Saudi Delegation Visits Moroccos Samir Refinery

Rabat – A Saudi Delegation has visited the Samir oil refinery in Mohammedia as part of Saudi Aramco’s interest in acquiring the Moroccan firm and expanding into African and European markets. The Saudi delegation comprising officials and investors in the oil sector made the visit to the Refinery to explore its eight new industrial units, which include Hydrocracker Oil to Gasoline Conversion Unit, and Liquid Sulfur Unit.The visit reflects Aramco’s interest in acquiring Samir Refinery and turning it into a hub to refine oil and market its derivatives in the African and European markets.The Saudi delegation assessed the outstanding technical condition of the industrial units at the firm, which has not operated for two years but is still maintained. Officials at the Moroccan firm confirmed that their Saudi counterpart showed interest in turning the refinery into a hub to strengthen its market share in Africa and Europe. Najib Rami, general secretary of the union’s trade union office told local press that the Moroccan firm would be a great asset for Aramco, as it represents one of the most advanced refineries in the Mediterranean region and the African continent.“We at SAMIR are looking forward to the arrival of the new investor to resume petroleum refining activities and to start supplying the Moroccan market with gasoline, gas, and lubricants,” the same official added.Rami pointed out that the Moroccan refinery could be transformed into a regional platform due to its technical capabilities, strategic location in the African market and proximity Europe. He explained that the workers are aware of the responsibility that awaits them and confirmed that are ready to resume activity. read more

Video of young Lankan girl controlling elephant goes viral

Astonishing footage of a modern-day David vs Goliath confrontation has emerged – with the underdog being a small girl, the Daily Mail reported.In an almost spooky fashion, a child has been filmed walking right up to an approaching elephant on a road and seemingly controlling it by showing it the palm of her hand. And one asked if the youngster’s ‘parents had been arrested yet’ for allowing her to go so close to a wild animal.Another user, bulbadox, came to the conclusion that the elephant is young and may be lost from its herd and feeling vulnerable.He said: ‘They are used to humans moving around. That elephant is young and must have [been] lost from its herd, otherwise it would never be in that situation.’ (Colombo Gazette) The confident little girl keeps her arm outstretched as she walks closer to it, then the elephant flees into the bush.Commenters on YouTube said they were in shock as they watched the child approach the creature and hold out her hand. One person said ‘oh my god, I can’t believe this’. The dramatic scene unfolded in Sri Lanka, with the girl showing absolutely no fear as she walks towards the creature gazing down upon her. Remarkably, the elephant, despite its massive size, appears to be scared of her and backs away as she continues to walk forwards. read more

German company KS AG rejects PotashCorp takeover offer of C109 billion

Potash producer K+S AG is rejecting a takeover offer by Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT). Jochen Tilk, president and CEO of PotashCorp, speaks to shareholders during the company’s annual general meeting in Saskatoon, Sask., on May 15, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards German company K+S AG rejects PotashCorp takeover offer of C$10.9 billion by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 2, 2015 11:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SASKATOON – Potash producer K+S AG has rejected a C$10.9 billion takeover offer by Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT), saying the bid is too low and not in its interest.The German company says its board of executive directors and supervisory board concluded that the offer of 41 euros per share does not reflect the fundamental value of K+S.“Not only does this proposal undervalue our potash and magnesium products and our salt business, it completely disregards the value of our Legacy Project,” K+S CEO Norbert Steiner said in a statement Thursday.The company is building the Legacy potash project in southern Saskatchewan and it is expecting production to begin in mid-2016. It has already spent two billion euros on the project, which it says is the first potash mine to be developed from scratch in 40 years.K+S said Legacy’s book value alone represents 11 euros per share and that considering future earnings, it calculates a value of up to 21 euros per share, which it says is not yet reflected in the share price.“We believe PotashCorp is trying to take advantage of the valuation gap to take over K+S and gain control over Legacy,” Steiner said.PotashCorp, however, said in a statement early Friday that it believes the proposed transaction would combine two best-in-class companies with minimal overlap to create a global producer in the nutrient industry.“We believe that the combination of our two companies would create a well-capitalized, more diversified company across products, geographies, production, distribution and customers,” said PotashCorp CEO Jochen Tilk.“We are seeking to meet with K+S management at the earliest possible opportunity so that we can jointly discuss our commitments and further specify the details that would form the basis of a successful combination.”K+S also said that despite repeated requests PotashCorp made no firm commitments to protect the interests of its more than 14,000 employees worldwide.PotashCorp added that its proposal is not predicated on closing mines, curtailing production, selling the salt business or cutting jobs.The proposed offer valued K+S at about 7.85 billion euros or about C$10.9 billion. K+S saw its share price jump from around 29 euros to 38 euros on news of the takeover offer last week.— read more

