All England Championships: Saina Nehwal enters quarters with hard fought win in last 16

first_imgAll England Championships: Saina Nehwal enters quarters with hard fought win in last 16All England Championships 2019: Saina Nehwal fought off a brave Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark 8-21, 21-16, 21-13 to enter the quarter-finals in Birmingham.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri BirminghamMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 21:10 IST All England Championships: Saina Nehwal battled hard to reach quarter-finals. (BWF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal had it tough in the Round of 16 of All EnglandSaina took 51 minutes to fight out Kjaersfeldt to reach quartersSaina leads Kjaersfeldt 3-0 in their head-to-head recordSaina Nehwal staived off a tough challenge from Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt to advance to the quarter-finals of the All England Championships in Birmingham on Thursday. Saina had to fight hard against Kjaersfeldt and come from behind to win 8-21, 21-16, 21-13 to advance to the next stage.Kjaersfeldt gave an excellent account of herself against the former world No.1 Saina but fell short against the experience, guile and spirit of the Indian, who came out triumphant in 51 minutes.This was the third meeting between Saina and Kjaersfeldt and it was the first time Saina dropped the first game against the Danish. However, Saina showed the fighting spirit that she is known for to down the Danish.With the win, Saina now leads Kjaersfeldt 3-0 in their head-to-head record. Saina will next take on the winner of another women’s singles Round of 16 match between Tai Tzu Ying and Beiwen Zhang.Kjaersfeldt began the match on the upsurge by taking the first two points. In recent times, Saina has been a slow starter but on Thursday, she was unable to get on top of the Danish in the first game.Apart from a few points every now and then, Kjaersfeldt easily took the first game 21-8.The second game started much better for Saina as she took a 7-4 lead. However, Kjaersfeldt fought right back to make it 8-8 and then went into the break with an 11-9 lead.However, Saina took control of the proceedings after the break and started building a solid gap.advertisementWith a comfortable lead of 16-12 at one point, Saina confidently played her strokes against the powerful play of Kjaersfeldt and took the second game and forced the match into the decider.Saina stayed on top of the decider right from the start and in a mirror image to the first game, Kjaersfeldt was unable to catch up with the Indian as Saina went into the break with an 11-7 lead.After the break as well, Saina kept on building on her lead but Kjaersfeldt kept earning points every now and then.However, Saina soon brought up match point opportunities at 20-13 and needed just one to wrap up the match.Also Read | Praneeth crashes out after straight games loss in Round 2Also Read | Sindhu crashes out in Round 1For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Saina NehwalFollow All England ChampionshipsFollow Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt Nextlast_img read more

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Bentley Acquires MOSES Software Business from Ultramarine

first_imgBentley Systems, October 7, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired the MOSES software business from Ultramarine, Inc. Used around the world, MOSES is the premier analysis and simulation software for complex projects involving the transportation and installation of offshore structures, including the launch of jackets and floatover of topsides.Featuring functionality covering the full range of stability, motions, and mooring of single or multiple floating bodies, MOSES has become the mainstay for professional engineers to reliably meet stringent offshore code requirements, reduce project risks, and increase safety. With this newest addition to its portfolio, Bentley further strengthens its leadership in the accelerating offshore energy industry following its acquisition in March 2011 of SACS, flagship software for the structural design of fixed offshore structures. The integration of MOSES and SACS enables unprecedented comprehensiveness in offshore engineering, in particular for the analysis and design of floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) structures.David Hollister, Bentley CFO, said, “Bentley’s acquisition and mainstreaming of SACS advanced the breadth of capabilities available for the design of offshore infrastructure – for instance, now including wind farms. SACS’ wider adoption and rapid development since becoming a Bentley offering underscores our commitment to the offshore industry. The addition of the FormSys naval architecture technology to SACS in November 2011 expanded its reach to address FPSO units and other floating systems. The acquisition of MOSES now extends our software’s capabilities to include the most complex analyses of all types of offshore installation projects. We will be working closely with Ray Nachlinger, creator of MOSES and CEO of Ultramarine, Inc., as we integrate SACS and MOSES to deliver unrivalled FPSO design tools.”Nachlinger said, “We at Ultramarine are very pleased that MOSES has a new home at Bentley Systems, and I view my new consulting role as an opportunity to accelerate what software can contribute to the creation and deployment of more varied and resilient offshore structures. We’ve seen how Bentley quickly provided the users of SACS with greater value, and this makes us all the more confident that the Bentley team will do the same for the users of MOSES.”Phil Christensen, Bentley vice president, offshore, said, “Our next step is to leverage the Bentley technology platform to enhance MOSES’ modeling and graphical visualization capabilities, as well as its ease of use. This will improve the user experience and extend the application of MOSES for more interactive design decisions. In addition, full integration between SACS and MOSES will allow a cohesive model to be used for all structural and naval architectural analyses.”SACS Going ForwardSACS continues to be the analysis mainstay for the world’s offshore engineers. With 70 percent of the Earth under water, better-engineered, safer offshore structures will play an ever greater role in sustaining the world’s economies and environment. Accordingly, SACS is being applied to enable ever-more complex marine endeavors.For example, in the Tokyo International Airport re-expansion project – a 2012 Be Inspired Award winner for Innovation in Offshore Engineering – Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd., used SACS to conduct fatigue analysis on the 1,100-meter-long steel jacket structure for this runway that extends into the sea. Recently, SACS was instrumental in unique work being done to salvage the Costa Concordia from the marine sanctuary off the Italian island of Giglio, where it capsized last year. In this 2013 Be Inspired Awards finalist project, TECON S.r.l. used SACS to design underwater platforms and other auxiliary structures that helped the ship to be righted intact – an unprecedented process that minimized environmental impact.The integration of MOSES will enable Bentley Systems to continue to empower offshore engineers to think bigger, and implement safely. My location Print  Closelast_img read more

