Terrorists in Kenya Mall Used New Tactic to Spare Some Muslims

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Hockey India denies firing coach Paul van Ass

first_imgIndia chief coach Paul van Ass on Monday claimed that he has been sacked by Hockey India (HI), but its president Narinder Batra maintained there has been no termination of the Dutchman’s contract and a decision in the matter will be taken this weekend.The development comes in after the two had an altercation during the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final after India’s quarterfinal win over Malaysia in Antwerp on July 1.”I have been fired by HI. I have not received any official confirmation from the federation but HI officials have told me that this is happening. I have known this since Friday which is why I am not surprised,” van Ass told IANS over telephone from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.In response, Batra told: “There has been no termination. HI has been in touch with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) over the same. A special HI committee will meet on Friday after which their decision will be made public on Saturday. The committee will evaluate the performance of not just the men’s but the women’s team too.”HI on Sunday had set up a special committee to evaluate the performance of the national teams in the HWL Semi-Finals. While the men’s team reached the semis and finished fourth, the women’s outfit was ousted from the quarterfinals and managed to end fifth.The committee, comprising former eminent players and Olympians is chaired by Harbinder Singh. Other members include B.P. Govinda, V. Baskaran, A.B. Subbaiah, Thoiba Singh, R.P. Singh, Asunta Lakra and Jasjeet Kaur. They will meet on Friday to review reports and relevant data and provide feedback on Saturday.advertisementVan Ass, who was appointed on January 30, was supposed to join the Indian team which is undergoing a fitness camp at SAI centre in Shilaroo, Himachal Pradesh. But the Dutchman did not return to take charge of the camp, saying HI had not sent him the air ticket.”Obviously, if HI does not send me tickets to return to India, how will I come? There are stories spreading that I did not return but how can I return if you do not send me tickets,” wondered the 54-year-old, who went back home from Belgium following the conclusion of the HWL Semi-Final event on July 5.”I have been constantly in touch with HI director high performance Roelant Oltmans. Last week, I got to know that I have been sacked, that Dr. Batra does not want me as chief coach.”Responding to van Ass’s claims, Batra said the Dutch tactician was lying and travel tickets had been sent to him.”He was supposed to evaluate the team’s performance and send us a report on July 15. He was then supposed to send his report on July 17. He was supposed to come back. He did not do any of them and is spreading the news that he has not been sent tickets. He is lying. We did send him the tickets,” Batra said lashing out at the Dutch tactician.last_img read more

LGBTQ Workplace Pride: Diversity Efforts Employees Appreciate

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK 23 hours ago 23h RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OH 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ According to Out and Equal, one in four LGBTQ employees has experienced some form of discrimination on the job. In fact, 89% of Americans believe it is illegal under federal law to be fired because you are LGBTQ. Not true. Still, no federal protection law exists within the U.S. for LGBT employees.In honor of LGBT Pride Month, Glassdoor, the leading social jobs and career community, dug into company reviews shared by employees to find out some of the employer programs and workplace attributes that benefit the LGBTQ community.15 Companies That Offer Transgender-Inclusive Health Care CoverageCheck out the highlights below:Employee Commentary on LGBTQ-Friendly Companies:“Microsoft is a great company for the following reasons: Encouraging diversity (employee action committees for everything from gay & lesbian group to discussion groups for homeowners).” – Microsoft Employee (location n/a)“Ceramatec is very pro LGBT. They really go out of their way to discourage any type of discrimination against the LGBT community. The people are very good to work with and they treat everyone with absolute respect.” – Ceramatec Technician (Salt Lake City, UT)“Very accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and sponsors annual workshops relating to issues that affect this community.” – McGraw-Hill Education Employee (New York, NY)“Diverse workplace, LGBT friendly, open culture, smart coworkers.” – Google Recruiter (Mountain View, CA)“Being LGBT, it was great to be a part of a company that had so much respect for the LGBT community.” – Abercrombie & Fitch Employee (Honolulu, HI)3 Steps to Transitioning Careers as an LGBTQ Professional“LGBT are welcome and that says a lot.” – MetLife Employee (New York, NY)“They also have partner benefits (as in LGBT partner/spouse [which is amazing as it’s one of the only companies that openly embraces its LGBT community.])” – Starbucks Shift Manager (New York, NY)“The company also recently added a committee to specifically address the concerns of the “Lesbian – Gay – Bisexual – Transgendered – Allies” communities and extended health benefits to domestic partners. As a whole, I would have to say the company does take these issues, as well as other minority/discriminatory issues quite seriously.” – TD Bank Customer Service Representative (Philadelphia, PA)“The company itself champions diversity. As a transgender person, it’s phenomenal to have supposed protection as an employee.” – HCSC Employee (location n/a)“They claim to embrace diversity and not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and in the heavy truck industry, offered domestic partner benefits while risking their reputation.” – Cummins Applications Engineer (Columbus, IN)__________________So what should LGBT job seekers keep in mind when on the hunt for a new job or company? Check out Glassdoor’s LGBT job seeker job search tips courtesy of two prominent LGBT career experts.Does your company embrace diversity? Let us know by sharing a company review.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant Life Care Centers of America Fort Worth, TX 3.0★ 2.8★center_img 4.8★ Residential Plumber $3000 Sign-on bonus! Horizon Services Lindenwold, NJ Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX 3.0★ N/A 3.6★ Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ Plumber C.E. Long Construction New Market, VA 23 hours ago 23h 2.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ Find Jobs Near Youlast_img read more

