2nd Test: Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling fifties give New Zealand control vs Sri Lanka

October 25, 2019

first_img Reuters ColomboAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 20:28 IST World Test Championship: SL vs NZ 2nd Test De Grandhomme Watling in action (AP Photo)Half centuries from Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling gave New Zealand a first-innings lead of 138 against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second and final test in Colombo on Sunday.The touring side, who need a series-levelling win after Sri Lanka won the opener in Galle, reached 382 for five wickets on another rain-interrupted day.Watling was unbeaten on 81 while de Grandhomme was 83 not out after a blistering knock with his side needing quick runs to set Sri Lanka a target on the final day.After rain allowed just 66 overs of play on the first two days of the match, the start of the fourth day was also delayed due to wet weather and eventually only 48 overs could be bowled on Sunday.Overnight centurion Tom Latham and Watling continued accumulating runs with ease and took their side past Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of 244.The pair added 143 for the fifth wicket for the Black Caps before Latham was finally out leg before for 154, giving off-spinner Dilruwan Perera his third wicket.There was, however, no respite for the hosts’ bowlers as all-rounder De Grandhomme went on the attack, hitting five sixes and an equal number of fours in his 75-ball knock.De Grandhomme and Watling added 113 for the unbroken sixth wicket, giving their side hopes of victory.Sri Lanka did not have regular captain Dimuth Karunaratne on the field after he suffered a small tear in his quadriceps while fielding on Saturday.Former captain Angelo Mathews led the side in the absence of Karunaratne, who will be unable to open the innings and bat higher than number seven in Sri Lanka’s second innings.advertisementAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni spotted at Jaipur Airport in a brand new lookAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow SL vs NZFollow 2nd testFollow GrandhommeFollow WatlingFollow World Test Championship 2nd Test: Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling fifties give New Zealand control vs Sri LankaWatling was unbeaten on 81 while de Grandhomme was 83 not out after a blistering knock with his side needing quick runs to set Sri Lanka a target on the final day.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

GasLog Adds Newly Built Gaslog Houston to Its Fleet

October 23, 2019

first_imgSouth Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries handed over the newly built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Gaslog Houston to its owner on January 10.Following delivery, the 174,000 dwt vessel commenced its charter contract, the Greece-based ship owner and operator GasLog informed.Gaslog Houston was named on December 12 at the shipbuilder’s facilities, along with its sister vessel Gaslog Hong Kong.Under an agreement signed between GasLog and British multinational oil and gas company BG Group in April 2015, both ships would be chartered to BG Group’s subsidiary Methane Services Ltd. (MSL).At the time, the company said that MSL will charter the newbuilds commencing mid-2018 and early 2019 for average initial terms of 9.5 years.According to data provided by VesselsValue, each of the ships has a market value of around USD 182.1 million.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: GasLoglast_img read more

Birding Tourism Grows on Cape Sable Island

October 22, 2019

first_img Bird watchers are going to have even more reason to flock to CapeSable Island. A birding site is being developed and enhanced atThe Hawk, a coastal community and rest stop for thousands ofmigrating birds each year. The province is investing $100,000 to further develop the site.The announcement was made at a birding festival on the islandtoday, March 19, by MLA Cecil O’Donnell, on behalf of Tourism,Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald. “This project will help Nova Scotia be more competitive in thegrowing birding tourism market,” said Mr. O’Donnell. “It willattract more visitors to Cape Sable Island and extend the tourismseason for many local businesses.” The one-time grant will be used to help with the development ofwalking trails, interpretive signs, viewing platforms and otherpublic, year-round facilities for bird watchers. The project willbe led by the Cape Sable Island Important Bird Area Committee. “This is a real milestone for the Cape Sable Important Bird AreaCommittee,” said Patricia Hudson, project co-ordinator. “Thisfunding will help make our plans for site enhancement at The Hawka reality both for our local area and for the tourism industry.” Nova Scotia’s 2005 Tourism Plan identified birding as a keystrategic priority with excellent potential to attract visitorson a year-round basis. A recently completed report on birdingopportunities in Nova Scotia, conducted by the South ShoreTourism Association, recommended Cape Sable Island as anexcellent location for developing a birding tourism product. Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Birding Tourism Grows on CapeSable Islandlast_img read more

