10 months agoEverton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reaction

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.” last_img read more

IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga help MI breach CSK fortress at Chepauk

first_img graphs advertisement IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga help MI breach CSK fortress at ChepaukMumbai Indians moved up to second in the points table after their 46-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram stadium. Rohan Sen ChennaiApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 00:17 IST Chennai Super Kings succumbed to their lowest score at Chepauk on Friday (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians registered their second win over Chennai Super Kings this seasonThe loss was Chennai’s first on their home ground after six matches in IPL 2019MI toppled Delhi Capitals from the 2nd place in the points table with this resultIt was touted as the El Classico of the IPL but the match ultimately turned out to be a one-sided affair as Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 46 runs at the MA Chidambaram stadium to move up to second place in the points table and take one step closer to qualifying for the IPL 2019 playoffs.Mumbai Indians rode on captain Rohit Sharma’s first fifty-plus score this season and superb bowling performances from Krunal Pandya and Lasith Malinga to defend 155 at Chepauk and register their second win over the defending champions this season.This was also Chennai’s first defeat on their home ground after six matches in this edition.Chennai Super Kings, who were without MS Dhoni in this game due to an illness, faltered in their run chase from the word go as they lost wickets at regular intervals on a slow and turning wicket and were eventually bowled out for 109 17.4 overs, their lowest score at this ground in IPL history.Shane Watson (8) departed in the very first over and was followed by stand-in skipper Suresh Raina (2) soon after. Ambati Raytudu (0) flopped once again and so did Kedar Jadhav (6) and Dhruv Shorey (5) which ultimately led to their downfall.Murali Vijay (38), Dwayne Bravo (20) and Mitchell Santner (16 not out) tried their best to get CSK closer to the target but departed in the process.Lasith Malinga finished as the pick of the Mumbai bowlers with 4 wickets for 37 runs in 3.4 overs while Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya bagged two wickets each. Hardik Pandya and Anukul Roy also picked up a wicket each for the visitors.advertisement.@mipaltan were dominant and in control as the get the edge in the classic #CSKvMI rivalry!#VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/yyiBeiPVeNIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 26, 2019The win helped Mumbai reach 14 points from 11 matches and topple Delhi Capitals from the second position in the table. Chennai continue to lead with 16 points from 12 games and need one more victory to qualify for the playoffs.Mumbai also consolidated their head-to-head record against the Super Kings with their 16th victory in 28 matches. CSK have won 12 of those encounters and have the worst record against Mumbai in the IPL. The three-time champions have not lost against Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk since 2010..@mipaltan do the double over arch rivals CSK to win by 46 runs at Chepauk #CSKvMI #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/aDbm5nlCBpIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 26, 2019Earlier, Rohit Sharma got to his highest score this season as he smashed 67 off 48 balls to help Mumbai Indians post 155 for 4 after being put into bat by Suresh Raina, who suffered his second defeat while leading the Super Kings this season.Rohit was ably aided by Evin Lewis (32) as the duo added 75 runs for the second wicket which laid platform for the rest of the batsmen to score big in the slog overs.But the MI innings lost momentum as Lewis and Krunal Pandya (1) departed in quick succession. Mitchell Santner (2 for 13) and Imran Tahir (1 for 37) kept the scoring rate in check with some intelligent spin bowling till the 17th over.But Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard’s power-hitting against the fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo in the final two overs propelled MI’s score past the 150-run mark.Hardik finished on 23 not out off 18 balls while Pollard remained unbeaten on 13 off 12 with the duo adding 33 runs for the fifth-wicket.Also Read | Rohit Sharma says CSK vs MI is El Clasico of IPL. He is right and here’s whyAlso Read | The MS Dhoni connection with the Parags: From Ranji Trophy 1999 to IPL 2019Also Read | CSK vs MI Highlights, IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow CSK vs MIFollow IPL 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Suresh Raina commentarycenter_img No data available! scorecard view more view lesslast_img read more

