first_imgTottenham will activate Alderweireld clause confirms Pochettinoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur will activate Toby Alderweireld’s one-year extension clause in his current contract.Alderweireld was set to become a free agent at the end of the season. The decision also means Spurs have activated a clause that states the Belgian international can leave for £25m this summer.Teams must lodge their bid 14 or more days before the end of the summer 2019 transfer window in order to buy Alderweireld at that price, should he not agree to a new contract beforehand.Pochettino said of triggering the 29-year-old’s clause: “Yes, for sure. It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen).”The Belgian was a target for Manchester United in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgJahlil Okafor drives the ball against North Carolina defenders.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devil drives between defenders Brice Johnson #11, Marcus Paige #5 and Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Duke stars Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow seem like locks to be lottery picks on June 25, when the 2015 NBA Draft rolls around. Point guard Tyus Jones has a great shot at being a first round pick. Senior guard Quinn Cook? He was vital to Duke’s success this season, but his NBA potential is a little less clear. Well, at least to those who didn’t play with him on the 2015 national championship team.Basketball Insiders‘ Alex Kennedy wrote a great piece on Cook’s NBA prospects, and spoke to Okafor, who had nothing but praise for his former teammate..@JahlilOkafor praised @QCook323 and said he’d love to play with Quinn again. Full article:— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 17, 2015Cook is ranked as the No. 55 prospect in the draft by Draft Express, but the site’s mock draft doesn’t have him being selected. While the other three Blue Devils all look like safe bets to be drafted, we imagine Duke fans would like nothing more than to see Cook land with a team. If that team winds up being Okafor’s? They’d probably sell a bunch of gear in North Carolina.[Basketball Insiders]last_img read more

first_imgzoom Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship Majesty of the Seas had to cancel the April 27 sailing as it was sent to an unplanned dry dock.Namely, the ship is reported to have sprung a leak of bio-friendly oil and is being sent for repairs to Freeport, Bahamas to remove the issue.Royal Caribbean’s Spokesperson Cynthia Martinez confirmed to World Maritime News that the ship will be taken out of service due to repairs. “In order to complete necessary repairs to Majesty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean will take the ship out of service for one sailing. Because of this, it was necessary to cancel the April 27 sailing. We are deeply sorry for this unexpected development in our guests’ vacation,” Martinez said.The duration of the repairs has not been disclosed.Majesty of the Seas is a Sovereign-class cruise ship and is the oldest ship in the cruise line’s fleet operating since 1992.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgThe world’s largest containership was delivered to the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) from South Korea last week.Samsung Heavy Industries said that the unit is the first from a batch of six 23,000 TEU-class vessels ordered by MSC in September 2017. The company has another five such ships on order at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).Named MSC Gulsun, the 400-meter-long containership was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Samsung Heavy.With a width of 61.5 meters and a height of 33.2 meters, the unit can carry 23,756 20ft containers and represents the largest vessel built for the container shipping industry to date.It is equipped with a next-generation smart dispensing system and exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).According to data provided by VesselsValue, MSC is the second of the top five vessel owning companies with ULCVs greater than 20k TEU on order, by number, TEU and value.Hyundai Merchant Marine took the lead with 12 vessels, featuring a total of 276,000 dwt, while the third place belong to French shipping major CMA CGM, that has 9 giant ships, with a total of 198,000 dwt, currently on order.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct. 10 will be approximately $7 million.last_img