Morocco Hosts Informal UfM HighLevel Conference on Climate Change

October 12, 2019

Skhirat- Ministers and high-level representatives of members of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), as well as the European Commissioner in charge of Climate Action and Energy attended, Thursday in Skhirat (outskirts of of Rabat), an Informal UfM high-level conference on climate change.The high-level conference was the opportunity to give enhanced visibility to the work that is being carried out in the field of climate change within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean, taking into account that the UNFCCC COP 21 to be held in Paris is approaching and also that Morocco will host the COP 22 next year.This high-level conference was preceded by the second meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean Climate Change Expert Group (UfMCCEG). Both UfM gatherings happened in the framework of the Mediterranean Climate Week that brought together, on May 4-7, several climate change related events. read more

Faculty of Mathematics and Science recognizes achievements

October 2, 2019

The Faculty of Mathematics and Science held its third annual Celebration of Excellence recently, handing out awards for accomplishments in research, teaching and student experience.“As a group we have a lot to be proud of: excellent undergraduate and graduate programs and innovative and exciting research programs,” Interim Dean Alan Castle told the group that gathered for the awards ceremony Jan. 19.“You really should be proud of yourselves because I know that research is a very high priority for all of you in this faculty,” added Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier.Department of Physics professor Bozidar Mitrovic received this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award for a Faculty Member for his success with the Astronomy 1P01 and 1P02 course, which, with the addition of popular online courses, has seen enrollment grow 100 per cent to more than 1,000 students in the past two years.“Over his career Dr. Mitrovic has demonstrated excellence in all aspects of teaching at every level from high school to graduate school,” said Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Master of Ceremonies for the event.“He provides clear, logical, inspiring lectures that spring from his deep erudition, his love of science, his sense of social justice and his love of learning and teaching.”The Distinguished Teaching Award for Staff was captured by adjunct professor Hernan Ugalde from the Department of Earth Sciences for his success with the popular geophysics course that he has taught for two years.Ben-El-Mechaiekh noted Ugalde’s many efforts to make the course a success. “As a result of these extra efforts our students were afforded the opportunity to use the same equipment and software that is used in industry to analyze geophysical data that they collected themselves.”Professor of Psychology Stefan Brudzynski received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Faculty for his many accomplishments, including being a key founder of the Neuroscience Program at Brock, obtaining more than $1 million in research funding and being awarded many prestigious international honours.  He has produced more than 75 publications in peer-reviewed journals, scores of book chapters and is the editor of the Handbook of Mammalian Vocalization and the Handbook of Ultrasonic Vocalization. A Window into Brain Mechanisms of Emotion and Motivation, to appear in 2018.“His expertise in animal communication is recognized internationally and he has received invitations to lecture all over the world including Germany, Portugal, China and Hungary,” Ben-El-Mechaiekh said.Mike Lozon, a cartographer in the Department of Earth Sciences, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Staff Member for the quality and consistency of his illustrations over the 28 years he has been at Brock.“He has trained dozens of our undergraduate and graduate students in how to draft scientific figures,” said Ben-El-Mechaiekh. “He is also responsible for most of the graphic material that we have developed for teaching, making a solid contribution to our course delivery over the years.”The Faculty of Mathematics and Science held its third annual Celebration of Excellence recently, handing out awards for accomplishments in research, teaching and student experience. Pictured in front from left are Alan Castle, Stefan Brudzynski, Joffre Mercier,  Christene Carpenter-Clelan, Heather Gordon, Thad Harroun, Hernan Ugalde, Mike Lozon, Nigel Blamey and Harris Sheikh. Pictured in back, from left, Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh, Scott Henderson, Gary Comerford, Mark Lukewich, Christine Keith, Bozidar Mitrovic, Brian Hutchings and John Suk.Capturing the Distinguished Research Award were Nigel Blamey and Uwe Brand, both from the Department of Earth Sciences.Among their accomplishments include a place on the U.S.-based Geochemical Society’s list of the Top 10 most-read articles in geochemistry for 2016 for their discovery that oxygen levels on Earth almost a billion years ago were more than five times greater than previously thought.During the past year, they co-produced three papers in high caliber science journals, Ben-El-Mechaiekh said. He noted that Brand had five peer-reviewed journal publications in the past year and Blamey had a total of 11 peer-reviewed journal publications in 2016, of which three are first-authored.Thad Harroun, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, received the Dean’s Distinguished Scholar Award.“Thad has been instrumental in all aspects of the pedagogical transformation of the Year 1 Physics program,” said Ben-El-Mechaiekh, adding that Harroun is the “backbone” of the undergraduate biophysics program and had created two new courses in Medical Physics and Cellular Biophysics.Since July 2015, Harroun published eight papers in prestigious journals such as Applied Physics Letters, with his papers receiving approximately 175 citations.Harroun is known widely for his research on Vitamin E, which was recently highlighted on the website of the Canadian Institute for Neuron Scattering. Especially noteworthy is his 2013 study, which provided strong evidence for an anti-oxidant mechanism in Vitamin E.Other awards distributed at the January 19th celebration event were:   Distinguished Staff Award, won by Christine Keith for her successes in helping new students in the Game Program.   Associate professor in the Department of Chemistry Heather Gordon received the Student Experience, Recruitment and Outreach Award for Faculty for her involvement in the Ontario University Fair, Fall Preview Day, Spring Open House and as a mentor in the Science Mentorship Program.   Christene Carpenter-Cleland, a senior lab demonstrator in the Department of Biological Sciences, received the Student Experience, Recruitment and Outreach Award for Staff Member for her involvement in running Scientifically Yours, organizing a Brock chapter of the organization ‘Let’s Talk Science Outreach,’ organizing the 50th anniversary event for Biological Sciences, and other accomplishments.·   The Math and Science Council’s Excellence in Teaching and Student Engagement Award was given to Mark Lukewich, Senior Lab Demonstrator in the Department of Biological Sciences for revamping laboratories, setting up new labs in the Cairns building, introducing a laboratory component into the human physiology course and judging the regional science fair. read more

