first_imgzoom APM Terminals Poti has completed a comprehensive engineering study to prepare the port master plan for the future needs of Georgia and the hinterland countries, Armenia and Azerbaijan.The study was triggered by the rapid increase of container throughput which will exceed port capacity by 2017. In 2013, total container throughput in Georgia was 405,000 TEU of which Poti handled 82%. The present capacity of Poti seaport is 600,000 TEU.“Larger vessels are entering the trades, reshaping markets and challenging port infrastructure. We believe the ability to attract larger vessels to our port through a deeper water depth and easier entrance channel will lower transportation costs for importers and exporters while improving the flexibility of Georgia and Central Asia supply chains. As the operator of Georgia’s largest and most important port, we want to ensure our future infrastructure plans reflect the best engineering and economic scenarios for the market”, commented Steen Davidsen, Managing Director, APM Terminals Poti.Georgia’s geographic location connects several high growth economic regions, offering shippers a competitive location advantage as a transit hub strategically located between Europe and Central Asia.Of importance, Georgia is the shortest transit link for the transportation of raw materials, goods, gas and oil from Azerbaijan and Central Asia to the West. What is more, it serves as a north-south transportation crossroads between Russia and Turkey, and via Armenia, to Iran. Average growth figures for the last five years are 15-20% per year, far higher than GDP rates, reflecting Georgia’s and hinterland markets’ increasing containerization trend.“Poti has an ideal port location and we look forward to working with the Georgian government to ensure the country’s flagship port is constantly improving the economy and attracting future investment. As a global port operator, we have the expertise to execute port upgrades quickly to launch a new era of Georgian port infrastructure suited to the future generation of ships,” added Mr. Davidsen.In phase 1, which can be completed by 2017, the new port will comprise two deepwater berths able to handle vessels in excess of 9,000 TEU with modern ship to shore cranes and a capacity of 1 million TEU.Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image:last_img read more

first_imgThe admiration is apparently mutual.“Out of the blue, she first started following us on Instagram. Then she kept giving us minishocks because she actually started liking our posts and commenting on them,” said Lakhesar, 22. Login/Register With: Twitter “She loves our work. She has some of our T-shirts. I paint on jackets and she has one of those. I think we’re just at a point where we’re almost like friends now, which is just really cool,” she added.“She started following my account last year and I obviously was freaking out because she’s one of my personal heroes. I look up to her not only as a person but also she’s amazing writer and she’s incredibly funny. I was just fan-girling all around,” said Qamar, 25.Both women, who sell their works online, began collaborating last year, starting with a fall show called Shame Shame at the Rally Gallery on Ossington Ave. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Two Toronto artists have joined The Mindy Project, sort of.If you’re watching Season 5 of The Mindy Project, starring writer/actor Mindy Kaling, look closely and you’ll notice three artworks, one by Maria Qamar, one by Babneet Lakhesar a.k.a. Babbu the Painter and a third, which is a collaboration by both artists.Both women regard Kaling — who was a writer and character on The Office before getting her own series — as a “personal hero” and role model. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar message on the launch of the 2016 ESCAP Survey. Credit: ESCAPNoting that the Asia-Pacific region has the means and dynamism to revive economic growth, she acknowledged that “improving the quality of this growth, by making it more inclusive and sustainable, will be especially demanding.” The survey calls for continued rebalancing towards domestic and regional demand, as prospects for export-led growth remain subdued. A confluence of macroeconomic risks including shifts in global financial and commodities cycles has also increased uncertainty. The survey highlights that despite emerging challenges, the region’s economic outlook is broadly stable and forecasts a moderate pickup in economic growth in developing Asia and the Pacific to 4.8 per cent in 2016 and 5 per cent in 2017. The survey also notes that progress in reducing poverty is slowing and inequalities are rising in much of the region. At the same time, an expanding middle class and rapid urbanization are posing complex economic, social, environmental and governance challenges. The region also faces increased financial volatility and capital outflows, which have limited the space for monetary policy manoeuvring, despite low overall inflation. Several countries are also experiencing a private debt overhang after rapid increases in household and corporate leverage in recent years. ESCAP recommends that if the region is to shift to a more sustainable development strategy driven by domestic demand, greater focus must be placed on productivity along with commensurate increases in real wages. According to the agency, a productivity-driven, wage-led approach would enable countries to increase their aggregate supply and demand, thereby enhancing well-being. Identifying the important role of fiscal policy in reviving economic growth and supporting the 2030 Agenda, Ms. Akhtar emphasized that fiscal initiatives “should be underpinned by sustained reforms towards an efficient and fair tax system that delivers the necessary revenues and promotes equity.” The survey also highlights specific policy issues, such as improving female labour participation in South and South-West Asia; enhancing resilience to natural disasters in the Pacific; dealing with population ageing challenges in East and North-East Asia; economic diversification and services sector development in North and Central Asia; as well as tax policy and administration reforms in South-East Asia. The year-end update of the survey will be released in November. As nations begin implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the next phase of Asia-Pacific economic growth should be driven by broad-based productivity gains and further rebalancing towards domestic and regional demand, the United Nations said today in a new survey. The flagship publication, Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016, which is produced by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasizes that economic growth in the region will require higher, targeted fiscal spending, enhanced skills, better infrastructure, and improved agricultural productivity. “Concerted efforts are needed to revive the region’s economic dynamism and more effectively pursue the 2030 Agenda,” said Shamshad Akhtar, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary, as she launched the survey in Bangkok. “Such interventions, particularly through fiscal measures, could support not only domestic demand but also strengthen the foundations for productivity-led growth, while fostering real demand through social safety nets and wage increases,” she added. In the developing countries of Asia and the Pacific, annual average growth of total factor productivity declined from 2.8 per cent from 2000 to 2007 to just below 1 per cent from 2008 to 2014, according to the survey. The productivity slowdown accounts for almost a fifth of the recent economic slowdown, from an average of 9.4 per cent during 2005 to 2007 to an estimated 4.6 per cent growth in 2015. ESCAP underscores that this is a concern because sustained and resilient economic and productivity growth, backed by balanced economic, social and environmental development, is a prerequisite for successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Ms. Akhtar emphasized that steady growth in real wages, which is critical for tackling poverty and inequality, as well as supporting domestic demand, also ultimately depends on productivity growth. read more

A woman has died and two people injured in a house fire in south-east London after it tore through three floors of the property.Around 60 firefighters tackled the fire at a property in Centurion Square, Woolwich, at around 1.20am on Thursday.Eight engines attended the scene, including crews from East Greenwich, Eltham and Plumstead.The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the ground, first and second floors of the property were damaged and 23 calls were made to the emergency services about the fire. The cause of the blaze was not yet known, LFB added.The Metropolitan Police said a woman was found deceased inside the property and two others taken to hospital. Their condition was unknown, officers added.It took about two hours for the brigade to bring the blaze under control.  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

An intelligence led operation by the Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) resulted in a large quantity of uncustomed alcohol being confiscated at a location on the East Coast of Demerara on Tuesday May, 29, 2018.A quantity of the alcohol seized by GRA’s Law Enforcement and Investigation DivisionAccording to the GRA, the seized goods which included about fifty (50) cases of assorted uncustomed foreign alcoholic beverages have a revenue value of approximately six million ($6M) dollars.Moreover, the entity said that one person was arrested and subsequently put on bail in connection with the bust.The GRA in a statement said that, acting in accordance with the law, it has been relentless in its pursuit of smugglers.Once caught, perpetrators and accomplices can be fined up to three times the value of smuggled items in addition to the items being seized.The GRA said it will continue to put systems in place to ensure its enforcement activities are enhanced.“Assistance is always welcome from the public as it relates to sharing information on incidents of corruption and illegal activities that are geared towards reducing the payment of the correct duties and taxes that ultimately deprives the state of revenue” said the Authority.Persons with information can utilise various methods of providing information to the GRA’s Law Enforcement & Investigation Division by calling telephone numbers 227-6060 or 227-8222, extensions 3201-3208. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRA steps up anti-smuggling campaign…items seized include foreign chicken, mosquito coilsFebruary 3, 2016In “latest news”Over 80,000 litres of diesel fuel seized from modified ‘fishing vessel’- GRAOctober 3, 2018In “Crime”Over $30M in smuggled goods seized by GRA; NWD poses unique challengesApril 3, 2014In “Crime” read more

first_imgExhibitors at AIMEX 2007, both large and small, are planning some major product releases at the exhibition. Here’s a quick snapshot of just a few of them.Akron Brass will be release a new range of manual, remote-controlled and PLC controlled water cannons and fire fighting nozzles.Alcoa Fastening Systems will show a number of developments in its Huck fastener range Ampcontrol will unveil a new Intrinsically Safe Ethernet Switch and Protocol Converter that has been developed as part of the CSIRO NEXSYS systemAustralian Laboratory Services will display a new cost-effective oil analysis test package designed for industrial plants where a standard oil analysis may not be telling the full storyAustralian Urethane Systems will exhibit the latest Polyeuro polyurea and polyurethane coatings for the mining industry, including Polyeuro, Eagle Shield, and StainguardCBM International will release its third-generation online conveyor belt monitoring systems, which incorporate the world’s first online high-resolution steel cord scanning, wear profile analysis and visual inspection systemsCobra South Pacific will showcase a new range of Depreux solid woven conveyor belting and Goro belt fastenersConcentric Asia Pacific will launch its Virtools virtual reality software systemDanfoss Australia will display its new VLT family of AC drives, which range in capacity from 0.18kw to 1.2MWDixon (Asia Pacific) will release its new quick disconnect coupling rangeFurukawa will release a new range of hammer rock drillsGijimaAst will release two new software products, mineMarkup and EPS VizGPSat Systems Australia will show the latest GPS receiver technology from NovAtel Hedweld Engineering will