Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> http://goo.gl/Y0zxowPosted by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at CincyShirts.com. We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[CincyShirts.com]last_img read more

2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists Vie for 10000

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO – SOCAN today announced the finalists for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, the prestigious competition that celebrates the incredible talent of emerging Canadian songwriters over the past year. The selection of 10 English and 10 French songs showcases artists from diverse genres. Once again, music fans will determine the winner, and for the first time in the 12-year history of the prize, fans will have the opportunity to vote for a single nominee – Charlotte Cardin – in both English and French categories beginning on June 15th.The 10 English songs nominated this year:“Acid Test” – written by Tommy Paxton-Beesley, Thadeus Gardwood, Johnathan Mavrogiannis, Dan Voicu; performed by River Tiber; published by Raise Your Hands Music [Arts & Crafts Music].“Big Boy” – written by Charlotte Cardin; performed by Charlotte Cardin.“DVP” – written by Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zachary Mykula, Steve Sladkowski;performed by PUP.“Figures” – written by Jessie Reyez, Bjoran Johan, Tobias Frelin, Blake Carter; performed by Jessie Reyez; published by BMG Rights Management.“Glowed Up” – written by Kevin Celestin, Brandon Anderson; performed by Kaytranada featuring Anderson .Paak; published by Watch and Learn/BMI, PULSE, Casablanca Publishing.“Push + Pull” – written by Thomas D’Arcy, Ian Docherty, Peter Dreimanis, Leah Goldstein, Danny Miles, Josh Warburton; performed by July Talk; published by July Talk Music Inc., GalleryAC Music.“Shithole” – written by Jasmyn Burke, Morgan Waters; performed by Weaves.“We Don’t Know ” – written by Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl James, Brian Pickett, David Ritter, Isabel Ritchie, Joanne Setterington; performed by The Strumbellas; published by Domino Music Publishing.“Won’t Live Here “ – written by Ashton Simmonds, Jordan Evans, Matthew Burnett, Tommy Paxton-Beesley, Ian Culley, Alexander Ernewein; performed by Daniel Caesar; published by Kobalt Music Publishing & Raise Your Hands Music [Arts & Crafts Music].“Work” – written by Charlotte Day Wilson; performed by Charlotte Day Wilson; published by Raise Your Hands Music [Arts & Crafts Music].For two weeks, from June 15-29, 2017, SOCAN invites music fans to vote for their favourite song from the nominees by visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca or through Twitter using the hashtag #mySSPvote and identifying the performer’s name in the tweet. Fans can vote once daily through each platform for each of the English and French prize competitions. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The winning songs are scheduled to be announced the week of July 10, 2017.Winners will receive $10,000 in cash, an Epiphone Masterbilt Century Olympic Guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.“SOCAN supports emerging Canadian songwriters and composers every day, and the SOCAN Songwriting Prize celebrates the incredible and diverse talent of several of our best,” said Mike McCarty, chief membership & business development officer at SOCAN. “Each year, the nominees raise the bar, and this year is no different. No matter who wins, I am confident all of these potential superstars will continue to grow and flourish in the music community.”The French and English finalists are determined by respective independent panels of 15 music-industry influencers who nominate two songs that they feel were artistically superior by emerging Canadian songwriters, within the eligibility period (see Rules for complete criteria). All of the nominated songs are then compiled, reviewed and voted on by each panel to determine the final 10 nominees in each category. SOCAN does not have a role in determining nominees or winners.The 10 song finalists for the 2017 Prix de la chanson SOCAN, the Francophone counterpart to the SOCAN Songwriting Prize:“Apprendre à mentir” – written and performed by Lydia Képinski; published by Chivi Chivi.“Éclat” – written by John Nathaniel, Mariane Cossette Bacon, Alexe Gaudreault; performed by Alexe Gaudreault; published by John Nathaniel prod, Musicor.“Explosif” – written by Vincent Banville, Gregory Beaudoin, Jonathan Quirion, Jean-François Ruel, Pierre Savu-Massé, Charles-André Vincelette; performed by Dead Obies; published by Third Side Music.“Faufile” – written and performed by Charlotte Cardin.“J’aurai 100 ans” – written by Amélie Beyries, Maxime Le Flaguais; performed by Beyries avec Louis-Jean Cormier.“Je pense à toi” – written and performed by Bernhari; published by Editorial Avenue.“L’amour véritable est aux rebelles“ – written by Xavier Dufour Thériault, Jean-Philippe Godbout, Marc-André Landry, Julien Mineau, Ryan Battistuzzi, Jean-Cimon Tellier-Dubé; performed by Gazoline; published by Ambiances Ambigües / L-Abe.“Les ferrofluides-fleurs” – written by Klô Pelgag, Karl Gagnon; performed Klô Pelgag; published by Coop Les Faux-Monnayeurs.“Nord-Est” – written by Rosie Valland, Jessie Mac Cormack; performed by Rosie Valland; published by Ambiances Ambigües.“Rex” – written by Pierre-Luc Bégin, Éliane Préfontaine, Julia Daigle, Vincent Lévesque; performed by Paupière; published by Lisbon Lux.For all of the latest updates, follow the SOCAN Songwriting Prize on social media at @SOCANmusic and on twitter via the #SOCANprize hashtag.Previous winners of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize: Fast Romantics, “Julia” (2016); Dear Rouge, “I Heard I Had” (2015); Alejandra Ribera, “I Want” (2014); Mo Kenney, “Sucker” (2013); Kathleen Edwards, “A Soft Place to Land” (2012); Katie Moore, “Wake Up Like This” (2011); Brasstronaut, “Hearts Trompet” (2010); D-Sisive, “Nobody With a Notepad” (2009); The Weakerthans, “Night Windows” (2008); Abdominal, “Pedal Pusher” (2007); Propagandhi, “A Speculative Fiction” (2006).Previous winners of the Prix de la chanson SOCAN: Laurence Nerbonne, “Rêves d’été” (2016); Antoine Corriveau, “Le Nouveau vocabulaire” (2015); Patrice Michaud, “Mécaniques générales” (2014); Keith Kouna, “Batiscan” (2013); Koriass, “St-Eustache” (2012); Galaxie, “Piste 1” (2011); Vulgaires Machines, “Parasites” (2010); Bernard Adamus, “La question à 100 piasses” (2009); Karkwa, “Oublie pas” (2008); Tricot Machine, “L’Ours” (2007); Éve Cournoyer, “Tout arrive” (2006).About SOCANSOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.ca Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer upsets Tennessee advances to second round of NCAA

