NEW YORK — Stocks flopped on Friday, and investors herded into the safety of bonds after the market’s reading of the U.S.-China trade war flipped back to worry.U.S. stock indexes fell as soon as trading opened, following European and Asian markets lower. Industrial companies had the sharpest losses after equipment maker Deere cut its profit forecast for the year, citing slower sales from farmers worried about exports, among other factors. More than 80% of the stocks in the S&P 500 fell.It’s the latest swing for a market that has pivoted for two weeks on each turn in the U.S. trade dispute with China. President Donald Trump made good on a threat to raise tariffs on Chinese-made products and China retaliated with tariffs of its own. The threats were interspersed with some signs of reconciliation. Over the last week, the S&P 500 followed up its second worst day of the year with three straight gains before falling again on Friday.The escalating tensions between the world’s largest economies have upended the calm that dominated markets for the early part of this year, when expectations rose that a trade agreement was in the works. The S&P 500 has twice dropped by at least 1.5% in the last two weeks, the same number it had in the first four months of the year.With Friday’s loss, the S&P 500 is on track to close out its second straight down week. If it does, it would be the first time that’s happened this year where the index is up more than 14%.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 was down 0.6%, as of 9:50 a.m. Eastern time. It remains just 3% below its record, set last month.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 130 points, or 0.5%, to 25,732, and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.7%.WORLDWIDE PRESSURE: In China, Shanghai’s stock index fell 2.5%, its worst drop since a 5.6% plunge last week. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 1.2%, and South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.6%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was an outlier, up 0.9%.In Europe, Germany’s Dax dropped 1.1%, the French CAC 40 lost 0.7% and the FTSE 100 in London fell 0.5%.SEEKING SAFETY: When investors are nervous, they often turn to the safety of U.S. government bonds. When bond prices rise, their yields drop, and the yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.37% from 2.40% late Thursday. The 10 year yield has been dropping since November, when it was above 3.20%.TRADE FRONTS: The Trump administration has issued an executive order aimed at banning Huawei equipment from U.S. networks. Another sanction that subjects the Chinese telecommunications giant to strict export controls took effect on Thursday. China has threatened to retaliate. It remains to be seen how the move will affect trade negotiations, which are expected to continue.“The trade issue could still get worse before it gets better, but our view remains that a deal will ultimately be reached to resolve the issue given the economic (and in Trump’s case political) damage that would be caused if a deal is not reached,” Shane Oliver of AMP Capital said in a commentary.Besides China, investors are also watching how the U.S. deals with closer rivals on trade. President Trump on Friday delayed any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto part imports as negotiations continue with Europe and Japan.OH DEERE: Agricultural equipment maker Deere had the biggest drop in the S&P 500 after it reported weaker earnings for the latest quarter than analysts expected and cut its forecast for sales and income this fiscal year.The company may be feeling the effects of the U.S.-China trade war. CEO Samuel Allen said that farmers are becoming more cautious about making big purchases, citing “ongoing concerns about export-market access.”Deere dropped 4.4%.___AP Writer Annabelle Liang contributed from Singapore.Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more


12 October 2010A scheme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seeks to help needy households – mostly headed by poor single mothers – send their children to school and receive health care. A scheme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seeks to help needy households – mostly headed by poor single mothers – send their children to school and receive health care.UNDP is providing technical support to the fledgling nation’s Ministry of Social Solidarity for its Conditional Cash Transfers programme, which aims to end inter-generational poverty and protect the vulnerable by incentivizing families to improve their education levels and economic situations.Ten employees from the Ministry will interview members of 500 households in under one week on the composition of their families, the livestock and crops they own, their education, employment, languages spoken, vaccinations received and the distance from their homes to schools and health clinics.“The point of this survey is to establish how people survive through the level of vulnerability they find themselves in, how we can best support them and to what extent they are dependent on other people, or the state, to live,” said Alexandre Sarmento, a national consultant to the UNDP project.Interviewers met a girl, who may have slipped under the radar. Her family and neighbours say she is 8 years old, but her age cannot be verified since she does not have a birth certificate.The mother of a four-year-old daughter, the girl lives with her parents and two siblings in an isolated area of Timor-Leste which is completely cut off from civilization for half of the year due to flooding. Even in the dry season, it takes up to three hours to walk to the nearest secondary school, health clinic and market.Her family owns no livestock and survives entirely on the local palm trees, from which they make palm wine to sell in the market. Her parents are illiterate and speak only Baiqueno, a local language.Veronica Das Dores works at MSS and is one of the interviewers conducting this survey.“In the last two days I have encountered many stories of people who have been forgotten by society,” said Veronica Das Dores, who works at the Ministry of Social Solidarity and is one of the interviewers carrying out the survey.“We have found examples of elderly people who aren’t receiving the correct pension payment, children who aren’t receiving enough protection, and numerous cases of chronic generational poverty,” she added. “These issues cannot be solved overnight, but we can try to strengthen the Conditional Cash Transfers scheme so that the most vulnerable people in our society are the beneficiaries.”Timor-Leste, which the UN shepherded to independence in 2002, is among the poorest in Asia, with some one third of its population regularly experiencing food shortages. It ranks 162 out of 182 countries in UNDP’s 2009 Human Development Index (HDI) report, the lowest among all Asian nations. read more


Reports from the area said that at least three people were injured when a landmine exploded and the injured were admitted to hospital.HALO is the world’s oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation and it is involved in mine clearance in parts of the north. An explosion occurred at a demining site in Muhamalai, officials told the Colombo Gazette this afternoon.The explosion had occurred at a site where HALO Trust is involved in de-mining work, Halo Trust officials said but did not wish to provide further details.


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2012 4:30 pm MDT TSX heads higher as US manufacturing data provides optimism beside Fed comments TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed the session in positive territory on Monday, but well off earlier gains, as trader sentiment improved on good manufacturing numbers out of the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index ended ahead 52.73 points to 12,370.19 on the first trading day of the fourth quarter. The main index had moved as much as 135 points higher earlier in the session.The TSX Venture Exchange crept up 4.19 points to 1,338.70, and the Canadian dollar gained 0.05 of a cent to 101.76 cents US.Ben Bernanke defended the Fed’s moves to stimulate the economy in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana in Indianapolis. He said the Fed’s strategy remains the same, and that it needs to drive down borrowing rates because the economy isn’t growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment.The state of the U.S. economy has been a persistent concern, though the latest data from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of U.S. purchasing managers, offered a little relief. The index of factory activity rose to 51.5 in September, up from 49.6 in August. A reading above 50 signals expansion and below indicates contraction.“You are going to see some signs of encouragement from that, but at the same time exports are still shrinking,” said Gavin Graham, president of Graham Investment Strategy Ltd.China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index for September came in at 49.8, marking a further contraction in activity in the region. Meanwhile, the eurozone’s manufacturing sector experienced a better month, though its September PMI still contracted for the 14th consecutive month.“If the weakness in China and Europe continues, those are major markets for the U.S., it’s going to be difficult for it to disclose strength,” Graham added.Also, the results of an independent audit of 14 Spanish banks were released after the market close on Friday and showed lenders need an extra €60 billion (US$77.6 billion) in capital. The figure is roughly as expected and well within the €100 billion in rescue loans that Madrid can get from fellow eurozone countries to help the banks.But there were still concerns that Moody’s ratings agency could downgrade Spain’s debt rating to junk status.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials rose 77.98 points to 13,515.11. The Nasdaq composite index slid 2.70 points to 3,113.53 and the S&P 500 index was up 3.82 points to 1,444.49.In commodities, November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 29 cents to US$92.48 a barrel. The TSX energy sector was up 1.3 per cent.The gold sector moved higher as December gold bullion increased $9.40 to US$1,783.30 an ounce, while December copper was up 2.8 cents at US$3.79 a pound.In Canadian corporate developments, Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) said it has signed a deal to buy Ixetic Verwaltungs GmbH, a manufacturer of automotive vacuum, engine and transmission pumps for €308 million. The company also said a subsidiary has signed a deal with a joint-venture partner to buy the remaining 50 per cent stake in STT Technologies, a supplier of transmission and engine oil pumps. Shares of Magna rose 1.8 per cent, or 76 cents, to $43.27.Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) said it has bought a portfolio of more than 150 patents and patent applications from Alvarion Ltd. for $19 million. Its shares were down two cents to $5.51.Agrium Inc. shares (TSX:AGU) rose nearly 1.7 per cent to C$103.69 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In New York, the stock shot up 2.1 per cent to US$105.53. An investor pushing for changes at Agrium laid out its case publicly for the first time on Monday, arguing it could add US$50 to the Canadian fertilizer company’s share price.And two Canadian companies made changes to their top positions.Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TSX:TPX.B) appointed a new chief executive to head its Canadian operations while merging its U.K. business with the recently acquired StarBev. Its shares were off five per cent, or $2.45, at $42.55.SNC-Lavalin’s chief executive made his first speech while in the new role. Robert Card said he is keeping all options open as he looks to regain investor confidence in the embattled engineering and construction company. Shares fell 35 cents to $37.60. read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes rose in May to the highest level in six years, providing the strongest signal yet that housing is recovering from a recent slowdown.New home sales jumped 18.6 per cent last month following a 3.7 per cent increase in April, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The gains followed declines in February and March that were blamed in part on harsh winter weather.The big May increase pushed the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate to 504,000, the highest level since May 2008.“This is the strongest level since the end of the recession and is an encouraging sign that housing activity improved in the second quarter,” Cooper Howes, an economist at Barclays Research, said in an analyst note.Home sales peaked last year at an annual rate of 459,000 in June, but then lost altitude. The decline reflected an increase in mortgage rates that occurred after the Federal Reserve began discussing pulling back on its monthly bond purchases that were keeping long-term interest rates low.The inventory of unsold new homes was unchanged at 189,000 homes at the end of May, the same as April. That inventory level would be depleted in 4.5 months at the May sales pace, an extremely low level that underscored the fact that the supply of new homes remains well below historic averages.Sales were up in all regions of the country in May, led by a 54.5 per cent surge in sales in the Northeast. New home sales rose 34 per cent in the West and 14.2 per cent in the South. The Midwest had the smallest month-over-month sales gain of just 1.4 per cent.Even with the big overall gain, sales of new homes are still running at just about half the pace of a healthy real estate market.But there have been some encouraging signs of a spring rebound in housing.The National Association of Realtors reported Monday that sales of previously owned homes jumped 4.9 per cent in May, the biggest one-month gain in nearly three years. That increase pushed the sales rate to 4.89 million homes, the strongest showing since last October.While economists were encouraged by the second straight monthly gain in existing home sales, they noted that the sales rate is still below the recent peak of 5.38 million sales hit last July.Higher mortgage rates and the bad weather weighed on sales of both existing and new homes in late 2013 and early 2014. But sales seem to be staging a rebound, helped by solid job growth and growing inventories of homes for sale, a development that has helped to hold down price increases.Economists say there is significant pent-up demand for homes as many potential buyers put off purchases over the past few years because of concerns about the economy. US new home sales surge 18.6 per cent in May to annual rate of 504,000, fastest pace in 6 years by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2014 8:09 am MDT read more


Pro soccer TV analyst pleads guilty to drug kickback scheme by The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 1:37 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEWARK, N.J. – A TV analyst for Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving nearly $500,000 in kickbacks for filling unneeded prescriptions for himself and recruiting others to the scheme.Peter Pappas, of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health fraud in federal court in Newark. The pharmaceutical salesman admitted he was recruited by a marketing company that was paid by pharmacies to refer people whose insurance paid for compounded medication including pain creams, scar creams and vitamins.Pappas admitted that he recruited others to join the scheme, including people using a health benefit program for service members and their families managed by the U.S. Department of Defence. He admitted that he attempted to recruit beneficiaries from TRICARE because they gave high reimbursements for compounded medication and cream, federal prosecutors said.Prosecutors said that while he received $481,773 from the marketing company, his employer, TRICARE and other insurance companies lost at least $3.69 million. Pappas faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Oct. 25.The former goalkeeper on the defunct Philadelphia Kixx indoor soccer team has been the Union’s TV analyst since 2013. He is a district sales manager for New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Celgene, according to his LinkedIn page.On Twitter, he described himself as a “Canadian former soccer pro turned Rx slinger.”Pappas’ LinkedIn and Twitter pages were no longer available online late Tuesday afternoon.Neither the Union, Celgene nor Pappas’ attorneys were immediately available for comment. read more


