How cities can tap into $33B in private funds for innovation

first_imgWith public infrastructure funding in the U.S. nearly tapped out, a new study says smart city projects could tap into billions in private funds, according to a report by Siemens Financial Services into funding for smart cities.The report found that smaller “SmartStart” projects have the potential to access around $33 billion in private sector asset financing.See also: Smart city success requires roadmaps not free associationThe researchers defined SmartStart projects as initiatives that help cities digitalize their infrastructure that are characterized as low-risk and high return on investment.Siemens Financial calculated the total private funding amount available by looking at 13 countries and the potential accessible financing that the top 40% of these nations’ cities could raise privately for SmartStart projects.This report follows a similar study that found the U.K. could access nearly $7 billion in private capital for similarly small-scale smart projects.“Cities around the world are increasingly engaging in smart development to improve efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability, improve the lives of their citizens, and develop their competitiveness,” said Siemens Financial CEO of Commercial Finance Gary Amos. “Private sector asset finance allows cities to make the full range of SmartStart technology investments in a timely manner.”Siemens Financial chose to focus on private sources of capital as public sector budgets around the world are proving inadequate for properly funding the many smart city projects that are on the books.  With governments struggling to find the resources, private financing is becoming a top priority for smart city proponents who want to see these initiatives become reality.A $1 trillion infrastructure financing gapThis sentiment was reinforced by the U.S. Transportation Secretary who recently admitted there is not enough government funding to cover the nearly $1 trillion gap in infrastructure financing.“By diversifying their sources of funding for smart investments, cities can benefit from the resulting savings and improvements to citizens’ services without any delay,” said Amos.The report said that asset financing is a good fit for SmartStart projects because funding options are widely available, uncomplicated, cheap and quick to set up.Researchers concluded that nine types of early stage smart projects are ideal contenders for private funding because of their good record for delivering ROI and their history of having already attracted asset-financing deals.These projects include: low-energy street lighting, road pricing, parking systems, improved medical technology and online citizen self-service. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Donal Power Tags:#financing#IoT#Siemens Financial#Smart Cities#smart street lighting How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts last_img read more

The 3 Ingredients Every Great Movie Trailer Needs

first_imgYour film’s trailer is arguably the most important element when it comes to the commercial success of your project. No matter what style or genre your film may be, there are certain universal rules that you should be following to ensure your trailer is as strong as possible.Low budget independent films are notorious for having poor trailers. On the bigger budget side of things, large film trailers are most often cut by a dedicated trailer house who literally have the art of editing movie trailers down to a science. Some of these guys are so talented that they can take a very mediocre (or even poor) film and cut a mind blowing trailer from it. Unfortunately though, on the independent end of the spectrum trailers are often cut in house by the same editor that has just finished editing the entire film. This might not seem so bad on the surface, but in reality it can lead to the trailer falling flat in many ways, seeing as its editor may have little to no experience with trailers.The good news is you don’t need to spend a lot of money or hire a dedicated trailer editor just to get a half decent product, you just need to focus your efforts in the right places. There are a lot of considerations to make when cutting your own movie trailer: length, pacing, tone, story, etc. and this post will focus on several key elements that all successful trailers share.Lead with your film’s best moments.Your trailer is essentially a highly condensed version of your feature, and in order to whet your audience’s appetite you need to start your edit by including some of your film’s best moments (with the exception of 3rd act material or any other spoiler moments). This point may seem obvious, but the truth of the matter is that many filmmakers are so afraid to give away important plot points in their trailers than they end up only leaving in some of the flatter or less important scenes to be used.Don’t worry too much about what you’re giving away plot wise right off the bat (within reason of course) as you can always fine tune things later, but rather try to focus more on simply selecting the best content that you can. Great trailer material can consist of anything from punchy dialogue in a particular scene, to an outstanding performance moment, or a montage of beautiful imagery. Every film should be showcased differently, so you need to identify what it is that makes your film stand out and highlight those moments as much as you can.The first step in editing your trailer should involve going through your master timeline and pulling together different types of material into their own individual sequences. For example, you might make a sequence of your film’s best imagery, and then a separate sequence of your film’s best dialogue. From there, you can cut things down even further by including only those moments that convey the essence of the story you’re trying to tell. By using multiple sequences to break down your story, you will effectively force yourself to rebuild your trailer in a way that is truly geared towards the trailer format, as opposed to just cutting down a 90 minute film into 2 minutes. It’s also extremely important to remember that your teaser may tell a slightly different story from your film and that’s perfectly fine. Your trailer, more than anything is a marketing piece designed to attract audiences, so if you are able to connect with your viewers and get them wanting to see your movie, then you have done your job.Rhythm is everything.Perhaps more importantly than anything else when it comes to trailers, is the rhythm of the edit. Even though your trailer’s rhythm might not fully come together until you’ve gone through multiple edits, the general rhythm and tone is something that you really need to have a sense of before you even start cutting.The best starting point (especially for editors that are new to this) is to give your trailer a three-act structure. Just like your movie, your first act should showcase your characters and their setting, the second act must illustrate the complications and obstacles the characters experience in their world, and for act three you want to show how these issues become intensified. Don’t make the mistake though of literally using material from act 1, 2 and 3 from your film, but rather create new acts that are primarily pulled from act 1 and 2A of your feature. You want to build excitement and it’s primarily through rhythm and pacing that you can achieve this. If the trailer has no rhythm to it, it doesn’t matter how great it looks and how many awesome scenes were cut into it, audiences won’t respond well.Be extremely picky with your music choices.Selecting the right music for your trailer is arguably the most important factor with regards to overall audience perception. Music is integral to the cinematic experience across the board and picking the wrong music will not only clash with the true nature of your film, but may leave your audience feeling disengaged and uninspired. It’s often tempting to hear a track, cue, or score and want to cut your trailer to that music – even if it isn’t the right choice. Music is subjective and one of the most common mistakes that editors/filmmakers make when choosing music (for their trailers or otherwise) is basing their choice purely on personal preference. Obviously as an artist you want to put your stamp on things and use music that is true to who you are as a filmmaker, but there is a very thin line between staying true to your vision and dropping in music that you simply like, but that isn’t actually right for your film.Always put your film first, and understand that trailer music needs to be able to lead an audience through a variety of emotions in order to truly make an impact. If you have a great track in mind for the trailer, but it doesn’t have enough peaks and valleys, or the lyrics contradict the imagery, or there are any other number of potential red flags – stop right there and look for something else. I can’t stress enough how important it is to find the right score (or cues) for your trailer, so always give yourself enough time to make the right choice.last_img read more

Human shield was wrongful confinement, says J&K police report

first_imgThe police inquiry into the ‘human shield case’ has revealed that it was an incident of “wrongful confinement” of a civilian “who had cast his vote” on the day he was tied to the bonnet of an Army vehicle in Budgam.“During the investigation, it came to surface that Mr. Dar cast his vote at a polling booth in his native village of Chill. After casting his vote he, along with Hilal Ahmad Magrey, left for a condolence meeting to Gampora,” said the two-page police report.The report said that as Mr. Dar left the Gampora village and reached Utligam crossing, “he was lifted by the Army during stone pelting and was tied to bonnet of the Army vehicle as human shield under threat.” It pointed out that it was a “wrongful confinement” by the Army officer. The report was submitted to State DGP S.P. Vaid in August.Huge furoreThe viral video of the victim, a weaver of shawls weaver by profession, created a furore in and outside J&K. The video was apparently shot on April 9, when the by-poll for the Parliamentary seat of Srinagar was being held in central Kashmir. The area had witnessed fierce stone-throwing from local protesters all day.The victim was allegedly “driven around the whole day on the bonnet and paraded through several villages”.last_img read more

Won’t allow NRC here, says Bengal LoP

first_imgSenior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said on Wednesday that an NRC exercise would not be allowed in West Bengal and asked the propagators of this idea not to “play with fire”, even as former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta urged the Centre to prepare a similar list for the residents of West Bengal saying the State was also “affected by illegal immigration” from Bangladesh.“Parties should desist from trying to reap political dividends by polarising people in the name of NRC,” said Mr. Mannan, the Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly.Bengal BJP pleaBJP national secretary Rahul Sinha had on Tuesday urged the Indian Muslims, especially those living in West Bengal, to support an NRC exercise in the State claiming that it was becoming a hub for infiltrators under the Trinamool Congress rule.West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh had also said that an NRC on the lines of the one in Assam would be published in the Bengal if his party is voted to power in the State.Without naming the BJP, Mr. Mannan said, “Some people are also talking about conducting the NRC exercise in West Bengal if they came to power in the future. They should not play with fire. We assert this will never be allowed to happen in our State.”Senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty termed Mr. Ghosh’s statement on conducting an NRC exercise in West Bengal ‘audacious’.‘NRC in all States’ Meanwhile in Delhi, Mr. Mahanta, a signatory of the 1985 Assam Accord which provided for identification and deportation of illegal immigrants from the State, said: “We want the NRC in all States. First, we want an NRC in West Bengal, which is also affected by illegal immigration from Bangladesh as language and culture of West Bengal and Bangladesh are same.”Mr. Mahanta, whose party Asom Gana Parishad is a part of the ruling alliance in Assam, also opposed the move to amend the six-decade-old Citizenship Act, seeking to grant citizenship to people from minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.last_img read more

