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India, Oman sign 8 agreements as PM Modi meets Sultan Qaboos

first_imgMuscat, Feb 12 (PTI) India and Oman have signed eight agreements, including on cooperation in the field of defence, health and tourism, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with the Sultan of the country.Modi, who arrived here from Dubai on the last leg of his three-nation tour, led delegation-level talks yesterday with Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said.”Charting out new frontiers in our bilateral relationship, PM @narendramodi led delegation-level talks with Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The two strategic partners discussed to strengthen cooperation in trade & investment, energy, defence & security, food security and regional issues,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.Sultan Qaboos appreciated the contribution of “honest and hard working” Indian nationals in the development of Oman.After their talks, the two sides signed eight agreements, including an MoU on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.They also signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, special, service and official passports and an MoU on cooperation in the field of health, tourism and peaceful uses of outer space.The two countries also signed an agreement on cooperation between Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, India and Omans Diplomatic Institute.An MoU on academic and scholarly cooperation between National Defence College, Sultanate of Oman and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.The two sides also signed annexure to the MoU on military cooperation.During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said and Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq Al Said.advertisementEarlier, addressing the Indian diaspora at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Omans capital, Modi said the ties of India and Oman have always remained strong despite the ups and downs in the political environment in both the countries.He also said that Indian diaspora has played an essential role in strengthening these ties.India and Oman have thriving links rooted in centuries old people-to-people exchanges, Modi said.More than nine million Indians work and live in the Gulf region. In Oman, they constitute the largest expatriate community.On the first leg of his trip, Modi had travelled to Ramallah, becoming the first Indian prime minister to make an official visit to Palestine. From there he visited the UAE, before arriving in Oman. PTI PMS NSAlast_img read more

STORM SIRENS WILL ACTIVATE DURING STRONG SUSTAINED WINDS

first_imgSTRONG WINDS AND STORMS WENT THROUGH NORTHWEST IOWA EARLY TUESDAY MORNING, DOWNING TREES AND POWER LINES IN SOME COMMUNITIES.THE TOWN OF HARTLEY LOST POWER BECAUSE OF THE STORMS THAT CAME THROUGH BETWEEN ONE AND TWO A.M.IN SIOUX CITY, SEVERAL BRANCHES WERE TAKEN DOWN ON THE NORTHSIDE AND WIND GUSTS WERE RECORDED AT 70 MILES AN HOUR FOR A BRIEF TIME.CAPTAIN TOM STANDISH OF SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE SAYS STRONG SUSTAINED WINDS WITH SEVERE STORMS WILL RESULT IN THE CITY’S WARNING SIRENS BEING ACTIVATED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SIRENS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……SOUNDING OFF THE SIRENS. ;19STANDISH SAYS THAT’S WHEN YOU NEED TO SEEK SHELTER:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SIRENS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..UNDERNEATH SOME STEPS. :15THE SIRENS USED TO BE ACTIVATED ONLY WHEN THERE WAS A TORNADO SIGHTING.THAT CHANGED A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN SIOUX CITY HOSTED RAGBRAI AND A STRONG WINDSTORM AFFECTED CAMPERS ALONG THE RIVERFRONT.STANDISH SAYS SIOUX CITY RESIDENTS FOR THE MOST PART HAVE BECOME AWARE OF THAT CHANGE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SIRENS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….THIS TIME OF YEAR. :28HE SAYS IF YOU HEAR THE SIRENS GO OFF, BE PREPARED TO SEEK SHELTER BECAUSE A STORM IS IMMINENT.last_img read more

