Dhoni has not told us anything about his retirement Virat Kohli

first_imgManchester: India captain Virat Kohli Wednesday said MS Dhoni has not told him anything about his future plans amid speculation that the veteran may call it quits after the team’s semi-final exit from the World Cup. Dhoni scored 50 off 72 balls in India’s 18-run defeat at the hands of the Black Caps and the skipper once again came to the veteran’s defence on his slow approach during middle overs. Asked if Dhoni has said anything about his future plans, with the squad for the West Indies tour to be announced soon, Kohli said, “No he hasn’t told us anything as of now.” Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherFor Dhoni, coming in to bat at 71 for 5, it was not easy to accelerate straightaway and it needed a rebuilding which he did alongside Ravindra Jadeja. “Well, look, it’s always, you know, a safer option to look at it from outside and say, ‘Maybe this could have happened’ but I think today he was batting with Jadeja and there was only Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) to follow after. So he had to hold one end together in my opinion,” Kohli said. “Jadeja was playing so well and you needed a solid partnership and to get a 100-run partnership from that situation, I think it had to be the right balance of one guy holding an end (Dhoni) and Jadeja playing the way he did. His knock was outstanding,” the skipper explained the rationale behind Dhoni’s approach. The Indian captain said it’s only people out there in the middle, who know how to analyse situations. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”When you don’t win, in hindsight, a lot of things can reflect in different manners but you have to understand how the game panned out and until what stage did the game go. “And you would obviously expect New Zealand to fight back at some stage because the target was steep after losing five or six wickets. But the way they (Dhoni and Jadeja) batted together, I think it was the perfect tempo for that situation, according to me,” Kohli said. Asked as to why Dhoni was sent at no 7, Kohli said the gameplan was to allow him to act as a damage controller if the need arises. “Well, he’s been given that role after the first few games of being in a situation where he can, if the situation is bad, he can control one end like he did today or if there is a scenario where there are six or seven overs left, he can go and strike,” Kohli said even though his answer lacked conviction. Mitchell Santner gave only seven runs in his first six overs, something that proved to be decisive in the end. Dhoni once again failed to rotate the strike against the left-arm spinner, which has been one of his weaknesses in the past three years. Asked, if he would have liked the batsmen to play differently, he curtly replied: “I wasn’t there out in the middle.” He then explained what he thought. “Again, it is very easy for me to say yes, we could have or no, it was fine. So, we leave the responsibility to the two guys in the middle to make decisions because eventually, as an individual, you play one ball at a time yourself and then you are talking with your partner,” Kohli said. His opposite number Kane Williamson felt that Dhoni’s run out was the turning point of the match. Asked whether he would have still persisted with Dhoni if he would have been India’s captain, Williamson cheekily enquired, “Is he changing his nationality?” Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson Wednesday said that Martin Guptill’s direct throw to get Mahendra Singh Dhoni run out was the turning point in the World Cup semi-final match against India here. Williamson said when Dhoni, who scored 50 off 72 balls, was there, he knew the match could have gone either way in those final overs. “We all know the game is a fine line in a number of ways. But that run-out was significant. We have seen Dhoni finish games from those similar positions on a number of occasions,” Williamson said after the match. “It was a tough surface so nothing promised but naturally to dismiss Dhoni in whatever fashion is extremely important, but for a direct hit run-out very similar to Jadeja’s I think was a big moment in the game,” said the Kiwi captain. According to Williamson, only Guptill was capable of “creating” that kind of a run-out from the deep. “I mean he (Guptill) is probably the only man on the pitch that could perhaps created that run-out,” he said. “So contributions can come in so many different ways and I think we have seen on the fielding charts he has been right up there and for him to do that and pull off what was a significant turning point in the match was special,” Williamson said.last_img read more

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Vaiko moves SC for direction to produce Farooq Abdullah in court

