NIGERIA DECIDES: Buhari, Atiku hold final gatherings ahead of presidential vote

first_imgNigeria’s APC confirms Buhari as 2019 presidential candidate Current President Muhammadu Buhari [L] with his main challenger Atiku Abubakar together at a past event. [Photo courtesy]Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party held its final rally in the capital, Abuja, in a bid to firm up their preparations ahead of Saturday’s presidential election.President Muhammadu Buhari will be challenged for the top seat by 72 other candidates, but pollsters project his main challenger to be a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.Atiku’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was also scheduled to hold a rally in Abuja, but it cancelled the plan, and instead held what it called “a national day of prayer” at its campaign headquarters in the city.The two candidates will compete for favour from the West African country’s over 80 million voters who are registered to participate in Saturday’s election.Election experts predict an intense competition between the two, as it is not clear yet who may have an upper hand in the vote.Both Buhari and Atiku are former political allies, with the later having been a member of the APC until December 2017 when he defected to the PDP.President Buhari will be seeking a second and final term in office on Saturday, and will once again be deputized by Yemi Osinbajo, with whom he sought his first term.Atiku on the other hand will be deputized in the race by Peter Obi.Related NIGERIA DECIDES: At least four die in stampede at Buhari rallycenter_img Mohammadu Buhari ahead in Nigeria’s tight electionlast_img read more

Namibian flagship airport reopens

first_imgNamibia’s flagship airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport has reopened and is preparing for the resumption of international flights, the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) said Tuesday.“The company has set in motion its restart plan to ensure airport readiness upon the resumption of international flights under the provisions of the state of the emergency regulations on COVID-19,” said the company’s spokesperson Dan Kamati.Kamati said the NAC has not received any airline schedules ahead of the reopening, but airlines have expressed their willingness to resume flights.“We are anticipating mid-September this year,” he said.The spokesperson noted that the airport will abide by social distancing measures with the use of floor and seat stickers. It is also equipped with sanitizer dispensers and thermostats for temperature checks.“The airport surfaces, trolleys and other amenities will also be disinfected and cleaned frequently for people’s safety,” Kamati said. Kismayo Airport Refurbished Related Benghazi airport reopens after three-year closure during war Namibia to open flagship airport to touristslast_img read more

Maersk Drilling secures contracts for Maersk Valiant in Mexico

first_imgMaersk Drilling has secured contracts for a two-well project for the drillship Maersk Valiant with Repsol Exploración Mexico, S.A. de C.V. for work in Block 10 and 29 offshore Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico. The contracts have an expected duration of 138 days and are set to commence in March 2020. In addition to the firm workscope, the contracts include two one-well options. The Maersk Valiant is a high-specification 7th generation drillship with integrated MPD capability which was delivered in 2013. It is currently warm-stacked in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Author: Baibhav Mishra Sea News, June 26 “We are very pleased to expand our working relationship with Repsol through this commitment, which also adds to our presence in the exciting Mexican deepwater market following the recently disclosed contract for Mærsk Developer. In addition, it’s worth noting that Maersk Drilling’s entire floater fleet is now signed up for current or future work, meaning that all floaters are now activated and can be available for additional contracts with limited to no stacking period,” says CCIO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.last_img read more

Tightening margins trigger more Margin Protection Program for Dairy payments

first_imgAbout 345 dairy farmers participating in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) will see indemnity payments this month. April’s MPP-Dairy average milk income margin over feed costs fell to just $6.83 per hundredweight, the lowest level in the program’s short history. When combined with March calculations, the average margin for the 2-month pay period was about $7.15 per hundredweight, meaning any farmers insured at $7.50 or $8 per hundredweight margin levels will see payments for one-sixth of their annual milk production. Individual payments will be subject to a 7.3 percent federal sequestration deduction.advertisementadvertisementThe 345 dairy herds with insured margins at $7.50 and $8.00 levels represent about 1.5 percent of the 23,328 total MPP-Dairy participants.April margin factorsAt $15 per hundredweight, April 2016 milk prices continued to slide, while feed prices were higher.Feed costs averaged $8.17 per hundredweight nationally, with more than a $27.50 per ton jump in soybean meal and a $9 per ton increase for alfalfa hay compared to March.See historical factors used in the calculation.Based on projections from the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy, MPP-Dairy margins could dip below $6 per hundredweight in May through July 2016, turning above $8 per hundredweight in October.advertisementAbout 4,425 dairy herds have margins insured at $6 to $8 levels, about 19 percent of the total.Read: Dairy safety net in need of patches.State marginsUSDA uses national average milk, corn and alfalfa hay prices, along with a central soybean meal price to calculate the monthly national MPP-Dairy income margin.Selected state margins for April 2016, using the MPP-Dairy formula and state prices for corn, alfalfa hay and milk reported by USDA, range from a high of $9.10 per hundred weight in South Dakota to a low of $6.07 per hundred weight in Michigan, a difference of $3.03 per hundredweight, according to Progressive Dairyman calculationsNext enrollment period starts July 1The 2017 MPP-Dairy enrollment period is open July 1 to Sept. 30, 2016. Recent USDA adjustments to the program will be in affect.One change, implemented retroactively for all of 2016, ensures all herds enrolled in MPP-Dairy will receive catastrophic coverage at the basic $4 per hundredweight margin level on 90 percent of their production history.advertisementAnother adjustment allows a one-time restructuring of the dairy’s production history to accommodate new family members joining the dairy operation. This intergenerational transfer of production history is for children and grandchildren and their spouses who join a dairy operation.During the July 1 to September 30 period, any dairy operation already enrolled in MPP will be able to use the intergenerational transfer provision to increase the operation’s production history up to 4 million pounds per year. Each participating dairy operation is authorized one intergenerational transfer at any time of its choosing until 2018.USDA also codified a previous policy change giving dairy farmers the opportunity to pay their premium through additional options, such as a periodic milk check deduction handled by their cooperative.  PD Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

