Climate Science on Sidelines as EPA Bill Proceeds

first_imgA panel of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held an odd hearing today, which was liveblogged by ScienceInsider. The topic was climate science, but the reason for the hearing was a legislative proposal, called House Resolution 910. It would remove the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) authority to regulate greenhouse gases while systematically rolling back a series of steps that EPA has already taken to do so. The 3-hour hearing was reminiscent of those held repeatedly by Democrats during the previous Congress, when they were in the majority. Top climate scientists (including Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Richard Somerville of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego) laid out the basic tenets of climate science while scientists who disagreed with that consensus challenged them. Few of the points raised or questions asked were surprising or revealed any new information. The hearing barely touched on the underlying issue, namely, is it appropriate for Congress to involve itself so deeply into the working of a regulatory agency? Are there precedents? And what are the legal and governance implications of curtailing an agency’s authority in this way? 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Climate policy watchers thought it odd that the Republicans had agreed to the hearing and gave Democrats a chance to invite a number of witnesses. Whitfield said in his opening statement that “the minority wanted” the hearing and that it didn’t hurt to acquiesce, though “24 such hearings” in the previous Congress had explored the science of warming. The chief proponent, Representative Henry Waxman (D–CA), had also wanted to delay the markup on HR 910, but Whitfield politely said no as the hearing drew to a close. “That was a bridge too far,” said Waxman. Although the majority threw a small bone to Democrats by holding the hearing, the event was also an indication of how strongly Republicans doubt climate science. Apparently, they don’t mind allowing multiple witnesses to lay out the supposed dangers of greenhouse gas emissions even as they try to legislate to stop controls on those emissions. If the skeptics had expected to suffer any political consequences from opposing the science, this strange hearing would never have happened.last_img read more

Every district in Punjab to have sports school: Sukhbir

first_imgBegowal (Pb), Nov 8 (PTI) Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced that sports schools will be opened in every district of the state to hone and prepare young talents for major sports events.”Sports schools will be opened in all districts of the state. Here, students will be imparted free coaching by experts and they can complete their education from these schools. They will be provided hostel facilities as well,” he said while addressing a gathering at the Dr BR Ambedkar 6th World Cup Kabaddi 2016 match here.The schools will prepare the children for big sporting events, he said.Presently, two sports schools are operational in Bathinda and Jalandhar.”By next year, an ultra modern sports stadium would be constructed in Begowal in Kapurthala district at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore,” said Sukhbir, who is also the state sports minister.The government has set up the Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS) at Mohali. It has has all the modern coaching facilities and is one of its kind institute in the country, he said.”More than 5,000 sports persons are being trained at the institute,” Sukhbir claimed.The Deputy Chief Minister said, “The Punjab governments target is to have maximum number of sports persons from Punjab in 2020 Tokyo Olympics India contingent.” PTI VJ ANB AQSlast_img read more

Report: Salzburg 3 Celtic 1

first_imgSalzburg produced a fine second-half comeback to beat 10-man Celtic 3-1 at home in the Europa League and establish a dominant position at the top of Group B.Odsonne Edouard gave Celtic an early lead but the Austrian side roared back after the break, Munas Dabbur levelling before Takumi Minamino put Marco Rose’s side in front.And when Andreas Ulmer was brought down in the box by James Forrest, who was sent off for the foul, Dabbur beat Craig Gordon from the spot to leave Salzburg three points clear in the group. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Celtic led after just 96 seconds, Edouard seeing a long ball from Callum McGregor as more than a hopeful punt, chasing it down and outmuscling Andre Ramalho to finish well past Salzburg goalkeeper Alexander Walke.FC Salzburg come from behind to defeat #CelticFC in Austria. #FCSCEL #UEL pic.twitter.com/R2A4aap2ws— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 4, 2018Dabbur fired wide as Salzburg sought a rapid response, then Minamino narrowly missed the target with a header from Xaver Schlager’s cross.Edouard thought he had scored a second shortly before half-time when he tucked away a rebound after Walke denied Forrest, but the offside flag was rightly raised.Gordon was untested in the first half but he made a big save immediately after the restart, racing off his line to make a fine block on Dabbur.The Celtic goalkeeper was beaten for Salzburg’s equaliser in the 55th minute, though, Dabbur squeezing a shot home after meeting a clever cross from Hannes Wolf.And Celtic were exposed again down their right six minutes later, Ulmer delivering a low cross that Minamino controlled before beating Gordon with a close-range finish.The Scottish side’s misery was complete when Forrest clumsily fouled Ulmer in the box, with Dabbur stepping up to ensure Rose’s men maintain their perfect Group B record. read morelast_img read more

