first_imgNew ‘super minister’ to redefine Germany’s energy transitionSigmar Gabriel will head a combined economy and energy ministry in Germany’s new coalition government with a focus on lowering energy prices and boosting industrial output while rebooting the energy transition. December 16, 2013 pv magazine Markets Markets & Policy Share German Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled her new cabinet on Sunday after months of negotiations between her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the left-of-center Social Democratic Party (SPD) resulted in a grand coalition government that will be sworn in on Tuesday. SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel, who served as environment minister under Merkel from 2005 to 2009, will now serve as vice chancellor and head a new “super ministry” that combines economy and energy policy. Gabriel will oversee the country’s continuing energy transition away from nuclear power, although the new minister is expected to slow down the growth of renewable energy in the country – something he has long championed in view of rising energy prices due to renewable energy incentives. By placing the energy transition completely under one ministry, the new government hopes to eliminate the often conflicting positions between the Federal Environment and Economy Ministries that shared oversight of the transition in the last government. The fact that Gabriel’s Economy and Energy Ministry will now manage the transition also underscores the new government’s focus on the country’s industrial growth over environmental and climate change concerns, or possibly even the further expansion of renewable energy sources. The SPD is a strong supporter of the German coal industry and renewable energy proponents have expressed concern that the party’s close ties to the sector could further hamper further growth. Indeed, the SPD, which itself enjoys backing from the coal mining industry as well as the German unit of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, successfully pushed for a commitment by the new coalition government to support the use of brown coal, or lignite – known as one of the most polluting forms of coal — to help lower Germany’s exploding energy prices, currently the second highest in the European Union after Denmark, according to a recent report by Bloomberg. Vattenfall is planning to expand brown coal strip mining in eastern Germany’s Lusatia region, some 150 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of Berlin, where more than 80 villages have been razed and residents resettled, and the coalition agreement is seen as a major boost for the company. In an interview with financial news magazine WirtschaftsWoche prior to the September 22 federal election, Gabriel laid out his views on the country’s energy transition, arguing that Germany could not move away from both nuclear and coal power at the same time. “Germany needs a new electricity market design because the current one does not accommodate renewable energy. Instead of building new gas-powered power plants, which we urgently need, ultra-modern gas-fired plants are being shut down,” Gabriel told WirtschaftsWoche. Gabriel has argued that Germany’s energy transition poses a serious threat to the country’s economy. “If the energy transition is not completely restarted and finally managed in a professional manner, we will face the greatest deindustrialization program in our history,” he said in the WirtschaftsWoche interview, adding that the pain threshold for citizens and businesses had been long exceeded with the current electricity prices. “A fundamental reform of the renewable energy law has been overdue for years.” According to German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, however, Gabriel may actually be set to expand the energy transition rather than rein it in despite his past rhetoric. In an article on Monday the paper points to Gabriel’s pick for the post of state secretary at the new super ministry, Rainer Baake, a former official in the environment ministry and current head of the Agora Energiewende thinktank, which has closely examined Germany’s energy transition. “Gabriel is sending a signal to his own party with the appointment: Despite all the worries of the Social Democrats and trade unions about the future of coal-fired power, Energy Minister Gabriel now wants to further drive the energy transition rather than slow it down,” the Süddeutsche Zeitung said. The Sueddeutsche notes that Baake, who as state secretary would be Gabriel’s deputy and right-hand man at the ministry, is highly independent and has no ties to major power companies. In the 1990s he also led a battle for greater safety at the Biblis nuclear power plant in the state of Hesse, which has since been closed down. Meanwhile, in a statement last week by the German Solar Industry Association commenting on decreasing renewable energy incentives in Germany, managing director Carsten Körnig called on the new government to “ensure that investments in solar power plants become profitable again.” He added that proposed calls for tender planned for 2016 in the new coalition agreement were a “bad consolation prize” and would come too late in view of decreasing solar energy incentives. “Germany’s painstakingly developed expertise in this field of technology, which is in demand worldwide, is at risk if government policy is not reversed.” A halt in construction of solar parks in particular would have far-reaching consequences for the energy transition, making it more expensive, less efficient and slower, he added. Yet some solar industry representatives see the potential for new opportunities under the new coalition government. Karl-Heinz Remmers, CEO of Berlin-based service provider Solarpraxis (the pv magazine group’s parent company), said in his column on Monday that the industry should make an effort to participate more in the decision-making process. 