Jane Goodall Meets Leonardo DiCaprio At Charity Event

first_imgDr. Jane Goodall met with Leonardo DiCaprio and Moby at an event in LA this week.Jane Goodall with Leonardo DiCaprio and MobyCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe Up Close With Dr. Jane Goodall and Friends event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday.The event raised money for the Jane Goodall Institute. Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior — research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries.last_img read more

Quebecor banks on new wireless and broadcast services to grow Videotron

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebecor Inc. is banking on new services in wireless and television broadcasting to fuel the growth of Videotron, while performance continues to slow in its media division.Ramping up for the launch of Fizz, a low-cost cellular and internet provider, and Helix, a new internet-connected television platform, the Montreal-based media giant said it is looking to increase the number of customers.Quebecor’s new mobile phone plan provider aims to compete with brands such as Koodo, owned by Telus, and similar services from other telecom giants.Videotron’s share of the Quebec wireless market sits at around 17 per cent, compared with nearly 30 per cent for Bell.Outgoing Videotron chief executive Manon Brouillette aimed to reassure analysts, who asked if Videotron would cannibalize its current customers and spark a decline in average revenue per user when Fizz comes on the scene.“We will not target the same customers,” she said. “We believe we can be successful in both segments. Our challenge is to compete with other giants and their affiliates.”Videotron said it can reduce costs with Fizz since it is self-service and sells only online rather than in brick-and-mortar stores. In addition to low-cost plans, the conglomerate’s new service allows its users to roll over unused wireless data to the next month.“We will be able to generate significant margins thanks to this platform,” said the manager of the key Quebecor subsidiary.Videotron added 41,500 mobile customers last quarter, helping to boost subscribers to more than 1.12 million.“Quebecor has the potential to increase its market share in Quebec and we believe that there are interesting growth prospects for the next few years,” said Desjardins Capital Markets analyst Maher Yaghi, despite “disappointing media” revenue, which fell 8.5 per cent.Quebecor reported Thursday that its net income attributable to shareholders increased almost five per cent to $186.7 million in the third quarter on strong wireless numbers and overall revenue growth.The company earned 80 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from 74 cents per share or $178.4 million a year prior.On an adjusted basis, income from operating activities rose 37 per cent to $142 million or 61 cents per share in the third quarter, compared with $103.7 million or 43 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017.Quarterly revenues rose 1.7 per cent year over year to almost $1.06 billion.Quebecor was expected to earn 51 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.064 billion of revenue, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Total net income decreased by 18 per cent to $191 million, from $233.3 million a year ago when it recorded one-time gains from the sale of spectrum licences and impairment of goodwill.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B, TSX:T, TSX:BCE)last_img read more

