Forbes India Names 25 Women Trailblazers

first_imgAhead of International Women’s Day March 8, Forbes India released a its “W-Power Trailblazers” issue, featuring 25 women who are rising stars in business.The 25 women stars include Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Juggernaut Books; Adhuna Bhabani, founder-director, Bblunt; Anupriya Acharya, CEO (India), Publicis Media; Kavitha Sairam, co-founder, FIB-SOL Life Technologies; and Dina Wadia and Shivpriya Nanda, joint managing partners, J. Sagar Associates, among others.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

Lord’s Test, Day 2: Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali give England upper hand vs South Africa

first_imgMoeen Ali and Stuart Broad made telling contributions with bat and ball to leave England in charge of the first Test against South Africa after Day 2 on Friday.Ali scored 87 and Broad smashed an unbeaten 57 off 47 balls as England added 101 runs to its overnight score before being dismissed for 458. Joe Root, in his first Test as captain, was out for 190.The Proteas’ reply began badly and they were stuttering at 104-4 just after tea on a decent-looking pitch thanks to two wickets apiece from Broad’s pace bowling and Ali’s offspin.Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn put on a 99-run stand for the fifth wicket to lead South Africa’s recovery, looking compact defensively and hitting the bad balls, but De Bruyn nicked James Anderson behind in the fifth-to-last over of the day to set back the tourists once again.Bavuma was unbeaten on 48 and South Africa trailed by 244 runs on 214-5, facing an important morning’s play on Saturday against the new ball.Ali became the seventh – and second-quickest – English player to pass 2,000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets, passing both milestones on Friday.”It’s a great feeling to do it on the same day at Lord’s,” Ali said.”We’re in a good position. The wicket of Jimmy’s at the end was a massive one.”Resuming alongside Ali with England on 357-5, Root added only six runs to his overnight score of 184 – already a record by an England player in his first Test as captain – before edging behind a delivery from Morne Morkel on the first ball of the day’s third over.advertisementRoot looked thoroughly miserable as he walked off to a standing ovation, having missed the chance to register a second double century at Lord’s after one against Sri Lanka in 2014.Morkel trapped the recalled Liam Dawson lbw for a duck two balls later before England counter-attacked through Ali and Broad, who added 46 runs for the eighth wicket – mostly through swipes to the boundary from Broad.South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada bowled Ali and trapped Mark Wood lbw (0) in the space of three balls but Broad continued his assault, smashing Morkel for successive sixes to bring up his first Test half-century in four years.Anderson was the last man out for 12, edging Morkel behind after sharing a 45-run last-wicket partnership. Broad struck eight fours as well as his two sixes.South Africa lost Heino Kuhn (1) and Hashim Amla (29) before tea then captain Dean Elgar (54) prodded forward to Ali and clipped the ball straight into Gary Ballance’s chest and then hands at short leg.When Broad got a ball to jag back off the seam and trap JP Duminy leg before for 15, the South Africans were really up against it, only for Bavuma and De Bruyn to briefly steady the innings.Broad had 2-27 and Ali 2-35.last_img read more


first_imgGrassley-090507-18363- 0032 Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has already endorsed Donald Trump for president, but has been absent from Iowa Trump rallies this summer.Grassley says he’s not ducking the events, but has had other things previously scheduled.The senator says he’ll likely see Trump this month and may attend more rallies before Election Day.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”and October” :19Indiana Governor Mike Pence, campaigned Monday in Sioux City and Council Bluffs, but Grassley says he couldn’t make it to those rallies either.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………”came up” ;10Grassley announced his support for Trump a couple of months ago and says if a Republican isn’t elected president in November, we’re going to have four more years of Obama, only with Hillary Clinton, it’s going to be on steroids.RADIO IOWAlast_img read more

