Meet our Presenter Dr. Kristi Crowe-White

first_imgKristi Crowe-White, PhD, RD is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Alabama.   She received her PhD in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Maine where she held a doctoral fellowship with the National Science Foundation.  Her dietetic training was completed at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.   Dr. Crowe-White, a trained food chemist and dietitian, focuses her research on the impact of bioactive food compounds and functional foods in reducing oxidative and inflammatory stress as mechanisms underpinning vascular dysfunction and cardiometabolic diseases. Through analysis of redox biomarkers and bioactive compounds, her research allows for determining metabolomic differences in absorption kinetics of these compounds and their subsequent effects on cardiovascular outcomes.  Dr. Crowe-White has funding by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute and the Office of Dietary Supplements, the American Heart Association, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics among others.  As a result of this body of research, she co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper on Functional Foods and serves as a media spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists.Tune in Thursday, October 4, 2018 for Coconut Oil: Super Food or Super Fad.  RSVP at  https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/22086/last_img read more

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Sunil Chhetri inspires India to 4-1 win over Puerto Rico in international friendly

first_imgThe Indian national football team came up with a dominating performance to thrash Puerto Rico 4-1 in an international friendly match at the Andheri Sports Complex here on Saturday. (Indian football seeking a fitness awakening)Narayan Das (18th minute), Sunil Chhetri (26), Jeje Lalpekhlua (34) and Jackichand Singh (58) helped the hosts earn a much deserving win. Emmanuel Sanchez scored the only goal for the visitors. (Also read: Constantine emphasizes on the importance of sports science)India played with 4-2-3-1 formation with striker Jeje Lalpekhlua leading the attack with Jackichand Singh, and Chhetri helping him. (Will India be able to take advantage of a rare chance to go up the world rankings?)The Puerto Ricans started the match on a positive note scoring the opening goal in the eighth minute to give the visitors the advantage right at the start.But the home side did not sit back but struck right after a few minutes via Narayan to level the scoring. (Also read: Stephen Constantine names probable squad for Puerto Rico match)The first goal gave the Stephen Constantine-coached side much-needed confidence as they stormed ahead with the second goal via former skipper Chettri.Soon after his strike, the home fans erupted with joy as Jeje netted home the third goal of the night for India to put the home side right in control.The first half thriller stayed at 3-1 as India held the advantage.Coming into the second half, India played much positively and went on to earn the fourth goal via star player Jackichand.advertisementFrom there on there was no looking back for India as they surged ahead with quality defence and went on to win the match comfortably.last_img read more

Raptors Eat Knicks’ Lunch, 93-89

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Toronto Raptors still can get home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.If not, at least they know they are better than ever on the road.DeMar DeRozan converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:05 left on a night he became Toronto’s No. 2 career scorer, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 93-89 on April 10 to stay alive for the No. 1 seed in the East.DeRozan finished with 27 points as the Raptors pulled within two games of Cleveland with two to play for both teams. Toronto won the season series and owns the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record.But the Raptors aren’t caught up in that after setting a franchise record with 23 road victories.“In this league, you’ve got to be able to win at home and win on the road,” DeRozan said. “Sometimes the road is bigger and I think we just like that pressure of having our backs against the wall and I think that’s why we play so well on the road.”Kyle Lowry scored 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 for the Raptors, who close with games against Philadelphia and Brooklyn, the two worst teams in the East. Cleveland finishes against playoff-bound Atlanta and Detroit.DeRozan has 9,426 points and moved ahead of Vince Carter (9,420). He now trails only Chris Bosh (10,275) on the Raptors’ career list.“Right now, it’s just another accolade to add to our list of things that we’ve done this year,” Lowry said. “As a group and as individuals, we’ll all look at everything we’ve done this year after the season’s over.”Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points in just 25 minutes in the Knicks’ final home game of the season. Jerian Grant added 19.DeRozan and Lowry returned to the lineup after sitting out against Indiana on April 8, but the Raptors started poorly and could never shake the Knicks even when the All-Star guards turned it on in the second half.The Knicks raced to a 21-10 lead, but Toronto recovered to take a 54-51 edge into halftime, then built its own double-digit advantage that the Knicks wiped away in the fourth quarter.DeRozan then drove baseline to beat two defenders and make a layup while being fouled, giving Toronto an 89-86 lead.Grant followed with a basket, but the Knicks didn’t score again and Valanciunas just beat the shot clock with 33 seconds left before the Raptors finished it off from the foul line.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Buttler is England’s dangerman, says Ponting

first_imgEngland boats of a number of match-winners in their 15-man World Cup squad, but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has handpicked Jos Buttler as the dangerman for the hosts in the showpiece, stating May 30.”The dangerman for England is gonna be Jos Buttler. I just watched him develop over the last 2 or 3 years. I had a chance to coach him at Mumbai Indians 3 or 4 seasons ago when he was really sort of starting to make his mark in international cricket,” Ponting was quoted as saying in a video posted at Cricket Australia website.”What he has done in the last 12 to 18 months whether in a T20, One-Day game or a Test match for England, it’s really outstanding. So, Jos Buttler is England’s dangerman for me.””He (Buttler) might not take the gloves but his middle-order batting is out of this world. He scores 360 degrees around the ground, hits the ball incredibly hard, hits the ball a long way as well,” he added.Besides Buttler, England’s team comprises of match-winners like skipper Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer to name a few.The two-time World Cup winning skipper said England’s depth in the batting department makes the hosts a force to reckon with in the upcoming World Cup.”I think England’s great strength right now in their One-Day team is how deep they bat. That allows all their top-order to play probably with more freedom than most other teams,” Ponting said.”Someone like a Buttler or (Ben) Stokes or Moeen Ali coming in at 7, 8, 9, allows their top-order to go hard. They are a really confident outfit. They have got great depth in their squad and obviously would be playing in conditions they are very much used to.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the ‘form batsman’ going into the World Cup: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | She’s beautiful: James Anderson thought on 1st meeting Stuart BroadAlso Seelast_img read more