Ban Kimoon advocates stronger UN for a better world

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened his first annual debate of the General Assembly this morning with a call to global leaders to back his efforts to bolster the United Nations in the interests of the world. “Our changing world needs a stronger UN,” Mr. Ban declared in a wide-ranging speech. “My vision is an administration focused on results – efficient, directed, pragmatic and accountable, an administration representing excellence, integrity and pride in serving the global good.” He acknowledged the need for a fresh approach, and, borrowing from the theme of a high-level event he convened yesterday to address the problems caused by greenhouse gas emissions, said: “We need an internal climate change at the UN.” The Secretary-General, who since taking office in January has emphasized results over rhetoric, called for more attention “to getting things done.” He pointed to early successes in re-organizing peacekeeping operations and pledged to “continue the effort by strengthening the Department of Political Affairs.” The stakes, he pointed out, are high. “Well-planned and executed preventive diplomacy can save many lives and forestall many tragedies.” Addressing global hotspots, the Secretary-General pledged to “leave no stone unturned to end the tragedy in Darfur,” calling on the Government of Sudan to honour its pledge to join comprehensive peace talks and implement a ceasefire. “The crisis in Darfur grew from many causes. Any enduring solution must address all of them – security, politics, resources, water, humanitarian and development issues. There, as elsewhere, we must deal with root causes of conflict, however complex and entangled.” On the Middle East, he called for an end to violence, an end to occupation, the creation of a Palestinian State at peace with itself and Israel, and a comprehensive regional peace between Israel and the Arab world. “With renewed leadership from the Arab world and the United States, coupled with the efforts of Quartet Representative Tony Blair, the elements for a renewed push for peace are being brought together,” he said. The Quartet comprises the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and US. “We also sincerely hope that the Lebanese people through national reconciliation will be able to restore political and social stability by electing their new president in accordance with their constitutional process,” said Mr. Ban. He said the UN has an important role in promoting political negotiation and national reconciliation in Iraq, as well as in providing humanitarian assistance to the country’s people. The Secretary-General also called for stepped-up efforts to deal with drug trafficking and the financing of terrorism in Afghanistan. He repeated his call on the authorities in Myanmar “to exercise utmost restraint, to engage without delay in dialogue with all the relevant parties to the national reconciliation process on the issues of concern to the people of Myanmar.” Pointing to recent progress on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Ban, a former foreign minister of the Republic of Korea, voiced hope that the forthcoming inter-Korean Summit “will create a historic momentum, to bring peace, security, and eventually a peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” He voiced confidence in reaching a negotiated solution with Iran over its nuclear capabilities. “Our ultimate goal remains the complete elimination of weapons of mass destruction.” The Secretary-General also called for global action to address climate change, noting that yesterday’s high-level event generated agreement on the need to move forward. “Now is the time for action,” he declared. Evaluating progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a series of anti-poverty targets set at the UN in 2000 – he painted a mixed picture and called for efforts to help those most in need. “Our Millennium Goals remain achievable – so long as we help the poorest nations break free of the traps that ensnare them.” The Secretary-General also said the UN Human Rights Council must “live up to its responsibilities as the torchbearer for human rights consistently and equitably around the world.” Mr. Ban, who since last week has been conducting intensive diplomatic activities on key global issues and crises, offered a ringing endorsement of multilateralism. “An increasingly interdependent world recognizes that the challenges of tomorrow are best dealt with through the UN. Indeed, they can only be dealt with through the UN,” he said. Some 193 speakers are expected to participate in this year’s general debate, including more than 70 heads of State and nearly 30 heads of government. The debate is scheduled to continue until 3 October.Today’s opening of the Assembly’s general debate follows high-level meetings in recent days on climate change, the Darfur conflict, Iraq, Afghanistan and the situation in the Middle East, and further meetings on critical issues, such as the permanent future status of Kosovo, are scheduled to be held this week.The Secretary-General is also expected to conduct bilateral meetings with over 100 heads of State or government or ministers during the next two weeks. 25 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened his first annual debate of the General Assembly this morning with a call to global leaders to back his efforts to bolster the United Nations in the interests of the world. read more

Angola UN relief coordinator seeks 46 million to fund aid efforts

Erick de Mul, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Angola, called for $46 million from donors to fund 11 priority projects. According to a statement issued by the UN office in the Angolan capital of Luanda, the death of UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi has not meant the end of military operations in Angola. “Millions of vulnerable people are living in life-threatening conditions and more will be at serious risk if action is not taken immediately,” said Mr. de Mul. “Urgent funding is needed to ensure that life-saving assistance gets to people who need it without delay.”Unless the situation on the ground changes, humanitarian agencies in Angola estimate that approximately 300,000 more Angolans will become displaced over the next six months, bringing the total number of displaced people in the country to 4.6 million.This would increase the current emergency caseload by nearly 25 per cent, further taxing relief operations that Mr. de Mul’s office described as already “stretched to the limit.” read more

