PowerGrid Q1 profit rises 10 to Rs 2502 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Power Grid Corporation on Friday posted nearly 10 per cent rise in its consolidated net profit to Rs 2,502.80 crore for the June 2019 quarter, mainly due to higher revenues. The company’s consolidated net profit was Rs 2,277.87 crore in the corresponding quarter a year ago, a BSE filing said. Its total income rose to Rs 9,361.72 crore in the April-June 2019 period, compared with Rs 8,376.48 crore in the year-ago period, according to the statement. Revenue from the firm’s power transmission business rose to Rs 9,043.59 crore, against Rs 8,058.38 crore in the June 2018 quarter. Similarly, Power Grid’s revenue from the telecom segment increased to Rs 194.03 crore in the quarter, from Rs 191.2 crore a year ago.last_img

Orchestra group under fire after suggesting only fit vocalists can perform

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto organization providing live musical entertainment for events came under fire after an email from its management suggested it would only feature vocalists who are “fit and slim” in its boutique orchestras.Sydney Dunitz, who said she has worked as a volunteer vocalist with Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras for about five years, said she received the email on Monday night and posted a screen shot of it on Facebook, where it has since been shared more than 600 times.“It has been brought to our attention that although almost all of our vocalists are fit and slim — the way our boutique orchestras would like our front line performing artists to be — two of our featured singers were not,” the email Dunitz received said.“Kindly note that for all future shows … only singers who are physically fit and slim (or, at the very least, those who know how to dress strategically/suitably in order to not bring attention to their temporary physical/dietary indulgences) would be showcased with our boutique orchestras.”The email also said the organization doesn’t have the same expectations of instrumental musicians because they are “essentially background wallpaper.”Dunitz said she was shocked by the email, which she said goes beyond the parameters of a dress code.The Toronto resident, who also owns and works at a fitness studio, said she felt compelled to speak out because she tries to enforce body positivity at work every day.“I deal with women’s body issues and self-consciousness,” she said. “For me to receive an email like that — which blatantly goes against everything I do, everything I believe in — was quite an undercut and it was quite shocking.”She noted that a performer’s weight says nothing about their musical ability.When asked for comment, Sheraton Cadwell said in an email that its management was resigning and that the organization would be shutting down. It wasn’t clear if the reason the company was shutting down was related to the email Dunitz received.“In consideration of recent events in our personal lives, we hope that you would accept our notice of resignation with immediate effect,” the email addressed to its members said.Incorporated in 1991, the company said it provides musicians to perform at weddings, corporate functions and other events around the city.last_img read more

Canada sanctions 43 more Maduro supporters as Lima Group meets on Venezuela

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is sanctioning another 43 people it says are implicated in the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.Global Affairs Canada says the sanctions target high ranking officials in the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including regional governors and those who are undermining democratic institutions.Canada has previously sanctioned 70 people in connection with the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, which it blames squarely on Maduro.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Santiago, Chile today for the 12th meeting of the Lima Group — the Western Hemisphere Coalition that is calling for Maduro’s ouster.Canada, its Lima Group allies, and the United States are among approximately 50 countries that say Maduro stole his country’s election last year and is no longer the legitimate leader of Venezuela.They instead recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president, and have called on the Venezuelan military to back him.Freeland says Canada is imposing the additional sanctions to hold members of Maduro’s regime accountable.“These measures are being taken in response to the Maduro regime’s anti-democratic actions, particularly relating to the repression and persecution of the members of the interim government, censorship, and excessive use of force against civil society, undermining the independence of the judiciary and other democratic institutions,” says the Global Affairs statement.The sanctions come as the Maduro government banned the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s Spanish-language channel from Venezuelan air waves.Germany, one of the countries that recognizes Guaido, says the ban is “very regrettable” and that it is a strong supporter of press freedom.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Theatre Review Motown the Musical reveals the story behind the music