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Province HRM Reach Convention Centre Agreement

first_imgThe province and Halifax Regional Municipality have reached an agreement on a new convention centre that will create thousands of jobs and new economic development opportunities across the province. “This is a major milestone in the growth of our province,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “A new convention centre means jobs for Nova Scotians, new business for industry, and more opportunities to showcase Nova Scotia to visitors from around the world.” “We are pleased that we are in agreement on terms and conditions that will allow HRM and the province to present a unified pitch for federal funding to make this long-awaited project happen for the benefit of the downtown, the entire region, and the province,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “This is great day for our municipality.” Under the agreement, the province and HRM will each contribute about $56 million toward capital construction costs, and cost share equally on any operational costs not covered by revenue generated by convention centre operations. An agreement is required from the federal government to contribute the remaining one-third of eligible construction costs, a lump-sum payment to the developer when the new centre is substantially complete. Property taxes will be treated as a shared cost between the province and HRM, with the current property tax on the existing convention centre used to determine the taxes for the new one. Beginning in 2015-16, the amount payable will increase at the lesser of the rate of inflation or two per cent annually. When the new centre is complete, HRM has agreed to buy the existing convention centre at the book value, if the province is not able to sell it before then. The 25-year lease agreement will include options for two, five-year extensions and public purchase. Construction of a new convention centre will generate $9.5 million in provincial tax revenue. An additional $40 million in provincial tax revenues would be generated during the first 10 years of operation. “This agreement delivers good value for taxpayers and is an important step forward for the project and our province,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Our urban core needs the kind of serious, strategic public investment that began with an iconic new central library and continues today with an agreement between two levels of government that solidifies a commitment to a new convention centre. This an example of public investment that will spur private investment downtown,” said Mayor Kelly. The new convention centre will be three times larger than the existing centre, with 115,000 square feet of rentable space and 51,000 square feet of reception space. With larger, more flexible space, it is estimated that during the first 10 years of operation, the convention centre will host 6,800 events with more than two million visitors. Construction on the new centre would begin in spring 2011 and be complete by the end of 2014. In October, the province accepted the Rank Inc. proposal to build a new convention centre and began discussions on a funding partnership with the federal government and Halifax Regional Municipality. The province and municipality will now establish a negotiating committee to secure federal participation in the project.last_img read more

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Josh Duhamel Reads For The Record

first_imgJosh Duhamel is the official celebrity ambassador for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 2014 campaign.Duhamel will help shine a spotlight on the importance of early education and Jumpstart’s unique approach to closing the achievement gap before it’s too late.“As a new dad, I’m proud to be part of a campaign that advocates early education for all children. The best part of our day is story time with Axl,” said Duhamel.Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy in an effort to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite in big cities, small towns, and everywhere in between to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells.“We are absolutely thrilled to have Josh as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 2014 celebrity ambassador. His commitment and passion to serve those who need our help most is incredibly inspiring and we are honored to have him on board for this year’s campaign,” said Naila Bolus, president and CEO of Jumpstart. “There is an early education crisis in this country right now, particularly for children in low-income communities, and we won’t stand by and watch children be left behind.”In 2013 more than 2.4 million people participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Since 2006 the campaign has engaged 11.5 million children and raised more than $8.6 million for early education programs.For more information about how you can make a donation to support Jumpstart’s work across the country, or to get involved in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, visit www.jstart.org/readfortherecord.last_img read more

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NEB rejects Burnabys bid to stop work at Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — The National Energy Board has rejected the City of Burnaby’s request that it rescind orders allowing the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to conduct work at its terminal in the city.The Metro Vancouver city had asked that the board cancel the orders after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed government approval for the expansion project.Burnaby had argued the terminal work was primarily related to the project, but the board said in a written decision Thursday that it’s upholding the orders, allowing Trans Mountain Corp. to do infrastructure work at the Burnaby Terminal.The NEB says piping modifications are not associated with the expansion project and the relocation and decommissioning orders appropriately allow Trans Mountain to optimize the site in preparation to offer new services to shippers.The board also allowed the company to continue tree clearing as part of the approved work.Burnaby has been a long-standing opponent of the pipeline expansion, which would substantially increase tanker traffic in the city’s waters, and it was among the plaintiffs in the Federal Court of Appeal case against the project.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Environment Minister to weaken emissions rules for coalfired power source

