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KPTL to sell stake in 3 assets to CLP India for Rs

first_imgNew Delhi: Kalpataru Power Transmission (KPTL) Wednesday said it has entered into binding agreements with Canada’s institutional fund manager CDPQ’s arm CLP India to sell its stake in 3 power transmission assets for an estimated enterprise value of Rs 3,275 crore. The company is selling stake in Kalpataru Satpura Transco Pvt Ltd (KSTPL), Alipurduar Transmission Ltd (ATL) and Kohima Mariani Transmission Ltd (KMTL) (referred jointly as SPVs), Kalpataru Power Transmission said in a BSE filing. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”As a part of this deal, the transaction for ATL and KMTL will be effective post commercial operation date (COD) and fulfilment of certain conditions,” the company added. Techno Electric & Engineering Company Ltd (Techno) owns 26 per cent stake in KMTL. “The sale of assets will lead to a significant reduction in KPTL’s consolidated debt and will help focus on strategic diversification within core business. KPTL will continue to focus on sustainable and profitable growth with commitment to improve return ratios,” Kalpataru Power Transmission Managing Director and CEO Manish Mohnot said.last_img read more

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Rosario Dawson Marcia Gay Harden And Stephanie March Inspire A Difference

first_imgAmerica’s leading crime and justice television channel, Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today that Glamour magazine will co-host ID’s second annual INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE honors event on October 22 in New York City, to shed light on issues of crime and victims’ rights.Celebrating women with similar missions to INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE, ID has teamed up with Glamour to recognize the remarkable efforts of Rosario Dawson, Marcia Gay Harden, Tamara Taylor and Stephanie March, as well as their charity partners, for their commitment to supporting victims and inspiring others.Launched in April 2013, INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE is ID’s national public affairs campaign that is designed to inform a national dialog around such topics as violence against women, domestic abuse, social and civil rights, mental health, bullying and sexual assault, while inspiring viewers to take action and make a difference in the lives of others.Dawson, Harden, Taylor and March will be honored at the second annual INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE awards ceremony in New York City on October 22. On newsstands now, the October issue of Glamour highlights the work of these incredible women with the following charities: • ROSARIO DAWSON (STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE FOUNDATION): Rosario Dawson founded Studio One Eighty Nine Foundation following an inspiring trip throughout Africa. The charitable e-commerce platform enables African female artists to build sustainable artisanal businesses. The site features Fashion Rising, a collection of African-designed goods with a portion of the proceeds supporting a global action to end violence against women. • MARCIA GAY HARDEN (HELP USA): Marcia Gay Harden works with HELP USA (Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged), a group that assists people who are homeless because of poverty, domestic violence or war-induced trauma. The charity provides affordable housing to prevent people from becoming homeless, as well as supportive services necessary to help people become and remain self-reliant. • TAMARA TAYLOR (THE RAPE FOUNDATION): Tamara Taylor is a supporter of The Rape Foundation, which administers free, 24-hour emergency medical treatment, forensic services, crisis counseling and longer-term psychotherapy for rape victims and sexually abused children. The Rape Foundation gives visibility to crimes that for too long have been viewed as “unspeakable” so that these abuses can be stopped. • STEPHANIE MARCH (SAFE HORIZON): Stephanie March has served as a board member at Safe Horizon for over eight years. The organization promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse. Safe Horizon envisions a society free of violence. Their mission is to lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence.In addition to the celebrity honorees, ID and Glamour also celebrate the work of an “everyday” hero for inspiring a difference in her community. One winner will be selected from hundreds of nominees from a national call-to-action in a promotional page in the July 2014 issue of Glamour. Last year’s winner, Nicole Russell, co-founded the Precious Dreams Foundation, which provides bedtime necessities to comfort children and the homeless, using positive reinforcement to empower them to focus on their dreams. At this year’s honors event, Russell will pass the torch to the new “everyday” hero whose chosen charity will receive a $5,000 grant from ID.“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join forces with Glamour and its readers once again to honor the remarkable efforts of Rosario, Marcia, Tamara and Stephanie,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination American, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Fit & Health. “Each of these women has given a voice to issues that are too commonly silenced in society, and it is through the commitment and dedication of both the celebrity honorees, as well as the everyday heroes that women everywhere are empowered and inspired to make this world a better place.”The multi-platform INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE public affairs campaign employs all of ID’s promotional assets, including on-air, digital and social resources, and local and national events. On Sunday, October 19, ID bolsters its commitment to INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE by dedicating an entire day of ID’s favorite series and specials that address these social injustices. Throughout the day, ID talent will chat live about ways the online community can take action and “Inspire A Difference” through a twitter chat @DiscoveryID (#InspireADifference).ID will also feature INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE PSAs featuring Paula Zahn, Tamron Hall, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Ward and Alicia Kozakiewicz, in an effort to motivate viewers to take action with the support of leading national nonprofit partners such as the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), and Alicia’s Project.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Sand from Merzouga at the Heart of Exhibition in Sao Paulo

By Chaimaa ZahaarRabat – Sand from Merzouga, a small village in southeastern Morocco, and that of other regions of the world are the subject of a scientific exhibition which has just opened at the Science and Technology Park (CIENTEC) of The University of São Paulo (USP). The São Paulo University Science Exhibition, entitled “Sands of the World”, offers visitors the opportunity to observe sand specimens from around the world.Visitors can discover the specificities of these small rock particles whose size Is between 0.063 and 2 mm, as well as the different elements that contributed to shaping them across regions, reports the agency ANBA, organ of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the ultra-fine sand and siliceous taken from the famous Merzouga dunes, the exhibition highlights the sand near the pyramids in Egypt and in places as exotic as Disappointment Island in Antarctica, Iceland, Okinawa Japan and the island of Kauai in Hawaii.Sand samples from Reunion Island, Greece, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Mexico, Barbados, Colombia and Thailand, as well as local sand from The States of Maranhao and Sao Paulo, are also presented in this exhibition which will continue until July 29th.The exhibit also showcases the sand formation process through a section showing rocks and minerals at different stages of disintegration.The exhibition is the culmination of a project funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and coordinated with the USP’s geoscience department.According to the organizers, some of the sand samples presented were collected by students from the geophysical department of São Paulo. Others have been offered by researchers and scientific institutions from several countries. read more

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Morocco 1st Maghreb Country in Tourism Competitiveness

Rabat – The World Economic Forum has published its Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. Morocco took 1st place in the Maghreb region and 2nd in North Africa.In the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) overall rankings, Morocco came 66th with a score of 3.9 exceeding the average in the MENA region, but barely over the global average.Spain, France, and Germany all took 1st place with a score of 5.4. Morocco dropped one rank compared to 2017. However, the report labeled Morocco as the most improved country in Business Environment and Air Transport Infrastructure ‘pillars’.Morocco was the top scorer in the Prioritization of Travel & Tourism (T&T). The kingdom ranked 26th globally thanks to government prioritization of T&T (30th), availability of data (16th) and above regional average effectiveness in tourism marketing (41st).The same applies to Natural Resources, in which Morocco was also the top scorer. The country ranked “63rd globally thanks to the degree to which natural assets are a reason for tourist arrivals (52nd) and digital demand (27th).”International OpennessIn the regional analysis section, the TTCI report mentioned how “the region (MENA) is plagued by geopolitical tensions, instability, and conflict.” “Security concerns also play a role in why MENA members are some of the most restrictive when it comes to international openness,” explained the report, excluding only Qatar, Oman, and Morocco for making significant improvements. Subregional analysis (North Africa)The TTCI report stated that although “all four members of the North Africa subregion increased their TTCI scores over 2017, Morocco demonstrates North Africa’s slowest improvement in TTCI performance.”The report found that Egypt (65th) is the subregion’s top scorer and its largest T&T economy. The country is also MENA’s most improved scorer.Morocco, on the other hand, is a close second to Egypt when it comes to overall competitiveness. The kingdom boasts the MENA region’s top TTCI scores on natural resources (63rd), North Africa’s best enabling environment (71st), infrastructure (69th), and tourist service infrastructure (78th).The TTCI 2019 reportThe 2019 edition of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report benchmarks the T&T competitiveness of 140 economies and measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the Travel & Tourism (T&T) sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country.”The 2019 TTCI assesses the 140 economies in four subindexes: Enabling Environment, T&T Policy and Enabling Conditions, Infrastructure, and Natural and Cultural Resources.Each sub-index is composed of 14 pillars and 90 individual indicators, distributed among the different pillars. read more