“Cash-based transfers or food vouchers can stimulate local production, strengthen local food systems and empower recipients in ways that traditional food aid cannot,” FAO stressed in the latest edition of its flagship annual report, The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), noting that in-kind aid may sometimes do more harm than good. “Whenever possible, it is always ‘better to teach and help people to fish rather than to give them fish,’” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said in introducing the report, which proposes major changes in the way food aid is managed and delivered.“In the long term the focus should be on preventive measures aiming at an increase in the security of production and in productivity, in particular through investment in water control and rural infrastructure but also through access to inputs and credit,” he added. But he noted that in many cases food aid is used because it is the only available resource, not because it is the best solution to the problem at hand. “No person of conscience can deny the moral imperative to help people who are unable to feed themselves,” he said. International food aid currently provides about 10 million tonnes of commodities a year to some 200 million needy people, at an estimated total cost of $2 billion. The report acknowledges that there is no substitute for food aid in coping with humanitarian crises and in some cases with chronic hunger.Such aid has undoubtedly saved millions of lives and performs other valuable functions such as helping to keep children in school and supplementing the diets of expectant mothers, but it can also disrupt local markets and undermine the resilience of local food systems, especially when it arrives at the wrong time or reaches the wrong people. The report noted that as much as 90 per cent of all food aid resources may be tied to some specific conditions, often making it difficult for implementing agencies to use the aid in the most efficient way and ensure that it effectively reaches the people who need it most. The world’s leading food donors spend as much as half of their food aid budgets on domestic processing and shipping by national carriers, according to research quoted by the report, with one third of global food-aid resources wasted by such requirements.In-kind aid should be used only where the problem is due to a shortage of food rather than to such issues as lack of access to food. Assistance aimed at improving markets by repairing roads or improving rural infrastructure is liable to be more effective.Using local and regional food-aid procurement where appropriate can greatly benefit agricultural development in many low-income developing countries, but such purchases are not always desirable as they can increase local prices. The report also recommended eliminating programme, or government-to-government, food aid which, by definition, is not specifically targeted to needy groups, and stopping the “monetization” of aid, whereby one out of every four tonnes of food aid is sold in local markets of recipient countries to generate funds for development. Essentially, food aid should be seen as one of many options within a broader range of social protection measures to assure the access of needy people to food and to help households manage risks, the report concluded.Emergency food aid now accounts for one half to two thirds of all food aid, with 39 countries receiving it. Over the past two decades, the number of food emergencies has doubled from 15 to 30 a year, with much of the increase occurring in Africa, where they have tripled.The biggest food aid recipient in recent years has been the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), which receives an annual average of 1.1 million tonnes of grain equivalents – amounting to over 20 per cent of the country’s total food supply. Ethiopia and Bangladesh come respectively second and third.About half of all international food aid is channelled through the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has done much to improve food aid management over the past 20 years. 24 January 2007One third of the global food aid budget, or some $600 million annually, is wasted due to conditions tying it to processing and shipping by national carriers of donor countries, and such in-kind aid should be replaced by cash payments that boost production in recipient States, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. read more

The protests resulted in huge traffic blocks being experienced in parts of Colombo.The Police fired tear gas and water cannons on the protest staged by the University students near the University Grant’s Commission (UGC). (Colombo Gazette) Protests crippled Colombo today forcing the Police to fire water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protests.University students and a group against moves to dump garbage at a site in Puttalam staged two separate protests in Colombo today.

BERLIN – Greece must fulfil the targets of its austerity and reform program “100 per cent” to stay in the euro, a top European Central Bank official said Sunday — offering little hope of substantial wiggle room for Athens and questioning whether it can be given more time to comply.Greece’s new government wants to lower some taxes, freeze public sector layoffs and extend by two years the mid-2014 deadline for austerity measures demanded by creditors in exchange for loans that are keeping the country afloat, conditions that are hugely unpopular in the country.But ECB executive board member Joerg Asmussen told Germany’s ARD television that there can be no departure from the aims of consolidating Greece’s budget and restoring its competitiveness.“The so-called mix of measures — in other words, how do I reach the target — one can talk about that,” he said. But that, he added, means that “if the government intends to lower a tax, it will have to increase another tax by the same amount.”Asked whether Greece would get more time to comply, Asmussen replied: “I don’t think so.” He noted that any extension would lead to a need for more external financial help — “that means that the other 16 eurozone states and the IMF would then have to provide more financing.”The ECB is part of the so-called “troika” of debt inspectors overseeing the Greek program, along with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund. On Monday, the inspectors are expected to start their review of the country’s finances and meet with the new government. Their conclusions will be critical to whether Greece will be able to renegotiate parts of its international bailout conditions.“My preference and the preference of the ECB is very clearly that Greece remain in the eurozone,” Asmussen said. “For that, the country must implement 100 per cent the program targets that were agreed.”An exit, he said, would make things economically difficult not just for the country leaving the eurozone but also for all the others.Other eurozone countries — in particular Germany, the bloc’s biggest economy — have appeared cool to giving Greece much of a break on its targets or timeline.“From Germany’s point of view, a substantial loosening of the program, of the reform agreements, does not come into consideration,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Sunday. He insisted that Greece must implement those agreements “step by step, solidly and reliably.”At a European Union summit last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made concessions to Italy and Spain — notably agreeing to allow countries that pledge to implement reforms demanded by the EU’s executive Commission to tap rescue funds without having to go through the kind of tough austerity measures demanded of Greece.But officials insist that help to struggling countries and banks will still come with strings attached, and that Germany has no intention of agreeing to share government debt through jointly issued eurobonds in the foreseeable future. Berlin fears that would cut struggling countries’ borrowing costs at its expense and also take pressure off them to get their finances and economies in order.Westerwelle, a member of the pro-market Free Democrats — the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition — insisted Sunday that eurobonds should stay off the table permanently.“Too little solidarity endangers Europe, but too much solidarity does not endanger Europe any less,” he said.“Even if we already lived in a European federal state, I would be strictly against us Germans taking on liability for all debts in all of Europe.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 1, 2012 4:59 pm MDT Top ECB official: Greece must fulfil reform targets ‘100 per cent,’ cool on more time read more