OTTAWA — After a year of tough negotiations with companies and premiers that tested Ottawa’s resolve to fight climate change, Environment Minister Peter Kent is finally ready to present the final version of regulations to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from the coal-fired electricity sector.Kent is travelling to Saskatoon Wednesday to present a weaker version of the regulations he drafted a year ago, The Canadian Press has learned.Multiple sources say the new performance standard for coal plants will not be as strict as initially proposed.In draft regulations put forward for discussion in August 2011, Kent proposed that new coal plants only be allowed if they can emit less than 375 tonnes of carbon dioxide per gigawatt hour of electricity generated.In the final version, that standard is likely to be relaxed to about 420 tonnes instead of 375.Sources also say the time allowed for old plants to meet the new standard will be about 50 years — instead of the originally proposed 45 years.All in all, the new rules are designed to ensure coal-generated electricity is as clean as natural gas, mainly by steering plants to adopt new technology such as carbon capture and storage.But the rules are also meant to give provinces some flexibility in how they will deal with their coal-fired electricity.Already, Nova Scotia has negotiated a separate deal with Ottawa to handle coal in its own way, while meeting the same end goals set by the federal government. Saskatchewan has announced it intends to put together a similar deal, and Alberta is expected to head down the same road.Those three provinces are the most dependent in Canada upon coal for their electricity, and have argued that Ottawa’s original rules would penalize them unfairly.But environmentalists as well as the Ontario government have been urging Ottawa not to lose its resolve with the coal regulations, saying those rules will set the tone for rules in the oil and gas sector expected some time next year.“For us, if they do weaken them (the coal regulations) from the draft, it’s really troubling for the regulations that are coming next,” said P.J. Partington, a climate change policy analyst at the Pembina Institute.“If they’re willing to take such an approach with coal, then we can only imagine what will happen with oil and gas.”The federal government is taking a sector-by-sector approach to reducing greenhouse gases. Instead of imposing a tax on carbon emissions, or developing a cap-and-trade market that would reward clean energy over high emissions, Ottawa is gradually imposing rules and restrictions on emissions in each polluting sector of the economy.So far, it has rolled out limits for the auto sector and renewable fuels. Coal has been the trickiest sector so far.But the remaining sectors, especially oil and gas, are expected to be even more thorny, with Alberta’s oilpatch already resisting federal attempts to regulate. Draft regulations are expected next year, possibly in the spring.Canada has committed to reducing its emissions by 607 megatonnes by 2020, and Kent frequently touts his sector-by-sector approach as the main way for Canada to meet that goal.However, it will take decades for the coal regulations to begin to have a significant impact on emissions. Even the draft regulations only anticipated emissions reductions of 31 megatonnes by 2020. The new version will likely promise to deliver less than 30 megatonnes by that time, with more intense reductions in later decades as old coal plants come off stream.In 2009, coal-fired electricity was responsible for about 77 per cent of Canada’s electricity-related greenhouse gases while producing one fifth of the country’s power, according to a brief by the Pembina Institute.British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia have already introduced major reforms for their coal sectors. read more

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UN antidrug agency sees significant drop in coca and opium poppy farming

The 2003 Global Illicit Drug Trends Report, launched in Paris today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlights the good news coming out of the world’s two major drug producing regions as well other important developments and negative trends on the abuse side, especially in Europe, Russia and Asia. The report’s release is timed to coincide with tomorrow’s observance of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.According to the report, areas under poppy cultivation in Myanmar and Laos – along with Thailand, part of the so-called Golden Triangle – have been reduced by some 40 per cent between 1998 and 2002, with that downward trend continuing this year. Globally, compared to 1999’s bumper harvest, opium-production last year was some 22 per cent lower.”If the current reduction of opium cultivation is sustained, the Golden Triangle could well become a minor source of narcotics in the next few years, said UNDOC Executive-Director Antonio Maria Costa, who added that the agency was also pleased about the major reduction in the world cocaine supply.The report notes that in the Andean region, Colombia has achieved a very significant decline of coca bush cultivation – amounting to a 37 per cent decrease between 2000 and 2002. Bolivia has become an “almost marginal source,” and Peru has reduced coca cultivation by about 60 per cent since 1995.Even with those advances, however, Mr. Costa noted several negative trends, chiefly that growth of opium production in Afghanistan has increased the heroin market in the region, as well as in Central Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe. “The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been expanding at an alarming rate due mainly to the increase in intravenous heroin abuse,” he added.The report also confirms the emergence of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) – synthetic drugs that include metamphetamines and Ecstasy – as “Public Enemy Number One” of the illicit drug trade. The readily available nature of ATS drugs and the fact that they are easily concealed is made more worrisome because too many people condoned their abuse, thus increasing their acceptability, Mr. Costa said. read more

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Heres what happened on the first day of the Anglo trial