Moody’s Lifts SCF’s Outlook from Negative to Stable

first_imgzoom Rating agency Moody’s has changed from negative to stable the outlook on the Ba2 corporate family rating (CFR) and the Ba2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) of Russian shipping company Sovcomflot PAO (SCF). The stabilisation of the outlook on SCF’s Ba2 CFR follows Moody’s decision to change the outlook on Russia’s Ba1 government bond rating to stable from negative on 4 December 2015.At the same time, Moody’s upgraded to Ba3 from B1 SCF’s senior unsecured issuer rating and the senior unsecured rating of the $800 million Eurobond issued by SCF Capital Limited on the back of improvements to the company’s standalone credit quality and subsequent strengthening of its position within the current Ba2 rating category. The outlook on these ratings is stable.Moody’s said that the outlook change has been attributed to the stabilisation of the outlook on the sovereign rating of the Russian Federation, the company’s support provider, as well as the company’s strengthened standalone positioning.As part of the action, Moody’s has raised SCF’s BCA to b1 from b2, reflecting material improvement in the company’s operating environment, its financial performance and financial metrics.SCF’s b1 BCA is supported by favourable dynamics in the crude oil and oil products marine shipping segment, the company’s market position as the world’s number two owner of tankers in terms of the number of vessels, and the company’s young fleet with an average age of eight years; material improvements in time charter equivalent (TCE) revenue and margins thanks to higher rates and lower bunker fuel costs.This is also supported by good cash flow visibility as two-thirds of revenue originate from long-term charters as opposed to the spot market;  relatively moderate fleet maintenance costs; and  revenue growth potential from fleet additions and growing diversification into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping and offshore services.The company’s revenue in the last 12 months ended 30 September 2015 increased by 17% and Moody’s adjusted EBITDA and cash flow from operations (CFO) by 80% compared with 2013. The company’s leverage measured by adjusted debt/EBIDA decreased to 4.0x and retained cash flow/debt improved to 19.3% as of end-September 2015 from 6.9x and 12% as of end-2013, respectively.Given that tanker fleet additions slowed down and should remain moderate in 2016-17, and market demand in the tanker segment should remain steady in the next 12 months driven by the low oil prices and increased refining activity, Moody’s expects the metrics to further improve based on full-year 2015 results and remain sustainable in 2016-17.last_img read more

Nouvelles mesures de soutien pour lintégration dans léducation

first_imgEn septembre, les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse profiteront de l’embauche de plus de 190 nouvelles personnes, y compris des praticiens en matière de soins aux enfants et aux jeunes, des spécialistes du soutien parental, des aides-enseignants, des psychologues et des orthophonistes, afin de répondre aux besoins complexes des classes et des élèves, avec un accent sur les mesures de soutien comportemental et de soutien pour les élèves ayant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme. « Nous sommes entièrement engagés à prendre les mesures et à faire les investissements nécessaires afin d’améliorer l’intégration dans l’éducation pour les élèves et leurs familles, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nos élèves ont besoin de plus de soutien pour réussir, et les enseignants ne peuvent pas y arriver seuls. » Le gouvernement a offert une mise à jour, aujourd’hui 8 mai, sur le rapport rédigé par la Commission sur l’intégration dans l’éducation intitulé « Les élèves en premier ». « Je suis ravie de la réponse rapide au rapport de la Commission et de l’ajout de mesures de soutien supplémentaires considérables pour l’intégration dans l’éducation, souligne la Dre Sarah Shea, présidente de la Commission. Il faudra du temps et des ressources supplémentaires pour atteindre tous les objectifs prévus dans le rapport de la Commission en vue d’apporter des changements, mais il s’agit d’un excellent départ. » « Les mesures prévues s’alignent bien avec les domaines prioritaires cernés, et offrent davantage de soutien aux élèves, aux parents et aux éducateurs. » Le gouvernement provincial investit 15 millions de dollars, y compris une somme de cinq millions de dollars pour répondre aux besoins complexes des salles de classe, afin de mettre en place des changements au cours de la prochaine année scolaire. En septembre, le gouvernement provincial aura mis en place les nouvelles ressources et les mesures de soutien suivantes : 100 personnes à l’appui des élèves et des classes, y compris 40 praticiens en matière de soins aux enfants et aux jeunes et 60 aides-enseignants 70 enseignants spécialisés ayant des connaissances d’expert en matière d’appui aux élèves ayant des problèmes de comportement et des besoins complexes; y compris des enseignants spécialisés dans le soutien comportemental, des enseignants-ressources, des aides à l’apprentissage et des spécialistes de l’autisme 11 spécialistes du soutien parental qui aideront les familles à accéder aux programmes et aux services offerts huit programmes éducatifs de substitution à l’échelle de la province six psychologues scolaires et orthophonistes quatre infirmières scolaires (selon un accord de partenariat) qui assureront la mise en œuvre adéquate des plans de soins pour les élèves deux programmes « Achieve » qui aideront les élèves ayant des besoins complexes à mieux se préparer pour la vie après l’école secondaire « Je suis ravie que des fonds supplémentaires permettront d’augmenter les ressources, et j’espère que les changements se produiront rapidement cet automne, souligne Colleen Murphy, parent d’un élève ayant besoin de soutien supplémentaire en classe. Mon fils a besoin d’une personne en classe qui lui explique le travail à faire et qui le guide de façon individuelle ou dans un petit groupe. Un plus grand soutien et plus de formation pour les enseignants permettront à mon fils et aux autres élèves comme lui de recevoir le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour réussir. » Deux tiers des enseignants consultés par la Commission ont dit ne pas être adéquatement préparés à répondre aux besoins des classes de plus en plus complexes. Pour répondre à ces besoins en matière d’apprentissage, les enseignants recevront une formation spécialisée, et les possibilités de perfectionnement professionnel des enseignants seront réorientées pour mieux répondre aux différents besoins des élèves en matière d’apprentissage. Les enseignants et les aides-enseignants recevront également une formation en matière de soutien aux élèves ayant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme et, pour la première fois, des spécialistes du soutien parental aideront les parents à accéder aux services et aux programmes offerts. « Le succès des élèves ne se définit pas uniquement par le rendement scolaire, souligne Natalie Hagarty, directrice de l’école élémentaire St. Joseph A. McKay. Nous devons aussi considérer le développement et le bien-être de nos élèves. Nous sommes ravis de voir cette approche de financement axée sur les besoins, qui appuiera des expériences équitables et assurera l’intégration de tous les apprenants. » Pour des renseignements supplémentaires, consultez le . Le rapport intégral de la Commission pour l’intégration dans l’éducation peut être consulté au .last_img read more

