Grains mostly lower Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was off 6.60 cents at $5.01 a bushel; Dec. corn lost 1.60 cents at $3.64 a bushel; Dec. oats advanced 10.80 cents at $2.9320 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans declined 13 cents at 8.7620 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile cattle was up .98 cent at $1.1588 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle fell .77 cent at $1.4660 a pound; Dec. lean hogs rose up .95 cent at .6010 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Recommit to breaking barriers that hinder womens path to equality Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: On the occasion of International Women’s Day on Friday Congress president Rahul Gandhi hailed the “undaunted, fighting spirit” of women and urged people to recommit themselves to breaking barriers that hinder a woman’s path to freedom and equality. His party added that both UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi between September 2017 and July 2018, urging him to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill and assuring their unconditional support to it. “We promise the people of India that #ThisBillWillPass when we form government,” the Congress said in a tweet. “Every time a woman is assaulted, the failure rests on the shoulders of the government and the legislative system. No longer can we allow our women to be under threat and to ensure this we need the Women’s Reservation Bill. The Congress Party will ensure that,” the party said in another tweet. Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter on the occasion. “”While saluting the undaunted, fighting spirit of women this #InternationalWomensDay, I would also like us to recommit ourselves to breaking the barriers that continue to hinder their path to freedom & equality. In doing so, a better, brighter, braver world awaits us,” he said. The party’s women’s wing, the All india Mahila Congress, has alleged that the BJP promised to ensure passage of the women’s reservation bill in its 2014 election manifesto but the commitment was forgotten through the entire tenure of the Modi government.last_img read more

Rabat Seeks to Become World Cultural Capital French newspaper

Paris  – Rabat, an imperial and UNESCO world heritage city, wants to make a name to itself as a world city of culture, writes French weekly Jeune Afrique.In an article entitled “Morocco’s Capital dreams of Being an International City of Culture and Knowledge” the magazine adds that Rabat already has many cultural attractions such as the Moroccan National Library (BNRM), the Mohammed V Theater, Bab Rouah exhibition Hall and the 2.6 million audience Mawazine Festival.This cultural momentum is the result of HM King Mohammed VI’s willingness to transform the Kingdom’s capital into an international cultural capital in the manner of other world’s famous cultural cities such as Paris, Rome or London. read more

Panama Canal opens 5B locks bullish despite shipping woes

by Juan Zamorano And Kathia Martinez, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2016 7:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes PANAMA CITY – Fireworks exploded as a huge container ship made the inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the Central American nation’s multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for global shipping.The Chinese-owned Cosco Shipping Panama went through the Atlantic locks at Agua Clara in the early morning, sailed the 50-mile (80-kilometre) passage to the Cocoli locks near the capital and passed into the Pacific in the evening, stewarded by tugboats and cheered by dignitaries and exuberant crowds of thousands.The $5.25 billion project went online nearly two years late after construction delays, labour strife and apparent cost overruns, but officials were still bullish and in a celebratory mood as they declared the expanded canal open for business.“This is an achievement that all of us Panamanians should be proud of,” President Juan Carlos Varela said at the inaugural ceremony on the outskirts of Panama City. “Today marks a historic moment for Panama, for our hemisphere and the world.”