SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin, center, winner of an alpine ski World Cup women’s parallel slalom city event, celebrates on the podium with second-placed Germany’s Christina Geiger, left, and third-placed Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson, in Hammarbybacken, Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Christine Olsson/TT via AP)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The second-to-last women’s downhill of the World Cup season has been canceled in Russia after poor course conditions meant a mandatory training session was canceled for three straight days.The International Ski Federation said the Saturday morning race slot at the Rosa Khutor venue will now go to a super-G, which was scheduled for Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Shiffrin’s title is already a formality as both she and Vlhova, who are technical race specialists, are skipping the speed races this weekend.All other skiers trail at least 900 points behind Shiffrin, who has a career-best 14 World Cup wins this season. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MMA legend Vitor Belfort signs with ONE Championship A second super-G will be raced Sunday, using the vacant day to reschedule a race canceled in January at St. Anton, Austria, the governing body said Friday.The course is staging its first top-level Alpine ski races since the 2014 Sochi Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThis weekend, American star Mikaela Shiffrin will be mathematically confirmed as the winner of her third straight World Cup overall title.Shiffrin leads the standings by more than 700 points from her main rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. With 100 points awarded for a win, only six races will remain when the circuit leaves Russia. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Camera performance is one of the key features in a phone and at a time when the phones like the Galaxy S10 (Review) and the Huawei P30 Pro (Review) are giving users some impressive camera hardware, Apple is now expected to improve and add new features to the camera system in the upcoming iPhone 11. We don’t know what Apple will call the next iPhone, if it will be the iPhone XI or the iPhone 11. But courtesy analyst Ming-Chi Kuo we know that Apple plans to improve the selfie camera in this year’s iPhone.Kua says that apart from putting a higher resolution 12-megapixel selfie camera in the upcoming iPhone 11, Apple is also going to give a third camera to the successors of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. This third camera will use a 12-megapixel sensor specially developed by Sony for Apple and it will be paired with a wide-angle lens. Android phones like the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 already come with such a wide-angle lens camera, and it is expected that the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro may also feature one such camera.Kua in his analyst note also talks of the upcoming iPhone XR (Review) successor — likely to be called the iPhone XR 2 — that will get the same dual-camera setup that the current iPhone XS and the iPhone Xs Max use. Currently, the iPhone XR has a single lens camera on the rear.All three upcoming iPhones — the iPhone XR2, the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Max — will have same 12-megapixel selfie camera.advertisementKuo also notes that Apple is trying to figure out a way to use a lens coated with black film on the selfie cameras on the upcoming iPhone so they will match the colours of bezel and will look in “inconspicuous”. Other than the camera details, Kuo doesn’t spill any other bits about the iPhone 11 for now. It is expected that the new iPhones will look similar to the current iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. They will also sport screens that have the similar sizes of 5.8 inches, 6.1-inches and 6.5-inches.It is certain that the iPhone 11 will be powered by Apple A13 processor, which Apple is reportedly already making using 7nm fab technology at TSMC. The screen of the iPhone XS successor will use OLED panel while the iPhone XR screen will use LCD technology. It is also certain that the new iPhones will use iOS 13, which is likely to be revealed at WWDC in the first week of June.The new iPhone 11 is likely to be launched in September. India launch should be either in late September or early October, likely a week or two after the global launch.ALSO READ | Apple may launch refreshed iPhone 8 with cheaper price in March 2020, leak suggestsALSO READ | iPhone XR smart battery case review: Effective but you don’t need it for this iPhone
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba danced on Mourinho’s graveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Paul Pogba was “dancing on the grave” of Jose Mourinho yesterday.Pogba posted to his social media channels a photo of himself smirking shortly after the announcement of Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford.Adidas claimed the promotional post was booked in advance, but Neville isn’t buying their excuse.”Manchester United are a better team with Paul Pogba in it,” Neville told Sky Sports.”That’s the first thing to say – he has huge talent, I actually have belief in him as a player. I actually liked him when he was at the club as a player as a kid, it’s not a personal thing.”Paul Pogba, there is no doubt, has fallen out with the manager. He doesn’t believe in him, he doesn’t like him, he doesn’t think he’s a good coach probably, and vice-versa.”Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Paul Pogba is as good a player as he thinks he is. There’s been a complete breakdown in the last six months between the pair of them, probably [over the last] year.”I do believe that dancing on the grave of the manager who has just been sacked is out of order.”Jose Mourinho lost his job and Paul Pogba and his people put that Instagram post out – don’t fall for this coincidence scheduled tweet nonsense, it’s garbage, absolute garbage.”
Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson (3) and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate walk down the floor in the second half against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorWhen Ohio State (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) began conference play 0-4, it appeared the Buckeyes would be left in the dust as the rest of the conference would separate themselves from the pack. However, for some, it’s more difficult to leave the nest than it is for others.The current state of the Big Ten has nine teams separated by just one game from fifth place to 13th. OSU is one of six teams at 3-5 and a game behind three teams at 4-4. Coach Thad Matta said he hasn’t been paying close attention.“I’m more just like, ‘let’s just keep winning basketball games,’” he said. “In the end, I am aware of this, that (Saturday’s) game turns the halfway point. I think that there’s still so much that has to be done, but I guess that there is a log jam or whatever. But we’ll see how it plays out.”Whether he realizes the traffic in the heart of the Big Ten standings or not, Matta is well aware the Buckeyes can’t afford a stumble on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-10, 3-5 Big Ten) who are also fighting for relevance in the arduous Big Ten. The Buckeyes have done themselves a favor by beating Michigan State and, most recently, Minnesota at home — two teams currently projected in the NCAA tournament according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Three weeks ago, OSU looked totally overmatched against conference competition, giving reason to believe that the season could be the worst finish in the Big Ten in Matta’s tenure. Since then, OSU has gone 3-1 against three teams who are in strong consideration for at-large bids come March.But what was absent in all of that talk was the fact that two of OSU’s five conference losses have come by a combined total of three points and the team has played through the third-toughest Big Ten schedule to date. That’s just a couple reasons why Matta has been telling the players that the season isn’t over and there’s still plenty to play for after what was a bleak beginning.“You know, we’re not out of this yet,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “It’s a tight race. Anything can happen. We just got to go out there every game we play and try to win and the rest will take care of itself.”Iowa is eerily similar to OSU thus far. The Hawkeyes have the second toughest conference strength of schedule, behind Illinois, and have performed well at home, but poorly on the road. All three conference wins for coach Fran McCaffery have come at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a victory over then-No. 17 Purdue. Like Iowa, the Buckeyes haven’t performed well away from home. OSU is shooting roughly 44 percent from the field on the road compared to better than 47 percent on its home floor. Likewise, Iowa is six percent worse shooting away from home. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes also have both been blown out on the road to two teams at the top of the conference — Wisconsin and Northwestern, respectively.The Buckeyes have struggled with performing well from the tip on the road. Against Minnesota, OSU led by as much as 17 in the first half, which is the opposite of what usually happens away from Columbus. OSU has seen first-half deficits of 18 at Minnesota, 18 at Wisconsin and 12 at Nebraska.“I don’t know why that is,” freshman forward Andre Wesson said. “We definitely got to fix that because that definitely can’t happen again. We got to continue to do what we did, just build on what we did against Minnesota.”Regardless of the trend so far this season, OSU has to break its spell and find a way to capture a win at Iowa to avoid falling behind the ball in the Big Ten.“Where we’re at right now, our room for error is very tight,” Tate said. “Going in there and we’re going to give it the best we got and build on this last game.”
England boss Gareth Southgate has attributed the injury crisis and suspension in his squad to the early kick-off of the Premier League shortly after their World Cup exploits.England are set to confront Spain in Seville but are decimated by suspensions and injuries.An injury crisis coming into this international double-header has been exacerbated by suspensions to John Stones and Jordan Henderson, and Southgate revealed to the Express: “Maybe they were expecting us to be back by the end of June.“Of course it’s always easy to make a comment like that and not know the complex scenario decision-makers had to go through.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But everybody knew when the final was and the semi-final, and that they would be away for a period of time. It’s a bit like our clubs in the Champions League. Some of the rest of the leagues in Europe help them and adjust the fixture list.“And I’m sure our clubs would appreciate that because in the end they’re representing English football and we want them all to do well.”“When you see the league, a lot of teams haven’t started yet at the level when they are at their maximum,” said Southgate.“And there are a lot of injuries across our league. I think it’s psychological rather than physical.”
The Youth Business Workshop exceeded expectations and the Ministry of Education and Department of Youth Affairs remain committed to helping students learn more about successful approaches to training young entrepreneurs, and workshops like this are a vital. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 22, 2018 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Education, through the Department of Youth Affairs hosted the first ever Business Presentation Workshop. The Workshop took place on Saturday, 17th February at 9am-1pm at the HJ Robinson Auditorium.Over 50 students sat and listened as Kerwin Boxill shared his 3 Crucial Strategies and that youth entrepreneurship is an effective way to contribute to the economic development of the community. Young people, young leaders, are the key mechanism for such development. The Workshop allowed all to unlock their entrepreneurial potential as young leaders.Students were told to spend additional time on their plans outside of the workshop. Some of the students submitted their business plans for review and assessment by the Department of Youth affairs upon completion of the youth business plan. The Youth Business Presentation workshop covered strategies to help teens learn important and crucial strategies. Students were given a skill set that included how to present your business, how to create clients for life and how to increase profitability.Workshop Objectives:Learn and understand interaction and representationBecome one with businessAttraction MarketingHave clients begging for your service or productIncrease loyal clients for lifeMaximize profitCreate their own path and follow it Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Share your voice Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? reading • Qualcomm’s new wireless VR headsets work with PCs, too Like a future Oculus Quest that works with your PCAt last year’s GDC, Qualcomm showed off a next-generation standalone VR headset using a Snapdragon 845 chip and eye tracking. This year’s headset design takes the same chip and adds 802.11ad wireless 60GHz connection, so it can wirelessly connect with a PC and act as its VR headset, too. The wireless connection will have 16ms