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$267B Budget presented by Finance Minister

first_imgGovernment on Monday tabled in the National Assembly a budget to the tune of $267.1 billion, introducing several measures to support its green agenda and improve various key economic sectors.Finance Minister Winston Jordan presenting the 2018 Budget to the National Assembly on MondayIn presenting the Budget themed “The Journey to the Good Life Continues”, Finance Minister Winston Jordan also disclosed that the economy was expected to grow by 2.9 per cent, failing to meet the revised growth projection of 3.1 per cent for 2017.He reminded that the initial projected growth of the economy was 3.8 per cent, but this was revised by midyear to 3.1 per cent after the economy only grew by 2.2 per cent in July of this year.According to the Minister, this was mainly on account of poor performance in several key sectors, including mining, sugar, forestry and fishery. However, he said the economy was performing fairly well when compared to sister Caribbean countries that continue to see significant economic decline.“As a commodity-dependent economy, we must remain vigilant of the impact of fluctuations in international commodity prices,” he said, explaining that agricultural commodity prices remained broadly stable for most of 2017, growing at one per cent, and were expected to increase marginally in 2018.Minister of State Joseph Harmon walking along side PPP MP Juan Edghill before the 2018 Budget presentationMinister Jordan told the National Assembly that while the price of Brent crude oil, one of Guyana’s key imports, remained relatively low during the course of 2017, prices are expected to rebound.At the end of 2017, oil prices are expected to average US$53 per barrel, and US$56 per barrel in 2018, a reflection of strong oil demand, falling stocks, and production restraint among Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) producers.Sectoral performanceDetailing the performance of each sector, the Finance Minister noted that the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sector is expected to recover this year, with an estimated growth of 0.2 per cent.This reversal, he said, will be a result of the anticipated positive growth performance in the rice, fishing, livestock, and other crops subsectors, which will more than compensate for the continued decline in the sugar and forestry industries.According to him, the rice industry is expected to record an output of 602,087 tonnes for 2017, an increase of 12.7 per cent over 2016. This is owed mainly to an additional 14,000 hectares planted for the 2017 spring crop and a further 74,481 hectares planted in the autumn crop.As for sugar, Jordan noted that production was expected to decline to 152,000 tonnes in 2017, a 17.2 per cent reduction compared to 2016‘s output. Opposition to the ongoing restructuring of the sugar industry led to the loss of almost 22,000 man days on account of industrial action, he claimed.In forestry, the Minister told the National Assembly, some improvement was expected with a projected slowing of the contraction to 7.2 per cent in 2017, from 27.3 per cent in 2016. Total production for 2017 is projected to be 10 per cent lower than 2016.The mining and quarrying sector is anticipated to contract by 1.9 per cent, compared to the 46.1 per cent expansion in 2016.Economic performanceShifting his attention to the country’s overall economic performance, the Minister said the overall balance of payments is expected to improve slightly to a deficit of US$53.1 million in 2017.This outcome will be primarily driven by an improvement in the capital account, from a deficit of US$13.2 million in 2016, to an anticipated surplus of US$181.8 million in 2017.“This is in spite of the deterioration of the current account from a surplus of US$13 million in 2016, to a projected deficit of US$235 million in 2017,” he told the National Assembly.Minister Jordan noted that the anticipated decline in the current account was expected to be as a result of increased deficits in both the merchandise trade (by US$140 million), and services (by US$74.1 million) accounts, and reduced net current transfers by US$33.9 million.“Although the current account is expected to weaken, the capital account is anticipated to improve due to strengthened net medium and long-term capital flows, both Private and Public Sector,” he added.Projected Foreign Direct Investment, particularly in the oil and gas sector, is also expected to drive the US$145.2 million increase in Private Sector medium and long-term capital.Additionally, net capital to the non?financial Public Sector is anticipated to strengthen to a surplus of US$67.2 million, reflecting higher disbursements of loans.Minister Jordan boasted that the coalition Government managed to maintain stable macroeconomic fundamentals. However, he said their efforts continue to be constrained by the lack of economic diversification, which leaves key sectors and industries vulnerable to external shocks and internal meltdowns, as in the case of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).“Going forward, Government will continue to assess the economic situation and employ timely policy measures to correct imbalances and mitigate negative effects that could stymie growth. In this regard, in 2018, we will aim to strengthen our analytical capability to determine the macroeconomic effects of various policies and interventions,” he added.With this capacity, he said, Government will be better able to guide the development of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), as well as the sectors and regional strategies going forward.last_img read more

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Huskies welcome Navigators after dominating teams on the road

