5 Tips for Jewelry Photography

first_imgFollow these tips to improve your product photography.It may seem like shooting product photography is a lot easier than shooting portrait photography, but that isn’t always the case. Lighting and posing jewelry has it’s own inherent challenges…with all the angles of the stones and reflections it can be very frustrating to get the perfect shot. So if you have a jewelry shoot coming up, check out the 5 tips below from Nikon, for getting the perfect shots.1. Find a White TableThis Ikea table top is only $5White tables make great product photography staging areas. If you don’t have enough room for a seamless white backdrop, or if you are simply shooting some quick product photography, than a white table is the way to go. If you don’t have a white table you could always use white poster board.2. Use a WindowNatural light from windows can be a photographer’s best friend. Sometimes a window is the only lighting you need (don’t overcomplicate things!). If you use different curtains you can change it from a soft light to a more harsh light, depending on your needs.3. Shoot Different AnglesWith a ton of different reflection areas, jewelry can be very unpredictable. Try taking shots form different angles to see what works and what doesn’t.4. Reflect LightIf having a single lighting source isn’t enough, try bouncing light with a reflector. Reflectors are cheap you can pick them up at any photo store or online.5. Phone LightsI can’t tell you how many times i’ve had to use an iPhone light to provide a quick splash of light to an image. In fact, I do it so much I’ve bought an extra battery so my phone light will last longer. Obviously using an iPhone light isn’t ideal, but if you’re looking for just a little more shine a phone light is a quick fix.There you have it – 5 quick tips for shooting jewelry photography which came from the following video from Nikon:This video was first shared by Nikon Europe’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Have any other tips for shooting jewelry? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Visva Bharati officiating V-C at the centre of controversy

first_imgThe decision of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to let a senior faculty member of the Visva Bharati University (VBU) – Professor Sabujkali Sen – continue as the officiating Vice-Chancellor even after the expiry of her term has generated controversy in the university, founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921.The complainants – who are attached to University’s executive council – claimed that the MHRD’s decision to allow Prof. Sen to continue was an outcome of a “forged minute” of an executive council meeting. Denying the allegation, Prof. Sen told The Hindu she was functioning as officiating V-C as per the instructions of the ministry.The problem began when the MHRD wrote to the University’s acting registrar, Sougata Chattopadhyay, on March 5, asking him to take “appropriate action” to ensure that Prof. Sen continued as the officiating V-C even after her term as Director of Studies, Educational Innovation and Rural Reconstruction (SEI and RR) of the university – and hence as a member of the executive council – expired on February 24.Prof. Sen became the officiating V-C because she was a member of the council and by virtue of her position as Director of SEI and RR. It was done as per clause 3 (6) of the Statutes of the University. According to the Statutes, in case the pro-VC is not available, the senior most director will become the officiating V-C till a regular V-C assumes office. It further states that if none of the directors are available then the senior most adhyaksha (dean) of a Bhavana who is also a council member will become officiating V-C.The President’s nominee in the council, Sushovan Banerjee, who chaired the council meeting on February 17, said that the agenda no. 2 of the meeting comprised a proposal of extending Prof. Sen’s tenure as the Director of the SEI and RR but it was turned down by the council.“There is no provision in the Visva-Bharati Act, 1951 and Statutes to extend the tenure of any director. There is a provision that in the absence of the V-C the senior most Adhyaksha of Bhavanas, who is also a council member, will take charge. If he or she retires or quits then the senior most principal will take charge as officiating V-C,” Dr. Banerjee told The Hindu.He further alleged that in the minutes of the meeting circulated to the council members on March 19, agenda no. 2 was replaced with another item. Dr. Banerjee has written to President Ram Nath Kovind about the issue.“To our utter surprise Prof. Sabujkoli Sen prepared a forged minute on agenda item 2, though a draft, which contains full of lies and the minute was approved by her before getting our approval,” Dr. Banerjee stated in his letter to President dated April 2, 2018.Denies allegation Prof. Sen said: “Agenda no. 2 of the council meeting was not replaced by any other agenda. The allegations raised by him (Sushovan Banerjee) are not true. I think he has not been able to understand the issue properly. I am functioning as officiating VC as per instructions of MHRD. I have nothing else to say on the matter.”last_img read more

