first_imgApart from the players from both sides, the stump microphones have played a huge part in the Border-Gavaskar series so far thanks to the chirpy nature of the wicket-keepers from Australia and India.Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine have forced the host broadcasters to turn up the volume of the mics and ask the commentators to stay silent in-between overs quite a few times in this series with both wicket-keepers having a go at the opposition batsmen and at each other since the very first Test.So much so that the extensive use of the stump mics has now come under the scanner with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) even expressing its concern in this matter.Pant was the one who actually started the banter when he was heard on the stump mic, sledging Australia all-rounder Pat Cummins during the first Test in Adelaide, which India won by 31 runs.Paine followed it up when he had a go at Virat Kohli, but in all fairness, it was the Indian captain who started the verbal duel first in the Perth Test.But while Kohli didn’t speak a word in Melbourne, or at least wasn’t caught in the stump mic, Paine continued to sledge the Indian batsmen. Murali Vijay was targeted in the second Test while Pant and Rohit Sharma were his next targets in the Boxing Day Test.But all this while players from both sides have maintained that the banter has been within the limits and even fun at times.advertisementThe umpires have had to intervene just twice so far with Kohli and Paine being asked to get on with the game in Perth and Pant getting warned in Melbourne.Paine hasn’t been cautioned till now but is walking on thin ice as some of his comments have pushed the limits. He even came into contact with Kohli once during the second match, although it was Kohli who was more at fault.Like for instance when Paine told Murali Vijay that he could not really like Kohli as a bloke even though he was his captain. The conversation was picked up by the stump mic when Vijay was batting in the second innings and within minutes, the video went viral.More cheeky banter caught on the TV stump mic! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/pDbuJIfJJIcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 17, 2018Paine even ended up calling Kohli a big head during an intense verbal battle. He later shrugged off the incident by saying that everything happened only in competitive spirit and it was not very serious.”I love it. I enjoy watching Kohli, I always have. I think he brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of people which is great, and I’m sure it was great to watch.”Paine continued his antics in the third Test when Pant came out to bat in India’s second innings and trolled the young Delhi batsman over his ODI snub and asked the Delhi batsman if he would be interested in playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.The conversation was caught on stump mic and even the Australian commentators felt Paine had better watch out after exchanging words with Pant.This is what Paine told Pant -“Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes.. They need a batter.”Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a water front apartment.”Have him over for dinner.”Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Tim Paine doing some recruiting for the @HurricanesBBL out in the middle of the ‘G… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6btRZA3KI7cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2018But Pant, not one to shy away from a challenge, got his revenge when Paine came out to bat in Australia’s second innings but things turned a little serious as the banter went a bit too far.Pant welcomed Paine to the crease by calling him a “temporary captain” and telling Ravindra Jadeja that Paine only knows how to talk.”We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking,” Pant sledged from behind the stumps. After the end of the over, on-field umpire Ian Gould had a word with Pant and was seen explaining him something.It was Rishabh Pant’s turn for some fun on the stump mic today… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RS8I6kI55fadvertisementcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018But Pant did not stop there as he later had a go at Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon later in the day when India were just two wickets away from a famous victory at the MCG.Lyon and Pat Cummins were in the middle of a dogged stand which frustrated the Indians as they were pushing for a victory in the extended final session on Day 4.At the stroke of the 80th over while Jadeja was bowling and Lyon was facing the left-arm bowler, Pant began had a go at Lyon, which was caught on the stump mic.”Come on Gary. You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing,” Pant chirped at Lyon. The spinner in response just laughed and said, “I can’t even understand what you’re saying mate.”Lyon then turned back and said, “I like you too Rishabh”.Pant – C’mon Gary, you don’t want to come tomorrow for nothingLyon – Ha?Pant – C’mon Gary, you don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing (Same)Lyon – I like you too Rishabh.-Kohli – Dil pe Baat le gaya ye.. pic.twitter.com/VJPZhuXLyYCricket (@CrichdC) December 29, 2018Pant’s tactics didn’t work as Australia took the game into the final day which saw rain wiping out the entire first session. But the weather gods couldn’t delay the inevitable any further as India dismissed Cummins and Lyon in quick succession early in the second session to register their first ever Boxing Day Test win in Australia.The tourists now have an unbeatable 2-1 series lead and will retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy thanks to the win in Melbourne.Paine is hurting after suffering his fourth loss as Test captain and heads into the final Test in Sydney with the knowledge that he could possibly become the first Australian skipper to lose a series against India on home soil. Desperation might lead him to sledge the Indian batsmen even more at the SCG, it will be interesting to see how Pant, Kohli and the rest of the players retaliate when and if provoked.Also Read | India the real deal now, can combat in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: Allan BorderAlso Read | Proud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girlAlso Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingAlso Read | India vs Australia: Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