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and MDMK founder Vaiko Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir to produce former state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, allegedly under detention following abrogation of Article 370, before the court. In his plea, Vaiko has said that authorities should allow Abdullah to attend a “peaceful and democratic” annual conference, being organised in Chennai on September 15, on the occasion of birthday of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C N Annadurai. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Vaiko, who said he is a close friend of Abdullah for past four decades, contended that constitutional rights conferred on the National Conference (NC) leader “have been deprived of on account of illegal detention without any authority of law”. “The actions of the respondents (Centre and Jammu and Kashmir) are completely illegal and arbitrary and violative of the right to protection of life and personal liberty, right to protection from arrest and detention and also against right to free speech and expression which is the cornerstone of a democratic nation,” the plea said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The right to free speech and expression is considered to have paramount importance in a democracy as it allows its citizens to effectively take part in the governance of the country,” it said. Vaiko said he had written a letter to the authorities on August 29 to allow Abdullah to travel to Chennai to attend the conference but they have not responded. He said that he had spoken to Abdullah over phone on August 4 and had invited the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister to attend the conference on September 15.last_img read more

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Jonny Lee Miller Gives Rare Disease Patients A Voice On Capitol Hill

first_imgJonny Lee Miller, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS hit TV show Elementary, is headed to Capitol Hill today – Thursday, February 27 – to speak at the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus briefing about the need to spur the development of lifesaving treatments for rare disease patients.The briefing, entitled “Science Behind Rare Disease Policy,” is sponsored by Shire & Genzyme. It is a part of a full week of events on Capitol Hill hosted by the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA) in celebration of international Rare Disease Day. Miller will be joined by more than 150 patients and parent advocates representing more than 80 different rare diseases.More than 30 million Americans suffer from one of 7,000 rare diseases, less than 95 of which have approved treatments. Most of these diseases affect children and many are life-threatening. There is much more work to be done in Washington to spur the development of lifesaving treatments for rare disease patients.Miller became an advocate for rare disease patients when his cameraman, Jeremy Weishaar, asked his colleagues to support a local fundraiser to help develop a treatment for his son Jonah who has Sanfilippo, an ultra-rare disease. Without treatment, Jonah is not likely to live to see his 18th birthday. Miller, who has a son the same age as Jonah, was compelled to take action. Last year, Miller help raised more than $170,000 for Jonah’s Just Begun- Foundation to Cure Sanfilippo by running two 50-mile ultra-marathons.RDLA is a collaborative organization open to all members of the rare disease community with an interest in sharing ideas and advocating for the introduction or enactment of legislation. RDLA is a program of the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases dedicated to accelerating biotech innovation for rare disease treatments through science-driven public policy. Find out more here.last_img read more

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Check out what CFCS Film and Actors Conservatory residents are doing

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Check out what CFC’S Film and Actors Conservatory residents are doing!Some of our Film and Actors Conservatory residents did a workshop with stunt coordinator Steve Wilsher today! pic.twitter.com/21mb0uDOm5— Canadian Film Centre (@cfccreates) August 8, 2016 Facebook Login/Register With:last_img

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Norbord reducing oriented strand board production at Georgia mill

Companies in this story: (TSX:OSB)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Norbord Inc. says it is reducing production at an oriented strand board mill in Cordele, Ga., due to poor market conditions.One line at the two-line mill will operate on a reduced schedule starting on Sept. 5.The Toronto-based company says U.S. homebuilding has been pulling back since the fall of last year and that has meant lower-than-anticipated OSB demand.The Cordele mill has total stated annual production capacity of 1,040 million square feet.The reduced production schedule will affect approximately 12 per cent of the mill’s available capacity.Norbord has 17 plant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Outstanding contributions to Living Learning Communities recognized

Participants of Living Learning Communities marked a year of outstanding leadership, volunteering and academic contributions with a celebration on Monday, April 10 in Alphie’s Trough.The event recognized students who shined during their first year living in a Living Learning Community (LLC).A Living Learning Community aims to integrate students who share similar academic disciplines or broader interests.Each LLC offers specific programming and support that aligns with interests of that particular community.Third-year Concurrent Education student Caitlyn Hillman lived in the Con Ed LLC as a first-year student and has spent the past two years working as an LLC peer mentor.“Living in an LLC in my first year was one of the best experiences I could have asked for,” she said. “The LLC provided many forms of support with new friends, an approachable peer mentor and an engaging environment within residence. I love the opportunities the LLC program provides students in residence.”The year-end celebration saw certificates of excellence awarded to one member from each LLC in recognition of their contributions to their residence community. Recipients included Sarah Hodgson, Heather Spooner, Janaan Sinnadurai, Alex Hunter, Elizabeth Wong, Jack Baille and Sarah Vaz.The Department of Residences will be offering nine Living Learning Communities for the 2017-18 academic year. Six LLCs are academic discipline focused: Accounting, Business, Concurrent Education, Co-op programs, Political Science and Sport Management.Three LLCs appeal to those with broader interests: Arts House, Fitness Fans and Health Plans, and Volunteerism and Leadership. read more