1 Port VNA to Measure Dielectric Substrate Properties from 3 MHz to 6 GHz

first_imgCopper Mountain along with Compass Technology has released a new Epsilometer solution for measuring the dielectric properties of materials. It measures dielectric substrate materials at frequencies from 3 MHz up to 6 GHz and can accommodate sheet specimens 0.3 to 3 mm thick.Unlike previous dielectric analysis technologies, the new method uses computational electromagnetic modeling to invert the dielectric permittivity and loss. This represents a significant advance over conventional methods, which use analytical approximations and are limited to frequencies below 1 GHz.With the launch of Epsilometer, Copper Mountain delivers another solution that combines its metrology-grade portable network analyzers with subject matter expertise to solve important industry problems. Accurate determination of dielectric properties of radomes, packaging, and microwave substrates is important for design of functioning wireless devices for the Internet of Things and emerging 5G applications.This innovative Epsilometer is based on Copper Mountain’s R60 1-Port Vector Network Analyzer.Compass Technology Group (CTG) is a leading provider of cutting-edge research and manufacturing in the radio frequency materials characterization arena. Its off-the-shelf and custom-designed materials measurement systems are a combination of innovative hardware such as the Advanced Microwave Mapping Probe (AMMP) and sophisticated specialty software, CTGcalc, with powerful, efficient and easy-to-use algorithmic and graphical processing tools for measuring S-parameters and extracting material properties such as thickness, epsilon and mu. The company offers a wide range of products from focused beam measurement systems to tabletop and handheld tools, many of which have been integrated into automated robotic systems.last_img read more

West Ham to issue life bans for Man United bus attackers

first_imgWest Ham will issue life bans to any fans found responsible for attacking the Manchester United team coach before Tuesday’s game at Upton Park.A window on the bus was smashed and the kick-off delayed by 45 minutes as a result of the trouble.“We are aware that there were some supporters outside the Boleyn Ground who didn’t act in an appropriate way,” a club statement read.The Football Association also condemned the “unsavoury incidents”.It added: “We will work closely with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to fully investigate these matters.”Bottles were also thrown at Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during the match, while another fan invaded the pitch to confront the Spaniard.West Ham eventually won 3-2 in what was their final game at the ground before moving to the Olympic Stadium.The club statement continued: “It was an extraordinary night full of extraordinary moments in front of extraordinary fans, 99% of whom behaved impeccably and were a credit to the club.“We have already had thousands of tweets and emails from fans to say how proud they were to be a part of such a special evening in West Ham’s history.”However, the club said the behaviour of some fans was “not acceptable” and insisted they “will work with the police to identify those responsible and ban them for life”.West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady used Twitter to condemn the attack on Manchester United’s bus.She added: “The events in the stadium last night were incredible and it would be a shame if the actions of a mindless few outside overshadowed them.“Their behaviour was unacceptable and won’t be stood for. But my overriding memory will not be of them but of a fitting farewell to the Boleyn.”Footage filmed on the coach by Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard showed the players shouting, screaming, laughing and hiding on the floor as the coach was hit by objects thrown outside the ground.“It wasn’t nice, the coach got smashed up,” said Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney told Sky Sports. “I’m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed with what the fans have done.”Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, whose side missed a chance to move up into fourth in the table, added: “I think the images shall tell everything.”Speaking immediately in the wake of the incident, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan denied the coach had been attacked.“There were people around it and people were being pushed in all directions but there was no attack on the coach,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.When told there were images on social media of bottles being thrown towards it, he replied: “If you check the coach, there won’t be any damage.”last_img read more