France une association lutte contre lexpérimentation dune éolienne marine

September 20, 2019

first_imgFrance : une association lutte contre l’expérimentation d’une éolienne marineHier, une association de défense de l’environnement a envoyé un courrier en référé au tribunal administratif de Nantes pour demander la suspension du permis de construire précaire accordé à Alstom pour une expérimentation d’éolienne marine sur le site du Carnet en bord de Loire.Le site du Carnet, zone humide de plus de 300 hectares située sur la commune de Frossay, rive sud de la Loire, à une trentaine de kilomètre à l’ouest de Nantes, est un important site de passage quotidien des oiseaux des zones humides, selon Bretagne Vivante. C’est la raison pour laquelle l’association a demandé en référé au tribunal de Nantes de suspendre le permis de construire précaire accordé à Alstom pour une expérimentation d’éolienne marine. Le jugement a été mis en délibéré et doit être rendu d’ici la fin de la semaine.”On joue le développement durable contre la protection de l’environnement”, souligne Me Raphaël Romi, avocat de l’association. “Et pour autant, il faut souligner que nous sommes très favorables aux éoliennes, mais pas n’importe où et pas n’importe comment”, a précisé Mme Françoise Lestrat pour Bretagne vivante.De son côté, l’avocat de la préfecture Me Antoine Plateaux indique que dans la mesure où le permis de construire était délivré à titre “précaire”, pour une expérimentation de cinq ans, “le caractère irréversible ne semble pas apparaître”.Une perte pour l’industrie française Enfin, Me Paul Elfassi, représentant de la “Ferme Eolienne du Carnet”, fruit d’un partenariat entre Alstom et Vinci-construction, estime que si Alstom devait renoncer à l’expérimentation de son éolienne marine de six mégawatts sur ce site, cela lui coûterait 13 millions d’euros et que cela ferait “perdre à l’industrie française sa chance d’être un fer de lance” de l’éolien marin. À lire aussiL’éolien assure plus de la moitié de la production d’électricité en BretagneLa préfecture et la Ferme éolienne du Carnet demandent tous deux que Bretagne vivante soit déboutée, mais aussi qu’elle soit condamnée, respectivement, à 2.000 et 3.000 euros pour les frais engendrés, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Précisons que deux autres associations de défense de l’environnement qui avaient déposé plainte en même temps que Bretagne vivante (la Ligue de protection des oiseaux de Loire-Atlantique (LPO 44) et SOS Loire-Vivante) ont finalement retiré leur plainte suite à une transaction signée avec Alstom.Le 26 octobre 2011 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sidaction un spot vidéo contre la transmission mèrebébé du VIH

