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Kohli Co look to seal deal in final ODI against WI

first_imgPort of Spain: After a convincing show in the second ODI, Virat Kohli and boys will look to seal the deal in the final ODI of the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday. With the opening game washed out, the Indians have taken a 1-0 lead and the last game of the series will decide if India will lift the ODI trophy as well after a clinical show in the T20I series. Interestingly, this could be the last time that the legendary Chris Gayle takes the field and the West Indies outfit would look to give him a grand send-off. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSpeaking during the 2019 World Cup, Gayle had said that the ODI series and the Test series that followed would be his last. But the Windies selectors kept emotions aside and decided to ignore him for the Tests. So, the third ODI could be the last time that the opener is seen in Windies colours. For India, it will be about keeping the foot on the pedal and not giving any inch away to the hosts. After an 11-innings’ phase where he didn’t score a century, Kohli roared back to register his 42nd century in the second ODI and more than the hundred, it was the way in which he guided Shreyas Iyer in the middle overs that made the knock all the more special. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe wicket at the stadium isn’t most conducive for strokeplay and that will once again see the need for the batsmen to dig in deep and play according to situations. The duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will look to start well and it will be interesting to see if Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri persist with Rishabh Pant at the no.4 slot. Iyer at that position and Pant at 5 seems to be more logical from the outside. In the bowling department, India showed great composure in the previous game as all except for Kedar Jadhav picked wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most impressive of the lot and it will be interesting to see if the team management persists with the same combination or looks to give someone like a Navdeep Saini a go. Khaleel Ahmed too came back well after getting hammered in the first game of the series and Kuldeep Yadav picking two wickets will do his confidence a world of good.last_img read more


Chobani gets new look and hints at going beyond yogurt

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Chobani, the company that helped kick-start the Greek yogurt craze, is shrinking those words on its label as it may expand beyond that food in an increasingly crowded yogurt market.The new look, which will show up in supermarkets this week, removes “Greek Yogurt” from underneath the Chobani name. The yogurt inside will stay the same. Its packaging will be more muted than the current bright white, use a new font and style, and feature watercolour paintings of fruits rather than photographs of strawberries and peaches.“What this new identity enables us to do is start to seed, if you will, us going into other areas beyond yogurt,” says Peter McGuinness, Chobani’s chief marketing and commercial officer. But he wouldn’t say what new foods or products it might make, or when it would happen.Chobani has grown quickly since its yogurt was first sold at supermarkets 10 years ago. Older food companies scrambled to catch up and offer their own versions of Greek yogurt, but last year Chobani overtook General Mills Inc.’s Yoplait as the bestselling yogurt brand in the U.S., according to market research firm Euromonitor.McGuinness says the new, thicker font makes Chobani easier to spot in the overcrowded yogurt aisle, and the off-white containers differentiate it from its rivals.Its Smooth Yogurt, which it launched earlier this year as a less-tart alternative to Greek yogurt, gets a more colorful container and shrinks the Chobani name. A similar treatment was given to Chobani Flip, which has yogurt in one container and mix-ins such as chocolate or dried cranberries in the other. Flip, which was launched nearly four years ago, is on track to become a $1 billion business in about two years, says McGuinness. It gets people to eat yogurt beyond breakfast, he says, and brings people to the brand who may not like yogurt.He declined to say how much the redesign would cost, but anywhere the logo appears is being updated. “This is a big investment,” he says._____Contact Joseph Pisani at read more


Voicing shock at violence in Kyrgyzstan Ban repeats call for restraint

The Secretary-General “urgently appeals for dialogue and calm to avoid further bloodshed,” his spokesperson said. “The Secretary-General is following the situation closely,” the spokesperson added.Demonstrators protesting against the rising cost of heating fuel and electricity took to the streets in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, attacking President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s offices and forcing State radio and television off the air briefly, according to media reports.Police are said to have opened fire in a bid to disperse the crowd, and the President is also reported to have declared a state of emergency in some areas.Mr. Ban yesterday called for calm after protesters seized a Government building in the town of Talas, west of Bishkek.The Secretary-General visited Kyrgyzstan on Saturday as part of his current Central Asian tour and stressed the need to protect all human rights, including free speech and press freedom, in the country.Media reports have noted restrictions on the freedom of expression and the press in Kyrgyzstan, including the recent closure of an opposition newspaper and other media outlets. Mr. Ban also raised the issue when he met Mr. Bakiev and Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov in Bishkek. 7 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was shocked by the reported deaths and injuries in Kyrgyzstan, where demonstrators in the country’s capital have clashed with the police, and once again appealed to all concerned parties to show restraint. read more