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On eve of monsoon session, CM, Oppn. exchange ‘virtual’ barbs

first_imgThe Opposition parties on Sunday said they will take on the State government during the monsoon session of the Legislature over the absence of drought relief works, as all its measures were only “virtual” and nothing has materialised on ground. The session is set to begin on Monday.In response, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said it was the Opposition that needed to come out of its “virtual” perception, as it is cut off from the ground, and see the support the government is gaining among citizens. The government will presenting the State Budget on Tuesday, while 28 Bills will be discussed in the session — the last ahead of the Assembly polls.Leader of Opposition in the Council Dhananjay Munde said at a joint Opposition press conference, “Be it drought measures or fulfilling promises of reservation made to communities such as Marathas and Dhangars, this government has failed on every front. The number of farmer suicides has risen while urban areas are staring at water shortage. The ministers of this government had to quit because of allegations of corruption, but no case was filed against them. The Opposition stands united and will corner the government.” Vijay Vadettiwar, the newly appointed Congress group leader in the Assembly, said the Opposition will pursue allegations made by former Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil against Mr. Fadnavis over irregularities in the Development Plan for Mumbai. Mr. Vikhe-Patil was sworn in as minister in the Chief Minister’s expanded Cabinet on the eve of the monsoon session. Commenting on Opposition leaders joining the BJP, NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “Probably they want the government not to conduct any inquiries against them. Some their institutions to function without any problems, or they simply don’t want to be hounded by government agencies.” Rubbishing the Opposition’s claim that he was luring their leaders to join the BJP, Mr. Fadnavis said they needed to introspect why people are deserting them. Addressing a press conference, Mr. Fadnavis said, “The Opposition is cut off from the ground. Because of their perception [that the government’s functioning was virtual] they suffered such a humiliating defeat in the general elections.” The CM said the State was in the process of uploading the database of 1.2 crore farmers on the Union government’s portal, which will be used for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana for disbursal of funds ahead of the kharif season.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Messi recalls wonderful moment vs Iran

first_imgArgentina must improve if they are to remain in contention for a third FIFA World Cup title, Lionel Messi has admitted even as the Albiceleste struggled to break down a stubborn Iran at the Mineirao stadium on Saturday before a moment of Messi brilliance secured the team’s second victory from as many matches in the tournament. However, Messi described his stoppage-time winner as a “wonderful moment”.MORE NEWS FROM FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 “We struggled to find space but luckily we were able to win,” Messi said after the match.Argentina’s Lionel Messi makes the penalty kick during the group F World Cup soccer match against Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. AP Photo”It’s difficult to play against teams that close up like they did. We have to correct our errors. We are the first to realise that we aren’t playing at the level we want to. Today we were able to get three points which means we don’t have to suffer in the last (group) match. I was very happy when I scored because all of us were trying to break their defence,” Xinhua quoted him as saying.Argentina, World Cup winners in 1978 and 1986, enter the match against Nigeria June 25 all guaranteed of a berth in the tournament’s knockout phase.Argentina soccer fans celebrate Lionel Messi’s winning goal against Iran at the Brazil World Cup as they watch the game on an outdoor screen set up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, June 21, 2014. AP PhotoThe clash in Porto Alegre is likely to attract hordes of Argentine fans, given the city’s proximity to the Brazil-Argentina border.Messi said fans’ support would provide the team with an added edge.advertisement”Porto Alegre is very close to Argentina so we know that there will be a lot of fans there and that will be good for the team.”Albiceleste coach Alejandro Sabella admitted his team had been reliant on Messi in their first two World Cup matches.”We want to improve obviously,” he said. “There are many things we have to think about and improve.”All players who played today have contributed to this victory but of course we have a genius who is called Messi. Fortunately he is Argentine. Everybody would have liked to have Messi but it is us who have him.”last_img read more

