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World no.1 bowler Jasprit Bumrah becomes second fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsWorld no.1 bowler Jasprit Bumrah becomes second fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets

first_imgAdvertisementIn the game against Sri Lanka, Jasprit Bumrah dismissed the Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne in the fourth over. This was Bumrah’s 100th wicket in ODIs. With 100 wickets in 57 ODI matches make Bumrah the second fastest Indian to do so. World no.1 bowler in ODIs took just one more match than Mohammed Shami to reach this feat.Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, however, did it in just 44 games.Bumrah had first come under the limelight when he made his debut for Mumbai Indians. But, he was not taken very seriously because of his weird bowling action.Bumrah, however, kept performing for the Mumbai Indians to earn his first national call in 2016. Since then, Bumrah has been the pillar of the Indian bowling line-up in all three formats of the game.In the current World Cup, Bumrah has already taken 17 wickets in 8 games. In today’s game, Bumrah took a total of 3 wickets. His best figures in the World Cup came in the previous match against Bangladesh where he took 4 wickets for just 55 runs in his 10 overs.Advertisementlast_img read more

Create a Fundraising Plan: Getting ReadyCreate a Fundraising Plan: Getting Ready

first_img“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” —Benjamin FranklinI’m what you’d call “a planner.” Before I take a trip—even if it’s a place I know—I research the latest restaurants, places of interest, stores, theater shows, and museum exhibits. I make reservations well in advance. I sketch out a general itinerary to make sure I maximize my time. I have emergency contact information and multiple contingency plans. It took one crazy cab ride late at night on what should have been a transit through (not throughout) Naples to teach me to have alternative backup plans. Having a full sense of my options, needs, and resources well in advance puts me at ease and makes my trips much more enjoyable. For more about setting goals and calculating expenses, download a copy of the eGuide How to Create a Fundraising Plan. You’ll also have access to free Excel templates to help you map out your plan. The same principles apply when you are planning your fundraising for a new fiscal year. You need to know where you want to go, internal and external factors that may help or hinder the success of that plan, and the steps to take to reach the finish line. The new eGuide I co-authored with Network for Good, How to Create a Fundraising Plan, is a step-by step overview of how to create a plan that’s realistic. It will also help you build a sustainable fundraising model from which you can grow in future years. The key to crafting a plan is the prep work you do before you begin to map out your course. I call it the “Getting Ready” stage.The first and most important step is determining how much you will need to raise this year. When your organization begins its budgeting process for the next fiscal year, your senior staff (executive director, board, development director, senior leaders) can discuss anticipated overall expenses (be sure to include both programmatic and administrative costs!) and how much funding is needed to support your operations. This is essential. You want everyone on the same page when it comes to expenses so that you avoid unrealistic fundraising expectations and goals.Equally important to these planning discussions is ensuring everyone understands the fundraising trends you’ve experienced in your current and previous fiscal years. These can be one-off events, bequests, or other anomalies that may not be sustainable or guaranteed future sources of funding. Sit down with appropriate staff members and discuss anticipated income. Understanding what’s expected through committed and potential sources will help you better calculate your fundraising goal.After you have determined your projected expenses and income, you can then calculate your “left to raise” goal for the year. This is the gap between what you have identified as income from various sources that you know you can count on and your overall organizational budget for the fiscal year. The “new money” you need to raise is the missing part of the equation.If you can, think about adding up to 10% over that goal to start growing a financial cushion for your organization. When you start to write the plan, you’ll develop a fuller pipeline of prospects and anticipated solicitations. If you don’t think you will have the donors and asks needed to reach your budget, now’s the time to discuss this with senior staff so there are no surprises later in the fiscal year. It might mean you adjust the fundraising goal by scaling back new initiatives or programming. It could also be a call to action to engage your board and other volunteers to fundraise in new ways.Once you have a good handle on your financial needs and potential, take a look at revenue and expenses from your current fiscal year and the past few years to spot patterns in your donors’ behavior as well as overall industry and economic trends. This helps you identify where you should make course corrections in the future. For example, are there noticeable trends in giving to your issue area? How has donor confidence been generally? How has donor confidence been toward your organization? How did your fundraising revenue break down, and what were your fundraising expenses for each donor type? What motivates your donors? Do they tend to give through events or to restricted programs? Learn and grow from what you know.Don’t worry about spending too much time finding the exact answers to the broader industry analysis questions. It’s most important to understand your donors’ giving patterns and the external factors that can affect your organization’s fundraising (for example, remember the stock market plummet of 2008 and the many years it took to restore donor confidence?). Once you’ve assessed all of your data, you’re ready to start building your plan. In my next blog post, we’ll review how to use this information to set your course for the next year.last_img read more