8 Contract Provisions Every Freelancer Should Know

first_imgNeed help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life.Protect your work: Build a standardized client agreement with our step-by-step freelance contract creator.If you’ve been freelancing for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard how important it is to get your client agreements in writing. As a former freelance writer and now lawyer who works with freelancers, I won’t tell you otherwise. It’s not just that a good contract can protect you if a client relationship goes south – it’s that a good contract helps avoid misunderstandings before they start. The very act of putting a contract together forces you and your client to articulate and clarify your expectations up front. Create a customized contract with our free contract building toolThat said, some parts of a contract can be more important than others. Or at least they seem to come up more often in disputes. So, here’s a list of contract provisions to be particularly vigilant about, along with some tips on how to navigate them.1. The Scope of WorkThe Scope of Work (or sometimes the “Statement of Work”) is a common source of trouble for freelancers. This is the “what” of your agreement, where you describe what you’ll do for your client. A vague or incomplete Scope of Work is a recipe for problems down the road, with the client claiming that your work doesn’t meet their (ill-defined) specifications. So, be as specific as you can in your Scope of Work. Your client should know exactly what to expect from you before you start working.2. Ownership of WorkWho actually owns that logo you’re designing, you or your client? If you’re a creative freelancer, your agreement should always spell out who owns your work product. Generally, you can go in one of two directions. One option is to “assign” (give) your client ownership of your work, in which case you have no further rights to it, including any control over how it is used. The other option is to grant your client a license to use the work in certain ways, in which case you retain ownership and control over its use. If you go with a license, then your contract should clearly lay out the license’s terms. Depending on the type of work you’re doing, you may want to specify where and how your work can be used and for what length of time. You’ll want to say whether your client has permission to modify your work or create other works based on it (“derivative works”). You’ll want to be clear on whether the client is required to attribute the work to you. If you expect to be paid royalties upon use or sale of the work, you should spell that out too. Also, be on the lookout for the phrases “work made for hire” or “work for hire.” They are relevant only in certain situations, but where they apply, they give your client full ownership of your work under copyright law. Even where they don’t have any legal force, the presence of these phrases might signal that your client expects to own your work. If you do not agree, then the two of you should talk it out and modify the contract accordingly.3. RevisionsClients often request changes even when you give them what they originally asked for. It’s no fun to do additional work for no additional money. So state in your contract how many rounds of revisions, if any, are included in your fee. You can even specify what you will charge for additional rounds. And if you think there’s any room for doubt in your client’s mind about what constitutes a “round” or a “revision,” spell out what those terms mean to you.4. DeadlinesFew things cause more disruption in a freelancer’s life than a client suddenly moving up a deadline. Make sure your contract states when your work is due. If your project is broken up into phases, assign a deadline to each phase. It can’t hurt to say in the contract that if the scope of work changes, your deadline is also subject to change, and vice versa.5. Payment AmountFile this one under “obvious,” but you’d be surprised by how many contracts I’ve seen that don’t say how much the freelancer will be paid. You can be paid by the hour, by the project, or whatever other arrangement you and your client devise, but you have to be clear about it. For example, if you’ll be paid “monthly,” does that mean once per calendar month, or once every four weeks? Over the course of three or four months, those two interpretations will give you different results, so it’s best not to leave the issue open to interpretation.6. Payment Timing and Late Fees”When” can be just as important as “how much.” If you expect to be paid when you deliver your work, say so. If you’ll be invoicing your client, agree on how much time they will have to pay the invoice. If you expect to be paid something in advance, say when and how much. It’s often a good idea to include a late fee. This is not typically a lot of money – 1.5% interest per month on the overdue amount is common – but even a small fee can help give your client the psychological nudge they need to pay attention to the due date on an invoice.7. Reimbursement of ExpensesGenerally, as an independent contractor, you should be responsible for your own expenses, which you factor in to the price of your services. But if you expect your client to reimburse or directly pay any of your expenses, your contract should say so and state what they are. Also specify any advance approval or documentation requirements for expenses.8. Early TerminationAs you know, clients sometimes change their minds and cancel projects. If you’ve already started work and the client pulls the plug, you could suffer, especially if you’re unable to find another customer for the work you’ve completed. In contract-speak this scenario is known as “early termination,” and it’s important that you and your client have a plan in place should it happen. You might agree that the client will pay you a pre-determined amount of money, sometimes called a “kill fee,” if they terminate the agreement early. Or, maybe you agree that the client will pay you for the work you’ve completed as of the termination date, an amount that will have to be determined in the future. In any event, it’s a good idea to make sure your contract provides that you will get paid for your partially completed work.Knowing what issues and language to look out for in a contract can go a long way to making you a savvier freelancer. It’s not the most fun part of freelancing, but putting in the time to nail down these issues up front can help you avoid serious misunderstandings down the road.**Editor’s Note: **Guest blogger Vinay Jain, an attorney and former freelance writer, is Head of Legal at Shake, a mobile application that allows you to create, sign, and send legally binding agreements in seconds. The above information is for educational and informational purposes only. Shake does not provide legal advice, is not a law firm, and is not a substitute for an attorney’s advice. Please consult a licensed attorney in your area with specific legal questions or concerns.last_img read more