The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the NCAA tournament with a victory Saturday, knocking off regional No. 4 seed Tennessee, 3-0, in Knoxville, Tenn. Junior forward Tiffany Cameron netted two of OSU’s goals, including a seventh-minute strike that set the tone early. She now has a team-leading eight goals on the season. OSU extended its lead to 2-0 on a 68th minute goal from sophomore midfielder Kristen Niederhaus. Cameron followed that up with her second goal of the game six minutes later. The Buckeyes outshot the Volunteers, 20-10, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner only needed to make three saves on her way to picking up her seventh shutout of the season. It was also her fourth shutout in six career NCAA tournament contests. The Buckeyes haven’t been as successful as they have wanted on the offensive attack lately, so the three scores were a welcome sign for the Buckeyes and coach Lori Walker. “For a team that’s struggled to find the back of the net, it was critical for us to have (Cameron) find the back of the net,” Walker said following the game according to the team’s webpage. “I think we have known all along that we are a quality team but soccer’s a cruel game and sometimes you don’t always get the results. … Hopefully we can continue this run.” The Buckeyes (11-8-2) advance to play second-seeded Milwaukee in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. read more

Ohio States Devin Smith electrifies Buckeye offense

OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith attempts to catch a pass during a game against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Aug. 30. Smith finished with 94 yards receiving on the day and one touchdown.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn the last four years, senior wide receiver Devin Smith has made his mark on Ohio State football history.From the game-winning catch against Wisconsin in 2011, to his 80-yard, go-ahead score Saturday against Navy, Smith seems to have a knack for making things happen.His score against Navy put the Buckeyes up for the remainder of the game, something he said he believes helped electrify the offense.“We had a slow start, and we were just trying to find ourselves,” Smith said Monday. “We had a few good plays leading up to that … Coach (Urban) Meyer took the shot and we executed very well.”Meyer, who named Smith as one of the OSU offensive champions of the week, said the wide receiver is one of the most explosive players he has ever coached.“I want to say one of the best (deep) ball players we’ve ever had. He adjusts so well to the ball,” Meyer said Monday. “He caught someone said 18 or 19 touchdowns, average (more than) 40 yards per catch on a touchdown. That’s unique. Extremely fast. Tracks the ball down very well.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he thinks Devin Smith’s ability to beat defenses deep is a luxury, especially when the offense is able to run the football.“At some point, they (opposing defenses) have to decide what they are going to be weak at. Whether they are going to play softer and give you the underneath routes, or if they are going to tighten down to stop the slow, painful death and now they are susceptible to the deep shot,” Zach Smith said. “They have to pick their poison on a kid like that.”Zach Smith said Devin Smith’s speed isn’t the only thing that makes the senior wide receiver a threat.“Obviously he has elite speed which is probably the first skill you need, but he has an uncanny ability to track a football and he has really good ball skills on the deep ball,” Zach Smith said.Devin Smith — who has scored go-ahead or game-winning touchdowns against Wisconsin (2011,2013), Michigan State (2012), Iowa (2013) and now Navy, and holds the record for longest play from the line of scrimmage in school history with a 90-yard scoring catch against California (2013) — said he is just doing what he’s told to do to be successful.“Whenever coaches need me, I’m going to do my part and do everything I can to make that play for the football team,” Devin Smith said. “It is all about just trusting in my training and believing in the coaches and them believing in me.”Devin Smith entered his senior season with 1,572 career receiving yards and 18 touchdowns before adding 94 yards and a score against Navy. In comparison, former Buckeye speedster and current Arizona Cardinal Ted Ginn, Jr., totaled 1,943 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns during his three years in Columbus.Although Devin Smith excels at the long ball, coach Smith said the Massillon, Ohio, native could improve in other areas, particularly being more productive in the short-to-intermediate passing game.“That is one of the things that he was really committed to in the spring and in training camp when he was out there is becoming a more complete receiver,” coach Smith said. “That is a battle that everyone is fighting, and he has done a good job of that.”Devin Smith said the distinctive defense that Navy ran prevented him and the OSU offense from opening up the playbook, but added that when the Buckeyes dive into the offense deeper, people will see what he and the offense can do.“That is one thing we worked on all summer during practice and in the spring also,” he said. “It is a matter of time of just showing it. I think from now on, each and every game is going to be different, so you will get a chance to see different guys do different things.”While the Buckeyes are without senior quarterback Braxton Miller for the 2014 season after he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder in late August, Meyer said the offense has to improve around redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett in order for the coaches to open up the playbook.“I think Barrett’s part of it. The offensive line is a big part of it. What can those guys do and what can they do well?” Meyer said. “We’re expecting them in next couple of weeks to be able to do it all well. It’s not just J.T. When we say expand the playbook, it’s for J.T. and it’s for the offensive line.”Devin Smith said that despite Barrett’s relative inexperience, he is confident the offense and Barrett will continue to produce.“He is very mature. He acts like he is a starter,” Devin Smith said of Barrett. “I know how hungry he is, you can see it every day when he practices. I think with how hard he works, he is going to do everything he can to help this football team.”Devin Smith and the rest of the Buckeyes are set to take on Virginia Tech on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Frances World Cup winners given heros welcome

first_imgFrance’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the starsLes Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.Que c’est bon ! Le bonheur partout… Toutes les communes de France ont résonné de cris de joie et de chants pour cette 2ème étoile. Encore ! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/L76vY6he4z— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Équipe fière de la reconnaissance de notre République. #FiersdEtreBleus #VivelaFrance #VivelaRépublique pic.twitter.com/uyiQSbaIzj— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ouMN5PkMJl— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018last_img read more

