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Women’s 27’s: Australia (8) defeated New Zealand (4)Australia (16) defeated Scotland (0) Men’s 35’s: Australia (19) defeated Fiji (2)Australia (16) defeated Papua New Guinea (1) The Australian teams have started the 2015 Touch Football World Cup in style with an impressive day of victories. The Men’s Open and Men’s 30’s teams kicked off the Aussie campaign with convincing wins in the first round of the day.In their first time representing Australia in the Men’s 50’s division, Australia showed they would be the team to watch with a big victory over Japan. They followed it up with a victory against Niue to be undefeated after day one. Australia will play Ireland and Italy on day two.The Aussie Women’s 27’s also started their campaign in style defeating rivals New Zealand 8-4. Both teams traded rucking sets for majority of the first half until Australia broke the deadlock. At half-time Australia lead New Zealand 5-1. Australia also dominated their other game on day one defeating Scotland.Congratulations to Gavin Shuker of the Australian Men’s 30’s who scored his 100th touchdown for Australia when the Aussie 30’s defeated Papua New Guinea 15-0. Gavin has scored 72 Touchdowns in World Cups and 28 Touchdowns in Tests. Women’s Open: Australia (27) defeated Scotland (0) Australia (24) defeated Japan (1)Australia (20) defeated United States of America (0) Mixed Open: Australia (11) defeated Japan (3)Australia (21) defeated Italy (0)Australia (15) defeated United Arab Emirates (0) Men’s 50’s: Australia (17) defeated Japan (0)Australia (21) defeated Niue (0) Men’s Open: Australia (22) defeated Wales (0)Australia (18) defeated France (0)Australia (23) defeated Malaysia (0) Men’s 40’s: Australia (20) defeated Singapore (0) Men’s 30’s: Australia (16) defeated Cook Islands (2)Australia (15) defeated Papua New Guinea (0)Australia (17) defeated United States of America (0) Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup: Senior Mixed: Australia (21) defeated Singapore (0)Australia (18) defeated Niue (1) Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksDay 1 Results
How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out With our fast, busy lives we often find ourselves on the go without enough time to eat. For those of us who are into working out, we need something that gives us the nutrients we need, not extra-added stuff like sugar. Taylor Collins and Katie Forrest, two outdoor enthusiasts who hail from Austin, Texas, discovered they needed to create just the right snack to give them the nutrients they needed while biking, hiking and train running, and they came up with something so Epic, that they named it Epic Bar. Unlike all those other sweet, sugary nutrition bars on the market, Epic Bar takes animal protein — bison, beef, lamb and turkey — and fuses them with ingredients like berries and nuts, making for a quick bite that is rich in protein, vitamins, nutrients and omega-3s, plus is low glycemic, gluten free and paleo-friendly. It’s better than jerky, and the tiny touch of flavors that enhances the meat. The Manual spoke to Collins about how they came up with Epic Bar, why they decided to put the animals on the packaging and the best time to eat one.How did you come up with the idea for Epic Bar?Katie and I are long time endurance athletes. When we are not working, we are often found deep in the Texas Hill Country riding bikes, trail running, or hiking. It was always at these times when our bodies craved something savory, nutrient dense, and in a whole food form. We could only consume so many plant-based bars before our bodies started rejecting such high carb/sugar intake. So, we started packing bacon during our long endurance events and it was game changing! As a result, Katie and I set out to create a more portable and convenient way to snack on high quality animal protein on the go!How did you concoct the different flavors?We formulated the flavors with a trial and error method. Initially we made hundreds of versions of the EPIC bars. We dialed in the flavors to the current lineup by only keeping the ingredients that worked and getting rid of the ones that didn’t. We personally tested each concept during a trail run, daylong bike ride, or camping trip. The flavors that we enjoyed most and the ingredients that made our bodies feel the best evolved into EPIC bars.When did you decide to turn it into a business?We decided to turn EPIC into a business as soon as we dialed in a shelf stable version of the bar. We saw an amazing market opportunity to create a healthy snack and we went hard and fast to getting the bars on the shelf. We were even more motivated to create a business out of this product once we began to see that we could make a significant impact on re-educating consumers about the health benefits of grass fed meat. We have always been excited to help grow the market for high quality humanely treated animal protein and reward ranchers for raising animals the right way.Are either of you on a paleo and/or gluten-free diet?Everyone within the company eats grain-free and gluten free. Most of us stick to a paleo inspired diet. For everyone here we focus on eating whole foods more than anything else!Why did you decide to put a photo of the actual animal on the packaging?We wanted consumers to connect with where their food comes from. If you are comfortable eating animal protein, we believe you should be comfortable seeing an image of the animal you are consuming. It’s a way to pay respect to the actual animals that we eat. No other food companies do this, and that is sad to us. We selected beautiful images of our animals that would stand out on the shelf and also in people’s minds.What’s the best time for an Epic Bar?EPIC bars are good anytime… duh! Long lasting satiety comes easily with Epic’s nutrient-dense protein content and the absence of grains. This makes EPIC a great option for on-the-go healthy snacking. Additionally, EPIC bars are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3’s, muscle-building CLAs, and antioxidant-rich vitamins A and E, thus also making EPIC a perfect fuel for athletes or post training recovery.For more information, visit Epicbar.com. Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy 6 Cocktail Trends You Need to Watch, According to Tales of the Cocktail Experts
Story Highlights Four of the country’s Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been equipped with the necessary tools to generate and attract funding outside of donor support.The entities, Ashe Company; Jamaica AIDS Support for Life; Panos Caribbean; and Rise Life Management, have benefitted from a marketing initiative of non-profit body, World Learning, through which they are receiving assistance to identify products and services that they could market to generate income.The NGO Group Marketing Initiative (NGMI), which was officially launched on Thursday, October 10, during a ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, seeks to contribute to the long-term sustainability of NGOs through capacity strengthening.Already, the NGOs have been able to identify marketable products such as scented candles, consultancies in journalism and language training, that could increase their income streams to improve the sustainability of their programmes.World Learning’s Project Director for Jamaica and The Bahamas, Ruth Jankee, told JIS News that the approach of the body, which has been providing grants to NGOs working in the area of HIV/AIDS, is to partner grant management with capacity building for the organisations.“Our idea is that once the projects and the grants end, we want the organisations that we have worked with to be better able to manage their operations and be more sustainable moving forward,” she said.Ms. Jankee pointed out that most NGOs, in seeking to provide products and services at little or no charge to their clients, are financially dependent on grants, fundraising, volunteerism and so on to sustain their activities.“So, we are really hoping that through this intervention, each of the organisations will have developed a way of packaging themselves and also will be able to market and generate income and reduce their dependence on donations, the international donor community, fundraising, etcetera,” she said.In support of each entity’s marketing strategy, packages, developed by World Learning in collaboration with the NGOs, which included brochures and flyers, were handed over during the event.The products and/or services being offered by the NGOs are highlighted in the individual flyers, as well as a combined brochure featuring all four entities. World Learning also provided a database of information on approximately 2,000 corporate entities that the NGOs can access for use in electronic marketing. The entitiesare: Ashe Company, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, Panos Caribbean, and Rise Life Management In support of each entity’s marketing strategy, printed media packages, done by World Learning, were handed over during the event. Four of the country’s Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been equipped with tools to generate and attract funding outside of donor support.
