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Spirit of Odisha

first_imgSet up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international,Set up in 1987, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) owes its origin to a social contract between the Government of Odisha and the Odisha Jesuit Society. To this effect, the institute not only imparts management education but also works with various socio-economic development projects in collaboration with international agencies and the Government.”The uniqueness of our institute is the pervasiveness of Jesuit values in all our work and actions, the predominance of collegial culture that encourages questioning and debates and the free and fair exchange of ideas,” explains Father Paul Fernandes, vice chancellor of Xavier University and director of XIMB. “These deep rooted cultures and values percolate down to the students who come from diverse educational and social backgrounds, having varied academic and industry experience. Our ultimate goal is to help our students to understand the true meaning of compassion, caring for others and at the same time spread the entrepreneurial spirit,” he adds.Last year XIMB set up the Xavier University (XUB). Located on a sprawling campus at Kurki, XUB has started offering management programmes using the latest in infrastructure and technology. The six programmes include postgraduate degree in business management (MBA), postgraduate degree in human resource management (MBA- HRM), postgraduate Community development, international exchanges and social entrepreneurship are just some of the highlights of campus life at the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar. By Sonali Acharjee degree in rural management (MBA- RM), part-time MBA, doctoral programme in management (ph.D) and the MBA in global management. The courses offered under each programme are of two types – core courses and elective courses.”We want to offer courses that cater to the emerging needs of the society and business – the content and delivery is updated regularly in consultation with experts from academics and industry,” says Fernandes. Interestingly, despite the job slowdown in the country, the institute achieved 100 per cent placement for students in MBA, MBA- HRM and MBA-RM in the last year. XIMB is also one of the few campuses in India where the Mahindra Group conducts their annual summer internship and placement event ‘war room’. “We have developed an extensive international network for collaboration with many international business schools. There are also over a dozen students’ societies in the field of academic, culture and sports. These societies are completely managed by students thus giving them the chance to learn beyond class rooms and to hone their soft skills,” explains Fernandes. For those interested in research and writing, the institute also publishes several noted journals that include Vilakshan, International Journal of Development and Social Research (IJDSR), Journal of Case Research, Journal of Research Practice and the Research World.advertisementCurrently the total number of students enrolled under various programmes at XIMB, XUB is around 1,090. This includes 140 rural management students, 145 human resource management students, 600 MBA students, 96 in the executive MBA course, 35 doctoral students and 14 Global MBA students. Additionally there are around 60 students in the school of commerce. “As part of our commitment to the development and growth of Odisha, conscious effort is always made to have about fifty percent of the students from the domicile of the State,” emphasises Fernandes.The institute is also home to a number of specialised centres which include the Center for Case Research, Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC), Center for Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CRRCSR), Incubation Center. “Our social venture incubator aims to accelerate the successful development of social ventures through an array of business support resources and services. The incubator defines a social venture as a venture which focuses on achieving social change. It may or may not be a for-profit venture,” says Fernandes. Some of the social ventures aided by the incubator include Grassroutes (rural and tribal tourism venture); Dhriti (working with rural entrepreneurship); Milkmantra (a part of the country’s white revolution); Earth 360 ecoventures (pioneer in value-added millet products); Onergy (providing energy solutions to grid villages) and Wondergrass (aims to harness the potential of bamboo products).On the other hand, the EDC works to support institutions that are working in the development sector including NGOs and other agencies in the state. The cell provides expertise through consultancy and training programmes,. It also helps the institutions in the implementation of various developmental schemes in the field.In the last few years the institute has also been successful in securing several accreditations that include the SAQS Accreditation by the Association of Management Development Institutions in south Asia (AMDISA) and the NBA Accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation. The institute is currently in the process of obtaining recognition by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as well. Whether it’s the beautiful campus, unique extra-curricular activities or simply the idea of being a part of an institute that remains committed towards fair student development, XIMB is quickly becoming a favourite with management students across the country.advertisementlast_img read more

