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FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR AREA UNTIL 2:45am MONDAY

first_imgUPDATE….11:05pm 6/24/18The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a* Flash Flood Warning for…Northwestern Woodbury County in west central Iowa…South central Plymouth County in northwestern Iowa…Northeastern Dakota County in northeastern Nebraska…Southeastern Union County in southeastern South Dakota…* Until 245 AM CDT.* At 1039 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producingheavy rain across the warned area. Up to three inches of rain havealready fallen, and an additional two to three inches of rain areexpected over the next few hours. Significant flash flooding isoccurring.This is a FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY for the Sioux City Metro. This isa PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!* Some locations that will experience flooding include…Sioux City, South Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, North Sioux City andDakota City.————————————The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a Flash Flood Warning for…Northwestern Woodbury County in west central Iowa…South central Plymouth County in northwestern Iowa…Dakota County in northeastern Nebraska…Dixon County in northeastern Nebraska…Southeastern Union County in southeastern South Dakota…* Until midnight CDT.* At 903 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producingheavy rain across the warned area. Areas of two to three inchesof rainfall has already fallen. Flash flooding is expected tobegin shortly.* Some locations that will experience flooding include…Sioux City, Le Mars, Ponca, South Sioux City, North Sioux City,Dakota City, Wakefield, Hinton, Emerson, Merrill, Homer, Allen,Hubbard, Jackson In Dakota County, Concord, Martinsburg, Dixon InDixon County, Ponca State Park, Brunsville and Waterbury.last_img read more

‘A special place to win’: Salford savour Wembley chance to cap rapid rise

first_imgAlexander was telephoned last summer by Chris Casper, Salford’s sporting director, about taking over and had “two or three meetings” with him and Gary Neville, who owns 10% of the club. Neville’s brother Phil, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs – the other members of the Class of 92 – all have an identical 10% share.Alexander had reservations about managing outside the Football League because his whole professional career had been spent inside it. Yet convinced by Casper and Neville – “the ambition they spoke about, I knew it wasn’t just words” – he took his third permanent No 1 position. Previously at Fleetwood Town for three years (2012-15) and at Scunthorpe United for two (2016-18), he has guided Salford to third place and a play-off berth.Last Saturday his team sealed passage to the final with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Eastleigh following the semi-final second leg at the Peninsula. After the top scorer, Adam Rooney, missed their first spot-kick, the Salford-born captain, Liam Hogan, got the side back on track.“You’re half-excited because you know it’s your opportunity to contribute,” says the 30-year-old centre-back. “We scored the rest of ours and they missed two – our big lad in nets, Chris Neal, did the job for us. You feel relief when going through like that because you give every effort possible and you know in the space of five kicks you could be out.” Pinterest Share on Messenger Don’t blame Salford City for spending. Blame the archaic promotion system Facebook Twitter The Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, standing, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt were in the crowd for the semi-final second leg against Eastleigh. Photograph: John Clifton/Action Images Salford’s manager Graham Alexander says: ‘Playing at Wembley doesn’t happen every day so I’m not going to pretend it’s not a special occasion.’ Photograph: John Clifton/Action Images Share on Twitter Topics Pinterest “Keep possession, keep possession!” Graham Alexander is overseeing one of Salford City’s final training sessions before Saturday’s National League play-off final against AFC Fylde at Wembley. The rain lashes down on the Peninsula Stadium and a full-sided game being played at full pelt and Salford’s manager, the veteran of 1,023 matches in a 23-year five-club playing career, is in his element.“The joy I get is not just leading the team out at Wembley – it’s the everyday stuff,” says Alexander. “Waking up in the morning, knowing I’m going to work with great human beings, on a football pitch, in the crappy weather – just out there, working, changing things, improving players, trying to maximise their potential. Giving them the opportunities I was given by managers. That’s me. It’s what I do it for.” Salford City Yet the club has a warm, family feel. Hogan, a former Tranmere player, jokes with backroom staff about still living in Liverpool – “I’m planting the flag behind enemy lines,” says the Manchester United fan – but a fierce work ethic is also pivotal to the manager.“It’s something bigger than winning games of football,” says Alexander of his role. “It’s growing a fan-base, a structure, giving young players an opportunity to come through our system. It’s great to be in at this level to see the club grow.”Promotion to League Two would be Salford’s fourth in five years since the Class of 92 and Lim bought the club. All, apart from Scholes, are expected at Wembley and Alexander says of his relationship with the former United players: “Gary is the main contact I have – he’s at the games most weeks. The other guys drop in, or send messages of support at difficult times, which is great.” Share on Facebook features Now, the focus is on Dave Challinor’s Fylde, who finished fifth, four points behind Salford. Alexander’s men beat them 2-0 at Mill Farm in early September before losing Easter Monday’s return game 1-0.Hogan says: “I’d probably say the performance at Fylde was one of our best – everything came together: the work rate, the lads on the ball, the goals we took were brilliant. We sort of half blew them away at their place. When we played them here we’d been on the back of a big effort at Boreham Wood on Good Friday [a late 3-2 win] and it took a lot out of us. Anybody you’re going to face in the play-off who wants to go into the English Football League is going to be a tough game.”With the billionaire businessman Peter Lim owning Salford’s other 40%, the club has riches others in the National League cannot countenance. This can draw criticism. Last July Rooney, now 31, was signed from Aberdeen on a salary thought to be £4,000 a week and, if his 24 league goals illustrate why Neville and company made the outlay, he can be the prime focus of anti-Salford sentiment, drawing abuse from opposition supporters. Share on Pinterest Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Alexander will issue his players a clear message before they walk out at Wembley. “Come match day I’m pretty hands-off and let them prepare how they need to,” he says. “I feel we work hard enough from Monday to Friday, so match day is players’ day.“Playing at Wembley doesn’t happen every day, so I’m not going to pretend it’s not a special occasion. It’s a special place to win and a horrible place not to win. We’ve got to go there and relish it.” Share on WhatsApp Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Jamaica Records Increases in 2013 CSEC Examinations

first_imgStory Highlights Many teachers in the primary and secondary institutions are not deemed fully equipped and qualified The Ministry of Education is reporting an increase in the percentage of passes recorded in 25 of 35 subjects sat by Jamaican candidates in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.Some of the subjects include: Caribbean History which recorded a 75.1 pass rate compared to 73.9 percent in 2012; English B – 80 per cent compared to 74.2 in 2012; Building Technology (construction) – 84.5 per cent as against 73.2 in 2012; and Food and Nutrition – 91.7 per cent pass rate compared to 89.4 per cent last year.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who outlined the details during a media briefing at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices on Monday, August 12, said, of note, is the nearly 12 per cent increase in passes recorded for English Language.This, he pointed out indicates nearly 63.6 per cent or two-thirds of the students who sat the exam, passed. The Minister further noted that although 1,100 fewer students took the exam, 2,500 more students passed compared to 2012.Rev. Thwaites advised that this year’s Mathematics results were nearly five per cent higher than the passes for 2012. This, he noted, indicates a 42.2 per cent increase in the number of candidates who successfully sat the subject in this year’s examinations.Despite this, he said the Ministry was not satisfied with this year’s results of these “core subject areas” deemed imperative for economic growth and development.Research, he informed, “has shown that mathematics attainment is the single most reliable education factor which is directly linked to economic growth and development.”Rev. Thwaites also voiced concern that many teachers in the primary and secondary institutions are not deemed fully equipped and qualified to effectively support the teaching and learning of mathematics.A 2011 Ministry census showed that only nine per cent of mathematics teachers in secondary institutions are fully qualified to teach the subject to Grade 11. The census also showed that 40 per cent of mathematics teachers at the secondary level were trained in other specialist areas, while 39 per cent of teachers at the primary level lacked mathematics certification.Rev. Thwaites said this year’s CSEC Mathematics results did not catch the Ministry flatfooted.“We were not pleased by the results last year, and since then we have been working assiduously to complete the review of the….2003 National Numeracy Policy,” Rev. Thwaites said.He stressed that the policy’s guidelines, scheduled to be implemented in September, are pivotal to the Ministry’s efforts in addressing the state of mathematics education in Jamaica.Key standards that the policy seeks to establish include: contact hours for teaching mathematics at all levels of the education system; qualifications required to function as a mathematics teacher; and requirements for the continuous professional development of mathematics teachers.The results of the CSEC examinations will be posted on the Caribbean Examination Council’s website www.cxc.org as at 10:00 pm tonight (August 12). The Ministry of Education is reporting an increase in the percentage of passes 63.6 per cent or two-thirds of the students who sat the exam, passedlast_img read more

Kolkata college adds Humanity in religion tab of forms

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to spread a humanitarian message, Bethune College in Kolkata included ‘Humanity’ as an option in the ‘Religion’ section of the college admission forms, an official said on Friday. Established in 1879, the first women’s college in Asia has taken a noticeable step by keeping ‘Humanity’ as the first option in the ‘Religion’ tab of their online application forms for the undergraduate admission process that started on May 27. “We have noticed that some youngsters don’t want to disclose their religion. There were options like ‘non-believer’ but we thought that humanity is something that all the religions talk about. Humanity is above every religion,” Mamata Ray Chaudhuri, Principal of the college which functions under Calcutta University, told IANS. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga She said it is better to have faith in humanity rather than becoming a non-believer at a young age. The college alumni and students welcomed the step. “Being an ardent believer in humanity myself, I would really like to congratulate the college authorities for coming up with such a progressive initiative. Such a step will hopefully restore faith in mankind and help us accept the heterogeneity of views,” Ananya Sasaru, a former student of the college, told IANS.last_img read more

Live with Kelly and Ryan readies for Trudeau guest appearance in Niagara

first_imgNIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can expect a mix of personal and political talk when he sits down with morning show co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest during their visit to Canada.“On our show, we really are about having fun and positivity and about getting into who people really are,” said Michael Gelman, executive producer of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in a phone interview.“A lot of the conversation is going to be about him, him personally … in addition to being the leader of your country. We’re going to have 3,000 people in the audience and I think everyone will be really excited to see him.“We will be brushing upon things that are going on in the news; but again, we’re not a news show, we don’t pretend to be a news show. But we can’t ignore things that are happening out there.”Trudeau will be the first sitting Canadian prime minister on the long-running daytime show when he appears at their first live taping in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Monday. The show will be taped at the Oakes Garden Theatre, which showcases panoramic views of the American and Horseshoe Falls.Other guests slated for Monday’s show include “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany and American singer Erin Bowman.“He always seemed like a great guy, an interesting person, and as leader of all of Canada, I think the American public and Canadian public are interested in what he has to say,” said Gelman.The second episode, which will air Tuesday, will be filmed immediately after the live-to-air Monday show. Tuesday’s guests will feature “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel, “Cars 3” star Nathan Fillion, and musical performers French Montana and Swae Lee.It’s not the first time the show has visited the tourist city. Episodes were filmed there in 1996 when the show was known as “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee,” with former co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford; and in 2006, when Ripa had already joined as a host, replacing Gifford.The New York-based show also taped episodes north of the border on Prince Edward Island in 2010, and in Banff, Alta., in 2012.“We love the people,” Gelman said of Canada. “There’s so much natural beauty and so many things to do up here, so it’s been a real haven for us in terms of finding locations to visit.”“Live with Kelly and Ryan” airs on CTV in Canada, and in national syndication in the U.S.last_img read more

Egypt to Host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Rabat – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced Tuesday that Egypt will host the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

ICC Prosecutor in contact with Qadhafis son on possible surrender

28 October 2011The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today his office is in indirect contact with Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, son of the former Libyan leader, on his possible surrender to face charges for crimes against humanity. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today his office is in indirect contact with Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, son of the former Libyan leader, on his possible surrender to face charges for crimes against humanity.“Through intermediaries, we have informal contact with Saif,” Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement. “The Office of the Prosecutor has made it clear that if he surrenders to the ICC, he has the right to be heard in court, he is innocent until proven guilty.”In June the ICC issued arrest warrants for Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi, his son and the country’s intelligence chief, Abdullah Al Sanousi for their roles in attacks against protesters, hundreds of whom are confirmed to have been killed since opposition forces rose up against the regime as part of a wider pro-democracy movement across North Africa and the Middle East. Muammar al-Qadhafi was killed last week in his hometown of Sirte during the final days of the eight-month-long conflict. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said his office is galvanizing efforts to carry out the arrest warrants against the other two men.He also noted reports that there is a group of mercenaries who are offering to move Mr. al-Islam to an African country not party to the 1998 Rome Statute that established the ICC. His office is exploring the possibility of intercepting any plane within the airspace of a State party to make an arrest, said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo.“This is a legal process and if the judges decide that Saif is innocent, or has served his sentence, he can request the judges to send him to a different country as long as that country accepts him.”The Prosecutor has stated in the past that while Libya is not a State party to the Rome Statute, it has the primary responsibility to carry out the arrest warrants in compliance with the relevant resolution of the Security Council, which referred the situation in the country to the ICC. Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) on Sunday declared the full liberation of the country, just days after the death of Mr. Qadhafi. The North African nation now faces a host of challenges, including organizing an electoral process, establishing public security and starting a reconciliation process. read more