September 20, 2019

first_imgSidaction : un spot vidéo contre la transmission mère-bébé du VIHLe Sidaction a réalisé une vidéo destinée à sensibiliser sur la question de la transmission du virus du SIDA de la mère à l’enfant. L’objectif est de récolter des dons pour protéger les nourrissons du VIH. En 2010, 34 millions de personnes dans le monde, adultes et enfants, sont porteurs du virus du SIDA. Sur ces chiffres, 22,9 millions vivent en Afrique, 11,8 millions sont des femmes et 3,1 millions des enfants. Or cette année, quelques 390.000 enfants ont été infectés par le VIH lors d’une transmission mère-enfant. Face à des chiffres si critiques, le Sidaction a décidé de sensibiliser sur cette urgence sanitaire en proposant un spot vidéo sur le web.Celui-ci rappelle qu’il est possible de lutter contre la transmission mère-enfant du VIH à condition d’en prendre compte. Sur son site, le Sidaction rappelle que la transmission du VIH peut intervenir à plusieurs stades : “pendant la grossesse (5 à 10 %), pendant le travail et l’accouchement (10 à 20 %) et après la naissance lors de l’allaitement maternel (5 à 20 %)”. L’association souligne ainsi que “sans intervention, la transmission intervient dans 15 à 30% des cas sans allaitement et dans 20 à 45% des cas avec allaitement”. Grâce à cette campagne et ses programmes, le Sidaction espère impliquer les conjoints et surtout mobiliser la communauté afin de permettre aux femmes séropositives enceintes d’avoir un meilleur accès aux soins. De plus, l’organisation soutient également l’accès au dépistage précoce des nourrissons exposés au SIDA. Mais tout ceci a un coût. Le spot vise donc également à récolter des fonds pour entreprendre ses actions. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterHuit euros permettent de financer un mois de traitement antirétroviral de première ligne. Avec 30 euros, Sidaction s’engage à financer un test par PCR pour dépister précocement l’infection au VIH chez un nourrisson ou un mois de lait en poudre maternisé. Enfin, avec 150 euros, il est possible de soutenir 18 mois de traitement antirétroviral de première ligne pour une femme enceinte pour lutter contre la transmission du VIH de la mère à son enfant.Pour faire un don et voir le spot vidéo, rendez-vous sur le site du Sidaction (lien non disponible). Le 28 décembre 2011 à 15:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Army Corps Of Engineers Preps For Summer Season

September 9, 2019

first_imgThe Army Corp of Engineers are gearing up for the summer season of projects around the state.Download AudioChris Tew is the Chief of Contracting. He says the focus of their work has changed from building new facilities to remodeling existing military infrastructure, weatherizing and bringing aging structures up to code. Resource restrictions mean most of their projects this year will be military rather than in remote coastal areas, but he says climate change has meant a lot of work for the Corp in the past decade, especially in Northern and Western Alaska.“It is a big deal for Alaska,” Tew said. “Climate change is certainly impacting our program and the citizens who live out in these remote areas.”Tew says one such project will be at Cape Lisburne on the northwest coast where erosion is encroaching on an Air Force airfield and needs to be fixed. He says it will take around 20 million dollars and expects the design and bid process to conclude this summer with work starting in 2016.Arctic infrastructure is a big priority as the Corp continues studying the rapidly growing need for larger and deeper port facilities at Nome and possibly Port Clarence.Bruce Sexauer is the Chief of Civil Works for the Corp, he says as oil, gas and other resource extraction ramps up, bigger port facilities are necessary.“This isn’t a place where they will be shipping a large amount of oil or other resources out of, rather this port facility is there to provide support to those vessels, say if one gets in trouble or needing to send supplies out to the oil wells or whatnot,” Sexauer  said. “This is a very supportive activity. If something bad were to happen, be able to do search and rescue more efficiently from Nome than down from say either Dutch or Kodiak.”Sexauer says Kodiak and Dutch Harbor will always be important facilities in the winter when the arctic is impassable and it will be years before the port expansion plan is approved and authorized by Congress for funding. But the increase in activity in the arctic continues to build.“The vessels that are waiting off of Nome,” Sexauer  said. “They started with just a few vessels a year, up to dozens, then up to over a hundred vessels a year that would need to wait or anchor off of Nome to come in and use the facilities there.”Civil works projects need state and local investment, so Nome port expansion and building any infrastruction at Port Clarence would need a mix of hard to come by funds, but Corp Contract Chief Chris Tew says if the U.S. Navy moves forward with their stated goal of taking the military lead in the arctic in the next 15 years, some of that infrastructure funding mix would come from DOD.“Yes, that would absolutely have to happen. Those are decisions that need to be made fairly quickly in order to get things teed up in order to do that within the next decade or so but I do think it’s possible,” Tew said. “Whether we want it to happen or not, it is happening and it’s not only going to happen within the coastal waters of Alaska but there are other nations that are going to work in the arctic and our ability to put infrastructure in place so this stuff is done as safely as possible seems to be in everyone’s best interest.”Tew says other projects such as ongoing toxins clean up at former defense sites will continue across the state this summer at Northeast Cape on St Lawrence Island, the Susitna Gunnery Range in the Mat Su Valley and Umiat test well nine on the north slope.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Hero