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Companies making beeline to sign Sindhu for endorsements

first_imgBy Diwakar GopavajhalaHyderabad, Aug 26 (PTI) Companies are queuing up to sign Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu for endorsements, but the ace badminton players brand management firm wants to go slow as it wants her brand valuation to rise further.The silver medal at Rio Olympics has pushed Sindhus brand value many times and the badminton star is expected to announce a couple of endorsement deals soon.Ramakrishnan R, co-founder and director of Baseline Ventures managing Sindhus brand marketing, said though the endorsements were signed before Olympics, they did not want to announce them due to hectic schedule of the city-based badminton players for the preparation for the event.”They are major endorsements at the national level. There have been couple of brand signed before Olympics. We could not announce them because of the Olympics preparation. So, we did not want to promote her more before Olympics. We may be announcing them during the second week of September,” Ramakrishnan told PTI.Baseline, the sports marketing company, also manages another badminton player Srikanth.Sindhu became the first Indian woman athlete to grab an Olympic silver in the just-concluded event when she lost a close final clash against world No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.”We are pouring with requests for endorsements by Sindhu. That is not what we think would be credible and grand association. We want to last long. Building brand takes years. So want to start slowly and add value to Sindhu which is very important. And also Sindhu is excited to work with us. Our intention is the brand valuation of Sindhu to go up,” he further said. (MORE) PTI GDK GK MKJ BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mets Rally Clips Blue Jays, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — The Mets trailed early, blew a ninth-inning lead and fell behind again in extras — all against baseball’s hottest team.Still, in the end, they remained perfect in New York against the Blue Jays.Wilmer Flores singled to cap a two-out, two-run rally in the 11th inning and the Mets ended Toronto’s team record-tying 11-game winning streak, beating the Blue Jays 4-3 on June 15.The Mets improved to 10-0 at home against the Blue Jays with the comeback victory. “It’s resiliency,” Michael Cuddyer said. “We know we’re always going to be in the game.”The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the ninth before Jose Bautista tied it with his second home run of the game, connecting against Jeurys Familia.Toronto took the lead in the 11th on Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly off Hansel Robles (1-1). The Mets then rallied for their fourth win in five games. They trailed 8-3 June 14th before beating Atlanta.With Ruben Tejada on first and one out, Cuddyer hit a potential game-ending double-play grounder to second baseman Danny Valencia. Tejada smartly slowed up and Valencia tagged him, but too late to throw onto first.“That piece of baserunning, that’s how you’re supposed to run the bases,” Manager Terry Collins said.Lucas Duda followed by slicing a shift-busting single to shallow left field and the 36-year-old Cuddyer hustled all the way home.Duda took second on the throw, Liam Hendricks relieved and Flores lined the first pitch up the middle, setting off a raucous celebration near second base.“We’re not giving up,” Flores said. “That’s what good teams do.”The Mets were the only other team in the majors with an 11-game winning streak this season. New York’s perfect 10-0 record against Toronto is tied with Cleveland for third longest in inter-league play.San Francisco has two 11-game runs, against Oakland and Texas, according to information provided by the Mets from the Elias Sports Bureau.Familia was trying for a four-out save for the second straight day. He wound up with his second blown save this season, spoiling a dominant start by Noah Syndergaard.“It wasn’t a bad pitch. This guy is just one of the great home run hitters in baseball,” Collins said of Bautista’s homer off Familia.Pitching on an extra day’s rest, the rookie right-hander nicknamed Thor struck out a career-high 11 and allowed two hits in six overpowering innings.Syndergaard, traded by the Blue Jays to the Mets, left with a 2-1 lead against the team that racked up 88 runs in reeling off 11 consecutive wins.“The kid tonight was great,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said. “They shut down a hot offense and that hasn’t been easy to do lately.”Bautista hit a mammoth homer into the second deck in left field with two outs in the first, but Toronto’s relentless offense was stifled by Syndergaard and relievers Carlos Torres and Jack Leathersich through 7 2/3 innings.Syndergaard was the starter a week ago when San Francisco’s Chris Heston pitched a no-hitter at Citi Field. This time against Mark Buehrle, the Mets went without a baserunner until Duda led off the fifth with a sharp grounder that hopped over the glove of first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who went down to one knee to try to catch the ball.New York broke through against Buehrle in the sixth, taking advantage of former Mets star Jose Reyes’ throwing error from deep shortstop on Kevin Plawecki’s grounder to open the inning.Juan Lagares and Tejada each had RBI doubles in the sixth.Buehrle allowed four hits and two runs in seven innnigs. The Mets are the only team Buehrle hasn’t beaten in his 16-year career, all in the American League except for one season with Miami.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho is an easy target, players have to stand up: Wayne Rooney

