Fundy Geological Museum Hosts Gem and Mineral Show

first_imgRocks, fossils, minerals, and precious and semi-precious stonesfrom around the world will be featured at the 39th annual NovaScotia Gem and Mineral Show in Parrsboro. Sponsored by the FundyGeological Museum, the show is the only event of its kind inEastern Canada. Formerly known as the Rockhound Round-Up, the Gem and MineralShow, will be held at the Lion’s Arena from Friday, Aug. 20 toSunday, Aug. 22. The show attracts participants from acrossCanada and the United States. Several dealers, including WorldWide Minerals and Rock of Ages, have been attending the show formore than 25 years. The displays and material for sale will include rocks, fossils,minerals, precious and semi-precious stones, jewelry made fromprecious and semi-precious stones, as well as items carved fromagate and marble, amethyst and other stones. Several dealers willalso have beads, beading supplies and jewelry for sale. “The mineral and fossil treasures found along the shores of theBay of Fundy have attracted many visitors to this region,” saidKen Adams, director of the Fundy Geological Museum. “More thanone visitor’s trip to this show has resulted in a lifelonginterest in these natural resources. This includes some of thegeologists who will be attending the show, as well as several ofthe dealers and exhibitors who continue to return each year.” Visitors can take part in workshops and demonstrations of rockcutting, polishing agate, faceting, silver and gold wire wrappingand jewelry making. While some dealers will be demonstrating attheir tables, a special area has also been set aside forworkshops. Information about the geology of Nova Scotia will be availablethrough exhibits, guided walks and presentations. The AtlanticGeoscience Society, the Nova Scotia Prospectors Association andseveral other geological museums will also take part in the show. Children will have an opportunity to learn more about theregion’s rocks, fossils and minerals. They can visit the activityand learning centre to make their own jewelry or a mineralspecimen card, and to find out how they may already be usingminerals and rocks each day. For more information on the show, visit the museum’s website at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/fgm/mineralgem/show.html .last_img read more

Some facts and figures about the DDay landings in Normandy on June

first_imgOTTAWA — Some facts and figures about the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944:TARGET: Allies land on French channel coast along five Normandy beaches stretching about 80 kilometres west from River Orne.BEACHES: From west to east, Utah (U.S.); Omaha (U.S.); Gold (Britain); Juno (Canada); Sword (Britain).FEATURES OF JUNO: Eight-kilometre strip of summer resorts and villages scattered over flat land behind low beaches and a sea wall. Many Canadians in first wave race to cover of sea wall. D Company of Queen’s Own Rifles loses half its strength in initial sprint from water to seawall about 180 metres away.ENEMY AT JUNO: About 400 soldiers of 716th Infantry Division man concrete gun positions sited to fire along beach. Zones of fire calculated to interlock on coastal obstacles intended to rip bottoms out of invading boats. Gun positions protected by mines, trenches, barbed wire.SHIPS: More than 7,000 vessels manned by 285,000 sailors. Royal Canadian Navy contributes 110 ships and 10,000 sailors.SOLDIERS: 130,000 ashore by nightfall, including about 14,000 Canadians.VEHICLES: 6,000 tracked and wheeled vehicles and 600 guns land.PLANES: More than 7,000 bombers and fighters available. Allied planes fly about 14,000 sorties June 6, against about 250 by Luftwaffe.D-DAY CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): Canada: 1,074, including 359 killed; U.S. 6,000; Britain: 3,200. Germany figures unreliable because of confusion in retreat.CAMPAIGN CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): In 2-plus months of Normandy campaign (June 6-Aug. 21) Germans lose 450,000 soldiers, Allies 210,000. Canadian casualties total more than 18,000, including more than 5,000 dead.ALLIED LEADERS: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S.), Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force. Gen. Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Britain), Field Commander, D-Day Forces.CANADIAN LEADERS: Gen. Harry Crerar, Commander 1st Canadian Army. Maj.-Gen. Rod Keller, Commander 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.DIVISIONS INVOLVED: Canadian 3rd Infantry Division; British 3rd and 50th Infantry Divisions; U.S. 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions. (All had armoured units attached).The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Provides Emergency Aid to SubSaharans Expelled From Algeria to Niger

Rabat – Morocco will provide emergency assistance to Sub-Saharan immigrants who were expelled to from Algeria to Niger, Moroccan authorities said on Thursday.In conformity with the instructions of King Mohammed VI and following the migration and humanitarian crisis due to the massive expulsion of Sub-Saharans to Niger, Morocco will send an emergency aid to those expelled who are in a situation of extreme precariousness at a center located in the north of Niger.The aid will be provided by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) and the Interior Ministry. The aid, which is part of Morocco’s active solidarity with the countries and peoples of the continent, will include basic foodstuff, blankets and tents.It also aims to help the brotherly country of Niger to face an exceptional situation that could have dramatic implications.Morocco will provide a total of 116 tons of aid. read more

