Pakistan edged South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method on Wednesday to keep alive their Champions Trophy hopes as rain continued to play havoc with the tournament.Hasan Ali produced a disciplined bowling display that allowed Pakistan to restrict South Africa to 219 for eight wickets in their 50 overs. Pakistan were 119/3 in reply after 27 overs when rain stopped play.The match at Edgbaston was abandoned two hours later, as the rain persisted, to hand Pakistan their first points of the tournament and leave them with a chance to go through to the semi-finals if they beat Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday in their last group game.Pakistan had lost to India in their opening match on Sunday, suffering a crushing 124-run defeat as they chased a rain revised target.South Africa, who were the top ranked one-day team going into the tournament, now face a tough fight with India at the Oval on Sunday if they are to advance.South Africa, Pakistan and Group B leaders India, who take on Sri Lanka in their second match on Thursday, are all tied on two points. The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals.Hasan Ali took two wickets in successive balls on his way to figures of 3/24 off eight overs while Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim also contributed with two wickets each.”We bowled in the right areas and our fielding was much improved,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.David Miller toiled to keep South Africa’s batting from not imploding further as Pakistan took regular wickets to shackle an impressive batting line-up.advertisementMiller finished not out on 75 off 104 balls after a dogged innings that included a 48-run partnership with Kagiso Rabada for the eighth wicket.South Africa suffered two ‘golden ducks’ with captain AB de Villiers dismissed with his first delivery for the first time in his ODI career, slashing the ball to Mohammad Hafeez at backward point. Wayne Parnell also fell first ball when he was clean bowled by Hasan Ali.Morne Morkel came on as first change to remove both of Pakistan’s openers in his second over and reduce Pakistan to 41/2 in their reply. Debutant Fakhar Zaman went for 31 and was followed two balls later by Azhar Ali for nine.Morkel had Hafeez caught in the deep for a third wicket but by then Pakistan had accelerated the run rate and gone ahead of South Africa on the D/L method.”We were outplayed by a better team. We came out with a good attitude in the field but just came up short,” said De Villiers.”We know what is required now against India and we’ll have to up our game to get past them.” Inclement weather has produced two ‘no result’ matches and interrupted others with a 20 percent probability of rain for Thursday’s India v Sri Lanka showdown in London, according to forecasters.
World Cup ‘Beating U.S. the happiest day of my life’ – Ex-CONCACAF chief Jack Warner trolls ‘laughing stock’ USMNT Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 20:42 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty composite World Cup United States Trinidad and Tobago v United States Trinidad and Tobago WC Qualification CONCACAF The Trinidad & Tobago native tore into Bruce Arena’s side, while the hosts’ assistant coach branded the players “embarrassing” for their attitude As the United States reflects on World Cup failure, Jack Warner has called the team’s defeat to Trindad & Tobago “the happiest day of my life.”The controversial former CONCACAF president, who is a T&T native, claims he was ready to party after seeing the U.S. reduced to a “laughing stock.”Germany 5/1 favs to lift 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A 2-1 reversal in its final qualification fixture, along with a 2-1 win for Panama over Costa Rica and 3-2 victory for Honduras against Mexico, has left the U.S. facing its first absence from football’s global showpiece since 1986.A “ghost goal” for Panama and testing conditions in its own game conspired against Bruce Arena’s side, but Warner is positively revelling in the demise of a once dominant force in the region.”I have not been in better spirits. This is the happiest day of my life,” he told reporters.”It [the win] couldn’t have given me greater joy.”Warner, a former FIFA vice president who is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. amid a crackdown in corruption in sport, added: “And for me personally, it has reduced the U.S. to a laughing stock.“Last Sept. 27 when the judge ruled against Jack Warner there was a party in the U.S., they were quite happy.”Knowing that this has happened I wanted to go out and party as they partied last September when a judge ruled against me. I wanted to party. This was my personal feeling.”Warner has also warned that failure to reach Russia 2018 could be just the start for the U.S., with its troubles set to continue as the federation hits a slippery slope.He added: “They will continue to undermine [the World Cup in] Qatar for 2022, but they will not succeed. As far as I am concerned this is the beginning of the end for U.S. football.”Nobody in CONCACAF likes the U.S.”Had the U.S. been able to avoid defeat against T&T, then the Americans would be heading to next summer’s World Cup, as even a draw would have sealed automatic qualification.As it is, the team’s actions prior to the final round of games left its opponent — which had nothing but pride to play for — determined to claim a prized scalp and dash the American dream.T&T assistant coach Stern John told USA Today on the motivation for his players: “I think they were a bit overconfident and a bit disrespectful because they came in and rain fell on the pitch and they were giving each other piggybacks [over the water] and all kind of stuff.”Rain fell, it is not our fault. They made a big scene out of it and it was international news all over the world. It was all over the media.”Our families [told us about it]. Most of our guys are on social media so they see it. They see the USA guys getting piggybacked to the field — it is embarrassing.”
Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks, held talks over the past two days in Skopje with senior officials from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, including Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, President Gjorge Ivanov and Foreign Minister Antonio Milošoski.Mr. Nimetz – who is heading to Athens for several days of talks with senior Greek officials – said the meetings were constructive and he had presented Skopje with some changes to the proposals he submitted to both parties last October.He voiced hope that these changes will lead to a positive reaction and accelerated negotiations, and noted that the leaders in Skopje had assured him they were eager to move forward.The Envoy had previously proposed several alternatives, but the two Governments have remained far apart on reaching a satisfactory compromise name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. 7 July 2009The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the dispute over the latter’s name is in the region for discussions with representatives of both countries.
He said the investigation is to, among others, identify their links to the organisation including the possibility of their involvement in supporting LTTE financially to fight the Sri Lankan government. Khalid said police have also identified four more suspects who were involved in the 4pm incident, and are working to track down their whereabouts. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police are also probing local groups – which demonstrate support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and had protested against former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa – under Sosma. He said the five suspects in custody were picked up in Dengkil, Ipoh and in KL in an operation that began yesterday.“The envoy sustained bruises on his face and body in the incident. He had sought treatment at the Gleneagles Medical Centre. He is okay. “We regret that this incident happened. “I want to warn these groups which support the LTTE that LTTE is a terror organisation that had been banned by the United Nations, and we, as a UN signatory country, can take action against them (LTTE supporters),” he said at the federal police headquarters in Malaysia today. Malaysian police have arrested five people over Sunday’s assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the New Straits Times reported.The men, aged between 27 and 56, are being held to facilitate investigations under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma). Khalid was speaking to reporters after the opening ceremony of the Inspector-General of Police Gallery. (Colombo Gazette)
Among those who perished were seven boys aged between three and 10, and four girls between two-three years old.Based on accounts from survivors, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that there were approximately 60 refugees from the minority Muslim Rohingya community aboard the 20-metre wooden vessel with a normal capacity of 20 when it left Myanmar under cover of darkness – hoping avoid patrols there as well as in Bangladesh.The vessel was headed for Shahporir Dwip, an island at the southern tip of Bangladesh, about 78 kilometres south of Cox’s Bazar, when it foundered at Golar Para Char when the fisherman at the helm lost control and ran aground.According to survivors, the fleeing Rohingya had paid the fisherman the equivalent of $30 a head for what should have been a short sea journey, IOM said.About three hours after the boat initiated its journey from Dongkhalir Char in Buthidaung Township (north Rakhine province, Myanmar) Bangladesh Coast Guard were alerted of the disaster and launched a rescue mission.Like many of the most recent arrivals in Bangladesh, the refugees caught up in last night’s tragedy came from villages well inside Myanmar, they told IOM staff that they walked for eleven days before reaching the coast.However, even after crossing in Bangladesh, the conditions remain extremely challenging for the refuges – having to in the open or under makeshift tents and shelters using polythene, tarpaulin or pieces of cloth, with limited food, water and sanitation facilities.This latest tragedy follows on another mass drowning on September 28, when a fishing boat carrying refugees capsized near the same area, killing 23 people.As of 7 October, 519,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh, including 467,800 identified by IOM assessments in the Cox’s Bazar area.In other news, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners announced the rollout of a vaccination campaign – the second largest of its kind ever – in Cox’s Bazar beginning tomorrow. They aim to deliver cholera vaccinations to 650,000 people initially, followed by a second round to 250,000 children between the ages of one and five.
The NCAA basketball tournament should expand to 96 teams. It’s the obvious choice.Although it’s only in the discussion phase, the possible expansion from the traditional 65-team tournament to either 68 or 96 teams has its advantages.However, if the NCAA is going to complicate things, why bother with 68 teams? Go straight to 96.There are 347 Division I teams, only 18 percent of which receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.The expansion would allow for 28 percent of teams to receive bids, and between both the NCAA and NIT tournaments, 37 percent would receive bids.I understand the prestige that comes with a bid, but why not share that honor with more players? To the majority of players who don’t continue their career into the NBA, this is the highest honor they will receive.The expansion doesn’t undermine the exclusiveness of the tournament because it will still exclude much more than half of the teams.It would still place an emphasis on the regular season as well. The pressure during the regular season has room to intensify when an NCAA bid is on the line.Conference champions will be rewarded with automatic bids as usual.Then there are teams who are consistently offered a bid but, because of a mediocre season, they become a team on the bubble.A perfect example is Ohio State. The Buckeyes didn’t make it to the 2008 NCAA tournament but received a No. 1 seed in the NIT tournament.If you look at the recent winners of the NIT, they are almost always a powerhouse school. In the last 22 years, only twice has a team from a mid-major conference won the NIT.The expansion would ensure that teams that are able to compete at the same level are given that opportunity.Smaller conferences have teams worthy of a seed and the expansion allows them to have more than one team make it. Keeping the strongest schools together in the big tournament reserves the NIT for smaller schools that simply can’t compete with the big dogs.Sure, the expansion will create obvious underdogs, but it’s the underdogs that add to the “madness” that is March Madness. Without them, there wouldn’t be Cinderella stories.To the powerhouses of the NCAA, there’s no reason to shy away from the expansion. The competition will be nearly the same. If anything, those powerhouses will be protected from big upsets by a first or second round bye.In the event that the Big Ten expands as well, Ohio State has one more competitor in the race for the Big Ten title. For the growing sport and the growing conference, the expansion is inevitable.
