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first_imgA Kashmiri college student helping a friend write an article gave up after repeatedly trying to get Kolkata’s Kashmiris to speak. They refused to talk, the student said.“Even my father refused to talk about the nature of fear that has gripped us over the last week,” the student said on condition of anonymity, adding, “Please do not disclose my gender. I do not want to be the reason of trouble for my family and for Kashmiris.” The few hundred Kashmiris in Kolkata have experienced unprecedented hostility over the last week.“An absurd number of hate messages have flooded Facebook. Kashmiri women are issued rape threats, men are threatened with lynching and attacks on their families,” the student said, showing screenshots of hate messages. One of the screenshots notes that a similar “number of [a slang] Kashmiris are available in Bengal,” indicating that the Pulwama terror attack could be avenged in Kolkata.In the past one week, a prominent doctor has been threatened, a shawl seller was brutally beaten in Nadia district, another was threatened in Lalbag in Murshidabad, while other cases are reported but could not be verified. In Lalbag, both the accused and the victim, the shawl seller, were arrested.Many are surprised that Kashmiris in the city are not speaking up. “The reason is because it is a tiny group,” said Sabir Ahamed, organiser of a community-based campaign to diffuse communal tension, Know Your Neighbour. “The other factor, however, is even more distressing. As soon as a news report is published, people equipped to create trouble are digging out names, locations and even house numbers of the threatened persons, analysing data and issuing more threats. So media reports that are casually disclosing identities are not helping in any way,” Mr. Ahamed said.The student said news of attacks on Kashmiri traders in the city and “the Muslim-Kashmiri identity” was also a reason. They never expected “such behavior” in Kolkata as many have been living in Kolkata for generations.A Kashmiri housewife said she is planning to leave the city for Hyderabad, “because the politics of Bengal has some form of bloodiness in it, at least before the elections.” She said, “Many of our friends and cousins are trying to move to southern States. We have heard that there are fewer or no threats to Kashmiris in south. Perhaps women are safer in Karnataka compared to Bengal.”However, one Kashmiri, a government servant in Srinagar on a visit to Kolkata, said that he is not too keen to return to his home State before the scheduled date of departure.last_img read more

first_imgUsain Bolt, AthleteBrand Ambassador, HublotBrand values that you relate toThe value of ‘be the first, be the different and unique’ echoes perfectly with my belief. Favourite watchOne of my favourites is the Big Bang Unico All Black Blue, an all-black matte chronograph. I also love to wear my very own,Usain Bolt, AthleteBrand Ambassador, HublotBrand values that you relate toThe value of ‘be the first, be the different and unique’ echoes perfectly with my belief.Favourite watchOne of my favourites is the Big Bang Unico All Black Blue, an all-black matte chronograph. I also love to wear my very own King Power Usain Bolt as it has several details that represent me. At 9 o’clock, there is anthracite grey silhouette of my signature sprint pose. The timepiece is predominantly black but the 12-hour chronograph counter located at 6 o’clock is decorated in green, the colour of Jamaican flag. The strap is made of the same gold-coloured synthetic leather as my lucky running shoes.First timepieceI was not a watch lover, so my first watch was gifted by my dad. But as I got associated with Hublot, I got much more interested in watch-making. Now, I have only Hublots.Favourite brand momentThe launch of Hublot King Power Usain Bolt, my very own watch was one of my favorite moments at Hublot. I’m really happy with the way they made it, and I’m really proud to be an ambassador.Personal style mantraI’m a simple type of person. I don’t try to over-do it unless it’s a big function, but I like wearing suits. I think I look really good wearing suits. I like Gucci and Brioni tailored suits with a slim look, and they have to be custom made because I’m so tall. It’s hard to get the right fit sometimes.Favourite luxury posessionsMy Hublots, Ferrari, BMW, and a Rum Cay Island property at Bahamas are a few of my favourite luxury possessions.advertisementNicole Kidman, ActorBrand Ambassador, OmegaWhat is your relationship with time?It’s precious. Slowing down and trying to enjoy life, and not cramming everything in, that is always the balance of life.Association with the brandThey feel like family to me. I’ve known them now for a decade and the company is very tight, they have an enormous amount of integrity, they’re the loveliest people to work with.Personal favouritesI love it when a watch can be worn as jewellery. Then I love sports watches, because I’m athletic. I like a watch that can give me a lot of data, I love a seconds hand, so I can tell how much time I’ve spent on certain things too.What do you do if you have one minute free during the day, one hour, and one day?One minute I’ll daydream or mediate. I love just sitting quietly mediating. An hour free, it depends. I love getting down on the floor and playing with my kids. I read an article that says it’s so important to actually get down on their level and play with them for an hour a day.Do you consider watches just as an accessory of time or as special jewellery around your wrist, and do you have a favourite?I’ve collected watches now for years. Obviously, Omega has just done this exhibition, which has their line of watches all the way from 1902, which, of course, I love. I’ve always been like ‘you’ve got to show your vintage watches, because they’re exquisite and they show the history of the brand.’Hrithik Roshan, ActorBrand Ambassador, RadoAssociation with the brandMy relationship with Rado goes back to 2011. I personally relate to brand Rado because I identify with the spirit it stands for. Rado is about ‘uncompromising commitment to excellence’. It’s about taking dreams to another level and having the courage, intelligence and determination to make them come true.Favourite watchFor me a watch is an accessory that epitomizes my style. I like watches that are subtle yet elegant. My watches reflect my mood and I have enough Rado watches to match every mood and occasion. My favourite is the Rado HyperChrome collection.First timepieceMy first watch was a Swatch that my parents gifted me. It was a cool and trendy design and I loved flaunting it in my school days.What does the luxury of time mean to you?The demands of modern-day work schedules and lifestyle ambitions have translated into lesser time for ourselves. We need to rediscover the art of spending ‘me’ time, time well spent doing things solely for pleasure or doing things that we love to doTop luxury possessionsMy precious Rado, and my new prized possession, a Rolls Royce. These two that are top of my mind.Personal style mantraClassic, casual and effortless always work best for me. I am usually dressed for