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are back home for a two-game series versus the North Peace Navigators starting tonight.The pups swept their four-game road trip with victories in Sexsmith, Fairview, and Beaverlodge, who they beat twice, outscoring their opposition 23-4.The Navigators currently sit atop the NWJHL standings but are only two points up on the Huskies who have three games in hand.- Advertisement -General Manager Jeremy Clothier said, “This will be a very good test for us. We haven’t played Peace River to this point, but it should be a good clash of the top two teams in the league.”Tonight’s game gets underway at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s game starts at 3:30 p.m.last_img read more

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One more meeting for men’s fastball

first_imgAfter a disappointing turnout this week, organizers are planning another meeting, to see if the season can be salvaged for Fort St. John Men’s fastball. The season is in jeopardy for men’s fastball, due to a lack of interest. Tuesday’s meeting starts at 7pm at the RC Legion, and anyone interested is more than welcome to attend. For more info, you can also call Bill, at 785-4839.- Advertisement –last_img

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Ronaldo a goal machine and money-making machine for ambitious Juve

first_imgThey are counting on ‘CR7′ as they look to win the Champions League for the first time since 1996 — they have lost five finals since then, including in 2015 and 2017. Ronaldo, now 33, has won the trophy five times himself.“Financially it has been a very rational move,” financial expert Carlo Alberto Carnevale Maffe told AFP. “The lifetime value of a player extends longer than his biological age.“On the pitch he’s one of the best. Ronaldo also makes the news, he gives visibility, conversation, discussion…raises your intangible value.”The news recently has been as much about the rape allegations in the United States, which Ronaldo himself has strongly denied, insisting he is “an example, 100 percent on and off the pitch”.But Juve president Andrea Agnelli — who has orchestrated their domination in Italy since taking over the family-owned club in 2010 — believes “the Ronaldo effect” can propel the “Old Lady of Turin” into another stratosphere.“We are fully convinced that Ronaldo is an added value in every respect, in terms of business, and will facilitate our global expansion,” said Agnelli, who wants to target the US, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets.According to the Deloitte Football Money League, Juventus are tenth in Europe with annual revenues of 405.7 million euros ($463 million) in 2017, with only three Italian clubs featuring in the top 20.Manchester United top the list on 676.3 million euros ahead of Real Madrid (674.6m) and Barcelona (648.3m).On the pitch, Ronaldo has made an impact, scoring seven goals in the champions’ best-ever start to a Serie A season. They are on track for an eighth consecutive league title.Ronaldo holds up a commemorative Juventus shirt after scoring his 400th league goal © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOCarnevale Maffe believes that Juventus can only gain despite the high price of a deal estimated to cost 340 million euros in total over four years, on top of the 110 million-euro transfer fee.“When you are so close to success, all the planning, all the strategy may not be enough…the touch of genius is needed, and Ronaldo has that,” added Carnevale Maffe, who lectures in Corporate Strategy at Milan’s Bocconi School of Management.– ‘Robust’ –Since Ronaldo-fever gripped Juventus, the club’s share price jumped from 0.69 euros on July 3, to 1.672 euros on September 19.But it then dropped 34 percent, starting to slide after his red card in the Champions League against Valencia, followed by the emergence of rape allegations in the United States.While Ronaldo has denied the claims, two of his sponsors, Nike and EA Sports, said they were “closely monitoring” what Nike called “disturbing allegations”.“There is always an element of random events, unpredictable elements,” said Carnevale Maffe.“Players are physically fragile but business-wise Ronaldo is one of the most robust assets.”The real hope is that Ronaldo will not only help Juventus win the Champions League but attract lucrative commercial deals that will make the Italian club number one in the world.The father of four has over 323.4 million followers across all social media platforms and is now the most followed person on Instagram with 145 million.Since his arrival the club’s following on social media has increased from 49 million to 62 million.They say they are already on track for record Ronaldo kit sales for the season, with the black and white shirts costing up to 150 euros each.Ronaldo, who initially made his name in the game during a six-year spell at Manchester United, transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer in a 100-million-euro deal © AFP/File / Thomas SAINT-CRICQJuventus also increased the price of season tickets by 30 percent while talks with Ronaldo were still secret, with all 29,300 sold.Their 41,507-seat stadium is not as big as other leading European clubs so finding extra revenue not generated from ticket sales is all the more important.But audit group KPMG have estimated the “Ronaldo effect” will see Juve’s revenue jump to 500 million euros in the next two to three seasons.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus gambled 100 million euro on Cristiano Ronaldo’s firepower © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Nov 6 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s reputation has been tarnished by allegations of rape, but Juventus still believe he will help the Italian giants to reduce the financial gap between them and the world’s very biggest clubs.Juventus take on Manchester United — the world’s richest club and where Ronaldo became a star — in Turin on Wednesday knowing a draw will seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.last_img read more