KA-PONTIFF

first_imgUdupi mutt seer enters Karna poll fray as independent ” ” ” Mangaluru, Apr 21 (PTI) In a first in the history of the several centuries old Ashta (eight) Mutts of Udupi, a pontiff today entered the electoral fray,filing his nomination as an independent for the May 12 Karnataka assembly polls. Shiroor mutt chief”Sri Lakshmivara Theertha Swami filed the papers after an unsuccessful bid to contest on a BJP ticket. The Swami is the first among the heads in the history of Ashta mutts to contest elections. He told reporters at Udupi that he was expecting a BJP ticket, but was denied it. “My candidature as an independent will benefit the BJP and the Prime Minister and I am confident of a victory with peoples support,” he said. State Fisheries, Sports and Youth Empowerment Minister Pramod Madhwaraj is his main opponent. Former MLA Raghupathi Bhat is the BJP candidate. The swami had said recently he wanted to contest the poll as an independent since “the system here is not right. I want to contest with an intention that it should be right.” Describing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as his role model, he had also said that if the BJP gave him the ticket, he would “happily accept it.” Shiroor Mutt (institute) is one among the Ashta Mutts of Udupi, established by 13th century philosopher Madhwacharya, who founded the Dvaita (dualism) school of Vedanta. Madhwacharya appointed eight of his direct disciples”as head of each Mutt that were established in eight villages” around the Udupi Krishna Temple. During the Paryaya, a religious ritual that takes”place every alternate year, the puja and administration of”Krishna Mutt is distributed among the swamijis of Ashta”Mutts. PTI MVG RA APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

WOODBURY SUPERVISORS DECLARE COUNTY EMERGENCY

first_imgThe Woodbury County Board of Supervisors has signed an emergency declaration under Iowa State Statue.That will execute the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, invoking of mutual aid agreements and applying to the State of Iowa for assistance.This declaration was put in place due to county-wide flooding that began on March 13. Public and private property, along with disruption of utility service and endangerment to the health and safety of residents have occurred with this flooding.Residents in the county are urged to be aware of hazards in their area.last_img read more

Chalk Talk: Why Mike Yurcich Deserves Credit for Mason Rudolph’s Success

first_imgDespite his two interceptions, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph shone in the Cowboys’ 43-37 victory over Kansas State last Saturday. The junior threw for almost 500 yards and five touchdowns against one of the better defenses in the Big 12.But while those touchdowns are a testament to Rudolph’s ability as a quarterback, they came on play calls that fooled the defense and, in many cases, led to easy touchdown passes. In this post, we will look at all three of Rudolph’s deep ball touchdowns and how offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich deserves just as much credit for the Cowboys’ success.On the Cowboys’ first deep ball touchdown, they ran quads four verticals off a quick snap. They frequently align in quads off a quick snap and run a screen to the running back, but this time, they faked the screen and looked deep.quadsvertsKansas State was in quarters coverage, which means that the cornerbacks and safeties are each responsible for a deep fourth of the field. On this play, Rudolph pump faked to the screen, and it caused the strong safety to bite and give up his fourth of the coverage.Jarwin saw this and ran right past him to the unoccupied area for an easy touchdown. Watch how the safety gets out of position because of the screen fake:quadsThe second deep ball touchdown came on a concept that is new to OSU.The Cowboys ran the sluggo seam, a long-time staple of the west coast offense.sluggo-seamIn sluggo seam, the solo receiver on the left runs a sluggo, or a slant and go, the opposite slot runs a seam or “win” route and the opposite flanker runs a 10-12 yard curl. This play is excellent against deep halves or thirds coverage (cover 2 or cover 3).In the sluggo seam, the QB’s reads are sluggo to seam (hence the name), and his decision relies on the reaction of the safeties. If the double move immediately beats the corner, the quarterback can squeeze the ball between the trailing corner and the safety. Usually what will happen, though, is that the safety (in this case the one-high safety) jumps on the double move, leaving a wide-open receiver behind him.Watch how the sluggo causes the safety to hesitate, leaving an open window for Austin Hays.bThe Cowboys have run this play only on one other occasion this season against Texas. Kudos to the coaching staff for finding this gem and installing it this season.The final deep ball touchdown came on an 82-yard bomb to James Washington in the fourth quarter. Head coach Mike Gundy shared a funny anecdote about this play in his post-game press conference:“When the play was called, I told Yurcich that he was crazy, that there’s no way they’re going to let him behind the defense. He said, ‘Well, let’s take a shot and see.’ I said, ‘That will be fine, but it won’t work.’ After that, he scored the touchdown and I clicked my headset off.”Gundy’s way of thinking here is understandable. The funny thing is that the Wildcats’ defense was designed to take away the deep ball, but the Cowboys’ play design worked as a perfect counter.pa-skinnyIn the play, KSU was again in quarters coverage. In quarters, the safeties have seam responsibility. If any inside receiver runs a vertical route, it is the responsibility of that side’s safety to play that route as if it were man coverage.Same with the cornerbacks — if the outside receiver breaks vertical, it practically becomes man coverage. In the play, the safety over the slot receiver stepped down to cover the post route, as is his job, but it left Washington one-on-one on the skinny post.So even though the Wildcats had four players dedicated to stopping the deep ball, the Cowboys’ play design forced the defense from cover four to, for all intents and purposes, man-to-man with no safety support.pa_z_skinnyIn all three of these plays, Mason Rudolph made perfect throws for touchdowns, so he should obviously receive a good deal of the credit. But it’s important to recognize that he had wide-open windows because of how good the play designs were.Combined with the fact that these plays were called at the perfect time, these touchdowns were easy pitch-and-catch. Mike Yurcich has received a lot of criticism, and some of it justly, but his progression as an offensive coordinator this season has been one of the biggest factors in Rudolph’s success, and last Saturday’s game was no different.What did you think of the Cowboys’ offensive play calling against the Wildcats? Leave your opinions below in the comments!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Pakistan suspends Samjhauta train service bans Indian films

