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The Manual Wind: Tudor Black Bay Bronze

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men If you frequent The Manual Wind, it is apparent that I am a Tudor fan.  The Tudor Pelagos and the Black Bay are two of the best watches on the market. Quality, attention to detail, classic design, and, of course, value brings it home for me. Tudor’s obvious bread winner, the Black Bay, has slowly progressed from an individual watch to an entire lineup. This year Tudor really fertilized this Black Bay family tree. Two new additions and an update were introduced, one being their new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze that I was fortunate enough to get my hands on. They are still quite hard to find, barely hitting the dealer showcases, and with good reason. This timepiece is awesome.Related: Tudor Black Bay ‘Black’ WatchJumping on the bronze band wagon, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze offers a whole new look. To start, the case is cast in bronze. Pictures do not do the proportions of this piece justice. At a larger 43mm in diameter, the wrist presence of this piece is profound. I have roughly a 7in wrist and this piece is on the larger side, but not overpowering. Not oversized, but larger than the previous Black Bay, this hunk of bronze makes a subtle statement. Matched with a chocolate brown bezel and dial, this is an all new color scheme for Tudor. The detail lies in the dial. Arabic 3,6,9 markers bring back design cues from old and rare Rolex submariners. Even the strap design, Nato with a stripe and a thick brown distressed calf,  takes cues from the history books referring back to Tudors worn by the French Navy.This all new look for the Black Bay gets even better. Bronze will patina with time and wear to make this your very own personalized Tudor. The brown color scheme is sporty yet classic and there is no detracted wearability. I would not characterize this as a brown timepiece. Yes the dial and bezel are the color of milk chocolate shavings, but the entire package on the wrist does not say, wear me with brown. Once again, at an awesome value, this in-house automatic timepiece will only set you back $3,975.  A great unique addition to any collection, I am happy to say this has finally made mine. Check out more of my collection on Instagram: @thehairywrist. 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Editors’ Recommendations Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacylast_img read more

Recommendations from UNCTAD Course Should Benefit Country

first_imgStory Highlights The objectives of the regional course included enhancing understanding of the relationships among trade, investment, finance and development in the context of international negotiations, and their links to country development strategies. The Jamaican Government is set to benefit from a series of recommendations coming out of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 37th regional course on key issues on the international economic agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean held last month. The course, which ran from July 24 to August 11 in Medellin, Colombia, was attended by Director of the Investment Branch of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Omar Chedda. The Jamaican Government is set to benefit from a series of recommendations coming out of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 37th regional course on key issues on the international economic agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean held last month.The course, which ran from July 24 to August 11 in Medellin, Colombia, was attended by Director of the Investment Branch of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Omar Chedda.In a report on the course, Mr. Chedda noted that one of the most useful insights gained from the experience was that in order to achieve sustainable development, low-income groups must be able to access the gains from trade and investment.“This can be achieved by building capacities to strategically integrate into local and global supply and value chains in ways that allow all members to derive benefits and grow. Transportation and logistics policies can play an integral role in this regard by linking producers with markets and suppliers in cost-effective ways,” the report said.The objectives of the regional course included enhancing understanding of the relationships among trade, investment, finance and development in the context of international negotiations, and their links to country development strategies.It also sought to build the knowledge and skills necessary for the design and implementation of trade, investment, logistics, science, technology, innovation and development policies, as well as for international negotiations to correspond with the needs and interests of the country.Mr. Chedda, in his report, noted that while Jamaica had already started to implement several of the strategies recommended, other valuable recommendations included that development policies should facilitate effective resource utilisation to build competitive advantages, entrepreneurial capabilities and production linkages, while effecting structural transformation, such as diversification of the economy, planned urbanisation; and take account of the composition of domestic demand, demographic transition, and inequality.It is also recommended that productive development policies move away from reliance on commodity exports, because of the uncertainty of commodity cycles, which cause fluctuations in the growth rate and do not promote development. Jamaica has the third-lowest level of diversification of exports in the Latin American and Caribbean region.The report further noted that cooperation, collaboration, partnerships and communication among stakeholders will be required to implement the economic and structural policies that are required to transform the region. This will require new models of public, private, and community partnerships (PPCP).The course material will feed into the development of the National Investment, Industrial and Science, Technology, Innovation policies which are currently being crafted.Mr. Chedda, meanwhile, in his speech at the closing ceremony of the course, hailed the experience as critical in deepening the participants’ understanding of the need to combine appropriate macroeconomic policies with structural reform, which can ignite the latent potential of the Latin American and Caribbean people to achieve economic growth, high-quality jobs and sustainable development.“Our region faces common challenges, and UNCTAD, through this regional course and country-specific projects, has been helping us to develop innovative strategies to face these challenges and chart a more inclusive path for the future,” he said.UNCTAD has been active in assisting Jamaica with productive development and trade policies, and most recently with the implementation of the ASYCUDA system for the Jamaica Customs Agency, and providing investment policy advice.last_img read more

Climate change India pitches for financial support by developed nations

first_imgKochi: In the run up to two key UN summits on Climate Change, India has raised the pitch for finance and technology support to developing nations to achieve the Paris Agreement goals of keeping a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius.Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was taking decisive steps in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which is the heart of the 2015 Paris pact. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Javadekar spelt out the success stories of India on Paris NDCs to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. “In Chile, when we meet in the next COP (Conference of the Parties), we will be taking a stance that every country needs to follow their own commitments to reduce national emissions and advanced countries need to provide finance and technology support, that is most important to developing world, he said here during his visit for a function on Friday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe nations under the United Nations negotiated and adopted the Paris Agreement in which India made four commitments, including reducing greenhouse gas emission intensity of its GDP by 33-35 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, under its NDC. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Referring to the governments ambitious Clean India mission, its efforts towards eliminating single use plastic, harnessing solar and wind energy and, creating more tree cover for protection of environment, Javadekar said these will be highlighted in various UN Climate forums. A climate action summit being hosted by UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres will be held this month and the United Nations summit hosted by Chile in December. He also said the Prime Ministers ambitious renewable energy programme to create 175 GW by 2022 “is a huge success and India has already reduced energy intensity by 22 per cent. Prakash Javadekar’s remarks are in line with the statement by the BASIC group of nations –Brazil, South Africa, India and China –in which they urged developed countries to undertake ambitious actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet their finance commitments, including by mobilizing USD 100 billion annually by 2020.last_img read more

