Stephen A. Smith Gave A Major CFB Program A Motivational Speech

first_imgStephen A. Smith speaks to Syracuse.While Stephen A. Smith’s style may not be for everyone, it’s hard to deny that he’s one of the most successful on-air personalities in sports. As such, if he’s giving advice, you should probably listen up.This week, Smith was up in upstate New York to talk to Syracuse’s football players. Smith may not have any experience playing football, but what he said seemed to resonate with the team.In fact, Smith’s advice can be applied to all aspects of life. The message? You need to take control of your situation to maximize your potential.Here’s a bit of what Smith had to say:“If you see somebody that’s better than you, if you look in your mind’s eye and you know that’s somebody has something that you don’t, why not ask yourself why? Why not ask yourself how you can get it? Who told you that they get to have a monopoly on greatness?You’re living. You’re breathing. You’re eating. You’re working. How come you can’t get it?”Syracuse tweeted video of two minutes of Smith’s speech. What he’s saying makes a lot of sense.Maximize your potential.— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) August 19, 2018Syracuse’s football program has been down for almost two decades now, and last year, the team finished with a 4-8 record. If the 2018 season is the start of a turnaround, perhaps Smith’s speech will have been one of the reasons why.last_img read more

NSLC Announces Firstquarter Results

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) posted a 1.6 per cent increase in net income compared with last year, according to its first-quarter results released today, Aug. 31. For the three-month period from April 1 to June 28, the NSLC recorded net income of $52.7 million on gross sales of $140.1 million. Last year’s net income was $51.9 million on gross sales of $135.4 million. Gross sales increased by 3.4 per cent in the quarter compared with the same period last year. A detailed news release on the results can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at . -30-last_img read more

25 dead 35 injured as bus falls in drain in Kullu district

first_imgShimla: At least 25 people were killed and 35 others severely injured when a bus fell into a deep drain in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, officials said. The private bus (bearing registration number HP 66-7065) fell into the over 300-metre-deep nullah near the Dhoth Morh in Banjar tehsil of the district, Kullu Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said. The bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini, she said, adding that a rescue operation is on.last_img

Trump confirms CNBC contributor Kudlow to be economic aide

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he has picked CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser and said the country is in line for a long run of upbeat financial news.The United States “will have many years of Great Economic & Financial Success, with low taxes, unparalleled innovation, fair trade and an ever expanding labour force leading the way!” the president tweeted.Kudlow is succeeding Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, at the White House. Cohn is leaving after a dispute over Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.Kudlow served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading proponent of tax cuts and a smaller government.Kudlow told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has accepted the offer and said the U.S. economy was poised to take off after Trump signed $1.5 trillion worth of tax cuts into law.“The economy is starting to roar and we’re going to get more of that,” he said.Kudlow will join an administration in the middle of a tumultuous overhaul, with a number of White House staffers and top officials departing in recent weeks. Trump on Tuesday dumped his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.Trump seems increasingly determined to tax foreign imports, a policy that Kudlow personally opposes. Kudlow said he is “in accord” with Trump’s agenda and that his team at the White House would help put in place policies set by the president.Trump has promised to reduce the trade imbalance with China and rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Kudlow declined to say what advice he would give the president on trade issues, saying instead that Trump is “a very good negotiator.”Kudlow, 70, has informally advised the Trump administration in the past and he has spoken with the president “at some length in recent days,” so he is ready “to hit the ground running.”Kudlow told CNBC on Wednesday that he was going to Washington on Thursday to meet with Trump. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration “will keep everyone posted” on when Kudlow officially assumes the job.last_img read more

Countries agree to protect endangered sharks and rays

GENEVA — Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean’s most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup.Three proposals covering the international trade of 18 types of mako sharks, wedgefishes and guitarfishes each passed with a needed two-thirds majority in a committee of the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES on Sunday.The move isn’t final but is a key sign before an official decision at its plenary this week.Conservationists applauded and exchanged hugs after the tallies. Opponents variously included China, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia and New Zealand. The U.S. voted against the mako shark measure, but supported the other two.The Associated Press read more

