Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Nutritional Fitness

first_imgIn today’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue to explore how cooperative extension can support Total Force Fitness (TFF) by examining the resources for nutritional fitness available through cooperative extension.What is Nutritional Fitness?Nutritional fitness involves the development and maintenance of a high quality, nutritional diet. Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats, and whole grains supports service members’ and their families’ physical and psychological health.Maintaining a healthy diet and ensuring their children receive adequate nutrition is a concern for most parents. For children with food sensitivities, like many children with autism and related diseases, parents may find it more difficult to ensure their children are getting quality nutrition.Join the Family Development and Early Intervention team for the Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition and Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism webinar this Wednesday, June 12 from 11am to 12:30pm EDT. This webinar will address the common concerns regarding eating and nutrition for children with autism and related diseases and provide strategies for ensuring children with autism and related diseases are receiving adequate nutrition.Cooperative Extension and Nutritional FitnessIn addition to the strategies provided in this webinar, cooperative extension provides a variety of resources for families to help them develop and maintain a healthy diet. Many cooperative extension programs even provide recipes for inexpensive, family friendly, nutritious meals!To find resources near you and the families you work with, click on your state below or contact your local cooperative extension office.AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyominglast_img read more

DaVinci Resolve’s Boring Detector — Offensive or Misunderstood?

first_imgLet’s discuss the usefulness of the Boring Detector for the up-and-coming editor — as well as how and why it is sometimes ineffective.Earlier this year, during one of Blackmagic’s many exciting announcements (there have been a few), we learned about a new DaVinci Resolve feature called the Boring Detector. Of course, and I guess somewhat warranted because of the name of the tool, there was an initial social media backlash to the announcement. Art is subjective and, outside of distinct edit points and shots, filmed purposely to cut to a reaction. Who’s to say that a shot is too long? Especially when that criticism is coming from a software algorithm. Popular editor Vashi Nedomansky, ACE, who often shares invaluable editing advice (and also runs a blog that offers a variety of excellent Premiere Pro downloads), had a popular reaction to the summer announcement.A humorous example of the Boring Detector’s ineffectiveness.Understandably, I can see why editors were a little enraged. However, I also think the Boring Detector shouldn’t be an issue at all. Resolve isn’t forcing anybody to use the Boring Detector tool, and the tool is only on the cut page. While DaVinci initially presented the page as a way for editors on-the-go to edit quickly, I see it has been adopted more by new users to the platform, or those new to editing in general and find the dedicated editing page too much of a jump into the deep end. Therefore, I don’t see this tool as something editors will use for determining where their film drops off in audience retention. I see it as a tool to help those without proficiency in editing.So, What Does the Detector Do, and How Can You Use It?This is what the Boring Detector would potentially look like.At its core, the Boring Detector will analyze your clips on the timeline (Cut Page only) and inform you of areas that are either too long or too short. So, it’s not necessarily telling you that this particular moment is boring but, instead, that it’s too longspun. And here’s the thing: this is entirely user-defined.On the Cut Page, you can find the Boring Detector button just under the media pool. Upon clicking it, you’ll see two options.To find edits longer than [user defined] seconds.To find edits shorter than [user defined] frames.The analysis is based on the user’s input. It has little to do with the software scanning through your edit to find shots and moments that it thinks is boring. The clips that have been deemed too long will show on the upper timeline as a grey highlight (red for the jump cuts).The subtle gray highlight in the timeline suggests that these clips are too long.Quite simply, that’s all the Boring Detector is. I find it inherently hard to briefly cover a feature or new gear, and often see myself waddling into a word count in the thousands, which really should have been a quick read, but there’s not a lot to say about this function. Resolve will tell you if a shot is too long or too short based on the user’s definition.To some extent, I like to look at it as a formatting assistant, similar to what you find in Final Draft’s scriptwriting software. Now, I have no intention of ever using this feature, and in fact, I’ve hidden the Cut Page from my display, as it’s a Resolve page I have no use for. That said, I can see the benefit of its use for those who are completely new to editing and would like a little help getting started. Perhaps someone new to filmmaking has read in a book that a cut should last no longer than fifteen seconds. Using that information, they can ask Resolve to highlight and receive an on-the-fly analysis of the shots that trail on longer than desired.I think that the icon and the name of the function are too on-the-nose, which obviously sparked the initial negative discourse. But then again, “Shot Length Analyzer” isn’t as engaging.Looking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Glowing Results: Grading Skin Tones in DaVinci ResolveWorking with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci ResolveHow to Make an Object Disappear Using DaVinci ResolveNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Text EffectsHarnessing The Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

