first_imgKingston (Jamaica): Rishabh Pant will be desperate to pay back the faith reposed in him by the team management when India look to steamroll West Indies with another dominant show in the second World Test championship encounter starting on Friday. Having won the first Test by 318 runs, India are runaway favourites going into the second and final match at the Sabina Park against a team that neither showed the resolve nor the aptitude required to put up a sustained fight in five-day cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The conditions here are good and the pitch also looks good. We are expecting another good performance,” bowling coach Bharath Arun said on Wednesday. Jasprit Bumrah (match haul of 6 wickets) and Ishant Sharma (8 wickets) exposed the opposition’s technical frailties and they will be gunning for more in the second game. It is unlikely that India will be tinkering with their playing XI after a big win even though Pant’s form has been a bit of a concern of late. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMore than the runs scored, it is the manner of his dismissals that is causing frustration, considering that the Indian cricket establishment has invested heavily in the 21-year-old from Rourkee. His sequence of scores across formats during this current tour has been 0, 4, 65 not out, 20, 0, 24, 7. With veteran Wriddhiman Saha back in the dressing room and the gutsy Kona Bharat waiting in the wings, Pant can ill-afford to take things for granted, especially the kind that one saw in the second innings of the first Test. The pressure was completely off after India took a handsome lead. What the side required from the flamboyant left-hander was something in the range of a solid 30 not out but what it got instead was another impetuous shot. The slog sweep has brought about his downfall more often than not and save a fifty in the dead rubber in the T20 series, he has done precious little with the bat. Opener Mayank Agarwal wasn’t in his elements either in the first Test but it is expected that he would get another opportunity, which he rightfully deserves having worked hard in Australia. The Indian middle-order performed admirably with Ajinkya Rahane back in form with an under-pressure half-century and a century. Hanuma Vihari also justified his selection with a 93 in the second innings, meaning that Rohit Sharma’s wait to make the side could just get a bit longer. However, Agarwal would be on his toes. He may not get too many opportunities if the team management decides to fit in an impact player like Rohit at the top of the order alongside KL Rahul in the coming Test series against South Africa at home. While Rohit’s technique against the moving red ball is a bit suspect but in the sub-continent, he could prove to be a handful. The pace bowling was near flawless in the first game with Ishant and Bumrah looking menacing with five-wicket hauls each. Even Mohammed Shami was very effective in short bursts while Ravindra Jadeja proved his utility as an all-rounder. “Any seamer are at their best when they are getting wickets. The five-wicket haul for both (Ishant and Bumrah) of them will give them tremendous confidence. Also Shami looked good whenever he was given the ball and it augurs well for the team,” Arun said. For West Indies, there hasn’t been much to write home about as none of their players even got a half-century in two innings. Talented players like Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope didn’t measure up while the normally dependable Roston Chase also looked out of sorts in the second innings. The only saving grace for them was the new ball pair of Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach, who bowled their hearts out without much support from others. Teams: India: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar West Indies: Squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach. Match Starts at 7 pm IST.last_img read more

first_imgRabat – The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Tani offers his palace located on the seaside of Agadir city to king Mohamed VI.After he bought it from the family of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the Emir of Qatar offered his palace to king Mohamed VI. The palace lies on the coast of Agadir.According to the 17th issue of the daily Akhbar Al-Yaoum, the procedures for the transfer of the palace’s ownership started earlier this week, and the property has been officially handed over to the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery. The ceremony of the transfer of the property’s ownership was attended by representatives from the the Embassy of Qatar to Morocco and officials from of the Moroccan Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery.This palace becomes officially the third royal palace in the capital of Souse, after the two royal palaces located in Bensergaw and in Agadir touristic zone respectively.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Brussels – A crisis cell was set up at the Moroccan embassy and consulate general in Brussels to closely follow the situation and get information about the existence of Moroccan nationals among the victims of the attacks perpetrated Tuesday in the Belgian capital. “As part of the situation’s follow-up after the terrorist attack that targeted on Tuesday the Brussels’ international airport and some subway stations, a crisis cell was set up at the Moroccan embassy and consulate general in Brussels in order to work with the Belgian authorities and closely follow the situation,” said the embassy in a statement. The Moroccan diplomatic representation said that contacts are under way, in coordination with the competent Belgian authorities to get informed, through field visit to hospitals, about the possible existence of dead or wounded Moroccan nationals among the victims, it added. read more

“From June 2006 when the peace process started, we have come a long way, with some ups and downs which is only natural for a complex peace process,” Bhim Bahadur Rawal said at the Assembly’s annual high-level debate yesterday.That year, Government and the Maoists signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord ending a decade-long conflict that claimed some 13,000 lives. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections in May 2008, the Asian country abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic. “Yet, our national determination remains strong and unwavering and we are fully committed to bringing the ongoing peace process to its meaningful conclusion by resolving all outstanding issues,” Mr. Rawal said.He pointed to remarkable progress has made in recent years, including the promulgation of the Interim Constitution and the elections for the Constituent Assembly.That 601-member body, the official said, is one of the most inclusive assemblies, with women comprising one-third of its membership, and also includes the participation of representatives of different ethnic groups, regions, traditionally-marginalized communities and others.Establishing a new constitution will “consolidate gains made over the years in establishing people as the real sources of sovereignty and State authority and guaranteeing multi-party democracy, human rights, federal structure and inclusive governance,” he said.This step, Mr. Rawal underlined, will further push Nepal’s “historic transformation” of its political, economic and social structure.The deadline for drafting the new constitution – considered a key element of the peace process – was extended in May as the parties remained deadlocked on issues such as power-sharing arrangements and the reintegration of the Maoist ex-combatants.The Minister announced that the Government and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) have agreed to complete the process of integrating and rehabilitating former Maoist combatants within four months.He also expressed his appreciation to the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for supporting the country’s nationally-driven peace process.Earlier this month, the Security Council voted to wind up UNMIN’s work in January next year after Nepal’s caretaker Government and political parties reached an agreement to complete the remaining tasks of the peace process by 14 January 2011.In response, the Council decided unanimously to extend UNMIN’s mandate – set to have expired on 15 September – until 15 January 2011, after which the mission is to leave Nepal. 28 September 2010Drafting a new constitution is the next crucial step in Nepal’s “historic transformation,” the country’s Home Affairs Minister has told the General Assembly, underscoring its steadfast commitment to the peace process. read more

TORONTO — North American stock markets closed lower for a second straight day Tuesday while the Canadian dollar rose more than half a cent.The S&P/TSX composite lost 109.49 points to 15,043.15, after falling 17.38 points on Monday. The loonie traded at 83.21 cents US, up 0.63 of a U.S. cent from Monday’s close.The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 36.94 points at 18,068.23, the Nasdaq fell 17.38 points to 4,976.19 and the S&P 500 lost 6.21 points to 2,099.12.Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates, said recent market fluctuations are largely seasonal, referring to the adage that cautions investors to “sell in May and go away.”“The U.S. markets have bounced around a little bit, but you typically see this sort of volatility,” said King. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pull back a little bit and drift into the summer before stronger markets in the fall. So all of this is OK.”In corporate news, shares of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) were down 18 cents to US$49.62 after news that the biggest U.S. wireless carrier has struck a deal to buy AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) for US$4.4-billion. The deal will give Verizon access to AOL’s various digital content platforms, including the Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget websites.“It is a large deal,” said King. “You’ve got an old-line telecommunications company buying a newer-age company in an attempt to make sure its product offering is robust. They’re paying a good premium for it.” On commodity markets, the June crude contract closed up $1.50 at US$60.75 a barrel while June gold rose $9.40 to US$1,192.40 an ounce.While most of the TSX sectors closed lower, the gold sector was 0.6 per cent higher, while the energy sector was down 0.32 per cent.“Despite the rise in U.S. energy inventories, the discount on Canadian oil continues to narrow a little bit, and that’s because the refiners are looking for Canadian product to put in their refineries,” said King. “It’s heavier, and their refineries are built to process that heavier crude, as opposed to the lighter stuff that might come out of the U.S.”Government bonds have been hit with a sell-off lately, as traders have been anticipating higher inflation out of the eurozone. That has dampened the performance of U.S. markets.However, King notes that rising interest rates in Europe are a positive.“It’s good to see rising rates in Europe,” said King.“A lot of the Greek action has delayed normal market recovery … so it’s good to see it start to move in the right direction,” he said, referring to fears that Greece might default on its sovereign debt.On Tuesday, Greece repaid a 757-million euro debt to the International Monetary Fund by dipping into an emergency fund. read more

Hummos, a dip of pureed chickpeas, Tahineh, a sesame seed paste and Ful Medammes, a dish of partially mashed fava beans, laced with herbs, spices and oil, all moved up to step five in the eight-step process set by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a subsidiary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).The move, adopted by the Codex’s regional Near East Coordinating Committee in Amman, Jordan, should lead to international acceptance in about two years by the full Commission, which allows consumers to purchase imported foods from around the world knowing that they meet international standards for safety and quality.”The process of setting food standards is rigorous and long,” said the head of the Codex Commission, Kazuaki Miyagishima. “It has to be that way to ensure consumers that the food they purchase is not only safe but of acceptable quality. The explosion of tourism and the increase in migration of people from one country and region to another has created a growing demand for good foods from around the world.”This market has a lot of potential for Near Eastern countries and the Codex process ensures that these foods can be traded globally as that they can be purchased and consumed with confidence,” he added.Fourteen of the regional commission’s 17 members attended the four-day Amman meeting which ended today. The Palestine Authority was present for the first time as an observer. read more

Redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball on Sept. 12 against Hawaii. OSU won 38-0.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorPrior to Saturday’s game, The Lantern’s sports editor and assistant sports editor Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz gave their five things to look at during the matchup between Ohio State and Hawaii.OSU ended up shutting out the Rainbow Warriors, 38-0.Here is a look back at the five things to watch for before the game and how the Buckeyes played out Saturday’s home opener.Who gets the field goal duties this time?Much like redshirt junior Cardale Jones getting the start for the second game in a row, OSU coach Urban Meyer stuck with the same starter in the Buckeyes’ other position battle.Redshirt senior Jack Willoughby, after missing his lone attempt in the Buckeyes’ opener at Virginia Tech, converted his only attempt on Saturday, a 20-yarder midway through the third quarter.He was lined up for a kick earlier in the game, but a botched hold by junior punter Cameron Johnston took away that opportunity.Willoughby, a transfer from Duke, has been in an ongoing battle with sophomore Sean Nuernberger for the field goal job. Meyer said on Wednesday that a competition in Thursday’s practice would decide who got the duties on Saturday, which apparently was won by Willoughby.He was announced as the kickoff specialist shortly after his transfer to OSU, though he kicked two of them out of bounds on Saturday.Who fields punts?In Monday’s game at Virginia Tech, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott stood back as a surprise punt returner. Although a pair of H-backs in redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson were suspended for the game, the depth chart listed redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller and sophomore running back Curtis Samuel as the return men.However, it was Elliott who took the punts, which Meyer explained as because he had the best catching hands. Despite those hands, he muffed a punt in that game that led to a Virginia Tech score.On Saturday, Elliott did not once stand back to return. Instead, Marshall, Wilson and Miller got the opportunities, with Marshall fielding the three returns.For most of the game, unless OSU was sending an extra attacker to try to block a Hawaii kick deep in Rainbow Warriors territory, two returners of the three stood back.Marshall pulled off the biggest return in the third quarter, a 32-yard return aided by an excellent block by Miller to take out two would-be tacklers.Three more guys, just one ballWith already a bevy of offensive weapons, it was a valid question how OSU would adapt to the return of three more: Marshall, Wilson and redshirt senior receiver Corey Smith.Much like on the punt return side, it was Marshall getting the bulk of the attention.Marshall had three catches in the game for 40 yards, including two receptions on a shovel sweep that OSU ran frequently throughout the game.Smith only had one catch for eight yards late in the first half. He had a long completion on an untimed play at the end of the first quarter, but offsetting penalties wiped out the catch.Wilson did not see much time on offense or accumulate any stats, making his main presence felt on special teams.As for the weapons who were on the field in Blacksburg, Virginia, Samuel led the Buckeyes with seven catches for 53 yards and had one carry for nine.Redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas had five catches for 52 yards, and redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett caught one pass for 12 yards.How many deep balls will the Buckeyes throw?Despite Hawaii having a questionable secondary, the Buckeyes opted to do more damage on the ground than through the air.All four OSU touchdowns were on the ground, marking the first game since Oct. 5, 2013 at Northwestern — a span of 24 games — without a passing touchdown.Jones threw a few deep balls, with the first coming on a free play due to an offsides. Jones aired it out to redshirt freshman receiver Parris Campbell, but the pass went through his outstretched hands.Early in the second quarter before he was pulled for Barrett, Jones unleashed a throw that traveled roughly 50 yards on the fly, but Marshall was unable to corral it in due good coverage by the Rainbow Warrior secondary.Early in the fourth quarter, Jones let go another deep ball, this time it was intended for Thomas. Thomas had a step on the defender, but the ball was slightly underthrown, which ended up working out in the Buckeyes’ favor because the Hawaii defender made contact with Thomas as they both tried to readjust for the ball. The play resulted in defensive pass interference.Those three attempts — and only one that was official — were the only deep balls by the Buckeyes, who carried the ball 49 times for 182 yards but completed just 20 of 34 throws for 181.Will we see a two-QB system this time?No.While three quarterbacks did play — and four if you include the eight direct snaps Miller took — Meyer once again opted not to mix Jones and Barrett together.Jones got the start, getting all of the snaps that weren’t taken by Miller until he was pulled for Barrett midway through the second quarter. Barrett struggled, leading Meyer to hand the reins back to Jones for the second half.WIth the game out of reach, Barrett got back in the game and led a long drive that ended in OSU’s fourth and final offensive touchdown.On the final victory formation drive, it was neither Jones nor Barrett but redshirt freshman Stephen Collier who got to take the final snaps. He did not attempt a pass.One player who did attempt a pass was Johnston, when he shoveled his mishandled snap on a first-quarter field goal attempt to no one in particular.Many have speculated about the potential chaos and possibilities of having Barrett and Jones on the field at the same time, but through two games that is yet to materialize. read more

first_imgIM is exhibiting at IMME 2012 (the 11th International Mining and Machinery Exhibition) in Kolkata, India in the first week of December. If you are attending, come and see us at booth number B12 in Hanger 2. Alongside the exhibition is the Global Mining Summit with the theme Roadmap for Global Leadership, December 5-6, Hotel Hyatt Regency, Kolkata.India is a leading mineral producer globally endowed with a resource base of several major minerals like coal, iron ore, bauxite, etc. The Indian mining sector plays a pivotal role in the country’s infrastructure and economy. Globally, India ranks second in chromite, third in coal and lignite and bauxite, fourth in iron ore and fifth in manganese. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) says the “future of the mining sector lies in laying emphasis on scientific mining so that state of the art technology is used for exploration, efficiencies are realised, clean technologies and safe mining practices are adopted with adequate supporting infrastructure.The four-day international exhibition (Partner Country – USA ; Focus Country – Australia) December 5-8 has over 200 exhibitors and expects in excess of 9,000 business visitors. There are country pavilions from USA, Australia, UK, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and more.last_img read more