Parker’s Maple Barn employee Kyle Gay pours maple tree sap into a larger bucket, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Brookline, N.H. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, led a discussion with maple syrup producers in New Hampshire about how climate change is impacting their industry. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) DURHAM, N.H. – New Hampshire’s maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.Producers joined climate experts and Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire on Tuesday to talk about the state’s changing climate and how it is affecting one of the state’s most important industries.Some producers talked of seeing a steep drop in the amounts of sap they are getting, while others are dealing with another trend attributed to warmer temperatures in which the sap goes up to the top of the trees rather than down to taps. Others complained about a drop in the sugar content of their sap.“When I purchased the farm in 2000, “I was getting 75 gallons of sap,” said Ray LaRoche of LaRoche Farm in Durham. “With the environmental changes we’ve been seeing, it’s down to 15 gallons. That’s a dramatic loss for us. And I don’t know what to do about it.”Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont produced 3.78 million gallons of syrup in 2016, according to a Northeast maple syrup production statistics service run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Vermont is the clear leader, alone producing more than 47 per cent of the country’s maple syrup.Hassan said the state’s changing climate can have dramatic effects on the natural resources that “define us as a state and are critical to our economy, our environment, and our way of life in New Hampshire.”“Unfortunately, we are already seeing the real impacts of climate change on our economy — including on our maple syrup and ski industries,” she said, referring to warmer winters and a decline in snow cover.The ideal temperatures for sap production are in the 20s at night and 30s and 40s during the day. When the climate is in the 50s and 60s during the day and the nights stay warm, sap runs not to the taps, but to the tops of the trees, causing the tree to bloom. That can lead to a cloudy and off-tasting product.“The other day we had a nice 50-degree day which is kind of the new normal but still not normal,” said Jeff Moore of Windswept farm. “One of the challenges we’ve had to start weighing is when do we actually tap because putting a tap into a tree is a wound, the trees naturally act to try to compartmentalize that wound and wall it off.”The longer the tap has been exposed to the environment, the sooner the tree is going to wall it off, Moore said.“When I was growing up,” he added, “you didn’t want to tap too early, because if you tapped too early you’d miss all of the good weather at the end of the season, when most of your sap is running. So that gets a little more challenging now.”But despite the challenges, some producers and experts at the University of New Hampshire say technological fixes are helping the industry adapt — and even extend the season.“Climate change is man-made, and that’s the good news,” said Cameron Wake, who leads a research program at the University of New Hampshire that’s investigating regional climate change. “Because if we caused the problem, we can fix the problem.” by Melanie Plenda, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 4:44 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maple syrup producers face challenges in warming world read more


Mandy Minella pulls a Mandy Minella. She set her own standards, no need to drag the 🐐 into this mediocrity.— Dagreatone1 (@freddie005) July 4, 2017 I pulled a Michael Jordan and didn’t make the NBA— mikey the apache (@m1kety) July 4, 2017 She didn’t “pull a Serena” because she didn’t win. She just a lost a tennis match while pregnant. https://t.co/g9McD2QRzW— Imani Gandy o—€ (@AngryBlackLady) July 5, 2017 Wouldn’t that require oh I don’t know, WINNING? Delete this headline. Do NOT diminish/pin Serena against anyone.— WitchyKilljoy (@JJovana) July 4, 2017 Winning while never dropping a set.*— Neuroscience Nerd (@CourtB890) July 4, 2017 Many said Mandy Minella, with her husband on the left, shouldn’t be compared to Serena Williams (@mandyminella Twitter/@serenawilliams Instagram)An article linking pregnant tennis player Many Minella to expectant Grand Slam winner Serena Williams backfired, primarily because the former lost her first-round match at Wimbledon.During the early stages of her pregnancy in January, Williams famously won the Australian Open and earned her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Tennis.com’s Baseline ran an article Tuesday, July 4, saying Luxembourg native Minella, who is four months pregnant, “pulled a Serena” during the first round, where the world No. 82 fell to 37-year-old and No. 72-ranked Italian Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-1. Comparatively, Williams beat her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the final at Australia.The failed comparison immediately got Twitter users talking.So she didn’t pull a Serena? https://t.co/ZwM5AtcYGG— Shyne Coldchain Jr. (@Smooth_Orator) July 4, 2017 pic.twitter.com/63HmZMR3lA— Ashley Ja’Terria (@All_N_Yo_Tweets) July 4, 2017Despite having the best possible reason to be doing so, Williams seemed to be missing Wimbledon as she showed off her drills on Instagram Monday, July 3. read more