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

first_img1) A Friday night midfield rejig for Brighton?Results elsewhere could secure Brighton’s Premier League status this weekend, but Chris Hughton’s side have been granted an early opportunity to get the job done themselves at the Amex on Friday night. Brighton have beaten United just once in their history and have already lost to them twice this season – both times at Old Trafford – in the Premier League and FA Cup. United’s unconvincing Cup quarter-final win came immediately after their feeble Champions League surrender against Sevilla, in a match Alexis Sánchez and Paul Pogba sat out as unused substitutes after failing to impress against the Spanish side. Both players have since hit their stride and are likely to feature on Friday, a state of affairs that suggests if Brighton are to beat United for the first time in nine attempts since 1982 they will have to do so the hard way. With Davy Pröpper back from a spell on the naughty step, Hughton must decide whether to pair him with Dale Stephens in his first choice central midfield partnership, or stick with Beram Kayal, who has impressed in the Dutchman’s absence. BGChelsea interested in move for Anthony MartialLiam Rosenior: Mourinho master of managing expectations2) An Emirates farewell for WengerAnd so it’s farewell. This will be the last time most Arsenal fans see Arsène Wenger at the Emirates, at least until they unveil his statue. Thursday’s failure in Madrid denied the venerable Frenchman if not a fairytale farewell, then at least a glorious appendix. Such will be the emotion of the occasion that the match is almost secondary, and yet defeat would be an almost cruel humiliation, leaving Wenger’s side distant from the top five and level on points with Burnley themselves. Having failed to unlock one famously well-organised defence in the Europa League they immediately face another one – Burnley have conceded 16 fewer goals in the Premier League than Arsenal. “There’s a lot of noise around the game but we’ve got to go there and do a job,” says Nick Pope. “We’re not just going to turn up and make up the numbers, we’ve got to put our foot down and put our own stamp on the game.” Having conceded decisive, controversial stoppage-time goals in each of their last three meetings, some luck for Burnley against Arsenal is long overdue. SBMatch report: Atlético Madrid 1-0 Arsenal Premier League The Premier League outcasts who are flourishing across Europe this season features Arsène Wenger is set for his final match in charge at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Mark Leech/Offside/Getty Images Listen 3Liverpool364372 Facebook Share on LinkedIn Goals, crows and lying league tables – Football Weekly Extra 6Arsenal351957 Share on Pinterest Sign up for the Fiver, our email from the world of football. Pinterest Twitter 6) A more gung ho approach from SwanseaOne point and a place above the relegation zone, Swansea City will drop into the bottom three if they fail to beat Bournemouth and Southampton win at Everton. While nerve-wracking, this scenario would not necessarily constitute disaster – with home matches against Southampton and Stoke to come, Swansea’s destiny remains in their own hands. Nevertheless, they could do with getting back into the winning habit, but Carlos Carvalhal’s inclination towards caution on the road could hamstring their chances of a first victory since the beginning of March. While it would be harsh to be critical of Swansea for their hiding against Manchester City, but their supine performance at the Hawthorns spoke volumes. Despite playing the worst team in the division, Swansea could scarcely have been set up more cautiously and were lucky to secure a point. At Bournemouth they will be better served by starting with similar urgency to that with which they ended last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea. If they are to go down, why not do so swinging haymakers? BGFight to survive hots up but drop not always disastrous7) Stoke can keep Palace looking over their shouldersPaul Lambert’s jack-in-the-box antics on the touchline have been a highlight of this season’s relegation battle and with his Stoke side fighting for survival at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday, expect the 1997 Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund to be on top form. Lambert can take heart from Stoke’s victory over Palace last season – the first time they have beaten them in seven attempts – as they start the game three points from safety. Roy Hodgson’s side gained revenge in November and, with 38 points already in the bag, look to be safe after successive home wins. Yet Palace fans of a certain vintage will be wary of celebrating too soon – in 1992-93, the Premier League’s inaugural season, the Eagles were relegated with 49 points from their 42 games. EAPalace match ‘a war we have to win’ says ShaqiriHodgson fears losing Cabaye and Ward in summer8) Another basement battle of sorts for EvertonEverton have lost only one of their last seven games, and that was against Manchester City. There was a time this season when they were genuinely concerned about the relegation scrap at the end of the season and so it has proved – in a manner of speaking. They are comfortably in the top half of the table, but having beaten Huddersfield last week to leave the Terriers in peril, they now face Southampton, with West Ham still to come. This is the third time that Everton have played Southampton in their final home game of the season, and the second time they have done so with one more away league match to follow. The last time it happened, in 1986, Everton were destined to finish second to Liverpool in both league and FA Cup, and the Saints were given a 6-1 thrashing. Two days later Southampton travelled to Tottenham and lost 5-3. Peter Shilton’s injury meant 17-year-old Keith Granger was flung into the side; after conceding 11 in those two games, he never played for the club again. SBDaniel Taylor: Firefighter Sam offers Everton too little spark Read more Twitter PosTeamPGDPts 9Leicester35-344 5Chelsea352666 Share via Email Facebook 3) Another Spurs hiccup against West Brom? 14Brighton35-1537 2Man Utd354077 1Man City357693 Share on WhatsApp 17Swansea35-2533 Facebook Results have improved for Everton in recent weeks to leave relegation worries a distant memory. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images 5) Huddersfield to crash City’s title party?So far at home in the league this season, Manchester City fans have celebrated 58 goals and 15 victories. This weekend they will be celebrating again whatever happens in the game, with the trophy to be presented to after the final whistle. This will be their third Premier League title, but the first won with sufficient comfort to plan the presentation. Victory on Sunday would take them to 96 points, a tally never previously reached in the Premier League – for some time, the record books have been their only significant opponents. Huddersfield, though, were troublesome in the reverse fixture in November, when City came from behind to win thanks to Raheem Sterling’s late goal, and given their position in the table could hardly be better motivated to poop the party. A reminder of how fast situations in football can change: Huddersfield have scored 27 goals in the league this season; the last team to score fewer than 30 top-flight goals and avoid relegation were Manchester City, in 2006-07. SBWe can be the best team in history, says Guardiola 8Everton36-1248 19Stoke36-3330 10) Watford and Newcastle mired in mid-table malaiseSince winning four successive matches to secure top-flight status, Newcastle have looked distinctly mediocre in losing to Everton and West Brom. Here though, they meet a side whose motivation is similarly suspect, though it is hard to know if this match will be entertainingly carefree or demoralisingly careless. This is familiar territory for Watford: since promotion in 2015 they are yet to win a fixture in May. They have not won since the first weekend of March, their dismal away form has prompted their gentle slide down the table. Having lost 2-0 at Spurs on Monday, they declared themselves encouraged. “We managed to create chances and if we keep doing it we will begin to get results,” said Étienne Capoue. “If we play like that we will get the points against Newcastle.” With only a visit to Old Trafford to come, if Watford are to reach 40 points they surely have to. SBThe Premier League ineptitude index 2017-18 15West Ham35-2435 12AFC Bournemouth36-1838 10Newcastle35-941 Ten things to look out for this weekend Pinterest 16Huddersfield35-2935 Share on Twitter 4Tottenham Hotspur353771 18Southampton35-1932 Pinterest 9) A reaction from Leicester or West Ham?Given their previous in the field of downing tools for managers , it will be intriguing to see how Leicester’s players approach this game. Claude Puel’s future looks uncertain in the wake of his team’s slaughter at Crystal Palace and with nothing much to play for, the reaction – or lack thereof – of his players will be telling. Still in danger of going down, West Ham will be hoping there is mutiny in the air over the King Power Stadium and look likely to bring Andy Carroll along. The striker apologised to David Moyes following an act of petulance and subsequent training ground row, prompted by his manager’s refusal to give him a run-out against Manchester City from the bench. Should both sets of players fail to up their game after respective embarrassments, fans can look forward to witnessing one of the most lethargic “contests” in top-flight history. BGLeicester players seem distracted, admits embattled Puel 20West Brom36-2428 Manchester City fans will finally get to see their team lift the Premier League trophy after Sunday’s game against Huddersfield. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images 13Watford36-2038 Share on Facebook 7Burnley36354 Topics Twitter The fact that Swansea’s final two games of the season are against two of the three teams below them in the table means victory for Stoke against Crystal Palace in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off will send West Brom down. With qualification for next season’s Champions League not yet assured, Tottenham will be rooting for Stoke in the hope that an inevitable sense of deflation at the Hawthorns will put an end to West Brom’s impressive rally under Darren Moore. Spurs were fortunate to draw the corresponding fixture at Wembley, when Salomón Rondón squandered a glorious opportunity in added time. With Mauricio Pochettino’s future the subject of some speculation, failure to beat the Premier League’s worst team for a second time could be a precursor to grave repercussions come season’s end. BG Kane surprised by ‘silly’ FA tweet and culture of mockeryTottenham reality check as stadium costs escalate4) Can Chelsea make use of any Liverpool hangover?If ever there is a good time to face Liverpool’s deadly front three then it’s this weekend. The exertions of their Champions League semi-final epic against Roma are sure to have an effect on Jürgen Klopp’s side but with a top four spot not yet assured, Liverpool cannot afford to take it easy. Chelsea have won their last three matches in the Premier League to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Europe’s top competition next season, with Olivier Giroud’s form the catalyst for their revival. The France striker has a solid record against Liverpool, with five goals in his 10 Premier League appearances against them for Arsenal, and his new employers know only victory will do on Sunday. EAKlopp’s thrash-metal ideal strikes an English chordChampions League final is not me v Ronaldo, says SalahSpanish press predict Madrid success in big showdown 11Crystal Palace36-1338 Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘Karius deserves second chance at Liverpool’