first_imgKomatsu and MineWare officially launched their first factory-fitted payload management system, Argus PLM, at the Bauma 2019 trade fair in Germany. Argus PLM drives whole-of-mine improvement by increasing loading tool productivity and efficiency, which ultimately lowers cost per tonne. Argus PLM is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) version of the MineWare Argus monitoring system designed exclusively for the Komatsu range of hydraulic excavators.“Mining operators need world-class technology solutions to improve productivity, reduce costs and increase their global competitiveness,” MineWare Vice President of Marketing and Sales Roy Pater said. “By uniting Komatsu and MineWare capabilities we’re offering customers the opportunity to have production improvement technology fully integrated with the machine, when ordering a new machine, to achieve these benefits. Argus PLM enables OEMs, like Komatsu, to deliver a superior and unrivaled machine for the mining industry while also shifting technology development further towards tele-remote and autonomous mining operations.”Argus PLM integrates seamlessly with Komatsu’s Komtrax operating system and forms part of the on-board display. This delivers actionable production information, in real time, from the machine directly to the operator. If the mine site has suitable connectivity, this information can be transmitted back to the site office too. “The system provides mining personnel on and off site with greater production visibility and performance benchmarking data to monitor, take action and understand how to improve the machine’s productivity.”“This system adds value to every bucket load,” Pater said, “enabling operators and supervisors to continually improve productivity and contribute to whole of mine production. Ultimately that means moving more tonnes for less cost.” Komatsu is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to deliver an in-cab payload management and guidance system, fully integrated with the excavator’s own operating system. Argus PLM will be available on all new Komatsu PC7000-11 models. Komatsu plans to continue rolling out the Argus PLM across all other PC series excavator models, in time.last_img read more

first_imgDra He is one of the gang members of ‘General’ Abou he loves and is chasing after Ara Pa Bashiru’ daughter he left what he was doing followed her with sweet words; “You are the sugar in my tea I want us to wrap up.” As he tried to kiss her Ara pushed him away;Ara “You are smelling ‘ganja’ and alcohol do you want to kill yourself? How can I love and marry you in this condition? What trade are you doing? Rumour has it that you are part of Abou’ gang disturbing and raiding the village? You have to prove to me that the rumours are false before I consider your proposal.” Ara remarked.Dra “They kin talk na so then tan but ano give a dam to what they say what I know is a love you and kin want marry you just say yes!” Ara pushed him away and hissed.Dra “I must get you na crook or straight!” he laughed hilariously.Pa Tapy He chided his son for smoking Indian Hem; “Look at you advising me just some minutes ago what are you doing now? Smoking ganja!”Abou “Dad you are mistaken everybody does it rich, poor, mighty and famous, it has some medicinal properties and should be legalize in USA many States have now legalize it our country should follow it, try it dad and see what am talking about.” He cajoled.Pa Tapy “Are you sure about that?”  Abou answered in the affirmative.Pa Tapy took some ‘draws’ and started to cough vigorously Abou took it from him; “Slowly dad you have not done bad more lessons tomorrow by the end of the week you would have mastered it’ smoking you a smart old man you’ll soon start to teach the other elders in Council. Ha! Ha! Ha!”Abou As his father start to leave Abou halted him; “Not again dad stop chasing after widows and remarry mom died 10 years ago.” He hissed frown at Abou and left.Chief Sohorr He discussed with his General Manager of his Cement Factory Nyohorr a fine gentleman as the workers call him he is nice and considerate and Chief’ dearest; “Nyohorr how are the books? I understand our balance is very healthy and the profit margin huge.”Nyohorr “Yes sir we did better than all those years and we have increase the profit margin and so is our social responsibility; there is an increase of the Education Package and it is now being gendered equal number of girls to boys; we have also raised the minimum wage for our workers and they are very happy and dutiful to work.”Chief He hugged and praised him all the more; “The Board has also given you an award as the Best Manager of the Year with more fringe benefits. Congratulations!” Nyohorr was very happy as he left the Chief’ Casstle.At Maama Goom’ HouseDoilu She was doing laundry when her cousin Yaatu visited them he came in his transport full of foodstuffs for his aunt and cousins. She went inside the house and called her mom; “Maama! Maama! Yaatu has come to pay us a visit come out and greet him.”Maama Goom She came out hopping; “Where is the visitor am here oh!” The duo exchanged greeting as Maama Goom enquired after everyone despite the insult and humiliation they receive from Chief.Yaatu He is shy and embarrass as he apologize for his father; “I am very sorry aunt about how my dad treated you and your daughter it was unfair even ‘slaves’ treatment is better but don’t mind him my mom and my humble self have high regard for your family we are one blood he cannot erase that how much harder he tried.”Maama Goom “it is okay my son my hands are clean that of my dead husband and my children God’ time is the best and we will wait for that.”Yaatu He called the driver to offload the goodies Maama was flabbergasted.Maama Goom She shed emotional tears; She exclaimed; “Are you opening a shop for your aunt? All these goodies for me? It will last for one year.” She rushed and hugged him dearly; “God will blessed you for me your dad embarrassed me and you embraced me God is great and that is life.” Yaatu started to leave but Maama Goom stopped him; “No my son you brought me feeding for a year am going to feed you for a day you remember your favourite?”Yaatu “I do Ma ‘domoda jeann’ groundnut soup with fish and vegetables hot and peppery eaten with ‘findi’?”Maama Goom “Exactly you can also eat it with rice I’ll give you both and you can take one home.’Yaatu He took off his big boubou hung it on his transport door and ate to satisfaction Maama blessed the food and prayed for him.Pa Tapy He was going to somewhere but when he saw Yaatu’ transport he stood a little distance and spied upon everything; when he saw Yaatu eating Maama Goom’ food he became furious; “This ‘witch’ she is charming the Chief’ son and winning him to her side but I’ll foil it if Yaatu empowers Goom then I can never get my aim of luring her onto my bed she is very wicked and stubborn how can I leave her remain untouched until she takes it to the grave? That is very cruel.” He swore.Maama Goom She was overwhelmed “My son sometimes we stay days without cooking food we live on soak gari with or without sugar these food stuff of all kinds will take us for a year now we will only hustle fish and meat thank you and God will refill your fountain of wealth amen!” They all chorused amen.Yaatu Before he left he drew her a check of D50, 000; “Supplement your petty trade to enable you meat, fish and Doilu’ lunch.” He drew another cheque for Doilu’ tuition and another D50 for Jeim’ “I understand he hustle for the fish money? Give this to him for small petty trading sometimes when the hustling get tough.” He boarded his transport for the city. They waved him goodbye and journey mercy. To be Cont.last_img read more