Long lines to buy meat illustrate Irans economic woes

TEHRAN, Iran — In the frigid air of a Tehran winter, a mother of two stands in a long line of shoppers waiting for the chance to buy discounted meat at a store supported by Iran’s government.“Yesterday, after nearly two hours in the line, the shopkeeper said: ‘It is finished, try another day,’” Zahra Akrami said recently. “And now I am here again.”Her struggle represents the economic paradox that faces Iran as it marks the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution.Despite holding some of the world’s largest proven deposits of oil and natural gas, Iran has seen a return to long lines for food — a sight once seen during the 1980s, when it was at war with Iraq. Inflation continues to rise as its currency, the rial, depreciates. University graduates are unable to find jobs.Part of the economic challenges stem from the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions that had been lifted under the nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers. Those sanctions have returned after President Donald Trump decided to pull America out of the accord.But other problems persist, some dating back to policies instituted after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.That revolt wouldn’t have been possible without impoverished Iranians rising up against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. His land reforms saw poorer rural residents move to the cities and become fresh recruits for the revolution. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s calls for supporting the poor struck a populist tone among the struggling masses, as well as with the leftists who helped overthrow a regime that spent billions on U.S. weapons.Immediately after the revolution, Iran nationalized its oil industry, its main source of hard currency. Its new leaders also seized industries tied to the shah or companies of those who fled the country. Shiite charitable trusts, known as bonyads, also amassed vast holdings, as has Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.Today, economists consider Iran’s a “transition” economy, meaning it is shifting from state control to being driven by a free market. However, some firms that moved into private ownership have seen the businesses collapse, leaving workers without pensions and fueling some sporadic protests.“No week comes to an end without the closure of 10 to 50 companies,” said Masoud Khansari, the head of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce. “Last year, 800 out of 1,500 contractor companies in the oil sector collapsed.”Iran’s oil industry never fully recovered from a strike that paralyzed it before the shah’s departure. Prior to the revolution, Iran pumped about 6 million barrels of oil a day. In January, it pumped 2.7 million.There are bright spots. Iran’s per capita income has more than doubled since the revolution to $4,838 in 2018. Iran has more than 100,000 locally trained doctors and 18,000 medical centres, and it produces 95 per cent of its own medicine, according to government statistics. Life expectancy is around 75, as opposed to about 57 before the revolution. Nearly every Iranian can read.But for the average person, the only numbers they really care about are those at the cash register at neighbourhood grocery stores.“Unfortunately, high prices have become crippling for people,” lawmaker Mohammad Reza Sabaghian said. “Some goods have seen up to a 200 per cent increase in prices.”Staples like meat have grown more expensive. Lamb has reached to nearly $5 a pound, up from $3. Chicken is 70 cents a pound, up from 40 cents.Analysts suspect part of the problem may be the U.S. sanctions. As the rial falls, livestock breeders likely want the hard currency they can get selling the meat in neighbouring countries. Iran produces nearly 90 per cent of its domestic demand for meat, but it imports related items like medicine and corn.The meat crisis has become a cudgel for government hard-liners who are eager to weaken the administration of President Hassan Rouhani, a relatively moderate cleric within the theocracy. State television repeatedly broadcasts stories about long lines at government-subsidized grocery stores, with those waiting criticizing Rouhani’s administration.“The bones of the people are shattering under pressure of poverty,” said Kazem Sedighi, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.In a dig at Rouhani, Sedighi added: “Economic problems exist, but some officials are careless about the problems.”Part of Rouhani’s problem is Washington and the sanctions it restored in November. Germany, France and Britain, which have worked to preserve the nuclear deal, announced earlier this month that they have established a new system so their companies can continue trading with Iran without incurring U.S. penalties for doing so.However, that system has yet to come into effect, and the strains on Iran are clear. Efforts to import government-subsidized meat from abroad through the military saw a cargo plane crash in January, killing 15 people.Yet the lines at stores continue daily.“Every day, the radio and TV are reporting about the trial of those officials who took public funds for themselves, but there’s no change in our life,” said Assad Azari, a 63-year-old retired teacher and father of three waiting in line. “We poor people shouldn’t have to wait hours for two kilos (4.4 pounds) of budget meat.”Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press read more

Polisario Ambassador Thanks Saudi Arabia for Western Sahara Position

Rabat – Polisario appears to be satisfied with the recent development in Morocco-Saudi Arabia diplomatic ties.In a recent interview with Algerian news agency APS, Polisario’s “Ambassador” to Algiers Abdelkader Taleb Omar thanked Saudi Arabia for reconsidering its position on the Western Sahara conflict.He also commended the grand reforms made by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, including Western Sahara, because the conflict has enjoyed “reconsideration” from Saudi Arabia. The separatist also condemned the EU-Morocco fisheries and agriculture agreements, claiming that Western Sahara is “separate” from Morocco.Read Also: In Unprecedented Move, Morocco Recalls its Ambassador to Saudi ArabiaWhile Morocco and the international community consider Morocco’s autonomy plan a realistic solution to the conflict, Omar implied that Polisario will not accept it.“Morocco’s representative said that there is no negotiations outside autonomy. We reject this statement,” said the separatist. Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN Omar Hilale made the remarks about the autonomy plan in January.On January 29, the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Horst Kohler briefed the Security Council on the conflict and announced his plan to invite the parties involved in the conflict to a second roundtable.After the meeting of the Security Council, Hilale qualified how much Morocco is willing to negotiate while speaking to the press.“We are ready to negotiate it and give it the largest operative power for the autonomy. Outside autonomy, nothing. We are not ready to negotiate anything.”The Moroccan government participated in the first roundtable in years in December to evaluate the parties’ readiness to discuss negotiations to end the conflict.Morocco also went to the roundtable to remind the international community of its principles, that it will accept no solution if it is against its territorial integrity and sovereignty over the region.Kohler is set to meet with the parties involved in the conflict again to discuss the date and place for the second roundtable. The meeting is expected in March. read more