latency, according to Qualcomm.The PC streams low-latency graphics and game content to the headset, which sends its built-in six degrees of freedom room tracking back to the PC. It’s similar to the way HTC Vive’s wireless PC headset already works. What’s most interesting here, though, is that the VR headset and PC will split processing.Since VR processing will be handled by the PC and the headset’s Snapdragon 845 chip, according to Swart, this means PCs could run VR off lower-end CPUs (but the onboard PC graphics would likely need to be the same). PCs or consoles would need 802.11ad Wi-Fi, and also run Qualcomm software that enables this communication and processing with these upcoming headsets. According to Qualcomm, PC content and games won’t need any alteration at all. A preview of how 5G VR will work?Swart explains the initiative as a stepping stone to eventually having one headset that does both AR and VR, local and wirelessly over 5G. We’re not there yet, but these headsets will connect to PCs in a similar way to how they may connect over 5G in the future.That same split processing is what Qualcomm envisions in future 5G-enabled hardware, mixing some rendering in the cloud and some in-headset. While these headsets are designed to connect to PCs and local devices, eventually they could mix sources from the 5G cloud, local devices and more.The first VR headset with 802.11ad will be the Pico Neo2. Qualcomm One hardware device so farWe don’t know where else this technology will appear, but expect headsets to start arriving this year, according to Qualcomm’s Swart. First up is a Pico Neo2 VR headset that will be “Boundless XR for PC” compatible and have a Snapdragon 845 chip. While the idea of “Boundless for XR” imagines AR and VR devices with wireless tethering, Swart admits that for now, VR headsets will be the major focus, with AR (mixed reality) coming further down the road. Future Snapdragon-enabled AR headsets, such as nReal’s compact glasses, could be possible candidates.The Vive Cosmos, teased at CES in January, remains a mystery but promises similar ideas. CNET Is this what Vive Cosmos is?Qualcomm’s partners so far include software partners Framestore and ZeroLight, hardware partners Pico, Goertek and WNC, and… HTC Vive. Which raises the question: Is this a preview of what the mysterious, multi-connectable Vive Cosmos will be?Qualcomm won’t say, and HTC hasn’t confirmed anything yet. But if this means premium standalone headsets could also connect to PCs wirelessly, then maybe this is what the next generation of VR and AR will look like. This would make sense for the next Microsoft HoloLens (which also runs off a Qualcomm chip) as much as the next Oculus Rift or Vive.Qualcomm’s reference designs have been a pretty good predictor of the future: The company’s standalone Snapdragon 820 headset preceded the Oculus Go. Its Snapdragon 835 standalone reference led to the Lenovo Mirage Solo, HTC Vive Focus and Oculus Quest. Qualcomm already has a parallel vision of the future of AR and VR at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with compact, possibly low-cost VR and AR headsets that will plug into 5G phones via USB-C. These newly announced PC-connected standalone wireless headsets look to be larger and more expensive than those USB-C plug-in possibilities. But it suggests that a lot of convergence is on the way for VR and AR in the next few years.CNET will be demoing the tech from GDC, so stay tuned for impressions to come. Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Wearable Tech 16 Photos See All Game Developers Conference • Oculus Quest virtual reality headset revealed Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice Tags 2 Game Developers Conference Comments Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center Qualcomm There are just too many VR helmets and goggles out there — getting even one on your face is enough of a struggle. But Qualcomm’s new vision for its next generation of standalone VR headsets has a solution to that problem. Qualcomm is developing VR headsets that will work as wireless PC-connected, head-mounted displays. Hardware will start arriving later this year, according to Qualcomm, and it’ll be available for demo at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.The new initiative, called “Boundless XR for PC,” uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor combined with a wireless 802.11ad chip that will allow high-bandwidth 60GHz connections to a PC or console that’s ready to communicate with it. The VR headset will be a standalone device, like the upcoming Oculus Quest, but when it’s near a PC, it’ll double as a wireless way to play PC games and apps. And it could even hint at where AR headsets such as the HoloLens 2 will head next. Qualcomm’s Hugo Swart explained how it works in a conversation with CNET ahead of GDC. Qualcomm Virtual Reality
Essar HouseReutersEssar oil’s UK subsidiary, which owns and operates Ellesmere Port-based Stanlow Refinery, on Wednesday said the company is going to invest Rs 1,625 crore ($ 250million) to expand the refining capacity and aiming 400 petrol pumps in Britain in next five years.The oil marketing firm aims to increase its refining capacity from 9.09 million tonnes per annum to 9.7 million tonnes by March 2018, the Economic Times reported.”The investment in revamping of certain units of the refinery would help cut down on crude oil processing cost, improve product slate and lead to marginal increase in capacity,” chief executive S Thangapandian told ET.In revenue terms, the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) P Sampath said revamping would add Rs 65 ($1) to refining margin, translating into Rs 480 crore($70-75 million) in revenue.”The project will deliver enhanced yields of high-value products, reduce crude costs and drive revenue growth,” Thangapandian said.The firm’s net profit for the quarter dropped 17 percent to Rs 351 crore ($54 million), primarily due to the one-time tax adjustment. For the full year, the company reported a net profit of Rs 1,092 crore ($168 million) against revenue of Rs 31,980 crore ($4.92 billion).The firm is owned and controlled by Indian conglomerate Ruia-family of Mumbai. In the last week of August, Essar Group sold 98 percent of its stake in Essar Oil to a consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft in a deal amounting to around Rs 82,697 crore ($12.9 billion).As part of the deal, oil major Rosneft will get a 49.13 percent stake in Essar Oil, while the Trafigura-UCP consortium will hold another 49.13 percent stake in the company. The remaining 1.74 percent will be held by retail shareholders.Essar has invested over Rs 5,200 crore ($800 million) since acquiring Stanlow in July 2011. The company currently has 39 petrol pumps in the UK currently and has permission to set up another 14. “Our long term target is to have 400 outlets in five years,” Sampath said. Prashant Ruia, Director, Essar Capital speaks during a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiReuters”The major investment we have confirmed in Stanlow will materially increase throughput and further grow revenues, building on the tremendous progress we have made in turning around the business over the past six years,” said Prashant Ruia, non-executive chairman of Essar Oil UK.The firm has recently entered the direct aviation fuel supply market by selling the fuel produced at Stanlow to major airlines such as Emirates, Etihad, Jet2.com and Oman Air, ET reported.
