carries is available on its web site at Ohio identifies the best soybeans and hybrid corn that will work on individual growers’ farms — matching genetics and traits with farmers’ specific growing conditions and production strategies. Axis Ohio strives to build long, mutually rewarding relationships with their customers while providing the best service in the industry and making their business profitable.last_img read more

Microsoft To Offer Application Marketplace In Sharepoint 2010

first_imgalex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT Related Posts Microsoft will offer an application marketplace within Sharepoint 2010 that will integrate with third-party applications from its partner network. No date has been set for the marketplace lauch but it will evolve from “The Gallery” a feature that provides Sharepoint 2010 users access to templates.In an interview we did at Enterprise 2.0, Christian Finn said Microsoft will offer the marketplace for vendors who want to sell their products through the Sharepoint platform.“We will have a route to market for vendors who want to have applications and add-ons available,” Finn said. Conceptually, Finn said, you think about a marketplace idea. Customers will navigate from the Sharepoint interface to see what web parts are available for a trial period.Finn said that from their perspective, collaboration is mostly on-premise. Customers are starting to move to the cloud. “We are seeing early customers starting to move. When we see that bell curve adoption we will definitely be there.”But collaboration services are increasingly cloud-based. MindTouch, SocialCast, Socialtext and a host of other companies are offering best-of-breed-services.The availability of a marketplace brings up a lot of questions about the role that partners will play with Sharepoint. But it also raises interesting competitive questions about the role of Sharepoint as a cloud-based service. It almost looks like it will be more of a Software-as-a-Servce (SaaS) than the on-premise platform it is today.The Sharepoint application marketplace will evolve out of The Gallery, a resource within Sharepoint 2010 that serves as a central place for templates. Microsoft will initially offer their own web parts through Gallery. Eventually the service will take a different name and migrate to offering partner services. We asked Finn what the model will look like. Will it be pay per use? How will the application marketplace be administered? Finn said most of the details are being worked out in Redmond. The service will have IT safeguards. Finn said that IT managers will have a level of control over what applications users may integrate.What Finn describes sounds similar to application platforms now commercially available. is the obvious example. platform is a full development environment. AppExchange is the platform for building third party applications on CRM. Dazzle from Citrix also comes to mind. It is an iTunes like service that is all about making IT more consumer friendly. Employees may choose the applications that they want to purchase. The service is set up as a store front that can automatically stream the application on a virtual desktop to a Windows PC, a Mac or an iPhone. Details are few about the application marketplace that will be offered through Sharepoint. But it does point to the increasing significance of third-party applications for the Sharepoint platform and how the service may evolve as cloud computing becomes more prevalent. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img By now, photovoltaic (PV) panels are familiar to most Americans. You’ve seen them on your hand-held calculator, on top of illuminated highway signs, and maybe even on your neighbors’ roofs. With PV systems becoming more common, perhaps you’ve been dreaming of making some homemade electricity. The dream is achievable, as long as you own a sunny patch of lawn or an unshaded south-facing rooftop, and as long as you have a bank balance of several thousand dollars.A PV array is made up of rectangular modules (or panels) that measure between 2 and 5 feet on a side. The most common type of PV module has an aluminum frame and a glass cover protecting a collection polycrystalline PV cells. When exposed to light, each PV cell produces 0.5 volt DC — so if you add up the number of cells and divide by 2, you know the voltage of the module. The best performing commercially available PV cells are roughly 20% efficient at converting solar energy into electricity.Unlike polycrystalline PV cells, thin-film (amorphous) PV products are manufactured on a flexible sheet. These thin-film PV products have many applications; for example, they are used to make PV roof shingles and peel-and-stick membranes designed for use on metal roofing. Thin-film PV products have relatively low efficiencies — usually in the range of 10% to 12% — so they require almost twice the area required for a polycrystalline PV array with the same electrical output.Both polycrystalline and thin-film PV arrays produce DC power. This DC electricity can be used directly to charge a battery; in most homes, however, the solar electricity is sent to an inverter that converts the DC power to AC. The inverter’s AC output can then be used directly by the homeowners or fed into the power grid.Most grid-connected PV systems won’t provide any… last_img read more

Smart city startups plumb the waterworks for IoT data

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Donal Power Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Data-related opportunities await Internet of Things (IoT) entrepreneurs in smart city water programs as top-down utilities allow smaller players to play.Ecopreneurist recounted some of the more interesting ideas to emerge from a recent MIT conference on smart city water issues.Smart water management is seen as a blooming opportunity for eco-startups, with the market expected to grow to $20 billion in 2021 from $8.5 billion in 2016.See also: Can IoT turn back climate change?Driving these opportunities is the emerging trend towards approaching city water utilities from a holistic perspective rather than from the traditional top-down approach.This means that utility managers are now turning to smaller players to boost efficiency and increase value through better use of IoT innovation.This opens the door for opportunities in the area of smart water metering, which can reduce carbon footprints, while enhancing management and operational efficiencies.“Cities need to identify endpoint leakage; gain clarity between leakage, non-revenue water and chargeable consumption; establish consumption patterns; use predictive analytics to regulate supply; and, set up adjustable alarm notifications to predict/prevent end point anomalies,” summarized Ecopreneurist from the conference.Conference speakers cited water leaks as the biggest problem facing city water managers, with leak detection as a critical opportunity area for IoT improvements.“Software can sync with meters and controllers on a customer’s property to remotely control outdoor irrigation use and monitor flow through pipes into a building,” said the article. “The impact can have up to 50% water savings and ongoing, real-time leak detection.”More opportunities in weather forecastingAnother opportunity area is weather anticipation and adjustment, powered by intelligent systems that can think on their own.In order to cope with fast changing weather-driven challenges, such systems will need to redesign themselves minute by minute to maximize efficiencies.And of course new software and hardware developments are enabling data opportunities that were previously unknown.Measuring detailed, time-based information is being powered by technological breakthroughs that enable remote communications and interval data measurement.For consumers, this can create capabilities to monitor water usage via smart sprinklers and faucets.center_img Tags:#data analysis#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#smart water How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Even I have paid fine for speeding: Gadkari

first_imgAmid concern over the hefty fines for traffic violations, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said even he has been fined for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink in Mumbai. Talking to reporters about the major decisions of the Modi-led government in its first 100 days, Mr. Gadkari said abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir was the “most important achievement” of the government. Criminalisation of instant triple talaq and the amended motor vehicles law were some of the big achievements of the Centre, he said.“Even I have paid a fine for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink,” Mr. Gadkari said adding that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet collegaue Gen V.K. Singh also got speeding challans. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations and to bring discipline on roads.“Passing the MV Act amendment is a big achievement for our government. The high fines will lead to transparency, and (will) not result in corruption,” Mr. Gadkari said.Claiming that overspending on fines has helped people to adhere to traffic rules, Mr. Gadkari said: “For the new over speeding rules all are equal be it lawyers, doctors or politicians. We have increased the fines to save lives of lakhs of motorists.” The minister said road engineering is a reason, along with auto engineering, for the high incidents of accidents in India.Amendment of MV Act will improve road safety and reduce the number of road accidents and lives lost on roads, Mr. Gadkari said.last_img read more