Transport News Brief – Tuesday 23 September 2008

Transport News Brief Week 39, Tuesday 23 September 2008 Confident opening for Europe’s biggest truck show The IAA show opens in Hannover on Thursday 25 September and runs till the following Thursday. Speaking to the press today, a confident Mathias Vissman, president of the VDA, the German automotive trade association that runs the show said it would be the biggest ever. There are 2084 exhibitors, over 30% more than last year. 57% are from outside Germany, many more than ever before. He also said that demand for road transport would grow strongly in Germany, to create a continuing and healthy market for the nation’s commercial vehicle industry. Daf, Mercedes and Schmitz in particular reflected Vissman’s refreshing confidence too. These firms were clearly undaunted by what they seem to see as the relatively short-term and media-fuelled frenzy of headless chickens in the banking business. The huge show is well worth a visit if you can get there, particularly for the calm confidence it exudes. Check its website www.iaa.de for details. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Truck parts from TRW TRW says its new Proequip parts brand is aimed at the European heavy truck business. Launched at the Automechanika aftermarket show ‘TRW Proequip’ initially comprises braking and related parts and will extend to include other braking and suspension parts. More from Emma Ward on +44 (0)1 926 775 029 or emma@ewcommunications.co.uk Daimler – best earnings in the firm’s history Speaking to the press before the opening of the IAA show in Hannover today, Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler Truck and Bus said the firm has had the best earnings result in its history. Order intake is 3% higher than in the same period last year and the firm’s Sprinter van sales are on course for more records, despite declining demand in the US and Europe. At the heavier end of the spectrum, he says the Actros leads its market segment with half a million sold. The new model is has hit less than 20l/100Km and can stretch maintenance intervals to 150,000km. The firm exudes confidence and although it expects the market to drop back to near normal levels over the next year or so, it is clearly planning for profitable medium and long term. More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or ian.norwell@mercedes.co.uk Don Brown joins Aire sales team Aire Truck Bodies say Don Brown has joined its sales team. He aims to drum up new nationwide nation-wide for Aire Body Care, the firm’s 24/7 mobile and on-site service and express parts arm. On the bodybuilding side, he’ll support existing van and truck dealers and customers across the west midlands, where he is based. More from Trevor Longcroft on +44 (0)1 202 840 662 or tlongcroft@aol.com Evolution never stops So said Ron Borsboom, engineering and technical director at Daf Trucks, speaking today. “Product development is a never-ending process,” he continued as he described improvements to the firm’s hardware and its newly announced telematics software too. Safety is clearly high on Borsboom’s list; he talked about vehicle stability control, collision warning systems and lane departure warning systems. Perhaps most interesting were the plans revealed today, that Daf plans to introduce adaptive cruise control next year. This will use combinations of throttle, Intarder, engine brake and service brakes to help drivers avoid the suicidaly stupid tail-gating between trucks (my comment, not Borsboom’s, Editor.) so common on motorways. The system would probably set a minimum 20m separation between cruising trucks. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com Life after IC “The world will still need trucks and buses even after internal combustion engines are a thing of the past,” said Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler Truck and Bus today. He expects that hybrid power systems, electricity and hydrogen power may become the norm after 2020. The firm already has 7,000 trucks with alternative drive technologies on a range of trials and clearly expects continued development to pay dividends. “We can already cut fuel consumption by 30%,” said his colleague Georg Weiberg, head of product engineering for the firm. More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or ian.norwell@mercedes.co.uk Broken crystal ball no problem for Schmitz Bernd Hoffman, the cheerful boss of Schmitz Cargobull said that the firm is heading for more modest double-digit growth rather than the recent 30% growth performance. He joked that this follows one of his colleagues breaking his crystal ball and forcing Europe’s largest trailer maker to rely on market research, which he says it not nearly so good. Hoffman says the firm has a 40% market share in a growing market and has seen a more than 30% hike in output this year. This he says is a direct consequence of investment by the family-controlled firm. “You have to work quite hard to invest €61m in trailer production.” He say the firm remains committed to offering a “single-handed solution” from Portugal to the Great Wall of China, but with its focus firmly in Europe, where he says there is still a lot of growth potential ahead if the firm wants to hit its German 40% share in other markets. Like several other bosses today, he’s clearly confident of the firm’s ability to continue its enviable growth, with or without that crystal ball. More from Gerd Rohrsen on+49 (0)2 558 81 1323 or gerd.rohrsen@cargobull.com We can do van CO2 data, says Spyder Data modelling specialists Spyder Automotive says it supply reports on van CO2 emissions. “We already supply car makers like Audi and Ford with fleet CO2 performance,” said Jay Nagley, managing director. “There is still a void when it comes to van data: fleet managers need this sort of information and we are ready to supply it.” More from Jay Nagley on +44 (0)2 072 340 221 or jnagley@redspy.co.uk Trailer and workshop equipment and stock auction Buckstone Trailer Rental and Buckstone Transport Services plan to redevelop their combined site for residential use. The firms’ assets will go under the hammer at auction. This will be at 11:00 on Tuesday 30 September at Spencer Street, Chadderton, in Oldham. The sale includes four new-bodied urban trailers, three with new Ratcliff tail lifts, 11 fridge and 66 box trailers and two heavy-duty platform trailers. Also going under the auctioneer’s hammer will be a wide range of trailer spares and Ratcliff, Thermo King, Carrier and Petter parts. There are also lots of other parts, general workshop equipment, Portakabin offices, storage bodies, drilling and cutting machinery, airlines, tools and a powerful 128kva Mercedes generator. The full list is hundreds of items long. More from Peter Dugdale on +44(0)1 706 842 551 or sales@buckstonebody.co.uk TruckProtect at IAA Show TruckProtect says it will use stand D10 in hall 21 at the IAA, the international truck show in Hannover to launch new devices to cut fuel theft. These include new devices to stop fuel theft from Mercedes Sprinter and Iveco Daily vans. These new units are based on the firm’s Neck-It device, already successfully protecting over 100,000 trucks and vans The firm says it will also show many of its other vehicle security and safety products, including BackWatch, its reversing safety device. Also on show will be a fuel conditioning system, EcoFuelKleanz, that TruckProtect says cuts fuel bill and emissions and improves engine life. More from Celeste Clarke on +44 (0)2 476 228 881 or celeste@centurypr.co.uk World’s first automated coupling kit VBG says it will show what it says is the world’s first automated multi functional coupling at the IAA, the international truck show in Hannover opening this week. The firm says its MFC in-cab coupling allows the driver to operate the entire coupling process from inside the cab. “All coupling functions – electrical, pneumatic and mechanical are fully integrated to provide a maximum of comfort, ergonomics and safety,” says Gunnar Nyvaller, VBG brand manager. He says the firm will run live demonstrations on its outdoor stand at F-Süd E11, opposite Hall 27 and will show other products on its stand A26 in Hall 26. The outside demonstrations involve owner-operator Conny Jacobsson, his 24m FH16 rigid truck, and 60 tonne drawbar trailer. More from Gunnar Nyvaller on mobile +46 707 494 652 or gunnar.nyvaller@vbggroup.com New P&O Ferrymasters service to Poland and Russia P&O Ferrymasters says it has a new direct intermodal rail service to Russia and Poland. The firm’s daily rail link from Rotterdam complements a twice a week service from Poland to Moscow. P&O says it is the first operator to offer a through train service from Rotterdam to Moscow. Next year the firm says it plans to increase the number of services to three a week. The new follows from the opening P&O Ferrymasters’ office in Chorzów near Katowice in Poland in May this year. More from Gail Isted on + 44 (0)7 792 451 284 or media@eagle-eyePR.com Truck-Lite to shine at IAA New York-based Truck-Lite says it will use its stand C50 in hall 13 of the IAA exhibition in Hannover to show a number of unique innovations in its LED lighting technology. It will also demonstrate the new Mercedes Actros mirror on the stand. The firm is part of the Penske Corporation and has factories elsewhere in the US as well as in Germany, Poland and two sites in the UK, at Harlow and Birmingham. It is a big maker of signal and forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety parts for the truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries worldwide. More from Belle Moss on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or bmoss@automotivepr.com Leak detection made easier Oil Care Solutions Ltd. says its new range of preventive oil, fuel and coolant leak kits will allow vehicle operators to identify leaks before they become a serious issue. The kits contain special fluids which are added to the oil, fuel and coolant systems. Together with leak detection equipment, they will help operators find smallest leak early and should save downtime and serious repair costs. More from Peter Brown on +44(0)7 875 724 192 or chris@oilcaresolutions.com BP Signs up for 2009 CV Show Following BP’s successful debut at the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Show, the firm says it has already booked space for the 2009 Show. It says its 2009 CV Show stand will have an even higher profile and may include a guest appearance from one of the UK’s leading motoring presenters, who would share tips and insights on green driving. The firm says it will also offset the travel emissions of each visitor who visits its stand during the CV Show. This move follows the success of a similar idea at the 2008 Show. “We were delighted with the success of our CV Show debut which proved an ideal platform to highlight the strength of the BP network,” said Ranjeev Baines, BP’s UK fuel cards manager. “We are looking forward to the same level of success, if not more at the 2009 Show.” More from Jo Dain on +44 (0)7 788 910 059 or jod@launchgroup.co.uk New standard for ISO 9001:2008 The International Standards Organization and International Accreditation Forum say they have agreed a new schedule for accredited certification to ISO 9001:2008. They say this will mean a smooth move to ISO 9001:2008, the latest version of the world’s most widely used standard for quality management systems. Like all of ISO’s more than 17 000 standards, ISO 9001 is periodically reviewed to make sure that it is up to date. ISO 9001:2008, due to be published before the end of the year, will replace the year 2000 version of the standard which is used by implemented by business and public sector organizations in 170 countries. More from Steve Elvin on +44 (0)2 073 441 665 or selvin@smmt.co.uk ServicePower does deal with TomTom ServicePower, which says it is a market leader for outsourced service and field management just revealed a technology deal with TomTom, to integrate the TomTom Work’s fleet management systems with ServicePower’s workforce scheduling systems. The firms say the deal will cut costs and increase efficiency in mobile field service organisations. More from Chris Wakley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or cwakley@automotivepr.com ZF hybrid technology on show ZF says it will use its stand in Hall 17 at the Hannover IAA to show new hybrid drive kit for trucks and buses. It says its new hybrid transmissions are ready for volume production and are designed on the basis of tried and tested transmission technology for commercial vehicles. The hybrid version of the eTronic is aimed at light commercial vehicles in delivery traffic while the HyTronic is for light trucks. The hybrid variant of the ZF automatic EcoLife transmission is designed for bus use. The firm says these transmission developments will be cost-effective and economically viable. More from Thomas Wenzel, on +49 7541-77 2543 or thomas.wenzel@zf.com Gaz launches electric Maxus The Gaz Group says it launch its prototype electric Maxus on its stand D46 in Hall 13 at the IAA in Hannover this week. The firm says it will also give more details about its deal to buy 50% of VM Motori, the Italian diesel engine maker and its plans for sales into other European markets. More from Sue Foster on +44 (0)1 902 714 957 or suefoster@connect-group.com New Ratcliff Palfinger lift at Hannover show Ratcliff Palfinger will show its new underfloor passenger lift for the first time on the Palfinger Group stand, D16 in Hall 26 at the IAA this week. The RUL35AW has an 820mm wide platform that is 1200mm deep platform and can lift 350kg. More from Sally Gething on +44 (0)1 707 382 800 or s.gething@ratcliffpalfinger.co.u Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Opinion Ronda Rousey was destined to lose

