The Young Chronicle was not the first startup Ritika Amit Kumar created. In 2009, while still doing her MBA at MICA, she had designed a social network for parents, by the name of AchaBacha.co.in. Parents living in a nuclear setup are the order of the day with so many of us having moved away from our home city for work purposes. And so, the need for updated parenting tips is a constant.”Being raised in a Defence environment, I did not have my grandparents with me all the time, but had a larger community that co-raised me. This brought me to the idea of developing a community around parents, when I was not even married,” says Ritika.It was during that time that Facebook started to grow popular and Ritika found that the parenting group she created on social media worked a lot better than the website. She noted that ‘The Young Chronicle’ online newspaper which was part of the web portal had received the most traction.Ritika realised she needed to change her whole approach.Some well-timed, quick advice from Sarbvir Singh, who headed the investment arm of Network 18 prodded her to focus on the children’s newspaper aspect of the Young Chronicle.Ritika was not that experienced in the digital marketing domain and so, she first worked with Groupon India for a few years, before advancing the Young Chronicle plan in earnest. Profiles of the Founders, Ritika Amit Kumar and Varun Mishra.Discovering reading levels of childrenChildren need to keep advancing their reading levels steadily from a young age so that they can be gradually exposed to topics of increasingly complexity or maturity. But this is a factor that very few parents realise or know about.advertisementThe Young Chronicle started off as a single children’s newspaper in a PDF (online text reader) format. When customer feedback informed that children of many age groups were reading the paper, she launched an Android app for classes 1, 2, 3 and 4.Then, she learned that children up to the age of 14 were reading the class 4 newspaper meant for 9- to 10-year-olds. So she extended the Young Chronicle to reading levels of class 7.”This version got shortlisted for ET Power of ideas in 2015. Around that time, we were using a third party tool to host interactive PDFs,” says Ritika.Later, customer feedback revealed that even children in the same class can have different reading levels.”In early 2016, Varun Mishra joined us as a Co-Founder. He helped us map lexical scores to the Indian market, after running a text analysis of over 150 books,” says Ritika.Understanding the various kinds of reading levels was a major task and very enlightening. Reading patterns are different in metro cities, Tier 1 cities, and Tier 2 towns. In fact, reading trends in the east are different from those in the west.”We started with NCERT but soon realised that they don’t follow any lexical pattern, which is why ASER often comes up with reports stating that class 6 children cannot read class 2 textbooks,” says Ritika.Now, every article on the Young Chronicle news app for children is written for seven different reading levels. Each article is scored and then assigned a reading level.When a child first enters the app, he/she is shown a series of sentences. They choose a sentence of maximum difficulty that they can easily read. Thereafter they see only content that pertains to their reading level, explain Ritika.”We have already started tracking data, to build an AI that will intuitively assign and recalibrate reading levels automatically for the child,” she says. The Young Chronicle Newspapers are based on different Reading Levels.Recruiting mothers for the Young Chronicle news appThe next learning curve was realising that even children in the same class can have different reading levels based on their reading habits.”We also realised that a team of 20-somethings writing content for us, was not working. We needed a team of writers who understood the learning patterns in children,” says Ritika, adding that she had also just become a mother at the time.”This is when we started recruiting only mothers to write for us,” she says.Today, India has over 2 crore mothers who are graduates and living in cities. Among them, only 48 lakh work. Currently, the teacher-student ratio in our country is 80:1. “Working from home, enables these women to work flexible hours, while contributing to the knowledge and awareness levels of children across the country,” says Ritika.Women who become mothers often have to leave their jobs at least for a temporary period to take care of their baby. But this doesn’t mean that they cannot work at all. This is kind of workforce Ritika targeted to power her children’s newspaper app.advertisementMost of the writers for the Young Chronicle have over 10 years of experience in fields like remote sensing, pharma, teaching, finance, real estate and marketing.”In fact, many Army wives work with us, and some operate from the US, as they are on an H1B1 visa, that doesn’t allow them to work there. It is an honour to be able to be a part of their journey, and enable them to contribute to the society even when they are unable to pursue regular jobs,” she says.Ritika explains how being a mother-led and a mother-run organisation gave them better credibility as they were catering to children and who knows kids more than moms?”In fact, we started churning better content when we started recruiting only mothers. Moreover, my being a woman brought much-needed empathy that our writers needed. I feel it was only an upward journey after we became an all mother-editorial team,” she says. Some members from our mommy network who run the Young Chronicle.How can a digital news app help children learn better?We live in a technology-based world where video and photo-based content is almost always a must to retain the attention of youngsters. Moreover, the audio-visual environment helps children grasp complex topics with clarity much more easily.”Digital helps in customizing news and language on the basis of the child’s reading level,” says Ritika.”Moreover, I believe, in today’s tech environment, one cannot completely shy away from digital media, while one should not let go of printed books and newspapers as well. Which is why, we have both,” she adds.About 20% of the readers and customers use both solutions. The printed children’s paper also has QR codes that the children can scan and watch the content on the mobile app.One of the most interesting features of the Young Chronicle app is that the app learns how much the child has grasped. “This helps the child unlock badges, and helps the app understand actually what content to offer the child and what level the child is actually at,” says Ritika. Screenshots of The Young Chronicle AppWhat content does the Young Chronicle children’s news app offer?The Young Chronicle app carried articles across 30 topics ranging from news, sports, economics, technology, space, history, culture etc.The content ranges from word meanings to activities, to quizzes, to games, to videos, to audio stories for younger children, and more.”This added element ensures that the learning the children have gathered by reading, is sealed,” says Ritika.The content is more or less the same across all reading levels. “We also carry stories for the lower levels, and ensure sensitive content like the recent surgical strikes, are restricted to higher levels. But every level carries a different depth of content,” says Ritika.As an example, she explains how they carried an article on the history of Kashmir for reading level 5 onwards. “Because many adults don’t know what happened, it gives