China State News Agency: Coal Industry Requires Restructuring FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Reuters:Coal demand from China will slow over the next five years and the industry should focus on restructuring and upgrading, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday citing the China National Coal Association (CNCA).Jiang Zhimin, CNCA vice-president, told Xinhua that the service sector was now the main driver of China’s economic growth, adding that the government was increasingly replacing coal with cleaner, non-fossil fuels.“Over the 13th five-year-plan period (2016-2020), the coal industry should focus on promoting structural adjustment, restructuring and upgrading,” he said, adding that this included eliminating excess production capacity, building larger power plants and encouraging the development of downstream activities.He said, however, that coal remained China’s primary energy source and that trends such as urbanization and industrialization would support energy demand growth.Demand from China, the world’s top coal consumer, has been on the wane amid slowing economic growth and a shift away from fossil fuels to curb pollution.Last week, the cabinet said China will remove around 500 million tonnes of coal production capacity within the next three to five years and halt approvals of all new projects.Full article: China’s coal industry needs to restructure as demand slows – Xinhua
Thoughts: You could make the argument that the classes of 2010 and/or 2013 are deeper, but the class of 2008 starts with two no-doubt Hall of Famers who are still performing at elite levels, so 2008 gets the nod. Here’s guessing the fine folks in Cooperstown have already started the process for making the plaques for Kershaw and Sherzer; they just need to wait for them to finish dominating to finalize the numbers. 1. 2006The elite stars: Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester Worth mentioning: Jonathan Papelbon, Matt Cain, Rich Hill, Jered Weaver, Francisco Liriano, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, James Shields, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Pat Neshek, Joel ZumayaThoughts: Just so, so good. Perennial Cy Young candidates on the top line, flashes-of-brilliance guys all over and a few better-than-average consistent performers in the mix, as well. On Tuesday, we took at look at the best classes of rookie hitters in recent memory. The motivation for that trip down memory lane was, of course, inspired by the crazy-good class of rookie hitters in 2019. And though the rookie pitchers in 2019 don’t hold a candle to their position-player counterparts, we still thought it would be fun to rank the recent classes of rookie pitchers (arbitrarily drawing the line at the end of the 1994-95 strike). As with the previous ranking, we’re looking at what the pitchers did in their careers, not what they did solely in their rookie seasons. MORE: Chris Sale is fastest ever to 2,000 strikeoutsHere’s what we did …Using the Play Index feature on Baseball-Reference, I sorted by year and pulled out every pitcher with rookie eligibility who posted a bWAR of at least 1.0 that year. And then I went year-by-year through the Rookie of the Year voting to make sure I didn’t miss anyone (still, people, don’t get me started on the flaws in a three-person RoY ballot; that’s a topic for another time). The guys we’re considering have to have made at least some impact in that year. The year with the most rookie pitchers to post a 1.0 bWAR or better: 2006, with 35.The year with the fewest rookie pitchers to post a 1.0 bWAR or better: 1998, with 18. Though, at the moment, we only have 12 rookies at that level in 2019, so that could take the title by the end of September. Anyway, let’s look at the seven best years for rookie pitchers. 7. 2001The elite stars: CC Sabathia, Roy OswaltWorth mentioning: Shawn Chacon, Joel Pineiro, Danys Baez, Juan CruzThoughts: Neither Sabathia nor Owalt won their league’s respective Rookie of the Year awards, despite fine seasons. But that’s because Ichiro Suzuki was a rookie in the AL and Albert Pujols was a rookie in the NL and both of those hitters were incredible that year, while both pitchers — who finished second, btw — were merely very good. At some point in the not-too-distant future, Sabathia will join both Ichiro and Albert in Cooperstown, though. 6. 2014The elite stars: Jacob deGrom, Trevor Bauer, Masahiro Tanaka Worth mentioning: Kyle Hendricks, Delin Betances, James Paxton, Marcus Stroman, Jeurys Familia, Kevin Gausman, Ken Giles, Jake Odorizzi, Aaron SanchezThoughts: That’s just a solid group of arms, led by deGrom and his otherworldly 2018 Cy Young campaign. 5. 1999The elite stars: Roy Halladay, Tim Hudson, Eric Gagne Worth mentioning: Kris Benson, Freddy Garcia, Billy Koch, Gil Meche, Scott WilliamsonThoughts: Halladay is the only player on this list already in the Hall of Fame, though there will be others joining him down the road (many, many others). Hudson likely will wind up short of Cooperstown (he’ll be on the ballot for the first time with the class of 2021), but that’s not a knock on what was a stellar, underrated career. And Gagne, for a time, was undeniably the best relief pitcher in baseball. 4. 