Frustrated Wagner reflects on Bournemouth defeat

first_imgHuddersfield manager David Wagner has slammed his side’s performance for “giving away presents” in the pitch after their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.Christmas came early for Bournemouth as Huddersfield Town visited bearing presents, according to Wagner.Poor defending were the presents they gave to Bournemouth as Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser scored to give Eddie Howe’s side a 2-0 lead, but the visitors managed to pull a goal back thanks to Terence Kongolo.“This is very frustrating,” Wagner told Sky Sports.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It is very disappointing. To make it totally clear I don’t think we deserved anything out of this game because you need your defence and offence to work.“It was Christmas for Bournemouth because we gave away presents at both ends of the pitch, even if performance-wise it was another top-class away performance.“We controlled big parts and we dominated them. We had enough opportunities to score at least two.We needed to score three or four today but we didn’t take them and that is why we have no rewards in terms of points.”last_img read more

DC Program Matches Residents with Jobs

first_imgBy Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFROEarlier this summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to connect D.C. residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with work experience and training through the 1,000 Opportunities initiative. The goal was to connect 1,000 residents in 90 days.Bowser announced September 5 that the District has exceeded its goal and matched over 1,180 Washingtonians with job opportunities in just 11 weeks.The 1,000 Opportunities program is exceeding expectations.(Courtesy photo)“With the help of our community partners, the 1,000 Opportunities initiative has already surpassed the original goal, and we’re not slowing down,” Bowser said.1,000 Opportunities was launched as part of the Safer, Stronger DC initiative, a broader series led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and the Office of the City Administrator. It is aimed at creating new pathways to employment and violence prevention across the District and since its launch has hosted community events, enrolled over 350 at-risk youth in a free summer enrichment program and expanded residential clean teams.Training opportunities were provided by the Department of Employment Services through Project Empowerment, DC Quick Path to Transportation and Back to Work 50+.On September 15, a 1,000 Opportunities conference will be held at the DC Infrastructure Academy, located at 2330 Pomeroy Road, SE, providing residents with resume advice, helping to hone their interview skills and to talk about more opportunities.For more information go to 1kopportunitiesdc.com.last_img read more

