Sting To Bring Symphonicities To Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert

first_imgCarnegie Hall has announced that Sting will bring his highly acclaimed Symphonicities to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for a one-night-only gala benefit concert on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. with Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Rob Mathes.Symphonicities features Sting’s greatest hits reimagined for symphonic arrangement with orchestrations by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. Selections include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take,” plus songs from his enduring solo career—”Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”The concert on December 14, 2015 marks Sting’s first timeheadlining a full performance at Carnegie Hall. He will also be joined by a quintet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Jo Lawry (vocalist), Ira Coleman (bassist), Joe Bonadio (percussionist), and Mike Ricchiuti (keyboards). All proceeds from the performance will benefit Carnegie Hall’s artistic and music education programs.“It was an absolute joy to discover a whole new palate of musical colors and reinvent the songs that have been the staples of my live performances for over thirty years, commented Sting. “I’m thrilled to now bring Symphonicities to Carnegie Hall and to help support their dynamic arts education programs.”Sting first performed at Carnegie Hall in March 1991 at the first of many concerts benefiting the The Rainforest Foundation, the non-profit organization he co-founded with wife, Trudie Styler, in 1989. He has since appeared 18 other times in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at performances supporting important causes, including 16 additional Rainforest Fund benefit concerts; a 1997 concert benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala in April 2011, created and hosted by singer-songwriter James Taylor.Gala benefit tickets for An Evening with Sting: Symphonicities include the best possible concert seating as well as admission to either a pre-concert cocktail reception at Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room for $1,000 or the post-concert dinner at The Plaza starting at $2,500. Tables of 8 or 10 for the gala dinner begin at $25,000. All gala tickets are available for purchase starting on Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. by calling the Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or visiting online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents.A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $125–$350, will be available for sale to Carnegie Hall subscribers and donors on Monday, August 17 and to the general public on Monday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or visiting online at carnegiehall.org.last_img read more

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Moroccos ICT market to grow 85 in 2015 IDC

Casablanca – The Moroccan market of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will post a growth of 8.5% in 2015, wrote a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC).According to the report, entitled “IDC Predictions 2015:  Accelerating Innovation – and Growth – on the 3 Platform” and submitted during a conference on Tuesday in Casablanca, ICT investment in Algeria’s yearly growth rate will decline in 2015 to 7.7% and Tunisia’s ICT market will stand at 5.9%. It added that the main sector that will lead investment in the region will be the telecommunications sector whose expenses will increase in Morocco with the launch of 4G, the optic fiber and investment data centers. International Data Corporation, an American market research, analysis and advisory firm, specializes in information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology. read more

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Natural resources minister says slumping oil prices wont deter pipeline plans

