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America Is Great. Not Perfect.

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now What makes America great isn’t that it was, has, or ever will be perfect.What makes America great is that the ideals on which the nation was founded still command us to right what’s wrong, to struggle to live up to our ideals, that all men are created equal, that we are endowed by our creator with the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.What makes America great is that despite our imperfections we are still struggling towards the perfection of these ideals. Even though we may disagree with each other on how best to live by those ideals and how best to govern ourselves, there isn’t any real disagreement as to what those ideals are. There is no disagreement that our ideals are good, and true, and beautiful.Perfection isn’t what makes America great. What makes America great is the fact that we continue to try to perfect ourselves against our ideals. This struggle is long and arduous. But we progress, sometimes too slowly, but mostly in the right direction.That the Revolution continues unabated after 240 years is what makes America great.last_img read more

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Amazon’s Plan to Reach 500 Million Indians: Speak Their Language

first_imgOnly 10 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people know English. Yet most of the country’s e-commerce services have been offered only in English, closing off online shopping to the vast majority of people here.Now Amazon is aiming to break through that language barrier. The e-commerce giant Tuesday offered a hearty “namaste” to this country’s half a billion Hindi speakers by making its local website and apps available in India’s most popular language. Users of the India site or app will be able to choose Hindi as their preferred language, much as American users can choose Spanish.Amazon’s expansion into Hindi — its first foray into an Indian language, even as other companies have tried that strategy and pulled back — is vital to the company’s ambition of making India its next big market.Amazon is already the No. 2 player in India’s $33 billion e-commerce market and says it has about 150 million registered users here. But as it seeks to reach the country’s farthest regions and appeal to less-educated customers in the world’s fastest-growing pool of internet users, it has found that English is not enough.“The next 100 million customers will have to be in the vernacular language,” said Kishore Thota, director of customer experience and marketing for Amazon India.Thota said the company’s research found that eight out of 10 Indian customers would prefer to shop in a language other than English. “The level of trust increases when they see something in their own language,” he said in an interview at Amazon’s India headquarters in Bangalore.Prominently serving Hindi-speaking customers also could help Amazon deflect the political pressure coming from New Delhi, where policymakers are considering ways to curb the power of foreign internet companies.If the Hindi versions of its site and apps are successful, Amazon plans to quickly add options to shop in other major Indian languages, such as Bengali, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu, which are dominant in regions outside the Hindi belt in the north.Amazon’s Hindi site is the most ambitious attempt so far to serve Indian shoppers who do not speak English. Another e-commerce site, Snapdeal, tried local-language versions about three years ago, then abandoned them because few customers used them.Amazon is betting that the market is more ready now, especially as cheap mobile data means that Indian-language speakers are coming online at a brisk clip.Paytm, a digital payments company that operates the No. 3 online retailer, Paytm Mall, began allowing customers to make purchases in 10 Indian languages in October. About 15 percent of the site’s customers do that, said Amit Sinha, who heads the digital marketplace.But most of Paytm’s listings are in English. Converting them to other languages requires Paytm to build new automated translation tools as well as to persuade sellers and brands to translate their own content. “It’s a multidimensional problem,” Sinha said.For Amazon, creating a Hindi-language site and app was difficult from the start. When the company began building its Hindi app and site about two years ago, it first tried to run the English version through a translation algorithm. The result “was completely illegible,” Thota said.So the team went back to the drawing board, tapping people to translate key listings and steps in the purchase process into colloquial Hindi. They then showed samples to actual and potential customers, refined them, and used the final versions to train the algorithms to do mass translation.Not everything has been translated yet, and Amazon is working with leading brands to convert their pages. People are also reviewing pages to make sure they look right, since there is often more than one way to translate an English phrase into Hindi.One challenge is that spoken Hindi mixes in a lot of English. Amazon decided that some words and phrases, like “free,” “jeans” and “cash on delivery” should be kept in English but written using Hindi’s Devanagari script.Language is just one barrier to increasing the number of online shoppers in India, which is adding 40 million internet users a year, according to a recent study by Bain, Google and the Omidyar Network, an investment firm.Most of the 390 million Indians with internet access use it to chat with friends and family, watch videos, listen to music, look for religious content and read the news, the study found. Just 40 percent transact online, and about one-third of those stop after one purchase.Roopa Kudva, who heads Omidyar’s operations in India, said that buying something online is the last step in the journey of a new internet user.“Indians are very comfortable experimenting on the internet,” she said. “But the moment it comes to making payments online, people think it’s a very sophisticated thing that requires expert knowledge, and they shy away from it.”While being able to shop in a familiar language is important, she said, many of the global conventions of online shopping, such as the shopping cart, are unfamiliar to Indians, who are more used to going to a store and asking a shopkeeper to pull items from a shelf.Amazon said it realized that the Hindi version of its site will not suddenly solve those problems.“It will make people feel a lot more comfortable that we understand them,” said Amit Agarwal, the head of Amazon India. “But we are focused on all the barriers that will ultimately transform how India buys and sells.”For example, Amazon offers customer support in half a dozen Indian languages, and today, more than half the queries are in languages other than English.The company has also signed up about 14,000 retail locations across India for its Amazon Easy program, in which a local shopkeeper helps customers place Amazon orders and receive packages, and then delivers them. “They provide basic customer service in a language the customer understands,” Thota said.It is not clear how quickly other companies might follow. Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, has not begun offering its services in local languages. Walmart recently bought a majority stake in the company for $16 billion, and it is unclear what plans the American retailer has in that area.Google is also considering a move into e-commerce in India. It recently invested in the Chinese online retailer JD.com, and announced plans last week to turn its multilingual Indian payments app, Google Pay, into more of a portal through which offline and online merchants could handle transactions.By 2021, 73 percent of India’s internet users will prefer to use languages other than English, compared with 57 percent in 2016, according to a study last year by KPMG and Google.Given those trends, every e-commerce site in India has to figure out a way to address the local-language problem.“Anybody who is serious about this country will have to do it,” Sinha said.© New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

