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first_imgHALIFAX – A bus mechanic married to an African Nova Scotian woman was subjected to a poisonous work environment riddled with unchecked racial discrimination and harassment, according to a provincial Human Rights Commission board of inquiry.A decision released Tuesday said management at the Halifax Transit maintenance yard allowed a bully who made racist statements to run rampant in the workplace.The allegations included a message scrawled on the men’s bathroom wall, which said “all minorities not welcome; show you care, burn a cross.” It was signed by “a member of the Baby Hitler.”In another instance, the bus mechanic and his wife arrived at a social event where the bully allegedly said in a loud voice “we don’t want those kind of people here.”The bully is also quoted as saying “Racism, racism should be a law that you can shoot somebody and get away with it.”Said independent board chairwoman Lynn Connors: “HRM was liable for the actions of its employees and did not do enough to curb their inappropriate behaviour.”Halifax put forward a defence based on freedom of expression, arguing that the comments and dialogues of co-workers fell within the scope of constitutionally protected expression.Connors dismissed the defence, saying “the case before me does not have anything to do with freedom of speech.”The complaint was lodged in 2006 by the bus mechanic, who is apparently white but is not identified in the 78-page ruling.He claimed he was discriminated against because of his marriage to an African Nova Scotian woman with Aboriginal band status and his support for Indigenous and African-Canadian co-workers.Connors found “ample evidence” that both the complainant and his Indigenous and African-Canadian co-workers were persecuted by a racist bully and his entourage.The complainant also testified that the bully later tried to run him down with a bus, threw wet paper towels over a bathroom cubicle at him, and tossed a lug nut at him.The behaviour went largely “unchecked and unchallenged,” giving the group free rein in the workplace, Connors said.Although the ringleader of the racial discrimination was fired, he was reinstated after filing a grievance.The decision also detailed derogatory and rude comments directed towards an Inuit mechanic and a African Nova Scotian mechanic.The lead perpetrator of the harassment would refer to the black mechanic as “boy,” for example.“I find that he was discriminated against and harassed in the workplace by a number of individuals, most particularly, Arthur Maddox, who by his own admission … told him to ‘suck me boy,’” Connors said in her decision.“Arthur Maddox was able to act in a disrespectful, aggressive and racist way,” she said. “There are many examples of instances where actions were taken of a discriminatory nature, which provide direct evidence of a poisoned work environment.”Jacques Dube, chief administrative officer for the municipality, issued an apology Tuesday to the complainant and his family.“While our organization has taken concrete steps to build a culture of diversity and inclusion, we have more to do,” he said.Dube said he is committed to a harassment-free workplace where all people are treated with dignity and respect.A hearing is set for Monday to discuss the awarding of damages or assignment of mandated training.last_img read more

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A man and woman have been charged with a number of drug-related offences after Mounties in Grande Prairie pulled a vehicle over and found drugs inside.On Wednesday April 18, at approximately 6:30 a.m., officers were patrolling westbound on 100 Avenue in the Swan City and located a vehicle with a suspended driver. After pulling the vehicle over, police seized weapons along with a large amount of money and drugs including methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, and magic mushroomsThe driver, 37-year-old Grande Prairie resident Travin Norwegian, has been charged with 14 Criminal Code offences including: four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, and driving while prohibited. 20-year-old passenger Jessica Zatko, also from Grande Prairie, has also been charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a dangerous weapon. The RCMP say that no further information will be provided as the matter is now before the courts.last_img read more

9 July 2007The Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met today with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to discuss recent violence in the region. The Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met today with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to discuss recent violence in the region.The talks, held by Major-General Claudio Graziano at the UN Position at the border crossing at Ras Al Naqoura, focused on carrying out Security Council resolution 1701, which ended last year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, and the recent incidents in the Force’s area of operations.In particular, participants discussed “the launch of rockets from Lebanese territory into Israel on 17 July and the terrorist attack on a UNIFIL convoy on 24 July,” the mission said in a news release.The representatives of the IDF and LAF conveyed their condolences on the tragic loss of six UNIFIL peacekeepers who died during the 24 July attack on a patrol near the town of Khiyam in what initial investigations indicate was caused by a remotely-detonated car bomb.They also expressed their full support and readiness to work together with UNIFIL to prevent a recurrence, the Force said. Maj.-Gen. Graziano thanked the representatives, and added that UNIFIL’s peacekeepers were not deterred by the terrorist attack.“I assured the parties that UNIFIL peacekeepers remain committed more than ever to implementing the tasks mandated by resolution 1701. This was not only an attack against UNIFIL. It was also an attack against peace and security in the area, and against the interests of the Lebanese people,” he said. Those attending the meeting also discussed the marking of the Blue Line and the temporary security arrangements for the northern part of the village of Ghajar.“This meeting was constructive and we made progress on these issues,” Maj.-Gen. Graziano said. “We hope to reach an understanding soon concerning the temporary security arrangements in northern Ghajar which would facilitate the withdrawal of the IDF from the Lebanese territory.” read more

PARIS — A computer breakdown briefly disrupted all air traffic in France, but flights are now gradually resuming.A spokesman for the civil aviation authority DGAC said the automatic flight plan system broke down Sunday morning and the reason is being investigated.He said the problem had “no impact on flight security” and was fixed before midday. The spokesman wasn’t authorized to be publicly named according to the authority’s rules.However it temporarily halted all air traffic throughout French territory, and airports are still seeing residual delays.That includes Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, among Europe’s busiest, where dozens of flights are running late.The Associated Press read more