SAINT ANDREWS, N.B. — The sinking price of oil hasn’t deterred the Liberal government from the ever-elusive goal of figuring out how to get Canadian energy to tidewater, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said.[np_storybar title=”Deficit concerns heighten as economy teeters on the edge of another downfall” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/deficit-concerns-heighten-as-economy-teeters-on-the-edge-of-another-downfall”%5D It could be time to end the debate over the benefits of using monetary policy versus government fiscal muscle to stop the economy from going over the edge.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Battered by the plunging price of crude, the market is now bracing for what experts predict will be a flood of Iranian oil after the United States and the European Union lifted economic sanctions against Iran.Paired with the steady decline in the value of the Canadian dollar, the drop in commodity values has delivered a financial one-two punch to resource-rich provinces like Alberta.“We’re looking for a sustainable way of getting our resources to tidewater. That’s been our position all along,” Carr said before a cabinet meeting Monday in the seaside tourist community of St. Andrews, N.B.“We don’t control the price of oil. It’s an international situation. Commodity prices are at a low. It’s a reality that we’re having to deal with.”Canadians must be able to have confidence in whatever review process is ultimately approved, said Carr, who acknowledged the effect of the commodity crisis on families, investors and businesses.It’s one Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government intends to address in its first budget, expected in March.“It’s important for us to continue to pay attention to the economy and we’re paying close attention, and with that we’ll be formulating our budget plans with that in mind,” Morneau said.Northern Gateway pipeline gets handed another setback from B.C. Supreme CourtWith B.C.’s rejection of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Canada’s diversification strategy is unravellingThe Liberals vowed during the election campaign not to run deficits of greater than $10 billion this year and next, largely on the back of billions in new infrastructure spending designed to act as economic stimulus.Rona Ambrose, the interim Conservative leader, urged the government to come up with policies to deal with lower energy prices and their economic fallout.“The government has been in office long enough to have a clear plan to deal with the current economic situation, but the sense of urgency from the Trudeau Liberals has been completely absent,” Ambrose said in a statement.The government is already trying to fast-track spending on approved projects waiting in the queue for federal dollars, and has heard concerns from provinces and local governments about capacity issues that may require the federal government to pick up more of the construction tab.Morneau said the government’s challenge now is to fund projects that are shovel-ready and meet the government’s long-term economic goals.“If we find projects that are responsible, that can help us with long-term productivity, that are also ready now, we’d like to move forward.”Morneau is expected to give his cabinet colleagues an update on what he’s been hearing in budget consultations, what finance officials have forecasted for 2016 and what it could all mean for the federal budget.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Sunday he was going to outline the framework for getting extra spending out the door quickly on public transit, “green” projects like water and wastewater facilities, and social infrastructure like daycares and affordable housing.The presentations are part of a cabinet retreat in New Brunswick to help the Liberals set the overarching goals for 2016 and lay the strategy the government will use to deal with issues facing the country.Cabinet ministers will have a full day of meetings Monday before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a handful of ministers travel overseas to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. read more

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Thamankaduwa Pradeshiya Sabha chairman arrested

The Chairman of the Thamankaduwa Pradeshiya Sabha, Premasiri Munasinghe has been arrested, the Police said.Munasinghe was arrested together with two others for allegedly obstructing police officers from carrying out their duties. Munasinghe was accused of threatening two Policemen on traffic duty yesterday.The Policemen had instructed the driver of a vehicle to move the vehicle off a pedestrian crossing yesterday. However Munasinghe and two others had then verbally and physically abused the policemen for instructing the driver of the vehicle to move the vehicle. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Stocks edge lower in midday trading Dow could be headed for first

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 12:09 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is edging lower in midday trading after a big drop the day before.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 37 points at 14,923 at noon Eastern Daylight Time Thursday, a decrease of 0.3 per cent.The Dow dropped 217 points the day before. The index of 30 big-name stocks could be headed for its first three-day losing streak this year.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down a point at 1,607, a decrease of 0.1 per cent.The Nasdaq composite fell four points to 3,396 points, or 0.1 per cent.L Brands, owner of Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, fell $1.16, or 2.2 per cent, to $50.50 after reporting sales growth that was below the estimates of financial analysts. Stocks edge lower in midday trading; Dow could be headed for first three-day drop this year read more

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Yemen UNICEF vaccination campaign reaches five million children

“In the last two years, more children have died from preventable diseases than those killed in the violence,” said Meritxell Relaño, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Yemen, in a press release. “This is why vaccination campaigns are so crucial to save the lives of Yemen’s children and to secure their future.”In the first campaign of its kind this year, 40,000 vaccinators spread across Yemen to provide children with polio vaccine and vitamin A supplements. Mobile health teams have reached children wherever they are, including in places where access to health services has been cut off by the fighting. Health workers have shown heroic resolve in crossing frontlines, mountains and valleys to vaccinate children.UNICEF says that the campaign comes at a critical time. Children in Yemen are living on the brink of famine and widespread malnutrition has drastically increased their risk of disease. More than half of Yemen’s medical facilities are no longer functional and the health system is on the verge of collapse.UNICEF is scaling up its humanitarian response, including support for the treatment of 323,000 children against severe acute malnutrition, and the provision of basic healthcare services to one million children and over half a million pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.“Children are dying because the conflict is preventing them from getting the health care and nutrition they urgently need. Their immune systems are weak from months of hunger,” said Dr. Relaño, calling on all parties to the conflict to find a political solution to this crisis. read more