Captain Karunaratnes ton leads Lanka to NZ Test win

first_imgGalle: Captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 122 as Sri Lanka chased down 268 for the loss of just four wickets to win the first Test against New Zealand at Galle on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Karunaratne posted his ninth Test hundred along with enjoying a record-equalling opening partnership of 161 with Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 64, as Sri Lanka collected their first points of the World Test Championship. Former captain Angelo Mathews chipped in with an unbeaten 28 as Sri Lanka finished off the game before lunch after the morning session was extended because only 22 runs were needed at the scheduled time for the interval. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhKarunaratne enjoyed some luck on the way to his century, dropped on 58 at forward short leg by Tom Latham while wicketkeeper BJ Watling missed a stumping chance on the same score. He batted for over five hours, facing 245 deliveries, and hit six fours and a six. Karunaratne and Thirimanne’s stand equalled the record for the highest opening partnership in Tests between the two countries. In 1991, John Wright and Trevor Franklin had also put on 161 for the first wicket in Hamilton. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe opening stand was pivotal in Sri Lanka achieving the highest successful run chase in Galle, easily surpassing the previous best of 99. Resuming play on 133 for no loss, Sri Lanka required 135 from the remaining three sessions. New Zealand finally got their breakthrough when Thirimanne was trapped leg before by William Somerville. Given not out by umpire Richard Illingworth, New Zealand overturned the decision on review. Kusal Mendis soon fell after taking on Somerville, hitting him for a four and a six from the second and fourth balls he faced. But when he attempted to slog sweep Ajaz Patel in the next over he ended up hitting straight to midwicket where Jeet Raval completed the catch. Angelo Mathews joined Karunaratne and the pair put on 44 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship. Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera after Karunaratne’s dismissal but Dhananjaya de Silva (14) joined Mathews and helped Sri Lanka knock off the remaining runs with two sessions to spare. Mathews brought up the winning runs with a single to fine leg off Boult. The second and final Test begins in Colombo on Thursday.last_img read more

Helena Bonham Carter Makes Wish Come True

first_imgHelena Bonham Carter and Make-A-Wish Foundation UK recently made a teenage girl with a serious condition very happy.Shealyn Magill and Helena Bonham CarterCredit/Copyright: Make-A-Wish UK15-year-old Shealyn Magill was born with a severe heart condition. Over the last year her health has deteriorated and she has been unable to carry out her big passion – acting.Shealyn has always admired Helena Bonham Carter for the quirky characters that she plays and aspires to take on similar roles, so when Make-A-Wish asked Shealyn what her wish would be, she chose to meet her favourite actress!Shealyn, from Ballymena, first had heart surgery at 10 months old which sustained her for six years, and in 2005 she had a heart valve transplant. In June 2013, Shealyn was told she was still in heart failure, that her valve was leaking and that she had a swollen left ventricle. This meant her vertebrae twisted and she developed scoliosis. In September 2013 Shealyn had a mechanical valve implant, but has been told she may need a heart transplant.Shealyn arrived at The Dorchester and was taken to the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Penthouse for afternoon tea with Helena. They chatted like old friends for hours about Shealyn’s condition and Helena’s acting career. When the afternoon came to an end Helena presented Shealyn with a special edition of a replica wand used by Bellatrix in Harry Potter! Shealyn had bought Helena a gift too – a Celtic brooch she designed herself, which Helena put on straight away!Shealyn told us: “Helena has inspired me to keep going. The wish had a huge impact as I have been feeling very down about the fact that I am in heart failure, however the wish gave me a boost when I needed it most.”Helena said: “Shealyn talks about me being an inspiration but she is the real one, together with her sister and mother. It was my privilege to meet and spend time with her. I’ve often thought pretending for a living is not the most useful or grown up ways of spending one’s life, but if I can make an iota of difference to someone’s life just by meeting them then I feel for once it was a day well spent. Make-A-Wish is an extraordinary charity that makes magical encounters happen. And trust me, the magic works both ways.”Shealyn’s mum, Clare, added: “The wish provided a positive light in Shealyn’s life. She often doesn’t like people knowing about her condition, but meeting Helena allowed her to embrace who she is in front of someone she really admires.”To find out how you can help Make-A-Wish make more wishes come true, click here.Source:Make-A-Wish UKlast_img read more