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Russia v Saudi Arabia preview, confirmed team news and commentary

first_img diamond geezer You’re the one When is Russia v Saudi Arabia?The opening game will take place on Thursday, June 14.It will kick-off at 4pm UK time.The Luzhniki Stadium will host the showdown.How can I listen live?Click here to follow the build and listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens in Moscow. misery Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song The match will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup, LIVE on talkSPORT.The Group A clash will take place after the opening ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. Fallon d’Floor Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings 2 Russia squad training at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday center_img SUPERSTITION Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Who are the key players?Saudi Arabia ace Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored 16 goals in just 14 matches to finish the AFC qualification campaign as joint-top scorer.However, there are suggestions he is no more than a flat-track bully, as 14 of those goals came in the weaker first group stage rather than the tougher second group stage.Russia could be relying on Alan Dzagoev for success now that Aleksandr Kokorin will miss the tournament through injury.Dzagoev, the CSKA Moscow star, missed both Euro 2016 and the Confederations Cup with injury, and will want to make his mark on the world stage this summer to make up for lost time.How did both teams preparations for the World Cup go?Russia played two friendlies in the weeks leading up to the start of the tournament, and failed to win either of them. They suffered a 1-0 defeat to Austria on May 30 before drawing 1-1 Turkey in Moscow on June 5. They head into the World Cup winless in six matches.Saudi Arabia played an incredible five matches in the build up to the World Cup, with their first fixture coming on May 9 against Algeria in Spain, which they won 2-0. They stayed in Spain to play Greece six days later, running out 2-0 winners again, before travelling to Switzerland for a double-header against Italy then Peru. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy and 3-0 by Peru and finished their preparations on June 8, six days before their opening fixture at the finals, with a visit to Leverkusen to play Germany, losing 2-1 to the reigning world champions.What is the team news?Russia starting XI:  Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Igansevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Dzagoev, Smolov.Saudi Arabia starting XI:  Al-Maiouf, Alburayk, Os.Hawsawi, Om.Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Otayf, Al-Dawsari, Al-Faraj, Al-Jassam, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch LU BEAUTY 2 Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches World Cup 2018 latest news Good times NO JOY Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup last_img read more

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1st federal Vioxx trial begins in Houston

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The case is in Houston rather than its original venue of New Orleans because of damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Jurors will be asked to decide whether Vioxx contributed to the fatal heart attack Irvin suffered in May 2001. The 53-year-old manager of a wholesale seafood distributor in St. Augustine, Fla., had been taking the drug for about a month to alleviate back pain when his co-workers found him dead at his desk. “There was nothing that would have triggered a fatal heart attack except for Vioxx,” Plunkett’s attorney Andy Birchfield told jurors. This is the third trial Merck is facing over Vioxx’s safety. It lost the first state trial in Texas last August, but scored a victory in its home state of New Jersey earlier this month. Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck withdrew Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after a long-term study showed the drug doubled risk of heart attack or stroke if taken for 18 months or longer. By then, more than 20 million Americans had used Vioxx. HOUSTON – A lawyer representing a widow who claims that Merck & Co.’s Vioxx caused her husband’s death argued on Tuesday that taking the pain reliever for one month was enough to cause the 53-year old man’s heart attack. But Merck countered in opening statements at the first federal Vioxx trial that its extensive studies of the painkiller before introducing it in 1999 showed no evidence it caused heart attacks with short-term use, and that heart disease, not Vioxx, led to Richard “Dicky” Irvin’s death. Unlike the two previous state-level cases where Merck emerged with a loss and then a win after several weeks, the federal case before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon of New Orleans appeared to rush along at a headlong pace. It took about two hours to pick a jury of five men and four women, three of whom are alternates. Opening statements for the plaintiff – Irvin’s widow, Evelyn Irvin Plunkett – took about an hour, and Merck’s opening took about the same time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Kenyan referee Range Marwa dropped from World Cup amidst receiving cash gift