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From garlic chocolate to exploding animal droppings How Britains weird WWII inventions

first_imgWhen Britain fought for its very survival against the Nazis it took all the nation’s qualities of bravery, ingenuity and invention to finally vanquish Hitler’s forces. These included bars of garlic flavoured chocolate developed by the Special Operations… Historians have discovered that among the technological advances used by Britain to defeat the Axis powers during World War two were also a number of apparently bizarre inventions designed to hoodwink and undermine the enemy.center_img But while the role played by the Spitfire plane and the Bren gun in achieving victory has been widely recognised, it’s surely time attention was paid to our deployment of garlic flavoured chocolate and exploding animal droppings.last_img

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Cevons Puran Brothers withdraw services from Georgetown as City Council owes

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCity garbage collectors withdraw services over arrears …M&CC admits no funds to payNovember 23, 2018In “latest news”$300M owed by M&CC: Central Govt won’t get involved- HarmonAugust 7, 2017In “Business”Garbage collection resumes in Georgetown- MayorJuly 12, 2017In “Business” – M&CC says it will “call on its loyal friends with the appropriate resources to help”The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has said that a ‘challenging’ period is ahead as it pertains to the collection and disposal of garbage within the Georgetown environs as disposal contractors Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal have “temporarily” pulled their services pending payments from the Council totaling some $300M for works done in the City.Town Clerk, Royston King, in a released statement said “in the meantime, the administration of council will employ all of its resources using an inter-departmental approach to keep the city clean. A schedule of new collection arrangement and advisories will be published in the local media shortly.”Moreover, he said that “the council will also call on its loyal friends with the appropriate resources to help to secure the integrity of the general environment of the City of Georgetown.”See full statement:The Mayor and City Council wishes to inform the public that its two garbage collection and disposal contractors – Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal – have temporarily withdrawn their services from the Georgetown Municipality. The council owes the contractors over ($300M) for works done in the City. Solid Waste Management is an extremely expensive exercise to the City; it accounts of 9.1% of the total budget of Council. This does not include other Public Health and Environmental services related to this aspect of Council’s responsibility. The monthly payment to both contractor is Forty Five Million dollars ($45M).Earlier this year, the council and its partners (the contractors) reached an agreement, which in substance said, that the City Treasurer would focus on payment of the current accounts while working to fine a modus vivendi to settle the outstanding debts for 2016.However, Council’s limited financial resources combined with its conduct to its employees and statutory obligations to provide a wide range of vital municipal services to local communities has facilitated a payment delay on the current accounts of the contractors for 2017. As a result, the Council entered into discussions with the two (2) contractors and offered a proposal going forward to settle its accounts with them. The proposal is with our contractors and the Council awaits their counter proposal and general reaction to it.In the meantime, the administration of council will employ all of its resources using an inter-departmental approach to keep the city clean. A schedule of new collection arrangement and advisories will be published in the local media shortly.The council will also call on its loyal friends with the appropriate resources to help to secure the integrity of the general environment of the City of Georgetown.The Council anticipates full cooperation of all of its residents in all local neighbourhoods to support its effort, in this particular challenging period, by ensuring that they store their garbage in a proper manner, and that they wait on our collection trucks. Citizens should desist from dumping and littering their immediate and general surroundings.Also, the City Treasurer’s Department has intensified its revenue collection drive to recover outstanding sums owed by corporations and individual property owners. Council needs every cent of its money owed by defaulters to continue to provide essential city services including: drainage, street lighting, designing and developing of green open spaces, enforcement of compliance with the city’s by-laws, maintenance of cemeteries, markets, pumps, and allied facilities, public health, community and environmental services, maternal and child welfare, markets, roads, building inspections and a host of others.The Mayor and City Council will continue to keep the public inform on this issue going forward. read more

