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Statement on air strike twisted by media, says Sharad Pawar

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Monday claimed that his statement on destruction of terror camps in Pak Occupied Kashmir using air strike was misconstrued by the media. He also denied having said this.“I did not advise in the all-party meeting, instead all party leaders, including me, had supported the Centre’s position on this issue,” Mr. Pawar said in a statement issued on Monday. As per reports in several Marathi newspapers, Mr. Pawar had said that it was his advise to conduct air strike in Pakistan after Pulwama terror attacks. He said this, according to the reports, while addressing an election campaign rally in Chakan on Sunday. “The central government had called an all-party meeting after the Pulwama terror attack. The meeting unanimously passed a resolution supporting Indian armed forces. I was a part of it,” Mr. Pawar said. The NCP chief added that the entire world knows the strength of Indian armed forces. “Our power was visible for all to see in Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971 and later in the Kargil war. Therefore I am not in favor of discussing how many terrorists were killed in the air strike on terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,” he said, adding that he feels politics should not be played over defence-related issues.“Neither the Prime Minister nor the Defence Minister was present at the meeting. We got to know that the PM was in Maharashtra and campaigning for his party’s candidates,” Mr. Pawar said in Chakan.He said, “On the one hand, Mr. Modi boasts he is the chowkidar (guardian), the country’s security is safe in his hands, and that he has a 56-inch chest. Then, what was he doing in Yavatmal, issuing these statements in the aftermath of the terror strike?”last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni must bat at No. 4, says Dean Jones

first_imgFormer Australia batsman Dean Jones believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should bat at the crucial number four position for India in the remaining matches of the ongoing World Cup.Dhoni is facing criticism for his slow-paced knocks against Afghanistan and West Indies, but Jones feels that the 37-year-old stumper, and not Vijay Shankar, should bat at number four, while left-arm all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja must be include in playing XI as he can provide an extra spin option to the team.”Normally I don’t like touching the team when it’s flying and India is flying at the moment but I have got a concern at the player at number four. I have no problem with MS Dhoni going there and (Ravindra) Jadeja coming in a little later which gives you a spin option,” Jones told Star Sports.Jones said that with the pitches getting dry a left handed batsman would help the team down the order.”I think the pitches are getting a little more tired as the tournament progresses so you need that left hander down there to help you a little bit. But I’ll have faith and give it one more go,” added Jones.Meanwhile, former India speedster Irfan Pathan preferred Dinesh Karhik to bat at the No. 4 spot.”I know many people would have the mindset that the winning combination shouldn’t be changed, however, I feel differently.”Vijay Shankar hasn’t done anything and if we come to the position of playing in the semifinals, we are going to be facing the top quality bowling line up and if we lose early wickets, we need someone solid at number four and I prefer Dinesh Karthik at that position,” Pathan told Star Sports.advertisementPathan elaborated saying the new batsman should be given at least three innings before the semi-finals to settle at the position.”So if any changes need to be done, they need to be done from now on because you don’t want someone to come in and play just one game before the semifinal.”You want to give that particular batsman at least three innings and we have only three games left and Vijay Shankar has got enough chances and he is not even bowling regularly for Team India so you might as well get a proper batsman who has had some sort of an experience and success at batting at number four or number five and for me that pick would be Dinesh Karthik,” Pathan signed off.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s take on MS Dhoni strike rate a constructive message: Aakash ChopraAlso Read | India lucky to have MS Dhoni in dressing room: VVS LaxmanAlso Seelast_img read more

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Evan Evans Launching 9 New, Exclusive Small Group Experiences