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Prez nod to law on transfer of captive mines without auction

first_imgNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) A law to allow transfer of captive mines from one allottee to another without auction has been notified by the Centre. The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, has got assent of President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, an official order said. The legislation will allow mergers and acquisitions worth billions of dollars in the domestic market as the provision of non-transfer of concessions granted otherwise through auction was coming in the way of banks and financial institutions to liquidate stressed assets where a company or its captive mining lease is mortgaged. It will also enable banks and financial institutions to sell stressed assets to recover debts. The new law amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, which regulates the mining sector in the country, to say that where a mining lease has been granted otherwise than through auction and where mineral from such mining lease is being used for captive purpose, such mining lease may be permitted to be transferred. It will, however, be subjected to compliance of such terms and conditions and payment of such amount or transfer charges as may be prescribed, as per the amended Act. An amended bill in this regard was passed in Rajya Sabha on May 2. Lok Sabha had passed it on March 16. While seeking Rajya Sabha nod for the bill, Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had earlier this month said that the proposed changes were in the larger interest of workers and that the provision was not intended to benefit any industrial house. Mukherjee has also given assent to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2016. It amend the Constitution to include certain castes in the list of Scheduled Castes in five states — Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal. PTI AKV RGadvertisementlast_img read more

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Defending champion Raptors experimenting after departures

first_imgView comments Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ KEEPING KYLEToronto’s longest-tenured player, Lowry is beginning his eighth season with the Raptors and 14th in the NBA. He had one year remaining on a three-year, $100 million contract. His new deal is for one year and $31 million.“It’s a place I wanted to be and it’s the place I’ve been the most successful in my career,” Lowry said Tuesday in his first public comment on the extension.Lowry had left thumb surgery this offseason and missed the first two weeks of training camp and preseason. Even so, Toronto’s front office wasn’t worried about any decline in their star guard’s abilities.“He has a chance to go down as best Raptor ever,” general manager Bobby Webster said. “Obviously he’s playing at a high level, he’s continued to play at a high level. We have no reason to expect him not to.”Nurse certainly appreciates Lowry’s trademark tenacity.“He’s an influential guy from a lot of standpoints,” Nurse said. “Nobody plays harder. To me, he just keeps getting better and better.”CIRCLE THE CALENDARThe Raptors don’t have to wait long for their first look at Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clipper: the teams meet in California on Nov. 11. It’s the second game of a back-to-back at Staples Center for the Raptors, who face the Lakers one night prior. Leonard and the Clippers come north of the border to face the Raptors in Toronto on Dec. 11NEW IN TOWN DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Nurse’s tinkering became a necessity after free agent forward Kawhi Leonard left the Raptors to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Toronto also lost guard Danny Green, who joined LeBron James and the Lakers.“With the two guys missing, that kind of throws us into experimenting mode,” Nurse said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe plus side? Nurse has plenty of talented players eager to pick up the offensive slack created by the two high-profile departures.“There’s plenty of shots to spread around,” he said. After losing out on Leonard and Green, the Raptors beefed up their wing options by signing forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson. Both are first-round picks from 2015 who bring defense-first reputations but not big scoring totals.SHARPSHOOTERToronto also added an outside-shooting threat by signing guard Matt Thomas to a three-year contract. Thomas made 254 3-pointers in four seasons with the Iowa State Cyclones, the third-highest total in school history, but went undrafted in 2017 and ended up playing in Spain. Last season, Thomas shot .481 (116 for 241) from 3-point range to help Valencia Basket win the EuroCup.FINGER FURNITUREThe Raptors will receive their championship rings before they tip off the regular season at home to rookie star Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 22.“It’s going to be cool,” Nurse said. “Obviously it’s kind of a last moment to celebrate and it’s a big one.”The only thing bigger might Toronto’s new rings.“Those things, they’re like pieces of furniture,” Nurse said. “They’re not really rings they’re so big these days.” MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse points during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Toronto, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse expects he’ll be experimenting with lineups a lot in the early part of the season.That’s the challenge when you lose two starters from any team, let alone an NBA champion.ADVERTISEMENT Second stringer Pat Maagdenberg shines in latest Ateneo win This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Five-time All-Star Kyle Lowry, whose contract extension was made official Tuesday, will see some time at shooting guard this season, Nurse said, playing alongside point guard Fred VanVleet.“I’ve got to be a lot more of a scorer,” Lowry said of his new responsibilities. “It’s going to be interesting how we play.”Center Marc Gasol, the defensive standout acquired from Memphis in a deadline move last season, will also figure more prominently, Nurse said. So will Pascal Siakam, whose huge leap forward last year earned him the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award.“I’m really looking forward to seeing Pascal, Serge (Ibaka) and Marc as soon as possible, because I think that’s something we could end up using a lot,” Nurse said. “I’m always trying to get my best players on the floor and those guys are three of our best players.”Still, it’s the loss of Leonard, Toronto’s best player last season, that’s likely to have the biggest impact on how the Raptors fare in their quest for repeat title after beating the Golden State Warriors in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

