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Teck Resources reports lower Q4 profit amid lower prices for copper zinc

first_imgRevenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 was $3.25 billion, up from a $3.16 billion in the 2017 fourth quarter, as lower base metal prices were offset by higher prices for steelmaking coal and new contributions from oilsands production.Steelmaking coal accounted for $1.674 billion of Teck’s revenue, up from a year earlier. Copper and zinc revenue fell to $633 million and $820 million respectively. Oil contributed $120 million of revenue, compared with none a year before. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Teck Resources Ltd. saw its fourth-quarter profit drop 41.5 percent from the year earlier, amid lower prices for copper, zinc and oil.The profit attributable to shareholders amounted to $433 million or 75 cents per diluted share, down from a profit of $748 million or $1.26 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.Teck’s adjusted profit attributable to shareholders was $500 million or 86 cents per diluted share, down from $680 million or $1.16 per diluted share.last_img read more

Tangiers King Fahd School of Translation Win Gérard de Cremona Award

Rabat – Tangier’s King Fahd School of Translation (KFST) received on Friday the international Gérard de Cremona award, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The KFST won the award, in its 3rd edition for the category “Institution of the South Shore.” The award ceremony was held on Friday at the headquarters of Foundation of King AbdelAziz Al Saud for Islamic Studies in Casablanca.The institution received the award for its efforts made in the promotion of translation through the publication of its “Turjuman” magazine. The school was also honored for holding different conferences specializing in translating the history of Morocco and Tangier. The award for the “Translator of the South Shore” was given to Hassan Boutakka, a Moroccan writer, university professor and translator, while the prize for “Translator of the North Shore” was awarded to Enrique Montero Cartelle, a Spanish university professor and author.The award for the “Institution of the North Shore” was given to Gredos, a Spanish publishing house, which specializes in the publication of books related to lexicography, philology, and the Greco-Roman world.“Present since 2015, Gérard de Cremona international prize was established by the prizes’ network for the promotion of excellence and cooperation in the Mediterranean, ‘MED 21 Program’ in collaboration with the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), the foundation of King Abdulaziz , the School of Translators of Toledo (Spain) and the municipality of Cremona (Italy),”  Mohamed Nadir Aziza, president of MED 21 Program told MAP.He added that the prize was created in order to encourage and promote the field of translation in the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean.The Gérard de Cremona Prize has been awarded annually in different countries, including Casablanca, Toledo, Cremona, and Carthage. The 2018 edition will be held in Cremona.Gérard de Cremona (1114-1187) was an Italian translator of scientific and medical works from Arabic to Latin. Born in Cremona, Italy, the intellectual was among the best and important translator at the Toledo School of Translators in Italy. read more

Dortmund Coach Happy with Moroccos Achraf Hakimi

Rabat – Moroccan international football player Achraf Hakimi has impressed his coach, Lucien Favre, in his debut with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund. In his first game, the Atlas Lion scored the third goal of the match, making his coach very proud of him.Dortmund dominated Nuremberg (7-0), on the fifth day of the Bundesliga, Wednesday, September 26. Will Hakimi become a key player in the German club? According to Dortmund’s coach, he is on the right track. “He played very well. I can see that he likes to play offensive. He is very young; he is 19 years old. He has worked very well and he is improving. He has a great future and a lot of potential to improve,” said Favre during a press conference.“He has great qualities. He is fast; he knows how to dribble, and he is comfortable in the one to one confrontations. It was very good for his first match,” he added. The 19-year-old football sensation signed a two season-long loan from Real Madrid  to Borussia Dortmund in July.Before joining the German club, Hakimi had a great season with his club Real Madrid. He became the first Moroccan footballer to win the Champions League.Hakimi made his official debut at the Santiago Bernabeu in October 2017. He has since become one of Morocco’s most important players, proving his worth alongside the Atlas Lions during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. read more