Happy 152nd

Email LinkedIn Tumblr Google Plus Koda Bear, with Diana Desjardin, won best mixed breed during the dog show that is part of Canada… PORT DOVER  Canada Day was hot and sunny —  perfect for spending time in Port Dover to celebrate the country’s 152nd birthday.The day featured a boat and tug parade in the harbour, a soap box derby, a home decorating contest and a dog show. But the biggest event of the day was the afternoon Calithumpian Parade, which attracted thousands of spectators to Main Street. The day was capped by a fireworks display over Silver Lake.“This town has lots of spirit and they go all out,” Nikki Campbell-Schram, who took part in the parade with Art with Heart Studio, which promotes art for young people.  “So, you really feel the Canadian pride today.”Wayne Neidrauer of the Port Dover Lions Club has been helping organize the parade for the past seven years.“The beauty about this parade is that there is no registration — it’s a come as you are,” said Neidrauer.“The fun part is getting to meet people and getting them organized,” he said. “And everyone’s in a good mood.”The parade featured past and present Norfolk fire trucks, horses, clowns, floats and bands.“The atmosphere was great,” said Rob Kindree, the parade chairman. “Everyone was really into it. The weather was perfect; the boat guys were great. I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Kindree.The crowd made parking difficult to find, but not for David Botts who biked in. “We plan to come every year from now on,” he said.Rob Thornwell said he has been coming to Port Dover for Canada Day for the past 30 years.With him was his nine-year-old daughter, Nayve.She said her favourite part of the part was the dog show held at Powell Park. “They wear bows and get pushed around in buggies,” she laughed.Thronewell said he looks forward to the fireworks show.“Thanks to the Lions Club for putting this on every year,” he said. “It’s great.”This might be the last year for the Lions organizing the event.  Kindree said the club has too few members.Among those on the packed beach were friends Kirstyn Morton and Virginia Marr, who were visiting from out of town.“I love the country and I’m so passionate about being Canadian,” said Marr, who came from Burlington. GALLERY: Port Dover Canada Day Past and present Norfolk fire trucks take part in the Port Dover Callithumpian Parade on Canada… 1/6 Art with Heart studio campers take part in the Port Dover Callithumpian parade. Natasha O’Neill A boat parade on the Port Dover Habour was part of the community’s Canada Day celebration. Pinterest Reddit A dog show in Powell Park is a popular event during the Canada Day celebration in Port Dover…. Share Port Dover Canada Day The Port Dover beach was crowded on Canada Day. Natasha O’Neill   /jpg, CM Art with Heart studio campers take part in the Port Dover Callithumpian parade. Natasha O’Neill A dog show in Powell Park is a popular event during the Canada Day celebration in Port Dover…. read more

UN project nominated for information technology award

The Stockholm Challenge is an annual awards programme highlighting initiatives in areas where information and communication technologies (ICT) have a great impact on people’s lives. This year, the international jury reviewed a record number of 742 projects from 90 countries to select finalists. As one of the finalists in the “Health and Quality of Life” category, UNITeS has been invited by the City of Stockholm to participate in the final events that will take place from 23 to 26 September in Stockholm, Sweden.The announcement was made in a statement issued today by the UN Volunteer programme (UNV), whose staff carry out the project in India. Working under the UNITeS umbrella, a team of eight national UN Volunteers set up local information kiosks where they collect and disseminate information about damage, needs, and aid activities to all parties involved in the rehabilitation effort. They also build capacity by training local citizens on relevant use of computers and the Internet.As a result of the project, villagers now express their problems and needs by e-mail to their authorities. Self-help groups or district and state governments can take informed decisions on which relief activities to apply, and citizens read about government programmes, like pension or employment services, on the Internet. Volunteers also track weather patterns on web sites in efforts to avoid panic and provide early warning. UNITeS is a global volunteer initiative with the aim to build individual and institutional capacities on the application of ICT to human development. It was announced by the Secretary-General in his Millennium Report in April 2000, and is managed by UNV, the volunteer arm of the UN system. read more

UN rights office publishes digest of decisions relating to civil liberties and

The digest is intended to assist policy makers and other concerned parties in developing a vision of counter-terrorism strategies that uphold legal and human rights obligations, OHCHR said in a press release, noting that while States may have “legitimate and urgent” reasons to take measures to eliminate terrorism, they have a duty to protect their nationals and others against terrorist attacks and to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice. “Human rights law establishes a framework in which terrorism can be effectively countered without adversely affecting fundamental freedoms,” it said. “The objective of this digest is to enhance the understanding of this framework. The digest is available on the High Commissioner’s web site. read more