Ferrowest’s Eradu MPI project in Western Australia proposes the production of 1 Mt/y of merchant pig iron (MPI) in the form of 96% Fe iron nuggets using the new ITMk3® manufacturing process. The world’s first full scale ITMk3 plant is being commissioned in the USA for Steel Dynamics. “Being new, ground breaking technology, it has experienced teething problems to be expected with such a quantum step forward in steel making methods,” Ferrowest says. “However, solid progress is being made and engineering enhancements to the design are continuing to secure better performance outcomes. Product quality has been high from the start of commissioning but ensuring sustained ‘name plate’ production capacity has been a long process. 75% production capacity has been achieved and a sustained level of 85% is targeted following some further engineering changes that are currently underway.”There is great confidence that full name plate capacity will be achieved in time for Ferrowest to be able to use the technology in a ‘proven’ form.Recent experience with the tough iron market has demonstrated the soundness of the company’s unique business plan to add value to iron ore to produce MPI. This has been shown to be a superior approach had the project been in operation in the last year when compared to the sale of magnetite concentrate. The increased product price margins generated through the value adding approach makes a more resilient operational scenario. There is also less competition in the MPI sector for supply into Asia, where Ferrowest would hold a cost advantage over its main competitors that are based outside the region.While the company’s current plans are to supply the Eradu MPI plant with magnetite concentrate from its Yogi mine project, it is expected there will be two and possibly three sources of magnetite concentrate available in the Mid West Region in the time frame required for the Eradu MPI plant.This further provides opportunities for the company to stage development of its projects in a more manageable way.
Blockchain’s decade-long journey has been a strange one, to say the least.A technology for decentralized, self-regulating data, blockchain allows information to be managed and organized without an intermediary—like a bank, government, or accountant.Despite a long discussion with my ultra tech-savvy fiancé and extensive Internet reading, I am still a bit unclear about the whole process. And I am not alone.Virtual game CryptoKitties and art tech startup Meural opened a joint exhibit at Germany’s ZKM Center for Art and Media to showcase “the inner workings of blockchain technology in real time.”Part of the museum’s ongoing “Open Codes” exhibition, the display—called “Bringing Blockchain to Life”—will present cartoon cats as digital artwork.When it was released in late November, surprise hit CryptoKitties overloaded open-source blockchain-based distributed computing platform Ethereum. In the nine months since, the game has conducted tens of millions of dollars in transactions.This so-called “game” (lovechild of the Tamagotchi and Beanie Baby) encourages people to hoard and trade computerized animals.Each cat is one-of-a-kind, and commands anywhere from six cents to six figures. Earlier this year, a CryptoKitty displayed at Christie’s Auction House sold for $140,000 (with proceeds funding the Foundation for Art & Blockchain).“You can buy, sell, or trade your CryptoKitty like it was a traditional collectible, secure in the knowledge that blockchain will track ownership securely,” the website said. “But, unlike traditional collectibles, you can breed two CryptoKitties to create a brand new, genetically unique offspring.”Co-founder and CEO Roham Gharegozlou credits his title with “introducing entirely new audiences to the potential of blockchain technology.Its best known (but by no means only) application is the digital payment system Bitcoin, which cuts out the middleman to enable direct electronic cash transfers.The scheme relies on members of the general public to validate and timestamp transactions. Those transactions are then added as “blocks” to a cryptographically protected, unalterable chain (hence the name) and shared on a private (with restricted membership) or public network.“Our exhibit at ZKM continues our mission of demystifying the blockchain so that the people can benefit from it most—whether they’re creators and consumers, or artists and their fans—can be a part of the technology’s future,” Gharegozlou said.Odd bedfellows on paper, blockchain and art make a surprisingly good—if not utterly bizarre—pair.According to a recent report by Engadget, blockchain-based digital card game Gods Unchained recently sold a playing card worth $54,000 (at the time). A grainy photo of Elon Musk, meanwhile, is currently on auction for $40,450.And in June, art platform Maecenas began offering digital shares of Andy Warhol’s silkscreen “14 Small Electric Chairs.Last year, the Long Island Iced Tea Corp. rebranded itself, Long Blockchain Corp. More recently, two firms teamed up to map heritage sites on the Moon—using blockchain. And doAmazon’s Blockchain dreams compete with Oracle? Find out more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Master Blockchain With These Easy Online CoursesAtari Explains What ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ On Blockchain Even Means