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Manchester United F.C. top Forbes’ most valuable football teams list

first_imgManchester United have replaced European champions Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable soccer team, according to the annual list published by Forbes on Tuesday.United were valued at $3.69 billion, an 11 percent jump compared to last year. That was a testament to the team’s powerful brand and marketing acumen, Forbes said in a statement.Barcelona were second on the list with a value of $3.64 billion while Real Madrid, who held top spot for the last four years, fell to third place with a value of $3.58 billion.Rounding out the top five were Bayern Munich ($2.71 billion) and Manchester City (2.08 billion).Six Premier League teams featured in the top 10, with United and City joined by Arsenal ($1.93 billion), Chelsea ($1.85 billion) Liverpool ($1.49 billion) and Tottenham Hotspur ($1.06 billion).German champions Bayern Munich ($2.71 billion) were ranked fourth while Serie A champions Juventus ($1.26 billion) were ninth.Forbes also said the average value of the top 20 teams rose 3 percent over last year to $1.48 billion.last_img read more

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Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

first_imgReuse this content Share on LinkedIn Topics news Share on Messenger Premier League Share on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email Share on Facebook While Tottenham’s Wembley teething troubles continue (yet to win in three Premier League games) their away form is the direct opposite with three wins from three, eight goals and a genuine air of title contenders. David Wagner’s Huddersfield – unbeaten at home so far – need to find a way of stopping Harry Kane adding to his tally of 11 goals for club and country in September. Paul ChronnellKick-off Saturday 12.30pm Venue John Smith’s StadiumLast season n/aLive Sky Sports Premier LeagueReferee Neil SwarbrickThis season G4, Y10, R0, 2.50 cards per gameOdds H 8-1 A 2-5 D 7-2Huddersfield TownSubs from Coleman, Malone, Hefele, Schofield, Whitehead, Lolley, Green, Van La Parra, Williams, Hadergjonaj, Cranie, BillingDoubtful NoneInjured Mounié (heel), Quaner (calf, both 14 Oct), Williams (foot, 21 Oct), Palmer (hamstring, Nov), Stankovic (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WWDLDDDiscipline Y11 R0Leading scorer Mounié 2Tottenham HotspurSubs from Vorm, Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Winks, Nkoudou, Son, LlorenteDoubtful NoneInjured Dembélé (ankle, 14 Oct), Wanyama (knee, 14 Oct), Rose (knee, Oct), Lamela (hip, Nov)Suspended Aurier (one match)Form WLDWDWDiscipline Y11 R1Leading scorer Kane 4 Huddersfield Match previews Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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The Ducati 959 Panigale Won’t Make You a Pro, But It Will Make You a Better Rider