2013The elite stars: Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Hyun-Jin RyuWorth mentioning: Sonny Gray, Chris Archer, Zack Wheeler, James Paxton, Tanner Roark, Julio Teheran, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Danny Salazar, Shelby Miller, Cody Allen, Dan StrailyThoughts: The top of this list is so tough, and hopefully another reminder what we all lost as baseball fans when Jose Fernandez was killed in that accident. And when you consider the depth of quality for the guys not on the top line, that’s really what sets this group apart. 3. 2010The elite stars: Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strashburg, Kenley JansenWorth mentioning: Wade Davis, Neftali Feliz, Jaime Garcia, John Axford, Jhoulys Chacin, Daniel Hudson, Alexi Ogando, Jonny Venters, Travis WoodThoughts: Here’s the thing about this group: None of those four pitchers on the top line received even a single rookie of the year vote. Why? Because none of those guys was in the majors for the full 2010 season, though they were all stellar in their short appearances. Sale had a 1.93 ERA and four saves in 21 relief appearances; Bumgarner had a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts; Strasburg had a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts; and Jansen had a 0.67 ERA and four saves in 25 relief appearances. And this group ranks No. 3 because, damn, all four of those guys have had great big league careers, which is what we’re primarily considering here. 2. 2008The elite stars: Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Worth mentioning: Craig Breslow, Joba Chamberlain, Armando Galarraga, Jim Johnson, Jair Jurrjens, Hiroki Kuroda, Justin Masterson, Brad Ziegler
WASHINGTON — Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne says a bill that passed by a large margin in the U-S House will would ensure financial resources are available to grow small businesses.“Rural entrepreneurs have a tougher go at accessing capital than folks starting up businesses in our urban areas,” Axne says. “As a matter of fact, that’s what the data shows. According to surveys of businesses led by the Federal Reserve Bank, rural small businesses are less likely to grow than their urban counterparts, and nearly half of rural small businesses show sufficient financing.”The West Des Moines Democrat says the bill would also ensure rural entrepreneurs and small business owners have a seat at the table as federal policy makers consider new rules that govern investment and capital. “So, it sets rural entrepreneurs aside for a special understanding of how their businesses operate, so we hope that we’re going to have better tax rates, policies, etc., that can help rural businesses access capital,” according to Axne.Axne, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, says there are several business in the Third Congressional District she represents that are facing these challenges. She says getting enough young workers is another obstacle. A lot of your people want to be entrepreneurs,” she says. “So, we’re having a harder time retaining people in our rural areas. One of the other difficulties is infrastructure with broadband, and infrastructure in general. So, those are all issues that rural entrepreneurs face.”The Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators Act passed on a 413-to-7 vote. Congressional delegations from Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri supported the bill. Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama and Republican John Kennedy of Louisiana have introduced a companion version in the U-S Senate.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Over the past three seasons, Nick Vincent has been a durable force in the Seattle Mariners bullpen, posting a 3.62 ERA while averaging 63 appearances per year.Yet this offseason, Vincent couldn’t find a job.“It’s a crazy free agent market right now and I hope it gets better in the future just for the future players,” Vincent said Thursday after joining the Giants. “It’s not getting any better right …
“People thought I was either crazy or an impossible dreamer because I entered science competitions,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Stuart Ntlathi) • Sir Stuart Ntlathi The SNSETinstitute +27 72 238 4925 [email protected] • The sky is not the limit for African astronaut Mandla Maseko • Ellis uses sport to build a better world • David Ross Patient: ‘ARVs need to be taken daily’ • Cheesekids help the less fortunate • From Daveyton to New York, Lira’s still singing her heart out Sulaiman PhilipAs a 13-year-old Sir Stuart Ntlathi looked at his world and decided he needed to know how it worked. Fourteen years later, his after-school science club owns patents to a battery-operated shoe polisher with changeable colour cartridges, a 14-in-1 microwave combo, and an auto-cooling umbrella. As a 13-year-old he recycled old appliances and developed a microwave-griller combo.Sir – his given name – has earned the honorific. The Stuart Ntlathi Science, Engineering & Technology Institute (SNSET) in Klerksdorp is driving a renewed interest in math and science among South African school kids, a tough challenge in a country where just about 20% of matriculants achieve a 50% pass in the sciences.Ntlathi is sparky, charming and all smiles when he talks about the reasoning behind the institute. It has had to adopt ingenious ways to catalyse an interest in science in an environment where mathematics and the sciences are not well taught, nor well regarded.The institute’s annual summit, held in Klerksdorp, is one such endeavour, and where the best school science pupils compete against each other to create projects. One year they were challenged to build and launch their own rocket. “If you want kids