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North Carolina apologizes for video board spot that trolled Clemson fans during game

first_img Mississippi State’s mascot Bully narrowly avoids disaster vs. Auburn Lots of Clemson fans at UNC game pic.twitter.com/V8GWRyj9Ut— Jay Robbins (@HeelinPa) September 28, 2019The caption suggested one group of fans “thinks that Clemson is in Georgia.” The caption for another group said the fans “can’t name Clemson’s last head coach,” while others think “‘The Fridge’ is just a kitchen appliance,” in reference to former Clemson All-America defensive lineman William Perry’s nickname.The Greenville News notes Cunningham “also has responded to all of the emails he has received so far about the video board spot.”With Saturday’s loss, the Tar Heels fell to 2-3 while the Tigers improved to 5-0. “We regret that it was produced. … We addressed the inappropriateness of the spot with the responsible staff members immediately after it was shown, and we will continue to address this week the breakdown in process that led to it.”During a timeout in UNC’s 21-20 loss to Clemson, several Tigers fans were featured on the video board with accompanying captions, implying Clemson fans were bandwagon fans.  Related News Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on ‘ugly’ win over UNC: ‘We’re not perfect’ Rondale Moore injury update: Purdue star receiver (leg) carted to locker room University of North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham issued an apology to Clemson president James Clements and athletic director Dan Radakovich after the Tar Heels trolled Tigers fans on the video board during Saturday’s game. “We want everyone who comes to Chapel Hill to have a positive experience on our campus — whether they are our supporters or our opponents’ fans, first-time visitors or long-time guests,” Cunningham wrote in a statement (via The Greenville News). “The video board spot featuring Clemson fans on Saturday was not in that spirit.last_img read more

Read the social media banter between Ashwin and James Anderson about Mankading

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/GettyAdvertisement if1oNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hsgx3Would you ever consider trying this?😱dz0uiCan your students do this? 🌚84sRoller skating! Powered by Firework The act of ‘Mankad’ is a highly controversial topic in the cricketing fandom, and the fan base has split opinion on its legitimacy. After a recent mankading incident seen in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, cricketer James Anderson took it to social media against the law. But, the English international had to received slack from none other than Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian superstar spinner famous for attempting the act.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/GettyNamed after legendary India bowler Vinoo Mankad, ‘mankad’ means to run out the batsman in the non striking end, if he leaves the crease as the bowler is sprinting for delivery. Since then, mankading of a batsman have received mixed responses from the fan base, but Ravichandran Ashwin has been unapologetic on its usage.Recently, Pakistani under 19 batsman Mohammad Huraira was mankaded by Afghan bowler Noor Ahmad in the U19 world cup quarterfinal match between Afghanistan and Pakistan. A clip of the incident was uploaded on Twitter by the official handle of The Cricketer magazine on 31st January, asking for public opinion on the law with the caption: “Where do you stand on the Mankad at the Under-19 World Cup?” Check it out below-Advertisement As the incident became a hot topic for discussion with mixed responses from the supporters and players, English cricketer James Anderson gave his two cents about it. Yesterday on his official Twitter handle, the veteran pacer retweeted The Cricketer’s post, favouring the removal of the law. The 37 year old made an appeal to the International Cricket Council (ICC) citing his opinion: “Can we sort out (remove) this law please  @ICC #MCC??”However, the post did not go unseen by Ashwin, and he came up with a savage response to Anderson’s claim. The 33 year old replied: “Law removal might need some deliberation!! A Shredder might do the trick for now 😂😂🤩“Ashwin was the first bowler to mankad a batsman in IPL, and was on the pedestal for ruining ‘the spirit of the game.’ Back in March 2019, the Kings XI Punjab skipper mankaded Rajasthan Royals captain and Anderson’s compatriot Jos Buttler.Back in December 2019, the bowler openly stated that he was ready to do it again. In Twitter blogging session with fans, Ashwin replied to one fan’s query on the possibility of mankading batsmen in the 2020 IPL season, to which he replied that he will do it on “Anyone that goes out of the crease.”Also read-Why IPL team Rajasthan Royals want to move away from their state Advertisementlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCT. 22, 2016