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Victor Tomas returns from injury

Victor TomasXavi Pascual Victor Tomas is back from recovering from the injury, and will be joining the training in the next days, according to the coach of FC Barcelona, Xavi Pascual.Victor Tomas was injured in the second round of the ASOBAL league, and has since been recovering from his hand injury. Xavi Pascual has announced that the player is now back to training, and he might be getting minutes in the Champions League match against Besiktas JK. ← Previous Story Easy job for the champions: Bielecki destroys Gornik Zabrze Next Story → Du Rietz with farewell to the national team read more

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Poll Should large fizzy drinks be banned

first_img Yes (433) Poll Results: A JUDGE IN New York has quashed plans to ban the sale of giant fizzy drinks in the city, re-opening the debate about whether it will be possible to implement the prohibition on selling the drinks.The city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed the ban on drinks above 470ml in size from fast food and other restaurants in a bid to tackle obesity levels. Figures suggest around 6,000 people die in New York every year from problems related to obesity.However critics and lobby groups say the proposal is ineffective as people can just buy as many smaller drinks as they want, and the ban would not apply to supermarkets or shops. The proposal was also criticised for encroaching too much into people’s lives.So today we’re asking: Should there be a ban on the sale of large fizzy drinks in Ireland? No (1367) YesNoVotelast_img read more

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US Navy Swaps Touchscreens For Dials After Fatal Crash

first_img Here’s What It’s Like to Fly Upside-Down in a Fighter JetPentagon to Spend $1.1B on Military Space Programs Stay on target The U.S. Navy is ditching warship touchscreens, reverting instead to physical throttles and conventional helm controls.The move comes two years after a fatal collision between Navy destroyer John S. McCain and tanker Alnic MC in the Straits of Singapore that killed 10 sailors.An investigation into the crash showed that a complex touchscreen system, on which sailors had been poorly trained, contributed to a loss of control of the ship.Eager to embrace new technologies whenever possible, the Navy “got away from the physical throttles,” according to Rear Adm. Bill Galinis, program executive officer for ships.“That was probably the [No. 1] feedback from the fleet,” he explained. “They said, just give us the throttles that we can use.”Which is exactly what the sea force is doing.The switch, rolling out over the next 18 to 24 months, will affect all DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers using the Integrated Bridge and Navigation Service (IBNS).Seaman Joseph Brown mans an older version of helm controls on the bridge of USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) (via U.S. Navy)Beginning next summer, the first in-service ship to be refit is the USS Ramage; the first new vessel to drop touchscreens will be the USS Ted Stevens.“When we started getting the feedback from the [Naval Sea Systems Command fleet surveys] … it was really eye-opening,” Galinis told USNI News. “And it goes into the, in my mind, ‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should’ category.”“We really made the helm control system … just overly complex, with the touch screens under glass and all this kind of stuff,” he admitted during last week’s American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium.That doesn’t mean the Navy is giving up on bridge touchscreens altogether.They are, however, aware that these systems must help crews “quickly pick up” on situational awareness.“The more commonality we can drive into these kind of human-machine interfaces, the better,” Chief Engineer Rear Adm. Lorin Selby added.More on Geek.com:Weird Whale Found by Fishermen Might Be Trained by Russian NavyNew Navy Robot Could Kill You, Wears Cute Dog TagsThe U.S. Navy’s Still Working on a Kick-Ass Railgunlast_img read more

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Alere refreshes benefits for multigenerational workforce

first_imgAlere is refreshing its employee benefits programme in the UK in order to increase engagement and provide more choice for the different generations within its workforce. The diagnostic device and service provider will enhance and expand its existing benefits package from September 2015. This will include the launch of new lifestyle and wellbeing schemes, such as corporate gym membership and lifestyle discounts.It will also introduce online education, as well as defined contribution (DC) pensions governance.Alere has appointed JLT Employee Benefits to design and administer the programme via its employee benefits platform, BenPal.last_img read more