kids a skewed idea of reality,” she says.advertisement How does the team of mothers work together to keep the news app running smoothly?The Young Chronicle app is updated every day which requires a smooth workforce. Most of the mommy writers were recruited via Sheroes or mommy groups on Facebook and all writers are divided into three teams, each of them headed by an editor.Every writer has access to contribute a topic in the topics list. The editors then collate these and share the topics with their teams, basis the categories each team works on.”Writers have the flexibility to choose their topics. If they choose a topic, they are required to submit the same basis a schedule. Else, if they are busy, they avoid choosing a topic,” says Ritika.The pictures or graphics are either bought or created on the basis the content and then, the content is put into a layout by our team for the weekly e-papers and the fortnightly printed papers.”We offer ample flexibility to our team, as our key intention is to produce good work, and most of our team is driven by the passion towards making this world a better place for our children,” says Ritika.”Therefore raising better kids is key. I have barely found any unprofessionalism with the mothers I have worked with,” she adds. How does the app generate revenue?Ritika explains that the Young Chronicle has three revenue streams which have helped them sustain without external investments:The weekly e-paper and the fortnightly printed paper are subscription-basedPeople can subscribe to video content from the appThe team is also starting STEM classes in May in Gurgaon and Bangalore which will add a revenue sourceHow can you get the Young Chronicle app?The Young Chronicle children’s newspaper app is available on Android and iOS, and can be accessed by everyone, anywhere. The app complies by all child protection norms and is completely safe.”We have over 1000 app downloads. Our app has over 2000 articles across all levels, and have received over 20000 reads,” says Ritika.The printed paper and the e-paper can be subscribed to from the official website of the children’s newspaper. The newspaper comes in seven different reading levels as well.”We have over 500 subscribers for our printed edition. The quarterly subscription for these is Rs. 600 and Rs. 360, respectively, which costs less than an outing at a coffee shop or a Pizza outlet,” says Ritika.What is the future of Young Chronicle?”The children’s news app is designed to get more and more intuitive, and will soon be offering concrete analytics to parents,” says Ritika.”Our focus will now be on offering more engaging video content, from word of the day videos to video news. We are also going to be focusing on our STEM workshops and offer more of that content on our app and papers as well,” she adds.Read: This woman is turning huge truck containers into portable container schools that run on solar energy!Read: How one man became so tired of rote-learning that he battled odds and started his own schoolRead: Haji Public School, the mountain-cut village school that speaks of education red tapes in the stereotypically ‘terror-ridden’ Kashmir
Antoine Griezmann ‘Griezmann snubbed Barcelona a month ago’ – Hernandez supports call to stay out of Messi’s shadow Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:21 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Barcelona Primera División An Atletico Madrid and France team-mate of the highly-rated striker believes the right decision was made at the end of a long-running future saga Antoine Griezmann made his mind up to snub Barcelona a month ago, claims Atletico Madrid and France team-mate Lucas Hernandez, with the striker opting to stay out of Lionel Messi’s shadow.Having been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou for some time, the 27-year-old finally revealed the decision he had made on his future on the eve of World Cup duty.In a lavish video documentary which aired his Barca snub, Griezmann claimed there are “things to do with Atletico”. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move It appeared from the outside as though it had taken him some months to reach that conclusion, but Hernandez believes his fellow countryman was always staying in the Spanish capital.He told reporters: “I believe Griezmann made his choice a month ago. The video only came recently but that [situation] wasn’t in his head.“He’s only thinking about the World Cup and is 100 per cent focused on that.”Griezmann also stated that he wished to avoid being “one more” at Barcelona, with Hernandez agreeing that joining a star-studded squad in Catalunya would have been the wrong choice.He added: “I think like his wife said in an interview: ‘At Atletico, you can be a star. At Barcelona, you will only be a player’. She said what is most essential, that’s the truth.“Here, at Atletico, he can be the idol of everyone, of every fan.“If he would have gone to Barcelona, there are a lot of great players and the best player in the world as well. He would have been in the shadow of some great players like Messi, Iniesta or even Xavi before.“If he would have moved to Barcelona, it would have only been one more player in the team.“Here, at Atletico, he is the player, our best player, our leader. He will make the difference.”Griezmann is already up and running as a talismanic presence for France at World Cup 2018, with a controversial penalty converted in a 2-1 victory over Australia in their opening fixture.He was replaced by Olivier Giroud in that contest, having struggled to produce a spark outside of his spot kick, but has been assured by coach Didier Deschamps that his starting spot is not under threat.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that his international team-mate Christian Pulisic will be a hit at Chelsea. Pulisic sealed a £58 million (€64m/$73m) move to Chelsea this week, with the 20-year-old set to stay at Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season. Howard knows what it takes to succeed in the English top flight, having spent 13 seasons in the Premier League with Manchester United and Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the 39-year-old, now with the Colorado Rapids in MLS, thinks that Pulisic can become another American success story in England. “The Premier League presents its own trials and tribulations, it’s a rough-and-tumble league, it’s up and down, but he’s shown to be pretty strong even though he’s not the biggest guy in the world,” Howard told ESPN FC. “I think his talents will lend themselves very well to the way Chelsea play football.”The Blues may be one of the Premier League’s most high-profile sides, but Howard believes that the experience Pulisic has gained at Dortmund will serve him well in his next career move. “It is a massive club, but he’s played for a massive club already,” the goalkeeper said. “Dortmund is no slouch, and he went there under Jurgen Klopp and he’s grown up there and learned a lot of his trade in the Bundesliga.”The amount Chelsea paid Dortmund more than tripled the largest transfer fee ever paid for an American player, which is partly due to Pulisic’s performances for the U.S. national team. Pulisic has scored nine times in 23 appearances for the United States, and carried the team through their ultimately unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Howard saw those performances firsthand, and insists that Pulisic is ready to live up to his huge price tag. “He’s played a big part for the U.S. national team, so as much as the price tag is massive, which it is, he’s ready to perform.”
