first_imgFormer Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday declared that he had quit the NDA and would join the RJD-led grand alliance. Mr. Manjhi hit out at the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar as “anti-poor”.“I’m happy to announce that our party has decided to join RJD-led grand alliance as we’re not getting due respect in NDA”, Mr. Manjhi said. .He said three things compelled him to take this step. “First, about 99% of the people who were arrested under prohibition laws come from poor families; the poor people also suffered as the government put a ban on sand mining in the State and lastly, every day there is talk of a cut in reservation percentage for Scheduled Caste people.”Mr. Manjhi expressed displeasure over the appointment of new police chief of the State, K.S. Dwivedi. “I’m saying this in a guarded way that the government has appointed a police official as Bihar’s new DGP who was responsible for Bhagalpur riot,” he said.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said the grand alliance had been strengthened with the coming of Mr. Manjhi.last_img read more


first_imgThe Shiv Sena on Friday criticised the previous State government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Devendra Fadnavis, but on the other hand said it hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would continue to help the State and his “younger brother”, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said the Fadnavis government has left the State ₹5 lakh crore in debt, and said it expected the Central government to help. Friday’s Saamana expectedly had a detailed report on Mr. Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Thackeray, who was the editor-in-chief of the daily, resigned ahead of taking oath of office. The editorial equated the change in power in the State to a movement and said, “The Fadnavis government has left behind a debt of ₹5 lakh crore, so the new CM will have to push for his projects quickly, yet carefully. Narendra Modi has wished our government, but for the development of Maharashtra, the Centre’s help and cooperation are needed. In order to pull the farmers of Maharashtra out of the crisis of wet drought and crop losses, the Centre will have to step in. Even though there may be differences in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Modi and Uddhav Thackeray’s relationship is that of brothers. That is why it is Mr. Modi’s responsibility to help his younger brother.”The editorial goes on to say that the Prime Minister is not of a particular party, but of the entire country and so should not hold a grudge against anyone. “The Central government should respect the decision of the people of Maharashtra and not do anything that disturbs stability. For swarajya, Maharashtrians have fought with Delhi in the past. Delhi is surely the capital, but Balasaheb showed that Maharashtra does not bow before Delhi. Now his son has become the Chief Minister. The new CM will work to ensure the State is not humiliated and instead, its pride stays intact. Do not become rivals with bhagwa (the saffron flag), it will cost you. Maharashtra will now lead from the front,” it said.last_img read more


first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Miguel Beer guard Alex Cabagnot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross would have it their way, they’d rather share the Best Player of between the two of them.“We want to get co-MVP,” said Ross. “If it’s possible, we should get co-MVP. I don’t know if there’s ever been two teammates that have been tied in the statistical points at one. But it would be cool if we get co-MVP.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Keys to Victory: San Miguel-TNT finals series “We just want to get to the finals, now, God willing, we win. The individual honor will come. Anybody from San Miguel, I think will win it. But for us, championship first,” Cabagnot said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cabagnot echoed Ross’ sentiments.“We wish to get co-BPC, but then again I don’t know if it’s possible. I hope it’s possible.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel’s star backcourt found themselves in joint first place in the statistical points race with 34.125 SPs  the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Cabagnot is averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.2 steals. On the other hand, Ross, who has been the bastion on defense for the Beermen, has racked up 13.2 markers, 5.2 boards, and a league-best 8.1 assists and 2.9 steals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES “Chris and I are both doing the same thing for a long time playing together. It’s just an honor to be in this position,” said Cabagnot.Ross himself admitted that he was caught off guard by his sudden jump from eighth place to the top.“To jump to number one, it’s cool,” he said. “But I never play for stats and I never play for individual awards. I always play for the team. I’m a team guy, first and foremost. Team always comes first and winning games and eventually, winning a championship is number one on my list.”Though neck-and-neck for this conference’s coveted individual award, both Ross and Cabagnot are in unison in acknowledging that they’d rather win the bigger prize.“The main goal is to win a championship,” said Ross. “Like everyone says, when you win, all the individual stuff comes and its just a testament to  how good of a conference our team has had. It’s championship first. It’s the main goal and all the other stuff is secondary.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’?last_img read more