Shared Vision Needed for Strong Nova Scotia Municipalities Oped

first_imgBuilding a stronger Nova Scotia demands a unity of purpose. We will succeed only if we work together in a spirit of trust and co-operation. This was the conclusion of the One Nova Scotia report, released last month by Ray Ivany and his commission on Building Our New Economy. Nova Scotia’s municipalities are not an afterthought in building a stronger Nova Scotia. In partnership with government, business and the academic and non-profit sectors, they will lead the change. Our towns, regional municipalities and counties are trying to deliver services against a backdrop of increasing costs, shrinking populations and declining tax revenues. Several municipal councils face the unenviable choice between slashing programs and services, or raising taxes. One town is showing tremendous courage in facing this challenge head on. The Town of Springhill has applied for dissolution after 125 years of history. The Municipality of Cumberland County has responded and agree they are stronger together than apart. I have asked John Leefe, a respected long-time former mayor and cabinet minister, to work with Springhill and Cumberland County on a smooth transition to one municipality by April 1, 2015. John is uniquely able to lead the change, having served three terms as mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. It was formed when the Town of Liverpool and Queens County came together in 1996 in a union that has been an undeniable success. There is a lesson in the Queens experience and what is being undertaken in Cumberland County: elected officials can put aside their personal interests for the good of their communities. As Mr. Leefe said, this is “a selfless and courageous act”. My message to our municipal leaders has been clear and consistent: we will not impose amalgamation on our towns and counties. The people of Nova Scotia expect leadership from the councillors and mayors they have democratically elected. I firmly believe that municipal leaders possess the wisdom to make the right choices and the strength to make tough calls. They need no force or coercion from the provincial government. After meeting with over 30 municipalities, I believe that in many communities there is a desire to work together to take on the challenge of municipal reform. More could follow the lead of Springhill and Cumberland by taking bold action that will strengthen their communities. Our government will be there to support them. That is why, effective April 1, we are creating a Department of Municipal Affairs. Its prime purpose is to build relationships with our municipalities based on trust and respect. Just as Mr. Ivany recommended. -30-last_img read more

Home Care Waitlists Eliminated In Many Communities

first_imgGovernment and its partners have eliminated home care waitlists in many Nova Scotia communities. “We know Nova Scotians want faster access to home care and that’s exactly what they are getting,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We have done this by working closely with our partners – the province’s home support agencies, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and the NSGEU. “We will continue to work with all of our partners to improve access to home care in other communities over the coming months.” As of July 8 there has been a reduction in the number of home care agencies with waitlists. Only nine of the 28 home care agencies in the province reported having a waitlist, compared to 16 agencies last year. Waitlists have been eliminated in the Annapolis Valley, Pictou, Shelburne, Digby, Clare, and Antigonish. “With an aging population, more and more people will need home care support,” said Lindsay Peach, vice-president, Integrated Health Services, Community Support and Management, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “By working together, we are improving home care, making it available sooner, and ensuring we will continue to be there when needed.” The reduction and elimination in waitlists are the result of improved communication and scheduling to ensure patients receive the appropriate care, and level of care they need. “This work, combined with an increase of $59.1 million in spending during the last three years, has greatly improved access to care in Nova Scotia and will help ensure home care services remain affordable and accessible for those who need them,” said Mr. Glavine. Overall, the waitlist for home support has been reduced by 72 per cent in the last year. There continues to be no wait for in-home nursing care across the province. On any given day, more than 14,000 Nova Scotians receive home care services such as personal care, meal preparation, respite care, housekeeping and nursing. The province spends $255.3 million each year on these services.last_img read more

Moroccan Salafist Threatened with Death for Refusing to be ISIS Mufti

Rabat – Moroccan Salafist, cheikh Abou Al Fadl Omar Haddouchi, claimed that he received a ‘very high’ offer from the Islamic State to be their “official mufti,” in Morocco. He said ISIS offered him huge sum of money in return but he refused.Omar Haddouchi,  who was released from prison by royal pardon after having received heavy sentences for being implicated in the Casablanca bombing of 2003, said he has been the target of murder threat from ISIS over turning down the offer.Sheikh Omar Haddouchi, considered the most hard-liner Salafist, refused to switch his allegiance from al-Qaeda to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s group. He has fiercely attacked IS on several occasions and mocked its declaration of a caliphate, calling it a “mockery.” In a recent interview with Kuwaiti daily Al Ray newspaper, Haddouchi said his constant attacks against the Islamic State prompted ISIS to announce him an ”unbeliever” or kafir and issued a death threat against him.“I was among the firsts who warned against the danger of ISIS,” Haddouchi said, adding that he urged the organization to treat people “nicely and not harshly.”In 2013, Omar Haddouchi issued a fatwa to young people in Morocco and Tunisia, urging them not to travel to Syria because of the emotional and financial damage their move would cause to their loved ones left behind.In his attempt to demonstrate the illegitimacy of any allegiance made to IS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Haddouchi quoted a hadith of the Prophet that says: “anyone pledging allegiance to a stranger without approval from, or consultation with, the entire Muslim community, is eligible for the death penalty.”The Salafist cheikh told Al Ray that ISIS’s so-called Caliphate will fail “because most Jihadists who were recruited are westerners who don’t even speak Arabic, while the others who came from Arab countries are ignorant and know nothing about Islam.” read more

UN official sees upcoming Lima climate talks as stepping stone for universal

“Never before have the risks of climate change been so obvious and the impacts so visible. Never before have we seen such a desire at all levels of society to take climate action. Never before has society had all the smart policy and technology resources to curb greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in a press release today.“All of this means we can be confident we will have a productive meeting in Lima, which will lead to an effective outcome in Paris next year,” she added, referring to the climate conference that will take place in December 2015 in Paris, France, where the new universal UN-backed treaty on climate change will be adopted.The UNFCCC is an international treaty that considers what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable.The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), being held in Lima through 12 December, brings together the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, which is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Over the course of the next two weeks, delegates will attempt to hammer out the new universal treaty, which would enter force by 2020.Ms. Figueres explained that Governments meeting in Lima under the Ad Hoc Work Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action need to define the scope and the type of contributions they will provide to the Paris agreement, along with clarity on how finance, technology and capacity-building will be handled.Countries will put forward what they plan to contribute to the 2015 agreement in the form of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by the first quarter of 2015, in advance of the Paris conference in December.The Lima conference should provide final clarity on what the INDCs need to contain, including for developing countries that are likely to have a range of options from, for example, sector-wide emission curbs to energy intensity goals, she said.Welcoming the leadership of the European Union, the United States and China, who have publically announced their post-2020 climate targets and visions, Ms. Figueres stressed that many countries are working hard to increase emission reductions before 2020, when the Paris agreement is set to enter into effect.“It is hugely encouraging that well ahead of next year’s first-quarter deadline, countries have already been outlining what they intend to contribute to the Paris agreement. This is also a clear sign that countries are determined to find common ground and maximize the potential of international cooperation,” she said.In particular, Ms. Figueres said that Governments should work towards streamlining elements of the draft agreement for Paris 2015 and explore common ground on unresolved issues in order to achieve a balanced, well-structured, coherent draft for the next round of work on the text in February next year.In addition, she noted that the political will of countries to provide climate finance is increasingly coming to the fore.At a recent pledging conference held in Berlin, Germany, countries made pledges towards the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund totalling nearly $9.3 billion. Subsequent pledges took this figure to $9.6 billion, so that the $10 billion milestone is within reach, Ms. Figueres said.“This shows that countries are determined to build trust and to provide the finance that developing countries need to move forward towards decarbonizing their economies and building resilience,” she noted.During the course of 2014, Governments have been exploring how to raise immediate climate ambition in areas with the greatest potential to curb emissions, ranging from renewable energy to cities, she said.As part of the “Lima Action Agenda,” countries will decide how to maintain and accelerate cooperation on climate change by all actors, including those flowing from the Climate Summit in September, where many climate action pledges were made.“We have seen an amazing groundswell of momentum building this year. One of the main deliverables of the Lima conference will be ways to build on this momentum and further mobilize action across all levels of society,” Ms. Figueres said. “Society-wide action in concert with Government contributions to the Paris agreement are crucial to meet the agreed goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius, and to safeguard this and future generations,” she added. read more

Harriet Harman claims university lecturer offered her better politics degree in return

first_imgMiss Harman, now 66, graduated aged 21 in 1972 with a 2:1 degree despite having turned down the married professor’s alleged advances.Referring to the incident when she was a politics undergraduate, she said she “did not” respond to the alleged offer by her course tutor, adding: “I was repulsed by him.”The claim is made in Miss Harman’s memoir, called A Woman’s Work, which is due to be published next week, reported the Daily Mail.Prof Sathyamurthy, who died in 1998 aged 68 after 30 years of teaching at York, was married at the time of the alleged incident. Harriet Harman, the former Labour deputy leader, has claimed that a university lecturer offered her a better degree score in exchange for sex.The MP said she was “repulsed” by the alleged offer from a professor while she was studying politics at the University of York in the 1970s.She said that Professor T V Sathyamurthy told her he could guarantee her a 2:1 in return for sleeping with him after telling her she was a “borderline candidate”.  At the time of his death, an obituary described academic life as being like “oxygen” to Madras-born Prof Sathyamurthy, adding: “His curiosity about his human habitat knew no bounds.”Filed in his capacious memory were countless anecdotes, tales of feuds, mishaps, indiscretions and entanglements (he candidly confessed to more than his fair share).”Miss Harman’s new book, which is being promoted as “the story of women’s progressive politics over the past 30 years”, charts her role in increasing the number of female MPs and tackling a Parliamentary culture “with no consideration for family life”. Harriet Harman rally York Filed in his capacious memory were countless anecdotes, tales of feuds, mishaps, indiscretions and entanglementsobituary to Harriet Harman’s university course tutor Harriet Harman graduated from the University of York in 1972 with a 2:1 degree despite turning down the alleged advancesCredit:Alamy She became the first Minister for Women under Tony Blair in 1997 and ten years later was appointed Minister for Women and Equality by Gordon Brown.Miss Harman joined an estimated 100,000 who descended on central London on Saturday in a women’s march as protests were held around the world following US President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Harriet Harman speaking at a rally in London in 1984Credit:Express/Getty Dr David Duncan, registrar and secretary at the University of York, said: “The allegations made by Ms Harman are extremely concerning.”The University of York strongly condemns all forms of sexual harassment and will not tolerate it among staff or students.”Behaviour of the sort described by Ms Harman would constitute gross misconduct and would lead to dismissal. “We have an extensive support system in place for students and staff who are concerned about harassment of any kind.”We are also in the process of developing new guidance following publication of the recent UUK report on violence against women, harassment and race hate.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Countryfiles Adam Henson Why farmers must stop whingeing about being underpaid

first_imgAdam Henson, a presenter on the BBC programme, said farmers should instead celebrate their lives saying they had an “incredible environment to work in” which should be promoted. Farmers need to stop “whingeing” about being underpaid because they are putting off younger generations from following in their steps, a Countryfile presenter has said. “We’ve got better over the years, we’ve become more professional I think…but we’re very good at being the over-worked, under paid whingeing farmer when actually we should be celebrating our lives because when I wake up in the morning I genuinely want to go to work. “It’s not all easy but we… “Farmers are really bad at getting the message across,” he said.last_img

ASGCO offers new containment and dust control solution for conveyed bulk materials

first_imgASGCO says its “Complete Conveyor Solutions” now offers the world’s first advanced containment and dust control solution for conveyed bulk material products. ASGCO’s Pro-ZoneTM is a patent pending modular conveyor belt load-zone system that optimises the seal for air/dust tightness on the receiving conveyor belt. This “skirt-less” fully self-contained system is comprised of ASGCO Slide-N-Roll beds with removable “slide out” designed UHMW and steel side supports as well as easy to remove centre rolls. Side guards, internal splash sealing system, dust curtains and angled hoods (aluminium or steel) completely enclose the entire system.Product features include increased productivity and longer conveyor belt life because the completely sealed load zone helps eliminate material turbulence and conveyor belt cover abrasion. ASGCO also states that the solution also offers lower maintenance costs by having a skirt-less, fully contained system that requires no adjustments of metal skirt-boards or rubber skirting adjustments. The modular design means it can be installed in any combination of 1,200 mm or 1,500 mm lengths to completely cover the load zone area. It also has quickly removable dust hoods and slide-out side sections, while removable centre rolls aid in the installation and maintenance of the system. The system is completely engineered, designed and fabricated in the US. In mined products, Pro-Zone is particularly suitable for dusty industrial minerals conveying, such as for potash, phosphates, salt and trona; as well as coal.last_img read more