Best Sneakers of Summer 2019Nike Adds Self-Lacing Adapt Tech to Huarache Shoe We’ve talked quite a bit on Geek.com about what makes for a great pop culture collaboration in the world of sneakers. Sometimes it’s as simple as re-releasing a dope retro sneaker sported by a superhero in a movie. Other times it involves exciting, vibrant colorways that mimic the aesthetic of the Seven Kingdoms’ finest. Pop culture crossovers are well-trodden ground at this point and as exciting as they are for fans of film, comics, television, and video games, it’s become rare to see something that feels innovative in the field.That changes with Nike’s announcement of their newest collaboration with Netflix juggernaut Stranger Things. The collection, which drops later this month just in time for the July 4 premiere of the show’s third season, features apparel and sneakers inspired by the world of the show. However, you aren’t just going to be getting a tee shirt with the Demagorgon on it or sneakers rocking the Eggo logo.Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Hawkins High pack. (Photo Credit: Nike)Instead, Nike x Stranger Things is a proper throwback collection featuring two collections of sneakers, both inspired by the brand’s roots — sneakers that were making waves in the ‘80s that you’d see Dustin, Mike, Will, and Lucas wearing to school. The first line draws inspiration from Hawkins High School, featuring classic ‘70s Nike sneakers the Blazer, Tailwind, and Cortez. Each features the school’s green and orange colors as well as the Hawkins Tigers logo. The Blazer and Cortez each have a primary white base with accents and swooshes in the school colors while the Tailwind comes in a deep green with an orange swoosh logo. This collection will be available come June 27.Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ ‘OG’ Pack (Photo Credit: Nike)A few days later, on July 1, the second drops. This one features the same sneakers in new colorways inspired by the Fourth of July, 1985. The sneakers come in holiday-appropriate red (Cortez), white (Tailwind), and blue (Blazer). These kicks don’t feature the Hawkins logo but instead have the year stamped on the heel and feature a fireworks-speckled sock liner.Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Hawkins High apparel (Photo Credit: Nike)In addition to the shoes there’s a dope line of apparel dropping meant to mimic Hawkins phys-ed uniforms. Don’t worry, gym uniforms are in now. Trust me, your cool friend who knows stuff about fashion/is assuming they’re cool now because why else would Nike make them? Nike is cool. If Nike says gym uniforms are cool, I believe them.Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Hawkins High apparel (Photo Credit: Nike)Keep an eye out for the Nike x Stranger Things collection later this month on the Nike SNKRS app — the shoes and apparel are sure to sell out quick. And after that, cross your fingers and pray for a Stranger Things-inspired drop around Season 4 that includes two of the best sneakers of the late ‘80s — the Air Max 1 and Air Tech Challenge 2 — because that would be rad.More on Geek.com:Epic Games Launches ‘Fortnite’ Crossover With Air JordansNike Fit App Uses AR to Help You Determine the Right Shoe SizeNike Kyrie 5 ‘UFO’ Brings Conspiracy Theories to Sneakers Stay on target
Facebook WWE issues new statement about the passing of King Kong Bundy on Monday Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE issued the following statement earlier today on the passing of David “Jimmy Del Ray” Ferrier earlier this weekend at the age of 52:“WWE is saddened is learn that David Ferrier, better known to WWE fans as Jimmy Del Ray, passed away Saturday night at the age of 52. His death was the result of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, according to a Tampa Tribune report.As one-half of The Heavenly Bodies tag team alongside partner Tom Prichard and manager Jim Cornette, Ferrier — who went by the nickname “Gigolo” — thrilled and infuriated audiences in WWE in the early to mid-1990s. The Heavenly Bodies also enjoyed great success in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, winning the Tennessee-based organization’s tag team titles on numerous occasions, as well as a stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling. At Survivor Series 1993, Del Ray (Ferrier) & Prichard defeated The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express to capture the SMW Tag Team Championship, becoming the first Superstars to win a title not sanctioned by WWE on a WWE pay-per-view. Later in his career, Ferrier also competed in WCW, where he wrestled under the moniker Jimmy Graffiti.WWE extends its condolences to Ferrier’s colleagues, friends and family.”WWE.com: Jimmy Del Ray passes awayRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 51.06%0:06Remaining Time -1:52 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Hulk Hogan, Triple H and many more names react to the passing of King Kong Bundy WWE pays tribute to Hall of Famer Pedro Morales, Bret Hart pays respects to Morales Twitter Vin Diesel Google+ Lindsay Lohan Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters O. T. Fagbenle Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention WhatsApp Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 26, 2018 – Montego Bay – Chief Public Health Inspector for Westmoreland, Steve Morris, says while leptospirosis is not at a crisis level, every effort should be made to ensure the disease is easily detected and speedily treated. Mr. Morris, who was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ at the agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on February 20, said health officials continue to remind the public of the dangers of swimming or wading in water which has resulted from flooding, or eating foods that might have been contaminated with animal urine.