first_imgUpdated 11.40pmTHE TRIAL OF three former senior executives at the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank, including former boss Seán FitzPatrick, has begun at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin.The three men appeared before Mr Justice Martin Nolan in a packed courtroom which was standing-room only from when the trial began at 10.37am today.The three, Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones in Wicklow, Pat Whelan of Coast Road, Malahide in Dublin, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines in Dublin,  all pleaded not guilty to 16 charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – in 2008 to buy shares in the bank.Whelan also faces seven charges of being privy to the fraudulent alteration of loan letters sent to seven people.The three sat in a row on the left-hand side of the court, rising when the judge entered the court and when the charges against them were read out.Pat Whelan outside the court today. (Niall Carson/PA Wire) Whelan, the youngest of the three at 51, was dressed in a dark suit with a pale open-necked shirt and no tie. Seán FitzPatrick, 65, wore a dark blue suit, a light blue shirt and a pink patterned tie. McAteer, 63, wore a pale shirt and a light pink tie with a black suit.Opening the trial, barrister Paul O’Higgins SC for the prosecution told the jury that a bedrock of the Irish legal system is that defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise, and asked them to bear this in mind throughout the case.‘Suck eggs’He said that the prosecution will argue that the money lent in July 2008 to the Maple Ten and members of the Quinn family was done so in “very extraordinary circumstances which had nothing whatsoever to do with the ordinary course of the bank’s business”.He told the court:In effect, what the prosecution says in this case is that there was lending by Anglo Irish Bank for the purchase of its own shares, that the three officers of the company on trial at the very least all knew about it, and the prosecution will say not only did not take all reasonable steps to prevent it, but in fact either did it, authorised it, carried it out, or at the very least, took no step whatever to prevent the default by the company, and therefore the prosecution says were guilty of an offence under Section 60 of the Companies Act.The barrister told the court that he did not want to teach anyone “to suck eggs” in describing how the case had come about, but said that he wanted them to understand the full details of what had happened at Anglo Irish Bank.He said that the Financial Regulator had become anxious about the situation at Anglo Irish Bank which developed through 2007 and 2008 and had wanted to see a resolution of the situation.Willie McAteer arrives at the court earlier today. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) O’Higgins gave the jurors an overview of how Sean Quinn had built up ownership of Anglo Irish Bank through contracts for difference (CFDs), telling jurors: “We’re not talking about thousands here and we’re not talking about millions here. We’re talking about tens of millions and maybe hundreds of millions”.He said that it was “perfectly legitimate for Anglo Irish Bank to try to resolve the Quinn situation, but they weren’t entitled to do it illegally”.Of the three accused, the prosecution said it maintains that “Mr Whelan was very much involved in carrying out the transactions, Mr McAteer was involved but not as involved in carrying out the transactions, but knew all about them, and Mr FitzPatrick, as chairman of the board, was told about the lending”. O’Higgins told the jury that “how much exactly [FitzPatrick] knew about the transactions is up to you”.Sean FitzPatrick leaves the court this evening. (Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire) O’Higgins told the 15-person jury – the largest ever sworn in for a case in Ireland – that just 12 of them will decide on the verdict. The 12 will be decided by a ballot when the case ends.O’Higgins said that the unusual number of jurors was selected because given the predicted length of the trial, it was possible that someone would have to drop out at some stage.Jury The trial began by dealing with a juror issue which had arisen since the 15 members were chosen on Friday.The judge asked if all members of the jury were still happy to serve and one man asked to speak to the judge privately. He gave the judge a piece of paper which the judge read before saying that he would excuse the juror from serving.A second juror told the judge that an issue had arose when he had spoken to his family on Friday and told them that he would be serving. The man had discovered that his sister had served as deputy company secretary to IBRC, which he had not known.Both sides said that they had no issue with the man serving.Mr Justice Martin Nolan read out a list of more than one hundred witnesses who are due to appear before the trial, which is expected to take up until 31 May. The list of witnesses is so long that it took the judge several minutes to read the full list.The potential replacement jurors, who had been waiting in a separate room, were told that if they knew of any of the witnesses, they should excuse themselves.When they were called into the courtroom, the judge outlined a number of other possible reasons why they could need to excuse themselves from serving.Photographers surround Sean FitzPatrick as he leaves the court this evening (Pic: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland) Potential jurors were told that if they held such strong views on the issue that they felt they could now try the case fairly, or if they had ever expressed public views on the case online then they should not serve. Anyone who owned bank shares was also asked to excuse themselves.Ten jurors spoke privately individually to the judge and were immediately excused while one juror was challenged by Seán FitzPatrick’s legal team and excused. After several minutes, a woman was selected for the jury and sworn in.The judge asked the jury to take a brief recess and through the same processes to select a new foreman and told them that they could select the same foreman as they had previously had .The trial resumed at 12 noon for just under one hour before breaking for lunch from 1pm until 2.05pm. It then ran from 2pm until 4pm. It will resume again at 10.30am tomorrow.Before the jury was discharged for the day, Mr Justice Martin Nolan warned the members not to talk about the case with their family and friends, or on the internet .He also said that if any members of the jury were travelling together on public transport he advised them not to talk about the case “because people listen”.Originally published at 12.42pm.last_img read more

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EtatsUnis la ruée vers le gaz de schiste se poursuit

first_imgEtats-Unis : la ruée vers le gaz de schiste se poursuitLa maison de commerce japonaise Marubeni a annoncé cette semaine, qu’elle allait acheter en partenariat avec la société énergétique américaine Hunt Oil, une part de 35% dans le gisement de gaz de schiste d’Eagle Ford aux Etats-Unis. Le montant de cette transaction n’a pas encore été révélé.Interdite dans de nombreux pays, l’exploitation des gaz de schiste aux Etats-Unis suscite l’attention de tous les géants internationaux et les opérations d’acquisition sur les grands gisements se multiplient. Dans une situation de pénurie de pétrole, les investisseurs sont attirés par un nouveau genre d’exploration terrestre et ce, même si celui-ci fait l’objet de nombreuses contestations d’un point de vue environnemental. Comme il l’a annoncé, le groupe japonais Marubeni a ainsi décidé de racheter avec Hunt Oil, une part de 35% des gisement de schiste d’Eagle Ford. Celui-ci semble voir dans les activités énergétiques et minérales, y compris l’exploration et la production de pétrole et gaz, des avancées stratégiques.Mardi dernier, le groupe français Total et le chinois Sinopec avaient eux aussi annoncé l’achat d’actifs pour près de 2,3 et 2,5 milliards de dollars chacun. En novembre, le fonds d’investissement KKR avait également racheté la société américaine Samson spécialisé dans ces hydrocarbures non conventionnels pour 7,2 milliards de dollars. Mais le Japonais possède déjà de nombreuses acquisitions dans le golfe du Mexique, la mer du Nord, l’Inde, le Qatar et aux Etats-Unis. “Nous allons continuer à investir des actifs de schiste de qualité aux Etats-Unis et dans d’autres pays”, explique Marubeni, d’après le quotidien économique Le Maghreb.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageNéanmoins, le même problème se pose toujours : l’impact environnemental de cette exploitation n’est toujours pas bien déterminé. L’exploration des gaz de schiste qui consiste en l’injection de fluides à haute pression dans les sols représente ainsi de gros risques pour les nappes phréatiques et l’état de la terre. Ce qui n’empêche pas les permis d’explorations de se vendre aux plus offrants depuis déjà des mois.Bientôt une nouvelle législation ?    “Plusieurs centaines de puits devraient être forés sur les 5 à 10 ans qui viennent”, dans ce gisement de pétrole et gaz de schiste d’Eagle Ford, dans le Texas “pour un coût de 1,3 milliard de dollars (1 milliard d’euros)”, indique Marubeni dans un communiqué. Reste à savoir si les normes environnementales ne vont pas être modifiées aux Etats-Unis afin de mieux réguler l’exploitation des gaz non conventionnels. Une législation pourrait bientôt voir le jour et profiter à la santé des riverains des puits, à l’environnement et à l’industrie gazière. Les gaz de schiste perdraient ainsi toute leur attractivité.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 14:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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US starts shipping military equipment out of Afghanistan