New YorkLondon flight has emergency landing in Shannon after suspected fire onboard

first_img File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Matheus Obst Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 10:25 AM 14 Comments File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Matheus Obst Short URL Share106 Tweet Email2 A TRANSATLANTIC JET has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after the crew reported a possible fire on board.American Airlines flight AA-104 was travelling from New York to London when the crew declared a May-Day emergency at around 7.30am. There were 119 passengers and crew on board.The crew of the Boeing 777-200 jet advised air traffic controllers they had a “fire indication” in one of the cargo holds. The crew confirmed they had activated the internal fire extinguishers as a precaution.The Boeing in question is a different model to the 737 MAX 8 aircraft involved in the recent Ethiopian Airlines disaster. Authorities at Shannon implemented emergency procedures which involved alerting the external statutory agencies to respond to support the airport’s own fire and rescue crews.Units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised from Shannon Town and Ennis stations while the National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána also dispatched multiple resources.The Irish Coast Guard was also informed of the emergency and lifeboats based at Fenit, Kilrush and the Aran Islands were placed on standby as a precaution.The crew told controllers that the fire alarm was in the aft (rear) cargo hold but suspected it was probably a “false indication”.The flight landed safely at 8.42am and was quickly followed along the runway by emergency vehicles which then surrounded the plane.The pilot requested that fire crews use thermal imaging equipment to carry out an external inspection of the fuselage to see whether there was any indication of heat of fire.Once it had been confirmed there was no indication of a  fire, the aircraft the was able to taxi to the terminal where a further investigation of the issue was carried out.It’s not yet clear when the passengers will continue their journey.With reporting from Sean Murraycenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4562963 By Pat Flynn Mar 27th 2019, 10:25 AM New York-London flight has emergency landing in Shannon after suspected fire onboard The crew later told controllers that it may have been a “false indication”. 26,852 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un pas en avant vers linvisibilité

first_imgUn pas en avant vers l’invisibilitéDes scientifiques anglais sont parvenus à rendre invisible un trombone, en utilisant un cristal de calcite, minéral naturel aux propriétés extraordinaires.Un trombone rendu invisible à l’oeil nu, c’est l’exploit qu’ont réalisé des physiciens de l’université de Birmingham après plusieurs années de recherches. Une étude surprenante dont les résultats sont publiés dans la revue Nature Communications. À lire aussiAvec cette étonnante technique, l’invisibilité n’est plus de la science-fictionPour le Dr Shuang Zhang, en charge des recherches, cité par le Telegraph : “C’est un grand pas en avant. Pour la première fois, nous sommes parvenus à cacher des objets que les observateurs peuvent “voir” à l’oeil nu”. Jusqu’ici les scientifiques n’avaient réussi qu’à “camoufler” des objets de taille microscopique et cela, à l’aide de matériaux artificiels. Une méthode qui impliquait des procédés physiques très complexes. Mais les physiciens anglais ont développé une tout autre méthode d’invisibilité, utilisant un minéral naturel à base de calcium : le calcite. En effet, ceux-ci se sont aperçus qu’un cristal de ce composé a l’étrange propriété de faire “rebondir” la lumière autour de lui. Tout objet placé à côté de ce cristal devient alors totalement invisible.Comparée à la précédente, cette nouvelle technique présente de nombreux avantages et notamment celui d’être bien moins limitée. Ici, il suffit de trouver un cristal dont la taille correspond à celle de l’objet à rendre invisible. Sachant que les cristaux de calcite peuvent atteindre plus de 6 mètres, les pistes d’applications apparaissent alors très nombreuses, même si le procédé reste lent et délicat.Le 2 février 2011 à 17:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Israeli Defence Minister Arrives at Aero India Expo Arms Supply Deals Lined

first_imgIsraeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon has arrived in India in what looks like a whirlwind tour. He is expected to take in the Aero India 2015 expo where Israeli companies are present in full strength and have attracted significant footfalls.Ya’alon is accompanied by senior executives from Israeli defence firms. His visit is expected to carry forward the defence and political ties between the two countries even further.The two democracies established full diplomatic relations only in 1992, and ties have seen an upswing since the NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected to power in May 2014.India is the largest buyer of Israeli equipment and Israel is India’s second largest supplier of weapons after Russia.Ya’alon’s Visit Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (front) stands in front of a Patriot missile battery as he speaks to U.S. and Israeli troops as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel looks on after viewing the Juniper Cobra 14 military exercise at Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base in central Israel, near Hatzor kibbutz May 15, 2014.ReutersMarking the first ever visit by an Israeli defence minister, Ya’alon attended the biennial Aero India show, considered the largest such display in all of Asia.He acknowledged India’s importance to the Israeli defence industry.”We are open to more or less (selling) anything. We believe that we have the better product,” the Israeli defence minister said at the Israeli pavilion.Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and Elbit Systems have displayed an array of their latest weaponry.Some of the likely deals to be signed during the visit include two Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control system) and four aerostat radars, in a deal worth almost $1.5 billion or ₹9,330 crore.The Need for Each OtherIsrael is keen to increase its ties with Asian nations, as a means to diversify, due to potential trade sanctions in Europe. India, which has the world’s largest free-standing army made entirely of volunteers is keen to acquire cutting-edge Israeli weaponry as it tries to modernise its severely ill-equipped forces.India has inducted Israeli drones in large numbers, effectively becoming Israel’s largest market and user of such equipment. Delhi and Tel Aviv are expected to expand their relationship further, said Reuters.Under India’s current Prime Minister, both nations have surged ahead with joint development of an aerial defence system, which cleared its first simulated trials in combat conditions in November.India recently decided to buy Israeli-made Rafael Spile anti-tank guided missile system over US’ Javelin missiles, even as the US side offered a sweetener to co-develop the next generation of Javelin together.last_img read more