…in investmentThe AFC, via its then Chairman (and now leader) Raphael Trotman, introduced the term of art, “political investment’ into the Guyanese lexicon. ‘Twas at the opening of their spanking new headquarters in Kitty when one big businessman was acknowledged as the fella who’d funded the entire shebang! It wasn’t too long after, the “political investment” produced a big dividend for the investor when his moribund Wind Farm was touted as the epitome of “going green” on electricity, rather than hydro in general and AFHEP in particular!!Anyhow, the AFC did take some licks for their frank avowal for what’s clearly the norm in their coalition – with PNC’s payoffs like the “bottom house warehouse” and ANSA’s big pharma contract. (ANSA isn’t “big pharma”, just their contract is!!). So how do we deal with the latest twist in “political investments” that just cropped up?? Your humble Eyewitness is referring to the accusation by Ramjattan’s cousin who claimed the big and bad PPP deep-sixed his US$5 million proposed investment in a factory to produce condiments. This was evidently an AFC “family investment” that was nastily nixed!The Muckraker immediately jumped all over that accusation as proof positive of the “vindictiveness” of the PPP towards those who may even have the most tenuous of connections to the “other side”. But lo and behold, an exculpation of the PPP just came from the most unlikely of sources – the head of Go-Invest! Not the PPP appointee who was axed early in the new dispensation – but the newly appointed one, who probably hasn’t been around long enough to’ve absorbed enough of the local political bile.The fella allowed he couldn’t very well pronounce on what transpired under the PPP. But what he could say was as soon as the new Government was installed and the (political) Ramjattan was made VP and Public Security Minister, the (business) Ramjattan showed up at Go-Invest’s door! Armed with recommendations “from the top down”, the (business) Ramjattan asked for five acres of prime land near Georgetown, and “demands that can’t be met from the legal framework in place”!!Not getting the answer he expected – giving in to all he’d asked for and damn the legal formalities, like occurred on the warehouse etc – the (business) Ramjattan plunked his investment down in T&T. The Go-Invest honcho figured that in addition to the concessions, T&T’s energy costs – five times less than ours – might’ve had something to do with his decision. Most likely, this was probably the PPP’s rationale also!The (political) Ramjattan just doesn’t have any say in the Police Force, but also absolutely no clout in doling out favours.Even on a “family investment”!!…in the colour schemeRalph Ramkarran, the former Speaker, gave the leader of the PNC – and President of our fair land, David Granger – the benefit of the doubt after observing him painting State House (breaking the law of the said fair country in the process!) and the Ministry of the Presidency’s buildings, GREEN. Ramkarran suggested the colour may just be Granger signalling the world he’s serious about his “green agenda”. The details of the said agenda remain shrouded in mystery so maybe the world does need a signal?!Your Eyewitness will not break a lance with Ramkarran, save to say he’s not convinced on account of President Granger’s single-minded drive to re-institute PNC’s paramountcy over the State – and green just happens to be the PNC’s colour!! Another arrow in that (subversive) quiver is the AFC’s yellow was quietly dumped from the green-and-yellow colour scheme launched on Independence Day 2015.Well, Granger’s being challenged on the “paramountcy of colours” by no other than Burnham’s son-in-law!He just painted GWI’s vehicles “green and yellow”!!…in economic development?So the opening of a Burger King franchise portends our economic take-off? Now don’t get your Eyewitness wrong…he appreciates the symbolism of “first world” burgers.But wouldn’t increased obesity slow our take-off? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEyewitness…Concerns …by IMF about oil moneyJuly 13, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Locking the stable…May 18, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Not getting it…May 17, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