first_imgAfter leasing and operating Upper Clements Park for the past 10 years, the Hanse Society will soon be the park’s new owner. The society will purchase the Annapolis County park for $1 and undertake capital improvements to help ensure continued safety and quality. The provincial government will provide about $1 million for the improvements and $310,000 in transitional operating funding. “The Hanse Society has done an excellent job operating Upper Clements Park and expressed an interest in ownership,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “They’re a passionate group of community-minded Nova Scotians and we’re pleased that they’ve accepted our offer to own and operate the park.” The park has been open since 1989. The not-for-profit society has run it on a 10-year lease with $310,000 in annual operating funding from government. “We’ve had a very good relationship with the provincial government over the years and we’re happy to accept this offer to own Upper Clements Park,” said David Brown, chair of the Hanse Society’s board of directors. “This is a great opportunity for us to ensure the long-term future of the park and contribute to employment in our community.” The provincial government will maintain ownership of the adjacent Upper Clements Wildlife Park. The society will continue to operate it through its existing lease agreement with the Department of Natural Resources.last_img read more

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fitch Road, Conquerall Mills Fitch Road from Conquerall Road to Lake Road, Conquerall Mills, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 1 Highway 1 from Avon River Bridge, Windsor, to Holmes Hill Road, Hantsport, is reduced to one lane for road work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Watermills Road, Lunenburg Watermills Road from Italy Cross Road to New Cumberland Road, Lunenburg, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Friday, Oct. 20. A detour is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Monday, Oct 16. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Hubbards to Ingramport Highway 103, from the Lunenburg County/Halifax Regional Municipality line, easterly for nine kilometres is reduced to one lane for repaving, shoulder work, gravelling and guardrail work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Alternate route is on Exit 5A off Highway 103 at Ingramport, to Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) and back to Highway 103 at Exit 6. Work takes place during daytime hours. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 going south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Monday, Oct. 16. CONTINUING WORK NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Garber Road, Newcombville Garber Road from Route 210 to Lapland Road, Newcombville, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Cumberland Road, south of Bridgewater New Cumberland Road from Lakefield Road to Mount Pleasant, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Sunday, Oct. 15. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lapland Road, west of Bridgewater Lapland Road, from the intersection of Route 325 south for 6.5 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Friday, Oct. 20. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Monday, Oct. 16. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Eel Brook Eel Brook Lake Bridge on the Eel Brook Lake Road has been closed for repairs with detours on Hwy 103 and Trunk 3 until Friday, Oct 27. -30- YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Argyle Route 3, between Exit 32 and Ye Old Argyle Road, is reduced to one lane for paving and construction until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road, Lunenburg Hirtle Road from Route 325, Lunenburg, southerly for 1.6 kilometres has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

first_imgPatna: Irregular expenditures in excess of Rs 650 crore between 1987 and 1997 – the period during which the fodder scam happened – are being scrutinized by courts probing the multi-crore-rupee scandal, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said in the assembly.Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, was one of those who had filed a PIL in the case at Patna High Court following which the probe was handed over to the CBI.Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo (RJD) Lalu Prasad, who was the chief minister of undivided Bihar till 1997, is serving prison sentences in a number of cases related to the scam, while his predecessor Jagannath Mishra is out on bail and undergoing treatment for cancer. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing examples of the massive financial irregularities during the 80s and the 90s, Modi told the House, “Fodder worth Rs 10.5 crore was required for cattle and poultry in Chaibasa, Gumla, Dumka, Jamshedpur and Ranchi (now in Jharkhand) besides Patna. But an expenditure of Rs 253.33 crore was shown by the animal husbandry department.” For these six districts, purchase of yellow corn and almond straw – used in very small proportions for fodder – had been shown multiple times the actual requirement, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said on Wednesday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The extent of the financial indiscipline can be gauged from a single example – the then general manager of a dairy farm at Hotwar – near Ranchi – showed an expenditure of Rs 15.50 lakh towards purchase of mustard oil for applying on the horns of buffaloes,” Modi said evoking peals of laughter.The RJD supremo’s son, Tejashwi Yadav, also drew sharp criticism from the deputy CM over his failure to attend the House during the ongoing session which began a month ago. Notably, RJD MLAs had staged a walkout when Modi was making his submission. The government’s appropriation bill was also passed by a voice vote at that time.The Lalu Prasad-led party later reacted indignantly, with its MLA and spokesman Shakti Singh Yadav issuing a statement accusing the deputy CM of “trying to hide his own failures and diverting public attention through false and out-of-context criticisms of Lalu Prasad and his family members”.last_img read more