“This new transit route is the tip of the iceberg in making Panama once again the logistics centre of the Americas,” canal administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said. “And it represents a significant opportunity for the countries of the region to improve their infrastructure, increase their exports.”Crowds that began gathering before dawn lined both sides of the canal waving flags, partying to salsa music and watching videos on giant screens. Authorities said about 30,000 people and eight foreign heads of state were attending.“It’s a one-time experience, a great achievement,” said Felicia Penuela, a homemaker from Colon province. “Panama is showing the world that even though it is a small country it can do great things.”The Cosco Shipping Panama is a 158-foot-wide (48.2 metres), 984-foot-long (300 metres) behemoth that is one of the modern New Panamax class of mega-vessels that are seen as the future of global shipping and will now be able to use the canal. It carried some 9,000 cargo containers during the inaugural voyage and now heads to South Korea.The waterway’s capacity doubles with the new locks, and canal authorities are hoping to better compete with the Suez Canal in Egypt and tap new markets such as natural gas shipments between the United States and Asia.“The Panama Canal, with this expansion, is an important player not only for regional maritime commerce but worldwide,” said Oscar Bazan, the Panama Canal Authority’s executive vice-president for planning and commercial development. “The canal is a winning bet.”Authorities said Sunday said that 85 per cent of the 166 reserved crossings scheduled for the next three months are for container ships. Container cargo accounts for nearly 50 per cent of the canal’s overall income.Panamanians at the ceremony expressed hope that the expansion will help the economy in a country where about 25 per cent of the people live in poverty, something that Varela echoed in his remarks.“I think the inauguration of the locks is excellent for the current generations and those to come,” said Moises Gonzalez, a 40-year-old mechanic who worked on the construction of the locks for six years. “Opportunities for us. We have to find a way for it to reach the people.”However, the party comes amid a lull in global shipping due to the drop in oil prices, an economic slowdown in China, which is the canal’s second-largest customer, and other factors that have hit the waterway’s traffic and income.While authorities anticipate increasing commerce between Asia and ports on the U.S. East Coast, doubts remain that not all those ports are ready to handle the huge New Panamex-class cargo ships. Net cargo volume through the canal from the U.S. East Coast toward Asia fell 10.2 per cent in 2015, according to official statistics. Meanwhile, the Suez recently lowered tariffs by up to 65 per cent on large container carriers in an attempt to keep its traffic.“It’s important to remember that the canal does not create demand. The canal opens the route. Supply and demand on a world level is what will decide whether the Panama Canal will really bring more volume or not,” said Antonio Dominguez, a general manager for global shipping leader Maersk Line, which moves about 14.2 per cent of world commerce. “What is certain is that the current canal has maxed out.”Manuel Benitez, deputy canal administrator, said officials are thinking long-term about the benefits the new locks can bring through economies of scale and saving time and costs for large ships.“These are cyclical questions. The market will rebound again and when we are in an ‘up’ cycle again, shipping will generate money and the Panama Canal will generate money,” Benitez said.Since the 50-mile (80-kilometre) canal was handed over from U.S. control at the end of 1999, it has generated about $10 billion in direct income for the Central American nation and is responsible for about 40 per cent of its GDP, factoring in related economic activity. Some 35 to 40 vessels transit the waterway each day, and the canal is estimated to handle about 6 per cent of world maritime commerce.Panama began the expansion nearly a decade ago. Originally planned to open in late 2014 around the waterway’s centennial, the new locks can accommodate ships that carry up to three times the cargo of those previously able to use the canal.___Juan Zamorano on Twitter: Martinez on Twitter: read more