first_imgBucyrus International confirmed May 4 orders for eight large electric mining shovels. Four of the shovels are for Shenhua Energy’s new Haerwusu coal mine in Inner Mongolia, China. The other four shovels pertain to new orders from two other customers. The company advised that details on these orders will be made available in the near future. The total value of these contracts exceed $150 million.last_img

first_imgWANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.Here’s what we can expect to see happening in the Dáil, Seanad and committee rooms today…Four things we’ll be keeping an eye on: Phil Hogan kicks off Dáil proceedings for the week as he answers questions on issues of direct concern to his department. Considering the ongoing controversy surrounding the set-up costs for Irish Water, this Q&A with the ‘embattled’ Environment Minister could well generate a few more headlines. [2pm]Taoiseach Enda Kenny is next up — he’ll be on his feet from 3.15pm dealing with questions and constructive criticism from the opposition benches. Expect the issue of flooding and flood relief to feature at this one, in the light of the weekend storms.It’s Topical Issues time in the Dáil just after 5pm. ‘Storm Brigid’ is likely to get quite a few mentions here again as TDs raise issues they regard to be of concern to their constituents in particular, and the country in general.Straight after that, it’s the second stage debate on the ‘Protected Disclosures Bill‘ which is aimed at protecting whistleblowers. Order of Business begins at 2.30pm, and that European ‘small claims’ motion is also the first item on the agenda in the upper chamber.Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will be in the chamber for ‘Statements on the Charity Sector‘ from 3.45pm. The new charity sector regulator is due to be appointed later this year.And senators air their own views on topical issues before business closes for the day, in ‘Matters on the Adjournment‘.Everything happening in the committees:The committee on health and children will discuss the issues raised by last week’s Prime Time documentary about the deaths of babies at the Midlands Regional Hospital in a private meeting at 3pm. [Committee Room 4]On a busy day for committee meetings, the ‘Reasearch and Development landscape’ will be discussed by TDs and senators on the jobs and enterprise panel from 1.30pm [Room 2]; and there’s a private meeting of the committee on agriculture, food and the marine at 2pm [Room 3].The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade meets at 11am to discuss the country’s overseas development co-operation programme. [Room 1]And the European affairs committee will hear from, amongst others, RTÉ Europe editor Tony Connelly as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs review of policy and external relations from 2pm. [Room 1]Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Everything else happening in the Dáil: center_img Order of Business officially gets under way at 4.36pm — and first order of business is the referral of a motion on ‘European Small Claims Procedure‘ to committee.In Private Members Time, the Dáil will be discussing legislation drafted by Wicklow independent Stephen Donnelly aimed at providing a new system of examinership that will reduce costs for smaller companies.Everything happening in the Seanad: Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