Watch: Proud coach Mahela Jayawardene praises MI players after RCB win

first_imgMumbai Indians finally opened their account in the Indian Premier League by registering their first win of the season on Thursday as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets at the M Chinnaswamy stadiumMumbai Indians had to fight hard throughout the game after they lost the toss, which is a crucial factor in RCB’s home games due to the small size of the ground where most team prefer to chase.MI posted 187 for 8 on the board thanks to superb knocks from captain Rohit Sharma (48), Suryakumar Yadav (38), Hardik Pandya (32 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (23).RCB in return were restricted to 181 for 5 with Jasprit Bumrah bagging three wickets while Mayank Markande got one. AB de Villiers finished with 70 not out off 41 balls while captain Virat Kohli made 46 but both their knocks went in vain as the rest of the RCB batsmen failed to fire yet again.The match was marred in controversy after a no-ball wasn’t called by the umpires with RCB needing 7 off the final delivery but that make much of a difference to Rohit’s team as they ended up on the winning side.Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene later congratulated his players in the dressing room, the video of which was posted by the franchise on social media.”Boys, brilliant game. I think most of the guys were here last year. We had a lot of close games where we lost and we were very disappointed. It’s good, turning something around feels good and winning is always a good thing.advertisement”We were put under pressure at different times today, when we were batting and bowling. A lot of the guys stood up, a lot of the guys did great. Not everyone will do that every game but that’s what a team is all about. When your opportunity comes, you will. But it was a fantastic team effort,” Mahela Jayawardene told the Mumbai Indians players after the game.Mumbai Indians are placed fifth on the points table after one win from two matches while Royal Challengers Bangalore are languishing in seventh place with both their games ending in defeats. Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings occupy the top-two places, respectively, with four points each from two games.Also Read | Felt like Stuart Broad when Yuvraj hit me for 3 consecutive sixes: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah is a legend: Krunal Pandya after MI pacer’s match-winning effortAlso Read | Mumbai Indians lucky to have Jasprit Bumrah: Virat Kohli after RCB defeatlast_img read more

Aguero: Signing Messi ‘complicated’

first_imgLionel Messi Aguero accepts prospect of Man City signing Messi is ‘complicated’ Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 05:15 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Man City, Barcelona 2016-17 Getty Lionel Messi Manchester City v Stoke City Manchester City Stoke City Premier League Sergio Agüero The star’s Barcelona contract expires in less than a year, but his Argentina team-mate cannot see him ending up at Manchester City Sergio Aguero would “love” to have Lionel Messi join him at Manchester City, but accepts it would be complicated persuading a club “symbol” to leave Barcelona.Speculation about the future of Messi has been rife for several months now after the Argentinian superstar — who scored a hat-trick to book his country’s World Cup place on Wednesday — entered the final year of his contract at Camp Nou.City 4/6 to claim PL crown Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed several times that Messi’s renewal has already been actioned and just needs to be announced, but the clock keeps ticking and that confirmation is yet to be made.In spite of the delay, Aguero does not think that there is much hope of Messi joining him at City, even if money is not an issue for the Premier League side.”The money isn’t a problem here,” Aguero told TyC Sport . “But I think Messi, like [Cristiano] Ronaldo, are players who are symbols of their clubs and it’s difficult for them to leave.”I would love to have Leo on my team, but that seems quite complicated.”Sergio Aguero Lionel Messi ArgentinaAguero is on the sidelines after breaking a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam at the end of September, an injury which kept him out of Argentina’s final two World Cup qualifiers and was expected to prevent him from playing throughout the rest of October.The 29-year-old, though, has appeared to indicate he could be in selection content for the match against Stoke City on Saturday, while he also hit back at those criticising him for going to Amsterdam on his days off.”When a player has a free day at Manchester City, most of the players go to London, others to Italy, some to Spain,” he said.”I was lucky that I know the agent of Maluma [a Colombian singer], he invited me and I went. I had almost two days off and going to the airport was when I had that accident.”Then one thinks “why did I [go]”, but it’s difficult to imagine that something like that could happen.”I still do not know if I am going to play on Saturday. Today I trained normally, but without the group.”Tomorrow I will get into the group to see how I feel, but at training it’s not the same thing as a game, I want to see if I have pain.”last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Addresses Justin Fields Transfer Situation