first_imgPSG trails leader Lyon by two points at the top of the standings, with the league resuming on Jan 12.As well as PSG’s quest for glory on the domestic and European fronts, it promises to be a big year for Wang, who hopes her skills can help steer China to a deep run at next summer’s World Cup finals in France.“I think my experiences in France will be an advantage to me to compete in the Women’s World Cup here,” the 23-year-old said during a recent interview with FIFA.com.“Paris is the home of PSG. We face not only teams from the French league, but also from other countries during the Women’s Champions League and these teams represent the best of Europe.”China faces a tough task at the World Cup, however, after drawing European powerhouses Germany (a two-time world champion and ranked No 2) and Spain (No 12), as well as the 48th-ranked South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ China’s Wang Shuang congratulates Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kadidiatou Diani on her goal during PSG’s 7-1 victory over Metz in a Division 1 Feminine match in Paris on Sunday. DAVE WINTER/ICON SPORT/GETTY IMAGESChinese star Wang Shuang continued to show her world-class pedigree with a goal in a dominant French league victory for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.The recently crowned Asian women’s player of the year hit the net in the 58th minute with a leftfoot strike as PSG routed Metz 7-1 at Stade Jean Bouin to extend its unbeaten record to 14 matches-a run that includes 12 wins.ADVERTISEMENT Wang, though, is optimistic about China’s chances.“It is my second World Cup. I was given a substitute role at Canada 2015 as a young player but I didn’t score. So my initial goal is to break my Women’s World Cup duck this time around. I want to score as many goals as possible and help my team to a good result.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Marie-Antoinette Katoto finished with a hat-trick, Ashley Lawrence bagged a brace while Kadidiatou Diani was also on target for the host in its last game before the winter break.Playmaker Wang, dubbed ‘Lady Messi’ by fans, was delighted to end 2018 on a high.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It feels good to score in the last match of the year,” Wang, who signed for PSG in August, told Xinhua after the game.“I still feel that the team has experienced ups and downs. Some-times we play quite well and sometimes pretty bad. We are still a young group, so it’s quite normal.”center_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after more than 2 years LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgIndians are suckers for supercars. This is primarily because of the sheer lack of supercar sightings on the roads. But who is to blame when something like the Mercedes-AMG GT S comes round a corner.As we were heading out to our usual shoot location in Lonavala in the outskirts of Pune, we pass by a primary school. We have passed by the same location many a time and the kids out there rarely bat an eyelid. But the day we turned up in the GT S, things were very different.The cockpit gives the driver the feeling of being in command of a jet. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)ALSO READ:Volvo S90 sedan first drive reviewKids were bumping into each other and their parents who had ideally come to pick them up froze in the driving seat as they waited for the little ones to come, who in turn were also as frozen as the ice cream in their hands! What made them wake up from their daze was the rorty exhaust note. Such was the kind of attention we were getting in the GT S.But to be really honest I am not surprised because just look at it! The long bonnet and small cabin followed by a stout boot is all so ideal for a sports car. The three-dimensional diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star, a broad Louvre and AMG lettering stands in the centre of the front end. LED headlamps with stylised eyebrows as daytime running lamps, side lights and indicators, as well as three separate high-beam reflectors lend the GT its sporty look.advertisementThe instrument panel has a display in the middle of the tacho and the speedo which beams all info. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)Large air intakes are positioned to optimise the flow of air to the cooling modules. The A-wing with front splitter in the lower section of the front apron makes this sports car appear low slung and wide. In profile the dome shaped, arched roof line and the frameless doors are features which make the GT S look splendid. Not to forget the additional gill on the fender.The paddle-shifters fall easily to hand and are especially handy while in a spirited driving mood. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)The paddle-shifters fall easily to hand and are especially handy while in a spirited driving mood. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)ALSO READ:Ferrari 488 GTB is fitting successor to 458 ItaliaThe design also seems smooth-flowing thanks to the rear fenders wrapping smoothly around the tail lamps. Last but not the least the glass tailgate blends beautifully into the blacked out roof.Slide in and you are surrounded by a cockpit which reminds one of jets. Sure you get a car-like dash with multiple air-con vents and a central display screen but look beyond it. The centre console with the metal outlay looks brilliant. The buttons which are positioned here give the driver of operating something more special than regular cars.Massive calipers in yellow do a splendid job of hauling down speeds. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)The little red button lights up and that’s the one to press. But we will get to that a little later. The instrument panel is also a smart unit and tells you all about the performance of the car. Additional glitz includes illuminated scuff plates, beautifully detailed leather upholstery and a booming Burmester audio system. The Mercedes-AMG GT S is also practical considering that it has a 285-litre boot which is expandable to a substantial 350 litres.ALSO READ:Toyota sets the bar high with Innova CrystaBut practicality is something that most sports car buyers tend to ignore. But what they never ignore is the kind of firepower it offers. Pop the rather large hood and feast your eyes on the substantially large 4-litre V8 sitting in all its glory. The engine to begin with is impeccably finished and being a proper AMG, it is built under the concept of ‘one man-one engine’.The 7-speed dct shifts quickly, adding to the driving experience of the gt s. the paddle shifters come as an added bonus. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)So on top of the engine covers sits a plaque with the signature of the engine builder. This is one concept which I personally love. The engine in context offers 510bhp and 650Nm of torque. Now that is a rather substantial number. To ensure all that is well harnessed, there is lot more tech which is pumped into the GT S. Things like the electronic differential lock, the sports suspension and even the electric rear spoiler. So does all of it add up?advertisementPop the rather large hood and feast your eyes on the substantially large 4-litre V8 sitting in all its glory. The engine to begin with is impeccably finished and being a proper AMG, it is built under the concept of ‘one man-one engine’. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)To answer that question, all one has to do is press that starter button. The mighty motor wakes up with a menacing roar through the sports exhausts. Blip the throttle and bystanders remain startled. Shift into gear and get going! Through the tight city roads driving something as wide and as low slung as the GT S is a nightmare. So after precariously negotiating traffic and speed humps, we finally reached the highway and from then on the driving experience transformed.A big 385-litre boot is what makes this sports car practical. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)ALSO READ:Renault Kwid is a hatchback in the guise of an SUVAcceleration is rapid and within no time we were past the 100kmph mark and the claim of it reaching 100kmph in less than 4 seconds seems so true. Even while cruising at speed, this car remains planted on the arrow straight expressway.Carbon fibre is a part and parcel of high performance motors these days and the GT S is no exception. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia) On the downside, thanks to the stiff suspension every crack on the road can be felt. But the real fun begins when you get to a set of twisties. The GT S is then the place to be. Up the hill the stiff suspension setup ensured leech-like grip aided by the big tyres.LED high performance headlamps with daytime running lamps look menacing and provide a bright beam too. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia) The steering feels ultra-quick and responsive and one can point the GT S and shoot it through corner after corner. It is such a go-kart-like feeling. Adding to the fun factor is the power which comes pushing through the rear wheels. Pump the accelerator a little more than required and the tail tends to go wagging thereby giving the driver real thrills that can’t be matched.ALSO READ:Is the new Mahindra NuvoSport a Quanto facelift or much more?This is one yellow car that I wish I could take home with me, I just loved it so much!The 7-speed dct shifts quickly, adding to the driving experience of the gt s. the paddle shifters come as an added bonus. (Pictures: Pawan Dagia)VerdictThere’s no denying that I loved driving this car. With so much power and that tingling feeling coming through, the GT S is a true sports car. Adding to it is the fact that it is fairly practical and comes with a spacious cabin and not to forget a big boot. The only drawback then is the fact that driving it around in Indian conditions requires a lot more care.advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Continue Reading Previous Harry Potter doesn’t code (but Murphy does)Next Realizing the IoT security imperative Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry, Medical Out of all the things I look forward to at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), the keynote presentations are always at the top of the list, and the forthcoming ESC Boston 2017 will be no exception.This event takes place Wednesday-Thursday, May 3-4. On Wednesday, we have Michael Barr, Co-Founder and CTO of the Barr Group, presenting his security-related keynote: Embedded Systems Safety & Security: Dangerous Flaws in Safety-Critical Device Design .I have a particular interest in this topic at the moment — there are so many security holes out there with bad players just waiting to sink their teeth into your sensitive parts (metaphorically speaking, of course) — so this keynote is right at the top of my “must see” list.(Source: pixabay.com) The following day, we have Jason Crusan, who is Director of the Advanced Exploration Systems Division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA. All I can say is that I’m glad I don’t have to (a) create Jason’s business card layout and (b) introduce him and his keynote (I’d be gasping for breath before I was half-way through his title). I wonder how he answers when someone asks “So, what do you do?” at a party, but we digress…I’m interested in anything and everything to do with space, so Jason’s keynote — Enabling the Next Era of Human Space Exploration — has me quivering in antici…(Source: pixabay.com) …pation. As amazing and awe-inspiring as it was, the recent success of the New Horizons mission to Pluto just leaves me longing for more of the same (see also New Horizons & Pluto meet ESC & Kevin Bacon and I met my new MOM at ESC ).Jason’s talk will outline the pioneering approaches that his group is using to develop prototype systems, advance key capabilities, and validate operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit. Once again, I cannot wait!Both of these presentations are open to all ESC attendees, including those with Free Expo Passes, but you have to register to attend. Hopefully I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do if you see me strolling by is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention.center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Eidesvik has entered into a longterm contract with Lundin Norway AS for PSV Viking Queen.The contract for the PSV Viking Queen is for 15 wells with options for 5 more wells. Duration for the firm period is minimum 900 days.The work will start medio-ultimo 2014. Viking Queen will be upgraded with FI_FI II and NOFO 2009.“We are very pleased that we once again have been chosen by Lunding Norway AS, a company which is in an exiting development phase. For Eidesvik as a pioneer with the use of LNG as fuel for its PSVs, we appreciate a lot that Lundin once again charter in a LNG-fueled PSV to its portfolio”, says CEO&President Jan Fredrik Meling.Eidesvik Offshore, January 23, 2014last_img