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No more war in Sri Lanka

There is no chance of another war on Sri Lankan soil, the Ministry of Defence said today in a statement posted on its website.According to the Ministry of Defence this guarantee has deeply reached the people living in every nook and corner of the country allowing the facilitation of establishing lasting peace and reconciliation between the communities. “Eradication of terrorism doesn’t itself mean that the long awaited peace has dawned in this country, but certainly has paved the way towards it. There is no doubt that after years of war, the people in this country long for lasting peace. That’s why the people have given a second chance to this government with an unprecedented two third majority to keep the momentum in the drive towards lasting peace and prosperity,” the Ministry of Defence said. The statement said that Sri Lanka has managed to stand firm and do what is appropriate for the benefit of its countrymen, and the results, so far achieved tell the world that the government didn’t just take a leap in the dark but did everything with a purpose. “It seems the government has already taken the lead, and is confident enough to continue with its strategies until satisfying the peoples’ desires,” the Defence ministry added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Brock researchers receive funding from Compute Canada

Biologist Ping Liang was one of two Brock University researchers to receive funding from Compute Canada.Two Brock researchers are among those receiving funding from Compute Canada Calcul Canada (CC), Canada’s national platform of High Performance Computing (HPC) resources.Biologist Ping Liang was awarded computer time and dedicated storage (market value $271,968) for his project, “Systematic identification and characterization of genome structural variants in humans via large scale analysis of personal genome data.”Liang, a Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics, is developing a new way of detecting and describing structural variations in human genomes.Current methods, which focus on analyzing individual genomes, do not provide enough details needed to assess how the genes interact and, in general, “lack accuracy and robustness,” says Compute Canada.Liang and his group aim to collectively analyze thousands of currently available personal genome sequence data sets, and then compile the detailed sequences for all detectable structural variations.“The availability of such comprehensive structural variation sequences will greatly facilitate the analysis of new genome data for detecting structural variations, and ultimately for our better understanding of human genetics and diseases,” says Liang’s project description.“I am happy that Compute Canada created this program and I felt lucky to get funded since having access to this type of dedicated high computing facility is essential for my research program,” Liang adds.Meanwhile, Stuart Rothstein, a chemical physicist, received a grant of computer time (market value $31,536) for his project, “Polarons and bipolarons in oligofuran – a quantum Monte Carlo study.”Oligomers are a type of polymer intermediate that have fewer structural units. The first step of Rothstein’s work is to treat a small, computationally efficient model system to determine computational parameters that are used by his computer codes.He will then expand his calculations to furan oligomers with many structural units, some of which, when oxidized, are believed to harbour polarons and bipolarons, which are carriers of positive charges.How large polarons are and whether or not bipolarons exist has been disputed in the literature. Rothstein will use his quantum Monte Carlo codes to resolve this issue.The team’s findings will contribute to the development of molecular wires, which consist of molecular-scale objects that when linked together conduct electrical currents. These may serve as building blocks for electronic devices.Polymers of furan are especially important because they are synthesized from bio-renewable sources, yet still have properties similar to those derived from petroleum.“I’m delighted to have received Compute Canada’s support that enables us to research a fundamental problem in materials science,” says Rothstein.In mid-January, Compute Canada announced grants of more than $134 million worth of state-of-the-art computing, storage, and support resources allocated to 271 leading-edge Canadian research projects across the country.“The value of these grants goes far beyond their financial worth,” said Dugan O’Neil, Compute Canada’s chief scientific officer. “These incredibly powerful computing tools and our network of experts are helping Canadian researchers develop and improve products, inform public policies, contribute to sustainable job creation, and make discoveries that help us better understand the world around us.”Rothstein and Liang are members of Brock’s Institute for Scientific Computation.Brock University is a member of SHARCNET, a consortium of Canadian academic institutions that share a network of high performance computers to enable world-class academic research to be conducted.SHARCNET is one of six local High Performance Computing consortiums organized under the umbrella of Compute Canada. read more

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Prince William and Kate reveal new Royal Baby name

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their new arrival Louis Arthur Charles.The baby, who was born on Apr. 23., will formally be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.Kensington Palace made the announcement on Twitter Friday morning.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/4DUwsLv5JQ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018He’s fifth in line to the throne – after his grandfather Prince Charles, his father Prince William and his two older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte. read more

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Uber vows to keep fighting sweeping California labour bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers confronting the changing definition of work have approved sweeping legislation designed to give many contract workers new pay and benefit protections, but tech giants Uber and Lyft vowed to keep fighting the changes, possibly by bankrolling an expensive fight on the 2020 ballot.The measure heading to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines a three-part test that makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors who are not entitled to minimum wage and benefits like workers compensation.Uber has argued that forcing its drivers to become employees would upend a business model that is built on flexibility.Newsom has pledged to sign the measure, but his office hopes to bring ride-hailing and meal delivery companies to the table with labour unions to negotiate a separate set of rules for workers who pick up jobs on their own schedules in the so-called gig economy.Kathleen Ronayne And Don Thompson, The Associated Press read more

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UNbacked treaty on endangered species marks 30th birthday with pride warning

Thanks to the effective implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), new emergency listings of species have become increasingly rare and none of those listed by the treaty has ever become extinct as a result of trade. But the illegal wildlife trade has expanded and increasingly involved organized criminal networks, Willem Wijnstekers, Secretary-General of the treaty administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), warned. “During the past three decades, CITES has proved highly effective in ensuring that human needs remain compatible with wildlife conservation. It has enabled local communities to benefit from the sustainable use of wildlife, and it has protected animal and plant species that are threatened or endangered by international trade,” he said. But to build on these successes it needs to be more effective in competing for resources and attention as the arrival on the scene of new environmental conventions and organizations leads to greater competition for the available pot of money. “Governments want and expect more from CITES, and they recognize its competence and its value,” Mr. Wijnstekers said. “Unfortunately, they are not always prepared to support it with the financial resources needed at either the national or international levels. As a result, CITES faces a severe challenge in boosting national capacities for conserving wildlife and managing sustainable trade.” The average forest guard or game warden is not equipped to deal with organized crime, which needs a sophisticated response, while in most parts of the world, national police forces have sufficient training but other priorities besides wildlife trade, he noted. Listing past “crises transformed into success stories,” he cited the South American vicuña and the Nile crocodile, two species whose survival was assured when CITES transformed their wool and skins, respectively, into valuable and sustainably managed commodities of benefit to local communities. “Looking a bit further ahead, there is the potential for many of CITES’ efforts to be overtaken by other threats to species, such as climate change and higher levels of pollution and habitat destruction,” Mr. Wijnstekers said. “Apart from pests and domesticated species, few species are experiencing rapidly growing numbers. Unless the principles of sustainable development become more central to national policy-making, CITES’ influence could decline over the next 30 years as wildlife is overwhelmed by larger forces. “This does not have to happen. The history of CITES confirms that it is possible to reconcile the needs of human beings and wildlife. I am confident that CITES will build on its past to make a significant contribution to the 21st century,” he concluded. read more

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On 20th anniversary of historic declaration UN officials urge progress on human

“Much progress has occurred during the past two decades, thanks to the path laid down in Vienna…but the magnificent construction is still only half built,” said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, opening the Vienna+20 Conference in the Austrian capital. “[The Vienna Declaration] showed us the way forward, and to some extent, we have followed that path. But, sadly, reprehensibly, we also continue, all too often, to deviate from it.”“Even as I speak to you now, women are being abducted and raped, hospital are being targeted, and indiscriminate shelling and deliberate massacres stain the earth with the blood of innocents,” she said, stressing this was “intolerable” and calling for action to stop rights violations, particularly in places mired in conflict such as Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.Hundreds of diplomats, civil society members, academics and human rights experts have gathered for the two-day Conference to mark 20 years since the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) at the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993.In her remarks, Ms. Pillay said the VDPA, born “in the best of times and worst of times” – the end of the Cold War and the start of a rash of brutal internal conflicts – was “the most significant human rights document produced in the last quarter of a century and one of the strongest…of the past hundred years.” She added that the VDPA “crystallized the principle that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated, and firmly entrenched the notion of universality by committing States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people ‘regardless of their political, economic, and cultural systems.’”The VDPA, which created the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also paved the way for important landmarks agreements and human rights mechanisms Ms. Pillay said, including the International Criminal Court. It also strengthened the system of expert committees, known as treaty bodies, which assist States to meet their legal obligations under international human rights treaties, and national human rights institutions which now exist in 103 countries. Still, there have been many setbacks, the High Commissioner noted, adding that the work started is far from complete.“We must recognize that in many areas, we have failed to build on the foundations of the VDPA. The inspiring opening promise of the Universal Declaration – that all human beings are born equal in dignity and in rights – is still only a dream for far too many people,” she said.“It is essential that we view the VDPA as a living document that can and should continue to guide our actions and goals. Human rights are still not universally available, or viewed as indivisible and interrelated, despite our promise to make them so. “States still continue to make arguments about cultural relativity. Women, minorities and migrants are still discriminated against and abused. The right to development is still not accepted by everybody. Power still corrupts, and leaders are still prepared to sacrifice their people in order to retain it.”Ms. Pillay urged countries to revive the spirit of the Vienna Declaration and refocus their efforts to achieve universality, and impartiality with regard to justice.”In his remarks to the Conference, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said countries run the risk of becoming numb to violence and rights violations and stressed they need to make an effort to prioritize human rights issues. “There is a wave of brutalization going over the world,” Mr. Eliasson said. “We are seeing figures of people being killed, innocent men, women and children in great numbers and we get used to it. We almost get numb. They end up on page 16 in a small little note. We must put an end to this prioritization.”Governments, activists, the private sector and academia all have a role to play, he said, adding that the UN will also continue to improve its work on how it deals with rights violations and upholds the rule of law. read more

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2030 Agendas promise of wellmanaged migration and mobility must become a reality

“I cannot recall a time when the issue of mass displacement, refugees and migratory movements was as high on the agenda of the international community as it is today,” Mr. Eliasson told the 2016 International Dialogue on Migration, a two-day event organized at Headquarters by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and focused on the 2030 Agenda and its landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ‘The Numbers Speak for Themselves’ He said the number of international migrants who reside outside their country of birth or citizenship had risen from some 170 million in 2000 to nearly 250 million in 2015 – an increase of 41 per cent. Seven out of every 10 international migrants reside in high-income countries.“Without migration, the population of Europe would have fallen in the past 15 years. Generally, we need to recognize what migrants and refugees contribute to our societies. We have an obligation to counter the negative narrative characterizing the present public discourse,” said Mr. Eliasson.He went o note that more than 60 million people are currently displaced – the highest figure since the end of the Second World War. This includes 20 million refugees, which means that eight out of every 100 international migrants are now refugees. The large majority of these refugees are hosted by developing countries.Bolster Human Rights; Prevent and Resolve Conflicts The differing narratives of migrants and refugees have some very important points in common, Mr. Eliasson said, underscoring that irrespective of the motives people have for crossing international borders, all migrants have basic human rights. Further, migrants and refugees increasingly move together as part of mixed migratory flows.“In the absence of channels for safe, orderly and regular migration, as stated in SDG 10, target number 10.7, smugglers and traffickers exact obscenely high fees and often take advantage of the migrants and refugees. Ultimately, “we must do more to prevent and resolve conflicts which give rise to forced displacement. Syria is the most blatant case in point.” “We must also deliver on the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind. We must improve the conditions for a life of dignity and fulfilment at home. We must reduce inequalities, and promote peaceful and inclusive societies,” Mr. Eliasson emphasized, adding that all refugees are protected from forcible return by 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.Humanitarian Financing and Ensuring ‘No One is Left Behind’Against this backdrop, there is a pressing need to increase humanitarian financing. The Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing has made proposals which will be taken further at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul 23-24 May, he said, urging governments to ensure high level attendance at the first-ever Humanitarian Summit, “placing the human being in the centre.”Recalling that earlier this month at an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly on follow-up to the 2030 Agenda, he had presented several conditions for success, Mr. Eliasson said they equally applied to preparations for the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly on 19 September on large-scale refugee and migratory movements.They were: leadership as Member States and other actors must be fully committed to develop predictable and equitable responses to mass population movements; ownership; partnerships; and collaboration, as a global approach at the United Nations must be complemented by regional and national contributions. With this in mind he noted that as many countries are struggling to deal with issues of displacement, migration and refugees, the UN must not remain on the sidelines. And while the issues are complex, that would not prevent the Organization from developing responses, searching for solutions, identifying good practices, and putting well financing systems and institutions in place. read more

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Grand opening to be held for renovated Brock library space

A new concept of study space will become reality at Brock next week when a state-of-the-art learning environment officially transforms the fifth floor of the James A. Gibson Library.On Tuesday March 6, the Children’s Educational Foundation of Canada (CEFC) Commons will be unveiled, a $460,000 project that has created 3,600 square feet of innovative library space where design inspires creative and collaborative activity.University Librarian Mark Robertson said that libraries were once highly formal environments primarily designed as book repositories, but that is no longer the case.“Our goal was to create a fresh and modern environment that could accommodate a variety of learning styles, so you’ll see areas for individual study and group work, as well as lounge-like areas with soft seating and, yes, even bean bags,” said Robertson. “We expect the fifth floor will be known as a destination for students on campus. We are thrilled with the result.”The Brock community is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. on the fifth floor of the James A. Gibson Library to officially open the new space. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The renovation was made possible by a generous donation from the Children’s Educational Foundation of Canada. The $263,000 gift supported the fifth floor project, while also contributing to Brock’s Archives and Special Collections endowment and the purchase of library resources.Parking is available in Lot D for those attending the grand reopening. read more

