Erin dumps heavy rain on western Maritimes some localized flooding reported

first_imgHALIFAX — Localized flooding was reported overnight in the western Maritimes as the remnants of post-tropical storm Erin dumped more than 160 millimetres of rain in some areas.The centre of the low-pressure system passed over Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore near Shelburne late Thursday, moving northeast toward St. Margarets Bay and the Halifax region before arriving at the Gulf of St. Lawrence this morning.The heaviest rainfall was reported in southwestern Nova Scotia, the eastern side of the Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, parts of northern Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick along the Bay of Fundy and western P.E.I.More than 160 mm of rain fell on Parrsboro, N.S., which is in northern Nova Scotia, next to the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin.Meanwhile more than 150 mm of rain was reported in Port Maitland in southwestern Nova Scotia and Scots Bay, near the entrance to the Minas Basin.Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, said some communities in southwestern Nova Scotia received up to 30 millimetres of rain per hour, which he described as an extreme rainfall rate.“That resulted in some flooding,” he said, adding he was unaware of any serious damage or major power outages.“I’m surprised that I haven’t heard anything in terms of impacts. It may be that they’re still assessing stuff.”The Halifax Stanfield International Airport reported 53 mm or rain and a peak gust at 69 kilometres per hour.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Stocks slip after acceleration in US growth prompts fear of a Fed

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 10:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks slip after acceleration in US growth prompts fear of a Fed pullback; Twitter soars NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are pulling back from record levels as investors bet that faster growth in the U.S. would increase the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will curtail its economic stimulus program.The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.8 per cent in the third quarter, up from 2.5 per cent the previous quarter. That made investors think the Fed could start cutting back its stimulus next month, sooner than many expected.Twitter soared in its stock market debut.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 33 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 15,712 as of noon Eastern time Thursday. It was up 50 points earlier.The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index gave up eight points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,761. The Nasdaq composite fell 44 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 3,886. read more

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ESPNs Stuart Scott Battling Cancer For 3rd Time

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, among the more creative and popular personalities on the all-sports network, announced on Twitter Monday night that he is enduring a third bout with cancer.“Blessed by prayers..I’m back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I’ll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG”Scott was flooded with well-wishes from fans, including Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.“Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!”In 2007, according to Touched By Cancer magazine, Scott was first diagnosed with cancer after he got sick during a Monday Night Football game. An emergency appendectomy revealed the presence of appendiceal cancer.After six months of chemotherapy, Scott was declared cancer-free. However, in early 2011 doctors discovered that malignant tumors had developed on his small intestine. More surgery and chemotherapy were required.And now, recently, the cancer has resurfaced.Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, outlined his post-chemo regimen on Twitter: “Here’s what I do right aftr chemo. Leave the infusion center & go STRAIGHT 2 either do a p90x wkout or train MMA..THATS how you #LIVESTRONG”Known for phrases such as “Boo-yeah” and “cooler than the other side of the pillow,” Scott last year said: “Cancer sucks, and the effects of chemotherapy suck, and you’re going to feel like crap sometimes. But you’re going to feel like that whether you’re lying in bed or going to work or working out, so you might as well go out there and live your life.“If you believe you’re not being touched by this, then it’s much better.”And so, he works.“I love my job,” Scott said then. “Those of us who do what we do, we’re blessed. Being on when you don’t feel well is not the challenge. I love writing. I love creating our shows every night. And by the time it’s time to go on, you’re charged. And when you’re going through something like this, going to work helps. Having that energy helps. Having a positive mindset helps.” read more

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Ohio State womens basketball secures a No 3 seed in NCAA tournament

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorWhile the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be lacking scarlet and gray, the same cannot be said about the women’s 64-team field.The official bracket was announced Monday night, in which the Ohio State women’s basketball team earned a No. 3 seed, setting it up with a first-round matchup against No. 14 seed Buffalo.Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday at St. John Arena in Columbus.Buffalo will be making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in program history. The Bulls took down Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference championship game. They, as a No. 8 seed, became the highest-seeded team to win the MAC tournament.Although coach Kevin McGuff has to be pleased with making the tournament for the second time in his three seasons at the helm for OSU, there is likely some bitterness after his team’s final four games.Heading into the final two regular-season games, the then-fifth-ranked Buckeyes were amid an 11-game win streak, looking poised for, at least, a No. 2 seed, with an outside chance at a top seed.They lost both in overtime.Then, in the Big Ten tournament, OSU got past Rutgers in the quarterfinals, but senior guard Ameryst Alston suffered a wrist injury late in the game.Without their second-leading scorer at full ability in the semifinals, the Scarlet and Gray were trounced by Michigan State, 82-63, a rather fitting coda to the disappointing four-game stretch.After a nearly two-week break, OSU will hope to regain its footing and begin playing the team that took down Maryland, a No. 2 seed, twice during the regular season, as well as now-fourth-seeded Texas A&M.If the Buckeyes are able to get past Buffalo, they’ll be set to face the winner of sixth-seeded West Virginia versus No. 11 seed Princeton on Sunday at St. John Arena.OSU played three of the tournament’s No. 1 seeds — Connecticut, South Carolina and Notre Dame — during the regular season. The Scarlet and Gray lost all three matchups.South Carolina is the top-seeded team in OSU’s region, which is a fortunate break for the Buckeyes because they only lost to Gamecocks by eight points when the two teams played in November.Consequently, it makes a potential trip to the Final Four a little easier, as OSU won’t have to face perennial power UConn during its road to Indianapolis. The Huskies throttled the Buckeyes by 54 points on Nov. 18 in Columbus.Last season, as a No. 5 seed, OSU lost in the second round on a last-second shot by fourth-seeded North Carolina.The Buckeyes have reached the Final Four once in program history, in 1993. They lost to Texas Tech by two points in the championship game.Prior to taking over at OSU, McGuff spent nine years as the head coach at Xavier and two at Washington. His best tournament run was a trip to the Elite Eight in 2010 at Xavier. read more