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first_imgWe have been facing an agrarian crisis or farmers distress from few decades. Suicide has become a most undesirable curse to our nation. It is a sad part that farmers have been used as vote bank to get elected to power by giving some freebies rather than solving their issues at the core to make them self-reliant and better financially.M. S. Swaminathan revolutionized crop yielding, he is the one who knows issues related to farmers to a much deeper level, I always follow his views on current governments actions related to agrarian crisis. He is very supportive and helping the government on various agriculture and farmers developmental activities.PM Narendra Modi has taken several initiatives to make farmers financially strong. His commitment to actions towards making farmers income double by 2022 is quite commendable. Let’s see some of his actions on the ground: –Soil health card: – Our farmers are very hardworking, but they were not given proper knowledge about the soil they are using for different crops. Nature of soil defines which type of crop must be sown in different seasons. PM Modi has taken up this initiative and decided to make farmers aware of their soil health. Considering that the health of the soil plays a fundamental role in agriculture, the government has dispatched more than 13 crore soil health cards from 2015 to 2018. Soil Health Cards carry crop-specific recommendations for nutrients and fertilizers to help farmers improve their productivity.Fertilizers: – There are hardly any complaints from the states about fertilizer distribution. The reason being the significant increase in Urea production as the government has revived the defunct fertilizer plants and set up new plants. Since the government has implemented a 100% neem coating of Urea, it not only resulted in improving the soil quality but also prevented the diversion of fertilizers to other purposes. The big fund was allocated to raise fertilizer production.More crop per drop: – Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana is in place to ensure ‘more crop per drop’ which will cover 28.5 lakh hectare area under irrigation. Rs. 50,000 crores earmarked for ensuring that every farm gets water. Rs. 5,000 crore funds for micro-irrigation made available while there has been an encouragement for farmers to install solar pumps for irrigation.Credit and Support for farmers: – The Modi Government has taken important policy initiatives to address the issue of farm credit and save farmers from being exploited in the hands of informal credit sources such as moneylenders. Rs 6000 is given to each farmer per year in 3 instalments. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is the biggest risk cover and safety net provided by the government. Under interest subvention scheme short-term crop loans up to 3 lakhs with the minimum or no interest rate per annum up to one year made available.Marketing the farmers produce: – The government’s policy follows the next logical step after supporting the farmer at sowing time, which is to help farmers to get the right price for their produce. In July 2018, the government approved the historic MSP hike for Kharif crops to 1.5 times the cost, which will provide farmers with a profit margin of 50% over the cost of production.E- NAM: – National Agriculture Market scheme known as e-NAM has integrated more than 600 markets across states and 2 Union territories. More than 164.53 lakh tons of farm commodities have been transacted on e-NAM and more than 87 lakh farmers have been registered. Thus, it is cutting down the intermediaries(middlemen) in agriculture trading to facilitate farmer with his due. 22,000 rural haats will turn into Gramin Agriculture Market which will benefit 86% small farmers. Large investment in warehousing and cold chains to prevent post-harvest crop losses and value addition through food processing also giving the farmers the essential edge on the market. To address the price volatility of perishable items like tomato, potato and onion ‘Operation Greens’ has been put in place.Focus on allied sectors: – As noted earlier, the focus has been laid on allied agriculture activities to boost farmers income. Corpus of Rs. 10,000 crores set up to create infrastructure in fisheries, aquaculture and animal husbandry. Integrated Development & Management of Fisheries with an outlay of Rs. 3000 crores, the establishment of 20 Gokul Grams are some of the examples in this regard.Growth