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The Hollywood Reporter Names Daniel Strauss Digital GM

first_imgThe Hollywood Reporter has hired Daniel Strauss as general manager of digital. Strauss, who was most recently chief product officer at digital and mobile content management platform provider Endplay, will oversee all of the digital product development for THR.com.Strauss will have a full plate, leading THR‘s digital channel build-out and new initiatives in video, blogs, social media, email marketing and tablet and mobile apps. He will also be responsible for digital product development, design and partnership creation-as well as standardizing audience metrics and reporting. Strauss will report to editorial director Janice Min.The Hollywood Reporter‘s efforts lately provide some context to Strauss’s responsibilities. In May, THR.com partnered with Fandango to let visitors search movie times and buy tickets. The site, which topped 11 million uniques per comScore numbers in May, has expanded its Movies video channel, launched a new Indie channel and a tech-oriented blog called Behind the Screen. Prior to Endplay, Strauss was co-founder and chief product officer of Shopflick. He also spent five years at Fox Interactive Media as general manager and vice president of FIM Labs and director of production and operations at Fox Sports Interactive.last_img read more

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Events Digital Ads Raise B2B Revenues by 27 Percent

first_img ​Connectiv’s Business Information Network report is based on calculations of the size of the industry and aggregated data from several sources that report on revenues. Event revenue is supplied by CEI, print advertising data is supplied by IMS. B2B digital advertising revenues are estimated by Connectiv and based on information by IAB. Information on data is supplied by Outsell and supplemented by public information and Connectiv estimates.  Revenues went up in the B2B media and information industry by 2.7 percent in 2015, according to the Connectiv Business Information Network report. Events account for the majority of revenue across the B2B media industry, with $12.65 billion dollars in revenue, up 3.7 percent. Overall, trends point to a new mix in revenue streams. Today, print accounts for 23 percent of all revenues, down from 33 percent in 2009. Source: Connectiv’s BIN Report Source: Connectiv’s BIN Reportcenter_img Matt Kinsman, VP of content and programming at Connectiv, wrote that he expects that most Connectiv members will self-classify as “business information services” rather than “business media” by 2020. Kinsman also expects paid content and data/information services to pick up speed moving forward. Meanwhile, digital advertising and data/business info have both steadily risen since 2009. Digital ads went from 10 percent of revenues in 2009 to 22 percent of revenues in 2015. Data went from 8 percent of revenues in 2009 to 11 percent of revenues in 2015. Year-over-year, digital advertising grew 17.4 percent, while data grew by 2.7 percent.  The report credits growth in digital advertising/marketing, a steadily growing events industry and a rise in data and information services, for increased revenues to $28.35 billion in 2015, from $27.6 billion in 2014. Print and digital advertising are nearly tied, bringing in $6.4 billion and $6.3 billion respectively. However, this marks a steep decline from print advertising, which dropped 4.1 percent year-over-year. Print ads were worth $6.7 billion in 2014, down from $7.6 billion in 2009.Source: Connectiv’s BIN Report Connectiv reports that exceptions to this is trend can be seen in three of the 22 vertical categories: Architecture, healthcare and automotive publications all saw an increase in print advertising revenue.last_img read more

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Rock Island Arsenal Fabricates White House Fence Spikes

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Spikes now being installed on the White House fence to enhance security were manufactured at Rock Island Arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.The “removable anti-climb feature consisting of sharp metal points” was designed by the U.S. Secret Service. Rock Island Arsenal, located on the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois, is the Army’s only full-scale metal manufacturer. Personnel from the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center began helping to install the spikes last week. The work should be finished next month.The security enhancements are intended only as a temporary measure; the Secret Service and the National Park Service are developing a long-term design solution. The modifications are a response to an incident last year in which a man carrying a knife scaled the White House fence, ran across the North Lawn and entered the residence before being tackled by a Secret Service officer.To see the fencing being installed, watch a video from the Washington Post.last_img read more

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Inordinate delay in PhD admissions causes agony

first_imgInordinate delay and lackadaisical attitude of Osmania University officials are leaving Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) candidates, aspiring to get admitted into the Doctor of Philosophy programme in the varsity, in a quandary and distress. It has been two-and-a-half months since the interviews were conducted, but there has been no development in the process of the PhD admissions, which is causing agony to the aspirants. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The PhD admissions in Osmania University always seem to court controversies. The usual complaints are about nepotism or favouring students supported by a particular student union. Now, adding to the woes of the meritorious students is slow pace of administrative work related to the admissions. Students who cleared the prestigious NET exam and are awarded JRF are eagerly awaiting admissions. The university issued a notification calling for interviews in March 2019 and interviews were conducted in April 24. The results for the interviews are yet to be declared. Students contacting the dean’s office have been getting the same response that the papers have been sent to UGC and the varsity is waiting for them. Never before were the JRF awardees made to wait for more than two months. Earlier, the result was declared within 10 days of the interview date. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The aspirants allege that even after completion of interviews for nearly 13 JRF candidates, due to influence of student union leaders, second term interview was conducted without any notification and six more candidates were included. It is quite unethical, they opine. Usually, the university conducts PhD interviews twice in a year, but it has been almost a year that no notification is issued by the authorities, the students allege. They claim OU officials were reluctant to hold interviews. Advertise With Us “I cleared JRF in 2017 December and appeared for interview on April 24. It is the irresponsible behaviour of the authorities which caused this huge delay. I was happy when I cleared the exam as I was eligible for the scholarship, but this long wait has subjected me to much agony and made me look for jobs,” said a student deploring the state of affairs in the university. Another aspirant who appeared for interview on April 24 said,” Even after completion of interviews for JRF candidates on April 24, six more candidates were included due to the influence of the student organisation leaders recently. It is quite clear that the authorities are not bothered about the future of genuine candidates.” He also said that the delay could have happened only because of favouritism and nepotism. When The Hans India approached the university Dean Ashok Naidu, he clarified: “Students these days want everything faster like how they withdraw cash from ATM. We have sent the forms to the UGC and the delay is at their end. We will give the order copy as soon as we get them.”last_img read more

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Leadership change Ukraine braces for uncertain future

first_imgA member of a local electoral commission hangs an information placard bearing a portait of Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky as he prepares a polling station for the upcoming presidential election in Kiev, on 20 April 2019 on the eve of the second round of the Presidential election in Ukraine. Photo: AFPUkraine readied Saturday for a change in leadership as a young comedian appeared set to crush his incumbent rival in presidential polls, delivering a stinging rebuke to the old elite.The 41-year-old TV star Volodymyr Zelensky’s bid to lead Ukraine began as a long shot but all polls show him defeating president Petro Poroshenko in a second-round vote on Sunday.His victory would open a new chapter in the history of a country that has gone through two popular uprisings in two decades and is mired in a five-year conflict with Moscow-backed insurgents in the east.Despite mounting uncertainty Ukrainians are fed up with corruption, poverty, and the war that has claimed some 13,000 lives over the past five years.”There is a hope that a simple man will better understand us and dismantle the system that we have in our country,” Yuliya Lykhota, 29, told AFP in Kiev.”It is very important to raise our people’s spirits.”Others said they doubted the political novice’s ability to enact real change as Ukraine’s sixth president.”I do not believe he will last long once he’s elected,” said Sergiy Fedorets, 62.”He has no support in parliament. He’ll be eaten alive.”Collective anxietyPoroshenko came to power after a bloody 2014 uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed regime, triggering Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.But many in the country of 45 million people feel the promises of the uprising have not been fulfilled.Zelensky has capitalised on popular anger as well as his popularity as the star of the sitcom “Servant of the People”, in which he plays a school teacher who becomes a president.Analysts say his political programme is vague at best and it remains unclear who will fill key positions in his government.Ahead of the vote a popular news website, Ukrainska Pravda, published an interview with a therapist who pointed to severe anxiety in the country.”There is not a single person who would not be discussing the situation in the country,” said Oleg Chaban.”People are more tense because they are paying with their lives and expect real change quickly.”Poroshenko, 53, has fought hard to secure re-election but his pleas to forgive him for past mistakes and give him a second chance have fallen on deaf ears.A survey by the Rating pollster showed Zelensky winning 73 per cent of the vote against 27 per cent for Poroshenko.’Neither comedy nor horror film’ On Saturday, Poroshenko once again called on Ukrainians to think twice before casting ballots for his rival.”A five-year presidential term is not a comedy that you can easily switch off if it is no longer funny,” he wrote on Facebook.”Neither is it a horror movie that can be easily stopped.”The West has closely watched the race amid concern a new government might undo years of reforms it has backed.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called both Zelensky and Poroshenko on Friday.He “reiterated our commitment to working with whomever the Ukrainian people choose to ensure the success of a secure, prosperous, democratic, & free (country),” Washington’s special envoy Kurt Volker said on Twitter.On Friday, the two rivals traded insults in the first and only debate of the campaign at Kiev’s 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium in front of thousands of spectators.Ukrainians said the head-to-head was more about political theatrics and a battle of wits than a much-needed policy debate.Zelensky accused Poroshenko — a tycoon who made a fortune in chocolate before taking office — of enriching himself and failing to end the war in the east.The Ukrainian leader attacked the inexperience of the untested Zelensky, questioning his ability to be a wartime commander-in-chief and saying he would not be able to stand up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin.He also drew attention to Zelensky’s ties to controversial tycoon Igor Kolomoysky.Supporters credit Poroshenko with rebuilding the army and securing an Orthodox Church independent of Russia but he won only just over half of Zelensky’s vote share in the first round of the election last month.last_img read more

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Top 10 idols to find place at revamped art gallery beside Rabindra

first_imgKolkata: As many as 10 idols that have attracted pandal-hoppers during Durga Puja this year, will find their place at the refurbished art gallery beside Rabindra Sarobar. This will not only provide an opportunity to those who could not make it to the pandals but also the art lovers, as they will be able to witness the same throughout the year.The outside of the main hall within the boundary walls of the gallery that has space for accommodating three idols, has already been occupied. The idols of Bhowanipore 75 Palli and Dum Dum Park have already made their way to their second address, while last year’s idol of Chetla Agrani has also been placed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSeven other idols will be placed on separate concrete structures inside the main hall. The idol of Behala Friends Club will reach on Monday and the idol of Bakulbagan in Bhowanipore will also find its place there. “The five other idols will be decided after the Pujo Carnival on Tuesday. It will take some more time to arrange the idols in a systematic manner. The gallery is expected to be thrown open for the public soon after Kali Puja,” a senior KMDA official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that KMDA has given a major facelift to the gallery that was created in 2012 for preserving the best Durga idols. The gallery, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, preserves around 10 idols every year, which are replaced by new ones the following year. Some issues over maintenance had cropped up after 2016, following which the decision of facelifting it was taken. The work that involved around Rs 2 crore, was supervised by KMDA executive engineer Sudhin Nandy.last_img read more

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Making energy from cow manure

first_imgNo related posts. Experts from the University of Costa Rica’s (UCR) Agricultural Engineering School and Michigan State University, in the United States, are working to produce renewable energy from organic waste using an anaerobic digester.The project is under way at the UCR’s Fabio Baudrit Moreno Experimental Station in Alajuela, north of the capital, and forms part of an effort by the school to improve technologies that help generate clean energy in rural areas. The program exists throughout Central America and relies mostly on biomass and solar energy. The U.S. government is providing Michigan State with $1 million in research funding for clean energy alternatives, through the university’s Biosystems Engineering Department. Engineer Daniel Baudrit, technical director of the project and a UCR professor, said participants are not only focused on building a digester, but also on training other professors in the technology, and accumulating more research in the field. “The Agriculture Engineering School is changing its studies program to focus on biosystems engineering in the near future. Many universities around the world are making this change,” Baudrit said. José Francisco Aguilar, director of the school, said the traditional focus has been on agricultural production. But that’s quickly changing, he said. “It’s important to produce, but it’s more important to produce in a sustainable manner that’s environmentally friendly. That’s what’s changing,” he said. According to Aguilar, building the anaerobic digester is a way to introduce biosystems into engineering by using organic vegetable and animal waste to produce energy. Both students and professors participated in the project’s research and development process. The digester is a closed tank in which organic waste is mixed for several days at a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius until bacteria form. The bacteria help produce gas, which is then filtered and passed through biogas generators or a combustion engine that power a generator, which produces electricity. The university digester currently is growing bacteria from cow manure, which will take three months. Once that step is complete, other organic waste can be used. Eighteen solar panels help keep the digester’s temperature constant around the clock.Liquid and solid waste left over from the process can then be used to fertilize plants. If treated, the liquid waste can also be used to irrigate crops. “This is the first step to creating a research center for agricultural engineering. We’d like to let companies know that this technology is productive, and investment will be repaid in self-sustaining electricity production,” said Mildred Cambronero, a technical assistant on the project who studied the process at Michigan State and helped bring it back to Costa Rica.The digester costs some $200,000, but in addition to the energy it produces, it can help mitigate environmental damage caused by agriculture activities. According to Baudrit, companies already are interested in anaerobic digester technology. The current objective is to resolve the issue of waste management and reduce electricity consumption, he added. With large digesters, companies can generate a significant amount of electricity.  “In Michigan, there are digesters that are 30 times the size of ours, and they’re used to generate electricity that is then sold to the state grid,” he added. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Kazakh border killings suspect confesses

first_imgALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) – Prosecutors in Kazakhstan say a soldier arrested on suspicion of murdering 14 of his colleagues and a park ranger at a remote frontier outpost last week has confessed to the killings.The General Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Thursday that Vladislav Chelakh admitted to carrying out the act in a state of mental confusion following a dispute at the station on the border with China. Top Stories The statement says 20-year old Chelakh stated he had acted alone while his victims were asleep. Chelakh was found several days later in a shepherd’s hut with a handgun and electronic equipment belonging to his colleagues.The killings have provoked shock across the Central Asian nation. President Nursultan Nazarbayev initially described the incident as an act of terrorism.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How men can have a healthy 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Chavez joining trade bloc a boon for Venezuela

first_imgParaguay’s new president, Federico Franco, whose government is at odds with Venezuela, cited political motivations. “Venezuela has its elections Oct. 7. For that reason, Mercosur is trying to give a boost to President Chavez,” Franco said Monday, according to Paraguay’s state news agency.For Chavez, the visit to Brazil for Tuesday’s meeting was the first international trip he has made as president in months following an operation in Cuba in February that removed a tumor. Chavez said earlier this month that he is now cancer-free.Chavez said upon his arrival in Brasilia that with Venezuela joining, “Mercosur increases its territory, its population, its economic potential.”Last week, Chavez dismissed criticisms of Venezuela’s entry into Mercosur, saying it wouldn’t be anything like the U.S.-supported free trade deals that he has vocally opposed. He called the Mercosur trade regimen “flexible” and said it accepts differences between members.In contrast with the U.S., Chavez said, “Brazil isn’t an empire. Brazil is a brother… as is Argentina, and also Uruguay and Paraguay.”___Associated Press writer Pedro Servin in Asuncion, Paraguay, contributed to this report. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Four benefits of having a wireless security system Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Joining the South American trade bloc Mercosur will be a boon for Venezuela and should help the country’s businesses boost international sales, President Hugo Chavez said Monday as he traveled to Brazil for a meeting where Venezuela will formally become a member.Chavez urged Venezuelan business leaders, some of whom are concerned about reducing tariffs, to support the initiative as he left Caracas for the meeting in Brasilia. He said joining Mercosur will allow Venezuela “to have a much wider market to climb the scale” in its exports and also diversify its largely oil-driven economy. At the same time, Chavez said the bloc’s other members, including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, will also have expanded access to Venezuela’s vast oil reserves.Some business leaders and farmers say they’re worried that the four-year period during which Venezuela should eliminate tariffs on products from Mercosur members will be too short, and that cheaper imports from countries such as Brazil and Argentina could hurt Venezuelan businesses.Coffee grower Vicente Perez said he and other Venezuelan farmers are already struggling due to price controls and 21 percent inflation, and is concerned that joining the trade bloc will bring more economic pain.“Now we just survive, and when Mercosur arrives I don’t know what will happen,” said Perez, who said price controls and other problems have forced him to leave his farm in central Portuguesa state in the hands of workers while he moved to the city to look for other work.Perez, who is also a leader of the country’s main farmers’ association, said he’s worried that cheaper imports of products such as beef, soy beans and coffee from countries such as Brazil will drive Venezuelan producers out of the market and lead to declining agricultural production. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Food imports have swiftly risen in Venezuela during the past seven years as the government has sought to meet rising demand, counter inflation and compensate for declining domestic production of various food products. Periodic shortages of items such as sugar, coffee and cooking oil have emptied shelves at times in recent years.Increased food imports from other South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina have also supplied a network of state-run grocery stores that Chavez’s government has opened to bring low-priced products to poor neighborhoods where many of the president’s supporters live.Venezuela’s growing commercial ties with Mercosur members could also help Chavez raise his international profile as he seeks re-election in an October vote.Venezuela’s efforts to become a full member of Mercosur have been in the works for nearly six years but until recently were held up by resistance from lawmakers in Paraguay. Last month, when Paraguay was temporarily suspended from Mercosur in response to the congressional ouster of its president, the leaders of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay seized the opportunity and welcomed Chavez’s government as a member. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Auctioncom Named One of AlwaysOns Global 250 for 2015

first_imgAuction.com Named One of AlwaysOn’s Global 250 for 2015 Auction.com, LLC, a online real estate marketplace, is among the winners of the 13th annual AlwaysOn Global 250, a list of the most promising private companies creating enormous opportunities and inventing new categories across the global technology landscape, the company announced in a press release.According to Auction.com, the companies are recognized for their potential to innovate in existing markets and capitalize on new market opportunities. Auction.com was named in the “Marketplace and E-Commerce” category along with Airbnb, Houzz, Thumbtack, Flipkart, and other notable market leaders.“We’re honored that AlwaysOn has chosen Auction.com as one of the 250 most promising private technology companies, recognizing the innovation that we’re bringing to both the residential and commercial real estate markets,” said Tim Morse, CEO of Auction.com  “As we leverage Internet and mobile technology to make real estate transactions easier, more efficient and more transparent for everyone involved, we are constantly developing new and better ways to meet the needs of our customers and make a positive, meaningful impact on the real estate industry.”The AlwaysOn editorial team, along with program partners and industry experts across the globe  search the entrepreneurial sector each year to find the top Global 250 private companies that are making their mark in the technology world. The winners are categorized in their respective sectors: AdTech and Marketing, B2B – Cloud Infrastructure, B2B Big Data, B2B SaaS and Enterprise, Consumer Apps, Digital Media, EdTech, FinTech, and Marketplaces and E-Commerce.“The AlwaysOn Global 250 are the best-of-breed private companies in consumer and business-to-business applications, and cloud and mobile infrastructure sectors—representing the fastest growing and most highly valued new companies on the planet,” said Tony Perkins, AlwaysOn founder and editor.Auction.com and the other Global 250 companies will be honored at AlwaysOn’s Silicon Valley Innovation Summit on July 8-9, 2015 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.Click here to view a full list of all of AlwaysOn’s Global 250 winners. Share July 8, 2015 458 Views center_img AlwaysOn’s Global 250 Auction.com technology 2015-07-08 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Technology, Uncategorizedlast_img read more

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