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan — The United States began its withdrawal from Afghanistan in earnest, officials said Monday, sending the first of what will be tens of thousands of containers home through a once-blocked land route through Pakistan.The shipment of 50 containers over the weekend came as a new U.S. commander took control of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan to guide the coalition through the end stages of a war that has so far lasted more than 11 years.The containers were in the first convoys to cross into Pakistan as part of the Afghan pullout, said Marcus Spade, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, meanwhile, faced his first headache just one day after taking command, after an Afghan government panel acknowledged that detainees taken off the battlefield by coalition and Afghan troops face widespread torture at the hands of local security forces — although it denied systematic torture in government-run prisons.Dunford’s predecessor, Marine Gen. John Allen, had urged the Afghan government to investigate allegations of detainee abuse.Allen also had to deal with the delicate task of improving relations with Pakistan, which closed two key land routes from Afghanistan to its southern port of Karachi to all U.S. and NATO cargo for seven months. The Pakistani move came in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops at a post along the Afghan border in November 2011. Islamabad reopened the route after Washington apologized for the deaths.During the closure of the Pakistan route, the U.S. had to use a longer, more costly path that runs north out of Afghanistan through Central Asia and Russia. The U.S. has also used that route to withdraw equipment — but not at the pace it wanted because of the length of the process. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last year that the rerouting was costing the U.S. more than $100 million a month.last_img read more

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Shishmaref man finds 50yearold Russian message in a bottle

first_imgSoon, it caught the attention of Russia 1, the state-owned Russian media network whose reporters tracked down the letter writer himself: Captain Anatoliy Botsanenko. Last week, they visited Botsanenko at his home in Crimea to tell him the news and provided KNOM with a rough translation of their conversation. It isn’t every day that a 50-year-old message in a bottle washes up on the shores of Western Alaska. But that’s exactly what happened to Tyler Ivanoff near Shishmaref on August 5. Ivanoff found two pieces of paper inside. The writing was almost perfectly preserved when Ivanoff opened it, so he could make out the letters, but the translation was a bit beyond his ability. Last Monday, he shared his discovery on Facebook. “The paper had Russian writing,” Ivanoff said. “I noticed it because I took Russian in college and in high school.” The message that washed up near Shishmaref says it was sent from the Sulak, a ship whose construction Botsanenko told reporters he oversaw in 1966 and that he sailed on until 1970. Russian speakers got a hold of the post on multiple social media platforms and have translated the message in the bottle to be a greeting from the Russian Navy, dating back to the year 1969. It has an address and a request for a response from whomever finds it. In 2019, internet posts travel a bit faster than bottles through the ocean, so in three days, it had over one thousand shares. “I was just gathering firewood; everyone was just kind of picking berries,” I just happened to stumble across the bottle, and I noticed it was a green bottle and had a cork top. Not really cork, it was a tight cap, and I could see inside the bottle there was a note.”center_img The message Tyler Ivanoff found inside the bottle. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Ivanoff) “My kids were pretty excited,” he said. “They were wondering if it was a pirate’s note or treasure.” Tyler Ivanoff holds the message-in-a-bottle he found near Shishmaref. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Ivanoff) Tyler Ivanoff isn’t sure if he’ll answer the request to send a letter back. But it has given him some inspiration to keep the non-traditional method of communication going. In the news report, a reporter holds up his phone to show the elderly captain the image of Ivanoff’s find. The man begins to tear up when he recognizes his words from decades ago. He claims that at one point during that time in his life, he was the youngest captain in the Pacific, at just 33 years old. But the find didn’t reveal a map leading to buried Spanish galleons or the Fountain of Youth. The first piece of paper was blank, protecting a handwritten note on the second one. “But that’s something I could probably do with my kids in the future,” Ivanoff said. “Just send a message in a bottle out there and see where it goes…”last_img read more

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Brokers attack NoBrokers office in Bengaluru assault employees

first_imgEnraged over their income taking a hit, over 40 local brokers attacked the office premises of online real estate firm NoBroker in Bengaluru on Tuesday.Around 40-50 brokers gathered and tried to forcefully enter the office premises with the intent of damaging property, battering employees and disrupting work, the firm said in a statement.The brokers also resorted to verbal and physical assault when the start-up founders and its employees tried to stop them.After some of its employees were assaulted by the brokers, the company called up the police who averted the situation from turning worse. NoBroker employs nearly 90 people at its Bengaluru office, which is also its headquarters.”In the age of internet and mobile penetration, this assault in an attempt to hamper technology based evolution,” said NoBroker.”This is clearly an indication of the disruption that NoBroker is causing in the real estate market which is leading to huge savings for the customer and the pinch is felt by the brokers.”Meanwhile, this is not the first time that businessmen have revolted against new-age technology start-ups. In one such incident, cab and auto rickshaw drivers had protested against taxi-hailing firm Ola and Uber for eating into their income, Livemint reported.NoBroker is a broker-free property portal that allows customers to contact property owners directly by eliminating the middleman. The company has claimed that its services saves the customers over Rs 15 crore in brokerage every month. It operates in four cities Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai.NoBroker’s estimates show that Indians pay nearly $4 billion in brokerage in the top 25 cities annually.last_img read more