A New Report Has Surfaced In Ohio State’s Zach Smith Saga

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A new report in Ohio State’s Zach Smith saga surfaced tonight courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch. The new report details some of the domestic violence allegations Courtney Smith made over the years against her now ex-husband.Included in the new report is an allegation from Courtney Smith that Ohio State sent a lawyer to her home to pressure her to drop any charges.Report details allegations of longtime abuse by Zach Smith https://t.co/eM4lmntbSI— Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts) August 30, 2018From the report:Smith told Officer Ben Boruchowitz that she was making the report on Oct. 26, 2015, because Zach Smith, then an Ohio State assistant coach, had come to her Powell condominium the night before and started verbally abusing her, then pushed her into a wall and took their young son with him against her objections.That account is contained in the narrative of a police incident report mailed to the Dispatch anonymously. Made aware of the mailing and the contents of the report Wednesday, Powell Police Chief Gary Vest did not dispute it.Boruchowitz wrote that Courtney Smith told him Ohio State sent a lawyer to her Powell home in connection with a previous incident, “convincing her to drop the charge because it would embarrass OSU if she proceeded with the prosecution.”Chris Davey, OSU spokesman, told The Dispatch on Wednesday night the university was unaware of the allegation and would investigate.Ohio State released new documents on its investigation into Urban Meyer’s handling of domestic violence allegations against Smith earlier this week.Meyer has been suspended for the first three games of the season.Ohio State opens its season on Saturday against Oregon State.last_img read more

Solidarity Message by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller Delivered at the 50th Anniversary Summit of the OAU/African Union

first_imgSOLIDARITY MESSAGE BY THE PRIME MINISTER, THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER O.N., M.P. DELIVERED AT THE 50th ANNIVERSARY SUMMIT OF THE OAU/AFRICAN UNION ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA SATURDAY, MAY 25 2013SALUATION:– Madam Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma– Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn,– Heads of State and Government– Distinguished Ladies and GentlemenGreetings from the Caribbean, the beautiful islands set like jewels within the warm Caribbean Sea. Although we are separated by distance and waters deep, we remain connected by the blood of our ancestors. This is a wonderful homecoming for me, a daughter of African descent.As I stand here the lyrics of reggae icon Bob Marley come to mind:“Old pirates, yes, they rob ISold I to the merchant shipsMinutes after they took IFrom the bottomless pitBut my hands, were made strongBy the hand of the AlmightyWe forward in this generation, triumphantly.”Marley’s Redemption Song is, for us in the African Diaspora, a reminder of the dehumanizing experiences our ancestors suffered. It evokes the Spirit of Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance.When people of African origin were seen as less than human and only deemed fit for domination; Marcus Garvey saw people with a rich history and culture; a people with a bright future. Garvey exhorted: “Up you mighty race. You can accomplish what you will.”We regard the struggle for justice and human dignity as indivisible and borderless. Jamaica’s prominent role in the Non-aligned Movement, the anti-apartheid struggle as well as our campaign for a New International Economic Order made us natural allies of the African Union.The late Pan-Africanist Dudley Thompson reminded us in 2005 that “Fifty years ago, none of us would have been sitting here. Fifty years ago, our grandparents would not have thought that we would be returning to Africa with a message in our hearts that Africa is our home.”I commend you, the African Union, for placing focus on, and accelerating the process of integration in the continent. Excellencies, I call on you to stand in defence of the Pan Africanist philosophy now taking shape – the formal recognition of the African Diaspora as the Sixth Region of Africa. Jamaica celebrates this development. Let us strengthen our trading, investment, social and economic relationships to improve the quality of life for all our peoples.I thank you on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica for honouring three outstanding Jamaicans, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and Dudley Thompson, in recognition of their contribution to Pan Africanism.My brothers and sisters:On this important 50th Anniversary, I congratulate you and leave with you the words of Bob Marley:‘One Love, One Heart’.I thank you.last_img read more

Guterres appoints Indian Army officer as commander of UN mission in South

first_imgUnited Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a decorated Indian Army officer as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, 57, will succeed Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda who completes his assignment on May 26. The announcement was made by the UN chief on Friday. The decorated Indian Army officer “has had a long and distinguished career with the Indian Armed Forces spanning over 34 years,” a statement by the UN Spokesperson said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Tinaikar graduated from the Indian Military Academy in 1983 and is currently serving as the Commandant of the Infantry School since July 2018. He previously served as the Additional Director General of Military Operations at the Army Headquarters from 2017 to 2018. From 2012 to 2017, he commanded a division, a recruit training centre and a brigade. Tinaikar was awarded the Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China From 1996 to 1997, he served in the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III, and from 2008 to 2009, in the United Nations Mission in Sudan. He holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Defence and Strategic Studies from The University of Madras. India, the fourth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping missions, currently contributes more than 6,400 military and police personnel to the UN peace operations in Abyei, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, the Middle East, South Sudan and the Western Sahara. The UN mission in South Sudan, a country born in July 2011, has 19,400 personnel deployed with it as of March 2019. India is the second highest troop contributing country to UNMISS with 2,337 Indian peacekeepers, second only to Rwanda with 2,750. In addition, India currently contributes 22 police personnel to UNMISS.last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands without power following disastrous wind storm