first_img Tags: Caf Marwa will not be officiating at this year’s World CupBBC – A World Cup-bound referee accused of accepting cash gifts by an undercover investigation into African football.Kenya’s Adel Range Marwa, one of Africa’s World Cup-bound referees, will no longer be in Russia after being filmed receiving a $600’gift’.Marwa was given money by an undercover reporter posing as an official of a top Ghanaian football side.The investigation by controversial journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas has raised serious questions about the nature of the continent’s favourite game.BBC Africa Eye has had exclusive access to dozens of hours of Anas’s footage for its latest film.Marwa, the sole Kenyan among the 16 African officials designated for Russia, has resigned his position, says football’s world governing body Fifa.It comes just a week before Morocco hope to be awarded the rights to stage the 2026 World Cup, in which the North Africans are taking on a triple bid from Canada/Mexico/United States.It is unclear how the investigation will affect the 13 June vote in Moscow, if at all.Despite Fifa rules expressly forbidding officials from receiving gifts that create a conflict of interest, and outlawing the taking of any cash gift, over one hundred were caught doing so by Anas’ team.“Thank you for the gift, but you know, the most important is our friendship, getting to know each other,” the Kenyan, 41, said after accepting the money.He had met the undercover reporter for the first time just minutes earlier.In response to the allegations, Marwa has denied any wrongdoing.Fifa said it has asked its investigatory and judicial bodies to follow up on the claims raised by the documentary.“Please be informed that the assistant referee Adel Range Marwa has informed Fifa that he resigns from his role as assistant referee at the upcoming World Cup,” the organization said in a statement.Much of the investigation centered on referees freely accepting gifts of money, with scenes of officials taking cash before multiple domestic Ghanaian and international games.“We need your team to play well,” said one referee. “If the opponent is playing in your own half, how we are giving to give a penalty to you?”It is unclear if any matches were influenced by the cash payments.At one point, the team is filmed handing over money in the referees’ changing room just an hour before kick-off of a match in the regional West African Football Union (Wafu) Cup between Ghana and Mali.The undercover reporters had been guided there by Charles Dowuna, a technical instructor – also Ghanaian – for the competition.Dowuna received, funds totaling some $2,500 during the 16-team tournament. The BBC has contacted Dowuna but he declined to respond.On top of dozens of Ghanaian referees accepting money ahead of domestic matches, a game in African football’s most important club competition is also highlighted by the investigation.Ivory Coast referee Denis Dembele accepted $700 ahead of the Round of 32 clash between Ghana’s Aduana Stars and Algeria’s Entente Setif in this season’s Champions League.We cannot say whether the money influenced the game, but Aduana Stars won 1-0 after benefitting from a disputed penalty awarded by Dembele in the March clash. Dembele did not respond to the BBC’s requests for comment.Stars were later eliminated after losing the second leg 4-0.When contacted about the various allegations, Caf said in a statement: “Our Confederation will not under any circumstances tolerate corruption, manipulation, bribery or any form of violation of our Statutes, Rules and Regulations.”They said “they did not recognize the allegations made in the film.”Fifa told the BBC they were investigating and has asked its investigatory and judicial bodies to follow up on the allegations. They said it was a priority for FIFA to protect the integrity of competitions.Anas has been criticized for the way in which he conducted his investigation, which involved some two years of filming.The Ghanaian has been accused of both entrapment and enticement by Charles Bentum, a leading lawyer in the Ghanaian capital Accra.“It is wrong to induce somebody by an enticement of some lucrative – some big money or whatever – and then turn around to say the person is corrupt,” said Bentum.“Indeed, for law, the giver is as guilty as the receiver. So, you cannot exonerate their enticer and condemn their…victim.”Anas made the following statement in response.“The ethics are clear how a referee is supposed to behave. So if you are seen tilting the scale of justice in favour of one team it’s wholly unacceptable, let alone stretching your arm to collect money.”While there may be questions about the investigation’s modus operandi, football fans across the continent are likely to be left wondering how much of African football may have been tainted.Comments last_img read more

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Most Armored Dinosaurs Found Upside Down