launch its new ATACH project for safely handling all driveline components, from tyre to hub and strutHyundai Australia will launch its new R800LC 7A 80t excavatorJaws Buckets & Attachments will display information about its new large dump body manufacturing facility, which is designed for the largest mining trucks currently madeLewis Pulleys will display the new Birn VTP ventilated turbo pulleyMarathon Tyres will launch a puncture-resistant rubber tyre lining, and a new range of rims and wheels MicroMentis releases new ground investigation technology to visualize, analyze and model the physical and mechanical properties of the solids. Mine Site Technologies (NSW) will show a number of new technologies, including its ImPact underground digital communication network, ICCL cap lamp with radio and 802.11b RFID tag, and Proximity Detection SystemMining haulage system manufacturer Powertrans will release its own-design prime mover “tractor unit” for its unique mine haulage systemsMinova Australia will display a new range of resin capsules aimed at significantly improving the installation quality of resin boltsModular Mining Systems will release its latest advances in mining technology, including new modules for the ProVision NextGen GPS-guided fleet management software, and DISPATCH NextGen mine management softwareMTU Detroit Diesel Australia will display the new 90-litre 2800kW (3500hp) 20V4000 twin-turbocharged diesel engine –  the new horsepower leader of the V4000 rangeNew “like Steel” cutable rockbolts that combine the high torque installation strength of steel with the flexibility and safety of traditional cutable bolts will be displayed by Applied Research of AustraliaNew FMC 2000 Series conveyor idler rolls, which exceed CEMA load ratings, will be unveiled by FMC technologyPANDUIT will display its updated stainless steel strapping system RUD Chains will display new tyre-protection chain, lifting and bulk materials handling productsSealed Air Australia will demonstrate its new Instapak packaging foam solutionsSEW-Eurodrive will launch the X series (IGX) range of heavy industrial gearsSIR Meccanica will display its new patented portable in-lineboring/overlay welding machine tools for restoring worn pivotpoints to their original dimensions Spitwater will launch its new Brute hot water pressure cleanerThe latest BROKK radio controlled demolition robot will be shown by Kiwi Operation Downunder – the new robot is better able to work in hot conditions, and has improved hydraulics and greater strength, compared to previous modelsThe new Tru-Kleen oil sampler, designed to take a live oil sample safely and cleanly, will be displayed by Bard EngineeringVictron Energy BV will introduce to Australia its power solutions for stand-alone, standby and back-up power systemsWEG Australia will release its new range of permanent magnet synchronous inverter motors, a new roller table motor and a new range of generatorsFor further information on visiting AIMEX 2007, please call (02) 9211 7544, fax (02) 9211 7472, or email Website read more

first_img Share10 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article People living in institutionalised settings who are denied rights to employment are at a considerable disadvantage at the outset.“There are just not that many properties out there, it’s so competitive. People are not securing property in as timely a manner as we want…“Otherwise they could end up in a situation where they find themselves accessing homeless service, that’s something none of us want to happen.”Third centre to close The timing of the expected closure of the centre is far from ideal. A number of DP centres around the country are oversubscribed, including Clondalkin Towers.The government has paid over €1.6 million to a private contractor to source emergency accommodation for asylum seekers since September 2018; close to 200 people are living in hotels and B&Bs in the Cavan-Monaghan area.Meanwhile, hotels in Leitrim and Donegal earmarked as future DP centres have been the subject of suspected arson attacks in recent months.The Department of Justice or Fazyard Ltd did not respond to a request for comment in relation to the closure of Clondalkin Towers potentially being postponed on humanitarian grounds. The department is trying to source an alternative location for a DP centre in the area. The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) has sought expressions of interest from service providers for premises within 40km of Newbridge in Co Kildare, which would cover the Clondalkin area.A spokesperson for the department said it would be “inappropriate to comment on any prospective tender bid that may be participating in an ongoing public procurement process”. The procurement process is expected to be concluded in the coming weeks.The centre in Clondalkin is currently the largest DP centre in the capital. Two centres in Dublin city closed last year: the Georgian Court centre on Gardiner Street, which housed 80 people, closed last February; and the centre at Watergate Hall on Usher’s Quay, where 52 people lived, closed in July. A common room in Clondalkin Towers The department’s spokesperson said the fact people are staying in DP centres for some time after they receive a protection status or permission to remain “is putting increased pressure on the system”. Under EU regulations, Ireland must accommodate new arrivals who apply for asylum here.Applicants who have been granted status or a permission to remain – either because their claim for international protection has been accepted or on other discretionary grounds – should no longer be residing in accommodation centres as they have the same housing, social welfare and other rights as everyone else.“Considerable work is being done by the Department to support residents with status or permission to remain to move out of accommodation centres and to secure long-term accommodation,” the spokesperson noted.A spokesperson for South Dublin County Council said residents of Clondalkin Towers are “eligible to make an application for social housing support and each application is individually assessed and the applicant made aware of the decision following assessment”.“If they are not accepted on the social housing list, they can re-apply in future if their circumstances change,” they stated.