Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Courtesy ESPNNEW YORK – The coronavirus outbreak moved the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest from the Coney Island boardwalk to an undisclosed indoor location but the results were familiar: Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men’s and women’s champions of the annual gluttony fest on Saturday.Chestnut downed 75 wieners and buns in 10 minutes and Sudo downed 48 1/2 in the same span, setting new world records for both the men’s and women’s events. “I’m always pushing for a record,” Chestnut said before the contest started. “I know that’s what the fans want.”The annual Fourth of July hot dog contest normally takes place outside Nathan’s flagship shop in Brooklyn but was held indoors without in-person spectators on Saturday. Just five women and five men competed, and clear plastic barriers separated them as they chowed down.“Minute six is where I really missed the crowd,” Chestnut said on ESPN, which broadcast the competition, “and I hit a wall, and it took me a little bit more work to get through it.” It was Chestnut’s 13th Nathan’s Famous win and Sudo’s seventh. They will each take home $10,000.
December 20, 2020
By Dialogo May 14, 2010 A number of dinosaur tracks, some of them up to 1.2 meters in diameter, have been found in Argentine Patagonia, in the province of Neuquén (in the southwest of the country), Jorge Calvo, a geologist at the National University of El Comahue, confirmed Wednesday. “There are abundant tracks of sauropod dinosaurs of various sizes,” the researcher said in a press release in which he characterized the discovery as “spectacular,” in a region popularized as the Argentine ‘Jurassic Park.’ The tracks were found some days ago by chance, by a yoga teacher who was performing her exercise routine in the open air in the region of Los Barreales, in the province’s northeast. “First I saw a really strange depression in the ground, then another and another, and I realized that they were the tracks of a dinosaur walking,” Silvia Cuevas said when recounting her find. Calvo emphasized that “these are the same fossil-bearing strata that have made this site one of the richest locations for dinosaurs and associated fauna in South America.” “The Los Barreales tracks are well-preserved, but for now are lacking details with which to establish relationships,” explained Calvo, director of the Lago Los Barreales Center for Paleontological Research. The scientist calculated that the tracks found “have an age of 90 million years.” The region is considered one of the most important paleontological deposits in South America, where finds have been made of fossils from the Cretaceous period. Argentina drew the attention of the scientific world at the end of the 1980s, when fossils of Argentinosaurus huinculensis, the largest herbivore known, forty meters in length, were discovered in the province of Neuquén. In 1993 the remains of Giganotosaurus carolinii, the largest carnivorous dinosaur in the world, were found along with dozens of other discoveries in deposits still being explored.
December 20, 2020
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 09, 2019 China helped Nicolás Maduro’s regime develop the Fatherland Card technological platform, as well as the database containing the confidential data of this national smart-ID card. The goal is to control access to food and build a system to supervise people’s social, political, and economic behavior. “This is the latest expression of an initiative that dates back to 2004, which could be seen as the progressive refining of a tool for government control of Venezuelan citizens’ lives,” a sociology professor at the Central University of Venezuela, told Diálogo. “The Fatherland Card is the electronic key to a social and political surveillance system for the current government.” According to the professor, in February 2017, Venezuela and China signed 22 strategic agreements for more than $2 billion, which included the development of the national card. Venezuela’s national telecommunications company CANTV teamed up with Chinese telecom giant ZTE to build the ID cards. “China is the country that makes the most progress in social and political surveillance systems,” he said. ZTE developed the smart cards issued as part of China’s social credit system, which punishes citizens who don’t conform to the official doctrine. ZTE also provides services to other governments, such as Iran and North Korea, including systems to intercept citizens’ communications, indicated the Organization of American States (OAS) in its March 2019 Preliminary Report on the Crisis of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in the Region. The OAS report states that imposing the Fatherland Card to Venezuelans is a key factor behind their exodus. The use of methods to exercise social control and limit individual freedom is a common characteristic of authoritarian regimes. “There is increasing concern in the United States and different areas at the international level about the Chinese government’s role in generating intelligence and information through technology,” Yadira Gálvez, a scholar at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told Diálogo. “Chinese companies, private in theory, are linked to or subsidized by the Chinese government. They seek to help their government increase its influence in other regions.” Clinging to power Maduro introduced the Fatherland Card in December 2016. The card was initially meant to ration and distribute food the government sold, but in reality serves as a tool to carry out political persecution and segregation. The ID card use so-called Quick Response, or QR codes, to record activities of those who benefit from social programs created during the Hugo Chávez presidency, the Venezuelan government told the press. More than 18 million Venezuelans have the ID credential, which can be scanned with a smartphone. “Although all countries should have databases containing information about their citizens, China’s support for Maduro’s regime with all