first_img Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Then, about a month ago, Dainese reached out with a few pieces of gear that would make me feel as safe as possible on two wheels. Around the same time, I ran into a colleague who was reviewing Ducati’s new super-mid. His acclaim for the bike stirred a sense of curiosity I couldn’t dismiss. Ultimately, I decided to break my own rule.As it turns out, the 959 Panigale is among the better ways to wet one’s feet in the superbike arena. Ducati’s reworked L-twin “Superquadro” engine builds smoothly (and rapidly) to its peak output of 157 horsepower and 79 pound-feet of torque, meaning it’s down on power to its rivals — Kawasaki’s ZX-10R, Yamaha’s R1, and Aprilia’s RSV4 RR — but easier to manage on road and track.Helping take some of the steepness out of the superbike learning curve are Ducati’s electronic stability controls. Engine Brake Control (EBC) balances the torque on the rear wheel, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) offers eight levels of wheel slip intervention, three-stage Bosch ABS helps prevent rear lift-up, and three reconfigurable ride modes (Sport, Race, and Wet) re-tune stability controls and engine performance to suit riding conditions and rider confidence. Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations Miles Branman/The ManualWithout a racetrack at my disposal, I have no intentions of dragging knees or otherwise pushing the 959 to the ragged edge. Still, a bike of this caliber deserves a great road and some room to run. Trouble is, the nearest section of appropriate tarmac is 80 miles away and it’s 90 degrees in Southern California. Only my journalistic duty (that’s a thing, right?) compels me to squeeze into a black leather suit, race boots, and other gear; hop on a literal heater; and ride to my destination.Thankfully, the Assen suit and AGV Corsa R helmet keep me cool on the long ride out, and after a five-minute break, I’m ready to tackle some twisties. With the ride mode set to sport and the suspension set to mild stiffness, I take my first corners at a light pace.Holy maneuverability, Batman.At around 400 pounds, the 959 Panigale isn’t a great deal lighter than the sport bikes I’m accustomed to, but the way it changes direction is of no compare. There’s urgency to the steering and chassis that demands careful planning and body placement, but the reward is immense.Miles Branman/The ManualDucati’s Quick Shift (DQS) tech riffles through the gears on full throttle and Brembo brakes cut speed dramatically before each corner. Before I realize it, I’m throwing my hips over the saddle instinctively, leaning deeper, and pulling more throttle. As my speed builds, so does the noise — a furious clamor with a hint of sweetness near redline (11,000 rpm). Up and down the serpentine route, the 959 Panigale makes this novice superbike rider look and feel qualified.After an hour of hard cornering, fatigue settles into my joints. My legs aren’t used to a superbike’s peg placement, and even a flexible suit like this one strains circulation. Peeling myself off the Panigale, I feel a more profound sense of satisfaction than from any ride thus far. I know (heck, my photo-snapping buddy knows) this bike has improved my riding.I still fear superbikes, but only in the same way that I fear the ocean. If approached with reckless abandon, a superbike — even one as tractable as Ducati’s 959 Panigale — is deadly. However, a healthy amount of respect and practice turns a superbike into one of the most gratifying instruments on the planet. Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual 1 of 27 Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Miles Branman/The Manual 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Previous Next When your day job puts you behind the wheel of 700-horsepower supercars and your hobbies include flinging a race car around various tracks (while being swarmed by a dozen competitors) it takes something truly special — and mildly terrifying — to get a rise. Ducati calls it the 959 Panigale.In the nine years I’ve been riding motorcycles, never once have I longed to pilot a superbike. Dirt bikes, sport bikes, adventure bikes? Sure. But a superbike? No, thanks. “It’ll kill me,” has been my consistent rationale. And whether I really would have been bucked off the back of a liter bike and into the grille of a minivan (as my envisioned demise goes), my self-imposed prohibition has worked out so far. Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Miles Branman/The Manual How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dishlast_img read more

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Civil Society activists Create Moroccan Observatory of Violence in Schools

By Elarbi ImadRabat – Supported by the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) and in partnership with Ideaborn, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education organized a press conference and a roundtable under the theme “The Role of Citizenship Education to Prevent School Violence Against Girls” on May 26-27, 2016.The main objective of both events was to discuss with educators, civil society leaders, and mass media the best ways to integrate education to combat school violence against girls and promote equality. The press conference featured the announcement of the creation of the Moroccan Observatory of Violence in Schools to be hosted by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education. The roundtable was organized in coordination with the Provincial Directorate of the Ministry of Education of Ain Sbaa Hay Mohammadi in Casablanca at the Ibn Rochd Middle School.More than 40 teachers, supervisors, parents’ associations, school principals, NGOs and community leaders, and students participated in the event and were actively engaged in discussing the main causes of school violence and how to remedy them.The roundtable featured a short research presentation on school violence in Moroccan middle schools conducted by Elarbi Imad, President of the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, who also gave an overview of the Forming Responsible Citizen Project that is promoted by the UFM, coordinated by Ideaborn and being implemented by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education in Morocco and the Social Development and Empowerment Center in Tunisia.“Forming Responsible Citizens” is an ambitious project aiming to achieve the following main objectives:To establish schools as a key vehicle to spread good citizenship and gender equality values through the implementation of a more effective and up-to-date citizenship education curriculum;To reduce, then prevent juvenile violence, especially against girls and women;To encourage policy makers and legislators to invest more effort in gender equality and prevention of violence through the anchoring of sound values of equality in the Moroccan education system. read more

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Texas advances bill to stiffen penalties for pipeline damage

AUSTIN, Texas — A bill that would stiffen penalties for those who damage or trespass around oil and gas operations is advancing through the Texas Legislature.Republicans say the measure that passed the Texas Senate on Monday would not limit legal protests but would deter people from damaging any property deemed critical infrastructure.Republican Rep. Chris Paddie’s bill would classify pipelines as critical infrastructure , putting them in the same category as power plants and water treatment facilities. It would protect any property deemed critical infrastructure.The amended bill would still subject those who trespass and damage the facility to a third degree felony with up to 10 years in prison. But people impairing or interrupting operations would now face a misdemeanour with a fine up to $10,000 and potentially up to one year in jail.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

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Niagara police arrest BC man on child pornography charges

A 48-year-old man from British Columbia is facing child pornography charges following an investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers launched an investigation into a British Columbia man who was re-entering Canada from the United States on Monday.Members of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Internet Child Exploitation were contacted and arrested Surgit Singh Bachra.He has been charged with possession of child pornography and importing child pornography.Bachra remains in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for Tuesday in St. Catharines.