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Amazing Star Warsthemed maze but how many characters can you see

first_imgFrom above, it depicts characters from a famous poster from the Star Wars series of films. But how many of the characters can you identify? Let us know by leaving a comment below. From above, the maze depicts some characters from a Star Wars posterCredit:Albanpix.com The maze features some of the same characters as in this Star Wars movie poster Star Wars movie poster From above, the maze depicts a famous poster from Star Wars They are among the most recognisable figures from film, but here are Star Wars characters as you have never seen them before.An a-maze-ing maize maze is causing much a-maze-ment in the Cambridgeshire countryside.With 1.8 miles of pathways in a 12-acre field, the family attraction near March is the largest maize maze created by Skylark Maize to date.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Ministers urged to review lifelong anonymity order for teenage terrorist who plotted

Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist was just 14 when he directed a plot to behead a police officer. A teenager has become the first terrorist to be granted anonymity for life, in a move deemed necessary to prevent him from becoming a poster boy for Isil. He was jailed for life in 2015 after he admitted sending instructions to an Australian jihadist urging him to launch a deadly attack during an Anzac Day parade. However, the judge ruled that he only had to serve a minimum of five years before being eligible for parole, meaning he could be free next year. The youth, from Blackburn, who was recruited online by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), also planned to behead his teachers and… read more

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Lots of lithium and much more in project news