to enjoy what they’re doing, you have to put a bit of fun into it,” Ntlathi told City Press.Ntlathi, who grew up in rural North West, overcame the hurdle of being taught by a science teacher who barely understood his subject. Bad teachers, Ntlathi has often argued, do not inspire young people to an early interest in science, nor to dream that they can follow science-based careers. “The curriculum in SA is irrelevant. That’s why we’re not winning the battle. You don’t want to be teaching out of textbooks. Science requires specialised focus and motivation.”What the education system needs are more teachers like the late Ernest Setlaleng, Ntlathi’s seventh grade teacher. Unlike other teachers at Arefadimeheng Secondary, Setlaleng encouraged his interest in science, telling him that he could achieve anything he set his mind to. “Other teachers would tell me that science was a no-go area for black people. He taught me how to use the internet. He didn’t have the resources, but he tried his best. He believed in me. He was my inspiration.” “I spent my entire childhood tinkering with electronics and in the library on the internet,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Capitec Bank) From that belief grew the Stuart Ntlathi Science, Engineering & Technology Institute, with 14 employees and a dream to build a headquarters – Infinite Park. These headquarters, Ntlathi hopes, will become a centre where budding scientists can congregate, share ideas and work together on projects.Ntlathi believes that the science club that met after school and grew into the SNSET Institute shows that South Africa’s scientific future is robust. He does not need a crystal ball to prove it when he says, “South Africa is pregnant with ideas, solutions and young people are asking for a platform to make these ideas a reality.”Ntlathi built the platform he will launch his dreams from and now he is sharing it with South Africa’s youth. When he was younger, he had told his grandparents that one day he would leave rural Klerksdorp and float above the Earth. In that childhood fantasy lay his life philosophy – the Infinity Dream – a demand to always strive for what seems unattainable: “Never put your dreams on hold because of money. Put your efforts into your dream, build on your dream and money will come as the cherry on top. Money comes as result of your dream, so never never deny yourself an opportunity because of money.” Watch Sir Ntlathi and other inspiring South Africans on the Play Your Part TV series every Sunday at 9pm on SABC2.
frederic lardinois How Many Apps Do They Use?About 40% of all iPhone users use about 4 to 6 apps at least once a week. Only about 5% use more than 20 apps per week. Given how many apps most users download per month, these results validate some other reports we have seen which argue that most iPhone apps are disposable and are discarded after a few days of usage. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#advertising#mobile#news#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Power of BrandsBeing an ad company, AdMob also asked the survey respondents if they would download apps from well-known brands. Over 70% answered that they had already downloaded apps from brands and over 60% said that they would be interested in doing so.As AdMob is more interested in selling ads than revenue from app sales, it makes sense that the company didn’t differentiate between paid and free apps in this survey, though it would have been interesting to see more data about how much users pay for their apps on average and what percentage of the apps they downloaded was free. MethodologyAs always, it is important to note the methodology used for this survey. On August 6, AdMob recruited participants through ads in applications that use AdMob’s advertising technology. Overall, AdMob received 190 responses from these ads, which the company feels is a significant sample size and provides a representative sample of the larger iPhone app market.Admob IPhone Apps Survey 2009View more presentations from guestc0de5a. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology AdMob just released some data about how iPhone users discover new apps in the App Store and how they use them once they have downloaded them. According to AdMob, most users download apps from the App Store directly from their phones. Only 7% go through iTunes to download apps. To find new apps, 62% of all respondents searched for a specific app and 60% looked through the lists of top selling apps in the store. AdMob also found that the majority of users (62%) install between 1 and 6 new apps per month and 22% of all iPhone users download more than 11 apps per month.How do iPhone Users Discover Apps?The data about how iPhone users discover apps is quite interesting. It doesn’t come as a surprise that most users are looking for a specific type of app, but it is also clear that the Top 25 lists in the store play a major role in most users’ purchase decisions. 46% of all iPhone users rely on recommendations from friends, while about 20% find new apps through ads in other applications and about 19% base their download decisions on news articles and blog posts they have read.Given the size of the store at this point, it only makes sense that users rely on popularity as a measure of quality. Sadly, the App Store doesn’t allow users to organize apps by ratings. Judging from this data, any app that becomes a bestseller and reaches the Top 25 can probably look forward to a long life within this list.