Story Highlights The Government-commissioned statues of multiple medal winning Olympians, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, are on course for delivery this year, in keeping with the Administration’s timeline announced in late 2016.Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says work by renowned sculptor, Basil Watson, who is designing the pieces in consultation with the Ministry and athletes, is advanced, adding that the end products will be completed overseas.She said both Mr. Bolt’s and Mrs. Fraser-Pryce’s statues are scheduled to arrive in August and November, respectively.Both pieces are two of four which Mr. Watson has been commissioned to produce for four of Jamaica’s most recent Olympians who have excelled in athletics globally.The others are Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell, whose statues are slated for completion in 2018.The four statues are being undertaken at a cost of approximately $51.8 million (US$400,000) with funding from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and will measure between seven and eight feet in height.The Minister was speaking at a media briefing at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday, June 16, where a maquette (miniature model) of Usain Bolt’s statue was unveiled.A similar maquette, which has also been developed for Mrs. Fraser-Pryce, is expected to be unveiled at a later date.Ms. Grange said it is anticipated that Mr. Bolt’s statue, which will be mounted in Statue Park, adjacent to the National Stadium, inside the Independence Park Complex, will be officially unveiled in October to coincide with the Heritage Week/National Heroes Day celebrations.She said the Ministry was also seeking to involve several of Jamaica’s other athletes in that event.The Minister noted, however, that a number of them were expected to participate on the racing circuit following the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championship in London, England, in August.As such, she said the date for the unveiling was subject to their schedules and Mr. Bolt’s availability.Ms. Grange said the statues’ commissioning formed part of the process of “memorialising and celebrating the historical, social, symbolic and aesthetic value of Jamaica’s athletic achievements”, adding that “importantly, this is about economic value to Jamaica’s sports tourism offering.”In this regard, she thanked the SDF for supporting the initiative, pointing out that “none of this would be possible without their cooperation.”Ms. Grange also announced that as part of the agreement with Mr. Watson, the renowned sculptor will waive his intellectual property rights for any miniature reproduction of the statues, “as long as the proceeds are going towards the development of sports and the creative industries.”Meanwhile, the Minister dismissed the picture of a statue of Mr. Bolt which she said has been circulating on social media as a “fake”, asserting that based on Mr. Watson credentials, “there is no way that (he) would have produced that image that is causing public concern.”For his part, Mr. Watson lauded Ms. Grange and the Ministry for facilitating the “marriage” between sports, specifically athletics, and art which he said “can support and deliver the message of what our people achieve (and their) dreams and aspirations.”“This is how I see my task affecting the Jamaican youth (who dream) of achieving some of the great things that our forefathers have achieved in sports, culture, art and music…and I am pleased to see the Ministry supporting and developing this cause,” he added.Sports Development Foundation Director, Ian Forbes, said the entity was proud to have played its part in facilitating the initiative.Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President, Dr. Warren Blake, noted that Usain Bolt, like Jamaica’s other athletes, has brought tremendous value to athletics as well as brand Jamaica.“It is only fitting that we pay tribute to our heroes and those who have served us well…and this statue is only a small token of appreciation of a grateful nation…and a sterling tribute to the greatness of Usain,” he added.For his part, representative of Racers Track Club, with which Usain Bolt has been affiliated for the duration of his athletics career, Dennis Gordon, urged corporate Jamaica to support the search for another potential Jamaica athletics superstar by “coming on board at the developmental stage.”Usain Bolt, who has won multiple Olympic and World Championships in Athletics gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 metres events, dating back to the 2008 Beijing Olympiad in China, will retire from competitive track and field competition after the London Championships in August. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says work by renowned sculptor, Basil Watson, who is designing the pieces in consultation with the Ministry and athletes, is advanced, adding that the end products will be completed overseas. The Government-commissioned statues of multiple medal winning Olympians, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, are on course for delivery this year, in keeping with the administration’s timeline announced in late 2016. Miniter Grange said both Mr. Bolt’s and Mrs. Fraser-Pryce’s statues are scheduled to arrive in August and November respectively.
The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to Paul Ahyi, a Togolese painter and sculptor who had served as a UNESCO Artist for Peace since September 2009 until his death earlier this week.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova mourned the death of Mr. Ahyi, who died on 4 January in Lome, saying he had “played a decisive role in highlighting our common ideals of diversity, tolerance and intercultural dialogue in Africa and the rest of the world.”A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts) in Paris, Mr. Ahyi had created ceramics, tapestries and jewelry, and planned interiors and household objects. Born in 1930, Mr. Ahyi strove to increase the world’s knowledge and appreciation of African culture, convinced that cultural diversity was a key to dialogue between peoples. His works have been shown throughout Africa, and in Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, United States and the Vatican. Ms. Bokova called Mr. Ahyi’s death “a great loss for Togo and Africa and also for UNESCO, which had appointed him as one of its advocates for peace and social cohesion.”Among his achievements, he designed the Togolese national flag and contributed to the Independence Monument erected at the heart of Lome.His honours include the Médaille d’Or des Métiers d’Arts in Paris (1961), Officer of the Ordre du Mono in Togo (1970), Commander of the Palmes Académiques Françaises (1985), Officer of the Arts et Lettres de France (1985). He wrote several books including “La réflexion sur l’art et la culture” and “Togo, mon cœur saigne”. 7 January 2010The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to Paul Ahyi, a Togolese painter and sculptor who had served as a UNESCO Artist for Peace since September 2009 until his death earlier this week.