zoom TTS Group ASA has, through its subsidiary TTS NMF GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, signed four new contracts for delivery of multipurpose cranes to China, valued up to MNOK 72 (about USD 11.72 million). The contract is signed with Huanghai Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (China) and concerns a total of eight SWL 250t multipurpose cranes, two cranes per ship set. The cranes will be installed on four modern 12.500 DWT eco-efficient multipurpose vessels for European ship-owners.The order will extend the number of running cranes of this type heavy lift cranes (DK II 250t) to approximately 80 cranes on various ship designs. The deliveries will take place within April and October 2015.Press Release, July 1, 2014
NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fall River Roundabout Construction of a modern roundabout is underway at the intersection of Highway 2 and the ramps from Highway 102 and Highway 118. Work takes place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekends. Even though the work is taking place at night, delays are possible during the day. The work is expected to be completed in late December. Drivers should plan extra time for their trip and use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Use an alternate route if possible. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Construction Update For the next several weeks, work on the twinning of Highway 125 in Sydney will require changes in the flow of traffic. Traffic on Highway 125 will be shifted from the existing two lanes to the newly constructed lanes, and moved back and forth as construction requires. Two lanes of traffic will remain open at all times but drivers should be prepared for lane changes and drive with extra caution as the project nears completion. The department appreciates the continuing patience of drivers during this time. Work will continue on Highway 125 until the end of November. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 7 Off-ramp The westbound off-ramp of Highway 125 at Exit 7 (Alexandra St.) will be closed from Monday, Oct. 27, until Monday, Nov. 3. A detour route will be marked. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, Cumberland Co., is closed until further notice. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Saturday, Nov. 15. LUNENBURG COUNTY – Highway 103 The bridge on Highway 103 over Barrys Brook, east of Exit 7, will have alternating lane closures for concrete and asphalt repair, as well as installation of new bridge rails. Work will last until the end of December. Temporary traffic signals are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in 2015. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1. HANTS COUNTY: Route 277 Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 15. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Mills Bridge Phinney Mills Bridge on Todd Branch Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. pm Wednesday, Oct. 29, for repairs. The recommended detour route around the bridge is on Route 201 and Old Mill Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Port Morien Traffic on sections of Route 255, between Homeville and Port Morien is reduced to one lane for clearing work until Friday, Oct. 31. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice.The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Night Work, Highway 102 During nighttime hours, northbound traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane between Exit 2B at Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 in Bedford. On weekdays, lane reductions will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, lane reductions will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. There will be similar lane reductions on southbound lanes between the Hammonds Plains Road Interchange (Exit 3A) and Larry Uteck Boulevard. On weekdays, southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On weekends, lanes will be reduced between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers should be prepared for delays, or use alternate routes. Work will last until the end of November. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River, until September 2015. A detour bridge allows two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Bayard Bridge Bayard Bridge, on Bayard Road, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, and Tuesday, Oct 28, for repairs. The recommended detour route around the bridge is Route 201, Highway 10 and Highway 1. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road There are alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for gravelling and paving. Work is taking place at the intersection of Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Thursday, Oct. 30. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1, Falmouth Highway 1 from the Windsor town line to Lighthouse Road in Mount Denson has stop-and-go traffic for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until Friday, Oct. 31, to replace the bridge deck. A detour route in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place.
Nova Scotia representatives will be in the United Kingdom (U.K.) next week to continue promoting Nova Scotia and attracting more doctors to the province. Seven new doctors have already been approved through the new Physician Immigration Stream. Staff from the Office of Immigration and Nova Scotia Health Authority will attend the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress in Birmingham, U.K. June 24 to 27. The event focuses on psychiatrist recruitment. Two practicing psychiatrists from Nova Scotia will also attend to provide information to doctors who are interested in living and practicing in Nova Scotia. The seven doctors processed through the new immigration stream are on a path to permanent residency. They include five family doctors and two specialists who will work in Cape Breton, Antigonish, Chester and Halifax. Seven doctors interested in moving to Nova Scotia visited the province in May and June and nine more doctors are planning to visit between July and September. “Our recent trips to the U.K. have made for a busy spring and many site visits. We are looking forward to attending this event again this year as psychiatry is one of our specialties with the highest needs,” said Dr. Lynne Harrigan, vice president of Medicine and Integrated Health Services. “We hope that our second year at this conference will help expand our reach and ability to recruit. “We are excited to bring two Nova Scotia psychiatrists who can speak to potential recruits. We know that from other international events, it is our advantage to have immigration at the table to answer immediate questions for potential recruits.” The new Physician Immigration Stream was launched in February. It helps attract more international doctors and specialists to the province by making the immigration process easier and faster for those who have already received job offers from Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.
MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin software worker who opened fire on his fellow employees in their suburban Madison office had worked for the company for almost 18 months and had no criminal history in the state, authorities said Thursday.Police killed the gunman in a shoot-out Wednesday morning inside WTS Paradigm’s Middleton offices while responding to reports of an active shooter. The Dane County medical examiner identified the shooter Thursday as 43-year-old Anthony Tong.Police said three people were seriously wounded in the attack and remained hospitalized Thursday. A fourth person was grazed but a bullet.Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said the gunman had worked at WTS Paradigm since April 2017. Foulke said he had no criminal history in Wisconsin and lived alone. Officers searched Tong’s house in nearby Verona Wednesday evening, but Foulke didn’t say what they found.The chief said investigators still don’t know what prompted the attack .“I’m dying to know the motive also,” Foulke said during a Thursday news conference. “We just have not found one yet.”One victim was critically wounded but had been upgraded to serious condition by Thursday morning, while the two other victims remained in serious condition at University Hospital, according to a spokeswoman.Foulke said investigators had interviewed two of those victims. He did not say what they divulged but called the conversations “really important interviews.” The victims’ names haven’t been released.WTS Paradigm officials issued a statement Wednesday saying the incident was shocking and heartbreaking, but the company provided no information about the shooting. A company spokesman didn’t reply to emails Thursday.Officers were called to WTS Paradigm in Middleton, a Madison suburb of about 17,440 people, just before 10:30 Wednesday. Foulke said officers arrived within 8 minutes of receiving emergency calls and found a man wielding a semiautomatic pistol. Foulke said the man was carrying extra magazines as well.Two Middleton officers and two Dane County sheriff’s deputies exchanged gunfire with Tong, killing him. The officers and deputies were not hurt, Foulke said.The police chief said he didn’t know if the victims were targeted or shot at random. He added that federal authorities are tracing the history of the pistol to determine how the gunman’s acquired it.WTS Paradigm makes software for the building products industry. A Wisconsin State Journal profile from 2014 listed company employment at about 145 workers and noted the company was looking to move to a larger location at the time.The company has posted You Tube videos depicting a loose atmosphere in an upscale office marked by a breakroom that resembles a bar, a ping-pong table and a shuffleboard table, and workers in jeans and sweatshirts.One video depicts an office Olympics in which workers compete by pedaling themselves around in their chairs and toss garbage in wastebaskets. Another video touts the company’s charity contributions, including donations to the Madison Children’s Museum, the American Diabetes Association and Habitat for Humanity.___Associated Press writer Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee contributed to this report.
The new Belgian Development Cooperation financing for the UN agency’s programmes will directly support tens of thousands of struggling farmers in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and Niger.This latest contribution brings the European nation’s total support to FAO projects in Africa to $80 million over the past six years.“Belgium is one of the most consistently supportive donors to FAO’s emergency work, something which is very much appreciated and its latest show of generous support will help improve the livelihood and food security of thousands of vulnerable people,” said Laurent Thomas, Director of FAO’s Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division. Nearly $3 million of the grant will go directly to supporting farming households whose livelihoods have suffered from the conflict in the DRC. Cassava and sweet potatoes cuttings as well as hand tools, vegetable and other crop seeds will be distributed to around 25,000 farmers. Another 4,000 farmers in the country will receive basic training in machinery and how to repair warehouses and roads for better storage and transportation of harvested produce, as well as backing to boost maize production to meet market demand.In a joint initiative with the World Food Programme (WFP) known as Purchase for Progress (P4P), the agencies buy produce from local farmers and distribute the food to hungry people in the region. Some $2 million of the Belgium donation will go to neighbouring Burundi to assist ex-soldiers return to farming and help farming households hit by floods and high food prices. The rest of the contribution will go to support farmers in drought-stricken Niger and Ethiopia. 15 April 2009Poor farmers in four African countries are set to receive $6.6 million in emergency assistance funding from Belgium, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.
“There is such a thing as the global public good. And for that very reason, we need to think about the issues of global governance needed to manage them,” Mr. Ban told a gathering of government leaders, parliamentarians, and members of civil society and the business community in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.“Please do not mistake me: I do not mean global government, or even less a world that takes its orders from UN Headquarters. “What I mean, quite simply, is sovereign States coming together … pragmatically, as partners. I mean people transcending borders and narrow national identities to defend against common threats – and to seize common opportunities,” he stated. Mr. Ban noted that the world is undergoing dramatic shifts and transformations. New economic powers have emerged, and complex new challenges have come to the fore.“All have global reach. And all place new demands on us – on our institutions, mechanisms and frameworks. We need to adapt. We need our global institutions to produce better, quicker, more lasting results.“We need stronger, more effective alliances between States and the private sector, civil society and regional actors. We need policy guidance and regulatory frameworks for a vast array of new and complex issues.”Two areas in which he felt better global governance is especially urgent is getting the global economy to work for all the world’s people, as well as advancing nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.“A world economy that creates prosperity for all… a world no longer living under the nuclear shadow… these have long been among the main goals of global governance,” he told the audience, which included His Serene Highnesses Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein, and Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture.In addition to the economy and disarmament, the world is today facing a “daunting array of new-generation challenges, never seen before,” said the Secretary-General, pointing to issues such as climate change, terrorism and organized crime.“The imperative of global governance is clear,” he declared. Mr. Ban also used his speech to congratulate the people of Liechtenstein for 20 years of membership in the UN – an anniversary that the country will mark in less than three weeks. “Yours may be one of the world’s smaller countries, but its role is large. If all nations were as committed to the United Nations and its noble causes, the world would be a far, far better place.”He hailed Liechtenstein for being one of the most generous contributors of emergency humanitarian aid, as well as for helping to lead the global campaign to bring those who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity to justice, among other things.While in Vaduz, the Secretary-General also held talks with Government ministers and met with Prince Hans-Adam II. Following his visit to Liechtenstein, Mr. Ban will head to Vienna, where his activities will include an anti-corruption conference, the European Forum 2010, a Security Council retreat, and the annual retreat of senior UN officials. 1 September 2010No one nation, however large or powerful, can solve all problems on its own, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that it is vital for countries to work together in partnership to tackle common challenges.