first_imgNew Delhi: In a move that is likely to further inflame tensions between India and Pakistan, Islamabad on Thursday announced it was suspending the bi-weekly Samjhauta train service connecting Lahore and Delhi. Pakistan’s minister for railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, said the service will remain suspended indefinitely.Addressing a press conference in Islambad, Rasheed said the bogies of the Samjhauta Express will now be used for passengers travelling on the occasion of Eid. “Till I am Railways minister, Samjhauta Express train service will not operate,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMeanwhile, the Samjhauta Express was stopped by Pakistan at Wagah border, briefly leaving passengers stranded. Pakistan authorities stopped the train from entering into India citing security concerns to its crew. Around 110 passengers were travelling from Lahore to Delhi, a spokesperson of the Northern Railways said.”Pakistan authorities raised some concerns with regards to security for crew of the samjhauta exp. We have told them that there is normal situation this side . However we are sending our own engine with our crew quard to bring train from Wagah to attari,” the spokesperson said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe moves comes shortly after New Delhi urged Pakistan to review its decision to downgrade diplomatic relations with the country. On Wednesday, Pakistan expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad and suspended bilateral trade in response to India’s decision to scrap the special status to Jammu-Kashmir. Pakistan also said it would not be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India.News reports from Pakistan also said no Indian films will be allowed to screen in cinemas. Geo English quoted Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on I&B, saying: “No Indian movie to be screened in Pakistani cinemas.”(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Cineplex reports 74million firstquarter loss after attendance drops

Companies in this story: (TSX:CGX)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a first-quarter loss of $7.4 million as fewer people went to the movies.The theatre company says it will now pay a monthly dividend of 15 cents per share for a total of $1.80 per share on an annual basis, up from 14.5 cents per month for a total of $1.74 on an annual basis.The loss amounted to 12 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 as the company made an accounting change related to its lease payments. The result compared with a profit of $15.2 million or 24 cents per share in the first quarter of last year.Revenue fell to $364.9 million compared with $390.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, when Cineplex benefited from the release of Black Panther in theatres.Theatre attendance in the quarter was down 15.6 per cent compared with a year ago, while box office revenue per patron edged up to $10.44 compared with $10.21 a year ago.Concession revenue per patron also rose to $6.35 compared with $6.09 in the first quarter last year. read more

Only open societies democracy can guarantee longterm stability says UK Deputy Prime

Warning that the forces of insularity and isolationism are gaining momentum, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the United Nations General Assembly today that the recent global economic crisis proved the strengths of open societies, with openness being critical to lasting stability and success. “As we meet today, the most important fault line is not one of geography, or ideology, or religion, or wealth. It is the divide between those societies which are open, and those which are closed,” he said during the Assembly’s annual General Debate, with open societies choosing democracy at home and engagement abroad while closed societies suppress the liberty of their citizens, draw a veil across their actions and withdraw from our shared international life.He noted that authoritarian States point enthusiastically at the ongoing fallout of the 2008 financial crisis as proof of a broken Western model, countering that their citizens may be less free but their growth rates outstrip those in the West and claiming that liberal democracy has had its day.“But those who make these claims are wrong; they are drawing the wrong conclusions from recent events. The real lesson of the last five years has been the remarkable resilience of open societies and the acute need for international cooperation in today’s world,” he stressed.“Just as the events of recent years have revealed the weaknesses of some Western economies, they have also underscored the great strength of open societies: the ability to evolve and adapt. Open societies do not fear change – and, in the 21st century, this openness to reform is critical to lasting stability and success.”Dealing with individual cases and the so-called Arab Spring of 2011, the United Kingdom Minister said the recent military removal of an elected President in Egypt did not mean that democracy has failed but that a single set of elections had failed. “Egypt now needs to return to the path of inclusive democracy – the democratic urge remains as strong among the people as when they first rejoiced in [Cairo’s] Tahrir Square [after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak’s Government],” he declared. “While the road to democracy is difficult, the direction of travel is set. Everywhere you look, people are standing together against discrimination, for equality; against oppression, for liberty.A wave of openness has emerged – transcending borders and cultures. Men and women of every creed, faith and colour [are] calling for fair opportunities and demanding to be heard.”Mr. Clegg highlighted poverty as no less a threat to stability and freedom than conflict and oppression, noting that despite the strain on its finances, the UK has met its target to spend 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on development assistance, the only country in the G20 group of 20 major economies to do so.“Following the global economic crisis, we said we would not balance our books on the backs of the world’s poorest,” he said. “We have held true to our word.”He also called for enlargement of the 15-member UN Security Council to prevent it from becoming a relic of a different time, repeating UK support for permanent seats for Brazil, India, Germany and Japan, as well as permanent African representation.On terrorism he urged a robust, intelligent and global response. “Our work together can make a genuine difference,” he said. “Alone we can take small steps forward, but together we can take giant leaps.” read more