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Looking for some sizzle to warm up from the winter weather?Motown The Musical is a hot blast of fun.Full of crowd-pleasing renditions of classic Motown tunes such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “My Girl,” and “Baby I Need Your Lovin,” this musical bio on the life of Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown record label, is burning up the Jubilee Auditorium stage until February 25. Motown The Musical is a jukebox musical (think Mama Mia! and Jersey Boys), using the classic hits sung by Motown’s biggest stars such as The Supremes, The Temptations, Jackson 5, and Marvin Gaye to tell its story. We get to see how these artists rose from their humble beginnings to become American music icons. We also get the inside scoop on how many of the hit songs came to be, amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement.Trenyce as Diana Ross (centre) with The Supremes. Image: Joan MarcusWhat holds this production back, is effectively telling its ambitious story. There’s a lot of ground to cover, spanning from 1938 to 1983. Because of all the different storylines happening, the focus is often unclear and the show comes across as fragmented. As an audience member, it’s hard to feel emotionally connected because of all the loose ends. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Alamos Gold seeks removal of Aurizons antitakeover poison pill defence

TORONTO — Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) is asking the B.C. Securities Commission to remove a “poison pill” anti-takeover defence erected by Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ), which has eight properties in Quebec including the Casa Berardi gold mine.The original Aurizon shareholder rights plan expired March 4 when Hecla Mining Co. came forward with a rival, friendly offer.Alamos says a second poison pill announced by Aurizon on Monday is designed to prevent shareholders from exercising their right to accept its proposal.Hecla’s cash and stock offer, valued at $4.75 per Aurizon share (TSX:ARZ) when it was announced, is 10 cents more than the Alamos Gold bid, valued at $4.65 per share when it was announced.Apart from a nominally higher total value, the $513.6-million maximum cash component offer from Hecla is almost $210-million above the cash cap in the Alamos stock and cash bid.Alamos is the largest shareholder of Aurizon, with about 16 per cent of its equity, and has said publicly it is sure it can get sufficient voting support to block the Hecla offer, which requires approvals from two-thirds of votes cast.Aurizon said it erected the new defence to ensure all shareholders would have an opportunity to choose the Hecla offer, which Aurizon’s board favours. Alamos Gold counters that Aurizon’s board has agreed to pay an improper break fee to Hecla. read more

Jagmeet Singh promises NDP government would cap cellphone internet bills

TORONTO — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh delivered a frank message to corporate Canada on Friday, saying it is time for companies and the wealthy to start paying their fair shares as everyday Canadians struggle to make ends meet.Singh also faced questions about what an NDP government’s relationship with the private sector would look like, given his sustained attacks, and whether his policies could drive away business, jobs and economic prosperity.Hours after promising a cap on cellphone and internet services prices, Singh told a roomful of Toronto movers and shakers that an NDP government would roll back previous tax cuts for corporations and raise taxes on people making more than $210,000 per year.Those measures are on top of a proposed tax on multimillionaires who are worth more than $20 million, which the NDP unveiled earlier this week. The NDP would not touch the tax rate for small businesses.Singh described the tax measures as necessary for building a more equitable society, one in which the country’s wealthiest help pay for universal pharmacare, more affordable childcare and housing and free tuition for students.