Alaska to Participate in Super Tuesday

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska will be one of 12 states and one U.S. territory next Tuesday participating in the Republican ‘Super Tuesday’ event. The Alaska Presidential Preference Poll will be held March 1st. Randy Daly has been helping organize the local polling locations… Daly: “This is where you start choosing delegates that will go to the national convention. So what we will do is if your candidate has the majority of the votes, they will get the majority of the delegates. So you’ll have the vote on the 1st and then you’ll have the district conventions, which for [Districts] 29 and 30 are going to be on the 5th here on the Peninsula, and then you have the state convention and then you have the national convention. So what we’re doing is getting into the process to select the candidates that will go vote for your candidate for President.” Candidates who receive at least 13 percent of the Super Tuesday vote will be awarded delegates through a “mathematically proportional system.” Alaska is considered a “powerhouse” Republican state and sends 28 delegates to the national convention, the same number as Oregon, more than New Hampshire, and just slightly below Iowa. The Alaska GOP explains, “it’s because of the strength of our Republican base here in Alaska,” where there are three GOP representatives in Congress, and Republican majorities in the state House and Senate. To find your nearest polling location, click here. With several candidates out of the Republican race, it’s now down to just five names: Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.last_img read more

Hamilton calls out rivals for silence on racism

first_imgSPIELBERG, Austria (AP):Formula One (F1) champion Lewis Hamilton called out rival teams yesterday for not doing enough to combat racism and said that the sport still needed to push for more diversity.Hamilton has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks following the killing of George Floyd – a handcuffed and unarmed black man – by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May. And Hamilton’s Mercedes team will be competing in an all-black car – instead of the usual silver – as a statement against racism when the season starts on Sunday in Austria.But Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, said he’d like to hear more from other teams – and criticised some sports figures for only jumping on social-media bandwagons instead of pushing for real change. “There are a lot of people that just take a moment to post ‘Blackout Tuesday’ (on social networks), but they’re not really doing much. I’ve definitely not heard anything from any of the other teams, as far as I’m aware,” Hamilton said. “I won’t stop pushing until we really see change. Seeing one person of colour added to the paddock is not diversity, so we’ve really got to dig deep.”Hamilton attended a Black Lives Matter march in London recently and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport. NEW INITIATIVE F1 launched an initiative aimed at tackling racism and encouraging more diversity within the series, with F1 chairman Chase Carey pledging US$1 million (J$139 million) of his own money toward a fund.“It’s positive to see that people are reacting, and I do want to see people being more proactive,” Hamilton said. “I think Formula One has been great. I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone with them, doing Zoom calls talking about their plans and how we can move forward, united.”F1 drivers are discussing whether to take the knee together on the grid before Sunday’s race in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, as footballers have been doing. “We haven’t all spoken; I’m sure we will. It’s not something that’s been at the top of my mind, in that I’ve been asked the question multiple times. It’s not really been a priority for me to come and kneel at the start line,” Hamilton said. “We’ll see Sunday. I think whatever we do, we’ll try to do it united. I think it’s really important that we remain united, or that we become united, I would say, in this sport.”Hamilton hopes his commission finds the root cause of why he’s still the only black F1 driver.“It is an expensive sport, and I think that’s definitely an underlying factor. The truth is that the opportunity is not the same, not only from the drivers’ point of view but also the engineers’,” he said. “I’ve been working with Mercedes since I was 13. I’ve also been in Formula One for 14 years, and I’ve hardly seen any change. That upsets me.”last_img read more

Diamond Hogs fall as Kentucky evens series

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-19:433187fd991af6d29c8d3487 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-756129-4167859980001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) – The University of Arkansas baseball team (19-16, 6-8) gave up three runs in the first inning Saturday evening and never recovered, falling 16-4 as Kentucky (19-14, 5-8) evened the series at Baum Stadium.The Wildcats came out firing in the first inning, using a pair of walks and three singles to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Kentucky added another huge offensive spurt with seven runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach.Arkansas managed to score a run in the sixth inning when Clark Eagan was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an error for the Razorbacks’ first run of the night.Arkansas added two more runs in the eighth inning as Luke Bonfield recorded an RBI, before Carson Shaddy capped the scoring in the ninth inning, lining an RBI single to left field in a 16-4 loss.Joe Serrano, Brett McAfee and Rick Nomura all recorded doubles in the game, while Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the eighth inning.Arkansas will go for its fourth consecutive SEC series win on Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.For more information on Arkansas baseball, follow @RazorbackBSB on Twitter.nning, using a pair of walks and three singles to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Kentucky added another huge offensive spurt with seven runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach.Arkansas managed to score a run in the sixth inning when Clark Eagan was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an error for the Razorbacks’ first run of the night.Arkansas added two more runs in the eighth inning as Luke Bonfield recorded an RBI, before Carson Shaddy capped the scoring in the ninth inning, lining an RBI single to left field in a 16-4 loss.Joe Serrano, Brett McAfee and Rick Nomura all recorded doubles in the game, while Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the eighth inning.Arkansas will go for its fourth consecutive SEC series win on Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.For more information on Arkansas baseball, follow @RazorbackBSB on Twitter.last_img read more

Climer: Vols can thank Dobbs for bowl trip

first_imgIt doesn’t take an aerospace engineering major to figure out the key to Tennessee’s offense.Why, it’s the aerospace engineering major who’s behind center.Josh Dobbs, who was once known more for his field of study than his performance on the field, provided the winning edge in the Vols’ 24-17 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, a victory that allows UT to break a three-year bowl drought.It’s unclear where the Vols will land in a jumbled postseason picture. The smart money says Memphis and the Liberty Bowl, possibly against Texas or West Virginia.Suffice it to say, though, UT would be staying home for the holidays yet again if Dobbs had not come to the rescue as the Vols won three of their last four games to get to 6-6 and attain bowl eligibility.Vols turn to defense to make bowl game“It means everything,” Dobb said. “That was our goal coming into the season — to get our seniors to a bowl game and progress from there. This is a stepping stone for this program.”Merely getting into a lower-tier bowl once was beneath UT’s dignity. But after everything this program has been through in the last seven years or so, getting into a bowl — any bowl — is a step in the right direction.“It means a lot to me. It means a lot to the older guys,” said Vols linebacker Curt Maggitt. “It hurts to stay at home and see all the other teams going to bowls. You want to be a part of it. It feels great.”Credit Dobbs with charting the course to the postseason. He was targeted for a redshirt season and did not play until the Vols’ eighth game, but things turned around once he became UT’s quarterback of record. Linebacker Curt Maggitt celebrates after Tennessee won 24-17 at Vanderbilt.An indication of just how important he is to this offense: Against Vanderbilt, Dobbs ran or threw on 41 of UT’s 65 plays. Putting the ball in one player’s hands for 63.1 percent of the snaps is highly uncommon except for teams that throw it virtually every down.“When you’re a competitor, if something’s not working, you’re still going to fight and do whatever it takes to win,” Dobbs said.It wasn’t easy. UT’s offense struggled to gain traction against the Commodores. In particular, the Vols passing game was almost nonexistent. Dobbs’ first pass was intercepted, but the play was nullified for a roughing-the-passer penalty.“He stayed focused,” said Vols wide receiver Pig Howard, who had five catches for 55 yards. “He didn’t let bad plays get to him. I talked to him on the sidelines and said, ‘Just keep your head up and keep driving.’ He showed a lot of leadership.”For much of the night, everything looked a half-beat out of sync for the UT offense. Substitute center Dylan Wiesman was guilty of a number of low snaps. Dobbs often seemed confused, especially when the Commodores cranked up the pass pressure.Vols’ Jalen Hurd suffers upper-body injuryAll told, Dobbs threw for only 92 yards. He was 11-of-20 and was intercepted twice. His only completions of real significance came on a broken plays where Dobbs bought some time against the Vanderbilt pass rush and strong-armed the ball downfield.“I was able to get free and guys had their eyes on me, working the scramble drill and getting open,” he said. “I was able to find them downfield for big plays.”But Dobbs is far from a one-dimensional quarterback. With the passing game unsteady, he became a key element in the running game, particularly when freshman running back Jalen Hurd was knocked out of the game after just five carries.Dobbs finished with 91 yards on 21 carries, which includes lost yardage on three sacks. He scored on runs of 1 and 8 yards.“He did a great job of running the football,” said UT coach Butch Jones. “When Jalen went out, we had to rely on Josh. … Anytime you add the element of a running quarterback to your offense, you have an advantage.”Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) rolls out to pass at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday Nov. 29, 2014.Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) rolls out to pass at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday Nov. 29, 2014.Often, Vanderbilt defenders appeared to be in position to make the tackle on Dobbs, but he was able to escape with a deft move here and a sudden change of direction there.“We struggled with their quarterback runs at times,” Commodores coach Derek Mason understated.There’s a lot of that going around. Missouri’s defense controlled Dobbs last week. Otherwise, he has found plenty of running room.And against Vanderbilt, he refused to let the Vols go bowl-less for a fourth straight season.“He found a way to win a football game,” Jones said. “That’s critical from our quarterback position. Yeah, you can talk about some of the errant throws and not taking care of the football. I thought he pressed for the first time. …“When we needed him down the stretch, he stepped up and delivered.”Indeed, Josh Dobbs has delivered the Vols to a bowl game.David Climer’s column appear on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer.last_img read more