first_imgMike Smith2143219%43%$245,565 Tiago Pereira4047110%30%$195,625 Peter Eurton1430221%36%$206,734 Mike Puype1841122%33%$130,590 Robertino Diodoro830238%63%$67,035 Martin Pedroza4565213%29%$221,470 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert2247218%59%$666,265 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM %Money Won CHROME BREEZES AT LOS AL FOR CLASSIC            Good news for racing fans everywhere, and especially those of California Chrome: the most popular horse of the day and the greatest money earner in North American history could race again in 2017 as a six-year-old.Trainer Art Sherman left the door open Saturday morning after California Chrome worked five furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters in 1:00.40 in his next-to-last major drill for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in two weeks, on Saturday, Nov. 5.Asked if there was any chance the five-year-old California-bred full horse could race again next year, Sherman said: “I’m not sure. It’s kind of up in the air. We’re talking about it, but it all depends on how he finishes up the year.“There’s a lot of money out there if he wants to keep in training. He can run for $27 million next year.”California Chrome was sired by Lucky Pulpit, who won three of 22 lifetime starts and stands for $7,500 at Harris Ranch. His dam was the nondescript Love the Chase, so his breeders hit the lottery with California Chrome.Winner of six straight races,15 of 24 overall, and earner of $13,432,650, California Chrome had the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 as his likely farewell race before going to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., but those breeding plans now appear to be on hold.Sherman, meanwhile, was pleased with Chrome’s work before sunrise and under the Los Al lights with exercise rider Dihigi Gladney aboard.“Very good” is how Sherman termed the move. “The official clocker (Russell Hudak) gave him a minute and two fifths and a gallop out of (one) 13. I got him in 59 and four and out in 13, but it doesn’t make any difference.”Added Hudak: “He was the first horse on the track this morning. He looked good. It was his typical work. He went off slow and had a nice finish, with fractions of 25 1/5 and 48 3/5. Gladney just kind of guided him around the turn in 1:13 with blinkers on and he got a five-eighths time of 1:00.40.”Sherman plans to give Chrome his final pre-Classic breeze at six furlongs next Saturday before shipping to Santa Anita Sunday, Oct. 30, with an expected arrival time at The Great Race Place between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.58138922%52%$514,554 CALIFORNIA CHROME COULD RACE NEXT YEARMELATONIN WORKS A MILE FOR RICH CLASSICBAFFERT’S ‘OTHER HORSE’ IN CLASSIC BREEZESTEVENS RIDES RUNHAPPY IN THE DIRT MILE William Spawr1033130%70%$97,323 Doug O’Neill57781112%46%$330,061 Joseph Talamo3466118%38%$256,280 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 21) Fernando Perez3961815%38%$181,515 Tyler Baze61136921%46%$461,395 In other Breeders’ Cup news:Hoppertunity, Bob Baffert’s “other horse” for the Classic, worked four furlongsin company Saturday in 47.80. “He went nice,” Baffert said of the bay son of Any Given Saturday, who will join Classic second choice Arrogate, also trained by Baffert, in the race.“Hopper is not a great work horse, never has been, but he’s good, he’s happy, he’s solid and he’s doing well.” Hoppertunity’s running mate Viva Vegas was timed in 48 flat.FrontRunner winner Gormley (Juvenile), who had been expected to workSunday, went six furlongs Saturday in company under Victor Espinoza in 1:14 flat.