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“What we need to do is ask the very wealthy to pay a little more,” he said in his luncheon speech to The Canadian Club of Toronto, which counts some of the city’s most powerful politicians, business and social leaders among its ranks.“If you want to invest in and contribute to this beautiful country, it means that those who are able to contribute a bit more — i.e. pay more taxes — should do so.”The Toronto speech reflected the NDP’s strategy of appealing to voters concerned about pocketbook issues by targeting big business and wealthy Canadians, which earlier in the day included going after the country’s telecommunications industry.Singh promised to cap the prices of cellphone and internet services, to order telecom companies to offer affordable basic plans with unlimited data, and to make it easier for third-party service providers to use existing networks.The NDP leader has also made a point of accusing the Liberals and Conservatives of caving to corporate demands, which he reiterated both during the telecom announcement and in his speech to the Canadian Club.“I’m not going to mince words: Under a New Democratic government, the wealthiest and powerful corporations will be paying more,” said Singh, whose election campaign has so far focused exclusively on Ontario.“The problem is that decisions have been made that have made it easier and easier for those at the very top, the very powerful, not to contribute their fair share. And it has a cost. People pay the price.”Singh acknowledged his proposed tax hikes might not bring him friends in industry, but said businesses need to start working to the benefit of all Canadians, rather than for the wealthy and powerful.“I don’t want to make anyone an enemy, but I want to definitely take on the powerful,” he said during the telecom announcement in the Toronto riding of Beaches-East York, where supporters waved signs of emoticons with sad faces and exploding heads.“I think that they’ve had a free ride … We can work with business. We can create a good climate that allows businesses to thrive, but we don’t want to create a condition where corporations thrive and people suffer.”Following Singh’s promise to cap internet and cellphone prices, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, which represents the industry, described price caps as unworkable, unnecessary and likely to stifle both investment and innovation.The association cited Statistics Canada as saying mobile wireless prices declined by 53.6 per cent between 2014 and 2018 while attacking his claims that similar measures in Australia and the United States have worked — or have even been adopted.“A lot of these political arguments about Canadian wireless are old news or outright misconceptions,” said association president Robert Ghiz in a statement. (He’s a former Liberal premier of Prince Edward Island.)“Politicians should focus on policies that encourage continued investment in Canada’s wireless infrastructure — and maybe even acknowledge that Canada’s wireless accomplishments are actually a source of pride for our country.”Singh also pushed back against concerns his policies will drive employers from Canada, saying taxes are only one factor businesses consider when setting up shop and that companies will benefit from the new social services he plans to introduce.While much of Singh’s speech to the Canadian Club focused on getting industry and the wealthy to contribute more, the NDP leader also promised to push for trade deals that protect the manufacturing sector and to cut credit-card fees for small businesses.“I know this is kind of tough because you’ve got MasterCard sitting right over there,” Singh joked at one point. “My bad. But that’s what we believe in. But we’ll work together. There are other ways we can work together.”The NDP leader also floated the idea of a made-in-Canada requirement for public procurements, citing Via Rail’s decision last year to spend $989 million on trains from German company Siemens rather than Montreal-based Bombardier Inc.While Singh did not provide details, such a measure could run afoul of Canada’s obligations under international trade law and stoke anger in other countries such as the U.S.–With files from Paola Loriggio and Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa read more