Alphabet: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) _ Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $8.95 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the Mountain View, California-based company said it had profit of $12.77.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $11.08 per share.The internet search leader posted revenue of $39.28 billion in the period. After subtracting Alphabet’s advertising commissions, revenue was $31.84 billion, which also beat Street forecasts. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $31.28 billion.Alphabet shares have climbed 9 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen roughly 9 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Monday, shares hit $1,141.42, a rise of 2 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GOOGL at Associated Press read more

As Timorese leader returns UN envoy calls on nation to pull together

17 April 2008Marking the return of President José Ramos-Horta from Australia, where he was recovering after being wounded in an assassination attempt two months ago, the top United Nations envoy to Timor-Leste today called on the leaders and people of the young nation to strengthen their commitment to ensuring lasting peace. Atul Khare, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), greeted the President at the airport in the capital, Dili, and assured him of the UN’s continued support as he resumes his duties. “I look forward to continuing the UN’s work with the President in promoting democratic governance, strengthening the rule of law, supporting the review and reform of the security sector, and furthering socio-economic development,” said Mr. Khare. “President Horta’s return is an opportunity for Timorese society to pull together with renewed determination for the future of Timor-Leste,” he added. “Sustained peace depends upon the commitment of everyone, including politicians, the security sector and the citizens of Timor-Leste.” The President was shot at his home on 11 February by rebel soldiers. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão came under fire in a separate attack on his motorcade but was not injured. Ahead of Mr. Ramos-Horta’s return, the UN announced strengthened security arrangements for the President on his arrival and afterwards, including checkpoints near his house and close protection by UN and Timorese police. read more

EPA recommends approval for BHPs longterm mining plan in the Pilbara

first_imgA strategic mining proposal for the Pilbara, by resources giant BHP, has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd’s Pilbara Expansion – Strategic Proposal sets out the miner’s operations in the region for the next 50-100 years, including new iron ore mines, the expansion of existing mines and associated infrastructure.EPA Deputy Chair Robert Harvey said the Authority had given the strategic proposal careful consideration over the past six years, including impacts to fauna, flora, surface and ground water, air quality and social surrounds.“The benefit of assessing a strategic proposal is that we are able to take a bigger picture view of the potential environmental impacts the proposals may have,” Harvey said.“Through the assessment process the EPA was able to consider the cumulative impacts of BHP’s future proposals, rather than assessing impacts on a case-by-case basis, as individual mines or developments are proposed. The EPA’s environmental impact assessment on BHP’s strategic proposal released today, outlines the conditions that may be applied to each development, including environmental management plans, a greenhouse gas management plan and a mine closure plan.”Under the Environmental Protection Act (1986), a strategic proposal identifies one or more future proposals that may, individually or in combination, have a significant effect on the environment.Harvey said the proponent would still be required to refer individual proposals outlined in the strategic document as derived proposals to the EPA to determine if they meet the high environmental standards set by the strategic assessment. Each referral will be released for public comment.“Once a derived proposal is referred to the EPA, the Authority will determine if there is any significant new information, or if there has been a significant change in the relevant environmental factors, since the strategic proposal was assessed, that would require the reassessment of the issues raised by the referred proposal.”The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public appeal period, closing 23 July 2018. Appeals can be made at Minister for Environment will make the final decision. The EPA Report 1619 is available at read more