‘Living in limbo’ Moriarty stated that people in DP who receive refugee or protected status can find themselves in “limbo” if they have received the initial letter telling them they are going to be granted status but not the formal declaration.“People get the initial letter, but then it could be months and months until they receive the ministerial recognition. They can’t go on housing list or access mainstream support until then. In practical terms, they can’t access the support they need to enable them to leave Direct Provision.”He said this is “a very real issue”, noting: “If a person can’t access the support and mainstream services, they can’t leave the centre – this can be quite traumatic.They could be waiting such a long period to get permission to stay and they again find themselves in that limbo stage, where they are neither one nor the other.Moriarty said the PATHS Project helps people to get access to the Enhanced HAP, also known as Homeless HAP, which “allows them to compete more” when searching for somewhere to rent. A hallway in Clondalkin Towers Source: orlaA spokesperson for PMVT noted that the organisation secured recognition that people in Clondalkin Towers with leave-to-remain or protected status “are in fact homeless and thus were able to avail of Homeless HAP from South Dublin County Council”.In relation to HAP, they noted that landlords refusing to accept it “is an everyday reality for people we work with not just in Clondalkin Towers but across our homeless services too”.The spokesperson added that PMVT and its partners in the RIA and Dublin Region Homeless Executive will “make every effort to prevent any of the 70 [residents with status] from needing to enter homeless services”.“Our energy is about progressing as many people into housing as possible and we are determined to exceed our targets.”They added that in the past when it has been shown that move-ons can be achieved “it has helped to re-motivate others and created a domino effect as people progress more make the effort to achieve similar outcomes”.  35 Comments Clondalkin Towers Short URL ‘No one wants refugees to become homeless’: Call to delay closure of Direct Provision centre Nineteen refugees are among dozens of people searching for a new place to live. By Órla Ryan 15,824 Views Clondalkin Towers Image: Donated to the Asylum Archive THERE HAVE BEEN calls for the planned closure of a Direct Provision centre in Dublin to be postponed until the housing needs of residents with refugee or predicted status are rehomed.The Clondalkin Towers centre, a former hotel, is set to close at the end of June. There were 235 people, including 78 children, living in the centre as of last month.Up to 70 residents already have protected or leave-to-remain status and face having to find private rented accommodation; this figure includes 19 refugees. The other 150-plus residents are expected to be transferred to other DP centres if and when the centre closes.At the start of October, residents were informed that the centre would close on 3 December as the company running the centre was not renewing its contract. However, a deal was later reached to keep the centre open until June. The company, Fazyard Ltd, has been paid €27.5 million from the State over an 11-year period for operating the centre.The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT) have been helping residents source new accommodation, in a bid to prevent them becoming homeless, through the PATHS Project.David Moriarty, Assistant Director of JRS, said many of the housing issues that led to the postponement of the centre’s closure on humanitarian grounds late last year still exist and need to be addressed.Some residents previously told they are struggling to locate alternative accommodation for various reasons – the housing crisis and increasing rents, some landlords refusing to accept the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), and, in some cases, racism.125 people rehomed The PATHS Project has rehomed 125 people (43 households, both families and individuals) since March 2017, including 107 residents from Clondalkin Towers. Three more people are expected to move out of the centre in the coming days.The remainder of people who were rehomed are former residents of a DP centre in Knockalisheen, Co Limerick, where the scheme has been rolled out on a smaller scale in recent months.The project is supported by the Department of Justice and is ahead of schedule in its goal to resettle 140 people by the end of 2019.It involves sourcing housing, providing transportation for viewings and move-ins, support in overcoming language barriers, liaising with landlords and local authorities, ensuring all HAP documentation is completed, support with transfer of benefits from one location to another, and support to sustain tenancies once they are secured.Moriarty told JRS ran a clinic once or twice a week at Clondalkin Towers for about 18 months but that this ramped up to five days a week when the closure of the centre was initially announced in October.In the last quarter of the 2018, 20 people (nine households) were rehomed. Five households have secured accommodation so far this year. Of those who have been moved to date, 18 households are currently located in the south Dublin area and the remaining 25 households are based across north Dublin, Co Louth, Co Meath and Co Cavan.Moriarty said a social worker assesses a family or person’s needs and tries to match them with suitable accommodation. The social worker arranges viewings of private rented accommodation or sources an alternative property.“Individuals or households will present and will be needs-assessed – family size, educational needs, medical needs, preference for location, etc. We create a profile for each household and try to match them with accommodation to meet their needs.“We match them with available viewings online or source non-public property – this might be provided through partner organisations or a congregation making property available – non models basically,” Moriarty explained. A bedroom in Clondalkin Towers The PATHS Project initially focused on refugees but due to the imminent closure of the centre, it has been extended to help anyone with protected or leave-to remain status.Moriarty said the biggest challenges facing residents is the lack of availability of suitable properties, noting: “We are at the mercy of the market in that regard.” He said the current market is difficult for any potential renters to navigate but added: Mar 10th 2019, 12:06 AM Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM Image: Donated to the Asylum Archive last_img read more

