17 days ago​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaints

first_img​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaintsby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers does not want to change youngster Hamza Choudhury’s game.The 22-year-old was slammed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as being a dangerous player.A challenge on Mohamed Salah drew particular ire.But Rodgers defended his midfielder and said he does not want him to lose that tenacity and intensity.”He’s a very honest kid, Hamza,” Rodgers told reporters. “He gets highlighted. He makes challenges and that’s what you want because you can’t tiptoe about an arena like this.”He’ll gain experience, he’s still very young in his game and he’s learning all of the time.”No, he’s not [affected by comments from opposition managers]. That’s something he’ll deal with in his career.”You have to always protect your players but you always have to be honest as well. I didn’t see it as a bad challenge. He’s come into the game to try to see the game through and not be easily bypassed and I think he was unfortunate.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vine: Baylor’s Taurean Prince Had A Pass Deflected Into The Basket For Two Points

first_imgTaurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers.WACO, TX – MARCH 5: Taurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers on March 5, 2016 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)Sometimes, when things are going your way on the basketball court, they really go your way. Baylor forward Taurean Prince has 14 points in the first half tonight against Oklahoma State, and two of them came in incredibly lucky fashion.Prince received the ball in the high post and tried to hit an open Rico Gathers under the basket. Oklahoma State big man Mitchell Solomon got his hand on it, and the result was, well.Good night for Prince so far. He’s now scored double-digits in eight straight games.last_img

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Lace up designer shoes for less than $100 from Mark McNairy

first_img 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable McNairy’s influence in the New Republic line is clear, with a full collection of custom uppers and soles, all with a foot in the past, and an eye towards modernity. Classic looks like the brogue, loafer, and chukka all make an appearance, with 14 shoes in all.For the more casual among us, McNairy for New Republic also has a pair of driving moccasins. These comfortable, everyday wear shoes are fitted with knobbed heels for perfect grip while taking your favorite car out for a spin, or just lounging around the house. They’re somewhere between slippers and sneakers, and if you haven’t tried a pair, this would be a good place to start.For the price, you might be imagining these aren’t the highest quality shoes, but that’s not the case here, according to McNairy, who reminds us “price is not a necessary measure of quality.” Each shoe in the collection betrays its budget status with beautiful, soft suede, comfortable leather lining, and EVA or rubber outsoles.Related: Minnetonka MoccasinsAs a whole, the collection is about providing footwear for specific occasions, at a reasonable price, so you can pick out a few and change them out as need be. A cozy pair of mocs on the weekend, loafers for work, and chukkas for an evening out afterwards. There are only a few other brands producing such high quality footwear at such a low price point, and if it’s backed by a well-respected designer, that’s just icing on the cake. Editors’ Recommendations You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men center_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America While signature designer clothing is often attractive and high quality, its cost and relative rarity can keep it out of most peoples’ hands. Award-winning designer Mark McNairy, who has worked with the likes of Pharrell’s BBC Black, Adidas, and Timberland, understands that all too well. That’s why he teamed up with New Republic to create great Mark McNairy shoes for less than $100.Related: Crafting Essential Men’s Dress Shoes The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze last_img read more

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Canada Extends St Lawrence Seaway Management Deal

first_imgzoom The Government of Canada has agreed a five-year extension of a deal with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to manage, maintain and operate the St. Lawrence Seaway.The existing agreement is now extended until March 31, 2023, providing stability for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the marine shipping industry.To ensure the Seaway continues to be positioned as a critical transportation corridor for North America, Transport Canada will conduct a review to examine further opportunities for increased economic and commercial development, the waterway’s competitiveness and sustainability, and the Seaway’s governance structure.In the coming months, Canadians, provincial and municipal governments, Indigenous communities, international partners, users and stakeholders will be invited to provide input on the future of the Seaway.“We look forward to our continued collaboration with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to ensure this strategic transportation corridor remains competitive now and in the future,” The Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, said.last_img read more

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Bystander left uneasy as NL officer seen with carbine rifle at mall

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A young woman who snapped a photo of a police officer walking through a St. John’s mall with a carbine firearm at the ready says she wishes officers could tell citizens more when highly armed situations arise in public venues.The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary explained Sunday evening, almost two days after the incident, that they were responding to a report of a shooting at the Avalon mall that turned out to be a false report.Twenty-three-year-old Amanda Evans said in an interview on Sunday she was coming off her shift and was sitting in the closed food court at Avalon Mall late Friday, taking shelter from a cool evening as she waited for a bus.She says when she asked a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer carrying a rifle what was occurring and whether she should leave, she was told the situation appeared to be under control.“I went up to the police officer with a gun and said, ‘I know you’re carrying something and the laser is on, but is it safe for me to stay here?’” she said.“He said, ‘It should be all fine for now. I think we have it all under control,’” Evans recalled.Evans said the response left her uncertain of what to do and whether to remain in the area. She said she also searched in vain for a news release or public information afterwards to explain what had occurred.Speculation on what had happened piled up in her Facebook page for a day, as the public awaited an official comment on the incident.Const. Colin Shaw, a spokesman for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, said in an interview Sunday evening that carbines have become part of police responses to shooting calls since officers who weren’t equipped with the long guns were killed in Mayerthorpe, Alta., and in Moncton, N.B., incidents.The RCMP was convicted on Labour Code charges related to the 2014 shooting in Moncton that left three officers dead and two injured, due to its failure to provide its members with the necessary equipment to deal with an active shooter event.The judge in the Moncton case said high-powered carbine rifles could have made a difference for the officers targeted by the gunman.Then-commissioner Bob Paulson testified during the trial that RCMP management had concerns over the potential militarization of the force. He told the court he worried that the carbines could “distance the public from the police.”Shaw said in the St. John’s incident, police responded appropriately by having the guns on display when they arrived at 10 p.m.“We have to respond to each of those calls as though true, until it’s proven false,” he said.“When you have a report of anyone with a firearm in a public place where there’s potential for multiple casualties. … officers respond with carbines.”Following the event, police offered limited information to media, other than to state the public was not at risk. Shaw said that a public explanation could have been produced more quickly.Evans says she posted a fuzzy photograph of the officer with the carbine on her social media, adding she did so in an effort to draw out information on the incident.Shaw said one option would be for an officer to refer the public to a supervisor when they ask what’s occurring, but sometimes they might not be able to take the time and answer a series of questions.“It’s tough when you’re in the moment to have the appropriate response to those kinds of questions that are coming at you,” he said.Brendan Rozier, a law student in Winnipeg who has researched police militarization, said the visibility of weapons is an increasing reality in Canadian policing.“Both the public and the police want an effective police service, though they may disagree about what that looks like,” he said in an email.“To what extent should the police be expected to inform the public of ongoing situations, or to limit the use of certain equipment? Those are questions with answers that may vary from one community to another.”– By Michael Tutton in Halifax.– Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Production Underway in Montréal for Fourth and Final Season of Bravos AwardWinning

first_imgAdvertisement About Sphere MediaHeadquartered in the Montreal area, Sphère Média Plus has established itself as a major player in television production. Founded by Jocelyn Deschênes in 1997, the company has earned universal acclaim for the boldness, originality and quality of its productions. With nearly 1,200 hours of series television to its credit – including hit shows like LES HAUTS ET LES BAS DE SOPHIE PAQUIN and its English adaptation SOPHIE, the police drama 19-2 (in French and English versions), BAD KARMA, TOUTE LA VÉRITÉ, MÉMOIRES VIVES, and NOUVELLE ADRESSE (adapted into English as THIS LIFE), as well as the brand-new L’IMPOSTEUR and TROP – the company produces cutting-edge primetime programming that consistently earns high ratings and critical raves.Sphère Média Plus productions have been sold or adapted in numerous international markets. In Canada, the company’s programs have been seen on the ICI Radio-Canada, TVA, Séries+ (Corus Média), CBC, Bravo (Bell Media) and CTV networks. 19-2 has been acclaimed in both English and French, with the English version being crowned Best Dramatic Series at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. THIS LIFE, the English adaptation of NOUVELLE ADRESSE, airs its second season on CBC in October.Over the years, Sphère Média Plus has won numerous industry and people’s choice awards, including more than 135 Prix Gémeaux (French Canada’s TV industry awards). The company continues to develop new projects for French and English-language markets.About Echo MediaEcho Media is a film and television production company headed by President and Founder Luc Châtelain. Over the last 30 years Echo Media (formerly Spectra Television) has produced a rich portfolio of hundreds of hours of programming in all genres that have won the hearts of audiences, critics and industry members alike. The company offers a rich catalogue of award-winning drama series (19-2, ARMISTED MAUPIN’S FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY); animation series (LIFE ON THE BLOCK, FRED’S HEAD); documentaries (Inside The Cirque du Soleil, 10 x OTTO DIX, Building the Future in Haïti, Life is a Highway); feature films (Memories Corner; Metallic Blues) youth programming (MIAM!, TOOPY AND BINOO, KID PADDLE); as well as comedy and music and variety events coverage (Cirque Éloize’s Rain, Nomade, and Nebbia; Amelia by Edouard Lock, Brian Setzer Orchestra). Nominated for the most prestigious of prizes and festivals, Echo Media is a recipient of numerous awards, notably the Geminis, Gemeaux, ADISQ, Banff Rockie, Montreux Rose d’Or, and International and Primetime Emmys. Echo Media’s productions have been distributed in over 180 countries around the world.About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON.  Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.About BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca. Social Media links Twitter Bravo announced today that production has begun on Season 4 of its hit original drama 19-2. Set to return to Bravo in 2017 for its final season, the eight-episode, hour-long drama, co-produced by Montréal’s Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media, films on location in Montréal until mid-December.Season 4 finds the squad facing an eruption of events that force them together in the face of tragedy – the death of Nick’s sister, and Ben’s lover, Amelie. It is a season of personal growth and professional trials with beat partners Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso) and Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) and the rest of the cops in 19 fighting corruption and seeking revenge.Writers Bruce Smith (CRACKED), Nikolijne Troubetzkoy (CALL ME FITZ), Lynne Kamm (8 Count) return, with Jackie May (Van Helsing) and Greg Nelson (SAVING HOPE) joining the writer’s room this season. Louis Choquette (THIS LIFE, VERSAILLES) and Sturla Gunnarsson (MOTIVE) return to direct. @PR_Bravo Bravo on Facebook Bravo on Twitter Adrian Holmes on Twitter Jared Keeso on Twitter 19-2 on Facebook 19-2 on Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Season 3 of 19-2 continued to draw viewers deeper into the lives of the squad and their city with exceptional storylines and character development,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “This final season delves further into themes of corruption and redemption while the intense and personal stories that are a hallmark of the rich character drama endure. Kudos to the stunning cast, crew, and to our award-winning production partners at Sphère Média and Echo Media on creating the final chapter of this gold-star series. ”“Producing 19-2 has been an extraordinary adventure so far,” said Jocelyn Deschênes, Founding President and Executive Producer, Sphere Media. “And the fourth season promises to be exceptional. I can’t wait to see our great cast back on the screen.”Winner of three, 2016 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Drama, 19-2 continues to rack up the accolades having been cited as a series that “defies expectations” by the New York Times, and “exciting” by the Wall Street Journal.19-2 is co-produced by Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media in association with Bell Media, and also stars CSA-nominee and Gemeaux winner Laurence Lebeouf (MARCHE À L’OMBRE) as fiery officer Audrey Pouliot; CSA nominee Dan Petronijevic (SAVING HOPE) as angry beat-cop J.M.; CSA nominee Benz Antoine (THE LISTENER) as struggling alcoholic officer Tyler; Mylène Dinh-Robic (THE LISTENER) as Tyler’s brazen, no-nonsense partner Béatrice; Bruce Ramsay (CONTINUUM) as manipulative District Commander Marcel Gendron; and Alexander De Jordy (LETTERKENNY) as rookie cop Richard Dulac. CSA nominee Maxim Roy (SHADOWHUNTERS) returns to guest star as Nick’s ex-wife Isabelle.Bell Media Production Executive is Michele McMahon. Tom Hastings is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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India signals to boycott China’s Belt and Road Forum for 2nd time

first_imgBeijing: India on Wednesday signalled that it will boycott China’s second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. India boycotted the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in 2017 after protesting to Beijing over the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) overriding New Delhi’s sovereignty concerns. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently said that next month China plans to hold a much bigger, second BRF which will also be attended by Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan. Speculation is rife whether India would attend the second BRF as China has deepened its commitment to expand the USD 60 billion CPEC, which aims to connect China’s Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar port with a host of road, rail, gas and oil pipelines. China has also undertaken a host of energy projects under the aegis of the CPEC. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday India’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri told the state-run Global Times that “above all, connectivity initiatives must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity of nations”. “No country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he replied to a question about India’s concerns over the BRI and whether India would take part in the second BRF meet. The Indian envoy’s interview was carried by the daily on Wednesday. “To be honest, we have made no secret of our views and our position on the BRI is clear and consistent and one that we have conveyed to the authorities concerned. “India shares the global aspiration to strengthen connectivity and it is an integral part of our economic and diplomatic initiatives. We ourselves are working with many countries and international institutions in our region and beyond on a range of connectivity initiatives,” Misri said. “However, it is also our belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms, good governance and rule of law. They must emphasise social stability and environmental protection and preservation, promote skill and technology transfers and follow principles of openness, transparency and financial sustainability,” the Indian envoy said. India along with the US and several other countries have been highlighting the concerns over the BRI projects, leaving a number of smaller countries in debt traps. The concerns grew louder after China took over Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on a 99-year lease as debt swap. Several countries including Malaysia and even Pakistan have wished to reduce the Chinese projects over debt concerns. Asked whether India-China ties are back on track, Misri said: “the bilateral relationship between India and China is of great significance not just to the two countries, but also to the larger region and the international community”. He said that the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in April, 2018 was a “milestone in bilateral relations during which the two leaders exchanged views on overarching issues of bilateral and global importance, and elaborated their respective visions and priorities for national development in context of the current international situation”. Last year, the two leaders also met on the sidelines of multilateral summits. “These meetings have reinforced strategic communication between the two countries at the highest levels and helped in elaborating a road map for continuing contacts. China is India’s biggest neighbour and we assign a very high priority to this relationship,” the Indian envoy said. “Unlike some 50 years ago, when our relationship had a much narrower basis and there was not much communication, today we have what one would call a full-spectrum relationship. “This has been possible because our respective leaders have realised that mutually-beneficial cooperation responds to the most urgent developmental needs of our people and these needs to be prioritised over other issues,” Misri said. Asked about the impact of India’s elections on India-China ties, Misri said: “my own feeling is that on foreign policy issues there is a broad political consensus in India on where our national interests lie. I do not think therefore that the outcome of the elections will impact the broad contours of India’s foreign policy in general or the very important relationship with China in particular”.last_img read more

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GAIL, BHEL sign pact for solar power projects development

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd Friday said it has signed an agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for cooperation in the development of solar power projects. “GAIL shall be the project developer and BHEL shall act as an engineering, procurement, construction and project management contractor,” the company said in a statement. BHEL shall also provide operation and maintenance services during the initial period upon becoming successful bidder. “This development will help both the companies to leverage their competitive strengths to build a substantial portfolio in solar power projects. “The memorandum of understanding (signed Friday) aims at building a closer strategic partnership between the two Maharatna PSUs for jointly pursuing commercial solar power projects through participation in tariff / Viability Gap Funding (VGF) based competitive bidding process,” it said. GAIL is India’s biggest natural gas company with diversified interests across the value chain of trading, transmission, LPG production and transmission, LNG re-gasification, petrochemicals and city gas. It owns and operates a network of around 11,400 kms of high-pressure trunk pipelines. It is working concurrently on multiple pipeline projects, aggregating over 5400 kms at an investment of about Rs 24,000 crore, to operate over 16,000 kms by 2021. GAIL commands 75 per cent market share in gas transmission and has a gas trading share of over 50 per cent in India. “GAIL is also expanding its presence in renewable energy like solar and wind. It has India’s second-largest rooftop solar PV power plant at its petrochemical complex at Pata, Uttar Pradesh,” the statement said. BHEL is one of the few companies in the world, and only company in India, having the capability to manufacture the entire range of power plant equipment. It has also been in the field of design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of solar power plants over three decades and has a portfolio of more than 700 MW.last_img read more

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AsiaPacific countries convene at UN forum to share climate change solutions

Participants from countries in the Asia-Pacific region will have an opportunity to share good practices on ways to cut greenhouse gases while reducing poverty at a meeting convened today in Bangkok by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The gathering, organized in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the Japanese Overseas Environmental Cooperation Centre, will also launch an Asia-Pacific Gateway for Climate Change and Development. The web-based platform provides a forum to exchange experiences and information on “co-benefits” activities, and measures to adapt to climate change. One example of a co-benefits project from the region is the use of landfill gas, by which the greenhouse gasses created by decaying trash is burned to generate electricity. As a result, the effect of these gasses on the climate is reduced – creating a source of energy for development while mitigating climate change. Other ‘win-win’ projects can be found in the Philippines, where enhanced public transportation services are reducing both commute times and carbon emissions, and in Malaysia, which has introduced innovative strategies for waste management which lower emissions and reduce the build up of waste at the same time. Participants at the meeting, which was opened by the Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Shigeru Mochida, and Japan’s Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Toshiro Kojima, also explored ways of helping developing countries to make adaptations to climate change part of their development efforts. 23 April 2008Participants from countries in the Asia-Pacific region will have an opportunity to share good practices on ways to cut greenhouse gases while reducing poverty at a meeting convened today in Bangkok by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). read more

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UNICEF advocates citizen watchdog to monitor aid to Haiti

The initiative, known in French as an ‘observatoire citoyen,’ would engage with the interim government to monitor budgets and expenditure, according to UNICEF, which said its proposal is receiving increasing support from the Haitian authorities and civil society.“The international community has long provided large-scale assistance to Haiti, but they were often looking for quick fixes, instead of the steady hand of accountable spending in the social sector,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam. “The observatoire citoyen will be a bridge between the government and the people of Haiti.”UN statistics indicate a deteriorating situation in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. While a Haitian child born in 1990 could expect to live 13 years less than his or her peers in Latin America, a child born today will live 17 years less. More than 200,000 Haitian children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.The rural poor spend on average 13 per cent of all their resources for school fees. One school uniform alone costs them more than three weeks’ income. But they often get little for their investment as schools are generally overcrowded and have few facilities.“Over the past decades, a succession of Haitian governments have contributed to the country’s decline by misusing funds, focusing on wasteful projects rather than human development priorities and avoiding accountability for their actions,” said Mr. Gautam.“Investment in Haiti must be done in consultation with Haitians and in a way that builds administrative capacity and a national consensus on poverty reduction that benefits all, starting with children.” read more

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New nutrition strategies needed to help world cope with changing diets –

“We need integrated nutrition strategies, formed with the inputs of society as a whole – the private sector, consumers, doctors, and consumer organizations and others,” the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, told professors and students at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands.While 870 million people suffer from hunger, there are also over half a billion who are obese and susceptible to non-communicable diseases. Food alternatives and information on their diets would help address this problem, Mr. Graziano da Silva said, adding that a global review of nutrition strategy could, for example, involve rethinking the role of traditional crops, which have lost space in modern diets.“Every region has a variety of non-commodity crops that were used in the past as food,” he said. “One example is quinoa, which is being celebrated in 2013 in an international year.” Quinoa is an Andean super food – a highly nutritious, cereal-like crop rich in protein and micronutrients.During his two-day visit to the Netherlands, Mr. Graziano da Silva signed an accord with the University of Wageningen on a closer collaboration on scientific research and joint activities to foster and promote education, research and technology capacities in developing countries over the next four years. In his talk to students, the FAO chief pointed out that while science and technology drive agricultural productivity, they cannot simply be exported from one country to another and be expected to work perfectly. “Agriculture is too sensitive and location-specific,” he said. “Soil, climate, water availability and so many other factors influence how one technology will work elsewhere.”He also noted the role that farmers play and stressed the importance of consulting them before implementing new technologies.“We need to ask farmers what they need, what they want, see what could fit, how it needs to be adapted and ensure that whatever we do ends up being ‘owned’ by the farmers themselves,” he added. read more

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SMMT Foresight Vehicles successful low carbon event

A wide range of topics was discussed including how to access the many new funding opportunities, niche vehicle funding systems and updates on ongoing projects. During the afternoon, delegates were invited to propose projects and consortia to be developed with SMMT Foresight Vehicle for submission to the funding bodies. Over the two days, 17 projects were outlined which will be coordinated and progressed with the help of SMMT Foresight Vehicle. Details can be accessed at the SMMT Foresight Vehicle website. To make additional proposals or to join existing activities, contact Pat Selwood, pat@smmtforesightvehicle.org.uk. For further information on SMMT membership and other low carbon automotive events contact Brian Lawrence, SMMT foresight project manager, brian@foresightvehicle.org.uk.  Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) On 14 and 15 January, SMMT Foresight Vehicle held a seminar entitled “Low Carbon Vehicle Power Systems” at the MIRA engineering centre in Nuneaton. The event, supported by the Technology Strategy Board and hosted on behalf of the Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Knowledge Transfer Network, attracted more than 80 guests. read more

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Cambridge punters under attack from a new wave of antisocial swan

Swans The geese flapped their wings and squawked until Asbaby dropped the frightened gosling back into the water.Tourists, who were punting on the river, were horrified as they watched the distressing scene play out.Back in 2015, Asboy was seen attacking punters, birds and even a cow. He also injured a canoeist and a swimmer.Ashley Dalton, who owns Scholars Punting on the River Cam, said swans on the river can often be very aggressive, adding: “They fluff up their feathers and aggressively swim towards you. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Sometimes they start taking a run at you and hit you over the head with their wing. They tend to make passes at canoeists too, who sometimes fall in the river after the swan has hit them.”I have had them nip me before, but it never causes a serious injury. However, if it was to attack a child it could draw blood.” The 2019 generation, known as Asbaby, is now believed to be even more vicious than his grandfather Mr Asbo, who was moved to another location by the river authorities, and presumably given a new identity, after it repeatedly attacked rowers.The new swan is believed to have inherited its bad temper from his grandfather and its father Asboy, who also conducted a reign of terror on the river in 2014 and 2015.Local resident, Sam Tulley, who witnessed Asbaby’s attack on the gosling, said: “Asbaby was vicious when he was young, but now that he is bigger and stronger he is even worse.”He is a real bully on the river and even worse than his father and grandfather. It’s worrying as the river is getting busier now too.” Swans Asbaby attacks a baby gosling on the CamCredit:Geoff Robinson  Punting on the river Cam is enjoyed by thousands every year for its relaxing and scenic views of Cambridge University’s world famous college Backs.But recent visitors have had a bit of a hostile reception, as the grandson of one of the UK’s most vicious swans appears to be following in its grandfather’s wake.Mr Asbo was moved from the river Cam in 2012 to an undisclosed location after attacking punters and rowers.Now its grandson, Asbaby, is making a name for himself on the river for its vicious behaviour, including an assault on a frightened baby gosling.Asbaby even grabbed the gosling in its beak and viciously swung it around. But the gosling’s parents soon saw what was going on and fought back, even enlisting more geese to help in the fight. A flashback to 2015 Credit:Geoff Robinson  read more

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New Afton into production Chuquis moly St Barbara and Allied Gold merge

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News has reports on 21 prefeasibility studies, 23 feasibility studies, 28 projects in development, seven new mines that have gone into production, 12 existing mines that are expanding, one mine that is downsizing, nine merger and acquisition announcements and many appointments to new positions. The reports covers 34 gold projects, 15 iron ore, 13 copper, 10 coal, eight silver projects, seven uranium, five rare earths and zinc projects, four projects on potash, three lead and nickel projects, two projects on molybdenum, PGMs and tungsten and one project each on scandium, mineral sands, phosphate, lithium, alumina, cobalt, bismuth, vanadium, chromite, tin, aluminium and precious metals. New Gold’s New Afton mine has started with the first ore having been processed through the mill circuit on June 28, 2012. New Gold is pleased that the June production start met the company’s originally stated timeline and the commissioning of the mill circuit has been consistent with its expectations. Since the first ore was placed in the mill circuit, the mill has been running on a continuous basis with progressively more ore being added to the circuit. The company anticipates that over the course of the coming weeks, the daily milling rate will continue to increase. New Gold’s target for commercial production at New Afton, defined as 30 days of operation at 60% of capacity, or 6,600 t/d, remains August 2012.Codelco plans to invest $400 million in a molybdenum processing plant. The company, which Reuters reports is already the world’s No. 2 producer of molybdenum, will build the plant in the north of Chile, with production starting around 2015. Last year, Codelco sold 22,800 t of the moly and will ramp up its molybdenum production along with the planned transition from open-pit mining to underground operations at Chuquicamata mine.St Barbara and Allied Gold Mining have reached agreement on a recommended offer to combine the two companies through a scheme of arrangement, on terms considered to be value enhancing for shareholders of both St Barbara and Allied Gold.  The combination will create an international diversified gold mining and exploration company with forecast gold production of approximately 435,000 oz in the financial year ending 30 June 2013.BHP Billiton has approved investment of $845 million to sustain operations at Illawarra Coal, in southern New South Wales, Australia by establishing a replacement mining area at the Appin mine. The replacement area will have a production capacity of 3.5 Mt/y of metallurgical coal and will sustain Illawarra Coal’s production capacity at 9 Mt/y. Appin Area 9 will be operational in 2016 and will replace production at the West Cliff mine. The project includes roadway development, new ventilation infrastructure, new and reconfigured conveyors and other mine services.Resolute Mining has approved a major expansion of its flagship Syama gold mining operation in Mali. The approved works include an expansion of the existing sulphide open pit at Syama and the establishment of a parallel 1 Mt/y oxide processing circuit. As a result average annual production at Syama will increase to 270,000 o/y at cash costs of $720 /oz over the first nine years of operations. The expansion will extend Syama’s mine life to 15 years.Discovery Metals has produced its first copper-silver concentrate, as commissioning of its Boseto copper project in north-western Botswana continues. The Boseto copper project (100% owned) is designed to produce an average of approximately 36,000 t/y copper and 1.1 Moz/y silver in concentrate from 3 Mt/y of ore feed. Fortune Minerals has completed the Front End Engineering and Design study for its 100% owned NICO gold-cobalt-bismuth-copper project.  NICO is a planned vertically integrated project consisting of an open pit and underground mine and mill near Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada and a hydrometallurgical refinery near Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Metals Processing Plant (SMPP), where Fortune will process concentrates from the mill to high value metal products.  Fortune plans to be a reliable Canadian-based producer of gold doré, 99.8% cobalt cathode (“cobalt metal”) and/or cobalt sulphate heptahydrate, containing 20.9% cobalt (cobalt sulphate), 99.99% bismuth ingot, and a copper metal precipitate.Sirius Minerals has announced the mineralogical assay results of the deflection of the third borehole (SM3A) and provide an update of drilling at the York potash project. Chris Fraser, Managing Director and CEO: “The results of deflection drilling at SM3A and SM4A help to confirm the lateral consistency of the deposit which is an important step to achieve sufficient defined resource to underpin financing of the project. These results provide further confidence of the world-class nature of the York potash project following the release of our maiden Resource delivering the world’s largest and highest grade resource of polyhalite.”Altona Mining has received notice from Mt Isa Mines that Xstrata intends to exercise the option it holds to acquire a 51% interest in a portion of the Roseby project. Roseby contains the Little Eva copper project which is located in the Mt Isa – Cloncurry mining district in Queensland, Australia. In accordance with the Option Agreement, Xstrata has the right to acquire the Sale Interest at an agreed or fair market price.Oracle Coalfields has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Karachi Electric Supply Co (KESC), through its 80% owned subsidiary Sindh Carbon Energy (SCEL), which will see SCEL provide KESC with a long-term supply of coal and water. This agreement supersedes the MoU signed between the respective parties on 12 December 2009. The coal and water will be used initially by a 300 MW coal-fired power plant (with potential to be increased to 1,100 MW) which will be constructed by KESC adjacent to Oracle’s planned coal mine in Block VI of the Thar Coalfield in Pakistan, in an area that will be sub-let by SCEL to KESC as part of the JDA agreement.Black Range Minerals has executed a binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) with Ablation Technologies (ABT) to establish a joint venture to commercialise ABT’s ablation mineral technology process. Ablation is an environmentally sensitive and low cost method of concentrating ore that, based on test work, should enable the company to produce a high value uranium concentrate from ore at the company’s 90.9 Mlb Hansen/Taylor Ranch uranium project in Colorado, USA. Through the JV, the company will also have the potential to realise returns from the application of Ablation to other uranium mining operations, worldwide.Beacon Hill Resources has announced an update to the Minas Moatize expansion project. Optimisation work continues on the Minas Moatize expansion project aimed at a phased expansion of the existing operation to in excess of 2 Mt/y of saleable coal.Rio Tinto has started exporting premium hard coking coal from its Benga mine in the Moatize Basin in Mozambique. The first shipment of 34,000 t left the Port of Beira, bound for an Indian steel mill.Cloud Peak Energy has acquired the Youngs Creek Mining Co joint venture and other related coal and surface assets from Chevron USA and CONSOL Energy for $300 million. Of this purchase price, $195 million is allocated to the lease of about 450 Mt of in-place coal and $105 million to the purchase and lease of 15,701 ha of land. The coal and land are well suited to support potential increased exports through the Pacific Northwest. Youngs Creek is a permitted but undeveloped surface mine project in the Northern Powder River Basin located 20 km north of Sheridan, Wyoming, contiguous with the Wyoming-Montana state line. It is 11 km south of Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek mine and 11 km from the main railroad.DTEK made its first coal acquisitions outside Ukraine by closing a deal with Rostovsky Anthracite to buy three mines and a coal processing plant. The company acquired corporate rights to public mining corporation Obukhovskaya (Obukhovskaya mine and a processing plant); Public Company Don-Anthracite (Dalnyaya mine) and Sulinanhtracite Company of Limited Responsibility (mothballed mine No. 410).Bellzone Mining has announced that loading of the iron ore barge shipments for the Forécariah JV iron mine in the Republic of Guinea has commenced at the transhipping port at Konta.These are just a few of the items in this fortnightly project watch (over 50 pages this issue). It is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. For subscription details check http://corporate.im-mining.com/subscribeprojnews.asp or contact emma@im-mining.comlast_img read more

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Portal is free to download until September 20th

first_imgValve always keeps abreast of where its games are being played, and how the associated editing tools are being used. Recently it has been hearing how schools and education establishments have been using Portal as a learning tool.The game is being incorporated into teaching such things as physics and critical thinking, as well as spacial awareness, math, logic, probability, problem solving, and how to create using a computer. It may seem obvious, but making such skill learning cool and fun opens kid’s minds to actually taking it on board and understanding the different concepts more easily.In response to this use, Valve has decided to support that education. The first stage of that support seems to be making Portal a free download for a limited period of time. You’ve got until September 20 to grab it. Not just kids, but anyone can play the game as well as use the Hammer Editor to start creating new levels for it.Beyond that, Valve wants to hear what educators are doing and is encouraging them to get in touch via email. One of the schools that already got in touch was treated to a field trip. The kids from Evergreen School got to visit Valve and play around with the Hammer editor to create some Portal levels while supervised by Valve employees. As you can see in the video below, everyone seemed to walk away happy.If you haven’t played Portal yet, there is no better opportunity to grab a copy of the game for no money and start playing. Hopefully, on completion you’ll also want to start creating with the Source engine too.via Learn with Portalslast_img read more

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Awardwinning chefs restaurant fined €12 million after metal wire served in coq

first_imgAward-winning chef’s restaurant fined €1.2 million after metal wire served in coq au vin A diner who swallowed it needed emergency surgery. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Chef Daniel Boulud Image: AP/Press Association Images Share46 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3056861 By AFP Chef Daniel Boulud Nov 1st 2016, 12:26 PM center_img Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 12:26 PM A PIECE OF metal wire in a plate of coq au vin could cost award-winning French chef Daniel Boulud dearly: a jury has fined one of his restaurants  €1.2 million after a diner swallowed it and needed emergency surgery.The customer, Barry Brett, went with his wife in February 2015 to db Bistro Moderne on West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan, not far from Times Square.It is one of several Boulud restaurants in the Big Apple, opening in 2001 and known for its gourmet burgers.Shortly after he began eating, Brett felt a foreign object lodged in his throat and had to leave the restaurant, according to court documents seen by AFP.The wire eventually caused a potentially fatal infection, his lawyers argued.The surgeon said the 2.5-centimetre wire had come from a cheap grill brush.A New York jury ruled last week that the restaurant had been negligent, awarding Brett $300,000 and fining the restaurant an additional $1 million in punitive damages. Another $11,000 went to Brett’s wife.JP Bottari, a lawyer for the restaurant, said he planned to appeal.“This was not intentional,” he said, adding that Brett had waited four days to go to the hospital.Brett’s lawyer Elizabeth Eilender said she was “very pleased that the jury recognised how seriously injured Mr Brett was as result of that brush and how dangerous it is for a wire brush to be used around food”.“The restaurant never wanted to take responsibility for what happened and blamed the victim,” she said.Boulud has made New York his hub since the 1980s, but also runs restaurants in Boston, Las Vegas, London, Miami, Montreal, Palm Beach, Singapore, Toronto and Washington.© – AFP, 2016Read: “I don’t see any possible future” – 15,000 people left homeless by Italy’s most powerful earthquake in 36 yearsRead: Thousands attend funeral of fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck provoked outrage Image: AP/Press Association Images 38,474 Views Short URL 17 Comments last_img read more

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Aston Martin to increase pay for UK staff by 3

first_imgLuxury car manufacturer Aston Martin is to increase pay for UK staff by 3% in 2017 and 2018.The increases form part of the organisation’s 2016 settlement and two-year pay deal, which will see pay rates rise by 3% from 1 January 2017. From 1 January 2018 there will be an additional 3% pay increase or the retail price index plus 0.5%, whichever is the higher amount.The agreement includes a £379 lump sum payment to shop floor employees and other staff in December 2016, and consolidation of £650 into 2016 new base pay rates.Aston Martin employees who are members of trade union Unite voted 92% in favour of accepting the new agreement.In addition, a joint working party will consider alternatives to the proposed closure of the Aston Martin defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual. This could potentially feature the introduction of a career related average earnings (CARE) scheme.An Aston Martin spokesperson said: “Aston Martin’s workforce has voted to accept its pay and conditions agreement for 2016, 2017 and 2018. This agreement will not only reward performance, but give the [organisation] stability while we realise our six-year second century plan to make Aston Martin a sustainably profitable business.”Tim Parker, regional officer at Unite, added: “This record deal recognises the tremendous efforts and great skills that the whole of the Aston Martin workforce has continually contributed during many very difficult years recently to maintain Aston Martin as a worldwide renowned UK producer of fantastic luxury premier cars, which have a great future.”last_img read more

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Search underway for missing elderly woman in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating an elderly woman who, they said, went missing in Miami on Friday.According to City of Miami Police, 86-year-old Esther Herrera was last seen along the 900 block of Southwest Sixth Street.Officials said Herrera stands 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt with stripes and red pants.Investigators said Herrera may be in need of services.Police urged anyone with information about her whereabouts to call 305-603-6300 or 305-603-6310.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 2 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Springfield College

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, MA — Springfield College has named the following Wilmington students to the Dean’s List for academic excellence for the 2019 Spring Semester:Lindsay Donahue, who is studying Sports BiologyDarin MacEacheron, who is studying Communication/Sport JournalismCriteria for selection to the dean’s list requires that the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.500 for the semester.About Springfield CollegeSpringfield College is a private, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Nearly 5,000 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Springfield College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At North Shore Community CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”last_img read more

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