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Benlevi helps Georgia State beat Tulane 8076

NEW ORLEANS — Senior Malik Benlevi made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points and Georgia State beat Tulane 80-76 on Wednesday.It was the second-straight game Benlevi recorded a personal best, scoring 24 points last Wednesday in a 91-67 victory over Georgia in the Cayman Islands. He also had five rebounds, four blocks and four steals against Tulane.Sun Belt scoring leader D’Marcus Simonds added three 3-pointers and 21 points for the Panthers (5-2). Damon Wilson had 16 points and Jeff Thomas grabbed seven rebounds.Kevin Zhang scored 23 points for the Green Wave (2-4). Caleb Daniels added 17 points and Jordan Cornish had eight assists.Tulane trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half before cutting Georgia State’s lead to four with 1:45 to go. Georgia State made seven free throws from there to keep its two-possession advantage the rest of the way.The Associated Press read more

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Logan Stieber sets sights on 2016 Olympics

OSU’s Logan Stieber (right) wrestles with North Carolina State’s Kevin Jack in a 141-pound semifinal during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 20 in St. Louis.Credit: Courtesy of TNSTwo weeks removed from making history with his fourth individual national title, Ohio State redshirt-senior Logan Stieber has put his collegiate accolades on the back burner for an even bigger desire — the 2016 Olympics.“It has always been a dream of mine to be an Olympian and to win gold,” Stieber said. “Doing that would be a great conclusion to my competitive career.”Stieber was awarded the Hodge Trophy, which is equivalent to what the Heisman is for football, on Monday. On that same day, he was also supporting his younger brother, Hunter, who was in surgery to attach a ligament in his right elbow.“The Hodge has been a goal of mine since my sophomore year,” Stieber said. “I would say it’s one of the highest honors I have received, and to have my brother come out of surgery OK as well, it made for a great day.”The four-time Big Ten and National Champion finished his career at OSU with a 119-3 record and was named the Big Ten Most Outstanding Wrestler and Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Big Ten Championships. Even after receiving these major individual awards, Stieber managed to keep his focus on his teammates, and is able to stay calm on the biggest of stages.“I have been blessed to be in a lot of big matches and moments in my life and I think I have learned from each one,” Stieber said. “That keeps me calm.”With a winning percentage of .975 — a school record — Stieber is used to being on top of the podium. Now he’s focused on remaining there as he looks to make the U.S. World Team this summer in hopes of qualifying for the Summer Olympics next year in Brazil.“I believe I can make the team and win gold,” Stieber said. Olympic wrestling uses the freestyle form of wrestling instead of the folkstyle used in college. Despite the different style, Stieber said, with the help of known World Team members such as former Buckeye Reece Humphrey, he will be able to make the transition quickly.“The freestyle circuit is different because of the amount of times you compete and the weigh-in rules are different,” Stieber said. “Also the training is more focused on skill and less on conditioning. I’ll be ready.”Looking back on his high school career and the way it ended, Stieber said he couldn’t have written a better script on how similarly he ended his collegiate career. Not only did he win four individual titles at both levels, but he led Monroeville and OSU to their first-ever team titles as well.“To have him win his fourth title on the same day as winning the team’s first is incredible,” Stieber’s father, Jeff, said. “It was always one of his biggest goals to do that and to see it happen is truly amazing.”Stieber finished his career on a 50-match winning streak dating back to December 2013, and won 96 of his 119 matches via bonus points. He tied for the most career falls in OSU history with 50 and also became just the second wrestler ever to win four Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational titles.Once again, the individual accolades have piled up, but he stressed they don’t compare to the success he shares with his teammates.“Winning individual awards and achieving personal goals is something I obviously want to do, but being able to share a team title with my family and friends has been pretty cool,” Stieber said.Instead of taking it all in and enjoying the moment, wrestling season hasn’t ended for Stieber. He has already begun training for the 2015 Las Vegas/ASICS Open Wrestling Championships in May and even after he graduates, he still hopes to be a part of OSU and wants to continue to work with the team, he said. “I hope to keep wrestling in Columbus for a while and I want to see our team continue to get better and competing for titles.” read more

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Former teacher becomes sixth person to be jailed for pupil sex assault at

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, are counted among its famous alumni. “These individuals abused their positions of trust in a most serious and abhorrent way; the survivors of their offences have shown extraordinary courage in bringing them to justice.”It is difficult to imagine the impact that these awful experiences must have had on their lives.”He added: “The school today is a very different place.”We deploy a range of measures to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of our pupils is at the centre of all we do.”Last month, chaplain Gary Dobbie was jailed for 12 years for abusing nine pupils across three decades.Sports coach Ajaz Karim, was jailed last August for 10 years after assaulting six girls between 1985 and 1993.And a month previously, James Husband, also known by his middle name of Andrew, was jailed for 17 years for raping and indecently assaulting a girl as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994.Peter Webb and Peter Burr admitted indecently assaulting pupils at the school between the 1960s and 1980s and were also jailed.Christ’s Hospital is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, dating back to the 16th century, and the Queen is a patron.Pupils still wear a Tudor-style uniform of a long blue coat and high yellow socks with boarders charged fees of up to £31,500 a year. A retired teacher has become the sixth from a leading private school to be convicted for historic sexual abuse charges.Roger Martin, 83, of Great Dunham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, has been jailed at Hove Crown Court for four years for the indecent assault of a 10-year-old pupil at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, between September and December 1976.As well as the prison sentence, he will be a registered sex offender indefinitely.Detective Sergeant Rebecca Wilde, of Sussex Police, said: “It became clear that Martin who was the boy’s housemaster, took advantage of his natural vulnerability for his own sexual gratification, hoping that it would not come to light, for more than 40 years he was right.”This victim had kept the experience to himself for more than 40 years, only coming forward when he learned of similar cases involving other teachers at the same school.”We have had full co-operation from the school throughout the investigation and we make it clear that the case relates to a period nearly 43 years ago, having nothing to do with current or recent pupils or staff at the school.”Simon Reid, current headteacher at Christ’s Hospital School, said: “Both this and the convictions of other former teachers have exposed a dark period in the school’s history during which too many children were manipulated and exploited. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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CoalMacs excellent record provides good safety news in US coal

first_imgArch Coal’s Coal-Mac mining complex surpassed 3 million employee-hours and four years without a single lost-time injury on May 4, 2010. Coal-Mac is located near Holden, West Virginia, and employs some 300 people. Coal-Mac supplies more than 3 Mt/y of low-sulphur coal to domestic and international power producers. “The employees of Coal-Mac prove their commitment to safety excellence each and every day,” said Paul A. Lang, Senior Vice President of Operations. “A perfect, four-year safety record clearly distinguishes Coal-Mac as a safety leader.” In the past five years, the employees of Coal-Mac have received 14 national and state awards for safety excellence, including a 2010 West Virginia Mountaineer Guardian Award.last_img read more

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Record de nage libre un ours polaire passe 10 jours daffilée en

first_imgRecord de nage libre : un ours polaire passe 10 jours d’affilée en merPubliée dans le Canadian Journal of Zoology, une étude américaine montre que des ours polaires, suivis par GPS dans leurs déplacements, confrontés au recul de la banquise dû au réchauffement climatique, sont contraints à des exploits de natation : jusqu’à 675 kilomètres non-stop !Les biologistes de l’US Geological Survey ont équipé de colliers GPS 52 ours polaires du sud de la mer de Beaufort, au large de l’Alaska, pour suivre leurs déplacements durant plusieurs années. Ils ont constaté ces derniers étés que, la banquise faisant de plus en plus place à l’eau libre, les animaux doivent souvent se déplacer à la nage. Avec des performances étonnantes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Vingt de ces animaux, suivis de 2004 à 2009, ont entrepris plusieurs longs trajets en mer, avec une longueur moyenne de 155 kilomètres. Un individu a même nagé sur 355 kilomètres et un autre – record absolu – sur 675 kilomètres, passant 10 jours en pleine eau ! Réchauffement du climat et fonte des glaces pousseront-ils l’ours blanc jusqu’à ses dernières limites ?  “Que ces ours puissent nager de si longues distances peut signifier qu’ils ne sont pas aussi vulnérables (…) en mer. Toutefois, la nage sur de longues distances semble avoir des exigences énergétiques plus élevées que le déplacement sur la glace de mer”, indique l’US Geological Survey, qui manque encore de recul pour évaluer l’impact du réchauffement global sur la survie de l’ours polaire.Le 3 mai 2012 à 18:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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New Detective Pikachu Trailer Is a Pokemon TearJerker

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on target The first trailer for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu left us shocked and confused. They’re making a live-action Pokemon movie? The next trailer left us excited and pumped. They’re making a live-action Pokemon movie! And now this latest trailer completes the emotional journey. The fact that they are making a live-action Pokemon movie is on the verge of making me cry.See for yourself.Posted on Ryan Reynolds’ YouTube page, this new trailer ditches the expected kids movie action and comedy of previous trailers for a shocking amount of emotion and beauty instead. They set it to “What a Wonderful World” of all songs! Seeing Pokemon interact with real people in harmony continues to deliver on the 20-year-old promise of the original games. Not battling, just Pokemon chilling with folks in their everyday lives is doing more to sell the illusion than anything else.Also, while it’s easy to forget as you try to name all the Pokemon, Detective Pikachu’s plot centers on the hunt for a boy’s missing father. This trailer adds some appreciated gravitas to that situation as Pikachu confronts a grieving Justice Smith. This movie is going to be so wild.Along with this trailer we also got a new Pokemon: Detective Pikachu poster bursting at the seams with monsters to spot. Try to name them all!If just a few minutes of Pokemon: Detective Pikachu footage has already sent us into a roller coaster of emotions, imagine what the whole film will do. See for yourself when Pokemon: Detective Pikachu releases May 10. And for more on Pokemon check out these reality-warping Detective Pikachu toys and learn more about the upcoming games in the series Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.last_img read more

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Now you can quote the Marvel Cinematic Universe like the Bible

first_img Captain Marvel Black Panther Marvel Spiderman Thor The Avengers,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The Cheapskate An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 2019 movies to geek out over What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET 1 $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags $155 at Google Express Angela Lang/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $6 at Tidal Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile How I survived the Marvel Studios 22 Movie Marathon 8:53 Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy $520 at HP Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo See It $210 at Best Buy TV and Movies See it Sarah Tew/CNET Thanos demands that you learn all his lines. Marvel Studios With the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies hitting theaters fast — we’ve had Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame already this year, and Spider-Man: Far From Home hits next week — we’ve all struggled to recall classic lines at some point (especially if we’ve marathoned the whole lot).Developer Sean Lennaerts answered our prayers by putting every utterance into the MCU Bible, which organizes each line as if it’s scripture — with the number in its individual series, the series title and timestamp where it appears in the movie. So you can learn some of those half-remembered Korg lines from Thor Ragnarok with ease.”Well, I tried to start a revolution, but didn’t print enough pamphlets.” (III Thor 41:42)center_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Comments DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Comment Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 77 Photos Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo Apple iPhone XS 7 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It $299 at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Or maybe a little Thanos grandstanding.”I am inevitable.” IV Avengers 18:47, 94:50 and 149:49)If you’re struggling to find a line, try adding punctuation.Lennaerts plans to add character names beside each quote, the ability to search by character and context around every line.In the meantime, remember:”Wakanda forever!” (Black Panther 28:26, 28:27, 106:09, 107:34 and III Avengers 101:05) Read Google Home Hub review Read the AirPods review Sprint See at Amazon $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $59 at eBay See at Turo See It Share your voice $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Amazonlast_img read more

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Write poetry to boost daily wellbeing

first_imgEveryday creative activities like writing poetry or making new recipes can boost well-being as well as creativity in young adults, new research has found.“Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased wellbeing is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day,” said lead researcher Tamlin Conner from University of Otago in New Zealand.In their study, the researchers asked 658 university students to keep a daily diary of their experiences and emotional states over 13 days. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter analysing the diaries the researchers found a pattern of the participants feeling more enthusiasm and higher “flourishing” than usual following days when they were more creative.Flourishing is a psychological concept that can be described as increasing positive growth in oneself.While the current study did not specifically ask the university students to record the nature of their creative activity, the researchers had collected such information informally in an earlier study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey found that the most common examples reported were songwriting; creative writing (poetry, short fiction); knitting and crochet; making new recipes; painting, drawing, and sketching; graphic and digital design; and musical performance.“Overall, these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday creativity as a means of cultivating positive psychological functioning,” said the study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.last_img read more

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