An edgy bob and oozing appeal: Nicki Minaj’s new look screams ‘HOT’

first_imgNicki Minaj, who is known for her shocking pinks and garish, loud coloured outfits both on stage and off it, has something different for her fans this time. The 31-year-old singer’s appearance on the cover of men’s Italian Vogue is one that is to be taken with a pinch of salt, coming from Minaj.In Prada suits and dSquared shirts, oozing powerful sex appeal, Nicki manages to hold one’s gaze for more than long. The ‘Anaconda’ hitmaker sports an edgy, asymmetrical bob in the shoot for the magazine.The black-n-white spread was a welcome change from Minaj’s usually-extremely-colourful get-ups. The popstar said in the interview, “At first no one took me seriously,” and later added, “I want to build my empire. In my field, I have always seen men do it, from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay Z. Now it’s a woman’s turn.”last_img read more

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IPL contributes Rs 11.5 billion to Indias GDP: survey

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) IPL 2015 made a contribution of Rs 11.5 billion (USD 182 million) to Indias GDP, a survey conducted by top financial auditing firm KPMG on behalf of the BCCI has said. The total economic output associated with IPL matches in India for 2015 is estimated at Rs 26.5 billion (USD 418 million). This is the aggregate value of all transactions that took place as a direct, indirect or induced effect of the economic activity of the 2015 matches, the BCCI said. According to the survey, the 2015 season saw around 20 per cent of attendees visiting from cities other than the host city. Also notable were international visitors primarily from the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. The study also highlighted the impact on the country beyond economic that are generally measurable in financial terms. The key benefits and opportunities identified were: employment generation across sectors; tourism development to ensure India maintains its position on the global sporting map; support of tier 2 cities providing key media exposure and development of cricket and sport participation across India. Commenting on the survey, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said, “It is inspiring to know that IPL has had such a positive impact on India?s economy; the contribution of Rs 11.5 billion to Indias GDP through a 60-day event is surely testament to the tournaments success. “We look forward to redefine these benchmarks through the upcoming seasons of the IPL and empowering the nation?s economy through our future endeavours.” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, on his part, said, “KPMGs economic impact study highlighted not only IPLs significant contribution to Indias GDP but also the positive effect on employment generation across various sectors, tourism development, upliftment of the tier 2 cities through media exposure and development of cricket and other sport participation across India.” BCCI undertook the assessment of the economic impact generated by the hosting of the IPL 2015 season on the economy of India. It appointed KPMG Sports Advisory Group to undertake this survey. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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NGT directs GDA to pay Rs 1.17 cr to Nagar Nigam for sewerage

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal has directed Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to pay Rs 1.17 crore to Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) within a month for construction of sewer lines in Kaushambi near Delhi border.A bench headed by Justice U D Salvi also directed GNN to disconnect all sewer lines linked to storm water drains and stop release of untreated sewage from nearby villages in these drains in Kaushambi township within one month.”GDA shall pay an amount of Rs 1,17,69,000 to Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam within one month for construction of the sewer lines… This amount shall be utilised by the Nigam only for the purposes as indicated and it shall issue Utilisation Certificate to GDA.”On receipt of the said amount Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam shall construct sewer lines within two months there from. Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam and Ghaziabad Development Authority shall file compliance reports in the registry within 90 days,” the bench, also comprising Expert Member Ranjan Chatterjee, said.During the hearing, the counsel appearing for Ghaziabad Development Authority told the tribunal that GNN was handed over the area of Kaushambi township for maintenance purposes in 2004 and therefore it was not under any obligation to make any payment.He also submitted a map, prepared in collaboration with the Nigam, showing existing sewer lines, sewage lines connecting storm water drain and the projected sewer lines necessary for finding permanent solution to the problems of the area.The counsel appearing for GNN told the bench that the department was ready to disconnect all the sewer lines connected to the storm water drain, clean the sewer lines and storm water drains and construct new sewer lines within Kaushambi township.advertisementThe directions came while hearing a plea by Kaushambi Apartments Residents Welfare Association (KARWA) which alleged that land sold off by Ghaziabad Development Authority to Yashoda Hospital, Supertech, Raj Residency and others in eastern part of Kaushambi area does not have sewer connection.”As the sewer lines were never laid by private builders and entire untreated sewer is being dumped directly in drain in violation of environmental laws / NGT orders.”Ghaziabad Development Authority as the development authority did not check provisioning of these basic facilities at the time of according clearances for occupation to them,” the plea had said. PTI PKS ZMN SRYlast_img read more