Just how smart and safe will firstgeneration smart glasses be

first_imgOf the many companies looking into the concept of putting computers on our faces, Vuzix Smart Glasses are the closest to actually shipping. If the whole idea behind these wearable devices is that they provide quick access to information without the wearer having to look away from he or she is doing, then the design used will be integral to the success of the final product. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that smart glasses will be worn for hours on end, we got to wondering: does Vuzix really have the best approach?The design of the smart glasses M100 is very similar to that of Google’s Project Glass, so much that the two products are often compared. While Google is still some time away from releasing a product to consumers, Vuzix is nearly ready to start sell their initial batch of these wearable computers, to the design we see is likely the one that will hit the streets upon the release date.The M100 headset uses Bluetooth and WiFi to grab information from your smartphone and display it to you on a 800×480 display that is just about 2 inches from your eye. With the Vuzix M100, you have one eye focusing on the world around you, and the other focusing on the information displayed on the screen. The arm that holds the Smart Glasses’ display is flexible, but not enough to make it easy to move the tiny monitor out of your field of vision when you need both eyes.The need for both eyes, which helps with handy things like depth perception, comes up more than you might think. For example, driving would be a great use case for a wearable computer like the Vuzix M100… if the opaque display didn’t require the full attention of one of your eyes. (To say nothing of the amount of concentration you’d be taking off of the road.)If you take a look at how Google is approaching the usability problem with Project Glass, it feels a little more like a complete thought. Glass displays content to the user with a clear block of glass just above the eye. While this is not as vibrant an image as can be achieved by looking right at a display, you can walk or drive with Glass on your head and not have anything to worry about. Unfortunately, Glass lacks removable storage and the hinge holding the glass projector is the only movable part, so it won’t be ideal for everyone.The 720p camera mounted on the outward facing part of the M100’s display makes it easy for users to snap photos at eye level, but the camera is not fast enough to provide you with a second eye. If you were to use Vuzix for augmented reality (AR), your left and right eye wouldn’t sync up and you still lose most of your peripheral vision on the one eye.Now, to Vuzix’s credit, there’s no shortage of ways to connect the Smart Glasses to your face. Either a Bluetooth headset style ear hook or one of two different head harnesses allow you to use Smart Glasses on either side of your head, for use with either eye. The arm that holds the display is telescoping as well as flexible, which creates a one-size-fits-all experience. So far, the only way anyone has seen Project Glass worn is either with the fitted headband or attached to a pair of glasses. This has a lot to do with how sound is delivered with Glass versus the Vuzix method.Since most of your data an interactions will come from the smartphone, the only buttons on the Smart Glasses are the select key and the volume rocker. The smartphone app serves as a controller for apps, though you can store music and movies though the microSD card slot on the headset. It may seem counter intuitive when described that way, looking down at the screen on your phone to control the screen on your face, but the design of the app is such that you’re really just using the phone like a trackpad. It hasn’t been fully revealed how all the apps or the UI will be laid out, but the concept remains that you’ll spend most of your time killing the battery on the computer in your hand to control the other computer on your head.If you were to compare this interface to what we know so far about Google Glass, where the trackpad on the side and gestures make up most of the navigation for the headset, the difference is pretty clear. Vuzix has designed their Smart Glasses to work as an extension of your phone, while Google seems to be focusing Glass towards being an extension of their services.Vuzix feels an awful lot like something I would use while sitting down in my home or at a meeting, where I already have hardware that’s optimized for those environments. I could see the headset being enjoyable during a long flight, or as a notification system when playing a video game. Activities like walking or driving seem like they would only be hindered by this wearable tech experience, maybe dangerously so. If you look at Project Glass, it seems like Google has places a premium on being able to walk around and use the headset, possibly at the expense of more powerful features.As we get closer to launch, I hope Vuzix is able to make the use cases for this cool new tech more clear.last_img read more

Couch potatoes beware

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With every two hours spent sitting down represents a 20 per cent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a 15 per cent higher risk of heart disease and a 13 per cent higher risk of dying of other causes, researchers found. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that Australians on average spend half of their daily leisure time – or up to four hours a day – in front of the television. Associate Professor David Dunstan said these findings are not surprising, and that television viewing is just “one of the many sedentary activities we do each day” and that it is prolonged sitting, not television viewing in particular that is dangerous. He encouraged people to avoid prolonged periods of sitting as the absence of muscle contractions when sitting for long periods mean not all glucose and fats are cleared from the bloodstream, thus increasing the risk of disease. Researcher Dr Anders Grontved, of the University of Southern Denmark, estimated for every two hours of sitting down an extra 176 in 100,000 individuals would develop type 2 diabetes, 38 would die from cardiovascular disease and 104 others would die. The study was published in Journal of the American Medical Association.last_img read more

Two Greek microsatellites launched into space

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Greek microsatellites were successfully launched into space on Tuesday aboard the Atlas V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.The UPSat is the first microsatellite based on open-source software to be completely constructed in Greece. Created at the University of Patras and Libre Space Foundation, it was made possible through the European QB50 program as part of the European Research Project FP7 Space which is being coordinated by the Von Karman Institute. The DUTHSat was constructed at the University of Thrace.The microsatellites were launched along with 26 similar devices with Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft, and are headed to the International Space Station where the devices will then be launched into orbit to commence their operation.If completed, the flight will offer a unique chance to look into the study of magnetic cell culturing, crystal growth and atmospheric reentry.The launch is already being celebrated as a success however, given the launch was previously cancelled a number of times due to technical issues with the rocket.last_img read more

The Ports Authority Seeing Some Movement In Two Areas

first_img Recommended for you Dames is first Hospitality Hero Related Items:anya williams, ports authority, stevedoring DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales- The Ports Authority seeing some movement in two areas… one, the cost of importing goods to the Turks and Caicos to increase; this from Cabinet which this week agreed to sanction, retroactively a 2.54% increase in stevedoring fees. Acting Governor Anya Williams, who chaired Cabinet was asked to approve changes to make the hike to load and unload ships at the docks more expensive; that change taking effect September 1st which was last week Monday. And secondly, some positivity on a request to introduce scanners at the docks. It was a proposal by the Ports Authority to improve security of containers coming in and going out; Cabinet likes the idea of scanning and a subsequent presentation is expected. last_img read more