the occasion but my personal style is a tee layered with a well-fitted hoodie and a pair of denims. For a formal occasions I love a classic black or grey suit. Accessories are important to get the complete look. My Rado watch and bracelets/ beads are a must wear.advertisementVirat Kohli, CricketerBrand Ambassador, TissotAssociation with the brandMy association with the brand has been excellent. The brand is elegant and they are pioneers of innovation. I love the watches personally. The detailing is unimaginable.What brand values do you relate to?Brand values are very simple. Dedication, vision and hard work are the brand values I relate to. I believe in these things myself.Favourite watchI love watches. The Tissot I own is Chemin des Tourelles, the detailed craftsmanship of the watch is amazing. I have started my collection of Tissot watches.What does the luxury of time mean to you?Luxury is more about comfort for me. While I was growing up, I wasn’t as brand conscious as I was brand aware. I always aspired to own the luxury products. But now, it is more of their comfort, utility that matter to me.How do you relate to Tissot as a brand?I want to get better at what I do and be dedicated towards it. Tissot believes in precision and my sport requires one to be precise in everything on the field.Personal style mantraYour style is a reflection of yourself and the more comfortable you are with what you are wearing, the more your style grows. As far as accessories go, a watch is the only accessory I love wearing. You will always see me with it.Top luxury possessionsAudi, Tissot, LV bagRonaldo, FootballerBrand Ambassador, TAG HeuerWhat brand values do you relate to?Tag Heuer’s motto is also mine, which is #dontcrackunderpressure#. The only real pressures are those I put on myself. Sure, sometimes it’s difficult to always be on display. It can be a challenge sometimes trying to keep part of your world private. I love my fans, and I feel a duty to them. But I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself.Favourite watchMy favorite watch is TAG HeuerAquaracer 300m Calibre 16. In fact’, the whole collection is something to be admired and owned.First timepieceIt’s better we talk about the current watch I wear.What does the luxury of time mean for you?Being comfortable in whatever one does and wears is luxury to me. When one can do things as per one’s own discretion and be appreciated as well. Also to spend time with one’s friends.How do you relate to TAG Heuer as a brand?I like watches that can take me from the football field to a meeting to a family moment, and that’s exactly the versatility and aesthetic the brand offers.Favourite brand momentI feel fortunate to have received the TAG Heuer connected with the watch-face designed by my son. Accuracy, precision, dependability and finesse have a huge role to play on the football pitch. It is a tactile expression of these qualities, making it a watch that brings together elements of power and playfulness.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan punched above his weight, putting up a brave fight before going down to Feliciano Lopez of Spain in four bitterly fought sets in the opening match of their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie here on Friday.Spain thus took a 1-0 lead in the five-match tie.Virtually written off even before the start, the hosts were handed a major boost before the match as Spain’s star player Rafael Nadal pulled out due to a stomach bug with Feliciano taking his place. (Also read: Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal pulls out of first singles match vs India due to Delhi belly)Ramanathan, who was scheduled to face the might of the 14-time Grand Slam winner in the first singles contest of the tie, seemed to be boosted by the prospect of facing a lower rated opponent and fought bravely before going down 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 in two hours and 15 minutes at the R.K Khanna Tennis Stadium here.Playing in his second Davis Cup tie, Ramanathan, who had made his debut for India earlier this year, faced a stiff task against Feliciano, who is placed 26th in the world rankings.The 203rd ranked Indian started on a positive note, holding his serve before putting pressure on his opponent’s serve in the second game.The first set witnessed a lot of long rallies as both players fought fiercely for each point. Although Feliciano was clearly the better player, Ramanathan tested him on several occasions with his excellent placements. advertisementThe Spaniard however, claimed the advantage when he broke Ramanathan’s serve in the fifth game. He almost clinched a second break of serve in the seventh game as well before the Indian fought back to hold serve.The proceedings thereafter went with the serve as Feliciano took the first set to go into the lead.Feliciano started the second set on a superb note, breaking Ramanathan’s serve in the very first game. He put pressure on his opponent’s serve in the seventh game as well, but the Indian saved a break point before holding serve with a powerful ace.Despite losing the second set as well, Ramanathan was in no mood to give up. (Also read: Have India wasted home advantage against Spain in Davis Cup?)The third set went with the serve before Ramanathan, who was struggling in the hot and humid conditions, required a medical time out after the fifth game..But the 21-year-old from Chennai shrugged it off and took the lead by earning a break in the eighth game. He then held his serve in the subsequent games to take set.If that gave rise to hopes of an upset win for Ramanathan among the sizeable home crowd, they were dashed with Feliciano outplaying the local lad in the fourth set to seal the issue.last_img read more

first_imgSebastian Vettel has made clear his future is with Ferrari as Mercedes look to replace newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg for next season.Ferrari – the oldest, most glamorous and successful team in the sport – failed to win a race this year and Vettel’s name has been one of those mentioned in media speculation following Rosberg’s surprise decision to walk away. (Lewis Hamilton one of the best, but no friend: Nico Rosberg)Rosberg, 31 and only the third German driver after Michael Schumacher and Vettel to win the championship, announced his retirement on Friday. (Nico Rosberg deserved his title, says Lewis Hamilton)”I think it’s not a big secret that both myself and Kimi (Raikkonen) have a contract for next year,” four times world champion Vettel told reporters at the Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona, Florida, on Sunday. (Ecclestone shocked by Rosberg retirement)”So it should be clear. (Half F1 grid is after Rosberg’s seat, says Niki Lauda)”I don’t know what is their plan,” he said of Mercedes. “But for us we look after ourselves for next year, there’s lots of things changing so we’re quite busy ourselves,” he added. “We’re very positive for next year.”Vettel, who won his titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013 and is still only 29, said Rosberg’s decision was a brave one because it was easier to carry on.”I was 23 when I won the first title so I was having a different mindset. I wanted to go out and do it again, which looking back, I can say I did. I love racing and want to continue,” he said.advertisementMercedes non-executive team chairman Niki Lauda said earlier on Sunday that he expected a replacement to be announced before the end of the year.The team’s German reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein, who won the Rookie of the Year award at the Autosport Awards on Sunday in London, is the bookmakers’ favourite.”One season in F1 is not a lot but I feel ready for the job and confident,” Wehrlein told the audience. “I’ve done most days with the 2017 tyres and I think it’s very important to have that experience.”last_img read more