“We hope this case will make it clear that the securities laws should not be applied to a currency used by millions of people in dozens of apps,” Livingston said in the statement.In Tuesday’s SEC complaint, which contains allegations that have not been proven, the regulator says Kik decided to “pivot” from its messenger application business to a cryptocurrency play as fewer and fewer people were using Kik Messenger and the company expected to run out of cash to fund its operation by the end of 2017.“Faced with a shrinking financial ‘runway,’ Kik decided to ‘pivot’ to an entirely different business and attempt what a board member called a ‘hail Mary pass’,” the document says.In an effort to get around the idea that it was selling securities, the SEC alleges that the firm dedicated itself to pitching the idea of creating a “Kin Ecosystem” through which the cyptocurrency could be used at an unspecified future date to buy goods and services.“Throughout Kik’s 2017 offering and sale of Kin, the decentralized economy that Kik had marketed did not exist,” the SEC says in its complaint. “In addition, when Kik distributed Kin on September 26, 2017, no one — not even Kik — offered goods or services in return for Kin.”The filing says Kik “pursued a superficial Minimum Viable Product” in the form of digital stickers — “predominately a cartoon honey badger” — that would be awarded to Kin buyers who also had a Kik Messenger account.“Kik did not design the cartoon sticker to encourage people to buy Kin for non-investment purposes, and, in any event, the stickers could not be purchased using Kin,” The SEC says.“Rather, Kik developed the stickers based on an effort to create a hypothetical ‘use’ for the tokens, which Kik believed was relevant to whether Kik’s sales of Kin were securities transactions under the securities laws.” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking a disgorgement of “ill-gotten gains” and civil penalties from Waterloo, Ont.-based Kik Interactive Inc. over a US$100 million initial coin offering the company launched in 2017.Kik marketed the offering as a currency called Kin, tokens that could be used in the future in a “Kin Ecosystem.” But the SEC alleged in a complaint filed Tuesday that it met the definition of a security, noting that it came as the company’s signature messenger application business was flagging.Canadian investors were barred from even taking part in the offering after staff of the Ontario Securities Commission informed Kik’s lawyer that they, too, considered the crypto-tokens to be securities, according to the 49-page SEC complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Stakes are high as Kik launches beta test of cryptocurrency platform Kik bans Canadians from investing in new crypto-token, cites ‘weak guidance’ from regulators Kik launches registration for crypto-token sale at US$750 million-plus valuation “OSC staff members raised concerns that the sale of Kin would violate Ontario securities laws because Kin tokens were investment contracts and, thus, securities,” the SEC document says, describing meetings between the Ontario regulator and Kik executives and outside counsel between August and September of 2017.“After learning of the OSC’s position, Kik barred Canadians from purchasing Kin in the public sale.”While the Waterloo-based firm had approached the OSC, “Kik did not make a similar overture with the SEC” even though the U.S. regulator had published a report in July of 2017 stating its view that digital assets may be securities, according to the SEC complaint.Kik did not restrict U.S.-based investors from purchasing Kin, nor did it register the offering with regulators, the complaint says. As a result, “United States-based investors were deprived of the disclosures and protections to which they were entitled under the federal securities laws.”Kik responded in a lengthy statement, saying the SEC enforcement action is “based on a flawed legal theory” and appears to acknowledge that transactions using the Kin token do not fall under federal securities laws.“The SEC complaint … presents a highly selective and grossly misleading picture of the facts and circumstances surrounding our 2017 pre-sale and token distribution event,” said Ted Livingston, Kik’s chief executive.“We look forward to presenting the full story in court.”The firm is raising funds to defend itself — and cryptocurrency innovation — through a crowdfunding website called Defend Crypto.We hope this case will make it clear that the securities laws should not be applied to a currency used by millions of people in dozens of appsTed Livingston, Kik CEO
A new report from The Conference Board of Canada has suggested better economic times might not be that far away.The board says optimism levels among business leaders will start to rise, which usually means stronger investment intentions.Officials said the pessimism regarding the general economy has mostly subsided.According to the numbers, just over 11 per cent of Canadian business leaders said they believe overall economic conditions will continue to deteriorate, while almost 23 per cent expect things will pick up. by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Aug 11, 2015 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 7:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Conference Board of Canada says light at the end of the tunnel for the economy
Ohio State redshirt junior Yianni Pavlopoulos pitched five innings of shutout baseball against Purdue on March 31 against Purdue at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe past series for the Ohio State baseball team was like riding a rollercoaster. It climbed that first hill and got to the peak with a comeback win against then-No. 16 Southern Miss Golden Eagles, then zipped to the valley with a loss to an Eastern Michigan team that was 3-8.The Buckeyes (7-4) will try to reach the peak and sustain the ride when they travel to Conway, South Carolina, to play in the Coastal Carolina Tournament.“We’ve got talent,” Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry said. “[Beating Southern Miss] wasn’t a fluke. We’ve got to be able to maintain the same level of intensity every day.”Upon arriving in Conway, Ohio State will face High Point (5-6) twice before taking on No. 24 Coastal Carolina (10-3) for two more games. The two teams present very different sets of challenges for the Buckeyes.High PointThe Panthers have a losing record in a season full of ups and downs. Losing their first three games, the Panthers rebounded with a four-game win streak before losing three of the next four.High Point’s top starting pitchers, sophomore Drew Daczkowski and senior Jordan Sergent, possess a sub-3.65 ERA this season. The pair is supported by a defense with a .966 fielding percentage on the year. Scoring runs for the pitching staff has proved to the the issue, with the team posting a combined .243 batting average. Despite the team’s collective struggles, redshirt junior catcher Daniel Millwee has found success. Beginning the year off the bench, Millwee went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in his first start against North Carolina A&T and never looked back. He is batting .400 with a pair of home runs and 13 RBIs, all team-leading statistics.“We need to make sure we take care of High Point,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We can’t look ahead to Coastal Carolina.” Junior Connor Curlis, who is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts, will again lead off the weekend for the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-1, 2.84 ERA) will go Saturday, moving ahead of junior Ryan Feltner (1-0, 6.75) and redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer (0-2, 8.03) in the rotation for this weekend.“We’re looking at matchups as much as we’re looking at one, two, three, four in a rotation,” Beals said. “High Point’s got a high level of right-handed hitters in their lineup, Pavlopoulos bodes better against a right-handed hitter.”Ohio State plays the High Point Panthers at 11 a.m. Friday and again at 11 a.m. Saturday. Coastal CarolinaThe Buckeyes take on No. 24 Coastal Carolina as the second half of a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Saturday, and then again at 11 a.m. Sunday.The Chanticleers bat .290 as a team, with six starters sitting above the .300 mark. Perhaps the most exciting hitter isn’t even among those six, senior first baseman Kevin Woodall Jr. Why? He’s one of just seven players in the country to have hit seven home runs to this point in the season.There’s a good chance the Buckeyes will face junior Jason Bilous in the first meeting between the two squads, a pitcher who is holding hitters to a .176 batting average. Plate discipline could be a key. Bilous leads the 2016 national champions in strikeouts, but also leads them in walks — more than twice as many as anyone else on the team in the latter category.
To allow more cooperation and information-sharing, the heads of South Africa’s four university mining schools have launched Mining Engineering Education South Africa (MEESA). Established last year as the Mining Heads of School Forum and recently re-branded, MEESA is currently chaired by Professor Ronny Webber-Youngman of Pretoria University’s Department of Mining Engineering and includes his counterparts Professor Cuthbert Musingwini of Wits University, Dr Hennie Grobler of the University of Johannesburg, and Mr Israel Dikgwatlhe of the University of South Africa.Emphasising the need for closer collaboration between mining schools, Professor Webber-Youngman highlighted research, funding and work experience as key issues for MEESA. “Since mining research capacity has decreased over the last few years, research collaboration is imperative in addressing the challenges the South African mining industry is currently facing,” he said. “The country just does not have enough researchers to be competitive in this regard. Our four schools look forward to collaborating more meaningfully in the near future in our research activities.”Since its inception, MEESA has already been able to interact more effectively with the Mining Qualifications Authority to collectively resolve challenges encountered by each of the schools. “I believe that a co-ordinated approach in dealing with challenges is one of the major benefits we all derive from this association,” he said. MEESA has also been able to collectively secure a number of vacation-work placements for their undergraduate students.“Key to this collaboration is that there is more information-sharing across all four schools,” said Professor Webber-Youngman. “Unlike in the past – when each school had relationships with other mining schools internationally – we will now be able to strengthen local collaboration and leverage this to ensure more sustainable collaborations globally.”