Poll Have you ever shared a creditdebit card PIN with a partner

first_img Image: Shutterstock/miroslav110 Image: Shutterstock/miroslav110 Not a partner but a friend/relative (772) 46 Comments Yes (9578) 24,379 Views GARDAI ARE WARNING consumers to be aware of ‘card not present’ fraud – where a person’s credit or debit card is not physically handed to a retailer but the details are used without their knowledge over phone or online.Skimming, hacking, email phishing and other methods are used to elicit details but it got us thinking in the newsroom about the ease with which we might sometimes hand over our card security details in certain circumstances.For example – and not presuming they are out to defraud you – have you ever shared a PIN for a bank card with your partner? Share2 Tweet Email Friday 23 Jun 2017, 12:45 PM YesNoNot a partner but a friend/relativeI’ve never had a bank cardVote Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll: Have you ever shared a credit/debit card PIN with a partner? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Poll Results: Jun 23rd 2017, 12:45 PM I’ve never had a bank card (140) By Team Short URL No (2072)last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 82 feel they could do more to address mental health at

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The majority (82%) of respondents feel they could do more to better address mental health in the workplace, according to research by employee assistance programme provider CIC.Its Stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace index 2017, which surveyed 440 HR professionals, also found that 86% of respondents have bullying or harassment policies in place that are kept up to date and reviewed on an on-going basis.The research also found:51% of respondents say that not having enough personnel to support wellbeing initiatives hinders how they support staff with stress, anxiety and depression. Other factors that hinder employer-provided support include: not enough budget being assigned to staff wellbeing (47%), a lack of staff or managerial training (39%), and not enough support or awareness from organisation leaders (31%).95% of respondents provide employees with access to confidential and anonymous counselling or an EAP, 89% offer flexible working and work-life balance policies for employees, and 78% give staff with stress, anxiety and depression reasonable workplace adjustments.33% of respondents feel that counselling or an employee assistance programme (EAP) are the most effective ways to improve psychological wellbeing in the workplace, 27% believe flexible working and work-life balance policies are most effective, and 18% rank reasonable workplace adjustments for staff with mental illness related to stress, anxiety and depression as key to improving employees’ psychological wellbeing.70% of respondents raise awareness of benefits and policies that can help support employees’ mental health, while 64% feel support measures are easily understood and accessible to all staff.60% of respondents think that workplace mental health is a key priority for their organisation.44% of respondents are not aware of the National Health Service’s (NHS) mental health initiative Mindful Employer, and 42% are unaware of mental health campaign Time to Change, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.Kate Nowlan (pictured), chief executive officer at CIC, said: “There is a vast array of options available to employers to support the mental health and wellbeing of their people, so it’s a significant concern that so many HR professionals don’t consider their current wellbeing offering to be top class.“Our research revealed that 70% of HR [professionals] felt their [organisations] were doing a good job when it comes to raising awareness of their wellbeing offer to employees, which is great news, but with over one-third admitting that these services aren’t easily understood or accessible to all staff, there is a great deal of work to be done.”last_img read more

88 of employees attend work despite suffering from minor illness

first_imgNine in ten (88%) employees have admitted to attending the workplace when suffering from a minor illness, according to a study on absence and presenteeismby Canada Life Group Insurance.The online survey of 1,001 full-time and part-time UK employees, carried out in August 2018, also revealed that nearly half (47%) of workers went through 2017 without taking a day off sick, representing a decrease from 54% in 2016.Over half (53%) of employees attending work despite suffering a minor illness felt their condition did not warrant a day off. A quarter (25%) of respondents said their workload had been too great for them to take time off, while around one in ten (9%) did not feel secure enough in their role to phone in sick.Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “Presenteeism is a vicious cycle. The drive to remain in the office can cause illness to spread or end up leading to a longer recovery time.”Among those concerned about how their colleagues would view them, 19% felt they would be seen as weak, 17% believed they would be perceived as lazy and 15% thought they would be viewed as inconsiderate.Nevertheless, while 14% felt they would be seen as undedicated and 7% as dishonest, 17% believed they would be seen sensible, the same percentage thought they would be perceived as genuine and 15% felt they would be viewed as honest.Avis said: “It is encouraging to see that many employees view those taking time off for illness in a positive way, being described as genuine, honest and sensible. To reduce presenteeism, these positive perceptions must be encouraged so workplaces can reduce any stigma attached to taking time off.”For employees who took time off for illness, the average number of days rose in 2017, from 2.8 to 4.4. Some 28% of those taking time off sick were out of the office for between one and five days, representing a slight decline from 30% in 2016, but one in 12 (8%) took between 11 and 20 sick days in total, the highest proportion since 2015.On preventative measures, three in 10 (28%) respondents said flexible working options would help with both their physical and mental health, 27% said a more positive workplace attitude towards health and wellbeing would be beneficial, while a fifth (19%) wanted better workplace support, such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs).last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist In Anchorage first snow is right on schedule