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Yogi, U.P. Guv. meet triggers reshuffle speculation

first_imgFuelling fresh speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Governor Anandiben Patel here on Saturday. “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Governor Anandiben Patel at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday. The one-on-one meeting lasted for around 30 minutes,” an official said. He declined to elaborate further. The appointment of OBC leader and U.P. Minister Swatantra Dev Singh as the BJP State unit’s new chief has put the spotlight on a possible reshuffle of the Cabinet.‘One person-one post’ According to the BJP’s ‘one person-one post’ principle, Mr. Singh cannot simultaneously hold the positions of a Minister and the State party chief. He is currently the MoS (independent charge) for transport and protocol. “The possibility of a reshuffle increases with Mr. Singh’s appointment as the new Uttar Pradesh BJP chief,” a senior party leader said, requesting anonymity. He pointed out that three State Ministers were elected to Parliament in the Lok Sabha poll held in April-May, while one was sacked. “Reshuffling of the Cabinet is the Chief Minister’s prerogative,” the BJP leader said. Uttar Pradesh has a total of 43 Ministers, including the Chief Minister.last_img read more

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Ind vs WI- 1st ODI Preview: Fresh start for Windies after test series mauling

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Daily HuntHaving made easy work of the visitors in the two-match test series, the action moves on to the fast-paced limited over series. India start as favorites against West Indies who are out to resolve their existential crisis.The Windies will begin their trial by fire at a venue that will host it’s first ever ODI. Having been a dumping ground before, the stadium has risen after an immense struggle with regular tussles against the government as well as the BCCI.The Men In Blue did not fare well last time at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium after a tame 8-wicket defeat to the Aussies in the T20 format. The home side will look to topple that with a winning effort against the struggling Windies.The visitors suffered an early blow as the destructive opening pair of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis opted out of the tour. While West Indies are eyeing to fix the gaping cracks, it’s only a matter of oiling the machine for Virat Kohli an co.The Indian skipper claimed ahead of the clash that Ambati Rayudu is entrusted to solve India’s persistent No.4 issues while also explaining Khaleel Ahmed’s inclusion in the side as a measure to leave all the bases covered as well as adding in a mix to the bowling line-up.Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, GuwahatiWhen: 13:30 ISTWhere to watch: Star Sports Network and HotstarRead Also:Cricket: Swing king Praveen Kumar bids adieu to cricketIPL: Mumbai Indians buy Quinton De Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore; release Muztafizur and Dananjayalast_img read more

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New Pakistan cricket boss Najam Sethi targets return of international action