Wisconsins Ethan Happ Is College Basketballs Latest Unicorn

At first glance, Ethan Happ, Wisconsin’s do-everything, still-growing sophomore forward, looks like a typical Wisconsin big. He’s the sort of player former coach Bo Ryan habitually used to recruit to Madison — this season’s Jon Leuer or Frank Kaminsky. Under-recruited in high school, he’s remarkably efficient within the arc, connecting on 58 percent of his two-point field goals, and is active on the defensive glass, hauling in a quarter of opponents’ misses. He appears to be a good college player but someone likely to crack an all-Big Ten first team — at most — at least once during his Badger career.But Happ has transcended his role. Thanks to a growth spurt in high school that boosted him from a guard to a big, Happ is a multidimensional player who leads Wisconsin in offensive (6.3) and defensive (9.5) Box Plus/Minus, assist rate (22.9), steal rate (4.0) and block rate (4.5). He also tops all of DI in Box Plus/Minus (15.8). Using those rates as parameters within College Basketball Reference’s Player Season Finder, only two other players since 2009-10 have come close to matching Happ’s statistical output.1To measure how Happ compared to other bigs, the tool sifted through players with a usage rate of more than 25 percent, an assist rate and a defensive rebounding rate of at least 20 percent, and a block rate of at least 4.5 percent. The search was further sorted by field goal percentage, which would weed out any players that hadn’t scored enough to qualify for national rankings.Similarly, through the beginning of the Big Ten tournament, Happ was one of just three players the past eight seasons to post a defensive BPM of 10 (or more) and an offensive BPM of 6 (or more). The other two? Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.VIDEO: Our picks for bracket success But Wisconsin is not Kentucky, at least not this year. Towns and Davis led their Kentucky squads to Final Fours in their respective seasons with the school, but this season’s Badgers team has stumbled through February and early March, losing six of their last 10 games. Now they’re a No. 8 seed in the East Region. That sort of seeding isn’t usually indicative of a team with a player who possesses Happ’s unicornlike stat profile.But having just one unicorn — no matter how efficiently he plays — isn’t necessarily enough, and that is partly why Wisconsin has struggled this season. Happ is in the midst of a statistically anomalous season, and yet the Badgers — the tournament’s 29th overall team — enter March looking gassed. They’ve lost six of their last 10 and have an 18 percent chance to make the Sweet 16.I’ve watched hundreds of Happ’s plays this season, and what sticks out isn’t so much his offensive output, it’s how he mimics moves from other players and morphs those skill sets into his own. He then uses those moves to impact the game at different levels. Happ’s offense is entirely limited to attempts around the basket. His jump shot is non-existent — the ball knuckles as it leaves his hand without any rotation — and opponents realized midway through Big Ten play that the best way to defend Happ, and essentially shut down Wisconsin’s offensive flow, was to mix and match double teams (e.g., double on the catch or on the bounce).This strategic change led to the ball often sticking too long on the block and Happ looking like a rec league player who had stumbled into a game full of pros that just needed an extra body (he scored in single digits three of those six losses).That said, Happ is a bear for opponents to guard — a bundle of contained energy, he never stops moving. Whether setting a drag screen off a fast break, or bouncing on the balls of his feet as he roams from low block to the high post to the perimeter to set a pick, Happ is constantly seeking out the ideal angle that’ll give him even the slightest edge on the block. He scores .92 points per post up, which ranks 22nd nationally among other BCS conference forwards and centers (with at least 100 attempts, according to Synergy Sports), and he uses his vision to find fellow Badgers open on the perimeter or cutting through the middle. Since coach Greg Gard needs guards Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter to concentrate on scoring and stretching defenses with their combined 39 percent 3-point shooting, the Badgers invert their offense — it flows inside-out — to run plays through Happ. Happ makes a pass out of the block on 41 percent of his post-ups, and the squad has benefited from Happ’s touch, scoring 1.30 PPP following one of his dishes.One move that he “borrowed” was used initially by Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, the Big Ten’s player of the year. According to Happ, Swanigan would “chin” the basketball, or bring it to his chin, and then elbow the defender’s chest to create separation for a jump hook. “It’s a very good move,” Happ said in an interview with FiveThirtyEight. “He did it to me this year. Most people put their shoulder down to create space, but when you use an elbow, a defender can’t stand his ground.” Or, if the defender is within the arc, take a charge.This adaptability also impacts Happ’s defense. The Badgers hold opposing teams to .913 PPP, but what is most interesting about the squad’s defensive efficiency rating this season is its steal rate — 19.9 percent. The Big Ten squad is infamous for rarely generating turnovers, preferring to control the glass and use a man defense to hamstring opponents. But since Happ took the court, the team’s steal rate has skyrocketed (from 15.8 percent in Ryan’s final season as coach to a combined 19.2 percent during Happ’s two seasons on the court). According to Gard, Happ is “a gambler,” a trait he picked up during his redshirt season in 2014-15 when he matched up with Kaminsky daily in practice. “Frank would score on me so many times that I would have to adjust and learn how to do something different,” Happ said.Happ is the only player taller than 6 feet 5 inches with a steal rate that ranks in Ken Pomeroy’s top 50. He showcases that same nimbleness by playing farther behind whoever he is guarding, which presents the illusion that man is open. As soon as the pass is thrown, Happ swoops around the opposing big to tap the ball away. That same speed helps when a ballhandler tries to take Happ off the dribble — per Synergy, Happ holds opponents to .63 points per isolation possession, which ranks within the nation’s 73rd percentile.Happ is nowhere near the level of Towns or Davis — or even Swanigan. He is far from dominant on either side of the ball, and he can’t take complete control of a game and carry his team; whether he continues to build his game into something worthy of a lottery pick is unknown. But Happ is a basketball cipher, and what he has shown this season is just a glimpse of a player who is starting to realize the extent of his multifaceted skill set: “I knew I wasn’t a finished product, and that I would have to stay for three to four years to become a pro. I am just a really weird player.”Check out our March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 17, 10:15 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated Ethan Happ’s offensive and defensive Box Plus/Minus stats. His offensive BPM is 6.3, not 9.5. His defensive BPM is 9.5, not 15.9. As a result, the article also incorrectly identified Happ as one of three players over the past eight seasons to post a defensive BPM of 10 or more and an offensive BPM of 6 or more. That was only true through the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament. read more