first_imgAnchorage was blanketed in snow on Oct. 21st, 2016. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage)The first snowfall in Anchorage came practically right on schedule. On average, the city has at least a trace of snow by October 16th, four days earlier than the date of this year’s first snow.Anchorage climatologist Brian Brettschneider keeps track of first snowfalls around the state, along with lots of other climate data. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of the segment, Ask A Climatologist.Brettschneider said in Anchorage, the first snow isn’t likely to have staying power.Listen Now Interview transcript:Brian: Typically when we get snows in mid to late Oct., usually they will melt out. We don’t usually get our winter snow pack to set in until Nov. 10th in Anchorage. So only about 40 percent of the time when we have snow set in on these dates in Anchorage will it hold on and last throughout the entire winter. So usually it will melt off, and we’ll have to start over.Annie: How does the timing of our first snowfall stack up to normal?Brian: Typically the first snow is on Oct. 16th and this year it was on Oct. 20th. We actually had two tenths of an inch right before midnight on Oct. 20th, so even though most of it was on Oct. 21st, it goes down in the books as being on Oct. 20th. So that’s four days behind schedule.Annie: Pretty right on.Brian: It’s pretty close. If you’re within a week, I would consider that to be right on schedule.Annie: And what about the rest of the state?Brian: Most of the rest of the state is, on average, pretty typical. Fairbanks was late – they were 19 days late – but Juneau was 19 days early. Places like Bethel, they haven’t had a snow yet, King Salmon, they haven’t had a snow yet, so they’re pretty behind.Annie: So for those of us in Anchorage who like to ski, should we be excited that this is a sign that this winter will be a snowy one?Brian: No, you should not be excited because there’s almost no correlation between when the first snow occurs in Anchorage and what the rest of the winter looks like. Two years ago we had our worst, lowest snow winter on record- we had three inches of snow the first week of October. And so everyone was thinking, ‘Oh this is going to be a good snow year,’ and it turned out to be the worst ever. So if you look at the numbers over time, there’s very, very little correlation between when the first snow occurs and what the final total for the season is.last_img read more

President Trump Orders Help For Coal And Nuclear Plants

first_imgReid Frazier/Allegheny FrontCoal stockpiled at a power plant. A draft plan circulating in Washington would require power grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal plants over the next two years to prevent them from shutting down.President Trump has ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take immediate steps to help financially troubled coal and nuclear power plants.A draft plan marked “confidential” is being circulated around Washington. No one from the Trump administration has confirmed to NPR that the draft is an official document. Still, the White House issued a statement in response to news reports about the plan, saying the U.S. electric grid is at risk because of coal and nuclear plant shutdowns — called “retirements” in the industry.“Unfortunately, impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix, and impacting the resilience of our power grid. President Trump has directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources, and looks forward to his recommendations,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says in the statement.Coal and nuclear plants are in trouble because across much of the country they’re having trouble competing with cheaper forms of electricity generated by natural gas and renewable energy.The draft plan would require power grid operators to buy electricity from struggling plants over the next two years to prevent more from shutting down. It relies on authorities given to the executive branch in the Defense Production Act of 1950 and the Federal Power Act.Some coal and power companies have lobbied the administration to invoke the measure, known as a 202(c), and Trump has picked up on the term, telling coal miners on a recent trip to West Virginia that “we’ll be looking at that 202.” Energy analysts say the measure is meant for short-term emergencies and it would be a bad fit to use it this way.The country’s largest grid operator, PJM Interconnection, says in a statement, “There is no need for any such drastic action.” The operator for much of the Mid-Atlantic, it says it has “secured reliable supplies through 2021/2022” and that this kind of federal intervention “would be damaging to the markets and therefore costly to consumers.”Coal stocks rose on news of the draft plan. The price for a share of Peabody Energy Corp. jumped nearly $2 after the New York Stock Exchange began trading Friday.The National Mining Association says in a statement that it has not received details of the plan from the Department of Energy. NMA spokeswoman Ashley Burke says, “We need a plan to preserve the reliable, affordable energy that continues to slip away each day, and it is encouraging that this administration is taking the issue seriously.”Environmental groups criticized the draft plan and called it illegal. “The Trump administration is continuing to try to fulfill the president’s campaign promise to his coal supporters to bail them out,” says John Moore, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.While the draft plan lays out arguments based on security and reliability, Moore argues a greater threat would be to extend the country’s reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.Reid Frazier of StateImpact Pennsylvania and The Allegheny Front contributed to this report.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Would You Pay 10K For This AIGenerated Portrait