first_imgWoman (36) jailed for 10 years for attempting to murder civil servant walking home from work Laura Kenna was found guilty by a jury last month of attempting to murder Fionnuala Burke. By Natasha Reid & Ruaidhrí Giblin Apr 11th 2019, 3:36 PM 41 Comments Share87 Tweet Email2 Short URL Laura Kenna Image: Collins Courts Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Laura Kennacenter_img Updated Apr 11th 2019, 6:10 PM A 36-YEAR-OLD woman has been jailed for 10 years for attempting to murder a civil servant walking home from work in Dublin two years ago.The judge praised the victim, describing her as brave and “lucky that she is still with us”.Laura Kenna, of no fixed abode, was found guilty by a jury last month of attempting to murder Fionnuala Burke on Lower Drumcondra Road in the capital on 3 January 2017, and of assault causing serious harm to her on the same occasion.Kenna had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to both counts, but this was rejected by the verdict of a Central Criminal Court jury on 5 March. It was Kenna’s second trial for attempted murder, after a jury failed to reach a verdict last October.The trial heard that Burke, who worked for the Department of Social Protection, was walking home when she noticed a woman sitting on a wall outside a house.As Burke approached, the woman, Laura Kenna, sprang up and pushed her back onto a grassy area. Kenna didn’t say anything, but started to stab her.Burke felt short stabs and could also feel her face being slashed, before she felt a dramatic slash straight across her neck. Kenna then spoke, telling Burke that she’d let her go if she handed over her handbag.The jury saw photographs of the large, deep cut across Burke’s neck. It had penetrated through muscle and cut through the thyroid gland. She required surgery and recovered in the intensive care unit after the attack. She also had other injuries to her face and body.Kenna later admitted to gardaí: “I sliced her like you would a goat.”‘A shocking incident’Justice Tara Burns said today that Kenna’s admissions had been very graphic and had demonstrated an attempt to kill.She described the attack as vicious, random, horrifying and frightening.“This was a shocking incident,” she said. Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 6:10 PM 46,910 Views To be coming home from work at five in the evening in the days after Christmas, that a young woman would be attacked like this, it’s just unimaginable in an ordered society. She noted that Burke had provided a victim impact report, which she did not wish to be read in court.“She seems a very young woman and I’m very impressed by the victim impact report,” she said.“(It) can only be described as a very restrained report in light of the attack and the very significant and horrendous injuries she sustained.”She said it was clear that she hadn’t fully recovered from her physical injuries.“The victim impact report, in a very mild manner, outlines the psychological impact it had on her,” she said.She added that she was impressed with the “non-contentious manner” in which she had outlined her suffering, including her loss of safety and security.“In relation to this assault, clearly she was a very, very unlucky woman to have been the random victim of this accused,” said the judge.“She is very lucky that she is still with us and doesn’t have more significant injuries,” she continued, adding that it seemed bizarre to use the word ‘lucky’.But, in light of the attack she was subjected to and the injuries sustained, she is lucky and the outcome could have been very different.Mental healthThe judge said that it was clear that Kenna was suffering from a significant mental health condition at the time, which might have gone untreated for up to six years.She has since been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, needs psychiatric treatment and is currently detained in the Central Mental Hospital.She said that the jury’s verdict did not mean that she wasn’t suffering from a mental illness at the time. She said that a person may well be suffering from a significant mental illness but still know the nature of their actions, know that their actions are wrong and be able to refrain from them.She noted that Kenna had come from a good family, but that mental health problems had emerged and she had begun taking drugs. This had complicated both her mental health issues and diagnosis, she said.SentencingShe said that a headline sentence of 17 years in prison was appropriate for her crime. However, after having regard to the mitigating factors of remorse, admissions and not requiring the victim to give evidence, she imposed a 15-year term of imprisonment on her.Kenna’s barrister, Barry White SC, had asked her to suspend all or the major portion of her sentence in light of her mental health issue. Justice Burns said that option was not available to her.“People with mental health difficulties are also required to act with a moral responsibility,” she said, noting that Kenna had engaged in “very normal behaviour” both before and after the attack.However, she suspended the last five years on condition she cooperate with a consultant psychiatrist, abide by all treatment regimes and remain drug and alcohol free for the duration of the suspended period.She said the warrant would issue to The Dochas Centre at Mountjoy Prison but that it was a matter for the Prison Service and the Central Mental Hospital “to resolve that issue between them”.Having come to court in the custody of the Central Mental Hospital, she was then led away by prison officers.“Ms Burke, I wish you well in your future life,” said Justice Burns before leaving the bench.“You’re a very brave young woman.” Image: Collins Courtslast_img read more