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UNDP Shell petroleum company to assess social impact of major China pipeline

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Shell petroleum company have agreed to assess the social impact of China’s West-East Pipeline project, the UN agency announced today.The assessment is intended to help maximize economic and social benefits in communities affected by the project and promote equitable development in areas adjoining the pipeline’s route in western China, according to a statement released by UNDP. There are also prospects that the gas can help reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by replacing coal for power generation.The planned pipeline, about 4,000 kilometres long, will bring gas from western China to Shanghai and the east, passing through eight provinces and autonomous regions.Under the agreement, UNDP will lead a consultation programme along the pipeline route that will carry out surveys and interviews with local people, community organizations and others affected by the project. “Infrastructure projects are very important for the development of a country, but the difficulty lies in how to strike the right balance between national and local interests,” said Kerstin Leitner, UNDP Resident Representative. “Ensuring that local communities truly benefit from this project is the challenge ahead.”The programme will rely on government organizations, academics and independent international social experts to carry out the assessment, to be completed by July. The findings and conclusions will be used by the partners in the pipeline and government authorities to formulate social investment and development projects.The study is one element of an overall environmental and social impact assessment being conducted by Shell China Exploration and Production Co. Ltd., the leader of the consortium currently in discussions with PetroChina over possible participation in the West-East Pipeline project. read more

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Mali site added to List of World Heritage in Danger – UNESCO

“The Committee expressed concern over the property, which is situated in an area affected by insecurity,” said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a statement today, referring to the latest decision by the World Heritage Committee.“This situation is preventing safeguarding measures from addressing issues that include the deterioration of construction materials in the historic town, urbanization, and the erosion of the archaeological site,” said UNESCOThe statement also noted that Committee appealed to the international community to support Mali in efforts to ensure the protection of the site. Inhabited since 250 B.C., the Old Towns of Djenné became a market centre and an important link in the trans-Saharan gold trade. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was one of the centres for the propagation of Islam. Its traditional houses, of which nearly 2,000 have survived, are built on hillocks (toguere) as protection from the seasonal floods. The site located, in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988. The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List, and to encourage corrective action. The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee began on 10 July and will continue until 20 July. It is chaired by Ambassador, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Promotion Abroad of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lale Ülker. read more

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Intrinsic safety specialist supports Englands National Coal Mining Museum

first_imgMutech, one of the UK’s leading electronics design and manufacturing companies, has pledged its charitable support to the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCM) based in Overton, near Wakefield. The NCM, formerly Caphouse Colliery working mine, which ceased production in 1985, preserves the heritage of coal mining in England, attracting thousands of visitors annually from the UK and overseas. Liz Orme, Development Officer for the NCM, explains: “With Mutech’s help we will continue to raise awareness of our exciting exhibitions and events as well as spread the word about the museum’s educational value for both children and adults. We are delighted that Mutech has chosen to support our work and we look forward to building a long term relationship with them in the future.”Sarah Varney, Mutech Operations Director, comments: “As part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) we wanted to support a charity that would be relevant to our expertise in intrinsically safe mining equipment and therefore close to our hearts. In line with other sponsored museums, NCM’s funding will be reduced over the next four years, so the museum needs to attract donations, sponsorship, legacies and grants to continue to develop and expand. We are committed to helping the organisation keep the history of coal mining alive for future generations. Mutech is also looking forward to welcoming NCM personnel as guests of honour at our Christmas Open Day in December, and Mutech representatives will be visiting the museum in 2012.”Mutech designs, builds and tests ATEX and MSHA approved products for customers in mining and other hazardous areas. A member of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC), Mutech has 25 years experience in electronics design and manufacture of intrinsic safety equipment for leading worldwide companies.Expert in intrinsic safety (IS) and other equipment for hazardous areas Mutech’s aim is to become a leading ‘Centre of Excellence’ particularly in life sciences. It specialises in providing bespoke solutions for demanding environments. Celebrating its silver jubilee in 2012, the company delivers a broad spectrum of electronics product development and manufacture.last_img read more

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SEI selected for power protection and control systems at KS Legacy Project

first_imgSchweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) has announced that K+S Potash Canada has selected its relays and communications products to protect and control a new potash mine now under construction in Saskatchewan. The new $3.7 billion Legacy Project is the first solution potash mine to be built in Saskatchewan in nearly 40 years. Commissioning of the Legacy Project potash mine, near Moose Jaw, is targeted for 2016, with a total of 36 production caverns. Solution mining necessitates the drilling of two boreholes, one of which is used to inject solutions to dissolve the crude salt from the deposits, which gathers in underground caverns. The liquid introduced into the caverns displaces the generated brine, which is then transported to the surface by another pipeline.SEL equipment is not new to the worldofpotash mining. The company has been providing protectionand control solutions to this industry in Canada since 2005, “helping to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of electric power in the industry.” After almost ten years of success in Saskatchewan potash mines, the Legacy Project is taking SEL equipment one step further by introducing IEC 61850 communication for complete electrical distribution system control, monitoring, and integration. Today, SEL equipment is installed in nine of the ten major potash mines across Saskatchewan. With SEL relays and fault indicators providing protection in some of the harshest mining applications, such as the mobile underground substations called sleds, “the choice to apply SEL products exclusively was easy for the designers of the K+S Legacy Project” says the company.In 2013, as part of a different project, Mark Payton, senior specialist for SEL Engineering Services, visited a mine in Saskatchewan. That project included upgrading manyof the mine’s sleds with SEL relays. “Each sled had a breaker, a transformer, and two SEL-751A Feeder Protection Relays – one primary and one secondary,” Payton said. “There are two types of sleds: miner sleds power the mining equipment, and drive sleds, power pumps, fans, lighting, and everything else in the mine.” SEL relays are designed to trip a circuit breaker when a fault is detected or when too much electricity could damage the system or create an unsafe environment. The need for relays to act quickly, within a few thousandths of a second, is especially difficult in these environments, and also of the utmost importance in order to keep people safe in mines.last_img read more

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NYCC pleads with its guests to shower and wear deodorant

first_imgThis year’s New York Comic Con kicked off yesterday (we kicked off NYCC with our friends at Hasbro), and New York City is now flooded with people dressed up in costumes and carrying bags full of swag, either going to or coming from the convention floor.Though NYCC isn’t as big as San Diego Comic-Con, it’s still an enormous show with much to see. Stepping into the convention center can quickly become overwhelming, with people packed shoulder-to-shoulder, and giant, colorful signs pointing you in every direction. NYCC has done us all a favor and compiled a quick survival guide for the show, and in that guide, all guests are urged to shower and wear deodorant, because guests not doing so has become too big of a problem to ignore.The first two steps in the survival guide are fairly normal tips: download the NYCC app so you can be kept abreast of the show’s events, and then carefully plan your day’s itinerary so you can maximize your visit to the con. The third step, though, is something you wouldn’t expect to see on an official comics convention survival guide — until, that is, you’ve been to a comics (or gaming, or any other) convention: shower and wear deodorant.You’d think the convention show-runners wouldn’t have to remind their attendees to take care of themselves like a normal human being should, but if you’ve ever been to a big con, you know not everyone adheres to basic human hygiene.This happens for a few reasons: either some people are just gross, some people do as much as they can at the con and cut out hygiene time to maximize that efficiency, and other people’s bodies are susceptible to the rigors of being packed tightly into a hot space with fellow humans.Whatever the case may be, NYCC urges everyone to take care of themselves so their pungent odors don’t ruin the fun for everyone else. At a con, there isn’t much worse than waiting two hours for a panel and being stuck between two people who smell like a trash can left out on the street during the summer.[Image credit: numb on Flickr]last_img read more

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Grave in Greece honours Alexander the Greats best friend

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An opulent underground monument in northern Greece that caused a stir when excavated last year may have been a symbolic grave – but not the final resting place – of the closest friend and general of ancient warrior-king Alexander the Great, the excavator claimed on Wednesday.Archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said she believes the vaulted structure, decorated with sculptures and a mosaic floor, “was a funerary monument for Hephaestion”.The Macedonian nobleman grew up with Alexander and died in Persia in 324BC, pre-deceasing the king by less than a year and driving him into a frenzy of grief during which he ordered a series of monuments to be built for Hephaestion across his newly-won empire.But Peristeri said there was no evidence Hephaestion was actually buried at the tomb in Amhipolis, east of Thessaloniki, whose excavation grabbed headlines, provoking speculation that it might belong to Alexander himself, who lived from 356-323 B.C.Another archaeologist however, who was not involved in the excavation, rejected her identification as “totally unfounded.” Panayiotis Faklaris, associate professor at the University of Thessaloniki, told the Associated Press the tomb more likely belonged to some prominent ancient citizen of Amphipolis.“There is no historic or scientific basis” for what Peristeri claimed, he said. “Hephaestion had no connection with Amphipolis.”The discovery caused controversy from the outset. Other experts criticized Peristeri for digging too fast and creating unjustified expectations that the tomb was unplundered.The monument contained twin marble statues of sphinxes and young women, had a painted frieze – parts of which survive – and, according to Peristeri, was topped with a large marble lion now standing a few kilometers away.Peristeri has offered no explanation of one of the find’s strangest features – that it sheltered at least five skeletons, including an elderly woman and a baby.She argued Wednesday that fragmentary inscriptions link the monument with Hephaestion, and said an Alexander-era coin found in the monument – which she thinks was filled with earth generations later to protect it from vandals – confirms it was built in 325-300 B.C.Alexander led an army of Greeks to conquer a vast empire stretching as far as modern Pakistan. Ancient writers say he considered Hephaestion to be his alter ego, making him the second most powerful man in the empire.When Hephaestion died, Alexander is recorded to have granted him hero’s rites, declared mourning throughout the empire and had him cremated in Babylon at enormous expense.Source:APlast_img read more

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Orchidées Deux nouvelles espèces découvertes à Cuba

first_imgOrchidées : Deux nouvelles espèces découvertes à CubaDeux nouvelles espèces d’orchidées viennent de faire leur apparition à Cuba. Il s’agit d’espèces endémiques des Caraïbes appelées Tetramicra Riparia et Encyclia Navarroi.Comme le dévoile le site futura-sciences, deux espèces inédites d’orchidées ont été découvertes à Cuba. Il faut dire que les Caraïbes bénéficient d’une biodiversité particulièrement luxuriante. C’est à l’est du parc national Alejandro de Humboldt qu’une équipe de recherche espagnole de l’université de Vigo a découvert la Tetramicra Riparia. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle espèce d’orchidée qui se caractérise par ses très petites fleurs. Elle se développe à proximité de plans d’eau, et notamment sur les rives des ruisseaux pierreux, dans les montagnes proches de Baracoa, la région la plus pluvieuse de Cuba. L’équipe de recherche espagnole découvrait par ailleurs Encyclia Navarroi, la deuxième espèce inédite d’orchidée, un an plus tôt, à l’ouest du même parc. L’Encyclia Navarroi se caractérise quant à elle par ses très grandes fleurs.Les orchidées font partie des rares plantes à compter plus de 25 000 espèces différentes, ce qui est très étonnant étant donné que la plupart d’entre elles ne possèdent pas de nectar. Pour attirer les insectes, l’orchidée se transforme et modifie sa forme et sa couleur pour ressembler à la femelle du pollinisateur. Le 30 décembre 2012 à 11:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Silva Uniteds poor start hasnt helped Fred

first_imgGilberto Silva insists Manchester United’s poor start to the season hasn’t helped Fred.The Brazil international joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer but has struggled to have an impact in the Premier League so far.But Gilberto Silva insists Mourinho’s team have been worryingly inconsistent with good results quickly followed by a poor performance, and that hasn’t Fred.“The moment at the club is not the best,” the former midfielder said, according to Daily Mail. “That has been a problem. And that means there has been a lot of pressure on him and the rest of the players.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Also, Fred has been used to playing in a certain system in Ukraine and now he has to get used to another one.”“But I know him well. I know he will fight. When I speak to him he tells me he just wants to work harder. He is very determined to be a success.”“And I am sure he will be.”Silva reveals he is still in touch with Fred on a frequent basis and that the Brazilian is determined to be a success at Old Trafford.“It takes time to get used to football in England. It was hard for me when I first came to Arsenal from Brazil. Everything is different. The pace and the tempo of game. The intensity. It is so different to Brazil.”last_img read more

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Pep happy with De Bruynes Man of the Match display

first_imgPep Guardiola revealed he was proud of Kevin De Bruyne’s performance in the club’s 5-0 routing of Burnley FC in the Fourth round of the FA Cup.Midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne was in superb form as provided two assists in addition to his stunning long-range strike in what was a Man of the Match display to earn the plaudits of his managerGuardiola admitted the Belgian still needs minutes to regain his best form but is pleased with the playmaker’s recovery.“It’s not easy when players have long injuries,” he said via the club’s website. “That’s why we tried to handle his minutes.“Of course, we need him because he’s so clever and aggressive in his game. He helps a lot.”Asked if he would relish or fear the prospect of a Manchester Derby in the FA Cup Fifth Round draw, Guardiola replied: “I can’t control the draw!jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“It’s important to be in there. United have also won eight games in a row but I don’t know what the draw will be.“Hopefully, we can go through.”Up next for Man City is a League tie away to struggling Newcastle United as they bid to maintain their chase on League leaders, Liverpool.Ohhh Kevin De Bruyne 🎶 Here’s City’s 3rd goal, with a rocket coming from De Bruyne ⚽️ (3-0)#MCFC #MCIBUR pic.twitter.com/E9t74wwqiw— City Central (@City_CentraI) January 26, 2019last_img read more

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Annual Concert at the Lakes event in Santee with emcee Shotgun Tom

first_img Jason Austell, KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 13, 2018 Jason Austell, KUSI Newsroom, July 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The annual Concert at the Lakes event comes to Santee July 28. The nation’s leading 1970’s disco band “Polyester Express” is set to perform. Scholarship recepient, Adela Parra, and concert emcee, Shotgun Tom Kelly were in studio with the details.Polyester Express continues to “WOW” Audiences with their spectacular groovy costume changes, fantastic horn Section and choreography. Their audience interaction makes it a real party!! The 12 pieces band can do it all… Join us under the Disco Ball, They’ll Make You Feel Like Dancin!’Since 1991, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation has offered scholarships to high school students who may not graduate. High school graduation is considered essential for long-term success and independence. The Foundation believes that the best way to help these students is to provide them the support and encouragement necessary to empower them to take charge of their destiny, beginning with completion of high school. The Foundation was established by the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club to raise funds to provide incentives to students that will help them to graduate. The incentive is a two-year scholarship to a college or an accredited business/trade school of their choice if they graduate with their class.For more information, click here. Annual Concert at the Lakes event in Santee, with emcee Shotgun Tom Kelly Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Sale of Nielsen Business Media Would Face RBI Hurdle

first_imgNielsen Business Media confirmed that the company has combined its Film & Performing Arts and Music & Literary groups to form the Entertainment Group, including products such as Backstage, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. Gerry Byrne, who has been an adviser to the company for about a year, has been named senior vice president.Overshadowing this news are rumors that Nielsen may be considering a sale of its trade titles, as reported by the New York Post earlier this week, indicating that “non-core assets” could be sold “if the right offer materialized.” The rumors come one week after Reed Elsevier announced plans to divest Reed Business Information, its business sector magazine publisher. Early estimates put a RBI sale at about $2 billion.In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Nielsen Business Media spokesperson Marisa Grimes wrote that the company does not have plans to sell Nielsen’s Business Media division or its individual publications. According to one industry observer, the idea is “just speculation.” But others around the industry aren’t so sure. A source tells FOLIO: that it is “highly likely” that Nielsen will sell its business media division “at some point.” “It’s just not a strategic fit with the rest of the company, accounting for only about 10 percent of revenues,” the observer says. “This is more than speculation. There is a plan here that I think will unfold in the next 12 to 18 months.”Nielsen Business Media also publishes Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines. Earlier this month, the publisher said Adweek, which scaled back its frequency from 47 issues per year to 36, saw ad pages decline by nearly 100 in 2007 over 2006.Not Easy, Not ImpossibleA potential sale of Nielsen Business Media could face some significant hurdles including market competition from RBI and potential dilution of NBM’s entry multiple. “When the company was last sold, the total business went for 13 to 14 times EBITDA,” the observer says. “They’re not going to get that multiple now.” Formerly VNU Business Media, Nielsen was purchased in 2006 for $11.1 billion by Valcon Acquisition B.V., a consortium of private equity firms.“This by no means is impossible, though,” the observer says. “Maybe someone with the right vision and access to enough capital could come along and buy both it and RBI and combine the two. Who knows?”last_img read more

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