“We are also advising parents to look out for their children who we all know are prone to going into whatever water they see around them, all in the name of fun. Food, too, must be covered and protected from contamination, which again is dangerous for unsuspecting youngsters as well as adults. If you see any food item that looks suspect, throw it away as it could easily be contaminated,” he warned.Mr. Morris said they have been seeing an increase in the notifications for leptospirosis across the parish. “It is always on our radar, so we are looking at how best we can reach persons to reduce these notifications. Currently, we are looking at education as one of the better means of reaching persons, in addition to implementing a rodent-control programme in the township of Savanna-la-Mar,” he noted.He emphasised that the rodent control programme has to be a collaborative effort between commercial entities, stakeholders, the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation and other agencies, adding that “the health department cannot, by itself, financially sustain such a programme”.Mr. Morris said leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that could lead to possible fatal infection of the kidney, liver, brain, lung or heart. He said while it cannot be spread from human to human, it can be contracted through exposure to the urine or body fluid of infected animals.Meanwhile, Veterinary Public Health Inspector, Jodi-Ann Harris, said that leptospirosis can be fatal if it is incorrectly diagnosed or not detected and treated “very quickly”. Ms. Harris stressed that a big part of the problem is that the symptoms of leptospirosis are similar to other illnesses, notably the flu, and which can oftentimes go untreated. She is appealing to Jamaicans to visit the nearest hospital or health centre and get tested if they experience any such symptoms.“If you are experiencing high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and rash, go and see the doctor right away,” she implored.“Parents are also being advised that if any of these symptoms do occur, medical attention should be sought right away. The disease should be treated with antibiotics as soon as it is detected,” Ms. Harris said. She pointed out that failure to expeditiously treat leptospirosis can result in kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure and respiratory distress. “It can also be fatal,” she added.Release: JIS
American Soybean Association (ASA) leaders attending World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, today expressed disappointment that Brazil and a group of other developing countries were unwilling to open their markets and reform their own production-distorting subsidies.”What we are seeing here at the negotiations is a group of developing countries, led by Brazil, making one-sided demands of developed countries, but refusing to put their own policies on the table,” said Ron Heck, ASA President and a soybean farmer from Perry, Iowa. “If Brazil and these other countries continue to be uncompromising about opening their own markets and disciplining their subsidies, the WTO negotiations will go over the cliff and Brazil will be responsible for pushing them over.”ASA and other producer groups have stated that the degree to which they will support reductions in U.S. domestic support programs is dependent on the degree to which markets are opened and tariffs are harmonized in both developed and developing countries. Improved market access is key for U.S. producers since U.S. agriculture tariffs average only 12 percent, while agriculture tariffs in the rest of the world average 62 percent.ASA and other producer groups have also stated that net agriculture exporting developing countries, such as Brazil and Argentina, must be subject to the same domestic support disciplines as developed countries. Under current WTO rules, self-designated developing countries are able to exempt from discipline their own production and trade-distorting domestic support policies, even when the countries are world-class exporters.”An interim report prepared by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (ARS), at the request of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), identified several of the programs being used by Brazil to develop its agricultural production and exports, but which are not subject to disciplines under the current WTO loophole for developing countries,” said Heck. “FAS and other reports indicate that the Government of Brazil will provide the equivalent of $6.9 billion in production credits to Brazilian farmers in the 2003/04 season at sharply subsidized interest rates. Medium and large producers are eligible for loans at 8.75 percent, and small producers are eligible for loans at 5.75 percent, compared to the national index interest rate of 26.5 percent. This reflects an interest rate subsidy of 17.75 percent to 20.75 percent.”The FAS report also identifies that Brazil imposes prohibitive taxes on farmland that is not brought into production, essentially forcing producers to clear and plant new acreage,” Heck continued. “This policy is a powerful production incentive that is artificially driving the rapid increase in Brazilian production and exports of soybeans and other commodities.”Time is running out at these negotiations,” concluded Heck. “The United States already has an open market and is fueling the world economy, as evidenced by our $503 billion trade deficit. The United States is willing to further open our market and reduce trade-distorting domestic support, but this must be met with substantial market access gains in developing country markets. It must also be met with a commitment that net agriculture exporting developing countries, such as Brazil and Argentina, are willing to subject their own production distorting policies to the same disciplines as developed countries.”