UN food agency steps up response amid growing food crisis in Niger

26 April 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will more than double the number of hungry people it feeds in Niger, despite its own funding gap, as the food crisis in the African country worsens. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will more than double the number of hungry people it feeds in Niger, despite its own funding gap, as the food crisis in the African country worsens.“Niger has been hit extremely hard by the drought and the world has to act to prevent massive human suffering and the loss of a generation,” said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP, noting that the agency will reach 2.3 million people in the arid eastern Sahel region.General food distributions, particularly to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as blanket feeding for children under two years of age and supplementary feeding for children under five in the worst-affected areas, are the main priorities.WFP is also supporting so-called cereal banks, community cereal stores where women buy grain at subsidized prices at the height of the “lean season” when the previous harvest has run out. Communities re-stock the banks during the next harvest when prices are lowest.The stepped-up response comes as WFP is facing a $133 million shortfall in its funding for Niger. It appealed for $190 million to scale up its operations in the West African country, where weak and erratic rainfall destroyed harvests last year and parched land normally used for grazing.In January, results of a national survey found that more than half Niger’s population of 13.5 million is food insecure.Acute malnutrition is on the rise and more than 1.5 million children risk becoming malnourished in the next 12 months unless urgent action is taken.“We need to move quickly to provide a buffer for the people and Government of Niger against the shock of a serious food crisis,” said Thomas Yanga, WFP Regional Director for West Africa.In addition to health consequences, the spike in grain prices and downturn in livestock prices has contributed to mass migration from rural to urban areas, as well as to neighbouring countries.In a related development, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, arrived in Niger today as part of an official visit to West Africa to assess the human impact of the food crisis.Visiting the drought-hit Sahel region yesterday in Senegal, he called the mounting food crisis “very worrying.”Today, Mr. Holmes met with Government officials in Niamey and welcomed the new Government’s commitment to addressing the food crisis with support from the humanitarian community.Mr. Holmes is also meeting with UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as donor and Member States. read more


UN climate change chief urges countries to advance progress on Cancún accords

4 April 2011The top United Nations climate change official today urged countries to tackle the key issues of emission reduction targets as well as funding and technology to assist developing nations tackle global warming, as the first UN negotiations for this year got under way in Bangkok. “Here in Bangkok, governments have the early opportunity to push ahead to complete the concrete work they agreed in Cancún, and to chart a way forward that will ensure renewed success at the next UN Climate Change Conference in Durban,” said Christiana Figueres.“If governments move forward in the continued spirit of flexibility and compromise that inspired them in Mexico, then I’m confident they can make significant new progress in 2011,” she added.Dubbed the Cancún Agreements, the decisions reached at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December last year include formalizing mitigation pledges and ensuring increased accountability for them, as well as taking concrete action to tackle deforestation, which account for nearly one-fifth of global carbon emissions.Delegates at that meeting also agreed to ensure no gap between the first and second commitment periods of the Kyoto Protocol, an addition to the Convention that contains legally binding measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and whose first commitment period is due to expire in 2012.Agreement was also reached on establishing a fund for long-term climate financing to support developing countries, and bolstering technology cooperation and enhancing vulnerable populations’ ability to adapt to the changing climate. Ms. Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, called on governments to rapidly advance work to complete the institutions which were agreed and deliver the funding and technology to help developing countries deal comprehensively with climate change.“It is important that the agreed actions and institutions are delivered on time and in accordance with the deadlines agreed in Cancun so that the broader global climate regime is up and running in 2012,” she said.The institutions include a Green Climate Fund to house the international management, deployment and accountability of long-term funds for developing country support; a Technology Mechanism to promote clean technologies; and an Adaptation Framework to boost international cooperation to help developing countries protect themselves from climate change impacts.The other main task governments have before them, she noted, relates to the emission reduction targets and actions which would allow the world to stay below the maximum temperature rise of two degrees Celsius, which was agreed in Cancún. Governments this year need to resolve fundamental issues over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, she stressed. “Governments need to figure out how to address this issue and how to take it forward in a collective and inclusive way,” she said. “Resolving the issue will create a firmer foundation for a greater collective ambition to cut emissions.” Some 1,500 participants from 173 countries, including government delegates, representatives from business and industry, environmental organisations and research institutions, are attending the talks in the Thai capital, which are scheduled to conclude on Friday. Cancun read more