Une nouvelle espèce de corail décrite grâce à lexpédition Tara Oceans

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de corail décrite grâce à l’expédition Tara OceansL’expédition scientifique Tara Océans a permis de découvrir une nouvelle espèce de corail qui a été baptisée Echinophyllia tarae. L’expédition scientifique internationale Tara Oceans est la première depuis 40 ans à s’intéresser à l’écosystème corallien de la Polynésie française. Et bien lui en a pris puisqu’elle vient de décrire une nouvelle espèce de corail. Baptisée Echinophyllia tarae en référence au nom de la goélette de l’expédition, Tara, la nouvelle venue s’ajoute aux huit espèces de Echinophylia déjà connues et fait partie de la dizaine d’espèces encore inconnues qui ont été découvertes par Tara Oceans. Prélevée au cours de l’été 2011 aux îles Gambier, l’Echinophyllia tarae de “couleur vert foncé” vit entre 5 et 20 mètres de profondeur et n’a encore jamais été trouvée ailleurs dans le monde. Pour décrire chaque espèce rencontrée, l’expédition Tara Oceans a réalisé, sur les 24 sites étudiés, des photographies sous-marines (reliées chacune aux coordonnées GPS) et des prélèvements de cinq fragments de coraux d’un centimètre carré chacun. Après avoir été analysé sur place, l’un des échantillons a été adressé au Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, tandis que quatre autres ont été expédiés à l’université de Milan pour des analyses moléculaires. Systématiquement, les résultats ont alors été comparés aux autres Echinophyllia connues et malgré une grande hétérogénéité de forme et de couleurs chez ces coraux durs,  il était évident que le squelette calcaire d’Echinophyllia tarae présentait une taille et un aspect bien différent.Des coraux méconnus et menacés À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Découvrir et décrire cette nouvelle espèce était important pour démontrer une nouvelle fois à quel point notre méconnaissance des coraux et de leur diversité est grande. D’autant que les coraux sont des organismes fragiles qui sont gravement menacés par le réchauffement climatique, l’acidification des océans, la surpêche et toutes sortes de pollutions d’origine humaine. Avec tous ses facteurs, plus de 75% des récifs coralliens dans le monde sont aujourd’hui menacés. Il est donc primordial de parfaire au plus vite nos connaissances sur ces organismes et d’envisager les mesures de protection les plus adaptées, souligne l’expédition Tara Ocean dans un communiqué.Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site dédié : www.taraexpeditions.org(crédits photo : F.Benzoni / Tara Oceans) Le 31 juillet 2013 à 14:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SPOILER Next inductee expected for the WWE Hall of Fame

first_img Cesaro Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Videos Articles Kurt Angle Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR National Wrestling Alliance releases unedited interview with the late Harley Race Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest Videos Articles Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Larry Zbyszko is scheduled to be inducted into the Class of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame this year during WrestleMania 31 weekend according to a new report.“The Living Legend” is a former AWA World Heavyweight Champion and spent time in the WWWF, NWA, AWA, WCW and was part of TNA programming from 2003-2006.Source: PWInsider.com, Online World of WrestlingRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Stolen mule reunited with owner suspect in Escondido police custody

first_img February 26, 2018 FacebookTwitter ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — A man suspected of stealing a mule early Monday from a drifter making camp for the night in a North County park was caught hours later and arrested on suspicion of grand theft of livestock.David Albert Martinez, 28, and a cohort allegedly untied the roughly 1,000-pound animal, named Little Girl, from a tree at Grape Day Park in Escondido while her owner slept nearby and walked off with the mule shortly after midnight. A surveillance camera captured images of the perpetrators, according to police.The mule’s keeper, 70-year-old John Sears, awoke around dawn to find his pack animal gone and immediately reported the theft, Lt. Ed Varso said.Officers searched the neighborhood and surrounding areas for hours with help from a sheriff’s helicopter crew. About 2:30 p.m., police caught up with Martinez as he led Little Girl alongside a road near Dixon Lake, about a mile east of the spot where she had gone missing, the lieutenant said.The 28-year-old mule, appearing none the worse for the ordeal, was then reunited with her relieved master, Varso said.What inspired the alleged theft was unclear, the lieutenant said. Officers remained on the lookout for the outstanding suspect.Sears has traveled California on foot with a succession of mules, often three at once, for decades, according to a website that documents his travels. He gravitated toward his “ages-old nomadic life” because it’s where he and his animals “want to be” and because doing otherwise “makes no sense,” a statement on the site asserts.Sears acquired Little Girl in 1993, according to the website, which explains that he began traveling the state and living outdoors in the mid-1980s and has been doing so full time since retiring in 2001. Stolen mule reunited with owner, suspect in Escondido police custody KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 5:58 PM Posted: February 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Conoco Dials Back Investment in NPRA

first_imgWhile Shell today announced it’s investing in its Arctic prospects, ConocoPhillips Alaska says it’s dialing back a bit. Conoco issued a statement saying it is “slowing the pace of investment” in its Greater Moose’s Tooth 1 project, in the northeast corner of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.Download AudioCompany president Trond-Erik Johansen says they are “deferring the final investment decision” but plan to shoot seismic over the area this year and continue engineering work. He cited permit difficulties and low oil prices.Just this month, the Corps of Engineers approved an eight-mile road for Greater Moose’s Tooth and chose the route Conoco wants. The BLM, though, picked a different route and hasn’t issued a record of decision.last_img