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Asia makes large scale shift to modern coal powered generation

first_imgGreg Evans, Executive Director – Coal, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) notes a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) – Clean Coal Centre – has detailed the changing electricity generation landscape in the rapidly growing countries of South and East Asia. “The findings of the report indicate a strong uptake of cleaner high efficiency low emission (HELE) coal fired power stations amongst the ten surveyed countries. An impressive 670 of these generation units are already operating in these countries. Moreover, there are an additional 1,066 now under construction or planned, which is the equivalent of 24 times Australia’s current coal fired generation. This is the fastest expansion and modernisation of coal fired generation in history.“HELE coal-fired generation is significant as they emit 20 to 25% less CO2 than the average of existing power stations and up to 40% less than the oldest technology in place. Furthermore the most modern plants are using accompanying technology to reduce all other emissions including particulates to levels that comply with the most stringent urban air quality requirements.“This energy transition occurring in Asia is good news for demand for high quality Australian coal which is most suited for use in modern, cleaner generating plant. It is also a major step in reducing emissions growth and this is occurring without compromising much needed economic expansion.“It’s no longer a choice between having access to affordable base load energy and needing to mitigate emissions – we can do both.“In the 10 Asian countries studied – Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam – an estimated 1,100 Mt of CO2 abatement annually will result from the planned deployment of HELE rather than older typical subcritical technology.“What’s more if the most advanced ultra-supercritical technology was applied across the board the savings would be in the order of 2,000 Mt, equivalent to India’s current annual emissions. This would be 53 times more effective than Europe’s emissions trading scheme.“The findings of this report will be of great disappointment to critics of the coal industry, as we continue to see growing demand for affordable base load energy and particularly in Asia. The IEA has estimated an additional 1,000 Mt of coal will be used in 2019 compared with today.“By 2040 global coal trade will grow by 40% and it is expected Australia will capture the largest share of that growth with the Department of Industry and Science expecting Australia to regain its position as the world’s top coal exporter by 2017.”last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know about before you head out the door.1. #ARRIVEDERCI: Pope Benedict XVI has left Rome for the final time as pontiff. After meeting with Cardinals in the Vatican this morning, Benedict took a brief helicopter ride to Castel Gandolfo, his summer retreat just outside the Italian capital, where he will see out the final hours of his papacy. At 7pm Irish time this evening, the gates of the Castel will close and the Swiss Guards will leave – symbolising the end of Benedict’s eight-year reign.2. #BARROSO: The President of the European Commission has told Ireland there is “light at the end of the tunnel”, saying most of the hard work in restoring balance to the national finances has been completed. Jose Manuel Barroso said Ireland was an example to other countries of how “fiscal consolidation” measures could help to bring back financial security to the government. Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said he was “deeply impressed” by the way the Irish people had responded to austerity.3. #CROKE PARK 2: The executive of one of the country’s largest trade unions, IMPACT, has “overwhelmingly” recommended acceptance of the terms of the new ‘Croke Park 2′ public pay deal. General secretary Shay Cody said union leaders believed the proposals were the best that could be secured through negotiations, and has asked its members to vote Yes when they are asked to approve it in the coming weeks.4. #PROPERTY: The property market might be stabilising – but prices are still falling. Property prices fell 3.3 per cent in the 12 months to January 2013, according to CSO figures out today – though the annual drop is lower than the 4.5 per cent in the twelve months to December 2012. Prices dropped by 0.6 per cent in January alone, but were up by 0.5 per cent in Dublin – meaning a 2.1 per cent increase in the capital in the last year.5. #MOBILITY: Two days after announcing the abolition of mobility payments to disabled people, James Reilly and Kathleen Lynch had mobility problems of their own today. The two ministers got stuck in a lift while opening a new mental health facility at Grangegorman, and were locked in the elevator for “10 minutes or so”. As it happens, Irish Times photographer Brenda Fitzsimons – who took this photo from inside the offending lift – is now locked into the facility.last_img read more