But as Advanstar and UBM’s events portfolio marched ahead, PR Newswire’s performance was flat and its Other Marketing Services businesses declined 8-percent. The losses there were mainly due to a cut in online revenue, “reflect[ing] a decision to focus on Tech products with higher quality leads.” Amid a series of major changes, UBM’s revenue shot up 26 percent in the first half of 2015. The gains were largely driven by the integration of Advanstar and the progression of its “events first” strategy, the company says. All of that change came as several executive leadership positions were vacated, then filled with new personnel. UBM has appointed a new CFO, and new CEOs of PR Newswire and its Americas division in recent months. In fact, as a whole, UBM’s 120-plus major events performed similarly well. Driving almost two-thirds of the company’s revenue, events grew 3.3 percent, with much of that growth attributable to the events first strategy put into place in late 2014. As part of that shift, the company has focused on its larger shows, selling or closing almost 40 events and several related lines of business in order to consolidate resources. UBM also bought three events during the period, and is in the process of rolling out a number of operational changes. While underlying revenue actually declined 4.1 percent to about $710 million, the October acquisition of U.S. event producer and publisher, Advanstar, accounted for a significant portion of UBM’s additional $148 million through June. The division boosted its events revenue—totaling almost three-quarters of its total income—by 2.9 percent in the first half. Integration efforts with its new parent company are ahead of schedule, as well, UBM reports. A favorable foreign exchange environment also added to top line growth in the first half, the company notes.
It’s being called a marine heat wave. The combination of the strongest El Niño in recent history and the warm water anomaly known as the Blob generated the greatest amount of warm ocean water that has ever been recorded, possibly affecting marine life up and down the West Coast.Listen nowSea surface temperature observations in late July 2016 show higher-than-normal temperatures lingering in the North Pacific and Bering Sea. (Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction)New research has now linked the two phenomena, with each believed to be alternately affecting the other through the atmosphere and the ocean.El Niño is the warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean and it can affect wind, temperature and precipitation patterns around the globe. While the latest El Niño did bring some needed precipitation to parts of the drought-stricken West Coast, it was also blamed for flooding, mudslides and other damage in California, according to an ABC News story in January.After peaking in late 2015 with sea surface temperatures of at least 2 degrees Celsius above normal, the latest El Niño has disappeared. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center in Maryland recently reported that sea surface temperatures have dropped to below average in the eastern equatorial Pacific over the last two months.But while El Niño is dead, the Blob lives on.“To put it in a little bit more colorful terms, kind of a lingering hangover,” said Nicholas Bond, a research meteorologist at the University of Washington and the state climatologist for Washington.Bond said latest sea surface temperature measurements show that unusually warm conditions are still persisting, especially in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.“For the Gulf of Alaska, 2.5 degrees C warmer than normal and in parts of the Bering Sea it’s 4 degrees C, or 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal,” Bond said. “I noticed some temperatures there near the west coast of Alaska that were 16 degrees C. That’s over 60 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the Bering Sea.”Bond first identified the warm water anomaly three years ago and nicknamed it The Blob. He said unusual weather patterns have allowed the ocean to retain that heat.“It got quite a bit warmer than normal, quite deep depths, as deep as 300 meters or so,” Bond said. “There was just a tremendous reservoir of this extra heat that is taking a long time to go away.”That means that Alaskans, especially along the coast, could expect warmer weather this summer.Climate hypothesis to explain the generation, evolution and persistence of the North Pacific warm anomaly between the winters of 2013/14 and 2014/15. (Di Lorenzo & Mantua, Nature Climate Change, 2016)New research suggests a link between the Blob in the North Pacific and the former El Niño in the tropical Pacific.“El Niño was kind of in the middle of the event in terms of changing the pattern of ocean warming and making it last for three years,” said Nate Mantua, a climate and fisheries research scientist at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.In a paper published in July in the journal Nature Climate Change, Mantua and his co-author, Emanuele Di Lorenzo of the Georgia Institute of Technology, examined the connections between the two separate ocean events despite the great distance between them.The Blob’s formation in the Western Pacific’s extratropics, or mid-latitudes beyond the tropics, in 2013 could have had a small influence on the development of the weak tropical El Niño of 2014. Then, during the stronger El Niño that developed in 2015, warm temperatures at the equator remotely affected the storm track and weather patterns in the North Pacific extratropics.“The El Niño influence favors a much stormier weather pattern that includes a lot of wind from the south along the coast of the Pacific Northwest into Alaska,” Mantua said. “That is what caused the offshore warm Blob to move inshore and to expand.”Mantua calls it a marine heat wave, and he said the amount of warm water was dramatically more than any other event in the historical record dating back to 1880.The Blob and El Niño tag team is the prime suspect for several unusual biological events along the West Coast in the last three years. They include sea bird die-offs, giant algal blooms, demoic acid in shellfish, whale and marine mammal strandings, and low salmon returns and lightweight salmon.“This is all indicative of a lot of stress on the marine food web lower productivity that’s in keeping with this idea of what warm water typically does,” Mantua said. “It just reduces the ability to get nutrients up into the sunlit upper ocean and cuts down on the abundance of the lipid-rich, sub-Arctic species that we find at the base of the food web.”Mantua said there’s no evidence yet that global warming prompted the recent arrival of the Blob. But he and his co-author do believe that such events may happen more often and with greater intensity as the ocean warms.“We see that the energy in the climate patterns that caused the warm Blob, it increases,” Mantua said. “By the end of this century, the energy increases about 16 percent over that from the late 20th century.”Short-term relief may just be around the corner. Temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean are cooling, finally signaling an end to one of the strongest El Niños in 20 years. Bond said there’s an increased chance that the pendulum will swing the other way this winter toward La Niña, or equatorial cooling.“And, if it has the usual sort of atmospheric pressure and wind patterns associated with it, then we should continue to see continued moderation of temperatures in the Northeast Pacific, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and off the Pacific Northwest Coast,” Bond said.“And more wind out of the north, more cold storms, and that could start moving the Blob out,” Mantua said.Mantua notes that current weather patterns are already much different than those that created the Blob. He said we’ll know more in six to nine months.“So, La Niña would be good for bringing things back to normal, maybe even getting us a little cooler than normal,” Mantua said.
5454 Replies Update from KTOO and Alaska Public Media staff The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning for virtually the entire Gulf of Alaska coastline after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck. The weather service advises people on the coast to move inland to higher ground. 5151 likes 6969 Retweets Update: 3:33 amThe National Weather Service has lifted the tsunami warning for coastal Alaska. It has been downgraded to a tsunami advisory.That means that while a wave has been recorded in the Gulf of Alaska, it’s not big enough to require evacuations.The Tsunami Warning Center says a wave of about six inches was observed in Kodiak. Residents are warned that though the wave is not large enough to require evacuations, they should be cautious near the water, and there may be dangerous and unexpected tides and currents.The wave was caused by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck just after 12:30 am this morning, about 175 miles SE of Kodiak, at a depth of about 12 miles.The warning prompted tsunami sirens to go off in Sitka, Kodiak and Unalaska, and residents evacuated to higher ground. Twitter Ads info and privacy From @BordenMitch in #Kodiak: Tsunami sirens still going off, people out in the streets headed to higher ground because of the M 8.2 #earthquake1:08 AM – Jan 23, 2018 Emily Russell@EmilyRussellAK NWS Tsunami Alerts✔@NWS_NTWC The National Weather Service has put out a list of locations and times when tsunamis are forecast to strike — Kodiak is earliest on the list at 1:45 a.m. The first wave may not be the largest.We’ve also had reports of a strong earthquake felt on the Kenai Peninsula and tremors felts in Southeast Alaska. 22 Replies Twitter Ads info and privacy Tue Jan 23 09:38:01 UTC 2018 event picture12:38 AM – Jan 23, 2018 1,3811,381 likes 2,9012,901 Retweets View image on Twitter According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak at 12:32 a.m.Kodiak Alaska 145 AM AKST. January 23.Elfin Cove Alaska 150 AM. AKST. January 23.Seward Alaska 155 AM. AKST. January 23.Yakutat Alaska 200 AM. AKST. January 23.Sitka Alaska 200 AM. AKST. January 23.Langara British Columbia 210 AM. AKST. January 23.Valdez Alaska 215 AM. AKST. January 23.Cordova Alaska 220 AM. AKST. January 23.Sand Point Alaska 220 AM. AKST. January 23.Unalaska Alaska 240 AM. AKST. January 23.Homer Alaska 250 AM. AKST. January 23.Craig Alaska 300 AM. AKST. January 23.Cold Bay Alaska 300 AM. AKST. January 23.Adak Alaska 305 AM. AKST. January 23.Tofino British Columbia 340 AM. AKST. January 23.Shemya Alaska 345 AM. AKST. January 23.Saint Paul Alaska 400 AM. AKST. January 23.In Sitka, KCAW’s Robert Woolsey reports that their community’s warning sirens are also sounding. KCAW’s Emily Kwong reports the town is evacuating.In Kodiak, KMXT reporter Kayla Desroches reports people moving to local schools, and up Pillar Mountain. There are reports of tsunami warning sirens sounding. We will give live updates on KSKA 91.1 FM as we have them. Please also watch the tsunami warning center website for updates.http://tsunami.gov/
Adilabad: The State government had spent crores of rupees on building the Rajiv Gandhi Institution of Medical Science (RIMS) hospital, but ithas not lived upto expectation because of acute shortage of staff in various departments. Due to lack of regular employees, insufficient staff and lack of supervision in medical emergencies patients are not getting proper medical care. Patients are getting treatment for small ailments like diarrhoea, fever, headache, typhoid, malaria, diseases only. There is no treatment for acute ailments. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us According to sources, mainly RIMS director’s post is vacant, and 12 professors’ positions (in various departments) are yet to befilled. Out of 30 Assistant Professor posts, only 15 have been filled and remaining 15 posts are still vacant. As many as 41 assistant posts were granted to the RIMS but only 34 have been filled but concerned doctors are regularly going on vacations. Due to this no proper medical services are being provided to the patients. Proposals are sent to the Health department for filling the remaining 7 vacant posts, said the sources. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us While 59 teacher posts were sanctioned to RIMS, out of them 22 posts are still vacant. On other hand, in the last five years due to non-recruitment of regular director’s post, in charge directors are running the hospital. Similarly,RIMS’ college principal, Assistant Director, Superintendent, RMO and other crucial posts are not filled and in-charges are running the show. Due to lack of proper medical services and supervision in the hospital patients have been put to lot of hardships. In RIMS hospital in-patient and out -patient wards are functioning though there alsothe lower level medical staff are required to berecruited in a large number, added the sources.
Vijayawada: Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan will celebrate his 86th birthday on Saturday. He will be completing 85 years. According to Governor’s secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena, the Governor will participate in social service activities and cultural programmes as part of the birthday celebrations at the Raj Bhavan. The priests of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam will bless the Governor with Vedic hymns. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us After that, he will be participating in the cake cutting programme in the presence of tribal and Dalit students. He will also present new clothes and notebooks to them. Meena said that a few classical programmes which showcase the cultural heritage of Andhra Pradesh will be performed. Afterwards, the Governor will participate in a blood donation camp organised by the Red Cross Society at Andhra Loyola College. The Governor will plant some samplings on the college premises. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us As Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is on foreign tour, Minister for Civil Supplies Kodali Nani and Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas will extend birthday greetings to the Governor at Raj Bhavan on behalf of the government. BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana and other leaders will meet the Governor. Leaders of different parties, heads of different non-governmental organisations (NGO), the police officials and others are going to participate in the birthday celebrations of the Governor.
Chintalapalem (Suryapet): A farmer, Govinda Raju, of Revuru village in the district has adopted a different method to remove weeds from his six-acre field. Most of the farmers in Chintalapalem and Mellacheruvu mandals cultivate chilli and cotton crops and always find it difficult to remove weeds from their fields. They usually use an implement called ‘Guntaka’ by tying it to their oxen where they have to shell out Rs 600 per day to use the implement. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Govinda Raju, who doesn’t have oxen, thought in a different way and attached the implement Guntaka to his two-wheeler by spending Rs 2,000 and finished removing weeds in his field by spending just a litre of petrol. He informed that the idea had helped him reduce the expenditure from Rs 600 a day to Rs 100 besides saving the time.
Share Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUTCameras monitor the detention facility in Karnes City.The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report based on some 30,000 pages of internal records from the Department of Homeland Security between 2009 to 2014, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. What they’ve found is what they call “the pervasive abuse and neglect of unaccompanied immigrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”Mitra Ebadolahi, an attorney with the ACLU, says the documents offer a glimpse into a federal immigration system marked by brutality and lawlessness.“The documents reveal mistreatment that is neglectful at best and intentionally cruel at worst,” she says, “including verbal abuse, such as calling immigrant children ‘dogs’ or ‘garbage.’ One migrant minor who was pregnant was told that her child would contaminate this country. That’s a quote. Children were threatened with rape and death.”She says the documents include allegations of physical abuse – small children were shot with tasers and run over by patrol vehicles – and sexual abuse. Ebadolahi says in one case, a teenage girl was subjected to a search in which border agents forcefully spread her legs and touched her genitals.U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities are not equipped for detention lasting more than 72 hours, she says.“The facilities are freezing cold. They were overcrowded. There’s evidence that they were unsanitary,” she says. “They were not given potable water. They were not given bedding, or necessary medical care.”Ebadolahi says the abuses could have come to light sooner if documents were more accessible to the public.“The government has fought tooth and nail to resist responding to our [Freedom of Information Act] request, which has necessitated years of litigation in federal court in order to get these documents,” she says. “Part of the delay is because the agencies are not being forthcoming, and are doing everything that they can to avoid providing the public with timely information about how they’re using our tax dollars.”U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to the ACLU report, saying, “The false accusations made by the ACLU against the previous administration are unfounded and baseless,” adding that many of the instances outlined in the report were allegations.Written by Jen Rice.