Solid jobs report earnings push stocks broadly higher

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading on Wall Street Friday and are on track to bounce back after a two-day slide.Major indexes, including the S&P 500, are still heading for weekly losses. First quarter company earnings have come in mixed so far, but they have been good enough to ease worries that company profits would slump overall.Banks and consumer-related stocks lead the gains. Newell Brands, which makes Sharpie and Elmer’s products, surged on a solid earnings report. Amazon rose following reports that Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway was buying the stock.Utilities and real estate companies lagged the market, a sign that investors are less interested in safer holdings and more comfortable taking on risk as they feel more confident in the economy.That confidence was given another healthy shot from the Labor Department on Friday when it reported job growth in April that surged well past economists’ forecasts. It also reported that unemployment in April fell to a five-decade low.The solid job figures helped push bond prices slightly higher. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.53%.The week is ending with another round of company earnings news. United States Steel, Weight Watchers and Monster Beverage are among the latest companies to give investors surprisingly good results.KEEPING SCORE: THE S&P 500 index rose 0.5% as of 10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5%, or 135 points, to 26,445. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.8%SOLID QUARTER: United States Steel surged 11% after a sharp increase in sales helped push profit far beyond Wall Street forecasts. The sharp gains come amid a weak year for the company. Its stock is down 12.5% so far in 2019 while the S&P 500 index is up nearly 17%.ENERGIZED EARNINGS: Monster Beverage rose 7% after the energy drinks company powered past Wall Street’s first quarter profit forecast. The company reported a solid increase in sales of its namesake energy drink that helped drive a surge in profit.SLIMMER LOSSES: Weight Watchers surged 18% after reporting losses for the first quarter that were much slimmer than expected. The company also raised its profit forecast for the year.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Wines from China focus of final CCOVI lecture

Kevin KerKevin Ker will give the final presentation in the annual Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) lecture series.The CCOVI professional affiliate and owner of KCMS Applied Research and Consulting will talk about Penglai, China, a rapidly developing wine region. Ker will have a limited number of wine samples from China for attendees to taste.His presentation will be May 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Brock in MC H313. This is the 13th and final lecture in this year’s series. Admission is free.The lecture will be broadcast live at, or visit CCOVI Lecture Series to view past presentations.

Twitter gears up for Royal Wedding with Will Kate server

first_imgThe excitement over Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding, happening bright and early tomorrow morning, is not much different than the excitement for Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981. True, their wedding was watched by 750 million people, and Friday’s Royal Wedding is said to have an expected 2 billion viewers worldwide, but in the early ’80s, there was really only one way to watch an event like that: TV.Forward to the year 2011 and there are dozens of sites live-streaming the event, and with 2 billion people rushing to the web to watch the wedding, there will surely be some definite server overload happening. During President Obama’s inauguration, live streams were down, and both government and news sites were slowed down. It’s important to be prepared for this influx of traffic, especially for sites like Twitter who, back in March, said sends 140 million tweets a day. The day of the Royal Wedding will surely see much larger numbers.Twitter is taking precautions for the swarm of tweets about to hit its servers tomorrow morning when Will and Kate say “I do.” The company posted a photo online of co-founder Biz Stone (jokingly?) adding a server in preparation for the increase in traffic. The “Wills & Kate” server sits above one “Gaga” server, and three “Bieber” servers.Liz Bradley, a spokeswoman for Internet traffic-monitoring company Akamai, told CNN that it’s very likely that major websites will crash because of the influx in traffic. However, because it’s happening so early, most people in the US will still be asleep. The wedding starts at 11 a.m. local time, which would mean people on the east cost would have to wake up at 5 a.m. to watch it, and 3 a.m. to watch it on the west coast. If it was happening during the middle of the day, things could be a lot worse.There’s really no way of telling just how bad it will be. Just don’t be completely surprised if things are a bit slower than usual tomorrow.Photo via Twitter, read more at CNNlast_img read more

Toshiba sort le premier PC portable 3D sans lunettes

first_imgToshiba sort le premier PC portable 3D sans lunettesLe constructeur japonais va sortir le premier ordinateur disposant de la technologie 3D et ne nécessitant pas de lunettes spéciales.Toshiba avait fait sensation lors du dernier CES de Las Vegas, le salon de l’électronique grand public, avec un ordinateur capable d’afficher des images en 3D sans avoir besoin pour l’utilisateur d’enfiler des lunettes spéciales. Ce PC portable va bientôt être commercialisé, à commencer par le Japon en juillet prochain. Baptisé Dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR, il peut donc afficher des images 2D en définition Full HD mais également des images 3D (HD mais pas Full HD). Le Monde Numérique nous explique que les images 3D sont créées à l’aide de parallaxe. L’ordinateur fournit ainsi deux images, l’une pour l’œil gauche et l’autre pour l’œil droit, tandis que la caméra du PC détecte le visage de l’utilisateur et adapte ainsi la projection de l’image en fonction de l’endroit où il se trouve. Surtout, le Toshiba Dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR peut afficher simultanément des images 2D et 3D grâce à la technologie Window 3D. Un sacré bel outil technologique, dont on ne sait malheureusement pas quand il arrivera dans nos contrées…Le 22 avril 2011 à 13:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bonneville Dam fish count 514

first_imgSaturday — 965 adult spring chinook, 141 jack chinook, 18 steelhead. Year-to-date — 30,088 adult spring chinook, 1,640 jack chinook, 2,683 steelhead. Ten-year average year-to-date — 118,383 adult spring chinook, 12,960 jack chinook, 4,332 steelhead.Water temperature: 54.1 degrees. Water visibility: 3.0 feet. Streamflow: 441,000 cubic feet per second (14.84 feet on Vancouver gauge)last_img

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Tenet Group reports a 28 mean gender pay gap

first_imgFinancial advice organisation Tenet Group has reported a 28% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 32% as at 5 April 2017.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 11%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 26%. Over this period, 85% of female employees received a bonus payment, compared to 87% of male employees.Less than a third (32%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Tenet Group are women, compared to 49% in the second quartile, 66% in the third quartile, and 72% in the lowest pay quartile.Tenet Group attributes its gender pay gap to the types of roles that men and women within the organisation perform and the salaries that these roles typically attract. However, of its four group board directors, three are women.To address its gender pay gap, Tenet Group is undertaking a range of initiatives such as annual salary benchmarking, adopting a proactive approach to internal recruitment, and providing a training budget so that all staff have the opportunity to progress their learning and development. Tenet Group also has an organisation-wide talent development programme and management development programme in place with a 50:50 split of men and women. These programmes are designed to help employees progress into technical and leadership roles.The organisation has additionally committed to adopting a more flexible approach to work, embracing home working, non-standard working hours, and a combination of home and office working, as well as updated its appraisal form to focus on career and personal development.Emily Blain (pictured), head of HR and central services at Tenet Group, said: “The Tenet Group is committed to the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment for all employees, regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, age, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy [and] maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability. It has a clear policy of paying employees equally for the same or equivalent work, regardless of their sex, or any other characteristic.“Tenet Group is therefore confident that its gender pay gap does not stem from paying men and women differently for the same or equivalent work. Rather its gender pay gap is the result of the roles in which men and women work within the [organisation] and the salaries that these roles attract.“None of [Tenet Group’s] initiatives will, of itself, remove the gender pay gap, and it may be several years before some have any impact at all. In the meantime, the Tenet Group is committed to reporting on an annual basis on what it is doing to reduce the gender pay gap and the progress that it is making.”last_img read more

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Pedestrian struck by cement truck in NW MiamiDade

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — A pedestrian was struck by a cement truck in Northwest Miami-Dade, causing officials to rope off the area to investigate.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene in the area of North Miami Avenue and 119th Street, Friday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Police, a truck hit a pedestrian just before 5 p.m.A yellow tarp could be seen near a sidewalk.Police have shot down the intersection in all directions, No vehicles are being allowed through as of 5:30 p.m.It is best to avoid the area as authorities continue to investigate.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story. last_img read more