Lankans fail to record fingerprints

Hundreds of Sri Lankan expatriates who were asked to appear at the deportation center in Jeddah for biometric recording yesterday, had to return without their fingerprints recorded apparently due to backlog piled up since last week, Arab News reported.Monday was the day scheduled for expatriates from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Sudan to record their biometrics, and consequently, hundreds including women descended in the morning on the deportation center. Scores of Sri Lankan expatriates had already formed queues at the center with hundreds waiting their turn outside the premises. Roshan Mohammed, a Sri Lankan national, told Arab News: “The authorities told me that there was a backlog of candidates who couldn’t make it last week. They want to complete their process first before taking up a fresh batch for fingerprinting.” However, after a wait of about five hours, the Sri Lankans were told by the authorities that their fingerprints could not be recorded and that they should come back next week. read more


UN conference calls for balancing water use between agriculture and environment

“The tragic paradox of water is that water is a truly valuable resource of which the true value is often invisible,” the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Agriculture Department, Louise Fresco, said at the end of the five-day meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.“We do need to solve this paradox and move towards a true valuation of water, through a mechanism that goes beyond its economic value to include social equity and environmental values,” she added.The conference, Water for food and ecosystems, jointly organized by FAO and the Dutch Government, adopted a list of actions to improve the efficient use of water for food production while safeguarding ecosystems, calling on countries to harmonize legislation and policies.Each country should decide which incentives should be introduced to use water more efficiently, bring in interest groups from different sectors, such as agriculture, industry and the environment, to develop a strategic water plan to place a value on national water resources and define water allocations.Valuing water should take into account socio-economic, environmental concerns, basic human rights and cultural factors. Economic mechanisms could be used to put a price tag on water for food and ecosystems such as forests and wetlands through water charges and payments for environmental services.But attention should be paid to ensuring equitable and fair access and the ability of the poor to pay for water consumption. Farmers, especially women, should have access to credits for investments in water technology for agriculture.Countries should urgently launch national awareness-raising campaigns to stress the idea that water is a valuable and scarce good. Without such awareness, it would be very difficult to receive public support for a new economic approach towards valuing water and a more efficient use. Public private partnerships could stimulate development of technologies for re-use of wastewater, low-cost drip irrigation and treadle pumps.The conference requested FAO to take a lead in informing countries on good practices on how to reconcile the water needs of agriculture and ecosystems. read more


Theresa May handed Belgium football shirt by counterpart in Brussels ahead of

Belgium struck early against England today as Theresa May let her defences down at the European Council summit.The Prime Minister was ambushed by her Belgian counterpart Charles Michel as he handed her a Belgium football shirt just hours before the two countries meet in the World Cup.Mrs May looked taken aback as Mr Michel pulled the bright red garment out of a presentation box, but laughed as he held it up and she realised what it was.The shirt had the Number 10 on it – Mrs May’s address in Downing Street – but it also had the word “hazard” on the back as it is the shirt worn by midfielder Eden Hazard, though it could also be interpreted as a hidden warning of what lies ahead in the talks.Mr Michel enlisted the French president Emmanuel Macron as an accomplice to carry out the carefully-planned stunt at the start of the two-day meeting in Brussels. Theresa May receives a Belgium shirtCredit:Getty Mrs May had failed to prepare a counter-attack, and looked a little embarrassed to have nothing to offer Mr Michel in return, such as an England shirt perhaps.Having been presented with an open goal, Mr Michel soon made it 2-0 to Belgium as he gave football scarves to the EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. As the leaders mingled in the European Council meeting room, Mr Michel opened the box to show Mr Macron what was inside, prompting mischievous laughter from both men.Mr Macron then went to find Mrs May and brought her over to Mr Michel, who opened the box with a flourish to surprise the Prime Minister. Together with the Netherlands and Luxembourg – Mr Juncker’s home country – the three countries form the Benelux bloc, and with the Dutch and Luxembourg failing to qualify for the World Cup, Belgium will have plenty of local support tonight.Mr Juncker put the scarf around his neck and held his fists aloft before putting the scarf around the neck of the Irish premier Leo Varadkar, who has been a constant thorn in the side of the UK during Brexit negotiations with the EU.Moments earlier, Mr Varadkar and Mr Juncker had lectured Mrs May as they arrived for the summit, with Mr Varadkar saying Europe had 500 million citizens to Britain’s 60 million, meaning Britain would be a junior partner in future arrangements.Mr Juncker said Mrs May “cannot go on…with a split Cabinet”. Theresa May receives a Belgium shirt England’s Fabian Delph and Belgium’s Nacer Chadli battle for the ball during the FIFA World Cup Group G match Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA England's Fabian Delph and Belgium's Nacer Chadli battle for the ball during the FIFA World Cup Group G match  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