Before the season started, coach Thad Matta told his team that the regular season Big Ten champion was going to have four losses. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they were nearly at that number just two weeks into the season. After four games, OSU was just 1-3 and near the bottom of the conference standings. But despite the slow start, the team was surprisingly confident. “I don’t think we were really thinking about, ‘We don’t really have a shot to win it,’ because we had a lot of games to play,” junior Jon Diebler said. “We were still positive that we were going to get back on the right track.”And that’s exactly what they did. Two months and 13 wins later, the Buckeyes are the Big Ten champions.“We had shown that we could be a good team and there were spurts where we played good basketball,” junior David Lighty said. “Everything just kind of flowed for us to get these wins.”The trouble began for Matta and the Buckeyes in early December when Turner was sidelined with a back injury. OSU was left without its best player for what was initially projected to be as many as eight weeks. The loss made what was already expected to be a difficult start to conference play even harder. OSU was scheduled to begin Big Ten play with four of its first five games away from Columbus. Fortunately, Turner returned sooner than expected, but after the slow start, his team had a tall mountain yet to climb. Despite all the odds stacked against him, Matta said his confidence never wavered.“It was one of those things where I never even thought about a Big Ten championship,” Matta said. “It was more of how to get ready to play. I knew in July when they sent me the schedule, with the start, it was going to be challenging.”Matta has always been a strong proponent of the typical one-game-at-a-time mentality that so many coaches have, or at least appear to have when in the public eye. But for Matta, it’s no act. Ignoring the prying of reporters, Matta refused all year to look ahead to a potential title. It’s a mindset that Diebler said has been infused throughout the team. “He keeps pounding it into our heads, so after three years I guess we’re going to [believe it],” Diebler said. “Honestly, we were mad because we were losing and we know what type of team we could be so it was frustrating to start off 1-3. Obviously we’re doing alright right now.”With the exception of junior David Lighty, the conference title is a first for all of OSU’s regular contributors, including junior guard Evan Turner.  “You keep persevering through and keep pushing through and keep overcoming the odds,” Turner said. “People always knock you down and don’t show you that type of respect because they don’t see how hard you work. “We paid our dues and I guess some of the luck is coming.” read more


first_imgMichael Marshall, Project Director at the Good Thinking Society, said audits had shown the Royal Hospital of Integrated Medicine, an NHS facility on Great Ormond Street, was routinely using money from local GP groups on homeopathic remedies. “There is no good evidence that homeopathy works,” he said.“The NHS should not be funding treatments which have been proven not to work as every penny that is spent could be betters spent elsewhere.”Last month Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, described homeopathy as a ‘placebo at best’, and a ‘misuse of scarce NHS funds.A second consultation is currently taking place in London, led by Enfield CCG, to gain support for abandoning all funding for homeopathy.However, it is expected that both the London and Bristol engagement exercises will prompt ‘disproportionately strong’ support from patients in favour of alternative treatments.“We know that homeopathy supporters in the area are very active and we are certain they will be responding to the survey to urge the CCGs to keep funding homeopathy,” said Mr Marshall. There is no evidence that homeopathy is effective  At the time of publication the Royal Hospital of Integrated Medicine had not responded. While obtaining a referral for homeopathic treatment, such as for conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome or allergies, is difficult and decided on a case-by-case basis, some hospital doctors are allegedly providing taxpayer-funded treatments even when these have not been commissioned by GPs. The battle to abolish taxpayer-funded homeopathy is being undermined by GPs and other NHS doctors who believe the alternative therapies work, campaigners have warned.The health service has announced a ban on commissioning the treatments, yet in London and the South West family doctors continue to prescribe them, and some NHS hospitals deliver them, costing up to £6 million a year.Resistance to official policy is being bolstered by a network of homoeopathic doctors within the health service, as well as a cultural attachment to homeopathy among many patients, according to the Good Thinking Society. They are hoping a public consultation in Bristol, which closes on Tuesday, about the future funding of alternative therapies will mark the beginning of the end of homeopathic treatments in the NHS.The health service in Liverpool and surrounding areas abandoned homeopathy in 2016, leaving just two significant areas of the country where the NHS funds the practice.Opponents of the so-called pseudoscience believe the results of the consultation concerning Bristol and parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire will herald its final abolition in the South West, but they predict stamping it out in the capital will be harder. There is no evidence that homeopathy is effective Credit: Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy Stock Photo 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.last_img read more


first_imgLDD has been contracted by McConnell Dowell to supply specialist pile-top drilling equipment and personnel for the installation of 1,050- and 1,200-mm diameter piles at the new Roy Hill iron ore export facility at Port Hedland, Western Australia. The piles will be installed using the Drive Drill Drive technique. The project, which is scheduled to run for seven months, will use LDD’s industry-leading technology during the construction of the iron ore marine export facilities.  McConnell Dowell awarded the contract to LDD on the strength of LDD’s performance on previous projects in the region, its ongoing relationship and because of LDD’s position as a leader in Drive Drill Drive techniques.“This contract builds on our established business relationships in Western Australia,” said James Tuckwell, General Manager, LDD Australia. “It means that LDD Australia will have worked on all the major iron ore export facilities in Port Hedland for the past four years. What is more, this will be the third pile-top drilling equipment project we have secured in Australia this year.”Tuckwell continued, “We are very enthusiastic about working with McConnell Dowell, a key client in the region; and continuing to develop our existing relationship. We look forward to harnessing our success on future projects across Australia.”LDD, an Acteon company, is a specialist marine drilling and construction contractor offering a range of equipment and services associated with installing tubular casings and foundations into the seabed in the near- and offshore marine environments. LDD offers techniques to suit a wide range of foundation and drilling challenges. Equipment is offered on a sale or rental basis.last_img read more


first_imgWe all know that the lack of charging stations for electric vehicles makes owning a Chevy Volt or a Nissan Leaf a risky proposition. But there’s an app for that.The new, free PlugShare iOS app from developer Xatori Inc. lets users search for available charging stations in their area. It features a database of both public stations, as well as personal stations for those who are willing to share their home charger.Using the familiar map view you can view any stations registered with PlugShare, and then get an address and directions to help you reach it. And since you don’t need an EV to check out the app, it’s a great way to view the potential charging situation before you decide to purchase a shiny new electric car.You can download PlugShare here.last_img


first_img http://jrnl.ie/3274013 By Garreth MacNamee Share112 Tweet Email TWO BULLS WERE saved by the RNLI after falling from a cliff into Friesian waters last month.The Fethard RNLI was about to go training with their neighbours in Kilmore Quay, Wexford, when the lifeboat was tasked to the Broomhill area at Waterford harbour to a report that two bulls had fallen from a cliff.The lifeboat crew assessed each animal and decided to attempt the dairy-ing rescue as one of the animals was stranded and the tide was coming in. The second bull was 10 feet above the water on rocks further north and was relatively safe at that time.Crew member Eoin Bird entered the water with a rope, swimming 50 yards in dangerous conditions to reach the animal which had fallen around 15 metres. A halter was placed around its neck and one of the crew held the animal’s head safely above water for the one and a half kilometre journey to Templetown bay in Wexford where it was met by its owner.Rescue attemptThe volunteer life-bó crew then returned to the scene and saved the second stranded bull. Back on terra firma. Source: RNLIFethard RNLI deputy launching authority Hugh Burke said this was a rescue with a difference for the volunteers but he added that the RNLi does train for every type of scenario.He said: “Nobody wants to see animals in distress or difficulty and we are happy to launch to bring them to safety. Conditions on the day were fairly lively with a two metre swell. Monday 6 Mar 2017, 7:23 PM 11 Comments No bull: RNLI tasked to rescue cattle which had fallen from a cliff The animals got into difficulty late last month.center_img Mar 6th 2017, 7:23 PM Short URL 12,569 Views The rescue involved excellent boat handling by our lifeboat Helm John Colfer and great work by Eoin and Finola to bring the two animals to safety. It was one we won’t forget in a hurry.The crew on the day included lifeboat helm John Colfer and crewmembers Eoin Bird and Finola Foley. Shore crew were Thomas Nolan and Tim Bradley.Read: Over 300k belonging to criminal gang discovered in woman’s home following search >Read: 5,600 enquiries, 20,000 hours of CCTV footage – Garda Adrian Donohoe’s murder is still unsolved > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Why Is Becky Lynch Is Calling Out Ronda Rousey Ahead Of Wrestlemania 35? Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Charlotte Flair IT’S OFFICIAL: @BeckyLynchWWE @MsCharlotteWWE & @RondaRousey will COLLIDE for the #RAW #WomensChampionship at #WrestleMania! pic.twitter.com/u5eYarUf49— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) March 11, 2019 Pinterest Becky Lynchcenter_img Becky Lynch advances to WrestleManiaDuring tonight’s Fastlane PPV in Cleveland, Becky Lynch earned a win (via disqualification) to advance to WrestleMania 35 in four weeks.RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey ran down and punched Becky in the face, setting up the disqualification finish and win for Becky.Excerpt courtesy of Adam Martin’s live Fastlane recap:Charlotte beats the count by the referee, but Becky immediately gets her armbar applied. Charlotte rolls through and gets the Figure Four applied. Charlotte is trying to bridge into the Figure Eight to setup the full submission.Ronda Rousey hits the ring and punches Becky in the face. The referee is asking what Ronda is doing. Ronda backs up against the ropes.The referee calls for the bell.Ronda Rousey will now defend the RAW Women’s Championship in a triple threat match against Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch at WrestleMania.Hello, Ronda. https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/PJWbKxwb2t— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) March 11, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Videos Articles Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmicklast_img read more


first_img Email Facebook Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark, Jr. To Join Eric Clapton At Crossroads Guitar Festival Read more Clapton’s Crossroads Fest: Bonnie Raitt & More bonnie-raitt-gary-clark-jr-join-eric-clapton-crossroads-guitar-festival Twitter A guitar lover’s dream lineup has been amassed for this year’s fest in Dallas, including Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Walsh, Robert Cray and moreGRAMMYs Mar 28, 2019 – 2:03 pm Guitar giant Eric Clapton pulled out all the stops for the latest edition his Crossroads Guitar Festival, announcing he’ll be joined by Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark, Jr., Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Walsh, Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and many more for the fest, set for Sept.20-21 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. Unlike many annual festivals, Crossroads only takes place every few years, making this gathering of six-string slingers an extra-special occasion, the first one since 2013 and only the fifth-ever installment dating back to 2004. Guitar heads will be delighted to see names such as Sonny Landreth, Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy Band, Pedro Martins, Johnny Lang and Robert Randolph on the bill.There will also be plenty of guitar activities with the Guitar Center Village at the Victory Plaza, adjacent to the arena, with interactive exhibits plus master guitar clinics and solo performances. The two-day festival will feature different set of artists each day. The schedule is yet-to-be-released, but Clapton, as the host, will perform both days.All proceeds from the festival will benefit Clapton’s Crossroads Centre, a rehab center in Antigua the GRAMMY-winner founded in the Caribbean.Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival go on sale Apr. 5 at 10 a.m. CDT. with select pre-sale starting Apr. 2 at 10 a.m. CDT.Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, More To Perform At Jason Isbell’s ShoalsFest News last_img read more


first_imgBradley Lake Dam. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI) CHANDLER/KBBIWork on a $46 million project to expand the state’s largest hydroelectric facility is set to begin Thursday. The Battle Creek Project as it’s known will increase the Bradley Lake hydro facility’s production by about 10 percent.Listen nowThe facility, which sits about 30 miles northeast of Homer at the head of Kachemak Bay, supplies wholesale power to six electric utilities throughout the Rail Belt.The project will divert glacial runoff via a 1.7-mile-long pipeline to the Bradley Lake Dam. Alaska Energy Authority manages the state-owned facility. AEA spokesperson Katie Conway said the project will produce an additional 37,000 megawatt hours per year.“If you use an average consumption of about 600 kilowatt hours per month, per household, [it] would be enough power for a community roughly the size of the City of Homer for a year,” Conway explained.The two-year project does require a road to be built along the pipeline. Conway said crews will begin blasting away rock along the route this week. AEA expects the road to be completed in October.“This construction season is about building the road. Next year, a water line goes in and the project is to be completed in about August of 2020,” Conway said.The Homer, Chugach and Matanuska electric associations and the City of Seward have signed on to purchase power from the project.During construction season, an existing road near the Bradley Lake Dam will be closed. Some bear hunters use the road to access hunting grounds in the area, but Conway said its closure shouldn’t be a major inconvenience.last_img read more


first_imgFile photo of Sachin Tendulkar at 2011 World Cup.PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Indian legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the highest score by an 18-year-old at an ICC World Cup was broken by Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali Khil when the latter scored 86 off 92 balls against West Indies at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Leeds. The legendary batsman scored 84 runs against New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup.The 18-year-old wicket-keeper batsman scored the highest individual score for Afghanistan in this World Cup. After the match when asked about how he felt breaking the Little Master’s feat he said as quoted by ICC,” I’m very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy.”The youngster who idolises Kumar Sangakkara added that he was disappointed as he did not score a century and hopes that he will score a ton in future.”I’m disappointed at the same time because I thought I could score a hundred. Hopefully, in the games ahead I will score a hundred for Afghanistan,” he said.The wicket-keeper batsman further added that he wants to become the greatest cricketer of Afghanistan and is very happy with the experience he got at the World Cup.Afghanistan lost their last game of the World Cup against West Indies by 23 runs. Batting first, the Windies posted a massive total of 311 runs for the loss of six wickets with good batting performances from Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran. In reply, Afghanistan after getting an early setback losing Gulbadan Naib’s wicket recovered but fell short by 23 runs. Ikram’s magnificent performed went in vain.Afghanistan had a disappointing World Cup campaign as they lost all the nine games they have played. But in some matches, they showed glimpses of promise which they could take back as a positive from the tournament. The four teams who are practically confirmed to have qualified for the semi-finals are Australia, India, England and most probably New Zealand if Pakistan do not pull off a miracle in their final fixture against Bangladesh which is supposed to be a dead rubber.last_img read more


first_imgFile photo of LightningThree persons were killed in two separate incidents of lightning strike in Bagha and Godagari upazilas on Thursday night, reports UNB.Mohsin Ali, officer-in-charge of Bagha police station, said that lightning strike killed a man while he was collecting mangoes in an orchard near his house at Bausa village around 11:00pm.The deceased was Bacha Hossain, 28, son of Soleman Hossain of the village.Meanwhile, lightning killed two persons at Basudebpur village and Sarangpur area of Godagari upazila.The deceased were Musaul Haque, 15, son of Abul Hossain of Sarangpur area of Godagari municipality, and Jamshed Ali, 55, son of late Raisuddin of Basudebpur village.Police and relatives of the victims said they were working near their houses around 10:00pm when they were struck by lightning.last_img read more


first_imgDeRay Mckesson is the latest candidate to run for Mayor of Baltimore City. (Courtesy photo)Activist and Baltimore native DeRay Mckesson surprised many Wednesday evening when he filed to run for mayor of the city of Baltimore. The last-minute move made him the 30th candidate in an already crowded mayoral race.A member of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mckesson has made a name for himself as an outspoken advocate against police brutality. He recently appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “Baltimore is, and has always been, a city of promise and possibility,” read a statement posted on the funding website Crowdpac. “If we are to reach that promise and possibility we cannot rely on traditional pathways to politics and the traditional politicians who walk those paths. We have seen and lived through enough lofty promises and vague plans. We must demand more from our leaders and local government.”By Thursday afternoon, Mckesson had raised over $30,000 toward a posted $250,000 goal.In a long post on Medium.com, McKesson wrote, “I am running to be the 50th Mayor of Baltimore in order to usher our city into an era where the government is accountable to its people and is aggressively innovative in how it identifies and solves its problems. We can build a Baltimore where more and more people want to live and work, and where everyone can thrive.It is true that I am a non-traditional candidate — I am not a former Mayor, City Councilman, state legislator, philanthropist or the son of a well-connected family. I am an activist, organizer, former teacher, and district administrator that intimately understands how interwoven our challenges and our solutions are.I am a son of Baltimore.”https://medium.com/@deray/i-am-running-for-mayor-of-baltimore-34b4e214d582#.dh2xkrwy3Former mayor Sheila Dixon, Councilman Nick Mosby, State Senator Catherine Pugh and businessman David Warnock are just some of the other candidates running for mayor.Because Baltimore voters tend to be mostly Democrats, the April 26 primary typically determines the outcome of the mayor’s race.“The Afro” reached out to Mckesson for comment, but did not receive a response by press time.last_img read more