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State Senator Bruce Tarr Named 1 Of Americas Top 10 Animal Defenders

first_imgBOSTON, MA — State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), along with his colleagues Representative Louis Kafka and Senator Mark Montigny, were recently recognized as among the country’s Top 10 Animal Defenders by the Animal League Defense Fund.Tarr was recognized for sponsoring a bill in the State Legislature to strengthen the state’s animal protection laws. The Act to Protect Animal Welfare and Safety in Cities and Towns — known as the PAWS II Act — contains important animal protections which helped Massachusetts become one of the “most improved” states of 2018.“I was honored to be named as an Animal Defender by the Animal Legal Defense Fund during their National Justice for Animals Week, which took place from February 24th to March 2nd of 2019,” announced Tarr. “The week is dedicated to raising awareness about animal abuse and urging law enforcement, prosecutors, and lawmakers to protect our animals and our communities from abusers. I am honored to receive this recognition which is largely based on my work with legislative colleagues, animal rights groups and Governor Baker to pass the comprehensive animal protection laws known as PAWS I and PAWS II.”Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is a national, nonprofit organization of attorneys who specialize in the protection of animals and who work to ensure the enforcement of existing animal protection laws.(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s blog.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr Reminds Residents Of Animal Welfare Laws & Pets Left In Warm CarsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Co-Sponsors Nero’s Bill To Improve Medical Responses To Police Dogs Injured In Line Of DutyIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Supports Interlock Devices For First-Time OUI OffendersIn “Government”last_img read more

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OBITUARY John Jack Tannian Jr 89

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — John J. “Jack” Tannian, Jr., of Wilmington, formerly of Medford. Beloved husband of the late Alice Tannian. Loving father of Lisa Turner and her husband Jeff, Kathleen Sheehan all of PA, Joseph Tannian and his wife Renee of VA, Christopher Tannian and his wife Sally of Wakefield, Eileen Tannian of Wilmington and the late John Tannian and his surviving spouse Sharon of FL. Brother of Francis Tannian and Mary Perkins. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.He was a source of love, laughter, generosity and relentless optimism to all who knew him and encountered him in his life’s endeavors.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Jack, Monday morning August 26, 2019, in St. Clement Church, Medford at 10:00. Relatives and friends invited. Calling hours Sunday, in the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville, 2-6. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Late Veteran US Air Force, Korea. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jack’s memory to J. Tannian, Jr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from George L. Doherty Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”last_img read more