in production: – There are ample indications to suggest that PM Narendra Modi’s agriculture policy implementation has been yielding results. Agriculture production has touched a new high in 2017–18 with 279.51 million tons of food grain production and increasing each year. The extent of the buffer stock of pulses increased from 1.5 lakh tons to 20 lakh tons. Milk production has increased by 18.81% in 2016–17 as compared to 2013–14.One Nation One Market:- With the amendment to the essential commodities act, a farmer can sell their commodities anywhere with better pricing. Farmers are freed after 70 years of independence in real sense. THIS THE BIGGEST AND LIFE CHANGING ACTION FOR FARMERS BY MODI GOVERNMENT.Numerous steps are required to bring the desired change and doubling farmers income. However, what role should we play today? We must teach and help our farmers about the actions taken by the government, help them to register on the e-NAM platform and how to sell. We need to develop confidence in our lifeline (Farmers) to participate in the actions taken by the government and bring clarity that government will continue to take necessary steps to benefit the farmers…Can we help them and bring back to normal life and avoid suicides??last_img read more

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first_img Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON, was named ‘Rider of the Year’ for 2010 during a special presentation held November 20 during the CSI4*Maastricht show jumping tournament in The Netherlands.The ‘Rider of the Year’ title is given by the equestrian publication yearbook, L’Annee Hippique, published in The Netherlands. Publisher Eric Bruger made the presentation to Lamaze. For the first time, the winner of the ‘Rider of the Year’ title was determined by a vote by the members of the International Jumping Riders Club.“It is special to know that it is judged by the other riders,” said Lamaze of the title awarded by his peers. “It’s an impressive year when you win at Aachen and get a medal at the World Championships, as well as have good results at various competitions with other horses. If you think about it, it is quite amazing for a North American rider to achieve this.”The year 2010 has contained numerous highlights for Lamaze, including winning the Individual Bronze at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, where Hickstead earned the title of ‘Best Horse’ after jumping clear rounds with all four of his riders in the ‘Final Four.’Lamaze began the 2010 season by winning two Grand Prix classes with Ultra Boy and Coriana van Klapscheut in Wellington, Florida, before leading Canada to victory in the Nations’ Cup riding Ronaldo. In Paris in April, he won the €50,000 1.50m Prix GL Events with Take Off before returning to Canada to dominate the Spruce Meadows summer tournaments in Calgary, AB. No less than 10 victories, including the $100,000 CN Performance Grand Prix and the $200,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup with Hickstead, put Lamaze at the top of the all-time money won list at Spruce Meadows with career earnings in excess of $2.7 million at the Calgary venue alone. His strong results in Calgary also propelled him to number one in the Rolex World Rider Rankings.The following week, Lamaze returned to Europe to win the sport’s most prestigious grand prix, the €350,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, Germany. Despite breaking a bone in his foot during the first round, Lamaze and his Olympic partner Hickstead produced three clear rounds to take the title. In his first competition back after the injury, Lamaze, riding, Atlete Van’t Heike was a member of Canada’s second-placed team in the Nations’ Cup of Gijon, Spain. The following week, Lamaze rode Hickstead to a third place finish in the $1 million CN International at Calgary’s Spruce Meadows “Masters” tournament.“It is an honour to be named the ‘Rider of the Year,’ but it can’t be done without great clients and staff supporting me every step of the way,” said Lamaze who is based in Wellington, Florida, from January to March and in Belgium for the rest of the year. “To achieve all of these results, it is so important to have good owners standing behind you. I am very thankful to Ashland Stables and Artisan Farms, who are the two main owners of my horses, for their support.”To conclude the 2010 season, Lamaze will compete at CSI5* Brussels, Belgium, from November 25-28 followed by CSI5* Paris, France, from December 2-5. His final competition of the year will be CSI5*-W Geneva, Switzerland, from December 9-12. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* A final assessment has been carried out on the all-weather footing at Greenwich Park, and given approval by the FEI.Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport, who was present at the assessment, commented: “With support from the FEI, the contractors and our own team have done a great job to get the make-up of the surface right, and we now believe this will be a world class surface for the equestrian athletes in a stunning Olympic venue.”The surface was changed after last year’s test event following feedback from officials and riders. The assessment took place on themain arena, and involved two high-level competition horses which worked on the surface and jumped fences. The surface mixture of sand and fibre has been further improved by the addition of a binder. Approximately 8,500 tonnes will be used at Greenwich Park.Also attending as FEI representatives were Technical Advisor Leopoldo Palacios, Jumping Technical Delegate Frank Rothenberger, and footing experts Oliver Hoberg and Bart Poels. Olympic course designer Bob Ellis was also present. All were unanimous in their view that the footing that has been produced is of a quality that would be expected of an Olympic Games and performs consistently across the full extent of the arena, as well as on the training and warm-up areas.The conclusions of those present following the visual assessment of the horses jumping were supported by the scientific work carried out on the surface by Lars Roepstorff. Professor in equine functional anatomy at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Lars has been carrying out research on the properties of equestrian surfaces around the world as part of a long-term scientific footing study for the FEI. He measured properties including surface firmness, elasticity, the dampening capacity of the footing, and grip. He considers the London 2012 footing to be amongst the best and particularly the most consistent that he has worked on, a view supported by attending FEI representatives.“A lot of work has been done on this footing with the involvement of many experts and we are really happy with the final result”, said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos, who was also present at the assessment. “It is the first time that there has been such a scientific approach to footing  and hopefully this will be part of the long-term legacy as it helps us to determine the parameters that can be used in the future to establish scientifically approved criteria for optimal footing.“Tim Hadaway showed me around the cross-country and we were happy to see that the footing is in very good shape and ready for the competition, and that the recent adverse weather conditions have had no negative effects.” Tags: FEI, 2012 London Olympic Games, Leopoldo Palacios, Debbie Jevans, Greenwich Park, Frank Rothenberger, Oliver Hoberg, Bart Poels, Bob Ellis, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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first_img SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Ingrid Klimke (GER) is poised to win her first CCI4* after a superbly committed Cross Country round on Horseware Hale Bob at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), opening leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.The double Olympic gold medallist was cheered to the finish by the large crowd enjoying an exciting and sunny afternoon as she flew home just two seconds over time.Klimke now has a fence in hand for tomorrow’s final Jumping phase over Joseph Murphy (IRL) and Electric Cruise, the only pair to achieve the optimum time of 12 minutes 2 seconds.“It was a very challenging course with lots of places where you could run out, but it was wonderful to ride,” said a delighted Klimke. “I am very proud of my horse because it’s his first year at CCI4* level and he had two run-outs at Luhmühlen.“I knew I had to remain very focussed, but Bobby is clever so I could take the lines I wanted. I know tomorrow’s Jumping will be big, but that’s great for me because he’s a big scopey jumper. And what is even better is that he is my own horse, so I am hoping that he will have a wonderful future.”Course Designer Pierre Michelet’s (FRA) twisting, technical course demanded an obedient, flexible horse and Andreas Dibowski (GER) hardly took a pull on the beautifully trained FRH Butts Avedon. He finished with the good score of 5.6 penalties and is in third, on the same score as Murphy, who is higher placed due to finishing nearer the optimum time.Murphy was the hero of the day, the only rider to complete with two horses. He was pathfinder on Sportsfield Othello, rising 16 places to fourth with another fast clear, for 2.4 penalties.“Both my horses are very good jumpers and had great experiences today, but they are very different,” said an elated Murphy, who is on the brink of the best CCI4* result of his career.“Electric Cruise is very careful and travels at a good cruising speed, but he’s very careful. He’s a special horse. I enjoyed my first round as well – once I’d jumped fence 4! The only problem was that I knew I had to do it again, but I think that stood me in good stead. It was a real rider’s course, definitely more technical than last year.”The Irish rider made it look easy, but thereafter others were considerably less fortunate. Both William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Pippa Funnell (GBR) pulled up their first rides. Fox-Pitt decided to retire Seacookie at fence 6, feeling that the ground was too firm for the 15-year-old, and Funnell and Mirage D’Elle fell foul of the sharply angled corner at fence 4.This notoriously difficult obstacle, where the direct route is approached “blind” after a tree, also claimed New Zealand’s Jock Paget (Shady Grey) and Britain’s Francis Whittington (West Side) as