first_imgDéveloppement durable : la première autoroute verte pourrait être finlandaiseFinlande – Le pays ambitionne de construire la première “autoroute verte” au monde. Une route qui, entre la côte ouest du pays et la frontière russe, invitera les automobilistes à rouler proprement. Comme l’a souligné auprès de l’AFP le directeur du projet, Aki Marjasvaara, cette autoroute vise à devenir un exemple à travers le monde. “L’objectif est de créer le modèle d’une autoroute écologique, qui pourrait servir y compris au niveau international. Il n’existe aucun projet de ce type” souligne-t-il. Le projet concerne 130 kilomètres de l’autoroute reliant Turku, sur la côte ouest, à Vaalimaa sur la frontière russe à l’est.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauParmi les propositions que la Finlande espère voir approuvées par l’Union européenne, l’utilisation des déchets produits dans les zones traversées par l’autoroute pour produire de l’éthanol. Sont aussi envisagées l’installation de pompes géothermiques, l’information des usagers quant aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre qu’ils produisent et leur impact sur l’environnement. Si elle voit le jour, la route pourrait également être dotée d’un éclairage plus adapté, et notamment régulé en fonction des conditions climatiques ou de la densité de véhicules.Un projet dont le coût est évalué à quelque 700 millions d’euros, et qui pourrait être en partie financé par de grandes entreprises nationales telles que Fortum, Neste Oil, St1, Ensto ou encore Falck, mais aussi par l’Union européenne. Si l’étude de faisabilité devait s’avérer positive, les travaux pourraient être lancés à l’automne 2011, et s’achever en 2016.Le 20 août 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ The following is scheduled for tonight’s 5/27 WWE NXT on WWE Network:* WWE NXT champion Kevin Owens vs. Solomon Crowe* Bayley vs. Emma* Finn Balor vs. Tye Dillinger* WWE NXT Tag Team champions Blake & Murphy vs. Elias Samson & Mike RallisCheck back later this week for a recap of NXT on Pinterest Facebook Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha center_img Twitter WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgManager Pep Guardiola believes it’s unfair to put pressure on Manchester City winning the quadruple at this stage of the season.On the back of winning a domestic double last season, City are potentially looking at exceeding that this term as they remain firmly in the hunt in all competitions.Guardiola’s side lead the Premier League on goal difference from Liverpool and are in a strong position to progress from their last-16 tie with Schalke 04 in the Champions League after winning the first leg 3-2 in Germany last Wednesday.City have also progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals and will be looking to win the Carabao Cup for the second season in a row ahead of today’s final against Chelsea at Wembley.But Guardiola, who has enjoyed a stellar managerial career with spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, insists it’s too early to bill City as potential quadruple winners.“You can’t win anything if you don’t believe: ‘we are strong enough to compete everywhere’,” said Guardiola on the club website.“In February, it is impossible to talk about [the quadruple]. Ask me the question in April or May. I will not lie to you.“Kevin [De Bruyne] said it perfectly at his press conference in Germany: the next target is the next game.“You are trying to sell some illusion. How many times has an English team won four titles? Don’t put that pressure on our shoulders – we don’t deserve it.“Look at the legacy Sir Alex Ferguson left – incredible – but he never did it. Look how many Champions League titles Liverpool have in their pocket, but they never did it. “In May, we will see. If we don’t win four titles, then everyone will say ‘Manchester City have failed!’ but don’t do that to us.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In recent weeks, I have said that the most important thing after achieving what we achieved last season is that we are still fighting in all competitions. It means a lot to me.”The Catalan coach admits a win for local rivals Manchester United against Liverpool in today’s showdown at Old Trafford would be beneficial for his City team.But winning today’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea is the priority.Guardiola added: “Once you are in a final, that becomes the most important game.“The Premier League is the most important competition – and then the Champions League and FA Cup – but the Carabao Cup is now the most important game by far.“Of course, it would be good for us if United got a result – but we have a Final! “Winning trophies always helps us to grow as a Club. We have to arrive in the last stages of all titles – that is what I count as a big Club.“We are in the final and Chelsea have played more Finals than us. It will be an incredibly tough game for them and for us.“Of course, we want to win!”The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) at Wembley today.GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Players of Manchester City line up prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, December 12, 2018:#1) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.) The Board will be considering a special permit for the proposed detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue. The agenda item is expected to be heard at the beginning of the meeting. Read the full agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. The regular session may begin prior to 7pm depending on when the Executive Session wraps up.) Former member Peggy Kane will receive her MASC Lifetime Achievement Award. Superintendent Brand will also present his proposed FY20 budget. Read the full agenda HERE.#3) State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office HoursA representative from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office will be at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) from 11am to 12:30pm to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  No appointment is necessary, just stop by for a quick visit.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) WHS Boys & Girls Hockey Teams Start SeasonThe WHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team (5pm) and WHS Boys Varsity Hockey Team (7pm) start their seasons against Woburn at O’Brien Ice Rink, while the WHS Boys Varsity Wrestling Team takes on Melrose at 7pm at Melrose High.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 You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_img Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019 President Donald Trump also tweeted about the proposed increase. null NASA’s making new travel plans to return to the moon. Jackal Pan / Getty Images NASA’s mission to put people back on the moon now has a name: Artemis. That’s not a random choice: In Greek mythology, the goddess Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo, after whom the original moon landing missions were named.The space agency’s updated budget request asks for $1.6 billion to help get that mission to the moon off the ground, The New York Times reported Monday. NASA confirmed the news on Twitter. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that the Artemis mission would be the first time a woman walks on the moon, something Vice President Mike Pence had alluded to in March. That same month, NASA scrapped plans for the first all-female spacewalk because of a spacesuit sizing issue. The news comes just over a month before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Last August, Pence spoke at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and laid out plans for humans to develop a permanent moon base and travel to Mars.NASA didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment. NASA Now playing: Watch this: Tagscenter_img 6:56 0 Our #Moon2024 mission is being named after Artemis, who was a sister to Apollo and goddess of the Moon. We’re excited to be landing the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024.— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 13, 2019 Share your voice NASA isn’t the only space agency trying to land on the… Sci-Tech Tech Industrylast_img read more

first_img Share – / 3A group of about 25 people rallied Tuesday at the Houston office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn to demand that the federal government and Congress keep the protections provide by the Deferred Action Program (DACA), renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all countries involved in that program and free Rosa María Hernández, an undocumented Mexican 10 year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was detained by the Border Patrol last week in Texas.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Members of the Texas chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), as well as activists with United We Dream and Mi Familia Vota —some of them wearing Halloween costumes and masks of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz—participated in the rally chanting slogans such as “Si se puede” and “Free Rosa.”Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

first_imgOn August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Below is the front page story the AFRO ran about the event. While the fight for civil rights continues today, many of the same groups opposing civil rights back then, such as Nazis, are still trying to deny African American those rights. Next week the AFRO will run historic images from the march.By Arthur HatfieldWASHINGTONAugust 31, 1963200,000 Voices Will Be Heard!More than 200,000 civil rights crusaders can be credited with creating a turning point in American history.As participants in the great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, they have given birth to a new national conscience which is demanding civil rights and equal employment for all Americans without delay.There is no way of telling now how much the Aug. 28 march will stimulate the actions of Congress in considering President Kennedy’s civil rights program.(AFRO file photo)There is no question, however, that the imprint left by multitudes of civil rights marchers will linger on many a legislators mind.The march was the largest group petition for rights ever made in America.Most civil rights crusaders believe that the demonstration will contribute greatly to keeping the civil rights issues before the Congress and the American public until effective legislation is passed.High on the list of march objectives, of course, is the matter of awakening reactionary Republicans and Southern Democrats to the point of acting favorably on civil rights.Congressmen in this group include some of the most important figures in Washington. They hold down top party positions and are chairman of influential legislative committees.As of now, the forecast for Congressional debate on the rights issue extends to the start of 1964.President Kennedy has stated that he knows of no reason why the legislation should not be passed in 1963.This is one goal of the march, to dramatize the need for enactment of national civil rights and fair employment laws—without compromise or filibuster—now.Advanced planning for the massive demonstration stressed the importance of the marchers being orderly, even solemn in spirit.March leaders ruled out demonstrating at the Capitol and the White House. Instead, it was decided to hold a mammoth march from Washington Monument to Lincoln Memorial.The plan included a call on the White House by selected rights leaders and a report of the meeting with the President and Congressional leaders made at the Lincoln Memorial Rally.All of the Senators and Representatives were invited to listen to the 10 leaders of the march, speaking for three minutes each on the demands for equality in jobs and civil rights.March headquarters invited participation by civil rights fighters who have faced tear gas, water hoses, electric jolts, police dogs and arrests.Seats of honor were assigned for Mrs. Medgar Evers, wife of the Mississippi leader who was killed from ambush; Mrs. Gloria Richardson, leader of the Cambridge, Md. drive; Mrs. Daisy Bates of Little Rock, and Rosa Parks, a leader in the Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott in 1955.“We do not expect any trouble,” District Police Chief Robert V. Murray said many times.The only angry voice was that of George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party, who toured Virginia for volunteers for his “countermarch” on the day of the demonstration.District and march officials were prepared for any eventuality. City and National Park Service police were reinforced by about 2,000 marchers under the direction of William H. Johnson, a New York City patrolman who volunteered his vacation time for the job.In all, 10,000 men were picked to direct the mass influx of buses and automobiles.last_img read more

