Budget will facilitate steel industry growth

first_imgThe Union Budget compliments the expectation of steel industry and other related industries. SAIL is completely geared up to cater to every requirement of governments roadmap to reform, perform and transform India. Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is committed to fulfil the expectations of Indians as it has been doing for the last sixty years. For a country headed towards $5 trillion economy in next five years, the budget is very structured for moving towards that target. Clear emphasis has been laid on the infrastructure development along with massive push to every connectivity avenue including industrial corridors, dedicated freight corridors, Bharatmala, Sagarmala, UDAN and PMGSY. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The government’s commitment in budget to provide electricity, housing for all under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin, availability of water and LPG connections, focus on development of urban housing under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Shahari, etc. are all very positive and hold excellent promise for the steel industry. The budget also proposes investment of Rs 50 lakh crore in augmenting Railways infrastructure by 2030 as well as substantial investment for roadways upgradation and connectivity. The government’s emphasis on investing Rs 20 lakh crore every year in infrastructure development will certainly help in increasing the steel consumption and will facilitate the growth of domestic steel industry.last_img read more

Meet the Santas Inside the holly jolly world of professional Kriss Kringles

first_imgSaint Nick isn’t the only white-bearded man gearing up for the holidays.Across Canada, hundreds of professional Santas don the big red suit at malls, parties and private houses — inhabiting not only the clothes but the mystique of the magical man who delivers gifts to many millions of children around the world in a single night. The appropriately named Ted Carroll, a Santa-for-hire based out of Halifax, says nothing beats seeing the smile on children’s faces when they see the man of the month on their doorstep.“I’ve had kid pee themselves, I’ve had one kid say profanely, ‘Holy beep, it’s Santa Claus!’” said Carroll, 53, during a phone interview from his home in Halifax. “This stuff, if it doesn’t warm your heart or make you laugh, something’s wrong.”While Santa is traditionally a Christian figure, Toronto professional Santa Kerry Burns said he’s been embraced by people from all sorts of different religious backgrounds, adding that the magic of Santa “transcends all sorts of different cultures.”“I get to learn more about life by playing Santa than anything else, because you see people from all different walks of life,” said Burns, 56. “I get to see people every age, every nationality … all the externals disappear, and there’s just love in that moment.”Burns, who’s been performing as a Santa for the past 15 years both in Toronto and his hometown of Halifax, said a good Santa needs to have three qualities: “You have to have the ho-ho-ho, you have to have the look, and you have to have the heart.”The “heart” aspect is what matters most to Rozmin Watson, the “North Pole operations manager” with Hire A Santa.The British Columbia-based company matches up eligible Santas with people holding parties and events. The company works with more than 100 Santas from across the country.It also holds a one-day “North Pole Santa School” program each fall to help aspiring Santas get off the ground — without the help of a magic sleigh.While looking the part is important, Watson said what really makes a good Santa is how passionate he is about his job.“A lot of people say, ‘We want a real bearded Santa versus a designer bearded Santa,’” she said. “But it’s not about their beards. It’s about what’s in their heart.”For Carroll, it’s something of a family tradition: Carroll’s late father, who was a volunteer deputy fire chief in the Halifax-area community of Rockingham, used to perform as Santa during Christmas parties at the fire department and around the region.When Carroll was in his mid-20s, his father asked him to dress up and attend an event in his place because he was sick, igniting a passion that led to Carroll “carrying the torch” by playing Santa Claus for the past 25 years.In 2016, Carroll’s wife, Kim, created a Mrs. Claus costume so she could tag along.“I was taking him to the different events, and I’d be sitting in the car and freezing my tushie off while he was inside,” she said. “One day it came in my head: What am I doing sitting out here when I could be having fun with him? So I made my own costume and away I went.”The Carrolls used to mostly make house calls, but they’ve recently begun performing at charity events and Christmas parties. Ted estimates the couple saw close to 2,000 kids last year.A couple of years ago, Carroll got to give a little girl the present she wanted the most: her father.He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and had been deployed overseas. He and Carroll devised a plan to surprise the girl.“I put him in my extra Santa Claus suit, and when they weren’t looking, we switched places. She lost her mind,” recalled Carroll. “I came back out after he took the beard and the wig off, and I said, ‘Santa did it all this year.’ The little girl just hugged onto her dad and cried tears of joy. I will never forget that.” Alex Cooke, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Calgary manslaughter trial hears fiveyearold boy victim of weeks of abuse

first_imgCALGARY — A Calgary manslaughter trial has heard a boy who came to Canada for a better life instead endured weeks of abuse at the hands of his grandfather.Prosecutor Shane Parker delivered closing arguments in the trial of Allan Perdomo Lopez, who is accused of killing five-year-old Emilio Perdomo.The trial previously heard Emilio arrived from Mexico in February of 2015 and died five months later from a traumatic brain injury.Parker showed the court photos of the boy in Mexico and soon after his arrival in Canada, smiling and free of any visible injuries.He contrasted those with photos taken from May 2015 until his autopsy two months later, revealing bruises and scars over the boy’s body in various stages of healing.Parker suggested the grandfather was lying when he said the abuse happened in Mexico, or that the boy was clumsy and injured himself falling down stairs or off a bike.“Emilio did not spontaneously become a klutz in mid-May,” Parker said Thursday, adding there’s also no evidence the boy had a bleeding disorder.“What is left? Abuse,” he said.The defence is not calling evidence in the trial.Lawyer Darren Mahoney said he needs more time to figure out his response to the Crown’s closing brief. Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Neufeld gave him until next Thursday.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Iranian attempting to smuggle hashish to Sri Lanka arrested

An Iranian national attempting to smuggle hashish to Sri Lanka was arrested in Nepal.Nepal Police said the Iranian national was arrested while in the possession of 1.7 kilogram hashish from the Tribhuvan International Airport, the Himalayan Times reported. A team deployed from the Narcotics Control Bureau had arrested the 34-year-old Vahid Nikzamir (Passport number: B36198875) during a routine screen examination. A hashish addict for last 15 years, the Iranian man had come to Nepal for the first time in 2013 after learning that quality hashish was available in Nepal, the NCB said.He was currently residing in Sri Lanka and was planning to smuggle the contraband for personal use, the NCB investigation found.Meanwhile, police also found 405 gram yarsagumba from his possession. He was heading to board a Jet Airways flight to Mumbai when he was arrested.Meanwhile, the NCB said the man was staying in Nepal since July 21. The contraband was hidden in his suitcase and was being sent to Colombo via Mumbai of India, according to police. The foreigner would face difference cases for hashish and yarsagumba smuggling. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Business prof receives honourable mention from Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences

A Brock University professor’s research that found a link between energy depletion levels and self control has received an honourable mention for Best Paper Award from the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.The research paper recognized was authored by Goodman School of Business Professor Antonia Mantonakis and colleagues Darlene Walsh from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, and Steve Joordens from University of Toronto.“This paper actually stemmed from one of my very first research projects as an undergraduate student working with Professor Joordens at University of Toronto, so for the paper to come together and be recognized in this way all these years later is such an honour – it’s the highlight of my year,” Mantonakis said.Focusing on depletion levels and self-control, previous research suggests when people are tired or have decreased energy levels, they also have less self-control. In other words, when people are tired from a busy day at work, they are more easily enticed by junk food than they would be if they were feeling refreshed and energetic.Building on this research, Mantonakis and colleagues investigated how people can increase their own levels of self-control. This research is important because counteracting the effects of energy depletion can encourage people to eat and exercise better, even if they are feeling lethargic.Mantonakis and her co-authors found that one way to overcome depletion effects is to simply start an activity. For example, the act of starting a familiar exercise routine can motivate someone to finish it without being impeded by their previous energy levels.“We found that if you just start an activity, you will finish it because it’s only in the initial task that the depletion effects occur. You can easily overcome these effects by just doing the initial task, which will motivate you.” read more

Development of Gruyere mine kick started by Gold Road and Gold Fields

first_imgGold Road Resources Ltd has confirmed the EPC contract has now been signed with the Amec Foster Wheeler Civmec Joint Venture (ACJV) for the Gruyere gold project, allowing work on the design, procurement and installation of the process plant and associated infrastructure to commence.Gold Road Managing Director and CEO Ian Murray welcomed the execution of the EPC contract with ACJV. “This is another key milestone in the delivery of Gruyere into production and we look forward to work on the plant and associated infrastructure commencing in earnest on site.“Importantly, this contract will focus on maximising the local content in the construction of Gruyere and generating significant employment opportunities in the Goldfields region and Western Australia more broadly.”The execution of the contract follows on from the naming of ACJV as the preferred contractor for the EPC work on in April 2017.The project is a 50:50 Joint Venture with Gold Fields Ltd (Gruyere JV), managed by Gruyere Management Pty Ltd (GRM) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Gold Fields.The EPC contract executed by the Gruyere JV is a “lump sum, fixed price” contract valued at A$298 million. The schedule agreed with ACJV is protected through a standard liquidated damages provision.ACJV has committed to maximising procurement through local Australian sources for the supply of steel and equipment for the project. The steel and platework fabrication for the process plant will be carried out at Civmec’s 200,000 m2 fabrication facility in Henderson, Western Australia ‐ the largest heavy engineering facility of its kind in Australia.Fabrication of the process plant and other project infrastructure at the Henderson facility will provide direct work for an estimated 30 to 50 people. ACJV expects to have a total workforce of approximately 300 people on site at peak construction and will begin mobilising to Gruyere in August 2017.ACJV has developed a comprehensive community engagement plan and are committed to working closely with local communities.The Gruyere gold project was discovered by Gold Road in October 2013 on the South Dorothy Hills Trend, 25 km northeast of the company’s original Yamarna Belt discovery, Central Bore. Within 10 months of Gruyere’s discovery, Gold Road had defined a significant high-grade gold deposit and announced a maiden JORC 2012 Mineral Resource of 96.93 Mt grading 1.23 g/t Au.The Gruyere Mineral Resource has since grown to 148 Mt grading 1.3 g/t Au, making it one of the largest undeveloped known gold deposits in Australia.After completing positive PFS and feasibility studies on Gruyere, Gold Road announced in November 2016 it would sell 50% of the project to leading international gold producer Gold Fields for A$350 million in cash plus a 1.5% Net Smelter Return royalty on production over 2 Moz.The feasibility study delivered by Gold Road in October 2016 envisaged a large-scale open pit mine feeding a 7.5 Mt/y processing plant and producing an average of 270,000 oz/y of gold over an initial 13 year mine life.last_img read more