first_imgMadurai, Jan 4 (PTI) A meeting to discuss the security arrangements, rules and regulations for jallikattu (bull taming) sport, to be conducted at three places in the district, was held here today.District Collector Veeraraghavarao said jallikattu will be held at Avaniapuram on January 14, at Palamedu the next day and Alanganallur on January 16.The sport will be held from 8 AM to 3 PM, he said.About 500 policemen would be deployed on security duty. A total of 500 bulls are likely to be used in the event.Besides 10 ambulances, 3 fire service units and 10 medical teams would be deployed on duty, officials said. PTI SSN BNlast_img read more

first_imgMLS Schelotto: One day I’d like to manage in MLS Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author in Pasadena, California 12:53 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guillermo Barros Schelotto Boca campeon superliga 2017 18 0905208 Agustin Marcarian/Getty Images MLS Boca Juniors The 2008 MLS MVP is succeeding as a manager in his native country but is open to coming to the United States to coach in the future Guillermo Barros Schelotto just can’t seem to stop watching soccer.The Boca Juniors manager is vacationing in Southern California, and as Mexico faced Wales in the Rose Bowl on Monday as part of El Tri’s preparations for the World Cup, he decided to take the match in.”It just so happened to coincide with my vacation and I wanted to come and see the game with my kids. I like the Mexican national team,” he said. “I played against Mexico once in Los Angeles in the Coliseum in ’99 playing with Argentina but I’ve never been able to come see a game. I came to see it and see Osorio’s team.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now With such a love for the game, perhaps it’s no surprise that while Barros Schelotto was coaching Boca to consecutive Primera Division titles he’s also been keeping an eye on MLS matches. The 45-year-old suited up for the Columbus Crew between 2007-2010 and said he’s seen an incredible tactical evolution in the league.”When I played here, everyone played the same. Four defenders, four midfielder and two forwards. At the end, when I left after four years, you started seeing some changes,” he said. “Now a lot is changing. You see Toronto playing with three at the back, Kansas City with three forwards, things you didn’t see, different teams using different tactics. That also helps players evolve and teams change.”Those changes, led by a combination of American manager like Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes and Bob Bradley and foreign coaches like Patrick Vieira and Barros Schelotto’s countryman Tata Martino, have drawn his eye and while he’s pleased to be coaching Boca for the immediate future could lead to him taking a role in MLS down the line.”Yes, without doubt one day I’d like to manage (here),” he said. “I don’t know when and things in Boca are going really well, I’m really happy and it’s a big challenge, but obviously one day in the future I’d like to manage in MLS.”last_img read more

first_imgOn April 9th, we had our second Manual Meet Up, this time in our Portland, Oregon HQ. From 6-9 pm we welcomed 40 guys and gals into our brand new entertaining space on the 10th floor of the ‘Big Pink’ in downtown Portland.As the sun set, the guests witnessed spectacular views of the city while they sipped wine from local urban winery, Seven Bridges. Local chocolatiers Casabonne Confections offered up a variety of treats as well as custom bourbon truffles made with Bullet Bourbon. Olympic Provisions was also on hand with mounds of Portland’s finest charcuterie and cheese to feast on.Heimplanet  sent us one of their epic new ‘The Cave’ inflatable tents for one helluva conversation piece. Of course as the wine flowed more people crept in to experience the tent, although our concrete floors aren’t as conducive for pow wows as creek side moss.Some of the brands that swung by included:Chester WallaceMarine LayerTanner GoodsKirikoIndex PDXColliers Keep up with our hashtag #TheManualMeetup to hear about the next Meet Up destination![tm-video id=”cyvzQYSb” vendor=”jwplayer”] When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts How to Make a Whiskey Sour Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team center_img The Manual Podcast Throwbacks: Revisiting our 50th Episode and Portland, Oregon Editors’ Recommendations How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time last_img read more

first_imgNYON: The clubs involved in this season’s Champions League and Europa League group stages invested more than half of their transfer spending in the last window on players aged 24 and under, a report by European soccer body UEFA said on Thursday. UEFA’s club competition report said the 80 clubs spent a combined $3.98 billion in the summer window, with 43 percent of them breaking their own transfer records. But instead of splurging on more experienced players, they spent a record 64 percent of that money on players aged 24 or younger, and only 7 percent went on those over 28. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDefenders and forwards each made up 35 percent of expenditure, midfielders 25 percent and goalkeepers 5 percent, it said. But while spending was high, clubs were also busy selling players, and transfer earnings totalled an estimated 3.72 billion euros. Many clubs outside the main leagues, in countries such as Switzerland, Portugal and the Netherlands, now have a financial model based on buying young players, developing their talent and then selling them on to bigger clubs several years later. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterUEFA said that six clubs managed net earnings of over 50 million euros in their summer transfer dealings. The report also illustrated the disparity in spending power between clubs, when it said that clubs had spent anything between 250,000 euros and 953 million euros in assembling their current squads. Other stats showed that Portugal has nine of the 80 coaches involved, a large number given the country’s size and population. That is followed by Spain with seven, Germany with six and Netherlands, Italy and France with five apiece. England has only two coaches involved. Ajax Amsterdam were the most prolific scoring team with 3.5 goals per game in winning the Eredivisie, and Shakhtar Donetsk had the stingiest defence with just 0.34 goals conceded per game. Around Europe, English Premier League champions Manchester City were the fourth-most dominant team in their own league last season with 2.58 per points per game. The mantle of the most dominant team of all, however, went to the mighty guns of HB Torshavn of the Faroe Islands league, who averaged 2.70 points per game with their domestic record of 24 wins, one draw and two defeats last season.