first_img(Visited 981 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Why are 81% of ankylosaur fossils found belly up? With clever storytelling, you can accommodate this to evolution’s long ages.Paleontologists since the 1930s have wondered why ankylosaurs (heavily-armored dinosaurs) are usually found buried in an upside-down position. It’s been a common anecdote among fossil hunters, so the Canadian Museum of Nature decided to investigate. A paleontologist with the museum, Dr Jordan Mallon, counted 26 of 32 known ankylosaurs—over 80%—that were reported found fossilized on their backs. He considered possible reasons:A scientist with the Canadian Museum of Nature has answered a long-standing mystery about why fossils of ankylosaurs—the “armoured tanks” of the dinosaur world—are mainly found belly-side up. In doing so, he has ruled out three other competing theories involving clumsiness, predation, and the effects of bloating as seen with armadillo roadkills.What else could account for the odd statistic? Mallon settled on the “bloat and float” hypothesis:Palaeontologist Dr. Jordan Mallon says the evidence points to a phenomenon called “bloat-and-float”, whereby the bloating carcasses of ankylosaurs would end up in a river, flip belly-side up due to the weight of their heavy armour, and then float downstream. The remains would wash ashore, where decomposition and then fossilization would seal the dinosaur remains in their upside-down death pose.The press release congratulates itself on a scientific job well done:Ultimately, this is a classic case study of the scientific method: examining alternative hypotheses, finding ways to test them, and ruling them out one-by-one. What you are left with at the end is the most likely explanation.”One flaw in this ‘scientific method’ is the possibility of ignoring one or more alternatives. Some could be equally plausible, or even more so. Philosophers of science can prove logically that there are almost an infinite number of alternative hypotheses to explain a scientific observation as simple as ice freezing at 32°F – and that’s for phenomena that are readily testable by experiment. How much more difficult is it to prove something that happened in the past?True, scientists can invoke “inference to the best explanation” to rule out many hypotheses and hone in on the “most likely explanation,” as claimed in the above quote. The explanation Mallon settled on, though, is not necessarily the best. Evolutionists believe that ankylosaurs thrived from the Jurassic to the Cretaceous. They have been found on every continent except Africa. Assuming 32 fossils represents a reasonable sample, did 80% of them die in this way over a period of 32 million Darwin Years? How about ones that lived far from a river? What kind of energy would it take to sweep a four-ton tank-like animal into a river to begin with? Even the ones that managed to “end up in a river” before decaying on dry ground might have ended up in a shallow river, not one big enough to float downstream in. And if “washed ashore” as Mallon suggests, would it fossilize? Most animals washed ashore decay without becoming entombed in rock.Did Mallon also answer the question of why this body position is peculiar to ankylosaurs? Other dead animals with the approximate shape of armored dinosaurs should follow a similar pattern. Brian Switek’s entry in the Scientific American Blog accepts the ‘bloat-and-float’ theory, but starts with his own questions. The first questions cast doubt on the presence of ankylosaurs near rivers:Ankylosaurs were terrible swimmers. It’s hard to see how they wouldn’t be. Nothing about their anatomy says or even whispers “aquatic,” least of all the rows of bony ornaments that would have made them about as buoyant as a brick. So why, then, do their remains keep turning up in rock that used to be ancient seabed?Another question to ask would be how long a bloated dinosaur would float, and whether it would sink intact. Most animals swept out to sea do not fossilize. Their bodies decay and are picked apart by scavengers. Even the great whales do not end up as fossils on the sea bottom. These and other problems make Mallon’s claim to having reached the “most likely explanation” seem premature.May we offer a suggestion to consider? How about a global flood? The energy of moving water can quickly topple a 4- to 8-ton animal, then bury it quickly so that it does fossilize. Strong currents would also likely tumble a top-heavy animal into an upside-down position. A global flood would also explain why so many other kinds of dinosaurs are found in the classic “dinosaur death pose” with neck arched backward, as if drowning (23 November 2011). If that model were not ruled out from the starting gate by evolutionists’ pathological hatred of flood geology, it would seem worth tossing into the mix at least. Mallon’s just-so story will probably last for years as “the” explanation, until another evolutionist finds problems with it. It’s a shame that gullible media will readily accept any evolutionist’s “best explanation” without asking hard questions.last_img read more

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The last “honey-do” project before spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Okay, ladies. I’m back with my farm wife’s seasonal thoughts. I want you to know that I crossed a birthday threshold in January that officially qualifies me as being able to provide “authentic” words of wisdom (or storytelling).So the weather forecast has not been conducive to getting in the fields anytime soon. Is the planter ready? History tells us that as soon as the National Farm Machinery show is over, they are all in “planting-season mode.” For my urban sisters, that means don’t even THINK about asking for any more honey-do projects. That’s over for the season. Done. (And it’s okay, because we’re ready to get them OUT of the house. J)The past few seasons have given those of us who farm in the eastern Corn Belt a bit more moisture than we care to have. Reading Ryan Martin’s weather forecast in this morning’s Digital Dale e-newsletter made me wonder if perhaps a few farm sisters might not have “one last chance” to get that last honey-do project done before spring planting.Last weekend, my honey proved that he really can “do it all.” I waited a long time for a new kitchen, and we remodeled ours six years ago this May. When one of the purchases included a refrigerator with an ice-cube maker and dispenser, we were all over it, in spite of several well-meaning friends shaking their head and telling us, “Well, expect it to break at least once.”We like to break those kind of records at our household, and we are now in the midst of repairing that refrigerator’s ice-maker for the second time in two years. I won’t take the time to share how long this saga has gone on, but I have to admit I am impressed with my own patience. We have been without “automatic ice” since before the NFMS. Part of the reason it has taken so long to be repaired is our schedule doesn’t coordinate with the repairman. He can only be in our area on Tuesday or Thursday. So, this morning, after three visits, and all three of them having to order a “different” part, the repairman is due back to repair what was supposedly the “latest update” to repair the blessed ice-maker. No, it didn’t work. It never made ice after he left. So he is due back, shortly.Adding to the drama of the kitchen is that not only has the refrigerator stayed true to what every appliance store told us beforehand: “don’t expect your appliances to last beyond 5 years – that’s why they’re cheap.” Let me keep it short: we have also replaced the dishwasher and last Saturday, the microwave.This brings me to the story of my farmer being a “Jack of all Trades.” It was almost a crisis when the microwave simply died. We remember the days of no microwaves. We can survive. So, buying a new one was going to be the same price as repairing one but the hubs said, “I can install that. No problem.” (Ladies, I know YOU know I could start a second blog here on that statement alone.)Yes. The anticipated 45-minute project took six hours on Saturday. Yet the amazing thing for both of us was that we didn’t get snarky with each other, even though it meant at least one trip to Lowe’s and three to the shop to get three different size drill bits. The problem was that the new support frame had the holes placed in different locations, and the size of the microwave — although portrayed as the exact same replacement as our old model — wasn’t. (Yes, we measured it) It was a quarter inch taller. Which, to make a long story very short, meant taking the microwave in and out (above the oven) about a hundred times so it could be lowered three-quarters of an inch to fit. But my guy did it. Perfectly. Yes, he could have said spend the $114 and let Lowe’s install it. And often times, he should spend the $$$ to let someone else do it. (Farmers don’t always “value” their time, monetarily, when they know they can surely do a project, no matter how LONG it takes, but that, too, could be another blog).Quite frankly, I am tired of the bashing that men get in today’s world, especially our folks in ag. There is only one sinless person that has ever lived on earth, and that is Jesus. We were created to be helpmates to each other, and nowhere is that more apparent than in agriculture. The weather controls most of what we can do and when we can do it. So if life is giving us lemons right now, we make lemonade. And that might just mean I get a microwave installed and it saves us $114.I have attached a picture to keep the farmers who will read this out there comforted to know that he did do the project “farmer-style.” If you have some “honey-do” last minute projects that your farmer might be convinced to do for you before spring, please share some photos or comments. (I have been promised a small raised-bed garden for a Mother’s day gift. Stay tuned!)last_img read more