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kharacter Guide Scorpion

first_imgWho Are They?You can argue who the “main” character of Mortal Kombat is, but Scorpion is objectively the most popular character, the face of the franchise.  And it’s easy to see why. A vengeful fiery ninja from Hell just oozes cool. Although he’s fought DC characters, his best analogue is probably Marvel’s anti-hero Wolverine. And also like Wolverine, Scorpion has had a second life as a reformed old man Hanzo Hasashi confronting his past rage (literally thanks to Mortal Kombat 11’s time duplicates) and trying to rebuild the Shirai Ryu family he lost.Kombat KhronologyScorpion and Sub-Zero in the original Mortal Kombat proved there was much to be gained from making the same ninja two different colors. His iconic “Get over here!” spear attack shout comes from co-creator Ed Boon himself. Surprisingly, Scorpion has yet to receive a spin-off game of his own. But he has appeared in all of the core games, made some Midway arcade cameos like NBA Jam, and was the first Mortal Kombat character to hop into Injustice. Practically every reveal for a new Mortal Kombat starts by showing you how Scorpion looks and plays now.Koolest KustomizationsYellow always seemed like a weirdly tame color for a ninja constantly spewing Hellfire. But Ermac already took the red ninja outfit. So my Scorpion features orange robes as well as spears and swords with more explicit flame details. Most of the moves I picked also involve Scorpion being on fire in some way. Fireballs, burning dashes, Hell teleports, and enhanced spinning spear attacks are how I like to just overwhelm my opponent.How Gross Is The Fatality?Scorpion ripping off his mask to reveal a burning screaming skull remains one of the most shocking Mortal Kombat fatalities. It’ll probably never be topped but props to the team for at least ramping up the hellish violence. Scorpion scorches away the middle part of your body, leaving a spine covered in embers. He then cuts your head off, kicks it up, and throws a spear through your mouth. I love that the two acts of carnage are basically unrelated. Stay on target ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Scorpion.AdChoices广告 Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guidelast_img read more

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first_imgAll the kiddies stay the same as the kids-centric exhibition in India, the Krackerjack Karnival is now in its third year and is up with the spring edition. The kids festival will infuse new energy and vigor than its previous edition.The idea behind the festival is to give families an opportunity to get set for summer where they can plan their holidays, camps, classes etc. 60 booths will be displaying the latest and greatest products and services in the kids space ranging from schools, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), apparels, furniture, holiday destinations and lots more. The carnival will also include the popular characters like Mighty Raju, Chota Bheem, Chamki from Gali gali Sim Sim and Bade Chote. Promotion of upcoming children’s movies, performance of special character from the movie Mighty Raju Rio Calling, interactive and interesting scientific shows for kids like Robotics by Vardhaman (Brainy toys), Magic Show by Rahul/Sumit Kharbanda, Sound of music play by Stage Coach, Dance workshop (Tentative Dance worx, Shiamak Davar Institute), arts and crafts by Itsy Bitsy, will also treat the visitors.Chandrika Behl, organiser of the festival said, ‘The idea is to make available this brilliant festival at different places and each time a new precedent is set by bringing something novel and extraordinary to the forefront’. Seeing the incredible response Krackerjack Karnival has been receiving from visitors, exhibitors and participants, the organisers are planning to launch a series of events at different locations within this year itself – the first of which is scheduled to take place in Gurgaon in April.last_img read more

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REVIEW Kylie Minogue at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park London

first_imgWhen reviewing the likes Britney ‘live’, one must inevitably address the proverbial pink elephant in the room. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Furthermore, for many, it wasn’t their first time at the Kylie rodeo. Although it was likely their first time seeing her perform material from the Nashville-inspired Golden, her fourteenth (!) studio album released earlier this year, and her sixth UK number one.The amplification of twangy guitars and some simple line dancing gave a taste of what to come from her upcoming tour: the set had the feel of an intimate 70s variety show, complete with a chatty Kylie entertaining the audience acapella during a technical issue and bringing on two genuinely surprising star guests.The first, a startled and disheveled Jason Donovan, who ‘literally turned up on my bike‘ to support his old Neighbours co-star. ‘Next thing you know I’m onstage @BBCRadio2 Hyde Park in front of 70,000 people,’ he later tweeted.It showed. His lack of prep – especially next to Kylie unflappable professionalism – left me wincing. I was especially sensitive to it given, in my humble opinion, Especially For You probably the most annoying song ever recorded. But the crowd, many of whom grew up with these guys, still went wild, seemingly unbothered that Jason didn’t actually have a microphone…I had my money on Nick Cave or Robbie Williams showing up next. Instead, somewhat inexplicably, it was Rick Astley.He and Kylie duetted on an energetic mashup of Never Gonna Give You Up (the second most annoying song of all time?) and I Should Be So Lucky (dare I say it, the third?). I was far more impressed with their spot on rendition of the belter that is Kids, with Rick’s low notes better complimenting Kylie’s range than Robbie’s mocking parody of an upper register on the original.But neither could upstage Kylie, and I don’t think they wanted to. They were as awestruck as everyone else.This woman literally didn’t put a cowboy-booted foot wrong all evening. And the audience went home as charmed as they ever were. Simply lovely.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Kylie’s best: The definitive list of her most iconic momentsKylie Minogue scores her first UK number 1 album in 8 yearsKylie Minogue will play NYC Pride’s Pride Island this JuneRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/review-kylie-minogue-live-at-radio-2-live-in-hyde-park-london/ Kylie Minogue | Photo: Golden/BMG With others, you grasp at straws to communicate just how uncomfortable it can be hearing a powerhouse vocalist ‘tear the house down’ while sacrificing, perhaps irredeemably, a speck of beauty from their voice in the process.(That an article headlined ‘Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?’ received 131,000 shares last year says it all.)With Kylie, it’s different. Her voice isn’t the strongest in pop, but it is one of the most distinctive. And she never stretches it. She simply sings, and always with charisma and effortless grace. It comes as naturally to her as breathing.Crucially, she also always sounds more or less the same live as she does on record. That of course goes for all her instantly-recognizable guises: whether the cartoonish girliness of Loco-Motion, the ethereal warmth of All the Lovers or the eerie disconnection of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.All three iconic, albeit utterly different songs got an airing last night, as Kylie offered a one-hour, 16-song, whistle-stop tour of some of her biggest hits, during a beautifully glamorous nighttime set in Hyde Park. That said, she performed the latter track without the trademark chilliness. In fact, she literally didn’t stop smiling all evening.And rightly so. It was a warm night, and there was an sense of celebration in the air, of a fabulous 50-year-old woman and her enduring showbiz career spanning four decades.It was one of gentle merriness, too, as opposed to outright inebriation. This perhaps had something to do with the respectful crowd: all Radio 2 listeners, as such skewered towards the over 35s, despite Rita Ora’s gallant attempt to attract some younger attendees earlier in the day. Ultimately, it seemed everyone was in a good mood having not sidestepped pushy, sweary teenagers all day, as per most British music festivals. (And with that, I realize I am officially old).last_img read more