Mr. Mer-Khamis, 52, was shot in his car on Monday by masked gunmen in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. “He was a prominent figure in the cultural world of the Middle East,” said Ms. Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “He was also a socially committed artist and an ardent defender of peaceful cohabitation between Israelis and Palestinians. His death leaves an immense vacuum.”The son of an Israeli mother and a Palestinian father, Mr. Mer-Khamis appeared in a number of films. He was also the director of The Freedom Theatre, which was originally founded by his mother, Arna Mer, and is supported by UNESCO.The theatre is a “unique Palestinian cultural institution and an exemplary model for an entire generation of artists,” according to agency. “UNESCO, as a partner of the Freedom Theatre that he directed and supporter of his tireless efforts to promote theatre among young Palestinians, deplores the assassination of this man of peace,” said Ms. Bokova.UNESCO, which supports the arts as a means to promote dialogue between cultures, said it is determined to continue its backing for the theatre for its creativity, openness and tolerance, and to honour the memory of Mr. Mer-Khamis. 6 April 2011Irina Bokova, the head of the United Nations cultural agency, today voiced her sorrow at the recent murder of Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis, who she described as an ardent defender of peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Transport News Brief Week 43, Monday 22 October 2007 Operators need to understand emissions Speaking at the recent Commercial Motor conference on emissions, Simon Barnes, manager environmental affairs for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said that while truck and van makers have done a great deal to cut their emissions, they can’t control those from transport operators. “These are entirely dependant on vehicle use and as UK road freight figures are growing, it is no surprise that the sector’s emissions are growing too.” Barnes said that the transport industry has to take responsibility for all its emissions and should expect that the rules will widen to include air quality. “The other threat is that of different standards for different Low Emission Zones – keeping pace with those would be a nightmare.” But he said the news isn’t all bad, as cutting emissions means cutting fuel use, “and that clearly means running more efficiently and cutting costs in the long run.” Simon Barnes on +44 (0)2 073 449 200 or email@example.com TipCon 2008 – the tipper industry’s ultimate one-stop shop Floor planning for TipCon 2008 is well underway after an excellent response to the news that the show will be back, at the CV Show in the NEC next Spring. “TipCon 2008 promises to be the British tipper industry’s ultimate one-stop shop,” said Bob Sockl, boss of Crystal Communications, the CV Show’s sales and marketing consultancy. “Visitors will find a wide range of products specific to the tipper business as well as all the other goods and services needed to keep tipper trucks running profitably, and all in one show.” He says there will be a substantial assembly of specialist bodies and related equipment packed into halls 17 & 18 at the CV Show, from 15 to 17 April. “Central to TipCon will be an RHA seminar theatre where key issues facing the UK’s tipper business will be put under the microscope by industry experts.” This will be complemented by a huge outside display and demonstration area, “where you can see the very latest kit in action.” More from Bob Sockl on +44(0)1 634 261 262 or firstname.lastname@example.org London mayor’s plans won’t cut congestion or CO2, says SMMT The SMMT wants the London mayor to extend the consultation on planned changes to the congestion charge. The motor industry body has told Transport for London that its plans won’t significantly cut CO2 or congestion in the capital. The SMMT says that given the complexity of the scheme, there should be more time for discussion. TfL’s own figures claim a CO2 saving of up to 8,100 tonnes under the plan to base central London charges on car CO2 emissions. That compares to total ground-based transport emissions in London of 9.7 million tonnes. In other words, the TfL plan would cut CO2 by just 0.084%. “To put this in context, UK car and commercial vehicle manufacturing sites have cut CO2 from 2.14 to 1.36m tonnes in just four years, a 36.5% saving,” says the SMMT. “Average new car CO2 emissions have also come down by 12 per cent in a decade, saving an estimated one million tonnes of CO2 each year in the UK.” More from Sara Lee on +44 (0)2 073 449 219 or email@example.com Rai truck show this week The Rai truck show opens in Amsterdam on Friday 26 October and runs through to Saturday 3 November. With over 350 exhibitors selling pretty much everything from maximum capacity trucks to vans, trailers, bodywork and supporting services, the Rai show is the mainland’s second biggest commercial vehicle show. As usual, it will be host to a number of national and international exhibition debuts and attracts visitors from across north western Europe. The exhibition centre is quite close to the centre of Amsterdam and well served by tram, bus and trains, including a frequent direct train service Schipol airport. You’ll find details of opening times and ticket prices on the show’s website. More from www.roadtransportshow.com Iveco hybrids at the Amsterdam Rai truck show Iveco says it its exhibits at the Rai truck show, opening in Amsterdam on Friday 26 October, will focus on hybrid power for its heavy truck range and on new models in its light off-road range. The firm will show two diesel-electric parallel hybrid powered trucks, one a Daily van in FedEx colours and the other a Eurocargo in TNT colours. Iveco is working closely with both firms to develop commercially viable models to help operators cut their carbon footprints – its hybrid technology offers fuel savings of up to 30% on urban work. More from Nigel Emms on +44 (0)1 923 259 513 or firstname.lastname@example.org Renault wins record Russian truck order Russian haulier TR Axis, a leading car transport firm in Russia has ordered 500 Renault Premium 380.19 tractors from Renault Trucks Vostok for delivery next year. This is the biggest deal done by Renault in Russia since the company opened for business there in 1992. TK Axis, whose head office is in Saint Petersburg, has become one of the market leaders in vehicle transport in Russia in just four years. The firm runs a 700 strong fleet, dominated by Renault. Its rapid growth follows recent big transport contract wins. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or email@example.com Biodiesel vans from Nissan justauto.com reports that Nissan France has introduced biodiesel-powered versions of its Interstar and Primastar vans, for fleet customers. The same source says the firm also plans a Euro 4 pickup. More from www.just-auto.com Massif 4×4 at Amsterdam Iveco says it will use the Rai truck show at Amsterdam to launch its new Santana-derived 4×4 workhorse, the Massif. The new vehicle will be the centrepiece of the firm’s off-road vehicle display, which will also include the recently launched Daily 4×4. More from Nigel Emms on +44 (0)1 923 259 513 or firstname.lastname@example.org Diesel price hike Petrolprices.com was amongst those reporting that the retail diesel prices broke the £1 a litre mark on the back of oil prices at over $90 a barrel. The BBC website suggests that worries about military action between the Turkish army and Kurdish rebels may make matters worse. More from www.petrolprices.com FTA wants an essential user fuel rebate The spiralling price of oil on the world market, together with the Chancellor’s two pence a litre fuel tax hike earlier this month has pushed the price of diesel to record levels. The Freight Transport Association wants the UK government to cut industry’s transport costs by introducing an essential vehicle fuel rebate scheme as soon as possible. “We desperately need a system which separates the way we tax fuel for cars compared with fuel for commercial vehicles . says Geoff Dossetter, says, FTA’s director of external affairs. More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or email@example.com Transit range gets heavy Ford says it has expanded its Transit van range with “a raft of developments.” The changes include a new 4.6 tonne model and a new heavy duty version and a new, five cylinder and 3.2 litre, 200hp engine that develops 470 Nm torque. The firm says the aim is to help operators downsizing from 7.5 tonne trucks. Emergency services and municipal services as well as the construction and motor home industries benefit from higher gross vehicle weights. The front axle is uprated to 1,850 kg while the rear axle is now rated for 3,300. “The commercial vehicle market continues to evolve, and it’s important we continue to develop our range to meet customers’ changing needs,” said Steve Kimber, director, commercial vehicles, at Ford of Britain. The 4.6 tonne range is available in van, chassis and chassis double cabs with the six-speed 140hp or 200hp powertrains. More from Anne-Marie Chatterton on +44 (0)1 277 253 944 or firstname.lastname@example.org ATS Euromaster does a three-year deal with the AA ATS Euromaster has won three-year contract with the AA, taking over the supply and service of tyres for the firm’s roadside and recovery patrol fleet. The AA will switch its preferred tyre brand to Michelin, with ATS Euromaster fitting new rubber across the company’s fleet of around 2,500 patrol vans and 300 recovery trucks. The deal also means that all AA members can get a wide range of discounts, including 10% off tyres and up to 20% off other selected goods and services at any ATS Euromaster service centre, if they present their membership card when paying. AA members can also use a pre-bookable next day mobile tyre-fitting service, allowing them to have new tyres fitted at home or workplace for standard ATS Euromaster prices with a call-out charge of only £15. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or email@example.com Where are all the engineersPublicTechnology.net reports that 90% of 14 and 15 year olds know little or nothing about careers in engineering and technology. These are the gloomy results of a study by Europe’s largest professional society for engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Engineering also fails to make the top ten career choices among the same age group; ranking behind hotel management. The top three are the law, teaching and professional sports, in that order. More from www.publictechnology.net New van from Vauxhall Vauxhall says its new Combo van model, the Expression comes with power steering, a 1.3 litre, 75 hp diesel and a five-speed gearbox. Prices start at £7,995, excluding VAT and the Como Expression offers 2.76m3 load volume and up to 613 kg payload. The sophisticated braking system includes ABS, Electronic Brake Assist with and an electronic brake distribution to more evenly distribute brake forces between wheels. Other goodies include remote central deadlocking, a driver’s airbag, stereo-radio, half-height steel bulkhead, pyrotechnic seatbelt pre-tensioners, pedal release system and overhead storage shelf and an electronically operated engine deadlock immobiliser. Options include single or twin side-loading doors, a tailgate with rear wash-wipe, load bay protector mat, restraint mesh and a versatile FlexCargo fold-flat passenger seat There is a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, 12 months’ roadside assistance and a six-year anti-perforation warranty More form Craig Cheetham on +44 (0)1 582 427 612 or firstname.lastname@example.org Scania fits Isotrak telematics for Asda Scania is fitting Isotrak telematics equipment as part of an ongoing contract to supply 200 fully finished tractor units for the Asda retail fleet. The firm will do the work at its factory in Zwolle, the Netherlands and the deal will eventualy include Asda’s entire 1,000 strong tractor unit fleet. Asda has commissioned Scania to install Isotrak’s track and trace unit, driver data terminal and communications microphone and speaker, as part of a package of special options, to aid the supermarket’s change to Isotrak’s Active Transport Management System (ATMS) announced in July 2007. “Asda is one of our largest customers and, when they approached us to install their Isotrak telematics components in the new vehicles, it made complete sense for us to do so,” said Tim Pugh, Scania’s business development director. More from Chris Love on +44 (0)1 908 210 210 or email@example.com Two-pedal Vivaro and Combo vans Vauxhall says it just added two new clutchless transmissions to its range. The Combo 1.3 CDTi Easytronic and Vivaro 2.0 CDTi Tecshift complement existing Vauxhall two-pedal transmissions; an automatic for the Astravan and a two-pedal Techshift for some Vivaro and Movano models. The firm says the Vivaro 2.0 CDTi six speed Tecshift is a key new model, offering customers a two-pedal transmission at a lower price than when it was only offered on 2.5-litre models. It is available as an £800 option on all 115hp Vivaros. The Combo Easytronic offers either a fully automatic mode, or a set-up where gears can be individually selected electronically. Offered as a standalone model, the Combo Easytronic costs from £10,665, excluding VAT. More form Craig Cheetham on +44 (0)1 582 427 612 or firstname.lastname@example.org Dispatches for Tower Hamlets Tower Hamlets Council just got its first nine CitroÃƒ«n Dispatch one tonne payload panel vans. The council’s environmental services team will use seven of them for pest control and specialist laundry services while the Council’s animal wardens will use the remaining two, fitted with roof-mounted and powered extractor fans, for rounding up stray dogs and cats. All the vans have been specially fitted with interior storage and washable interior linings by Colchester-based converter Fleetshield. CitroÃƒ«n dealer Evans Halshaw Mansfield did the business and Translinc will operate six-year, full maintenance, 15,000 miles-a-year contract agreements. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or email@example.com Mack helps Share the Road again Mack Trucks just said it will again will be a primary sponsor of the American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road program next year. Designed to improve the safety of America’s roadways by teaching car drivers how to safely drive around large trucks, Share the Road delivers life-saving messages to hundreds of US cities and reaches millions of motorists annually. The program uses a group of professional truck drivers with exemplary safety records as spokespeople. These drivers do safety demonstrations for local media, students, community leaders and highway users in cities around the country to deliver the program’s life-saving messages about potential blind spots, safe following distances, truck stopping distances and the like. 2008 will mark Mack’s eighth consecutive year as a Share the Road sponsor. More from John Walsh on +1 610 709 2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org Truck bodybuilding from Nissan justauto.com reports that Nissan Motor will open a truck body-building centre beside its factory at Avilla in Spain next summer. The new plant means that the Cabstar and Atleon buyers may expect high quality bodywork at shorter delivery times and lower cost, according to the manufacturer. The versions on offer will include dropside, tipper and box body models. Nissan expects to do 2,000 light truck bodies in the plant’s first full year, though none will come to the UK. More from www.just-auto.com Daimler’s world diesel. Transport Topics reports from the US that the Daimler Truck Group just unveiled its new, 14.8 litre diesel. This is first part of the firm’s five-year, $1.5bn plan to develop a single heavy-duty diesel engine range for its markets around the world. The new engine, shown at the Detroit Diesel factory, will replace Daimler, 20-year-old Series 60 models and is the first in a range that will include four models between 10.8 and 15.6 litres. Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler’s global commercial vehicle operations, called the new engine “the most significant development in the heavy-duty market in the millennium.” Freightliner boss Chris Patterson said full commercial production of the new “world-class engine” would begin late in the first quarter of 2008. More from www.ttnews.com Paccar wins more recognition Paccar has earned the distinction of being named a leading manufacturing company in Assembly magazine’s recently published “Assembly Top 50” world manufacturer rating. The firm, which owns the Daf, Kenworth and Peterbilt truck brands has made four straight years of double-digit revenue and net income growth. “This industry recognition is a wonderful reflection of the dedication and innovation of PACCAR employees worldwide,” said Mark C. Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer. The magazine (www.assemblymag.com) ranks the largest global publicly owned manufacturing firms by gross revenue and requires a significant portion of gross revenue to be derived from products designed or assembled in the United States. Paccar was ranked 38th based on worldwide revenue of $16.45 billion in 2006. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or email@example.com Swedish fork-lift firm falls to Nissan Nissan Motor Co says its just bought Swedish fork-lift truck maker Atlet AB. The firm, based in MÃƒ¶lnycke, has sales worth some Ã¢â€š¬182m and employs about 1,000 people including Keiji Ikeda, its new boss. More from www.nissan-global.com UK is GM’s biggest European van market Vauxhall says the UK is General Motor’s biggest market in Europe for commercial vehicles, with almost 40,000 new vans registered between January and September 2007. The GM plant at Luton is building more vans than ever before, with over 90,000 units forecast for 2007. This summer, the plant produced its 500,000th van since the introduction of the Vivaro in 2001. More form Craig Cheetham on +44 (0)1 582 427 612 or firstname.lastname@example.org FTA says O-Licence powers must not go to Vosa. The Freight Transport Association has rejected Department for Transport plans for a radical change in the structure of the Traffic Commissioner system that controls truck Operator Licences. The FTA says that the present system with a new statutory role for the Senior Traffic Commissioner would be preferable, together with the establishment of a separate bus industry regulator. ‘It would be entirely inappropriate and unacceptable for Vosa to be the primary enforcement agency, working at operational level in carrying out tests and roadside enforcement and also managing and taking decisions on the actual issue, renewal and legal management of Operator Licences,” said James Hookham, FTA policy director. “There can be no judicial system which allows one agency to act as both judge and jury on the one hand, and policeman on the other.” More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or email@example.com Handling equipment training partnership The United Kingdom Warehousing Association has done a deal with The Resources Group to offer material handling equipment training for its members. Courses include forklift truck, truck-mounted crane, overhead gantry crane, LGV licence acquisition and driver assessments. This means that, for the first time, UKWA – which is the leading trade association for the third party logistics sector – will be able to provide training throughout the UK to its members, at preferential prices. More from Lloyd Arkill on +44 (0)1 923 770 455 or firstname.lastname@example.org And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that this month’s Good Housekeeping magazine has an advert for a new CircoSteam oven. It says: “Attention to detail means that Neff’s CircoSteam doesn’t have complicated functions – just simple one-touch controls, including 52 cooking programmes…” Reader Xavier Mooney suggests this statement contradicts itself and New Scientist agrees. More from www.newscientist.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
No one is above the rule of law no matter what their age. To those who call for the individual’s immediate release I ask should this individual by future action on her own or accompanied by others again be permitted to again encroach on a runway?“Are you prepared to give a free pass to those who so behave and, by so doing, place lives at risk and the law in disrepute?”Read: Gilmore: No problem with Sabina Higgins prison visit to Margaretta D’ArcyRead: Margaretta D’Arcy “in good spirits” in Limerick Prison THE JUSTICE MINISTER tonight said that it would “not be appropriate” to comment on the rights and wrongs of jailed 79-year-old anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy.Responding in the Dáil to a Topical Issues motion about D’Arcy, Shatter said that the only way D’Arcy could be released was if she signed a pledge to not enter restricted areas of Shannon Airport, something she has thus far declined to do.Deputies Eamon O’Cuiv, Mick Wallace, Clare Daly and Richard Boyd-Barrett all spoke on the motion, each calling on Shatter to intervene in the matter, particularly stressing D’Arcy’s battles with cancer and Parkinson’s.O’Cuiv said that D’Arcy’s detention in Limerick Prison “sends out the wrong signals”, while Daly, who appeared as a witness in D’Arcy’s trial, called it a “national scandal”.Boyd-Barrett and Wallace both urged Shatter to examine the use of Shannon Airport by the US military.Shatter said that the issue was not about an individual’s right to protest, rather about upholding the law.“I have to say that encroaching on an airport runway is a very serious and very dangerous act. It potentially places the lives of those who encroach at risk. It also puts the lives of the gardaí, airport workers and airplane passengers in danger. It is a highly irresponsible act and cannot be justified by adherence to any cause.”Shatter then took aim at his counterparts.