first_imgThe Uruguayan Getafe CF player believes the 0-0 draw against Valladolid was not good, and his team lacked what it needed to scoreGetafe CF and Valladolid played on Friday and drew 0-0 in the third Spanish La Liga match day.And even with some chances at the front, Getafe was not able to score.For Uruguayan Mauro Arrambari, his team lacked many things to be able to get a win.“There will always be things to correct,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Today we lacked effectiveness, and we had fewer opportunities.”But he thanked manager Jose Bordalas for the confidence after playing for the full 90 minutes.“My coach gave us a lot of confidence, this is very important to me,” he added.“I’m very fortunate to be here. I have been not playing for the last four months, and I worked very hard to be back in the best shape possible, I’m feeling very well.”last_img read more

first_img• Meet Crystal Steinmueller at the 2 Hands 7 Continents booth at the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St.• On the Web:2 Hands 7 ContinentsFacebook: 2 Hands 7 ContinentsElephants WorldCrystal Steinmueller spent her summer vacation feeding and bathing rescued elephants in Thailand. That’s not such an unusual adventure for the 30-year-old world traveler who has visited 33 countries. This summer in Bangkok she had her left foot tattooed with a globe and the words “Carpe Diem,” or seize the day.Steinmueller was bitten by the travel bug during her first trip abroad in 2004, when she visited Paris, London and Dublin with her twin sister, Jennifer. Four months later, her sister died.“My passion for travel and volunteering started after I lost my sister,” she said.Over the next 18 months, Steinmueller backpacked extensively throughout Europe and Egypt, but never stayed put for very long. After the trip she realized that she wanted to continue traveling, but wanted to plant some roots by volunteering during her travels.So when she traveled to Peru, she saw the sites, but she also arranged to volunteer at a boys’ orphanage at the base of the Andes. That life-changing experience made herlast_img read more

first_imgBRUSSELS — With Europe on edge, soldiers fanned out Saturday to guard possible terror targets in Belgium while police in Greece detained at least two suspects as part of a widening counterterrorism dragnet across the continent. In France, one of the terrorists behind last week’s attacks in Paris was given a secret burial as authorities sought to head off glorification of terrorism and civil unrest amid a groundswell of popular antagonism across Europe against radical Islam, and protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad across the Muslim world that have underscored vast cultural differences.For the first time in three decades, authorities used paratroopers to reinforce police in Belgium’s cities, guarding buildings within the Jewish quarter of the port city of Antwerp and some Belgian embassies. The move came a day after anti-terror raids netted dozens of suspects across Western Europe and increased anxiety across big swathes of the region. Belgium has increased its terror warning to 3, the second-highest, following the anti-terror raids of Thursday which left two suspects dead. Police believe the cell they largely dismantled was on the verge of a major attack.Authorities said that even though they had broken up the alleged terror cell they were still looking for some suspects abroad and briefly hoped Greece could have clinched the breakthrough by detaining one remaining key suspect.last_img read more

first_imgBruce Wasserstein, chairman and CEO of financial advisory firm Lazard Ltd. and chairman of private equity firm Wasserstein & Co., has died after being hospitalized Sunday with an irregular heartbeat. He was 61.”We are shocked and greatly saddened by the passing of Bruce Wasserstein,” the Lazard board of directors said in a statement. “At Lazard, he has put into place a long-term strategy as well as a broad and deep leadership team, in whom we have confidence and who will sustain his vision. His commitment to his clients was legendary.”During his more than 30-year career in finance, Wasserstein—nicknamed “Bid ‘em up Bruce”—worked on some of the biggest deals during that time, including investment banking giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ $31.3 billion takeover of RJR Nabisco. It was the most expensive LBO until 2006 when KKR, Bain Capital and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity purchased HCA Inc., a hospital chain, for $33 billion. In 2004, Wasserstein’s Wasserstein & Co. beat out a consortium of bidders for New York magazine, and in 2007 sold American Lawyer Media to Incisive Media for $630 million. Wasserstein & Co. also owns a stake in Hanley Wood and a 50 percent stake in Penton Media, which is now evaluating is capital structure. He also was said to be in the bidding fray in McGraw-Hill’s auction of BusinessWeek.Wasserstein served as director of the Lazard Group since January 2002 and as chairman and CEO of the Lazard Group and Lazard Ltd. since May 2005. The Lazard board of directors named Steven J. Golub, vice chairman and chairman of Lazard’s Financial Advisory Group, as interim chairman.What Wassersteain’s death means for the future of Wasserstein & Co. and its investments was not immediately clear. The remaining team at Wasserstein & Co. includes CEO Ellis B. Jones, president and COO George L. Majoros Jr., and vice chairman and managing director Anup Bagaria (who also oversees New York Media Holdings, the publisher of New York).Wasserstein is survived by his wife and his seven children.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Heilind Electronics, a leading distributor of electronic components, has added Mersen, a global specialist in circuit protection, to its growing portfolio of electrical protection and control product manufacturers.As an authorized distributor of Mersen products, Heilind now offers its global customers an extensive array of circuit protection solutions including fuses, fusegear, surge protective devices, low voltage switches and a variety of power electronic solutions.“This strategic partnership provides Mersen access to an untapped customer base for whom Heilind has been a preeminent distributor for over 40 years,” said Mark Ferris, Supplier Business Development Manager, Heilind Electronics. “Conversely, Mersen’s extensive product line will introduce Heilind to new markets around the world.”