Darwinians Fill Gaps With Magic


first_imgLike rabbits in a magic show, things just “appear” on the Darwin stage. And like magicians, Darwinians don’t reveal how the trick is done.Vertebrate origami: This act uses a magic sheet. The Darwin magician stretches a sheet of rubber. Folds emerge in the sheet, then a vertebrate body plan appears right before your eyes: “The folds that will give a final shape to the animal form along the boundaries between cell territories with different properties,” the article states. “This work has shed light on the mechanism for the formation of vertebrates and thus how they appeared during evolution.” (Science Daily)Presto! Brain in a burst: “New research shows that a burst of evolutionary innovation in the genes responsible for electrical communication among nerve cells in our brains occurred over 600 million years ago in a common ancestor of humans and the sea anemone.” (Science Daily)Life in a flash: “A spark from a lightning bolt, interstellar dust, or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first life on Earth,” begins another article on Science Daily. “But what happened next?” The magician needs nitrogen, so a stage hand brings it. “The ability to use atmospheric nitrogen to support more widespread life was thought to have appeared roughly 2 billion years ago,” the article continued. “Now research looking at some of the planet’s oldest rocks finds evidence that 3.2 billion years ago, life was already pulling nitrogen out of the air and converting it into a form that could support larger communities.” Triple-bonded di-nitrogen is a tough nut to crack (accomplished today by bacterial machines, 3/06/10 #6), but life figured it out offstage somehow.Four ring circus: How did marine mammals as different as seals, whales, manatees and walruses all develop separately into sea creatures from land-dwelling ancestors? Abracadabra! “The marine mammals shared the traits needed to live in a marine environment, but they developed their traits separately – a process called convergent evolution.” It must be true, the researchers argue, because the genes involved show signs of “positive selection”—in some cases, the very same sites on the very same genes. (PhysOrg)Light and magic: This case of convergent evolution takes place in a 40-ring circus. “Making light is such a useful trait that it has evolved independently at least 40 times,” National Geographic claims about the evolution of bioluminescence.Waiting for the emergence: Science Magazine offers this personified view of animals waiting for the magic to happen:When the first four-legged creatures emerged from the sea roughly 375 million years ago, the transition was anything but smooth. Not only did they have to adjust to the stress of gravity and the dry environment, but they also had to wait another 100 million years to evolve a fully functional ear….“Lungs started to appear in fish underwater when they evolved air breathing in response to low oxygen levels in water 350 to 400 million years ago,” says study author Peter Madsen, a biologist at Aarhus University in Denmark.Mammals pop into the dinoscape: Time to re-draw the backdrop of Dino World. They need to include more mammals. PhysOrg tells why two new Jurassic mammals—very similar to modern ones—turned up Chinese Jurassic fossil beds, fully diversified and adapted:With claws for climbing and teeth adapted for a tree sap diet, Agilodocodon scansorius is the earliest-known tree-dwelling mammaliaform (long-extinct relatives of modern mammals). The other fossil, Docofossor brachydactylus, is the earliest-known subterranean mammaliaform, possessing multiple adaptations similar to African golden moles such as shovel-like paws. Docofossor also has distinct skeletal features that resemble patterns shaped by genes identified in living mammals, suggesting these genetic mechanisms operated long before the rise of modern mammals….“We consistently find with every new fossil that the earliest mammals were just as diverse in both feeding and locomotor adaptations as modern mammals,” said Zhe-Xi Luo, PhD, professor of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago and an author on both papers. “The groundwork for mammalian success today appears to have been laid long ago.“Agilodocodon and Docofossor provide strong evidence that arboreal and subterranean lifestyles evolved early in mammalian evolution, convergent to those of true mammals….“We believe the shortened digits of Docofossor, which is a dead ringer for modern golden moles, could very well have been caused by BMP and GDF,” Luo said. “We can now provide fossil evidence that gene patterning that causes variation in modern mammalian skeletal development also operated in basal mammals all the way back in the Jurassic.“The articles didn’t say how these adaptations arose from any ancestors. They must have just “appeared” and stayed basically the same all the way to the present day.Did you enjoy the magic show?  This is the kind of thing Penn & Teller do every day. A new commercial shows them turning two stage hands into a 2016 Mazda CX-5 under a sheet, then sawing it in half with an invisible saw. They don’t tell you how the trick is done, and neither do the Darwin magicians (who are typically atheists like Penn Jillette). All you have to do is believe. As they wave their magic wands of millions of years over the empty table, wonderful things appear behind the curtain as they utter their magic words appear, arise, emerge, develop, evolve, and converge.What? You thought you were in the science lab? “A-hyulk! The trick is on you!” Goofy says. “This is Fantasyland!” (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Numerous opportunities to enjoy Ohio’s autumn hues