Saputos bid for Australian dairy faces new challenge from another local rival

Saputo’s bid for Australian dairy faces new challenge from another local rival AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Saputo’s desire to expand into Australia may be stymied by the efforts of domestic players to block the Canadian dairy giant bid, an industry observer said Tuesday.The Montreal-based company has offered to buy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter for the equivalent of C$523 million, including debt, but finds itself up against three rivals that now own nearly half of Warrnambool.Warrnambool’s supports the Canadian cheese and dairy company’s bid, in the absence of a better offer, but Saputo’s offer is conditional on getting majority support from WCB shareholders.Lion, a Japanese company that processes nearly one quarter of Australia’s milk, is the latest market rival to get involved. It has purchased a 10 per cent stake in WCB, making it the third-largest shareholder after Bega Cheese and Murray Goulburn Co-Operative, both of which have submitted offers for Warrnambool, Australia’s fourth-largest and oldest dairy.“Lion considers this stake a continuation and strengthening of this relationship,” it said in a news release Tuesday.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said three of Australia’s milk processors now own 45 per cent of Warrnambool, making it “highly unlikely” that Saputo’s AUD$8 per share bid will succeed and question “whether any price would get the deal done.”“At this point it would appear their primary motivation is to block Saputo’s acquisition of WCB,” she wrote in a report.Media reports in Australia suggest that Lion doesn’t want to buy Warrnambool itself, but is eager to ensure that the successful bidder maintains its cheese production and packaging relationship.Another dairy — Fonterra — which has 18 per cent market share has appointed advisers as the battle heats up.The Murray Goulburn Co-operative, the dominant Australian dairy processor with 31 per cent market share, needs the approval of the country’s competition to purchase Warrnambool, which has 10 per cent market share.Saputo’s latest bid is a seven per cent premium to Murray Goulburn’s offer of AUD$7.50 and a 20 per cent premium to another bid by Bega Cheese Ltd.Warrnambool’s shares closed up another 5.3 per cent to AUD$8.80 in Tuesday trading on the Australian Stock Exchange.Saputo(TSX:SAP) has been eyeing expansion into the region for years to develop its reach into the Asia Pacific area and capitalize on growing global demand for dairy solids.Australia is the world’s third-largest exporter of milk products after the European Union and New Zealand, with about 10 per cent global market share.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Saputo’s shares gained seven cents at C$51.83 in Tuesday morning trading. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2013 9:19 am MDT read more

Duo to know fate soon over 2014 murder of miner

The niece and her reputed husband who are accused of murdering 39-year-old miner, Sunil Ramsundar in 2014 at Skull City, Patentia, West Bank Demerara will soon know their fate.Dead: Sunil RamsundarAs the trial continued today, the defence and prosecution presented closing arguments before Justice Sandhill Kissoon and a 12 member jury at the Demerara High Court.Vishawantie Ragnauth and Nyron Thakurdyal have been maintaining their innocence since the trial began earlier this month.The duo are being represented by Attorney-at-law, Nigel Hughes.On December 26, 2014, at Patentia, West Bank Demerara, Ramsundar was killed after he reportedly attempted to settle a dispute between his sister, his niece and his niece’s reputed husband.According to police in a press release back then, the incident occurred at about 22:00hrs.It is alleged that Ramsundar’s sister was reportedly being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie Ragnauth and her daughter’s reputed husband Nyron Thakurdyal.At that time, the now deceased man reportedly inquired from his sister why she was crying, and upon learning of the alleged assault, the man approached his niece for an explanation.However, this quickly turned into a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body.He collapsed on the spot and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related10 witnesses to testify in trail over 2014 murder of minerJune 5, 2018In “Court”Niece, her husband found guilty of murdering uncle in 2014June 15, 2018In “Court”40yrs each for couple that killed miner in 2014June 27, 2018In “Court” read more

Google Now for iOS is ready but Apple needs to approve it

first_imgIn the seemingly eternal struggle between iOS and Android, the one thing Google will always be able to hold over Apple is the fact that their users may prefer Apple hardware, but love Google’s services. Google Now is the latest example of this, which may be why Apple is stalling the release of the app on iOS.If you let it, and if the manufacturer makes it easy, Google Now can completely change the way you interact with your phone. If you’re already using Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Search, the benefits you gain from Now are impressive. The app will grab all of the relevant information from your Google services and put them into context without you asking. The app lets you know how long it will take you to drive from your current location to the location of your next appointment, and when that meeting is over it will automatically have a card ready to show you how to get home. The app is aware of traffic, and the voice search built into the app is great at doing just about anything. Bringing this service to iOS would be a fantastic accomplishment for Google, and apparently the only thing standing in the way right now is Apple.Like everything in the Apple ecosystem, apps that are sold in the App Store are individually approved. Sure, every once in awhile something crazy gets through, but you better believe the company is paying attention when Google is listed as the publisher an app. At a recent event in India, Google’s Eric Schmidt hinted at the possibility of Google Now for iOS. It’s not news they were working on the app, as a video promo of the service leaked a few weeks back. What was made clear during the conversation with Schmidt was that Apple has a history of holding up apps that Google is trying to publish, and an updated Google Search app with Now onboard is likely the latest to suffer.Google Now accesses a significant volume of information, and while Google’s obviously alright with that on Android, it would make sense for Apple to be a little hesitant. Much in the same way that Chrome has an age restriction tag on it in the App Store, I suspect the Google Search App will come with Apple-made user warnings about the way Now is supposed to work. If the app ever does make it to iOS, though, the service will never be as functional as it is on Android — which would also give Apple cause for concern.What makes Google Now so functional on Android is how quickly you can access information from it. Google Now is controlled with a single swipe up on stock Android phones, as well as a lockscreen widget and a desktop widget that do a great job constantly displaying information. Accessing Google Now on an iPhone will mean going to the search app and then activating the service, and that additional step makes it less likely to be used on a whim.last_img read more

Gadhafis son and onetime heir released after five years

first_img File photo of Seif al-Islam Image: AP Photo/Ammar El-Darwish, File File photo of Seif al-Islam Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gadhafi’s son and one-time heir released after five years A statement by his captors, the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, said Seif al-Islam was released on Friday. Share Tweet Email Image: AP Photo/Ammar El-Darwish, File Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 8:18 AM SEIF AL-ISLAM, the son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has been released after more than five years in detention, his captors said late last night.A statement by his captors, the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, said Seif al-Islam was released on Friday, but gave no details on his whereabouts. Battalion officials reached by The Associated Press at Zintan, a town south of the capital Tripoli where it is based, confirmed his release. They declined to disclose his whereabouts, citing concerns over his safety.They said his release was decided as part of a recent pardon issued by the Libyan parliament based in the country’s eastern region.The parliament in the city of Tobruk is part of one of three rival administrations in Libya, evidence of the chaos that has prevailed in the country since Gadhafi’s ouster and death.Gadhafi’s son was captured by the battalion’s fighters late in 2011, the year when a popular uprising toppled Gadhafi after more than 40 years in power. He was later killed.The uprising later plunged the oil-rich North African nation into a ruinous civil war in which Seif al-Islam led Gadhafi’s loyalist forces against the rebels.Read: Macron looking for majority as France goes back to the pollscenter_img 17,382 Views By Associated Press 17 Comments Jun 11th 2017, 8:18 AM Short URL last_img read more

Racial hate groups under the microscope

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram White supremacist groups using propaganda to voice religious and racial hatred will undergo intense investigations by the Victorian Government.“We’ve got a very strong commitment to ensuring Victoria remains a harmonious, multifaithful and multicultural society” says Nicholas Kostaris Minister of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, but with fundamentalists spreading their message this is easier said than done. The investigation, conducted by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, will look into the extent of the prejudice and racial hate incidents since July 1 2001.“Victoria is the multicultural capital of Australia and our cultural diversity is one of greatest assets,” Kostaris says. “It is important we remain vigilant and guard against extremist views and actions that incite racial hatred and violence… to live in peace and harmony.”last_img read more