Official: firm at centre of cyberattack knew of problems KIEV, Ukraine – The small Ukrainian tax software company that is accused of being the patient zero of a damaging global cyberepidemic is under investigation and will face charges, the head of Ukraine’s CyberPolice suggested Monday.Col. Serhiy Demydiuk, the head of Ukraine’s national Cyberpolice unit, said in an interview with The Associated Press that Kyiv-based M.E. Doc’s employees had blown off repeated warnings about the security of their information technology infrastructure.“They knew about it,” he told the AP at his office. “They were told many times by various anti-virus firms. … For this neglect, the people in this case will face criminal responsibility.”Demydiuk and other officials say last week’s unusually disruptive cyberattack was mainly spread through a malicious update to M.E. Doc’s eponymous tax software program, which is widely used by accountants and businesses across Ukraine.The malicious update, likely planted on M.E. Doc’s update server by a hacker, was then disseminated across the country before exploding into an epidemic of data-scrambling software that Ukrainian and several other multinational firms are still recovering from.M.E. Doc has given various explanations for its role in the outbreak. It initially acknowledged having been hacked, but then deleted the statement . It then called allegations it had seeded the outbreak “clearly erroneous” but later said it was co-operating with authorities. The company has not returned messages from AP seeking comment.Meanwhile, several companies hit by last week’s cyberattack say they are edging toward normalcy.Law firm DLA Piper said late Sunday that it has restored its email service and was working to bring its other networks back online. Danish shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk said Monday it was that “getting closer to full speed” and that all but one cargo terminal was back in action. Russian companies were reportedly affected as well; Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft said Monday it had taken the company six days to fully repair its computer systems after they were badly hit in the cyberattack.Ukrainian authorities have blamed Russia for masterminding the outbreak, although several independent experts say it’s too early, based on what’s publicly known, to come to any firm conclusions. Ukraine has repeatedly come under fire from high-powered cyberattacks tied to Moscow.The extent of the damage and disruption in Ukraine was still unclear Monday. Authorities have yet to release an accounting of the number of victims or guess at the cost inflicted by the malware. Demydiuk said his service was still collating figures and declined to even provide estimates.It’s clear, though, that the economic disruption has not been negligible. Some bank employees have not been to work in days. At Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport, senior airport official Yevhenii Dykhne told the AP that about a third of computers, mainly those devoted to back-office work such as procurement, were still offline.Hanna Rybalka, who works at the state-owned Oschadbank’s headquarters in Kyiv, said that business had taken nearly a week to recover.“Today is the first day of full-time work,” she said in a Facebook message Monday.___Howard Amos in Moscow contributed to this report. by Raphael Satter, The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2017 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The NCAA Isnt Going Broke No Matter How Much You Hear It

The story was much the same about 30 years later, in 2006, when the NCAA convened a task force to study levels of spending. The conclusion, as expressed by task force chairman Peter Likins? “There seems to be an unsustainable trend in financing athletics.”We can find even more examples of the NCAA sustaining “unsustainable” spending. In July 1929, at the end of a boom decade, the Carnegie Foundation put out a detailed report documenting what it saw as many evils in the college sports scene of the day.2 The study found that: “Since 1906 [college sports’] intensity has not abated, intercollegiate rivalry has not grown appreciably kinder, and specialization has much increased; costs have mounted amazingly.”More than two decades earlier, in 1902, the New York Daily Tribune ran a study of the elite of college sports,3 what we now know as the Ivy League, and found that other than Harvard and Princeton, athletics were finding it “difficult to make ends meet.” The biggest culprit? The cost of providing food for athletes was overwhelming some schools. The only answer, at least for Yale, was to balance the yearly deficit for athletics by dipping into “undergraduate subscriptions” (i.e., student fees) among the student body as a whole.So the modern NCAA’s tale of woe — expenses outpacing revenues, students forced to pick up the tab for athletes receiving perks — is older than the NCAA itself, which was founded four years after the Daily Tribune exposé. For more than a century the crisis has persisted, ever looming, never arriving. So what’s going on here?As far back as Howard Bowen’s revenue theory of cost, economists have known that within the context of a nonprofit organization, if a department on campus gets a budget, it spends it. Revenues grow, budgets grow, spending grows. The NCAA itself commissioned a series of reports (in 2003, 2005 and 2009) by several economists, which basically said each new dollar of college sports expense goes hand in hand with a new dollar of revenue. And NCAA President Myles Brand even bragged about this dynamic in a 2006 speech:Universities attempt to maximize their revenues and redistribute those resources according to their educational mission. Universities are nonprofit corporations, and as such, they do not generate profits for private owners or shareholders. But they do have an obligation to generate significant amounts of revenue to pursue their mission.The definitive word goes to University of Michigan professor Rod Fort, author of a 2010 paper on the topic in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. Fort shows what all of these anecdotes and the economic theory predict, which is that college sports expenses have grown at the exact rate as revenues for as long as the data exists. Even writing in the midst of the Great Recession of 2007-09, Fort found that “little seems to threaten the sustainability of FBS athletic departments,” and he used (and showed) data (the NCAA’s own revenues and expenses reports) to support his claim.What Fort found was that from 1960 until 2006, “In real terms, the annual growth rate in the average report of both revenues and expenses is 4.9%, nearly twice the typical growth rate in the economy at large.”Graphically (and extended out to 2010, with thanks to Fort for his data), here’s the trend: Year after year expenses zoom ever upward, but so do revenues. Revenue and expenses are basically locked together like you’d expect of a department that spends its budget and a budget that’s set based on expected revenue.And indeed, almost on cue, despite all of the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over the unsustainability of college sports revenues, news arrived Tuesday that the Big Ten has negotiated a new deal that blows its old deal out of the water, estimated to be worth $40 million for each of the 14 schools in the innumerately named conference.So how has this perpetual crisis rhetoric survived so long in the face of year-over-year revenue growth? The best explanation comes from a working paper by two economics professors at Western Kentucky University, Brian Goff and Dennis Wilson, which explains how useful it is to look poor whenever someone comes looking for money:Keeping awareness of the rent flow4 low, permits either certain athletic or other university officials discretion over use of the flows. As a result, the most common practice over many decades has been to minimize or diminish apparent surpluses. In fact, the supposed losses have been a means for university presidents to pursue “cost containment.”In other words, we’re always in a crisis because the people in power have a vested interest in seeming poor. This means many of those who’ve been predicting a looming college sports apocalypse have something very much in common with your run-of-the-mill apocalypse cult: They have something to sell. It’s worked for a century, so why not keep selling it until people stop buying? Once or twice a year, as predictably as the launch of college football season or March Madness, we’re treated to the “everyone’s broke” meme in college sports. Sometimes it’s pegged to the football season. Sometimes we hear about it in the context of a new TV deal worth billions. And sometimes it’s tied to the release of new numbers, as was the case last week when USA Today released its trove of college sports accounting data as a resource for researchers everywhere. Along with the data they compiled, Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz and Jodi Upton put out a companion piece addressing the familiar claim that college sports are reaching a crisis point where they will begin to crumble under their own cost. As economics professor Andrew Zimbalist says in the article, “It’s an unstable situation.”The USA Today article then pivots from its ominous opening, quoting industry participants such as school presidents and former TV executives who have their doubts about the situation — the theme being that claims of financial doom are nothing new for college athletics, and they’ve not come true yet. But in a story built around financial reports showing that 90 percent of the industry is losing money, the clear theme seems to be “this time it’s real.” It’s unsustainable!A sober reading of the history of these claims of unsustainable spending leads to a very different conclusion — specifically: NCAA expenses track with revenue and have done so for decades. But rather than hand-wringers learning from the past and ferreting out Occam’s ledger — the accounting isn’t telling the whole story — decade after decade we see similar fretting over schools losing money on college sports yet spending more and more, surely building to a “bubble” that has to burst. “This time it’s real” has been part of this sky-is-falling rhetoric for over a century.For example, in 1975, the NCAA was worried about costs. As many economists and historians before me have noted,1 this worry over costs coincided with a period of economic stagnation and inflation in which much of America was worried about costs. NCAA members gathered in what was called a “special” convention with the goal of taking collective action to control costs. The president of the NCAA opened the conference with a dire warning that likened the crisis to an urgently needed amputation:Due to the intense competitive nature of the intercollegiate athletics, it seems the only way to successfully curtail costs is at the national level. … The NCAA, to be an effective instrument, must adopt measures to curtail costs which may well guarantee the continuation of intercollegiate athletics. … We urge you to put aside, or at least put in second place, your special interests and put as primary the goal of curtailing costs so intercollegiate athletics may survive. It is probably better to cut off the hand than to die.The members made it clear that the crisis was dire and the solution was NOT to raise more revenue, because that wasn’t realistic. The only answer was to lower the cost of scholarships. A representative from Bowling Green explained:We know that the generation of new income is unlikely, if not impossible. It is only the number of grants, the source of funds and the revised basis for grants that any real economies can be made. For most of us, a good many of the other proposals here are nickel and dime stuff, when we are talking about real dollars, we are talking about grants-in-aid.The result in 1975 was that the elements of cost of attendance that had been allowed previously (course supplies and a monthly stipend known colloquially as “laundry money”) were banned by common agreement. Of course, revenue did go up, and not surprisingly, expenses managed to keep rising at the same rate — the money saved by lowering the cost of scholarships simply moved into other forms of spending.Here’s what that revenue growth has looked like since 1992, shown against the growth in the list cost of tuition. read more