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s fall colors are truly spectacular. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), this year’s season should be good, with hints of reds and yellows already showing in the state’s forests. A variety of outdoor events makes October the perfect time to get out and enjoy Ohio’s colorful landscape.Fall Festivals, Halloween and Fall Campouts at Ohio State Parks – As leaves begin to turn, Ohio’s state parks will be offering fun fall activities for the whole family. From trick or treat events and parades, to hayrides and children’s games, there is something for everyone. For more information, check out events at parks.ohiodnr.gov/calendar or at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/calendar.Apple Butter Festival at Mt. Gilead State Park – A popular annual event, the festival runs Friday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 8. Bring the kids and participate in apple peeling and coring on Friday for Saturday’s apple butter making and country breakfast. Other activities include a fishing competition, costume contests, games, campsite judging and trick or treat at the campground. For more information, please call 419-946-1961.Fall Hiking Series at Burr Oak State Park – Explore different sections of Burr Oak State Park during this hiking series, with all hikes being 3-miles to 4-miles long, and all hikes starting at 10 a.m. The next hike will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, and participants should meet at Tom Jenkins Dam. Another hike will start at the lodge boat ramp on Saturday, Nov. 5, and the final hike will leave from the ranger office on Saturday, Nov. 19. For more information, call 740-767-3570.Lyon Falls Geology Hike at Mohican State Park – On Saturday, Oct. 8, join ODNR naturalist and geologists to hike an area known for its fascinating geologic history. Participants should meet at the Mohican State Park covered bridge picnic area. The 4-mile hike will last from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 419-994-5125.Fall Hike at Lake Hope State Park – Enjoy a slow-paced 3-mile hike at Lake Hope State Park from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The hike will start at the shelter house and end at the Hope Furnace. After arriving at the Hope Furnace, hikers will be greeted by park staff and The Friends of Lake Hope with soup, cornbread and sassafras tea. Shuttles will return people to their cars at the shelter house. Call the park office at 740-596-4938 for more information.Fall Hike at Shawnee State Park – Take an invigorating 5-mile walk through the park taking in both lakes in a blaze of fall color on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9-11 a.m. at Shawnee State Park. Enjoy hayrides around the campground and fresh apple butter and cider. Call the park office for more information at 740-858-6652.Grandma Gatewood’s Fall Color Hike at Hocking Hills State Park – Celebrate the season’s colors on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1-5 p.m. Meet the naturalist at the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center for this rugged 6-mile hike, going from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls and back while enjoying the scenic beauty and cultural personality. This strenuous hike includes hills and steps. For more information, call 740-385-6842.Geology Hike at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve – Visitors are invited to participate in a hike on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1-4 p.m. Join ODNR staff for a hike through Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve into John Bryan State Park to learn how the Little Miami River carved through Ohio’s bedrock to form one of Ohio’s most scenic landscapes. Meet at the Jackson Street parking lot on 168 Jackson Street in Yellow Springs. For more information, call 937-767-1274.People interested in up-to-date details on where the most brilliant fall foliage will appear in the state should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioFall16.last_img read more