21 July 2010With efforts to move to serious negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians on achieving a two-State solution having reached a “critical juncture,” the top United Nations political official today underlined the need for direct negotiations between the two sides to begin as soon as possible. “These talks are essential for ending the 1967 occupation, ending the conflict and resolving all core issues between the parties, including Jerusalem, borders, refugees, security settlements and water,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council today.Six rounds of proximity talks facilitated by United States Special Envoy George Mitchell have been held since they began in May.The goal of the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union – continues to be US-facilitated direct negotiations as soon as possible, Mr. Pascoe said, urging Israel and Palestinians to take advantage of the current opportunity to make progress.Direct talks, he noted, could boost “confidence in the possibility of genuine progress on the core issues and on the ground, including restraint in Jerusalem, implementation of Roadmap obligations on settlements and further measures to empower the Palestinian Authority.”Earlier this month, in a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other officials, the Israeli Government announced it was increase the scope and quantity of materials allowed into Gaza.Since then, new food and productive items have entered the Strip and the volume of imports into the area has risen steadily, with a 40 per cent increasing in the number of truckloads entering Gaza every week.“While these are positive steps forward, we hope they can be enhanced to address the deplorable conditions in the Strip,” Mr. Pascoe said, calling for additional steps to be taken to allow exports and movement of people, as well as to streamline procedures for approval for projects.He also announced at today’s meeting that agreements agreed by the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) on ensuring the cargo onboard Turkish ships have been implemented.Those ships were part of an aid flotilla intercepted by the Israeli military on 31 May, resulting in the deaths of nine civilians and the wounding of at least 30 others.Mr. Pascoe said that arrangements are also being made to transfer material carried by a Libyan-sponsored vessel, which arrived in Egypt last week, to Gaza.“Such convoys are not helpful to resolving the basic economic problems in Gaza and needlessly carry the potential for escalation,” he told the meeting, which heard from dozens of speakers.During the reporting period, Palestinian militant groups fired 41 rockets and mortars into southern Israel, causing no injuries, while the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) carried out six air strikes and 21 incursions, killing four Gazans, including one alleged militant, and injuring 23 others, the Under-Secretary-General said.Turning to Lebanon, he said that the situation in that country remains stable. The Lebanese Parliament has continued talks on draft legislation on the civil rights of Palestinian refugees.“Consensus appears to be within reach and the United Nations would welcome this as a first step,” Mr. Pascoe said.Paul Badji, Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said at the meeting that serious direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians “can only be successful in an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence in a comprehensive, just and lasting outcome.”This, he said, requires both sides to implement their obligations under the Roadmap.The Committee remains “alarmed” by Israel’s refusal to heed international calls to halt settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in East Jerusalem.Also addressing the Council today was Israeli Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, who said her country called for direct negotiations with Palestinians with “no preconditions, no delays.“With Jerusalem and Ramallah only 10 minutes apart, direct negotiations are the only path to bridge the existing gaps,” she stressed.Ms. Shalev emphasized the need for mutual recognition, noting that Israel’s recognition of “a Palestinian State as the nation-State of the Palestinian people must be met with an acknowledgment that Israel is the nation-State of the Jewish people.”For his part, the Palestinian representative, Riyad Mansour, told the Council that “it seems strange that such a volatile situation persists in light of the international and regional efforts being exerted for revival of the peace process.”Although his side has taken part in the proximity talks in good faith, “the same cannot be said for Israel,” which he said has “repeatedly challenged those talks with illegal, reckless actions.” read more

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Moldova is the first country in Europe where it has implemented the debit card scheme to streamline the distribution of its monthly financial support through Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).The system was launched on Monday by UNHCR, in cooperation with BCR Chisinau bank, and will enable needy refugees, asylum-seekers and beneficiaries of humanitarian protection to receive debit cards which they can use to withdraw their monthly allowances.“UNHCR is very pleased to launch this initiative in Moldova as it enables people to withdraw funds at nearby ‘bankomats’ at their convenience rather than having to commute to a central distribution point to collect the allowance,” said Peter Kessler, the UNHCR representative in Moldova.“Refugees have often suffered indignities and find it difficult to integrate in a new, safe host country. Having these cards is another step towards helping them more actively participate in daily life and maintain a greater degree of dignity,” added Mr. Kessler.The refugees receive 500-600 Moldovan leu (€30-€36) per person each month. In addition to the UNHCR monthly financial support, vulnerable refugee families may also receive food packages, milk for children, kits for new-born infants and hygiene supplies for women and girls. 23 March 2011Asylum-seekers in Moldova can, beginning this week, receive their monthly subsistence allowances from the United Nations refugee agency through a debit card system that the agency has initiated to expedite the distribution of the cash support. read more