Trump to hit Mexico with tariffs in antiimmigration measure

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump says ‘millions’ of illegal immigrants to be removedJune 18, 2019In “latest news”Mexican president cancels Trump summitJanuary 26, 2017In “World”Donald Trump: ‘We will build Mexico border wall’January 25, 2017In “World” United States (US) President Donald Trump(BBC) US President Donald Trump has announced tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico, demanding the country curb illegal immigration into the US.In a tweet, Mr Trump said that from 10 June a 5% tariff would be imposed and would slowly rise “until the illegal immigration problem is remedied”.Jesús Seade, Mexico’s top diplomat for North America, said the proposed tariffs would be “disastrous”.Mr Trump declared a national emergency at the US-Mexico border in February.He said it was necessary in order to tackle what he claimed was a crisis at the US southern border.Border agents say they are overwhelmed, but critics say they are mishandling and mistreating migrants.The US president has long accused Mexico of not doing enough to stem the flow of people, and this is his latest attempt to put pressure on the neighbouring state.Mr Seade said Mexico “must respond vigorously” if the tariffs – a tax on products made abroad – were brought in.However, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador responded by saying he did not want “confrontation”.“I propose deepening our dialogue, to look for other alternatives to the migration problem,” he wrote in a letter on Thursday.During his election campaign and throughout his time in office, President Trump has sought funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.He declared the national emergency at the border in an attempt to divert federal funds for a barrier wall, but a judge blocked his efforts in May.The White House said on Thursday that the president would use the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to implement the new tariffs on Mexico.The announcement came the same day that the White House told Congress it planned to pursue a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.What did Donald Trump announce?In a White House statement, Mr Trump said the tariffs would rise by five percentage points each month until 1 October, when the rate would reach 25%.The tariffs would stay at that level “unless and until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory”, he said.“For years, Mexico has not treated us fairly – but we are now asserting our rights as a sovereign nation,” the statement said.The president also took aim at his Democratic opponents, accusing them of a “total dereliction of duty” over border security.The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is taking legal action to halt the Trump administration’s efforts to build a border wall, saying it would be a waste of funds and would not stop illegal immigration.Amid record numbers of migrants crossing the border, the deaths of six sick children in US custody since September have raised questions about the level of care provided by US authorities. read more

Anglo Americans ONeill gives analysts a taster of hydrogen haulage plan

first_imgTony O’Neill, this week, provided analysts with some more detail around Anglo American’s hydrogen haulage plan and how the mining company plans to operate a haul truck on hydrogen power alone within the next 12 months.O’Neill, the company’s Technical Director, mooted this goal in the company’s 2018 sustainability performance presentation in April, saying that oversizing the photovoltaic (PV) generation capacity at one of its mine sites would allow it to capture enough hydrogen to potentially power a haul truck.During a roundtable discussion with analysts, O’Neill presented a new graphic of the hydrogen haulage plan (see below), and said the plan, which would see excess hydrogen produced with oversized PV unit capability, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a large site by 30% in the plant and 100% in the trucks.On top of this, it could increase the truck power by 5% compared with diesel power, provide energy security and price security, allowing the company to move to the “hydrogen economy” and design the “next generation” in mining vehicles.Anglo American is not the only mining company looking into hydrogen as a fuel source for its operations. Late last year, Fortescue Metals Group signed an agreement with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, to look at hydrogen technologies.This hydrogen haulage program is just one of several projects the company is pushing forward with as part of its FutureSmart Mining™ technology and innovation initiative. These are focused on the Concentrated Mine™, the Waterless Mine, the Modern Mine and the Intelligent Mine.last_img read more

GFG and Shanghai Electric to power up Cultana Solar Farm project

first_imgGFG Alliance’s SIMEC Energy Australia (SEA) has signed a strategic partnership with Shanghai Electric for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the Cultana Solar Farm project, in South Australia.The agreement was signed by GFG Alliance Executive Chairman and CEO, Sanjeev Gupta (pictured, right), and President of Shanghai Electric, Huang Ou (pictured, left), in the presence of representatives from key supporting financial institutions.Cultana is the first project of SIMEC Energy Australia’s $1 billion, 1 GW dispatchable renewable energy program in South Australia.“With capacity of 280 MW, Cultana is expected to produce around 600 GWh/y of energy, powering GFG’s Whyalla Steelworks and a range of key government and commercial customers,” the company said.“Set to be one of Australia’s largest solar farms, Cultana will deliver a range of benefits to the local community, increasing reliability and security of the state’s electricity supply and environmental benefits. The project is set to boost local employment, with circa-350 positions during construction,” GFG Alliance said.Sanjeev Gupta, GFG Alliance Executive Chairman and CEO, said: “Cultana Solar Farm is an ambitious project that will deliver globally-competitive renewable energy on a large scale to power heavy industry. It is a great step forward in our vision to revitalise industry and we look forward to working with our partners to bring our renewables projects to life.”GFG previously announced its ambition to invest in up to 10 GW of large-scale solar and other renewables projects across Australia.Shanghai Electric, which has global expertise in such projects, including completion of the world’s largest concentrated solar power project in Dubai, will provide EPC for the Cultana project.The Cultana project will play a key role in the development of the visionary 10 Mt/y Whyalla Next-Gen steel plant project and industry revitalisation strategy championed by GFG, GFG said.Gupta said: “Our planned Next-Gen project will ignite a new industrial revolution in Australia. These projects are shining examples of GFG’s commitment to create a sustainable future for industry and build stronger local communities.”last_img read more