first_imgzoom Qatar-based LNG shipping company Nakilat recorded a net income of QAR 847.2 million (USD 232.6 million) in 2017, down from QAR 955.4 million (USD 262.3 million) posted a year earlier.Despite the challenges facing the energy and maritime industry, the company said it managed to achieve positive results across its operations.As explained, the results exceeded planned expectations in 2017 through enhanced operational efficiency and a reduction in general, administrative expenses and finance costs.The net profit achieved in the fourth quarter of 2017 was higher than that achieved in the third quarter and fourth quarter of 2016, by 21% and 16% respectively.Complemented by strategic long-term agreements with charterers, Nakilat has managed to maintain steady cash flow. Given the volatile market conditions, the company embarked on cost optimization initiatives, capitalizing on profitable business growth, and achieving cost savings.Furthermore, Nakilat said it “continues to explore and capitalize on different business opportunities and mitigating business risks to strengthen the company’s international position.”Nakilat’s fleet currently comprises 67 wholly- and jointly-owned LNG carriers and four LPG vessels.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsOne of Canada’s top gold medal hopes for the Olympics is an Ojibway woman from Cape Croker, Ont.The 27 year-old boxer is a world champion. But will Mary Spencer be going to the Olympics?APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo caught up with her in Windsor, Ont.last_img


first_imgAPTN National NewsOuje-Bougoumou is about a 10-hour drive north of Ottawa.For decades the people lived off the land.But Indian Residential Schools and passing missionairies changed everything.The switch to Christianity has, for the most part, replaced traditional teachings and spiritual ceremonies.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis and cameraman Jason Leroux went there to explore what happened and what people today are doing to get the old ways back.Here is part one – a history lesson.last_img


OTTAWA — The Trump administration says it will now allow lawsuits against foreign companies connected to properties seized from American firms during the Cuban revolution  — including Canadian businesses.The landmark tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba’s communist government represents a major shift in U.S. foreign policy — one that now could place Canadian mining, tourism and financial services companies at risk in American courts.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the decision, which takes effect May 3, is rooted in Cuba’s backing of “oppression” through its ongoing support of Venezuela’s socialist government of Nicolas Maduro.Canada, its Lima Group allies and the U.S. have called for Maduro’s ouster and recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim leader of the beleaguered South American country, which has been engulfed in economic and political turmoil, sparking a refugee crisis.But Canada and its European allies have pushed the Trump administration to continue to suspend use of the dormant Title III section of the 1996 Helms Burton Act that allows Americans to sue foreign companies linked to Cuban properties confiscated after its 1959 revolution.About one million Canadians annually vacation in Cuba and Toronto-based resource company Sherritt International is long established there, while countries such as Britain, France and Spain have companies active in rum, cigars and tourism.The Canadian Press read more


FRANKFURT – Falling oil prices and a weak economy caused consumer prices to fall even more sharply in the eurozone in January.The annual inflation rate was minus 0.6 per cent, worse than the minus 0.5 per cent expected on average by market analysts and the minus 0.2 per cent registered in December.Low oil plays a big role. But weak prices are also a sign of the deep economic malaise afflicting the 19 countries that share the euro currency.The European Central Bank is readying a massive 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus program to try to raise inflation closer to its goal of 2 per cent — and to get the economy moving.Jobless figures Friday showed slight improvement, with the December unemployment rate falling to 11.4 per cent from 11.5 per cent the month before. Prices in the 19 euro countries fall 0.6 per cent annually in January as ECB readies stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 3:05 am MDT read more


first_imgDu nouveau dans la recherche pour les 8 millions de migraineux en FranceFrance – De nouveaux traitements contre la migraine pourraient bientôt être mis au point.Tout d’abord, il faut savoir différencier la migraine des autres types de maux de tête, dus au stress ou à la fatigue par exemple. La migraine se caractérise par la survenue régulière de maux commençant d’un seul côté de la tête et d’une durée allant de 4 à 72 heures ainsi que par des nausées, des vomissements et/ou une intolérance à la lumière et au bruit.S’il s’agit là du type le plus commun de migraine, touchant 80% des migraineux, les 20% restants sont victimes de migraines dites à aura. Dans ce cas, les maux de tête surviennent au plus une heure après que la personne a été victime de troubles de la vision et/ou d’une perte de sensations ou de la parole.7 à 8 millions de Français seraient victimes de cette maladie, trop peu souvent diagnostiquée. Malheureusement, une grande partie d’entre eux se soigne par automédication, ce qui peut entraîner une progression de la douleur. Aujourd’hui, les migraineux peuvent choisir une médication à base de triptans, ou se diriger vers des traitements de fond, plus lourds. Les triptans sont préconisés pour les personnes victimes de migraines occasionnelles, et ne peuvent être pris par les malades ayant des antécédents vasculaires. Ils peuvent mettre fin au mal de tête en moins de deux heures. Les traitements de fond, eux, sont quotidiens. Ils sont conseillés aux patients ayant des crises fréquentes, les empêchant d’effectuer des activités de la vie de tous les jours. Il s’agit souvent de bêtabloquants, d’inhibiteurs calciques, d’antisérotoninergiques, d’antiépileptiques ou d’antidépresseurs.