John Doyle After TV election spectacle all I want is regularly scheduled

first_img Login/Register With: It, this outlandishly epic drama of an election, wasn’t over. No matter how that man in Florida wished it so. Not on TV. Heck, no. Hours and hours after the first gee-whiz reports of people waiting to vote, Wolf Blitzer was talking way, way too rapidly for a man of his age (his family must be worried) and actually sprinting over to John King and his magic freaking wall. Florida! Florida! “Whither Florida, county by county?” was Blizter’s agitated question.It was only 8 p.m. in Eastern time zones. Manic speculation was the gist across the networks, with a dollop of surreal intensity about the minutae of Florida voting patterns. A person could get seriously sick of Florida’s voting patterns. Doesn’t anybody there know how to make up their minds? Were they playing a game just to make John King’s magic freaking wall more interesting? Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is the return of regularly scheduled programming. I feel I speak for tens of millions when I ask for this. Seriously, dude. Even John King on CNN must be tired of his magic freaking wall.At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday a Fox News reporter was stalking people lining up to vote somewhere in Florida. A middle-aged man, when a microphone was poked in his face, sighed and said, “Thank God, it’s all over. I’m just tired of all the noise.” Amen to that, said anyone watching.Twelve hours later at 11 p.m., the noise was still ongoing. But at a low, rumbling volume. On CNN, John King was at his wall, saying to a choleric Wolf Blitzer, “It’s stunning we’re having this conversation.” Quote of the night, no magic needed to make it special and on the nose. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Air New Zealand boss Luxon resigns could pursue politics

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon says he is resigning after seven years in the top job at the national carrier.Many have speculated that Luxon has political ambitions. In a statement Wednesday, Luxon says he will take some time to reflect on what he will do next, and that his future work options include corporate life, nonprofits and politics.He steps down as CEO in September but will keep an advisory role.Air New Zealand is 52 per cent owned by the New Zealand government. The airline serves about 17 million passengers each year with a fleet of 115 planes.In its most recent annual results, the company reported a before-tax profit of 540 million New Zealand dollars ($353 million), it’s second-highest profit ever. As a result, it awarded 8,500 staff bonuses of up to NZ$1,800 each.The Associated Press read more

No quick fix for downtown power outage affecting thousands and thousands

No quick fix for downtown power outage affecting “thousands and thousands” by News Staff Posted Oct 12, 2014 6:12 pm MDT Calgary’s mayor says it is not possible for things to be back to “normal” by the work week after a damaging underground electrical fire Saturday night caused massive outages in the downtown core.In an update to media Sunday afternoon, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said 5,000 residents, 2,100 business and “thousands and thousands of employees” are affected by the blackout.Any residents unable to find shelter are able check in at the Mewata Armoury on 11th St. S.W., where the city’s information centre is set up.As of 4:00 p.m., 32 residents had already registered.The Eau Claire YMCA is also offering free services for residents in the outage zone.Many are expected to be without power for four to seven days as officials say they’re not just dealing with a repair, but a complete rebuild of the electrical system in the affected area.The mayor did however have some good news in terms of road closures.“I’m happy to say that the road closures have shrunk,” Nenshi said. “We’ve been able to re-open large sections of downtown. What remains closed is really down to the block around the fire itself.”That includes 5th and 6th Avenues, between 7th and 9th St., and 8th St. between 4th and 6th Avenues in the southwest.Transit is also running as per usual.ENMAX estimates power will be restored sometime between Wednesday and Saturday evening.CEO Gianna Manes said unlike with the recent September snowfall, buildings will not be brought back on slowly and homes and businesses will have power restored in large sections.“We do not anticipate that the number of people impacted will either go up, nor do we expect that the number will decline until this timeframe of sometime Wednesday evening to Saturday evening,” Manes said.Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc, director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, said there has been one injury reported.An ATCO worker was in the area of the original fire.“The only injury was to a worker eatery on yesterday when the event happened, that individual was transported to hospital for minor burns,” Uzeloc said.He said there is a concern with people leaving cars running in parking garages or running barbecues in under ventilated areas.A couple of buildings were evacuated Sunday in the blackout area because of unsafe levels of CO2, including the Western Building at 6th Avenue and 9th St. S.W.Mayor Nenshi said despite the inconvenience this may cause for this holiday long weekend, Calgarians still show their true spirit at any time of need.“There are folks on the internet who set up the Twitter hashtag #yycthanks, for individuals who just want to make matches with one another, ‘I’ve got an extra seat at Thanksgiving dinner,’ ‘ I’ve got room in my freezer,’ ‘I’ve got room in my fish tank for fish,’ who knew,” Nenshi said.The mayor once again called on businesses to check over their emergency preparedness plans and make sure there is communication happening between owners and employees, and tenants and landlords.He said the default for businesses talking to employees in the outage area is to not come in to work Tuesday.For City of Calgary updates, click here.For Alberta Emergency Alerts, click here. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Business of Tech Car dealerships and Oculus Rift

Business of Tech: Car dealerships and Oculus Rift AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan Muma Posted Jul 17, 2017 9:20 am MDT (Stock Photo/Pixabay.com/660 NEWS) The Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E3: This week, Jonathan speaks with the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association’s Michael Hatch about a report which predicts changing consumer habits and technology will bring about the end of car dealerships in the next seven to ten years. He also chats with Christine Chubb of Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s ‘Got Game’ about the Oculus Rift price drop and the future of virtual reality devices.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/07/17/business-of-tech-july-1417.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Is It Really Finally The Cubs Year