After a six-day trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi and Rwanda, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said that what they had seen and heard showed the need for closer cooperation by all to help refugees, internally displaced people and returnees.“We have clearly heard their message: ‘Don’t abandon us at this crucial time and risk a return to the bloody nightmare that we lived through for so many years,’” they declared in a statement at the end of their unprecedented joint visit to the Great Lakes region in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital. “The courage of the people of the Great Lakes region must be matched by solidarity from the international community. The beginning of the end to this regional crisis is in sight but in order to reach it and rebuild people’s lives, it is vital that we all stand by them and redouble our efforts.” All three agencies need substantial additional funding for their work in the Great Lakes countries to end the suffering of the millions of people forgotten by the rest of the world.The agency heads met with the presidents of the DRC, Rwanda and Burundi, donors, UN agencies and partner non-governmental organisations. They also met people driven from their homes by attacks in eastern DRC as well as others who have chosen to return home to the three countries after years in exile. “It is very important to tackle the main problems facing people in the region from a regional perspective,” they said. “Only a regional approach can be effective.” The DRC, with UN assistance, is preparing for nationwide elections in June to complete its transition from the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II – a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives from combat, hunger and disease. Medical experts say 1,200 people are still dying needlessly every day. More than 3.4 million have been displaced from their homes and 17 million don’t have a steady supply of food. In Rwanda, the three congratulated President Paul Kagame for having guided the country from the tragedy of the 1994 genocide, when Hutu extremists killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, towards peace, reconciliation and development. But the government estimates that 1 million people require food assistance for the first six months of this year. In Burundi, where 2.2 million people, including refugees and returnees, need food aid in 2006 because of poor rains, crop disease and poverty, the three held talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza and visited a feeding centre for malnourished women and children. read more

Full planes were good to US Airways in the first quarter.The nation’s fifth-largest airline on Tuesday posted a bigger adjusted profit as it carried more passengers, and collected more from them.Automatic government spending cuts hurt demand from government travellers, who account for about 3 per cent of US Airways revenue. Revenue from government travellers dropped 37 per cent in March, when the spending cuts kicked in. The airline has a hub at Reagan National Airport in Washington.However, “leisure demand has remained quite strong thus far in 2013,” President Scott Kirby said on a conference call. Bookings for May are higher than at the same time last year, he said.The airline earned $44 million, or 26 cents per share. Its adjusted profit was 31 cents per share, topping the expectations of analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue rose 3.5 per cent to $3.38 billion, driven by what the airline called “a strong demand environment.”The airline earned 28 cents per share in the year-ago quarter, but that was inflated by a swap with Delta that gave US Airways more landing rights in Washington in exchange for giving up rights at New York’s LaGuardia airport.Traffic rose 4.4 per cent, pushing occupancy up by 2.4 percentage points, to 81.7 per cent.Fuel prices fell by 3 cents per gallon, to $3.24.US Airways plans to merge with American Airlines. The combined airline would be the biggest in the world. US Airways said it still expects the deal to close by the end of September, and it’s hoping to code-share on American’s flights within six weeks of that. Code-sharing allows airlines to sell seats on each other’s flights, which makes it easier and more attractive for passengers to book flights that involve both airlines.Shares of Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways Group Inc. rose 78 cents, or 5 per cent, to close at $16.30. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joshua Freed, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2013 8:43 am MDT Full planes boost US Airways revenue as it posts 1Q profit; says merger with American on track read more

first_imgOn July 14, 2018, China’s XCMG group delivered six mining equipment units to an African mining company, marking the first official access of XCMG large-scale mining products into the local mining market in Africa. At the delivery ceremony, Wang Yong, XCMG’s Manager in Africa handed over a golden key to symbolise a “win-win cooperation” to the customer company manager. This first batch of mining equipment delivered includes three XDA40 articulated mining trucks, one XE470D excavator, one GR2405 mining road grader and one LW1200KN wheel loader (which XCMG states is the largest capacity wheel loader currently in China). A statement said that both sides would also carry out further cooperation going forward.After the XCMG products arrived at the site and passed PDI inspections, they still needed to get through the customer’s inspection. During the inspection of its mining ADT, XCMG states that it happened to rain heavily, but that the truck’s round trip test in muddy conditions and on a steep road “proved its excellent performance.” In addition to this, other XCMG equipment also performed well in a 50-hour empty load test and full load test. The customer Project Manager gave a thumbs up and said that they were even more confident with the purchase of XCMG products since they had seen them go through the rough testing.XCMG states: “It’s known that South Africa, the high-end market of Africa, has been restricted the local government’s policy barrier in mining equipment supply for a long time. It adds more difficulty for Chinese brands to enter into local mining corporations competing with local, European and American brands. After a year’s communications with local clients along with visit invitations, the XCMG African branch company has impressed clients with its mature and high-efficient complete equipment set solution, along with excellent product quality and service.”The export of XCMG’s large-scale mining equipment the company says broke a long-term monopoly of competitors in the supply of equipment in the region’s mining industry. Wang Min, President and Party Secretary of XCMG Group stated: “We need to attach importance to the building of XCMG’s South Africa team, and cooperate with local large mining companies to break the monopoly of international famous brands on South African mining companies.”XCMG says it will “compete with world-class competitors face to face, lead the market with leading technology, and hit the global market with big-scale, intelligent and whole-set products,” while making every effort to build a big-scale, complete set of open-air mining machinery which it believes will soon rank first in China and top 3 in the world.last_img read more