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Note To BBC: The Future Of Radio Is Not “This Content Is Not Available On Your Device”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#New Media#web Related Posts For a media organization founded in the 1920s, the British Broadcasting Corporation has done a remarkable job of keeping up with the times. Its iPlayer media app is adored by those fortunate enough to have access to it. This week, the BBC launched an iPlayer spinoff that focuses on radio. It’s a great start, but if you’re eagerly awaiting radio’s future, you might want to hang tight.To be fair, iPlayer Radio is a solid offering. The attractively designed Web app is a focused way to stream live broadcasts from any of the BBC’s many channels. There’s a ton of content here, both live and archived. It’s all broken down by channel, category, schedule and – as you drill down further – topic area, personality, format and music genre. It’s a handy online portal into the BBC’s radio experience, much of which is available to users around the world.Geography is where the concept starts to fizzle. I live in the United States, so there are limitations on what I can hear on iPlayer Radio. For one thing, the iOS apps aren’t available here, so I have no choice but to point my iPhone and iPad browsers to the Web app. To the BBC’s credit, streaming a live broadcast works fairly well, and I can minimize the browser, launch another app and continue to listen uninterrupted. But even in the browser, I’m blocked from streaming certain shows in the archive. Bummer. I don’t know precisely what the future of radio looks like, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include the sentence, “This content is not available on your device.”As well designed as the Web app is, it still feels a little fractured. Not all the audio content on iPlayer Radio is funneled to the same pop-up window, for example. Some of it plays natively in the browser tab in which you initiate the stream, while some of it launches a new player in pop-up window. If you’re already streaming from one of those pop-ups and then decide to switch to another channel, iPlayer Radio will fire up another pop-up. In many cases, you end up with concurrent streams of audio, which turn into a cacophonous trainwreck of sound until you manage to find one of the stop buttons. It’s weird.To improve this particular aspect of the user experience, the BBC might want to borrow a page from SoundCloud or, both of which feature a single universal audio player that keeps streaming no matter where you navigate and then switches to a new audio stream when you ask for it. Other bastions of radio innovation have good ideas as well – NPR, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn and Pandora come to mind.The BBC might be, as radio futurologist James Cridland put it, a bit late to the party on this, but it’s a valiant effort, on the whole. The BBC has some incredibly high-quality content, often containing deeply valuable, alternative viewpoints. This new initiative helps open it up to a wider global audience. The mobile apps (from what I can tell) look especially well designed, with innovative carousel navigation and an alarm to wake up to the BBC. It’s the mobile experience that has the greatest potential to steer radio’s future, especially as smartphones continue to find a place in cars.It’s worth noting that iPlayer Radio is only the player’s first iteration. The BBC knows that online streaming and mobile technology are going to be a central component of their future. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market john paul titlowlast_img read more

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ScienceShot: Mysterious Meltback Explained?