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Weekend tourism fair hopes to draw local tourists with special travel deals

first_imgThe National Tourism Board (ICT) on Nov. 1-2 will host a National Tourism Fair 2014 at the Antigua Aduana, east of downtown San José.The event will feature over 100 tourism businesses including hotels, travel agencies, tour operators and car rental agencies, among others. This year 100 small and medium-sized businesses focused on souvenir and artisanal products will participate.The fair is part of ICT’s campaign “Vamos a Turistear” (Let’s go sightseeing!), which hopes to attract local tourists during the last stretch of the country’s green season from August to the third week in December.The ICT this year will invest $630,000 in the campaign, a lower figure than last year when they spent $715,000, according to the agency.Tourism Minister Wilhelm von Breymann said the fair is an ideal place for Ticos and Costa Rica residents to plan vacations with special prices and promotions.“This years’ theme will be cultural events that make Costa Rica a distinctive destination,” he said.In order to take advantage of special offers, Tico tourists should present their cédulas, or IDs, while residents “will have to show their DIMEX cards to confirm their status,” ICT’s Promotion Manager Ireth Rodríguez told The Tico Times.Admission to the fair is free. Cultural activities, Tico food and barista exhibitions also are part of the event.Information on promotions and destinations is available on the campaign’s website: www.vamosaturistear.com (in Spanish only). Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica promoted at tourism fairs this week in France and Brazil Costa Rica’s capital wins ‘Travel Oscar’ Good news for travelers: Costa Rica’s airport exit tax (finally) will be added to ticket prices Costa Rica’s health tourism market topic of upcoming forumlast_img read more

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Mortgage Contracting Services Names VP of Operations

first_img April 16, 2013 410 Views New,Mortgage Contracting Services Names VP of Operations in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”Mortgage Contracting Services LLC””:http://www.mcs360.com/ (MCS), a Texas-based provider of property preservation, inspections, and REO property maintenance to the financial services industry, named Ken Scheller as VP of operations.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Scheller is a three-time Pinnacle Leadership Award winner and has a Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from General Electric, where he led consumer finance and mortgage servicing efforts as a VP. He also participated in Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac advisory groups with Bank of America. Before joining MCS, Scheller served as SVP of default servicing at Bank of America, overseeing operations and support for collections, loss mitigation, foreclosure referral, and vendor management.According to a release from MCS, he will oversee the company’s operations center in Ruston, Louisiana.””Ken brings us seasoned leadership and more than a decade of experience in mortgage servicing,”” said Caroline Reaves, CEO of MCS. “”His leadership of our Ruston center is further proof of our commitment to that part of the country and our hopes and plans for continued expansion there.””center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-16 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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Party leaders call for unity in Switzerland Updated