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board’s new boss wants to welcome international tours back to the country but has urged for patience because of the prevailing security situation.Speaking after being named PCB chairman for the next three years, Najam Sethi expressed hope that next month’s proposed World XI tour in Pakistan would be the first step towards the return of international cricket.”We need to show patience because it is related to the security situation in the country,” he told local media. “We hope to bring a World XI for a three-match Twenty20 series and the next two to three months will bring more good news.”We have invited Sri Lanka to play a few matches (in Pakistan) after their series with us and I will try to get a reply on that invitation.”Pakistan have played most of their home internationals in the United Arab Emirates since gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri Lanka players in Lahore eight years ago, wounding six players, and killing six security staff and two civilians.The country has since been largely starved of international cricket, apart from a short visit by Zimbabwe in 2015.Pakistan are scheduled to play two Tests, three one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in September-October, with the series likely to be held in the UAE.last_img read more

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Greece Faces Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2018 World Cup European Qualifying Vital Game

first_imgThe Associated PressEuropean qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is at the halfway stage.Here’s the state of play in the nine groups heading into the sixth round of games from Friday to Sunday:___GROUP AFrance can increase its lead to six points with a win in Sweden on Friday.Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden has less individual threat but a greater sense of teamwork. Still, its defense faces a stern test against a side boosted by a recent 5-0 home win over Paraguay. France striker Olivier Giroud has five goals in his last three internationals.If Sweden loses, Bulgaria can move up to second place by beating Belarus. The Netherlands, in fourth place, hosts last-place Luxembourg.___GROUP BSwitzerland will be looking for a sixth straight win and to keep ahead of Portugal when it plays at the Faeroe Islands on Friday.Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe arrived late to Portugal’s squad following Real Madrid’s win in the Champions League final last weekend, but they should start at next-to-last Latvia.Portugal, which trails Switzerland by three points, is coming off four straight victories since the opening 2-0 loss against the Swiss.Last-place Andorra hosts third-place Hungary, which is five points behind Portugal.___GROUP CWorld champion Germany should have little difficultly making it six wins from six matches, even though an understrength team will host San Marino in Nuremberg on Saturday.Germany coach Joachim Loew has given nearly all of his regulars the summer off, but even an unfamiliar looking German lineup should be too much for a microstate with a population more than 100 times smaller than Berlin’s.The Germans have already scored 20 goals in qualifying, conceding only one.Germany leads with 15 points. Northern Ireland (10 points), the Czech Republic (8), and Azerbaijan (7) all maintain hopes of the runner-up spot and a possible playoff place.Azerbaijan hosts Ireland in Baku, and Norway hosts the Czechs in Oslo.___GROUP DThe chances of Gareth Bale playing at the World Cup will reduce even further if Wales loses to Serbia on Sunday in the biggest game in the group.The Welsh are in third place, four points behind Serbia and Ireland, after drawing four of their first five qualifiers and failing to reproduce their form from last year’s European Championship, where they reached the semifinals.Ireland hosts Austria, while Moldova hosts Georgia in a game between two teams already out of contention.___GROUP EPoland striker Robert Lewandowski, who missed out on being the Bundesliga’s top scorer this season, will look to score in his 11th straight European qualifier in a match against Romania in Warsaw on Saturday.Poland, with 13 points, comfortably leads the group with the others jostling for the runner-up spot, led by Montenegro and Denmark (both with seven points). Romania and Armenia have six.Denmark, which drew with Germany in a friendly on Tuesday, travels to last-place Kazakhstan, and Montenegro hosts Armenia in Podgorica.___GROUP FEngland takes a four-point lead to Scotland for the latest edition of the world’s oldest international rivalry, 145 years after their first meeting.Now under coach Gareth Southgate, England has dropped only two points in five games and would pile the pressure on under-fire Scotland coach Gordon Strachan with a fifth win in qualifying.Second-place Slovakia visits Lithuania and Slovenia, a further point back in third, hosts Malta.___GROUP GItaly hosts last-place Liechtenstein on Sunday with a chance to improve its goal difference and move closer to leader Spain, which plays at Macedonia.Liechtenstein has conceded 19 goals in five matches, including eight against Spain. Italy and Spain have 13 points each from five matches.Italy is coming off a 3-0 win over Uruguay in a friendly on Wednesday, while Spain was held by Colombia to a 2-2 draw.Third-place Israel, which is four points behind the leaders, hosts Albania.___GROUP HFriday could be a big day for Belgium on the road to Russia.Following a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in a friendly this week, Belgium is a huge favorite to beat 98th-ranked Estonia and reinforce first place. It currently has a two-point lead.At the same time as the game in Tallinn, Belgium’s closest challenger, Greece, will be in Bosnia-Herzegovina in a game that could be vital in the race for second place and a playoff spot.The third game, Gibraltar against Cyprus, has no impact on the group.Belgium has such a wealth of talent that winger Eden Hazard’s absence because of a broken ankle should have no impact on its creative play. If anything, it should allow Yuri Tielemans, recently picked up from Anderlecht by Monaco, to flaunt his skills.___GROUP IIt looks to be a straight fight between Croatia and Iceland for top spot and the countries meet in Reykjavik on Sunday.Croatia leads Iceland by three points with five games left.Ukraine and Turkey are two points further back and face away games against Finland and Kosovo, respectively.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Insigne: I had to accept omission