Cummins Inc presented the next generation of ultra-clean construction, mining and materials-handling engines to the US market for the first time at the recent CONEXPO show. Designed to meet European Union (EU) Stage V emissions regulations commencing in 2019, they will also be certified to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Air Resources Board (ARB) Tier 4 Final standards, and will offer distinct advantages to North American manufacturers.“Although the Stage V regulations do not directly affect North America, Cummins technology leadership enables us to offer significant product and technology enhancements to construction equipment manufacturers for 2019. This next generation of products will appeal to every OEM looking for significantly improved performance with lower installed costs for Tier 4 Final, as well as those needing a simpler approach to export to Europe and lesser regulated regions. They will be able to benefit from higher performance, lower running costs, lower weight and easier installation,” said Hugh Foden, Executive Director – Cummins Off-Highway Business.The integration of Cummins’ latest aftertreatment system – the Single Module™ – with leading combustion and air-handling technology allows the 2019 F3.8, B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engines to be Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)-free. Powering construction equipment from 100 hp to 430 hp (75-321 kW), they offer OEMs a simpler installation with lower installed costs. The Single Module system combines a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and urea-dosing technologies in one unit, providing up to a 50% reduction in envelope size and a 30% reduction in weight compared with earlier products. The “fit-andforget” system is capable of removing emissions almost entirely by passive regeneration, with no impact on equipment operation and requiring no operator interface or intervention.The 4-cylinder F3.8 and B4.5 engines achieve remarkable increases in power and torque, enabling significant opportunities for OEMs to downsize engine installations and further reduce costs while preserving the productivity of their existing machines. The 3.8-litre moves up from 130 hp to 155 hp with the new architecture, while the 4.5-litre engine jumps from 173 hp to 200 hp. Peak torque of the F3.8 increases by more than 20 percent, to 440 lb-ft, and an 11% increase moves the B4.5 up to 575 lb-ft.Already best-in-class, the 6-cylinder 6.7-litre and 9-litre engines surge ahead with higher power output and torque. Top-rated power for this next-generation B6.7 moves up to 326 hp with a peak torque of 1,015 lb-ft – a compelling 30% increase over its predecessor. The L9 top rating increases from 400 hp to 430 hp, together with a 13% increase in peak torque to 1,360 lb-ft. “With those substantial performance gains, our new generation of Tier 4 Final/Stage V engines will deliver more from a smaller, lighter package. Customers will see over 10 percent more power and almost 20% more torque than their engines’ predecessors, all while using less fuel,” said Foden. Efficiency improvements will result in the overall fuel and DEF costs reducing by up to 3% compared with those of current Tier 4 Final, depending on engine and application. Engine operating costs will be further reduced with an achievable 1,000-hour oil change interval – twice as long as the current 500 hours.For US-based OEMs looking to export their equipment, Cummins Stage V engines come with a high degree of tolerance to sulphur in fuel – up to 5,000 parts per million. That means that the same Cummins Stage V engine installation can be applicable for sales to multiple emissions standards, from Tier 4 Final and Stage V all the way down to unregulated levels. Each machine can have the same electronic integration and mechanical hookups, with or without exhaust aftertreatment, depending on the emissions standards required. In addition, the substantial performance improvements are maintained across all emissions levels. “This capability delivers truly global engine platforms for our customers,” Foden said.
The President of Fronditha, George Demetriou, expressed his deep appreciation for the overwhelming support shown by the Greek community for the Fronditha’s Radiothon on Saturday.$80,340 was raised by the radiothon which took place with the co-operation of Radio 3XY.Fronditha had managed to raise over $10,000 before the Radiothon.All funds raised through the 2010 Radiothon will be going towards the expansion of Anesi in Thornbury turning it into a 120 bed facility at an estimated cost of $13 million. The expansion will include of a 30 bed Dementia Unit. Fronditha’s CEO, Ms Penni Michael, said, “There is clearly a need for Dementia specific placements in the Northern Metropolitan region. This expansion is vital to the ageing population, taking into consideration the predicted incidence of Dementia tripling in the next thirty years.”Fronditha will be borrowing a significant portion of the funds required. The demolition and preparation of the land is now almost complete with the building set to begin in May. The construction is set to be completed within 18 months. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un parasite fait perdre aux souris leur peur des chatsLe parasite à l’origine de la toxoplasmose se trouve dans les plupart des mammifères mais ne peut se reproduire que dans le système digestif des félins. Pour mieux atteindre la bedaine des matous, il arrive à faire “oublier” aux souris le sentiment de danger à proximité de l’urine de chat et de lynx. Un phénomène étonnant!Au jeu du chat et de la souris, un parasite vient troubler les règles. Le protozoaire toxoplasma gondii, responsable de la toxoplasmose, niche dans toutes sortes de créatures à sang chaud comme les oiseaux et les mammifères. Il ne peut par contre se reproduire qu’à l’intérieur du système digestif des félins. Alors comment passer du corps d’une souris à l’estomac d’un matou ? “Pour achever le cycle de vie du toxoplasma gondii, un animal infecté doit être mangé par un chat, explique le chercheur Michael Eisen. Cela créé un conflit d’intérêt entre le parasite, qui veut que son hôte soit mangé, et l’hôte en question, qui préfèrerait éviter d’être dévoré par un chat.” L’infâme protozoaire a fini par trouver la solution : il fait perdre au rongeur sa peur du Grosminet.Un enclos et un bol d’urineUne équipe de l’université de Berkeley en Californie s’est penchée sur l’incroyable mécanisme et a mis au point un protocole expérimental. Les chercheurs et les étudiants ont placé au milieu d’un enclos un bol contenant de l’urine de chat, de lynx ou de lapin. Ils y ont ensuite déposé des souris saines ou atteintes d’une des trois formes du parasite.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’étude de leurs mouvements est sans équivoque : si toutes les souris se promènent librement en présence d’urine de lapin, les souris saines rasent les murs et évitent le centre de l’enclos quand il y a du pipi de félin. Les souris infectées ne font par contre pas la différence et semblent s’en moquer. Mieux encore, même les souris qui ont été les hôtes du parasite, mais qui ont été soignées depuis, ne craignent plus l’urine des prédateurs.Des effets sur l’homme ?”Cela semble réfuter, ou du moins rendre moins crédible, les modèles selon lesquelles ces troubles du comportement seraient dues à l’action physique directe des parasites sur une région spécifique du cerveau, conclue Michael Einsen.” Les chercheurs ne savent hélas toujours pas comment le toxoplasma gondii parvient à leurrer l’instinct des souris.Comme l’explique Livescience, le toxoplasma gondii parasite aussi les êtres humains. Le site propose, avec humour, de faire le lien entre la toxoplasmose et l’amour que nombre d’entre nous ont pour les chats.Le 6 avril 2013 à 19:11 • Maxime Lambert
‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President I’ve been thinking about the end of the world a lot recently. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to why. So while video games exploring post-apocalypses is nothing new (the games I’m writing about here aren’t even new, just ports) having two games about surviving in the wasteland drop on Nintendo Switch at the same time did feel a bit like a fate. But while they have some aesthetic similarities, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden and Zombie Driver: Immortal Edition are ultimately very different games. One is pretty smart and the other is super dumb.This isn’t some kind of riddle. Zombie Driver is the dumb one. So let’s talk about that first, although there’s really not that much to talk about beyond the title. In Zombie Driver you control a car cruising through a zombie nightmare. The top-down arcade perspective turns it into a kind of Grand Theft Auto 2 meets Dead Rising. And powering up your vehicles with external upgrades as well as weapons you find in-game has a Twisted Metal car combat quality, too.I don’t mean for “dumb” to be a complete insult. There are cheap thrills to be had mowing through the undead with four wheels. And the performance holds up pretty nicely with lots of zombie bodies, flames, bullets, blood, rain, and explosions on screen. But there’s very little staying power. I got my fill after a couple of rounds of wave-based survival and violent racing modes. As soon as the story asked me to pump endless bullets into a stationary boss with recharging health I tapped out. In the end I think I’ll remember this about as well as the upcoming inexplicable Zombieland sequel.For something much more likely to stick in your brain check out Mutant Year Zero. It’s funny this came out on Switch so soon after fellow turn-based strategy game Fire Emblem: Three Houses. But whereas that game is all about the pageantry and grand strategy of guiding upstanding anime teens, Mutant Year Zero is gritty down-to-earth desperate tactics where you play as a literal pig.Based on the tabletop game, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden has you controlling radiation-resistant Stalkers wandering through the remains of the world. Occasionally they’ll pick up an iPod or something and ask why anyone would want a flashing box with fruit on it. Good voicing acting helps the strong world-building. And while the working-class talking animal heroes baffled me at first, I grew to appreciate them in a funny Star Fox kind of way.Battles in Mutant Year Zero are no laughing matter though. While there are similarities to something like “Fallout meets XCOM,” your three-person squad is ultimately much weaker compared to the vast majority of enemies you’ll encounter. Reloading a gun that holds three bullets takes up one of two actions for a turn. Moving especially far takes up both. Even as you gain strength by leveling up, finding new armor, upgrading weapons, and gaining new skills with mutation points, brute forcing your way through a battle basically never works.Instead, you’ll have to wrap your head around the game’s intriguing fusion of real-time exploration and turn-based battles. Outside of combat you walk around the world like normal, taking in the sights (even if the blurriness of Unreal Engine 4 games on Switch strikes again). As you spot enemies, creep around them and turn off your flashlight to avoid drawing their attention. Split up your party to get in a better position. And ambush targets when the time is right.In theory I like this level of thought you can put into preparation. When it all comes together you can pick off an entire horde of enemies one by one with silent weapons before they even notice. But in practice the game is so hard that this stealth feels like a requirement and not an extra layer of creative combat flexibility, and I kind of resented it in the end.Still, there’s nothing quite like Mutant Year Zero. And even if you already played the game on other platforms there’s a new expansion, Seed of Evil, out alongside this Switch release. For more on Nintendo Switch (that doesn’t have to do with the end of the world) check out these games to play right now and get ready for the Nintendo Switch Lite coming later this September. Stay on target
Arsenal legend Alan Smith believes that while Unai Emery is certainly a coach of “great ability”, he doubts that the Spaniard will be a “safe appointment” for his old clubThe 46-year-old has now left Paris Saint-Germain after they decided against renewing his two-year deal in favour of appointing former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel to take charge for next season.After Arsene Wenger’s departure from the Emirates, Mikel Arteta held talks with the board over succeeding his former coach at Arsenal and was heavily believed to be the favourite for the post.However, Emery has since emerged as the shock leading candidate for the role and the club is set to announce his appointment soon.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“They’ve gone for the experienced option rather than the left-field,” Smith told Sky Sports.“Obviously Mikel Arteta might not have wanted it in the end but Ivan Gazidis spoke about wanting to make a bold and brave appointment. I wouldn’t describe Emery as that.“It’s not a safe appointment. Nothing is safe in this game but you look at his record with Valencia and Sevilla, on limited budgets, and he competed with the big boys in La Liga.“He is clearly a coach of great ability.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015- DEMA Recognizes World Wetlands Day 2015 with Wheeland Pond Clean-upThe Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) and National Trust (TCNT) hosted a clean-up in support of World Wetlands Day on Saturday, 31 January 2015.It marked the Islands’ support for the global event which took place on February 2nd and marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.Amy Avenant, DEMA Environmental Outreach Coordinator stated; “We were able to visit a number of schools in the area to promote the importance of wetlands and the need to appreciate and conserve the Wheeland Pond Wetland in Blue Hills.“The clean-up was well supported by teachers, students and family members from Oseta Jolly Primary School, Clement Howell High School, TCI Middle School and the FilCom Inc. Individual volunteers from all over Provo also got up early to be there!”Wetlands are often an undervalued natural resource and are important as they:ensure fresh water and replenish ground water;purify and filter harmful toxins;are a breeding ground for many commercially important fish species;provide vital habitats for migratory birds;ease flooding and safeguard against drought;reduce the impacts of erosion; andprovide sustainable livelihoods. For more information to get involved in future environmental initiatives, please contact Amy Avenant at 338-4176 or email@example.com. Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Hot PNP race pegged for Wheeland District Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:amy avenant, cleanup, dema, pond, wetland, wheeland PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Recommended for you
Grocery store workers at Albertsons, Fred Meyer and Safeway stores in Southwest Washington and Oregon will vote next week on whether to strike if an impasse in contract negotiations continues.Health benefits are the main issue behind the stalemate, Dan Clay, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers local union, said Tuesday. About 14,000 members of the 19,000-member union are gearing up for the Feb. 7 vote in Vancouver, Portland and Eugene, according to union negotiators. Clay said he believed a majority of voting members would approve a strike if the negotiations fail.“The members I’ve talked to, I believe would overwhelmingly vote in favor of a strike authorization,” he said.Clay represented the UFCW Local 555 in Tuesday talks with negotiators from Allied Employers Inc., a Kirkland-based firm representing the grocery store chains. He said the two parties remained far apart on the issue of medical benefits, but declined to provide specific details of the negotiations.“Health and welfare is the main topic of discussion,” Clay said, adding that many of the full- and part-time workers represented by the union have health benefits that don’t adequately cover their medical expenses.“Being under-insured is a huge problem in Oregon and Washington,” he said.Clay said the union represents hourly paid grocery store workers, many of whom have been working without a contract for two years. The workers earn wages ranging from a high of $16 per hour to a low of 10 cents above the state minimum wage, which is $9.19 per hour in Washington and $8.95 per hour in Oregon.
EIC Jeffrey Goldberg and editor of TheAtlantic.com Adrienne LaFrance wrote in a memo to their staff that “Prashant is an editorial force. He’s overflowing with ideas about how a real-time magazine can cover the biggest stories on the planet.”Amy MarksBloomberg Media’s global head of marketing, Amy Marks, is leaving for Live Nation to take on the newly created position of EVP, head of integrated marketing in the company’s media & sponsorship division. At Bloomberg, Marks spearheaded the launch of the Content Studio and led event marketing and conceptualized client programs, and prior to that, she spent over a decade as head of integrated marketing at People.Wired design director Ivylise Simones is leaving the magazine for The Huffington Post, where she will take on the newly formed role of creative director for news. She will begin her new position in September. The Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel announced several promotions within the Verge staff this week:Liz LopattoLiz Lopatto is rising to the role of deputy editor from science editor, responsible for oversight and growth of both the science and transportation teams in her new position. William Joel was also promoted to design director from his prior role as art director. Joel will be tasked with taking a more active role in creating visual signatures for illustrations, branding design, motion graphics, and more. Finally, Dami Lee and Mariya Abdulkaf are joining new teams within the brand, the Circuit Breaker team and the Video team, respectively. Lee will be a reporter and Abdulkaf is taking on the newly created, dedicated position of social producer, focusing on Instagram. Lee previously served as social media manager, and Abdulkaf served as a social video manager.Samantha Liss is joining Industry Dive’s healthcare beat this September. Liss most recently served as a health care reporter at St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she has been since 2014. Elizabeth BasileThe Lingerie Journal made several staff changes this week, including appointing Elizabeth Basile as its new editor-in-chief. Basile has been with the trade publication it was founded in 2008. Basile has a long background in editorial and served as editor for Dance Retailer News and as a contributing writer and editor at other trade magazines. She will oversee content and work to shape the editorial focus on the site. The other moves include:Michelle Broomes was promoted to bureau chief, United Kingdom. Broomes has a decade of experience in the lingerie industry and has been with the Journal since 2012. She will cover industry events in the UK, and will cover local designers and trends.Kathryn Kemp-Griffin was tapped as bureau chief, France and has nearly three decades of industry experience. She is an author of a book on French lingerie called, “Paris: Undressed.”Manoela Marondino is taking on the role of bureau chief, Brazil and has been a regular contributor to the Journal since 2016. She will cover intimate apparel news and events occurring in South America in her new role.The new director of business development at the Journal is Randee Tucker. She joined the publication in 2017 as a sales manager and will oversee advertising across all of the brand’s categories in her new role.Rachel O’Donnell will be the brand’s new social media manager. She has been with the Journal since 2013.Gary Vaynerchuk’s Gallery Media Group, parent company of the digital brands PureWow, has appointed Kate Mitchell as its chief revenue officer. Mitchell comes from the Oprah Winfrey Network where she served as SVP of ad sales and was tasked with overseeing all ad sale strategies and digital assets. In this new position, Mitchell will be responsible for oversight of advertising sales, creative work and the branded content division for companies including Cartier, P&G and IKEA. In addition to this hire, Kevin Stetter was promoted to chief operating officer. Renee Dudley is joining ProPublica as a senior reporter and will cover how technology, algorithms and social media influence humanity. She comes from Reuters, where she reported on flaws in the U.S. college admissions process, and was named a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. Dudley started on Aug. 13 and is based in the Boston area. “Renee is a tenacious reporter who has repeatedly landed revelatory stories about abuses of power and forced important issues to the forefront of public debate,” said Robin Fields, managing editor of ProPublica. “As we expand our efforts to hold the giants of technology accountable, we are excited to welcome her to the ProPublica team.”Natalie Weiner started as SB Nation’s new staff writer this week. She will cover the NFL and general sports for what she calls the first site that “got me into this wacky, wonderful world we know as the sports internet.” Most recently, she was a staff writer at Bleacher Report. Digiday hired Ilana Kaplan as news editor. Kaplan previously served as a culture writer at The Independent and was a freelance writer for a decade for publications like New York magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.Longtime financial columnist and former journalist with Fusion, Reuters and others, Felix Salmon, is joining Axios as a business journalist. Courtenay Brown is also joining the site to cover finance and markets.JNS.org tapped Jackson Richman as its new Washington correspondent. Richman most recently works for the National Discourse as an editor. He will be covering the latest Jewish and Israel-related affairs from Washington, D.C., as well as the latest in anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on college campuses, according to his tweet. Alan Burdziak was hired to cover mergers and acquisitions in consumer and industrial industries at Mergermarket and Dealreporter. Burdziak comes from ALM Media’s VerdictSearch where he was a reporter covering everything from motor vehicle accidents to wrongful death and civil rights violations.Matthew De SilvaRobert Donachie is joining the Washington Examiner’s White House correspondent beat from The Daily Caller, where he served as a Capitol Hill reporter.ETHNews writer Matthew De Silva is joining Quartz as a cryptocurrency reporter. In his former position, De Silva focused on covering blockchain development and the cryptocurrency markets.Business Insider promoted Hollis Johnson to photo editor. He most recently served as the brand’s visual features reporter and started with Business Insider in the summer of 2015 as an editorial photo intern. Melinda StevensCondé Nast announced this week plans to merge the U.S. and UK editions of Condé Nast Traveler, with Melinda Stevens, editor-in-chief of the UK edition since 2012, taking over as EIC for the newly combined titles. Pilar Guzmán, who has lead the U.S. edition as EIC since 2013, will finish out her role with the remaining U.S. issues and assist in the integration of the teams, but her next role, as well as whether or not she will remain with Condé Nast, is yet to be determined. A spokeswoman for Condé Nast declined to get into further specifics about staff changes or potential layoffs, but tells Folio: that “the staffs have been determined, informed and the changes are minimal.”In her new role, Stevens will oversee the creation of a unified digital platform in 2019, as well as all of the content creation for both editions, which will come out of Condé Nast Britain. The January 2019 issue will mark the debut of the newly integrated U.S. publication, and as of now, there are no planned changes to the frequency of either edition. Pilar GuzmánAccording to Albert Read, managing director of Condé Nast Britain, the combination of the publications under one leader “is a way to harness the expertise of two highly talented teams, delivering the best of all worlds to audiences. In addition, the combined reach of both editions of the brands opens up innovative new opportunities for our advertising partners.”The combined staff will be based out of both Vogue House in London and One World Trade Center in New York, while travel correspondents are based in other global locations, and will create content that is both shared between the brands, as well as unique to their respective areas. The brands’ business and revenue teams will collaborate but will continue to operate separately. Condé Nast says that this is the first title collaboration between the two company divisions and that several more initiatives can be expected out of Condé Nast and Condé Nast International down the road, aimed at “leveraging our global footprint.” At this time, all other international editions of Condé Nast Traveler/Traveller will remain independent from this collaboration. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Prashant RaoThe Atlantic has appointed New York Times deputy Europe business editor, Prashant Rao, as its new global editor. Based in London, Rao will be tasked with leading the site’s coverage on a variety of beats, including U.S. foreign policy, democracy, and global conflict, as well as oversee its team of reporters that are based in Washington, London and Paris. Rao will succeed Kathy Gilsinan, who is moving over to the counter-terrorism beat as a staff writer, and will start his new role in October.
Juneau International Airport (Photo by James Brooks)President Trump wants to privatize air traffic control across the country. But the U.S. Senate’s Commerce Committee passed an aviation bill last week that does not include privatization. Listen nowCommittee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said he’s not convinced.“I remain open-minded about moving the FAA’s ATC function into a not-for-profit, non-governmental body,” Thune said. “But I also appreciate that sincerely held concerns exist.”The Commerce committee moved the bill but did not take a separate vote on privatization. Sen. Dan Sullivan said he was thankful for a different program in the aviation bill – the continuance of Essential Air Service.“This is something that, as you know, is very important to rural states, like mine,” Sullivan, a member of the committee, said.Essential Air Service is a subsidy that brings down the cost of flights to rural communities.In Alaska, airlines get $21 million to fly 61 routes. The Trump administration has proposed eliminating funds for the program.The House version of the aviation bill also continues Essential Air Service. Unlike the Senate bill, the House bill would transfer air traffic control to a non-profit corporation.Most major airlines are promoting privatization. But general aviation groups are skeptical. They are concerned about user fees and say the new corporation could be controlled by the airline industry.If both bills pass as-is, a conference committee will have to work out the differences.
Many people were injured in a crash in Driefontein yesterday evening (September 6).Two vehicles were involved, one of them being a taxi with passengers on board.Police and other emergency officials were on scene.Also read: Update: 5 dead in crash near Ladysmith (video included)Read initial story: 5 dead in crash near LadysmithAlso read: Update: 5 dead and 6 injured in horror crash near Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The injured were stabilised and then taken to hospital for further treatment.It took officials over an hour to clear the scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) reported that in the past two years it has spent ₡250 million ($460,000) on measures to protect wildlife, particularly to prevent animals from dying while using power lines to cross between trees.ICE’s report, issued Friday, notes that the state-run utilities company has installed 20,425 devices in the past 24 months to prevent birds and arboreal mammals from touching power lines along 248 kilometers of roads in the central, southern and central Pacific regions of Costa Rica.ICE employees trimmed branches along the roads to separate the trees from power lines, and then placed hanging ropes.Earlier this month a group of at least six squirrel monkeys were electrocuted near Quepos, along the Pacific coast. Environment Ministry officials at the time reported that the monkeys likely jumped onto power lines from a branch because there are not enough trees in the area to cross over the road. ICE officials said a lack of trees is the main problem for placing hanging ropes in certain areas.Workers also installed 10,000 anti-climbing devices on utility poles and stabilizing wires to prevent arboreal mammals from crawling up the poles after they descend from trees.ICE’s environmental manager Miguel Víquez said the measures particularly benefit the four species of monkeys that live in Costa Rica, in addition to sloths, kinkajous, opossums and other species that live in the upper layers of trees.ICE also installed 56 cameras to monitor forest areas near power plants to study the interaction of wildlife with the new devices. That helped ICE rescue 38,893 animals at the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project alone. The animals were relocated to safer areas, ICE reported.“Our essential mission to provide electricity will always be linked to the protection of our natural resources,” Víquez said.In April, the Public Works and Transport Ministry also began installing new traffic signs urging motorists to slow down for animals on the road. The new signs are yellow and diamond-shaped with black silhouettes of a monkey, deer and coati crossing a road.Research by the University of Costa Rica’s Ecotourism School last year found that speeding drivers are the main cause of wildlife deaths on roads in Costa Rica’s Pacific region.Investigators for a full year traveled 650 kilometers to count the number of wild animals killed on the roads. Their research determined that most of the animals were mammals, accounting for 41.8 percent of the total, followed by reptiles at 23.5 percent, birds at 32.6 percent and amphibians at 1.31 percent. These devices help prevent animals from climbing utility poles and stabilizing wires. (Courtesy of ICE) Facebook Comments Related posts:New traffic signs aim to reduce wildlife deaths on Costa Rica’s roads Drivers: Slow down and help reduce wildlife deaths on highways, says university study After ban, Mexico’s circus animals await new homes Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July