“We just moved it up a day. He’ll work again next Saturday,” trainer John Shirreffs said. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who rode 2015 Sprint champion Runhappy to victory in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita in 2015, has the mount for trainer Laura Wohlers in the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile on Nov. 4, according to agent Mike Ciani. Gary Sherlock1231125%42%$105,710 FINISH LINES: Apprentice Chad Lindsay scored his 39th career victory when he piloted All for Charity to a half-length victory for trainer Jorge Gutierrez in Friday’s second race. Come his 40th win, Lindsay will lose two pounds off his weight allowance and receive a five-pound advantage instead of seven . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., who rode Spanish Hombre in Thursday’s eighth race, has been suspended three days (Oct. 27, 28 and 29) for causing interference resulting in the disqualification of his horse from second to fourth . . . Congrats to Roy Franz on the occasion of his 73rd birthday today. The hard-working gentleman has been dutifully serving customers at Clockers’ Corner and during the races for 28 years . . . XBTV host Aaron Vercruysse is Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita hosts a Pumpkin Festival this weekend and next, Oct. 29 and 30. Experience a pumpkin patch unlike any other and watch the races while the kids enjoy an Infield festival packed with jumpers, a straw maze and a huge pumpkin patch. The event will be open from 12 noon until 4 p.m. For special packages, visit santaanita.com/events. Peter Miller42125329%48%$365,515 Kent Desormeaux38113629%53%$423,735 Victor Espinoza3156316%45%$708,325 Philip D’Amato3860516%29%$397,300 Mark Glatt2136814%81%$176,473 Richard Baltas5178614%41%$408,120 MELATONIN BREEZES A MILE FOR BC CLASSICSanta Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, training up to the Classic since his last start, a victory in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25, continued towards his ultimate goal with a one-mile workout Saturday in 1:41.20 under regular rider Joe Talamo.“I’m very happy and Joe was very happy,” said David Hofmans, who trains Melatonin for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “Joe said he had a lot of horse left and we got a lot of air in him.”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson caught Melatonin in fractional times of 26, 38.80, 51.60, 1:04.20 and 1:29.20.Melatonin, a five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy, is four for four at Santa Anita. The speedy bay has earned $1,218,552. Jeff Mullins1240333%58%$125,180 Tara’s Tango (Filly & Mare Sprint) worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 for JerryHollendorfer with Rafael Bejarano up.Other Breeders’ Cup workers Saturday included Daddys Lil Darling (JuvenileFillies), four furlongs in 47.40 for Ken McPeek; Dalmore (Dirt Mile), four furlongs in 50.60 for Keith Desormeaux; Finest City (Filly & Mare Sprint), five furlongs in 1:05.20 for Eric Kruljac; Kitkat (Mile), four furlongs in 47.40 for Sebastian Silva; Point Piper (Dirt Mile), five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Jerry Hollendorfer; With Honors (Juvenile Fillies), a bullet 1:12.20 for Keith Desormeaux, who sent out stablemate Majestic Quality (1:13.40) in company. John Sadler2434313%42%$310,595 Rafael Bejarano7813181117%54%$980,725 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM %Money Won Flavien Prat55128822%51%$968,960 Jerry Hollendorfer3153416%39%$261,267last_img read more