Matthaus Dortmund remain favourites for the Bundesliga title

first_imgGerman legend Lothar Matthaus believes Borussia Dortmund remain in pole position for this season’s Bundesliga titleLucien Favre’s side holds a six-point lead over reigning champions Bayern Munich at the top of the standings as they chase a first league crown in seven years.And Matthaus is backing BVB to finish the job and end his old club’s dominance of the Bundesliga.“This week, the most exciting second half of the Bundesliga in seven years will start,” Matthaus wrote on his Sky column.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The BVB will be the hunted ones while Bayern are the hunters. This is a new role for both teams. The team who can best handle this situation will win the championship.“I still believe Dortmund will decide the title race in their own favour. But if anyone can catch up with them, then, of course, it’s Bayern.”The Bundesliga will resume this week after the winter break with Bayern to travel to Hoffenheim on Friday and Dortmund to take on RB Leipzig the next day.last_img read more

Android users in Europe can pick their default search engine starting in

first_imgGoogle’s new search option screen. Google Google will prompt Android owners in Europe to choose their own search engine starting next year, according to announcement made by the company on Friday in a blog post. When setting up an Android, you’ll instead be presented with a screen where you’ll be asked to select a search engine from a range of options.The introduction of the search engine engine selection screen follows a landmark antitrust decision by the European Commission last year that determined Google could be hampering consumer choice by stipulating its own apps and services must be the pre-installed, default options on Android phones. The decision resulted in a record 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) fine. Google is appealing the fine, but is making changes to Android regardless.European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who led the investigation into Google’s Android abuses, has been clear that it’s up to Google to work out how to make changes to Android to comply with the decision. Google has already shown new tools to allow people to select search providers for a search box on the Android home screen and prompt them to choose a browser within the Google Play Store.On Friday, the company showed a screenshot of a screen you’ll soon be presented with when setting up a new Android phone or tablet. It will ask you to choose a search provider within Chrome (if you’re using Chrome as your browser). You can already opt to use a different search engine on Android if you prefer, but you have to proactively seek out the option from within the setting menu. The new choice screen will ensure everyone setting up an Android phone in future is making an active choice about which search engine to use.The screen will be introduced in Europe in early 2020 — in the meantime Google, is encouraging search engines that want to be listed to get in touch. Android Pie Chrome Google Share your voice Tags Internet Services Comment 1last_img read more