Micromax Plans Flash Sales to Defend Market Share

first_imgDomestic handset maker Micromax is exploring new strategies to defend its market share and is set to commence online ‘flash sale’ program to fend off competition from rivals such as Xiaomi and Motorola.Micromax, country’s second largest handset manufacturer, will sell exclusive products online at different price ranges on Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal, Vineet Taneja, chief executive, told The Economic Times.”Apart from creating a buzz, it (flash sale) also helps in planning our supplies better. It gives us an estimate of how much stock we have,” Taneja said.The company, which saw its revenues surging by 54% to around ₹10,000 crore for the fiscal year 2014-15, now claims to be the market leader in the sub-₹7,000 segment with 21% share, surpassing Samsung.To protect its market position, Micromax wants to replicate the flash sales approach followed by Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi in the Indian market, which usually garners a huge response.Xiaomi is reported to have sold 50,000 units of Redmi 2 smartphone in less than two minutes in a flash sale offered in March.The company may also consider pre-bookings or passes, a strategy followed by another Chinese rival One Plus, to strengthen its offerings online.Micromax launched Canvas Spark on Tuesday, priced at ₹4,999, and will sell the smartphone exclusively on Snapdeal through flash sales from 29 April. It plans to strike similar deals with other online retailers Flipkart and Snapdeal.Taneja said the company aims to continue its lead position in the mass smartphone market, or sub-₹7,000 segment, with flash sale initiatives and by partnering with e-commerce giants. Micromax aims to post a growth of 50% this year also, by launching new models, carrying out flash sales and by stepping up local manufacturing.”Last year we sold 10 million smartphones in the mass category, where we are No 1. The opportunity is much larger, as 10 million feature phones still get sold every month and half of the existing smartphone users still have old smartphones. There’s a massive upgrade market available,” Taneja said.The company’s sales in mass market segment rose to 60% in January-March quarter, from 50% in April-June 2014. The Gurgaon-based handset maker has a market share of 18% in smartphone segment and 15% in overall market, according to IDC.last_img read more

Centenarian Kannada film producer GN Lakshmipathy dies at 104

first_imgGN Lakshmipathy passes away.PR HandoutCentenarian Kannada film producer GN Lakshmipathy, who had funded many notable movies in Sandalwood, passed away on Thursday, May 16. He was aged 104 and breathed his last due to age-related ailments.He was born at Gubbi in Tumakkuru district. His family had close links with Gubbi Veeranna, a pioneer in Kannada theatre. Having grown up closely watching the legend, he naturally developed an interest in making quality movies and made memorable films from his banner of Maruti Movies.GN Lakshmipathy turned producer with Dr Rajkumar and Jayanthi-starrer Devara Makkalu in 1970. He had bankrolled a total of seven Kannada films.N Lakshminarayan’s Uyyale, Girish Karnad and Shankar Nag’s Ondanondu Kaladalli and MS Sathyu’s Chitegu Chinte were some of the films that he had produced.His movies were also screened at international film festivals. His contribution to the film industry was recognised by the Karnataka government and was honoured with Dr Vishnuvardhan Award.Lakshmipathy was credited with introducing Shankar Nag and Jnanpith laureate Girish Karnad to films. His death has been condoled by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by two sons (L Ramakrishna and L Gopinath) and two daughters (Vijayalakshmi Sreenivasan and Prema Sundar).last_img read more

HISD to Open 13 New Or Renovated Campuses for New School Year

first_imgEastwood Academy opens the second phase of a $10.9 million project, a two-story library, and additional “flexible spaces.”Garden Oaks Montessori has undergone extensive renovations to three academic buildings.Wilson Montessori opens the final phase of a $24.7 million project, with renovated classrooms.Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy opens the last phase of a $31.1 million building project for up to 1,000 students.Pilgrim Academy opens an $8 million expansion and renovation project.Energy Institute High School opens a $37 million facility for up to 800 students. HISD says the high school is not part of bond building projects.Hilliard Elementary School opens after renovations from Hurricane Harvey.Braeburn Village will open in 2020 after renovations from Hurricane Harvey are completed. Students will start the new school year in modular buildings, which have been placed on the campus of Welch Middle School. Renovated campuses: Askew Elementary School, a $31 million facility for up to 850 students.Lawson Middle School, a $66.2 million facility for up to 1,500 students.Yates High School, a $65 million facility for up to 1, 500 students.Washington High School, a $56.5 million campus for up to 1,300 students.High School for Law and Justice, a $40 million campus. Thirteen new or renovated schools will open when Houston ISD begins the new school year later this month. In a press release, HISD said it is conducting the largest number of building openings at one time in district history. The openings mark the completion of more than 70 percent of all 2012 Bond projects, according to the district. HISD expects to complete 80 percent of the projects by the end of 2018. New schools: Sharelast_img read more