Sarbanes-Oxley: Japan gears up for SOX


first_imgWhile the US has had some spirited debate over the last few weeks about whether Sarbanes-Oxley needs reform, and if so, to what extent, Japan is also gearing up for its own version of Sarbanes-Oxley to go into effect in 2008.  The new Japanese regulations are being dubbed J-SOX.Just as in the United States, the new law has drawn clear lines between its critics and supporters.  Regulators see a clear need to clean up a landscape that has seen a series of recent accounting scandals.  Investors worry that J-SOX could dampen an economy that has just recently seen modest growth after more than a decade of recession.A number of scandals hit Japan in 2006.  For example, Livedoor, an Internet service provider based in Tokyo that ran a high-traffic web portal, was accused of fraud.  The allegations of fraud caused panic selling of shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange  (TSE) in early 2006.  Trading volume was so strong when the story broke, the TSE’s computer system was overloaded and the market was temporarily halted, a first in Japan.  On March 16, 2007, Livedoor’s founder was sentenced to 2.5 years in Jail.Other accounting scandals that occurred throughout Japan in 2006 included overstated profits by both Nikko Cordial and Misawa Homes Holdings Inc.J-SOX has made Japanese companies worry about what kind of cost and time will be required to try to comply with the new regulations.  US companies will not be immune from the new rules.  Companies with international subsidiaries in Japan will need to come up to speed too.Many US-based IT companies are beginning to study and come up to speed on exactly what will be required even though many of the specific details won’t be available until April 2007.What is clear though is that IT companies will need to document the processes and controls relative to a company’s financial activities.  US subsidiaries may actually be at an advantage to local Japanese companies because their parent companies have already dealt with similar controls mandated in the US.J-SOX is expected to affect about 3800 companies listed on the TSE.  Like Sarbanes-Oxley, J-SOX specifies strong internal financial controls and requires that company executives certify the accuracy of their financial statements.In the US, one issue with Sarbanes-Oxley has been the vagueness in the specification of the rules.  In Japan, they’re trying to avoid that problem by making the rules very explicit, but the exact language is still being prepared.  Like the US, many companies are complaining that much more time and resources will be needed by companies in order to comply with new regulations. Like in the US, IT and accounting companies are seizing on the new rules as new revenue streams.  For example, Oracle Japan is offering software and consulting services to small and medium-sized companies for helping them comply.  IDC Japan is estimating that the J-SOX compliance market will reach 260.7 billion yen in 2008 with most of than money flowing into IT upgrades.female viagralast_img read more

What is WooCommerce?


first_imgLarge Events Rethink Safety and Emergency Proto… If you’ve been keeping up with ecommerce trends, you might have heard that over the last few years, more and more people are doing their shopping online. In 2018, 51% of UK consumers said they prefer shopping online – this is the prevailing global trend. As a business, it is an excellent opportunity and a great time to take your business online. You’ll be missing out if your products are not available for purchase online.Setting a shop online can be expensive and complicated. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to set up shop on the internet. What would be really good for you and your business? What are the things you should be aware of with an eCommerce business? Are there other options for you? The most popular WordPress plugins of all time — used to power millions of ecommerce websites.A Brief HistoryThe WooCommerce plugin started it’s life as a product of a company called WooThemes. After unsuccessfully trying to work with Jigoshop (another ecommerce offering), WooThemes hired the main developers of Jigoshop (Mike Jolley and James Konster) and forked (created a new branch of the code) to develop their eCommerce platform, which eventually became WooCommerce.This is the beauty and nature of open-source software, where somebody can come along and develop an enhanced version of the open-sourced code (as long as they also open-source that code).WooCommerce was officially released on September 27, 2011.This new product from WooThemes become extremely popular and successful and hit 1M downloads in 2013, 4M in 2014 and 7M downloads in 2015. Such was the growth explosion of this product that Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com (the commercial arm of WordPress) acquired WooThemes in 2015.Today, WooCommerce remains one of the most prominent players in the eCommerce industry, with 62M downloads, 22% of the top 1M websites running on WooCommerce according to BuiltWith and 28% of all online stores according to WooCommerce.com.Source: BuiltWithWhat can WooCommerce do?WooCommerce allows you to create an online shop. Although this plugin’s initial aim was to create an online shop, today it is much more than that. Let’s look into a few of the online revenue streams which one can build with it. David Attard AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Create an online store for your physical goods. Tags:#ecommerce#Ecommerce business ideas David has spent most of his adult and professional life around tech, design and digital technologies. His wife says he probably spends too much time geeking out on stuff most other people would find “nerdy”. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Best Data Visualization Tools for 2020 Reviewed WooCommerce is mostly known for its ability to create an online shop.Just like with WordPress with which it integrates seamlessly, the strength of the product comes from the fact that it is so easy to customize it and create a shop which is just right for your specific needs.Selling physical products online, to both a local, but more so to an international market requires significant complexity. Setting up shipping is fairly easy — where you set shipping zones, such that shipping costs are calculated automatically at the checkout stage. You may decide that local areas can pick up the items themselves at your physical location and then ZIP codes beyond that would be calculated at specific rates which you might have already determined with your shipping provider.Even more complicated than shipping is taxes.With various US states and European countries having differing rates of taxes, testing, and setting this up yourself to conform with all legislative requirements could become quite a nightmare. The beauty of many ecommerce sites is that these complexities are handled entirely and automatically by the plugin with little to no input required. You only need to enter the country or state where the business is running from, and everything else is handled automatically.Receiving online payments is also something which used to be quite a complicated task.Get access to integration of several payments gateways such as Stripe, or direct integration with Paypal. Arranging to get fees, even accepting payments by Credit Cards, is a breeze both for you as a vendor and for your customers.By integrating with a payment gateway, your company does not need to maintain any financial data of your customers, because this function is “outsourced” to the payment gateway. Not having to keep business data (financial) and records significantly reduce your own risk and that of your clients. You’ll also reduce expenses required to meet the rigorous standards required to be able to manage and store customer financial data such as credit card details.As with most mature WordPress plugins, it might take some time to get used to all of the settings and configurations available, but you’ll find plenty of web designers and agencies who specialize in setting up your ecommerce site. But what if you don’t have any physical products to sell?2. Selling of digital/downloadable products.In this day and age, shops which sell digital products, or stuff which you download are as popular as stores which sell physical goods. Whatever digital merchandise you’re pushing, most especially if this is on a pay to download basis — is very easy to set up and its function can be built right into the product. Essentially, you need to set up a Downloadable products section and then upload the product as part of the creation of a product.If you are only selling digital information — you can upload the files, mark the product as “Virtual” such that no shipping costs are calculated on it. Then, you set the product or service as “Downloadable,” upload the appropriate files, and you’re ready to start selling.3. Setting up a services-based shop.While selling products is the most obvious scenario for setting up shop, this is not the only type of business. Companies which provide services can also set up an eCommerce based shop — though they will need to make use of particular extensions like booking and appointment extensions. You will likely want to take appointments online as well.As a business which sells services, setting up a shop online can help your business in multiple ways:Makes it easier for your clients to book your services at their leisure.Reduces costs associated with making appointments.There are plenty of plugins, which can enable the taking of bookings and appointments online, with the number of features and functions provided varying accordingly. There are plenty of other sites that help book these types of services from different vendors.4. Setting up a membership site.Such information as digital courses, membership courses, eLearning organizations can all make use of eCommerce sites as the driving force of their business.5. Setting up a subscription-based business.The final business setup which we will discuss which can be enabled using an eCommerce site as a subscriptions-based business. Subscriptions are the preferred one of doing a business today. There are benefits both for the user because the price per month is typically lower than buying a lifetime license. This kind of business also places the onus on the supplier of the product or service, to maintain the same level of service as when the client first purchased a product.For the vendor, the growth in revenue is typically faster, and the value of the company providing the service per se is much higher than companies which sell one-off products.Source: Wall Street JournalYou also need to do “less” marketing, the focus shifts to keeping your existing customers rather than attracting new customers, making sure you keep your customers for as long as possible (increasing what is known as the lifetime value of a customer). There are two primary kinds of business which can use subscriptions. The first is content-based companies, such as newspapers, magazines, and other content-intensive providers. The second is a subscription box. These are all the rage these days.Essentially, this is a concept, where a client pays a fixed price per month or another specific period, and they get a “box” of their favorite (physical) products delivered to their own home. Subscription boxes are stable in the beauty niche, but all sorts of niches can work this business model, from foods, coffees and teas, wines and other beverages, notebooks, pets, sweets, shaving blades, socks and whatever else can be delivered in a relatively small box.In reality, most physical product suppliers can create a subscription box, once they iron out the initial logistics of delivering on time and at relatively low cost. Actually, anybody can create a subscription box business, once you sort out the supply and shipping logistics.6. Other business models.While we’ve mentioned several niches in which eCommerce can operate in, there are various others which we have not mentioned. Think dropshipping, selling on Amazon, eBay, and Facebook, Fulfillment by Amazon, affiliate websites, and plenty of other options.PricesWe mentioned quite a few WooCommerce extensions which one can use such as Bookings, Memberships, and Subscriptions which are all available through the official Marketplace.Quite a few extensions are available for free, or between roughly $50 to $300, which we believe is a low price to pay for setting up shop and driving your business forward. There are plenty of others available from independent vendors. Of course, if you don’t have the know-how to set up a WooCommerce or eCommerce shop yourself, you’ll probably want to hire a developer or designer to set this up for you. Besides the setup of the actual product, one needs to factor in the price of hosting your ecommerce shop online; typically one would opt for a VPS, to ensure the shop has sufficient resources to operate as necessary.AlternativesShopifyOne of the biggest competitors when it comes to setting up an ecommerce website is Shopify, and you’ll find plenty of articles comparing WooCommerce vs Shopify, the two behemoths of ecommerce. Shopify is a SaaS (software as a service) so the concept is slightly different from that of WooCommerce, because hosting is part of the actual service, and adding or customizing means enabling or disabling particular “apps.”In general, the setup of Shopify is probably more straightforward, but one needs to stay within the “shell” of Shopify, which means that the level of customization is more limited than what would be available with WooCommerce. The pricing of Shopify is a monthly subscription which increases depending on the needs of the specific business. Shopify is not open-source.MagentoThis is another option which is available for setting up online shops, though this is typically used for enterprise-level shops, requiring extensive customization options which cannot be handled by some eCommerce sites. Magento also has an open source edition which can be downloaded and used.Wrapping UpAs you can see, many eCommerce sites are very flexible pieces of software which can be used to power plenty of types of businesses and ecommerce shops. Besides what we have mentioned above, both WooCommerce and WordPress have a robust community of support, developers, and extensions, a whole industry to help you achieve the results you require for your business.last_img read more