Storro not likely to go to court until face heals

first_imgProsecutors are biding their time before bringing Bethany Storro to court to avoid incurring medical costs associated with her self-inflicted injuries.Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said Wednesday he doesn’t expect the Vancouver woman to make a first appearance until next week because she is still receiving treatment at an unspecified hospital for her facial burns. “I don’t want the county to have to pay for treatment of those injuries,” he said. “I’d like to see the injuries healed before jail.”Golik noted there also isn’t a rush to bring her to court because the 28-year-old isn’t considered a flight risk or a danger to the community. A deli clerk, she lives with her parents in their west Vancouver home.He anticipates a lawyer for Storro will contact him to arrange a time for her surrender. So far, Storro hasn’t hired an attorney, Golik said.On Monday, the major crimes deputy prosecutor filed three counts of second-degree theft by deception against Storro. The charges came four days after Vancouver police revealed that Storro — who fabricated a story about a black woman throwing acid in her face — reportedly confessed that her injuries were self-inflicted.last_img read more

BNP proposes 1991s formula to hold next polls

first_imgMoudud 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.last_img read more

American Legion Builds Young Male Leaders Struggles to Recruit from Inner City

first_imgThese boys were selected as the 2014 Legislative Floor Leaders for 2014 Maryland Boys State.Each June, a free, week-long residential camp run by the American Legion gathers young men from around the state of Maryland for an exercise in civics in which they simulate the processes of democratic governance. While the program, known as Boys State, has some famous alumni, a lack of greater awareness about the program has limited its ability to attract potential participants from inner city areas like Baltimore.Boys State, held this year on the campus of McDaniel College, takes in young men from around the state who have completed their junior year of high school and divides them into groups, referred to as cities. For the first 24 hours, the counselors, all of whom are members of the American Legion and most of whom are themselves military veterans, give all the commands and make all the rules.Boys State, however, is not your standard drill camp for boys considering a career in the military. Discipline is not the principal aim of these first 24 hours; rather, the participants are subjected to a set of rules in which they had no say as a simulation of the transition from more autocratic forms of government to democratic ones.Over the course of the second day, participants meet with their fellow citizens and draw up charters for their city government, elect officials, and make their own rules and laws. After forming their own city governments, the boys also elect representatives to a state legislature, which will vote on laws based on the recommendations of committees who have already debated the relevant bills and in which all the boys participate.Two of the participants in the camp will be elected senators and sent to another week-long program that generally runs towards the end of July and takes place in Washington D.C. The only cost to the young men is transportation to the camp. However, according to Russell Myers, department adjutant for Maryland Boys State and the chief administrator of this year’s camp, “If they can’t afford to get here, the Legion post arranges for them to get a ride here.”The only other cost associated with the camp is the requirement that participants bring a roll of quarters. The purpose of the quarters is to fill the city coffers once a tax is levied in order for each city to provide important services to its citizenry, in this case laundry. “It’s a way to show that the essential services in a city don’t just show up, there’s a way that they happen,” said Myers who took the AFRO on a tour of the camp.While there are certainly echoes of the counselors’ military backgrounds – for example, there are color guards and the accommodations in which the boys stay are referred to as barracks – the emphasis is not on military service but on the inner workings of democratic governance. “We’re trying to make citizens and to continue on with our form of government,” said Ronald Holcombe, a camp counselor, and member of the Federal Post No. 19 of the American Legion in Baltimore City.Holcombe has worked to increase participation by boys from the Baltimore City area but has found recruitment difficult. As part of his efforts, he visits high schools, speaks with guidance counselors about the program so that they can inform students they think might be interested, as well as sends mailers. The response, Holcombe told the AFRO has been little to none. This year, only one person from Baltimore City participated, while another was accepted but never showed. “It’s a hard task trying to get students from the high schools from the inner city.”Myers admits that, while some very famous persons have come through the Boys State program, including former President Bill Clinton, and NBA stars Michael Jordan and Thurl Bailey, the American Legion could do a better job of advertising programs such as Boys State.For Ayobami Afolabi, one of the nine boys elected a legislative floor leader at this year’s camp and whose family hails from Nigeria, Boys State has served to help him see his own potential as he heads into his final year of high school and the decisions about one’s future that inevitably coincide with it. “As soon as the first day went by, I felt like everyone here was like a family. They helped me to know who I was and what I was capable of. I helped them out, we all helped each other and it’s just been a really great experience,” said Afolabi.last_img read more