Telia Lulea Uni of Technology inaugurate 5G testbed

first_imgOn June 24, 2019, Telia Company and Luleå University of Technology in Sweden inaugurated a 5G-testbed. The project aims as fostering digital solutions of tomorrow and the testbed will be open for businesses and academia.The Wireless Innovation Arena project has a total budget of 12 million SEK and will last for three years. In addition to Luleå University of Technology, Ericsson, Telia and Tieto participate in the project. Funding comes from the EU Regional Development Fund (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), Region Norrbotten and Luleå municipality.The testbed in Luleå will be home to the development of new 5G-digital services developed by businesses and organisations. “We’re now creating the prerequisites for businesses to further advance their products and services. Luleå University of Technology has a clear ambition to be at the forefront of technological development. 5G has the capacity to reduce the obstacles that sometimes exist with great distances in the Arctic region, and I believe that 5G can play an important role,” says Mats Lundbäck, Head of Business Innovation at Telia Sweden.5G will have a major impact on the industry and enable value-creating innovation in several sectors. Both public and private businesses have a lot to gain from the new test environment and the opportunities for innovation the 5G-testbed creates.“The 5G-testbed offers unique opportunities for innovation and business development. The purpose of the Wireless Innovation Arena project is to establish a research and innovation environment within the fifth-generation mobile networks where companies, students and organisations can test new ideas and applications. It is an important contribution to the university’s partnership ambition to establish northern Sweden as an attractive test region,” says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor, Luleå University of Technology.She adds: “The infrastructure is crucial for all technological development in healthcare, learning, mining and other industry. The University has made major investments in research related to data centres, Machine Learning and Artifical Intelligence, and the 5G techology is a prerequisite to drive those investments forward. We cannot be excellent in those research areas if we are not at the forefront of digital technology, and 5G is the future. This installation is also an important contribution to the University’s work to establish northern Sweden as an attractive test region.”last_img read more

VIDEO Hansen buzzerbeater in Nantes for PSG Handball perfect finish of 2018

8.Aix13607361:33712 10.Toulouse13328373:3878 What an end of 2018 in French handball! The Danish superstar Mikkel Hansen played amazingly good in front of 9.511 fans at XXL in Nantes, where his PSG Handball took very important points against home HBC Nantes 30:29 (13:14).His tenth goal was decisive in fantastic match. PSG Handball won first part of the season with three points ahead of the closest rival from Nantes…HBC Nantes – PSG Handball 29:30 (14:13)Nantes : Dumoulin (9 odb), Siffert (1 odb), Lagarde (0/1), Delecroix, Faluvegi, Nyokas (5/11), Claire (6/11), Hansen, Pechmalbec (2/3), Tournat (2/6), Feliho, Emonet, Rivera (7/10 dont 4/5 pén), Lazarov 6/10 dont 1/2 pén), Gurbindo, Balaguer (1/2)Paris : Corrales (14 odb), Omeyer, Gensheimer (7/8 dont 4/4 pén), Stepancic (1/1), Keita, Sagosen (4/5), Kounkoud (1/3), Toft Hansen (0/1), Remili (6/13), Abalo (1/3), Dourte, Karabatic, Morros, Hansen (10/12), Ekdahl du Rietz (0/1), Nahi 11.Cesson Rennes-Metropole13319309:3557 3.Montpellier131012372:33721 4.Chambery Savoie131012368:33321 9.Dunkerque13427313:31910 12.Ivry132110312:3575 7.Tremblay13445360:37112 ← Previous Story Vote for NBSC World Female Handball line-player 2018? Next Story → Patrekur Johannesson to lead Skjern Handbold 5.Nimes13913376:36119 TABELA: HBC NantesMikkel HansenPSG HandballXXL arena 6.St. Raphael13625383:35814 14.Istres130211321:3822 13.Pontault132011313:3894 2.Nantes131102388:34522 1.Paris SG131210408:32625 read more

Lunchtime Fix 7 things you need to know

first_img Genie, you’re free.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014 Source: The Academy/Twitter WHAT’S THE STORY?1. WE are all in mourning today as we remember the genius of Robin Williams. The 63-year-old actor took his own life at his Californian home last night. 2. BRENDAN Gleeson has told an American radio show that he was molested by a Christian Brother when he was a child.Yeah, it’s odd. I remember a particular Christian Brother dropped the hand on me at one point. And it wasn’t very traumatic and it wasn’t at all sustained – it was just one of these things where something odd happened.3. IN more sad news, a priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia has died in Madrid, Spain. The death toll from the vicious virus has now exceeded 1,000 and the WHO has backed the use of experimental drugs to tackle the outbreak. An ambulance transporting Miguel Pajares to Madrid last week. Source: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP/PA Images4. THE trial of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa is due to start in Egypt today. He is accused of being part of a terrorist organisation after he took part in a protest led by the Muslim Brotherhood against the ousting of Mohamed Morsi as president. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland5. A 78-year-old woman has become the 123rd person to die on Irish roads this year. The two-vehicle collision happened in Malahide yesterday.  A section of the Coast Road in Malahide, Co Dublin. Source: Google Street View6. THE IMF has told Ireland it can repay loans earlier than planned without any financial penalty. That could be good news, but it may not be entirely possible.7. AN Australian newspaper has upset Irish people living in the area again. This time with a cartoon created after 150 Irish nurses were hired in Western Australia.Catch up on the rest of today’s stories>last_img read more

Man charged with having married 24 women since 1990

first_imgTWO LEADERS OF a community that practice a fundamentalist form of Mormonism have been charged with polygamy in a case expected to test the limits of religious freedoms in Canada.The charges against Winston Blackmore and James Oler of Bountiful in the westernmost province of British Columbia were sworn in on Wednesday.The pair are scheduled to appear in court on 9 October, according to a justice department statement.Blackmore, who has always said publicly that he has multiple wives, is alleged to have married 24 women since 1990, while Oler is accused of having four marriages, according to the indictment.In 2013, Blackmore told a tax court that he had 21 wives and had fathered 67 children. A day later, he admitted that he’d forgotten one of his wives in the tally.He described a tight-knit group that grows, raises or hunts its own food, and runs a barter economy — trading labour for chickens with one neighbour, for example.Bountiful has faced scrutiny since the 1990s.Residents of the 60-year-old community in a remote mountainous region of British Columbia near the US border are affiliated with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.In the United States, the church’s “prophet” Warren Jeffs has been convicted of being an accomplice to the rape of a minor in Utah, and other charges related to the sect’s practice of marrying young girls to church leaders.Successive British Columbia governments have talked about possible charges against sect leaders in Canada for almost 20 years, but did not act until 2009 when Blackmore and Oler were first charged with polygamy.That case, however, was thrown out over its mishandling.Prosecutions have also been hampered by uncertainty over whether the ban on polygamy violated Canadians’ constitutional right to religious freedom.British Columbia’s high court settled the question in 2011, saying that stamping out harms of polygamy outweighed religious freedom.- © AFP, 2014Read: “I have five wives – but it’s not abut religion > Read: Polygamy sect leader jailed for child abuse – but his cult ‘will continue’ >last_img read more

Professor Arthur Christopoulos the first to have finished school in his family

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following an extensive global search by the recruitment team of Monash University, Greek Australian Professor Arthur Christopoulos has been selected to be the university’s Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne.Professor Christopoulos is recognised internationally for his work on novel approaches to drug discovery. His innovative research crosses academic and industry boundaries, incorporating computational and mathematical modelling, structural and chemical biology, molecular and cellular pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and animal models of behaviour and disease.“I feel honoured to be the one to lead the Faculty and I am really looking forward to what the future holds for the University and our students,” says Professor Christopoulos who graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a PhD in Pharmacology from the Victorian College of Pharmacy, prior to his postdoctoral research in the United States and his return to Australia as a Research Fellow.“To me this role comes with a lot of responsibility. Our aim going forward is to restructure the way we do our research at the University and at the same time explore the way we manage the Faculty. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with students and staff that I have mentored for years, and who are now ready to take the next step and contribute to the Faculty’s success.”READ MORE: Vasso Apostolopoulos believes ‘there are cures for every disease, sitting in fridges’Professor Christopoulos, joined Monash University in 2006 as an Associate Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and currently holds the positions of Professor of Analytical Pharmacology, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, and Leader of the Drug Discovery Biology Theme in the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences whilst he has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the John J. Abel Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Rand Medal from the Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists.The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University ranks first on a global scale in the Pharmacy and Toxicology sector whilst it sits at number three following Harvard and Oxford Universities in the pharmacology department.“We have around 2000 people and students in our Faculty and they are all a great example of what academia and a good education can bring,” says the world-renowned Professor, who despite his successes never forgets his humble beginnings.The son of two migrants from the Messinia region, Professor Christopoulos is the first one in his family to have completed school and tertiary qualifications.“My brother and I are a great example of what a good education can bring but at the same time my parents who were not particularly educated and left their village seeking a better future in Australia are a great example of hard work and determination,” he says.READ MORE: Who are the richest Greeks in Australia?The current Dean of the Faculty, Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor Bill Charman, will remain at Monash University in a different capacity.“Professor Charman has many achievements, together with a highly successful leadership of the Faculty; leadership that has placed the Faculty in a pre-eminent position in the world in pharmacy. I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to have him as a mentor throughout the years,” Professor Christopoulos says.Monash University’s Professor Margaret Gardner, AO, President and Vice-Chancellor together with Professor Marc Parlange, Provost and Senior Vice-President, announced the new appointment which will commence in August.“Professor Arthur Christopoulos is a brilliant researcher who demonstrates collegiality, creativity and enterprise and will be a wonderful addition to the University’s senior management team. He is a passionate advocate for scholarship in education, research and professional practice. The experience and vision he will bring to the position of Dean will undoubtedly further advance the research and education excellence of the Faculty,” reads the university’s official announcement.last_img read more