September 1, 2019

first_img The Hero Draws Near!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Hero. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019 center_img Who Are They?In case the name “Hero” isn’t descriptive enough, this character is the protagonist of the legendary Dragon Quest series of RPGs. Actually, between the four different character skins, Hero can be one of four different heroes from different games in that franchise including Dragon Quest III, IV, VIII, and the recent Dragon Quest XI coming soon to Nintendo Switch.Smash HistoryHero is the second paid DLC character of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass. He was announced at E3 2019 and released at the end of July following a charmingly low-budget livestream presentation from Sakurai. Given the sheer popularity of Dragon Quest in Japan, along with the convenient Dragon Quest XI co-marketing opportunity, Hero was easy to predict but still exciting to see come to fruition.What Looks New in Ultimate?As with other RPG characters in Smash Bros., Hero’s Dragon Quest battle system has been adapted into this fighting game in a really fascinating and potentially overpowered way. He can charge three of his special moves, enhancing his recovery and attack potential. His smash attack can randomly trigger a critical hit for extra strength. His Down special randomly summons four out of nearly twenty additional special moves with a variety of effects. However, these are all limited by a magic meter that recharges pretty slowly unless you’re already hitting your opponent.Our Hopes?Dragon Quest is a hugely important and influential series, especially in Japan. It essentially invented Japanese role-playing games, paving the way for the likes of Final Fantasy and Pokemon. Plus the Akira Toriyama art makes this the closest we’ll probably get to Goku being in Smash Bros. But please, we’re begging you, NO MORE ANIME RPG SWORD BOYS IN SMASH BROS. PLEASE!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.last_img read more

August 31, 2019

Agri dept holds meeting to take stock of rainfall deficiency woes

first_imgKolkata: Concerned over the dearth of rainfall particularly in the districts of South Bengal, the state Agriculture department on Tuesday held a high-level meeting at Nabanna to take stock of the rainfall and agriculture activities across the state.”The amount of rainfall in the state till date has been around 624 mm, while the deficiency in the state is 27 percent. But our officials believe that by the end of August, the situation will improve and the deficiency can be addressed. At the same time, we have discussed alternative measures that can be adopted if the problem persists,” said Asish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe deficiency in rainfall in South Bengal is more than 50 percent and a number of districts have deficiency over 50 percent. The dismally low amount of rainfall has led to minimum storage of water in the dams, which is also an area of concern for the state government. North Bengal, however, has seen a good amount of rainfall. A senior official in the department said that the officials have been directed to carry out awareness campaigns right from the block to the Panchayat level about the Crop Insurance scheme that was introduced last year. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The premium for the insurance will be borne entirely by the state government if a farmer incurs losses in farming,” the official said. The minister directed the officials of the department at all levels to speed up the Krishak Bandhu scheme that was announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on December 31 last year. Till date, the number of beneficiaries under the scheme is over 37 lakh. It may be mentioned that the preparation for sowing of Kharif crops kick off during June and by the middle of August, the sowing of crops gets over. But the monsoon has been very feeble till date and the preparation of sowing has not picked up as desired. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is concerned about the abnormal weather conditions and has given us necessary directions to ensure that the farmers are not inconvenienced in pursuing agriculture. She had instructed the department to adopt alternative agriculture methods so that crops can be sown even if there is scanty rainfall,” the official said. The department has already introduced the Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana to extend support to farmers in setting up micro-irrigation facilities that will ensure cultivation using less amounts of water. The technological intervention ensures that cultivation of crops, mainly fruits and vegetables, can be done with minimum water.last_img read more