first_imgWayne Rooney has said that Manchester United players must take more responsibility, adding thatmanager Jose Mourinho has become an easy target for criticism after his club’s slow start to the season.United moved up to eighth in the Premier League standings with a 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United on Saturday night, but they remain seven points behind leaders Manchester City.The victory at Old Trafford follows widespread media speculation over Mourinho’s future at the club, and Rooney threw his support behind his former manager.”It’s tough (at United), it has been a tough situation,” Rooney, United’s all-time record goalscorer, told the Telegraph.READ – Sanchez injury-time goal earns Manchester United 3-2 win over Newcastle”The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season. I know Jose is getting a load of stick, but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.”The manager can do so much, but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively. It (the poor run of form) is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target.”Rooney left United last year to join Everton before signing for Major League Soccer side DC United in June.READ – Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United have underperformed: ‘We can do much better’The 32-year-old believes the current situation at United is similar to Louis van Gaal’s two-year reign at the club. The Dutch manager was sacked after winning the FA Cup in 2016.advertisement”I said the same thing when Louis van Gaal was there. He took a lot of stick, but behind closed doors I said to the players, ‘We have to be doing better’,” Rooney added.”Personally I think he set us up brilliantly … but we didn’t produce on the pitch, so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”United next visit Chelsea in the league on October 20 and host Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League group stage three days later.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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PIOJ Gets Additional $60 Million for Technical Cooperation Project

first_img This is contained in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The five-year project, which commenced in November 2016, aims to identify and implement relevant, sustainable, visible and measureable programmes with European Development Fund (EDF) and European Union (EU) financing. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will receive an additional $60 million to continue work on the Technical Cooperation Facility VI (TCF VI) in the new fiscal year.This is contained in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The five-year project, which commenced in November 2016, aims to identify and implement relevant, sustainable, visible and measureable programmes with European Development Fund (EDF) and European Union (EU) financing.Additionally, it is intended to strengthen the Office of the National Authorising Officer (NAO), and line Ministries’ capacities in the areas of management, planning, coordination and monitoring of EDF programmes.Achievements up to December 2018, include engagement of a Budget Support Specialist, and Civil Engineering, Accounting, and Crime and Security Consultants.Targets for 2019/20 include engaging Budget Support Management, Project Management, and Project Accounting Consultants.Just over $2 billion in additional funding is earmarked for the project from 2020/21 to 2022/23.The engagement, which is slated to end in November 2021, is being financed by the European Union.Meanwhile, $487.8 million (Contingency Provision) is also earmarked in the Estimates for the Public Investment Management System (PIMS) for 2019/20.The allocation will support new projects approved for implementation under the PIMS, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Story Highlights The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will receive an additional $60 million to continue work on the Technical Cooperation Facility VI (TCF VI) in the new fiscal year.last_img read more