first_img By Sean Murray Short URL Image: Shutterstock/BillyDoogs Get the 9 at 9 News audio The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Image: Shutterstock/BillyDoogs May 12th 2019, 8:51 AM center_img Share Tweet Email 9,564 Views EVERY MORNING brings you the headlines you need to know as you start your day.1. #KEADUE: A man in his 80s has died after he was struck by a car in Roscommon last night. 2. #SLEA HEAD: Three students were rescued after being trapped by the tide at the base of a cliff in west Kerry. 3. #EXPLAINER: Ireland is set to elect 949 councillors – but what can they do under the current “weak” system?4. #OUT AND OUT LEAD: Nigel Farage’s Brexit party has stormed ahead in the latest opinion poll ahead of the EU elections. 5. #AUNGIER STREET: Residents beside the site of a new student complex have protested over noise levels and rats. 6. #BROADBAND: The Taoiseach’s plan for a €3 billion tax cut could now be in doubt over the cost of the national broadband plan, the Sunday Independent has reported.7. #GAMBLING: A former Paddy Power boss has said gambling firms are open to the criticism that they are “preying on the vulnerable”, the Sunday Business Post reported.8. #TECH: The Cabinet has been told that spies could target the country’s 5G network, the Sunday Times reported.9. #CRUNCH TIME: It’s the last day of the English premier league and it’ll be either Man City or Liverpool who lift the crown after a tense title race. Ireland star Shane Duffy’s Brighton face City so he could have a big say in who wins the title.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Sunday 12 May 2019, 8:50 AM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Britains royalty pay their respects to Leicesters crash victims

first_imgPrince William and his wife Kate visited King Power Stadium to pay their respects to the five people that died in a helicopter crashGreat Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate visited King Power Stadium to pay their respects for the five people dead in a helicopter crash.In the vehicle, Leicester City’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was present and also perished.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“To Vichai, and all those who have lost their lives in this terrible tragedy, you will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences to the city” read a note left together with a flower bouquet by William and Catherine.“Their Royal Highnesses knew the Club’s Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and wanted to visit the city to recognize the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of Leicester City Football Club have shown in reaction to the accident,” William’s office said in a statement according to Reuters.last_img read more

first_img 14 TVs 1:55 CNET Giveaway LG B8 is the 2018 OLED TV to buy Comments Manuel Flores/CNET In honor of fall previews — and because football season is fast approaching — we teamed up with CBS Sports, SportsLine and TV Guide to give away not one, but two 65-inch TVs. Here’s how our prizes break down.Our grand prize winner will take home an LG B8 OLED TV, which received a CNET Editors’ Choice award in October 2018 for its “perfect black levels, superb uniformity, wide viewing angles, accurate color and great bright-room picture.” Share your voice Tags The runner-up winner will receive a 65-inch TCL 6 series television. This TV was an Editors’ Choice winner in July 2018. We loved its overall excellent image quality, easy interface and Roku streaming capabilities. Ten second runner-ups will each win a year’s membership to SportsLine that gives you access to the most up-to-date information and analysis on your favorite sport, including the NFL, college football, NBA, college basketball, MLB and NHL.Looking to be one of our lucky winners? You just have to read the official rules, accept the terms and conditions of this sweepstakes and fill out the form below. Don’t forget, you can unlock extra entries and increase your chances of winning by following us on social media and more. Good luck!If you’re having issues viewing our form, please visit here. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Texas GOP Platform Calls For Full Repeal Of Gun Control Total Abortion

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:27 State of TexasLast week’s Texas Republican Convention set the party’s platform for the next two years. The platform names five top priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature. They include repealing all licensing requirements for firearms, banning abortions, securing the Mexican border, calling for a convention of states to enact amendments limiting the power of the federal government, and replacing the state’s property tax system.“In many respects, the Legislature is already working on all five of these legislative issues, at least in an incremental way, because if you look at them as goals, then we’re making progress toward those goals,” says state Senator Paul Bettencourt, whose district covers northwestern Harris County.Several of those priorities, if enacted, would put Texas directly at odds with federal law, setting up a conflict the Supreme Court would have to resolve. The platform also calls for several measures that would require action by Congress, such as eliminating the Internal Revenue Service.“In a way, it’s as much a wish list as much as it is a legislative agenda,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston. “But the platform gives us, I think, a window into what the most conservative wing of the party wants.”The next legislative session runs 139 days.Rottinghaus says that will limit how much Republicans can achieve, even with lopsided majorities in both chambers.center_img X Share The five top priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature are listed on page 33 last_img read more