first_imgjustin fields runs the ball during the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It appears that Justin Fields, the No. 2 recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, may leave Georgia football after just one season. The UGA coaching staff looked to involve Fields a bit this year, but with sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm posting a great season, there wasn’t a ton of meaningful playing time available.Fields could have waited through next year, and perhaps taken a redshirt by playing in four or fewer games. Instead, it sounds like he is looking for a path to immediate eligibility in 2019.According to Sports Illustrated, Fields may have a case, using the incident earlier this season when he was called the n-word by a former Georgia baseball player, to argue that his well-being may be in question by staying in Athens.And it wouldn’t be a stretch at all if, in 2019, a young black man such as Fields said his safety and well-being might be affected by continuing to stay at a school where a white fellow athlete would refer to a black athlete by that word—even if it was lobbed from the stands while the player was on the field. Even if Fields wanted to transfer exclusively for playing time reasons, the NCAA would be foolish to challenge such an assertion and Georgia officials would be crazy to do anything except wish Fields well as he plays next season at his new school. Georgia’s administration could make a (quite convincing) argument that the fact that Fields’s younger sister Jaiden signed to play softball for the Bulldogs after the Sasser incident took place indicates that the family doesn’t consider the campus a bad environment. But it probably isn’t worth it for the Bulldogs to make that argument. No matter what anyone considers the real reason for the transfer, trying to force Fields to sit out would only make everyone else look terrible.This ruling allowed Shea Patterson and other Ole Miss transfers to play right away this year, albeit for much different reasons.Ohio State is reportedly a potential frontrunner if Justin Fields does leave Georgia (and Dwayne Haskins enters the NFL Draft, as presumed), while Penn State, where Fields had previously committed, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma have been floated as other options.One prominent former Buckeyes quarterback—Kirk Herbstreit—has weighed in on the Justin Fields transfer talk.With how indispensable Fromm has been and the fleeting nature of Fields’ playing time this fall, he says he’s not surprised that the former five-star is looking elsewhere.From DawgNation.com:“I wondered how Justin Fields was doing behind the scenes,” Herbsteit told DawgNation in an exclusive interview on Tuesday morning. “I haven’t spoken with him, I don’t know specifically what went on behind the situation.“But I’m not surprised— I’m more surprised he signed at Georgia than I am he’s transferring.”Almost every good college football team utilizes one clear-cut QB1 at this point, and Fields obviously has his eyes on the 2021 NFL Draft. It may still be jarring to see a five-star up and leave that abruptly, and Fields probably should have considered how hard it would be to displace Fromm, who just led the team to a national title berth. Still, it is his career, and he should be allowed to make the choices that he thinks are best for him.[DawgNation.com]last_img read more

The National Audubon Society To Honor Sir David Attenborough

first_imgOn the heels of the premier of the BBC Series Blue Planet II, the National Audubon Society announced that it will honor the show’s host, legendary explorer Sir David Attenborough, as well as environmental justice leader Peggy Shepard and renowned conservation expert Dave Morine at its annual gala on March 1, 2018.Legendary naturalist, author and pioneer of the nature documentary, Sir David Attenborough, will be presented with the Audubon Medal, one of the highest honors in conservation. The medal recognizes outstanding achievements in conservation and environmental protection and only 53 people have received the medal to date in the National Audubon Society’s 112-year history. Attenborough is being recognized for educating a global audience about wildlife, ecology and conservation for more than 60 years. In that time, he set a new standard for nature programming and captured the imagination of an entire generation with his natural-history series Life on Earth.The recipient of this year’s Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership will be Dave Morine, a renowned expert on conservation through land acquisition. The Lufkin Prize is awarded to those who have dedicated their lives to the environment and on-the-ground conservation. Morine has spent nearly two decades leading The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to secure land for the long-term health of habitat, ecosystems and biodiversity. During his tenure, he also oversaw the conservation of more than three million acres of forests, wetlands, deserts, islands and rivers across the U.S. As a recipient of this award, Morine will also receive $100,000 to continue this important work.In addition, the National Audubon Society will present its President’s Award to Peggy Shepard, the Co-founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and a past member of the Audubon New York Board of Directors. WE ACT’s mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. Shepard works with northern Manhattan residents and environmental justice organizations across the country to protect the environment and advance local and federal environmental health policies. She combines grassroots organizing, advocacy, coalition building and community-based participatory research to ensure a clean, healthy and sustainable environment for all.Where: Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center.Theme: 2018 Year of the Bird, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the most important bird conservation law on the books: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Partners at National Geographic, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International will engage participants in a year of personal actions to benefit birds and the places they need.Ticket Information: Mike Nuno (212) 979-3030 or mnuno@audubon.org.To learn more about the event click here.The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization.last_img read more

European Central bankers hold out hope for growth rebound

FRANKFURT — Top officials at the European Central Bank at their last meeting held on to their hopes for a return to stronger economic growth in the second half of the year even as they underlined their readiness to deploy more stimulus if needed.The written account released Thursday of the April 10 meeting showed that the bank’s 25-member governing council felt that data “remained consistent” with a second-half upswing.But they acknowledged there was “somewhat less confidence” and that the “range of other possible outcomes had widened.”The 19-country eurozone economy entered a soft patch at the end of last year but showed somewhat stronger growth of 0.4 per cent in the first quarter from the quarter before. The U.S.-China trade dispute and slowing global trade have held back economic output.The Associated Press read more