first_imgWe’ve seen tons of Kinect hacks over the last couple of months, but something tells me this is the one that millions of slavering MMORPG players were waiting for: a Kinect hack that lets you control your character in Blizzard‘s World of Warcraft using gestures alone.The hack was put together by a team at the University of South California’s Institute for Creative Technologies based upon a tool kit they created called the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, which allows them to leverage the Kinect’s motion-sensing abilities and translate it on the fly into any code they desire. The end result is a piece of software that translates the Kinect’s data into an articulated virtual skeleton, the movements of which can be mapped onto keyboard controls.Eventually, FAAST is meant to help drive rehabilitative “games” meant to restore motor function, but right now, they’re showing it off as a front-end to World of Warcraft. Experimental? For sure: as neat as this is, it doesn’t look like either an easy or particularly pleasant way to control your Alliance gnome. Imagine what World of Warcraft would be like, though, if Blizzard more deeply integrated Kinect-like technology into their MMO. We’d have working VR.Read more at Gizmodolast_img read more

first_img Citation: Spaceplane that takes off from airport runway could be ready in 10 years (2010, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The spaceplane, called Skylon, is 82 meters long and has a 25-meter wingspan. Like an airplane, the spaceplane takes off and lands horizontally from a typical airport runway. Traveling at speeds of up to Mach 25, the vehicle could reach altitudes of 460 km (285 miles). It could carry payloads of up to 12 tonnes (twice that of a normal rocket), as well as about 30 passengers.Skylon has no external rockets, but is propelled by two hybrid air-breathing/rocket engines that burn liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. In the first phase, the vehicle combines air from the atmosphere with on-board liquid hydrogen to reach speeds of Mach 5.5. In the second phase, on-board liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propel the vehicle to orbital velocities of Mach 25. Before take-off, the spaceplane weighs 275 tonnes, but only 55 tonnes when landing. The weight difference is due to the on-board fuel: at take-off, the vehicle carries about 66 tonnes of liquid hydrogen and 150 tonnes of liquid oxygen. Before re-entering the atmosphere, any unused liquid hydrogen is evaporated and vented overboard, since re-entry is easier for lighter vehicles.It will cost an estimated $12 billion to develop the spaceplane (about the same amount that it costs to develop an Airbus jet). It would cost an additional $10 million per launch, compared to the approximately $150 million cost of a rocket launch. The company predicts that a trip to orbit for two weeks would cost tourists about $500,000 per seat. Skylon takes off and lands on a normal runway, reducing the launch cost. Image credit: Reaction Engines. Skylon can reach speeds of up to Mach 25 and altitudes of up to 460 km (285 miles). Image credit: Reaction Engines. © 2010 The rocket that thinks it’s a jet For these reasons, Reaction Engines expects that Skylon could replace the space shuttles that travel to the International Space Station, as well as revolutionize space travel and offer the potential for space-based industry. The company predicts that there is a market for up to 70 reusable Skylon spaceplanes worldwide. “You can imagine a situation when some of our industrially important but polluting processes are done in space and the finished products are brought back down to Earth,” said Richard Varvill, technical director and one of the founders of Reaction Engines. More information: The Engineer and Daily Mail Explore further ( — An unpiloted, air-breathing spaceplane that takes off from an airport runway, carries up to 30 passengers, and costs less than one-tenth to launch into space compared to a conventional rocket could be ready to fly in 10 years, according to its developers, Reaction Engines of Oxfordshire, UK. Although the spaceplane is currently in the proof-of-concept phase, the country’s new UK Space Agency is hosting a workshop this week to discuss developing the spaceplane commercially. If successful, the spaceplane could be the first single-stage-to-orbit craft to reach orbit.last_img read more

Easy breezy and chic. That’s how James Ferreira’s collection can be described. It is urban, it is suave –  yet the ensembles can glam up any party. The collection emphasises how one can use kitsch and not overkill. He used light fabrics like cotton voiles, crepes and silk jerseys to create jumpsuits and gowns. He weaved in the Ganesha and floral motifs – making hand painting almost look like faded digital prints. The icing on the cake? The cute little jig by the designer to close the show. read more