AFLs first female umpire Greek Australian Eleni Glouftsis engaged after proposal at

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Saturday’s game at the MCG between Carlton and Adelaide will forever be remembered by umpire Eleni Glouftsis.Following Carlton’s win, her partner, and fellow umpire Dillon Tee got down on one knee in the middle of the MCG and proposed to the Greek Australian, to which Glouftsis said yes. This is beautiful. 💞Boundary umpire Dillon Tee proposes to Eleni Glouftsis in the middle of the MCG.🎥: @foxfooty— AFL (@AFL) July 27, 2019The AFL’s first female field umpire, Glouftsis was officiated in a 2016 NAB Challenge match between Carlton and Essendon. She went on to make her debut in 2017, age 25, in a home-and-away match in Round 9, officiating a clash between Essendon and West Coast.From South Australia, Glouftsis was named 2019 SA Young Australian of the Year.last_img read more

Harry Potter x Vans Collection Unveils Magical Footwear for Fans

first_img Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys Get ready to shell out all your golden Galleons: The Harry Potter x Vans collection is finally here, and it is a magical assortment of apparel, accessories, and footwear.On Wednesday, Vans unveiled its full Harry Potter collection lineup on its website, which officially hit shelves on June 7, said a Vans press release. The collection, which is inspired by the Wizarding World, features sneakers styled after each Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s houses. Men’s and women’s clothing and accessory items will also be inspired by the four houses and feature Deathly Hallows-themed designs. The Harry Potter x Vans collection, which retails from $15 to $105, is available on the Vans website and at select Vans locations.Vans x Harry Potter Era Sneaker (Photo Credit: Vans)Inspired by each of the four Hogwarts houses, the Harry Potter x Vans collection features four colorways in Vans’ classic sneaker silhouettes: An Era for Slytherin ($70), a Sk8-Hi for Gryffindor ($55), a Classic Slip-On for Hufflepuff ($70), and an Authentic for Ravenclaw ($70). There’s also a ComfyCush Era sneaker that’s based on The Daily Prophet and comes in a cool newsprint graphic.Vans x Harry Potter Pullover Hoodie (Photo Credit: Vans)The Harry Potter x Vans collection doesn’t end at shoes: Men’s and women’s clothing will include a mix of garments inspired by Hogwarts’ houses and the Deathly Hallows. A Hogwarts-themed white pullover ($69.50) is included in the men’s lineup, while the women’s lineup features a Deathly Hallows cropped long-sleeve tee ($44.50) with black foil screen printing on the front.Heading out for a trip to Diagon Alley? Or maybe Hogsmeade? The Harry Potter x Vans collection also has some accessories, including color-check socks ($15 or $20 per set) and a Dark Arts backpack ($52) with a wand motion screen print and a Harry Potter logo patch. Vans x Harry Potter Dark Arts Backpack (Photo Credit: Vans)For more details on the Harry Potter x Vans collection, visit the Vans website.More on My Galleons: Vans Teases Harry Potter-Themed MerchDive Deeper Into Wizarding World With Harry Potter E-BooksNew Harry Potter Lego Sets Feature Familiar Scenes, Characters Stay on targetlast_img read more

