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Seismic mystery: What’s causing the ground to rumble in Italy?

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first_imgFor years, seismologists in Italy have puzzled over odd and persistent seismic signals, seemingly caused by subterranean magma movements but far from active volcanoes. Now, a new analysis has unveiled a concrete and much more prosaic trigger: the machinery in huge cement factories. Researchers analyzed the patterns of hundreds of low-frequency rumbles and discovered ties to many of the country’s 57 cement plants. For instance, 342 events (yellow circles) occurred within 150 meters of the Ghigiano factory. Moreover, there were far fewer occurrences at night, on weekends, and in August, when the giant plants are shuttered. The vibrations may rattle up to half the country, researchers report online this week in Geophysical Research Letters, so seismologists must take them into account when they analyze other low-level seismic signals—yet another example of earthly noise caused by humans.last_img read more

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Trade body invites Olympic medallist PV Sindhu to city

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first_imgCoimbatore, Aug 24 (PTI) The local chapter of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today extended an invitation to Olympic Silver Medallist P V Sindhu to attend a felicitation ceremony here, in her honour.In his letter, Chamber President D Nandakumar congratulated Sindhu for her extra-ordinary performance during the recent Olympics.”Our hearty congratulations to you on your fabulous achievement. Your hard work, determination and dedication has only enabled you to scale such heights,” he said in it. “Your achievement has done the nation proud and it is a great source of inspiration for all the sports persons, he added.”Nandakumar extended the cordial invitation to the badminton star to visit the Chamber for the felicitation function in her honour and sought a convenient date. PTI NVM ROH ROHlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India will beat Pakistan again, says Kapil Dev

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first_img1983 World Cup winning India captain Kapil Dev has said that he sees Virat Kohli and boys as favourites in their upcoming 2019 World Cup clash against Pakistan.”We have started very well by winning the first two matches comfortably,” said Kapil on Wednesday. “Hopefully the team continues playing in this manner and the weather doesn’t cause any problems.”India’s match against Pakistan is scheduled to be played on June 16 before which India play New Zealand on Thursday. The Virat Kohli-led team has played South Africa and Australia thus far and won both matches. “I hope the team plays to the best of its abilities. India will certainly win the match because they are playing better at the moment.”In my time Pakistan used to be favourites whenever we played them. Today it is India who are the better team — we are above them in the rankings and are playing better cricket,” the 60-year-old said.Kapil also said that he would have liked to see Yuvraj Singh play one last time in Indian colours. 37-year-old Yuvraj, who was Man of the Tournament when India won the 2011 World Cup, announced his retirement from international cricket and Indian Premier League on Monday.”A player like Yuvraj should be given a final send-off from the ground. I would have liked to see that because he has played some fantastic cricket in his career. We need leaders like Yuvraj because he is an icon for the coming generation. I’d like to congratulate him for his extraordinary career,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza blasts cringeworthy’ TV ads ahead of India-Pakistan matchAlso Read | Mohammad Amir opened up on spot-fixing after Shahid Afridi slapped him: Abdul RazzaqAlso Watch:last_img read more

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10 months agoHull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowen

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City are reportedly not willing to allow Jarrod Bowen to leave for less than £20m.Tottenham Hotspur are leading a host of clubs in the Premier League and Championship who are pursuing the talented winger.According to Sky Sports, Hull have set their price for the 22-year-old and are not willing to go any lower.Burnley and Leeds United are two clubs who have scouted Bowen in recent weeks.Bowen only recently signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with Hull. last_img

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Jaguar Land Rover India to raise prices of select products by up to 4 per cent from April 1

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first_img Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 19:37 IST The reason behind the price rise of select Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles is purely inflationary.HIGHLIGHTSJaguar product portfolio in India includes XE, XF, XJ, F-PACE and F-TYPE.Land Rover portfolio consists of Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, all-new Discovery, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover.Jaguar and Land Rover products are retailed from 27 outlets across 25 cities in India.Jaguar Land Rover India today announced that it will increase prices of select products by up to 4 per cent from April 1, 2019. However, the company did not reveal the names of the products. According to Jaguar Land Rover India, the reason behind the increase in prices is “purely inflationary”.The Jaguar portfolio in India includes the XE, XF, XJ and F-PACE as locally manufactured products and the F-TYPE. The Land Rover portfolio consists of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque as locally manufactured products, along with the Range Rover Velar, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and all-new Discovery.Below is the list of Jaguar vehicles in India along with their introductory prices (ex-showroom).– XE – Rs 40.61 lakh– XF – Rs 49.78 Lakh– F-PACE – Rs 63.17 Lakh– F-TYPE – Rs 90.93 lakh– XJ – Rs 1.11 croreBelow is the list of Land Rover vehicles in India along with their introductory prices (ex-showroom).– Discovery Sport – Rs 44.68 lakh– Range Rover Evoque – Rs 52.06 lakh– All-New Discovery – Rs 75.84 lakh– Range Rover Velar – Rs 82.90 lakh– Range Rover Sport – Rs 1.02 crore– Range Rover – Rs 1.79 crore”Jaguar Land Rover in India offers a portfolio of world class products that inspire and excite. This increase in price is purely inflationary and we are certain that the two global iconic brands, Jaguar and Land Rover, will continue to attract existing and new customers,” Jaguar Land Rover India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said in a statement.advertisementJaguar and Land Rover products are retailed from 27 outlets across 25 cities in India.Last month, Jaguar Land Rover India had introduced the next generation of its online vehicle buying platforms, which were initially introduced in 2016. While the customers can choose a new and approved Jaguar product through findmeacar.in, a choice can be made for a Land Rover vehicle via findmeasuv.in.ALSO READ | MG Hector spotted without any disguise before India-launch in mid-2019, might be priced close to Rs 15 lakhALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo facelift: 5 important things you need to know about the updated hatchbackALSO READ | 2019 Alto spied testing again, expected to be based on Future-S ConceptGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Price hikeFollow select productsFollow 2019 price hikeFollow Vehicle pricesFollow Vehicle price increase Jaguar Land Rover India to raise prices of select products by up to 4 per cent from April 1The Jaguar portfolio in India includes the XE, XF, XJ and F-PACE as locally manufactured products and the F-TYPE. The Land Rover portfolio consists of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque as locally manufactured products, along with the Range Rover Velar, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and all-new Discovery.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Spotted: Ready for Float Out

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first_imgIn today’s spotted we present you with General Dynamics NASSCO’s Hull 551, also known as the Lone Star State.General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for Lone Star State, the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company’s shipyard in San Diego on March 6, 2015.San Diego’s First Lady Katherine Faulconer authenticated the keel of the ECO tanker by welding her initials onto a steel plate during the ceremony. The steel plate with her initials will be permanently affixed to the ship’s keel and will remain with the vessel throughout its time in service. The ECO tanker is the first of a five 50,000 deadweight ton tankers being built by GD NASSCO for APT. The tanker series features LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The 610- foot-long tankers are a new “ECO” design, offering improved fuel efficiency, and include the latest environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system.World Maritime News Staff; Image: GD NASSCOlast_img read more

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Global Ports’ Results Down amid Economic Downturn in Russia

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first_imgzoom Tough market conditions coupled with macro-economic backdrop in Russia have seen a decline of Global Ports Investments PLC’s throughput by 32% year on year to 834 thousand TEU in the first six months of 2015.Revenue was 25.2% lower than in the first half of 2014 at USD 214.3 million, mainly driven by lower container throughput and a decline in other revenues, whereas the company’s operating profit adjusted for impairment declined 4.1% year on year to USD 120.9 million in the first half of 2015.  Net profit adjusted for impairment grew by 8.9% or USD 5.9 million to USD 72.1 million compared to USD 66.2 million in the first six months of 2014.Tiemen Meester, Chairman of Global Ports, commented: “The macro-economic backdrop in Russia remained challenging throughout the first half of 2015 affecting consumer demand. Although this had a strong impact on imports, we have been seeing growth in containerized exports since 2013, which is a promising development.“During the six-month period, we have worked hard to mitigate the impact of the tough market conditions on our business. We have continued to focus on efficiency and cost cutting while successfully marketing our premium terminal services to our clients. Through these activities, we have expanded our EBITDA margin to 72% and limited the decline in Free Cash Flow to 11%, ensuring we continue to generate strong cash flow. This has again been principally allocated to servicing debt as deleveraging remains a key priority for the Group. Looking ahead to the second half of the year, we expect that the market will remain difficult.”Global Ports operates five container terminals in Russia (Petrolesport, First Container Terminal, Ust-Luga Container Terminal4 and Moby Dik5 in the Russian Baltics, and Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company in the Russian Far East) and two container terminals in Finland6 (Multi-Link Terminals Helsinki and Multi-Link Terminals Kotka).last_img read more

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At Harvard University Ban issues call to action to tackle todays crises

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“We come together today at a time of intense crisis – unrelenting waves buffeting the world’s people and institutions,” Mr. Ban told students and faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Secretary-General noted that some people thought he had been overly dramatic a few months ago when he spoke of a ‘triple crisis’ of soaring food and fuel prices, accelerating climate change, and stalled development for over a billion of the world’s people.“Today, with increased evidence of the effects of all three crises around the globe, compounded by the ongoing shock waves of the financial crisis, my call to arms now seems distant and all too modest,” he stated.“Now more than ever we must be bold. In these times of crisis, when we are tempted to look inward, it is precisely the time when we must move pursuit of the common good to the top of the agenda,” said Mr. Ban, adding that this involves addressing five global challenges.Turning first to the current financial turmoil, the Secretary-General noted that “the same threads of globalization that united us in the good times, are now biting deep in the bad times, especially for those who can least afford it. “While recently we have heard much in this country about how problems on Wall Street are affecting innocent people on Main Street, we need to think more about those people around the world with no streets. Wall Street, Main Street, no street – the solutions devised must be for all,” he stressed.In addition, the world cannot afford to delay action on the issue of climate change, which Mr. Ban called “the ultimate global and existential threat.” He urged countries to conclude a new comprehensive climate deal that can be ratified and in place before the current commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012.Global health is another “great challenge of our time,” said the Secretary-General, noting that diseases and pandemics are spreading across borders today faster than ever before, and can have devastating impacts, if not controlled effectively.But it is also a challenge with “an immense scope for solutions,” he added, pointing out that the world has the tools and resources to treat and control many of these diseases, as well as the know-how to build health systems that serve all. Terrorism, combined with the threat of weapons of mass destruction, said Mr. Ban, “is perhaps the most serious threat to international peace and security.” He urged countries to further their cooperation to counter terrorism, including by being more innovative in developing their tools, strengthening partnerships with regional and civil society groups, and better leveraging their collective strengths.Likewise, action was needed to address the “acute challenges” in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation, the Secretary-General stressed, noting that while there is widespread support for the view that nuclear weapons must never be used again, the threats still persist.He noted that there are still gaps in the law, some key treaties remain to be negotiated, and new efforts are needed to create additional nuclear-weapon-free zones, especially in the Middle East, and to bring existing zones fully into force. “At a time when the world is focused on other more immediate crises, let us never forget that we must press our efforts to address the potential existential crisis which confronts humanity,” Mr. Ban stated. “It would not be responsible to do otherwise.” The Secretary-General added that while all of these challenges may seem quite different at first glance, they share important traits that set them apart from other issues facing the world today. “They endanger all countries – whether rich or poor, big or small – and all their people; they cross borders freely and are highly contagious; and they cannot be resolved without action by us all.” 21 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a call to action to address the challenges of climate change, global health, terrorism, financial instability and disarmament, all of which are key to securing the common good in a time of global crises. read more

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New Brunswick seeking continued exemption from duties on lumber exports