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Local Films Premiering on International Stage

first_imgFour Nova Scotia films will be in the spotlight at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, one of the film world’s most highly regarded events, Sept. 8-17. Two feature-length films from Nova Scotia — Thom Fitzgerald’s 3 Needles and Camelia Frieberg’s Whole New Thing — are celebrating their world premiers at the festival. Two other Nova Scotia entries are short films — Shandi Mitchell’s Tell Me and Andrea Dorfman’s There’s a Flower in My Pedal. “We are proud of Nova Scotia’s talented filmmakers and pleased to have contributed financial assistance through our programs,” said Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. “Congratulations Thom, Camelia, Shandi, and Andrea, we wish you the best of luck at the festival.” Thom Fitzgerald’s 3 Needles will be screened as part of the festival’s special presentations component, which showcases high-profile films featuring major stars and directors. Written, produced and directed by Mr. Fitzgerald, 3 Needles adds to his growing reputation as an up-and-coming director. The film stars Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Stockard Channing, Sandra Oh, and Olympia Dukakis and is set in China, South Africa, and Canada. The film depicts how the AIDS epidemic has touched these continents as seen through the lives of three very different characters. Ms. Frieberg’s Whole New Thing will be screened as part of the festival’s core program, Contemporary World Cinema. Co-written by Cape Breton’s Daniel MacIvor and Toronto-based Amnon Buchbinder, Whole New Thing is a comic coming-of-age story starring Rebecca Jenkins, Robert Joy and Aaron Webber. Set in rural Nova Scotia, it was filmed this past year in Mahone Bay and along the eastern shore of Halifax Regional Municipality. Ms. Mitchell’s Tell Me and Ms. Dorfman’s There’s a Flower in My Pedal will be screened as part of the Short Cuts Canada program. The program recognizes emerging talent across the country. Both of these shorts were filmed as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Atlantic Filmmakers’ Co-operative. Started in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival allows film producers and directors to showcase their work for an international audience of distributors, buyers, media and films fans. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the minister of Economic Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more

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Blue Whale Challenge Strikes Benguerir, Severely Depressed Teen Transferred to Casablanca

Rabat – A 13-year-old boy has been officially identified as the first victim of the “Blue Whale Challenge” an infamous social media craze that incites its participants to commit suicide.Ibrahim, a 13-year-old middle school student from Benguerir, is “the first victim of the challenge, officially recognized by the authorities,” Al Ahdath Al Maghribia reports in its February 12 edition.The young boy is currently receiving mental help at the University Hospital of Casablanca, where he is being supervised by a specialized medical committee. The ‘game’ reportedly consists of 50 tasks to be accomplished over 50 days. It starts by telling its users to wake up at unusual hours to watch horror movies, listen to sad songs, and insult their parents. The tasks get gradually more extreme throughout the 50 days, finally ending with suicide incitement.The child said that he downloaded the “Blue Whale Challenge” application on his phone out of curiosity.Jumping from challenge to another, he managed to “win” 30 tasks out of the 50 imposed on him.“At first, it was easy,” he said. But as the game progressed, the challenges became more and more difficult.Ibrahim was instructed to carve a whale in his arm using a blade and hammer a nail in his thigh and foot. He had to travel to deserted places in the middle of the night and drive a motorcycle at excessive speeds.As he advanced in this dreaded “game,” the child was slowly falling into depression. When he realized that the challenges he was taking were no longer just “fun and games,” Ibrahim decided to stop playing along.He then started received disturbing messages threatening to kill his family, as he had already given details to the game moderator  about his environment, his family and his daily life.The young teenager also suffers from severe depression, says the newspaper.His parents were concerned about his mood shift, as he showed lack of appetite, significant loss of weight, and a lack of interest in his studies.They decided to take him to see a doctor. And as the nurse in charge was preparing to inject him with serum, she noticed a strange wound, shaped like a whale on his arm.The nurse immediately alerted her superiors, prompting a general mobilization within the Benguerir public hospital. The local authorities were then alerted and the boy had to be transferred to Marrakech for a more appropriate follow-up and then on to Casablanca.Ibrahim is currently in good hands, the paper says.The local authorities have held a meeting with the security services and health services of the city to prevent the repeat of such a tragedy.According to Assabah newspaper, two Moroccan children were victims of the game in late 2017.The first alleged victim of the game, was a 8-year old boy from Hay Mohammadi, Casablanca, and the second was a 12-year-old girl from Casablanca’s Douar Rhamna.Many teenagers, across the world have fallen prey to this dreadful challenge. The game was reportedly created in 2013 by its alleged mastermind Ilya Sidorov, a 26-year old Russian postman.Sidorov was arrested in June 2017 by Russian authorities. Since its creation, the game caused 130 deaths in Russia, while in Algeria, 5 children aged between 11 and 16 have  taken their own lives. read more

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Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is down 76.58 points to 15,076.54.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 115.54 points to 21,362.63.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 15.35 points to 2,417.19.The Nasdaq composite index shed 54.13 points to 6,096.73.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.26 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 77.03 cents US.

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Texas governor to speak at T Boone Pickens Dallas funeral

DALLAS — Speakers at a funeral in Dallas for T. Boone Pickens will include Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.The service for family and friends will be Thursday afternoon at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The public can view the service from a hall in the church and it will be livestreamed on Pickens’ website .The brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts died Sept. 11 at the age of 91 at his Dallas home.There will be a public memorial Sept. 25 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. Pickens donated hundreds of millions of dollars to OSU.A message Pickens wrote before his death was posted online Wednesday. He recalled lessons he’d learned throughout his life.The Associated Press read more

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More progress needed to maintain indigenous livestock diversity UN food agency says

In a news release, FAO noted that 80 national Governments are highlighting their actions in reports presented to the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which is meeting from today until Friday in Rome, and is being attended by representatives of almost 100 countries.In the reports, FAO said, the Governments recount their progress in implementing the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, which, adopted in 2007 by delegates of 109 countries, marked the first internationally-agreed framework aimed at supporting the sustainable use, development and conservation of the world’s livestock biodiversity.“The encouraging news is that, on average, the countries that submitted reports have begun to implement about half the actions agreed under the Global Plan of Action, ranging from conservation schemes, to surveys of livestock numbers, to the development of policies and legal frameworks addressing livestock biodiversity,” said the Chief of FAO’s Animal Genetic Resources Branch, Irene Hoffmann.But progress has been more marked in developed countries with many countries in Africa, the Near East and Latin America and the Caribbean “still lagging behind,” according to the FAO news release, noting the “substantial gap… needs to be urgently addressed.”“In Africa and Latin America, pockets of national success are reported in almost all the priority areas of the Global Plan of Action,” FAO highlighted, in contrast with countries submitting reports from Asia, which, FAO added, were “relatively well advanced in establishing conservation schemes for their threatened breeds.”“There are about 45 countries that are preparing, or have already prepared, national strategies and action plans for their animal genetic resources, and about half of these are developing countries,” said Ms. Hoffmann.Despite the generally limited amount of progress made in developing regions, the country reports indicate that “some examples of more active implementation can be found in every region of the world,” FAO stated.Indigenous breeds are important in agriculture because they are adapted to often harsh local conditions, contain unique genetic material important for breeding programmes and are often a livelihood bastion for poor households because they are easier to keep than exotic breeds, according to the UN food agency. “In a world threatened by climate change, breeds that are resistant to drought, extreme heat or tropical diseases are of major potential importance,” it added.Of areas where action is “lagging,” FAO said that the Near East is regarded as one of the cradles of livestock diversity where “several species, including cattle, sheep, goats and dromedary camels, were first domesticated.” The UN agency said Africa’s diverse tropical and subtropical environments make that continent “another important hotspot of diversity.”In addition, FAO said that true state of livestock diversity is difficult to estimate because breed population figures are often unreported or out of date. But it added that the latest available figures show that about 22 percent of the world’s livestock breeds remain at risk of extinction. read more

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Rumors of KobeDwight Howard Blowup Show LA Strife

Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard had to be separated by teammates following a New Year’s Day loss to Philadelphia, according to a report that two Los Angeles Lakers sources vehemently refuted. What is certain is this: the Lakers are in turmoil.They dropped their third straight Sunday night to the Denver Nuggets, dropping them to three games under .500. The storied Lakers fired coach Mike Brown after just five games, passed on a chance to re-hire the winningest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson, and, instead, hired Mike D’Antoni, whose style of play does not seem to fit the personnel.Acquiring D’Antoni, Howard and Steve Nash has done nothing to spark the Lakers, who are 11th in the Western Conference, meaning they have to pass three teams just to make the playoffs.That is bad enough.Now comes a report by the New York Daily News that Bryant goaded Howard in the locker room, saying Shaquille O’Neal was right about Howard, that he was not physical enough. Howard then moved forward toward Bryant, but was stopped by teammates, according to the article.ESPNLA.com reported that two sources adamantly denied any such event occurred. Whatever the case, it is apparent there is not enough harmony among teammates, considering Howard’s remarks Saturday:“Those guys on the (Los Angeles) Clippers team, they really enjoy each other off the court and it shows,” he said after the Laker practice. “It’s something we have to do to get better. We have to play like we like each other. Even if we don’t want to be friends off the court, whatever that may be, when we step in between the lines or we step in the locker room or the gym, we have to respect each other and what we bring to the table.“It really starts off the court. I think you have to have that relationship and that chemistry off the court for it to really blossom on the court. It takes time to develop that. You just don’t come together and then expect to be best friends right away. It just doesn’t happen like that” read more

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Mine improvements at Panasqueira

first_imgPrimary Metals has completed planned mine improvements at its Panasqueira tungsten mine in Portugal. Capital expenditures on improvements totalled €9.1 million (C$13.7 million) over the past two fiscal years and included major acquisitions of new mining and processing equipment, as well as development of the new underground D9 mine ramp to access new tungsten reserves.The commitment to these improvements over the past two years has created a solid foundation for the continued long-term operation of the mine. Management’s decision has been justified by the recent announcement of increased tungsten reserves at the mine. The combined proven and probable reserves and indicated resources now total over 5 Mt with a grade of 0.261% WO3 (tungsten trioxide) containing 1.34 million MTU of WO3. The current tungsten price is around $260 per MTU). There is also an additional inferred resource and extensive exploration potential at Panasqueira.Planned expenditures for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, are budgeted at €800,000 (C$1.2 million), a significant reduction in cash requirements compared to the previous two years. Capital expenditures include purchases of minor equipment, improvements in underground mine crushing and development activities, building maintenance and miscellaneous items.Capital expenditures during the past two years have included acquisition of Europe’s largest fleet of low profile underground mining equipment including six low profile LHD units and five low profile underground jumbo drilling rigs. The fleet is now fully operational on level 3 of the mine, the main production level, and the original equipment is being used on mine level 2.A new development programme to access new tungsten ore has been addressed with the completion of the D9 ramp between levels 2 and 3 of the mine. Historically, development work at the mine had been neglected due to limited cash flow during an extended period of low tungsten prices. This situation has now been resolved, with tungsten prices trebling since 2004.The underground mine hoist has been refurbished with new cables and the underground conveyor belt has been replaced. A new fine ore storage bin has also recently been completed that trebles the ore storage capacity for the process plant.The process plant has been refurbished and new equipment, including a Knelson concentrator, a hydrosizing unit, roll crusher and new duplex tungsten concentrating tables, and extensive pumps, pipes and spare parts have been provided to improve the mill efficiency and operating schedules.Management is confident in the improved performance and efficiency of the mine and processing plant and has taken further steps to improve the profitability of the operation. As a result of the reduced requirement for development work, the labour force at the mine has been reduced from 315 to 285 with plans for further reduction to 265 by the end of 2007. Greater selectivity of mining will be possible with the new equipment and the completion of the D9 development ramp, and an increase in mined ore grade is expected compared to recent levels. Tungsten prices remain strong and management anticipates some increase in demand and tungsten price in the future. Overall, these factors should combine to result in improved profitability, as well as an extended life, at the Panasqueira tungsten mine.Primary Metals owns a 100% interest in the mine and is currently annually producing some 100,000 MTUs of tungsten trioxide in concentrates. Tungsten is currently trading at around $260/MTU. The Panasqueira mine has a long history of production of high-quality wolframite concentrates and is the dominant producer of high-grade tungsten concentrates outside China.last_img read more