AK Nerdiness and fandom abound at Anchorages 13th Annual Senshi Con

first_imgCosplayers at Senshi Con, Alaska’s largest fandom convention, spent the day as their favorite comic book and anime characters last weekend at the Dena’ina Center. (PhotoLast weekend, thousands of people poured into Anchorage’s Dena’ina Center for the 13th annual Senshi Con… and at Senshi Con, fandom runs deep. It’s Alaska’s largest celebration of nerdiness and geek culture — everything from japanese animation and gaming to science fiction and comic books.Listen nowIt’s the last day of the convention and Justine Felland just got her first tattoo.“I was like ‘Ahhh! I don’t know if I can do this!’ but I did it, my friends were supporting me and it’s my first anime I really really connected with, so I was just like, ‘I’m going to do this one,’” Felland said.Her tattoo, still fresh and covered in plastic wrap, is a symbol from the anime “Fairy Tails.”“There’s a lot of people who don’t feel like they’re part of anything in that show and like they finally find people who care about them. And that’s how I feel about Senshi Con, because I’m a volunteer,” Felland said. “With the people here, I feel like I’m very connected with them. They’re very open and accepting of who you are.”Senshi Con is similar to other conventions — vendor booths, workshops, special guests — but these attendees are rabid fans of video games, science fiction and comics books; most are dressed like superheroes or anime characters. Something referred to as “cosplay.”The vendors sell offerings like steampunk jewelry and crochet Pokémon. Even musical instruments. Laura Sexauer is selling movie and video game themed ocarinas.“The instrument itself is thousands of years old, but it’s popular in the modern age because of ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time,” Sexauer said.Nearby, there’s a video game tournament being projected on a wall while attendees sit at rows of tables playing computer games or tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons.One floor up, Bernadette Tix is teaching a class on sword fighting techniques. She’s in full medieval garb, roaming between pairs of students facing off against each other with wooden training swords. She’s here promoting Schola Saint George.“So we are set up like a school of martial arts or a dojo,” Tix said. We have a specific curriculum that’s been developed based off of medieval fighting treatises, specifically off of the master Fiore dei Liberi. Fiore dei Liberi was an Italian master of defense from the early 1400s.”The genres and interests at Senshi Con might be eclectic, but Tix says it makes sense.“I think a lot of people get into medieval reenactment, medieval fighting, originally through a love of fantasy, right? A love of fantasy can inspire a love of real history as well and a love of fantasy can also lead to a love of other forms of fiction,” Tix said. “You know, animes, and video games, and those sorts of things. I’m a huge Tolkien nerd, so fantasy, sci-fi — I’m an anime fan myself. I think people who often have those interests, our hope is, some of them are going to have an overlap with this.”Down the hall, there’s a room where attendees can give their costumes a tune-up. Cosplay is basically putting together a costume and spending the day as your favorite fictional character. It’s a big part of the Senshi Con experience.“This one in particular is my first time with this, um, costume people,” Veronica Pearson laughed.Pearson is roaming the convention with a medical kit. She is not in costume, but part of emergency medical services. She’s worked other events at the Dena’ina Center, but not like this.“The costumes are phenomenal, the people are amazing. A lot of them really get into their role-playing and it’s kind of exciting to see,” Pearson said. “I don’t think I could do it, but I like looking.”She might not have a clue about what’s going on, but Pearson appreciates the lighthearted enthusiasm of the convention.“There seems to be an atmosphere that is just fun,” Pearson said. “Can we just have some fun? I appreciate that in a stressful world.”Fun is why one attendee — who goes by Kane — spent his weekend at Senshi Con. He was one of the first through the doors on Friday. He’s cosplaying as Link from the Legend of Zelda video games.“I’ve been here since day one and all I have to say is that it was amazing,” Kane said.Kane spent the weekend wandering the convention, meeting people, and checking out the attractions. He even bought himself a new ocarina to go with his costume.“I gave my old ocarina to another Link who didn’t have one,” Kane said. “No Link is complete without an ocarina.”It’s that kind of instant connection to each other that attendees find so appealing about Senshi Con. It’s a judgment-free zone and a chance to wear your interests on your sleeve, literally. For Kane though, it’s even simpler.“Bunch of nerds. I fit in,” Kane said. “I fit in very well.last_img read more

Mumbai deluge between July 35

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai is at serious risk of flooding between July 3 and July 5, predicts private weather bureau, Skymet. Close to 200 mm or more rain a day is going to batter the city during this period, which could hamper normal life in the city, says Skymet. A person was electrocuted and three were killed after being struck by lightning as rain pounded Mumbai and many parts of Maharashtra for the fourth consecutive day, disrupting normal life and hitting air, road and rail traffic, officials said on Monday. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A 30-year-old man, Mohammed Ayub Kazi, was electrocuted inside his home in Shivajinagar, Govandi suburb in north-east Mumbai. He was rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital where he was declared dead. Three others, including a woman, were killed and two injured after being struck by ligtning as they took shelter from heavy rain in a shed in Solapur on Monday afternoon. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The five victims were waiting for the rains to subside in a shed near the Mandrup village when suddenly lighting struck them. The three killed are Parvati M. Kore, 55, Chatursingh J. Rajpu, 41 and Sanket D. Chormule, 17. The other two have been rushed to the district hospital,” Mandrup police official Baburao Rathod told IANS.last_img read more