Scientists show how to erase information without using energy

first_img In the study, physicists Joan Vaccaro from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, and Stephen Barnett from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, have quantitatively described how information can be erased without any energy, and they also explain why the result is not as contentious as it first appears. Their paper is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.Traditionally, the process of erasing information requires a cost that is calculated in terms of energy – more specifically, heat dissipation. In 1961, Rolf Landauer argued that there was a minimum amount of energy required to erase one bit of information, i.e. to put a bit in the logical zero state. The energy required is positively related to the temperature of the system’s thermal reservoir, and can be thought of as the system’s thermodynamic entropy. As such, this entropy is considered to be a fundamental cost of erasing a bit of information.However, Vaccaro and Barnett have shown that an energy cost can be fully avoided by using a reservoir based on something other than energy, such as spin angular momentum. Subatomic particles have spin angular momentum, a quantity that, like energy, must be conserved. Basically, instead of heat being exchanged between a qubit and thermal reservoir, discrete quanta of angular momentum are exchanged between a qubit and spin reservoir. The scientists described how repeated logic operations between the qubit’s spin and a secondary spin in the zero state eventually result in both spins reaching the logical zero state. Most importantly, the scientists showed that the cost of erasing the qubit’s memory is given in terms of the quantity defining the logic states, which in this case is spin angular momentum and not energy.The scientists explained that experimentally realizing this scheme would be very difficult. Nevertheless, their results show that physical laws do not forbid information erasure with a zero energy cost, which is contrary to previous studies. The researchers noted that, in practice, it will be especially difficult to ensure the system’s energy degeneracy (that different spin states of the qubit and reservoir have the exact same energy level). But even if imperfect conditions cause some energy loss, there is no fundamental reason to assume that the cost will be as large as that predicted by Landauer’s formula. Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Joan A. Vaccaro and Stephen M. Barnett. “Information erasure without an energy cost.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. DOI:10.1098/rspa.2010.0577 The possibility of erasing information without using energy has implications for a variety of areas. One example is the paradox of Maxwell’s demon, which appears to offer a way of violating the second law of thermodynamics. By opening and closing a door to separate hot and cold molecules, the demon supposedly extracts work from the reservoir, converting all heat into useful mechanical energy. Bennett’s resolution of the paradox in 1982 argues that the demon’s memory has to be erased to complete the cycle, and the cost of erasure is at least as much as the liberated energy. However, Vaccaro and Barnett’s results suggest that the demon’s memory can be erased at no energy cost by using a different kind of reservoir, where the cost would be in terms of spin angular momentum. In this scheme, the demon can extract all the energy from a heat reservoir as useful energy at a cost of another resource.As the scientists explained, this result doesn’t contradict historical statements of the second law of thermodynamics, which are exclusively within the context of heat and thermal reservoirs and do not allow for a broader class of reservoirs. Moreover, even though the example with Maxwell’s demon suggests that mechanical work can be extracted at zero energy cost, this extraction is associated with an increase in the information-theoretic entropy of the overall system.“The maximization of entropy subject to a constraint need apply not only to heat reservoirs and the conservation of energy,” Vaccaro explained to PhysOrg.com.The results could also apply to hypothetical Carnot heat engines, which operate at maximum efficiency. If these engines use angular momentum reservoirs instead of thermal reservoirs, they could generate angular momentum effort instead of mechanical work. As for demonstrating the concept of erasing information at zero energy cost, the scientists said that it would take more research and time.“We are currently looking at an idea to perform information erasure in atomic and optical systems, but it needs much more development to see if it would actually work in practice,” Vaccaro said.She added that the result is of fundamental significance, and it’s not likely to have practical applications for memory devices.“We don’t see this as having a direct impact in terms of practical applications, because the current energy cost of information erasure is nowhere near Landauer’s theoretical bound,” she said. “It’s more a case of what it says about fundamental concepts. For example, Landauer said that information is physical because it takes energy to erase it. We are saying that the reason it is physical has a broader context than that.” 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.center_img Citation: Scientists show how to erase information without using energy (2011, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-scientists-erase-energy.html Could Maxwell’s Demon Exist in Nanoscale Systems? Maxwell’s demon can extract work from a single heat reservoir at a cost of spin angular momentum. In step (a), the demon has no memory and the gas in the heat reservoir is in thermal equilibrium. In step (b), the demon divides the reservoir in two, trapping the fastest moving molecules on the right side, and uses a heat engine operating between the two partitions to extract work. In step (c), the demon’s memory is erased using a spin reservoir and the two partitions are allowed to return to equilibrium. Image credit: Joan A. Vaccaro, et al. Fig. 1. ©2011 Royal Society. (PhysOrg.com) — Until now, scientists have thought that the process of erasing information requires energy. But a new study shows that, theoretically, information can be erased without using any energy at all. Instead, the cost of erasure can be paid in terms of another conserved quantity, such as spin angular momentum.last_img read more