Belgium Beats Japan 3-2 to Reach World Cup quarterfinals

first_imgROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Jan Vertonghen started Belgium’s comeback with a wild, looping header and Nacer Chadli capped it by finishing off a 10-second, end-to-end attack in the final moments.It added up to a 3-2 victory over Japan on Monday that gave the Belgians a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals for the second straight tournament.Trailing 2-0, Vertonghen scored with a header in the 69th minute that appeared to be a cross but somehow dropped in under the bar. Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in another from Eden Hazard’s cross in the 74th.Chadli, who came on as a substitute in the 65th, decided it with virtually the last kick of the game in the fourth minute of injury time.Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the center circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right. Meunier one-timed the ball across the area and Romelu Lukaku let it roll by for Chadli to tap in with his left foot from 7 yards.Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament. The last team do it in regulation was when Portugal beat North Korea in the 1966 quarterfinals.Japan’s Gen Shoji looks down during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. Belgium won 3-2. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)“It’s a test of character. It’s a test of the team,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said. “You have to see how the substitutes react, how the whole team reacts.”Belgium will next face five-time champion Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday in Kazan.Japan led through early second-half goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui, but they couldn’t hold on.“When we were up 2-0, I really wanted to score another goal and we did have opportunities,” Japan coach Akira Nishino said. “We were to some extent controlling the game, but Belgium upped their game when they had to.”What was expected to be a mismatch ended up being a classic, partly because of Martinez’s decisions to send on Fellaini and Chadli as substitutes in the 65th minute.“In football, sometimes you want to be perfect,” Martinez said. “In the World Cup and especially in the knockout stage, it’s about getting through.”Belgium, which narrowly avoided joining Germany, Argentina, Spain and Portugal as big-name eliminations, won all three of its group matches and scored a tournament-leading nine goals at that stage.Japan narrowly scraped through, advancing ahead of Senegal because it had fewer yellow cards.The Japanese have now lost in the round of 16 three times without ever reaching the quarterfinals.“It wasn’t the players,” Nishino said. “Maybe it was me who lost control of the game.”Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)SAVESWith the score even, Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima dived backward to tip an 85th-minute header from Lukaku over the bar. Courtois then prevented an own-goal from midfielder Axel Witsel in the 90th and later palmed away Japan substitute Keisuke Honda’s long-range free kick.QUOTABLE“When you play against Brazil you have to accept that they are the best team in the competition. Coutinho, Neymar (are) players who can decide the game in one second,” Martinez said, looking ahead to the quarterfinals. “Against Brazil, I think we can enjoy it from the first minute. When you’re a little boy, you dream of facing Brazil in the World Cup.”UNBEATEN RUNBelgium extended its unbeaten run to 22 games.The Red Devils have not been beaten since a 2-0 loss to Spain in a friendly in September 2016. The last in a competitive match was in the game before that: a 3-1 loss to Wales in the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Championship.Belgium has scored 74 goals during its unbeaten run, netting in every game except a 0-0 draw against European champion Portugal in a friendly last month.EMOTIONAL ENDFour Japanese players fell on their knees in despair after the final whistle. Hiroki Sakai and Gen Shoji were in tears.___This story has been corrected to show that player’s surname is Chadli, not Chaldi.—By JEROME PUGMIRE , AP Sports WriterBelgium’s Nacer Chadli, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his third side’s goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)elgium’s Nacer Chadli, center, scores his third side goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini scores his side’s second goal with his head during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ICC ODI rankings: Smriti Mandhana becomes No.1 batter in women’s cricket

first_imgSmriti Mandhana has become the No.1-ranked batter in the ICC Rankings for Women’s batters after scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the recently-concluded three-match series in New Zealand.Mandhana moved up three spots in the batters’ rankings to reach the top spot. She sits above the Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, at No.2 and 3 respectively, and the high-flying Amy Satterthwaite, the New Zealand captain who flew up 10 places to No.4.India’s ODI captain, Mithali Raj, who moved down a spot, completed the top five.It was fine recognition for Mandhana, who has been in exemplary form in the one-day format. In the 15 ODIs she has played since the beginning of 2018, she has scored two centuries and eight half-centuries.Satterthwaite was another one to catch the eye. Her jump of 10 places to No.4 in the batters’ rankings is propelled by consecutive half-centuries in the series against India, and four in all in her last 10 ODIs.Fellow New Zealander Suzie Bates, whose half-century in Hamilton propelled New Zealand to victory in the third ODI, rose up one place to No.6.Lizelle Lee (down two places to No.7), Tammy Beaumont (down two places to No.8), Stafanie Taylor and Chamari Athapaththu (both falling by a place each) complete the top 10.Jemimah Rodrigues rises 64 places in batter’s rankingsJemimah Rodrigues was another Indian to have a good day at the rankings. She has played just seven ODIs since making her debut in March last year, but a half-century in the first ODI in Napier helped propel a massive rise of 64 places for the 18-year-old. She now sits at No.61 in the rankings.advertisementAmong the bowlers, there was less activity in the rankings, but there was good news for India’s spin trio of Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht.Both Yadav and Sharma jumped five places each and now sit at No.8 and 9 respectively. Yadav took six wickets in the series to Sharma’s four, while Bisht jumped up nine places to No.13 after claiming five wickets in the series.Jhulan Goswami, whose 3/23 in the second ODI set up the series win, rose one place to No.4 and is the highest-ranked Indian in the top five, with Pakistan’s Sana Mir, Australia’s Megan Schutt and South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp above her.There was good news for the New Zealanders too. Lea Tahuhu, the pacer, claimed four wickets in the series, and jumped nine places to No.16 in the rankings. Anna Peterson, who claimed five wickets in the three matches, had a stellar rise of 13 places and is No.45 in the rankings.There was largely no change among the all-rounders. Perry is still at the top of the all-rounders’ charts, and apart from Sophie Devine, who moved up one place to No.9, and thereby pushed down Deandra Dottin to No.10, there was no change in the top 10.Also Read | Dimuth Karunaratne discharged from hospital after blow to neck in Canberra TestAlso Read | Never like seeing that, says Pat Cummins after flooring Karunaratne with a bouncerAlso Read | James Neesham on MS Dhoni: You haven’t won the game until you have got him outlast_img read more

Diplomatic Quartet urges Palestinian Unity Government to commit to key principles