Reinhold Festge elected president of the VDMA

first_imgDr Reinhold Festge, Managing Partner of Haver & Boecker in Oelde, Germany, has been elected as the new president of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) at a gathering of its members in Stuttgart last month. He succeeds Dr Thomas Lindner of the Groz-Beckert who served as president of the VDMA since 2010. Since 1987 Festge has been the Managing Partner of Haver & Boecker, which was founded in 1887 and currently employs over 2,700 workers worldwide. In 2012 the group had a sales turnover of €402 million euros. The company’s product range is extensive, with mineral processing technology being an important part.After completing his medical school studies Festge majored in Business Administration and then became Managing Director of Haver + Beumer Latinoamericana in Brazil. From 1985 to 1987 he served as Managing Director of Haver Filling Systems in the USA.last_img read more

Watch: Lightning Strike Causes Toilet to Explode in Florida Home

first_imgStay on target Lightning hit a septic tank at a home in Charlotte County, Florida and caused an explosion that burst pipes and shattered a toilet to pieces over the weekend.On Sunday, homeowner MaryLou Ward and her husband were listening to a thunderstorm moving over their house in Gulf Cove, Florida, reported.  The toilet explosion then scared them and when they went to assess the damage, they discovered that the blast broke one of their master bedroom windows and ruined their yard decorations.“It was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard it just went BOOM,” Ward told WINK-TV. “We got out of bed and came over here, and the toilet was laying on the floor.” Watch: Man Is Nearly Struck By Lightning in Shocking VideoLightning Strike Kills 300-Pound Bear in Colorado center_img An A-1 Affordable Plumbing plumber told the couple that the lightning strike caused methane, which is a byproduct of sewage breaking down, to ignite in the septic tank. The plumber, who posted photos of the post-explosion mess on Facebook, said septic explosions aren’t the norm, however, they do occasionally happen in homes.Ward was thankful that no one was hurt during the toilet explosion.“I’m just glad none of us were on the toilet,” Ward added. “That’s the main thing.”More on the Shocking Moment Lightning Strikes Boat in Boston Sudden Lightning Strike Injures 8 Hikers on Colorado TrailWatch: Lightning Strikes Tree, Sets It on Fire During Oregon Stormlast_img read more


ASA Participates in Ag Transportation Summit

first_imgPhoto by Aaron HockleyASA Board Member Jim Andrew, ASA Washington staff, and state soybean representatives joined other agriculture stakeholders and the transportation industry in a summit to examine current and future transportation issues. The summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Grain & Feed Association and the Soy Transportation Coalition, was held in Chicago July, 30-31.The summit examined all modes of transportation utilized by agriculture in the U.S. and globally. Panels and presenters included experts and representatives from truck, rail, and waterways and focused on the role that transportation plays in agricultural competitiveness and the future challenges that need to be addressed to maximize efficiency for agricultural producers and processors to deliver products to global customers.Keynote speakers included U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-Ill/) and USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse. Both highlighted the need for the federal government to invest in transportation infrastructure to maintain and create jobs and as a means of growing the economy.last_img read more

Report UM student drives on sidewalk flips into canal

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A University of Miami student was pulled to safety after, officials said, he drove through a sidewalk on campus before his car flipped into a canal, Thursday night.The Miami Hurricane is reporting campus officials confirmed the driver is a student at the Coral Gables campus. He was not injured.The report states UM Police responded to the scene of the crash at the canal, which is connected to Lake Osceola, behind the University Center.The overturned vehicle was partially submerged in shallow water next to some rocks lining the canal.No one else was hurt.As of 11 p.m., officials had not identified the student.Hours later, cameras captured a tow truck removing the car from the water and lifting it upright. last_img read more