Govt aiming to eradicate child labour says Moloy Ghatak

first_imgKolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak on Tuesday said the state government is gradually moving towards eradicating child labour in the state.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, right from the day she took guard of the state in 2011, has brought in a number of people friendly schemes that cover a child’s right from his/her birth to death. Almost the entire population of the state is reaping benefits of these schemes initiated by the Chief Minister in some way or the other. Education is free in the state schools. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBooks, exercise books, dress and even shoes are being provided at free of cost.The number of drop outs have come down drastically. This has contributed in bringing down child labour and the way we are progressing, it will come down to zero in the next few years,” Ghatak said at a programme to mark the occasion of World ChildLabour Day.It may be mentioned that the Centre has acknowledged the role played by Bengal in eradicating the instances of child labour. A report presented by the concerned Union Minister in Parliament on March 27 states that over the last three years there has been an appreciative decrease in crimes related to child labour only in Bengal. The State-wise list of the number of crimes concerned with child labour from 2014 to 2016 was presented, according to which, during this period, the law has been moved against only 42 people Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedin Bengal. Significantly, during the above-mentioned period, there have been 1,131 operations in the state to rescue children illegally engaged in labour. “The emphasis of the government has been to render all possible assistance to those who hail from the economically weaker section. The Samajik Suraksha Yojana (SSY) scheme is a major stride in this matter,” the minister said.The department has set a target to include 1.2 crore beneficiaries within the schemes, aiming to provide income security and various social benefits to the people engaged in unorganised sectors.last_img read more