In a statement released today, the members of the Quartet also endorsed the extension of a stop-gap measure for providing aid to the Palestinian people and voiced support for United States-led efforts to find a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The statement, which expressed hope that the creation of the new Government at the weekend would help end the recent deadly round of intra-Palestinian violence, was issued following a telephone discussion involving UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as representatives of the European Union, Russia and the United States, the other members of the Quartet.It reaffirmed that a Palestinian Government must commit to Quartet principles, including the Roadmap, adding that “the commitment of the new Government in this regard will be measured not only on the basis of its composition and platform but also its actions.“The Quartet expressed its expectation that the unity government will act responsibly, demonstrate clear and credible commitment to the Quartet principles, and support the efforts of President [Mahmoud] Abbas to pursue a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, thereby achieving the peace, security and freedom the Israeli and Palestinian people desire and deserve.”The statement backed the continuation for another three months of the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM), the means devised last year by the EU and the World Bank to provide aid directly to the Palestinian people by bypassing the then Hamas-led Government, which had not committed to recognizing of Israel or renouncing violence.TIM will continue while the Quartet “evaluates the situation and the international community works to develop a more sustainable international mechanism for support to the Palestinians.”The Quartet – which agreed to meet soon, this time in the Middle East, to review developments – also voiced strong support for Ms. Rice’s efforts to facilitate further discussions between Mr. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert “with the aim of defining more clearly the political horizon for the establishment of a Palestinian State and an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”In addition to Mr. Ban, the Quartet principals participating in the telephone discussion were Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, High Representative for European Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner.Mr. Ban leaves this week for the region and will visit Egypt, the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel and Jordan, and attend the Arab League Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 28 March, before going on to Lebanon. He will be back at UN Headquarters in New York on 2 April. 21 March 2007Stressing the need for the new Palestinian National Unity Government to commit to non-violence, the recognition of Israel and the acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping that includes the United Nations – indicated that the Government’s commitment will be judged on its actions as much as its composition and platform. read more

Applauding election turnout UN envoy to Iraq calls for unity

The route to recovery and stability “appears to be genuinely routed in the wish of the overwhelming majority of the Iraqi people that reason prevails over confrontation and violence,” Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told reporters in New York via video link.“I congratulate the more than 12 million Iraqis who went to the polls, which is a turnout percentage of 62.3 ¬– higher than many had expected,” added Mr. Melkert, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).Mr. Melkert urged all candidates and parties to unite in accepting the results, setting an example for a culture of democracy which he said would require the commitment of all concerned beyond the election. “We also have called on all those newly elected … [to] form the new Government, so political, economic and social progress is not delayed,” he said. “At the same time, we must understand that in a system with minority parties some time will be needed to form a majority coalition.” Election workers in 50,000 polling stations across the country have begun tallying the vote to elect Iraq’s Council of Representatives, the country’s parliament.Reports of more than 100 violent incidents during the election campaign led to concerns that voters would be deterred from casting ballots.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also told reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York that he applauded “all those Iraqis who exercised their constitutional right to vote despite the very serious and difficult challenging security situation.”In addition, members of the Security Council welcomed the holding of the elections and congratulated Iraqis for “demonstrating their continued commitment to a peaceful, inclusive and democratic political process.”In a press statement, the 15-member panel described the polls as “another important step in the political process aimed at strengthening Iraq’s national unity, sovereignty and independence.”Voters in the northern city of Kirkuk expressed optimism tempered with a desire to see elected politicians deliver results. One male voter said that he hoped the country would be freed of bombs and explosions. Official preliminary results for the election will be announced in a few days’ time by Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). The UN has an advisory role with the Commission and helps train election officials. “We really hope and to an extent anticipate that this will be a firm basis for the next stage of Iraq’s recovery, reconstruction, growth, stability,” Mr. Melkert stressed at a press conference a few hours after polls closed on Sunday. “It will not come overnight, but to have an election day like this is a very solid basis.” 8 March 2010The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today praised millions of Iraqis who voted in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in a call for political candidates and groups to respect the democratic process as counting got under way around the country. read more

Kirstie Allsopp blasts humourless Brexit Brits as she quits Twitter but insists

first_imgKirsty Allsopp has announced she has quit Twitter, five days after she was “attacked and mocked” on the site for suggesting keeping a washing machine in the kitchen was “disgusting”.The Location, Location, Location host was pilloried after she agreed with the view that washing machines should be relegated to the bathroom, hall or airing cupboard or “ a tiny laundry room”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “But if it wasn’t clear to me from the Brexit referendum, it is very clear to me now that the British think the way we do things is the right way – better than anyone else’s. And if you point out that something we do is peculiar, you had better brace yourself. Because it doesn’t go down well”.Allsopp’s Twitter profile now describes her as a “working Mum & Stepmum who’s incredibly blessed and no longer on Twitter”.But she hasn’t abandoned followers entirely. Since ‘quitting’ she has re-tweeted a job advertisement for a housing charity, and another in support of the World Wildlife Fund. Kirstie Allsopp and her Partner Ben Andersen at a Tatler Magazine Summer PartyCredit: Alan Davidson/The Picture Library Ltd. “True, I was brought up in a house with a utility room; it was also where the dogfood was kept, and loads of other spare bits and bobs that many people keep in their garages, sheds, lean-tos, downstairs toilets, etc. Utility rooms are a luxury, but they are by no means the preserve of the rich.Allsopp went on link Briton’s apparent insistence on keeping their washing machine in the kitchen with last year’s vote to leave the EU.“Britain is one of the few countries where people have the habit of keeping washing machines in the kitchen, She wrote. I’m over and out, it’s been a blast but enough is enough.— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) July 12, 2017 YouGov is now polling on the location of washing machines according to political allegiance. Some left/right split.— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) July 12, 2017center_img Kirstie Allsopp “Well, despite a privileged upbringing, I am not unaware of the lack of space in many homes. On Sunday Allsopp used the pages of The Guardian to describe how “what started as a fun debate provoked blind fury.“I was immediately attacked and mocked for talking about “first-world problems”, and failing to understand that most people lack the space to house a washing machine anywhere other than in their kitchen. Allsopp was forced to defend her remarks after she was swiftly branded “out of touch” and “ snobby”.It is disgusting,” she wrote. “My life’s work is in part dedicated to getting washing machines out of the kitchen,” before adding: “Please note there is a degree of humour in this debate, no need to take it quite so seriously.Then, with the row showing little sign of abating after several days, she announced: “I’m over and out, it’s been a blast but enough is enough”. So much dislike for @KirstieMAllsopp and her snobby opinions! Ill continue to feed my kids fish fingers and do my washing in the kitchen 🖕🏼— Charlotte Beer (@CharCharBeer) July 12, 2017last_img read more