first_imgGo off the well-beaten track, explore a different side to the United Kingdom  BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb 27, 2019 – Looking to go on a more intimate tour of London in luxurious style? Evan Evans, the recipient of the 2018 ‘Service Provider of the Year’ award from UKinbound, will be launching an exclusive collection of eight small group tours in April. These intimate tours are perfect for those looking to head off the well-beaten track, try new experiences and explore a different side to the United Kingdom.Choosing from nine special new experiences will give you the chance to explore key attractions in a cozy, exclusive tour setting. These luxurious tours have no more than 16 people, which allows you to travel in style accompanied by both a dedicated driver and a professional guide, who will create a sightseeing experience that is fit for a king or a queen. Evan Evans specializes in unforgettable, hand-crafted trips to Britain’s most iconic locations, and is perfectly suited to bring the UK’s history and heritage to life. Instead of blending in with the crowd, you’ll have the space and privacy to make your trip the most memorable. Smaller group sizes mean you’ll have the space to get on a first-name basis with the people you’re traveling with. You’ll also be able to spend more time with our expert tour guides, who can give you the inside scoop on some of the country’s most fascinating historical attractions. Get off the beaten track and experience a new side of the United Kingdom, from Cold War history to artisanal gin tasting. Read more about these unique, exceptional tours: Spy & Espionage Tour of London: On this three-hour tour you will explore the shadowy world of London with tales of treachery, tragedy and subterfuge. Learn about Britain’s top intelligence agencies and the different roles they play in protecting the country. You will see the home of MI6 that was famously featured in several James Bond movies, the headquarters of MI5 and visit the public sites where spies exchanged top-secret information to the Soviet Union. You’ll drive around the locations used by Intelligence Services to recruit their agents and be shaken and stirred by the stories of some of Britain’s most infamous traitors and double agents. Your tour will finish in style at the St Ermin’s Hotel where you see the former headquarter of MI6, and an original coded message written on silk hangers in the lobby. Afterwards, enjoy a vodka martini in the hotel’s Caxton Bar where, in the 1950’s, Guy Burgess handed over top-secret papers to his Russian handler. (3 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 – March 31) Wartime London: History enthusiasts will cherish this three-hour tour as they discover the devastating effect the Second World War had on the city of London. Our expert tour guide brings the story of this devastating chapter in British history to life over 75 years later. Explore the ruins of a church destroyed during the bombing and the bomb damage from the First World War. You’ll also see where Sir Winston Churchill delivered his VE Day speech to a jubilant British Crowd,important wartime headquarters such as Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Supreme headquarters and Downing Street, where Neville Chamberlain famously broadcast the British declaration of war on Germany. Pass through Parliament Square en-route to Whitehall, where along the way you’ll see the statues dedicated to notable Allied figures including Churchill, Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris, as well as several monuments dedicated the Battle of Britain, Women of WWII and the Cenotaph- the site of Britain’s national war memorial. (3 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 – March 31) Underground London Small Group Walking Tour: On this fantastic two-hour tour you’ll go through the world’s oldest underground system. Learn all about the history of the ‘Tube’ as you travel through history from one of London’s earliest, original stations to its newest and most futuristic. Hear how the networks was built in the Victorian era and the variety of roles it has filled in its long history. Fans of trivia will also hear some interesting facts along the way, including which stations are reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of a murdered action, a Phaorah’s daughter and even a nun, why more than 40 stations have been left abandoned, which station lies above the remains of 1000 bodies and which monarch was the first to ride the ‘Tube.’ (2 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 – March 31) Urban Culinary Experience London: This scrumptious tour will lift the lid on London’s thriving artisanal food and dining sector as you journey into Hackney, the city’s trendiest borough, to explore dining at a truly local level. Hackney is home to the thriving grassroots movement that has produced some of the city’s most memorable culinary and dining experiences. You’ll sample the food and wine in the home of a chef with Michelin Star experience who grows the ingredients for his food in a local allotment, experience the unique taste of an award-winning gin that is distilled under a railway arch in Hackney using traditional alembic copper stills, and visit the Luminary Bakery with a difference that gives back to the local community.( 4-hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31) Borough Market & Gin Distillery Small Group Tour: This four-hour tour will allow you to leave the well-beaten track behind and do something different in London by experiencing London’s thriving artisanal food and drink market. While at the Borough Market, the oldest and largest food market in London dating back to 1014, you’ll have ample time to explore at your own leisure and indulge in what’s on offer, from Sri Lankan street food to charcuterie from South Tyrol and everything else in between. After your visit to the market, you will make your way to one of London’s well-known Gin distilleries to taste and learn about gin. You’ll go behind the scenes and discover how this local distillery produces gin, examine the difference between styles of gin and hear how the various herbs used in the distilling process impact the overall flavor. (4 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 – March 31) Bath, Avebury & Lacock with Cream Tea: On this 10-hour tour, you will visit two of Britain’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and explore over 5,000 years of history. You’ll Begin by visiting the ancient Neolithic site at Avebury, which is home to the largest stone circle in the world, before making your way to the stunning English village of Lacock that dates back to the 13th century You’ll round your day off by exploring Bath, where ancient Roman and modern meet at the spot of Britain’s only natural thermal spring, and enjoy a traditional English cream tea experience at a riverside cafe overlooking the River Avon with plenty of scones, clotted cream and jam. (10 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31) Leeds Castle, Canterbury & Kent:  Journey into the heart of the English countryside and see beautiful, historic scenery on this 10-hour tour. You’ll start off at Leeds Castle, a beautiful medieval castle frequently referred to as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ and was favored by Henry VIII, who gifted it to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Then head to the historic Gothic and Romanesque Cathedral City of Canterbury where you’ll see the city’s most iconic sites from part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey; St Martin’s Church, and Canterbury Cathedral. In Fordwich, the smallest town in Britain, you’ll learn about its quaint, village history when it was built in 1544 during the Tudor period, which features original herringbone brickwork and timbers. Admire the well-preserved roads and protected period buildings in another small village of Chilham, which is a popular location for television and film, including the BBC adaption of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ and the iconic 1944 film, ‘A Canterbury Tale’. (10 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31) Windsor, Blenheim Palace & Gardens: Feel like royalty while visiting the stately UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and current private residence of the 12th Duke of Marlborough on this 10-hour tour. At Blenheim Palace, you can stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens set in 2000 acres of beautiful parkland and enjoy lunch and traditional afternoon tea made from locally-sourced, fresh ingredients. Discover the historic town of Windsor, adorned by the beautiful Windsor Castle – home to British kings and queens for over 1000 years. Across the River Thames is the picturesque town of Eton, home of the renowned boarding school Eton College. Famous alumni to have attended this prestigious school include Princes’ William and Harry, Ian Fleming, George Orwell and politicians both past and present. (10 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31) Oxford with a Picnic in the Cotswolds: Take a trip through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, the largest designated Area of Natural Beauty in the UK, on this 10-hour tour as you make your way to the historic market town hidden in the heart of the Cotswolds. Enjoy a typical English picnic lunchbefore heading off to explore the city of Oxford – home of the world-famous university and some of the finest period architecture in the UK. You’ll wander through the cobbled streets on a walking tour of the city with our expert tour guide, and see the charm and history of this fantastic, ancient city of life. Along the way, you’ll also see the beautiful Christ Church College where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. (10 hours, from April 1 – Oct. 31)   About Evan Evans Evan Evans is the longest-established and largest sightseeing company in London, and has been accompanying visitors on city tours and out-of-town excursions since 1930. Our exciting range of tours bring you the best Britain has to offer, from majestic palaces and castles and quaint country villages to the historic cities of Bath, Oxford and Canterbury. All tours are operated to the highest standard of quality on our new fleet of luxury, air-conditioned coaches and are escorted by professional local guides, whose wealth of knowledge and experience will ensure you have a day out to remember. About The TreadRight Foundation Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported some 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ. Past project partners include WWF, Conservation International, WildAid, The Travel Foundation and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include supporting various women’s social enterprises through the Artisan Alliance, the recently announced Wildlife Conservation Society’s Big Cat fund, WE.org and inspiring nature advocates like Céline Cousteau and Terri Irwin. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org.last_img read more