Department of Psychology MA thesis defence

Kiana LaPierre, a candidate in the Department of Psychology, will present her Master of Arts thesis defence on Friday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. in Plaza 600F.Her thesis is titled Cyberbullying in Relation to Adolescents’ Dating and Sexual Behaviour: An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective.Her examination committee includes Nancy Cook, Chair; John McNamara, External Examiner (Brock University); Drew Dane, Supervisor; Mike Ashton and Zopito Marini, Committee Members.All are welcome to attend the presentation. read more

Big Ten title hopes looking dim for OSU womens basketball team

For the first time this season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team (13-8, 4-5) is not in the The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll. After entering the season as the No. 7-ranked team in the nation, OSU has led a campaign full of blunders — the loss of their status was merely the Buckeyes’ latest disappointment. After jumping out to a 7-0 start to the season — including a dominating performance over then-No. 11 Oklahoma — OSU hit a midseason skid, going 3-6 in its next nine games. The Buckeyes’ worst loss was a nationally televised 31-point blowout Dec. 19 to then-No. 1 Connecticut, 81-50, in New York. Despite its midseason slump, OSU appeared to hit a stride in the heart of conference play with three consecutive wins, including victories against nationally ranked Michigan State and Iowa. But the Buckeyes failed to continue with that momentum last week, as they dropped a pair of games against two teams ahead of them in the Big Ten standings: Michigan and Penn State. OSU is seventh in the conference and three games back in the loss column to Big Ten leaders Michigan State and Wisconsin. Following the Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan, OSU coach Jim Foster said winning a seventh consecutive conference title is not out of the question but he knows it will take some help. “It seems to be everybody’s beating everybody,” Foster said. “It doesn’t do you good to lose to the same team twice. If you lose to them early, you got to come back and get them later.” The Buckeyes just have seven conference games remaining to make up the ground they lost in the regular season conference championship race, with five of those games against teams ahead of them in the conference standings. Michigan coach Kevin Borseth, who has coached the team through two victories against OSU this season, said it is too early to count out the six-time defending conference champions. “The season isn’t over for them. Obviously they have a chip on their shoulder,” Borseth said. “They’re going to have to be a little more determined. Sometimes it just doesn’t go their way. I wouldn’t want to be the next team to play them. They’re going to get better every game.” If the Buckeyes are going to climb back into conference championship contention, they’re going to need to improve their play on the road, where they are 3-6. Of the Buckeyes’ remaining seven regular season games, four are in Columbus, where the team is 10-2. The team will return to action at 5 p.m. Sunday when it hosts Northwestern. read more

Airline pilot guilty of wifes murder after battering her to death with

“The defendant was angered by this refusal – he was to tell the police that although he was earning more than £100,000 a year he was under financial pressure.”After attacking Mrs McIntosh, her husband did nothing to summon help, instead leaving the scene to visit a pub.Lawyers for McIntosh argued that the twice-married pilot, who had a Range Rover and a Maserati, was guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.Following the verdict, Detective Sergeant Gareth Unett of Warwickshire Police said: “This wasn’t a moment of madness, this was a ferocious and sustained attack that left Patricia with multiple injuries to her head and body.”It is clear no punishment can put right the pain Andrew McIntosh has caused them.” In a statement, Patricia’s family, said: ” We still don’t understand and accept how or why this happened and why he has put us through a trial; he had the choice to do the right thing and plead guilty. He has shown no remorse.”The court was told McIntosh, then living in Woolscott, Warwickshire, had been drinking before he drove “across country” to attack his wife. 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. Patricia McIntosh was attacked with a saucepan from her kitchen Patricia McIntosh was attacked with a saucepan from her kitchenCredit:Warwickshire Police/PA An airline pilot  who beat his estranged wife to death with a saucepan when she refused to lower the asking price of their home has been found guilty of her murder.Andrew McIntosh, 54,  also punched and kicked Patricia McIntosh, 56, who died of head injuries on November 15 last year.During a seven-day trial, McIntosh claimed he “just lost control” after failing to persuade her to drop the asking price, and was in a state of numb disbelief after the killing.But the Crown claimed the 54-year-old, who was on stand-by to fly for travel giant TUI, acted in rage, anger and frustration after driving to confront his wife at their former marital home in Knightcote, Warwickshire.McIntosh, who was born in Bradford and grew up on the Isle of Wight, will be sentenced on Thursday. Opening the case at the start of the trial, Mr Grieves-Smith said the defendant, who rose to become a Boeing 737 captain despite leaving school with no qualifications, had moved out of the marital home in June 2017 amid divorce proceedings.The lawyer told a jury of eight women and four men: “The house had been put up for sale – there was no potential purchaser and the defendant wanted to drop the sale price, but Patricia McIntosh didn’t want to do that. McIntosh will be sentenced on ThursdayCredit:Warwickshire Police/PA McIntosh will be sentenced on Thursday read more