Moudud AhmedBNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Saturday proposed that the next general elections could be held under an interim poll-time government like that of 1991 based on a consensus of all political parties.Also former law and parliamentary affairs minister, Moudud Ahmed made the proposal at a discussion meeting, apparently in response to the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) denial of BNP’s demand for holding the next polls under an election-conducive government.After scrapping of the caretaker government provision through the 15th amendment to the constitution by the then AL-led parliament in 2011, the present constitution stipulates that the general elections shall be held with the incumbent government at the helm of power.Against this backdrop, country’s primary opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies have long been demanding for the installation of a neutral election-conducive government during the polls to keep the election free from the influence of the government machinery as well as from the ruling party.BNP and its allies even boycotted the 10th parliamentary election held on 5 January 2014 as their demand was not met at that time.But, the ruling AL has long been denying BNP’s proposal, arguing that such a provision is not in the constitution.“The next elections could be held based on consensus the way the 1991 general elections were held,” Moudud told the discussion on the election-time government organised by a pro-BNP civic body – Jatiyatabadi Prajanma ‘71 – at the National Press Club.He went on saying, “Present crisis is political in its nature. So, it cannot be avoided showing the excuse of constitution. Constitution is meant for people, but people are not meant for constitution. There is no scope here to see constitution as a bigger issue.”The BNP leader referred to the formation of the interim government led by justice Shahabuddin Ahmed in 1990 and said an arrangement was made for holding the elections going beyond the constitution at that time.“That was done for very political reason, not because of the constitution.”The BNP leader also echoed BNP’s other leaders’ claim that the election commission has devised a roadmap for the next polls only to reinstate the ruling AL in power.“If you see the roadmap carefully, you will see that words and phrases like ‘level-playing field’ or ‘equal opportunities for all political parties’ are absent in the roadmap,” he added.Presided over by Aminul Islam, the discussion meeting was also addressed, among others, by Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury and Jatiya Party (Zafar) leader Ahsan Habib.
Share Photo via Twitter @Stanis_DMMore women are accusing Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including allegations from a playwright who on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, accused the actor of exposing himself to her in a New York hotel room in 1980 when she was 16-years-old.A playwright who says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her and had her massage his feet in a hotel room when she was 16 said Friday that she spent years in guilty silence and took pains to not dress suggestively in professional contexts because she assumed the incident was her fault.Playwright Cori Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter in 1980 when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his New York hotel room to wait for her mother after dinner with the teenagers. After his daughter left, Hoffman went to take a shower, Thomas said in an interview with The Associated Press.“I was just sitting there waiting for my parents. He came out of the bathroom and had a towel around him and that was the first, ‘Hmm, that is kind of weird,’” Thomas, now 53, said. “And then he dropped the towel, and I think I just like….I had never seen a naked man. I had never kissed a man.”Entertainment trade outlet Variety first reported Thomas’ account in a story published Thursday that included another woman’s allegation that Hoffman pushed his hand down her pants in a recording studio while working on the 1987 movie “Ishtar.”The publicist and attorney for the 80-year-old Oscar winner did not return email messages seeking comment Thursday.Actress Anna Graham Hunter also has alleged that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie “Death of a Salesman.”Hoffman said in an earlier statement that the incident “is not reflective of who I am.”During an interview with the AP in Rome, where she had attended an event for Italian and American playwrights, Thomas described her shock and confusion in the hotel room with “a pretty huge star” who she thought of at the moment “as my friend’s dad.”She said that after dropping his towel, Hoffman put on a robe and asked her to massage his feet.“I didn’t know what to do. I acted my age. I was 16. I thought, ‘Eewww, yuck,’” Thomas said. “I didn’t know what to do really. He made a call to someone and he said, ‘Oh I have the most beautiful girl massaging my feet. How old are you?’ and I said 16, and he said ‘She is 16.’ So he knew my age.”The uncomfortable encounter continued after the call with Hoffman repeatedly asking if she wanted to see him naked again, Thomas said.“I was in a state of shock, not knowing what to do,” she said. “He kept saying, ‘You know I am naked. You know I am naked. If you look, you will see I am naked.’”“I didn’t want to be rude. I was trying to be polite. This was so weird and wrong. … There was a part of me worried about what might happen,” she continued.After her mother finally picked her up, Thomas said she did not tell her about what had happened but was quiet enough to make her mother suspicious.“She kept asking, ‘What happened, is everything OK?’ I kept saying ‘I am fine.’ I was afraid of making a fuss. I didn’t want to embarrass my friend. I didn’t want to embarrass myself. I didn’t want to tell her,” Thomas said. “I just kept thinking it was my fault.”Thomas said it would be years before she would talk about the experience and that she just tried to push it aside. The effect on her lingered, though, she said.“Especially because I thought it was an isolated incident, I took more guilt and blame onto myself. I think I have always behaved in a way not to act suggestive,” Thomas said. “In the professional world, I try to be very refined and not in any way look seductive or seem as if I am trying to be.”Thomas said she decided to come forward publicly to support Hunter and counter attacks on the actress’s credibility.“He is 80 years old. I don’t think anything is going to change with him,” she said. “I do think that he should know that he did something wrong and it is not OK with me that he did something wrong. People also need to know that it is not OK to do these things.”The Variety report included the account of Melissa Kester, who said Hoffman pushed his hand down her pants while he was recording music for “Ishtar” and happened behind a partition while others, including Kester’s boyfriend, were nearby.The report came a week after Hoffman was pointedly questioned about his treatment of women at a panel hosted by late-night host John Oliver. Hoffman appeared blindsided by Oliver’s questioning. He said Hunter’s accusation was 40 years old and maintained that he did nothing wrong.