first_imgLOUISVILLE NOTES UL 8 – Syracuse 0 (6 inn.) Preview Louisville earned the victory with a help of a pair of three-run innings and 10 hits. Senior Megan Hensley (7-1) sat down five batters and scattered two hits in six innings. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster ACC Network Extra Hensley has 32 complete games in her career and is tied for eighth with Tara McClure (2000-01) on Louisville’s list. Junior Caitlin Ferguson kicked off the second inning with a single. Chung plated Ferguson on the next at bat with a double. Roby’s single scored freshman Charley Butler, who entered to run for Chung. Sophomores Kyra Snyder and Riley Schnidler kept that bats rolling with two singles to load the bases. Freshman Cassady Greenwood drove the final run of the inning with a pinch hit sac fly to left field. Story Links This marks the fourth time in five seasons that the Cardinals have won their conference opening series since joining the ACC in 2015. Louisville has an 8-0 record at Ulmer Stadium this season. The Cardinals are on a five-game win streak and have won 12 out 12 out of their last 13 games. Chung now leads the team with a .396 batting average and 22 RBIs and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. Melton now has 131 career runs and is tied for seventh with Chelsea Bemis (2008-11) on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs seven more to move into a tie for sixth with Jennifer Esteban (2010-13). Melton stands sixth on Louisville’s career list with 45 stolen bases – she needs one more to move into a three-way tie for fourth with Kristin Austin (2009-12) and Candi Hicks (2004-07). Hensley leads the Cardinals’ pitching staff with a 7-1 record, a 1.38 ERA and four shutouts on the season. Hensley now has 10 career shutouts and has moved into a tie for ninth on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs three more to tie for eighth with Caralisa Connell (2011-14). The Orange had runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings, but Hensley and the Louisville defense retired seven straight to end the game.center_img Sophie Dandola (4-5) took the loss after giving up eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits and striking out one in 5.2 innings. Alex Acevedo and Michala Maciolek each had a hit for the Orange. The Cardinals cooked up two-out scoring in the third inning. Roby singled and scored on Snyder’s hit to left field. Sophomore Paige Schindler pinch ran for Snyder and after Riley Schindler walked, the sisters stole second and third base. Sophomore Maddie Newman lined a single up the middle, clearing the bases to give UofL a 6-0 lead. Freshman Rebecca Chung went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and three RBIs. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby also went 2-for-3 and drove in a run while sophomore Maddy Newman added a pair of RBIs.  In the fourth inning, Hensley took first base after being hit by a pitch and was lifted for sophomore Jordyn Wolfe who moved to third when Ferguson reached second on a two-out error. Chung plated Wolfe on a sacrifice fly to make the score 7-0.The Cards completed the scoring in the sixth when senior Sidney Melton delivered a leadoff hit, stole second and took third on Ferguson’s groundout to set up Chung, who singled to drive in her team-best 22nd RBI of the season. Next Game: SYRACUSE 3/17/2019 | 12:00 p.m. Live Stats  Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville softball team softball clinched its ACC-opening series with an 8-0 win over Syracuse in six innings Saturday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals (19-7, 2-0 ACC) and the Orange (8-16, 0-2) will wrap up the series Sunday at 12 p.m. Matchup Historylast_img read more