first_imgItaly Insigne: I had to accept Ventura’s team selection for Sweden nightmare Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 17:44 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) insigne - CROPPED Getty Images Italy WC Qualification Europe Italy v Sweden Sweden Napoli Serie A Italy missed out on the World Cup due to a 1-0 aggregate defeat to the Swedes, in which the Napoli attacker was not used Lorenzo Insigne insists he will not look back with any hard feelings after being left on the bench as Italy crashed out of World Cup contention.A goalless draw in Milan on Monday sent Sweden through with a 1-0 aggregate victory, meaning the Azzurri will miss the tournament for the first time since 1958.Napoli 23/20 to win Serie A Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Insigne has been in fine form for table-topping Napoli this season and it came as a surprise to many, including Daniele De Rossi, who was caught on camera making the case for the 26-year-old’s introduction, that he was not utilised at all by coach Gian Piero Ventura in such an important fixture.Ventura’s days in charge appear numbered as Italian football bears the backlash of a nation embarrassed by its team’s shortcomings, but Insigne is putting a brave face on the situation.”We’re sorry we’re not going to the World Cup, it’s always a good competition,” Insigne told Sky. “We gave our all to the end but we did not manage it. We apologise to all of Italy, we will do it again next time.”I have always said I accepted the coach’s decisions. He made these choices and I have no regrets.”It was a game to win at all costs and, for the coach, they were the right men. I have accepted his decisions, it must be done for the national team.”Napoli sit a point clear of Juventus at Serie A’s summit and Insigne says the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup allows him to focus fully on securing a first league title since 1990 for his club.”The Scudetto with Napoli is my goal,” he added. “My team-mates and I will do everything until May to make it happen.”last_img read more

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Video: Myles Jack Tweets Video Of Himself Dunking After Slipping In NFL Draft Over Knee Concerns

first_imgMyles Jack dunks a basketball and hangs on the rimMyles JackMyles Jack was once thought of as a lock to go in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former UCLA linebacker was not one of the 31 players who heard their names called during the first round Thursday night. The former Bruins’ star admitted before the draft that he might need microfracture surgery on his knee. Jack missed most of the 2015 college football season after tearing his lateral meniscus during a September practice. Jack is considered one of the top prospects remaining in the draft. He tweeted out the following video, an apparent message to any of his doubters. pic.twitter.com/lwXRusQyp1— Myles Jack (@MylesJack) April 29, 2016The second round of the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img

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‘Far Sigma’ Delivered to Farstad Shipping …

first_img Print  Close My location Farstad Shipping, February 10, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom AHTS vessel Far Sigma has been delivered today from Vard Langsten to Farstad Supply AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Farstad Shipping ASA.The vessel will trade the spot market in the North Sea.The long term finance of the vessel is arranged by Eksportkreditt Norge AS in cooperation with GIEK and Nordea Bank Norge ASA.The overall length of the vessel is 87.40 meters with a beam of 21 meters. Vard has in the past delivered four equivalent vessels to Farstad Shipping.last_img