On unannounced visit Ban stresses continued UN resolve to help Iraq

6 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the commitment of the United Nations to continue helping the people of Iraq, as he made a previously unannounced visit to Baghdad, nearly one week after the country held successful – and peaceful – provincial elections. “I came to Iraq today in order to congratulate the Iraqi people and the Iraqi Government after last Saturday”s provincial elections, and to show the support of the international community during this momentous time,” Mr. Ban told a joint news conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Secretary-General said the elections mark an important event, these being the first polls to affect the day-to-day lives of Iraqi voters. There was a 51 per cent turnout rate for the polls, in which some 14,467 candidates vied for posts in 6,471 polling centres across the country.“I was truly delighted that millions of Iraqi people exercised their right to vote in an environment free of violence, a remarkable achievement in a country that has known so much conflict in recent years,” he stated.“Iraq has come a long way in taking their own affairs in hand, this being the first Iraqi-led and Iraqi-owned electoral process. It is a tribute to the growing effectiveness of the Iraqi Security Forces, and testifies to the increasing stability in the country,” Mr. Ban told reporters.The success of the Election Day augurs well for the transition process and the solidifying of Iraq”s national reconciliation, he added, pledging that the UN will spare no efforts to meet the expectations of the Iraqi people in this next crucial phase.He urged Iraqis to embrace this opportunity by rising above narrow sectarian interests, reducing lingering tensions, remaining open to compromise solutions and fostering consensus. “Greater willingness for national reconciliation should be demonstrated at all levels and both between and among all major communities,” he said.Mr. Ban also congratulated his Special Representative Staffan de Mistura and staff at the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) who, with its team of international electoral experts, supported the country”s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in conducting the polls.In addition to meeting with Mr. al-Maliki, the Secretary-General also held talks with President Jalal Talabani, the country”s two Vice Presidents – Adil Abd al-Mahdi and Tariq al-Hashemi – and UN staff.The UN chief”s short stop in Baghdad capped off two weeks of travel through Europe, Africa and Asia, including a brief unannounced visit to Afghanistan. read more

EYEWITNESS The day after Christmas…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Disagreeing…August 4, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Eyewitness: Look BackJanuary 28, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Questions…November 7, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …we boxed?Tuesday was “Boxing Day” and it was a public holiday here and in most of the rest of the old British empire. When he was still in short pants, your naïve Eyewitness was convinced by his older brother that he (the cad of a brother) could “box” him (your wet-behind-the-ears Eyewitness) on his head!! Discovering fact-checking, your Eyewitness soon unearthed the real roots of this holiday following Christmas – and that didn’t help matters much.Back in the day, it would’ve been infra dig for the British posh classes to (God forbid!!) do any work like, say, making up their beds. So, servants and tradespeople provided those services day in, day out – and actually lived with their employers. Perhaps, dear reader, you’ve seen the “Downtown Abbey” or “Upstairs, Downstairs” series?  The servants, of course, were “Downstairs”!!Christmas was the big dig of the year for the hoity-toity crowd and this needed all the help to man (and woman) their stations so that (God forbid) there wasn’t a servant nearby to sop up that drop of tea that might slip between the cup and the lip!! Now these servants would’ve been recruited from villages in the vicinity – or even further afield – and wouldn’t have seen their families all year long.So in a burst of generosity and noblesse oblige, the masters allowed their servants to collect all the Christmas leftovers in BOXES and return to their villages to share their good fortunes with their bucolic relatives! And this was the origin of “Boxing Day” – as a holiday! A tear comes to your Eyewitness’ eyes when he thinks of the big-hearted British upper classes!The economic nouveau riche that developed with the colonial empire that begat the Industrial Revolution, pathetically tried to ape the ways of the nobility and therefore introduced both the superciliousness of the latter to servants and the corollary that the said servants should be grateful for their Christmas leftovers!! In Guyana and the sugar colonies, the riff raff that constituted the civil servants, managers and overseers of sugar estates kept up Boxing Day for their servants and boxes were duly taken to their homes in the villages.For most of the female servants, they would have already taken home other presents in the form of “mixed” babies, courtesy of the masters! But soon the babies stopped coming – along with the boxes – yet the holiday remains. Now your Eyewitness doesn’t mind the extra day off…but with his eyes now opened, he’s bothered by the reminder of old humiliations.With our own spirituous Christmas traditions developed since Independence, shouldn’t we rename the holiday, “Recovery Day”?…and walkaboutsThe President and his Prime Minister – each surrounded by a battery of Ministers – descended from their specially equipped SUV’s and Mercedes and mingled with the masses on the day before Christmas. Well, they mingled with the masses at Stabroek Market and Bourda Market. You’d think with all the licks they inflicted over the last year, they’d have walked with a gift or two to hand out to salve the open wounds.But it looks like they figured the grace bestowed by their august presence was enough to earn them the requisite brownie points to take them into 2020!! Now you’d also think, with the greatest damage done to Nagamootoo’s Berbice base after the closure of Rose Hall and Skeldon, the Prime Minister might’ve parted the Berbice River and pressed some flesh there, rather than in “GT”.After all, he justified the purchase of his special $100 million SUV back in 2015 because of his pressing need to visit his “constituents” back in the Ancient County!!Or was discretion the better part of valour?!!…and oil contract detailsEven though Christmas is over and the Black cake has been consumed, the excitement isn’t over. We have the details of the Exxon oil contract, Trotman RENEGOTIATED, to look forward to!!The heart palpitates in anticipation!! read more