76 Myanmar civil society groups condemn reporters conviction

first_imgA Myanmar newspaper displays the story about the sentences received by Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, on its front page in Yangon, Myanmar on 4 September 2018. Photo: ReutersSeventy-six Myanmar civil society groups called on Tuesday for the release of two jailed Reuters reporters, denouncing their conviction as unfair and an assault on the right to freedom of information.A court found the two journalists guilty on Monday of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in Myanmar, which was ruled by a military junta until 2011.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were investigating the killing of villagers from the Rohingya Muslim minority by security forces and civilians when they were arrested in December. They had pleaded not guilty.”The entire trial process was neither free nor fair and was completely manipulated,” the groups, including youth, educational and peace organisations, said in a joint statement posted on Twitter.The conviction of the two reporters drew condemnation from the United Nations, many Western governments including the United States, Britain and France, and international organisations.Several diplomats said it raised questions about Myanmar’s transition towards democracy after nearly 50 years of harsh military rule, and about the commitment to human rights of the government, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.”We take this as a crackdown on the right of access to information and media freedom, and an oppressive gesture on all concerned people of Myanmar who are aspiring and building for a society characterised by rule of law, accountability, freedom and justice,” the civil society groups said in an English-language statement.The reporters had told the court two police officials handed them papers at a restaurant in the city of Yangon moments before other officers arrested them on 12 December.One police witness testified the restaurant meeting was a set-up to entrap the journalists to block or punish them for their reporting of a mass killing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. The judge said on Monday that testimony had not been corroborated by any other witnesses.A police officer also told the court that he burned notes he made at the time of the reporters’ arrest, but didn’t explain why. Several prosecution witnesses contradicted the police account of where the arrests took place. A police major conceded the “secret” information allegedly found on the reporters wasn’t actually a secret.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay could not be reached for comment about the verdict. He has mostly declined to comment throughout the proceedings, saying the courts were independent and the case would be conducted according to the law.The conviction of the reporters comes amid mounting pressure on the government over the crackdown on the Rohingya in Rakhine State in west Myanmar. The crackdown was sparked by attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in August 2017.A UN mandated fact-finding mission said last week that Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and called for top generals to be prosecuted. Myanmar rejected the findings.More than 700,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims have fled into Bangladesh since the crackdown was launched, according to UN agencies.The reporters were arrested on 12 December while investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in Inn Din, a village in Rakhine State. The 10 men were shot and hacked to death by soldiers and civilians, and dumped in a shallow grave.Myanmar has denied allegations of atrocities made by refugees against its security forces, saying they conducted a legitimate counter-insurgency operation against Muslim militants.But the military acknowledged the killing of the 10 Rohingya at Inn Din after arresting the Reuters reporters. In April, the army announced that seven soldiers had been sentenced to “10 years in prison with hard labour in a remote area” for participating in the killings.last_img read more

AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday March 25

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA review of some of the top political and law enforcement stories of the week with The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, who are tonight’s guest hosts. Plus, a special one-hour musical tribute to Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, of the legendary Hip Hop group, “A Tribe Called Quest,” who died this week at age 45.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Researchers uncover amazing physics feat of spitting Archerfish