Brazil coffee output set for worst slump since 1965

first_imgRelated posts:Morning caffeine fix gets cheaper as rains boost Brazil supplies Coffee futures rise to 25-month high on global deficit forecast New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust ‘Black Heart’ in Brazil heat drives coffee turnaround NEW YORK — A prolonged drought in Brazil has already claimed about half of José Francisco Pereira’s coffee crop. Next year could be even worse as the country heads for the first three-year output decline since 1965.“Everybody is praying for rain,” said Pereira, general director of Monte Alegre Coffees, a grower with 2,500 hectares (6,280 acres) based in Alfenas, Minas Gerais, that forecast this season’s harvest at 45,000 bags, down from 82,000 last year.Production in Brazil, the world’s top grower, may drop as much as 18 percent to 40.1 million bags when the harvest ends next month, the National Coffee Council estimates, after a 3.1 percent slide last year. With damage worsening before the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, the council said farmers may collect less than 40 million bags in 2015, creating the longest slump in five decades.Citigroup forecast Aug. 21 that a global production deficit may last into 2016 because of the shortfall in Brazil, which accounted for 36 percent of world supply last year. Futures that have gained more than any other commodity this year may rally 15 percent further by the end of December, to $2.25 a pound, a Bloomberg survey of 18 analysts showed. The surge is forcing buyers including J.M. Smucker, maker of Folgers, the best-selling U.S. brand, to raise retail prices.“The market is vulnerable to the upside given all the problems in Brazil,” Donald Selkin, who helps oversee $3 billion as chief market strategist at National Securities Corp. in New York, said yesterday. “People are anticipating tighter supplies and are waiting for more dramatic weather developments.”Arabica coffee has rallied 77 percent this year to $1.9545 on ICE Futures U.S., the biggest gain among 22 raw materials in the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which fell 0.1 percent. The MSCI All-Country World Index of equities rose 5.7 percent over the same period. The Bloomberg Treasury Bond Index gained 4.1 percent.Higher costs for unroasted beans will be less favorable for gross margins in the quarter ending next month, Frances Rathke, the chief financial officer for coffee retailer Keurig Green Mountain, said in a conference call Aug. 6. The company boosted retail prices this month, after similar increases this year by Starbucks and J.M. Smucker.Brazil is having its worst drought in decades. Reservoirs in the southeast and central-west regions, home to most of the nation’s coffee plantations, are at less than 32 percent of capacity as of Aug. 24, compared with an August average over the previous 13 years of 59.3 percent, according to ONS, the grid operator for Brazil, which gets about 70 percent of its power from hydro-electric dams.Coffee cherries are usually picked from April to September. As of Aug. 7, 86 percent of the crop had been collected, according to Porto Alegre, Brazil-based researcher Safras & Mercado. With harvest mostly done, trees need rain to spur blossoms that will produce next year’s crop. Most growing regions will get 35 percent less rain than normal in September, São Paulo-based weather forecaster Somar Meteorologia said. A man checks cracked ground in an area that used to be underwater at the Jaguari dam, in Vargem, 100 km from São Paulo, during a drought affecting São Paulo state, Brazil on Aug. 19, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFPFrom Jan. 1-Aug. 19, the key growing areas of Mogiana, Cerrado and South Minas Gerais got 450 millimeters (17.7 inches) of rain, or half of historical averages, said Celso Oliveira, a meteorologist at Somar Meteorologia in Sao Paulo.Compounding the damage to this year’s crop were unexpected downpours in July that led to premature flowering on harvested trees. When dry weather returned this month, the blossoms withered and fell, further eroding yield potential for 2015.