IFA 2014: Top smartphones launched on Day 1


first_imgIFA’s first day saw many companies launching their next-generation smartphones. But of these some really stood out. We tell you more about the smartphones that were in demand on the exhibition floor of the IFA.1.    Samsung Galaxy Note 4After much anticipation, Samsung finally unveiled Galaxy Note 4. The gadget comes with a S Pen stylus which has enhanced grip and advanced features. Its snapnote feature turns photographs of printed documents into editable text, quite similar to OCR editor. The device also features a 5.7-inch screen, 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and also houses a 3.7MP front camera with a f/1.9 aperture lens. The device comes packed with an advanced 3200 mAh battery, which can be charged to up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and offers LTE Cat 4 connectivity.2.    Samsung Note EdgeSamsung Note Edge mirrors Note 4 in terms of specifications. It comes with the 5.6 inch Super AMOLED screen with 1600X2560 pixels resolution. The device has a 3000 mAh battery, which is a little smaller than the one in Note 4 and runs on the same Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Other than this it is the first Note phone to feature a QHD display.3.    Sony Xperia Z3Sony unveiled its flagship smartphone Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact at the pre-IFA event. Xperia Z3 is powered by 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and Snapdragon 801 chipset, which is also featured in Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, 3GB RAM and Adreno 330 graphics. Z3 comes with a 5.2 inch 1080P triluminios display and 16/32 GB internal storage expandable to up to 128 GB with microSD card. It boasts of a 3100 mAh battery which is enough to last for 2 days, as claimed by the company. The Xperia Z3 is a waterproof and dust-proof device with an IP65/68 rating.advertisement4.    Xperia Z3 compactXperia Z3 Compact is a pint-sized version of Z3 and mirrors it in most of the specifications. Z3 Compact sports a smaller screen size and battery measuring 4.6 inches and 2600 mAh respectively.5.    Sony Xperia E3Xperia E3 is an entry-level smartphone and falls in sub-$100 range. The device features 4.5 inch display, 5 MP rear camera and 4 GB internal storage which can be expanded to up to 32 GB. E3 is powered by a 1.2 GHz RAM coupled with a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 2330 mAh battery that boasts of Sony’s excellent stamina mode.6.    Microsoft Lumia 830Lumia 830, which runs on Windows 8.1 OS, has been launched as Microsoft’s ‘Affordable Flagship’ device and will compete with devices including iPhone 5S, as claimed by the brand.Lumia 830 comes with a 5-inch display and features a 10 MP rear camera accompanied by a LED flash. It sports 16 GB internal storage expandable to up to 128 GB, a quad-core Snapdragon chipset packed with a 2200 mAh battery. The device is expected to have a price tag of around INR 26,000-INR 27,000.7.    Microsoft Lumia 730 and Lumia 735Microsoft unveiled Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as selfie phones, since both smartphones house 5 MP front facing camera. Nokia Lumia 730 features 4.7 inch display, 6.7 MP rear camera with f/1.9 lense, 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB internal storage with a microSD support. Lumia 735 comes with 4G LTE connectivity.last_img read more

10 months agoRoma defender Manolas back on Man Utd radar


first_imgRoma defender Manolas back on Man Utd radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma defender Kostas Manolas is back on the radar of Manchester United.TMW says United had Manolas scouted against Juventus.The Greek defender can leave Rome in June and has €36 million release fee.And United representatives were extremely impressed by his performance.The defender has just switched agents – joining Mino Raiola who is famously Paul Pogba’s rep. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martial


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to change the position of Anthony Martial.The Manchester Evening News says Solskjaer could give Martial a new role in the club’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.Marcus Rashford has so far been Solskjaer’s trusted option up top.The England international impressed against both Cardiff and Huddersfield, sparking hopes he can kick on now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge.Yet Martial could be deployed in a No 9 role instead.Rashford has sparkled in recent times.But Martial is the club’s top scorer this season and could be fielded there instead. last_img read more

9 months agoDiego Lainez insists choosing Real Betis over Ajax best decision


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Diego Lainez insists choosing Real Betis over Ajax best decisionby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Lainez is delighted with his move to Real Betis.The 18 year-old Mexico international chose Betis over Ajax this week as he arrived from Club America.Lainez said, “I’m happy to be part of this great club. Surely it is the best decision I have made. There were other options but it was easy because I wanted to come here. I’m sure it’s a great club. “What I was told by (Lorenzo) Serra Ferrer and Federico (Martínez Feria, the general manager) I saw on Sunday, when I saw the match I saw a very good feeling because all the fans were encouraging from the minute one until the end. Andrés (Guardado) is very important here. Very happy and happy to be in this great club and now to respond and give the best of me with humility and good football.” last_img read more

ABB Wuchang Shipbuilding Team Up on Green Ships


first_imgzoom Power and automation technology group ABB has signed an agreement with China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Group to cooperate on developing greener ships and digital solutions. Under the deal to deepen cooperation, ABB said that the partnership will help Wuchang Shipbuilding Group manufacture “highly efficient and technologically advanced vessels.”“Chinese shipyards are diversifying their portfolios and ABB’s long history of working in the icebreaking and cruise sectors is particularly relevant to China’s ship builders,” Alf Kare Adnanes, head of ABB’s Marine and Ports business in China, said.“This agreement is a result of our commitment to the Chinese market and it will lead to a new generation of greener and smarter vessels being built in China,” Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business, said.Image Courtesy: ABBlast_img read more

UP farmers end protest after govt assurance


first_imgGhaziabad/New Delhi: Hundreds of farmers from Uttar Pradesh squatted on the UP-Delhi border for hours after they were stopped from entering the national capital but withdrew their protest Saturday evening following a government assurance that five of their 15 demands will be met.A delegation of the farmers met Joint Secretary in the Union Agriculture Ministry Vivek Agarwal, who assured them that their five demands including early payment of sugarcane arrears and appointment of a representative of farmers on the committee to fix minimum prices of crops will be met, Bharatiya Kisan Sangathan spokesperson Lalit Rana said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesRana said the farmers have decided to withdraw the agitation after the assurance. But, he added, that this was “just an interval” and they could return if all demands are not met. The farmers had started their march from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on September 11. They had decided to reach Kisan Ghat, the memorial of former prime minister and farmer leader Chaudhary Charan Singh, in Delhi, to press for their demands, which also included loan waiver, cheap electricity, pension and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee recommendations. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAfter reaching the UP-Delhi border, the farmers were stopped Saturday morning from proceeding ahead and they sat on a protest there. However, a delegation was allowed to go and meet Union government officials at Krishi Bhavan in central Delhi. In absence of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the delegation met Joint Secretary Agarwal, who assured them that five of their 15 demands will be fulfilled, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangathan spokesperson said. The five demands met are: early payment of sugarcane arrears, cleaning of the polluted tributaries of the Ganges in western UP on priority, appointment of a representative of farmers on the committee to fix minimum prices of crops, and giving insurance benefits to all family members of farmers instead of the family head. “We have not finished our agitation. It is just an interval as cultivators have to look after their crops which are ready for harvesting. In case our all demands are not fulfilled, farmers will again lodge their protest through agitation,” Rana said. Earlier in the day, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra questioned the BJP government on the issue in a tweet. “What is the reason that farmers are being prevented from coming to Delhi and raising their demands….why are they not allowed to speak?” On NH-9 and NH-24 near the Ghaziabad gate, authorities had put up barricades and diverted traffic heading towards Delhi through the day. A large number of security, para-military and fire brigade personnel were deployed, apart from ambulances stationed in the area. The Delhi Traffic Police said in the morning that traffic was obstructed on both carriageways on the national highways towards Nizamuddin area in Delhi. However late in the afternoon, Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Easter Range), said the traffic situation was normal. On Friday night, the farmers had held discussion with government representatives in Noida but the talks failed to resolve their issues.last_img read more