MH-AKSHAY (BES15)MH-AKSHAY (BES15)

first_imgAkshay Kumar face of government’s road safety campaignMumbai, Jun 3 (PTI) Actor Akshay Kumar has joinedhands with the Union ministry of Road Transport and Highwaysto promote road safety through its campaign.The “Padman” actor today uploaded a photo in which heis dressed as a traffic police constable along with real lifepolice personnel, and hoped that the campaign will createawareness about road safety.”Honoured to associate with @MORTHRoadSafety and takeforward the ‘Road Safety’ movement. I sincerely hope thecampaign will bring about a behavioral change towards traffic& road safety and in turn help save precious lives,” hetweeted.The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways tweeted:”We sincerely appreciate Mr Akshay Kumar for his commitment tothe cause of Road Safety. Sadak Suraksha Jeevan Raksha. Let’sfollow Traffic Rules and save lives.”Akshay will be next seen on the big screen in thesports-drama “Gold” in August this year. PTI JUR AVI NSK NSK NSKRDS RDS RDSlast_img read more

Making Economic Valuation Count for Coastal Ecosystems in the CaribbeanMaking Economic Valuation Count for Coastal Ecosystems in the Caribbean

first_imgPeople and economies across the Caribbean are dependent on coastal ecosystems—including coral reefs, mangroves, and beaches. These ecosystems provide critical habitat to commercial fisheries, attract tourists from around the world, and protect coastal communities and infrastructure from the ravages of tropical storms.But despite their importance, these ecosystems are under threat from overfishing, pollution, coastal development, and other human pressures. Roughly 75 percent of the Caribbean’s reefs are currently considered “threatened,” and a quarter of the region’s mangrove area has been lost since 1980.To help save these reefs and mangroves, governments, businesses, development agencies, and NGOs are increasingly turning to economic valuation. This process makes the economic case for protection and sustainable use of natural resources by showing the monetary, employment, and infrastructure benefits ecosystems provide—metrics that are easily understood by decision-makers. In recent years, economic analysis has become a widely used approach to inform investment and development decisions.Yet while the number of coastal ecosystem valuation studies is increasing, a recent review by WRI and the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership shows that not all of these valuations are generating real impact on the ground. Of more than 100 economic valuations conducted for the Caribbean’s coastal ecosystems, we only identified 16 which have actually helped to inform policy, management, or investment decisions, though it is possible that others have had influence.The Need for Change: New Guidance for Coastal Ecosystem ValuationSo, what can researchers do to increase the likelihood that their valuations will lead to better decision-making and protection of valuable coastal resources? We seek to answer this question in our new guidebook, Coastal Capital: Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making in the Caribbean.The guidebook grew out of conversations with a broad partnership of organizations working on the protection and sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Caribbean. It is intended for economic valuation practitioners—both economists and non-economists—who would like to conduct coastal ecosystem valuation to achieve influence and inform real-world decisions. We lead readers through the three main phases of valuation—Scoping, Analysis, and Outreach—providing insights and lessons learned on enabling conditions that increase the prospects of influencing decision-makers.We build upon existing economic valuation guidelines and tools to fill three main gaps in the literature:Step-by-step advice on conducting coastal ecosystem valuation with a specific emphasis on informing decisionsExamples of best practice studies that use valuation to address the most pressing coastal policy questions in the CaribbeanBest practice reporting guidelines for new coastal valuation studies4 Steps for More Effective Ecosystem ValuationsThe guidebook recognizes that a sound, science-based analysis is a pre-requisite for an effective economic valuation. But this alone is not always sufficient to inform policy, investment, and other real-world decisions. Some best practices also include:Identify a clear policy question. Explicitly tying the valuation to an impending decision helps ensure that the study will be policy-relevant. In Bonaire, for example, several studies specifically examined divers’ willingness to pay for marine park management in order to help maintain coral reef quality. These findings justified the Bonaire National Marine Park’s adoption of park entry fees in 1992 and subsequent fee increase in 2005. The park is now one of the few self-financed marine parks in the Caribbean.Work closely with local stakeholders, including decision-makers. Close collaboration with “end users” of the valuation study—such as government agencies or resource managers—can help ensure use. For example, WWF and the Natural Capital Project worked with the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute and local communities to design a valuation that informed Belize’s new Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan. Closely involving stakeholders can help identify realistic ways to manage development pressures and minimize environmental impacts.Report all results transparently. Transparency increases credibility among decision-makers. Rather than boiling down results to a single number, it is best to report on a range of possible values—being clear about the inherent uncertainty in valuing ecosystems. For example, WRI’s work in Belize gave low and high estimates for the value of reef- and mangrove-related tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection, while also noting that because these are only three of many services provided by coastal ecosystems, the results should be regarded as a lower-bound estimate. These results prompted Belize’s government to tighten fisheries regulations and ban offshore oil drilling. The government also used the valuation to support a damage claim after a cargo ship ran aground on the Belize Barrier Reef.Communicate strategically. Valuation practitioners can maximize uptake of a study’s recommendations by providing non-technical summaries, metrics, and messages that resonate with the specific decision-makers they’re trying to reach. In the Bahamas, the Conservation Strategy Fund showed that in addition to generating more than $100 million in revenue each year, Andros Island’s natural resources provide income and employment for 80 percent of the island’s population—a compelling message for elected government officials. These findings helped the government justify protection of the west side of the island.Economic valuation can be a critical tool for safeguarding natural resources for generations to come—if it’s done effectively. WRI and partners will provide virtual and technical assistance to economic valuation practitioners in the Caribbean to pilot-test this guidebook.Read more here.last_img read more