Holly Holm (L) throws a left-handed punch against Ronda Rousey (R) in the first round of their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on Nov.15 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesFormer UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been the face of women’s MMA ever since she joined the league in 2011. Her once flawless 12-0-0 record, nine of which were wins that took less than a minute, has given her quite a reputation, and, sadly, quite an ego.With the nickname “Rowdy,” Rousey is a confident fighter to say the least, and this confidence might have been her downfall last Sunday in her first-ever defeat. In fact, it was not a close fight.  Holly Holm (10-0-0) knew exactly what it took to top the “unbeatable” Rousey, and she executed it to perfection, completely taking over in the first round and finishing it with a punishing kick to Rousey’s face in the second. It was not a fluke victory. It was well deserved, and it was bound to happen.While it might have looked like a stunning upset, there are many factors that made this victory no surprise at all. First off, Holm is one of the greatest female welterweight boxers of all time, with an impressive 33-2-3 record. She uses these abilities in MMA to her advantage, and against Rousey she kept her space and got quick jabs in with ease. Rousey needs to grapple her opponent to win, and Holm did not let that happen.So why is this a big deal? Sure, even the best have off games, and Holm might just be Rousey’s kryptonite. The problem is that Rousey knew what Holm was going to do exactly and thought that she was just good enough to deal with it. Last month, Rousey appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and when asked about how long it would take to beat Holm, she proclaimed that this would be a much longer fight than usual.“This one is going to be a much longer fight. (Holm) is a 19-time world boxing champion … she’s the biggest threat to me on paper and stylistically,” Rousey said about her opponent. “(Holm) is someone you have to be patient with. I feel like she’s going to try to keep distance and get me frustrated to the point where I make a mistake and she can kick me in the head.” Rousey ended the statement with the unsurprisingly cocky proclamation, “but it’s not gonna go like that, not the way (Holm) wants it to.”Rousey predicted the future and gave a legitimate play-by-play of her brutal defeat a month before it actually happened: Holm kept her distance, made some big jabs at Rousey’s head, got Rousey frustrated, forced Rousey to make mistakes and kicked her in the head for a powerful knockout.So why did she not make any changes to her game? The answer is arrogance.Rousey has been hyped up as an untouchable god in women’s MMA that she herself even believed it, so she went into this fight as if it was just another walkover, even though in the back of her mind she knew what could happen. Rousey was too cocky, and this time it hurt her.From her pre-fight Instagram post insulting Holm to not touching gloves with Holm at the beginning of the match, it is clear that Rousey had no respect for her opponent and thought she was going to walk all over her.All of that talk would make Holm appear to be a bad person, but Holm has been nothing but praised for her out-of-the-ring personality, being called incredibly nice and down to earth by many. So, Rousey’s statements are most likely false, and are just a result of scorning a worthy opponent.Rousey is one of the most talented female athletes alive, but that does not make her invincible.  Her head became way overinflated with the fame, and she truly thought she could win with sheer power and ability over anyone, even when she knew deep down Holm was a different opponent.This match should be praised for Holm’s terrific takedown of an egotistical icon, and not be shown as a small chink in Rousey’s armor. This is not one small chink; this is a gaping hole that was hidden in the shadows through Rousey’s first 12 fights, and now the whole world is very aware of it. read more