Haryana Police bust inter-state ‘degree racket’; 4 private university employees held

first_img‘Degree racket’ busted in Haryana, four arrestedThe Haryana police on Saturday claimed to have busted an inter-State “degree racket” and arrested four men working at a private university in Rajasthan. The accused, who have confessed to their involvement in the scam, sold degrees for graduate and post-graduate courses without a student having to appear in exams, the police said. PTIlast_img

Pelicans add free agent Tony Allen

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Martell Webster and Perry Jones also have agreed to terms on non-guaranteed contracts which are expected to become official next week, the person said. The addition of the 6-foot-4 Allen provides back-court depth as well as an option on the wing when using a smaller lineup. Allen also brings a reputation for defense dating back to when he helped the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA title. He has been named to the NBA all-defensive first team three times, most recently in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAllen has spent the past seven seasons with Memphis, mostly in a starting role. Last season, Allen averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals.The 35-year-old Allen began his NBA career in 2004 when he was drafted 25th overall by Boston out of Oklahoma State. MOST READ Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 6-7 Webster, a 2005 draft choice by Portland, has not played in the NBA in two seasons. Sidetracked by injuries, he is attempting a comeback on a club in need of healthy wing players.Last month, Pelicans starting small forward Solomon Hill needed surgery to repair a hamstring tear that is expected to sideline him six to eight months. New Orleans then traded Quincy Pondexter to free up cash, leaving the 6-8 Darius Miller and 6-7 Jalen Jones as the only healthy true small forwards on the club.Webster last played in the NBA in the 2014-15 season, appearing in 32 games with Washington and averaging 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. He had career-high averages of 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Wizards in the 2012-13 season.The 25-year-old Jones also has not played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season, his third with Oklahoma City. He spent last season in the developmental NBA G League.Without guaranteed deals, Webster and Jones will have to make the team in training camp.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Tony Allen. APMETAIRIE, La. — The Pelicans signed free-agent guard Tony Allen on Friday, and a pair of free-agent forwards also agreed to terms with New Orleans.Allen’s contract is worth $2.3 million for one year, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9last_img read more

President, PM discuss cabinet reshuffle amid buzz

first_imgThe long-awaited cabinet reshuffle is now imminent. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday met President Pratibha Patil and sought time to expand his council of ministers.File photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with President Pratibha Patil.Sources say Jyotiraditya Scindia could take over as Minister of State for External Affairs, a position lying vacant since the exit of Shashi Tharoor.Rajiv Shukla could be brought in as MoS Parliamentary Affairs.K. Rahman Khan, currently the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, could take over as the Minority Affairs Minister.Salman Khurshid could be elevated to a cabinet post.Sharad Pawar’s request of being divested of Food and Civil Supplies portfolio could also be taken up in this reshuffle.Kapil Sibal is likely to retain the Communications and Information Technology portfolio.It remains to be known who will be the replacement for Prithviraj Chavan as the Minister of State in the PMO.The challengesThe prime minister may utilise the opportunity to regain the lost momentum by bringing in new faces in his cabinet. He has met Congress President Sonia Gandhi more than twice in the last one week to chalk out the entire exercise.The coalition compulsions for the prime minister are many. On the one hand the DMK is pushing for T.R. Baalu’s re-induction into the cabinet in place of A. Raja, while on the other the NCP wants Praful Patel, currently the minister of state for civil aviation with an independent charge, to be elevated to cabinet rank.advertisementBut the Prime Minister is likely to assert his authority and even show the door to some of his colleagues.Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister C.P. Joshi could get the boot.B.K. Handique and Virbhadra Singh could also be eased out owing to their advanced age.Even Sports Minister M.S. Gill could be replaced.Sources told Headlines Today that I&B Minister Ambika Soni and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad could also be interested in party work.The Prime Minister is likely to bring in more representation from states like Uttar Pradesh, which has sent 22 MPs to the Parliament, but doesn’t have a single cabinet minister.last_img read more