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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. Pair claim they have turned hydrogen to metal Citation: Researchers successfully transform liquid deuterium into a metal (2015, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-successfully-liquid-deuterium-metal.html More information: Direct observation of an abrupt insulator-to-metal transition in dense liquid deuterium, Science 26 June 2015: Vol. 348 no. 6242 pp. 1455-1460. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa7471ABSTRACTEighty years ago, it was proposed that solid hydrogen would become metallic at sufficiently high density. Despite numerous investigations, this transition has not yet been experimentally observed. More recently, there has been much interest in the analog of this predicted metallic transition in the dense liquid, due to its relevance to planetary science. Here, we show direct observation of an abrupt insulator-to-metal transition in dense liquid deuterium. Experimental determination of the location of this transition provides a much-needed benchmark for theory and may constrain the region of hydrogen-helium immiscibility and the boundary-layer pressure in standard models of the internal structure of gas-giant planets.Press release (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Sandia National Labs working with another team from the University of Rostock in Germany, has succeeded in squeezing liquid deuterium into becoming what appeared to be a metal. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their new technique which has brought researchers closer to the ultimate goal of creating solid metallic hydrogen. Schematic phase diagram of hydrogen. The figure shows the four known solid phases I to IV and two observed liquid phases, together with the predicted atomic liquid. Blue rings imply rotating quantum molecules, wiggly lines imply entangled rotor state, and solid bonds are where calculation shows a covalent bond. Credit: Science 26 June 2015: Vol. 348 no. 6242 pp. 1429-1430. DOI: 10.1126/science.aac6626 Journal information: Science © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Back in 1935, a pair of researchers, Hillard Bell Huntington and Eugene Wigner first showed via theory that it should be possible to create solid metallic hydrogen—all that was needed was sufficient pressure. Since that time, various teams have attempted to prove that theory correct, but to date, none have been successful. In this new effort, the research team has developed a new way to add pressure that does not cause other problems. Other than pride, the only real benefit of pursuing the objective is the information that can be gleaned from such efforts, information that might prove useful in studying other planets, for example—it could shed light on the forces necessary to produce observed phenomenon.Up till now, the technique used to pressurize hydrogen, has been based on squeezing samples of it between two diamond tips—such experiments have shown that it is possible to get compounds rich in hydrogen to become metal-like.In this new effort, the researchers noted that using the dual diamond tip approach was unlikely to result in achieving the ultimate goal due to the problem of sample materials becoming too reactive. They chose to go another route, making use of the massive Sandia Z machine—it is capable of creating magnetic fields up to 20 mega gauss—they first pressurized a sample of liquid deuterium (a hydrogen isotope) then caused a jolt of current from the Z machine to move through an electrode, which in turn hit the front of the container holding the deuterium—that caused a shockwave to move through the sample, condensing it further. As the material was condensed, the researchers measured how well the sample reflected light, a common means for identifying a metal. As the sample was condensed, it moved from a transparent state, to one that was reflective. This, the team claims, shows that the material clearly moved from an insulator to a metal.The results by this new team are the closest yet to creating solid metallic hydrogen and add further proof that it can be done, if the right means are applied. It will also likely rekindle efforts by others to be the first to reach the goal.
Come and witness the two plays called The Plaza Suite and Ek The Bhoot. Two different genres which vouch to take you on an emotional rush ride. Produced by Curtain Call productions, The Plaza Suite is directed by Vishesh Dhuria and Ek The Bhoot by Manil Mayank Mishra.Categorised as a Rom-Com, The Plaza Suite is composed of three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York city’s Plaza hotel. ‘It’s a tribute to Valentine’s day from my end. I am hugely inspired by Neil Simons stories. This story is also written by him. It further portrays all sorts of emotions involved in relationships. The story follows how three couples undergoing different conflicts meet on a common ground in the suite and how they find a vent to their personal issues,’ says Vishesh. The second play, Ek Tha Bhoot is a satire with a message on how God is is both the creator and the caretaker of the universe, but that doesn’t mean that human beings should just leave everything in his hands. They too have to do their part because in the end, God looks after the ones who look after themselves. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The play is adapted from Vijay Tendulkar’s Vitthala. We have taken the entire ideology and contemporarised it for the viability of the audience’s understanding. Though the morality bent and lesson remains the same. The major highlight being the dichotomy between the existence of god and ghosts good vs evil debate is seen in a new light. Finally I have tried to re-root and reinvent the conceptual understanding of the existing good and bad in the society which would take a space in people’s hearts,’ says Manil.When: 14 FebruaryWhere: Akshara Theatre
There are more “copy masters” and fewer trendsetters among those playing the sarod these days, laments maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, saying the focus for performers today is the “shining, glittering” world of television and social media. “Since they have access to content and recordings especially on YouTube, it’s easy for them to imitate any sarod player. So, now we have lots of copy masters in the country. The trendsetters are very, very rare,” the 72-year-old music guru said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Globally, there are about 500 sarod players. Unfortunately, instead of learning and understanding the depth of Indian classical music, every sarod player has a very strong opinion,” he further explained being very sad about the present state. “The focus is only to perform because of the glittering, shining world of television and social media where you can post anything and say anything,” the sarod virtuoso maintained. Khan is sixth in the lineage of a family devoted to Indian classical music’s Senia Bangash Gharana. The 2001 Padma Vibushan recipient first performed when he was just six years old. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKhan, who was trained by his father, Gwalior court musician Hafiz Ali Khan, said he couldn’t think of doing anything other than playing the sarod as its sound had a global appeal. “It was my duty, my pleasure, my passion to carry on the family tradition,” he said, referring to the work of the generations before him and his ambition to take it forward. “I wanted to make the canvas much larger, much bigger, and be more expressive on the Sarod,” the widely-heard musician added. He also pointed to the differences between his learning days and the present day. “I didn’t have access to tape-recorders because there was no money to buy them. There was no television; One could only hear music through All India Radio. “There used to be a very important programme on Saturday night which I heard, called the National Programme of Music,” he recalled. On teaching his own sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash — themselves established names in the field of sarod — the Ustad said that it was a big responsibility.”Teaching my own sons was not my decision. They showed interest and positive signs, and then I shared everything with them,” he said. “I tried to introduce music to Amaan, my elder son, from his very early days. I tried interesting methods to teach so that he doesn’t find it difficult.” Ayaan, his younger son, soon followed in his footsteps, and as per the music maestro, both of them are on the “right track” in life. After rendering the National Anthem on sarod, they recently turned to the bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To”, which Mahatma Gandhi held close to his heart. They rendered it an an HCL concert, part of a monthly series, here last week. His association with Gandhi goes back to his 125th birth anniversary, when he played an improvised ‘Baapu Cause’ ‘raga’ at a Unesco commemoration in Paris.IANS
August 29, 2000Last week Ron Anastasia, the co-director of the Paradox Conferences, visited Dr.Paolo Soleri and his editor, Kathleen Ryan, at Cosanti. Ron is working ona preface to Paolo’s new manuscripts, the Omega Seed Manuals. The volumes, a collectionof Soleri’s essays, should be published at the first of the year. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
Categories: News 20Feb Bills protect firearms owner privacy Firearms owners’ private information would be shielded from Freedom of Information Act requests under legislation currently being considered in the Michigan House.State Rep. Ed McBroom was among six legislators giving testimony today to the House Judiciary Committee on House Bills 4155 and 5324-5329. McBroom is the sponsor of HB 5326, which addresses bar or tavern owners and employees with concealed pistols on the premises, as well as adding National Guard and armed forces reserves members to the license exemption list.“Exempting firearms records from the FOIA rules protects gun owners from criminals looking to steal, as well as from potential harassment of their Second Amendment rights,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “So many other forms of private information are protected in this day and age of identity theft concerns that eliminating these records as a possible source is a way to support law-abiding citizens by ensuring their privacy and safety.”The testimony today included instances in states, such as New York, that have allowed private information contained in these firearm registries to be published, which put gun owners and the public at risk.The bills remain under consideration by the House committee.
08Feb Rep. Kelly appreciates call for more educational funding Categories: Kelly News,News A significant increase in state funding toward key education programs was exactly what Rep. Tim Kelly wanted to hear during Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017-18 budget proposal today.“The governor wants us to set the bar higher for education – both in terms of classroom results and funding – and I agree with him,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “His proposal has us decreasing the funding gaps between districts, with the goal of equal and fair school aid. We’ve also heard about more specific details, such as increasing financial support for high school and at-risk programs. Hopefully, that will show to students and their families that our state is dedicated to Michigan’s future as much as their own.”Rep. Kelly will play a key role in the education funding process, having recently named as the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid/Michigan Department of Education.“We’ll have our work cut out for us during a review of our educational funding,” Kelly said. “It’s no secret that I want to increase our resources to classrooms, while also expand on our vocational programs in schools. Education and job training are both key pieces to our state’s future.”#####
TV app specialist Accedo has announced its next generation multiscreen solution, Accedo VIA.Accedo VIA enables full-featured multiscreen services and a fast time-to-market across all major OTT device platforms, according to the firm.The core VIA applications will be accompanied by two new offerings: Accedo VIA Development Kit, and Accedo VIA Go.The development kit is designed to make building multiscreen OTT offerings a “streamlined and well-defined process” and includes a number of prebuilt modules and frameworks, designed to increase quality levels and development velocity.Accedo VIA Go is designed to package Accedo’s TV application experience in a “configuration–driven end-to-end solution with an attractive OPEX business model and upgrade path.”The Go solution has a UX designed for a new generation of video services and is powered by the application configuration and management platform, Accedo AppGrid. It was designed to offer a high level of editorial or automated flexibility in applications and web services.“With the increasing demands from the multiscreen consumer, we believe that continued innovation and experimentation will be vital for long term success. We’re excited about adding these new products to our multiscreen line-up to enable our customers to more easily tap into Accedo’s knowledge and innovation roadmap,” said Accedo CEO, Michael Lantz.Accedo will exhibit at IBC on stand 14.E14