first_imgLG Fantasy : un smartphone Windows Phone pour 2012 ?Des photos d’un smartphone LG ont été mises en ligne sur la Toile. Il pourrait s’agir d’un futur modèle de Windows Phone baptisé LG Fantasy.La photo n’est pour une fois certes pas floue mais l’information reste une rumeur. Cette image a été mise en ligne par un habitant de Roumanie et montre un mystérieux smartphone LG que son propriétaire se serait procuré en l’achetant à un développeur-testeur. D’après les bruits qui circulent sur le net, il pourrait s’agir du futur Windows Phone du fabricant baptisé LG Fantasy. À lire aussiSystème d’exploitation : Android toujours roi du smartphoneComme l’explique le site ubergizmo, le téléphone aurait un APN 8 mégapixels, un APN 1.3 mégapixels sur la façade avant, 8Go de stockage interne et un processeur 1GHz 2ème génération. Ajouté à cela, il serait également plus rapide qu’un HTC Radar. En fait, le propriétaire se serait tourné vers un forum XDA-developerspour trouver de l’aide et parvenir à enlever certaines des applis pré-installées. “Le Lg Fantasy comprend WP 7.5 Mango, un très bel écran 4 pouces, IPS …superbe…mais ces apps dev m’ennuient…svp, aidez-moi ! Merci par avance !”, a t-il ainsi écrit.Pour l’heure, rien n’est évidemment venu confirmer ou non ces rumeurs. Mais d’après le site Generation-nt, il n’est pas exclu que ce nouveau modèle soit présenté au CES qui aura lieu en janvier prochain.Le 28 décembre 2011 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgWhen the Washington Legislature was in session, most of the nine members of Clark County’s delegation (Democrats and Republicans) would meet every week at one of their residences over a crock pot of chili, pizza or other dish and talk about how they could work together to direct funds to the region and help each other pass bills.Before the Legislature adjourned its third special session Thursday night, local lawmakers said this approach had paid off with big rewards for the area.But one hurdle remains after the Legislature debated Thursday on the $4 billon capital budget that contains what’s widely considered to be a significant funding package for Clark County. The two parties reached an impasse over how to resolve a court decision on rural water use.“In my view, this has been one of our most positive and successful years,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver.“We’ve been working very collaboratively in creating respectful relationships,” said Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver.While lawmakers tout their accomplishments, the session exposed some key differences among lawmakers, as well as more work to be done.Transportation, capitalThe state’s $8.6 billion transportation budget directs $717 million in funding for local projects in Clark County that will fund improvement to state Highway 14, the interchange at I-205 and Mill Plain Boulevard and others.Rep. Vicki Kraft, R- Vancouver, said that residents are used to hearing that Seattle gets most of the money, but she and others pointed to this year’s capital budget — though not approved — as a positive step for the area.last_img read more