EKF: quad M12-X GbE ports for XEON processor CPU cards

first_imgAs from now on, all Intel Xeon based CompactPCI Serial CPU boards from EKF are available with additional four M12-X Gigabit Ethernet front panel connectors.Provided on the SCL-RHYTHM side card, these four ports are wired to individual I210-IT 1000BASE-T controllers for universal networking, including Audio-Video-Bridging enhancements for time-sensitive streams. Together with another two RJ45 GbE connectors on the SC5-FESTIVAL Xeon CPU carrier card, six Ethernet front ports are available in total for the 8HP front panel width assembly. In addition, the SCL-RHYTHM can be equipped with an M.2 2280 NVMe SSD module (PCIe Gen3 x4).Typical applications are industrial networks in rugged environments, e.g. router, gateway, data acquisition, or edge computing (IoT).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Mouser: Wireless Xpress Bluetooth modules simplify drop-in connectivity upgradesNext Wind River advances automotive OTA technology with differential systemlast_img read more

Chelsea v Manchester United: match preview

first_imgShare on LinkedIn The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Manchester United Last season Chelsea 4 Man Utd 0Live Sky Sports Premier LeagueReferee Anthony TaylorThis season G6, Y23, R0, 3.83 cards per gameOdds H 13-8 A 11-5 D 23-10ChelseaSubs from Caballero, Eduardo, Scott, Rudiger, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, Musonda, Kenedy, Fábregas, Ampadu, Bakayoko, Sterling, Batshuayi, WillianDoubtful Bakayoko (groin), David Luiz (thigh), Hazard (achilles), Kanté (hamstring), Morata (match fitness)Injured Moses (hamstring, 18 Nov)Suspended NoneForm DWLLWWDiscipline Y15 R3Leading scorer Morata 6Manchester UtdSubs from J Pereira, Romero, Shaw, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Martial, Smalling, McTominay, Mitchell, Darmian, BlindDoubtful Lingard, Rojo (both match fitness)Injured Fellaini (knee), Pogba (hamstring, both 18 Nov), Ibrahimovic (knee, Dec), Carrick (calf, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WWWDLWDiscipline Y14 R0Leading scorer Lukaku 7 Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Pinterest Premier League Share on Messenger Share on Twittercenter_img Chelsea news Match previews It will be fascinating to see whether José Mourinho arrives back at Stamford Bridge with caution on his mind given Chelsea’s defeat in Rome in midweek suggested the champions are there for the taking. Antonio Conte, stung personally by that embarrassment, has conducted his own debrief and will expect a response from his side, but so much hinges on how N’Golo Kanté trains on Saturday and whether he declares himself fit to feature. The return of Nemanja Matic and, to a lesser extent, Juan Mata add another layer of intrigue to a potentially combustible occasion. Dominic FifieldKick-off Sunday 4.30pm Venue Stamford Bridge Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Topicslast_img read more

8 days ago​Man Utd blocked Mourinho from signing Boateng for bargain price

first_img​Man Utd blocked Mourinho from signing Boateng for bargain priceby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United did not allow then boss Jose Mourinho to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich.Mourinho was desperate for an experienced centre-half in what would end up being his final summer window at the club.Boateng was among the names discussed near the end of that transfer window, but United blocked any deal.The Athletic reveals that United looked at software that assessed Boateng’s game and showed a decline in performances, along with significant injury problems.It meant that a possible £13.1 million transfer was axed.The data showed that Boateng was not fit enough to perform at his best level for the full 90 minutes, as he was making fewer tackles and running significantly less in the latter parts of games. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Young Toronto Muslim women turn to art for better representation

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Zahra Agjee, artist and founder of the Truth & Dare Project, said the goal is to help young Muslim women use visual art as a vehicle for emotional expression and a way to “get away from everyday stresses.” Collecting Personal Archives is a multimedia artshow that highlights the talents of a dozen young Muslim women in Toronto. The show attempts to bring a personal touch to the conversation about creating positive and safe spaces in a city as diverse as Toronto. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Zahra Agjee, left, and SoJin Chun worked together with 12 young Muslim women in Toronto on the creation of the Collecting Personal Archives exhibition at the Gardiner Museum. – PHOTO COURTESY: TARA FILLION Twitter Facebook An exhibition at the Gardiner Museum is reimagining the representation of Muslim women through art. Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Modi jacket’ sales register fall in Aurangabad district

first_imgAurangabad: The popularity of the ‘Modi jacket’, a rage during the 2014 elections, is on the wane, with orders of the apparel recording a drastic fall, garments traders in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra said Tuesday. The ‘Modi jacket’ is a half-sleeve coat often worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A local trader said there was a time when around 35 such jackets used to be sold from his outlet per day. Now the number is down to one per week, he added. Another city businessman Gurvinder Singh said factors like the GST, demonetisation and drought-like situation in the state have impacted the sale of these jackets, like all other apparels. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Many traders in Gulmandi, Tilak Path, Aurangpura, Sarafa, Osmapura and Cidco areas here echo similar views. Cloth merchant Rajedra Bhawsar, who used to keep a stock of these jackets along with other readymade ethnic wear, says since since the last one year not more than 10 pieces were sold from his outlet. “I now face a problem as the unsold stock is more and I invested a big amount, but there is no profit,” he said. Local tailor Dilip Lokhande, popular as Haroon Master, says with summer just around the corner, people are now showing more interest in khadi, linen and cotton shirts.last_img read more

Get off that fence!

first_imgAh! The joy of sitting on the fence. No decisions to make, no commitments to have, just sit and watch the world go by. It is indeed very peaceful to be a fence-sitter. No bitter arguments, no high-pitched debates, just sit and listen. As we go deeper into the election season, my analysis is that fence-sitters form a sizeable vote-bank. These fence-sitters weren’t always fence-sitters. They, too, whole-heartedly supported one party or the other; they may have been ardent admirers of politicians, and may very well have loathed a few others. However, today they are fence-sitters mainly because they are a confused lot unable to make up their minds. Also Read – A special kind of bondSure, they voted for growth, development, ‘sabka vikas’, etc. in 2014. They rallied around that central figure of change, Narendra Modi, who promised with utmost sincerity to transform India. Most of us know that five years is too short for any kind of metamorphosis but it definitely sows the seeds that yield results in the years to come. But today those supporters are dumbfounded (I know because I have spent the last many weeks speaking to scores of BJP supporters who for the first time seem uncertain about their vote). In spite of the good that the current BJP government has achieved (yes, there are a few positives – India’s international brand-building, greater ease of doing business, low levels of corruption in governance, the intent behind Swacch Bharat Abhiyan etc.), this group of people is unnerved by the incidents of communal disharmony, lynchings, the assumption of the reins of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, by a priest, India’s jobless growth etc. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe doubts that were forming gradually in the last couple of years have witnessed brisk growth in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. The promise to implement NRC nationwide, pledging to introduce stricter sedition laws, and the icing on the cake — giving an election ticket to Malegaon terror accused, Pragya Singh Thakur (Sadhvi Pragya), to contest from Bhopal. In fact, we must demand the Parliament and the Election Commission to rethink the decision to allow convicted criminals contesting elections in the first place. This group of voters has already become fence-sitters as they have no justification for their favoured party’s actions. A couple of years ago these very people would stop parties and gatherings to wax eloquent about how our ‘libtard’ spectacles were so Congress-hued that they wouldn’t accept a non-Gandhi leading the nation. They had so many defences for Prime Minister Modi and his government, and many of us, grudgingly also believed that irrespective of personal ideologies, Modi cared about this international persona so much that he dares not allow attacks on India’s tolerance and diversity. That garb of decency, every last bit of it was shredded to pieces with the party deciding to field Pragya. This so-called sannyasin has served nine years in jail, was released on bail citing health reasons and still faces several criminal charges, and has just badmouthed 26/11 hero Hemant Karkare! BJP cannot be so bereft of talent to be out recruiting ex-convicts! The party has had political leaders of distinction, erudite men and women that have been respected if not supported across political ideologies. The only plausible explanation is that this time since the party can’t truly boast of economic progress, it is polarising the elections by pushing hard-line Hindutva ahead of its development plank. What a sea-change from 2014! My request to all those fence-sitters (many of whom are thinking of pressing the NOTA button) is to weigh the pros and cons before voting. This group of BJP supporters who are sitting uncomfortably on the fence must decide not only for the nation but also for their own party. Is this the India you want where ‘vikas'(development) replaces ‘vinash’ (destruction)? There is enough criticism of Congress and its dynastic legacy and I know no one asks this question but — Dear BJP supporters…Is this the BJP you want? Perhaps it is time to get off that fence and let your leaders know your decision. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Gabon seeks to learn from Moroccan experience in management of expats’…

Rabat – Gabon’s Minister of Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and the Gabonese Expatriate Community, Alexander Désiré Tapoyo, expressed Monday in Rabat, the willingness of his country to cooperate with Morocco and his wish to learn from the experience of the Kingdom in the management of expats’ affairs.The Gabonese official expressed such will during his talks with Minister in charge of the Moroccan expatriate community, Anis Birrou, as part of his working visit to the Kingdom.In a statement to MAP, the Gabonese Minister stressed the uniqueness of the Moroccan experience in the management of expatriates’ affairs, given the significant contribution of the Moroccan expat community to the country’s development. For his part, the Moroccan Minister discussed with his Gabonese counterpart the concerns of the Moroccan community in Gabon before reassuring the Gabonese Minister of the efforts of the Moroccan government in this field, and the determination of the Kingdom to further strengthen cooperation with this country. read more

UN agency fears 30 Somali boat people dead in tragedy off the

Some 30 Somalis escaping across the Gulf of Aden are feared dead after one boat capsized and another hit rough seas this weekend in two separate smuggling incidents, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.The first boat, carrying 40 migrants, keeled over Saturday evening as the passengers attempted to disembark off the Yemeni coast. Although 20 made it to shore, the bodies of the remaining 20 have not been recovered, according to UNHCR.Survivors washed ashore near Rass al Kalb, where a UNHCR partner, the Society for Human Solidarity (SHS), provided them with food and water before transporting them to the UNHCR reception centre in Mayfa’a for further assistance and registration. The second tragedy occurred late Sunday afternoon off the coast of Rujeema, where survivors reported that eight migrants died and two were missing after their vessel, carrying 23, wandered into turbulent seas and began taking on water. Witnesses told UNHCR that some of the deaths were due to suffocation as the smugglers covered the passengers with a tarpaulin in an effort to stop the water from getting in.The 13 migrants that made it to dry land near Rujeema were given first aid by SHS and transferred to the UNHCR reception centre in Mayfa’a.So far this year, a reported 17,035 people have made the dangerous voyage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, while 74 people have died and 51 remain missing at sea, according to UNHCR. Those who make the Gulf of Aden crossing are fleeing desperate situations of civil war, political instability, poverty and famine in Somalia and the region. 7 April 2009Some 30 Somalis escaping across the Gulf of Aden are feared dead after one boat capsized and another hit rough seas this weekend in two separate smuggling incidents, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. read more

Global trade forecast to pick up but uncertainties linger

Director General of the World Trade Organization, WTO, Brazilian Roberto Azevedo speaks during a press conference at the headquarters of the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The WTO is predicting an uptick in global trade this year and next after a lackluster 2016, while cautioning that uncertainty about policies like protectionism and anti-globalization present risks to its forecast.(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP) GENEVA – The World Trade Organization is predicting an uptick in global trade this year and next after a lacklustre 2016, while cautioning that uncertainty about policies like protectionism and anti-globalization present risks to its forecast.The Geneva-based trade body, which has faced rumblings that the Trump administration might move to withdraw the United States, is projecting trade growth of 2.4 per cent this year, from 1.3 per cent in 2016, which was the slowest pace since the height of the financial crisis in 2008.Uncertainty over global trade is particularly high. For this year’s forecast, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo set a range of between 1.8 per cent and 3.6 per cent depending on factors including the interest rate environment, fiscal policy, the results of upcoming elections, and the level of appetite for more protectionist or anti-globalization policies.WTO’s expected range for trade growth next year 2018 runs from 2.1 per cent to 4 per cent.Azevedo said the WTO was hoping for greater stability in the world economy, and alluded to lingering uncertainty about trade policy in the United States, the world’s largest economy, under the administration of President Donald Trump.“We are still waiting to see how the trade policy itself is going to shape up in the United States,” Azevedo said. He said the WTO is waiting for a U.S. trade representative to be to be confirmed, “so we can have a more meaningful dialogue” with the United States.The Trump administration has nominated Robert Lighthizer to become USTR.Azevedo said the “poor performance” in world trade growth last year was mostly due to a “significant slowdown in emerging markets, where imports basically stagnated last year.” A drop in commodity prices partially doused demand in those markets.Azevedo did note some bright spots.“A number of early indicators points to a recovery in trade growth in 2017, for example, container port throughput has climbed to a record high … figures on global export orders are at their highest level in several years,” he said.“These factors combined with an expected recovery in global GDP gives cause for a cautious optimism,” he said. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 10:28 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global trade forecast to pick up but uncertainties linger read more

Madagascar SecretaryGeneral concerned by latest electoral developments

“The presentation of candidate nomination papers by Transition President Andry Rajoelina, Mrs. Lalao Ravalomanana and former President Didier Ratsiraka, and the decision of the Special Electoral Court to endorse those candidatures, is in violation of the spirit of the SADC-mediated Road Map,” the spokesperson added in a statement.In 2011, the Indian Ocean nation’s political parties signed a SADC-brokered roadmap which allowed for the unconditional return from exile of Mr. Ravalomanana, deposed in a 2009 coup led by President Rajoelina after weeks of unrest. Meeting on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s high-level debate in late September last year, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson and President Rajoelina discussed the implementation of the roadmap and the preparations for the 2013 elections. The Secretary-General’s statement today stresses that UN assistance to the electoral process is conditional upon strict adherence by all parties to the Road Map as the sole framework for a restoration of the full legitimacy of the Government of Madagascar.“The Secretary General calls on all stakeholders to comply with the SADC Organ Troika and the African Union Peace and Security Council decisions, so that elections can take place in accordance with the calendar prepared by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the Transition and endorsed by the United Nations,” the statement added. read more

Salisbury car park ticket machine cordoned off as expert warns dusty nerve

first_imgThe Horner family, which owns Winterslow Coachworks, declined to comment.Meanwhile, the upper floor of the Sainsbury’s car park was also sealed off by police amid a sudden burst of activity close to the scene where the Russians collapsed. Police began examining sections of the same car park on Monday for any traces of the Novichok nerve agent used to poison the pair. That reinforces the belief that the agent may have been introduced into Mr Skripal’s BMW car by the attacker, infecting him and Yulia when they first climbed into the vehicle, possibly to make their way into Salisbury city centre on Sunday, March 3.It came as a former chemical weapons inspector warned that the Novichok used in the attack is “very persistent” and could linger for a “reasonable length of time” as a “dusty agent”. Screens were erected to prevent the public from witnessing developments at the scene. The cordon around The Mill was also extended. As it emerged a Novichok nerve agent was used in the attack, Philip Ingram, a former intelligence and security officer who has studied chemical warfare, said Col Skripal’s car was now the likely source of the contamination.Mr Ingram said: “Using the car would explain why both Mr Skripal and his daughter got a dose at the same time and then transferred it around the restaurant and the pub.”It is easy to break into a car and put some of the substance in there. They then jump into the car to go to the restaurant and pub and get contaminated in the process.”This nerve agent Novichok would have taken effect in hours at most to work, rather than days.” Video: What is Novichok? Nerve agent more potent that VX Mr Skripal’s car has already been taken away for examination by experts at the Government’s Porton Down chemical weapons research centre, along with the vehicle used to tow it from the Sainsbury’s car park to a local car pound. Meanwhile, Jerry Smith, a former chemical weapons inspector for the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said the Novichok agent is “very persistent” and could linger for a “reasonable length of time”.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “To be honest there is very little knowledge in the open source about these agents. There is sort of six or seven elements that the whistleblower put out of certain lightweight detail shall we say, not a huge amount of detail.“But we do know that they can be as you mention binary, we do know that they can be very persistent. In fact they can actually be micro pulverised dust so they are called dusty agents rather than being a liquid so they can hang around on surfaces for a reasonable length of time.”Mr Smith also suggested the agent could have been made by other “advanced countries”. The search for clues to the assassination attempt on Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has widened again as police sealed off a car park ticket machine in Salisbury.The ticket dispenser at the Sainsbury’s car park, in the city’s Maltings Shopping Centre, was covered by a yellow and white forensics tent and a cordon placed several yards wide around it on Tuesday morning. Two police officers were guarding the scene.The move suggests police believe Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia – who are both still in a critical condition – parked in the car park and obtained a ticket at the machine before going on to Zizzi restaurant and the Mill pub, both of which were sealed off last Monday, the day after the attack took place. The ticket dispenser at the Sainsbury’s car park, in the city’s Maltings Shopping Centre, was covered by a yellow and white forensics tent “One of the young bar staff who was on a break sat really near them and has also been interviewed.” Neither the police nor Ashley Wood Recovery would comment. Sergei Skripal with his daughter Yulia As further details of Col Skripal’s movements emerged, a source close to Greg Townsend, manager of The Mill, revealed that he served the Russians last Sunday afternoon and had since been treated like a “terror suspect”, interviewed by police up to eight times last week.He said The Mill had 12 CCTV cameras, covering the large open-plan bar area as well as the upstairs balcony and lavatories overlooking it.“The pub has obviously remained closed for more than a week and the cordon widened, but Greg feels like he has been kept completely in the dark, they’re not telling him anything. “He actually served them. He’s had a bit of a time of it all and is a pending terror suspect.”He certainly said he’s being treated like one. He’s had around eight police interviews.” Police officers at a cordon around a ticket machine in a Sainsbury’s car park in SalisburyCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Police block the entrance to Sainsbury’s car park in Salisbury on Monday Credit:Andrew Matthews /PA Army Chemical Experts investigate property and a hire van in the village of West Wintersnow center_img Sergei Skripal with his daughter Yulia Other vehicles, such as the ambulances that arrived at the scene to treat the Skripals after they collapsed onto a bench on the banks of the River Avon, near the car park, have also been taken for examination.The police car driven by Detective Sargeant Nick Bailey, who was among the first to help Mr Skripal and his daughter and suffered the effects of the agent but is now recovering in hospital, has also been examined.From the car park, it was just a short walk through The Maltings shopping precinct to Zizzi, where they ate lunch before heading to The Mill pub for a drink. The bench on which the pair later collapsed would have been on their route back to the car. Last Thursday, Ashley Wood Recovery’s garage in Salisbury was cordoned off as police recovered the BMW.Ambulances, police cars and unmarked vehicles have also been removed from locations across the city. The ticket dispenser at the Sainsbury’s car park, Salisbury, was covered by a yellow and white forensics tentCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters Caroline Clayden, from Winterslow, said: “It is like something out a film, it is quite scary, we can’t go anywhere and nobody has been told what on earth is going on.”They are right outside my door taping things up now.”It would be jolly nice to know what is happening that’s for sure.” Sainsbury's ticket machine Army chemical experts investigate property and a hire van in the village of West Wintersnow Credit:David Rose for The Telegraph The source said the CCTV cameras covered the whole bar and had been seized by police. “Skripal and his daughter sat just to the right of the front door. Police block the entrance to Sainsbury's car park in Salisbury The recovery van believed to have towed his abandoned vehicle from the parking space early last week was carefully removed from an address in the village of Winterslow, eight miles from Salisbury, by military personnel in protective suits shortly after 2pm on Monday.The road was also blocked off. The van was owned by Ashley Wood Recovery and was parked outside the home of one of its employees, 22-year-old Robert Horner, who lives with his parents. Neighbour Robbie Williams, 54, said: “They took all the guy’s clothes.” 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.last_img read more

Killer project Build your own vortex cannon

first_imgHow would you like to have your very own vortex cannon like Tom Cruise in Minority Report? It’s not quite as complicated as you would imagine, albeit not quite as awesome either. Two students from the University of Nottingham filmed the video above as part of University radio show The Science Show. The beginning starts off a bit like a British adaptation of a Lonely Island video, but then the cool stuff happens and plastic cups start flying.The basic steps to creating a vortex cannon are: cut a circular hole in an otherwise sealed cardboard box, fill said box with smoke followed by simultaneously hitting both sides of the box. Due to the opening being circular as well as narrower than the box itself and it being the smokes only form of escape, so when the box is hit the smoke inside is forced out through the opening… creating a vortex!It’s not all that powerful, in fact it can just about knock over a tower of plastic cups from 10 meters away. It’s extremely timid compared to the vortex cannon from the BBC’s Bang Goes The Theory which can knock down a “house of bricks” by using explosions to generate the force required, but it’s also a hell of a lot easier to make. See that (video at the bottom.)If you want to know more about the physics behind the cannon then head over to The Science Show’s website to listen to the podcasts, there’s also a number of other interesting topics that may well be worth a listen too.last_img read more