SEEGF Distinguished Speaker Series addressing Balkan topics

first_imgDr Dick Tosdal,  the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer for 2009 will be giving a series of lectures as part of the SE Europe Geoscience Foundation (SEEGF) Distinguished Speaker Series in May 2009 in Sofia (Bulgaria – May 11), Belgrade (Serbia – May 12) and Stip (Macedonia – May 14). Full time University students who are in attendance for the entire day will receive subsidised student grade membership to the Society of Economic Geology.  Students and academics get free admission. The presentations will examine Tectonic transitions in the porphyry-epithermal environment; Footprints of carbonate rock hosted polymetallic deposits in central Peru and Building the geologic environment of Carlin-type Au deposits in northern Nevada.These lectures are very relevant to the region. The first topic needs no introduction. The second talk is especially relevent given the large carbonate hosted deposits of Tertiary age present in Macedonia and Serbia and the recent anncouncement by EurOmax Resources of wide copper-gold drill hole intercepts south of Novi Pazaar in Serbia. The recent discovery of  ‘Carlin Style’ mineralisation along the western side of the Bor Volcanic Complex by Dundee Precious Metals ensures that the third presentation in an extended format will be most interesting.The SEEGF is a not for profit registered foundation.  It is a multi-company initiative supported by Dundee Precious Metals, EurOmax Resources, Freeport McMoran, Rio Tinto and ALS Chemex. See:  http://www.see-geoscience.orglast_img read more

National EWP to drill Bluebell VMS prospect for AustralianAmerican Mining

first_imgAustralian-American Mining Corp has signed a drilling contract with National EWP, a leading provider of drilling services in the USA, for the Bluebell copper-gold-silver project in Arizona. The initial 5,000 m RC drilling program at Bluebell will focus on testing the open pit exploration target, with holes targeting the top 200 m of the mineralised system. A number of holes will also be targeting the down dip extension of the recently reported high grade surface intersection of 38 m @ 1.2% Cu, 0.5g/t Au and 22.9g/t Ag. The company has received all necessary permits to begin drill pad preparation and it is expected that the drill rig will be on site in late January.AusAmerican managing director Richard Holmes said: “This is an exciting time for the company as it prepares for the maiden drilling program on the Bluebell project. The recent high grade surface intersection has reinforced the concept that the old timers ‘high graded’ the underground mine and the drilling will be focussed on defining the mineralised stockwork”.National offers diamond core, dual-tube, air/mud and flooded reverse drilling methods. It is licensed to drill in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The company has field offices and teams that provide round-the-clock rig support.last_img read more