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EU Commission Appoints New TEN-T Coordinators

first_imgzoom The European Commission yesterday appointed European coordinators for each of the nine core network corridors of the trans-European transport network (or TEN-T), as well as for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and for Motorways of the Sea.The core TEN-T transport network creates two North–South corridors, three East–West corridors; and four diagonal corridors. The core network will transform East–West connections, remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross-border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU. It will improve connections between different modes of transport and contribute to the EU’s climate change objectives. The coordinators will be responsible for coordinating priority transport projects and reporting back to the Commission.Vice-President Siim Kallas said: “The appointment of these coordinators marks further progress in implementing the core TEN-T network. Their role will be essential to make the corridors a success and start a new era of participation. The new EU transport infrastructure is off to a good start.”Most of the coordinators have already gained wide experience of EU transport policy implementation over the last eight years working on the TEN-T priority projects:Pavel Telička (North Sea–Baltic corridor)Pat Cox (Scandinavian–Mediterranean corridor)Carlo Secchi (Atlantic Corridor),Péter Balázs (North Sea–Mediterranean corridor)Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (Mediterranean corridor)Karel Vinck (ERTMS)Karla Peijs (Rhine–Danube corridor)These coordinators have been reappointed for a period of four years.There are also four new coordinators who will bring wide political experience to the tasks ahead:Former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana de Palacio will be responsible for the Rhine–Alpine corridorFormer German Minister for Transport Kurt Bodewig takes on the Baltic–Adriatic corridor.MEP Brian Simpson (Motorways of the Sea)MEP Mathieu Grosch (Orient/East–Med corridor)These four coordinators are experienced transport politicians and will take up their duty as TEN-T Coordinators in July 2014 after the current European Parliament mandate ends.The new coordinators will now enter into contact with Member States authorities and ministers to discuss the framework for cooperation and implementation of their mandates.The Member States and the European Parliament have been fully involved in the process of nominating the coordinators.EU Commission, March 13, 2014; Image: ESPOlast_img read more

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El Faro’s Captain Warned “the Clock Is Ticking”

first_imgzoom In his final call the captain of the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro warned that “the clock is ticking” just before the ship sank due to the Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas, the US Coast Guard probe heard on Saturday.During his last calls, the captain, Michael Davidson, asked for assistance as the TOTE Services-operated vessel sailed into the hurricane and was taking on water due to a breach in its hull, Reuters reported citing a recording of the captain’s message played during the hearing.Before the contact with the ship was broken, the captain said that the water was entering three of the vessel’s holds.During the first hearing, launched this week, the ship’s operator stated that the captain had full permission to change the vessel’s course. However, this issue remained unsettled as the email correspondence between the captain and TOTE ended in a question mark with the captain obviously asking for permission.The USCG initiated a ten-day public hearing to determine the causes that led to the loss of the United States-flagged vessel and its 33 crew members.The investigation follows US National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) announcement on its intention to launch a second expedition to search for El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR), expected to begin in April.The US flagged ship was located on October 31 in about 15,000 feet of water in the vicinity of its last known position near Crooked Island, Bahamas.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Launch of Canada 150 Celebrations and Annual New Years Day Levee

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to attend the launch of Canada 150 celebrations and attend the annual lieutenant-governor’s New Year’s Day Levee on Sunday, Jan. 1, at Government House, Halifax. The Canada 150 launch will start with a flag-raising and singing of O Canada. The levee will immediately follow the launch. “As we enter a year of marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Mrs. Grant and I are pleased to welcome Nova Scotians of all ages to Government House to kick off the celebrations of our wonderful country,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “We also invite everyone to join in the New Year’s tradition of attending the levee.” The levee is a unique opportunity for Nova Scotians to exchange New Year’s greetings with the lieutenant-governor and to visit the oldest vice-regal residence in North America. The Canada 150 launch and levee will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The address for Government House is 1451 Barrington St.last_img read more

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UK FCA nod for Airtel Africas registration paper for IPO

first_imgNew Delhi: Airtel Africa, which is eyeing over $1 billion initial public offer in London, has received approval for its ‘registration document’ from the UK Financial Conduct Authority. The ‘registration document’ outlines the general details about the company and post its approval by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the company also has to file a separate draft prospectus to the FCA for approval. I It is the prospectus which will contain details of the public offer including the number of shares, and issue price. “Airtel Africa Ltd announces that a registration document relating to the company has received approval from the UK Financial Conduct Authority…,” Airtel Africa said on its website. Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel’s Africa unit plans to launch over $1 billion (around Rs 6,970 crore) IPO in London to help reduce debt. The company is eyeing a June listing.last_img read more

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Moroccos OCP Launches Soil Fertility Study in Ethiopia