first_imgAnywhere that sells food and drink ends up with food waste at the end of every day. It may be food that has gone past its sell-by date, or waste as a byproduct of creating something else, such as coffee grounds in the case of a coffeeshop. Some of that gets recycled, but most of it still ends up being dumped at waste facilities for processing or, worse still, burnt.Scientists are working to change this situation, however, and giving companies more control over their own food waste. With that in mind, a research team working out of the City University of Hong Kong is focusing on the development of food biorefineries.In simple terms a biorefinery works on the principle that most food waste can easily be turned into something useful, in particular core ingredients for other products. It does this by first breaking down the carbohydrates in the waste using enzymes found in fungi. That results in lots of sugar which is put into a fermenter with bacteria and converted into succinic acid.At room temperature succinic acid takes the form of colorless, odorless crystals making it very easy to store. It has many uses though, including as a sweetener, as well as for the creation of bioplastics, detergents, and even medicines. Where food waste costs money to dispose of, succinic acid could instead be sold to a manufacturing company who will use it to produce their own products, netting the seller a tidy profit.Working with the non-profit The Climate Group and partnering with Starbucks in Hong Kong, the research team set about creating a biorefinery that could transform Starbucks’ coffee grounds and stale bakery goods into the ever so useful succinic acid. In doing so, Starbucks Hong Kong’s 5000 tons of annual food waste doesn’t have to be dumped or sent to recycle centers. It can instead be refined and reformed, possibly eventually becoming the plastic caps that fit on top of the Starbucks cups we all drink coffee out of.Read more at ACSlast_img read more

Overwhelming interest in JA Innovation Camp in Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Overwhelming interest from teenagers was the big reward  from the 2017 installment of the Junior Achievement program’s Innovation Camp held at the Shore Club on Thanksgiving weekend here in Provo.   Seventy five youngsters from  Provo, North Caicos and South Caicos participated in the one day challenge, they ranged in age from 14 to 18 years old.Angela Musgrove, Chair of JA TCI explained that the second annual Innovation Camp gives the budding entrepreneurs and young business professionals a challenge and a chance to change how things are done today.    It is a solutions based experience held across the region.Provo’s winning team, 649 Aerial System included: Zariah Ingham, Rasheed John, Rodiesha Johnson, Anthonique Asamoah, Ernelle Hall, and RobriaClarke.   From Grand Turk, it was Forecast 5 including  Kendrea Gelcius, Llewandra Basden, Raynae Myers, Samantha Marcellus, and Angelia Ariza.#MagneticMediaNews#JAinnovationcampTCI Related Items:#JAinnovationcampTCI, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

People on the Move

first_img Elizabeth Graves has been named editor-in-chief for Martha Stewart Living, Amy Conway has been named editor-in-chief for Martha Stewart Weddings, and Meesha Diaz Haddad has been named editorial general manager for both titles. Graves will succeed former Martha Stewart Living editor-in-chief Eric Pike. Both Graves and Conway will continue to be based in New York City. As a longtime editor for the Martha Stewart brand, Conway has held senior roles at Martha Stewart Weddings and Everyday Food, and has also edited several best-selling cookbooks, including Martha Stewart’s Cookies and Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. Condé Nast has named John Dioso executive director, editorial operations of Glamour. Before joining Glamour, Dioso served as executive managing editor of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. Before joining Martha Stewart Weddings, Graves was the Beauty and Health director of Real Simple, and before that, held the position of AVP, editorial director of Beauty, Health, and Fitness for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. During her career as a freelance writer, she was a regular contributor to MORE and InStyle. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Under a new, recently announced 10-year licensing agreement, Meredith’s National Media Group assumed the editorial and operational teams for all print, digital and video functions for the Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings media brands, including marthastewart.com and marthastewartweddings.com.  Trans-High Corporation, owner of High Times, announced the appointment of Larry Linietsky as COO for the established cannabis-focused brand. Prior to joining High Times, Linietsky held executive management roles at iHeartMedia, Napster LLC, Universal Music Group and other digital media companies. Additionally, Shax Riegler has been named executive editor of Condé Nast brand Architectural Digest. Riegler joins AD from Consumer Reports, where he was the content lead for the Home and Appliances group, with oversight of the brand’s print, digital, and video platforms. Laura Marsh has been promoted to story editor at the New Republic. Since joining, she has edited pieces by Vivian Gornick, Gavin Francis, and Sam Sacks, among others. She also previously served as an assistant editor at the New York Review of Books.  Time Inc. has announced the hire of John Marcom to the role of senior VP, strategy and business development for Time Inc. International. Marcom rejoins Time Inc., having most recently served as co-founder of Media BBQ, a consulting boutique supporting underserved creative professionals and niche retailers with digital media experiences.  Meredith Corporation, in consultation with Martha Stewart, recently announced new editorial leadership for the Martha Stewart media properties.  Additionally, Vicki Brakl has been promoted to VP, marketing of Time Inc.’s MNI Targeted Media Inc. Before joining MNI in 2014, Brakl was COO at media veteran Bill Apfelbaum’s investment holding company MaxWorldwide Inc. George W. Stone has been appointed editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel, where he will lead all of the travel content. Stone has spent the last three years in Singapore creating editorial content and covering global travel trends and emerging markets. AMPitLIVE founder and CEO Paul J. Turcotte will join TVGM as publisher and CRO. Before starting AMPitLIVE, Turcotte was president and publisher of The Daily Front Row Inc., publisher of AM New York, and senior vice president-advertising sales director at Sirius XM Radio.last_img read more