In This Issue. * Another flower counted on the wall. * Moves in currencies & Metals are small. * RBA minutes solidify no rate move in 2014. * SNB to keep cap on franc for 2 more years? And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. U.K. Inflation drops, Along With Sterling!. Good Day! . And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! A nice 10th inning win for my beloved Cardinals, even if they blew the lead in the 9th inning.. UGH! Of course, I was not up at that hour to see it, but the replay will be on while I eat my lunch today, so I’ll see it then, and know not to start throwing things around the room when the lead gets blown in the 9th! Well, the Mo. Gov. called in the National Guard in an effort to protect the businesses and citizens of Ferguson, Mo, only to be met with more violence last night. So. How was your day yesterday? Mine was good, that is after I slept through almost half of it! The currencies and metals remained stuck in the mud, as they slept through the entire day! This morning, it appears that we have more of the same-o, same-o, with a mixed bag-o-results, but none of the moves are large. Yesterday, I referred to watching the currencies as being like counting flowers on the wall, that don’t bother me at all, playing solitaire till dawn with a deck of 51. I don’t think I can come up with anything else that reminds me of this trading pattern, day, after day here in the middle of August, the Dog Days of Summer. Yesterday, I kidded about how the markets must be getting all gussied up for today’s July print of CPI (consumer inflation). You know I’m being facetious here, because what in the world would anyone find in the CPI print? Nothing, absolutely nothing! The experts are thinking that CPI in July rose .1%… But, I’m going to go out a big fat limb here and say it will be .2% HAHAHAHAHA! Now, that’s really being bold, Chuck! The BLS is not going to show “real inflation” folks. just get used to it. Instead, go to www.shadowstats.com to see what the “real inflation” rate is. And while you’re there, I’m sure John Williams wouldn’t mind if you subscribed to his information, that is critical if you really want to know the “truth”. And like my old fave TV show, The X-Files, used to say. The Truth Is Out There. The problem with most of us in the U.S. is that we don’t care! We don’t care if the BLS makes up the CPI number to keep rates down, so housing can continue to be affordable. We don’t care if the U.S. National Debt is now $17, 657,260,800,000 (it changes by the minute, so by the time I finish this letter we will be 10 Billion or more higher) We don’t care that the Unfunded liabilities, according to Professor Lawrence Kotlikoff are now greater than $200, 000,000,000,000 (for those of you not wanting to count the zeroes, that’s $200 Trillion, with a Capital “T”!) It just doesn’t register with most Americans, so therefore they don’t care. But when they go to the store and see that their dollars don’t buy as much as they used to, they think, “It’s those darn greedy Corporations gouging us” But the truth is that it’s their Gov’t that has caused a weak dollar, which causes a loss of purchasing power with their deficit spending. I have no idea I was going there today, but there you have it. The story of the dollar in one lesson by Chuck Butler. Oh, there are other chapters to this book, but in the end it all comes down to debt. I was re-reading, (probably for the 3rd or 4th time now) Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt this past weekend and yesterday, and Henry highlights something that I’ve highlighted before and that is, that it has become trendy to call debt, “credit”. Like when they talk about Consumer Credit rising, it’s really debt rising. But it sure sounds better to say “credit” than “debt”. Easy on the ears, right? For those of you who promise to put away the sharp objects first, and want to see more “real numbers”, you can visit the U.S. Debt Clock here: http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) printed their meeting minutes last night, and there was nothing new for the markets to see and if anything solidified the markets’ thought that the RBA is on hold with interest rates the rest of this year. And one would think that hearing that, the Aussie dollar (A$) would sink. But, as I’ve explained for many years now, with currencies, the “unknown” is more risky to currencies than knowing what to expect. And so the A$ has pushed higher overnight, although, like I said at above, the move is small. This morning, we saw the U.K. July CPI, printed considerably lower than expected at 1.6% VS 1.8% expected. This drop in consumer inflation flashed “no rate hike” in bright lights to the markets (sometimes they need bright lights to catch their attention!) and the pound sterling got sold. The downward move in pound sterling is probably the largest move in the currencies this morning with pound sterling down 3/4’s of a cent. I don’t like being right about things like the pound sterling, as it rose earlier this year, and everyone thought it would just keep going. But I kept telling you that I couldn’t get my arms around the pound’s rise, mainly because of what I knew what Bank of England Gov. Carney was doing, and two.. The U.K. still had a mountain of debt to deal with. The Charts people say that pound sterling is oversold, and it will bounce back. You know, the routine. The pound loses 1% this month, and 3.2% since 7/15, bringing it below its 200-day moving avg. (DMA) and therefore it is set to rise. But if the pound does bounce back, ever so briefly, it will more of a direct result of the markets getting snookered again. You see, the Sunday Times had an article where Carney mentioned that interest could be lifted before Officials see a recovery in wages.. Memo to markets, don’t take that bait, it stinks! In New Zealand overnight, a drop in dairy prices pushed the N.Z. dollar / kiwi down overnight. Remember what I always tell you about New Zealand’s commodities: Dairy, Wool, and Lumber, so when of the triumvirate has some problems, kiwi gets sent to the woodshed. Given the markets’ reaction to the drop in dairy prices, one would think that today’s Global Dairy Trade Price Index would be a key report to watch. There was also some political furniture rearranging going on in N.Z. overnight. An official report downgraded GDP, and growth forecasts. But this is not the end all here, and probably had more to do with the fact that the N.Z. elections are only a month away. The N.Z. Treasury saw fit to counter this report and say that, “the outlook for the N.Z. economy has not changed significantly in the relatively short time since the Budget Update.” Recall the Budget Update was in June, and looked favorably toward growth. So, some “point-counter point” discussions going on in N.Z. The markets aren’t sure who to believe, and this puts the whole discussion in the “unknown” territory, which as I just explained is not good for the currency. It appears to me that this is an opportunity to buy at cheaper levels here, and pick up an interest rate differential. I’m just saying. There was news from Russian overnight that didn’t concern Ukraine! The Russian Central Bank (RCB) widened the trading band that the ruble trades in, that has existed for the last 15 years! The naysayers to the ruble will point to this and say, “What the heck is she thinking here? The ruble is the 2nd worst performing currency this year, and now she’s (RCB Gov. Elvira Nabiullina) going to take away the Governor? Yes, she is. But I like this! Let the currency be valued by the markets, not a Central Bank! The Swiss franc is weaker today. I did cause a couple of heart attacks yesterday with my reporting of the franc’s price in the currency roundup. Sorry about that! My fat fingers typed the franc price as $1.0160. When it should have been $1.1060! Nothing like a 10% drop to start your day, eh? The franc’s weakness today is coming from a weaker euro, but also from a recent Bloomberg survey that showed three quarters of the 23 economists surveyed