Alex Bregman Is The Star The Astros Didnt Know Theyd Need

Think of the Houston Astros these past few seasons, and you’re probably picturing Jose Altuve, the team’s pint-sized sparkplug of a second baseman, or Carlos Correa, its megatalented modern-shortstop prototype. Perhaps you’re thinking of all the home runs launched by George Springer in the World Series last fall. Or maybe you enjoy great pitching, and you’re imagining bearded lefty Dallas Keuchel or rejuvenated legend Justin Verlander. Those are all good options, but the best player on the 2018 Astros — a club demonstrably better than the one that won last year’s World Series — has been a guy whose name is sometimes lost among the litany of stars on Houston’s roster: Alex Bregman.Out of all the potential candidates, it’s Bregman who is leading the Astros in wins above replacement,1Averaging together the WAR values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. edging out Verlander by a couple tenths of a win. And he’s had to be that good, too, given some of the injuries his team has faced in its championship defense. Bregman’s MVP-caliber breakout is just what Houston needed to maintain (if not increase) its position as World Series front-runners — and it’s a testament to the franchise’s incredible talent pipeline. Although the Astros have already won a title and established themselves as an annual contender, they continue to get superstar performances from less-than-expected places.Bregman’s stellar 2018 campaign is the continuation of an ongoing development from top prospect (he was drafted second overall out of LSU in 2015) to big-league star. In just three MLB seasons, Bregman has nearly doubled his base-on-balls rate (from 6.9 percent as a rookie in 2016 to 12.8 percent this year) and halved his strikeout rate (from 24 percent to 12.6 percent), all while adding enough power to potentially clear 30 homers for the first time this season.2In fact, FanGraphs thinks he’ll end the year with exactly 30 bombs.In an age of ever-increasing strikeouts, Bregman has become the rare player who walks more than he whiffs, joining an elite club with Mike Trout and Jose Ramirez as power hitters who can make that claim. While he doesn’t crush the ball quite as hard as other WAR machines like Trout and Mookie Betts, Bregman’s tremendous strike-zone discipline helps him consistently get into advantageous counts — and punish pitchers when they do have to give him something to hit.Bregman is also surging at the right time. In addition to his heroics in the All-Star Game in July, he has a 1.030 on-base plus slugging since the beginning of June, which coincides with the Astros overtaking the surprising Seattle Mariners for first place in the AL West and building their lead to its current five-game state. Among team regulars over the past four weeks, Bregman has easily been Houston’s top hitter by OPS, and the Astros have otherwise struggled to hit (by their standards) over the same span, so it’s fair to say Bregman has rounded into peak form when Houston needed him most.Houston probably didn’t expect to lean so much on Bregman blossoming into a star this year. But it’s a nice luxury to get this kind of season from a guy who might not have been among their five best players a year ago. (He ranked sixth on the team in WAR last season.)The Astro who actually seemed poised for a monster year was Correa, after posting a couple of 5-WAR seasons before he even turned 23. Instead, he’s been limited by a back injury that has cost him 30 games and counting, with Bregman picking up the slack at shortstop in his stead. Correa is but one of a few underwhelming Astros this season, whether due to injuries or performance declines: Springer has taken a step back from his form of recent seasons (down from 4.8 WAR in 2017 to a 2.8-WAR pace3Pro-rated to 162 games. this year), Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Reddick haven’t hit as well as usual, and Altuve is currently on the disabled list with a knee ailment. Meanwhile, the team’s once-dominant bullpen trio of Will Harris, Chris Devenski and Ken Giles — the latter of whom blew up, was demoted and then traded at the deadline for Roberto Osuna (himself serving a suspension for domestic violence) — had a combined ERA of 4.47.Nobody is going to feel sorry for Houston, of course, but it’s impressive that the team has still managed to win at a blistering 102-win pace in spite of those potential setbacks.It hasn’t all been because of Bregman, of course. Verlander, Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole are each having Cy Young-caliber seasons atop Houston’s rotation, and Keuchel has been his usual steady self, too. Together, the Astros’ staff is enjoying a season for the ages. Toss in some solid work out of the bullpen by Brad Peacock, who has a 3.09 ERA as a do-everything reliever — plus, let’s face it, pretty good seasons from the usual suspects (even in “down” years) — and Bregman’s gotten plenty of help carrying the load for Houston.But that fact that Bregman now officially stands right alongside Altuve, Correa and that stacked starting rotation among the Astros’ signature stars has been an important development for the defending champs. In a ridiculously top-heavy 2018 American League (hello, Red Sox, Yankees and Indians!), Bregman’s breakout has helped Houston keep pace with the best the game has to offer, and it’s given them plenty of reason to envision another championship banner hanging in Minute Maid Park.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Ohio State mens basketball preparing for stiff road test against Michigan State