first_imgLiverpool ‘Liverpool gave me second chance, why not Karius?’ – Grobbelaar calls for Champions League forgiveness Chris Burton 16:16 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Loris Karius Liverpool Champions League final Getty Liverpool Premier League The Reds goalkeeper has seen his future at Anfield called into question, but a former favourite is hoping he will be given a chance to make amends Bruce Grobbelaar wants to see Loris Karius given a second chance by Liverpool, with a former favourite having secured legendary status after making plenty of errors of his own.A change between the sticks is being mooted at Anfield following a horror show from their current No. 1 in the Champions League final.Karius has apologised for two costly mistakes in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, but Jurgen Klopp is now being heavily linked with several options to replace the German. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 Grobbelaar hopes the Reds will resist the urge to bring in a new goalkeeper, with a man who spent 13 years with the club grateful for the opportunities he was given when it would have been easy to cast him aside.The Liverpool icon told BBC Sport: “They gave me two years of second chances, so why can’t they give him a second chance after one game?”Grobbelaar added on how Klopp should be handling Karius: “They should keep him in the spotlight from next season.”First game back, get him back as soon as possible.”Karius had received support from an Anfield predecessor prior to his European flop, with Grobbelaar having tipped him to go from strength to strength.He told the Off The Ball podcast: “Karius will become the best value for money goalkeeper in the Premier League in the years to come.”“He cost £4m from Mainz, he is going to be immense, because I tell you what, he has come on leaps and bounds since Van Dijk has come in at the back.”Rather than invest considerable transfer funds in a new keeper this summer, Grobbelaar feels the Reds – who already have deals in place with Fabinho and Naby Keita – should be looking to bolster their defence and attack.He added: “Liverpool can win the Champions League next year but need two more players to add to the squad.”They need a centre-half and a striker.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Write Au Naturale with Field Notes’ Shelterwood Notebook