Mens hockey Buckeyes attend NHL development camps

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (center) poses for a photo with Cam Lee and Wyatt Kalynuk at Philadelphia Flyers development camp. Credit: Zack Hill | Philadelphia Flyers senior director of public relationsAfter the success the Ohio State men’s hockey team saw last year, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, a handful of players from the team received opportunities to skate for NHL teams during the summer.Five players who are returning from last year’s team — forwards Mason Jobst, Tanner Laczynski, Dakota Joshua and John Wiitala and defender Wyatt Ege — and three players who graduated — forward Nick Schilkey, defender Josh Healey and goalie Matt Tomkins — were invited to development camps for NHL teams across the country. These camps are meant to give teams a chance to check out prospects whom they already drafted, as well as give other young players a chance to gain experience with NHL coaches and staff.“It was really fun,” said Wiitala, who skated with the Minnesota Wild. “My family has been season-ticket holders for [the Wild] for a long time so I’ve seen a lot of games there, but it was cool getting to meet players around the rink that I’ve been watching for a really long time.”This was Wiitala’s first year attending the camp, as it was for Ege, who skated with the Vegas Golden Knights expansion team.While this was a new experience for Ege and Wiitala, Laczynski and Joshua went to their second and third NHL camps this past summer, respectively.Joshua was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and Laczynski was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Both players attended their respective teams’ development camps.“I came in this year with a little bit more confidence, and it was more of a better experience overall, just enjoying my time there and not being so nervous, knowing most of the guys and coaching staff,” Laczynski said.Making his third appearance to an NHL camp, Joshua said he feels more like a veteran, and the camps give him a taste of what he hopes to achieve.“Going there as a young kid obviously I knew it was going to be a long time before I had a chance of making it somewhere in the organization, but now that I’m getting older, it’s getting closer and closer,” Joshua said. Jobst, whose 55 points led the Big Ten a season ago, was the fifth returning player to attend a camp. He attended camps for both the Boston Bruins and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.“It was pretty surreal to put the jersey on for the first time and just get to meet all of the coaches and the coaching staff, and seeing the Stanley Cup was an unbelievable feeling, and everyone was so great there,” Jobst said.The Buckeyes have an exhibition game at home against Ryerson on Sept. 30, and then start the regular season on the road at Wisconsin on Oct. 6.  Despite losing key contributors like Schilkey and goalie Christian Frey, the hockey team has continued to maintain lofty positions for this upcoming season.“I think that every player has their individual goals, but I think what’s really important is the team goals, getting back to the tournament, and not just making it there, making a dent, and making a little run,” Witala said.To make this run, new players will need to step up — the Buckeyes graduated two of their three leading scorers this offseason — but each player said there are things he learned in development camps, like the importance of nutrition and skating stride, that he can bring back to Columbus. “The biggest thing is the work ethic,” Joshua said.  “The ones that you see make it are working really hard, learning how to try and match that and bring that every day I think is a big thing for me to bring back here.” read more

Mens Soccer West Virginia defeats Ohio State 41

first_imgOhio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Managing Editor for MultimediaBreaking the team’s 0-for-47 string to start the season, junior midfielder Mitch Bergman converted a corner kick into a goal for the first time this year for Ohio State.That proved to be the lone highlight for Ohio State (5-3) in a 4-1 loss to West Virginia (4-2-1) Tuesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It marks its second straight loss immediately following a five-game win streak.“They were playing really direct and the pressure got to us,” junior defender Joe Ortiz said. “We did not have as many outlets as we thought we were going to have. We are a team that likes to play out of the back but could not tonight.”For a moment, Bergman’s goal appeared to give the Buckeyes momentum as it knotted the game at 1-1.However, just two minutes later a West Virginia corner kick bounced off Ohio State redshirt junior defender Samuel Buzzas and into the net for an own goal to make it 2-1.The mountaineers didn’t look back.In the 57th minute, West Virginia stole the ball at midfield and quickly sped past Buckeye defenders to set up senior midfielder Andres Muriel Abino’s second goal of the night.West Virginia’s offense struck again in the 62nd minute, pushing the lead to a near-insurmountable 3-1. Freshman midfielder Luke Mccormick scored the goal.“We were very reactive tonight. They dribbled around us several times,” head coach Brian Maissoneuve said. “A lot of those goals came over turnovers. We gave away passes in the back.”  Ohio State senior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried was whistled for a penalty in the box at the 18-minute mark after a collision with Mountaineer sophomore forward Tony Pineda. The foul set up Muriel Albino’s first goal on a penalty kick to put West Virginia on the board.“Samuel and Mitchell have been playing well, but you miss any time you lose someone like CC, he’s the senior leader in the back,” Head coach Maisonneuve said.  Ohio State will look to bounce back Friday at Northwestern. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.last_img read more

RIM acquires Swedish design outfit The Astonishing Tribe

first_imgRIM has already set out its stall for the tablet market with the unveiling of the PlayBook earlier this year. But while we all initially look at the hardware of any new tablet announcement, RIM also has plans to offer something different with the software and user experience.Proof that the PlayBook experience, and that of all future RIM devices for that matter, are set to get a design makeover, comes in the from of a new acquisition by RIM. Swedish design and technology company The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) has been acquired by the BlackBerry maker.AdChoices广告The TAT website makes it very clear what they do:We create the best performing, most astonishingly beautiful user interfaces for any screen and any device. We do this using awesome design, optimized technology, and constant experimentation with emerging technologies and paradigms. Now that “awesome” design team will focus exclusively on RIM platforms and devices.If proof were needed of TAT’s design credentials we only need look at their experiments on Android. In August they released the video you see below of a new interface design called Velvet which focuses on look and feel as much as functionality:There’s also the UI they helped create for Fujitsu’s swivel dual touchscreen smartphone:In the acquisition announcement, RIM’s CTO David Yach specifically names the PlayBook and smartphones as areas TAT will be involved with. We look forward to seeing their influence in future devices too.Read more at Inside BlackBerryMatthew’s OpinionAs we have seen with smartphones over the past few generations, they are all starting to look very similar. One rectangular block with a screen dominating one side. There’s some design nuance to make each recognizable from others, but ultimately they follow the same basic shape and layout. This is going to be the case with tablet devices too, where how thin, what color it is, and how many ports are included become the defining features.With that in mind the focus turns to the user experience. At the moment the main choice on smartphone and tablet is iOS or Android. Both are functional, and both have their fans. If RIM wants to compete in the tablet market then its user experience has to be second to none. The TAT acquisition shows the company realizes that and wants to produce something both memorable and highly usable.Will TAT be able to produce something that draws users away from Android or iOS? That’s a difficult task, but they can certainly produce a beautiful UI which draws the eye and gets people talking. That’s exactly what RIM needs and this is a clever buy.last_img read more