Decision on credit line will make it more difficult to access future

first_imgTHE IRISH FISCAL Advisory Council has been critical of the government’s decision to exit our bailout without a precautionary line of credit, saying that it will make it more difficult for us to access this support in the future.In its Fiscal Assessment Report, published today, the council reiterated its previous position that a credit line should be applied for.“Provided it had come with reasonable terms and conditions, such a facility would have provided valuable additional protection against any renewed funding pressures as Ireland exits the EU/IMF assistance programme,” it said.The council’s chairman, Professor John McHale, said that while the option to apply is “always there”, the easiest time to get a credit line is at a time when a country is in a good position – like when it is exiting a bailout.It would be more difficult to put one in place once the markets turn against you.McHale said he has seen “nothing the government has said that would rule out applying for a precautionary line of credit in the future.”He also said that it will become harder to access the the ECB’s Outright Monetary Transaction programme, under which the bank would purchase the bonds of a member state that has asked for financial assistance.However he pointed to other potentially available credit lines from the ESM and the IMF and the council’s chief economist Diarmuid Smyth commented that the government has a “cash buffer” of €73 billion in place.Changes to Budget 2014  adjustmentThough the council’s report points to progress being made in repairing public finances, the changes to the planned budgetary adjustments in Budget 2014 have removed the “margin of safety” we otherwise would have had.McHale said that the probability of breaching the 3 per cent Stability and Growth Pact deficit ceiling is now an estimated one-in-two and that risks to forecasts are “tilted to the downside”.Growth this year is being depressed by a number of factors, according to the report. These include a background of ongoing balance sheet repair, budgetary consolidation and weak demand in Ireland’s main trading partners. The pharmaceuticals “patent cliff” is also reducing the growth of net exports.Overall, the council said the government’s planned fiscal stance is assessed to be “conductive to prudent economic and budgetary management”.The full report can be read here.Read: 5 reasons why the government decided to exit the bailout and go it alone>Read: ‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit linelast_img read more

Intel unveils 4inch NUC mini PC for 400

first_imgMeet Intel’s NUC — or Next Unit of Computing. It out-minis the Mac Mini at just four inches square and Intel has now revealed that its target price point will be smaller, too, at around $400.The NUC manages to pack in a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 40GB mSATA SSD. The usual connectivity options are included (802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and three USB 2.0 ports), and dual SO-DIMM and mini PCIe slots allow for some minor configuration tweaking. Audio and video are served up via dual HDMI ports.Intel has also noted that additional models will be offered up, including a lower-end version with a Celeron processor as well as more powerful variants running the Core i5 and i7. Some will also feature USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports.Before the NUC hits the big time, Intel will spend some time improving its cooling system with design partners. During a Cinebench test at Computex, Intel’s i5-powered unit topped out at 79 degrees Celsius — not quite the amount of heat you want from a device that appears perfectly suited for pumping out HD video in a home theater setup.AMD is offering its partners a similar reference design — the wall-pluggable LiveBox. Unlike Intel, AMD has outfitted their mini PC with a gigabit Ethernet — and they’re aiming it at corporate environments. Intel, on the other hand, has pegged the NUC for use in kiosks and digital signage.That may, of course, have something to do with the heat issue. If they can get that under control, there’s no doubt that NUC-based systems could be a hit with users at home. Provided the price is right, of course.More at Techreport and ExtremeTechlast_img read more

Un convoi de déchets radioactifs traversera la France mercredi

first_imgUn convoi de déchets radioactifs traversera la France mercrediMercredi aura lieu le départ d’un convoi de déchets nucléaires depuis la Manche vers l’Allemagne. Alors que le débat sur le nucléaire fait rage, les écologistes français espèrent une importante mobilisation, plusieurs manifestations ayant déjà eu lieu outre-rhin. Selon les ONG Greenpeace et Sortir du nucléaire un train de déchets nucléaires très radioactifs doit partir mercredi à 14H20 du terminal ferroviaire Areva de Valognes, dans la Manche, une commune située à 36 kilomètres de l’usine de retraitement de Beaumont-Hague. Mais la date d’arrivée du convoi est incertaine alors que le départ a été avancé d’une journée. En effet, lors du dernier transport de déchets allemands, en 2010, le train avait mis plus de trois jours pour atteindre son terminus en Basse-Saxe, après avoir été bloqué trois heures à Caen et une nuit entière en Allemagne.Areva a confirmé que ce transport de onze emballages (l’équivalent d’un wagon) était “en préparation”. Il s’agit là du 12e et dernier convoi de déchets vitrifiés prévu depuis la Hague vers Gorleben. Greenpeace assure que “neuf” des onze camions transportant les déchets sont arrivés à Valognes. Areva confirmait vendredi que les transferts routiers étaient en cours.En Allemagne, plusieurs actions ont déjà été organisées contre les “Castors”, du sigle anglais ‘Cask for Storage and Transportation of Radioactive Material’ qui désigne les conteneurs. Des milliers de personnes ont manifesté à travers tout le pays, bien que la mobilisation soit moindre que pour le convoi de novembre 2010. La police allemande a indiqué s’attendre à plusieurs dizaines de milliers de manifestants. Près de 19.000 policiers allemands contre près de 20.000 l’an passé seront déployés.Plusieurs actions prévues Les militants français anti-nucléaires espèrent mobiliser contre “ce commerce toxique et inacceptable” tandis que le collectif “Valognes Stop Castor” a appelé à “bloquer” le train et à participer à un “camp” à Valognes, à partir de lundi. Dans un communiqué publié dimanche soir, le collectif a décidé d’avancer de 24 heures son action puisque “Areva avance le départ du train” d’une journée.L’actualité des derniers jours ne fait “que renforcer la détermination à s’en prendre directement aux intérêts de l’industrie nucléaire”, a indiqué le collectif dans un communiqué daté de vendredi. Plusieurs centaines de militants sont attendus par les écologistes. Les forces de l’ordre parlent elles d’un “très gros dispositif” sans donner plus de précisions.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylDe leur côté, Greenpeace et Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) sont contre le blocage du train puisqu’ils sont pour le retour des déchets au pollueur. Ils appellent toutefois à manifester mardi à 18h à Valognes. Le Réseau Sortir du nucléaire qui soutient le camp et les actions sera également présent.Une “forteresse roulante, à vide” “Ce convoi, c’est plusieurs fois la radioactivité libérée lors de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl ou de Fukushima”, a déclaré Laura Hameaux, de Sortir du nucléaire. Elle indique que le train se compose de 11 wagons de déchets et de trois wagons type voyageurs dont deux occupés par les forces de l’ordre. Mais selon Julien Duperray, porte-parole d’Areva chargé des transports, “ce train est une forteresse roulante, à vide, les castors pèsent 102 tonnes pour 14 tonnes de chargement dans un emballage métallique de 40 cm d’épaisseur”. Les emballages “résistent à tous les tests de sûreté”, chute de neuf mètres sur surface indéformable, incendie de 800 degrés ou immersion de 200 mètres, a-t-il ajouté. Areva fabrique des combustibles de “recyclage” que les écologistes pensent inefficaces et dangereux, précise Sciences et Avenir. Le 21 novembre 2011 à 11:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Lineups announced

first_imgMohamed Salah has been named in the Egypt line-up for their final World Cup match against Saudi Arabia later today at 16:00 (GMT +2)Neither side have managed to get a single point so far in their group and head into today’s clash at the Volgograd Arena knowing that they are already eliminated from the competition.Defeat for either team will see them become the first team to lose all three matches at a World Cup since Honduras in 2014.Egypt will turn to Salah in order to provide with some positive memories in what is their first appearance at football’s biggest stage since 1990 by inspiring them to their first ever World Cup win.The Liverpool forward got on the scoresheet on his return from his shoulder injury, but played a largely subdued role in Egypt’s 3-1 defeat to hosts Russia last week.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Taiseer Al Jassam will be out for the Pharaohs after sustaining an injury in their Group A opener against Uruguay.Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia have yet to find the back of the net at the World Cup and are in danger of becoming only the 12th team in history to have failed to do so.Confirmed lineups Saudi Arabia : Egypt pic.twitter.com/G84DgnqpUj— Merrybet (@merrybetsports) June 25, 2018last_img read more

ASA Urges Congress to Make TPP a Priority During Lame Duck Session

first_imgWith the election over and Congress reconvening to set their lame duck agenda, the American Soybean Association (ASA) urges Members of Congress to prioritize and pass the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, thus allowing the U.S., and soybean industry, to better participate in the global economy.“TPP passage is vital to farmers across the country, as well as the processors and exporters that take U.S. soybeans to markets around the world,” said ASA President and Greenwood, Del. farmer Richard Wilkins.With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of the United States, passage of TPP will open new global markets and is projected to boost farm exports by $4.4 billion each year.“Farmers support the improved access to foreign markets through TPP, and welcome the potential for expanded soybean exports in the forms of oil and feed,” Wilkins said. “Overall, TPP has the power to create jobs at home, boost the farm economy and explore foreign markets.”last_img read more

Time Incs Q4 and FullYear Results Show a Company in Decline

first_img​ Time Inc. might be trying to reposition itself as a media company as opposed to a magazine publisher after its 2014 spinoff from Time Warner, but its fourth quarter and overall 2014 financial report indicates the company has a long way to go. The verbs “decreased” and “declined” were used 50 times in the 14-page report, and there are very few bright spots for the largest magazine publisher in the U.S. While things may not be dire, there are some troubling uncertainties. The Breakdown Regardless of trading stability, the company is projected to increase its revenues by 3 to 6 percent this year. When you look at where the losses occurred, it’s obvious that print is not rebounding. Print advertising and circulation revenues, which includes subscription and newsstand, all slipped versus their comparative periods in 2013. One area where the company increased revenue was digital advertising. But the growth is still minimal and indicates the company has a long way to go before digital revenues make up for print losses. During the fourth quarter the company added $2 million more in digital ad revenues compared with the same period in 2013. That equates to a modest 2 percent gain. But annual comparisons fare much better. In 2014, the company increased digital ad revenues by 18 million—6 percent more than 2013—totaling $298 million. What’s more, when excluding the impact of corporate transactions the adjusted increase is 17 percent. It’s promising, but it’s still a sliver of the $1.48 billion in print revenues. In the fourth quarter, the company brought in $895 million in revenue, which was a decrease of $71 million (7 percent) versus the same period in 2013. For the full year, Time Inc. collected $3.28 billion in revenues, down $73 million YoY—a 2-percent dip. But that only scratches the surface. Newsstand sales continued on a downward trajectory, collecting 12 percent less revenue during Q4 2014 versus the same period in 2013, and 8 percent less YoY. Somewhat promising though, are subscription revenues. Although they were down 7 percent in Q4 2014 versus Q4 2013, YoY revenue only fell by 1 percent. That’s critical considering chairman and CEO, Joe Ripp, recently stated at the American Magazine Media Conference that he expects subscription revenue to become a big piece of the pie. Since its IPO, stock performance has been mostly stable. It opened flat last June and remained around $20 per share during for the first few weeks on the market.  But after pulling back volume its price began to rise and peaked at just under $26 per share in July. It dropped noticeably last October, falling below $20 per share, but it rebounded quickly. Since, the volatility of price has fluctuated between $22.50 and $25.00.  Print advertising generated $409 million during Q4, down $46 million compared to that period in 2013. That’s a full 10-percent drop. The full-year comparison doesn’t seem quite as bad at first glance, the company earned $1.48 billion in print advertising revenue last year, but fell short of its 2013 total by $50 million (-3 percent). When excluding the impact of corporate transactions, the decline is readjusted to an 8-percent decrease. Not surprisingly, the company attributes this to fewer ad page sales—something most magazine publishers can emphasize with. “Over the past year, we’ve been fundamentally re-engineering the business, and re-positioning our company for its return to growth. We have made significant progress toward the transformation of the cost structure, and successfully protected our margins and cash flows. We accelerated the growth and monetization of our digital audiences. We also became a stand-alone public company for the first time since January 1990. As we look forward, we expect 2015 to be a pivotal year as we launch a portfolio of growth initiatives. One of the unique sources of upside for Time Inc. is the ability to extend our powerful brands into new revenue streams. We are very excited by the opportunities provided by our brands.” Outlook Overall circulation revenues were down $25 million, or 8 percent, in the fourth quarter at $288 million. In total, the company collected $1.1 billion in circulation revenues during 2014, but took in $34 million less (-3 percent) versus 2013. Operating costs dropped significantly in the fourth quarter. The company’s cost of doing business fell by 15 percent during the last quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, and 3 percent in the YoY comparison. Of course, it’s no secret that the company has been trimming the fat with its staff, but likewise is true with production costs, which decreased by $37 million in 2014 versus 2013. The increased efficiency added $100 million to the company’s cash flow during the fourth quarter. Since spinning off as an independent company, Time Inc. has been going through a series of changes, and that is the message Joe Ripp had for stakeholders in his response to the report.last_img read more

How bad are cruise ship emissions in downtown Juneau An air quality

first_imgTrost said the sensors don’t measure diesel fumes, which is the primary concern from cruise ship exhaust. What they do measure is the concentration of fine particulate matter over time. The online PurpleAir map allows users to track the concentration of particulate matter picked up by sensors in real time. (Screenshot from PurpleAir.com) But you don’t have to be a volunteer to see what’s being tracked: Anyone can watch the sensors collecting data in real time online. It’s those plumes — and what was in them — that used to fascinate Martha and Jim Stey’s good friend, Jon Sandstedt. Whenever Sandstedt would come over to their downtown home overlooking the harbor, he would look out on the cruise ships and the ribbons of blue exhaust rising above them. “Jon said, ‘I’m going to do something about that.’ And so he got trained to be a visual inspector, and it’s a lot of training, you have to be able to look, to sense how much particles are in the air,” Jim Stey said. “If there’s a vehicle that drives by, you get some of that exhaust passing the sensor. And then the next minute it can be gone, and you can have cleaner air again,” said Barbara Trost, a program manager for DEC’s Division of Air Quality. Martha and Jim Stey stand beneath the PurpleAir air quality sensor installed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in their backyard. They nicknamed the sensor “Jon,” after their late friend Jon Sandstedt. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO) The Norwegian Jewel sits at port in Juneau with a faint plume of exhaust visible above it on June 13, 2019. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO) He has since died, but the Steys still think of him whenever they see the plumes. When they heard the Department of Environmental Conservation was looking for volunteers to host electronic air monitors, they signed up. The volunteers supply power to run their sensors. In return, Martha Stey said she and Jim feel they’re doing their part to protect Juneau’s quality of life. But it’s not as easy as pointing to a big red dot over City Hall and blaming it on the nearby ships. The people conducting the study said there are many factors at play. “And so, this is Jon in our backyard here, hanging up there, measuring it,” Jim Stey said, gesturing to a small box fixed to the top of a wooden pole on their back fence. Underneath the chatter of tourists and the sound of floatplanes, helicopters and shuttle buses at Juneau’s cruise ship docks, you can just make out the low rumble of the ships’ engines. Sandstedt did that for a few years before moving away. The DEC’s website links to a map where you can see a layout of downtown Juneau covered in dots. Each one shows you what the sensors are reading. It updates about every 80 seconds. The dots range from green to red, depending on what they’re picking up. Usually the dots show up green, but at various points during the day, you might notice one or two yellow, orange or even red dots, especially closer to the cruise ship docks. “Information is power,” she said. “We’re just gathering more information so we really know more about our environment.” For Martha Stey, cruise ship emissions have never been a major concern. She thinks of them as more of a nuisance. But she recognizes that understanding them is important.center_img “It’s basically a type of particle that can be inhaled deep into the lungs and has a potential for creating health impacts,” she said. She said what they’re interested in seeing is whether those readings remain high for extended periods of time. That would indicate that heavy particulates in the air are sticking around, which could create problems. It’s the first study of its kind in Alaska, and the first comprehensive look at the impact of cruise ship emissions in Juneau in almost 20 years. “So we’ve gotten a lot of complaints over the last couple of years from people in the downtown area about cruise ship emissions and the plumes that they can see and smell,” Trost said. Trost is based in Anchorage, but her department is overseeing the study and regularly monitoring the data. This summer, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is conducting an air quality study in Juneau. On any day, you can see faint plumes of exhaust coming out of their stacks. The sensor the Steys have in their backyard right now is made by a company called PurpleAir, and it only costs about $250. From April through October, the Steys’ backyard will serve as a laboratory. The sensor at the top of the pole takes regular measurements of particulate matter in the air. Those measurements are added to a central database, along with the information recorded by 20 other sensors placed around downtown. “We’re just hoping to learn what quality our air is, if there’s anything that we can do about it … that if there is a problem we can help affect changes,” Martha Stey said. If DEC decides to do a more in-depth study later on, Trost said that will require sensor technology that can cost up to $10,000 to $20,000 each. She said they’re also doing a separate, smaller study this summer tracking sulphur dioxide, or SO2, which is a component of diesel fuel. Trost said they may hold a public meeting to present the data and solicit comments. DEC plans to release a draft report on the PurpleAir study by next spring. Trost said they may decide to do another study in the future to determine what exactly those particles are made of and where exactly they’re coming from. She said a lot has changed in the 20 years since the last air quality study was done in Juneau, including the number and size of ships visiting in the summer.last_img read more

Bulgaria fires 3 ministers over road accident

first_imgFirefighters stand at a bus crash site, near Svoge, Bulgaria, 25 August, 2018. Photo: ReutersBulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov sacked three ministers on Friday over a bus accident in which 17 people died, saying politicians needed to take responsibility for a crash that provoked an outcry over the poor state of the country’s roads.Borissov demanded the resignations of transport minister Ivaylo Moskovski, regional development minister Nikolay Nankov and interior minister Valentin Radev.“We accept all political responsibility and therefore we resign,” Radev told a news conference, also attended by Nankov. “We obviously have not managed to organise things in a way to avoid such an accident.”More than 20 people were also injured in Saturday’s crash in northwest Bulgaria, in which the bus fell into a ravine near the town of Svoge.Hundreds of residents of Svoge, about 40 km (25 miles) north of Sofia, have protested daily since the accident to demand an overhaul of the road section where the accident happened. They say different state authorities neglected signs that the road was not repaired properly.Bulgaria, a country with of population of 7 million, has the worst road accident fatality rate in the European Union alongside its Balkan neighbour Romania. Last year 678 people were killed in accidents on Bulgarian roads.A series of road and rail crashes in recent years have prompted public protests over the government’s handling of transport safety and control over public procurement deals for road maintenance.CORRUPT PRACTICESThe opposition Socialists have called on Borissov’s cabinet to resign, saying the accident is a direct consequence of corrupt practices.Analysts say the resignations are not likely to damage the stability of the coalition government but expect political tensions to rise with the opposition pushing for an early election next spring.Prosecutors are investigating the accident, over which the bus driver has already been charged.Bulgarians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce basic safeguards for some roads and railways.Corruption is a serious problem in the EU country. Bulgaria has declared its political will to combat graft, but failed to put high level officials behind bars on corruption charges.last_img read more