first_imgTens of thousands of people were still without power across Central Canada early Sunday morning following a windstorm that downed trees and power lines and left two people dead.Environment Canada said wind gusted at close to 120 kilometres per hour on Friday in the wake of a cold front that moved across Ontario and Quebec.Hydro One, Ontario’s largest power utility, said that by the end of Saturday more than 98,000 customers remained in the dark, down from a peak of about 200,000, while Toronto Hydro crews were working to reconnect some 7,000 customers, down from 68,000 at the height of the storm.The city’s utility noted Saturday that outages could last for an extended period of time, adding that this was the third major storm to pummel the region in the spring season.“We’re in a significant emergency state and are dealing with the after-effects of a major windstorm,” Toronto Hydro tweeted.“Damage is severe and some outages will be lengthy.”In Quebec, approximately 27,000 people remained in the dark early Sunday morning after the storm gusted through at speeds reaching 100 km/h. That was down from a peak of well over 200,000 on Saturday.Hydro Quebec asked customers for patience as its crews worked to clear the downed trees and branches that damaged its grid in several areas of the province.Most of the damage came on Friday, when police west of Toronto said two people died as a result of the winds.Halton Regional Police said a tree fell on two men who were “working on tree servicing” on Friday afternoon in Milton, Ont., killing one and injuring the other.And in Hamilton, police said a man who had been trying to clear downed power lines was found “in contact with live wires” on a road and died soon after emergency services arrived on Friday evening.last_img read more

French Group Alten Opens Automotive Center of Excellence in Rabat

Rabat – French engineering and technology consulting group Alten opens an automotive center of excellence in Rabat to train Moroccan engineers. The center, which was inaugurated on Friday, will develop the ecosystem ESO, or Engineering Services Outsourcing, and reportedly create over new 550 jobs in the automotive sector.The initiative translates an increasing need to train Moroccan engineers to more focused and specialized fields. According to Hajar Bououd, human resources manager at Alten, the training of engineers in Morocco remains too general and not adapted to the needs of the automotive industry, or more specifically to those of the firm. Bououd stressed the need to diversify the training fields in universities. Alten dedicates 10 percent for training and induction programs and, according to Didier Marchet, Alten’s technical manager, the group aims at employing 1000 trained Moroccan engineers by 2020. The center for excellence will collaborate with Moroccan universities for third-year students majoring in chemistry, physics, or mathematics. Forty-three students will begin the training next month.Read Also: WSJ: Morocco is Leading Africa’s Automotive IndustryMohamed Yatim, minister of employment, said that this initiative is significantly important for Morocco as quality technological training is necessary to face the changes and new jobs in the automotive sector, and as the country automotive industry is rapidly growing, becoming in only a few years the second largest in Africa. Alten inaugurated a first Embedded Systems Automotive and Aeronautics branch in Fez in 2016 to initiate the ESO system in Morocco with over 300 positions, and have been present in Morocco since 2013. It created two programs in the country already, Alten Boost, and Alten Upgrade, to train and help with the integration of young engineers seeking to specialize in computer sciences, automotive, and aeronautics, in the job market.Read Also: EBRD to Loan Moroccan Automotive Supply Company €16 MillionThe group is an international leader in the industry with a presence in 20 countries, 30.000 cooperators throughout the world, and a €1.975 billion revenue in 2017. Over 90 percent of Alten’s employees are highly skilled engineers. read more