Senate tries again to move antiviolence bill

first_imgWASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans. The legislation to renew the Violence Against Women Act appeared on a smooth path toward passage in the Senate, possibly by the end of this week. Monday’s vote to make the bill the next order of business was 85-8.Senate passage would send the bill to the House. Advocates hope that Republicans, smarting from election losses among women voters in November, won’t repeat their resistance last year to the Senate approach.“Allowing partisan delays to put women’s lives at risk is simply shameful,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said before the vote. He said he hoped convincing support for the legislation in the Senate would “send a strong message to House Republican leaders that further partisan delay is unacceptable.”Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a key sponsor, said she was encouraging moderate Republicans in the House to sign onto the Senate bill. House Democrats have introduced a bill that is identical to the Senate measure.last_img read more

Heart over head poor acumen and lack of foresight Mindtrees parallels with

first_imgThe Mindtree logo. The company is fighting a takeover bid by Larsen & Toubro.When the mindset of people at the helm fails to keep pace with a firm’s growth, ugly boardroom dramas like the one playing out in Mindtree’s boardroom unfolds. The founders of the Bengaluru-based mid-size information technology services firm are locked in an emotional battle against the takeover bid by construction and technology giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), which has deployed a massive Rs 10,733-crore war chest for storming the boardroom of the 20-year-old public-listed company.Mindtree founders Krishnakumar Natarajan, Subroto Bagchi, and Parthasarathy NS, and chief executive officer Rostow Ravanan have taken the battle to the public with a joint press conference and emotional posts on the social media. But L&T remains undeterred and managing director and chief executive officer SN Subrahmanyan has offered to allow Mindtree to keep its separate identity for “some time to come”.Even as L&T is expected to come out with a detailed public statement (DPS) on its takeover bid, Mindtree chairman Krishnakumar has demanded that the company founders would like to know the “contours of independence” that L&T would offer Mindtree. The Mumbai-based conglomerate has already made clear its decision to retain Mindtree as an independent listed entity. “I don’t know what the contours of the independence are. It is difficult to make a (judgement) based on a press statement,” Economic Times quoted Krishnakumar as saying. He claimed that the board of the 20-year-old company is “aligned to the logic” of the promoter group.The promoters jointly hold 13.32 per cent stake in the company, while L&T has already bagged 20.32 per cent stake form Café Coffee Day (CCD) founder VG Siddhartha. L&T, which already has its subsidiary L&T Infotech operating in the same market space as Mindtree, has made two open offers for accumulating 66.41 per cent stake in the company.Management experts, however, consider the emotional reaction of the Mindtree founders uncalled for, according to a report on Quartz website. “Part of managing a business as large as this is agility in dealmaking… the management have shown poorer acumen than one expects from professionals of their calibre,” Vivek Durai, founder of business intelligence platform Paper.VC told the website in an email. “They have also shown an amazing lack of ownership and foresight repeating exactly the same mistake as (Infosys founder) NR Narayana Murthy by passing the baton forward from one founder to another. A silly tradition that should never have started in a company that promotes meritocracy.”On March 19, Bagchi quit as head of Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) and returned to Mindtree to lead the fight against the takeover bid. He tweeted, “Mindtree has not been designed as an ‘asset’ to be bought & sold. It is a national resource. It has a unique culture that humanizes the idea of business. It sets the standards of corporate governance. I need to be there in its time of difficulty. Hence the hard decision to return.”Quartz writes Bagchi’s interference is reminiscent of Murthy’s April 2017 outcry over the salary of then-Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka and the hefty severance packages doled out to former CFO Rajiv Bansal and former chief compliance officer David Kennedy. By August, Sikka had quit and co-founder Nandan Nilekani returned after a gap of eight years as non-executive chairman to stabilise the leadership churn. Mindtree board is preparing for a pitched battle in case of a hostile takeover attempt by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) that is in talks to buy up the entire stake that Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha controls, making possible an open offer with possibility of a management change.mindtree.comlast_img read more