August 29, 2019

Theres a new Impossible Burger and this time its glutenfree

first_imgImpossible Foods is throwing a new party in your mouth, and this time everyone really is invited.The company debuted a new version of its eponymous burger on Monday, and you can credibly call it an upgrade. In addition to having significantly less fat than beef burgers and zero cholesterol, the new plant-based patty is gluten-free, fixing a big criticism of the current (and increasingly popular) Impossible Burger. It’s also suited for all kinds of ground-meat dishes, from meatballs to sloppy joes, not just hamburgers, the company says.The new burger also happens to be delicious. I got a chance to sink my teeth into Impossible’s new burger in the form of a slider at CES 2019, and the taste and texture is basically indistinguishable from a real burger. I’d even say it’s a slightly better simulation than the first version, which I also found to be a convincing simulation. The meat is solid but chewy, like a well-packed burger patty that isn’t too greasy. And the texture was spot on.Impossible Burger 2.0 starts shipping Feb. 4 and replaces the original recipe. Restaurants that offer the burger will automatically start getting it after the ship date, and the company expects that all its partners will be serving it by March. A few restaurants, such as Saxon + Parole in New York City and Linger in Denver, will start serving the new recipe on Jan. 8.Impossible Burger 2.0 uses soy protein instead of wheat protein, which is why it’s gluten-free. It contains no hormones, cholesterol, or antibiotics, the company claims, and it’s kosher- and halal-certified. A single quarter-pound patty contains 14 grams of fat and 240 calories, compared to 23 grams of fat and 290 calories (not to mention 80 milligrams of cholesterol) in a regular beef burger.Impossible had previously said it would start selling its made-in-California burgers to select grocery stores in the U.S. The company didn’t give much of an update on that other than to say the Impossible Burger would be available to “millions” of home chefs. There’s also no definite time frame other than “this year.”Impossible Foods was founded in 2011. Its big discovery: most of the taste of meat was attributable to a single protein molecule, called “heme.” The company genetically engineered a special form of yeast to produce a heme protein found in plants.Impossible’s new recipe could go a long way toward winning over skeptics who prefer real meatThat innovation led to a plant-based alternative burger that’s received increasing attention from notable chefs and restaurants, including David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi in New York City, Traci Des Jardins’ Jardinière in San Francisco, and Tony Priolo’s Maillard Tavern in Chicago. You can also order an Impossible Burger in more than 100 restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau, and the company says it will soon expand to more markets.The next hurdle Impossible needs to overcome is cost: Its burger is still more expensive than a meat patty. Looking at the menu of Cockscomb in San Francisco, an Impossible burger costs $19 while the regular burger is just $15.But Impossible’s new recipe could go a long way toward winning over skeptics who prefer real meat. If it tastes just as good, why wouldn’t you want to make the switch to a healthier option? It’s not only better for you; it’s better for the planet — breeding cattle has well-documented environmental impact. Burgers are cheap, but they have one of the highest carbon footprints of anything on the menu.Of course, only so many people will be motivated by environmentalism or better treatment of animals. But virtually everybody sets out to eat healthier at some point in their lives. Impossible’s new burger sends a message that cutting meat out of your diet doesn’t have to mean cutting taste out, too. Where’s the beef? Not here.Image: Pete Pachal/MashableBy Pete Pachal2019-01-08 01:05:51 UTClast_img read more