Skycatch Komatsu Australia partner to boost project efficiency in quarry sites across

first_imgKomatsu Australia Corp and Skycatch Inc are partnering to boost the efficiency of construction, mining, and quarry sites across Oceania with the High Precision Package. The High Precision Package is also known as Komatsu’s Everyday Drone Solution, a key component to the Smart Construction workflow.The Everyday Drone contains the Explore1 high precision UAV, the Edge1 integrated GNSS base station and edge compute module, and the Viewer, an online data visualisation and analysis tool, all packaged into one, commercial grade kit. The Everyday Drone allows a user to experience industry-leading time to data without needing Ground Control Points (GCP), and the ability to seamlessly integrate precision aerial data into their Smart Construction Workflow.In common construction workflows, the time to data using traditional surveying methods could take weeks until project stakeholders can view or analyse their job site data. With the Edge1, customers are able to leverage a seamless GCP free workflow that consistently delivers sub 50 mm accurate data, in arbitrary or local coordinate systems within 30 minutes, saving countless hours and labor costs.“We are now using the Everyday Drone at the start of projects to collect whole site information for pre-tender and bidding capability, comparing against 3D design surface to provide fleet and project managers real, accurate information viewed in the Smart Construction Application. This allows them to work out their cut and fill volumes with accuracy from the beginning, and enables the project tender team to select the right machines for the project optimising fleet recommendation and empowering the team to make the right, data-based decisions from the start,” says Aaron Marsh National Technology Solution Expert Manager – Smart Centre at Komatsu Australia Pty Limited.“Skycatch is proud to offer a better way of accessing precision data on-site. With traditional methods, the solutions are piecemeal, cumbersome, and time-consuming. Now, customers are able to make informed decisions about changes to what was planned and what is actually happening on site in near real-time, ultimately providing greater productivity, increased profit and reducing project risk from beginning to end,” says Christian Sanz, Skycatch Founder, and CEO.Customers in Australia have already experienced the benefits of the Everyday Drone Solution, shared James Mackenzie, National Remote Support Manager at Komatsu Australia. They went out to test the receptiveness of a drone solution in the market, originally in civil construction and quickly expanded into quarry sites. Mackenzie was able to survey six quarries in five days for different customers, post-processed in the cloud, receiving the data back the next day.  “Compared to a traditional survey, this is 100% more productive and efficient,” says Mackenzie. “By using the Everyday Drone, customers are no longer putting themselves in harm’s way, surveying around heavy machinery or climbing up unstable stockpiles at risk of twisting an ankle”. He also noted that customers immediately appreciated the fast turn-around-time, the ease of use, and the ruggedness of the products.“Skycatch’s ability to provide near real-time data throughout the entire project is vital, and being able to deliver that to the customer, supervisor and give project teams the ability to make decisions throughout the project easily with usable, accurate data is key to the success of the project as a whole, not just in siloed environments is priceless,” says Marsh.last_img read more

BALKAN GIRL – Allison Pineau from Skopje to Ljubljana

Allison PineauRK Krim Mercator French star Allison Pineau joins RK Krim Mercator. The team from Slovenian capital Ljubljana again making the strong team for the TOP of European handball despite the financial collapse in the middle of the previous one. Despite some rumours that she agreed cooperation somewhere else, IHF World Best Player 2009 made a deal with team which is led by Marta Bon.Pineau is obviously fully adapted on Balkan way of life as she played in ZRK Vardar and before that, in Romanian Oltchim Valcea.Krim have opened the season in EHF CL with two wins and defeat…. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2016 Saturday: Easy wins for Spain, Sweden and Slovenia Next Story → EHF EURO 2016 Qual: 10 teams with 100% after Round 2

Mauro Ranallo says WWE travel schedule destroyed me What happened after Smackdown

first_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Mauro Ranallo says WWE travel schedule “destroyed me”WWE NXT commentator Mauro Ranallo appeared on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani this week and discussed the breakdown he suffered while part of the Smackdown commentary team. Ranallo cited the heavy travel schedule as being a big factor.Excerpt courtesy of Pro Wrestling Sheet:“I was on the road every week. You add MMA and boxing and kickboxing to it. The road travel destroyed me. So, rumors and all this other stuff, what happened, honestly – and Ariel, you know how honest I’ve been in this thing – I had a breakdown in the Chicago O’Hare airport on my way to Pittsburgh to do SmackDown Live. And again, Frank Shamrock, God bless him, Bas Rutten, man. Guys who fought each other are my biggest supporters. But, I had to phone them and I said ‘I’m done. I cannot do this anymore. It’s going to kill me.’ And I thought I was done with the entire company. As much as there’s two sides to every story, the actual truth from me was my mental health wasn’t going to allow me to maintain that schedule much longer.”This time last year, reports surfaced claiming JBL was one of the big factors involving Ranallo’s sudden departure from commentary. Ranallo told Newsweek last April that he mutually agreed to part ways with the company and that it had “nothing to do with JBL.”Ranallo would go on to sign a new deal with WWE last June to become part of the NXT commentary team going forward, calling TV tapings and NXT TakeOver live events.The new Showtime documentary about Ranallo’s very public battle with mental illness will premiere this Friday (May 25) on the network.You can watch Ranallo’s appearance on The MMA Hour below.What happened after Smackdown LiveAfter Smackdown Live and the conclusion of the 205 Live tapings in Worcester, Smackdown GM Paige booked a match between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.According to a live report sent to PWInsider.com, the match never officially got underway as Styles and Nakamura began brawling in the aisle. The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) then ran out out and both Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson ran out to make the save.center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27last_img read more

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first_img Posted: April 2, 2018 April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:38 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRising Trade tensions are rocking Wall Street.The Dow closed Monday down 459 points, or 1.9 percent.The NASDAQ sunk 2.7 percent and the S&P 500 declined 2.2 percent.The tech industry also saw some trouble with Amazon losing five percent after an attack from President Trump.And Tesla, Netflix and Cisco also all dropped by at least four percent.KUSI was joined by Brent Wilsey of Wilsey Asset Management with more. Dow Jones Industrial Average latestlast_img read more

Skoda trials incar package delivery in Czech Republic

first_img 0 Installing the Amazon Key Home Kit Tags 11 Photos 2019 Lexus LC 500h review: Take ‘er easy 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech?center_img Share your voice Car Industry More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageI wonder if “I need more space for package deliveries” will eventually become a reason for buying a crossover instead of a sedan. Skoda Having a package delivered while you’re not at home is a frustrating exercise that occasionally ends with you coming home to a nicked parcel. Skoda, like a few other manufacturers before it, is looking into a way to turn your car into a mobile package drop-off. Skoda, a member of the Volkswagen Group, announced this week that its Skoda Digilab mobility venture has partnered with two online retailers in the Czech Republic to start testing in-car package delivery. It would give owners a little more peace of mind, knowing the package is secure in a car instead of being left for thieves on a doorstep.Here’s how it works: After a vehicle owner places an order, the courier receives the vehicle’s location from its GPS antenna. Using an app, the courier is given one-time access to the vehicle within a predetermined time frame. The vehicle is then locked using the app, preventing reentry, and the owner is notified that the package has been delivered. A small selection of customers will be used for this pilot, but if all goes well, it could potentially expand with additional partners and additional locations. However, Skoda hasn’t offered up any specifics beyond the pilot program itself.Skoda isn’t the first automaker to trial such a scheme. Volvo launched its In-Car Delivery pilot program in late 2015, which relied on one-time vehicle access for parcel deliveries in Gothenburg, Sweden. Hyundai and Smartcar launched a similar pilot program in 2017. Even retailers are getting in on the action — Amazon’s Key In-Car builds off the Key platform that Amazon established for in-home deliveries, and it’s available in multiple cities at the moment, but it only works with select late-model GM and Volvo vehicles. Post a commentlast_img read more

Islamic Stateinspired terror group plotted to poison water sources in Mumbai

first_imgRepresentative ImageReutersThe Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad have said that ISIS-inspired militant youths planned to poison water sources in Mumbai. The plot was revealed during the investigation of the Mumbra temple poisoning case.The Ummat-E-Mohammaddiya group, which is reported to have links with the Islamic State, had planned to poison the temple offering at the Mumbreshwar Mahadev temple’s Shrimadh Bhagwat Katha in Mumbra last year. The offering was to be consumed by 40,000 devotees during the festival in December. New findings by ATS revealed that the terror group was also planning to poison water bodies all over the Mumbai city that would have led to mass deaths, reported DNA.The report said that accused Jaman Nawab Khuteupad, who is also a chemical expert, had prepared the vicious concoction before they were arrested. The 32-year-old worked as a pharmacist at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and was a key member of the militant group.Around 10 members of the group were arrested in January by the ATS before the group carried out the operation. A detailed charge sheet based on an investigation by ATS submitted before the Mumbai High Court in July said that the suspected terrorists were inspired by contentious preacher Zakir Naik.The accused have been identified as Abu Hamza, Fahad Ansari, Talha Potrik, Mohsin Khan alias Abu Marya, Mohammad Takky Khan alias Abu Khalid, Atai Waris Abdul Rashid Shaikh alias Mazhar, Salman Khan alias Abu Ubeda, Mushahed Ul-Islam, Jaman Nawab Khuteupad alias Abu Kital and a minor.Apart from Khuteupad who prepared poison, another member, identified as Talha Potrick, also played a major role as a recruiter for carrying out the operation. The police were alerted after some recruits backed-off and tipped the police about the group’s operation plans.last_img read more

Houston City Council Green Lights Study On Disparity In Public Contracts

first_img X Share 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterThe study on disparity aims to analyze the accessibility of minority and women-owned companies to do business with the City of Houston in fields such as construction.The Houston City Council gave the green light Wednesday to a study that will analyze how many businesses and companies owned by minorities and women are getting City contracts.The last comprehensive study of this type was done in 2006, when Bill White was Mayor.It analyzed three years-worth of City contracts.One conclusion was that companies owned by White males received over 80 percent of contracts related to construction.Hispanic and African-American-owned companies received five and three percent of those contracts, respectively.The new study will cover the last five years and analyze the City’s contracting process.“The study is actually looking at minority and women businesses and how they’ve participated in City of Houston contracts and whether or not there have been barriers to doing business with the City of Houston,” notes Carlecia Wright, director of the Office of Business Opportunity for the City of Houston.The study will be conducted by Colette Hold & Associates, a Chicago-based company that specializes in affirmative action and contract compliance.The City will pay close to one million dollars for the study, which has to be done in part because of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.The court ruled that cities that want to cultivate businesses owned by women and minorities must provide evidence there’s a need for such programs.Wright expects the study will be ready sometime around the end of next year.last_img read more

Democrat Kim Ogg Gears Up For Rematch In Harris County District Attorneys

first_img X 00:00 /01:19 Kim Ogg is making her second run for Harris County District Attorney against Republican incumbent Devon Anderson. Ogg spoke with Houston Matters about how she’d run the DA’s office differently if she wins the rematch.Ogg took DA Anderson to task over the pace of bail bond reform. She said the point of bail is to make certain a defendant shows up for trial. But she argued the current schedule for bonds takes little account of that.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“Unfortunately, our system works to keep people who are waiting for their day in court in jail when they’re too poor to bond out, and yet releases anyone regardless of their risk level if they have the money to bail out. So this is not just unconstitutional, it’s unjust,” Ogg said.Harris County’s bail system is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit.Ogg also held Anderson responsible for a scandal involving the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. A deputy with the office, since fired, destroyed more than 21,000 pieces of evidence. That put hundreds of criminal cases at risk.“It was known for about seven months that there were massive problems in Precinct 4 with the evidence,” Ogg said. “And yet those accused of crimes out of Precinct 4 were never informed, their lawyers weren’t informed, even the prosecutors handling the cases weren’t informed, that there was missing or destroyed evidence.”Like Anderson, Ogg has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She also led the non-profit Crime Stoppers of Houston for seven years.Listen to Ogg’s full interview with Houston Matters:  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

All UFC PayPerView Events Moving to ESPN Exclusively in US Through 2025

first_imgThe UFC — in a major jump to digital away from traditional pay TV — inked an expanded pact with ESPN under which all of the mixed martial arts promoter’s pay-per-view events will be available exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. for the next seven years.Under the agreement, the ESPN+ subscription streaming service will be the only way for MMA fans in America to purchase and watch the UFC’s 12 annual PPV tentpole events through 2025. The deal kicks off with UFC 236 on April 13, featuring a lightweight title fight between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier. UFC will continue to sell its PPV events to commercial establishments (like bars and restaurants) but individual fans will need to be ESPN+ paying customers to buy the pay-per-views going forward.UFC, majority owned by Endeavor, originally struck a $1.5 billion, five-year deal last year with the Disney-owned sports programmer, which nabbed the TV rights from Fox Sports. Under the expanded agreement, ESPN’s overall multiplatform rights have also been extended through 2025. ESPN is punching up its relationship with UFC less than three months after going live with the MMA outfit’s content at the start of 2019. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN app on major mobile and connected-TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Apple iOS, Android, Roku, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Samsung Smart TVs.The UFC is just one pillar of the programming on ESPN+, which starting this year will also add MMA fights from the upstart Professional Fighters League. The over-the-top service additionally features hundreds of MLB and NHL games, Top Rank boxing, international soccer, college sports events, Grand Slam tennis, rugby and cricket, and the full library of ESPN’s “30 for 30” films.UFC produces more than 40 live events annually across the globe and has TV deals serving over 160 countries and territories,  with programming available to 1.1 billion television households worldwide. UFC Fight Pass digital subscription service, aimed at hardcore fans, provides content above and beyond what’s available via ESPN and ESPN+, including exclusive live events, original content, and thousands of fights available on-demand.Pictured above: Tyron Woodley (l.) and Kamaru Usman in their welterweight title fight at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.center_img “The extremely successful launch of the UFC on ESPN+ emphatically demonstrated the collective power and scale of ESPN and DTCI [Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International division], and we couldn’t be more excited to continue to drive passionate fans to these new pay-per-view experiences,” Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN president and co-chair of Disney Media Networks, said in announcing the new agreement.ESPN execs argue that ESPN+ is now an absolute must-have for any fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts. “The addition of this content gives ESPN+ subscribers access to the biggest events from UFC,” said Russell Wolff, executive VP and GM of ESPN+. “This is a place where UFC fans will be well served.”Previously, UFC PPV events have been available through U.S. cable, satellite and telco TV operators including Comcast and DirecTV, as well as via UFC.TV and Amazon Prime Video. Now ESPN+ is the only game in town for UFC’s pay-per-view.Lawrence Epstein, UFC chief operating officer, said an attractive piece of the PPV deal was that ESPN will be sharing “more robust” data about who’s buying pay-per-view events. “It’s really unlike anything we’ve had with legacy distributors like Comcast and DirecTV,” he said. “The amount of data we were getting on buys from the cable industry was pretty much zero.”UFC PPV events sold through ESPN+ will include all bouts on the main event fight cards and will be streamed in both English and Spanish. Preliminary bouts for all UFC PPV events will continue to air nationally on ESPN (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) under the original 2018 agreement. In addition, early preliminary bouts will be available to all ESPN+ subscribers, as well as on UFC Fight Pass.With the newly expanded ESPN deal, UFC’s digital properties (UFC.TV, UFC.com and the UFC app) will continue to serve as a consumer entry point for PPV events but will redirect users to espnplus.com/ppv to purchase and watch the events. Fans must purchase the PPV events on the web, and then can stream it via the web or on the ESPN app. Pay-per-view access to UFC 236, to be held at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, will go on sale April 8 on ESPN+. UFC president Dana White, asked in an interview why the exclusive PPV arrangement with ESPN+ was the right move, countered, “Why is it not the right move? Cord-cutting is real. It’s scary the amount of subs dropping every year. Why wouldn’t I want to be aligned with the biggest, baddest sports company in the world?”White added, “The timing couldn’t be better for us. Now it’s a one-stop shop at ESPN.” Endeavor president Mark Shapiro said the expanded deal “validates the power and fanbase of the sport,” noting UFC has garnered twice as many viewers on ESPN in 2019 versus the same time period last year on Fox Sports 1.Financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. UFC generated well over $700 million for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018, per estimates from credit-rating agency Moody’s, with a big chunk of that coming from PPV buys.Clearly, both parties expect the exclusive ESPN+ PPV distribution will result in a bigger haul — even as ESPN cuts pricing on UFC pay-per-view events.Existing ESPN+ subscribers will be able to purchase UFC PPV events for $59.99 each. That’s compared with UFC’s previous pricing of $64.99 per PPV. In addition, ESPN is rolling out a new bundled option, offering new ESPN+ subscribers 12 months of the service with one UFC PPV event for $79.99 ($30 over the baseline annual plan). And ESPN says it may explore other pricing and packaging options in the months ahead.The base ESPN+ subscription package will remain $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, which already offers 20 UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night events and hundreds of hours of other UFC programming, in addition to thousands of other sporting events and original shows.Disney was eager to pin down the exclusive ESPN+ PPV deal, which was officially clinched on Monday, because it sees the MMA content as a major driver for ESPN+ subscriptions: When the UFC debuted on the streaming service on Jan. 19, ESPN+ signed up 568,000 new subscribers in two days. Last month, Disney said ESPN+ had topped 2 million subscribers, less than a year after its April 2018 launch.last_img read more

This Polymer Device Can Walk When Illuminated

first_imgJune 30, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Scientists in the Netherlands and US have created what they’re calling the world’s first “light powered walking device.”The tiny device, developed by scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and Kent State University in Ohio, is about the size of a paperclip and can “walk” at the speed of a caterpillar when illuminated. The device itself has just two parts: a rectangular frame and a piece of special polymer material that can “undulate and … propel itself forward under the influence of light,” according to a news release. When exposed to light, one side of this new type of liquid crystal polymer contracts while the other side expands, causing it the material to “bulge.” When the light goes away, the deformation “disappears instantaneously.”The material looks transparent, but fully absorbs violet light, which the scientists used in their tests, creating a shadow. The research team, led by Eindhoven University of Technology professor Dick Broer, managed to get their device to move continuously on its own using this so-called “self-shadowing” effect.”They attached a strip of the material in a frame shorter than the strip itself,” the release explains. “Then they shone a concentrated … light on it, from in front. The part of the strip that is in the light starts to bulge downward, creating a ‘dent’ in the strip. As a consequence, the next part of the strip comes in the light and starts to deform. This way the ‘dent’ moves backwards, creating a continual undulating movement. This sets the device in motion, walking away from the light.”When the device is placed upside down, the wave travels in the opposite direction, causing it to move towards the light. The scientists, who published their findings today in the scientific journal Nature,say that in the future, their device could possibly be used to transport small items in hard-to-reach places, or clean the surface of solar cells. “The mechanism is so powerful that the strip can even transport an object that is much bigger and heavier than the device itself, uphill,” according to the release. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Fight over Mexican telecom frequencies turns ugly

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “The president declaration that he wasn’t involved in Carmen Aristegui’s departure is false,” MVS chairman Joaquin Vargas told reporters Wednesday. “So is his statement that the policies and daily operations of his public affairs office aren’t mixed or confused with telecommunications policy.”Vargas showed reporters slides of a series of email conversations with high-ranking government officials. The exchange, he said, “reveals the extent of the government’s pressure and interference in this matter. If you’re quiet, they give you things. If you don’t obey, they get rid of you.”Among other documents, Vargas showed a draft of what he said was a written apology over the alcoholism discussion that Sota’s office produced for Aristegui to read on air.Sota said she had simply added comments to a document produced by Vargas’ office.Aristegui ended up offering a partial apology for talking about the alcoholism charge.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – A dispute over control of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of wireless frequencies has erupted into an ugly, personal feud between Mexico’s government and one of its most influential media companies.The head of broadcaster MVS Communications and some of the top officials in President Felipe Calderon’s administration accused each other Wednesday of lying about the government’s reason for withdrawing MVS’s right to frequencies in a bandwidth used by the newest generation of mobile devices.center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project As a result, the spectrum is one of the most highly coveted properties in the multibillion-dollar competition to provide linked packages of television, telephone and Internet service to Mexico’s fast-growing home and business markets.MVS has made relatively little use of the 2.5-gigahertz frequencies and the government announced this month that it was canceling the company’s rights to much of them by pulling some of its dozens of licenses and refusing to renew others.The move was widely seen as a victory for Mexico’s two television giants, Televisa and TV Azteca, which are seeking to jointly enter the cellphone market now dominated by the world’s richest man, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim. The broadcasters, which have long had deep influence with both the current government and the incoming administration of a rival party, could use the 2.5-gigahertz frequencies for a new cellular network.The chairman of MVS, which has been allied with Slim’s empire, said business had little to do with the decision. He accused the government of taking revenge for the work of Carmen Aristegui, an influential morning radio talk-show host.Aristegui’s drive-time current-affairs program dedicated airtime last year to unsupported allegations by an opposition lawmaker that Calderon is an alcoholic. The discussion outraged Calderon’s administration, which demanded an apology. Aristegui was briefly fired, then rehired, over the controversy. The government has denied pressuring MVS to take action against her. Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up MVS charged that it was being punished for one of its show’s discussions of an allegation that President Felipe Calderon is an alcoholic. The government said MVS was making false charges in an effort to pressure authorities to reverse a regulatory decision that went against the company.The dueling news conferences were the culmination of more than a week of escalating and increasingly bitter charges traded among some of Mexico’s most powerful people in the closing months of Calderon’s six-year term. It’s been a remarkably public display of enmity inside the upper ranks of the country’s economic and political elite, which often prefers to make important decisions behind closed doors.“The allegations put forward by the president of MVS are unsubstantiated and aimed at contaminating a technical decision in the telecom area linked to the 2.5-gigahertz bandwidth, which, apart from the political arguments, only has to do with MVS’s desire not to pay Mexicans for the true cost of the bandwidth,” chief government spokeswoman Alejandra Sota told reporters.MVS, which owns radio and TV stations, bought the rights several years ago to much of the 2.5-gigahertz bandwidth, which has been used for conventional television broadcasting but is becoming the standard frequency for 4G devices that can receive data at blazing speeds faster than most current wired Internet connections 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Intrepid Connections partnership perfection

first_imgJacquie Burnside is eager to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role as GM of Intrepid Connections, a joint venture between Australian Pacific Touring (APT) and Intrepid Travel. Intrepid Connections partnered this year in a 50/50 joint split over the connections products Intrepid Travel had already been selling, combining more than 80 years of business experience. According to Ms Burnside, the partnership was a logical step in the relationship between both companies. “Intrepid and APT were already part-owners of Kimberly Wild Expeditions, so this joint venture was a perfect opportunity to expand our operations together,” she told e-Travel Blackboard. Ms Burnside has a storied history with Intrepid Travel and is confident her experience will aid in developing her new position as general manager. “I’m very much a generalist. “If you don’t have that broad understanding of the environment you work in and the people you work for, then it’s going to be tough to get a handle on the business,” Ms Burnside said. Intrepid Connections released their first brochure, Australia and New Zealand, in September 2010, expanding on their product range. “We wanted to present to new distributors as a wholly Australian operator and not rely solely on our already-developed Northern Territory market. “The new brochure and range reflects this stance,” Ms Burnside said. Smaller, more organised group trips are very popular throughout Asia and Intrepid Connections is attempting to foster this market in Australia and New Zealand. “We offer these types of holiday – seekers considerable depth in terms of interaction, knowledgeable guides and information. “Access is what sets us apart from our competitors; operating centres throughout the Kimberly and Northern Territory allows us to receive up-to-date information, ahead of time, which is a huge advantage for our customers,” Ms Burnside said. According to Intrepid Connections new GM, 2011 will be a year of consolidation. “We’re aiming to consolidate our efforts and bring our trade partners up to speed with our new non-territorial products and market developments.“There is noticeable growth within the Asian sector and we’re focusing on how to tap into these new and emerging markets over the next few years, while still providing value for money experiences to our customers,” Ms Burnside said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

North Dakota Leads Healthiest Economic Markets in US

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News August 3, 2015 468 Views Share North Dakota has been deemed the best location and top performer in terms of economic health, according to Lumesis, Inc. DIVER Geo score results for July 2015. According to Lumesis, the DIVER Geo score is a monthly relative score of the economic health of a U.S. state, county, or city. The states, counties, and cities are ranked on a scaled of 0-10, with ten being the best. The Geo score is calculated from multiple economic and demographic factors related to employment, income, and housing. Lumesis reported that, Kentucky has shown the largest improvement in its three-month average Geo score over the last year, with 1.4 annual change from 0.7 points July last year to 2.1 points this year in July.”As we discussed in a recent commentary, a strong labor market has led Kentucky to outperform the other Appalachian States of Tennessee and West Virginia, which are among the worst performing economies for the last year,” the report said.New Jersey’s economy experienced the largest decline in their three-month average Geo score with a negative drop of 2 points from 6.4 points in July 2014 to 4.4 points in July 2015. Lumesis pointed out that “high foreclosure rates and lagging housing prices have been a drag” for this state.Despite weak economic performances from neighboring states such as Pennsylvania (-0.8), New Jersey (-2.0), Maryland (-0.5), Delaware has shown strong improvement with a 1.3 year-over-year increase in their Geo score”Healthy employment markets, above average income levels, and strong housing price appreciation have led to above average performance,” the report noted. “Foreclosure rates slightly above national averages have been one area of weakness for Delaware.”In Florida, Lumesis found that Miami and Orlando both gained 2 points from last year on their Geo scores of 2.7 and 4.4, respectively. Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale, Miami lost 1.7 points on it Geo score annually, lowering it from 5.4 to 3.7.”The pace of economic growth across Florida’s cities has varied widely: Miami and Orlando have outperformed, while Fort Lauderdale has lagged,” said Michael Craft, managing director of credit at Lumesis.Click here to view Lumesis, Inc. DIVER Geo score results for July 2015.center_img DIVER Geo Score Healthy Economic Markets Lumesis 2015-08-03 Staff Writer North Dakota Leads Healthiest Economic Markets in U.S.last_img read more