Task team to explore university funding in South Africa

first_img7 October 2015A task team had been established to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday following a “fruitful and historical” meeting with vice-chancellors and the leadership of universities in South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.The meeting between the leadership of the country and its tertiary education institutions ties into one of the outcomes of the National Development Plan, namely, Africa’s place in the world. This is an effort to create a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.Meeting with university leadershipThe meeting was held at the request of Universities of South Africa and the University Council Chairs Forum – South Africa. Among other things, the request was necessitated by the recent violence on campuses countrywide.South Africa recognised and supported the right of university students to protest and to voice their opinions and grievances, Zuma said. However, he strongly condemned the violence and destruction of property that had taken place at some universities in the name of student protests over the past year or so. The most recent violent protests have been at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.“This right to protest should be exercised with utmost responsibility, ensuring that the rights of other South Africans are not violated in the process,” he said.While violent student responses had been condemned, university management must open up legitimate channels for discussion and dialogue over matters concerning students, with a view to resolving whatever issues they raised.“We believe that university management must be more proactive and not allow matters to deteriorate to such an extent that students go on a rampage, often due to lack of understanding and knowledge of the situation and spurred by poor communication,” Zuma said.TransformationIssues relating to the transformation of the higher education sector were also discussed, ahead of the second Higher Education Summit, which will take place in Durban from 15 to 17 October.“It was further noted that the current activity on many historically white university campuses by new student movements were related to concerns around the slow pace of university transformation and the demand to open access more effectively and thus change entrenched institutional cultures.“We also discussed some of the real gains in transforming the higher education sector, while acknowledging that there is still much more to be done.”Students protesting for the transformation of institutions, the president stressed, must focus on dialogue and legitimate means of negotiation and protest to bring about change.AfrikaansThe use of Afrikaans as the main medium of instruction on some campuses has been an issue leading to student protests:#SAVarsities: Zuma “the current issues in former Afrikaans Universities are pushed by the snail pace in transformation” @ANN7tv— Neria Hlakotsa (@neriahlakotsa) October 6, 2015#SAVarsities #Zuma says Afrikaans must not be used as a tool of exclusion, if you do so, you problematize it. @KayaNews— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) October 6, 2015#SAVarsities Zuma: Afrikaans is an African language, it must not isolate itself— POWER987 News (@POWER987News) October 6, 2015Financial aidThe focus of the meeting were the key challenges facing universities such as student financial aid, the increasing politicisation of university campuses, and transformation of higher education.“We wish to reiterate government’s commitment to funding poor students in higher education in the context of a constrained fiscal climate,” said Zuma.Funding for poor academically capable students, disbursed though the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), has increased from R441-million in 1997 to over R9.5-billion in 2015.“While funding has increased considerably, it is clearly still insufficient to support all poor and academically deserving students,” Zuma admitted. Processes for improving the disbursement of funds and concerted efforts to root out fraud, as well as sourcing additional funding to support students were being implemented.Shortfalls in financial aid, however, should not be used as a justification for hooliganism and vandalism of state property.The task teamThe task team will be made up of officials from the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Presidency, NSFAS, two vice-chancellors representing the leadership of universities, two student representatives, and other higher education stakeholders.It would make recommendations by the end of November.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on citizens to stand up for human rights as the world commemorates International Human Rights day

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 10 December 2018 –  Today South Africa joins the international community to commemorate International Human Rights Day which is observed annually on 10 December and marks the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.On 10 December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and on the same day in 1996, the Constitution of South Africa was signed into law by former South African President Nelson Mandela.Ms Thoko Modise, GM for Communications for Brand South Africa said: “Premised on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa has included amalgamated human rights in our own Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. The Bill of Rights widely addresses South Africa’s history of oppression, colonialism, slavery, racism and sexism and other forms of human violations. It embeds the rights of all people in our country as an enduring affirmation of the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.”As the world marks 70 years of the adoption of the UDHR, the UN’s year-long campaign #StandUp4HumanRights draws to a close. Through this campaign, the UN to ‘called on people to take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion for the rights of others’.Today also marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a campaign that is steered towards the elimination of violence against women and girls.“As Brand South Africa – we encourage citizens and leaders everywhere to heed the call and stand up for all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – and for the values that underpin our hopes for a fairer, safer and better world for all,” concluded Modise.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected]last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – August 3rd, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fieldwork is in full swing in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 2nd. A week of dry, sunny weather helped to speed up crop development. Conditions favored the baling of hay and straw. Wheat harvest neared completion, but quality issues were widespread. Many who sold wheat dealt with low test weights, sprout, and vomitoxin. Spraying of crops continued where fields had enough potential to make economic sense. The biggest concern for corn at this point is the loss of nitrogen, and shallow root systems that developed when moisture surpluses were prevalent. Growers approached the nitrogen issue with novel methods. Ironically, shallow rooted plants will need regular rainfall to reach their maximum potential. Growers in some areas have already noticed adverse effects from prolonged drier conditions.View the complete reportlast_img read more