August 27, 2019

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first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Technology | June 30, 2008 Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery Offers High-Dose Targeting Accuracy News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The CyberKnife System, which will be showcased at ASTRO 2008 by Accuray, aims to deliver high-dose, hypofractionated radiosurgery treatments.Using robotic technologies and continual image guidance, the CyberKnife System aims to deliver targeting accuracy with the ability to automatically correct for intra-fraction target motion without interrupting treatment or having to reposition the patient. The system delivers beams that move in real-time with 3D respiratory motion throughout the respiratory cycle. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

August 20, 2019

Whistler Blackcomb opens ahead of schedule with lots of snow

first_img Whistler, BC – Skiers and snowboarders will be gearing up a little bit sooner than anticipated when Whistler Mountain opens one day earlier than scheduled, on Wednesday, November 23.Early season snowfall in the alpine combined with a helping hand from the largest fleet of snowmaking equipment in North America led Whistler Blackcomb to announce last week that Whistler Mountain will open one day earlier than expected, on Wednesday, November 23. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on Thursday, November 24.Snow has been steadily stacking up in the alpine, with Whistler Blackcomb recording 107 cm of cumulative snowfall so far this season, with more on the way. The forecast is calling for 35 cm to 45 cm of snow expected to hit the mountains before Friday.Tremblant Resort in Quebec will also open this Thursday. Share Posted by Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Whistler Blackcomb opens ahead of schedule with lots of snow The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Dominican students accuse police of shooting 3

August 18, 2019

first_img Comments   Share   Police have not issued a statement.University Chancellor Mateo Aquino says the increases were approved to buy furniture and improve the school’s laboratories and main library.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – A student organization in the Dominican Republic is accusing police of shooting and wounding three protesters at the Caribbean country’s largest public university.The Amin Abel Liberation Front says the students were shot late Tuesday during a demonstration against a rise in tuition and a new enrollment fee at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.Group spokesman Daniel Jerez said Wednesday that he was shot in the foot and he accused police of shooting without warning. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Dominican agents find cocaine in cacao shipment

August 18, 2019

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The port east of Santo Domingo is the largest in the country and the only one with X-ray equipment for scanning containers. Dominican authorities have made record seizures of cocaine in each of the past three years, including several significant ones at the port.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Anti-drug agents in the Dominican Republic have uncovered a load of cocaine being smuggled out of the country amid a shipment of cacao, the raw ingredient in chocolate.National Drug Control Agency spokesman Robert Lebron said Tuesday the 198 packets of cocaine were found in a container destined for Italy. The weight and value of the load was not yet available. Lebron said the container had been checked and sealed before agents returned and uncovered the drugs in the port of Caucedo. Top Stories last_img read more

3 Algerian parties call for election boycott

August 18, 2019

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Comments   Share   Bouteflika has not spoken publicly in three years and only rarely appeared on television since he suffered a stroke.With the backing of the military, the bureaucracy and the ruling party, Bouteflika will likely win.The three parties proposed a conference to debate the “dangers to stability and future generations.”(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – Three Algerian opposition parties are calling for a boycott of April’s presidential election, claiming they will not be free and fair.Leaders of the liberal Rally for Culture and Democracy, the Islamist Ennahda Party, and the Movement of Society for Peace said Monday that the April 17 election should be boycotted because of the danger it represents to the country.On Saturday, Algeria’s ailing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, made a statement he would run for a fourth term. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

August 15, 2019

55 Crowd Shuns Conventional Logic in Housing

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News July 20, 2016 788 Views 55+ Crowd Shuns Conventional Logic in Housingcenter_img Freddie Mac Generation X HOUSING Millennials Seniors 2016-07-20 Seth Welborn Americans 55 and older remain a major piece of the U.S. housing market and will continue to be for a long time, because they aren’t playing by conventional logic, according to Freddie Mac’s latest monthly Insight report.A Freddie Mac survey has found that while people older than 54 comprise just over a quarter of the population of the U.S., they control roughly two-thirds of the equity in single-family homes. From the investment standpoint, it’s paid off for older Americans who’ve remained in one home. According to the report, today’s 65-year-old who bought the “average” house at age 30 has seen the value of that house increase 3.7 times.With life expectancy increasing‒‒someone who is 65 today can, on average, expect to reach 84‒‒Americans over 54 are staying in the workforce longer and are also aging in place. In fact, Freddie Mac reported, more than a third of 55+ homeowners still have a mortgage, and a majority of those with a mortgage have more than ten years left until their loan is paid off.So in short, they’re not in a hurry to move on, and it’s having a strong effect on the housing economy.Conventional wisdom concerning the housing life cycle, of course, suggests that Millennials should be providing a surge in first-time homebuyers, while older generations should be moving to the next stage of their housing life, said Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac. The same wisdom suggests that Gen Xers should be trading up from a starter home to a larger home.“Baby Boomers should be selling their homes to Gen Xers and downsizing, renting, or moving to an age-specific community,” Becketti said.Add to that, the Silent Generation (those born from the mid 1920s to the early 1940s) should be thinking about moving to assisted living or moving in with adult children, he said.But conventional wisdom is not working out.”With the possible exception of Gen X, people are ignoring the conventional wisdom,” Becketti said. “Millennials are taking longer to marry, start families, and buy their first homes. And the 55+ population are working longer, aging in place, or buying an additional home (or two) rather than winding down. They expect to be an active part of our housing economy for quite a while longer.”last_img read more