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by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2017 10:25 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Brunswick seeking continued exemption from duties on lumber exports FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s trade-policy minister says he’s confident Atlantic Canadian lumber exports will remain excluded from U.S. duties once President Donald Trump sees the facts.Roger Melanson, who is also president of the province’s Treasury Board, says he’s been working alongside the federal government to secure exclusions in place since 1982.The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to release a preliminary decision by Tuesday whether to impose duties on Canadian softwood, which American producers say is overly subsidized and unfairly floods their market.Trump has called Canada’s actions a “disgrace” when it comes to dairy, lumber, timber and energy.There have been estimates the duties could range from 20-40 per cent.“We do not know for sure what the determination will be, but certainly a duty in that range would have an impact on the New Brunswick economy, and certainly on New Brunswick communities where the forestry industry is so important,” Melanson said Friday.He said there could be very serious local impacts if specific mills are idled or permanently closed.Duties have the potential to impact 14 companies operating a total of 25 sawmills in New Brunswick. Representatives of those companies declined any comment as they entered a meeting with the provincial government Friday afternoon in Fredericton.More than 86 per cent of the province is forested. The forestry industry contributes $1.45 billion to the New Brunswick economy each year and employs more than 22,000 people.For more than 30 years, Atlantic Canada has been excluded from every softwood lumber agreement and all trade litigation due to unique market conditions.Melanson said he has had meetings in recent weeks with state officials in Massachusetts and Maine to explain why the exemptions should continue.“I think when we show the facts, and the results, to the new administration in Washington, I think they’ll get it,” he said.The minister uses the example of Junction Lumber in Bathurst, N.B., which he says creates 20 jobs in New Brunswick because of the partnership and access to the U.S. market. Can-Am Cedar, which creates playground equipment with wood from Junction Lumber, creates 12 jobs in Maine.The New Brunswick government has set up a task force to address the possible duties. Melanson said it aims to determine and mitigate the impact that next week’s ruling could have on New Brunswick communities.Opposition critic Ross Wetmore says the task force is a case of too little, too late.“A month before the duties are to take place, they decide to appoint a task force,” he said. “We should have been at the table long ago.” read more

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Rebels too strong for poor Limerick in Munster opener

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first_imgCork 3-17 Limerick 0-8THREE GOALS IN eight first-half minutes all but sealed a facile championship win for Cork in this Munster SFC quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds this evening.The Rebels trotted in at the break well in control — with the scores 3-4 to 0-3 — knowing they had done enough to progress without ever really impressing.Cork didn’t find the net in the second period but tacked on over a dozen points while holding a poor Limerick side to just five points. The Leesiders’ chief Conor Counihan will look for improvement from his side however as, despite the scoreline,  never hit top gear on Shannonside.The Rebels could have been out of sight but for wasteful finishing from the likes of Daniel Goulding and Ciaran Sheehan in front of goal early on. The did eventually raise a green flag after 24 minutes or so when a long delivery in from Goulding was ultimately punched to the net by Castlehaven man Brian Hurley, on his debut.Then just before half-time, Goulding was involved again as John O’Rourke eventually scrambled home after good work from Paul Kerrigan. Pearse O’Neill then stormed through to add a third quick-fire goal and all but put the tie to bed before the half-time break.Daniel Cahalane was arguably the best player on the pitch throughout while there was a late call up for former Antrim player James Loughrey. He replaced the injured Eoin Cadogan to make his championship debut for the Rebels while Alan O’Connor started in Aidan Walsh’s place.Limerick now have six weeks to regroup before the All-Ireland qualifiers and Maurice Horan may well need all of that lay-off to turn his side’s summer around.CORK: Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown); James Loughrey (Mallow), Michael Shields (St Finbarr’s), Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven); Paudie Kissane (Clyda Rovers), Graham Canty (Bantry Blues), Tomas Clancy (Fermoy); Alan O’Connor (St. Colum’s), Pearse O’Neill (Aghada); Ciaran Sheehan (Éire Óg), Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig), John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers); Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers).Subs: David Lordan (Ballincollig), John McLoughlin (Kanturk), Noel O’Leary (Cill na Martra), James Loughrey (Mallow), Alan O’Connor (St Colm’s), Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), James Fitzpatrick (Carbery Rangers), Fintan Goold (Macroom), Liam Shorten (Ballingeary), Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond).LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen); Andrew Lane (St. Senan’s), Johnny McCarthy (St Kieran’s), Mark O’Riordan (Croom); Stephen Lavin (Adare), Paudie Browne (Fr Casey’s), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen); Bobby O’Brien (Bruff), John Galvin (Croom); John Riordan (Fr Casey’s), Thomas Lee (Ballylanders), Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Ger Collins (Monaleen), Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest), Eoghan O’Connor (St Mary’s/Sean Finns).Michael Quinn on life after the AFL and life with LongfordThe former Tipp hurler debuting for the Tipp footballers tomorrowlast_img read more