Review Roma – Real Madrid

first_imgCengiz Under’s miss at the end of one and Roma’s brutal defensive mistake at the beginning of the other half were the defining moments in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win in Rome.Roma starting lineup: Robin Olsen, Alessandro Florenzi, Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov, Steven N’Zonzi, Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Zaniolo, Cengiz Under, Stephan El Shaarawy, Patrick Schick Real Madrid starting lineup: Thibaut Courtois, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Marcos Llorente, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Karim BenzemaThe first 20 minutes of the match were a tactical battle in which neither team was able to distance itself from the opponent and force it into its own half for a prolonged period of time. In the 22nd minute, Stephan El Shaarawy, who complained of an injury moments earlier, was fouled by Luka Modric. The Italian forward couldn’t continue, so Eusebio Di Francesco was forced to make his first change, which was the young Dutchman Justin Kluivert. The home team did get some pressure after the 30th minute, when a couple of Cengiz Under corner kicks ended in a triple scoring opportunity. Patrick Schick had the best of them, while Aleksandar Kolarov’s long-range effort whiskered by the post.Then, in stoppage time, we witnessed one of the misses of the season. Dani Carvajal played an unnecessary backheel pass near the corner flag and fooled his teammate Raphael Varane. The ball came to Schick, who immediately crossed it to a wide open Cengiz Under. All the Turkish international had to do was tap the ball into the net from two meters out, yet he somehow managed to send it over the bar. Disbelief enveloped the stadium. What a miss! The half-time score remained 0-0.An awful mistake led to Real Madrid’s opening goal at the beginning of the second period. Robin Olsen’s poor kick put Fazio in an uncomfortable position, but that doesn’t justify his gift to Gareth Bale. The Welshman didn’t hesitate, setting himself up and punishing Roma’s defense.⚽️ Gareth Bale’s record in this competition :2⃣0⃣ GOALS5⃣8⃣ GAMES#UCL pic.twitter.com/4psWGRSz3aPlayers who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 27, 2018A lightning quick counter attack by Real Madrid nearly led to a second goal just a couple of minutes later. Gareth Bale sprinted towards goal, but his weak attempt was easily saved by Olsen. In the 59th minute, Los Blancos made it 2-0 through Lucas Vazquez. Karim Benzema’s header was the one that set him up, while Gareth Bale was the one who sent the initial cross.Full time! AS Roma 0-2 Real Madrid. Goals by Bale and Lucas Vazquez! Ending first place in the group. Onto the next round in The Champions League! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/HNb2EIrL54— Rey (@ReyLaMadrid) November 27, 2018The goals definitely shook Roma, who went all-in and left acres of space behind for counter attacks. Di Francesco’s second substitution was Ante Coric for Steven N’Zonzi. A visibly exhausted Nicolo Zanioli departed the pitch in the 69th minute, making way for Rick Karsdorp. Roma wanted to take the game to Real Madrid, but simply couldn’t. The goals deflated the Italians, who struggled to maintain control of the ball. Later on, Solari made his first substitutions, replacing Benzema with Mariano Diaz and Modric with Federico Valverde. The clock was ticking away, as Giallorossi were unable to create scoring opportunities. Eventually, it was all over. It might not have been pretty, it might not have been deserved either, but Real Madrid got the victory and secured first place in Group G, at least for the time being.last_img read more

Chambers To See Governor Forum At Sports Center

first_imgThe candidates will take the stage to answer questions about everything from growth and economic change, healthcare, the management of general funds and everything in between leading up to the general election on November 6. The forum will be broadcasted live on KSRM 920AM- starting at noon, on October 10. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On October 10 the Kenai and Soldotna joint Chamber of Commerce luncheon will host the Alaska Governor candidates forum, from noon-1pm. To RSVP, call Kenai Chamber at 283-1991 or Soldotna Chamber at 262-9814. In attendance will be incumbent Governor Bill Walker, Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.last_img read more

first_imgFuel Barge pumping fuel by Kongiginak. (Photo by Roderick Phillip)Residents from the coastal village of Kongiginak, in Southwest Alaska, rallied against nature to clear the way for a barge, carrying a load of heating fuel and gasoline earlier this week. Freeze-up has already started along the coast.Download AudioForty or so community members broke the river ice by lining five boats they used as a makeshift icebreaker. It took more than 24-hours to break trail so a barge could reach the local gas station with the delivery. Kongiginak resident Roderick Phillip was a part of the effort that had residents working from Sunday evening to Monday afternoon, he says it was…A broken outboard prop with significant damage to tabs on the lower unit. (Photo by Roderick Phillip)“Cold and windy, it was frozen pretty good it had 3 inches of ice. We used Lund boats, the majority of boats were Lunds, and there was like ten 4-wheelers lined up in the river just to light up the river so the boats could see,” said Phillip.Phillip says the broken ice also presented some hazards. The intrepid crew lost a few outboard propellers to the ice; dealing damage to many of the lower units.Jerry Ivon manages the local tribal trading post, the Qemirtalek store. In late September he says they realized they wouldn’t have enough fuel to last through the winter, so they ordered more from a distributor in Anchorage. Weather delays and freeze-up looked as if they would prevent the delivery on Sunday.“There was a north wind for a long time so the barge couldn’t make the delivery, then the river started freezing. Our elders asked for help so our corporation began by providing fuel for the small boats we used to to break the ice,” said Ivon.Kongiginak is situated right along the coast, thirty miles from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River and is no stranger to high waves during the windy fall season.Cold weather came early this year, and Phillip says without the vital fuel delivery, Kongiginak would have effectively shut down.One of the icebreaker crews dozing through the pancake ice. (Photo by Elizabeth Otto)“No gasoline would mean no hunting during springtime or even, I wouldn’t have any gas for the winter and our main source of heat is diesel fuel,” said Phillip.With no nearby source of firewood, residents also use gas to travel to the Kuskokwim fifty miles away, or even to the Yukon for bigger logs, well over a hundred miles away to get wood for their steambaths.The barge was able to leave safely Tuesday night thanks to the community keeping the river ice flowing. For now Kongiginak residents are focusing on getting nutrition from the Bering Sea before the surrounding sea freezes over.last_img read more

first_img Close Huawei caught between US-China conflict IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:57Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img The U.S. and China trade war has left a lot of companies in both countries worried. The leaders of the world’s largest economies met on the sidelines of G20 summit on Saturday and things are off to a great start. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have decided to cool things off between the countries’ trade battle.During an 80-minute lunch meeting between Trump and Xi, both world leaders touched upon various topics, including Huawei trade in the United States. Prior to the meeting, the Trump administration was going to impose approximately $300 billion in tariffs. But that decision has been pushed off indefinitely.The meeting brings a relief to a lot of companies in the U.S. and to Huawei, which is now permitted to buy equipment from American companies. Since Huawei is on the so-called entity list, the US companies were not allowed to supply technology to the Chinese telecommunications giant without government approval. The latest decision changes that, as long as it does not involve equipment that threatens national security, Trump said. US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi JingpingIANSTrump’s decision to allow American companies to sell to Huawei and deciding against imposing additional tariffs was inspired by China’s willingness to buy large amounts of US farm goods. According to SCMP, China will be given a list of goods it needs to buy from the US. The truce between the greatest economies in the world is certainly a welcoming change in the tense year-long dispute that triggered instability in the market and hindered global growth.But that really struck is the fact that Trump is holding on to the Huawei issue until the very end of trade talks between US and China. It proves the matter is important to China and the U.S. could leverage a great deal during negotiations.”I like our companies selling things to others … very complex things. These are not things easy to make … our companies were very upset, but we are allowing them. So if it is not a national security issue, we are allowing them to sell. We agree to leave that to the end. Huawei is a complicated situation,” Trump said. Trump eases ban in HuaweiFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty ImagesIf you were expecting to see Huawei off the “entity list,” there’s still time. In fact, solving the Huawei problem would signal the end of the trade war between the two countries and that Huawei appears to be a trump card for the US president during his trade negotiations.”We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China, excellent, I would say excellent, as good as it was going to be. We discussed a lot of things and we’re right back on track and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said, addressing to the reporters following his meeting with Xi.last_img read more