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Some Good News For College Graduates & How To Capitalize On It

first_imgIf you’re a new graduate or a senior in college, you’ve heard enough hard truths about the job market: It’s tough to find a job, and in some markets, it’s tough to even get an interview. You’ve probably heard the figures about recent graduates: more are moving back in with their parents than ever, and a large proportion of them can’t find work—or if they can, the jobs are low-end.Things are bad, yes, and finding a good job is hard: but it’s not impossible – far from it. And if you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, you’re in much better shape than most: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for those with a college education is less than a third of the national level.So what can you do? Well, the first thing is the simplest thing: don’t give up. Many recent graduates give up searching for a real career far too early, and take the first thing that comes along to pay the bills, whether it’s working in the field they want to go into or bagging groceries. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a job to cover expenses—but keep looking for your career while you’re in that job. And remember that you don’t have to do it alone.Make use of your school’s career services office and other local sources of help. This should go without saying, but it’s remarkable how many seniors and recent graduates don’t bother to reach out to their college’s career services or placement offices. These offices are filled with people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping their students find work. Even if you’ve been out of school for a year or two, they’re often more than happy to help you. But don’t limit yourself to your school’s offices: talk to your local chamber of commerce, and join any professional associations within the field you’re looking to enter, and attend their events—you’d be amazed at what can come of a quick chat with people in your field.Stay active in the field you want to enter. Even if you can’t find work in the field you’re looking to get into, you need to keep building experience. If you’re looking to get into accounting, contact CPAs in your area to see if they’d be willing to take you on as an unpaid intern to help around the office. If you’re looking to break into the health care field, volunteer at a nursing home or a clinic. Keep yourself engaged at all times—it’ll pay dividends eventually. You’ll learn new skills, make new contacts, and your resume will show employers that you’re genuinely interested in the field.  Think broadly and get new perspectives. Don’t limit yourself to a handful of job titles. Reach out to your school’s alumni network and speak with people in your field. Find out what they do, how they got where they are, and learn about the other positions within the field you’re looking to enter. You might not just learn a thing or two—you might find a job you didn’t even know existed in which you’re more interested.Is it easy finding a job right now? Heck no.If you’re a recent graduate, you’re probably going to have to deal with plenty of frustration, and you’re going to have to learn not to take failure personally. But stay positive, and don’t give up: the only jobs you’re guaranteed not to get are the ones you’re not applying for. Remember that you’re in a much better position than many. Keep your finances in order and keep your head up. Things might not be perfect right now, but if you keep plowing forward, they will get better. – Original post by myFootpath’s Nate Abbottlast_img read more

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Centuries for Joe Burns and Travis Head put Australia in control

first_imgmatch reports Australia cricket team Share on Messenger Burns went to stumps unbeaten on 172, becoming the first Australian opener to bat through the first day of a Test in more than two years. Kurtis Patterson is with him on 25no, but only after Head had compiled a stylish 161 including a run-scoring spree after tea of 63 runs from 50 balls.Batting together for the first time in a Test, the pair took few risks early but punished anything loose from a Sri Lankan attack, missing their three quicks from the Gabba through injury.Burns was particularly strong off the back foot, pulling all three of their replacement quicks for boundaries through mid-wicket after getting off the mark with two cover drives for four.He brought up his fourth Test century with a drop-and-run off Kasun Rajitha, taking a load of pressure off Australia’s otherwise barren top order in the process.The Queenslander has put forward the strongest case possible for a ticket to the Ashes in August, when he might push to open with David Warner or bat in the middle order like he had done on debut.Head looks a certainty to be there, with his maiden hundred coming after three half-centuries earlier this summer. Support The Guardian Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up He again cut extremely well – with eight of his 21 boundaries coming through the point region – while he brought up his century when he danced down the wicket to Dilruwan Perera and whacked him to the boundary.His downfall eventually came when he was trapped lbw to Vishwa Fernando (3-99), but not before he and Burns had combined for the team’s highest partnership against Sri Lanka in Australia.Sri Lanka were also their own worst enemies, dropping Burns and Patterson once each and Head twice – all from relatively simple chances at Test level.But still, the pair’s runs came after Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne and the out-of-form Usman Khawaja failed to impress in their last Tests before the Ashes.Harris was out for 11 when he drove Fernando to point, Khawaja for a third-ball duck when his feet failed to move edging the same bowler, before Labuschagne nicked off to debutant Chamika Karunaratne for six. Share on WhatsApp Read more Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cricket Share on Twittercenter_img It took six Tests but Joe Burns and Travis Head have become the first Australian batsmen this summer to stake their claims for Ashes berths, smashing the hosts to 384-4 against Sri Lanka on day one in Canberra.After Sri Lanka had Australia wobbling a 28-3 inside Friday’s first hour, Burns and Head hit centuries in a record-breaking 308-run fourth-wicket stand in the second Test – the first to be played at Manuka Oval. Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Share on Facebook Share via Email Australia v Sri Lanka: second Test, day one – as it happened Sri Lanka cricket team Topics Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgIt’s just over 4 weeks until the NTL! Click here for all the info on the latest Touch news from around Australia… * The draw for the 2005 National Touch League will be ready to be viewed on the ATA website from this Wednesday. With 121 teams (four more than last year) it’s been one heck of a job for tournament director Jon Pratt. * The ATA have announced the newly appointed Director of Referees and the High Performance Programs Director. Keep an eye on the website later today for a story on these two appointments! * The ATA Board of Directors met with the final two candidates for the CEO position at Australian Touch, when current CEO Bill Ker retires. The ATA homepage will have all the information as soon as a decision is made. * Have a little sympathy for ACT Touch players who were faced with 8 degree temperatures last Thursday night…it’s supposed to be summer! * Norfolk Island are holding a Touch tournament in July, for all the details see www.nswtouch.com.au * 12500 people and 275 teams are expected at this year’s NSW Junior State Cup. See www.nswtouch.com.au for all the information on the event being held on February 19 and 20 in Wollongong. * Brisbane Metro Touch Association is looking for a new Association Manager, all the information on the position can be found at www.qldtouch.com.au * Touch SA is holding a level 1 referees course at Gawler. All the info can be found here or by calling Touch SA on (08) 8373 3222 http://www.touch-sa.asn.au/main/index_news.html * After the most rain fell on Melbourne in recorded history, the Victoria Touchies turned out for their Summer Grand finals. For all the news of the day and results of course, have a read of: http://www.victouch.com.au/News/APT%20GFs.html * Check out the Poll on the ATA website….which 5 permits are likely to be at the top of the NTL standings? There’s a variety of options to choose from. * A NTL planning forum is being held for all Permit Managers/Executives. It’s taking place on March 10th at 10am, followed by lunch. So keep the date free, ATA will be mailing official invitations out soon! It’s a great opportunity to develop our premiere Touch tournament. * Don’t forget that all local associations have access to their website through the ATA homepage. So don’t spend precious time searching on the net, simply go to the ATA page, click on `local’ in the top right hand corner and then scroll down to find your association. * In more developments for Junior Touch in Queensland, Beenleigh Touch start their inaugural Junior Touch Competition on Saturday February 12th at Bill Norris Oval. After a lot of work by administrators, the season will start with a six week `lightning’ season where the emphasis is on skill development, learning the game and enjoying the fun, friendship and fitness elements of the sport. For further details, please contact Beenleigh Touch Administrator Murray Willman on 0419 027 234 or Secretary Joy Buckley on (07) 3287 5528. * Ever wondered where ATA keeps the info on playing rules or the type of shoes you can wear or definitions of certain words? All of this is found in the seventh edition of the ATA rule book. Simply go to My Club Touch (use the link on ATA’s page or www.myclubtouch.com.au ) and then click on `Down Loads’, then `Data Files’, then `ATA Playing rules’. Simply click to download this file and you’ll have a copy of the rule book in your hot little hands! The My Club Touch site is full of gold resources such as this. * With the retirement of ATA CEO Bill Ker mid way through this year, the NSWTA would like to thank Bill for all of his hard work and dedicated service. They will be holding a farewell dinner for Bill on June 4 in Sydney. NSW would like to invite any CB’s to attend. Please email Kylie at admin@nswtouch.com.au to be kept in on the details as they get closer to the date. * Remember, all stories and media help can be sent to Rachel Moyle at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moylelast_img
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Analyst Names The Worst Coach In College Football For 2018

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is approaching quickly. Opening weekend is roughly two months away. Who’s excited?Predictions for the upcoming season are starting to roll out in extreme fashion.Athlon Sports has this week ranked every coach in the country, from No. 1 to No. 130.The man at No. 1 isn’t a surprise (it’s Nick Saban, duh).Who comes in at No. 130?Well…130. Sean Lewis, Kent StateAt 31 years old, Lewis will be the youngest coach at the FBS level in 2018. While the Illinois native is short on experience, this is the right hire for a Kent State program that has just two winning seasons since 1988. Lewis began his coaching career in the collegiate ranks at Nebraska-Omaha in 2010 and spent one year at Akron as a graduate assistant (2011). He landed on Dino Babers’ staff at Eastern Illinois for two seasons (2012-13) and followed Babers to jobs at Bowling Green (2014-15) and Syracuse (2016-17). Lewis held the co-offensive coordinator title with the Orange for each of the last two years. Even though Lewis will need time to get acclimated as a head coach, the style of play and experience working under Babers should allow the Illinois native to help Kent State improve over the next few years.Maybe Lewis will prove them wrong this year.You can view the full rankings here.last_img read more

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Morocco Sells 40 Pct of Shares in Port Operator Marsa Maroc

first_imgzoom The government of Morocco has raised an amount of MAD 1.9 billion (USD 198 million) by disposing of a 40 percent stake in state-owned port operator Marsa Maroc.The stake was sold through an initial public offering of Marsa Maroc, which was launched on July 19, 2016.As of June 10, the Moroccan Capital Markets Authority (AMMC) approved the prospectus of the initial public offering in the Casablanca Stock Exchange, giving the green light for the sale of the 40 percent of the company’s capital.Marsa Maroc, valued at around MAD 5 billion, sold 29.36 million shares at MAD 65 each, raising MAD 1.94 billion, including MAD 600 million from shares sold to individual investors, according to Reuters.Created in 2006, the port operator Marsa Maroc manages terminals at nine Moroccan ports and provides port logistics services.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Rio Paralympics 2016 Moroccan Mahdi Afri Wins Bronze in 400m

Rio de Janeiro – Morocco’s Mahdi Afri finished third in the men’s 400m T12 final on Saturday in the Paralympics games in Rio, Brazil.The race was dominated by Cuban Leinier Savon Pineda who crossed the finishing line in a time of 22.23 seconds, ahead of South African Hilton Langnhoven (22.43 sec). Afri finished the race in 22.55 sec.Moroco boasts so far six medals at these games (two golds, two silvers and two bronze).

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New UNKorean partnership aims to boost transfer of green technologies

The agreement signed in Vienna is the first between the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).Under its terms, KOICA will provide UNIDO with $900,000 to set up a trust fund that will be used for the identification, assessment and prioritization of pollution “hot spots” and transfer of environmentally sound technologies in the Cambodian section of the Mekong River.The project will help improve the water quality of the Mekong River and reduce the negative impacts from industrial activities through the introduction of UNIDO’s integrated approach for the transfer of environmentally sound technology. The two-year project will be implemented by UNIDO in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, and the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia. It is funded by the East Asia Climate Partnership, which was established by the Republic of Korea in 2008 to assist developing countries in East Asia that are coping with both economic growth and climate change simultaneously. The Vienna-based UNIDO helps developing countries to secure resource-efficient low-carbon growth, which creates new jobs while protecting the environment. It also helps them move to clean technologies and implement environmental agreements, and provides them with services and expertise to promote sustainable patterns of production. All of this is part of the agency’s efforts to promote ‘Green Industry’ – industry that does not harm the environment. 29 December 2010The United Nations today announced a new partnership with the Republic of Korea’s international development agency to facilitate the transfer of environmentally sound technologies to help Cambodia tackle pollution. read more

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Newspapers played major role in paving Toronto roads

If anyone doubts the power of the press, think again.Liberal newspapers were the main driver of Toronto’s street development during the turn of the 20th century, says Brock University Associate Professor of Geography Phillip Mackintosh.“They had an agenda to create public opinion around, and then generate capitalist interest in infrastructure,” says Mackintosh when describing the book he published earlier this year.In the book, Newspaper City: Toronto’s Street Surfaces and the Liberal Press, 1860-1935, Mackintosh argues that the Toronto Globe and Toronto Daily Star campaigned heavily for streets to be paved in downtown Toronto, mainly to increase business for their advertisers, who had shops and factories along those roads.“The newspaper industry made more money through advertising than it did through subscriptions, and that advertising enabled them to pay journalists more to get involved in muckraking,” explains Mackintosh.On a broader scale, city expansion would presumably lead to more newspaper subscriptions and better subscription rates, he says.The campaign to pave was a tough sell. Many people during the Victorian, Edwardian and interwar periods resisted the idea of having to pay to develop these streets through the local improvements by-law. The majority were okay with wood and gravel roads, the book argues.“The city was made up of a cross-section of people, most of them being middle class and under,” says Mackintosh. “Their ability to tolerate inconvenience was remarkable, so the liberal papers had to create pictures in peoples’ heads of a progressive city.”These ‘pictures’ included articles that presented two scenarios: “One depicted the status quo, with dirty, dangerous streets overrun with animals and unsavoury people; the other envisioned progress, with clean, civilized modern thoroughfare suitable for bourgeois society,” says the book.While the campaign resulted in the construction of asphalt roads, concrete sidewalks and regulated traffic in downtown Toronto, it also laid the groundwork for the press to become the liberal “fourth estate,” championing democracy and growth while making a profit, says Mackintosh.That part of Toronto’s history highlights newspapers’ strong influence in molding readers’ perceptions of the city as a whole and especially certain neighbourhoods.Mackintosh gives the example of reporters going into the “Ward,” which at that time, was the poorest part of the inner city. The neighbourhood is located in the area now bordered by Yonge, University, Queen and College streets.They would write about the squalor, crime, dirt and bad environment of that part of town, even though “there were all kinds of hard-working people and shop owners, but that’s not how the reporters saw it.“They reproduced the city in text for the readers, and the readers used their geographical imaginations to reproduce that city in their own heads. Suddenly the city was not the city they thought they lived in,” explains Mackintosh.He says Newspaper City provides another way to think of present-day “fake news” discussions and certain media whose sole purpose is to make a profit. read more

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Govts decision to scrap initial CJIA plan will hamper Guyanas progress

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA fees increase: Initial expansion plans could have offset expenses – JagdeoApril 26, 2019In “latest news”Patterson says CJIA to be fully operational this weekJuly 15, 2019In “latest news”Exclusion of commercial, office space from CJIA contract to push local content – JagdeoMay 10, 2019In “Business” An impression of the completed CJIA expansion projectGovernment’s decision to scrap the initial plan to expand the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) could prevent Guyana from becoming a major hub in the Region, akin to the likes of Panama.These is the view expressed by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who said that under his Party’s tenure in Government  a  plan was catered to make CJIA a modern airport to accommodate aircraft from various countries, which would have eventually created trade opportunities.“It’s an enhanced cake shop now…they have cut out all the modern features. The length of the runway was critical to bringing in some types of aircraft here” he stated.Jagdeo recalled that under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration, discussions were held with KLM Royal Dutch Airline and Suriname Airways to look at the possibility of having flights to Europe.According to him, the idea was to create an avenue where flights could have departed Guyana to Suriname and then onto Europe and vice versa.At present, Guyanese travelling to Europe have to travel to either Panama, Miami or New York, before they can go directly into any European country.“We could have direct flights into Europe but they will not come because those aircraft can’t land. That was the objective of lengthening the runway. You can’t go and market for a hub until you have facilities. That is what we were doing, but they have done their own thing,” he opined.Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe Opposition Leader said that traffic would have been increased had these initial plans had been carried out. First, Jagdeo said that perishable exports could have seen an increased.“Once you have more airlines flying you will see the cost of freight going down,” he said, which would have lent to that uptick.He also lamented that Guyana could have had more regular flights to Suriname, Northern Brazil, Barbados, Trinidad and onto Europe and North America.The PPP Administration, he said, was also in talks with South African airlines, discussing the possibility of them operating here, but the runway was an impediment.“They not marketing anything…If we look at the cost of borrowing, we would have borrowed over $170 million more in debt payment and if you add a small fee to every passenger and security you would have serviced the loan… It was a feasible project… but they need to do much more,” he added.The US$150 million expansion project was scheduled to be completed within 32 months of its commencement in 2013. However the deadline was extended to December 1, 2017, since the project would have experienced several delays.In 2012, Guyana, under the leadership of former President Donald Ramotar, had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came into power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued but redesigned. Among the redesigning elements was the reduction of the air bridges from eight to a mere two.Government is now seeking to add two more air bridges at a cost of $346.5M.At a project update briefing, it was noted that of the US$150 million, only US$37.3 million had been expended to date.Of this amount, some US$33 million was spent by CHEC, which included US$1.9 million of local funds put up by the Government of Guyana.To date, the project is still to be completed. read more

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Chips code and gears Maker Faire 2011 gallery

first_imgThe Maker Faire made its way to NYC this weekend and Geek.com was in attendance. Below you can see a full gallery of the show and all the awesomeness that was in store for attendees, from the NY Hall of Science’s giant rockets, to upcoming Arduino models, to a flame-breather dragon made of scrap metal, to a DIY Segway and much more. We’ll highlight some of our favorite sightings and then move on to the full gallery.Above you seen can see the Faire’s waterfall swing. In it a conventional swing set was combined with a sprinkler system and some clever sensors. This odd mix ran water continuously except for when the person on the swing was about to get wet. Right before this happens the swing turned off and then quickly resumed. It worked a bit like a waterfall printer, if you’ve seen one of those before.There were 3D printers everywhere at Maker Faire. These contraptions are one of the major focuses of the event because they let people make their very own products, which they can then open source, resell, or combine into even cooler things. There were 3D printers of every make/model and then related devices, like 3D milling machines.One of the small-run manufactured products at Maker Faire was a $100 geiger counter kit. These are generally very expensive products that start at a few hundred dollars, but the one you see above was on sale for just $100. It’s something that you’ll hopefully never need, but it could prove incredibly useful in developing countries or when a large number of these devices are needed, like in the area around Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.During Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi’s keynote a number of new Arduino models and much information about the future of Arduino was made public. Above you can see the upcoming Arduino DUE, but we also got a glimpse at three Arduino prototype products, the $20 Arduino Leonardo, the Atmel-powered WiFi Shield, and the upcoming version of the IDE. Some explanation of the Arduino 1.0 release was given as well. It was pretty cool stuff if you’ve been tinkering with these amazing microcontrollers.Now I’ll stop writing about the stuff I thought was cool, and let you move on on the images below…usb typewriterusb typewritersketch chairsifteoOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnyc hall of sciencemicrosoft roboticsmassimo banzimaker faire nymaker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker faire 2011maker fairemakerkeyglovekeyglovehacker 2600geiger countergeiger countergadgeteergadgeteergadgeteergadgeteergadgeteerdiy segwayarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduinoarduino3d printer3d printer3d printer3d printer3d printerlast_img read more

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Esports the next big thing taking Australia by storm

first_imgThere are those who enjoy playing video games, and there are those who like to watch other people play.Thanks to the continuous advancements in technology, the latter group has been growing, video games being the entertainment industry sub-sector exreriencing a tremendous growth rate in the past few years. People are now willing to subscribe to services like Twitch, simply to be able to observe others play games such as Overwatch, Fortnight, League of Legends and FIFA that require great skill from players to stand out. And that’s where the term “competitive gaming” comes in to play.This sudden rise in interest has not gone unnoticed, as a lot of companies have begun to invest within this field, going so far as to host events, sponsor players or teams and offer hundreds of thousands of dollars either in cash orprizes, and sometimes even scholarships, to the winners.A good example of this is Greek Australian Peter Saisanas who saw his life change from one moment to the next. Peter was on the world leader boards of the popular soccer game FIFA when he began to be noticed.“In 2015 there was a competition for a sports brand and I represented South Melbourne,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“I represented the club, finished in the top eight and won $5,000.”In signing with South Melbourne, Saisanas became the first professional FIFA Esports player in Australia to accomplish such a feat. He has since participated in the FIFA Interactive World Cup qualifiers in Doha and the World Finals in Sydney where he finished in the top eight of the competition, winning $8,000.Last year, Peter was approached by the Football Federation of Australia in order to take part in the inaugural E-League season.“The E-League came along and they didn’t accept any foreign players from any other organisation. So South Melbourne released me and Perth Glory contacted me. They actually found me through a common connection, the ex-South Melbourne CEO, Peter Filopoulos.”After having experienced this, and going on to become a representative of well-respected football clubs, what is Saisanas’ opinion regarding Esports? Could it become an actual career path for people to follow?“It’s definitely a thing and it’s not meant to be taken as a joke anymore, because I guess a lot of the older generation see it as people locked in their rooms playing video games,” he says.“But when you read into it and you find out more, you see that the developers are putting so much money into games and the player base is hundreds of millions of people and it doesn’t discriminate. The player can be of any gender, of any race, of any size, of any height and you can still dominate the game that you’re playing. It makes sense that it’s rising because it’s for everyone and I think it will probably become, not as big as football, but the second highest sport based on viewership within the next couple of years.”Saisanas will be at the Melbourne Esports Open that takes place this weekend at Olympic Park along with most other top players in the city, willing to take on competitors who think they’ve got what it takes to test their mettle against one of the world’s top rated FIFA players. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Adventure is Banff Mountain Film Festivals hallmark

first_imgIf you caught “Free Solo” as it climbed cinematic heights last year, you already know that the best outdoor-adventure films are really internal-exploration films. While its physics and photography are simply jaw-dropping, what raises “Free Solo” higher than visual-adventure porn is its thoughtful study of the crazy climber at its center. According to a brain scan that we see happen in the film, he’s a man who turns out to have no functioning amygdala.The amygdala is the most ancient and survival-oriented node of the brain. It’s your fight-or-flight reactor. It’s the source of fear, which is what the star of “Free Solo” apparently cannot feel. Want to test out your own amygdala, and also meet some of the greatest adventurers of our day, while tucked safely into a movie theater seat? Check out the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a whole weekend’s worth of high-flying, death-defying journeys and achievements. The annual traveling festival, launched every winter from the Canadian resort town and arts mecca of Banff, Alberta, is back at the Kiggins Theatre for a two-day run, featuring two different programs of short movies, most between five and 15 minutes long, that whisk viewers to some of the most eye-popping places on this planet.Some are strictly visual experiences that aim only to wow you, but others delve into the lives, loves, back stories and motivations of those high flyers and death defiers.last_img read more

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ASA Challenges Congress to Pass Fast Track and IMF Legislation

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is challenging the United States Congress and the Clinton Administration to take specific actions to boost agricultural exports and support farm income. ASA President Mike Yost said, “Congress must get its priorities straight and pass both Fast Track trade negotiating legislation and funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before they adjourn in October.”In the past year, we have seen a deepening economic crisis in American agriculture. Soybean prices are down by over a third from their highs in 1996. In fact, 1998 crop prices are lower than at any time since the 1985 farm credit crisis. The last four months have seen the value of this year’s soybean crop fall by $2.6 billion.”This decline in farm prices is due, in large measure, to a sharp reversal in the historical growth trend of U.S. agricultural exports,” Yost stated. U.S. farm sales are down from over $60 billion in 1996 to $52.5 billion this year. One of the major causes of this reversal is the erosion of U. S. farm exports, as global financial problems have spread from Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea to Japan, Russia and Latin America.”In the absence of assistance from the International Monetary Fund, exports of U.S. soybeans and soybean products to IMF-assisted countries in Asia are down by $182 million from last year’s levels,” Yost said. “While there is no assurance that the $18 billion requested by the administration will turn the situation around, it is clear that continued failure of Congress to meet our obligations to the IMF will only make matters worse.”The same concern applies if Congress fails to provide Fast Track trade negotiation authority to the administration. Our trade representatives cannot negotiate trade agreements without Fast Track authority. Whether in agriculture or in other sectors of the economy, opponents of Fast Track have no chance to improve trade competitiveness if they continue to block this legislation. Instead, we will sit on the sidelines while our competitors conclude major agreements with our biggest customers.”Having spent more than 40 years successfully developing foreign markets for U.S. soybeans, the American Soybean Association knows that trade agreements are the building blocks of future growth,” stated Yost. “As with IMF funding, the continued failure of Congress and the administration to renew Fast Track authority will only make matters worse.”The American Soybean Association is asking members of Congress to consider the options facing U.S. farmers without IMF and Fast Track legislation. Under the 1996 Farm Bill, producers are not only permitted to expand planted acres, but also are encouraged to maximize production. The clear implication of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act is that U.S. trade and foreign policy will be designed to maximize producer competitiveness and market access.”U.S. farmers are now harvesting large or record crops for which there are either inadequate foreign buying power or insufficient market access. In the case of soybeans, one out of every two bushels produced must be exported to prevent price-depressing surpluses,” Yost explained. “Whether or not a member of Congress voted for the Farm Bill, each must recognize the consequences of inaction at this critical time. Prices will continue to fall, the number of farm families leaving the land will increase, and the ability of our industry to feed a hungry world in the next century will be seriously impaired.”Trade sanctions are also hurting U.S. soybean farmers. The American Soybean Association estimates that, due to sanctions, the U.S. soybean industry is being denied access to a $554 million market and the U.S. economy has to forgo 2,700 to 4,000 jobs. U.S. soybean farmers have lost exports of 71.8 million dollars to Cuba, 53.8 million dollars to Iran, 14.4 million dollars to North Korea, and 4.7 million dollars to Iraq. That’s more than 144 million dollars of lost opportunities. The ASA estimates that U.S. soybean prices would be 6 to 9 cents higher per bushel if Congress will lift these sanctions before it adjourns.last_img read more

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Coast Guard Locates Three Overdue Men On Chenega Island

first_imgOriginal Story: http://www.radiokenai.us/coast-guard-searching-for-three-men-near-whittier/ After spotting their 20-foot vessel and a flag on the beach, the Jayhawk crew was able to land, embark the men, and safely transport them to Seward, with no medical concerns. It was reported the men survived by eating kelp and drinking water while staying out of the elements in a cabin they found on the island. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew located three hunters overdue since Friday, on the south side of Chenega Island in Prince William Sound, Monday afternoon.center_img Michael McNeil, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command duty officer: “Our crews were able to brave the terrible weather, overcome lack of information as to where these men could be, and safely get them back to their family and community.” Photo courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guardlast_img read more

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No doubt that BNP will join the polls Quader

first_imgAwami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said he has no doubt that opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party would participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.He said this during a press conference at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the capital.“I don’t know why the opposition camp isn’t in a festive mood, but the BNP will participate in the national elections. I have no doubt about that,” Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, told the newsmen at the conference.Responding to a query about election commission (EC) secretary Helaluddin Ahmed’s directive to inform the EC within three days if any party wants to take part in the polls as a coalition, the AL general secretary said they would seek time as many calculations had to be sorted out.AL joint general secretary Mahbub ul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretary AKM Enamul Haque, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap were present in the conference.last_img read more

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Cardinals Head to Florida for ITA KickOff Weekend

first_imgFlorida Atlantic Series Record: First meeting.Scouting the Owls: Florida Atlantic enters Saturday’s matchup as the No. 3 seed with a 3-3 record, coming off a 6-1 loss to Miami. The Owls are led by Fernandez Horta, who holds a record of 4-1 through six dual matches and has won four straight heading into the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. In doubles, Igancio Garcia and Jason Legal have put together three wins at No. 1 for the Owls.  Print Friendly Version The winners of each match will meet Sunday at 11 a.m. to play for an automatic berth to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The consolation match will also take place Sunday at 9 a.m. Each of the 15 winning schools from host sites across the nation will also be invited to the championships, which will be held in Chicago, Ill. from Feb. 15-18. “We are excited about our ninth bid in 10 seasons to the ITA National Kick-Off Tournament,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “This event features the Top 60 teams in the country annually. It is one of the most exciting weekends of the year for our sport. There are 15 regionals around the country where every match features ranked teams. We are seeded No. 2 in the Gainesville Regional. It is an outdoor regional but our week in Hawaii has helped us prepare for this.” William & MarySeries Record: Louisville leads 5-1.Last Meeting: March 16, 2007 –William & Mary won 4-0 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.Scouting the Tribe: William & Mary heads into the ITA Kick-Off Weekend as the fourth seed in the bracket. In their first dual match of the season, the Tribe fell to then-No. 17 Virginia by a mark of 6-1. Sophomore Sebastian Quiros defeated No. 38 Gianni Ross 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 at No. 3 to pick up the Tribe’s highest ranked win since 2014. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s tennis team will travel south to Gainesville, Fla. to face Florida Atlantic in the first round of the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Cardinals will then meet either Florida or William & Mary on the final day of the tournament. Florida Series Record: Florida leads 1-0.Last Meeting: April 8, 1989 – The Cardinals lost 8-1 in Louisville.Scouting the Gators: The fourth-ranked Gators open their dual match season this weekend as the No. 1 seed against William & Mary. In 2018, Florida finished with a record of 19-10 and made a run to the Elite Eight at the NCAA Championships. Following fall tournament action, the Gators boast five singles players and three doubles teams ranked in the ITA standings, led by No. 9 Oliver Crawford and the No. 8 pair of Andy Andrade and Crawford.center_img Up NextThe Cardinals return to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 1 for a 3 p.m. matchup against Georgia State. Mizrahi is off to a stellar start in his first season as a Cardinal with a perfect 4-0 record at the six-spot. Fellow freshman Sergio Hernandez Ramirez is also undefeated with a 3-0 mark at No. 5. Brandon Lancaster is the top-ranked singles player for Louisville at No. 104 and holds a 2-1 record in dual match play. Story Links About Louisville Men’s Tennis The Cardinals (3-1) return to action after picking up victories over Butler and Lipscomb, but falling to then-ranked No. 17 Virginia last weekend. Louisville blanked Butler 4-0 in its home opener, followed by a 5-1 win over Lipscomb just hours later. Freshman David Mizrahi notched Louisville’s lone win against Virginia as they fell 4-1 to the Cavaliers. In doubles, Lancaster and George Hedley checked in at No. 34 in the latest ITA rankings and are 1-0 in dual match action.last_img read more

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