“We are excited to welcome Heilind Electronics to the Mersen family of distributors,” said Vadim Radunsky, President, Mersen. Partnering Mersen’s growing product line and Heilind’s distribution model will lead to exciting opportunities for both organizations.”The agreement was signed at Heilind corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Massachusetts on July 12.About Heilind ElectronicsHeilind Electronics, Inc. ( is one of the world’s leading distributors of connectors, relays, sensors, switches, thermal management and circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire and cable, wiring accessories and insulation and identification products. Founded in 1974, Heilind has locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Follow Heilind on Facebook at and on Twitter at MersenA global expert in electrical power and advanced materials, Mersen designs innovative solutions to address its clients’ specific needs and enable them to optimize their manufacturing processes in sectors such as energy, transportation and electronics, as well as in the chemical, pharmaceutical and process industries. Mersen Electrical Power provides a comprehensive line of current-limiting fuses (low voltage, general purpose, medium voltage, high speed, miniature, glass and special purpose) and accessories, fuse blocks and holders, power distribution blocks, low voltage disconnect switches, surge protective devices, high power switches, heatsinks, laminated bus bars and more. For more information, visit The above press release is from Heilind Electronics.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Expands Sensata PartnershipIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Opens New Distribution Center In OhioIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Voted Best Electronics Distributor Seventh Consecutive TimeIn “Business”last_img read more

first_img Supercomputer shows ‘Chameleon Theory’ could change how we think about gravity When it comes to cosmology, the macro scale is important. As scientists search for the reasons behind the increasing rate at which the universe is expanding, they modify Einstein’s theory of gravity and delve into dark energy theories to explain this counter-intuitive phenomenon. Citation: Macro, not micro: modified theories of gravity (2007, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from These simple modifications are represented as f(R) theories, and they are used to explain what is seen on a cosmic scale. But there’s a problem. “Some modified theories of gravity have nice features for cosmology, on the big scale, but they don’t work so well on the small scale,” Gonzalo Olmo explains to “I managed to solve these equations on the micro level, and I found that they are inconsistent.”Olmo, 28, is a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He says he solved these equations two years ago, but waited until interpreting them to have them published. His recent letter in Physical Review Letters, which puts forth the equations and their interpretations, is titled “Violation of the Equivalence Principle in Modified Theories of Gravity.” In the Letter, Olmo presents equations that suggest that when some modified theories of gravity are applied to the micro scale, new properties emerge that can effectively rule out some theories that explain accelerating universe expansion.“If we manage to show these theories are not consistent, which it looks like, then this approach in cosmology would be useless,” Olmo points out. He says that there are two main ways modified theories are studied: in the metric formalism or in the Palatini formalism. Olmo explains that his paper focuses on theories of gravity in the Palatini formalism. “[T]he connection is regarded as independent of the metric and, therefore, must be determined by solving its corresponding field equations,” the paper says.Olmo says that when he solved the equations on the micro scale, he noticed the emergence of new properties: “These new properties have never been seen in other modified theories of gravity, and these new properties are what make these theories so weird on the micro scale.”Even though Olmo says that these theories would not do to explain the expansion of the universe, since they are inconsistent on the micro scale, there are some uses for modified theories of gravity. He explains that the differences between how these modified theories work on the macro scale and on the micro scale could offer insight into the interaction between gravitation and quantum physics. “According to Einstein,” Olmo explains, “spacetime should be nearly flat in, for instance, your dining room or the interior of an atom.” He pauses before continuing: “However, in Palatini theories we find that it is curved even on a micro level, which has a strong effect on the properties of the quantum world. This can lead to better understanding by seeing how these modified theories of gravity interact with quantum theory.” “There are different possibilities to the reasons behind the acceleration of the universe,” continues Olmo. “Some theorists use dark energy to explain the expansion, and others modify the equations of gravity to say it is not dark energy. However, there could be a mix.” He says that it is very difficult to distinguish the effects of dark energy from those of modified equations, and the difference could hold the key to discovering what’s behind the increasing rate of expansion of our universe. And he thinks applying modified theories of gravity to the micro scale as well as to the macro scale could help determine the different effects. “If this idea can get going,” he enthuses, “there could be a very interesting future.” By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Every year you say you’ll be better at keeping your data backed up, but then life happens. You get busy. You get distracted. And the number of files in your digital life grows exponentially–all while you continue to relegate this critical task to the “I’ll get to it” pile.Sound familiar? Thought so. Backup is essential, yet most people neglect it, despite adding ever more files to their digital stockpiles. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average U.S. adult with online access has an average of 1800 digital files. And growing.We’ve found the tech that can help you get a handle on your backups–and help you stick to a plan. You’ll find many options that lead to the same result. Part of your challenge is picking the ones that are best for you.1. Devise a Backup Plan of AttackSurvey your backup needs, and think about what you have that is “live” data–your ongoing, working library of files–versus what is archival data, files that don’t require changes or additions. Live data might include your collection of digital music and your business documents, while archival data might include your digital photos from the past five years. Think about whether you want all of your data to reside in a single place, or whether you want to spread your backups across multiple devices. Also consider your habits: Do you need prompting to back up, or do you want to invoke a backup at will?Having evaluated your files and needs, you can better decide on a backup strategy–and on which combination of technologies makes sense for you. You’ll likely settle on a strategy that encompasses various devices