Now adults children of 911 draw inspiration from tragedy

first_imgRyan McGowan was 5 when her mother, investment executive Stacey Sennas McGowan, was killed during the attacks on the World Trade Center. She has a tattoo on the back of her neck with 9/11 in Roman numerals. (Courtesy of Ryan McGowan) NEW YORK — They were kids, or not even born yet, when America’s heart broke for them.More than 3,000 children and young adults lost a parent in the deadliest terror attack on American soil, instantly becoming known as the children of 9/11.As the 15th anniversary of the attacks arrives today, these children are now adults or nearly so, and their Sept. 11 legacy is now theirs to shape.Many have been guided by a determination to honor the parent they lost or the awareness they so painfully gained. And they have done it in ways as varied as working with refugees, studying the forces that led to the attacks and pursuing a parent’s unrealized pro-sports dream.Here are some of their stories.“THINGS KIND OF COME FULL CIRCLE”It’s Lindsay Weinberg’s job to find and notify families whose loved ones have died, sometimes under violent circumstances. It’s a job she’s particularly prepared to do.“I’m giving them among the worst news they can receive, and I’ve received it,” she says.Weinberg was 12 when the New York City medical examiner’s office, where she now works, told her family in 2002 that it had identified her father’s remains among the victims of 9/11.last_img read more

Have All National Assembly Members Been Allocated With Vehicles by the

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYFOROYAA has contacted four National Assembly members to enquire whether they have received vehicles from the executive. They claim that they are not aware of any offer of vehicles to them. According to them they have not received any official correspondence either in a written or verbal form conveying that they have been offered vehicles by the executive. Foroyaa will convey to the readers any information received by any National Assembly member who was offered a vehicle and the response given after being given a verbal response from the National Assembly.last_img read more

Spread of Wind Farms in South Texas Troubles Navy

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR But to model the effects of hundreds of wind turbines in the vicinity of an installation, the Navy needs to develop software, Misner said. Navy officials in South Texas are concerned about the proliferation of wind farms across the region as they don’t yet have a clear understanding of how a multitude of projects will affect military flight operations. “I do feel like one day we’re going to wake up surrounded by wind farms in South Texas significantly impacting the mission in a negative way,” Capt. Christopher Misner, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Kingsville, told the Texas Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations on Thursday. Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate told the committee the state would need to intervene when projects jeopardize an installation’s training activities.center_img DOD has the capability to assess the impact of individual projects and, in most cases, mitigate any potential conflicts. In fact, the Navy has reached an agreement with the developer of a wind farm close to NAS Kingsville that calls for both parties to work together to minimize any adverse impacts, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Our [extraterritorial jurisdiction] only goes out two miles. We’ve done everything we can do,” Fugate said. “What we really need is a moratorium on constructing wind farms within 25 miles of our base until they can come up with technology to remedy the problem,” he said. “We’ve got to develop that modeling and we’re not there yet,” he said. “That’s why there’s so many different stances on wind farms.”last_img read more

NYU GRAMMY Winners QTip Ashley Kahn To Teach Jazz HipHop Nexus

first_img NYU: Q-Tip To Teach Jazz, Hip-Hop Nexus nyu-grammy-winners-q-tip-ashley-kahn-teach-jazz-hip-hop-nexus Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music to feature star-studded instruction combining historic review of the genres as well as compositional and music recording assignmentsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 9, 2018 – 3:50 pm On April 6 New York University announced that GRAMMY winners Ashley Kahn and Q-Tip will co-teach a course on jazz’s influence on hip-hop at the Tisch School of the Arts’ Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music this fall.”This course is among the first in the world to explore the underappreciated connections between jazz and hip-hop and combines historical and social perspectives with the opportunity to produce original music at the nexus of the two genres,” said NYU.”I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me,” said Q-Tip. “Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved.”Nominated for 10 GRAMMY Awards based on his groundbreaking work with A Tribe Called Quest, as a solo artist and as a collaborator, Q-Tip won Best Dance Recording for his featured spot on the Chemical Brothers’ “Galvanize” at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. He is also currently artistic director and advisor at large for the Kennedy Center’s 2017–8 Hip Hop Culture Season. Twitter Kahn is a visiting arts professor at NYU in music history. With 30 years in the industry, he spent a decade managing tours for major artists and has authored books and articles. He has been nominated for a Best Album Notes GRAMMY three times, including a win at the 57th GRAMMY Awards for Offering: Live At Temple University.Class sessions will be split in two parts with Professor Kahn emphasizing readings and historic recordings and films, followed by Q-Tip mentoring the students on their own musical recording and composition assignments.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Content Not Available center_img Email NYU: GRAMMY Winners Q-Tip, Ashley Kahn To Teach Jazz, Hip-Hop Nexus Facebook News last_img read more