“Next year’s harvest appears as if it will be even lower than the current crop,” Tiago Ferreira, head of the coffee department at FCStone do Brasil in São Paulo, said in a report last month.With the next harvest still eight months away, there’s time for rain to limit yield losses or spur new blossoms on drought- stressed trees.While reduced output in Brazil is eroding supplies, the world has had four straight years of production surpluses that sent arabica futures in November to a seven-year low of $1.0095. The Department of Agriculture is forecasting a fifth, with output exceeding demand by 961,000 bags in the 12 months that start Oct. 1, down from 4.56 million a year earlier. Each bag weighs 60 kilograms (132 pounds). Colombia, the second-largest producer of arabica beans, will produce its biggest crop since 2008, the USDA said.“There’s still enough coffee around,” Christian Wolthers, the president of Wolthers Douque, an importer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said in a telephone interview. “Colombia’s crop is recovering. This doesn’t leave us in the comfort zone, it leaves in the alert zone.”Brazil’s shrinking crop and rising consumption means a global production deficit of as much as 10 million bags in the year that starts Oct. 1, the International Coffee Organization in London said Aug. 1. Volcafe Ltd., a unit of commodities trader ED&F Man Holdings Ltd., estimated the deficit at 11.3 million bags. About 58 percent of world output is arabica, a bean favored by Starbucks, while the rest is robusta used in instant coffees and blends.Inventories also are shrinking, with reserves at the end of 2013 totaling 40.1 million bags, down from 72.9 million a decade earlier, leaving supply “vulnerable,” the ICO said.Much of the damage for next year’s crop may already be done in Brazil.“Growth was too slow,” said Alemar Braga Rena, an independent researcher and retired agronomy professor at Minas Gerais-based Federal de Viscosa University. “The roots are the brain of the plant, and they were damaged by the heat and lack of water and left them unable to absorb nutrients.”Paulo Sergio Elias, who farms 25 hectares in Cajuru, São Paulo state, said his trees produced smaller coffee cherries than last year, and the lack of rain has deprived plants of the moisture they needed for next year.“Vegetation is terrible,” said Elias, who has been farming for 28 years and is the product relations director of the Cooparaiso coffee cooperative. “The plants are in a state of stress.”With assistance from Anna Edgerton in Brasilia and Mario Sergio Lima in Brasilia Newsroom.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgEE will continue to market its recently launched TV service independent of BT as part of the telco’s plan to keep the two brands separate “for the foreseeable future”, according to Guillaume Sampic, head of strategy at EE.Speaking at an event organised by technology company Netgem on the fringes of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sampic said that EE is staying as a standalone proposition and that its fixed-line and mobile offerings will continue to be marketed separately as part of a mobile-centric offering – for the foreseeable future. He said that how the different brands would be positioned within BT’s wider offering was still under discussion.Sampic said that the company is interested in developing live video on-the-go as well as LTE Broadcast and developments such as the ability to live-stream from phones to the set-top box.“Our strategy has been to focus on the middle ground between pay TV and the Freeview-only market. People are downgrading from pay TV and there are also people upgrading from Freeview,” he said.EE has the biggest 4G base in the UK with about 14 million subscribers, out of a total mobile base of 27 million. The company has about one million fixed-line customers. EE launched its TV offering in November 2014.last_img read more