Only a matter of time before private security try to take over

first_img Store Street Garda Station Source: Google Maps“[Gardaí in the Bridewell district] have found that not only are quality of life issues coming down, but that the level of crime is coming down as well, even though they haven’t allocated them in line with the crime statistics,” Leahy noted.“For a superintendent to make that kind of jump is quite a scary thing to do. we’re used to doing it one-way only.”Chief Superintendent Leahy said that they haven’t had “one bit of negative feedback” on the programme so far, and those in the community are also very receptive.Joe Costello, Labour TD for Dublin Central and former junior minister, told this website that he has “great support” for the programme, calling it the “ultimate in community policing [and] a very desirable step forward”.“Anyone I’ve spoken to has liked the idea,” he said.The deputy was involved in the embryonic stages of the Small Areas Policing Programme more than two decades ago, and was rapporteur to an Oireachtas committee which looked at community policing.Gardai were seen as being isolated from the community and not trusted, and we needed to bring them back in.While Leahy was confident of the programme’s continued success, Costello said there is a fear among some in the community that it is a once-off. Some local businesses have branded it as simply window-dressing.“To deliver in practice is of course the real challenge,” Costello said. He noted the increased demand on garda resources, and said that “it’s too early to give it any degree of success”.Rolling outThe scheme is slowly being rolled out across the north inner city, and it is understood the rest of the city has already been divided into the necessary ‘small areas’ in advance of widespread adoption of the programme.But what about the rest of the country?It would be more difficult in rural areas as you can not simply walk from door to door, and Leahy stressed whether it will be rolled out nationally is a decision that only the Garda Commissioner can make.“I don’t want to prescribe for anyone outside of the north central area, what we’re doing is what what works for us, but if I was outside of here I would be asking, who’s doing it at the moment? All you have to do is look at An Post.They manage to visit so many homes every day… so there is a model for getting in touch with all these people, and even on a much more regular basis.Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she is “pleased” with this new community-based approach, but noted that significant work is needed before it is ready to be rolled out nationally. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland“It is an important development in fostering engagement between local communities and the gardaí in targeting the concerns of local residents,” she told the Seanad last month.We hear constantly that people want their concerns responded to by local gardaí, and it is a cost effective approach.“The Government is very supportive of this new initiative and approach to policing.“This particular model is at an early stage, although many elements of it are in operation in different communities throughout Ireland. We will see how this precise model works before we could consider extending it,” the Minister said.Leahy praised the work of the four superintendents and other detectives working on the programme, helping to co-ordinate it, but said it ultimately boils down to one thing:It’s not me, it’s about the great men and women going door to door and dealing with people’s everyday problems. It’s the real hard end of the stick in policing because you’ve to sit down, listen to all the issues, and then go and do something about it.Read: We asked gardaí what they want from their new boss – here’s what they said >More: These are the temporary, Tetris-like moves being made so the Gardaí can fill 28 senior roles… > Click here to view a larger version.The first step of this is a sit-down chat. The garda visits the resident’s home, introduce themselves, and invites them to complete a survey which outlines their views on the area and how it is policed.“The garda has total responsibility for that area,” Leahy said. This ranges from addressing individual quality-of-life issues that arise to liaising with both victims of crimes and offenders.He noted that if someone was a victim of a crime, the garda assigned to the area in which they live would be alert, allowing them to call out and visit. This allows them to ensure they can inform the person of any necessary support services.Leahy also used the example of one pensioner whose handbag was robbed – their community garda helped them arrange for their cards and other lost items to be replaced.“That’s the kind of stuff that people might react to by saying ‘wait, guards don’t do that’,” he said.Of course they do that. She was a victim, they were her community support guards, they went and supported her.The garda is responsible for monitoring the levels of crime in an area, either through reports received or from members of the public, and then communicating this back to superiors.By looking at the issues from the ground-up, Store Street Garda Station has been able to readjust how existing resources are deployed, with no added capacity, in areas from the Drugs Unit to the Traffic Corps – and so far it appears to be having an effect. A TOP GARDA has said that it is “only a matter of time” before private security firms begin targeting residential areas by trying to set up patrols.Chief Superintendent of Store Street Garda Station Pat Leahy said that the force must work to “protect this key space”, describing it as “the golden nugget of policing”.He was speaking in an interview with on the Small Areas Policing Programme, a radical overhaul of the service An Garda Síochána provides, aiming to meet the individual needs of people.Currently being trialled in Dublin’s north inner city, the programme turns the ‘top-down’ approach to policing on its head, and while is so far successful, there are some fears that it may be a once-off measure.It is the latest stage of adopting a community-orientated approach. Previous stages over the past four years involved reaching out to key stakeholders in the area such as politicians and business owners.This latest stage began earlier this year, and will see 60,000 residents visited by gardaí.“It starts out by taking your division, treating it like a business,” Leahy said, “and asking yourself the question, if I didn’t address my customers appropriately, would I be out of business by the end of the year?“And the answer was – yes.”Community gardaí are now assigned to designated areas, ranging from anywhere between 150 to 600 homes, where they must get to know all the residents individually. The division of the Dublin’s north inner city into ‘small areas’. Source: An Garda Síochánalast_img read more

Bisphénol A une interdiction dès 2013 pour les enfants de moins de

first_imgBisphénol A : une interdiction dès 2013 pour les enfants de moins de 3 ans ? Jeudi, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand a suggéré de mettre en place une interdiction du bisphénol A pour les enfants de moins de trois ans. Une proposition qui suit celle présentée à l’Assemblée et destinée à interdire la substance dans tous les contenants alimentaires dès 2014.Le bisphénol A semble être devenu l’ennemi public numéro un. Après avoir été récemment interdit dans les biberons, cette substance reconnue comme potentiel perturbateur endocrinien va se faire de plus en plus rare dans les contenants alimentaires. C’est du moins ce que souhaitent les autorités sanitaires et les élus qui ont présenté jeudi devant l’Assemblée une proposition destinée à interdire l’utilisation du BPA dans ces produits et ce, dès 2014. Une date initialement fixée au 1er janvier 2012 puis repoussée. À lire aussiBébé : 3 conseils pour être un super papa selon la scienceNéanmoins, cette suggestion a été jugée insuffisante par le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand qui a proposé parallèlement une interdiction de la substance dans tous les contenants alimentaires destinés aux enfants de moins de trois ans. Autrement dit : les couvercles des petits pots, les assiettes, les gobelets, les couverts, les mixers pour enfants ou encore les boîtes de lait en poudre. Une interdiction qui devrait intervenir selon le ministre dès 2013. “La priorité est désormais de limiter l’exposition des publics les plus sensibles, à savoir les nourrissons, les jeunes enfants et les femmes enceintes et allaitantes”, a souligné le ministre jeudi dans le quotidien gratuit 20 minutes.Fin septembre, l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire des aliments (Anses) a en effet considéré cette réduction de l’exposition comme un objectif prioritaire et préconisé l’utilisation de produits de substitution pour tout contact des aliments. Dans le même but, le ministre a ainsi également indiqué qu’une plaquette allait être diffusée avant la fin de l’année en direction des parents de jeunes enfants pour promouvoir des gestes de précaution simples. Quant à l’Anses, elle devrait publier d’ici 2012 des recommandations pour diminuer l’exposition au BPA en même temps que son rapport établissant son avis complet sur le sujet.  Le 6 octobre 2011 à 16:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boca Juniors boss welcomes second Libertadores final postponement