Photo Gallery Inside World Of Bluegrass IBMA Awards Festival in Raleigh

first_imgNews Just before Florida’s Flatt Lonesome took the stage Friday at the Red Hat Amplitheatre we caught up with the group’s vocalist and mandolin player Kelsi Robertson Harrigill for an exclusive interview. The talk of the town on Friday night was the First Ladies Of Bluegrass, an all-star band boasting the lineup of Missy Raines, Alison Brown, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, and Becky Buller with special guests Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch. Check out our exclusive look inside the history-making supergroup, complete with quotes from the pickers themselves.  Join us on-the-ground, backstage and in the front row for the premiere bluegrass event of the year GRAMMYs Sep 28, 2018 – 3:26 pm The International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass descends upon Raleigh, N.C. this weekend, and the Recording Academy is right there to bring you all the action with exclusive interviews, backstage photos, performance recaps, and more. The festivities kicked off Thursday, Sept. 27 with the IBMA Awards followed by the official Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. The exclusive event was emceed by GRAMMY winner Jim Lauderdale and featured an all-star lineup of performers, including Kate Lee & Forrest O’Connor, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, and Special Consensus. Check out some of the highlights from the place to be for bluegrass this weekend, Raleigh, N.C.! Photo Gallery: World Of Bluegrass Festival photo-gallery-inside-world-bluegrass-ibma-awards-festival-raleigh Photo Gallery: Inside World Of Bluegrass, IBMA Awards & Festival in Raleigh Special Consensus delivered a special performance Thursday night at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty after taking home IBMA Awards for Album Of The Year for their album Rivers & Roads and Instrumental Recorded Performance their song “Squirrell Hunters.” East Tennessee’s Po’ Ramblin’ Boys returned to the IBMA scene this year after last year’s convention springboarded their career. We sat down with vocalist and mandolin player C.J. Lewendowski for an exclusive interview to hear about their rise in the ranks and how going deeper in to bluegrass’ history helps them push the genre forward.  Facebook Email center_img Exclusive: Billy String Talks ‘Tinfoil & Turmoil,’ Doc Watson, Bluegrass, Heavy Metal & More Read more Kate Lee & Forrest O’Connor and their band took the stage for a special performance featuring Mallory Eagle as well as Geoff Saunders on bass and Brad Bulla on guitar, and we caught up with the crew outside before they took the stage Thursday night for their set at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty. Fresh off his win for Fiddle Player Of The Year, Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper burned up the Lincoln Theatre stage Thursday night at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty. We sat down to chat with GRAMMY winner Gillian Welch backstage before her performance on Friday as part of the First Ladies Of Bluegrass to talk vinyl, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Look At Miss Ohio,” songwriting, and more. Jim Lauderdale served as the gracious host for Thursday night’s Recording Academy afterparty, and even treated the audience to a few tunes. Twitter Bluegrass supergroup Sister Sadie delivered a top-notch set on Friday reflective of its outstanding group members. Even greater than the sum of its parts, Sister Sadie performed songs from their latest album Sister Sadie ii. We caught up with the band’s bassist Beth Lawrence and banjo player Gena Britt for an exclusive interview during a late-night rehearsal for their IBMA performance. last_img read more

Hawala racket busted Rs 5 crore cash seized

first_imgHyderabad: The West Zone task force team on credible information arrested seven persons for allegedly carrying out illegal money transfer on Monday near Jubilee Hills Check Post and seized net cash of Rs 5 crore, two cars and a two-wheeler from the possession of the accused. The accused persons were identified as Vipul Kumar Patel (39), Shailesh Bhai (49), Vipul Kumar Patel (29), Arjun Labhuji (28), Rajesh (31), Upendra Kumar Patel (55) and Patel Chetan Kumar (39). Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said the accused persons were running the business of illegal money transfer without any accounts, to needy customers with the interest of 0.6 per cent by accepting orders over cell phones through their company named P Umesh Chandra & Company at Ahmedabad, Surat and Mumbai headed by Harshad Bhai Patel and one Umesh. On Monday, their company agents informed the accused persons to deliver net cash Rs 5 crore to their Mumbai office in two cars. On credible information, the Task Force team arrested them near Jubilee Hills Check Post along with net cash and investigation is in progress.last_img read more

Exadditional IGP Oahidul sent to jail

first_imgCrimes TribunalThe International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Wednesday sent former additional inspector general of police Oahidul Haque to jail in a case filed for crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war, reports UNB.A two-member bench of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) led by justice Amir Hossain passed the order when police produced him before the tribunal on Wednesday.Earlier around 11:30am, police produced Oahidul before the tribunal.The tribunal also fixed 10 May for submitting a progressive report.Earlier on Tuesday, Gulshan police picked up Oahidul Haque from his Baridhara residence around 1:30pm in compliance with a warrant issued by the ICT on Monday for his arrest.Prosecutor Turin Afroz said the ICT issued the warrant for the arrest of Oahidul, also former acting director general of National Security Intelligence (NSI), as it found him guilty of carrying out mass killing in Rangpur Cantonment during the liberation war.Oahidul was the then army personnel of Pakistan and involved in crimes against humanity while performing duties during the liberation war. The war crimes allegations were brought against him in 2016.last_img read more