Xylem to showcase tough dewatering and flood protection pumps at Bauma

first_imgXylem Inc says it will showcase its most resilient and innovative solutions yet at the Bauma fair in Munich, Germany, on April 8-14.The new and improved products under Xylem’s portfolio of tough dewatering and flood protection pumps is set to “redefine toughness for the mining and construction industries”, the company said, allowing customers across Europe to “dig deeper and build bigger”.New additions to Xylem’s portfolio include the latest smart dewatering pump from Godwin’s Smart Series – the solution for water that offers unmatched control and peace of mind anytime, anywhere. The new Godwin Dri-Prime pump has been specifically designed to combat the toughest mining and construction applications, offering improved efficiency, increased flexibility and greater sustainability, according to the company.The new dewatering pump can be equipped with a new generation of Xylem Field Smart Technology (FST), Xylem’s first-in-industry Cloud-based telematics platform that enables the Internet of Things and allows Xylem’s customers to monitor and control the pump from anywhere in the world, the company said. Xylem’s new FST platform will be on display at the Xylem booth for the first time, with live demonstrations taking place throughout the entire show.Jim Mowbray, International General Manager at Xylem Europe’s Dewatering business, said: “The S series has set a new industry standard with its ability to easily handle the toughest mining and construction applications, and our latest innovation will certainly redefine toughness for our customers across Europe. Our newest dewatering pump offers increased hydraulic efficiency, greater fuel economy, and streamlined serviceability, and we are delighted to bring such customer benefits to market.”Under its Godwin brand, Xylem will also highlight its Flood Protection (FP) Dri-Prime series, the first set of high flow, portable pumps certified to handle flooding. The Godwin FP Dri-Prime series is specifically designed to remove destructive floodwaters and prevent flood water from reaching critical building systems and interior spaces, the company said. “The Godwin FP series is the only set of portable dewatering pumps to earn the seal of approval from FM Global, the largest private insurer of commercial and industrial properties worldwide,” Xylem said.Kevin Snow, Global Product Manager for Xylem’s Godwin brand, said: “Floods can be devastating for businesses, often disrupting operations for extended periods of time. Having smart, high flow pump systems and solutions in place to help protect insured industrial and commercial properties against the growing threat of climate change is a critical flood mitigation solution for building owners and operators.“The Godwin Dri-Prime FP Series is the latest in Xylem’s resilience-building product portfolio, and is the first to have surface mounted diesel pumps certified by FM Global. Godwin’s FP Series is compliant with the most rigorous certification standards in the world, and each pump in the series can be relied upon to handle the toughest dewatering challenge when flood waters threaten.”At Bauma 2019, Xylem will also showcase upgrades to its Flygt 2201 series – one of Xylem’s most robust range of dewatering pumps engineered to deliver high performance, it said. The enhanced Flygt 2201 series has been specifically designed for challenging dewatering applications. “The unique, patented DuraSpin hydraulic of the Flygt 2201 has been proven to be three times more wear-resistant than traditional hydraulic designs, leading to improved serviceability and reduced maintenance costs,” Xylem said. The company will also reveal its latest addition to the series, the Flygt Super High Head Cast Iron 2201, which has the capacity to pump up to 140 m.Xylem’s presence at Bauma follows the launch of Xylem’s new rental identity, Xylem Rental Solutions, earlier this year.last_img read more

PCV700 une carte mère ATX de poche

first_imgPC-V700 : une carte mère ATX de pocheLian Li ajoute une nouvelle référence à son catalogue de boitiers pour ordinateurs, le PC-V700, qui malgré sa taille compact peut accueillir une volumineuse carte mère ATX. Comme c’est la règle chez Lian Li, ce boitier est intégralement en aluminium. Mais il a l’avantage de la taille : avec seulement 210 x 400 x 496 mm, il tient (presque) dans votre sac à main.Normalement, un boitier de cette taille n’accueille que des cartes micro-ATX, plus petites. L’ATX  est un format de carte mère pour ordinateur, le composant qui interconnecte tous les autres. Le micro ATX en est une version plus compacte, plus récente, mais moins pratique. En repensant astucieusement l’intérieur de son produit, Lian Li a fait fi de cette limitation de taille et y case une carte ATX.Ils ont placé l’alimentation à l’avant, à la place habituelle de la ventilation et des disques durs. Ces derniers, au nombre maximal de 3 disques 3,5 pouces, se retrouvent plus haut dans la tour.Lian Liest un fabricant Taiwanais de boitiers d’ordinateurs et autres accessoires informatiques. Fondé en 1983, il est basé à Keelung, à Taiwan.Il y a tout de même eut un sacrifice pour obtenir tout ce gain : le second lecteur optique n’est plus à l’ordre du jour. Mais de nos jours, à l’ère des clefs USB et des disques portables SSD, était-ce toujours vraiment indispensable ?  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Autre sacrifice, les dissipateurs CPU ne pourront pas excéder avec 160 mm de haut. Il faudra faire attention à ses composants. Quatre emplacements ventilateurs (140 mm en face avant, 2 x 120 mm au sommet et 120 mm en face arrière) viendront tout de même refroidir la machine.À vide, la PC-V700 appuie de 5,9 kg sur la balance. Il est équipé de 3 ports USB 3.0 en façade, d’un connecteur SATA et des habituelles entrées et sorties jack 3,5 mm. Le PC-V700 est décliné en aluminium, noir et noir plexiglas. Mais la sobriété et la compacité ont un prix : 249 euros pour la version de base, et 279 euros pour celle avec plexiglas.Le 8 avril 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Santi Cazorla is a fan of Steven Gerrard