Boca Juniors boss welcomes second Libertadores final postponement

first_imgGuillermo Barros Schelotto believes it would have been impossible for his players to focus in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final after the events on SaturdayThe Boca Juniors team bus was attacked by River Plate supporters as they travelled to El Monumental.The final was postponed for 24 hours with Boca players Pablo Perez and Gonzalo Lamardo being taken to the hospital after the attack.An announcement was later released stating that the final would again be postponed with a new date and time to be determined in Paraguay on Tuesday.The CONMEBOL’s decision has been welcomed by Schelotto – who feels it’s only fair given what’s happened.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“We were at a disadvantage yesterday as we are today,” said the Boca coach, according to SportsStarLive.“We weren’t prepared for a final in the previous hours. We prepared for a whole year for this, but yesterday we were at a disadvantage.“Be it River or any other rival, both have to be in the same condition.“I tried to focus the team on the match but it was impossible to keep them focused yesterday and today.”Reports suggest that the first Copa Libertadores final between Boca and River will now be held on December 8.last_img read more

ABM Adds 15 New Members

first_imgThe American Business Media board of directors voted in 15 new members this week during the association’s annual Executive Forum, held in Chicago. New media members include AOL Industry, which offers industry-specific sites such as AOL Energy and AOL Defense; events specialists BizBash; CFO Publishing; Club & Resort Business/Harbor Communications; Group C and French media company I&MI Media. Former ABM member Questex Media has also renewed its membership. Meanwhile, several vendors joined as associate members including two companies that help display publisher content on tablets (Abannan, Moving Media/Magplus); two b-to-b daily deal sites (Bizy, RapidBuyr); as well as Superior Media Solutions, Verified Audit Circulation and online directory and leads service ZoomInfo. “We are proud to welcome these 15 organizations into membership,” says ABM president and CEO Clark Pettit in a statement. “Focused on a wide range of products and services, from content management technology and digital edition software to integrated and international media, these members reflect ABM’s new direction by demonstrating how the b-to-b industry is evolving and expanding with new capabilities, business models and platforms.” After a brutal 2008-2009 in which many ABM members canceled membership to save money, several former members rejoined ABM last year including Bloomberg, Cygnus, Quadrant HealthCom, DTN/The Progressive Farmer and SourceMedia.last_img read more

Yakutat sockeye fishery blindsided by historic low return

first_imgSockeye swim upstream in Yakutat in 2014. A good “parent year” for sockeye in freshwater systems, ADF&G biologist Nicole Zeiser says something “out of our control” killed sockeye in the ocean. (USFS photo/Nate Catterson)Commercial sockeye fishing in Yakutat has been closed due to historic low returns, leaving set-netters in a bind until coho and chum season later in the summer.Listen nowUnlike other salmon fisheries around the Southeast, biologists never saw this coming.The forecast for the sockeye return on the Situk river was good this year. Managers expected to see around 21,000 fish through the weir by this time, and between 30-70,000 by the end of the season.As of Monday, July 2, only 2,300 fish — had made it back to the river.Fish & Game biologist Nicole Zeiser says the low return is “shocking.”“This is by far the worst on record that we’ve ever seen as far as Situk River weir count,” Zeiser said.Zeiser shut down the commercial set net fishery by emergency order last week (6-28-18), and Yakutat will feel the effects. According to a report in the Juneau Empire, Yakutat fishermen earn about $1.5 million from sockeye — a huge boon to the town’s economy.Subsistence fishing for sockeye on the Situk — one of the few unlimited subsistence fisheries in the state — has been curtailed to just 36 hours a week, from Friday morning to Saturday evening.Although Fish & Game has been forecasting low returns for other species in Southeast this year — especially king salmon — no one saw this coming. Zeiser has her suspicions, but no conclusive answers.“Most of the data suggests that the problem’s in the marine environment,” she said.“Freshwater systems are healthy, producing plenty of smolt and fry going out. It’s just that something’s going on in the ocean that we can’t control.”Zeiser says that no connection has been established yet between this year’s mysterious sockeye decline in the Situk, and weak runs of king salmon elsewhere in Southeast. Unlike it’s predator cousin the chinook, sockeye eat plankton almost exclusively.Nevertheless, a bad year for plankton can ripple through the food web. This year’s adult sockeye entered the ocean in 2013-2014 — a year which was notable for a potentially harmful climate phenomenon.“When they went out to sea that was when the Blob formed, and we had the highest sea-surface temperatures on record, during those years,” Zeiser said. “So that could play a factor into what’s going on with these species, but it’s just hard to say.”Zeiser says she’s encouraged by recent improvements in the Copper River returns, but she’d want to see 2-3,000 sockeye per day moving through the Situk weir before she’d consider reopening the commercial fishery. Otherwise, Yakutat set-netters — like other Southeast salmon fishermen — will look to chum and coho to save the season. Zeiser says that the average five-year commercial harvest for silver salmon in the Situk has been about 100,000 fish.last_img read more