Bangladeshi immigrant Nina Ahmad to run for Congress

first_imgBangladeshi immigrant Nina Ahmad has resigned as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to run for US Congress Cap: Nina Ahmad.Nina Ahmad is one of the strongest candidates among the Bangladeshi immigrants aspiring to join mainstream politics in the United States so far. Recently she resigned as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to run for Congress.Nina talked about her preparations for the Congress election during a conversation with Prothom Alo on Thursday. She resigned her post as deputy mayor on 30 September to contest in the election against Congressman Robert Brady, a current member of Democratic Party. She had to leave the post to be nominated in the Congress election. Nina Ahmad will contest as a Democrat member from congressional district-1, consisting Philadelphia City of Chester, a part of Central Philadelphia, and another part of south Philadelphia. If she wins in the primary stage, her chance of victory in the main election will be quite strong.Nina previously served on president’s ‘Advisory Commission of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders’ being appointed by former president Barack Obama. She resigned after Donald Trump has sworn as US president on 20 January this year.  Congressman Robert Brady is the member of Democratic Party who has been under federal scrutiny in a case that snared his two top cohorts. So Brady’s candidacy in November election remains uncertain.On the other hand, Nina has been working in support of immigrants’ rights and respect for more than two decades. She is very popular among the black American, Asian, and Hispanic population. As 78 per cent of the residents of Philadelphia are Democrat supporters, Nina will certainly be at an advantage.Nina told Prothom Alo, “As an immigrant, a woman and a social activist, I am expecting support from people of all spheres.” She said she would start campaigning before Christmas. Earlier, Hashem Clark was the first Bangladeshi congressman in US from 2011 to 2013. Many other Bangladeshi immigrants have participated in the Congress election but never won. Nina Ahmad comparatively has the best chance to win so far.*This item, originally published in Prothom Alo online, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Carbon emissions from peatswamp forest clearing quantified

first_imgSatellite image of the island of Borneo on August 19, 2002, showing smoke from burning peat swamp forests. Image: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC Malaysian peatswamps obliterated for palm oil: study Explore further Peat-swamp forests contain huge amounts of stored carbon both in the biomass above the ground in composting organic matter slowly breaking down in the soils, and much of this is released in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane when the forests are cleared and the swamps are drained.The new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) used satellite images with 250 meter resolution to produce maps of the closed canopy plantations in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra.They found the oil-palm plantations covered an area of 2 million hectares in Peninsular Malaysia, 2.4 million in Borneo, and 3.9 million in Sumatra. These figures do not include the smaller open canopy plantations, which are difficult to identify from the images, or plantations planted after 2002.The study showed that around 880,000 hectares of peatlands (around six percent) had been converted to oil-palm plantations by the early 2000s. The researchers also looked at the effects of clearing the forests in the region on wildlife, and found that 12.1 percent of species face probable extinction in Peninsular Malaysia (equivalent to 46 species of forest birds), 3.4 percent in Sumatra and 1 percent in Borneo. Among the species at risk are orang-utans, pygmy elephants and Sumatran tigers and rhinos.The researchers calculated that clearing the peatlands released around 140 million tonnes of carbon from above-ground biomass and 4.6 million from oxidation of peat in the ground. Clearing also reduces the carbon sequestration previously provided by the forest..Dr Koh said by 2010 around 2.3 million hectares of peat-swamp forests had been cleared that are currently degraded land and not yet developed as plantations. He said if the clearings were planted with palm for oil species losses could be exacerbated by as much as 12 percent, while if they were re-forested biodiversity would be enhanced by up to 20 percent.The study recommended the remaining peat-swamp forests in Southeast Asia should be conserved to protect biodiversity and safeguard carbon stocks, with most effort being concentrated in Central and West Kalimantan, Sarawak and Riau in Indonesia, which hold 75 percent of the remaining forests, or around 3.9 million hectares, and much of the cleared but not yet developed peat-swamp forest.Indonesia is accelerating its production of palm oil and is planning to double its production by 2020. Palm oil is used to make biodiesel and is also used in soaps, cosmetics and in many processed foods. It can also be used as a fuel for cooking. More information: Remotely sensed evidence of tropical peatland conversion to oil palm, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print March 7, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1018776108 ( — Peat-swamp forests in Southeast Asia are being cleared to make way for food production and for oil-palm plantations for biofuel, but now a new study has quantified the resultant carbon emissions for the first time. © 2010 Citation: Carbon emissions from peat-swamp forest clearing quantified (2011, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

VIDEO Gronk filmed motorboating on night club dance floor

first_imgA day after Ezekiel Elliott was nationally criticized for pulling down a woman’s shirt and exposing her breasts at a St. Patrick’s Day parade, TMZ released a video of Rob Gronkowski ‘motorboating’ a woman’s breasts in a night club.Although it looks comparable to Elliott’s situation, it’s clear that Gronk has the consent of the woman in the video.That’s no small difference.last_img

Hope returns to Australian hotel maket ANZPHIC

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Australian hoteliers are beginning to relax as demand and revenue grows after more than two years of decline.At the tenth annual Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Hotel Industry Conference (ANZPHIC) held in Sydney last week, some 400 industry stakeholders breathed a collective sigh of relief at what was generally positive news.“What we heard was improving occupancies in 2010 for leading markets…supported by improving demand from key inbound visitor markets such as the USA and improving hotel investment demand from overseas investment markets,” ANZPHIC conference chair John Smith said.“It’s a combination of trends that will help to finally rebuild confidence as the industry continues the climb back from the challenges and disruptions of the past two years,” he added.  All major Australian cities experienced a growth in Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) in the year to May 2010 as industry data providers recorded a 24 per cent rise in RevPAR across the Asia Pacific region.This comes after a 19 per cent drop in RevPAR for Asia Pacific over the corresponding period in 2009.In the year to date, Sydney had the highest occupancy at an almost record-breaking 86 per cent while its room rate growth was moderate.With forecast average revenue growth of eight to ten per cent over the year ahead, Sydney’s prospects were rated highly by delegates at the conference. Brisbane was also expected to grow, but delegates were wary of Melbourne’s growth, questioning its ability to fill its new hotel room supply. Queensland’s Gold Coast was the big surprise, as occupancy and room rates rose from the brink of several years’ decline.As confidence in Australia’s hotel industry returned, so too did investors with Jones Lang LaSalle reporting AUD600 million worth of sales to overseas buyers achieved in recent months.Particular mention was made to the purchase of Four Points Darling Harbour by Singapore magnate Michael Kum. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

PennyMacs Q4 Net Income Led by Loan Servicing

first_imgPennyMac’s Q4 Net Income Led by Loan Servicing Fourth Quarter Earnings PennyMac Financial Services Servicing 2016-02-09 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing PennyMac Financial Services, Inc., recently reported higher fourth quarter profits, led by their loan servicing department.According to PennyMac’s fourth quarter earning statement, its net income totaled $68.9 million for the quarter, up from $65.3 million in the third quarter and $45.9 million last year in the fourth quarter. Total net revenue for the fourth quarter was $187.2 million, down from last quarter’s total of $189.2 but up from last year’s total of $141.7. Net income attributable to common stockholders was $12.8 million or $0.58 per diluted share.Chairman and CEO Stanford L. Kurland noted that PennyMac Financial “concluded another record year with solid financial and operational performance in the fourth quarter, which reflected balanced earnings contributions from the production and servicing segments.The statement showed that servicing revenue rose 70 percent from the third quarter to $78.2 million, while the servicing portfolio rose 4 percent from September 30, 2015 to $160.3 billion in UPB. The servicing portfolio at PennyMac reached $160.3 billion in UPB, up 51 percent from December 31, 2014, “driven by the organic additions from loan production and $32.8 billion in UPB of mortgage servicing rights (MSR) acquisitions.”PennyMac also reported that loan production increased 67 percent year-over-year to total $48.4 billion in UPB. This included $4.1 billion in UPB of consumer direct production, an increase of 113 percent from the prior year.”Our mortgage production volumes remained strong despite a seasonally smaller mortgage market and higher interest rates during the quarter. Our servicing segment delivered record pretax income, driven primarily by growth in core servicing profitability and MSR valuation gains that were largely offset by hedging activities. Our consistently strong financial performance reflects our dedicated approach to interest rate risk management across the production pipeline and the MSR asset.”Click here to view the full earnings statement.center_img February 9, 2016 597 Views Sharelast_img read more