Ban alarmed at Israels announced seizure of West Bank land

“The seizure of such a large swathe of land risks paving the way for further settlement activity, which – as the United Nations has reiterated on many occasions – is illegal under international law and runs totally counter to the pursuit of a two-State solution,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The Secretary-General called on Israel to “heed the calls of the international community” to refrain from settlement activity and abide by its commitments under international law and the Quartet Road Map – the plan which calls for Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace and within secure borders.Senior UN officials, including Mr. Ban, have repeatedly urged both parties to exercise prudence and to avoid taking unilateral actions on the ground that would further diminish the chances of reaching a negotiated final peace agreement. read more

Teenager loses stomach after drinking liquid nitrogen cocktail

first_imgDOCTORS IN THE UK have been forced to remove the stomach of an 18-year-old woman after she drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen.Gaby Scanlon, from Heysham in Lancaster, was celebrating her 18th birthday at a bar last Thursday when she drank the cocktail.She began to feel breathless and developed severe stomach pains before being brought to Lancaster Royal Infirmary at about 11pm where she was diagnosed with a perforated stomach.Doctors were then forced to preform an emergency operation to remove her stomach in order to save her life.Lancashire Police said the bar has now stopped selling the cocktail following last week’s incident, and that an investigation is underway.A police spokesperson said: “The investigation is still in its early stages and we are still interviewing witnesses to establish the full facts.“The premises involved have fully cooperated with all agencies and have suspended drinks involving liquid nitrogen.”Liquid nitrogen is a liquefied gas which vaporises at -196C and has recently become a popular method to flash freeze foods in kitchens. It also creates a cloud of vapour ‘smoke’, which can make cocktails attractive.However, it should only ever be used to chill glasses or freeze ingredients as it can cause rapid cold damage to flesh and tissue or lethal internal damage when ingested.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.1. #PATRICK NULTY The mother of a girl who was sent inappropriate messages by former TD Patrick Nulty has given a statement to gardaí over the incident, says the Irish Independent. Meanwhile, more young people are said to have alleged they were contacted by Nulty.2. #HSE The HSE has upheld a complaint after a two-year-old boy escaped from a creche. The Daily Mail reports that the parents were not told by the creche about what happened, but found out from neighbours. New protocol has been implemented at the creche.3. #FUNERAL Businessman Edward Haughey, who was killed in a helicopter crash, will be buried in Louth today. The former senator, who was Northern Ireland’s richest man, died along with three others when a helicopter came down in Norfolk on 13 March.4. #MALAYSIA New debris has been sighted in the Indian Ocean during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. A Chinese air crew spotted two “relatively big floating objects” as well as many white smaller items scattered across several kilometres.5. #SHOOTING A man was injured in a shooting in an estate in Drogheda at 6pm last night. The 35-year-old was taken to hospital, with his injuries described as not life-threatening. A man (19) has been arrested.6. #ROBOT Rwandan President Paul Kagame has pledged €50,000 to help perfect the robot being created for Joanne O’Riordan, the Irish Independent reports. He heard about the project while at a conference in Dublin.7. #UKRAINE Russia has seized another Crimean military base, using stun grenades and armoured personnel carriers. After they stormed the naval base, three Russian vehicles were seen carrying Ukrainian marines who had their hands tied.8. #EBOLA The Ebola epidemic in the Republic of Guinea is threatening to become a regional health crisis, Plan Ireland says. So far, 59 people have died of the deadly disease and there have been suspected cases in Sierra Leone.9. #GARDAÍ Thousands of gardaí have been offered an incentivised career break worth €30k. This has led to fears that there could be a ‘manpower crisis’ in the force. Senior officers warned the Herald that the scheme is “potentially ‘catastrophic’”.last_img read more

Al Boum Photo delivers a first Cheltenham Gold Cup for Willie Mullins

first_imgThe race had not began promisingly for Mullins with his other three runners all out of contention on the first circuit. Kemboy unseated David Mullins at the first fence, Bellshill was later pulled up and then Invitation Only took a bad fall with Definitly Red brought down in the process.“It’s good to get it,” said Mullins. “I didn’t think I was going to have a good Cheltenham this year, the way it was going for me.”Al Boum Photo wins the Gold Cup 🏆#CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/nMbj9EyLKj— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 15, 2019 By Fintan O’Toole TRAINER WILLIE MULLINS finally triumphed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup today after Al Boum Photo took the prized race on the final day of the festival. 19,517 Views Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Friday 15 Mar 2019, 3:56 PM https://the42.ie/4545002 Jockey Paul Townend celebrates victory. Source: Paul HardingMullins has been denied victory in the Gold Cup with six second-placed finishes but experienced glory with jockey Paul Townend on board as Al Boum Photo won with two and a half lengths to spare at 12-1. Barry Geraghty was on Anibale Fly (25-1) in second place, following up on last year’s third-placed finish in this race, and it was Daryl Jacob’s Bristol De Mai back in third.☘ ☘ ☘Willie Mullins finally wins his first Gold Cup 🏆#CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/VJjZwc26Rn— Virgin Media One (@VirginMedia_One) March 15, 2019 Subscribe Al Boum Photo delivers a first Cheltenham Gold Cup for Willie Mullins The leading trainer had finished second in the race six times.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It was a success to savour for Townend after last year’s events at Punchestown saw him steer race leader Al Boum Photo right of the final hurdle, having thought he heard a shout that the last fence was being bypassed. Short URL Share4 Tweet Email 13 Comments Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey on The42 Rugby Weekly as Ireland bid to spoil Wales’ Grand Slam party in Cardiff, and the U20s target their own piece of history. Mar 15th 2019, 3:56 PM Last year’s champion Native River finished fourth and the favourite Presenting Percy couldn’t make an impression, ending up in 8th place.last_img read more