Indonesia plane crashes with 189 aboard

first_imgThis file photo taken on 18 March, 2013 shows a Lion Air plane flying over Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang, outside Jakarta. Photo: AFPAn aircraft with 189 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java on Monday, shortly after takeoff from the capital on its way to the country’s tin-mining hub, officials said.A spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the Lion Air flight, JT610, lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling.”It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” the spokesman, Yusuf Latif, said by text message, when asked about the fate of the plane, which air tracking service Flightradar 24 identified as a Boeing 737 MAX 8.Debris thought to be from the plane, including aircraft seats, was found near an offshore refining facility in the Java Sea, an official of state energy firm Pertamina said.Wreckage had been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground, said Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.”We don’t know yet whether there are any survivors,” Syaugi told a news conference, adding that no distress signal had been received from the aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter.”We hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm.”An official of Indonesia’s safety transport committee said he could not confirm the cause of the crash, which would have to wait until the recovery of the plane’s black boxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and data flight recorder are known.”We will collect all data from the control tower,” said Soerjanto Tjahjono. “The plane is so modern, it transmits data from the plane and that we will review too. But the most important is the blackbox.”Australia had not received signals from the plane’s emergency locator either, it told Indonesia in a reply to a query, agency chief Syaugi said.The effort to locate the wreckage and retrieve the black bloxes will represent the second major deep sea recovery challenge for Indonesian investigators after an AirAsia Airbus jet crashed into the Java Sea in December 2015.Under international rules, the US National Transporation Safety Board will automatically assist with the inquiry into Monday’s crash, backed up by technical advisers from Boeing and US-French engine maker CFM International, co-owned by General Electric and Safran.Boeing is aware of the airplane accident reports and is “closely monitoring” the situation, a company spokesman told Reuters.The flight took off from Jakarta around 6:20am and was due to have landed in the capital of the Bangka-Belitung tin mining region at 7:20am, the Flightradar 24 website showed.”We cannot give any comment at this moment,” Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group, told Reuters, adding that a news conference was planned for later on Monday. “We are trying to collect all the information and data.”Preliminary flight tracking data from Flightradar24 shows the aircraft climbed to around 5,000 feet (1,524 m) before losing, and then regaining, height, before finally falling towards the sea.It was last recorded at 3,650 feet (1,113 m) and its speed had risen to 345 knots, according to raw data captured by the respected tracking website, which could not immediately be confirmed.Its last recorded position was about 15 km (9 miles) north of the Indonesian coastline, according to a Google Maps reference of the last coordinates reported by Flightradar24.Graphic showing the tracked flight-path of the Lion Air JT 610 that went missing shortly after take-off Monday. AFPThe accident is the first to be reported that involves the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet. The first Boeing 737 MAX jets were introduced into service in 2017.The very first global delivery went to Lion Air’s Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air.Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, but its safety record is patchy.Founded in 1999, Lion Air’s only fatal accident to date was in 2004, when an MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City, killing 25 of the 163 people on board, the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network says.However, six other Lion Air jets, including one that crash-landed in the water short of the runway at the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2013, were damaged beyond repair in various accidents, according to Aviation Safety Network.Lion Air was removed from the European Union’s air safety blacklist in June 2016.The privately owned airline in April announced a firm order to buy 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 narrowbody jets with a list price of $6.24 billion. It is one of the US planemaker’s largest customers globally.last_img read more