first_imgThis glacier wasn’t supposed to shrink. In the late 1800s, retreating glaciers throughout the Alps marked the end of a centuries-long cold spell that climatologists have dubbed the Little Ice Age. Austria’s Hintereis Glacier (above), which retreated more than 1 kilometer between 1860 and 1930, is one of the most dramatic examples. But the meltback has bewildered researchers for decades. Weather data from that era, including trends in precipitation, suggest that glaciers in the area should have been expanding, or at least holding their ground. Indeed, at that time elsewhere in the world, glaciers were advancing, and carbon dioxide concentrations hadn’t risen enough to strongly affect global climate. Now, researchers have come up with a possible explanation for the curious shrinkage: It’s as simple as soot. By darkening the insulating layer of snow over the glacier and causing it to melt earlier each year, soot exposed glacial ice to the sun’s melting rays for a longer period every summer, they explain. Layers of ice in the upper reaches of glaciers provide a year-by-year chronicle of soot emitted by local industry and by the coal and wood burned to heat homes in the valleys nearby. In many places, these emissions more than doubled between the 1850s and the 1880s. The researchers combined that data with modern weather patterns to estimate the amount of soot deposited on glaciers in the 1800s.  According to their models, soot could have caused about 1 meter’s worth of additional ice melt each year despite cool temperatures and steady precipitation, they report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. By 1900, increased emissions of soot could have triggered the loss of more than 15 m of ice from a glacier’s surface; by 1930, the loss could have totaled 30 m or more—magnitudes and timing that can easily account for the Alpine glacial retreat, the scientists contend.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Apple May Start Making iPhone 6S Plus in India to Slash Its Prices

first_imgApple may start iPhone 6S Plus production at a new factory in southern India to lower the model’s price, local media outlet The Economic Times reported today. It may start manufacturing in Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, in two weeks.By setting up a local factory, Apple aims to slash Indian iPhone prices, as a response to government policies that tax foreign phones. India’s government raised tariffs on smartphones from 15 to 20 percent in February, forcing Apple to seek new measures to drop its prices and stay competitive.Read it at The Verge Related Itemslast_img read more

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Moto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Stock Android, premium build but which one looks better

first_imgThe sub-Rs 20,000 segment in India has lately seen a host of premium smartphone launches in the past year. New brands such as HMD Global’s Nokia and Honor have brought a whiff of a premium smartphone experience with their latest launches. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has been one of the most premium Android phones one could buy under Rs 20,000. At Rs 15,999, the Nokia handset offers a premium glass-metal build with a modern notched display and slim bezels. It also offers a stock Android One experience, which ensures timely updates.However, Motorola started the trend last year with the Moto G6. The Moto G6 offered a premium glass design and a stock Android experience. Motorola has now come up with Moto G7 series. The new “standard” Moto G7 builds on the pillars of its predecessor with a premium glass-metal body and slick stock Android experience. On paper, it seems to command a higher price than its rivals. While Motorola hasn’t announced a launch date for the Indian market yet, it’s known that the Moto G7 will come to India.That said, the Moto G7 seems to be a good option for stock Android enthusiasts. Does it pose a challenge to the Nokia 6.1 Plus?Moto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Design and displayThe Moto G7 wears a familiar Motorola look and feel that we have seen on previous Moto devices. The G7 flaunts a curvy candybar form factor with a premium glass rear panel. Similar to Moto G6, the Moto G7 also features subtle gradient and patterns. The fingerprint sensor sits in the Moto dimple while the dual camera module adds to the premium look and feel. At the front, there’s a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with a modern dewdrop notch. The bezels are noticeable but the overall viewing experience shouldn’t bother.advertisement The Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, is presently a design benchmark for affordable smartphones in my opinion. The 6.1 Plus also sports a glass-metal combo body but has an overall compact footprint. The front and rear get Gorilla Glass 3 protection. In our review of the Nokia 6.1 Plus, we found the design to be quite elegant, especially in the white colour variant. The front houses a smaller 5.8-inch IPS LCD display with full HD+ resolution. The chin is fairly slim and notch isn’t that big, which makes for a good viewing experience.Overall, if you want to rock a premium looking smartphone without spending a fortune, both of these should suffice.Moto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Specifications and performanceThe Moto G series has always relied on fairly modern Snapdragon chipsets. The Moto G7 gets a Snapdragon 632 chipset, which is a minor update to the older yet efficient Snapdragon 625. Motorola is offering 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard, with the latter expandable up to 128GB. Out-of-the-box, the phone will run on Android 9 Pie and will include Moto Experiences. In the past, Motorola’s software experience has been mostly clean and light with less bloatware. The Moto Experiences offers intuitive gestures and shortcuts to enhance the user experience. We expect the Moto G7 to do the same.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One device, which means Google gets to do the software part while Nokia focuses on hardware. The 6.1 Plus gets a reasonably powerful Snapdragon 636, which gains an advantage over the Moto G7’s Snapdragon 632 with two dedicated performance cores. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard. The 6.1 Plus launched with Android 8.1 Oreo but was updated to Android Pie within two months after Google rolled out the update. Nokia is known for delivering timely security updates and the 6.1 Plus with its clean UI is mostly fluid in daily usage.Moto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: CameraThe Moto G7 and Nokia 6.1 Plus have fairly identical rear camera setups. The Moto G7 gets a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel setup for the rear while the 6.1 Plus gets a 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel setup. The Moto G7’s camera has slightly higher apertures and also gets AI enhancements to improve photography. The Nokia 6.1 Plus doesn’t have AI features but has certain neat software tricks to keep photographers interested. A definitive verdict can only be given once we have the Moto G7 with us. As for the front cameras, the Nokia 6.1 Plus leads on paper with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The Moto G7 Plus gets an 8-megapixel camera for doing selfie duties.Moto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: BatteryBoth the smartphones feature identical batteries. The Moto G7 gets a 3000mAh unit while the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a barely bigger 3060mAh battery. With my experience of using several phones with a 3000mAh battery, both of these should last at least a day under moderate usage. However, the Nokia offers 18W Quick Charge 3 fast charging while the Moto G7 has to do with 15W TurboPower charging.advertisementMoto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Which one is better?While it’s difficult to give a verdict without actually using the phone for a few days, the Nokia 6.1 Plus seems to be a clear winner on paper. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a more powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset, a higher-spec 16-megapixel selfie camera as well as the 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup and a bloat-free Android One experience.That said, the Moto G7 seemingly carries a more stylish design when compared t the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Motorola’s user experience is known to be great. The Moto G7 hasn’t been announced for the Indian market yet, but if Motorola prices the Moto G7 aggressively, it could pose some challenge to the already established Nokia 6.1 Plus.ALSO READ | Nokia 7.1 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: How do the two Nokia phones compare under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Nokia 6.1 Plus vs Xiaomi Mi A2: One packs a punch, the other is value for moneyALSO READ | Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Stock Android experience in two different flavourslast_img read more