Photo: This Georgia Tech Fan’s “Snow Buzz” Is Pretty AwesomePhoto: This Georgia Tech Fan’s “Snow Buzz” Is Pretty Awesome

first_imgGeorgia Tech fan's "snow buzz."Twitter/@mmoattsThe South was hit with a pretty sizable snowstorm over the past week, and college football fans in the region have had fun with the rare weather. Tennessee students had a snowball fight at Neyland Stadium, an enthusiastic Alabama fan screamed “Roll Tide” as he did donuts in his truck, and there have been plenty of creative snowmen. Our favorite may be this Georgia Tech fan’s “Snow Buzz,” which is exactly what it sounds like.#SnowBuzz has landed in #RVA, Virginia! #GoJackets #WeRunThisStateToo @GTAthletics @GeorgiaTech @GTPaulJohnson pic.twitter.com/24HsOXLbub— Matthew Oatts (@mmoatts) February 26, 2015Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be enough snow left to build a snow model of the Ramblin’ Wreck as well, but a great effort nonetheless.last_img read more

Spalletti hints Inter could sell PerisicSpalletti hints Inter could sell Perisic

first_imgInter coach Luciano Spalletti has suggested Ivan Perisic will be allowed to leave for the right offer amid reports of interest from Arsenal.It was reported by BBC Sport that the Gunners want to loan the Croatia international with an option to buy him at the end of the season for £35 million ($46m). Meanwhile, Gazzetta dello Sport claims the Serie A side would be willing to let the winger go for a similar fee. Perisic has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, having been targeted by Manchester United in previous transfer windows. The 29-year-old admitted in December that he came close to joining the Old Trafford side, but was persuaded to stay at San Siro by Spalletti. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Nerazzurri boss suggested a reasonable offer could tempt them to sell Perisic this time around, but insists Arsenal are yet to put in an offer.”It is normal that during the market we are talking about a player like Perisic, because he is a strong player that everyone would want in their team,” he told reporters when asked about the Croatian’s future.”However, the talk must become concrete and then supported by the correct figures.”Inter are third in Serie A and pushing for a place in next season’s Champions League, and Spalletti says he expects Perisic and Real Madrid target Mauro Icardi to keep giving their all to the cause amid ongoing speculation.He added: “He knows what his job is, so he is expected to continue doing what he knows how to do, even trying to go for more like all the players, as well as Mauro Icardi. Mauro is having a season in line with his value.”Perisic has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Inter this season, scoring three times. His current contract runs until 2022.last_img read more

Motorsport |  His foot on the pedalMotorsport |  His foot on the pedal

first_img Next Motorsport |  His foot on the pedalGaurav Gill feels that winning the Arjuna award is a big step for him, but a larger leap for his sport.advertisement Sukant Deepak New Delhi September 13, 2019 ISSUE DATE: September 23, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 15:36 IST For rallyist Gaurav Gill, winning the Arjuna award was a “shocker”. He says he is still overwhelmed. Gill, however, does not seem to measure the impact of this prize in strictly personal terms. His success, he feels, might have a positive outcome for the future of his relatively niche sport:For rallyist Gaurav Gill, winning the Arjuna award was a “shocker”. He says he is still overwhelmed. Gill, however, does not seem to measure the impact of this prize in strictly personal terms. His success, he feels, might have a positive outcome for the future of his relatively niche sport: “I believe it will make a difference. I now see a change in the commitment of other drivers. I see how they are pumped up. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Many are talking about adopting this as a full-time career.”Gill, a three-time winner of the FIA Asia-Pacific-Rally-Championship (2013, 2016 and 2017) and six-time Indian rally champion, says he is now trying hard to take the sport of racing to the masses. “This includes introducing smaller, more powerful and exciting cross karts, which will be a cheaper form of racing at the grassroots level,” he says. Committed to making racing popular, he insists there is much we can learn from shooting and golf. “Twenty years ago, they, too, were considered a rich man’s sport.”Preparing for the upcoming World Rally Championship (WRC) 2, and stressing that he is in “top form”, Gill says that he has recently been spending hours watching videos of the different stages of the race and checking out last year’s tracks on the internet. Strangely, he won’t get to practise in the car he will be participating in. “Getting the rally vehicle here would invite ridiculously heavy import taxes,” he says.Gill, who also trains several Kenyan drivers, feels that in order to push motorsport in the country, the government will need to step in and waive tax and duty on motorsport equipment. “I wish to speak to the ministry concerned and apprise them of how this could give a big boost to our sport. Several countries across the world do not charge duties on equipment and cars imported by rallyists. We shouldn’t either.”advertisementYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinhalast_img read more

Seafarers Not So Happy After AllSeafarers Not So Happy After All

first_imgzoom A survey released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation has highlighted the need for continuing work on wellbeing among seafarers, as well as for debunking myths about HIV/AIDS.The major findings came in response to the questions about general wellbeing, with many of those quizzed reporting worries about weight, depression and alcohol use. On average half of them were worried about their weight, while almost 60 percent experience back/joint pain at work. In one labour supplying country 75 percent know workmates who are depressed.The results of this survey fly in the face of the recently published Manpower Report 2015, in which it was stated that ”the majority of seafarers are content with life at sea.”It was also found that many myths about the transmission of HIV/AIDS still remain, says ITF, including in one labour supplying country where only 17 percent of respondents believed condoms are effective in preventing it, and 46 percent believe it can be spread in food and drink.The new report follows similar ITF surveys in the civil aviation and ports sectors, but for the first time includes questions on general health and wellbeing, so as to achieve a holistic overview of seafarers needs and concerns, and in order to ”normalise” HIV/AIDS as something within the broader health context, rather than a cause of stigma and fear.”We believe this is the most exhaustive current investigation into this subject, and we offer its findings to everyone concerned with the welfare of seafarers,” ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith explained.”We carried out this research to identify the needs and concerns of seafarers, and to show us how we can best address them within the ITF’s longstanding and pioneering HIV/AIDS programme. The results speak for themselves, and we will – with the agreement of the ITF seafarers’ section, which sponsored this survey – plan a comprehensive programme of action accordingly.”Another, broader survey, carried out by Crewtoo social media platform, has shown a seafarer satisfaction level of 6.42 on a scale of 1 to 10 about key issues including general happiness, contact with family, shore leave, wage levels, food, fitness and health, training, interaction onboard, workload, and access to welfare facilities.The issues that concerned seafarers the most included the need for onboard Internet access, the risk of stress and fatigue from increasing workloads, and the lack of shore leave. For example, seafarers mentioned that Internet access onboard ”makes life at sea easier” and a number of respondents expressed the concern that ”if connectivity does not become common on vessels, the industry might be unable to attract any new seafarers in the future.””Satisfied, well fed, fit, and engaged seafarers are vital to the present and future of the industry,” said Anneley Pickles, head of Crewtoo business development. ”Happy people stick around, happy people work well, they embrace challenges, they look to excel and share with others. In short, happiness matters and it needs to be measured, assessed, and understood. The lessons then need to be applied to ensure that we are looking after seafarers properly and responding to their wants and needs.”last_img read more

Putting the Squeeze on Terminal Operators Could BackfirePutting the Squeeze on Terminal Operators Could Backfire

first_imgzoom Container shipping lines are in danger of putting future port investment at risk in their demands for terminal handling cost reductions, according to the recently launched Ports and Terminals Insight report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.Terminal operators face a “perfect storm” of rising costs due to bigger ships, greater business risks from larger liner alliances, softening global demand growth and pressure on terminal handling prices from cash-strapped carriers, Drewry said.“Our modelling shows that terminal operators will have to live with between 10% and 20% higher opex and capex costs due to bigger ships,” said Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals Neil Davidson.“Risk is also increasing due to larger alliances, but also because horse trading on port choices between alliance members means that decision making is not necessarily logical.”The financial results of listed port and terminal operators reveal a weakness in organic earnings amid escalating debt levels. Stricter cost rationalisation and financial risk reduction will be necessary to retain investment interest, according to Drewry.Companies with growth plans are commanding a significant market premium amid diminishing profitability. The market valuation of listed operators remains weak, underlining the cautious assessment of growth in the sector. Drewry’s Port Index, a market weighted assessment of share price performance of the top listed operators, slumped 10% in the last quarter.Resisting downward pressure on terminal handling prices will be challenging, but not impossible, as much depends on local market conditions and the extent of choice for ever larger ships and alliances.In a stark warning to container shipping lines, Davidson said: “Shipping lines need to be careful how they play the situation. If the returns from investing in and operating terminals fall too far, or the risks become too high (or both), then terminal operators may simply stop investing.”However, there are some active steps that terminal operators can take to find their way through the storm, Drewry said.According to the new report, they can focus on organic growth hotspots such as South Asia and the Middle East or they can buy market share through acquisitions.South Asia is set to be a star performer in relative terms, with its manufacturing industry likely to take some of the activity previously carried out in China.And in the Middle East, major infrastructure projects are expected to resume after a hiatus caused by the low oil price.Buying market share through acquisitions in an attempt to outperform market growth is a strategy already being pursued by several port groups including Cosco Shipping Ports, China Merchants Port Holdings and Yildirim Group (Yilport Holdings), all of which have made recent high-profile acquisitions.But many terminal operators still face a challenging future in the face of rising costs, pricing pressure and increasing risks after years of plenty, according to Drewry.last_img read more

NAPA Presents New Ship Performance Monitoring ServiceNAPA Presents New Ship Performance Monitoring Service

first_imgzoom Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA launched a new concept of ship performance monitoring, the web service NAPA Fleet Intelligence.The cloud-based web service for fleet operational insight will offer quick and easy access to high-accuracy performance monitoring for any vessel, regardless of ownership or charterer, according to NAPA. For charterers and cash-strapped owners, it will deliver simple, transparent, affordable and accurate efficiency data to drive competitiveness and profitability with zero installation and zero disruption to operations.Available through a scaling subscription depending on the number of ships customers require data on, NAPA Fleet Intelligence delivers voyage-by-voyage analysis of fuel efficiency for any conventionally powered vessel dating back as far as January 2015.It combines vessel design information with remote-sensed data such as AIS, chart data and environmental data, incorporating algorithms and hydrodynamic calculations developed by NAPA’s in-house ship operations data and analytics experts, based on detailed ship performance models for each vessel type.The final report shows voyage-by-voyage data on the route taken, speed profile and fuel efficiency, as well as what the optimised speed profile would have been so that customers can improve the next voyage.NAPA said that its Fleet Intelligence reports have been verified against real-world ship performance data collected by NAPA’s on-board vessel performance monitoring systems, and accuracy was found to average around 95%.“By ensuring highly accurate ship efficiency data is accessible with a very low barrier to entry, requiring only a web browser and a subscription, NAPA Fleet Intelligence will democratise the use of ship performance data across the industry,” Naoki Mizutani, Executive Vice President of NAPA Shipping Solutions, said.“We see this as a game changer, making the shift to data-driven business decisions possible for any maritime business, which is in line with our mission to improve safety and efficiency of the whole industry,” Mizutani added.last_img read more

Israel Palestinians must refrain from increasing tensions – top UN officialIsrael Palestinians must refrain from increasing tensions – top UN official