The 2016 Major League Baseball season opened on Sunday, and FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about the year to come. In today’s edition, we focus on the National League Central with Craig Edwards, managing editor of the Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos, and FiveThirtyEight’s own baseball columnist, Rob Arthur. The transcript below has been edited.Chicago CubsSt. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh PiratesMilwaukee BrewersCincinnati Reds St. Louis Cardinals neil: If the Cubs do falter from their lofty projections, there are plenty of teams in this division waiting to pounce. Let’s start with the Cardinals, who won 100 games last year and looked unstoppable at times. Yet, they also suffered some offseason losses and outplayed their BaseRuns by more than any other team. Are the Cardinals still on the same level, or might they be due for a decline?rob: I think they are due for some decline. Even if they returned the exact same team as last year, the odds were against them outperforming their underlying stats to such an extraordinary degree again. So they probably won’t be quite as good, though they’d be falling from such lofty heights that it would still make for a decent team. FanGraphs has them at 85 wins, with PECOTA projecting 82.craigjedwards: Although a repeat of last season’s win total is unrealistic, the Cardinals also have a pretty high floor. They cannot repeat their success with runners on base this season, but the rotation is arguably more talented than it was a year ago. Nobody on the team is projected to have a great season, but that also means nobody is irreplaceable, and they have quite a few players with ceilings well above their projections.neil: That rotation could be impressive, with five starters carrying a FanGraphs projection of at least 2 WAR.craigjedwards: The rotation has its questions, though, most being injury-related. With health, they might approach their run prevention from last season, but no pitching staff stays healthy all year. For instance, I wonder about Michael Wacha as we head into the season — he tired at the end of last year, after being shut down in 2014 with a shoulder issue. Wacha has pitched at an ace-level for stretches, but if he can’t command his fastball he’s closer to an average pitcher.rob: I think a huge unknown on the team, and a big determinant of its fate, is Yadier Molina. He was injured last year and turned in an uncharacteristically mediocre pitch-framing performance behind the plate. Framing makes such a big difference because its effect, while small for any given pitch, are spread out across every pitch a staff throws. If Yadi returns to his normal level — which seems possible if his decline came from injury, and not aging — the staff will get a big boost. If not, those 2-WAR projections may be overly optimistic.craigjedwards: Right. Molina’s bat has also gotten significantly weaker over the past two seasons, and two offseason thumb surgeries make you wonder about his hitting ability. The projections might be overrating that, expecting a bounce-back that might not be possible. His leadership and game preparation are unquestioned, but Molina’s body is compromised at this stage of his career.neil: For all of those concerns, though, these are still the Cardinals. Have they earned the benefit of the doubt given the way the franchise has re-tooled on the fly in the past? Or is that more of a narrative that gets applied to them post-hoc because they’ve been so successful?rob: I don’t like to give any team the benefit of the doubt. Some teams do figure out major advantages before others, but we can usually follow along and figure out what those advantages are (or were). The Cardinals might have some kind of player-development talent that other teams are lacking, or they might just be exceptionally well-run and good at acquiring skilled players. But I’m not inclined to give them a “Magic Beans” bonus.On the other hand: They have produced historic RISP performances — both in terms of pitching and hitting — over the last five years. I don’t know what to make of that. Maybe they do have a secret we don’t know about.craigjedwards: I think the benefit of the doubt is almost a required narrative that has turned into a joke. The David Freese–Allen Craig–Matt Carpenter–Matt Adams pipeline of “unknown players rising to prominence” seems like it has run dry. But what the Cardinals have been good at over the past few years — in contrast with the Cubs, who have developed position players — is developing pitching. They’ve targeted athletes and guys who can throw the change-up, and those pitchers seem to have worked out. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Pittsburgh Pirates Ben Lindbergh joins the Hot Takedown podcast to preview the 2016 MLB season. Milwaukee Brewers Embed Code Cincinnati Reds rob: In any event, I suspect that, like last year, this division will be one of the most exciting in baseball. Even if the Cubs wrap it up early (and they probably won’t), the Cards and Pirates will go down to the wire competing for WC spots. It should be fun to watch.craigjedwards: The division is Chicago’s to lose, but both the Pirates and the Cardinals are contenders who could win under the right circumstances.neil: And at least we won’t have to hear those incessant “Back To The Future” references around the Cubs this season.craigjedwards: Don’t worry, the Cubs will come up with something at least as annoying this season. Between them and the Cardinals, the NL Central has morphed into the new AL East in terms of insufferableness. A FiveThirtyEight Chat neil: And now comes the time when we have to talk about the dregs of this division. Who should we discuss first, Brewers or Reds? Both were awful last season, though PECOTA actually sees Milwaukee vaguely edging in the direction of .500 this year.rob: The Brewers are kind of fun because they are obviously experimenting, and they’ve made some great moves this offseason in that direction.craigjedwards: They also aren’t tied down with as many long-term contracts as Cincinnati. It’s part of why Milwaukee seems to have the slightly brighter long-term future, if that counts for anything.neil: The Brewers even have the ninth-best farm system in MLB, per Baseball America.craigjedwards: The big question for them will be, “When will they trade Jonathan Lucroy, and how much will they get for him?”neil: And, “how much has Lucroy’s framing value gone down these past few years?”rob: A huge question with Lucroy is whether his framing went down or if everyone else’s went up. (This applies to Molina as well.) If the league as a whole improved at pitch framing, then guys like those two — who used to be leaps and bounds better than everyone else — will look like they’re declining. It even matters for Lucroy’s trade prospects, because if it’s a matter of him declining, then he could go back up. But if the league’s catchers all rose to his level, there’s not much prospect for improvement.craigjedwards: How much of an effect injuries might have had is another question that I don’t believe we can answer at this point. But even without the framing, he hits well for a catcher and is in a team-friendly contract over the next two seasons, so he should still be a good asset for the Brewers to flip and improve their farm system even more.rob: However, outside of Lucroy (and maybe Ryan Braun), the Brewers have a ho-hum, strikeout-prone lineup and an unimpressive rotation. They aren’t going to be very good this year.craigjedwards: Milwaukee looked like it was on the Oakland A’s track of trying to never rebuild, but after the team squandered a division lead in 2014, the bottom fell out last season and it was time for a major rebuild.neil: Rebuilding usually means promising youngsters. Anybody to keep an eye on this year?craigjedwards: Orlando Arcia. He’s their shortstop of the future with Segura gone.And to Rob’s earlier point about experimenting with players, Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana are the type of guys you try out when you know you have no hope of contending. They could easily disappoint, but there are no bad long-term ramifications if they can’t hack it in the majors.rob: “Hack” being the operative word; Santana had a contact rate of 67 percent last year. But yeah, there’s nothing to lose on high-variability players — Rymer Liriano also comes to mind — and a lot to gain, so they’re correct to invest in them.craigjedwards: If they hit on a couple of these guys, it could really help the team’s long-term outlook.rob: Right, this is a year where they feel out some of those young guys and see who can contribute to the next competitive Brewers team. neil: The Pirates round out what was this division’s Big Three last year. But the statistical projections seem a little down on them — 83 wins at FanGraphs, 82 at Baseball Prospectus. Are you guys sensing a drop-off in Pittsburgh? Or do they extend a run that’s seen them average 93 wins the past three seasons?rob: I believe either the Pirates or Cardinals will get to 90 wins and probably snag a Wild Card spot. The Pirates are about as likely as the Cards, with a similar “benefit of the doubt” narrative surrounding them. As one of the most visibly sabermetric teams in the game (between ground balls, shifting, their health monitoring, etc.) it’s plausible to me that they’ll defy the projections slightly. If they do have a secret, I think it relates to their health, which has been notably better than other teams the last few years.craigjedwards: On the position-player side, they have a lot of talent, particularly in the outfield. Pitching-wise, Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano make for a very good one-two punch, though the rest of the rotation is not great. But if there’s a new magic-beans narrative going around, it’s in Pittsburgh, with Ray Searage getting unforeseen performances out of his pitchers. Juan Nicasio might be the beneficiary of that this season.rob: And they may not even need those kinds of secret advantages. This is a solid roster featuring one of the best players in the game — Andrew McCutchen — and a true ace in Cole. It’s also remarkably even across the board: Not a single lineup spot is projected to be below replacement-level, according to Baseball Prospectus.craigjedwards: But like you said, Rob, health is the key. The Pirates face the same problem as many teams in a similar financial situation: a lack of depth. If injuries force them to rely on reinforcements, it’s difficult to see them repeating the success of the past few seasons.rob: I agree, they are hurting for depth. You could easily see this team collapsing with only a few DL trips.neil: And even if they turn out OK in that department and make the playoffs, I’m not sure that fanbase can take another defeat in the Wild Card game.rob: Unfortunately, there’s a decent chance that’s exactly what will happen.neil: Again?rob: The wild card is a cruel mistress.craigjedwards: Pittsburgh got a bit unlucky being forced to go against Jake Arrieta last season, but Cole is also a good guy to have for a one-game playoff. The NL Wild Card could see another great pitching duel when you look at the aces who could be featured: Cole, Arrieta, Matt Harvey, Max Scherzer, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright.rob: With the Cubs and Cardinals as competition, it’s hard to see the Pirates capturing the division (although it’s possible). It’s easier to see them putting up another solid 92-win season, landing the Wild Card, and facing one of those pitchers in a do-or-die game. At that point, it’s basically a coin flip, one the Pirates have lost a couple of times running now.craigjedwards: So they are probably due? That’s how coin flips work, right?rob: For the collective sanity of Pittsburgh’s residents, I hope so. neil: So Milwaukee sounds like they’re in a better place than Cincinnati.craigjedwards: The Brewers saw the opportunity to start rebuilding, and they took it. The Reds, on the other hand, had the opportunity to start a major rebuild, but their heart wasn’t really in it.rob: Yes, they haven’t gone as far or received as much of a return. They’re holding onto Joey Votto now (which is understandable), but they also kept Aroldis Chapman too long. And they haven’t been as experimental as the Brewers, taking fliers on high-variance players. That will hurt them down the road when some of the Brewers’ risks pan out.craigjedwards: If they’d dealt Chapman and Jay Bruce for a few extra prospects at last year’s trade deadline, we might look at the Reds differently. Instead they hung onto Bruce, who collapsed at the end of the season; then Chapman’s offseason domestic violence investigation hurt his trade value. And now it’s difficult to see Votto drawing a package good enough to justify trading a franchise player.(They also still owe Homer Bailey more than $80 million through 2019, and couldn’t figure out a way around Brandon Phillips‘ no-trade clause, so he’s owed another $27 million over the next two years.)rob: Having said all that, the nice thing about this iteration of the Reds is that, even though they won’t be too competitive in the Central, they have some fun players to watch. Votto is always great, and Billy Hamilton remains entertaining (even if he’s not living up to his promise).craigjedwards: They also have a number of interesting young pitchers, such as Raisel Iglesias (a big signing out of Cuba) and Robert Stephenson. If a few of those guys pan out, Cincinnati could rebuild quickly. But unfortunately for the Reds, the probability of success for that strategy is not incredibly high.The bottom line: Neither the Reds nor Brewers is likely to do well in the next two, maybe three seasons. And it doesn’t look like the Cubs, Pirates or Cardinals are going to go anywhere, either.rob: So, in a way, it makes sense to go for a longer-term rebuild. When the top of the division is strong and will be for a while, maybe it’s reasonable to wait until you can field a genuinely good team.craigjedwards: But then what do you with Votto? It seems like such a waste to have him on terrible teams.rob: I agree. (#freejoeyvotto!) Then again, he gives Reds fans a reason to watch, when they’re not complaining about his otherworldly OBP.craigjedwards: That’s what makes him hard to trade. He’s a truly great player, but his enormous contract depresses his long-term value and limits Cincinnati’s trading partners. We just saw the Rockies go through this with Troy Tulowitzki. They waited too long to trade their franchise player, and ended up with a return that wasn’t as good as it would have been a year earlier.It almost seems as though having a player like Joey Votto provided the illusion of a bright long-term future. The same thing might be happening with the Angels and Mike Trout, but in Los Angeles they have more opportunities to spend their way out of it than in a market like Cincinnati.rob: The margin for a mid-market or small-market team is so thin. The couple of months’ difference between trading a player at the peak of his value and just off of it can multiply into a year’s difference in the competitive window. Chicago Cubsneil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Last year’s NL Central was one of the strongest divisions in memory, particularly between the Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates at the top. But Chicago had an unbelievable offseason, and most sources consider them the best team in baseball going into 2016. So, to get us started, what do we think about this stacked roster the Cubs have assembled? Do we buy the hype about this team’s potential to end the franchise’s 108-year championship drought?craigjedwards: I absolutely buy the hype. A lot of things had to go right last season for the Cubs to make their big leap earlier than expected: Kris Bryant instantly playing to his talent level, most of the team staying healthy (particularly in the rotation), Jake Arrieta’s incredible breakout year, etc. This season, the Cubs don’t need as much good fortune. By signing John Lackey, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward, and bringing back Dexter Fowler, they’ve built a bit of a buffer in case of bad luck.rob: I agree — the Cubs start the year with an excellent roster, loaded with depth. There’s a reason they’re favored so highly by PECOTA, Steamer and just about every other projection system. On top of its excellent starters, Chicago has prospects and the budget to add contracts mid-year, so if a major player suffers an injury or performance decline, they should be able to handle it.craigjedwards: But whether they can end the drought is a difficult question to answer. For most teams, just getting to the playoffs means the season was successful. But if the drought means a World Series title or bust, the team is setting itself up for disappointment. It’s really difficult to win three straight postseason series against other good teams.rob: Right. As much as I buy that this is a stacked roster, I have some bad news for Cubs fans: A good roster at the beginning of the year guarantees nothing. Between injuries, cluster luck and various other kinds of bad breaks, many a preseason powerhouse has exited the playoffs early — or worse yet, failed to reach the postseason at all. (As a Cubs fan, I have been trained to expect the worst.)neil: Baseball is quite different from, say, the NBA, where the Golden State Warriors’ stacked roster means they’re a coin-flip to win the NBA title. Being the best MLB team means you have, what, a 15 to 20 percent chance (at best) of winning?rob: Yes, the difference between MLB teams is much smaller. We’ve never seen (and will never see) a baseball team like the 2016 Warriors or 1996 Bulls. Win projections in the high 90s are about as good as it gets, and that’s where the Cubs are right now.craigjedwards: The best players in the NBA handle the ball constantly, whereas a hitter comes to the plate four or five times per game, and an ace might only pitch twice in a playoff series. Plus, only eight teams make the divisional series, so even the worst playoff team is not going to be far from the best in terms of talent. The Cubs went 3-5 in the playoffs last year, and they were a success story.rob: If only Arrieta could pitch every game.neil: Another (possibly underrated) thing working against the Cubs’ chances is how top-heavy the NL is. According to FanGraphs, Chicago ranks first in projected team wins above replacement, but Nos. 2 through 5 — and seven of the top 10 teams — are in the NL.rob: That’s true — this year’s decrease in parity has been driven mostly by NL teams, particularly the Dodgers, Cubs and Mets. That will make the NL playoffs more of a crapshoot than usual. Even within the Central, the Cubs will have to contend with two difficult challengers in the Pirates and Cardinals.neil: They’d have an easier path to the World Series in the AL, I’d think.rob: Also, they’d get to play Kyle Schwarber at DH, where he probably belongs.craigjedwards: If the Pirates or Cardinals win 93 games, and the Cubs win 92 — which, again, would be a very successful season — all of a sudden Chicago is in the Wild Card game, hoping for a coin flip just to get to the Division Series. And some very good NL teams, at least on paper right now, will not even get to the playoffs.The difference might not be how a team does against other contenders, but rather how badly they can beat up the NL’s worst teams, some of which are very poor.rob: We saw that in the NL East preview, with two teams racing to the bottom and two strong outfits up top; there’s a similar pattern going on in the Central. Across the league, teams seem to be committing more to a particular trajectory in the competitive cycle, either rebuilding or making a championship run.neil: If the Cubs do have 95- to 100-win talent, the upper bound on that is one of the best teams ever. (Which could very well happen.) But I have a feeling the bottom bound is also lower than we think. What could send this seemingly stacked Cubs team there? Just the obvious scenario, a rash of key injuries?rob: A good, approximate rule of thumb is that team-level projections are 90 percent certain to be within +/-10 wins. So the bottom bound is something like 80 to 85 wins, which is probably not making the playoffs in this division. That’s the reason I’m cautious about the Cubs.craigjedwards: I think the bottom likely comes if the pitching falls apart. The projections aren’t exactly conservative on Arrieta and Jon Lester. Losing one of them would be a major blow, and there are some concerns about Arrieta’s crazy workload last season. Plus, Lester is one year older and has apparently been pitching at the risk of injury for some time now.rob: I think there’s still some reason to suspect Arrieta could turn back into a pumpkin. Lester’s inability to throw to first has been well-documented, yet strangely not taken advantage of as much as it could be. He’s also a pitcher older than 30, and those can fall apart at any time (remember Cliff Lee?). If you combine the risk of a rotation and bullpen collapse, that’s the most likely way I see the Cubs’ season falling apart.craigjedwards: But as far as their lineup goes, they are pretty well-insulated.rob: Yep, they have too many good, young position players to have a bad offense. read more

Indigenous Affairs Ministry unable to account for millions in state assets

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndigenous Affairs PS unable to account for over $40M in spending: PAC hearsJune 12, 2017In “latest news”Agri Ministry PS, Deputy sent on leaveMarch 6, 2017In “Local News”Harmon says Education PS will be ‘disciplined’ if guard hut scandal proves trueJune 9, 2017In “latest news” The Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs (MOIPA) is unable to properly account for all of its assets and resources distributed across the regions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, as a result of lapses in the procurement, fiscal management and accountability laws and obligatory regulations—a situation that has reached alarming proportions. MOIPA’s Permanent Secretary, Alfred KingMOIPA’s Permanent Secretary, Alfred King made the startling disclosure on Thursday when he was joined by Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs and Vice President, Sidney Allicock and Minster within the Ministry, Valerie Gariddo Lowe for the opening of a two day meeting of the Ministry’s Community Development Officers (CDO).He told the CDO’s gathered at Moray House, they also contribute to the mismanagement in the system with regards the State resources—purchased using tax payers dollars.Pointing out the situation recently unearthed at the Ministry, through its various mechanisms and outlying offices and units, the Permanent Secretary said it has been failing to accurately account for resources that have been distributed.According to King, recent queries were undertaken by the Ministry that focuses on compliance with the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act and Guyana Procurement Laws among other standards.In making the disclosure, King said it was “only two days I was spending over three and half hours trying to not ramble but go through thoroughly, what is the assessment of the Ministry’s performance by the FMA standard, by the Stores Regulation standard, by the Procurement Act standards and what we found is quite alarming in some cases.”According to the recently appointed Permanent Secretary, “there are queries as it relates to the ministry not being able to account accurately and efficiently for the distribution of its assets and resources to support the community’s work.”He lamented this to be a most distressing, since on further investigations it was discovered that there are several gaps existing in the system, in addition to other breakdowns in the governance mechanisms.“What we found was that there were gaps as it relates to people who should be involved and persons who should be taking action to correct those deficiencies.”King said, the Ministry has since taken cognizance of the existing gaps in the MOPIA’s operations.He highlighted too, “lots of parallel operations…things are happening and people are operating in silos when in fact we should be operating at one Ministry.”The MOIPA Permanent Secretary used the occasion of the two day meet to challenge the CDOs in the formulation of strategy on the way forwards, to bring to fore and address the sore issues plaguing the ministry such as outstanding liabilities.“I want to see you come up with a plan for us to reduce all those liabilities that we have out there.”Bemoaning the point, the MOIPA Permanent Secretary pointed to the Ministry’s solicitation of the services in various communities, such as with the Uniform Assistance Program where persons are employed to construct the garments.“After a year and two, sometimes we still owe the people out there…We operate an annual budget, that is a financial year from January to December and therefore we should not be talking about operationalizing the previous year’s budget for five and six months into a new year, something is fundamentally wrong with that and must be changed.”Lamenting other woes being experienced by the Ministry and departments such as the CDOs, King pointed to the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) with some 1,800 persons enlisted across the country—many of whom have since begun complaining.King regaled the objectives of the project which could ultimately lead to youth employment and self empowerment and chided the CDOs saying “if you are out there and you not part of this whole process of trying to empower young people then you are not really with the Ministry.”King was adamant the CDOs should take a more proactive role in engaging the HEYS and similar programs targeting hinterland regions.“You are supposed to be ensuring that you help to coordinate and manage the mobilization for these young people for monthly payments of their stipends, we are still getting reports that we are taking too long to get out there, that’s difficult to conceptualise if we know that we have ongoing presence on the ground,” according to King.He said “you can understand how frustrating it can be from time to time when we get these types of reports.”King was adamant during his interaction with the CDOs “If you don’t like what you do, best thing is to get out of it.”Speaking to the importance of the CDOs and their relationship to the Ministry, King at the onset announced that the meetings will no longer be held annually.“You are regular staff and this should be statutory engagements where you are given policy directives,” in addition to performance reviews and evaluations.King said the meetings will in the future be held with a quarterly arrangement “where you work closely with all the units in the ministry to execute their works.”Community Development Officers attached to the Ministry are posted with the majority being located in Regions One, Seven Eight and Nine while one officer is tasked with responsibility for the coastal Amerindian communities.The meeting was organized by the Ministry’s Department of Community Development and Governance.Vice President Allicock, in addressing the gathering also lamented the current lapses in the systems at the Ministry and called for an urgent serious restructuring plan.“In the history of the MOIPA there has not been a better time to make those changes or implement plans,” he said.  read more

John PierceJones is the 2015 safety inductee sponsored by FLSmidth into the

first_imgJohn Pierce-Jones, Founder and Chairman of Trolex is the 2015 inductee into the safety section (sponsored by FLSmidth) of the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. John Pierce-Jones has been at the forefront of mining safety for more than half a century. He is leading name in hazardous gas detection and environmental condition monitoring and has led the development of a number of systems that have revolutionised mine safety around the world, saving thousands of lives.These achievements include a ground-breaking vibration monitoring system for mine ventilation systems developed in the 1960s that was subsequently adopted at every coal mine in the UK, when there were hundreds of coal mines in the country. Known in the industry simply as MAVIS, the system he developed was renowned for its user-friendly method of operation, reliability. Mines depended on it for predictive maintenance and system failure indication of vital mine ventilation systems.Working with the UK’s Mining Research and Development Establishment (MRDE) in the 1980s, Trolex under his leadership developed an improved mining smoke detector, the Trolex P3270, which was subsequently used in many of Britainʼs coal mines – then numbering around 150 – mainly for environmental monitoring of roadways. The P3270 was less sensitive to dust and moisture than previous devices and could respond to fires in wind speeds of up to 7 m/s.In the 1990s, Pierce-Jones pioneered the TX9042 which quickly established itself as an iconic product in mining safety. The eight-way programmable sensor controller is hugely versatile and used for sensing gas, flow, pressure, temperature as well as vibration. In addition to eight frequency or pulse inputs for counting, timing and speed sensing, there are four programmable output relays plus simultaneous display of all input channels. The compact box is fitted easily in mining systems and elevated safety to a new level on account of its simplicity and user-friendly design that transformed monitoring.Although there is a next generation product, it is still widely used with 500 new units installed globally in 2012.More recently he led the development of Trolexʼs popular Sentro 1 (TX6351) intelligent universal gas detector, and the award-winning Sentro 8, the very latest generation of multi-gas and environmental monitoring systems.The best-selling Sentro 8 brings together an array of hazardous area technologies in one easy-to-use system that is both highly versatile and cost-effective. Able to monitor multiple aspects of the mining environment such as gas, humidity, temperature, pressure and vibration, the Sentro 8 is a fully integrated system. Almost 500 installations have been made globally since it was launched in 2011.Part of his nomination reads: “Where he stands out from others in the industry is his pursuit of making gas detection and safety monitoring devices as user-friendly and cost-effective as possible so there are no barriers to protecting lives, equipment and property in some of the most dangerous environments in the world.”last_img read more

Ivan Cupic a new strength of Vive Targi Kielce

Ivan CupicPolish HandballRhein Neckar LowenRNLVive Targi KielceZeljko Musa Connection between Rhein Neckar Lowen and Vive Targi Kielce became so strong after Polish team bought a few Polish players in two years and gave them a chance to live and work at home. Now it is time for transfer of someone who is not really “domestic player”. Famous as one of the bravest player in Handball Croatian right wing, Ivan Cupic (26)  is close to sign contract with Polish vice-champions.Vive Targi Kielce doesn’t plan to stop. Balkan colony becomes bigger and bigger. After Rastko Stojkovic, who opened the door to former Yugoslavians, Dragan Tubic, Uros Zorman, Denis Buntic and Zeljko Musa came to Kielce. Is it now time for Ivan Cupic, we will hear soon… ← Previous Story EHF CL: THW Kiel only one step to Cologne F4! Next Story → Men’s CWC 1/4 Final: Germans ready for semi-finals – Celje PL and Aragon close read more

M50 operating with traffic levels that werent expected until the mid2020s

first_img Image: Sam Boal Leo Varadkar, Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin are launching the transport section of Project Ireland 2040 here at Dublin Port today pic.twitter.com/J0Hipp1Mdg— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) June 25, 2018 Image: Sam Boal By Christina Finn He defended projects contained in his Project Ireland 2040 plan, such as MetroLink and BusConnects.“I know there has been some understandable controversy of late about the route of MetroLink and BusConnects. You really know that stuff is happening when people start objecting to them, that is inevitable,” he said.He added that all objections to these projects “will be listened to, they will be taken seriously and they will be taken on board”.Describing the BusConnect project as a “Luas on wheels” scheme, he said it will make a big impact on congestion in Dublin.The plan was unveiled earlier this month. It’s envisaged that a continuous bus lane will operate in each direction as well as maintaining two traffic lanes along 16 routes. Cycle lanes will also be segregated from other traffic.Such works will include large-scale road-widening projects which will require the acquisition of sections of around 1,300 front gardens around the city.Commuters in traffic While congestion has an impact on economic growth, the Taoiseach said it is also having an impact on people, with commuters sitting in traffic for hours on end.“It is pretty miserable,” he said, pointing out that in his own constituency of Dublin West, people are sitting in traffic for an hour every morning and evening.The Taoiseach said the BusConnects plan will reduce people’s commute time per week by a half.Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham said the need to upgrade Ireland’s public transport system is “urgent”.She said the public are ”beginning to realise that we are serious about what we want to deliver and we need to deliver it quickly”, adding that congestion is the biggest problem it faces.While today’s event was about promoting the government’s €8.6 billion spend on public transport, the stakeholders also spoke about the challenges ahead.Nolan said there are a significant number of road and public transport schemes in the Ireland 2040 plans which still have to go through the planning process.“The biggest challenge for TII is to get those projects through the planning process,” he said.When a large-scale project is announced, Nolan said it is a certainty that it will have to go through the courts.He said major road projects can take eight to 13 years to go through the planning process and construction. “It shouldn’t take that long,” he added. Short URL Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter THE M50 IS operating at traffic levels which were not due to happen until the mid-2020s, according to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) chief executive Michael Nolan.Speaking at the Project Ireland 2040 transport plan launch today, Nolan said there has  been a “huge increase” in traffic in the last three or four years.Since the recession, traffic levels along the motorway has been growing year on year by between seven to eight percent.Nolan said this growth is an indication of two things – that the economy has improved and that there is a lack of public transport alternatives.He ruled out any idea of additional lanes being added to the M50, stating that the solution is not to expand the motorway.The M50 is a “finite piece of road space and we can’t keep building our way out of the problem. We need a public transport solution,” said Nolan.Building an outer ring-road to the M50 would help with access, but it would not reduce traffic on the motorway, he said.Public transport Speaking at the same event at the Dublin Port Authority this morning, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said public transport must be improved if people are going to get out of their cars. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Monday 25 Jun 2018, 4:34 PM Share1 Tweet Email1 20,699 Views Jun 25th 2018, 4:34 PM 41 Comments M50 operating with traffic levels that weren’t expected until the mid-2020s Transport Infrastructure Ireland boss said there has been a ‘huge increase’ in M50 traffic in the last four years. http://jrnl.ie/4090729 last_img read more

Android Q is Android 10 In Brand Update

first_img Google Pixel Phones Talk to 911 For YouAndroid Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit Porn Stay on target Google has lost its sweet tooth: After 10 years of confections, Android OS is being rebranded.This year’s Android Q—admittedly one of the alphabet’s hardest letters to associate with a snack food—is officially known as Android 10.And that’s it.No quince, quavers, or quarter-pounder. Just Android 10.Which is a bit of a letdown, following a decade of candied updates—from Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and Pie.Part of the Android experience, these nicknames—internal codes used by Google’s engineering team—were “a fun part of the release each year,” Sameer Samat, vice president of product management, wrote in a blog announcement.“But we’ve heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community,” he said.The letters “L” and “R,” for instance, are indistinguishable in some languages, making it difficult to know that Lollipop referred to the version after KitKat.And while sweet pies and fluffy marshmallows do make for a delicious treat, they are not particularly popular in many parts of the world.Numbers, however, are globally recognized.A refreshed look for the brand (via Google)“This next release of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10,” Samat explained. “We think this change helps make release names simpler and more intuitive for our global community.“And while there were many tempting ‘Q’ desserts out there,” he teased, “we think that at version 10 and 2.5 billion active devices, it was time to make this change.”That’s not Android’s only transition, though: The platform has introduced a “more modern, accessible” brand aesthetic.The design, rolling out soon with the final release of Android 10, draws inspiration from the company’s robot mascot, which “has long been a symbol of the fun and curiosity at the heart of Android,” Samat said.New black font also makes the logo easier to read—especially for those with visual impairments.More on Geek.com:Google Pixel Phones Talk to 911 For YouAndroid Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit Porn5 Upcoming Android Phones That Are Worth Waiting Forlast_img read more

ASA Applauds House Approval of Farm Bill Thanks Farmers Who Made Voices

first_imgAfter three years of waiting, today is a day of celebration for soy farmers, as Congress finally makes strides to provide us with the Farm Bill we so desperately need. In a vote of 251 to 166 the House passed the Farm Bill this morning.Following the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 by the House of Representatives, the American Soybean Association (ASA) sent a news release applauding the vote. ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser reiterated just how close the vote brings soybean farmers to a bill that is long overdue.“We are very, very close,” said Gaesser. “The House has done its part and come together across party lines to pass a good bill—a compromise bill—that represents the needs of soybean farmers and so many other aspects of agriculture. The House is to be commended for its work, but there’s no time to waste. We’ve been operating without a farm bill since the end of September; that means no certainty when it comes to risk management, export market promotion,  programs that assist our industry’s growing biodiesel and biobased products sectors, and countless others. Moreover, USDA needs time to put these programs in place for 2014 crops, which begin to be harvested in May.  The Senate needs to take up the bill and pass it immediately so we can put this process behind us and keep producing and planning for the tough challenges ahead.”ASA has been active in support of the bill, which provides for multiple soybean farmer priorities, most notably a flexible farm safety net that includes a choice between price-based and revenue-based risk management tools and maintains the decoupling of payments from current planted acreage under both programs.ASA supports the bill’s risk management framework; its strengthening of crop insurance; streamlining and optimization of conservation programs; investment in critical trade development and renewables like biodiesel and biobased products; support for beginning farmers and ranchers and acknowledgment of the role of agricultural research.“We have maintained throughout this process that we are willing to work together with all of agriculture to move this process forward,” Gaesser said. “The bill is a reflection of that willingness to cooperate and compromise and Chairwoman Stabenow, Chairman Lucas, and Ranking Members Cochran and Peterson deserve great credit for producing a bill that captures that cooperation and compromise so well.“We can see the finish line,” he added. “It’s been a long, long road to this point, but we’re almost there. It’s up to the Senate now to bring this process to fruition by passing the farm bill.”ASA thanks the more than 400 farmers that emailed and contacted their members of Congress on the bill. Now we turn our attention to the upper chamber, encouraging the Senate to take up and pass the farm bill as quickly as possible. ASA will keep you updated as the process moves forward.last_img read more

No proposal to give free solar pumps to farmers

first_imgNew Delhi: There is no proposal to give free solar pumps to farmers, but a scheme to provide solar panels and pumps to farmers with the Centre and state government each sharing 30 per cent of its cost has been approved and will be rolled out soon, the Government Tuesday said. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy and Power R K Singh said, “There is no proposal to give free solar pumps to farmers.” Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “We have a scheme which has recently been approved and we propose to launch it quickly whereby we will give 30 per cent of the cost and we expect the state government to give 30 per cent of the cost for giving solar panels and pumps to farmers,” he informed the House. In reply to another supplementary, the minister said the government has electrified every village and hamlet in the state of Rajasthan. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Asked whether there was a proposal to produce solar power for sale in other states, the minister said, “We already have such a scheme whereby solar energy is produced and about 29,000 MW of large solar plants have been established and about 13,000 MW are under installation.” He said in these solar plants, power is generated in one state and is transmitted to other states, whichever state requires it and thus this scheme is already in operation. Advertise With Us “We have already connected every hamlet and every village even in the northeastern states. A large number of these hamlets and villages have been connected through off-grid solutions which include solar panels and we have connected every house also, apart from connecting every village and hamlet,” he said with regard to Nagaland. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Singh said, “The Remote Village Electrification Programme was discontinued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy from 2012-13. Since then all villages in the country have been electrified under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) administered by the Ministry of Power.last_img read more

3 killed in Dinajpur buscar collision

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree people were killed and another injured in a head-on collision between a private car and a bus in Egaro Mile area of Kaharole upazila in Dinajpur on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased couldn’t be identified immediately.Additional assistant director of Dinajpur Fire Service Rafiquzzaman said the accident took place when the ‘Nabil Paribahan’ bus from Thakurgaon collided with the private car around 2:30pm, leaving the private car driver and its two passengers dead on the spot and another injured.last_img read more

2018 In Review The Year In Houston Politics

first_imgWikimedia CommonsHouston City Hall.In the audio above we continue our look back at the biggest stories of 2018 by examining the year in Houston politics. Andrew Schneider, News 88.7’s government and politics reporter, joins host Craig Cohen, Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder, to talk about the biggest governmental stories in Houston. Sharelast_img

Peepoo bag offers sanitary human waste disposal for pennies

first_img While efforts have been made to design inexpensive toilets, Swedish inventor Anders Wilhelmson is taking an even more low-tech approach to the problem. He has designed the “Peepoo,” a biodegradable plastic bag that serves as a single-use toilet for individuals in the developing world. After the bag is used and buried in the ground, urea crystals coating the bag sterilize the solid human waste and break it down into fertilizer for crops. Wilhelmson says that his company, Peepoople, can sell the bags for about 2 or 3 cents.An architect and professor in Stockholm, Wilhelmson was inspired by the current waste disposal methods used in the urban slums in Kenya. People there simply put their human waste in a plastic bag and fling it away. The bags are called “helicopter toilets” or “flyaway toilets.” Wilhelmson’s Peepoo bag is basically an environmentally friendly alternative that costs about the same as the ordinary plastic bags. Plus, the Peepoo is odor-free for 24 hours so that it can temporarily be stored nearby. Wilhelmson has successfully piloted the bag in Kenya and India last year, and plans to mass-produce the bag this summer.Wilhelmson hopes that the Peepoo bag could help the United Nations reach its goal to cut the number of people without access to toilets in half by 2015. As an article in the New York Times notes, other low-cost toilets are also being introduced in the developing world. For example, Singapore-based Rigel Technology recently demonstrated a $30 toilet that separates solid and liquid waste and turns solid waste into compost. A low-cost toilet that uses excrement to produce biogas to be used for cooking is being promoted by Sulabh Internation, an Indian nonprofit. However, Wilhelmson’s simple and inexpensive sanitizing bag may have the advantage of easy implementation, especially for people living in the most poor and rural areas. Citation: ‘Peepoo’ bag offers sanitary human waste disposal for pennies (2010, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-peepoo-bag-sanitary-human-disposal.html Opposition to plastic grocery bags grows Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — About 40 percent of the earth’s population, or 2.6 billion people, do not have access to a toilet, according to United Nations. The unsanitary conditions have resulted in contaminated drinking water that causes diseases, such as diarrhea, which has become one of the leading causes of death in young children. The inside of the single-use Peepoo bag is coated with urea crystals, which sterilize solid waste and break it down into fertilizer. Image credit: Peepoople. More information: www.peepoople.comvia: New York Times This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Bengal has most critical care newborn beds in India CM

first_imgBengal has most critical care newborn beds in India: CMKolkata: Bengal has the largest number of sick critical care newborn beds and units in the country, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday. Banerjee made the statement at the start of the Newborn Care week.”Newborn Care Week begins today. In the last 7 years, we have set up 307 Sick Newborn Stabilisation Units (SNSU) in #Bangla. Number of Sick Neonatal Care Units (SNCU) have gone up from 6 to 68. Our state has the largest number of Sick Critical Care Newborn Beds & units in India,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Newborn Care Week is celebrated annually in the country from November 15 to 21 to raise awareness about the importance of the newborn care for child survival.last_img read more

West Hollywood will host the US first citywide Bisexual Pride

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘Ostensibly LGBT events and LGBT organizations fail time and time again to address the bi community,’ he said.‘Just a few years ago, it was common for amBi to get booed and heckled by gays and lesbians in the crowd as we marched in the LA Pride Parade. We still get hostile people coming up to us at the festival every year.’The event in West HollywoodWhile ‘other cities have done Bi Pride proclamations’, the organizers believe ‘this is the first full-fledged Bi Pride Celebration held by any city in the US’.The event will take place in the Auditorium in West Hollywood Park.1:30pm Rally2pm Bi Visibility Walk3pm Party featuring6pm After PartySinger Torrey Mercer will perform her new single Boys/Girls.Moreover, Kai Hazelwood (2018 Artist in Residence for The City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department) will offer a chance to experience her project Story Time Silent Disco. Finally, Irene Suico Soriano will inspire with her spoken word.You might also like:Bi Visibility Day is coming and these are the events to attend all over the world Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Make the bisexuals in your life this happy. | Photo: Flickr/Midia Ninja As we’re getting closer to Bi Visibility Day, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, will hold the first Bi Pride in the US. London BiFest: this is why we need to celebrate the bisexual community Proud to be bi: celebrating bisexual voices in the arts at Toronto Bi Arts Festival The event will take place on 22 September, the day before the annual Bi Visibility Day.The LA’s branch of bi network amBi came up with the idea of organizing the country’s first city-wide Bi Pride.‘While a small number of cities have issued proclamations recognizing Bi Visibility Day, this is a historic celebration as the first full-fledged Bi Pride celebration hosted by any US city,’ says Ian Lawrence-Tourinho, President of the amBi network.amBi is a ‘social club with a mission’ born in Los Angeles in 2006. It currently has six chapters on two continents, making it the first international bi network.Their aim is ‘to build a world in which our bisexuality is a clear source of pride, joy, and strength’.Bi Pride mattersBisexual people constantly need to come out to others as their sexuality isn’t defined by the gender of the person they’re dating. Bi visibility, therefore, is extremely important. And having a Bi Pride can make the difference.Lawrence-Tourinho also said: ‘Short of carrying bi flags around all day, to be visibly bi we’d have to walk hand in hand with at least two people who aren’t the same sex.’Furthermore, he added: ‘The general public often feels very threatened by bisexuality.’‘We blur the clear lines between straight and gay that people find very reassuring. How can a straight person prove they are straight if just being in a heterosexual relationship isn’t ‘proof.”‘‘LGBT organizations fail time and time again to address the bi community’When asked about the reasons for a separate bi pride, he explained there is a real need for such events. GAYSTARNEWS- World celebrates Bi Visibility DayLondon BiFest: this is why we need to celebrate the bisexual communityHulu’s new show all about bisexual dating comes from Miseducation of Cameron Post directorRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/west-hollywood-bisexual-pride/last_img read more