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Play Low-resolution color movie showing an archer fish shooting a jet of water to a prey supported by a clear plastic film. During the shooting the mouth of the fish barely emerges from the interface between water and air, while the rest of his body remains submerged. The image sequence has been grabbed at 400 frames/s and is played at 25 fps. Credit: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047867.s001 All in all, it’s an amazing use of math and physics—all by a fish with barely any brains. Watching Archerfish in action, most would likely be impressed at the way they catch their food. They move to just below the surface then shoot a mouthful of water into the air. The water eventually reaches an insect perched on a branch or blade of grass and knocks it into the water. As the water is inflight, the fish is already on the move, positioning itself to where it knows the insect will land. Then it eats it.Vailati and his colleagues can’t explain how the fish is able to calculate the proper trajectory of its water blob, or how it knows when and where to position itself, but they are able to explain why the water expulsion technique the fish uses, is so successful. It comes down to principles of Physics.To start things off the researchers filmed the fish—slowing down the action to see what was happening. They discovered what seemed impossible—that the water was actually accelerating as it headed towards its target. Further investigation revealed how it was possible.First off, the fish pushes the water out harder the longer its spurt lasts. This means that the water at the tail end of the blob of water is moving faster than the water at the leading end. That would normally mean the water blob would flatten as it ran into itself and spread out. Not in this case, instead the fish uses a known fluid dynamics property called the Plateau–Rayleigh instability. This is where water moving as a stream brakes down into small pieces—small segments form and are eventually pinched off to create entirely separate, much smaller blobs, of liquid, all moving in the same direction as the original stream. So, because the tiny blobs are separated, the original blob doesn’t bunch up as it travels. But, then it does, as the tiny blobs in back catch up with the ones in front, just before it hits the targeted insect, knocking it, violently off its perch and into the water below. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org) —Alberto Vailati and colleagues at the University of Milan have uncovered a truly astonishing feat of physics used by spitting Archerfish to catch prey. Vailati et al report in a paper they’ve had published in the journal PLoS ONE, that the fish actually cause a mouthful of water they expel, to speed up, as it travels through the air on its way to its target. More information: Vailati A, Zinnato L, Cerbino R (2012) How Archer Fish Achieve a Powerful Impact: Hydrodynamic Instability of a Pulsed Jet in Toxotes jaculatrix. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47867. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047867AbstractArcher fish knock down insects anchored to vegetation by hitting them with a precisely aimed jet of water. The striking force of the jet at the impact is such to overcome the strong anchoring forces of insects. The origin of the effectiveness of such hunting mechanism has been long searched for inside of the fish, in the unsuccessful attempt to identify internal structures dedicated to the amplification of muscular power. Here we perform a kinematic analysis of the jet emitted by two specimens of Toxotes jaculatrix. We estimate that at the impact the jet conveys a typical specific power of about 3000 W/kg, which is well above the maximum specific power of the order of 500 W/kg deliverable by a vertebrate muscle. Unexpectedly, we find that the amplification of muscular power occurs outside of the fish, and is due to a hydrodynamic instability of the jet akin to those occurring in Drop-on-Demand inkjet printing. The investigated fish are found to modulate the velocity of the jet at the orifice to favor the formation of a single, large, water drop that hits the prey abruptly with a large momentum. The observed mechanism represents a remarkable example of use of an external hydrodynamic lever that does possibly not entail the high evolutionary cost needed for the development of highly specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy.via Wired Citation: Researchers uncover amazing physics feat of spitting Archerfish (2013, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-uncover-amazing-physics-feat-archerfish.htmlcenter_img Explore further Journal information: PLoS ONE Archer fish hunt insects with water jet 6 times stronger than their muscular power This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Propagation of the jet. Credit: PLoS ONE 7(10): e47867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047867last_img read more

5 lakh Indians get jobs in Saudi Arabia in 16 months Report

first_imgAround five lakh Indians have got jobs in Saudi Arabia since an agreement between the two nations was inked in January last year, taking the total number of workers from India in the Kingdom to 30 lakh, according to a report.Indians are now the largest group of expats in the Gulf Kingdom, Arab News reported.“The authorities in India have not received any requests from Saudi Arabia to amend recruitment agreement, including the provision which stipulates that sponsors must pay a guarantee of USD 2,500 for each worker,” the paper quoted a source as saying. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe deal was signed last year to manage and organise the recruitment of domestic workers. The agreement exists only to ensure that the rights of Indian citizens who wish to work abroad are guaranteed and maintained, it said.In response to reports that recruiting domestic workers from India costs between 18,000 and 21,000 Saudi riyals (USD 4,800 to 5,600) per worker and takes between five and eight months time to secure, the source said, “Recruitment offices are the ones responsible for pricing, not embassy officials, while costs are usually determined by market demand.”last_img read more