14 October 2009Worrying developments on the ground have increased tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past month and it is vital that both sides refrain from provocative actions, the top United Nations political official said today. “While the immediate crisis may have passed, we remain concerned about the broader situation in East Jerusalem and the potential for renewed tensions,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council, referring to incidents around the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount site, sacred to both Jews and Muslims.“Even with the full determination and support of the international community to achieve a two-State solution, the essential ingredient is political will from the parties to meet their obligations and negotiate an end to the conflict,” he said in the regular monthly report on the conflict to the 15-member body.Mr. Pascoe cited clashes in Jerusalem between Israeli police and Muslim worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque and subsequent confrontations, with the Islamic Movement of northern Israel claiming radical Jewish groups intended to alter the status quo of the holy site. “The Israeli authorities strongly deny these rumours,” he said. “Bitter accusations from both sides, however, underline the gulf of mistrust that exists.”He stressed that the issue of the Old City of Jerusalem will only be fully resolved in final-status negotiations as part of the Roadmap peace plan championed by the so-called Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – that calls for two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.“Until then, the repeated call of the Quartet on Israel to refrain from provocative actions in East Jerusalem and on the Palestinian Authority to refrain from incitement remains more relevant than ever,” he stressed, also citing continuing Israeli “illegal” settlement activity in Palestinian areas. Referring to a recent report of a UN mission that found evidence that both sides in the three-week war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in December and January committed serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, Mr. Pascoe reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call that all parties carry out a credible investigation into the conduct of the conflict without delay.“The Secretary-General believes that international humanitarian law needs to be fully respected and civilians must be protected in all situations and circumstances,” he said, also noting a “worrying increase in violence” in the area, with 12 missiles fired from Gaza into Israel during the last month, and nine Israel incursions and 12 air strikes. “It is essential that calm not only be restored, but solidified,” he warned.Despite extensive discussions, Israel has not yet approved the UN’s Gaza recovery proposals for schools, clinics and housing destroyed or damaged in the fighting, and is still blocking exports out of the area, while food and hygiene items continue to make up the bulk of the imports it allows in.“The pattern of events over the last month in the Middle East is a powerful reminder that without a credible political horizon – including commitments made, monitored and kept on the ground, and a calling to account when obligations are breached – forces of violence, tension and extremism on both sides will fill the vacuum,” he concluded.“Now, more than ever, it is vital that politics is made credible, and those who try to undermine politics by changing facts on the ground or resorting to violence are not allowed to set the agenda.” More than 40 countries spoke in the Council’s ensuing open session.In his latest report to the Council and General Assembly on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, which was released yesterday, Mr. Ban called on the parties to honour all existing agreements and pursue an irreversible effort towards the two-State solution. read more

23 million people in droughtstricken Eritrea need food aid – UN agency23 million people in droughtstricken Eritrea need food aid – UN agency

After droughts and delayed rains, some 2.3 million people in Eritrea will need more than quarter of a million tons in food aid this year to supplement the inadequate harvest they have produced, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.Cereal production late last year was forecast to be about 85 tons, less than half of the average of the last 12 years, another 80 tons was to be purchased and 80 tons donated, leaving the need at 262,000 tons, FAO said.The failure of the March to May ( a period known locally as Azmera) rains, during which farmers prepare the land, plus the unusually short June to September (Kremti) growth rains not only reduced cereal production, but forced pastoralists to move their herds early and would result in shortages of animal feed early this year.FAO called for short-cycle cereal seed varieties to be provided, in case this year’s weather follows the pattern of the last several years. read more

Dotting the i Dontre Wilson steady storming into NormanDotting the i Dontre Wilson steady storming into Norman

Bowling Green players surround OSU senior wide receiver Dontre Wilson (2) after a fair catch during the first half of the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFor the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes to win on the road at 14th-ranked Oklahoma, coach Urban Meyer’s more experienced players might have to lead the young Buckeyes in a hostile environment in Norman, Oklahoma, on Saturday night.The upperclassmen were asked to be leaders at the beginning of the season, before facing Oklahoma. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson isn’t one of the team’s seven captains. Nonetheless, he has a vital role on the OSU offense.Wilson has seen significant playing time since his freshman season in 2013. After breaking his foot against Michigan State in 2014 and experiencing lingering injuries last season that negatively affected his playing time, Wilson is beginning to hit his stride and displays the potential with which he entered Columbus.Wilson altered his work ethic in the offseason because he knew that his senior year was the final chance to make a lasting legacy.“I feel like I’m finally contributing in the way I should be,” Wilson said. “Special teams, I still feel like I need to pick it up a little bit. I feel like I need to bust one of those punt returns and kickoff returns, but it’s finally coming along the way I want it to be.”Wilson has been one of the most consistent players on the Buckeye offense thus far. He had eight touches against Bowling Green for a total of 73 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 2 versus Tulsa, Wilson tallied six touches for 68 yards and also had a 27-yard punt return to the Tulsa 28-yard line, setting up a touchdown run from redshirt junior quarterback J.T Barrett.Wilson has taken more of a role in the backfield in 2016, taking handoffs from Barrett. Even on some offensive sets, Wilson shifts over to the quarterback position with Barrett, either out at wide receiver or on the side of Wilson in the backfield. OSU had this dynamic last season with former H-back Braxton Miller, but having two players at the position for Meyer is a new challenge for the tenured coach.“You have two really dynamic guys in (junior H-Back) Curtis (Samuel) and Dontre,” Meyer said. “Those are those checker pieces you enjoy moving around. But we will continue to do it.”In its first two games, OSU has had success running the football. OSU is averaging 313.5 yards on the ground per game, but the backfield will see a sturdy test in the Oklahoma defensive line.The Sooners have allowed 83.5 yards rushing on defense through two games, without surrendering a rushing touchdown. Defensive ends Charles Walker and Matt Dimon combined for 17 tackles for loss last season and 8.5 sacks. Meyer said the first thing he notices is their size.“You have to be really on your target to run the football on them. They’re big, gigantic guys inside,” Meyer said. “Very similar to Alabama’s defensive line.”As daunting a task as facing Oklahoma’s defensive line and linebackers might be, OSU presents a look that few programs in the NCAA possess. Redshirt freshman Mike Weber, Samuel and Wilson rotate frequently at running back, alternating looks for the opposing defense.Samuel and Weber split carries, with Weber being the featured back, but Wilson will occasionally slide over and give a breather to Samuel and Weber. Wilson lines up on nearly every play at the H-back position that Samuel is at running back, and the same for Samuel when Wilson is next to Barrett. The quarterback said that the trio has significant playmaking ability for the offense.“I told you a couple times when you asked who’s going to be the guy to be the spark in the offense, and those three guys really do it for us,” Barrett said after the Bowling Green game.Wilson and Samuel have combined for 542 yards this season, but Wilson said the best has yet to come for him and Samuel.“Trust me. This Oklahoma game is going to be crazy,” Wilson said. “I think we’re going to play a huge part in it. I think we got a lot more in the bag.” read more

Mining data to improve BHPs safety and cut maintenance costsMining data to improve BHPs safety and cut maintenance costs

first_imgBrandon Craig, BHP’s Vice President Maintenance, Maintenance Centre of Excellence reports: “We have over 3,000 machines in our operations, from trucks the size of houses to shovels that move millions of tonnes of material every year. When equipment fails it can put our people at risk, disrupt production, increase costs and reduce our ability to provide resources to customers. So, maintenance is a priority, and we spend $3.5 billion a year on the upkeep of our plants and equipment.“BHP has created the Maintenance Centre of Excellence to partner with our operations to deliver safe, sustainable improvement in our equipment performance. The Centre leverages BHP’s scale to draw on the deep expertise, data and systems we hold across our business to reduce cost, cut unplanned downtime, improve production and ensure our equipment is safe and reliable for our people.“Over the last 18 months we’ve formed a team of data scientists to examine how we can predict problems and improve the reliability and uptime of our equipment.“The team uses experience from outside the resources industry to find ways to improve our approach. For example, Boeing developed a tool that analyses real time black box data from aircrafts in-flight to predict what maintenance they’ll need when they land. This is used by airlines to prevent cancellations and ensure equipment is in the right place at the right time. We’re developing similar systems to improve BHP’s maintenance.“Our teams have developed algorithms that predict how a piece of equipment is likely to fail and when to best schedule preventative work.“We use over 780,000 different kinds of spare parts and our analysis can better inform how we buy them, preventing delays and unnecessary spending. The team is also working with our operations to determine how they best time routine maintenance to minimise disruption to production.“The results have been impressive. We analysed 5.6 million data points gathered from 20 shovels and identified how preventative maintenance could stop the risk of gantry and structure failures. The team also used data from 300 haul trucks to develop new maintenance strategies, improve supply chain management and set operating limits for how the vehicles are used in the field. This has improved availability and reduced costs by a projected 20 per cent across the remaining life of the fleet.“The number of variables that influence the performance of an individual piece of equipment made it very difficult to do this sort of analysis before these systems were developed. Operator behaviour, weather conditions, machine usage and maintenance history all affect how a truck or shovel performs. Maintenance plans used to be developed on a site-by-site basis. Now we can draw on data from across the company and update them more frequently.“The more data these systems are fed, the more they learn and the better performance becomes. BHP’s combination of large operations and standardised equipment, processes and technology are a critical advantage in the continuous improvement of their forecasts.“Of course, these systems are only as smart as the people that use them. As they become more common they will enable a step change in safety, equipment availability and performance.last_img read more

Intel Wants AllinOnes To Go MainstreamIntel Wants AllinOnes To Go Mainstream

first_imgIntel is just a chip maker, but the company is uniquely positioned to influence computer manufacturers. Recently, the company has been reported trying to standardize components for the all-in-one PCs. Intel is working with Elitegroup Computer Systems, MSI, and Mitac International in order to start making all-in-one PCs a standard. While some of the big PC manufactures have built all-in-one PCs before,they haven’t sold as well as their desktop counterparts. In spite, of Intel’s wishes, tablets really appear to be the wave of the future. Tablets, after all, tend to be cheaper and more portable. Perhaps Intel should shift the focus in that direction.AdChoices广告Via X Bit Labslast_img read more