The Smuggling Experience Of An Undocumented Immigrant Into Houston

first_img Share Listen X 00:00 /03:45 Marissa CummingsTo better understand what it’s like to be smuggled into Texas, we were put in touch with Raul.He is an undocumented immigrant now living in Houston, in a nice house, in a quiet southeast Houston neighborhood.He wants us to use only his first name. He’s been smuggled in multiple times but made his last trip from Mexico to Texas a decade ago.He says he’ll never forget the fear he had traveling across the border.“You feel the fear. I think that you feel the fear from the moment you set foot in this country,” Raul says. “There’s nothing for sure. The minute you set foot in this country, you have this fear in front of you that you may be caught.”His journey began by first finding a smuggler, the guys called “coyotes,” which he said was easy.The smuggler picked up Raul and five friends a hotel in Mexico and dropped them off a few miles from the Rio Grande. Raul says the river was too deep and too dangerous to swim across, so they had to be tugged two-by-two in tires while strapped to a coyote swimming against the current.Once across, they were met by a vehicle near Brownsville.The area is under heavy surveillance by border patrol but on this day Raul says they were lucky:“They would close the check point because the fog came down, and vehicles would go through without being checked,” Raul says.They made it to a safe house in McAllen, where he along with dozens of other immigrants would wait to be taken further into Texas. He says he  and about 20 others were crammed into rooms that measured 12 by 12.There was no air conditioning, no access to showers and the temperatures were as hot as they are now in Texas, around 95 degrees. After being in the safe house for three days, Raul and five others got in the bed of a Toyota pick-up truck to be driven to Houston.He says the truck was prepared, filled with gas, and ready to make no stops, so that meant no water, food or restroom breaks.During the six hour drive from McAllen to Houston, he says he laid flat in the bed of the truck covered with a blue tarp.Then the truck bed was sealed with a shell cover.Did he trust the driver?“You don’t know if they really will take you to Houston or another state,” Raul says.Raul says he could only catch glimpses of the outside.He would see immigration agents parked along the highway pulling cars over.When cars packed with illegal immigrants would be stopped people would jump out trying to escape into the countryside.But his truck was not stopped.In Houston, the coyote dropped Raul at the home of a friend. Raul says he paid the coyote $1500 for his trip to America.Fast forward a decade.Raul has been working as an independent contractor.He lives with his wife and 13-year-old son in a middle class neighborhood.It’s why he came, why he took the risk.But he tells me he wouldn’t make that same trip today, he says it’s too dangerous now. Not because of increased border security, but because of drug cartels and crime on the frontier of Mexico.He says the cost to be smuggled to the U.S. today is almost five times what he paid.But he says he understands why people continue to pay the coyotes and take the risk. It’s what he did.“I am 100 percent Mexican,” Raul says. “But time makes you love this country too. You love it too. It changes your life.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

The first Soviet probe sent to Mars moon Phobos failed due to

first_imgRaces were not uncommon during the Cold War. With the Soviet Union and the United States squaring off against one another, worried about an all-out war breaking out, both governments pushed for technological accomplishment. There was a race for nuclear superiority, a race for technological supremacy and most famously, the Space Race. Both sides pushed to be the first to get satellites out and later, to have manned flights to space. The ultimate victory in this race would be when the United States was the first country to have a man walk on the moon.While space travel might seem unnecessary, especially in light of nuclear war, it’s important to know that these expenditures led to tremendous technological development. Rocketry advances would lead to improved land-based missile functions, making the Space Race more than just chest puffing between two nations. Indeed, it was a matter of national security.People atop the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg Gate on 9 November 1989. Photo by Sue Ream CC BY 3.0By the late 70s, the Space Race had slowed down, with America clearly in the lead. The Soviets, having achieved tremendous early success with Yuri Gagarin being the first man in space, were unable to achieve getting one of their own to the moon and would eventually abandon their attempts. Yet, even without the fierce competition, the Soviet Union still worked to develop their space program.Before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dismantling of the Soviet Union, there was one disastrous attempt to send a satellite into orbit around the moons of Mars: Phobos and Deimos. The year was 1988 and the Phobos Program was implemented so that the Soviets would be able to study Mars, Phobos and Deimos. The plan was to launch their first satellite, Phobos 1, to achieve an elliptical orbit around Mars.Illustration of the Phobos 1 spacecraft.The satellite itself was quite impressive. Designed to operate in three separate phases of its flight, Phobos 1 was extremely heavy. In fact, at the time, it was heavier than any other vehicle that had been launched into space.Little was known about Mars in terms of scientific data. With Phobos 1 launched, there was great hope of being able to extract plenty of information that would increase the Soviet’s knowledge about Mars, but an unfortunate and entirely avoidable accident caused the early demise of Phobos 1’s mission.NASA Apollo moon landings conspiraciesCommands were sent from the ground to the satellite, in order to give it various orders such as adjusting trajectory or releasing its hopper. These commands were required to be proofread in order to ensure that there were no errors in the code.Phobos, moon of Mars and primary object of study for the Phobos 1 spacecraft.The smallest error in the code could cause problems for the satellite and since it was traveling far, far from earth, there would be no way to manually fix the problem. Normally, extra care was employed when it came to checking codes for errors. Yet, in the case of Phobos 1, impatience cost the Soviets the entire mission.On September 2, 1988, a technician finished working on the key-command with a single error on it – a missing hyphen. Normally, the technicians were required to place the commands into a computer which would check for errors, but the computer was down for maintenance. Instead of waiting for the computer to get back up and running, the technician decided that the code was fine and transmitted the key command to Phobos 1.Commemorative postage stamp, Phobos 1.The faulty code caused Phobos 1 to believe that its mission was over. The satellite then shut down all of its systems, leaving the satellite useless and without function. A single mistake in a line of code singlehandedly disrupted the Phobos mission, leading to a crisis back on Earth within the Phobos Program.The relative sizes of Deimos and Phobos as might be seen from the surface of Mars, compared to the relative size in the sky of the Moon as seen from Earth.The Soviets, not known for their human rights record, wanted to investigate the mistake and find the person who was responsible for such an egregious failure. However, the Phobos Program was still running and the Phobos 2 mission was still in operation. There was fear that punishing the failed Phobos 1 team would lead to a decrease in performance and morale in the Phobos 2 team. So, the investigation was delayed until after Phobos 2 was completed. Eventually, the ground control leader was released from his duties, but no further punishments were meted out.Read another story from us: Mad conspiracy theories that turned out to be truePhobos 2 was nominally more successful than Phobos 1, at least reaching its destination before an onboard computer system failed, losing contact with the Soviets. The space race would definitely end with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when Russia would take over the space program and begin cooperation with the United States, leading to even more progress on the space front.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.last_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Toshiba America Medical Systems will showcase the Infinix VF-i bi-plane angiography system with dual 12”x12” mid-size flat panel detectors (FPDs) at the 2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. With a wider field-of-view and easy patient access, the VF-i bi-plane allows interventional radiologists to increase efficiency and perform complicated procedures quicker. Additionally, Variable Dose Mode, Virtual Collimation, Electronic Zoom and extensive pulse fluoro frame rate selections place comprehensive dose management features at tableside. When combined with Toshiba’s proprietary Next Generation AIP, the system provides enhanced visualization of small vessels and intricate devices.Toshiba will also be exhibiting its new advancements in 3-D acquisition technology.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | October 03, 2011 Toshiba Showcases Infinix VF-i Bi-Plane with Dual Mid-Size Panel Detectors Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more center_img Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read morelast_img read more

