10 months agoHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy at AC Milan.There’s been claims he will be sold next month.“I’m happy at Milan,” Calhanoglu told DAZN.“I’m happy with [Rino] Gattuso and his staff. I feel at home here in Milan.“The relationship [with Gattuso] is really good, even when he gets angry with me. I accept that, because he’s a good Coach with a winning mentality.“When it happens you’re better off not saying anything, otherwise you’ll get a clip round the ear…” last_img read more

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8 days ago​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loan

first_img​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Hang Out With Juanes And Help Charity

first_imgJuanes has decided to work with Prizeo to raise money for his foundation, Fundacion Mi Sangre, which he founded 8 years ago to share the peace and love that his own kids experience at home, with children who had been directly impacted by violence and social instability.Their programs utilize music, art and recreational activities as a catalyst for change, and peace-building reform.For a small donation to Fundacion Mi Sangre, fans can enter to win a trip to Miami to hang out with Juanes in his home studio, where they can play guitar, make music, or just chill out. The winner will get to bring a guest, and they will join Juanes for lunch before their studio hangout, too.Guaranteed prizes at various prize levels include tickets to his album launch concert, a signed guitar, and a Skype session with Juanes.“If you make a small donation, you will be entered to win a trip to Miami to hang out with me at my home studio,” says Juanes. “We’ll have lunch, and then we can do whatever you’d like – if you’ve always wanted to learn to play guitar, I’ll teach you the basics, or if you’d prefer, we can produce a track together – your choice. My way of saying thanks for supporting a cause that is so close to my heart. (You can also win t-shirts, front seats to my shows and more so make sure to check out all the ‘rewards’!)“Eight years ago, I created Fundacion Mi Sangre, because I wanted to share the peace and love that my own kids experience at home, with children who had been directly impacted by violence and social instability. Our programs utilize music, art and recreational activities as a catalyst for change, and peace-building reform.“Mi Sangre’s methodology encourages children, teenagers and youth to develop their own perspective with regards to their rights, through creativity and participation. This strengthens their citizenship and leadership skills, empowers them, and allows them to become active agents of change in their community. It’s incredible to watch them change their own worlds.“Over 67,000 children, adolescents and youth in Colombia have become key players in the growth and construction of a peaceful nation through our programs. Please, give generously, and help us continue to create visible, lasting social transformation.”To take part, visit Prizeo.com.last_img read more

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Quebecdeveloped mustard seed biofuel to be used in United Airlines flight

first_imgMONTREAL – Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight heading to Zurich from San Francisco on Friday will be propelled in part by a biofuel created by a Quebec company aiming to clean up the skies.Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is the firm behind the biofuel made from Carinata mustard and company founder and president Steve Fabijanski believes it could help dramatically decarbonize the aviation industry.“For me, this is a very good example of Canadian innovation and especially innovation from Quebec in terms of looking at green solutions,” he said in an interview from Paris with The Canadian Press.Thirty per cent of the jet fuel used in the Boeing will be replaced by the biofuel, leading the company to proclaim the plane will emit 30 per cent less greenhouse gases than a regular flight.Fabijanski said he believes his company’s product is the greenest biofuel ever used in a plane to date and that partnering with United Airlines will serve as a showcase for attracting new projects.With a flight time of 11 hours, the California-to-Switzerland flight will be the longest transatlantic trip to date using biofuels and the second time Agrisoma’s mustard-based product will be used in a commercial flight.Last Jan. 28, it was used in a 15-hour transpacific Qantas Airways flight between Australia and the United States. In that instance, the biofuel replaced 10 per cent of the jet fuel.Currently, the technical and regulatory rules limit to 50 per cent the amount of biofuel that can be used in commercial aircraft.“Fifty per cent is the goal (for the company) and at 50 per cent, you’re making a significant impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Fabijanski.As the number of air passengers has steadily grown, the aviation industry has set as a goal reducing CO2 emissions by 50 per cent compared to 2005 levels. The industry is responsible for two to three per cent of global emissions.Steven Guilbeault, an environmental activist and co-founder of Equiterre, says Agrisoma’s biofuel paves the way for air carriers to take a significant step in reducing their carbon footprint.“As an ecologist, what matters to me is that this type of technology is spreading and, as a Quebecer, I won’t hide the fact it makes me proud that it was developed in our backyard,” he said.The head of Cycle Capital Management, one of Agrisoma’s principal investors, didn’t hesitate to promote the virtues of biofuel.“If we put just 10 per cent of this fuel in all the planes around the world, we would accomplish great things,” said Andree-Lise Methot, the founder of the clean-tech venture capital fund manager.On top of the aviation industry, Methot said one of the main qualities of Carinata mustard is that it can grow on land that is not meant to feed people. So unlike ethanol, for example, its cultivation is not done at the expense of food.Once the oil is extracted from the plant, the residue becomes a protein-rich byproduct that can be used as feed for livestock.“Carinata grows when nothing grows, it grows in difficult conditions, it’s what I call a seed adapted to climate change and, in addition, it yields two beautiful products: biofuel and organic food for animals,” she said.last_img read more