Speculating and hedging

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCRight now many analysts and advisors are suggesting corn and beans are too cheap and prices should rally. This makes sense because U.S. corn prices are the cheapest in the world, which means exports should increase. Elevator managers that I have spoken with indicate that farmers aren’t selling at these values. The counter side to prices having to rally is farmers are sitting on A LOT of stored corn, which could be keeping prices from increasing the next couple of months. CornMany bulls are also saying corn is growing too fast and yields will be negatively impacted. Some are predicting a 178 or lower average national yield, at which prices should rally. The counterpoint to this is weather has been widely and consistently very good. Arguably it’s the best growing conditions ever for the largest portion of the Corn Belt at one time. Hot temperatures have been balanced with timely rains, and for every low-lying acre hit with too much rain there are probably many hillside acres benefiting. Estimates indicate only around 10% of the Corn Belt is suffering from prolonged drought conditions. Most of which are in the fringe growing areas. The market probably has a 180 yield plugged in today. If yields were higher because of very good growing condition then future prices will likely trade lower than current prices. BeansThere’s been no change in tariff discussions, so no real change in prices. If trade issues were resolved, bean prices should rally significantly and likely pull corn prices higher. Without any tariff changes, I expect prices to remain the same until harvest. It’s very difficult to peg when this issue will be behind us. Spec account vs. hedge accountI continue to see farmers speculating that the market has hit its low for the year. Some are buying back their hedges hoping to bank some profits and waiting for future rallies to sell their grain again.While this may be the correct decision, it is definitely not a guarantee. Generally I discourage speculative trades in hedge accounts for several reasons.Speculating complicates record keeping. I’m a big advocate for keeping detailed notes on the rationale for each trade I make. When farmers start adding in something they bought back and resold, it’s difficult to determine if the trade was speculative or a hedge. It’s difficult to remember if the profits or losses are included in the price that you get for the grain you sold.It’s difficult to determine if you were a good or bad speculator with only one account. I usually recommend farmers speculate in a separate account from their hedge account. That way when the brokerage company sends their year-end statements outlining all profits and losses it is easy to determine how well one did speculating. By keeping it separate, it keeps farmers honest with themselves.Banks usually can’t use spec accounts for asset management. I will start by saying that not all banks are the same but what I have found to be a common theme among most are that banks aren’t fans of speculative trades in hedge accounts because they aren’t fans of gambling. If grain is sold at in a hedge account and the asset (i.e. grain) is stored in a bin or still in the field, they can use the hedge account as an asset. Since speculating has no relationship to production or storage of grain, it could be a liability, not an asset. I’ve worked with banks to help them identify speculative trading verses hedge trades in farmer accounts. Once a farmer abuses a bank’s trust of a hedge account, it hurts not only their relationship with that bank, but it also hurts all of us that use our hedge accounts correctly. I need my banker to trust my hedging program and continue to work with me to keep it fully funded during times of margin call, so it’s important for me to never damage that relationship by gambling or speculating.It’s not that hard to open a spec account. Plus, it allows farmers to only fund the amount of money they are willing to lose, without negatively affecting their farm operation’s main profit center.It’s often easy for farmers to justify speculating. Some do it because they fear missing out on a rally. Others think they know what the market will do. Usually a farmer speculates that prices are going to rise. As a farmer I definitely understand the fear of missing out on a rally, but speculating is not the answer to those fears. Instead, I encourage farmers to consider an alternative perspective. I like to keep mind that I ALWAYS have next year’s crop to sell too. I suspect few farmers have any 2019 grain sold right now. Any upcoming rally will also increase next year’s prices, so farmers can always take advantage of future rallies, it just may require changing the crop year that gets sold first at higher values.I don’t want to try and speculate on when the bottom is coming for either corn or beans. There are many compelling reasons why the market could go in either direction, because there are a lot of unknowns. Yields are a complete mystery and likely the biggest factor for prices. If I was certain the market was going down, I’d sell more, but I just don’t know. I didn’t expect prices to go below $3.80, yet here we are. If the yield is hurt by high temperatures then low yields would result in the market trading back above $4. I’m not entirely convinced the weather has been all that bad this summer. So I continue to wait and look for some kind of opportunity for the corn crop. I’m behind in sales from where I would like to be at this point in the marketing year. I don’t need to speculate further by buying the few sales I have in place back.No one knows how long the unresolved tariff issues will last or how much of an impact it will have on prices in the short term or even long term. I have heard arguments for both sides and I come to the conclusion that nobody really knows. While the tariff issue certainly doesn’t help bean prices a huge supply this year would not help either. I have 100% of my beans sold and I’m going to continue to keep that position in place. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Blockchain drives Wanxiang’s $30B smart city project