Veterans return to Greece 70 years onVeterans return to Greece 70 years on

first_imgSix Australian veterans of the Battle of Greece and Crete conflict, officials from the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence, and Federal Labor Member for Hindmarsh in South Australia Steve Georganas all attended a May 18 ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Crete in Athens. The Commanding Officer of the AFG contingent, Lieutenant Luke Haitas, said the catafalque party had conducted an excellent and moving ceremony at the beachside cemetery. “The commemoration went well and it was quite emotional for both the soldiers and the veterans,” Lieutenant Haitas said. Lt Haitas said he was very proud of the guard in conducting a dignified and solemn ceremony to remember those Australians that died defending Greece during the German invasion.“Being of Greek heritage, with my family fighting in WWII, as well as being an Australian Army Officer, the ceremony was very moving for me – it emphasised the strong bond between the two nations,” he said. There are currently 2,029 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. Australia’s Federation Guard is an ADF unit, comprising of members from the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force, that provides ceremonial support for the Australian Commonwealth. The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, along with the six Australian Second World War veterans, also attended a commemorative ceremony at the Hellenic-Australian Memorial, at Rethymno, on Crete, yesterday. Mr Snowdon spoke about the ceremony’s importance. “This is a very important ceremony; it marks the 70th anniversary of the German airborne invasion of Crete, an invasion unlike any other-because it was the first major aerial invasion in military history,” he said. Of the 6,500 Australians that served in Crete, 274 were killed, 507 wounded and 3,102 taken prisoner of war. Only 16,500 of the 33,000 Allied troops in Crete were successfully evacuated. Mr Snowdon said Australia’s losses paled in comparison to those suffered by the Greeks, who lost half a million in the Second World War. “The Greeks showed great courage and tenacity. On the island of Crete, they joined the battle with whatever weapons they had. In some cases civilians went into action armed only with what they could gather from their kitchens or barns,” he said. “This country holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the veterans.” While in Rethymno, Mr Snowdon will also officially open an exhibition featuring memorabilia and photographs from the Battle of Crete collected by the Australian War Memorial, the Greek War Museum and from the private collection of avid local collector, Dimitris Skartzilakis. The mission will conclude on May 22 with the veterans due to return to Australia on May 26. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Obésité les EtatsUnis plongent avec plus de 72 millions dobèsesObésité les EtatsUnis plongent avec plus de 72 millions dobèses

first_imgObésité : les Etats-Unis plongent avec plus de 72 millions d’obèses États-Unis – Le centre américain de contrôle et de prévention des maladies vient d’annoncer ce triste record, avec plus de 30% de la population concernée dans certains États.Les derniers chiffres concernant l’obésité aux États-Unis dataient de 2007. Depuis deux ans, le taux d’obèses dans le pays a augmenté de 1%, atteignant les 26,7% en moyenne. Ce record est porté à plus de 30% dans neuf États : le Tennessee, la Virginie occidentale, l’Alabama, l’Arkansas, la Louisiane, le Kentucky, le Mississippi, le Missouri et l’Oklahoma.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageTouchées en première ligne : les populations les plus pauvres, qui n’ont pas un accès correct aux soins et à l’éducation, et qui n’arrivent pas à se nourrir de manière équilibrée. Hispaniques et Afroaméricains comptent ainsi parmi les plus représentés dans cette population d’obèses.Ce record morbide devrait influencer le vote du Congrès concernant la loi de lutte contre l’obésité, pour laquelle Michelle Obama se bat depuis deux ans et qu’elle défendait il y a deux jours dans les colonnes du Washington Post. Le 5 août 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Grand Bahama not forgotten says FNM GovtGrand Bahama not forgotten says FNM Govt

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, grandbahama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you New cruise ship new border policy coming for grand Bahama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – Over one hundred days in office and the Free National Movement Administration is feeling the pressure from and for the people of Grand Bahama island.    In a media statement, which actually created more questions than answers, the Government of The Bahamas announced that it is committed to the revitalization of the #GrandBahama economy, particularly the Lucayan Strip.The statement said only that productive discussions are ongoing, the government is resolute in its goals for the island and that further announcements are due shortly.   No strategy on that rebound for Grand Bahama was explained.#MagneticMediaNews Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours site Grand Bahama is future Caribbean silicon valley, Govt tells Diplomatslast_img read more