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Cardinal Brady says he is truly sorry to survivors

first_imgCARDINAL SEÁN BRADY has said he is “truly sorry” to abuse survivors following the publication of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church’s review of practices in the Archdiocese of Armagh.“The Review finds that this diocese is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people. Nevertheless, my first thoughts today are with those who were abused,” he said in a statement. ”“I know that for you, survivors of abuse and your families, days such as today are especially difficult. You have suffered terribly and I am truly sorry. I pray for you and will work to ensure that you are supported on your journey towards healing and peace.”He claimed that ‘vigilance’ continues to be the watchword in all Church activities.Recognising that past practices failed children, he said:While we acknowledge the report’s findings that in the past the response was not as prompt, robust and coordinated as in the present, we will continue to do all we can to ensure that current high standards of safeguarding practice are maintained. As I have already stated, we must remain attentive and vigilant. Our children, and especially those who have suffered, deserve no less. The review examined 36 allegations against 16 priests that were made between 1975 and 2013. The last alleged incidence of abuse was in 2000.All 36 have been reported to the relevant authorities but just one conviction was secured.Reviewers acknowledged that positive steps have been taken to encourage complainants to come forward. Since 1996, there is also a “more focused and committed approach to the safeguarding of children”.Six recommendations were made following the review in August this year.For a larger image, click here. Read: Safeguarding board has “no remit” to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroadFor more from the fourth tranche of reports:Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesAccused ‘Kiltegan Fathers’ on African missions “afforded too much tolerance”Diocese of Kerry dealt with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priestsArchbishop of Cashel and Emly praised for speedy reaction to abuse claimsDiocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesTwo allegations in last six years at the Diocese of OssoryJust 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegationslast_img read more

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Celebrate Padres opening weekend at the East Village Block Party

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSwing into the 2018 baseball season with the 8th Annual East Village Opening Day Weekend Block Party. Step up to the plate to start your Major League celebrations.The San Diego Padres play the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 opening ballgame.This family-friendly community event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors show off their team spirit at PETCO Park while exploring East Village.With games, live entertainment featuring local bands and DJs, baseball-themed beverages, and grub. On J Street between Sixth and Tenth. March 31, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Celebrate Padres opening weekend at the East Village Block Party Posted: March 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Recapping the San Diego Tourism Authoritys annual meeting

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Recapping the San Diego Tourism Authority’s annual meeting KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:03 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week was National Travel and Tourism Week and San Diego Tourism Authority recognized the nearly 200,000 people in San Diego who work in tourism.The President and CEO of San Diego Tourism Authority, Joe Terzi, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss what the organization has planned for 2019.Including:San Diego’s 250th AnniversaryThe Tourism Authority’s 65th Anniversary SeaWorld’s 55th Anniversary The Padres and Comic-Con’s 50th AnniversaryThe Convention Center’s 30th AnniversaryThe USS Midway’s 15th AnniversaryThe tourism authority said in 2018 San Diego saw nearly 36 million visitors who spent more than $11 billion at attractions, restaurants and shops.center_img Posted: May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Minor flooding slows evening commute

first_imgMotorists should beware of standing water and heavy spray as they drive home this evening. Drivers are reporting standing water on Interstate 5 in the vicinity of the Main Street exit, and up to a foot of standing water south of Northeast 134th Street.No serious problems were reported, though there were a couple of minor accidents. At 5:20 p.m., emergency crews were headed to a two-car accident after a spin-out near the 39th Street overpass. Another was reported a few minutes later on I-5 northbound near Northeast 134th Street.Heavy rain has snarled traffic intermittently all afternoon. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., three-quarters of an inch of rain had fallen at the National Weather Service’s Pearson Field station, and Doppler radar indicated heavy rain is likely to continue through the rush hour. For the latest weather information, click HERE.At 5:30 p.m. the Washington Department of Transportation’s traffic site reported traffic was slow on I-5 and along Highway 14. It was also slow on Interstate 205 northbound south of the Highway 500 exit.To view real-time road conditions, click HERE.last_img read more

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