Chinese company announces development of graphene electronic paper

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Chinese based Guangzhou OED Technologies (makers of O-paper displays), in collaboration with another unidentified Chinese company has announced that they have developed what they are claiming is the “the world’s first graphene electronic paper.” In the announcement, the companies also claim that the product is a breakthrough that will bring e-paper to a new level. Graphene, is of course, a single layer of carbon bound together in a hexagon pattern. Its impressive conductivity properties have made it the subject of much research by many individuals and organizations around the world over the past few years. Now, in this new effort, the group at OED claims to have developed a graphene material that is suitable for use in making e-paper. Doing so, they also claim, allows for creating screens that are more bendable and that are also brighter because they will be able to display light with more intensity. They also suggest that because the end product will be carbon based, it should be cheaper to manufacture than current e-paper products which are based on metal indium. Thus far, the new material has not been publicly demonstrated, and it is still not clear how available products will be even after they move into production next year as promised. Despite advances, such as those made by engineers at MIT last year, it is still not clear if it will be possible to mass produce such a product in a defect-free manner. Also not clear is if the new material will be sold in partnership with other companies with a high profile in marketing e-readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle device.If the new e-paper proves to be as advertised, it could mark a major shift in e-reader technology—graphene, as is noted in the announcement, is a mere 0.335 nanometers thick, which would mean thinner displays, less weight, more durability and of course, much more flexibility. It seems possible that such a material could usher in a paradigm shift—from e-readers that look like tablet computers, to e-paper that looks like old-school paper, but is animated, similar to that seen in the Harry Potter movies. Or, as also mentioned in the announcement, it could lead finally to wearable smart devices. Credit: AlexanderAlUS/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 A new way to make higher quality bilayer graphenecenter_img 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. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Chinese company announces development of graphene electronic paper (2016, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-chinese-company-graphene-electronic-paper.htmllast_img read more

Update for iOS and Macs negates text bomb that crashed devices

first_imgLast week we reported a major bug in Apple operating systems that would cause them to crash from mere exposure to either of two specific Unicode symbols. Today Apple fixes this major text-handling issue with iOS version 11.2.6 and macOS version 10.13.3, both now available for download.The issue, discovered by Aloha Browser in the course of normal development, has to do with poor handling of certain non-English characters. We replicated the behavior, basically an immediate hard crash, in a variety of apps on both iOS and macOS. The vulnerability is listed on MITRE under CVE-2018-4124. If you were curious.Apple was informed of the bug and told TechCrunch last week that a fix was forthcoming — in fact, it was already fixed in a beta. But the production version patches just dropped in the last few minutes (iOS; macOS). Apple calls the magical characters a “maliciously crafted string” that led to “heap corruption.” It seems that macOS versions before 10.13.3 aren’t affected, so if you’re running an older OS, no worries.The iOS patch also fixes “an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories,” which is welcome but unrelated to the text bomb. You should be able to download both updates right now, and you should, or you’ll probably get pranked in the near future.last_img read more