first_imgTags:#Blockchain#electric cars#IBM#IoT#Microsoft#Smart Cities#Wanxiang How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img Related Posts Another company jumped on the blockchain bandwagon in a big way, with Wanxiang’s $30 billion smart city project. The Chinese electric car maker announced the mega-project at the Global Blockchain Summit.Wanxiang said that it will invest $30 billion in a project that will integrate blockchain technologies with smart city innovations. The project will involve the purchase of 83 million square feet of land in Hangzhou, where Wanxiang is headquartered.Industry pundits predict that blockchain technology could revolutionize the Internet of Things (IoT), as it is capable of verifying a device’s every transaction, communication and change.This type of verification will become crucially important in smart cities where increasing numbers of connected devices will begin spouting data from all corners of the urban environment.See also: Outdated thinking on wireless could cripple UK smart cities“We want to use blockchain to manage IoT, and use it help devices to interact with each other,” said Feng Xiao, vice chairman of Wanxiang. “Smart appliances can be managed with blockchain.”In a similar vein, the government of Dubai announced earlier this year that its innovation department will be integrating blockchain into its smart city strategy.How Wanxiang will integrate blockchain with smart city projects is still being formulated, but company representatives are in talks with Microsoft and IBM on future collaboration.The project is expected to develop innovations at the intersection of cars, smart cities and blockchain. One example given was how the cost of electric cars could be reduced by using blockchain to confirm and enforce property rights in urban environments of the future.Wanxiang already launched a blockchain labWanxiang has already proven keen on blockchain technology with its launch of its $50 million Wanxiang Blockchain Labs. As well in $500,000 of ether cryptocurrency was purchased by a Wanxiang subsidiary in 2015.And as part of the project, the company will be actively looking to finance blockchain entrepreneurs who may be developing innovations that will align with Wanxiang’s initiative.“We can’t tackle all the use cases that might arise from the smart city project,” said Feng. “That’s why we’re opening it up to use cases from all over the world.”Wanxiang owns the American electric car manufacturer Karma and is planning to build a $375 million plant for making battery-powered vehicles. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Assam flood victims to get cash for utensils, clothes for first time

first_imgVictims of flood in Assam are set to get cash for a couple of items they were entitled to but never received for five years.The Assam Disaster Management Manual, 2015, prescribes utensils and clothes for the flood-affected people.Those staying in designated relief camps as well as those marooned and living in camp-like situation will now be given ₹5,000 each for purchasing these items. The payment would be made through direct benefit transfer.“The Deputy Commissioners of the districts have been asked to ensure the immediate transfer of ₹3,800 for purchase of utensils and ₹1,800 for purchase of clothes to the bank account of the head of the flood-affected families,” Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.“This has been in the manual, but will be implemented more or less for the first time,” he added.The Deputy Commissioners have also been asked to ensure distribution of cattle feed and free textbooks to school children in the flood-affected areas besides settling claims for rehabilitation grants for partially or fully damaged houses within one month.Relief and rehabilitation workers have been providing rice, pulses, salt, mustard oil, baby food, bleaching powder, phenyl, tarpaulin and generic medicines. Organisations such as All Assam Students’ Union said the State government has not been providing enough for the victims of the flood that has so far claimed the lives of 57 humans, 523 domestic animals and fowls and 199 wild animals including 17 one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park.last_img read more

10 months ago​Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseason

first_img​Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatteo Guendouzi admits that he took the chances that were given to him in preseason.The youngster arrived from Lorient in the summer, but no one expected that he would make an instant impact on the first team.The 19-year-old has been a key member of the midfield under new boss Unai Emery.And he is happy that he has settled in so quickly.He said in an interview with Sky Sports: “Although it doesn’t feel like I had time to adapt, I did. “The key was when we went on pre-season to Singapore we played friendly matches and I was able to show my qualities to the staff and my team-mates, that time was really precious because when we came back here it was much easier to adapt to the team and the staff.”Everybody has helped me to integrate and be part of the club and for me to play without pressure, which I love to do. Because I started and played well from the beginning that helped me and my confidence for the games that followed.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more