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Legislation overhauling Canada’s assessment of major energy projects is back in the hands of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, albeit looking a lot different than when she introduced it.The Senate passed the Impact Assessment Act late Thursday with more than 180 amendments.The changes take power away from the environment minister to intervene in or slow the assessment process, reduces the ability for legal challenges of project approvals and adds more emphasis on economic considerations when deciding whether to go ahead with a particular project.Very pleased that the Senate has accepted the Energy Committee’s 180 amendments to Bill C-69. I urge the federal government to respect the Senate’s recommendations, which followed extensive consultation and study. https://t.co/Tvn0ZlvdrW— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) June 7, 2019 With files from The Canadian Press Environmental groups felt Bill C-69 originally delivered some balance between the environment and the economy as the country makes its way through a transition to a greener, cleaner energy sector.Oil industry executives decried it as a bill that would prevent any new major energy projects from ever being built while Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the bill is a nightmare for national unity.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Election officials of the North Kolkata Parliamentary constituency segment have initiated various steps to reach out to the specially-abled voters under its jurisdiction and encourage them to exercise their electoral franchise.Braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will be arranged for visually-impaired voters, officials are visiting the homes of the specially-abled persons to know about their disabilities and locations, a ramp will be put up on the ground with handrail so that wheelchairs can be rolled on the them and some of them will picked up from home and dropped back after the voting process. The North Kolkata will go to poll in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on 19 May. The district election officer (DEO) of North Kolkata, Dibyendu Sarkar, has already directed the other election officials to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure a pleasant voting experience for all the specially-abled voters. The officials have also been asked to chalk out a detailed plan to help differently-abled voters to exercise their franchise without any difficulties. The office of the DEO has already carried out a survey to identify these voters and their locations in order to make special arrangements for them on the day of poll. The poll personnel have started visiting their homes to know about their disabilities and what kind of assistance they would need to reach polling booths to cast their votes. They have been asked to collect details of the locations and contact numbers of such voters. According to district election officer Dibyendu Sarkar, there are altogether 1,500 differently abled voters in North Kolkata. The election officials have prepared a list of these voters with the data provided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the office of the commissioner for persons with disabilities. “We are making necessary arrangements for the differently-abled voters at the polling stations. A ramp will be put up on the ground with handrail so that wheelchairs can be rolled on the ramp. Voters with physical deformities need not to stand in the queue and they will be allowed to cast their votes the moment they step into the booth,” Sarkar said. Sarkar further said: “Braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines will be arranged for visually-impaired voters. There will be special arrangements for elderly voters as well. We have decided to arrange 150 wheelchairs in North Kolkata. Vehicles and wheelchairs will be arranged for persons requiring special assistance. We have already spoken to various organisations and NGOs to arrange for wheelchairs. Arrangements will be made to pick up these individuals from their homes and drop them back after voting.” An audio-visual documentary for specially-abled people has been released by the District Election Officer where these voters have been urged to cast their votes. The video will encourage the specially-abled people to take part in the election process, said a senior election official.last_img read more

OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more

first_imgPaléontologie : la taille des mammifères a “explosé” après l’extinction des dinosaures Publiée dans la revue Science, une étude internationale dirigée par une biologiste américaine montre qu’après la disparition des dinosaures, il y a 65 millions d’années, toutes les lignées de mammifères ont vu leur taille augmenter considérablement, profitant de nouvelles niches écologiques.Dix-sept tonnes et près de 5,50 mètres au garrot : Indricotherium transouralicum, un rhinocéros sans corne qui vivait en Eurasie il y 34 millions d’années, est le plus grand mammifère terrestre connu. Il illustre le gigantisme survenu au sein de tous les groupes de mammifères à partir de 65 millions d’années, époque de l’extinction des dinosaures, avec un pic vers -35 et un autre vers -10 millions d’années.À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Dirigée par le Pr Felisa Smith de l’Université de biologie du Nouveau-Mexique, une équipe internationale de paléontologues et de spécialistes de biologie évolutive et d’écologie, a collecté et analysé, durant trois ans, les données concernant la denture de fossiles des principaux groupes de mammifères terrestres, du mammouth au paresseux en passant par les rhinos ou les fourmiliers, pour en déduire la taille maximale atteinte par ces espèces.”La remarquable similarité des tailles maximales sur les différents continents suggère qu’il y avait des niches écologiques vacantes similaires pour des mammifères géants partout sur le globe. Plus le climat était froid, plus grands semblaient être les animaux, les plus grandes créatures conservant mieux la chaleur. Les résultats sont frappants : température globale et surface de terres émergées sont des contraintes pour la taille des mammifères, les plus grands évoluant aux époques où la Terre était la plus froide et les habitats terrestres les plus vastes”, résume le Pr Smith. Le 27 novembre 2010 à 19:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… This gorgeous 11″ x 14″ art print is perfect for adding some color and flair to your home decorating. It features a very dynamic pose for Thor and he’s as colorful as the rainbow bridge of Asgard!Thor Blu-rayThor’s first movie. Take is back to where it all began.Thor ChaliceIt’s not exactly Marvel’s Thor, but it’s still Thor! This 7 oz. chalice will make you feel like a God while you have your wine. And hey, I bet Asgardians drink out of chalices like this all the time.Loki T-ShirtThis great, minimalist Loki shirt lets you celebrate the God of Mischief in style. The unisex cut and multiple available colors will help you pick out just the right version for you! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Though the Norse God of Thunder predates him, Marvel’s Thor premiered back in Journey Into Mystery #83 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby back in 1962. This God of Asgard served as a character comparable to Superman powers wise in the Marvel Universe and would go on to have adventures solo and with the Avengers for over 50 years including the legendary Walt Simonson run on the character.With the massive success of the MCU we have more Thor fans than ever before, so chances are you have a friend or loved one that’s all about the Thunder God. We here at Geek put together just for them!Chris Hemsworth Thor StatueOne of the best things to happen to Thor in recent years was having him played by Chris Hemsworth in the MCU. He plays up the fish out of water aspect of the character in the Avengers perfectly, and his most recent outing in Thor: Ragnarok may be his best performance yet. Celebrate with this gorgeous statue available on Amazon April 30th. No doubt in time for Infinity War. Thor Winged Fleece HatKeep your head warm while looking like the God of Thunder with this fleece hat inspired by Thor’s legendary helmet! They’re handmade and can be made to a custom size to accommodate your needs!Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir EarringsThese earrings based on the Thor’s hammer Mjolnir are a great, simple accessory for any Thor fan. They’re approximately one and half inches in length.Walt Simonson’s Thor: Vol 1 This is considered by many to be the gold standard in Thor comics. Walt Simonson forged a new, exciting path for the character, created Beta Ray Bill, turned Thor into a frog, and did so much more. This volume includes this first nine issues of this historic run!Fenrir LeggingsHela’s beloved furry beast bested by Hulk in Ragnarok. While Fenrir is technically Loki’s son, he played a pretty badass and furious part in the third Thor. Grab these beautiful leggings from Norse Fitness and let everyone know you are no mere mortal to be tampered with.Loki Mug of FeelsLoki is easily the most lovable villain/anti-hero in the MCU. Now you can have your coffee with Loki every morning as he experiences a roller coaster of emotions in this Mug of Feels!Thor 3D Deco LED Wall LightThis lamp almost makes it look like Thor swung his mighty hammer and it went straight through your wall.Multi-color Thor Printlast_img read more

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Even with everything moving so fast now, it’s still be pretty hard to believe that the first Creed was as great as it was — surely the all-time recent champion of movies that are better than they had any Earthly right to be. The idea that the Rocky franchise might make another comeback? Unlikely. That it would come back as a canonical spin-off about Apollo Creed’s son being trained to fight by Rocky Balboa with Stallone coming back to the part? Implausible. That the resulting film wouldn’t just be good but one of the best entries in the series and of that entire year? IMPOSSIBLE! And yet, here we are now with Creed II not only picking up the story again but revisiting the point where the original Rocky cycle derailed itself into cartoonish mid-80s nonsense; pitting Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed against newcomer Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu as the revenge-seeking son of Ivan Drago.And it’s still good — really!Now, granted, you shouldn’t trust men of my generation to be rational thinkers when it comes to Rocky movies — there’s a lot bound up in all of that. I’ve never seen grown and even “aged” adult men bolt upright in theater set as reliably as the mid-trailer revelation that the original Creed was in fact a Rocky continuation (to say nothing of the gasps that greeted the reveal of the name “DRAGO” as the final shot of the sequel’s trailer) But speaking as objectively as possible: If Creed shouldn’t have worked because it had to find a way to reverse engineer what ROCKY originally was from the fairly goofy thing ROCKY became in order to pull off a follow-up, Creed II really shouldn’t work because it’s trying to apply that same level of reconstruction to the left over goofy parts.Lest we forget (or, if you’re a younger viewer who’s perhaps only aware of ROCKY IV by reputation); the inciting incident to this whole slice of the franchise is Rocky’s main nemesis turned best friend being killed in the ring by Dolph Lundgren’s superhuman laboratory-tested Soviet ultra-boxer whom Rocky himself then defeats for personal vengeance and national pride. Turning Rocky Balboa and the earnestly sentimentalized vision of working-class Philadelphia that orbits him from cartoon characters back into semi-realistic icons by pairing them with the more definitively grounded Adonis and his adjacent aesthetic was one thing; but Ivan Drago and the mountain of baggage that came with him were never always pure uncut comic-strip supervillain business – so making this all fit together was going to be a challenge.And to be certain: Creed II is not as good as Creed — that was probably never going to be possible, since it lacks both the general element of surprise and the presence of writer-director Ryan Coogler as guiding hand; turning things over to fellow relative newcomer Steven Caple Jr. directing from a script by Stallone and Juel Taylor. And whereas the first film indeed felt like a bolt out of the blue, something wholly fresh and different with a new-millenium energy descended from but not beholden to the Rocky legacy, this one is much more definitively settled into the groove of being a part of that series as well as its own – and in some ways, that works against its favor: The exhilarating rush of hearing the Rocky theme music finally cue up on the soundtrack at the exact right moment the first time around here gives way to variations on the theme cueing up… pretty much all the time, in any context, changing keys and instrumentation. More broadly, it makes it more difficult to not notice rigid adherence to the Rocky formula: You pretty much know going in that Adonis will be in a good place, face an unexpected challenge he’s unprepared for, be brought low by the exploitation of a character weakness connected to personal insecurity and a major life change, fight back through adversity in thoughtful repose followed by elaborately-symbolic training montage and face both his demons and nemesis in a climactic rematch. And, yeah, that’s essentially the movie.So, bad news: It’s a little predictable where the first one was anything but – this isn’t the comeback tour, this is the pop-concert where they’re playing the hits. The good news: It’s playing them really well. It’s not groundbreaking or game-changing, but Creed II is a damn, damn good boxing movie and, if you’re of the school that says films like this rise and fall entirely by the Big Fight it’s probably a great one because the third act of this absolutely kills. The actors are all on point, the storytelling through action is brutal, crisp and satisfying and whichever of the two credited screenwriters came up with Adonis ring-entrance gimmick should get a special Oscar just for that note.On the acting front, Jordan and Stallone are both as excellent as before (Sly of course can probably do this in his sleep by now and Jordan is fast becoming the best of his generation at affecting a very particular nuance of sensitivity and anger) but MVPs this time turn out to be Tessa Thompson and, incredibly (or maybe not?) Dolph Lundgren as the returning elder Drago; with Munteanu initially seemingly like little more than an intimidating cipher but revealing real chops when it finally counts.Thompson is of course is one of the fiercest all-around talents working — period, and she firmly avoids the gravitational pull to the margins that so often plagues “suffering love interest” characters in sports films to stake out real space for herself. But the ever-underutilized and inscrutable Lundgren turns out to be possibly the most interesting thing in the film by virtue of unpredictability: again, he’s the only “returning” component here whose character wasn’t ever more than a one-dimensional cartoon, so it’s consistently surprising to see where Drago actually goes in terms of what he really wants, feels and what his relationship actually is to the other characters. His arc is legitimately compelling and the payoff is really good.There’ve been a lot of disappointments this year (hell I’m still not over Incredibles 2 sucking…) but I’m glad to report Creed II isn’t one of them. I don’t how much longer they can keep this up (given the trajectory of the earlier Rocky series, I hope they know to call it off before he’s fighting like “Cyborg Clubber Lang” or “Clone Rocky” — but I’m here for it.More MovieBob Reviews on Geek.com:MovieBob Reviews: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’MovieBob Reviews: ‘Overlord’MovieBob Reviews: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Whether you’re a master tier chef or a complete neophyte in the kitchen fear not. We live in the age where our phones and tablets can help us with anything. Cooking is no different. There are hundreds of apps available claiming to be the best and most helpful. It can actually be overwhelming when picking with will be the easiest to create the perfect meal. We here at Geek will help you cut through the fat to get to the exquisite noms!View as: One Page Slides1/51. HandpickThis was my first real cooking app I used. It basically saved me when I only have a few groceries in the fridge and couldn’t afford to buy more. No matter what I had, it could find something for me to put together. I won’t lie, it is a bit clunky to work through, but it really got me through many many hungry pinches. I recommend with caution. AppleAndroid2. TastemadeThe videos are great. But the downside to having a really nice and comprehensive app, you have to pay for it. If you think or would like to do a bunch of cooking, I’d recommend this. They have monthly ($7.99) and yearly ($80) plans. Each video also has written instructions so don’t fret if you miss anything. I highly recommend all of the ‘Feeling Peckish’ videos for the movie buffs out there. Julie Nolke ties in creative recipes to your fave films, and it’s pure magic. This app is a good investment. AppleAndroid3. YummlyThe interface of Yummly is one of the most inviting of any app I’ve ever used. Yummly also pulls from some of my favorite food blogs like Smitten Kitchen and Deliciously Ella. The photography is beautiful which makes choosing recipes horribly tough. I will say the recipes in Yummly are pretty comprehensive, so you get lots of details and tips. You won’t be led astray if you want to try this one out. AppleAndroid4. All RecipesI alllllll…ways (see what I did there) tell people with a fear of messing up recipes to use this one. They idiot proof all of them. Seriously, it will walk you through scrambled eggs if that’s the level you’re at. I love the option of being about to reduce recipes within the app so I can buy the right amount of ingredients. Trying to do it yourself is the pits, and I always get it wrong. If you need a little help in the kitchen, this is the one for you.AppleAndroid5. Big OvenI think Big Oven gets overlooked sometimes, but it’s definitely worth a try. They also tout themselves as the app with the most recipes (350,000ish). And like All Recipes…lives up to the simplicity hype. This app helps with organizing your calendar and your shopping lists. A big bonus, it gives you the calorie count upfront. So if your counting or cutting your daily intake having that information right with your face aids in making adjustments to the recipe. AppleAndroidLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

first_img More information: plus.google.com/+chrome/posts/BkJmjzDicSh © 2013 Phys.org Explore further WebRTC is available on desktop Chrome and Chrome OS, and will be available on mobile later this year. Game visitors, though, can play Cube Slam against Bob the Bear on a smartphone or tablet. Cube Slam’s graphics are rendered in WebGL. For Chrome and Firefox users, WebGL brings hardware-accelerated 3-D graphics to the browser without installing additional software. If you don’t have WebGL, says Google, you can still play Cube Slam in 3-D with CSS3, which allows developers to build their web pages with the same game engine running under the hood. CSS3 stands for Cascading Style Sheets. Google noted that all the graphics run on your GPU, freeing the CPU for other tasks.The soundtrack comes by way of Web Audio, which is used for games and interactive applications. The Cube Slam music-tracker and sound manager are built on the Web Audio API. The soundtrack adapts in real-time to every level reached. WebRTC puts video chats all in the browser (Phys.org) —Google has a new game called Cube Slam where you get to slam a cube into another player’s screen target. If you hit the cube against the other player’s screen three times, terrific, the screen shatters. To keep the game from getting dull, varied levels are part of the mix, complete with obstacles and gravity fields to keep players challenged. This is as addictive as an old-time video arcade game but supplemented with video chat as well. A share link gets the two players going. Google’s CubeSlam debut falls under the Google umbrella of Chrome Experiments, a showcase for web experiments. Most of these experiments are built with the latest open technologies: HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL. “We hope they show how the web has become faster, more fun, and more open – the same spirit in which we built Google Chrome.” Citation: Cube Slam: Google’s video game plays up WebRTC, WebGL (2013, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-cube-slam-google-video-game.html To underscore not only fun but technologies such as WebRTC and WebGL as great ingredients for web innovating, a game like Cube Slam with ample pointers to the way it was built appears to be a clever slam dunk. The blurb on the home page of Chrome Experiments invites first-time hopefuls to play the game where “Video chat meets video game in this new experiment featuring WebGL and WebRTC. Play face-to-face against a friend just by sending a link.”WebRTC is a web standard that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs. That means that RTC applications can be developed right in the browser. The underlying technology comes from Global IP Solutions, a 2010 Google acquisition. Google opened the source code, with the intention of greasing the wheels toward standardization. Web RTC stands for Web Real Time Communication. Google does not own it; it’s an open source project supported by Google, along with Mozilla and Opera. Components such as VoiceEngine, VideoEngine, NetEQ stem from the acquisition. “Cube Slam is built using WebRTC, an open web technology that lets you video chat with your friends right in the browser, no plug-ins necessary. The getUserMedia API provides access to your webcam and microphone, RTCPeerConnection sends the audio and video to your friends, and RTCDataChannel exchanges all the bits and pieces that keep the game in sync. When there are no firewalls in the way, game data can be sent directly peer-to-peer, greatly reducing server costs.” 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

first_imgNot only is eating chocolates good for your body, applying it to your skin, face or body can provide a lot of benefits as well for better and smoother skin tone, suggest experts. Here are some tips on how chocolates can provide fruitful benefits for your skin.Chocolates are rich in anti-oxidants which helps in reversing the signs of ageing.They have anti-inflammatory properties which makes it extremely suitable for very sensitive and dry skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDark Chocolate helps in improving skin texture, giving you a more smooth and moisturised skin.Chocolates contain flavanols, antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage, free radicals and improve skin hydration.Flavanols are phytonutrients that help in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol level, reducing the risk of heart diseases, controlling blood sugar level and moisturising & softening of the skin.Chocolate when combined with caffeine, which is an excellent anti- inflammatory product, is ideal for treating water retention. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChocolate facial is a new fad introduced in the beauty and personal care industry. It not only can improve the skin tone, but is also great in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.Mix 1/3rd cup of cocoa powder with 2-3 tablespoon of honey and add a few lemon drops. Apply this chocolate face mask on your face evenly and leave it for about 15-20 minutes before washing. This will give your skin a smoother and clearer tone along with a radiant glow.last_img read more

first_imgOn this subject a critic said: ‘I ain’t mad about a straight guy playing a gay guy, I’m mad that a straight guy is playing an old fashioned super camp comedic stereotype of a gay guy and Disney are peddling that shit as positive representation.’Another said: ‘Straight people playing gay camp characters is offensive. Period.’Whitehall is yet to respond to the backlash.‘I don’t remember anybody complaining about the casting of Brokeback Mountain?’Of the many who defended the casting, one Twitter user said: ‘Genuine question: I get that we all need to be aware about representation but why is the casting of Jack Whitehall a problem when I don’t remember anybody complaining about the casting of Brokeback Mountain, Carol, Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, Weekend or God’s Own Country?’Another said: ‘Could it just be that Jack Whitehall auditioned better than anyone else for the part that Disney were casting?’Meanwhile, another argued: ‘It’s acting. Pretending to be someone else. Matt Damon isn’t an astronaut. Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t a sorcerer. The Rock isn’t a lifeguard. Jack Whitehall doesn’t need to be gay to play the part.’Another tweeted: ‘If only there were gay actors who could play “camp” as well as Jack Whitehall.’A representative for Whitehall has been approached by GSN for comment.Jungle Cruise is slated for releases on 11 October 2019.The 16 Disney characters you had no idea were gayMore from Gay Star NewsNew photo of the Disney princesses has people shipping them and it’s greatDisney famous faces to attend Disneyland Paris Oscars night held for LGBTI fansEvan Rachel Wood joins the cast of Disney’s Frozen 2Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Jack Whitehall | Photo: The Graham Norton Show News broke of the Fresh Meat star’s casting over the weekend.The comic will appear in Jungle Cruise, based on the Magic Kingdom theme park ride found at Disney Parks worldwide.The reportedly straight British comic will star alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Emily Blunt. Whitehall will play the brother of Emily Blunt’s character.Many consider it the first character in the Disney canon to be openly LGBTI. (Although, it was implied LeFou from last year’s Beauty and the Beast has a crush on his friend Gaston. Meanwhile Oaken in Frozen appears to be part of a two-dad family).While many praised the move, some took issue with Whitehall – a straight, cisgendered star – taking such a high profile LGBTI role.‘Could they seriously not pick someone actually gay?’ tweeted one cinema-goer.Another said: ‘Scarlett Johansson walked so Jack Whitehall could run.’Such a dam shame it’s so hard to find gay actors to play gay roles in hollywood . Do better @disney @jackwhitehall https://t.co/QUQ3qbb8NZ— Chris Salvatore (@CSalvatore) August 12, 2018Actor Chris Salvatore meanwhile commented: ‘Such a dam shame it’s so hard to find gay actors to play gay roles in hollywood. Do better @Disney.’A source told The Sun that Jack’s character would be ‘hugely effete, very camp and very funny.’ Jack Whitehall is weathering an online backlash since it was revealed he will play Disney’s first gay male character. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Jack Whitehall to play Disney’s first openly gay character in new filmMajority of people think straight actors should be able to play gay rolesIgnore Jack Whitehall, he’s not playing the first gay Disney characterRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/jack-whitehall-gets-backlash-over-disney-casting/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