For whatever reason you want to chalk up, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas and Evan Ravenel seemed at ease taking questions from reporters at an otherwise mundane Friday press conference-even with a road trip to Michigan State looming. The two, though, wore wide grins for most of the session. Thomas even postulated the notion of what would happen if he and sophomore forward Sam Thompson combine their skill sets into one super player. “With my skills and his athleticism-man,” Thomas said, his eyes lit up at idea of such a thing. “It’d be crazy.” It seemed to establish the tone of the day which also saw Thomas assert that Thompson would be like Los Angeles Clippers standout Blake Griffin if he 20 pounds heavier. Maybe it was because they, and the rest of OSU’s No. 11-ranked men’s basketball team, notched their first win over a ranked opponent this season. Maybe it was because, in the process, they’d ridden themselves of the stigma that supposed them hapless against teams of their own athletic prowess. Maybe it was because said win was against then-No. 2 ranked and previously unbeaten Michigan. But like OSU (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) coach Thad Matta, though, Thomas and Ravenel agreed that a win like that might be best served with a short-term memory. Anything less could be cause for concern against a Spartan team (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) undefeated within the vaunted confines of the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. And even as the power structure in the Big Ten has changed in recent years, Matta said MSU’s house of horrors is as intimidating as any other place to play in the country. “I’d say it’s still right there in terms of toughest venues to play in,” Matta said. “It’s a great college environment.” Ravenel said OSU’s toughness, inevitably, will be tested. “I think Michigan State is probably one of the most physical teams you’ll ever get to play against in college basketball,” he said. “And that’s a credit to their coaching staff.” A coaching staff that has essentially assembled a program that Matta said has stood the test of time. “They play a certain way,” he said. And while Matta said the Spartans would have “certain alterations” in their game plan against OSU like they would for any other opponent, there’s certain things that the Tom Izzo-coached teams do exceptionally well. “You’ve got a team that is solid, they’ve got guys that can shoot, they’ve got guys that can rebound, they’ve got a strong low post game,” he said. Defensively, Ravenel said the teams are, in fact, actually quite similar. “The way that Coach Izzo gets his guys playing physical, lockdown defense, it’s just the way we do. We play physical,” he said. Whichever team can play more physical might be the game’s crux. OSU is set to take on MSU Saturday at 6 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. read more

Govts approach to new Demerara River Bridge ill conceived will be

By Ramona LuthiIn light of the Finance Minister, Winston Jordan’s recent disclosure that Government intends to scrap a previous proposal largely centered on establishing a new three-lane, open format bridge as a replacement for the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) in favour of a four-lane, fixed high level bridge, Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday asserted that Government’s approach to the initiative is “ill conceived” and will leave Guyana with a huge burden.Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo said that while he is not against the four-lane design, Government’s way of approaching the change is what leaves space for worry.“This is ill conceived and will leave us with a huge burden in the future…” he said during his weekly press conference at his Church Street office.The Opposition Leader pointed out that the feasibility study conducted for the 3-lane bridge project had pointed out that that design was the only feasible one, which would deem the 4-lane initiative unfeasible.“If you’re going for a four-lane fixed bridge. We don’t have a problem…but the three-lane study said only the three lane bridge was feasible… Their own study says the four-lane is not feasible..,” he said.Moreover, he drew attention to the warnings he had laid upon the announcement of Government’s intention to build a three-lane bridge, asserting once again that the Administration is unprepared and does not know what they’re doing.“Now you recall what I said, you can’t leave the contractors to determine the future of this project…no money in the budget, so no funding for the bridge, we are not getting a grant, free money to build the bridge, no loan…how do you plan to finance the bridge? I said all of those things need to be pre-determined…I pointed out the Berbice bridge. That there were about 2000 pages of studies… a prospectus was developed…legislation passed to support public private partnership …and only then did the company solicit bids…they [Government] didn’t do any of these things. They just said we’re putting out the tender, the contractors will tell us what they want,” he explained.After reports surfaced of Government’s change of mind, Member of Parliament for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Juan Edghill had urged the Administration to come clean on the matter.An artist’s impression of what the thre-lane Demerara River bridge would have looked likeAccording to Edghill, this development is indicative of three things: that the Government has no policy direction in the public infrastructure sector; that Government is prone to making ad hoc decisions; and that they follow a pattern of annulling tenders.He was at this juncture referring to the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL’s) $3 billion tender for the installation of smart meters and transmission lines which Government annulled a few months ago.“It would appear that unless they get a specific outcome, or they are allowed to get away with their underhand dealings, their (preference) is to annul and start all over. If it was the case where they wanted a four-lane, fix-span bridge, we of the PPP have been saying to them that is the way to go. They were talking about cost,” Edghill explained.“Why would the Government want to invest US$170 million on a three-lane, retractable bridge? And we always wanted to know why. But they have been caught with their pants down, and the only way they can deal with it is annul and go for a four-lane bridge. I would specifically like to hear the Minister of Public Infrastructure give the rationale for the annulment,” he declared.Last year, a feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River Bridge had reportedly cost some $146.3 million.The 57-page final report was done by Dutch company LievenseCSO.It is understood that the feasibility study had determined the proposed location of Houston-Versailles was the most ideal and that a low-level bridge with a movable part and three-lanes was recommended for construction.Another study had been completed in 2013, when the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation had collaborated with the then Public Works Ministry to carry out a pre-feasibility analysis.That study had concluded that a ‘fixed, high level’ bridge was the best option to pursue, rather than the open model.The “fixed, high level” option would ensure that traffic would be able to flow even while boats passed underneath the structure. The bridge presently operates according to schedule in order to cater for marine traffic.There have traditionally been lengthy traffic lines during rush hour, as motorists hurry to catch the bridge before it closes. It was to solve these traffic woes and to cater for the advanced age of the DHB structure that a new bridge has been contemplated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt buckles to pressure, to undertake new fixed, four-lane Demerara bridgeJune 18, 2018In “Business”New Demerara bridge: Govt allowing contractors to take the lead unprecedented – JagdeoFebruary 19, 2018In “Business”$100M more to be set aside for expertise on New Demerara River Crossing- GovtNovember 26, 2018In “Business” read more

Fronditha Care 2019 Gala Ball a success

first_imgAs a not-for-profit organisation, everything Fronditha Care does is for the benefit of the elderly people they care for in their residential care homes or in the community.Fronditha’s biennial gala dinner titled “Η ζωή σας η γιορτή μας” (your life, our celebration) took place on 17 May 2019 at Merrimu Receptions in Murrumbeena where over 250 guests attended.George Legakis with Frontitha Care Faye SpiteriDance Groups livening up the BallOakleigh MP Steve DimopoulosMrs Spiteri with Mr FrontistasGeorge Legakis with Frontitha Care Faye SpiteriThe event aimed to raise much needed funds for the construction of a contemporary 30 bed Fronditha Care memory support unit in St Albans that will provide specialised care for elderly Australian Greeks who live with severe dementia.At the end of the event an honourary plaque was awarded by Fronditha’s Chair Faye Spiteri to Iakovos Frontistas, who served on the Fronditha board for 39 years and to George Legakis who is stepping down from the organisations helm after eight years of service. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Forprofit colleges case settled for more than 192M

first_imgAequitas Capital Management will offer about 2,000 Washington students — including some in Vancouver — more than $7 million in debt relief after it participated in predatory lending practices, according to an announcement by the Washington Attorney General’s Office.The Lake Oswego, Ore.-based company must forgive the loans of 1,241 students who defaulted on their loans, totaling more than $5 million in relief, according to the news release. Another 717 borrowers whose loans are still active will see their outstanding balance reduced by 55 percent, worth more than $2 million. Aequitas will forgive the loans of some Washington borrowers whose campuses closed, as well. The 13-state settlement will see Aequitas pay out more than $192 million to students in total.The announcement brings to a close about three years of legal wrangling for the investment firm, which provided financing and liquidity to Corinthian Colleges students. The for-profit Corinthian chain owned and operated seven Everest College campuses in Washington, including one in Vancouver, until February 2015, when Zenith Education Group purchased the assets. Zenith announced the Vancouver campus’ closure in December 2015, consolidating that campus and the Portland campus at its Tigard, Ore., location. The Vancouver campus at the time served 120 students, according to Columbian archives.It’s unclear how many Vancouver students will be affected by the settlement. A spokeswoman with Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office said the office doesn’t have a breakdown of where affected students are located or how much money they may be entitled to.“Aequitas exploited the broken promises that Corinthian made to Washington students,” Ferguson said in the announcement. “These student borrowers deserve relief.”Aequitas made more than $500 million in private loans to students at the college, according to the news release. Through its affiliate, Campus Student Funding, Aequitas bought the loans from Corinthian for about half the initial value, allowing the company to make a significant profit on repaid loans. Corinthian agreed to buy back any loans more than 90 days delinquent, protecting Aequitas from financial risk if the loans defaulted.last_img read more

Ki Sungyueng announces retirement from international football

first_imgNewcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has announced in an official letter sent to the South Korean FA that he will be retiring from international football.Ki who is also the captain of the South Korean National team has been in the international football scene for 11 years.He made the announcement after he sustained injury while on international duty even though he had earlier planned to retire after the 2018 World Cup but South Korea convinced him to play one more tournament.“With the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup being my last event, I’m laying down the big honor and responsibility of the national team,” Ki said, in a letter sent to Korean Football Association and obtained by The Korea Herald.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 my football career, the national team was more valuable than anything else. I want to thank fans who have loved and supported me for all this time.“The national team is having a difficult time after we failed to meet fans’ expectations at the Asian Cup, but I believe our players will overcome the difficulties under Bento’s guidance,“Now, I will be one of the football fans who support the national team and will wish the best for South Korean football.last_img read more

Essence Partners with Warner Bros for Multiplatform Rebranding Web TV Show

first_imgTime Inc. and the Warner Bros. Television Group are divisions of parent company Time Warner.According to Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore, the partnership “smartly takes advantage of the complementary expertise of two premier company divisions and will undoubtedly raise the bar for online outlets targeting this influential audience.”The partnership’s first video project will be called “Extra on Essence,” a digital series hosted by Tanika Ray, weekend co-anchor of TV news program Extra. As part of the agreement, Extra will also contribute content to the entertainment section of the print magazine.Video content will be produced in collaboration with Warner’s Telepictures Productions, which has produced several shows including Extra, the Rosie O’Donnell Show and TMZ.com’s recent foray into televisiom.During the first quarter, Essence pulled in $25.1 million in ad dollars, up about 8 percent over the same period in 2007. Ad pages—the more telling statistic—were down 1.6 percent.The magazine’s paid circulation, for the second half of 2007, was essentially flat. Faced with flat or declining print advertising revenues and newsstand sales, magazine publishers—even those with seemingly deep pockets—are reaching across the corporate aisle to launch rebranded products to generate revenue.The latest: Time Inc.’s Essence Communications, which today announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Television to relaunch Essence magazine as a multiplatform brand. First up on the group’s to-do list is a late summer relaunch of Essence.com. The redesigned Web site will feature daily news, fashion and lifestyle content. It also will include ramped up video and interactive community features. last_img read more

Gordon Murrays followup to the McLaren F1 will change everything

Exotic Cars Performance Cars Tags The McLaren Speedtail is like a private jet for the road Pretty much anyone with a passing interest in cars has heard of the McLaren F1. It’s still widely regarded by many — even some 25 years after its introduction — as the finest bit of automotive engineering ever done.The man behind it is named Gordon Murray, and before he endeavored to create the F1, he spent decades designing actual Formula One cars, some of the most successful ones in history. Fast forward to the present day, and he’s just announced his successor to the McLaren F1, and it looks like a real peach. It’s called the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 and based on specs alone; it’ll be epic.Murray teased the design of the T.50 back in 2017 but we didn’t get many details until Wednesday when Gordon Murray Automotive released a video of Murray himself talking about his new $2.54 million technological terror. To start, the T.50 will feature many of the F1’s legendary design features, most notably a naturally aspirated V12 engine (this one revs to 12,000 rpm and will be built by Cosworth) and a manual gearbox. Also making an appearance are the F1’s center driving position and flanking seats for passengers. It also promises to be almost shockingly lightweight.For comparison, the McLaren F1 was ruthlessly engineered to get rid of every extra ounce of weight and tipped the scales at a featherweight 2,425 pounds. The T.50 was engineered with the same attention to detail, but with the advantage of more modern materials and construction techniques, and as such it will only weigh 2,160 pounds — around 50 pounds more than a Mazda Miata.One of the most interesting differences between the F1 and the T.50 comes in the way they use active aerodynamics. The F1 was one of the first road cars to use the technology back in the early 1990s, but the T.50 goes further by using the fan car technology pioneered by Murray on his Brabham BT46 Formula One car. This means that the T.50 will use ducted fans to actually physically suck the car down onto the road. Also, like the F1, there will only be around 100 T.50s built and most of them, if not all of them, are likely already sold — despite their stratospheric price tag.Murray’s lightness-above-all design ethos remains a refreshing antidote to a world where supercars are growing increasingly heavy and complex, with hybrid powertrains and all their added componentry. There is almost no doubt in our minds that once it’s built, the T.50 will go down as one of the greatest cars of all time. 1 Comment 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers 16 Photos Share your voice Pennsylvania now home to first McLaren F1 service center in US Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow 10:35 McLaren read more

Dorsey is giving away nearly 200 million of His Twitter stock to

first_imgTwitter Inc (TWTR.N) Chief Executive and co-founder Jack Dorsey said he is giving a third of his stock in the company, about one percent, to the employee equity pool.The move, worth $197 million as of July 28, is to “reinvest directly in our people,” Dorsey, who was named as the company’s permanent CEO earlier this month, said in a tweet on Thursday.Twitter did not comment further on the move.The unusual move comes as Dorsey works to rebuild employee morale and confidence at Twitter after a spate of high-level departures over the past several months.He announced last week that the company would lay off 336 employees, about 8 percent of its workforce, in an attempt to streamline Twitter’s products and teams.Dorsey, who took over as interim CEO in July after Dick Costolo resigned, also tweeted “I’d rather have a smaller part of something big than a bigger part of something small.”His appointment raised concerns among investors about whether he could run both Twitter and mobile payments company Square Inc, which he co-founded.Dorsey disclosed in Square’s IPO filing earlier this month that he plans to donate 40 million shares, or 10 percent of the company, to a charity foundation he started that invests in artists, musicians and local businesses. He has already given back over 15 million shares to both Square and the charity foundation, he said.Last week, former Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said he has taken a 4 percent stake in Twitter, making him the third-biggest individual shareholder in the social media company. Ballmer now owns more of Twitter than Dorsey, who has a 3.2 percent stake, according to Thomson Reuters data.Dorsey, who is in his second stint as chief executive at Twitter, has rolled out a “buy now” button that allows users to make purchases and a feature that shows users the site’s best tweets and content as curated by a Twitter team.last_img read more

Beijing denies internment of 1m Uighurs

first_imgPolice patrolling a night food market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China`s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region — AFPChina vehemently denied Monday allegations that one million of its mostly Muslim Uighur minority are being held in internment camps, insisting all ethnic groups in the country are treated equally.A Chinese official told a UN human rights committee in Geneva that tough security measures in China’s far-west Xinjiang region were necessary to combat extremism and terrorism, but that they did not target any specific ethnic group or restrict religious freedoms.”Xinjiang citizens, including the Uighurs, enjoy equal freedom and rights,” Ma Youqing, the director of China’s United Front Work Department, told the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.During the first day of China’s review before the Geneva-based committee on Friday, one of the 18 committee members, Gay McDougall, voiced deep concern at “numerous and credible reports” that China had turned the region into “something that resembles a massive internment camp.”She cited reports from rights groups that upwards of one million ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities are being held in counter-extremism centres, while another two million “have been forced” into reeducation camps for “political and cultural indoctrination”.- ‘Completely untrue’ -Ma, who was among around 50 high-level Chinese officials answering questions from the committee Monday, insisted that “the argument that one million Uighurs are detained in reeducation centres is completely untrue.”Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of such camps despite mounting evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been held in them.Ma also flatly denied McDougall’s claim that the region had been turned into a no-rights zone”, saying this was “completely against the facts.””There is neither deliberate targeting at a particular ethnic minority, nor suppressing or restricting the rights or the freedom of religious belief of the Uighur people,” he said.McDougall appeared unimpressed by Ma’s comments.”I heard a flat denial of allegations about detentions in the Uighur area,” she said.”You said I was false on the million, well, how many were there? Please tell me. And what were the laws on which they were detained?””We have to have more than a denial of allegations,” she insisted.China has stepped up a crackdown in Xinjiang against what it calls Islamic extremism and separatist elements but many Muslims in the region accuse Beijing of religious and cultural repression.In a region that shares borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, Muslims face regulations banning beards and veils as well as the distribution of unauthorised Korans.But China’s state-run Global Times newspaper insisted Monday that the tough security measures in the region had prevented it from turning into “China’s Syria” or “China’s Libya”.The Global Times defended the crackdown in an editorial, accusing the West of trying to “stir trouble for Xinjiang and destroy the hard-earned stability in the region”.”The turnaround in Xinjiang’s security situation has avoided a great tragedy and saved countless lives,” the newspaper wrote in its English and Chinese editions.last_img

Evidence found that suggests dwarf planet Ceres is wrinkling

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Prior research has shown that icy moons such as Europa and Ganymede have rifts on their surfaces that are believed to have formed as they cooled and some ice melted—because water is denser than ice, it forced expansion of the interior, resulting in cracks. Prior research has shown that planets made of rock, such a Mars and Mercury, tend to have wrinkle formations on their surfaces. It is believed that they formed as the planets cooled—when rock cools, it grows denser and contracts, in such cases, forming thrust faults. Such faults are the result of older rock being pushed over younger rock. In this new effort, the researchers report that data from the Dawn spacecraft shows thrust faults on the dwarf planet’s surface.Approximately 940 kilometers across, Ceres is the largest known object in the asteroid belt located between Jupiter and Mars. NASA launched the space probe Dawn back in 2007 for the purpose of studying three of the largest dwarf planets in the asteroid belt, one of which was Ceres. The mission ended last year, but scientists are still studying the data it sent back. The researchers in Spain report finding evidence of fractures, ridges and slopes on the surface and 15 sites that appear to be thrust faults. The existence of such faults suggests that Ceres is shrinking, and as a result, wrinkles are forming on its surface. This finding is surprising, given the icy nature of the dwarf planet. They also noted that the thrust faults were located mostly close to the poles, but they suggest that the surface there might be easier to examine due to lighting conditions. They also propose the idea that Ceres may be shrinking due to the formation of layers of different material beneath the surface. They suggest more research focused on the thrust faults could fill in more details of the history of the dwarf planet. Citation: Evidence found that suggests dwarf planet Ceres is wrinkling (2019, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-evidence-dwarf-planet-ceres-wrinkling.html Gravitational data from Dawn suggests dome on Ceres is made of volcanic mud Ceres. Credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratorycenter_img 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. A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Spain has found evidence that suggests the dwarf planet Ceres is experiencing wrinkling on its surface. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group explains their study of data from the Dawn spacecraft and what it revealed. More information: Javier Ruiz et al. Evidence of thrust faulting and widespread contraction of Ceres, Nature Astronomy (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-019-0803-2 Journal information: Nature Astronomylast_img read more

Handicraft hub

first_imgThe 39th edition of the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (spring), 2015 organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts [EPCH] will be held from February 20-23 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi. About 2524 exhibitors, including 900 permanent marts, drawn from all over India, spread over in 12 exhibition halls shall be displaying their products exclusively designed for display during the fair.The Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair is one of the most important sourcing event for the international buyers. The fair has helped the handicrafts sector in diversifying its product range and creating new markets worldwide. “On an average 4000-5000 buyers from more than 60 countries have been visiting this fair to source their requirements,” informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH.Two seminars entitled Opportunities and Export strategies for Handicrafts products in Latin America and Caribbean Region and Effective use of Digital Marketing and Online Promotion for Handicrafts Sector will be held on February 21 and 22 during the fair.last_img read more

Test Drive These 4 Elements to Increase Mobile App Traction

first_img 5 min read Apps that are successful have entrepreneurs behind them that are relentless. These entrepreneurs are relentless in their pursuit of making “it” work for their customers.When building and marketing an app, there are several components that come into play that impact the way the app behaves, resonates with customers and generates better traction. But none of these would work unless you’ve tried and tested them.Related: You Can’t Afford Any of These 4 Mobile App Design MistakesIn fact, the entire concept behind a lean startup or making a minimum viable product is to test the market for feedback and build the product from there. Here are four components that if you’re relentless about in performance testing, you can greatly enhance the user experience and generate more traction for your mobile app.1. Landing pageOne of the key components in marketing your app is through its landing page on the web. A landing page can greatly impact the downloads of your app. You would typically create a landing page for two reasons: to direct web visitors to your app on the app store and to capture the email addresses of the users so you can keep them engaged.Keep testing the key components that make up a landing page, such as the headline, which is probably the most important part in holding a visitor’s interest. Make sure you test multiple ones to find the one that resonate the most with your audience. Next, keep testing your text that follows the headline.With that, test the offer or reason you are capturing the user’s email address — it could be information on future updates or a free guide, ebook or an email course. Figure out what incentives drives the maximum conversions.2. Marketing channelsIn one the best writeups I’ve come across on marketing channels, Andrew Chen mentions there are only a few ways that can help you scale user growth.Not every marketing channel (social, ads, SEO, etc.) or platform (Facebook, Google, Pinterest, etc.) may be relevant to your app and your audience. First, spend time to understand where your customers hang out. Then, test various channels and platforms at the same time to get a hold on the ones that give you the maximum return on your investment (time, money or both).Focus all your energies on one or two channels that work best for your app. Chances are, you will always have one channel or platform that will have the biggest lead. You can use the second channel or platform to supplement your overall marketing efforts.Related: Google App Store Gets More Oversight3. Monetization modelsThe most popular monetization model across app stores and platforms is the freemium model, where you offer the app for free and then convert free users to paid through in-app purchases. While this is certainly popular, there are many apps that generate consistent revenues with the paid model, where the user is required to pay to download the app.Test which model works best for your app. If you’re able to communicate enough value to the user even before they can download and use the app, you can charge an upfront fee. If an app requires the user to go through the experience before they can pay for premium content, then freemium might work for you. There isn’t a right or a wrong way. You have to test what works best for your app.Don’t be afraid to change a pricing model later even if you have existing customers. WhatsApp, which sold to Facebook for $19 billion, tested several pricing/monetization models throughout its history.4. FeedbackThere are two types of feedback that you will receive for your mobile app. One is direct from the customer by means of an email, social share or app store review and the other is indirect by studying the behavior of your customer in using your app.For the direct feedback, you need to take in all the issues and feature requests that people have, then try to understand what the underlying problem these users are facing. Once you’ve identified the main issue, you can then come up with a solution that you feel best solves the problem for the maximum number of users.The indirect feedback will come through analytics that you integrate within your app. Study the behavior of your users using your app and then tweak solutions that give them the best experience.Performance testing isn’t limited to the quality assurance professional. You, as an app entrepreneur, have to have a keen eye for detail. It’s your app, after all.Related: 3 Ways to Keep It Simple When You Have the Urge to Add One More Feature Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 18, 2015last_img read more

Queer gamer SonicFox wins gaming world title immediately tweets Im gay

first_imgThe self-described ‘Black Queer Furry’ gamer beat 2,575 other entrants in the event held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.The 20-year-old gamer plays in his blue fox costume to represent his eccentric ‘fursona’.Hell yeah we won them bitches pic.twitter.com/yOkREXeZ3Q— Echo Fox | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) July 22, 2018This is SonicFox’s fifth Evolution Championship Series (also known as Evo) title – four of them in separate games.As soon as he won the championship, he donned his iconic fox head costume and tweeted: ‘im gay. also the best dbfz [Dragon Ball FighterZ] player on this fucking planet dont forget it.’im gayalso the best dbfz player on this fucking planet dont forget it.— Echo Fox | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) August 6, 2018He walked away from the tournament with an Evo trophy and $15,000 (£11,500 €13,000).SonicFox isn’t afraid to unapologetically be himself. Dominique McLean (better known as ‘SonicFox’) won the Dragon Ball FighterZ world title at 2018 Evolution Championship Series last night (5 August). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-gamer-wins-sonicfox-world-title-gay/center_img Queer gamer SonicFox. | Photo: @SonicFox5000 / Twitter eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) After the event, he told ESPN: ‘The more fame that I have, the more I realize, why should I care what people think about me when I can just be me?‘That’s how I made my brand. You should just always be yourself and there will always be people who will like you,’ he said.Happy Pride Month everyone!!I’m a bisexual or Queer POC and im fuckin lit everyday. pic.twitter.com/w4ACEyBHA0— Echo Fox | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) June 2, 2018Surprise same-sex kissDuring the Evo series over the weekend, Marvel player Tayson Defas made it to Top four and then something remarkable happened.His boyfriend and fellow gamer Sebastian ‘Sol’ Oliva ran up to him on stage during a meditation session and planted a long romantic kiss.Without batting an eyelid, Defas’ competitor looked at the camera and held up his hands to form a heart.The audience also erupted into cheers and applause in the background.#EVO2018 pic.twitter.com/tDq5RzTyAX— HiFight(ハイファイト) (@HiFightTH) August 4, 2018Despite the cute kiss, Defas did not make it through to the final.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more October 22, 2010 – Proton beam therapy is safe, effective and may be superior to other conventional treatments for stage I inoperable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, according to a study in the October issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Lung cancer is the top cause of cancer death for men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. Standard treatment for early-stage lung cancer calls for removing all or part of the lung, but for patients with inoperable lung cancer, radiation is commonly used for treatment.Researchers in Japan compared proton beam therapy with conventional external beam radiation therapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy. They treated patients with proton beam therapy from November 2001 to July 2008 with different doses given to peripherally located tumors and centrally located tumors. The two-year progression-free survival rates for those doses were 88.7 percent and 97 percent, respectively. The survival rate for stereotactic body radiotherapy is 54.7 percent at two years and the survival rates for conventional radiotherapy range from 6 percent to 31.4 percent at five years. “Proton beam therapy is safe and effective, if not superior to other nonsurgical modalities, for treating patients with inoperable Stage I NSCLC,” said Hidetsugu Nakayama, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and a physician at the Proton Medical Research Center in Tennoudai, Tsukuba, Ikbaraki, Japan. “The randomized clinical trial that compares proton beam therapy with stereotactic body radiotherapy is needed to clarify survival benefit.” For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationscenter_img News | October 22, 2010 Proton Therapy Safe, Effective for Early-Stage Lung Cancer Patients News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read morelast_img read more

Tourism Authority of Thailand announce famil plans for the ASTW 2018 A

first_imgTourism Authority of Thailand announce famil plans for the 2018 Australian Society of Travel Writers AGM and conferenceTourism Authority of Thailand announce famil plans for the ASTW 2018 AGMIn August this year, The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Australia (TAT) will host the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW)’s Annual General Meeting in Bangkok.TAT is delighted to report that the conference will be attended by 115 members, and over 80 members will attend pre- or post-convention famil programs.Delegates have been offered a wide range of famil options and TAT is happy to report that most have been able to attend their first choice. There are seven famils on the AGM program, with the most popular choices being Kanchanaburi and Trat, with 15 attending, followed by Krabi (14).The range of famils aims to show case the wide range of experiences – ‘Open to the New Shades’ – to be found in Thailand.Delegates on the Kanchanaburi tour will travel the infamous Death Railway from River Kwai Bridge, visit Hellfire Pass, visit an elephant sanctuary and go on a firefly night cruise in Samut Songkhram , while those on the Krabi tour will visit the charming Muslim enclave of Koh Klang, learn to fish with the locals and go island hopping.In Trat, an unknown gem in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border, delegates will learn how to make Ya Na crackers, weave ‘Ngop’ (farmer’s hats) with palm leaves and cruise to small islands within Mu Koh Chang National Park. While in Chiang Rai, delegates will visit the White Temple to marvel at its wild murals and travel through beautiful mountain scenery in Doi Mae Salong.ASTW members have been advised of their assigned famils this week, and are encouraged to book flights as soon as possible. Flight bookings close on 30 June 2018.For more information, please email: info@thailand.net.auAbout the Tourism Authority of ThailandThe Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sydney office has been in operation for over 20 years and is funded by the Government of Thailand. TAT Sydney operates as a marketing, public relations and administration branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Head Office in Bangkok.The Sydney office is responsible for the regional area of Australia and New Zealand. The main objective of the Tourism Authority of Thailand is to promote the country of Thailand as a holiday destination.Tourism Authority of Thailand Level 20, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand, Australia (TAT)last_img read more

Challenged BoC urges staff to limit wage demands

first_imgBank of Cyprus has appealed to its staff to cooperate with management in addressing remaining challenges, including the reform of grading and pay systems, which are burdening the lender with ever-increasing costs.In a letter to its around 4,000 employees, the bank, which was forced to seize almost half of its deposits over €100,000 to recapitalise as part of the island’s bailout in 2013, said there was still much to do before the lender could be declared “fixed”.“We must remain vigilant and focused on finishing the repair and, importantly, ensuring the renewal of the bank in very challenging economic times,” the letter said. “We cannot support ever-increasing costs and we must radically simplify and reform the way we work if we are to have a chance of competing in an ever-changing and digitising world.”BoC had been engaged in long yet fruitless talks with employee union Etyk on the reform of its grading and pay systems, performance management protocols and the affordability of any pay rises.“Regrettably, no constructive agreement has been reached with the union to date and the outdated conventions of Cyprus’ Industrial Code do not allow us easily to implement these important and positive changes without union agreement,” the lender said. “We believe an agreement on modernisation is essential to the long-term health of the bank and your prospects.  We will continue to engage with the union on this into 2019.”Nevertheless, recognising the sacrifices made by staff in the process of helping BoC get back on its feet, the management decided to grant the annual pay increments and cost of living allowance for 2018 to all permanent staff.But it warned that changes must be made to overcome the challenges.“The bank remains very challenged by its circumstances and we still have much work to do collectively to ensure its confident and competitive future,” the letter said.“We will continue our engagement with Etyk and the ministry of labour in good faith to reach a longer-term agreement that achieves the critical and important balance across affordability, fairness, merit and historic practice. We do not wish to be in conflict with our people and their representatives but we must find the basis for a modern and progressive partnership with the union to overcome our challenges together.”The management stressed that the bank’s business model had to be reviewed and efficiencies sought wherever possible, including, but not limited to, payroll cost.   You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more