It’s a ‘steel’ for EXG

first_imgThe total weight of the shipment was 1,320 tons (1,197 tonnes). The consignment included 450 polyethylene-coated steel pipes, which measured approximately 12 m in length and weighed 1.8 tons (1.6 tonnes) each; and 450 bare steel pipes, also 12 m long and each weighing 1.3 tons (1.2 tonnes).EXG’s scope of work involved inland haulage to Kandla port and storage of the cargo. The company also arranged the vessel and ocean transport to France. EXG is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in India. read more

Uncovering South Africa’s latest fossil find

first_img8 November 2013Excavations will soon begin on a new site at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa’s Gauteng province to investigate a find of “significant” fossils suspected to be those of our very early human ancestors.Professor Lee Berger, a research professor in Human Evolution from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, will direct the expedition at the site, dubbed “Rising Star Cave”.Berger is best known for the discovery of Australopithecus sediba at the Malapa site at the Cradle – one of the most significant palaeoanthropological discoveries in recent times.The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage site situated about 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Berger said at the launch of the new expedition this week that “significant” fossils had been found in a chamber deep underground.“We do not know as yet what species of hominin we have found, and we will not speculate,” Berger said. “Our aim is to get the fossils out carefully, study them, compare them to other fossil material from around the world and then proceed to analyse and describe them.“This is part of the scientific process, and we are hoping to publish our findings – if all goes well – late in 2014.”The key challenge is the size and location of the cave: about 30 metres underground, it has a very small opening through which only slightly built people can fit.Berger used social media platforms to call for “tiny and small, specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, palaeontological and excavation skills”.From a list of 57 qualified applicants, Berger selected six scientists. “These are highly trained scientists with caving experience from the US, Canada and Australia who are currently in South Africa preparing for the excavation,” he said.The excavation and scientific analysis that follows will be featured in a National Geographic/NOVA television special.Members of the Speleological Exploration of South Africa will assist the expedition.Follow National Geographic’s Rising Star blog for updates on excavations.Wits University and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Tigertown: Morris, Trammell elected to baseball Hall of Fame

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay The big-game pitcher and star shortstop were picked by 16 voters who considered 10 candidates whose biggest contributions came from 1970-87. Morris got 14 votes and Trammell drew 13, one more than the minimum needed.They will be enshrined on July 29, and fitting they’ll go in together. They both began their big league careers in 1977 with Detroit and played 13 seasons alongside each other with the Tigers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The time that I’ve spent wondering if this day would ever come seems to be vanished and erased right now because it did come, and it’s amazing,” the 62-year-old Morris said during a conference call.Trammell felt overwhelmed. Morris also pitched for World Series winners in Detroit — with Trammell, in 1984 — and Toronto in 1992. His 3.90 career ERA tops Red Ruffing’s 3.80 as the highest of any pitcher in the Hall.“For years my earned run average has been an issue for a lot of people that thought it was not good enough for Hall of Fame honors, but I never once thought about pitching for an ERA. I always thought about completing games, starting games, eating up innings and trying to win games more importantly than anything else,” he said. “Today’s generation is different. In my heart of hearts I don’t think for a second that guys that are pitching, the elite guys especially that are pitching in the game today, could not do what we did. I know they could. But they haven’t been conditioned to it, both physically and mentally.”His 175 complete games included 20 in 1983. The entire big league total this year was 59, and no pitcher had more than five. He said sabermetrics should not be used to evaluate his era.“Now I’m getting analyzed by a bunch of numbers and things that didn’t exist when I played, he said. “Had they existed maybe I would have had a better understanding of what it would have meant to not pitch through pain, to not go deeper into games on nights that I told my manager, ‘I’m fine’ when I wasn’t. But I don’t regret doing that, because if you go to the wall and never try to push down the wall, you’ll never know if you can.”Now 59, Trammell was a steady presence in the middle of the diamond while playing all 20 of his seasons in Detroit, 19 of them next to double-play partner Lou Whitaker.Trammell was the 1984 World Series MVP, hitting .450 as the Tigers trounced San Diego in five games and finished off a season in which they started out 35-5.A six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover, Trammell scored 1,231 runs and drove in 1,003. He batted .285 with 185 home runs and a .352 on-base average — he walked 850 times and struck out 874.Trammell never came close to election during his 15 tries in Hall voting by Baseball Writers’ Association of America members, peaking at 40.9 percent in 2016. Starting at 22 percent in his first Hall ballot appearance in 2000, Morris reached at high of 67.7 percent in 2003, his next to last appearance.Trammell’s next visit to the Hall will certainly last longer than his first trip to the shrine in upstate New York. That was in 1995, when the Tigers played the Cubs in the Hall of Fame exhibition game.Wearing his No. 3 jersey, Trammell jogged the couple blocks and hurried through the Hall in 30 minutes while the teams were limbering up at Doubleday Field. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I definitely want to come back some day,” he said that afternoon, “but I probably wouldn’t go through it in my uniform.”Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Luis Tiant also were on the ballot.Miller, who headed the players’ union from 1966-82 was on the ballot for the seventh time. Miller sent a letter to the BBWAA in 2008, four years before he died, saying he didn’t want to be considered anymore.The BBWAA annual vote on players will be announced Jan. 24. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates, and Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are among the holdovers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this June 3, 2017, file photo, former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris watches a baseball game between the Tigers and the Chicago White Sox in Detroit. Former Tigers teammates Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, completing the journey from Motown to Cooperstown. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings.Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era committee on Sunday along with former Detroit Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown to Cooperstown.ADVERTISEMENT AMA to select 1st in 2017 PBA D-League Draft MOST READ “I came to realization that it might not happen, and I was OK with that. I really was,” he said. “If people thought it was a tad short, I could live with that.”Former catcher Ted Simmons fell one vote shy, and former players’ union head Marvin Miller was five short of the 12 needed.“It’s not a big surprise,” Miller’s son, Peter, said from Japan. “I think my father’s place in history is understood by all baseball players, all baseball fans and the general public.”Morris had 254 wins and seven more in the postseason, including his 10-inning shutout in a 1-0 win for Minnesota over Atlanta in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.“No question it was my defining moment in baseball,” Morris said. “I never thought I was in trouble and I knew I could get out of it if I was. So I had the best mindset I’ve ever had in my entire on that night.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View comments Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Vine: UNC Student Drills The Half-Court Shot On College GameDay

first_imgNorth Carolina student drills half-court shot.Vine/@StephLaurenThe half-court shot on the basketball version of ESPN’s College GameDay is often the highlight of the program, and that is definitely a fact for one lucky North Carolina student today. UNC junior Forrest Reynolds, who also serves as a student manager with the basketball program, took two very strong attempts before absolutely drilling his third shot, netting him $18,000.Kid just made the half court shot on College Gameday at UNC— Stephanie Haberman (@StephLauren) March 7, 2015A win over hated rival Duke today would definitely be the icing on the cake for Reynolds, although he’d probably admit that he’s made out pretty well no matter what happens tonight.last_img read more

North American stocks notch modest gains loonie up against US dollar

first_imgCanada’s main stock index notched a small gain Monday as sectors outside of commodities rose while easing geopolitical tensions helped U.S. markets advance.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.41 points at 15,300.38, as losses in energy and metal stocks countered gains across much of the rest of market including health-care, real estate, and industrials.The gains came after recent U.S. and allied airstrikes on Syria did not appear to increase tensions in the area, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“They had the airstrikes over in Syria, and at least for now, tensions with Russia don’t seem to be there,” said Small.He said that the lack of reaction has markets, especially in the U.S., focusing instead on the early results from earnings season.“Because there was nothing retaliatory from Russia or whoever, markets thought it was a-ok and started to move up, positively trading on what it should be trading on, which is earnings and strength of the U.S. economy and the global economy, versus rhetoric, which is unfortunately what the market has been trading on for the past little while.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 212.90 points at 24,573.04. The S&P 500 index ended up 21.54 points at 2,677.84 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 49.63 points at 7,156.28.Small said the easing of tensions in the Middle East also helped push oil prices and stocks lower, with the May crude contract ending down US$1.17 cents at US$66.22 per barrel.“With oil, it’s the perception that’s more powerful than reality, and at the end of the day, if there is some fear in that area or region of the world, it’s going to cause oil to move higher. So maybe some of that came off today.”The Canadian dollar averaged 79.50 cents US, up 0.12 of a US cent. The May natural gas contract was up two cents to US$2.75 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed up US$2.80 to US$1,350.70 an ounce and the May copper contract ended up three cents at US$3.10 a pound.Resolute Forest Products Inc. saw its share price climb 22 cents, or 1.74 per cent, to $12.89 after Unifor said it had reached a tentative deal with the company that would serve as a pattern agreement for future negotiations.last_img read more

Small businesses band together for Small Business Saturday

first_imgNEW YORK — Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there’s strength in numbers.Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big box stores, has become an event in neighbourhoods, towns, even cities as retailers recognize they can draw more customers as a cohesive group than by offering discounts and promotions on their own.Mama Java Coffee, an online coffee retailer, is joining with seven other online businesses that cater to mothers to offer a joint discount. A shopper spending $40 at any of the companies on Small Business Saturday will get $10 off purchases at the other seven. Kim Roman, owner of Mama Java Coffee, says the group, which will market the event on Instagram and other social media, came up with the idea just a few weeks ago.“We were chatting about ways to be unique and help promote each other,” she says.Many communal Small Business Saturday events have grown to the point where they’re organized by local chambers of commerce and community business organizations that have big marketing budgets. About 200 indie retailers throughout Portland, Oregon, are banding together in a marketing effort called Shop Little Boxes that will run from Friday through Sunday. The stores are offering discounts, many of them 10 per cent, and shoppers get raffle ticket numbers for each visit and purchase they make. Shop Little Boxes has a smartphone app that shoppers can use to find participating stores and to register their raffle ticket numbers.Retailers say they do see sales blip up during Small Business Saturday, but their aim is also to remind shoppers that they are there year-round.The event in Henderson, Nevada, like many others, is aimed at fostering goodwill; Shop Small Henderson will be a five-hour block party with activities for children. Parents may not be able to do much shopping during such events, but owners say they do return to shop after the party is over.Landlords also sponsor Small Business Saturday events at their developments. Pier Village, a residential complex in Long Branch, New Jersey, has about 30 retail tenants, and many will be taking part in a communal Small Business Saturday event.Some of the events aim at giving craft makers and artisans a place to sell their creations; about a dozen craft makers will take part in a pop-up event at Broadway Market, a retail complex in Seattle. And some companies with surplus space are inviting small vendors to set up shop on their premises — in Elmhurst, Illinois, Brewpoint Coffee is hosting small retailers in its roastery._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

ICSI discusses initiatives

first_imgKolkata: An MOU was signed with Ministry Corporate Affairs (MCA) on Saturday, for recruitment and training of young professionals for Central Registration Centre of MCA. The MOU was signed with the Ministry for engaging the services of Company Secretaries for working as “CRC Executives” at the Central registration Centre of Ministry Corporate Affairs on contractual basis. The entire process of recruitment and training of ICSI members as CRC professionals has been handed over by the Ministry to the ICSI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Consequent upon the recommendations of ICSI Syllabus Review Board, the Institute has come up with its new curriculum for Executive and Professional Program students to ensure the cutting-edge knowledge insights providing empowered Governance professionals who would march ahead with renewed excellence towards New ICSI 2022. Examination for Executive Programme under the New Syllabus was successfully conducted in December, 2018 and for Professional Programme the same shall be conducted in June, 2019,” said Ranjeet Pandey, President, ICSI. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn order to break the distance barrier for students belonging to cities, locations in which the representative offices of the Institute are not in existence, the Institute launched the Study Centre Scheme, under which Study Centres have been established in collaboration with reputed colleges in different locations covering the remote places including Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, North Eastern States, Daman and Diu and Puducherry. The Institute has launched a novel initiative to help the daughters of Martyrs who laid down their lives for protecting the sovereignty of the country. Under the ‘Shaheed Ki Beti’ initiative, the Institute has discontinued the practice of giving mementoes, to the dignitaries and speakers invited for various programmes of the Institute and the said amount will be transferred to the dedicated corpus and will be utilised for the education and welfare of the daughters of martyrs. The grievances, suggestions and queries received from the stakeholders enable the Institute to improve constantly. For achieving this objective, the Institute has created a Grievance Solutions Cell which is monitoring the communications received through the Support Portal. The Call Centre established by the Institute is available to all the stakeholders. In order to provide equal opportunities to the youth from North-Eastern States and State of Jammu and Kashmir, to come to the mainstream and to encourage them for joining the CS Course, the Institute has launched a Fee Waiver Scheme for the related students. This Fee Waiver Scheme, which stood operative till March 31, 2018, has shown an immense success with many students taking benefit of this scheme and has registered them in CS course since the launch of the Scheme. Consequently, the Institute is also in an active process for opening study centers to cater the academic needs of the students of such areas. The Institute has created ‘ICSI Students Education Fund Trust’ which encourages and motivates both economically backward & academically bright students to pursue the Company Secretary ship Course. The creation of the Trust has been one of the important initiatives of the Institute to impart education to economically needy and academically bright students at zero cost thus contributing to the objectives of nation building and social responsibility. In standing shoulder to shoulder with the government towards directed implementation of GST Pan India, the Institute is persistent in building the capacity of its members, students and related stakeholders by advancing their understanding about GST and also by constantly apprising them with updates in GST through various initiatives. Few of their major initiatives in this direction are ICSI – GST Newsletter; ICSI – GST Educational Series; ICSI – GST Point; ICSI GST APP; CS: A GST Practitioner.last_img read more

Top brass from BJP Congress descend upon Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: With few days left for the political campaigning to end in Gurugram, top leaders from BJP and Congress have now begun to come here seeking votes for their candidates.On Wednesday Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar from BJP asked the electorate to vote for the candidate Rao Inderjit Singh who is seeking his fifth term as the member of parliament (MP). On the other hand, the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot sought votes for the Congress candidate Captain Ajay Singh who is the six-time MLA from Rewari and is fighting his first General elections. In the series of campaign, the first was held at Bhondsi area where the Chief Guest was Rajnath Sigh. At the rally, Singh emphasises that how the strong governance by the Modi government had propelled the economy of the country to a situation where it is now the fifth largest economy globally. He also assured votes that one more term to Modi government will ensure that the economy of the country will become the third largest by the year 2030.last_img read more

SDPD dispatcher to donate kidney to save life of SDPD officer

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SDPD dispatcher to donate kidney to save life of SDPD officer January 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 30, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A good police dispatcher can be counted on to help an officer get through the diciest of situations.Debra Ballard is taking that commitment to another level. Next week, the 24-year member of the San Diego Police Department’s Communications Division will give up one of her kidneys to give an ailing law enforcement colleague a new shot at a better. longer life.SDPD Officer Art Calvert, who for decades has suffered from renal kidney disease, has been waiting almost two years for an organ donor — his third, including his mother and sister.He said he was “just overwhelmed” that Ballard would make such a serious sacrifice for him, and do so with such aplomb.“She calls me, just as cool as can be, saying, `Hey, I’m a match — when do you want to do this?,” the officer told reporters this afternoon outside downtown SDPD headquarters.After deciding she wanted to give a lifesaving gift to Calvert, with whom she once worked at the SDPD’s Northern Division station, Ballard underwent extensive testing that ultimately deemed her an organ-donor match.The two co-workers are scheduled to take part in one final blood test before undergoing transplant surgery Feb. 7.In explaining her weighty decision, Ballard said the nature of dispatchers’ duties creates a kind of  “maternal instinct” that makes them “just want to take care” of people.“As a spiritual person, I believe everything happens for a reason,” she said. “If I can save his life, why would I not?” last_img