J Torres Encourages Young Comic Creators

first_imgJ. Torres speaking in Unalaska on March 3. Photo by Luc Sevilla.A lot of elements go into a simple comic book. There’s artwork, there’s editing — and most importantly, for the Filipino and Canadian comic writer J. Torres, there’s the script.The award-winning author visited Unalaska’s schools and gave a presentation at the library last week, as part of a statewide tour.Download AudioArchie, Batman, Teen Titans: J. Torres has worked on some of the most famous comic book series out there.But Torres told kids and parents that the big-name books are no sweat, compared to the challenge of dreaming up his own comics. That’s because he need artists to help bring his stories to life:Torres: “If I put, ‘Panel one: Batman flies through a window,’ I’m done! The artist doesn’t have to get me to describe who Batman is and what he looks like, right? But if I say, ‘Rufus is standing on the doorstep of his grandmother’s house,’ the artist is going to say, ‘Who the heck is Rufus?’ So I have to describe Rufus and what the grandmother’s house looks like.”Rufus is the hero of “Bigfoot Boy,” a comic Torres wrote for younger readers. Rufus is an average kid who find a magical amulet. When he puts it on, he can transform into a Sasquatch.Torres says “Bigfoot Boy” is his favorite comic, and he wanted to do share it in Unalaska.Torres was in town on the Alaska Spirit of Reading tour, which brings authors to the state every year. After Unalaska, he’d be off to Sitka and Juneau to visit schools and hold public readings.Torres: “Usually, when an author does a reading, he or she stands here and reads from the book.”But comic books are visual. And besides, Torres doesn’t draw them. He writes them — the stories, the dialogue, everything down to the sound effects in each panel.So he decided to do things a little differently. He invited the children in the audience to read the words he wrote, which were projected on a screen.Torres: “Almost like doing a play. So okay, who’s going to play Rufus for me? You! Okay, come on up, Ethan.”In the first chapter, Rufus — played by volunteer Ethan Iszler — gets sent to stay with his grandmother. His parents drop him off in the unfamiliar neighborhood as birds chirp in the background:Children: “Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet!”Mom: “Northwood is a cool place. You’ll see, Rufus. Just listen to your grandmother, okay?”Rufus: “Yes, mom.”The kids responsible for sound effects had their hands full. In one panel, Rufus sat in his grandmother’s living room while she took a nap — and a string of Z’s ran across the screen:Children: “Zzzzzz.”Torres: “No! Snoring!”Children: [snoring sounds]They got the hang of it as Rufus wandered through the woods. A Bigfoot approached in the shadows:Children: “Bump! Skkkkkk.”[laughter]Torres: “Can we get a round of applause for our readers?”[applause]After the reading, Mary Heimes, a fourth grade teacher, wanted to know:Heimes: “What advice do you have for some budding elementary school comic book writers?”Torres: “Write, draw — all the time, as much as you can. Practice makes perfect. It’s like anything else. You want to be a good ice skater, go ice skate. You want to be a good piano player, play piano.”Even if you live on an island in the Bering Sea, anything’s possible. Torres says that he works with artists and editors from all over the world, even though he lives in a comfy suburb of Toronto.Torres: “So that’s the beauty of working in comics — and also books and illustration — in this day and age. You don’t have to leave your house if you don’t want to! You can do it from anywhere in the world, including Alaska.”The important thing is to immerse yourself in what you love, Torres says. That’s why he read lots of comics as a kid, and still does now.And that may be why there was a run on comic books at the end of Torres’ talk. Library assistant Robi Harris was mobbed by kids wanting to check out the latest installment of “Bigfoot Boy.”That included junior high student:Ethan: “Ethan Iszler.”Harris: “I know, I know.”Ethan: “Okay. Am I here that often?”Harris: “You’re here enough.”Ethan: “I’m only here to get, to — “Harris: “There’s nothing wrong with coming in the door! We like to see you!”Ethan: “Oh, thank you. Thank you.”There’s a good reason why Ethan’s there so often. He says he’s writing his own comic book series. For now, it’s just stick figures, but it’s a start.last_img read more

Jet Airways seeks fresh capital Blackstone group in talks to pick up

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersDebt-laden Jet Airways (India) Ltd may require fresh capital to continue carrying out their operations as most of the $300 million capital it raised in June may have been exhausted.A major part of this capital which came from lease incentives and borrowings from domestic banks has been used by the airline to reduce their debt during the quarter ended in June. The remaining amount is expected to be used in the ongoing quarter which is considered a cool off period for travel when revenues are expected to decline.One of the analysts tracking the Jet Airways development told Mint that “Jet Airways needs at least Rs 2,500-3,000 crore of cash in the coming quarters.” The airline is expected to have a tough time ahead in finding the investors for the next round.According to an internal communication sent to employees by the airline’s chief people officer Rahul Taneja, the airline plans to disburse the salary for August in two instalments in September. It is to be noted that the employees of the debt-ridden airline have not been paid their salaries for the month of July and August.As of June 30, the airline has managed to cut its net debt by Rs 700 crores sequentially to Rs 7,364 crores. During the current financial year, it has planned a debt repayment of Rs 2,200 crores. The airline is also muting the idea for various debt reductions and funding options, including capital infusion and monetisation of assets, including the company’s stake in its loyalty programme.The analyst also argued that “The airline can raise about Rs 1,500 crores by monetising the 50 percent stake in its frequent-flyer loyalty programme, JetPrivilege, and about $30-40 million each for its wide-body planes that it plans to sell and lease back.”Moreover, Blackstone has shown its interest in a deal that could value JetPrivilege at Rs 3,000-4,000 crore. The JetPrivilege could be a game-changing financial deal for the airline as a report by global independent consultant OnPoint has valued the business at $1.13 billion (Rs 8,136 crores), to potential investors.last_img read more

Tech logistics startup Blowhorn turns electric EVs to make up 50 of

first_imgBlowhorn, India’s leading intra-city logistics aggregator, has announced that it is planning to turn towards environmentally sustainable mobility. The start-up plans to move 50 per cent of its fleet to eco-friendly mobility solutions like EVs, hybrid vehicles and CNG by the end of 2021 and 100 per cent by 2025. The company stated that it has a dedicated team building out a robust action plan to make this ambitious goal practicable.To this end, Blowhorn has over the past several months advanced discussions with multiple stakeholders including several EV and battery manufacturers, technologies targeting EV alternatives, and the broader mobility ecosystem. To underscore its commitment, Blowhorn also announced that it had expanded the roles of several of its most senior executives to drive this critical initiative. Currently, 10 per cent of the Blowhorn fleet already run on EVs and environmentally sustainable. Electric vehicles from Indian companiesPR handoutMithun Srivatsa, the co-founder and CEO of Blowhorn, says “At Blowhorn, historically, we have focused relentlessly and successfully on sustainable unit economics, profits and on enhancing the livelihoods of our partner drivers. We are at an interesting inflexion point where experimental technologies are poised to become mainstream. We have always believed that the future of smart logistics is green, and we hope that this public articulation of our commitment will spur more players in the broader logistics industry to follow suit.”Karthik Prabhakar, partner at Chiratae Ventures, adds “Electric mobility is a rapidly evolving sector, which will potentially grow the current landscape. Blowhorn is the innovation leader in intracity logistics and it was natural that they expanded into the new space.”Blowhorn, headquartered in Bangalore, is backed by marquee investors including Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG), MSDF, Draper Associates and Unitus Ventures.About BlowhornBlowhorn is India’s leading intracity logistics startup and an innovation leader. Founded in 2014, Blowhorn operates in all major metros in India with a broad suite of services from the first mile, middle mile, and last mile while handling goods from 1g to 1T. Blowhorn is backed by marquee investors comprising Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG), Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Draper Associates and Unitus Seed Fund.last_img read more

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Pakistan army pushes political role for Islamist groups

first_imgMohammad Yaqoob Sheikh, nominated candidate of political party Milli Muslim League, waves to his supporters during an election campaign for the National Assembly NA-120 constituency in Lahore. Reuters file photoA new Pakistani political party controlled by an Islamist with a $10 million US bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election on Sunday, in what a former senior army officer says is a key step in a military-proposed plan to mainstream militant groups.The Milli Muslim League party loyal to Hafiz Saeed – who the United States and India accuse of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people – has little chance of seeing its favored candidate win the seat vacated when prime minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court in July.But the foray into politics by Saeed’s Islamist charity is following a blueprint that Sharif himself rejected when the military proposed it last year, retired Lieutenant General Amjad Shuaib told Reuters.Three close Sharif confidants with knowledge of the discussions confirmed that Sharif had opposed the “mainstreaming” plan, which senior military figures and some analysts see as a way of steering ultra-religious groups away from violent jihad.“We have to separate those elements who are peaceful from the elements who are picking up weapons,” Shuaib said.Pakistan’s powerful military has long been accused of fostering militant groups as proxy fighters opposing neighboring arch-enemy India, a charge the army denies.“PATRIOTIC PEOPLE”Saeed’s religious charity launched the Milli Muslim League party within two weeks after the court ousted Sharif over corruption allegations.Yaqoob Sheikh, the Lahore candidate for Milli Muslim League, is standing as an independent after the Electoral Commission said the party was not yet legally registered.But Saeed’s lieutenants, JUD workers and Milli Muslim League officials are running his campaign and portraits of Saeed adorn every poster promoting Sheikh.Another Islamist designated a terrorist by the United States, Fazlur Rehman Khalil, has told Reuters he too plans to soon form his own party to advocate strict Islamic law.“God willing, we will come into the mainstream – our country right now needs patriotic people,” Khalil said, vowing to turn Pakistan into a state government by strict Islamic law.Saeed’s charity and Khalil’s Ansar ul-Umma organization are both seen by the United States as fronts for militant groups the army has been accused of sponsoring. The military denies any policy of encouraging radical groups.Both Islamist groups deny their political ambitions were engineered by the military. The official army spokesman was not available for comment after queries were sent to the press wing.Still, hundreds of MML supporters, waving posters of Saeed and demanding his release from house arrest, chanted “Long live Hafiz Saeed! Long live the Pakistan army!” at political rallies during the past week.“Anyone who is India’s friend is a traitor, a traitor,” went another campaign slogan, a reference to Sharif’s attempts to improve relations with long-time foe India that was a source of tension with the military.‘DERADICALISATION’ PLANBoth Saeed and Khalil are proponents of a strict interpretation of Islam and have a history of supporting violence – each man was reportedly a signatory to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa declaring war on the United States.They have since established religious groups that they say are unconnected to violence, though the United States maintains those groups are fronts for funnelling money and fighters to militants targeting India.Analyst Khaled Ahmed, who has researched Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity and its connections to the military, says the new political party is clearly an attempt by the generals to pursue an alternative to dismantling its militant proxies.“One thing is the army wants these guys to survive,” Ahmed said. “The other thing is that they want to also balance the politicians who are more and more inclined to normalize relations with India.”The military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency first began pushing the political mainstreaming plan in April 2016, according to retired general Shuaib, a former director of the army’s military intelligence wing that is separate from the ISI.He said the proposal was shared with him in writing by the then-ISI chief, adding that he himself had spoken with Khalil as well as Saeed in an unofficial capacity about the plan.“Fazlur Rehman Khalil was very positive. Hafiz Saeed was very positive,” Shuaib said. “My conversation with them was just to confirm those things which I had been told by the ISI and other people.”Saeed has been under house arrest since January at his house in the eastern city of Lahore. The United States has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to his conviction over the Mumbai attacks.Then-Prime Minister Sharif, however, was strongly against the military’s mainstreaming plan, according to Shuaib and three members of Sharif’s inner circle, including one who was in some of the tense meetings over the issue.Sharif wanted to completely dismantle groups like JuD. Disagreement on what to do about anti-India proxy fighters was a major source of rancour with the military, according to one of the close Sharif confidants.In recent weeks several senior figures from the ruling PML-N party have publicly implied that elements of the military – which has run Pakistan for almost half its modern history and previously ousted Sharif in a 1999 coup – had a hand in the court ouster of Sharif, a charge both the army and the court reject.A representative of the PML-N, which last month replaced him as prime minister with close ally Shahid Khaqi Abbasi, said the party was “not aware” of any mainstreaming plan being brought to the table.RELIGION AND POLITICSSome analysts worry that mainstreaming such controversial groups would be a risky strategy for Pakistan.US president Donald Trump’s administration has threatened sanctions against members of Pakistan’s military and even raised the specter of declaring Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism.“It will send a wrong message,” said analyst Zahid Hussain, who nevertheless thought that Saeed’s new party would have a “negligible” effect on Pakistani elections because religious parties have never won more than a few seats in parliament.Others are not so sure.Sheikh, the MML candidate in Sunday’s by-election who says he was handpicked by Hafiz Saeed, vowed to establish strict Islamic rule and “break” liberalism and secularism.Analyst Ahmed warned that few existing religious parties have a charismatic leader like Saeed, and Pakistan may find itself unable to control a rising tide of Islamist sentiment.“If Hafiz Saeed comes into the mainstream, it’s not that he is going to be politicized,” he added. “It’s that he is going to make politics more religious.”last_img read more

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Flu And Allergy Season Are Overlapping This Year

first_imgFlu season starts in the fall, but Dr. Catherine Troisi, UT Health, says it’s just now taking full effect.“The peak of the season however can vary; sometimes it’s before Christmas sometimes it’s later,” says Troisi. “This year it’s been a little later. We’re still even in March in a peak influenza activity time.”The epidemiologist says she is unsure why it’s peaking so late.But taking precautionary measures, like getting the flu shot, lowers your chances of catching the virus.“If you got the vaccine, it protected 50% of the people who got the vaccine from getting the flu, but even the people who were vaccinated and did get the flu had a milder case,” says Troisi.On top of the flu being in full swing, so is allergy season.Dr. David Corry, professor at Baylor College of Medicine.“The severity might be a little bit worse because we had such a mild winter,” says Corry.He also says the allergens most prevalent right now are from oak trees, grass, and mold. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:00 X Share Listenlast_img read more

Family Guy uses video game clip from YouTube Fox issues DMCA takedown

first_imgDMCA takedown requests are often abused or automated to the point of insanity, but you rarely hear about the times they actually work as intended. This is not one of those times. Fox used a clip from the classic NES game Double Dribble in a recent episode of Family Guy, and it turns out the show “borrowed” the footage from a YouTube video. You can probably guess what happened next. Yep, Fox issued a DMCA claim against the original.You can see the clip from Family Guy below, which features the characters playing the game while cracking wise. The clip was originally uploaded to YouTube in 2009 by user sw1tched. It shows a glitch in the game that guaranteed a successful three-point shot if the ball was released from a certain location on the court. The clip in the Family Guy episode was an exact match for the version on YouTube, which is still available on Daily Motion for reference. So, someone working on Family Guy saw the clip and thought it would be a good base for one of the show’s trademark tangents.After the episode aired, YouTube’s automated content ID system kicked in and identified the original YouTube video as an unauthorized repost of Family Guy. Copyright holders are able to take various actions when a video is flagged like this, and Fox always takes them down via the DMCA. You would think that maybe Google’s robot would be smart enough to look at the date, but apparently not.When a clip is taken down like this, it’s the responsibility of the original poster to prove that he or she did not infringe copyright. That seems quite backwards, but it’s how the DMCA works. It’s unlikely sw1tched will come out of the woodwork to file a counterclaim, so the original will probably remain blocked.last_img read more

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Iran Seen Preparing For Space Launch

first_img by NPR News Geoff Brumfiel 8.26.19 6:13pm In the latest indication that it may be readying an attempt to launch another space rocket, Iran has given its launch pad a fresh coat of paint.A satellite image taken by the commercial company Planet shows the pad painted a bright blue. The image, taken August 24, was shared with NPR. Until this month, the launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center had been sporting a burn scar from a previous failed launch attempt. It had also been covered in debris from a possible flash flood at the site this past spring. “The Iranians have finished clearing off the pad, and they painted over the previous launch scar,” says Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies who has analyzed the imagery. Other recent imagery has shown vehicle activity at a nearby building where Iran assembles its rockets. “We’re getting close to a launch, but exactly when that will happen I can’t tell you,” Schmerler says.Iran’s press has reported that the government has three satellites that could be ready for launch by the end of the nation’s calendar year in March of 2020. A recent report from August suggests that one of the satellites, a communications satellite known as Nahid-1, is ready for launch now.If a launch does take place, it would be the third such attempt this year. Launch attempts in January and February both ended in failure.The Trump administration has insisted that Iran’s space rockets also advance the nation’s ballistic missile program. “Such vehicles incorporate technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement following the failed launch attempt in January.But Schmerler and other independent analysts are less sure of a clear connection between Iran’s liquid-fueled space rockets and its missile activities. The rocket the Iranians are likely to use, known as the Safir, does not contain advanced technology. It is a “relatively dated space-launch vehicle,” he says.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Iran Seen Preparing For Space Launch last_img read more

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VIDEO 1 overall pick Myles Garrett signs rookie contract with Browns

first_imgNo offset language in #Browns’ Myles Garrett’s contract. The $30.4 million over 4 is fully guaranteed.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 19, 2017 Advertisement #1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett is officially a Cleveland Brown. The Browns posted a video of the moment Garrett officially became a millionaire and signed his rookie contract while Seal’s Kiss from a Rose played in the background.Cleveland has one playoff appearance since returning to the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999, but have earned positive reviews for their offseason moves.Welcome to Cleveland Myles Garrett, where there’s always no where to go but up..@Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” was @MylesLGarrett’s song of choice for his signing …?: OfficialBrowns— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 19, 2017last_img read more

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