first_img Set in a gilded wood frame, this seemingly unfinished portrait is at once mysterious and striking.Below the truncated head sit disproportionately large shoulders and a mosaic of brush strokes, wafting off the canvas like black smoke.Beautiful yet haunting, the image stares back at you, almost as if begging to speak. To tell you a secret. The secret of its origin.The portrait of Edmond de Belamy was created by a machine, defined only by an algebraic formula inscribed in the bottom right corner of the finished image.And it’s estimated to earn a whopping $7,000 to $10,000 during auction next week.Edmond is one of 11 “paintings” of the fictitious Belamy family, invented by Paris-based collective Obvious, which puts the art in artificial intelligence.The Belamy family tree (via Obvious)Using a dataset of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries, a two-part algorithm goes to work creating new illustrations based on the input.The generator, as its name suggests, designs images. Its counterpart, the discriminator, tries to spot differences between man-made and computerized art.“The aim is to fool the discriminator into thinking that the new images are real-life portraits,” Obvious co-founder Hugo Caselles-Dupré told auction house Christie’s, where Edmond de Belamy will be part of the Prints & Multiples sale from Oct. 23-25. “Then we have a result.”So why does Edmond look so different from the clean, detailed 18th-century portraits we’re used to seeing on museum walls?“It is an attribute of the model that there is distortion,” Caselles-Dupré explained. “The discriminator is looking for the features of the image—a face, shoulders—and for now it is more easily fooled than a human eye.”Edmond de Belamy (via Obvious)That is to say, the technology is not yet advanced enough to be hoodwinked by immaculate mortal handiwork; slightly dodgy facial features and fly-away flourishes are simply more forgiving.Similar techniques can be seen in the robo-created masterpieces featured in RobotArt’s 2018 android design competition. First place went to CloudPainter, an independent artist from the US who uses machine-learning tech to paint “evocative portraits with varying degrees of abstraction.”“Just a couple of years ago, the art world did not even accept my AI-generated paintings as art. At least now, some people are beginning to accept it as ‘bad art,’” CloudPainter said in July. “That’s progress for the AI genre.”We’ll soon find out just how far that progress extends when Christie’s opens the bidding for Edmond de Belamy. Sign up online to get in on the action, or just follow the lot for an exciting look at the future of AI art.More artificial intelligence coverage on Art-Designing AI Needs More TrainingAI Learns to Create Drugs From ScratchDNA-Based Neural Network Identifies Human Handwriting Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on targetlast_img read more

AirAsia X unveils 9th birthday special livery

first_imgAirAsia X unveils 9th birthday special liveryAirAsia X unveils 9th birthday special liveryAirAsia X has celebrated its 9th birthday with the arrival this morning on the Gold Coast of Flight D7 206 from Kuala Lumpur featuring a special 9th birthday livery dedicated to its guests and staff.Since its first flight in November 2007, AirAsia X has flown nearly 1.6 million passengers between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast. The airline was the first low cost long haul airline to fly between Malaysia and Australia and introduce innovations such as premium flatbeds and a Quiet Zone, reserved for passengers aged over 10 years of age.AirAsia is celebrating 9 years in Australia with special one-way fares for two people to Kuala Lumpur from Gold Coast from $369*; from Melbourne and Sydney from $349*; and from Perth from $188*.The fares are available for booking from now until sold out with the fares valid for travel from now until 5 February 2017. Bookings to www.airasia.comAirAsia X has 11 frequencies weekly between the Gold Coast and Kuala Lumpur and in March commenced a daily service between the Gold Coast and Auckland, New Zealand.Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad said, “We have expanded our operations rapidly since our humble beginning in 2007. We are now covering 23 destinations across four continents and grown our fleet to 30 Airbus A330s with over 19 million guests flown, and we’ve done it all within a decade.“This is definitely no mean feat and we couldn’t have done it without the dedication of our Allstars and the unwavering support from our loyal guests.“To top it all off, we’ve even commissioned an aircraft with a special anniversary livery dedicated for our guests and Allstars, as they are both the driving force behind the airline.“The past nine years have not been without its challenges for AirAsia X, but I believe that we have been through the worst and are now reaping what we have sowed from our on-going turnaround initiatives.“Returning to the black for three consecutive quarters is just a start; with solid hard work by the team and every Allstar we are confident to achieve full-year profit and take the airline to greater heights.“Special thanks go to our business partners, airport authorities, and tourism bodies who believed in us and supported us in our journey, including our AirAsia X Allstars who have made this dream possible,” Mr Ismail added.Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said,” Gold Coast Airport and AirAsia X play an important part in each other’s history. The Kuala Lumpur – Gold Coast route was the airline’s first ever service and AirAsia X was Gold Coast Airport’s first long-haul international carrier to Asia when they commenced in 2007.“AirAsia X’s entry into the Australian market has proved to be a game-changer in affordability of international air travel, and we are delighted to have played a part in their success.Queensland Airports Limited own and operate Gold Coast Airport.AirAsia X has increased many flight frequencies in 2016. From Australia AirAsia X flies daily to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Perth (14 flights per week) Sydney (11 flights per week), Melbourne (14 flights per week), and Gold Coast (11 flights per week).AirAsia X started its operation in 2007 with its maiden flight to Gold Coast, Australia on 2 November. Since then the airline has grown exponentially, having carried over 19 million guests in total. With this milestone, 9 guests from 9 countries within the network were invited to share their incredible travel experiences. Check it out here at*Terms and conditions apply. Fares include airport taxes and surcharges. Limited availability, until sold out. Selected travel periods apply. Processing Fee of up to AU$10 may apply. Fee may not apply if you use PayPal. Booking valid until 6 November 2016. Available when booking for two people. AirAsia Xbook flights hereAbout AirAsia XAirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in the Asia Pacific region. The airline currently serves 19 destinations across Asia (Haneda, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xian, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, New Delhi and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast), New Zealand (Auckland) and the Middle East (Jeddah). AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since it commenced long-haul service in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the “World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin” and “Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat” at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for three consecutive years from 2013 – 2015.  AirAsia group is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.Source = AirAsia Xlast_img read more

