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first_imgAppealing for objectivity, the chair and vice-chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) are asking the organization’s 88 member nations via a press release to give their draft peace plan a “fair reading.” IWC is deeply divided between pro- and antiwhaling nations, and the plan, released in late April, is an effort to bridge that gulf. But several members of IWC’s Scientific Committee have publicly criticized the proposal, saying that it is not based on science; and not a single country has stepped forward to support it. The appeal doesn’t seem to have changed many minds. “It’s startling and a desperate gambit to counter the valid criticisms and concerns about the proposal,” says Patrick Ramage of the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. “They’re trying to muscle it through.” Most troubling to conservation organizations and the IWC’s Scientific Committee, the proposal suggests quotas for whales that are not based on the committee’s calculations for managing sustainable cetacean populations. “The various numbers that are currently being bandied about” emphasize “the importance of keeping to the rule that the Scientific Committee is the authority” and should be the only body calculating any such quotas, says Justin Cooke, a mathematical modeler and committee member in Freiburg, Germany, who represents the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In their statement, the chair and vice-chair argue that the plan will ultimately reduce the number of whales being killed and will put IWC once again in charge of whaling, without ending the organization’s 25-year-old whaling ban. 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Last year, these countries killed about 1700 whales, up from 300 in 1990. There are no international rules to limit or regulate this whaling, the chair and vice-chair note in their appeal. “We tried to come up with a plan that will let the IWC take control of the whaling that is already going on,” Chair Cristian Maquieira says. “It was an absolutely impossible task, and everybody is unhappy with our proposal. But they need to look at it more dispassionately.” Other IWC members, such as Australia, and several conservation organizations have long lobbied for a complete end to commercial whaling in any form. Australia has threatened to take Japan to court for whaling in the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean Sanctuary, an IWC-designated whale preserve. Under the proposed compromise, however, IWC would allow Japan to continue to hunt minke whales in that sanctuary-but IWC, instead of Japan, would set the quota. The draft plan recommends a lower limit for these minke whales than what Japan currently takes. In exchange for killing fewer of these minkes, Japan would also be permitted to hunt a limited number of endangered fin whales in the sanctuary, as well as minke whales in its own coastal waters. Many cetacean experts think this coastal minke population is in trouble, because Japan currently takes about 120 annually as by-catch. IWC would also provide quotas for Japan to harpoon Bryde’s and sei whales, as well as for Norway and Iceland which hunt minke and fin whales. Despite the plan’s rejections, Maquieira is not disheartened. That simply means that “we are probably not far off the correct balance,” says Maquieira in IWC’s recent statement. Negotiations are continuing. Member nations will vote on the plan-or a version of it–in late June at the organization’s annual meeting, held this year in Agadir, Morocco.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Nov 15 (PTI) German luxury sports car maker Porsche today launched a new version of compact SUV Macan in India priced at Rs 76.84 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).The model — Macan R4 — comes with various features including seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and variety of distinctive interior and exterior features.”The new addition to the Macan range further evolves an already exceptional sports car line-up in the compact SUV range to new heights, at an attractive price,” Porsche India Director Pavan Shetty said in a statement.The four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the entry-level Macan has been specifically tailored for the model ensuring sporty and efficient performance, the company said.Earlier this year, the company had launched the latest version of its 911 model in India, priced between Rs 1.42 crore and Rs 2.66 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).Porsches portfolio of luxury sports cars in India includes the Cayman, Cayenne, Macan, Boxter, 911 and Panamera, which are priced in the range of Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 crore. PTI MSS JMlast_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. Is it time to see No. 10? (Getty Images)Is it time to see No. 10? (Getty Images)If it wasn’t already a certainty before the TCU game, it is now: This team is playing to win a 2015 (or 2016) Big 12 championship.That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t field a competitive squad in 2014 but a stalled-out offense and too-young defense is going nowhere fast and now everyone knows it.That future is part of the reason Mike Gundy was asked after the TCU game if he considered playing freshman Mason Rudolph.“One thing, I wouldn’t discuss personnel changes publicly,” said Gundy who then proceeded to discuss personnel changes publicly. “The second thing, that’s not something we’ve discussed.”Not something he’d discussed at that point. Then today Bob Barry Jr. — who isn’t in the business of floating ridiculous rumors — said this on his Sports Animal show.“I’m hearing more and more that Mason Rudolph could play before the end of the season. Possibly this week.” Play Audio Playerhttp://pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/BBJ-on-Rudolph-10-20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Good work by CRFF on snagging that, by the way.I’ve gone back and forth on this so many times I’m not sure what to think. I’m pretty sure Daxx isn’t a long-term answer but he’s stared at the sky more than an astronomer this year so I’m not sure we know that definitively.Then there’s the JW Walsh problem. When he comes back does he get the job or do you keep playing Daxx? And what is the 2015 plan?Are you playing Rudolph just so he won’t transfer and he is good enough to usurp a senior in Walsh next year? Does getting him game experience even mean anything when your offensive line is often borderline non-existent?I have a lot of questions about this entire situation and you can bet Gundy will be asked all of them in his weekly press conference today.Mike Gundy says Oklahoma State not helping Daxx Garman enough to even think about making a change at QB.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 20, 2014Popcorn.last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea Morata denies he’s unhappy at Chelsea: I’d probably sign for another 10 years! Goal Last updated 2 years ago 02:17 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Roma v Chelsea Roma Juventus UEFA Champions League Morata The Spain international was quoted as saying he missed Italy, but he now insists that there was a “communication problem” Alvaro Morata has moved to clarify comments made in a widely-shared interview on Monday, insisting that he is happy at Chelsea.The Spain international was quoted by La Gazzetta Dello Sport as saying that he missed playing for Juventus, and that he would like to live in Italy.Morata 7/2 FGS v Roma Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Reportedly speaking about his return to Real Madrid from Juve prior to his move to the Blues, he is quoted as saying: “There were contractual agreements to respect. The disappointment was huge: I went right back to the start.””They treated me like the kid I was before the two seasons in Italy.”I arrived [in Italy] feeling like a boy and I returned feeling like a true player. I should never have left Italy and Juve. “I really miss Italy. My wife would like to live in Spain; I’d like to live in Italy.”However, he has now insisted that there was a “communication problem” and that he is content in London, as Chelsea prepare to face Roma in the Champions League.Alvaro Morata Chelsea Stoke City“Probably we have a communication problem with this interview. All I said was I was very happy at Juventus,” he told reporters at a press conference.”In the interview I wanted to say probably after my career I don’t live in London. But I’m really happy in London.”I really like London now, but probably in the future when I want to bring my children to school I prefer to go back to my country.”I’m talking only about the traffic & lots of people. But it’s a great city… I really enjoy London.”The striker then moved to further quash any speculation he could be unhappy in London.”If they [Chelsea] offered me 10 years [contract], I’d probably sign,” Morata said. Morata has scored seven goals in 13 appearances for Chelsea since his summer move, and he has also hailed manager Antonio Conte.”The relationship is really good. I talk a lot with Antonio. He loves to work hard & I do too.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgOregon head coach Mark Helfrich with his players during the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich stands on the sidelines during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oregon is no stranger to bold looks, so they must be a fun team to create various concept helmets and uniforms for. For their latest Oregon design, _empiregraphics utilized some realistic-looking flying ducks as a subtle silhouette in the background of a bright green helmet with black accents. Oregon loves their duck-based logos, and we think this looks really slick.We don’t know that Oregon has anything like this design in the pipeline, but we’re definitely on board.last_img read more

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first_imgWashington: Scientists have discovered a way to identify indicators of a mega earthquake using GPS-based information, an advance that may help improve early warning systems for quakes. The researchers from University of Oregon in the US combed through databases of earthquakes since the early 1990s have discovered a possible defining moment 10-15 seconds into an event that could signal a magnitude seven or larger quake. Likewise, that moment — gleaned from GPS data on the peak rate of acceleration of ground displacement — can indicate a smaller event. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’GPS picks up an initial signal of movement along a fault similar to a seismometer detecting the smallest first moments of an earthquake. Such GPS-based information potentially could enhance the value of earthquake early warning systems, said Diego Melgar, a professor in the University of Oregon. The physics-heavy analyses of two databases detected a point in time where a newly initiated earthquake transitions into a slip pulse where mechanical properties point to magnitude. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaResearchers were also able to identify similar trends in European and Chinese databases. Their study was detailed in the May 29 issue of the online journal Science Advances. “To me, the surprise was that the pattern was so consistent. These databases are made different ways, so it was really nice to see similar patterns across them,” said Melgar. Overall, the databases contain data from more than 3,000 earthquakes. Consistent indicators of displacement acceleration that surface between 10-20 seconds into events were seen for 12 major earthquakes occurring in 2003-2016. GPS monitors exist along many land-based faults, but their use is not yet common in real time hazard monitoring. GPS data shows initial movement in centimetres, Melgar said. “We can do a lot with GPS stations on land along the coasts of Oregon and Washington, but it comes with a delay,” Melgar said.last_img read more

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge’s plans for dealing with a potential oil spill in the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan.The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration previously approved the Canadian company’s spill response plans for areas traversed by Line 5, which carries oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario. A portion runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.Environmentalists sued, claiming the plans left too many questions unanswered.In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith instructed the agency to provide more information about its reasons for approving the plans and to prepare an environmental assessment or impact statement.The pipeline agency declined to comment Monday.John Flesher, The Associated Press read more

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WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month as cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 51.3 in January from 56.5 in December. It was the lowest reading since May, though any reading above 50 signals growth. Manufacturers said export orders grew at a healthy pace but slightly less than in the previous month.The figures suggest that U.S. manufacturing is slowing after a strong finish to last year. Auto sales have decelerated, and businesses are spending cautiously on machinery and other large factory goods. The slowdown means that economic growth in the first three months of this year may be less than the strong 3.6 per cent annual pace in the second half of 2013.In addition, China’s factory output grew at a slower pace in January, a government report over the weekend showed. That report added to concerns that the world’s second-largest economy is weakening.On the positive side, a measure of Europe’s manufacturing sector showed that it expanded at the fastest pace in nearly three years.Some economists cautioned against reading too much into Monday’s report on U.S. manufacturing, given the weather impact. George Mokrzan, chief economist at Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington Bank, said there were some “very unusual shutdowns as a result of the cold weather” at auto plants and other factories.“I’d be a little bit cautious about interpreting too much from this report,” Mokrzan said. “If we don’t get a bounce next month, I would start asking deeper questions.”Monday’s report showed that a measure of new orders plummeted 13.2 points to 51.2. That is the steepest drop since December 1980. A gauge of production also fell. Factories added jobs, the report showed, but at a slower pace.Bradley Holcomb, chair of the ISM’s survey committee, said cold weather affected the report in several ways. Factory closings led to lower output and caused manufacturers to receive fewer new orders. Stockpiles of raw materials also fell as trucking routes were closed and shipping was delayed.Other recent indicators have painted a mixed picture of manufacturing.Factory output rose for a fifth straight month in December, according to the Federal Reserve. Manufacturers cranked out more cars, trucks, appliances and processed food.But businesses are still spending cautiously. Orders for machinery and other large factory goods fell in December. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2014 8:14 am MDT FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, workers assemble ovens at the new Electrolux home cooking appliance factory in Memphis, Tenn. The Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US manufacturing expanded much more slowly in Jan. as weather held back orders and production read more

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When Marty Williamson got the call about an opportunity to coach the Brock Badgers in the summer of 2017, he wasn’t sure if saying yes was the right move to make.He’d spent more than a decade coaching in the Ontario Hockey League before being unceremoniously fired by the Niagara IceDogs after leading them to six-straight playoff appearances. He thought maybe it was time to change directions.“I debated getting into scouting or doing something else. I wasn’t sure this was the path I wanted to take,” he said.But something about the Brock job made Williamson take the plunge.Now, seven months and a one successful debut season with the Badgers men’s hockey team later, and the 54-year-old coach has a renewed sense of focus.“This team has done a ton for my psyche and knowing what I wanted to do,” Williamson said Thursday in Fredericton after the Badgers were eliminated from the USPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup National Championship tournament. “I’ve just loved this season and loved this hockey team. It has re-energized me to know that coaching is what I love to do.”The fact that Williamson is even still able to coach is a bit of a miracle.In March 2015 while the IceDogs were battling Oshawa in the OHL playoffs, it was discovered that Williamson had suffered an aneurysm in his aorta as a result of a problem with one of his heart valves. The aorta had ballooned to nearly four times the normal size and would require surgery to repair it.“I feel very lucky. There were no symptoms, so it was pure blind luck that they found it. It’s just something going on inside of you,” said Williamson, who credits IceDogs athletic therapist Peter Dobbin with saving his life after pushing him to go to the hospital after he fainted in the shower.Williamson had major surgery to replace the damaged aorta and then spent further time in the hospital dealing with an elevated heart rate. But by fall of 2015 he was given the green light to coach again.“It really has changed things for me. I look at things a little differently,” Williamson said. “It happened so fast that you really couldn’t get caught up in it much. I think it’s tougher on your wife and kids than it is on you because you just kind of go through it.”Williamson served as coach and general manager of the IceDogs again in the 2015-16 season before the team decided to take things in a different direction and released him. He coached his son’s St. Catharines minor hockey team the following year before the job opened up at Brock.Williamson’s first time coaching the team in a game was at the Steel Blade Classic held at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines — his old stomping grounds with the IceDogs.After going 14-9-5 in the regular season, the Badgers dumped Laurier, Guelph and York in the playoffs to earn themselves a trip to the National Championship tournament for just the second time in school history.A loss to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the quarter-finals Thursday in Fredericton brought a successful season to an end. But reflecting back, Williamson said he couldn’t be happier that he said yes to the Badgers.“I can’t say enough about the people at Brock. I’ve said it’s like you’re on two teams. There’s a fantastic team at Brock with all the coaches and management and the athletic director pulling for you and then there’s the team that’s in the dressing room that’s a fantastic group,” he said.“They were a team that wandered. They hadn’t done much the past couple of years, so to have this much fun, I couldn’t be prouder of what they accomplished this year.”As for how his coaching style has changed since his 2015 health scare, Williamson admits he’s still “passionate” behind the bench.“I said I would settle down a little bit, but these guys will tell you pretty quickly that it didn’t last too long. I’m kind of fiery at times and laid back at other times so I don’t think it has changed me in that way at all.” read more

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Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from NotreDame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team will go on the road for the final time this season against No. 10 Minnesota, aiming to secure the program’s first-ever season sweep of the Gophers. Although that’s significant, it means a bit more for redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege.Ege hails from Elk River, Minnesota, which is just outside the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ege said a win against the Gophers would be huge, not just for the team, but for his family watching the game from the stands.“It’d mean a lot. Not playing for them, playing for a different school. You play for big time Ohio State now,” Ege said. “To go home and get a couple wins in front of my family and some people I know will be awesome.” Ohio State (19-7-4, 12-7-1-0 Big Ten) is coming off a weekend series split against top-ranked Notre Dame, with a narrow 2-1 loss on Feb. 9 and a 5-1 win Saturday. Minnesota (18-13-1, 9-10-1-1 Big Ten) returns home after sweeping Wisconsin on the road by a combined score of 11-3 in a two-game weekend series. With a record of 11-3-1, the Buckeyes have had ample success on the road.Ohio State assistant coach JB Bittner said completing a season sweep in college hockey is always tough, regardless of the opponent.“Even Friday and Saturday is hard, then you throw in the season series of four games, that’s really tough to do,” Bittner said. “We’ll expect that they’ll be at their best this weekend.”The Golden Gophers have a surplus of scoring depth with five players registering at least 20 points each. Junior forward Tyler Sheehy earned the Big Ten First Star of the Week this week, racking up three goals and five points in two games against Wisconsin.The forward depth doesn’t just stop at Sheehy. Minnesota also has one of the most electrifying players in the country in freshman forward Casey Mittelstadt.Mittelstadt was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Mittelstadt also helped Ohio State associate head coach Steve Miller and the United States win a bronze medal at the 2018 U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship, during which he earned Most Valuable Player honors.“He’s an elite player, one of the elite players in the country,” Bittner said. “We’ll just be aware when they’re on the ice with him and take away his time and space, don’t let him have freedom to kind of do what he wants.”Traveling to 3M Arena at Mariucci will be a test for the Buckeyes, not just because Minnesota has the top home record in the Big Ten at 12-5-0, but it has a bigger ice sheet than any other venue.Minnesota’s rink is Olympic sized (200-feet long, 100-feet wide) instead of the average ice rink size (200-feet long, 85-feet wide), giving a skilled team like the Gophers a lot of room to make plays. Although the ice size has changed since the teams first met in Columbus, Minnesota is still the same team.“I think their tendencies would be similar, but just the way they do everything will be different. They have a lot more room,” redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo said. “They’re a skilled team. They love having that room on the ice. It helps them, but it’s nothing that we’re not ready for.”Romeo earned the Big Ten Second Star of the Week Tuesday for his stellar goaltending against Notre Dame. Romeo gave up just three goals and had a .957 save percentage, along with a career-high 39-save performance in Saturday’s win. Romeo offered a simple mentality on how he will approach the game on the bigger ice sheet with a wide grin on his face.“Just got to stop the puck,” Romeo said.Puck drop for the weekend series is at 9 p.m. Friday on Big Ten Network, then 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. read more

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Brutus waves the American Flag after an Ohio State touchdown during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOn Aug. 26, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a shockwave through the sports atmosphere when he sat during the national anthem in protest of recent violent events involving black Americans and police. Since then, Kaepernick has gained support, and criticism, from celebrities on sports and non-sports platforms.But Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, the rest of the coaching staff and the players had a discussion about protesting police violence against African Americans before the season.“We have addressed it, some of the issues going across this country in the summer with the players,” coach Urban Meyer said on Monday. “And a couple of our coaches spoke.”Meyer also said that no players have come up to him asking to sit or raise their fists in protest.The trend is increasing in popularity throughout the NFL and spreading into college. Former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem during Week 2 of NFL season, and recently three Michigan State players and several Michigan players, including All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis, raised their fists during the national anthem this past week.Both Spartans coach Mark Dantonio and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh supported their respective players.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said that the topic came up during a team meeting one day. Barrett said that it was a very productive conversation, with every player taking a nuanced thought away from the experience. However, there was a general consensus from the players. They are trying to control what they can control, but understand that the issue of police violence against African Americans is a serious one.“The main thing was saying that these things happening are all real. They’re not something that you can turn your head and look the other way so with that we opened up for conversation,” Barrett said. “I think the main concept behind it is shedding light on an issue that is happening in our home of the United States and that’s a real issue and that’s all he’s trying to do is shed light on it and let people realize that this is what’s happening and that we can change it so it takes everybody too. I think that’s the main thing he’s trying to get it. I wouldn’t do it, per say. But if a teammate did, I wouldn’t have any problem with it at all.”The support from the coaches of athletes who have made a non-violent protest have mostly been positive, but players have experienced backlash. Nebraska’s senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey said he has received racially-charged, negative comments after his protest along with two other Nebraska players.Redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis said the Buckeyes were educated on freedom of speech during Patriot Week back in May. Lewis said that he doesn’t believe the protests affect them at OSU, but he believes it’s a great cause.“We certainly respect (the players) rights as a citizen in this great country,” Meyer said. “But that has not come up to me, and if it does, we’ll have a chat about it.”The No. 2 Buckeyes play Rutgers on Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in its year end press conference on Friday, reflected on 2017 and among other things addressed the woes of the thousands of sugar workers who have been rendered jobless as the incumbent Administration moves ahead with the “miniaturization” of the industry, via the closure and sale of key sugar estates.GAWU’s President Komal ChandHowever, aside from addressing the difficulties affecting the sugar workers currently, GAWU also took the opportunity to address the dismal sugar production registered for 2017, which the Union says will be the lowest since 1990.“As at last Saturday (December 16, 2017), sugar production for the year stood at 137,233 tonnes. With the cessation of cane cutting across the industry, from all indications, sugar production may not top 140,000 tonnes sugar” GAWU said, while adding that sugar production since 2015 to now has plummeted by over 40 per cent.The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Ministry of Finance had attributed the decrease in production in part to the amount of man hours lost due to strike action taken by workers.However, GAWU has placed the dramatic decline of the industry’s performance squarely at the feet of its leadership.“We have recognized that GuySuCo’s management, in seeking to explain its poor performance, has sought to blame the workers and the Union…Finance Minister, Winston Jordan in his 2018 Budget address spoke to some 22,000 man days being lost as strikes. For an industry with 16,000 workers, it meant that each worker would have struck a little more than a day” said GAWU.Moreover, the Union posited that “Minister Keith Scott in his 2018 Budget debate contribution is quoted to have said “strikes have declined by 49.1 percent …this is the lowest number of strikes the industry has recorded”. The Ministers statements have clearly thrown a wet blanket on the Corporation’s insincere rationale. In view of the Minister’s explanations, our Union is eager to see what excuse the Corporation will use to defend what clearly is a miserable production.” Jordan in his 2018 Budget presentation had said that sugar production for 2017 is expected to fall to 152,000 tons, a 17.2 per cent decline over last year’s output. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar production slumps to 25-year lowDecember 31, 2016In “latest news”Sugar workers agitated over non-payment of wages- GAWUSeptember 15, 2017In “latest news”2015 a dismal year for sugar workers – GAWUDecember 31, 2015In “latest news” read more

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first_imgAtlas Copco is introducing a completely new hydraulic rock drill – the COP 3060ME/MEX – for use in surface drilling, which is setting new standards. Thanks to an innovative manufacturing technique, the designers were able to minimise losses in the hydraulic flow by optimising the design of the channels and spool valve. This results in efficiency that, according to Fredrik Öberg, Product Portfolio Manager, is currently un-matched in this drill class.“Our top priority when developing the COP 3060ME/MEX was to optimise the hydraulic efficiency”, says Öberg. “In this rock drill, we utilise the installed power that is fed to the drill in such a way that has never before been possible. This is state-of-the-art”.With the development of COP 3060ME/MEX, Atlas Copco has also managed to increase the service interval to 600 percussion hours and maintain drilling at high power. The key to this is the design of the hydraulic system, which prolongs the service life of the internal seals.In addition, all wear parts have been optimised for longer service life. For example, the splines of the driver and shank adapter have been given a new shape which dramatically reduces wear on the driver – thus saving costs. Another cost saving is the reduced number of internal parts.last_img read more

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first_imgAPPLE IS READYING a move into the ‘internet of things’ as it prepares to enter the smart home market.The company is said to be preparing a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, the Financial Times reports.The move would place it in direct competition with Samsung, Google and LG who offer their own collection of smart devices designed for the home.The integrated system will allow users to set up and control ‘smart home’ devices through their iPhone, and will be revealed at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) which is taking place next week in San Francisco.Apple has been in discussion with a select group of device makers whose smart home products will be certified to work with its forthcoming new system. These products will be sold in its retail store, an area Apple hopes will play a key role in its plans to enter this market.One of the major features the company will push is privacy, in light of users’ concerns about what information companies have access to. Apple may also provide additional checks and assurances that certified products are not vulnerable to hackers.Apple already sell a number of smart home products in its store, including Nest thermostats in its US store, which was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion back in January, and Philips Hue smartbulbs.However, the industry is still very much in its infancy with some people concerned about how much information companies would have on them if they used any of these products.Read: Now Samsung is working on its own Oculus Rift-style VR headset >Read: Breakthrough wireless charging method will allow for deep body implants >last_img read more

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first_imgThe team has not been able to get a visa to visit the United Kingdom; they will learn their fate on MondayFor Russian club Ufa, the chance to play in their first Europa League has turned from dream to nightmare.After finishing the 2017-2018 Russian Premier League campaign in sixth place, the Gorozhane was happy to take part of the Europa League qualification round.They landed on the play-off round, one before the group phase, and would have to play against Scottish Premier League club Rangers.But there’s not enough time to get UK’s visas as the first leg is on August 23 in Scotland.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“We are actively engaged in trying to obtain British visas,” the club’s president Shamil Gazizov told The Daily Record.“But everyone must understand this is a very difficult and challenging situation.”“After the game against Dinamo, we will go with our prepared documents to the British Embassy,” he added.“We hope they are able to accelerate the process, but we will know for certain what is happening on Monday.”If Ufa cannot get visas, they might have to forfeit their two-match playoff series against Rangers, and the Scottish club will enter the group stage.last_img read more

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first_img Nintendo Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions 8:34 See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. hander until it runs out of battery, then docker.— echosixtyfour 🇨🇦 (@Ech064) July 17, 2019 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) 10 Mostly handheld thanks to this… pic.twitter.com/ysRNK59WRS— Satisfye (@SatisfyeGaming) July 18, 2019 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 im a docker. Because i grew up always on a tv playing and now have kids who play with me. Our switch is rarely played by just one person in our house. But thats the beauty of this thing my kids can also play a round of SMash Bros in the back of our minivan on cartrips to grandmas— Joseph Horner (@JosephHorner) July 16, 2019 I do both but mostly docked, the handheld only people are missing out! The games run and look better docked.— JuanGrande386 (@JuanGrande386) July 16, 2019 The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Laptops with the best battery life: See the top laptops and two-in-one PCs with the longest battery life.  Fastest gaming laptops, ranked: All the most-powerful gaming laptops tested in the CNET Labs.  More news and reviews for PC and Mac laptops, tablets and desktops. 29 Photos The question I asked was whether people would consider their Nintendo Switch primarily a docked TV-connected set-top box, or a handheld device. Essentially, were you a “docker” or a “hander”?   Apparently this was a question on many minds, as the poll received more than 1,700 responses as well as many (sometimes ranty) replies. Even more surprising, the dockers won, collecting 53% of the vote, versus 47% for the handers.  Some representative Twitter replies are below, and if you missed your chance to vote, please leave your opinion in the comments section below.  What surprised me more than anything else was the sheer number of people who came out of the woodwork and said the Switch Lite was the answer to their dreams, because they only ever used the current Nintendo Switch in its handheld mode and never docked it with their TVs. I apparently, was in the minority, in almost never using the Switch without connecting it to a TV.  But just because the loudest voices in the room said a nonswitching Switch was the best version of the product, was that actually what most gamers thought? I went right to the least scientific public sentiment measurement method I know — a Twitter poll. $299 Nintendo Switch Lite thoughts: Half the people tell me they only use their Switch handheld, never connected to a TV, while the other half say they only use it docked to a TV. So, what kind of Switch owner are you? A “docker” or a “hander?” Poll results to be reported on @CNET!— Dan Ackerman (@danackerman) July 16, 2019 Amazon Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Walmart See It $299 Tags Best Buy $289 $299 Sarah Tew/CNET With the announcement of not just one, but two new Nintendo Switch consoles, there’s bound to be some confusion about what the Switch concept actually means. On Sept. 20, Nintendo will be releasing a new Switch game system called the Switch Lite, while in mid-August, the original Switch design is getting a version 1.5 revamp, offering better battery life and a few other small tweaks.  The biggest head-scratcher is that the Switch Lite won’t offer any way to connect to a TV, and is purely a handheld device. You can only use its built-in screen, and the Joy-Con controls are now built right into the body and no longer detachable. In other words, it’s a Switch that doesn’t, you know, switch. That ability to connect via a dock to your TV and also go with you as a portable is why it was called the Switch in the first place.  Now playing: Watch this: See It See It Consoles Share your voice Nintendo should probably make a Nintendo Switch “Heavy” which is meant only for docked play— Michael Roque (@mumu_mike) July 17, 2019 Comments Nintendo Switch Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go News • Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch in Aprillast_img read more

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first_imgWith an average annual outflow of $51.03 billion, India is the fourth biggest exporter of illicit capital over a decade with such financial flows surging to $1.1 trillion in 2013, according to a new report.China, with $139.23 billion average annually ($1.39 trillion cumulative), was the biggest exporter of illicit financial flows from developing and emerging economies, according to a study released Wednesday by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advisory organization.Russia with $104.98 billion average ($1.05trillion cumulative) and Mexico with $52.84 billion average ($528.44 billion cumulative) came next.India with $51.03 billion average ($510.29 billion cumulative) was fourth followed by Malaysia with $41.85 billion average annually ($418.54 billion cumulative) ranked fifth.Authored by GFI Chief Economist Dev Kar and GFI Junior Economist Joseph Spanjers, the report pegs cumulative illicit outflows from developing economies at $7.8 trillion between 2004 and 2013, the last year for which data are available.Titled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013″ the study reveals that illicit financial flows first surpassed $1 trillion in 2011, and have grown to $1.1 trillion in 2013.This marks a dramatic increase from 2004, when illicit outflows totaled just $465.3 billion.”This study clearly demonstrates that illicit financial flows are the most damaging economic problem faced by the world’s developing and emerging economies,” said GFI President Raymond Baker, a longtime authority on financial crime.”This year at the UN, the mantra of ‘trillions not billions’ was continuously used to indicate the amount of funds needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Significantly curtailing illicit flows is central to that effort.”Illicit financial flows averaged a staggering four percent of the developing world’s GDP, the study noted.In seven of the 10 years studied, global IFFs outpaced the total value of all foreign aid and foreign direct investment flowing into poor nations.The IFF growth rate from 2004-2013 was 8.6 percent in Asia and 7 percent in Developing Europe as well as in the MENA and Asia-Pacific regions, the report found.The report recommends that world leaders focus on curbing opacity in the global financial system, which facilitates these outflows.Specifically, GFI suggested that governments establish public registries of verified beneficial ownership information on all legal entities, and all banks should know the true beneficial owner(s) of any account opened in their financial institution.Government authorities should adopt and fully implement all of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) anti-money laundering recommendations; laws already in place should be strongly enforced.Policymakers should require multinational companies to publicly disclose their revenues, profits, losses, sales, taxes paid, subsidiaries, and staff levels on a country-by-country basis.All countries should actively participate in the worldwide movement towards the automatic exchange of tax information as endorsed by the OECD and the G20, the report suggested.last_img read more

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first_imgIn this Sunday, 10 June 2018 photo, provided by Egypt`s state news agency, MENA, Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, shakes hands with Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed, in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: APEgypt’s president Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi has defended his government’s latest austerity measures aimed at rebuilding the country’s ailing economy, amid a wave of arrests since his re-election.The government has raised the price of electricity and piped drinking water as part of an economic reform program designed to qualify for a three-year $12 billion bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund, which Egypt secured in 2016.El-Sissi said late Tuesday in televised comments that the government spends a total subsidy bill of 330 billion Egyptian pounds, $18.6 billion, annually.He said: “We have to pay the price together.”The tough austerity measures have hit poor and middle-class Egyptians especially hard.Egypt has intensified its crackdown on dissent since el-Sissi’s re-election in the March vote in which he faced no serious challengers.last_img

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first_imgThe Cardinals await their pairing in the ACC Tournament which will be announced this coming week and will be held April 17-21 in Cary, N.C. #12 Florida State University 7, Louisville 0 Singles competition1. #34 Carla Touly (FS) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-3, 6-22. Emmanuelle Salas (FS) def. Raven Neely (LOU) 6-4, 6-43. Ana Oparenovic (FS) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-1, 6-24. Petra Hule (FS) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-2, 6-15. Julia Mikulski (FS) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)6. Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-0, 6-4 Full Schedule Roster Louisville vs Florida State UniversityApr 13, 2019 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center) Matchup History Cardinal Aleksandra Mally was the first to fall in singles, bowing out  6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 just before her teammate Sena Suswam fell 6-1, 6-2 to Ana Oparenovic at No. 3.  FSU’s Ariana Rahmanparast blew by  Diana Wong 6-0, 6-4 to clinch match point. The Cards fell at No. 2 when Raven Neely was defeated 6-4, 6-4 by Emmanuelle Salas.  Next to fall was Nikolina Jovic at No. 1, who was defeated by No. 34-ranked Carla Touhy, 6-3, 6-2. The final match was the only one to go three sets when Louisville’s Chloe Hamlin was bested 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7) at No. 5.  FSU took the doubles point, although the Seminoles fell behind early on No. 2 and No. 3 but rallied to end up taking all three courts. UofL’s Raven Neely and Dina Chaika fell to Ana Oparenovic and Emmanuelle Salas by a score of  6-2 win. FSU’s Ariana Rahmanparast and Carla Touly clinched the point with a 6-2 win on No. 2, beating Sena Suswam and Chloe Hamlin. At No. 3 Aleksandra Mally and Diana Wong fell 6-4 to FSU’s Andrea Garcia and Petra Hule to wrap up doubles play with a 6-4 win.center_img The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to the No. 12 ranked Florida State   With the win FSU improves to 19-5 and 11-3 in the ACC. Louisville moves to 10-14, 2-12 for the  season. Next Match: vs. Boston College 4/17/2019 | All Day Preview Doubles competition1. #32 Emmanuelle Salas/Ana Oparenovic (FS) def. Raven Neely/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-22. Carla Touly/Ariana Rahmanparast (FS) def. Sena Suswam/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 6-23. Petra Hule/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Aleksandra Mally/Diana Wong (LOU) 6-4 Match Notes:Louisville 10-14 (2-12 ACC)Florida State University 18-5 (11-3 ACC); National ranking #12Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,2,1,5) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: China’s PandaX WIMP detector set to begin operations soon (2014, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-china-pandax-wimp-detector.html The field cage for phase-1a Super-CDMS researchers report possible evidence of WIMPs The field cage integrated with the top PMT supporting plate 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.center_img Explore further Several facilities around the world are already conducting the same sort of research, of course, but the facility in China has a decided advantage—it’s sheltered beneath tons of marble. As with the other facilities, the idea is to prove that WIMPs are real and by extension, that theories about dark matter are as well.Dark matter isn’t something that has been proven to exist, instead, it’s a theory that has been developed to explain gravitational anomalies in space—why do galaxies have gravitational effects by objects that cannot be seen? Scientists believe it’s because of a type of matter that has a gravitational impact, but cannot be seen by the naked eye, or with any other type of device that physicists have conceived. The best they’ve been able to come up with is the idea of WIMPS—a theoretical elementary particle that makes up dark matter. If the existence of WIMPS can be proven, that would go a long way towards proving that theories regarding dark matter are true too.Thus far none of the research facilities constructed to detect WIMPs has been able to do so, though the idea for all of them is essentially the same—fill a big tank with a certain type of material, shield it from other space based particles, then watch for collisions between the nucleus of an atom of the material used and some other particle—hopefully, a WIMP. With the Chinese project, the material is xenon—1.2 metric tons of it. Physicists hope that if such a collision does occur, photons and electrons will be given off and the combination of the two will be enough for sensors to detect where in the vat the collision occurred. That will allow for calculating the speed of the object that made its way in, which can be compared with theories about the speed at which WIMPs travel—if the two match, physicists around the globe will conclude that it was most likely a WIMP and those on the project can start preparing their Noble Prize acceptance speeches. More information: pandax.physics.sjtu.edu.cn/ (Phys.org) —China’s PandaX Dark Matter Experiment is in final preparations to begin operating sometime early this year, representatives for the project have told the press. Its mission is to capture evidence of a Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) colliding with the nucleus of a xenon atom—evidence of dark matter.last_img read more

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