first_imgIn the latest issue of International Mining Project News, there is ‘hot’ lithium news from Aberdeen International, Alix Resources, Altura Mining, Argonaut Resources, Avalon Rare Metals, Bacanora Minerals, Canadian Orebodies, Coolgardie Rare Metals Venture, European Metals Holdings, Focus Minerals, Hannans Reward, Kilbarab Resources, Lithium Australia, Lithium X Energy, Mining Projects Group, Neometals and Venus Metals. There is detailed information in the issue on all these projects and those mentioned below and three times as many projects available in the full subscribers’ issue. There are important contact details for all projects.  Contact emma@im-mining.comThe picture shows raw water tank and CIL construction at Red Eagle’s San Ramon gold mine in Colombia within its Santa Rosa gold project. The September 2014 feasibility study includes $74 million in initial capital costs and cash costs of $596/oz. Post-tax project economics include cash flow $132 million, NPV5% $104 million, IRR 53% and payback within 1.3 years.  Production is projected to start during H2 2016.This week’s International Mining Project News, of over 60 pages, covers Ivanhoe Mines’ fabulous Kamoa copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It plans a first phase of mine development that envisages an annual production rate of 100,000 t of copper at a mine-site cash cost of $0.75/lb copper. KGHM developed controlled convergence room-and-pillar mining method potentially could provide significant cost savings.Mobilisation for a major new 15,000 m drilling program has commenced at Pilbara Minerals’ 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium-tantalite project in Western Australia. RC and diamond drilling progressively commencing over the coming weeks over four main target areas to in-fill, upgrade and expand the current global Indicated and Inferred Resource of 80.2 Mt grading 1.26% Li2O (spodumene).Amarc Resources has finalised a definitive agreement with Thompson Creek Metals Co in order to advance the IKE porphyry copper discovery in south-central British Columbia. Under the agreement, Thompson Creek has the option to acquire up to a 50% interest in the IKE Project through a staged investment process.Asiamet Resources (ARS) advises that a PEA on the Beruang Kanan Main (BKM) deposit within its 100% owned KSK Contract of Work in Kalimantan, Indonesia, is advancing well in line with plan and budget.Hot Chili Ltd has completed the PFS for its flagship Productora copper project, located along the coastal range 600 km north of Santiago, Chile.Bacanora Minerals is developing the Sonora lithium project in northern Mexico and has positive results of a PFS (prepared in accordance with NI 43-101) for the development of a mine and lithium carbonate (“Li2CO3”) processing facility at Sonora. The PFS estimates a pre-tax IRR of 29% (post-tax 25%) and an associated NPV of $776 million, (post-tax $542 million) at an 8% discount rate. These results highlight the strong economic potential of producing up to ……………………Lionergy has signed an agreement for future offtake of lithium spodumene concentrate produced from Altura Mining’s high grade Pilgangoora lithium project. Lionergy has also agreed to an investment of A$3 million through a placement to support the off take LOI.Alphamin Resources reports on the results of its feasibility study for its 84.55% owned Bisie tin project in east central Democratic Republic of Congo. The study supports a technically simple underground mining operation with recovery of tin via gravity separation methods that offers low unit capital and operating costs, rapid payback and strong financial performance at metal prices of $14,800/t tin, as used here.Nevada Clean Magnesium provides an update on the progress of constructing the bench scale pilot furnace being done in Fort St John, BC. by Lindon Enterprises.Lithium Australia NL (LIT) has successfully developed a hydrometallurgical process, the Sileach™ process, for the recovery of lithium from spodumene, currently the primary source of hard-rock lithium production. The Sileach process is readily adaptable to other silicate minerals also and has been developed to reduce the cost of producing lithium chemicals from materials that have traditionally been roasted, with very high energy costs, to recover the lithium.Kibaran Resources says it “is poised to finalise project financing for development of its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania after raising $2.0 million via a share placement.”TNG Ltd has signed a wide ranging non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with global engineering and services provider Downer EDI to participate in the development, construction and operation of its 100%-owned Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the Northern Territory.Hummingbird Resources, the West African focused gold development company, announces a six month extension of its $15million bridge facility with Taurus Mining Finance Fund to 8 September 2016. This extension allows both parties to work together towards a fully funded finance package for the Yanfolila gold project without the timing of the bridge impacting on discussions.OceanaGold Corp provides an update on the construction of the top-tier Haile gold mine in the USA.KEFI Minerals, the gold exploration and development company with projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, reports Tulu Kapi gold project in Ethiopia remains on track for financing mid-2016 and production end-2017.Northern Vertex has substantially de-risked the Moss mine project in Arizona by conducting a test mining phase which produced more than 4,000 oz of gold and 20,000 oz of silver, resulting in more than $5.5 million in gold sales.Edenville Energy, developing a coal-to-power project in southwest Tanzania reports that the Mining Licence (ML 562/2016), granted to Edenville International (Tanzania) Ltd (EITL) has been formally released by the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Mines. EITL is incorporated in Tanzania and is a 99.5% owned subsidiary of its ultimate parent company, Edenville Energy.Canadian Zinc Corp has signed agreements with Korea Zinc and Boliden for the sale of zinc and lead concentrates to be produced at its 100% owned Prairie Creek mine.Kidman Resources advises that the production ramp-up at its Burbanks gold project near Coolgardie in Western Australia is continuing to gain momentum, with drilling returning a series a high-grade hits from the Dahmu lode it has just started mining.Golden Queen Mining has poured its first gold bar at its 50%-owned Soledad Mountain gold-silver project located south of Mojave, California.Aureus Mining has declared Commercial Production at the New Liberty gold mine in Liberia. Gold production at New Liberty exceeded 9,000 oz during February 2016.In the NEW PLAYER (mergers and acquisitions) section of the newsletter, the following are in the news. The other sections include PREFEASIBILITY and FEASIBILITY studies, IN DEVELOPMENT, INTO PRODUCTION, EXPANSION and PROJECT PEOPLE. There is more detail on all of these in the subscriber versions, including key contacts.Helio Resource has reached agreement with Damara Gold whereby the earn-in agreement between Damara and Helio will be cancelled, and Helio and Damara will transfer their respective interests in two Namibian exploration licences, through wholly owned subsidiaries, namely EPL 3738 (Wilhelmstal) and EPL 3739 (Otjimbojo), into Osino Resources Corp, a privately-held British Columbia corporation in return for shares in Osino.The Competition Tribunal has approved the takeover of Optimum Coal Mine (OCM) and six other target firms by Tegeta Exploration and Resources on the condition that there would be no merger-specific retrenchments.Avalon Rare Metals has changed its name to Avalon Advanced Materials.Endeavour Mining has received $25.3 million upon simultaneously signing and closing the sale transaction of its non-core Youga mine to MNG Gold. MNG Gold is a privately owned Turkish gold exploration and development company focused on West Africa and Turkey.CONSOL Energy has entered into an agreement for the sale of its Buchanan mine in southwest Virginia and certain other metallurgical coal reserves to Coronado IV for total consideration to CONSOL of $420 million, including $398 million cash payable at the closing.Rio Tinto has completed the sale of its 40% interest in the Bengalla coal Joint Venture in Australia to New Hope Corp for $616.7 million. Rio Tinto has now announced or completed US$4.7 billion of divestments since January 2013.Mining Projects Group (MPJ) has now completed due diligence to the satisfaction of its Board on the recently announced acquisition of the Pilbara lithium-gold project, located in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, from Tyranna Resources and Tribal Mining.Transition Metals Corp has formed a new private subsidiary named Canadian Gold Miner Corp.last_img read more

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Bakers dozen for King Henry as Cats surge past Galway

first_imgKilkenny 1 – 24Galway 0 – 15HENRY SHEFFLIN RETURNED to the Kilkenny line-up today and helped his side overcome a powerful Galway first half to claim an ominous 1 – 24 to 0 -15 win and a place in the Walsh Cup final.Shefflin came away with 13 points in all (12 from frees), including 10 in a second half which saw the Tribe limited to just three points.Kilkenny got off to the perfect start when Colin Fennelly blasted in an early opening goal to give his side a 1 – 1 to 0 – 1 lead.The Tribesmen had soon chipped that advantage away through points from Niall Burke and Niall Healy and they claimed a 0 – 8 to 1 – 4 lead to send them into half-time with momentum and a commanding advantage of 0 – 12 to 1 – 5.The 2000 strong crowd in Freshford would not leave disappointed, though. The 20 minutes after half-time proved a devastating period for Galway as they lost that window by 10 points to two with Fennelly, Shefflin, JJ Farrell and Brian Hogan each putting their names on the board before Healy grabbed his second of the half to make it 1 – 15 to 0 – 14.Shefflin would add two more to his day’s tally before Eoin Larkin brought the Cats to 1 – 20 with five minutes to play and from there it was a procession to next weekend’s Walsh Cup final where they will meet Dublin, who defeated Wexford by a point in Gorey today.Dublin edge out Wexford to book Walsh Cup final spotRower-Inistioge book place in All-Ireland intermediate hurling club finallast_img read more