victims.It wasn’t Fox-Pitt’s day because he later withdrew his joint Dressage leader, Parklane Hawk, and matters worsened for Funnell when she was unseated from her second ride, Redesigned, when the long-striding chestnut clipped the second arrowhead at fence 20.The time proved highly influential, with Arnaud Boiteau (FRA) and Quoriano ENE HN, incurring only four penalties and, as a result, they have leapt 12 places from 17th to fifth and best of the home riders.New Zealand’s Jonelle Price, now in sixth place after a great ride on the nine-year-old Faerie Dianimo, was one of very few riders to take all the direct routes with the grey mare, and making two huge leaps over the boats in the second water complex she still clocked 11.2 time penalties.North America is well represented in the top ten, with Erin Sylvester (USA) and No Boundaries in seventh, ahead of British-based Canadian Kathryn Robinson, who achieved her best CCI4* Cross Country result to date with eighth place at this stage on Let It Bee. Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Veronica have slipped to ninth place with 27.2 time penalties.Nicola Wilson (GBR), fourth after Dressage on the former Bill Levett (AUS) ride One Two Many, had a frustrating run-out in the final water complex at fence 25, but with an otherwise good round and only 11.6 time penalties, she remains in the top ten in 10th place.Julien Despontin (BEL) and Waldano 36, sixth after Dressage, had a bold clear round but lost time with a few steering problems and are now 12th with 42.4 time penalties.There were 22 completions from the 31 Cross Country starters and 15 clear rounds.Results after Cross Country1 Ingrid Klimke/Horseware Hale Bob (GER) 39.3 + 0.8 = 40.12 Joseph Murphy/Electric Cruise (IRL) 46.3 + 0 = 46.33 Andreas Dibowski/FRH Butts Avedon (GER) 40.7 + 5.6 = 46.34 Joseph Murphy/Sportsfield Othello (IRL) 53.8 + 2.4 = 56.25 Arnaud Boiteau/Quoriano ENE HN (FRA) 52.8 + 4.0 = 56.86 Jonelle Price/Faerie Dianimo (NZL) 48.3 + 11.2 = 59.57 Erin Sylvester/No Boundaries (USA) 59.3 + 9.6 = 68.98 Kathryn Robinson/Let It Bee (CAN) 50.5 + 18.4 = 68.99 Lauren Kieffer/Veronica (USA) 44.2 + 27.2 = 71.410 Nicola Wilson/One Two Many (GBR) 41.2 + 11.6 = 72.8Full results on www.event-pau.fr Tags: FEI Classics™, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A new storm will hit the West Coast Monday before moving across the country. It is set to bring extreme weather such as snowfall, severe thunderstorms and rain that may cause flooding.Washington and Oregon could see landslides as the storm moves through Monday afternoon and night. Oregon already saw a landslide Sunday, which shut down its historic Columbia River highway.An avalanche warning has been issued from Oregon to Montana, where some areas could see up to 30 inches of snow.By Wednesday, the storm will be in the Central U.S. It will likely bring heavy snow near the Great Lakes and heavy rain with thunderstorms from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast.Some of the thunderstorms could become severe along the Gulf Coast.By Christmas Eve, the storm will make its way to the East Coast with heavy rain and strong winds. Flash flooding may occur.To the South, from the Carolinas to Florida, there could be strong thunderstorms with damaging winds and a few isolated tornadoes.Behind the storm, Arctic air will turn rain to snow from western New York to western Pennsylvania and into West Virginia.More than a half a foot of snow is possible from the Upper Midwest, through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.Wind chills will drop below zero degrees for the western Great Lakes and parts of the Midwest, with teens all the way down to Oklahoma and Arizona.The Arctic blast will shift to the East for Christmas.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgBrock Emmetsberger, Tom Gammino and Will Suarez (JLL)JLL has let go some of its high-profile brokers as the battered real estate market continues to squeeze the city’s brokerage firms.Investment sales brokers Brock Emmetsberger, Tom Gammino and Will Suarez were laid off by the firm, sources told The Real Deal. The reason was poor production as brokers across the city have struggled to complete deals during the pandemic, according to one source.Representatives for JLL did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The brokers could not immediately be reached.The trio are alumni of the former Massey Knakal Realty Services, and have closed billions of dollars’ of deals over the past two decades. Emmetsberger, Gammino and Squarez moved over to Cushman & Wakefield when the company bought Massey Knakal in 2014. A few years later, Massey Knakal cofounders Paul Massey and Bob Knakal left Cushman and began recruiting their former dealmakers.Emmetsberger, Cammino and Suarez were among a group of more than 50 brokers who followed Knakal to JLL, while a number of others went to work for Massey’s new brokerage, B6 Real Estate Advisors. Earlier this year, JLL laid off about two dozen people in its New York City office.Massey said he was confident the brokers will land somewhere else and succeed, given their strong track records.“I worked closely with those guys when they were at Massey Knakal,” he said. “They’re all fantastic people and I’m sure they’ll land on their feet.