Tamils coming from India arrested

The interception was made by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Southern Naval Command 13 nautical miles off Hikkaduwa.The arrested persons along with the trawler were brought to the Galle Harbour to be handed over to the TID for further investigations. A group of Tamils who were attempting to enter Sri Lanka from India were arrested at sea off Hambantota, the Navy media unit said.The Navy said that 66 Tamils were on the boat at the time of the arrest and they had arrived from Kerala. UPDATE: The Sri Lanka Navy, in a release, later said that it intercepted 66 Tamil persons illegally bound for Australia from India in a multi-day trawler. The group has been handed over to the CID for further investigations, a Navy spokesman said. read more

CanadaEU trade deal Dont count your chickens yet Quebec says

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2012 6:56 pm MDT QUEBEC – The new Quebec government says its support for a Canada-Europe free trade agreement is not yet certain and is warning that it should not be treated as a fait accompli.The Parti Quebecois government said Wednesday that there are grey areas in the negotiation that need to be clarified before the province signs on.The new minister responsible for the file, Jean-Francois Lisee, said in an interview that he’s “moderately optimistic” that the province will eventually support the deal — but he has some concern about going too far in liberalizing certain industries.The PQ government says it’s particularly concerned about energy and cultural policy, along with some other economic sectors.It is also critical of the level of transparency in the file and says too little information has filtered out from the negotiations. The PQ made that same criticism in opposition while confronting the previous government of Jean Charest, who was among the staunchest and earliest proponents of a Canada-EU deal.The new provincial government is organizing an information session Friday in Montreal, where Lisee will update industry, union and civil-society groups on the negotiations.The PQ was an early supporter of Canada-U.S. free trade in the 1980s but the current incarnation of the party, facing threats from smaller left-wing opponents, has positioned itself farther to the left.Lisee’s note of caution comes on the heels of optimistic talk from Ottawa.The federal trade minister, Ed Fast, said this week that a trade deal is achievable by year’s end and that a conversation with Lisee had reassured him that the PQ government remained on side. Canada-EU trade deal: Don’t count your chickens yet, Quebec says read more

Singapore Airlines orders 25 Airbus jets worth 75 billion

SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines has ordered 25 Airbus planes worth $7.5 billion including five superjumbo A380s.It also said it will cease nonstop flights to Los Angeles and New York.The airline said today the planes which include 20 A350 jets will be delivered from 2017 and show its confidence in demand for full-service air travel.It already flies 19 superjumbos and has an existing order for 20 A350s which will be delivered from 2015.Airbus has agreed to buy five A340-500 jets from Singapore Airlines, which will be removed from its fleet in late 2013.That will end of nonstop flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and Newark. The airline said its use of A380 planes has allowed it to increase capacity on routes that stop over in Frankfurt and Tokyo. Singapore Airlines orders 25 Airbus jets worth $7.5 billion by The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2012 12:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Students to take MusicNoon spotlight

Brock students will be the stars of an upcoming RBC Foundation Music@Noon Recital Series performance.Voice majors will take the stage at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Tuesday, Nov. 21 at noon, showcasing their talent and progression in the music program.This is the second edition of the series, run by the Department of Music, to feature students. The first was held Oct. 31.Students use the free concert series, held in the Cairns Recital Hall, as an opportunity to develop onstage confidence and experience.For more information on upcoming Music@Noon performances, visit the MIWSFPA ExperienceBU page. read more

27 Irish landmarks going green for St Patricks Festival

first_imgWE ALREADY KNOW that the Pyramids at Giza and the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas will be among those global landmarks going green for St Patrick’s Day.Now the Office of Public Works here has announced that it has given the green light, so to speak, to 27 Irish buildings and national monuments around the country.The illumination of the sites – through use of green filters on existing uplighters and on specialist lamps – will happen from 14 to 18 March, which is being designated the duration of the St Patrick’s Festival this year.Keep an eye out for the following monuments getting an emerald tint from next week:Leinster House (Merrion St side and Kildare St side).Government BuildingsDept. Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation (Kildare St.)National Gallery (Merrion St. side)Dublin Castle Lower Yard (Part of the Chapel Royal & Palace St. Entrance)Dublin Castle Upper Yard (2 Statues & Clock Tower)Four CourtsCustom HouseCasino MarinoMarlborough Street ComplexNational Concert Hall (NCH)Entrance to St. Stephen’s Green (Grafton St. Corner)Entrance to St. Stephen’s Green (Shelbourne Hotel Corner)Collins Barracks (Front facing River Liffey)Royal Hospital Kilmainham (RHK) – Clock towerNatural History MuseumRock of CashelPhoenix Park – Wellington MonumentPhoenix Park – Phoenix MonumentÁras an UachtaráinFarmleigh – Water TowerIveagh HouseWar Memorial Park (Cross and 2 Fountains)Ross Castle, Co. KerryTrim Castle, Co. MeathCahir Castle, Co. TipperaryGarden of Remembrance, Parnell SquareNew iconic sites to go green for St Patrick’s Day>last_img read more

Randy Orton to star in sequel to WWE Studios movie

first_imgFacebook Jon Moxley Joins AEW Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE issued the following press release:WWE Studios and Lionsgate team up again on ‘The Condemned 2: Desert Prey’SANTA MONICA, Calif., and STAMFORD, Conn. – Lionsgate, the premier next-generation global content leader, and WWE Studios announced today the production of “The Condemned 2: Desert Prey,” (working title), which extends the long-standing partnership between the two studios.Roel Reiné (“Death Race: Inferno,” “The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption”) is set to direct with WWE Superstar Randy Orton attached to star. “The Condemned 2” marks Reiné’s and Orton’s second film together after the successful release of “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded.” Alan McElroy (“The Marine 4: Moving Target”) wrote the script. The film is scheduled to commence principal photography in New Mexico later this year.“The Condemned 2” follows a former bounty hunter (Orton) who soon finds himself on the run as part of a newly revamped, high-stakes and deadly Condemned tournament.“We’re thrilled to be continuing ‘The Condemned’ franchise with Randy, Roel and our terrific partners at Lionsgate,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.WWE Studios will leverage its extensive multi-platform reach to promote the film.“We are excited to be reteaming with WWE on “The Condemned 2,” after such a positive experience on the original film,” said Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. “The combination of their brand marketing capabilities, creativity and deep lineup of dynamic onscreen talent result in a powerful partnership.”WWE Studios and Lionsgate previously collaborated on “The Condemned,” “See No Evil” and “Leprechaun: Origins,” as well the just-released “See No Evil 2.” In 2015, the two studios will release the first two installments of their “Action Six-Pack” series: “Vendetta,” directed by The Soska Sisters (“See No Evil 2”) and starring WWE Superstar Paul “Big Show” Wight, as well as “Lockdown,” directed by Stephen Reynolds (“Tomb Raider Ascension”) and starring WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose.Bradley Buchanan, SVP of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios, and Wendy Jaffe, EVP of Business & Legal Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announcedcenter_img Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Two championship matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks from Charlotte Shawn Michaels WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE Smackdown Results – 8/13/19 (Reigns vs. Murphy, Randy Orton responds to Kofi Kingston)last_img

Over 250 jobs available at Coral Gables job fair

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Over 250 jobs will be available at the Coral Gables Job Fair taking place at the University of Miami, Thursday.Service Corporation International, iHeartMedia, Colonial Life and Orkin are among the businesses that will be attending the event.The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Basketball Fieldhouse, 1245 Dauer Drive, at the University of Miami.Parking for the event is free.Attendees can register for the free event online or at the door.Organizers recommend that attendees have multiple copies of their resume on hand, dress professionally and practice their elevator speech.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Verizon lays off 7 percent of its media workforce