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I will put a round in you sir Armed men walk into

first_img Feb 9th 2017, 7:29 AM By Michelle Hennessy Source: RantWithJeff/YouTubeTWO MEN ARMED with guns filmed themselves entering a police station in Michigan to file a complaint after they had been ‘illegally pulled over’.WJBK reports the men were stopped by police because they were wearing tactical masks and verts in a car. Police did not find any guns and the men were released.The two men, identified as open carry advocates James Baker and Brandon Vreeland, later filmed themselves in a stand-off with officers at Deerborn Park Police Department, as they tested whether or not officers would honour their right to carry guns.“We’re going to go in and file a complaint because we were illegally pulled over about an hour ago,” Baker says in the video, which was streamed live on Facebook. We felt a little afraid for our lives when we were pulled over so we thought we better protect ourselves.The footage shows police officer inside the station with their guns drawn, shouting at the two men to drop their weapons.“I will shoot you. I will put a round in you, sir,” one officer shouts.“What the hell’s the matter with you?” his colleague asks them.As the officers continue to demand they drop their weapons and get on the ground, Baker can be heard telling them: ”It’s all legal, sir.”WJBK reports police seized a number of loaded guns, ammunition and body armour. The two men were released, but are facing three misdemeanours and will have to appear in court over the incident.Read: 3 men charged over Dublin gun seizure>Read: ‘It has saved lives’: Gardaí uncover cache of loaded guns in west Dublin warehouse> Share256 Tweet Email Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 7:29 AM 155 Comments center_img https://jrnl.ie/3230140 Short URL 36,709 Views ‘I will put a round in you, sir’: Armed men walk into US police station to ‘lodge complaint’ The men, who are open carry advocates, were attempting to test whether officers would honour their legal right to carry guns. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end2015

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday presented a compromise solution to end a political stalemate that looks likely to send Greece to early general elections in about a month’s time.Speaking in an unscheduled televised address to lawmakers in the country’s 300-seat Parliament just two days ahead of the second of three rounds of voting for a new president, Samaras called for consensus over the government’s presidential candidate, Stavros Dimas, saying that the election of a new president would be followed by the formation of an “expanded” government of “pro-European parties.” He also appealed for lawmakers to hold the current Parliament together so as not to interrupt the process of a constitutional review, saying that general elections could then be scheduled “even by the end of 2015.”This first time the premier has conceded that elections could take place before June 2016, when the coalition government’s four-year term expires. Samaras also stressed the need for negotiations with the country’s international creditors to be wrapped up before any polls take place, saying that “we cannot be swamped in an electoral battle right now.”“Let us complete the negotiation and the constitutional reform and then we can find the timetable for elections even by the end of 2015.”Launching an attack on main opposition SYRIZA president Alexis Tsipras and the leader of the Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos – the latter in relation to claims by a party deputy, Pavlos Haikalis, that he had been offered a bribe to back the government’s candidate – Samaras said “this unfounded string of accusations about the bribing of deputies, which are always proven untrue, cannot continue.”“Fear and terrorism should not prevail and this is democracy’s challenge,” said Samaras, calling on members of Parliament to “listen to the voice of their conscience.”The prime minister went on to suggest that after the presidential election the government “can expand with other people who believe in the European prospects of the country.”The PM’s initiative follows a statement of intent by independent deputies who had recently called for general elections to come forward to next year, after the completion of the election of a new president and the preparation of the constitutional reform, which will have to be completed by the next Parliament.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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FIV bilan sur létat de santé des bébéséprouvette

first_imgFIV : bilan sur l’état de santé des bébés-éprouvetteÉtats-Unis – L’Association américaine pour l’avancement des sciences (AAAS) a dressé le bilan de l’état de santé général des enfants issus de fécondations in vitro (FIV), aujourd’hui âgés pour la plupart d’une vingtaine d’années.Le 26 juillet 1978 naissait, dans la banlieue de Manchester, Louise Brown, premier enfant issu de la fécondation in vitro. Plus de trente ans après, les spécialistes annoncent lors du meeting de l’AAAS un bilan positif en ce qui concerne l’état de santé des jeunes adultes nés de la procréation médicalement assistée.D’après eux, les enfants issus de fécondations in vitro se portent bien à l’heure actuelle. Rien ne met en avant un risque accru de retard de développement ou de handicap moteur. Les scientifiques restent cependant attentifs à l’évolution de la santé de ces enfants après 40 et 50 ans.Ces derniers ont en effet un risque de complications plus élevé. Le plus souvent, il s’agit de malformations du tube neural ou de faible poids à la naissance (moins de 2,5 kg). Celui-ci peut entraîner des problèmes de santé de type obésité, diabète de type 2 ou encore hypertension. Ces complications sont en général la conséquence des grossesses multiples ou des naissances prématurées que provoquent les FIV.D’après les chercheurs, certains gènes pourraient être en cause. Les recherches ont d’ailleurs montré qu’il existait des différences au niveau de l’ADN des bébés-éprouvette. Ils ne savent cependant pas encore si cette différence est liée à la technique de procréation médicalement assistée ou à l’infertilité des parents.La fécondation in vitro n’a encore qu’un faible taux de réussite (15%) malgré les nombreuses avancées scientifiques. Elle a tout de même permis la naissance de 3 millions de bébés dans le monde.Le 24 février 2010 à 11:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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US Embassy to Commemorate Memorial Day with Ceremony in Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 22, 2017 – Nassau – On Monday, May 29th, the United States Embassy will commemorate Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans. Special recognition will be given to U.S. Patrol Squadron 23 Sailors, who died off the coast of Nassau on May 7, 1954 and Bahamian Private First Class Norman Darling who died in the Iraq War in 2004. Sergeant Errol McKinney, U.S. Army, a Bahamian killed in a motorcycle accident in 2013 shortly after to returning to Ft. Bliss, Texas following a deployment to Afghanistan will also be remembered.The ceremony will include representatives from the U.S. Embassy to The Bahamas, our Bahamian counterparts in law enforcement and other government officials. It will be held at the site of the Memorial.The Clifton Memorial site is located about 150 meters east of Commonwealth Brewery on South West Bay Road.On September 4, 1954 the Clifton Pier monument was erected in honor of the lost Sailors of MA-5. The U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation observes annual Memorial Day celebrations in coordination with The U.S. Embassy and The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in remembrance of this event.#magneticmedianews#usmemorialdayinbahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #usmemorialdayinbahamaslast_img read more

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ASA WISHH Updates FAS on Cambodia Aquaculture Project

first_imgFAS personnel visit a feed distributor in Siem Reap, Cambodia as part of a CAST Cambodia project oversight mission. The team learned how the sales representative for Agrimaster, a buyer of U.S. soybeans and soybean meal, gives customers technical assistance on animal nutrition and management as a way to promote their products.A newly constructed aquafeed plant—the first in Cambodia to produce high quality fish feed, will start production in June. The plant will incorporate U.S. soy into fish feed for the ASA WISHH Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) Cambodia project.CAST, a USDA Food for Progress funded project, will accelerate production of high-demand fish species for the Cambodian market and develop a lasting aquaculture industry. The five-year CAST project is a prime example of WISHH’s enterprise-driven development approach. A key aspect of the project strengthens local production of high-quality feed and fish. CAST makes it possible for Cambodia’s private sector and universities to work closely with U.S. soybean growers and businesses, as well as academic and non-governmental organizations.Last week, officials from USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) visited Cambodia to see the progress of CAST activities and had the opportunity to spend time on a fish farm, hatchery and different markets where fish are sold into the distribution network.They were also able to visit the first aquafeed plant, newly constructed by project partner, Agrimaster, a leading producer in swine and poultry feed and an importer of U.S. soybeans and soybean meal.International Program Specialist William Shields and Agricultural Attaché Megan Francic (FAS/Ho Chi Minh City) oversee the ASA WISHH program’s implementation of the project.The FAS officials met with CAST Chief of Party Jim Hershey and Operations Consultant Sambath Sak, and together they gave a program update to the Ministry of Agriculture’s Fisheries Administration.The team met with other organizations working on aquaculture and received a briefing on the CAST baseline study, which is surveying over 1,000 fish farmers and other businesses in the freshwater fish aquaculture value chain.last_img read more

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Off Beat Blackberry patch was final resting place for typos

first_imgArchaeologists are comfortable around headstones. A trip to the cemetery is pretty much another day at work, or in the classroom.Doug Wilson, archaeologist at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, brings college students to Vancouver’s Old City Cemetery for summer field-school sessions. In addition to learning how markers are cultural resources, the students document the information on the weathered stone monuments. And we’ve all been seeing plastic tombstones planted in front yards the past few days, signifying nothing more serious than an ongoing Halloween candy binge.But there was one collection of grave markers that sent a chill down the spines of local archaeologists. It was discovered a few years ago, before the Vancouver Land Bridge and the two cabins representing the workers village were built on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.Back then, the area east of Interstate 5 and north of state Highway 14 was a blackberry patch. As maintenance workers hacked through the brambles, they found Army grave markers.“I sucked in my breath when I heard on the radio that military gravestones had been found,” Fort Vancouver Superintendent Tracy Fortmann recalled.“It was startling. To see a number of headstones, it’s not something you anticipate while cleaning out blackberry bushes.”Park Service archaeologists started to sort things out. The stones weren’t neatly arrayed; they were scattered around. Some stones were broken. Some markers had other issues: typographical errors.last_img read more

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Zensar Technologies Q1 net profit flat at Rs 762 crore revenues up

first_imgZensar Technologies on Friday reported a flat net profit of Rs. 76.2 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, when compared to the net profit of Rs. 76.1 crore in the year-ago period. Sequentially, net profit rose by 8.5 percent.The company’s operating revenue came at Rs. 762.4 crore, up 8.2 percent year-over-year (YoY) and 2.1 percent sequentially for the June 2016 quarter. “Strong growth in our Application Services business and our relentless focus on mining of existing accounts has resulted in improvement across both revenue and profitability. This coupled with operational and financial discipline has improved our EBITDA to 14.0% levels,” CFO S Balasubramaniam said commenting on the earnings.In dollar terms, net profit stood at $11.4 million, a 5 percent YoY decline and 9.6 sequential growth.Operating revenues grew by 3.16 percent at $114 million month-on-month. Constant currency growth was 2.6 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and 5 percent YoY.Sandeep Kishore, CEO of Zensar Technologies, cited application management, digital services and infrastructure management as the key areas that achieved growth in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016 fiscal.”The company has delivered significant traction in Digital Commerce and Infrastructure Management services in the first quarter of FY17, and is working with several existing and new clients in the space. The Applications business has also achieved significant growth enabled by key digital levers,” he said.Application Management Services accounted for 77.2 percent, while Infrastructure Management Services contributed 22.8 percent of the total revenues.On the impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union on the company, Kishore said he was “watching the situation” though the company’s exposure to the European market is lesser than other IT majors, as reported by PTI.”Our exposure to Europe is small at about 10 per cent, so it’s not as high as some of the larger players. However, we are closely watching the situation. We are talking to our customers,” he said.The European market share of the total revenues came at 10.5 percent compared to 9.7 percent from the corresponding quarter last year. The US market’s revenue share, at 74.9 percent, marked a sequential as well as YoY decline.The company’s gross addition of 662 employees took the total headcount to 8,238 workers at the end of June 2016 quarter, slightly lesser than 8,256 for the 2015 fiscal.last_img read more

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Election Day 2017 What Houston Voters Need To Know

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: We kick off today’s Houston Matters with a rundown of some proposed bonds, amendments, and school board candidates Houston voters may decide on at their polling locations on this Election Day.To walk us through it all, we’re joined by News 88.7 reporters Andrew Schneider, who covers politics and government, and Laura Isensee, who covers education.  Listen Photo: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media center_img 00:00 /11:06 X Sharelast_img

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Jesse Jackson Will Expand Silicon Valley Initiative to Other Sectors

first_imgJesse Jackson at the SCLC 2014 convention in Birmingham, Ala.BIRMINGHAM, Ala. [NNPA] – After he completes his campaign for more diversity in Silicon Valley, Jesse Jackson plans to expand the pressure on technology companies in other regions of the country and then go after other sectors of private industry, including financial services, banking and advertising.In an interview after speaking at the annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) here, the Atlanta-based civil rights organization co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that gave birth to Jackson’s Operation PUSH and Rainbow PUSH, the civil rights leader was already eyeing other targets.“As I looked at everybody’s fight for who can make the smallest government, I thought about our being basically a government-created middle class – policemen, firemen, teachers. As you cut down on the civil service jobs, those jobs disappear. Where are the growth industries? Silicon Valley for starters, the automotive industry next, banking next – the whole private sector. You fish where the fish are.”Jackson said getting high tech companies to disclose their employment data, EEO-1 forms that large companies must file with the federal government, was a major victory.“We asked for their EEO-1 reports, but most of the big companies didn’t want to deal with that because they have 2 percent or 3 percent minority employment across the board,” Jackson told the NNPA News Service.When Jackson first announced his Silicon Valley initiative at his Wall Street Project in New York, it was not known if he would follow through, as he has done in other campaigns in the past, or move on to other issues, which he has also done with equal frequency.He lamented on the lack of Black board representation at Google or Facebook and said he would challenge the absence of people of color.“One of the myths is that it’s [technology] is so sophisticated that we can’t do it,” Jackson said. “First of all, 70 percent of all of the jobs in Silicon Valley do not require high tech skills – lawyers, ad agencies, marketing, social services or engineering, though we can do that, too.”He added, “When you look at Facebook’s board, the only engineer on its board is Mark Zuckerberg, its founder. Don Graham [former publisher of the Washington Post] is not an engineer. [Former White House chief of staff] Erskine Bowles is not an engineer yet he sits on the board. It’s just a tight, White circle.”In March, Jackson sent a letter to 20 companies, including Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, Google, and eBay saying, “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day. When it comes to African Americans on Boards – ZERO. C-suites, ZERO. Minority firms in IPOs and financial transactions, advertising and professional services – ZERO. These ZEROES are contrary to the enlightened values exposed by the industry. Rainbow PUSH is seeking meetings with tech leaders to address these ZEROES head on.”When Jackson met with companies, most initially resisted disclosing their employment data. “Those companies all filed a lawsuit in court and won – they won the right not to expose their EEO records,” he said. “Their rationale was that if they tell their numbers, they would be giving up propriety information.”Before going on attack, Jackson did what he always does when he targets a company – he purchased stock so that he could take his case to shareholders at their annual meeting. Then, one by one, the companies began disclosing employment data.• eBay (61 percent White; 24 percent Asian; 5 percent Latino; 2 percent Black)• Google (61 percent White; 30 percent Asian; 3 percent Hispanic and 2 percent Black)• Facebook (57 percent White; 34 percent Asian; 4 percent Hispanic and 2 percent Black)Twitter resisted until Jackson used Twitter and ColorofChange.org to launch an on-line petition drive demanding that Twitter reveal its employment data. Ironically, Blacks over index on Twitter (26 percent), according to a Pew Research Center study, followed by Hispanics (19 percent) and Whites (14 percent).Twitter finally disclosed its data on July 23, showing: 59 percent of its staff in the U.S. is made up of Whites; 29 percent Asian; 3 percent Hispanic and 2 percent Black.On the day Jackson addressed SCLC, Apple released its employment data showing 54 percent of its jobs were held by Whites, 23 percent by Asian, 11 percent Hispanic and 7 percent Black. Its employment of people of color appears to be highest among high tech companies.“We have not demanded two-way trade and our government has not volunteered to initiate it,” Jackson said. “By now, the EEOC should be holding hearings. It’s so public that they are violating equal employment standards.”He continued, “We feel diminished by corporate power. If we could fight the government, surely we can fight a corporation. This is just the first step with Silicon Valley. The next steps are for ad agencies, marketing, NNPA, Black lawyers – the whole range of things we do.”last_img read more

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Smoke fills the air as timber burns in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Many people on social media commented that something was burning in the Leonardsville area and that they could see smoke in the air.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon (November 8) at a business in Kandahar Avenue.The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.Thick black smoke filled the air and could be seen from all over town.The fire department responded to the scene of the fire.Also read: Shack completely destroyed by fire near LadysmithAlso read: 3 shacks completely destroyed in fire in Marula DriveTimber and logs went up in flames, with firefighters putting out the blaze.last_img read more

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