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Whether you’re a aspiring novelist or a soon-to-be naturalist, you never can tell when creativity will strike. Everyone from our founding father Benjamin Franklin to the man behind Seinfeld carried a pocket notebook for jotting down their thoughts and epiphanies, each adorning the pages with marks the good ol’ fashioned way. However, whereas moleskin and fiber notebooks have become the norm for most writers and like-minded men, Chicago-based company Fields Notes offers a more natural alternative with its limited edition Shelterwood notebook line ($10 a three-pack).While most notebooks are made from wood, Field Notes seasonal offering is made of wood (or so the company saying goes). The notebook covers are finely sliced from actual American Cherry harvested from the snow-capped woods of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, and later bonded to a substrate of kraft for added durability and rigidness. As detailed in the video below, the American-made notebooks are sustainably produced from start to finish, culled from several 60-foot logs that are converted into 5,000 feet of “sheer veneer” within a factory heated using recycled wood pellets. Each notebook is unique, measuring a standard 3.5 x 5.5 inches yet sporting a distinct woodgrain texture, while offering more than 40 pages of 70-pound stock paper on which to write. Though faint, the notebooks are ruled in “Maidenhair Green” — a moss-green ink — and bound together with three sturdy, gold staples. Talk about a giving a whole new meaning to the popularly-established phrase “in your back pocket.”Check out Field Notes’ entire notebook lineup to shop additional offerings, or visit one of the company’s many retail locations across the country to pickup a Shelterwood notebook firsthand. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung The Best American Ginlast_img read more

More Funds Available for MSMEs

first_img The Government’s Credit Enhancement Facility (CEF) for micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) has been significantly boosted by a J$2.56-billion (US$20-million) loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The provision has increased the CEF’s funds, which are managed by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), to $3.01 billion, up from some $450 million.This now enables the DBJ to provide partial guarantees to affiliated Approved Financial Institutions (AFIs) to cover up to 90 per cent of the sum on individual MSME loans not exceeding $49.3 million, for up to 10 years.Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw; and IDB Executive Vice-President, Julie Katzman, signed the loan agreement at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on September 6.Activities for which loans are eligible for partial guarantees include agriculture and agribusiness, business services, construction, energy, manufacturing, retail, tourism, and trade and distribution.Additionally, financing of investments related to the purchase of equipment and machinery; expansion projects; and the increase in permanent capital, all directly related to MSME activities, will also be eligible.Mr. Shaw welcomed the IDB’s support for the Government’s credit enhancement programme, which he said is designed to address the lack of adequate financing for MSME investments to stimulate growth and productivity in Jamaica.He said the programme provides a platform for MSMEs to develop new and creative industries and increase the number of new entrants to the sector.This, the Minister explained, by reducing the upfront capital requirements for start-up, while strengthening the capital base for existing stakeholders, thereby enhancing the prospects for them to increase their business opportunities.Mr. Shaw said the programme is consistent with the Economic Growth Council’s (EGC) proposal for improved access to financing by MSME entrepreneurs. This, the EGC contends, will contribute to the generation of five per cent growth being targeted within four years.The Minister pointed out that the Government is cognisant that MSMEs are pivotal stakeholders and partners in the quest to achieve significant economic growth, job creation and development, noting that the sector accounts for approximately 80 per cent of the jobs generated.Mr. Shaw also noted that the Administration’s recently launched National Financial Inclusion Strategy underlines the goal of achieving an increase in the percentage of total private-sector credit extended to MSMEs to a minimum 11 per cent by 2020.This, he underscored, requires the creation of an ecosystem for venture capital and the use of non-traditional collateral as security for financial transactions.The Minister said the Strategy requires the delivery of capacity-based programmes to MSMEs by the public sector to improve their bankability, adding that “the MSMEs must become bankable, so that they can demonstrate to the owners of capital that they are credit-worthy”.“The Government is committed to providing the sector (MSMEs) with expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources to aid in their development in the current and evolving economic environment. This includes equity and debt capital, a supportive regulatory framework and tax structures that can also give small businesses a boost and better chance of survival,” Mr. Shaw added.In her remarks, Ms. Katzman said partial loan guarantees have proven to be key in bridging the divide limiting MSMEs’ access to financing.This, she said, not only in partially mitigating the risks taken by financial institutions, but also forging relationships with MSMEs that would facilitate future lending arrangements not requiring partial credit guarantees, thereby strengthening the overall financial system.In this regard, Ms. Katzman said the IDB is “thrilled to sign this commitment to provide (for) the replenishment of the (CEF), and be able to enlarge and enhance the Programme”.For his part, DBJ Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, who indicated that the Bank currently has guarantees totalling $842 million on its books, said the IDB’s provision “will really allow us to scale-up this (credit enhancement) programme”.He pointed out that the DBJ has facilitated guarantees totalling more than $1.5 billion under the CEF since its establishment eight years ago, adding that the payout, to date, has totalled approximately 1.8 per cent.Mr. Reynolds also advised the DBJ has benefited from technical assistance that will allow the institution to process and issue electronically rather than manually, as now obtains, adding that “this will enable us to monitor and manage the programme far more effectively and efficiently”. The Government’s Credit Enhancement Facility (CEF) for micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) has been significantly boosted by a J$2.56-billion (US$20-million) loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw; and IDB Executive Vice-President, Julie Katzman, signed the loan agreement at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston on September 6. Story Highlights The Minister said the Strategy requires the delivery of capacity-based programmes to MSMEs by the public sector to improve their bankability, adding that “the MSMEs must become bankable, so that they can demonstrate to the owners of capital that they are credit-worthy”.last_img read more

Proceeds of Crime Program Proves Crime Doesnt Pay

first_imgThe Department of Justice’s Provincial Proceeds of Crime unit has secured its first forfeiture. The vehicle of an impaired driver convicted of multiple impaired driving offences has been acquired by the unit, which has been operating since April. Criminal Code offences prosecuted provincially, such as fraud, theft and impaired driving, are investigated by the unit. Through a court order, the unit seizes property obtained, directly or indirectly, through crime and offence-related property. “This program is meant to deter criminals from engaging in illegal activity,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry. “The work of this integrated unit is an excellent example of the collaboration between the government and law enforcement agencies to fight crime in our communities.” The four-investigator unit, two RCMP officers and two municipal police officers, has a dedicated Crown attorney through the Public Prosecution Service. The investigators, based in Halifax, serve all of Nova Scotia. The department has partnered with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to manage the goods acquired. Most property will be sold through public auction. Revenues gained from the program will go in the overall Department of Justice budget and will be invested in crime prevention and support for victims of crime.last_img read more

Cape Sharp Tidal Generates North Americas First Instream Tidal Energy at FORCE

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE North America’s first in-stream tidal turbine is now powering homes in Nova Scotia. Last week, Cape Sharp Tidal installed a two-megawatt, in-stream tidal turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, or FORCE, test site near Parrsboro. The turbine is producing enough energy to power 500 Nova Scotia homes. This is the first of two demonstration turbines planned. Together, they will power 1,000 homes in Nova Scotia with a local, renewable energy source. Tidal energy holds great promise in tackling climate change. Just two turbines will displace 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s equal to taking more than 1,000 cars off the road every year. Already more than 300 people are working on this project, and more than 250 Nova Scotia companies are involved in the tidal supply chain. Nova Scotia’s tidal energy industry has the potential to create up to 22,000 jobs and contribute as much 1.7 billion dollars to the economy. Cape Sharp Tidal is a joint venture partnership between Emera and OpenHydro/DCNS. -30- Nova Scotia homes and businesses are now powered by North America’s first in-stream tidal turbine. Cape Sharp Tidal, a partnership between Emera and OpenHydro/DCNS, deployed its two-megawatt turbine two weeks ago at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) test site near Parrsboro. This milestone marks a turning point for Canada’s renewable energy sector. It is the first time clean, renewable in-stream tidal power has successfully been generated from the Bay of Fundy, and the first time a turbine has been grid-connected at FORCE. “This is a proud, and historic moment in Nova Scotia’s global leadership in the responsible development of a new and renewable energy source,” said Minister of Energy Michel Samson. “As we make the first in-stream tidal energy connection to the Canadian grid, we are ushering in a new era in marine renewable energy and taking an unprecedented step toward a lower carbon future.” The demonstration open-centre turbine, designed and manufactured by OpenHydro, uses a fraction of the estimated 7,000 megawatt potential of the Minas Passage to power the equivalent of about 500 Nova Scotia homes with energy from tides. A second turbine, planned for deployment in 2017, will make Cape Sharp Tidal one of the largest generating arrays in the world. The completed four-megawatt demonstration project will displace the need to burn about 2,000 tonnes of coal, and eliminate 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the road each year. This achievement contributes to Nova Scotia’s overachievement on national greenhouse gas reduction goals. “This is a small but historic step in Nova Scotia’s transformation from using imported coal to becoming a leader in clean, local energy,” said Tony Wright, general manager of FORCE. “This achievement is the result of many people working to make all aspects of this project fit together – from environmental approvals to subsea cables to grid connection. How far can in-stream tidal grow? Now the most important research begins.” FORCE has invested $30 million in onshore and offshore electrical infrastructure to allow demonstration turbines to connect to the power grid. In total, more than 125 organizations contributed to the creation of the FORCE facility and its research and monitoring programs. More than 90 per cent of those are from Nova Scotia. Cape Sharp Tidal has invested tens of millions of dollars to develop the local tidal industry and supply chain, and has met its commitment to spend 70 per cent of first-phase project costs in Nova Scotia. More than 300 people have been employed on the project in areas such as fabrication, environmental monitoring, engineering, health and safety, marine services and more. Nova Scotia’s tidal energy industry has the potential to create up to 22,000 jobs and contribute as much $1.7 billion to the economy. This year, FORCE has collected additional data on sound, and on fish and marine mammals. This work will complement additional fish, lobster, marine mammal, seabird and noise studies at FORCE. Monitoring reports will be shared with regulators and the public, and will contribute to a growing international body of research. Monitoring at other tidal sites around the world has not observed a single collision between ocean life and turbines in a marine environment. Nova Scotia will now have the opportunity to test these findings in the Minas Passage. “This is a huge achievement for Cape Sharp Tidal, a company combining DCNS, OpenHydro and our partners Emera,” said Thierry Kalanquin, chairman of OpenHydro and senior vice-president, Energy and Marine Infrastructure at DCNS. “In two hours within one tidal cycle, we deployed an open-centre turbine in the Bay of Fundy and soon after, secured the export of power to the Nova Scotian grid. “Emera’s investment in Cape Sharp Tidal is an investment in Nova Scotia’s renewable energy future,” said Nancy Tower, chief corporate development officer of Emera Inc. “We’re already seeing growth and momentum in this new Nova Scotia tidal industry. It’s a promising economic driver and an important local source of clean energy with benefits for the whole province.”last_img read more

Another trader held in MP under NSA for milk adulteration

first_imgGwalior: A 38-old-year trader was arrested in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday under the National Security Act (NSA) for alleged milk adulteration, an official said. The trader, Ummed Singh Rawat, was arrested and sent to jail this morning under the NSA, District Collector Anurag Choudhary told PTI. He is the second trader to be arrested and sent to jail under the NSA in the last three days. An Ujjain trader was held on Thursday for adulterating milk products. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The action against Rawat comes after adulterated milk and chemicals were recovered from his shop at Mohna locality, around 40 km from here, during the raids conducted on July 24 and 25, he added. Choudhary said Rawat was charged with adulterating milk even in 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, state Health Minister Tulsi Silavat said people adulterating milk and food will not be spared. “Those who adulterate food products should leave Madhya Pradesh or be ready to go behind bars,” he said. He said people were becoming victims of diseases like cancer due to adulteration. On July 19, the government had launched a drive against milk adulteration and manufacturing of products using adulterated milk. The government has also started the process of making the law stricter for curbing food adulteration, Silavat said. “As part of the drive, 1,608 samples of milk products have been collected across the state till Friday. Of these, 43 have been tested so far,” he said.last_img read more

UK Oppn agrees plan to prevent nodeal Brexit

first_imgLondon: In an important breakthrough, the UK’s Opposition parties on Tuesday agreed on a strategy to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal in place by the October 31 deadline. After a meeting in London called by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, senior MPs of the country’s prominent Opposition parties issued a joint statement, saying that they would work together on passing a legislation in the House of Commons to ensure British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not pull the UK out of the 28-member economic bloc without an agreement in place. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The leaders of the Opposition parties held a productive and detailed meeting on stopping a disastrous no-deal exit from the EU… The attendees agreed on the urgency to act together to find practical ways to prevent no deal, including the possibility of passing legislation and a vote of no confidence,” the statement read. “The attendees agreed that Boris Johnson has shown himself open to using anti-democratic means to force through no deal,” it added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe meeting follows concerns that in his pursuit of a “do or die” Brexit, Johnson may attempt to suspend Parliament and prevent MPs from having their say. The leaders of the Labour Party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru from Wales, the Green Party and the Independent Group for Change have so far failed to agree on a common ground, but after Tuesday’s meeting, they claim to be more aligned and will meet again to discuss how to stop the UK crashing out of the EU on October 31. “With no mandate or majority, the numbers are stacking up against Boris Johnson and his extreme Brexit. The possibility of stopping Brexit is real and must be realised,” said Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in the Commons. “Parliament must grasp this opportunity, unite to stop Boris Johnson shutting down democracy — and be ready to use all mechanisms to block a no-deal disaster, including deploying legislation as a priority. “The SNP will play our full part and do everything we can to stop Brexit but Scotland’s future will not be left in Westminster’s hands,” he said, indicating the growing voices in favour of Scottish independence in opposition to a damaging Brexit.last_img read more

Musically Yours

first_imgYou shot to fame with Autograph in 2010. From then to now, how will you describe your journey? It has been a journey of almost nine years and it is very difficult to put this experience into words. I have been lucky and blessed! You have also started composing singles that are being produced by SVF Music. How did the decision to do something different come about? I have been doing albums for the last nine years and making a single is not new to me. Like other artistes, I always wanted to have my own album. But things here are not very smooth. Film music takes precedence over other kinds of music. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotThings changed for me after Autograph. I would have come up with my albums anyway, but I don’t think they would have been equally popular. Autograph has given me a lot. The songs in the movie and the way they were picturised became popular because they were a part of a huge film. I have always been into making albums; I have been doing my own stuff. I write a lot of songs and when I feel like they are not in sync with films or not in line with the theme, I release them as singles or albums. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary What kind of response have you been receiving for your singles so far? The response has been very encouraging. We are generally very scared to do Bangla singles and albums. I made an album called Bakyobageesh in 2014 which released along with a song I had composed for Chotushkone. The song from Chotushkone became so popular that my album did not reach a lot of people. It was very unfair! I have decided, the next time I make an album, I will release it at a time when none of my film albums will be around or else it too will face the same fate! But things look brighter now. People are restless and want to listen to something different. That is paving the way for a new genre of music that does not necessarily fit into film narratives. My single Kalboishakhi worked moderately well. We have performed the song live several times. Next came a dance number, Mithye Kotha. No one expected a dance number from me. That song really clicked and the audience started requesting the song at live shows. I had the chance of experimenting with alternative rock, and that is how we created Ish Debashish. The song deals with battling mid-life crisis. There is no movie in Bengal that deals with a subject like that or that has the space for a song like this. Thus, it found a place in my solo project. It also did quite well, not as much as Mitthe Kotha which is more mainstream in its appeal. But we have been performing the song at our concerts. Many singers believe that composing non-film music is more liberating than film music. What do you think? That holds true for many artistes. For me, that is partially true. I don’t exactly compose for films. I write songs on my own. And, if a script or a film comes to me, I usually play the existing songs from my bank. The makers listen to them and take their pick. It is not that a film dictates my song-writing. The makers select my songs for their films. So, the process is different for me and I think it is very liberating. If at all I have to make songs for films, then I am restricted by the characters, the storyline and the situation. If I have Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabitri Chatterjee on screen, I will not have a loud song; I would have a mellow number or maybe just a soft cello or piano playing in the background as a prelude to my song. In a way, it is liberating when I am writing and composing songs for films as well. When it comes to albums, it is completely liberating. In albums, I can use any instrument and there is no restriction on their duration. You have worked in both the Bangla and Hindi music industries. Do you sense any differences? Yes, there is a lot of difference between both these industries. When I am working on a Hindi film, I am making music for audiences who belong to a different demography. It is very difficult to create a tune that appeals to everyone. But, in Bengal, I have a very good understanding of the kind of songs that the Bangla audience will like. Rabindra Sangeet is very popular in West Bengal. But it is not as popular across India. People have tried to translate them in several languages, but they have not worked. Only the national anthem has worked at the national level (Laughs). Bengali and Hindi, as languages, are so different. S D Burman, Salil Chowdhury and R D Burman have crossed boundaries and created everlasting melodies. I try to follow their footsteps. I want to create something similar to what they did. Hindi films become a little difficult for people like us who are starting their journey in this industry. Most songs that you compose do not find a place in films. Last year, I worked on October, which was a fantastic film. I composed a song that was sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. That song became quite popular but it was not there in the film. In fact, there are no songs in the movie. Then, I had also worked in Pink. I composed two songs for it that were not there in the movie. I consider myself lucky that five of my songs were retained in Piku. I had also composed its background score. That was a very fulfilling experience. What are your upcoming projects? Bengal has been very kind to me. I have been offered four to five movies a year and sometimes more. I started this year with Shah Jahan Regency. I am composing music for Srijitda’s Vinci Da. In May, I will be doing Shibu’s (Shiboprosad Mukherjee) Konttho. After that, I have another film of his called Belashuru. I also have Mainak Bhaumik’s Bornoporichoy. So I have my hands full. I think 2019 will be quite musical for me!last_img read more

Africa Tourism Monitor 2015 Ranks Morocco Africas Tourism Champion

New York – Morocco ranked African champion of international tourism in 2015.The African Development Bank (AfDB) published its third annual continental tourism report on Wednesday, in which Morocco registered the highest number of international tourist arrivals in 2014.According to the Africa Tourism Monitor 2015, a joint publication of the African Development Bank (AfDB), New York University Africa House, and the Africa Travel Association (ATA), for its second consecutive year, Morocco maintained its record of over 10 million tourist arrivals. The North African country recorded 10.2 million international tourist arrivals in 2014 compared to 10.05 million in 2013.Morocco ranked ahead of South Africa with 9.5 million tourists, Egypt with 9.1 million and Tunisia with 6.7 million international arrivals.According to the African report, which studied tourists’ arrivals from March 2014 to March 2015, Morocco received 28 percent of international tourists who visited Africa.South Africa was in second place with 24 percent of the totalnumber of arrivals, while Egypt took the third spot with 17 percent of Africa’s tourism, in the same period.In terms of employment, Africa tourism generates 20.5 million jobs, including direct, indirect and induced types of employment supporting the travel and tourism industry, the report revealed.Among Africa Tourism Monitor’s list of Top 10 African Countries for Total Employment (Direct, Indirect, Induced) in the Tourism Industry for 2014, Morocco ranked fourth place with 1.74 million jobs, ahead of South Africa (1.50 million).Egypt ranked number one in tourism industry employment with 2.94 million jobs, followed by Ethiopia (2.29 million) and Nigeria (2.2 million).Morocco’s leading tourism figures coupled with its top safety ratings have placed the North African country as one of the top travel destinations for tourists worldwide.The French and British Foreign Ministries recommend Morocco in their list of safe countries for British and French nationals to visit.Five-star accommodations, entertainment that meets and exceeds global standards, the uniqueness of its terrain, rich history, culture and hospitality par excellence are just some of the many qualities that place Morocco among leaders of the travel and tourism industry.“These rankings mean that Morocco is becoming a full-fledged destination, highly competitive, but also a leader when it comes to innovative and sustainable solutions to tourism development issues,” Moroccan Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad said in a statement to Morocco World News.The 2015 report was themed “Unlocking Africa’s Tourism Potential,” in terms of investment, sustainability, development, business partnerships, and economic growth.Africa Tourism Monitor illustrates how the travel and tourism industry involves local communities to participate and thrive in these sectors.The same report informed that international tourism in Africa is mainly driven by the United States (22 percent), the United Kingdom (19 percent) and France (17 percent), representing nearly 60 percent of the total of arrivals in 2015. read more

More international support needed for South Sudan says Migiro

6 May 2008The international community needs to refocus on South Sudan and to increase support for recovery and development there, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said today. Speaking to the third meeting of the Sudan Consortium held in Oslo, Norway, Asha-Rose Migiro said the main goals must be to improve security and living standards, rebuild infrastructure, advance disarmament and demobilization, strengthen the rule of law, and to create secure conditions in the country.The Sudan Consortium, which is led by the UN and the World Bank, brings together governments and civil society organizations from around the world, including representatives from Sudan itself. It was established in 2005 following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended 21 years of civil war between South Sudan and the national Government of the country.Ms. Migiro said that the initial pledging conference for Sudan three years ago had “proved crucial in mobilizing resources for the initial phase of the CPA. It is therefore opportune that, three years later, we return here once again to energize our efforts in support of the CPA.”She cited significant achievements, including the return of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes, and the increase in the number of children going to primary school in South Sudan from 350,000 in 2005 to 1.2 million in 2007. But she added that “much more needs to be done. A unique but narrow window of opportunity exists, which, if grasped, can help Sudan…achieve a lasting and broad-based peace.”Ms. Migiro noted that the continuing violence in the Darfur region of Sudan is “of grave concern,” but added that it is “of critical importance that the focus on Darfur should not eclipse our work for peace throughout the rest of Sudan.”Before today’s meeting in Oslo, a group of 20 women from all over Sudan said that progress since the first Consortium meeting had been “too slow” and called for international support for women’s leadership in the country and the realization of a 25 per cent quota for women in public office.At a meeting in the Norwegian capital facilitated by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the women expressed “grave concern” about the situation in Sudan and said they are “particularly concerned about the persistence of extremely poor human development indicators in relation to women and girls’ literacy, maternal mortality, productive asset security, economic and political empowerment and protection from gender-based violence.” read more

Fréchette to visit Kosovo as part of tour to eliminate sexual abuse

Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette will be travelling to Kosovo on Sunday, resuming her visits to peacekeeping missions to reinforce Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse for United Nations personnel. As she has in previous stops, the Deputy Secretary-General will review the status of relevant prevention and enforcement measures in place at the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Ms. Fréchette will be in Kosovo from 5 to 7 June to be followed by a visit to Burundi from 8 to 10 June.She has already visited UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa from 28 February to 6 March 2005, including those in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

President Trump tells Mexico Canada he wont pull out of NAFTA

President Trump tells Mexico, Canada he won’t pull out of NAFTA President Donald Trump signs the Education Federalism Executive Order during a federalism event with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 9:09 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 4:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls between Trump, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries,” said the White House.Trump said he believes “the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.”The announcement came hours after administration officials said Trump was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the deal – though administration officials cautioned it was just one of a number of options being discussed by the president and his staff.Some saw the threat as posturing by Trump to gain leverage over Mexico and Canada as he tries to negotiate changes to the deal. Trump railed against the decades-old trade deal during his campaign, describing it as a “disaster.”Senior White House officials had spent recent days discussing steps that could be taken to start the process of renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA before the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, according to a person familiar with the president’s thinking.But the person, along with an administration official, who both spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations, had said a number of options remained on the table, and stressed discussions are ongoing about the best way to proceed.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment on the order, which was first reported by Politico.“The president has made addressing the problems of NAFTA a priority throughout the campaign, and once the president makes a decision about how he wants to address that, we’ll let you know,” he said.The administration appeared to be divided Wednesday over how and when to proceed, as they balanced a newfound cautiousness with the desire to rack up accomplishments before Trump’s 100th day on the job.Some were gunning for Trump to sign a draft order this week, while others were weighing the complications surrounding withdrawing from or renegotiating the deal without Congress fully onboard. The debate played out in the press Wednesday as some outlets quoted officials insisting the signing was imminent, while other officials dismissed the reports as “just a rumour.”“My practice is to comment on things we’ve actually done or are doing as opposed to commenting on rumours,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters at an unrelated White House briefing Wednesday evening.Trump could withdraw from NAFTA – but he would have to give six months’ notice. And it is unclear what would happen next. The law Congress passed to enact the trade pact might remain in place, forcing Trump to wrangle with lawmakers and raising questions about the president’s authority to raise tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports.The decision came days after the administration announced it would slap hefty tariffs on softwood lumber being imported from Canada. Trump has also been railing against changes in Canadian milk product pricing that he says are hurting the American dairy industry.Trump told The Associated Press in an interview last week that he planned to either renegotiate or terminate NAFTA, which he and other critics blame for wiping out U.S. manufacturing jobs because it allowed companies to move factories to Mexico to take advantage of low-wage labour.“I am very upset with NAFTA. I think NAFTA has been a catastrophic trade deal for the United States, trading agreement for the United States. It hurts us with Canada, and it hurts us with Mexico,” he said.Another senior White House official declined to comment on “rumours” of specific actions. But that official said NAFTA has been a top priority for the president since day one and said the administration has been working on it since taking office. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s thinking.The Trump administration last month submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating NAFTA, disappointing those who were expecting Trump to demand a major overhaul.In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intended to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact, which took effect in 1994.The letter spelled out few details and stuck with broad principles. But it appeared to keep much of the existing agreement in place, including private tribunals that allow companies to challenge national laws on the grounds that they inhibit trade – a provision that critics say allows companies to get around environmental and labour laws.Reports Wednesday of the possible move drew objections from some in Congress, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona.“Withdrawing from #NAFTA would be a disaster for #Arizona jobs & economy,” he tweeted. “@POTUS shouldn’t abandon this vital trade agreement.” read more

A DurantLed Thunder May Be Better Without Ibaka

One more piece of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2012 NBA Finals run was cast to the wind during Thursday night’s draft. The Thunder dealt Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to No. 11 overall pick Domantas Sabonis. For those of us who look back fondly on the 2012 Thunder’s killer Big Four of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Ibaka, it was a reminder of how OKC broke up one of the great what-might-have-been young cores in NBA history.But putting aside one of the internet’s favorite pastimes of 2015 — second-guessing the Harden trade — the truth of the matter is that the roster the Thunder sent to the 2016 Western Conference finals had already surpassed the edition that went to the NBA Finals four years earlier, at least according to advanced metrics such as our Box Plus/Minus talent ratings:1Essentially a lo-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed for historical seasons. We’ve used them a few times in the past. If Durant does re-up with Oklahoma City, the addition of Oladipo would edge the Thunder ever closer to the Warriors and Spurs at the top of the West. If not, they’ll be just another mid-level team in one of the most top-heavy conferences ever. And a big reason why was the emergence of Steven Adams, who was selected with one of the picks that came to OKC in return for Harden and has become an excellent defender and rebounder. Adams’s strong play made Ibaka expendable, but so had Ibaka’s own downturn over the past couple years. And although comparing shooting guards and stretch fours is a bit apples-to-oranges, Oladipo posted better numbers than Ibaka last season, at a younger age, for less than half the money. As currently constructed, the Thunder are better off now than they were a day ago.Of course, none of that matters if Durant doesn’t opt to re-sign with Oklahoma City in free agency. Despite a bit of a down playoff campaign — and the fact that he probably isn’t even OKC’s best player anymore — KD is still one of the top handful of players in the NBA, and it will be his decision that determines the Thunder’s future far more than Sam Presti’s draft-day machinations. read more

GIW pumped with Anglo American Quellaveco copper project order

first_imgGIW Industries says it is to deliver four MDX 600 cyclone feed pumps to Anglo American’s Quellaveco copper project in Peru.GIW, a subsidiary of KSB, won the order based on the reputation of its centrifugal slurry pumps and the firm’s commitment to customer support, it said. “Decades of experience in slurry transport means GIW is in the perfect position to partner with Quellaveco.”Anglo American plans on first copper production coming out of Quellaveco in 2022, which, with a reserve of 1,300 Mt at 0.58% Cu, is expected to have a 30-year mine life at an average production capacity of 127,500 t/d. This could see the mine produce around 300,000 t/y of copper.The Quellaveco project marks a significant milestone for GIW as it continues to invest in the region, the company said. In 2018, it expanded its service capabilities in South America to meet the needs of current and future customers.Local GIW technicians will be on-site to assist Quellaveco for the installation, commissioning, and start-up of the four MDX 600 cyclone feed pumps, according to the company.“The MDX pump was selected for the Quellaveco project because of its success in copper and gold applications around the world,” GIW said. “The MDX product line has undergone extensive development; in fact, the latest technology features a remotely adjusted mechanical suction liner.“The pumps for Quellaveco are specially designed to operate in the most extreme duty conditions. Critical wear parts are made of GIW’s proprietary white-iron alloy, Endurasite. This material extends wear life and optimises pump performance.“These features combined have a direct impact on Quellaveco’s total cost of ownership – proving the MDX is the most reliable pump on the market.”Hernan Palavecino, South America Region Manager for GIW, said economic stability and continuous growth in the country have facilitated the investment of new mining projects in Peru, with the country, over recent years, becoming a key player in the global market.“GIW recognises the importance of the Quellaveco mine to the region,” he said. “The greenfield project solidifies Peru’s position as a substantial player in the South American and global mining markets. The award is a result of GIW’s drive for continuous improvements in slurry technologies. We are committed to offering high-quality service while building a long-term partnership with Quellaveco.”last_img read more