Canal has selected Nagras content protection sol

first_imgCanal+ has selected Nagra’s content protection solution, Nagra Connect, to secure its new 4K Ultra HD offering in France.Launched this week, the new Canal+ service offers 4K Ultra HD content via satellite broadcast and over-the-top delivery to viewers through its new G9 set-top box.The 4K offering also lets viewers access premium TV in every room, offers improved user experience performance and stability, and makes live and recorded content available on other devices via a user’s home WiFi network.Nagara Connect is part of the Nagra Security Services Platform and the partnership comes after Nagra and Canal+ Group agreed to renew and expand content protection partnership in September.“We are very excited to bring this new service to our viewers and deliver a world of high-quality content in amazing 4K Ultra HD that they can enjoy across devices,” said Philippe Rivas, CTO, distribution, at Canal+ Group.“By deploying Nagra Connect to secure our newest service, we are able to seamlessly deploy one solution on multiple networks while meeting the security requirements for high-value content.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “There will also be the opportunity on the night to give your thoughts on the European Capital of Culture 2023 bid, and what your aspirations are for an exciting and transformational cultural programme for the region.”As well as showcasing highlights of the contemporary art scene, Culture Night this year also celebrates the heritage which has shaped our cultural identity.Why not take the opportunity to find out more about some of the fascinating archaeological and architectural features of the City with the Walled City Unravelled Walking Tour?Or explore some the city’s most impressive historical buildings such as the Playhouse, St Columb’s Cathedral, St Augustine’s Church and Christ Church as they play host to an eclectic mix of events.Sample a taste of the past at the Tower Museum with cuisine from the 16th and 17th century, and find out more about the city’s shirt factory heritage at the Fashion and Textile Design Centre.Looking ahead to Friday’s events, Arts and Culture Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Kerr, said: “This year we have been delighted by the response from the local arts community who really see the value in showcases such as Culture Night.“The programme features exhibitions, panel discussions, live music, drama and plenty of material which will provoke debate around the arts as well as entertain and amuse. It’s a chance to meet the artists in smaller more personal spaces, and to enjoy new cultural experiences in some unusual venues. I hope everyone comes out to show their support.”For more information on the full programme of Culture Night events check out derrystrabane.com/culturenight or follow on Facebook and TwitterThese are just a few of the many highlights taking place on the day, and you can find out more about the full programme at www.derrystrabane.com/culturenightTo find out more about the joint bid between Belfast and Derry for the title of European Capital of Culture go to weare2023.eu   #BackOurBid2023 follow us on Facebook / Twitter / InstagramLOCAL VENUES TO THROW OPEN THEIR DOORS FOR CULTURE NIGHT was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Mayor of Derry and Strabane Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, encouraged people to come out and have a fantastic evening supporting local artists.“This year’s programme features a wide range of cultural events, all free to attend, so it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new,” he stressed.“We have a rich and vibrant arts scene here in the North West, and while we are so often acknowledged for our musical talent, there are many other facets to our cultural heritage.“This year there is a strong emphasis on the built heritage which makes our city so special, with some unusual venues, and an exploration of some of our most fascinating places and spaces. THIS Friday arts lovers up and down the country are preparing for a busy evening showcasing the talents of a wide range of performers from the local arts scene, as Culture Night 2017 gets underway.Over 40 free events will be taking place locally celebrating the diverse cultural offering of the North West with some entertaining and challenging events on the menu to suit every taste. LOCAL VENUES TO THROW OPEN THEIR DOORS FOR CULTURE NIGHTMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHWALLED CITYlast_img read more