first_img 0 Tags 49 Photos Google shows the hard work moms do everywhere, regardless of species. Google She patiently teaches us the skills we need to survive and then selflessly offers her loving protection when our confidence outpaces our current capacity. Mothers in many species perform this role every day, largely without proper recognition. It’s for this devotion that Google honored moms around the world on Mother’s Day with a three-part, interactive Doodle featuring a duck and her ducklings.Mother’s Day as we know it today was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Ann, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Through Anna Jarvis’ efforts to have the day officially recognized as a holiday, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation six years later designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers. Following with Google tradition, this Mother’s Day the search giant turned to nature to represent the parent who bore us into this world; previous representations have included a cactus and dinosaur. This year, three buttons on the Doodle allow us to move among a series of lessons for life from a mama duck to her young offspring.She tries to teach her young charges the proper way to waddle — not without dealing with some challenges — and that it’s sometimes necessary to change direction. And when their plans go south, she welcomes them back to the fold, err, flock.Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, regardless of species, who help teach us to spread our wings. Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Online Share your voice Post a comment Google Doodlelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday December 12

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics with political strategist Catalina Byrd, including insight into the Democratic Party’s efforts to seize control of several governor’s mansions in 2018. Plus, Dr. Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security Criminal Justice Institute of Anne Arundel Community College, discusses Donald Trump’s condemnation of the CIA’s report on Russia’s cyber meddling into the presidential election process.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Amazons IMDb Launches Original Series UnMade About Comedians Rejected Hollywood Pitches

first_imgIn the first episode of “UnMade,” Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) reveals his pitch for a series called “Assisted Living,” in which two slackers inherit a retirement home. Schaal’s episode takes viewers behind the scenes of her film “Avant Garde,” which she crafted during a college screenwriting class, and Chandrasekhar’s never-made project is “Mickleberry: Cat in Space,” following the adventures of a cat astronaut.“Excited to add this credit of authentic genius to my IMDb page,” Schaal quipped in a comment provided by the company.IMDb will release new episodes of “UnMade,” which will run 5-8 minutes each, weekly on its website (at imdb.com/unmade), iOS and Android apps, and the Freedive channel. The short-form series is produced for IMDb by Electus’ Big Breakfast and was co-created by Luke Kelly-Clyne and Steve Marovitch of Big Breakfast.“‘UnMade’ provides fans with a comedic new perspective on how the industry works, and why certain projects get made — or don’t,” said Steve Bernstein, GM of IMDb Video.Pictured above (l. to r.): Rainn Wilson, Nick Cannon, Kristen Schaal Popular on Variety IMDb, the Amazon-owned entertainment database, has premiered its latest original show: “UnMade,” featuring Rainn Wilson, Nick Cannon, Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts and other comedians discussing early pet projects that were never produced, until now — sort of.In each episode, one of the guest comedians recounts a project they created and pitched back when they were unknowns in the industry. “UnMade” brings scenes from their treatments to life to show Hollywood what might have been.IMDb released the first three episodes Wednesday, Jan. 16, with Jay Chandrasekhar, Kristen Schaal and Rainn Wilson sharing their never-produced projects. Future guests will include Nick Cannon, Bobby Moynihan, Tig Notaro, Paul Rust, Reggie Watts and “Weird Al” Yankovic.For IMDb, the show is another expansion into original video content, joining other original series including “The IMDb Show,” “So Far,” “No Small Parts” and “Casting Calls,” as it looks to boost user engagement (and, by extension, ad revenue). It also dovetails with IMDb’s Freedive free, ad-supported entertainment channel, launched last week, which offers a collection of licensed library movies and TV shows to stream for free (alongside IMDb’s originals).center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Researchers identify skull of South Americas oldest predator