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix OSLO, Norway (AP) – A record 259 nominations have been received for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, with candidates including a Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban and a U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. Fifty of the nominations were for organizations.The secretive committee that awards the prize doesn’t identify the nominees, but those with nomination rights sometimes announce their picks. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The nomination period for 2013 ended on Feb. 1. The previous record of 241 nominations was in 2011.Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, and a prominent voice in the Nobel guessing game, listed Yousafzai as his favorite for this year’s award, followed by the Congolese physician and gynecologist Denis Mukweg _ a leading figure in the fight against sexual violence worldwide _ and three Russian female human rights activists: Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Svetlana Gannushkina and Lilya Shibanova.None of Harpviken’s favorites have won the prize since he started guessing in 2009.The Nobel Prizes also include awards in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature. A sixth award, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, was created by the Swedish central bank in 1968 in memory of prize founder Alfred Nobel.The winners are usually announced in October and the awards are always presented on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, while the other Nobel Prizes are presented at ceremonies in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.Last year, the Nobel Foundation decided to reduce the prize money of each of the six awards by 20 percent to 8 million kronor ($1.2 million) to help safeguard its long-term capital prospects.center_img Names put forward this year include Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who has admitted sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secrecy-busting website WikiLeaks and 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education activist who was shot in the head by Taliban militants while on her way home from school in Pakistan.“This year’s nominations come from all over the world … well-known names, well-known presidents and prime ministers and also lesser well-known names working in humanitarian projects, human rights activists,” said Norwegian Nobel Committee’s non-voting secretary Geir Lundestad, who announced the nomination numbers Monday. “In recent years, some of the Nobel Peace Prizes may have been controversial but they have added to the interest of the prize.”Last year, the prize went to the European Union for promoting peace and human rights in Europe following the devastation of World War II, but not everyone approved the decision to give it to the bloc, which is dealing with a financial crisis that has led to hardship and suffering for many on the continent.Three peace prize laureates _ South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina _ insisted the prize money of $1.2 million should not have been paid out in 2012 because they said the EU contradicts the prize’s values because it relies on military force to ensure security. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Anastasiades meets May discusses British bases