first_imgThe midfielder is ready to return to European competition after missing almost two years and his team Villarreal will play against RangersFor Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla Thursday will be a special day.Not only he will return to a European competition, after not playing there since October 2016, but he will also see Steven Gerrard.Gerrard is the coach of Villarreal’s rivals for Thursday night, Scottish Premier League club Rangers.Guiseppe Rossi, Villarreal, ItalyReport: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“My last match in Europe was two years ago in the Champions League, so returning to European competition is always beautiful and more so if it is with Villarreal,” he told The Scotsman.“I have been able to live great things with this club and hopefully we will play a great role this year. We aspire to everything in all competitions, but we know it will be difficult.”And when asked about Gerard he said: “he’s a point of reference. I’ve always looked up to him and I wish him the best in his coaching career from tomorrow.”“I think our team has done well since the start of La Liga and it is clear that everything looks better after a victory.”last_img read more

Menotti Some women can play better football than men

first_imgDuring his presentation as the National Teams Director for Argentina, Cesar Luis Menotti surprised everyone with a comparison between men and women.There has always been a misconception that football is a sport that was specifically made for men, a statement that Cesar Luis Menotti has very strong opinions about because he values some women above many men in football.The world has always gravitated towards the male-induced contact sports, without ever giving enough credit to women because they don’t think that the females are physically equipped to play any sport better than men are.But according to Cesar Luis Menotti, this is a major misconception about women and he strongly disagrees on it.The new National Teams’ Director for Argentina was questioned about the ways in which he is going to help women’s football in the country with his new position, he revealed that he is going to fully support them in any way necessary and he also explained the reason he believes there are many women who play far better football than many men do.The Argentina women’s national team perhaps hasn’t delivered the results that fans would expect from a country where everybody breaths football 24/7, Menotti calls for this to change.#Menotti 🗣 “Hay mujeres que juegan mejor que los hombres”. Así, el Flaco dejó en claro que tendrá en cuenta al fútbol femenino desde su nuevo rol de director de Selecciones Nacionales ➡ https://t.co/XjJcW9z51G pic.twitter.com/azeVhgO7t9— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 25, 2019Menotti was presented last Friday on his new role for Argentina, where he will oversee the development of all football national teams at all levels from both men and women.During the press conference, a journalist asked the legendary manager what his take was on women’s football in the world and what he thinks about the differences between both sexes when it comes to competition.Menotti’s response surprised more than one person in the room: “My intention with the Argentina women’s national team is to be by their side all the way,” said Menotti via Diario AS.!I saw women play football when I was only 25 years old in the United States and they played far better than the boys.”“The youngsters took the ball with their hand and they did it with their feet. Plus, when we are talking about football as a pure form of sport, there is no other discipline that takes better care of women than football.”“When you are watching a women’s football match, the referees even sanction an ill intention from the opponent.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“I will always welcome women to this beautiful sport because this is an incredible place to form an association,” he added.”Hay mujeres que juegan mejor que los hombres”.Pensamos igual que Menotti. Solo falta que nos den el mismo espacio. Y lucharemos por ello. https://t.co/gg0b5Ckvwu— AMDP (@MujeryDeporte_) January 26, 2019After hearing this progressive way of thinking that Menotti has about a subject as controversial as women playing better football than men, one can easily see why AFA has decided to offer him this position and hope that female football in the South American country can grow.In the last two decades, Argentina’s women’s squads haven’t really delivered good results when compared to other major national teams such as the United States, Germany, Brazil, Sweden, and even France more recently.It is pretty odd that a country that is so naturally gifted for this sport, doesn’t have a dominant women’s football squad and Menotti is going to work very hard to change that from the root of the problem.All ladies who were born in Argentina and had no hopes of growing as professionals in football, have heard Cesar Luis Menotti speak and suddenly have a greater future they can look forward to.This speech Menotti gave about women in football might spark controversy and debate, but it will also ignite action about the problems that exist in a third world country like Argentina.#SeleccionesNacionales César Menotti🎙️: “Quiero una Selección que entrene. Evaluaremos el calendario, yo quiero fortificar la Selección de futbolistas que juegan en la Argentina, para que el entrenador pueda trabajar”. pic.twitter.com/jsWXuz6gPG— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) January 25, 2019What do you think about Menotti’s opinion on women’s football in Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Bits n Pieces Sindicate to reveal Sasquatch