US Suspends Most Security Assistance To Pakistan

first_img Share Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty ImagesDemonstrators shout anti-U.S. slogans at a protest in Karachi on Jan. 2.Following a harshly worded New Year’s Day tweet by President Trump accusing Pakistan of “deceit” and harboring terrorists, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed Thursday that the U.S. will suspend most security assistance to Islamabad.The cutoff is not permanent, Nauert said, and only affects military assistance.Nauert told reporters that the suspension will remain in effect until Pakistan “takes decisive action” against groups such as the Taliban that are “destabilizing the region and targeting U.S. personnel.” Although Pakistan “certainly has been helpful in some instances,” she said, “they are not taking steps they need to take to fight terrorists.”The aid suspension is to include equipment and the transfer of security-related funds, with possible exceptions for U.S. national security reasons.Nauert was not immediately able to provide a total dollar amount for the cutoff. “We are still working through the numbers,” she said.In his first tweet of 2018, Trump said the U.S. “has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”Ahead of Nauert’s remarks, military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told a Pakistani news channel Wednesday that Pakistan would continue to cooperate with the U.S. but would not “compromise on national interests and prestige.”“Aid cuts will not hurt us,” Pakistan’s finance ministry head Miftah Ismail told Reuters.There have been hints of a Pakistan aid cut by the Trump administration for months.Back in August, when announcing his new policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, the president said: “We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.” He vowed to “no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.”Later that same month, the administration notified Pakistan it was delaying a payment of $255 million in military aid, pending progress against Haqqani network militants the U.S. says are based in Pakistan and aid the Taliban.The military aid, known as foreign military financing, “promotes the development of Pakistan’s long-term [counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism] capabilities and improves Pakistan’s ability to participate in maritime security operations and counter-maritime piracy,” according to the State Department. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. would withhold the $255 million payment, saying, “Pakistan has played a double game for years.” That $255 million is included in the suspended aid announced Thursday by Nauert.This is not the first time the U.S. has cut assistance to Pakistan. In the 1990s, Washington imposed aid-cutting sanctions related to Pakistan’s nuclear program and a military coup that deposed an elected prime minister.The George W. Bush administration waived those sanctions and reinstated aid following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but reduced it in 2008. During President Barack Obama’s first term in office, aid levels rose again but then dropped drastically following the 2011 U.S. raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden.Since 2002, U.S. aid to Pakistan has totaled nearly $34 billion but declined in recent years, according to the Congressional Research Service. The country received more than $1 billion in U.S. assistance in 2016.Relations between Pakistan and the U.S. long have been strained, and tensions have only grown since the summer, when the Trump administration announced its policy on Afghanistan and South Asia.Pakistan, which serves as a key transport route for supplies to U.S. forces in Afghanistan, denies harboring terrorists. Officials say the country has made enormous sacrifices to support the U.S. war on terror.“We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting international terrorism and carried out the largest counter terrorism operation anywhere in the world,” Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said Wednesday. “We can review our cooperation if it is not appreciated.”“You carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan from our bases, your forces were supplied arms and explosives through our soil, thousands of our civilians and soldiers became victims of the war initiated by you,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted in Urdu Wednesday morning.Meanwhile, the State Department Thursday also placed Pakistan on a “Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom,” Nauert said in a statement. Conditions for the country’s religious minorities, including Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, are widely considered poor.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Mechanical logic gate Could levers replace transistors

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. SEM image of a released SiC NEMS switch with 3 μm length. Image credit: Science, DOI:10.1126/science.1192511 Organic flash memory developed Explore further More information: Te-Hao Lee, Swarup Bhunia, Mehran Mehregany, “Electromechanical Computing at 500°C with Silicon Carbide,” Science (September 2010). Available online: … stract/329/5997/1316Paul Marks, “Steampunk chip takes the heat,” New Scientist (September 10, 2010). Available online: … -takes-the-heat.htmlHamish Johnston, Logic circuit takes the heat,” Physicsworld (September 14, 2010). Available online: ( — Back in the Victorian period, Charles Babbage created a mechanical computer that made use of levers and cogs to get data moving. These days, though, our computers are mostly run using electronic transistors. Nothing too mechanical about those. Unfortunately, when putting together a logic gate for use in computing, the materials used can’t withstand some of the heat. Silicon carbide has been used to help fortify regular silicon, which degrades at 250 to 300 degrees Celsius. However, silicon carbide transistors are bulky and slow — and require high voltages. Citation: Mechanical logic gate: Could levers replace transistors? (2010, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In order to get around this problem Te-Hao Lee and a team at Case Western Reserve University turned back to Babbage and his idea of mechanical computing. New Scientist reports on the effort to integrate mechanical computing into our modern electronic systems:His team has developed a mechanical version of an inverter – the building block used to construct many types of logic gate, which themselves are a fundamental component of digital circuitry within computers. The device uses an arrangement of nanoscale levers instead of transistors. Like a telegraph operator’s Morse key, these levers physically make and break contact to pass or block currents.Application of a voltage makes the levers move under electrostatic attraction. At 550 °C Lee’s team managed to get the inverter to switch on and off 500,000 times a second – performing a computation with each cycle.Such operating temperatures are encouraging. However, there are problems. The mechanical components start to break down after two billion cycles, limiting their usefulness. Additionally, this set up is still slower than the speeds even a normal PC sees. However, the main uses for a mechanical logic gate likely wouldn’t be in consumer computing. Instead, such a device would make more sense in situations of very high heat, such as for rocket engines. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Gottlieb Will the Lakers play hardball with the Spurs for Kawhi

first_imgDoug Gottlieb in for Colin:Will the Lakers play hardball with the Spurs for Kawhi?The NBA free agency frenzy starts next week, and this morning news broke that LeBron will opt out of his final year with the Cavs to hit the market. The Lakers are handicapped as the favorite to land James, but need add pieces around him to close the deal.Given the circumstances, the urgency for the Lakers to make a deal with the Spurs to acquire Kawhi Leonard is greater than ever. Given that Kawhi has effectively eliminated any trade market by saying he’ll only sign a long-term deal with the Lakers, Doug thinks the Lakers hold all the leverage, but they also want to get a deal done.If they hold the Spurs feet to the fire and show a willingness to walk away from the table, they can give away fewer assets in return. Will Magic play hardball, or will he make a worse deal just to lock up Kawhi to help land LeBron? Also:– LeBron isn’t really like the Godfather– Paul George meeting with D-WadeGuests:Gary Washburn – Boston Globe NBA Writer joins the show to talk NBA free agency, and if the Celtics would try to trade for Kawhi.Caron Butler – 14-year NBA veteran joins the show to talk free agency, and LeBron’s decision.Ryen Russillo – Host of the Hoop Streams podcast joins the show to survey LeBron’s potential destinations, and why he doesn’t think LeBron is waiting on Paul George.last_img read more