You’ll pay $12 to see a movie in theaters and $5 to rent a new movie at your local Blockbuster (well, fewer and fewer on the latter front, I suppose). How much would you pay to rent a movie fresh out of theaters, not quite ready for the DVD release? A number of major Hollywood studios are betting that the number is pretty high. Time Warner, Sony, Comcast and News Corp-owned studios are experimenting with new rental pricing–$30 a pop.The studios have christened the new pricing plan “premium VOD.” The main justification for the pricey entrance fee is the absurd amount of money is costs to actually watch a film in theaters. Now, granted, the aforementioned $12 is New York prices–the national average is apparently closer to $8. But let’s say you invite some friends over and make popcorn in your microwave. You may actually be getting off cheap at $30.At the very least, this is a sign that Hollywood is open and reasonably flexible when it comes to monetizing films in the future–and heck, it sure beats the MPAA’s standard policy of suing Internet users.The films will be available 60 days after their theatrical run ends. The studios don’t expect premium VOD to eat into box office, as the lion’s share of money comes from the first few weeks of a film’s release.
Une chaleur caniculaire s’abat sur l’est des Etats-UnisDepuis mercredi, une vague de chaleur sévit sur tous les États-Unis. Des records de températures ont été enregistrés alors que la canicule a déjà fait 22 victimes.L’été s’avère dévastateur aux Etats-Unis. Depuis mercredi, une vague de chaleur traverse le pays affichant des températures le plus souvent supérieure à 40 degrés Celsius. Il y a 3 jours, au centre du pays dans l’Iowa, les thermomètres sont ainsi montés jusqu’à 51°C. Depuis, la canicule traverse tout le pays et a atteint la côte est où elle a déjà 22 morts selon la presse américaine. À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?Jeudi, la météorologie nationale (NWS) a ainsi annoncé dans un communiqué des alertes en vigueur dans la plupart des territoires du centre et du nord-est des États-Unis. Le communiqué précise que l’indice humidex (mesure des effets combinés de la chaleur et de l’humidité relative de l’air) atteint un niveau dangereux en raison de la concomitance de températures élevées et d’une importante humidité. Vendredi, la vague de chaleur devait se prolonger dans une zone s’étendant entre le centre du pays et la côte atlantique avec des températures comprises entre 40°C et 46°C, rapporte romandie.com. Le New-York Times décrit l’ambiance très chaude de ces derniers jours : à Washington, les points d’eau étaient pris d’assaut telles des oasis et au Franklin park zoo de Boston où il faisait plus de 33 °C, les crèmes glacées étaient plus que jamais de rigueur pour les visiteurs et… aussi pour les gardiens.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 16:56 • Maxime Lambert
Cameroun : la population d’éléphants ne se reconstituera pas avant 50 ansDécimée par le braconnage, la population d’éléphants du parc national de Bouba Ndjidda, au nord du Cameroun, aura besoin de plus de cinquante ans pour se reconstituer. C’est ce qu’affirme le Fonds international pour la protection des animaux (Ifaw) alors que plus de 600 pachydermes pourraient avoir été abattus depuis le mois de janvier.La population d’éléphants du parc national camerounais de Bouba Ndjidda est décimée. En seulement trois mois, elle aurait été réduite de moitié par des braconniers de plus en plus organisés et armés. A la fin du mois de mars, les responsables du parc affirmaient qu’au moins 500 pachydermes avaient probablement été abattus. Les braconniers, eux, se targueraient d’en avoir tué plus de 650.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une hécatombe dont la population d’éléphants de la réserve mettra des décennies à se remettre. “Comme les braconniers se sont attaqués à des troupeaux entiers, abattant sans distinction des femelles et des jeunes, il faudra probablement plus de 50 ans à la population d’éléphants (de Bouba Ndjidda) pour qu’elle se reconstitue” explique Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, la directrice du Fonds international pour la protection des animaux (Ifaw) France, dans un communiqué.L’ONG déplore des pertes “irréversibles et dramatiques”, et affirme que plus de 300 cadavres de pachydermes ont à ce jour été localisées. Plusieurs zones du parc n’ont pas encore été explorées, laissant craindre que le chiffre annoncé par les braconniers soit exact. Alors que le parc abritait jusqu’au début de l’année environ mille éléphants, les chasseurs de pachydermes ont agi “demanièrecontinue durant dix semaines en raison de la réponse tardive du gouvernement et des autorités chargées de la protection de la faune”, s’insurge Céline Sissler-Bienve.Ce n’est que début mars que le gouvernement a réagi, suite à une campagne de pression menée par l’ONG. “En deux semaines, 600 soldats du Bataillon d’intervention rapide (BIR), un hélicoptère du BIR et 3 ULM de l’armée camerounaise ont été déployés pour arrêter les braconniers” rappelle l’IFAW.Le 3 avril 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to complete a deal for Stoke City’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting before the transfer window closes on Friday, according to Daily Mail.The Cameroon international has been targeted by new PSG Thomas Tuchel, and the pair worked together when Tuchel was manager of German club Mainz.Stoke are keen to sell, as the player’s sale will provide considerable profit since he joined as a free agent last August after his contract with Bundesliga outfit Schalke ended.PSG want Choupo-Moting to rotate with Julian Draxler and believe they can convince him over the next few hours that he will have a role to play for Le Parisiens.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Choupo-Moting scored five times and provided five assists across his 32 appearances for Stoke last season but has yet to feature this campaign.Meanwhile, United States international Geoff Cameron is joining QPR on a season loan from Stoke with view to making the deal a permanent one.The Potters are currently in 17th place in the Championship having taken five points from as many games so far.
The national team manager believes his team has what it take to win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer in France.Phil Neville started working as England women national team manager in 2018.And he set his objectives very high, as he wants to win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the Lionesses this summer in France.“It’s probably going to be the most open World Cup in terms of who’s going to win it. And we’re preparing to make sure we have to be at our best,” Neville was quoted by Sports Illustrated.“I said on day one I want to win the World Cup. That wasn’t me being arrogant or big-headed, that was the challenge I set myself and for my group of players.”“At Canada 2015, we came third. So progression is to get to the final, progression is to become better than third,” he added.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“USA are the No. 1 favorites. You’ve got to say France are No. 2 because they’re the home nation.”“You can never rule out Germany – we played them in SheBelieves last year and they were physically a fantastic side,” he explained.“So we’ve got to be at our very best. But so too have USA, France, Germany.”“I went to an awful lot of games – I still do now, of course – and met a lot of people in the Women’s Super League (WSL), women’s football, the managers, players etc.”“But you’re judged on your results and I felt as if, the minute we beat France 4-1 in my first game, up until then people were waiting for me to fail,” he continued.“And then we beat France – with the style of football that we played – and all of a sudden, it had almost put it to bed. From then onwards it felt as if I could start relaxing a little bit and not have to prove to people every minute of every day that I’m going to know about women’s football.”
As part of a coalition of 17 agricultural stakeholders, ASA sent a letter to President Obama this week about new appointments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Commission is undergoing a major transition; Commissioner Jill Sommers departed earlier this year and Commissioner Bart Chilton has announced his intention to step down. President Obama has nominated Tim Massad to serve as Chairman; current Chairman Gary Gensler’s term ends in January.“These departures create a unique opportunity to recast the Commission in this new era via the appointment of three new Commissioners,” the groups wrote. “As you consider nominees…we ask that at least one of the nominees have a genuine background and experience in agricultural commodity futures markets.”The groups concluded, “This is a critical time in the agency’s history as it further expands its mission into financial markets, but we cannot allow the core mission of regulating agricultural futures markets to suffer for it. We respectfully request that you, with the consent of the U.S. Senate, ensure we continue to have a representative as a Commissioner, to ensure our concerns related to these markets, which are so vital and integral to the entire agricultural industry, are heard and understood.”Click here to read the letter.
Ongole: State Bank of India Regional Manager (Ongole) V Krishna Mohan said that the unemployed youth should utilize the training services offered by the Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institute (RUDSETI) to settle down comfortably in their lives and earn a decent income. He inaugurated the 30-day electrical motor rewinding and repair service program at the RUDSETI in the town on Friday. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us The RUDSETI, which was jointly established by the Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank, and Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Educational Trust will conduct the free training program in its premises in Ongole and offers free boarding and lodging to the candidates. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the RUDSETI director GS Murthy said that they were offering international standard training for the candidates along with personality development and soft skills coaching by providing tasty and home-made like food and accommodation. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Krishna Mohan asked the youth to keep themselves at safe distance from the mobile phone and social media to achieve their goals in life. He advised them to visit SBI for loans after successful completion of the course. The secretary of SBI Employees Association, Srinivasa Rao praised the services being offered by the RUDSETI while P Krishna Murthy, chief manager, SBI, RBO Ongole advised the candidates to make better use of the RUDSETI services. The guest faculty Bharath, Edukondalu, RUDSETI faculty members Sudheer, Mahendra, Chandu and others also participated in the program.
X 00:00 /01:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Andres Serrano’s Torture opening at Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston Saturday, June 3, 2017. (Photo by Michael Stravato)Artist Andres Serrano’s 1987 photograph of a crucifix submerged in urine ignited a firestorm of debate over freedom of speech. Serrano’s new exhibition “Torture,” which opened last Saturday at the Station Museum, features that famous photograph, but it focuses on the issue of state-sponsored torture. Station Museum assistant director Josh Poole says Serrano went to extremes to capture a sense of authenticity.“What you’re looking at is very realistic. If you see a look of pain on somebody’s face it’s because they’re in pain, they’re cramping up. Serrano definitely took on the role of the torturer in this body of work.”The large-scale photographs depict torture techniques like waterboarding and the infamous images of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The exhibition also features Serrano’s 2003 portrait of President Donald Trump, juxtaposed with a statement the President made in 2016.“It said ‘Don’t tell me torture doesn’t work. It works.’”Poole says the Station Museum is committed to supporting artists like Serrano, who challenge the boundaries of artistic expression.“The mission of the Station Museum is to uphold freedom of speech and freedom of expression, doing everything we can to represent the wonderful diverse culture that is Houston.”“Torture” will be on view through October 8.Below, see a slideshow of photos from the exhibition opening (photos by Michael Stravato).– / 13