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades and British Prime Minister Teresa May met briefly on Thursday where they discussed the protocol concerning the sovereign British Bases on the island once – or if – the UK leaves the European Union.According to a statement by government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, the two leaders conversed briefly in Brussels on the sidelines of the European Council summit.The statement added that May was present at the summit, “having passed the test in the last few days with the vote in the UK parliament.“The President of the Republic had an opportunity to have a conversation with Mrs. May specifically on the protocol concerning Cyprus.”No other details were given.Earlier this year, the EU and the UK reached an agreement in principle on Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc, and the protocol contained in the deal on the status of the British bases in Cyprus.But since then, Britain’s planned exit from the EU has been thrown into disarray, and it is not clear at this time whether the country will leave at all, or if it will leave with a deal or without – the so-called ‘hard’ Brexit.Under the protocol in the 585-page Brexit deal, the interests of some 11,000 Cypriots who live or work on the bases, were protected and their rights as EU citizens secured.As outlined in the Joint Statement of 19 June 2018, both the EU and the UK committed to establishing appropriate arrangements for the Sovereign Base Areas, “in particular with the aim to protect the interests of Cypriots who live and work in the SBAs following the UK’s withdrawal from the Union, in full respect of the rights and obligations under the Treaty of Establishment.”The aim of the protocol was to ensure that EU law would continue to apply in the Sovereign Base Areas, with no disruption or loss of rights for the Cypriot civilians living and working in the areas of the SBAs. This applies to a number of policy areas such as taxation, goods, agriculture, fisheries and veterinary and phytosanitary rules. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Lancet But critics of AMFm—including the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and Oxfam a UK charity—argue that it’s not clear how many of the drugs reached the most vulnerable group—children under age 5 in poor areas—and that with malaria rates declining across Africa many drugs must have gone to people who did not have malaria at all Backers of AMFm say PMI which did not help pay for the program has lobbied hard behind the scenes to kill it a charge that PMI denies Yesterday as expected the Global Fund’s board decided neither to continue AMFm nor to kill it; instead after a transition year the fund will "integrate" the scheme into its normal funding activities which means individual countries can now apply for funds to subsidize malaria drugs in their private sector That means that governments will have to choose between subsidizing private sector drugs or funding bednets and drugs distributed through the public sector says Laxminarayan — and the private sector drugs will likely lose out One of the key goals of the subsidy is to prevent the emergence of resistance against ACTs which would be a major crisis; for individual countries investing in such a common good is no more attractive than investing in measures to prevent climate change he adds Moreover it appears there will be no new money beyond the more than $350 million that donors have so far paid for AMFm’s pilot In a recent piece in The Lancet the members of an Institute of Medicine panel that came up with the idea of a global subsidy in 2002 decried the plan to integrate AMFm into the fund as a way of "killing it slowly" But in a press release issued yesterday the Global Fund presented the measures as an improvement and expansion of the plan "By introducing modifications and integrating it into the Global Fund grant processes the Board has improved this valuable mechanism and made it available to all eligible countries that wish to implement it" said Gabriel Jaramillo general manager of the Global Fund in the statement This spring Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a vision of the companys future – to anyone reading between the lines "We have almost 800 million iTunes accounts and the majority of those have credit cards behind them" Cook said in a quarterly conference call with analysts "We already have people using Touch ID [Apples fingerprint reader] to buy things across our store so its an area of interest to us" That "it" refers to virtual wallets – smartphone apps meant to replace the need for credit cards and cash Virtual wallets have been a drop-dead obvious idea since at least 2011 when Google launched its much heralded Google Wallet for Android ie "tomorrows billfold" Three years – and nearly half a billion dollars in investment later – the Google Wallet has been largely ignored by consumers Meanwhile competitors like Square and its Square Wallet app have also officially thrown in the towel Getting people to ditch old-fashioned cash and credit cards it turns out is harder that it seems But as Apple gears up for what seems a certain foray into the virtual wallet space consumers have good reason to believe that the days of carrying around bulging leather billfolds may – finally – be numbered A wallet wasteland Among the biggest challenges facing virtual wallets: finding a use case "[At] the end of the day point-of-sale payments arent really broken" writes Gigaoms Kevin Fitchard "Swiping a plastic card works just as well as it always has" For most consumers in other words paying via credit card remains a fairly frictionless transaction Virtual wallets do afford certain advantages – seamless record keeping for starters – but there hasnt been a pressing need for adoption Add to this the hurdles – both real and perceived – of switching to a mobile wallet The tap-and-go technology behind mobile wallets generally relies on near field communication or NFC Concerns continue to linger about whether hackers can exploit NFC transmissions – which can have a range of up to a meter or more – to eavesdrop on transactions Meanwhile Apples existing phones arent equipped with NFC chips at all leaving hundreds of millions of iPhone users – an absolutely critical virtual wallet demographic – out of luck At the same time retailers have been reluctant to embrace NFC terminals which often require costly new hardware Instead theyve opted for simpler software-centric solutions like apps that transform smartphones or tablets (equipped with tiny card readers) into a credit card terminal at minimal cost But the biggest obstacle for Google Wallet and its virtual brethren has been phone carriers themselves Virtual wallets generally store users credit card information locally on a special chip within phones (home of the so-called "secure element") And individual phone carriers control access to this chip Rather than play along with Google Wallet many carriers have blocked access and started competing offerings themselves (like Isis the virtual wallet from AT&T T-Mobile and Verizon) The result: fragmentation of the nascent wallet market and huge headaches for Google "With Google Wallet we had one point of failure" explained Jonathan Wall the projects founding engineer "the carriers [used] the necessity of hardware to really block the product" A virtual tipping point But hardware may not be an issue much longer The latest Android phones (as well as Blackberry devices) have found a way to store credit card information securely in the cloud rather than on a chip inside phones Known as host card emulation or HCE this technology enables virtual wallets to make an end-run around carriers cutting them out of the equation entirely "With HCE Google has opened the floodgates for NFC payments and created a level playing field for all mobile wallet providers" explains mobile commerce consultant Sai Casula Unencumbered by carriers and third parties virtual wallet makers are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel At the same time consumer attitudes are slowly changing Starbucks pay-and-go loyalty app has over 10 million users demonstrating peoples willingness to embrace smartphones for mobile payments if only for their morning lattes Around the world tap-and-go credit cards have also proliferated with MasterCard Visa and American Express all offering competing versions which has helped allay consumer concerns over the security and privacy of "contactless transactions" Meanwhile tap-and-go NFC terminals are becoming increasingly common in stores not to mention in taxis in subway stations and in other venues where speedy payment is a priority But the real tipping point for virtual wallets may well come with the iPhone 6 whose release is rumored for later this fall Consensus among industry analysts is that the new phone will have an NFC chip paving the way for tap-and-go payments (Even if that doesnt come to fruition the company has already rolled out related technology iBeacon Bluetooth in its iOS 7 operating system) Indeed Apple seems to have all its ducks in a row for a headlong plunge into the virtual wallet space: hundreds of millions of users credit card numbers on file; a device people carry with them at all times to hold these numbers; and even a fingerprint system to authenticate transactions (ensuring that stolen iPhones for instance cant be used for payments) “Apple is absolutely the sleeping giant in the payments world” explains Forrester Researchs Denee Carrington “They have the capability; they just haven’t tied it all together” Just what an Apple wallet might look like remains conjecture though many analysts suspect it would fit nicely within the iPhones existing Passbook app (used for storing things like boarding passes movie tickets and gift cards) What is clear is that Apple has already made overtures to industry that its keen to handle payments for physical goods on its devices and CEO Cook is hardly button-lipped on the subject: "[You] still have a wallet in your back pocket and I do too" he said to analysts "which probably means it hasnt been figured out just yet" Heres betting that Cook and the best minds at Apple have set their sights on figuring out the virtual wallet riddle sooner rather than later Michael Gokturk (@MichaelGokturk) writes on mobile payments and is founder of Payfirma a cloud-based platform that lets retailers process payments made online in-store and via mobile device Contact us at editors@timecomChennai: A 2000 strong posse of policemen will be deployed for security on Tuesday for the CSK-KKR tie amid intensified opposition to the IPL matches to be heldin Chennai with a pro-Tamil outfit agitating over the Cauvery issue threatening to hold protests outside the game venue Being held in Chennai after a gap of almost three years tickets have been sold out for the match Seven Indian Premier League matches are scheduled to be held in Chennai between 10 April and 20 May File photo of Chennai’s Chepauk stadium Getty Images Flags and banners have been banned with commandos and Rapid Action Force personnel forming part of the security for the tie Spectators would not be allowed to carry firecrackers inflammable materials and firearms besides bags mobile phones brief-cases pagers radios digital diaries laptops computers tape-recorders binoculars remote control devices remote control car-keys or any other electronic devices Tamil Nadu Cricket Association said in a release The Tamil Nadu government on its part put the onus on the IPL governing body for conducting the matches The cricket board has been apprised of "our sentiments" Fisheries minister D Jayakumar said He said "it would be good" if the BCCI respected the sentiments and not conduct the match here but government would provide all support including security as per laid down guidelines Political parties and outfits have been demanding that IPL matches not be held at this time saying the state is witnessing widespread agitations on the vexed issue Opposition DMK Working President MK Stalin had said the organisers of IPL matches should realise the issues faced by the people and act accordingly "We are not saying that it (matches) should not be held The organisers should realise the problems of people and act accordingly" he had said last week Tamil film star Rajinikanth had suggested that CSK team players play with black bands as a mark of expressing the anguish of people who have been staging protests demanding setting up of Cauvery Management Board He had said the Centre might face the wrath of entire Tamil Nadu if CMB was not set up immediately Pro-Tamil outfit Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) on Monday warned of picketing the stadium tomorrow if the IPL stuck to its Chennai calendar TVK chief Velmurugan told reporters that if the match was held despite its plea they would coordinate with all democratic forces to stop it by organising a massive picketing protest Later Velmurugan told PTI that his party or outfits that have joined hands with it were not against the players Police said that as part of the stringent security measures a 2000 strong police posse comprising one team of commandos and four teams of personnel of the Rapid Action Force besides a number of senior officials would be part of the security detail inside and outside the MA Chidambaram stadium where the match will be held The fans will be allowed entry only after a thorough check the release said adding proper traffic arrangements would also be put in place Meanwhile a group of prominent film actors and directors launched a forum to back Tamils’ cause in the state and called for "postponement’" of IPL fixtures in the statesaying it was "boiling" over the Cauvery issue Veteran film director Bharathiraja part of the forum told reporters IPL would "divert" the prevailing "awakening" among the youth in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue "Tamil Nadu is boiling. 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population that participates in research is replaced by fresh people every 7 months Those Turkers are also far less diverse than was thought Though Amazon has long noted the global nature of the community surveys of those completing experimental tasks reveal that the vast majority are based in the Unites States And compared with the average American Litman says Turkers “skew young they are more liberal more urban and more likely to be single” Knowing such traits he notes is crucial for researchers as they try to interpret their data Turkers are also poorly paid although their hourly rate is difficult to calculate in part because Amazon takes a cut of between 20% to 40% and because Turkers undertake multiple tasks at once with break time For the 6 years of accumulated effort in May researchers doled out $164882 That would seem to translate to an average pay rate of about $3 per hour but “the true hourly rate is somewhere between $4 and $8 per hour” Litman says Many Turkers complain that this is too low because social science experiments often take more effort—and time—than other tasks Gureckis agrees At NYU “we pay subjects $8 to $10 per hour and there’s often a bonus at the end” he says “MTurk subjects should be paid the same as they would in the lab That’s what we try to do” Nor do they yet enjoy the same ethical protections When subjects drop out of an experiment “you’re supposed to pay them proportional to the time they put in” Gureckis says But MTurk has no mechanism for partial pay: A Turker must complete an entire task or get no pay at all And although researchers are supposed to protect the identity of subjects Gureckis says “MTurk is not really anonymous” In 2013 a research team showed that it is possible to match a Turker’s worker ID to their account on Amazon’s retail website Depending on how much information is associated with that user profile it can reveal a Turker’s buying habits video tastes and even their full name and location Researchers have suggested ways to remedy this privacy issue but the company so far seems to have taken no action (Amazon declined a request for an interview with Science) Some researchers wonder whether the giant company will keep MTurk going—or whether social scientists need to develop their own customized alternative “At this point MTurk has become so important for social science that the National Science Foundation should be negotiating directly with Amazon” Gureckis says “We’re subsidizing this service with millions of dollars in federal grant money” Paris: The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has effectively ruled out any prospect of a return to the national team for Karim Benzema ahead of next year’s World Cup "You would need to be a bit blind or deaf to not understand that it will be difficult to select him that seems unquestionable" the FFF’s Noel Le Graet told RMC radio on Wednesday File image of Karim Benzema AP "It should also be said that we have a certain number of talented players in attack and it is less of a problem than a few years ago" The 29-year-old Real Madrid star has won 81 caps for his country but has not played since October 2015 when a scandal over a sex tape broke out with Benzema implicated Benzema was one of a number of people accused of blackmailing his then international teammate Mathieu Valbuena – now with Turkish club Fenerbahce – over the tape Benzema was placed under investigation for "complicity to and attempted blackmail" After being left out of the France squad for Euro 2016 the striker accused the national coach Didier Deschamps of bowing "to pressure from a racist part of France" But Deschamps has said that not selecting Benzema was better for the "balance" and "harmony" of his squad "As long as Didier Deschamps is coach I have no chance of getting back into the France team" Benzema said in an interview with Canal Plus last month European nuclear physicists released a long-range plan today that aims to cement their world-leading position in the field The roughly 6000 nuclear scientists and engineers across the continent are already served by more than a dozen labs but the twin top priorities of the Long Range Plan 2010 drawn up by the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC) are the completion of two large facilities that will be completed this decade: the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) at the GSI laboratory in Darmstadt Germany and SPIRAL2 at France’s GANIL lab in Caen SPIRAL2 already has its 300 million budget secure and is under construction but in these times of austerity researchers want to ensure that schedules are kept and budgets remain uncut The 12 billion FAIR has 85% of its budget committed and will begin construction soon Nuclear physicists work with a wide array of techniques and energies ranging from a few kiloelectron-volts used in astrophysical experiments examining nucleosynthesis in stars up through nine orders of magnitude to teraelectron-volts which is needed to create a quark-gluon plasma FAIR will have a number of beamlines and detectors so that researchers can carry out many sorts of such nuclear experiments but the principle technique used will be one called fragmentation This involves researchers firing large stable high-energy nuclei at a thin target so that many unusual unstable nuclei come spewing out the other side SPIRAL2 will complement FAIR by using an alternative method of generating unstable nuclei In this technique known as isotope separation online (ISOL) mid-energy nuclei hit a thick target and the radioactive isotopes produced are then ionized and reboosted by another accelerator ready for the experiment In its plan NuPECC also urges funding agencies to support the upgrading of several existing facilities including the ISOLDE experiment at CERN SPES at Italy’s Legnaro National Laboratory the AGATA gamma-ray spectrometer that can be moved around and used at different labs and to provide a new superconducting linear accelerator for stable beams at GSI for superheavy element research Further over the horizon Europe’s nuclear physicists are working up plans for next-generation facilities such as a higher-intensity ISOL facility called EURISOL two new colliders at FAIR for proton-antiproton experiments and electron-nucleon studies and the ability to do high-energy electron-proton collisions at CERN Guenther Rosner of the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom and chair of NuPECC says that the committee felt a long-range plan was needed because big facilities have very long lead times of approximately 10 years "It’s because they use cutting-edge technology that has never been tried before" he says They are also a big funding commitment "FAIR will be the largest nuclear physics facility in the world" Rosner says As a result "we need a solid scientific base before we go to governments asking for money"” Kurzman’s 2004 book, On a personal note, ”It is really irrelevant whether or not the 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