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Verbatim creates storage battle monsters game in your browser

first_imgWe are all used to seeing companies try and reinvent themselves, or launch a new marketing campaign to try and boost sales. But this has to be one of the most ambitions and bizarre, yet memorable marketing campaigns we have seen in a long time.Verbatim Japan has created a website called Verbatim Chamiponship that is an interactive battle game with turn-based combat. The twist comes from the fact the fighting monsters are made up of Verbatim storage products.There are a number of pre-made monsters for you to choose from, or you can take the time to make your own. The site gives you the choice of about 20 different media products including USB sticks, SD cards, and portable hard drives. Of those on offer you choose four devices. The system then randomly creates monsters out of your chosen devices and keeps cycling through the new creations until you pick the one you want.After choosing a name, your creation is given a number of stats including power, defence, speed, and vitality. There’s also a ranking system and your experience is stored as a gigabyte value. This is my own creation along with its starter stats:Verbatim has put some serious work into this website and game. You can save your monster, link to it via your blog, and best of all fight with other media monsters. There’s a final boss to fight, a random battle option, or you can do ranked fights where you select the opponent from a list like the one below. Each monter’s stats are shown by mousing over them.There are some pre-recorded battles to watch, but when your own monster fights it’s interactive with hit, repair, and a projectile attack available.Head on over to the Verbatim website linked to below and see if your media monster creation can progress through the ranks.More at Verbatimlast_img read more

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Xbox 720 GPU specs leaked does it align with previous leaks

first_imgWith news that Sony may be officially revealing the next PlayStation in a little over two weeks at a February 20 event, it would behoove Microsoft to make sure Sony doesn’t totally dominate the news cycle. And what better way to do that than release some information on the next Xbox? Whether or not Microsoft has actually leaked Xbox 720 specs, some official-looking Xbox 720 GPU specs have surfaces and been and published for the world to see.VGLeaks notes that the reportedly leaked specs represent the hardware unencumbered by running actual code, so performance can’t quite be judged on the hardware specs alone. However, we would like to note that the following specs cannot be considered official until Microsoft announces if they are or aren’t.Out of the very detailed specs contained in the report, the more notable ones claim that the GPU, codenamed Durango, has a clock rate of 800MHz, which lines up with a previous rumor regarding one of the Xbox 720’s SoCs. The GPU is said to sport 12 shader cores, each of which contains 64KB of local shared memory and a 64-way L1 cache of 16KB, and the GPU will also contain 64KB of global shared memory. The shader core will contain 4 SIMDs, which will employ an instruction set that helps the shaders preserve processing power when operating on a smaller number of components at a time.The GPU will have a run capability of 1.2Tflops, which also lines up with one of the previous rumors. The peak throughput from the main RAM is said to be 68GB/s, while the throughput from the 32MB ESRAM is said to be 102.4GB/s. Compared to the Xbox 360’s EDRAM, the ESRAM is capable of texturing, and rendering to surfaces in the main RAM, among other tasks.The Durango GPU will reportedly be capable of 2x, 4x, and 8x multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA), as well as a modified type of MSAA, compressed AA. Essentially, compressed AA combines the benefits of both high MSAA and the lesser space requirements of lower MSAA.If the leak turns out to be spot on, a couple areas that will surely get a rise from hardware-focused fans will be the 1.2Tflops (compared to the PlayStation 4’s rumored 1.8Tflops) and lack of VRAM (which the ESRAM would help alleviate). Keep in mind, though, that the specs — which you can view in their entirety over on VGLeaks — aren’t necessarily accurate at all, and should be taken with a grain of salt until Microsoft announces them itself.last_img read more

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Congress after partisan convulsions does the bare minimum

first_imgWASHINGTON — A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year.A must-pass spending bill, agreed to after an unnecessarily protracted struggle and repeated rounds of partisan finger-pointing, extends government funding until Dec. 9 and addresses the Zika crisis with $1.1 billion months after President Barack Obama initially requested federal aid. Lawmakers advanced spending for flood victims in Louisiana and a compromise to help victims of lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan.Obama swiftly signed the spending bill into law.When they return to Washington after the election, lawmakers will have to complete the annual appropriations process, which fell apart this year even though getting it on track was a top priority for the leaders of Congress’ GOP majorities, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Only one of the 12 must-pass annual spending bills has been completed.“This is what divided government gets you,” Ryan said Thursday. “You don’t always get what you want in divided government.”Yet next year is likely to herald still more divisions. Even if Republicans hold the House as expected, manage to win the White House with Donald Trump and hang onto their fragile Senate majority, minority Democrats would still exercise significant power in the Senate. Republican control would be incomplete under the most optimistic scenarios for the GOP.If Democrats win the White House or the Senate, it would usher in another era of divided government, perhaps even more fraught.At the same time, Congress and the next president, whether Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton, will confront a series of daunting tasks pushed off into 2017 by a catch-all budget deal negotiated under the former House speaker, John Boehner, on his way out the door last year.last_img read more

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Rummenigge explains why James will stay at Bayern

first_imgNow that the winter transfer deadline is closed, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained his reasoning behind James Rodriguez staying at Bayern.During the whole winter transfer window there were rumors that suggested James Rodriguez would certainly leave Bayern Munich, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained why the Bavarian club ultimately decided to keep the Colombian midfielder in the club.Throughout the season there have been several rumors of a disagreement between the player and manager Niko Kovac, who left him on the bench several times in all competitions and never really explained why.These actions were obviously regarded as a message for the player, the media believed that the Croatian boss didn’t want James on the squad and we all expected him to leave before January 31.But turns out we were all wrong, as neither the club nor the manager wanted James Rodriguez out of Bayern Munich and they all unanimously decided that the best option was for him to stay until the end of the season at least.But going a little bit further in this decision, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained that he never even entertained the idea of the Colombian player leaving the German club.🗣️ Rummenigge sobre @jamesdrodriguez: “Creo que todos queremos verle regularmente sobre el terreno de juego, pero eso depende del entrenador. Tengo que decir honestamente que realmente me gusta James”. pic.twitter.com/LagN2ffqCB— James Rodríguez Col (@jamesdrodrifans) January 31, 2019In fact, Rummenigge considers himself one of James’ biggest fans and he truly believes that the player has everything to become the club’s best player.During a football and business congress celebrated in the city of Dusseldorf, the Bayern Munich chairman was questioned about the club’s final decision to not let James Rodriguez leave despite the several offers from clubs like Juventus, Chelsea FC, Manchester United, and even Real Madrid.Rummenigge didn’t even flinch when he responded that the player will stay and the club simply doesn’t care about letting him leave, he also said one of the biggest truths in today’s football about James Rodriguez’s left foot.“James Rodriguez will remain as a Bayern Munich player, this is the best decision for both him and the club,” said the chairman via ESPN.“I have to recognize that I am one of his biggest fans. He is a great player and he may have the best left foot in the Bundesliga.”James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I really believe that we all wish to see James more often on the pitch, but that decision is for the manager to make. But I do have to be honest when I say that I love that player.”‘James tiene la mejor zurda de toda la Bundesliga’: RummeniggeEl dirigente del Bayern Múnich se declaró fan del colombiano y espera que juegue máshttps://t.co/5zmKIMiyFQ pic.twitter.com/U6j75jn0Vp— Futbolred.com (@futbolred) January 31, 2019After this statement, the media was eager to know what manager Niko Kovac would have to say about his chairman’s beliefs on James, this was a clear message directly from the board of directors and the Croatian boss needed to respond.Far from avoiding the topic as he was pressed about it earlier on Thursday, Kovac made a massive revelation about James Rodriguez’s discipline on the training grounds.“The thing with James Rodriguez is that my decision to not play hi is solely based on what I see on the pitch during practice.”“James is a truly great guy but only the players who practice better are the ones who play. We will play a game in the middle of next week, this will give every single player an opportunity to play and this obviously includes James Rodriguez.”Now that James has heard about the manager’s thoughts on his training efforts, this might be taken as a message that could motivate him to improve during practice and finally earn his spot on the starting eleven on a weekly basis.Rummenigge, sobre el futuro de James: “Lo digo abierta y honestamente, me gusta mucho, soy su fan, pero aún hay tiempo y tenemos que tomar la mejor decisión para él y para nosotros” pic.twitter.com/33lo68XuIB— Bayern Latino (@BayernLat) January 31, 2019What do you think about Bayern Munich’s decision to let James remain at the club until the end of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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ASA Pushes Changes to Avoid Future Port Disruptions

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is supporting efforts with a broad coalition of U.S. businesses and industries, to have provisions included in the surface transportation reauthorization bill (Highway Bill) to avoid future port disruptions like those that caused a slowdown on the West Coast last winter.The provisions of the Port Performance Act, included in the final conference agreement of the Highway Bill, would help quantify and measure operating efficiencies of U.S. ports and help to identify key congestion issues that affect the flow of commerce. ASA signed onto a coalition letter to House and Senate conferees urging them to keep the Port Performance Act provisions in the final bill. Click here to view the letter.As indicated in the letter, the need for the Port Performance Act, and the data it will collect, was evident during the slowdown at West Coast Ports last winter. The disruption at these ports resulted in farmers, retailers and manufacturers being unable to get exports through ports to foreign customers and imports to stores and supply chains. By one estimate, retailers suffered economic damages totaling more than $7 billion during the disruption. The crisis demonstrated that little data is currently being aggregated on port performance and congestion.As trade continues to grow, these issues could worsen and the Port Performance Act is intended to identify problem areas sooner, so that attention and actions can be directed accordingly.In addition to the Port Performance Act, separate legislation was also recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate federal action to head off disruptive port slowdowns.  The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and is titled, the Ensuring Continued Operations and No Other Major Incidents, Closures, or Slowdowns (ECONOMICS) Act. Specifically, it would put in place triggers, so when certain economic impacts surrounding a dispute occur, a Board of Inquiry must be convened, and the board is required to report to the president and the public to recommend whether there should be a judicial injunction. These triggers include:Number of Ports: When a labor dispute occurs at four or more port facilities.Number of Employees: When the number of affected employees at ports totals 6,000 or more.Drop in Export or Import Vessel Value: When in one month U.S. imports/exports drop 20 percent or more.The ECONOMICS Act also widens the definition of “strike” throughout U.S. labor law to clarify that the president has broad authority to intervene in a variety of disruptions – including slowdowns, strikes, lock-outs, or threatened strikes or lock-outs.This change in definition will also apply to economic impact triggers. The measure directs the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to develop “Additional Conditions” for appointing a Board of Inquiry within two years of enactment and report appropriate conditions numbers to Congress.The ECONOMICS Act would require an objective standard that defines when a dispute has reached a level of economic impact to require an Administrative inquiry and possible intervention. Currently, this threshold can be difficult to determine or agree upon.last_img read more