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Lyft heads for initial public offering

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Lyft is readying for an initial public offering of shares as it pushes toward becoming a publicly traded company.The San Francisco ride-sharing service said Thursday that it confidentially submitted a draft registration statement for the proposed IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The company was valued at just over $15 billion earlier this year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Dec. 10.360 Finance – Shanghai, China, 3.1 million shares, priced $16.50-$18.50, managed by Citi/Haitong. Proposed NYSE symbol: QFIN. Business: Chinese online consumer lending platform partnered with 360 Group (Qihoo).CF Finance Acquisition – New York, 25 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Cantor Fitzgerald. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CFFAU. Business: Blank check company formed by the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald.CURE Pharmaceutical Holding – Oxnard, Calif., 2 million shares, priced $5-$7, managed by Network 1 Financial Securities. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CURR. Business: Developing oral dissolving film formulations of existing drugs.Chardan Healthcare Acquisition – New York, 7 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Chardan Capital Markets. Proposed NYSE symbol: CHACU. Business: Blank check company formed by Chardan to acquire a healthcare business.Cornerstone Management – Guangzhou, China, 5 million shares priced at $4, managed by ViewTrade. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: CSCA. Business: China-based private equity fund manager.Legacy Housing – Bedford, Texas, 3.5 million shares, priced $10.75-12.75, managed by B. Riley FBR/Oak Ridge Financial. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: LEGH. Business: Builds, sells and finances manufactured homes.Moderna – Cambridge, Mass., 26.3 million shares, priced $22-$24, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs. Proposed Nasdaq symbol MRNA. Business: Early-stage biotech developing therapies based on its modified mRNA platform.Schultze Acquisition – Rye Brook, N.Y., 15 million shares, priced at $10, managed by EarlyBirdCapital/BTIG. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: SAMAU. Business: Blank check company formed by distressed debt investor George Schultze.Synthorx – La Jolla, Calif., 11.9 million shares, priced $10-$12, managed by Jefferies/Leerink Partners. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: THOR. Business: Principal biotech developing immunotherapies for solid tumors.Tencent Music Entertainment – Shenzhen, China, 82 million shares, priced $13-$15, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs (Asia). Proposed NYSE symbol: TME. Business: China’s largest online music-streaming service.Uranium Trading – El Segundo, Calif., 4.5 million shares, priced at $10, managed by B. Riley FBR. Proposed NYSE symbol: UTC. Business: Newly-formed vehicle investing in the civil uranium market.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The PRRD allows Old Fort Residents to return home

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District Board of Directors has given most Old Fort Residents approval to return to their homes starting today.In a special meeting on Sunday, the Board received a summary report from Westrek Geotechnical Services.  The report said the landslide will to continue to move “Based on present conditions, the potential for the massive rockslide to move again is high, possibly causing the earthflow and both adjacent landslides to also move.”The report goes onto say “A larger rockslide could reach the temporary access road but does not pose any imminent risk to any houses.” The Board of Directors voted in favour of letting residents back into their homes, except for one property located 7605 Old Fort Road.  This has been the only home damaged by the slide.Residents will now a attend a meeting at the Northern Grand Hotel where the PRRD will discuss the re-entry plan. Some residents will be allowed home starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.More to come…last_img read more

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Sophomore helps fuel sevenyear win streak for OSU tennis

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court.  Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va. read more