first_imgLord Ganesha, one of the most auspicious Hindu deities is worshiped before any god or goddess in Hindu mythology. He stands for progress, prosperity, wisdom and also as remover of obstacles. The values and symbolisms conveyed by him are also universal like, the big ears says listen carefully, open palms symbolise acceptance, the rat symbolises that we have the capacity to overcome the hurdles faced in our daily existence and so on. Group of painters have collaborated to present an exhibition which is devoted to Ganesha depicting all his messages through their art work. This art exhibition portrays exquisite vivid forms of Ganesha, magnificent texture and myriad hues,  platforms the creativity of well-known artist’s from different parts of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Painters captured various forms of Ganesha in various postures – sitting, standing, with two arms or sixteen.  In some of the paintings his pot belly, the elephant head replete with a broken tusk symbolises replacement of the ‘I’ with ‘we’. Some pieces show with a  bowl of his favorite sweets called Modakas by his side and a rat next to him. Some painters depict him as  husband of Riddhi-Siddhi who are symbols for intelligence themselves. In some paintings, the god is shown with his children Shubh and Labh symbolising prosperity and wealth. This charity exhibition is compiled by more than 25 artists. Drop in this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgOnline shopping is a continuously growing trend in India and the numbers of both sellers and buyers are increasing daily by whopping percentages. Without anyone’s surprise, women are the most active online shoppers for groceries and they are far more likely to seek information, entertainment and advice ‘on the go’!Experts share insights on the product categories which are popular among female customers in Delhi-NCR. 4Grocery: Women in Delhi-NCR never want to run short of daily use items like atta, rice, pulses, salt, sugar, cooking oil, spices, and toiletries. The key reason behind ordering these items online is its availability at a lesser price compared Also Read – Add new books to your shelfto super markets, every day. A website for daily utilities has over 400,000 users shopping only from this category, every month.4Baby care products: The new mothers of Delhi-NCR are fond of online shopping too! Baby care items are one of the high selling product categories and products like baby soaps, talcum powders, creams, oils and diapers are ordered extensively on the online grocery platform and contribute to a 50 per cent retention on the platform. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Home decor items: Love of decorating their homes is an inseparable part of any woman. Women online shoppers of Delhi-NCR love to brighten up their home by ordering drapes, cushion covers, table mats, rugs, carpets and wall-hangings. 4Experimentative: Women are more likely to be experimentative with their food choices according to the ongoing trends. An uptake of international cuisines such as Lebanese, European, Mediterranean, Mexican and others by women consumers is observed. 4Satiating their sweet tooth: Ice creams, shakes and smoothies are picking up as a category among women with about 15 per cent increase.4Health conscious: Women are as health conscious today as the men who order food online. Both men and women are at par when it comes to searching for and ordering healthy bites on the platform.4Early Dinner: Women users generally order their dinners earlier than the men. Around 20 per cent spike in the orders placed by women between 7 and 8.30 pm is observed.4Shoppers from Connaught Place and Greater Kailash region in New Delhi are fond of chocolate. Most of the order are for Choco Mocha Pudding and Chocolate Cakes. No wonder women like chocolate the most! 4Shoppers from South Delhi, especially Green Park and Amar Colony region, tend to show their love for new age dessert and seasonal flavours like Banoffee Pies and other cakes like Red Velvet, Tiramisu and others.last_img read more

first_imgFannie Mae Offers Appraisal Waiver for Eligible Loans Appraisals Fannie Mae 2016-12-12 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Sharecenter_img Certain eligible loans backed by Fannie Mae will no longer need appraisals after the GSE implemented a technology update over the weekend with the goal of creating more efficiency for lenders, according to an announcement from Fannie Mae.Effective Saturday, December 10, Fannie Mae implemented its property inspection waiver (PIW), offered through its Desktop Underwriter program, for certain refinance loans. The PIW offer, issued through Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter (CU) on loans that are found to have a qualifying risk score, will give lenders more freedom from representations and warranties, according to Fannie Mae.“With the power of Collateral Underwriter, relief from representations and warranties for appraised property value on many loans now makes the process more efficient for everyone by reducing the need for follow-up with appraisers,” said Carlos Perez, SVP and chief credit officer for single-family at Fannie Mae. “And with the enhanced property inspection waiver, many refinance transactions will not require a new appraisal, potentially shortening the origination process and giving borrowers a significant cost savings.”According to Fannie Mae, the following transactions can be considered for a PIW offer: one-unit properties (including condominiums); principal residences, second homes, and investment property transactions; limited cash-out refi transactions up to a 90 percent LTV/CLTV for principal residences and second homes and up to 75 percent on investment properties; cash-out refis on up to a 70 percent LTV/CLTV for principal residences and up to 60 percent for second homes and investment properties; and loan casefiles that receive a recommendation of Approve/Eligible.Fannie Mae told MReport that as many as 10 percent of all Fannie Mae-backed loans or as many as 25 percent of  refis will be receiving a PIW.The new initiative to provide lenders with more freedom from representation and warranties is part of Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty program launched in October with the goal of a faster, more efficient originations process to save lenders and borrowers time and money.“Ultimately, we want our customers to have the confidence to lend, so that more qualified borrowers have access to affordable mortgage credit,” Fannie Mae CEO Timothy J. Mayopoulos said in late October when Day 1 Certainty was launched. “We will continue to listen to our customers and partner with them to deliver innovative solutions that address the nation’s most important housing challenges.”Click here to view a fact sheet on Fannie Mae’s Enhanced Property Inspection Waiver. December 12, 2016 1,041 Views last_img read more