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:Emmanuel Mayonnade, Nikolaj Jakobsen and Emmanuel Mayonnade ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Emmanuel Mayonnade is Women’s World Handball Coach 2019 Emmanuel Mayonnade to stay in Metz: “With him on the bench we can go to the end of the world” Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsNikolaj Jakobsen (men’s) and Emmanuel Mayonnade (women’s) are best handball coaches in 2019 according to IHF.Jacobsen maintained his role as coach of German club Rhein-Neckar Löwen until the end of the 2019 season, but it is undoubtedly his work as head coach of Denmark that has garnered the attention of the public vote and also the expert panel deciding the nominees. Jacobsen led Denmark in an exceptional campaign that saw only victories on the path to the GER/DEN 2019 trophy, which was his nation’s first men’s handball world title. The 2019 World Coach of the Year – female teams, was also crowned world champion last year: Emmanuel Mayonnade. Prior to his success with the Netherlands at Japan 2019, Mayonnade celebrated another achievement. As coach of French club Metz Handball, where his work has been highly respected and praised, Mayonnade achieved his first historic milestone of 2019: leading a French team to the semi-finals of the women’s EHF Champions League. Emmanuel Mayonnade is Women’s World Handball Coach 2019This feat had never been accomplished before. Ultimately, Mayonnade and Metz placed fourth after being defeated by Rostov-Don (Russia) in the semi-final and Vipers Kristiansand (Norway) in the 3/4 play-off. Later in 2019, Mayonnade avenged the defeat to Rostov-Don and their coach Ambros Martin by beating Russia, featuring a number of Rostov players and also coach Martin, in the World Championship semi-final. With that victory, the Netherlands returned to the World Championship final for the second time – and this time, the match ended in their favour and Mayonnade had thereby achieved an historic first. Additionally, it was his first championship as coach of the national team, making the victory all the more impressive.  Who is the World’s best coach in women’s handball 2019?last_img read more

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first_imgThat special time of year has come once again when Spotify sends out its annual “Spotify Wrapped” playlist to show users their listening habits over the past year.This year, in addition to the normal “Spotify Wrapped” playlist, the streaming platform also allowed users to examine what the last ten years of listening have included with a “Decade Wrapped” initiative as well. This showed users how much, or little, their music tastes have changed over the decade since the streaming platform first arrived in the U.S. in the summer of 2011.Related: L4LM Monthly Mix – December 2019 Listening Guide [Listen]As the decade starts to come to a close, Spotify has also debuted its own new, original podcast, The Decade Wrapped, where host Eric Eddings examines the trends that defined music over the past decade. From Beyoncé to One Direction, from “Gangnam Style” to “Despacito”, Eddings and a series of guests ranging from critics, comedians, and writers will examine the music that made the 2010s.The launch of The Decade Wrapped comes as Spotify’s latest push to break into the burgeoning podcast market. Recently, the app has launched numerous avenues to promote podcasts and its publishers, such as including users’ podcast listening habits to feature on their yearly Spotify wrapped.The first three episodes arrived Monday, (December 16th) in the U.S., while the rest will arrive daily over the course of the week, says Spotify. The full descriptions of the shows are here on Spotify’s site.Listen to the first episode of The Decade Wrapped podcast below.The Decade Wrapped — “2010: The Rise of Nicki Minaj”last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn case you haven’t heard by now, a Babson College student from Massachusetts—and ex-Google employee—recently managed to buy the Google.com domain name for $12.On September 29, Sanmay Ved was searching for available domain names online when he came across “Google.com” available for purchase. He had been keeping an eye on the company’s internal domains and so, simply clicked ”add to cart”, and poof, there it was. He was the proud owner of the web address, Google.com.Sanmay Ved, LinkedInShortly afterward, he reported the incident to Google security, who began investigating the purchase.Google has a program to reward people who find “hiccups” or bugs in their system, and Ved asked that the money be donated to charity.“I don’t care about the money. It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs– not always about the money,” he told Business Insider.After learning he would be donating the reward, Google offered to double his prize.The company, on Ved’s behalf, will donate over $10,000 to Art of Living India, a program that helps bring educational and humanitarian programs to 154 countries around the world.(Image by Carlos Luna, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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