and services, selected from among USB flash drives, external hard drives (see our latest Top 10 External Hard Drives chart or peek at the newest portable external hard drives), network-attached storage (see our most recent Top 5 Network-Attached Storage Devices chart), and online backup.Many hardware devices now include a backup utility as a matter of course; but whether you’ll find that backup utility (be it a separate application or one that’s integrated with the drive) useful will depend in part on the backup approach you’ve chosen. Do you want to back up all of your files? Or are you aiming to do larger, more-current sets while leaving the file archive to reside on a NAS or on a dedicated 1TB hard drive attached to your system?In steps two through five, we’ll identify some of the best technologies for helping you with your backups–and what situations and needs those technologies are most suited for.2. Organize Your FilesVarious software programs–including the traditional backup programs we rounded up recently, such as NovaStor NovaBackup Professional, EMC Retrospect Backup, and NTI Backup 5 Advanced–will find specific file types on your hard drive and back up those file types per your instructions. But it helps to devise an organized structure for the files on your hard drive; that way, you know exactly where to begin when you establish a backup routine in the aforementioned software, or if you ever do a quick-and-dirty manual backup (in which you simply drag and drop files from one drive to another within Windows Explorer).3. Try Set-It-and-Forget-It BackupLet’s be blunt: Sometimes, deciding on what to back up, and where, makes the process overwhelming. And though acknowledging that fact doesn’t negate the need for steps one and two described on the previous page, occasionally you want everything you own to be saved, with no brain activity required to get the process going.A handful of devices make jump-starting your system backups dead simple. Among the most notable faces in the crowd is the Clickfree Portable Backup Storage Appliance, which makes backup supereasy. Connect this $180, 320GB USB drive (also available in 120GB and 250GB capacities, with up to 500GB coming sometime in 2009) to your Windows-based PC, and it will back up your data files, including your music, movies, pictures, and e-mail. The drive’s built-in backup software kicks in as soon as you attach the drive to your PC; the software supports up to 350 file types. You can configure some basics, or just let the drive do everything–your choice. The drive can safeguard up to 20 PCs, and it does its backups incrementally (meaning that it does a full backup the first time, and then on subsequent occasions finds the new files and backs those up). Restoration is simply a matter of pressing the Restore button; the drive’s built-in software will then return data to its original location.If you have only enough data to fill a DVD or three, Clickfree sells DVD discs with the same backup software loaded. And the HP SimpleSave Photo utility uses an HP-branded version of the software for its discs.Rebit Disk Drive Backup is even simpler to use. Just plug in the drive (available in capacities up to 500GB for $220), give the built-in software permission to back up, and off it goes, continually protecting you in the background. By the end of January, the drive’s software will get an update that supports managing backups for up to six PCs to a single drive (a good setup for people backing up smaller sets of data, but not for users who have multiple PCs packed with multimedia collections). The company also now offers its easy-to-use software on CD, for use with any external hard drive; the CD costs $50 at its Web site.Memeo’s Autobackup software and NTI’s Shadow are competing stand-alone applications that you can buy for real-time file backup; they can require more intervention on your part, however, than either Clickfree (which is not real-time backup) or Rebit (which is real-time, much like the Apple Time Capsule for Mac OS computers).4. Use a Flash DriveUSB flash drives are ubiquitous, but nowadays 4GB is a baseline capacity, not the high end. And larger capacities–16GB, 32GB, and greater–are becoming more commonplace.The benefits to using a flash drive can be multifold. You can store your files–perhaps both your critical documents and your multimedia files–on a drive the size of your index finger, and you can keep your data close to you, in your pocket or on a keychain. Many drives offer software encryption and password protection; still more include a file-synchronization utility. The SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus goes one step further by letting you sync the drive with Web-based storage.SanDisk is going all out, however, with its newest offering (announced this week at CES), the SanDisk UltraBackup USB Flash Drive. The drive is expected in April, in capacities of 8GB to 64GB ($40 to $200). It has a retractable USB connector that slides inside, so you needn’t worry about caps (or cables, as you would with an external hard drive). The integrated software requires no installation; instead, it just asks you for the file types you want to back up, and it initiates a backup when you plug the drive in; a button on the unit lets you launch a backup, too.5. Send Data to an Online Backup ServiceOnline backup makes sense in some circumstances but not others. Certainly, Web-based services (such as the Webroot Secure Backup service) provide off-site redundant storage that can keep your data safe against natural and unexpected disasters (such as flooding, earthquakes, or fire). But online backup may not be appropriate if your data measures into the tens of gigabytes, or even terabytes (yes, snap-happy digital photographers and devoted music gurus, I’m looking at you). Content creators with high-capacity needs may prefer to keep their files on NAS drives and hard drives locally (or on drives located at secondary sites) rather than deal with the ongoing fees of Web-based backup.That said, many sites offer some free online backup, as much as 2GB ( and, for example). Two gigs can go a long way for basic Word and Excel documents, PDF files, and PowerPoint presentations (the ones light on multimedia, at least). For your files currently in play, online backup can be both convenient (get it anywhere you find a Wi-Fi connection), and economical.It’s all about strategy–and what type of data you need to protect. Feel free to comment below, or visit the PC World Forums, to tell us about your approach to backing up. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 16, 2009 Brought to you by PCWorldlast_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Artwork celebrates 40 years of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi GrasCher just announced an Australian tour and people aren’t copingRiot the film about the first gay Mardi Gras is the history lesson we needRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Homosexuality was still illegal in all states except South Australia. This meant anti-discrimination laws didn’t exist, so being openly LGBTI was a dangerous act of defiance.Blood flowed and rioters protested as corrupt police removed their badges so they couldn’t be identified before they beat up LGBTI people.