Geek deals Asus Transformer TF300T Android tablet for 374

first_imgAsus has been a big player in the tablet industry since Apple kicked it off with the iPad. Their Transformer line of tablets were one of the first models designed to work with an optional keyboard dock that “transforms” the tablet into a laptop form factor.Starting with the TF101 Eee Pad, the Transformer products are now in their third generation. While those with deep pockets can spring for the iPad rivaling Transformer Prime in the $500 range, the real value performer looks to be the TF300T Transformer. It matches many of the Prime’s specs at a substantial savings.Everything starts and ends with the 10.1-inch 1280×800 display, which does rock an IPS panel for great viewing angles and colors. NVIDIA’s uber-powerful Tegra 3 platform powers up Android 4.0 and is designed to be both extremely power efficient with things like video and browsing, but still packs a ton of 3D performance for those who like tablet gaming.Unlike the more expensive Prime, the TF300T’s GPS actually works. While the original Transformer Prime had a GPS, users had extremely widespread issues getting it to work properly. Asus says they’ve rectified this in the new Transformer Prime Infinity, which has a ridiculous 1920×1200 resolution screen, but the TF300T has no such issues.You of course get the rest of the standard features you’ve come to expect in a 2012 tablet: 1GB RAM, dual cameras, microSD slot, micro-HDMI video output, and your choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage. The list price on the keyboard dock is $149, but it also has its own built-in battery that extends run-time from around 8 hours to well over 12 hours.This highly functional, fully featured tablet can be had for $374.99 with free shipping, after a rare $25 coupon. This larger 32GB model isn’t often discounted, making this a very hot deal. Our friends at PCMag liked it so much, they gave it an “Excellent” rating.Visit LogicBuy for the Asus Transformer TF300T tablet (32GB)last_img read more

SFR MultiPacks des réductions pour les membres dune même famille

first_imgSFR Multi-Packs : des réductions pour les membres d’une même familleFrance – SFR souhaite fidéliser ses clients. Pour cela, l’opérateur propose des réductions à ses abonnés résidant dans le même foyer. L’UFC-Que Choisir se montre critique.Sur un marché devenu extrêmement concurrentiel, SFR tente de relancer ses offres en proposant de nouvelles réductions. Ainsi, si plusieurs personnes d’un même foyer possèdent un abonnement chez l’opérateur, des réductions mensuelles sont possibles. Une famille peut ainsi économiser entre 14 et 28 euros par mois, en fonction des offres internet, téléphonie et télévision souscrites. Pour l’UFC-Que Choisir, cette initiative est déplaisante : “Si l’on avait vraiment voulu aider les familles, on aurait lancé un forfait mobile avec plusieurs cartes SIM. Mais on nous propose des réductions minables au regard des marges des opérateurs”, affirme Edouard Barreiro, chargé de mission TIC et Commerce. “C’est un outil anti-concurrentiel qu’on habille de marketing.”Le 26 août 2010 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une nouvelle tablette low cost chez Leader International

first_imgUne nouvelle tablette “low cost” chez Leader InternationalLeader International Inc proposera prochainement une tablette low cost, l’Impression 7, dotée, comme son nom l’indique, d’un écran 7 pouces et dont le prix se situe au-dessous de 200 dollars.Amazon a peut-être lancé la tendance des tablettes bon marché avec le Kindle Fire. La société Leader International Inc se positionne également pour tenter de tirer son épingle du jeu en annonçant une tablette abordable équipée du système d’exploitation Android de Google. L’impression 7 (ou I7) est une tablette 7 pouces qui pourrait être une sérieuse concurrente au Kindle Fire et aux autres tablettes.L’I7 est équipée d’un processeur 1 GHz, de 512Mo de RAM, du système d’exploitation Android 2.2, d’un écran de 7 pouces pouvant afficher une résolution de 800 x 480 écran et les habituelles connexions WiFi,  de 4 Go de stockage, de deux ports USB, d’un slot pour carte microSD (16Go maximum), d’un appareil photo 0,3 mégapixels et d’une sortie stéréo.La tablette sera déclinée ensuite dans une version 10 pouces sans doute baptisée – on le devine aisément l’ Impression 10. Début novembre, la I7 sera vendue aux Etats-Unis pour 179 dollars seulement (soit un peu moins de 130 euros) contre 349 dollars pour la “I10”. Les premiers tests de la I7 sont donc attendus avec beaucoup d’impatience…Le 27 octobre 2011 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers are up for June 18 featuring postMoney in

first_img Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Footballcenter_img Twitter Facebook WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday WWE RAW Ratings are in for June 18, 2018.This week’s episode from Grand Rapids drew an average audience of 2.90 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by TVbythenumbers.com.This is up from last week’s episode that drew 2.73 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 for the night on cable among the Top 50 shows, the same as last week.“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” on VH1 took the top spot for the night in the key 18-49 demographic. The first hour of RAW drew the strongest audience, while viewers tuned the show out as the second and third hours progressed on Monday night.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 3.001 (up from 2.751 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.975 (up from 2.812 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.734 (up from 2.629 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Braun Strowman and Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin, averaged a 0.96 rating among adults 18-49. This is up from last week’s 0.93 rating.last_img read more

CARPHA Certified as First Pharmaceutical Lab in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: #Jamaica, December 29, 2017 – Kingston – The Caribbean Public Health Agency-Drug Testing Laboratory in Jamaica (CARPHA-DTL) has been certified by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), as the first pharmaceutical laboratory in the island.   Accreditation of CARPHA for laboratory testing and calibration techniques is in compliance with the ISO 17025 standard, and marks a significant endorsement of the agency’s capabilities to test the quality of pharmaceutical finished products in order to ensure safe and consistent care of patients.   These products include capsules, tablets, creams, ointments, suspensions, syrups, and lotions.The JANAAC certification will allow the agency to act as the gatekeeper to test and prevent illegal/counterfeit prescriptions, drug, medicines and other pharmaceuticals being circulated in Jamaica and the wider region.   As the single regional public health agency for the Caribbean, CARPHA’s international accreditation for laboratory testing will mean that access to healthcare and essential quality medicines/pharmaceutical products will be improved and be of greater standard. This is critical for the Caribbean population’s well-being and optimal health.CARPHA’S Executive Director, Dr. C. James Hospedales, says the agency stands to benefit greatly from the certification, which, he notes, distinguishes it from other pharmaceutical quality-control facilities.   He says the agency plays a critical role in providing valuable information that informs decision-making and influences policy across the region in order to strengthen health systems, thereby promoting healthy lives and well-being.Dr. Hospedales, who was speaking at the accreditation ceremony held recently at the lab’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew, says that the initiative aligns with CARICOM’s strategy of advancing initiatives for health and wellness by ensuring access to safe, reliable medicines.   He notes that member States will have access to data to undertake evidence-based approaches to enable early warning, risk reduction and management of national public health risks.He says, further, that the accreditation can advance health tourism in Jamaica. “The future of health tourism is real, and Jamaica, through CARPHA, can be the forerunners in the region in this arena,” the Executive Director says.Meanwhile, Dr. Hospedales informs that CARPHA will be introducing a new surveillance programme in 2018.   This, he informs, will allow the laboratory to monitor medicines such as those used for the control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Chairman of the JANAAC Accreditation Council, Simon Roberts, says the entity is pleased to celebrate the achievement with CARPHA.“The accreditation certificate signifies that you’ve not only received recognition from JANAAC but (also), by extension, the signatories to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA),” he notes.He explains that ILAC MRA provides “significant technical underpinning to the calibration, testing, medical testing and inspection results of the accredited conformity assessment bodies, and, in turn, delivers confidence in the acceptance of results”.   This supports the provision of local or national services such as safe food and clean drinking water, energy, and delivering healthcare and social care.Mr. Roberts adds that the endorsement from the governing body puts Jamaica and CARPHA well on the international radar of healthcare.“In addition, the ILAC MRA enhances the acceptance of products across national borders.   By removing the need for additional calibration, testing, medical testing and/or inspection of imports and exports, technical barriers to trade are reduced.   In this way, the ILAC MRA promotes international trade, and the free-trade goal of ‘accredited once, accepted everywhere’ can be realized.  This offers potential for the growth of the commerce industry,” he points out.He is urging the CARPHA team to “seek to expand the scope of tests at your earliest to ensure that the other unaccredited tests will enjoy the same approval”.Others commending CARPHA include Director of the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), Professor John Lindo; and Technical Officer for Accreditation, CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), Stephen Farquharson.JANAAC was incorporated in 2007 as the National Accreditation Body of Jamaica, offering services to the country and the entire Caribbean region.The only internationally recognized accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean, it is a full member of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and ILAC.   The entity has signed multilateral arrangements with the IAAC and MRAs with the ILAC that allow for international acceptance of the results from JANAAC-accredited laboratories to the ISO/(International Electrotechnical Commission) IEC 17025 standard for testing labs, and the ISO 15189 standard for medical labs.It supports the effective development of the Jamaican economy by providing Conformity Assessment Bodies, such as testing laboratories with internationally recognized accreditation services, thereby fostering global confidence and facilitating trade between Jamaica and its regional and international partners.By: Peta Gay Rowe (JIS)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

ASA Perspectives on the MidTerm Elections

first_imgPicking through the debris left by this week’s mid-term election “tsunami,” our office has several observations on the Republican takeover of the Senate by winning eight (and possibly nine) Senate seats held by Democrats and the increase in Republican control of the House, and what these changes mean for ASA priorities in the 114th Congress.In terms of “what did it mean,” the results suggest a repudiation of President Obama and some of the policies enacted or proposed by Democrats, most notably Obamacare. Exit polling also showed voters expressing disapproval of gridlock and partisan fighting in Washington and a desire for Congress and the Administration to work together to get things done.  A President’s party usually fares poorly in mid-term elections, particularly in a President’s second term, and the political map, with Democrats defending 21 of 33 Senate seats, favored Republicans.  However, the margin of victory in states that were considered “close” in pre-election polling was much higher in many races, and Virginia, which was not supposed to be in play, turned into a real cliffhanger.The question now is whether those who won this year and the incumbents who face reelection in 2016 read the results in a way that motivates them to press their leaders to work together and reach compromises on issues which have been stalled by one or both parties for years.  The Republicans will have 23 seats to defend compared to 9 for the Democrats.  The fact that 2016 is also a Presidential election year will compress these decisions into a short timeframe, between January and August or maybe early in the fall of 2015.  The Republicans have a stronger hand to play now, and may be willing to work across the aisle rather than forcing their priorities into confrontational budget reconciliation packages, which require only 51 votes to pass.For the Obama Administration, we’ll see whether they will use the President’s executive authority to make regulatory policy changes that aren’t subject to Congressional approval, or if the President decides that engaging the Republican leadership is important in making his last two years relevant in the political process as the 2016 sweepstakes begin early next year.Let’s look at the political terrain between now and year’s end, and going into 2015.The “lame duck” session that will begin when Congress returns to Washington next week will likely be shorter than if control of the Senate had been in doubt.  Republicans will want to defer most issues on their agenda to January, when they take control of the chamber.  So Congress will need to pass omnibus legislation or, more likely, a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running beyond expiration of the current CR on December 15.  They may also take up a tax extenders package that may include an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, at least retroactive to the beginning of 2014.  It is considered doubtful that they will take up Trade Promotion Authority or more significant tax reform legislation before adjourning for the year.For 2015, the critical question will be whether the President and Congress begin to negotiate on key issues in good faith and actually move and enact legislation.  If not, Republicans will consider whether to force their priorities through the Senate in budget reconciliation packages which only require 51 votes.  A second question is whether they will craft these packages in a way that forces a Presidential veto, or if they include “must-pass” measures in them, including an increase in the federal debt limit, which will be reached in March and when borrowing authority will become critical in July.  This tactic has been used before with mixed results – the Republicans were blamed after President Clinton vetoed a reconciliation bill in 1995, contributing to their losses in the 1996 elections.  It is possible that the Farm Bill, particularly SNAP, could be subject to the reconciliation process if the Agriculture Committees are directed to identify and provide savings to include in a budget reconciliation bill.  ASA and other farm groups have traditionally opposed efforts to re-open the Farm Bill.With regard to ASA’s priorities, efforts will continue into 2015 to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements, and to obtain Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).  While Administration officials have stated that extension of TPA could follow conclusion of the two trade deals, it would be much harder to make the hard decisions required at the end of negotiations if TPA is not already in place.Prospects for legislation normalizing trade with Cuba are likely to get caught up in 2016 politics as candidates for both parties vie for support in Florida.  ASA is participating in a broad coalition of organizations to push for lifting the long-standing embargo on trade with Cuba.Legislation establishing national voluntary standards for labeling foods that do not contain biotech ingredients as opposed to confusing and costly state labeling laws (HR 4432) was introduced in the House in 2014, but only attracted 37 co-sponsors.  While it may receive a hearing on December 10 if Congress remains in session that long, ASA and other farm organizations are looking at ways to redraft the bill in order to broaden support beyond agriculture-related groups.The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and support for biofuels is probably not strengthened with the Republican majorities, but it should not be in grave danger either. It will continue to be a regional issue within the Republican caucus, and not likely to be repealed or significantly reduced.  EPA is expected to finalize the 2014 RFS volumes in the coming days.  Higher livestock prices and lower corn prices will reduce the pressure from anti-RFS factions and energy policy will be focused on the Keystone Pipeline, expanded domestic oil and gas production, and potentially allowing exports of U.S. oil. The biodiesel tax credit remains tenuous.  A tax extenders package could be enacted in the lame duck session, but tax reform may be on the agenda in 2015 making those temporary tax breaks more vulnerable.The outlook for transportation policy is not expected to be dramatically different in 2015 following the election results. Reauthorization of the Highway bill will be on the agenda and could get tied to energy issues and/or budget and reconciliation packages as Congress seeks revenue sources to cover the costs of the bill, which is popular on both sides of the aisle.Regulatory issues, including the proposed rule defining Waters of the United States, should be low-hanging fruit for a Republican Congress. The comment period for WOTUS will close on November 14. Congress can choose to either include an appropriations rider in the FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill to prohibit funding to advance the rule, or they could pass legislation through the authorizing committees. Other regulatory issues that have been important to agriculture, such as the NPDES permitting rule for pesticide applications over water, could finally be overturned through the Agriculture committees.Legislation that could be considered next year by the Agriculture committees includes the overdue reauthorization of the CFTC and reauthorization of child nutrition programs. Incoming Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts has indicated an interest in reform of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), which is a shared interest of the House Agriculture Committee. That effort, however, would severely complicate any efforts at bipartisanship.  Any serious efforts to make changes to SNAP would likely come through the reconciliation process discussed above.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra announces new film with Mindy Kaling Details inside

first_imgPriyanka Chopra announces new project with Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor.TwitterActress-singer Priyanka Chopra has announced a new project, a film with none other actress-producer Mindy Kaling! Writer and television producer Dan Goor will also be collaborating with the two ladies on the film. Priyanka will produce the film under her production house Purple Pebble Pictures, Mindy Kaling under her banner Kaling International and Howard Klein for 3 Arts, along with Dan Goor.Priyanka took to Twitter to share an article announcing her next film, saying, “Two women with a passion for telling good stories, just got the green light to THEIR story THEIR way. So proud of this incredible partnership with @mindykaling and @djgoor! We are about to show you what it means to be modern, global, and Indian. See you at the cinema!”Mindy Kaling called the association her “dream team”. She said on Twitter, “My dream team is making a movie. Can’t wait for this one! @priyankachopra #DanGoor”. While Dan Goor said on Twitter, “Two amazing women and one guy who doesn’t know how to properly tuck in his shirt.”The film will be a wedding comedy and be written by Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor. Universal Pictures won a bid at an auction to pitch and develop the film. Reports say the Priyanka Chopra and Mindy Kaling wedding comedy will be developed as a mix of the hit Crazy Rich Asians and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Priyanka Chopra had recently appeared with husband Nick Jonas in the comeback song of the Jonas Brothers called Sucker. The song was No.1 on many charts. Priyanka Chopra also recently did a show for YouTube Originals, If I Could Tell You Just One Thing where she interviewed three high-profile female celebrities. Read the review of If I Could Tell You Just One Thing here.In Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra will next be seen in Shonali Bose’s film The Sky Is Pink, based on motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary. The movie stars Farhan Akhtar as Priyanka’s husband and Zaira Wasim as their daughter.Two women with a passion for telling good stories, just got the green light to THEIR story THEIR way. So proud of this incredible partnership with @mindykaling and @djgoor! We are about to show you what it means to be modern, global, and Indian. See you at the cinema! pic.twitter.com/5V71fFvX4L— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 13, 2019 My dream team is making a movie. Can’t wait for this one! @priyankachopra #DanGoor pic.twitter.com/YOe2brOby1 — Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 13, 2019last_img read more

Man Who Set Fire to CVS During Baltimore Riot Gets 4 Years

first_imgRaymon Carter (Photo/Baltimore Police)BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to a local CVS store during a riot has been sentenced to four years in prison.Twenty four-year-old Raymon Carter was also ordered to pay restitution of $500,000. Carter was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Baltimore, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Carter pleaded guilty to rioting in August.Carter’s court-appointed attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Carter’s ability to pay restitution.Authorities say that after the CVS in the Penn North neighborhood was broken into on April 27, video footage shows Carter trying to move, then open, a pharmaceutical safe. Footage also shows Carter starting a fire in the store. It caused $1.1 million in damage.The rioting came after a local man, Freddie Gray, died from a spinal injury he suffered in the back of a police van.last_img read more

Should You Break Into the Wearables Market

first_img 4 min read This story appears in the April 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » April 1, 2015 Listen Now How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Consumers have gotten attached to wearable accessories that monitor everything from steps taken to hours of sleep logged. Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mayfield Partners invests in recognizable consumer technology and mobile companies like Jawbone and Fitmob. With wearables like Apple Watch and Microsoft Band now entering the already crowded space, Mayfield managing director Tim Chang explains what entrepreneurs need to know about bringing new wearables to market. Why have wearables finally hit the mainstream?With wearables of the past, there was too much friction, too many steps to download and configure complicated software. Now these tools are ready out of the box to communicate with your laptop, smartphone or social media accounts.Sensors and parts are finally cheap and widespread enough that a lot of companies can cobble new prototypes together with off-the-shelf parts that don’t cost millions. We can thank Apple and Android developers for driving down the prices so that everyone can benefit from cheap sensors.There’s also positive social pressure and a growing acceptance that everyday people will wear these things as accessories. Nobody will blink an eye at a soccer mom wearing a Fitbit. What experience is vital for those who want to get into the wearables space?It’s not enough for your product to have cool industrial design or just be a little cheaper or faster. I look for teams with a combination of softwareplus services, in addition to hardware. I’m afraid of hardware people with no experience dealing with app stores, subscriptions or third-party ecosystems. You’ve got to have talent that knows how to do those things.The right wearables team in the future will look like The Avengers. They’ll be ninjas in specific areas like crowdfunding, because they’ll know how to get support before building a product. Someone will have hardware or device chops—industrial design experience in creating gadgets. Another will have excellent chops in software, apps and app stores. Someone will bring excellent direct consumer acquisition skills. The fourth will be outstanding in marketing and buzz-building. It’s not enough to just have great features. These skill sets didn’t even sit under the same rubric before, and founders building teams will be bringing in skill sets from many different backgrounds. How can startups stand out in this increasingly crowded marketplace?One way is to create a Trojan horse. A consumer will buy one product but then need a whole family of extensions and accessories, all designed to “talk” to one another. Companies like smart thermostat Nest and August Smart Lock are leading examples in upselling and cross-selling this way.What’s missing in the marketplace?Most wearables are in a silo, speaking for and to themselves. The market is headed toward consumers wearing upward of three to five accessories, and someone needs to solve how all these devices and apps will talk to and coordinate with one another. We can expect a land-grab on devices, the data they spit off and which companies can and will attach self-improvement services like personalized coaching to physical devices. What new types of mobile lifestyle products would you love to see and support?Wearables will soon segment into hearables, ingestibles and implantibles. It sounds far-out, but we’re already seeing them on the market. I’m a new dad, and I predict babies and infants will inspire a whole new class of wearables for the parent interested in enhanced health monitoring and safety. last_img read more