first_img Mobile Verizon Media Group is laying off workers as it struggles to compete in the media market. SOPA Images Verizon has laid off 7 percent of employees in its digital business as the phone company comes to grips with the hard realities of building a major media and advertising business to compete with Facebook and Google. A spokesman for the company confirmed Wednesday that the company laid off about 800 employees in its Verizon Media Group, formerly branded Oath. Verizon Media had a total of about 11,400 employees at the end of 2018. “These were difficult decisions, and we will ensure that our colleagues are treated with respect and fairness, and given the support they need,” Guru Gowrappan, Verizon Media’s CEO, said in a letter to employees. “I want to be clear that we will continue to scale, launch new products and innovate. We are an important part of Verizon.”He continued, “Now is the time to go on the offensive, go deep on our big priorities and do everything we can to advance the business.”The layoffs come at a time when Verizon is struggling to make its transition from a wireless and broadband company into a media brand to create an alternative to digital advertising juggernauts Google and Facebook. In 2017, Verizon merged AOL and Yahoo into its business, creating the media division dubbed Oath. But the company admitted late last year that the assets weren’t as valuable as it had thought. The company announced in December it was writing down a $4.6 billion goodwill impairment in the fourth quarter as a result of the acquisitions. Meanwhile, rivals AT&T and Comcast, which have bet big on their own media transformations, are seeing their strategies take shape. AT&T spent $85 billion buying media giant Time Warner and also acquired satellite TV provider DirecTV to help distribute content. The company is betting heavily on the move to streaming services, having offered two options — DirecTV Now and AT&T Watch — on top of the various streaming services tied directly to core properties like HBO. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he plans to launch another one this year. Comcast has also been building on its 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal. It also plans to introduce an NBCUniversal streaming service early next year. Success in Verizon’s media business is important given competition in its core wireless business continues to be fierce. The company has had to fend off assaults from smaller wireless companies T-Mobile and Sprint, which have been luring customers away from the bigger players. The Verizon Media Group includes media properties, advertising and technology. In addition to Yahoo and AOL, it also includes properties, such as HuffPost and Tumblr.”Our goal is to create the best experiences for our consumers and the best platforms for our customers,” a Verizon spokesperson said in an email to CNET. “Today marks a strategic step toward better execution of our plans for growth and innovation into the future.”Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Post a comment Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR AOL AT&T Comcast Verizon Yahoo DirecTV Nowcenter_img News • DirecTV Now adds HBO, raises prices by $10 a month 0 Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Rahul Ravindran opens up on Nagarjunas unhappiness over Rakul Preets slim figure

first_imgManmadhudu 2 movie launchTwitterActor Rahul Ravindran, who is directing Manmadhudu 2, has slammed the rumours that senior actor Akkineni Nagarjuna is not happy with the slim figure of his co-star Rakul Preet Singh in the movie.Rakul Preet Singh recently wrapped the shooting for her upcoming Bollywood movie De De Pyaar De starring Ajay Devgn. In the music video of one of its song, she was seen in bikini blouse and her glamour show grabbed many eyeballs. The actress has shed 10 kgs for this film and many of her fans down south were not impressed with her lean look and they had slammed her on social media.Apart De De Pyaar De, Rakul Preet has taken up the filming for Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Manmadhudu 2. The team has recently completed its first schedule. It was rumoured that Nagarjuna expressed displeasure over her bikini body after watching the rushes of the first schedule. He suggested her to put on the weight and get back her previous look. In a recent media interaction, she is planning to increase her weight.Rahul Ravindran took to Twitter to clear the air and denied the reports that Nagarajuna was not happy with Rakul Preet’s weight loss. He tweeted, “Contrary to some rumours, Rakul Preet has been shooting with us from day one of the Portuguese schedule. We have all been gushing non-stop about how stunning she’s looking and thanking our lucky stars that we got her. What an incredible talent she is Love to all”Manmadhudu 2 is a sequel to director K Vijaya Bhaskar’s 2002 Telugu romantic comedy film Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Sonali Bendre and Anshu. This movie was launched in Hyderabad on March 25 and it will feature Nagarjuna and Rakul Preet in the female leads. Samantha Akkineni is playing an extended cameo role in the film.In a statement to media, Samantha has confirmed, “I play a very interesting extended cameo in Manmadhudu 2. At the moment, I’m not allowed to reveal anything about my character but can vouch that it’s going to be an important one in the story. I am really looking forward to starting shooting.”last_img read more