How These Minority Founders Got Tech Execs to Put Their Money Where

first_img 4 min read When it comes to diversity, tech companies talk a big game. Their spending, however, tells a different story.Late last year, Melinda Gates and McKinsey & Company released a report on how tech firms spend their philanthropic dollars. What they discovered is that barely 5 percent of companies’ charitable donations went to groups that promote women and girls in tech. Stunningly, less than 0.1 percnet of their grants supported programs for women of color.Tech executives happily pay lip service to diversity, but precious few financially support underprivileged groups. It isn’t fair — and it certainly isn’t easy — but minority entrepreneurs have to work harder than others for a spot on tech companies’ balance sheets. gWhat can minority founders do to earn tech companies’ trust? Four strategies stand out:Related: Tech Entrepreneurs Move Towards Philanthropy: 5 Most Charitable Business Leaders1. Put partnerships front and center.Rightfully or not, we all look to our peers when we’re unsure about a decision. Tracey Grace, a woman of color who’s CEO of IBEX IT Business Experts, has turned that truth of human nature into a business strategy. Since signing in 2014, Grace has used it to attract attention from tech teams at NASA, Tenet Health and the U.S. Department of Defense.Related: Amazon Is so Powerful That Big Companies Are Producing Exclusive Brands Just for the SiteJust how powerful is peer approval? Nielsen data shows that consumers worldwide consider it the single most credible form of advertising. When Grace developed a vendor management software system for UPMC and distributed a press release about it, it sparked buzz in the healthcare sector. Peers saw the value in the relationship and connected with IBEX to do business.To leverage peer relationships with tech executives, invest in “big name” client relationships. Don’t just focus on the sale: Enterprises are often unwilling to be case studies for smaller firms unless the vendor delivers a standout experience.2. Share investors’ stamp of approval.Another way to tap into the power of peer recommendations? Attract — and more importantly, advertise that you attracted — venture investment. Barely 2 percent of venture capital dollars went to women founders in 2018. Tech executives know that, which is why they tend to take a second look at women founders who fight their way in.One of those rarities is Laurel Taylor, female founder of, whose student debt repayment service recently raised $11.2 million in Series A funding.’s investor traction served as a point of proof to its partners, including Ultimate Software and Colonial Life, who serve employers representing several million workers.3. Develop a disruptor image.Disruption is the tech sector’s buzzword to end all buzzwords for a reason: It signals that a startup founder’s ideas are so groundbreaking that he or she is taking on industry giants. Founders like Lisnr’s Rodney Williams cultivate a disruptor image because they know what a golden ticket it is in the tech industry.In 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019, Lisnr ranked among CNBC’s Disruptor 50. Although Lisnr’s data-over-audio technology itself is certainly part of the reason, the remainder stems from Lisnr’s own content positioning it as a disruptor. The African American-owned company is currently working with Jaguar Land Rover to develop a next-generation connected vehicle and Ticketmaster to simplify ticket checks at live events.Related: Want to Disrupt an Industry? Here Are 3 Tips From the Future4. Support tech nonprofits.Although the industry as a whole could be more charitable, at least some tech executives appreciate companies that embrace the same causes they do. Gixo’s Selena Tobaccowala has made a name for herself not just as the founder of a group exercise app, but as one who supports groups like Girls Who Code. Gixo recently participated in a Pi Day walk/run to raise funds for the tech education group, and Tobaccowala herself works with Female Founder Office Hours.Tobaccowala and Gixo’s efforts caught the eye of Bumble, a women-focused social network and dating platform with more than 50 million users. This year, the Austin-based company’s Bumble Fund made early-stage investments in Gixo, Translator, Alice and Promise. Greylock Partners, a half-century-old Silicon Valley venture company that made an early bet on Facebook, is also backing Gixo.Almost everything in business is tougher for members of minority groups. When it comes to the tech industry, however, breaking through can seem impossible. Unfair as it is, the best — and perhaps only — way women and people of color can do so is by underscoring that they’re part of the tribe. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 13, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more