Wulong Our first visit to China was in April 2018

first_imgWulongOur first visit to China was in April 2018, touring Yunnan and Suchuan with Wendy Wu Tours. The tour originally included time in the Nine Villages Valley, reputedly one of the most beautiful areas in China, however, the area was closed to visitors by the Chinese government at the time of our tour, due to extensive earthquake damage. Wendy Wu substituted a visit to the Wulong Karst National Geology Park near Chongqing. We’d never heard of this area and some of our fellow tourists were disappointed with the change. Since we were newby visitors to China the change didn’t bother us. Our two days in Wulong turned out to be one of the highlights of our tour. We stayed at a very comfortable hotel on the River in the centre of town, the Yuzhu Garden Hotel. It was obvious that very few western visitors get to Wulong as we were the subject of much interest from the locals with lots of photos being taken of our group. Our hotel in Wulong was on the river and there were shops on both sides of the river and a walk across the bridge was very pleasant. Wulong has a population of about 350,000 with a surprising amount of high rise, (perhaps not so surprising as it is China after all). The scenery on our drive from Chongqing was also pretty spectacular mountain terrain.Longshui Fissure and GorgeLongshui Fissure and Gorge is also near Wulong and it is a totally different experience. The gorge is about 5 kilometres long and contains lots of stairs and walkways built into the side of the fissure. In places it is only metres wide and you are either on top of tumbling rivers or under crashing waterfalls. The walk itself is about two kilometres and again there is a shuttle service to take you back up.Whilst the walk is quite easy for a fit person it is wet and slippery in places and a raincoat or umbrella is handy, plus you need shoes with a good grip.To enter the gorge you descend a narrow tunnel with concrete steps, to a glass fronted lift that takes you down to the start of the walkway. Again the lift glass was opaque due to weather, so no views on the way down. The first part of the walk is in lush rainforest type vegetation with lots of twisting stairways. Once down at river level the clever Chinese have built floating concrete walkways into the fissure walls and over the river. From here you can hear and see the many waterfalls and rapids and there are lots of opportunities for great photos. The Wulong Karst area features spectacular karst landscapes, including the three main parts of Furong Cave, Three Natural Bridges and Houping Giant Doline. There are deep gorges, natural bridges, caves, crashing waterfalls and underground streams. We visited the Three Natural Bridges and the Longsui Gorge. The Natural Bridges area was used for filming of the Transformers movie, and there are transformer statues along the walkway to remind you. Both the Three Natural Bridges and Longshui Fissure are easily accessible by bus from Wulong if you are not on an organised tour. There are also regular bus services to the area from Chongqing.You can walk down stairs to the walkway but the elevator is better. Images and video: John Dunphy, Carole Dunphy The walk along the gorge is flat and easy and you get taken back to the top car park on a little golf cart-type shuttle bus from the end of the walk. The gorge is filled with beautiful trees and streams and the bridges tower above you. The Transformers statues do seem a bit incongruous, but they add to the enjoyment and were the subject of hundreds of selfies by the locals and us.center_img The three natural karst bridges are Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge, with an average height of over 200 metres, and an average span over 200 metres; the largest natural bridge cluster in Asia. We descended into the gorge via a 40 metre glass-fronted lift that, unfortunately, had frosted due to weather damage, so we couldn’t see much until we arrived at the base. Descending down many steps we then reached a small temple and the start of the 1.2 kilometre walk along the gorge. Regular contributor, John Dunphy, and his wife, Carole, recently toured China’s Yunnan and Suchuan provinces with Wendy Wu Tours. This was their second tour with Wendy Wu Tours, having visited Japan in February 2017.Here, John provides a firsthand review of their discovery of Wulong, China. ChinaReviewsWendy Wu ToursWulong Our photos don’t do this magnificent national park justice, and you really have to go there to see how spectacular it is. Hopefully Wendy Wu will include Wulong in future tours. We found it pays to learn a few words of Mandarin in Wulong as not many of the locals speak English, or if they do they are too shy to share it.last_img read more