Voting in 4th phase upazila polls begins 88 elected unopposed

first_imgVoting in 4th phase upazila polls beginaVoting in the fourth phase of upazila election began in 107 upazilas on Sunday, reports UNB.Balloting started at 8:00am in the fourth phase of the local body elections and will continue until 4:00pm without any break.More than 25.5 million voters are expected to cast votes.In this phase, 351 chairman, 533 vice-chairman and 406 woman vice-chairman candidates are contesting. But 39 chairman, 22 vice-chairman and 27 woman vice-chairman contestants have already been elected unopposed.The election commission announced polls schedule for 122 upazilas but all candidates in a number of upazilas have already been elected uncontested. These upazilas do not require balloting. Polls to some other upazilas were postponed on various grounds.This time, electronic voting machines will be used in Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Patuakhali Sadar, Mymensingh Sadar, Bagerhat Sadar, Munshiganj Sadar and Feni Sadar.A security team comprising of 14-16 members drawn from police, Ansar and VDP will guard each polling station.The first three phases of the upazila elections were held on 10, 18 and 24 March.last_img read more

Report NASA Lost Apollo 11 Moon Dust Lunar Rover Prototype

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images In 2018, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration celebrates 60 years of space missions, cosmic research, and … missing artifacts.A new report from NASA’s Office of the Inspector General analyzes how the agency oversees its historic assets.And while procedures have generally improved, there are undoubtedly some kinks that need working out. Namely, the loss or theft of spaceflight property.AdChoices广告Six decades of missions, programs, and projects have “advanced science and fundamentally enhanced life on Earth,” according to the report. They’ve also generated numerous historical assets—from a model of a NASA wind tunnel and art work to the Space Shuttle Atlantis and architecture.The organization continues to use most of its historic real property (buildings, structures, test sites) for current projects, while also maintaining “heritage assets,” i.e. personal property that is no longer needed, but has a rich history.Photo of the rover prototype, as discovered in 2014 on private citizen’s property, before it was sold at auction (via U.S. Air Force)That collection, however, is slowly dwindling, as a “significant amount” of pieces have been lost, misplaced, or taken by former employees “due to the agency’s lack of adequate procedures,” the OIG said.It’s due to poor record keeping that an Apollo 11 collection bag containing lunar dust particles vanished. And NASA’s reluctance to assert ownership meant a prototype Lunar Rover Vehicle squatting in Alabama was sold at auction instead of being returned to the space firm.Meanwhile, some 815 pieces of art remain locked in storage rather than on show—where maintaining the correct temperature, humidity, and lighting conditions can be costly.“Transferring these assets to an outside organization, such as the Smithsonian Institution, would allow the art to be more effectively preserved and displayed,” the OIG suggested.Come on, NASA. This is just embarrassing.Among horror stories of inadequate loan agreements and free memorabilia handed out as gifts, the Office of the Inspector General does outline some recommendations, including more effective processes for identifying, validating ownership of, and coordinating the recovery of historic property.Read the full 40-page report online.More NASA coverage on Geek.com:Moon Rocks Still Missing in Two StatesWoman Sues NASA For Possession of Moon Dust Gifted by Neil Armstrong63 Incredible Images of Earth From Space Stay on targetlast_img read more

New way to make a CuPd catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of

first_img Because carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, researchers are interested in ways to decrease the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. One feasible solution is to capture CO2 and reduce it to energy-rich hydrocarbon compounds. However, this needs to be done using methods that do not involve burning more fossil fuels for energy.One method is to reduce CO2 using electrocatalysis. This involves using a metal catalyst within an electrochemical cell. Copper has been shown to be a good catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of CO2. However, there are some problems with using copper foils and crystals including low surface area, low catalytic current densities, and deactivation due to surface buildup. Copper nanoparticles have proved more desirable for these reactions, but their formation typically involves using surfactants, which are difficult to remove and often results in contamination.Sheng Zhang, Peng Kang, Mohammed Bakir, Alexander M. Lapides, Christopher J. Dares, and Thomas J. Meyer, in their recent paper, demonstrate a technique in which they can produce copper nanoparticles that are the same size and evenly dispersed on a thin film on an electrode. This precludes the needs for a surfactant and allows for smaller particles, which has better catalytic efficiency.The thin film used is poly-[Fe(vbpy)3][PF6]2 which is then treated with TBAPF6/CH3CN such that cyanide ions replace one of the bipyridine groups. These two cyanide groups, once part of the iron complex, serve as ligands for Cu(II). Electrochemical reduction of Cu(II) produces an ultrafine film of Cu(0) nanoparticles on the polymer surface.Zhang, et al. tested the generalizability of their technique using palladium to make palladium nanoparticles and CuPd nanoalloys. In testing their catalysts, CuPd had the highest Faradaic efficiency for the reduction of CO2. Furthermore, studies showed that in this reaction both CO and CH4 were present. Electroacatalytic activity was tested using a glassy carbon electrode and controlled potential electrolysis in CO2-saturated solutions of 0.1 M TBAPF6/CH3CN solution with 1M added H2O. Products in solution were analyzed using 1H NMR and products in the headspace were analyzed using gas chromatography. Products were CO, CH4, and H2, with CuPd nanoalloy producing the highest Faradaic efficiency for CH4. Additional studies on how alloy composition affects Faradaic efficiency showed that maximum yield for methane was Cu2Pd.The formation of CH4 is important because this allows for a longer lifetime for the electrode. CO results in degradation and carbon deposition. The formation of methane keeps this from happening so quickly. Zhang, et al. speculate that the reason why the nanoalloy does so well for forming methane has to do with a palladium hydride reduction of CO. Electrochemical studies without the hydride reaction indicate that methane production is tied to Pd-H formation.This technique involving the formation of metal or metal alloy nanoparticles on a thin film using coordination chemistry is a good step in finding ways to reduce carbon dioxide and form high energy carbon products that is environmentally safe and does not involve the use of contaminants. (Phys.org)—A group of researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill have devised a generalizable technique for making copper nanoparticles that are of a uniform size and dispersion on a polymeric thin film for the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide. Their technique involves the electrodeposition of copper and/or palladium metal onto a thin film polymer via coordination of the metal to a cyanide-based ligand complex. Their work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Citation: New way to make a CuPd catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to methane (2016, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-cupd-catalyst-electrochemical-reduction-carbon.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Stepwise synthesis of nanoCu. Step 1: A polymeric film of poly-Fe(vbpy)3(PF6)2 is preformed by reductive electropolymerization. Step 2: Cyanide displacement of a vbpy ligand gives the dicyano film poly-[Fe(vbpy)2(CN)2,poly-vbpy]. Step 3: Metal ions Cu(II) are incorporated by binding to the cyanide ligands. Step 4: The bound metal ions are electrochemically reduced to metal nanoparticles. Credit: (c) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1522496112 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences New step towards producing cheap and efficient renewable fuels More information: Sheng Zhang et al. Polymer-supported CuPd nanoalloy as a synergistic catalyst for electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methane, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1522496112AbstractDeveloping sustainable energy strategies based on CO2 reduction is an increasingly important issue given the world’s continued reliance on hydrocarbon fuels and the rise in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. An important option is electrochemical or photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction to carbon fuels. We describe here an electrodeposition strategy for preparing highly dispersed, ultrafine metal nanoparticle catalysts on an electroactive polymeric film including nanoalloys of Cu and Pd. Compared with nanoCu catalysts, which are state-of-the-art catalysts for CO2 reduction to hydrocarbons, the bimetallic CuPd nanoalloy catalyst exhibits a greater than twofold enhancement in Faradaic efficiency for CO2 reduction to methane. The origin of the enhancement is suggested to arise from a synergistic reactivity interplay between Pd–H sites and Cu–CO sites during electrochemical CO2 reduction. The polymer substrate also appears to provide a basis for the local concentration of CO2 resulting in the enhancement of catalytic current densities by threefold. The procedure for preparation of the nanoalloy catalyst is straightforward and appears to be generally applicable to the preparation of catalytic electrodes for incorporation into electrolysis devices.last_img read more