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Pullman businesses fear impact of WSU budget cuts

first_imgPULLMAN — There is no escaping the influence of Washington State University in this remote college town.Big signs for the school stand at the entrances to Pullman. A major bridge has Cougar mascot statues on both ends. The university is perched on a hill and dominates the town like a medieval fortress.But the connections run even deeper, to the extent that massive cuts to the university’s budget by the cash-strapped state reverberate through the whole economy here. “Any time there are financial difficulties with the area’s largest employer, there is cause for concern,” said Jack McGrath, who owns The Quilted Heart fabric store downtown.The land-grant university’s 20,000 students and more than 4,000 employees make it almost a monoculture in the town of 29,000 residents. Pullman’s motto is “High tech, higher education, highest quality of life.”The university’s brick towers, dormitories and sports facilities rise out of rolling hills covered with wheat fields, and seem like an academic island in a vast sea of grain. Pullman is 75 miles south of Spokane, connected by a two-lane highway through the sparsely populated countryside.last_img read more

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Tax Department Can Now Issue Refunds in Just 710 days

first_imgLong wait for tax refunds is now a thing of the past, as the income tax department is equipped with latest technology that can process and transfer refunds in just 7-10 days to tax payers.With a new technology upgrade that enables Aadhaar-based verification of an income tax return (ITR), the tax department has been able to credit the refund amount to the bank accounts of eligible candidates within 15 days.”The days are gone when getting an I-T refund used to take months or in some cases even a few years. The new electronic verification e-filing system has proved to be very customer-friendly and as a token of thanks to the taxpayers, the department is working to ensure their refunds are sent in a week’s time or a maximum of ten days,” a senior official concern with these operations, told PTI.”This is surely the way forward in the administration of tax affairs in the country,” he said.A total of 2.06 crore taxpayers have filed their ITRs online this year after the income tax department extended the deadline to 7 September, 2015. The department saw a 26.12% rise in returns filing for Assessment Year 2015-16 as against 1.63 crore people filing returns last year.As of 7 September, the department’s Central Processing Centre (CPC) located in Bengaluru successfully processed 45.18 lakh returns and paid refunds to 22.14 lakh tax payers, according to the latest statistics.By that date, the department was able to electronically verify 32.95 lakh returns filed online. The new e-filing system put in place by the department can verify ITRs by using a person’s Aadhaar number, online bank account, ATM or email id.”With these new technological advancements, the I-T Department wishes to completely eradicate human interface in these taxpayers services which directly leads to faster and hassle-free processing of ITRs and refunds apart from other services,” the official said.last_img read more

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Netrakona teacher killing protested

first_img.Locals, and teachers and students of Udaypur Mitali High School in Kalmakanda upazila in Netrakona staged demonstrations on Tuesday demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of those involved in the killing of school headmaster Delwar Hossain Dulal, reports UNB.Several hundred students, teachers, guardians and political party activists brought out a procession from in front of the school in the morning to press home their demand.Dulal, 50, headmaster of the school, did not allow Maruf, a Class-VII student to appear at the half-yearly examination as he did not provide Tk 300 as examination fees. He also allegedly drove him out of school on Sunday.When Maruf informed the matter to his family, his relatives went to school and demanded explanation from the headmaster.An altercation ensued between them over the issue. At one stage, they attacked Delwar, leaving him injured.Later, he was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Kalmakanda police station officer-in-charge AKM Mizanur Rahman said victim’s brother Alal Uddin Khan filed a murder case with the police station against 8/10 people.last_img read more

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Alien Day Updates New Clips and Info

first_img UPDATE: April 26 is here, and there’s a short prologue to Alien: Covenant available for us to watch and dissect. Hey, remember Prometheus? Specifically, the ending where Dr. Shaw and the android David escaped on one of the Engineers ships to head back to their home planet. If you’ve spent the last few years wondering just what became of them, this short is for you. If you haven’t, well watch it anyway. With Alien: Covenant on its way, it’s probably a good idea to know what’s been going on. Though it will probably stand on its own as a new Alien movie, the release of this short indicates that it won’t completely ignore Ridley Scott’s last entry in the sci-fi horror series.If you need a brief recap of Prometheus, the basic gist is that Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) led a crew in search of the origins of human DNA. There, they found an arm-breaking snake creature, and a black goo that that David slipped into Shaw’s husband’s drink. She was then unwittingly impregnated with a gigantic facehugger and ripped it out with an automated operating table. The crew found the Last Engineer, the last of the race of beings that created humanity. The Engineer immediately started killing the humans, and eventually got impregnated by Shaw’s Trilobite baby and an alien tore its way out of the Engineer’s stomach. Shaw deduced that the Engineers created the alien-making goo to rid the universe of the humans they’d created. She brought the torn-up Fass-bot David on the ship and flew off in search of the Engineers’ home world.Prometheus definitely had its flaws, but it wasn’t completely terrible. One thing that could be important is that the way the alien burst out of the Engineer in Prometheus is similar to the way the do it in Covenant. It’s not precisely the same. The Neomorphs in Covenant have spines on their backs that poke through the victim. The Deacon, as the alien at the end of Prometheus is known, cuts through the Engineer’s corpse with the sharp extension on the back of its head. We’re still not entire clear on what the evolutionary chart of the xenomorphs looks like, but it’s possible that Covenant‘s neomorphs are close relatives of the Deacon.This short picks up right after the end of Prometheus, and shows Shaw patching David up, before going into stasis for the rest of the journey. That’s also a pretty great-looking shot of the Engineers’ home world right at the end. We’ll have to wait until May 19 to see exactly how Shaw and David connect with the crew of the Covenant, or even if they do at all. But since this short is being called a prologue to the upcoming movie, perhaps it’s worth revisiting Prometheus sometime between now and May 19.Original story continues below.Ridley Scott’s new movie in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant is out on May 19. From what little we’ve seen, it’s looking like a good, proper scary Alien movie. The premiere is still a ways off, so to build excitement in the meantime, Fox is holding an Alien Day event. Alien Day takes place on April 26, taken from LV-426, the name of the moon where the Nostromo crew first encountered the Xenomorphs. This will be the second year Fox has held the event.What can we expect from this year’s Alien Day? Probably the most exciting part will be a live-streamed Q&A with the cast of the upcoming movie. Since Alien: Covenant will only be a couple of weeks away from release, we can probably expect them to be a little more forthcoming with the details when they talk about their characters. Mostly, I just want to learn more about those new Aliens with the spikes on their back. Somehow, this movie has already managed to make the original chestburster seem like not such a bad way to go.We’ll also get to see some behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Alien: Covenant, which should be cool. This is a Ridley Scott production, so I’m hoping there will be plenty of practical effects on display. Seeing that stuff come together is always more interesting than watching someone animate a monster on a computer. The event will be streamed live on the movie’s social media channels as well as at AlienUniverse.com. The site will also host rotating quizzes throughout the day, giving fans a chance to win, among other prizes, a trip to Hollywood to see Ridley Scott’s imprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre.Finally, the night of April 26 will see screenings of Scott’s previous two Alien entries at RPX Regal Cinemas across the country. Fans will be treated to a double feature of 1979’s Alien, the first and still best movie in the series, and 2012’s Prometheus, which was also a movie. O.K., Prometheus wasn’t all bad. It had a good cast and some well-executed moments of horror. That surgery machine scene still gives me chills to this day. The movie just had some issues. Like the story, the dialogue and the characters. I still don’t think it’s the worst Alien movie, but it’s much closer to Alien: Resurrection than it is to Alien. Still, it’s probably worth a re-watch ahead of the new movie. Plus, the chance to see the original Alien on the big screen is worth the price of admission alone.Ahead of the announcement, Fox released three new TV spots that are all pretty terrifying. The first, titled “Run” introduces us to the crew, their mission and a facehugger.The second, “Pray,” gives us a good look at the new Alien, as well as an idea of what happens when it catches you.And finally, “Hide” gives us a good look at the Neomorph from an angle you definitely wouldn’t want to see in real life.Even after Prometheus turned out the way it did, those images are enough to instill hope that Alien: Covenant can get the series back to its roots. It’s horrific, body-mutilating roots. Stay on target Bizarre Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua Is Not an Alien SpacecraftReebok Releases 40th Anniversary ‘Alien’ Stomper Sneaker last_img read more

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Art diaries

first_imgShrine Empire is showing the works of 7 artistes at the ongoing India Art Fair 2015 at the NSIC Exhibitions grounds in the Capital. The gallery which promotes contemporary artistes will be showing the works of Anoli Perera, Fariba S Alam, Gautam Kansara, Priyanka Dasgupta, Puja Puri, Samanta Batra Mehta and Tayeba Begum Lipi. Many of the works have been created for the India Art Fair, or will be shown in India for the first time. In the words of Shefali Somani and Anahita Taneja of Shrine Empire, “We represent contemporary artistes, who are inspired by the dynamics of the world around us. Their work touches upon the human condition, issues from the political to the social and individual; it questions our unique place in the world. The showcase at the India Art Fair has been specially curated to display some of the best emerging talent from the sub-continent, with work that asks you to ponder and question yourself and your place in the world.” Among the works being shown are Tayeba Begum Lipi’s, the Bangladesh artist, and co-founder of the Britto’s Art Trust. Her work, titled, Recalling-I, is an installation of a sewing machine, made entirely of razor blades. Second Skin by Sri Lankan artist, Anoli Perera is an installation as well as a photo performance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Since its inception, Shrine Empire has consistently focused on encouraging a dialogic approach with artistes and curators in order to produce exhibitions and projects that critically engage with contemporary issues and concerns. Artistes and curators from South Asia as well as the diaspora have been involved with the gallery’s activities.  The mission of Shrine Empire is to promote artistes, curators and art-writers who are invested in re-defining the boundaries of contemporary art practice. For the past three years, the gallery has been engaged with the Art Scribes Award focussed on young art writers. The Gallery organizes for the winner to spend a month at a residency in South -East Asia.The gallery currently represents the following artistes; Anoli Perera, Fariba S Alam, Gautam Kansara, Priyanka Dasgupta, Puja Puri, Samanta Batra Mehta and Suchitra Gahlot.last_img read more

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Parents to be requested to keep vigil on wards on Momo ICSE

first_imgKolkata: With reports of Whatsapp messages inviting youngsters to play an on line game ‘Momo Challenge’, the Association of Heads of ICSE schools, West Bengal, has called upon all member schools to urge parents to keep a watch on their children. The Association’s West Bengal unit general secretary Nabarun Dey told PTI today, they did not receive any report about student of any school having received such message, nor had the Association been given any ‘Advisory’ by the CID or the police till date on the issue. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life However, going by media reports “two days ago we have asked the member schools to undertake sensitisation drive among children and their parents about the danger, inherent of certain on line games like ‘Momo’ and ‘Blue Whale’. “We are acting on our own and this is aimed at sensitising the guardians and the students about the menace of certain on line games – earlier ‘Blue Whale’ and now ‘Momo’,” he said. Asked to elaborate on the sensitisation drive, he said, “we have asked the schools to tell the students during the assembly before classes every day that they should keep away from certain on line games. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We have also asked the schools to ask the parents to ensure they keep a tab on what games their wards are playing at home,” Dey said. Dey, also the Principal of Central Modern School, Baranagar, said the sensitisation programme had already started in his institution. There are about 150 ICSE-affiliated schools in the plains and 30 schools in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong in the hills. The state CID had earlier said all the numbers from where the messages were sent to the people in the state to play the Momo Challenge were based abroad and an investigation had been initiated into it.last_img read more

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Caja moves forward with raise in social security rate but in two

first_imgRelated posts:Workers’ unions deliver petition to reverse raise in Social Security rate Workers’ unions to demonstrate against raise in Social Security rate Caja Executive President steps down at President Solís’ request Demonstration, arts festival to complicate vehicle traffic in San José on Thursday The Board of Directors of Costa Rica’s Social Security System, orCaja, voted in favor of enforcing a 1 percent raise in the monthly salary deduction of all workers. The measure aims to avoid the bankruptcy of Caja’s Pension System (IVM), the largest in the country.However, in a nod to opponents of the measure, board members agreed that the increase, initially scheduled to begin this month, will instead be phased in. A first 0.5 percent hike will take effect starting July 1 and the other 0.5 percent will kick in on January 1, 2018.The hike means that workers’ monthly salary deduction for the IVM will go from 2.84 to 3.84 percent.The Caja board originally approved the increase in January. Workers’ unions since have opposed the measure, mostly by staging strikes and demonstrating on the streets, demanding alternate solutions for the Caja’s financial woes.Dismissed recommendationsThe Caja submitted its proposal for public consultation in April and called on the population to weigh in on the proposed measures. Four separate counter-proposals arrived, including one that workers’ unions delivered last month during a street demonstration in front of the Caja headquarters in downtown San José.The document demanded that the board reverse its decision to raise the monthly deduction. It also included a series of recommendations to improve income without hurting worker’s salaries.Caja Executive President María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal said in a news release on Thursday that the institution’s leaders took all those proposals and recommendations into consideration. However, board members still voted in favor of enforcing the hike.Sáenz reiterated that the decision to raise workers’ deductions is part of a series of a recommendations in a study conducted by experts from the University of Costa Rica (UCR).The UCR report is one of various studies that have warned about Caja’s financial problems over the last decade. According to the report, the increase in workers’ deductions is one of the measures deemed urgent in the short term to avoid the collapse of the IVM system.The Caja’s IVM pension system currently receives monthly contributions from just over 1.5 million workers and pays pensions to more than 300,000 retired workers.Unions maintain oppositionShortly after the Caja’s public announcement yesterday, several workers’ unions expressed their total opposition to raising the workers’ deduction to fund the IVM.Leaders of the Caja’s Workers Union, the Rerum Novarum Confederation of Workers and the Costa Rican Union Block met on Thursday evening in order to plan their upcoming actions against the rate hike.They issued a statement calling on all public and private sector workers to join in a national protest “against the Caja’s arbitrary and authoritarian decision.” The Patria Justa Collective Union and the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP), the country’s largest union, supported the call and issued another public response rejecting the board decision.ANEP President Albino Vargas said that “taking to the streets is the only option left.” He even went further and demanded that President Luis Guillermo Solís fire Sáenz, the Caja head.Vargas asked leaders of all the country’s unions to support the protest in order to make the Caja’s board members listen.Other measuresThe Caja Board of Directors expects the increase in workers’ mandatory deductions to provide the agency with an additional ¢100,000 million (some $173 million) a year, which will help guarantee the short-term financial sustainability of the pension system.Board members also are discussing long-term measures, including raising workers’ retirement age from 65 to 70.Discussion on these measures is taking place in meetings with representatives of business chambers, workers unions and government officials. The panel is scheduled to present Caja’s Board of Directors with a final report of their recommendations by July 17. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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