Basel Switzerland — From the largest watch compan

first_imgBasel, Switzerland — From the largest watch companies that produce thousands of timepieces a year, to the independent geniuses who hand-craft only a few masterpieces, collections on display at this year’s BaselWorld hold appeal for any watch lover who is looking for something truly new. The watches unveiled today include great innovations, a wealth of new styles for women, and limited editions aligned with special events and themes.Update and InnovativeChanel may be fashion royalty, but that doesn’t prevent it from taking the lead in areas of fine watch-making too. This year, Chanel applies the same precise styling and cutting techniques to black ceramic that are usually reserved for precious gems, resulting in baguette-cut “grains” of ceramic that decorate the case, dial and bracelet of the new J12 Noir Intense. Setting the baguettes on one watch requires 200 hours of labor. They decorate the 42 mm, white gold watch, which features Audemars Piguet’s AP 3125 automatic movement. Only five pieces will be made, and each will cost $312,000.Cuervo y Sobrinos tapped into tradition when it reproduced a caliber from the 1940s for a new watch model. But by adding its own module, which took two years to develop, the company made an archival timepiece into a real innovation. The Torpedo Historiador Semanal features five rings of indicators around its dial that display day, date, month, hour, and unusually, the week number. Available in a 45-mm case with either a white or black dial, the automatic watch will sell for $6,500 in steel and $16,900 in gold.Orbiting satellites that support the hour indexes, and cases that could be mistaken for insects from another planet, are just two design elements of Urwerk watches that make every model a work of brilliance for this industry. The newest introduction, affectionately referred to as the Tarantula due to its blackened movement “legs” that are seen moving through the broad sapphire crystal, is based on the 103 collection. This update, the UR 103T Altin, is easier to read since only one hour number is visible at any given time. The white gold version costs $67,000 and the rose gold and black (aluminum, titanium nitride) sell for $65,000.Speake-Marin is breaking boundaries by introducing a line of watches, Marin One, which incorporate its first in-house caliber, the SM2. The 38.6- and 42-mm round watches contain an entirely hand-finished automatic movement that packs a lot of power—its power reserve is 72 hours. A two-piece enamel dial and skeletonized hands reside in a titanium case, which is unusually polished to a high shine. The price is 32,000 Swiss francs.Denis Giguet’s career has included key posts at Rolex and Harry Winston (Opus projects), and now he is launching his own brand: Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT). His striking first watch, a 45-mm square timepiece with gently curving sides and crystal, walks the line between traditional and contemporary style. The white or rose gold case sandwiches a gasket of crystal, which is visible from all sides. And the movement—which contains 471 pieces—tells the hour and minutes in a whole new way. Panes of three-sided “shutters,” located north, south, east and west on the dial, display an hour number on each face. Only one pane is visible at a time, as the other three are obscured by a disc bearing the minutes. The disc remains open just enough to reveal the current hour upon rotation. With dials available in either white or black, the watch will sell for $89,000.In addition to new watches, Jaquet Droz has brought to market a time-telling marvel: an automaton capable of physically writing the current time on a piece of paper, upon demand. The company spent eight years developing the Time Writing Machine, which contains more than 1,200 components. It is housed in an aluminum cage, and with a simple touch will employ a stylus to write the hour and minutes accurately. Entirely mechanical, only 28 examples of the machine are to be made (at the rate of two per year), and its price is 400,000 Swiss francs.Women’s WatchesThe newest designs from some watch companies are destined for the wrists of women. Jewelry legend Tiffany & Co. teamed with Swatch Group to relaunch a line of prestige watches known as Tiffany Watch Co. Ltd. About 70 percent of the collection is created for women. The most recognizable design in the premier collection is the Atlas—a round watch that employs elegant Roman numerals on dials and bezels. Three sizes will appeal to women: 31, 36 and 39 mm. Case materials vary, from steel to white, rose or yellow gold, with an array of diamond treatments. The ETA quartz watches often have a date displayed through a small, heart-shaped aperture at the six o’clock position. The timepieces range from $3,200 for the smallest steel version, to $32,000 for gold with diamonds.Glashutte’s Star Collection is always adored by women, and this year the line receives a wonderful white addition. “Precious Pearl” will be limited to 25 pieces. The round, rose gold watch has a guilloche mother-of-pearl dial, diamond bezel, big date and open back. It will sell for $46,000.Chopard launches its first tourbillon for women this year. Part of the line of L.U.C