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Rohit, Bumrah post heartfelt message for Lasith Malinga as he retires from ODI

first_imgIndia’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma wished Lasith Malinga good luck after the Sri Lankan pacer announced his retirement from ODI. Rohit who is Malinga’s Mumbai Indians team-mate came forward to hail the champion player on social media.Lasith Malinga returned with impressive figures of 3/38 in his final ODI to help Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh. Malinga finished his ODI career as the 9th highest wicket-taker as he took 338 wickets, one more than India’s Anil Kumble.”If I had to pick one match winner among many others for @mipaltan in the last decade, this man will be on the top for sure. As a captain he give me breather during tense situation and he never failed to deliver, such was his presence within the team. Best wishes LM for the future,” Rohit Sharma wrote on his Twitter account.If I had to pick one match winner among many others for @mipaltan in the last decade, this man will be on the top for sure. As a captain he give me breather during tense situation and he never failed to deliver, such was his presence within the team. Best wishes LM for the future Sharma (@ImRo45) July 26, 2019Lasith Malinga had defended eight runs in the last over to help Mumbai Indians outclass Chennai Superkings and clinch their 4th IPL title.Jasprit Bumrah also tweeted a special message for his Mumbai Indians’ teammate. “Classic Mali spell Thank you for everything you’ve done for cricket. Always admired you and will always continue to do so,” Bumrah tweeted.advertisementClassic Mali spell Thank you for everything you’ve done for cricket. Always admired you and will always continue to do so .Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) July 26, 2019Since his 2004 debut against the United Arab Emirates, Malinga has played 225 ODIs and his unusual slingy action and an ability to bowl yorkers have made him a formidable bowler in limited-overs cricket. The right-arm paceman, a sought-after player in Twenty20 leagues, has also played 30 tests though he quit the long format in 2011 after battling a nagging knee injury.Also Read | Right time for me to retire from ODIs: Lasith Malinga bids adieu to 50-over cricketAlso See:last_img read more

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Uljanik Splashes Algomas 1st Newbuilding

first_imgImage Courtesy: UljanikCroatian shipbuilder Uljanik launched Algoma Innovator, a 24,900 dwt bulk carrier built for Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, at 3. Maj shipyard in Rijeka on December 29, 2016.With a gross tonnage of 16,000 tons, Algoma Innovator features a length of 198.1 meters and a width of 22 meters.The Handysize bulker is the first of five self-unloading ships for the transportation of bulk cargo being built for Algoma by Uljanik.Algoma Innovator and another 24,900 dwt bulker were ordered in March and September 2015, respectively. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in July and October 2017, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The remaining three ships, all having a deadweight of 39,000 tons, were ordered in September 2015. The contracts for the ships were signed after Algoma had canceled the order placed at China’s Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries. The three bulk carriers are slated for delivery in March, June and September 2018, VesselsValue’s data shows.All five vessels are intended for sailing on the Great Lakes, on the Canada-United States border, Uljanik said.last_img read more

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