Rabat – Morocco’s OCP Group has launched an initiative to boost Ethiopia’s agriculture and help the country reach its food safety goals, in line with OCP’s African agenda.To assist the Ethiopian government in its agricultural plan, the OCP foundation has initiated a national campaign. Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture Shiferaw Shigute presided over the opening ceremony, which was held last week.The ceremony boasted the participation of numerous other high-ranking officials, including three state ministers, Morocco’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Nezha Alaoui M’hammdi, and many stakeholders in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, including entrepreneurs and representatives of agriculture-related agencies and research centers. With the objective of completing a thorough study of the country’s fertility level, OCP and the Ethiopian government are planning to finalize a pilot zone by October 2018. The zone will consist of 100,000 hectares of arable lands and 1,000 samples of composite soil from throughout the country for laboratory analysis.According to OCP agricultural engineers, the results of the soil analysis will provide stakeholders and policymakers with a clearer idea of the requirements for a more productive and sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia, especially for matching fertilizers with specific types of soil.The second phase of the OCP-Ethiopian government agricultural cooperation will be devoted to awareness-raising campaigns in remote areas. The overarching goal is to promote the use of fertilizers, inform the population about the stakes of the project, and gain the cooperation and adherence of “small farmers.”The new initiative is the latest cooperation between the OCP foundation and the Ethiopian government in a series of joint projects. Ethiopia is one of OCP’s most strategic partners in its bid to increase intra-African exchanges in the field of agriculture (especially technical assistance and provision of fertilizers).In the early phase of OCP’s Africa project, the Moroccan agriculture giant signed a USD 2.4 billion agreement with Ethiopia’s authorities. The contract entailed the construction of a fertilizer production unit in the Dire Dawa region. Upon completion, the Dire Dawa factory will have an annual production capacity of 2.5 million of tons of fertilizers, an impressive yield which Ethiopian authorities expect will be of crucial importance in the fight for sustainable agriculture and food safety.An additional investment of USD 1.3 billion is expected to boost the initial project and increase the Dire Dawa annual yield to 3.8 million tons, an impressive figure on which Ethiopia is counting to reach complete food safety for the 100 million-populated country in the coming years. read more

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Court considers request to exhume Thajudeens body

Court has decided to consider a request to exhume the body of former Sri Lanka rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the police said.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the CID had today made a request to court to exhume the body to conduct further investigations. The CID informed court recently that it suspected murder over the death of the former Sri Lanka ruby player. Gunasekera said that the court had decided to consider the request tomorrow. He said that the Attorney General’s Department had also appeared in court today when the request to exhume the body was made. Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone when his car crashed into a wall. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim.However suspicions arose later after it was reported that there could have been a political connection in the death of Thajudeen. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Engine manufacturing stable and outlook positive

Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for March 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Bright future for sector with investments set to be realised throughout the year.“Engine manufacturing has seen a stable first quarter, and the outlook for the sector is very positive,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “UK manufacturers have committed major investments into building the next generation of low emission Euro-6 engines, and with these set to come to fruition this year, we expect output to accelerate in the coming months.” Positive month for British engine exports, with overall demand up by 2.7%. 230,634 engines made in UK this March, up 0.3% with year-to-date output stable.

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Kielce conquere Vardar in Skopje

← Previous Story Dagur Sigurdsson for HP: We made example of healthy club in Berlin Next Story → Larvik, Vardar and Dinamo to Women’s EHF CL F4 in Budapest The Polish champions Vive Tauron Kielce came closer to the VELUX EHF CL F4 tournament in Cologne by victory in the first quarter-final clash over RK Vardar in Skopje 22:20 (11:11). Talant Dujshebaev boys showed furious performance in the last 15 minutes of the match, which provided 10:5 series in the last quarter of the clash.Kielce were withouth goal in the first 11 minutes of the second half, Vardar led 15:12 in 44th minute with amazing Arpad Sterbik between the posts, but visitors from Kielce didn’t affraid of amazing support and pressure by 6.500 domestic fans in Jane Sandanski hall.Defensive performance od the Polish squad with Marin Sego between the posts became impressive in the last ten minutes. That put destiny in the hands of Kielce’s fantastic wings Štrlek and Čupić who made turnover…Manuel Štrlek was TOP scorer with 5 goals, same as Sergey Gorbok in Vardar’s t-shirt.Marin Šego had 13 saves, while Arpad Šterbik was on one more… KielceRK Vardar SkopjeVive Tauron Kielce read more