‘This was state ordered, jackboot enforcement of oppression,’ Titi Chartay, 62, told Gay Star News. ‘Corrupt and ugly.’Photo: Australian Lesbian and Gay ArchivesTiti is originally from the Netherlands but lived in Melbourne as an out queer lesbian at the time of the riot. She came to Sydney for the protest and had already been arrested three times that year for her activism.‘There was a joyous and festive air on the night of Mardi Gras,’ she said. ‘But once we got to Hyde Park where the parade had been planned to end, the police moved in. They tried to arrest Lance Gowland, who was driving the ute [utility vehicle] with the sound system.‘The cops dragged Lance from the ute but with the aid of the crowd, he broke free. Then a cop went into the ute and began to drive it away.‘I leapt onto the bonnet and some other dykes crowded around as well. We stopped it for a while,’ she said.‘I thought I was going to die’The rioters then moved towards Kings Cross where ‘things got ugly,’ according to Titi.She added: ‘It was a maelstrom of unleashed brutality from the cops and blood flowed. Many people were injured, some seriously.’Photo: Australian Lesbian and Gay ArchivesPeter Murphy, 64, was also present that evening and helped to promote the first ever Mardi Gras.He said: ‘It was specifically meant to be a street party, not a protest. [It] was to commence at 10.30pm at night in the gay bar area at that time.’He arrived to the protest late, but said: ‘It was much bigger than any protest march we had organized up to that point.‘It was happy and exuberant, though it ended in that horrible police attack on us in Kings Cross,’ he said.Police arrested him, along with several others that evening.[embedded content]He said in a video: ‘I stood up [in the back of the police car] and a policeman immediately punched me straight in the forehead.’They were trying to escape and two of them actually did, but Peter didn’t manage to get out.‘It was a lot of adrenaline,’ he said in an interview. ‘Looking back, I was very aware it could go bad.’When they arrived at Darlinghurst police station, Peter was singled out. Two police officers dragged him into the station and threw him into a cell. One of the police officers bashed him countless times in the head and yelled abuse at him.He started having convulsions as the physical attack escalated.‘I thought I was going to die,’ he said. ‘The Darlinghurst police were notorious for violence.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Titi said: ‘The irony is that this state sanctioned violence was a watershed moment that ensured Mardi Gras would continue.’Rioters reflect on Sydney Mardi Gras todayPeter was injured so badly, he moved out of Sydney and could not take part in any marches for the following years.He came back in 1986 and began attending Mardi Gras as both a reporter and spectator, then marched in the 20th anniversary parade.Photo: Ann-Marie CalihannaOver the years, Titi marched with ACT Up, ACON, Positive Life and Leather Pride. She’s also the president of Leather Pride.They’re both marching with the other 1978ers in this year’s 40th anniversary march at the front of the parade, right behind the first nation’s float.Being outspoken and visible in society helped dispel stigma, which led to nationwide decriminalization of homosexuality, anti-discrimination laws and eventually marriage equality last year.‘A lot can happen in 40 years,’ Titi said. ‘Yet too many struggles remain even in Australia.’Peter said: ‘In the years after, we had the terrifying AIDS epidemic and so many people died.‘Mardi Gras turned into a huge statement by our community of the need to care for those with AIDS, for safe sex, and to celebrate our community solidarity.‘Mardi Gras became huge and played an immeasurable role in defusing any effort to isolate LGBTQI people from the national effort to address the Aids epidemic,’ he said.‘There is still fiery protest’Both Peter and Titi see the increasing commercialization of Mardi Gras over the years. But they say it hasn’t lost its heart of being about activism.Titi said: ‘At its core, the energy and creativity that drives Mardi Gras still comes from the community.‘Due to Mardi Gras’s size now, street spontaneity may have been lost but there is still fiery protest, pungent satire, the celebration of our diversity and our solidarity [and] the presence of those who support us,’ she said.Mardi Gras 2016. | Photo: Sydney Mardi GrasPeter said winning marriage equality at the end of last year was a huge achievement but there’s still more work to do.He said: ‘Now we have won that battle we have a lot to celebrate this year, and many allies to act in solidarity with in coming years.’Titi added: ‘Overseas, too many of us are still dying from hatred and violence. With countries like Russia, Chechnya, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nigeria – the list goes on. [They’re] repressing, attacking, imprisoning, raping, torturing and murdering our LGBTI family.‘It remains vital that we protest vehemently against these ongoing human rights abuses and atrocities. The parade is a now a brightly visible venue to highlight these egregious injustices,’ she said.And as for the next 40 years, Titi said: ‘It is incumbent upon everyone to ensure that Mardi Gras remains community driven, politically outrageous and socially responsive if it is to retain its vitality, validity and relevance.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- The Sydney Mardi Gras has come a long way in its 40-year history, say its original rioters.It was a dangerous time for LGBTI people living in Australia in 1978 when the first riot happened.last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Quick workouts for men Associated PressLIMA, Peru (AP) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Afghan President Hamid Karzai should say thank you now and then to the allied military forces that are fighting and dying in Afghanistan, rather than criticizing them.Panetta on Friday was responding to Karzai’s recent complaints that the U.S. is failing to go after militants based in Pakistan, and instead is concentrating on the insurgents in Afghanistan. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories The uncharacteristic shot from Panetta comes as tensions between the two countries have escalated over the increase in attacks in which Afghan security force members or insurgents dressed in their uniforms turn their guns on coalition troops.Panetta’s sharp retort comes just days before he and other NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the war and the road ahead.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more