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Programme pilote davantage technologique

first_imgUn nouveau programme pilote aidera jusqu’à 80 élèves à se préparer en vue d’une carrière dans le secteur croissant de la technologie en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le gouvernement provincial, IBM et le Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) font partenariat pour offrir le programme « Technology Advantage », inspiré du programme « Pathways in Technology Early College High School » d’IBM, connu sous nom du modèle P-TECH. « La création de possibilités pour les jeunes d’imaginer leur avenir en Nouvelle-Écosse est une priorité importante pour le gouvernement, souligne le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. Ce nouveau programme unique abordera les besoins futurs du marché du travail dans le secteur croissant de la technologie dans notre province. » Le programme de six ans est offert aux élèves qui fréquentent l’une des écoles intermédiaires qui font partie des familles des écoles Cole Harbour District High School, J.L. Ilsley High School et Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. Les élèves participeront au programme de la 9e à la 12e année, puis ils poursuivront le programme au Nova Scotia Community College dans le cadre d’un programme de deux ans menant à un diplôme en technologie. Le gouvernement paiera les frais de scolarité. « Nous créons des programmes et des possibilités qui répondent aux besoins des élèves et qui les aident à réussir, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Ce programme en est un excellent exemple et je suis ravi de faire partenariat avec IBM et avec le NSCC pour aider les élèves à se préparer en vue d’une carrière dans un secteur où il y a des emplois et des possibilités. » Le modèle P-TECH a été créé en 2011, et il ouvre de nouvelles voies en créant un lien direct entre le secondaire, les études collégiales et la carrière. D’ici la fin de l’année 2019, le modèle aura été mis en place dans plus de 200 écoles de 14 pays. Les résultats préliminaires du programme aux États-Unis démontrent une croissance du taux d’obtention du diplôme et de l’emploi. Les élèves qui participent au programme en Nouvelle-Écosse auront accès a une vaste gamme d’expériences de travail qui incluent des occasions de mentorat, des stages et des placements dans le cadre d’un programme d’éducation coopérative, en plus de l’apprentissage en classe. À l’obtention de leur diplôme, les élèves seront invités à une entrevue en vue d’obtenir un emploi chez IBM. « À titre de leaders dans la communauté des affaires, du gouvernement et de l’éducation, nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour préparer nos élèves en vue des possibilités futures qui seront axées sur la technologie, déclare Ayman Antoun, président d’IBM Canada. Les lacunes dans les compétences deviennent de plus en plus importantes alors que les nouvelles technologies transforment les industries et les emplois. » « Le modèle P-TECH d’IBM prépare la prochaine génération de la main-d’oeuvre et offre de nouvelles voies pour assurer le succès de nos jeunes. » Le programme pilote sera lancé en septembre. Les familles des élèves admissibles au programme pilote recevront des renseignements supplémentaires au cours des prochaines semaines.Le gouvernement investira une somme initiale de deux millions de dollars cette année pour démarrer le programme.last_img read more

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Saskatchewan requests Ottawa to increase cash advances for canola farmers