saying that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) will keep the floor VS the euro in place for another two years. The floor, basically puts a cap on how strong the franc can get VS the euro. 1.20 was the level the SNB placed on the franc a couple of years ago now, and at that time there was talk that the SNB wanted to move the level to 1.35, thus causing a depreciation in the franc, like they did when they placed the 1.20 level. At least that “talk” has diminished for now. The Japanese yen continues to trade around 102.50.. On any given day it might be a bit stronger, or a bit weaker, but nothing to speak of in the way of movement. Even when the “safe havens” get bought, yen rises, but not like it used to. My friend, and writer / publisher extraordinaire, Bill Bonner said a couple of things about Japan yesterday that I thought you should hear, but should you want to read Bill every day, go to: http://bonnerandpartners.com/category/parent/dre/ and you can subscribe! “We are amazed because we have seen the international test results. On IQ tests, the Japanese score 10 points higher than the world average. And yet there they are… doing the stupidest things we can imagine. We are grateful, because Japan has been leading the world in economic absurdity – bubbles in stocks and real estate… bailouts… ZIRP… and QE. And there is no economic policy so ridiculous that US policymakers won’t give it a whirl. Whither thou goest, O, Nippon, we’re right behind you.” Chuck again. Yes, like I’ve said for more than 10 years now. I think I’m turning Japanese, yes, I really think so! So, the U.S. Data Cupboard has the stupid CPI for July print today.. But more importantly will be the Housing Starts and Building Permits for July.. No bad weather, so these two should be show that they were better than in June. And Gold is up a couple of bucks this morning, again, no movement worth talking about. So I won’t spend a whole lot of time here, besides, I’ve got a real treat for you in the FWIW section today, that’s on Gold.. Palladium got to a multi-year high yesterday, and could almost reach out and touch $900 before it fell back on the day. Today, it’s up $3, and still within spittin’ distance of $900 at $896.. For What It’s Worth. Every two weeks I tell you how my latest “Things that make you go Hmmmm” is in my email box, and that I’m excited to get to read it, for the writer, Grant Williams is one of the best writers and minds in the markets today. Well, I found an interview with Grant Williams on kingworld.com so, I thought I would let you see what I’m talking about! Here are some snippets of the interview. Hope you like it! “The German gold repatriation situation has been fascinating from Day 1 and continues to be. I think the motives behind making that announcement have probably been overtaken by events. From the moment Hugo Chavez repatriated the Venezuelan gold, I said this is the start of a game of musical chairs that is going to end very, very badly…. I think the Germans felt as though they had to say something about repatriating their gold, and we’ve seen a bunch of other countries in much smaller amounts do this as well. I think the Bundesbank felt that with the focus the Germans have on monetary prudence, they felt they had to say something. So they made the statement that they were going to get a portion of their gold back from the United States. But since that time their repatriation has been overrun by a series of events, especially the fact that the gold that is supposed to be on deposit in the United States just isn’t there. It’s not in the U.S. vaults because it’s gone. So now there is this attempt to put the genie back in the bottle. Well, it’s one thing to attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, but it’s another thing to do that. So they have resorted to Play No. 1 of central banks, which is just to be quiet about the situation. But there are now too many guys looking at this German situation and the announcement that they have gotten back only 5 tons of gold has left them with egg all over their faces. But the problem the United States has is that with the gold the central banks and the agent bullion banks who have leased out that gold over the years, they all have a vested interest in not scaring foreign holders of gold that is supposed to be safely stored in the United States. So if we do get to the point where gold can’t be delivered, as long as everybody keeps quiet about it, maybe nobody will panic. But ultimately entities who are not in the ‘club’ will want their gold back and they are going to start making some noise about it. At that point they will have to find the gold somewhere. And if all that gold is in places where it’s tightly held, it will be an interesting situation to play out.” – Grant Williams Chuck again. I think it would behoove everyone to hear out a guy like Grant Williams, and although he doesn’t say it here, he obviously believes that buying physical Gold is the thing to do. not paper Gold. physical Gold. Again, that’s his opinion, and mine and we both could be wrong! To recap. Another day, another flower counted on the wall, as the currencies are once again stuck in the mud trading mixed and in small moves. RBA meeting minutes solidified the thought that rates are not moving anywhere this year. N.Z. dairy prices moved downward, and other things led to kiwi dropping on the night. The SNB will keep the floor to the euro in place for another two years according to a Bloomberg survey, and Palladium remains within spittin’ distance of $900. Currencies today 8/19/14. American Style: A$ .9340, kiwi .8460, C$ .9170, euro 1.3350, sterling 1.6640, Swiss $1.1030, . European Style: rand 10.6195, krone 6.1380, SEK 6.8540, forint 234.80, zloty 3.1390, koruna 20.9785, RUB 36.19, yen 102.70, sing 1.2450, HKD 7.7505, INR 60.68, China 6.1548, pesos 13.05, BRL 2.2565, Dollar Index 81.69, Oil $96.64, 10-year 2.37%, Silver $19.71, Platinum $1,448.13, Palladium $895.83, and Gold.. $1,302.08 That’s it for today. You know, I learned a long time ago, that when you are writing, and giving your opinions, which I used to be able to do more freely, you’re not going to make everyone happy. And I understand that. You should too, before you send off responses to me that are not nice. Neil Young is playing his song: The Needle and the Damage Done on the IPod this morning. I used to play that song on my guitar and sing it for people. I saw my fave guitar leaning up against the wall yesterday, and for a second I thought I would get it out and play it, and then the thought passed. If you’re an Oxford Club member, you should look into going to their meeting at Sea Island GA next month, for I’ll be there to speak! My beloved Cardinals have an opportunity to bury the Reds for this year in the next two games. I sure hope they can do it! Well, tomorrow will be my little girl’s birthday. I won’t spill the beans on how old she will be, I’ll just say when I say how old she is, it makes me feel really OLD! And with that I’ll get out of your hair for today. Go out and make this a Tom Terrific Tuesday! — Please! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets