Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area AFP

first_imgSur Baher: Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes it considers illegal south of Jerusalem early Monday, in a move which has drawn international concern. Dozens of Israeli police and military sealed off at least four buildings in the Sur Baher area close to the Israeli security barrier cutting off the occupied West Bank early Monday, the journalist said. An earthmover later started demolishing a partially-built two storey building. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Reporters were prevented from reaching the area while residents and activists were dragged out of the homes. One man yelled “I want to die here”, after being forced out. The buildings are close to Israel’s separation barrier which cuts off the occupied West Bank and the Jewish state says they were built too close to the wall. Palestinians accuse Israel of using security as a pretext to force them out of the area as part of long-term efforts to expand settlements and roads linking them. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls They also point out that most of the buildings are located in areas meant to be under Palestinian Authority civilian control under the agreements between the Palestinian and Israeli governments. Ismail Abadiyeh, who lives in one of the buildings under threat with his family, said they would be left homeless. “We will be on the street,” he told AFP. The Israeli army and police did not immediately comment. On June 18, residents received a 30-day notice from Israeli authorities informing them of their intent to demolish the homes, many of which are still under construction. According to UN humanitarian affairs agency OCHA, the ruling affects 10 buildings already built or under construction, including around 70 apartments. The demolitions would see 17 people displaced and another 350 affected, according to the United Nations. European Union diplomats recently toured the area and the United Nations has called on Israel to abandon the demolition plan. Residents fear another 100 buildings in the area in a similar situation could be at risk in the near future. It is extremely difficult for Palestinians to receive construction permits from Israeli authorities in areas under their control, and Palestinians and rights activists say a housing shortage has resulted. Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community. Israel began construction of the barrier during the bloody second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s and says it is necessary to protect against attacks. Palestinians see it as an “apartheid wall”.last_img read more

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Modi anguished by demise of Meghalaya Assembly speaker

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed anguish over the demise of Meghalaya Assembly speaker Donkupar Roy, saying he “transformed many lives”. “Anguished by the demise of Dr Donkupar Roy, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly and former CM of the state. Passionate about Meghalaya’s progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi. The prime minister expressed condolences to Roy’s family and supporters.last_img read more

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On life support Research shows common pesticides starve disorient birds

first_imgSASKATOON – Newly published research says two of Canada’s most commonly used pesticides cause migrating songbirds to lose weight and their sense of direction.“This is very good evidence that even a little dose — incidental, you might call it — in their feeding could be enough to have serious impacts,” said University of Saskatchewan biologist Christy Morrissey, whose paper was published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.Morrissey studied the effect of two widely used pesticide types — neonicotinoids and organophosphates. Both are used on more than 100 different crops, including wheat and canola, and are found in dozens of commercial products.The so-called neonics are often applied to seeds before they’re planted in the ground. Organophosphates are applied in tiny granules.Both are known to be lethal to birds in large doses, but Morrissey wanted to study the impact of smaller amounts.She and her colleagues took three groups of white-crowned sparrows, a common migratory songbird found throughout North America, and exposed them to a small dose, a somewhat larger dose, or no dose at all.All doses were kept deliberately small. The low neonic dose was the equivalent of four treated canola seeds per day for three days — about one per cent of the bird’s diet.The results were dramatic.After three days, the low-dose birds lost 17 per cent of their weight. The high-dose birds lost 25 per cent.“That’s a lot,” said Morrissey. “At that point, those birds were on life support.”The birds exposed to organophosphates kept their weight, but they lost something else — their ability to find north. Both the high-dose and low-dose group lost all orientation and didn’t get it back after the tests ended.The neonics also disoriented the sparrows, but the effect faded when the exposure stopped.A 2016 survey suggested that migratory songbird populations have fallen by 1.5 billion since 1970. Morrissey suggests that pesticides might be one reason why.“In the real world, any bird that experiences these effects is pretty much a dead bird,” she said.Morrissey points out that pesticides are often applied just as birds are increasing their food intake to get ready to migrate.Pierre Petelle, head of the agricultural chemical industry association CropLife Canada, said the paper is being considered.“We’ll be looking closely at the study, including how realistic the exposure scenarios were, among other elements,” he said.“Like any new study on pesticides, this one will be thoroughly reviewed by both industry and regulators and it will need to be looked at in the context of other extensive studies.”Neonics have already been blamed for steep drops in bee populations.Health Canada is considering a ban on the neonic used in Morrissey’s study. The European Union strictly regulates its use.Morrissey said her study has been made available to Health Canada.There may be ways to keep the popular pesticide on the market and reduce its environmental impact, she suggested. Instead of being applied universally to seeds, it may be wiser to use neonics only when they’re needed.“That’s where we have to consider how we’re doing agriculture, whether we should be applying very toxic pesticides when they may or may not need to be used.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version called one of the pesticides organochlorines.last_img read more

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Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Penny Oleksiak Signs MultiYear Partnership with ASICS Canada

first_imgASICS Canada announces partnership with Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Penny Oleksiak (CNW Group/ASICS Canada) With her eyes set on Tokyo 2020, her training regime will include both time in and out of the pool over the next three years. “As I prepare for Tokyo 2020, I am thrilled to partner with a sportswear giant like ASICS.  Working with a supportive partner that believes in who I am and what I need enables me to focus on evolving as an athlete,” says Penny Oleksiak. “ASICS was a natural fit for me, because of the access I will now have to the best technology in both footwear and performance apparel. Land training is critical to competitive swimming, and this partnership will enable me to reach new levels as a competitor.”This marks the first major endorsement deal for Penny Oleksiak. Together, ASICS Canada believes they can demonstrate the company’s high-caliber performance technology, while continuing to motivate and inspire a new generation of athletes of all levels. While campaign specific details are still being finalized, you definitely expect to hear and see a lot more from ASICS Canada and Penny Oleksiak.About AsicsASICS was founded with the intention of contributing to society by fostering the health & wellness of people through sport. For over 60 years, we have embodied the principles on which the company was founded, developing products that support quality lifestyles through intelligent sport technology that enable our consumers to live happy, healthy and active lives. Today, ASICS is a multinational organization specializing in sports footwear and apparel, operating in 50+ regions around the world. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO, July 6, 2017  – Today, ASICS Canada is proud to announce Canadian Olympic gold medalist, Penny Oleksiak, has signed a four-year partnership with the performance and lifestyle footwear and apparel brand.The 17-year-old Toronto native captured the hearts of proud Canadians during her record-setting success at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, where she became the first Canadian athlete to win four medals at a single summer Games. She became Canada’s youngest-ever Olympic champion after tying for the gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle and was selected to carry the Canadian flag into the closing ceremony.  Penny’s impressive list of accomplishments to date is only the beginning, and ASICS Canada is hoping to support her as she continues on her quest to own the podium.“Penny is an inspiration, and her tenacity, skill and positive competitive spirit aligns perfectly with the direction ASICS is heading in Canada. She embodies the athletic spirit we celebrate as a brand, as well as naturally demonstrates sportsmanship,” says Richard Sullivan, President of ASICS Canada. “Having watched Penny compete at Rio 2016, she not only made the country proud, but displayed her passion for sport. We couldn’t be happier to have her join the ASICS team and be a part of her training journey.” Twitterlast_img read more

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Cant get into a licensed daycare centre Here are 5 alternative options

first_imgTORONTO – The odds are stacked against parents hoping to get a licensed childcare space for their kid before they are even born.There was only enough room at regulated centres for 28.7 per cent of all Canadian newborns to five year olds in 2016, according to a recent report by the Childcare Resources and Research Unit, and some of those 636,157 openings were only part time.And for those who do get a space, the cost of regulated childcare in a centre for an infant, the most expensive type of care, can run as much as $22,848 a year, based on 2017 data from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.For parents who don’t nab a coveted spot, there are other options such as hiring a nanny, a home daycare, having a relative take care of your child or staying home for either the short or long term.Some solutions may save you more money than others; however, there may be drawbacks that are not worth the extra dollars in your pocket.1) Home daycare, licensed or unlicensedPRO: Often cheaper than centre-based daycare optionsCON: If unregulated, there is no oversight for health and safety standardsAbout 31 per cent of parents in Canada use a home-based daycare, whether by choice or by necessity, according to a 2011 Statistics Canada report.For some parents, a home-based daycare is more appealing than a more formal environment because of flexibility on drop-off and pick-up times, as well as the intimacy of a smaller group.Some home-care providers take the kids to drop-in programs and other larger-scale environments to encourage group social skills, but the degree of involvement can vary.The cost of home-based care also has a wide range, depending on the child’s age, location, and if it is government-regulated.At the most expensive end of the range, the median monthly fee for an infant at regulated home daycares in Toronto was $1,020, or $12,240 per year, according to the CCPA report.That’s still 46 per cent cheaper than $1,904 median monthly cost at a regulated centre.Unregulated home care may be available at much lower price points, but such arrangements often go unreported and the information is largely anecdotal, said Martha Friendly, the executive director of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.Because unlicensed spots have no government oversight, she said parents are responsible for ensuring appropriate standards, she said.2) NannyPRO: More flexible, potentially cheaper if costs are shared or taking care of multiple childrenCON: More expensive for one child than regulated childcare at a centre or homeAnother option for childcare to hire a nanny to live with a family or care for their child during the day. Private care such as a nanny or a family member was used by 28 per cent of families, according to 2011 data from Statistics Canada.The arrangement offers more flexibility than a regulated childcare centre because parents can set the hours.A live-in nanny’s wage ranges between the provincial minimum wage and as much as $20 per hour according to CanadianNanny.ca.In larger cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, the pay range is between $14 and $18 per hour, or as much as $20 per hour, according to the platform that matches nannies with potential employers.If a nanny works 40 hour weeks, four weeks a month, at $20 per hour, that amounts to $3,200 per month. That’s 70 per cent more than the median cost of regulated infant child care in a Toronto-based centre, the most expensive end of that range.And that $3,200 figure doesn’t include the employers’ employment insurance and Canada Pension Plan contributions, said personal finance expert Rubina Ahmed-Haq.All in, the total annual cost of a nanny could be more than $31,000. Parents will also need to find and potentially pay for alternative care when their nanny goes on vacation, or arrange for their own vacations to coincide, Ahmed-Haq added.3) Nanny sharePRO: Cheaper than hiring a nanny on your ownCON: Can be difficult meeting both families’ needsA more budget-friendly nanny option is a nanny-share arrangement, in which two or more families split the cost of hiring someone to care for their kids. If parents opt for this route, they should only pay slightly more than half the cost of a nanny taking care of one child, said Ahmed-Haq.This option can be cheaper than high-end daycares and can allow nannies to earn a slightly higher salary. But having two families with differing values and needs can lead to disagreements. For example, one family may need care early in the morning while the other child’s parents work late nights.“That person then has two bosses and that can be a difficult dynamic,” she said.It also potentially means working out an arrangement on where the care takes place.4) Having a relative helpPRO: Likely unpaid, or minimal costCON: Less control over child’s careSome families are lucky to be able to rely on a grandparent or other relative to take care of their children. However, unlike when hiring someone to look after your kid, parents can’t dictate they types of activities they engage in, whether that’s going to a drop-in program or watching television all morning.“You’re not paying them, so you don’t have a right sometimes to tell them exactly how to manage the day,” said Ahmed-Haq.5) Staying home full-timePRO: No, or reduced, child care costsCON: Reduced opportunities or growing future earning power if at home full-timeThe option to have one parent stay home with the child or multiple children themselves saves money upfront but limits future earning potential because it takes them out of the workforce.For example, by the age of 40, mothers who had a career interruption of more than three years were earning 30 per cent less than women who did not, according to 2004 data from Statistics Canada.Add this in after… “limits future earning potential because it takes them out of the workforce.”Families with a stay-at-home parent accounted for 18 per cent of couple families with children in 2015, according to Statistics Canada.The parent at home also saves commuting costs, and other work-related expenses such as meals purchased when not packing a lunch, said Ahmed-Haq.However, depending on the type of career that parent has, being away from the workplace means missed opportunities to boost future earning power.“When you take yourself out of the workforce, you take yourself away from possible promotion, possible salary increases, and possible job opportunities,” she said.Working part-time, however, can be a good option, allowing parents to maintain a connection to the workforce. 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Iranian nuclear programme is special case says head of UN agency

7 June 2010The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today that the potential military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme make the country a “special case” for the agency as he called on Tehran to take action to ensure it fully implements its international obligations. The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today that the potential military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme make the country a “special case” for the agency as he called on Tehran to take action to ensure it fully implements its international obligations.IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the body’s Board of Governors in Vienna that “Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement requires the agency to seek to verify both the non-diversion of nuclear material from declared activities and the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities.”Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Mr. Amano said today that the “necessary cooperation” on the part of Iran would include implementing resolutions of both the IAEA Board of Governors and the Security Council, as well as putting the Additional Protocol, a set of safeguards aimed at boosting the agency’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material, into place.Under an agreement brokered last month by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Iran would ship its low-enriched uranium out of the country in exchange for high-enriched uranium for use at a civilian nuclear research site in its capital, Tehran.This follows a draft text on providing fuel for the Tehran site – in which Iranian low-enriched uranium would be shipped for further enrichment to Russia and then to France to be fabricated into fuel – reached late last year, which was approved by France, Russia and the United States, but ultimately not accepted by Iran.Low refined uranium can be used for civilian energy reactors but when purified to a much higher degree it can also be used in making nuclear weapons.Late last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iran to end its continued enrichment of uranium to 20 per cent purity so as to build mutual trust over its nuclear programme.Even after agreeing to the Brazil-Turkey pact, Iran has vowed to continue this enrichment process, Mr. Ban noted.“I have been repeatedly urging to the Iranian authorities that they have to clear their nuclear programme, that it is exclusively for peaceful purposes, and it is not meant for military purposes, and they should fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions,” he stressed.In his address to the Board of Governors today, Mr. Amano also pointed out that Syria has not cooperated with the IAEA since June 2008 in connection with a destroyed building at Dair Alzour, which has been alleged by some to be the site of a nuclear reactor, as well as other locations.“As a consequence, the agency has not been able to make progress towards resolving the outstanding issues related to those sites,” he stressed.The Director General also noted that the IAEA’s General Conference adopted a resolution last year expressing concern over Israel’s nuclear capabilities, calling on the country to accede to the NPT. He said that he is awaiting input from Member States on meeting the objectives of the resolution. read more

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Parasites contributing to growing global cancer rates Brock microbiologist

Brock University medical microbiologist Ana Sanchez estimates up to 20% of all cancers are caused by infectious agents, including some parasites.The news coming out of the World Health Organization (WHO) this week is bleak: cancer around the globe is growing “at an alarming pace.”The bulk of this – at least 60 per cent – is occurring in low-income countries.The common contributors to cancer are well known: smoking; unhealthy diet; a sedentary lifestyle; stress. But … parasites?“It’s been estimated that up to 20 per cent of all cancers are caused by infectious agents, including some parasites,” says Brock University medical microbiologist Ana Sanchez.Bacterial and viral infections such as Hepatitis B and C, H. pylory and others have been identified as contributing factors in such cancers as lymphoma, sarcoma, liver cancer and cervical cancer.In the case of parasites, Opisthorchis viverrini and Clonorchis sinensis (liver flukes) are linked to an increased risk of developing cancer of the bile ducts, while infection with Schistosoma haematobium has been linked to bladder cancer.“It is really important that health systems deal with parasites and infections, which results not only in the prevention of certain cancers but also healthier populations,” says Sanchez, an associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Sanchez’s comment echoes that of Christopher Wild, director of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and co-author of “World Cancer Report 2014,” released Feb. 3.“The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being,” Wild says in a press release. “These new figures and projections send a strong signal that immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide, without exception.“In low- and middle-income countries, it is critical that governments commit to enforcing regulatory measures to protect their populations and implement cancer prevention plans.”Sanchez says many low-income countries are hit by the “double burden” of infections that have been around for a long time coupled with non-communicable diseases such as cancers and diabetes.Epidemiologist Martin Tammemagi says that, in low-income countries, smoking is becoming an increasing cause of lung cancer.“Tobacco company activities are being curtailed in the developed world, so tobacco companies are very strongly marketing to developing countries, and they are causing an alarming rise in smoking in developing countries,” he says.“Now lung cancers and other smoking-related cancers are starting to rise in the developing world,” he says. “The smoking-associated cancers, which are preventable, are expected to create a very large global burden of cancer in the future.”Tammemagi has created risk calculation software that can reduce surgical procedures by helping doctors know if nodules showing up on CT lung scans have a high probability of being cancerous.The “World Cancer Report 2014” was released on the eve of World Cancer Day. Major findings include:• in 2012, the worldwide burden of cancer rose to an estimated 14 million new cases per year, a figure expected to rise to 22 million annually within the next two decades;• over the same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from an estimated 8.2 million annually to 13 million per year;• overall, about two million (16 per cent) of the total of 12.7 million new cancer cases in 2008 are attributable to infections. This fraction varies 10-fold by region; it is lowest in North America, Australia, and New Zealand (close to 4 per cent) and highest in sub-Saharan Africa (33 per cent)• as a consequence of growing and ageing populations, developing countries are disproportionately affected by the increasing numbers of cancers. More than 60 per cent of the world’s total cases occur in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, and these regions account for about 70 per cent of the world’s cancer deaths“The implementation of effective vaccination against hepatitis B virus and human papillomavirus can markedly reduce cancers of the liver and cervix, respectively,” says the report.“Preventing the spread of tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries is of crucial importance to cancer control.” read more

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New EDEM 25 bulk material behaviour modelling solution released

first_imgDEM Solutions, the company offering a range of engineering applications for its discrete element method (DEM) simulation solutions, has announced the release of EDEM 2.5 Software with increased scalability and performance to simulate complex bulk particle processes required by the global equipment manufacturing and process industries. The EDEM solver is highly parallelised for operation on multi-core shared memory parallel computers, delivering the fastest and most scalable DEM simulation on the market.EDEM 2.5 further expands the functionality of the EDEM API to model particle processes such as drying, sorption, coating and comminution involved in manufacturing processes in industries including minerals processing and metals manufacturing. “EDEM provides an easy-to-use yet highly extensible platform for modeling a wide range of particle-scale physics and multi-physics through co-simulation with CFD and EMAG solvers,” stated Dr John Favier, CEO of DEM Solutions. “EDEM 2.5’s new API capabilities provide engineers an enhanced set of capabilities for simulation of particle processes such as particle breakage in crushing and milling of ore in comminution circuits…EDEM 2.5 expands on the existing capability to customise the properties of each particle, contacts with other particles and interaction with equipment and surrounding fluid or EMAG fields by enabling the size and shape of particles to change, as well as dynamic creation and disappearance of particles in response to the physical process conditions.”EDEM 2.5 Simulator and new API’s enable advanced DEM simulation capabilities for optimising product design of equipment that handle or process bulk particles by enabling application-specific simulation of bulk particle behavior in manufacturing processes. Industry applications to benefit from EDEM 2.5 enhanced capabilities include simulation of crushing and milling of ore used in design and optimization of comminution equipment to better control the interaction between the bulk material and the equipment surfaces to increase product yield, prolong equipment life and reduce risk of malfunction.Favier added, “Almost every manufacturing industry handles or processes bulk particles and can benefit from the use of simulation to improve the performance of their equipment and processes involving particles, reduce design prototyping time and costs, and increase process efficiency and product innovation. Simulation of bulk particles requires a particle-based modelling approach uniquely provided by DEM. The technology, while compute-intensive, employs parallel computing that allows application within engineering workflows. EDEM 2.5 Simulator is the most advanced DEM solver on the market and provides customers with a highly scalable, compute-efficient solution for large-scale, data intensive DEM simulation of complex particle processes on multi-core shared memory computer systems. DEM Solutions continues to innovate to bring greater benefits to the manufacturing and process industries, and with EDEM 2.5 we aim to provide customers with the most cost-efficient, scalable and advanced DEM simulation-based engineering tool to meet their application needs.”last_img read more

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Tourisms light shines in the darkness

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tourism is the only engine powering the economy at the moment, as virtually all other sectors have slipped into a stagnation that is dragging the country back into recession. Evidence of the sector’s strength could be seen in data issued on Thursday that showed an increase in tourism traffic and car registrations as well as a drop in the unemployment and consumer price indices in recent months.Deflation persisted for a 28th month, with prices dropping 2.2 per cent year-on-year in June, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) reported, adding that service prices went down and food grew more expensive. It also said that unemployment fell to 25.6 per cent in April from 25.8 per cent the previous month, as seasonal jobs flourished.The Bank of Greece reported 45.6 per cent annual growth in tourism arrivals in the first quarter of the year, and a 9.5 per cent increase in revenues, while Athens International Airport yesterday announced a 21.4 annual rise in last month’s passenger traffic. Tourism growth also led new car registrations to increase 21.7 per cent in June year-on-year, according to ELSTAT.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Palace must turn up against Cardiff – Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”last_img read more

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Genoa confirm no offers for Piatek

first_imgGenoa have confirmed they are yet to receive offers from reported Real Madrid and AC Milan target Krzysztof Piatek.The Polish striker has found the net a remarkable 19 times in 21 appearances for the Italian club this season, having joined from Cracovia Krakow last summer.The Serie A side paid only €4.5m for Piatek – who has also been linked to Barcelona – in that deal but his market value has multiplied with reports suggesting he would only be sold permanently in a move in excess of €60m.A report cited on Football Espana speaks of ‘concrete interest’ from the European giants while Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are equally monitoring the situation.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We are waiting for offers for Piatek, there is nothing official yet,” Genoa CEO Giorgio Perinetti told RMC Sport.“Milan know that we would like to keep the player until June, but we will evaluate any proposal that may come in.“It is not our intention to sell Piatek now and we cannot wait until the last day of the market.”last_img read more

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Law firm Gateley launches employee sharesave scheme

first_imgLaw firm Gateley has introduced a sharesave scheme for its employees.The sharesave scheme forms part of the organisation’s growth strategy following its flotation on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in 2015.The share scheme, which launched in September 2016, was communicated to staff at Gateley’s annual state of the firm address, where board members visit each of the organisation’s offices to discuss the previous 12 months and outline their vision for the future. Further information about the scheme and the sign-up process were also shared via email.More than 44% of employees, excluding partners, have joined the scheme since its launch.Michael Ward (pictured), chief executive officer at Gateley, said: “Part of our rationale for becoming a public limited company (PLC) was to give us a greater range of options to attract and incentivise talented people. In other firms, having an equity stake in the business is an opportunity open only to a small number of partners. At Gateley, it is open to all employees.“When we floated, we gave our employees shares. This new scheme allows all staff to save and acquire shares. I am really pleased by the numbers choosing to join the scheme. It is a huge sign of their confidence and commitment to the business, which continues to perform well.”last_img read more

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Florida Keys caregiver accused of abusing elderly woman

first_imgSUGARLOAF KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A caregiver in the Florida Keys has been arrested after police said she abused an elderly woman.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said 21-year-old Megan Fedock, brutally beat her boyfriend’s 72-year-old mother. The victim was found in her home, crying and shaking, and with chunks of hair missing from her head.Officers arrested Fedock at a relative’s house in Key West.She has been charged with elderly abuse and battery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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GCI Customers Report Outages And Slow Service

first_imgThank you for your patience during the service outage. A number of GCI customers are currently without service while crews work to fix a power outage at the company’s headquarters in Anchorage. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 3:30pm: GCI has restored wireless, local, and long distance service. Customers who are still experiencing service issues are advised to restart their devices and equipment. GCI issued a statement on Facebook around 8 a.m.. this morning saying the communications provider is “investigating an outage affecting some of our customers in Alaska.” UPDATE – 3:39pm –  7/9/18 – Service has been restored to the Alaska Marine Highway System’s toll-free number at (800) 642-0066. Local TerminalsJuneau, 907-465-8853Bellingham, 360-676-8445Cordova 907-424-7333Haines 907-766-2111Homer 907-235-8449Hoonah 907-945-3292Ketchikan 907-228 6886Kodiak 907-486 3800Petersburg 907-772 3855Prince Rupert 250 627 1744Seldovia 907-234 7643Sitka 907-747 8737Skagway 907-983 2941Valdez 907-835 4436Whittier 907-472 2378Wrangell 907-874 2021AMHS apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks you for your patience as GCI works to resolve the issue. The public can also access AMHS reservations via www.FerryAlaska.com or call local terminals to book or change tickets.center_img Today’s GCI power outage affecting service across Alaska had temporarily disrupted AMHS’ call center toll-free phone number. The AMHS call center itself was fully staffed and operational throughout the day. This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. AMHS can also be reached at www.FerryAlaska.com, and please see http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/contact.shtml for AMHS phone numbers and email addresses. At this time, the public is asked to access the AMHS call center via (907) 465-3941. Due to a GCI power outage affecting service across Alaska, the toll-free phone number to access the Alaska Marine Highway System call center at (800) 642-0066 is currently not working. The AMHS call center itself is fully staffed and operational. GCI is working to return service, although there is currently no estimate as to when the toll-free number will be available for use.last_img read more

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Bon Voyage Susitna

first_imgThe saga of the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s ferry “Susitna” just got a little more complicated at a special Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday night.A new chapter has been written in the year’s -old tale of the Mat Su Borough’s ailing ship, MV “Sustina”. At a special meeting last night hastily called by Borough mayor Vern Halter, new information was presented about the cost of the repairs necessary to meet the terms of a potential buyer of the vessel.In early December, the Borough Assembly accepted a down payment of $250,000 for the purchase of the vessel from the Phillipine Red Cross. The deposit is to be used to help pay for repairs on three ruined ferry engines. At the same December meeting, the Assembly approved spending $870,000 from Borough reserves to complete payments for the repairs to the engines. The two sums total one point one million dollars, all of which is expected to be reimbursed by insurance.But now the plan has hit a new snag, according to Borough Manager John Moosey:“So subsequently, the one point one million dollar fix is slightly North of three million.”It seems an insurance company engineers’s analysis indicates a need for a complete rebuild of all four engines on the ship, before it can become operable, and that can’t be done in Ketchikan. So an arrangement has been made with tug operator Foss to tow the “Susitna” to Seattle.. at a cost of  $100,000.Moosey said time is of the essence, as the Borough has a March 31 deadline for completing the repairs.Borough port director Marc Van Dongen assured the Assembly that the towing costs would be paid for by insurance, but he cautioned that repairs would take 60 to 90 days. And sea trials have to be completed before the sale, so there is no way the Borough can beat the deadline.Assemblymember Steve Colligan wanted a contract with the buyers before any action on the ferry move“And I don’t think we should do anything unless the buyer is going to agree, and we have a date out there far enough so that we know one hundred percent, you’re going to get that work done. Otherwise, we should cut our losses now.”“Scrap it” Colligan said.  “We would be better off spending $500,000 to send it to the scrapyard.”But Colligan could not convince the rest of the body to get a written agreement with the Red Cross before launching a new plan for the vessel. The Assembly approved a motion by Assemblyman Dan Mayfield that would allow the ferry to be towed to Seattle as soon as possible, with it’s final fate as yet to be determined. A second motion passed by the Assembly directed manager Moosey to seek an extension from the Phillipine Red Cross on the final sale date.Dan Mayfield:“The reason I made the motion that we should move the vessel, really comes down to my experience in insurance in the private industry. The vessel has been sitting in Ketchikan for quite sometime, without a lot of action to pro-actively repair it. So we need to show good faith both to our insurance company and to the Red Cross that we are going to proceed with repairs.”Mayfield says the Borough’s maritime insurance company has not guaranteed full payment for the repairs. He says some expenses are being questioned. But, he says, if the Borough nets some insurance reimbursement and the sale price of the ferry, at least the Borough will not take a total loss on the ship.Mayfield says if the Phillipine Red Cross does not grant the extension, and the sale falls through, the vessel could be scrapped, and there are more resources in Seattle to do that than there are in Ketchikan.The unused ferry Susitna is expected to exit Ward’s Cove in Ketchikan on the end of a tow rope, within the next couple of days, weather permitting. I’m Ellen Lockyerlast_img read more

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The surprising thing Meghan Markle and Boris Johnson have in common new

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe new Prime Minister of Britain has a tough task ahead of him and a very narrow window to prove that he can do it. However, if he does have the Royal Family behind him, that task could become much simpler. Or so, he would hope.Recently, the Prime Minister of the United Kindom made a claim that he shares something in common with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Their taste in wines. Boris Johnson reportedly revealed that they both share the same love of a £180-a-bottle red wine.The Brexiteer reportedly admitted that he’s more of a “wine man” despite sharing a pint with many a voter, and he’s particularly partial to a red Tignanello. Johnson told Politico: “Someone bought me a crate of it and I had no idea how expensive it was, and I was just glugging it back…..It’s extraordinary stuff, but I mean it was delicious.” Boris Johnson seems to have quite a lot of time to ponder on wines, when his country is at a crossroad. Johnson has a monumental task ahead of him, but it might be reassuring to see him so calm and unperturbed.  Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party, leaves his office in London, Britain July 22, 2019.Reuters”I discovered later that it was the favourite wine of Meghan Markle,” he added.But to some, this nonchalance might be cause for concern. So, far, the Queen and the Royal Family’s stand on Brexit are muddled at best, but if push comes to shove the Queen could be asked to withhold Royal assent for a Brexit Bill. Which would be quite a shocking move. So, Boris Johnson might have the right idea. Ingratiating yourself to the Royal Family could help his cause.last_img read more

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Huge solar powered plane takes to the air w Video

first_img More information: Solar Impulse: www.solarimpulse.com (PhysOrg.com) — A huge airplane using solar cells as its only power source is being tested in Switzerland. In its first successful test flight last December, the plane flew only 350 meters at a height of just one meter above the ground, but by mid 2010 it is expected to make a non-stop test flight of 36 hours, and to make the first ever night flights by a plane powered only by solar panels. Test pilot Markus Scherdel will carry out the first test flights to confirm the plane can be controlled, and to test its behavior in the air. Risks are being minimized by a team of air controllers, meteorologists and other specialists, but the tests are unavoidably difficult and risky because the behavior in the air of such a lightweight but large plane is completely unknown. After these tests two of the promoters, André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, will also fly the plane to familiarize themselves with the aircraft. Bertrand Piccard was the first to circle the globe non-stop in a balloon, beating Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson in the quest.A larger plane, the HB-SIB, with a wingspan of 80 meters, is planned for either 2011 or 2012, and will aim to circumnavigate the globe in 2013 using only solar power. The trip is expected to take up to 25 days and include five stops. Citation: Huge solar powered plane takes to the air (w/ Video) (2010, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-huge-solar-powered-plane-air.html The single-seater plane, the HB-SIA, was built by Solar Impulse SA of Switzerland after a successful prototype was launched by adventurer Betrand Piccard in 2003. The wingspan of the HB-SIA (63.4 m) is almost as wide as a Boeing 747 or Airbus A340 wingspan, and it is 21.85 meters long and 6.4 meters high. Unlike a Boeing 747, which has a maximum takeoff weight of over 333 tonne, the HB-SIA tips the scales at only 1.6 tonne. The construction includes a customized honeycomb sandwich structure made of carbon fiber to keep the weight as low as possible. Pioneering solar-powered plane makes airborne hop This is a December 2009 test. The plane is powered by four electric engines, with electricity provided by 11,628 SunPower Corporation photovoltaic (PV) cells mounted on the wings and horizontal tail area, giving a coverage of 200 square meters. The cells are 150 micrometers thick and have a conversion efficiency of 22%. The average output of the engines is 6 kW (maximum 7.5 kW, or 10 hp), which is around the same as the power used by the Wright Flyer flown by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903. The average flight speed of the HB-SIA is only 70 kilometers per hour.To enable the plane to fly at night, the electricity generated by the PV cells is stored in a series of lithium polymer rechargeable batteries, weighing a total of 0.4 tonne. The energy density of the batteries is around 220 Wh/kg. Explore further 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. HB-SIA / Solar Impulse © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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HP slams sensational reports about LaserJet printer hack vulnerability

first_img Citation: HP slams ‘sensational’ reports about LaserJet printer hack vulnerability (2011, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-hp-slams-sensational-laserjet-printers.html Explore further As some observers explain the situation, we are in a computer equipment stage of embedded systems in printers, packed with Internet-connecting functions that make them operate more like computers.Rewriting the printer’s firmware takes only about 30 seconds, according to researcher Ang Cui, and a virus would be virtually impossible to detect once installed. Only pulling the computer chips out of the printer to test them would confirm an attack, Cui said. Every time a vulnerable printer accepts a print job, it scans that job to see if it includes a firmware update. Older printers do not discriminate the source of the update; hackers can in turn intercept requests and plant their own updates. As one blogger described the potential mischief, the printer can be told to erase its software and hackers can install a “booby trapped” version.The Columbia team sent standard print commands from a Mac and a PC running Linux and succeeded in tricking an HP printer into reprogramming itself.The researchers have been working on the printer security project under grants from government and industry, according to reports, and they described the flaw in a private briefing for federal agencies. They also reported their findings to Hewlett-Packard.Columbia professor Salvatore Stolfo, who directed the research in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, said that these devices are completely open and available to be exploited. He and his team have been forceful in describing this as a serious matter for attention, involving a vulnerability that could impact millions of printers and other hardware.In contrast, HP initially took a cautious view in response. Keith Moore, chief technologist for HP’s printer division, had said HP takes the Columbia findings seriously but initial research suggested vulnerability was low. He pointed out that the models tested were older models, and he would generally disagree that the threat is widespread. He said the company was reviewing the issue. But in a hard-hitting statement issued Tuesday, HP said, “Today there has been sensational and inaccurate reporting regarding a potential security vulnerability with some HP LaserJet printers. No customer has reported unauthorized access. Speculation regarding potential for devices to catch fire due to a firmware change is false.” 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Columbia University researchers have demonstrated how hackers can use printers not only to infect computer systems and steal information but to set printers on fire. Their claims were made this week in a demo at Columbia University’s Intrusion Detection Systems Laboratory for msnbc. They report a security flaw in Hewlett-Packard (HP) printers open for exploit. While their experiments were only on HP printers, they said that they are just starting to sample other manufacturers’ printers too. center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sec … _printersecurity.pdf HP to Launch Printer Management Tool Designed for SMBslast_img read more

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Moltenair batterys storage capacity among the highest of any battery type

first_img The researchers, Stuart Licht, Baochen Cui, Jessica Stuart, Baohui Wang, and Jason Lau, at George Washington University, have published a paper on the new molten-air battery in a recent issue of Energy & Environmental Science.”This is the first time that a rechargeable molten-air battery has been demonstrated,” Licht told Phys.org. “There have been rechargeable batteries that use molten electrolytes, but not air. For example, molten-sulfur batteries have been widely studied for electric car and grid applications. However, sulfur is twice as massive as oxygen (per electron stored) and its mass needs to be carried as part of the battery (whereas air is freely available). The molten-air batteries are the first rechargeable batteries to use a molten salt to store energy using ‘free’ oxygen from the air and multi-electron storage molecules.”This ability to store multiple electrons in a single molecule is one of the biggest advantages of the molten-air battery. By their nature, multiple-electron-per-molecule batteries usually have higher storage capacities compared to single-electron-per-molecule batteries, such as Li-ion batteries. The battery with the highest energy capacity to date, the vanadium boride (VB2)-air battery, can store 11 electrons per molecule. However, the VB2-air battery and many other high-capacity batteries have a serious drawback: they are not rechargeable.Here, the researchers demonstrated that molten-air batteries offer a combination of high storage capacity and reversibility. The molten-air battery uses oxygen from the air as the cathode material, giving it the benefit of not having to carry this weight. It also has the advantage of not using any exotic catalysts or membranes. Different versions of the battery use different electrolytes, but they are all molten, i.e., melted to a liquid by a high temperature, in this case around 700-800 °C. The researchers experimented with using iron, carbon, and VB2 as the molten electrolyte, demonstrating very high capacities of 10,000, 19,000, and 27,000 Wh/l, respectively. The capacities are influenced by the number of electrons that each type of molecule can store: 3 electrons for iron, 4 electrons for carbon, and 11 electrons for VB2. In comparison, the Li-air battery has an energy capacity of 6,200 Wh/l, due to its single-electron-per-molecule transfer and lower density than the other compositions. 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. © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Explore further Citation: Molten-air battery’s storage capacity among the highest of any battery type (2013, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-molten-air-battery-storage-capacity-highest.html More information: Stuart Licht, et al. “Molten Air – A new, highest energy class of rechargeable batteries.” Energy & Environmental Science. DOI: 10.1039/C3EE42654HAlso at arXiv:1307.1305 [physics.chem-ph] http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.1305 Journal information: Energy & Environmental Science High-efficiency zinc-air battery developed The researchers explain that they were able to make the battery reversible by using an unusual electrolytic splitting process to function as battery “charging.” For example, when the iron molten-air battery is discharged, the iron mixes with the oxygen to produce iron oxide. To charge the battery, the iron oxide is converted back into iron metal, and O2 is released into the air. The carbon and VB2 molten-air batteries recharge in a similar way, although the electrochemical properties of VB2 are not as well understood as the others. As Licht explained, the molten electrolyte is a key to making the battery rechargeable. “In the case of molten-air batteries, the molten electrolyte opens a pathway to recharge a wide variety of high-capacity multi-electron storage materials,” he said. “These materials, while highest in capacity, are a challenge to recharge (how do you reinsert 11 electrons back into each molecule of vanadium boride?). The molten electrolyte provides an effective media that is compatible with both recharging these materials and ‘free’ oxygen from the air for storage. The high activity of molten electrolytes allows this charging to occur.”While the molten-air battery’s high capacity and reversibility make it an attractive candidate for future energy storage applications, the researchers are continuing to improve other areas of the battery. For example, they plan to investigate other types of molten electrolytes with lower melting temperatures, increasing the voltage (a major contributor to power density and, for electric vehicles, maximum speed), and improving the energy efficiency. “High temperature for a battery is unusual,” Licht said. “However, it is not an impediment. Lower capacity, high-temperature molten electrolyte sulfur batteries have already been tested without incident in electric vehicles. No weak spot has yet appeared. The discharge current of the molten-air electrode is sufficient to yield high battery voltages, but as described in the study could be even greater when a higher surface area between the cycled air and the molten salt will be achieved.” This chart compares the characteristics of molten-air batteries that use three different types of materials. Credit: Licht, et al. ©2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry (Phys.org) —Researchers have demonstrated a new class of high-energy battery, called a “molten-air battery,” that has one of the highest storage capacities of any battery type to date. Unlike some other high-energy batteries, the molten-air battery has the advantage of being rechargeable. Although the molten electrolyte currently requires high-temperature operation, the battery is so new that the researchers hope that experimenting with different molten compositions and other characteristics will make molten-air batteries strong competitors in electric vehicles and for storing energy for the electric grid.last_img read more

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5 Simple LowBudget Growth Hacks to Increase App Downloads

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Are you looking for simple strategies that can lead to thousands — if not millions — of downloads? Are you looking for out-of-the-box app marketing ideas to help your app get discovered? Getting downloads for your app is a tough task. But here are five simple growth hacks to help you increase downloads for your app.Related: How Much Does it Cost to Create an App?1. Offer an ‘exclusive’ to gain some PR.I thought that the strategy having to do with exclusivity had lost its magic. However, reporters from The Next Web and TechCrunch have indicated that the strategy still does, in fact, get their attention.What does an exclusive strategy entail? You give a big website the first right to publish your announcement. If its editor agrees, you cannot pitch other websites until after the first one posts the article. Big websites love getting an exclusive, because that means that they will be the first to write about your news. This also leads to the other big websites linking back to them as the source.Using this exclusive strategy has allowed us to secure coverage for our customers on TechCrunch, Social Times, iMore,TouchArca de, Daily Dot and more.2. Share your app via a text message.Max Page, founder of Lifter, recommends using text messages to allow users to share things they are creating in your app. This one-to-one recommendation from a trusted source creates higher click-to-install rates. Unlike social media, shares will not get lost in a stream of other updates.Related: 5 Tips for Getting Media to ‘Swipe Right’ on Your Press ReleaseIn Lifter, people can create workouts and tap, to instantly text that workout to a friend. “We have personal trainers using it now to share workouts with their clients,” says Page.Moreover, Branch Metrics reports that SMS has an 18 percent click-to-install rate — the second best-performing channel behind Facebook.3. Localize your app.“In order to open the app to the world, and check the demand for our app globally, we translated the description of our app to 30 languages,” says Nadav Trenter Moser, co-founder of SALT App. That app has grown to 180,000 organic installs in one year with a zero marketing cost.Localizing your app can significantly raise the chances that people will find your app. After determining your top countries and languages, you can decide whether translating the in-app content is worth the ROI.4. Get app store reviews for app updates.With Apple resetting your app’s reviews upon a new release, Ian Small, CEO of Audiobooks.com, suggests prompting your most engaged customers to review your app whenever an update is live. “They’re likely to provide positive feedback, which will drive up your app’s rating and contribute to higher ranking in the app store [and thus, so more download],” says Small.This simple strategy helped AudioBooks.com generate a 40 percent increase in its daily downloads and climb from number 10 to number 6 in the “Books” category.5. Target competitors’ keywords.Brandon Brown, co-founder of Grin, says that his company “generated 2,000,000 downloads within the first 12 months through targeting competitor app names as keywords.”Related: 5 Ways Competition Can Help Your App SucceedThis straightforward App Store Optimization strategy of focusing on competitor app names with high traffic and low difficulty allowed Grin to quickly generate traction and climb the ranks in its app niche. Brown said that, “In order for this to work, your app must have a strong app-store conversion rate and high retention.”Conclusion.User acquisition doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Using the strategies outlined above, you will be able to gain traction for your app in no time. September 27, 2016 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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