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Crocodile snatches 12yearold boy in Australia

first_imgPOLICE IN AUSTRALIA are searching for a 12-year-old boy believed to have been snatched by a crocodile.The boy was swimming with friends in a billabong – an isolated pond – at Kakadu National Park when he was attacked and has not been seen since. Another 12-year-old boy was bitten on the arm and needed medical attention.The incident happened near Jabiru, close to Darwin, in the Northern Territory on Sunday. The crocodile is believed to have been at least three metres long.Ranger have shot two large crocodiles today but neither are believed to have been the one responsible for the attack.Police and park rangers are carrying out a search and rescue operation for the boy.“It is believed the 12-year-old boy was taken by a crocodile as he and a number of other young boys were swimming in the billabong,” said Acting Commander Michael White of the Northern Command police.“One other boy, also aged 12, was bitten on the arm by the crocodile and has received medical treatment from attending St John Ambulance members”.“Police and Park Rangers are currently conducting searches by boat and land and will continue into the night”.Jabiru in the Northern Territory. (Image: Google Maps) Read: Peace doves released by the Pope are immediately attacked by a seagull and crow > Read: Baby deer recovering after found shot in ditch >last_img read more

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Researchers Develop Method to Barcode Embryos

first_imgAll multi-cell organisms start their existence as microscopic blobs of goop. As you can imagine, these little snot balls of life are very difficult to discern one from another. As embryo-centric science marches forward, the need arises for a precise method to readily tell these little gloopies apart, thus mitigating the potential for (very damaging) human error. That is why researchers at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have developed a technique to insert microscopic bar codes directly into developing embryos. In test trials, these tiny silicon bar codes have been safely injected into the outer layer of mouse embryos. Eventually, through the natural course of development, the outer layer of the embryo is “shed” with bar code in tow, leaving no lasting effect. The Health Department of Catalonia has given the all-clear to use the procedure to be used on human embryos in Spanish fertility clinics.AdChoices广告Humans and cans of soup: in the future, they won’t be so different after all.via SingularityHublast_img read more

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La perception de notre corps pourrait être alterée par lanesthésie

first_imgLa perception de notre corps pourrait être alterée par l’anesthésieD’après une récente étude sur les effets neurologiques de l’anesthésie, l’anesthésie régionale pourrait avoir comme effet secondaire de modifier notre perception du corps. Cette découverte pourrait amener de nouveaux traitements contre la douleur et notamment concernant les personnes amputées qui continuent à souffrir.L’étude en question a été menée par des chercheurs de l’Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) de Toulouse, et cela avec l’Equipe d’Accueil “Modélisation des agressions tissulaires et nociceptives”. L’objet de la recherche concernait la perception du corps chez les patients sous anesthésie régionale, c’est-à-dire l’anesthésie d’une zone desservie par un nerf ou un groupe de nerfs. Ainsi, il est apparu que l’anesthésie de ce type de zone entrainait une modification de l’activité du cerveau ainsi que de la perception du corps pour le patient. Les chercheurs expliquent ce phénomène par le fait que le cerveau dispose de propriétés plastiques qui permettent des phénomènes tels que “l’apprentissage, la mémorisation ou la récupération après une agression cérébrale”.Pour autant, cette possibilité du cerveau humain peut parfois devenir difficile à vivre, notamment pour les patients amputés qui continuent à ressentir des douleurs concernant le membre disparu (on parle alors de “membre fantôme”). Ces résultats ont été découverts après le suivi d’une vingtaine de personnes devant subir une anesthésie du bras. Il est alors apparu que les patients ont ressenti des “sensations illusoires” concernant leur membre endormi, et notamment des impressions de gonflement, de changement de taille et de forme. De plus, les patients sous anesthésie régionale avaient plus de difficultés pour reconnaitre les mains droite et gauche. D’autres recherches sur le sujet sont prévues afin de déterminer quelles zones du cerveau sont impliquées dans ce phénomène de changement de perception. Les auteurs de l’étude sont confiants : “Il faudra sûrement développer des techniques d’anesthésie nouvelles qui permettront d’inhiber ou de stimuler directement des représentations cérébrales impliquées dans les phénomènes douloureux”.Le 22 janvier 2011 à 19:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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