August 12, 2019

As much as its a dream for most of us to travel

first_imgAs much as it’s a dream for most of us to travel all over the world, chances are you haven’t been everywhere. This makes confidently selling a destination you have not been to tricky.Travel agents receive enquiries for destinations all over the globe, and if that’s a destination you have travelled to, you can sell it with confidence. You know where the best hotels are for families, where couples can enjoy a romantic meal, the best shopping spots, what activities to do, the most sensational sights to see and so much more.Advice from first hand knowledge is the value clients seek from their travel agents. Knowing your stuff can be the difference between nabbing or losing a booking and possibly repeat client.If you haven’t been to the destination, however, there is a way to sell it like you have – you just need to be prepared, and with many resources now available for agents to learn and get in the know, there is no excuse why you can’t be!So rather than madly googling where in the world Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu is (it is a hill on New Zealand’s North Island for the record), check out some of these tips to ensure you are up to date to offer expert advice to your clients.Workshops, Webinars and Well Done’s from trainingMany wholesalers, tour companies, airlines, tourism boards and hotels are just as keen for travel agents to learn as the agents themselves. There are a number of training programs, seminars and webinars available online through travel agent portals where you can gain valuable information through training. Some even give you certification for bragging rights after you complete the training. Best of all, they are free and can be done in your own time at your own pace.Roadshows, Product Nights and EventsThese events are a time to mingle with key industry contacts, learn about products beyond a brochure or website, and a few drinks and nibbles make learning fun. It is worth getting along to as many events and product nights as possible, as the networking opportunities are endless. Sometimes there are even trip prizes on offer for those who attend that give you the opportunity to experience a destination for yourself.Tap into the tourism boardsTourism boards can be a great source of information. Many have informative websites that are interactive and user friendly. They are packed with destination information, useful tips and some even have handy itinerary planning tools. Maybe set aside some time in your lunchbreak to have a read on a new destination each week and learn as much as you can.Make wholesalers and sales reps your friendL-R: Greg Carter – Co-founder, Chimu; James Thornton – CEO, Intrepid Travel; Chad Carey – Co-founder, Chimu AdventuresChances are you talk to the wholesalers, tour companies, cruise companies, airlines and other product companies daily, so they are your best source of advice. Ask them to recommend the best offering for your client’s needs. You will find most are experts in the destination. Take note of what they tell you for future enquiries. As for sales reps, book in a time to speak with them or make time for a chat when they pop into the office. They are there to help you, will update you with latest news and product, and be your best point of call if you need assistance on those pesky waitlists or tricky requests.Famils and educationals@ Sigiriya RockThe best way to learn about a destination is to travel there right? Keep your eye out for famil opportunities. These come in the form of best sales to a destination, invitations, competitions and more. If you find there is a destination you are getting a lot of enquiries about a particular destination, and have not travelled there yourself, source out who can fit you onto a trip there. They are a fantastic way to learn about a destination and, let’s face it, great fun too.Last of all, make sure you are reading Travel Monitor every morning. It is packed full of the latest news, reviews, industry insights, agent tips, destination guides and more. There is a lot to learn from the morning newsletter!With all these tools at your fingertips there is no reason you can’t close a booking by not knowing the destination. Agent TipsDestination Knowledgelast_img read more

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January 22, 2019

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