first_imgParty leaders have accepted the president’s invitation to accompany him to the second Conference on Cyprus, which will start next week in Switzerland, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said on Monday, following a National Council meeting.President Nicos Anastasiades presided over the meeting of party leaders and former presidents ahead of the Conference on Cyprus at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana that will reconvene on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.At the meeting Diko, Edek and the Solidarity Movement gave the president a joint text on their positions as regards security and guarantees. Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said that they would announce the content of this document on Tuesday.Head of the Citizens’ Alliance Giorgos Lillikas said that his party also submitted a proposal calling for the National Council to adopt a unanimous decision on the talks at Monday’s meeting, but that some members turned it down.His proposal, he said, included a call for the National Council to convene before and after each negotiating session.He also said that they suggested that the talks should not be linked to the Republic’s rights concerning its exclusive economic zone nor should the historical elements of the Cyprus issue be connected to its international aspects.“Something like that would put us in an awkward position,” Lillikas said.The deputy spokesman said that the president would take into consideration the parties’ proposals – “hence the invitation extended to them to accompany him to Switzerland”.Edek’s leader Marinos Sizopoulos said that the settlement talks are at a critical phase, and that the president’s negotiating position should be reinforced. He called for unity “to shape a common national line and collective management of our national issue”.Their proposal, he said, is aimed at reinforcing the effort. “But for this effort to bear fruit the president must remain stable in his positions”.Akel leader Andros Kyprianou said that this is “perhaps the most decisive of all the meetings that have taken place in recent years” and that the Greek Cypriot side must go there prepared.He also called for unity to reinforce the efforts of the president.“We are not asking anyone to abandon their positions on the Cyprus issue. But let’s for once put Cyprus’ interests above those of the political parties,” Kyprianou said.Disy head Averof Neophytou said that the Greek Cypriot side should be more flexible and be prepared for the possibility that Turkey might make concessions.He added that the Greek Cypriot side went to the talks in February 2004 believing that Turkey would not accept arbitration, “but when (former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf) Denktash read the document given to him by the (Turkish) foreign affairs ministry, the then president (Tassos Papadopoulos) and political leaders were left staring at each other”.Neophytou was referring to reports that the Greek Cypriot side went to the talks in New York to discuss the UN reunification plan unprepared, believing that their interlocutors would never accept UN arbitration or set a deadline for a referendum. But Denktash did agree, and this forced Papadopoulos to play along, reportedly to avoid taking the blame for being the one to say no.Anastasiades and his associates, Neophytou said, is prepared for all possible scenarios.But for leader of the Solidarity Movement, Eleni Theocharous, this is a sign that the president is going to the talks prepared to “make more concessions to solve the Cyprus issue”.“I am sorry but this seems to be the reality, and on the pretext that Turkey will make significant concessions, we will be led to a dead-end, without escape,” Theocharous said.Political leaders reiterated the position that the presence of guarantees and intervention rights of other countries were unacceptable, and stressed that progress on the issue of security and guarantee was up to Turkey’s good will.Spokesman Papadopoulos dismissed the statements made by the Greens’ leader Giorgos Perdikis on the president’s inconsistent stance on the country’s energy programme. The president, Perdikis said, who used to give reassurances that the drillings for natural gas off Cyprus would definitely take place, changed to “it is up to the (energy) companies”.“The Republic’s energy plans will continue as is, without as much as an iota changed,” the spokesman said.   You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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win the seat of Thanet South a coastal area south east of London that includes Ramsgate but he now faces a tough fight on polling day on Thursday UKIP is a relatively new arrival to UK politics In the 2010 general election it polled just 31% of the vote but it won nearly 28% of the vote in last year’s European elections the first time in over a century that a party other than left-of-center Labour or the right-of-center Conservatives won a national election Prime Minister David Cameron once dismissed UKIP as a party of "loonies fruitcakes and closet racists" but their recent success has particularly rattled his Conservative Party Even loonies fruitcakes and closet racists have a vote and they and other voters agree with UKIP’s main policies of opposition to the European Union and immigration They also share an intangible desire to turn the clock back to a golden age when English was the only language that could be heard in the street and the UK remained outside the EU This attitude is personified by Farage normally pictured holding a beer glass in a bar and who is personally aggrieved that he needs to step outside the bar to smoke a cigarette On Saturday when a reporter tells Farage of the birth of Princess Charlotte the daughter of Prince William and Princess Kate and that she weighs 8lbs 3oz he is most touched by the fact the weight is given in pounds and ounces rather than kilograms "Imperial measurements Proper measurements not some horrid kilograms" he says referring to his partys belief that the metric system is one of the many toxic importations from the EU that are destroying life in the UK READ MORE: This New Yorker is Already Mayor of London But Is He the Future Leader of the UK UKIP has attracted party members similar to Farage often mavericks who believe in plain talking and whose dislike of immigration can stray into racism On Wednesday a candidate was suspended for telling a reporter he would shoot his opponent if he won Earlier a UKIP candidate had to resign after tweeting that black comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country" and another was suspended Friday after a series of racist and anti-Semitic comments Nigel Farage enjoys a pint of beer during a visit to mark St George’s day at the Northwood Club in Ramsgate southern England on April 23 2015 Suzanne Plunkett—Reuters Farage is a man of contradictions He has spoken out against the prevalence of foreign languages in the UK yet he is married to a German woman He also had a well-publicised fling in 2006 with an immigrant from the Baltic state of Latvia While he rails against Europe he and his wife both draw healthy salaries from the European Parliament of which he is a member READ MORE: This Woman Is Forecast to be the Biggest Winner of the UK Election The UKIP leader presents himself as an alternative to the UK’s political elite who seem to have more in common with each other than the general public The fact that he was privately-educated and was a successful commodities trader has not undermined his appeal “He’s a very down-to-earth guy” says 18-year-old Charlie Leys UKIP’s youngest candidate for the municipal council in Kent the county that includes Thanet South “People need to trust politicians again and he’s what we need” So far Farages political clout has come less from the two parliamentary seats his party has won than from reshaping public debate around his partys anti-Europe platform Cameron’s pledge to give Britons a referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 was seen as an attempt to stop anti-Europe members of his own party from defecting to UKIP Labour has also responded to UKIP’s threat to its own support by promising to curb welfare benefits for immigrants but for many it’s too late "Nigel talks a lot of sense" says Lorraine the woman waiting outside the church in Ramsgate who declined to give her full name A former Labour voter she stands out in a crowd of UKIP supporters made up largely of white men in their fifties and sixties but she says that Farage is the only politician who has “got it right” concerning the "trouble" that Eastern European migrants have brought to parts of Thanet It’s not always clear what trouble the immigrants have brought and for many UKIP is simply xenophobic and racist Just yards away from the party’s head office in the Ramsgate’s busy town center a crowd of Stop UKIP activists are handing out leaflets "Say no to racism" they shout "Dont trust Nigel Farage hes not your mate down the pub" Though Farage has already exerted considerable influence over public debate his support in the area could be weakening An April 29 opinion poll of voters in Thanet South found the Conservatives two points ahead of UKIP 34% to 32% But for many voting for UKIP is simply a vote for change A man in his twenties sitting outside a pub in Ramsgate says hes voting for Farage on Thursday for one main reason: "Weve given everyone else a chance” Write to Naina Bajekal at nainabajekal@timecom According 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