Chinavasion CVXNE207 un projecteur à LED low cost

first_imgChinavasion CVXN-E207 : un projecteur à LED low costChinavision a annoncé la disponibilité d’un projecteur à LED d’entrée de gamme à bas prix pourvu de connectique USB.La marque Chinavasion a lancé un projecteur à LED permettant d’obtenir une image qui est moins éclairée et brillante qu’à l’accoutumée. Ainsi, le résultat obtenu est moins fatigant pour les yeux, surtout dans le cas d’un visionnage longue durée.Le CVNX-E207 affiche en résolution 640 x 480 pixels en format 16:9, offre une luminosité de 30 lumens, un contraste de 100:1. De plus, ce produit sera équipé d’un lecteur de DVD intégré et présente un port USB. Enfin, il propose des connectiques AV-In et une sortie TV.  Enfin, la lampe équipant le projecteur devrait tenir une décennie en utilisation normale ! Ce projecteur multimédia, livré avec une télécommande, sera vendu à 150 euros seulement…Le 29 mai 2012 à 12:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deus Ex Mankind Divided predicts what real cities will look like in

first_img 1/9Barcelona 2029 1/9Berlin 2029 1/9Blackpool 2029 1/9Cologne 2029 1/9London 2029 1/9Paris 2019 1/9Rio 2029 1/9Stockholm 2029 1/9Sydney 2029 Deus Ex: Human Revolution gave players a glimpse of what Detroit and Hengsha would look like in the year 2027. So far, we have seen what Prague will look like in 2029 in the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and this latest entry in the series will feature even more futuristic interpretations of famous world locations. Today, Square-Enix and Eidos Interactive have released a series of images of what some of their in-universe cities look like in 2029.One thing that all of the world’s cities seem to share is that there are a number of enormous superstructures placed throughout them. I’ve only played the last entry in the series so I can’t say exactly what the purpose of these constructs could be. I would speculate on what they are, but I don’t want to appear foolish by being completely off the mark. Whatever the purpose of these structures, they all have a similar, polygonal design that makes them stand out among the classic landmarks they are in proximity of. It is more than likely that Mankind Divided will not have all of these cities available for players to explore in the game. When building a title, especially one with a world like that of the Deus Ex universe, game designers often create concept art of various locations to better flesh out the world. It should also be noted that in the Deus Ex world, civilization had a robotic revolution well before the real world present day — hence why cities look so radically different in 2029. It is safe to say that the real 2029 will not look anywhere near as cool as it does in the Deus Ex world. We didn’t ask for this, but we do appreciate it.Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 23.center_img <>last_img read more

Samsungs Galaxy S8 Could Be Losing Its Headphone Jack Too

first_imgStay on target When the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were announced to be doffing their headphone jacks, the internet lost its collective mind. Fast forward to a few months after their release and after adopting the iPhone 7 Plus, I don’t even miss the jack, but to each his own.Unfortunately, for many smartphone owners, this caused dismay. Jettisoning the headphone jack seems as though it could become a trend. According to SamMobile, Samsung’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 could be the next phone to follow suit.Samsung needs its next flagship phone to perform well, really well. After the disastrous results of the Galaxy Note 7, which still hasn’t been cleaned up even months after its release. The iPhone 7 without its headphone jack as well as Motorola’s Moto Z did cause a bit of a kerfluffle when it was announced neither would include that feature, but it wasn’t exactly surprising, given what it means for consumers.Without a headphone jack buyers were moved to purchase and listen to Bluetooth headphones, which means additional purchases. Also, without the headphone jack, there’s more space on the actual phone for a bigger battery, speakers, or even a thinner phone in general. There’s a multitude of options without having to compensate for a headphone jack.Samsung has yet to release a statement about what’s being planned for the upcoming phone, but given that the manufacturer has been pretty forthcoming about the issues with the Galaxy Note 7, we’ll hear something about plans for the Galaxy S8 shortly. They’re not usually one to let speculation run rampant when they could go ahead and set the record straight. In the meantime, you’ll probably realize there’s not much to miss about a headphone jack, especially when a Bluetooth connection is usually much, much cleaner and less noisy. Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack last_img read more

Vivox Brings Real Voice Chat To Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG When Fortnite launched on Nintendo Switch last summer it did more than just bring 2018’s most popular video game to 2018’s most successful video game console. It also fixed one of the system’s most annoying issues like it was nothing. When playing a battle royale in a team, communication with your team is key. So while other Switch games force players to use that dumb mobile app for voice chat, Fortnite just let you plug in a normal headset like you would with anything else.We figured it was Fortnite’s sheer power that allowed the game to circumvent Nintendo’s weird rules like this. You don’t even need to pay for Switch online to play Fortnite. But now the technology that gave Fortnite real voice chat on Nintendo Switch is coming to other Switch games as well.Fortnite’s voice chat on Switch was powered by Vivox, a gaming voice chat provider now owned by Switch-friendly engine company Unity. And previously the tech was just limited to that famous flossing simulator. But now that it has been proven successful, Vivox is opening up the SDK and allowing any Switch developer to give their games convenient voice chat options people actually use.And developers are already getting onboard. Hi-Rez Studio will soon update two of its multiplayer Switch games, Smite and Paladins, with these new voice chat features. Smite is a MOBA and Paladins is basically Overwatch, so both games will benefit greatly from improved team communication. I imagine this upcoming GDC will be another opportunity for developers to learn more, especially considering how eager developers were to get on Switch last year. And just in time for Xbox Live on Switch, too.Heck, if Nintendo could just get over themselves, I’d love to see Vivox’s voice chat in first-party games, too. Splatoon 2 already has secret headset support in LAN mode, let everyone use that. It’s dumb how often I’m speaking into my phone to talk to friends while playing Smash Bros. We can do better, we have the technology.For more on Nintendo Switch here are some cool 2019 games to play right now and check out our complete guide of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters.last_img read more

ASA Voting Delegates Set Policy Direction for 20012002

first_imgTo determine the policy direction for the American Soybean Association (ASA), 130 soybean farmers from all across the United States assembled during the sixth annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show that was held in San Antonio, Texas. Participants included board members, voting delegates and other members of the ASA who were on hand to review and amend the document that will guide the ASA for the next year as it pursues initiatives designed to improve soybean farmer profitability.Noteworthy among these modifications are 2002 Farm Bill issues, support for agricultural research, expanded biodiesel initiatives, and for the first time, a resolution addressing the need for affordable broadband Internet access to the farm.2002 Farm BillASA supports making soybeans eligible for production flexibility contracts or similar payments in the 2002 Farm Bill. Soybeans are grown on 28 percent of the cropland in this country, and soybeans represent the highest value U.S. agricultural export. ASA believes soybeans should be included in any type of production flexibility contract that may be adopted in the new Farm Bill.The soybean marketing loan should be a major soybean program component and be maintained at a minimum of $5.26 per bushel. The soybean marketing loan program has provided a critical safety net for producers in recent years during times of historically low prices. The current soybean loan rate formula, which was established under the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act of 1996, uses a 5-year “Olympic” average price that disregards the highest and lowest years. The floor was set at $4.92 and the cap was set at $5.26. The prevailing rate for crop years 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 was $5.26.ResearchASA supports the efforts of the national Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR). The goal of C-FAR is to double Federal funding of food, agricultural and natural resources research and education programs over the next 5 years to a total of $5 billion.The current level of research funding at the United States Department of Agriculture is about $2.1 billion, and it is estimated that there is about another $300 to $400 million of research at other Federal agencies that deal with agriculture.BiodieselDelegates also modified several resolutions pertaining to biodiesel. ASA supports the testing and promotion of biofuels made with soybean oil to help bring biodiesel fuel and biodiesel blends, and biodiesel additives to the marketplace. ASA supports the efforts of individual states to enact biodiesel or biodiesel blend requirements within their state.ASA supports and endorses the inclusion of soybeans and soybean-based product applications and blends of such products in the development and implementation of any potential alternative fuel policy programs.ASA encourages legislation that supports biodiesel and biodiesel blends with respect to all federal and state energy programs, and ASA strongly urges that all State and Federal diesel vehicles use a biodiesel fuel or a biodiesel blend.ASA recommends that low-blend biodiesel be accepted as a national energy policy in order to promote domestic renewable energy resources, protect engine warranties and service life as a result of improved lubricity and provide non-toxic fuel source activities.TelecommunicationsASA believes that universal access to the Internet is important to the quality of life in rural America and to strong and competitive farming operations. Therefore, ASA will urge Federal and State governments to develop programs that will encourage private businesses and cooperatives to bring broadband access to farms at affordable rates.The 2000-2001 edition of ASA’s Resolutions will be published on the Association’s web site as soon as it is available. ASA is the policy advocate of the US soybean farmer. Its mission is to improve US soybean farmer profitability.last_img read more

Boeing to cut up to 1700 engineering jobs with up to 700

first_imgThe head of engineering at Boeing Co.’s Commercial Airplanes unit informed managers Thursday the jetmaker will reduce its engineering workforce by up to 1,700 positions this year, with as many as 700 job cuts coming through layoffs.Layoff notices to the first of those employees will go out today.Vice president of engineering Mike Delaney sent an email to all his engineering managers outlining the cuts ahead and the reasons behind them.Delaney said that because development work is now complete on the 747-8, the 787-9 and the KC-46 Air Force tanker, Boeing’s commercial jet unit “will require fewer employees by year-end.”“Overall, we must reduce our engineering employment level by 1,500 to 1,700 positions during 2013,” Delaney wrote.He said Boeing has “significantly scaled back external hiring” in the past year and since last fall has steadily reduced use of contract employees.Since October, “almost 700 contract employees have left the payroll, and we will continue that effort where appropriate. Additionally, attrition associated with retirements and other departures has reduced employment. That, too, will continue,” he wrote.“Unfortunately and unavoidably, we must take additional actions,” Delaney added. “Beginning tomorrow and through the rest of 2013, we will issue 60-day layoff notices to as many as 700 employees.”last_img read more

Childrens Center breaks ground on building

first_imgChildren’s Center, a homegrown Vancouver nonprofit agency that brings mental health care to uninsured and underinsured children, broke ground Wednesday on its new building in east Vancouver. Dignitaries, supporters and neighbors who turned out weren’t deterred by strong rain during the noontime ceremony. “Can you imagine the soil being any better prepped for a groundbreaking?” Kelly Love Parker, president of the Children’s Center board and of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, quipped from under a canopy where the approximately 40 attendees huddled.In 1989, executive director Pat Beckett remembered, Children’s Center started up by renting space in a little office on Broadway in downtown Vancouver. It saw 200 children annually.Today, she said, the agency sees more than 1,600 annually, “and the need continues to grow.” Meanwhile, Children’s Center remains squeezed into a couple of tight downtown rental spaces.The new site is 1.85 undeveloped acres at 13500 S.E. Seventh St., just south of Mill Plain Boulevard at 136th Avenue. It is just a few blocks east of the new Crestline Elementary School, now under construction after an arson fire destroyed the old building in early 2013.last_img read more

Sean Parker sets up 250m cancer immunotherapy collaboration

first_imgA $250m (£177m) grant from Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, announced on Wednesday (13 April), aims to accelerate the development of more effective cancer treatments by encouraging collaboration among leading researchers.The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will include over 40 laboratories and more than 300 researchers from six key cancer centres: New Yorks Memorial Sloan Kettering, Stanford Medicine, UCLA, UC San Francisco, Houstons University of Texas MD Anderson and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.Breakthroughs created at one centre are immediately available to all scientists within the network. Nearly 400,000 cancer patients walk through the doors of these institutions every year. We are able to streamline the process of opening clinical trials and enrolling patients across multiple institutions simultaneously. This is the result of three years of work with our member researchers and partner centres with the goal of accelerating the process of taking discoveries from bench to bedside, said Parker, the co-founder of music-sharing website Napster.The institute will focus on cancer immunotherapy, a relatively new field in which which the bodys immune system is harnessed to fight cancer cells. Recently approved drugs such as Yervoy and Opdivo, both from Bristol Myers-Squibb, and Merck and Cos Keytruda have helped some patients sustain remission, but not all. Now scientists are trying to understand how to make the drugs more universally effective.The institute will be working in three key areas of research: modifying the patients immune system T-cells to target a tumour, investigating ways to boost the response to immunotherapy drugs, and researching new ways to attack a tumour.last_img read more

Prabhas likely to be part of this popular Telugu reality show

first_imgPrabhas’ dance move SaahoTwitterActor Prabhas is someone who appears very rarely in public events and reality-based shows. He, basically, is very shy and he always loves those people around him, who let him live and love his laziness. He hardly makes his presence at award functions.He talks very less and has his own set of friends with whom he chills. He loves eating Nellore Chapala Pulusu and especially when his mom cooks it.There’s a lot more of Prabhas for his fans to know. But who is going to tell us about him? Will the actor himself does? Our answer is yes if the news that we have learnt is very much true.As per the latest news, the actor is going likely to take part in a reality show in Telugu. Host Pradeep Machiraju’s Konchem Touch Lo Untey Cheptha has invited Prabhas to be part of the show. It seems that Pradeep has requested Prabhas to be part of the show a lot of times, but he has been busy with Baahubali.It is said that Prabhas has finally given a nod to Pradeep and promised him that he will be on the show.Meanwhile, promo for season 4 of Konchem Touch Lo Untey Cheptha has been on air and very soon, the show will go on air. This show is one of the most popular shows on Telugu television channels and the fan base the show has is immense.Well, an official confirmation from the television channel and management are yet to confirm the news about the actor being part of the show.On the work front, the actor is awaiting the release of his upcoming film Saaho and he has been shooting for Radha Krishna Kumar’s directorial too, which has Pooja Hegde as the leading lady.last_img read more

Xi decries protectionism

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a news conference at the Belt and Road Forum, at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, on May 15, 2017. AFPChinese President Xi Jinping criticised protectionism on Monday at a summit positioning Beijing as a champion of globalisation, but several European nations spoilt attempts to win full backing for his trade agenda.Xi addressed almost 30 leaders on the second day of a forum on his new Silk Road plan, a huge infrastructure project intended to revive ancient land and sea trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa.”Globalisation is encountering some headwinds,” Xi told leaders from countries ranging from Spain to Turkey, Russia and Pakistan at a convention centre near the Great Wall on the outskirts of Beijing.”We need to seek results through greater openness and cooperation, avoid fragmentation, refrain from setting inhibitive thresholds for cooperation or pursuing exclusive arrangements, and reject protectionism.”He compared countries to “swan and geese” that can “fly long and safely through winds and storms because they move in tandem and help each other as a team”.The Chinese leader is using the international gathering to promote his signature foreign policy project, the One Belt, One Road initiative.At the opening of the meeting on Sunday, Xi pledged to pump an extra $124 billion into the China-bankrolled project, which involves a huge network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.The China Development Bank had already earmarked $890 billion for some 900 projects.The initiative spans 65 countries representing 60 percent of the world population and around a third of global gross domestic product.China has defended globalisation at a time when the United States is retreating into “America First” policies on trade and foreign relations under President Donald Trump.While some see Beijing’s project as a geopolitical powerplay, Xi has insisted that the Belt and Road is open to everybody.”In a world of growth, interdependence and challenges, no country can tackle the challenges or solve the world’s problems on its own,” he said as he sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Putin and other leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauded the initiative, which Xi unveiled in 2013.Concerns raisedBut in a setback to Xi’s effort to gain full support, several European Union countries — France, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Portugal and Britain — indicated they would not sign one of the summit documents on trade.The text on trade is one of the statements that are expected to be published at the end of the summit later Monday, along with the final communique.A diplomat who requested anonymity told AFP the EU countries believe the text does not sufficiently address European concerns on transparency of public procurement and social and environmental standards.China only presented the document to negotiators last week, telling them it could no longer be reworked, according to the official.On Sunday German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries called for transparency to ensure that the calls for investment bids are “non-discriminatory”.”I think there is still room for improvement in this area,” Zypries said.Indian boycottWhile Greece and Britain are among the nations that refused to sign up to the document, both countries publicly praised Xi’s overall project.”In these times, when the temptation is great to respond to the crisis of globalisation by increasing isolation, and by raising walls, this initiative highlights a vision of connectivity, cooperation and dialogue across Europe and Asia but also other parts of the world,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday.British finance minister Philip Hammond said London was “ready to work with all Belt and Road partner countries to make a success of this initiative”.Europeans are not the only ones voicing concerns.India skipped the summit as it voiced displeasure at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a Belt and Road project aimed at linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea.The route cuts through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, disputed territory that India claims is illegally occupied.last_img read more