first_img © 2011 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. Citation: Researchers identify skull of South America’s oldest predator (2012, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-skull-south-america-oldest-predator.html (PhysOrg.com) — Back in 2008, budding paleontologists, Juan Cisneros and Cesar Schultz, still college students, found a skull in a part of Brazil known as the pampas region of Rio Grande do Sul. They’d decided to dig there after studying images from Google Earth. Explore further Scientist says Taung Child killed by bird The skull. Image credit: University of Witwatersrandcenter_img The name they’ve given it comes from pampas, the name of the open plains where the skull was found and the word for killer. Biccai comes from Bicca, the last name of the man who owned the land.Because they have only a skull to work with, the team has had to use the remains of other similar ancient remains found in South Africa, Russia and China to deduce what the reptile might have looked like. They believe it falls into the class Dinocephalian therapsid (reptiles with some mammal characteristics) and was about the size of a leopard, cold blooded, and had powerful jaws that enabled it to rip flesh from prey it very likely caught. Also, they believe it lived somewhere around 265 million years ago, putting it before the dinosaurs, which meant it also lived in a time when the continents were joined which explains how it could be so similar to other therapsids found in Africa and Asia.The team also believe Pampaphoneus biccai lived in herds because of footprint finds of relatives in South Africa. Scientists hope that the new find will help in plotting the migration of the ancient therapsids, which may help buffer arguments about the geography of the ancient continent known as Pangeae. More information: Carnivorous dinocephalian from the Middle Permian of Brazil and tetrapod dispersal in Pangaea, PNAS, Published online before print January 17, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1115975109AbstractThe medial Permian (∼270–260 Ma: Guadalupian) was a time of important tetrapod faunal changes, in particular reflecting a turnover from pelycosaurian- to therapsid-grade synapsids. Until now, most knowledge on tetrapod distribution during the medial Permian has come from fossils found in the South African Karoo and the Russian Platform, whereas other areas of Pangaea are still poorly known. We present evidence for the presence of a terrestrial carnivorous vertebrate from the Middle Permian of South America based on a complete skull. Pampaphoneus biccai gen. et sp. nov. was a dinocephalian “mammal-like reptile” member of the Anteosauridae, an early therapsid predator clade known only from the Middle Permian of Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and South Africa. The genus is characterized, among other features, by postorbital bosses, short, bulbous postcanines, and strongly recurved canines. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that the Brazilian dinocephalian occupies a middle position within the Anteosauridae, reinforcing the model of a global distribution for therapsids as early as the Guadalupian. The close phylogenetic relationship of the Brazilian species to dinocephalians from South Africa and the Russian Platform suggests a closer faunistic relationship between South America and eastern Europe than previously thought, lending support to a Pangaea B-type continental reconstruction.Press release Because Brazil is covered in so much vegetation, it’s difficult to find sites. Google Earth allows such researchers to see patches of open areas, so upon finding one, that’s where the team went. Afterwards, they took pictures of their find and sent them back to their professor at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa, which is a sort of hotbed for fossil study due to the large numbers of specimens found in an area nearby known as the Karoo. After much study, the two finders of the fossil and a team from Witwatersrand, will have their findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and report that they believe the skull once belonged to a creature called Pampaphoneus biccai and is related to an ancient reptile found in South Africa called Australosyodon. Pampaphoneus biccai, illustration. Image credit: Voltaire Neto / University of Witwatersrand Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Global Perimeter Security Market to Witness a Pronounce Growth During 2023

first_imgPhysical perimeter security can be defined as systems and technologies that protect people and assets within a facility and its grounds by blocking unauthorised physical intrusions across the perimeter. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Perimeter Security Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).In this report, The Global Perimeter Security Market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3223598?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSThe report firstly introduced the Perimeter Security basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:Southwest MicrowaveSightLogixHoneywellSenstarTycoAnixterHikvisionMagal S3AxisCIASSecure Site UKAdvanced Perimeter SystemsXtralisNOBESOThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-Taut-wire Fence SystemH-Field SensorsPIR Microwave DetectorsFiber Optic Cable Detection SystemOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Perimeter Security for each application, including-Defense and governmentTransportation facilitiesCritical infrastructureSensitive areasAcquire Discount on this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3223598?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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first_img February 3, 2015 — Carestream Health was awarded 66 new patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2014 for innovations in radiology imaging, healthcare information technology (IT), dental imaging and other areas. The company also received 34 additional patents in European and Asian countries last year.New patents earned by the company’s scientists and engineers include:  New image capture technologies related to the development of cone beam computed tomography (CT) systems designed for orthopedic extremity imaging; Enhancements to Carestream’s portfolio of healthcare IT systems that manage, store and share patient data and medical imaging exams; Continued technology advances in Carestream’s growing portfolio of radiology systems; Continued developments in Carestream imagers and media that provide affordable printing of digital X-ray exams onto medical film and paper; andNew product features for Carestream Advanced Materials in the area of transparent conductive films for use in flexible touch panel displays for such products as digital wrist devices, smartphones, digital tablets, laptops and electronic displays. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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10TH anniversary of ILTM Asia connects brands to Asian travellers