New carbon nanotube struructure aerographite is lightest material champ

first_img(Phys.org) — Despite having a reputation for valuing intellectual prowess over physical abilities, scientists are nonetheless just as competitive as anyone else. Evidence of it exists in various fields of science as suggested by the assorted prizes that are awarded for those who achieve firsts in their particular realm of research. Also always popular are virtual contests to see who can create the smallest thing, or the largest, on in the case of aerographite, the lightest. This latest champion has been produced by a team of researchers at the University of Kiel in Germany. It’s based on carbon nanotubes and is being heralded as the lightest solid ever created. Overview of different Aerographite morphologies by controlled derivations of synthesis. Image from Adv. Mater., 24: 3486-3490. Citation: New carbon nanotube struructure aerographite is lightest material champ (2012, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-carbon-nanotube-struructure-aerographite-lightest.html Previous champions, aerogel, and then metallic microlattice were praised in their day for not just being the lightest stuff around, but for being strong for its size as well. Aerographite beats them both in both categories. Not only is it less dense (0.2 milligrams per cubic centimeter compared to 0.9) but it’s stronger too, able to support over 40,000 times its own weight. And since it’s actually mostly air (99.99%) it can be crumpled down to almost nothing if need be because it will spring back to its originally shape without prodding. Because the new champion is four times lighter than the previous champ, researchers will be busy looking for applications for it. The current hope is that because it’s a good conductor of electricity, it can be used as an electrode in new kinds of batteries or perhaps in supercapacitors.The researchers created the new material by implementing a new kind of single-step CVD synthesis process based on freely adjustable networks using zinc oxide as a template, which in essence means, they found a new way to make the graphite grow in ways that develop into very thin strand hollow carbon nanotube structures that hold together to form a new kind of material.Interestingly, the team says that if enough of the material were made to allow it to be seen by the naked eye, which they say they can do, it would appear as a black clump of sponge-like material. They also note that they didn’t start out trying to invent a new material but found it came naturally as part of their research into three-dimensionally cross-linked carbon structures. Explore further More information: Mecklenburg, M., Schuchardt, A., Mishra, Y. K., Kaps, S., Adelung, R., Lotnyk, A., Kienle, L. and Schulte, K. (2012), Aerographite: Ultra Lightweight, Flexible Nanowall, Carbon Microtube Material with Outstanding Mechanical Performance. Adv. Mater., 24: 3486–3490. doi: 10.1002/adma.201200491AbstractAn ultra lightweight carbon microtube material called Aerographite is synthesized by a novel single-step chemical vapor deposition synthesis based on ZnO networks, which is presently the lightest known material with a density smaller than μg/cm3. Despite its low density, the hierarchical design leads to remarkable mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. The first experiments with Aerographite electrodes confirm its applicability. U.S. team creates diamond aerogel in lab by emulating Mother Nature © 2012 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Prior to the Cardinals’ NFC Championship bout with the Carolina Panthers, they seemed to be very, very close to reaching the Super Bowl.Following a 49-15 loss in which they were barely competitive makes it appear they are actually pretty far away.The truth is, one game — no matter how bad it is — does not erase all the strides the organization has made in recent years, nor does it mean the Cardinals were not and are not one of the NFC’s best teams. The other thing the site points out the Cardinals should do is revamp the offensive line, which is likely to happen given the contract status of 3/5 of it, as center Lyle Sendlein, right guard Ted Larsen and right tackle Bobby Massie are all set to become free agents.At right guard, former first-round pick Jonathan Cooper (61.6) began the year as the starter, but Ted Larsen (37.2) took over after Cooper went down with injury, and Cooper was later unable to win the starting job back. By our numbers, Cooper was far better, but the Cardinals preferred Larsen, and Cooper still has a long way to go before he’s an asset. Similarly, A.Q. Shipley (73.6) was brought in to potentially take over the center job from Lyle Sendlein (48.8). Sendlein remained the starter all year, despite Shipley grading better in recent seasons. At right tackle, Bobby Massie (46.3) remained the starter, even though first-round pick D.J. Humphries could have potentially done a better job.It is pointed out that one free agent who could interest the Cardinals along the line is guard Michael Harris, who was with the Minnesota Vikings.If there is something to take from this analysis it is that while the Cardinals have some needs, there figure to be options in order to satiate them. Furthermore, while there is little doubt it would be nice to upgrade the roster at these positions — possibly with some of the players listed — the team did just win 13 games and isn’t in need of a roster overhaul. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub (8) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50), during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo That’s essentially the way PFF sees it, too, pointing out how the risk of injury or retirement is likely to hurt them more than any talent deficiencies they may have. Having a roster with few holes should make it easier to find the right talent, which is imperative now more than ever.Their current window of opportunity will only stay open as long as Carson Palmer is still on the roster, but those days are limited. The Cardinals need to make a Super Bowl in 2016-17, or risk missing their opportunity. Top Stories center_img What it does mean, though, is there is still work to do if they are to reach and possibly win a Super Bowl, and the folks over at ProFootballFocus.com put together a list of three things the Cardinals should do in order to ensure they are back in the playoffs competing for a Lombardi Trophy next year.The first thing they note is re-investing in the team’s building blocks.While most teams have a list of free agents they would love to re-sign, the Cardinals could lose all of their unrestricted free agents and not be much worse off. The only players with an overall grade above 70.0 (1–100 scale) that they could lose are starting safety, Rashad Johnson (70.2), and situational pass rusher, Dwight Freeney (74.6). Both are above the age of 30, so even if they are re-signed, a replacement will need to be found soon enough. Even though giving current Cardinals contracts isn’t an immediate need, there are still players worth giving new contacts to.The Cardinals are slated to have a number of players reach free agency, some of whom are starters or played key roles this past season. There has already been discussion about the team wanting to extend the contract of safety Tyrann Mathieu, even though his deal is not up until after the 2016 season, and PFF points out Michael Floyd and Calais Campbell, both of whom are important pieces, could warrant new contracts. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But in terms of what the Cardinals need to add to the roster that wasn’t already on it, the first thing they mention is something Cardinals GM Steve Keim talked about when giving his own thoughts on where the team would like to improve, and that is improving the pass rush.The men that should be at the top of the Cardinals’ wish list are Von Miller (92.9) and Olivier Vernon (92.2). While everyone knows how good Miller is, many missed Vernon’s average of one sack, three hits, and three hurries per game over the second half of the season. Either could help Arizona go from a great defense to an elite one.Other less expensive options include Robert Ayers (88.5), William Hayes (85.8), and Derrick Shelby (82.9). Ayers had double-digit sacks, hits, and hurries, despite missing a quarter of the season. Hayes had the sixth-highest pass rushing productivity for a 4-3 defensive end, and Shelby reached 40 pressures while being one of the better 4-3 defensive ends against the run. Big names Greg Hardy, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Aldon Smith are also available, although they all come with different issues, and none of them were as productive as the previously mentioned players. Any of them would help in the area the Cardinals have struggled with the most on defense.Elite pass rushers are expensive, and if the Cardinals are to land one of the better ones available they will have to pay a hefty salary. Then again, after finishing tied for 20th in the NFL with 36 sacks — and knowing that Freeney, who led the team with eight, might not return — there may be a good amount of motivation to dedicate a good chunk of cap space to improving a position of need.last_img read more

Emirates is encouraging Australians to book now an

first_imgEmirates is encouraging Australians to book now and dream ahead as it releases a range of competitive fares on more than 39 destinations as part of its early-bird sale.From 11 September until 4 October 2017, Emirates passengers will be able to take advantage of Emirates’ expansive European route network and superior service at competitive prices when flying to European hotspots such as London, Zagreb, Dublin and Barcelona.Business Class fares for East Coast travellers start from $6959 to Dublin, $6969 to Barcelona, $6979 to Zagreb and $6999 to London**.Emirates recently launched its 39th European destination with the addition of Zagreb, Croatia to its global route network. Emirates is also set to launch a third daily service between Dubai and Brisbane on 1 December 2017, operated by a B777-200LR, in addition its existing two daily services.This comes as Emirates will operate an all-A380 service between Melbourne and Dubai from 25 March 2018, as it up-gauges its third service from a B777-300ER to its iconic wide-bodied A380 aircraft. The service complements Emirates’ existing three daily A380 services between Sydney and Dubai. Emirates currently operates 77 flights a week to Australia from Dubai, with flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.The Emirates Early-Bird Europe offer is available for bookings from 11 September to 4 October 2017 for selected travel periods. Other terms and conditions apply.last_img read more

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