the Chinese expertise in espionage, is alarming,” Gálvez said. “Maduro could use this tool to guarantee [the population’s] support for his project and use the database to define communication campaigns and shape attitudes.” According to the 2017 report, The Revolutionary Apartheid, from nongovernmental organization Transparencia Venezolana, the card violates the rights of Venezuelans, such as the right to food and health. The card, the report indicates, is required to access public services, enroll in schools, and carry out administrative formalities, from records procedures to withdrawing cash at a public bank. “This tool wasn’t designed to make social welfare universal. It’s designed for social control from this type of government [Venezuela and China] to ensure their continued stay in power,” said Gálvez. “This is a system for control and surveillance developed on Venezuelan soil with Chinese technology, so that Maduro’s government can keep its interests and benefits in the dark,” the professor added. Control devices In recent years, Venezuela used different tools to control the population, such as the Tascón List (blacklist), used to discriminate against public officials fired for supporting the recall referendum against Chávez. Another tool, the Good Living Card, was used to obtain basic goods. The so-called Safe Supply Card enabled people to buy products in all government sales networks. “We don’t know who is in charge of the Fatherland Card’s database, nor the economic resources allocated, which promotes a lack of transparency and, as such, an important source of corruption,” said the professor. “During the 2018 presidential elections, the card was used to request government benefits [with] the fear to be threatened.” Chinese laws do not abide by international privacy rules established in the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Surveillance systems that rely on equipment manufactured in China could present opportunities for Chinese intelligence operations or provide a powerful tool for authoritarian governments to maintain total control over their citizens. In the case of Venezuela, Chinese control is already a reality.
October 20, 2020
I find it amazing that 89 percent of the Democrats in the Senate voted against confirming Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State and 88 percent voted against Gina Haspel to head the CIA. This, of course, includes both New York senators. I guess these senators didn’t want our three U.S. citizens back from North Korea or a chance for a nuclear-free Korea, and I guess they think Haspel will be too hard on terrorists.Or maybe they don’t trust a woman to lead the agency.William MalecGalwayMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
October 16, 2020
Gov. Wolf’s Scholarship Proposal Will Help Thousands of College Students Learn and Stay in Pennsylvania Budget News, Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Governor Tom Wolf today visited Pennsbury High School in Bucks County to meet with students and parents about the rising costs of higher education. The governor discussed his historic scholarship proposal to help thousands of lower- and middle-class students attend one of the 14 universities in the state system.Unveiled during his budget address, the $204 million Nellie Bly Scholarship Program would close the gap after a student’s Pell Grant and other state grants to cover tuition and fees at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, allowing more students to graduate on time with less student loan debt.“The student debt crisis is a burden on young people and their families that can last for years,” said Governor Wolf. “It holds young people back from finishing their degree, buying a car or a home and saving for retirement. The Nellie Bly Scholarship is an investment in young people so they can graduate, stay in Pennsylvania and build rewarding careers and lives here.“Every parent wants a better life for their children. This is that opportunity for thousands of students.”To be eligible, students must enroll full-time in a PASSHE undergraduate program and qualify for a federal subsidized student loan. Students must commit to live in Pennsylvania after graduation for the same number of years they received the scholarship. If a student leaves the state early, they must repay the money.“The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program is good for our communities, it’s good for our PASSHE schools, and it’s good for young Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s also the perfect next step to strengthen our workforce after expanding apprenticeships and hands-on job training for those who don’t want to go to college.”The scholarship is named in honor of Nellie Bly, an Armstrong County native born in 1864. Bly attended the Indiana Normal School, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but left due to the cost. Bly became a pioneering journalist who helped to force reforms to the mental health care system in the early 20th century.Nearly a century later, higher education remains too expensive for many low-income and middle-class families. The student loan debt for Pennsylvania residents is $68 billion, among the highest in the nation, averaging over $37,000 per student.Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities are a vital contributor to the state’s economy, generating an estimated $6.7 billion of economic activity annually. The system has more than half a million alumni living in Pennsylvania and 90,000 students at Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester universities of Pennsylvania.The scholarship program will be funded by annually repurposing revenues from the Horse Racing Development Fund. Since the fund’s inception, Pennsylvania has provided $3 billion to subsidize horse racing, unprecedented support for a single industry. This funding will invest in our students instead of subsidizing an industry that has stabilized and grown.In addition to the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, the governor’s budget invests in higher education with $12.9 million to support PASSHE’s System Redesign and a $60 million increase for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, which serves more than 130,000 students and will increase the maximum award to $4,700.The governor’s budget also provides a $435 million increase for pre-k to 12 education, including $100 million more for public schools using the fair funding formula, $25 million more for special education and $30 million more for high-quality early childhood education. The budget also saves school districts $280 million through comprehensive Charter School Law reform. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 26, 2020
September 29, 2020
Eight Italian pension funds have formed a partnership to target investments in illiquid asset classes, IPE has learned.Assofondipensione, the Italian association of industry-wide pension funds, known as ‘fondi negoziali’, is spearheading the initiative, which will be the first of its kind in the country.The funds formally met in Rome earlier this month to seal the partnership, and will meet again this week to iron out the first technical details, according to Giovanni Maggi, president of Assofondipensione. They will discuss the timing and process for selecting an adviser to aid the funds through the fund selection process.The initiative, launched by three relatively small funds – Arco, Prevedi and Concreto, which have around €1.5bn of assets between them – was later enlarged to include other larger funds, which have yet to be named. The details of the asset classes and fund types that the partners will seek out have yet to be decided. However, they are understood to be targeting investments in private debt, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.“We want to send a signal that funds can work together and play to their strengths in a complicated phase for financial markets”Giovanni Maggi, AssofondipensioneMaggi told IPE: “The association has been working on a system-wide initiative for nearly two years. Following from the input of Arco, Prevedi and Concreto, we have involved all its members in a transparent and direct discussion.“We have found eight investors that are willing to move forward with a partnership. The project has now gone live. The partnership is open and more investors are welcome to join.“The objective is pooling assets, in order to present a stronger business case to asset managers and enhance the governance of investments. We also want to send a signal that funds can work together and play to their strengths in a complicated phase for financial markets.”Calls for collaboration between fondi negoziali had been made repeatedly in Italy in recent years by authoritative voices in the industry, including pension fund regulator Covip. So far, funds had been reluctant to act, but this initiative signalled a possible step change. “This is the first initiative of its kind and could constitute a model for future partnerships where funds can work together to create strong synergies,” Maggi said.Investment rules clarifiedThe establishment of the partnership follows a ruling earlier this year from Covip that paved the way for investment in closed-end funds by industry-wide pension schemes. While investment in closed-end funds was never formally prohibited by the regulatory framework, Covip clarified certain aspects of the framework, thus making investment in closed-end funds significantly easier.Covip asked pension funds to adapt their investment policy documents to reflect the updated rules on investment in closed-end funds. Investment policies are reviewed every three years and most pension funds will be updating them throughout the course of next year. Assofondipensioni member institutions, while not the fastest-growing type of pension funds in the country, represent the bedrock of Italy’s second-pillar pension system. They are the only category of not-for-profit, second-pillar funds not linked to individual sponsors.There are 31 fondi negoziali, all of which are defined contribution-based. At Covip’s last count, the funds had just shy of €50bn of assets under management and 2.8m members. Both assets and members grew nearly 8% between 2017 and 2016.More than two-thirds of their assets are invested in government bonds and liquid corporate bonds, while around 20% is invested in equities, according to Covip. A minor amount is currently invested in illiquid asset classes.
September 28, 2020
The style is rustic opulence. Picture: Realtor.comThe 597 sqm home listed as Frank Sinatra’s “desert hideaway” sits in a three hectare estate just two hours from Los Angeles, California, 20 minutes away from Palm Desert and El Paseo with Palm Springs Airport 26 miles (41km) away. Much was done to keep the home just as the Chairman of the Board would have wanted it. Picture: Realtor.com The estate has three buildings including a five bedroom main house. Picture: Realtor.com Sinatra designed the retreat himself. Picture: Realtor.com Not a bad place for anyone to retreat to, let alone Ol’ Blue Eyes. Picture: Realtor.comThe personal retreat of Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra was done his way and has hit the market complete with helipad, parking for 24 cars and 12 bathrooms. And it’s been listed a surprisingly low $4.5m US dollars ($6.29m AUD) — a rare treat for those in the market for luxury retreats.Named the “Villa Maggio”, it has a whopping nine bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and one half bath.Agent Markus Canter of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services was marketing it as having been “mindfully renovated and restored, resting high above the desert valley”. The hideaway was Sinatra’s desert retreat. Picture: Realtor.comMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“Villa Maggio offers panoramic views, a temperate year-round climate and the chance to own a piece of history. Frank Sinatra helped design and build this secluded estate, which includes three buildings, a resort-style pool, a lit tennis court and helipad, parking for 24 cars and approximately 7.5 acres of land.”“Sinatra’s dual purpose with the design shows a desire to escape the heat and a need for a secret desert hideaway.” The property has rustic charm. Picture: Realtor.com“One of Sinatra’s favourite personal residences, the 6,428 square foot interior has been lovingly preserved to reflect his style and preferences. The surrounding mountainsides provide a timeless, surreal backdrop for the estate, which encompasses a five bedroom main house with 5.5 bathrooms, a self-sufficient guest home, and a two bedroom pool house with two saunas.” Frank Sinatra, pictured here in the 1965 film Von Ryan’s Express, was a legend across both music and film. Picture: Supplied. That’s an amazing picture gallery to look at while doing your makeup. Picture: Realtor.com Perfect spot to gather the family. Picture: Realtor.com FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning 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 CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51
September 28, 2020
Brazilian oil and gas company Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (QGEP), a Queiroz Galvão Group company, has hired one of Solstad Farstad’s anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels for work off Brazil. Solstad Farstad said on Monday that the vessel in question was the AHTS BOS Turmalina.Namely, the company was awarded a two-year firm contract for the AHTS, which will support installation and production of BS-4-Atlanta early production system in Brazil.The contract is expected to begin in September 2017 with the charterer having the option to extend the contract for up to two additional years.Solstad Farstad added that the commercial terms between the parties were confidential.As far as the vessel goes, it was built in 2006 by Itajai Shipyard. It is 80 meters long, 18 meters wide with a deadweight of 2800 tonnes and accommodation for 30 persons.The QGEP-operated BS-4 block consists of the Atlanta and Oliva fields. Atlanta is a post-salt oil field 185 km off the coast of the city of Rio de Janeiro in the Santos Basin in a water depth of approximately 1,500 meters.The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) approved the development plans for Atlanta and Oliva in January and August 2013, respectively.Offshore Energy Today Staff
September 22, 2020
RelatedPosts No timetable yet for Anambra FA elections — Caretaker Committee Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal The Nigeria Football Federation has stated categorically that there has been no election into the Executive Committee of the Anambra State Football Association.The Chairman of Chairmen of Nigerian Football, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, minced no words in declaring that what took place in the State on Monday and which some stakeholders styled “an election” was a charade of very low grade, and the NFF would never recognise such a sham. Gusau said on Tuesday: “That was an act of brigandage and the NFF fully dissociates itself from it.“The Electoral Committee sent to the NFF a letter which they received from the Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force, requesting that the elections into the State FA and the local football councils be postponed, in line with the situation in the country, as the ban on sporting activities and mass gatherings was still alive.“The same Electoral Committee issued a press statement on Monday, 27th July 2020 informing the general public that the elections would no longer hold, and regretted the inconvenience that the sudden postponement may have caused the candidates, delegates, observers, stakeholders and the general public.“In view of these, it is incomprehensible how anyone could have gone ahead with the charade they are calling ‘election’, and you begin to wonder who actually conducted the so-called election.”Gusau, who is also a Member of the NFF Executive Committee, stated further: “That was an affront on the Government and the NFF will never be part of it. “The Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force made it clear that there should be no such gathering.“It is irksome, and let it be said without ambiguity that the NFF does not recognise such a sham and it cannot stand.”Tags: Anambra State Football AssociationIbrahim GusauNFF
September 20, 2020
The club’s owner Assem Allam wants to re-brand the club but the name change was rejected by the FA Council last year. Now an arbitration tribunal has ruled the name should remain Hull City for the time being but that the Council’s decision be set aside due to the “biased” involvement of Football Supporters’ Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke on the membership committee which recommended the name change be rejected. Hull City will be able to make another bid to change their name to Hull Tigers after an arbitration panel set aside the Football Association’s decision to reject the name change. Press Association The findings of the arbitration tribunal stated: “We have concluded that the decision of the council cannot stand. We set it aside. “At this stage of the season it would be impractical and wholly inappropriate to direct the association to make a fresh decision to take effect during the current season. “The club is free to make a new application.” The tribunal’s issue over Clarke was that he based his decision only on what members of the City Till We Die supporters group wanted – the club’s now 111-year-old name to remain unchanged. The findings state: “Rather than take account of all the matters that were relevant to the decision, he decided in advance to base his decision on one, namely the support of the club’s supporters. “Bias is another description: his view was that the decision should be made in accordance with the views of the supporters instead of on a consideration of all the applicable and relevant factors. “His speech and internet posting indicated that he had already decided to reject the club’s application.” Allam said last year he would “give away” the club if he lost arbitration and could not find a buyer.