timepieces that all contain in-house movements, the 42-mm tourbillon is fully encased in diamonds (primarily baguette-cut) set in either white or rose gold. It is delivered on a crocodile strap. Prices start at 427,890 Swiss francs.Patek Philippe relaunched its casually elegant Nautilus line for men in 2006. Now, three years later, the ladies’ editions are ready for the spotlight. A porthole-inspired design and rounded octagonal bezel are key components of the 32-mm three-part case. The quartz timepiece is available in white or rose gold, with a satin-finished or diamond set bezel. The starting price for this collection is $26,800, and a complementary collection of jewelry only adds to the elegance of this line.The standout timepiece among Breguet’s seven novelties of the year is the Classique Grandes Complications Minute Repeater, which is destined for the arms of many women thanks to its case set with 178 baguette diamonds and dial paved with 392 invisibly-set princess-cut diamonds. Adding in the diamonds on the watch’s buckle and crown, it holds a total of 19 carats of diamonds. The gems don’t only enhance the visible beauty of this 44.5-mm watch, but the sound of it too. All of those settings make the gongs ring louder. Its price is 780,000 Swiss francs.Concord’s distinctive, multi-layered C1 case is naturally appealing to many men thanks to its thickness. Now, for women who like a large watch that is more suitably proportioned to their wrists, Concord is making its white version smaller. The 40-mm Pure Big Date features a diamond set bezel and hour markers, white rubber inserts around the bezel and crown, a steel case and a white rubber strap. At $15,400, it is destined to be among the most glamorous sport watches women wear this summer.Movado returned to its vast archives and found inspiration for a lovely diamond watch for women. The revamped Museum Mini “Festa” collection consists of 20-mm white gold cases wrapped in diamonds, secured by diamond bracelets, for $70,000. And to spice things up, the collection also includes colorful versions with natural stones (such as lavender jade, ruby and aventurine) as dials that match brightly-colored python skin straps. Their price is $20,000.Special Events and ThemesThere may be no industry better at marking the most significant moments in time than makers of fine timepieces. New limited edition watches are debuting in time for anniversaries, sporting events and more whimsical reasons. Blancpain formed a partnership with Lamborghini to sponsor the Supertrofeo race, and its new Supertrofeo Flyback Chrono matches the sleek lines of its corresponding race car. This all-black watch is DLC-treated steel with a black dial on an Alcantara suede strap (which matches the dashboard material of the Lambo). The watch’s shape, as viewed from the side, tapers like the body of the vehicle too. Sporty elements include large red 9 and 12 numerals and pusher, and badging on the rotor. Limited to 300 pieces, the watch will sell for $17,300.Milus is marking its 90th anniversary by launching its first watch made from titanium. The Tirion Triretrograde is skeletonized to show carbon fiber under the movement, and the showpiece feature of that movement is three separate retrograde seconds dials that seem to dance under the sapphire crystal. The piece will sell for $13,500.Omega is famous for equipping astronauts with its reliable timepieces for their missions to space. Now, it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing with two limited edition Speedmasters. (The Speedmaster was also worn by President John F. Kennedy, when he proclaimed his intent to send Americans to the moon). Only 7,969 pieces of the steel version will be made, and each will come with a sterling silver keepsake medallion for $5,800. Additionally, 69 platinum timepieces will be released, which feature an 18K gold subdial and come with a 20K bold medallion and presentation box denoting “Apollo 11 40th Anniversary.” It will debut exclusively in Omega’s new New York City boutique, and sell for $125,000.Boucheron is reknown for its high-jewelry metals and serious stones. But in its new watch collection it also pays homage to a lighter side of the lifestyle of its clients. The Reflet XL Cruise, a special edition of 26 pieces so named for its address at 26 Place Vendome, is a steel timepiece. Two different woods—mahogany and pear—are inlaid to form the dial in a style evocative of the deck of a sleek wooden speedboat deck. A light brown crocodile strap matches the warm wood of the dial. It will sell for 6,100 Euros.Frederique Constant sponsors a wooden boat regatta on Lake Geneva, and introduced a watch in honor of the event. “Runabout,” a limited edition, is an automatic, steel timepiece with a propeller engraved on the case back. Limited to 1,888 pieces, it is presented in a box that also holds a miniature wooden Runabout boat. The price is 1,850 Euro.Alpina is the official timekeeper of the 12 Hours of Sebring 2009 auto race, and introduces an all-black 48-mm steel sport watch on its occasion. The carbon fiber dial features large with numerals with red accents. Limited to 257 pieces, the watch will sell for 1,800 Euros.www.baselworld.comlast_img read more

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