Link between drug use and violence is complex

first_imgTHE link between drug use and domestic violence is complex and strong, and international studies suggest that 61 percent of those who commit domestic violence are also either using or abusing substances.When a 14-year-old girl was found unconscious on Wednesday in the centre of Nicosia after using drugs, and a mother who allegedly attacked and injured her eight-year-old child was reported to be under the influence of drugs, a debate got underway on the necessity to provide better support and protection for minors by the state.The latest figures on Cyprus show an increase in underaged children reporting that they have been a victim of violence in their own family.The police findings reveal that a total of 895 minors, 408 boys and 487 girls, reported being the victims of bodily, sexual or psychological violence in their family from 2012 to 2016. While women are traditionally the largest group of victims, 63.65 per cent of the population, a further 16.82 per cent of the victims were children.The number of complaints by minors rose from 2012, where it stood at 149, of whom 58 males and 91 females, to 183 in 2016, 95 males and 88 females.These are only the reported cases, with studies suggesting that a great number of victims, especially women and children, don’t speak out.On Thursday, President Anastasiades said he was shocked by the media reports. He noted the cabinet recently approved the creation of a shelter dedicated to provide comprehensive support, guidance and protection for juvenile drug users.Children’s Right Commissioner, Leda Koursoumba, who has repeatedly called for the creation of closed facilities to offer minors a comprehensive rehabilitation programme, brought up the subject again in the wake of this week’s reports.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government has ignored the environment say Greens

first_imgThe Green Party-Citizens Cooperation launched an election-campaign attack on the government on Tuesday slamming a series of “bad policies” over the past five years.Speaking at a news conference titled The Environment in Crisis – Politics – Economy – Prospects, Greens leader Giorgos Perdikis said it was generally accepted that periods of economic recession were conducive to profound changes and profound reforms.“Over the past six crucial years, we expected that this country would really be trying to get rid of the traditional development model – which is largely responsible for this disaster and to take steps forward on the path of sustainability,” he said.“We have the strong view that, with the primary responsibility falling on the outgoing government that this opportunity has been lost,” he added. “The outgoing government did not seize the opportunity.”Referring to the near-destruction of the Vassiliko power plant in 2011 due to the explosion at the nearby Mari naval base, Perdikis said it was rebuilt “just as it was before and in the past five years there has been no substantial investment in renewable electricity,” he said.Perdikis said the net-metering programme launched by the previous government had not been extended, while the Renewable Energy Fund had gone bankrupt after the government refused to adopt the proposals of the ecological movement.He also said that in the field of sustainable transport, “we have seen in the days of this government that the public transport system has collapsed, since few infrastructure projects have been implemented in the last seven years”. He added that legislation on cycling was not promoted even though it had been prepared for years, biofuels were not developed, the use of natural gas and biogas was not introduced, and with much pressure from parliament and after many years of delays, “the first timid and dubious steps were taken for LPG fuel”.In addition, he said the scheme to withdraw old cars and the incentives to buy new eco-friendly vehicles was abolished by the government. “Regarding forests and Natura sites we have had the greatest forest fires since 1974 over the last five years,” he added.“Experts’ reports investigating the causes of the fires have highlighted all the shortcomings and gaps that have been created in recent years in formerly vigorous forest service, technical equipment and personnel,” he added.He said ecologists had issued plenty of warnings on the issues of importance for the environment that were not heeded.“Unfortunately the government ignored us,” he concluded.You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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