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan is asking Ottawa to increase its cash advances to canola farmers because of China’s decision to block imports of the oilseed from Canada.The province says it is looking to the federal government for help because China’s ban has caused trade uncertainty in the canola industry.Saskatchewan is requesting the amount of money available to canola farmers through a federal advance payment program be increased to $1 million from $400,000.The province also wants the program’s end-of-March deadline to be extended by one month and that no interest be charged on the maximum payment amount until the issue with China is resolved.Saskatchewan’s ministers of agriculture and trade are to meet with their federal counterparts in Saskatoon this afternoon.China’s move to ban $2 billion worth of canola imports is perceived to be part of a growing rift between the two nations since Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder of telecom giant Huawei, at the behest of the United States. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Varanasi Not Priyanka but Congs Ajay to take on Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday ended the suspense over the candidature of Varanasi Lok Sabha seat by declaring Ajay Rai, who placed third in the 2014 election, as the party’s nominee for the seat instead of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.Notably, Priyanka Gandhi had expressed her willingness to contest from the seat only on the wishes of party president Rahul Gandhi. The seat is currently represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress announced its nominee for the seat on the day PM Modi started a mega roadshow in Varanasi as a prelude to filing his election papers on Friday. The Congress reportedly debated pitting Priyanka Gandhi, often called its ‘Brahmastra’, against PM Modi but caution won out. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Millennium Post was the first to report that Priyanka Gandhi would only be fielded from Varanasi if Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati agrees to extend her support as the Samajwadi Party (SP) was ‘ready’ to withdraw the candidature of Shalini Yadav, whose name was declared by the SP on Tuesday. Shalini Yadav, the daughter-in-law of a former Congress lawmaker as the opposition candidate from Varanasi. In 2014, Ajay Rai finished a poor third in Varanasi, with only 75,000 votes. The Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal came second with around two lakh votes. None of them came anywhere close to the Prime Minister’s 5.8 lakh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPriyanka Gandhi had said that till now that she would contest from Varanasi “if the party asks me.” Since, she joined politics in January and was appointed one of the two general secretaries in-charge of the Congress campaign in Uttar Pradesh, there had been a buzz about the party fielding her against PM Modi. Priyanka Gandhi was given charge of eastern UP, which includes Varanasi. Her three-day boat campaign last month also ended in Varanasi, and this was read by many as more proof that the Congress was ready to go for broke. Priyanka Gandhi did nothing to stop the rumours. During an interaction with Congress workers who wanted her to contest from Raebareli, her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, she said, “Why not Varanasi?” While campaigning in UP, Priyanka Gandhi has often spoken about what she calls PM Modi’s neglect of Varanasi as he roamed the world. “I was stunned to hear from people in Varanasi that in five years, the PM didn’t get time to go to a single village, visit even one family in his constituency,” she has said in rally after rally, accusing PM Modi of running a government indifferent to the poor. Taking a dig at Priyanka after the announcement, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao claimed that she “chickened out” of the contest after toying with the idea. “Like brother, like sister. Rahul Gandhi runs away to a faraway constituency and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra chickens out of a contest after toying with the idea. Naamdars have already conceded big defeat to the kaamdar PM Narendra Modi ji,” the BJP leader said in his tweet. Varanasi votes on May 19 in the last phase of the national elections. The results of the seven-phase polls will be announced on May 23.last_img read more

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Macron Thanks King Mohammed VI on Facebook for Warmth and Generosity

Rabat – French President Emmanuel Macron has thanked King Mohammed VI on his Facebook page for a warm welcome to his visit in Morocco, and has posted a photo of the two leaders sharing iftar (breaking of the fast).Thanking the King for his warm and generous welcome, Macron’s post garnered over 26,000 “likes” within an hour of its publication.Macron and his wife Brigitte arrived at Rabat-Salé airport on Wednesday June 14, in his first trip outside of the European Union since he assumed presidency on May 7. The two-day trip combined business and friendship, and soon after the couple’s arrival to the Kingdom, they went to the royal palace for talks.In a later press briefing, Macron highlighted the importance of security and necessity that the two nations share intelligence.When questioned about the protests in the Rif region, Macron stated he had “no right to make a judgement on a matter of domestic policy”, but said the King found them “normal and legitimate” given demonstrating is a right protected by the constitution.Macron and the King also discussed the Qatar-Saudi Arabia dispute, a crisis that Morocco had offered to mediate and that France is eager to help solve.On Wednesday, the first lady visited the Picasso exhibition in Rabat with Princesses Lalla Salma and LallaOumKeltoum.The French couple shared an iftar meal of traditional Moroccan foods with the King and his family on Wednesday evening. Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Prince MoulayRachid, Princess Lalla Salma and Princess LallaOumKeltoum were in attendance.Macron also announced on Wednesday that his visit to Morocco showed “the kinship of the relations between our two countries, based on a common vision and a desire to pursue our joint interests not only in Morocco but also in the region and in Africa.”President Macron left Morocco on the morning of Thursday June 15. read more

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Moroccans in Congo Offer Warm Welcome to King Mohammed VI in

Rabat- Moroccan residents in the Republic of Congo reserved a warm welcome for King Mohammed VI, upon his arrival to the airport of Brazzaville on Saturday night. A video that widely circulated social media shows the Moroccan sovereign waving at crowds of Moroccans and Congolese nationals who came to welcome him in large numbers. Upon his arrival, President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso received the King and members of the Moroccan delegation accompanying him on the official trip. The Moroccan delegation consisted of the monarch’s advisors, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Zenagui, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid, and Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch. The King’s visit comes as part of his participation in the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Climate Commission and the Congo Basin Blue Fund, during which he delivered a speech calling on the African leaders to shoulder their responsibility and safeguard the resources of the continent. During his visit to Brazzaville, the monarch also co-chaired a signing ceremony for several bilateral agreements with President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso. The ceremony resulted in the signing of 14 bilateral agreements with Congo, covering several different fields, including fisheries, health, and education.Furthermore, the King signed a protocol for the creation of the Congo Basin Climate Commission.King Mohammed VI left Brazzaville on Monday afternoon, marking his first foreign diplomatic trip following his successful heart surgery in France in late February. read more

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UNICEF chief urges action to stop unfolding crisis for children in the

“The region is vast, the challenge is great and the window is closing,” said Executive Director Anthony Lake. “To prevent a wide-scale emergency in the Sahel, UNICEF and our partners in this effort must begin at once to fill the pipeline with life-sustaining supplies to the region before it is too late.”Mr. Lake stressed that a significant number of children in the Sahel already suffer from malnutrition, making them extremely vulnerable and susceptible to any reduction in the quantity and nutritional quality of the food they consume.He underscored the urgency to act before the ‘lean season’ when food runs out due to inadequate rain or poor harvests, which can start as early as March in some of the countries across the Sahelian belt.“Specially developed ready-to-use therapeutic foods are the best way to treat severe acute malnutrition among children under five so they have a chance to survive and recover,” Mr. Lake said. “The biggest challenge we face now is getting sufficient amounts of these critical foods to children as the need increases in the coming months,” he added.“The children at risk today in the Sahel are not mere statistics by which we may measure the magnitude of a potential humanitarian disaster. They are individual girls and boys, and each has the right to survive, to thrive and to contribute to their societies. We must not fail them.”Earlier this month UNICEF appealed for $65.7 million to respond to the crisis. It is currently distributing emergency stocks in affected countries such as Niger, where an estimated 33,600 children under the age of five are at risk. 22 December 2011The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called today on the global community to take action to prevent one million children in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa from becoming severely malnourished. read more

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New car registrations ahead of expectations in April despite challenging conditions

AprilTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness The April new car market fell by 7.4% to 137,746 units. This was the 10th successive decline in volumes.The market was 1.5% ahead of forecast and on par with the 2010 market with scrappage volumes removed.Registrations over the first four months of 2011 were down 8.5% to 696,082 units.Despite economic and supply chain uncertainty, SMMT’s full year forecast remains at 1.93 million units.Fleet demand remains robust, up 6.5% in April, while diesel volumes also recorded strong growth.“New car registrations in April demonstrated continued stability in the marketplace, with demand remaining lower than in 2010, although slightly ahead of industry expectations,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The coming months will remain challenging, but we do expect to see a return to growth in the second half of the year.” 2011696,082343,582342,7529,748304,424352,48739,171 52.7%45.9%1.4%39.1%56.0%4.9% 5Focus4,843 7Insignia15,816 41.9%57.1%1.0%49.8%45.4%4.8% 83 Series13,274 3Corsa25,424 2Focus29,278 1020712,188 2010148,79367,68279,7701,34170,36072,3796,054 Best sellersApril Market continues to moderate in April, with private demand downNew car registrations in April, at 137,746 units, were down 11,047 units on the 2010 market. If registrations through the scrappage scheme are discounted from the 2010 market, the 2011 outturn is on par with last year’s total.Registrations over the first four months of 2011 have fallen 8.5% to 696,082 units. This represents a decline of 64,259 units. During the same four month period in 2010 over 100,000 cars were reportedly registered through the scrappage scheme.The market continues to move in line with SMMT’s forecast – the April market being within 1.5% of the forecast level. SMMT forecasts the full year market to fall by 5% to 1.93 million units, a view unchanged from the January estimate. The market is then expected to recover in 2012, back above two million units. However, there remains uncertainty over buyer confidence and from possible short-term supply constraints caused by the earthquake in Japan. SMMT forecasts the market to slow in quarter two, but then recover in quarter three.In line with expectations, private volumes have fallen in 2011, down by 19.6% over the first four months of the year and by 23.5% in April following the removal of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme. Overall market volumes have been supported by growth in fleet and business demand.Diesel cars represented 52.7% of the total market in April and have shown year-on-year growth in every month of 2011. The VW Golf was the best selling diesel in April. Alternatively fuelled car registrations rose by 48.1% in April.The Ford Fiesta was the top selling car overall in the month and year-to-date. Registrations of small cars have generally fallen, again reflecting the impact of the scrappage scheme. Registrations of dual purpose and MPV segment cars were amongst those showing strong growth in the month.Follow this link to download the full April registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 4Corsa4,888 Mkt share ’10 9Qashqai12,991 2010760,341318,818434,0867,437378,713344,89036,738 49.4%49.2%1.4%43.7%50.6%5.6% 7Insignia3,912 1Fiesta34,679 2Golf4,973 45.5%53.6%0.9%47.3%48.6%4.1% 3Astra4,900 10Passat2,720    Year-to-date 4Astra22,150 % change-7.4%7.2%-20.8%48.1%-23.5%6.5%12.2% 1Fiesta6,755 6Polo4,524 Mkt share ’11 93 Series3,133 6Polo16,738 8Qashqai3,738 Mkt share ’10 5Golf22,074 2011137,74672,58363,1771,98653,83577,1176,794 Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness Mkt share ’11 % change-8.5%7.8%-21.0%31.1%-19.6%2.2%6.6% read more

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Tressel Suspended juniors to return for senior seasons

The five juniors suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season pledged to return for their senior seasons, coach Jim Tressel told the media Thursday. Tressel said he required each player to commit to staying a Buckeye for one more year before granting them permission to travel with the team. The NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas last week after learning the players had violated NCAA rules by selling gear, apparel and memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. The players must also repay between $1,000 and $2,500 each. Freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting was suspended one game and ordered to repay $150. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from receiving benefits or discounts based on their status. The suspensions, however, were pushed back until the start of next season after the NCAA decided the rules education offered by the OSU compliance department was not up to NCAA standards at the time the players sold the merchandise. “They are in the family, they are on the trip, they want to be Buckeyes in 2011,” Tressel said. “They are very remorseful for judgments they have made and they are anxious to have a great experience at the Allstate Sugar Bowl as all of us are.” Posey announced his intention to stay for his senior year during a press conference Tuesday in which the five apologized to Buckeye Nation. Should any of the five forgo his senior season, he would escape NCAA punishment. “If indeed they wanted to stay a part of our family and make the trip and have a chance to participate in one of the greatest games of all time, the Sugar Bowl, they would have to make any decisions based upon their future NFL [career] prior to us going to the bowl game,” Tressel said. “We didn’t think it would be fair to the NCAA or fair to the other people involved in the process that if someone were able to participate and have no consequences down the road. “Those decisions were made by our young people and I am excited to say that all the guys that were involved, knowing that they had options, like playing in this game and leaving, in their minds that could have been an option but it wasn’t.” The players sold Big Ten championship rings, jerseys and gold pants charms they received after beating Michigan. Disappointed that his players would relinquish such significant memorabilia, Tressel sent the group to the home of former Buckeye and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. “They said, ‘Coach, how can we let the former players know that we feel terrible about what we did?’” Tressel said. “And I said, ‘Gosh, I don’t know. Archie Griffin is the head of our alumni association, the CEO, and his office is across the street. Go see if he’ll take a visit.’ He wasn’t in the office that day, but he said, ‘You know what, come out to my house.’ He said, ‘The kids might get a different perspective when they look at my basement and see how important some of those things are to me.’” read more

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DKB Bundesliga Round 7 Convincing Fuchse and HSV

← Previous Story LNH: Montpellier wins after three matches! Next Story → End of season for Ruben Garabaya! dkb bundesligaFuchse BerlinHSV Handball Two favourites has won their matches in DKB Bundesliga Round 7. HSV was clearly better against GWD Minden 34:22 with six goals of Mimi Kraus. One interesting fact is that Serbian youngstar, Stefan Terzic scored the first ever Bundesliga’s goal. In the second match of the night, Fuchse Berlin had easy job in Grosswallstadt 25:18, team who is surprisingly on the bottom of Bundesliga’s table.

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Minister says PNP Administration fiscal policies turning out a strong economy for

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:economy, pnp, washington misick Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Nov 2015 – The PNP Administration in delivering a report on the fiscal performance of the country midway through the financial year touted success economically and socially; this came from Finance Minister Hon Washington Misick. Minister Misick was speaking in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.“My government has kept its promise to the people of these islands by effective stewardship of the economy, the banishment of structural budget deficit, empowerment through opportunities for all and the security of the future for the next generation.”The Minister says the TCI is in an enviable position as reflected up to September 30, 2015 and that tourism for the Caribbean is expected to grow, though slightly. As for the Turks and Caicos Islands, the growth rate was put at 4.1% by the head of finance for the country and said the country is outpacing forecasts. TCI has made significant gains from 2009 to 2015; Hon Misick revealed that real growth has surged from $522.8 million in 2009 to $594.1 million in 2015, which is a yearly average growth rate of 2.19%. As for the real GDP per capita was recorded at $14,500 in 2009 and is now at $16,200 in 2015 or a 1.9% growth rate annually. Hon Misick said that it is clear that his government’s financial policies are working. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Soybean Leaders Remember Friend Advocate Rob Joslin

first_imgRob was active at ASA for 10 years and served as president in 2010.The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week remembers our friend, former ASA president and spirited soybean advocate—Rob Joslin, who passed away on May 25 at age 63.Former ASA President Rob Joslin (left) and former ASA Chairman Johnny Dodson (right) attend NAFB Trade Talk in 2011.Rob was a lifelong farmer in Shelby County, Ohio, with his wife Ellen. He began farming fulltime after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1975. Rob had a lifelong relationship with 4-H and enjoyed learning parliamentary procedures during his early years at Starting Farmers 4-H Club. Later he enjoyed putting those experiences to work in his endeavors with the soybean associations.Rob was active at ASA for 10 years and served as president in 2010. He was a dedicated supporter of ASA’s World Soy Foundation and also served on the board of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), including one year as board secretary. He was an active member and past officer in the Ohio Soybean Association, serving as president and chairman over the years.Rob made a big impact on the soybean industry and many growers, leaders and friends shared their memories and kind words to honor him on ASA’s Facebook page this week:“This man started out being my mentor when I became an ASA director and ended up being a great friend,” Bob Worth said. “Rob was always such a wonderful inspiration and advocate for the Young Leader Program. My deepest sympathies to Ellen and the rest of his family,” said Michelle Beck Siegel. “So sad to learn of Rob’s passing. One of the leaders always willing to give advice or ask for advice. Very humble man in best sense of the word,” said Gary Joachim. Rob Joslin (left) was a dedicated supporter of ASA’s World Soy Foundation and also served on the board of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), including one year as board secretary. He was an active member and past officer in the Ohio Soybean Association, serving as president and chairman over the years.“The ag community lost a great leader. Our prayers extend to the entire Joslin family,” said Jeff Wuebker. Rob was a member of the Farm Foundation NFP and was currently a Trustee at Edison State Community College. He had served as a zoning officer for Clinton Township. He was also a current member of the Ohio Corn Grower and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, a lifetime member of Shelby County OSU Alumni and Sidney Rotary Club, and member of the Sidney Moose, Elks and VFW. He enjoyed sailing and riding his ’85 Harley FX.Rob is survived by his wife Ellen, along with daughter, Gail Elizabeth Joslin of Wilmington, N.C., one brother, William “Woody” Joslin and wife Ann of Maplewood, and one sister, Mary Ellen Drees of Tavares, Fla.Rob was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where Funeral Services will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Cromes Funeral Home 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, Ohio.The family requests that memorials be made to Shelby County 4-H Foundation, St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, and American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the Joslin family at the funeral home’s website, www.cromesfh.com.ASA’s thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s wife Ellen and his entire family.last_img read more

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Dashboard cam captures good Samaritan rescuing trapped driver

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Dashboard camera captured a good Samaritan rescuing a woman from her car following a violent car crash, Tuesday.Che Moreno was sitting at a red light on Southwest 26th Street and 147th Avenue when two cars collided in the intersection. His camera captured the entire ordeal.“We saw a car get T-boned right in front of us,” Moreno said.The camera captured what Moreno, a martial arts trainer, didn’t expect to see on his way to his fighting academy.“Miami is not the best for traffic and situations like that, so I have a camera mounted onto my rear view mirror just for any situation like this,” Moreno said. “As soon as you turn the car on, it’ll start recording, and when you turn the car off, it’ll turn off.”The camera shows Moreno exiting his car to check on the driver of the blue car.“I broke the door open and then I asked her if she needed some help and she couldn’t really talk,” Moreno said. “The fact that she had her seat belt on, I think it helped her out from from not getting further hurt.” The impact of the car crushed the passenger side of the car.“I saw the smash and then I saw the car reversing and I just thought the person could use some help,” Moreno said.The driver of the vehicle that was hit was leaving work at the CVS on the corner of the intersection when crash occurred.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Corps Releases Corrected Comment Period For Pebble Draft EIS

first_imgDuring April, the Corps conducted nine public hearings in Alaska to receive comment on the permit application and draft EIS in Anchorage, Dillingham, Homer, Igiugig, Kokhanok, Naknek, New Halen, New Stuyahok, and Nondalton. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the public comment period an additional 30-days for the Pebble Limited Partnership draft environmental impact statement. To date, about 8,400 public comments have been uploaded to the EIS website with more incoming, according to a release from the Corps. The deadline for submitting comments about the draft EIS is now July 1. The Corps will consider all comments received by that date before finalizing the document and making a permit decision. The extension brings the length of the public comment period to 120-days.center_img The Corps released the draft EIS on February 20 with the formal public comment period beginning March 1. Since January 2018, the Corps has made Pebble Limited Partnership’s permit application to discharge fill material into waters of the United States and work in navigable waters for the purpose of developing a copper-molybdenum-gold mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska publically available on the EIS website. Also, baseline data for the environmental analysis has been available since March 2018. Comments can be electronically submitted on the public website: https://www.pebbleprojecteis.com; or written comments mailed to:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska DistrictATTN: DA Permit Application 2017-271, Pebble Limited Partnership645 G Street Suite 100-921Anchorage, Alaska 99501last_img read more

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Nagula Panchami celebrated

first_imgSiddipeta: ‘Nagula Panchami’ festival was celebrated grandly in Siddipet village on Monday. Women and locals conducted special pujas in Naga Devatha temple. Devotees from neighbouring villages came in large numbers and conducted prayers. Temple founder Kankanala Dasaradha Swamy, temple administrator Chilimula Venkatesam made arrangements for convenience of devotees and visitors. Siddipet Addl. Judge Puja, Police Asst. Commissioner Babu Rao, CI Venkatrami Reddy, SI Shankar and others participated in the festival.last_img

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Dow biggest weekly percentage gain since Jan 2013

first_imgDow biggest weekly percentage gain since Jan 20133.9K viewsDow biggest weekly percentage gain since Jan 20133.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Dow biggest weekly percentage gain since Jan 20133.9K viewsBusinessIt was a strong week on Wall Street for stocks pushing the Dow and the Nasdaq into positive territory for this year. The wage gains seen in the December jobs report initially led investors to buyVentuno Web Player 4.50It was a strong week on Wall Street for stocks pushing the Dow and the Nasdaq into positive territory for this year. The wage gains seen in the December jobs report initially led investors to buylast_img

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Researchers analyze the future of transistorless magnonic logic circuits

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — As one of the newest research areas today, the field of magnonics is attracting researchers for many reasons, not the least being its possible role in the development of transistor-less logic circuits. Information presented at the first conference on magnonics last summer in Dresden has spurred a cluster of papers that focus on the recent progress in the field. In one of these studies, Alexander Khitun, Mingqiang Bao, and Kang L. Wang from the University of California at Los Angeles have shown that magnonic logic circuits could offer some significant advantages – in spite of some disadvantages – that may allow them to not only compete with but also outperform transistor-based CMOS logic circuits. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. While the amplitude-encoding approach has benefits including low power consumption due to the low energy of the spin wave signal, the researchers here think that the phase-encoding approach is more promising. This is because the phase-encoding approach enables different frequencies to be used as separate information channels, allowing parallel data processing in the same device. The capability of multi-channel data processing would provide a fundamental advantage over existing switch-based logic circuitry, and could lead to performance rates beyond the limits of today’s technology.“The greatest potential advantage of magnonic logic circuits is the ability to process information in parallel on different frequencies, which is not possible for CMOS-based logic,” Khitun told PhysOrg.com. Khitun, Bao, and Wang have previously fabricated a prototype magnonic device that operates in the GHz frequency range and at room temperature. However, in order for magnonic logic circuits to take advantage of their potential benefits, researchers will have to find solutions to several challenges. For instance, current prototypes will require increased energy efficiency and will need to be scaled down to the submicrometer range in order to compete with CMOS logic circuits. In comparison, there is still plenty of room to scale down the size of transistors, although power dissipation will likely make further scaling inefficient in the CMOS architecture. Another challenge for the magnonic phase-encoding approach in particular is the requirement for a bi-stable phase element to provide the output on two phases. In their analysis, the researchers note that one candidate is a device called the magnetic parametron, which was invented in the early days of magnetic computers more than 50 years ago. Interestingly, the parametron-based magnetic computers originally competed with transistor-based computers, which eventually proved to be the better option. Yet the magnetic parametron may now provide magnonic logic circuits the ability to live up to their potential.Other challenges for magnonic logic circuits include minimizing the inductive crosstalk between input and output ports, demonstrating some components of the circuits that have not yet been realized, and ensuring that the spin wave devices are compatible with conventional electron-based devices to enable efficient data exchange. Although the development of high-performance magnonic logic circuits will face challenges, Khitun, Bao, and Wang conclude that the advantages are significant enough to justify extensive research. Overall, the researchers predict that, even if the magnonic logic circuits don’t fully replace CMOS logic circuits, they may provide complementary components by offering low-power-consuming hardware for certain general and special task data processing. More information: Alexander Khitun, Mingqiang Bao, and Kang L. Wang. “Magnonic logic circuits.” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 43 (2010) 264005 (10pp). doi:10.1088/0022-3727/43/26/264005 Explore furthercenter_img This figure compares CMOS logic and magnonic logic in terms of throughput (the number of operations per area per time) as a function of the minimum feature size, which is the gate length for CMOS and the wavelength for a spin wave circuit. According to the projected estimates, spin logic may provide a throughput advantage of more than three orders of magnitude over CMOS due to the fact that the throughput of the spin circuit is inversely proportional to the wavelength. However, the throughput of demonstrated spin logic prototypes is currently far below current CMOS technology. Image credit: Alexander Khitun, et al. Spintronic transistor is developed The field of magnonics gets its name from spin waves and their associated quasi-particles called magnons, which have attracted scientific interest since the 1950s. Spin waves can generate collective spin excitations in magnetically ordered materials; by controlling the surrounding magnetic field, researchers can also control spin excitations and use them, for example, to carry and process information. Over the past few years, researchers have been investigating how to exploit spin wave phenomena to make logic circuits, which are the basis of data processing in electronic devices. Whereas CMOS logic circuits use electric current to store and transfer data, magnonic logic circuits use spin waves propagating in magnetic waveguides. By avoiding electric currents, magnonic logic circuits have the potential to enable more efficient data transfer and enhanced logic functionality, including parallel data processing.On the other hand, spin waves are known to have properties that present disadvantages for data processing, which include having a group velocity that is more than 100 times slower than the speed of light, and an attenuation (reduction of signal strength) that is more than 1,000,000 times higher than for photons. However, as chip density has increased and the distances between components have become smaller, the slow velocity and high attenuation have become less problematic. Now, fast signal modulation has become more important, which spin waves can provide due to their short wavelength and long coherence length. As the researchers explain in their analysis, a magnonic logic circuit can encode a bit of information in two ways: through either the amplitude or the phase of the spin wave. In the first working spin wave-based logic device demonstrated in 2005, Mikhail Kostylev and coauthors used the amplitude-encoding approach. They split the spin wave into two paths, which would later interfere with each other either constructively or destructively. The interference creates two opposite amplitudes that represent the 0 and 1 logic states. In the second approach, a spin wave propagating through an inverter waveguide undergoes a half-wavelength phase change. The original phase ‘0’ and the inverted phase ‘π’ can then be used to represent the logic states 0 and 1, respectively. Citation: Researchers analyze the future of transistor-less magnonic logic circuits (2010, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-future-transistor-less-magnonic-logic-circuits.htmllast_img read more

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