first_img10TH anniversary of ILTM Asia connects brands to Asian travellers10TH anniversary of ILTM Asia connects brands to Asian travellersInternational Luxury Travel Market Asia 2016 (www.iltm.com/asia) marked its 10th year 30 May – 2 June in Shanghai, bringing together Asia’s most high level and productive luxury travel agents with 500 luxury travel exhibitors. ILTM Asia is long established as the most significant industry event of the annual business calendar for the luxury travel industry in the region and a highly significant source of business generation for all of the participants. Exhibitors came from 53 countries covering a wide range of categories, introducing global luxury travel brands to the Asian market.Over the four-day event ILTM Asia facilitated over 25,000 one-to-one, mutually matched appointments between those representing global luxury travel experiences from across the world and 500 high-end Asian travel agents, each specialized in creating and planning luxury travel for their high net worth clients.Exhibitors were enthusiastic about their ILTM Asia experience and the impact of the show on the luxury travel industry and their business throughout the year.Federico Versari, General Manager, Grand Hotel et de Milan said “As a first time exhibitor, I’m very impressed with ILTM Asia 2016 and the organization from Reed. I had very good business meetings, met powerful brands and influential buyers, and secured great opportunities for our hotel and the destinations of Milan and Italy. I will definitely return next year.”Ôn Nhã Nghi, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Reverie, Saigon, said “It’s a fascinating experience to be here and I was especially impressed and enthralled with the seminars and educational component. ILTM Asia is a perfect platform for us to target the Chinese luxury market and generation Y.”Cathy Favaloro, Regional Director of Sales, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, said “ILTM Asia is an opportunity to meet with existing customers and make connections with those who do not visit Australia. Without ILTM Asia we would not have the opportunity to meet with new luxury buyers. Having been in the industry for 20 years, it is fabulous to have a conduit to be introduced to new targeted buyers for Four Seasons.”Steve Odell, SVP and Managing Director Australasia, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said “The concentration of appointments over the three days gives us an opportunity to see a lot of existing partners and new buyers over a short space of time. The fact that all the buyers are pre-vetted and selected means that we meet only the right people. The organization is excellent and within our region, I think it’s the most important industry event.”Filip Boyen, Chief Executive Officer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, said “Asian travellers around the world are growing significantly as a customer segment and companies are well-advised to pay attention. I was incredibly impressed by this year’s speakers and the insights on the luxury sector. ILTM Asia plays an important educational role in the market.”Jack Lim, Regional VP Sales Marketing China, Kempinski Hotels, said “ILTM Asia is the annual event where we can focus our energy every year to showcase our product and meet new quality buyers. It’s an investment that’s dependably valuable for us every year”Steve McLoughlin, Director of Sales Australasia, Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions, said “I’ve been to ILTM Asia a number of years and it improves like a fine wine. This tenth anniversary year has been the best yet, organization was perfect, social events outstanding, and the standard of buyers continues to increase. I’ll definitely be back next year.”Source = ILTM Asialast_img read more

In response to growing demand for more sustainable

first_imgIn response to growing demand for more sustainable cruises, Peregrine Adventures has announced it is tripling the number of its small ship Adventure Cruising departures in Europe in 2018. The carbon-neutral travel company will add four new charter itineraries to its Adventure Cruising range in Europe, with a total of 20 departures available in 2018, and offer a wider range of trips operated in partnership with Variety Cruises, which are carbon-offset by parent company, the Intrepid Group. Additionally, as part of its commitment to sustainable tourism, in 2018 Peregrine Adventures has banned all single-use plastics such as straws, cups, and water bottles on board its Adventure Cruising charter trips. Cloth bags and refillable water bottles will be provided. Peregrine’s small ships carry no more than 50 passengers, enabling travellers to visit the small ports that big ships can’t get to and explore little-known towns and villages in some of the world’s hottest travel destinations. “Travellers are increasingly aware of the impact they can have on holiday,” says James Thornton, CEO of the Intrepid Group. “We’ve heard from local leaders that cruise ship travellers are now being called ‘ice cream tourists’ because that’s all they’re buying when they visit an increasingly overcrowded city like Dubrovnik.” Thornton says he believes the demand for a more sustainable style of small ship cruising is so big, that Adventure Cruising travellers may outnumber those on Peregrine Adventures land-based trips in another ten years. “We’re starting small, but we have big ambitions to grow a more sustainable style of cruise ship travel. There has been an overwhelming response to this first season. By 2025, we may even see more Peregrine customers travelling on small ship cruises than on our land-based trips.” IMAGE: Peregrine Tours & trips–Italy cruiseEuropePeregrine AdventuresSustainablelast_img read more