Heated crystal flakes can be sewn into clothing for thermotherapy

first_img Citation: Heated crystal flakes can be sewn into clothing for thermotherapy (2019, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from IR images of the MXene fabric heater formed into a ring, cotton glove, and bracelet. Credit: Park et al. ©2019 American Chemical Society The researchers, led by Chong Min Koo, at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology and Korea University, and Cheolmin Park, at Yonsei University, have published a paper on the shape-adaptable MXene heater in a recent issue of ACS Nano.In recent years, researchers have been investigating different materials to be used as flexible, wearable heaters. Although materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene have excellent electrical and optical properties, it has been challenging to process them for use in applications.A newer material, MXene was first introduced in 2011 by researchers at Drexel University. MXene is a 2-D crystalline material that exhibits metal-like conductivity and strong electric-to-heat conversion behavior. It can also be easily processed into thin films and fabrics.”We were able to develop novel light-weight, cost-effective but high performance electrical heaters based on emerging 2-D materials of MXene, which are suitable for wearable and on-body applications,” Park told “Several candidates for the purpose have been proposed, based on carbon nanomaterials, but they are restricted by either their poor processability or low electrical conductivity involving harmful and toxic chemicals. We resolved these issues with solution-processed MXene flakes.”In the new study, the researchers first used MXene flakes to fabricate a transparent thin-film heater. Under an applied 15 V, the heater’s temperature increased at a rate of 8°C/second to reach a maximum of 120°C (248°F). By submerging the heater in liquid nitrogen for 5 minutes, the researchers demonstrated that the heater could function as a defroster, rapidly removing the frost on its surface under 12 V. As a demonstration of its high flexibility, the heater could be folded at a 90° angle without any increase in resistance, and continued to function even when folded in half, although with greater resistance.The researchers also demonstrated that the MXene flakes can be used to make heated fabric. To do so, the researchers treated commercial polymer threads with a coating to enhance their electrostatic interaction with the MXene flakes. Then they dipped the threads into a water solution containing MXene flakes. The electrostatic interaction between the positively charged threads and negatively charged flakes caused the flakes to self-assemble onto the individual fibers, turning the white threads black in the process.The MXene-coated threads were then sewn together with cotton to make heated clothing. Under a small voltage, each MXene flake acted as a tiny heater. By controlling the voltage, the researchers could gradually raise the temperature of cold skin back to normal body temperature without damage to the skin. In future applications, the heated clothing could be powered by conventional batteries or alternative power sources.”Potentially, our heater can be powered by the energy stored in batteries and/or supercapacitors from a variety of emerging renewable energy sources, such as wearable solar cells, triboelectric energy generators, and so on,” Park said.The researchers expect that the robust, flexible heated clothing could be useful for healthcare thermotherapy and monitoring, among other personal applications.”Since the MXene flakes we developed with the solution process are highly conductive and optically transparent, a variety of applications are possible, in particular, requiring transparent electrodes,” Park said. “Examples include the development of mechanically flexible and thus wearable organic light emitting diode displays, photodetectors, and transparent touch and/or pressure sensors.” More information: Tae Hyun Park, Seunggun Yu, et al. “Shape-Adaptable 2D Titanium Carbide (MXene) Heater.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b01602 © 2019 Science X Network Researchers knit energy-storing clothing fibrescenter_img Journal information: ACS Nano Heated gloves, bracelets, and even rings are some of the potential applications of highly conductive MXene, a 2-D material made of alternating atomic layers of titanium and carbon. In a new study, researchers have fabricated MXene flakes, then electrostatically adhered the flakes to threads, and finally sewed the threads into ordinary fabrics that can be safely heated under a low voltage. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

PM to address rally in Midnapore town tomorrow

first_imgKolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a farmers rally tomorrow at Midnapore town in West Bengal focusing on the Centre’s recent decision to increase the MSP of Kharif crops. Modi’s rally at Midnapore comes just about a fortnight after BJP national president Amit Shah’s June-29 public meeting in Purulia district. “The prime minister’s rally in Midnapore proves that Bengal is one of our top priority states in the Lok Sabha poll,” West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “We want to felicitate Prime Minister Modiji for his decision to increase the MSP,” he said. The saffron party has made steady inroads in various districts of West Bengal and has emerged as the main opposition party in the state after the recent panchayat elections and bypolls. It is making all efforts to increase its tally in the next general election from the current two. According to state BJP sources, the party is putting special emphasis on the tribal Jungalmahal area where the party won sizeable seats in the last panchayat polls. West Midnapore district is part of the Jangalmahal area.last_img read more