Jobless Rate Drops to 4Year Low

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Personal income Private Construction Service Providers Unemployment 2012-12-07 Mark Lieberman Unemployment,Jobless Rate Drops to 4-Year Low December 7, 2012 434 Views Sharecenter_img Superstorm Sandy blew a hole not in the nation’s labor market, but in economists’ crystal balls as the economy added 146,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent–the lowest level since December 2008–the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf reported Friday. Economists had forecast payroll growth of 93,000, down from 171,000 as originally reported for October, and an increase in the unemployment rate from 7.9 percent to 8.0 percent.[IMAGE]The storm, which struck the Northeast at the end of October, had been expected to stall new hires and business creation.Job growth for October was revised downward to 138,000, and growth in September was revised to 132,000 from 148,000.While the drop in the unemployment rate was a positive sign, it was driven largely by a drop in the labor force, which fell 350,000 in November as both the number of individuals employed and unemployed fell. According to BLS, 12,029,000 people were unemployed in November, down 229,000 from October, and 143,262,000 people were working, down 122,000 in the month.BLS shrugged off the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the data.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Northeast coast on October 29, causing severe damage in some states,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø BLS said in its report. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Nevertheless, our survey response rates in the affected states were within normal ranges. Our analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØAs it does every month, BLS will release a more detailed geographic employment situation report with regional and state labor market data that could reveal more about the storm├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós impact. That report is typically released two to three weeks after the Employment Situation report.Beyond the increase in jobs and drop in the unemployment rate, average hourly earnings in November rose to $19.84 from $19.81 in October, while average weekly hours also rose. Taken together–along with the increase in payroll jobs–the report indicates an increase in aggregate personal income to help boost consumer spending.The labor force participation rate–a key number reflecting confidence–slipped to 63.6 percent in November (matching its September level) from 63.8 percent in October. The employment-population ratio, which captures the percentage of all individuals over 16 who are employed, also fell back to its September rate of 58.7 percent after improving to 58.8 percent in October.According to the BLS, the number of multiple jobholders increased in November increased by 198,000, which suggests–arithmetically, at least–all of the newly created jobs in the month went to individuals who already had jobs, though the number of part-time workers fell 337,000.The number of self-employed workers also rose in November, rose 190,000 to 9,740,000.Private sector jobs rose 147,000 during the month, with government contracting by 1,000, marking the 26th straight month private sector jobs have increased.Virtually every industry sector showed job growth in November, led by leisure and hospitality, which added 42,000 jobs, and professional and business services, which added 39,700. The number of retail jobs increased by 33,800. According to other data in the report, leisure and hospitality and retail trade are the two lowest paying industry sectors. Temporary jobs accounted for half of the gain in professional and business services, adding 19,700 jobs in November. An increase in temporary jobs is often cited as a positive sign with the argument they are an entry way to permanent employment, but temp jobs also suggest a lack of confidence on the part of employers to make a commitment to an increase in staff.Within the financial sector, which gained 1,000 jobs in November, the number credit of positions–essentially loan underwriters–rose marginally. The number of real estate jobs, however, declined.The frequently cited alternative measure of unemployment fell to 14.4 percent from 14.6 percent. That measure includes individuals ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£marginally attached to the labor force├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø and not meeting the definition of unemployed as well as those ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£working part time for economic reasons.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø To be considered ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£unemployed├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø by BLS an individual has to be out of work, available for work and looking for work.Long-term unemployment–27 weeks or longer–fell 216,000 in November to 4,786,000, the lowest level since June 2009.The report also showed ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£job leavers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø among those unemployed fell to 992,000 in November from 1,010 in October, signaling a slight dip in confidence in the ability to find a new job.The unemployment rate among college graduates was unchanged at 3.8 percent (from 4.1 percent in September), good news for the housing sector, as college graduate are more likely to be homeowners than those who did not complete college.BLS changed its methodology for this report, shifting the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£reference week├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø from the week including the 12th calendar day of the month to the week including the 5th so that survey interviews did not have to be conducted during Thanksgiving week. For the jobs survey, an individual paid for even one hour of work during the reference week is counted as a job and an individual who worked for any part of the week is counted as employed.The storm appeared to have little impact on the number of firms reporting data to BLS. According to supporting material, 76.2 percent of businesses submitted payroll data for November, up from 72.0 percent one month earlier for the first report of October payrolls. For the second report, 92.0 percent submitted the voluntary report. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

Attempts to demonise us will not stop Gesy says HIO

first_imgNo attempt to demonise or undermine the work of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) will stop the implementation of the national health scheme (Gesy), the group said on Saturday.The organisation was responding to Friday’s accusations by the private hospital association (Pasin) that said the HIO had been lying about the plan’s management.The HIO, tasked with managing the Gesy, said that they were disappointed in Pasin and that the group had conducted an “orchestrated campaign to create tension and a sense of insecurity” about the scheme.“The people, organisations, political parties, the parliament, and the whole state have decided that the Gesy will be equal, universal, sturdy, social, unified, and not a system where the majority of citizens are required to receive second-rate medical aid,” the HIO said.It added that Pasin’s ‘war of words’ would not stop Gesy from being enacted in the timeframe that has been set out.On Friday, Pasin spokemsan Dr Marinos Soteriou said the HIO’s lies were aimed at cultivating super expectations among the public for a health scheme that was planned “haphazardly and in an amateur way 2.The proposed Gesy, Soteriou said, “is unfortunately ill since its inception”. It was for this reason, he said, that it needed competent doctors and quality inpatient care to get well.Soteriou said it was a lie that Gesy was based on actuarial study analysing the existing system and comparing it with the proposed health scheme. The study was carried out in 2010 and did not take into consideration the economic crisis three years later. He said it needed to be updated “so that we know what is true today and not what was true nine years ago.”Pasin also dismissed as lies the idea that Gesy would provide universal health care that patients would be able to choose any doctor or hospital they wished and receive top-quality healthcare.“The HIO already knows that patients who can afford to, can pay the difference and buy brand name drugs,” Soteriou said. This alone, he said, creates “two-tier patients”.He added that patients would not be able to choose any hospital or doctor, as they will have no access to hospitals and doctors who chose not to join Gesy if they are not covered by private insurance or are unable to cover medical expenses.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more