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Uranium incident de niveau 1 dans lusine Areva du Tricastin

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first_imgUranium : incident de niveau 1 dans l’usine Areva du TricastinJeudi, Areva a annoncé que son site nucléaire du Tricastin situé dans la Drôme avait connu une anomalie lors du transport d’un cylindre contenant de l’uranium destiné à être enrichi. Un incident classé de niveau 1 par l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN).L’incident est en fait survenu il y a plusieurs mois mais Areva vient tout juste de l’annoncer. En effet, en avril dernier, une anomalie a été détectée lors du transport d’un cylindre contenant de l’uranium destiné à être enrichi au sein du site nucléaire du Tricastin dans la Drôme. Plus précisément, l’anomalie est intervenue dans le processus de contrôle de la masse d’hexafluorure d’uranium. Une forme chimique de l’uranium destinée à l’usine d’enrichissement du même site.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de Tchernobyl”Un écart concernant la masse d’hexafluorure d’uranium contenue dans un cylindre n’a pas été détecté par les moyens de contrôle prévus à cet effet”, ajoute le communiqué d’Areva, précisant que la masse réglementaire avait été dépassée. Cet écart de masse, bien qu’inférieur à la limite autorisée par l’arrêté préfectoral en vigueur sur le site, était supérieure à la règle interne relative. L’opération de transport avait donc dû être stoppée et l’anomalie signalée à l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN).Aujourd’hui, celle-ci vient ainsi de classer l’incident au niveau 1 de l’échelle internationale des événements nucléaires (INES), graduée jusqu’à 7. De son côté, Areva a précisé que l’incident n’avait eu aucune conséquence sur le personnel et l’environnement.  La Comurhex est un des six établissements, filiales d’Areva, installés sur le site du Tricastin. Elle assure la conversion de l’uranium naturel en composés chimiques. Comme l’explique l’AFP, ceux-ci sont destinés à être enrichis pour devenir du combustible nucléaire exploité dans les centrales. Le 27 juillet 2012 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Heroes helped stop gunman at Seattle university

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first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Two people wounded in Thursday’s shooting at Seattle Pacific University remain at a Seattle hospital.Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says a 19-year-old woman is in critical condition Friday in the intensive care unit. She underwent a five-hour surgery for chest and abdominal wounds from a shotgun blast. Gregg says she has shown some improvement but remains on a breathing machine.Also, a 24-year-old man is in satisfactory condition with pellet fragment wounds to his neck and chin. Gregg says he could be released Saturday. He is a SPU student and Gregg believes the 19-year-old woman also is a student.A 19-year-old man died Thursday after arriving at the hospital.And, Gregg says a 22-year-old man who was checked at the hospital Thursday is the man who subdued the shooter. Gregg says the 22-year-old had no physical injury but was undergoing mental anguish from the trauma.SEATTLE — When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small Seattle university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.“There are a number of heroes in this,” Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said. “The people around him (the gunman) stepped up.”A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after the gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When he paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him. The gunman had additional rounds and a knife, McDonagh said.last_img read more

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Imperial Chemical Industries Pension Fund agrees £630m buyin

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first_imgImperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Pension Fund has completed a £630m buy-in.The bulk annuity transaction with Scottish Widows covers 4,000 members of the pension scheme.The pension fund was advised by LCP and Allen and Overy on the buy-in transaction.Heath Mottram, chief executive officer at the ICI Pension Fund, said: “This buy-in is the result of significant work by the trustee over the last five months, and further builds on the fund’s strong de-risking foundations. The trustee is delighted to add Scottish Widows to its de-risking panel, further enabling it to continue to improve the security of members’ benefits.”last_img

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Condé Nast Acquires Pitchfork Media

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first_img Also in 2013, Pitchfork launched The Dissolve, a spinoff site dedicated to film reviews and commentary. The site closed down in July. Terms of the deal were not released, but the transaction includes the website, two music festivals and a quarterly print magazine, The Pitchfork Review, which launched in 2013 with a circulation of 10,000. Founded in 1996, Pitchfork has grown from its roots as a local guide to independent music to a site that now attracts more than five million unique monthly visitors, according to company numbers. The acquisition was spearheaded by Condé Nast chief digital officer Fred Santarpia. Pitchfork staff, including founder and CEO Ryan Schreiber and president Chris Kaskie, who will reportedly be remaining with the company, will report to Santarpia. Condé Nast announced today it acquired online music site Pitchfork. The deal gives Condé Nast a dedicated music vertical while also adding a younger audience segment to its digital network. “Pitchfork will operate within Condé Nast, similar to its other premium brands of the portfolio,” says Santarpia. “Once integration with Pitchfork is complete, we will evaluate other ways for sharing content, further developing the events business, sharing best practices on driving traffic and creating efficiencies.” Santarpia added that The Pitchfork Review will also continue to operate following the acquisition.last_img read more

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State Southeast Conference agree to rework ferry system

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first_imgThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to come up with a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.Download AudioGov. Bill Walker shakes hands with Southeast Conference President Gary White on Thursday at the Auke Bay Ferry terminal after signing an agreement to consider changes to Marine highway management. Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken, left, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, second from left, and ferry Capt. Mike Neussl, right, look on. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld,CoastAlaska – Juneau)Gov. Bill Walker and Southeast Conference President Gary White signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday to begin the process.Speaking at a ceremony at Juneau’s Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, Walker said he hoped the effort would stabilize ferry funding.“Every year you sort of wonder what’s the budget going to be,” Walker said. “How much money’s going to be there? You don’t do that on the Seward Highway or the Richardson Highway because it’s always going to be there.”“That’s why we want to have a stable level of funding that we’re talking about that we’ll have available to us if we’ll just sort of replumb our revenues a bit, so we can look out and say we know what the budget will be five years from now,” Walker said.The Southeast Conference, which includes regional municipal, business and tribal officials, was the main force behind creating the ferry system more than 50 years ago.White said the conference wants to create a new governance structure for the ferry system.“We’re really looking forward to working with our statewide partners to collaborate and move forward in this new direction to find sustainable solutions and reliable ferry systems for all of our state communities,” White said.Gov. Bill Walker signs a memorandum of understanding with the Southeast Conference as its President, Gary White,and others watch Thursday at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau)The state already has a Marine Transportation Advisory Board made up of port city leaders, ferry customers and the travel industry. But it has no real authority and is often ignored when important decisions are made.The memorandum of understanding commits the state to contracting with the conference to develop a new strategic plan.Conference Executive Director Shelly Wright said members are ready to start.“We’ll find a contractor, evaluate all the plans that are out there, go far and wide and then come up with three or four alternatives. Take those alternatives out to the people of the state of Alaska, have a discussion, take it on the road, get the input and eventually come up with one option for governance and in January, take it to the Legislature,” Wright said.The conference has been pushing for a planning effort for years.During a meeting this spring, members heard from a Seattle consultant who described how ferries are managed in a half-dozen other parts of the country.last_img read more

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Capital Press Club Hosts Saving Our Schools event

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first_imgThe Capital Press Club is holding a public meet up on “Saving Our Students – The Fight for Equality in Education in the Age of Trump.” The event will take place at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street NW, on May 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.last_img

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Manchester Pride promises a Circus of Acceptance extravaganza

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first_img“There is no denying that London has an amazing and diverse LGBT+ community, many of whom will visit The Manchester Pride Festival and help us celebrate this August, so it’s great to be able to bring our campaign to London and give a taster of what we’ll be doing in Manchester to Promote the advancement of LGBT+ equality.’Rita Ora (Photo: @ritaora | Instagram)Last week, organizers released the names of the headline performers of this year’s event. These include Rita Ora, Jake Shears, Sigala, Alexandra Burke, Nadine Coyle, Louise, Pete Tong and Ana Matronic. London club events Sink The Pink and Guilty Pleasures will be hosting immersive areas.Advance tickets are available now via manchesterpride.comGay Star News is a media partner of Manchester Pride.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Circus acts surprise some of the team at the Gay Star News London office to promote this year’s Manchester Pride (Photo: David Hudson) Representatives of Manchester Pride hit the road today. They brought just a small taster of this year’s festival to the UK capital, London. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Manchester Pride is one of the UK’s biggest Pride festivals. It attracts LGBTI people from all over the UK and beyond. Therefore, it’s not surprising that its promotional activities stretch well outside the city of Manchester.It’s why those passing through Trafalgar Square this morning at 9am would have come across a small troupe of circus acts led by a drag circus master!The team then paid a surprise visit to the offices of Gay Star News, where acrobats performed lifts and posed for photos with staff.This year’s Manchester Pride will take place over the late August Bank Holiday weekend (24-27 August).‘The Circus of Acceptance welcomes everyone’Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said, ‘This year we want to scream and shout about the “Circus of Acceptance,” the theme for this year’s Manchester Pride Parade so it made sense to bring a flavor of this to our wonderful Capital for all to see.‘In the past the circus was a place where outcasts and those who felt ostracised by the rest of society, finally felt accepted. The Circus of Acceptance welcomes everyone, and celebrates the different people who make up our diverse LGBT+ community; celebrating individual quirks, skills, differences and fascinations. Lesbians fight against transphobia at Manchester Pride: See the best parade picsTurkish artist features on the 2018 Pride bags from Gay Star NewsManchester Pride will say farewell to its iconic location in Canal StreetRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/manchester-pride-circus-acceptance/last_img read more

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AP source US to investigate Baltimore police force

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first_img Top Stories Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake holds a news conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Baltimore. The mayor called on U.S. government investigators to look into whether this city’s beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing. Rawlings-Blake’s request came a day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the city and pledged to improve the police department. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The unrest in Baltimore, and the tension it exposed between the police and the community, has presented Lynch with the first test of her young tenure. She was sworn in last week as the successor to Eric Holder, whose final year as attorney general was consumed by matters of race and police practices, and has spoken several times about the need to mend troubled relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.Lynch, who visited the city earlier this week, said Baltimore had made significant strides in a voluntary, collaborative reform effort with the Justice Department that began last fall amid reports of excessive force. But, appearing before members of Congress on Thursday, she said, “I have not ruled out the possibility that more may need to be done.”Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake initially appeared determined to fix the department’s problems herself, but later said she would accept outside help to repair a breakdown in public trust in a city rocked by riots sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was fatally injured in police custody. Six officers were charged last week by Baltimore’s top prosecutor, and the Justice Department is investigating the death as well for potential civil rights violations. Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is preparing to announce a civil rights investigation into the practices of the Baltimore police department following a request from that city’s mayor, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.The investigation could be announced as early as Friday, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public. Baltimore suffered days of unrest after Gray died April 19 following a week in a coma after his arrest. Protesters threw bottles and bricks at police the night of his funeral on April 27, injuring nearly 100 officers. More than 200 people were arrested as cars and businesses burned.The civil rights investigation, similar to ones undertaken in cities including Ferguson, Missouri, and Cleveland, will examine the policing patterns and practices of the entire police department. It is far broader in scope than a separate Justice Department investigation that aims to determine whether Gray’s civil rights were violated.These wide-ranging investigations look for problematic trends in areas such as use of force, ticketing practices and training and can result in the appointment of an outside monitor to oversee negotiated changes. In Ferguson, for instance, a scathing Justice Department report called for sweeping changes in police practices it called unconstitutional and discriminatory and issued recommendations for improvement.During Holder’s tenure, the Justice Department opened more than 20 such investigations into police departments.____Follow Eric Tucker at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAPlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They were both about the same field goal-wise, the kickoffs obviously were a huge difference, although Jay had really improved his,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked of the decision. “I just liked the strength of his leg for a young guy. He has a very good demeanor about him.”The average distance traveled on Catanzaro’s kickoffs was 69.3 yards, while Feely was booting them a full 70 yards down the field. However, the average return on the veteran’s kickoffs was more than 3.5 yards higher than those on the rookie’s. Whatever the reasons, the Cardinals made the decision to go with the former Clemson Tiger who connected on 67-of-82 field goal attempts in college while finishing as the second leading scorer in ACC history. “I called my parents, everybody, my whole family is really ecstatic, as well as me,” he said when asked what he did upon hearing the news. “I teared up a little bit. It’s just a life-long dream coming true for me. “From here on out I know I’ve got to earn my right to be here, but for now I’m celebrating a little bit. I’m really excited about it.”And that’s just it for the 23-year-old. Just because he earned the job in training camp does not mean he is guaranteed to keep it for the duration of the season. Plenty of young kickers have come and go, with very few being good enough and consistent enough to last in the league. Think about it: There’s a reason so many kickers play well into their late 30s and some even into their 40s. Interestingly enough, the question mark facing Catanzaro entering camp was his ability to handle kickoffs. While in college, Catanzaro was left to watch as punter Bradley Pinion handled kickoffs, leaving him left to prove to NFL teams he could do a job that, quite frankly, is rarely a question mark when it comes to young kickers. “It’s another thing people kind of doubted me on,” he said. “I was really excited to get working after the year was over, after the Orange Bowl at Clemson, to work on the kickoff leg. I knew that was kind of my knock coming out, and I just worked my tail off.”Catanzaro said he worked with former NFL kickers Morten Andersen, Dan Orner and Jamie Kohl over the offseason, always believing he could successfully handle kickoffs but knowing he needed get some reps in doing it.“I’m very excited about where my kickoffs are right now; I’m very confident,” he said.Thursday’s preseason finale against the Chargers will be Catanzaro’s first game as the kicker, and he said he’s looking forward to going out and solidifying himself in that role. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — That the Arizona Cardinals decided to go with rookie Chandler Catanzaro over 14-year NFL veteran Jay Feely was not an upset. Catanzaro, after all, has a stronger leg than Feely, had been perfect on his field goal and extra point attempts in the preseason, and had consistently put the ball in the back of the end zone on kickoff attempts.Still, when news came down that the team had decided to place its trust in a rookie, some people wondered if the Cardinals were making the right decision. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Besides, it’s not as if having to try and win a job from an established NFL veteran does not come with its own kind of pressure.“Now I can just kind of focus on being the best me I can be,” Catanzaro said. “I’m not really focused on competing against anybody else anymore. I’m competing against myself and trying to get better each day so I can help this team win games this year.“I’m excited about it.” 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I know from here on out that I have to earn my right to play every day, so I’m willing to work as hard as I ever have to keep this job and earn the right to be here,” he said. That will mean forcing touchbacks and converting on field goal and PAT attempts, some of which will likely occur late in close games. As a rookie he has no track record of making clutch kicks in the NFL, which is why some people are skeptical of the decision to part with Feely, who has made 11 game-winning field goals in his career — including six with the Cardinals.But that risk is of no concern to the coach who made the decision to go with the rookie.“Every position, they’re all the same,” he said. “You either can or you can’t.”Catanzaro said when he’s on the field he is able to block out factors like crowd size and noise, letting himself “get in a zone” where he can block everything else out. He also said experience won’t be an issue because of how much he kicked in college, and added the difference in pressure between then and now won’t be a factor.“Pressure’s pressure,” he said. “I don’t really think of it as pressure. I just take every kick and just zone in and do the best I can do.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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