first_img Share SOUTHLAKE, Texas — Even the most seasoned travel agent has experienced this frustration. After finding the perfect flight to match a traveller’s preferred schedule, without warning the flight time has changed or, even worse, the flight is gone altogether.That familiar anxiety will become a thing of the past as Sabre Corporation will be the first technology provider to introduce live data feeds from FlightGlobal’s schedule data, the industry’s most comprehensive database of airline schedules from more than 900 carriers worldwide, into its leading global distribution system (GDS) and travel booking platforms. Now more than 425,000 travel agents worldwide have live access to flight changes and up-to-the-millisecond flight schedules – a critical element to search and book flights with full confidence.“As the first to integrate FlightGlobal’s data with a core travel agency reservation system in the industry, Sabre provides the highest level of schedule reliability to our global agency network for virtually every passenger flight around the world,” said Wade Jones, interim president and senior vice president of strategy for Sabre Travel Network. “Travelers and agents will breathe easier knowing they have the most accurate information at their fingertips.”“FlightGlobal is delighted that Sabre is the first beneficiary of our new and improved schedule distribution capability,” said Lee Johnson, executive director of data operations at FlightGlobal. “Working closely with Sabre, a long-standing industry partner, and using our industry leading schedules data, we ensure that all schedule changes filed with us directly by our airline partners are now immediately displayed in the Sabre platform and to Sabre’s global agency network.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAll flight data processed in the Sabre travel marketplace and through Sabre APIs for online travel sites and developers will update dynamically at the time consumers, travel agents and business travelers shop for flights.For airlines, the increased schedule accuracy allows them to market more efficiently, ensure their inventory is accurately displayed across channels, and better manage seat availability for each flight. Meanwhile, travel consultants will experience a modernized schedule process in the Sabre Red agency platform, with more reliable content at their fingertips that will drive more effective sales and improved customer satisfaction. Monday, February 13, 2017 Tags: GDS, Sabre, Technology Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sabre and FlightGlobal to provide real-time flight schedule data to agentslast_img read more

first_imgGlanbia Ireland has today announced that they are to bring FarmGen, a farm generated renewable energy initiative, to the farming community.Working in partnership with SSE Airtricity and Activ8 Solar Energies, Glanbia Ireland is launching this renewable solar energy solution to market. FarmGen has combined the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of all parties to bring a turn-key solar powered energy solution to Glanbia Ireland farmers.This technology will help farmers grow their business sustainably into the future while improving energy efficiency on the farm and reducing bills.Following rooftop installation, FarmGen’s 6Kw Solar PV system will help power energy-intensive processes on farm, reducing the costs of milk cooling, vacuum pumps and water heating. Combined these three processes account for around 80% of total milk parlour energy consumption.Activ8 Solar Energies will supply and install state-of-the-art Solar PV panels along with a smart monitoring system on each farm. The system will monitor energy generation and consumption in real-time; helping farmers understand where and when energy is consumed, and therefore assisting them to adopt behaviours that will reduce energy costs and improve sustainability.As part of the solar offering, farms will also have export meters installed that enable them to potentially profit from future incentives to return electricity on to the grid. In advance of this measure, SSE Airtricity will provide an annual export rebate to FarmGen customers, as well as preferential energy rates on their 100% green energy.*Farmers can receive 100% financing for the FarmGen initiative through the existing Glanbia Ireland FundEquip scheme and can also leverage all available grant aids, such as TAMS II (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes) or SEAI. Activ8 Solar Energies will support all grant funding applications for customers.This solar power solution is open to all farming sectors and sizes, with customised commercial packages available and importantly there are also options available for those who wish to install Solar PV in their homes to harness the power of green energy. Farmers who wish to register their interest for this product can phone 1890 929 828 or visit www.farmgen.ieMichael Creed, Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Marine said: “This is a perfect fit with the Government’s own climate plan and ambition. It builds on the Department of Agriculture’s own TAMS grant, which is encouraging farmers to invest in renewable energies, particularly solar panels, on their farm. It’s great to see Glanbia Ireland take that scheme and work with it to enable the industry to collaborate for the benefit of Irish farmers.”Jim Bergin, CEO, Glanbia Ireland commented: “In Glanbia Ireland, our philosophy is that ‘Goodness Grows Here’ and we are delighted to join with SSE Airtricity and Activ8 Solar Energies to launch our FarmGen programme. Through this economically attractive renewable energy solution, we are empowering our farmers to grow their enterprise and to do this in harmony with the environment, for future generations.”Klair Neenan, Managing Director, SSE Airtricity added: “At SSE Airtricity, we believe this is generation green, and we’re delighted to be supporting this initiative to deliver renewable energy solutions to Glanbia Ireland’s network of farmers. We’ll be offering FarmGen customers an exclusive export rebate, as well as preferential rates for our 100% green energy. It’s great to be working with a forward-thinking organisation like Glanbia Ireland, bringing together our expertise to reduce energy costs and improve sustainability at the same time.”Ciaran Marron, CEO, Activ8 Solar Energies said: “As solar experts, Activ8 Solar Energies aims to take the burden away from the farmer, and offer a full turn-key solution from initial interest and grant application, right through to installation and commission of a farmer’s solar system.”Key highlights of the Glanbia Ireland FarmGen initiative include:· Solar PV: Solar PV panels will enable cost efficiency through reducing energy bills and powering farms through on-site renewable generation.· Smart Monitoring: Smart meters will enable farmers to better understand their energy generation and consumption and how they can adapt behaviour to drive further savings.· Export Meter: Export meters will future-proof farms for upcoming feed-in tariffs, enabling them to sell excess generation back to the electricity grid.· Preferential Rates and 100% Green Energy: FarmGen customers, who switch to SSE Airtricity will be supplied by 100% green energy at exclusive preferential rates, that will further reduce their carbon footprint.· Fully Funded Solution: The solutions available to Glanbia Ireland farmers through the FundEquip scheme, make it possible for farmers to receive competitively priced finance for this product offering.For more information on FarmGen, please view the following video here.*100% green energy based on Fuel Mix Disclosure and CO2 Emissions for 2017, published by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), September 2018. 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