À lire aussiMigraine : traitement, cause, symptômes, comment soigner une migraine ?Un nouveau traitement devrait être mis en place d’ici 2012 : les gepans, qui ciblent directement le nerf responsable des migraines. Principal avantage : les victimes de maladies vasculaires pourront en bénéficier. Un nouveau traitement de fond devrait également voir le jour d’ici 2014, un antalgique proche de la kétamine ainsi qu’un autre, à base de Botox. Une injection de Botox tous les 90 jours permettrait la diminution du nombre de crises de migraine et la diminution de la prise de médicaments contre les maux de tête. De quoi donner de l’espoir aux 800.000 migraineux chroniques en France.Le 29 mars 2010 à 12:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgDuring the General Session held on Wednesday morning, attendees at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. will hear the amazing story of the harrowing U.S. Army mission that was recounted in the movie Blackhawk Down. Commodity Classic takes place Feb. 27-March 1.The General Session is one of the most popular events at Commodity Classic. Comedian Mark Mayfield returns to the stage, along with commodity organization leaders, for a discussion of the hottest issues facing our nation’s corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers. Additionally, there will be an update from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has also been invited to present.The General Session concludes with an appearance by Keni Thomas, a staff sergeant with the Army 3rd Ranger Battalion, who was deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 as part of the elite special operations package Task Force Ranger. Their mission was to find and capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aidid. Thomas and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an 18-hour fire-fight that would later be told in the highly successful book and movie Blackhawk Down. Nineteen Americans gave their lives, and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by U.S. troops since WWII.A powerful speaker, Thomas captivates audiences from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and how they fought to bring each other home. Drawing from his experiences on the battlefield, Thomas inspires people to achieve greatness by stressing the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself.Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic. In addition to the General Session, Commodity Classic offers Learning Centers, What’s New Sessions, Mini What’s New Sessions, Early Riser Sessions and the Commodity Classic Main Stage on the trade show floor. Commodity Classic also features a huge trade show, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of America’s best farmers.Detailed information on all educational sessions and the entire Commodity Classic schedule are available at www.commodityclassic.com.  Online registration and housing are also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more


first_img Share This! Share This! Graphic courtesy of CAIR Graphic courtesy of CAIR News • Photos of the Week Graphic courtesy of CAIR Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Charitable organizations must “secure their institutions from manipulation by anonymous donors who are using tax breaks and loopholes within our system to hide their funding,” Barzegar said.Through a new national campaign, CAIR aims to help equip these philanthropic groups to divest from anti-Muslim groups. The report also encourages philanthropic institutions to audit grantmaking processes to determine whether their institution “intentionally or unintentionally” funded anti-Muslim groups and enact policies to prevent it from happening again.The list of funders also includes faith-based organizations, such as the Jewish Communal Fund — which gave $3,200,000 in grants to 31 anti-Muslim groups, including author Robert Spencer and far-right activist Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative — and the National Christian Foundation, which CAIR notes is the “second largest funder of anti-Muslim hate in America” and has funneled at least $15 million into the anti-Muslim industry.“Islamophobia has now embedded itself in mainstream philanthropic institutions and threatens American democracy,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We cannot counter Islamophobia until we understand this phenomenon, its strategies, its tactics, and who’s funding it.”Since 2010, CAIR’s annual Islamophobia reports have documented the financial and political connections of dozens of figures and organizations actively working to spread anti-Muslim propaganda. Graphic courtesy of CAIR Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email center_img Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Nearly 1,100 philanthropic organizations have funneled almost $125 million into dozens of anti-Muslim groups from 2014 to 2016, helping once-fringe ideas shape public opinion and government policy, according to a new report from a civil rights group.The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ report, “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” traces the flow of money from mainstream charities and foundations to 39 identified anti-Muslim special interest groups through anonymous donations. In all, the report identifies some $1.5 billion in private donations and other funds that have been made available to anti-Muslim organizations.“These anti-Muslim groups have more than a billion dollars in collective revenue that is used to advance an anti-Muslim agenda,” said Zainab Arain, CAIR’s national research and advocacy manager. “They lobby legislatures to pass anti-Muslim laws and policies, interfere in and falsify school curriculum and promote prejudicial and biased media content.”CAIR’s researchers spent more than a year examining thousands of pages of publicly available tax filings and records from searchable databases to see which groups charitable organizations funded from 2014 to 2016.The report then mapped out the deep-rooted connections between several prominent anti-Muslim groups that received such funding and Trump administration staff and anti-Muslim legislation that has been introduced in states around the country.The donations uncovered range from amounts of $20 to $32.4 million. Among the largest funders are mainstream philanthropic organizations like the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, the Adelson Family Foundation, the Schwab Charitable Fund, Donors Capital Fund Inc. and the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program.“Unfortunately, along with the usual ideologically oriented actors, we have found mainstream charities and foundations being directly or indirectly involved in funneling anonymized donations to the Islamophobia network,” Arain said.Graphic courtesy of CAIRThe $1.5 billion those anti-Muslim groups have access to during the timeframe in question has been used to lobby for shutting down Muslim organizations, to stage anti-Muslim rallies and promote anti-Sharia bills in state legislatures across the country, Arain noted.“What these hate groups are doing is, they’re exploiting the robust tradition of American philanthropy and turning it around to hurt our democracy,” she said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., introducing the findings. “It’s not just an abstract thing. It has very real implications.”Vanguard Charitable alone has granted at least $2,709,500 to anti-Muslim groups. One of America’s largest donor-advised funds, which function like a charitable investment fund, Vanguard Charitable allows its clients to recommend where their money is given while preserving their anonymity.More than half of those dollars went to the Center for Security Policy, a far-right think tank that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called a “conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement.” The Center for Security Policy was responsible for commissioning now-White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway’s polling company to produce a survey that showed that a quarter of Muslims in the U.S. believe violence against America is justified “as part of the global jihad.” Though the poll’s methodology has been widely criticized by researchers as unrepresentative and shaky, the Trump administration cited it to justify the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries.Vanguard Charitable, which donates billions to organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Boy Scouts of America, also gave to the Clarion Project, which describes itself as an organization that “educates the public about the dangers of radical Islam.” Center for American Progress Fear Inc. reports list the Clarion Project as one of the “main organizations fueling the Islamophobia network.”The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund has donated to humanitarian organizations such as Unicef, the American Red Cross and the SPLC. But it has also donated more than $1,845,000 to 34 anti-Muslim groups, including $800,000 to the David Horowitz Center, a think tank led by a figure the SPLC has named a member of the U.S.’ “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”Many of the faith-based charities, private family foundations and commercial foundations listed in the report are mainstream prominent philanthropy organizations that researchers say may not have been aware of how their funds were used.“What we fear is that Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard, even mainstream conservative groups… are being used by hatemongers to funnel money into places where they don’t want to show up and say ‘yes, I donated to so and so,’” said CAIR’s research and advocacy director, Abbas Barzegar. “The banks and charities themselves are unequipped to handle this.” By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Graphic courtesy of CAIR Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Graphic courtesy of CAIR In African refugee camps, app replaces Bibles left behind By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Tagsanti-Muslim bias CAIR hate homepage featured philanthropy Top Story,You may also like Catholicism Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Jean Vanier, Catholic hero to developmentally disabled, dies As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019last_img read more


first_imgA comparison of university rankings in physics, as determined by the credit allocation method (CAM) and two other methods: Shen’s method and the Total Citations (TC) method. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 EPL Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) (Phys.org)—Assessing and ranking research institutes is important for awarding grants, recruiting employees, promoting institutes, and other reasons. But finding a fair and accurate method for assessing the performance of research institutes is challenging due to the many factors involved, such as the number of published papers and citations, the unreliability of some citations, and the fact that many papers have multiple authors from different institutes with unequal contributions. In a new study published in EPL, a team of scientists from China whose members study complex systems, data science, and physics has developed a new approach called the credit allocation method (CAM) for ranking research institutes that accounts for all of these factors by using many thousands of directed networks. “Different from other metrics based on citations, our work considers the citation network structure and provides one way to rank the credit for research institutes for different research fields from the viewpoint of academic reputation,” coauthor Jian-Guo Liu, at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, told Phys.org.The basic idea is that each directed network consists of one randomly chosen paper that is linked to all of the papers that have cited that paper. Then each of these citing papers is linked to all of the other papers that it cites, as long as those papers have at least one author from one of the same research institutes as the original paper. By using a formula that accounts for the order of each research institute (those listed first in the paper receive more credit than those listed later), the researchers computed the credit allocated to each research institute due to the original paper. After repeating this process for nearly half a million papers in the field of physics, with authors from approximately 19,000 research institutes, the researchers considered another problem that makes the assessment of research institutes difficult: the citation data is often unreliable. The researchers refer to a recent study that found that more than 30% of research papers had at least one incorrect citation, and that 10% of all citations were incorrect, meaning the papers cited did not clearly support the statements they were meant to support. To address this problem, the researchers randomly rewired some of the citation links in the networks, creating an artificial disturbance intended to model the inaccuracies in the citation data. In the final rankings, many of the top-ranked physics research institutes identified by the new method corresponded to institutes with high reputations. The top four overall were the University of California, Bell Labs, the Max Planck Institute, and MIT. The top four in China were the University of Science and Technology of China, Nanjing University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University.Although the researchers showed that the new method outperforms other methods of assessing research institutes, they note that it has some shortcomings. In particular, it does not account for the fact that older papers tend to have more citations than newer papers, so research institutes with longer histories tend to be ranked higher. The researchers plan to address this detail in the future by accounting for the age of the institution.”In future work, we also plan to investigate the citation networks of some specific research fields, such as management science, complexity, statistical physics, and computer science, in order to rank the research institute credit of these fields,” Liu said. “We also plan to develop a website to publish the ranking results for researchers all over the world.” Assessing scientific research by ‘citation wake’ detects Nobel laureates’ papers © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: J.-P. Wang et al. “Credit allocation for research institutes.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/118/48001 Explore further Citation: What’s the best way to rank research institutes? (2017, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-what-the-best-way-to.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 65-year-old woman whose body was found hanging in her own flat in Sahid Nagar area of Dhakuria on Sunday morning.Police said the victim Dipti Moitra (65) used to stay alone at her flat as her two sons live in Mumbai.The victim’s younger sister Kajol Das stays on the top floor of the same residential building. Das went to the victim’s flat on Sunday morning when she found her hanging.The victim’s younger sister immediately informed the matter to Garfa police station. After being informed, police reached the spot and recovered the body. The investigating officers found a suicide note from her room. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the police, the suicide note that has been recovered from her room says that none was responsible for her death.The victim’s younger sister told police that she came downstairs as she wanted to go to a local shop.As she was going down stairs, she saw the deceased standing at the door and by the time she went closer, she figured that the victim was not standing but hanging from the front door.During interrogation, the younger sister claimed that she had called other inmates of the residential apartment immediately after the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice are awaiting the post-mortem report which might throw some light on the nature of her death. Police are examining the suicide note.The investigating officers are not ruling out a foul play behind the death of the victim.Some of the circumstantial evidence, however, suggests that the elderly woman have committed suicide.The reason behind her suicide is yet to be determined by the police.They are interrogating some of the neighbours of the victim and looking into if the victim had been suffering from depression. A case of unnatural death has been started by the police.last_img read more


first_imgIn today’s world, people are not only conscious about how they look but also how their skin feels and lipsticks are an important factor in making or breaking your image. This makeup tool is not just about different shades or textures but also about ingredients, application and choosing the right trends, say experts. Here are few tips about the lipstick trends that are making waves this season:The herbal route: Using vegan and organic lipstick not only protects the lips from harsh chemicals but also preserves the natural texture and colour of the lips. Applying lipsticks with less chemicals reduces chances of lip discolouration. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShift from matte to creamy: Creamy matte or satin finish provide a soft and smooth look while leaving the right amount of colour and shine. Creamy Matte texture is also known to stay on the lips for longer hours and avoids the lipstick to get flaky on the lips.Ditch the nudes: Get over with the nudes already. A pale pink, a peachy coral or a vibrant fuchsia would be the perfect pick for the Indian skin this festive season. Applying natural pink lipsticks is perfect for the desk to dine look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe blend of orange: As we know, red never goes out of style. However, this season it’s raining orange. A subtle blend of orange in your red can get you the perfect glamorous look for the season. Top glitter coat: A glitter top coat adds a gorgeous shimmering sheen, be it over a lipstick or applied straight to bare lips. Applying a subtle hint of glitter over your lips can make your lips pop just how you want them to. Apply your favourite lip colour and then a little amount of transparent gloss. Then add the glitter – this way, it will be fixed in all your lip. The unconventional bold shades: Unconventional bold shades like blue, purple and grey can be a game changer for parties if worn with confidence. Rocking a bold hue draws attention to your lips and makes you stand out.Nude mattes: Everyone is well acquainted with nude shades; natural matte lipsticks are perfect for day wear and also go with smokey eyes for evening wear. Use natural matte shades, a tone lighter or darker to give the perfect definition to your lips.Lip gradation: The latest lip trend of 2017 surely includes the gradation of the lips. A little more pop of colour in the middle of your lips making their way out lighter towards the edges.last_img read more


first_imgMerit Travel Group ready for international growth with H.I.S. deal Posted by Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Merit Travel Group’s agreement with Japan-based H.I.S. Co. Ltd. will provide “enhanced scale and scope for continued leadership” with Merit founder Michael Merrithew overseeing international acquisition and growth strategy, according to the company. A spokesperson for Merit confirmed that Merit’s founders intend to maintain their ownership share for the long term and operate the business day-to-day.H.I.S. Co. Ltd., based in Japan, is a leading travel company with more than 300 retail locations in Japan and 200 branches in 130 cities around the world. H.I.S. began selling package tours in 1981 and received its general travel agency license in 1986.Under the agreement, H.I.S – Merit Travel will leverage the Merit brand, particularly in North America, to grow its travel business through strategic acquisitions around the world.“Merit has been a leader in the Canadian travel industry for more than 25 years, and in this time has developed a strong portfolio of brands focused on the wholesale and retail specialty leisure travel market, corporate travel management and loyalty program travel services,” said Merrithew. “The agreement with H.I.S. Travel provides our company with the resources required to compete and win in the global travel business, while extending the Merit Travel brand around the world.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterLed by founders Michael Merrithew and Louise de Grandpré, the Merit Travel Group team will continue to operate the business while benefitting from the global scale and scope offered by the H.I.S. partnership.Merit began operations in 1991 and grew to become one of the largest independent travel companies in Canada. More than 450 Merit travel professionals advise over 350,000 Canadian travellers every year. Merit Travel Group operates many specialty travel brands including Merit Travel, Travelcuts, MeritBiz, Merit Loyalty and Exclusive Tours. Tags: Merit Travel Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_imgMövenpick Hotels and Resorts opens first serviced apartment conceptMövenpick Hotels and Resorts opens first serviced apartment conceptLeading Swiss hospitality management company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will be launching a brand new serviced apartment property on the 1 March 2017, its second property in the Thai capital – the Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok.The newly built property features 158 serviced apartments and offers long-stay guests a choice of fully furnished studios, 1- and 2- bedroom apartments in Bangkok’s vibrant Ekkamai neighbourhood, an area known for its hip cafes, fine restaurants and boutique shopping options.Built by award-winning Thai developer Nusasiri Plc., Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok is the global hotel group’s second offering in Thailand’s gateway city, and stands as a flagship for the brand’s contemporary serviced apartment concept in Asia.“We are delighted to partner with such a well established name in Thai real estate as we extend Mövenpick’s reach beyond hotels and resorts into the fast growing serviced apartment sector,” says Andrew Langdon, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Global Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President Asia. “The high quality of finishing and variety of spacious layouts, combined with our Swiss attention to detail is sure to make Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok a high-demand option in an area that’s already popular with long-term expatriates.”Units range in size from 32 sqm to 75 sqm with bright, contemporary décor and a choice of sweeping city views through floor-to-ceiling windows. All the residences come fully fitted, including kitchen equipment, also feature flat screen TVs offering numerous cable channels in multiple languages and complimentary WiFi.Beyond their private spaces, residents enjoy access to a generous 25-metre outdoor saltwater swimming pool, an indoor rooftop fitness centre and a modest but well equipped meetings and functions space.A varied selection of dishes is offered throughout the day at the on-site restaurant, while for those who prefer to venture out there’s a regular shuttle service which passes through the area’s main shopping and dining zones to drop off guests at the nearest BTS sky train station.“With seven unit types to choose from guests can find the perfect base to suit their personal lifestyle needs,” explains Andrew Langdon. “Whether they prefer a large living space and kitchen, a spacious guest bedroom, sunrise or sunset views, there’s a unit to suit every preference at Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok.”The celebrate the opening of the brand’s first serviced residences in Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is offering special opening rates of only THB 30,000++ per month for a One Bedroom residence. What’s more, every booking made before 30 April 2017 will receive a complimentary 2- night stay in Khao Yai with dinner included for 2 people.For more information, visit www.movenpick.com About Mövenpick Hotels & ResortsMövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 25 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Al Khobar (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Nairobi (Kenya).Focusing on expanding within its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.movenpick.comSource = Mövenpick Hotels & Resortslast_img read more