first_imgDominic Bianchini of Vancouver’s The Sindicate recognizes the band has reached a new stage, as they prepare to kick off a summer tour and release their second album.“Just over the past few days, we’ve taken a step back to realize we’ve done some cool things,” he said. The Sindicate has opened for Tomorrows Bad Seeds, The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid and Streetlight Manifesto in the past year.Bianchini calls the band “aggressive reggae rock,” influenced by the parallel threads of anti-establishment that runs in both grunge rock and reggae music. The Sindicate consists of Bianchini on vocals and rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Josh Garrett, bassist Stephen Clark and drummer James Davenport.The friends formed the band in 2005 when they were students at Hudson’s Bay High School. Though they started playing to provide “a soundtrack for our house parties,” Bianchini said it was only in the past four years that they’ve pursued music full time.That mindset went into their upcoming second album, “Sasquatch,” said the vocalist. Recorded at a cabin in the woods near Woodland, the album “felt very Northwest.” The album reflects both the band’s party-loving past and their hopes for wider appeal.last_img read more

Samsungs 108megapixel sensor pushes phone cameras to next level

first_img Comments 13 Photos Xiaomi Samsung Everything to know about the Galaxy Note 10 (The Daily… 8 Samsung’s Galaxy A50 serves up a Galaxy experience for much less Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Mobile Phones Samsung has revealed a 108-megapixel sensor for phones. Olly Curtis/Future via Getty Images Fresh off unveiling its Galaxy Note 10 phones, Samsung is looking to the future of cameras with its 108-megapixel mobile image sensor. On Monday, it showed off the 1/1.33-inch Isocell Bright HMX, developed in collaboration with Xiaomi.You’ll be able to take 108-megapixel photos in brightly lit settings, while in low-light situations the company’s Tetracell tech will kick in and gather more light to create 27-megapixel images. In terms of video recording, it’ll be able to shoot 6K movies at 30 FPS.It’s the first mobile image sensor to offer photos of more than 100 megapixels, according to Yongin Park, the executive vice president of Samsung’s sensor business. 5:34 Tags “We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones,” said Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi, in a release.Mass production begins later this month. Samsung didn’t mention which phone the Isocell Bright HMX would appear in first, but the collaboration suggests it’ll be a Xiaomi.The Chinese phone maker declined comment, while Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.First published at 3:38 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:55 a.m. PT: Notes that Xiaomi didn’t comment.last_img read more

Flipkart stops selling ebooks due to poor response

first_imgIndia’s largest online retailer Flipkart has stopped selling electronic books from 11 December 2015, as it saw the Indian users not yet ready to adopt the ebook format.Flipkart portal is showing the message “Sorry! Page not found.” for a search conducted to shop ebooks.However, the service will be continued by Canada’s eBook and eReader provider Rakuten Kobo for those who already purchased books on Flipkart.”The Indian book market is overwhelmingly dominated by physical books, and this is a market that is growing at a fast clip. Flipkart will continue to be a leading player in the overall books market in India,” the company said in a statement.”In its overall strategy for books, Flipkart does not see the ebooks service as a strategic fit and hence the decision of transitioning the ebooks service to Kobo,” it said.The online retailer had started selling e-books on its platform from November 2012 and in the following year it launched an e-book app for mobile users.Speculations over Flipkart quitting its ebook business started in September after it ended an agreement with Smashwords, a distributor of ebooks. Flipkart had partnered with Smashwords in August 2013.While Flipkart’s ebook business did not show any pick up, its rival Amazon India scored well on the front and analysts estimate the company is the largest seller of ebooks.So far, Flipkart has exited business in three categories, with the latest being ebook, even though it continues to expand its services to new categories and sell more merchandise than Seattle-based Amazon, Livemint reported.Last year, Flipkart had closed its payment gateway Payzippy, launched in July 2013, after the service failed to meet its expectations.Similarly, it shut down music streaming business Flyte in May 2013, citing risks of music piracy and lack of proper infrastructure.last_img read more

Class II question paper leaked in Barguna

first_imgA representational imageThe annual exam of mathematics for class II in government and non-government schools of Betagi upazila in Barguna have been suspended over an allegation of question paper leak.When the upazila primary education authorities came to know about the question paper leak on Saturday night, they immediately halted the test in 140 government and non-government schools, said Md A Mazid, Barguna district education officer.The test will now be held on 21 December with a new question paper, he added.A two-member probe committee was formed and it was told to submit a probe report within three days.last_img