Relish your usual tea with a twist at MISTER CHAI

Relish your usual tea with a twist at MISTER CHAI

first_imgTo tea lovers the fragrance adds a finishing touch to the drink they cherish so much. However, the world has too many varieties of tea that can be tasted. Travelling the world may not be everyone’s cup of tea hence, Shangri- La- Eros Hotel has come up with Mister Chai-a new Tea restaurant. It is a first of its kind tea restaurant which serves exquisite variety of tea and coffee. It a unique concept that has been curated to give patrons a local ‘tea shop feel’ focusing on regional Indian street food and beverages with a strong focus on tea. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Conceptualised by the renowned Dubai based interior design company. Stickman Designs, Mister Chai is an intimate and relaxed space, with a seating capacity of up to 50 guests, enclosed by a beautifully detailed brass balustrade, with each bookend creating a unique design detail. This quaint and exquisite element ensures that guests enjoy privacy from the main lobby. Unlike a conventional tea lounge, Mister Chai is a dining destination in its own right. Popular Indian street food has been re-invented and presented in exceptional style.  Experienced and talented chefs under the guidance of executive hef Neeraj Tyagi, have collaborated to design a menu that is as creative as it is well thought out.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Chai Ki Tapri, which consists of the traditional Cutting Chai, Meri Apni Cutting and Kadak Masala Chai provide the quintessential Indian Chai experience. The beverage menu further offers a variety of Black Teas, Green Teas, Oolong Teas and Herbal Teas, Regional Teas, as well as Chai Thandi a variety of Iced Cold Teas.  The menu also contains a section called the Mister Chai’s Microbrewery, which offers a selection of freshly brewed lavazza coffee. The Single Origin Coffee selection is inspired from specific coffee native regions such as Blue Mountain (Jamaican, Full Bodied and powerful), Rain Forest (Costa Rican, Aromatic and Refined) and more. Mister Chai also offers non-tea specialties from the streets of India under the Indian Chaska selection such as Masala Cola, Nimbu Lemon, Orange Ginger Punch, among other similar exciting beverage options. The collection of mouth-watering snacks that have been created is a kaleidoscope of regional dishes with a modern twist. The ‘Namkeen ka Dabba ‘, which is also considered to be the famous Indian savoury teatime snack, comprises of Ajwani Matthi, Curry Patta Peanuts, Cheese Fan giving your palate the perfect flavourful punch. The Wow Pao is a modern take on the native Maharashtran snack consisting of aperitifs such as the Goan Chorizo Pao, Shikampuri Pao or even the classic Vada Pao. Continuing with the Maharashtran inspired relishes, the menu also contains a ‘Taste of Mumbai’ section comprising of classics such as Colaba Fish Fry Sandwich, Bun Maska and much more which encapsulate the authentic flavours of Maharashtra. The Chaat Pe Charcha selection comprises of Corn Bhel, Kale Pakora Chaat, and Shakarkandi Chaat encapsulating flavours in sync with the most popular street food in the Capital.last_img read more

Pastor comes clean about naked video

Pastor comes clean about naked video

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite “Do not delete my nude video” – Pastor Zondo“To all those who have my nude video, do not delete it. Keep it and let it be a reminder when you are faced with hardships of your own.”This is what Pastor Sithembiso Zondo told members of his church, Zero To Hero, on Sunday at Moses Mabhida, as he apologised for his nude video that has been doing the rounds on social networks since last Sunday.“Let this video remind you to face your toughest challenges head on. Use it to remember that there once was a man who became a laughing stock after his naked video went viral, but he will not give up on life,” said Zondo as he addressed members of his church.Zondo, who is a motivational speaker on Ukhozi FM, said he was sorry and hurt by the video. “The pain I experienced when the video came out is nothing compared to the pain I endured when I was still being threatened that the video would be released to the public. I have forgiven the person who took the video, and those she was working with, to tarnish my name. I am sincerely apologising to uKhozi FM, the pastors who follow my morning show, and to all South Africans.”Zondo celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday on a sour note after a nude video of him went viral last week. In the video, Zondo is seen pacing up and down naked in the lounge area of a house while speaking on the phone.Pastor Zondo makes regular appearances in Ladysmith, representing either his church or uKhozi FMRead isiZulu version of the story HERElast_img read more

Oz future in Asia Qantas CEO

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline’s subsidiary will commence flights from Singapore to 13 countries next month, in the Qantas Group’s bid to strengthen ties in Asia. At last week’s Melbourne Press Club the carrier’s head said the Asian region was interlinked with Australia’s future and the Qantas Group “plans to contribute to Australia’s Asian future, and also benefit from it”. “We are already laying the ground work with Asia,” Mr Joyce said. “We are looking closely at all opportunities to participate in the Asian opportunity and benefit ourselves, our customers and shareholders, and Australia.” Mr Joyce said up to 56 million Chinese people booked international vacations last year and expects this number to increase by 16 percent per year until 2020. The Qantas Group is also getting its claws into the growing freight market in Asia, recently adding Seoul- Miami service to its existing Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai routes.The new Singapore commercial flights will stop at 25 destinations including seven ports in Greater China. last_img read more