On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her weekly video podcast to attack Google and the Google Book Settlement. According to Merkel, the Google Book Settlement disregards international copyright laws. Merkel, who mostly focuses on the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair in her rather anemic video, also stressed that Germany will do its best to protect German authors against what the government considers to be blatant copyright infringement. Both Germany and France filed complaints against the Google Book settlement last month.“The Internet Should Not Be Exempt From Copyright Laws”According to Merkel, the German government wants to protect its authors. Google, according to Merkel, is “just scanning books without any regard to copyright law,” and “the Internet should not be exempt from copyright laws,” she also adds.In this context, it is important to note that Germany has always been extremely protective of books as a cultural product. Book retailers, for example, have to sell all new books at a set price and can only discount older or damaged books under a limited set of circumstances. It’s currently not clear if these price-fixing rules also apply to eBooks.“eBooks Won’t Replace Traditional Books” Merkel also stressed that she doesn’t believe that eBooks will ever replace traditional books – though she does mention that ‘new’ technologies like audio books have changed the book market over the last few years.Google Books and the Google Book Settlement have obviously been mired in controversy from the beginning. Just last week, Google’s Sergey Brin defended the project in an op-ed piece in the New York Times. The Google Book Settlement is currently on hold, and Google has until November to present a revised version of its plan. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Books#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
Virat Kohli said India do not need to panic as they gear up to face South Africa in the second Test of the three-match series in Centurion from Saturday.India were blown away by South Africa’s pacers in the opening Test at Newlands. Chasing 208 for a rare victory in South Africa, the famed Indian batting line-up imploded as Vernon Philander picked up six wickets to win the man-of-the-match award.It’s funny how things change in a matter of weeks, or just about five days. Before the first Test, no one thought that he should be in the XI, and now suddenly people are looking at the other option. For us as a team, it’s all about finding the right balance. If players fit in in the kind of balance we want to go with as a side, then they will fit in. We certainly don’t go on opinions that are created outside, and ‘talk of the town’, and all those sort of things.Kohli went onto add that Rahane is a quality player and his inclusion in the XI will be decided before the game after the team is done with practice.”He’s a quality player, he’s done well in South Africa. [In] all conditions, actually, away from home,” Kohli said of Rahane. “He’s probably been our most consistent and solid player away from home. I explained the reasons why Rohit [Sharma] started ahead of him. I’m not saying that Ajinkya cannot or will not start in this game. Possibilities are all open at the moment and we shall decide after practice.”However, Kohli said India are better prepared after the reality check in Cape Town and even suggested he was open to a differenet opening combination after Shikhar Dhawan’s twin failures. The Delhi southpaw got out to poor shots in both innings and India might be tempted to give KL Rahul a chance in Centurion.advertisement”As far as the opening combination is concerned, we are going to decide in the practice session, what we are going to go with in this game,” Kohli said and added India might even go in with a different opening combination.WATCH”Having said that, there is definitely no need to panic as a batting unit because of collapses. Whether we play five batsmen or six, the batsmen have to apply themselves better. One needs to have a solid technique and face bowling spells. We need to embrace that,” he added.Kohli said his batsmen were now more ready to handle the bounce. The India captain appeared calm on the eve of an important Test and said his batsmen did not need to be surprised by the bounce of the South African pitches – that is what they expected coming here.”One must not get surprised by the bounce in South Africa. Here the bounce can be steep. One has to keep their composure. The first game gave us exposure to that. We are now better prepared to handle the conditions,” he said. Ajinkya Rahane during training session (BCCI Photo)Kohli also dismissed criticism the team management copped for dropping Ajinkya Rahane for the first Test. The Indian vice-captain had a poor series against Sri Lanka at home and Rohit Sharma was preferred in Newlands.Rohit flopped in both the innings and Rahane’s absence was felt. The latter has a better average away than at home and several experts wondered if it was a good idea to leave him out.”It is funny,” said Kohli. “Before the last Test, everyone was saying Ajinkya Rahane should not be included in the playing XI. Now, in one week, that has changed. Everyone is saying he should be. We don’t decide playing XI as per outside opinion.”ALSO WATCH:
Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, completed its final sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise in April 2018.Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the 3,974-passenger vessel had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested Carnival Horizon’s sophisticated technical, mechanical and navigation systems, the company said.As the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Horizon is set to debut on April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from that port.The ship will then re-position to the US with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York from May 9 to 23, 2018.Following its summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami and kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning September 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami from September 20 to 22, 2018.Launched in March this year, the 133,500 gross ton newbuilding is the company’s second Vista-class ship. The first ship from the batch, Carnival Vista, was handed over to the company in April 2016. In addition, the third Vista-class vessel is currently under construction at the shipyard in Marghera.Featuring a length of 321.5 meters and a width of 37.2 meters, Carnival Horizon will be able to accommodate a total of more than 6,400 people on board.Image Courtesy: Carnival
Arrow‘s Thanksgiving episode will include a major ode to the Piano Man himself.When Cayden James (Michael Emerson) plans to wreak havoc on the holiday, he sets his sights on blowing up a concert venue. The concert in question? Billy Joel, who will appear in the hour via actual concert footage thanks to a request from executive producer Marc Guggenheim.“For the Thanksgiving episode of Arrow, we wanted Cayden James to threaten a major event at Star City,” Guggenheim says. “A variety of ideas were discussed, but when we settled on a rock concert, I knew it had to be Billy Joel.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: READ MORE Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment