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first_imgAbout 170 million years ago, huge, long-necked dinosaurs called sauropods left hundreds of footprints on the floor of a shallow saltwater lagoon on a warm island in the midlatitudes. Now preserved in ancient layers of limestone and sandstone that are exposed only during low tide (and considerably farther north of where they were originally made, thanks to the gradual migration of Earth’s tectonic plates), the fossilized tracks are the first ever found made by these creatures in Scotland. The site provides new information about the region’s sauropods, which were previously known only from fragments of a tail bone, a leg bone, and a few bits of teeth—scraps so small that researchers couldn’t assign the fossils to a particular species or even estimate its size. With the new tracks, however, Scotland’s sauropods are beginning to come into focus. Impressions left by a large claw on the innermost toe on the dinosaur’s front foot (the analog of the human thumb) indicate that the still-unknown species was located near the base of the sauropod family tree, and the sizes of the footprints—in some cases 70 centimeters across—suggest that the behemoths grew to reach 15 meters in length and weighed up to 10 metric tons, the researchers report online today in the Scottish Journal of Geology. (That’s small for sauropods; in later eras, some dinosaurs in the group stretched almost twice as long and weighed six times as much.) The footprints were apparently made in water deep enough to have remained submerged even at low tide, which raises the question of what the dinosaurs were doing in waters that deep. Although the Jurassic beasts could have been foraging for shallow-water vegetation, they may have been avoiding predators or maybe even cooling their bodies with a dip in the surf.last_img read more

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first_imgOne of the busiest Indian domestic seasons in recent times begins on Wednesday, with the highlight being the staging of the World Cup and not the Ranji Trophy, the premier national competition.The season, in which a total prize money of Rs 7.14 crore will be on offer, begins with the Raj Singh Dungarpur Trophy, the new name for the Corporate Trophy which will be played at various venues in the south of the country, and culminates with the World Cup in February 19-April 2.In between, Australia and New Zealand will tour the country for Test and One-day International series, making it one of the busiest seasons in many years.In all, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will organise 18 national tournaments – 13 for men and juniors and five for women. In other words, there will be 12 tournaments for seniors, with the 77th edition of Ranji Trophy (from November 1 to January 15 being the most coveted competition, and six for juniors during the 214-day long season.Amongst other tournaments, the Irani Cup, Duleep Trophy and NKP Salve Challenger Trophy will keep players busy in a season that ends on March 16 with the final of the Twenty20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Ranji Trophy kings Mumbai, led by last season’s winning captain Wasim Jaffer, will try to extend their number of titles to 40. ” Every team wants to win and the same will be our policy.Mumbai’s first big game is the Irani Trophy (October 1-5) and our aim will be to play well and win it. Unlike Ranji Trophy, where you get many games to play, the Irani Cup is a single game so you have to be in your best form during the match,” Jaffer, who has played 31 Tests, told M AIL T ODAY . ” My aim is to, Insha Allah, win both trophies – the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup. The effort will be that the team as well as the important players strike form as quickly as possible,” said the opener who was recently blessed with a daughter.advertisementFormer India batsman Pravin Amre will continue as Mumbai coach and the selectors have retained most of the players who turned out last season.But things are not so orderly in Delhi, who lost to Mumbai in the semi-finals last year. Captain Aakash Chopra has left Delhi for Rajasthan and coach Vijay Dahiya has opted out this season, leaving a vacuum at the top.Manoj Prabhakar, who was the team’s bowling consultant two years ago, is believed to be ahead in the race to replace Dahiya, but nothing has been finalised. Virat Kohli, who led the side in a few matches last year, is expected to be named captain. But the selectors could also opt for the experience Mithun Manhas.Uttar Pradesh, one of the consistent performers in Ranji Trophy in recent years, have also started their preparations.Coach Gyanendra Pandey is optimistic that his team would perform better than last season with active assistance from support staff. “We have hired a video analyst for the first time and the facility will definitely help the boys,” the former India ODI player told Mail Today . Last season’s domestic heroes will be looking to extend their form and the youngsters would hope to break into the national team. Manish Pandey (956), Rahul Dravid (909), Ajinkya Rahane (887), Parthiv Patel (813), Jaffer (801) and S Badrinath (800) were in roaring form last year.Talented Pandey, who has shone brightly in twenty20 format, also made headway in the longer format and ended as the top scorer in first- class matches, scoring at 59.75.Parthiv, despite consistent scores and neat work behind the stumps, will again look to displace Dinesh Karthik as the second wicketkeeper in the national team, behind captain MS Dhoni.Badrinath continues to remain in Dravid’s shadow despite scoring heavily in domestic tournaments.Cheteshwar Pujara was another youngster who scored heavily (741), but he too failed to break into the national side.Among the bowlers, pacers R Vinay Kumar (53) and Abhimanyu Mithun (52) finished atop. Both were rewarded with India caps – Vinay in ODIs and Mithun in Tests.Interestingly, there was a big gap between Mithun and the rest of bowlers in terms of wickets captured. In the new season, the challengers will try to narrow the gap with the leaders in both bowling and batting.last_img read more

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first_imgIndian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),Thiruvananthapuram, has released vacancies for the Asst Professor (SRD for SC/ ST)posts. Vacancy Details:Assistant Professor (on Contract)Assistant Professor (Regular)Educational Qualification :Eligible and Interested Candidates should possess PhD withat least industrial/ research/ teaching experience.Age limit:Candidates age should be below 35 years for contract and40 years for regular posts. Age relaxation will be applicable as per thegovernment rules.Pay Scale:Candidates should visit their official website.Selection Process:Interested candidate will be selected on the basis onInterview.How to Apply :Eligible and Interested candidates can send theirapplication in prescribed format along with CV (with PDF versions of not morethan 10 important published papers), a brief write-up on proposed researchprogramme and perspectives on teaching, and names and addresses of at leastfour referees (with e-mail id, telephone and fax numbers) may be sent by emailto facapp_specialdrive@iisertvm.ac.in on or before 31-03-2015Important Dates: Last Date for Submission of Application: March 31, 2015.last_img read more

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first_imgToday’s our birthday of sorts and we’re celebrating at Glassdoor. It’s been two years since we first debuted our beta and we’ve been in full throttle ever since.Our timing couldn’t have been better.  Over the past two years the labor market has been pummeled with the economy and people around the world need jobs and company information more than ever. We’re helping with that…with the help of our community and members around the globe.I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed invaluable content to Glassdoor to help others learn from your experiences. Whether it’s been salary reports, company reviews, interview questions, or office photos, you’re paying it forward and helping others with their career.  Thanks to you, we now have more than one million pieces of content on our site covering more than 84,000 companies – and growing every day.  I also want to thank the hundreds of employers that have provided us with constructive feedback to make Glassdoor better for all users. And, finally I want to thank our team here along with our great group of board members and advisors. We’re not a large team, but we’ve made big strides in opening up information in an area so critical to our lives – jobs and careers.  Most importantly, you’ve helped us shine the light on the historically taboo subject of salaries in a way that’s helping people every day in today’s tough job climate.  Thank you!Below are some highlights that recognize our progress over the past two years:If you haven’t stepped inside Glassdoor for a while or this is your first time peeking in, I invite you to come see what’s new and  how you and your employer stack up. There is an active community of more than two million visitors coming to our site each month – come see what they see and are saying.And to all our users, keep your feedback and questions coming. We don’t know what will happen next year with the economy, but what we do know is that we can empower ourselves in our jobs and be prepared for whatever comes  our way.Useful Links:Salary ReportsCompany ReviewsInterview Questions & ReviewsOffice PhotosGlassdoor Blog: Get updates on relevant news items, product announcements and other juicy workplace, salary and interview insightsGlassdoor News: Includes details about new products, sections and surveysGlassdoor TwitterGlassdoor Facebook Pagelast_img read more

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first_imgWest Ham star Andriy Yarmolenko is set for six months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a damaged Achilles tendon.The Ukraine international, who signed from Borussia Dortmund in July, suffered the injury in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League derby defeat to Tottenham and had an operation on Monday.Yarmolenko has scored two goals in nine league appearances for West Ham this season, having also sustained an Achilles injury last term with Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Both goals came in a 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park, which was West Ham’s first victory of the season. With the Hammers confirming an expected six-month lay-off, head of medical services Richard Collinge said: “Andriy’s operation went well and we will now work hard to support him throughout the rehabilitation process.”His recovery will be planned very carefully and we have every confidence that he will return to full fitness within the scheduled timeframe.”The injuries come at a bad time for the club as Manuel Pellegrini’s side have hit their second rough patch of the campaign. West Ham started the season slowly, losing their opening four Premier League contests, but had seen an improvement, picking up 10 points from a possible 12 in their next four fixtures.However, the Hammers have not dropped two straight games with the loss to Spurs coming on the heels of a 1-0 defeat to Brighton prior to the international break.An away date with Leicester City is up next for the Londoners, followed by a midweek rematch with Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.last_img read more

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first_imgFor Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was a happy anniversary.For Stan Wawrinka, it was not a happy birthday.Federer and Nadal – playing back-to-back on stadium court on the 13th anniversary of their very first match – both advanced Tuesday to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, surviving strong tests in both cases. (Latest Tennis stories)Wawrinka wasn’t as fortunate, the No. 1 seed getting bounced on his 32nd birthday by teenager Alexander Zverev.”Every match is going to be tough from now on,” said second-seeded Kei Nishikori, who also survived a three-setter to reach the quarters.That seems to already be holding true.The fourth-seeded Federer outlasted No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), the fifth-seeded Nadal got past Nicolas Marut 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Nishikori – a finalist at Key Biscayne a year ago – rallied from a break down in the final set to beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.Federer is 16-1 this year, matching his career-best record at this point in a season.”Is it the best I’ve ever played?” Federer said. “For me, it’s hard to say yes to that question. … Maybe on the offensive side, overall, I think I’m doing definitely a few things better than I ever have. I do feel that I have improved. The game has evolved, I had to adjust, but overall I do believe I’m probably a better player than I was 10 years ago.”ZVEREV STUNS WAWRINKAZverev, who turns 20 next month, downed Wawrinka 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and showed no ill effects by playing just 24 hours after winning a three-setter over John Isner that went entirely to tiebreakers.advertisement”I played well in the second and third,” Zverev said. “I turned it around a little bit. I had to be aggressive.”Zverev won 26 of the 36 points played in the final set.”I had no more gas in the second and third sets,” said Wawrinka, who smiled when a surprise birthday cake – replete with ‘Stan The Man’ lettering – was brought into his post-match news conference. “But at the end of the day, you have to try with what you have that day, and today was not enough.”STRAIGHT-SET WIN FOR NADALNadal won the only break point played in his match against Marut, and it was enough. He was an up-and-coming 17-year-old when he faced Federer at what was then called the NASDAQ-100 Open in 2004, and surprised many with a straight-set win that day.More than a decade later, they’re still rolling.”It’s a good start of the year, I think, for both of us,” Nadal said. “Obviously, it’s a little bit better for him, but at the same time I’m happy with the way that I am playing, happy with the way that I started the year after a tough second part of the year last year with injuries.”So I think it’s a positive for both of us that we can still (be) around here and be very competitive almost every week that we are playing.”Federer had a battle with Bautista Agut, and seemed to enjoy himself. He needed – and got – a break with Bautista Agut serving for the first set, and with Federer serving at 4-5 in the second they played about a half-dozen back-and-forth shots at the net in a tete-a-tete that ended with Federer winning the point.He cracked a slight smile as the crowd roared. Federer gets Wednesday off, and will meet 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych on Thursday in the quarters. Berdych advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Adrian Mannarino.”You’ll always take those days off,” Federer said. “They are worth gold.”Nishikori will next face unseeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, who beat Donald Young 6-0, 6-4. Young’s loss meant only one American man would reach the quarters – that being No. 13 Jack Sock, who beat Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1.PLISKOVA MARCHES ONKarolina Pliskova, who has never found Miami exactly to her liking, got into the women’s semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 26th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. It’s the first time Pliskova has made the semifinals at Key Biscayne.Pliskova improved to 23-3 this year, the best record on the women’s tour. She’ll next face 12th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over unseeded Lucie Safarova.”I’m really enjoying my tennis this year … winning almost every match so far,” said Pliskova, who took advantage of 10 double faults by Lucic-Baroni and avenged a loss to her in the Australian Open quarterfinals.last_img read more

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first_imgSeptember’s SPARK event focused on crafting an authentic brand story to build an audience and secure new clients across different social media channels.Along with Freelancers Union, Megan Davis of SpendLove and Lamb – a social media coach and consultant – designed a dynamic curriculum for freelancers gathering in 18 cities across the United States to realize their brand story and start smart marketing strategies.Did you miss the fun on September 2nd? Never fear: Megan Davis recaps the content here.Don’t forget to put next month’s SPARK on your calendar!October 7 SPARK: Make your contract your best business allyPromoting your business online without defining your audience is like wearing a blindfold and shouting into a crowded party. You may get a few confused glances, but chances are you will be ignored or even worse, asked to leave.Does this feel familiar? Are your tweets, posts and shares disappearing into cyberspace with little or no impact?Let’s try a different approach. You walk into the party, scope the room for people who look interesting and approach them. You stand nearby and listen to what they are speaking about until you see an opportunity to join in the conversation.It works that same way online. Think about the types of people you will be talking to. You must speak to a person, not the masses. If you write as if you are speaking to someone online they are very likely to respond.The process of defining people you would like to speak to will save you time and energy as you target specific people. By exploring the needs of this person you will be able to connect with them better online. If they find the content you produce to be helpful they are likely to become a loyal fan.Join #FreelanceNation (it’s free!)Become a memberStart by identifying 3 types of people you would like to speak to. Think about what you do and how it relates to finding a type of person who ‘needs’ what you do.It is often a good idea to start with people you are currently doing business with that you enjoy working with. Next choose someone who you would like to work with, but haven’t quite landed yet. For your last choice go for your pie in the sky dream client!Get a pen and paper and write these people down. We are going to get started on building making these dreams a reality.We must flesh out these types and make them into individuals by creating a profile illustrating their wants and needs. This is a process of creating insight into someone’s life to understand how you and this person can work together.1. Type of PersonThink of an actual person that you know. It is often helpful to give them a name. The more real they are to you, the more you will understand how to speak to them! Let’s do one together and create a character named Sue. Sue is an art director at a small graphic design studio.2. What Do They NeedBe sure to use the word ‘to’. This need is a problem this person has. For example saying, “Sue needs to hire a freelancer designer to assist with large projects” is a very different statement to “Sue needs a graphic designer”. See the difference? Using the word ‘to’ allows us to expand on why Sue needs us.3. Your Insight Into Their LifeWhy do you think Sue has this need? What is your insight into this person’s life? What opportunities is this person looking for? Remember this is about the person, what are their needs and not what you want them to do.People often think they need something, but if you look deeper into their life, you will probably find their need comes from an entirely different place.A true insight into someone’s life can often feel like a surprise, or even a contradiction to what you assumed about them previously.Let’s revisit our statement, “Sue, an art director at a small graphic design firm needs to hire freelance designers when big projects come in.”She has explained that she needs someone who can work independently without a lot of management. She and the rest of the team are very busy and need them to be able to jump in and get work done.What is the insight here for Sue?Sue needs to be sure of hiring a designer with experience working in teams. She has to be sure a freelancer can manage a workflow that includes many people.To attract the Sues of the world explain in your bio or your project description in your online folio that you are used to working in teams to produce the featured work.Now have a shot at constructing your own sentences for each of the three personas you would like to do business with.(Person) needs a person to (x) because (Insight Into Their Life).The great thing about this is it is a process that you can continuously tweak and make changes to. The more you learn about your clients the more you will understand how to attract them with the types of posts, language and content that you create to target these people.The best way to get insight into your current or potential client’s life is to listen to them. Learn about what their needs are by sitting down over a cup of coffee and just simply ask.You never know what the answers will be or where a cup of coffee could lead. A new collaboration, contact or client could come from this act of listening.Any good relationship is built on mutual trust and respect. Learning how to care for your client’s leaves the act of selling behind and elevates you into the powerful realm of relationship building.If you care for your client relationships you will never have to sell anything. Focus your social media and online content on your client’s needs and it will be hard to go wrong!Looking for a more personalized approach? Book a Skype mentoring session with me for only $60 now through November 1st.A well-planned digital strategy is a framework that connects you to people and organizations who need what you do. Megan Davis of SpendLove and Lamb is a social media consultant dedicated to helping people create the right voice for their online presence.last_img read more

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first_imgKings XI Punjab opener Lokesh Rahul Sunday said his team-mate and West Indian swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle was a mischievous player in the dressing room, besides being one of the best players in the T20 format.Rahul, who has been the opening partner of Gayle, said the West Indian’s energy seems to be increasing even as he grows older.”Gayle is the best T20 batsman the game has ever had. But he is always up to mischief and tries to pull my legs. He does not seem like a senior player in the dressing room but in fact, he is the naughtiest and most mischievous player in a dressing room,” Rahul said ahead of their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals.”I have played with Gayle for quite a while, we had an opportunity to bat together for a few years in RCB and he considered me as a 21-year boy. I have learnt a lot from him. I love his company,” he added.The India opener said just like last year, Gayle has come with a lot of energy this time also.”Each year as he grows older, his energy is getting more and more exciting for us. I am looking for more and more partnerships together,” said Rahul.Rahul not thinking about World Cup berthTalking about himself, Rahul said he does not set personal goals and he was not thinking about the upcoming World Cup but focusing on IPL.”I just want to focus on IPL and try and win as many matches for my team. I don’t set personal goals,” he said.advertisementHappy to have Steve Smith back: RahaneRajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane said his team was happy to see Australian batsman Steve Smith come back for the IPL.”It is nice to have him back but he was always a part of Royals family. We will focus on our own positives but know that Kings XI Punjab is a good side. Chris Gayle is still a dangerous player and we will not take them lightly,” Rahane said.Coach Paddy Upton said cricket has significantly advanced in all departments except for the mental side of the game.”Cricket has always been very much a mental game. In the past ten years, we have seen a lot of advancements made in terms of fitness, bowling strategies, batsmen are playing shots that were not played before, players are a lot fitter, we are seeing most incredible catches being taken at the boundary,” he said.”All department of the game have undergone significant changes but probably the one department that has not advanced as others is the mental side of the game. It is the most difficult to measure, the most difficult to train. I think that this is one of the next significant frontiers we need to go and address. We would try and make strong the mental side of Royals cricketers.Also Read | Excited to put on the pink: Steve Smith eager to emulate David Warner’s IPL returnlast_img read more

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first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer fired assistant Zach Smith after domestic violence allegations were levied against the wide receivers coach. Thursday, he named Smith’s replacement – at least on an interim basis.Meyer has reportedly promoted former Buckeye wideout Brian Hartline to serve as interim wide receivers coach. Hartline had previously been working in a quality control position with the team.Hartline joined the program ahead of the 2017 season. Meyer also announced that his son-in-law, Corey Dennis, had been elevated to a quality control position.Meyer’s decision comes just days after the team was left with a vacancy at the wide receivers coaching position.JUST IN: OSU head coach Urban Meyer announced today former Buckeye receiver and 7-year NFL veteran Brian Hartline will be the team’s interim wide receivers coach. Hartline is in 2nd year with the program after serving in a quality control position with the wide receivers in ‘17.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) July 26, 2018OSU: In addition to naming Hartline, Meyer also elevated 3rd year program assistant Corey Dennis to a Sr. quality control position working with the WR’s & QB’s. Dennis was working alongside offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day this season.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) July 26, 2018So @brianhartline gets an audition during ‘18 season to claim permanent spot on Meyer’s staff. Became business owner after 7-year NFL career. Guested on @TheFeverABC6 before returning to OSU. Buttoned up. pic.twitter.com/qZcwMTgm9E— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) July 26, 2018Hartline, who is 31 years old, starred at Ohio State and was taken in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played for the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns. His last year in the league came in 2015.Hartline had over 1,000 yards receiving twice in his career. He was a productive player before tearing his PCL in 2014.It remains to be seen whether Hartline will be given the full-time job. Something tells us it’ll have to do with performance. Ohio State kicks off its season against Oregon State in early September.last_img read more

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first_img -30- Route 325 in Lunenburg County will have alternating lane closuresfor repairs until Friday, June 10. Traffic control will consistof a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, barrels and trafficcones. Works takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596last_img

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first_imgKolkata: World Archery on Monday warned the Indian federation AAI of “immediate suspension” if it goes ahead with two separate elections on June 9. The suspension would mean that the Indian team competing in the World Championships would only be ale to compete under a World Archery flag and not the national flag. Extending an olive branch to the de-recognised Archery Association of India (AAI), World Archery (WA) has also appointed its first vice-president Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol as the “mediator” in the process. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunChapol will hold a meeting with the two AAI factions in New Delhi on June 7 in an effort to cancel both the elections and instead hold one election on June 24. The cost of the meeting will also be borne by WA. “We have reached the cut-off point at which we can no longer continue to support any federation in India unless progress is made,” Tom Dielen, World Archery Secretary General, said on the sidelines of WA Congress. “It is our priority to come to a resolution with a member association in India that provides stability and a positive environment for the athletes to succeed internationally, especially with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the near horizon.” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upIn a rare scenario, AAI’s two faction groups — one with former president Vijay Kumar Malhotra and the other with the last chief BVP Rao — has issued two elections notices on June 9, albeit in two different cities of New Delhi and Chandigarh. Former Jharkhand chief minister and newly-inducted minister in the Narendra Modi government, Arjun Munda is in the fray for the post of president. While the BJP MP from Khunti has filed his nomination at the New Delhi election, Rao is also seeking to be re-elected from the Chandigarh polls.last_img read more

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first_imgLord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans listen up – Sir Ian McKellen will attend two exclusive fundraiser Q&A screenings of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, in which he reprises the role of Gandalf, at the Genesis Cinema on Friday 21st December in support of East End charity Step Forward.Sir Ian who is patron of Step Forward has been an active supporter of the charity, which works with young people in Tower Hamlets, since 1996.Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated version of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, is the first of a trilogy of films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduring masterpiece.Step Forward is an independent charity committed to improving the health, well being and life chances of local young people aged 11-25 affected by poverty and disadvantage in Tower Hamlets. The charity offers a range of free and confidential counselling and support services, helping young people deal with any difficulties in their life or recover from past trauma or abuse. Through their purpose built centre in Bethnal Green they offer a place of sanctuary which inspires and encourages 2,000 young people a year to realise their self-worth, raise their aspirations and reach their full potential in life.Like many charities in London Step Forward has been affected by public sector cuts and reduction in funding across the board.“Step Forward is so impressive to visit, welcoming and utterly committed to helping local young people,” says Sir Ian. “It is amazing that such an evidently worthwhile project does not receive the funding necessary to continue its vital work. I am very happy and honoured to be a Patron for Step Forward and support its aim to continue providing essential support services over the coming years.”Genesis cinema’s owner Tyrone Walker-Hebborn was introduced to the East End Charity when he attended a recent event hosted by Charity CEO Jennifer Fear and Sir Ian McKellen. Jennifer Fear CEO said: “It was great Step Forward and the Genesis cinema can work together to create a once in lifetime opportunity for people to talk to Ian about The Hobbit on the film’s release, whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for Step Forward. We can’t wait for the 21st, it’s going to be a great night!”Tyrone Walker-Hebborn said about supporting Step Forward and hosting the Q&As at the Genesis: “Being born in the East End the thing I love most about the area is one of the things that unfortunately brings its own problems, diversity. That is why I fully support Step Forward, they also appreciate the problems that cultural, sexual & racial diversity involve & the way they address them in a completely open and non-judgemental way, especially with the young people. We’re thrilled to be working with Sir Ian McKellen and Step Forward for the Charity screenings of The Hobbit.”THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, (12A, r/t: 170 minutes).Special Charity Fundraiser screenings on Friday 21st December:18:30 (Screen 1), 19:00 (Screen 5)Q&As with Sir Ian McKellan before each screeningAt The Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, London. E1 4UJ.Tickets are £20 for Screen 1 and VIP tickets for Screen 5 are being auctioned. Tickets for Screen 1 are now on sale through the Genesis Cinema Box Office: 020 7780 2000 or online booking here. Ticket prices will include a donation of £10 to Step Forward on each ticket.VIP tickets for the private screening in Studio 5 which seats 40 people will be auctioned by Step Forward via Ebay from the 8th December. The tickets are in batches of 2,3 and 4 tickets and the auctions will last 7 days. The auction will give you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Sir Ian McKellen and get your photo taken, join him for a special Q&A session, and a viewing of the film.To find out more about Step Forward, visit the charity’s blog here.last_img read more

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — A Big Island resort known for its Polynesian-style, thatched-roof bungalows plans to reopen in 2022 after it closed in 2011 because of tsunami damage.Real estate investment firm Kennedy Wilson has brought on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage Kona Village.Rosewood announced Wednesday that the renovated property about 19 miles (30 kilometres) north of Kailua-Kona will have 150 stand-alone guest hales.The resort plans to reopen the original Shipwreck Bar and Talk Story Bar and add a spa, multiple swimming pools and other amenities.This will be Rosewood’s first property in Hawaii.Kennedy Wilson took over the resort in 2016 after a foreclosure lawsuit was filed against the resort’s former owner.The resort originally opened in 1965.The Associated Press

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Colonne said that the Sri Lankan Government looks at the fishermen issue on humanitarian grounds and continues to deal with it in that manner. (Colombo Gazette) A policy decision has been taken to release all 120 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody and 36 Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian custody, the Foreign Ministry said today.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said that the process to release the fishermen began today and the fishermen are expected to be freed over the next couple of days. She said that a decision had been taken to release all the Indians on humanitarian grounds but the process will take a few days.

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TORONTO — Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is shuffling its leadership deck in a series of moves effective Monday that includes appointing Ed Dodig, CEO Victor Dodig’s brother, to head retail investment firm CIBC Wood Gundy.In internal memos provided to The Canadian Press, the bank says the changes are being made to sharpen client focus and develop leadership capabilities.Ed Dodig is to replace Peter Lee, who will become executive vice-president of banking centres, leading personal and small business banking operations in the retail bank. Big bank chief executives paint picture of a sluggish Canadian economy Economic headwinds threaten to dampen outlook for Canada’s big banks, analysts say Canada’s big banks feel the pain from the stock market’s swoon Former banking centres leader Stephen Forbes becomes executive vice-president of purpose, brand and marketing.CIBC says Ed Dodig has had an integral role in the growth of its global markets business, most recently leading its equity markets team, a role that will fall to Anton Erdody on an interim basis.A total of eight executive moves were announced internally last week.“We have a robust internal talent management process with a focus on moving leaders across our bank to foster collaboration, share best practices and instil a strong, client-focused culture as we develop leaders within our team,” said CIBC spokesman Tom Wallis in an email. read more

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“Nearly 25 years into the pandemic, help is reaching less than 10 per cent of the children affected by HIV/AIDS, leaving too many children to grow up alone, grow up too fast or not grow up at all,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, noting that millions of children who have lost parents to the disease go without support. Launching the global campaign – Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS – at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) noted that, also every minute, four young people aged 15-24 become infected with HIV.In addition, an estimated 15 million children have lost at least one parent because of AIDS. In sub-Saharan Africa, where the impact is greatest, coping systems are stretched to the limit.The campaign aims to achieve measurable progress for children based on internationally agreed goals in four key result areas:Prevention of mother-to-child transmission: The vast majority of the half-million children under the age of 15 who die from AIDS-related illnesses every year contract HIV through mother-to-child transmission. The campaign aims by 2010 to provide 80 per cent of women in need with services to prevent transmission to their babies. Less than 10 per cent of women now have access to these services. Pediatric treatment: Less than five cent of HIV-positive children in need of treatment receive it, and only one per cent born to infected mothers have access to cotrimoxazole, a low-cost antibiotic that can nearly halve child deaths from AIDS by fighting off deadly infections. The campaign aims by 2010 to provide antiretroviral treatment and/or cotrimoxazole to 80 per cent of children in need.Prevention: Adolescents and young people aged 15-24 account for about half of all new HIV infections, but the vast majority have no access to the information, skills and services needed to protect them. The campaign aims by 2010 to reduce the number living with HIV by 25 per cent, in line with agreed international goals.Protection and support of children affected by AIDS: By 2010, it is estimated that there will be 18 million children who have lost at least one parent to AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Well before parents die, children – especially girls – have to take on adult tasks such as caring for the sick, looking after younger siblings, generating income to pay for health costs, or producing food. Often they must drop out of school. The campaign aims by 2010 to reach 80 per cent of children most in need of public support and services. “In the past quarter-century, HIV/AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 20 million people and lowered average life expectancy in the hardest-hit countries by as much as 30 years,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “A whole generation has never known a world free of HIV and AIDS, yet the magnitude of the problem dwarfs the scale of the response so far.”UNICEF said children must be at the forefront of the fight against AIDS, a message echoed by UNAIDS.“AIDS continues to tear apart families and communities, leaving behind 15 million orphans and robbing countries of their future,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said. “If countries are to develop, we must put children first. Children must therefore be a major priority when it comes to the way we allocate and use resources.” read more

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All eyes were on the front of the room, where an intense scenario played out on screen.Part of an elaborate exercise held annually at Brock, the video ran through a mock emergency, one that in real life would have put the main campus on lockdown.The important training event, held last Wednesday, brought together the University’s Emergency Management Group to practise executing response protocols in a time of crisis. The group consists of senior administration and staff from a number of departments from across the University.Each year, a different hypothetical scenario is acted out, whether it be a fire, natural disaster or an act of violence on campus, and Brock’s emergency management plan tested.Facilitated by Campus Security Services, the exercise takes months to organize and is a critical component of Brock’s emergency planning.“There are a lot of people involved in making this exercise happen,” said Rick Fraser, Brock’s Manager, Emergency Management and Life Safety. “We start planning in February because there’s a lot of co-ordination required. It takes time to design the scenario, which has to be as real as possible.”That realism is key to ensuring the situation is taken seriously, as it would be in a real-life event, he said.“We try to look at scenarios that are topical, relevant and could, but rarely ever do, happen on campus.”The exercise often involves not only Brock employees, but also local first responders. This year’s training operation was held in partnership with the Niagara Regional Police Emergency Task Unit, whose members tested their school response protocols during a field exercise on campus while Brock training was underway.For both Brock and emergency personnel, the exercise is meant to identify gaps in response procedures, allowing for them to be addressed prior to an actual emergency occurring, Fraser said.“You really can’t practise enough,” he said. “The more you practise, the more you learn. We can’t be prepared unless we practise. It may take time and staff resources, but it’s critically important.”Each exercise is built around a different department within the University in hopes of identifying improvements in responses, resources, systems and communications that are needed. After the exercise is completed, steps are taken to address any shortfalls that are found.Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the annual emergency exercise can contact Campus Security Services at 905-688-5550 x4300. read more

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In the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Orioles game, Jonathan Villar hit a three-run blast into the left-field seats in Camden Yards. When he crossed home plate, there was a new Major League Baseball record for home runs in a season: It was the 6,106th of 2019, breaking the record set two years ago. The usual suspects are widely cited for this year’s power surge: The balls are livelier, with even commissioner Rob Manfred admitting that there’s less drag, and average launch angle is up to a Statcast-era high of 12 degrees as more hitters join the “Fly-Ball Revolution.” Strikeout rates suggest batters might be employing more all-or-nothing approaches, and fastballs are being thrown higher in the zone, making them easier to elevate. And there’s another characteristic of the home run record: Batters may be making a higher quality of contact, as it relates to the spin rate of batted balls.The spin rate of the baseball has been a focus of late, but primarily in regard to pitching. New ball-tracking technology allows pitchers to measure their spin rates and spin axis to create better pitch movement. But it turns out that spin rate matters for hitters, too — a little less of it might help.Backspin often works in favor of the hitter, as it creates a Magnus effect, which pushes up on the baseball to create lift. But there can also be too much of a rise effect. When studying golf balls, researchers have found that when too much spin is added at certain launch angles, there is a “ballooning” effect. For baseball hitters, that means that excessive spin might lead to batted balls traveling higher, but not farther.Alan Nathan, physics professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and MLB consultant, says there are optimum spin levels in baseball for batters. “Not only does the lift increase with the spin, but it’s really only been in the last few years that we’ve realized that the air drag also increases with the spin,” Nathan told FiveThirtyEight. “So that slows the ball down.”Exit velocity off the bat is at a record level this season since Statcast began ball-tracking in 2015, but this year spin rate has actually declined, according to Statcast data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight.1Data is through Aug. 1, 2019. On line drives and fly balls hit at between 15 and 39 degrees of launch angle, backspin has declined for two consecutive seasons and by 2.3 percent since 2017.There are different types of spin: topspin, which usually produces ground balls; backspin, typically accompanying balls hit in the air; side spin, which ends in balls that hook or slices; or a mix of sidespin and either backspin or topspin. Spin rates on batted balls with a blend of back and side spin are also down this season. Generally, the greater the launch angle, the greater the backspin, in revolutions per minute. But there are diminishing returns when it comes to backspin.“Certainly by 2,500 rpm it starts to level off, meaning with additional spin you don’t get any increase in distance [as a hitter],” Nathan said. “Then if you go even higher, maybe above 3,000 or 3,500 rpm, that’s the [range] where distance actually starts to decrease with spin as the drag starts to overwhelm the good benefits that you get with the additional lift.”Players are starting to pay attention. Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger, who says he’s always been interested in new ideas and information, had his batted-ball spin rates measured last winter to better understand his own underlying performance.“I think the way the ball is spinning off your bat can tell you a lot about how your barrel is working through the zone,” Haniger told FiveThirtyEight in May, before injuries derailed his season. “I think everyone is convinced that hitting a line drive is a good result. I think certain hitters have to hit more on top, others more underneath [the ball]. It depends on what swing characteristics you have.”Cody Bellinger, among the MLB leaders in wins above replacement, is also hitting the ball with less spin this year after retooling his swing in the offseason. In 2018, on batted balls with launch angles of 15 to 40 degrees,2On the balls for which Statcast data is available. Bellinger averaged 93.9 mph in exit velocity and a projected distance traveled of 326.8 feet, all with 2,992 rpm in spin rate. This season, entering August, Bellinger had increased his average exit velocity on those balls in the air to 95.4 mph and his overall distance to 336.2 feet. His spin rate had decreased to 2,550 rpm. He has hit fewer pop-ups and ground balls and owns a career-high rate of line drives in his best season to date.Nathan says drag reduction from lowered spin rates is likely small, but that factor combined with added exit velocity could speak to more and more hitters making better contact via more optimized swings — and adding distance at certain launch angles. Since 2017, the batted balls with the most average distance, as projected by Statcast tracking, are those hit with a launch angle of between 25 and 30 degrees and with backspin. Balls hit in that launch range this year are traveling slightly over a foot further than that of the same launch range in 2017, with an exit velocity 0.33 mph greater and a spin rate of over 100 rpm less, on average. And no — spin rates wouldn’t be affected by any changes to the ball, Nathan said.“If you want to have a high exit velocity, you want to have a squared up ball-bat collision, which means the bat is moving right through the center of the ball, you are hitting the ball more squarely. That would lead to lower spin,” Nathan said. “The kind of contact that will give you the highest exit velocity will give you lower spin. It could be that batters are simply squaring up better.”Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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first_imgFor industries involved in the processing of high value commodities, it is essential that all plant and equipment used within an application is reliable. In some instances critical equipment will have a stand-by in place to ensure production can continue in the event of a failure or maintenance. However, delivering a product that can guarantee reliability, whilst enduring high workloads in harsh conditions, requires improved materials and engineering techniques; which all increase the purchase price.Mike Sherman, Marketing Manager for RMI Pressure Systems, a company that specialises in manufacturing high-pressure, high-flow rate pumps for mining and heavy industry applications looks at the balance between cost and reliability and explains why spending more often leads to savings in the long run.“Design engineers and production managers would, at first glance, appear to be at odds when it comes to designing process equipment. The first will want to maximise reliability while the other needs keep costs low. However, by looking at the total cost of ownership (TCO) for high pressure pumps these two points of view start to converge on a point where the requirements of each are satisfied.“In order to sell any quantity of a product or raw material, you must be recognised for producing a reliable and efficient service; otherwise, particularly where large volume orders are concerned, there will be little chance of being invited to bid. Once past this initial hurdle, it is vital that the claims for supply stability stand up to scrutiny and can be validated, otherwise the reputation of the manufacturer or producer could be in jeopardy.“To reach this point the plant equipment being used must be of an efficient design and employ materials which will meet the specifications of the application. To surpass this position and to develop an improved model with greater reliability will require a certain degree of ‘over-engineering’; using materials and design concepts that may exceed the original specification, but which will afford a much greater level of reliability.“In today’s climate of matching plant equipment performance exactly to demand, there is less scope for engineering a machine to exceed targets, in heavy industries such as mining however, building something to last can make the difference between catastrophically expensive downtime and ultimate profitability.“So, for the pump design engineer, achieving his goal is relatively simple. The production manager at the end user company, on the other hand, has a considerable balancing act to achieve – justifying the increased purchase cost against the improved reliability. This is where the TCO must be carefully calculated, taking into account all of the costs involved in operating the equipment as well as the potential costs of lost production due to a breakdown.“TCO covers a wide range of costs and can be influenced by the design of the equipment. For example long life bearings, which do not require regular lubrication, can reduce maintenance costs, while components designed to be easily exchanged cut the time to effect a repair. Using high specification components within a robust design adds to the confidence of a reliable product, which can be borne out by extensive testing both during the design phase and the production cycle.“The key to this process is understanding all the potential costs involved in purchasing, maintaining and repairing the equipment in question and ensuring that the cost of lost production is properly represented. In this way, the true measure of reliability can be found and it often makes considerable commercial sense to make the investment in the right equipment from the start, rather than count the cost of a poor decision later.“RMI engineers have seen pumps from other manufacturers fail or require servicing after only half the number of hours that an RMI pump is designed to operate for between routine services. Any downtime for a coal mine for example can cost in a day what the pump cost to purchase, so erring on the side of caution and paying for a quality item is absolutely crucial in these types of industries.“RMI Pressure Systems delivers high pressure pumping systems to a variety of industries including mining, where reliability is among the top criteria in the product selection process. The design of these pumping systems is based around high specification components within a robust framework in order to deliver a 98% reliability record. The components are also modular allowing for fast and efficient routine servicing when it is required.“For more than a century, RMI has been producing premium-quality high-pressure pumps for global mining applications. An early innovator in the design and manufacture of high-pressure systems for longwall mining, today RMI employs the expert resources at its UK engineering research centre to great effect, introducing new solutions designed to reduce process complexity and optimise customers’ productivity.“The collaborative relationships RMI forms with clients creates a climate of proactive response, inspiring progress and resulting in consistently high service levels. At RMI, we aim to deliver enhanced value and reliability to customers, focusing our efforts on helping them to become more productive by cutting operational costs and boosting output. We can only achieve these advancements by listening to – and learning from – the issues that are important to our clients. It is this unwavering commitment to the learning process that helps RMI drive innovation with, and for, the customer. It elevates our ability to better serve our customers – and, ultimately, the world in which we live.”last_img read more

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11.HSG Wetzlar27:37-19 5.Füchse Berlin46:18+86 2.THW Kiel55:9+208 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt50:14+159 8.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf31:33-62 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten18:46-67 Rhein Neckar Lowen beat MT Melsungen 41:28 (21:12) in the penultimate match of the season and now team of Gudmundur Gudmundsson are 21 goals ahead of the only rival in the Championship race – THW Kiel. Kiel will play against TUS Lubbecke in away match and after that clash with Fuchse Berlin in the last match of the season, while “Lions” going to Gummersbach, where SCHWALBE Arena is already sold-out for the decisive match of the season in Germany.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MT Melsungen 41:28 (21:12)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin, Stojanovic  – Schmid (9), Gensheimer (9/5), Sesum, I. Guardiola, Manojlovic (2), Gorbok (2), Groetzki (5), G. Guardiola (2), Petersson (9), Ekdahl Du Rietz (2), Myrhol (1), Sigurmannsson.MT Melsungen: Appelgren, Sandström  – Stenbäcken (1), Mansson (3), Sellin (6/3), Kubes (1), Fahlgren (5), Hildebrand, Danner, P. Müller (1), Allendorf (1/1), Vuckovic (1), M. Müller (8), Zufelde (1).STANDINGS: 18.TV Emsdetten9:55-196 14.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen23:41-21 17.ThSV Eisenach13:51-166 10.TuS N-Lübbecke28:36-45 Rhein Neckar Lowen 13.TSV GWD Minden24:40-61 4.HSV Handball49:15+89 6.MT Melsungen38:28+8 12.VfL Gummersbach25:39-62 9.TBV Lemgo30:34-42 7.SC Magdeburg35:29+35 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen57:9+229 15.Bergischer HC20:44-73 ← Previous Story Lars Walther takes charge in Romanian Baia Mare! Next Story → BATTLE FOR SLOVENIA: Stas Skube to miss crucial match of the season! read more

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