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Ohio State to be awarded with Capital One Cup at ESPYs

The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOver the past year, few athletic programs have accomplished as much as Ohio State. And for that success, the Buckeyes’ men’s athletics program will be rewarded Wednesday during the ESPYs with the Capital One Cup, an award given to both a men’s and women’s group of athletes that demonstrated consistent success over a variety of sports. The Stanford Cardinal women’s athletics program won the women’s Capital One Cup.The award is earned on a points basis, with different point values being assigned to either ranking within the Top 10 of a certified poll, or placing in the championships of any given sport. The Ohio State men’s athletic program received 111 points, narrowly edging out two-time cup champion Florida who came in second with 105 points.To the athletes and alumni, this award takes on a special meaning.“It says that you’re one of the best,” said Eddie George, former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. “For us to finally hoist up a Capital One trophy to say, ‘OK, our athletic program as a whole is the best in the land,’ says a lot.”For its victory, Ohio State will receive not only the trophy, but $200,000 to be put towards student-athlete scholarships.And though Ohio State ranked third in highest-grossing athletic programs according to Business Insider, George said the school can benefit from the additional source of funding.“Anytime that you can get money for student-athletes to get more opportunities to come, it’s just that added bonus,” George said. “It’s saying that you don’t have to go out and fundraise as much. That goes right toward the bottom line, and it allows for student-athletes to get scholarships, not just for football, but for all sports. It gives someone a chance to foster their dream and to get a great education.”Winning an award such as this requires a well-oiled machine of athletics and someone at the helm who knows how to run it, George said. As a result, George believes a great deal of credit belongs to Smith for the work he has put into Ohio State athletics to put the program in a position to function as well as it has. “It just goes to show you the great job that Gene Smith has done for Ohio State as our athletic director,” George said. “(He) is very adamant and persistent about equality in all of our sports and supporting all of our sports.”George said that Smith and the rest of the athletic department have worked hard to bring Ohio State to the point of where it is no longer just viewed as a football or basketball school, but a university with widespread success across all different sports. He added that winning an award like this one sends a message to any potential incoming recruits that the program as a whole is committed to bringing together all the pieces required to drive a championship-caliber team.“It says that we’re hiring the best coaches, we’re giving the best mentorships, we’re doing everything we can as a university to put our athletes in the best position both athletically and academically,” George said. “It says that you’re coming to a program that believes in winning championships, that’s getting recognition, the best of the best.”George will officially bestow the honor to his alma mater during the presentation of the award, handing the trophy to fellow Ohio State alum and member of the 2016 National Championship-winning men’s volleyball team Miles Johnson.The former standout running back said he did not know how he was chosen, but that as soon as they called to offer him the position, he immediately accepted.“When they asked me to do it, I didn’t hesitate,” George said. “And to honor Ohio State for winning their first-ever Capital One Cup trophy is pretty amazing, so I’m honored to do it.”The ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on ABC. Point Breakdown:Lacrosse: 36Volleyball: 20Football: 15Gymnastics: 12Wrestling: 12Tennis: 8Fencing: 6*Rifle: 2**The rifle and fencing team received double the listed total, but since both teams are mixed genders, the point totals had to be split with half going to men’s athletics and the other half allotted to women’s athletics. read more

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Honoring service and sacrifices of Americas veterans at Mount Soledad

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMOUNT SOLEDAD (KUSI) — San Diego County’s most well-known monument to those who have served as the setting for one of the largest local observances of Memorial Day.A crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered Monday at the foot of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial to show their appreciation for the generations of men and women who put country above self.For Cindy Turner, the day brought back memories of her dad, who turned his back on a promising career as a professional baseball player.Instead of accepting a shot to play for the Chicago Cubs, her father, Robert Mayo joined the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War Two.  We found Cindy looking at her father’s plaque which was purchased as a Father’s Day gift after he died.There are so many stories told by the plaques on the memorial’s walls — nearly 5,000 of them.These are the stories of the Americans who fell in battle, but also those who risked their lives and survived.The cross on Mt. Soledad has its own story to tell.Surviving 25 years of legal challenges, the memorial was saved for perpetuity, when the land on which the cross and memorial stand was finally sold to the private non-profit association that operates the memorial. The Mt. Soledad site is the only one in the nation that honors all veterans from all wars, including the living.The ceremony honored Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant who became the nation’s 18th president.He was the first military leader to preside over what was called “Decoration Day,” when flowers were strewn over the graves of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers.The observance of “Decoration Day” was a precursor to the contemporary holiday which Americans know as Memorial Day. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, Honoring service and sacrifices of America’s veterans at Mount Soledad Sasha Foo center_img May 28, 2018 Posted: May 28, 2018 Updated: 10:26 PMlast_img read more

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Alaskas Minimum Wage Will Increase 5 Cents In January

first_imgThe current minimum wage is $9.84 through December 31, 2017. According to Beaty, all actual hours worked in a pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least an employee can be compensated by an employer. Tips are not part of the equation. The minimum wage will rise from $9.84 to $9.89 effective January 1, 2019. By law, Alaska’s minimum wage must remain at least $1 per hour over the federal minimum wage. Heather Beaty with the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development: “This increase will affect anyone who is working for minimum wage, and this modest increase will help protect minimum wage workers and their families over inflation over time.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s minimum wage will see a 5 cent increase as of January 1, 2019, for all workers, regardless of whether their pay is calculated by time, or commission.last_img read more

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Contractors Feeling Pinch as Shutdown Continues

first_imgThe White House and congressional Democrats are no closer to a spending deal that would re-open the federal government. Tuesday marks the 32nd day of the partial shutdown, which is now starting to impact contractors of all sizes, “making it one of the most economically damaging shutdowns in history,” Politico reported.Some smaller contractors have had to lay people off. Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing and The Rand Corp. have had to furlough employees or move them to other projects, according to the article.It has affected “tens of thousands” of contractors, said David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, a trade group that represents federal contractors. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Hate subscription software Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets reading • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Best back-to-school headphones Premiere Elements: $60 (save $40) $60 at Amazon Adobe Once upon a time, software and apps were a one-shot deal: You went to CompUSA, paid your $50 or $100 (or $500) and walked out with a shrinkwrapped box full of CDs or DVDs. All that, of course, is ancient history: Nowadays, nearly everything is cloud-based, meaning you always have access to the latest version and features, be they Office 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud. Indeed, Adobe’s cloud suite delivers always-on access to 20-some apps for $20 to $52 per month — it’s even on sale through Friday. And if you’re looking for “just Photoshop,” the company offers a very reasonable Photography Plan (Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop and 20GB of cloud storage) for just $10 per month or $120 per year.But as attractive as those deals are, they’re still subscriptions that you’ll need to pay “forever” — or at least as long as long as you want access to the apps. That’s why it’s nice to see that one-and-done software purchases are still available. No, these aren’t standalone versions of the pro-level Creative Cloud apps. Instead, they’re Adobe’s stripped-down Elements software — but both are currently on sale. Photoshop Elements for image editing and Premiere Elements for video editing are discounted by 40% each from now through Sept. 3. They don’t have all the features of the full, pro-level Creative Cloud software, but many users will find these perfectly suitable for casual use. You can even download 30-day trial versions so you can try before you buy. Here’s a quick overview of each — along with some notable alternatives. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. 2 Senior Editor Lori Grunin contributed to this story.Posted earlier, republished after verifying that sale prices were still in effect. Photoshop Elements: $60 (save $40) Share your voice Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 $60 at Amazon Premiere Elements gives you a slice of Adobe’s pro-level Premiere video editing tool at a much lower price. If you want to make sure that Elements is right for you, you can download the trial version at Adobe.Windows alternatives worth considering ($54 to $80): CyberLink Powerdirector, Corel VideoStudio, Pinnacle StudioMac alternatives worth considering (free to $300): iMovie, Final Cut Pro XPremiere Elements is also available at Adobe. The Amazon link below offers Mac or Windows download codes or a CD disc version.  Tags Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 The stripped-down version of Adobe’s image editing tool is available for 40% off. If you want to make sure that Elements is right for you, you can download the trial version at Adobe, or through the Windows App Store.Windows alternatives worth considering (free to $80): Affinity Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro, Skylum Luminar, GIMPMac alternatives worth considering (free to $80): Pixelmator/Pixelmator Pro, Affinity Photo, Skylum Luminar, GIMPPhotoshop Elements is also available at Adobe and the Windows App Store at the same price. (For reasons unknown, it’s still priced the usual $100 at the Mac App Store.) The Amazon link below offers Mac or Windows download codes or a CD disc version. See also Need both Elements programs? The bundle including both usually costs $150, but that’s also on sale for $90. That’s $60 off the list price, and a $30 savings versus buying both discounted apps above. Comments See All $90 at Amazon • Elements 2019 Bundle: $90 (save $30) Computers Software Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Photoshoplast_img read more

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Karnataka woos aerospace companies to set up MRO facility in Bengaluru

first_imgKarnataka on Tuesday exhorted global aerospace firms to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in the Aerospace Park near the international airport on the city’s outskirts.”In the 1,000-acre Aerospace Park at Devanahalli, we have a special economic zone (SEZ) for setting up aerospace related facilities, including an MRO to capitalise on the growing civil aviation traffic at the adjacent international airport,” state’s Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development, Vandita Sharma said in Bengaluru.As the third busiest airport in the country after New Delhi and Mumbai, the Kempe Gowda International Airport has about 450 passenger and cargo aircraft movements daily through the year.”With domestic and international passenger traffic projected to touch 18 million per annum by 2020 from 15 million annum in 2015, potential for aircraft service, including MRO is immense, as the airport is a strategic hub for South Asia,” Sharma said at the fourth edition of the ‘India MRO -Aerospace & Defence’ meet.The Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) consortium is soon building the second terminal and a second runway to expand the facilities in and around the airport to meet its growing needs for the next decade.The state and central governments are partners in the consortium with 13% each equity stake, while the G.V.K. Reddy-led private firms, including L&T, Zurich Airport and Siemens hold the majority (74%) stake.The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), which has its own airport in the city’s eastern suburb, with a dedicated runway, an air traffic control and an MRO facility for military aircraft and helicopters, also offered to service civilian aircraft.”We are ready to offer our excellent aviation facilities and domain expertise to maintain, repair and overhaul any type of passenger and cargo aircraft, including narrow and wide-bodied jets, fixed and rotary-winged choppers of domestic and international carries,” HAL’s Bengaluru complex chief executive R. Kaveri Ranganathan said at the two-day conference.According to global audit firm KPMG, the MRO business in the Indian sub-continent is projected to grow to $2 billion by 2020 from $700 million in 2015, as the passenger aircraft fleet size is expected to be about 1,000 in 2020 from 700 currently, including 400 scheduled type.In the absence of a hi-tech MRO facility in the country for private carriers, airlines have been sending their aircraft to Sri Lanka, Singapore or Dubai, while national carrier Air India has its dedicated service facility in Mumbai, Nagpur and Hyderabad.last_img read more

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White Skin Black Emojis

first_img Share captainsecret/Getty ImagesA set of expressive cartoon hands making a variety of gestures.Trying to pick the right emoji to convey exactly what you’re feeling — excitement, fear, existential dread — can be tough. What makes it more complicated? All those different skin tones.On Ask Code Switch, we take on your trickiest questions about race and identity. This week, we’re tackling a letter from Kristyn Gelfand, 38, in Toronto. She writes:My daughter, a very conscious 15-year-old queer, white girl, has recently started using black hand emojis. We discuss race and politics all the time at home. She even listens to your podcast with me sometimes. We live in a diverse neighborhood of a diverse city. As a family and on her own, our daily lives include many friendships and interactions with POC. So my question is, do I speak to her about using the emojis??Hey there! (wave emoji)If your daughter is like me, she believes an emoji is worth a thousand words. When a friend invites me over for dinner, I like to respond with a (thumbs-up). How else do you efficiently convey: “Yes! What a great idea! I’m excited! (But not too excited)”?The problem is, the emoji you choose might be sending the wrong message. A text that reads as playful to one person might come off as insensitive to another. (We’ll get into some of the reasons in a sec.)There are a lot of reasons your daughter might be using black hand emojis. It sounds like she cares about the well-being of the people of color around her, and she is probably not trying to cause offense. So maybe she feels that black hand emojis better convey what she is trying to communicate. Or maybe she thinks using them is a good way to show solidarity with her friends of color.But there is a problem here. When we step into the digital world, it’s easy to feel like we can leave our IRL identities behind. But the power dynamics that exist in real life don’t disappear just because we’re hidden behind a screen.So yes, you should absolutely speak to your daughter about the implications of using emojis that don’t match her racial identity. And the first step is to ask some questions.Questions like: Is her use of the emojis intentional, or something she just happened to do one day? Or, says Samantha Kemp-Jackson: “What are you trying to say that you can’t say in the color of your own skin?”Kemp-Jackson, a parenting expert and writer, says kids are more open to learning when they have a voice in the discussion. She says asking your daughter about her texting habits will allow her to think more deeply about what she is doing.If your daughter believes that black skin is an inherent part of her message, she adds, then she needs to think harder about what it is about black skin that enhances her message. Does she think her raised-fist emoji looks more revolutionary when she paints it black? Her clapping hands more rhythmic? Her praise hands more dramatic? Her painted nails sexier?If that turns out to be the case, then you should explain to her that she is playing up harmful stereotypes about black people, even if that is not her intent.You and your daughter already talk about race a lot, so treat this as part of that ongoing discussion. You can explain to her that, as a white person, she has a lot of privilege, both on her phone and face to face.By trying on black skin when it is fun, safe and convenient, your daughter is inadvertently trivializing the experiences of real black people.“A white teenager can walk into a store, and they don’t feel at that point that they want to be black,” says Kemp-Jackson. Unlike your daughter, black people can’t choose when to invoke their blackness.If she’s not convinced yet? It might help to crack open the annals of emoji history.Before we could wave, clap and flip someone off in six different skin tones, emojis were just yellow. Simpsons yellow. This default, universal cartoon “skin” was based off of Caucasian skin tones. (And FYI, even on The Simpsons, black and brown characters were drawn black and brown.)For a lot of people of color, those yellow emojis weren’t … us. Our praise hands always felt a little jaundiced.It wasn’t until 2015 that we got another five skin tones to choose from. Now, I can virtually high-five my friends with a brown hand that looks more like mine.But white people never wound up taking to the lighter-skinned emojis. Andrew McGill at The Atlantic found that white emoji users err on the side of the yellow “default,” rather than the colors that more closely match their skin.Why might that be? Before, when white people sent a high-five over text, it didn’t have to be about race. For people of color, it was. Whenever we sent that yellow high-five, we were reminded that brown and black hands were not an option.McGill writes that now that there are options, when white people send a high-five with white skin, it feels like sending a white high-five. For people who are used to thinking of their skin as the default, acknowledging whiteness in their digital hand gestures can feel deeply uncomfortable.After all, what does it mean to send a white high-five? Or a white hang-loose sign? Or even a white raised fist?Using certain white emojis might feel a little weird to your daughter. She probably doesn’t want to assert her whiteness in every text conversation.But her discomfort is a product of her privilege, and that isn’t a good enough reason to try on someone else’s skin. So if she finds herself reaching for those black hands … she should think twice.If she needs them to help her with her message, she is probably not the right person to be saying it in the first place.Do you have thoughts on race-conscious emojis? We want to hear from you! Email us at CodeSwitch@npr.org. Have a racial conundrum of your own? Fill out this form and tell us the deets.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Cardinals Send 15 to the Finals after Day 3 Preliminaries

first_imgIn platform diving, Molly Fears qualified third after five rounds of dives. Michaela Sliney scored points with a 10th place finish and freshman Anika Holland placed 22nd. Print Friendly Version The Cardinals send three in to the finals of the 400-IM. Sophie Cattermole put up a 4:12.09 and qualified sixth overall for the A-final. Maria Sumida clocked in at 4:16.70 in her heat and returns in the B-final. Carley Lowe turned in a 4:20.36 to make the C-Final.  Grace Oglesby put up the third fastest qualifying time in the 100 butterfly to make the A-Finals.  In the B-final for the Cards will be Alena Kraus, who put up a 53.44 and Nastja Govejsek, who went 53.37. Story Links The University of Louisville will send 15 Cardinals into the finals tonight after a fast day of preliminaries at the 2019 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.center_img Kaylee Wheeler qualified fourth in the 100 breaststroke and will swim in the A-final with a time of 59.75.  Also in the A final will be Mariia Astashkina, who had a time of 59.85 and Morgan Friesen, who turned in a 59.98. Avery Braunecker made the C-final of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.6  along with Lauren James, who boarded a 1:02.07. Alina Kendzior made the B-final of the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.43. Ashlyn Schoof went 54.38 and Lainey Visscher had a 54.84 in other performances. Mallory Comerford earned a second swim for the A-final of her signature event, the 200 freestyle. She stopped the clock at 1:44.38.  Joining her in the A-final will be Arina Openysheva, who put up a prelim time of 1:45.91. Diana Dunn posted a time of 1:47.65 to make the B-final.  Casey Fanz put up a time of 1:50.78 to round out the Cardinal field.last_img read more

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New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Cosmologists Alan Coley from Canada’s Dalhousie University and Bernard Carr from Queen Mary University in London, have published a paper on arXiv, where they suggest that some so-called primordial black holes might have been created in the Big Crunch that came before the Big Bang, which lends support to the theory that the Big Bang was not a single event, but one that occurs over and over again as the universe crunches down to a single point, then blows up again, over and over. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The idea is based on the fact that the Earth, and the rest of the known universe is occasionally bombarded with unexplained bursts of gamma rays; something that could, according to Coley and Carr, be the result of primordial black holes running out of energy and disintegrating.Primordial black holes are thought to be of a different type than the regular kind that are formed when a supernova occurs, leaving a void that is filled by the entity that is commonly known as a black hole. Many theorists support the notion that there does exist other types of black holes that were formed in the first “moments” after the Big Bang; black holes that would be smaller and created by the energy of the Big Bang itself. In this new theory, however, Coley and Carr suggest that some of these black holes, if they do actually exist, might have been created by the collapsing universe as part of the Big Crunch, and then somehow escaped being pulled into the pinpoint singularity comprised of everything else. And then, after the Big Bang, they simply assimilated with the newly formed universe. One problem they agree on is that it would likely be impossible to tell the difference between pre and post Big Bang primordial black holes.It’s all purely speculation of course, as no one has ever actually seen a primordial black hole, or even offered much proof that they exist, but it does raise very difficult questions; ones that are impossible for scientists much less casual observers to answer. Questions such as, if the universe contracts, then blows up, over and over, has this gone on forever? Or is it possible that our view of the universe is so limited that we’re only seeing one tiny fraction of it, and thus, any theories or explanations we offer, are little more than guesses. And finally, maybe the hardest one of all; is it possible that the universe actually goes on forever; that it has no boundaries or borders? Which would mean the Big Bang was actually little more than one tiny event going on in one small part of an endless expanse.It’s possible that no matter how long we as a people survive, we’ll never really know the answers to such questions, which might in the end mean, we’ll just have to take our theories on faith. Citation: New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-theory-black-holes-predate-big.html An artist’s rendering of the M87 black hole. Image credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA/Lynette Cook. More information: Persistence of black holes through a cosmological bounce, B. J. Carr, A.A. Coley, arXiv:1104.3796v1 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1104.3796AbstractWe discuss whether black holes could persist in a universe which recollapses and then bounces into a new expansion phase. Whether the bounce is of classical or quantum gravitational origin, such cosmological models are of great current interest. In particular, we investigate the mass range in which black holes might survive a bounce and ways of differentiating observationally between black holes formed just after and just before the last bounce. We also discuss the consequences of the universe going through a sequence of dimensional changes as it passes through a bounce. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Scientists glimpse universe before the Big Bang Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Elegy to the nomadic Tibetan life

first_imgTransforming every last sunday of the month into a treat for film buffs, the ongoing series of the best and rarest films from the first edition of Dharamsala Film Festival brings you Summer Pasture-a riveting snapshot of the diminishing nomadic community of Tibetan herders. It is a critically acclaimed feature length documentary by filmmakers Lynn True, Nelson Walker, and Tsering Perlo.Termed as ‘a consistently compelling portrayal of Tibetan hinterland’ by New York Times critic Stephen Holden, it was filmed during the summer of 2007. The film offers a rare opportunity to see the lives of a highly insular community in ransition. It was awarded the Best Feature Length Film award at the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival.last_img read more

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